Book #47: Full-Bodied Orcgasm by Syn Root

Librarian Note: This is an expanded 2nd. Edition.

A Standalone Orc-Gasm Novella! 
w”What held my attention was that his loin cloth was now firmly propped up by the largest cock I had ever seen in my life. ” 
Maya is in trouble. Her spells have all been cast, and the only charms she has left are hidden between her slick, damp elven legs.

The rainforest is crawling with members of the Hard-Pole Orc Tribe. Every instinct is telling her to run …Well, almost every instinct. A deep part of this reasonably, innocent elf maiden is curious as Nine Hells to know if these Sexy Beasts live up to their Clan Name… 

Now Extended into a Standalone Steaming Hot, Fantasy Monster Erotica Novella. 

This 23k Word Novella describes the Adventure of the Hard-Pole Clan, as well as Maya’s Full Bodied Orc-Gasm! Contains Sex, Violence, and a HEA.

Okay. I have this thing about books that are ridiculous and erotica. The more outrageous the read, the more likely I’m going to grab it. Why? Because I’m a glutton for the crazy.

So, naturally, with a title like Full-Bodied Orcgasm, I couldn’t very well leave the book alone. There was no way I wasn’t going to be reading this book. Not only that, I told other booknerds about this book because it happened to work for a criteria (I am a part of an online reading competition you can find on Facebook called Book Battle, it is seriously fun guys). Needless to say, there were quite a few others who read Orc erotica for this criteria.

Okay. So, this book . . . I wasn’t expecting much with this book. I was hopeful that I would be rocked out of my socks and surprised at what happened, but I wasn’t expecting much. Expectations were VERY low on this.

Chapter one ended on the biggest WTF moment that I was ready to keep going. This book also inspired me to do a YouTube series that I am going to be working on starting August 2018. And yes, I will be talking about this gem of erotic literature.

And by gem, I mean bad. For a piece of literature, it is so/so. The writing is boring, the story didn’t make sense in places, and the sex scenes seemed forced at times. The ending also made no sense to the rest of the work.

That said, for the ridiculous quality of it, I gave it an extra .5 (which is why I put it as a 2 in GoodReads, I round up). For the whole of the book though, I wouldn’t really recommend. Not unless you love ridiculous reads too.

Final rating: 1.5/5

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Book #46: A Heavenly Kind of Love by Lexi Ostrow

Not all humans were given Guardian Angels, only those who were living a life that would leave a lasting impressions on the world. Gabriel, a direct descendant of the Ark Angel, was assigned to Cassandra Marks due to her line of work – helping orphanages worldwide.

Cassandra was only thirty when her world was turned upside down with one sentence – “I’m sorry, we’ve confirmed you have breast cancer.” She was ready for the battle because she had so much more she wanted to do in the world.

Gabriel and Cassandra should never have met, but with her life in danger, he’s sent to Earth in human form to judge her and see if she is worthy. While there, he finds himself falling in love with a woman who is destined to die. It’s up to him to convince his fellow Angels she is to live, and up to her to decide if she can handle being the woman to make a Guardian Angel fall.

Lexi Ostrow is more known for her steamy romances set in paranormal or steampunk worlds. I am a big fan of her work, finding most of her work action filled and VERY STEAMY in the sex department. That said, A Heavenly Kind of Love is different from her other works.

I have to say, this book is my favorite of her work. Easily a five star.

The story is centered on a Guardian Angel making the decision to go to Earth in order to help his charge fight breast cancer. In the process, the two fall in love. This isn’t the core of the story though. No. The real soul is the every day fight a person with cancer has to go through.

This is a romance for the fighter. It encourages and inspires hope for the ill and shows them that they aren’t just survivors, but fighters. This book is a love story for the survivor and family left behind. It is a story about love, illness, and what really matters in the grand scheme.

If you are looking for steamy sex scenes, you won’t find that in this book. What you will find are laughs, tears, and dreams. You will find yourself hoping for the best and fearing for the worst. You will fall in love with the characters, not because they are of fictional stock, but because they are human in every way.

The writing isn’t poetic. There are no flourishing quotes about fighting cancer. What is there, are real words. Words that are said in common conversation.  It brings home the real soul of this book and continues to drive the reader to feel. I definitely recommend.

