Lesser Gods (Psionic Pentalogy Book 3) by Adrian Howell

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My Thoughts:

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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Nefertiti’s Heart (The Artifact Hunters book 1) by A. W. Exley

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My Thoughts:

TW: If you can’t read about difficult and disturbing subjects, and/or don’t like romance, and/or can’t read about murder, and/or can’t read about sex, then this book is not for you.

There are some difficult topics in this book, particularly surrounding the main female protagonist Cara. In her childhood years she suffers abuse and extreme trauma (underage non-consensual sex, rape.) However, A. W. Exley only mentions this in passing as part of Cara’s past. Also, Cara’s deceased father was violent and abusive (not in a sexual way), this again is mentioned in passing as part of Cara’s past. So if you’re feeling uncomfortable already then I recommend that you don’t read this book.

If you’re like me and don’t like, but can accept the disturbing/distressing elements of this story, and enjoy reading consensual romantic partnerships, then you’ll love this book. However, I wouldn’t classify Nefertiti’s Heart as an erotica by any stretch, so if you’re looking for that, you’ll need to look somewhere else.

Now that’s been dealt with, Nefertiti’s Heart is a Victorian, Steampunk, Historical, Mystery, Thriller and Romance novel. Continue reading

Tuesday’s Child (Psychic Visions, Book 1) by Dale Mayer

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 My Thoughts:

An intriguing read, yes there are lots of psychic books out there but I’ve not read one quite like this. The difference is, this psychic (Sam), experiences the final moments of people’s lives as they are brutally murdered, both through their eyes and physically. She feels like she dies every time because she literally experiences their death, waking up with marks and cuts all over her body after her visions. I’ve not read or come across this sort of spin on a psychic’s powers before, it was a little gruesome, and spine-crawling.

I was totally in the mood for Tuesday’s Child, and I think it is one of those books that you need to be in the mood for. I’ve been on a bit of a crime/mystery/thriller theme at the moment with my books, I have just finished ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ (also v.good). However, mixing crime with paranormal fantasy like Mayer does, now you’re talking. Continue reading

Child of Awe by Kathryn Lynn Davis

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Well this was an old gem of a find, and totally deserving of some new praise in my opinion. Oh my goodness where do I start with this one… This is the second historical romance I have ever read and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much but this book pushed me (or more like threw me -C.L) from a ‘Meh this is ok’ to an ‘Oh my God this is dark, juicy and surprising’. Yup you are being warned, this story is pretty dark, especially during the first half.

Child of Awe is set sometime during the end of the Medieval Period and is based on real characters and places (You can visit Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle in Scotland, UK -C.L). However, the story itself is completely fictional, which is great because there are no limits to Davis’ fantastic imagination… Continue reading

Mice by Gordon Reece

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My Thoughts:

Thought provoking indeed. How would anyone react to the string of bad circumstances which befall our two main characters? Gordon Reece not only shines the light on the darker side of humanity but he shoves the reader right into the middle of it. An intriguing and disturbing read, prepare yourself readers.

The story is most definitely believable in my opinion (always a good thing). It is about a young girl and mother trying to deal with a difficult recent past, and then having to deal with even more difficult events in the near future. Bad stuff happens to people, sometimes a lot can happen in a relatively short space of time. The real question is how do you deal with it? and when do you snap? Gordon Reece explores these questions and human behavior perfectly.

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Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy Book 1) by Robin Hobb

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I have to say, this book is brilliant. If you’re a fantasy lover and you have read Lord of The Rings, Eragon, A Wizard of EarthSea, The Book of Deacon or Graceling, or I could go on and on…. then you will love Assassin’s Apprentice. Robin Hobb doesn’t just write good fantasy, she writes gripping, emotional, heart-warming, realistic fantasy. Let me tell you, it is hard to find books with amazing characters that you can really get to know, almost as if you are living and breathing the same air that they do and Robin Hobb absolutely nails it.

A lovely set of characters with intriguing back stories. My heart truly goes out to Fitz there are few people in his world that even show him a little bit of kindness, and even they have their off moments with our main protagonist. There are a lot of injustices throughout this story that just make you want to scream in frustration. They also make this book ridiculously difficult to put down. There are two important relationships to keep your eye on as the story progresses: firstly, the slow blossoming relationship between Fitz and a young girl called Molly, and secondly, the relationship between Fitz and The King’s Fool. Continue reading