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Audiobook Review: Oshun Rising by Jennifer Alsever

3 Jul

 

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Author: Jennifer Alsever

Narrator: Moira Todd

Series: Trinity Forest Series, Book 2

Publisher: Sawatch Publishing

Released: May 30, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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OSHUN has everything a young pop star could ever want—fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there’s something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there’s no going back.

EMBER is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she’s been having—prophecies of murder, deception, and blackmail. But once she begins to untangle them, she realizes that they might not be dreams at all…and if she doesn’t find a way to stop what she’s seeing, more people will die.

MADDIE is barely staying afloat. How can she be expected to care about school when her best friend Ember is still missing, presumed dead? So when Ember’s brother calls and tells her about his theory about a pop star who may be involved in Ember’s disappearance, she rallies him to take a road trip to check it out.

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A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.
When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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Narrator Bio

Moira Todd is a Washington, DC-based actor. She originally hails from Mt. Hood, Oregon where the trees are always green, the mountain is always pointy, and the weather is usually rainy. It was there that she learned the secret arts of alpine skiing and whistling at the same time as you hum. While neither has proved useful in her theatre career, she remains hopeful. These days she spends most of her free time swimming, baking bread, and watching whale documentaries.

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I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

I listened to Ember Burning, the first book in the Trinity Forest series and was glad I had Oshun Rising to listen to right after it because I had to find out what was going to happen! 

Ember is no longer supposed to exist. She’s been “reborn” as the pop star Oshun. But her rebirth was rushed, she didn’t want it, and mistakes were made. So Ember still exists somewhere deep down in Oshun and occasionally, Ember gets a glimpse of what is going on. 

Ember’s brother Jared has never given up on finding her. When he calls Ember’s best friend Maddie she’s concerned about his obsession with finding Ember after three years have passed. She decides a road trip might be what he needs and they end up going to one of Oshun’s concerts. Poor Maddie is trying to help Jared and she realizes that she loves him, but she’s afraid she’s going to lose Jared along with Ember.

Jennifer Alsever does a great job at expressing Maddie’s thoughts and feelings as well as her confusion when trying to deal with Jared and Oshun. The narrator, Moira Todd, also does well and has good timing and a good singing voice as Oshun/Ember.

Oshun Rising has a little bit of everything: paranormal, fantasy, horror, romance, drama, and humor. I can’t wait until I have the time to listen to the third book in the series. Oshun Rising stops at a good place but the world is still at risk!

 

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever

26 Jun

 

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Author: Jennifer Alsever

Narrator: Moira Todd

Series: Trinity Forest Series, Book 1

Publisher: Sawatch Publishing

Released: Sep. 7, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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Author Jennifer Alsever delivers an addictive story ideal for fans of The Uglies, We Were Liars, and Before I Fall about a teen grieving over her parent’s tragic death who becomes entangled with a mysterious forest teeming with urban legends of strange disappearances and witchcraft.

Ember Trouve used to be alive, driven to become a musician and on a path to college. That was before her parents died. One day, after venturing into the fabled Trinity Forest, she goes missing. Now, Ember must confront the truth behind her parents’ death – or lose herself to the forest forever.

In this fresh and compelling novel, Jennifer Alsever creates a paranormal world of loss, mystery, love, and survival as Ember searches for escape – and a path back to herself. Ember Burning is the first installment of the three-book Trinity Forest series.

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A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.
When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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Moira Todd is a Washington, DC-based actor. She originally hales from Mt. Hood, Oregon where the trees are always green, the mountain is always pointy, and the weather is usually rainy. It was there that she learned the secret arts of alpine skiing and whistling at the same time as you hum. While neither has proved useful in her theatre career, she remains hopeful. These days she spends most of her free time swimming, baking bread, and watching whale documentaries.

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I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

Ember is a teenager whose parents died in a car accident. She was also in the accident but not only survived it, she blames herself for it. She was once a good student but she doesn’t care any more. She’s alienated her best friend and has even started popping pills.

And then Ember goes to Trinity Forest. It’s a place that the people from her town stay away from because so many people have disappeared there. She meets some people who seem nice, live in an amazing house, and want her to stay. It seems too good to be true…and it is. When she wants to leave, she finds out that she’s not allowed to and the gate that she entered to get onto the property no longer exists.

Jennifer Alsever does a good job making the reader feel what Ember is going through. There were times I thought she was being immature but then I remembered she’s just in high school. She’s young! The narrator, Moira Todd, also does well portraying Ember and has good timing and a good singing voice.

Ember Burning is a scary young adult book with a touch of romance and several damaged characters. It could actually end with book one but I’m glad there are more books in the series. In fact, I’m getting ready to listen to the next book and look forward to seeing what is going to happen.

