Reviews

“Dark Chains” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this Monday. I have some reviews to today, so stay tune, relax and enjoy.

UPDATE: Apparently I forgot to change the day of the week because I had planned on scheduling this review, and then decided last minute to just post it today, and of course my Monday brain didn’t see I had Thursday still on the post. Epic fail on my part, I know.

Dark Chains“, written by LaTasha “Tacha B.” Braxton, a standalone novel that is as described in the synopsis “inspirational and spiritual autobiography”, was published on March 27th 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to LaTasha “Tacha B.” Braxton. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Blurb

39867271._SY475_Dark Chains is an inspirational and spiritual autobiography about a misguided young girl who struggles to survive mental, emotional, and physical abuse. Plagued by decades of pain, mental illness and generational curses. She enters a life without God at a young age, and finds herself infatuated with the idea of escaping and never returning to the abusive life she once was subjected, manipulated and conditioned to living in.

This book was created to help young girls and boys who are going down a dark path, it is meant to open minds and change their perspectives for the greater. It was created to help overcome the pain and anger endured from a dysfunctional family and lifestyle in order to become who God initially wanted them to be.

This book will heal the wounds of mentally and emotionally hurt families who aren’t aware that they’ve been conditioned to live immorally due to the pains that plagued them and the many generations that came before them. It is a read from an author who can easily relate to those who inhabit a lost soul and a broken heart. It is inspiring and will create understanding and hope to many and create a positive pattern for many more to come.

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Author and songwriter LaTasha “Tacha B.” Braxton is quite a complex and beautiful mystery. An intricately woven entity made up of everything right about creation. Her mind is a cavern of creativity. Her heart is big, but the love encapsulated within it is a buried treasure. The kind one wouldn’t readily discover the significance of unless they were extremely determined and intentional about finding.

Then there’s her soul. Vibrant as a moonlight glow, but it’s constantly at war. She’s suffered a lot. Has been disappointed by most and naturally carries her skepticism openly of everyone who tries to get close. Her force field is not easily penetrable, but it’s not impossible to.

Her greatest joy is the life of her baby boy. A young inquisitive genius that has taught her much about life and challenges her to grow each day. If she was literally a flower. He would most undoubtedly be her water. This is her reason to live above all, and it’s this unconditional love that causes her to flourish.

LaTasha “Tacha B.” Braxton’s gift is her writing. This is how she communicates to the world. Whether it comes out in the form of music, poetry or in a novel. If you want to know exactly who she is, these are the chambers you can go to.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Goodreads | Instagram


My Review

I read this book a while back and I’m still emotional when I think about every chapter that describes the author’s life, and she went through a lot. Like it says in the synopsis this novel is an “inspirational and spiritual autobiography“, and knowing that makes the reading even more powerful.

I haven’t read many books that have a autobiography element, so I was very emotional while reading this story. So, reviewing it is a hard task, how can we review a novel that is a memoir about someones life? That was one of the reason I took so long to write this review.

P1070742The author put in paper her experiences with mental, emotional, and physical abuse, opening door for us, and I’m hoping that everyone that does read this novel will have moment of contemplation and can reflect on many subjects that are expressed in this story, as well as maybe, it can give reads some sense of connection, because we are not alone and there are a lot of people around the world that have experienced the same things.

I didn’t went through the same as the author and other women have, and just went through my own experiences that were in no way as harsh as the ones described in the book, but they shaped me. It took me ten years to finally talk about what I felt and about my past, and it was all thanks to a class in college. So I can imagine how emotional the journey must have been to LaTasha “Tacha B” Braxton to write this book. I could see it in each page because I could connect to her, sometimes I just wanted to hug her and cry with her, others I just wanted to go back in time and maybe help out.

I went on the journey as well, and although the realization that this was real and that some people are going through it right now made my heart feel heavy, the author wrote it in such a way that grabbed my attention. That’s the power of words.

I loved the message, how she found her strength and faith… Even if you aren’t a religious person, that’s okay, because the important thing (for me of course) is that you have faith in yourself and love who you are, as well as never giving up and breaking the cycle. If you are religious and God is who you focus on, good for you, if having faith in Him is what helps you have the courage you need to deal with all the obstacles that’s all that matters.

