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A New Forum for Authors and Readers

QBR (Quality Book Reviews) has just opened a new forum dedicated to and for authors as well as readers alike. I would like to invite everyone to drop by check it out and offer any suggestions to make this a better place for all. The new forum has a little of everything including a place where authors may drop in introduce yourselves, introduce your works, new releases, upcoming titles, and add links to your sites and blogs.

http://terrysouth.proboards83.com/

For readers we are developing a reading group, reading guides, open discussions, etc…

The forum categories added so far include:
General
Books & Novels
Bookshelves
Authors Place
Readers
Quality Book Reviews

Under each of the forum categories is a wide variety of sub-categories for everyone’s enjoyment.

We have also added a live chat and as we grow further would love to schedule live chats between authors and their readers.

We also would like to add to our schedule interviews with various authors to be placed on the forum as well as our site so that their readers can learn more about their favorite authors.

Thank you and I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Terry

Quality Book Reviews

Toaster Pond

Toaster Pond

Toaster Pond
By Peter de Witt
Fantasy/Adventure
ISBN: 1-933255-21-8
www.toasterpond.com
DNA Press
PO Box 572 Eagleville, PA 19408
www.dnapress.com
Reviewed by Terry South for Bookpleasures

Toaster Pond is a wondrous adventure for children. The setting is a place called Waterville. In Waterville during the summer the teens are ready for their championship game of Hide and Seek. But this is not your normal regular game.

The story will captivate your child’s imagination. You can discover within the pages six toed fairies, as well as a wealth of different characters. The stories main characters include Doug, Skip, and Pierce, and they are on the Hide and Seek team termed the best team. Peter de Witt transports the game to a magical place of Sangerfiled, here the main characters must put their expert skills into action. Will they be able to save Sanger Castle? To find out you will need to pick up a copy of this great adventurous tale, you will not be disappointed.

Toaster Pond is a quick compact read, once your child has started they will not be able to put this one down. This is Peter de Witt’s debut and is an excellent creation and there will be a high demand for more. This is one enchanting and magical read that the entire family will want to read. This title will win the parents approval, and will be captivating families for generations to come.

Peter de Witt is an author, a adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY., and he is also has been teaching elementary school for eleven years. He currently resides in New York.

The Chronicles of Virago

Book 1 The Novus

The Chronicles of the Virago

By Michael K. Bialys

Publish
America

ISBN:  1424133653

Reviewed by: Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

The stories main character is Makenna, who is your typical 12 year old girl.  The setting is
Pasadena, California.

It all begins when Makenna is approached one evening by three fairies who tell her she is to protect her twin siblings from evil forces.  The fairies arm her with an Armasword which is a powerful mystical weapon.  Upon their visit they also tell her that she is the chosen one, the protector which they call the Virago.  Her twin brother and sister are born with a gift of goodness and Makenna must protect them from evil, this is her quest and so the journey begins.

In this fantasy an earthworm reveals the evil force by name and that name is Sir Seaton.  It is he who will be on his own quest to locate and destroy the twins preventing them from defeating pure evil in the future.  Will Makenna discover Sir Seaton among the many disguises?  Will she fail or prevail? 

This is contemporary fantasy at its finest.  A rich captivating story between good and evil with a picturesque ending where good prevails.  It is both enchanting and a stimulating read for young readers, and offers vivid accounts and memorable characters.  The story will excite your children and spark their imaginations, all while teaching family values.  Your daughters will be cheering for Makenna, and your sons will be captivated and thrilled with the story filled within the pages.

This is a must for children, and highly recommended.  It was a delightful pleasure reviewing this title and look forward to the next in the series.

13 Bullets A Vampire Tale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Bullets

A Vampire Tale

by David Wellington

Fiction  323 pages

Three Rivers Press an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,

A division of Random House, Inc.,
New York

www.crownpublishing.com

ISBN:  978-0-307-38143-9  $13.95

www.davidwellington.net

Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

 

Do you really believe in vampires?  Would you be willing to seek out their lair knowing that you were a sensitive?  Such questions had never entered Laura Claxton’s mind.  Until she met US Marshall Jameson Arkeley, that would devastate her life as she knows it, her thinking and beliefs are all about to change.