Final Rating: 5/5

Book #45: The Pack by L.M. Preston

Shamira is considered an outcast by most, but little do they know that she is on a mission. Kids on Mars are disappearing, but Shamira decides to use the criminals’ most unlikely weapons against them—the very kids of which they have captured. In order to succeed, she is forced to trust another, something she is afraid to do. However, Valens, her connection to the underworld of her enemy, proves to be a useful ally. Time is slipping, and so is her control on the power that resides within her. But in order to save her brother’s life, she is willing to risk it all.

 

The Pack by L.M. Preston is one of those books that I’m not thrilled with. It had a good concept and the author does write well. However, I felt the story was lacking and the main character wasn’t relatable. And, here we go.

Okay, right off the bat, we learn that our MC has something more about her. I’m not going to go into details, but she feels kickass and knowledgeable about martial arts. Which is great because she’s blind. Alright, I’m liking that.

HOWEVER, she makes decisions that are against her parents’ orders that could potentially cause a backfire. The thing is, it doesn’t really. I honestly would have loved it if her actions from the beginning is what starts the snowball effect of the storyline. It would have given Shamira a more human feel. This is important because as the story unfolds, she just becomes more.

I don’t want to go into detail because that would be spoiling for the people who want to read the book. Suffice to say, the more and her personality was a big turn off for me. It felt like a spoiled brat more so than a misunderstood hero (which I assume was the intent).

There were also some scenes I didn’t care for, but I honestly feel that if the character was a little more likable or had a little less, I would have been okay with those scenes.

That said, the story concept was interesting. I’m not a big sci-fi person, but the idea of kids being kidnapped and a drug ring was interesting. Honestly, the sci-fi part wasn’t distracting to the core of the story.

The writing itself is also good. There weren’t many errors and I could understand everything that was going on. If nothing else, the book is action packed and L.M. Preston does a good job with that.

All in all, it really wasn’t my cup of tea. I could probably say more of what I disliked about it versus liked. I just won’t because they are more spoilers than anything else. So, my rating is a little torn at the moment.

On one hand, it could be enjoyable. On the other, I had to struggle to keep myself from wanting to say “no more”. So, for the people out there who want to try it, I say go ahead. For the people who don’t want to bother, it won’t hurt you.

For my final rating . . . I would say: 2.5-3/5

 

Published Again!!! Check it out! TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS VOL 2

A Writing Update to make you all smile! I have another story out there in the world!! Yep, I am in ANOTHER anthology!

This time it is a scifi/fantasy anthology about alternate dimensions. Think this: What would happen if the Salem Witch Trials didn’t end?

That’s what my story, “The Accused”, is about. It’s set in the 1990’s, 300 years after the Salem Witch Trials of our universe. But, in the universe of my story, the world is very different indeed.

It was a great experience working with the other authors and making this anthology happen. I can’t wait to see what people think of my story. Check it out and visit all the alternate worlds me and the other authors have to offer! It will be available in both print and ebook (print is currently underway so keep an eye out). The link is below the blurb.

ABOUT TALES FROM ALTERNATE EARTHS VOL 2

The successor to the Sidewise Award winning Tales From Alternate Earths is here. 

Step into the worlds that might have been, the worlds of alternate history where climate change plunges the Earth into a frozen landscape, where the Moon landings may not have happened the way they did in our world, where a 10th century polymath invents the glider and changes the world, where Jacques Cousteau’s successors create an undersea city, where Soviet astronauts are feted as heroes as they lead the way in space, where time travel runs wild and where fairy beings tiptoe into reality. All this and more. There are Americas of a different tilt, an alternate path steering away from world war, and nations where the most dangerous thing is knowledge. 

Authors Jessica Holmes, Daniel M. Bensen, Rob Edwards, Leo McBride, Christopher Edwards, Gideon Marcus, Casia Courtier, Jeff Provine, Cindy Tomamichel, Brent A. Harris and Bonnie Milani show us the world that might have been – if the world had taken a different path. 

This is the seventh anthology from Inklings Press, as we continue to open the door onto different worlds, with a foreword by Sidewise Award winner Daniel M. Bensen.