Overall, it was a strong and thought provoking book that I recommend, but I have to say that it because of the topics discussed, it can have some triggers, so just have that in mind. I don’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable while reading a book, and in this case it’s supposed to be a start of conversation and a way to help others. Also, if while reading you feel the need to stop and reflect, or just need some time to take a deep breath, that’s totally okay, I did that.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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Love,

Jess

Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Starfish” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this weekend, I have more review for you guys to read and books to check out, so I hope you are prepared. Here is one..

Starfish“, written by Lisa Becker, is a contemporary romance published on May 21th 2019.

I want to thank Lisa Becker for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

44097967._SY475_Ambitious graduate Marin Collins accepts a four-month internship at a prestigious public relations firm to work on a tech account, but her plans are derailed when she’s assigned to go on the road with touring rock band Kings Quarters, hailed by Rolling Stone as the next big thing.

Enter Brad Osterhauser, the reluctant rock star who would rather be coding computer games than penning Grammy-nominated songs.

Traveling by bus, city to city with a group of practical joking bandmates and a greedy manager, Marin and Brad forge a friendship and forbidden romance over a shared love of Seinfeld episodes, stolen moments and Red Vines.

But when Marin’s accused of betraying her company and the band, will Brad come to her defense or believe she was disloyal to him for the sake of her career?

Told in alternating perspectives of Marin and Brad, Starfish is a contemporary romance of unexpected love, the redemptive power of music and hogging the bed.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Lisa Becker is an award-winning romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money – on books and margaritas. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone!

Social Media Links: WebsiteInstagramFacebook | Twitter | Amazon


My Review

There are a lot of things I like in a story, and although I love stories that leave me at the edge of my seat not knowing what to think and just reading the next page despite the late hour and my eyes being tired… Despite all that… I do love stories that I just can relax, sit back and enjoy the sweet elements and even the “I knew it!” moments. This book was one of those relaxing reads.

P1070663It was a sweet romance and I liked that we follow both Marin and Brad’s point of views because that made me connect even more with them, by understanding their wishes and actions. They had lots of things in comment and despite the initial attraction, there was a friendship that started to grow first and that was good to read about.

Some moments made me laugh, especially the pranks and games between the band members, that made it feel more like a family relationship, and by reading I felt transported momentarily to that place. Although I knew that the ending was probably happened that way, not telling spoilers of course, but to me it was the only way that the story could unfold and I do hope I get to see more of the band members (although I have read book two, by the way).

I also loved how the title and the story are linked, and since Nala (my wonderful cat that loves to wake me up at odd hours) sleeps in my bed, I do get Brad a lot because I always end up almost falling down because the damn cat is sleeping in the middle of the bed. So that was something that made me laugh and enjoy that all moment.

Another thing, I haven’t read many books involving bands, and the ones I did read were part of a series, so I’m no expert on the all subgenre or topic, but I liked the way the author showed us the many faces of the music industry, not just the all Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll element. Plus because of Marin’s job we get to see the public relations aspect, although I know almost nothing about it.

Also!… Let’s be honest what truly captivated me was the fact that Brad was different that other male characters I had been reading about.  It was kind of refreshing.

Overall, I enjoyed it and I would reread it anytime. Family, friends and romance are just part of the story, because for me there truly is an even bigger message in this story: follow your dreams and do what you love. And that’s something I’m trying to do in my life, plus the all “Never to late” is always something that we should have in mind because it is true.

That been said, do I recommend this novel… If you like books about bands and sweet romance, go for it. I had fun reading the book and I didn’t even noticed I was half way through the book, since I was enjoying it so much and letting myself go and relax. And like I said, that’s something I really value.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal “Cloth of Grace”

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Saturday. Today I bring you a cover reveal of one book that is part of a series that I have been reading.

Cloth of Grace“, written by Rachel J Bonner, is book four in Choices and Consequences Series.

Cloth of Grace - Cover Reveal


Synopsis

Cloth of Grace final frontWhen the fate of the world rests on your shoulders, how do you choose between what you ought to do and the only thing you really want?

Leonie finally knows who she is. But now she needs to decide who she is going to be. Her choice will affect not just her family, not just those she knows, but tens, hundreds of thousands, millions of people that she doesn’t. And every path that’s open to her will put Perry under the pressures that caused his breakdown before. How can she do what she must and still protect Perry?

Perry desperately wants to make things easier for Leonie. Somehow he has to find the strength to face the things that all but destroyed him in the past. But every way he turns, some aspect of his past lies waiting to pounce – even during his happiest moments. And he can never forget that Leonie’s life is in danger from someone, somewhere.

