Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Introducing Book Spotlight and news

Hello lovies,

I am very excited to begin the book spotlight features here on The Sweet LC. 

The book spotlight is a nice little add on to the site where I will showcase different books/book related sites on the sidebar. 

I will continue to participate in book tours and book exchanges these next couple of months.

Welcome back and thank you for always being so patient!


Friday, January 8, 2016

Floor 21 Book Review-BookTour





Hello and welcome to the Floor 21 book tour stop here at The Sweet Little Corner!



About the book:

FLOOR 21
by Jason Luthor

Release Date: June 2nd 2015

Amazon
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As humanity lives out the remainder of its existence at the top of an isolated apartment tower, young Jackie dares to question Tower Authority and their ban on traveling into the tower's depths. Intelligent and unyielding, Jackie ventures into the shadows of the floors below. But will her strong will and refusal to be quiet—in a society whose greatest pride is hiding the past—bring understanding of how humanity became trapped in the tower she has always called home, or will it simply be her undoing?




About the author:


Jason Luthor has spent a long life writing for sports outlets, media companies and universities. 

His earliest writing years came during his coverage of the San Antonio Spurs as an affiliate with the Spurs Report and its media partner, WOAI Radio. He would later enjoy a moderate relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, writing lore and stories for potential use in future games. At the academic level he has spent several years pursuing a PhD in American History at the University of Houston, with a special emphasis on Native American history.

His inspirations include some of the obvious; The Lord of the Rings and Chronciles of Narnia  are some of the most cited fantasy series in history. However, his favorite reads include the Earthsea Cycle, the Chronicles of Prydain, as well as science fiction hits such as Starship Troopers and Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?

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REVIEW

I finished Floor 21 in about three hours, I couldn't stop reading it. The story isn't long and became a quick fun read for me. The overall story is great, I liked the narration and way the story was told through different perspectives. The first chapter really got me going and asking lots of questions like: how did everyone end up on the tower, where did the Creep come from and what the heck is going on outside the tower?! I love stories like these, the types of stories that immediately draw you in and have you asking lots of questions and reading more to find answers.

The setting of this book is creepy and interesting, the tower is huge and has plenty of unexplored areas. The Creep is so mysterious it makes you want to know more about what it is and how it got to the tower in the first place.

Besides the overall plot and setting the characters were very likable. The main character Jackie is a curious teenager who does not abide by the rules like everyone else. She's a rebel and is determined to discover more about the tower, the people that live in it and the Creep. I personally enjoy strong willed characters and Jackie is a great example of that. The author did a great job introducing the rest of the characters and explaining much of their behavior towards the end of the book.

The narration in my opinion is what really made this story good. The reader gets an insight into what that character is experiencing at the time and then through another POV relates back to something that happened to the first POV. Towards the end of the first POV I freaked out a bit thinking that I wasn't going to find out what happened to the first narrator.

I was very satisfied with the ending, I think the author did a great job setting the stage for a second book (which I do look forward to). I would love to read more about Jackie's adventures and learn more about the many mysteries of the tower. This was a great book and I'm glad I got the chance to read it. I recommend it and give it a 5/5!!!



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Please note I received a complimentary copy for an honest review

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Book Spotlight: Heliotrope by JC. Miller

Book Title: Heliotrope
Author: JC Miller
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

                                                       Book Description:

Buckle up your Birkenstocks and travel back to 1975. Discover (or relive) the pre-digital age in Arcata, a remote Bohemian college town on the northern edge of California. Meet Kit, a hard-working, bookish senior, on track for graduation--that is, until she falls for Jonathan, one-time bestselling author, now her stand-in professor. Jonathan, a master in the art of deception, isn't who he appears to be. As their bond grows, Kit's desire blinds her to the truth-- a shocking discovery shatters her faith and ultimately tests her integrity. 

From the first blush of fall quarter to the final breath of spring, hard lessons will be learned. To "graduate" into an uncertain future, Jonathan and Kit must first embrace the present--including the injustices, ambiguities and absolute beauty of their lives. 

Beneath the ever-changing Humboldt skies they forge ahead; they stumble and sometimes fall.

Heliotrope, a coming-of age story for the ages.



Author Bio:

JC (Jeanne) Miller, M.A., is an avid reader, aspiring traveler and table tennis enthusiast. She resides in Northern California.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Book Review: Curfew


Blurb:

Trick or Treat, 
Eternal sleep, 
If you make a promise to Mary you don't keep... 

One the eve of Halloween, four teenagers will discover just how deadly keeping Mary out past her curfew can be. If you can't keep your word to Mary, you'll lose your soul.

Overall: 
I want to reiterate that just because I rate a book 3 or below does not mean that it is not a good book! It merely means that I PERSONALLY did not enjoy it as much as I normally would have compared to other stories. The book was not by any means bad, it was just not what I had hoped for. There were a few things I did not like and wish that the writer would have taken more time to develop. The writing itself is alright, I did like that the formatting was done correctly and the editing was good. I did not find typos like I normally do in the books I review. I did like the cover! It was a good mix of fright and shows the clock which is the backbone of the whole story.

Bad
I did not like the characters at all! I especially hated one the main characters, I know the writer wrote it in a way that the reader might feel pity for her later on when the story of what is tormenting them is revealed. However I found the MC annoying and did not like the supporting characters either. The supporting character's attitude/opinion would dramatically change out of nowhere. The characters didn't seem well developed.  I did not like the ending, I won't spoil it for you but I wish it wouldn't have taken such a unrealistic turn. Let's just say no one in their right mind would have done what the other MC does at the end of this book. It kind of lacked depth and the very last sentence seemed out of place. I'm not sure if the author intended it to be humorous however it did take away from the previous scene. The last line didn't leave a lasting impression.

