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Book Review: Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson

6 Aug

 

Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Mystery

Date Published: Feb 18, 2014

Publisher: Ingramspark

2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery

 

2015 RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal

2015 New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook

Chosen as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2014!!!

 

Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night

Could Maura’s life get any worse? …turns out it most certainly can.

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.

Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother’s lies—become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.

 

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My Review

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

Maura has always been different and has kept to herself. It’s not that she doesn’t want friends, she’s just never had any friends. When she’s a junior in high school and her cheerleader neighbor suddenly wants to befriend her, Maura is suspicious but grateful to finally have a  circle of friends. When it turns out to be a terrible prank, she should be devastated, but she’s rescued by Ron, a senior she recently met and is getting to know.

Maura is moving to Canada soon so she doesn’t want to get close to Ron, but she can’t help herself. He’s supportive no matter what happens, even when he sees her scarfing down raw meat and drinking blood from a wound. And her overprotective mom actually lets him into their lives.

 I like Claudette Melanson’s writing style. You can feel Maura’s concern about her health. I was surprised, though, that the thought of vampire didn’t even cross her mind, especially with the blood craving.

As in many young adult novels, the relationship between Ron and Maura is sweet but unrealistic. Ron is a perfect book boyfriend, one that we all wish existed.

The end of the book turned out as I expected. It wasn’t a disappointment but I want to find out what happens next.

 

About the Author

Claudette Melanson writes dark fantasy in Kitchener, Ontario with four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her head.
In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories…along with other genres of great fiction, as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.
Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a snow-filled wood in the Yukon—the perfect writing spot—and the completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.

 

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Website: http://bit.ly/1DVaL7x

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cmelansonauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bella623

Blog: http://www.claudettemelanson.com/blog1

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7881896.Claudette_Melanson

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Two Brothers: Species by Sofia Diana Gabel

19 Jul

 

Sci-Fi, YA

Date Published: 2/12/16

Publisher: Escargot Books and Music

The third and final book in the Ramtalan Trilogy brings Argus and Tai Dachel to a critical juncture in their lives. Struggling to maintain some sort of normalcy, the boys soon discover that they’ll never be the same and those around them, including Argus’s girlfriend Lola, are in danger from the Invaders and the government agency AURA. With enhanced abilities, Argus has to come to grips with being different from his brother and being an enemy to the Ramtalans he thought were his friends. When hyper-intelligent, powerful Argustine Lenox and his sister, Galena, threaten to cleanse the Earth of humans and New Breeds, Argus and Tai have a difficult decision to make. Which side do they join? The Invaders accept them, while the Settler Ramtalans consider them dangerous. As if that’s not enough, Argus is on the brink of adulthood and must choose what sort of man he wants to be: defiant, compassionate, strong or all three. Nothing will matter though if he can’t save the Earth.

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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.

I read the first two books in this trilogy and was looking forward to reading this one and learning how things turn out. I don’t recommend reading this book before reading the other two because they build on each other. This one starts where Two Brothers: Heritage left off. 

I like Sofia Diana Gabel’s writing style because it’s my favorite kind. She tells a good story and doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy descriptions.

Two Brothers: Species is full of action and surprises but it also wraps up the trilogy. Argus and Tai Dachel have grown from boys to men along the way. They’ve had a lot to deal with and some important and difficult decisions to make along the way. I like how this book ends and I’m going to miss reading about them.

Anyone who likes science fiction will enjoy this trilogy. Even though it’s written for young adults, adults will like it too. At least, I did and I’m well into my adulthood.

 

Excerpt

Lola was sleeping peacefully and since Argus didn’t want to wake her, he crept into the kitchen for something to drink. His head was spinning from everything that had happened, especially with Tai. How could he have done that to his own brother? If Galena hadn’t been around, Tai would be dead, permanently. Argus got a glass of water and noticed the dent in the wall where he’d thrown Tai.

