Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews

“The White & Gold People” Review

Hello Friends!

I know I have been away, I’ve been sick for the past couple of weeks and it’s been hell since I can’t sleep well. Anyway, I’m getting better so let’s hope I get back to posting reviews, at least today I bring you one!

The White & Gold People“, written by Segun Starchild, is the first novel of the a urban fantasy series published on the 5th August 2019.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Segun Starchild 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 White & Gold People

 


Synopsis

The white and gold coverA dress causes a huge debate across the world as some see it as black and blue and others see it as white and gold. The white and gold people suddenly start to get even stranger visions and develop super human abilities making the black and blue people seem old and inadequate. The government try to quarantine and control their power but the white and gold people react setting the stage for a war between the rival groups.

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Author Bio

Segun Starchild is a writer whose previous works include ‘Black Egyptians’, ‘The Capability Test’ & ‘Kamun vs. Leviathan’. He is a self confessed seeker of ‘The Truth’ and has a great hunger to know the mysteries of life. He has studied the esoteric mysteries of great sages to gain a reputable amount of wisdom and has the blessing of taking a journey through life with confidence and true knowledge of self and kind. He hails from the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and is for the unification of the African continent. Segun currently lives in London, working in IT Development and Support and the director of Akasha Publishing Ltd.

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My Review

First of all, as soon as I read the synopsis of this novel I got a big smile on my face, because I could remember of the even that divided the world, all thanks to a particular (white-gold/black-blue) dress. I was one of those that saw it as white and gold, no idea about you guys, but message me about it. Anyway, when I saw that this was a story inspire about that event, I thought it was funny and interesting and I really wanted to know how the author was going to explain what happened in terms of the fantasy and fiction elements that he was incorporating in this alternative world and time line.

Since I was one of those that saw the white and gold, I felt even more invested in the story as I uncover the secrets and follow the White and Gold People in this storyline. It was quite a brilliant idea from the author and I was intrigued from page one.

We met plenty of characters that are very refreshing and interesting, and the subject that are talked about, besides the superpowers and the government action and the way society views those that are different that the ‘normality’, made me think. There was a sense of freedom for me when reading this book and thinking about the Goldies.

One thing I enjoyed was the portrait of relationships and the interactions between Goldies and Blueys. I quite liked seeing the cultural change and the way people deal with events and try to follow a new path after something major happen. It talks about a lot of things that are part of being human, our feelings (love, hate, fear, insecurities, …), our responsibilities, our freedom, our safety… Yes, there are sex scenes, there are battle scenes… That’s also part of our present and our reality, it has always been a part of us, why wouldn’t it make an appearance in this story?

Overall, I love the concept of the story and the thought provoking aspects in it, as well as the pace that may have started slow but kept climbing, never letting go of my mind, and by grabbing my attention it allows me to enjoy each page and each unexpected scene in a very enjoyable and fun way, that made me feel as if I was part of the plot as a character instead of just a outsider looking in.

One thought that this book left me with was: Maybe I should own my Goldie side and enjoy life. Are you a Goldie or a Bluey?

Do I recommend this novel? If you like Urban fantasies, and are intrigued about the all dress craziness, as well as want to see where the author took that idea… then I recommend it, but be open minded, be curious and get ready.


Giveaway

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Love,

Jess

Fantasy, Reviews

“The Emissary” Review

Hello Friends!

I haven’t done a lot of reviews on audiobooks, although I love them, I end up reading the book as well. But when I got the chance to listen to this audiobook and reviewed it, I had too.

The Emissary“, written by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio, is the first book in the One Great Year series, published on October 9, 2018. A Fantasy novel that is also an audiobook narrated by both authors.

I received a complimentary audiocopy of this book thanks to Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

P1070193When the world collapses from a Golden Age into one of chaos and strife, mankind’s salvation lies in the hands of eternal Emissaries― guardians chosen to protect the secrets of a sacred, ancient civilization and to guide humanity back to enlightenment even as its darkest hour approaches.

A timeless tale of love reborn through the ages.

Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two along with a chosen few become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus’s epic adventure across centuries of human civilization to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.

Good and evil come to blows and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Purchase Links – Amazon | Book Depository


Authors Bio

Rene DeFazio and Tamara Veitch are a husband and wife writing team. Rene is an actor, producer and author. Tamara studied English,History and General Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Rene DeFazio was born and raised in Canada and currently resides in the Vancouver area with his wife and writing partner Tamara Veitch. Rene is an actor and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit. A world traveler and lifelong adventurer, Rene has called upon his unusual and exciting experiences in co-creating The One Great Year novel series. His tireless research and first hand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights, and smells help to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, mural artist, and mother of three. She grew up in Canada and attended Simon Fraser University, studying English, psychology, history and General Arts. Tamara has had a lifelong interest in spiritual wisdom and has carefully researched ancient teachings from many traditions to ensure historical accuracy throughout The One Great Year Series.

