book review: The Pearl

This is the first novel by this author, who is not a native english speaker. I mention this because that is where the trouble is. This novel has great bones to it. Lots of interesting characters, a lyrical world and a clear good/evil battle. But the flow needs work. There are times it is choppy and other times where you really wish she had gone into more back story. A prequel or prologue would go a long way toward fixing this in the way the tale is told. I am sure the next book in this series will be stronger as the writer grows into her talent. She has a vivid imagination but needs a good strong editor to help her find her feet. Bravo and keep writing

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book review: The Naphil’s Kiss

Ms Beaudelaire has taken a turn with the angels in this paranormal romance. Told over many years this tale is a new spin on the age old battle of good and evil. With the earliest of villains from the Christian mythos this tale of love, lust and power could have been cliche but it wasn’t. The level of detail in this fluidly told tale will please many.

The attraction between the hero and heroine, the self sacrifice and the final collimation is just the beginning of a wild and sweeping tale. Lovers of paranormal romance should pick this up and enjoy the ride.

book review: The Man with the Blue Hat

This story has a creep factor to it that would make it perfect for the twilight zone. I wasn’t sure as I read it if I wanted to finish. The tension is tuned high in this wonderful tale and I feel that horror and suspense readers will enjoy this story. It was just a bit too much for me but I think once I make sure that there is no one wearing a blue hat under my bed or in my closet I can feel safe.

Get it folks. You will enjoy it if you like being scared to death.

Xbox 360 game review: The Undergarden

First off I have to say this is a visually awesome game. You are a tiny little creature who goes through the various parts of the Undergarden using pollen you collect to make all the flowers and plants grow and bloom. But that is just a start. With each part of the Undergarden you explore you will be looking for special flowers to make bloom, you need to gather together the little musicians, who help you make things grow and you need to find the hidden crystal. Sounds easy right? And you would be right in the first cave you explore but as the game goes on it gets harder and harder. From storng winds that carry you away from what you are looking for to floating bubbles and creatures that look like amebas who steal all your pollen to this heavy black misty fog that you need to get through things get tougher and tougher as you go.

Another game we picked up on a free offer I have managed to get through six of the caves so far. I haven’t gotten 100% in each cave because finding the special flowers isn’t as easy as you think, and I am still not sure what exactly we are supposed to do with the musicians. But all in all this is a family friendly game. There is no shooting, no killing, etc. It is just you as a nature sprite trying to heal and grow the Undergarden. But it is fun and highly addictive.

book review: The Last Twilight by Marjorie M Lui

In this Dirk and Steele novel we meet Rikki and Amiri. Two very different people who are thrown together by fate.

Rikki is a doctor who works for WHO. She goes into outbreaks to find patient zero and hopefully figure out just how it started and how to stop it.

Amiri is another of Ms Lui’s amazing shape shifters. Tall, elegant and striking, he wassent in to protect Rikki from forces that want her for reason that are dark and mysterious.

I loved the tension of this novel. With a cross of romance, international intrigue and medical thriller you can’t go wrong with this book. Well worth the read.