“What have I done? I hurt everyone around me.” He leaned against the kitchen counter. He was racking up quite a list; Tai, Lola and Aunt Celeste, who was now Galena’s prisoner. “Damn it!”

“Argie?” Lola whispered in a hoarse voice.

He rushed to her side. “Lola? Are you all right? How do you feel?”

She was sitting up, still very pale. “Where am I? What happened? Your eyes!”

He sat on the couch, covered his eyes and took her hand. “This is a place called the Citadel. The Ramtalan headquarters on Earth. But you’re okay. I accidentally brought you here.”

“Oh. But what’s wrong with your eyes? They’re red.”

“I know. Don’t freak out. It’s nothing. Should I put sunglasses on?”

She shook her head. “No. I’ll get used to it. It kind of looks like you had a bad night, a really bad night.” She gently pulled his hand away from his eyes. “Wow. Do they hurt?”

“No.” He sighed. “I’ve sort of inherited my father’s eyes. Are you sure you’re not freaked out?” He looked away.

“Argie, at this point, nothing about you freaks me out. So what exactly happened? I was at school, on the field with the spaceship and then I felt like something was tearing me apart.” She burrowed her head against his shoulder. “It was horrible.”

“I’m so sorry. I would never have done that to you on purpose. It’s called a molecular shift. Are you sure you’re okay?” He stroked her hair. “I’d die if anything ever happened to you.”

She leaned back and wiggled her hands and arms. “Nothing seems to be broken. How does a molecular shift work? Did it make me invisible like you said it makes you?”

How much should he tell her? Well, obviously not too much since he didn’t fully understand how a shift worked. “It, ah, dissociates your molecules, or something like that. But then they all come back together.” He gave a little shrug. “It stops hurting after a few times.”

Lola nodded. “Well, I don’t want to do it again. Ever. Is your brother here, too? And your aunt?”

“Yeah. But…” How could he tell her he’d brought her right into the middle of a war and that Lenox was on his way? “I don’t want to talk about it right now.”

“Oh, okay. Family drama. I get it.” She took his hand. “Hey, before I forget, everyone loves our spaceship float.” She smiled and drew in a deep breath. “Rumor has it that we’ll win best float.”

Argus found himself smiling, too. “Cool. I love you, Lola.”

“You better,” she whispered.

He gave her a kiss on the cheek and stood. “Lola, Lenox is coming here.”

She jumped to her feet. “What? I hate that guy. Sorry, I know he’s your dad, but really, I hate him. Can we leave and go home before he gets here? Where exactly are we?”

“Labrador. Under an island. And we can’t leave. When I tried to bring another Ramtalan here, I accidentally brought you. I don’t want to try to do anything else that could…hurt you.” He looked at her carefully. She didn’t seem any different. Maybe Galena was wrong. “You sure you feel okay?”

She walked around the living room. “Yep, I feel pretty good in fact. Galena’s coming.”

“What? What did you say?” Argus went to her. “Lola, how do you know that?”

A moment later, the door opened and Galena, with Ari in tow, walked in. She didn’t have the Wand. “Argus, I need you to come with me. Tai’s asking for you. Hello, Lola.”

Lola came forward. “You’re Galena, aren’t you? How do I know you?”

Instinctively, Argus dashed out in front of Lola. “Lola, it turns out that Galena is my real aunt. And Ari over there is my half-brother.”

“You have a very complicated family, Argie.”

He nodded. “I know. Galena helped…I mean…when I brought you here, she sort of…”

Galena groaned. “Nice to see you up and around, Lola. Argus, go with Ari, Lola and I need to have a talk.”

“Wait!” Argus shook his head. “I’m not leaving her here with you.”

Lola put her hand on his shoulder. “It’s okay. I think I need to talk to her.”

Argus turned and faced her. “I can’t leave you, Lola. I mean, I really can’t. It’s that Protector thing in me.”

