Guardian Angels (Psionic Pentalogy Book 5) by Adrian Howell

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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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Lesser Gods (Psionic Pentalogy Book 3) by Adrian Howell

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Oh my god this book almost broke my heart! I could not believe what happened to the main character Adrian, so so so much injustice and I can’t tell you much more than that otherwise it will spoil the story!

Just like Wild-Born and The Tower, Lesser Gods is written from the POV of Adrian Howell, a young teenage boy with incredible telekinetic powers. This third book in this series follows Adrian and his new family and friends, as they fend off their enemies, whilst living with the Guardian faction in a place called New Haven. If you want more details you will just have to read my other blogs, here for Wild-Born and here for The Tower. However just to cover some basics, there is a war going on between various different groups. The Angels are another psionic faction, The God-Slayers are religious extremists, and The Wolves are a military group. The Angels are like the Guardians, only the Angels believe they should be the rulers of the world and mankind, the Guardians oppose this.

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The Tower (Psionic Pentalogy Book 2) by Adrian Howell

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After reading the first book (Wild-Born) and thoroughly enjoying it, I was impressed with this second book. The Tower isn’t as fast paced as Wild-born, but it has a heck of a lot of mystery and injustice to keep you hooked. I’m on the third book now and the injustice just keeps on growing! If you haven’t read the first book I would strongly recommend that you go and pick it up now, however, you don’t necessarily have to read the first book in order to understand the second book. The author covers the basics of the first book in the first few pages of the second book, so as much as you might not understand all the details, you will be able to pick some things up as you go along. Seriously though, do go and read Wild-born first, it’s epic.

So onto the review…

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Chained (Cage of Lies Book 1) by Susanne Valenti

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I just have to say, I’m a total sucker for fictional, mysterious, bad-boys, (and I mean the bad-boys that are a little shy, awkward, hide their emotions, but are totally strong, skilled and confident in their abilities, yet still loving and protective. NOT the arrogant, aggressive, controlling, cold and heartless bad-boys who pretend to be in love just so they can get into someones pants -C.L.) Ok, so that being said, Susanne hit my total weakness the moment she introduced the character Coal! As soon as he came into the story I knew exactly what type of character he was going to be and I was practically smiling with glee.
 Chained is a fast-paced and well written dystopian fantasy, and the underlying themes in this story echo some of the problems we face in the real world today (like the fact that the rich are corrupt and the poor never really stand a chance -C.L.) I liked this, the cynical side to me jumped for joy, it’s clever.

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We, the people of the Clouds by Simon Kewin.

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This short novella is one of those deep thinking, thought provoking, big what if’s, sort of story. I don’t think there are any sequels, and this novella ends on a cliffhanger of sorts (a satisfying one but still a cliffhanger -C.L.)

The beginning of this story is a little bit complicated, you don’t really know what’s going on until you start to turn more pages, but then that’s the whole point of this story.

Written from the point of view of Marlon Smith, the story starts with Marlon on a beach in the afterlife. The afterlife is a virtual reality, when the people of Earth die they are immediately uploaded to this virtual world… Continue reading

Heart of the Dead (Perpetual Creatures Book 1) by Gabriel Beyers

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More Silvanus! I want more Silvanus! Oh he was so brilliant, he kept me reading til the very end. In fact, if Mr Beyers were to write this story again purely from Silvanus’ POV I would read it again! But.. I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Heart of the Dead is a vampire story but, like a number of other reviewers have said, the author has managed to find a new angle when we all thought it was near impossible. You have normal vampires of course, but even they have their own unique powers and abilities. You also have strange, mutilated and crazy vampires, and you have Silvanus who is something completely different altogether, I’m not even sure if he’s a vampire at all… what is he?
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Wild-born (Psionic Pentalogy Book 1) by Adrian Howell

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Dear Author, Wild-Born kidnapped my sleeping hours! I had to admit, rather sheepishly to a close friend, that I had been up until the early hours (3am), finishing this first book.

What a story! I did not expect it but Wild-Born exceeded all of my expectations ten-fold. Written in first person from the point of view of a young teenager – Adrian Howell (also the pen name for the actual author) – Wild-born is an intriguing read. It’s not very often as readers that we get to see and experience a fictional world from the mind of someone so young. It was a refreshing change from all of the other books I have read recently. Continue reading

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

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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

The Girl In Between (Book 1) by Laekan Zea Kemp

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Firstly, this is book one out of four, and this first book is free so scroll down for the link! Also, The Girl In Between ends on a cliffhanger, (an equally satisfying and frustrating cliffhanger in my opinion -C.L.), but still a cliffhanger. So cliffhanger haters, go and find another book.

I absolutely devoured this book. I was so hooked I read it from start to finish in twenty four hours. My problem is I can’t even explain why I loved this book so much, only that I did.

The Girl In Between had both slow and fast paced moments, it had both humorous and heart breaking moments, it had lovable characters and those characters you just really want to punch in the face. It was so intriguing I just wanted to keep reading, I was so desperate for all the mysterious elements to unravel themselves. There were even parts of this story where I thought wow, Kemp is like a female version of John Green (and fellow readers thought the same too -C.L). Continue reading

The Last Survivors (Book One) by T.W. Piperbrook and Bobby Adair

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Firstly, oh my god what a cliffhanger! What?! Just WHAT!!!! How could you do this to me? both of you! I was waiting for a nice but stereotypical ending and then BAM, you guys threw in an epic cliffhanger. I was not expecting that one at all.

So I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any other books by Piperbrook or Adair, and from the many reviews I feel like I really should have. The truth is I didn’t even know these two existed until I stumbled across The Last Survivors and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Even though this book is written by two authors I couldn’t pick them apart, the writing flowed seamlessly.

The Last Survivors is different to other post apocalyptic zombie novels. The story is set three hundred years after the downfall of the last, of what we would call, modern humanity. The story centers around Ella and her young son William. They both live in Brighton, a small and sheltered, medieval type village protected by guards and a circular wall. The demon/zombie virus is transmitted via spores, meaning that anyone can get infected pretty much at any time. The spore referenced in the novel is a real spore that can infect ants today, and thankfully not humans – at least not yet. Continue reading