Monday, September 16, 2019

"The Marilians" by Beth Worsdell

As they continued to save the Earth from nearly being destroyed by humanity, you would think that things would start to calm down, at least a little bit. Unfortunately, a race of beings known as the Marilians have decided to attack the Earth and make it their own. Their usual pattern involves invading and taking over other planets, draining them of all life and resources, then moving on to start again with yet another planet. Neither the humans nor the Angels currently on Earth approve of this behavior and are determined to work together to stop the Marilians this time and save Earth once and for all.

But even with advance warning, can the two races working together manage to save the planet and those who reside on it? Can any amount of preparation and weapons practice really be enough for what they will face once the Marilians arrive and the fight to save Earth and those residing there begins?

I read the adult version of this book (which is not appropriate for younger readers, though there is also a YA version for those who prefer reading something without the rather detailed sex scenes that are included in the adult version). It could have used another round with an editor/proofreader, but the story itself was very compelling.

I found the beginning to be somewhat calmer than the second half of the book. Once the Marilians arrive on Earth, things almost immediately reach a point where the reader just won’t want to put the book down! And the ending of this book will likely have you wishing you didn’t have to wait for the author to release part 3! I know I’m still sitting here thinking about the way it ended and am dying to know what happens for the people of Earth next. (Trust me, there is so much more that I really want to say about the ending, but I do not want to spoil it for anyone!)

If you enjoyed reading book 1 in this series, you really won’t want to miss reading this one, and I expect that we will all be waiting impatiently for book 3 in the series to be released.

Monday, September 9, 2019

"Hitched: The Bachelorette (Book 1)"
by G.K. DeRosa

Aspiring actress Kimmie-Jayne Starr has an audition for the leading role on a new reality show called “Hitched.” If she gets the part, she will be playing the role of a woman seeking to fall in love and marry one of 25 young men seeking to win her hand. As with most reality shows of this type, she expects it is all faked and merely entertainment. But the 25 men who will be competing for her hand in marriage are all extremely handsome, and any one of them could easily be any woman’s idea of male perfection.

There is also something very strange going on with the show, and someone clearly doesn’t want Kimmie-Jayne to survive to the end. She begins receiving threats, and when that doesn’t scare her off, “accidents” that would easily kill her begin happening during the group dates with her suitors. And that still isn’t the strangest thing about the show or the secret “twist” that she’s not supposed to know about yet.

This was a very fun little story that was well written and well edited. I enjoyed seeing the interactions between characters and watching the attempts to keep the show’s secrets from Kimmie-Jayne until it was time for the big reveal. I am more than a little curious about where the story is going, as well as about what will happen at the end of the show when it is time for her to pick one of the bachelors to marry.

As I said earlier, it is a fun idea that captured my interest and I am looking forward to finding out who is seeking to sabotage the show as well as to who the “winner” will be. I will definitely be continuing on with this series in the future as I enjoyed reading book one. If you’re looking for something lighthearted and fun to read, I recommend giving this book a try.

Monday, September 2, 2019

"Urban Magic: Hungry, Young & Clever"
An Urban Fantasy Anthology

This collection of urban fantasy stories has been put together with the intent to support the American Library Disaster Relief Fund. All sales of this book will help to support libraries to recover after natural disasters. In my opinion, that fact alone makes this book a must have for anyone who loves reading and appreciates all that a local library may have offered them over the years. I do not know if this book is a limited release only or one that will be permanently available for purchase on Amazon, but I would recommend not waiting to find out.

I found the 11 stories within this book to all be very well written and fun to read. Some of the stories I might have enjoyed more than others, but each one was very entertaining. Each story was an original and complete story, as well as being an introduction into a series written by one of the authors involved in this project.

I enjoyed seeing these new works from a variety of authors, many of whom I had not previously had a chance to read before. They were fun and exciting, and I am glad I had the opportunity to read each of them. I will be very interested in seeing more of these authors in the future, and will enjoy looking up some of the other books in the various series that were selected for this anthology.

I do recommend this book, and not solely because the purchase of this book will support a very good cause. I believe that those who enjoy fantasy and urban fantasy stories will enjoy reading these stories as well.

"The Marilians" by Beth Worsdell

As they continued to save the Earth from nearly being destroyed by humanity, you would think that things would start to calm down, at least...