Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Review: Shadow Magic by Nazri Noor 5 of 5 stars

Shadow Magic Shadow Magic by Nazri Noor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While the gods are dying, Dustin Graves was murdered as a ritual sacrifice but finds himself the recipient of some strange dark magic instead. The more bodies start turning up - some human and worryingly one old world god. Somehow the bloodshed has to stop and it appears that Dust is now the mage for the job. However on his journey he ends up having encounters with a succubus, a talking sword, a spider queen and a goddess of magic. This is the first book in the Darkling Mage series.

This was a well thought out and clearly told story that kept my attention from the start to the end of the book. The story unfolded in such a way that I was hooked on the story and actually found myself reading it faster as it progressed. It was well written and very easy to read and comprehend. As a YA book it was nicely pitched to not push the boundaries of that genre while at the same time giving more than enough story to keep your attention and need to know what happened next. Well written it was clear and easy to understand. I think you will enjoy this story and find it easy to become addicted and need to know what happens to Dustin next.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Review: Touched by Magic: An Epic Fantasy Adventure by K.N. Lee by Nicole Zoltack 4 of 5 stars

Touched by Magic: An Epic Fantasy Adventure Touched by Magic: An Epic Fantasy Adventure by K.N. Lee by
Nicole Zoltack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There has been a war between Humans and elves for many years but it all comes to a head when an unknown sorceress begins to attack and take over elven territory. The elves try to find a way to even the odds between them and find her hidden daughter in the general common populace. Nala is the daughter of a farmer and his wife until their village is attacked by elves and she is captured. She then starts on a journey of survival, magic and love - the last one with the most unlikely of places as it is with the enemy. Can she be safe anywhere and find a place where she can be happy?

Lots of drama from the start in this story of one girl's journey through life and the various complications and opportunities that it throws at her. There are plenty of surprises on the way as well as a number of complications. A good start to the series and it gives a promise of some great story-lines in the future. Well written and easy to understand and feel. You will definitely feel a lot of sympathy for Nala and the sheer quality and quantity of changes and complications presented to her.

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Review: Liam's Lily by Dale Mayer 5 of 5 stars

Liam's Lily Liam's Lily by Dale Mayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Former Navy SEAL and single guy Liam O'Brian has just joined Legendary Securities and has been looking forward to his first mission to somewhere exotic - however he ends up going to an elephant sanctuary - however it is in Texas just 2 hours drive away. However his troubles have only just started when he starts to fall for a woman who is right in the middle of her family's livelihood and problems. Lilianna Howell is a biologist with a firm belief that every problem just needs to be broken down into smaller ones to solve them. Her Dad has lost his way after the death of his son and so Lily has to step in and perform a much larger role for the elephant sanctuary while her twin sister and husband (who is Lily's own ex-fiance) were to take over the office and financial side of things. However large issues escalate and and Lily and Liam have to work together to get to the bottom of them and fix it before the elephants lose their home.

This was a lovely story of how two people united to save the elephant sanctuary and get to the bottom of a mystery that had many twists and turns on he way. As they became closer it was charming the way they slowly realised that there was more between them and that when they had the time they could concentrate on their own happiness. The story was well written and very enjoyable. I definitely found myself reading faster and faster as I got further into the book. Definitely a nice light read that I found very enjoyable.

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Monday, 18 June 2018

Review: Black To Dust: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery by JC Andrijeski 5 of 5 stars

Black To Dust: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery Black To Dust: A Quentin Black Paranormal Mystery by JC Andrijeski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Black is in the New Mexico desert to meet an old war friend who needs help solving the spate of murders and kidnappings affecting the reservation. But what at first seemed to be cut and dried soon turns into something much bigger which is being orchestrated by a banished shaman. So Black's plan to distract himself from his marriage problems is now some of his worst fears from his past. In order to crack what is going on he needs to persuade Miri to come out and join him, but then when she arrives it all starts going out of control faster and faster. Can they stop what is happening or will they be torn apart forever?

The story starts slow with Black being particularly miserable because of his brave attempt to give Miri the space to think about things, but it soon became more and more dramatic as events developed. I loved the way it involved people from all generations and that it tied it his old friends as well as some new players that I expect to see more of later in the series. I loved the linkage with the Bridge and Sword books and how it was all fitting nicely together like a jigsaw puzzle. It was well written and I could definitely feel and empathise with the thoughts and emotions of the characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series now.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Review: One of Life's Great Mysteries by Ian Antony 5 of 5 stars

One of Life's Great Mysteries One of Life's Great Mysteries by Ian Antony
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Major Ivor Hooke survived a battle in the skies above Newearth and has now returned to London for his court martial with the Duke of Wellington. However after a chance meeting he ends up travelling from the slums of Victorian London to plains on colonial Mercury. As part of his travels he will start to unravel a great conspiracy across the Solar System where he will find it hard to distinguish between friends and enemies as the roles change in a fluid manner between the two roles.

I really enjoyed this book which continued the story of Ivor and the conspiracy that he is getting much closer to the understanding of and resolution for. It was great to have more and more sections of the conspiracy becoming clear as well as Ivor getting more of a backbone as he experiences all sorts of trauma and hardship. The story was well written and it was easy to understand the thoughts and emotions being experienced by the characters. Very enjoyable - I just need the third part of the trilogy to be written now so I can know how the story ends and who the elusive Mr Big of the conspiracy.

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Review: The Undertaker's Revenge- A Love Story by A. Davis 4 of 5 stars

The Undertaker's Revenge- A Love Story The Undertaker's Revenge- A Love Story by A. Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Strange tale of an undertaker in the hamlet of Krakenshire through his attempt to avenge his wife's death. He noticed that the rest of the village were blind to the loss of his beloved wife and the the spell cast across them all by the factory up on the hill. Bizarrely the other village occupants were also very preoccupied with their own idiosyncrasies.

This is a very bizarre story that at first I though it was too weird to make sense of but after persevering I began to enjoy it. Te writing was clear and easy to understand and if you accepted that the underlying premise was rather weird it did make perfect sense.

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Review: Consort of Pain by Eva Chase 5 of 5 stars

Consort of Pain Consort of Pain by Eva Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rose Hallowell has claimed her magic and has the 5 unsparked consorts she is not supposed to have and just hopes for a peaceful life. However everything is threatened by the Assembly – can Rose and her men escape them and find the kind of allies they need to have a safe, secure and peaceful future or will they forever be fighting? Can Rose find a balance of power where she doesn’t extract so much from her consorts that they become ill?

I loved this story - lots of twists, turns, excitement and drama. I liked the addition of more on the impact on her consorts and how they were coping with it. It was well written and everything was very clear and easy to read/understand. I could definitely feel their frustrations, despair and joy at different parts of the book. Definitely recommended.

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