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Boom Baby Review’s Best of 2014!

2014 was a really busy year for me, and I tried to amp up the reviewing. Although there were some books that weren’t quite my thing, I was really lucky to get some great books. As such, I want to give a shout out to my 4.5 and 5 Fireball reviews of 2014! Each one is linked to the review, so you can check out what I thought about it. And now, in no particularly order, they are…

Fantasy

Wizard of Ends, Book Two: Dark Creature by Vanessa Finaughty & Majra by J. Simon

Monster Lit

Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney

Contemporary Poetry/Prose, Military

Starved for Bullets by Ryan Goodrich

Erotic Romance

The Brethren of the Coast by Barbara Devlin (Reviewed in 2014: My Lady, The Spy; The Most Unlikely Lady; One-Knight Stand)

Steampunk Action/Adventure

The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance by Ichabod Temperance (Reviewed in 2014: For the Love of Temperance; A Study in Temperance)

Superhero, Comedy

Scarlet Winters by J. Kwong

Contemporary Literary Fiction

The First Noble Truth by C. Lynn Murphy

Historical Fiction

Agnes Canon’s War by Deborah Lincoln

…and that was the best of 2014. Thank you to all the authors and readers who made this a great reading year. I’ve got the proverbial stack of books already to get 2015 kicked off with a bang, so watch this space for more books and more reviews and more everything!

Happy 2015!

Review: “Scarlet Winters” by J. Kwong

“Scarlet Winters: The Berona Chronicles” by J. Kwong

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 16 August 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: Welcome to the city of Berona – a city governed by four Superheroes with great superpowers. Thanks to the Superheroes, Berona is mostly crime-free, and is touted as one of the best cities in the world. However, there are some people who aren’t so sure about Berona’s greatness…

Meet Terry Landers – a genius inventor who can create anything out of nothing. But Terry knows that she’s unpleasant and rude. which is why she’s surprised when she’s asked to become a Superhero’s sidekick. Terry is one of the few people who questions the wisdom of having the Superheroes govern Berona, and as she dives into her new role as a Superhero sidekick, she begins to realize just how right she might be.

Throw in a child kidnapping and evidence that links the crime to the Superheroes, it’s now up to Terry to save her beloved city. But will she be able to fulfill her duties as a sidekick? Or will danger find her first?

Recommended for young adults, aged 16+, Scarlet Winters is a humorous book that pokes fun at comic book superheroes.

Review: I ate this book. I mean, almost literally. I’m a very fast reader and can tear through books, but even I was surprised at how fast I got through this one. It was immensely readable, and parts were honestly laugh out loud funny. (Dammit, I almost snorted coke through my nose at one time, thanks to a badly timed drink. I think it was the “tools and idiots” part.)

This book is not for everyone, I’ll admit. You have to have a particular sense of humor, but there are lots of people out there with that sort of twisted, dark funny side and all those people–you, yes, I’m talking to you!–need to read this book.

Our main character actually has a good heart but nothing at all resembling a filter on her brain or mouth, and it’s hysterical. She says everything and anything, and just doesn’t give a damn what people think about her. The inventor thing is funny, too. And the setup of the city of Berona is equally as fascinating and amusing. Poking at comic stereotypes along the way.

I liked this book so much that I can even forgive the author for the Warehouse chapter, and for the PoV thing in the last two chapters. (‘Cause it actually worked.)

It’s clear there’s more to come, and I want it. 5 Fireballs because I cannot give it any more…

5 Fireballs

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