 

 

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Book Review: Flood and Fire by Deirdra Eden

5 Jan
Flood and Fire (Book #3 of The Watchers Series) by Deirdra Eden
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About the Book

Auriella joins the ranks of the Immortals, but Azrael has vanished in the depths of war.

She is forced to choose between love or loyalty when the druids charge her with finding Alamar, an unruly Watcher who can control the seas. Though witty and charming, Alamar and his blood thirsty friends can’t be trusted.

Now, it’s a race against time to find Azrael before he is killed, and Alamar before he is recruited by the Shadow Legion.

Available on Amazon.

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The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Traditional Apocrypha, the Pearl of Great Price and the Kabbalah. The Watchers are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad.

 

Deirdra Eden’s, The Watcher’s Series, is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

 

My Review

I chose to read 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 The Watchers Series, Knight of Light and Hidden Fire, and was excited to read Flood and Fire.

Auriella has been asleep for 50 years while her body recovers from death. When she awakens, Azreal, the love of her life, is not there. She eventually finds out that Azreal thought that she would choose not to return to Earth as an Immortal so he left to fight against Erebus and the Shadow Legion. Since being with Azreal is the only reason Auriella chose to be an Immortal, she is devastated. Her main goal is to find him but first she has to learn to control her fire powers.

After training for a short time, Auriella is sent on her first mission and then she plans on finding Azreal. Her mission is to find Alamar, whose power is water. If Erebus gets a hold of him first, and he joins the Shadow Legion, all hope could be lost.

I like the character of Auriella. She is a little impulsive at times but she knows what she wants and she’s determined to get it. Alamar is a complex character who has a good soul even though he’s a pirate. The love/hate relationship between the two of them makes an interesting read, but poor Auriella doesn’t know what to make of it.

I was disappointed in the end of Flood and Fire. No spoilers here so I’ll just say that there was a character who completely and suddenly changed and it just felt wrong. I’ll continue to read the Watchers Series, though, of course. I love reading about Auriella and look forward to the next book.

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Deirdra Eden has spent the last decade captivating audiences of all ages with her Amazon Bestselling novels and fairy tales. Her specialty is paranormal theology that delves into documented historical phenomenon and natural disasters of biblical proportions that entices indulgence of a fine line between fact and fantasy.

Deirdra enjoys jousting in arenas, sword fighting and archery, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures with her family.

 
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Book Review: Kaitlin’s Tale by Christine Amsden

16 May

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Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin’s past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series

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Ebook:  Amazon

Print Release: July 15, 2016

Audiobook Release: TBA

 

My Review

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

I read the Cassie Scot series by Christine Amsden and was sorry to see it end, so I was thrilled when I learned that she was writing about Cassie’s two best friends. I read Madison’s Song, which was good, but I liked Kaitlin and her story with Jason so I couldn’t wait to read Kaitlin’s Tale. I have grown fond of the characters and the town of Eagle Rock and I was happy to see that Cassie and her husband had a small role in this book. 

Kaitlin has been with Jason, the father of her baby and a vampire, for about a year. She has finally realized that she’s not going to get the fairy tale family that she had dreamed of. Jason is no longer himself and she needs to get her son away from him. She doesn’t really have anywhere safe to go that’s close so she ends up going from one bad situation to another. When Matthew Blair shows up, she wants to trust him to take her home but she knows that he hurt Cassie and she doesn’t believe that he can be trusted.

I like Christine Amsden’s characters because they are always complex. Kaitlin has always felt like she didn’t deserve a good man and has some deep, dark secrets. Matthew can read minds so Kaitlin is afraid that he’ll learn her secrets and when he finds out that she is resistant to his magic, he’s scared of her because he can’t wipe her memories. What a couple of messed up people who might just be right for each other!

Kaitlin’s Tale is full of vampires, magic, suspense, and love. It does stand on its own but I enjoyed it even more since I’d read the Cassie Scot series. I definitely recommend all of Christine Amsden’s books, especially if you like series like I do. 

 

 

The Cassie Scot Series

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)

Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)

Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)

Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

Madison’s Song (a Cassie Scot Companion)

 

About the Author

2016-05-15_2034Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, which scars the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. In addition to being a writer, she’s a freelance editor, mom, and foster mom.

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Book Review: Seams in Reality by Alex Siegel

7 Apr

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Author: Alex Siegel

Genre: Young Adult Fantasyy

Publication Date: September 26, 2014

About the Book

SEAMS IN REALITY is the first book in the Seams in Reality Series.

