The Guardian by Karah Quinney – 4 Stars!!!

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‘The Guardian’ by Karah Quinney is a beautifully told story which pulls at the heart, and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. There was not a single dull moment. The entire book is made up of action scenes, intermittent with soft romance scenes and beautifully written internal struggles through multiple character’s point of views. I love the way the author was able to make so many character so realistic, and so important to the story. I did not root for one, two, or even a mere handful of them. I rooted for them all.

I also easily hated the antagonists. I loathed them, and feared for our main characters when they were near them. All in all, it was a beautifully read book.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Will I be reading the next book in the series? You better believe it! I just can’t wait to find out what awaits the characters I have so grown to love.

‘Bound By Time’ by A.D. Trosper – 5 Star Review!!!

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I should admit from the very start that A.D. Trosper is one of my favorite indies, and I was more than thrilled to read her newest title. ‘Bound By Time’ is a beautiful, deep paranormal romance, with a very strong basis in horror. I was dragged into the story, finding myself devouring the book in every spare, waking moment. The details were realistic, and it seemed as though I were smack dab in the middle of the story instead of a mere bystander watching it go on. My skin crawled. My heart thumped. I gasped, laughed, and cried.

I have read the book twice. Each time, it took me only a few days to read the book in it’s entirety. Not because it’s short, and I wouldn’t call it light either, but because I literally could not pull myself away. I lost a lot of sleep over this book, but it was so worth it.

The characters… oh how I love the characters! What I love most about A.D. Trosper’s writing is her characters. They easily feel like friends I’ve known my whole life. I can SEE them clearly in my head as I read. Their personalities are unique, and develop naturally. I just can’t even find the words to portray how realistic these characters are.

I love Isobel, of course. She’s strong, unique, and a book worm (just like me!). But she’s not unbelievably strong. She’s realistic, too. She has panic attacks in moments of intense stress – something I can easily relate to – but she pushes through them to come out stronger each time. Then there’s Damien… oh, I’m in love with him. I am. He’s protective, romantic, hunky, and yet… he’s realistic too! The author didn’t paint an unrealistically flawless macho man. He, and Isobel, come complete with flaws that make them who they are. The supporting cast were right in the forefront of the story, as well, and I fell in love with all of them.

I could continue to ramble on about how much I loved this book…. and on… and on. But let’s get to the point. Would I recommend this book? YES! (I’m yelling this at you, by the way.) I recommend it to people who love horror, paranormal romance, or romance in general. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well written, realistically portrayed story which immediately captures your attention and keeps it until the very ending. I was left craving more, and I know you will be too. You won’t regret reading this book.

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‘Shiri’ by D.S. Taylor- 4 Star Review!

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‘Shiri’ by D.S. Taylor is a book that drags you in from the second you start reading. The plot flows smoothly, and the word choice is perfect. It’s a heart-wrenching story that had me crying… buckets…. buckets upon buckets of tears. At points, the story also made me laugh, gasp, and get extremely angry. It was an emotional roller coaster all the way around, which is what I – personally – enjoy. The book would have easily been a five star read except for the ending. I don’t do spoilers, so I’m not going to tell you why the ending lost the book a star. It wasn’t even the whole ending, just one single point that had me going “AH! NO! THAT’S NO FAIR!” Otherwise, I could easily say that this book was one of the best I’ve read in quite some time – I was enthralled from start to finish.  I will definitely be reading more from D.S. Taylor in the future, for she is an extremely gifted storyteller.

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The Growing Roots Series

Since the third volume of the Growing Roots Series just released – and because I posted a feature about it yesterday – I thought I would take a moment to show off the entire series here today. Below you can find what people are saying about each book, links to purchase on Amazon, cover images, and blurb! Enjoy! 🙂

Less Than Humble Beginnings, Volume One

3Willie and Babette have had their world turned upside down. While Babette adjusts easily to the change in circumstances, it takes Willie a great deal more time. How would you feel if you were suddenly thrust into a world that your own mother had kept you shunned from? Follow along on the first stage of young Willie’s journey, as she forces herself to adjust to this strange new world. A startling epiphany shows Willie that she isn’t the only one who suffers from ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings.’

“Try to remember that everyone here has their demons, but we all put those demons to good use.”
-Jack (Willie’s oldest cousin)

“Right from the onset, “Less Than Humble Beginnings (Growing Roots)” grabbed my immediate attention.”

“Chelsea Falin is a great story-teller. With her clear descriptions of the characters, settings and dialogue, it was not difficult for me to imagine the characters and to picture every scene.”

“I Loved it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a true to life story.”

“Chelsea Falin is a great story teller and I look forward to reading more of her work.”

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Personal Growth, Volume Two

2 (2)Willie, despite a rough start, has become immersed in the culture she should have been born into. As she grows in her own knowledge of her ancestral roots, she also grows in who she is as a person. All things are now within her reach, and all she must do is put forth a little effort. With all of this in mind, Willie has decided to dedicate herself towards her own ‘Personal Growth.’

