Category: Book Reviews

The Bombshell Business Woman – Review

About the Book

The Bombshell Business Woman, AMber Hurdle

Teen to Adult, Business, 207 Pages

Clovercroft Publishing (October 1, 2017)

A Bombshell Business Woman at her best stands proud in who she is and what she offers, abandoning the whirlwind of uncertainty. A Bombshell commands attention for her business, attracting the right customers, who fall in love with her brand experience. Her business allows her to live life on her terms so she can enjoy her family, friends, and her abundant life.

You are a Bombshell. You might just need to learn how to embrace your inner Bombshell without falling out of balance, feeling overwhelmed, or allowing your business to run you.

The Bombshell Business Woman will serve as your guide to do just that. You will learn practical strategies to master branding, marketing, management, networking, goal setting, time management, vendor relationships, technology, and more. With easy to digest business advice and real-life stories that will inspire you to step into who you were designed to be, The Bombshell Business Woman will activate the bold, brave, and successful female entrepreneur within you.

About the Author

Amber Hurdle understands what it takes to accelerate success. A former teen mom who evolved into a powerhouse businesswoman, Amber has worked with international celebrities and Fortune 500 companies alike. Whether she is empowering female entrepreneurs, teaching them out-of-the-box business strategies, or energizing and educating leadership to boldly next-level their employee engagement, Amber leverages her vast experience throughout multiple entrepreneurial, corporate, and institutional cultures. As the author of The Bombshell Business Woman, and popular host of the Bombshell Business Podcast, Amber’s straight-shooting “velvet machete” and warm personality never fail to motivate professionals to strategically up their game in business and in life.

Amber holds a degree in Public Relations and Advertising, a dual minor in Marketing and Organizational Communication, and an ACC certification from the International Coaching Federation. She has been featured in national publications such as Reader’s Digest and InStyle magazine, and as an employee engagement expert in the upper division-level textbook Applied Public Relations: Cases in Stakeholder Management, 3rd edition, by Kathy Brittain Richardson and Marcie Hinton.

A family woman and friend who loves hard, Amber lives just outside of Nashville with her husband and children. There she enjoys exploring the food scene, cooking with her family and friends, and being a bona fide gym junkie.

Amber offers additional advice and resources on her website, amberhurdle.com, and can be found on Twitter at @amberhurdle.

Jenn’s Review

Ladies! Yes you! The one in the back of the room, trying to hide because, as big as your dreams are, you’re afraid that if you step out into the spotlight, they’ll figure out you’re a fraud. Yup. I’m totally talking to you.

I met Amber Hurdle on Twitter, and when I saw that she had a book for women entrepreneurs, I had to go check it out. I had RWA 2018 National Conference coming up. I run two businesses (at least, I pretended to for the longest time), and couldn’t seem to make any headway in building either. After I read the synopsis of Amber’s book, I bought it. No dithering, no joke. It shot straight to the top of my TBR pile.

The Bombshell Business Woman is all about growing up as a person AND a brand, building your company from the ground up, even if it’s a one-woman show. Amber doesn’t pull any punches – she’s been at the bottom, and speaks straight to the heart of the struggle that fempreneurs face every day.

The book comes with several workbooks that you can download, so that you are actively putting her steps into practice. And it includes a book club guide so you can build your own Bombshell Squad of like-minded women to read and grow side by side with. (I’m looking to facilitate my own Bombshell Squad group over at my Sage Wolfsong page on Facebook, IM me if you’re serious about making your business take off)

BOMBSHELL BUSINESS WOMAN by Amber Hurdle - Jenn's review on the Thrice Read Books blog - Fempreneur, Women in Business, Nonfiction

Buy the Book

 This book is available in Kindle and in paperback editions from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

The Redeemed – Review

About the Book

The Redeemed by Matthew S Cox (RoadHouse Chronicles)

Adult Sci-Fi Post-Apocalyptic 

Curiosity Quills Press (December 18, 2017)

The worst part about chasing one’s dream is catching it.

Six months ago, Kevin opened a Roadhouse of his own. No longer the idiot braving the dangerous post-nuclear highways of 2073, he thought he’d finally grow old and happy selling bullets, beds, and booze to those still foolish enough to get behind the wheel.