Good
The overall story is interesting, as a fan of horror I did find this story suspenseful and thrilling. I like the 'entity' that the story focuses and and the explanation it gives of its origin. I really liked the length of the book, it was short enough for me to finish quickly. I LOVE Halloween themed books and especially love horror books so I liked the setting and the time that it takes place at. The author at the ends includes a small note about an upcoming anthology/collection. I wouldn't mind taking a look and reading other stories.

3 stars: I liked it



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review: Primal Stand


Blurb:

It has been twenty long years since his encounter. Its eyes, its smell, its presence, they're all ingrained in a mind that won't let him forget. The night he met the Sasquatch was one that changed his life forever, although for better or worse he's never been certain. When a film crew shows up in his small British Columbia town requesting his help finding the creature that has come to define his life, the opportunity seems too good to turn down. Though one question still remains: does he actually want to find it again?

Overall:

Josh's debut book is great! It's about Bigfoot!! There were a lot of things that were surprisingly good. I didn't find a lot of the mistakes that I find with some self published books that I review. When I initially looked at its length I worried a little bit considering it was only 34 pages. I was wrong, the writer did a great job in the short amount that he wrote. The story was overall great and in that short length managed to get me [the reader] engaged in the story. I'm very happy I picked this book up! 

Bad:

I honestly couldn't think of many bad things, like I said I'm very surprised considering this is a debut book. The first few pages had a lot of extra descriptive words but not necessarily a bad thing. I'm not so sure if I like the cover (yes I am looking at the cover also). The cover doesn't seem to very eye catching. What got me to want to read this book was the actual blurb, the cover seems a little amateurish (maybe the only thing).

Good:

The writing was great! The story progressed well and jumped into several scenes right away that kept me interested. I really am surprised, not many of the books I've read that are so short do such a good job at wrapping an entire story up. This book had a proper ending as well which I usually don't find at least for shorter books (usually end with a cliff hanger). I also love monsters and anything cryptic so the Bigfoot focus really interested me. The format on the Kindle was great, which to me is very important! I really liked this book and hope that the author decides to publish another one. Clearly the author has talent if he was able to write a short book with so much detail, suspense, and action.  

4 stars: I really liked it

Recommend for:
-Bigfoot lovers
-Short fun read

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Book Review: Jabberwock Jack: (Nowak Brothers 2)


Blurb:

Mikkel and Szandor are back! Everyone's favorite monster hunters return for a new adventure, and this time it's a monster that's bigger than they have ever dealt with before! While on a routine job in the city's underground tunnels, they stumble on a creature thought lost for years. They are then invited to join a hastily assembled team of hunters going underground to try to kill the enormous serpent. Delving deeper into the dark tunnels than they have ever gone before, Mikkel and Szandor find themselves searching for this massive beast in dark overflow tunnels and the endless labyrinth under New Avalon. But creatures beneath the city are not their only problem. Soon tensions begin running high among the assembled hunters, threatening to derail the mission and put them all in danger. Will they succeed, or will they fall prey to the gigantic monster known as Jabberwock Jack?

Overall:
I loved this sequel! If you have not read the first book please do! Any monster lover will absolutely love these two books. I had the chance to read and review the first book earlier this year and rated it 4/5. This second book is great and definitely deserves 5/5. There was a lot more character development in this book and the story is well written and progressed at a good pace. 

Bad:

I wouldn't necessarily consider this a bad thing because I'm sure many readers like extra detail, background, and insight. However I am a very impatient reader and like to get to the next scene as soon as possible so a lot of the main character's inner thoughts and arguments with others don't appeal to me as much. 

Good: 

I normally don't praise a book as much however this really was a good book and for a brief moment really made me nervous about the fate of one particular character. I like the sudden twists in certain parts of the story and the overall ending. The author did a good job editing, formatting the book and taking the time to make sure certain details were looked at (chapter names, spacing, paragraphs). Details like these although small make a big difference for the reader especially on Kindle.


Recommend for:
-Monster lovers (zombies, ghouls, etc)
-Like action and thrilling scenes
-Fun read

5 stars: I loved it!




Monday, November 16, 2015

Day 14, 15, 16 prompt #BookBLogwrimo2015



Prompt:
14 – What role do books play in your life?
15 – Author Buddies 
16 – Blog Tours, independent reviewing 



I'm playing catch up  as you can see, I had a very busy weekend and couldn't log in and write these so please excuse the clutter!

Day 14: Books make up a huge part of who I am. I learned to discover various topics: history, science, education, myths and legends through my reading as a young girl. My curiosity and love of education was really influenced by my local library and all the wonders it held. I learned about the world through these books and they became my teacher! I have lived many lives thanks to these books and have realized a lot about my likes and dislikes through what I read. 

Day 15: I currently do not have an author buddy! :( Not yet other than the usual J.K. Rowlings-Pottermore site!!!

Day 16: I have yet to participate in a blog tour. I tried earlier this year but for some reason the blog tour didn't come through. I am very excited to participate in one this December and am trying to become more involved in blog tours. I typically review books on my own schedule. Months ago I did too much and ended up burning out because I did not have a schedule for reading and reviewing. This time around I am taking my time and really respecting my limits.