Book Review: Daughter of Magic

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Daughter of Magic by Teresa Roman Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00062]
Publication date: March 15th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Lilli sees things no one else does.

Desperate to make sense of the dreams and visions that have plagued her since childhood, Lilli confides in Devin, her closest friend, and the boy she’s fallen for.

Instead of questioning her sanity, Devin confesses to secrets of his own, which are far darker. His revelations about magic, witches and demons stun Lilli. But it’s what he knows about Lilli’s mother, long believed to be dead, that leaves her feeling betrayed. Despite her anger, Lilli will have to learn to trust Devin again, because he is the only one who can protect her from a dark danger that’s coming for her from a world away.

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I am a reader. I read a lot of books by week and still I can barely keep up with the books I receive. I may not manage to answer all the requests in time but I do my best. My point is that since I read this much, is difficult for me to say that I have a favorite author. Well, that was valid since some …books ago, when I was lucky enough to discover Teresa Roman. This is the second book I am honored to review that is written by her and I am telling you she is my favorite author. I don’t know, she has a way to reach my heart with her simple words that few authors managed to do. The ones that did, managed to do it (most of them) with one book. She did it with two. That’s something.

So here I am, reviewing “Daughter of Magic”. Not to my surprise, I loved the story, I loved the writing and I loved the way it covered the human aspects of life, but also the life of witches. We can see how humans and witches deal with silly aspects like food or traveling, but also family, death, friendship and love. This gave me a balanced picture, since I managed to see two worlds in parallel.

Since this is an honest review, I can also tell you that the book mainly focuses on Lilli’s relationship with Devin, and less on her development in witchcraft. I do hope the book will have a follow-up with a powerful Lilli, ready to face demons and dark magic. This is my one star less.

Other than that and with the risk of repeating myself, I tell you that I absolutely LOVE Teresa Roman’s books. They are close to my heart and hope to read more from her. Till next review, try and look her up, check her books (“Daughter of Magic” included) and come back and tell me what you thought.

AUTHOR BIO:Teresa
Teresa currently lives in beautiful Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and a dog named Parker that her son convinced them to adopt. When she’s not at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer writing, or with her head buried in another book. If you’d like to find out more about her, she can be found at www.teresaromanwrites.com where you can also sign up for her newsletter to receive exclusive book release information.
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Book Review:Princess Adele’s Dragon

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Today is my stop during the blog tour for Princess Adele’s Dragon by Shirley McLain. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 31 May till 13 June, you can view the tour schedule here.

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By Shirley McLain
Genre: Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 22 March, 2016

Blurb:
Princess Adele lives with her brother, Robert, the King of Valdoria in the castle. There has been a monster terrorizing the Kingdom for months. The King has finally come to a decision on how to deal with the monster but the Princess can’t agree with him. For the sake of the Kingdom Princess Adele decides she must be the one to kill the dragon. She couldn’t live with herself if her brother went ahead with his plans.

What Adele found on her quest changed her life and the lives of those around her. She was a strong young woman who knew what she wanted and would do whatever it took to get it. Follow Princess Adele as she battles to save her home and her life.

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My  Review:

I was quite enthusiastic to read this book, since the blurb really caught my attention (I am also a secret fan of princesses, but that’s a secret!).  Still, ever since the first pages the action was very predictable and it left kind of nothing to expect for the end. I finished it, hoping to find a significant twist, something that will completely blow my mind and would make me forget the predictability from the beginning.

Unfortunately it did not happen. I liked the book, don’t get me wrong. Just that I seemed to guess what would happen next. The characters were nicely built; the action was not absurd – just easy at times. I liked also that the author kept the medieval language and customs for the entire book. I would also say that the plot is classic and that some of the evil characters are dumb – not sure if that was the intention, but that’s how I see them.

Taking into account that it is a rather short book, I think the action happens pretty fast. On the other hand, I see potential to improve it, either by adding a little bit of suspense or some twists, or by making it a children’s book, with princesses and dragons. For this version though, I stick with my three stars.

 

About the Author:
Shirley McLain makes her home in Sapulpa Oklahoma with her husband and their fur family of four dogs and three cats. She also has two grown children, six grandchildren and twin great-grand sons. She has/is living a Shirley McLainvery full life. She retired after working thirty-two years as a RN and then began a full time writing carrier. She and her husband enjoy their five-acre country home. It is a perfect setting to let Shirley’s Muse work it’s magic. Shirley is an eclectic writer and has always enjoyed the writing process. Shortly after her retirement she woke up one morning with the thought that she was going to write a book. She didn’t stop writing until she’d finished her first book. So far she has published four books which are now on Amazon. Her goal is to bring as much enjoyment to her readers as they deserve and want.

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Book Review: Vanquished

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Vanquished by S.E. Green
Publication date: November 10th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Thriller
Synopsis:

Where society’s elite go to explore their darkest desires. And where promises of freedom are just manipulative lies.

For a price, the world’s most powerful people can have their darkest desires. On a private island hidden in the ocean, they may hunt humans for game, attend gladiator-style fights, participate in elaborate orgies, and freely indulge in all the deadly sins within the cosplay of ancient times.

