Horror, Dark & Lite 2 by Anel Viz

Horror, Dark & Lite Volume TwoHorror, Dark & Lite Volume Two by Anel Viz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this one better than volume one.

“A Layover at… ” was simple, to the point and cool.

“Coffee and Aftershave” kind of weirded me out. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, but the story was still cool, and I liked it well enough.

“Bryce Olson is Pregnant” I was so glad (view spoiler). The ending made me laugh (I’m not sure if it was the point of the story, but I laughed anyway).

“The Stray” was just super cute in a weird kind of way, (view spoiler)

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Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey

Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Last Herald-Mage #1)Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story was catching and very interesting, I really liked it in the sense of story, though I must admit I disliked the writing style. Still, it was not the worse I have read, and once I got used to it I could get by it for the sake of the story.
I loved every single character in the book… except the main character, Vanyel. It felt way over the top, and that his angst could have well been toned down without making him as annoying and difficult to love as I found him to be. I spent 3/4 of the book wanting to slam his head against a wall and that the book would focus on something else.
And that’s the reason why I gave it a simple three stars- it was just above “ok” to me, but I hated the one that appeared as main the most, so I could not come to “really” like it.
I would, however, like to read most of this and recommend it for a simple time passing read.

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All Wrapped Up Anthology

All Wrapped UpAll Wrapped Up by Elizabeth Hyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ground Mission: 4.3/5 Now here is present tense done well.

Wildwood: 4/5 I wish it’d had a happier ending though, it was kind of bittersweet.

Dark Covenant: 1/5 (view spoiler)

Situation Normal: 4.3/5 Nice, fun read.

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One Giant Leap by Kay Simone

One Giant LeapOne Giant Leap by Kay Simone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very nice, slow-burn romance about an astronaut and his CAPCOM. I picked up the book because the premise sounded interesting. Space exploration is something I find very interesting (and I love sci-fi things), and the idea of a slow-burn, age-difference, long-distance relationship was quite attractive.
It didn’t disappoint: I loved the main characters and the way they seemed to fit with each other, as well as their personalities. I was a bit surprised (and sad) that the mission they were on was actually so short, I wouldn’t have minded if it’d been a bit longer and they’d had even more time to build the kind of relationship they did. I also, quite surprisingly, found myself quite fond of the secondary characters and the way they related with each other and the main characters. Though Amal felt a bit like she was trying too hard, like she just had to be “edgy” in every possible way.
Not really sure this is a spoiler, but: (view spoiler)
Though the book was “low-heat”, I felt it quite suited the rest of the writing. I did wish the sex scene was a bit more drawn out, but I didn’t hate the gloss over as it wasn’t really that necessary.

But there were also several things I didn’t like, which is why I’m not rating it 5-stars: The news reports were terribly boring and after a few I just skipped/skimmed through them. The way it sometimes went from past to present in sorta unannounced flashbacks -it only happened a couple times, but it happened- was a bit confusing. I liked the flashbacks otherwise, though.

The book is written in present tense third person, I love third person, but the present tense thing was annoying, and it took me most the book to get used to it to where it didn’t throw me off it anymore.
The fact that it starts with the end is kind of bothersome too. I wish the scene would have been towards the end where it belonged. And speaking of ends, it felt a bit rushed: (view spoiler)

And last but not least, the cheap tack at the end of “if you want the steamy scene join my mailing list”… bad form. Very bad form. If you’re selling your book, sell your book complete/full, and don’t strip things out just to put it “free” (in exchange for an email, so basically, selling it too). Write something new for that.

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Yakuza Pride by H. J. Brues

Yakuza PrideYakuza Pride by H.J. Brues
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was all set up and ready to give this book a 5. I really loved the writing style, the story, the characters, everything (even if at first I had my doubts with all the Japanese words thrown around; there is, after all, a fine line between rightful tossing of foreign words and sounding like you’re writing fanfic, but I feel the author managed a good enough balance, all things given). Anyhow, it was a pretty awesome book, in all.
What finally made me drop one star was the (view spoiler)

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Golden by Joyee Flynn

Golden (Bedtime Stories, #1)Golden (Bedtimes Stories 1) by Joyee Flynn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What did I just read??
Whut

Just steer clear from this one, unless you want to read it for the WTF value. The prose is awful, the plot is nonexistent, the editing has ran away from the story, and I don’t even blame it.

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Locke, Stock and Barrel by Devon Rhodes

Locke, Stock and Barrel (Vampires & Mages & Weres, Oh My! #3)Locke, Stock and Barrel by Devon Rhodes
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed it like the previous two books in the series, but the other two couples I liked better… even though I really enjoyed the way all three books came together in this third one. 🙂
For such short reads, they were very, very nice!

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