Posted in Games, Reviews, Roguelike

Dungeon Defenders: Going Rogue – Tower Defense but cooler.

So another one of my new game obsessions I discovered at MomoCon was Dungeon Defenders: Going Rogue. It is a tower defense game where you run around fighting off waves of enemies. There are multiple characters you can play. So far as I can only play games in my downtime I have only managed to get so far. You start off being able to play the Squire or Apprentice and can unlock the Huntress, Monk, and Warden. So far I’ve only unlocked the Huntress but this is fine as I am really enjoying the Squire anyway.

Well as with the rest of my MomoCon coverage I wont go heavily in to detail myself but you can hear from one of the team all about the game in the video below!

Well, this is the last of my MomoCon coverage. While there was certainly a whole lot more I saw, I have only delivered you all the best I found. There is a whole lot more I collected that I need to play or read before I can give you all an honest view of the product!

Posted in Books, Non-fiction, Reviews

From Blog to Business – Non-fiction book review!

I rarely review non-fiction works on my blog. Why? Because I know most of my reader base is much more interested in fiction of various types or video games, which makes sense given my blog is aimed heavily towards these subjects. However, after finishing From Blog to Business, I felt it only fair to make sure that I shared this helpful non-fiction book by Jen Ruiz.

As this is a very short non-fiction book, I won’t be taking this apart as I do in some reviews. I picked the book up to learn. After all; I do not have the knowledge to break it down like I would a work of fiction. There are no characters, no story, just amazingly helpful information that I intend to put towards my blog in the future. It may take some time, but I can not see any of this information going to waste.

If you are new to blogging, or simply feel as though you have hit a bit of a wall in your career, I suggest you pick up Jen Ruiz’s book. Now that I have finished From Blog to Business, I will be checking out more of her writing.

Oh yes, and before I forget, here is the Amazon link, I read the kindle edition but you can get it in paperback too.

Posted in Books, Reviews, Thriller

The Bones of Amoret – Book Review

The Bones of Amoret is an exciting thriller by Arthur Herbert. The story follows a west Texan doctor in the early 80s as he tries to deal with being tied to a crime that could not only ruin his own life but the lives of his family and the desperate Mexicans he helps cross the border. These exciting conflicts, as well as others, make this book a real page-turner.

The Bones of Amoret by Aurthur Herbert is foremost a murder mystery. When a well-known figure in town goes missing and evidence aims toward a local doctor, the man goes as far as possible to prove that he had nothing to do with the man’s assumed murder. This, of course, leads to an exciting culmination that leads to an ending that honestly left me a bit surprised. Up until the twist, I expected the culprit to be someone entirely different. This excited me even more because there are very few books I cannot guess the ending to these days. It happens when you read often.

Alongside the exciting and shocking well-written tale, the story is exciting throughout the entire telling. Given to us from the point of view of the main character who lived through the whole ordeal as he shares it with someone. As such we get a wonderful internal dialogue about the whole ordeal giving The Bones of Amoret the last kick it needs to be one of the most exciting books I have read this year.

I strongly suggest The Bones of Amoret to anyone who is looking for an exciting mystery with a great twist ending.

Posted in Books, Reviews

Tapestry of my Mother’s Life – Book Review

Tapestry Of My Mother’s Life: Stories, Fragments, and Silences by Malve Von Hassell is a charming telling of a woman’s life. Far more than simply a description or another wartime memory, this story is the bits and pieces of a long, difficult but ultimately happy life that a woman can put together through old photographs and letters tucked away in her late mother’s possessions. Letters and pictures from times of war and trials that had survived the difficult years.

Each chapter of Tapestry Of My Mother’s Life is a carefully pieced-together tale of a certain portion of Christa’s life. While the author admits she has put some guesswork into many aspects of her mother’s younger years, given the woman was quiet, and silent on her life while she lived, however, the story and history that is formed for us are certainly believable given the time and place, particularly the major differences between pre and postwar Germany and the difficult effects it had on each family members from how they lived to who lived.

I strongly suggest picking up Tapestry Of My Mother’s Life if you are interested in history, or simply have a woman who has had an important impact on your life, as this story will remind many of relatives, and perhaps leave you wondering what secrets your own family had hidden in drawers.

Posted in Books, Historical Fiction, Review, Reviews

She Who Rides Horses – Book Review

She Who Rides Horses: A Saga of the Ancient Steppe by Sarah V Barnes is an exciting historical fiction adventure taking place some 6,000 years ago in which a teenage girl decides that instead of simply using the wild horses as food, she wants to ride one. From a modern perspective, the idea that anyone would find riding horses odd is a hard concept to follow. That is just what we do with them after all, but someone had to have come up with the idea at some point. Sarah V Barnes does a wonderful job of telling us the story of the domestication of horses while also giving us exciting characters and a thrilling adventure of near-death experiences, otherworldly visions, and romance.

She Who Rides Horses: A Saga of the Ancient Steppe by Sarah V Barnes as stated above is an exciting story. However, the story is also filled with colorful characters and well-researched aspects of the time the story takes place. How the people live in a historical fiction work is often as important as the story, as knowing how the day-to-day requirements of people work allow us to feel more for the characters as we understand their world better. Let’s be honest, the average reader hasn’t researched how life was 6,000 years ago, as such Barnes’s descriptions are spot on in helping you to understand the world as it was at the time her fictional story would have taken place. I will warn you though, that this story ends on an intense cliffhanger, leaving you champing at the bit for the continuation of this tale.

