Friday, 9 December 2016

Mutation Z: Protecting Our Own (Mutation Z, #3) by Marilyn Peake (book review)

Who thought you would read a novella so quickly? Well I didnt but I did! ;)


Third book in the series.

Guerrilla warfare breaks out between armed militias and those perceived as protecting the zombies. Journalist Hunter Morgan becomes the target of Clay Dixon, the organizer of a militia in a Texas border town, when he advocates for protecting the zombies until a cure is found. The journalist has strong motivation for his beliefs: his daughter is suspected of having the disease caused by Mutation Z. This book ends with a devastating confrontation.

My Thoughts
okay this is a really really quick read. It is because it is a very short story and also because this is just a really wow read. I will not write to much about this novella because it is short and I don't want to spoil it.

This is, so far the best instalment in this series. I really loved the depth and the turn the story took. I don't have to say that I one-clicked the fourth instalment after finishing this one. I love that this has a better and deeper story than the second instalment. The only things I don't like is that it was short. I want more so off to the fourth :)

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Mutation Z: Closing the Borders (Mutation Z #2) by Marilyn Peake (book review)

Read the second book/part of the series I have started about Zombies. Mutation Z: Closing the boarders!



First book in the series.
Second book in the series.

Eviscerated bodies are found along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Military security is stepped up on both sides of the border. However, journalists are given free rein to explore the devastation. As more and more bodies are found, people begin to panic. Meanwhile in The Liberia Treatment and Research Camp of West Africa, Emma Johnson and Chibueze Koroma continue to receive experimental doses of Mutation Z. They also begin to remember the horrific things they’ve done. As journalist Hunter Morgan’s investigation leads him to that same Camp, his own little girl falls sick with fever. NOVELLA.

My Thoughts
This is the second book in the Zombie series Mutation Z. I don't see it as books but more as stand alone Novellas, or like episodes of a TV show. At first, I thought I would mind that but I don't.

So the second book, in a lot of ways it is better than the first book. we get to see two sides of the story, Emmas, as we follow in book one, and Hunter Morgan who is a journalist, who gets a hunch about something not being quite right with the Ebola vaccine.  The story is now very different and in a lot of way really great. We get to see it from another set of eye and to see how a journalist tackling to find answers.

the first half is really awesome and very interesting. It goes deep into the story and we get to see the Zombie Emma side and then Hunter trying to dig up information about what has happen by the US-Mexican border.

What I don't like is that the second half is way too fast.From Hunter finding out about Zombies, going as a volunteer  to the same facility in Africa as Emma and to bringing them back to US was way way way to quick. I with there were more story and a deeper story in the end of it but I still enjoyed the book a lot.

Also I was thinking about the title. "Closing the borders". There is a lot of borders but non of them are really closed when this book is finished. I thought , at least, the US-Mexican border would be closed but no. So I am a little confused over the title. It made sense in the begging but not in the end. I must say that the last part, specially the last few "chapters" are rushed. There is no time for anything more than that quickly summarise  the story to the point where we are back in USA. There is so much that could have been done but isnt. and I have so many questions... Bought the third part and hope it will be as great as the first two and maybe even better.

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies (Mutation Z #1) by Marilyn Peake (book review)

Started reading a series of novellas. this is not really a book but more shorter novellas. Like episodes from a TV series.


First book in the series.

Ebola, one of the most feared of the hemorrhagic diseases, has begun spreading across the borders of West African countries. The CDC and the World Health Organization have admitted they are losing control over the disease. Some hint at a possible worldwide pandemic. At exactly this point in time, Emma Johnson graduates from nursing school. She takes a job in an Ebola treatment camp inside Liberia, West Africa. The camp is state-of-the-art. It's run by the CDC and the World Health Organization, and protected by the U.S. military. Emma uncovers a secret about this facility: medical experimentation is being conducted along with treatment. Whether or not Emma can ever escape the camp, she's determined to get the story out. She has intimate knowledge of a biological horror being secretly unleashed upon the world. NOVELETTE. GENRES: Apocalyptic Science Fiction, Zombie Fiction, Conspiracy Fiction, Horror.

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies is the first book in a series. In the next book, the zombie virus will cross geographical boundaries and go increasingly out of control.

My Thoughts
I am a sucker for zombie books and well this is not the best one I have read, it was entertaining.

