Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Book Review -- Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa

Where Life Takes You (Life, #1)Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

It's not everyday that one reads a completely heart-warming emotional romance tale. But when does, one needs to talk about it! And talk, I am certainly intending to!.Amongst many books which come with deceptively enticing blurbs and end up disappointing you with the content inside, this book stands out. Despite the fact that book blurb effectively gives out the essence of the book, I opine that it doesn't really do full justice to the stormy and moving tale that it holds inside. This isn't a mere hybrid between a modern take on Cinderella and a childhood romance tale. This book deals with so many emotions at once, it gets overwhelming at times.

Rebecca Trent, the protagonist, easily qualifies to be one of the most overburdened characters I've read about in recent times. Almost nothing has worked her way for as long as she can remember and she has got so used to considering herself a loser, that at times it takes a hard whack on the forehead to wake her up. With an abusive, neglectful and selfish mother, a cruel step-sister, and a frivolous childhood friend and beloved, Becca has had her share of the worst side of fate. When her best friend Dan tries to add warmth to her life, she is blind, deaf and immune to all of his affection and love, consumed completely in self-loathing. Does she manage to look beyond her grief and bruises and see Dan for who he is, is what the book takes us through.

To begin with, I was at times so annoyed with Becca's stubborn refusal to live a life and I was almost tempted to give her a thorough shake and scream "snap out of it!" But the author has managed to carve out a beautiful narrative that takes us through Becca's long and painful life that gets shattered every time she hangs on to something. Seeing a character so broken moved me in many instances beyond what I would admit here. Dan's characterisation came as a whiff of fresh air, and the way the character has been etched makes one long for such a faithful friend for oneself too! Kudos to the author for the skillful characterisation and the gripping narrative. The ending left me completely agape and I can't wait for the sequel now! Burgoa, almost very cruel of you to leave the reader hanging like this! :(

I loved the book, and I am sure all lovers of emotional romance tales would love it too!

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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Unleashed by JE and M Keep

J.E & M. Keep
Publication date: December 2014
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Kanika has just barely entered adulthood when her world is thrown upside down. Her school is magically cut off from the rest of society, and she’s risking expulsion.
She entangles herself in an immoral and erotic sexual awakening with the half-demon administrator in exchange for her continued education, but her life will never be the same.
Devastated by the fact that she callously threw away her virginity to a powerful man she’s just met, she’s easily seduced by her charismatic and tender linguistics professor, Cyril Thackeray.
When she learns that she can’t judge a person by their appearance, and is left uncertain as to whom is lying to her, she spirals deeper into depravity and promiscuity, embarking upon a dangerous exploration of her new sexual desires.
A paranormal fantasy novel for new adults, Unleashed is a powerful and unflinching novel that will leave your morality in tatters.



J.E. & M. Keep love to combine fantasy, scifi, horror, romance and mystery into exciting and titillating novels.

They are long term, loving partners in a very happy relationship and because of this, they love to torture their characters. Dark romance touches all of their stories in one way or another, from elicit trysts to forbidden love.

Some of their work contains dubious consent and erotic pain, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Their stories are often called twisted and arousing -- at the same time.

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Book Review -- Unleashed by JE and M Keep

Unleashed - The Complete CollectionUnleashed - The Complete Collection by M. Keep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book that I've got the chance by these authors. However, taking a look at the other reviews here, I gathered that the authors have quite a fan following. Needless to say, I had a big anticipation when I began reading the book. The book didn't let me down. Set in multiple layers revolving around many lives, encompassing many genres, the book is interesting and captivating.

The novel involves a coming-of-age theme, set in fantasy terms. Kanika is an attractive young girl on the verge of adulthood. Her school is away from the rest of the society, as are the rest of the characters. When the school starts to run low on food supplies, a few face potential eviction. When Kanika is offered an illicit and immoral bargain by the school administrator, in exchange for ensuring her place at the school, she gets pulled into a quicksand of emotional conflict between what's right and what's wrong. While she is already reeling under the impact of her decisions, she encounters more evil offers from her linguistics professor.

What impresses me the most in the book is the fact that the authors do not in way attempt to justify the wrongs anywhere in the book throughout. Happenings are told as they are, without seeking to show Kanika in a less bad light. While the story unfolds the price that Kanika pays for deviating from the right track, the reader gets an insight into the internal tumoil she undergoes.

I recommend this book to lovers of fantasy romances.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Happily (N)ever After- An Anthology

Happily (N)ever After- An Anthology
Authors- Aramey, Emilie E. Faye, C.L. Foster, A.M. Hart, Allana Kephart, K.B. Mathias, E.R. Rada, David Roraff
Publication Date- November 25th, 2014

Sometimes you are lucky enough to dodge a bullet...but sometimes it strikes straight to the heart without an exit wound. It rattles around, leaks out our trust, and brings us to our knees making us wonder; why the %&$@ did I date you!?

From the darkness of emotional and/or physical pains we crawled out and eventually found a way to dust ourselves off and carry on with life.