Gabriel has managed to negotiate peace, at least in theory. Now he must put that into practice and reunite Leonie with the family she never knew she had. Then disaster strikes right in the middle of his own sanctuary. Can he still protect those he loves, or has he been harbouring a villain the whole time?

Cloth of Grace (Book 4): Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Indigo


About Author

Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Reviews

“A Country Gift Shop Collection” Review

Hello Friends!

I didn’t review all the books I wanted and needed to review last year, so I’m going to use the free time I now have in between writing my novel, to do those post. Today I have a review of a book I read a while back.

A Country Gift Shop Collection“, written by Vivian Conroy, is a mystery novel published October 3rd 2018 by HQ Digital.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Vivian Conroy and HQ Digital via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

40243012Glen Cove is a rather murderous place.

Dead to Begin With

Vicky Simmons is looking for the simple life. She’s ready to trade in London for a slower pace by opening a British Country Gift Shop in her old hometown on the coast of Maine. Little does she know a few old faces are back in Glen Cove, including unrequited teenage crush Michael Danning—having taken over the local Gazette and looking better than ever.

All is looking rosy until Vicky finds herself face-to-face with a dead body and Michael is the prime suspect. When the sheriff links the motive for murder to the unsolved disappearance of a teenage girl twenty years ago, Vicky must turn amateur sleuth. She’ll stop at nothing to save Michael…and unmask the real killer!

Grand Prize: Murder!

Inviting the bestselling cosy crime author Bella Brookes to town is going to be the best business move Vicky Simmons has made yet. Not only is Bella going to sign her books to kick off Glen Cove’s annual One-Mile Book Market, but she’s also running her famous scavenger hunt right in town. That’s sure to win over the townsfolk!

All is going to plan until a dead body is discovered, drawing Vicky straight to the scene of the crime. After the last murder Vicky had vowed to stay out of Sheriff Cash’s way, but when death comes to town she finds herself embroiled in the investigation.

Written into the Grave

Vicky Simmons’s life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she’s been chasing down killers and it’s time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime.

That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story…

Purchase Link: Amazon

Author’s Social Media Links – Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

This wasn’t the first novel I have read from this author, but I was as excited as the first book. This novel has three mysteries in it, because one is never enough and this is a collection novel.

Each story has a quick and entertaining read with a mystery that was fun and interesting, and has we follow Vicky Simmons I couldn’t help but feel as if I was her assistant in a way. I was trying to figure out things, I was learn about the other characters and I was enjoying the scenery in this novel.

With Vicky returning to her hometown and an old unsolved murder resurfaces with another crime, I knew things would be interesting. And the next mystery was just as good! I can’t really say which story was my favourite, because since I couldn’t stop reading the novel, I just went to one mystery to the other, to the other… And I liked it quite a lot!

Of course it’s very important that I got intrigued by the murders and the mystery surrounding them, but it was really important to me as well, seeing the characters’ relationships and interactions, because of all the information there, and that also made me connect with the characters involved as if I was part of the town and the storyline.

Overall, it was an amazing novel. each story had its positive points, and was unique and funny in it’s own way. And I liked that, because that made each mystery unique and I didn’t felt like I was reading a repeat story after the other.

I was already excited about Vivian Conroy’s storytelling and books, and this one just solidified that thought.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Historical Romance, Reviews

“The Lady of the Ravens” Review

Hello Friends!

First review of 2020 and it’s a Historical novel, and you guys know I love those.

The Lady of the Ravens“, written by Joanna Hickson, is the first book in the Queens of the Tower series and was published on 9th January 2020 by HarperCollins Publishers.

I want to thank Joanna Hickson and HaperCollins Publishers for the eCopy of this book and to Anne Carter hosting the blog tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

The Lady of the Ravens CoverMy baptismal name may be Giovanna but here in my mother’s adopted country I have become plain Joan; I am not pink-cheeked and golden-haired like the beauties they admire. I have olive skin and dark features – black brows over ebony eyes and hair the colour of a raven’s wing…

When Joan Vaux is sent to live in the shadow of the Tower of London, she must learn to navigate the treacherous waters of this new England under the Tudors. Like the ravens, Joan must use her eyes and her senses, if Henry and his new dynasty are to prosper and thrive …

Purchase Links: BookDepository | Amazon | Kobo


About the author

Joanna Hickson Author PhotoJoanna Hickson spent twenty-five years presenting and producing News and Arts programmes for the BBC. Her first published book was a children’s historical novel Rebellion at Orford Castle but more recently she has turned to adult fiction, concentrating on bringing fifteenth century English history and some of its fascinating principal characters to life. She is married with a large family and gets inspiration from her Wiltshire farmhouse home, which dates back to her chosen period.

