Category: Book Reviews

Rescued by an Alien – Book Review

About the book:

ZADEON
When my human mate was auctioned, she was sold to a savage lot of aliens.
I rescued her body from her tormentors.
But her mind…
She is hurt.
She’s afraid I will abandon her; but I’ve been waiting all my life for my mate.
I am not going to walk away. I’m going to help her heal.
And I will help her fight for us.

****Content warning: For readers 18 years and older Contains explicit sexual situations, dark themes, sensitive subjects, and violence.

This is book 2 in a series. You can find my review for book 1, Stolen by an Alien here.

Jenn’s review:

I’ll admit… I laughed myself silly in book 1 of this series, Stolen by an Alien. Book 2, well… The first third of this book was a challenge for me, both as a reader and as a writer. Ms. Milo’s storytelling appears, at first blush, to have slipped extensively in the first several chapters of book 2. However…

Her storytelling skills haven’t slipped. They’ve morphed. Here, I gently guide you, my reader, back to the content warning above. This book has very explicit situations, and very dark themes as well as extremely sensitive subject matter. The violence… for me anyway, wasn’t so disturbing. To say that the heroine has experienced trauma, would be a gross understatement, and Ms. Milo deftly and tenderly handles the heroine’s point of view in the opening chapters of this book to submerge the reader (rather jarringly at times) into the fractured mind of a survivor of trauma as she attempts to find the balance between retreating into her head to escape the horrors that replay themselves in her mind and crawling her way out of her despair with the help of her unlikely alien mate.

As the story progresses, however, our heroine, Callie, begins to find her reserves of strength, and the parts of the story told from her perspective smooth out, and once again, despite some very dark and dismal themes and conflicts, Ms. Milo reintroduces the reader to her wit and humor.

I will avoid any spoilers at this point, but I would highly recommend reading this series in order. Due to the fractured state of the heroine’s mind during the opening chapters (which overlap events that take place closer to the end of book 1), it is difficult to grasp the imagery of these scenes. While some series can be read out of order, this isn’t one of them.

I’ll be off reading book 3 in this series next, before I dive into my next blogtour book for Fiery Seas Publishing, so be sure to get on the email list (click the bar at the very top of the page), and follow us on social media (links at the bottom of the page).

You can buy these books on Amazon through the links below (Please note that these are affiliate links, which means that Thrice Read Books makes a small commission off the total of your order placed through these links – at no extra cost to you. This helps keep Thrice Read Books ad-free, and we thank you for supporting us in this manner.)

Book 1: Stolen by an Alien

Book 2: Rescued by an Alien

Book 3: Won by an Alien

Update, December 27, 2017:

I’ve finished book 3, Won by an Alien, but the review won’t be published until January 4, 2018. However, after that point, the review will be available here.

Worthy of Song and Story – Book Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner is live with a new video. This time, it is for her review of Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase. Special thanks to Fiery Seas Publishing for a review copy of this book on Kindle. (This blog post contains an Amazon Affiliate link. When you make a purchase through this link, TRB receives a small percentage of your total purchase. This helps cover our expenses, and keeps www.thricereadbooks.com ad-free. Thank you in advance for your support.)

Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase takes places in the time of vikings. The moments of suspense and mischief fit the main character, Stian, son of the trickster god Loki. Though what Stian plans to do is against the will of the gods, this narcissistic character will stop at nothing to free Loki from his bonds and have a real family once and for all. This wonderful tale of courage and family has its moments of hopelessness, joy, suspicion, and heart-pounding adventure, complete with moments of betrayal. If you wish to know what is to come of Stian, read Worthy of Song and Story. Though it was a wonderful read, Neal had several typos that are difficult to overlook. But if you are a historical fantasy fiction lover, and a young adult who loves fiction, then this is the book for you.

Worthy of Song and Story is available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Kinglet – Book Review

About the book:

Kristan Gemeta has lost everything:  his crown, his kingdom, his courage – even his name.

In the vast wilderness of the Exilwald, he’s known to the other outcasts as Kinglet.  As long as Kristan stays hidden, he can elude the bounty hunters, brutal soldiers and terrifying spells of Daazna, the Wichelord who killed his father and destroyed his life.

But when a new band of pursuers comes looking for him, Kristan’s wariness gives way to intrigue. For bounty hunters they’re oddly inept, and a young woman in their company is leaving enigmatic drawings wherever they go.  As they plunge deeper into the Exilwald, Kristan follows. He discovers the drawings symbolize the Gemeta Stone, an ancient family talisman seized by Daazna but now in the little band’s possession. 

With the Stone’s protection, Kristan might stand a chance against Daazna.  He could regain his birthright and his honor.  But to obtain the Stone, he must reveal his true identity and risk the one thing he has left…his life.

