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Elizabeth Hunter´s `The Scribe´ is free on Amazon

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The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter

Series: Irin Chronicles

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Rating:

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Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson has never found a home. She’s traveled the world looking for answers, tormented by voices that threaten her sanity, but even in the ancient city of the Istanbul, answers remain elusive.

A chance meeting in the Spice Market puts Malachi on her tail. He’s reckless–resigned to his fate–but something about Ava catches his interest. While unseen forces circle them, Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

THE SCRIBE is the first book in the Irin Chronicles, the contemporary fantasy series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.
 

One of the most beautiful books you will ever read.

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Review: The Golden Spider by Anne Renwick

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The Golden Spider by Anne Renwick

Series: The Elemental Web Chronicles

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Rating:

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London papers scream of dirigible attacks, kraken swarms, and lung-clogging, sulfurous fogs. But a rash of gypsy murders barely rates mention.

Lady Amanda is tired of having both her intelligence and her work dismissed.

After blackmailing her way into medical school, she catches the eye of her anatomy professor from the moment she walks into his lecture hall. Is he interested in her? Or only her invention–a clockwork spider that can spin artificial nerves?

Lord Thornton, a prominent neurobiologist, has been betrayed.

Secret government technology has been stolen from his laboratory, and a foreign spy is attempting to perfect it via a grisly procedure… using gypsies as test subjects. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a beautiful–and brilliant–new student, even if her spider could heal a deteriorating personal injury.

Until her device is stolen and used in the latest murder.

Lord Thornton has no option but to bring her into his laboratory as well as the investigation where they must fight their growing, yet forbidden, attraction. Bodies accumulate and fragile bonds are tested as they race across London, trying to catch the spy before it’s too late.

I am always on the lookout for a decent steampunk read and The Golden Spider blurb caught my attention. What is there not to like, Victorian London, intelligent and feisty female character and a growling male?

The book can be read as a mystery with a touch of romance. The steampunk world is mostly there with krakens and dirigibles. The clockwork spider was definitely a unique piece of equipment that I haven´t come across in any other books. The London setting is well described but could have had a bit more. The plot is well developed with a few twists that keeps reading interesting. I enjoyed the main characters and secondary characters are well written that along the book you grasp the different personalities. There are no editing issues in this book that I noticed, whether typos or grammatically.

My one negative remark on this book is the medical lingo, way too much and too detailed for someone without medical background. At a certain point I started skipping the dialogue feeling utterly lost and confused with the exchanges. There is also no way to verify what the author is saying is accurate or not, well I could google it but that is not the point of reading a book.

If you like steampunk you should enjoy this book, you will probably enjoy it more if you have some medical knowledge to help you through the technical dialogue. If like me you don´t, it´s still readable .

Overall I did enjoy this book and will read book 2 in the series, The Silver Skull.

Most conflicting review ever – The Children of Gods series by I.T. Lucas

Enjoying a book I hated, I don´t get it either. My excuse is not enough coffee.

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I am reviewing all three books together as I feel this should have been one book.

There are so many things wrong with this series but something about the story made me want to read all three. This was painfully awful and at the same time it wasn’t, there is so much potential in this series to make it great but as it stands it is unexceptional.

So let me start with everything I did not like about the books.

This book desperately needs some serious TLC in the editing department, and I’m not just speaking about the typos and grammar issues. Content wise the author would have greatly benefited from a good editor to give insight on the flow of the story and character development. The author claims that this was a new edited version, fire your editor and find somebody competent.

Syssi, the main character is a coward. Annoyingly so. She supposedly has premonitions, very accurate ones at that. Yet, throughout the book she gets two bad feelings. This was the only thing that made her interesting, the first three pages of the book were what got me interested and this was an important aspect. It was so disappointing that this “minor detail” only gets mentioned as her supernatural ability and not actually explored in the plot or to enrich her character. Seriously author?

Her inner self lamenting monologue is excessive and infuriating; she is insecure in the beginning of the book and remains so until the very end. AGH!!! Please give the girl a pair of balls! Work on character development and for pity’s sake make her something better than she was when we first met her.

Then there is her obsession with saving money, I’m all for smart spending and avoiding unnecessary expenditures but the character was beyond obsessed, every time money was mentioned I wanted to scream in sheer anger at how absurdly ridiculous she came across (there must be a more appropriate adjective to insult her but it’s not coming to mind right now). I skipped any conversation that included money. Author your character requires serious therapy.

Kian is a two thousand year old immortal, with the mentality of a teenage boy from an ultra conservative family that has never seen beyond the walls of the village somewhere in the dark ages. He never does anything that marks him as alpha of his clan, fighting is done by others, with the exception of scaring the crap out of a kid and biting the insecure money obsessed female. This guy can morph into any shape he desires, but does the author exploit this? Not once, there is not one scene that shows the beast and how bad ass he is. So sad.

The author pays too much attention to secondary characters in these three books. Should they be excluded? Absolutely not, they should however have been integrated in a different manner without focussing on them.

These three books should have been one book, Kian and Syssi’s story, introduction to the secondary characters, their presence but focus on the two main characters’ story.

I reached the end of book 3, the last of Kian’s and Syssi’s story and guess what? There is no ending! No ENDING!

How do you tell a story about two people for three books and come the end of book three and there is no end?

