Book Review: “Georgia on My Mind” by Force

“Georgia on My Mind” by Marie Force was published in 2011 by HTJB, Inc. The novel is a contemporary romance. It runs about 352 pages. When I got the book it was a free download. I am not being paid for my review.

Synopsis (my summary):

The novel covers the romantic stories of three couples. Three woman who are roommates hook up with three brothers.  There is instant attraction between all of them.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it (complete fail) 2-It was alright (below average), 3-I liked it (average), 4-It was pretty good/well done (above average), 5-It was excellent (excellent.)

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 2
  • Heroine: 2
  • Hero: 2

Review:

It is slightly different than a typical romance in that each couple not only falls in love at first sight; they fall into bed shortly there after. Most romance novels I have read a bit more of a relationship is established before they have sex. All issues that the couples have are resolved quickly by the end for the happily ever after.

The novel attempts to give each couple equal page time. It moves back and forth between each couple, and each person. So there are 6 main points of view. It becomes a bit to keep track of.

Some of the minor characters provided comedy to the story.

Some items:

  • Too many characters
  • Too many plot points involving each character and each couple. It caused the book to seem rushed through each of the couples stories, and didn’t give real depth.
  • The author could have done some more research to avoid some mistakes. For example Styrofoam is generally not recyclable when clean, and it certainly isn’t when soiled with food.
  • There were too many characters floating around.
  • There were a few point of view issues.

Overall I thought this novel could have been broken into three separate ones.

 

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Book Review: “Ghost Ship” By Peach

“Ghost Ship” is a twelve page science fiction/fantasy short story written by D. Wallace Peach. It was written for the “Five Elements Anthology” published February 9, 2015. It is also available as a free download for signing up for the authors newsletter. I am not being paid for my review.

 

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5): 

  • Overall: 4
  • Heroine: 4
  • Hero: 4
  • Read again: Yes

Review:

An alien, a ghost, a spaceship, a conflict with a boss and a fireplace poker. These are the five elements each of the stories in the “Five Elements Anthology” had to incorporate. D. Wallace Peach did a good job of doing so.

I gave it a rating of 4 because:

  • Characters were well rounded and believable.
  • The story was engaging. I started reading and didn’t stop until the end.
  • The author foreshadowed the ending; and, there still was a twist to the story.
  • The story was well edited.
  • There was a good mixture of telling and showing. The story didn’t repeat itself very much at all.
  • The backstory was woven into the story.

It was a well done short story.  The authors website can be found here:  https://mythsofthemirror.com/ The signup for the newsletter is on the left hand side of the screen.

 

 

Book Review: “Last Praetorian” by Smith

“The Last Praetorian” is book one in the “Redemption Trilogy” by Mike Smith. It is offered as a free Kindle download. I read the May 2013 326 page edition of the science fiction novel set after 2312 A.D. I’m not being paid for my review.

Synopsis (my summary):

In the future an empire forms. The Emperor’s family has ruled for five hundred years. The hero served the last Emperor. He has a romance with the Princess, and eventually ends up running a small shipping company. A new shadowy organization wants to take over his small company. An old enemy shows up to settle a score years in the making.The hero also has a romance with an assassin sent after him that he turns to his side.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: .5
  • Hero: 1
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read others in the series: No

Review:

The story starts with a prologue that is nothing more than a history lesson. Chapter one then jumps to five years in the past. Within the first page the story jumps to important events that happened at yet another historical point. Chapter three jumps to the present. Chapter four then jumps to five years in the past. This sets up how the story flows for the rest of the book.

The time jumps in this story seemed unnecessary and resulted in confusion. Even in the middle of an action scene the reader can find themselves transported to a historical event, and back again. It is jarring and can slow down the flow.

The narrative doesn’t sync up with actions. Some of the actions don’t sync up with thoughts the characters have. For example the hero is the highest ranking member of the Emperors elite guard. The narrative right before the hero encounters two new guards explains who the hero is and how he doesn’t tolerate being questioned. So if he has that reputation; why wouldn’t the guards know him?

There are a lot of characters to keep straight. This is hindered by the back and forth time jumps. There are two protagonists and there were two heroines (love interests) in the story. And the point of view from one character to the next is really fluid.

Other issues with the novel:

  • Lack of consistency.
  • Grammatical, punctuation and spelling issues. Including an excessive use of the exclamation point. Run-on and awkward sentences.
  • Cuss words that were unnecessary

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4/7/2017 Added in Rating Legend.