First this is a very quick read and is read in like an hour, which made me a bit disappointed but sometimes you just want a quick read but due to it being quick, the story lacked behind a bit. I liked the whole taking of putting an innocent nurse from US into Ebola Africa(view spoiler). Hell Yeah I am up for that!

There is a great story behind it and it is a very tragic one which the author is putting out there. I like that and the nature of the horror in it. I dont know if it is thought that this book should be funny but most Zombie stories is funny, especially when they take themselves too serious. This one has a good tone and is partly serious and partly humour which I just LOVE!

Emma is really naive and sometimes stupid but I think a lot of people would be in her situation. I also like how she changed in the story (view spoiler)

I like the story for what it is, and it is a good first book. I will read the second one and hope it has a bit more story and a bit more backstory to it. This is a book for people who love Zombie books and want one even if it is not the best one. It is a good story for what it is, a quick read and it is kind of funny.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Brooklyn Blues by R E Hargrave (book review)

another ARC book! <3 This time a 6 star book our of 5 <3

By day, Brooklyn Crenshaw goes to work and does her job. She's a working girl who follows orders and stays off the radar. Oh, and she might have a crush on WILLIAM K. BAXTER from across the hall. Each time she passes his office-with his polished name plate on the window-her gut clenches with desire at the sight of him. But he never looks up, can't possibly know who she is, and even if he did, her needs would send him running. Because they always ran. At night, in private, she turns on her laptop so that her Sir can turn her on. Brooklyn's never seen His face, but she knows His voice and the magic of His words. The arrangement works for her. Mostly. As the office holiday party approaches, Brooklyn starts receiving Secret Santa gifts which suggest more than casual interest, Sir reveals his fondness for exhibition and voyeurism, and WILLIAM K. BAXTER finally looks up at her, and waves. Brooklyn begins to question everything. Does she continue to follow the orders of a man who hides behind technology, but is always there, or does she take a chance on the man right in front of her who's seen her at long last? Then there is the Secret Santa who seems to know what makes Brooklyn tick. So many decisions. 'Tis the season... to be kinky

My Thoughts
Okay... I dont know where to start with this wonderful book... I mean WoW. Just simply WoW.

From the beginning it was a little bit hard to get into, A little bit due to the formatting in the book but I got an ARC so that did probably mess it up a little bit. Also the prolouge is a short summary to what has happened to Brooklyn and takes us into the story. But when we finally came into the story I got really hot and sexy.

This is a BDSM book mostly Slave/Master but it is done tasteful and erotic and not over the top. Everything that is going on in the book is things that is going on in real life for people like this even if Brooklyn was a bit naive and did everything her master said without knowing anything about him, how he was or even his look, but it also made the story very interesting. Specially when we found out who it was.

This story is mind blowing and I read it in ONE sitting. It is a shorter novella but it dont have to be more or longer. I even thought at the end, that it maybe was a little bit too long. There is a confrontation or a trouble happening, a twist so to say and you find them in all books and movies, when everything turns up side down. This wasn't necessary in this book because there where so much going on anyway. it is good but I could have read it without that and maybe given it 6 starts our of 5.

This is a solid 5 star book and I will reread this book a lot of times. It is just so awesome and so good.

BROOKLYN BLUES by R.E. Hargrave (Release Tour)

 by R.E. Hargrave

SILVER BELLS by Jacquie Biggar (Release Tour)

 by Jacquie Biggar

Silver Bells: A Holiday Romance by Jacquie Biggar (book review)

So, I got this book for an honest review, and every time I do, I feel bad for not loving it and giving it more stars than medium but I promised an honest review and this is my review.

He doesn't believe in love, so why can't he forget her?

Mystery writer, Joel Carpenter, has no time for romance. He has a deadline to meet, and too many skeletons in his closet to trust the slightly spinny artist renting his house.

Christy Taylor has her hands full dealing with an ailing business and a diabetic daughter, she doesn't need the temptation that is her landlord, Joel Carpenter.

Can a Christmas wish bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the gift she wants most?

My thoughts
It feels bad to put 3 start out of 5 on a short novella that I did enjoy reading and with a great story-line. But even so, I felt like the book or novella was missing something. Maybe it is a bit of heart and warmth i am missing in it. The novella can be a real great story and a real great normal length book and I think that is what this novella needs, more time and more feeling into it. I like the whole struggle in the book, with diabetes, between mother and child and between Joel and Christy. It made it feel more real.