Then, he’d met her.

The white-haired outcast from the xenophobic Enclave crashed into his life, becoming the conscience he never wanted and everything he desired. She couldn’t save the world from the Virus, but she could save Kevin’s dream.

A biker gang calling themselves the Redeemed starts shooting up Roadhouses in flagrant disregard of the Code, shattering the serenity of his humble waystation. When the long-vaunted retribution of Amarillo’s army fails to materialize, Kevin feels more like a sitting duck than he ever did on the road―but it’s not his ‘house he fears losing.

Determined to protect her, he takes it upon himself to enforce the unwritten law of the Roadhouse.

About the Author

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world, in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

Jenn’s Review

After being pulled away from the series for a bit, I finally finished Matthew S. Cox’s The Redeemed. The story of Kevin and Tris continues and the mysteries surrounding the events after the end of the world deepen.

Kevin finally has his Roadhouse, his life long goal achieved. Except, his dream is starting to turn into a nightmare. The long-respected Code is being ignored, Roadhouse owners are dying, the Virus is spreading in strange circumstances, and Amarillo isn’t all it once seemed.

Tris and Kevin are pulled in opposite directions, as she tries to unravel the growing mysteries surrounding Amarillo and rescue the survivors of an impossible Virus outbreak.

Kevin has to leave his ‘house in the hands of virtual strangers to chase down then who murdered his long-time friend and mentor, only to discover that things are not what they seemed; and he must reconcile what is with the fading satisfaction of finally having a safe, stable life.

MAD MAX meets DIVERGENT in this post-apocalyptic, science fiction thriller with a thread of romance. Book 3 is due out in a few months; so we won’t have to wait long to resolve the bit of cliffhanger readers are left with. I’d toss this book in the New Adult category, along with One More Run, for some sexual content (book two has less than book one). The language is mild, and there is moderate violence.

THE REDEEMED by Matthew S. Cox, book 2 in the Roadhouse Chronicles - Review by Jenn on the Thrice Read Books blog

Buy the Book

 This book is available from Amazon in Kindle edition here. [affiliate link]

Other Books in this Series:

One More Run (Book 1)

Inclement Gods – Review

About the book:

When you live in a world pullulating with gods, can you truly be an atheist? Well, yes…if you know a way to get rid of them. Mysantheos, a fanatic atheist at the head of a powerful lobby/terrorist organization, has created a weapon able to kill gods and his kamikaze army is ready to attack.

As the divine bodies pile up, resentment builds at Gods Incorporated and violent factions start pushing for the extermination of the human race, and the CEO/Queen Louhi is running out of ideas to calm them down. Hopefully, her black ops teams are doing better. But will the Nerds and Richard (a down-on-his-luck private eye), saddled as they are with a group of angry gods, manage to find Mysantheos before all hell breaks loose?

About the author:

Gabriele Russo

Gabriele Russo was born in Quebec City amidst a family of book lovers – her father had dreamed of being a writer and both of her brothers are published authors. 

Since she earned her Bachelor’s in History, it was no surprise (except to her) that she ended up working in restaurants, eventually owning two, which almost drove her mad. She sold them and was nursed back to pseudo-sanity by Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. 

That’s when she answered the family calling and decided to write. Armed with her ideas for the Gods Inc. series she went back to University and got her Master’s in Creative Writing.

She now lives with her husband in Virginia, where she divides her time between painting, teaching French and Creative Writing, playing tennis and, of course, writing more books.

Sam’s Review:

Just to let you guys know ahead of time, this book and it’s predecessor aren’t exactly kid appropriate. Just to let all the people looking for a new book for their little sibling, not appropriate. Sorry guys.

Humans are turning away from the gods and turning to science to explain their world. Thor and the weather gods are trying to get the other gods to kill all humans. God, AKA, the Big G (yes, God’s in this too), is most definitely against this. Just thought I should point this out now.

Not only are humans being, well, humans (no offense), gods are dying. Yes, dying. I know, I know, god’s can’t die. That’s the problem here! And the gods know it! And thus the search begins for how gods can die, and the dumb mortal who can kill them.

