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: Seven-Sided Spy by Hannah Carmack

Seven-Sided Spy

 

In the midst of the cold war, the CIA’s finest and most fatal female agent, Diana Riley, vanishes. Kidnapped by the KGB and taken to the backcountry of North Carolina, she and her team of unsavory partners are forced to undergo illegal experimentation.

But, when the experiments leave them horribly deformed and unable to reenter society without someone crying monster, the previously glamorous and high-maintenance spies must escape KGB captivity and avoid recapture at the hands of Nikola, a ruthless KGB agent with an intense and well-justified grudge against her former flame.

 

REVIEW

 

I choose this book by mistake. I thought, I don’t even know why, that there was a romance involved in the story, but what a magnificent mistake to make, It was an amazing book. I loved it.

It is under the historical genre in the publisher, but I get a bigger paranormal influence than historical from it. I also think the mystery was an important element, and certainly something I enjoyed a lot about it. The plot was fantastic, it is full of twists. It was very exciting. The book description made me believe it was going to be center only on Diana, and maybe that’s what made me think there was romance involved ,because it also mention her former flame, Nikola. But it wasn’t only about her, the story was told from several points of view, what I found that really interesting and made it easier to know all of the characters.

It was almost impossible to choose a favorite character. Every single one of them had an interesting story to tell. I particularly liked the fact that none of them was perfect. There wasn’t good guys and bad guys, just individuals trying to survive under a very difficult situation.

I did have some issues about it, mostly related to the fact that sometimes, especially at the beginning, it was hard to tell when the story had gone to tell us something from the past and then get back to the present. After I advance a little in the book, it got easier to tell. It was bothersome at first, but nothing that made me enjoy the book any less.

Overall it was an amazing book. I loved it. This is, obviously, the first book from the author that I read, since is a debut novel, but I’m definitely going to keep an eye on this new author after this great first experience.

 

*ARC provided by NineStar Press through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review

Review: The Last Ticket (Murder Games) by O Gränd

The Last Ticket (Murder Games #6)

 

What are you going to do when several people need to die?

Vanessa knows the monthly challenges are coming to an end, but before anyone can call it the quits she’ll launch the End Game.

Derek and Jeremy has a plan of their own, but are there time to go through with it? Neil is going to win, no question about it, all he has to do is to be the quickest, smartest, best player in the group and victory will be his. Joshua has to do something about Vanessa, after the things she said about Mother he has to, but first, he’ll do the monthly challenge.

Five players, four plans, and too many bodies. Who will make it out alive?

Note: This is a 30-minute read

 

REVIEW

 

I loved this one. It was so intriguing to see how it all would end. I do admit that I’m not really convinced by the ending, there’s something about that I just didn’t liked. I did liked how some other events were. Looking back to it was a whole story, this has been fantastic. I have a great time reading it. I loved the dark of it and the emotion that was behind every player when they get the next task. I didn’t liked motived but the whole story was amazing.

Review: Hell Hath No Fury (Murder Games) by O Gränd

Hell Hath No Fury (Murder Games #5)

 

How many women do you have to bury before you’re free to do what you want?

Jeremy Rice is willing to do just about anything not to have to kill anyone this month. He dreads the day the envelope with the challenge will appear in his letterbox. When Derek shows up at his flat, claiming the challenge already has started, Jeremy has little choice but to get his mind in gear.

Vanessa will ruin him unless he completes the challenge, and to be able to, he needs a girl dressed in flashy colours. But where to find one in such short notice?

 

REVIEW

 

As the story keeps going, this is going better and better. They aren’t nice characters, none of them, but I guess if I have to choose one as a favorite, Jeremy it’s very much ahead from the rest of the group for me. I’m really amazed by how interested I am with the story considering I don’t like most of them, but It still have a great plot and that’s enough to keep me going to the next chapter with more interest than before. Since I read the third story, I just can’t stop reading. It’s been so exciting.

Review: A Perfect Murder (Murder Games) by O Gränd

A Perfect Murder (Murder Games #4)

 

What to do when your game pieces aren’t performing as you’d planned?

Vanessa Hope deserves the world, people not realising that drives her mad. When she put together a group of players to act out the murders she wanted to see she thought they’d at least appreciate her brilliance. Turns out they’re bunch of useless men who don’t have a clue how to whip up a perfect murder.

It is like they say, if you want something done well, you have to do it yourself. She’ll show them how a real murder is supposed to be executed, and she’ll do it without littering the ground with stray corpses or getting caught.

 

REVIEW

 

This a very short chapter but It was nice. Not the one that I’d enjoyed the most, maybe it had something to do with the unlikable character who was spotlight here. Even though I didn’t like her, which seem to be a pattern since I’m not loving the characters, I did loved where the plot is going. There’s so many interesting turns that I just can’t stop reading. I’m loving this so much.