The language used in the novella is great and partly simple. Which also put me off sometimes. I really had a hard time focusing on the story because there where so much stuff missing. Also I like when stuff is going on around the characters to make it feel more real and live. here it feels like we are going straight forward without any turns or stuff around it. No extra characters, and a few loose ends took some of the magic away.

This is by no means a bad novella, I just wished and hope for more. Also this is a Holiday romance novella with the focus on Winter of Christmas, or? I didn't really understand that part because for me, it was like any other time of the year when it is cold and not so much Holiday or Christmas so if you want a great Christmas read, this is not the book for you even if the cover shows it should be. That is for me also a big fail, when the cover don't match the story. So in total a pretty okay read but  nothing memorable and a bit misleading and not enough depth.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

A Veteran's Christmas Book 3: A wedding for Christmas - Rachelle Ayala (book review)

So the third and maybe last part in this amazing series is here.

The heartwarming conclusion to A Veteran's Christmas Series!

Kelly Kennedy and Tyler Manning are planning a Christmas wedding, and their six-year-old daughter, Bree, is worried about being the perfect flower girl.

Complications arise when Tyler gets reacquainted with a female soldier he rescued back in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Kelly gets an urgent message from the man who fathered Bree, asking for a big favor.

With the Christmas wedding looming, will Bree pull off her flower girl routine before Santa's sleigh hits the roof?

While A Wedding for Christmas can be enjoyed as a standalone, you'll get more of the relationship aspect between Kelly, Tyler, and Bree as well as the exciting adventure of Tyler's survival at the hands of terrorists by reading A Father for Christmas and A Pet for Christmas first.

A Veteran's Christmas Series:
Book #1: A Father for Christmas
Book #2: A Pet for Christmas
Book #3: A Wedding for Christmas

My Thoughts

Sometimes it is hard to sum a book and series and if you haven't read the first two books in the series, go and read them and come back. This is the third and last (?) book in the series and it is a perfect ending. Even if it is an ending it is not a sad one, it is the wedding of Kelly and Tyler and it is a Christmas Wedding. It is the perfect set up with perfect complications. Bree is, maybe not the star, but the fresh and funny breeze and for only being 6 years old, very smart and clever.

I was very emotional when reading this story, maybe because I am planning my own wedding and know how well it is to overdo things, and take on too much. while having a second half who, sometimes isn't there for you. I could relate to Kelly so much in this book, even if I don't have a 6 year old, or any children but still. I did relate so much to Kelly and how she felt during this whole book.

I love how both Kelly and Tyler has complications that is from “before” so they have to work with it and solve it “now” so they can live happy together “in the future”...

A really great read, that is perfect now before Christmas. There was enough Christmas joy and Christmas feeling in the story without it overtaking it. This is a true masterpiece, and I don't want it to be the end of the story, because I love the characters so much. Even if this is the end, for me it will always be a “until we meet again”, because this book, and the entire series, is one you can reread so many times and always love.

A Veteran's Christmas Book 1: A father for christmas - Rachelle Ayala (book review)

So tonight I am gonna post two reviews. It will be the first 1 and 3 part in a series. I have posted the second part in the series before last year. If you want to read the review of the second part, you will find it here I don't really know why I never uploaded the review of the first part but here it is..

Single mother Kelly Kennedy can't afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn't believe he deserves a Merry Christmas.

When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly vow to keep Bree from being hurt while fighting their feelings for each other.

Tyler struggles with frightening flashbacks that scare Kelly. Meanwhile, Kelly's criminal past threatens her chance for happiness. Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.

My Thoughts

I read this book already last year and I have no idea why I didnt wright a review then but time to do it now instead. This was the second book I read by Rachelle and by now I was in love with her writing, which I still am.

This book is now a book I like to re-read every year, even if this is only the second year and that is because it is so sweet and loving and it has Bree. Bree is one of the most awesome characters ever created. She is so sweet and stunning and loving. I love her attitude and in this book all she wants is a father.

