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The Book Before Revelations by Daniel Manning

Posted July 20, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Angels, Death, Demons, Drama, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal People, Review, Romance / 0 Comments

The Book Before Revelations by Daniel ManningThe Book Before Revelations by Daniel Broken Manning
on December 21st 2015
Pages: 376
Format: ebook
two-stars

The Book Before Revelations is a modern-day religious fantasy starring angels and demons that wage the ultimate battle. Meet Nate, a young adolescent who has survived nothing but the worst from an abusive family and bullying at school. He meets an angel named Angie, who has experienced similar betrayals in heaven. The two begin to bond on an unusual level. As their friendship grows, Angie hears about an unstoppable war that hell plans to unleash on earth. There is no way heaven stands a chance of victory ... unless the believers on earth can stop it with their heavenly yet human bodies opposing hell's angels and demons. The young boy who was a non-believer begins training one on one with the angel. On Nate and Angie's journey, will they find happiness, love, friends, and peace in a time of war? About the Author: Daniel "BROKeN" Manning is a student and this is his first book. Sequels are in the works. Publisher's website: http: //sbprabooks.com/DanielBROKeNManning Author's Facebook: www.facebook.com/brokentheaurthor101

My take on this book:              Finally after a little bit of a year later from being asked to read this book by the author I am finally able to read it.

Sadly, I have to say that this book is getting a two-star rating from me. The reason for this is because it’s a good idea for a story but something that didn’t really keep me entertained. There were also some grammatical errors and some spelling mistakes. The book wasn’t edited and it definitely shows a lot through the writing. The characters all seem to be really good and exciting to see in action in the book but it also seems a bit rushed during parts of the story.

Overall, this book has a lot of potential. I hope the author to go back, redo some things, add to it a bit and take his time with writing. Especially with the dialogue since I’m not sure that ageless angels would be talking like teenagers but then again who knows what they will sound like. Mr. Daniel Manning has a lot of potential to grow. I will keep my eye on this author’s work as I believe that his books will become great one day.

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The Becoming by William Truax III

Posted October 22, 2016 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Angels, Fantasy, Fiction, Greek Mythology, Mythology, Novella, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Witches / 0 Comments

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The Becoming by William Truax IIIThe Becoming by William L. Truax III
Series: Angel/Witch Saga #1
Series Rating: three-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on September 25th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 204
Format: Kindle
three-stars

Just one day after Cameron leaves her job, Francis takes Cameron to meet Dean, (a charming, sophisticated and successful young man) her employer and friend. She is offered a position at his company where Francis works. Cameron is thrilled and accepts the position without hesitation. Read what happens when these two friends discover their true paths as they venture into endeavors with some unforeseen allies. Their goal is to stop an ancient evil who is hell bent on destroying Heaven and taking God's Throne!

My take on this book:              The Becoming by William Truax III is unlike what I thought it would be. I had a completely different version of the book from the synopsis to what the book actually is.

The book is in two different point-of-views. The first point-of-view is of Cameron and she is, unknowingly to her, a witch. The second point-of-view is of Sam and he is, unknowingly also an angel or at least part of an angel.

Cameron is a believable character that is trying to get a job and support herself. Which she does with the help of her friend, Francis.  Cameron finds out about her being a witch and that her main powers are with electricity and lightning. To me, those two powers sound so awesome. I also think that these powers totally fit Cameron. Cameron will isn’t as strong as I would think someone of her power should be. It is almost like she goes under a spell and loses herself in him.

Sam is living on his own despite his mom having a key to his apartment. He works at Walmart and has made recent changes to his lifestyle. Sam is a believable character. At first, his mother was very overprotective of him but then she seems to allow him to become an adult. The mother-son relationship between the two was totally sweet, I could totally picture it. He didn’t really know about himself being an Angel until he went to get his girlfriend back from the people that took her away.

The book overall was good. I truly like the concept. Although, the beginning of the book was slow and kind of hard for me to get into. Once  I got to the middle of the book, it was fast-paced and I liked it more. However, I found the gaps of time that weren’t explained well, due to the deep point of view that author maintains. I also found that I had a lot of unanswered questions after reading the book. These unanswered questions had to do with things that I didn’t understand in the book and with why certain things happened when it contradicted with what the character was thinking/doing in the first half of the book. The gaps in time really bothered the flow of the story. I figured these might be answered within the other books of the series.

The Becoming by William Truax III is overall a good book but not exactly what I thought it would be. I am giving it a three stars rating due to the time gaps and the unanswered questions. I think that the author really has a way with keeping with the point of view which is good. But I would like to see a better switch and less confusion when going from Cameron to Sam. I feel that this author will continue to grow as a writer. Please give it a try as if you like mythology you may understand it better than I did.

