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

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

We, the people of the Clouds by Simon Kewin.

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 My Thoughts:

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

City of Blaze (The Fireblade Array Book 1) by H. O. Charles

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My Thoughts:

First things first, before I tell you my thoughts I should tell you that this book ends on a cliffhanger (spectacular in my opinion but still a cliffhanger -C.L). Also this is only the first part of the story, you will have unanswered questions at the end of this book. So if you want to know the answers and read the whole story, you will have to read the rest of the series too. Ok now I can begin…

This was very different, in a very good way. The setting is your typical fantasy, medieval type setting, but the characters and plot line is anything but typical…

I loved the idea of characters who are pretty much the same as real humans but with longer life spans, who also have complicated, intimate, reproductive cycles. It put a very unique twist on how the characters interacted with one another and this, for me, was what separated this story out from all the rest of the fantasy books out there. Continue reading

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

Prince of Thorns (The Broken Empire #1) by Mark Lawrence

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My thoughts:

Ahahaha, well done Mark, well done. I was totally confused to begin with and therefore hooked by this book, purely because of the main character Jorg. As I was reading on my kindle I would often think, ‘wait is he the good guy or the bad guy?’ or ‘God damn you little sarcastic p****! -but I love you so much!’ I’ve never be so utterly bewildered by such a character before, I think it’s because my mind really wanted him to be the stereotypical good guy/hero but in reality he is a villain out for revenge.

This is not a heartwarming story of a good hero looking for justice, oh no… 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

Nolander (Emanations Book 1) by Becca Mills

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My Thoughts:

Becca introduces a unique concept within Nolander and as much as there are many loose ends, it is very intriguing. If you can stomach the adult content without becoming too flustered or frazzled, then this book is definitely one for you. I personally enjoyed the fact that Becca wasn’t afraid to base some of her characters on some unsavory people from the real world. We all know that the real world isn’t sweet or sugar coated, so this for me made the story appear more realistic. On saying that, I did bump up the age rating to 18+ because of the adult content.

I also really liked the fact that the main characters who possess powers don’t suddenly turn into superman or superwoman, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The main protagonist Beth, realizes she had strange powers and is located by a group of humans who possess similar abilities. She ends up being introduced to a secret hidden world which already has an established hierarchy. Unfortunately for these talented humans, they are near the bottom. They are almost like hired henchmen, sent out by demons to complete tasks and to do the dirty work, only they don’t have a choice in the matter, they can’t quit. Continue reading

Sora’s Quest (The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, Book 1) by T. L. Shreffler

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My thoughts:

YES, YES, YES! Finally a fantasy book that is worth reading. God, I read a lot of books, and fantasy/adventure books are my cup of tea. I love Lord Of The Rings, Eragon, Book of Deacon, etc, etc. Initially I found this book for free on kindle, and like most free kindle books, I wasn’t expecting an awful lot. However, this story took me completely by surprise. I loved the first book so much I ended up reading the second and the third…

The story is centered around four characters. Our main protagonist is Sora, an unfortunate, young woman, whose plans for adventure don’t turn out quite as planned. She ends up caught in a world of magic and chaos after finding a strange pendant that belonged to her mother (The Cat’s Eye Pendant). Naive but strong willed, Sora believes the only way to escape a marriage she doesn’t want, is to run away from home.

Second is Crash, our assassin, the most cold-hearted, yet lovable character I have ever had the pleasure to read about. Continue reading

Ring of Conscience by James Stoddah

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My thoughts: 

Oh wow. James Stoddah has really leapt forward with the times, by writing one of the first, (I believe), interactive novels. The best thing about this novel is not only the gripping, fast-paced, addictive storyline, but the mystery is also a reality. James Stoddah has created two websites, one from the story itself and the second, another, real life, treasure hunt for readers to participate in and enjoy. (I will put links to the websites below).

The characters are extremely likeable, even the villains, which surprisingly, I felt sorry for some of the antagonists. There is a clash of opinions and emotions between all the characters with a couple of unstable bad guys thrown in the mix, making this story very intriguing indeed. Continue reading