 

The story begins in 1983; Special Deputy Jameson Arkeley and his partner Webster are on a stake out outside a diner where Piter Byron Lares is inside talking with the waitress.  What happens next is rich with moments of terror and the horrifying events that follow will leave you breathless.  Lares takes everyone in the diner out in a matter of seconds, Arkeley is in for a terrifying ride of his life.  Lares takes Arkeley after killing most of the SWAT team, when Arkeley comes to he finds he is in a ships hold and focuses in on five coffins, only one is empty.  The other four coffins contain decaying remains, Arkeley fight for his life, and removes Lares heart and as the sun comes up he burns the boat, believing he had killed them all.

 

But one single survivor remained, Justinia Malvern, who now has been kept alive at a sanitarium in Pennsylvania.  Arkeley believed all the terror was over, he was dead wrong.

 

Now 20 years later, Arkeley travels to Pennsylvania as a US Marshall and meets with State Trooper Laura Caxton.  Arkeley partners up with Caxton to exterminate all the vampires once believed to be extinct.  Malvern is being kept alive by minimal life support, the sanitarium has installed special blue lights as she is sensitive to regular lighting, she is being fed fresh blood by her caretaker who has inserted a shunt into his arm to feed her.  Why has Malvern been kept alive all these years?  There are bizarre laws preventing her extermination, and she seems to be of no threat, until now.

 

Arkeley and Caxton are on a mission to find the vampires lair and exterminate them before they can get the blood Malverne needs.  Then Arkeley is kidnapped in order to use his blood to replenish Malvern’s powers, Caxton must now forge ahead and destroy them before they can unleash unspeakable horrors upon everyone.

 

David Wellington is the author of the Monster Island trilogy, and is no stranger to this genre.

 

13 Bullets is the first book in the trilogy by David Wellington, and is a tantalizing wild high octane ride.  Wellington weaves his plot line together and has developed some very intriguing characters.  This vampire tale is relentless, gripping, powerful and a genuine page-turner, that is horrifying and rich with moments of terror.

 

The reader is thrust into a state of uncertainty filled with nervous anticipation as the conclusion nears to find that we must wait for the next edition to this trilogy to tie up the loose ends.

 

13 Bullets is a blood curdling tale to sink your teeth into.  I look forward to reading his novels for years to come.  Reviewing this title was a frightening pleasure.  I highly recommend it to the horror fans everywhere.

For A Few Demons More

For A Few Demons More

by Kim Harrison

www.kimharrison.net

Harper Collins Publishers

www.harpercollins.com

Fiction   456 pages

ISBN:  978-0-06-078838-4  $21.95

Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

 

For A Few Demons More is the fifth installment in the Hollows series by Kim Harrison.

 

Rachel Morgan is a witch and freelance bounty hunter that is woken from her sleep to find a powerful demon wrecking her home and claiming she posses something of hers.  Rachel resides in a sanctified church and in disbelief and being scarred that the demon can enter the church.

 

Rachel is an interspecies consultant for the police force which is run by humans; she is called down to the morgue to look at the bodies of murdered werewolves.  Rachel starts piecing it all together and realizes the reason the women werewolves can not be traced is because they are not registered in the were registry.  What does this mean, the conclusion must be they were not born as werewolves; they must have been humans that had been changed into weres.

 

Rachel recognizes that the Focus, which is a demon artifact she has been hiding, has been turning humans into weres spontaneously.  If the artifact were to fall into the wrong hands it would start a new interspecies war between the vampires and the weres which would be disastrous for the entire world.

 

For A Few Demons More is an action packed fantasy delivering a mix of action, horror and imagination.  And some of her characters from the series are back in this edition.  Kim Harrison has introduced us to some intriguing and interesting new characters that hopefully will make appearances in future Hallows series.  I will have to give praise to the author for taking risks with her characters, and with the killing of one of her main characters. 


Harrison has intriguing plot twists and incorporates taking her characters in such amazing directions to leave you with much anticipation of the next in the series.

 

Readers will not be disappointed.  I look forward to reading all her novels for years to come.  Reviewing this title was a delightful pleasure.  I recommend it without hesitation and give it two thumbs way up.  A definite 5 stars!  I do highly recommend if you have not read the others in the Hallows series that you pick those up and start with the first in the series.

