Book Review: These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden

These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden

A Dark Romantic Fantasy Novel Independently published (03/31/21)

Summary:

“The eyes gave away most. Even humans.” (Location 754).

Thistle and Thorn are some of the last remaining free humans on Earth. The arrival of aliens from a tear in the fabric of the universe was the end of humans’ topping the food chain. The aliens, Suriias, have several different species but most are of the same mindset – that humans are lesser beings, pets, and sometimes food.

Thistle and Thorn have survived their whole lives in hiding, but they are determined to find their parents’ killer in the capital city of Courtenz. In order to navigate more freely, they decide to attach themselves to a pair of Suriias, Thistle as fiancée and Thorn as a tagalong. Thistle embraces this new life, this chance at normalcy, but Thorn is convinced that Suriias can only ever be the enemy.

Keywords:

Magic, Aliens, Technology, Flying Cars, Multiple Worlds, Multiple POV, Sisters, Brothers, Friends, Love, Romance, Sacrifice, Revenge, Fighting, Death

My Review:

I’m reticent to read fantasy and longer novels because they often drag, but this book didn’t feel like it was 600+ pages long. This book read like a satisfying trilogy all-in-one and I’m glad the author took time to give it proper pacing and an exciting and gratifying ending.

Another reason I’m reticent to read fantasy is that it takes me longer than with other genres to get into the story. I fell in love with the characters of this world before I fell in love with the world, but I was soon hooked on the world with its technology and magic. After getting through the first chapter, I couldn’t put this story down.

This novel is like two stories in one, but I was caught off guard when halfway through the book we leave Thorn’s story behind to focus on Lucian (I may have made an indignant sound at this point). I was so very, very engrossed in Thorn’s story that I didn’t want to leave her behind, though I quickly decided that I wanted more of Lucian’s story.

Crunden took no shortcuts and didn’t fall into quick stereotypes with her characters and her romances. I love the way she writes her characters and builds a romance.

This was an exceptional story with enticing characters and a seamlessly flowing writing style.

I can’t wait to read the next novel by this author!

This novel was Independently published on 03/31/2021 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 5.00

Links for more information:

Goodreads

Rebecca Crunden’s Website

Book Review: Rebuilding Alexandra Small by Mo Fanning

Rebuilding Alexandra Small by Mo Fanning

A Comedic Fiction Novel published by Spring Street Books (06/04/21)

First reviewed through Reedsy Discovery

Summary:

Allie Small was an alcoholic. Now she’s been sober for years, is married to a rising-star athlete, and is trying for a baby. Everything is on the up and up until she finds out that her husband has been having an affair with their fertility doctor. Not only that, but somehow the media keeps getting ahold of all the most sordid details of Allie’s troubles. It appears that someone from her past has it out for her.

Keywords:

WAG, Alcoholism, Press, Rumor, Gossip, Work, Love, Backstabbing, Media

My Review:

This book was refreshing, but at the same time had me biting my nails with mild anxiety. I never knew what was going to befall the main character Allie next. Nothing terrible happens to her, but every day some new annoyance, mishap, snide comment, or bullying occurs. At times I felt sorry for Allie and at other times I blamed her. Allie is not perfect, hasn’t always made great decisions, and sometimes lashes out. She’s like one version of ourselves, the version we are always trying to hide. Yet even then, I envy her. Allie doesn’t suppress herself. She reacts. She says what she shouldn’t and acts on impulse… but not all the time. She is trying to pick up her pieces and move on with her life, except she’s been thrust into a state of limbo. Mo Fanning has cleverly crafted this complex environment for Allie and I was enthralled watching the ups and downs of her everyday life within this environment. I was forever guessing what she would do or say next. I couldn’t put the book down. I was very curious about what was going to happen next. My life feels like it’s so different from Allie’s and I found her absolutely fascinating.

Allie is a WAG, thrust into the media and spotlight (mostly for her shortcomings or any negative drama surrounding her) because she’s married to a well-known athlete. Every time someone recognizes Allie on the street, I was not shocked at the interactions, but disgusted by the media’s negative portrayal of her. This is a reality of pop news and it was maddening to see Allie have to deal with this type of bullying. Allie wasn’t always nice to others growing up, so perhaps the way people see her and treat her now might be some kind of karma, but she doesn’t deserve it! Nobody does. The small window into the nasty way celebrities and those in the media are treated was both fascinating and saddening.

