Book Review: Delilah Dusticle

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Author: A.J. York
Release Date: June 1st 2014
Series: Delilah Dusticle
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Edition: mobi
Pages: 96
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

Delilah Dusticle has special powers. She can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters, Delilah can run up walls, reaching places others just can’t. As a maid in the Fenchurch-Whittington house, Delilah’s unusual skills soon lead to her being promoted to Chief Dust Eradicator and Remover. Until one day, when a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.

This is the first book in a quirky middle grade fantasy series. The story entices the reader into a new and magical world that appeals to both kids and adults. The reader can explore how the ordinary in life can be extraordinarily overlooked, how friendship can help you overcome life’s difficulties and how accepting yourself is the biggest challenge of all.

Rating

5-stars

Review

Plot/Story:

This is an adorable story about a woman who has a special power to eradicate dust. She gets her heart broken, loses her job, and instead of getting rid of dust, she creates dust. It is a story about digging yourself out of the dark hole you have put yourself in. It’s about not fearing what is ahead of you and not to fear to try new things. It’s also a story about how important friends can be.

If I had kids, I would read this story to them at least once a week. It is such an adorable story and magical.

Delilah reminds me of a character from my own childhood, Amelia Bedelia.

Characters:

I love Delilah. She is a very talented woman who, throughout the story, learns to value herself.

Romance/Kills:

No death and I like it that way. Romance. There is a slight hint of romance, but nothing overly romantic.

Writing:

I love the writing. It’s very well edited and it would be easy for a child just learning to read. Which, I am assuming is A.J. Yorks main goal.

Beginning:

The beginning is just the start of a magical ride through the world of Delilah. You won’t be able to close the book until you have finished it.

Ending:

The ending was fantastic. It was a happy ending and the only kind of ending you would expect from such an adorable story.

Cover Art:

The cover art is so adorable.

Blurb:

The blurb makes Delilah sound like a ninja maid…and I love it! The blurb is perfect.

You can also read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: Delilah Dusticle began working for the Fenchurch-Whittington family at the age of sixteen.

Highlights: It is an adorable story that people of all ages can enjoy.

Lowlights: There is nothing wrong with this story.

Final Thoughts: This should be in every school classroom.


Review contributor:

pics-2Heather Mostella:

I’m a reader, writer, dreamer, and crafter. I like to create things and I love to see what others create. I avoid reality as much as possible, and often pretend I’m a vampire. I also own a group of black cats, so my neighbors think I’m a witch and I’m okay with that. I am a fan girl.

I love shows like Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Grimm. I love anime and dream of one day going to Japan. I just like to have fun, enjoy life, and do what makes me happy.

Read more about Heather here.


 

Book Review: Demon Dance (A Sundancer Novel #1)

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AuthorBrian Freyermuth
Release Date: November 17, 2013
Series: Sundancer
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal | Thriller
Edition: mobi
Pages: 4159
Publisher: Middark Press
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

Nick St. James was born different. His extraordinary gifts have saved him time and time again, but they couldn’t save the one thing he loved most: his wife.

Now he just wants to forget his old life, but more importantly, he wants to forget the magical underworld that lives beneath the “real” world. A place where a man’s faith can determine the very fabric of reality. Where ancient forgotten gods walk hidden among us, and angels and demons fight for our very souls.

But nothing stays hidden forever. Nick’s peaceful world is ripped apart when a demon slaughters his ex-partner and marks him for death. Now he must use all his gifts to find the one who summoned the nightmarish creature, but more importantly, he needs to find the one thing he lost long ago.

Himself.

Rating

5-stars

Review

Plot/Story:

After the death of Nick’s wife and her sister, nick start to plan and start to realize that he can no longer hide from what he is. This story is one big ups and down and tons of action, with lots of emotions. This book has everything you might want from a book in this genre and much more.

Characters:

Nick is a wonderful and surprising main character. All he really wants is normal life, after all “he’s just a writer” but life always seems to interrupt with his plans. Soon he learns that he can no longer hide from his paranormal world, but he also learns how he fits in the normal world. I loved the inner battles Nick faces and see how he faces them.

