(BookR) Faith and Moonlight part 2 by Mark Gelineau, Joe King

 

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**I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing purposes**

Pages: 97

Cover: ★★

Book: ★★★¾

Publishing Date: May 15th 2016

Excerpt:

All around him was carved stone. The high walls of the structure and the long, curving benches were marvels of smooth, polished perfection. Almost all the available spaces were filled with people. Below the audience was a large pit of sand, glowing golden next to the white stone of the arena walls.

It was glorious.

Above them, thick fabric had been stretched between poles, all in the familiar colors of the various Razor schools. Roan noticed they had come out under a stretch of bright white cloth.

“Look there,” Gideon said, pointing. Inside the sheltered area, comfortable seats were filled with men and women wearing fine clothes. “Over there, standing next to High Chancellor Ellis, that’s Tonamil, winner of last year’s Grand Tournament,” Gideon said. For the first time since Roan had met Gideon, there was no edge to his voice. He sounded young.

The pounding of drums rose from the sand below. The low noise mingled with the tumult of the crowd, and they quickly took their seats.

Roan sat forward, excited for the matches to start. As he leaned his arms on the edge of the railing before him, he caught Gideon’s eye. “Watch and learn,” Gideon said, his eyes serious.

The fighting began, and whatever Roan had been expecting, this was not it. Multiple Razors took to the sands, throwing themselves into battle with abandon. The air was filled with the roaring spirits of the Ascended. With so many Razors coiling, the sound was wild and rough, like the howling winds of a storm.

My review:

Roan and Kay have made it into the school, but are now living on two separate sides of the same world. Roan has accepted his spot at the side of the Royals and has become the favorite of Kay’s enemy Dreah. Kay has finally been accepted into the school, by means of the shard, but is not accepted by the royals.

This leaves them both with the same question to ask themselves though, at what cost are they willing to win?  This second installment of the Faith and moonlight series leaves you begging for more and I can’t wait to see what will happen between Roan and Kay.

On a side note: I think Dreah finally got what was coming to her.

Description:

Roan wants to escape a brutal past. Kay, a dark future.

They are Razors now, with the power to break the very laws of the universe. The power to become everything they ever wanted.

Or exactly what they fear.

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(BookR) Faith and Moonlight by Mark Gelineau, Joe King

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**I was provided an advance readers copy for reviewing purposes**

Pages: 97

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★

Publishing Date: December 15th 2015

My review:

In Faith and Moonlight you are introduced to Roan and Kay, two orphans whose orphanage has just burned down and left them without a place to stay. By chance or dumb luck they manage to rescue a man not long after who gives them the chance of a lifetime, the chance to go to school to become a Razor. Striking fast, with supernatural grace and power the razors are the most revered soldiers in the land, and Roan and Kay cannot wait. There’s a catch though, to become a Razor, you must pierce the veil… something that usually must be done by the age of 10…. and both Roan and Kay are 14. Oh, and because they are 14 the lady who runs the school has given them a limit….They have a month.

Resonating with the pain and fear of knowing you are not going to be good enough, balanced on the razor edge that the hope you will be presents Faith and Moonlight is a solid addition to the collection of stories Joe and Mark are creating and is definitely not to be missed.

Description:

Faith and Moonlight is the first novella of the YA fantasy series of the same name. It is the tale of two orphans who get the chance of a lifetime, told in a fast-paced, 90-minutes. Reviewers compare it to Harry Potter, Divergent, and Ender’s Game. It is recommended for readers who enjoy fantasy, young adult, school stories, magic, and coming of age tales.

Roan and Kay are orphans.

A fire destroys their old life, but they have one chance to enter the School of Faith.

They are given one month to pass the entry trials, but as Roan excels and Kay fails, their devotion to each other is put to the test.

They swore they would face everything together, but when the stakes are losing the life they’ve always dreamed of, what will they do to stay together?

What won’t they do?

