My Bookshelf: The Enterprise of Death

Title: The Enterprise of Death

Author: Jesse Bullington

Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Amazon Summery:
“As the witch-pyres of the Spanish Inquisition blanket Renaissance Europe in a moral haze, a young African slave finds herself the unwilling apprentice of an ancient necromancer. Unfortunately, quitting his company proves even more hazardous than remaining his pupil when she is afflicted with a terrible curse. Yet salvation may lie in a mysterious tome her tutor has hidden somewhere on the war-torn continent.

She sets out on a seemingly impossible journey to find the book, never suspecting her fate is tied to three strangers: the artist Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, the alchemist Dr. Paracelsus, and a gun-slinging Dutch mercenary. As Manuel paints her macabre story on canvas, plank, and church wall, the young apprentice becomes increasingly aware that death might be the least of her concerns.”

Jeers:

  • The start was a bit slow and like all historical fiction I had trouble with all the names.

Cheers:

  • Everything about this book was brilliant.
  • The characters were wonderful.
  • The plot didn’t drag on even though it was a long book.
  • The magic was very well done.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes, to everyone! Disclaimer though, there are some weird bits people might have a problem with, like dead lesbian sex and murder and all that. However, I still loved it. It’s now one of my favorite books and I can’t wait to read the rest of the author’s novels.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Enterprise-Death-Jesse-Bullington/dp/0316087343

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My Bookshelf: Evil Genius

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Title: Evil Genius

Author: Catherine Jinks

Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction

Amazon Summary:
“Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he’s fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he’s a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies. But is it too late to stop Dr. Darkkon from carrying out his evil plot?”

Jeers:

  • I didn’t really have any problems with it, but it may have dragged on too long for some people.
  • There were people who could explode and that really wasn’t expanded on enough because that seemed pretty cool.

Cheers:

  • I thought they did a very good job of writing an hero who was actually a villain (or the other way around, I dunno).
  • I really liked how diverse the people at the institute were.
  • It gave off a spy/superhero kind of vibe.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes. If you like longer books. Obviously it is aimed at kids but it was serious enough that I could enjoy it fully as an adult. (Lots of people die. Like a lot.)

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Evil-Genius-Catherine-Jinks/dp/0152061851

My Bookshelf: The Ex

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Title: The Ex

Series: The Boss, Book #4

Author: Abigail Barnette

Genre: BDSM Erotica/ Romance

Amazon Summary:
“Magazine editor-in-chief, bride-to-be, and soon-to-be-step-grandmother at twenty-six, Sophie Scaife is looking forward to married life with her fiancé and Dom, wickedly sadistic billionaire Neil Elwood. As they enter unexplored sensual territory, Neil leads Sophie to the very edge between pain and pleasure—and she discovers a surprising new side to her sexuality.

While Sophie balances her hectic work routine with her devotion to her unconventional family, Neil has to adjust to life as a retired mogul. With their big day drawing nearer, they have to forge through pre-wedding jitters, personal crises, and an unexpected houseguest to get to their kinky ever after.

But a decades old trauma still haunts Neil. When the private details draw public interest, Sophie learns that the scars of his past are greater than he let on—and he’ll need all of her love to heal them…

Cheers:

  • I couldn’t stop reading it. The plot was very compelling.
  • The book is a reminder how bad things can happen whatever, without warning.
  • I was glad that Sophie and Valerie came to some kind of understanding.

Jeers:

  • I skipped every single sex scene. I didn’t even glance at them. I guess it’s hard to keep doing the same thing, and this is the fourth book, but I was way more interested in the plot than the sex.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! I really enjoyed it, even if I skipped over the sex scenes… which are kind of the point in this kind of book.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Ex-Boss-Book-4-ebook/dp/B00PUYFMMW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417647187&sr=1-1

Author’s Blog:

http://jennytrout.com/

Two Great Reads On FictionPress

I’m a really harsh critic when it comes to what I read. I want it to sound professionally written. I can get past only so much awkward phrasing, no matter how good the plot, before I’m ready to rip my hair out. After being disappointed in the last two Indie books I’ve reviewed (actually, I don’t know if The Boss is Indie or not, I say no) I decided that I would post the links to the only two novels I ever finished and favorited on FictionPress. (I used to use the site to post my own work until I had an entire novel of mine stolen and posted for sale on Amazon.)

But anyways, here are the stories. It’s always nice to have access to free novels~

Title: Glass
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Summary: “Beauty and the Beast retelling. When a selfish prince makes a bad decision, his entire staff suffers. Years later, a young woman affected by the same curse arrives at his castle to break the spell. Can she save him and break the curse on herself?”
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2428718/1/Glass
Comments: This made for a fun read. The writing isn’t quite up to publishing standards, but it’s good enough.