I felt like I was reading a mid-life crisis in action. Allie runs the gamut of moods, from hopeful to impassive to angry and worked up.

I was intrigued by Allie’s relationship with her husband, her friends, and people in the media. The book features heavy dialogue that is well-written and really tells the whole story.

For those who love some good gossip and day-to-day comedic tragedy, this is the book for you!

This novel was published by Spring Street Books 06/04/21 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.50

Links for more information:

Mo Fanning’s Website

Goodreads

Book Review: Gagging For It By Ellis Richmond

Gagging For It By Ellis Richmond

A Coming of Age YA Novel published by Oata Publishing (03/07/21)

First reviewed through Reedsy Discovery

Summary:

In a small town in the 1980s Claire is seduced by her older cousin’s husband. Thinking that a relationship with Tony will be good for her, Claire does everything he says and keeps their relationship a secret. After Claire starts dating a boy her age from school, she struggles to reconcile the two different relationships. Tony won’t take no for an answer and he loves her, doesn’t he?

Keywords:

Grooming, Teenager, 1980s, Troubled Home, Affair, Sexual Relationship, Sex, Abus, Injury, Friendship, Trapped, Manipulation, Secrets, Bullying, Coercion, Rape

My Review:

Claire is young. So very young. This book will punch you in the gut because this story is very realistic. This story is scary and at times hard to read. In the 1980s where the novel is set, it is much more likely for a story about Claire to happen. She is somewhat isolated. The influence of the world is narrow. Claire knows what she is surrounded by and the author very cleverly sets the novel in the poorer end of a small town. Claire’s home environment, her neighborhood, and her school are so well described that I can visualize her upbringing and see her story so clearly. I can understand Claire and her thought process and her confusion and changing perspective as she grows throughout this book. I feel so much for Claire and the situation that Tony has pushed her into.

The author creates so much empathy for Claire in the eyes of the reader. Claire may not be a model teenager but she is an amazing person. She is always willing to help with her younger siblings and the kids at the gym. She is hardworking and enjoys the challenge of an early morning newspaper route up hills so steep she can’t always bike them. She has such strong drive and motivation. She isn’t lazy or selfish. And yet she gets pulled into this terrible situation with Tony. I feel like the author manipulated me at times! I know what Tony did was very, very wrong and yet the way he groomed Claire from the very beginning made so much sense. If I was Claire, I might have made the same choices she did.

I’m so glad that the author included Frank and Luke as examples of good men and positive role models in Claire’s life. Just in case the reader gets confused by Tony, there are these two shining examples of how men should be acting toward and around Claire and other kids. Because of Tony though, I kept waiting for Frank or Luke to do something wrong. The author primed me not to trust anyone in the book, that anyone could have ulterior motives.

I absolutely loved the easy camaraderie between Charly, Maddie, and Claire as well as the realistic and open conversations between the three girls.

My one complaint about this novel was the abrupt ending that wasn’t satisfying to me as a reader. This book felt like part one of a two-part book and I would have preferred a clear and gratifying ending. I felt like Claire was in the middle of her transformation, that she was only partway through growing as a character when this story ended.

This book will appeal to readers who like clever and realistic portrayals of hard-to-read and emotional subjects.

This novel was published by Oata Publishing on 03/07/2021 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 3.50

Links for more information:

Goodreads

Book Review: We’ve let her know: about love, fate, and online dating by Etienne Bijnens

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We’ve let her know: about love, fate, and online dating by Etienne Bijnens

A Contemporary Romance Novel published by Baartele Press (03/27/21)

First reviewed through Reedsy Discovery

Summary:

“I pretend I have no ulterior motive other than to meet new people in a city where everybody is too afraid to look anyone in the eyes.” (Page 84).

Lyam is about to relocate from South Africa to London. He doesn’t want to be lonely so joins an online dating app to look for likely prospects in his new hometown. Immediately he finds Anna and plans to meet her the first day he arrives in London. But Anna isn’t the one. Neither is Kyra, Fiona, or the hundreds of other women Lyam meets up with or messages. Lyam will have to either evolve his approach to online dating or his mindset and expectations of the women he meets.