AMAZON

Book #44: Royal Mess by Jenna Sutton

From award-winning author Jenna Sutton comes a story of two princes who discover that falling in love is messy… 

Prince Leo’s icy demeanor has earned him an amusing nickname—the Polar Prince. Unfortunately, the king doesn’t see the humor. If Leo wants to secure the throne of Alsania, he must improve his image. Participating in an organ donation campaign seems like a good start. He expects to donate his organs on his deathbed, so he’s surprised to be matched with a complete stranger who needs his help now. 

Tessa Lulach hates to admit it, but she’s a damsel in distress. When a handsome prince offers to save her with a hunk of his liver, she joyfully accepts. She can’t wait to feel like herself again and return to her beloved flower shop. Instead, her identity is revealed, and the quiet life she loves is turned upside down. 

As Leo and Tessa deal with the nosy public and ruthless paparazzi, she realizes the Polar Prince is much warmer than he seems—scorching hot, in fact. He willingly gave her a part of his liver, but can he give her his whole heart? 

***** 

Everyone loves Prince Marco of Alsania, despite his reckless antics … or maybe because of them. So why does sexy schoolteacher Cassie Lulach prefer a boring investment banker over him? Wounded by her indifference, he has an erotic encounter with a masked woman at a royal ball who reminds him of the one he really wants. 

After another failed relationship, Cassie is frustrated with immature, inconsiderate guys. Wanting to escape reality, she attends a masquerade ball and finds herself alone with a masked stranger. For the first time in her life, she acts on impulse, only to end up pregnant and absolutely clueless about the identity of her baby’s father. 

When Marco learns of Cassie’s pregnancy and her plans to raise the baby alone, he promises to be there for her, hoping she’ll finally see him as more than just a playboy prince. But then he discovers she’s the woman from the masquerade ball and panics. Will the truth destroy his chance to win over Cassie, or will he convince her that they can have their own happily ever after? 

***** 
About 55,000 words 

I received a copy of this book for an honest review via NetGalley. I wasn’t compensated in any way for the review of this book. All that follows is my opinion and mine alone.

I am part of a competitive reading game called, Book Battle. One of the criteria these previous months was “Royal Wedding”. I was trying to figure out what royal wedding book I should read when I got the email for this one. Naturally, I jumped for it.

Royal Mess is a compilation of two novellas about two brothers finding love. The first one is the crowned Prince of a nation, the second is his playboy brother. They find love with two sisters.

Okay, so the first book was cute. The main issue was that the Prince seemed to be doing everything for public relations. Though that isn’t really the case. It just seemed like it from her point of view. From his, he was guarded and didn’t want something to happen if he let his heart fly.

The second book was a little different. It did have a similar cute factor, but I liked the dynamic between the characters more. The prince in that book was already done with his playboy ways by the beginning of this story.

All in all, the romance was fine. There wasn’t much in the world or a very big conflict, just people getting into trouble on their own. Which was perfect for what I needed at the time.

The book is a cute romance and a great palette cleanser.

Final Rating: 3/5

Book #43: Dark Magick by Cate Tiernan

I love Cal Blaire. He taught me about wicca. He helped me find out who I am.

But now we share a secret. A terrible, dark secret that binds us together, even as it tears us apart.

I don’t know Cal anymore. I don’t even know myself. And I don’t know who or what to trust – except my magick.

The Sweep series is a series I’ve been rereading now for a while. I almost have all the books (just missing one now). Why did I decide to buy the books and reread them? Well, because I missed them.

They were my first fictional opener to Wicca. Not my first ever introduction to Pagan beliefs, just my first fictional introduction. There aren’t many witch based stories where the magic isn’t noticeable but felt. Not saying the magic can’t be seen in Sweep. It can, but it is usually small or seen in results not in a flourish of fancy glitter lights or movement of a witch’s hand. The magic in Sweep is very close to the magic of day to day witches: intent and faith.

Okay, enough of my little random moment there. Onto the review.

Dark Magick begins where book 3 left off. Our main character is flipping a shit for lack of a better term because she believes she has killed someone. Throughout the book, she does the right thing and tries to fix what she has done. In the process of that, she learns some dark secrets about the boy she loves.

This series is a short series. Each book is roughly 200 pages or less. That said, it is very easy to spoil the series as a whole. For a series written in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s, it isn’t bad. It isn’t dated and it can be read by a person today without an issue. The books are quick to binge and not a problem to get through. Personally, it’s like a teen tv show: not bad, but not exactly oh my god amazing.

