Archive for August, 2018

Seasons Within: Nature has its own will by Lele Iturrioz

August 16, 2018 - 12:07 pm No Comments

Seasons Within: Nature has its own will by Lele Iturrioz
Published by Acorn Publishing 1st December 2016
282 pages

What if you wandered out of a forest, 6 years old and no memory of who you are. G was that girl, 12 years on she still lives in the orphanage with her best friend Priyam. However, things soon change when a new teacher starts at school and G soon learns more about Mother Nature.
Whilst there quite a few books out there with a similar theme, this book had something different. G had not got the perfect life, with an unusual name and an odd birthmark, she was a target for bullies. However, she loved her life, having a strong affiliation with animals, she thought it was nothing having animals following her home. The only strange thing was she had a tree called Bobby. Priyam was a true best friend, a bit of a geek, she was very protective over G and would fight her battles for her at school and when the time came for G to leave, Priyam thought nothing of packing her bags and going with her.
As you read this story you are following G on a journey of discovery. As she learns more about her former life and her predicted future, you see her take everything in her stride. There were times when things did not go to plan and it was funny seeing how she had to adapt. Being with the Six was the closest thing she had to a family and as each had a different element, it was interesting to see what they did with their gifts. There is a budding love interest but there are choices G needs to make. Each of the Six had their own characteristics and I enjoyed how even though they were all different, they were really close. Hunter was one of the Six I want to know more about and I hope that we get to learn more about their history further in the series.
The author had descriptive style that made even the boring actions like setting up camp more magical and you could imagine being with G. This is a perfect book for fantasy lovers and as it is YA can suit all ages. The story captured me from page one and I was transported into an animated adventure. I have now picked up book 2 so I can carry on the G’s adventure.

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions by Lois H Gresh

August 15, 2018 - 4:26 am No Comments

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions by Lois H Gresh
Published by Titan books on 4th July 2017
352 pages


I enjoy reading genre mash up featuring famous fictional characters. Holmes and Watson are asked to investigate a murder of a tram engineer, an easier case for the brains of Holmes or so it seems. However, they are thrown into a supernatural situation after bodies are turning up stripped of flesh with strange symbols are etched on the bones.
Whilst eventually Holmes may come across the Cthulhu, the title was a bit deceiving and I would have emphasized the sub title instead as that explained the story. Holmes and Watson were recognisable from the start. Everyone has their own interpretation of the two iconic characters and whether you have read the books or watched the TV or films, there are characteristics that stand out. I like that the author picked out the best bits of both and then added her own twist on the characters. She showed the loyalty of Watson and how he was torn between the love of his life Mary and Holmes. As I was reading this story, I could picture them striding over London looking for clues.
Whilst I enjoyed the story, I felt that some of the back stories were irrelevant to this story, and whilst these characters may appear later in the series, it gave it a disjointed feel and I wanted to get back to the Holmes situation. The Holmes and Watson story was gripping and their story flowed smoothly. The addition of Order of Dagon was the link to the Cthulhu and gave the story the fantasy/horror feel. The killings were detailed and unusual and baffled the police from the start. However true to form, Holmes did not let the unknown get in his way and where possible found a scientific explanation.
I will carry on with this series as I want to see where the story takes me and whether Holmes will get closer to the Cthulhu.

Where Sleeping Gods Lie by Yolanda Olson

August 12, 2018 - 4:06 pm No Comments

Where Sleeping Gods Lie by Yolanda Olson
Published 6th May 2017
227 pages

Koval missed his childhood best friend Exxie, only friends for a couple of months she made a big impression in his younger life. Now living with his partner Fai, he still thinks about her and wander’s what it.
Koval and Fai were ideal for each other, and when Koval went into one of his dark moods, Fai was there to pick up the pieces. When Koval picked up Angie has she reminded him of Exxie, Fai knew that he could use it to his advantage. The ending left you wanting to know more about Koval and Fai and whilst I realised what was going to happening Angie, I was surprised at the epilogue.
I enjoy all of this author’s books and she is a must buy when she releases a new book. However, I found this one to be a slower starter, as all the dark action happened in the last 15% of the book. Saying that when the action happened it was true to form, bloody and graphic and new way to imagine docking, emphasising how perfect they were for each other.
I will just leave you with words of advice when you are preparing your dinner “Cook your favourite meal, like it’s your last day on earth”

 

Blood Spell Lily Luchesi

August 10, 2018 - 8:53 pm No Comments

Blood Spell by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy Publishing and Encompass Ink on 8th August 2018

