Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Trancending the Legacy (Piercing the Fold Series #4) by Venessa Kimball

The final book in the Piercing the Fold series releases May 13, 2014!
In Book 1, Jesca's reality was set askew. 
In Book 2, Jesca and the guardians fought to surface the rim of reality. 
In Book 3, Jesca ascended the veil of our world to bring back those she loves.
In Book 4, Jesca must transcend her legacy to salvage humankind's existence. 
The question is, will the stakes be too high and the sacrifice too great?
Amazon Best Selling Paranormal Sci-Fi series

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review of The Riddle of Prague (QuickSilver Legacy Series #1) by Laura DeBruce


Synopsis:

What would you risk to save someone you love? What price would you pay to live for centuries?

When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague, she discovers a riddle that may lead to a long-lost flask. The contents of that flask could change the fate of the world. When a ruthless enemy kidnaps her family, Hana has to find the flask to rescue them. On her quest she meets a mysterious man with a penchant for poetry, a Gypsy girl with a haunting past, and an all-American boy who's trying to save his sister from a crippling disease.

It's hard to trust anyone when the stakes are this high -- especially when surrounded by experts at deception. There's only one flask, and Hana desperately needs to find it.


Review:


The Riddle of Prague (The QuickSilver Legacy Series) (Volume 1)The Riddle of Prague (The QuickSilver Legacy Series) by Laura DeBruce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was recommended this book by a friend and, as I love YA Thriller/Mystery/Adventure books, I thought I would give it a go. I absolutely LOVED it!

First off, I would like to say that the cover is absolutely fantastic, and captures the essence of the story quite well. This would look good on my bookshelf in print!

Hana Silna is a character I really liked. She is quite brave and determined and, although the angst is kept to a minimum, she is a typical teen. She has been sent by her mother to Prague to claim her family's house back from the Czech government.

This is a fantastic story, full of action, danger and mystery. I was completely hooked from the first page! Hana meets some very interesting characters during her visit. Some are friendly, but some are decidedly frightening and deadly. I loved meeting Simona, Michal, Alex and Thalia, as well as a few other characters. There is a really creepy bad guy that sent shivers up my back. His name is Julian - he's one scary dude! The story is told mostly from Hana's point of view, but there is a point of view from another character called The Nomad. This mysterious character is extremely dangerous. I must admit that I had a suspicion as to who the person was, but it wasn't until later in the story that I found out for sure. I loved the hint of romance between Hana and Alex; they make a cute couple. There are some amazing twists in this story that I never saw coming, and I had a jaw dropping moment when an identity of a character was revealed. Prague was described in such a way that I felt like I was there, and made me want to visit the city for real. The end of the book finishes on a slight cliffhanger, and now I can't wait to find out what happens next!

Laura DeBruce has written a fantastic debut YA Thriller that is a fast paced roller coaster ride of danger and adventure. I loved her writing style, which flowed wonderfully, and I will be following this author's work with interest.

I highly recommend this book to both older teenage boys and girls (15+) and adults who love YA, Thriller, Suspense or Mystery genres. - Lynn Worton

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Book Review of Escape: Past Sins by David J. Antocci



Synopsis:

Abby and Eric’s story continues in this follow up to ESCAPE, A New Life. 

Abby has put her past in the rearview mirror and carved out a life with Eric on an isolated island; their own p
ersonal slice of paradise. But after having her new life shaken to the core, Abby comes out of hiding to get her memory back and reunite with the part of herself she left behind – though nothing can prepare her for her forgotten sins and the dangerous men awaiting her return.

Coming out of their self-imposed exile, Abby and Eric embark on a journey to the other side of the world. They have a plan to reclaim a piece of her past and forever bury the secret location of their new life, creating a peaceful future for themselves.

Stalked on their journey by guardian angels and instruments of the devil alike, their plan comes to fruition, but at the ultimate cost. While she can run, Abby cannot escape her frightful past.


Review:


Past Sins (Escape, #2)Past Sins by David J Antocci
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a continuation to Escape: A New Life. I loved it.

Abby is a fantastic character. She is a survivor of a grueling competition that saw her fighting for her life. I really liked her and was very happy that she survived, but her life is about to be turned upside down once again.

Eric is also a fantastic character. He has a strength of will and determination that I really liked. He has a sense of honour and duty, and even though danger threatens, he really loves Abby and will protect her with his life.

This is a fantastic continuation of Abby and Eric's story, and begins right where the first book finished. The action starts right from the start and has a lot of twists and turns that kept me hooked and turning the pages! I liked meeting Ben. He is a wonderful young boy and friend to both Abby and Eric. The story is told not only from Abby and Eric's point of view, but there are other characters that have their say. This gave the book a movie feel, as it gave the reader the chance to see what was happening outside of Abby and Eric's sight. A sinister appearance, or should I say reappearance, of Abby's husband brings danger back into their lives. A deadly cat and mouse game ensues, and the danger escalates to a gripping climax. This story had me on a roller coaster of emotion: happiness, anxiety, anger, sadness and a few other mixed emotions. However, near the end is a HUGE twist that I did not see coming and I was in complete shock and horror because of it. I am now looking forward to finding out what happens next!

