NEW WORLD (A DARK PARANORMAL ROMANCE): ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS, BULLY (DARK FAE : BLACK WORLD BOOK 1): FIRST FIVE ©

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Some families in this eternally dark village are fortunate; their ancestors – the first surviving humans after the Last War – made bargains with dark fae royals and warriors. 
My family is one of the lucky ones. 
Or so I thought…

The seventh prince of the realm comes to collect his yearly bounty. And what he wants to take is no longer the midnight apples from the field we harvest. 
He wants to take me–

April, a sickly human of no use to anyone, let alone a dark fae prince.

Black World is a part of the Dark Fae universe. This is the third series in that universe.
It’s a novella rapid-release series designed for KU readers. Box set options are available for the purchase-to-read readers.

PAPERBACKS AVAILABLE ON THE BOX SET PRODUCT PAGE
**PLEASE READ CONTENT WARNINGS**

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, NEW WORLD: BOOK 1 BY QUINN BLACKBIRD. THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR THE KINDLE APP AS OF 9/20/2021. IT DOES NOT HAVE AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE OR OPTION. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: Stories of the old world never fail to capture me.

THOUGHTS: This is one of the most interesting first sentences I’ve ever read. The words make sense. They are lyrical and possess great flow, but something about it baffles and intrigues me. My thoughts are, in no particular order; is that sentence right? It sounds…odd. New world? What happened to the old world? What about the old world “captures” the MC? Basically? One sentence has stirred the ole grey matter and I LOVE it.

Sentence Two: Tales of light and suns and moons and stars illuminating a world where the dark fae didn’t rule us, and cities that stood taller than the highest tree.

THOUGHTS: I haven’t read a fae book in a long, long time. This sentence excites me. I’m excited to know the old and new world.

Sentence Three: Grandfather, before he passed, used to tell me the stories his mother told him.

THOUGHTS: This is solid info. The grandfather is important to the MC, but he is also deceased. The imagery is family oriented which leads to a feeling. I imagine the author wants us to feel as though the MC is awestruck by the past as well as immersed in heritage. If so? Well done.

Sentence Four: She was the daughter of one a ‘last one’ as we call them.

THOUGHTS: Slight typo here. Nothing too bad though. The reader can still get a clear picture. Being that a paranormal element has already been plainly introduced, forgiving this oops is no problem. Especially since the term ‘last one’ has such an ancestral feel to it.

Sentence Five: Those humans who somehow survived all that war and every obstacle that the dark fae threw at them: famine, eternal darkness that swallowed up a once-light world, disease, battles, invasions and the morke.

THOUGHTS: Humans surviving heinous situations is the drama we love, but we also love seeing those same humans adjust to their new life. The fact that the human in question is our MCs grandparent means the adjusting is done. More or less. This takes some of the pressure off writer and reader alike. The journey of adjustments is over and because of that we are able to accept new situations as commonplace. No hesitation. No question. This final sentence delivered the right amount of info to keep the reader reading. GOOD JOB.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Download it.

ASCENSION (ASCENSION SERIES BOOK 1) BY LAURA HALL: FIRST FIVE©

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In a world of supernaturals, I am something else.

Ascension Day turned Average Joes into spell-casting savants, Plain Janes into glamorous vampires, and the homeless guy at the intersection of Sunset and Santa Monica into the alpha werewolf of Los Angeles. Unfortunately for me, my Ascension was… unique. I was struck by lightning and can’t stop throwing sparks

For the last fourteen years, hiding has kept me safe from the government, while my uncle’s magic has kept the public safe from me. Now, just when I’ve found some semblance of control over my power, my world turns upside down again. A terrorist organization has kidnapped my dad, thrusting me to the center of an investigation that quickly reveals my anonymity was only an illusion

Some of the most famous, dangerous supernaturals in the world surround me, and their agendas are as mystifying as my growing powers. My sworn protector is none other than Connor Thorne —  arguably the oldest, most powerful vampire in existence. But even silver linings cast shadows; Connor has more secrets than I do.

