Countdown Cafe by Kristi Helvig #BookReview @KristiHelvig

Cover: Countdown Cafe
by Kristi Helvig

I could not resist – had to get this book (epub format) after reading the blurb.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

In this speculative fiction short story, a teenager grieving the death of her twin sister stumbles across an unusual coffee shop only to discover that its inhabitants aren’t quite who they seem. It is a contemporary tale with a twist, reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. This story is from the award-winning anthology, Tick Tock: 7 Tales of Time, which was named a Finalist for the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Anthology category.

Genre(s): > One-Hour Literature & Fiction Short Reads
> Magical Realism
> One-Hour Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads
Series: n.a.
Length: 43 pages
Release date: 2017-07-15

 

Teaser


The opaque, frosted glass window is etched with a steaming cup of coffee next to a croissant. An intricately carved wooden sign hangs over the door saying Café au Lait in fancy cursive writing. Sophie would have loved this place. I don’t understand how I missed this shop before; however, judging by the sparsely populated parking lot, it must go unnoticed by many. It bothers me that I can’t see through the window.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to to a teenager who lost her twin nearly a year ago.

With Countdown Café”, Kristi Helvig has created a tenderly narrated and thought-provoking story that kept me glued to my Kindle. Kristi Helvig gets you very close to the main character as the story proceeds; I felt with her right from the start. The story is about bereavement and how a teenager handles the loss of her twin sister. The story has a good flow; it certainly will not leave you unaffected as it is touching and has a fabulous paranormal touch.

This is a book for you if you like well-told unusual stories, psychology, and food for thought.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Kristi Helvig is a Ph.D. clinical psychologist turned sci-fi/fantasy author. Her debut sci-fi novel, BURN OUT (Egmont USA/Lerner Publishing), was called “a scorching series opener not to be missed” by Kirkus Reviews. Her latest book, KILLER POINTE (Dark Edge Publishing) is an urban fantasy involving a teen who plans to fund her dreams of Juilliard School for dance in this world by serving as an assassin in a parallel fairy tale world. Kristi muses about Star Trek, space monkeys, and other assorted topics at http://www.kristihelvig.com and on Twitter (@KristiHelvig). Kristi resides in sunny Colorado with her hubby, two kiddos, and behaviorally-challenged dogs.

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 “Countdown Café”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Countdown Café” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

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Behind the Fire Wall (Programagic Cycle, #01) by Anton Eine #BookReview #RBRT @AntonEine

Cover: Behind the Fire Wall
(Programagic Cycle, #01)
by Anton Eine

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

When the Pentagonal Citadel’s Fire Wall is breached as a result of a robbery, giving the perpetrators access to the most dangerous artifacts stored in the Vault, Magister Sajar Randhar finds himself in hot water.

His security clearance is pulled and he’s placed under house arrest for the entire duration of the investigation. But who could have hacked the most impregnable security system in the entire Murican Empire? How did they manage it in the first place? And why remove Sajar from the investigation instead of having him cooperate with the authorities?

The veteran mage is left with no other choice but to take the investigation into his own hands. The case is incredibly complex, but with his great experience and top-notch skills as a magic security specialist, there’s no better man for the job.

Genre(s): > 90-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
> 90-Minute Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads
> Hard Science Fiction (Kindle Store)
Series: Programagic Cycle, #01
Length: 49 pages
Release date: 2019-09-23
Translator: Mark Berelekhis

 

Teaser


“OK, I’m sick of your fossilized wisecracks by now,” Spirit interrupted me, donning a businesslike dress suit this time, with tactically disheveled short black hair and toned-down makeup. “Give me a second. I just don’t get it. Why would you suspect yourself in the first place? How could you have gotten into a place that no one can reach – just Pat with his Code Zero?”

I squirmed a little. Could I entrust her with a secret of this sort? Would she betray me? On the other hand, if I couldn’t trust Spirit, I couldn’t trust anyone at all. 


My Opinion

This book focuses on mage Sajar Randhar, magic security specialist, who is suddenly suspected of a – major security breach!

