23 July 2015

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


Every horror-lover has heard of this book. A classic of the genre, praised by the likes of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. Chilling, disturbing, blood-curdling. Alright, I seriously think something is wrong with me. Because this book was neither chilling nor terrifying. And it was a real nightmare for someone suffering ...

23 July 2015

Silent Scream by Angela Marsons


I have to admit I’ve been fooled. Fooled by Amazon reviews. I have long stopped paying attention to reviews, because you never know if they are genuine or not, but this time I stumbled upon a book in the mystery section, which had more than 1000 positive reviews, and very ...

23 July 2015

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich


Another lesson I need to learn: do not trust the best-seller lists. If someone is a best-selling author, it means absolutely nothing. I know I'll be learning English all my life, and there's no better way than reading acclaimed authors, who are famous for their writing skills and vocabulary. So, ...

20 August 2015

Why Do Authors Ask for Reviews?


If you’re an avid kindle reader and don’t shun indie books, then you might have seen the same request at the end of almost every book by an indie author: please leave a review. Many readers find this off-putting, but trust me, we don’t have much choice. Indie authors have to ...

01 September 2015

POV Switches


One of the most frequent mistakes newbie writers make is switching the POV (POV = point of view). They tend to start the scene from the point of view of one character, then suddenly switch to another character, then switch back, and forth, and so on and on. Example: Gary snatched his ...

01 September 2015

Key Lime Die: A Key West Culinary Cozy by Summer Prescott


Title: Key Lime Die: A Key West Culinary Cozy Book 2 Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Key-Lime-Die-West-Culinary-ebook/dp/B013II8PG6/   I had really missed reading a short, cozy mystery, and when my friend Leiah from So I Read This Book Today lent me Key Lime Die, I couldn’t be happier. It was supposed to be one of those fun, ...

05 September 2015

1/2986 by Annelie Wendeberg


Title: 1/2986 Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/1-2986-Annelie-Wendeberg-ebook/dp/B00NS53SX0 Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian I finished this book 10 minutes ago and I want to write a review ASAP, while the memories are still vivid. But I don’t know where to start from. Usually I start with the plot, then discuss the writing. With this book I’ll go with ...

05 September 2015

Nefertitis Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A. W. Exley


Title: Nefertiti's Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1)  Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Nefertitis-Heart-Artifact-Hunters-Book-ebook/dp/B0139OZJYK/ Genre: Steampunk, Historical I was so excited to start this book. As soon as I saw the title I thought, “That's it! At last!" Being crazy about Ancient Egypt and all kinds of mysteries, I’ve been dreaming of an Indiana Jones type ...

07 September 2015

Game of Thrones (again)


I did it!  I finished The Song of Ice and Fire. All 5 books. Nearly 5000 pages. I’ve never read a series so long. A few years ago I purchased Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time (11 paperbacks, thick and heavy), and up to this day I’ve read only the first ...

07 September 2015

Murder, Lies and Chocolate (Death by Chocolate Book 2) by Sally Berneathy


Title: Murder, Lies and Chocolate (Death by Chocolate  Book 2)  Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Lies-Chocolate-Death-Book-ebook/dp/B008QPW5J0/ Genre: Mystery, Cozy This was the 2nd book in the Death by Chocolate series, but stands on its own and doesn’t require you to read the first to understand who’s who. It also spoils the first book (naming the baddy ...

07 September 2015

Crime Scene - CSI Reilly Steel Prequel by Casey Hill


Title: Crime Scene - CSI Reilly Steel Prequel Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Crime-Scene-Prequel-Forensic-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00M1SNQO6/ Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller I love mysteries, thrillers, suspense, and anything else from the family of blood and murder. But this book never grew on me. I don’t think it was the book’s fault. Before picking up this short (120 pages) prequel to ...

07 September 2015

Summing up the Week


Let's see what I've been up to last week. Three articles on Writing/Marketing:  POV Switches He said, She said The Invasion of the Free Books   Six books reviewed: Key Lime Die: A Key West Culinary Cozy by Summer Prescott 1/2986 by Annelie Wendeberg Nefertitis Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A. W. Exley Game of Thrones by GRRM Murder, ...

