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Learning To Stand (Alex the Fey Thriller Series #2)

5 Sep

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I finished reading the second of the Alex the Fey Thriller series books, and already bought the third! Actually I started the third last night but couldn’t keep my eyes open for very long.

Needless to say I’m enjoying this story. There are parts where characters get confusing and it does seem to jump around a bit, but overall I really like the plot‚Ķthere’s always some kind of action going on. I think there was more action in the first book, but this one was pretty good too.

I will have to say that my biggest pet peeve (more-so than being confused about a character or two) is the exclusion of words. You’ll be reading along and all of a sudden there will be a missing word from a sentence. While it’s been easy enough to figure out the missing word, and make sense of what is trying to be said, some simple editing by someone other than the writer could have easily caught these little mistakes. I counted 19 spots where words were missing ūüė¶ In fact, writers, if you’re reading this I’d be more than happy to proof-read for you! I’m not a perfect writer either, but I can spot a damn missing word! lol

Obviously the missing words aren’t enough to deter me from enjoying the rest of the series. I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen and to read about Alex kicking some more ass! On that note though, some of this stuff is awfully far fetched. One minute Alex can barely stand and before you know it she’s flying across the room in a round-house kick knocking someone unconscious‚Ķ.but she is a fey (fairy) so maybe that’s part of it.

Again, if you’re looking for a thriller with some romance and centered around military happenings I do recommend this series, just be wary of some of the downfalls I’ve mentioned. It’s not perfect, but it’s good! Plus I think the first book (The Fey) is still free on Amazon for download on Kindle!

The Fey (Alex the Fey Thriller Series)

23 Aug

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I just finished reading The Fey, which is the first book in a series of four by Claudia Hall Christian. This is another book I downloaded for free for my Kindle through Amazon. I’m finding all these freebies from a web site I “liked” on Facebook called ereaderlove. Like them and check them out at http://www.ereaderlove.com. They post at least 40 books a day, and I’ve seen more than 80 posted many days.

Anyway, on to my actual review. This was a pretty good book. There were some annoying typos, but nothing that I couldn’t see past. I noticed them, corrected it in my head, and moved on. You can still get the story, and there weren’t that many of them. I’d say it was a half-done editing job. There were areas where the sentence would have an extra word, such as “she Alex said” etc. Where one or the other should have been deleted but wasn’t.

The actual story is a good one. Alex “The Fey” (fey means fairy if you didn’t know), is one bad-ass girl! She’s the only female Green Beret on an elite team that goes into other countries and frees people who have been held hostage. The book starts out where her and her team are ambushed and she’s the only survivor. She has a bullet wound to her hip and several other life-threatening injuries, but somehow she manages to make it through. She goes into a deep depression, losing her whole team, her identity, and the job she loves. Somehow she manages to still kick a lot of butt when this crazy guy Elizar is after her. She finds out some crazy things along the way that make her doubt everything she has known, her husband isn’t who he said he was, he father isn’t her real father, the only person that she really knows is her twin brother Max. She also has her best friend Jesse, who was killed in the ambush, who she continues to see as a ghost who helps her out of a bind or two.

The Fey is a good mix of action, romance, paranormal, and thriller. I’m contemplating reading the other three books, which are currently priced at $4.99 on Amazon. But for now I have plenty of other freebies to pick from. Now if only I could decide what I want to read!

UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale

14 Aug

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UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale by Chanda Hahn was a pretty cute, easy read. Obviously intended for a younger audience, I still enjoyed it. Sometimes I just don’t want to think too hard about what I’m reading, especially while I’m in school. And, at a Kindle price of free I won’t complain at all. In fact, I’m really wanting to pick up the second book right now. I just checked and it’s only $2.99, very tempting.

This book is all about a teenager named Mina Grime….who finds out that she’s really Mina Grimm, as in related to the Grimm brothers (from the fairy tales). She finds out that in order to stop a century old family curse she has to defeat (outlive) every single fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm. She soon finds out that each tale adapts itself to her life, so it may not be just like the original fairy tale was written.

There was a little romance, some humor, and I found myself rooting for MIna. I really dislike what happens after the one of the stories has been defeated….the world reverts back and any relationships that she may have had with friends, boyfriends, events that happened, they all go away. How sad would that be to be the only one to remember what actually happened and to lose so much time and time again?

If you’re looking for an easy, mindless read, and you can download this for free, I say give it a chance…you just may find yourself caught up in the fairy tale!

A Clash of Kings

17 Jul

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I just finished the second book in the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin. This book coincides with season two of the HBO series. I haven’t actually watched season two yet (although it’s on my to do list), so I can’t say how it compares. I have heard a lot of talk about the two being fairly different though, especially Arya and Dany’s characters.