Keywords:

Love, Travel, Study Abroad, Band, Singer, Artist, Photography, England, Farewell, Bandmates, Best Friends, Brothers, Adoption, Family, Violin, Fate

My Review:

This book did not follow the typical three-act story structure but the writing style and flow of the novel reeled me in from the very beginning. It felt like the book meandered with purpose as if it was following its own structure related to the various stages of online dating. The ending came full circle and was immensely satisfying in an “aha” type moment of release. This book meets the happy ending requirement of typical romance novels, though it may take a roundabout way to get there.

The story is told through the lens of the main character Lyam as he navigates online dating for the first time. Without any guides or cheats, he will learn what most people eventually learn from online dating. Lyam will go through each of the stages of online dating hilariously, jumping to all the conclusions and hitting upon all the issues along the way. If you ever wanted a practical guide to online dating and what’s in store for you as a man trying to find “the one” then this is the perfect comical perspective. Learn what pitfalls to avoid and what perspective you should have when going into online dating while following along with Lyam and his story through several years of his life in London. His experience is both general and specific enough with online dating to provide a guide of how to adapt your expectations for online dating through the changing perspective Lyam has for his own experiences.

Can you optimize your approach to online dating, the way you structure your profile, or how you communicate with potential matches? Lyam certainly thinks he can and his attempts to do so are fascinating and his mindset before, during, and after are even more fascinating. At times they are downright comical.

This book was very relatable as well as eye-opening for what someone on the other side of the online dating match is thinking.

Lyam’s search for love wasn’t the only story told in this book. I was just as interested in Brett and Richard and how their quest for love would turn out. I was most interested in the relationship between Lyam, Brett, and Richard and how wholesome their friendship remained throughout the novel. At times I thought Lyam was being a shallow jerk when he dismissed the women he met with but then his easygoing nature with his buddies endeared him again as a sympathetic individual.

If you want to dive deep into online dating and the male perspective, you will enjoy this book as long as you don’t mind the meandering story focussed on Lyam’s changing perspective about online dating.

This novel was published by Baartele Press on 03/27/2021 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.00

Links for more information:

Etienne Bijnens‘ Website

Goodreads

Book Review: Please Stay for Me (The Brotherhood Series) by M. W. McKinley

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Please Stay for Me (The Brotherhood Series) by M. W. McKinley

A Contemporary YA Novel published by M.W. McKinley (12/18/20)

Summary:

“My plan to come to another country just to take photographs is slowly beginning to unravel as each new picture focuses on the face of someone I care about.” (Kindle Edition Chapter 14).

Avery is excited for her summer study abroad at Oxford University. She’ll have many opportunities to focus on her photography. After meeting Liam, she’ll also be focused on her new feelings of love. But he lives in England and she’ll be going home at the end of the summer. Liam is the lead singer of Brotherhood, but he also plays violin and has always wanted to attend Julliard. The band is starting to make waves and Liam will have to choose between the violin or the band. After meeting Avery, being in the same time zone as Avery will be more and more important as the summer comes to an end.

Keywords:

Love, Travel, Study Abroad, Band, Singer, Artist, Photography, England, Farewell, Bandmates, Best Friends, Brothers, Adoption, Family, Violin, Fate

My Review:

First Reviewed through Reedsy Discovery.

I love books that have compelling backstories for their main characters, especially in romance novels. Please Stay for Me gives each main character very compelling and emotional backstories. Both characters have grown up with deep traumas related to their family. It’s interesting to see how Liam and Avery react to their own childhood traumas. Liam holds tighter to the bonds he formed himself – the family he’s chosen while Avery holds everyone at arm’s length – not wanting to get hurt again. Both characters were stronger despite their tragic backstories.

I felt deeply connected to the emotion the author wrote about, the trauma from the characters, and the heartaches they were going through.

I absolutely loved how communicative Liam and Avery were throughout their relationship. I was glad the author didn’t rely on miscommunication to push the plot along. The flow of the story felt natural. The relationship between Liam and Avery began one-sided with Liam pursuing Avery. This made sense due to Liam being completely open and Avery reticent to allow anyone to get too close. Eventually, Avery was won over by the charming Liam!

I wish there was more description and details related to Avery’s study abroad and her day-to-day but I didn’t miss it that much since the story was more focused on the character relationships, the romance between Avery and Liam and their backstories.

I really enjoyed the additional subplots and backstories of other characters and the similarities that were drawn between the relationships the other characters had with their families (or lack thereof). The side characters were an integral part of the story. I wanted more scenes between Avery and Katherine. I really liked Katherine. I also really liked Trinity, Rob, Hugh, Lei, and Emily. I can just imagine future books in this world where we see the relationship between Rob and Emily or a book devoted to Trinity or Katherine.

