Review of Cathadeus by Jeff J. Peters

February 02, 2018

Ever since I discovered the wonderful world of magic thanks to J.K. Rowling, fantasy books have always held a special space in my heart and mind. I'm always interested in reading about magical or mystical creatures, places, or situations because it gives us something more than just words on paper -- it piques our imagination and draws us into another dimension.

This is exactly why I was excited when given the opportunity to read and review Cathedeus, I jumped on it right away. And boy am I glad I did. Let's jump to my review.

Title:  Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates)
Author:  Jeff J. Peters
Genre:  Fantasy, YA Fiction
Published By:  Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date:  Dec 8, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36855369-cathadeus


It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .


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Let me start off by saying that the synopsis of this book does not give the story justice at all. Cathadeus is such a well-written book that takes place in a beautifully thought of world that I was reminded of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings in that the author managed to bring a mythical place to life so wonderfully. The author describes each scene so vividly in every sentence that envisioning yourself in that place and time is not at all difficult. 

I, for one, do not shy away from violence when it comes to novels, so I was quite excited at the number of battles and fight scenes this book had to offer. The story was fast-paced so there were no dull moments that made me want to skip a page. Now the main character, I believe Brax developed a lot from the beginning of the book to the end, and not just because of the new abilities he discovered, but also as a person. But we must remember that this is book one in a series and obviously Jeff J. Peters intends to pace his characters so there would still be growth to look forward to in the following instalments. 

I don't want to give much away about the plot or storyline, as I usually do with my other reviews of books in this genre because I know for a fact that reading this novel is so much more satisfying than hearing it from me.


Cathadeus is the kind of story that would occupy your thoughts days after you finish reading it. You just can't help but imagine yourself thrust into that world and be part of the good fight, so to speak. This is truly a fantastic first part of an exciting series that I look forward to reading. I highly recommend this to those who enjoy being taken on a grand adventure filled with mystical creatures, magic and battles. 


What Readers are Saying about Cathadeus:

 “Jeff J. Peters’ strong cinematic writing style allowed me to easily visualize the story and feel that I was right there alongside the characters.”
- Alison W.

“Jeff J. Peters’ writing is so smooth and easy to read – I can’t tell you how much of a pleasure it was…and how quickly you end up being drawn into the story because of it.”
- Amanda R.

“Cathadeus is the best kind of fantasy story - you get to learn along with a flawed main character while you get lost in a richly designed world. You can’t help but keep reading. A cleanly written pairing of characters you wish you could spend more time with and an enthralling world built around them. Cathadeus is the kind of story that plays perfectly off of your imagination, with characters grounded in reality to make it feel like you could really be there.”
- Ryan N.

“Jeff J. Peters definitely has storytelling skills...The story stayed on my mind when I wasn’t reading it. Young readers will be drawn in this imaginative story, while they relate to Braxton’s struggles with temper, insecurity, and young love. Cathadeus is dramatic, with an anxious tone—at times bleak, as the story keeps you wondering until the final battle if good will prevail.”
- Elizabeth C.


JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.


Website: http://jeffjpeters.com/
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Review of Degrees of Love by Lisa Slabach

January 29, 2018

When I was presented with the opporunity to read Degrees of Love, I jumped right on it. The synopsis drew me in like a moth to a flame. I'm not saying I can relate to our female protagonist's dilemma, I can't say that I can't either. However, I just knew deep down that I'd be taken on a roller coaster ride filled with too-real situations and emotions and I'm too masochistic to say no to that. 

Let's get right on my review.

Title:  Degrees of Love: A Novel
Author: Lisa Slabach
Category:  Adult Fiction
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Published by:  Bookbaby
Release date:  Dec 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Adult themes including infidelity, occasional F-word, non-explicit sex scenes)
Source: Copy provided by Author and Tour Organizer
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36205884-degrees-of-love


At thirty-six, Susan Sinclair has it all. She's just been promoted to Senior Vice President of Mobile Banking at her firm, a prestigious position bringing fresh creative challenges and a hefty salary increase. Like the shiny new BMW in the driveway of the Silicon Valley home she shares with her husband, Matt, and their two beautiful boys, Susan exudes confidence and style.

