February 22

Raging Falcon by Stephen Parkins {Book Review}

When writing sci-fi, it’s so difficult to capture the reader in the world you have created within the pages. I don’t think Mr. Parkins has any problems grabbing the attention of the reader, and enveloping them in the world he has built. With so much going on, it can be hard to lose yourself in what is being said, but I feel this was written with more of a mature young adult audience, so it’s not too challenging of a read. Plus, there is a list of definitions, meanings, and character descriptions in the back of the book that I found quite useful.

In the future when wars are no longer fought on battlefields, but rather in the power of the mind, everything is different, and nothing can be easily predicted. Of course with that sort of premise to the book, there is a lot of adult situations and language, but it adds to the natural order of things throughout the story line, and doesn’t feel forced or out of hand.This book was a lot of fun, and very thought provoking. A lot of the government issues and ideas in the book, can easily be compared to world problems of today. This made everything that much more believable and you see how he formed the parallels of the story line.

I am definitely giving this a 5/5 and checking out the other books written by Stephen Parkins.


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January 5

While the Savage Sleeps by Andrew E. Kaufman {Book Review}

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Of all the books I’ve read that have been categorized as a thriller/horror, none have fit into the category as Andrew E. Kaufman’s books do. I have been hooked on his writing ever since picking up the book Twisted which is by far the most…well…twisted novel I’ve ever read. This book easily gets second place!

There are two main characters living in different parts of New Mexico. How they are connected is one of the twists in the book! For the most part, it seems most of the plot itself is full of complicated twists and turns that are impossible to predict.

I have read the book and listened to the audiobook. I probably read the book too fast since I was so into it, but the audiobook was so thrilling, I ended up turning on the lights while listening in bed in the dark one night.

Despite what the other reviews say about this book this is by far one of my new favorite books! I don’t think the other reviews are from readers who understood that this book has GORE and VIOLENCE! It’s not for the faint of heart. I am stressing that this is a psychological thriller and anyone who’s a fan of that genre, will love this book!

I was immediately swallowed up into the story, and did not put this book down until I was finished. I was so anxious to find out what was happening in the story, that “one more chapter” ended up in me completing the book in a day. I love Kaufman’s books and hope there will be more to come!

5

Elizabeth

 

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Check out my other reviews of Andrew E. Kaufman’s books

Twisted by Andrew E. Kaufman

Desolation Road: A Short Story by Andrew E. Kaufman

Darkness and Shadows by Andrew E. Kaufman

The Lion, The Lam, The Hunted by Andrew E. Kaufman

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July 12

Hierarchies of Greed by Michael Patrick Clark {Review}

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This book takes place during the Cold War, with the first chapter taking place in London with a Russian spy. This book is definitely a book of espionage and thrill that will have you turning page after page, on the edge of your seat.

It’s very well written with great detail, that displays a perfect image of what is taking place during the bard times of the Cold War. Misery and sorrow are definitely portrayed properly in this book, as I felt strong and sad emotions during this read.

The author is going to throw a lot of characters at you, so I’d recommend keeping track of the names mentioned. I took a lot of mental notes, and even added a few in my kindle. It’s a book I am going to recommend to my grandfather, because I know he likes these types of books. I give it 5/5.
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Elizabeth

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March 12

Death and Disappearances by Richard Smiraldi {Review}

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A Tale of Horror and the Occult
I could not categorize this book into just one category. Its a psychological thriller and a mystery with a paranormal twist. I think it will appeal to quite a wide range of readers. It also has quite a dark tone that I found to be the most exciting part of the book.
The beginning of the story starts off kind of slow, but if you can get through the first two chapters, you wont be let down. Eventually you will be sucked in by intrigue and thought provoking. Smiraldi paints a great picture in my head with his creative use of words.
The story is a complicated twist of events, but you definitely had to make sure you were paying attention to all the small details, because they eventually come back around later in the book. The whole book is full of twists and turns that were all very unexpected, but enjoyable.
Richard Smiraldi has a great imagination that I found to be the aspect to keep me hooked on the book. He develops the characters in a strong and realistic way. They are all relatable and I felt like I knew each and every one, on a personal level. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the mystery, suspense, thriller, or paranormal books and give this book a 5/5.

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