Saturday, October 12, 2013

Interrupt by Jeff Carlson

I have never read Jeff Carlson before, and I am glad I found this book.  
I love the concept of this book and it may be scientific but easy enough for anyone to follow.  His theory is so convincing you almost believe it is what has and will happen. 

The main characters are easily identified with.  You can understand why each thinks and believes what they do.  

I love the idea that we all retain some form of dormant genes.  When the sun starts to repeat it's cycle that all life of the planet is affected.  The idea of evolving because of the sun's cycles is unique to me and a logical theory.  That humans are affected in a way that activates these genes. He ties today's facts on births etc to show that our bodies know what is coming before our brains do.

Even when the sun actually starts it's event, and we do not know what is happening, the results of it's flares are felt but mistaken as human interference.  I could see that happening including what the humans do in retaliation.  

It is like history is repeating it self but this time with a twist.  Instead of 2 main groups of humans (Neanderthals and early humans), more.  Also that this time we are advanced enough to see what is coming or happening, gives us a unique chance to survive this current cycle without losing everything we have built and created.   It will change human life as we know it.

I could not read fast enough, I wanted to see what would happen and how they figure things out and what they do to protect those who may be able to help man kind.  And mankind?  What is our future?

I give this book 5 Stars!  A must read!  Makes you see things in a new way, and think out side the box.  I now have to read his other books!  I just love how he presents the story and makes you really think that it really could happen.  To me, that makes a good author and a good story!

Alice M (Aj)      

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity

The Messiah MatrixThe Messiah Matrix by Kenneth John Atchity
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you have ever had any doubts or questions about your religion or thought that what you have been taught just doesn't sound right, you have to read this. I opens your eyes to possibilities, how things could have happened. I have always believed that religion changes to suit people, and/or the time. This book would be great to read as a group just for discussion purposes. Read and get others to read it. Even the stories inside this story, are wonderful. Makes you realize that yes there are others who believe that there is something basically wrong with what we have always been taught. Also loved that there is a love story as well, I always believed it was wrong for tellers and teachers of truth to be celibate, denied one of the Creators greatest gifts. Love is one of the greatest joys in life and find it hard to believe that any God would not want all his people to share in it. It is one of the best books on religion theory I have ever read. Also check out the books website, think you will like that as well: read July 7, 2012 titled: Why I wrote The Messiah Matrix as a novel. Enjoy!

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

This review has been a long time coming...

I had to finish the Sword of Truth series before I could finish this one.  It was a hard choice between the two.
This book was on my reading list, but had to move it up because of what the author wrote on her blog.
Made me want to read it asap!
She more or less said that maybe some where having trouble reading it because of how she wrote it.
Well as soon as I read that had to get the book and read it.

The book is called "Angst" by Victoria Sawyer.

Angst on
This book is different than anything I have ever read.
I read her blog and newsletters, so I knew her style in writing (she has a way of grabbing your attention and keeping it).
I love the way she thinks.
And she has a way of putting it into words that you want to read.

Her book did not disappoint me.
If I had been on the first book of the series I was reading I would have stopped to read hers,
but alas I was caught up into it and had to choose between the two:
only because I found my self trying to pick which to read, and than finding myself going out of my way to try and read both, to the point that I did not want to do anything else LOL.

This book was extremely well written and her descriptions of the feelings the main character, Victoria, goes through, made you know exactly how she felt.
If you have never suffered from panic attacks, it might be hard to believe what she writes, but trust me her words are true.
I have had panic attacks, not as severe as in the book, and mine started when I was in my teens.
Only a few people know that I have had these because like in the book it is not something I wanted to share.
  I missed out on many things because of them, and slowly learned to force my self to do things.
Now my attacks are infrequent but I still have them, and they can be crippling.
Angst is the first thing I have ever read that truly explains the emotions
and thoughts that go through your mind.

I love the way she put it in to a story.
How she draws you into Victoria's little world.
It spans approx a year in the life of Victoria, her first year in college,
with flash backs to when her attacks first started.
It shows how she coped with her emotions and dealt with everyday things, and still maintained the the picture of being normal.  Without her friends, teachers even co-workers knowing exactly what she was dealing with.

You will find yourself caring and hoping things will get better for this young girl.
At times it brought me to tears, some sad, some happy.

