Beware the Violet – Maraki Oglou

Tour Schedule:May 25 – Paige @popthebutterflyMay 26 – JP @mr.pink.inkMay 27 – Stacie @borenbooksMay 28 – Nikki @thereadingrebelMay 29 – Jasmine @thefreckledmindSynopsis:Discovering supernatural creatures are real is one thing but learning I have powers and learning to use them is quite a feat. My name is Violet Webb. I live in a small town that nearly worships Halloween but I hate it. I can’t wait until I graduate and get as far as I can from that silliness. Everything changed when I followed the white rabbit. I ended up in a Realm full of vampires, fairies, witches and every creature possible. Oh, Did I mention Jacques? The hot shapeshifter with the French accent that makes me see rabbits everywhere? Now what? Some bloody lady of Fate gave me a prophecy to get home. The only problem is that I must defeat the darkness before it swallows both of our worlds. Can I go through without making the ultimate sacrifice?Bio:My name is Maria Vermisoglou and I’m an International Bestselling fantasy author who loves throwing her heroes into impossible situations. I draw inspiration from books, travels and…the ceiling. (So, blame the ceiling!) I started writing 4 years ago when an idea came to me. That idea started all… When I’m not writing, I love a good riding on the fantasy dragon but a book can also be exciting along with a cup of tea. I’m currently residing in Crete as a librarian, battling monsters and supernatural creatures from overcoming the world.

True Alpha and the Red Moon by L. Wolford Jr.

Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: True Alpha and the Red Moon

 

Author: L. Wolford Jr.

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: November 3, 2017

 

Genre: Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (slight violence and gore, prophecies)

 

Publisher: Indie Published

 

Pages: 119

 

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Synopsis: Born into violence, Tyler knew nothing of his birth. Kurt and Amelia raised Tyler as their own, keeping the circumstances of Tyler’s conception and birth a secret. After believing Kurt and Amelia were his real parents, once reaching the age of thirteen, Tyler felt he was different from other vampires and that something wasn’t right, which was later revealed as his past unraveled.
At Redwood, a school for vampires, witches, and wizards, Tyler’s best friends were Max, a vampire, and Emma, a witch, who’d both grown to care so much about Tyler as years went by. They were inseparable, but even they knew nothing of what Tyler really was.
Tyler soon found out how different he really was as secrets came from out the shadows and into the light, leaving Kurt and Amelia no choice but to tell Tyler about the dreadful day he was born. That’s when he hears about the prophecy foretelling that he could be the True Alpha, the true leader of worlds, the one who could unite every supernatural from not only their world but from different realms as well.
Now, tragedy leads Tyler on a journey to find out the truth, but first, he must learn to control his newfound gift.

 

Review: Overall, I thought this was a good book. The characters were engaging. The storyline was unique, albeit borrowed from Star Wars a bit. The book also did well to make the plot intriguing.

 

However, I do feel like the world building wasn’t as detailed as it could have been and that the pacing was too fast in my opinion. The book is also incredibly small and could have been expanded upon.

 

Verdict: it was a good book!

Carla by Michael Gryboski

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: Carla

 

Author: Michael Gryboski

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

 

Genre: Thriller

 

Recommended Age: 17+ (death, violence, gore, terrorism)

 

Publisher: Indie Published

 

Pages: 211

 

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Synopsis: Carla al-Hassan lives in two worlds.

In one, she is known as a mild-mannered young woman who dropped out of college to work full time to pay for her grandfather’s medical bills.

In the other, she is a professional killer who does the will of a mysterious domestic terrorist group called the Cicero Organization.

For years, Carla maintained this delicate balance. But a jealous act of betrayal and an investigation by a determined lawyer
threaten this balance…and her life.

 

Review: I really liked this book overall. I liked the characters and I thought the characters and the plot were very well developed. The book was full of plot twists and it really kept you on your toes.

 

However, I think that the writing could have been a bit better and I felt it was a bit too short. Other than that, that was my only complaint!

 

Verdict: A great book!

Cycles of the Phoenix: The Whole Interlaced Souls Series by Charlie Avinash Nicholas

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Book: Cycles of the Phoenix: The Whole Interlaced Souls Series

Author: Charlie Avinash Nicholas

Book Series: Interlaced Souls Series

Rating: 1/5

Publication Date: May 4, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: Can’t recommend, DNF-ed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 306

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Synopsis: C.A. Nicholas’s magnum opus symphony is about to begin and he’s reserved a seat for you. So come on in and I’ll lead you to your place of honour as the house lights dim. Yes, your spot is beside the maestro as he teleports you and he through various worlds to befriend diverse souls who’ll reveal the beauty of your life through their stories.