Bloodworth and Moonspell are the two remaining old magical families. Rivals for years and Tobias and Simon were keeping the tradition alive. But when a Nash Thornhill a third mage who got his powers by deceit and wanted to kill them both. They must work together to stay alive.
This was a quick read and from the first page you are drawn into a magical story about love and betrayal. With only a few characters the story concentrates on Tobias and Simon. They were complete opposites and whilst Tobias was bullied by Simon, he always had an attraction for him. Although Simon was confident when he was with his friends, he was submissive and timid when he was with Tobias. Tobias was in his element when he was making his potions or playing in the dungeons.
When the prophecy was revealed, you had a sense of failure for their relationship but as the story continues there is hope. When Thornhill sees his chance to defeat the mages, the story is built up to a thrilling final battle.
I have not read many M/M books, but I knew with this author that I would be in for a good read. This book will not be for everyone and is definitely an 18+ read. However, if you want a quick fantasy love story than this is the book for you. I read this book in an hour and my only complaint was that I wish it was longer. As for the other characters, I hope that the author develops a story about Amy, the half fae.

Out today https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Spell-Lily-Luchesi-ebook/dp/B07GBHDSPX/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1533934250&sr=8-4&keywords=Blood+Spell

The Magician’s Curse: The Great Dagmaru Book 1 and The Magician’s Blood: The Great Dagmaru Book 2 by Linda G Hill

August 6, 2018 - 10:05 pm 1 Comment

The Magician’s Curse: The Great Dagmaru Book 1 by Linda G Hill
Published by LG Hill on 27th June 2017
258 pages

Herman was running away from her family. Her mom was mentally ill and her dad was rarely at home, when he was he liked a drink. Making sure her Chad her younger brother she jumped on a train to find a better life. Also, on the train was Stephen an amazing magician who after laying eyes on Herman offered her a job. The instant attraction between the Herman and Stephen was obvious to everyone, but the curse on Stephen’s family could put a stop to all their plans.
Having a dysfunctional family caused Herman to grow up quickly, and you forget how young she was. Herman’s background did make her cope better as she learnt more of Stephen’s past. However, there was times that she came across as a spoilt brat especially when Stephen spent a lot of time with Margaret and even after Stephen’s assurance she still wasn’t happy. Margaret whilst the 3rd wheel in the relationship, cared a lot for Herman and like a big sister helped saved Herman and Stephen’s relationship on several occasions. The unusual curse helped explain the bond between Stephen and his servants, especially the housemaid Nina and I can honestly say that I have not read another story involving a curse like that.
This was a quick read and I finished it in one sitting. As there are not many characters, the story revolves around Herman and Stephen and as the story continues more about Stephen is found out and you admire Herman more for her courage. Whilst I am not one to read a lot of PNR, I found this story kept my interest. There were a few sex scenes and whilst they were described detail, they did not detract me from the story. The magic acts were described in detail and I could imagine the audience sitting there in awe trying to work out he did the act.
Whilst it did not end on a cliff-hanger, it did leave a few questions unanswered and left me wanting to read book 2

The Magician’s Blood: The Great Dagmaru Book 2 by Linda G Hill
Published by LG Hill on 10th August 2018
454 pages

Stephen’s magical act is on tour all over Canada and with Herman playing a big part in the act, it looks like things are on track. However, Herman and Stephen’s relationship is as complicated as ever and with more of Stephen’s demonic side making an appearance could it get any worse.
With Nina temporarily out of the picture you would think it would help Herman’s relationship. However, the revelation of the incubus bloodline puts another strain on it. Although it explains a lot about other women’s attraction to Stephen. The tension between him and George Herman’s dad made the threat to Herman’s life more serious, although it did get a bit annoying as George had paid no attention to Herman when she was growing up.
With the addition of Stephen’s old coven friends and both of their families, enabled more magic to appear in the story. This story had more intensity than book 1 as Stephen had upped his game trying to break the curse. With the threat to Herman, a near death experience and heated family arguments made this story a page turner. The author kept you guessing till the end about Nina’s plans and whilst it was hinted it was still unexpected the ferocity of the attack. This story is definitely for adults as the sex scenes were graphic in parts, and whilst they did not add anything extra to the story, they helped enforce the incubus side of Stephen.
Whilst this could be the final book in the story, the ending gave hope for more from Stephen and Herman and of cause my favourite character Aunt Aggie.