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Cassandra's Challenge

Cassandra's Challenge - M.K. Eidem EDIT!! PROOF READ!!! FIND SOME BETA READERS!!

Grim

Grim - M.K. Eidem Loved this book. Loved the story. Loved the characters.

Had difficulty with word usage errors. Changing tenses and from first person to third person kept me from becoming totally engrossed in this book.

Would have been at least 4.5 stars with better proofreading. As is, 3 stars.

Having said that, I will read the next story in this series, hoping that the grammar will have improved.

On Ramp: Helping your son start on the journey to manhood

On Ramp: Helping your son start on the journey to manhood - Bob Moon Received free copy through Story Cartel in exchange for honest review.

This is a book for fathers on how to guide their sons through their teenage years. It was expertly edited & proofed. That rates a minimum 3 stars in my book. Good flow, easy to read, great content – just earned the other 2 stars. 5 stars.

As the parent of a 13, almost 14 year old, I agree with most of the author's ideas about helping teenage boys mature into godly men. The ones I didn't agree with were more related to specific family beliefs than anything else – and I don't know of any two families who agree 100% on family beliefs.

As a mom, I disagreed with many of his statements about how a mom feels about her son growing up. I don't feel like I'm losing my baby at all. I'm glad to see my son mature into a man. I will agree that it is a little weird that he's now taller than I am. I am happy to see my son move more into his dad's world. But the author obviously had different experiences in that area.

This book affirmed many of the child-rearing decisions our family has already made. It also showed where we have room for improvement, and gave insights into the next few years. I have added a few of the additional resources the author mentioned to my to-read list.

I think this is an excellent resource for parenting a teen boy, and would recommend it for all parents of teen or pre-teen boys.

Sex Piston (Biker Bitches, #1)

Sex Piston - Jamie Begley Editing MUCH improved from previous books. Loved the story.

Nerd Girl

Nerd Girl - Sue  Lee Received free digital copy for review.

After reading the book and the author's bio, I understand that Ms. Lee has a lot invested in this story – she has a lot in common with Julia. I would read further works by this author, and I hope she continues to grow as a writer. This is a very good first book. It was not quite my cup of tea, however that is all about ME, and not about the author or book. I think I just don't quite relate to the 20-something career-driven heroine.

The book was well-written, and well edited.

I really appreciate the effort to proofread for spelling/grammar/etc – there were a few errors, mostly in word usage - discreet vs discrete is the one that sticks in my mind – but nothing distracting. This is a major plus for me.

Very thinly veiled MS references, repeated over and over and over. Lots of detail about MS's campus and corporate structure, which slowed down the book for me – sometimes made it hard to tell if this was a story about MS and Seattle or about Julia & Ryan with a side of Catherine.

Overall, 4.5 stars.


Where Secrets Lie

Where Secrets Lie - Ebony Kent Where Secrets Lie by Ebony Kent

I received this book free from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review.

This is a first novel, and it shows promise. I loved the plot twists. Didn't see all of them coming, which is very refreshing. There was a cliffhanger ending, so I am looking for the next book...

There are a few inconsistencies in this book– vampire hearing, for example. Is it strong enough that Michael hears conversations in the next room? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Is Kara on paid leave from the police department? Or was she fired? Well, the book mentions both, so pick one. The whole book is about vampire masters and their servants. But the servants seem to do their own thing without consequences. Michael is described as ruthless, yet his 'servants' disobey and disrespect him regularly. His bff Logan even pushes him into a swimming pool with out consequences, and, yet, is afraid to mention to Michael that an arranged marriage might not be a good idea.

I appreciated the editing/proofreading that went into this work. There were not many typos, which is a great thing. There were still some errors that made me nuts – discreet vs discrete, vibrate vs vibrant, conscience vs conscious, detour vs deter, and several others. I don't know if this is a case of spell check gone awry, or the author using unfamiliar words. And that's in addition to the usual me/myself, who/whom, lay/lie, your/you're errors.

I think as the first in a series, this book is pretty good. The worldbuilding is there, it just needs some fine-tuning. There were not any blow-by-blow sex scenes, making this book more suitable for YA audiences than some vampire books. The plot also had several aspects that reminded me more of YA than adult fiction. I think if the author is aiming for a YA audience, she's right on target. No Anita Blake type scenes here...which might just be a great thing.

Overall, I rated this one 3.0 stars. I think with some editing it could be 4.5 stars. The plot was great. My issues were with the storytelling and grammatical issues.

The Girl with the Werewolf Tattoo

The Girl with the Werewolf Tattoo - Alexia Wells Received a free copy of this book in exchange for honest review.

I liked this book a lot. This book was a short, easy read, and it flowed very well. I was left wanting more at the end of the book, and will be reading the next in the series, Her Alphas. 4.5 stars

Razer's Ride (The Last Riders, #1)

Razer's Ride (The Last Riders, #1) - Jamie Begley NEEDS EDITING!! Would have been 3.5 stars otherwise. Had to re-read many sentences to grasp the meaning. Got tired/annoyed with the same errors over and over and over. Would read the remaining books in this series, but for the lack of editing.
Storyline not very realistic, however, it IS a fictional story, so that's acceptable.