My name is Fiona Sullivan, and for better or worse, the world is about to find out exactly who I am.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, ASCENSION BY LAURA HALL. THIS BOOK IS FREE FOR THE KINDLE APP AS OF 9/14/2021. THIS BOOK DOES NOT HAVE AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: It was a typical Friday night at Sullivan’s Pub in Silver Lake.

THOUGHTS: Where and when set not only the atmosphere here, but the frame of mind as well. Now that the reader knows the MC is in a ‘pub’ on a Friday night? They are easily and quickly propelled into the ‘typical’ (great choice of words for imagery sake) bar scenario.

Sentence Two: The atmosphere was purposefully dim, with rock music providing a frenetic backdrop to an old, familiar story: a bar full of women and the men trying to go home with them.

THOUGHTS: This is a very unique and interesting way to spin the bar scene confirmation. Not all bars are created equal, so the reader needs to know if this is a dive bar or uppity joint. Usually? The “familiar story” is all the same. People gathered around trying to connect with other people, but it’s nice to know how sleazy the characters surroundings are. This description gives the whole scene a classier, but relevant, feel, so we can assume our MC is in a standard bar. Very nice.

Sentence Three: I’d like to say that when the rest of our brains came online, emotional IQs increased exponentially, leading us to seek more meaningful, lasting relationships.

THOUGHTS: This is great. Here we’re getting a hint at the paranormal element. A fact which will no doubt be explained in the following sentence. This sneak peek has got me all intrigued and curious. Exactly what you want your reader feeling by sentence three.

Sentence Four-Five: Not so much. If anything, the lack of STDs and accidental pregnancies have made casual sex disturbingly conventional.

THOUGHTS: I hear ‘casual sex’ IS conventional in nursing homes these days. Only, there’s not a lack of STDs. There’s an outbreak of them. As for the quick paranormal bit of info? It’s effing perfect. Just enough to super wet the appetite, but not so much that the premise is being judged right out of the gate. At this point? I just want to read on. That is exactly what you want the reader to feel.

FINAL THOUGHTS: DOWNLOAD it.

WHO SHE WAS: BOOK 1 (SYLVIA WILCOX MYSTERIES) BY BRAYLEE PARKINSON: FIRST FIVE©

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A grieving husband shows up at Sylvia Wilcox’s private detective agency on Christmas Eve and asks her to solve his wife’s murder. The husband, Carson Stark, doesn’t know why his wife, Liza, was in one of Detroit’s worst neighborhoods, or why anyone would want to kill her. The police suspect infidelity, but a review of the case files and information leading up to Liza’s murder fails to produce any evidence of wrongdoing on Liza’s part. As Sylvia works diligently to follow up on any and all leads, she is continuously met with roadblocks thrown up by secrets and lies from Liza’s mysterious past.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, WHO SHE WAS BY BRAYLEE PARKINSON; FREE AS OF 9/7/2021. THERE ISN’T AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE OR BOOK. THIS IS JUST FOR REGULAR OLD KINDLE APP. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: This is what you get for being in the office on Christmas Eve, I thought, as I watched a car parallel park in front of my office.

THOUGHTS: I relate to this train of thought as we’ve all been doing something other than preparing for Christmas when we needed to be preparing for Christmas. Opening with relatability is a good move.

Sentence Two: It was my fourth year of widowhood, but I still hadn’t figured out how to have a successful holiday season at home.

THOUGHTS: Lots of info here. Pace is great. Curiosity peaked. Nice job, Braylee Parkinson.

Sentence Three: After spending the past few Christmases out of town, I’d convinced myself to stay home this year.

THOUGHTS: I almost never get to stay at home for the holidays. I think I’ve only done it once in….many, many years. Gotta say; it was nice. Like. Seriously nice, but it was not without issue. Every time I would think about the daunting task of Christmas prepping, I’d follow it up with a thought like this; oh it’s okay. You’re not traveling this year. There’ll be plenty of time to get stuff done. Spoiler alert: there wasn’t. I hope our MC is smarter than me.

Sentence Four: Unfortunately, I’d overestimated the amount of business that would present itself in December, and most of my days had been spent organizing and filing paper-work.