Jenn’s Book Review:

Back to the fantasy genre with Book One of the Gemeta Stone series, Kinglet. I read the first two of these books backwards, and though I reviewed Fiskur first, I highly recommend starting with Kinglet (go figure… read a series in order – What a novel concept!).

Ms. Migliaccio’s debut novel for this series lays the foundation of a beautifully developed fantasy world filled with magic, mystery, bitterness and revenge slowly played out. We meet Fandrall’s heir-apparent, Kristan Gemeta as a shy, kind prince, doing his best to live up to his dying mother’s request. While Kristan isn’t as big and brawny, or as outspoken, as his father might like, he is cunning and quick.

Kristan’s father is betrayed by a former ally who’s sold his soul (and his morals) for want of an heir, setting in motion the events of the Gemeta Stone series. In nearby Hogia, Gemeta’s betrayer finds himself without heir or kingdom, and Daazna, the “devil” who’s usurped his throne, has a bitter grudge against Kristan’s family line, and cares little for the power he has in Hogia, leaving the kingdom in dispair and ruin.

Hogia still has hope in the form of a small band of rebels that find themselves fleeing for their lives, bound straight for their destined encounter with the exiled Kristan.

Lest I give away spoilers, I’ll leave you hanging there…

Ms. Migliaccio weaves a beautifully crafted fantasy tale of revenge and enemies, old allies and new-found friends, hate and burgeoning love in this series’ first book. Deep, well-developed characters, magic and myth, and cultures both familiar and new come to life in the pages of this novel.

Again, I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger teens or those that tend towards squeamish about violence. Kinglet does have a number of battle scenes, and while Ms. Migliaccio is concise about her descriptions in Kinglet, I found that they were slightly longer in book 1 than they were in Fiskur, and more detailed. (Though, I feel it’s also fair to note that they are not unnecessarily long or overly graphic – they are what I would consider to be believable in nature.)

Book three is due out in February, 2018, and you can be certain that I’ll be on the blogtour once it’s released. In the meantime, catch up on Kinglet and Fiskur, and get ready for book three, Stoneking.

Buy the Book:

This book is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon here

Other Books in the Series:

Fiskur (book 2)

Stoneking (book 3)

Ragis (Book 4)

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Hawksmaid – Book Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner is live with another video book review, this time of the book Hawksmaid by Catherine Lasky.

The author of the book Hawksmaid is Kathryn Lasky. When Matty, AKA Maid Marian, discovers her talents for taming and training hawks, she learns that it may take every bit of her talent, and bonds to her hawks to save England from ruin and tyranny. No book that has been written in the fantasy fiction genre, so far, could ever match to the storyline’s magical airs. It is an amazing read, and I recommend it for Junior High level reading and up. It gets 5 of 5 stars, for an amazing and magical tale of love and freedom. The moments of tension and bliss help you fall in love with the mischievous at heart characters.

 You can buy a copy of Hawksmaid from Thrice Read Books here.

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

The Prisoner of Azkaban – Book Review

About the Book: 

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

Sam’s Book Review:

J.K. Rowling is back with another Harry Potter adventure, complete with more characters and beasts, new teachers and spells, which gives you the latest adventure for the trouble-attracting trio. Filled with moments of laughter (of course!) and moments of suspicion, this book does not fail to disappoint the fans of the series. For all of you modern day fantasy lovers who have started the series and need to know where to go next, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the stop for you. 

You can buy this book from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, mass market paperback and audiobook here. [affiliate link]

Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate – Book Review & Promo

Fire’s Kiss By Brittany Pate

Fiery Seas Publishing November 21, 2017   

Paranormal Romance Fiction

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Embyr tends her tavern while keeping her dangerous parentage a secret, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

For the last eight hundred years, Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has used his army to hunt the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman. But in Embyr, he discovers something that could turn the tide of battle in his favor. Her control over fire can reduce an enemy to ash and her flippant disregard of him heats his blood in ways no one else ever has. She’s beautiful, powerful and completely different from her violence-loving brethren.

Embyr finds herself thrust into a war she wants no part of, targeted by a vicious vampire because of her cooperation with Ryder. As she learns to wield her demonic powers without letting the madness of her race overcome her, she also has to fight her attraction to a killer bent on her seduction.

About the Author:

Brittany Pate lives in Texas with her husband and son. She is a longtime lover of all things fantasy and romance. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys narrating audio books and drinking entirely too much coffee.