16 September 2015

I Don’t Read Romance


I have specifically stated in the review guidelines that I don’t read romance. Please do not offer me love stories or books with romantic elements. I’m not interested. Moreover, I am uncomfortable reading them, because most of these books are nothing but the author’s sexual fantasies. Really, I’m not interested ...

26 September 2015

Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) by Dean F. Wilson


Title: Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Hopebreaker-Steampunk-Dystopian-Fantasy-Great-ebook/dp/B00QO2FQ52 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Dystopian, Steampunk I received this book from a fellow blogger and friend Leiah from SoIReadThisBookToday. She’s so overwhelmed with review requests she kindly lends me indie books to review them. Sadly, I’m not having ...

26 September 2015

Pure Evil by Jesse Bastide


Title: Pure Evil Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NGJ8SCY Genre: Supernatural, horror, thriller I am a huge horror fan. The moment I see a free horror book on Amazon, it is doomed to appear on my Kindle. Sadly, this book was another disappointment of the week. The plot: What starts as an episode of playground teasing, ends ...

26 September 2015

This Doesnt Happen In The Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (A Private Investigator Mystery Series - Crime Suspense Thriller Book 1) by Renee Pawlish


Title: This Doesn't Happen In the Movies: A Reed Ferguson Mystery Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/This-Doesnt-Happen-The-Movies-ebook/dp/B005DJHWRW Genre: Mystery, thriller, suspense Picked this up because it was free and because I love detective stories. I am beginning to think I need to give myself a break from indie books. This has been a disappointing week. While ...

28 September 2015

Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller by E.G. Michaels


Title: Before The Clock Strikes: A Kyle Simmons Thriller Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Before-Clock-Strikes-Simmons-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00NTN7M4C Genre: Mystery, thriller, police procedurals I finished this book last night and can’t really remember what it was about. Is it my ADD again? No, not this time. It’s just that I absolutely did not care what was going on in this book. ...

02 October 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir


Title: The Martian Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Martian-Andy-Weir-ebook/dp/B00FAXJHCY Genre: Sci-fi I love Sci-fi. Both to read and to watch. I love the oldies: Yefremov, Azimov, Bradbury, Heinlein, Clarke… I haven’t had much luck with contemporary Sci-fi, but what I can’t find in today’s books I find in today’s movies. I love anything science fiction, if it doesn’t ...

05 October 2015

Mo(u)rning Joy by Kalan Chapman Lloyd


  Title: Mo(u)rning Joy Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/rning-Joy-Kalan-Chapman-Lloyd-ebook/dp/B015D3X5FK Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction I received this book for a review at the beginning of September. It’s October already, and I still haven’t reviewed it. For a long time I didn’t know what to write in my review. It was a topic I hadn’t ever encountered, a story ...

06 October 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins


  Title: The Girl on the Train Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Train-Novel-Paula-Hawkins-ebook/dp/B00L9B7IKE Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Pages: 326 Status: Finished I hate it when this happens. I hate it when I guess the bad guy’s identity halfway through the book. But then, there were only 6 characters here, 3 women and 3 men, and it wasn’t hard to see ...

06 October 2015

Five Weeks in the Amazon: A backpackers journey: life in the rainforest, Ayahuasca, and a Peruvian shamans ancient diet by Sean Michael Hayes


  Title: Five Weeks in the Amazon Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Five-Weeks-Amazon-backpackers-rainforest-ebook/dp/B00PM987W2 Genre: Memoir, Biography, Travel Pages: 274 Status: Did Not Finish I gave up at 48%. I honestly tried, and I hate not finishing a book, but I can’t read this book anymore. “Five Weeks in the Amazon” is tedious. It was supposed to be a story of self-discovery, but ...

16 November 2015

The Bank of the River by Michael Richan


Title: The Bank of the River Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bank-River-Michael-Richan-ebook/dp/B00DC1RTCQ Genre: Horror Pages: 220 Status: Finished I love reading horrors, and I am always looking for new authors. Really, how much more can I read Stephen King? I’m a firm believer that there are other authors who can come up with scary stuff. Sadly, The Bank ...

18 July 2016

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker


Title: Wreckage Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Wreckage-Emily-Bleeker-ebook/dp/B00NAJZDIM/    Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Pages: 305                             Status: Finished Recommended for awisls: Not Recommended   This review might contain spoilers. Four people get stranded on an inhabited island. Two of them have been rescued. They are lying about what really happened during the past two years on the island. They say the ...