Okay, that’s the book in a nutshell, with a sort-of-cliffhanger. Okay, I told you guys that that this series isn’t for young kids? I mean, if letting them read books with cursing and stuff like that works for you, more power to you. I just wouldn’t recommend it.

Okay, this book gets three of five stars because I am just, not feeling this series because, as I have said before, the concept didn’t call out to me. It didn’t really hold my interest, which, if you’re like me and can’t really read a book that doesn’t hold your interest, makes it hard to read. Really, the only thing I look forward to in this series is Louhi, but even then it’s still hard to read when my mind isn’t so into the story that I jump when my timer goes off on my screen.

Sorry to insult any readers of this series. I like stories of gods, but this just doesn’t do it for me. 

Buy the book:

This book is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions here. [affiliate link]

Other books in the series: 

Incompetent Gods

Prince of Wolves – Review

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About the Book:

Jaque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in highschool in Coldspring, TX. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends Sally and Jen don’t realize the last two weeks of their summer were going to get a lot more interesting. From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels and instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn too is actually a Canis Lupus, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate, the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, TX. Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane’s mate and complete the bond between them?

About the Author:

Quinn is an award winning author who lives in beautiful Western Arkansas with her husband, two sons, Nora the Doberman, and Chewy the Cat who thinks he’s a dog. She is the author of 17 novels, and 2 novellas, including the USA Today bestseller, Fate and Fury. Quinn is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.

Sam’s Review: 

I will be reviewing one of the best werewolf stories that I have ever read. The book is called Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis.

There are so many reasons as to why I adore this book. I relate easily to Jacquelyn and her three friends, probably because that’d be me and some of my friends. Another thing, if there’s cursing, symbols are used to take the words’ place. Go Quinn! Oh! And I can’t forget that I haven’t had a good laugh that came from a book in a long time. The “royal butt” scene did it in for me.

Werewolves can shift into a wolf at any time that they want, Jacque has red hair and green eyes, which, by the way, don’t think that I’m stereotypical here, I think go great together. I do wish that Jacque is able to shift, since she’s half werewolf. I mean, just having the ability to communicate through thought-speak with her mate, Fane, has to suck.

As for the plot, well, I’m not revealing anymore spoilers. Nope. Not this girl. Okay! Moving on from the little self motivation thingy that I just did there. If you have read, written, or are currently writing, a book a book that is YA horror, fantasy, historical fiction, or science fiction that you think that I’d be interested in, please, suggest it to me! Seriously. I’m kind of running out of books to read here guys. Don’t send too many in!  

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle, audiobook, paperback, and MP3 CD formats here. [affiliate link]

Related Blog Post:

Blood Rites (Book 2 in the series)

Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Chronicles Book – Review

About the book:

Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luther figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?

About the Author:

Now a little bit about her. RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose.

I was born and raised here in Illinois, not far from Chicago. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.

Sam’s Review:

One of the best things about this book is that it is written like it is being told, although the author kind of wrote something that he/she (I don’t know, which really frustrates me.) had already written a paragraph before, in the middle of the sentence. But that’s is okay!

The story was good, and Apollo is not the brightest of the gods, for a sun god. I like that.

Buy the book:

This book is available in Kindle and paperback edition from Amazon here. [Affiliate link]

Author Interview:

We recently sat down with CJ and talked a bit about this book, the series, and writing, and will be publishing our review in an upcoming edition of Between the Pages. You can sign up for our newsletter below, so you don’t miss a beat!

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Distant Memories – New Release Book Review!

About the book:

About to turn sixteen, Jade was looking forward to getting her first car and a little more freedom. Life, however, had a different path in mind. A thirst for blood and newfound fangs exposed a secret world to her… a world hidden from humanity. To leave behind everything she knew and enter The Shadow Realm, she must embark on a fateful journey to uncover the truth about the past, and understand her strange dreams. Daring efforts to unravel her destiny will reveal new powers, new friends, and very real enemies.

