Friday, October 4, 2013

Friday Featured Spotlight ~ Sirens Call Publications



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*Books source ~ Many thanks to Sirens Call Publications for providing review copies in exchange for honest reviews.

Title ~ Kin Ship
Series ~ Moustache on the Moon, #1
Author ~ D.K. Snape
Published ~ 10 July 2013
Genre ~ YA/Sci-Fi

My Rating ~ 4 bites out of 5

One day a worm-like thing appeared in space giving the Man on the Moon a squiggly ‘stache, but no one on Earth could figure out what it was, where it came from or what its intentions were. For months speculation was rife and theories postulated until people started to lose interest when nothing happened. 15-year-old Marnie was daydreaming in class about the alien space worm when the principal and two strangers showed up. They said they were there to collect her and take her to her father. Since they had a signed paper and a call to her father confirmed the truth, off Marnie went to what she would soon find out was the greatest sci-fi adventure brought to life.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a lot of Sci-Fi, but I don’t remember ever reading a story quite like this one. The unique take on aliens, humans and their development on Earth is very interesting and the characters are very likeable. However, even though Marnie is 15 and would technically be YA the writing in this book reads closer to middle grade. Even so, it’s a very enjoyable story. However, there is a cliff hanger at the end and I am left, well, hanging, wondering what will happen next to Marnie and all the others who are preparing to go out into the final frontier. If you like tales about aliens living on Earth then this is a good one to add to your shelf.


Title ~ Love 'n Lies
Series ~ Evermore Chronicles, #1
Author ~ Aspen deLainey
Published ~ 9 July 2013
Genre ~ Paranormal

My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble out of 5

Leticia, or Letty to her friends, is a vampire in Calgary. She’s just woken from the year long slumber that all vampires must take every decade in order to rejuvenate and has the unpleasant surprise that she has put on some pounds. How ridiculous a thought that a vampire could gain weight, but her clothes don’t lie. So Letty does some internet searching of how to lose weight in a way that she could apply to a vampire, goes shopping for new duds then goes out to see what’s changed in the year she’s been asleep and to meet up with old friends. In the course of renewing acquaintances she talks with Lori who suggests that Letty get a cat to ease her loneliness. Letty agrees to at least look at the cat at the shelter and when she does she decides she’ll take him. However, when she gets him home he acts a bit un-catlike. When she falls in love with him and he turns into a human she finds out he was cursed with a spell by a bad wizard. However, by turning Justin back to human Letty is now the target of the nasty wizard and her comfy life is about to turn upside down.

I have to say how much I enjoyed this book. The creatures that inhabit this world are many and varied from vampires and shifters to the Fae and tons in between. They live alongside humans, going about their own lives and trying to stay out of the spotlight and instead of fighting with each other as in most stories, they all basically get along since their common goal is to fly below the human radar. The story is told from Letty’s POV, but it’s like she’s talking to you. Almost like reading her diary, but not. It’s a bit different than I’ve seen before and yet not a bad read. Other than being a bit too brief in description at certain times and Letty’s fascination with the idiot Justin was irritating for awhile, I have to say I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. The ending is left open for expansion on Letty’s training and what she’s capable of and I hope this series continues for some time. I look forward to getting in her head again.


Title ~ Gape
Author ~ Aiden Truss
Published ~ 16 August 2013
Genre ~ Fantasy/Paranormal

My Rating ~ 3 bites and a nibble out of 5

Rose, a human, and Priest, a demon, are two unlikely companions, but Priest is having some sort of mid-life crisis even though he’s thousands of years old and Rose intrigues him. When she dies homeless in a shop doorway he takes her to his hideaway between places and that’s when things get really interesting.

I’m not sure exactly what I thought when I picked up this book, maybe an interesting new paranormal adventure or something along those lines. While it was that, it was also more. This is a book that is a bit beyond me in terms of philosophical and existential viewpoints and really big words that made me get out a dictionary, something I haven’t had to do in donkey’s years. Not necessarily a bad thing, but at this point in my life I just want to be entertained and not think too hard. This story made my head hurt at times. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s very well-written and the main characters, for the most part, are complex and intriguing even if their actions are sometimes not so complex. And once I got past the heavy reading the underlying story is a suspenseful and often times humorous read. The ending is left a bit up in the air, but I would definitely read the next installment to see what happens to Rose and Priest. Though I’d take ibuprofen first, just in case of imminent headache. *winks*

4 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to feature Sirens Call Publications! And for reading three of our titles :)

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    1. You're welcome! It was entirely my pleasure! :)

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  2. Love and Lies appeals to me the most, although that alien book does sound unique. Wonderful reviews and thanks for introduces me to Sirens Call Publication.

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    1. I really enjoyed Love 'n Lies. I think I loved the variety of Others the most and how they interact. You're welcome! :)

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