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Book review: Jessica V Fisette’s Fire and Ice

Allie didn’t believe them, the things that had been whispered about Phoenix after her reviewaccident. She alone still looked for him, she had faith that he was neither responsible for the fire, nor dead. Of course, having driven off a bridge, and lost her memories of that night didn’t help her case any. But a gnawing fear told her there was more to the situation than she thought, more than she remembered. How right she had been, and how lucky she was to trust her instincts when a sudden visit by official looking figures at her school didn’t sit right with her. She had run, run as if her life depended on it, and it had. She and Phoenix had touched upon a world of magic, a skill they thought was unique to them, but there were more out there like her, yet at the same time, in the eyes of some, there was no one like her. She was just what was needed. A long lost piece of a play for power, and she didn’t even know how to defend herself.

Fire and Ice follows Allie’s story. It is easy to initially believe that you have started this book at number two, a clever ploy by the author, Jessica V Fisette, to allow in plot discovery by the protagonist, and as this book is written solely in the first person perspective, we only know and learn what they themselves do, so a gap in memory leading a reader to think they have missed something, is in fact exactly how Allie’s feels, and in time, throughout the journey, more is discovered until most things fall into place. This is an ideal young adult / new adult read, reminding me in some places of an L. J Smith novel, whilst not being in any way derivative. You’ll cringe at Allie’s decisions, but realise that at her age rash and impulsive thinking came more natural in dangerous scenarios than trust and ask questions. A journey of discovery, uncovering the truth about her past, and fighting to reclaim her present before anything more is stripped from her.

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Book review: S.S. Segran’s AEGIS EVOLUTION (@SegranBooks )

The chosen have returned to Dema-Ki to further their training, exploring abilities that revieware beyond even the Elders’ guidance, and yet guide them they must. This group of friends must learn to combine their powers, for they will be called upon sooner than they could imagine. Riots, raids, and crop destruction has put strain on the world, but that is but the tip of the iceberg, the first part of a deadly plan, and part two in underway. A deadly plague is spreading, leaving death in its wake, and it seems almost no one is safe from infection. Can they find a means to stop the spread and cure those already afflicted, or will they be forced to watch everyone they care about die, and be powerless to do anything? Find out in S.S. Segran’s Aegis Evolution.

An amazing adventure of epic proportions. Aegis Evolution whisks you away into a story that is Iron fist, meets X-Men, meets Percy Jackson and spins a truly engaging and enjoyable tale. Whilst it is book three in the Aegis League Series Book 3 it works well as standalone, with key details seamlessly woven into the main plot to give the reader an understanding of what happened in the books before. I really struggled to put this down once I had started, it held me captivated from the first page to the last in a whirlwind tale of adventure, friendship, challenges, danger, and the pushing of boundaries.  S.S. Segran has a wonderful writing style that effortlessly seems to flow, pulling the reader deeper until they can’t help but find themselves fully immersed and invested in the characters’ struggles, there is some great developments, not only in plot but in the characters and their growth on a personal level. A simply amazing read, a must for lovers of the genre.

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Book review: The Falcon Flies alone by Gabrielle Mathieu (@GabrielleAuthor )

Peppa had some explaining to do. She was found stark naked on the top of her new reviewemployer’s roof, the local policeman attending the rescue only had one question. Why the name in the passport didn’t match that he knew her by. The reason was simple. Following the death of her father Peppa had stood to inherit a fortune, but instead she was left at the mercy of her aunt, and she felt she had no choice but to flee, making her money in almost any way she could until she was old enough to claim her inheritance. The roof, however, was a different matter entirely. Fragmented memories played on her fears of madness as she saw herself flying above the world, wings stretched wide in the form of a magnificent falcon. The problem was she was now a suspect in a brutal murder. Alone and penniless Peppa seeks aid from unlikely sources, trying to prove her innocence while remaining one step ahead of the law, and attempting to find answers to her own questions. Visions keep returning to haunt her, something strange is happening, and she is determined to discover what.

