Drone Man by Hudson Owen

Drone ManDrone Man by Hudson Owen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Drone Man takes place in a sort of apocalyptic feeling version of New York that has been overrun by gangs. A retired Marine lives in a building in the city and takes justice into his own hands killing a high ranking gang member. The leader of that gang vows revenge upon Cain and does everything he can to get to him.

With this book I really felt the author had a checklist of gang type activity and tried to toss in everything in a relatively short story. It jumps back and forth from the gang’s and Cain’s perspective but tosses in a lot of random stuff between both that probably could have been left out to give more depth to the story.

At one point I started getting this kind of cartoonish feeling to what I was reading. I had images of Cain being the Roadrunner and Santana being poor Wile Coyote. I know that’s a horrible liking to the events but it just really didn’t seem to be real as there’s no real depth given to events to make me care about the characters or happenings and it just seemed to be heading down a predictable path.

Overall, not really for me I’m afraid, too much too quickly to get invested in the book or characters.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Becoming Blue by Angie M. Brashears

Becoming BlueBecoming Blue by Angie M. Brashears
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Sara has very extremely low self-esteem, she was abused as a child and then turned to eating for comfort. She goes to see therapists to have someone to talk to, attends Weight Watchers meetings to be around other people. At an all time low in her life she attends a meeting and in walks Sasha, a completely outrageous personality that Sara is immediately drawn to. Sasha whisks Sarah away and opens her up to a whole new world, one in which she doesn’t need to feel ashamed of her weight.

Becoming Blue is another of those books that I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. It had an interesting synopsis but it really doesn’t give much clue as to where this story would head at all and seems to lead to things being on the comical side so I thought I’d give it a shot. Well, part of it was a bit comical but it was so much more than that. I found myself struggling when done with how to rate this or even what I should say about it as to not use any spoilers in my review.

I do think readers should be warned more of the content though as it gets pretty erotic in the story as Sasha is actually the owner of a voyeuristic company that caters to men who are attracted to overweight women which she brings Sara into. Sara when joining is then called “Blue” so that is where the title actually came from. There is a lot of kink and fetishes and things involved that some may be opposed to.

Now, for what I liked with this story. It was a rather fast paced, quick read for the most part with a somewhat positive message involved with Sara finding that she is attractive and doesn’t have to be alone. Sara finds people she can relate to and care about her with all of this being done as I said starting off in a somewhat joking manor and then turning into some erotic parts.

What I didn’t like at all, Javi. Javi is the go to man at the business that Sasha runs and he is immediately attracted to Sara. This should be a really good thing but as you get toward the end of the story I just completely hated the relationship and ending. I can’t really say more than that about it and perhaps others will feel differently.

Overall, a 1 star for the relationship and a 4 star for the rest of the story so I’m going with 2.5 for the total for the book. If the ending had been different then this would have scored so much better for me.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

SIN (No Way Out #1) by Shari J. Ryan

SIN (No Way Out #1)SIN by Shari J. Ryan
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Reese was kidnapped at the age of fifteen. She’s been held in a small shed only being given the basics to survive for the last three years with no contact with anyone. On her eighteenth birthday a young man by the name of Sin approaches Reese and helps her escape only to find that the shed is not the only thing holding her prisoner in this town.

This was one of those really tough books to rate when I was done reading. I’m giving the story 3.5 stars as I did enjoy the whole concept and flew through reading. It’s a fairly short novella though and the only major complaint I have is that it ends rather abruptly without giving the reader many answers. The story had all the elements it needed to pull me in and want to know more about what was going on. It was suspenseful, intriguing and a bit of romance thrown into the mix. I just felt as if I had just gotten about 25-35% into a new book and ended up missing the ending. Being the first book of a new series it definitely caught my interest and would continue with the story if I get the chance though.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Six Points of Light: Hook’s Origin by Kalynn Bayron

Six Points of Light: Hook's OriginSix Points of Light: Hook’s Origin by Kalynn Bayron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

James Cook was abandoned on the steps of St. Catherine’s orphanage as an infant and has been raised by the only mother he knows, Sister Maddie. A new boy, Peter, is brought in by his mother who then takes her own life but not before telling Sister Maddie to tell Peter to never grow up. Peter and James grow close at the urging of Sister Maddie with Peter beginning to tell James of a place called Neverland….

A wonderful retelling of the classic Peter Pan. Six Points of Light brings in all of the elements of the story that we all know and love but with a completely new twist on the events. Much like the television show Once Upon a Time, this version has Peter a not so nice character and Hook being more of the hero of the story.

The story contained amazing world building giving us details into how Peter knew of Neverland, how one would get there and all of the wonderful characters were involved with this version, Peter, Hook, Wendy, Michael, John, Tigerlily, Smee. So much detail worked in this version I definitely loved the new twist.

Overall, a new take on Peter Pan that any fan of retellings should enjoy, would definitely recommend.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

The Mother RoadThe Mother Road by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Marley McMann grew up on a farm in New York and still is a country girl at heart even after spending the last four years in California. When her father and brother arrive on her doorstep proposing that they take a trip in the old family RV along the Mother Road (Route 66) that their mother had planned before she passed away from cancer years before, how could Marley turn them down. Paul is getting married soon and Marley being so far away this could be their last family bonding moment not only spending time together but remembering their mother.

Little did Marley know that Paul had invited along his best friend Porter Smith. Porter grew up living next to the McCann’s and was like a son and brother to this family. Somewhere along the way though Marley began to see Porter as more than another brother and began to fall in love with him. Porter however broke Marley’s heart when he refused their relationship so seeing him again is not what Marley wanted for this trip.

I think what drew me into being interested in reading The Mother Road was simply the trip along good old Route 66. This is something that I’d love to do myself but never had but the thought of a family heading to all the wacky touristy sites along the way was just so appealing and the fact that others were saying how they laughed so hard reading this I just had to check it out for myself, I am so glad that I did. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Mother Road but something drew me in and didn’t let me go until the end.

The book is completely full of over the top juvenile humor that starting off I thought that it would probably end up annoying me. Boy was I ever wrong. There were moments during reading that I couldn’t even keep reading the words I was laughing so hard that tears would start falling down my face. I never really pegged myself to be a fan of penis and poop jokes but this hilarious family proved me wrong. Marley and Paul picked up their childhood feuding the minute the trip starts and it didn’t take long at all before it became hilarious. Their father, Bernie, could jump in at any moment and add to the hilarity or he could immediately diffuse whatever situation from just a raise of the eyebrow.

All of the humor aside though, somewhere along route 66 I began to fall in love with this family and particularly Marley and Porter and their renewed relationship. I’m not even quite sure where it happened as I must have missed it between all the laughter during the early pages. By the end of this story though the sentimental sucker that I am I was grabbing my tissues for a completely opposite reaction, there’s a couple of moments at the end that will truly touch your heart.

Overall, I highly recommend checking out this hilarious tale of family bonding, I would warn though there is some foul language and a ton of crude humor. I hadn’t read Meghan Quinn before but I would certainly love to again sometime after reading this book.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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