Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Chuckles Mini Reviews Catch Up


I review everything I read, on my blog and on Goodreads. Most reviews are of a decent length but sometimes you don't have much to say about the book because of its length or you DNFed it or various other reasons. In cases like that it makes sense to write a few mini reviews in one post and clear them out your way! So lets catch up with reviews from earlier this year.

1) JA Cipriano-Heart Of Gold
My name is Frank Butcher. I never expected to get blown up by anti-magic zealots. Yeah, I said magic. I didn't know it was a thing either. Now, an ancient artifact is the only thing keeping me alive, and to make matters worse, that artifact is what those cultists wanted. The cultists have offered me a trade. Come to them or they start killing kids 

Frank is a self confessed under achiever, who slacks in his job, is lazy, arrogant, no discipline, rude, vain, macho idiot. He thinks women are to be rescued even when she obviously knows better than him how to defend herself. He continually reminds the reader of how hot he is as if that in some way makes me like him, which I didn't. He was obnoxious, demanding answers from those who saved him in the explosion yet interrupting every time they tried to talk to him, and bitching non stop. After a couple of chapters I'd had enough of this idiot so I can't say much about the story. If I hate the MC this much it is a DNF. 1 star.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35638328-heart-of-gold

2) JA Cipriano-Cursed 
My name is Mac Brennan and that's the only thing I can remember about myself. Not why I woke up in a dumpster. Not why my right arm is as black as pitch and covered in glowing red tattoos. I know why the death cult is after me. It's because I saved that damned girl from them. Still, I can tell she's hiding something behind those devilish eyes, and if I want to find out what it is, I'll have to help her. My name is Mac Brennan. I have no memory, and I'm a werewolf-hunting, hellfire-flinging version of Faust himself. 

I couldn't get into this one though at least the MC wasn't a total arse this time. Mac was ok if not greatly exciting from a character developing point of view. The plot moves slowly, focusing on his lack of memory and interactions with the girl he saves. This girl was not a great character. She does the dumb bit in letting this strange guy into her home, then freaks out when she realises he is not what he seems-duh-then spends the rest of her time needing rescued by the big hero. I didn't find it very exciting and for me personally it dragged and I lost interest in it. 
2 stars.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28962823-cursed 

3) JA Cipriano-Pound Of Flesh 
My name is Roy Morgan, and I’m not your average Atlanta cop. Most of them don’t have to kill people to stay alive. I do. It’s a half-demon thing. I’m half-warlock too. I had this dumb idea to stop a robbery and have myself a snack. Turns out these weren’t your run of the mill robbers. No, these were demonic slavers, there to capture the district attorney and sell her off to the highest bidding demon in Hell. Now if I want to stop them, I’m going to have to fight my way through a city full of hellfire-flinging, gun-toting, spell-weaving demons.  
This was the better one out of all the ones I tried by the author. Roy was a better hero but he insisted on talking about how gorgeous he is which seems to be an annoying obsession with this author. His sexist comments are a bit off-putting though. The highlights in this book are his snarky imp sidekick Gary and fairy slut Isa, and I also liked Ester the witch. Renee is a better female character this time but she makes typically dumb decisions and of course has to be rescued by a heroic man, another thing common in this author's books. It was a decent story with a good amount of action and humour. I'm not sure I'd read on with the series as I have so many other books to read.
3 stars.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32787078-pound-of-flesh 

8 comments:

  1. oh not so much good luck with these huh. I am happy to see at least one you enjoyed.

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    1. Yeah I did like one of them but probably not enough to read on with the series.

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  2. Bummer on these but they can't all be winners, I guess.

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    1. I wanted to love this author but his writing just isn't doing it for me. If his characters were nicer it might be different!

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  3. So third time is the charm. LOL I know how you feel about characters and I'm glad you found one that didn't annoy you.

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    1. I really do hate arrogant men that love themselves!

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  4. Bummer. Some of these could have been so good.

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    1. With better male MCs I think these books could've been good.

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