Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

Out of Time by Monique Martin

September 16, 2018 - 2:39 pm No Comments

Out of Time by Monique Martin
Published 20th November 2013
296 pages

Simon Cross was a professor of the Occult, helped by assistant Elizabeth (Lizzy)West, he taught his student the theory behind vampires, demons and other creatures. What he does not expect is an artefact off his deceased grandfather transporting him and Lizzy of to the 1920s. Where he must put all his knowledge to the test.
Simon and Lizzy were likeable characters; however, they were complete opposites. Lizzy strived for adventure and took everything in her stride when they were transported back to the 1920s. Simon on the other hand was cautious and over-protective, what didn’t help were the dreams he had.
The story flowed steadily, and the scenes set in the 1920s were well researched. The scenes where Lizzy got a job in the speakeasy showed how quick she could adapt and as the story continued you get to find out more about her childhood. Throughout the story you can sense their attraction for each other. To the point that I wanted to give Simon a shake and tell him to man up.
The only thing I did not enjoy was the stereotypical British statements and I don’t know why I am surprised that Simon being a British character in America was a tea drinking posh person who went to boarding school. Regular folks can be professor without a boarding school education.
I will dip into the series again, just to see which other time periods they go to

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses by Lois H Gresh

August 26, 2018 - 8:31 am No Comments

Sherlock Holmes vs. Cthulhu: The Adventure of the Neural Psychoses by Lois H Gresh
Published by Titan Books on 14th August 2018
400 pages

The story continues after Holmes and Watson escaped the tentacle creatures and stopped the tram machine. Now the River Thames is not safe and there is a new craze in the slums of London. Appearing in the dens were Eshockers, a device to zap the willing participant with an electric shock
Holmes and Watson were still trying to battle the strange creatures and as things got more serious, Holmes had to user every part of his brain to understand the situation. Professor Moriarty played a bigger role and whilst he was not working against Holmes, he was using the situation for his own monetary gains. The scenes in the Whitechapel Lunatic Asylum showed just how bad Victorian asylums were. The proprietor of the asylum Dr Reginald Sinclair and the inventor of the shocker was a character that I could not decide whether he was Dr trying to do the best for his patients or sadistic maniac. More was understood about Amelia Scarcliffe and I could understand why her back story in book 1 was important
The story flowed a lot more smoothly and because of what was going on made the story easy to get into. It was full of action and the death scenes were gruesome and graphic, just what I like. The back stories in the book helped you understand how serious the situation was, whether it was in Whitechapel or Half Moon Bay. The only thing that got on my nerves was Willie Jacobs and his nose jabbing and I just wanted to chop off his hands. The author yet again nailed Holmes and Watson’s personality and there were times that you could see how much Holmes needed Watson. Some people may find the scenes with the animals disturbing but it was relevant to the story. I cannot wait for the final book in this series and hope that Homes will get to battle the Cthulhu. This series just got better.

Dragon Lightning by JS Burke

August 20, 2018 - 2:12 pm No Comments

Dragon Lightning by JS Burke
Published by Lind Press on 10th October 2016
266 pages

Arak has once again returned to the seas, this time to find the mythical Ice Dragons. Accompanying him on his journey, is fellow dragons healer Dorali and Taron and his best friend and octopus Scree with her mate Orm. Drakor is an Ice Dragon, he has a talent of predicting danger, but when his clan dismisses his warnings, he goes off to look for proof. Injured and weak, can the dragons escape the volcano.
It’s been awhile since I read Dragon Dreamer, but as soon I started reading this book, I was transported straightaway back to the ocean. Drakor was so like Arak, ridiculed by his clan for being different. However, when he was found by Arak, he found a kinship. Seeing Arak a highly thought of member of his group, gave Drakor hope.
With the pending eruption from the volcanoes, this story is one big adventure. Arak and Scree are working to deadline to rescue their families, but it does not help that other species are working against them and Scree must put all her cunningness to use to survive. The addition of the Ice dragons enables the author to add different dragon skills to the story and you get to learn just how more powerful they are and the uphill struggle Drakor must convince them to move.
The idea of reading is to take you to another world and this story does that 100%. I got so involved in the story that I forget that I was reading about creatures as they are so human. The fine details add depth to the story and the picturesque scenes help you visualise how beautiful the ocean is.
As like Dragon Dreamer this will be perfect to read to your young ones as a bed time story but will be enjoyed by all ages.
I hope that Arak’s adventures continue

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.