THOUGHTS: I usually overestimate my holiday budget, the time I have to buy gifts and my ability to wrap presents quickly. So, again. This train of thought is relatable. I don’t have an idea of the stories plot yet, but I know the MC is feeling (Christmas) overwhelmed, works in an office, hasn’t stayed home for the holidays in a long time and is a widower. That’s a decent amount of information without a trace of that info dumpy feel.

Sentence Five: Now that it was Christmas Eve, a specific pang of loneliness throbbed in my throat.

THOUGHTS: Holidays are tough. I felt this. I think there’s been a time when we’ve all felt this.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This book was found with a specific person in mind. She knows who she is. I’m not usually a fan of normie (normal) thriller romances, BUT this title spoke to me. People live through so many different kinds of life-altering events, but one thing remains the same. These events change people. They’re meant to. I’ve lived through just such an event, and I’m not the same person I was before. Honestly? I wouldn’t want to be. I digress. The title spoke to me, the FIRST FIVE© were good and it was FREE. All things we love. So enjoy a change of genre and find out WHO SHE WAS.

THE DEMON IN ME (A LIVING IN EDEN NOVEL BOOK 1) BY MICHELLE ROWEN: FIRST FIVE©

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BOOK #1 IN THE LIVING IN EDEN SERIES! Eden Riley is a psychic consultant for the police, even though her abilities have never been her most reliable skill. On her most recent case, her paranormal powers are about to get her into some serious trouble.

After a serial killer is gunned down in front of her, Eden realizes that she’s quite literally no longer alone. A voice in her head introduces himself as Darrak. He’s a demon—but not it a bad way. Now he’s been bound to Eden by chance of fate. By day he can take very appealing form, but by night he needs Eden—for her body.

When Darrak promises he can coach her on getting the life—and the man—of her dreams if she doesn’t call 1-800-EXORCIST, can Eden learn to live with this sexy demon?

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, THE DEMON IN ME BY MICHELLE ROWEN; FREE AS OF 9/7/2021 FOR REGULAR KINDLE. THERE IS NOT AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE OR AUDIBLE BOOK AVAILABLE. (THAT I CAN SEE.) AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: “You’re Eden Riley, right? Wow, it’s so exciting to meet a real psychic!”

THOUGHTS: I’m almost, almost, positive I have read this series before. BUT. Michelle Rowen is an AWESOME author, and her writing has always been on point. So? When I saw this FREEBIE? I had to do a FIRST FIVE©. As for the actual first sentence? Dialogue usually implies action and action/movement is a great way to start a FF.

Sentence Two: Eden cringed and slowly turned to see a wide-eyed man with a receding hairline staring at her expectantly.

THOUGHTS: This is such an expert way of dropping lots of info. First? Now we know the MC is female. (We actually learned this in the first sentence, but still. It’s double confirmed.) Second? We know that the other character in this scene believes our MC is a psychic. Ding, ding, ding. The paranormal element has been declared. Third? That same paranormal element has excited the other character so much that he is talking about it freely. Without caution. This peaks reader intrigue. Stirs imagination. For a second sentence? This baby packs quite a punch.

Sentence Three & Four: She forced a smile. “That would be me.”

THOUGHTS: Not much to say about a few confirmation sentences. Other than they’re good and will lead to bonus sentences. I can tell.

Sentence Five: He beamed back at her.

THOUGHTS: Well? The reader for sure understands that the secondary character idolizes our MC.

Sentences Six-Eleven: “I’m Constable Santos. I was sent ahead to keep you company until Detective Hanson arrives. He’s running a bit late.” Since she’d been waiting a half hour already, she kind of figured that. “I should probably warn you that the detective’s a bit of a skeptic. He’s not that big on adding psychics to the investigation.”

