Author: First Book Publish:2017 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.5 Characters: Food of the Gods (Gods And Monsters: Rupert Wong Book 1) First published: May 3rd 2017Rating: 7.48 stars GoodReads:Food of the Gods Review: With Food of the Gods, Cassandra Khaw has served up a delectable dish. It overcomes its structural flaws by leaning heavily on its style, gorgeous prose, and wildly charismatic characters. It’s not often you see such a convincing blend of culture, style, and sheer readability (even in the face of unending violence and a stomach-churning season of Top Chef: Underworld), but Khaw does it all. Food of the Gods is so decadent and flavourful that you’ll want a second helping and dessert. (Just make s
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Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.9 Characters: The Steampunk Trilogy (La Trilogia Steampunk Book 1) First published: July 7th 2014Rating: 6.88 stars GoodReads:The Steampunk Trilogy Review: Picked this up based on a “Oh, you like China Mieville, you’ll like this” recommendation. Big mistake. The prose is bland, the characters are universally one-dimensional, the plot “twists” are stunningly obvious throughout, and the whole thing feels like the quality of writing you expect to pick up at a 4th grade classroom.
Author: First Book Publish:2017 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.4 Characters: Heiresses of Russ 2011 (Heiresses Of Russ Book 1) First published: February 5th 2017Rating: 8.38 stars GoodReads:Heiresses of Russ 2011 Review: Only two stories that didn’t really hit with me. From the ones that really worked, Georgina Bruce’s “Horse under a chandalier…” lingered with me for days…very poignant. And Swirsky’s “Lady who plucked red flowers…” is also a favourite. Great theme for an anthology, hope it continues for years to come.
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 4 Avg. Book Rating:6.5 Characters: Hammered by the Hydra (Unearthly Delights Book 1) First published: October 18th 2013Rating: 6.74 stars GoodReads:Hammered by the Hydra Review: I liked this story. It combines elements of erotic SF with adventure which I find appealing over the normal every day erotic stories. Analyzed by the Alien (Unearthly Delights Book 2) First published: November 8th 2013Rating: 6.44 stars GoodReads:Analyzed by the Alien Review: I liked this one a lot. I thought it had a great story and loved the way it was written. I thought it was great. The ending was interesting and I actually wanted it to continue on. I thought it would have made a great long story and wanted this to go longer. Probably my second favorite in the series. Mounted by the Minotaur (Unearthly Delights Book 3) First published: December 7th 2013Rating: 6.38 stars GoodReads:Mounted by the Minotaur Review: Good, interesting short story. I liked the author’s writing style. Just wished her stories were a little longer and more detailed because the story plots and themes had expansion potential. Laved by the Lycanthrope (Unearthly Delights Book 4) First published: November 21st 2013Rating: 6.4 stars…
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.8 Characters: Crash Plus Expenses (Crash Plus Expenses Book 1) First published: November 1st 2015Rating: 6.76 stars GoodReads:Crash Plus Expenses Review: I always like this author’s writing. I would have liked to see a bit more after the ending, but their efforts to survive in the wilderness for fun to read about. Definitely a different setting. Maybe Dan got off a little too easy for the lies he told, but still, I enjoyed it.
Author: First Book Publish:2011 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:8.3 Characters: The Rabbit Died (Holidays From Hell Short Story Book 1) First published: June 21st 2011Rating: 8.18 stars GoodReads:The Rabbit Died Review: A great short story that is very well written, hilarious at times and then pulling at your heart strings. Zelda could do without the holiday gatherings under the best of circumstances. Her two sisters and their families were a little much and didn’t always contribute to a congenial family gathering. Plus her mother is using/abusing medicinal marijuana, it’s all relative, right? And her father has left her mother for another woman. So, all in all, everything that’s needed for a Holiday from Hell. Pull My Paw (Holidays From Hell Short Story Book 2) First published: July 30th 2011Rating: 8.54 stars GoodReads:Pull My Paw Review: Sue Ann Jaffarian is such an amazing author! This short story series is as good as her full-length novel series.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.6 Characters: CinderEddy (A Twist Of Adventure Book 1) First published: June 13th 2014Rating: 7.58 stars GoodReads:CinderEddy Review: This was a really cute little story! Written much in the same style as the old fashioned fairytales, it had some unique little plot twists that I really liked. It also has some good character building truths.
Author: First Book Publish:2008 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.4 Characters: Lace and Blade (Lace And Blade Book 1) First published: February 13th 2008Rating: 6.42 stars GoodReads:Lace and Blade Review: I bought this mainly for Sherwood Smith’s story, “Rules of Engagement”, and unsurprisingly, it was my favorite story in the collection (I would give it four stars), with her usual excellent worldbuilding (present even in short form) and fascinating interplay between characters. I generally enjoyed the other stories, with my usual caveat of short stories not being really my thing. The other two I found memorable were Dave Smeds’ “The Beheaded Queen”, which managed to make a disembodied head a gen
Author: First Book Publish:1989 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.7 Characters: Mrs. Davis, Elma Mary Fitzgerald, Arthur Holland, Inspector Tommy Rudge, Constable Richard Hempstead, Sir Wilfrid Denny, Walter Everett Fitzgerald, Mr. Edwin Dakers, Reverend Philip Mount, Alec Mount, Peter Mount, Neddy Ware, Rear-Admiral Hugh Lawrence Penistone, Jennie Merton, Detective-Sergeant Appleton The Floating Admiral (Crime à Hora Do Chá Book 1) First published: January 29th 1989Rating: 7.74 stars GoodReads:The Floating Admiral Review: I thought I may have read this before as I seem to recall having read a collaboration such as this thirty or so years ago but if I had I certainly did not remember it. This was first published in 1931 and twelve authors each wrote a chapter leaving the later authors to provide a solution to what was going on. In addition having read the novel another author wrote a prologue. There is also an appendix where the authors apart from the authors of the first two chapters and the prologue outlined how
Author: First Book Publish:2012 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.3 Characters: Unexpected Daddy (Unexpected Daddies Book 1) First published: March 16th 2012Rating: 6.26 stars GoodReads:Unexpected Daddy Review: I am pained here. I REALLY debated about the 1 star. I’d really rate this 1.5 stars – there were parts I liked though and I fervently wish GR had 1/2 stars!