Posts Tagged ‘Fantasy’

Ever Shade( A Dark Faerie Tale Book 1) by Alexia Purdy

May 7, 2018 - 8:14 pm No Comments

Ever Shade( A Dark Faerie Tale Book 1) by Alexia Purdy
Published by Lyrical Lit Publishing 24th October 2012
282 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Shade like most teenagers had the usual worries, what was she going to do after high school, would her best friend ever stop getting into trouble and what where the voices in her head. Whilst walking home from school, the voices lead her to an abandon warehouse and the start of an adventure.
At the start I felt that some of the plot did not make sense. Getting drawn into a magical battle and then being introduced to a lightening faerie, most girls would have freaked but Shade took it all in her stride and followed him to the Faerie world. However once I got past that I did enjoy the story. Shade at times showed her vulnerable side which proved that she was not completely comfortable with the task at hand and the news about her heritage. Going on a quest enables the author to introduce us to all different type of faerie folk and I liked that each clan had different powers. It also helps you learn more about Shade and the speculation of her ancestry.
The story is like a rollercoaster and at times it was a good job that Shade was not 100% human as she would have been dead as soon as she walked out the cave. Soap and Jack add some fun and whilst they are older they sometimes act like proper teenage boys. With the addition of Dylan, there is a hint of a love interest and I cannot wait to see how she explains his appearance to her mom
Whilst this is a good introduction to the series there is still a lot of questions unanswered and I hope that some off them will be in answered in future books. This is ideal for teenagers and anyone who likes the faerie folk

Blackwater Vol 2 by TWM Ashford

April 28, 2018 - 10:13 am No Comments

Blackwater Vol  2 by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 29th January 2018
337 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After 3 months recovering from his injuries, Hunter is still nowhere near finding out the truth about his missing daughter. His only way to progress is to take The Chronicle up on his invitation to meet. Not knowing where he is, he has to put his trust in Eddie one of the criminals he seeks vengeance on and in doing so formed an unlikely friendship.
Having read book 1 I knew how downtrodden Blackwater was, but Hunter’s visit to the Hollows took him to a place where even the police feared to read. Part of Blackwater, it sold everything from slaves to guns. Hunter still does what he does best, kill the bad guys to get nearer the truth and in this book the body count was increased.
The story alternates between Hunter’s current journey and the history behind Amy’s disappearance and what Hunter did to get on the Thin Man’s radar. Although the timelines are not highlighted, it is obvious which part of the story the chapter was about and it was interesting to read about Hunter’s former life. A part of the book was dedicated to The Chronicles reminiscing about his life, how the Thin Man became the man people feared and what type of child Lucciano was. After Hunter had met with The Chronicle his adventure took him a place stranger than the Hollows, where some of the folk were even freakier than the usual Blackwater residents.
Whilst this story is still dystopian, it did have a more fantasy feel about it. The sights and smells of Blackwater came to life and yet again I was drawn into Hunter’s adventures. The action was evenly spread throughout the story ending in shock discovery and a cliff-hanger. A good follow up and I hope it will not be long before the ancient God returns

Bad Reputation by Lily Luchesi

April 5, 2018 - 5:17 pm No Comments

Bad Reputation by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy on 31st March 2018
56 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Bree Carson is a vampire. From the moment she was turned she vowed to wipe out evil. She now spent her time hunting criminals, human or supernatural she was not fussed. Humans and supernaturals live together in a sort of harmony, but the new mayor was happy and vowed to wipe out every non-human. However when the Mayor needed help, she went against her beliefs and asked Bree to help in a life or death situation.
This is a standalone story which I hope leads to a series. It has a feel of her Paranormal Detective series and Bree has the same qualities as Angelica Cross. She is confident in her abilities and whilst she spends the majority of the time killing targets who deserve it, there is a softer side to her. As the story progresses we get to find out her links with the Mayor, as how Bree came to lose her family.
As it is a novella it is a quick read, and I was amazed how much the author put in the story. There is action and tension throughout. If you have never read anything from this author than Bad Reputation is a good book to start with.

The Absent Man: A Bermuda Jones Case File (The Bermuda Jones Case Files Book2) by Robert Enright

March 8, 2018 - 8:28 pm No Comments

The Absent Man: A Bermuda Jones Case File (The Bermuda Jones Case Files Book2) by Robert Enright
Published 28th February 2018(Paperback) 9th March 2018 (kindle)
342 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After saving the world 6 months prior, Bermuda Jones is back. When women are turning up dead and with their hearts ripped out, Bermuda is called to Glasgow to help solve the case.
It was great to read that Bermuda had not changed. He still balked authority to get the job done and his smart mouth annoyed everyone he worked with. However, working with the Glasgow Police, he met his match with DC Sam McAllister, hard drinking and as stubborn as him.
Having read Doorways, I knew that I was in for an action packed thrilling read and from page one I was not disappointed. After destroying Big Ben in Doorways, I didn’t think that Bermuda could top this but destroying another monumental building in London and derailing a tram in Glasgow, proved me wrong. Argyle played a bigger part in this story and the more you read, the more you learn about Argyle’s past. Spending time with Bermuda had rubbed off on Argyle as he picked up some of his habits and some of his witty remarks brought a smile to my face. The Others featured in this book were more sadistic than Barnaby and whilst the world was not in danger, the women in Glasgow were.
The story was well plotted and flowed smoothly. With all the action in the book making it a page turner as I wanted to know if Bermuda survives the constant onslaught. There was moving moments when McAllister and Bermuda reminisce about their past. The ending was unexpected and I am still in shock as I cannot believe what the author did. However, I hope there will be more in this series as who does not love a tattooed bad guy who saves the world

The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesi

March 7, 2018 - 7:55 pm No Comments

The Coven Princess by Lily Luchesi
Published by CHBB Publishing on 28th February 2018
354 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Harley Torrance was orphaned when she was a young girl. Adopted from the age of 3, she had always been different from other children. She did not know how different until an eccentric visitor came calling and took her to a hidden village in Inverness. There she finds out who she is in the magical community and for the first time has people who love her.
I loved Harley straight from the prologue. Although she was bullied at school, just for being different, she never changed who she was and became a stronger person. Moving to Inverness she embraces her magical heritage and excelled at school. Being a genius at potions, she was still a target for bullies but she rose above them. The relationship with her hosts children helped her in the difficult times and their friendship was really strong, very similar to the friendship in books like the Famous Five.
Running through the story was battle between good and evil and the search for Harley’s dad. Whilst I was hoping for a certain character to be her dad, when it was revealed was let out a cheer.
The story draws you in, the characters come to life as you read this story making you want to carry on reading. Each character has an important role to play in the story and you will love or hate certain characters. The style of writing takes you on a journey spanning 4 years of Harley’s life making this a quick read as there was always something going on. The final scenes were full on so reading the epilogue brought tears to my eyes as it was so beautifully written.
If you are looking for something to fill the gap left by Harry Potter or other magical books then look no further. This a great YA read that will suit the older reader as well. I hope it will not be long for further books in this series.

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