THOUGHTS: Lot’s to unpack here, and all of it’s good. I can just see this book being DOWNLOADED in your future. 😉

FINAL THOUGHTS: We’ve learned the second characters name, his job and that he’s open minded. In direct contrast to those facts we’ve also learned that the person our MC will be working with doesn’t have this admirable trait. In fact, we’ve learned his character is a full-on skeptic concerning the aforementioned gift. He’s also running late. The MC is annoyed by this. Rightfully so. Because her patience is wearing thin, she’s become testy. A testy character is akin to gas on a fire. They increase pace, movement, tension, drama and curiosity. Those are all fantastic things. *Remember writers: you have 4 chapters to securely hook your reader, so every scene, plot reveal or plot twist needs to make a timely, somewhat fast-paced entrance.* IMO? Michelle Rowen has hit the ball outta the park here. So, take advantage of this zero-dollar find and have fun adventuring.

FLAMEOUT (A SOULS OF FIRE NOVEL) BY KERI ARTHUR: FIRST FIVE©

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Emberly and her red-hot partner, Jackson, have hit an impasse in their battle against the crazed humans infected by a plague-like virus derived from vampire blood. Their quest to unearth the leader of the group leads them into an ambush – and leaves Emberly at odds with her former lover, Sam, who’s pressuring her to join his Paranormal Investigations Team

To make matters worse, three local witches have been kidnapped – and if their spells fall into the wrong hands, Emberly’s powers could end up smothered. With time ticking until the virus consumes the world, Emberly and Jackson must race to save the witches, find a cure, and smoke out their nemesis – or go down in a blaze of glory….

~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, FLAMEOUT BY KERI ARTHUR. NOT FREE. DISCOUNTED BOOK FIND. THIS BOOK IS $7.99 FOR KINDLE, 1 CREDIT FOR AUDIBLE OR $3 BUCKS AT DOLLAR GENERAL (PAPERBACK VERSION.) THERE IS ALSO AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

***KERI ARTHUR IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE AUTHORS. IT WAS AWESOME FINDING HER BOOK ON THE CHEAP, AND AS PER USUAL? HER FIRST FIVE WERE SO ON POINT THAT I COULDN’T HELP SHARING.***

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Sentence One: The throaty roar of machinery shattered the peace of the cemetery.

THOUGHTS: ‘Throaty roar of machinery’ is uniquely descriptive and original. Love it.

Sentence Two: Deep in the old trees and on the other side of the road that channeled drivers up to the mausolea, light shone.

THOUGHTS: Words strung together in just the right way can create such tangible feelings. By saying ‘deep in the OLD trees,’ instead of ‘deep in the woods,’ or something similar, our reader is drawn into both the emotional and visual part of this introduction. ‘OLD’ and ‘TREES’ bring about a bit of instant recall. In general, we know that older trees are (usually) big and well rooted. This information, along with first sentence, paints a sorta bleak picture. For example, I now imagine billowy, tree limbs creaking through the absence of light. The word ‘deep’ embodies a sense of isolation. Reading this sentence gave me a feeling of ominous gloom. Very well done.

Sentence Three: It was fierce and bright against the thick cover of night, but it oddly cast the man who stood at the very edge of its circle in shadow.

THOUGHTS: This lyrical sentence keeps pace while introducing us to another character.

Sentence Four: I paused on the side of the road and took a deep breath.

THOUGHTS: We’re on sentence four and our MC has enough to unpack that he/she already needs a “timeout.” I dare say this is a (very) subtle version of promised drama.

Sentence Five: It did little to calm either my nerves or the churning in my stomach.

THOUGHTS: For a story newbie, like me, coming in right now has made me feel a bit behind. From what I know, cover and FIRST FIVE© only, I can assume the MC is the female from the cover, but I haven’t been told yet. Also? No sign of paranormal stuff yet. Still? I’m ready to read more.

Bonus Sentences: I had no right to be here. No right at all. And I certainly knew that shadow wouldn’t be, in any way, happy to see me. But I couldn’t stay away. I had to see with my own eyes the lack of a body in the grave the excavator was digging up. While it may have been only a few days ago that I’d physically confronted the man who was supposed to be buried there, some insane part of me couldn’t help hoping that it hadn’t been Luke, that it had instead been some sort of doppelgänger.