 

Vrolok

Vrolok
by Nolene-Patricia Dougan
Author House 1163 Liberty Dr., Ste. 200, Bloomington, IN 47403 9/28/06
http://www.authorhouse.com
ISBN: 1-4208-8163-9
Reviewed by: Terry South for Bookpleasures (03/07)

Do you love a good vampire story? Do you find yourself sucked into the tale? Love adventure of the dark side?

The setting takes place in historic Eastern Europe Transylvania.

The story begins as Vlad Dracula having fought a battle with his enemies, and a young girl’s curiosity ignites her. A historic vampire tale, occurring over a time span of five hundred years. The story follows the protagonist, Isabella, as a young vampire. Isabella is rebelling as her father rejects her; he is unable to overcome the loss of his wife while giving birth to their daughter Isabella. Isabella travels to the castle of Vlad Dracula, where Vlad develops strong feelings, and falls in love with her. What else would a vampire who is in love do? Vlad turns Isabella into a vampire, his mate for life. Do not be fooled this is not a loving match, it is the opposite, they have a long love-hate relationship, spending more time apart than together. Over time Isabella can no longer deny her love for Vlad and upon his demise she vows revenge and to bring his killers down with the help of Nicolae. Isabella and Nicolae leave America and travel back to England to bring down the English Vampire hunters and avenge Vlad’s death.

Isabella struggles with her guilt and makes a vow to only kill those who deserve to die. She never allows anyone to hinder her revenge against those who have wronged her throughout time. Over the centuries of her existence she meets many famous historical figures. She encounters such historical figures as Napoleon, Bram Stroker, to the western figures of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp, as well as many other figures throughout the selected eras. She travels throughout Europe and America. Nolene-Patricia Dougan has performed vast research and the historical figures mentioned in her book are remarkable.

Vrolok is a compelling and gripping tale of a young beautiful vampire’s dark journey through the centuries. Vrolok has a strong plot throughout, and the characters are so well developed and intensely interesting. This is no traditional vampire story; you may think well the story involves Vlad Dracula, it is like all the other stories, it is so very different, do not be fooled. This is a superior spine tingling dark fantasy written be a very imaginative author, her work embraces hundreds of years of history and maintains vivid descriptions of various people, places and events.

This book will hold your attention to the very end, and you will find it is very difficult to put down, a definite page turner well until the late night. I could find no fault in this tale. I highly recommend this story, it is unlike any other vampire story I have ever read. So if you are looking for a different twist from the norm, are seeking a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read, look no further. All vampire enthusiasts as well as all Anne Rice fans will not want to miss this one, you will get lost in this adventure, and you will not be disappointed. I am looking forward to Dougan’s new release with anticipation. A definite 5 star read!

Eldest

Eldest
by Christopher Paolini
Knopf books

As promised, here is the review of Eldest, book two in the trilogy, the sequel to Eragon.

Eldest too is entertaining and adventerous as the first book was. The story continues with the life of Eragon and his dragon as they continue their efforts to defeat the evil empire. Eragon’s cousin Roran is struggling to survive the mess Eragon has left behind. You will find there is alot happening in this story, there are a lot of secrets which are revealed, which helps us as the readers discover the pieces of history of Eragon, as well as many other characters in the story.

This is very well written, packed with information, and very entertaining. Now I am awaiting the third book, I can’t wait to read it. This is another highly recommended trilogy, you must read. 5 stars

Eragon

Eragon
by Christopher Paolini
Knopf Books

This is such a wonderful story, which is the reason children, young teens love it so much. This story is full of action, it also reminds me somewhat of Harry Potter, related to its theme and style. You are able to get lost in the adventures that transpire within the book. It provides magic, mystery, battles, elves, monsterous guys, dragons, were cats, sorcerers, etc all within its pages.

This is a must for all fantasy lovers, you will absolutely fall in love with this book. Astonishing is the fact that the author wrote Eragon at the tender age of 15. This is the first in the trilogy, next to follow in my blog is the review of Eldest which I will be posting next.

I would recommend this to everyone of all age groups not just the young adults. You will enjoy this book, it is a beautiful story of adventure and will wisk you away, even after finishing the book you will be thinking about its characters. A definite 5 star read!