Saturday 31 July 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Song of Echoes by R.E. Palmer

Song of Echoes
Author: R.E. Palmer
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure
Publication Date: 12 July 2021

Book Description:
All that has gone before is woven into the Song; joy, sorrow; kind acts and cruel acts; creation and destruction. Past, present, and what has yet to come, make themselves known — if you know how to listen.

For three hundred years, the people of the Five Realms have lived in relative peace, protected by their great leader, the Archon. Yet, far to the north, in the frozen lands beyond the Draegalen Trench, the Ruuk stir, driven by a rising evil, long believed banished from the world. But rumors questioning the Archon’s ability to defend the realms once more, persist.

Elodi, the Lady Harlyn, uneasy in her new role following the death of her father, and Toryn, a farmworker and outsider in his village, must discover a way to fight an enemy that all but defeated their ancestors.

Song of Echoes is the first book in this epic fantasy series.

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This novel certainly had the Middle-Earth, Lord of the Rings tone flowing throughout. Certainly an epic high fantasy with well-developed characters and an engaging story. Dark forces that had defeated previous civilisations are once again stirring, causing a major upheaval for the people of the Five Realms. In order to have a fighting chance at defeating their enemy, Elodi must find her footing and believe in herself in order to become the leader she was born to be and Toryn has to discover who he truly is in order to harness the power that lies within.

I have to say, I love the cover. It was very eye-catching and it did the job of piquing my interest. As much as I thought the characters were engaging and full of life, I found I was more excited about the plot and discovering how it was all going to unfold. The suspense and mystery kept me reading. Not everything is what it appears to be, and with a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the characters and their background, there's a lot left to be unveiled. Impressive world-building. The author certainly did a good job in bringing the story to life and making you feel as though you were involved in the adventure. There were moments I thought lost momentum and where I found my interest waning slightly, but the pace would always pick up again, so the urge to skip certain scenes didn't last long. There's a lot more to explore in this series about its main characters, the leader of the Five Realms and the threat they're up against, so I anticipate more adventure ahead, one of a wilder and darker nature perhaps.

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Our two leading protagonists, Toryn and Elodi, were very engaging and they both carried their stories well. Fans of high fantasy would thoroughly enjoy this one.


Rating: 4 Star
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Friday 30 July 2021

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - Blood Slave by CEE BEE

Blood Slave
Author: Cee Bee
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
I’m not a screw up. I just have issues with anger. And shopping. Maybe some gambling.

Fine. I’m a hot mess.

And I’m not the only one in my family with impulse control issues, either. After all, that’s how my father ended up owing big money to the Russian mob—Dad simply couldn’t resist taking some cash that wasn’t his (and saddling me with his debts). To make matters worse, my little sister, Sasha, falls sick as hell with a mysterious blood disease. As a result, I’ll do almost anything for extra cash, from 
running surveillance gigs to competing in wet bikini contests. Shoot me now.

At last, the chance for some mega cash arrives. Cue the angelic choir! It’s a job with Caelin Vass, the so-called king of Empire Investments. Vass is Scottish royalty, smoking hot, and a manipulative tyrant to anyone on his staff. Rumor is, he’s also a powerful vampire who seduces twenty-somethings like me, turning us regular humans into blood slaves who’ll do anything for his bite.

Yeah, right. Vampires. Like I believe in that B-S.

All of which is why I commit to a short-term surveillance gig with Vass. As we gamblers say, you can’t skip easy money. I’ll get my cash, pay off all debts, and run for the hills. And if the Scotsman ever tries to get bitey for some reason, then he’ll learn I can take care of myself in a big way.

The more I think about it, the more I’m certain that my plan is bulletproof. That is, unless vampires are real…

Not a fan of the serialized format? BLOOD SLAVE will also be released as an ebook in December, 2021. 

Vampires of the Daemonverse
1. Blood Slave – See it on Kindle Vella
2. Blood Lust
3. Blood Thirst
4. Blood Guilt
5. Blood Line

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You may know me as Christina Bauer, author of more than 35 books including the popular Angelbound series. Normally, I focus on young adult epic fantasy, but some older readers want steamy scenes where the door doesn’t shut, if you get my meaning. So I’m thrilled to announce my new alter ego, CEE BEE (in all capital letters because why not?) I can’t wait to share this new adventure with you!

