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Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk

Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver DirkRealm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk by Bob Greenwade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Realm Hunter: Pursuit of the Silver Dirk is one of the most interesting books I’ve read in awhile. It is a blend of science fiction and fantasy, with even a little mysterious twist. The book is told from the perspective of Bear Waters, a bounty hunter in a world where Ghoul’s Room and lycanthrope’s are vulnerable to silver. Before long, we come to realize that Bear’s world isn’t the only world out there. There are others, one of them being our own, and they are all similar in different ways. The Silver Dirk is a man that is believed to come from “our” world, World One, a doctor named Eric Bennadict. He is committing various crimes on World Two, which lead Bear to finding out about the different realms that exist.

We follow Bear on his pursuit of the Silver Dirk, which takes him to various worlds and to encounters of dinosaurs and different people. All the while, he and his friends are trying to figure out just what the Silver Dirk’s motives are.

I really enjoyed Bear as a character, and despite the fact that he said he often rambled in retellings, the ramblings were a bit much at the beginning. This made the book hard to get through no matter how interested I was in the story. It took me a little longer to read than I would have liked, but it was definitely worth finishing. The story really picked up at the end for me and I really can’t wait to read the second one and find out what happens next!

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Inviolate – 2/5 Stars

Michael Link

I have to admit, that at first, I was a little turned off by the subject matter. But, one thing the book does it take a real look at sexual abuse, and how it truly affects the lives of others.

The biggest problem I had with this book was that there were too many characters and too much going on. There wasn’t enough time spent on the characters for me to really feel a connection with them. I also think Gene Gillian, one of the sexual predators, was one of the best characters, and was under-utilized. I would have liked to see more of what happened to him once he was found out in Hawaii.

The book skips around a lot from different characters. Some, I wasn’t sure what their true connection was to the story (the man from Halloween who always dressed differently each year… for instance). Because there were so many characters, the extraneous ones made it more difficult to follow the story.

In the end, I think the ideas were there, but that it wasn’t really completely fleshed out. A lot of the characters seemed to come together in the end, but still, there was a bit of confusion about who was who and how they connected to the overall story.

The Softwire: Virus On Orbis 1

The Softwire: Virus On Orbis 1 – 5/5 Stars

PJ Haarsma

I have to say that this book had me from the start! It was really an enjoyable read, one that I wish I had been able to come across as a teen reader. And what’s also awesome about it? It’s FREE on Kindle (click the image to get there).

So, The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 is a sci-fi novel, that, although it is considered a young adult novel, appeals to all ages. I really found the characters highly relatable and very interesting. As soon as I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.

The novel centers around a young boy, J.T., and his fellow human children. The group is traveling on a seed-ship to a remote place called Orbis, their new home. We find out early in the novel that there are no adults on the seed-ship, the Renaissance, and that they all mysteriously perished. They were originally headed to Orbis, to work one year on each of its rings. The children arrive to find out that they must work off the agreement their parents made as, sort of, a bunch of indentured servants.

J.T. is one of the older kids and he is a tough one. We find out he can talk to the computer by just thinking. The aliens on Orbis call people with this talent Softwires. J.T. doesn’t take too kindly to being singled out. Who could blame him?

The world of Orbis is described with great wonder. I really wish I could see this place. It seems awesome. J.T. has a few friends, and a silent sister, that follow him around and help him out during their time on Orbis 1. Just as they arrive, however, things start going wonky with the central computer – a supposed infallible piece of technology. Many of the citizens blame J.T.

You’ll have to read to find out who the culprits are behind this, but it is full of plenty of intrigue and information regarding a fully developed world. I really want to know more, and I have already purchased the second novel, The Softwire: Betrayal on Orbis 2.

A Modern Witch

A Modern Witch – 5/5 Stars

Debora Greary

I have to say, I really enjoyed this novel! I was lucky enough to win this through a LibraryThing giveaway! A Modern Witch is set in modern day, following a group of witches who find a new friend and family member in a woman who never knew she was a witch! Lauren is a real estate agent in Chicago and she inadvertently gets pulled into a Witches Chat while she is grocery shopping online. The women there are all witches and as they try to convince her that she just might be one, she gives them quite a hard time!