Social Media Links: Twitter | Goodreads


My Review

For those that know me, they won’t be surprised when I say that I really did enjoy this novel. Although this is the first book I have read of Joanna Hickson, I love Historical novels and I’m always looking forward to go back in time with a book and the characters that take me on adventures and let me know about a different period of history and about society back then.

That been said, it totally was what happened when I read “The Lady of the Ravens”. As we follow Giovann, aka Joan, we are taken on a journey through descriptions that truly open our eyes to the wonders and make it such a vivid and enjoyable read.

As you all probably know, I’m Portuguese, and despite having read many Historical romances that happened in England during various time periods, I don’t know a lot about the history of the country, and I don’t try to pretend I do. Sometimes I have to check names or locations, but while I read this novel I was so into that I didn’t felt like I was missing out. Of course, in the end I still checked names, but that was just so I was sure I didn’t get it wrong or that my lack of knowledge got me thinking the wrong stuff.

Anyway, Joanna Hickson’s storytelling was quite brilliant and that was part why I was so stuck in the book. I felt like I learned a lot about the society and women’s life during that time, while still enjoying the characters and their story. Also loved the ravens element in this novel and combined with the descriptions just gave the book a good balance.

Overall, I loved the story and I will definitely look up other books by this author because I loved this one and I’m curious to see the rest of her work. It was a learning experience for me, and I may check other novels that happen during the Tudors period. For me, when a book gets me into a genre and topic, I consider that a success read. Well done Joanna Hickson for open up my eyes and getting me not only entertained but curious to learn more. Thank you!


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour.

FINAL Lady of the Ravens BT Poster


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews

“The City of Souls” Review

Hello Friends!

Like I promise, here is the second review of the series. I hope you enjoy this one, although I have to say, it will have no spoilers, since some of you may have not read the books at all.

The City of Souls“, written by Vacen Taylor, is the second book in the Starchild Series, a fantasy novel published on October 14th 2013.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Vacen Taylor for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The City of Souls


Synopsis

The City of Souls CoverA gripping forest adventure full of mystery, betrayal and courage.

When a new sealer boy joins the journey, Mai, Long, and Akra are confident their challenges have come to an end.  But as they embark on their journey once again, they find themselves having to escape from the clutches of dangerous enemies.

They travel to Naroan – the forest lands of the soulbankers, the regulators of life and death. Against the backdrop of rules and suspicion, the children are challenged with unravelling the mystery of the Silvershade, which has been calling to Akra from the moment he arrived in the forest city. But Long is tormented by his doubts – he must face a deadly power from the Underworld before it takes him into the darkness. 

Will the dark pebble take Long along a road of no return? Or will his friends find a way to help him?

Purchase Links: Odyssey Books | Amazon US | Amazon UK


About the Author

Vacen Taylor is a children’s author with a portfolio of screenwriting and stage play achievements.  A selection of her poetry has been published in Art and Literature Journals. One of her plays was selected to be part of the Playwrights Program 2017 and then directed and performed as a performance reading at HOTA (previously the Gold Coast Arts Centre).

Her feature film script received a special commendation for Best Unproduced Screenplay titled Grandfathers at the British Independent Film Festival in 2018.  The logline can be found under Special Commendations for Unproduced Screenplays here.

Her TV pilot for a series (teleplay) was selected as a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition in Los Angeles, CA. This pilot was listed in the top 50 for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition in 2018.

She presented the first mental health panel at OZ Comic-Con in 2017. This panel was a fantastic opportunity to discuss openly and honestly about artists and their mental health to help support wellbeing, foster connectivity and provide a culture of support.

In 2018 she presented the panel, ‘An artist’s guide to creative happiness: How to strengthen your creative performance’ at Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane. Her panels are extraordinary opportunities to explore ideas with people who are currently working in the industry. She aims to discuss subjects like individualism, the community, mental health, wellbeing, happiness, creativity, co-creating and self-awareness which often leads to interesting questions from the audience.