As a freshman in a suburban college nearChicago, Andrew leads a mundane life until he meets a professor named Tonya. She is secretly a master sorcerer, and she invites him into a conspiracy of magic. Only those few who possess exceptional talent may join. A resourceful young woman named Charley has the same supernatural gift. She accompanies Andrew on his journey into a dark profession, and romance quickly blooms between the young apprentices. When Andrew meets Blake, a sorcerer who knew his grandfather, Andrew becomes embroiled in a game of lies and treachery. Blake’s thirst for power leaves a trail of casualties, and in the end, only Andrew can stop him.

My Review

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

Seams in Reality is about a world in which there are sorcerers as well as humans. The government knows about sorcerers and keeps strict control over them for fear of public safety. 

This book grabbed my interest from the beginning and kept me hooked until the end. It is well written and flows well. It is full of drama, suspense, and magic. 

The characters are well developed. Andrew is a typical teenage boy but he’s forced to grow up with his new responsibilities and newly realized powers as an apprentice. Charley, on the other hand, has been an apprentice for over a year and has accepted the life she was born to live. It turns out that, together, they are a great team.

Seams in Reality is a good young adult fantasy novel that adults will enjoy as well. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, Cracks in Reality.

About the Author

Alex - Author Image_zpsoorxa8zgAlex Siegel grew up a math and computer geek. At the age of twenty-five, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell. He continues to make a good living as a software developer in Chicago. In his late twenties, he took up creative writing as a serious pastime with the intention of eventually making it his career. This goal has been elusive, but failure is not an option. In 2001, his wife gave birth to triplet boys. People often ask him how he still finds time to write. In 2009, he began the Gray Spear Society series, and he hopes it will be his key to literary fame.

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Book Review: Knight of Light by Deirdra Eden

29 Sep

Title: Knight of Light (The Watchers Book 1)
Author: Deirdra Eden
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: August 28, 2014

 

 
 
 
 
 Description of the Book:
 
In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
 

In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.

The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural.

The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness.
Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watchers Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

 

Review:

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

Knight of Light is a fantasy for young adults that is difficult to put down from the moment you start reading it. It is full of action, adventure, heartache, and even a little romance.

I fell in love with the main characters. Auriella had such a rough beginning and, understandably, thinks that she is nobody, but with the help of friends she eventually learns that she is special and finally embraces what and who she is. Ruburt, a dwarf, becomes a close friend and would do anything to protect her. Her other close friend, Cassi, is an adorable pixie. What a trio they make!

This is a great book and I highly recommend it for readers of all ages. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book in The Watchers series.

 

 

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“My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles!

Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures.”

-Deirdra Eden

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Book Review & Giveaway: Mind Games by Christine Amsden

13 Jun

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Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3) 

 

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Evan broke Cassie’s heart two months ago, and she still doesn’t know why. She throws herself into family, friends and her new job at the sheriff’s department, but nothing helps. The only thing that finally allows her heal and move on is the love of a new man, mind mage Matthew Blair. Cassie finds him…irresistible. 

Matthew may also be the only one who can help keep the non-magical residents of Eagle Rock from going crazy over the murder of a beloved pastor’s wife. It looks like a sorcerer is to blame, but while Cassie tries to figure out who, others take matters into their own hands. With tensions running so hot, a single spark might set Eagle Rock ablaze.

 

Review:

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

I really like the  Cassie Scot series. Each book stands on its own but the series is even better if you read the books in order.

There is a lot going on in Mind Games. Once again, Cassie has a lot to deal with. There is a murder to solve even though the victim was an evil sorcerer and most people don’t care who murdered him. There is also a lot of hate in the town between Gateway Christian Church members and those who are magical and it is boiling over.

On a personal level, Cassie is dating Matthew, who can read her mind. Evan, of course, is always in the picture. Both of Cassie’s roommates have isolated themselves and she’s having trouble finding out what’s going on with them.

Cassie finds out some important things about herself and Evan. She also continues to mature, which she does in each book.

Mind Games, like all of the Cassie Scot books, doesn’t disappoint. I had to read this one in one day and I can’t wait to read the final book in the series.

 

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Print release June 15. Audiobook release TBA.

 

Author Bio 

6-12-2014 9-42-03 PMChristine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone. 

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. 

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

 Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

 

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Book Review: Fissure Free by Shari J. Ryan

19 May

 

Title: Fissure Free
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Release Date: May 15, 2014

Author Shari J Ryan reunites the colorful cast of friends and family in Book 2 of the Schasm Series with a powerful tribute to the power of the mind and heart in this romantic, suspenseful, and engaging novel.

After nineteen years of suffering with a psychological condition, ethereal Chloe had finally come close to finding her ultimate escape—or, so she thinks on the vibrant streets of Paris.

Finally in a relationship with Alex, a man she fell in love with in Schasm, Chloe thinks life is finally coming together. As she battles her own demons, she attempts to repair the damaged man she’s grown to love. But as his clouded past abruptly crashes into their lives and falls heavily upon their budding romance, Chloe must fight to maintain her relationship.

