Friday, July 10, 2015

FFS Curiosity Quills

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Author ~ Michael McCarty
Publisher ~ Curiosity Quills
Published ~ 1 February 2015
Genre ~ Paranormal | YA
Pages ~ 128

My Rating ~ 3 bites

Tommy Wharton, son of the Edgeville mayor, should be a babe magnet and part of the popular crowd at school. Instead he’s a supernatural magnet. As in, he is constantly running into weird things that shouldn’t be real. And somehow surviving. But will he ever lose his virginity?

An amusing “memoir” about Tommy, an overweight, horny teenager who would love to finally get laid, but each time it looks like it just might happen (whether thru a favor owed, a pity fuck or just plain good fortune), something supernatural comes along to screw it all up and a virgin he remains. I started to feel really sorry for the guy. Why are there so many supernatural beings in or around Edgeville? And how does Tommy manage to stumble upon almost every single one of them? It’s a mystery. He eventually gets his cherry popped and manages to enter into a steady relationship, but the journey to get there is filled with enough stuff to make Sam and Dean Winchester’s Weird Shit O’Meter be in constant eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!-mode.

Author ~ Aiden James
Publisher ~ Curiosity Quills
Published ~ 19 December 2013
Genre ~ Paranormal
Pages ~ 226

My Rating ~ 2 bites and a nibble

Virginia native Txema Ybarra is a typical nineteen-yr-old college student at the University of Tennessee. Or so she thought. Then the attacks started. Women who fit her description were being brutally murdered and the closer the killers get to her location the more nervous she becomes. Handsome, mysterious strange men visiting her at night don’t help the situation. Txema has no idea that she’s at the heart of a war between the vampires and the undead rogues. But she’s about to find out and fast.

I have to admit to being disappointed in this book. The concept sounded new and fresh, but the execution left much to be desired. The pacing was all over the place, at times plodding along with too much detail and then bam! Flying along and barely touching on the events that were happening. Sometimes too much detail and sometimes not enough. And don’t get me started on Txema. I completely disliked her. She calls herself stubborn, I call her TSTL. She grated on my nerves so much that I reached the point where I hoped she would die. The rest of the characters are flat. I cared for none of them. While I won’t be continuing with this series, I do want to try other works by this author because I’ve read Fractured Earth, TheActuator, #1 that he’s written with James Wymore and I enjoyed it.

Publisher ~ Curiosity Quills
Published ~ 15 February 2015
Genre ~ Steampunk | YA
Pages ~ 289

My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble

Clark Treasure is the 17-yr-old son of a Tarnished Silver living in the attic of the brothel/saloon where she works when he pickpockets the wrong man and his life changes forever. On the run from those who want to use him he takes refuge with a father he’s never met. To his surprise, his new family welcomes him with open arms (well, most of them), but if he thought his father’s wealth and power would now protect him he’s in for a shock. From the frying pan into the fire, Clark’s life before will come in handy now as his life takes another turn. But is it for better? Or worse?

Two years after Clark steals and drinks from a vial with what he thinks is absinthe (but oh so is not) he decides that only his father’s wealth can protect him from the Army that’s looking for him. With a supernatural ability to bring people back from the dead and then turn around and take a life, he’ll do anything to stay out of the Army’s grasp. Even if that means confronting the father he never met. Boy, is he in for some surprises. And I was, too. Clark is a great hero. Strong, honorable, conflicted and yet he doesn’t hesitate to take a life if it means his survival or the survival of the people he considers family. I love Clark. I can’t wait to read more about him. His new sister Amethyst, on the other hand…ugh. She is spoiled rotten and shallow to the point of complete uselessness. And yet there is a tiny spark of something else there. By the end of the story I’m liking her a bit more as she grows into a more well-rounded character, but she’s still not someone I’d want to hang out with. Yet. I see potential for her to be worthy of Clark. Her brother. Yeah, it’s complicated. You’ll see. The writing is wonderful and the world is vibrant, but there is a bit of a cliffhanger. Well, it’s not so much a cliff as a steep hill. I’m looking forward to book 2, Treasure Born.

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