If you have never suffered from panic attacks this book will show you a world that I believe most do not even know exists.  The pain some go through on a daily, sometimes moment to moment basis,
the suffering and stress most could not even live through, and sadly some do not.
At the end of the book the author explains why she wrote the book, I think she will succeed, we just need to get people to read it.
Now I can see why people might find it hard to follow at times, but there is a simple way to avoid confusion.
There is a habit that readers do without realizing it, we do not acknowledge the Chapter Titles but you must pay attention to them, the dates will help you keep track.

I give this book 5 stars!

So if you want to try something new, maybe a new author or need a angst book for a challenge my advice is to give this one a try!

Check out her blog as well at Angst: A novel

See you soon
Aj (Alice)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Something different: Elected Endeavours of Emperors by Dorian Grey

 I know haven't posted much lately but still working on the sword of truth series (can not seem to read fast enough), but it is not the only thing I have been reading.  Found this little gem, actually my sister told me about it, seems I know the author, thought you might like something different to read, poetry, but not in the traditional sense.  I found it very entertaining and know will have to read again in the future just to see how the meanings will change for me.  I love those kind of books, ones that change as you do.

Elected Endeavours of Emperors by Dorian Grey

This is the review I wrote for

Something different

Poetry is a wonderful thing, and there are so many styles, each different and unique.  I found this book very thought provoking, not something you can just read quickly and put away.  It makes you think.  There are a few errors in the book but considering it is his first and may not have realized that someone other than the writer should check for errors.  There are 3 chapters:  1 To The World, 2 To My Lover 3 Till Death.  I have to say my favorite poems in this book are Her Stiletto's (chapter 1), Ironic Street(chapter 2) and Endless Maze(chapter 3).  There is a good possibility that they will change the next time I read the book.  This is the kind of book that needs to be read more than once, since how you interpret the poems will also change as you grow. So in my opinion you should get the book, read a bit each day or when you want something to think about instead of life, just for a little while. I will look forward to his next one!  I am sure as he grows so will his writing.  Plus love the cover!

Alice M

Monday, June 10, 2013

Well since my tablet and kobo

reader both broke, and I could only afford to replace one at a time. 
So I have been reading from my books and my new Kobo Touch.

I am half way through the Sword of Truth Series (there is 12 plus a prequel)
 that is why I bought the Kobo first.

I have finished a few paper backs (including Makai Queen by Tara Fairfield - I won a signed copy) and hardcovers and hopefully will be posting reviews soon.

But the good news is today I bought a Kindle!  My very first one!
A lot of the books on my reading list where on my Tablet (Kindle).
So first I will finish Angst by Victoria Sawyer, been dying to finish it since my tablet broke.

I just love the way she writes.  (I follow her blog and emails)  Actually her theory on why some may not enjoy it as much as others was why I decided to read it!  So far I am not disappointed at all!  It is so different from what I am used too.
It  is always nice to read different styles.
I have to admit I have never read anything like this one before.
Her descriptions of how the main character feels are very good and I would say very close to the truth.
 Well I just wanted to let you all know what I have been up to.
Been very busy lately plus work not much time for much more.

Reading has always been one of my favorite past times and with the eReaders, makes it easy to read anywhere, anytime.

No complaints about standing around on breaks or waiting for rides or appointments because it gives me reading time.  What a great invention!

Well have to get up early so must go.
Be back soon!

Aj (Alice M)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Recent Books I have gotten

Hi everyone!!  
Just wanted you all to see part of my reading list!
These I have won in the last month.  Each one falls under at least one category for my reading challenges. 
All are eBooks except for Makai Queen By Tara Fairfield.

I have put the link to the site that I won them on.
They have fantastic reviews and you should check them out!
I also tried to find the authors site as well, just click authors name under book. 


