Category: fantasy



"Ransom" ("The Light-Bearer Series" #2)

“Ransom” (“The Light-Bearer Series” #2) by Emily Guido

 

 

Charmeine is a Light-Bearer sent to Earth by God to battle Lucifer‘s minions. By looking into your eyes she can tell if you are lying. Her powers are growing and no one, including herself, is aware of just how powerful she is. Tabbruis is a Blood-Hunter, he needs blood to survive. While human blood is the best, he has given up human blood (unless it is given voluntarily) and exists on animal blood. He is very smart and capable and is trying to get all other Blood-Hunters to stop hunting humans. They are soul mates and together they are the Queen of Light and King of Darkness.

 
Charmeine and Tabbruis are at Castle Charmeine in Romania. They are there with their large family awaiting the birth of their child, nicknamed Baby Hunter. All the family are eagerly awaiting the birth. They aren’t idle while they wait, they are continuing to learn self defense and how better to use their unique powers.  Athena can see what you are feeling by the light radiating around your body; Hera, like Charmeine can see when you are lying; Neal is an extremely large and powerful blood-hunter and the other members of the family also have extraordinary powers. An attack by evil minions is always a concern, even with all the security measures and guards they have in place.

 
A group of Temple Guards arrive at the castle unannounced and demand to talk to the Queen of Light and the King of Darkness. They claim the Queen and King need to go to Athens to bring harmony and justice to the Blood-Hunters. It is actually a diversion so that the mysteriously alluring Bathsheba can enter the castle and get to Charmeine. Bathsheba says she is doing her Master’s bidding and then threatens Charmeine’s unborn child. Charmeine turns the tables on Bathsheba, however before she can get more information, Bathsheba injects herself with something and falls to the floor.

 
When Tabbruis and Dmitri come face to face with Bathsheba, it is as if time has stood still. Seeing her leaves both men in shock. As Charmeine demands to know who Bathsheba is and how Tabbruis knows her, Tabbruis turns on Charmeine, almost attacking her in his defense of Bathsheba. It is as if Tabbruis no longer sees Charmeine, only Bathsheba.

 
The action heats up as Charmeine and her family race to get answers to find and stop the Master before the next Blood-Hunter meeting.

 
Beautifully detailed locations from Romania to London to the shores of the Black Sea. interesting characters that are well fleshed out and who are slowly evolving from the first novel, and new characters that are both interesting and integral to the story are believable and very human but have surprising powers.  Add a well paced story and this all makes for a great read. A good mix of angels, blood-hunters (vampires), paranormal, action and romance. It continues the story told in the novel Charmeine, but also can be read as a stand alone novel.

 
The Light-Bearer Series will continue with the third novel “Conundrum”. I am really looking forward to the continuation of this series. I really enjoy how the characters are evolving and how the story continues to move forward, while containing additional information on the pasts of the characters.

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The Colors of Malent: Book One View a preview of this book online

The Colors of Malent: Book One (The Colors of Malent #1)

by Tim Adams and  Sam Inzerillo

 

 

 

Alara is a 14 year old girl, almost 15, who has the normal trials and tribulations of teens everywhere. Alara’s best friend Madison or Mads as Alara calls her, is already a pro shopper with tons of attitude. Alara’s new boyfriend  Alex is a good looking jock who really seems to like her but doesn’t always understand her. Her freaky teenaged next door neighbor Freddy, incredibly smart but socially awkward, suddenly starts talking to her.

 

 

Alara’s busy and tension filled life is further complicated by the strange dreams that have haunted her since she can remember. Dreams that are getting weirder and weirder. They take her to another time and place where she enters the minds and bodies of the people she comes across.

 

 

Slowly she realizes that she can control the thoughts and actions of these people and she believes these people and places are real and are from a place called Malent. The bigger problem though is that these dreams are starting to come when she is awake too. And if  all this isn’t enough to deal with, she has just found out something about herself that shocks her to the core!

 

 

As Alara tries to discover who the strange people in her dreams are and where Malent is, she is also trying to discover something about herself. Her questions bring her into contact with new people who could be friends or enemies. Things seem to be constantly changing and it leaves Alara wondering who she exactly she can trust.

 

 

The ending will leave you holding your breath, impatient for the next book to continue with this very intriguing story!

 

 

I really enjoyed this novel. The twists and turns keep you flipping the pages, faster and faster, as you try to see what will happen next.