Brilliantly written in the first person narrative The Falcon Flies Alone by Gabrielle Mathieu will whisk you away on a breath-taking journey. Peppa’s path crosses with many and, like her own character, each member of the cast has a deep and realistic personality, complete with character building and history. I loved the integration of science and nature and the manner in which it is described and achieved is simply fantastic. If you’re looking for a character driven, suspense filled fantasy, then look no further. Jam packed with nail-biting action, dangerous twists, and unimaginable realisations, this is certainly a book which has a lot to offer. A very strong first book in what looks to be a promising series.

I read this on KU but I was so taken by the plot I purchased a copy for my collection.

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Book review: Desprite Measures by Deborah Jay (@DeborahJay2)

Cassie, a water sprite, had been living 51HQrmAnUJL._SY346_alone within the lochs for centuries, but as man adapted and developed so too did their technology. Plumbing made things particularly tricky for an elemental who likes to stay in her water form. Eventually she surrendered and moved to land to look and live like them. She had a small collection of friends and it was all going fine, until she was tricked, imprisoned and abducted. Held against her will by an evil magician she was pitted against a creature of her opposing nature, to touch the salamander could be to destroy all of Scotland, and yet, she feels drawn to her, tempted beyond anything she has felt before. Against her better judgement she seeks Gloria out again in hope to protect others from suffering a similar imprisonment, and instead finds herself caught up in a quest for revenge. Can she cool Gloria’s temper and douse the growing attraction, or will her loved ones be caught in the power game as two covens seek the elementals’ powers for their own? With so much at stake, is she even aware of the real danger threatening to consume her?
Packed with action and legends Desprite Measures is a well paced urban fantasy which starts slow and builds up momentum driven by the characters’ own desires and ambitions, between the evil Liam to the passionate Cassie you’ll find an array of colourful characters. The book itself has merit with a lot of mythology intricately woven into it to add spirit and charm to the tale. There are some adult scenes, but they don’t dominate the story although it is certainly dominated by myth, obsession and lust.
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Book review: The Elixir by J B Michaels

The Elixir by J B Michaels is a paranormal urban paranormal fantasy tale. Bud worked as reviewa private investigator, but more recently his payments were going to other ventures. Maeve had been a gifted member of the Order of Saint Michael, she had been killed, her throat torn from her body by a werewolf. It was only thanks to her own skill she survived. If being a zombie, forced to live in a freezer, with an artificial throat and voice box could be called surviving. For some time now Bud’s wages have been going towards finding a means to reanimate her. However, there was a complication she got out. An escaped zombie-werewolf seemed the height of their troubles, until Al Capone rose from the grave as a poltergeist, or at least it appeared to be him. But there was something more afoot, a puppeteer, a larger scheme which grows more complex the further he probes into his latest investigation.

This is a really fun, action packed read. It touches on traditional, classical, and familiar paranormal lore in a way perhaps only seen in things like Scooby Doo and the first season of the tv series Penny Dreadful. I would class it as a hybrid of the two, making it fun, but appealing to a more mature audience. In The Elixir paranormal is a fact, not fiction, and the means employed by such creatures, and researchers can be utilised. From the diary of Victor von Frankenstein to the hidden traits of ancient artifacts. This book has some serious charm.

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Book review: Dark Harvest (Dark Moon Series Book 2)

Dark Harvest (Dark Moon Series Book 2) is a paranormal, urban fantasy written by authors Shelly M. Burrows and Michael S. Stewart.

Mike and Bentley were exiled from their home for all eternity.  They knew there would be 51c9nb1n3tlthings they would miss,  the sun,  their friends,  but they certainly wouldn’t miss the trouble. They had each other and that was all that really mattered. They looked forward to a fresh new start, intending to take full advantage of the opportunity to simply be together. But whilst they may have left trouble behind, it isn’t finished with them yet. Chess and Soren have located a recently unearthed relic. An obsidian sacrificial knife and it is just what they needed. It was rumoured this knife was once used by the Aztecs and said to retain the souls of all killed by its blade. Now they have their own purpose in mind for this ancient relic.  They are hell bent on revenge.  As the only ones to survive from their brood they have spent centuries avoiding their Sire, Cronus,  but the odds are slowly tipping to their favour. Soon will come the time to face him, but first they must gather power, and there are few who would dare stand in their way.

