Thursday, November 20, 2014

Doomboy by Tony Sandoval

DoomboyDoomboy by Tony Sandoval
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Warning the following review contains spoilers so continue on with caution.

I'D a.k.a Doomboy feels like there is a hole in him. His life will never be the same after the death of his girlfriend Annie. So in order to fill it he plays his guitar to the sky for her not realizing it is being picked up on radio air waves and that is music is touching all that can hear it.

The story its self is told with the combination of drawing and words. And they flow together great. I found the art work to be a little hard and rough around the edges but I think that was the point. This is a story of a guitar playing, metal loving kid who just got his heart ripped from him and his journey to find away to become whole again.

So graphic novel + metal I assumed it would equal awesomesauce but it didn't quite reach my expectations. That is not to say it wasn't good because I did enjoy it. Just not to the full extent as I though I would.

I was given an eARC for review via Netgalley.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book tour: The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale by Craig Staufenberg

The Girl Who Came Back to Life: A FairytaleThe Girl Who Came Back to Life: A Fairytale by Craig Staufenberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sophie is a 12 year old girl who lives with her grandmother ever sense the death of her parents. She desperately wants to take the trip up north to the City of the Dead not to send them over to the next life but to take them back to the land of the living. Her grandmother willing to take her along as she goes to send of her husband but only if Sophie can pay for her half of the trip.

I really don't know what I think to be honest. I was expecting something TOTALLY different then what I read. And I mean totally. I was expecting something a little more fantasy like I think. Yes it had elements of it, with the City of the Dead. But this book is more about the journey Sophie takes as she learns how to deal with the death of her parents.  It's a story about different ways people cope with loss and finally being able to move on and let them go.

See I thought it was going to be a story of a young girls adventures in the City of the Dead not the means in how she got there, in fact there is not a whole lot of time or attention on this place once we finally get there which isn't until the end of the book pretty much.

So I was a little disappointed, but I have myself to blame as I was envisioning a different kind of story. But for what it was a journey, a coming of age story it was alright. I don't get how it's called a fairytale though, that part baffles me a little.

About the author:

Craig Staufenberg is a writer and filmmaker living in NYC.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Tour: Twinkle by SJ Parkinson

Publisher: SJ Parkinson (July 14, 2014)
Category: Science Fiction, Thriller
Tour Date: October, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 600 Pages

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars!!!!

Oh sweet mother of pearl, what can I say about this book.


Twinkle captivated me and held my attention, For book of this size it's hard to imagine that I wished I could read it all in one sitting.  For me to give something 5 stars is something. I'm rather picky when it comes to my star rating and well I found this book to be most deserving. A sure sign that I will love a book is when I think "okay would make a kickass movie, this NEEDS to be a movie." which I can complain that they left such and such a scene out. But that's a different story.

Imagine this if you will it's the 4th of July and you go out with your family to watch the fireworks display, a fire works display that is worldwide and record breaking as it's the first of it's kind. A fireworks display set off from outer space. Of course you will will want to be out watching it, and probably kicking yourself if you can't.  It's big, it's out of this world, it crashes Twitter for f's sake. Now imagine the next day the world as you know goes black....

A world wide blindness.....

There are suicides, chaos, society and the government as we know it is falling. And now it's up to those unlucky enough, or should I say lucky enough to have not seen the display to race against time to save humanity.

Ok this was a fantastic scifi thriller and I loved it. I will admit I grumbled a little a first with all the character hopping, but I got quite use to it as the book went on. But yes overall fanfrickintastic!!!!!!

Go read this book! And someone anyone turn into a motion picture, please!

I was given a paperback copy of this book for review by the author for Premier Virtual Author Book Tours!

About the Author:

Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.
Awards: Three “Outstanding in Genre” Gold Seal awards from Red Adept Publishing and Kindle Book of the Month award Oct 2013 by the People’s Choice Book Awards.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Tour: Always with You by Andrea Hurst

Always with YouAlways with You by Andrea  Hurst
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publisher: Independent Self Publishing

Publication Date: February 6, 2014

This is the first book in this genre I have read in quite sometime now, to be honest I haven't been in a romance book mood lately. Other areas peaking my interest, that's not to say I'll scoff at them, many line my bookcase in my room.

Cathy has been through a lot and has come out strong for it, maybe a little too strong with a wall around heart. She runs a successful health restaurant/inn  catering in organic and other health foods, some coming her very own garden.  She's happy with her life, at least she's content with it. That is until an old high school friend needs a favor.

When Pam, her husband Jamie and their four year old daughter Amber become guests at Cathy's house the things she thought she wanted in life start to change. Wanting more then the lot she's been given.

Always with You for me was a very quick read, fluffy as expected. I don't say fluffy as an insult, just a way to describe the lightness of the story. I was torn when reading this because I liked Cathy and I wanted her to be happy but torn because of the situation, it was made a little easy by my dislike of Pam because well she a little bit bitch like. To be fair it's a little understandable but I mean come on, some low blows lady.

I wasn't really sure how I expected the story to play out and I was a little surprised at times. I have to say the epilogue made me smile.

We have forbidden love, the importance of family and finally the strength to love again.

Over all it was an okay book 3.5 stars.

Some parts felt a little to familiar to me but I guess that's life it's easy to connect and relate to sometimes.

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About the Author

A.S. Bond

When not visiting local farmer's markets or indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent. Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression. She is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in creative writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter for Writers Digest. She lives with her dachshunds in the Pacific Northwest, on an island much like the fictional Madrona, with all of its natural beauty and small town charm.
Her published books include Always With YouThe GuestbookThe Lasy Dog's Guide to Enlightenment and Everybody's Natural Food Cookbook, and she co-authored A Book of Miracles.
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I was given a paperback copy for review from the author as a part of Pump Up Your Book! virtual book tour*