About the Author:

JL Keathley YA Author

J.L.Keathley is a self-published author who focuses on YA Fantasy. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and two daughters. She loves animals and has a variety of pets. She has always loved to read and decided to write what she wants to read about. She likes to travel with her family and find adventures.Contact JL:FacebookTwitterInstagramGoodreadsBlogAuthor Spotlight (Authors get featured on her blog weekly)

Jenn’s Review:

Debut novels are always fun to read – it’s a gamble on the part of a book reviewer. Some are downright terrible (I don’t finish these, let alone review them). Others are amazing – well written, beautifully edited, brilliantly plotted and put-together.

J.L. Keathley’s debut novel, Distant Memories, falls somewhere in between the extremes. This book challenged my inner editor – and while the first half of the book was a challenge, the author has a method to her seeming madness.

Distant Memories is told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl. In style, if not in form, this book reads much like my high school journals. Conventional style and comma usage is out the window.

It took me half of the book to realize that this was intentional, and not faulty editing (my interview with J.L. confirmed my suspicions). Once I got my noisy inner editor to go sit in a corner and hush (because the author had a reason for how she wrote this book), this is an awesome plot line. And the best news? There’s more coming.

The final tally: 

This isn’t an easy book to read from a style perspective. If you are someone who must have their novel in the standard, conventional style (each speaker in a conversation gets a new paragraph, commas in the right places) – this isn’t the book for you. If, however, you can approach a novel with an open mind, and enjoy a well-told story, this is an awesome debut for Ms. Keathley.

Update: This blog post went live before I got word that JL will be doing some editing and re-releasing this book. If you would prefer to get the updated version, hop into her Facebook group, linked above, and follow her to find out when it’s been released.

Sam’s Review:

Okay, so Distant Memories is a captivating story about a vampire-witch hybrid who’s trying to find her mom, basically. That’s it. That’s all the information you’re getting.

One of the things that I liked about this book was that it was captivating. I was drawn into the story from the first page. A couple of the thing that I didn’t like was how we didn’t see much of Legs, the main character’s tarantula, and the unfair cliffhanger at the end. Seriously, you think that there’s more to the book! Grr!

But I love it! Don’t get me wrong, I really, really love the book. It called out to me, in a way. Y’know, that moment when you pick up a book that you’ve never read before and it just calls you to you before you even look at it. Yeah. that kind of calling;

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The Princess of Tyrone – Review

About the Book:

Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone. All her life, she has heard the story of the Princess, cursed to sleep for eternity, unless her betrothed, the Prince of Oran, gave her true love’s kiss.

Although Apolline knows she is betrothed, she thinks her fairy guardians arranged it out of ignorance of human ways. The thought she could be a princess is inconceivable. Then Allard appears. Handsome, charming-but he’s not hers to have. He’s betrothed, too. Her guardians warn her against her new found friendship, but she and Allard meet in secret anyway. Despite her rough exterior, he sees beyond her gun-slinging bravado, and their love blossoms. But the deadline for the sleeping curse is approaching. If Apolline falls in love with the wrong person, she could end up sleeping forever. A quirky, adventurous retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a less than princess-ly princess!

About the Author:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Jenn’s Review:

Young Adult, Science Fiction and Fairy Tales. What could possibly go wrong? The potential for this to be a dull, rehashed fairy tale story is huge here.

Katie Hamstead’s Princess of Tyrone is the first in a series of YA science fiction novels that are based on the old fairy tales most of us have grown up with. A little twisted, but certainly recognizable.

And book 1 was a fabulous read! The story is well told, the heroine is spunky and snarky (my favorite kind!), and the parallels to the old Grimm tales are hard to miss.

Then, we have the star-crossed lovers. Well, they think they are ill-fated, but a fairy godmother is looking out for Apolline and Allard. Even the antagonist, Bryanna has a voice in the story, and for my part, I’d say she’s pitiable, because even when it’s pointed out to her that her situation is the consequence of her own decisions, she insists on blaming others for her plight. Reminds me of a number of people in my own life.

Ms. Hamstead has woven a beautiful world with fun characters and a twisty plot that kept me cheering for the protagonists, even when they insisted on remaining oblivious to the obvious.

This is easily a YA novel that can be read by middle graders. They might find the kissy moments near the end.. well.. mushy. The language and content, however, are clean. Easily a four-star read.

Sam’s Review: 

So, I loved how it told the tale of Sleeping Beauty in another way, whereas the princess (Apolline is the name she grew up with, and that’s the name I’m calling her) is a bright, courageous, and spunky huntress who has fallen for a guy whom she doesn’t know is her betrothed.

