Jun 162014
 

Myth 8

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

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Danielle’s Review

1970’s. Atlanta. Race war or serial killer?

Maggie Lawson, twenty-three-year-old cop, is thrust into the mystery when her brother is almost killed by a man known as “The Shooter”. Maggie, of course, is concerned for her brother’s health– at least until things start not adding up.

Kate Murphy is a rookie officer who is more wet behind the ears than grown up. After her husband is killed in Vietnam, she is paired up with Maggie, who takes her under her wings.

When the two are given Maggie’s brother’s case to investigate, all hell breaks loose– literally.

Like Slaughter’s other books, this one is full of action, danger, and suspense. I, personally, was happy that she was so realistic in terms of the characterization of the 1970’s Atlanta residents.

Not for the faint of heart, this one will keep you on the edge of your seat– begging for more.

 

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Feb 272014
 

Myth 8

Constructing Marcus by Danielle DeVor

Maer’s Review

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I was pleased to read Constructing Marcus as part of Daneille DeVor’s Book Tour. And what a fun read this was! From the first pages I was hooked into sixteen-year-old Emma’s life. With her penchant for ghost hunting, dealing with a mother’s illness and a move to a new city and home, our young heroine grabs you up and takes you on her journey of exploration and discovery. This isn’t just a paranormal novel where Emma sleuths to track down the secret of the house and its unusual resident, but it’s also a coming of age novel. Emma discovers depths of her own in this intriguing book.

DeVor has captured the essence of a teen dealing with the paranormal shes always wanted to find. The pace is fast, the characters interesting and story engaging. DeVor’s writing is crisp and the first person narrative works perfectly to draw in the reader. Descriptions are just the right amount for a Young Adult novel, and give an outline that allows the reader to fill in the rest with their own imagination.

Sweet without becoming saccharine, Constructing Marcus is a perfect read for a Sunday afternoon.

 

Myth Maer

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Feb 202014
 

Myth 8

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Shane KP O’Neill

Christoph’s Review

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The Dracula Chronicles: For Whom The Bell Tolls by Shane KP O’Neill is a very well written historical account of the early days of Vlad Dracula in Transylvania from 1431 onwards. Although young Vlad will later on become a Vampire and the figure that inspired other Dracula stories, O’Neill sticks with this book to the historic figure and describes only the first years of Vlad’s existence.

Introductory chapters introduce the theme of the First Great War of the Angels, of Lucifer and his great plan to find the perfect human to carry out his evil plan. The fight between good and evil forces has come to the earth plane and finds itself in the duality which is being set up between a gypsy boy called Andrei and Vlad Dracula junior.

Vlad Dracul senior is the Voivode of Wallachia and at the time in conflict with the Turks. In that regard the book is an excellent account of the historical and political dynamics and dramas on the Balkan and Europe of the time and worth reading for the well researched and competently written historical account alone. The detailed descriptions of the politics and customs of the time are amazing.

This provides the setting for the coming of age of young Vlad and his ‘good’ counter part Andrei. Vlad is being held hostage by the Turks and during this time has his first romantic and sexual encounters while his father is struggling with both, his allies and his enemies in the Balkan. The relationships between father and son, the son and his captives and the individual characterisations are way beyond what a fantasy / paranormal book might offer. The writing is of literary class.

O’Neill has done a fantastic job at presenting us with the historical Dracula as opposed to the purely fictional books about Dracula, which distinguishes him from less ambitious and accomplished works in the genre.

Dark and atmospheric but without any actual vampires this is an amazing and very unique book that hopefully will appeal to the fans of the vampire genre as much as it did to this satisfied fan of historical fiction.

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Feb 092014
 

Myth 8

Lone Wolf Rising by Jami Brumfield

Simon’s Review

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Lone Wolf Rising By Jami Brumfield is a wonderful breath of fresh supernatural air. Okay, the subject matter has been done to death by Twilight Series and Sookie Stackhouse Series, or so I thought. Jami has revitalised the teen supernatural genre with fresh blood by the gallons and has actually surpassed those illustrious more famous series by a mile, no make that a light year. This YA Paranormal novel is an absolute must read for all fans of werewolf, shapeshifter, vampire and witches.

Orphan Becca is a 17 year old wolf attending school in Arizona. Life is abruptly turned on its head when her pack is wiped out in a war with vampires. Now Becca is the new Alpha, so says the Authority, the rulers of the supernatural world.

Becca’s life becomes even more complicated when she discovers she has two suitors for her love, Lucky and Gabriel. All this at 17. It’s too much too soon for poor Becca, but she must handle it. Together they and Becca’s siblings vow to avenge the death of the Arizona pack and Becca’s parents ten years before.

Another revelation from Becca’s grandmother adds more spice to the wonderful story – telling her she is also a witch spellbound against using her powers – that will keep the reader turning pages as fast as their need to discover the ending which in true brilliant fashion will leave the reader sighing for more.

So this reader and all like me are now champing at the bit for more.

This FIVE STAR Werewolffest with a classy difference is highly recommended and is a must read. Bring it on!