Romance/Kills:

The constant battle against demons is not pretty, lol, but the author details of these violent battles are not too revolting (for my taste) but they are not pretty 😉
From bizarre friendships and surprising characters along the way, I loved that this book ends with the best happy ending that can be for Nick, at least for the first book.

Writing:

This is a first person told story and it’s full of sarcastic humor and emotions. The author truly has a great writing style that keeps you flipping those pages fast and wanting to know more. I love how took this wonderful and harsh world of the paranormal and yet still kept our normal world and the humanity more dominant and more important to the story.
There are big, big names in this book that you might already know and Nick and his friends battle them all.

Beginning:

The beginning of the book was very fast pace, exciting to read and the author’s writing of the paranormal really grabs your attention from the start. For the first few lines you get to know the author’s humor and writing style and you are hooked 😉

Ending:

There were a few things, that remained unexplained, but I guess the author leaves some for next book. With that being said, the ending was still very satisfying and I am sure to read the next book.

Cover Art:

I loved the cover art a lot. It’s simple yet very pretty and hints nicely of the book’s plot.

Blurb:

The blurb on Goodreads was really intriguing and I am happy it didn’t disappoint me, as sometime this happens. It’s a short blurb, written with hints and clues and overall very interesting.

You can also read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: “Leave it to an ancient god to ruin a perfectly good afternoon.”

Highlights: Everything! I love the characters, the paranormal world and I love Brian’s writing style a lot.

Lowlights: None!

Memorable Quotes:

Leave it to an ancient god to ruin a perfectly good afternoon.

Ann used to say that life is a constant battle between faith and chance. That by giving us free will, the creator also gave us chance.

It will never be you, Nick. The game is in your blood. It’s what made you…you. It’s what Ann fell in love with.

Oh, and Nick?” “Yeah?” “Don’t be so dumb either. You really do have a hard time staying in one piece.

Final Thoughts: This is a bizarre, entertaining and fantastic book to read, I truly enjoyed reading it.


Review contributor:

pics copy 2Galit Balli

I am an avid reader, coffee addict, a writer and a blogger. I am a bit of agoraphobic (people scare me, lol). Me and my hubby love to spend every moment together, we even game together.

I live mostly in my own imaginary world full of dragons, magic and vampires and from time to time I pull myself away to deal with the real world.

Read more about Galit here.


Book Review: The Watchtower

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Author: Darke Conteur 
Release Date: September 29th 2011
Series: The Watchtower
Genre: Fantasy | Urban Fantasy
Edition: mobi
Pages:90
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

His first day of work wasn’t what Martin Cunningham expected. A sultry boss, a classy receptionist, the drama-queen foreigner, and a painfully shy techie who prefers hiding to human interaction, was the oddest group of characters he’d ever met. When an assassination attempt is made against his new boss, Martin comes face to face with the stuff of nightmares.

Now he and his new co-workers must race to prevent another attack, but where do they start? There’s very little to go on, and the only solid piece of evidence escaped through the u-bend in the toilet. By the end of the day, Martin becomes one of the privileged few who really understands what lies in the shadows, and what it means to work in THE WATCHTOWER.

Rating

3-stars

Review

Plot/Story:

This was a strange story to be honest. I enjoyed it, though the writing felt a little flat at times. There is one character named Aslin, we learn his name fairly early in the story, yet Martin continues to refer to him as “the Scot.” Which, in all honesty became glaringly annoying.

That aside, I did find the story to be enjoyable for the most part and was anxious to see what happened next. There was not much character building and there is still much to learn about the characters of the story.

I would continue reading the series if I didn’t have something to read, but it is not something that I felt the need to continue. It was a short read, so I didn’t feel like I wasted any time on it and the story is unique. I would love to walk into a new job and find out I have walked into some kind of supernatural business. It did kind of remind me of the Twilight Zone, so that’s a plus.