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C.A. Nicholas’s Interlaced Souls Series has ended and he has collected it into one tome on your behalf. “Cycles of the Phoenix” consists of “Sanity’s War”, “Strange: And Other Accounts from the Taboo War”, and “Kaya: Where Have You Gone?”

Hope, love, and perseverance infuse this art piece; ready to embrace anyone who feels lonely and enchained within the essence of a starless and moonless night. However, not all of his stories of fantasy, humour, and horror within may have happily ever afters though take heart in knowing that there is a humanity enriching purpose to any of the possibly devastating conclusions.

Review: I had to unfortunately DNF this one as well. I felt like that the writing was really stiff and it threw off the whole vibe of the book. The book almost felt like it just threw things out there and didn’t really conclude them either.

Verdict: Not for me.

Songs of Thalassa by Brian N. Tissot

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Book: Songs of Thalassa

Author: Brian N. Tissot

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Diversity: Hawaiian main character, but not ownvoice

Publication Date: April 1, 2020

Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 15+ (parental death, self-discovery, slight violence and gore)

Publisher: BookBaby

Pages: 320

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Synopsis: In a future where sporting competitions take place on distant planets, a Hawaiian surfer seeks to reclaim her fame and followers while defeating her nemesis once and for all.After a surfing accident claims her career and nearly takes her life, surfer Sage Thompson is at a crossroads. Still mourning her astronaut father’s death on a mission to ocean planet Thalassa, a tragedy she might be able to put behind her with the help of her fans—if they still believed in her—she’s not sure what to do, where to go, or how to move on. But when Milo challenges her to a contest on the ocean planet Thalassa, the asteroid- and tsunami-ravaged world that stole her father, she’ll discover that she not only still has what it takes to win, but once she hears the songs of Thalassa, winning might not be the most important thing.Songs of Thalassa will appeal to fans of Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Martian, and Contact, and features a young woman on a journey of self-discovery struggling to develop a sense of place and connections between herself, her culture, and the universe on a virgin ocean planet.

Review: For the most part I enjoyed the book. I felt it was a well researched and intelligent book. The book is full of information about environmentalism and oceanography. The book is well written and the characters are well developed. I loved the world building as well and I loved how the author envisioned the future!

However, I did feel like the book was a bit too slow for me. The book was good, but very slow and I felt like it just dragged for about 40% of the novel.

Verdict: A great novel, highly recommend if you are looking for a book that touches on environmentalism.

Keyflame by Tallulah Lucy

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book blurb: 
Lilah’s father taught her to be afraid of the world, but now he’s sending her to Grahamstown, a full day’s drive from home, to study.
Then he gets into legal trouble and she’s left stranded without a cent.Her classmate, Kalin, steps in to help. He’s argumentative, brooding and just mysterious enough to be attractive. When they’re ensconced in his study surrounded by old books and strange talismans, it’s easy to forget how many times she’s been warned that he’s bad news.The longer she stays in Grahamstown, and with Kalin, the more she doubts her sanity. Is the town haunted? Are leylines real? And what about the vivid dreams she keeps having of a fantasy world she thought she’d made up?Everyone is keeping secrets, and Lilah’s father may have had good reason for being so overprotective.Who is Kalin really, and what will loving him cost her?
About the author:
Tallulah studied journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown and has recurring dreams of returning to that strange and magical place. While working as a technology journalist in Johannesburg, she met a man at a gaming convention and followed him home to Cape Town, where they now live in a small apartment that’s completely overrun with books. If Tallulah ever retired from her career as a social media manager, she would spend her days going to art classes and taking online courses in rare and specific skills so she could bore more people at parties. 

In the Sun by Mixie Plum

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Book: In The Sun

 

Author: Mixie Plum

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 3/5

 

Publication Date: April 5, 2019

 

Genre: Novella

 

Recommended Age: 16+ (depression, suicide, romance)

 

Publisher: Indie published

 

Pages: 84

 

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Synopsis: A novella inspired from a life lived; almost lost, & lived again.In The Sun is written in a stream of consciousness past present narrative. Phoebe finds out she has a terminal diagnosis then contemplates suicide whilst revisiting her life. Dark and Funny, it is the author’s self proclaimed “Catcher In The Rye” meets “High Fidelity”

 

Review: I thought that this book was beautiful with the prose and that the writing was compelling. The character was compelling and the way that the author describes the story is interesting.