There is so much going on in this book and so much thoughts and feelings that drags the reader in and capture them. This book has so many dimensions and I found new things this time around that I didnt even think about the first time I read it. What I love with this book is that is had a wonderful Christmas feeling and spirit and give that to the reader. The problems add to the fun and to the depth and it is not possible not to fall for this book. I am now reading the third book in the series and all three of them is gems and wonderful. This is a perfect start for a series but also a book that can be read as a stand alone.

I so love this book! <3

KEEP ME WARM by Jude Ouvrard (Release Tour)

 by Jude Ouvrard

Monday, 21 November 2016

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson #1) - Molly Harper (book review)

There is nothing wrong with rereading your favorite books for a million times :P this series is one of the most funny vampire and shifter stories I have read in a long time.

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed twenty-five dollars in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead. And thanks to the mysterious stranger she met while chugging neon-colored cocktails, she wakes up with a decidedly unladylike thirst for blood.

Jane is now the latest recipient of a gift basket from the Newly Undead Welcoming Committee, and her life-after-lifestyle is taking some getting used to. Her recently deceased favorite aunt is now her ghostly roommate. She has to fake breathing and endure daytime hours to avoid coming out of the coffin to her family. She's forced to forgo her favorite down-home Southern cooking for bags of O negative. Her relationship with her sexy, mercurial vampire sire keeps running hot and cold. And if all that wasn't enough, it looks like someone in Half Moon Hollow is trying to frame her for a series of vampire murders. What's a nice undead girl to do?

My Thoughts
Okay where shall I start with this book review? I can start off with I am loving it and have read it so many times now. the story itself is maybe not the most unique one and you can find a lot of similar  things in other books BUT say one book that dont have similarities with others?!?!

So Jane, omg I love Jane, she is funny and brilliant and I love her attitude and sarcasm and everything about her. She made the whole vampire life look funny and maybe not as appealing as you may thing it is, specially the struggle with keeping your family and friends close, but I cant understand why she wants her family close! ;)

I laugh so much when I read this because of how Jane is, and well it is hard not to like the other characters to.

Mom & Me & Mom - Maya Angelou (book review)

The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother.
For the first time, Angelou reveals the triumphs and struggles of being the daughter of Vivian Baxter, an indomitable spirit whose petite size belied her larger-than-life presence—a presence absent during much of Angelou’s early life. When her marriage began to crumble, Vivian famously sent three-year-old Maya and her older brother away from their California home to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. The subsequent feelings of abandonment stayed with Angelou for years, but their reunion, a decade later, began a story that has never before been told. In Mom & Me & Mom, Angelou dramatizes her years reconciling with the mother she preferred to simply call “Lady,” revealing the profound moments that shifted the balance of love and respect between them.
Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights

My Thoughts
I find it hard to judge this book because on one hand it is an interesting book showing the life of a black woman during the 90's and the love between a mother and daughter. On the other hand, the book don't have depth and there is no clear story-line. it is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. As a reader there is so many question we never get an answer too, because the book is, more or less, just bits and pieces.

I Read this book in one sitting and this was not hard because the book has a very light tone and is a easy read. You follow the story without getting to emotionally involved. I would like to read more or Maya Angelou's work because I have heard so much about it so I will give it a try but this book is just there in the middle.

The problem is that it didn't leave me with anything. I don't think this is a book you will remember very much of after reading it and putting it back in the bookshelf.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (book review)

woho, another book review today? I am surprised I have had the time and energy to upload more :)

From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.

They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.

Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.

Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

My Thoughts
This book, I dont have worked for it.This is a book that you really must read, no matter how disturbing and how bad you are feeling. This is life, this is truth, we can't close our eyes anymore and stop reading because it is disturbing.

I have always been very aware of how difficult it is for women around the world and that we are seen as lesser beings in many countries. We have all felt sexism in one way or another but most of us have learned how to deal with it. This book helps you to build yourself up and also how we are individual can help, both where we live and in other countries. the book also open the eyes when it comes to how help works and that it isn't as easy as we may think.

If I were to decide, this is a book everyone should read, it should be mandatory to read and discuss this subjects. We need to change ourselves and how we see and raise our children boys and girls, to be better persons than we are so they can help the world and raise even better humans when they grow older.

I am still going around, thinking about what I read in this book and trying to change things a little bit every day. Because I feel for the people in the book and people who has live like this or worse. We do need to open our eyes and hearts and change and help out.