 

 

The characters in Alara’s life are very believable. Her parents are typical parents, with her dad being the loud disciplinarian and her mom understanding the problems of being a teenaged girl. Her friends are very real. The situations are what many teens go through.

 

 

The people from Malent, the alternate world of Alara’s,  are reminiscent of the our world but from many centuries ago. The strange, scary animals that inhabit the lands are definitely not of our world and are incredibly imaginative.

 

 

The way the story switches between our world and Malent is extremely well done. I really look forward to the next book in this YA fantasy series.


Crimson Midnight

Crimson Midnight by Amos Cassidy

 

 

 

Six years ago, 15 year old Rose was mugged. The kids were never caught. Since then the petite blonde had learned all about self defense and was sure she could take care of herself.  Leaving home for the first time, Rose and her friend Faye, are moving to London. Rose is going to live with her godmother while Faye is renting rooms with several kids from university.

 

 
Rose meets and becomes friendly with several people including the brooding Harold, Kris the peace maker, Raven, Roman and his very strange girl friend, Thistle.
Not all of Rose’s friends are what they appear to be and to trust the wrong person can cost you your life. People are going missing and Rose knows that somehow she is involved and must stop whatever demons are haunting London.

 

 
A fine urban fantasy novel filled with the supernatural, werewolves, demons, vampires and other paranormal things that go bump in the night.

 

 
Great character descriptions and good mood setting are a few of the highlights of this book. I really enjoyed some of the twists the story took and look forward to the next book.

 

 
I didn’t like that some of the storylines appear and then just disappear making you wonder if they were just a product of your imagination. I also think it should have had a few less main characters, at times I found it hard to remember who was who.

 

 
Overall, a great read for magical, werewolf, vampire, supernatural loving, urban fantasy readers.


Charmeine (The Light-Bearer Series, #1)

Charmeine (The Light-Bearer Series, #1) by Emily Guido

 

 

 

I consider myself to be very lucky. As a book reviewer I am often asked by an author if I will give them an honest review of their book, usually in return for a copy of the book. I don’t often buy books anymore, I usually have a stack of to-reads waiting for me, although I never let my to-read list get so large that I can’t get to a book within 1 to 2 weeks.

 

 

 
I started following http://emilyguido.com  She is the author of Charmeine, the first book in the new Light Bearer Series. Everyday I would impatiently check my email waiting for another excerpt from her book Charmeine. When I found out that the next book in the series is going to be released soon, I decided that I needed to read the entire book, not just the snippets. So I purchased my copy (first book I’ve bought in ages) and started to read…

 

 

 
In Heaven, Charmeine and Tabbruis are worried. Charmeine, an Angel of Harmony, has a mission to provide harmony and peace in times of trouble. Lately she feels a serious drain on her power and her ability to provide harmony was lessening daily. Tabbruis is the Angel of Self-Determination and is several levels higher than Charmeine. He allows us to use our free will and inspires us to think of new ways to do things. He must  help an Archangel to have conviction in his beliefs and will therefore be unavailable to the family for most of the day. They are waiting to hear what the Prophecy will bring but neither believes it will be good news.

 

 

 
We then go back, back to a time before Tabbruis and Charmeine have met. When Tabbruis used another name and Charmeine had no idea who she really was or what her real name was. Back before love had finally made them complete.

 

 

 
Tabbruis is a Blood Drinker, a vampire. He believes his destiny is to walk earth always in need of blood. Human blood is best, but Tabbruis has learned to use wild animal blood instead to curb his craving. He can go out in sunlight, but prefers the darkness, he seldom sleeps, he is very wealth and very handsome. People usually bend to his will with little or no problem. He prefers to be alone. The sound, the smell and the action of the sea calms him.

 

 

 
Charleen has beautiful brown eyes and a very sweet nature. Summer is her favorite time of year, she loves the feel of sun on her skin. She learned Judo so she will never be a victim. She has never really dated and has never really been attracted to any man, and she has no interest in finding out why. She tries to tell herself she is happy but she knows that really she wants a man in her life, someone to share with. Charleen loves to go and watch the waves at the sea shore. its very peaceful.

 

 

 
Tabbruis and Charleen meet. They stare deep into each others eyes and they know. They have found the other half of themselves. But will it be enough to overcome all the obstacles both known and unknown in their paths? Can there be happiness between two such different creatures?

 

 

 
I am very satisfied with this story. There were many things to like such as vampires, the supernatural, action scenes, good characters who throughout the book evolve and a very emotional romance involving two people of different races/cultures.

