Saturday, August 27, 2016

Quality of Quantity (Redemption of an American Expatriate) by James J Houts

          Quality of Quantity (Redemption of an American Expatriate) by James J Houts is a general fiction novel. Quality of Quantity (Redemption of an American Expatriate) by James J Houts is a book that will appeal most to adults, but some mature young adults may also find it intriguing. Quality of Quantity (Redemption of an American Expatriate) by James J Houts is a bit like watching a train crash, you know it is something sad and yet you can still not pull your eyes away from it. Quality of Quantity (Redemption of an American Expatriate) by James J Houts uses a somber tone to pull the reader in and to explore the concepts of love, loss, regret, and ageing. Quality of Quantity (Redemption of an American Expatriate) by James J Houts is designed to not just open a person’s eyes to the reality of life, but to cause a person to question themselves, their lives, and their choices.

Quality of Quantity (Redemption of an American Expatriate) by James J Houts is filled with metaphors; the first sentence of the book begins with metaphors; it reads “Time may be a river, but memory is a meteor shower, a staccato beat of energetic impacts”. The entire Quality of Quantity (Redemption of an American Expatriate) by James J Houts is filled with language like this that just flows beautifully on the page and in the mind. Every single word is chosen with flawless precision for the maximum effect on both the literature and the reader. My favorite aspect of the book was the formatting of each chapter with how each chapter occurred at a different time in the main character’s life; it truly allowed me to feel like I could understand the character without having to know everything instead the writing style allowed me to fill in the blanks using my own mind. 



"Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite"

Friday, August 26, 2016

Zombiekill: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Russ Watts

Zombiekill: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Russ Watts is a fictional horror, fantasy, thriller, and science fiction novel of a zombie apocalypse. Zombiekill: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Russ Watts is a novel that will appeal most to an audience of young adults and adults with a stomach for horror and gore in the extreme as well as a love of all things zombie. Zombiekill: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Russ Watts follows three main groups/families; one group is a family that barricaded themselves in their home, another a millionaire in his mansion, and another locked in a motel. The three groups all are waiting for the rescue promised from the zombies before the TV’s cut out; they tell themselves that the major cities are being cleared first and they just have to keep waiting, but how long can they wait for?


Zombiekill: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Russ Watts has all the needed parts of a horrifying zombie apocalypse story. Zombiekill: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Russ Watts is without a doubt a horror story with how the main characters live in fear, the detailed descriptions of gore, and the huge numbers of people who are dead or dying. Zombiekill: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller by Russ Watts also has it spots of sadness when fear is absent; during the beginning of the book there is a family of three living trapped inside their own house when the mother sees a woman fleeing from the zombies she runs to let her into the house and helped only to end up dead with the father hitting and blaming the daughter for his wife’s death. The book has a somber feeling to it in many of the moments that are not filled with horror; I personally found that these moments offered a good balance to the book. 

           "Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite"

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sins of the Warrior (The Grigori Legacy Book 4) by Linda Poitevin

Sins of the Warrior (The Grigori Legacy Book 4) by Linda Poitevin is a fictional science fiction, fantasy, supernatural book in the Grigori Legacy series. Sins of the Warrior (The Grigori Legacy Book 4) by Linda Poitevin is a book and series that will appeal most to an audience made up of a mix of young adults and adults who enjoy reading and watching supernatural and paranormal fiction. Sins of the Warrior (The Grigori Legacy Book 4) by Linda Poitevin begins with a prologue that is on Emmanuelle and Mika'el; specifically Emmanuelle’s decision to leave and Mika'el’s decision to stay. From there Sins of the Warrior (The Grigori Legacy Book 4) by Linda Poitevin jumps straight into the story plunging the reader right into the story with Alexandra Jarvis, Seth, the Naphil, and the other characters.

Sins of the Warrior (The Grigori Legacy Book 4) by Linda Poitevin remind me a bit of a mix of the TV show Supernatural and a cop show like Blue Bloods or NCIS. One of the main characters Alexandra Jarvis is a homicide detective while others are angles and demons. I did find the book a little confusing at first because I had not read books one, two, and three, but I quickly got a good grasp of the story and  then some of the confusion began to fade. I personally would recommend that all readers read the previous books in the Grigori Legacy series first. That said Sins of the Warrior (The Grigori Legacy Book 4) by Linda Poitevin was a well written book with a stead plot line, chapter cliffhangers, well devolved characters, dialogue that flowed smoothly, and good attention to detail.

"Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite"

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Prasvapa by Chand Svare Ghei

Prasvapa by Chand Svare Ghei is a book that is in fact a collection of short fictional stories that explores the different layers that are set between what is reality and what are dreams. Prasvapa by Chand Svare Ghei is a collection of short stories that would appeal most to an audience made up of a mix of young adults and adults who enjoy short story collections with a sad under tone to them.

