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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.


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.


The Colors of Malent

Debut authors Tim Adams and Sam Inzerillo, have finished book 1 in their new Young Adult fantasy novel The Color of Malent series. They are working now on books 2 and 3.

 

 

I met Tim Adams at an online site. I offered to review his upcoming novel, The Color of Malent, and asked if I could also do an interview with both he and Sam Inzerillo.  I was thrilled when they agreed and also offered a copy of their YA fantasy novel for a giveaway.  I will have the pleasure of interviewing  both men later this month or early next month as a blog interview and will be offering a giveaway of their YA fantasy novel The Color of Malent as well.

 

 

BOOK SYNOPSIS  THE COLOR OF MALENT

For as long as she can remember, Alara Martin has had strange dreams about a beautiful, faraway world. They increase with intensity as she approaches her fifteenth birthday, and Alara has a hard time distinguishing them from reality. She thinks about them constantly—and wonders why no one else in her family experiences them.

After suffering from a particularly traumatic and vivid nightmare, Alara learns an astonishing truth from her parents: she is not their real daughter! Alara is devastated by the news and riddled with more questions than answers. Who are her real parents? Where does she belong? And why do these strange dreams plague her every night?

Alara’s daily routine is interrupted by extraordinary landscapes, unbelievable creatures, and strange waking visions. Her search for answers will thrust her into the middle of a conflict for which she is completely unprepared. Can Alara’s destiny really lie in the world of Malent? And how can Alara leave all that she loves in her current world for her true heritage? Desperate for help from anyone who will listen, Alara fights to uncover her real identity—before it’s too late.

 

 

This will be my first interview and giveaway on my blog!  I am super excited but of course a little nervous as well. I am really looking forward to learning about Tim Adams and Sam Inzerillo and finding out more about how they got together to write, why they decided on Young Adult fantasy to write, and more about their new book, and the series. If you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know.

 

 

http://www.mymalent.com/


The Pallor of Death and Other Stories by Amanda Lawrence Auverigne

An enthralling collection of 10 short stories featuring zombies, ghosts, werewolves, gore, blood and more!

FACT FINDING MISSION:
Jill and Ben’s walk into the dark forest in search of a glowing ghost ends up being more than they expected.

THE PALLOR OF DEATH
Laura, Charlie and Melanie have a supernatural experience in the old mansion that Melanie just bought.

LAND LINE
A 911 call has Officers Simmons and Tyler heading to 799 Norfolk Lane. Will they find Betty and her brother or is someone or something else using the telephone?

AT THE LAST MINUTE
Holly’s friend Dina has Halloween costume issues but luckily gets help from a crazy source.

RAID
The new designer drug Dead Ice has everyone acting buggy.

PRICE MATCH GUARANTEE
We all know how waiting in a line up at a department store gives you that dead zombie feeling but Merton Mart guarantees their customers’ satisfaction with a killer product.

LIGHTHEADED
When the stomach rumbles from hunger, its in everyone’s best interest to feed it.

A SMALL MATTER OF FANTASTIC
In order to win the campus costume contest at Halloween, Haley and Angela are dressed as a zombie gangster and his zombie moll, but with Chad and Devon dressed to impress as werewolves, you have to ask yourself where exactly did the guys get their fur?

THEY ALL COME OUT AT DUSK
Evangeline is tired but decides a little seduction is in order before the game with Percy is over.

DRAMA
Kevin and Jon have grown tired of Lois‘ games and insist that she finally chose which of them she will marry. But who is really the winner?

Well written short stories with great characters. My favorite of these 10 short stories would be Drama.

visit Amanda Lawrence Auverigne website  http://auverigne.com/

A Man of Value Review


A Man of Value  (Book 2 Montbryce Legacy)  by  Anna Markland 

Late 11th century Europe is the backdrop for this beautiful, well told historic romance. Filled with interesting characters, a solid plot and colorful backgrounds this story reeled me in and kept me turning pages til the end.

The story follows proud, handsome warrior Caedmon Woolgar, and Agneta Kirkthwaite, a young woman filled with hatred by the destruction of her home and family. Caedmon and Agneta marry but are unable to share their burgeoning feelings of love with each other. When Caedmon discovers the truth of his heritage, and unknowing of his wife’s love, he joins the First Crusade.

“I’m very homesick, and can barely recall the reasons I left England. I ache for my beautiful Agneta.”

Follow Caedmon’s and Agneta’s journeys to discover if their futures lie together.

This is a very well written, well thought out and plotted story. It is Book 2 of the Montbryce Legacy but is a great standalone book. I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series (as well as the 1st) I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story.

Visit the author’s website at

http://annamarkland.com/

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