What else does she do? Vacen is also a creative workshop facilitator and proficient in, teaching, speaking and concept creation. Guest Speaker. Workshop Presenter. Creative Panel Facilitator. Mentor. Support Worker. Counsellor. Social Welfare Advocate.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Quora | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

This second book continues with as many adventures, danger and new information. And if you haven’t read book one, then you should definitely go read it and then jump in to this second book. I did that an not I’m very curious to read the third novel.

P1070682We still get to follow our amazing group and I loved to see them grow and learn, as well as see their relationships get stronger. It’s always something that I absolutely love in a book, and when that story as kids, it makes me get really emotional and very attached to them, because they are young and have to go through a lot, on their quests. And let’s not forget the lizard! An epic pet for a fantasy novel if you ask me.

About the storytelling, it was just as amazing as book one. The description made my mind go crazy with images and colors, sounds and smells, if that’s even possible. Maybe it was because I was so into the story and focus in understand the world, as much as my attention was in the characters, crossing my fingers and hoping they would be okay.

Overall, I loved it and enjoyed it as much as I did with “The Age of Akra”, which wasn’t a surprise for me, because I was expecting to love it. It has friendship, an ancient prophecy, danger, a lizard as a pet, magic and vivid descriptions of a fantasy world that I hope one day I can also read about to my kids.


Giveaway

For a chance to win all 4 books of the Starchild Series by Vacen Taylor CLICK HERE.

Open International

Starchild - Giveaway Prize

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

The City of Souls Full Tour Banner


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess

Fantasy, Reviews

“The Age of Akra” Review

Hello Friends!

Today is a special day, I was planning on posting this review, but today is even better and I didn’t want to mess up with the Friday 13th.

Today’s review is of book one in a series, and right after this post gets published I’m posting the review of the second book that is part of a blog tour. I can’t wait to share my reviews of these books, so enjoy.

The Age of Akra“, written by Vacen Taylor, is the first book in the Starchild Series, a fantasy novel published on March 8th 2013.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Vacen Taylor for the eCopy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


17393024Synopsis

The foreshadowing of a dark future threatens the seven nations of Sahas. Mai is selected to train with the mysterious elemental master Sah Dohba, who will prepare her to become the protector of the desert lands. Her brother Long steps forward to travel with her as her chaperone to the Valley of a Thousand Thoughts.

A mysterious encounter brings them together with Akra, the Starchild. The trio travels on into a battle with the elements. Sandstorms. Deadly creatures. Starvation. Then a chance meeting with powerful earthfollower sets them on a new path where they must each find the strength to face a terrifying foe from the Underworld.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Vacen Taylor is a children’s author with a portfolio of screenwriting and stage play achievements.  A selection of her poetry has been published in Art and Literature Journals. One of her plays was selected to be part of the Playwrights Program 2017 and then directed and performed as a performance reading at HOTA (previously the Gold Coast Arts Centre).

Her feature film script received a special commendation for Best Unproduced Screenplay titled Grandfathers at the British Independent Film Festival in 2018.  The logline can be found under Special Commendations for Unproduced Screenplays here.

Her TV pilot for a series (teleplay) was selected as a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition in Los Angeles, CA. This pilot was listed in the top 50 for the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition in 2018.

She presented the first mental health panel at OZ Comic-Con in 2017. This panel was a fantastic opportunity to discuss openly and honestly about artists and their mental health to help support wellbeing, foster connectivity and provide a culture of support.

In 2018 she presented the panel, ‘An artist’s guide to creative happiness: How to strengthen your creative performance’ at Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane. Her panels are extraordinary opportunities to explore ideas with people who are currently working in the industry. She aims to discuss subjects like individualism, the community, mental health, wellbeing, happiness, creativity, co-creating and self-awareness which often leads to interesting questions from the audience.

What else does she do? Vacen is also a creative workshop facilitator and proficient in, teaching, speaking and concept creation. Guest Speaker. Workshop Presenter. Creative Panel Facilitator. Mentor. Support Worker. Counsellor. Social Welfare Advocate.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Quora | Goodreads | Amazon


My Review

This is the start of a series that just by the titles, covers and synopsis I knew it would be good series, and by the beginning of the story, with this novel, I knew I had a good series in my hands.