Yet despite her success in juggling the roles of wife, mother, and businesswoman, Susan struggles with a secret dissatisfaction. Matt's work in cutting-edge computer research pays less than her job, and with each advance in her career, he has grown more distant. But Matt refuses to admit there is a problem, and Susan forces herself to play along, determined to give her boys the close-knit family life she never had.

Then she meets her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. Working and traveling together, she and Reese become a crackerjack team, but little by little, pleasure mixes with business. For the first time in a long time—maybe ever—Susan feels seen and appreciated for who she is. Certain she would never allow their friendship to cross the line, Susan lets herself stray dangerously close to the edge.

​A moment of weakness changes everything. Now, unable to stomach the façade her marriage has become yet unwilling to decimate her family by moving forward with Reese, Susan faces a choice that could cost her everything—including her children . . . but possibly bring her more than she can dream.


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Degrees of Love talks about a woman with a successful career, a "loving" husband, two beautiful children, and resources to make their lives even better. On paper, Susan has it all. But by now, we must all know that nothing is ever as it seems, and there is no such thing as a perfect life. 

Susan, bless her, is stuck in a place where she has to sacrifice her own happiness for the sake of her kids. It's a situation many women (whether you admit to or not) is familiar with. As parents, we know that we have to put the well-being of our children way above our own, especially if divorce and having a broken family is on the table. And Susan didn't want to risk it. I mean, it's not like Matt is the worst man in the world. Sure, he has ego issues that, in turn, affects how he treats his wife, but he's not a "bad" guy. He just takes Susan for granted (sometimes despises her success, even) and forgets to make her feel loved and treasured. 

This is where the complication comes in. 

Susan is thrust into a situation that forces her to see that there is more to life than settling for mediocre affection. She finds herself with a new boss who not only respects her professionally but is also attracted to her on a personal level. The attraction is mutual, as said boss is a real looker. But it's not even the physical aspect that confuses our protagonist. No, it's the feeling of acceptance and respect, and support, all that. She's been thirsting for that kind of attention and now she's been given a taste of another kind of life. 

I don't really want to give anything away about the book as I feel like most of you get the gist of the story now. However, I gotta say, reading Degrees of Love made me think of things too. Because of the situations that are all too real, it's easy to find similarities between what's happening to Susan's life and maybe what some of us are going through right now. It's a novel that makes you question things. Makes you wonder about the possibilities. 

For me though,  Degrees of Love is a book about self-love. It's about loving yourself and putting yourself first when need be. As women, our accomplishments, our dreams, they shouldn't be stepped on, they should be celebrated. And honestly, that's what this book represents for me. 


I really loved Degrees of Love. It's such a well-written book that follows a woman's journey to "self-discovery" is what I'd like to call it. It talks about fear, getting over those fears, and eventually finding what makes you happy and grabbing it. The road to that life may not be easy, but in the end, it's all worth it. 



Degrees of Love is Lisa Slabach’s debut novel. She is currently working on her third full-length manuscript and a collection of short stories inspired by her experiences growing up in a small farm community in Washington’s Yakima Valley. In addition to writing, Lisa works for a Fortune 500 Company, leading a sales team in the financial industry. She currently resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters, who are both pursuing careers in film. In her free time, she enjoys drinking wine with friends and cooking in her pink kitchen.


Website: http://www.lisaslabach.com/
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Review of To Mend a Broken Heart by Myunique C. Green

January 24, 2018

The only ever memoir I've read before was Ellen Degeneres' Seriously...I'm Kidding. If I'm being honest with myself, learning about other people's lives, people who are virtually strangers to me, is simply too intimate, and I'm not sure I'm ready for that kind of revelation.

However, for reasons unknown, I was simply drawn to say yes to To Mend A Broken Heart. I don't know why, nor did I knew exactly what was coming, but when I flipped to the last page, I was glad I did.

Title: To Mend a Broken Heart
Author: Myunique C. Green
Publication Date: January 24th, 2018
Source: ARC Given by Author
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36808596-to-mend-a-broken-heart


“I just want to write the words as I feel them bleeding from this old heart of mine…”

Bad memories are never really forgotten. Just suppressed under the mountain of lies we’ve told ourselves, so that the painful ones are easier to bear. I remember a lot, and my life has been emotionless for a long time. I recall watching as my mother was beaten bloody in front of me, and then, as if I were old news, I was cast away.

