Book review: The Rain by L.A. Frederick

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It never rains in New Hampton, it pours. And with the rain comes danger.Someone has reviewbeen playing god, meddling with things best left untouched, and the results were astounding. As the city weathers the storm complications come to light, strange happenings occur with seemingly normal people. Crime is affluent  and those willing to stand up for what is right are few and far between. Until now.

The Rain is written in the present tense, whilst not one of my preferred perspectives it doesn’t detract from the story. Each chapter focuses on specific characters and the changes occurring in their life. The author writes this genre well and pulls the reader into the tale which has no shortage of interesting characters and strange happenings. The Rain touches on several categories from including mystery, paranormal, and horror. It makes for an interesting read.

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Book review:20,000 steps by Charity Grant

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20,000 steps by Charity Grant is a great little book for those of us looking at ways to lose reviewweight and be more active. There are numerous ways here to increase the steps you take in a day with simple and almost effortless things. Many moons back I actually used to use the TV method to watch all my favourite shows from a stepper after work.

Well presented with a foot in both supportive research and commonsense it makes for an easy read, and shows how just a few minor changes can make a huge difference. I found the author’s style enjoyable, so often these types of guides are all business and can make for a dry read, but more than once I was impressed by the author’s friendly style and sense of humour. If you only put a few of these suggestions into action you’re already taking ‘steps’ into a better life.

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Book review: The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E M McIntyre

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Abby has had to leave her home in Nebraska and return to her homeland of Scotland. review imageShe misses her friends, and the weather was far from that she was accustomed to. Little did she know she wouldn’t have too much time to fixate on such things. A strange creature linked with her, he needed the Red King to free him, but who this mythical figure is, and what became of them is unknown to her. Abby couldn’t shake this strange encounter from her mind and sought to discover more, but all knowledge has a cost. She shares her mother’s spirit for adventure, and journeys to the place she was last seen. But fate has been waiting for her, and Abby finds herself far from home, in a time so different to her own. Her only hope of returning is to do as she was asked and seek out the Red King, but to survive in a land and time so unfamiliar she will need an ally.

This book had me hooked from  the start. I read it in a single sitting and enjoyed every moment of Abby’s story. There is lore and myth, magic, and friendship, all in a perfect combination. The book held my interest from beginning to end, and the characters, even those playing small roles, are well written and possess depth.

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Book review: Janalya by Marie Godley

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Janalya was a wonderful child, born to a line which once belonged to elementals. Her review imageparents had their suspicions, she would find happiness standing outside in the roaring winds, hearing its silent whisper calling to her. Then came the day she was identified as being a child of the moon. She left her home to train, but as the years passed it became apparent she had been the last to be discovered. She is sent out, alone, in search of more elementals, but instead she finds Katsuo, and her destiny.

Janalya is a good teen/ young adult read. It is an easy, laid-back read with a story that flows nicely. The author’s style is well suited to the age group. It’s a journey of self-discovery and friendship and coming to understand the powers she, and others, were born with.

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Book review: Blackwing by Stephen Drake

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Socrates Blackwing was a war hero, he had felled dragons, and helped to bring a time of review imagepeace for his people. But they were vain, and his injuries served only as a reminder of the ugly truth. He continued his tasks, ever vigilant, hunting down criminals and upholding the honour of the seven planes. But then he was given his most challenging mission yet, a realm consisting of a human planet known as Earth had been infiltrated by some of his own kind, seeking to exploit those there. He has been charged with the retrieval of those breaching the most sacred laws of his kind. But nothing could have prepared him for what he would discover.

I have read every book this author has written, so needless to say I am a fan of his work. This book tackles a new genre and style to his Displaced series, and it is done so with skill. I really enjoyed reading the tales and exploits of Blackwing, his challenges and hardships. The world building is fantastic, as is the interpretation of things as perceived through the eyes of a stranger. The characters show great development and depth, and I found myself quickly pulled into an adventure which is anything but predictable. Treachery, betrayal, manipulation, magic, mythology, and loyally this book has it all.

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Book review: The Devil’s Lieutenant by Shervin Jamali

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Michael met his wife, started a family, he never wanted for anything, he was happy, they review imagewere happy. Or so he had thought. But the scene he returns home to paints a different picture, and he is left to question why, agonising that the souls of his wife and child are burning in hell. Lost to his despair he seeks refuge in the bottle. But then a figure appears, he claims to be the devil and has a proposition for Michael, one in which he can save his family from eternal torment.

Written in the first person the reader is encouraged to view things through the eyes of this long suffering man as he attempts to save his family from the clutches of hell. It is a good, and short read, certainly worth a look if you enjoy tortured souls, murder and manipulation.

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Book review: Agents of Shadow by Richard Crofton

Jamie had been raised virtuous, she planned to do great things, to make a difference. She review imageexcelled in every aspect of her chosen career path. She had great plans, and a fantastic mentor. One who offered her the opportunity of her dreams. She thought her dream would come true, but her prayers were not answered. Quite the opposite in fact. Jamie was only the beginning, the Dark Year is once again upon the Agents of Shadow, and they seek now to complete a rite which few of their expansive circles have ever accomplished, worse still, it seems there is no one to stand in their way, to stop them seizing this ultimate power.