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Audible – Affiliate Post

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I love audiobooks. They make my life much easier when I have multiple things to do during the day. Audible is one of the main sites I use to find audiobooks I want to listen to. It has a vast selection of not only popular audiobooks but originals and podcasts.

With an Audible membership, you get one credit a month. I know, many sites will offer you one credit a month but what Audible has over the other sites is that they have a huge collection of books included in their membership as well. It is hard to run out of things to read.

Use my link here to get a trial of Audible. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have.

Posted in Books, Horror, Reviews, Short Stories

Another Slice of Fear – Book Review

Another Slice of Fear by Andrew Allen Smith is a colorful anthology of thrilling short stories that range the spectrum of fear. Each of these short works of fiction brings up some sort of emotion that leaves you with an emotional response. Smith brings us a variety of genres touching fear, these short stories seeming to range from the traditional horror story to some with a more contemporary fantasy feeling. Yet despite the range in sub-genre feel, they are all stories that make you feel a sliver of fear in one way or another. It may not all be things that go bump in the night, though we are given some very impressive monsters, Andrew Allen Smith certainly does his job of making you feel.

Another Slice of Fear By Andrew Allen Smith was one book I inhaled quickly. Its collection of fear-inducing stories each affecting my emotions as I read through them. Some ended in fear, others excited because the fear was conquered and others curious because there seemed to be such an open ending that full novels could have been taken from it. One story in particular ‘Monster’ was such an emotional ride that I went back to read it a second time and I will probably go back and read it again in the near future. Fear is a curious emotion and you do not always feel it at the object that you think you would. Andrew Allen Smith pinpoints the parts of each story that will make you feel it. The man knows fear and each story had a point that just wiggles inside of your mind and makes you wonder.

Reviewed for Reader’s Favorite

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War and Peace – Audible Audiobook Review and Affiliate link

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So yesterday I finally succeeded in finishing a book that I have been trying to finish for years. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. Now if you read at all or enjoy historical dramas you have probably heard of War and Peace and considered picking it up. Unfortunately, for the average reader, it is a really, really long book. It is actually several average-sized novels combined. Plus two epilogues. In short, it is a really long book and a whole lot of effort to take in. But also an amazing classic that should be read by every reader at least once.

Most of us however do not have the time to take on this kind of book when we are expected to meet our daily deadlines. So I turned to my favorite audiobook site Audible and decided to see what options there were. I found quickly that there was a few old readings of it, but they seemed a bit dry. Finally, I found an Audible exclusive reading by Thandiwe Newton and upon listening instantly fell in love with her performance of this classic novel.

It still took me weeks to finish because I had to listen in my downtime but it was entirely worth it. I strongly suggest that you take a look at this reading and marvelous novel via this link! You will enjoy it as much as I did I just know it!

Posted in Audiobooks, Books, Review, Reviews

The End of Miracles – Audiobook Review

There are very few moments in life when I will take the time to sit down and listen to an entire audiobook in one sitting. Today was one of those days when I began listening to The End of Miracles by Monica Starkman. I will begin by saying that the book covers some intensive subjects that may not be suitable for all people, particularly those in the process of a mental health crisis. However, as a person who has also battled with severe mental health conditions, I can also say it was particularly cathartic to read this novel written by a psychiatrist. 

The End of Miracles is an intense novel following the main character Margo as she copes with the desperate desire to have a child, losing the child, and dealing with the existing and lingering mental illness that the loss seems to bring out in her. This story has a realistic look at mental health issues, which displays the author’s excellent grasp on her field of study. Many novels comprising mental health patients and mental health facilities are often exaggerated for the shock value. The End of Miracles is indeed, shocking, but this is because of its realism and the fact that the issues that come up are entirely possible.

As I listened to The End of Miracles on audiobook, I also need to add that beyond Monica Starkman’s amazing writing, the audio performance of Jane Oppenheimer was fantastic. Oppenheimer not only narrates in a steady and easy-to-follow tone but takes the time to give each well-written character the personality that their journey deserves.

This is a wonderful audiobook! Just make sure you set some time aside because once you pick it up you will not be stopping.

This book was Reviewed for Reader’s Favorite

Posted in Books, Fantasy, Review, Reviews

The Last Keeper – Book Review

The Last Keeper by J.V. Hilliard is the first book in The Warminster Series. The tale followers multiple characters as fate twists them in to an adventures that had been decades in the making. A prophetic child, elves, rangers, and royalty. Everything you could ask from a fantasy series with the authors own touch in world building, making that adventure of each character feel original as they battle through their individual journey to an exciting culmination, and a painful cliffhanger.

The Last Keeper is a well-written fantasy novel, it takes place in an original world with many familiar types of people, as well as creatures and people original to the Hilliard’s work. I am always a sticker for world building, being a lover of it in my own work, and admittedly tend to be really picky about it when I read fantasy novels, as many a world seems like a copy and paste without an original touch. Thankfully, The Last Keeper avoids this, the colorful races of the world all feel similar to the classic fantasy races we all know, but are just varied enough to keep them interesting. It is exciting to learn about their various customs as you read.

Beyond excellent world building, the characters are varied, each with their own personality and behaviors making them as exciting to learn about as the world and the people they belong to. Even the way that the characters interact with one another feels natural making conversations as interesting to read as the action that fills much of this novel.