Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy YA’

Black Forest Ruins by Karen DuBose

August 12, 2017 - 5:06 pm No Comments

Black Forest Ruins (The Elders Series Book 1) by Karen DuBose

Published by Zombie Cupcake Press on 12th August 2017

256 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

All Darlya wanted to do was graduate, find out what creature she would shift into and hope that Kiernan, a guy in school who she has been crushing on forever would notice her.  However, Daryla is a daydreamer and when she finds herself in trouble with the elders, there are only a few people she can trust. Can she escape with the ones she loves?

Darlya was a nice girl, even though she was pretty it was not important to her. She was constantly being bullied by the Gossip girls, especially Nessa who had a vendetta out for her for years. She was loyal friend and would protect anyone she cared for. She wasn’t perfect by any means, she struggled in school and had to learn to control her temper, but the one thing that made her different was that she was a daydreamer, it didn’t matter where she was or who she was talking too, her mind would just wander. Luckily for Darlya, her best friend, Kira was always watching out for her, making sure she did not draw attention to herself with her daydreaming and Kira being the fashion guru and party girl always made sure Darlya dressed for the occasion. Kira was feisty and her mouth did not have a filter, not afraid to speak her mind, she always said what she thought and did not care who she offended.

From the beginning the author set the scene and although I found it a slow start, the further I read, I soon came to realise that it was necessary to the story.  The story’s pace mirrored Darlya’s journey which made feel as I was following her on journey. It was a pleasant change to read a shifter story that was not about wolves. The shifter’s involved were strong and dedicated. The descriptive way the author described these beings, you could imagine their vibrant colours and their size. The romance element running through this story was innocent and sweet, but played an important part to the story.

For a first book, this a good start to the author’s journey and whilst it ends on a slight cliff-hanger, I hope it won’t be long before I can carry on Darlya’s journey

 

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The Aurora Stone by Alana Greig

June 20, 2017 - 6:57 pm No Comments

The Aurora Stone by Alana Greig

Published on 9th June 2017

324 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

On her 18th birthday Eve was expecting to receive her powers and go on with her life. What she did not anticipate was to be the receiver of a prophecy, find out she is adopted and has a missing twin brother. As she starts her journey she has to find 3 companions who can help her achieve her mission to defeat the evil Nimayaorin.

Eve had a lot to take in on her 18th birthday and handled it like any other teenager, she threw a tantrum but after having time to think about it knew that she had to do the right thing and begin her journey. At the start of the journey she was quite naïve and did not know how to act around other mystical creatures, but when there was an accident in the witches’ quarter, her caring nature came out and she began to believe in herself.

The author takes us on a magical journey as we follow Eve on her quest. As each companion is found we learn about them in detail and although they have all got their own strong personalities, as a group they are a formidable force and really work well together. The only one I thought let them down was Eli, but that was due to his lifestyle, however after a bumpy start even he became an important member of the group. One of my favourite characters was Jericho as he reminded me of Reepicheep from Prince Caspian, a brave rat like creature with a heart of gold.

This story has an even balance of action and adventure. The scenes involving Nimayaorin are quite dark which shows how evil he is. However; the further you read this story you get an understanding why he is evil and the reason for the Aurora Stone. For a lover of fantasy this story has so many mystical creatures, including a Unicorn. This book is perfect for all ages and I hope there are more books in the series.

Purple Wish: A Valentine Fairy Tale and Ravenous both by Lorraine Versini

May 2, 2017 - 9:38 pm No Comments

If you have a spare hour and want to pick up two short stories that are a great read, then these two stories are just what you are looking for.

Purple Wish: A Valentine Fairy Tale by Lorraine Versini
Published on 5th May 2013
32 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Prince Jeffery was a gentle prince, more into poetry and arts than into running the monarchy, but when his older brother went missing he had to step up and learn to be king. One of his father’s final wishes was for Jeffery to find a wife. With mischievous goings on and a mysterious woman, will Jeffery fulfil his father’s wish.
Usually fairy tales are written from the POV of the princess, so this was a pleasant change to read it from the prince’s POV. The fantasy element was hinted at throughout the story and left me intrigued to find out who was causing the accidents. I did feel sorry for Jeffery as he was tied to a life that he did not want to live; however, you could tell he was a man of honour and did not want to upset his father. On his journey into the woods he was a completely different man, and when he met Gwyneth, his true self emerged and you knew he had a hard decision.
With some short stories, they do not feel complete, but the author wrote this story perfectly. The descriptive writing helped you imagine you were following in Jeffery’s shoes. A well written short story that grabbed my attention from page 1.

 

Ravenous by Lorraine Versini
Published on 8th November 2014
29 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

 

When Bastian’s mom would not wake up, nobody realised what had cause her death. The only sign of death was puncture wounds on her body. It is not until Bastian’s dog is injured do we find out what is causing the damage.
The author had a way of adding tension to a scene that you would not expect to find, especially when Bastian and Nancy took Max for a walk I expected something big and wild to attack them there and then. However, I did not imagine what happened next. For a book that only had 29 pages it was intense and although it is a quick read I could not put it down as I wanted to know what killed Bastian’s mom. The epilogue at the end tied up the story perfectly and it was a nice touch reading where the author got her ideas from. As it was based in France I had no idea of the landscape where the story was set and it was great to read the author’s personal experiences of living there.
A perfectly formed short story that will get your heart racing