David Antocci has written an exciting follow up to his debut novel. This author is definitely one to watch! I love his writing style which is fast paced and extremely fluid. I have added him to my favourite authors list!

I highly recommend this book if you love thrillers, suspense and/or dystopian fiction or are fans of The Hunger Games Trilogy. - Lynn Worton

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Book Review of Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story by Jamie Wasserman



Synopsis:

Melanie would love to believe in fairytales. She’d love, in fact, to believe in anything. The twenty-three-year-old college dropout is stuck — stuck in a dead-end waitress job, stuck in her hometown of Ellicott City, Maryland, and stuck with a boyfriend who likes to play dress-up as a vampire.

Vampires. Her world and her reality are turned upside down when she encounters the real thing. Along the way, she meets Lucas, the would-be vampire slayer, his father the sheriff, and ultimately the vampire himself. Melanie learns that fairytales can come true, and evil isn't always where you expect to find it.


Review:


Blood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire StoryBlood and Sunlight: A Maryland Vampire Story by Jamie Wasserman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I downloaded this book when I first bought my Kindle as a freebie, but hadn't read it until now. I am kicking myself, because I really enjoyed it!

Melanie is a character that I really liked. She is thoughtful, artistic and bored of playing "vampires" with her boyfriend, Bryan. But, she is also a bit of a carpet where her boyfriend is concerned - she lets him walk all over her, and he takes advantage of it. However, a fateful encounter will change her life forever.

I am a huge fan of vampire romances, but the blurb on this book caught my attention and this is not a romance as such. It is a fantastic mix of romance, thriller and horror. The story is set in the small town of Ellicott City, Maryland, where nothing much ever happens. However, there are things that live in shadows. The story is a roller coaster ride of danger and adventure that kept me hooked from the first page. The characters are all very lifelike. I thought Bryan was a jerk, and deserved his fate. I liked Lucas, but there is a surprise in store for the reader about this character. There are some serious twists and turns that I did not see coming, and I had a few OMG moments. The story is told as half fairy tale and half real story, which sort of reminded me of how "The Princess Bride" was told (there is no other similarity to that book besides that fact) and is mostly told through Melanie's point of view. The reader is also introduced to Keenan, a real vampire. His story is not exactly a happy one, but I liked him; he and Melanie make a great couple. The end of the book did not have a cliffhanger, but it did have a slight twist and it left me with a happy feeling.

Jamie Wasserman has written a fast paced, exciting roller coaster ride of a story that kept me undeniably entertained. I loved her writing style, which flowed wonderfully. I would definitely consider reading more of this author's work in the future.

I do not recommend this book to younger readers, or those of a nervous disposition, due to some violence. There are scenes of a sexual nature too, but they are not as explicit as some books I have read. However, I highly recommend this book if you love paranormal romance, thriller or horror genres. - Lynn Worton

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review of Assassin's Curse (The Witch Stone Prophecy #1) by Debra L. Martin and David W. Small


Synopsis:

Disclaimer: This book is about assassins and contains violent scenes appropriate for the story.

When elite assassin Jeda received his ass
ignment to kill a witch and deliver her twin daughters to the Countess of Berkshire, he had no idea it would be his last. The witch stuns him with an elemental blast, but not before he's able to throw his knife. When Jeda regains consciousness, the dying witch is performing a compelling spell between him and her twin daughters. Now bonded to the girls, Jeda's old life is forfeit. His only thought is to take the girls and run as far away as he can. He has no idea that the twins are the ones spoken of in the long-lost prophecy of The Witch Stone. Forces are gathering: the white witches want to teach them; the Countess wants her grandchildren back, and the guild has sent their best assassin to bring Jeda back, dead or alive.

Jeda must use all of his assassin skills to stay one step ahead of them all, but will it be enough to save himself and keep the children of prophecy alive?

Assassin's Curse is ~98,000 words (392 pages in print) 


Review:


Assassin's Curse (The Witch Stone Prophecy, #1)Assassin's Curse by Debra L. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is the first book in The Witch Stone Prophecy series. I loved it!

Jeda is an assassin, trained in the art of stealth and death from being a young boy. He is extremely efficient and dangerous. Sent on a mission, he doesn't realise how quickly fate will change his life forever! I really liked this character. I don't normally empathize with killers, but Jeda is a product of a harsh environment and is really a scared and lonely boy underneath his tough exterior.