This is a middle grade fantasy novel, but even if it’s targeting kids and teens, I can see anyone of any age reading this book and the entire series. That’s because it’s a fun and you are taken on an adventure like with much fantasy books that I like. It did transported me to a new world that I know nothing about.

We follow Mai, the main character, her brother Long and a pet lizard Barka. And let’s stop right there. I have a pet cat, Nala is her name, and she’s very jealous, but if my mom wasn’t scared of lizards and the possibility of Nala murdering the lizard didn’t exist, I would adopt a lizard as my second child (the first child is Nala). That been said, I love reptiles as much as I love felines. And reading a book that has a pet lizard just made everything so much better.

P1070683Still, the lizard wasn’t the only things I loved, of course. I liked to see the kids (because to me, that’s what the characters are) go on this journey, it was exciting and I felt as I was part of the group and I was there with them. It called to my childhood happiness and need for adventures. I love when a book does that, which was why I immediately after finishing this book, I read the next one.

Overall, I think this book was a good start and it opened up the story, introducing the characters, the world and the society. I won’t give any spoilers and extra information because I think you guys will like to read this book and be taken to an amazing story were you will dive in and come up with your own thoughts.

I can’t wait to read more of this series and get to figure out where the characters are going to go next, what dangers will they face, who will they meet. I know a lot more is going to happen and that unknown is only curious and exciting because of the realistic and interesting fantasy world and it’s people that with author created.

So, I truly did enjoy the story so far and it was the kind of book that I would have read when I was younger and that I still see myself reading it the distant future. So if you like this genre and like to read series, check out this one.


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Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“Wild Sky” Review

Hello Friends!

If you know me and have been following my blog for a while, you know I have participate in many blog tours. I love to be a part of the fun because I always end up meeting new people (bloggers and authors).

Today I bring a review that is part of a blog tour.

Wild Sky“, written by Lexi Rees, is the second book in The Relic Hunters Series. And I have read and reviewed book one if you want to know more about the series: “Eternal Seas” Review.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Lexi Rees for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wild Sky

 


Synopsis

IMG_7736After delivering the pearl, Finn and Aria thought life would return to normal.

But with the survival of the clans still in peril, they must continue their quest.

Can they find the next relic before the forces of evil?

Not everyone is who they appear to be

And time is running out …

Purchase Link: Amazon


Author Bio

Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. The first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award.

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children, and as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she has published a Creative Writing Skills workbook, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities. 

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube


My Review

This isn’t the first book I read of Lexi Rees, and I loved the Eternal Seas, which is the first novel of the series, and I was very excited to continue with the adventure in this second book.

P1070687Before I continue this review, I must recommend you guys read the first novel, if you haven’t already… why? Because this story continues right after the journey that we are pulled in with Finn and Aria, and this next quest is as amazing and exciting as the last one.

We get to see Finn and Aria keep growing as characters and get to know more character. Although I have a age difference from the main characters, I could still feel connected to them, and I think this series would be a good on to tell my little cousins one day, make it a ‘reading club’ during vacations, but before that I would have to get my French back on track, or wait until they can learn English. Anyway, I loved the characters in this books, just as I loved them in the previous one.

The plot in this novel keeps on the same path as the one in “Eternal Seas”, the world keeps getting brighter and colorful (for me) with each new information that we uncover, as well as the unexpected moments that made me curious to read the next page.

The pace and the tone in this book was perfect, it grabbed my attention all the way. It capture my imagination with the descriptions and the scenes that we were following, it made me imagine what was happening and the world around our amazing heroes, Finn and Aria, and the character that helped them.

Over all, I loved it and I really recommend this series because I know you won’t regret reading it.


Giveaway

For a chance to win a copy of each of Eternal Seas and Wild Sky, the action packed fantasy adventure for 7-11 year olds CLICK HERE.

UK – choice of signed paperbacks or ebooks

International entrants – ebooks only


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Love,

Jess

Paranormal

Promo Post: “Haunted”, by Eve S. Evans

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a prom post. I met this author on Instagram and when I found out that her new book was releasing this month, I knew I had to tell you guys about it. And here I am!

Haunted“, written by Eve S. Evans, is a horror/paranormal novel, published 12th December 2019.

Happy Book Publishing Day!


51KBubgdvaL.jpgSynopsis

Binge-worthy and absolutely fascinating accounts of paranormal activity.

Haunted follows multiple people in the lowest points in their lives. Houses that refuse to let a person live in peace. Terror-filled nightmares that become a plaguing headache.

