Conjuror Review (Orion Chronicles #1)

Conjuror Review (Orion Chronicles)Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old twins Matt and Em Calder are Animare: they can bring art to life, and travel in time through paintings. They work for Orion-the Animare MI5-protecting the secrecy of their order and investigating crimes committed by their own kind. It’s dangerous work. But when they are sent to Edinburgh to find a teenage boy who can alter reality with his music, they are drawn into something more dangerous still. For this boy, Remy, is the Conjurer’s Son. And he carries something that could change humanity forever. – Goodreads

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Sker House Review (Paranormal Mystery)

Sker HouseSynopsis: Dale and Lucy are two students with a fascination in the supernatural. One weekend, they travel to Sker House, South Wales, a private residence with a macabre history which has recently been converted into a seaside inn. They plan to write an article for their university magazine about a supposed haunting, but when they arrive, they meet a landlord who seems to have a lot to hide. Soon, it becomes apparent that all is not well at Sker House. An air of oppression hangs over it, while misery, tragedy and ill-fortune are commonplace. Gradually, it becomes clear that the true depth of the mystery goes far beyond a mere historical haunting. This is a place where bad things happen, and evil lurks.

Little by little Dale and Lucy fall under Sker’s dark spell, and as they begin to unravel the mysteries of the past, they realize that nothing stays buried forever.

Welcome to Sker House, a place where past and present collide. – Goodreads

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Do You Dare to Discuss Ready Player One?

Bookbloggers, don’t you ever get tired of seemingly talking to air when you review books? Don’t you want interaction beyond “Yeah, I loved it” or “Hmph, I hated it it!”? Sometimes you want to dive into a book. To actually discuss it instead of just talk about it. That desire is how the decision came about to try out our hands at this, a ‘daring deliberation’ of the occasional book. Though we’ll only be featuring reviews from a few bloggers in the main body of the post, everyone is welcome to comment.

Rules for Participation: 

  1. It is okay to disagree. In fact, we welcome you to disagree with others. Give your opinion on the book. Talk about it! Just…be POLITE about it. The minute I see it getting out of hand, the ban hammer will come down with mighty vengeance. We don’t care if you’re 14 or 54, keep it polite or keep it shut.
  2. Feel free to link to your own reviews of Ready Player One, but keep the discussion here please!

The Book

Published on August 16th, 2011, Ready Player One is a book that people either seem to love or hate. (Admittedly, more people seem to love it than hate it.) It’s been called everything from an Ode to the 80’s to the Gamer Geek’s Dream. There’s no denying that it’s a very well-known book, and the fervor only increased when it was learned that there was going to be a movie adaptation. You can find out more about the book at it’s Wikipedia page.

Right now, Ready Player One has a 4.31 rating on Goodreads, from 299,835 ratings.

Ready Player OneIn the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. – Goodreads Synopsis

The Reviews

(These open in their own tabs, so don’t be afraid to go look at them. I’ve provided excerpts to give you a basic feel for the tone of the review.)

Lilyn G @ Sci-Fi & Scary: Full Review

When I first heard about Ready Player One, of course one of the first things I heard about was the 80’s trivia. Here’s the thing, trivia is cool but literal lists of one 80’s game or movie after another is NOT. Actually, toward the end of the book I found myself wondering if this, along with his penchant for being way, way too descriptive where its not needed was the author trying to reach a magical word-count.(Have no way of knowing, not interested in really finding out. Just what I thought.)

Melanie @ MNBernard Books: Full Review

The writing style is very specific. A lot of research was done to make sure that everything was accurate and that shows in the details given about the world. That being said, some of the information can be daunting for readers. In that sense, the writing does occasionally come off as bland, but the imagery is superb and makes up for any slower, information-heavy sections.

Emily @ Emily Reads Everything: Full Review

Any negative feelings or impressions I got about this book were way off. I thought it was hilarious from start to finish. It was a like a love letter to my childhood and reading it was like a stroll down memory lane. It was both familiar and surprising. I listened to the audio book, narrated by Wil Wheaton. I think that there is no better way to read this book. Hearing the story in Wil Wheaton’s quiet, confident cadence is like stepping back to the 80s and wandering in a forest of nostalgia.

