Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

Timothy Other: The Boy who Climbed Marzipan Mountain by L Sydney Abel

November 17, 2017 - 10:02 pm No Comments

Timothy Other: The Boy who Climbed Marzipan Mountain by L Sydney Abel
Published by Speaking Volumes on 5th February 2016
325 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Timothy was left on the doorstep of Dreams and Hope Orphanage, a young baby in a wooden box, no one could imagine that 12 years on he would go on an adventure that would change so many lives.
Even though Timothy was abandoned and lived as an orphan, he had a good life, cuddles when he wanted and the most amazing pudding. He was growing up to be an amazing young man and even when events caused his life to worsen, he still was a caring child. However, the story was also about the other characters all had their own story to tell and the little details like how the children got their names, made this story more interesting. As the story progressed so did Timothy’s adventure, with the help of his new friends, he finds out more of his past and the true meaning of friendship. But where he found love, he also found danger as he was a wanted boy.
This book is perfect for any age, the fantasy element will capture children and adult’s imagination. The action is family friendly making this a book that you can read to your little ones. Once you start this book you will not want to put it down, as you want to know what happens to Timothy. The writing style was descriptive and when Timothy arrived at the Marzipan mountain, you could just picture him looking at in awe. Throughout the book I was imaging the characters voices especially when Timothy met Edwin and Leopold. There are some great comedy moments which children and adult will enjoy, and I did have a few laughs to myself. Whilst I have read some of this author’s work before and saw the great reviews for this book, I was still pleasantly surprised, how good it was and that is was for any age group If you are looking for a fun, adventurous read then this is the book for you, I hope there will be more of Timothy’s adventures

Willow Woods Academy for Witches: Blood Moon Coven by RL Weeks and Skylar McKinzie

November 12, 2017 - 6:48 am No Comments

Willow Woods Academy for Witches: Blood Moon Coven by RL Weeks and Skylar McKinzie
Published 12th November 2017
171 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Willow Woods Academy, Harvest Moon Coven’s institute of education has known its problems. 10 years before it was attacked by students of the Blood Moon Coven. Not aware of the history, Katarina(Kat) and Angelina(Angie) defy their parents and run away to enrol at Willow Woods Academy. Now trouble is brewing, will history repeat itself.
Kat and Angelina were BFFs and in most friendships, you always get the one who knows best. Angie was the headstrong one, the friend who knows what’s best. Kat went with the flow, not wanting to upset anyone and would see the good in people. But this relationship worked, you could feel the love for each other. Whilst they had a strong friendship, there was the odd disagreement, and whilst reading this story, I had the sense that there will be more major disagreements as the series continues.
Just like any school, Willow Woods had all the same group of students, “It” girls, smart ones and even the slightly strange and I hope I get to know these characters more as the series continues. Having 4 houses with a magical theme, helps you distinguish what powers the students have.
The story is descriptively written, and scenes can be instantly imagined. Knowing both author’s work, I could not tell who wrote what as the story flowed seamlessly. The school and the student’s past were explained in detail, which helped tell the story.
This is a book for any age group who love magical stories. A good start to the series

Night Stalker(Dead Loves Life Book 1) by RL Weeks

August 31, 2017 - 5:55 am No Comments

Night Stalker (Dead Loves Life Book 1) by RL Weeks

Published on 31st August 2017

151 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

When Casey and her boyfriend George visit Aokigahara, also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees in Japan, she thought she was just seeing the sights. However, George a lover of the supernatural had other ideas. Whilst on one of their hikes, she thought she sensed that someone was following them. After a disturbed sleep when she thought she dreamt of a woman in the room, they flew back to Pleasant Springs, where once they arrived George was involved in an accident. One year later Casey is being stalked in her dreams, and now wants to move on with her life.

Casey is a very non-descript character, a normal girl from a normal family, torn up by grief after the accident. It is not till further into the book that Casey’s heritage slowly starts to reveal itself and you see the glimpse of the type of girl I hope she will eventually become. Her stalker is a man of mystery, from the outside he appears to be a nice guy in a bad situation, but as the story progressed, there are things he is not telling Casey.

