Book Review: Eric Olafson, Space Pirate

About the book:eric

 

Title: Eric Olafson, Space Pirate

Author: Vanessa Ravencroft

Published: February 8th 2017 by Inkitt

Source: ARC received in exchange of an honest review

Format: mobi

Blurb:

It’s the year 5021 and the Milky Way Galaxy is teeming with life and exotic species. The majority of the known civilizations have formed a multi-cultural mega organization called the United Stars of Galaxies. This Union is protected by the brave men and women of the United Stars Space fleet against external threats.

Eric Olafson, born and raised under harsh conditions of the traditional and inward looking society of Nilfeheim, left his planet to fulfill his dreams of becoming a Starship captain.

When Eric gets kidnaped by an unknown organization and brought to Sin4, he slowly starts to discover his central role in an ancient conflict of cosmic proportions.

Check it on: Amazon  & Goodreads

My Review:

I have wanted to read a book by Vanessa Ravencroft since some time now. But since I still have a big pile or ARCs to attend to, I haven’t found the proper time. So I was lucky enough to be considered as a reviewer for this great story. Imagine how happy I was when I saw her name J

The story is very very complex. It has a lot of characters, it has a very well developed universe. I absolutely loved how detailed it was, even in the most unimportant facts. I can easily state that the praise that our author has received is well deserved. I believe this is what actually makes this book fabulous. There are a lot of different species and the way they were introduced in the story, gave this natural feel. Like it’s normal to discuss with my alien friend from planet YZ. I loved that too.

The plot is as well quite enjoyable. I must say this is a generous book, as it has quite a number of pages. But at any time I did not feel bored or tired. It kept me in there until the end. It starts with Our main character, struggling to understand who wanted him so bad as to stage his death. We go right into the story from here, while Eric’s friends try to uncover the mysteries surrounding his supposed death.

Although I am quite fond of the book (and the author), there are some small items I was not very comfortable with. One of them is the alternation between the POVs. On one side, we have Eric, who narrates his own story, and the scenes in which he appears, and on the other we have all his friends, whose perspective is narrated at the third person. While this is an interesting approach, it made me confused at times. Same goes for the increased number of characters. At the beginning, it was hard for me to remember who was who and from where.

All in all, I enjoyed the story very much and I am so happy to have read it. Vanessa Ravencroft is a great writer and for sure I will read some of her other stories as well. Enjoy J

 

About the Authorvanesa

It all started in 1989 when my friends and I played Role Playing Games such as AD, Midgard, Traveler etc. Not really satisfied with the selection of commercially available RPGames, I created a new one called Action World. Our RPG evolved into the Galactic Chronicles and I am now almost 22 years in that Universe. There are 34 handwritten 500-600 page books in the Galactic Chronicles series. I love to write and spend time in this universe.

Now I have dedicated readership from all over the world and this makes me prouder than I could ever express in words. (Sad testament for someone who claims to be a writer, I know)

Want to know more about my world? Ever wondered what a viking handshake looks like? Or what kind of licensing you need to carry certain cybernetic weapons? I have written over 13,000 pages about the Universe on my GalNet Wiki which you can check out here: http://galnet.wikia.com

You can also follow me on Twitter & Facebook for more information and sneak peeks into the Galactic Chronicles:

https://www.facebook.com/ravencroftvanessa/

Book Review: More Than A Slave

About the Book:zzz

Title: More Than a Slave

Author: Anaelle Gadeyne

Published: March 8th 2017 by Inkitt

Received: from the Publisher, in exchange for a honest review

Format: .mobi

Blurb:

Alexander Anderson has a reputation that would strike fear into the heart of the devil himself. And now, Aria Starbird is his property.

Aria has spent only a few months as a lowly slave, but already her happy childhood memories were starting to fade under the weight of her brutal existence.

When she is sold to Lord Anderson at an auction, she cannot help but be afraid. Lord Anderson is known for his cruelty. He is fiendish and handsome and as wicked as he is wealthy.

However, as she gets to know her new master, she realizes there is more to him than meets the eye. Over time, she is able to penetrate his tough exterior, and begins to understand the struggle of a man who believes love is a weakness, but whose heart is now yearning for something unknown.

As the two let down their walls and discover each other’s truths, will Aria be able to tame Alexander’s inner-beast?

