February 28, 2019

Inspire by Sara Wellington

Inspire: Start the Journey towards Your Happiness, Dreams, and Desires is an informative, helpful and inspiring book written by Sara Wellington.

Divided into sixteen relatively short chapters, the book is about how to be inspired in order to achieve goals and find happiness in life. The author discusses the effect of inspirational words and enumerates sources of inspiration including aspiration, successful people, strong desire, and love.

Moreover, the author explains the ultimate effect of fear in a person’s life. She also brings up the most important question of all which needs to be answered in order to achieve success and happiness.  

Overall, this is an enjoyable book. Basically, it is an easy read. It is informative, helpful, and inspiring. It is also interactive, thereby engaging.

However, I find the subject somehow overused, and considering the shortness of the book, I didn’t find anything new or special that would make this book stand out from among thousands of books already written about this subject. Moreover, there are too many noticeable errors within the entire book that I recommend another round of editing.

Congratulations to Sara Wellington (@SaraWellington4) on such an enjoyable book. For more books by the author, click HERE.  

February 26, 2019

Reclamation by Brysen Mann

Reclamation is an exciting and suspenseful science fiction book and the second installment of The Xeno Manifesto Book Series created by Brysen Mann.

Deep beneath the peak of Mt. Rainer, Frank Smirnov is perplexed. He is overwhelmed by the magnitude of his discovery. Everything he knows about himself and the world is undermined by the enormity of the undeniable facts staring him in the face. As per practical advice from a friend now departed, he doesn’t trust anyone, not Zachariah Allmas whom he ended up with, and not even the mythical creatures who are keeping him safe, for now.

If he really is the one foretold to save mankind, he has no idea how exactly he is going to do it. Right now, he needs to find out more about the Committee which is hell-bent on terminating his existence, and the best way to start is with the man who knows the Committee better than he or anyone he knows, for that matter, does.    

Meanwhile, Felix Belette gathers all the Team Leaders. Their directive is to find the traitor at all cost and bring him to Belette alive, so that Belette could extract every shred of information from him in the slowest and most agonizing process. Little does Belette know what awaits him when Zach is finally found.

This is just as intriguing and as exciting as the first book, The Xeno Manifesto. Unlike in other book series that usually introduce subplots, this second installment stays consistent with the first book and simply moves the plot forward. It is unpredictable with exciting twists and turns that though not altogether shocking are surprising enough. Scenes and settings are thoroughly described including the special abilities of the mythical creatures. The book has a satisfactory ending and promises a more exciting third installment.

Admittedly, I enjoyed this book a lot. However, I find the pacing of the plot slower than that of the first book that very little is added to the story. Moreover, there are too many noticeable errors within the entire book that detract from the overall reading experience.

Congratulations to Brysen Mann (@brysen_mann) on another exciting book!   

January 30, 2019

EMP by JS Donovan

EMP: No Power is a suspenseful thriller and Book 0 of the Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Series created by J. S. Donovan.  

It seems like an ordinary day for Sergeant Harper Murphy. However, just when she is about to hang up the phone after an unpleasant call from her husband, everything goes off, phone, lights, air conditioner. Apparently, there is a momentary power outage.

A look outside the window, however, makes her assume the worst. It seems like the entire Washington, DC is eerily quiet, a sign of an EMP attack.   

As Harper goes about her duty to her country, she thinks about her teenage son, Eli who is somewhere out there in the middle of this chaos. As she rightly assumes, things will turn really bad, and Harper has to get to him before bad turns to worse.

This is a fast-paced and suspenseful post-apocalyptic thriller that features a woman torn between her duty to her country and duty to her family. It perfectly portrays the mayhem that would result from an electromagnetic pulse attack. Moreover, it depicts how familial love prevails and everything else comes second when a cataclysm occurs. Furthermore, it highlights the sacrifice a parent is willing to make for his or her offspring.

The author successfully creates a set of well-developed and relatable characters especially Sergeant Harper Murphy. Though the ending is a cliffhanger, with this book being part of a series, it has a kind of closure that makes the story satisfactory.

