Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

[Review] — "Star Trek: Prodigy: Escape Route" is a Flawed, Entertaining Read

*Star Trek: Prodigy: Escape Route—the third and perhaps last book based on the animated series—was published in August by Simon Spotlight and can be purchased in a *boxset alongside volumes one and two, A Dangerous Trade and Supernova. (* paid link)

Monday, November 27, 2023

[Review] — "WITCH FIRE" by Brian & Juliet Freyermuth

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WITCH FIRE by Brian & Juliet Freyermuth Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Monday, November 20, 2023

[Review] — "Tom Clancy's Weapons Grade" is a Thrill-a-Minute Read

The most recent Jack Ryan Jr. thriller, Tom Clancy's Weapons Grade, illustrates the terrifying possibilities of technological hacking. Author Don Bentley explores "what" may occur if the wrong kind of technology falls into the hands of pure evil through the deployment of observation balloons and the advancement of unmanned supersonic bombers.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

[Review] — "GIRL ON TRIAL" is an Intriguing Teen Drama

Available to purchase on *Hardcover, *Paperback, *eBook, and *Audiobook
(* Paid Link) 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the GIRL ON TRIAL by Kathleen Fine Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Monday, October 16, 2023

Vault Comics' Kickstarter for Slash presents DEATHSTALKER

Wasn't the 1980s a great decade? DEATHSTALKER, our (completely immoral) hero warrior, made his film debut during that height of so-bad-it-good fantasy filmmaking. 
DEATHSTALKER erupts from the minds of an all-star lineup of creators, including Slash (Guns N' Roses), writer-director-creature-FX-wizard Steven Kostanski (Psycho Goreman, The Void), NY Times bestselling writer Tim Seeley (Nightwing, Hack/Slash), and critically acclaimed artist Jim Terry (Heavy Metal, West of Sundown), in a rip-roaring swords and sorcery adventure presented in gorgeous graphic novel format and featuring brand new art from legendary fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Nathan Gooden! 

Monday, October 9, 2023


"Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise," I hear every time I see the cover of Star Trek: The Lost Years (available to buy on hardback, paperback, and Kindle), a book that's been sitting on my desk after binge-reading (is that a word?) a few weeks ago. I thought, "If I don't write a review for it today, it'll probably never get done." So here I am, overcoming writer's block to discuss a 34-year-old Star Trek tie-in novel.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

{Sunday Post} — Hero At Large, Killing the Witches, and Wrath of Poseidon

The Caffeinated Book Reviewer's Kimberly hosts a weekly meme called "The Sunday Post"! 

* Weekly Tidbits *

  • Maybe—just maybe—I've finally beat this ongoing cold of mine. I've been able to breathe normally for the last two days after hitting a brick wall on Thursday with more congested issues. Add a fever blister into the mix, and I didn't feel my best during the week.

  • This afternoon, the Kansas City Royals play their final game of the year. Will the manager be let go immediately following the game? Or tomorrow? Or later? Someone will get held accountable for the train wreck of a season.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

[Review] — "Star Trek: Picard: Second Self"

The book is available to buy on hardback, paperback, and Kindle

The paperback edition of Una McCormack's New York Times bestseller novel Star Trek: Picard: Second Self beamed down to retailers yesterday from Gallery Books. It's the fourth novel based on the Paramount+ streaming series Star Trek: Picard (the third and final season ended earlier this year). 

Una McCormack is no stranger to science fiction as she has penned ten other Star Trek novels: The Locus Flower (part of The World of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Hollow Men, The Never-Ending Sacrifice, Brinkmanship, The Missing, the New York Times bestseller The Fall: The Crimson Shadow, Enigma Tales, Discovery: The Way to the Stars, the USA Today's bestseller Picard: The Last Best Hope, and Discovery: Wonderlands. She's also written five Doctor Who novels from BBC Books: The King's Dragon, The Way Through the Woods, Royal Blood, Molten Heart, and All Flesh is Grass

Tuesday, September 12, 2023


*The Exorcist Legacy is available to purchase on hardback and Kindle.* 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic horror movie The Exorcist. I was eager to read The Exorcist Legacy: 50 Years of Fear by Nat Segaloff, a movie publicist, film critic, TV producer, college teacher, reporter, broadcaster, and, of course, author. In terms of The Exorcist, Sagaloff is no stranger; he served as one of the film's first publicists and wrote the highly regarded biography of the late William David Friedkin, who directed the film.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

[Review] — "The SEPTEMBER HOUSE" is a Bloody Good Debut Horror Novel

Available to purchase now on hardback and Kindle from Berkley Books (an imprint of Penguin Random House) is the Gothic horror-thriller—The September House by Carissa Orlando. In this addictively engaging and complex debut novel, a woman is determined to stay in her dream home even after it turns into a haunting nightmare.

Thursday, August 31, 2023

[Review] — "The ONLY ONE LEFT" is a Haunting Gothic Throwback in the Vein of REBECCA with a Dash of LIZZIE BORDEN

Available to purchase on hardback and Kindle.

Bestselling author Riley Sager recently returned with what readers are calling his best novel, The Only One Left—a Gothic throwback story in homage to Daphne du Maureir's Rebecca with a blend of the Lizzy Borden legend.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

[Review] — "MY HEART WILL FIND YOU" is a Muddled, Dream-Like, Time-Bending Romance

Jude Deveraux was one of the best historical romance novelists during the 1980s and some of the 1990s, as well, but for good or for bad, her style of writing has changed in recent years. Her newest novel, My Heart Will Find You (published by MIRA), has something in common with her 1989 epic A Knight in Shining Armor—time travel. 