 

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Jan 202014
 

Myth 8

Live from the Road (Route 66 Fiction) by P.C. Zick

  Sarah’s Review

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Part Thelma & Louise, part Robin Hood and his band of merry men, part the Pied Piper of Hamlin, P. C. Zick hits a homerun with Live from The Road. The cast of characters starts out with two mothers and their twenty something daughters as they travel across the U. S. on the old Route 66 and ends up including a whole host of interesting, displaced people, longing for adventure alongside these four “Road Warriors”. The book is a wonderful cavalcade of life––laughter, charming and clever bantering between the daughters and their moms, pent-up feelings, divorce, wild flings, karaoke, tragedy, emotional and spiritual discoveries, and some tidbits about the history of Route 66, coincidentally known as the “Mother Road”.  In short, this is an extremely well-written book that, through its very believable characters and vivid descriptions of the beauties they encounter gives you something for everyone, as the group keeps chorusing, “May we always go where we’re headed and be content with the journey no matter where it leads!” A thoroughly enjoyable read! Definitely recommended…

 

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Jan 152014
 

Myth 8

Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion

Lucy’s Review

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This book is one that could be easily become reality in the not even too distance future and it freaked me out, in a good way though. Even the far fetched plot lines were brought in a way that made them believable.

The characters were all more than well developed and even the general, unimportant, minor ones had traits not uncommon to mankind; i.e. The whole population is a reflection of our current state of mind, and behaviour patterns. Even the mutants are what you expect, and do not stretch the suspension of disbelief. They are all fleshed out fully and alive. I rooted for them, all of them, even the scary ones made me feel sorry for them. It were the humans, bar a few exceptions, that were despicable.

Plot? Great! I’m not going to give anything away but I will say that the conspiracy lovers will have a ball reading this book.

My one and only gripe is that it’s the first in a series and I loath serialised novels, but on the other hand I’m glad that it doesn’t end with this book because there’s more to this story than just told in part one. I can imagine the whole complex woven tapestry with all its twists and turns couldn’t fit into one book. By the by, it ends in a perfect cliff-hanger and I can’t wait to read book two. Luckily it is available for download and I don’t have to wait any longer than it takes to press ‘buy now’.

 

Myth Lucy

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Jan 122014
 

Myth 8

 Hyperbole and Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened 

by Allie Brosh

Danielle’s Review

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As one of the people who have been following Allie’s blog for awhile, some of the stories in this were not new to me, but I find myself being able to read them over and over.

First of all, you have to understand that Allie has one heck of an imagination. Well, that and her drawings are hilarious. And, just so you know, that yellow triangle thing on the top of the little girl’s head is actually a ponytail.

My favorite story in this book has to be The God of Cake. Her images relating a 4-year-old’s sugar rush to an acid trip had me just about falling on the floor laughing.

So, if you need a really entertaining read, check this one out. I seriously doubt you’ll be disappointed.

 

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Jan 102014
 

Myth 8

The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn

Christoph’s Review

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The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn is an amazing piece of heart-breaking and uplifting fiction. Aimed probably at young adults as main target audience the book however has a lot to say that is relevant to people of all ages. It is the story of one brave young woman that choses to go back in time to try and save her fatally ill younger brother. The idea of time travel did not appeal to me at first since it has been done many times and some authors in the genre can try to be too clever for their own good. The Clay Lion is way above that level and raises some fascinating and worthy questions about regrets, missed opportunities, second chances and destiny. By doing so successfully the book qualifies – in my humble opinion at least – as literary fiction and philosophical offering on the subject of turning back time. It made me think hard about what I would chose to relive and try and change in my life. The main story – the disease of her younger brother – is often sad but always full of hope and positive and important messages, a tribute to courage and an appeal to the good side in all of us. Written with charm and emotional wisdom this is hugely rewarding and captivating. A powerful and important read and a talented author to watch.

 

Myth Chris

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Jan 092014
 

Myth 8

January Black by Wendy S. Russo

 

Maer’s Review

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This is one of my favorite Indie/small press books that I read in 2013. The intriguing title is at the heart of this mystery, as sixteen year old Matty tries to answer a question for the king and earn his Master’s. In an undisclosed world, he has been set a task by the king – discover just what “January Black” is. Clever, full of twists and turns and mysteries, Matty’s journey to solve the riddle is also a coming of age story. With his interest in Iris and their growing friendship, it’s also a love story.

I loved Russo’s intelligent style, her intricate world-building and characters who seemed to leap off the page. There are so many rich details on every level of this novel: story, plot and character are layered and complex.

I was thoroughly drawn in immediately and was sorry when the book ended. I fell in love with this novel and can’t wait to see what Russo has in store for us next. I highly recommend January Black!

 

Myth Maer

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Jan 082014
 

Myth 8

Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer: And Her Parable of the Tomato Plant 

by Marsha Roberts

Simon’s Review

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Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer: And Her Parable of the Tomato Plant by Marsha Roberts is an astounding work of literary genius. I freely admit to being a baby boomer and have had my mega ups and downs, but what separates me from Marsha is her life-affirming belief in God and that God is there for her every step of the way, even when someone has removed the last few steps and is waiting for her to fall. Marsha uses her unique voice and sense of humor, which I may add is wonderfully spread throughout the book, to send us on a fantastic journey, her private journey that we call life, full of heartfelt sorrow, uplifting joy and miracles that helped her overcome the dark moments in her tumultuous life.

Each chapter or parable is so entertaining and full of faith, brimming with Marsha’s soul to the point I had tears streaming down my face on more than one occasion, only to find myself laughing a few pages further. What might have been a mundane story of every day life has been transformed into a documentary worthy of an Oscar.
I highly recommend this FIVE STAR family drama to everyone who might find there is more to life than just living it. A must read.

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