THOUGHTS: I feel lost, BUT I might have a vague idea of what’s going on. Sorta. A person named Luke is supposed to be dead. The MC doesn’t want him to be dead, and this ‘shadow’ seems to be its own living entity. Which means a paranormal element HAS been introduced.

FINAL THOUGHTS: It didn’t take me ANY sentences to snag this read. Not for three dollars. I am coming in to this story late. Something I don’t normally do. HOWEVER, I think I have Book one (of this series) in my TBR collection. If not? Oh well. I’m reading this one anyway. This FF isn’t a usual post. The book isn’t FREE, but it was ‘highly discounted.’ I suggest a trip to DG because this is a GREAT paperback buy.

FATE BOUND (FATE BOUND SAGA BOOK 1) BY MADELINE FREEMAN: FIRST FIVE©

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One girl will change the supernatural world forever.

When she’s fatally stabbed during a botched robbery, Ava’s life changes. She wakes to miraculously healed wounds, heightened senses, and a startling truth: She’s a werewolf.

But things are not as they seem. Soon, Ava’s strength wanes and the only thing that can revive her is the one thing she shouldn’t need: human blood. She is a hybrid, an abomination that shouldn’t exist.

When the supernatural community learns what Ava is, her alpha Jack will do anything he can to keep her safe. But is one life worth risking the human world Jack is sworn to protect?

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, FATE BOUND BY MADELINE FREEMAN FREE FOR KINDLE ONLY AS OF, 8/30/2021. THIS BOOK DOES HAVE AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE, BUT THE AUDIBLE BUY IS NOT FREE. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: I knew as soon as I woke up this morning that today would be the day I died.

THOUGHTS: This was the only sentence I needed to read before hitting DOWNLOAD, and here’s why: promised drama. These nuggets of gold are every bit as gripping as real action. Promised drama (a lable created by me for me) lets the reader know what is driving (usually) the plot. Promised drama gives the reader, along with the MC, time to dwell, suffer and battle against, or for, whatever issue looms over the character’s head. Promised drama will capture reader interest every time it’s used correctly, and starting a book off like this is quite the promise indeed.

Sentence Two: Call it a premonition or simply a gut feeling, but the same weight of foreboding sat in the pit of my stomach seven years ago. 

THOUGHTS: This sentence works to validate the promised drama by giving us (the reader) a morbid glimpse into the character’s issue.

Sentence Three: I knew before my aunt Erica even came to pick me up from school that my dad had finally lost his battle with cancer. 

THOUGHTS: This was an unexpected fact that moves right along but manages to shock the reader into a sad little pause. Kudos.

Sentence Four: The feeling alone should’ve been enough to keep me from going out after work, but things at the call center were worse than usual.

THOUGHTS: A bad day at work can make a person do a lot of stupid shit.

Sentence Five: Typically when people phone in for tech support, no matter how irritated they are, they understand I’m not the source of their problems and that I’m doing my best to help.

THOUGHTS: This has NOT been my experience. AT ALL. And I’ve had some tech support experiences. Let me tell ya. People who have been inconvenienced, in even the slightest of ways, want their frustrations to be yours, and they’re not happy until the problem is fixed or your miserable. Period. The end.

BONUS SENTENCES: But today, caller after caller yelled and screamed and belittled me, and going straight home to my crap apartment–with no food in the fridge and neighbors who either can’t stop arguing at the top of their lungs or think everyone in the vicinity should be able to hear what’s on their TV–was out of the question.

THOUGHTS: I like how this sentence humanize our MC and explains, quickly, why she ignored her feeling and went out to a bar after work.

FINAL THOUGHTS: While the paranormal element is sparse in this FIRST FIVE©, we still have a lot going on. Impending death. Actual death. Ignored intuition. Implied possible premonitions. Shit neighbors. A poor diet. Promised drama. I’m here for it, and you should be too.

Healing Spirit FRIEND.

Along my crystal journey, I’ve met some wonderful friends. The owner of Healing Spirit Sanctuary is just such a friend. Meighan is a wonderful soul who’s fearless in admitting her truth. She’s on a journey of learning, and I’ve loved learning with her. Of course, I’ve been acquiring crystal babies along the way. Sure. I share some of the crystals that help me with MS, but believe me. My collection has grown WAY beyond that.