Recounts of deaths bundled with mere coincidental visions. And A 911 operator who receives the most notable call of her career.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Eve S. Evans is the author os several ghost and paranormal novels, including Darkness Wins, Seeded From Evil and Ghost Stories.

Social Media Links: Instagram | Goodreads | Website


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Reviews

“Strangers in the Night” Review

Hello Friends!

What are your thoughts about short stories books? Do you like short stories? Well, I bring you a novel that is in that genre.

Strangers in the Night“, written by Puneet Kumar, is a Short Stories compilation novel, published on June 14th 2018.

I received a complimentary copy of this book thanks to Puneet Kumar. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

40549150Within this book, you will find twelve stories, each a snapshot taken of life. From Strangers in the Night to The Widow, each snapshot offers the reader a chance to observe life as it happens.

In Strangers in the Night, we enter the dark world of prostitution as our intrepid protagonist hires a street woman for a night of passion. Unexpectedly, a mystery buried deep in his past is unraveled before his very eyes.

One Morning in a Cemetery is the story of a man who falls asleep in a graveyard and dreams that those buried there hold a conversation with him. But does their wisdom get through to him?

A drunkard takes a brothel’s whores To Hell and Back as he gets violent and then violently ill.

Parents fight when they believe their child is asleep in Fight Against Them. Will new generations learn from the past or keep making the same mistakes?

In Homecoming, a wealthy businessman finds that love for career does not replace the love of a woman. He has to make a decision whether or not to return to his wife after finding his life without her lonely.

Joseph White is a freelance writer with a dark secret. But what is the secret that is harbored within Joseph the Writer?

In Jealous, Jason has been ill for years, but he takes a walk that makes him think about Teresa. A new dimen-sion is added when Ronny, a young boy Jason regards as a fool, teaches him what kind of a person he really is.

A neighbor listens as a woman tells about her hus-band and how their relationship has fallen apart. As the young lady’s tale unfolds, the neighbor comes to realize that Misery Loves Company.

John relives an argument as he drinks himself to death in Season of Betrayal.

A young lady is gang-raped by rich, arrogant young men then married off to her friend in an attempt to keep the rape quiet in The Story of My Life.

Alex adores the lover he spends every night with in the very erotically charged Suddenly for Someone.

In The Widow, a man learns the price for having an affair when a past lover leaves him a note before she dies.

I hope you get a lot out of reading these stories. And if you like them enough, do leave a review.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Puneet Kumar is passionate about writing about the world in which he lives, thinks, imagines, and works. He loves to tell the stories that run through his mind and before his eyes; he is inspired by the incidences of his day to day life.

Earthy and grounded, his imaginative stories are spawned from real life and charged with creative impulses. He tells stories that enthrall and capture readers. You will be drawn through effortlessly to discover the special twist at the end of each unique and personal story.

He has a keen interest in human relationships, enigmatic behaviors, and people’s imagination as they deal with day to day struggles. He is a poet, storyteller, novelist, self-help book writer, and a blogger.

The author loves to write about Wine, Food, Nutrition, and Lifestyle. He contributes his articles to magazines and is fond of travel and meeting new people.

He considers his publishing in “Debonair” magazine in India in 2000 as the beginner’s luck that encouraged him to write and publish. Presently he is a full-time writer and reader and would appreciate a review of this book from you if you have the time and inclination to do so.

Social Media Links: Amazon | Website | Facebook | Twitter


My Review

This was the first novel I have ever read of this author, and since I like short stories books, I was very curious about the book.

Each story is different, so it’s hard to review a book that is a compilation, since the all have their own twists and turns, as well as their own voices and perspectives. All the short stories follow various characters through journeys and challenges. Honestly it’s that difference that I like about when I read a book like this.

All the topics that are talked about in this book are very interesting and made me question somethings about our society, life and people’s actions, and the good thing is that if you don’t like a character or their storyline, you can just go to the next story and it’s okay. Personally, I liked some story more than others, it happens.

The stories I likes, for example, One Morning in a Cemetery, that I quite enjoyed, had the connectivity I needed in that moment, they made me thing more, and I was curious about the characters.

Overall, I loved all the elements in this novel and how it opened topics up to conversation. And if you like short stories, you may want to check this book out.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author or publisher and want me to do a review of a book please check out my Request Review page to learn more about the reviewing policies.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

Also, if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess