Almost Invincible (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #3) by Kristen Brand #BookReview @brandedkristen

Cover: Almost Invincible
(The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #3)
by Kristen Brand

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A theme park turns into a death-trap of sadistic supervillains…

White Knight is the most popular superhero in the country—which is bad news for David Del Toro, formerly White Knight, who retired from heroics years ago and just wants some peace and quiet. When the White Knight ride at a superhero-inspired theme park has a grand reopening, Dave is more than happy to give his complimentary tickets to his daughter and her friends and spend the day at home. But then the park gets taken hostage by supervillains.

The man known as Bloodbath spent the last decade in a maximum-security prison and blames White Knight for putting him there. He’s given an ultimatum: the hero comes to face him, or he’ll kill every tourist in the park. Dave barely managed to beat Bloodbath while in his prime and doesn’t like his chances now that he’s old and busted. But unless he does something, every innocent person in the park is going to die…including his daughter.

Almost Invincible is the third book of The White Knight & Black Valentine Series but can be read as a standalone. If you like tense thrillers with big, superpowered action, don’t wait—download Almost Invincible now!

 

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Pulp
Books
> Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superheroes
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense
Series: The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #3
Length: 151 pages
Release date: 2017-09-30

 

Teaser


I crashed through a storefront window before slamming into a shelf. When I finally hit the floor, it knocked the wind out of me, and I spent several seconds just trying to inhale. My chest hurt. My back hurt. My head – on second thought, it’d be easier to list the things that didn’t hurt. I shifted experimentally, trying to see how much my body would rebel when I moved. It was as agonizing as expected. Something heavy lay on top of me, and it turned out to be a life-size replica of White Knight, hands on its hips and a stupid smile on its face. I shoved it off with a grunt.


My Opinion

In this book, David del Toro gives his tickets to a superhero theme park reopening to his daughter and her friends. A few hours later he learns about a hostage situation at that park.

With “Almost Invincible”, Kristen Brand presents us with a part funny, part tragic fight between revenge-hungry supervillains and courageous yet desperate superheroes. The story is intriguing, comprises interesting turns, and has a good flow. I was drawn into the story for the major part of the book, I just did not fancy the longer passages on the White Knight’s ailments between and during the fights. I had a good time reading “Almost Invincible”.

This is for you if you like superheroes, suspense with twists, and a mixture of strange events and sometimes funny situations.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language 😳  (some mild to medium swearwords throughout the story)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (fight scenes include some gore)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

 

About the author

If Kristen Brand could have any superpower, she’d want telekinesis so she wouldn’t have to move from her computer to pour a new cup of tea. She spends far too much time on the internet, and when she’s not writing, she’s usually reading novels or comic books.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://www.kristenbrand.com/
Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/brandedkristen
Amazon:  Kristen Brand
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/b6xjMp


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Almost Invincible”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Almost Invincible” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Hero Status (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #1)

Review:  Villainous (The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, #2)

 

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Hemlock and Hedge (The Witches of Wormwood, #0.5) by Ruby Loren #BookReview @RubyLorenAuthor

Cover: Hemlock and Hedge
(The Witches of Wormwood, Prequel)
by Ruby Loren

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Only a witch would poison a cake.
And only another witch would blackmail the poisoner.

Hazel Salem is the family disappointment.

She isn’t a witch.

She doesn’t believe in magic.

And she definitely doesn’t want a black cat for a pet.

But when she discovers an unsolved mystery amongst her inheritance, she is forced to accept that ignoring her heritage is no longer an option.

Hazel is determined to reveal a secret that’s stayed hidden for years.

But the witches of Wormwood have other ideas…

If you love witty sleuths, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this series. Pick up these page-turning witch mysteries today!

Gluten-free lemon cake recipe included!

 

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > British > Short Stories
Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages)
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Literature & Fiction
Series: The Witches of Wormwood, Prequel (#0.5)
Length: 56 pages
Release date: 2019-01-16

 

Teaser


I shook my head at the mysterious recipe and looked at the next item. It was something else that I recognised – a tarot card. The Lovers, to be exact. I looked at the beautifully painted watercolour print of a couple embracing before flipping the card over. There was nothing to see beyond the design on the back. It was just a normal tarot card.

I pulled the envelope open, just to check, and discovered one final item stuck inside. It was a hastily hand-scrawled note of only three words.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Hazel Salem who just inherited her mother’s shop in Wormwood.

With “Hemlock and Hedge”, Ruby Loren presents us with the prequel to the series “The Witches of Wormwood”. This prequel is a bookish appetiser for the series, telling how Hazel solves an old mystery. The story is nicely elaborated, comprises interesting turns and fun elements, a delicious recipe, and has a  good flow. Ruby Loren introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – as Hazel’s invisible friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations – with odd clarity. I had a great time reading “Hemlock and Hedge”. I am looking forward to continuing the story.