Prasvapa by Chand Svare Ghei is made up of numerous short stories on numerous different topics, yet each story has a sort of sad feel to it, some more than others. I have to say that while I found each story to be extremely well written with perfect use of similes, metaphors, and other types of language that I found them rather depressing. Simple black and white illustrations are used by Chand Svare Ghei to break up pieces of text; however I personally found the pictures to not have enough detail to be worth including in the book. A few of the stories lacked the background information needed to grasp the entire story, yet that does not detract from the stories as Chand Svare Ghei chose to leave off information in order to allow the reader to use their imagination with each story; this style of writing reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe’s works. My favorite story out of them all was the one titled “To kill a Christmas tree”; I liked the idea of a tree being alive and the child feeling remorseful for robbing the tree of its potential by cutting it down.

"Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite" 

Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott


Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a fairy tale fictional picture pop up children’s book. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a book that will appeal most to an audience made up of children from preschool through first grade. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott follows a Sasquatch named Sid as he wishes to do more than watch human children from the shadows and hid away. A simple accident leads to Sasquatch Sid meeting human Ollie. The two boys are both from different species and both have very different skills, personalities, and families yet together they learn to appreciate their differences and become fast friends.

Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a book with beautiful illustrations of Sasquatch Sid, the Sasquatch family, and the two boys playing together. The illustrations are what really make the book worth reading for young children. The writing is kept both brief and interesting with only a few lines of writing on each page. This style of writing is often appealing to young children as it prevents them from becoming overwhelmed with a lot of words all at once. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott teaches children that everyone is different and that our difference is what makes us special; Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott also encourages children to be friends with people who are different from them and to show kindness. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a well written children’s book though especially young children may need help with sounding out some of the words.

"Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite"

Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott


Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a fairy tale fictional picture pop up children’s book. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a book that will appeal most to an audience made up of children from preschool through first grade. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott follows a Sasquatch named Sid as he wishes to do more than watch human children from the shadows and hid away. A simple accident leads to Sasquatch Sid meeting human Ollie. The two boys are both from different species and both have very different skills, personalities, and families yet together they learn to appreciate their differences and become fast friends.

Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a book with beautiful illustrations of Sasquatch Sid, the Sasquatch family, and the two boys playing together. The illustrations are what really make the book worth reading for young children. The writing is kept both brief and interesting with only a few lines of writing on each page. This style of writing is often appealing to young children as it prevents them from becoming overwhelmed with a lot of words all at once. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott teaches children that everyone is different and that our difference is what makes us special; Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott also encourages children to be friends with people who are different from them and to show kindness. Sid the Sasquatch by Wendy Elliott is a well written children’s book though especially young children may need help with sounding out some of the words.

"Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite"

Filled To Completion (Athanasia Book 1) by Katie Rose Elwood

Filled To Completion (Athanasia Book 1) by Katie Rose Elwood is a mixed genre book that has elements of the genres of fiction, fantasy, science fiction, and urban all mixed together inside it. Filled To Completion (Athanasia Book 1) by Katie Rose Elwood is a book that will appeal most to an audience made up of young adults and adults who enjoy the science fiction and fantasy genres; those who have an interest in psychology will also find the book appealing. Filled To Completion (Athanasia Book 1) by Katie Rose Elwood follows twenty year old Breeze Taylor as she works to get her degree so that she may become a psychologist; Breeze lives a difficult life with only her friends to support her since members of her family have died. Filled To Completion (Athanasia Book 1) by Katie Rose Elwood begins to show the paranormal abilities of Breeze when she cuts her hand during a psychology class on a knife only to find the wound closed and the only evidence that she was even hurt was the blood left on her shirt. Breeze’s life get more difficult when she believes she is developing mental illness unware that she is being targeted by a demon.

Filled To Completion (Athanasia Book 1) by Katie Rose Elwood was a very well written book that I found to be an enjoyable read. Filled To Completion (Athanasia Book 1) by Katie Rose Elwood had amazingly well thought out plot points, psychological accuracy, and well developed characters. Katie Rose Elwood used different types of writing throughout Filled To Completion (Athanasia Book 1) in order to present the reader with a clear understanding of the characters, the scenes, and the settings. I found Katie Rose Elwood’s use of similes to be particularly helpful for creating a picture in my head. One of her similes was “the train, like a long, sleek silver bullet”. I found that these similes and metaphors made the scenes easier to picture in my head.  All in all I found the book to be very interesting and I can’t wait for book number two!

"Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite"