Book Review: The Shadow Watcher by Roari Benjamin

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Sam had a simple life, dreams, love, passions, and a secret watcher. She had been aware 51LzAofuvpLof him for some time, glimpses of him in the shadows. A strange figure, present from the time of her father’s death, and never aging. He is always there, watching her, protecting her from harm and with just cause. There are people who would seek to use her, to use a knowledge she has not yet even found, to their own gains. Sam is the keeper of the Fountain of Youth, although it doesn’t go by that name. Those who eat its fruit never age, some fear its secret was lost with the death of her father, others know that she is the key to finding it. In the wrong hands this could spell disaster, but without knowledge of this secret life, of friends, foes, and secret societies, how can she know who to trust?
A while ago I picked up the second book in this series and have been promising myself I would backtrack to the first. I’m really glad I did. Here we meet Sam for the first time, gain insight into her life, her thoughts, and the problems she faces. I found it wonderful to reconnect with some of the characters, giving me an appreciation for how they have grown and developed throughout the books I have had the pleasure of reading. It also made me appreciate the depth of intricacies that are woven throughout the first and second books. Roari Benjamin has a wonderful, immersive writing style, and imaginative ideas which she expresses in a fantastic manner. I am looking forward to reading more of her work in the future.
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Book review: The Trojan Project by Eileen Thornton

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Sarah was born and raised in London, she had her pick from men of fine standing, so 51LzAofuvpLwhen Pete, a farmer, swept her off her feet in a whirlwind romance, some people were less than impressed. And some of Pete’s friends were less than pleased with his choice of wife. But none of that matters now. Strange lights and mist heralded a danger never imagined. With her husband is missing, and the terrible aftereffects witnessed, she has no choice but to take her children and flee, praying her husband is safe, but fearing the worst.  Someone wants to cover up the truth. Sarah and her children are forced to flee in fear of their lives. The military are closing in,with one simple instructions, the truth cannot get out. No one can know what happened.

A thrilling and suspenseful tale written in an engrossing narrative. If you’re looking for conspiracy, twists, and dark themes then this book will be sure to grab your attention​ while developing a cast  of interesting characters.
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Book review: More things in Heaven and Earth by E.A. Comiskey

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Simone had struggled to ignore the voices for so long, they had once driven her to the 51LzAofuvpLbrink of madness. If not for Michael, her loving husband, she would have long been lost to the inaudible chattered. He helped her to focus, to push back the deafening noise to a more bearable level. She never would have imagined what she heard to be so important, the herald of a new and coming age. The veil drawn between worlds, for better or worse, is coming down, and Simone has been gifted with the ability to hear those from the other sides. A skill she must embrace if she is to save all the universes.
I don’t read a lot of Christian fiction, but this is what I imagine to be a brilliant example of the genre. Well-written, with a plot that highlights the apathy and sins of man, as well as their potential for good, and the far spanning reaches of this goodness. The author includes figures from other religions, legends, and beliefs in a well-handled manner. It is a book that will make you think, and even reflect on your own attitudes and actions. The author shows great imagination with the alteration of creation myths to encompass multiple planes and realms, each different and unique. The overall message, for me at least, was one of love, and the power even simple actions can generate in an outward ripple effect that touches everything around.
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Book review: The Slave Girl by Jennifer Stone

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Taya, broken, bloody and abused escapes the beating from her master’s wife after being 51LzAofuvpLforced into his bed. With no home, no money, and a sullied reputation, there are few who would lend her aid, and so, she returns to a home she once knew, a temple. They nursed her back to health and sent her on her way. Free for the first time Taya must now journey to find work, but the path before her is anything but easy, and far from what was expected.

The Gods are angry, their worship shunned for centuries by the removal of their tales until but two God’s remain in thought. All is not well in their realm, Galia has had enough, it is time to act, humanity will either redeem itself or be destroyed. It appears Taya may be the key, the prophesied orphan who could bring about salvation or damnation. But there are those who would oppose her, wishing her to fail for the sake of their own power.
I really enjoyed The Slave girl. Jennifer Stone creates a strong and developed protagonist impossible not to sympathise with, and a deep and interesting world. Written in the third personal narrative, description and world building are done in  such a manner that the reader can build their own image from the descriptions given. Friendship, betrayal, ancient prophecies, and angered gods, this is one story you can’t help but become invested in. I look forward to book two.
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Book Review: Ancient Evil by Brent J. Griffiths

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Ancient Evil by Brent J. Griffiths is very unique is design, it could be viewed as three 51LzAofuvpLseparate stories if not for the fact they are woven together and integral to the larger picture.

Hael shows a promise beyond those of his peers, even those older, and more experienced, than him. For this reason this member of the Guest, the people who owe an un-payable Debt to the Host, is being watched. They believe he is the one they seek in order to ensure their plans fall into place. His power of compulsion is beyond that of even some of the Hosts, a feat thought impossible. He is destined for greatness, but the more he sees, the more he is made to question. His people, the Guest, have been fighting a war against the Ferals for over five-thousand years presided over by the Host, and they have been using any means at the disposal, even the converting of Guest criminals to forced enslavement, stripping them of will and self, before seding them forefront in battle alongside the Guest who work towards paying off The Debt.
Finn, is what some would call a genius, entering university at thirteen, and obtaining multiple degrees. He has studied Maths, Physics, and now finds himself drawn to Parapsychology and, for the first time, a girl, Rebecca. He helps conduct studies aimed at proving psychic abilities exist, but while doing so he stumbled upon a conspiracy, one which will shape the path of both their futures.
I really enjoyed reading Ancient Evil, the plot is divided into the focal of three characters across different times in their life. If I were to favor a time, it would be that of Hael, but only because I really enjoy well-written high fantasy. The other aspects are just as brilliant, but occur in a modern day setting. The combination was well-done, and the meshing of the plots was well-executed. As a reader you will find twists aplenty, real and fallible characters, and an engrossing, involving read packed with action, mystery, and intrigue. I look forward to reading the second book in this series Brent J Griffith’s has written a strong debut novel for this series, and I can see myself becoming hooked.
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Book review: Snarkey & Putts: Paranormal Attorneys-At-Law by Joe Eliseon

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Jack Snarkey and Andrew Putts are law firm partners. Putts the down trodden partner, is 51LzAofuvpLin kept in place by the constant threat of the operating agreement, which he has never actually seen. He fights his battles, and always comes out the underdog when compared to the massive income of Snarkey, but things are about to change. He has a six figure account, and the arbitrator is just about to call judgement. Or he was. Poor Putts seems flat out of luck, and probably broke to boot. The arbitrator dies before revealing his final judgement. But Snarkey has a plan, a way to cash in without starting the drawn out process again. To settle this account he convinces Putts he must, under encouragement and manipulation, reach into realms unseen in the world of law, pierce the veil and deliver the intended will of the one whose will has been contested. But unbeknown to any of them, there is more to this than a simple ruse, and Putts unlocks a potential he never knew slept within him.

I really enjoyed reading Snarkey and Putts, the characters are entertaining, and the plot is well delivered. This is certainly a strong book in what I anticipate will become an ongoing series. It brings a lighter side to the law, and presents characters so contrasting to each other it creates for a great, and tense, environment. I will certainly be keeping my eye out for the next installment. I can’t wait to see how this will pan out, will Putts finally take his place as an equal partner, rather than his partner’s doormat? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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Book review: The Anaerris Code: Part 1 the Gemma by L.K. Kelley

Gem thought she was a normal young woman, well almost, there was a slight incident 51LzAofuvpLfive years ago, but she had successfully hidden that strange happening since and chalked it up to just part of who she was. The thing is Gem has no idea who she actually is, or the potential she holds. In fact, no one in her life does, and boy are they in for a surprise when they find out. Gem is a prophecy made flesh, and those in her life must now protect her above all else. She is the only one of her kind, and the one deemed the protector of the codex. She has a potential beyond all beings, for she is the sum of all their parts, and could very well be the most powerful being in existence, and it is power she will need if she hopes to save not only Earth, but the universe and those who dwell within.

I always enjoy a good book by author L.K. Kelley and I have to say I am already hooked on this new series. There’s a whole new take on tried and tested mythos along with some very imaginative adaptations and explanations. I am really looking forward to seeing the direction this takes. As with all of L.K. Kelley’s books there are scenes for the mature reader, and whilst definitely erotic the plot does not rely on them. The story, narrative, and plot, along with the depth and development of characters make this an immersive and imaginative read that leaves you wanting more.