With “Behind the Fire Wall”, Anton Eine has created a thrilling short story that kept me glued to my E-reader. This short story comprises two believable characters with sufficient depth and dialogues that sometimes made me grin. I had a great time reading “Behind the Fire Wall” – it is a very thrilling read. I was drawn into the story right away, getting closer to Sahar and Spirit, page by page. I am looking forward to reading more!

This is for you if you like computing, science fiction, savvy protagonists, entertaining dialogue, as well as mysteries and thrillers.

A suspenseful and entertaining short story to read again; it is the very promising first in a new series.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Mysterious
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language 😳  (medium swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳  (mentions of measures)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (some hints)

 

About the author

Anton Eine is sci-fi and techno-fantasy author from Kyiv, Ukraine.

After building his successful carrier in marketing, he decided to let his creativity writing fantastic fiction books to actualize numerous ideas he had in his mind for years.

Anton is passionate about food (and some drinks of course!), photography, animals (especially wild cats) and rock music. He likes embedding his hobbies into the fantastic canvas of his writings and to share that passion with readers.

Anton Eine officially can’t stand any limits and boundaries, so his books usually step out of the box of traditional genres, crossing the edges of conventional storytelling and blurring the borders of common thinking.

Author of superhero series “Maze City” and technomancy series “Programagic,” also known for short sci-fi stories “The Cleansing”, “Sincerely Yours, Lucifer”, “Plus Ten”, “Post-molecular Comfort Food”, “The Pyramids of an Alien World” and others.

Connect with the author:

Website:  https://www.antoneine.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AntonEine
Amazon:  Anton Eine
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/3RaZ1D


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 “Behind the Fire Wall”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Behind the Fire Wall” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


 

 


Review: My New Superjob by Anton Eine

 

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My New Superjob (Maze City, #1) by Anton Eine #BookReview #RBRT @AntonEine

Cover: My New Superjob
(Maze City, #1)
by Anton Eine

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? The city’s defender against crime, violence, and all sorts of sicko nastiness?

When one day she stumbled upon a strange help wanted ad claiming that the city was looking for a superhero, Samantha Washington, a former Ranger commander, was sure it was a joke. She sent in a resume anyway.

Will the ad turn out to be somebody’s dumb idea of a prank, a practical stunt, a cunning maniac’s clever trap, or… a real opportunity leading to a difficult and dangerous future occupation?

Now that she has allowed herself be drawn inextricably into a whole chain of strange events, Samantha will have to figure it all out on her own. And she’ll have to do it face to face with her own deepest fears.

Genre(s): > Superhero Science Fiction
> War & Military Action Fiction (Kindle Store)
> Women’s Adventure Fiction (Books)
Series: Maze City, #1
Length: 45 pages
Release date: 2019-04-26
Translator: John William Narrins

 

Teaser


“Honestly? Yes. On average, male candidates have greater physical strength, which is a significant parameter for the current position. But we don’t live in the on-average world, we live in the real world, where I’m happy to consider each candidacy for what it is, irrespective of sex and biological species.”

“I’m almost afraid to ask whether that’s sarcasm or if you’re serious.”

“Let’s call ist… serious sarcasm,” said Mark, with a shrug. 


My Opinion

This book focuses on an interview between “Mark” and Samantha, the latter being in dire need of a paying job.

With “My New Superjob”, Anton Eine has created a very funny short story with more than a superhero touch. The story was initially planned to be just one short story – this would have been our (the readers’) loss. This short story comprises two believable characters with sufficient depth and hilarious dialogue. I had a great time reading “My New Superjob” – it is a very fun read. I was drawn into the story right away, getting closer to Samantha, page by page. I am looking forward to reading more!

This is for you if you like female protagonists, great – and fun – dialogue, as well as the superhero topic.

A fun and somehow suspenseful short story to read again; it is the very promising first in a new series.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Mysterious and weird (for the protagonist)
Mysterious and hilarious (for the reader)
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language 😳  (medium swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳  (mentions of measures, weapons and war)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

Anton Eine is sci-fi and techno-fantasy author from Kyiv, Ukraine.

After building his successful carrier in marketing, he decided to let his creativity writing fantastic fiction books to actualize numerous ideas he had in his mind for years.