“Our heritage might be bloody, but that’s no reason not to be proud!”
-Spike

“Its a great young adult coming of age story reminiscent of Meg Cabot and Judy Blume.”

” I still love how well this story draws you into Willies road of life, and still cant put the book down until its finished.”

“Without giving away any more of the story please get a copy of this book to read how this young girl accepts the life that fate has dealt her.”

“Chelsea Falin did a wonderful job with this follow up to Less Than Humble Beginnings !!Her writing is so smooth & flowing and there are nice surprises everywhere.”

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Great Strides, Volume Three

5Willie has finally found her father, and he’s welcomed her with open arms. Now she must forge a relationship with the man she never even knew was alive. It isn’t just him, however. Willie must also find out how she fits in with her step-mother and half-siblings. Left in Alabama with no close-in-age peers, Willie makes great strides in finding out who she is as an individual without a group of close friends to rely on. How will Willie handle this newest experience? Will she handle it in the mature way she has always handled change? Or will this be the point in which Willie loses herself?

“Genetics are a tricky business at times, and you just never know what you’re going to get when you throw two ancestry’s together.”
-Willie’s Mamaw

“I really enjoyed the overall story line.”

“This series is just amazing, one that you cant put down and when the book ends, you are left craving the next in the series!!!”

“I love this series, & feel like I have grown up with Willie.”

“This series gets better with every book and I cant wait for #4!”

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In Pursuit of Happiness by Thomas Baker- Five Star Review!

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‘In Pursuit of Happiness’ by Thomas Baker is a uniquely told story which forges together many myths, religions, and stories in order to form something entirely new. When I first began reading, I was unsure of what to expect. The farther I read, however, the more captivated I became. I’m a great lover of myths and stories, and this book was well suited to my tastes. The writing is well crafted so that it flows freely from one part to the next. The ending, well, without giving too much away, I will say that the ending was perfect. It wrapped the entire story up in a nice, neat package and left me with a good final impression of the story as a whole. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short, easy read, as well as to anyone who has an interest in myths, religion, or history.

*This review was done by Chelsea*

An Element of Time by Bebe Knight- Four Star Review

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I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank Bebe Knight, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

Well, this book is quite awesome and the concept is portrayed very well though the concept is not fresh and has been used several times before but I liked the various twists that the author added here and there making the read interesting and intriguing. I liked the writing style as well and felt it comfortable and it was enriched too.

The characterization is great and the characters are well developed and not sketchy. Veronica’s character is my favourite in this story, I liked her kick-ass attitude and her bravery, she is confident and swift in her killing skills. Mackenzie’s character was also well portrayed but Veronica’s charm seemed to overshadow him, at least for me.

The action scenes are breath-taking and are vividly described which helped me visualize the scenes while reading. There is suspense and mystery which kept me hooked in the story till the end and the passionate romance touched my heart. The struggle for achieving their love and fighting against your own people – this concept impressed me quite a lot and the emotions have been portrayed perfectly so that it touched the heart of the readers.

Over all a great read and I would recommend it to you all and hope that you guys will love it as well. Enjoy!!!

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18335990-an-element-of-time?ac=1

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00FDXZYIM

*This review was done by Satty*

Aimee and The Bear, By Toby Stone- Four Star Review

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“Aimee and the Bear” by Toby Stone is, to say the least, heart wrenching. It’s…difficult to explain, but the story in it’s entirety is very much like what Alice in Wonderland would have been had Stephen King written it while on a very bad acid trip. I know, it doesn’t sound promising, but the book was good… it was just very dark, very trippy, and absolutely depressing. At times it was difficult to understand where the story was going, but it’s very easy to relate the child’s imaginings to what must surely be happening in her real world if you take the time to analyze it. The book is not a light read. It is a good read, but it is certainly nothing which will make you feel warm and happy and safe. You fall into a child’s delusional mind. A child who you know from the story has been abused in numerous ways by her ‘witch’ of a mother. She creates a fantasy world in which to shelter herself until her brother, too, begins to be abused in unimaginable ways. I won’t give away the ending. Despite the way my review seems to flip flop a bit, I did enjoy it. I couldn’t put the book down. I just wish there could have been something better for poor Amy. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark tales wrought with hardship, who enjoys books with twists and turns, or who might like a peek inside of a mind that is surely insane. I do not recommend this book to anyone who is easily disgusted, easily frightened, or who is unable to read books with child abuse triggers in them. Definitely not suitable for children under the age of eighteen.

*This review was written by Chelsea*

Wings of Emotions, by Euphonos- Four Star Review

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Wings of Emotions by Euphonos is a book of poetry which has it’s ups and downs. Personally, I didn’t much care for many of the poems strictly on love, but poetry is, of course, subjective. In all honesty, I prefer the more morbid stuff. There were several poems which I thoroughly enjoyed and which created a lasting impression on me, however, and that is the mark of a good poem. “Dream,” “I Walked By To Find You,” and “Before I Met You” are three such poems. All in all, it was an enjoyable read and the poems held a lot of raw emotion in them. If you enjoy the brighter side of poetry (versus the dark, morbid side), I would definitely recommend reading this.