My Review:

Oh, yes. Another great book, at least to my taste in Romance. I loved it mostly because it has a lot of action and I did not feel the boredom set in at all. I do have some small things to complain about, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. Here goes my review:

Aria has been a slave for some time now. Her family decided to sell her so they all can lead a better life. They did not expect their daughter would be treated with violence and tortured, not only physically, but also mentally. Through it all, Aria has maintained her pride as a free woman and still kept her hopes of someday become respected again. When her first master decides to sell her, she hopes of a better life, at least one in which she will be shown some small amount of respect. She ends up in Alexander Anderson’s home, the most feared man out there. However, Alexander feels a connection with the young woman. Will his heart melt over time, with Aria’s help? Will she be the light missing from his life?

The action is well developed. It has many funny moments and is not dull at all. The relationship between the main characters evolves gradually, even if there is this instant attraction from Alexander’s side. The only observation I have is that there are too many coincidences, if I can call them like that. Someone is always at the right time, at the right moments to overhear a conversation. On one side, this is good, since it keeps thing simple, but on the other it tends to be rather exaggerated.

In regards to the characters, Aria is a very strong woman. She has been through a lot, she has her own demons and nightmares to battle with. But through it all, she has managed to keep her head up, be brave and stand up for her beliefs. I can say I admire her will to keep fighting. I was expecting more from Alexander. He is feared by many, even by members of his family. However, he quickly bends to the wishes of his new slave and to his desires to offer her comfort.

To sum up, I loved this book very much, is a good start for a series. And I am looking forward to read more about the other Adersons, especially the lost brother.

About the Author:yyy.jpg

My name is Anaëlle. I’m French and I’m a 19 year-old student. At the age of 15 I started writing fanfiction. Since most of the story lines were in English, I wrote in French and used Google Translate to translate my entire story. It was a disaster, but I kept trying and with time I started needing to translate less and less. And then one day, I didn’t have to use it at all! After some time, since my fanfictions were well received and popular, I decided to try writing an original story, More Than A Slave. I’ve always dreamed of getting it published, and now, it’s not a dream anymore, Inkitt decided to publish my novel and I couldn’t be happier.
I love watching TV shows and reading romance. I could spend the rest of my life reading and writing romance.

You can find me on social media:
Facebook-> @authoranaellegadeyne
Instagram-> @anaellegade

Book Review: Reaper’s Claim

About the book:reaper

 

Title: Reaper’s Claim

Author: Simone Elise

Published: February 15th, 2017

Source: ARC received in exchange for an honest review from Inkitt

Format: mobi

Blurb:

In my motorcycle club I’ve earned the name ‘Reaper’ and now I have my claim on Abby Harrison.

Reaper:
I didn’t know what love was, but I knew what want was, and I wanted Abby. When I walked out of the club and saw her I was stone cold sober. She was quietly beautiful and unlike any other woman I’d had before. But she was the daughter of the president of Satan’s Sons MC and completely out of my reach.

Abby:
Everyone knew The Reaper and how he got his name, so I never expected him to be my salvation when my sisters drunk boyfriend wanted to lay hands on me. I thought my innocence would be lost in that alley, until he showed up and saved me. I know being with Reaper will lead to trouble, but I don’t know if I have the strength to stay away.

Being together might be dangerous, but outlaws are meant to break the rules.

Check it on:  Amazon  &  Goodreads

My Review:

This book is madness! It cannot be considered as a normal story, it’s not it’s not even an usual MC romance. The things that happen all the time or all the shifts… It’s the kind of book in which if you want more you got it!

Is has a lot of action, it has characters that evolve constantly, it has more POVs than usual, it is amazing. At some point I was ready to wish for an ending, because I was sick and tired to Abby and Kade constantly fighting. But when such idea came to my mind, something happened and… oh!

Ok let’s try a more serious review now. “Reaper’s Claim” follows mainly the relationship between Abby and Kade, also known as The Reaper. She is the Satan’s Sons MC President’s daughter and he is a soulless, fearless, definitely bad ass guy. Their relationship has so many ups and downs since the MC is family to both, but only one can put it second to love. It has so many twists and turns that you will not get bored.

The characters are very well built, they all evolve throughout the book. They become stronger with every challenge they face. Almost all have a POV in the story and almost all have a dose of crazy. Yes I must admit there are some which don’t have much of a purpose, but if we will have a new story probably we will understand the introductions.