Abducted from their life in Miami, Valoria and her younger sister wake up in this secret society, wherein Valoria is condemned to the fights and her sister is taken away to become a sex slave.

Now “property” of a sadistic tyrant, Valoria joins other men and women captives who are forced to fight and maim for others’ enjoyment, to run in their hunts, and participate in deviant fantasies. And she’s under the cold, watchful eye of Alexior, a hired trainer with his own agenda for being involved in the twisted decadence.

After surviving several near-death ordeals, a defiant Valoria focuses on her training and against all odds soon becomes a favorite. But she fights for one thing and one thing only—to be reunited with her sister and to be freed.

But promises of freedom are sometimes just manipulative lies . . .

 
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If I were to add head line to my review, it would be something in the range of: „I don’t know”. I mean, I liked the book, I enjoyed it even! But to me, something is missing or something is too much. While the plot is intriguing, I struggled to understand how so many twisted people could gather in one point and create some sort of „society” with slaves, fights and money.

Valoria fought to earn the respect of the others, but at the same time tried to impress the one who bought her so she could find her sister. In my opinion, her courage was a bit exaggerated and her demeanor too bold from the very start.

Something that caught my attention was how the rich people treated well the slaves (fed them, kept them clean and dressed), but at the same time humiliated them. Also, most of them did not like at all the place they were in, but still they remained there. For whatever reason, I cannot manage to understand why they still decided to stay.

Not to be too negative about the book, the story is quite well built. There is a constant action, so you cannot get bored while reading it. Towards the ending I started understanding better the stakes and probably I started to see the characters without judging so much. The human side (with good and bad) is something very well illustrated. For that I decided not to go ahead with 3, but 4 stars.

Overall, it is a great story with great action that will keep you in it for some time. I would have liked some more details regarding how the group was built, a little bit of history if I can say that. Also I would have liked to see more of the fragile Valoria, not only Valoria – the fighter. Still, I would recommend it as a great read.

 

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S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of several novels including the teen thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, and the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her at www.segreen.net
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Book Review: Artificial

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Artificial by Jadah McCoy
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: April 4th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction
Synopsis:

She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.

Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.

He struggles not to.

For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.

Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.

He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.

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I am still lost after reading this book. I’m lost in a world I didn’t know existed in the pages of a book, I have lost myself and cannot manage to find my way back to my day-to-day life. That’s how wonderful the future imagined by our author turned up to be. As any (or most of) reviewer, I was first attracted by the blurb and cover. I was expecting a pretty nice story, probably even great, but the universe I was sent to blew my mind. I mean, I can start an tell you bits and pieces of the story, I can tell you a little bit about the characters, but you have to read the book to understand how nicely the future was imagined and how the things are aligned.

We are also presented with the idea that machines will someday rule humans. Even if I’ve been faced with this theme before, I do believe the way it was included, or the way the story was built around it is original and worth your time. The characters are not perfect, have weaknesses that bring them close to reality.

I don’t want to praise that much this book, but for me (a reader/reviewer, not a writer) it is difficult to create a fiction world in such detail. For this reason but also for the characters well built and the constant action, I give this book 5 stars. I could not put it down and I will read it again for sure. Congrats to the author for a great work J

 

AUTHOR BIO: Jadah

Jadah currently lives in Nashville, TN and works in law. When not babysitting attorneys, she can be found juicing her brain for creative ideas or fantasizing about her next trip out of the country (or about Tom Hiddleston as Loki – it’s always a toss up when she fantasizes).

She grew up in rural Arkansas, yet can still write good and sometimes even wears shoes! She did date her first cousin for a while but they decided against marriage for the sake of the gene pool.

Her true loves are elephants, cursing, and sangria – in that order. If you find an elephant that curses like a sailor whilst drinking sangria, you’re dangerously close to becoming her next romantic victim – er, partner.

She cut her writing teeth on badly written, hormone-driven fanfiction (be glad that’s out of her system), and her one true dream is to have wildly erotic fanfiction with dubious grammar written about her own novels. Please make her dreams come true.

Book Review: I Wish I could Remember You

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Author: L. J. Epps

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Women’s

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A story of enduring love as romance goes all wrong and Emily Montgomery struggles to rebuild her life after a terrible accident changes everything.
Emily wants romance in her life—the kind of romance that leads to a perfect marriage. She dreams of having a husband who loves her and treats her with respect, someone she can spend the rest of her life with. She meets—and marries—Steven Montgomery, hoping he will make all of those things come true.
Everything is wonderful, at first; until things start to slowly change. Steven begins to mentally, verbally, and physically abuse Emily. Through it all, Emily tries to be the best wife she can be.

Finally, after so much devastation, Emily leaves Steven, files for divorce, and moves on with her life. Her sister, Monica, introduces her to a wonderful man named Robert. Emily falls in love with him. He is kind, gentle and sweet—all things now missing from her marriage. She is happy, in love again, and well on her way to divorcing Steven.
But, Steven doesn’t want the divorce; and, since he is a savvy lawyer, he tries everything to prevent it. Although Emily still has residual feelings for Steven, she knows that it could never work between them. She wants to move on with the new love of her life, Robert.
After a horrific accident, Emily can no longer remember Robert and all the things he has meant to her, and she can no longer remember all the horrific things Steven has done to her.

