Review: The Rainbow Serpent by Lyra Shanti

 

 

In the time before humanity as we know it, there was a garden, a tree of knowledge, and a serpent who sought the truth. A re-imagining of the “fall” from the snake’s point of view, this unique novella is a spiritual fairy tale by Lyra Shanti, author of The Shiva XIV Series, and features the stunning cover art of Jennifer Juniper Varon.

 

 

REVIEW

 

This was an odd but interesting story. I’m glad I haven’t read the blurb before start reading it, being a gift, I just start reading without knowing what it was about. Otherwise I guess I wouldn’t choose it and have missed this strange re-tale of the Garden of Eden.

 

I liked it. I wasn’t too invest in the story at the start but then it came a moment when I just couldn’t stop reading. It was easy to read. The snake was an unusual character, as it was his love story that I was glad to get to know. The tasks he wanted to approach and his thoughts were also so nice to read. It was, overall,  an interesting book.
 

 

BOOK LINKS

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AUTHOR

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Review: The Silver Feather by Joanne Van Leerdam

 

 

A graveyard.
Atalisman.
A confrontation with evil personified.

When Phil loses the girl he loves, life as he knows it comes to a screeching halt.

 

 

REVIEW

 

This was so interesting. I had no idea where the story would go. I wasn’t expecting to read some horror story but I like being surprise so it was a good thing. I liked where the plot went, it was a little too fast paced to the point it felt rushed but it was an enjoyable read.

 

I liked the main character, although I think I wasn’t truly able to connect emotions with him and that was a little bothersome because I wanted to feel his grief and I just couldn’t. I wasn’t that satisfied with the ending either but the whole mystery around what was going on it was really intriguing and overall an entertaining story.

 

 

BOOK LINKS

Amazon | Goodreads

AUTHOR

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Review: Nectar by Laura Susan Johnson

Nectar

 

Nectar tells of the atrocities of the Armenian genocide through the story of one young woman’s lifetime—the family she lost, the love she found, and her determination to survive.

(Part of Never Too Late – a collection of nine stories featuring LGBTQIA characters over the age of fifty)

 

REVIEW

 

This was hard, extremely hard to read. I haven’t figure my mind about this one yet. I don’t consider myself a too sensitive reader. I don’t get easily offended by violence or similar things in books and yet, this story push really hard my limits. It’s been one of the few occasions when I even consider stop reading something, but keep reading expecting some redeeming elements that were, eventually, delivered.

Negdar, the main character was a strong and determined women that show a great message of hope. The narrative was amazing, the author did such a great job that I could feel present in every scenes described, maybe that what made it such a hard read. I still think that was one of the things I liked the most about it. I appreciate a lot the fact that the author wasn’t too graphic about the abuses.

Overall it was a very well reading but a difficult story to read because of the subject it address. I don’t think it’ll be appropriate for every reader and I think the blurb fell short with the warnings. Before reading it beware it contains genocide, infanticide, torture, rape and violence. That known, the story is really good and I certainly feel intrigued by the author and I would like to try another of her books, maybe on a lighter subject.

Review: Murder in the Morning (Murder Games) by O Gränd

Murder in the Morning (Murder Games Book 3)

 

How much Jack Daniels do you have to drink to get through game night?

Derek Lynch knows he should find another hobby—murdering for points really is something more fitting for younger men. But, he doesn’t have a whole lot going on, and it’s nice to get out now and then.

When this month’s challenge arrives in the letterbox, he realises more than ever that he needs to quit the game. It’s getting too dangerous. Not only are all the players supposed to perform their murders at the same location, but people he knows shows up too.

Note: This is a 20-minute read

 

REVIEW

 

This is getting better and better. I’m loving the characters so far, not that are all likable, not everyone is, but there’s something about getting to know them that is just so fun. It has a great plot, considering not as separate chapters but as a whole thing.

This one has being my favorite yet, not because of their mission, but because of the events close to the end. There were a few things that I didn’t like, mostly one of the character’s reason to participate, but I’m still having a great time with this series, it is amazing. Derek was an ok character, maybe a little nicer than the previous two, but not a great one. I’m still missing a real connection to any of the characters. I think that’s what I need to really get to love this short series.

Review: Spring Tide by Tami Veldura

Spring Tide

 

Cancer is the watercraft-branch of the privatized Zodiac Forces. If you can float a boat, you’ll find Cancer operatives on the water investigating. Whiplash and Cardinal are two soldiers off the coast of Italy, hot on the trail of an ivory smuggling gang.

