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Book Review & Giveaway: The Space Between by Susan Rooke

7 Nov
 
The Space Between: The Prophesy of Faeries by Susan Rooke
Category: Adult Fiction, 452 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Holynok Press
Release date: September 12, 2017
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: Oct 23 to Nov 17, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (For some violence. There is no sex or bad language)
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About the Book

Mellis, a courageous and resourceful young woman, is kidnapped from the human world and taken to the Space Between by a tribe of faeries called the Penitents. Because of guilt over an ancient sin committed by their angel ancestors against the Maker, the Penitents have cursed themselves with grotesque physical disfigurements. Mellis can help them reunite with the Maker and find their way back to redemption, but she would need to give up the life she’s always known to remain in the Space Between.

As she struggles with this heart-wrenching decision, one of the Penitents, bent on revenge, commits a gruesome attack against the tribe, and they learn he has taken Satan–the Maker’s greatest enemy–as his ally. All in the Space Between are facing grave danger. Will a long-awaited act of vengeance save them?

Susan Rooke builds a rich and fantastical world of angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Abounding with spirituality and humanity, this faery tale for adults has a cast of vivid characters you won’t soon forget.

 
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My Review

 I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a difficult book to review. There are stories within this story which made the book confusing, frustrating, and hard to follow. I did like the story of Mellis though. She’s taken from our world to the Space Between to hopefully fulfill a prophecy. Everyone she meets in this new world is good to her. They seem almost normal but each one has a burden to bear and she eventually learns why.

The characters are unique and described so well that I could picture each one as I read. Everyone has their own interesting story. 

I like the author’s writing style which includes vivid descriptions. I could picture everything as if I was there. Even when the story gets slow, her writing makes you want to keep reading, at least when I was reading Mellis’s story. I did have some difficulty making it through the other stories.

The Space Between is a fantasy full of fallen angels, faeries, dragons, and monsters. I will probably read the next book in the series with the hope that it is not as confusing. 

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 Meet the Author

 

Susan Rooke is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author of the forthcoming The Space Between Series. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and The Twilight Zone Magazine, among many others. She resides on a square of green, peaceful country not far from Austin, Texas, with her husband Glen, who runs a small cattle operation while Rooke writes fiction about angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Look for her fantasy novel, The Space Between: The Prophecy of Faeries on Amazon.Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ facebookx

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Book Review & Giveaway: A Year in the Company of Freaks by Teresa Neumann

12 Sep

Book Title: A Year in the Company of Freaks by Teresa Neumann
Category: Adult Fiction, 515 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: All’s Well House
Release date: Dec 21, 2015
Tour dates: Sept 11 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (Little violence and profanity, no f-words, no sex, but some drug use)

 

Description

It’s 1972 and a seismic clash-of-cultures is rattling northern California. In the redneck town of Trinity Springs, rumors of hippies migrating up from San Francisco have residents bracing for an invasion. When Italian-American hometown boy and Berkeley graduate Sid Jackson is busted for growing pot on his deceased parents’ farm, locals suspect the assault has begun. Will a crazy deferral program devised by the sheriff keep Sid out of prison? Or will a house full of eccentric strangers, a passionate love interest, and demons from his past be his undoing?

A “disarmingly appealing” tale of discrimination, transformation and restoration, Freaks is bursting with intrigue, drama, comic relief and romance. Reviewers agree this five-star, coming-of-age classic “very much reflects the attitude and mood of the times.”

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I don’t read a lot of general fiction because I prefer other genres but I’m glad I chose to read this book. Since I was a teen in the seventies, I don’t really think of it as historical fiction (am I that old??). It amazes me how the author was able to take a year in the life of 5 strangers and make it so interesting that I had difficulty putting the book down. Talk about a page turner!

Sid just graduated from college in Berkley and planted some pot on his deceased parents’ farm thinking he could sell enough to make money to travel Europe before getting a job. Unfortunately, someone turned him in. Since the farm is in a small town and his parents were loved by the sheriff and his wife, the sheriff is able to get a year of probation for Sid…with some restrictions. He has to stay on the farm and get boarders and take care of the finances as well start fixing up the farm. 

When the boarders start showing up, Sid wonders how in the world he’ll ever get through a year with these strangers. One is a Jesus freak, one is an albino motorcyclist, one is just a little crazy, and one is a Vietnam vet. They’re all so different but as they work together to do chores and get to know each other, by the end of the year they’re good friends. Sid not only learns that there’s more to people than what’s on the surface but the year of responsibility helps him to grow up and appreciate his relationships with friends and family.

The characters in A Year in the Company of Freaks are complex and believable. The turmoil of the seventies is well represented by them. It is full of love, conflict, friendship, loyalty, and drama. 

 

Praise for A Year in the Company of Freaks:

“This coming of age story will draw the reader right in. Teresa Neumann demonstrates how much she values relationships in her writing … a precious skill. I held my breath all the way through to the final few pages. Five stars!” — The San Francisco Book Review

“As it relates to the complicated clash of culture and counterculture, Freaks acts as an authentic, strongly Seventies book. Northern California works as a strong presence in the novel that is vivid and omnipresent, but never overwhelming. Sure to intrigue and entertain, Freaks will have its digs in you before you realize how involved you’ve become.” — The Manhattan Book Review

 

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About the Author

Author of highly-acclaimed “A Year in the Company of Freaks,” Teresa was raised in a large Midwest family and now lives in Oregon. She is also the author of “Bianca’s Vineyard,” and its sequel, “Domenico’s Table.” Both books are based on the true stories of her husband’s Italian family in Tuscany. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians.

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Book Review: Short-lived by Michael Pritsos

24 Sep

21897918Title: Short-lived

Author: Michael Pritsos

Genre: Dark fiction

Publication Date: April 5, 2014

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About the Book

(from Goodreads)

Short-Lived is a dark novella set amidst the grittier areas of Phoenix, Arizona. Nine stories tell tales of money, power, life, and death. Short-Lived intricately weaves the lives of a drug addict, his love interest, dealers, and those struggling for power in the streets. Who will come out on top, and who will get left in the dust?

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I started this novella a couple of times but I had trouble getting into it. I opened it today and told myself that I was going to read it this time or give up trying. I’m glad I gave it another chance.

Short-lived was a little hard to get into but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down because I had to finish it to find out what happened.

Sadly, I think Short-lived is probably realistic. It’s a dark story about gangs, drugs, violence and death. It could have ended in many different ways but the way Michael Pritsos ended it was fitting.

Available on Amazon.

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About the Author

2892946Michael Pritsos has studied English with emphases in both Literature and Creative Writing at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. Recently completing his enlistment as a U.S. Marine, Michael plans to return to Arizona State University to pursue a Masters in English. His third book, Severance, is a collaborative effort and the first book in a heroic fantasy series entitled The Sovereign.

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