Book Review: Seams in Reality by Alex Siegel

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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

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.



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.



About the Author


“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

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Mind Games (Cassie Scot Book 3) 


6-12-2014 9-42-31 PMBeware your heart and soul… 

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.



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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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


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.



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.

If you like a book that’s a little different, I recommend Fissure Free. It does stand on its own but you would get a lot more out of it if you read Schasm first.  Continue reading

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

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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


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.



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.

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

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2-1-2014 9-24-25 PMTitle: Ascension

Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 318

Date Published: November 18, 2013


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?


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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Book Review & Giveaway: Sacrifice (Gryphon #3) by Stacey Rourke

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2-1-2014 9-31-26 PMTitle: Sacrifice

Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 222

Date Published: November 2012, rereleased November 13, 2013


Celeste Garrett has finally found a happy balance in her life as the Chosen One, thanks in large part to a certain hunky Irishman. But if there’s any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling it’s that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything she’s ever encountered, causes her to make a gut-wrenching choice that will strip her of someone she holds dear. As much as she’d like to have a pity party for one, there’s no time for that now because wedding bells are ringing in Gainesboro! In between dress fittings and rehearsal dinners Celeste will have to fend off attacking demons and leering pirates. As if the Dark Army wasn’t scary enough our heroine is faced with the horrifying trauma of attending a bachelorette party with her mom and watching Grams do Jell-o shots. Is a walk down the aisle even possible for a member of the Garrett family when the Dark Army is out to destroy them? More importantly, will the Dark Army Glee Club sing at the reception? Raise your glass to the happy couple, and get ready for a wedding…Conduit-style.


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

Sacrifice is the third book in the Gryphon series. At first I thought I wasn’t going to like Sacrifice as much as the first two books, Conduit and Embrace, because there was so much fighting at the beginning. Boy, was I wrong!

There are unexpected twists in this book, plenty of action, and so much heartbreak. With so much going on, there were still times that I laughed out loud, such as when someone called gnomes “talking lawn ornaments.” 

The end of Sacrifice is intriguing and I’m glad I have the next book to read because I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I definitely recommend Sacrifice, a young adult fantasy and so much more.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Embrace (Gryphon #2) by Stacey Rourke

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2-1-2014 9-28-27 PMTitle: Embrace

Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 250

Date Published: March 2012 (rereleased November 13, 2013)


RONE Award Winner Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012

Whether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms with being the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky, between intense training sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know at what cost it would come. That is, until a dear friend is harmed by the malicious forces hunting her. Now, she’d like nothing more than to retreat into a hermit lifestyle to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. But startling revelations, amazing new abilities, and mortifying moments in front of insanely hot guys won’t allow time for that. Soon, Celeste finds herself surrounded by darkness and wondering who she can trust—if anyone.


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

Embrace is the second book in the Gryphon series. It’s a young adult fantasy with a lot of action and romance. I liked it as much as Conduit, the first book in the series. I was a little surprised, however, that there were quite a few grammar errors in book 2 when I didn’t notice any in book 1.

In Embrace, Celeste is still strong, caring, and independent but she’s no longer a klutz since she got her powers. I was pleasantly surprised that there were still some funny situations…Stacey Rourke has a great sense of humor.

Embrace is another must read young adult fantasy. Like Conduit, it has a good ending for a book in a series. I’m looking forward to reading book #3, Sacrifice.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Conduit (Gryphon #1) by Stacey Rourke

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2-1-2014 9-26-02 PMTitle: The Conduit

Author: Stacey Rourke

Pages: 212

Date Published: November 2011 (rereleased November 13, 2013)


All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for. And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met. Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world. While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon. She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop. Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves. Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.


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

Conduit is a young adult fantasy and is the first book in the Gryphon series. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and never slowed down.

The story is told by Celeste and her character is strong, caring, and a klutz. Her clumsiness causes some very funny situations. The other characters are well developed and they are each unique in their own way. My favorite character is definitely Grams. She’s my hero!

If you like young adult fantasies, Conduit is a must read. And it has the perfect ending for the first book in a series. I’m so glad I received all four books in the series to review…on to Embrace!

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