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The Whisperers of Evernow by Heidi Catherine

May 14, 2019 - 5:49 am No Comments

It’s my turn on the blog tour for The Whisperers of Evernow, 1st in The Kingdoms of Evernow series, a new series by Heidi Catherine 

The Whisperers of Evernow

When the King owns your words, who will own your heart?

Manipulated by a vicious King, Jeremiah is stripped of his identity and forced into a life of silent submission as a Whisperer. Allowed only to speak at the command of the King, one thousand Whisperers must line up in rows and chant their sadistic ruler’s darkest desires. As each evil wish comes true, the King’s power over his impoverished kingdom grows.

When Jeremiah’s fears for the family he left behind are confirmed, he turns in desperation to the most unlikely person for help—the King’s eldest daughter. But is Princess Rose as kind as she is beautiful, or will she lure him into a trap?

To save those dearest to him, Jeremiah has no choice but to put his trust in Rose, whose own life is threatened as her father prepares to clear the path to the throne for his newborn son. Together they embark on a bold plan to overthrow the King and set the Whisperers free.

As love blossoms in this most unlikely place, Jeremiah and Rose must discover how to use the power of the spoken word to conquer more than just the kingdom. They will need to conquer their hearts.

The first book in the spellbinding The Kingdoms of Evernow series, this is a must-read by award-winning author, Heidi Catherine.

The Whisperers of Evernow by Heidi Catherine

Published by Sequel House on 6th April 2019

276 pages

The Whisperers are whispering. The Whisperers are whispering. The Whisperers are whispering. Then silence. There is something sinister about a 1000 voices speaking in sync and with their spoken word having the power to change fate.

Living under a tyrant king has turned the Valley of the Blessed into a poor and desolate land. People were starving and loyalty to the royals was gone. Jeremiah thought he was doing the right thing when he joined the Whisperers. At 16 there was a lot of responsibility on his young shoulders. As a whisperer, everything had to be done in silence or face the consequences of imprisonment or worse death. As the story spanned Jeremiah’s time in the castle, you can see that the pressure of remaining silent and worrying about his family had a detrimental effect on his life. Accompanying him as he does his duties, you meet quite a few characters, but none are as important as Rose. The connection between them, becomes stronger the longer they are in each other’s company, and whilst Jeremiah’s life is sad, Rose’s is not much better.

Whilst the majority of the story is set in the castle, there are times when we are following Micah’s story, Jeremiah’s younger sister, her story shows how she suffered with him leaving and the lengths she had to take to survive. Moving between Jeremiah and Micah’s story was seamless and there was no confusion whose tale I was reading about.

The plot was original, with characters you will love or hate. The descriptive style and the world building of the author enable you to imagine Jeremiah’s world with ease. The story ebbed and flowed depending on the scenes and when the scene had tension or suspense, I felt myself reading faster. It was a refreshing change not to finish on a cliff-hanger and whilst I do not want to give the ending away, I am glad to see that book 2 and 3 are already on pre-order and both will be out in a couple of months.

This is an ideal book for fantasy lovers and perfect for teenagers and adults . This is a new to me author and I enjoyed this book so much, I am off to read their other series.

Purchase Links:

US –  https://www.amazon.com/Whisperers-Evernow-Book-Kingdoms-ebook/dp/B07PJ88Q7W

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whisperers-Evernow-Book-Kingdoms-ebook/dp/B07PJ88Q7W

Author Bio –

Heidi Catherine is an award-winning fantasy author and hopeless romantic.

Her debut novel, The Soulweaver, won Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Pro award and was published by Crooked Cat Books as the first book of a trilogy. After being named as a highly commended author in The Hope Prize, Heidi’s story, The Extra Piece, was published by Simon & Schuster in a collection of stories about disadvantage in our community. She was also a finalist in Romance Writers of Australia’s Little Gems competition four times.

She lives in Australia, not able to decide if she prefers Melbourne or the Mornington Peninsula, so shares her time between both places. She is similarly pulled in opposing directions by her two sons and two dogs, remaining thankful she only has one husband.

Social Media Links –

www.heidicatherine.com

www.facebook.com/heidicatherineauthor

www.twitter.com/heidicatherine

www.instagram.com/heidicatherinewww.amazon.com/author/heidicatherine

Abirami Forbes and the Magic Sapphire by Priya Hunt

April 6, 2019 - 8:04 pm No Comments

Abirami Forbes and the Magic Sapphire by Priya Hunt

Published by Matador on 3rd February 2019

273 pages

After her mom died when she was a baby, Abirami, Abi to her friends lived with her twin sister and her dad. They had a great life in England until one day it went tragically wrong. Losing the remainder of her family, her dad’s last wishes was for her to live in India and get taught at Gurukull, an ancient dance school. Not knowing anything about her Indian heritage, Abi has a lot to learn, not only does she have to learn to dance, she has to come face to face with Indian mythology.

I liked Abi straight away. Going to a different country and not knowing anything about the culture was hard for her and I could understand her hesitant to fit in. However, throughout the story, Abi’s heart of gold and friendly nature was evident. Her befriending a homeless boy at the station was one such scene. Her determination was strong, whether it was to be the best dancer or wanting to visit her mom, she always strived to do the best.

This story is magical read as you follow Abi on her journey of discovery. I loved reading about the ancient gods and creatures that Abi came into contact with and whilst I knew a small amount about Indian mythology, it has given me a thirst to learn more.

This book is perfect for any age. It is an ideal book to read to your young ones as a bedtime story with enough excitement to give them a thrill or for older children and adults to read. My only regret is that my children are too old for me to read it to them as I would have loved to see their faces when Abi came face to face with the Nagas.

I am going to keep a look out for more from this author as I want to read more of their work.

The Coven Rescue (The Coven Series Book 3) by Lily Luchesi

March 23, 2019 - 6:58 pm No Comments

The Coven Rescue (The Coven Series Book 3) by Lily Luchesi

Published by Vamptasy Publishing on 19th March 2019

360 pages

With the latest threat neutralised, life in the Coven has resumed back to normality. Harley is busy brewing potions and trying to work out her feelings for Caelum. Nick and Roger are still in love and working for PID and her best friend Greta is running a successful pub. That was until Caelum had a run in with the mysterious organization the “Zoo”. With no help from the PID, it looks like Harley and co are on their own.

What I enjoy about this series is although Harley is the star of the show, the majority of the story showcases other characters. In this story you learn more about Caelum half wizard half Lynx shifter rare even in the supernatural world. His backstory covers from when he was a teenager up until the day he died. Showing that he has always been a bad boy trying to be good. Whilst knowing Caelum’s story we learn more about his 1st love Draven, Harley’s Godfather. This helps Harley when she is researching the Zoo.

Yet again Harley is put under a lot of pressure, but thanks to the support she gets, she never does it alone. The wizard behind the zoo was cleverly concealed and whilst I thought I knew who was behind I was wrong. This was a fast-paced book as there was always something going on and I read it in a day. One added touch I liked was the addition of pop culture into the text, whether it was a song title or a film quote, I read it with a smile on my face. There were some shock moments that I never saw coming and all I can say is I hope that the author has already started writing the 4th in the series as I want to know what is going to happen next.

An excellent addition to this YA series.    

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