 

 

 
I did at times feel the writing was a little stilted and it did effect the flow of the story. (I have the kindle edition from Amazon and like several kindle ebooks from Amazon that I have read there are many errors involving jumbled sentences, misspelled words and wrong punctuation. As I can’t be sure with whom the problem lies, I am not factoring those errors into my review).

 

 

 
This is a great read, and a terrific debut novel for Emily Guido! I look forward to the next book in the series. Check out some scenes from the book at http://emilyguido.com/

Math City Review


Math City

Math City  by  Ahmad Amani

 

 

 

Open your mind to the equations, the concepts, the abundant possibilities of a world ruled solely by mathematical concepts.

 

 
Math City is in actuality a book; the streets in Math City are actually pages; the city was quite rich but the people of the rest of the world didn’t deem them important and were only interested in Math City’s money. Of course Math City in return had no interest in the rest of the world either, especially their laws.

 

 
One man, known at the Lying Line, is unpopular to say the least however everyone fears him  even more. Every number wants something from him, but when their number is up, they blame everything on the Lying Line. When war comes, no one will make a stand, they follow and do as they are told, too conditioned by years of being told what to do and what to think.

 

 
Changes need to be made to survive but can all the numbers in Math City come together and unite or will they forever be at war?

 

 
This is a very well done urban fantasy tale that draws from the real life situations that we see daily depicted on television, the internet and in the papers. Very interesting!


Elemental Magic

Elemental Magic by Angela Wallace

 

 

Aileen Donovan isn’t just a research scientist at the Undina Research Center in Westport Washington who happens to be attractive and available.  Nor is she just Seamus’ daughter nor just Keenan’s sister. She is an elemental, a supernatural being tasked with caring for the earth and its animals. Very few know of her secret life as an elemental, and its a secret that must be kept safe!

 
Aileen is a water elemental and as such she has learned how to harness her powers to use the water but she is young, still an apprentice and it certainly doesn’t help that the very animals she is tasked to protect make her the butt of their jokes.

 
When her Coast Guard friend Colin, whom knows nothing of elementals,  asks for her help as a researcher to locate a ship that has been declared lost Aileen agrees to help.

 
With the power of a whirlpool, Aileen’s life has suddenly spun out of control…and not just in the elemental world!

 
This was a very engaging read. Quick paced story, with a few twists and turns, throw in some romance as well as great characters and that makes for a book that is hard to put down. I will definitely be reading the next in the series.

Dry Spell (Elemental Magic #2)

Dry Spell (Elemental Magic #2) by Angela Wallace


Strike: The Hero From The Sky

Strike: The Hero From The Sky by  Charlie Wood

 

 

Tobin Lloyd is a 17 year old practical joker, who thinks not of how to save our country, but how to keep out of trouble for his latest practical joke. His buddies, Jennifer Robins and Chad Fernandes, have had his back for years but its senior year, time to look to the future, think about being an adult. But Tobin’s still far too busy having fun to worry about what lies ahead, except for maybe being a game show host, that’d be cool.

 
Imagine then waking up in an alien land, on an alien planet, with alien buddies AND if that’s not enough for you, being told of alien super heroes and alien super villains.

 
How can Tobin and his friends, both old and new, cope with all the changes. And just what is so important about Tobin that makes everyone want him on their side?

 
A great action, fantasy, YA romp with overtures of super heroes and super villains. I would love to see this as a graphic novel!

 

 

This to me is more of an older child or teen book, however as I am not sure what level of violence you deem acceptable for your children, I would consider looking the book over first. I believe there is worse on regular television, but as I said, there is violence. Good moral story, good teen roll models.

 

 

I received this through a LibraryThing Giveaway


The Man Who Crossed Worlds

The Man Who Crossed Worlds by Chris Strange

 

 

A few years before Miles Franco was born the Bores showed up. No one knows for sure what caused them or why they were there, but the governments soon found ways to use them. They’ve found a way to make “tunnels” to another dimension. The place they call Heaven is anything but. Filled with a race of creatures similar to humans but with a much different perception of reality, it is the perfect place to smuggle things from, but there’s so much more to it. No one really knows the full depth of the tunnels and what can come from them.

 
Miles Franco is a freelance tunneler. He has a certain code of ethics that, while it doesn’t include working for gangsters, it also doesn’t include working for the cops. So when the cops pick him up on a trumped up charge he knows something is up. Something big, or why would they be bothering with him.