Book Review: “92 Pacific Boulevard” by Macomber

“92 Pacific Boulevard Cedar Cover series #9” was written by Debbie Macomber, and published by Mira Books in 2009. I rented the book from the library. I am not being paid for my review.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 1.5
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read others in the series: No; most likely because I started with book 9.

Review: 

The novel is set in a small town and follows the lives of several of the couples in the town. With how the book moves from one couple to the next with each chapter reminded me of a television soap opera. There are two small mysteries tossed in; however, they are treated as sub-plots.

There are too many characters to track through the book. Even the author referred to a character named Grace Sherman Harding as either Grace Sherman or Grace Harding throughout the book. There wasn’t really one hero or heroine as each couple had their own issues to get through in this book; some did and some didn’t. Also as the book is the ninth in the series a lot of the details about their relationships have already been established. Had I read the first 8 books in the series I might have understood why two characters took a trip to Las Vegas, and because they only found one hotel room; got married.

The book also did a lot of telling instead of showing things. For example there is a potluck. One character attends and then tells another character all about the event. Some of the details move other story lines forward and it would have been better to have the reader be at the potluck.

There were also some mistakes such as low gas mileage being cited as a benefit for a car. I tend to believe that the higher the gas mileage the better when it comes to a car, but that is just me.


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Book Review: “The Healer” By Sala

“The Healer” by Sharon Sala was published by Mira books in 2008. It is a paranormal, romance, mystery 329 page novel. I got the book from a discount book store. I am not being paid for my review.

Synopsis (my summary):

The hero is a healer who has a strong connection to animals (he communicates with them); can read minds, can compel people to do and say things, and even has canine like senses.

He saves a man who becomes obsessed with making him his prisoner. He believes that the hero can keep him alive forever. The hero ends up on the run and once he meets the heroine he decides to stop. There is a showdown with the villains. The hero and heroine, of course, make it out in the end.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scoring):

  • Overall: 2.75
  • Hero: 2
  • Heroine: 2
  • Read more than once: No

Review:

The book starts with a wolf dropping a mysterious toddler off at a remote Alaskan village. It then jumps ahead two years to when the hero heals a small squirrel. The next jump takes the reader to the present day. It is ten years after the hero has gone on the run from the villain. The hero is on the run because the people the villain hired murdered the man who raised him. The villain has put a million dollar bounty on the hero. The story takes twists and turns. The hero meets the heroine when her dog gets trapped in a trap and needs to be saved. He heals her dog.

The book has one main plot of the hero and the villain out to get him. It adds in a sub-plot of the heroine being stalked by a different person. The story flips to just about every characters point of view. There are times when this can be confusing as it happens so frequently. The author uses a dream the hero has to fill in the reader on historical events. Even in the dream the point of view switches to other characters.

The story is a bit inconsistent with what the hero can and can’t do. His abilities seem to be what the author needs for that scene to work out. At the start all he can do is heal and communicate with animals. In the dreams the animals do what he asks them to do. Later on the hero seems to be able to read minds, influence people to do and say things they didn’t want to do. Like on page 216 the villain stalking the heroine through no will of his own starts to confess to the hero. He also has no ability but to do what the hero wants him to do. Yet; in other scenes the hero doesn’t seem to have any of those powers.

Other than that there were some swear and cuss words and some explicit descriptions.


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Book Review: “Dreamland Razor’s Edge”By Brown

“Dreamland Razor’s Edge” by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice was published by Avon books in 2003. It is a military thriller and is 420 pages long. It is also the third book in the Dreamland series. I got the book in a box of free ones and I am not being paid for my review.

Synopsis (my summary of the book):

The book is set in the middle east in 1997. Technology falls into the wrong hands. Havoc is released on the good guys. The bad guys plot. In the end the good guys destroy the technology and foil the bad guys.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 1
  • Hero(s) Likability: 1
  • Plot:1
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read more in the series: No

Review:

The good guys get into trouble. The bad guys make an advance in their goals. It takes the good guys a long time to believe, let alone do something about, what the bad guys have stolen. The good guys finally do something about the situation. The bad guys end up losing. The good guys go home and move on with life. Toss in a lot of military acronyms, military technology explanations, military jargon, and a few questions about authority to actually have done what they did; and it is this book.

