DOAYW – September Updates

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Author interview with M.S. Dobing and my recent excursion to Kirkby Lonsdale’s Devil’s Bridge in Diary Of A Young Writer September Updates. Click the blog pictures or links below to see the full blogs, or click here to see all my Diary Of A Young Writer Blogs!

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The Unfinished Song: Root (Book 4) by Tara Maya

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Click here to see my blog on book 1 in this series.

My Thoughts: Heads up for new readers considering this series, there are going to be 12 books and each one so far ends on a cliffhanger. That being said, I am loving this series right now, the more I read the more I want to know.

The Unfinished Song Series is set in a very primitive almost neolithic time. There is a lot of violence and women especially, are sometimes treated badly. There are tribal clans with bizarre rules and complicated politics. The fae/fairies/fairy lords etc come in all sorts of sizes and forms and they are mischevious, beautiful and powerful. There is a lot of terminology, including character names, clan names, levels of fae, magic, etc. Tara Maya has thought out every detail extensively and as a result has created a believable fantasy world like no other. Continue reading

Message Bearer (The Auran Chronicles Book 1) by M.S. Dobing

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My Thoughts:

Great and lovable characters, fantastic world building and written well, Dobing has excelled in combining multiple mythologies with a little bit of science, creating a unique and intriguing world for urban fantasy lovers everywhere. Message Bearer is an action packed, epic, fantasy adventure.

The story centers around a young man called Seb, who has unfortunately wound up living on the streets. He doesn’t seem to mind this too much though, however, he has noticed that he is drawn to certain places and for some reason he favours the nighttime hours over the day (at first I thought he was a vampire, haha, i was wrong. – C.L).

Seb is settling down for the night (or early morning in his case) near an abandoned church, when he suddenly hears a terrified scream. Moments later an injured woman appears running straight for him, followed by a nightmarish creature. Continue reading

Guardian Angels (Psionic Pentalogy Book 5) by Adrian Howell

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My Thoughts:

With a heavy and sad heart I must tell you that this is the final book in the Psionic Pentalogy by Adrian Howell. If you haven’t read this series yet then I envy you, you’re in for a fantastically gripping, entertaining and emotional tale, but alas, I’ve already finished reading the series. I do wish I could go back and read the series again, but I will have to wait a year or so before rereading, in the hopes that I might forget most of it, but it will never be the same as reading the series for the first time. All you potentially new readers for this series, I’m so jealous. If you’re looking for a book where the world inside could almost be the real world today, but way more exciting, dangerous and splashed with superpowers of course, then you have found it with the Psionic Pentalogy.

Here’s a quick overview of Adrian Howell’s world…

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Skip: An Epic Fairy Tale Fantasy Adventure Series (Book 1) by Perrin Briar

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My Thoughts:

Skip is split into 7 books(parts), this review covers book 1 which ends on a cliffhanger. (Note: it is a very short first installment to this series -C.L.)

Skip book 1, is definitely a promising start of an epic fairy tale fantasy adventure. It drew me in straight away with the strange monolithic clock tower, what a wonderful idea! I was so intrigued by the clock tower that before I knew it, I was a third of the way through this first book.

Writing style, characters and plot are all great. However, I did notice a couple of spelling mistakes, though nothing too major that it detracted away from the story. There is a lot of mystery and unanswered questions in this first book, you will have to purchase the next books to find out more, and I’m hoping it will be worth it! Continue reading

Brightwill by Randolph Lalonde

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 My Thoughts:

This was an unusual fantasy book, unusual in a good way. After reading Lalonde’s Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0, and admitting that the fantasy genre was my favorite, he kindly pointed me in the direction of his other work, a fantasy book he had written called Brightwill. I was immediately excited, not only had I found a very nice author who clearly spends a lot of time communicating with his fans, but I also had a new fantasy book to read!

Prepare to delve right into a fantasy world, filled with magic, elves and… I can already hear you sighing. Stop right there. This is not your typical fantasy book. Randolph Lalonde has completely refashioned the tall pale elves as we know them from Lord of The Rings and other such works. Lalonde has created new elves, giving us different races and putting a new spin on pretty much all of the classical fantasy species. Continue reading

The Book of Deacon (Book 1) by Joseph R. Lallo

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My Thoughts:

The Book of Deacon is a great fantasy adventure. It is a trilogy and this first book is currently free on kindle (link below -C.L.). There is also a prequel to the trilogy, so technically four books now, but you don’t have to read the prequel in order to understand the rest of the story.

This is a self-published book so there are a couple of errors, though I barely noticed them. God knows why J. R. Lallo wasn’t snapped up by a publishing house, perhaps he didn’t want to? If he was turned down, then shame on the publishing houses and their editors, they clearly haven’t recognized that Mr Lallo is a fantastic author and full of potential.

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Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins (First Light Chronicles #1-3) by Randolph Lalonde

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My Thoughts:

Ok so I will admit it, I haven’t read many Sci-fi books and I’m not usually hooked into them, but this one is different. First off, it is free on kindle which is nice, but always hit or miss, you never know if you’ve stumbled across a good or bad book. I am pleased to say though, in this case it was the former as opposed to the latter.

I started to read this book and I was completely sucked in by the end of the first chapter. I was so surprised by the first chapter I just had to find out more and easily lost hours reading this book. There are a couple of spelling errors but nothing too major that it detracted away from the story. The world building and futuristic setting are done extremely well too, my mind had no problems believing in Randolph Lalonde’s world. Continue reading

Partials by Dan Wells

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My Thoughts: I adored this book, even recommended it to a few of my friends too. There were a lot of reviews for this book, the majority were good and a few were not so good. However I am definitely with the majority on this one, Partials is fantastic and I’ve now read the whole sequence. It’s a book that has won a place on my small imaginary bookshelf (a place of honour for when I can actually afford a house for said bookshelf).

Loved Samm and Kira our two main protagonists, oh I could gush over Samm totally. There is a love triangle (so sick of them) but this one isn’t as awkward or pathetic as they have been in other novels *cough* Twilight *cough*. Kira is totally bad ass, yes strong female heroine halleluiah! When I read about Kira and her ‘I can do anything’ attitude I was over the moon. She is exactly the type of girl I would want to be and a good role model for females in general. She’s strong yet not emotionless, has a very mind over matter approach, and is not afraid to deviate from the norm. Oh how I wish more people were like that today. Continue reading

Throne of Glass (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas

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My thoughts:

So sooo soooooo many reviews on this book. However the positive feedback completely annihilated all of the negative feedback out there and I have to agree with the positive, thumbs up from me and five stars. Throne of Glass was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Oo this book had a lot of intrigue and mystery. Strange creatures, magical items, forgotten ancient histories? Yup, Throne of Glass has it all. This book also has the highly sought after female friendship between Celaena and Princess Nehemia. Not to forget, Celaena is the literal embodiment of a strong female heroine but realistic and emotional too. Sarah J. Maas has managed to tick so many boxes with Throne of Glass… Continue reading