Like the previous books, this one ended on a sort of cliffhanger to pull the reader into the next book. Which I did the next month because I could.

Final rating: 3/5

Book #42: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

I renewed my Audible account for this book. I had to. My library wasn’t going to be buying it and I was starving for more. Sure, I could have read the physical copy or the ebook, but I’m not an epistolary style reader. I actually find that style difficult to read (which is funny given my favorite literature in history is Victorian literature).

Like the previous books before it, Obsidio is a full cast audio. There are special effects, characters you grow to feel for, and a story that makes you grip your heart. I believe I bugged a friend about the book because she was the only other person to have read it at the time.

The audio is well made and it’s probably my favorite audio series to date. I definitely recommend the audio whenever someone says that they want to try the series out. It is my go to.

That said, I only have one bad thing to say about this book and the series as a whole. THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE.

Final rating: 5/5

Book #41: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

 

OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

It has been a long time since I had an OwlCrate book and I’m happy to say that this was the first for this year. Now that I’m done with that, onto the review . . .

So, Sky in the Deep is set in what I would consider Scandinavia.  I say that because the two warring communities are very heavily based on Viking culture and lore. We aren’t told the location, but the location doesn’t matter. What matters is that these two communities are fighting for some reason and have been doing that every year, for as long as the living characters remember.

I found this book parallels the world in the way how people forget that we are more similar than different. Everyone experiences love, pain, and family. One house isn’t much different than their neighbors. Just as one country isn’t much different from the other.

This book is a standalone filled with action and hot boiling anger. And I loved every second of it. It focused on the potential of people more so than the exact. We aren’t left knowing that everything is honkey-dory, we are left wondering if the future would be good for them and optimistic that it will be.

I definitely recommend for the historical reader, the action reader, or the reader who loves seeing the minds of people change.

Final rating: 4/5

 

 

 

 

Book #40: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

The only antidote to all this venom is his friendship with fellow outcasts Travis and Lydia. But as they are starting their senior year, Dill feels the coils of his future tightening around him. The end of high school will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is happy wherever he is thanks to his obsession with the epic book series Bloodfall and the fangirl who may be turning his harsh reality into real-life fantasy. Dill’s only escapes are his music and his secret feelings for Lydia—neither of which he is brave enough to share. Graduation feels more like an ending to Dill than a beginning. But even before then, he must cope with another ending—one that will rock his life to the core.

Debut novelist Jeff Zentner provides an unblinking and at times comic view of the hard realities of growing up in the Bible Belt, and an intimate look at the struggles to find one’s true self in the wreckage of the past.

In the beginning, I was unsure about reading this book, but it was voted by the members of my book club and I am trying to be more active in the discussions. That said, I was surprised by this book.

Contemporary isn’t my go to. I am more of a fantasy, horror, or mystery and thriller kind of girl. Contemporary I usually use as a palette cleanser and those are usually romance. I have been reading contemporary more recently because of the book club, which isn’t bad at all.

This isn’t my normal contemporary. It is a coming-of-age type story about a boy and his friends set in a rural small town. Coming-of-age isn’t usually my thing. They are usually just a slice of life situation with just a little bit of things going on. They tend to be boring.

That said, this book was enjoyable. I wouldn’t say completely memorable, but it wasn’t a bad read. I would read the author again.

Final Rating: 3/5

 

Book Blast: Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

Praise for EMMA IN THE  NIGHT

“Twisty…a thriller that keeps readers guessing.” —The New York Times

“In this searing psychological thriller…Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A tense thriller explores the bond between sisters and family dynamics that give new meaning to the term ‘dysfunctional’…This thriller aims right for the heart and never lets go.” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” —Booklist, Starred Review

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Wendy Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, will be released August 8, 2017.

Wendy earned her J. D., magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence award for her performance in Contracts and Advanced Criminal Procedure. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University and attended The London School of Economics and Political Science as part of her undergraduate studies.

Prior to her legal career, Wendy was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the mergers and acquisitions group. She has also volunteered at the ACLU, Connecticut Legal Services and Figure Skating in Harlem where she served on the Board of Directors for over twelve years.

Wendy is currently writing her third thriller while managing a busy household.

 
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