Tamara and Rene have completed Book I and II in The One Great Year Series and are currently working on Book III. To maintain a dynamic and authentic presentation of the ancient secrets at the core of their writing, they travel to exotic locations in search of esoteric knowledge and cultural insights that will inspire readers everywhere.

In 2012 they received Honorable mention from the New York Book Festival and The London Book Festival. In 2014 they were each awarded an Empowered Writers Award at the World International Peace festival In Vancouver BC, Canada.

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My Review

P1070225I haven’t reviewed many audiobooks before, but this one, just from the synopsis, I knew that it would be an amazing fantasy novel that I really wanted to know more about, no matter if it was by listening to the authors narrate it or by reading it. I didn’t care, I just wanted to be a part of the adventure, and that’s what happened.

I could tell you all about the world that the authors created but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will leave it in the air, let’s just say that this world is complex, although not enough that you would be confused. Like life itself, it has many aspects, many characters that are connected, twists and turns, action and good and evil battling out.

P1070204I loved that I got to discover all the peculiarities about this world and about the emissaries by listening to the authors narrate the story. I listen to it during workout at the gym and at some points, I was running and I could almost feel like I was there with the characters and was running around. It was perfect for me and I loved that, I loved that the authors not only captivated me with the storytelling and the amazing characters and world, but they also captivated me with how they narrated the story.

I almost don’t know what to say or think. I want to know more about the characters and I want to know if good wins and the future of mankind is safe. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster, thanks to all the emotions, adrenaline, curiosity and concentration I had during the multiple times I listen to the audiobook.

P1070217I didn’t listen to it in one sitting because I wanted to savor every moment and understand the world to it’s fullest. Yet I was still wondering and looking for all the answers and trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Since it’s a storytelling about rebirth and love, as much as it is about saving mankind, in this fantasy world, my heart was fully in.

Overall, it’s an amazing start of a series and I can’t wait to know more and read and listen to more of their books in this series. Do I recommend it? Of course! If the synopsis and my review haven’t sold the book yet, I do hope you still give it a try, just look at the cover and it’s awesome design.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Reviews

“Daisy” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well. It’s been some crazy days and I’m still trying to figure out my new schedule. Work is fun, but tiring. But it will get better.

Today I bring you two reviews. And it’s from authors whose books I have read before so I’m excited to share it. I will be adding photos this weekend when I get to do the photo shoot, so stay tune for that update.

Daisy“, written by Karen Botha, is a Urban Romance published on 15th October 2018 and it’s the first book in the LOVE series. I have read another book of Karen’s and review it, so you can check it out here: “Buckle Up”.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Karen for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

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Blurb

1_eBook_DAISYIt may take a criminal mind to be a savvy business woman.

If so, Daisy is set and driven to succeed. But to hold on to what she’s earned, she must live between black and white. She must spend her life in the gray. 

That makes it difficult for a woman to know who she’s dealing with, in business and in bed.

Idris made it his business to know hers, leaving no skeletons undiscovered. When the two meet, sparks fly and sexual tension ignites. Passion, lust, and desire come before sensible decision making.

Has Daisy gotten involved with the wrong person this time? 

Can this gorgeous man be trusted, or is it him that needs to beware? 

Daisy is a mixed race urban romance where the road to true love is anything but easy. 

 Purchase Links – Amazon UK | Amazon US


About Author

wp39a768c1_05_06Karen Botha  was born in Lincolnshire England where her father was in the royal air force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing. Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn’t leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. at the age of 36 She retrained for a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a  re-found  passion  for writing.

Her first novel was inspired by true life experiences and tales from clients. But don’t believe everything you read.

She enjoys traveling rugby and motor sport, this gives her inspiration and ideas for her books.

The first in the new lgbt series is a mm romance novel about a racecar driver and his mechanic.

She currently lives in London with her Husband and rescue dog called Shadow.

Social Media Links – Website | Goodreads |Facebook | Twitter


My Review

P1070040This is the beginning of a new series, and like the previous book I read of this author, it also have that touch of sexiness in it and that was quite entertaining. It was a fun story to read that took me on a journey to Daisy’s life, and I was not disappointed by it and I’m a fan of Karen’s writing style.

Daisy isn’t just the title of the book, but also the main character. She’s portrayed as a confident and determined business woman. Overall, there were some character development, but the thing I really liked about the characters was that they were intriguing and complex, and definitely not black and white, good and evil kind of characters.

P1070115The plot was also interesting, it had twists and turns, suspense and mystery, romance and sexual tension, and all of that gave the book a good tone that left me focus on each page until the very end. It was a refreshing book with a good amount of details that make us get involve in the story and relate to the characters in some way.

Overall , and since I don’t want to tell you much about the storyline, let me just say that it was a good start and a good book. It touched various subjects, from romance to sex, from corruption to murder, from good, bad and everything in between, and it all had a group of characters that had strong personalities and ideas in mind. So, yes, it was mysterious, sexy, dark and edgy.


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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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 and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And 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