Dark Harvest is an action packed read, filled with  vivid, interesting characters. Shelly M. Burrows and Michael S. Stewart write in a way that clearly shows the depth of creation in both world, back stories, and characters. Clearly a lot of time and attention has been spent not only on the gripping main plot, but character arcs and stories. The more you read, the more you feel you know these characters, and thus the more invested in the plights you become. The characters mentioned above aren’t the sole focus of the story, there is a wide cast, each with their own roles to play in events. The paranormal market, being in high demand, has become saturated of late, but this is one story that breaks away from the restrictive notions and breathes fresh life into a genre which is quickly becoming stagnant.

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Book review: Morium by S.J. Hermann

Morium by S.J. Hermann is an urban fantasy focusing on bullying and supernatural elements.

For a long time Lexi and Nathan have been the focus of the popular students’ hatred. Once an outgoing girl after the 51oj8y9w3uldeath of her mother Lexi became withdrawn, and those who should have helped her, her so called friends, saw her grief as a means to elevate themself in social status. Lexi retreated into herself. The only release from the torment became self-harming and part of her longed to join her mother. Nathan suffered at the hands of the football team, his skin condition making him easy prey. They tortured him without reprieve. Each day they reminded themselves the end was in sight, graduation was near. But it didn’t come soon enough. One night Lexi and Nathan saw something fall from the sky, curiosity enveloped them, leading them to seek it out. But the moment their fingers touched it their future was changed forever.

Morium is a well-written and moving read. Bullying is a serious issue, and anyone who has been bullied will understand first hand the emotional turmoil and suffering Nathan and Lexi are being forced to endure. Their support structure consists of each other, and their other friend Stacy. But having support doesn’t resolve the issue. S.J. Hermann’s writing style makes it easy to empathise with the characters, and presents a very real dilemma, if a victim of bullying was granted power, power enough to stop those who hurt them, power enough to change the world, how would it be used?  Lexi and Nathan have both endured the same harassment, the same mental torture, but will their view on how their new gifts be used align? This is an excellent plot, and a truly enjoyable read. Emotionally charged, and intensely gripping, Morium is one book not to be forgotten.

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Book review: MAYAN – Atlantis Returns (The Millennia Series Book 1) by Neil Enock

MAYAN – Atlantis Returns (The Millennia Series Book 1) is an urban fantasy / Science 510phmbafelfiction novel written by Neil Enock.

Bob Wallace is an archaeologist with ideas that see him shunned, some even think him a mockery to their profession. Yet all of his theories, his outlandish ideas, are stemmed from fact. Never before seen artefacts and depictions opened his eyes to a whole new possibility and he had no fear about voicing them. But now those who ridiculed him are forced to re-evaluate their thinking as Atlantis appears, bringing destruction it its wake. The Atlanteans had no cause to be cautious, their Diachromes had long predicted the eradication of all life. They had not considered anything to have survived the visions they beheld of 2012. Yet here we are, thriving in an age of technology on a world they intended to reclaim.

The premise of MAYAN – Atlantis Returns (The Millennia Series Book 1) is an interesting one, drawing attention to what some would call the failings of man, both socially and politically. It is certainly not difficult to see the benefits of their way of life, and the thoughts and considerations of those dwelling in Atlantis when faced with our world. Neil Enock creates a cast of well-developed, interesting characters to guide the reader through an entertaining story of discovery and reflection. Anyone loving Atlantean mythology, or seeking some insight into the ancient races or civilisations past, will find the delicious morsels woven into the tale enjoyable, and could even inspire further research into these fields. A page-turning insightful tale intended to inspire.

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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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Book review: Fate’s Cry by Jalpa Williby

Fate’s Cry is an urban fantasy by Jalpa Williby

51yrtcgmn6l-_sy346_Kelsey has lived a tough life, haunted by loss and regret. She has lost everyone she was ever close to. These fears prey on her mind each time she chooses to open herself up to someone. Then came the night she met Damien, he stirred in her feelings she never dreamed of. But there is danger lurking, Damien is secretive, revealing little of his past, and to make matters worse there’s a serial killer roaming the streets, and it seems their eyes are now trained on her.

Fate’s Cry is a well-written urban fantasy romance with enjoyable characters who grow and develop as the plot progresses. It is the kind of story easy to lose yourself in and hard to put down. It was a refreshing read for a book in the genre, and clearly much thought went into the plot, lore, and characters.

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