The Mother (Broken Tomorrow) by Andrei David

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Book: The Mother (Broken Tomorrow)

Author: Andrei David

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: Horror, fantasy

Publication Date: March 13, 2020

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 334

Recommended Age: 18+ (horror moments, slight violence and gore)

Synopsis: Dreamt into existence by an absolute Universal Entity, she has only one goal, to perpetuate Creation. Known as a god to many people, or simply 13 to the descendants of an elite class of warriors, she pursues her design despite unwillingly endangering humanity, already enduring the effects of a motionless Earth.
It falls upon people like Samantha or Lucian to mitigate that danger, be it of their own accord, or by 13’s request, even when doing so irreparably changes their body, and most disturbingly, their soul. They battle immortal, eerily relatable creatures, explore prohibited and perilous places lost or abandoned long ago, all to further an agenda they barely understand.
Still, no sacrifice could compensate for the lack of items unheard of even in myth. That’s where 13’s successor comes in.

Review: For the most part I liked this book. The story was interesting and the plot was intriguing from start to finish. I thought the author did well writing the book and did good with the character development and world building.

However, I did get a little confused in some of the book. The book had a confusing plot at times and the pacing was a bit fast in spots. The book also didn’t have the world building or character development as well detailed as I would have liked.

Verdict: It was pretty good for the most part.

Genesis by T. Sae-Low

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Book: Genesis

Author: T. Sae-Low

Book Series: Prophecy Rock Book 1

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: d&D like books, fantasy reads

Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 329

Synopsis: As rumors swirl across the war torn lands of Eos of a possible Candidate—the long prophesied savior of peace— young Raden Nite finds himself unexpectedly chosen to discover the truth to these rumors. Raden’s top-secret mission will send him and his closest friends on a heart-pounding adventure through the mysterious Voras Mountains, the impenetrable fortress of Sargatum, and deep into strange new lands where dangerous enemies await.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Disputed Lands, Prince Aric sits third in line to the crown of Vicedonia. Seeking to escape the overwhelming shadow of his elder brother, and to prove to his father, the king, that he is indeed a worthy successor, Aric embarks on a path into the darkest corners of Eos. On his journey, he will encounter the sinister magic of the Dark Forest, the epic battlegrounds of Lake Raphia, and discover the harsh realities of what it truly means to be king.

In the first book of the Prophecy Rock Series, fates will collide in this epic tale of action, loyalty, and love, where the ultimate meaning of true sacrifice will be discovered.

Review: For the most part I really liked this book. It felt more like a D&D game than it did a book and I really got into it. The book had some great fantastical moments. The world building was well done and superb. The character development was amazing. The book was also fast paced and action packed.

The only thing that was a little off-putting was that the book had a lot of battles and they were frequent, fast, a little confusing, and a bit on the overly brutal side.

Verdict: I really liked this book!

Watchers by Craig Priestley

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Book: Watchers

Author: Craig Priestley

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi fans, thriller lovers

Publication Date: January 25, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNF-ed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 298

Synopsis: “They’re listening.”

Those are the irreversible words that tear Charlie Taylor’s world apart.

Struggling through everyday life in London, Charlie loses his job, his friends, and more than he could ever imagine. The only thing that keeps him from spiralling completely is his inexplicable infatuation with the barmaid.

While Charlie fights tooth and nail to survive, so does the world around him. Humanity deteriorates at a rapid rate, with criminal acts rising worldwide. The police find themselves stretched, the government clueless, but Charlie’s eyes are open.

Carrying the burden on his shoulders, not only must Charlie fight his own personal demons, but now he must also find the strength to stop everyone from theirs.

Review: I had to DNF this book at 30% through. The book seems to be really good and I want to try it again in the future, but the book is really slow and I don’t know if I’ll have the adequate time to devote to this book for review purposes right now. The book also wasn’t developing the characters as well as I would have liked and I had a general sense of confusion while reading the book.

Verdict: it seems good, but not for me right now.

The Night and The Land by Matt Spencer

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Book: The Night and The Land

Author: Matt Spencer

Book Series: Standalone as of now

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: urban fantasy lovers

Publication Date: May 13, 2019

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (romance, gore, violence)

Publisher: Back Roads Carnival Books

Pages: 356

Synopsis: Among the local hippies and squatters of Brattleboro, Vermont, Sally Wildfire is on the run, hiding from her cruel, relentless family. She finds unexpected love with Rob, a bristly young man freshly awoken to alien sensations and ancestral memories of a long-forgotten realm…setting them both on a collision course with a brutal rite of passage, as the Wildfire family leaves a trail of mangled corpses on the road to Brattleboro.

Review: Overall, I really liked this book. I thought that the world building was really well done and the story was well detailed and entertaining. I really liked the plot as well and I was fully interested in the book from start to finish.

The only thing that I wish was a bit better was the character development, although it was good enough throughout the book.

Verdict: Well done book! Recommend!