 

[BookR]My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

 

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Pages: 336

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★

My review:

Grady Hendrix really captured what high school feels like, 
creating a visceral connection with his main character Abby and her best friend Gretchen. 
I found my heart beating faster when they found themselves in tight situations.
Definitely caused feelings of frustrated, suspense and at times even disgust in all the right places.
 I could picture exactly what it must have been like for my mother to be in high school in the 80's.

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(BookR) Eidolon by Grace Draven

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Pages:239

Cover: ★★★ out of 5

Book: ★★★★ out of 5

Publishing Date: April 18, 2016

Description

**Sequel to RADIANCE and Book #2 in the Wraith Kings series**

In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne.

Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned.

A tale of alliance and sacrifice.

My review:

*#*#Spoiler Alert#*#*

As stated in my previous review, I am a bit of a fan girl when it comes to Grace Draven and her books.

(I literally stayed up all night last night reading this book, see 1 hour of sleep and a raging migraine ALL day)

So… I’m going to start off with what I didn’t like, and then we can focus on the amazing stuff.

At the beginning of the story, you pick up where you left off, with Queen Secmis having just released a Galla Horde into the world in her quest for supremacy. You then skip to Kirgrippa, former maid of Ildiko now promoted to nurse of the newest heir to the Bast Haradis Kingdom, a princess, tucked away in a remote part of the castle, which is good for her because its the only  reason she makes it out alive. Anyway, with the help of the guards they manage to make it out JUST in time. This is probably my least favorite part of the whole book because it sets you up for the ending, and I think I would have been a little more entertained had I not known that there was a spare heir floating around the country. Thats not to say I wasn’t on the edge of my seat… and she did throw me for a loop. The whole first chapter I was praying to god that she didn’t suddenly switch to someone else’s point of view. Then I kept secretly rooting for them to come up with a magical way to let Ildiko and Brishen make babies, just in case princess regnant got lost…. because I don’t see Ildiko just stepping aside and letting ANYONE take her man. The most entertaining character for me has always been Secmis though. I grew up with my very own Secmis and was sooooo happy to see her finally meet her end.

Plenty of romance and hot steamy encounters.

Definitely worth the $3.99 if you liked Radiance, which I definitely recommend you read first and the best part is its also currently $3.99 on amazon. Just don’t blame it on me if you end up spending more money on the other books she’s released.

So now we wait…for the next book in the wraith kings series. Come on 2017!

 

(BookR) The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

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Pages: 64

Cover: ★

Book: ★★

Publishing Date: 11/03/15

My Review:

I saw that this book was more novella style than an actual book, as it was originally published in another anthology, but I was still disappointed with how abruptly this novella ended. I am usually a fangirl whenever it comes to Gillian Flynn, I have read every novel that she has had published so far and love all of the different twists and turns they take. It felt like she had a deadline to meet so she just threw words onto the page. She was endlessly descriptive with the backstory of the main character (unnamed) and tells a story of how said main character tries to help a family deal with their haunted house. Then she reveals the plot twist and ends the story in what seems like the last two pages. If she was going to republish this as a standalone book, it is my opinion she should have rewritten it and expanded on the ending.

Description:

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” which originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology, proves once again that Gillian Flynn is one of the world’s most original and skilled voices in fiction.

About the Author

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. Thus she spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. She has happy memories of having A Wrinkle in Time pried from her hands at the dinner table, and also of seeing Alien, Psycho and Bonnie and Clyde at a questionable age (like, seven). It was a good childhood.

In high-school, she worked strange jobs that required her to do things like wrap and unwrap hams, or dress up as a giant yoghurt cone. A yoghurt cone who wore a tuxedo. Why the tuxedo? It was a question that would haunt her for years.

For college, she headed to the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), where she received her undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.

After a two-year stint writing about human resources for a trade magazine in California, Flynn moved to Chicago. There she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and discovered that she was way too wimpy to make it as a crime reporter.