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Tuesday 27 July 2021

Book Blitz & Giveaway - On Mission by Aileen Erin

On Mission
(Off Planet, #3)
Author: Aileen Erin
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication Date: July 27th, 2021
Genre: YA Dystopian

Book Description:
“Action adventure, space drama, political schemes, and just the right hit of romance has this series turning into an absolute must-read. Whether you think you’re a fan of sci-fi or not I’d urge you to give this series a try….” – Angela, Pooled Ink Reviews

From USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Erin comes the fourth book in the Aunare Chronicles

Amihanna di Aetes has finally accepted her place in the Aunare world. In a matter of weeks, she’ll be their High Queen, but no matter how hard she tries, she finds that she’s always doing the wrong thing. At least that’s what the High Council keeps telling her…

There’s only so much rejection a girl can take, which means she’s spending her afternoons trying to get out of High Council meetings. And yet, every time she leaves the council room, she sees the disappointment on her father’s face, and worse, on Lorne’s face. It pains her, but she can’t say what they want her to say.

The council is refusing to see the truth. War isn’t just upon the Aunare – they’re about to lose.

Training her guards to invade Earth is a much better use of her days. She spent too much time hiding, obeying, forcing herself to do what she had to do to survive.

She’s used up all her pretending and can only be who she is. A fighter. A leader. A warrior.

When SpaceTech attacks the Aunare colonies, she’ll do what needs to be done –she’ll fight to defend the Aunare alone if she has to. Because Amihanna is a di Aetes. She’ll never give up. Not until SpaceTech is dismantled and Jason Murtagh is dead.

Amihanna isn’t the queen the Aunare want. But she is the queen the Aunare need.

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Monday 26 July 2021

BOOK REVIEW: What Wonders Do You See... When You Dream? by Justine Avery and Liuba Syrotiuk

What Wonders Do You See... When You Dream?
Author: Justine Avery, Liuba Syrotiuk
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 17 October 2019

Book Description:
The day has ended. Hasn't it been splendid? But now, it's time--to be sure--for an entirely different adventure.

This is an invitation to a new nighttime ritual, a going-to-bed book that reminds us all that bedtime can be the most wonderful time of all...

The spellbinding style and alluring rhythm of Justine Avery's writing are brought to life by Liuba Syrotiuk's dreamlike watercolor illustrations to inspire children and adults to set aside the day's excitement and drift into the adventure of sleep itself.

What Wonders Do You See... When You Dream? encourages calm and creativity, relaxation and imagination, and welcomes young and old alike to the blissful, magical time of bedtime.

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This was a very charming and whimsical read indeed. Loved the rhyme scheme throughout and the illustrations were appropriate and fitting to the theme of the story. I would definitely recommend this as a bedtime read for kids, to show them the wonders and joy of sleeping and all the possibilities that come with dreaming. What I especially liked was that the story incorporates routine for preparing for bedtime, such as brushing your teeth and putting on your pyjamas. Kids would be able to relate to this and it may also be a useful tool to implement routine for those with bedtime difficulties.

An engaging and adventurous read that I recommend for kids aged between 4-7.


Rating: 4 Star
Source: Own copy

Thursday 22 July 2021

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Flash Point by Luna Joya

Flash Point
(Legacy Series, #5)
Author: Luna Joya
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
Banish the demon, stop the prophecy, and do not fall in love. Easy, right? Yeah, not so much.

Mina Donovan is a woman of many talents. Fire elemental, psychic, Legacy witch, magical asset for an FBI paranormal task force…she does it all. Her latest struggle? Not crushing on her sexy best friend. Logically, she knows they can’t be together. Too bad her heart has never bothered with logic.

The friend zone is the last place pyro expert Josh wants to be with Mina. Not that he has any choice in the matter. A witch hunter falling for a witch? Not smart. He’ll just have to learn to ignore his attraction to the gorgeous woman who already owns so much of his heart.

If Mina and Josh have any hope of finding their way to happily ever after, they’ll have to banish an all-powerful demon and take down an evil magical organization. Oh, and they’ll also have to figure out how to stop the prophecy that warns a dragon will consume Mina.

It’ll take more than magic to fix this supernatural dilemma.

