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The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 1)
The Atopia Chronicles (Atopia Series Book 1)
Price: £3.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Atopia, 24 Jan. 2015
The Atopia Chronicles is the first in a two book series. It's a Science Fiction novel and it is set in a floating land, that man made for the rich. It's a land where electronics are advanced and people have their own PSSI systems installed. It's like a holigraphic image that can do just about everything. You can send images of yourself to different places, basically enabling you to be where you need to be, leaving you and your physical self, to do what you want to do. You see news that you can set to only the types you want to hear about, you play games where it installs a copy of yourself into the game making it seem like you are actually there and playing in real time. You can have PSSI holographic babies, making it possible to see what it would be like having a child, without the responsibility that comes with having a human child so that you can see if you are ready for it and so much more. It's quite complicated and something you really need to read in the book as you go along.

My feelings on this book changed as I went through it, leaving me in the end not knowing how to truly rate this story properly and give it justice when I was writing my review. There were so many thoughts and one book that I was glad that I had wrote numerous notes on as I went along.

The novel is wrote in short chapters, which jump between people. You can have one character in one chapter and then you can jump to another character in the next and that's the way it is all the way though the book. It gives you a glimpse of each character and what's happening in their lives at that moment in time. The more you read, the more you find each person's stories integrating with each other, this is where the first problem lies for me, which I will discuss a in a short while. There is complicated descriptions of the PSSI system, which I can see is needed to some extent to give the reader proper understanding of the PSSI system, but for me that's where another problem lies.

The problems with the books are the overly complicated descriptions that seem to repeat themselves as you read, which left me speed reading through them to get to something interesting. I found myself zoning out when reading the descriptions and it was hard for me to focus on reading and not get distracted by something else. The short glimpses of each character, swapping and changing all the time left me not getting to know the main characters enough to care about them at all or even get to know them. I seemed to get to know and care about the characters that only featured briefly in the story more than I did the others. I felt like there wasn't enough work done on making fully diverse and interesting characters and developing them properly so I wasn't interested in them at all. I didn't care what happened to them and for me, that's a let down. With so much going on and so much empasis on the PSSI system and getting to know that, some interest in the character's would have made the story so much more interesting for me to read. The final problem I found was the repetitveness. You read along and read about the PSSI and some plot related stuff in one person's viewpoint and later on you seem to read about the same stuff again in someone elses viewpoint in as much detail as this first time you read it. It left me skimming through those parts too and wondering why I was reading something that I had already read before. I can't see the reason for the amount of repetiveness there was throughout the whole of the book, even if they were in someone elses viewpoint. When I already know what happens in that scene. It could have been removed or written differently so that it didn't seem so repetitive. It's the main reason why I wanted to put the book down and not finish reading it so many times. I persevered anyway and it left me wondering why I even bothered when I got to the end. The book is basically just a long winded way to set the scene and get to know Atopia and the PSSI system. I was also unsure if I wanted to continue on to read The Dystopia Chronicles too or in fact, any other things from this author at all.

I liked and commend the authors work in writing this book. If you can look past the repetition, it wasn't a badly written book, just badly set out. I can appreciate the amount of time, effort and work that was involved in writing a book like this. The plot itself is really interesting and that's what made me read more. The technology that they used was interesting to read for a while and get to know what possibilities it has, even though it obviously has it's flaws too.

If you are a fan of Science Fiction novels and revel in the complicated descriptions of the advanced future technology then this book is one for you.

I am rating this book 2 1/2 stars out of 5. I was so unsure on the best way to rate this book and I don't usually rate a book with a half of a star, but I felt it fitted perfectly with this book. The problems with the book for me, were too great when all looked at together to give this book a full 3 stars, but the two stars seemed too harsh considering I finished the book and the amount of work the author has done to make this book what it is.


Doing Daisy (The Mommy Porn Chronicles Book 3)
Doing Daisy (The Mommy Porn Chronicles Book 3)
Price: £1.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great short story, 24 Jan. 2015
As with the first two books in the series, Sating Sarah and Mastering Mary this short, erotic romance is more about Daisy's story than the sex. Of course, sex is involved from the beginning and it is therefore only appropriate for adults. However, it was good being able to read Daisy's story. I enjoyed reading about her and getting to know her.

I actually felt kind of sorry for her, going through so much, it's no wonder she kept her distance from men.

Overall the story is short and simple with plenty of sex thrown in and as with the other two stories, the girl gets the man in the end. It isn't about whether the girl will get the man though, it's about how and learning about the girls story but also about the man's too.

IF you are looking for a short, erotic romance it's a great series to read. It's not essential to read them in order, but it is preferable because you get to know the group as a whole as you read through too.

This book is available through Kindle Unlimited, which is where I read it from, it's also available for a small fee to read individually and the first three books are all available in one handy package so that you can read all about Sarah, Mary and Daisy in one book.

A good little story that's more than just about the sex and one that I would recommend for those who like a bit of story with their erotica books.


Floor Four
Floor Four
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3.0 out of 5 stars Floor Four, 18 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Floor Four (Kindle Edition)
Floor four is a short, horror story about a serial killer who kills people in a brutal way and continues to do so, even after his death. The hospital he haunts is a favorite place for children and teenagers to venture into in their attempt to see if the fourth floor is indeed haunted like the stories say it is.

I enjoyed this book as I was reading, the story itself reminded me of a film I'd possibly seen in the past that I couldn't put a name too and a few other stories I have read in the past too. I feel like the author has used these things, like calling the serial killer The Mangler to try and get more people to read the story and to try and make it more interesting to read. Overall, it wasn't too badly written, it really made me want to read more despite the similarities to other stories.

The characters needed more work, I didn't find them believable, I felt like more work could have gone into making them into more well rounded characters. The ending needs more work to it as well. I felt it ended abruptly. I was waiting for an horror filled climax that would leave me thinking about it and struggling to sleep. What I actually got was an abrupt, anticlimactic ending that felt to me like it was missing something and that it was cut short just shy of the actual ending It could have been such a great little short story, but with the one dimensional characters, the repetitiveness in places and the sometimes overwhelming similarities to other stories I've read it failed to get more than a three star review.

If you want a fast read, short story from the horror genre and are looking for a free book too, then pick it up. Being a free book you haven't got much to lose only your time if you don't like the book. It isn't very horror filled either for those who don't like their books to be too frightening.


Indebted (A Kingpin Love Affair Book 1)
Indebted (A Kingpin Love Affair Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 31 Dec. 2014
I really enjoyed this book, it contains adult themes that I was sure we're going to be the forefront of the whole story, but they weren't. The story itself is a dark twisted tale of revenge, hate, lies and deceit. Just when you feel like the love story is taking over and its going to be another erotic novel with no feeling, the story comes back to bite you. It reminds you that it's there and it increases with intensity as you read, ending with a massive cliffanger that will leave you begging for more.

Zerro is cold, heartless, ruthless killer. A shell of a man who's killed hundreds of people in his life as a mafia boss. Alberto King is a killer, that's what he does, he lets nobody into his life and will look anybody who defies him out gets in his way. That starts to change when he gets a girl as payment for his father's debt and he can't help but wasn't her body. She changes everything and they both change throughout the book. I even started to like Zerro for a while, I could see the man that he could be if he tried.

The cliffanger does spoil it slightly, it's so huge that it's hard to to just let it go and go on to read other books in the wait to read the second in the series. An erotic thriller that leaves to breathless and wanting more.
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Mastering Mary (The Mommy Porn Chronicles Book 2)
Mastering Mary (The Mommy Porn Chronicles Book 2)
Price: £1.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Hot, 23 Dec. 2014
Mary is a divorced, single mother who has a very regimented life. She does things by routine and doesn't like to stray from that routine and lose control. Two members of her book club set her up to meet them at a club, which turned out to be a guy that she met when she was young. She had always wanted him, but times weren't right back then and she has fantasied about him ever since.

The story itself had me hooked. I wanted to know more about him and Mary and the book was enjoyable for the story alone. When I first opened this book I thought, "Oh here we go, another single woman meets single man who go away and have mind blowing sex." It isn't was this was about though. The story is what had me wanting more. Yes, this book contains descriptions of sex and it's a very hot, adult book. One that fans of erotic fiction are sure to like.

The only thing that let this book down is the small chapter that seemed to forget she was called Mary and called her Sarah instead and that the story wasn't long enough.


Sating Sarah (The Mommy Porn Chronicles Book 1)
Sating Sarah (The Mommy Porn Chronicles Book 1)
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Short but great., 20 Dec. 2014
This short book is not for people who don't like erotic, adult fiction. It contains descriptions of bdsm and sex throughout.

Sarah is a member of a small group of women who call thrmselves the Mommy Porn Group because they read thst type of fiction and have detailed discussions about them. Sarah finds herself very aroused because of these books and lookd forward to reading then in the evenings on her Kindle. She goes to bed one evening to find her Kindle gone and her husband holding it. He's been reading some of what his wife has bern reading and vows to spend the whole week in a sort of extended forplay session in an attempt to revitalise their sex lives.

I liked the fact that it is about husband and wife, its refreshing to see as most of the books I've read in this genre are ususlly single people looking for their next lay and their is never really any story involved. You do get some insight into Sarah here and a hint at a story at the beginning rather than jumping headfirst into the sex and there being nothing else. The problems with the book are the use of the terms husband and wife all the time. i feel like the author could have a given them pet names at least as it felt a little too formal and unrealistic because of this.

A short, hot erotic story that is sure to make you want to read more from this series and this author. For fans of erotic stories and adult fiction.

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Unstrung
Unstrung
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series., 20 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Unstrung (Kindle Edition)
Lexa is a 17 year old girl who doesn't know where she came from and was addicted to stims. She turned up at Turpin's as a ten year old girl, high on stims and doesn't remember anything from her life previously. They take her in at Turpin's and use her as a thief for their clients. When Lexa finds out something about herself after doing a job for Turpin it changes her life completely and she is left fighting for what she believes in and for the ones she loves.

