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Book review: A Halloween’s Curse by C.A. King (@PortalProphecy)

Willow and her friends have a lot to learn. Forced to flee their home world they ended reviewup on Earth, a place with unfamiliar customs and technology. But none of that is really a concern, not when they consider the danger faced by the people here as King Cornelius advances his plan to dominate every realm. Some he wants to destroy, others, like this one, he wants to control. Worse still, Mike is still missing, and Halloween, the time marked by the next prophecy approaches. Can Willow successfully interpret the prophecies and stem the approaching dangers?

Something that shouldn’t walk this realm is loose, and it’s sights are set on those with power, but is it behind the disappearances of those with magic,  or is something more sinister afoot?

This is the fourth book I have read by this author, so it seems time to admit that I am now a fan. The fact I’ve just purchased book three in this series, and eagerly scan through her other works is a testament to her ability to weave a story. The characters are well-developed, with magic being important but not overpowering and all encompassing. The story is plot driven, intricate, and filled with mystery. I’ve read the book that comes before this one in the series, but it could be read as stand alone as each story is contained, while part of something much larger. A must for lovers of urban fantasy, magic, and character driven and detailed plots.

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A Halloween’s Curse

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Book review: Isobel by Aden James

  • Steve, AKA Laz, had been a firefighter for countless years. It was a job he loved, a reviewprofession he was proud of. Over his years he had seen many horrors, but he tried his best not to bring them home. But sometimes there isn’t a choice, sometimes things stay forefront in your mind, and others they simply cling to you and refuse to let go. There was something about the woman in that crash, and perhaps a reason she followed him everywhere she went. She had died, and since her death the strangest feeling had been following him, it was something which only grew worse. After one fateful night his views on everything he thought he knew were turned askew, something evil was drawn to him, somehow he needed to free himself of this burden before it harmed him, or worse still, someone else.

One of the first thing you’ll notice when you delve into this book is how real some of the situations feel. It can be very atmospheric, and at time tense. The author starts by smoothly and effortlessly familiarising the reader with any jargon associated with the necessary roles. As you read it is easy to see yourself stood at the scene alongside Steve, or witnessing events from the distant past. I normally don’t like first person POV, but this is yet another book that has successfully chipped away at my dislike for this perspective. The tone and style it is a written in was just so natural and fitting. Nothing about the book felt forced, and I was eager to find out what discoveries Steve would make as he sought out his own answers. This is a great read, and better yet, proceeds go to charity. A great story and a good deed in one, what more could you ask for?

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Isobel

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Book review: Take a Walk on the Dead Side by Jada Ryker

Even after the suicide of Macey Malloy was exposed, Amanda Sawyer continued to use reviewher identity. It was the only thing Macey had given her, and part of her wanted to hold onto it. Her father, leader of a fanatical cult, knew her whereabouts and she knew, even when she was proven innocent, the label of a murderer would always follow her. What she didn’t expect was for people in her own work place, colleagues and ‘friends’, to resort to manipulation and needless twisting of truth to get their own minutes of fame. Fortunately, Macey finds herself with a distraction, someone is stalking her intern, and she is determined to find out who.

Well written, enjoyable, light-hearted yet intensely gripping Take a Walk on the Dead Side will easily appeal to a wide audience. The characters and interactions are well scripted, with a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end. Wonderfully quirky.

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Take a Walk on the Dead Side

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Book review: The Black Fox by Gordon Bickerstaff

Gavin Shawlins is on the run, only he doesn’t know it. Following their last mission for the reviewLambeth Group someone realised he knew something important, something that could put the US itself at risk. Zoe Tampsin, on the order of her superior, takes him and goes dark. In exchange for Gavin the US have offered The UK billions in upgrades, a manhunt of epic proportions is about to begin, no quarter will be shown, no stone unturned. Zoe swears to protect him at all costs, attempting to tease a secret, that even he doesn’t realise he knows, from him. Time is running out.

I really enjoy reading Gordon Bickerstaff ‘s books. He weaves excellent tales of secrets and conspiracies, all enhanced by vivid characters. It is rare for me to say that something would work well on the big screen, as either a series or movies, but these books would. They are dark, interesting, believable, and could easy be transferred into a gripping film. I certainly had a hard time putting this book down. If you want to lose yourself in a thrilling, action packed, conspiracy, espionage, then this is certainly a read you’ll enjoy.

