Monday, November 26, 2012

Review: KRAMPUS The Yule Lord By: Brom

Krampus: The Yule LordKrampus: The Yule Lord by Brom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Krampus, a lowly god, grandson of Loki, The Yule Lord has returned from being the captive of none other than Santa Claus. Finding himself locked away in the mountains of Boone County, West Virginia, a whole new world exists now.
Jesse Walker finds himself from bad to worse, being seperated from his wife and daughter, pushed around by the crime lord of the county (the General), dealing with the harassment from a dirty cop (his wife's new guy) Chief Dillard Deaton seemed like too much, until he witnesses Santa Claus being attacked by some kind of creatures and has the magical sack fall through the roof of his trailer.
A wonderful dark tale, filled with action, adventure, the death of Santa, and a deeper meaing of the world we know and the one we should. Filled with some of Brom's artwork, this is a must read and keep - something to pull off the shelf on a dark, cold, winter night.

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Review: The 13th Day of Christmas By: Jason F Wright

The 13th Day of ChristmasThe 13th Day of Christmas by Jason F. Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first introduction to Mr. Wright was the Christmas Jars and I was excited to pick this up.
I must warn the fellow reader, I found myself in tears for most of the story, found my heart bbrsting, breaking, and bursting again.
A tale of a family that has taken on hard times, an old widow who finds an unlikely friendship and the crossroads and paths that we take - this is a story of love and hope, of the gift of yourself and the splendor of life and the little things.
There is a message of not just celebrating the birth of Christ, but the day after celebrating His life and the message He gave the world.
A truly great read that will stick with you and perfect for this Holiday season.

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Review: A Winter Dream By: Richard Paul Evans

The tale of Joseph and his coat come alive in a modern twist. A story of love and forgiveness as only Mr. Evans could do. Joseph Jacobson is one of thirteen children (second to last) and also his father's favorite. When he saves his father's client, all eyebrows are raised and the jealousy is fed further. Joseph's youngest and full blooded brother embezzles from the company and the brothers find that they can use Joseph's love against him - an ultimatium is issued, leave and disappear, from the family, from the company or charges will be filed. Joseph chooses to leave and embark on his journey of growth. This isn't just a tale of forgiveness, of love, of personal growth, but also of how treat one another.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review: Christmas Jars By: Jason F Wright

Christmas JarsChristmas Jars by Jason F. Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OK, I must admit I am a sucker for Holiday books, for the Hallmark commercials and movies, for the happy ending.
The Christmas Jar is one of those books that combine all the above and make a great afternoon read. It is a story of giving, forgiving, the human spirit, and the things that link us all together. It is one of those books that make you take a look around, be grateful, be humble, and set out to do something good.
Hope Jensen was left in a booth at the holidays with a letter, the woman who found her took her as her own and raised her. Hope became a reporter, worked her dues, and when her mother passes she experienced a burgulary and recieved a Christmas Jar filled with money mysteriously left in the doorway.
Uncovering the who, what, when, where, why and how is her job but the road that it leads her on teaches a life lesson that will change her and those around her.
A heartfelt, pay it forward mentality - this is not a book that you can simply put down, but one that if you let it will in fact change your life and people around it.

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Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet By: Darynda Jones

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4)Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MS. Jones has done it again. Amazing read and knowing that I am simply addicted to this series.
Charley Davidson (a wonderfully developed character) finds herself experiencing PTSD after being attacked. Her inability to leave the apartment, sleep, and stop home shopping has left her vulnerable. Fear seeping off of her has the demons gathering their forces and attacking. With a new case in hand and developing more skills, Charley just might be wonderwoman in disguise. Between her father finding that that is something "special" about her, with Reyes developing more and stronger skills - can a group of demons, band of robbers and a homocidial senior citizen get in the way?
Written a unique style - a dash of Juno, bit of Buffy - the perfect combination of wit, sarcasm, and paranormal. I am looking for more.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review: death and the girl next door By: Darynda Jones

Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, #1)Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

How I wish I loved this, but in all honesty I can't say that. I am a big fan of Ms. Jones and her Grave series - but this is no Charley Davidson book. It is choppy, almost written too fast that details seem to jump, making you wonder if you missed a page somewhere in between.
Lorelei McAlister lives in a small town with her grandparents after the disappearance of her parents. She is not the average teenager, she has a gift of visions - which for the most part she will only share with her two friends - Brooke and Glitch. In one moment all she has ever known begins to change when in one moment the loner boy from school, Cameron Lusk becomes a stalker (of sorts) and a new boy has entered, Jared Kovach (if you believe him after some crazy Keiser Soze mind warp). The truth and the danger of Lorelei's visions and the truth behind her family and parents disappearance are uncovered - only mystery left is why things are happening and the who that is behind it - hence, a new book coming out in March 2013.
I could see glimpses of the voice Ms. Jones has, the quick, smart way she writes - a combo of Juno and Buffy - I hope that the next in the series has a better flow to it.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review: A Storm Of Swords Book 3 of A Song of Fire and Ice By: George RR Martin

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Song of Fire and Ice continues in Book 3 - and what an amazing read.
This time the twists, turns, the development of the characters EXPLODE!! With everyone claiming their own thrones and attempting to establish themselves on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms, there is more conspiracies, more death, more vengence than one can imagine.
As the kings rise and fall, the Wall still remains with something unnatural growing on the otherside and a Targaryen is making her way with her dragons.
I could not put the book down, the action, the suprise kept me lost in Westeros and the people. I found unlikely characters rising above and even those admirable falling, the complexity of the story is woven in a great tapestry only to be continued and enjoyed.

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