So let these stories serve as a guide, that all that glitters is not always gold. That the felling of the hairs rising on the back of your neck is a warning, a primal scream to let us know that some things are not as they seem. Trust your gut. Yes, some people are worth fighting for but others have somehow tricked us into seeing a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

With hindsight fully engaged, we can now see the clarity of our past and appreciate the lessons we learned in our very own happily never after.


Book Review -- Happily (N)ever After Anthology

Happily (N)ever AfterHappily (N)ever After by C.L. Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

It's not often that once comes across an anthology that one feels needs to reach the society. When one does, one should make sure that they share it with the rest of the world. This is one such collection. This set of stories serves as a rude awakening to many of us who only attribute romances to sweetness. It's not until it's late, sometimes way too late, that one realises what a dangerously foolish choice and decision they had made. These stories show why it's imperative to not ignore the warnings that the mind voices whisper into your ears as you get carried away with someone's words. Because, you see, hindsight isn't always a saviour.

The stories all have different characters, premises and settings, all with an underlying theme - all of the characters paid the price for ignoring their gut instinct about someone. While one story talks about how a survivor battles on, one talks about the emotional turbulence that one gets when listening to recorded evidences of their beloved cheating on them. One story revolves around the life of a woman who has put up with a lot of crap from her partner for very long, and another gets a rude jolt when she realises that fairy tales don't always happen in real life.

It's hard to choose a favourite from among this collection. I found all of the stories pretty powerful, hitting the point home with a clear hammer. "Deer in Headlights" was particulary impactful. The writing styles of all authors were refreshingly unique and made the reader empathise with the protagonist in each tale.

This is a must-read, I'd say!

My rating for this book: 5 stars

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Purgatory Origins by Darryl Olsen

When Professor Harrison Standish, a bookish young archeologist inadvertently stumbles upon an ancient burial chamber in Egypt, he is baffled to find symbolism inside that would appear to date from two different historical periods, thousands of years apart. Suspecting the tomb had been tampered with at some point in the distant past, Professor Standish soon discovers the skeletons of ten half-human/half-canine creatures lying in a far corner of the chamber and his initial bafflement now turns to shock. What kind of ancient madman would be conducting such a horrific experiment?

As Dr. Standish endeavors to explain this mystery over the ensuing days, he happens upon a news report, suggesting that these same grotesque, half-human/half-canine creatures have come to life in the remote mountains of Wyoming and he is immediately on the next flight. By the time he arrives in Wyoming, a World War II Nazi bomber has materialized out of the sky and crashed off the coast of France and a Nazi general named Schmitz has stumbled into the 21st century, leaving behind evidence of his presence in Professor Standish's ancient burial chamber back in Egypt, all of which sets the stage for a rollicking, nonstop, modern day fantasy/sci-fi adventure.

The cast of characters in Purgatory: Origins includes Rachael, a pesky, auburn haired New York magazine correspondent, who is known equally for her ability to sink her teeth into a story and her unwillingness to let it go, Jason Kendall, an escaped rapist and killer who falls hard for Rachael when they cross paths and turns out to have a past with our half human creatures, and Harper, the ex-special forces FBI agent, whose primary goal is finding Jason Kendall, getting him back behind bars and keeping him there for the rest of his life but soon finds himself sucked into this mystery woven of ancient symbolism, old Nazi war criminals and otherworldly creatures.

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Darryl Olsen is a writer who lives in Sydney, he was educated on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and after leaving school joined the Australian Regular Army. Darryl Olsen now writes part time, and when he is not finishing off his latest novel, you can catch Darryl at the gym lifting heavy weights, but still avoiding all forms of leg work.

Darryl Olsen is the author of the Purgatory series with the first title, Purgatory, Soldiers of Misfortune- now available. Stay tuned for the second novel titled, "Purgatory Origins" He also wrote "Children of the Gods-The Talon Project"

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Book Review -- Purgatory Origins: Powers of Darkness by Darryl Olsen

Purgatory Origins: Powers of DarknessPurgatory Origins: Powers of Darkness by Darryl Olsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

The book is multi-layered and takes us through different threads. On one side is Professor Standish, the eager and young archealogist whose life takes a turn, for the worse and the better at once, when he encounters strange remains in the ruins of a burial chamber. What he considers as the remains of a horrid experiment gone wrong from the past, comes back to haunt him, when he finds evidence of the creatures from that experiment still roaming around the planet. As he hurries to the location to understand the extent of the danger, he gets caught in more adventures as he comes across as a world war veteran who drops out of the sky. There are more characters that play different roles in the story as well - an ambitious journalist who will stop at nothing to get her hands on a great story, a rapist who develops feelins for the journalist, an FBI-agent who is on the trail of the rapist - who all get sucked into a mire of conspiracy along with Professor Standish.

Although seemingly science fiction at the surface, the story also has lots of elements of conspiracy, adventure and emotional drama attached to it. The pace of the book is very brisk and at times hard to keep up with, considering the different tracks that the reader needs to keep following, but that only serves to increase the intrigue element of the book. There is not much scope in such a busy plot line to analyse characters in depth, but the author weaves the characterisation with whataver space there is left.

I will definitely recommend this book to lovers of sci fi and adventure.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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