Although even when the problems begin to subside, she comes to realize certain things cannot be escaped. Franco, her disillusioned, serial-killing uncle has taken up residency in Chloe and Alex’s life. In search for an item that belongs to Chloe, Franco will deceive, connive and conquer until he finds what he is after—that is, unless, Chloe finds a way to beat him at his own game.

Just as Chloe believes she might have sealed the doors of darkness once and for all, new questions, new findings and new inceptions arise. Whether or not Chloe wants to continue forward with the path her life seems to be leading, she quickly learns that any choice she makes will ultimately land her in a place she never knew she was destined to be.

 

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

Fissure Free is the second book in the Schasm series. I was excited to read this book because not only did I like Schasm but I thought it was original.

This book starts a few months after the first book ended. I was happy to see Chloe and Alex together in Fissure Free but the first half of the book was pretty slow. I am glad I stuck with it, though, because the second half was more eventful and more like I was expecting.

Chloe and Alex are the type of characters that are easy to become attached to so, of course, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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Book Review: Guardians Inc.: The Cypher by Julian Rosado-Machain

7 May

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5-6-2014 7-26-09 PMTitle: Guardians Inc.: The Cypher
Author: Julian Rosado-Machain
Publisher: Julian Rosado-Machain
Pages: 239
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure
Format: Paperback, Kindle

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GUARDIANS INC.: THE CYPHER is two stories in one. A glimpse into a multinational company that is in reality the oldest of secret societies, one that spans close to seven thousand years of existence, weaving in and out of history, guiding and protecting humanity from creatures and forces that most of us believe are only mythology and fairy tales.

The other is the story of Thomas Byrne, a young man thrust into secrets he shouldn’t be aware of and dangers he shouldn’t face but, that he ultimately will, for he is a Cypher. The only one who can steer humanity’s future.

The ultimate conspiracy theory is that Magic is real. Kept in check by technology but, every five hundred years the balance can shift and, if it does, technology will fail and those creatures we’ve driven into myth will come back with a vengeance.

To protect the present, Guardians Incorporated needs to know the future, and to unlock the future they need a Cypher.

This is the first book of the Guardians Inc Series.

 

Review:

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

This is the first in a series of young adult fantasy books. It’s the story of 15 year old Thomas who has lived with his grandpa since his parents disappeared. They both get a job with Guardians Inc. and that’s when things get interesting.

I liked the characters in this story and it was easy to picture them from the descriptions given. I think my favorite character would have to be Killjoy. What an interesting woman!  Thomas is a typical 15 year old in some ways but he’s also mature beyond his years in others, probably due to having to deal with the disappearance of his parents as well as having great support from his grandpa.

There were quite a few grammatical errors in this book but I still recommend it to readers of all ages. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Guardians Inc.: Thundersword.

 

About the Author

5-6-2014 7-26-56 PMJulian Rosado-Machain has enjoyed pizza in three continents, worked in graphic design, armored vehicles, built computers, handcrafted alebrijes and swears that he has seen at least one ghost.

He lives in San Diego, California. And enjoys the sun with his wife, three children and cat.

His latest book is the YA fantasy adventure, Guardians Inc.: The Cypher.

Visit his website at www.guardiansinc.com.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Ascension (Gryphon #4) by Stacey Rourke

9 Feb

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Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 318

Date Published: November 18, 2013

Description:

From bestselling and award winning author Stacey Rourke comes the heart-pounding continuation of the acclaimed Gryphon Series. The turning point of the Gryphon saga is at hand … Battle looms. Three unstoppable forces prepare to clash in a colossal explosion that could wipe Gainesboro off the map. Fate and a sacred calling have landed nineteen year old Celeste Garrett in the middle with nowhere to run. Her trust wavers as she uncovers dark secrets of the Council, powerful enough to test her loyalty and turn her against those she swore to protect. Playing to the longing of her heart, a malevolent enemy uses her weakness against her to form an alliance. With the trumpets of war about to sound, which side will the Conduit choose, and who will be left standing?

Review:

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

Ascension is the fourth book in the Gryphon series. I really like these books, especially since each one is so different from the others. 

Poor Celeste! Not only is the fate of the world depending on her, now she realizes that good vs. evil isn’t so black and white. She has a lot of decisions to make in this book, and the big war that she and her family knew would come finally occurs in Ascension. I mistakenly thought that once the war happened, one side or the other would win and that would be the end of the series. I’m glad I was wrong!

There were a lot of twists in Ascension as well as revelations. I did get confused near the end and I’m still not sure exactly what happened.

If you like young adult fantasy, you’ll love the Gryphon series. I look forward to more Gryphon books in the future. I have grown quite attached to the Garrett clan!

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