Monday 25 December 2023

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Sunday 24 December 2023

BOOK REVIEW: A Dragon's Dyne (The Talisman Series Vol 6) by Brett Salter

A Dragon's Dyne
Series: The Talisman, Book 6
Author: Brett Salter
Genre: YA Fantasy / Adventure
Publication Date: 22 July 2023

Book Description:
Things have gone from weird to blatantly absurd in Rome and Julian’s quest to preserve the boundary between the Earth realm and The Void. With Darkbrand numbers growing at a terrifying rate, the escape of Beliarahm, the fiercest Nocturn yet, and the struggle to make ANY headway with the Elementals and all their tomfoolery, The Alliance has hit a veritable wall. Even with the promise of the light Talisman to oppose the forces of darkness, there’s just no telling how or where to find it. All the other Talismans are collected, but that doesn’t necessarily give our heroes any comfort, because to this point, these magical items seem to have served more as crosshairs than protection. Maybe they need something more than the Talismans. But what could that be?

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In A Dragon's Dyne (The Talisman Series, Vol. 6) by Brett Salter, Rome Lockheed, Julian, and their allies face escalating challenges in their quest to protect the boundary between the Earth realm and The Void. The Alliance battles the growing Darkbrand forces while searching for the elusive light Talisman crucial to defeating The Tyrant King. Amidst alliances, familial revelations, and daunting confrontations, the characters must confront their lineage and overcome personal sacrifices to safeguard their world from impending doom.


Salter masterfully deepens the relationships among the characters, showcasing significant growth in their bonds. The sibling banter between Julian and Camela brings a delightful dynamic to the narrative, underscoring their evolving relationship. Moreover, the development of Rome and Krysta's bond adds emotional depth to the story, anchoring it amidst the chaos of their quest. The portrayal of familial connections and revelations injects intriguing layers into the characters' histories, offering compelling explanations for unfolding events.

Additionally, the narrative successfully navigates themes of sacrifice, teamwork, and resilience. The characters face formidable challenges, and their collective strength as a team shines through amidst trials and heart-wrenching losses. Salter expertly weaves these elements into the plot, creating a gripping and emotionally resonant storyline.

While immersed in the captivating narrative of A Dragon's Dyne, I found myself longing for heightened suspense in certain pivotal moments. Anticipated revelations and impactful scenes, while emotionally fulfilling, lacked the element of surprise I yearned for in a story of this magnitude. However, it's important to note that even in their predictability, these scenes retained a profound emotional resonance. The author skillfully navigated these anticipated plot points, infusing them with a depth of emotion that lent a satisfying, albeit expected, closure to certain character arcs and narrative threads. While the narrative could have benefitted from a touch more unpredictability to enhance the thrill, the emotionally charged resolutions ensured a deeply gratifying experience for readers invested in the characters' journeys.

A Dragon's Dyne stands as a thrilling instalment in The Talisman Series. Brett Salter's adept storytelling, coupled with the rich development of character dynamics and a plot filled with trials and revelations, creates a captivating narrative. While this chapter could serve as a fitting conclusion, the tantalising hints in the ending suggest that more adventures may await these characters. Salter masterfully balances resolution with the promise of future escapades, leaving readers both satisfied and eager for what could be the next chapter in this mesmerising saga.


Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Author

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Blog Tour Review - A Friend for Christmas by Mike Martin

A Christmas book about overcoming your fears and finding friends at Christmas. 

A Friend for Christmas
Author: Mike Martin
Publication Date: October 20, 2023
Pages: 36
Genre: Children's

Book Description:
Good things come to those who face their fears. 

Robbie Rabbit lived in a warren in a big city with his wife Rowena Rabbit and their nine kits. He called it their rabbit apartment. Robbie and his family were hunkering down for winter when an unexpected visitor makes an appearance. 

A Friend for Christmas is the heartwarming tale of a very brave rabbit who faces his fears and makes a new friend at the magical time of the year.  He learns that friends can come in all shapes and sizes and Robbie and his family discover the joy of Christmas.

This beautifully illustrated book is suitable for children of all ages. Especially those who still believe in the magic of Christmas.

“This lovely fable tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a family of rabbits and a gray cat named Whisper. In these war-torn times, it’s an important reminder of our innate ability to choose live over fear.” – Amazon

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Tuesday 19 December 2023

Celebrate the Magic of the Season with Our Christmas Sale - Arcadia Saga by Al Stone (YA Fantasy)

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Monday 18 December 2023

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Whiskers on Kittens by R.J. Blain

Whiskers on Kittens
(A Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count), #22)
Author: R.J. Blain
Publication Date: December 19th 2023
Genre: Adult Comedy / Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
The next time a friend dared her to steal something, Kelsie would say no. Should the friend also be a succubus, not only would she say no, she would run for the nearest border faster than a bat fleeing the dark depths of hell.

Under normal circumstances, she didn’t even mind serving community service. It added spice to an otherwise boring day and gave her something productive to do.

Hoping to contain her prankster ways, the judge teams her up with a grouchy wolf of a cop with an attitude problem. According to her virus, Kelsie needs to get the good officer out of his pants. According to her common sense, the last thing she needs or wants is a goody-goody hampering her style and getting in her way.