Until now, I’ve been patching the holes in my heart with band-aids; but I’m ready to feel again. So that true healing can finally begin.




Honestly, I don't know how to write a review about To Mend A Broken Heart without revealing much about myself and past struggles as well. I did not expect to relate to Myunique C. Green's work at all, but there are one too many instances where I found myself saying, "I know exactly what you mean." 

Reliving the memories shared by the author was not an easy feat for her, and she mentioned so multiple times in the book as well. But it was a necessary process to help her deal with the things that have happened in the past. 

To Mend A Broken Heart isn't for the faint of heart. I don't think the author wrote this to gather sympathy from other people. That is probably the last thing on her mind. What she wanted to do, in my opinion, is to let others know that it's okay. You're not alone in this world. There are other people out there who went through and/or are going through crappy things and/or situations. It's up to us to be survivors instead of victims. 

I don't want to give much away about the stories Myunique shares in her book, as I feel like that is something you, the reader, have to experience for yourself in all its nitty-gritty glory. I will, however, tell you that the memories she shares are sensitive. It talks about sexual abuse, physical abuse, depression, crime, and other delicate subject matter. It's real and it's raw. If you've experienced any of the aforementioned stuff, you'd either want to read it or steer clear of it. I recommend the former because you'll know the story of one woman who struggled through life and all its shit and came out on top. 

The writing style was as you would expect from a book like this. It was honest, somewhat graphic, candid, and just raw. It feels like the author is right in front of you telling you her memories as she remembers them. There's no particular order in which she narrates events in her life, and that's what makes it good, in my opinion. She wrote it one chapter at a time, going back and forth through different stages in her life. I love the diversity. Makes the entire read more interesting.

To Mend A Broken Heart is heartbreaking as it is inspiring. The things that happened to Myunique are real, I myself can attest to how life can fu** you in the ass, chew you up, and spit you out. I love how she kept real to the events that happened no matter how horrifying they are. 


This book was not something I expected. I did not, for the life of me, anticipate that I was going to be taken to the deepest, darkest recesses of the author's past. For that, I want to thank Myunique for fearlessly opening up about the secrets she has kept locked up for the longest time. You are a brave woman who has gone through so much and yet fought your way to be better and brighter. But more than that, thank you for fighting every day. It's a good reminder for the rest of us to never give up and never let your inner demons take the best of you.



I am a current student and teacher. My every breath is literature and fiction. I hold two degrees but I’ll let you guess which ones. In 2012 I independently published my first novel, Bloodlines: Everything That Glitters after a lot of agents turned me down.

They said I didn’t have what it took.

Two years later, I became a kindle bestselling author, with titles sold around the world. 713, a mystery crime tale, dominated the United States Bestselling Kindle Short-stories and remained a #1 seller for two consecutive weeks. In fact, the complete trilogy of Chopped and Skrewed was nominated as one of the Best Books of 2016.

I’ve accepted a few awards in my time, one of which was from the Midtown Journal for a fiction, short-story entry into their semi-annual writing contest.

In my downtime, I consider myself something of an oddball and undoubtedly the black sheep of my family. My quest began by simply wanting to create something different.


Website: https://myuniquegreen.com/
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Movie Review of I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House (2016)

January 21, 2018

I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House… But who cares?
NO SPOILER ALERT. Really, because you wouldn’t need one. 

Release date: October 2016
Directed by Osgood Perkins
Cast: Ruth Wilson, Paula Prentiss, Lucy Boynton
Runtime: 89 minutes (thank god)

The trailer seemed promising. Also, they had a pretty awesome movie poster. Who wouldn’t want to watch something as creepy as this? 

When I pressed play…

We are greeted by Lily Saylor (Ruth Wilson), a late 20s nurse who is hired to care for famous horror author, Iris Blum. The author is old and has severe dementia. In fact, she never calls Lilly anything other than Polly — the name of the protagonist of her bestselling novel, The Lady in the Walls. (So yeah, “spoiler" right there. You’re starting to figure out the whole plot with that simple description right?)

