Reviews

Review – Insight by Jamie Magee V””V

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Melanie here aka VampireLovingDork  back  with my review of  Insight (Book One In The Insight Series) by Jamie MaGee which I was given in exchange for an honest review.

Hmmmmm where to start with this one.  Let me say the story idea is amazing.  The author obviously lives and breathes her worlds and characters and the ideas are a great mix of well known mythology / astrology with a unique twist taking you somewhere new.

The main problem I had with this is that for me, as a YA, it was too long.  Now for some people that will be a wonderful thing but I felt that sometimes the author got a little lost wandering in her world and some of the more pertinent information occasionally got a little lost in conversion.

The characters are strong and the worlds are believable but a few of the connections felt a little forced for me (although I am sure many others will disagree).  As a debut novel I will say this author has a myriad of ideas that the world hasn’t had the opportunity to experience yet and this is a wonderful thing but I… Continue reading

Falling For an Angel by Laura Prior (Review By Laura)

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**Review By Laura from The Nerd Girl Page**

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Falling For an Angel

Jasmine is in her final year of high school, she’s getting ready to graduate if she manages to stay out of trouble. Jasmine’s life has royally sucked, and to cope she’s turned to drink and drugs. When a stranger keeps popping up warning her to sort her life out she just shrugs him off as a stalker. Until he comes to her rescue and suddenly Jasmines life is about angels and demons. She goes from running from her personal demons to running from actual demons.

I really liked this book, I have been waiting for a good angel story for a while and Laura really delivered.  Jasmine is believable, relatable and a survivor. At any point she could have just given up hope and given in to her abuse of drugs and alcohol but she didn’t, she powered on through and that’s before her world was turned upside down by Angels. Jasmine is vulnerable and insecure and the relationship with her Guardian develops naturally as they both fight to keep Jasmine alive at the same… Continue reading

Dark Genesis by Dave Ferraro (Review By Leah)

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** Review By Leah  from The Nerd Girl Page**

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been awhile since I have read a book about witches, and the was a unique twist on an age old concept! Instead of a select few having magical powers, an entire population is born with some kind of power! The main character Alyssa, is strong and courageous, she makes a great female protagonist that will make this a very compelling read for any woman who loves the fantasy genre.

This book is chock full of antagonists, that were once good witches that were driven mad with power. The odds seem to be overwhelming, but Alyssa faces them head on with help from the friends she makes along the way.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because I found it slightly predictable. I figured out what Alyssa must do to regain her life almost immediately. Also the it ended so abruptly I felt like it needed more, another chapter or epilogue. the end just seemed really rushed to me. Other than that, this was a really good read! I found the concept… Continue reading

The Vampires of Soldiers Cove by Jessica Macintyre (Review By Laura)

 

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**Review By Laura From Nerd Girl …… This Book Was Provided In Exchange For An Honest Review**

 

Rachel is 24 and a recluse, she has heard voices for years now and her life has become about her little home and attempting to stay sane. One night she is approached by two strangers, does she want the ultimate gift? Not just that off mortality but the ability to understand and control the voices she hears? The answer is a no brainer for Rachel. Once she is a vampire and Gavin, her creator and her guardian informs her she was created for a purpose, to stop a banished vampire from their Sanctuary who is intent on destroying humans and anyone who gets in his way.

Rachel must learn to master her abilities, her urges for human blood, the feelings she has for Gavin whilst also watching her back from those in the group who do not agree with her conversion at such a vital time.

I wanted to love this book, it had some of my favourite things; Vampires, peril, swords and a relationship. But there was just something off about Rachel, her character development just felt unnatural for me.… Continue reading

First Frost written by Liz DeJesus – Review by Gladys

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** Review By Gladys – The ORIGINAL Nerd Girl**

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Synopsis:

For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.” Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

XOXO the Nerd Girl Review:

What can I say about this novel that hasn’t already be said or already been posted on Amazon.com. I have been talking to Liz DeJesus since accepting this review because she lives very close to the Baltimore area and I plan to go to her book signings. NOT one but a few as I would like her to be my FIRST of many Vlog interviews on… Continue reading

Welcome To The Family written by Caroline F. Levy – Review V””V

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Melanie here aka VampireLovingDork back with my review of Welcome To The Family by Caroline F Levy which I was given in exchange for an honest review.