Book review: Rae Leah’s Salvation by Aidan Stone

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Rae Leah’s Salvation is a fantasy fiction by author Aidan Stone, and the sequel to The Power of the Stones making it the second book in the Tales from  Aelfyce series

Prophecies, to those deemed unjust, are always a cause for concern, especially when they 6x9-rae-leahs-salvationforetell of a person who will wield ultimate power and bring a new age into existence. A ruler, or many in fact, may even go so far as to outlaw a name, and hunt down all those possessing it.  But such acts are inconsequential, only a fool believes they can outsmart fate.  After all, it always finds a way to reap what it has sown, even if the means turn out a little unorthodox and boundaries, unbreached for time untold, are crossed.

Wesley had been hunting with Emrick. They were skilled, brothers in arms, and together they felled large and small game, hunting from coast to coast, border to border, wherever the boundaries would allow. But this last hunt had been different. Casting aside their normal routine they had gone to the borders of some protected land, where to hunt within could mean certain death. It was a good thing they had no intention of breaching the boundary, and their prey had no concept of such man-made territories. It was just a matter of waiting. And wait they did. But whilst they hunted their prey, fate had zeroed in on the one needed to fulfill an ancient prophecy, it simply needed to ensure he found himself exactly where it needed him. Another world, one where power is rule, and people live in fear.
Rae Leah’s Salvation, Aelfyce tale book two, by Aidan Stone is the sequel to The Power of the Stones and is every bit as gripping as its predecessor. We return to a cast of familiar characters, whilst enjoying the journey of Wesley, the protagonist of this tale.  I loved seeing how time had changed the characters from the first book,  and what fate had in store for them. Aidan Stone’s narrative voice draws the reader in,  inviting them into the tale,  conjuring vivid imagery and deep understanding,  whilst also allowing the reader’s imagination to run free.  The book works well as a stand alone tale but,  given how much I enjoyed them both, I’d recommend starting at book one in order to get a feel for the characters,  and understand why things are the way they are. This is one series I’ll be following to completion,  already I am eager to discover where the adventure leads next.
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Book review: Tomoiya’s Story: Escape To Darkness by C.A. King

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Tomoiya ‘s whole universe had just expanded. No longer was the known bathed only by 51LzAofuvpLsuns of orange and yellow light. Another side had been discovered, the dark to the light where the suns covered the land in shadow. What starts as a tale of Tomoiya becomes a focus for the book within her possession, the story of Allaynie. The books ends on the eve of her wedding, but that was not where her journey stopped, and the lesson needed had not been learnt. Travelling through the stars Tomoiya learns the truth behind the tale, and how close her own life intertwines with a figure she had once believed to be only fictional.

C.A. King does what few authors have succeeded in doing. She has taken the stale and over-used vampire mythos and breathed fresh life into its decaying form. I thoroughly enjoyed reading, in fact I did so in a single sitting never once taking my eyes from the well-designed plot which alters the source of vampire legends in a way that could easily be so true to life, yet one I’ve never seen before. Just a single person can change everything, and in this tale they certainly do. This is one series I will certainly be investing my time in. It is a strong first book for what promises to be an interesting and imaginative series.
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Book review: Burning Through Their Eyes by Eugene Knight

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Toby Ryan wanted to put the tumultuous events of his past behind him and start afresh 41gmTumYWpL._SY346_with his wife and twin boys. So when he was given the opportunity to do just that, working with Dr Niles no less, it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. He gladly accepted his role at the university on a secret project rumoured to be funded by the government and NSA. His own sons, possessing their father’s Mindflyer abilities, astounded the doctors with their skills despite their infancy. But their potential had not gone unnoticed. Soon a call revealed a terrifying situation, while Toby was working someone had broken in to his home, drugged his wife, and kidnapped one of his children. There was no doubt in his mind that someone intended to weaponize his son and use him for their own gains. Now, whoever did this is tying up loose ends, erasing data, even lives to remain hidden. Toby must put his trust in the sole survivor of the group which executed his son’s kidnapping. But, as he soon discovers, there are no limits to the lengths these people will go to in order to ensure the hunt for his son meets with failure.

Burning Through their Eyes by Eugene Knight is a continuation of the first book in the series, In Between Dreams, but it can easily be read as a stand alone, self contained book. For those having read the first you are rewarded with the return and development of some key characters, as well as a cast of new and interesting people, each with their own trials and problems. The plot is well-conceived with some imaginative and well-executed ideas. Bordering on the fringe science, sci-fi, and crime thriller genres Eugene Knight writes a complex plot with enough intrigue to keep the reader entertained for hours.

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