Category: Books Reviewed

Review of Twelve Days Of Faery (Shards Of A Broken Sword Book 1) by W.R. Gingell – Four Stars #amreading #Blog #MustRead #Bookreview

 

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Book Blurb:  In Twelve Days Of Faery, King Markon of Montalier is at the end of his tether. His son, Prince Parrin, is afflicted with a rather nasty curse that slaughters, maims, or brutally attacks any woman with whom he so much as flirts. After the rumour that sweeps around the kingdom, promising that any woman breaking the ‘curse’ will be eligible to marry the prince, there is no shortage of willing volunteers. Unfortunately, there is also no shortage of bodies piling up.

Markon needs to do something, but what? Can a visiting enchantress from Avernse help, or is she simply another accident waiting to happen? And will Markon be able to give her up to his son if she does break the curse?

Twelve Days of Faery is the first novella in the Shards Of A Broken Sword novella trilogy.

 

Review: In this modern fairy type tale, the stakes are high in breaking the curse afflicting King Markon’s son. The young Prince is destined to be without a wife or given the possibility of having an heir. I found the King’s dilemma in falling for the enchantress who is to pledged to marry his son, an original take. The story is told through his view.

The characters were intriguing and the drama wonderful. The action within the castle walls and in the faerie realm made the mystery all that more enticing.  This is a splendid short read, especially for young adults. As part of a trilogy, which I have already purchased, I am looking forward to the other two stories.

 

Review of The Fall of Lilith (Fantasy Angels Series) by Vashti Quiroz Vega – Five Stars #RRBC #amwriting #Blog #MustRead

 

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Book Blurb:  In The Fall of Lilith, Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts an irresistible new take on heaven and hell that boldly lays bare the passionate, conflicted natures of God’s first creations: the resplendent celestial beings known as angels.

If you think you know their story, think again.

Endowed with every gift of mind, body, and spirit, the angels reside in a paradise bounded by divine laws, chief of which are obedience to God, and celibacy. In all other things, the angels possess free will, that they may add in their own unique ways to God’s unfolding plan.

Lilith, most exquisite of angels, finds the rules arbitrary and stifling. She yearns to follow no plan but her own: a plan that leads to the throne now occupied by God himself. With clever words and forbidden caresses, Lilith sows discontent among the angels. Soon the virus of rebellion has spread to the greatest of them all: Lucifer.

Now, as angel is pitted against angel, old loyalties are betrayed and friendships broken. Lust, envy, pride, and ambition arise to shake the foundations of heaven . . . and beyond. For what begins as a war in paradise invades God’s newest creation, a planet known as Earth. It is there, in the garden called Eden, that Lilith, Lucifer, and the other rebel angels will seek a final desperate victory—or a venomous revenge.

“[A] compelling narrative that . . . strays far from traditional biblical text . . . A well-written, descriptive, and dark creation story.”—Kirkus Reviews

 

Review: In the reimagining of heaven and earth, Vashti Quiroz-Vega has created a vast and rich story with characters that leap off the pages. Taking names of angels we know from the Bible she has brought them brilliantly to life. Rebelling against God, Lilith seeks to cause discord amongst her fellow angels, in order to rise above her creator. Not to go into too much detail, but the motives, actions, and fallout are well mapped out and give the story believability.

With a unique twist on the fall to Earth, Ms. Vega builds on her creation. The Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, is the final battleground over Lilith’s need for vengeance against God.

I could not put this book down. The story hooked me and kept me glued to the pages. I highly recommend The Fall of Lilith.

Review of Tails (Silver Wishes Book One) by W. J. Scott – Five Stars #RRBC #amwriting #Blog

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Book Blurb:  Sometimes loss is the only thing that saves you.
Last summer during the dreaded hunting season, Kywah lost his tail, his magic, and his value as a silvertail. Now the hunters have returned and he’s terrified. Especially when he recognizes Samsa, the very hunter that cut off his tail, and ruined his life.
But when the pack becomes trapped in the foothills with no escape, Kywah realises he’s their only hope. Without a tail, he’s worthless to the hunters and their wizard masters. If he can escape, he can find help for his pack. All he has to do is locate the Wise One and retrieve the Deep Magic.
Which would be hard enough even if he still had the magical tail sense his kind are born with. But what choice does he have? If he doesn’t take the risk, his pack will lose everything. And because Kywah knows exactly how that feels, he can’t let it happen.

Review: What a truly wonderful tale. I could not put this book down. Filled with fairies, magic, mythical creatures, the action never stops.  Kywah’s loss of his tail, the pride of every Silvertail, is wrenching. Going out on his own, to save his clan from Hunter’s out to gather tails for the wizard’s plans, had me gripped in the suspense. His adventures brought him lessons, courage, and self-sacrifices. In more than one instance I found myself biting my nails over his situation. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves this type of writing. You will not be disappointed.

My Reading List – Time to Get Started #amreading

My list is long. I have over one hundred books to get through. Some of you may agree with the assessments I will make, some may not. That’s fine. Everyone has their own tastes in what they find entertaining. For me, a book has to keep my interest and keep me invested in the characters. The writing has to be engaging. Flowery words, trying too hard to be the next Hemingway, only makes me think the author is trying too hard. Big words don’t impress me unless it’s the right word, for the right reason. Most of the books are free downloads from Kobo, some I bought because they looked interesting, while others are from my fellow members from The Rave Reviews Book Club.

