Posts Tagged ‘YA’

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery

November 16, 2018 - 7:07 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 16th November 2018
307 pages

Beatrice and the rest of the Newshound had survived the Cryptic Crypt and now the darkening heart was lying dormant in Dorsal Finn. But like all evil entities, it won’t rest forever. Now on their school holidays, they are enjoying their freedom and looking forward to a celebrity party on The Spirit of the Ocean. But what they don’t plan for is revenge from a 16th-century witch.
Beatrice and her friends are a lot closer and you can tell that the prophecy of the Darkening heart is playing on their minds. Whilst Beatrice is still the star of the show, the story’s plot gave the opportunity for other characters to show what they are made of. One such character was Emily, being profoundly deaf did not stop her doing anything that she wanted, and when their lives were in danger she knew exactly what to do. She was confident and strong-minded, my only dislike was the football team that she supported, but I can forgive her for that. The other character that had matured was Thomas, Beatrice’s little brother, whilst he still annoyed her with his fixations you could see how much he cared for her and when they were separated, he put his fear aside to get involved in the fight.
From page 1 you are drawn into an action-packed adventure and with the magical element enables the author to introduce some very strange creatures. The story was a quick read as there was always something going on. The descriptive scenes enable your imagination going into overdrive. Scattered throughout are funny one-liners, usually down to Edna, Dorothy, Maud and Agnes, 4 old dears that like to put the world to rights and you will find yourself having a little giggle at their expense.
Whilst it is the 2nd in the series it can be read as a standalone as anything important is explained in detail. This is the perfect book for a youngster who wants a scary bedtime story or to encourage an older child to pick up a read. However, as an adult, I loved it as it reminded me of books like the Famous five or a Nancy Drew book. Another great addition to the Beatrice Beecham series.

The Coven Heir (The Coven Series Book 2) by Lily Luchesi

October 7, 2018 - 5:51 pm No Comments

The Coven Heir (The Coven Series Book 2) by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy Publishing on 3rd October 2018
358 pages

The battle was just a memory and the Coven was slowly rebuilding. Harley and her friends had finished school and was moving on with adulthood. With her friends employed by PID and her potion shop expanding, life could not be better. However, when an old nemesis comes back for vengeance and starts messing with necromancy, Harley and co need to work together to save themselves and the coven.
Harley was still taking life seriously, not one to having fun, she always felt as if all the problems of the coven and her friends lay on her shoulders. However, problems intensify when Caelum came into the story and whilst an event happened to Harley which may shock readers, I was glad it happened as I am intrigued what the author will do next. Caelum is my favourite character by far, a shapeshifter, with a bad boy Rockstar style about him.
Whilst Harley was still the MC, we get to learn more about Bane, Nick, Roger and Daria and they played a bigger role in this story. As you are reading this you forget that are still teenagers as they have a lot responsibility and are quick to jump into action. Although, like most teenagers, they do have their non-magical issues which normally revolved round their love lives. I don’t want to give too much away, but you will have a few ahh moments.
This story felt more intense and you could sense the seriousness in the story. The story was full on action and you can imagine the magic flying around London. The involvement of PID, is a crossover of this authors other series and has me wondering where the author will go with both series. This is a YA story that is not fluffy and is perfect for any teenager who misses Harry Potter, but do not get me wrong this series in not in Harry Potter’s shadow, it is tying for top spot and is shows just how much fun reading about magical families are. This series just gets better and better and I cannot wait till March to read the next instalment

Snowbound by Maria Alexander

September 11, 2018 - 7:39 pm No Comments

Snowbound by Maria Alexander
Published by Ghede Press on 8th September 2018
151 pages

I read Snowed back in December2016 and I have been waiting with anticipation to see if Aidan survived being kidnapped by his dad St Nick. Continuing with the story, we find out what happened to Aidan.
Imprisoned by his sadistic father, he lives his days being tortured by his dad and Charity’s brother Charlie who did not need any excuse to torment Aidan. The only thing keeping him strong is his love for Charity. Charity on the other hand has got a job with Volertech, an organisation making high tech gadgets for the government. Whilst she spends her days working with technology, she ponders how to rescue Aidan and kill his dad.
The story is told using alternate POVs, this helps the story flow quickly as I got to know Aidan and Charity actions. The story was more intense as they both had risks to take, putting their lives in danger. Charity had her old friends beside her which did help her with the pressure of what she had to do. Judy had hardened as due to her loss she was out for revenge and Michael and Ricardo were one of the cuties couples I had read about in a while. What surprised me was evil Charlie had become and I could see how he thrived on St Nicks attention.
Whilst I had waited awhile for book 2, I got back into the story straight away. This was a page turner and whilst YA, adults will also love this story. This story explored mythology and turned it on its head. The addition of the Gods added another level to the story and there were times when it all looked hopeless for Aidan.
The twist at the end left it on a cliff hanger and I hope that book 3 is in the pipeline as I want to see if Aidan and Charity will survive. Another good book and a great story.

Trapped in Room 217 (Haunted States of America) by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

September 3, 2018 - 6:51 pm No Comments

Trapped in Room 217 (Haunted States of America) by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Published by North Star Editions on 30th August 2018
110 pages

Jayla and Dion were on break from school. When their dad had to work in Colorado they thought it would be one great adventure. Little did they know that they were staying at the Stanley Hotel, one of the most haunted hotels in the area.
Jayla and Dion were typical children they were curious and looking for adventure, so when a ghost made an appearance in room 217, they were up for investigating. Plus, if it got Jayla out of maths homework than that was even better.
This story is perfect for children and adults who want a gentle ghost story, with its atmospheric feel to it, you got instantly drawn into the story. As I was reading this, Jayla and Dion reminded me of my own children and I did wonder what they would have done in that same situation.
A special touch was this hotel and room exists and if I lived in the Colorado I would definitely pay a visit. This was a quick read and I read it in one sitting. I am curious where this author will take us on his next haunted visit.

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