Admittedly, I enjoyed reading this book. However, though not totally cliché, the subject of EMP attack is not totally unique either, that some readers may consider this book just among the many. Moreover, there are several noticeable errors within the entire book that sadly detract from the overall reading experience.

Congratulations to J. S. Donovan on such a nice book!

January 5, 2019

The Woodspeople by Marc Remus

The Woodspeople is the fifth installment in the exciting and magical Magora Book Series by Marc Remus.

This is Holly’s and her friends’ final year at Cliffony Academy of the Arts. However, there are more pressing issues in Holly’s mind than which independent study classes to take. First, there are those unfortunate incidents concerning one of the professors and the Head of the High Council. Second is her discovery of the Hidden Hill. Third is the horrible condition of the former Unfinished Holly has completed. Fourth and not the least is her search for three Woodspeople whom she thinks survived Cuspidor’s attack and whom she believes can shed some light on the mysterious life of her grandfather, Nikolas.  

While the new members of the High Council are busy finding ways to protect the island from Curspidor’s army, Holly has her own preoccupations. There is Cookie’s suspicious behavior, then a note that leads them to the possible whereabouts of the Woodspeople they are looking for. There is also her discovery of the reason behind Rufus’ too grown-up attitude. Apparently, this is going to be a busy year for Holly and her friends.   

This is the exciting fifth installment and mind-boggling continuation of the Magora Book Series. The suspense and excitement begin at the first chapter of the book and never stopped until the last page. Overwhelming revelations are uncovered such as secret doors and decoys. In addition to the Anches which were introduced in the fourth book, another new creature, Quadler, is featured. The never-ending suspense and shocking revelations make the book a real page-turner. This, however, can be a little exhausting.

Needless to say I enjoyed this book immensely. For a die-hard Magora fan like myself, everything is getting more and more exciting. However, I’m not much into cliffhanger ending but for this one I’m happy to make an exemption. At this point in the series, I’m having mixed emotions. I’m deliriously excited about the ending but I feel somehow sad to say goodbye to Holly, her friends, and the entire fantasy world of Magora.

Congratulations to Marc Remus (@MarcRemusArt) on such a great fifth installment! I’m so looking forward to reading the last book. I’m kind of keeping my fingers crossed, but I don’t understand why J . For more books by the author, click HERE!

January 1, 2019

My 2019 Book List

I have read 118 books in 2018. Just like the previous years, most of them are by independent authors and are self-published. As a professional book reviewer, sometimes I feel like reading books become ‘work’ which, technically, in my case, is true. So, when writing reviews becomes too tedious and stressful, I read for fun. The following list is that of books that I chose to read for personal amusement.

1. Surprise Me by Sophia Kinsella
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
3. Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by
4. Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook (reread)
5. Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts (reread)
6. Sands of Time by Sidney Sheldon
7. IQ84 by Haruki Murukami
8. The Zahir by Paulo Coelho
9. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
10. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (reread)
12. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott (reread)

That looks like a short list, doesn’t it? Well, if you want, you may add your book to that list. Here is the list of the books I read and reviewed in 2018. Mainstream books, however, are not reviewed. They are popular enough as they are and some are even overrated and don’t need reviews for promotion.

15. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
18. The Witch’s Journey by Elaanie S.
24. Brand Real by Vasken Kalayjian
29. Nightmares, The Lost Lullaby by Jason Segel
30. Pillow Talk: The Legend of Lorelie Begins by Daria J. Wagoner
36. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
39. The Manifesto Murders by Nick Airus
57. Angels among Us by Hannah Conway
59. Gone by Michael Grant
60. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
61. Revival from the Shoulder by Paul Juby
69. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
76. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
83. Beyond Wealth to Long-Term Prosperity by Naseem Mariam
99. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
116. I Can See Peace by Julie Penshorn
117. The Woodspeople by Marc Remus
118. Of Zots and Xoodles by Zarqnon the Embarrassed

If you want to add your book on next year’s list, you may CLICK HERE. The blog author, however, reserves the right to refuse books that are beyond her field of expertise.