Storm’s Gate by J.W. Golan

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Book: Storm’s Gate

Author: J.W. Golan

Book Series: Stormfall Chronicles Book 3

Rating: 4/5

Recommended For…: fantasy lovers

Publication Date: November 19, 2020

Genre: Fantasy

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, gore)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 418

Synopsis: A world descending into war; a fabled healer who might be their last, best hope; and a princess imprisoned in a dragon-guarded keep.

Lynette sets out with Baxter and Eirlon in search of a healer: the fabled Medicine Man of Horru. It is a desperate gamble to revive the fae king and avert a larger war.

But the route they take will prove perilous. They risk losing everything, even each other, in a world gone mad with the stirrings of war. Armies have gathered on the borders of the Feyfell – lured by legends of fae wealth. With King Elyan poisoned and unconscious, the kingdom is visible, and vulnerable to outside invaders for the first time in centuries. And while the fae nobles debate rules of succession, Princess Elise remains missing.

For in a tower a world away, the fae princess is held captive, surrounded by armies and a dragon chained to the will of vengeful sorceress. Drained of her magic, Elise must plot her own escape – while a new breed of assassins hunts the mage-turned-swordsman named Garth. Werewolves prowl the land again, as all alike seek to strike their bargains before the oncoming war.

Will it be too much for Lynette to bear? Can she survive the loss of so much she holds dear? And if she does, will she ever be the same? For who among them would dare ascend, to retrieve hope from a dragon-guarded keep.

Review: I really liked this book! I thought the author greatly improved in writing from the first two books and the plot and story benefitted so much from that growth. The character development and world building was also so much better.

However, there’s still a lot of work to do and I think another round of editing and filling in the story and developing side characters would make the story much much better.

Verdict: I think this is a good story!

Orange Hues and Midnight Blues by Urvisha Vinit

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Book: Orange Hues and Midnight Blues

Author: Urvisha Vinit

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: poetry fans

Publication Date: May 23, 2020

Genre: Poetry

Recommended Age: 16+ (some depressing feelings)

Publisher: Indie Published

Synopsis: Orange Hues and Midnight Blues is a debut collection of poetry. It tries to draw the emotions of those happy orange hues of hope, dreams, love, and peace. The one you would feel looking at a lovely sun kissed sky and wonder about the beauty of life.

And as you stare at it, the sun vanishes and the blues take over, taking you to the times when the heart fills up with a feeling of self-doubt, soul feels lost and the fear of what tomorrow holds creeps in. The midnight blues get darker with thoughts about the past and dreams that couldn’t be.

But amidst these hues and blues, there is an essence of life, the feeling of being and rejoicing in every moment.

Review: For the most part I really liked the flow the book and the book did well to uplift my mood. The poems possess an almost calming nature and do well to lull you into a secret strength to keep on going.

My only downside was that while I did like how many poems there were in the novel, it was a bit too long for my liking.

Verdict: Recommend if you like poetry!

Stolen Enchantress by Amber Argyle

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Book: Stolen Enchantress

Author: Amber Argyle

Book Series: Forbidden Forest Book 1

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommended For…: Retelling lovers, ya readers, fantasy lovers

Publication Date: April 9, 2018

Publisher: Starling Publishers

Pages: 448

Recommended Age: 16+ (slight sexual content, romance, slight violence and gore)

Synopsis: A beast. An enchantress. An unbreakable curse . . .
When her little sister is taken by the beast of the Forbidden Forest, Larkin does the unthinkable: she goes in after her.

Deep within the sentient woods, Larkin uncovers a secret that puts her in dreadful danger. Worse, now that the beast has had his taste, he’ll never stop hunting her. But the forest has woken something inside Larkin; something that gives her the power to fight back.

Magic.

Using forbidden magic will get Larkin hanged. Not using it will leave her at the mercy of the beast’s enchantment. But there’s a third option; one that scares her more than anything.

She could fall in love with the beast.

Review: For the most part I really liked this book. The narration was haunting and really fit the mood of the book. The character development was amazingly well done and I really loved the plot and story. The book hooked me right away and it kept me hooked throughout the read.

The only thing that I didn’t like is how slow the book was and how confusing the world building was. The book moved very slowly, and while that fit the mood of the book I was anxious to move on at a faster pace. The world building is also confusing and it left me confused on where I was throughout the book. I also felt the magic system could have been explained better and could have been a bit more developed.

Verdict: I recommend for Beauty and the Beast lovers!

Callisto 2.0 by Susan English

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Book: Callisto 2.0

Author: Susan English

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Lesbian female characters and w/w romances

Recommended For…: LGBT+ readers, sci-fi lovers

Publication Date: November 6, 2020

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 17+ (romance, sexual content)

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 353

Synopsis: She had to travel beyond the planet to discover her true self. Will she find the courage to walk through the doorway to a new future?