The Discussion Begins Now

Guys, it goes without saying that SPOILERS MIGHT HAPPEN. It sort of naturally happens when you’re discussing a book. So, if you don’t want to read spoilers, it’d be time to go away now.

Here are some questions to get us started:

  • If it’s been some time since you read/listened to the book, has your opinion changed?
  • What could he have changed, if anything, to make the book better?
  • Do you see the Oasis as something that might happen in our future?

The Girl from the Well Review (Girl from the Well #1)

The Girl from the Well ReviewI am where dead children go.

Okiku is a lonely soul. She has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the spirits of the murdered-dead. Once a victim herself, she now takes the lives of killers with the vengeance they’re due. But releasing innocent ghosts from their ethereal tethers does not bring Okiku peace. Still she drifts on.

Such is her existence, until she meets Tark. Evil writhes beneath the moody teen’s skin, trapped by a series of intricate tattoos. While his neighbors fear him, Okiku knows the boy is not a monster. Tark needs to be freed from the malevolence that clings to him. There’s just one problem: if the demon dies, so does its host. – Goodreads Synopsis

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Book Spotlight! A Wolf on the Loose by Daniel Straka

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Coolthulu (and Sage’s Blog Tours!) Presents A Book Spotlight On:
Wolf on the Loose

A Wolf on the LooseSynopsis: Now that his war in Afghanistan is over, former Marine, Andrew St George is looking for another one. Leaving behind the trappings of his wealthy Connecticut upbringing, he heads down to Miami to convince his former comrade, Emilio Cortez, to start a private security company.

It’s been five years since Emilio left the Corps after a drive-by shooting took the life of his baby brother. He’s been working three menial jobs to support his extended family when Andrew shows up with his crazy scheme and talk of the good old days. Emilio isn’t convinced until Andrew lands them their first private security job; guard duty protecting a Lamborghini being housed in a high-crime neighborhood.

After an attempted break-in at the warehouse, bullets start to fly and the boys realize there is more to this job than is stated in the contract. Can they survive against a street gang and each other?

**Content contains expletives and graphic scenes**


Pub. Date: February 21st, 2015

Pages: 130

Genre: Military Thriller, Action

Where to Buy: Amazon

Current Goodreads Rating: 3.80

Special Note: A Wolf On The Loose is a weekly e-serial, containing 36 parts spread over 5 episodes. One part is released weekly, free, on Amazon for 5 days (Monday-Friday). Completed episodes are available for purchase.

Daniel Straka

Author Bio

Dan achieved a BFA in photography and metal working and since graduating, has done neither. By day he works in manufacturing. By night, often very late into the night, he writes and stalks America’s sub-cultures on the vast internets.

Daniel Straka is an independently published author with 38 distinct works under his belt.

His overall Goodreads Rating is: 3.83

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This Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them. Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by Broke and Bookish.

  • Learn to be flexible. Flexibility is an important thing.
  • Learn the art of creeping people out with just a few sentences and a look.We're Gonna Get YOu
  •  Learn to be utterly confident, even when I don’t know what in the world is going on, and I’m about to go probably die trying to kick a monster’s butt.giphy (2)4. Figure out how to do the whole magical transportation thing. There’s a few books I would love to get inside.Transport to magical worlds5. Paint. Seriously, think about all the books you’ve read where something weird has happened to a painter. Art seems to channel supernatural crap.giphy (4)6. Screw with people’s dreams. It seems like in every third horror book, someone’s dreams get intruded upon in a creepy way. I’ve got a few people I’d love to screw with.7.  On a serious note: Prep. I read a lot of TEOTWAWKI books, and prepping is just something makes sense on an every day basis. It’s more stupid to NOT be prepared, even for a short term thing like your power going out for 3 days, than it is to scoff at people who do prep.



Yeah, I was in a bit of a goofy mood. Not sorry.

Leave your links and tell me what you want(ed) to learn to do after reading about them!

Casualties Review (Paranormal Horror)

Casualties ReviewFresh from Afghanistan, crippled by both a crumbling marriage and growing paranoia, can a soldier save his family from the ancient evil in his own house?

Sergeant First Class Chris Williams is back home, and he and his family are move to Fort Huachuca, a small Army post deep in the southeastern corner of Arizona.