“Argus,” Galena said firmly. “I will not harm Lola, but I must evaluate her. You need to leave. Tai’s fighting with the medical team and won’t settle down until he sees you. Lola will be here when you get back. Understand?”

“Lola.” Argus leaned down slightly and kissed her on the lips. It felt like the first time he’d ever kissed her; warm and sweet. “I’ll be right back.”

Ari was standing by the open door with a scowl on his face. “Hurry up, Argus, I have more important things to do than babysit you and Tai.”

Argus went to Ari and shoved him out of the way. “Nobody babysits either of us, brother.” He strode through the doorway and into the corridor.

 

About the Author

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sofiadianagabel

Twitter: @sofiadianagabel

Blog: http://approachablefiction.blogspot.com/

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Book Review & Giveaway: Two Brothers: Heritage by Sofia Diana Gabel

12 Jul

 

Sci-Fi, YA

Date Published: 8/3/15

Publisher: Escargot Books and Music

In the second book in the Ramtalan Trilogy, Argus Dachel, a far-from-ordinary half-alien teen, finds himself mixed up in the battle between a hostile faction of Invaders and the peaceful Ramtalans he’s come to know as his friends. With his brother Tai held captive at the Citadel and disturbing news about his father, Argus has to come to grips with the truth about who he really is. Not only is the government agency, the Astronomical Urgent Recovery Administration, AURA, hot on his tail, but his relationship with his girlfriend Lola is in jeopardy. As his special abilities increase and become stronger, he risks exposure and capture. When the enemy closes in and the Citadel is attacked, it seems victory is impossible, but losing means certain death. He must find some way to protect everyone around him, but winning is impossible. Or is it?

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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 read Two Brothers: Origin, the first book in the trilogy and was looking forward to reading the second book in the trilogy.

Two Brothers: Heritage is not a stand alone and this series should be read in order. It starts right where book one leaves off. Argus is back home with his aunt and going to high school. Tai is still at the Citadel being kept against his will. This is the first time Argus has been without Tai and it’s really affecting him. Of course, he and his aunt are trying to get him back.

Max is back and although his memory has been erased, he knows that he needs to keep an eye on Argus, he’s just not sure why. This guy is like a dog on a bone.

Two Brothers: Heritage is full of action, has several plots, and twists. I like where it ended and I’m looking forward to the next book in the trilogy. 

I like Sofia Diana Gabel’s writing style because it’s my favorite kind. She tells a good story and doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy descriptions.

 

About the Author

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transphttps://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/two-brothers-heritageort the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

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Website:  http://www.sofiadianagabel.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sofiadianagabel

Twitter: @sofiadianagabel

Blog: http://approachablefiction.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4635674.Sofia_Diana_Gabel

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Third Chronicles of Illumination by C.A. Pack

11 Jul

 

YA Paranormal

Date Published: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Artiqua Press

 

Oh, no! Johanna Charette and Jackson Roth have allowed a sneaky shapeshifter to slip right through their fingers. The good news is that he’s now trapped between the layers of time and space with their Terrorian nemesis, Nero 51. The bad news is the Terrorian wants to control all the Libraries of Illumination, while the shapeshifter wants to control everything else. Who knows how long the Illumini system will remain safe? It’s taking a toll on Johanna and Jackson, who are smack in the center of everything as they struggle to protect the libraries’ legacy. Can you spell s-t-r-e-s-s? The pressure is driving a stake between the teens, and their mercurial romance could be over before it has truly begun.

 

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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.

Johanna and Jackson are curators of a Library of Illumination. It’s different from a normal library in that some of the books come to life. There are Libraries of Illumination in other realms and one of them is trying to take over the other libraries. Johanna and Jackson are not only trying to keep their library safe but they’re trying to keep Merlin’s book of spells safe from Odyon, a shape-shifting wizard.