When they’re assigned to help rescue six kidnapped kittens, Kelsie knows one thing for certain: to create a Christmas miracle, she’ll do a lot more than bend the law—she’ll break it over her knee and unleash hell on Earth while she’s at it.

Whiskers on Kittens can be read as a standalone.

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Sunday 17 December 2023

BOOK REVIEW: Navigating Childhood Anxiety by Erin Taylor

Navigating Childhood Anxiety
Subtitle: A Parent's Guide to Understanding and Support
Author: Erin Taylor
Genre: Self-Help / Parenting Guide
Publication Date: 21 October 2023

Book Description:
Is your child experiencing the weight of anxiety at an early age? As parents, we want nothing more than to see our children grow and flourish, but when anxiety takes hold, it can be a heart-wrenching challenge for the entire family.

In "Navigating Childhood Anxiety: A Parent's Guide to Understanding and Support," we delve deep into the world of early childhood anxiety, offering insights and guidance to help you support your little one through these turbulent emotions. With a focus on compassion and understanding, this book is a beacon of hope for parents navigating the complex landscape of their child's mental well-being.

Through pages filled with stories, expert advice, and practical strategies, you'll discover how to be your child's greatest ally. We explore the signs of anxiety in kids and provide you with the tools to help them overcome their fears and worries. By understanding the unique needs of your child, you can empower them to face life's challenges with courage and resilience.

This isn't just a book; it's a lifeline for parents. With "Navigating Childhood Anxiety: A Parent's Guide to Understanding and Support," you'll find a compassionate guide to building a bridge of trust with your child, helping them embrace a world of possibilities beyond their fears.

In these pages, you'll uncover the power of love, empathy, and understanding as you embark on a journey to create a brighter, anxiety-free future for your child. Together, we can provide the support they need to thrive and be the happy, confident children they were meant to be.

This book is not just about understanding anxiety; it's about understanding your child's heart..

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In "Navigating Childhood Anxiety," parents are guided through the intricate landscape of childhood anxiety, offering insights and strategies to support their little ones through turbulent emotions. With a focus on compassion and understanding, this book becomes a beacon of hope in the complex world of a child's mental well-being.

What I Liked

The book excels in providing comprehensive insights into childhood anxiety. It effectively explores the possible origins and manifestations of anxiety in children, shedding light on the challenges they face. The inclusion of practical strategies and expert advice empowers parents to become their child's greatest ally.

I particularly appreciated the empathetic approach maintained throughout the book. It fosters a sense of understanding and support, ensuring parents feel equipped to navigate their child's anxiety rather than overwhelmed by it. The emphasis on individualised approaches, encouraging parents to understand their child's unique needs, is commendable. It helps in fostering resilience and enables tailored support for each child.

What I Didn't Like

While the content was enriching, certain aspects needed improvement. The choice of font colours impacted readability. The darkness of the font made it challenging on the eyes, detracting from an otherwise engaging reading experience.

Additionally, the book could have benefited from a broader range of practical scenarios. Referring specifically to Chapter 2, while the scenario featuring 10-year-old Emily was insightful, diversifying scenarios to include children of varying ages (e.g., 5, 10, and 16 years old) would have provided a more comprehensive understanding of different approaches in discovering what triggers a child’s anxiety, as anxiety manifests differently at different ages, and additional scenarios would have showcased diverse approaches to discovering anxiety triggers.

Lastly, there were instances where sections felt repetitive, echoing information presented earlier in the book. Streamlining these sections could have enhanced the overall flow and prevented redundancy in content.

Despite some readability issues and the need for broader practical scenarios, 'Navigating Childhood Anxiety' remains a compassionate and empowering guide, equipping parents with valuable tools to support their child through anxious moments, making it a recommended resource in navigating a child's mental well-being.


Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Author

Monday 11 December 2023

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Trust No One by Glenn Dyer

Trust No One
(Conor Thorn Series, #4)
Author: Glenn Dyer
Publication Date: December 11th, 2023
Genre: Adult Historical Thriller

Book Description:
Loyalists meant to rid their country of a double-dealing collaborator. Instead, they created a threat that could destroy Allied unity.

Algiers. Winter 1942. Conor Thorn is devastated. He’s been fired from the OSS. His wife, Emily, has been fired from MI6. They allowed their morals to bend certain truths concerning the outcome of their last mission. Forever dedicated to defeating Axis powers, these skilled operatives jump at the chance to secretly help General Eisenhower deal with a political time bomb threatening Allied harmony and to redeem their honorable standing. To recover a rumored archive holding the truth about an assassination plot, they must travel deep into perilous Axis territory.

In the crosshairs of those determined to keep the information out of Allied hands, Conor and Emily fall victim to a violent assault. Though the resulting injuries leave him severely concussed and confused, Conor refuses to stand down while his beloved ventures deeper into danger.

Can Conor and Emily piece together a political puzzle in time to keep Allied unity from fracturing?

Trust No One is the high intensity, gritty fourth book in the Conor Thorn WWII espionage series inspired by true events. If you like heart-pounding action and white-knuckled tension, then you’ll love Glenn Dyer’s thrill ride through history.

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