Review of Orb and Arrow (Book 1: Exploration) by V.L. Stuart

Orb and Arrow 


Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Length: 244 Pages

POV: Third Person


“A dimlock cannot be removed,” Rodenis had taught them, “except by the holder of its key.”

A dimlock collar, made in mocking imitation of a great chain of office, is used to keep a mage from casting a spell or reaching out for mana. Its medallions are raised disks each separated by short links and each with the sign of a black spell. With its dark power it makes the wearer separate from mana and the world around him. A dimlock is used to bind, to punish, to transport a mage whose deeds are so unspeakable that only execution is waiting.

But supposed if a dimlock could be removed? What if the lock could be picked, the medallions pried from flesh? Could the wearer live through the ordeal? Should he even be allowed to live?

Brillar finds such a bound mage but sees Light where there should be only Darkness. Her removal of the dimlock throws her world out of balance. Accepting an apprenticeship from a Mage of the Four Powers restores the balance but puts both their lives in danger.

Follow them to Lands-end, the Wilds and beyond with Orb and Arrow.

Brandi’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Brillar is a very headstrong character with a calling to the wild. She is young but her gifts seem to come naturally. One can be taught only so much, other things in life must be learned. She heads out to the open road to test her abilities and encounters many rough characters and wild adventures.

Garnelden is met on the road by Brillar, he was in a precarious circumstance. She freed him and he became an integral part of her adventures. “Elden” as he is referred to in the book, has a long history and is highly skilled in many forms of magic. He has much to teach, and Brillar makes the perfect apprentice.

The book “Orb and Arrow” is very thrilling, taking you quickly from page to page. There are three parts in this book, each with its separate tale to tell, each just as enthralling than the next. You will travel with Brillar and Elden through the wild and back again. Some scenes are well written, well explained and captivating while others leave you wanting more. There are many battles, all are very exiting! I wish they lasted a little longer and had more suspense leading up to them. That being said, I did not ever find it hard to turn the page! If there was a second book, I would read it to see where the story will turn next!

I give Orb and Arrow 3 stars.

One star removed for grammatical errors and one removed for non-realistic battle scenes.

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Review of Between Rock and a Hard Place (Rocking Romance #3) by M.J. Schiller


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 249 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The Rocking Romance books are a COLLECTION not a SERIES, so there is no need to read them in order. Different characters, different settings. All involve rock star main characters.

Heath “Hawk” McGowan is a young, single, cop and father. Jasmine Barrett is the rock star who has just discovered her best friend murdered in her own bed. Jasmine, or “Jazz”, as her fans call her, is not at all what Heath expects when he first meets her. Anticipating having to work with a prima donna, he is surprised to find her sweet and completely unassuming, in addition to being as sexy as her onstage persona. After outlining a number of reasons why he shouldn’t become involved with her—the top reason being he is the lead investigator in the murder of her best friend—Heath finds that he can’t stop himself from falling in love.

Things heat up between the two, especially after Jazz discovers another body in the condominium’s garage, and her terror drives her closer to Heath. Will Heath be able to solve the murders before Jasmine becomes the next victim? Or will he save Jazz, while, at the same time, losing his heart to her?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Unlike its series predecessors Between Rock and a Hard Place combines the romance and suspense from the first chapter. The love story is entwined within a murder case and it brings a new aspect to the cop/victim relationship.

“He loved the way she blushed and glanced away. Professionalism is over rated. To hell with it.” 

Heath is a good cop, but Jazz stirs something in him that pushes his lines, making them blurry as hell. He wants to catch the killer and keep her safe, but he also wants to keep her.

“Every time I’m near you, I get this overwhelming urge to kiss you.” 

Jazz isn’t the rock star image she portrays; she’s sweet and caring and has a past that sticks with her. For the first time in her life, being with Heath allows her the freedom of enjoying her life without being controlled, and she loves it. Being with him, his son, and his brothers is where she wants to be.

“That’s okay, it’s true, you do kiss me.” She stared straight ahead, as if concentrating, but then added, “But not enough.” 

Between Rock and a Hard Place is a sweet romance that has you cheering for both Heath and Jazz, but at the same time it’s filled with graphic crime scenes and a psycho who needs to be caught, which leaves you on edge until he is.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Heath and Dippin’ Dots.

“Dad, stick your thumb on the roof of your mouth. I’m telling you, it works.”

“I’m not doing that. I’ll look like an idiot.”

“Oh, ’cause that looks so much better,” she quipped and then dodged when he tried to grab her. “Is Mr. Big-Bad-Police-Officer being done in by the little Dippin’ Dots?” 

Jenn 4 Heart

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Review of Seoul-Mates by Pamela Q Fernandes


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 120 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

She’s a down-on-her-luck foreigner struggling to fit into a close-knit society, and he’s the heir to one of Seoul’s largest business empires. The marriage of Anglo-Indian Katia Rosario to Jihan Kwan, Seoul’s most eligible bachelor, sounds like a fairytale romance.

Except that its not.

At its heart, Katia and Jihan’s romance is a marriage of convenience, a contract designed to fulfill their ulterior motives. Their union, rather than being celebrated, is scorned by those closest to them, by jilted lovers and estranged family members.

And to top it all, a shadowy nemesis is making its presence felt, endangering both their lives in a quest for revenge.