The military technology explanations, acronyms, and jargon slow the book down. The author was also inconsistent in the explanation of the acronyms. In some cases they were written out, in others the reader either had to know it or had to look it up. If removed it would have trimmed the book down. There were a few places where I thought the book became political and preachy. In fact an entire scene seemed orchestrated around a politically preachy point being made.

There are a lot of locations in this book to keep straight. It isn’t just the different countries, headquarters, etc., but every plane is a location. The author switches between them a lot. For example in an airplane battle scene the location is switched to each plane involved in the sequence. So you get to see the battle from the point of view of people on each of the different planes. The headers give an indication as to what location, and when, the next section is taking place.

The author also switches point of view to almost every character in the book. This can be distracting and hard to keep straight. The book did have some interesting descriptions. I also found myself questioning some character behaviors.


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Book Review: “Two for the Dough” By Evanovich

“Two for the Dough” was written by Janet Evanovich. It is the second novel in her Stephanie Plum series, and the second I have reviewed. It was published in 1996 by Pocket Books. It is written in the first person and is 312 pages. I got the book free in a box of books; and I am not being paid for my review.

Book Synopsis:

Stephanie Plum is still working as a bail bondsman. This time she is going after a villain who shot his best friend. On top of that she is asked to track down missing caskets.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 1.5
  • Heroine Likability: 2
  • Hero Likability: 2
  • Plot: 2
  • Read more than once: No.
  • Read the next book in the series: If I got it free; possibly.

Once again Stephanie Plum is over her head in a mystery. This time involving gun smuggling, missing caskets, another fugitive she is trying to get, and murder. Once again Stephanie Plum isn’t above breaking the law to get the job done; and won’t hesitate to take advantage of a situation, or person, to get what she wants. She also seems to encourage others to break the law; and even gets a policeman to allow her to take evidence and return it to where it came from. Thereby destroying the evidence.

In all the story seemed similar to the first book in the series. There seemed to be too many characters, plot issues, and forced humor.  The title also didn’t seem to fit as there were three villains working together; not two. This book also was inconsistent and left me wondering if any editing was done. It seemed as if things were just made up because they sounded good, or provided humor, instead of being right. A little more research should have been done to avoid the mistakes made. Overall the mistakes took away from the book and made me question every other fact given.

There was too much repetition in the story. There was some crude humor that could have been avoided.


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Book Review: “Deadly Gamble” By Miller

“Deadly Gamble” by Linda Lael Miller was published by Harlequin in 2006. It is a romantic suspense/mystery/paranormal, written in the first person. This is the first book in the Mojo Sheepshanks series. I received the book in a box of free books. I am not being paid for my review.

This book was also re-released; and then re-released again under the name “Arizona Wild” in 2016. It was also released as a two in one book with the second book in the series. The different covers for the book and then the new name can be misleading and confusing for readers. It makes no sense to re-issue older titles if the author doesn’t have any current books.

Book Synopsis:

As a young girl the heroine loses her family in tragic circumstances. She has a bit of amnesia about the incident and her life before that day. Her half-brother takes the blame for their murders and is sent to prison. The heroine is kidnapped by a neighbor lady who then raises her. The heroine has a dead ex-husband whose ghost she sees and interacts with. She had a dead cat that comes to visit her as well. People are out to kill her as she tries to get her memory back. She has a rocky relationship with another man who is a cop.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (on a scale of 1-5):

  • Overall: 3
  • Heroine Likability: 2.5
  • Ex-ghost husband likability: 2.5
  • Hero likability: 2.5
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read next story in series: If I got it in a box of books free.

Review:

The book starts with the heroine waking up to the voice of her ex-dead husband who died two years prior to the start of the book. After that everything seems to unravel in her life. The ex-wife of a man she dated twice threatens her and attacks her. Her psycho half-brother comes back. She runs into her Uncle at the nursing home of the woman who kidnapped her as a child.  She also has two other sisters by circumstance or marriage that she interacts with. The heroine has a “Damn Fools Guides…” book for everything.

There is no shortage of villains and people trying to kill the heroine. Her memory starts to come back as she pieces together what actually happened to her parents. She has help from the ghost of her ex-husband to figure out what happened. Eventually she decides to be a private investigator.

There was also a lot going on in the novel and too many sub-plots that took from the main story. The 399 page book could have used pruning. A simple search online would have prevented the mistakes that the author made. There were also a few things that just seemed too convenient. The main plot is resolved in this novel. It does end though by setting up a few mysteries to be solved in the next book.

I did think that the ghosts provided humor.


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