Johanna and Jackson make a good pair. Their relationship is becoming strained though because of the stress of keeping the library safe. I’m hoping that eventually, they’ll end up together.

I didn’t read the beginning of this series but it wasn’t difficult to get into it. The problem is that it’s ongoing and now I’m going to have to read the next one! I like the Primary Characters & Symbols information and the map at the end of the book. It was helpful.

I definitely recommend Third Chronicles of Illumination for young adults as well as adults but I suggest reading the complete series.

 

About the Author

C. A. Pack is the author of the YA supernatural series Library of Illumination/Chronicles of Illumination, as well as the historical fiction, Code Name: Evangeline, and the fantasy, Evangeline’s Ghost.  She is an award-winning former journalist and television news anchor, working in the New York metropolitan area. The author is a member of International ThrillerWriters, and Sisters in Crime, and has formerly served as president of the Press Club of Long Island. She lives in Westbury, NY, with her husband, a picky parrot, and dozens of imaginary characters who constantly demand page space.

 

Contact Information

Website:          www.libraryofillumination.com

Facebook:        www.facebook.com/libraryofillumination/

Twitter:           twitter.com/IlluminationCAP

Blog:               www.carolpack.com/blog/

Pinterest:         www.pinterest.com/carolpack/library-of-illumination/

Goodreads:     www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard

 

 

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Book Review: Two Brothers: Origin by Sofia Diana Gabel

3 Jul

 

Sci-Fi, YA

Date Published: 8/13/13 

Publisher: Escargot Books and Music

Seventeen-year-old brothers, Argus and Tai Dachel, want more than anything to be regular teens, but because they’re half alien, New Breeds, that’s not as easy as it seems. And it sure doesn’t help that they’re being pursued by a secret government agency and hostile aliens who are exterminating all New Breeds. As government agent Max Jackson gets close to discovering the brothers’ identity and the hostile alien forces close in, Argus and Tai will have to risk everything to survive and protect their new friends.

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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.

Argus and Tai are twins who lost their parents when they were young and have been cared for and home schooled by their “aunt” all of their lives. Now that it’s their senior year in high school, they’re being allowed to go to a public high school mainly because their mother had wanted them to live normal lives. The problem is that they’re anything but normal. They’ve always known that they have special abilities but they find out that they don’t know the complete story. The poor twins find this out after their first day of high school…talk about a rough day!

The twins are actually half alien and half human and are the only ones of their kind to live past their 16th birthday. So, of course, their “people” want to find out what makes them different from all of the others. Their aunt is their Guardian and is responsible for keeping them safe. There is a government agency looking for them, as well as hostile aliens, so auntie has her job cut out for her.

The story is told from the viewpoints of Argus and Max, who works for the government agency trying to track down aliens. Argus is lovable and kind. His brother Tai is more of a secondary character and he seems to have a problem with anger which scares him. Even though Max should be considered a bad guy, he really isn’t. Some of these characters are complex which makes for an even better story.

I like Sofia Diana Gabel’s writing style because it’s my favorite kind. She tells a good story and doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy descriptions.

I am planning on reading the next story in the series soon and I’m excited to find out what happens next! 

 

 

About the Author

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

Contact Information

Website:  http://www.sofiadianagabel.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sofiadianagabel

Twitter: @sofiadianagabel

Blog: http://approachablefiction.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4635674.Sofia_Diana_Gabel

 

 

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If I Died Tonight

16 May

Book Review: Who She Was by Stormy Smith

3 May

Available May 4th

Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget.

Unable to let Charlie go again without understanding the truth of why she disappeared from his life and chose to become the type of person they always hated, Trevor is relentless in his pursuit of the girl he once knew.

Charlotte (Charlie) Logan is broken. Under her perfectly-crafted exterior are the shards of a shattered heart. A handful of angry words changed her life completely and Charlie’s never been able to forgive herself for the truth she’s hidden from everyone.