Instead of ivory, they find a message in a bottle calling for help. It’s ten years old and the case is probably cold, but Whiplash knows a proper adventure when she sees one and Cardinal is along for the ride. It gets personal when the trail leads back to the very smugglers they were tracking. Both Whip and Cards are kidnapped and the woman who threw that message in a bottle: she locked Cardinal in the forward berth of the ship herself.

Was it a trap for the Zodiac women or does the lady pirate want out? Separated from her partner and supplies, it’s up to Cards to keep it together and get herself free. If it means pretending to cooperate, even pretending to fall in love, Cardinal won’t pull any punches.

 

REVIEW

 

I have some mixed feelings about this book. I liked it overall but there were a lot of things that bother me, most of it silly things and not relevant to the plot but they bother me nonetheless.

The plot was good. I enjoyed the conflicts that were presented to the main characters. I wasn’t too fond on Whiplash or Cardinal but there’s this other character that instantly got my attention. She was really interesting and with some bittersweet moments that were very endearing. I did have some problems even with her at the end because she seemed, in some aspects, more naïve than she should be. I understood the circumstances but I still felt that way.

There is a little romance but I don’t think it’s the most important part of the story or maybe I was the one who dismissed it quickly because I’m not really into insta-love kind of relationships.

I felt so distracted by their names, I spend all the reading time wishing they were named something different and I was very confused by all those zodiac names, I get it’s part of a series and the zodiac is relevant to it, but I even ended the book without understanding what was that about.

Overall I liked it, the story was really good. I didn’t loved it but I’m sure I’ll be reading more books from the author in the future.

Review: I Ate Lunch Alone Today by David-Matthew Barnes

I Ate Lunch Alone Today

 

A modern-day adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House.’ Margaret has convinced everyone, including herself, that her relationship with Anthony is perfect. But when Margaret’s childhood friend – a fun-loving flight attendant named Bridgette – comes to town for a quick visit, Margaret confesses that for the first time in two years she ate lunch alone, a moment that prompts the sudden realization that her life and her relationship are more damaged than she wants to admit. The script was an official selection for the Chicago Director’s Festival.

 

REVIEW

This was interesting. I can’t say I loved it, but I guess it might have something to do with the fact I’m really not into plays. I didn’t love the main character but I liked trying to guess why she thinks the way she does. It was a little bit bittersweet, especially at the end. I liked the story, it got my attention the whole time. I didn’t care much for the secondary characters either, they are important for the story but I feel that I didn’t get to know them. It is really short but I enjoyed reading it.

Review: Exile for Dreamers (Stranje House #2) by Kathleen Baldwin

Exile for Dreamers (Stranje House, #2)

 

It’s 1814. Napoleon has escaped his imprisonment on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And at Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, five young ladies are secretly being trained for a world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

Tess Aubreyson can’t run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Dreams bring nothing but death and grief, and Tess refuses to accept that she may be destined for the same madness that destroyed her mother. Until her disturbing dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her fellow students at Stranje House. Tess’s old friend, the traitorous Lady Daneska, and Ghost, the ruthless leader of the Iron Crown, have returned to England, intent on paving the way for Napoleon’s invasion. Can the young ladies of Stranje House prevail once more? Or is England destined to fall into the hands of the power-mad dictator?

 

REVIEW

This was an interesting book. Very unusual for me since I’m not really into historical books, but entertaining nonetheless.

I had some trouble at the begging, it was very hard to get myself involved into the story, mostly because it’s a second book in a series and I haven’t read the first book. I should have known the main characters from the previous book, which obviously I didn’t, and what had happen before to make it easier to understand what was going on. I still decided to keep reading and as the story keep developing it became easier to get myself into it.

The plot was interesting, I was a little indifferent to it at the start but as I keep reading it got better. The language seemed appropriate for the time. One of the times I disliked a bit about it was that the female characters seemed somehow older than they apparently were considering they were in a school. Maybe it got something to do with the place and time the story was set, but at times they just seemed much older to me.

The characters were a little bit underdeveloped, but I guess it might have something to do, again, with it being a second instalment on a series. I did enjoyed Tess and Gabriel’s relationship but I was underwhelmed by the romance part. I guess its ok since the book isn’t a romance. There was a characters I was most intrigued by and who I would love to know more about, Daneska seemed like the most interesting character for me, I’m not entirely buying her motives, I feel like there’s so much more about her to know.

Overall it was a good book, I might not too fond on historical books, but this was a really good one.