Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Blades of Magic by Terah Edun

Blades of Magic
Crown Service Series # 1
By- Terah Edun
Genre- YA Fantasy

It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it.

She just doesn't know it yet.

Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family’s shame but when challenged about her family’s honor, her opponent inevitably loses.

On the night she finds out her father’s true last actions, she takes the Mercenary Guilds’ vows to serve in the emperor’s army. Using her quick wits and fierce fighting skills, she earns a spot in the first division.

There she discovers secrets the mages on both sides would prefer stay hidden. Dark enemies hunt her and soon it's not just Sara questioning the motivation behind this war.

While fighting mages, blackmailing merchants and discovering new friends, Sara comes across something she’s never had before - passion. The question is - can she fight for her empress against a mage who might unwittingly claim her heart?

This is year one of the Initiate Wars. Sara is hoping it doesn't become the year she dies.


Book Review -- Blades of Magic by Terah Edun

Blades of Magic (Crown Service, #1)Blades of Magic by Terah Edun
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital audio version of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

Audio books are usually not my cup of coffee - literally. I always claim that there's something amiss in not being able to curl up with the book, when having it narrated to you instead. This book made me take back my words completely. With a fabulous narration by Sylvia Roldn Dohl, the book is a brilliant treat. I had heard from fellow reviewers and book lovers that a good narrator is key to a successful audiobook. After listening to Dohl's expressive narration, I so agree! I'm eagerly looking forward to listening to another one by her.

The story revolves around young Sara Fairchild, eager to prove to the world and herself, that she is capable of becoming a warrior. But fate thinks otherwise, and she is forced to take up a job at a fishery. When Sara is assigned by the fishery owner an additional task of having to watch over his warehouse of special artifacts, she is left to travel through a maze of unraveling mysteries. The journey also takes her through getting to know about her dad's death and what he did. The characterisation is handled well - be it Sara's self-discovery through her journey and the different emotions she goes through, or Ezekiel's mild eccentricities, the characters linger on in the mind. The pace of the book is just right, of course aided by Dohl's soulful voice.

I would highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and adventure genres.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Emissary by Chris Rogers


"Rogers writes with confidence and authority about everything from African politics to Houston police procedure to Mexican drug gangs. There's plenty of action, and the book is populated with interesting characters from political figures to tattoo artists. Check this one out when you're looking for a real slam-bang change of pace." -Bill Crider, author of the Dan Rhodes mystery series

On a desperate mission to save his entire race from extinction, Emissary Ruell travels to Earth equipped with his two most powerful bargaining currencies -- health and longevity -- hoping to convince the most powerful leader in the free world that collaboration can save both of their civilizations. Having no way to communicate directly with humans, Ruell must inhabit President Addison Hale's body to carry out his mission.
He quickly discovers, however, that humans are more complex and volatile than anticipated. Only after admitting defeat does he encounter Kirk Longshadow, and ordinary cop who might be Ruell's last chance.

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The Author

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Chris Rogers was born in Texas and raised in the days of EC Comics and B horror flicks that could chill you down to your funny bones. She resides in a small community within commute of the four major Texas metropolises, where she ghostwrites business books and memoirs while turning out her own novels and short stories. Chris has taught mystery writing at the Rice University School of Continuing Studies, the University of Houston and in private master classes. Her students have received numerous awards and acknowledgements for their works. After a career in graphic design, Chris became a writer the easy way: She read voraciously and filled blank pages with drivel until her fingers cramped and her brain defected. Eventually, she learned to craft a decipherable sentence. Author of the Dixie Flannigan series, Bitch Factor, Rage Factor, Chill Factor and Slice of Life, Chris has published stories and essays in, among others, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and Writer s Digest.

Book Review -- Emissary by Chris Rogers

EmissaryEmissary by Chris Rogers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a super-cool mix of adventure, sci fi and action. There are multiple threads and characters to follow. First there is this non-earthling, Emissary Ruell who arrives on Earth, and because his race cannot communicate with earthlings, takes over the President's form. He is here to stop his people from getting doomed. The President, Addison, has no idea of this alien invasion into her body, and is blissfully oblivious, focusing her energies on her immediate problems - if she loses the election, she believes she would letting down and giving into the stereotyped notion of who can and cannot rule the country. To add to her woes, her ally, the Vice President, has been taken hostage in another continent. Each of these protaganists has their own motives and agendas. Will these two join forces to save their respective worlds and lives, or will they become adversaries, is what the book takes us through.

