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Review: Released, Agents of Evil 1 [#postapocalyptic]

Released by Megan Duncan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall enjoyable. Decent story kept me engaged.

A few small negatives:
Disposable NPC's
Clunky character arcs
Romantic teasers

Demons never explained or excused
Fun action sequences

If you thought you'd enjoy Pitch Black monsters in a Mad Max world, this would be a good read.

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Review: The Naturalist [#mystery #thriller]

The Naturalist by Andrew Mayne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I didn't know quite what to think from the description, and being intrigued enough, went ahead and selected it from the list on Amazon. I normally dislike the present-tense, and was a touch irritated when it transitioned from the prelude chapter into the main story. That didn't last long though as I got to really dig into the character of Theo Cray, our non-hero hero.

It was amazing all the way through to the end and I skipped some sleep to finish it quicker. The antagonist was well hidden to the end, and every bit of the story fit together for me. YMMV but I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller with a lot of dead bodies in it.

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Review: Voopyre [#folktale #paranormal]

Voopyre by N.C. Stow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You know how your grandma tells you stories when you're a little kid? Like maybe hundreds of stories. You know how the stories would all interconnect, based on bits and pieces of each other that you already know? You'd soon come to know the settings, the characters, the situations. Eventually the stories could become so intertwined that no one new to the sequence could hear just one out of context and make any sense out of it, because all the characters or character classes are described in different stories you didn't hear.

That's what this feels like. If you don't mind not knowing quite what's going on, and what every type of character represents, then this is a cute fun little romp of a story. Well worth the fifteen minutes or so of reading it, assuming you also got it for free.

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Review: Money: The Healthy #Habits Of #Money #Management For Your Personal Financial Freedom

Money: The Healthy Habits Of Money Management For Your Personal Financial Freedom by June Joseph
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do you remember several years ago there was a wildly successful book about the irrationally large number of secret, hidden, almost invisible millionaires lurking about disguised as our meek, mild-mannered neighbors?

Remember that the secret was that they refused to spend even a dime on anything that might be considered even remotely superfluous and instead tucked it away whatever was left after paying off their bills early into high interest, low availability accounts?

Well this is a slightly more moderate approach to managing your expenditures in an intelligent manner that allows you some small measure of fun. I'm being mildly facetious here, but not by much. If the "never spend a dime" mantra is definitely not going to work for you, this is totally worth taking a look at in this very short read.

Why 4? This 30,000' view could be brought down a lot …

Review: Wilder (Guardians Book 1) [#paranormal]

Wilder by G.K. DeRosa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great story. Protagonist easy to identify with. Antagonists not so much. In fact they were rather cardboard cutout. Warmed up to Vamp Bros over time. A little bit youngish with the general tone and language - suitable for tweeners if they're not squeamish at all. Speaking of which it's really clean and not too gory.

The Guardian Club seemed a bit stand-offish. Want to see more Dani.

Minor cliffhanger, and I might break down to get the next.

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Review: Stealthy Steps (Nanostealth 1) [#scifi]

Stealthy Steps by Vikki Kestell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won't dock this one points for horrible science, or overbearing "stop the storyline for a few pages" preaching, or for a few unrealistic characters. It's a decent enough story.

It's odd the way most everyone is like monotone voice "oh, hey, invisible, wow, so now what?" - seriously?

I'm not convinced that this totally unskilled newbie can defeat the US Gov by any description of her skillz or motives.

But still, fun story. Next books? Probably not. I'm glad she ended as she did. Good enough.

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Review: A Rip in Time (Tainted Blood 1) [#fantasy]

A Rip in Time by Jeff Gunzel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As far as stories go, it was better than average. The girl who might have been the protagonist was a bit of a mystery, from her as well as us. Good job of protecting her history and abilities from us. The men were a bit caricaturish, but maybe that's just the genre, where everyone fits an archetype.

The woodlands nation was Tolkien-esque, which might not be a compliment. I try not to read fantasy too much, which might be influencing my review. If I were more experienced in fantasy, I might see this from a different perspective.

Wait, there are other books? This book did not convert me to become a hard-core fantasy reader, so nope. But if this is your cup of tea, totally, go for it and enjoy.

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