Amidst this turmoil, a fragile bond blossoms between Katia and Jihan. Will their fledgling love be enough to overcome their obstacles?

Brandi’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Seoul-Mates is the perfect drama! The mother-in-law figure who was really a vengeful aunt was the perfect antagonist. With every word she said it made me hate her more, which made me fly through the story just to see what she was going to do next.

Katia and Jihan got married without even knowing each other, similar to an arranged marriage. As if this alone is not enough they have her jealous ex and his crazy aunt trying to drive a wedge between them. I will not give a way to much here, all I can say is read it, and you will not be disappointed.

This is a short book, but long enough to be a well-rounded story. Bravo Pamela! Well done! I look forward to reading more from this author.

My Favorite ‘Worst’ Part:  When Jihan’s aunt tried enrolling Katia in finishing school.

Overall, I give this 5 stars! 

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Review of Thimble Down: A Mystery (Chronicles of Dorro #1) by Pete Prown


Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Book Length (Est.): 229 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

THIMBLE DOWN is a country village where death and malice lurk the quiet lanes. When the vile, drunken Bing Rumple acquires a gem-laden treasure, violence begins to follow him everywhere. Where did Bing find such a precious jewel, and worse, is someone willing to kill to possess it? In this fast-paced adventure, the village bookmaster, Mr. Dorro, and his young companions Wyll Underfoot and Cheeryup Tunbridge are in a desperate race to find the answer—before death comes to Thimble Down.

Brandi’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review*

Thimble Down is a wonderful mystery novel placed in a fantasy world with Halflings and Elves. When a rare Elven brooch comes up missing and they track its whereabouts to a good for nothing Halfling in Thimble Down, it is the towns Bookmaster, Dorro Winderiver, who will solve the case!

This is a well-rounded story with a whole lot of suspense and wonderful character development. I found myself questioning who had the missing brooch right up to the very end of the story, even when a person out right confesses, I still had doubts. The author did not want to give anything away right up till the very end, it was perfect!

I strongly recommend anyone who loves fantasy to read this novel. Pete Prown is a great author and effortlessly brought the characters to life!

Favorite Moment: When Dorro showed the Elves how to fish when they could not kill them with their bow and arrows.

Overall, I give this 4 stars! 

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Review of Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collection Agency by Dan O’Brien


Genre: Children’s Fantasy/Humor

Book Length (Est.): 42 Pages

Illustrated By: Steve Ferchaud 

Book Description/Synopsis:  

You’re never too old to have one more adventure. Brought to life by Steve Ferchaud’s vibrant drawings, this story for all ages by Dan O’Brien lets us know that it is never too late to have one more adventure.

Brandi’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Robert Pendleton is taken on a magical journey into a parallel dimension by a couch change collector. I love the premise of this story and how it gives you a possible answer to all the weird things that happen, such as where all the socks disappear to and where the loose change ends up.

I think this is a story both children and adults will enjoy. I recommend it to anyone that loves a fantasy filled children’s book that is short enough for a bedtime story.

Overall, I give this 5 stars! 

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Review of Shadows of the Past by Richard Schiver


Genre: Paranormal Suspense/Horror

Book Length (Est.): 238 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

They hide in the shadows..

“Tell me about the warehouse, Carl.”
“I don’t want to go there,” Carl whispered.
“The shadows.”
Sam could feel something crawling around inside him, a thing dark and oily, responding to Carl’s terror. He recalled the solitude of the warehouse. The thoughts that went through his mind upon entering its shadowy interior.
He who walks between the rows.
Carl pointed a shaking finger at the building behind them. Among the pedestrians moving in and out through the seven revolving doors, Sam caught a glimpse of something dark. A shadowy figure, seen for a brief moment, then gone as quickly as it appeared.
“The shadows,” Carl whispered with a shaky voice.
“What’s in the shadows?” Sam’s throat was constricted and he struggled to get the words out, “tell me, Carl, what do you see in the shadows?”
“Ssssshhhhh.” Carl put his finger to his lips. He whispered, “don’t let it hear you.”

An ancient ceremonial dagger has a disturbing effect on any who come into contact with it. Contained within the blade is the spirit of a primordial god who once ruled a young planet. Seeking a return to its former glory it searches for the only one who can release it from its prison of the past. A brain damaged four year old whose fathomless black eyes hold a disturbing secret.

It will do anything to possess this child. But first it will have to go through the boy’s father who is struggling with his own shadows of the past as he teeters on the brink of a terrifying decision.

Brandi’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

When I first started reading this novel it was hard to remember all the characters, they came in so fast and switched from one scene to another quickly. However the writing style and character drama kept me intrigued.  After a few chapters I felt I knew all the people well enough that I was not turning pages back to find out who this or that person was.

Sam is a police officer who has had a rough life, we all know the stresses that come with losing a loved one or feeling alone, but Sam has to overcome forces that are out of this world! I think my jaw was clenched through the entire story. I felt what the characters did, at one point I even yelled at the book, I never did have to put it in the freezer though.

Richard Schiver has a way of making every possible fear come alive in his novel, everything I am afraid of materialized in the text… I am not exaggerating…everything! But I never put the book down, I couldn’t! I was so into the plot, I just had to know how it turned out.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes horror. I have read every Stephen King novel ever written, even the Bachman books, and Richard Schiver is right up there on his level for me. Great job Rick, keep on writing! 

Overall, I give this 5 stars! 

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