While Trevor pushes Charlie to remember the music that lit her soul and the laughter they shared, they find themselves reverting to a banter-filled rhythm that feels all too familiar, yet different now. When Trevor’s own secrets come to light, it becomes clear he and Charlie both must face their tragic pasts if they have any hope at a future together.

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My Review

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

I had read the Bound series by Stormy Smith and I like her writing so I was happy to read Who She Was. The problem is that I was not prepared for all of the emotions it caused. I ended up with a headache from crying: happy crying and sad crying.

Trevor and Charlie are survivors. They were best friends until they were 13 years old and Trevor’s family moved away. Even though they both tried to keep in touch, they lost touch, each one thinking the other one had abandoned them. Now, four years later, they’re both at the same college and both are broken. They’re happy to be together again but they each have secrets. Can they learn to share and face their secrets or is it impossible for them to have a relationship with so much shared past and so much lost time?

Even though Who She Was is a young adult novel, it will pull on the heartstrings of adults as well.

 

 

About the Author

Stormy Smith is the author of the number one bestselling Bound series. She calls Iowa’s capital home now, but was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. She knew quickly stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form.

Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and couldn’t be stopped. When she isn’t working on, or thinking about, her books, Stormy’s favorite places include bar patios, live music shows, her yoga mat or anywhere she can relax with her husband or girlfriends.

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Book Review: The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Wizards by Steve LeBel

26 Apr

Title: The Universe Builders (Book #3): Bernie and the Wizards

Author: Steve LeBel

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Publication Date: June 15, 2017

Description (from Goodreads)

Bernie fixes broken universes for a living. Unlike other gods, who tend to take a hell-fire-and-brimstone approach to problem-solving, Bernie prefers a more gentle approach.

Bernie’s job is to restore production on the planet Photox, but he soon discovers a world caught up in a civil war. With a hard-to-please boss breathing down his neck and a personal life in desperate need of relationship advice, Bernie’s chances of success are dwindling fast. The gods on Bernie’s world are no help. If he fails to restore production, they will destroy Photox’s entire population.

Bernie is desperate to keep this from happening, even if the murderous wizard causing all the problems is powerful enough to hurt a god…

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All books in The Universe Builders series are standalone and can be read in any order. The first book, Bernie and the Putty, won 16 national and international awards for excellence. 

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free advanced review copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read Bernie and the Putty and Bernie and the Lost Girl and I’ve been patiently waiting for this book to be ready.

I love the world that Steve LeBel has created in which gods create universes. Unfortunately, most of the gods believe that their creations have no feelings so they have no qualms about destroying a universe if it didn’t turn out the way they wanted. Bernie believes that all life forms, especially higher life forms that have intelligence, should be preserved if at all possible. He suspects that they may even have souls. This is causing Bernie problems in his new job in which he is a troubleshooter. His boss is ready to wipe out the farmers on the planet Photox that Bernie is working on but Bernie is working hard to save them. With a final deadline approaching, Bernie is running out of time.

The characters are well developed and have mostly human characteristics. Bernie, the main character, is a young god, famous because of winning an award for a universe he created. His best friends are Suzie and Lenny and they try to help him figure out ways to save Photox. 

I like Steve LeBel’s writing style. He brings the characters and the planets alive. I’m sure Bernie and the Wizards will be winning awards like Bernie and the Putty did. Now if I could only fast forward time long enough to grab a copy of Steve’s next book…

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About the Author

What is the best way to describe an author who writes humorous fantasy?
 
Do we tell about bookshelves full of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal books, his love of mythology, or the years he spent as dungeon master? Or is it more important to know his favorite player-character was a chaotic-good elven fighter / magic user? What about that stack of old comic books he never seems to get rid of?

But there’s a serious side too. The other half of his bookshelf is filled with books on management, marketing, computer programming, and financial analysis? What about his years as a hospital president, or the many businesses he created, his years as a stock trader? What about his early years counseling drug addicts?
 