Shambhala Space Station, 2097. Solitary physicist Callisto (physics, after all, is a jealous mistress) never accepted conventional wisdom. So when she’s recruited to work on faster-than-light technology by a beautiful and mysterious older woman, she eagerly accepts the career opportunity at the women-only research station orbiting Earth’s moon. But her enthusiasm suffers when her first discovery is unexpected heartbreak.

Throwing herself into work on a problematic warp drive prototype, Calli blossoms in the utopian female community that shows her love and acceptance for the first time in her life. But when a twisted conspiracy, a disingenuous affair, and a disastrous betrayal test her place in this unique environment, the brilliant scientist must dig deep to find her moment of truth.
Will Calli embrace her destiny in an unexplored cosmos?

Callisto 2.0 is the transformative first book in the Shambhala Saga feminist science fiction series. If you like compassionate characters, deep-space intrigue, and hopeful visions of the future, then you’ll adore Susan English’s cosmic adventure.

Review: For the most part, this was a very well done book! I loved the world building and the characters. The book was intriguing and it kept me intrigued in it throughout the book. I also liked the representation. You don’t see a lot of females in space station setting books and the romance really made the book.

The only issues I had about the book was that the book felt a bit wonky in pacing in a few spots. It felt too fast in some and too slow in others. The book was also a bit too pushy in the romance and I wanted more of a focus on the sci-fi.

Verdict: It was really good! Definitely recommend!

Princess of Beasts Release Day Tour

In the entire kingdom of Ahri, Princess Sahri is the only person who can talk to animals and heal them. She’s beloved by the people, but she’s living a lie. Deep inside, she wants a man who she’s not just forbidden to be with, but he’s also a criminal, part of the Ahri Reformation—using the Rune of Obedience to force criminals who fight well to put their talents to better use. What’s worse, is the man—her bodyguard, Jekre—hates her and the entire royal family for what they’ve done.

But those are the least of Sahri’s worries.

The Anati are creatures who bring life and springtime to Ahri every time they return from their long migration across the Sea. But when someone murders them, the kingdom faces a famine that will destroy them all.

Not all hope is lost—yet.

Two of the Anati had eggs. If Sahri can use her powers to keep the eggs long enough to help them get to the nesting grounds, the Anati will live. As the young ones grow, they can heal the land and save the kingdom and Sahri’s people.

The only problem is that her parents ordered her bodyguard to keep her inside the palace. The Rune of Obedience forces Jekre to comply—which means he’ll do whatever it takes to keep Sahri inside.

Who killed the Anati? The threat to the kingdom is a mystery, unknown by everyone except Jekre. And he’s been sworn to silence.

Can Sahri escape, and if she does, will she be able to get the eggs to the nesting ground in time?

Or will a famine bring Ahri to its knees?

Author bio: Joanna White is a Christian Author and fangirl. Hunter and Shifter are the first two books in her debut series, called the Valiant Series, published by Christian publisher Ambassador International and there are more to come. In December 2019, one of her short stories was featured in Once Upon A Yuletide, a Christmas fairy tale anthology by Divination Publishing. Dark Magi, Book One of the Republic Chronicles came out in November 2019. Glimpses of Time and Magic, a historical fantasy anthology, also featured one of her stories. The Crystal Heist was her most recent release, in August 2020.
She graduated from Full Sail University with a BFA in Creative Writing For Entertainment. Ever since she was ten years old, she’s been writing stories and has a deep passion for writing and creating stories, worlds, characters, and plots that readers can immerse themselves in. In 2020, she reached her personal goal of writing a million words in a year. Most of all, Joanna loves God, her family, staying at home, and being a total nerd.

To stay updated and find out more about her novels, where her inspiration comes from, games, giveaways, and more, visit her website at: authorjoannawhite.com.  

A Murder in 2079 by Mehmet Ali Yazan

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Book: A Murder in 2079

Author: Mehmet Ali Yazan

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: sci-fi fans

Publication Date: October 5, 2019

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNFed

Publisher: Indie Published

Pages: 150

Synopsis: A robotic murderer.
A planet in chaos.
And the one detective to uncover the truth behind it all.
In 2079, humanity has spread through space and with them, they bring robots. All regulated. All overseen. All in strict compliance with UN standards and the three robotic laws of Isaac Asimov. The first law of robotics is clear: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Everyone knows it’s impossible, but when senior detective Harry Mortimer is sent to Icarus B, it’s to seek the impossible.
Has a rogue artificial intelligence discovered a loophole? Is a human playing puppet master? Are these the right questions? With only his wits, Mortimer, his assistant Scott Yvensen and an increasingly bogged down police department must find answers all while under assault by mysterious assassins and threats against humankind itself. As the mystery begins to unravel, Mortimer faces a new enemy who carries him on a chase across the stars and a strange new threat.
But this is only the beginning.

Review: I had to DNF this book. It’s got a very interesting concept behind it, but the pacing is super fast and it’s a bit confusing to someone who’s not normally into robot books. I think this would be a good book for my husband though!

Verdict: It’s not for me, but maybe for you!