This is for you if you like paranormal mysteries, cats, likeable and unusual characters, surprises, and good storytelling.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful, funny
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none to speak of)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)

 

About the author

Ruby Loren was born and raised in East Sussex, England. She writes cozy mysteries, paranormal mysteries, and stories about rockstars. Her books are designed to take you away to a little slice of a different world, often set in a rural corner of South East England. Full of ideas, she is always busy writing her next bestseller!

Ruby is the author of the Madigan Amos cozy mysteries, a funny, twisty series that stars zookeeper, Madigan Amos, and is set in Sussex. She has many other cozy mystery series under her belt, including the Blooming series, the Emily Haversson Mysteries, the Hayley Argent Mysteries, and the Holly Winter Mysteries, all set in England.

The themes of her books range from cunning, twisty plots, to slightly silly, humorous mysteries, designed to make you laugh. Her books are perfect for readers, who love to get a know a character, and like to look on the lighter side of life.

Ruby still lives near Brighton, in East Sussex, with her fox-fighting, bird-murdering cat, Jasper. When she’s not writing, she’s travelling the world with her musical duo, Rumours, playing electric guitar and singing lead vocals.

To find out more about Ruby and pick up 3 free books, visit her website: www.rubyloren.com

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://www.rubyloren.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RubyLorenAuthor
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8451735.Ruby_Loren
Amazon:  Ruby Loren
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/38xxpL


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Hemlock and Hedge”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Hemlock and Hedge” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Heir of Ashes (The Roxanne Fosch Files, #01) by Jina S. Bazzar #BookReview @Jina_Bazzar

Cover: Heir of Ashes
(The Roxanne Fosch Files, #1)
by Jina S. Bazzar

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.

By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.

As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.

She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.

 

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction
> Loners & Outcasts
> Social & Family Issues > Family > Alternative Family
> Geography & Cultures > United States
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, #01
Length: 424 pages
Release date: 2018-04-15

 

Teaser


“That’s not where I saw you, but I bet you’re there too,” he said, a mischievous half smile playing on his lips.

“Well?” I prompted when he didn’t elaborate.

“You’re all over YouTube.” He gave me a sideways glance then focused back on the road.”Considering who you punched, you’re probably breaking news,” he chuckled. “Entertainment tonight too.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Roxanne Fosch who is hiding from those who held her captive at a lab for several years.

With “Heir of Ashes”, Jina S. Bazzar presents us with “Heir of Ashes”, the first instalment of “The Roxanne Fosch Files” series. This is the first book in a series, with a complex protagonist on a quest for the truth, while hunted to be brought back to the lab. The story is nicely elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  good flow. Jina S. Bazzar introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – as Roxanne’s invisible friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations – with an amazing colour intensity. I had a great time reading “Heir of Ashes”. I am looking forward to continuing the story.

Please note:  There is a prequel, “The Curse”, a short read that is well worth reading as well; it provides you with useful details on Roxanne’s search for the truth.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, likeable characters, surprises, and good storytelling.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳  (there is violence, fight scenes, some details)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some mentions)

 

About the author

Jina was born and raised in Brazil, where she had a joyful and fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. She became blind at the age of twenty-three. She has since lived in the United States and Brazil, though currently resides in the Middle East.

Like most authors, Jina had always been an avid reader, a fan of the fantastic, but was denied the joy of books when she became blind. Once she discovered screen readers, she picked up the habit of reading again, but discovered that reading was no longer enough, so she started writing her own book.

When she’s not writing in the Roxanne Fosch series or her blog, she’s writing articles for Conscious talk Magazine, where she works as a columnist.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jina_Bazzar
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17738345.Jina_S_Bazzar
Amazon:  Jina S. Bassar
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bo7ZqR


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Heir of Ashes”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Heir of Ashes” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Link:  10 Statements – Jina S. Bazzar

Review:  The Curse

 

Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula (The Inca Cat Detective Series, #8) by R.F. Kristi #BookReview @incabookseries

Cover: Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula
(The Inca Cat Detective Series, #8)
by R. F. Kristi

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Can one cat detective bring peace and harmony to a family divided within the Korean peninsula?

Inca the Siberian Kitty and her globetrotting furry family are off to South Korea with their human Mom. Mom has just created a fabulous new cheese and she has been invited by the famous French cookery school, Cordon Bleu Cookery to not only present her new cheese but also be the judge of a cookery competition between South and North Korean chefs.