It started well and it did a good job at keeping my attention for short reading stints before bed, but nothing more. I found I could take it or leave it most of the time, like it was lacking some suspense that could have made it so much better. The plot is interesting and it has a lot of action packed scenes at the beginning and the end mostly. The middle fell flat for a while and the underlying love story seemed to hold centre stage for a while and it was only after that took a back burner again that the characters really started to come alive for me and I started to get to know them more. Lexa is strong willed, good at her job and will do anything, including risking her life to stand up for what she believes in. A great protagonist that has the potential to develop well within the series.

I liked how the story progressed overall and the little surprises along the way really made the story for me as I didn't expect most of them and found myself shocked at one particular revelation in the book. The surprises really helped to increase the enjoyment I got out of the book.

The ending, for me, felt a little let down. I felt that it could have been dragged out that little bit more to increase the suspense and I felt a little let down when it ending and I never felt the big dramatic ending that I'd hoped for.

Overall a great start to the series that's left me wanting more and looking forward to the next installment in 2015.


Revival
Revival
Price: £6.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant, 16 Nov. 2014
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Revival is written in the first person perspective from Jamie Morton's point of view. It starts when he is just 6 years old and spans decades throughout his life, with a truly chilling end.

The start of the book is brilliant and it really drags you in from the first page, so much so that I was nearly late because I was so into the book. The characters are so realistic, I had a hard time remembering it was just a story when I'd finished the book. Even two days later, the events that happened and the characters won't leave my mind. The plot itself is utterly brilliant and as always with Sai. King it's very well written. If you like chilling endings then this book is for you.

The story itself doesn't start to really get horrific until about 70% through, but after that point it intensifies so much until you get to it's dramatic, chilling and if I'm quite honest scary ending. I was reading and the further along I got, the more the feeling of dread that had been accumulating for a while took hold of me. My eyes watered and my breath quickened and I had to force myself to breath slowly. Of all the horrors I've read, this is the first in a long time that has actually scared me. The synopsis as found on stephenking.com said 'It's on it's way to the most terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written' and of the ones of I have read of his, for me at least, it's true.

Overall a fantastic book that I just couldn't put down. It's definitely more of a psychological horror story, one that really get's you thinking and it's the concept itself that is terrifying. Just a warning, there is religious references scattered throughout the book, particularly throughout much of the first half, but coming from someone who isn't religious myself it doesn't spoil the book at all.

I urge all fans of horror and Stephen King to pick up this book. Even if you are one of those people who prefer his older work. This one really goes back to his horror roots and will leave you thinking about it for days afterwards.


Ghost Moon Night
Ghost Moon Night
Price: £2.29

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not brilliant, 10 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Ghost Moon Night (Kindle Edition)
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The story is set in the Philippines and it is set in a small village that was cursed by pirates with the flying undead 75 years before the story itself. It is up to Antonio Pulido, a 17 year old to help rid the village of the curse that has been plaguing people every Ghost Moon Night.

I enjoyed that the book was set in the Philippines. It's the first book that I read that was set there and it was nice reading the descriptions of the buildings and the village. That and the intriguing plot is what made me want to read this book and it is what kept me reading. I could see the potential Antionio had and would a good strong character he could be. He had a strong personality and the drive to do anything he wanted.

For me, unfortunately, that is where the good points ended. The book has that unfortunate slump in the middle. The actions scenes were few and far between and when they were just getting started, they ended. By 60% there had only been one Ghost Moon Night and even that was over quickly. I also expected more talk about it and how they were going to end the curse and rid the village of the Langbaum. It seemed like it was all but forgotten about and Antonio was just trying to make a life for himself. I also didn't feel any attachment to any of the characters, he didn't seem very real to me and I didn't seem to care about what happened to him at all.

When it actually came to the ended, I expected more than I got. I feel like it was a little anticlimactic.

Overall, I felt it was a little slow and the action scenes dropped off too quickly back to Antonio acting anything but himself. Some scenes felt forced, like the author was adding it just because she needed to word count, not because Antonio would do that. I would have liked to see more planning for ending the curse. It read more like it was a last minute thought and I felt like she spent a lot of it telling the story rather than showing the story.

Overall, an OK story, but not one that I would likely re-read.


Madeline (A Short Horror Story)
Madeline (A Short Horror Story)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, 6 Nov. 2014
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Jonah is a hard-working man just trying to do his best for his family. His wife Julia is getting stranger by the day and no longer keeps the house clean and tidy. She prefers to be doing stuff in the shed instead. He get's home one night to find his daughter Madeline gone from her bed and that's when he realises what Julia has intended to do. He has to try to save himself and his daughter.

A great creepy short horror story with a surprising ending. I could see another story coming from it. I'm not sure if that was the author's intention, but I love the endless possibilities that could come off this story. It really intrigued me. I just had to know where he was going with it as soon as I realised what Julia was planning. A well written story and it's well worth the read.


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