 I won one of the copies of Heaven's Fate by Andre Alan from Celldoorians

Heaven's Fate By Andre Alan


I won the YA/Paranormal Suspense At First Touch from  Mattie Dunman

at first touch by Mattie Dunman

(note:  I was just on his site and the second book At Second Glance will be out in May 2013)


I won the first three books in Anne Patrick's Wounded Heroes series 
(Kill Shot, Trespasses, and Betrayal) from Christian Bookshelf Reviews

Kill Shot, Trespasses, and Betrayal by Anne Patrick


I won Forged in Grace by By Jordan E. Rosenfeld from Vanilla Moon

Forged in Grace By Jordan E. Rosenfeld


I also won of COVET from WiLoveBooks


Can't wait to read this one when I get it.
I won a signed copy of Makai Queen from Tara Fairfield, Ed.D. website!
Makai Queen By Tara Fairfield


And last but not least Own The Wind By Kristen Ashley from  Whit's Book World, on a giveaway!

Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley


Okay will have to go things to see and do!  And Read!!!!!

Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Book One of Ten of the Sword of Truth Series

OMG This is a wonderful book!!  I loved it.  Richard Cypher's character is written so well as is the others.  Just when I thought the book couldn't get better, it did!  The author has quite the imagination.  

The details on the characters and places and peoples are all there.  No guessing on aspects of their lives.  It is as if you have known them all your life.  You feel for them.  

Their quest to save their world, and all those in it, including the creatures, magic and normal, is one of great adventure and sorrow.  If you are the sort to cry and laugh while you read, you will with this book!   With each new character, including the Mord-Sith, you find your self feeling things that you thought were not possible.  I love the way Terry Goodkind shows you both sides of each character, and Richard's insight, is not only great but also a burden.  Terry really knows how to write and get you to understand such thinking.  Not something that I see very often.  Many may not even understand but the Mord-Sith add something to the book and the Sword of Truth that makes the magic even more magical!

It was easy to follow and you didn't have to keep looking back to check on a detail.  I love that part!   It switches between the characters, easily and in such a way that you where trying to hurry to go back to the other characters but you didn't want to miss a single detail!

I have always enjoyed books about wizards, underworld and other magic creatures.  I read this book simply because of the title.  I didn't read the Synopsis before hand, still haven't.  

The idea of the characters, The Seeker, Mother Confessor and another Mord-Sith, where very creative!  The Mord-Sith surprised me to no end!  I just couldn't get over the imagination that went behind these characters.  

Most of all I loved the Wizard's First Rule itself, it makes sense and is so true!!!!  Can't wait to learn more of the rules!  

Now I had no idea that this was part of a series when I started it, in fact didn't know until I was almost finished it!  It is a series of 10 books plus a prequel short novel, the series is called the Sword of Truth.  

Was trying to describe the book to my boyfriend and told him it would make a great movie (if it followed the book) and would probably be a mini series--and before I knew it was a series of 10 books!  When I was done reading it, and check to see if I had the whole series (turns out had 8 of the 11 books) but not the second!  I have it now, went out and bought it as soon as the store opened and could put money on my Coles card!  Would have had to wait at least 24 hours if bought card on line, I just couldn't wait!

Anyways while I was checking the order of the books I found a piece of information that surprised me.
A few years ago I watched a show called The Seeker.  I quit watching because I realized I needed to see it from the beginning.  Was waiting for it to come back on, as a rerun.  Turns out The Seeker is based on this series, Sword of Truth!

I can not wait to see what is coming next!  

My Rating: 
One of the best books I have read in a long long time!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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The Forever Saga: Flash by Sean C. Sousa

I was sent this book to review.  I am giving it an honest review.  To me books are important and I love to share my opinion any book I read.  I am giving this one 5 Stars plus a gold Star!  This is my opinion and I stand by it. ;~)

I realized that I like a  lot of books and I am adding a special gold star is for those books that make me wish the book was not over and can't wait to read more!

When is the next book coming out!

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When I started reading this I do not know what I expected, but I have to tell you it was worth reading.  The hero, Brian and his partner, Flash are a great combination.  They compliment each other and you can't help but hope they make it! There was a little of everything in this book. Even a love story and for the hockey fans- hockey! (not a hockey fan but was surprised by the fact I didn't put it down, there was just enough to help the story with out ruining it!)

I don't want to give away to much, but Brian's family, the characters are all different but you can see them as a family, with all their ups and downs.

Twice my reader died on me just when I wanted to read more (the one draw back to eReaders), thought I was going to go nuts waiting to see what would happen next and not be able to read! It was worth it!  He brought their everyday lives into the story and I have to admit a few surprises with that, I just didn't see coming!

