Book Review: Wreathed, by Curtis Edmonds


We all know what it’s like to grab a book, start reading, and then think, “Oh boy, I’m not cooking dinner or sleeping tonight, because book.

Wreathed is a sparky, well-written romance full of zingers and Chardonnay, as Gwendolyn (“My name is Wendy!”) Jarrett navigates a world peopled by a neurotic mother with an arrest record as long as her arm, a dead uncle, a rather dishy Adam Lewis who just happens to be putting himself on the wrong end of a legal case, and a former classmate who keeps jumping out of the bushes–sometimes literally.

Brace yourself for the unexpected plot-twists. Wait, unexpected plot-twists? Aren’t plot-twists, by definition, unexpected? Well, of course they are, but in most novels the reader can see them coming from a mile away, and in Wreathed I was actually surprised, in a good way! I won’t go into details because I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I did not see that coming. (You want to know what I didn’t see coming, trust me.)

I giggled my way through parts of this book, was reminded of my childhood desire for a house on The Shore, and craved Wawa. Furthermore, while I do not normally like to compare authors to other authors (it feels unnecessarily derivative and rude to people who have slaved to create their own “voice” and creations), I have to say that if you like Janet Evanovich, you’re going to like Curtis Edwards.

You need this book in your life, and can get it for your Kindle here. Want a quick preview? Take a look at the back blurb, below:

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Books on Deck: Ultraxenophia, by M. A. Phillips

UltraxenopiaIn a society where oppression and conformity rule the masses and the slightest unusual behavior could be seen as treasonous, Wynter Reeves would do just about anything to stay unnoticed. Yet when she succumbs to a rare and debilitating illness, she unwillingly attracts the attention of the State—in particular, the feared research facility known as the DSD.

Through them she learns of the true nature of her condition, a disease known only as Ultraxenopia.

Books on Deck: Spoiled Brats Romance Diaries presents My Amnesia Girl, by Marissa Marchan

MY AMNESIA GIRL COVER BOOK 2Vanessa Florence Grandeville, a Beverly Hills socialite and a well known spoiled brat, celebrated her twenty-first birthday in Honolulu with her rich friends. By complete coincidence, in a course of just one day, she kept bumping into Michael, a kind fisherman from a neighboring island. She despised and humiliated him. He fell in love at first sight.
When Vanessa and her friends rented a yacht and set out to sail for the weekend, complications arose. A terrible storm caused their boat to capsize and they all fell into the water. Everyone was saved, except Vanessa, who drifted away. By some strange twist of fate, Michael went far out to sea fishing and found her in the middle of the ocean with a head injury and amnesia. He saved her life, but was he really a hero?
In that one moment, unexpected events that are rather remarkable caused their lives to collide. Was life playing tricks on them? Would they ever be able to overcome their differences?

Books Review: Demien, by Kenneth Morvant

Demien+Cover+ArtDemien is a painstakingly researched novel with an interesting premise, reminiscent conceptually of Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Clarke’s Overlords, however, are nothing like Morvant’s creatures.

I will say first that I do not normally review books with religious content. That is my personal preference. However, I am glad I made an exception for Demien, as while it was religious in overall tone, the message was not overt enough to interfere with the story’s read. Far more emphasis was put on the historical treatment of the world’s religions and how they, when examined together, provided clues as to what and who the protagonists were facing. Furthermore, I like some physics in my books, so if you’re the sort who enjoys geeking out over discussions about matter and energy, get in there.

Where the book fell short, unfortunately, was in developing the characters of the protagonists. Dialogue tags were inconsistently applied, sometimes to the detriment of clarity. (Additionally, I’m one of those horrible people who prefers the very mundane “he said/she said” dialogue tags; somewhere where the author and I differ. That’s personal preference, however, and everyone is free to disagree with me on that!)

I also found that there were a number of times when the characters said, “What we need to do is create this complex device…and it’s done!” which felt as if the author were jumping too quickly through the steps. The reader doesn’t necessarily want to hear about the welding and fusing and calibration, but having a character complain about skinning their knuckles whilst using a wrench or fighting with a stripped screw allows the reader to “feel” the team working together, and why it’s necessary for such a crack team to be involved in putting this stuff together. I’d have liked to see more work and more interior life.

Still, the author may have made these choices in the interests of keeping the book moving, and that it does! Want to read about physics, ancient religions, and what really came out of those flying saucers? Then you want to read Demien. You can get it on your Kindle here, or read the back cover below!

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Books on Deck: Helen the Transartist, by Anita Stairs-Oberlick

amazoncoverpixTwelve-year-old Helen Robley discovers she is a “Transartist” when the drawings she loves to make become reality.  Using her magic, she travels to the East Pole,  home of the creatures that populate all children’s imaginations ˗˗ creatures like the Sand Man, Cupids, and Toothfairies, who are made real in unexpected but wonderful ways.
Assisted by two new friends, Helen uses her ability to turn art into life when she confronts the East Pole’s vain and evil Queen Narcissa.  Helen also discovers that the East Pole is her birthplace and learns the fate of her parents before the story climaxes in an extravagant, wondrous fashion show. Helen employs creativity and a variety of unconventional weapons, including pencils, nail polish, and high-heeled shoes.

Books on Deck: Sade Evans, by Tonne Odom

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Living a wealthy lifestyle is of luxury would make anyone happy, but not eighteen-year-old Sade Evans, who feels that it is bittersweet.

Sade is young, beautiful, with massive sex appeal, and filled with rage. She has always lived the life of pain brought on by her abusive father and wicked stepmother.

Between the arguments, beatings, and rapes, Sade feels that her very life is about to end. She tries to deal with the torment, but things only get worse. Soon, she finds herself looking for a way out which will change everyone’s life, including hers.

Books on Deck: Catherine de Valois, by Laurel A. Rockefeller

Best known as Henry V’s Agincourt bride from Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” Catherine de Valois was an extraordinary woman of faith, courage, and conviction in an age of politically powerful women.

A younger daughter to King Charles VI of France terrorized by his mental illness, Princess Catherine survived the ravages of his schizophrenia, a civil war at home, and King Henry’s war with France to become one of England’s most fascinating and courageous queens. Her second marriage to Owen Tudor gave England a new dynasty through her grandson, King Henry VII.

Meet the real Catherine and discover the beautiful true story that launched the most famous dynasty in history.

Book Review: The Raven of Dusk: Transcendence, by Anthony Greer

The Raven of Dusk: Transcendence, By Anthony Greer

Raven of Dusk Transcendence CoverI have over 400 science fiction titles behind me on my shelves, and while I love a good ray-gun and rocket ship tale, I’ve also found that as I became a more sophisticated reader I was more interested in why characters were firing their ray-guns, or what drove them to propel themselves across worlds and into space.

The Raven of Dusk, Transcendence delves into the sociopolitical conflicts driving the characters as a representation of modern political conflicts played out on the alien planet of Noreis in the arenas of religion, politics, persecution, and power. Hifalutin concepts aside, Greer approaches his subjects in a very personal manner, from the viewpoints of each of his characters. This shifting focus allows us insight into each personality and what causes them to act as they do and makes the novel very approachable.  The decisions the characters feel natural in their progression, not as if the reader is being led to a conclusion or preached to.

The book does start off hot, insofar as the reader is dumped straight into the action, but once you get your footing, you’ll find yourself keeping up, and turning the pages eagerly for more.

One aside: Mr. Greer, I believe you owe me several hours of sleep since you kept me up reading one night. :-)

Interested in reading The Raven of Dusk: Transcendence on your Kindle? You can get it here, or read the back cover blurb below!

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