From the time they move in, Chris and his wife Molly are struck by the preponderance of ghost stories surrounding their new home. Chris wonders why nightmares still plague him—then, he realizes the reason. He and his family are not alone in their house. An evil older than Fort Huachuca, older than time itself, lives there. Now, enough sacrifices have been made to its blood hunger that it can finally give birth to a powerful, deadly offspring intent on dominating our world.

Chris, Molly, and their two children become pawns of the evil spirit inhabiting their new neighborhood. Already casualties of life, crippled by both a crumbling marriage and growing paranoia, can Chris and Molly save their family from the evil already living under their own roof? – Goodreads Synopsis

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Lights Out Review

Lights Out ReviewSynopsis: When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie. – IMDB
Tagline: You were right to be afraid of the dark.
Release Date: 2017-7-22 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 5
Trailer: Lights Out

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“What Inspired You to Write Science Fiction?” by Natalie Wright

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What Inspired You to Write Science Fiction?

From the earliest time I can remember, I was drawn to shows such as “Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek.” When I was a child my favorite book was A Wrinkle in Time. I have a lifelong fascination with the intersection of science and the paranormal or unexplained. My science fiction tends then to combine these two things. It’s a big dose of what’s at the edge of our understanding mixed with enough science to make it feel plausible.

At the time that the idea for the H.A.L.F. series came to me, I was still working on my first series (The Akasha Chronicles), a teen fantasy series about an everyday America teenager who learns she has ancient Celtic magic. I was enmeshed in Celtic mythology, Druidic lore and magical creatures.

But a hot summer day in Arizona brought about a wholly different type of story. I was driving across town – my back wet with sweat even with the air conditioning blowing full blast – and listening to a techno-rap song called “Cowboys & Aliens” by the band Gram Rabbit. The song about mother ships and aliens combined with the oppressive summer heat to inspire a story about a teenage human-alien hybrid who has lived his entire life in an underground lab. As the story begins, he has just escaped the lab but he may be our only hope to escape destruction at the hands of a ravaging alien species from across the galaxy.

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The Boy Who Got Lost in Dreams

Tom Apple falls into a Dream Machine and finds himself in The Realm, a place where dreams have become real. The boy is chased by monsters and helped by a fire beast, two birds, a golem, and a band of warriors, and must find a way home as the memories of his real life start to fade. He must escape a sea monster, a dragon and other monsters as he is pursued by a powerful enemy, The Dark Lord. He finds himself in a mighty battle between the light and dark sides of the Realm as the Dark Lord seeks a Map Tom holds that is a means for the Dark Lord to recreate the Realm in his own image. – Goodreads Synopsis

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The Boy Who Got Lost in Dreams Review

The Boy Who Got Lost in Dreams was a great kid’s book for ages 7+. It’s short, filled with action, and pushes the imagination. It provides the perfect adventure for any young reader (boy or girl) who likes fantasy. Tom Apple is a sweet kid with a good heart, and his animal companions he gathers on his adventures are the perfect team. Things don’t go easy for Tom on his journey through the dream realm, but there’s a reassuring sense that everything is going to work out okay.

At 171 pages, it could easily be broken down over a week’s worth of bedtime chapters. It would be the perfect adventure story to send your child off to sleep with. There are some scenes that may bother the more easily frightened. Violence does happen, but there is no mention made of blood, guts, or gore. Instead creatures are chomped, swallowed whole, or brought down in valiant battle. It is age appropriate for the most part.

I appreciated that not everything worked out perfectly. Not all of the companions survive. Tom is forced to make at least one difficult decision. The author balances the dark and the light fairly well. He acknowledges good dreams, bad dreams, and nightmares. The dark lord and the bad guys are stereotypical, but that is exactly what is needed for this particular adventure.

Overall, a great read. I really enjoyed it, and definitely recommend it. It’s available on Amazon, for purchase or free with your KU subscription.

4 Star Rated The Boy Who Got Lost in Dreams Review

Title: The Boy Who Got Lost in Dreams | Author: M.F. Cain (site) | Publisher: The Good The Bad and The Odd Press | Pub. Date: 2016-6-9 | Pages: 171 | ASIN: B01GLDTC3U | Genre: Children’s Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-7-23 | Source: Kindle Unlimited