Anton is passionate about food (and some drinks of course!), photography, animals (especially wild cats) and rock music. He likes embedding his hobbies into the fantastic canvas of his writings and to share that passion with readers.

Anton Eine officially can’t stand any limits and boundaries, so his books usually step out of the box of traditional genres, crossing the edges of conventional storytelling and blurring the borders of common thinking.

Author of superhero series “Maze City” and technomancy series “Programagic,” also known for short sci-fi stories “The Cleansing”, “Sincerely Yours, Lucifer”, “Plus Ten”, “Post-molecular Comfort Food”, “The Pyramids of an Alien World” and others.

Connect with the author:

Website:  https://www.antoneine.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AntonEine
Amazon:  Anton Eine
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/bWBoA1


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 “My New Superjob”?  Or – if you did not yet read “My New Superjob” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


 

 

 

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Dead over Heels by Theresa Braun #BookReview @tbraun_author

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.

After countless hours of dead-end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?

Genre(s): Kindle Store
> Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Romance
> Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts
Books
> Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
Series: n.a.
Length: 38 pages
Release date: 2016-11-16

 

Teaser


I bit the inside of my cheek to stifle a laugh at his ridiculousness. For the moment, he had saved himself by actually recognizing my pendant. Not only did he know what it was called, but he didn’t make some obvious reference to the television show Charmed, which had made the emblem famous, but somehow cheapened its profound significance.

“Thanks.” I grasped the Celtic trinity design with my left hand. “It’s my favourite symbol.”

“Mine, too. It’s ancient and represents so many things.”

My heartbeat quickened. “Like protection and magic.”.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Veronica, hoping to finally find her perfect match.

With Dead over Heels, Theresa Braun has created a great and slightly chilling paranormal romance short story centred on Veronica, Sebastian, and the ghosts of their pasts. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Veronica. Theresa Braun paints a clear picture of Veronica’s mind while the story evolves. I loved the scene changes and the surprising moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this expertly woven plot.

This is a book for you if you like the paranormal romance genre and memorable short stories.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. Oh, and she likes to guest blog about writing, television shows, movies, and books, mostly in the horror genre.

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 Dead over Heels?  Or – if you did not yet read Dead over Heels – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Alicia Day by Marcia Carrington

 

I bought this short story (mobi format) from Amazon.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Naïve Alicia marries the man of her dreams, and high school sweetheart, Armand Day, but their marriage is filled with nothing but negative experiences and horror, until one day Alicia makes a life-changing decision which will stay with her as long as she lives.

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Psychological
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Psychological Thrillers
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers
Series: n.a.
Length: 2,800 words (approximately)
Release date: 2017-03-24

 

Teaser


“As soon as you put that huge diamond ring on my finger in the church, things changed forever. After being your darling from high school and up until our wedding the compliments suddenly ended. Instead of darling you now called me your bitch, your …”


My Opinion

Alicia Day married her high school sweetheart – bad choice.

With Alicia Day, Marcia Carrington has created an intriguing short psychological thriller. It is a story that can be perfect in only two possible lengths: as short as this one – or with at least 500 pages. Marcia Carrington portrays young widow Alicia Day, carefully revealing what has happened in the past. The story is nicely elaborated and has a really good flow; it leaves sufficient room for your imagination. I highly enjoyed reading this story, did not miss further explanations.

This is a book for you if you like short stories with a psychological thrill.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content 😳 – 😡

 

About the author

Marcia Carrington writes about the human condition, exploring what makes people tick, but in an upbeat and optimistic tone. She is an interested observer of popular culture, and fan of cinema from all eras and countries, especially from the 1930-1970s. Marcia is also a long-time soap opera viewer, watching daytime, and night time serials from a very young age.

Marcia is also a food connoisseur, with a particular love of chocolate, and coffee. The morning coffee has always been a staple for Marcia, and something which she cannot do without. There is just something about the fresh aroma of coffee early in the morning, and anytime for that fact, which proves irresistible to her.

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 Alicia Day?  Or – if you did not yet read Alicia Day – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Peace, coffee, and a cheesecake, my friends.

 

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