Of course two of the three fairies that are raising her hate the idea, yada, yada, yada. But that’s not the point here! I’m getting off track, which I have a tendency to do. Anyways, I, well, can’t find anything about the book that I didn’t like. That’s a new one for me.

Buy the Book:

This book is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle format here. [affiliate link]

Other books in this series:

Myths of Mish (Hansel and Gretel)

The Dwarves of Calcus (Snow White)

Myths of Mish – Book Review

About the book:

Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, and Hansel discovers he’s about to be sent halfway across the galaxy, he knows something sinister is afoot.

Wilhelmine Nordon has plenty of experience with Hansel’s quirkier side. So when she catches him and Gretel running away in the middle of the night, she follows to keep them from getting killed. The siblings have never left the capital of Mish on their own, so they need a babysitter. Except when she’s discovered, Hansel gives her his usual cold shoulder, and Gretel secretly begs her to take them back.

The problem is, Hansel’s paranoia turns out to be well founded, and they’re all being hunted.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush,” and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing. After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter, and their dog. She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Jenn’s Review:

Myths wasn’t as good as Princess of Tyrone. 

Yeah, I know I don’t start reviews out like that, but it’s the honest truth. Not that Myths was a bad book; but the hero, Hansel, is a little over the top with the paranoia and his abusive treatment of Minna through almost 3/4 of the story.

And Minna falls in love with him anyway (before he stops acting like an a-hole).

The plot itself is fast paced, and while I could see the plot twists coming, I didn’t accurately predict where they were headed until each was upon me. Gretel tries desperately to play matchmaker between Hansel and Minna (again, why? He’s an absolute jerk to Minna – why would you try to hook your best friend up with someone who treats her like trash?).

Perhaps my issue with the relationship between hero and heroine in this story is my age. This is, of course, a YA sci fi romance, and here I am at 41, a survivor of abuse, trying to wrap my head around a young woman falling in love with an abusive male. Yes, Hansel mostly outgrows his perpetual jerkdom by the end of the book. The evil antagonist is vanguished, everyone gets married and has a happy-ever-after (Gretel meets someone on their adventure… if I tell you more, I’d have to put spoiler alerts all over this post!).

Sam’s reading this book, as well, and I should be adding her review in the near future. My final verdict, though? Mixed review, 3 stars. Great plot and character development; had a hard time accepting the love-the-abuser thing.

Sam’s Review:

Katie Hamstead is back with Myths of Mish, the prequel to Princess of Tyrone. While Princess of Tyrone told the story of Sleeping Beauty, Myths of Mish explained what happened to Hansel and Gretel after they defeated the witch, only with a interstellar twist. This book, along with the other books in the series, is for young adult audiences.

Even though it’s a prequel, the story blends right in to Princess of Tyrone.  I can almost see it happening while Apolline and the rest of the gang from the first book are doing their thing, while at the same time, I know that this is a prequel.

I loved how the characters’ personalities were well defined, and the places were well made. Filled with humor and tension where and when they were needed, I felt like I was part of the action.

Buy the Books:

This book is available in Kindle and paperback editions from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Other Books in the series:

Princess of Tyrone

Dwarves of Calcus

Invitation to Poetry – A Review

Graphic Invitation to Poetry review

About the Book:

From the Author: 

A book that reveals fantastic feelings all of us have experienced or are going to experience. An invitation to poetry embracing music, nature and love at the same time…eBook -standalone-was self-published in 12 October 2017.

69 pages

About the Author:

Mihai Brinas is a 24 year old native of Romania with a love of life, poetry and reading. He loves to enter the town library at times to stroke the books with fingers and sight while walking among the shelves to “feel their smell”.

Excerpt (with permission of the author):

the kiss

from your lips
you kindly drop a smile
while falling
it draws feelings
i pick it up
and press it against my lips
then i give it back to youso you do not seem sad

instagram sized Invitation to Poetry graphic

Jenn’s Review:

I haven’t picked up a collection of poetry in ages, aside from the few (large) volumes I have in my personal collection. Mostly because I just haven’t really found anything interesting lately.

