Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Book Review of A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs and Other Stories by Andrew Kozma

A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs is a collection of weird, speculative fiction containing four stories of people exploring strange places and situations, from a newly-discovered civilization of six-foot-tall talking slugs to being haunted by a man in a dark chocolate suit. Whether waking up in a prison camp or navigating a city full of copies of themselves, the characters in these stories are bent on understanding their world, even if that understanding also means the end of the world they thought they knew.

Andrew Kozma’s fiction has been published in Drabblecast, Albedo One, Interzone, and Daily Science Fiction. His book of poems, City of Regret (Zone 3 Press, 2007), won the Zone 3 First Book Award. His previous collections of short fiction are The Year of the Stolen Bicycle Tire and Other Stories and You Have Been Murdered and Other Stories.

*I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review*

This eccentric collection of stories is for anyone with an open mind. Well written and thought provoking, each story brings up ideas and questions leaving the reader in a state of wonderment. I won't lie, I'm not sure I fully grasped everything these stories have to offer; this is one of those books that is worth a second reading. Great news is, it's not very long so a second or third reading is very doable. The creativity of the worlds each story creates is amazing and the flow and use of words work great. If you like being forced to think outside the box then this is a book you need to pick up.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Book Review of Black Bullet by L. D. Rose

Fledgling vampire Jonathan Kerr has just met his match.

Not even his past life as a former Marine and FBI agent could prepare him for the battle against the monster inside him, struggling to take hold. After an old nemesis of the Senary surfaces in Brooklyn, unleashing chaos and terror in the battered borough, Jon sets out to take him down. Instead, he ends up with far more than he bargained for when he clashes with the beautiful half-vampire hybrid, Lawan Knight.

After escaping near death and suffering unspeakable horror at the hands of vampires, Lawan trusts no one, regardless of species. In between bouts of drunken stupor, her only goal is to exterminate all those who've wronged her, including every member of Jon's vampire bloodline. But Jon's soulful eyes and quick smile crawls under her skin, transforming her black and white world into a hazy shade of gray.

As the days rapidly grow darker, Jon and Lawan turn to one another, but their inner demons threaten to tear them apart. The only way either of them will survive is if they overcome their greatest fear--


*First Place Winner of The Paranormal Romance Guild's 2016 Reader's Choice Awards for Paranormal Horror!*

*I was given a copy of the novel in exchange for my honest review*

First off, this was a great continuation of Releasing the Demons. It can be read on it's own, but I would always suggest starting at the beginning of a series to get a better grasp of the world the story is in. I liked Jon from the first book and was excited to see where his story would lead. Lawan made a great female lead and my heart felt for her so bad! After all the pain she had been through it almost brings tears to your eyes to know she has a man like Jon. 
Their love story is just as steamy as Blaze and Valerie in Releasing the Demons, but I felt it was more tender and just like the book before it, had a great natural progression. This novel is just as exciting and full of action as the first and is a great second novel for this series! I really hope and am looking forward to reading more, wanting to know more about the other hybrid brothers and the possible love interests they might have. 
This novel is R rated as well, so keep that in mind. It's an action packed love story and has a great pace. If you love paranormal romance, and vampires especially then this book needs to be added to your list! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Book Review for Releasing the Demons by L. D. Rose

Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet.

Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he's still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze's mission is to protect what's left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze's blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

Motivated by her sister's gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life's goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he's not only innocent, he isn't a man at all-he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze's life, a life full of darkness and horror she can't even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can't seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion, unlike anything she's ever known.

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they've come to know and love, including one another.

* I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review*

This book read like a thrilling action movie! The story moved at a great pace and leaves you eager for more at every turn. The one thing I absolutely loved about this novel is the natural progression with the love story. This can be hit or miss for me and with this novel, it was a hit! 
This book would be like watching an R rated movie, so keep that in mind if a teenager or younger person wants to read it. The dark world makes an interesting backdrop for our main characters and helps you empathize with the trouble they find themselves in. This novel is great for anyone wanting to pack some action into their reading list!