Hunt for the Last Wizard (Chronicles of Novarmere: Dark Wizard Quartet #2) – Melanie Ifield

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Kindle: $1.21
Paperback: $9.99      

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In the second book of the ‘Chronicles of Novarmere: Dark Wizard Series’, Daniel faces more sorcery, even more danger and magical forces than ever before as the sirens of the Glass Sea attempt to drag him into a watery grave. With angry dragons and hungry goblins who would like nothing more than to eat the companions alive, travel in the Land of Novarmere is not for the faint-hearted!
What else will happen as the companions journey north on the hunt for the last wizard of Novarmere?

review

If you start to see betrayal in everyone you meet, soon you will be unable to spend any time in the company of others. You’ll be confined by your own suspicions. – Nilofar

The first word to come to mind – Amazing. I loved the first book, but this one took it to another level. I truly believed that if someone were to make a movie out of this, it would be at least as successful as Narnia.

The book starts off with a revision on what happened in the previous book. Now to be honest here, this was not done well. It was more complex than it should be. Instead of trying to connect it in the story, the author should have just made a paragraph in a style of “previously on”.  I remembered what went on in the first book even though it has been some time since I have read it. So if someone was to jump into this one immediately after the first, it would bore him out and make him skip a few pages, and nobody wants to do that (unless you are reading centuries old books for your school project, you are excused to do that then).

The story picks up where it left off. Our little protagonist Daniel is still trapped in Novarmere and his brave heart is still there to assist his friends on the new adventure. Following the events in the previous book, the search is on to find their friend and last wizard, Poe. Nilofar, the little dragon, that we also met in the first book and grew fond of, is still present and still flapping his wings and puffing smoke. We do however meet a few new characters, that still need to earn our trust. After the turn of events in the first book, we just do not like to give it away as easily. You will meet a fewer selection of new characters and creatures, which is not a bad thing. The author took a step back and gave us just enough material for us to comprehend and remember. It is a good way to make us care for and cherish every single character in the book.

As we are used to by now, action and mystery is just around the corner in Novarmere. Our friends have to fight to stay alive and so does our protagonist, Daniel. There is a sense of maturity kicking in, because for the first time in his life, he has to know how to handle himself and how to protect others. So we can account for character growth throughout the book (and probably even series). The book teaches us that we should go over and beyond for our friends and never give up, no matter what danger crosses our path. You never know, your friends might have to do the same for you one day (write this down somewhere, probably the smartest sentences to come from under my fingers).

If we compare it to the first book in a sense of quotable lines, you will not find that many in this one. This book, compared to the previous one, is a bit more serious. They are searching for their friend after all and with so much going on, there really is no time to be a philosopher. You will find some tho and those are more than enough to get you through.

I loved the book and I am off to buy the next part.

Book recommendation: 9/10

Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire – Jillianne Hamilton (OLD REVIEW)

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Now this is something that we do not read much about – a professional thief!

We follow the story of Molly Miranda who is a thief for hire. While she may in fact have been in the business for years, she also does not seem to have much luck on her side. And this is what the whole book is all about. When I am talking about luck I am not talking about her being clumsy and getting caught on every task, but I am talking about her life outside her job. She is a well-built character that keeps to herself most of the time, afraid of opening up to someone. That is until she meets that “someone”. And if that is not enough, she also takes a job offer that might doom her. From there the story takes a big roller-coaster drive.

Molly as a character does not develop much throughout the story. While we know here as a strict professional from the beginning of the book, we also learn about her soft side a couple of pages later. But that is basically it. She has inner conflicts, but at the end she stays true to herself. It is also worth mentioning that we are able to see what Molly thinks. Her thoughts are written down ninety percent of the time, so we know what is going through her head at all times.

The author also included humour in just the right places so it brings a smile to your face but does not ruin the story for you. It is mostly made up with Molly’s thoughts or witty comments. Molly’s knowledge of Geography is just the cherry on the cake.

“Have you ever been to Barcelona?”
I thought for a moment.
That’s in South America, right?