Thursday, August 24, 2023

[Review] — Detective Alex Cross Gets Sidelined in "CROSS DOWN"

It's 2023, and I've lost track of how many James Patterson's Alex Cross novels there are. The newest Alex Cross novel, Cross Down, was recently published by Little, Brown, and Company. Everyone knows the drill: James Patterson comes up with a lengthy and detailed outline and hands it over to his co-author to write the story. The collaborator on Cross Down is Brendan DuBois. This novel is a little different than most because the character John Sampson—Detective Alex Cross's partner—takes more of a central role after Cross gets injured.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

[Review] — Jack Ryan Jr. Returns in Tom Clancy's Flash Point

Available to purchase on hardcover and Kindle.

The newest Jack Ryan Jr. adventure Flash Point, written by Don Bentley, was published earlier this year by Putnam (an imprint of Penguin Random House), with another thriller just around the corner, Weapons Grade (available September 5, 2023). As you can probably guess, the novel focuses on Jack Ryan, Jr. — the son of Jack Ryan (a character first who first appeared in Tom Clancy's The Hunt for the Red October). After Tom Clancy died in 2013, his Jack Ryan books have continued via his family's estimate through a series of various authors.

Saturday, August 12, 2023

[Review] — "Star Trek: Discovery: Somewhere to Belong" is a Slow-Burning Trek in Space

Available to purchase on Paperback and Kindle

"Star Trek: Discovery" is my least favorite "Trek" series for many reasons—too many to list here. All the characters are unlikeable, especially the main character, Spock's unheard-of adopted human sister, Michael Burnham, played in the television series by one-dimensional Sonequa Martin-Green. No, I'm not being rude here; the actress can't act worth a lick. And, no, it's not the writing (well, it is, but that's a whole other thing). The actress acted the same way in The Walking Dead series, so she's naturally a horrible actress.

Monday, July 24, 2023


Buy on Paperback and Kindle
Find it on Goodreads and Books2Read

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the WEST OF SUNDOWN Vol. 2 by Tim Seeley & Aaron Campbell, Jim Terry Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Monday, July 17, 2023


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Find it on Goodreads and Books2Read.

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the DOOR to DOOR, NIGHT by NIGHT Vol. 1 by Cullen Bunn & Sally Cantirino Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

[Review] — "HEART EYES" is an Apocalyptic Tale About a Lonely Girl

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HEART EYES (The Complete Series) by Dennis Hopeless & Víctor Ibáñez Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

[Review] — "TRULY, DARKLY, DEEPLY" is a Twisted Psychological Thiller

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

[Review] — "GIGA" is a Gritty Science Fiction Tale

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the GIGA (The Complete Series) by Alex Paknadel & John Lê Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 


About the Book

Ever since their world-shattering war ended, the slumbering mecha called 'Giga' have been both gods and habitats for the surviving humans. Then disgraced engineer Evan Calhoun discovers a murdered Giga, and the very fabric of society starts unraveling around him.


Nobody knows why the skyscraper-sized mechs known as ‘Giga’ fought their bitter, centuries’ long war. All they know is that when the fighting finally stopped, the dormant Giga became humanity’s new habitat and new gods in one. When disgraced engineer Evan Calhoun finds an apparently murdered Giga, his society and the fascistic tech-centered religious order that controls it are rapidly thrown into chaos.

From writer Alex Paknadel (Friendo, Turncoat, Incursion) and rising star John Le comes another Vault & White Noise partnership about what happens after the mechs stop fighting.

Collects the complete five-issue series.

For fans of Neon Genesis EvangelionUltra Mega, and the Department of Truth.

Praise for GIGA

"A well-thought-out sci-fi series...." -- AV Club 

"A world where people take shelter in the rotting husks of giant mechs - smart, fun, beautiful stuff." -- Scott Snyder (Batman, American Vampire, Justice League, Wytches)

"I read GIGA the other day and fell desperately in love with the world they build, and was desperate to spend more time in it and explore. You do NOT want to miss it." -- James Tynion IV (Something is Killing the Children, House of Slaughter, Department of Truth)

My Review

I didn't understand GIGA the first time, and I had to reread it twice to grasp the giant mecha war set before the events of the five-issue run. Alex Paknadel has created a vast giant robot mythology that serves as the foundation and environment of GIGA—a gritty science fiction tale told through stunning illustrations by John Lê. The central plot involves a murder mystery—an apparently murdered GIGA discovered by a disgraced engineer, Evan Calhoun. 

 Overall, I enjoyed reading GIGA—the three times I read it. ╌★★★★✰


About Alex Paknadel

Alex Paknadel is a writer and academic from London, England. His first comics work, the dark sci-fi thriller ARCADIA from Boom! Studios, met with critical acclaim and led to additional projects with a range of publishers including VAULT COMICS (GIGA), Marvel Entertainment, Valiant Entertainment, Lion Forge, and Titan Comics. He is also a founding member of White Noise Studio alongside fellow writers Dan Watters, Ram V, and Ryan O'Sullivan. 

Keep in touch here: 

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About John Lê

Artist, Illustrator, and Storyteller. 

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Giveaway Details

2 winners will receive finished copies of GIGA (The Complete Series), US Only.

Ends July 18th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:


#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt/IG Post


Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Review/IG Post


Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt/IG Post


A Dream Within A Dream




IG Review


Cara North

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:


Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post


Locks, Hooks and Books



Country Mamas With Kids

Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post


Kim's Book Reviews and Writing Aha's

Review/IG Post


Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post




Week Three:


Fire and Ice

Review/IG Post



IG Review



IG Review/TikTok Post



IG Review



IG Review



Review/IG Post



IG Review

Week Four:



IG Review


The Momma Spot



Lifestyle of Me




Review/IG Post/LFL Drop Pic


A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic/TikTok Post


Two Points of Interest