Characters:

As I said before, the characters are a little flat and you don’t learn a ton about them in this short story.

Romance/Kills:

There are a few deaths, but they do not stick out too much. And there was no romance.

Writing:

The writing was okay. It wasn’t annoying, but I felt that it could have used a little more sprucing up.

Beginning:

I was interested in the story from the beginning. There is enough mystery in the first chapter to keep me reading.

Ending:

There was a decent ending. Some questions answered, some left open. It inspires you to read the next novel if the story interested you enough to find out what happens next.

Cover Art:

I usually like simplistic cover art. The cover art of this novel though, it makes it seem like a book about witchcraft and while it has some elements of witchcraft it didn’t feel too much like the main focus. The art is pretty, but this is not a book I would pick up simply because of its cover art.

Blurb:

The blurb is exactly what the book is about. I was not disappointed in that aspect.

You can also read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: Neopleon Bonaparte once said there were two motivations to move men; inspiration and fear, but for Martin Cunningham, starvation was a damn good means of motivation too.

Highlights: It was a quick and enjoyable read.

Lowlights: There isn’t a lot of character building.

Final Thoughts: I do not have the desire to continue the series, but I did enjoy the story.


 

Review contributor:

pics-2Heather Mostella:

I’m a reader, writer, dreamer, and crafter. I like to create things and I love to see what others create. I avoid reality as much as possible, and often pretend I’m a vampire. I also own a group of black cats, so my neighbors think I’m a witch and I’m okay with that. I am a fan girl.

I love shows like Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Grimm. I love anime and dream of one day going to Japan. I just like to have fun, enjoy life, and do what makes me happy.

Read more about Heather here.


 

Book Review: The Slapstyx

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Author: Annabelle Franklin
Release Date: February 18th 2015
Series: February 17, 2015
Genre: Children's Fiction
Edition: mobi
Pages: 2844
Publisher: Pearlswood Publishing
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

With the help of the grubby Slapstyx goblins, dastardly detergent manufacturer Zachary Zigstack is turning the oceans into toxic slime infested with ravenous sea monsters.
Twin sisters Georgie and Gem can leave their bodies at will and explore other dimensions – which means they can spy on the Slapstyx and find a way to stop them. But can they do it before all the sea creatures are destroyed? The Slapstyx are dangerous as well as dirty, and have nasty ways of killing people who cross them…

Rating

5-stars

Review

Plot/Story:

The magical dirt and dust goblins invade their home and the adult will not believe the twins (Georgie and Gem) so it’s up to them to fight these magical creatures. I love the humor behind this story and how the story tells us about cleaning product and their real effect on our surroundings, but in a very light and magical story.

Characters:

The characters are well written and developed, the twins are very determined and loyal and the villain here is Zachary Zigstack who tries to destroy the sea, he is a very nicely written villain.

Writing:

To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting to love this book much, as it is written for 8 years old kids, but I did. I loved reading this book a lot. This book reminded me a lot of Dr. Sue’s wonderful imaginary aspects. The author Annabelle made it so easy for me to fall in love with the story and the character and I loved that she kept it age appropriate, but still a very fun read for adults as well.

Beginning:

The story start with the villain as we learn more about him and his star product and from there on it was a very fast read. We learn about the family and the main characters (The twins) and from the second chapter life as they know it had change completely.

Ending:

The book ends with a very satisfying way and with a yummy dinner 😉 I will leave it at that

Cover Art:

Let’s talk cover… The cover is so beautiful and fun and you could tell from the picture of what the book is going to be.

Blurb:

The blurb was the second thing that attracted me to pick this book. It sounded fun and light and describes the book just about right.

You can also read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: “Zachary Zigstack was a big businessman – big, fat, and very, very greedy.”

Lowlights: None.

Final Thoughts: I want to dream-walk as well ❤ Read the book to learn what Slapstyx is… Or who 🙂


Review contributor:

pics copy 2Galit Balli

I am an avid reader, coffee addict, a writer and a blogger. I am a bit of agoraphobic (people scare me, lol). Me and my hubby love to spend every moment together, we even game together.