Title: The Silver Tower
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Summary: “This is not the tale of Rapunzel. There was no damsel in distress in the topmost room, mournfully waiting for her well built lover to gallop forth on his mighty steed. There was a damsel, aye, but she was an angry peasant girl whose name was Saran…”
Link: https://www.fictionpress.com/s/2366499/1/The-Silver-Tower
Comments: I thought that this was a brilliant plot. I loved the characters, loved the setting, loved the plot, and loved the ending. I so, so loved the ending.

My Bookshelf: The Girlfriend

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Title: The Girlfriend

Series: The Boss, Book #2

Author: Abigail Barnette

Genre: BDSM Erotica/ Romance

Amazon Summary:
“Unemployed, blacklisted, and pregnant, Sophie Scaife’s life is totally upside down. Her relationship with publishing magnate Neil Elwood is on the rocks. Her best friend’s career is igniting. And Sophie is afraid she’ll make one of the toughest decisions of her life alone…

When a devastating diagnosis forces Neil to return to London, Sophie throws caution to the wind to follow her heart across the Atlantic. Keeping a scorching D/s affair as red-hot in sickness as it was in health is a challenge, even for two lovers as inventive as Sophie and Neil. But Sophie is more than willing to try anything her Sir commands, and their fantasies of control become a welcome refuge from the daily stress of illness.

While Neil’s wealth and privilege make adjusting to her new situation easier, Sophie finds herself rebuilding her life around an uncertain future. And while both of them face the changes between them head-on, they’re all too aware that their happiness may be fleeting—and Sophie could lose Neil forever.”

My Summary:
Cancer. The illness is cancer. Spoiler alert, they tell you right away. The couple you loved from The Boss is now struggling to face real-world problems and recognize that they care about much more than just having kinky sex.

Cheers:

  • Very good handling of cancer and how it affects your loved ones.
  • Fun to read. I just enjoyed the plot and enjoyed reading it through.
  • To make up for less sex, there’s lots of love. It’s more emotional in this book. Made me want to snuggle my boyfriend.
  • The sex is hotter. Just trust me, it is.
  •  I love how the pregnancy is handled. Again, how 50 Shades of Grey could have handled things and not made it an absolutely terrible plot device.

Jeers:

  • I really should have been studying for my Biopsychology exam this entire time but I was like no, I’ll just keep reading this, it’ll be fine. It will not be fine. I am going to fail.
  • Not as sexy as the first book. There is puking and chemo mouth sores and not as much sex. In my opinion, the story still works, but it’s worth noting for those looking for a less serious more sexy book.
  • I had to keep irrationally checking on my boyfriend to make sure all was well because I am terrified of cancer.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes, yes, yes. Myself and none of my loved ones have never gone through cancer, thank goodness, but this seems like an incredibly accurate view of the struggle to remain a normal couple when cancer rears its ugly head. Bonus: There isn’t a cliff-hanger. You don’t need to read the next book (which I will review when I get around to buying it) to feel complete.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Girlfriend-Boss-Abigail-Barnette-ebook/dp/B00EN0NAB4

Author’s Blog:

http://jennytrout.com/

My Bookshelf: Muse Unexpected

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Title: Muse Unexpected

Author: V.C. Birlidis

Genre: Urban Fantasy?

Amazon Summary:

“We’re Muses. Not vampires, not fairies, not werewolves. We’re Muses.” Sophie was sure her mother had reached an epic level of crazy. ‘We’re Muses?’ She thought Muses were lame, not to mention she found the idea ridiculous. However, Sophie couldn’t explain away her physical transformation that made Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries look like a bad Walmart make-over, not to mention why her mood swings triggered an uncontrollable ability to shoot powerful bursts of energy out of her hands.

Sophie soon realizes modern day Muses have evolved into powerful guardians of humankind, tasked with keeping mortals on the right path and the original Olympians locked away from the world. But old hatreds don’t die easily, especially for immortal enemies that have an eternity to plot and gather their forces. Well aware of the Fates’ foretelling of another Olympian war, and a young Muse that would rise up as a warrior and defeat them, the Olympians have vowed to either possess Sophie or destroy her. Either way, they will make sure everyone associated with their imprisonment will reap an eternal damnation in the Underworld, leaving the Olympians to restore Mount Olympus and force humankind into a future of never-ending servitude and misery.

My Summary:

This girl goes and claims her birthright of being a Muse and then gets struck by lightening and then this other woman is thinking about PTA meetings and her daughter is also a character but she really has no personality and I guess stuff happens.

Cheers:

  • I guess it’s an original idea?