Regarding the writing, I think the author has done a great job in maintaining the reader’s interest. There was one point where I just wanted to close it and get it over with, but everything shifted and I was back being addicted. Yes that’s the right word: “addicted”. I am hooked on Simone Elise’s writing. Something that I also respect, this book does not contain sex scenes with intimate details. Only when both characters realize they mean more to each other than they realize, does it get a little bit hotter let’s say. And it’s perfect. The alternation between “Reaper” and “Kade” is also very beautiful.

Dear author I love your book!

Dear readers this is one of those long books that will keep you away from your regular activities. This is one of those books that go from one action to the next. In my opinion, it’s great and I can’t wait to buy myself a hard copy for my bookshelf!

Enjoy and please leave a comment below!

P.S.: If you are interested in quotes from this book, check them out here

Writing Contest: Win A Publishing Deal with Inkitt

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Here are some rules to follow:

  • Contest ends on March 31st (11:59pm PST)
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  • All genres except fan fiction accepted
  • Author must own all rights
  • Multiple entries are allowed
  • Novels must be in English
  • You retain all rights to your stories while posted on Inkitt
  • Previously or currently self-published books are accepted
  • The winner is going to be determined by Inkitt based on reader engagement
  • Required word counts per genre:
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  • Romance – 40,000
  • Mystery – 60,000
  • Thriller – 60,000
  • Horror – 60,000
  • Sci-Fi – 80,000
  • Fantasy – 80,000
  • YA – 40,000
  • If you win, you must be willing to extend your manuscript to the mandatory word count if your work is below our requirements

 

About Inkitt

Inkitt is a new boutique publishing house, whose first novel launched in 2016. Seven of their total of 8 books became Amazon Bestsellers in their categories and ranked Top 100 among the four million books on Amazon. I have been reviewing some of their titles and I am happy to have been working with them for the past couple of months.

 

 

Book Review: The Aureate Spectacles

About The Book:aureate

Title: The Aureate Spectacles

Author: Eliott McKay

Blurb:

Would you sacrifice your people for the man you love?

Michaela was a seemingly normal high school senior, hiding behind a pair of hideous spectacles which masked her true identity. When she’s abducted by an intriguing werewolf, she learns that her father was a powerful vampire, and she has been chosen to protect his city from her predatory kin. As the situation grows dire, the fate of the city rests in her hands, and she must choose between peace for her people or the man she’s growing to love.

My Review:

A quite interesting story, about a girl who finds out she is meant to be a leader for her father’s people while trying to keep her feelings for an old playmate in check. Michaela fears of her true origins once she decides to stop hiding behind the odd looking pair of glasses. Her beautiful green eyes are a sign for Conrad, who takes her back to the place of her birth. Here she must learn about her origins and how to be a leader.

 Michaela does her best to fit in well in her new position and gets actively involved in the community. She identifies the needs of her people and assigns responsibilities to put her plans in motion. The only aspect that seems to have no fix is her heart. Attracted to a man she can never get close to, she tries to keep a casual relation with Conrad. His feelings towards her have never changed. But because of their different DNAs, they are never meant to be together.

I decided to go with 3.5 stars because of the way the story was written. The attention to details, the quite high number of characters and the descriptive paragraphs give it a real feel. The plot is not as complex as I would have expected. At a point, my only interest was finding out how the people’s lives change under Michaela’s rule. There were parts of the story I could not understand (Conrad was supposed to teach her something but in the end she figures things out on her own most of the time). The green light was also strange but ok, it’s something new 🙂


All in all, a nice book to read, good way to pass some time in a land of Vs and Ws. Oh, read about these in the book 😉 enjoy!

About The Author:auth

When Eliott MaKay was forced to abandon her dreams of becoming the tooth fairy, writer seemed the next logical choice. Her writing quickly started drawing attention and during university one professor had so much faith in her that he put together a 2 credit program to allocate time for her to write.

But like all free spirits, hers had the desire to travel and she spent a number of years exploring the world, with nothing but her wits and trusty luggage, living out her personal mantra, “Spreading joy, writing books”. Since returning to the states, she has continued to engage in random acts of kindness and doling out smiles to unsuspecting strangers..

Throughout all this, she’s never given up on being a writer, nor shied away from hard work, and can’t wait to bring her work to the world for all to enjoy.