I love fantasy novels, but I was a bit unsure of this one at first. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy a story about an assassin, but as I started to read this story, I was completely swept away. The story is told from several points of view, which is quite interesting, as each character has their own story to tell. Set over a 10 year period, the reader gets to follow the growth of the characters and experience the changes within the various lives as they occur. The two girls, Kala and Kara, grow up with a father who loves them and teaches them how to be just as skilled with the blade as he is, but they are also very powerful witches. However, they are being hunted, and the assassin that has been sent to track them is not as nice as Jeda. Mave has no conscience and is a cold and deadly killer, who will stop at nothing to get to Jeda and the girls.
The story has several twists and turns, some of which surprised me and I never saw coming! The fight scenes are described with amazing detail and are definitely intense! There is also a lot of violence, including abuse and mutilation, which may be upsetting to some readers. The ending left a bit of a chill climbing my spine, and made me wonder what is in store for Jeda, Kala and Kara in their future. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series to find out.

The authors' Debra L. Martin and David W. Small have written a fantastic fantasy novel full of danger and adventure. The story was fast paced without being rushed, and flowed beautifully from beginning to end.

Due to the violence, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I highly recommend this book if you love action, adventure, thriller or fantasy genres. - Lynn Worton

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book/Audio Review of Honor of the Tome (First book in the Dragon Keepers series) by Bruce Goldwell



Synopsis:

Book One of the Dragon Keepers Series
Reading Level: Young Readers

HONOR OF THE TOME


THE DRAGON KEEPERS for centuries were the custodians and caretakers of the most prestigious and elite species of animal in the known universe ... Dragons.

In Book I, Merlin becomes an official Dragon Keeper and is given the responsibility of caring for Dracon, a newborn and son of the mightiest dragon on the earth, Merlineld.

Merlin is also entrusted with the care of the Book of Dragons called the Draconic Tome. The Tome is a history of the dragons since he beginning of time. It is a key to time itself and a gateway to other worlds in the Universe.

Kids, teens and adults can all take part in this fantasy adventure of Merlin the Magician. Merlin is 13 years old in Book I and will continue to age and grow as the series of books unfolds.

Merlin learns wisdom and grows in character and strength so that when the day of his destiny comes, he will become the wisest and most powerful wizard to ever live. 


Review:


Honor of the Tome (First book in the Dragon Keepers series)Honor of the Tome by Bruce Goldwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of this story in audio format from the author.

This is the first book in the Dragon Keeper series for young readers aged 8 to 15. I loved it!

Merlin is a young boy with an important mission - to become a Dragon Keeper and learn to be a wizard. He has the important responsibility to train a new born Dragon called Dracon. I liked this character a lot. He is eager, inquisitive and determined to succeed.

This is a fantastic fantasy novel for children. There is adventure with Dragons and Elfins, but there is also danger in the form of Lady Oer. She is a very powerful witch, but she wants more power and is determined to get it from the dragons. She is not a very nice lady, and has become very adept at using the black arts to get what she wants.
This story is narrated by Aaron Holbrook. I found I liked the different voices used to dramatize the different characters, but felt that the narrator read the story too quickly, and this gave it a rushed feeling. I had a hard time keeping up, and felt like shouting at the narrator to take a breath! It is hard reading out loud and keeping the story exciting enough for young readers (I should know, as I have read lots of stories to my nephews over the years). However, rushing through it without taking a pause for a breath, or even for an effect, doesn't give the listener a chance to absorb the story properly. The story itself was exciting, so I would consider reading this in print format at my own pace. Luckily, the author very kindly gave me a print copy to read at my leisure too, and I will do so when I have a chance to. The ending of the story has a surprising twist that left me wanting to know what's going to happen next!

Bruce Goldwell has written a fabulous fantasy with some amazing characters, including my all time favourites - dragons. He has a vivid imagination and his writing style (narrator not withstanding) was fast paced enough to keep me engaged. I am looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.

I highly recommend this book to both boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 7 as a bedtime story, 8 to 15 year old's (depending on reading ability) on their own and adults who love reading younger adult novels or fantasy stories with dragons. - Lynn Worton

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Summers Love by Stu Summers.

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*****

So I have a ton of stuff that makes me want to run to the hills once I see certain words in a blurb. One of them is funny, humor, hilarious etc. So when I was asked to review a romance…one more of those words where I wanna run. I figured ok. So ignore the romance and any attempts of humor for my own sanity. That makes it way better. For me that is. 
Then I started the book. And the romance kicked in really fast in the story. The romance was not bad and got me engrossed in the lives of the two main protagonists lives. Ok so I get saying that the romance got me engrossed after trying to ignore the romance might be weird… thing is….the romance was really good. It had all the expected tension and we have two very likeable main protagonists. 

But on the way to get to the romance I hit the humor. And it had me in stitches. Certain parts literally had me laughing out loud. And had me tell friends, listen to this….lol. That my friends is why the words humor etc in a blurb makes me want to run to the hills. Few authors can actually ever pull it off. This book however is not misrepresented in its blurb. 

The humor is brilliant, the world building is well done. The reference to Christian literature is never derogative and adds loads to the theme of the book which as it turns out is the true definition of love. Pure love not only romantic love. This book is a brilliant, really fast read and one that I will recommend to all that love humor, romance and Christian literature in general. 

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