Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Control Freakz" by Michael Evans!

Hiya peeps! Today, I'm reviewing a dystopian adventure, written by a 15 year old debut author! Check it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below! =D

Control Freakz

~Author: Michael Evans

~Released: October 3rd 2017

~Publisher: Palmetto Publishing Group

~Length: 278

~Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Alone. Abandoned. Threatened. Natalie has lost all hope for a better future. Everything she’s known and everyone she’s ever loved is gone, and it’s up to her to get her old life back. In Michael Evans’s first novel, Control Freakz, Natalie’s journey toward a better life begins. 

When Protocol 00 is enacted, Natalie’s family is taken by the government, along with the families of her two best friends, Ethan and Hunter. With nothing to lose, and the threat of government hitmen kidnapping them at any moment, the three must battle to survive in a horrid, post-apocalyptic world run by President Ash and his invasive government. They want answers. And they’re willing to jeopardize everything in desperate pursuit. 

Risking ruthless leaders, attempted mind control, and her very existence on the planet, Natalie, along with Hunter and Ethan, will stop at nothing in their quest to regain everything they’ve ever known. Her spirits crushed and her will to live destroyed, Natalie knows everything is dead and gone, and soon she will be, too. 

Memories connect us to the past, and can often cause us to long for a better future, but they can drive our minds into a state of hell if a better future is unattainable. Nevertheless, Natalie’s hope for a better a future remains.

 My Review


Could be a great story, if not a little cliche.

Dystopian novels are very popular at the moment, and seem to be a dime a dozen. I enjoy many of them, but if there isn't something that pops out to make it unique, it ends up leaving me somewhat unsatisfied. Unfortunately, this book falls into the latter category. It isn't a bad story by any means, and was still entertaining, which is why I'm going with 3 1/2 roses.

The plot was good, with a fair mix of action, adventure, suspense, and setup. It was laid out fairly well, and I didn't notice many plot holes or hiccups. There was an obvious sense of growth and change as the plot progressed, and while it ended in a way that I probably wouldn't have gone with, it was interesting. I think it may be a soft setup for a sequel, but it felt unclear, so it may be able to be a stand alone without solid closure.

The characters were fairly well developed, with unique personalities and individual quirks. I enjoyed the main character alright, and her side kicks were entertaining. I felt as though there needed to be either a fourth character with a lighter personality to round them all out, although that is simply personal preference - I enjoy seeing characters with dramatically different personality traits to bounce off each other. These three weren't bad though, and did a fair job of carrying the reader through the story.

The writing wasn't bad, especially for a fifteen-year-old teenager. Had I been unaware of the author's age before reading, I would have assumed a college student, at least. The style was contemporary, while still painting clear scenes of a dystopian future, without being too wordy or getting lost in arbitrary details.

Overall, I see good things coming out of this author, and will be following his future works. This book was entertaining, and while I don't see myself making this a "read multiple times" book, I'm thankful to the author for the chance to have read it for a review. I would recommend it to fans of dystopian adventures, and believe it could be entertaining for the vast majority of its readers.

*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

First Movie Review!
"Stick It"

Hiya peeps! I'm super excited today, because it's my first movie review on DRR! I have previously shared this review on my UnPlugged blog, and since it's in my top 3 favorite films of all time, I thought it only fitting to cross-post it here, to kick off the movie reviews on this blog.

So, without further adieu, here we go!

Stick It

 Stick It (IMDb)

~ReleasedApril 28th, 2006

~Written & Directed byJessica Bendinger

~GenresComedy, Drama, Sport

~Plot (from IMDb):

After a run-in with the law, Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is forced to return to the world from which she fled some years ago. Enrolled in an elite gymnastics program run by the legendary Burt Vickerman (Jeff Bridges), Haley's rebellious attitude gives way to something that just might be called team spirit.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

"The Coyote: A Motivational Novel" by Steven Georgiou!

Hiya peeps! Today I'm sharing a children's novel - full novel, yes - with you. It's a wonderful motivational story. Check it out, and be sure to leave a comment below!

The Coyote: A Motivational Novel

The Coyote
~Author: Steven Georgiou

~ReleasedNovember 5th 2017

~Length: 219 Pages

~Genres: Children's, Inspirational, Fantasy

Many years ago, a young coyote named Raki was a confident fearless animal, who lived in a mysterious desert. But as he grew up due to his father’s strict ways and conditioning, Raki changed into a cowardly miserable coyote!

Time passes, and now a shadow of his former courageous self, dangerous times have occurred as evil wolves take away Raki’s family!

So it is up to the now cowardly coyote along with his loyal lizard friend to venture across the treacherous desert, to save his kind, and discover his destiny along the way!

A motivational and heart-warming tale, portraying that who we really are deep down is incredibly powerful, and through great adversity you can accomplish almost anything!

“I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You”

Written by Steven Georgiou, a London born and raised entrepreneur of Greek Cypriot heritage. This is first novel.