Who Is Mistral Dawn?

Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Oh My! Eight #Reviews For My #Monthly #IndieBooksBeSeen #BookReview! :-)

Hey Everyone! :-)

I just realized that with the craziness of my life and last month's Positivity Blog Tour, I've gotten way behind on posting my reviews of Indie books.  So I decided that for this month's #IndieBooksBeSeen 18th of the month Indie book review day I would post all of the reviews I've been meaning to post at the same time!  Here you go! :-)
Falling Angels by Jen Winters:

Ambrose was an angel who just wanted to do his job. When the Divine Will asked him to choose a side in the war with Lucifer, Ambrose declined. He was busy and he just didn't want to get involved. What a mistake!! When he wouldn't choose he was cast from heaven and stripped of many of his powers. A guy who just wanted to do his job now had, literally, nothing to do and no where to go. To top it off, the angels who had sided with Lucifer wanted to eat him! How's a formerly nearly omnipotent, celestial being to cope with this sudden reversal of his fortunes? You'll have to read to find out! :-)
I have to say, Jen Winters is a wonderful story teller. Kissing Demons was wonderful, and I wasn't sure she'd be able to top it, but Falling Angels does! As the reader follows Ambrose through the centuries and lives with him through his struggles and, yes, even his mistakes, he becomes one of the most humane characters I've ever been introduced to. I'm giving this book five stars, and I can't wait to read the next one!

Lycan Love and Angel Mine By Barbara Chioffi:

What woman wouldn't like to wake up and find a gorgeous guy offer to let her use his body to fulfill her wildest fantasy? Julia is lucky to have such a dream come true when Justin shows up in her bedroom after she returns from a midnight stroll. Little does she know Justin isn't a dream, he's a werewolf! She quickly gets over this revelation, as Justin fills the place in her heart that was left empty when she was orphaned as a child, and finds a new family with Justin and his father and brother.
This is a very quickly read, that is both sweet and spicy. Five stars, and I highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys romantic shorts. :-)

Jackson is a sexy cop, who cooks and protects. Jeza is a lonely bookstore owner who has lost her family. Both of these people are a bit skittish about trusting, because of bad relationships in the past. But when Jeza needs help, Jackson doesn't hesitate to come to her rescue.
This is a sizzling hot short, and a very easy, quick read. If you're looking for something steamy you can read in an hour, or so, this story is perfect! :-)

Fantazia by Elize Love:

This is a short story and a quick read, but very fun. Elsa, the main character, is every woman, everywhere, who has ever felt insecure or self-conscious about her appearance, or has struggled to balance the need to be professional and assertive against the desire to be open to people and thoughtful. All-in-all I highly enjoyed this story and found it very relatable.

The Vista by SA Hoag:

This was an entertaining, light-hearted story that still managed to give insight into a different world and belief system than what we commonly perceive as mainstream in this day and age. The different children had distinct, unique characters that were both likable and at times, makes the reader smile in recognition of the emotions and chaos that on some level many of us experienced or are experiencing as teenagers. The story deals with Native American culture in a respectful and fun way, weaving a story that is fun and entertaining but also well researched. Although the romance part came off as a little forced, for my taste, I think that for a teenager reading the book the interplay between all the characters would be a very positive addition to the book. Hopefully, this author continues to write and we see more from her in the future.

Transitory by Ian Williams:

Transitory by Ian Williams was an interesting concept and certainly one of the more unique books that I have read in quite some time. The author blends science fiction and an element of the fantastic into a successful book that keeps you interested and curious about the characters and what they will learn next. The book was edited well and there were only a few very minor grammatical or spelling errors which did not detract in the least from the story.
Throughout the book there were some areas were it seemed as though what was happening was insufficiently explained or was in contradiction to what was said earlier in the book but again, these did not detract from the over all story arc and I am sure that it is something that could be corrected easily enough in future books. Definitely worth a read and hope to see more books from this writer in the future.

The Adventures of Stupid the Cat by Brenda and Bruce Borders:

My first thought when I saw this book? If any ego could withstand being stuck with a moniker like "Stupid," it would be that of a cat! This story is an adorable look at the world from a cat's perspective, and I truly enjoyed following Sam (aka Stupid) on his adventures, and misadventures, through the world. Being a life-long servant to the feline kind myself, I could definitely relate to many of the events that occurred in this book. It's a very short read, perfect for a child just learning to love books, but is charming enough to entertain adults as well. All-in-all, I highly recommend it! :-)

The Adventures of Joe-Joe Nut and Biscuit Bill by Renee Hand:

This was a well-written, well edited story with enough description of the characters that you felt you not only knew them but also had an idea of what type of animal they all were. The story was a light, relatively easy read but it was still complex enough that the end was an actual surprise rather than a forgone conclusion. The addition of information about how canyons are formed and the weather was actually entertaining and educational to read, rather than being heavy handed. Ultimately, the story was a very successful, unique piece of fiction and an entertaining, educational read. It is the type of story that either adults or children could enjoy and most certainly a story that could be easily read aloud. Over-all, it was a very good book and I hope the author continues writing more. I actually liked it so much I bought a second copy as a gift for a friend. :-)