I Am Phantom (Book 1) by Sean Fletcher

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My Thoughts: I was up til 4am reading this book!

10/10 Stars for the opening paragraph! I loved the main character, Drake Sinclair’s, humour and attitude, the first two sentences had me completely hooked. I have to quote them…. ‘My day really began the moment the men shot at me. To set the record straight, it wasn’t my usual idea of fun.’ (From Chapter One: In Which I Screw Up)

I Am Phantom is a fast-paced, well-written, action-packed sci-fi and fantasy, with a good dose of humour. Written in the first person, the reader joins Drake at the beginning of this story in his relatively calm and peaceful family life at home just before he finishes school, and where his only worries are asking girls to prom, the school bullies, oh, and the freaky super powers he obtained during puberty. Drake Sinclair knows he isn’t normal, jumping ridiculously high, super speed, strength and healing abilities are not normal, however he has done a good job at dealing with and hiding his abnormalities so far…. That is before a mysterious figure shows up and turns the school prom into a disaster.

Drake Sinclair then receives a strange admission letter from a college out of state, one with a letter that promises to give him answers about his powers. Desperate for answers Drake accepts, but little does he know, the answers are more complicated and more disturbing than he had ever imagined. Drake is forced to choose how he will use his powers, and whether or not he will use them for good or bad. 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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The Quest (Psionic Pentalogy Book 4) by Adrian Howell

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My Thoughts:

OH MY GOD, I knew it! I totally saw that plot twist coming but it was still shocking and heartbreaking all at the same time. What am I talking about? I’m not telling you, you will just have to go and read the series, you won’t be disappointed.

I loved this book it was amazing, in fact I’ve finished the whole series now and hardly slept a wink but I’ll review ‘Guardian Angels’ in my next blog. I will say this though, I was crying inside at the end of this series, and almost cried, literal, real tears too!

The Quest welcomes you back to the main characters Adrian and Alia, and yet again these powerful children are faced with difficult tasks and decisions. The author has written these characters so well, and each character (including minor characters), are complex and fully fleshed out by the time you reach this forth installment. God you just want things to go right for once for these poor characters, but nothing ever seems to go right! Naughty Adrian though, some of his past decisions have come back to bite him in the backside in ‘The Quest’, some of the outcomes could have been avoided. Yet that’s the beauty of this story, the author shows you where things could have been different and gets you thinking about what you would have done if you had been in the same situation. Gah! it’s just so unfair, but so brilliant, but still so unfair! Injustice could be this author’s middle name.

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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

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

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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

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

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

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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