Richard Crofton’s Agents of Shadow is the first book in The Keepers of White trilogy. It is not for the faint of heart, focusing around the dark and cruel ambitions of the Agents of Shadows. We see just how far power corrupts, and the lengths people will go to taste it. An immersive read that makes the reader question who can be trusted, and who, if indeed anyone, will step forth to quell the evil before it claims its next victim. Gripping and dark, with a hook that ensures you’ll grab the next book. I look forward to reading more of this series, and soon.

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Book review: Save Her Soul by Amanda J Evans

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Blinded by grief and rage over the brutal murder of her sister Kate vows revenge. She review imageswears a solemn oath to not only bring down those responsible but see that the orchestrator suffers as much as her sister did. She has meticulously plotted her revenge, and nothing will stand in her way.

Drake has been charged with watching over Kate for centuries, ensuring her soul returns to hell where it belongs. The guardians think him to be protecting her, but secretly he guides her towards evil, and this time should be no different, except for it is her last chance for salvation. If Kate takes another life she is doomed forever. He watches eagerly, but something about this incarnation is different, something about Kate calls​ to him like never before. Soon Drake himself wonders if he should believe the ancient prophecy, should he be seeking to save rather than condemn?

Written in alternating perspective from Kate and Drake’s view Save her Soul is an immersive read filled with Kate’s raw emotions as she seeks revenge. I enjoyed the flowing writing style of Amanda Evans’ work and found it difficult to put down, I always wanted to read that extra page, which soon became an extra chapter. It is a simple story of love and revenge filled with the complexities of human emotion. I’ve read work by this author before, and this book did not disappoint.

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Book review: Dystopia: The Beginning of the End by DJ Cooper

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Matt and Destiny are preppers. They have been watching alerts, gathering supplies, and review imagehoning their skills for many years. Meeting with like minded people, sharing thoughts, ideas, values. And then it happened. It came in the form of Ebola and terrorist attacks, but the real news was the small scrolling notification at the bottom of the screen, one which altered them to the true dire straits their country was in. This was about more than the Ebola, this was about the country’s collapse. It was time to act, to put into action the skills they had learnt. The world around them is in the throes of chaos, they must quickly learn who to trust and how to survive. The world has been turned askew, there are those who will exploit this, raping, pillaging, and taking anything they want as theirs. Matt and Destiny must find a way to protect themselves, and those they care for, before the worst thing imaginable happens.
One of the things which instantly struck me about this book is that in places it could be used as a how-to manual. It is filled with great and executable ideas introduced through the story itself (my favourite being the solar oven. You bet I am going to be trying that one out.) It is clear how much research has gone into this book simply due to its content. The characters are interesting, and the plot itself follows one group as they witness the events they have been prepping for, the end of world, although not in your dramatic zombie apocalypse or mutant creatures scenario. This is a down-to-Earth, true to life, prepper plot. Hardship and danger reveals the true natures of a person, and through these characters we clearly see this occurring, not only on minor scales, but on the extreme as well. It is a well-designed world and holds very true to how events would probably occur. There are a few areas where their acquisitions became a little too much like reading a list and the book itself needs a little tweaking, which is why I opted for a 4 star rating, but the overall concept and story-telling is good.
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Book review: Embellished by Karen Glista

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Travis is a gamer, he and his friends are battling the evil forces plaguing Orian. But their review imagehealer abandons them, leaving them a man down. Desperate for the rare drop Travis turns to his sister, Bekka for aid. Unaware her participation will forever change her life. Bekka rarely leaves her room, suffering form the all-consuming illness which claimed the life of their mother and will soon claim her. But fate has other plans. As the boss falls the small group are being ravished by a storm, then the unexpected happens, they are forced into the  game. But that is not all, each one of them is reset to full health. Bekka relishes in her new lease of life, but soon they come to learn the dangers of this world are as intense as those of the game itself. Without weapons or skill they fall prey to their surroundings, when all seem loss hope arrives, offering salvation. But if Bekka wants to protect those she loves from harm she must pay the price.

Embellished starts with a small group of people being drawn into a fantasy world, and I must say the same was true for me. I was hooked, I found this book difficult to put down and found myself heading to bed earlier and earlier just to have a little extra reading time. It is a tale of fantasy and romance, Bekka must choose between the price who promised her friends safety, and the Vadarc who abducts and claims her as his property. The choice is difficult, should Bekka follow her heart and risk and all consuming war where thousands, maybe millions will die, or does she act in the interest of the people of this strange new world? I loved this book, Those who read my reviews know such is not a phrase I utter lightly, maybe it is the gamer in me, maybe the fantasy/ romance lover, but there was a charm to this book I just couldn’t ignore. Filled with love, suspense, war, epic battles, and difficult choices with characters who both capture your heart and your hatred. Book two is already on my Kindle.

This is a book I would, without hesitation, recommend.

I read this on KU but I have also purchased it along with the next book in the series.

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