(Seriously. I’ve over indulged, lol.)

Meighan’s shows are Sunday weekly, and there’s a special THRIFTY THURSDAY where Meighan sells her awesome thrift finds for a great (low) price. Watching her lives on Facebook, Instagram and occasionally Tik Tok are super enjoyable. Tonight, 8/29/2021, I know there are a FB and INSTA show. Check ’em out, crystal lovers. You won’t be disappointed.

VAMPIRES DON’T GIVE HICKEYS (THE SLAYER’S REVERSE HAREM BOOK 1) BY HOLLY RYAN: FIRST FIVE©

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“Marry the devil…or die.”

That’s the ultimatum Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, just received from a demon. Belle has only one response: To hell with him.

Turns out it’s not that easy, though—apparently the devil doesn’t know the meaning of the word no.

Lucky for Belle, three panty-melting vampires come to her aid. Three hot vampires she can’t resist. Hey, we all have our vices. Hers just happen to have fangs.

And she’s going to need these three to help her thwart the devil’s marriage proposal and defeat the terrifying dark force that wants her dead.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, VAMPIRES DON’T GIVE HICKEYS BY HOLLY RYAN. FREE FOR KINDLE ONLY AS OF, 8/25/2021. THIS DOES HAVE AN AUDIBLE SAMPLE, BUT THE AUDIBLE BUY IS NOT FREE. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: If I were going to get sprayed with vampire blood, I preferred it happen at night, and not in the summer when the word “moist” was an everyday part of my vocabulary.

THOUGHTS: I’m not sure what to say here other than I agree. Also? I do like that we’re starting with implied action and a personal train of thought. This sinks us (readers) into the MC’s frame of mind right away, so ACTUAL movement isn’t needed to keep pace or formally introduce the MC.

Sentence Two: Lucky for me, it was fall, the end of October to be exact, but not quite the dead lull of Halloween.

THOUGHTS: I truly appreciate the descriptor ‘dead lull of Halloween.’ This is originality at it’s finest.

Sentence Three: Unlucky for me, I had blood trickling between my boobs right now.

THOUGHTS: I LOVE this sentence. And I’ll tell you why. As a big titty gal, I can tell ya there is no itchier more annoying sensation than liquid trickling between the girls. It creeps a woman out, honestly. The thought of that liquid being blood? Instead of sweat? It takes trickling liquid to a whole new level. Still. That feeling is something most people can identify with. Instantly. This sentence truly goes a long way to help ANY reader connect with our MC. Kudos, Holly Ryan.

Sentence Four: I flicked some of it to the vampire I’d just dispatched, who’d had the nerve to actually fight back.

THOUGHTS: I can visualize this easy enough, but something about the action just feels weird. Maybe more will be explained in the final sentence.

Sentence Five: You would think, me being a slayer and all, and coming at you with the business end of a stake, you would just accept your fate and be okay with it.

THOUGHTS: Again, I really like the delivery of this information. It’s action adjacent which helps flow, keeps info dumping to a minimum and allows tension to keep building.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a solid FIRST FIVE© sentences. There’s info, pace and intrigue. I hit DOWNLOAD without reading past the FIRST FIVE©, and you should too. Here’s to a ‘harem’ good time!

MS ALTER TREATMENT: UPDATE.

Well. I was getting better. Then? Ugh. Set back. It was my own fault for not taking the antibiotics AS INSTRUCTED. But. What can I say? When a lesson hasn’t been learned? You gotta keep teaching it to yourself, right? I’m back on the ABs. Trying this shit again. The Uqora seems to be doing its thing, but who knows? My monthly friend is coming, so hormones are all screwy.

AKA disaster waiting to happen.

Thought I was well enough to get the vaccine this weekend, but setbacks are making that task “special” to schedule. I know I sound like a negative Nelly. I don’t mean to, but this ick spree let up JUST enough to remind me what it was like to have energy and NOT have a UTI. That was a wonderful five minutes.

