Friday, December 25, 2015

‘Gambit’ (The Prodigy Chronicles #1) by C.L. Denault

5 amazing stars!

Captivating tale of adventure and mystery, narrated by a leading lady with sharp wit and a backbone.

Extraordinary world-building and word-crafting; ‘Gambit’ captivated and intrigued me from the very first chapter.  Denault’s superior writing style was a joy to read!  This book was very tough to put down and yet it was over far too soon; its 550+ pages flowed smoothly.  Can’t wait to re-read ‘Gambit’ before diving into book 2 in the Prodigy Chronicles!

The complex and developed characters were the best part of this book; their motives, their secrets, their interactions.  Denault’s characters kept me guessing right until the cliff-hanger ending; not a bit was predictable.  The plot moved forward at a comfortably steady pace, never a dull moment, and nothing felt rushed or forced.

A must-read for fans of well-written YA romance/adventure/dystopia with developed characters and settings.  A must-read for most readers!  (I don’t usually enjoy dystopia, but ‘Gambit’ was amazing!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Untamed: A Splintered Companion (Splintered #3.5) by A.G. Howard

5 stars!

'Untamed' contains three novellas set in the 'Splintered' universe, including 'Moth in the Mirror' which was previously released as a stand-alone novella after book 1.

The other two tales are charming and insightful; one shows memories of Alyssa's father, as narrated by her mother. 

The last novella included here accounts for approximately half of 'Untamed' and provides readers with glimpses into the mortal life Alyssa and Jeb share, as well as the immortal life she and Morpheus share. 

A wonderful addition to the collection, 'Untamed' is a must-read for all 'Splintered' fans!

Friday, December 18, 2015

‘Simon Says: Tips for the Intrepid Time Traveler’ (The CHRONOS Files, #3.5) by Rysa Walker

5 stars!

Excellent addition to the 'Timebound' series. "Simon Says" gives readers insights to Simon and Kiernan's travels and Simon's point of view during some of the first, critical meetings between main characters. A must-read for 'Timebound' fans!

Simon Says’ is currently available as part of the Kindle Unlimited Program!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

‘Death, the Devil, and the Goldfish’ by Andrew Buckley

4 stars!

Another well-written action adventure by Andrew Buckley!  Humorous and entertaining; the seemingly separate paths of an investigator, an inventor, loan sharks, eccentric rich men, Death and the Devil himself combine with a penguin and a goldfish for some world saving/domination and a lot of laughs.

Perfect for fans of Christopher Moore!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

‘Stiltskin’ by Andrew Buckley

5 stars!

Incredibly well-written action adventure involving several fairy tale characters! Comparable to Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere' with respect to extensive world building, character development, and hidden plots during the journey through worlds that wouldn't make sense to the casual observer. Ended on a cliff hanger, hope to see a continuation soon!