Emily has two men professing their love for her. She is confused; she doesn’t know where she belongs or who she should be with. And, she has a hard time deciding who to choose. Emily is being pulled in several different directions by her loved ones. They all mean well, but only Emily knows how she truly feels. She has to decide, on her own, what to do.
All Emily wants is to start over, but that isn’t so easy, since everything in her world is broken, and she isn’t sure how to fix it. All Emily wants is to be happy, healthy, and whole again, but that may not be in the cards for her, either.

My Review:

A very nice story about starting over (also literary), with great characters, that really caught me from the beginning. I loved every character, even the bad ones, because they were very nicely built and they actually started some feelings inside me while reading. Whether we speak about love and affection or hate and repugnance, the characters were very vivid and complex.

Emily has always wished a happy marriage, next to the man of her dreams. She felt the luckiest woman on Earth. Still, when her loving husband became a monster and her dreamy happy marriage became a real nightmare, she decided to put an end to it. She is ready to start over next to Robert, though she feels incomplete. When amnesia sets in, both men try to convince her who is worth her love and attention.

I believe self discovery is well depicted here. Emily has the chance to correct her mistakes and decide if her husband deserves another chance or if her love for Robert is real enough. A story full of lies and truths, a story about deciding who is for real and who is not, “I Wish I could remember You” was a great read and I must admit I was curious about how she will make the right choice. Even though the ending must seam predictable, the pages are a good way to get there. Hope you like it 🙂

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Book Review: The Silent Sound of Chaos

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A silent call for help began the friendship between two children. A bond unlike any other kept them together.

Finn was just a kid when he first heard Snow’s voice inside his head, two children in need of a friend and finding one in mysterious strangers. Never meeting in person, the pair grows up as opposites – Finn the boy who loves to get in trouble and works for the toughest drug lord in town, Snow the good, sheltered girl who wants to be a doctor.

The bond built upon a strange ability to hear each other’s thoughts is threatened when Snow is abducted, her screams for help consuming Finn’s mind until they disappear completely, submerging him in a terrifying silence he’s never known before. Now it’s up to Finn to save her, led only by Snow’s sporadic thoughts as she floats in and out of consciousness.

But the search for Snow leads him to a truth he isn’t prepared to face, a truth that has the power to unravel his entire world. The people he thought he knew, the life he thought he’d made, the best friend he thought he could protect – all point toward a brutal reality should he fail.

And as Finn struggles to find Snow before she slips away, he must fight to keep that reality out, lest he let the chaos in.

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This book is amazing! I loved every page and I didn’t even know it until the end. The problem is that I cannot seem to be able to review a book that is more than it appears. This book is more than the blurb. It’s a story mixed with another story. It’s the limit between reality and imagination.

The characters are spectacular, Finn evolves in a world of darkens, a world in which Snow becomes his light, his good side. He tries to keep her away from his imperfections, he tries to hide his darkness from her. She is his hope of a better future. When his hope is in danger, he will do everything in his power to reach her, to save her.

But the story is more than a telepathic friendship, as it will show you two realities that are about to collide. Will these realities bring Finn his peace of mind? Will he be able to keep Snow alive? You tell me!

I was completely surprised by the ending, it’s mind blowing! Not a single moment such a finale could have crossed my mind! Again, this is one of these titles that deserve more than 5 stars. A big “Congratulations!!! “ and I hope the book and the author receive all the praise that they truly deserve!

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kristina-2Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby.

Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients.

She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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Book Review: Kisses on a Paper Airplane

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by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14th 2016
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Summary from Goodreads:

Drama student Hannah Evans isn’t kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She’s determined to share the perfect first kiss — with the perfect boy — in the perfect place — or she’s not kissing anyone at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he’s ‘The One.’

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he’s worried she’s just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?

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This is a short story about exactly this: Hannah’s first kiss. Though I get there’s attraction between her and Theo, I felt the accent was more on obtaining the perfect kiss and sharing some quiet time with someone. While Hannah’s focus is on having her kiss in a perfect place with the perfect person, all Theo wants is spending some quality time with someone who won’t judge him for the star he is, someone who will not betray his trust.

For a short story, the book is written very well. From my experience with short novels, it takes a lot of skill making a point in a few pages. And also it takes a lot of skill achieving the perfect flow (since we seek perfection) of actions. It felt like everything happened in just the right time, nothing was rushed or sudden and I liked that very much! The title fits perfectly as well, since we have the paper plane motive in the story.

Now regarding the characters, they are very well described, especially Hannah whose point of view we have. I don’t believe in perfection, but I can respect a search for it. I would have wanted a little more insight to their relationship after all the traveling.  But other than this, I have only good words. It’s a nice lecture to pass some time. Try it and …Enjoy !

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Sarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries, press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles, and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.

 

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