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(BookR) The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith

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Pages: 412

Cover: ★★★

Book: ★★★★¾

Publishing Date: 02/16/16

 

Before I begin my review I have to admit to a fascination with this period in history from the time I was a small child. This started with this book:

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My Review:

I found myself absolutely in the thrall of this book from the moment I opened it up. The character descriptions were unbelievably vivid. The description is a tiny bit misleading where it talks about Cleopatra Selene being a companion to Julia (Augustus Caesar’s Daughter), while they do live in the same household they didn’t really seem to be what I would call companions either. This is one of those books that jumps from one characters point of view to another characters point of view. This is usually a book killer for me, because I will pick a character I like and only read their parts. I didn’t have that problem with this book since I formed an emotional attachment to all of the characters. My emotional attachment evolved as the characters moved from childhood to adulthood and as they interacted with each other, which I think is a hallmark of a truly talented writer. Overall, I loved this book and I think I will be adding I am Livia to my list of books to read in the future.

 

Description:

Two years after Emperor Augustus’s bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome. To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion—Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.

Under the watchful eye of Augustus’s wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents’ enemies. Bound together by kinship and spilled blood, these three women—Livia, Selene, and Julia—navigate the dangerous world of Rome’s ruling elite, their every move a political strategy, their most intimate decisions in the emperor’s hands.

Always suppressing their own desires for the good of Rome, each must fulfill her role. For astute Livia, this means unwavering fidelity to her all-powerful husband; for sensual Julia, surrender to an arranged marriage and denial of her craving for love and the pleasures of the flesh; for orphaned Selene, choosing between loyalty to her family’s killers and her wish for revenge.

Can they survive Rome’s deadly intrigues, or will they be swept away by the perilous currents of the world’s most powerful empire?

About the Author

Phyllis T. Smith was born and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree from New York University, Phyllis pursued a practical career in computer applications training, yet she found herself drawn to writing fiction and to the history, literature, and art of the ancient world. Her first novel, I Am Livia, was a #1 Kindle and Digital Book World bestseller. She plans to write more novels set in ancient Rome.
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[BookR] See Me by Nicholas Sparks

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Pages: 490

Cover: ★★

Book: ★★

My review: While I am typically a big fan of all books by Nicholas Sparks, I found this book to be a little bit of a letdown. I had a little trouble pushing myself to get through it (hence my lack of new reviews over the last 5 days). Colin was my favorite in the entire book, his character was definitely well developed. (Cue snickering). Southern belle Lilly came in close second.  I guess what really killed this book for me was the fact that the prologue really engaged my attention and then gave away the plot for the entire book and it killed the potential for real suspense. 

Description:

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria’s life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they’ve begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

About the Author

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Timesbestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major motion pictures, with The Choice coming in February 2016.

(BookR)The Borrowed Souls

 

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Pages: 385

Publisher: Global Endeavor Publishing; 1 edition (December 31, 2015)

Cover: ★★½

Book: ★★★½

My Review:

Have you ever wondered what happens next? Are there angels singing in the background as you ascend into heaven or do you cease to exist? In this newest release by Paul Kohler you meet Jack Duffy. A man struggling to live his life in New York City with his wife. No friends and a terrible boss, combined by the discovery of his wife’s unfaithful behavior lead him to attempt suicide. While he is wavering between life and death, his grim reaper gives him a choice. Jack can either take his reapers’ soul as well as his job or jack can give up his own soul and end his life for good. I found it hard to get into this book at first, but was sucked into his world by the fourth chapter. I would recommend giving this book a try.

**I was provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes**

About the Author:

Paul B. Kohler

Paul began writing in 1998, shortly after the birth of his daughter. His first short story, Amy, was written in November of that year, but went unpublished until November of 2013. That was when Paul found the courage to publish.

Despite the 15 year lag, Paul has written many unpublished works throughout the years. Linear Shift, Part 1 (September/2013) was his first published story, and was the kick off to his four part serial novel.

Aside from his Linear Shift series, a number of Paul’s short stories have been included in anthologies. Amy, was included in “Something To Read On The Ride”. Lookout Mountain and Gold Rush were both included in “Something For The Journey”. His short story Alone has been submitted to another anthology, but has yet to be published.

When not writing, Paul is hard at work in the field of architecture. He has been in the field of design since 1992, and loves what he does. He lives with his wife and daughter in Littleton, Colorado, where he was born and raised.

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