All in all, if you are looking for a fun, humorous and, at the same time, deep story then you should take this book into consideration. It is truly a fun short read and one that will not waste your time.

Book recommendation: 8/10

Malevolent – Jana Deleon (OLD REVIEW)

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SPOILER ALERT

I have always liked reading mystery and detective stories, so when I got the opportunity to read this book I welcomed it with open hands. Malevolent is the first book in the Shaye Archer series. It is a mix of not so good detective work and a much better suspense and mystery aura.

The book starts with Shaye, the main protagonist, accepting a new client at her private detective agency. We know right of the bat with what case the book will be dealing with. The case is a detective cliché, dealing with stalking due to murder. That is a bit disappointing; this topic has been covered in detective books from top to bottom already and is certainly nothing fresh. It reeks of death, as a matter of fact.

As far as detective skills go – we are told at the beginning that Shaye is just starting in the whole detective business. While that prepares us for a few beginner mistakes, which is fine, it does certainly not prepare us for the apathetic detective. Shaye is made out to be a very smart woman, but her actions disprove that. While she is posing as an interior designer, she picks up the envelope left by the stalker and puts it in her bag, like a complete amateur. There is just nothing there that would make her stand out more as a detective than a random person passing by. Her solving skills are really bad, which brings me to the next point.

Shaye caught the wrong guy. Rings a bell? Yes, another familiar tune. Somehow all writers manage to implement catching the wrong guy in their books without fail and it is annoying.  As a reader you will be able to see that before anyone else in the book does. And that does not make it a fun read whatsoever.

Plot twist without any background is pointless and stupid. You will find out at the end, that the person behind the stalking is actually a character that had five lines in the whole book. It was like the author thought it would be really interesting to do that and screw with us readers. I do not mind screwing around but making the main antagonist someone who was not involved in the main story whatsoever is just dumb. You cannot even relate to that character because of that and when the moment of revelation comes you are just left unconcerned and uninterested.

All in all, it is a good enough read if you have nothing else to read, and you just want to waste some time on a book that you will not remember or regret reading.

Book recommendation: 5/10

Gibberish #8

Okay, I did not find any WiFi connection to post Gibberish on Monday, so you are getting one now. In other news, Czech Republic was a blast

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But to return to our usual topics. I am considering moving the time frame in which the posts are published. I have checked the stats and most of you, who check out my site, come from USA. So I am thinking of changing it to something that might fit you all more. I am not sure yet.

My previous rant about reviews seemed to work. I must thank all the authors that responded and offered their books for free. Just as it is supposed to be. This whole situation is still a hell of a lot weird to me, so I am glad everything worked out. For the record, as this is the last time I will be talking about this, if you want me to read your book, buy it and do a review – I will not respond to your email. Call me a scumbag, I do not care.

That is all for today, I need to go catch some z’s since I came home from the trip yesterday at like midnight. As I promised, I will write about the trip, so that is what awaits you in the next week‘s Gibberish.

Do not forget to check in tomorrow, for your weekly book review.

– Viking

No Good Son – J.L. Vaughan (OLD REVIEW)

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If you are looking for action in a book then you need to read this one. The author managed to squeeze so much action packed events and character development into such a short book that I must applaud him for that. Amazing.
The story picks up right off the bat, you are thrown into an event already planned and unfolding right in front of your eyes. You get to know the characters and get into the flow of who they are and what they do. You might find yourself cheering for them a couple of pages in although you may feel that what they are doing is not right. Later the story slows down, but not to the extent of it getting boring. It is written like life itself. You may have some events in life where you think that life is just passing you at insane speeds and at other times you just feel like time is dragging like chocolate candy filled with caramel. The author knew when to speed up the pace and when to slow it down, so the flow of the story is actually changing but not losing the quality of the story.
The characters at the start feel like they are molded already and there will not be any changes made to them. Wrong. As the story unfolds the characters develop immensely which is, again, hard to achieve in such a short book. Especially subdued to the change is the main protagonist Mike. His personality changes as his life goes up and down like a roller coaster.
While I do feel that just maybe the book could use a couple of pages more, just to extend the story and get a bit more detail into it, there is no stopping me on giving this one a high rating.
Big thanks to the author for sending me a review copy of the book. I am looking forward to the next books.