 
Blackmailed into helping the cops, Miles must call on all his powers as a tunneler. When things sped out of control, and his city and friends get pulled into the mess that is now Miles’ life, its time for him to make his stand.

 
A great urban fantasy mystery novel! With an interesting new theme, creepy new race and a so-not-a-hero hero, this is a fun, fast paced, twisty read. I look forward to reading more of Miles Franco and his world, starting with the short story The Man Who Couldn’t be Bought.

 

 

I received my copy through LibraryThing and was asked for my honest review.


Water Harvest

Water Harvest by Eric Diehl

 

 

“The sad truth of it is this: the colonies’ need for water is as desperate as our need to deny them. One faction must fall. I would sacrifice the lunar territories to spare the home world”

 
For 3000 years the water harvest has occurred. Supply is limited now and in order to survive, other colonies steal more than their allotted share.While out on a routine watch in the upper atmosphere, Cairn, of the House of Alar, and Dirc, his  crewman,come across a shrouded ship. They engage in a battle with the other ship which is destroyed, however, their vessel is also damaged. It is the escalation of the war for water, one that promises to be a bloody, deadly fight.

 
The colonies need more water than what is allotted them. They employ wizards, who with the use of the hallucinogens Greensbane, Blacksbane and D’arkbane to bring on evocations of killing, battle for supremacy over the water harvest. With a mixture of swords, sorcery and futuristic technology, who will emerge the victor? Can Cairn and his people stop the colonies from stealing their harvest?

 
This futuristic fantasy tale, with elements of olden day sword fighting is a great read in the science fiction genre. The story brings to mind our own planetary struggle to provide clean, untainted water to everyone and the battles over territory that are ongoing.

 

 

I was provided with a copy of this book by the author and asked for my honest review.


Dark Genesis (The Darkling ... Dark Genesis (The Darkling Trilogy, Book 1).  by  A.D. Koboah

 

 

Now I must admit, I requested a review copy simply because this was a debut novel for the author A.D. Koboah and not because I’m a particular fan of paranormal fantasy fiction. But this is not just a paranormal fantasy fiction, it’s a beautiful love story, a touching look at mother-daughter relationships and a haunting look at the lives, loves and feelings of slaves in early America.

 
Atlanta, 2011  –  Dallas Marshall is a family rebel, in no small part because she receives psychic impressions or vibes. She disliked most of her family, finding them to be driven only to increase their already substantial fortunes. When her grandma had passed away, the only one left in the family who was like her was her artist aunt, Rose. There was a joke in the family about a guardian angel. Needing a refuge from her other family, Dallas is staying with her aunt. Wanting to be close again to her grandma, Dallas goes to the basement where her grandma’s things are stored. Inside an old chest, Dallas finds what appears to be a journal. Receiving an impression when she touches the book, she knows it is written by an unknown woman, but a woman she has some kind of connection with. She opens the book and enters a different world, one that will change her life.

 
In 1807, Luna is a beautiful slave woman, owned and abused by Master Henry, and then by his son Master John. The only control Luna has in her life is to get rid of the pregnancies resulting by this abuse. Getting caught would be deadly, but she will not allow a child of hers to be owned by the Master. Her mother, Mama Akosua, had been sold away when Luna was 3. But she had found a way to remain close to her daughter, living a 2 hour walk away. Mama Akosua is an herbalist and some say, a witch. She helps her daughter to abort the children, except the first one, a daughter, that she had spirited away.

 
Luna has turned to God and has trouble believing in her mother’s powers, even though there are times she feels them within herself. At a fire ravaged chapel on master’s property, Luna has hidden a bible she had stolen from master’s wife. She loves that book, and wishes so much that she could read the words herself. She feels something evil at the chapel, but cannot stay away.

 
After leaving the chapel, she meets the creature. Luna stares in awe at him. He is beautiful in his guise as a human man, but it is just a guise. But there is another entity in the clearing by the chapel, and it is pure evil. Luna needs to get away, run fast and get away from them both.

 
After the creature in human guise stops Master John from having his carnal way with Luna, it is revealed the creature is a vampire. He spirits Luna away, to keep her safe. As times pass, she falls in love with Avery, the name of the man he was before being turned into a vampire.

 
I can’t say more as I don’t want to spoil the surprises in this wonderful paranormal, vampire fantasy romance novel.

 
The only thing I would change about this novel is to make the story of Luna read like actual journal entries. I believe that would have made a more powerful statement.

 
I received my copy through LibraryThing and was asked for my honest opinion.

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