RL Weeks is good a telling a story and I love her attention to detail, information Casey needed was found whilst reading an ancient book and not from someone telling her. The underworld she created reminded me of the city from Total Recall, where the lower class (humans) were being abused for the pleasure of other. You can already feel a connection between Casey and the mystery man and although she does not trust him, you just know something will happen. The introduction near the end of a strong female demon adds to Casey predicament, but as it finishes on a cliff hanger I will have to wait till Night Wanderers is out in December. Once you have finished the book carry on reading as the Author’s notes are interesting to read and explains how she came up the with idea, also there is a creature of the night glossary explaining all the paranormal creatures in the book   

VRES: Digital Quest by Zoe Adams

August 27, 2017 - 6:52 pm No Comments

VRES: Digital Quest by Zoe Adams

Released by Zombie Cupcake Press on 13th August 2017

150 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I downloaded this on Kindle Unlimited.

 As technology progresses, many of us have heard of Virtual Reality or VR, a new way of playing a game where you feel that you are immersed in the game. Kamada-kun have created a brand-new game VRES a fantasy game, that no other game could compare to. Like all new games they required BETA testers, Felix and Erica both big gaming enthusiast both volunteer for an experience that would change their lives.

As the main character were gamers, they both had that need to conquer and win. Playing online you can be who you want to be and with Erica and Felix they were completely different. Felix in the real world was unemployed and a bit down in life and in the virtual world he was confident and adept with his fighting skills, but in both worlds, he was a really nice guy. Erica was in a nasty relationship in the real world and had lost all confidence, but when she put on that headset, she was like a woman possessed. Excellent blade skills, played dirty to get what she wanted. That was until she ran into Felix.

As a lover of gaming the minor details in the story really sold it to me. The problem of not having enough gold to upgrade your weapons, needing a health or stamina boost and it did have a touch of Skyrim about it. Throughout the story you follow the development of Erica and Felix’s relationship. This is a standalone story and it is well written, as it is only 150 pages I did read it in one sitting. I loved the idea that much of the story was set in the game.

I cannot wait to see where this author will take us next.   

One Cog Turning by Anthony Laken

August 22, 2017 - 8:36 am No Comments

One Cog Turning by Anthony Laken

Published by Luna Press Publishing on 1st July 2017

308 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

 

I purchased this book at the author’s book launch.

Lady Bellina Ressa was a noble of Estrian, not only was she the Lord Chancellor’s daughter she was also a cognopath. A cognopath is so much more than a mind reader and the further you read her story, the more you are amazed with her abilities. To stop war breaking out, her father sends her on a secret mission, accompanying her are Lord Elvgren Lovitz a pompous idiot and Major Cirona Bouchard, a female officer who knows nothing but army life. The mission seems easy infiltrate the Burkeshis and find out what is going on.

As the three main characters go, I loved Bellina, due to being a loner, she was still confident in herself. She had a fiery tongue and I enjoyed reading her one liners, which she used quite a lot to get help her in difficult situations. Elvgren was one of those poncey lords that pruned himself like a peacock, only looking after number 1 and was it wrong that I wanted the author to kill him off from the start of the book and finally Cirona, only knowing army life she came across as a bit of a robot, but the further you went into the story the more her human side comes out. Whilst the start of the adventure went a bit wrong, it gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters in depth. On the journey, you are introduced to other characters that bring out the best and the worse of the three. Two of favourite minor characters was Dargo a loving rogue and Torkwill when he was introduced showcased Bellina’s abilities  

I enjoy steampunk when it is set in another world as it gives the author free range to tell the story without the constraints of history and this story was one of them. Whilst the technology played a big part in the story, like our technology it does go wrong this gave the author to introduce us to exotic creatures and I imagined myself riding a big lizard across the desert. This story has adventure, fantasy, magic and even zombies make an appearance. This is a journey of discovery and as you follow the story you see how each of the characters change. The story flows smoothly and the tension is there when the journey gets difficult showcasing the rollercoaster of emotions that the characters have trying to complete their mission. The twist at the end left my mind reeling and hope I do not have to wait too long for book 2