Anyway, the haunting begins as Lilly stays there but truth be told, nothing really crazy happens — save for a worsening case of mold and a phone being flung across the room from her hand. At first, I wanted to believe it was a mere psychological movie thriller, and everything was in her mind. After all, Lily was starting to give signs that she wasn’t as mentally sound as normal as she looked. She had no real friends (no one bothered to visit her or FaceTime with her), was fine being stuck with an old lady (whom she couldn’t converse with) in an old and apparently haunted English home, and she didn’t even bother with Wi-Fi or any other means of entertainment. I’m not saying one cannot be alone anymore, but I had a feeling she was willingly stewing in the madness of her situation. 

The apparition that haunts her isn’t even that aggressive. If anything, it was more of a really dragging mind game. Letting the movie go on and on, letting us listen to Lily’s agonizing rants, trying to piece together the clues about this Polly character, Iris Blum, and her own experiences in the house. And at the end, when shtf — boom. She dies because of terror. 

Yes. Lily dies of terror when she finally sees that all her suspicions were true. YAWN. Maybe she slipped and hit her head, but right about now, I don’t really care anymore. It was so disappointing, I can’t even. And yeah, after she dies, she earns her place as ghost no.3 in the house. Hurray.


This bad photo edit is way scarier than the actual movie. Image from Netflix.

What’s annoying with Netflix movies such as this was that you can tell they had a budget. The script was gothic, melancholic, and almost quotable if you wanted to get something else out of it other than an expected “Boo!” moment that never seemed to come. 

The film had so many opportunities to go “all the way” with the scares, but it felt almost afraid to dabble in horror movie territory in fear of coming across as campy or predictable. But you know what’s worse than trying to be a really smart horror movie? A pretentious artsy horror film that doesn’t even scare people. Simply said, it was unforgettable afterwards. I felt contempt because they could’ve done so much with the material. For one, they should have brought more than 5 people in the movie. Now that I think about it, maybe they didn’t have the budget — just a really nice camera. So yeah, I guess this was more of a film school college project.

IMO, fun horror films are the ones that stick with you until after you’ve watched the movie. And as much as this movie was trying to bank in its strong female lead(s)(?), it all fell short trying to be this mysterious thriller that just had to come full circle for no fucking reason. 

You should treat this movie just as it did Lily Saylor: stone cold apathy. 


This movie is better watched with a blindfold on. Image from ytimg.com.

Watch it or ditch it? 





Jacal Ste. Worme is a writer by day and an even crazier writer by night. Still working on her first official novel, you can read her countless mumbo-jumbo in various websites from fanfiction.net, Wattpad, and Ao3. You can follow her on Tumblr or Twitter. 

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Review of Releasing the Demons by L.D. Rose

January 20, 2018

One of the things I love most about blogging and writing book reviews is I get to [digitally] meet new people -- fellow bloggers, other bookworms, and of course, authors. At this point, I'm still not used to the fact that authors personally reach out to me to get their work read and reviewed. It's such a humbling and flattering experience and one that I will never take for granted. 

With that said, we are here for the review of Releasing the Demon, book one of The Order of the Senary by author L.D. Rose. She reached out to me a couple of weeks ago, asking me to read and write an honest review of Black Bullet, which is the second instalment in the same series. I, however, ended up falling in love with the first book and decided to share my thoughts on this paranormal romance novel. 

So let's jump to it.

Title: Releasing the Demons (The Order of the Senary #1)
Author: L.D. Rose
Publication Date: August 19th, 2015
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Copy Given by Author
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26063603-releasing-the-demons


Blaze Knight has been through hell and back, but the nightmares aren't over yet.

Five years after Blaze was maimed by Cyrus Chimola, a powerful vampire with a penchant for torture, he's still trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life. As a genetically engineered mercenary with the ability to bend fire to his will and to see in infrared, Blaze's mission is to protect what's left of humanity. When Chimola and his crew return to the Bronx gunning for Blaze's blood, Blaze is forced to face the demons of his past. Hell-bent on revenge, he seeks the help of Valerie Medeiros, an NYPD detective who manages to steal his heart and save his life in more ways than one.

Motivated by her sister's gruesome death, Valerie has made it her life's goal to bury every vampire in the ground where they belong. When she brings in Blaze Knight for suspected murder, she discovers he's not only innocent, he isn't a man at all-he's a half-vampire hybrid working with a band of brothers for the U.S. military. Valerie has a hard time trusting anything with fangs, yet she quickly falls headlong into Blaze's life, a life full of darkness and horror she can't even begin to fathom. The bodies are stacking up, but Valerie can't seem to let go of this hybrid, a beautiful monster filled with pain, rage, and passion unlike anything she's ever known.