It was a mixture of today's world and tomorrows. I loved his insights into certain emotions and the results of great minds that are truly bad, and the end game of their life's work. Could almost believe this world could exist, hay maybe it does!

I still can't get over that is made me cry at the end. It was so well written, you could feel what they felt and why.  Plus it was not full of words that you had to look up every 2 secs.  I really look forward to the next book and the rest of the story!

I am also looking forward to learning the story of  Grigori Geist (he is the bad guy) It sounds like there is a very good story there.  There is also a hint of the story behind the story when Brian and Flash are on there way to my Grigori.  A story before humans today.  I would love to read that!

When I was finished, reading the end acknowledgements etc. I came across a nice little fact that I would like to share,  "Did you know that a portion of every sale of this book benefits International Justice Mission and work to end human trafficking?"

So in my opinion the book is a must read! With the bonus of helping a great cause!

So The Forever Saga: Flash by Sean C. Sousa I give this book 5 Stars plus a Gold Star!!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

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You have to check this out!  Reading blogs on your Kindle!  Haven't tried it yet, don't know if it will work on tablet, but going to try it later when I have time and let you know if it works that way too!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

What's Next! Great Idea!

Was visiting a fellow book blogger, IceyBooks and she has a great idea.

I always have problems in picking out what to read next, and I believe (hope) this will help.

These are 3 books that I want to read, they are all hardcover and fit into my challenges.
If you can help me pick one, that would be fantastic!


So here we go:
Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos

Summary from inside the front cover:

Derek Strange is a rookie cop, the job he's dreamed of since he was a boy. His brother, Dennis, has not been as fortunate; home from the service with a disability pension and zero prospects, he is man with good intentions but bad habits. Derek has always looked out for Dennis, but no amount of brotherly love can save him from the dangerous world of Alvin Jones, a local bottom-feeder, hustler, and stone killer who draws him into his web of violence.

While the rookie cop navigates the rocky terrain of a city in turmoil, a family in crisis, and his love for a woman he has driven away, Frank Vaughn, a cop at the opposite end of his career, investigates the vicious hit and run of a young black man. Vaughn's personal life is a shambles, but he's good police; he pursues the killers with shark like intent. Meanwhile, in Memphis, a prophet is murdered, igniting a volcanic chain of events that will leave the nation's capital burned, divided, and decimated, forever changing the lives of its working-class inhabitants.


The Messenger by Jan Burke

Summary from inside cover:

Beneath the Caribbean Sea, a salvage diver hears an eerie voice calling to him from the wreckage of a nineteenth-century ship. In return for promised riches, the diver becomes the servant of Adrian deVille, Lord Varre, the creature who has called to him. It's a bargain the diver will come to regret. Varre enlists him in a hunt for a man named Tyler Hawthorne.
Ten years later, in a canyon in the foothills above Los Angeles, Amanda Clarke has become curious about her new neighbor, Tyler Hawthorne. He's not home much, but others tell her that her new neighbor is about her age -- twenty-four. He's also wealthy, handsome, and single.


Secret of the Dragon by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Summary from inside cover:

New gods are challenging the old high god, Torval, for ruler ship of the world.  The only way to stop these brash interlopers lies with the five Bones of the Vektia Dragons—the five primal dragons hidden away by the dragon goddess, Vindrash, during the creation of the world.  Without these dragons, one of the new gods, Aelon, cannot seize power.  The only hope of the Vindrasi lies in finding the dragon bones before the followers of Aelon can use them to destroy the old gods.  But the Vindrasi gods have a traitor in their midst…
In the land of mortals, Raegar, a Vindraisi turned Aelon warrior-priest, searches for the spirit bones.  The gods have a champion of their own—Skylan Ivorson, sea-raider and high chief of the Vindrasi clans, and sworn enemy to Raegar.  But Skylan is a prisoner on his own ship. The ship’s dragon, Kahg, has vanished and some believe he is dead.  Skylan and his people are taken as captives to Sinaria, where they must fight in a game known as the Para Dix. The fates of men and gods and are dragons are rushing headlong to destruction. Skylan can stop the calamity, but only if he discovers the secret of the dragon.

So which should I read?  I need to know by Thursday(will be finished the one I am reading now by than)

Just leave a comment say 1,2 or 3 or email the number  to

Thank you so much, any help in deciding my next book to read is a major help!