I loved the passion the author communicates from Liam and Avery for their art, the violin, and photography. Even Avery’s deep appreciation for music is strong and the way she connects to music through memories of her family is poignant.

This is a story for those who enjoy summer romances that are built upon strong character backstories and feature character relationships heavily.

This novel was published by M.W. McKinley on 12/18/2020 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.75

Links for more information:

M. W. McKinley’s Website

Goodreads

Book Review: At the Cabin (Supernatural Detective Agency Book 1) by Claudia Blood

At the Cabin (Supernatural Detective Agency Book 1) by Claudia Blood

A Paranormal Suspense Novel published by Dragon Bane Publishing (04/15/21)

Summary:

“Money was great, but what she really wanted was a heist so big that it could never be talked about. A heist so big, it was a whisper and the person who’d pulled it off was elevated to the best of the best. A heist so big it didn’t matter if she wasn’t human.” (Kindle edition).

Supernatural beings live amongst humans and not everyone knows. Ex-FBI Todd is a simple carpenter now, but he can recognize a real threat when he sees one. Laura owns the local dog rescue. Everything has been going so well with Peter, her boyfriend, and Kate’s help at the shelter that when it all goes up in flames, she’ll be blindsided. Todd and Laura, two strangers, will have to team up to survive.

Keywords:

Mob, Suspense, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary, Heist, Money, Attack, Mystery, Arson, Dog Rescue, Threat, Target

My Review:

This book is different from other supernatural books. It’s different from other mystery books. It’s different from other heist books. It’s different from other urban fantasy books. It’s a little bit of all these subgenres and then some. I don’t typically read books from any of these subgenres but the first paragraph in the story pulled me in and I left all my preconceptions behind.

It was the idea that intrigued me so much. It was the word, ‘doppelganger’ that pulled me in. It was more than just the mystery of trying to figure out who is who and what is what that fascinated me. The first chapter is so well crafted, I didn’t care what kind of book I was reading. I had to know more.

I wanted to know who really was the antagonist – because at first I couldn’t tell.

The hot hint of romance also had me at the edge of my seat. I was very much on board with a romance happening during the heist of the century.

This novel was published by Dragon Bane Publishing on 04/15/2021 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.50

Links for more information:

Claudia Blood’s Website

Goodreads

Book Review: Welcome to LEGEND: A Gamer Romance Novel by Michael Loring

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Welcome to LEGEND: A Gamer Romance Novel by Michael Loring

A Contemporary Gamer Romance Novel published by Independently published (02/12/21)

First reviewed through Reedsy Discovery

Summary:

“People needed to come in-store to order the Helmet that would best fit their unique head shape, which meant I spent most of my work days measuring peoples’ heads. It was a living.” Michael Loring. Welcome to Legend (Kindle Locations 168-170).

Cole would rather play video games. It’s much easier for him to relax in game than around other people. When the largest VRMMORPG is released, he’s hooked. While playing this game, Legend, he meets another passionate gamer who happens to be female. Could this be the start of a new friendship, or perhaps something more?

Keywords:

Gamer, Romance, VR, MMORPG, Video Game, Gamer, Friends, College, Depression, Therapy, Retail

My Review:

Cole is in some ways a stereotypical introverted gamer. He’s a white male in college, nervous around women, jocks, and strangers. He’d rather be gaming than socializing.

This story is all about Cole. The main story focuses on Cole and his discomfort around other people, his social awkwardness, and his constant – often negative – inner monologue. This inner conflict is fascinating. There isn’t as much external conflict present but more day-to-day drama built around the main character. The stakes are not that high. If you like books centered on characters, their environment and how they interact with that environment, you will enjoy this short novel. I personally really enjoy inner-conflict contemporary novels because I feel like I truly get to know and understand the main character. I empathize with Cole. Though I have never experienced more than a day’s depression here and there (and only mildly) I started to understand why Cole thought the way he did and I was able to sympathize with him.