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Tuesday 20 July 2021

Cover Reveal - The North Wind by Alexandria Warwick

The North Wind
(The Four Winds, #1)
Author: Alexandria Warwick
Publication Date: January 13th, 2022
Genre: NA Fantasy Romance

Book Description:
Lush. Dark. Romantic. Introducing a newly reimagined tale written in the vein of Beauty and the Beast and Hades and Persephone.

Long before civilization, there were the gods. And before the gods, there was the earth, the celestial bodies, and air given flesh. They are the Anemoi—the Four Winds—and they have been banished to the four corners of the world.

Wren of Edgewood is no stranger to suffering. Her parents are gone. Survival is all she knows. For three hundred years, the land known as the Gray has been encased in ice, surrounded by a great barrier called the Shade, which protects the townsfolk from the Deadlands beyond.

But day by day, the Shade weakens.

Only one thing can stop the Shade’s fall: a mortal woman taken captive across the barrier, bound in wedlock to the dark god who reigns over the Deadlands. He is the North Wind, the Frost King, an immortal whose heart is said to be as frigid as the land he rules.

And the time has come for the Frost King to choose his bride.

The North Wind is a standalone, enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance, the first in a series sprinkled with Greek lore. Perfect for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout, Laura Thalassa, and Scarlett St. Clair.

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About the Author
Alexandria Warwick is the #1 fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. She is the author of The Demon Race and the North series.

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Sunday 18 July 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Mara's Choice by Leo Flynn

Mara's Choice
Book Series: The Mara Files, Book 2
Author: Leo Flynn
Genre: Sci-Fi / Space Opera / Short Story
Publication Date: 6th April 2021

Book Description:
After six years, Mara is back. She did it, escaped from prison. She's free. Why does she feel so... empty?

Reeling from the events of recent days, she blunders around her brain in a fog, with only three objectives in mind. Survive. Don't get captured. Stay out of trouble.

But with bounty hunters at every shady haunt, Kottura hot on her heels, and Ishali harping on about righteous quests and helping the galaxy... it's going to be a lot harder than she anticipated.

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Escaping prison should have been the hard part, but now a fugitive on the run, Mara learns that life on the run comes with more responsibility than being in captivity. With her archnemesis, Kottura, determined to destroy her and a major attack on the galaxy on the rise, Mara realises that it's not only her life on the line. Her only objective is to stay alive and that means staying under the radar. Will she be able to turn her back on her new-found companions and leave a galaxy at the mercy of enemy forces?

The first instalment of this series was a nice introduction to Mara and her quest to escape prison. This sequel takes the readers on a journey of survival and friendship. Mara continues to prove herself to be a brave warrior, however, according to her travel companion, Ishali, some of her choices appear to be somewhat short of compassion. As much as Mara wants to convince herself that she cares only for herself, her actions soon start to prove otherwise. Has she been away from society for too long to put others before herself or is there still some humanity deep within her core?

This was an enjoyable read. The readers are provided with a little more insight into Mara's background and the toxic history between her and Kottura. At times, I found the story lacking in descriptive information, and as such, it was hard to paint a picture of the scene and surroundings and the general ambiance overall. The identification of characters was also somewhat lacking in places, particularly the opening scenes. Apart from that, I found the story to be enjoyable and fast paced. I'm still rooting for Mara and Ishali, who are both likeable and very different in nature.

A good read overall.


Rating: 4 Star
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Saturday 17 July 2021

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Outlaw by R.L. Caulder

(The Pack Prophecy, #2)
Autho: R.L. Caulder
Publication Date: July 16th, 2021
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Book Description:
Behind every woman scorned is probably a person who made her that way. For me, it was more than one.

It was an entire pack.

I was exiled for exposing a murderous traitor. I was rejected by my mate, our bond shattered forever.

Even after being chosen by our goddess, my powers and title will never be enough for them to stand by me.

Now plagued by frequent and debilitating visions of battle and death, my mates and I must fight to assemble an army with no one but our goddess at our back.

Because war is coming, and not everyone will survive.

But I was chosen for a reason. I will lead an army if I must. I will stand in the gap and protect my people and their future, no matter what they’ve done. I will fulfill my prophecy.

Even if it means my death.


Author Note:. This book has a 18+ warning and is intended for mature audiences. It is book two in The Pack Prophecy series which will end in a cliffhanger.