If you need help deciding or just think this would be fun check out IcyBooks for more information!


Review: Further:Beyond the Threshold by Chris Roberson

(click the book to take you to Goodreads)
I have to give this one 5 out of 5!
From beginning to ind this book had my attention and kept it.
I love that in a book!  I really hope he writes a sequel to this.  I would really love to learn more about Captain RJ Stone and his travelling mates.

I love books that explore a unique way of looking at things.  Trust me when I say the Chris Roberson has quite the imagination and would truly love to hear his thoughts on a few subjects.
I loved his approach to RJ Stone and RJ's thoughts when thrown into such a unbelievable position, but yet believable.  
Chris Roberson's views of the future are insightful and imaginative.  One thing about the future is that since it is unknown, it could be what ever you want it to be.  His future world is so believable and I enjoyed his thoughts on everyday things and how someone from the past would react.  Even down to how the future miss represents the past.  Like our thoughts on drinking before dinner to what cloths to where.
If you are into Science Fiction, you have to read this book.
It is funny but it is so will written I can picture the Further and most of the characters. 
Would love to see this as a movie but one done as close as possible to the book as they can.
Without cutting out the funny stuff, I swear they take away from a book when they take out the humor.

I will have to check out more of his books.  

Well the next book I will be finishing is 


Review: The Dead of Winter by Jack Night

Hi all! finished this a while ago and wrote the review before I got sick but just now realized that I did not post this!

I have to admit I loved the book.  I give it a 4.5 out of 5

The story line was great and unique (in all my reading wanderings, only one book has came close to the background story this book offers)  It had me right at the beginning.  As soon as I started reading it, it took everything I had not to read it all at once. The characters where believable, and you kept hoping nothing would happen to them.

Everything in my imagination kept trying to figure out what was causing the "events", I have to give this author credit for making me wonder right up to the point I found out the truth.  Great Job Jack!

I read outside a lot, waiting for my ride to and from work, and I smoke out side too.  I always take my tablet with me (it has both Kindle and Kobo on it) and it lights up so need to carry a light.  When I am reading I have a habit of forgetting where I am and talking out loud or gasping (and on a few occasions  have had tears running down my face)    Well this book had me gasping or talking to it.  Have had a few funny looks until I explain what I am reading. LOL!

I kept  waiting for what was to come next.  Trying to guess what was going to happen and to whom.  Most of my guesses where wrong but I was not disappointed.  I loved the story line and the characters.  The writer gave you enough information on each one to have you hoping yours would make it.  Right up until the end.

Now the reason I gave it 4.5 out of 5 is because when it ended I felt like I had missed something in the book.  Now I am not sure if it was something I missed or if it was there at all.  I do intend to read the book again some time in the future, maybe I will see what I missed.

In my opinion, if you like thrillers, read this book, it is well worth it!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Something for the Young (and young at heart)!

I love to read and write.  Anything that promotes young people to read and write I am 150% for it!
Today while reading a blog I follow, IceyBooks : 

In one of the comments I saw this link, and look what I found.

I think this is great!  A way to learn and have fun at the same time.
Also to meet people who like what you like.
So if you are a teen, why don't you hope over and check it out.
You will even have a chance to win your entry!

This is the schedule they have:

The keynote address by Newbery Winning Author Shannon Hale will be free for anyone to watch. It will be on March, 16th, 2013 at 9 a.m. MST. A subscription to the Live Broadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following:

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.—Writers Cubed: Welcome

9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.—Keynote by Newbery Award winner Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)

10 a.m to 10:45 a.m.—Tyler Whitesides (Janitors) Class: Imagine and Create.

10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.—Janette Rallison (My Fair Godmother) Class: Bad dialogue can kill a story.

12:50 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.—NYT bestseller Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) Class: Plot Like a Villain.

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—J. Scott Savage (Farworld) Class: Finding Your Voice.

2:50 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.—Journey to Publication Panel: Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett

3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.—NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings) Class: World-building is the invisible foundation to your book.

4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.—Writers Cubed: Winner of the First Chapter Contest and closing remarks

It really sounds interesting!

You adults out, there do not worry, it is open to adults too, everyone is welcome.  

Here is the site to check it out!

Hay I might even see you there if I do not have to work!


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