 

However, I do feel like that the book is confusing. You’re constantly in between different time spaces and it’s hard to keep it all straight.

 

Verdict: It was a good book if you’re a poetic soul.

Heir of Doom by Jina S. Bazzar Promo Tour!

heir of doom (1) Roxanne Fosch has joined the Hunters. She no longer has to run and hide, but other problems have surfaced. Her clan has other plans for her, and even the combined might of the hunters might not be able to save her.To survive, Roxanne will have to choose between being labeled a traitor and cast out as a rogue – or join hands with the darker powers to save her life, and the lives of her friends.To achieve her goals, she’ll have to risk her life. But can she control the powers she’s still learning to use, and fears so much?

Vengeance of Hope: Can Freedom Ever Be For All? by P.J. Berman

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Book: Vengeance of Hope: Can Freedom Ever Be For All?

Author: P.J. Berman

Book Series: Silrith Book 1

Rating: 2/5

Publication Date: November 14, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

Publisher: Indie published

Pages: 525

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Synopsis: Vengeance of Hope, P.J.Berman’s explosive debut novel, marks the beginning of the Silrith series; a new power in the world of epic fantasy.

This opening book pitches you head first into the intense and unrelentingly dangerous Kingdom of Bennvika, a world of strong, powerful women and ambitious, ruthless men. As a bitter power struggle surges through the land, you are just as likely to die in a devious political plot as you are in the carnage of a great, bloody battle.

Your ears will ring with the clang of steel on steel. Your heart will tremble at the thundering of charging hooves. You will feel the cut and slash of blades as you follow three very different rebels in their desperate fight against a tyrannical King.

Silrith, the exiled Princess of Bennvika, stands shoulder to shoulder with her followers, sword in hand, ready to defend those in need of her protection. Yet she knows that if she falls, thousands more will also perish.

Ezrina, of the Hentani tribe, burns with desire for revenge against those who oppress her people, but more than anything she must fight to protect the woman she could be executed for loving.

Zethun, an ambitious young politician, yearns for a fairer world with a greater voice for the poor. However, for him and his followers, to speak the word ‘republic’, could be a fatally dangerous move in a land ruled by a despot.
Will the rebel factions succeed? Or in the indiscriminate butchery of war, will their disunity prove to be their downfall, bringing about the destruction of their world as they know it?

With vivid imagery, a punchy writing voice, detailed worldbuilding and an unapologetically fast pace, Vengeance of Hope has everything an epic fantasy novel needs.

Review: I had to DNF this book as well unfortunately. The book is very content heavy and there are so many characters and place that it’s hard to keep track of everything, but I had this same issue with game of thrones as well even with the TV series. While there is a glossary and map I still got super lost constantly. I had to finally give up, because while I was enjoying it I felt like there was a lot of writing issues and confusing structures within the book.

Verdict: It just wasn’t for me.

Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Snow

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Book: Last Memoria

 

Author: Rachel Emma Snow

 

Book Series: Memoria Duology

 

Rating: 3.5/5

 

Publication Date: May 10, 2020

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 15+ (memory loss, stealing memories, slight violence, some romance,… did I say memory loss?)

 

Publisher: Indie Published

 

Pages: 253

 

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Synopsis: Sarilla has learnt one thing from stealing memories. Everybody lies.

There’s nothing Sarilla hates more than stealing memories, but the king forces her to take them to keep his subjects in line. She wants to escape to where nobody knows what she is or what she can do, but her plans go awry when she runs into Falon.

Falon has a six month void in his memories that he’s desperate to restore. He doesn’t know why they were taken or what they contained, nor why the man he loves is acting so cagily about what happened during that time. He hopes to use Sarilla to get back his stolen memories and doesn’t care what she wants or why she’s desperate to escape. She will help him get them back, whether she wants to or not.

 

Review: Overall, this was a good book. The plot is interesting and the book forces you to think constantly throughout the book. The book had okay character development, I felt it was too rushed though and didn’t give the character enough to realistically make the change. Overall, I really thought the book was intriguing.

 

However, I did have some issues with this book. I feel like it didn’t have any worldbuilding. There was a lot of room to expand on this world and I felt like it wasn’t taken advantage of. The pace was also incredibly fast and it felt like it was running a race.

 

Verdict: It’s a good story, but needs to be polished a bit more.