Welcome to the Family tells the story of Angela (Angel) through her eyes as she moves from her life as a not very successful human into a word of vampires and were creatures she never dreamed existed.

As a debut novel you can definitely tell that the author is still finding her feet when it comes to getting the story across with some of it feeling a little rushed, as if she had so much to tell us and didn’t know quite how to pace it.

That being said the story itself is a good one. Although there are many themes and ideas that feel well known and have been used before this particular version seemed fresh and never left me feeling as though I had read it all previously (which when you have read as many of these as I have is always a good thing. Fringe sanctions within any set up like this are to be expected but there were definite storyline spins I didn’t see coming.

An adult rated book… Continue reading

Beethoven’s Immortal by Jeff Fuell – Review V””V

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Melanie here aka VampireLovingDork back with my review of Beethoven’s Immortal by Jeff Fuell which I was given in exchange for an honest review.

The title of this book really appealed to me as I have a love of pretty much all things musical and after reading the book I would suggest that the author does too. From classical to metal with an obvious love of the 80′s hair metal era this book has musical references galore which for me only added to my enjoyment of the story.

We follow Stephanie as she time travels back in time to 18th Century Vienna where she not only meets, but becomes the inspiration to perhaps the greatest classical composer that ever lived.

One of my favorite things about this book is that the author has taken an historical factual event and created a whole new take on it, and answered some of the questions that really are out there. His research is impeccable and the story flows with an ease that I appreciated allowing you to quickly become invested in the characters.

The “rules” of time travel are explored but not from the normal science fiction angle (although I hasten to add… Continue reading

The Breakup Psychic written by Emily Hemmer – (Review By Jaime C)

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*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

Meet Ellie, a young woman who has convinced herself that she can hear warning bells that precede the impending failure of her relationships. And that is exactly what she hears when she walks in on Tim in a compromising position with their busty neighbor Suzy. Ellie high tails it to her friend Luanne’s for some crying and a night of vodka laced tea, swearing off her type of men forever. She even has the contract to prove it. Until Sam saunters into her life, and no warning bells ding.

A laugh out loud romantic comedy that is sure to have you giggling. Ellie’s quirky internal commentary is hilarious and you have to love her friend Luanne. This was a very enjoyable read. I don’t usually read this genre of book but I finished this in a day. It’s offbeat and the characters are definitely interesting. It’s sweet, but not overly sappy with just the right amount of heat. A must read for any romantic comedy fans out there.

 

Emily HemmerAuthor Bio

Emily Hemmer was raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago before settling in Kansas… Continue reading

My Now & Forever written by HJ Bellus – Review By Jaime

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*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I love Milly! Snarky, crass and just my kind of woman. Milly is abandoned by her parents at a young age and raised by her Poppy. Milly grows up and marries a man who cheats and treats her badly. She can’t bring herself to leave him because he gave the mother she never had, Francis. Francis is just adorable, with her quest to make the epic potato salad and her funky clothes. Without giving too much detail, Francis passes away and leaves everything to Milly. This is when Milly really starts to live.

Starting over in Colorado, Milly meets true friends, finds true love and finds herself in the process. I absolutely adored this book. Milly lives life to the fullest. A truly fun and unique read.

 

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The Boomerang Effect – Review V””V

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Melanie here aka VampireLovingDork back with my review of The Boomerang Effect By Lindy Spencer which I was given in exchange for an honest review.

*Sigh* Where to begin. Let me start by saying I have spoken with Lindy on several occasions and she is hilarious and witty and when I read the description of the book I couldn’t wait to read it. With a tagline like “Karma is a well thrown boomerang ….” my hopes were high but sadly for me this book just didn’t work.
At the beginning there are so many characters and so many points of view I felt that my eyes were crossing trying to keep it all straight in my head. I even messaged Lindy to see if she had heard this before to which she told me she had … but not to worry as they would start getting killed off soon. Fantastic! So with a much lighter heart I went back to reading but to no avail.

The story idea is genius. An innocuous email that looks like it comes from a friend with a video containing subliminal messaging that will get a person to commit murder. Now don’t feel to bad… Continue reading

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