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The Review:

Until I signed up for the blog tour for this book, I’d never heard of Brittany Pate. Having read Fire’s Kiss, I’ll be eagerly awaiting her next novel. I’m a sucker for fantasy and paranormal romance to begin with, but Ms. Pate’s novel took that to a whole new level. This book was just released by Fiery Seas Publishing, and I loved it.

Her world-building is excellent, she is consistent in her descriptions and her characters’ abilities and limitations. 

Ms. Pate’s characters are very real. It’s difficult not to get pulled into the emotions and motivations behind each. Some books lend themselves well to a slow, rambling read, but this novel doesn’t fall into that category. I read this book in two nights (it’s approximately 270 pages in Kindle format) as it’s shorter than most of the romance novels I read, and when I hit the end of the book, I kept trying to turn to the next page, disappointed that I’d hit the end.

Fire’s Kiss is fast-paced paranormal/fantasy romance. Ms. Pate has nailed the genre beautifully with a driven plot, strong (in more than just the physical sense) characters, a long-standing feud and an accidental romance. Her love scenes are HOT HOT HOT! (Okay, so maybe part of that is because the heroine is half fire demon.) And I found myself in tears during a couple scenes, because dang it(!) they just have to end up together.

The story has an underlying mystery that must be solved. Admittedly, I’m not fantastic at guessing whodunit, but this one utterly blindsided me. Twice.

The novel features vampires, demons and crooked, dark mages along with a few other classic fantasy and paranormal type creatures. Be advised that the battles are bloody and intense (as are the sex scenes – well, minus the blood). If you can step past that, then this novel needs to be on your winter reading list.

You can buy the novel:

Kindle [affiliate link]     eBook (Barnes & Noble)     eBook (Kobo)     eBook (iTunes)

Jenn Bradshaw is a writer, homeschooling mom, spiritual seeker and crafty person. She writes romance and fantasy fiction under the name Sage Wolfsong, and blogs at her website: www.sagewolfsong.com.

David: Lord of Honor – Book Review

You can buy this book here.

About the book:

David, Viscount Fairly, has imperiled his honor…
Letty Banks is a reluctant courtesan, keeping a terrible secret that brought her, a vicar’s daughter, to a life of vice. While becoming madam of Viscount Fairly’s high-class brothel is an absolute financial necessity, Letty refuses to become David’s mistress-though their attraction becomes harder to resist the more she learns about the man…

Perhaps a fallen woman can redeem it.
David is smitten not only with Letty’s beauty, but also with her calm, her kindness, her quiet. David is determined to put respectability back in her grasp, even if that means uncovering the secrets Letty works so hard to keep hidden-secrets that could take her away from him forever…

The Review:

I’m not a stranger to the Regency Romance genre, but I haven’t read Grace Burrowes until now. When David: Lord of Honor came into our inventory, I picked it up, because of the unusual circumstances that bring the Hero and Heroine into each other’s lives (plus, attractive cover!).

Most romances, especially Regencies, are quick reads for me. I get lost in the story line at 1 in the afternoon, and it’s dinner time before I realize that the afternoon has passed and I’m just closing the cover of the book for the last time.

David: Lord of Honor was not such a book. I took my time through the first half of the book. It’s not that the plot is slow, because it is well-paced. I wasn’t bored (I don’t bother finishing a book if I cannot truly immerse myself in it by page 60). I was, rather, simply not compelled to sit and read the book in one sitting.

However, as the plot began to reach its climax, I had been drawn into the characters and their journeys. I couldn’t put the book down for more than a few minutes, because I needed to keep going. 

Their emotional journeys alone are compelling (it’s difficult at this point to not give away spoilers!), and you don’t want to stop reading, because you want them to get over themselves and get to their Happily-Ever-After (also known as the HEA).

I rarely cry while reading a romance anymore. Something about writing my own romance stories and knowing that at some point, this couple is going to part ways before they get to their HEA takes the sting out of that dark moment for me. But when David and Letty reach theirs, it hit me hard and I spent at least two chapters in tears.

Whether you’re a hard-core Regency fan or you just enjoy an engrossing romance, David: Lord of Honor is definitely worth a read. It is perfect for rainy days (something we have plenty of here on the Washington Coast) or quiet evenings. Make a pot of tea and enjoy the ups and downs of a brothel owner and his madam (and have the Puffs on hand!).

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, Paperback and Mass Market Paperback here. [affiliate link]

Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio – Book Review & Promo

Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio Released November 7, 2017

Fantasy

The Gemeta Stone Book 2

Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC

With his family’s talisman in his possession, Kristan Gemeta is ready to face the Wichelord Daazna – but he has no inkling of the scope of Daazna’s power, nor the depths of his hatred. 