For me this book started off pretty slow. I’d say I was 30% into the book before I felt compelled to keep reading. By the half-way point I didn’t want to put it down. This is definitely a book that builds as it goes. So many twists and turns. They wait until the last chapter to kill some of the suspense regarding Bran. I won’t give it away, but I will say that I’m relieved it turned out the way it did, and not totally surprised since the whole story of Bran seemed to take off in a weird direction.

My absolute favorite chapter in the whole book was Dany’s chapter in the House of the Undying Ones! To be able to see that on screen would be amazing, but I’m not sure they could do it justice either.

I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in book three. They’re going to have to start introducing some new characters soon because they keep killing people off left and right!

My favorite characters are Arya, Jon, Dany, Tyrion, and even Sansa has grown on me some (although she’s still far from good).

Sempre (Forever)

13 Jun

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After reading the Fifty Shades series, and not really loving it but being interested in the genre, I decided to look for something similar to read. I was in the mood for a romantic love story (I know, so not like me). I searched for what felt like forever before stumbling on a forum where the participants were discussing similar books. There was a list of books that started as Twilight fan-fiction (just like Fifty Shades did). I was reluctant to take the risk of reading an exact replica of Twilight or Fifty Shades, but luckily for me Amazon had a preview of the first five chapters available. I ended up being hooked and purchased the Kindle version for $2.99 before I even finished the free sample.

Have no fear, this isn’t Twilight, and it’s not Fifty Shades, but I think it’s a nice combination of the two wrapped up in a different setting. I enjoyed this so much more than Fifty Shades!

Sempre (Forever) by J.M. Darhower is all about young love, finding your soul-mate, finding yourself, and overcoming the obstacles of life….ok, not normal life, mafia life. There aren’t repetitive sex scenes (which I appreciated), but there are a few. You’ll be reading for a while before you find the first one though.

I really enjoyed this book, it kept my interest the entire time. And especially when you take into consideration that this is a self-published book I’d say it deserves at least four out of five stars.

Ok, enough with the sappy romances, I’m starting Game of Thrones book two, A Clash of Kings! Time for blood and gore and sword fights, lol. I have a feeling I’ll be ready for another romance by the time I’m done with that!

A Game of Thrones – A Song of Ice and Fire #1

5 Jun

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I finally finished book one of the Game of Thrones series. I can’t say that I’m surprised by anything that happened, because I had already watched all of season one. The book and the tv show are so close to each other which I can really appreciate. It drives me crazy when a movie or tv show is so far from the written version, and this stays very true to the original Of course there is more detail in the 835 page book, but by first seeing the characters on screen I was much better able to distinguish between the dozens of main characters (which can still be confusing at times).

I have a few favorite characters, Arya, Jon, Daenerys (Dany), and probably my most favorite are the direwolves, Ghost in particular. I think it goes without saying that Sansa is my LEAST favorite. That girl is horrible. In that regard Prince/King Joffrey is perfect for her, even though she goes from completely smitten to pure hatred for him by the end. She deserves him and worse. Yep, not a Sansa fan, lol.

There were a few memorable quotes from this first book. Of course we can’t forget to mention that “Winter is coming.” They repeated that at least 100 times if they said it once. It’s weird because they say winter, and even though they speak of it being cold and harsh, they can only mean war. And, as the book is nearing its end that is exactly what we see happening. Robb, Ned’s oldest (not bastard) son is leading an army to fight against the Lannisters. I couldn’t have been happier to see Jaime caught by Robb’s army….unless they would have beheaded him then and there, but that has yet to happen.

Another of the memorable quotes mention several times throughout is “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” That seems to be all too true as people are dying left and right in this book. Why do they have to kill off the good guys and let the bad guys prevail time and time again. Maybe it’s to keep us reading hoping that the bad guys finally get what’s coming to them. I can only hope!

My favorite from the entire book is “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” These words ring true for anyone in any situation.

Now that the dragon has been woken I can’t wait to see what happens!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read, who enjoys getting lost in a different world. The depth of this book will have you hooked. I’m not normally a person who would read a fantasy novel about kings, queens, beheadings, and dragons, but I’m willing to call this one the exception to the rule. I did stop a few times for some lighter reading, but I still kept coming back to this book.

How Fast Do You Read?

25 May

Here’s a link that will test how fast you read. ¬†I’ve always known I wasn’t the fastest reader, but was surprised to find that I came in 19% above the national average. ¬†I wish I was faster but I just don’t grasp the content if I try to skim or read any faster than I do. ¬†Check it out and see how you compare!

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