Although the reader could feel that the book drags on in a few places and might wish that the narration was more pacy, the nice plot makes up for it. The author weaves a multi-dimension story, involving politics, sci fi, emotions and motives. The characterisation of Addison is remarkable - denoting the pull of the dilemma between doing what she wants to, and what she needs to.

I would recommend this book to lovers of sci-fi and adventures.

My rating for this book: 3.5 stars

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A Bridge Through Time by Jennae Vale

Title: A Bridge Through Time
Author: Jennae Vale
Genre: Time Travel Romance

Ashley Moore’s life in San Francisco has hit a few snags, not the least of which involves sightings of a mystery man around every corner.  Is she losing her mind or does he really exist?   Her search for this grey-eyed stranger leads her to  Scotland. There she meets a witch with a secret, a vindictive English knight who is bent on revenge, and she crosses a fog shrouded bridge into the arms of a 16th century Highlander.
Cailin MacBayne is no stranger to beautiful women, but has always managed to stay one step ahead of commitment.  That all comes to an end when he meets Ashley.  He doesn’t care where this beautiful, yet unusual lass came from, he’s just happy to have found her.  Ashley cannot resist the handsome Scot and finds herself falling hopelessly in love.  In the process, a secret is revealed, a battle is waged and Ashley must ultimately decide whether to return to her own time or give up her 21st century life to stay with the love she has found in the past.

Author Bio

Jennae was born and raised a New England girl, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where her imagination was always bigger than she was. Her large, extended Irish and Italian families were a great source of support, inspiration and humor.  Laughter, love and food were never hard to find in her home. Jennae grew up surrounded by nostalgic, historical landmarks, which fed her love of history and creative writing.
She has worn many hats over the years.  From owning her own typing service and horse training/boarding facility, to operating an embroidery/t-shirt business, her entrepreneurial spirit was strong and thriving. Determined to do something she truly loved, her vivid imagination took over again and she decided to follow her literary dream of writing stories that tapped into her love of magnificent people and places.
 Jennae now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, where they’ve raised two beautiful and talented children.  Along the way they’ve gathered a menagerie of pets, including one dog, three cats and 4 chickens to make the family complete.
You can contact Jennae at her website: www.jennaevaleauthor.com
Twitter:  @jealil


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Clandestine Trysts by CL Foster

Clandestine Trysts are fantasies that satisfy the deepest cravings (even the secret ones).
Come inside... and enjoy the ride.


Book Review -- Clandestine Trysts by CL Foster

Clandestine Trysts by C.L. Foster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

This is a collection of 11 short fiction tales delving into steamy romance. The plots are all unique and different from each other, as are the characters. The theme is predominantly about the role physical attraction and contentment plays in any and all relationships. Although one does not get acquainted enough with the characters as in a full-length romance novel, and does not get to be able to empathise with them and understand their motives and reasonings, the short story collection has its own advantage. The stories are not related, and so one can pick off and get on with the book at any point.

The stories ranged from talking about people who have seen the worst of love - the spurning and the rejection and how they seek solace, murky and dark secrets from inside a library, a married couple looking to rekindle what they lost and so on. This promising to being a hot romance collection, delivered what it was meant for. I would recommend this book to lovers of explicit and steamy romance books.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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Book Review -- A Bridge Through Time by Jennae Vale

A Bridge Through Time: Book 1 of The Thistle & Hive SeriesA Bridge Through Time: Book 1 of The Thistle & Hive Series by Jennae Vale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The tale revolves around Ashley Moore. When some mysterious happenings lead her to Scotland, she encounters an array of totally remarkable characters - among which is the handsome Cailin MacBayne. The only irony here is that she has had to cross a time-warp bridge to reach where Cailin is. While Cailin gets captivated by Ashley, Ashely cannot help falling for Cailin, while at the same time tugging at the dilemma of having to live in an age she has no roots in. Does she stay back, or does she choose to return to her life, is what the book takes us through.

This was a nice and clean tale - although the reader wishes that the story had one track instead of multiple plots, about backward travelling in time, wars and battles, the witch angle and so on. The characters of Ashley and Cailin are handled well - with both going through internal emotional upheavals when falling in love with each other. The pace of the novel slackens a bit here or there, especially when the war is waged in the story. Overall, this was a cool read and I would recommend this to lovers of time-based romance and adventures.

My rating for this book: 3 stars

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