Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

Room 119: The Whitby Trader by TF Lince

February 1, 2018 - 11:34 pm No Comments

Room 119: The Whitby Trader by TF Lince
Published 14th December 2017
280 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Dean Harrison was a successful trader based in London. Like most traders, he was cocky when he was making money and the envy of many. Like stock and shares Dean had his up and downs, and after one devastating error that was similar to the Barings bank incident, Dean’s life began falling apart. At his lowest point, when he thought it could not get any worse, a chance meeting with an elderly couple takes him to a special place and a quest he would never forget.
At the start of the story I could not take to Dean, he was slightly arrogant. Whilst he was a family man and wanted to do the best for his family, he went about it the wrong way. Staying away from his family, being one of the boys and flashing his cash. However, his actions laid the base for the rest of his story. As the story continued the old northern Dean slowly began to surface.
At the start I found the pace a bit slow, as there was a lot of background information. However, after Dean’s mistake, the paced picked up and I read it quite quickly. The addition of fantasy enabled the author to tell a story that was different. There were a few times that I thought I knew where the story was going and each time I was wrong. The minor characters each had their own story to tell, whether it was Benjie the Clown or Bill the ticket collector. There were a few surprises in the book which left me stunned and a few scenes that were tear jerkers. I enjoyed this book and hope that the author brings more books out with the mixture of genres.

Absolution (The Twelve Kingdoms Book 2) by Bree Pierce

January 11, 2018 - 7:09 pm No Comments

Absolution (The Twelve Kingdoms Book 2) by Bree Pierce
Published 11th January 2018
135 Pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

At the end of book 1 Anastacia and Prince Dejen had their happy ever after. Prince Keto was back to business with Bartholomew in tow and King Neso was keeping the peace between the 12 kingdoms and ready to make a big decision that could affect a lot of people.
The second book revolves around Keto and Bartholomew. Being the eldest son Keto as Provincial General of the realm already had a lot of responsibility. Talking Bartholomew under his wing, Keto was tasked with riding Bartholomew of his anger and turning him in to the man that he used to be. Knowing what Bartholomew has done, makes him an easy character to despise but the more you read, the more you will come to like him. The change of his character shows just how patient Keto was.
Having read book 1 it was good to see how other characters had moved on. My favourite character Theta had a major role to play in book 2 and I enjoyed learning more about her. Due to the story mainly set in Cantilla, you get to know more about this land and its ruler King Ambrose. As magic plays a big part to this story it has more of a fantasy feel to this read. The scenes in The Dark Forest in Mimas had a sense of dread, as dark magic was present.
The attention to detail of the characters and the lands help make this story flow steadily and I found it a quick read. A great continuation of this series and yet again no cliff-hanger.

Cursed (Spun Fairytale series Book 1) by RL Weeks

January 7, 2018 - 9:28 am No Comments

Cursed (Spun Fairytale series Book 1) by RL Weeks
Published on 7th January 2018
504 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Seven objects crafted to hold the deadly sins. Cursed concentrates on two of these items, the amulet and the lollipop. As this story progresses you get to know how much damage the items can do to people’s lives. The fairytales covered are Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Snow White but as you read it other fairy tales characters appear.
The merging of the fairytales, made this an interested read. As 4 major fairy tales are covered in the story, there are quite a few characters. Most of these characters were out for personal gain and were not afraid to stab others in the back to get what they want. One was George, a character that you will love to hate. He would hurt anyone who got in his way and surprisingly he still managed to get people to help him with his task. One of my favourite characters was Finnr who sacrificed his own happiness to save others and I hope that he makes an appearance in future books.
As advertised this is a revamp of Haunting Fairytales, so if you have read this series you will find parts of the story familiar. However, the author has change some of the character’s names and added extra scenes. Whilst the prior series was suitable for teenagers, this new series is steered towards the 18+ market due to the added erotica. Whilst it was written in taste, I personally did not think it added anything to the story, but erotica fans will love it. The action in this book seems more intense than in the previous edition. If you like you fairy tales and love the merging of stories, then get this book. I am interested to see what revamp she has done with the rest of the stories and how the cursed items affect the land of Cantata

Dueling Kings (The Twelve Kingdoms Book 1) by Bree Pierce

December 28, 2017 - 12:45 am No Comments

Dueling Kings (The Twelve Kingdoms Book 1) by Bree Pierce
Published on 1st November 2016
154 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies
Have 12 kings ruling 12 kingdoms could get messy but the annual peace treaty held in Oselma helps keep things peaceful. However, when 2 kings see something that took their fancy. Neso knew that peace could soon end all due to a woman.
Anastacia was a woman of mystery, not many knew her secret. Living in Oselma, she was used to staying in the shadows. What drew the two kings to her was her unusual hair and eye colouring. As you get further into the book, you really get to know Anastacia, whilst she is caring and humble, she has a stubborn streak to her. When she went to Tyberia, she felt free for the first time in ages. The two kings were complete opposites, whilst King Dejen was loving and a great Ruler, King Carlos ruled his kingdom with a rod.
Each of the minor character’s stories were told in detail and one of my favourite characters was Theta, a maid at the castle. I loved her feistiness and could see that she was a true friend to Anastacia
As there are 12 kingdoms, the author took time in describing each one, and it was interesting to see how different each land was whether it was the inhabitants or the weather climate. Anastacia’s back story explaining her secret and the magical element added depth to the story. The pace picked up as more people found out her secret and you had a sense that something bad was going to happen. Whilst there is a touch of romance, this does not detract from the action. The tension builds in the second half of the book and you will want to carry on reading to find out what happens. A complete story so you do not have to worry about a cliff-hanger.
I am interested to see where the author will go with this series as I would like to learn more about the other kingdoms. A good start to this series

Unknown by Phil Price

December 17, 2017 - 9:07 am No Comments

Unknown by Phil Price
Published 1st July 2015
400 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

What if there are other worlds and the only way to go there is by portal? Jake a former Police officer now a PI gets embroiled in a paranormal investigation which takes him to places he could never imagine. The start sets the scene to the story, two vampiric brothers battle to the death and their supporters are using any means to revive them to finally win the battle. Confronting vampires, and getting help from the most unlikely of creatures, a simple missing person case just got complicated.
We first meet Jake when he was grieving, this helped his decision to give up his career and work for himself. He was a likable character, a man of principles who gave 100% with everything he did. Throughout the story, I could not believe how much bad luck he had, but this just made him focused to get the answers.
Kathleen was sweet natured and can be only described as a home maker. Still, she quickly adapts to everything she confronted to. I enjoyed reading her reactions to things we take for granted i.e. having a shower, drinking a bottle of wine.
At the beginning I was a bit confused as the story jumped from place to place, however, stick with it as these scenes set the story for a great read. The style of writing makes the story a page turner and you will not want to put it down. The use of portals enables the author to use his imagination to create descriptive worlds and some great characters, one of my favourites was Uncle Wilf, an aged man who always stepped up to the challenge. As a fellow Brummie, it was great to read about places in Birmingham and it is not often you read about Dogpool lane. Due to my reading speed, I did have to re-read one scene again as I misread it and was shocked when Jake took Kathleen to Next and handed over a £20. I was going to let the author know that you could not even buy a jumper for £20 let a lone a complete wardrobe, then I realised Jake had tipped the £20 to the cashier to help Kathleen pick her clothes.
If you like your traditional vampires, then pick up this book. Whilst it is paranormal, it has a thriller feel to it which makes it an exciting read. Although it has no cliff-hanger, it leads nicely into book 2. As a first book this is a great read and I could see it being adapted into a TV series, with Jake using the portals to investigate paranormal events.