Book Reviews

My humble book reviews of books I read, of course by my favorite authors as well as other new and upcoming indie authors

Love, in English by Karina Halle – book review

Love, In EnglishLove, In English by Karina Halle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Congratulations Karina, on another book, and your first romance. Well done!
The reason for my 4 star rating of a 5 star book is after seeing your incredible support, beta and edit exams, it was sad for me to come across so many unnecessary grammatical errors. It feels like it was only run through a spell checker for the major spelling errors.

The story deserved so much more, as did your incredible humor. I started reading late at night, and had to physically smother my laughter into my pillow to try and not disturb the rest of the sleeping souls in the house. Mateo, Vera and the other Spanish people (and the Angles too) were created with so much life and spirit in them, I can actually visualize myself hopping on a plane to Spain to join the conversational English classes for business people, and have a glass of that wine!.
The story line is very sweet and follow a few relationships borne from the month long “language camp”, where everybody lives together, eats and parties for a month in Spain, in English.

It is with a sad heart that the language course comes to an end, but from here we follow to see if some new relationships would stand the test of time, or if Vera should have listened to the last bit of advice the reception lady gave her before boarding the buss when she arrived: “don’t fall in love…”

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dreams of Gods and Monsters

daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of smoke and bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone, 

Days of blood and starlight and the last book Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor.

I loved this trilogy!
The author has such a unique writing style, the characters are so real, and set to start in the city of Prague, these books were a fairy tale made in Eretz  🙂 .

The trillogy is about a human girl called Karou who lives two lives, one in the human world, and going through special portals, into “elsewhere” as she knows it.  Her protector Brimstone (a chimera – mix between human and animal person) collects teeth and strings them up into necklaces but Karou has yet to figure out why, since nobody will let her in on the secret.   And then there is the strange tatoos that’s been on her hands since she can remember (hamsas that look like open eyes on each palm).  What are they for?

Brimstone deals in wishes and for an early birthday Karou wishes for her hair to be a beautiful dark blue (Lapizlazuli) – and she studies art at the local art college with her pixie sized friend  Zuzannah.  The books take you deeper into both worlds, and introduce you to the legions of Seraphim armies, of which Akiva is a soldier, but something mysterious draws him to Karou.

I feel deprived to have read the last book, where other authors can drag a much lesser… Continue reading

Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon

Running BarefootRunning Barefoot by Amy Harmon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an unexpectedly wonderful story! Being introduced to two new cultures, while watching a young awkward friendship develop, going through the heartbreak of lives moving on, and those who get left behind. I even felt betrayed initially, but then there were so many emotions swirling around in me that I could not place them all. This book was thought provoking and beautifully written. The cover is a bit deceiving, but I’m so glad I read it!

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Bluff by Lenore Skomal

BluffBluff by Lenore Skomal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first, in what I hope to be many of Lenore Skomal’s books i will read. Having had this book in my library for a few weeks now, I just didn’t think an amazing book lay between the unassuming cover and (at the time) nondescript title. I started reading this book late at night and was spellbound within the first few paragraphs. The book tells the story of Jude, a sufferer of depression, and raised by an alcoholic mother. Jude is a loner, and very misunderstood. The story also develops into many other characters, each woven intricately into the life of Jude in strange and sometimes surprising ways. The title is so fitting, but only seems to makes sense once all the characters develop and show their true colors, much like in real life. When meeting new people showing our first impressions we all bluff our way into the fantasy we want others to believe our life is like.

This book touched me deeply as some of the things Jude and her mother went through felt like a word for word discussion I would have with my own mother about abandonment, being the unloved wayward child, and about always not being good enough, no matter how hard you tried. I read through these pages and I was amazed at the ability Lenore has to magically construct the thoughts and feelings into sentences I read in her book as… Continue reading

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