Friday, 10 July 2015

Kim's Review : Evensong - Meratis Trilogy

Author Jeff Powell wakes up to find the impossible has happened. He is within his own novel—summoned into the fictional world of Feldall’s Keep by a spell he didn't write. One the House enchantress hasn't figured out how to reverse.

When the villain he's been struggling to write reveals himself, unleashing waves of terror and chaos, Jeff must use more than his imagination to save the characters he created—and the woman he loves.

Trapped within a world of his own creation, he must step outside the bounds of his narrative to help his characters defeat an evil no one anticipated, even if he must sacrifice his greatest gift. In the end, he has to ask: are novels really fiction, or windows into other worlds?

What an interesting premise to base a book upon. It was quite a fascinating read by Krista Walsh. While Evensong is the first of the Meratis Trilogy (Eventide and Evenlight come next), it can be read as a stand alone book. The first part is still being given away free on amazon / kindle.

The dilemma that Jeff finds himself in is perplexing. He has a hard time believing that he has actually been sucked into his fictional world. He is an extremely relatable character. Bumbling through his scenes while struggling to come to term with his actions.

Its a very light and lovely read. The romance is just that he likes the girl at his coffee shop, so it is a very "clean" read for young adults and can even be read by younger advanced readers.

Rating : 3.75/5

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Kim's Review : This Doesn't Happen in the Movies - Reed Fergurson Series

This Doesn't Happen in the Movies is the first in Renee Pawlish's - Reed Fergurson Mystery Series. Reed Fergurson is just setting up his detective agency inspite of family opposition

A wannabe private eye with a love of film noir and detective fiction.
A rich, attractive femme fatale.
A missing husband.
A rollicking ride to a dark and daring ending.

Reed Ferguson’s first case is a daring adventure, complete with a dose of film noir, and a bit of humor. With a supporting cast of the Goofball Brothers, Reed’s not too bright neighbors, and Cal, Reed’s computer geek friend, This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies is detective noir akin to Reeds cinematic hero, Humphrey Bogart.

The plot development was too slow for me, I prefer my mysteries faster paced, but noir normally tends to slow the pace down.

Even allowing for that, I often wanted to slap Reed on the back of his head, for not figuring things out faster. Thats not a good sign, so I might just skip the rest of the series unless I can brave mysefl into readig another one while trying to fall asleep.

Rating : 2.75/5

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