I hope to get through the list this year, and maybe pick up a few more along the way. Presently I am reading, Tails (Silver Wishes Book 1) by W. J. Scott (Member of RRBC).

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I will have a review ready for next week. After that I have no particle preference, so I will start at the top of the list and work my way down. Below you will find the books I will be reading. Let me know if you have a suggestion on what to read next.

 

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Review of In The Shadows Of Lies by M. A. Adler – Five Stars #RRBC #amwriting #Blog

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Book Blurb:  Richmond, California. World War II. A cross burning takes innocent lives and unsettles the town. After Japan attacks Pearl Harbor, American Italians start to disappear, a rapist promises to revisit his victims, and someone viciously beats shipyard workers – to death. His failure to solve these seemingly unrelated events haunts homicide detective Oliver Wright, even after he reenlists in the Marines and finds himself fighting in the Pacific. Oliver returns to Richmond near the end of the war, injured and afraid his career is over. But when an Italian Prisoner of War is murdered the night the Port Chicago Mutiny verdicts are announced, and black soldiers are suspected of the crime, the Army asks Oliver to find out the truth. He joins forces with an Italian POW captain and with a black MP embittered by a segregated military. During their investigation, these unlikely allies expose layers of deceit and violence that stretch back to World War I, and uncover a common thread that connects the earlier crimes. In the Shadow of Lies reveals the darkness and turmoil of the Bay Area during World War II, while celebrating the spirit of the everyday people who made up the home front. Its intriguing characters will resonate with the reader long after its deftly intertwined mysteries are solved.

Review: Adler hooked me into her tale with her historical detail. The hardships, injustices of the time period were craftily interwoven with Oliver Wright’s search for the truth.

With stories and plot lines running concurrently, Adler does a superb job of tying everything together at the end. I am hoping for a sequel to find out who was the responsible party behind the actions of those who got caught.

 

Review of With Angel’s Wings by Stephanie A Collins – Five Stars #RRBC #amwriting #Blog

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Book Blurb: With Angel’s Wings is the true story of Laura, a young wife and mother of a three-year-old daughter. Her husband, Kevin, a marine, is deployed overseas, leaving Laura to give birth to their second daughter and handle the two young children on her own.

Thirteen days after the birth of her youngest, the pediatrician detects a heart murmur. That leads to just the first of multiple diagnoses for both of her daughters, sending Laura on an unexpected and emotional journey into the world of parenting medically-fragile, special needs children.

Right when Laura fears she will break under the incredible pressure, she encounters the beauty of true love, in a most unexpected and unconventional way.

Review:  I found this read heartbreaking, moving and knowing it was a memoir, I found myself rooting for Laura through all her struggles. Her strength in dealing with her special needs children is inspiring. I read this book in a day, hoping she would triumph. The love story was an added bonus.

Review of Cursed (Beholder Book 1) – by Christine Bauer – Four Stars #bookreview #amreading #Blog

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Book Blurb:  Most days, Elea couldn’t care less about being a witch, even if she does have special powers over spirit and bone. Why bother with incantations when you’re a farm girl? Elea only uses her Necromancer magic to speed up chores and scare off suitors.

Everything changes when the evil Necromancer Tsar curses Elea. Now, she only has five years left before she burns as a ghost, tortured for all eternity. They say there’s nothing she can do, but Elea disagrees. Embracing her Necromancer ability, Elea trains as a magical assassin. Her goal? Kill the Tsar before his curse kills her. After years of preparation, Elea’s finally ready to strike.

That’s when everything goes horribly wrong.

A handsome warlock named Rowan steps up to help. Elea wants him as an ally, but she can’t ignore the mixed-up feelings that come with every one of Rowan’s crooked smiles. An assassination mission is no time to fall in love, but Elea’s heart may have other ideas…

Perfect for readers who love sword & sorcery filled with magic, necromancy, witches & wizards. This series combines fierce females, paranormal romance and epic fantasy. Enjoy!

Review:  This was a surprising, interesting and well-crafted read. A world of magic, necromancers, castors, a heroine you root for, and the hint of a romance to be developed in the next books of the series. Elea and Rowan were well developed characters, supported by fleshed out friends and villains. The book is a perfect read for young adult audiences.

Review of the Lucian Sword – Casey Blane Series by Jodi Ann Fahey – Four Stars #RRBC #amwriting #Blog

Book Blurb: Casey Blane returns to the old coven’s grounds to take her place as the high priestess to the Letorian Coven and in search for the lost talismans. What she discovers is far more than she ever could have envisioned.

Brought to a world of faeries and the magic of the Druids, Casey must learn to come to terms with herself and her gifts quickly to survive and change the prophecy. Her first battle is finding the Lucian Sword.

Review:  The characters and storyline of the second book of the Casey Blane series kept my interest in reading the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the well-crafted story. I only give it a four stars rating due to some spelling and word errors. Otherwise a great read. I also read the first book in order to better understand the plot. Well done!