My college life was similar in some aspects to Cole’s. I’ve had to work when I was sick, to suck it up and put on a smile. It’s tough having a full college class load and adding on many hours at a minimum wage job dealing with idiots all day. I’ve had to push myself to be social and extroverted. Though my thoughts never spiraled as much as Cole’s, I understand his thoughts of self-doubt, assumptions about others, and even his depression. He easily spirals into self-negative thinking though he seems like a very likeable guy! More extroverts should read books like these so they can understand how difficult navigating the world can be when you’re introverted and self-conscious.

The romance was adorable and I was both rooting for Cole and very, very worried that he was relying on a relationship for his mental health.

The world in Welcome to Legend is not unlike our contemporary world, though game tech for VR has evolved much more than our current tech.

I really enjoyed how the author, through Cole, has a no-nonsense way of describing the world around him and that of Legend. There’s no condescension for those who aren’t familiar and no assumptions that people already know what he knows. As someone who isn’t a big gamer, this was a lovely introduction to the passions and new worlds of gaming.

I cannot help but compare Welcome to Legend to the popular sci-fi novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. They both build a gaming world from futuristic VR tech and feature young male protagonists. This book is much more focused on Cole than on the world falling apart around him like in Ready Player One. Cole is in his own world, seemingly independent from society.

This novel was Independently published on 02/12/2021 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.00

Links for more information:

Official Facebook Page

Goodreads

Book Review: Coming in from the Outfield By Carrie Wiegman

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Coming in from the Outfield By Carrie Wiegman

A Contemporary Romance Novel published by Novelsy, LLC (04/11/21)

First reviewed through Reedsy Discovery

Summary:

Lillian isn’t pursuing a new relationship, especially since her last relationship ended after a traumatic incident with her stalker ex. Then Lillian meets Hayden after getting lost in the Texas baseball stadium. He’s a statistics guy, or so he tells her. They have an immediate attraction and connection to each other. Little does Lillian know at the time, since she doesn’t follow sports, that he’s actually the Golden Glove winning shortstop of the team. Can she trust Hayden or will holdover issues of trust from her last relationship get in the way of this burgeoning romance?

Keywords:

Sports, Baseball, Career, Audit, Friendship, Love, Romance, Shorstop, Long-Distance, Protective, Misunderstanding, Abusive Ex, Past, Reputation

My Review:

“College was easy. Books are easy. People take time for me to understand. Carrie. untitled (Kindle Locations 17-18).”

I was reeled in by the easy flow of the writing and the friendly yet informative narration style and POV that continued throughout the book.

I love a good meet-cute, and this book delivered one of the best meet-cutes! I can’t get enough of the characters’ instant attraction for one another. The experience felt intense and electrifying for both the characters living it and myself reading about it. I missed the intense rush of flutters and excitement of first dates after reading this scene. I was emotionally checked in, and not just because of how the author took her time writing the meet-cute scene, but because I already felt like I knew the main character, Lillian.

I was absolutely thrilled that Lillian has a career in STEM – a good old-fashioned numbers nerd! I love, also, that she’s good at what she does. I’m always on board when someone is passionate about their career and what they do day-to-day like Lillian but even more so when the character is knowledgeable and important in their job. I also thought it was neat that her superiors and coworkers were a mix of both men and women and that she was not ‘passed on’ for a promotion because of her gender. In fact, it was refreshing that her gender didn’t come into play in regard to her career (though it could have and still be realistic).

It was clever to show how related Hayden’s and Lillian’s careers are to each other through statistics and numbers, and it was neat to see them both passionate about each other’s careers and jobs. Their romance showed good development over time, even though they did have some instant-attraction from the beginning. I thought their whole dynamic was very relatable, especially being a long-distance relationship.

Though the ending is predictable, and you can see what is going to happen from a mile away, it was still very satisfying. The climax made sense and felt realistic while still being highly dramatic and emotionally charged.

If you love a sweet, satisfying romance you will enjoy this book. If you like baseball or are familiar with auditing, you might get an extra kick out of reading this book. If you love drinking wine, you will relate even more to Lillian!