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The Black Fox

 

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Book review: Save Her Soul by Amanda J Evans

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

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: Oric and the Alchemist’s Key by Lesley Wilson

Oric and the Alchemist’s Key is a fantasy written by author Lesley Wilson

Oric was appreciate to the alchemist, until Dunburton was setup on by rogues. Loyal and 511x8p4oxtltrue Oric sought out his master, but there was nothing to be done. His master,  before taking his final breath, presented him with the alchemist’s key, warning it was the key to great wealth, or great disaster if it were to fall into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, money lender and low-life Esica Figg overheard all, and seeks not only to claim the key as his own, but lay siege and claim for his own the lands of those who have Oric shelter and safety. Oric, unaware of Figg’s schemes, serves his new master, the apothecary Ichtheus, with pride, and relishes the pursuit of knowledge, while all the time trying to discover where the key may fit.

Oric and the Alchemist’s Key is a charming story. Lesley Wilson forges a vibrant world with deep and developed characters. It is easy to envision yourself walking the market, heaving with the life of the unwashed masses, or settling down before the fire in the Lord’s mansion after a hard day’s labour. The author writes a descriptive tale and creates the perfect atmosphere which is further enhanced by the dialogue. A gripping tale from start to finish.

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Oric and the Alchemist’s Key

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Book review: Darkspire Reaches by C.N Lesley

Darkspire Reaches is a high fantasy written by by C.N Lesley

51nkk5aa0lRaven can feel the call of the wyvern, even sheltered deep within the woods where she and Margie, an alchemist and botanical healer, live. As a baby Margie rescued Raven from being a sacrifice to the beast, hiding her away. The wyvern seeks her still. Unwilling to surrender that which was his, it will not rest until it has torn her to shreds, or so she was led to believe. Winter is coming, and with a new law passed outlawing magic and sentencing those who practice such crafts to death it seems those who make their living by potion and scrying are set to starve. With no other choice Raven and Margie are forced upon a journey, one where the true nature of all shall be revealed.

I picked up Darkspire Reaches because I was really craving a good high fantasy, and this book did not disappoint. I was hooked from the first page to the last. Invested in Raven’s plight and drawn in to the world of magic and wyverns created by the author. The characters are diverse, entertaining, and most importantly bursting with real personality. This gripping tale with leave you wanting more right until the final page.

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Darkspire Reaches

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Book review: Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore by Ronesa Aveela

Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore by Ronesa Aveela  is 51kmvj-sbll-_sx398_bo1204203200_combination of fiction and non-fiction.

As the title suggests, Light Love Rituals, focuses on the Myths Legends and Folklore common to Bulgaria. It is suitable for adult and child alike and rich with stories and information.

Within this book there is something for everyone, this book is a plethora of information, there are facts, stories and even recipes. I particularly liked the did you know sections that appear at intervals throughout the book with brilliant little paragraphs of information. It added a little extra insight, an was a lovely touch. I love all things mythology and this book was right up my street. There were many things within I had not considered, read, or known before. The contents differ from informative to beautifully written stories, to the more informative. At the end of each section is a what have you learned, and I must admit, I can certainly see myself trying some of the recipes. I was very impressed with this book, it is perfectly structured and well-written.

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Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore

 

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Book review: Prince of the Blood – Transformation by P.J. Webb

Prince of the Blood – Transformation is a historical, paranormal, urban fantasy written by 51uummlz0dlauthor  P.J. Webb and is the first book in the Prince of the Blood Chronicles.

Sebastian Du Sang, or Sebastian Blood as he is also known, left his home to pursue his passion of music. He never would have imagined his fate would have been sealed on that day. On the train he met a young woman by the name of Leanna, and his life was fated never to be the same again. Leanna sought more from him than he was willing to give, and so she took everything, his love, his life, his soul. Sebastian seeks revenge, vowing to ensure all like her reap their just desserts. He will give them cause to fear, because while Leanna has her secrets, he has some of his own.

Prince of the Blood is certainly a well researched, unique and, captivating read. It reminds me in some ways of Interview with a Vampire. This book has many merits and there has clearly been a lot of thought put into it in order to create an interesting origin story and individual plot. This is certainly not your run of the mill paranormal vampire novel and fans of the genre will not be disappointed. P.J. Webb  creates an array of memorable characters, gripping scenes, and wonderful portray of the cities and time being described.

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Prince of the Blood – Transformation