Is there a pattern to his travels around the world? Why chose places like King Arthur’s Camelot, the Temple of Delphi, Buddha’s Tree of Enlightenment, China’s Forbidden City, or the Great Pyramid of Egypt? What is it he’s searching for?
 
And what does any of this have to do with writing a good fantasy book?
 
Perhaps it’s that mix within Steve that makes The Universe Builders such a delightful story with such serious undertones.

 

Book Site:  www.TheUniverseBuilders.com
Email:  Steve@TheUniverseBuilders.com
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Book Review: Savages by Katherine Bogle

12 Apr

 

Savages (Chronicles of Warshard #2)

 

Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen, is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica Tribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers.

When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future.

Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined.

Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment.

 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read Haven by Katherine Bogle and really liked it so I jumped at the chance to read and review this book.

Savages is about Breen, who is taken from her home when she is a teen, locked in a dungeon with other warriors from her tribe, and is tortured until she’s broken. It gets to the point that she either give in or die. One of the enemy soldiers, Drakkone, persuades her to make a decision to give in before it’s too late.

Breen’s honor and determination are admirable. Everything she does is with escape on her mind. She must get home to her people. Drakkone does what he can to help her but it becomes apparent that escape is the only option for both of them.

The second half of the book draws on the story from Haven and would be confusing if I hadn’t read it first. It is nonstop action since Breen and Drakkone are on the run.

Savages is a young adult fantasy that I definitely recommend for young adults as well as adults. But be prepared: it is not a light-hearted read since it is full of fighting, torture, and loss. 

 

 

 

About the Author

2016-08-31_14-25-16Katherine Bogle‘s debut young adult novel, Haven, came second in the World’s Best Story contest 2015. She currently resides in Saint John, New Brunswick with her partner in crime, and plethora of cats.

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Book Review: Taken by the Shadow by Rue

6 Apr

Title: Taken by the Shadow (The Chronicles of Hawthorn #4)

Author: Rue

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: February 5, 2017

 

Summary

Captive. Heartbroken. Sentenced to death.

The Shadow Witch has finally won. Flynn Hawthorn, heir to the wand of the Coven of the Sacred Wood, has been Taken by the Shadow.

As the peace of Aotearoa is shattered by the evil seeping out of Dreamwood Forest and Magdelana continues her quest for power, Flynn remains a prisoner.

Flynn’s magick is held in check by cruel iron bracelets and she is forced to choose between her love for her people and her constant craving for dark magick—knowing that her decision has the potential to change the future for the inhabitants of Aotearoa and Southeil.

Flynn has to make a decision: salvation or destruction.

But for whom?

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My Review

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

I love this series! I read the first three books and had to start this one right away because book #3, The Shadow Calls, ended in a cliffhanger. Poor Flynn has been taken by the Shadow Witch and things don’t look promising for her or her people.

Flynn, the main character, is supposed to become High Priestess after her mother. How can she do that when she’s been imprisoned by the Shadow Witch? They’ve put iron bracelets on her so that she can’t use her powers, although eventually they let her remove them for short periods of time because Magdelena, the Shadow Witch, wants to use Flynn and bring her to the dark side. 

I’ve grown to love the characters in the Chronicles of Hawthorn. They’re well developed and Rue’s writing flows well. I can’t wait for the next book! Obviously, I recommend this series. To get the most out of the books, I suggest reading them in order.

 

About the Author

Rue_2013BW(2)Rue graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, with a degree in Journalism. Her intimate knowledge of the Midwestern United States, the inordinate amount of time she spent in its churches’ pews and her unique parentage make her an expert on life after religion. Having moved 17 times by the time she graduated from high school Rue has seen more than her share of the Great Plains. She never stayed in one place long enough to make lasting human friends. Her best friends were all characters from her beloved books; and the love of reading led to a lifelong passion for writing.

 

 

 

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