This novel was published by Novelsy, LLC 04/11/21 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.75

Links for more information:

Carrie Wiegman’s website

Goodreads

2021 Q1 Giveaway, Goals, and Progress

2021 Book Giveaway*

Print Books available
1. At One’s Beast (YA)
2. Vanessa’s Book of Awesome Things (Misc Lists)
3. Book of poetry
4. Donuts in an Empty Field (For the Love of Donuts Book 1)

*mailed anywhere in the USA
*books to be mailed in upcycled packaging
*20 copies available
*1 lucky and random recipient will receive a $20 bookmark

2021 Goals Progress Update:

Goals for 2021

Time frame/deadline

Q1 Progress

New time frame/deadline

Take a bookkeeping class

4/15

Not currently interested in pursuing this goal

Tabled

Finish outlining Two for Tiny

3/15

Worked on outline at Emberville class circle

Chapter by chapter outline not fully fleshed out

6/15

Take floorwork intermediate series

7/15

Signed up for classes May 12 – June 16

Advanced series 8/18 – 9/22 signup if I can later this year after moving/not moving

7/15

Get to 12 pullups of any kind in a row

8/1

Have to build up my strength first – currently can do 5 in a row

8/1

Build a seed library and/or trellis

8/1

Not currently interested in pursuing this goal

Tabled

Sell/Give all physical book inventory

12/25

12 books gone in Q1, 66 remaining

Inventory at FVP – donated

7/15

First draft for Two for Tiny

12/31

Outline not ready. Started chapter one to get the tone/feel and have 1500 words so far

Would like to write 1000+ words/week on Sundays as I continue to flesh out my outline, characters, and settings

12/31

Handstand

12/31

Haven’t worked on, need to build back up my strength and balance

Would like to sign up for a 4-6 week dedicated course like the Fit & Bendy offering online

12/31

Pass intermediate inversions into advanced inversions at Divine!

12/31

Have to build up my strength first – not even close to ready

12/31

Get to 1000 miles on my ebike

12/31

390 miles in 2020

63 miles in Q1, 547 miles remaining

12/31

Take 500 lifetime pole classes

12/31

458/500 – 42 remaining 39 weeks left in the year at 1 class/week to make this goal

12/31

Go to conference/workshop for writing

12/31

Conferences are online so far this year – not sure of the value

Emerald City Writer’s Conference 10/15-10/17

PNWA 9/15 – 9/19

12/31

Save up 6 months of emergency savings

12/31

Met this goal!

12/31

Grow loofah

12/31

Not currently interested in pursuing this goal

Tabled

Take a doughnut making class

12/31

No classes on schedule yet https://www.raiseddoughnuts.com/classes

12/31

Take goat/bunny yoga class

12/31

No classes on schedule yet

12/31

Take a mochi making class

12/31

No classes on schedule yet

12/31

emergency/disaster/community preparedness

12/31

No classes on schedule yet

12/31

Tiny house show

12/31

No dates yet

12/31

Pole Expo/Convention

12/31

Not ready to travel yet

12/31

Corgi Con

12/31

Not currently scheduled for 2021, not ready to travel yet anyway

12/31

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St Patrick’s Day fun with leftover cake food coloring
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Pokemon Go level milestone!
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Corgi butt sweet bread with chocolate center
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Mochi donut from Mochinut!

What are your goals and how are you meeting them?

Book Review: Time Rift (Relic Trilogy Book 3) by Claudia Blood

Time Rift (Relic Trilogy Book 3) by Claudia Blood

A Sci-Fi YA Action Novel published by Dragon Bane Publishing (04/15/21)

Summary:

After rescuing Horizon and promising to keep the time rift from exploding, Z-Crew must find each other and figure out how to stop the destruction. Pulling Horizon out of time has set in motion events that will lead to the destruction of time and the planet. They must work with Ravenne… to stop Ravenne. But will they have enough time?

Keywords:

Assassin, Planet, Jungle, Orphan, Family, Survival, Attack, Mystery, Time Travel, Space, Evil, Power, Tracking, Alien Planet, Seer, Relic, Daughter, Safety

My Review:

Book two ends mid-action and book three picks right back up in this action and doesn’t stop. Book three is like a continual drawn-out climax with some travel in-between. Not just travel by foot but also time travel. This third book gets more into the nitty-gritty science fiction aspect that was hinted at in the previous two books of the series. At times I got lost with the description and action in and around this time travel as it became more and more entwined into the plot and scenes of the novel.

If you like a page-turner that doesn’t slow down, you’ll enjoy this fast-paced finale. I would have liked to see more character nuances and some slower-paced scenes or perhaps more attention to subplots, but that’s just my preference.

The ending was satisfying and thankfully answers all the open questions from the previous two novels.

This novel was published by Dragon Bane Publishing on 04/15/2021 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.00

Links for more information:

Claudia Blood’s Website

Goodreads