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About William L. Truax III

William L. Truax III is a father of 2, an 11-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. His wife, Tiffany, and himself have been together now for the last 12 years and going strong. He works full time for Xerox and he, of course, writes. He resides in Marianna, Florida with his family. In 2006 to 2007 he served in the United States Military Corps and was sent home due to injury, since then he has been taken care of by the Veteran’s Affairs.


Catastrophe

Posted July 12, 2016 by karenbaron in Angels, Demons, Dragon Shifters, Elves, Fairies, Fantasy, Jinn, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal People, Review, Sekhmet, Series, Supernatural, Vampires, Witches / 0 Comments

CatastropheCatastrophe by Liz Schulte
Series: Sekhmet #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on December 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: Kindle
five-stars

I have learned a few things in my life. If you can’t wear clean underwear, don’t wear any at all. Never trust a vampire. Secret ruling councils should generally be avoided. Finally, and this is the most important, very few people are ever what they seem.However, it wasn’t always easy to live by these rules. Like, when said secret ruling council demanded my appearance and then did the worst thing they could possible do and inflamed my curiosity. Asking me to go to New Orleans to investigate a series of werewolf attacks, I couldn’t possibly say no to that.The first problem was werewolves had been eliminated from the Abyss so it was impossible that they were killing anyone. The second fiasco was that more vampires were in this city than ever before, including the one who was intent on ruining my life. And the third complication was I couldn’t tell anyone else about my mission or I would forfeit my freedom to the council.Some missions are easy. Others are a Catastrophe.

My Thoughts:         Curiosity may not kill the cat but…

First I must say that even though this is the first part of the Sekhmet Series, it is a spin off from the world of Liz Schulte. I like that Ms. Schulte doesn’t rehash the previous books and disrupt the story of this one. I have read her other books and thoroughly enjoy the world that she has created.

Femi is a wonderful character, she has depth, backbone, insecurities and attitude issues. She likes to know the “why” of each bounty not just how it is done. Femi does have a serious commitment issues. I am not sure if it is just a Sekhmet thing or just that she is afraid to lose someone she cares deeply for or she just hasn’t found that special person. Everyone has their own inner demons and reasons for being who they are. Femi is a warrior with tons of emotion and she cares way more than a Sekhmet should. Sekhmet are neutral in nature, but Femi has a hard time not helping the underdog/little guy.

Femi is extremely curious about the Abyss council. When they assign her a bounty in New Orleans, (ok they actually gloated her into taking the job). You know the ole’ greater good angle, either way Femi won’t back down and she can’t have unanswered questions if at all possible. Whenever the greater good plays in there is always a catastrophe on the horizon.

As for the Liz Schulte’s world of the Abyss, I love it. You have the humans who don’t see the other creatures walking among them, and you have the Abyss creatures. The Abyss creatures are wonderful and as with humans some are good, some are bad, and some are a little of both.

I think I truly like the mysteries that Ms. Schulte uses in each story, she keeps me guessing and manages to toss in that little bit to make me question if the one I picked is the bad guy (or should I say main bad guy). You really never know how many angles are being played until the story plays out. However, I like the way she wraps it up, with a kind of happy ending.

She also has that little bit of romance that keeps you coming back. As for Femi and Sy, I like the flirting and the way they protect each other, but I hope that there is a person that is truly for Femi. Someone who will compliment her and become the partner that she truly needs. If Sy is this person than that is great if not, I can’t wait to see who or what Ms. Schulte can imagine.

So, if you haven’t already read Liz Schulte’s Easy Bake Coven series, The Guardian Trilogy, or The Jinn Trilogy, you might want to look into these. She also has a few short stories that go with her world of the Abyss. My rating is 5 stars.

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Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Angels, Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Bloody Valentine by Melissa de la CruzBloody Valentine by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Blue Bloods #5.5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Hyperion on December 28th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 147
Format: Kindle
five-stars

The Blue Bloods have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shape-shift, and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even those immortal vampires, has total control.
In Bloody Valentine, part of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, author Melissa de la Cruz offers three tantalizing stories that delve deep into the love lives of the all-powerful vamps (and their Red Blood friends) from New York's Upper East Side. Might a witchy new girl help cure Oliver's broken heart? How did Allegra fall in love with a human? Will Schuyler and Jack finally be bonded?
Romantic and sensual, Bloody Valentine reveals the undying love, the hope and devastation, and the lust and longing that have defined the Blue Bloods throughout history. Prepare to be swept off your feet.

My take on this book:: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

So this is the second and last novella for the Blue Bloods series and I loved every last minute of reading it. Granted I could have probably finished it on Friday or Saturday but I finished it today. A Sunday. Mostly because yesterday, Saturday, I was busy helping my mom with planting flowers and stuff. Which was so fun and I was so tired after that, which isn’t good since that means I’m out of shape, that I didn’t have a chance to read. But today I did and I finished the book.