With the recovery of his family’s protective talisman, Kristan Gemeta has found hope, courage – and perhaps even the first stirrings of love.  With the aid of Heather Demitt, her band of rebels, a shipload of Northern brigands and the legendary Kentavron, he readies himself to face the Wichelord Daazna.  But neither he nor his comrades realize the strength of Daazna’s power and hatred.  The Wichelord’s first blow comes from a direction Kristan least expects, with horrific, lasting consequences.

**Book Review by Jenn Bradshaw**

 I will be the first to admit that fantasy is not my #1 favorite genre, but every so often, the opportunity arises and I take the plunge to dive into a fantasy story. Fiskur by Donna Migliaccio is one of these books. Granted, it is book 2 in a series, so I came into the story a little late (I have book one, and will add its review and a link in this blog post when I finish reading it). Fiery Seas just released this book, and I will say that it is amazing.

Ms. Migliaccio weaves a breathtaking story that is impossible to rush through. (I often read books of this length within a day, this took me a week to get through) As she spins the story, her concise setting, action and character descriptions allow a vivid image to form in the reader’s mind, and then get out of the way of the narrative.

This is not a book for young teens or those affected by gore and violence. While the author keeps her descriptions concise, and potentially disturbing scenes are not plentiful, some scenes are graphic in nature. Executions, torture and rape among them.

Her characters are well developed and pull the reader into the story. It’s easy to love the protagonist, even when he’s not terribly lovable; hate the antagonist, he is evil and twisted even as his own story unfolds; and cheer on those oppressed by tyrannical overlords.

The elements of this story weave together a variety of legends, myths, recognizable cultures and languages right alongside Ms. Migliaccio’s invented elements – seamlessly. 

In short, I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. It is a bit longer (in PDF form, it was well over 500 pages), hence the “epic” tag for this book. It is not, however, a difficult read, despite the various elements of languages other than English. I highly recommend this book to fantasy readers. (Yes, I’ve encouraged Hubby to read it as well!)

You can buy the book at these locations (not affiliate links):

Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~  Kobo  ~  iBooks

Jenn Bradshaw is a writer, homeschooling mom, spiritual seeker and crafty person. She writes romance and fantasy fiction under the name Sage Wolfsong, and blogs at her website: www.sagewolfsong.com.

Mockingjay Book Review

Thrice Read Books reviews Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, book 3 in the Hunger Games Trilogy

About the book:

The greatly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. 

Who do they think should pay for the unrest?

Katniss Everdeen.

The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins will have hearts racing, pages turning, and everyone talking about one of the biggest and most talked-about books and authors in recent publishing history!!!!

About the author:

Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children’s literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

Brian’s Review:

The third and final book to the Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay doesn’t disappoint.  Collins once again hits the nail on the head with the final book.  If you don’t have tears at the end of the book check your pulse.  Collins has displayed a masterful series and if you are upper Jr. High and up, you will most assuredly enjoy these books.  If you saw the movies, then all I can say is, wait until you read the books…

Brian & Sam review book 3 of Suzanne Collins' YA Dystopian Hunger Games series, Mockingjay, on the Thrice Read Books review blog.

Sam’s Review: 

Flying arrows! Heart break! Betrayal. All of that happens in Hunger Game 3, Mockingjay.

Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, is the third, last, and final book in the Hunger Games. And it is as good of a book as the other two. This powerful ending will leave you wanting more, but at the same time, it leaves you satisfied with the way things turned out.

Katniss has been chosen to be the rebel’s Mockingjay. Simple, right? I mean, all she has to do is make propos and scare the Capitol. It’s not that easy. See, Peeta has become the capitol’s puppet, and Katniss keeps getting hurt.

This book was very, very, very fun to read, and I’m very sorry that it ended there. Overall, the series was fun to read. But, a couple of things were wrong. One, the book ended, two, why can’t there be a story without a super evil bad guy, and three, I miss the games. In other words, I loved this!

Buy this book:

You can buy a copy of this book from Thrice Read Books here.

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

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Book Review

Brian’s Review:

In this final book you’ll find yourself cheering and rooting for Salander.  You’ll experience the rush as things fall into place and the fear that perhaps it won’t go as planned.  If you have read the first two books, there is no way you’ll want to leave the story unfinished.  A must read. If you haven’t read the first two books, I strongly suggest you do.

The Book:

Lisbeth Salander- the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels- lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital.  She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders.  With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence.  And, on her own, she will plot revenge- against the man who tried to kill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

     Once upon a time she was a victim.  Now Salander is fighting back. (From inside the cover of book.)

Thrice Read Books has this used book in stock. You can purchase a copy here.

You can also purchase this book from Amazon as hardcover, Kindle, paperback, audiobook or Mass market paperback here. [affiliate link]