In a world where the line between good and evil is blurred, Blaze and Valerie will find danger at every turn, risking everything they've come to know and love, including one another.




Blaze Knight is a good man with questionable methods. He's been "gifted" with a power that made him a target for years and even tortured for months, at one point. Ever since then, he's been hell-bent on ridding the world of vampires as much as he can, even if he loses himself in the process. That is until a brave detective brought him to his knees, literally, and his infrared world just got a whole lot brighter. 

Valerie Madeiros is a brave, motivated, and honourable woman. Despite his lack of supernatural powers, she still aims to fight and kill vampires and to protect the human race as much as she can. Anyone who destroys bloodsuckers is on her side, as far as she's concerned. But when she discovers that her mysterious vigilante is more complicated than she thought, her brain and heart are thrown for a loop. 


Releasing the Demons is set at a time when the world is overpowered by vampires. Basically, the only thing keeping people safe is shutting themselves in when the sun sets, and not inviting bloodsuckers in your home. A reasonable strategy, but not good enough. That is where our protagonists come in. 

Valerie works for the NYPD -- yes, the police force still exists and they are, as far as I can tell, on the good side. During the day, she's busting her ass off figuring out where the vamp dens are and reading up on her favourite vigilante, and at night, she tries to rid the city of as many monsters as possible. On the other hand, Blaze and his brothers hunt all over New York City to eliminate as many vampires as possible. With their abilities, strength, and dedication, killing a hundred of the beasts is the norm. But then an old foe of theirs, namely Blaze, made itself known again by killing people so freakin' brutally and sending our hulk friend a message. 

This is where it gets really interesting for me. I've never been one to shy away from violence and gore, so I was elated because the author didn't hold anything back when she wrote graphic scenes. Yeah, I guess that's one thing you guys need to know: If you're squeamish, this book might not be for you. Anyway, L.D. Rose managed to balance the bloodiness by only adding gruesome scenes when they're essential to the story. 

The writing style as a whole really appealed to me. There's a good amount of humour without going over-the-top, and the action scenes are intense but not overplayed. The romance between Blaze and Valerie isn't sickeningly sweet too, which is fantastic because again, there are bigger issues to focus on. I also like that the author created a strong female character who is willing to put her life on the line and fight monsters even though she only has her gun, guts, and determination. However, despite the lack of super strength or super speed, and with her newfound beau being a hybrid and all, she's not at all interested in being a vampire herself! No offense Bella Swan. She's good with what she's got and she manages just fine as a human. 

Now the chemistry between Blaze and Valerie was slow burning. There was no love at first sight. No I-just-knew-he-was-the-one-when-I-first-laid-eyes-on-him crap. And I loved that! There was a sense of realism. I would be remiss if I don't mention though that the love scene was intense AF. It's short but oh so sweet. Doesn't take away from the heaviness of the story at all. 

The plot of Releasing the Demons is actually quite interesting. I mean, what would happen to the world if supernatural beings do take over? How would we survive? How would the economy function? What will the government do? Those are some of the questions raised by this novel. Now, to be honest, the author didn't divulge much into the technicalities of things -- like what's happening to the rest of the world apart from New York, and how do people make a living -- and I would love for her to hint on that on future instalments. But that's not what the story is about, I think. At least not at this point. I believe, however, that as the series goes farther along, it would be interesting to see more realistic elements come into play. Again, like the government making themselves known, maybe seeing some regular people trying to fight back, something along those lines. 


Overall, Releasing the Demons is a well-written book that seems to be a solid foundation for an excellent series. I look forward to reading more of the authors work and I do recommend this to bookworms who like a little action and fantasy alongside their romance. 



L.D. Rose is a neurotic physician by day, crazed writer by night, and all around wannabe superhero. She writes dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy, but she’s been known to delve into horror, sci-fi, and medical suspense on occasion. L.D. Rose is a PAN member of the RWA, FF&P, NEC-RWA and CoLoNY. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her studly hubby, her hyperactive Boxer, and her two devious cats.

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