Lauren is slow to believe that she could possibly be a witch. The group sends her, Jamie, a trainer to scan her for any magical powers. It turns out that Lauren really has some magical mojo!

Following Lauren on her journey into this world was a great way to explain all of the lore and information surrounding the magic of this place. The magical ideas and information was very fleshed out and felt very concrete, almost as if the author laid everything out beforehand (which is very good!)

My favorite character was Aevryn, a young witchling with great power. He and Lauren bond, and their bond is cute and funny at the same time. They are really quite a pair. They love to play practical jokes and though Aevryn is young, I feel that he is going to grow into a very great witch.

I thought the storyline with Jamie, the trainer witch, and Lauren’s best friend Nat was very cute. They make a great couple and I can’t wait to see how their little witchling turns out!

I really enjoyed the novel and I can’t wait until the next installment! If you want to read something light-hearted and magical, this is the novel for you!

Dead Before Morning

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The Hambledown Dream

The Hambledown Dream – 4/5 Stars

Dean Mayes

The Hambledown Dream is a contemporary fiction novel with a supernatural twist. The novel centers around drug addict and mule, Andrew DeVries. At the start of the novel, his life is a complete mess. He overdoses and dies on the table, only to be brought back to his drug addled life. When he is brought back, something happens to him that changes his life for the better.

The novel starts out with a character other than Andy. We see the death of a man we do not know. At first, I wasn’t sure why we were seeing Denny’s death at the very beginning, but the pieces come together later as Andy starts to find himself “transforming” into a mix of Andy/Denny. Not only does he remember Denny’s memories, but he feels his emotions, and is taking on his physical traits as well.

I have to say that I enjoyed this transformation immensely. I think it was done in a neat way, though the physical transformation seemed much more gradual than the emotional transformation. I felt bad for Andy that he needed another person’s soul inside him to force him out of his bad habits. I really wished that Andy could have managed to survive the drugs on his own, rather than with Denny’s help. I think it would have showed that Andy had a certain strength that was admirable.

Andy is a virtuoso at the guitar, which I thought was very interesting. I haven’t seen much on classical guitar in the past and I think this book shed an cool, new light on this type of classical music. From the start, this is something that both Andy and Denny have in common; it is a common thread that could have pulled their two souls together when they died.

The supernaturalness of the novel was light and I loved that. This is very much a love story, of two people finding each other again and anew. In taking in Denny, Andy starts to see his love, Sonya. She is very much alive in the town of Hambledown, saddened by Denny’s death. The two – Andy and Sonya – see “dreams” of each other in a way that comes to connect them, later when they meet in Australia.

I also have to add that I really love the cover. It brings out the essence of the book in a way that is very appealing. It is a crisp cover that definitely draws the eye.

Lastly, the book was very well written. I enjoyed seeing the love story develop from afar and then again together. It was nice to see Denny reunited with Sonya, even if it was in someone else’s body, and a new love start to blossom.

Paradox – The Angels Are Here

Patti Roberts

I was able to snag a copy of Paradox from Smashwords. I was kinda interested, because I had never really read any Angel type fiction before. The book started out really nicely, with some interesting background about the Angels and their different houses. I was definitely pulled in by these characters, they seemed to have depth and the civil war that seemed to be going on between them definitely excited me to find out more.

Where I lost interest was in the switch from the Angels and their possibly evil natures up above to the people down on earth. I know that the author was attempting to set a background of the human characters and how Angels interact with the humans below, but I felt disconnected from them. I think that I would have liked to see more of the Angels we had started out with interspersed with the humans (I haven’t finished, so I’m not sure if this actually happens, or if the Angels that are interacting with the humans are from the opposing house). What made it harder to get through were some of the word choices used that were a bit confusing for me to understand.

I definitely really liked how the story started out and that part of the story still interests me, however, the bit of human background has sort of burnt me out at the moment and I’m not quite sure yet how much they fit into the story.


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