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Friday 16 July 2021

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Of Gilded Flesh by Gordon Gravley

Of Gilded Flesh
Author: Gordon Gravley
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Science Fiction

Book Description:
Clockmaker Josef Kronecker makes more than just clocks.

In his study in Salzburg, he crafts lifesaving clockwork appendages for clients, including a famous pianist, a count who loves to dance, and his very own assistant, Anna, who suffered a harrowing attack before coming to work at Kronecker’s Timepieces.

When Josef meets Klara, a beautiful party attendee, he’s entranced and soon becomes unknowingly entrapped in a web of lies. His infatuation positions him as the victim of a royal bully, who presents an impossible challenge and requests an unthinkable sacrifice should Josef run out of time.

While Josef falls for Klara and is held to a deadline he can’t possibly make, Anna keeps the shop afloat as she faces her past trauma, proving that the number of limbs does not make a person whole, but rather the will to live.

Sustaining life is Josef’s calling, but now it’s his life on the line. As the clock ticks down, he realizes that while infatuation is a powerful thing, love is deeper and sometimes goes unseen, and it seems adopting Anna’s unwavering will to live is the way to survive.

Honest, inventive, and both heartbreaking and heartwarming, OF GILDED FLESH is a captivating story about resilience and how much we have to live for.

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Monday 12 July 2021

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Pretty Savage by T.A. Kunz

Pretty Savage
Author: T.A. Kunz
Publication Date: July 13th, 2021
Genre: YA LGBTQ+ / Thriller

Book Description:
“An intriguing mystery, Pretty Savage is a tension packed, wild journey with engrossing characters. A true page turner.” – #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bad things never happen in the picturesque town of Haddon Falls … until now.

It all starts with a killer party.

It will end with a savage crime spree.

Seniors Donovan Walsh and Drea Sullivan attend a high school party for very different reasons. But after discovering the body of one of their classmates, they find themselves thrust into the same waking nightmare. From that moment, their lives become intertwined in a search for answers to questions they never should have asked.

As bodies pile high, the unlikely pair dig into Haddon Falls’ past and uncover secrets someone would kill to keep hidden. In a small town where every face is friendly and every door unlocked, Donovan and Drea must unravel who is an ally … and who is willing to bury them-and the truth-six feet under.

“Pretty Savage is a gripping, fast-paced YA thriller featuring a savvy gay male protagonist and his kick-ass female counterpart! Readers who love hints of horror with a blood spatter of romance mixed with page-turning mystery will be left gasping by this wicked masterpiece by T.A. Kunz.” -Bestselling and award winning author Raine Thomas

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Saturday 10 July 2021

BOOK REVIEW - Sweet Dreams: Good Night by Brittney Herrera

Sweet Dreams
Author: Brittney Herrara
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publication Date: 5 March 2021

Book Description:
Ally is an energetic little girl who prefers to play rather than go to sleep. One night, her mom has an idea to tell her a story to show her that sleeping is not only necessary but can be fun as well. She spins an adventurous little tale for her baby girl about the Maya Heritage of Belize.

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Cultural and imaginative. Young Ally has trouble sleeping at night, so what's her mother's solution? Tell her of all the wonderful things she could create in her dreams. This is a very cute story of how to show kids how to utilise their creativity even while they are asleep. I'm not fully convinced this method will work on all kids who have trouble sleeping, but it's a worthwhile suggestion for mothers and fathers to consider. An enjoyable read.


Rating:  4 Star
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Monday 5 July 2021

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Hate Notes by Gracie Graham

Hate Notes
Author: Gracie Graham
Publication Date: June 30th 2021
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Topher Elliot is high school royalty.

The king of Lakeview prep.

You know the type. Disgustingly rich. Blond-haired. Eyes the color of a clear, blue sky. And muscles for days.

He also happens to be enemy #1, the bane of my existence.

Only, now my scholarship is in jeopardy and, like the peasant I am, I must tutor the king himself if I want to graduate.

Still, if I have to be around him, I might as well make it worth my while. So I send him a scathing text, telling him exactly what I think about him. But he mistakes me for someone else. That’s when I hatch a plan: get dirt on the king, and watch his reign crumble.

It’s about time someone made the king come tumbling down.

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Thursday 1 July 2021

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