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The Keeper of Dragons: The Prince Returns by JA Culican

January 22, 2017 - 9:29 pm No Comments

The Keeper of Dragons: The Prince Returns by JA Culican

Published 21st June 2016

284 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Colt was your average Joe, liked to keep himself to himself, but just before his 18th birthday, his parents tell him something that would change his life for ever. Not only was he adopted but his real parents were coming to take him away. Meeting his biological parents were scary enough but to find out that they are both dragons and King and Queen of Ochana, and that he was as a dragon as well was nothing like he imagined.  However, when he landed in Ochana he was in for a bigger shock, he was the keeper of dragons and they needed him to save their race.

Everything that Colt had gone through, I was really surprised how quickly he accepted it all, and although he kept doubting himself, he did take his role serious. The involvement of his best friend, helped with his confidence and I hope to learn more about her life in future books.

If you love dragons, your imagination can go wild with this story. The way Ochana was described, I could picture the place especially the scenes in the market. The detail description of each dragon fraction helped explain the country’s history. With the addition of other fantasy creatures made this an enjoyable read. With the action building throughout the story, it was a quick read as I wanted to know if they survived. Although not finishing on a cliff-hanger, it did leave it open for further books

The Treemakers: Book 1 in The Treemakers Trilogy by Christina L Rozelle

January 21, 2017 - 12:25 pm No Comments

The Treemakers: Book 1 in The Treemakers Trilogy by Christina L Rozelle

Published by A Spark in the Dark Press on 3rd December 2014

288 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The Earth is dying, trees are in high demand and a factory in Greenleigh are contracted to make them. The treemakers are mainly orphaned children, orphaned as the adults do not live past 30 years. Worked to the bone, fed slop and overseen by 4 evil Superiors, the children have no life at all. Trying to look after them is Joy or to the kids Momma Joy, a 16-year-old girl who lost her parents a couple of years before.  Sneaking out at night, Joy and her best friend Jax explore the unused areas to try and find items to make the children’s lives easier. On a regular nightly visit, they come across an open lift, and this discovery changes their lives for ever. From that moment, they knew that they had to get the children out. With help from Smudge, a girl with many secrets, Joy takes all the children on a dangerous adventure.

I took to Joy straightaway as I found her to be a caring selfless person. She was still a child herself but she knew that as the one of the eldest, she had to look after the younger children. Working hard all day she still took time to tell them bedtime stories and to look after the wellbeing. Never forgetting who her parents were, their words would get her through the toughest times.

Some of the scenes in the factory were distressing as these children had a horrendous life. When the children when in isolation, although not mentioned you could only imagine what evil depraved actions the Superiors were inflicting on them. I found Emmanuel Superior a very sick minded individual.

Whilst reading this book I was on an emotional rollercoaster, feeling sorry for the children and then willing them to escape. The action in the story intensified the further on I read. Not wanting to put this down it was a quick read. This is a great story for older teenager and adults alike as it does have some upsetting themes, but this is a dystopian world, and survival is the most important thing.  With some questions left unanswered at the end I am off to read book 2. A great exciting read

The Enchanted Kingdoms: Haunting Fairytales Book 1 by RL Weeks

January 18, 2017 - 10:50 pm No Comments

The Enchanted Kingdoms: Haunting Fairytales Book 1 by RL Weeks

Published 26th July 2016

Pages 299

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

What would happen if Bella met Snow White and Ariel, this is one answer you will not find watching any Disney film.

There are a few main characters in this book. Edward an egotistical prince, who does not care who he hurts to get what he wants. Stilts a magician who is a bit of a conman. Bella a feisty lone parent of James who is not afraid of adventure.  Snow a young princess who lost her mom at an early age and was brought up by her Granddad, Ariel is a mermaid who didn’t fit in with her family and just wanted to be human and like all fairy tales there is a wicked witch called Lori.

The majority of books using a fairy tale theme usually concentrate on one story but this book was different, using sections from 11 fairy tales, the author creates an original story. Whilst reading this book I could not get over how easy it was for some of the characters to double cross each other to get what they wanted. Edward and Stilt were fine candidates for this, in fact, the amount of double crossing they did, I was surprised that they remembered who they owed favours to and why they remained friends. My favourite character was Snow as we all know her as the sweet and innocent princess that loved her housework, but in this story, she was a strong young teenager who wanted revenge on the person who murdered her mother. She even had her 7 dwarves, but they were not the dwarves that we know and love. Although Lori was the wicked witch, I could understand why she became that person, and as the saying goes, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

A well written story, full of action that will renew your interest in fairy tales. Book 2 is already out so the adventure can continue

Searching for Sullivan by Carissa Ann Lynch

January 17, 2017 - 6:18 pm No Comments

Searching for Sullivan by Carissa Ann Lynch

Published by Limitless Publishing on 17th January 2017

215 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Veronica Von Derbach is a single mom to Sully.  After a disastrous boat ride, Sully goes missing, presumed dead. Veronica having to carry on living her life becomes a parapsychologist, a ghost hunter. The majority of her cases she has disproven the present of a ghost, but when a grainy photo of a ghost at Lake Merlott arrives across her desk, she knows she has to investigate.

Veronica is a very brave woman, after everything she went through, she still got her degree and was renowned in her field. In all her cases, she showed compassion to the clients. When she began investigating at Lake Merlott, she was still professional even though she was scared to find out the truth.

This book was full of suspense and kept my interest from the start. The twists in the book kept me guessing throughout, and I was really surprised with the final twist, it was definitely what I did not expect. It was written with such feeling, you could really feel Veronica’s pain.

As usual Carissa knows how to tell a haunting story and is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects. If you want a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then buy this book. 1st class

Zombie Theorem: The Culling: book 1 by James Wallace

January 14, 2017 - 5:48 pm No Comments

Zombie Theorem: The Culling book 1 by James Wallace

Published 16th January 2016

233 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Dan worked for Next Level Analytics, all he knew was middle management, his only excitement was getting a seat to himself on the bus. Brian also an employee of Next Level Analytics was ex-military, in line for a promotion.  The East Coast is on lock down from a mysterious flu virus but like viruses it has gotten to San Francisco. At Dan’s place of work only a handful of staff have turned up for work, but when the virus hits the office Dan knows he has to step up to be leader and with Brian’s help try to rescue his work colleagues.

The book is split into 2 parts. The first part is Dan telling Detective Reynolds his story, which brings the story up to date and we then follow Dan, Brian and a SWAT team as they travel to find answers.

The bromance between Dan and Brian was genuine, they worked well as a team and although Brian was used to conflict he understood the turmoil Dan was going through and throughout the book he was there as the supporting friend. When they joined up with the SWAT team they all bonded straight away and it felt like a real family, Dan felt more at home with them then his own family. Even without a military background, they all listened to Dan’s ideas.

This story is full of action and kept me gripped from page 1. The story was well written and you could feel Dan’s pain when he had to kill people he knew and his inner turmoil when he had to handle a gun.  I loved the addition of a child to the “family” and the way she was introduced was intriguing, which I hope is explained more in further books.

Ending on a cliff-hanger, you don’t have to wait to find out what happens to Dan and Brian. A great exciting read