Book recommendation: 8/10

 

Gibberish #7

Because I messed up the scheduling and do not want to skip Gibberish, you are all getting it today. Yay.

I am going abroad next week so I will write all the stuff (for next week) probably today, so you guys will not miss a thing. I might wait out with Gibberish and report in from Prague. I will see how much time I will have. I will write something anyway and schedule it, just in case I will not have time on monday. I will definitely write a post related to the trip though.

ATTENTION!

I have received a few e-mails asking me for a review. I am always open for that, but do not expect me to buy your book and then review it. That is just not how this works. I do not have enough money to buy books from all of you. I will write this into the page description too and I hope it does the trick. I also hope you all understand this.

Anyways, see you soon, Prague

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– Viking

Rant Club #1

I SCHEDULED THIS POST ON THE WRONG WEEK. SORRY ABOUT THAT! 

To continue my rant from Monday, I have decided to read a random book, just to prove my point. I went to the Kindle store and chose between books with 4 starts or up. I went for the shortest one I could find (duh). To up it all up a notch, so you do not say that I chose the worst one, this book was written by a USA today bestselling author. So without further ado – Hush: Part 1 by Amanda Maxlyn.

So let us start from the beginning. We are placed in the middle of our protagonist, Emma, getting fired. Which is the dumbest thing ever, as you would think that she had some glamorous job and can not believe she just got fired. Nope, she worked as a waitress and even sucked at it. So no, nobody will feel compassion for her, even though the author probably wanted us to.

The story goes on, she returns home, where she lives with her sister Brooke and her friend Ali. After the conversation on her getting fired, they manage to convince her to go to a party. Now, we are already at 30% of the book. As you can see, you can easily skip all 30%, because you will not miss a god damn thing.

As you would expect, they go to the party and she meets a guy. Big fucking surprise, huh? Wait, it gets worse. The freaking sexy or whatever talk you want to call it is so cringy, it is indescribable. “His brown hair is windblown, his face freshly shaven, and when he gives me a full-on grin I almost buckle at the knees. Fuck. He has dimples.” Feel like throwing up? I certainly do. Oh my god, look at him, he has dimples! c3e

Now imagine this, he says that he broke up with his girlfriend today. The next minute they are both kissing on the balcony. I mean, this is so unrealistic that it is retarded. Then some more conversation and random events that nobody gives two shits about. And as soon as we hit the 65% of the book, we finally get to read some action! Now, this is written as you would expect it to be. Imagine yourself in a room with someone of opposite sex and there is some kissing and finger action involved. There you go, that is it. That is all that happens. Or does it?

Plot twist! In the middle of, what I would call foreplay, Trey (the guy) decides to book it. He knows why but Emma does not. No, it has nothing to do with hygiene of Emma’s private parts. As you would think, Emma can not believe it, so she just ends up going home. Waking up the next morning, she finds out that her sister broke up with her boyfriend, but he is coming over to visit today anyway. Now you can all probably see where this is going. The bell rings, Emma opens the door and… *drum roll* Tray stands in front of her.

And this is all that happens. In a book written by a bestselling author. If we go to technicalities. The book is poorly written, events that have no connection to the main plot or any kind of sub-plot are there just to stack up the pages. That being said, you can easily throw away half of the book. The other half has a “story” or rather beginning of one. Now I know this is book one, but who in their right mind would even want to read the second part. Word of advice to all you writers out there. This should be like porn. You do not return to watch the second part after you do your thing. So stop writing series of this crap. If we go forward, character development is non-existent. We do not even know any history of the characters. We do not even know why Emma suddenly decides to fuck a guy she met 5 minutes ago (she is not like that, according to her sister and Ali). We do not know anything.

The only thing I do know is that this book sucks. And the erotic part that everyone craves for is what ANYBODY could write by using their dirty mind. So if any of you want to become a bestselling author, you now know what to do.