What I like about this book is that, despite it being short, we got to see a whole lot of other things. Like for instance in Oliver’s part of the book how he went from becoming a familiar trying to make it on his own to going back to that blood house to become a familiar but didn’t. We also got to see Freya. I liked how Melissa de la Cruz tied that into this series and into her Witches of East End series too. The other thing that I liked about it was the middle part had Allegra meeting her husband and seeing something that would happen later on in her life. Granted it did happen despite Gabrielle trying not to. I liked though how different Allegra and Charles was, unlike Abaddon and Azrael who were both kind of similar, even though I would have liked to see more of Allegra and Charles in the actual books. The last part I liked was of Schuyler and Jack. Those two are so cute together and I am happy that Jack, Abaddon, was finally able to find someone that he truly loves. Despite what he says during their bonding day about when they were all cast out of heaven.

What I didn’t like was, well more of is, that Melissa likes to torture us with the fact that Jack and Schuyler might not get to be together anymore despite them bonding. I mean I know that I’m not completely done reading the series but I also hope that maybe, hopefully, some of these characters in her books get to have a happy ending. But that is all that I dislike for right now.

Melissa de la Cruz has made another excellent book despite it ONLY being a novella it’s still a good one. And I’m sure when I get the last two books of the Blue Bloods series I will like them as well. I mean to me it’s kind of hard not to fall in love with this series. Or, in my case, almost any book I read I fall in love with. Okay I can give you a few books I didn’t like but it’s only a few. But this series and these books I have indeed fallen in love with them and I can’t wait to read more of Melissa de la Cruz’s books. Oh and I give this book 5 stars.

Oh and don’t worry everyone I am coming up with a rating system.

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About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.


Misguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Angels, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Urban, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Misguided Angel by Melissa de la CruzMisguided Angel by Melissa de la Cruz
Series: Blue Bloods #5
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Hyperion on October 26th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 265
Format: Kindle

After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods.
Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online...for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again.
As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart.

My take on this book:: CAUTION!! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS PLEASE STOP READING NOW! IF YOU DO WANT TO READ SPOILERS CONTINUE ON! I WON’T ALWAYS HAVE SPOILERS THOUGH!!

Hi everyone. This is the fifth book in the series of Blue Bloods. I love this series if you haven’t tell. The way Melissa writes is very good and awesome. In this book she has four parts and the first three are with someone else.

Of course Melissa starts with Schuyler who is her main character as Sky is the character that the first few books were based on. Melissa never did any first person point of view which I think is good since first person is good for some books but for this one I believe that third person point of view is the best.

This book takes place a month after The Van Alen Legacy book left with Sky and Jake leaving Oliver and Mimi behind. They are now trying to figure out with where the third Gate of Hell is so that they could make sure that nothing bad is happening to it.

One of the things that I like about this book and the series is that all of the characters seem so real and that I can actually talk to them in real life. Even if they are vampires. What I also like is that yeah they are vampires who have lived for a pretty long time and yeah most of them are just supposedly “teenagers” and some people don’t think that they should be acting like 50 year olds. The way I think about this is that since they are able to relive all of their past lives and with that I believe eventually it would take a toll on the vampire especially in Mimi’s case on having to be older and try to lead these vampires that it will make the vampire act older and probably fell older than what they actually are. But that is just my idea on something like that. I also like how she goes back and forth about where the book is leading up to in the past to the present. Like in the first book with the Mayflower stuff from Cordelia’s past life and we go off to the present time.

I guess I don’t really have any dislikes….well besides the whole thing of that I just want someone to have a happy ending. I mean I was routing for Dylan and Bliss. ;’( Still sad that Dylan is gone. He was such a good character. The second couple I am routing for is a tossup between Jake and Sky and Kingsley and Mimi. I mean Kingsley and Mimi are like so cute with their bickering. Or at least in my head whenever I was reading about them they were cute. I also wonder if maybe Abbandon and Azrael were just young and thought they loved each other when they did their bonding that so long ago. Now that they are much older and maybe they might have found the people that they were supposed to fall in love with a long time ago now.

I think that this book is crucial for the plot because we find out about a new type of species. Yes there is more than just Angels, humans, and someone like Sky. We also find out about a new type of evil that our characters will have to deal with. I am also really hoping that Charles and Allegra get out of the White Darkness to help Mimi with the Coven and even more that Mimi can find Kingsley if she is ever able to. I am in love with this book series and I know that my mom has told me to critique these a little bit better but I am going to give this book another five stars.

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About Melissa de la Cruz

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.