Along with plenty of sightseeing and delicious cheese, the cats befriend a Korean dog and his master pining for his long-lost sister living in the North. What dangers await the group of animal detectives as they cross over from South to North Korea.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks > Geography & Cultures
> Explore the World > Fiction > Asia
> Multicultural Stories > Asian & Asian American
> Explore the World > Asia
Series: The Inca Cat Detective Series, #8
Length: 121 pages
Release date: 2018-12-05

 

Teaser


I could see why Fromage was suspicious of him. Even though he was talking in a friendly manner to Mom, he couldn’t get the nasty gleam from his face.

We kitties are pretty smart when it comes to reading humanoids. We can smell a bad egg from a distance.

Enzo was a stinky egg, for sure. No doubt about that!!!


My Opinion

This book sends Inca – a Siberian cat and her family to Korean Peninsula. Knowing Inca and her way of thinking, you can guess that some important mission needs to be accomplished as well.

With “Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula”, R.F. Kristi has created another beautiful and heart-warming story of cats, their human Missy, further animals, and a mission. It is a very enjoyable read, you are drawn very close to Inca – if you are willing to let it happen. R.F. Kristi’s love for animals shows. She carefully elaborates the four-legged characters; the two-legged characters are of sufficient depth as well. Inca – charming sleuth and confessing Dr. House fan – guides the reader through the story, making it a feel-good read. The story comprises likeable characters, an important mission, and it has a really good flow. It is the eighth book in a series and – as I also enjoyed the first and second ones, I am looking forward to reading more of the series.

This is a book for you if you like steady-paced, funny, and heart-warming stories for children (8-12), lovely illustrations, if you love animals, and if you like interesting four-legged characters.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (some rather harmless expressions, see teaser above)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

R. F. Kristi is the author of the Inca Book Series. Her target audiences are children and animal lovers. The series is based on the escapades of a feisty Siberian kitty who considers herself a great sleuth.

Kristi holds a doctorate in economic development and has worked in several international organizations. She has travelled and lived in many countries around the globe. She is fluent in English and French.

Kristi lives in Paris with her family and two cats, Inca and Cara. She is passionate about animal rescue efforts.

For more information see:  www.incabookseries.com

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Cat Detectives in the Korean Peninsula” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – R. F. Kristi

Review:  The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris

Review:  Christmas Cats

 

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Fancy That: A heart-warming Christmas ‘tail’ by Cara Ward #RBRT #BookReview

Cover: Fancy That: A heart-warming Christmas ‘tail’
by Cara Ward

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Was there life outside my little box?

Tom and Pat have known each for over fifty years but only been friends for three when someone (or something) comes into their life and changes everything.

A charming short story for Christmas and beyond about friendship, hope… and a dog called Zelda.

From the author of Cara Ward’s “Weighting to Live” series.

 

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Holidays
> Contemporary Fiction
Books > Literature & Fiction
> Genre Fiction > Holidays
Series: n.a.
File size: 64 KB
Release date: 2018-11-21

 

Teaser


Confused, I looked inside the cage to find the biggest Alsatian I had ever seen in my life. ‘Yes. And?’

As if it were the most obvious thing in the world, he told me, ‘Well I want him Tom.’

I burst out laughing, thinking it was a joke – well, hoping it was at least… ‘But Pat, it’s an Alsatian.’

He repeated my words. ‘Yes. And?’


My Opinion

This book offers you a heart-warming story of two widowed retirees, hope, and a dog named Zelda.

With “Fancy That”, Cara Ward has created a beautiful and unforgettable short story. Tom narrates the story, drawing you right in. I read this story in one go, certain that it would not be the last time. Cara Ward created this well-elaborated story that is entertaining and offers food for thought at the same time. It is a highly enjoyable read with authentic characters, interesting turns, and a great flow. A memorable book to read again, written by an excellent story-teller.

This is a book for you if you like intriguing contemporary fiction, believable characters, food for thought, and if you appreciate expertly elaborated stories.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Calm (in a very good way)
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (no violence)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)

 

About the author

Originally from London, Cara started writing in 2013.

In 2014, as part of NaNoWriMo, she wrote the first draft of “Weighting to Live”. The following February she published it under the pen name Lily Divine. She then went on to write two sequels: “Changes”, a book of short stories and “Sixteen Months”, a novelette. In 2017, Cara decided to republish them under her own name, adding to the series in 2018 with the short story “Plus Uno”. In 2017 she published her first non-fiction book “Curing my Incurable Eczema”, the story of her battle with eczema and red skin syndrome and “Every Trich in the Book” in 2018 with Trigger, documenting her recovery from trichotillomania. In November 2018 she published the short story “Fancy That”.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Fancy That”?  Or – if you did not yet read Fancy That” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Karen_RBRT

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