So when Mihai approached me on social media, and asked if we would do a review for our blog, I agreed out of curiosity (I’ve read a  few of his poems on Twitter).

This little collection of poems did not disappoint! Freeform poetry that subtly explores the human range of emotions while not going overboard into flowery verse. 

This is one that will remain in my Kindle for a long time to come, so that I can revisit it at will! Four stars.

Buy this book: 

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle format here. [affiliate link]

Mihai has published a second book, Alignment of Thoughts (see affiliate link below)

Dwarves of Calcus – Review

About the Book:

When she was thirteen, Snow Sabbia crash landed on the dwarves’ home planet of Calcus. After fleeing from her step-mother’s huntsman, seven brother dwarves took her in to hide and protect her. She has hidden for years on the peaceful planet, tinkering with old automobiles and pushing papers in the mine office.

Then, Timothy White shows up.

The shy, nervous, nerdy heir captivates Snow before she even knows who he is, and quickly she falls in love. But his high profile in society draws unwanted attention from her vengeful stepmother, who wants Snow dead.

Geneva believed Snow died years earlier and she had consumed her innocent heart. With her late husband’s wealth, Snow’s inheritance, in tow, she married a young lord, Conrad. Both are using each other—Geneva for his title and to have a child, Conrad for her money and beauty. But when Conrad lays eyes on his boyhood rival’s lovely fiance, Snow, his overwhelming desire for her reveals the truth to Geneva, that Snow lives.

Desperate to hold onto her wealth and power, Geneva seeks to kill Snow properly this time. Snow has the power to wield the one thing that can destroy her, so she cannot let the girl claim possession of the family heirloom, the Nevollo Sword.

Snow soon learns her step-mother knows she is alive. But she is a pacifist, so she must outwit Geneva and remain hidden… until Geneva, disguised as a child, presents her with an apple.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Jenn’s Review:

Snow White has been one of my favorite fairy tales for as long as I can remember. In the third installment of Katie Hamstead’s Fairy Tale Galaxy series, we get a fresh retelling (that’s only been hinted at in the first two books), of the Snow White story.

As you probably know by now, book 2 in this series wasn’t a big fav of mine, however, book 3, Ms. Hamstead is back in business with wit, likable characters (minus the villianous Geneva, of course), and a fast-paced plot. 

I remember being young and awkward, especially in the social department – I could relate easily to both main characters. Snow is a capable, strong young woman, even if she has no grace when it comes to social situations (she’s grown up with dwarves, and NO humans), and Timothy isn’t the brave, dashing prince we’re used to seeing in this story – he’s a nerd and utterly socially inept (lest you believe he’s just a bumbling idiot, he’s not – the source of his social insecurity is laid out by the end of the book), but Snow is able to draw him out of his shell. And just when everything seems to be going well for them… Poof! Something comes up to keep them apart. Reminds me a bit of my own high school sweetheart (whom I eventually married, despite our own delays).

In the final analysis: Dwarves of Calcus is a winner in my book. Strong characters, well-defined conflicts and plot, and villains vanquished. 

And since I enjoyed two of the three books in the series, and Ms. Hamstead has plenty of other material she can work with (other potential plots are hinted at throughout the series as it stands now), I’m hoping to see more of this series in the future.

Sam’s Review:

Telling the story of Snow White this time, Dwarves of Calcus explains the peace between Oran and Tyrone. See, Oran and Tyrone weren’t always allies. They were enemies at one point. But when Snow Sabbia meets Timothy White, it’s love at first sight. Now long after, about a couple of weeks or so, they’re engaged. Talk about moving quickly.

But Snow and Timothy (let’s just call him Timmy.) have one person in the way: Snow’s siren of a stepmother, Geneva. Literally, she’s a siren. Snow and Timmy get married, and Geneva gives Snow a poisoned apple. The rest of the story that you are familiar with takes over, moving this fascinating story along its tracks.

With twists and turns at almost every angle, a nerdy prince charming, and seven funny dwarves, Dwarves of Calcus is fun to and easy to read. Its for young adult audiences, and is the third book in a series.

Buy the book:

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Other Books in the series:

Princess of Tyrone

Myths of Mish