Jeers (Possible Spoilers):

  • The start is boring. I skimmed it, mostly. It was too much boring description about a girl I didn’t care about. Also, it was gross. I don’t want to pick up a book and immediately read that they ripped their fingernail completely off.
  • Why is Callie talking out loud when she is alone? People don’t do that, not in complete sentences. This is just bad writing. She actually goes between thinking and replying to her thoughts out loud.
  • Way too many long-winded descriptions. He’s not a good enough writer to make it interesting. I skimmed most of the long paragraphs because there was no point to them.
  • We’re on the third chapter and so far there is nothing linking Georgia and Callie. This shouldn’t be something held off as a mysterious thing, if I don’t know why they’re connected why the hell should I care about them? Say it immediately, don’t wait for no reason.
  • None of the characters talk realistically.
  • The line about her father dying was the most terrible delivery I’ve ever read and the characters handled it unrealistically. I feel no sympathy for them. They get over it in about a second. I mourned a torn pair of jeans longer than they mourned for their father/husband.
  • She calls her mother by her first name. This is not a thing that happens. I am about done with this book.
  • Boat captains can’t really marry people unless you’re on a cruise ship and you’re in international waters and they are otherwise authorized to do so. Overall, this is unrealistic and based off of a Hollywood misconception. Also, why would they take a boat to America from Greece?
  • I couldn’t read past chapter six. Maybe I’ll come back and update this if I get the energy to try again, but by chapter six you should have the reader hooked, not wishing all the characters would die suddenly.

Would I recommend it?:

Absolutely not. It was impossible to like any of the characters or to get hooked on the story. I couldn’t finish it. I had high hopes for it so I was really disappointed. It’s an example of why people make fun of books that are published by small publishers, not to mention it’s eight dollars just for the Kindle edition on Amazon. I just give this book a big fat nope.

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Muse-Unexpected-V-C-Birlidis-ebook/dp/B00HUHM3G0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395856157&sr=8-1&keywords=muse+unexpected

My Bookshelf: The Boss

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Title: The Boss

Series: The Boss, Book #1

Author: Abigail Barnette

Genre: BDSM Erotica

Amazon Summary:
“Sophie Scaife almost ran away once, trading her ticket to college for a ticket to Tokyo. But a delayed flight and a hot one-night stand with a stranger changed her mind, putting her firmly on track to a coveted position at a New York fashion magazine.

When the irresistible stranger from that one incredible night turns out to be her new boss – billionaire and publishing magnate Neil Elwood – Sophie can’t resist the chance to rekindle the spark between them… and the opportunity to explore her submissive side with the most Dominant man she’s ever known.

Neil is the only man who has ever understood Sophie’s need to submit in the bedroom, and the only man who has ever satisfied those desires. When their scorching, no-strings-attached sexual relationship becomes something more, Sophie must choose between her career and heart… or risk losing them both.”

My Summary:
Basically, a woman finds the sexy stranger she once had a one night stand with and they decide to hook up again. However, they have such chemistry that it’s hard to keep things casual. Also, the dude is totally her boss and super rich, so it’s super complicated to just be normal around someone who can afford to feed caviar to his dog if he so chose to.

Cheers (Possible Spoilers):

  • I love how Neil points out that a fuck-buddy relationship is still a relationship and that no one should feel used or objectified and no feelings should be hurt even though it’s not romantic. Fantastic point, in my opinion.
  • I love that Sophie is anti-baby. I feel the same way and it is GODDAMN ANNOYING when people are like “Oh, you’ll change your mind.”
  • Sex scenes are good. Just as they should be.
  • There is a good plot. It isn’t just a string of bedroom scenes put together with awkward failures of plot devices in between.

Jeers:

  • It’s too preachy about the “don’t judge people on their weight” thing. Once would have been okay without restating it over and over.
  • They smoke a lot of pot. I just look down in general at people who smoke pot just to be pot-heads because I’m a judgmental bitch.
  • This was written basically to give an example of how 50 Shades could have been written to not been a spectacular failure of a BDSM novel. And romance. And just a failure of everything. Sometimes the author goes too far in THIS IS HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE and puts in something directly opposite of something in 50 Shades just to get that message through. However, if you’ve never read her blog or 50 Shades of Grey I doubt you’d notice it.
  • The Kindle version I have has a few spacing issues, with new paragraphs starting in the middle of sentences. Doesn’t happen too often though and may be fixed by then. Also this was a free (legal) download, so I’m not complaining.
  • Ends in a way that forces you to want to read the next book. This is on the jeers list because as a poor college student I despise when I start reading something I don’t realize is a series.
  • The sex overpowers the plot sometimes. This might sound silly, but the plot really mattered to me and so there were times that I read the sex scenes like BUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE MAGAZINE?

Would I recommend it?:
Absolutely. If you like romance, BDSM, and enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada, this was made for you. If you actually liked 50 Shades of Grey, read this to see how the book should have been handled. It was a fun read and despite being erotica, the plot didn’t get boring the second read through. The Boss is also free for Kindle/as an epub/as a pfd so it’s not going to cost you anything to try it out.

Amazon Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Boss-Abigail-Barnette-ebook/dp/B00ENTIAJM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395705282&sr=8-1&keywords=the+boss+abigail+barnette

Smashwords Link:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/348970

Author’s Blog:

http://jennytrout.com/