*This review was done by Chelsea*

 

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Tears of War, by A.D. Trosper- 5 Star Review!!!!!!!!!

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Tears of War is the second book in the Dragon’s Call series. The first edition, Embers At Galdrilene, was so amazing I actually began counting down the days until the second installment would come out. I waited, and waited, and waited. It felt as though the book would never come out! When it did, I was not disappointed in the slightest. If possible, this book is even better than the first. What I so love about A.D. Trosper’s writing style is that her characters seem so alive it is as though they have been lifelong friends. The places in her books are so realistic I am sure I have been there. Her books play out like a movie screen inside my head. My heart sang with happiness at parts, and in others my very soul mourned. Exaggeration? Hardly. It’s hard to NOT be sucked straight into the world created in this series. I dare you to try and stay in the real world while reading it. Go ahead and try. Without giving too much away, I will say that there is a part in the book that killed me. It ripped out my very soul. Seriously. I cried, and I cried, and I cried. It was the kind of crying jag that leaves you nauseous and breathless, with your face aching and your eyes refusing to see clearly. That’s all I can say, however. Now, do I recommend this book? I would think the answer would obviously be yes. I believe everyone should read this awe-inspiring, thrilling read. I simply can not praise it enough. Just be prepared for an attachment to the story and the characters. Be prepared for plenty of raw emotion and vivid detailing. Be prepared to be swept away into the world which A.D. Trosper has created for us.

*This review was written by Chelsea*

 

Songstone by Lina Goldfinch- 4 Star Review

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BOOK SUMMARY

One girl who, against all hope, yearns for freedom.
One boy determined to be more than he’s meant to be.
The desperate journey that will leave them both forever changed.

“…an original fantasy world inhabited by superstitious tribal nations and intriguingly developed characters.”– SERENA CHASE, USA Today HEA

Kita can meld song into stone. In a world with no written word, storytelling—the ability to meld (or magically impress) song into stone—is greatly honored. The village honors her master as their medicine man, but Kita knows he’s secretly a sorcerer who practices black magic using drops of her blood. She fears he’ll use her beautiful gift for a killing spell, so she conceals it from him. Each day, his magic tightens around her neck like a rope. His spells blind the villagers, so they can’t see him for what he really is.

Not that anyone would want to help her. She was found in the forest as a baby and would have died if a village girl hadn’t brought her home. But the villagers saw Kita’s unusual coloring and decided she belonged to the mysterious tribe who lives in the forests of the volcano, a people feared for their mystical powers. So they fear her too. Now seventeen, she can barely admit her deepest longing: to know who she really is and where she belongs.

Then Pono, a young journeyman, arrives from the other side of the island. He’s come to fulfill a pact between their villages: to escort a storyteller back to his village–a storyteller who’ll be chosen at the great assembly. Finally, in Pono, Kita sees her one slim chance at freedom and she’ll risk her life to take it.

A dark, twisty tale of sorcery, tummy-tingling romance, and adventure, inspired by the folklore of New Zealand’s Māori people.

SATTY’S REVIEW:

I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review.
Firstly I would like to thank Lena Goldfinch, author of Songstone, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

This story revolves around Kita and her quest of escaping from the clutches of an evil medicine man because in reality he is a dark sorcerer who uses Kita’s blood to make spells and perform ritual and enslaves her, he even controls the tribe with the help of his evil spells. Kita is special, she can meld song into stone, has green eyes and red hair and thus she is feared by the other tribal people. She was brought by a tribal girl from the forest when she was a baby thus she is an outcast in the tribe. Then we meet Pono who came from across the island to escort a storyteller to his village. Finally in Pono Kita finds her salvation and freedom. Will Kita succeed in escaping? Will she discover her true identity? Will she be able to rid the tribe of the evil sorcerer and bring him down? Will the relationship between her and Pono get established?

A lot of unanswered questions right? I would love to suggest that you guys definitely read the book to gather the answers and you won’t regret it. A great and intriguing read which I really liked and enjoyed. Kita is a perfect main character and she always remains hopeful and tries hard to get her goal even if there are many challenges to face. I liked the fact that the author made her strong rather than weak and whimpering. Pono is great and supports Kita character very well. The struggle that Kita does really reached my heart and I felt sorry for her. The secrets were well kept and the slow and steady revelations made the story gripping. The suspense was eerie and there are quite a few twists that I didn’t expect. The writing style of the author is remarkable and she presented the whole story in such a way that it became real and believable and the readers got connected with the characters and the plot as well. The characters are developed and fit well within the well thought out plot. All in all a great and must read for ya all. Enjoy, folks!

*This review was written by Satty*

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