I live mostly in my own imaginary world full of dragons, magic and vampires and from time to time I pull myself away to deal with the real world.

Read more about Galit here.


Book Review: The Demeter Code (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series #3)

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Author: Russell Brooks 
Release: July 4th 2014
Series: (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series #3)
Genre: Spy | Thriller
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 7325 (422)
Publisher: Russell Brooks
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

When two American embassies in northern Africa are bombed, CIA operatives, Ridley Fox and Nita Parris, are assigned to track down the perpetrators. However, when their top asset is killed in a failed op, the agents suspect that there may be a new threat. Their search for the truth puts them on a collision course with a powerful multinational—which will go to extreme lengths to bury its criminal activities. However, the agents soon learn that someone with a personal vendetta against that company not only knows their secrets, but will expose them in a way that could result in the largest single-day attack against America.

Rating

4-stars

Review

Plot/Story:

This book starts not long after the first book (Pandora’s Succession) ends. It was really nice to return to Brook writing style after reading the second book. Here it had all the fine elements of a good spy story. It was a fast pace read and full of action and lots of tech stuff. Here it has a much stronger feel of mission impossible style in the plot, but not in a cheesy way, as it has lots of twists and turns and keeps you guessing till the end.

Characters:

CIA Agent Nita and Fox are working together and going all over the world, fighting off evil operations that try to inflict disaster in huge proportions. There were many characters that the author introduced to us and it was a bit hard to keep up with him, but in the overall look at the story it didn’t do it any harm. Brooks kept the main characters moving and intriguing throughout the book, which made me more invested in them.

Romance/Kills:

There is no spy movie or a book without some kills, but they were all tasteful of a spy story.
The relationship between Fox and Nita was very real written and I found myself wishing for something more to happen. Like in any spy movies here as well was a very detailed sex scene (I will leave it at that).

Writing:

This was a nice change in the writing style after the second book. You see the detail that Brooks wrote here and the story is much more attention-grabbing and pleasant.
All the action scenes were beautifully made and planned out, which made me just enjoy this story more, even though I do not read much spy books.

Beginning:

At first it was a slow read, as I was trying to keep up with all the character and all that was happing, but after the first few pages, I was more than hooked to the story and my investment for the characters was rising.

Ending:

By the end of the story the author ties everything nicely, still with a few surprises but in a very fun way for the reader (I will not say anything more to keep this spoiler free).

Cover Art:

Well… I don’t like the cover much, but it does have the feel of the book.

Blurb:

I really do like the Goodreads blurb for this story. It’s short and sweet 😉

You can also read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: “Watch where you’re going, dammit,” snapped the woman.

Highlights: I enjoy reading and getting to know Fox more and the author did a wonderful job with all the action scenes in the story. Making it a very fun read.

Lowlights: The tech stuff could get a bit overbearing, especially at first, but after you go on with the reading you get the feel for it and it becomes easier.

Final Thoughts: I truly enjoyed reading this book and if you like spy book or even movies, you will enjoy reading this book.


Review contributor:

pics copy 2Galit Balli

I am an avid reader, coffee addict, a writer and a blogger. I am a bit of agoraphobic (people scare me, lol). Me and my hubby love to spend every moment together, we even game together.

I live mostly in my own imaginary world full of dragons, magic and vampires and from time to time I pull myself away to deal with the real world.

Read more about Galit here.


Welcoming the new members of TRB

Hi everyone

Firstly I’d like to thank everyone who responded or reblogged or helped me by sharing the “Reviewer Wanted” post on fb and twitter and if not then just for reading it. Thank You All!

I’m really glad to let you all know that after going through 14 mails, I’ve picked up 5 review-contributors for The Reading Bud. And now I’m feeling so light as all the burden seems to have disappeared from my tiny shoulders…

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So let’s welcome these 5 bibliophiles whose reviews you’ll be reading along with mine, every month on The Reading Bud. I hope you’ll enjoy reading their blogs as well!