My Bookshelf: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

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Title: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

Series: Dowser Series, Book #1

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge

Genre: Paranormal & urban adventure?

Amazon Summary:
“If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

My Summary:
So Jade is a normal girl in a family of witches. She can’t really do any magic herself, but she can make cupcakes, so she has that going for her. Out of nowhere, she’s the suspect of a murder, and suddenly werewolves and vampires are hanging around, and it turns out that she may not be as normal as she thought.

Cheers:

  • It may have just been because I wasn’t really trying to figure things out, but I didn’t see any of the twists coming.
  • I liked the characters. I hated Jade’s name, but I’ve just always hated the name Jade for no reason.
  • I liked how the magic was set up, and how Jade was rightly afraid of the scary things.

Jeers:

  • I can’t think of anything bad about it. I read it pretty quickly, so I guess I would’ve enjoyed it if it was longer, if we’d have seen a little bit more, but I suppose that’s what the sequels are for.
  • Jade seemed a tad Mary Sue-ish. All the guys want her, she has blonde hair, tan skin (without ever being in the sun), and indigo eyes. However, I still enjoyed the story, she certainly didn’t fall flat or read like Bella Swan.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! It’s a great read, lots of fun. There wasn’t any sex or romance, and I think that really helped the story stay on track. As long as you can abide by the name Jade, I say give it a go. The first ebook is free on Amazon, not sure if that’s permanent or not, but for now it is.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Cupcakes-Trinkets-Deadly-Dowser-Series-ebook/dp/B00DH5WVV6

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My Bookshelf: Wild Concept

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Title: Wild Concept

Author: C. S. Boyack

Genre: Science Fiction/ Adventure

Amazon Summary:

“Lisa Burton is a new kind of robot. Built in the concept lab, she will be dismantled at the end of the experiment.

Lisa is a bit naive when she starts her new life, but soon learns to fit into modern society.

She gets assigned to the Hudson Police Department to study how she reacts to pressure, stress, and the everyday world. Hudson PD assigns her to a homicide case to catch the Escort Executioner.

When the escorts start showing up dismembered, she decides not to conclude her own experiment. She takes off on her own adventure to turn the tables on her creators.”

My Summary:

Yeah, this was about a robot who was basically human and wants to solve crimes. She also likes tattoos.

Cheers:

  • It was an interesting concept, and Lisa was pretty unique.
  • The gambling thing was pretty interesting and it seemed accurate enough.
  • Though I had to suffer through the terrible aspects of the book, the story was alright.

Jeers:

  • The editing was non-existent. This is the kind of book that gives self-published authors a bad name. There were mistakes, formatting issues, no breaks between scenes (literally, it’ll go from Lisa going to sleep to her being at the crime scene with no warning). I’m not talking a few mistakes here and there, I’m talking the whole book.
  • The police information is unrealistic. I took detailed notes to forward to the author, but the biggest thing that jumped out at me was that they found out a girl was dead and they said, “Oh, well it’ll suck when we have to inform the family in the morning.” No. Just no. (I plan on working in the criminal justice field, so it really bothered me.) He could’ve at least reached the level of accuracy that cop dramas work for, but it wasn’t even at that level.
  • Not only were there errors and typos that had missed editing, but there were some scenes that were just plain bad writing.

Would I recommend it?:

No. Maybe if it was edited by a professional, but not in it’s current state. Don’t waste your money, there are better robot stories out there.

Additional comments:

Again, I was sad to see such a terrible self-published book. It was worse because the story had promise, but the author refuses to improve his story. When I emailed him my notes explaining that he HAD to edit (even just on his own) and put in breaks to show jumps in time, his defense was that he didn’t really have time for that, so he wasn’t going to, despite releasing other titles and having plenty of time to blog. He just didn’t care.  He also said “No, all of this is completely accurate” when I pointed out the stuff he fudged about the police, citing his work in a branch of criminal justice that was NOT the homicide department that he was confused about. (Disclaimer: I read this a while ago, so he *may* have edited it since then, but I don’t think he has. I’ll be happy to reconsider my opinion if he does some major editing.)

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Concept-C-S-Boyack-ebook/dp/B00IIWQ10A

Author’s blog:

http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/