I hope to enjoy more of those minutes some day.

Please ignore the crabby in me and send good vibes. I’m trying harder than a MFer to stay positive. It’s just been a real Karen out here.

GONE WITH THE MINION (MADDER THAN HELL BOOK 1) BY RENEE GEORGE: FIRST FIVE©

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How do you save your family when they’re about to lose the literal farm? You make a deal with a demon, of course. And then you spend the next one hundred and forty-nine years making him sorry he forced you to sign in blood on the dotted line. 

To save her family, Southern Belle Olivia “Liv” Madder made a bargain with a demon lord and ever since, she’s been haunted…by her three dead sisters, and her own guilty conscience. Every decade, since the deal, Liv has had to find a human willing to bargain their soul with Moloch. If she fails, even once, he’ll not only drag her to Hell, but he’ll take her sisters, too. It doesn’t mean she can’t make Lord Jerkface miserable in the process by removing his lesser demons from the Earthly plane. 

When her latest contracted soul dies before the bargain is sealed, she has less than four days to find another soul or her own agreement will be broken. But Moloch offers her a get-out-of-Hell-free card: steal an old book once owned by paranormal researcher David Jensen. The same David Jensen she fell in love with sixty years ago but left to protect him and his family. Then Moloch drops the biggest bombshell: David has died.

Heartbroken and feeling she has no choice, Liv makes the trip to Sanctum, Missouri only to find David’s grandson has the book. Worse, he’s keeping a mysterious family secret that threatens Moloch, Liv, and her three sisters. What’s a minion to do when her world falls apart? Get Madder than Hell and kick some demon butt.

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~~~~DISCLAIMER~~~~

THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK, GONE WITH THE MINION BY RENEE GEORGE, WHICH IS FREE AS OF 8/13/21. THIS HAS NO AUDIBLE SAMPLE OR AUDIBLE BOOK. FAR AS I CAN TELL. AS ALWAYS, THIS REVIEW IS BASED ON MY, JENNIFER STARKS, OPINION OF THE FIRST FIVE© SENTENCES OF THIS BOOK.

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Sentence One: It took me two seconds to spot my mark and about half that time for him to spot me.

THOUGHTS: This is a solid line. It delivers us right into the action. Which y’all know I love. There’s already an air of humor to it because the MC is confessing a slip-up right outta the gate. (Having a ‘mark’ implies killer; killers shouldn’t get spotted, but this MC seems well aware of her party foul which lends her awareness which also lends her reader credibility.)

Sentence Two: He was on the move.

THOUGHTS: This is literal action which keeps up the pace and tells our reader that the characters will be moving forward. Quickly. I like it. (Suggestion: use the FIRST FIVE© to propel your readers into the scene while delivering pertinent information. Was the person coming toward our MC? Away?)

Sentence Three: Right out the opened French doors.

THOUGHTS: This! Perfect! Here? The action is moving forward and now we have a clear view of where the ‘mark’ is heading. Away from her.

Sentence Four: I could see he was headed toward the garden.

THOUGHTS: This information is great because it keeps pace, and it gives us a vague idea of what the surroundings will be if our MC catches the ‘mark.’

Sentence Five: Why, oh, why did they always run?

THOUGHTS: This is a great sentence to unpack. Not only are we being told that the MC does this sort of thing a lot, but we’re also learning this amidst the action which peaks intrigue, interest and curiosity. These markers should really be hit in the FIRST FIVE© if an author wants to capture reader interest. IMO, Renee George has absolutely achieved this goal.

FINAL THOUGHTS: When I typed FUNNY, PARANORMAL, ROMANCE, FREE into the Amazon search bar? I had no idea what I’d get. Amazon can deliver some pretty sketchy results, right? Anyway, I wasn’t real optimistic. Imagine my surprise when this book came up third in the results. At 4.5 stars? Hell yeah, I was gonna give the FIRST FIVE© a once over, and I’m super glad I did. The title tickles me. The cover tickles me. All in all, I’m ready for one HELL (I’m getting pretty good at this word play stuff.) of an adventure. Join me, won’t you?