FRUSTRATING as HELL!

I will not be reading the remaining books; I sincerely hope the author reconsiders these first three books. Rewrite them, make one book, focus on your two main characters, give the story a beginning a middle and an end. Reconsider character development, surely Syssi does not need to be such an insecure creature throughout the book, does she?

Think about including her gifts of premonition, use Kian’s badass gifts and make him more the alpha and the immortal you kind of expect a two thousand year old creature to be.

So why did I read it and am giving these books a reasonably decent rating with 3 stars despite all of the above?

Because for some screwed up reason beyond mortal comprehension I actually enjoyed them. Overall the concept of the story is good, the secondary characters are interesting enough to warrant further development and with a good editor these books could truly be compared to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. As they stand, I am sorry to say but they are so far behind that the BDB are not even within their sights.

New release: Monstrous (Blood of Cain Book 1)

READ THIS BOOK! If you like dark, original, beautiful, twisted and unpredictable this is the book for you.

The advantage of having cool FB friends is that you get their books before the release date, I, am extremely lucky and had the good fortune to read it. My review? Emm… well you all know I am not much of a writer so bare with me.

That blurb below, forget it, J.L. Murray makes it out as if it´s just another paranormal book, believe me it is not. Nothing prepared me for the original story line, the amazing characters, the constant twists in the plot or the beautiful writing. A touch of darkness permeates every page and grips you until you reach the last one.  Definitely a 6 star read.

Monstrous (Blood of Cain Book 1)

Amazon: Monstrous by J.L. Murray

Frankie Mourning died on a Thursday. Then she came back.

Tasked with killing the killers – people with the blood of Cain running through their veins – Frankie always gets her villain. But this time it’s different. This time she has to go home. Something strange is happening in Helmville, Montana. People are dying at an alarming rate, and the sheriff is ruling them all accidents and suicides. Nothing is as it seems and Frankie soon finds herself sucked into the tangled and seemingly supernatural mystery. Because the people acting strangely, the people killing everyone around her are haunting the mirrors. Now Frankie’s own reflection is behaving strangely and seems hellbent on causing her harm.

In a world enmeshed in remote beauty, dark magic, and violent memories, Frankie feels lost. Luckily, a detective on the run for murder shows up. Thomas Dekker wants to help and claims he cares about Frankie. But daring to trust him could cost her everything.

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New release – One Fell Sweep

Looking for something special for the X-mas tree? Look no further, on the 20th of December is the release date of the third book in the Innkeeper Chronicles. If you don´t know them go on over to Ilona Andrews website for more information on these great books Ilona Andrews Innkeeper Chronicles

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One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles Book 3) Kindle Edition (Amazon)

Dina DeMille may run the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, but she caters to very particular kind of guest… the kind that no one on Earth is supposed to know about. Guests like a former intergalactic tyrant with an impressive bounty on her head, the Lord Marshal of a powerful vampire clan, and a displaced-and-superhot werewolf; so don’t stand too close, or you may be collateral damage.

But what passes for Dina’s normal life is about to be thrown into chaos. First, she must rescue her long-distant older sister, Maud, who’s been exiled with her family to a planet that functions as the most lawless penal colony since Botany Bay. Then she agrees to help a guest whose last chance at saving his civilization could bring death and disaster to all Dina holds dear. Now Gertrude Hunt is under siege by a clan of assassins. To keep her guests safe and to find her missing parents, Dina will risk everything, even if she has and may have to pay the ultimate price. Though Sean may have something to say about that.

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One of my favourite books is free on Amazon.

This is such an amazing read and Niki Slobodian is the woman you want to be, well not the unemployed and broke one but the kind that saves herself.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (The Niki Slobodian Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

Niki Slobodian sees things – things that aren’t supposed to be there. Labeled an Abnormal by New Government, her name is tacked onto the Registry, which seems to be getting longer these days. Now she can’t work or she’ll end up the same place as her father: in prison. But with no money coming in, Niki’s getting desperate.

So when a mysterious client offers to get her off the Registry in exchange for taking his case, Niki jumps at the chance. All she has to do is round up a homicidal Dark that’s escaped from Hell and is cruising around the city in borrowed bodies. The murders are piling up, with Niki’s notorious father somehow involved, and Niki’s running out of time. And it seems the Dark isn’t the only thing that escaped…

Giving a new author a chance

I have never heard of Julius Schenk but I saw the promotion of his book on one of the many pages I follow, from his photo he looks rather young and while this is not typically what I like in fantasy I am willing to give it a try. What swayed me? I read his biography on Amazon and he states, and I quote:

“My main mission as a writer of ‘Dark Fantasy’ is to keep it original and unique and hopefully come up with some monster or power that is new. I’d love to be like Bram Stoker with Vampires or Romaro and Zombies.”

Anyone who aspires to be like Bram Stoker deserves that I at least read the book.

So Mr Schenk, here is my contribution to your new book…

Take The Body… (Dark Gods & Tainted Souls Book 1)

by Julius Schenk

Seth stood and watched the nightmare creature as it tore its past master into bloody shreds and tried not to let the gripping fear show on his face. He could feel the man’s life force, his memories, his talents and hard won skills filling his own mind and body, turning him into something much more than the lowly soldier he’d been just mere moments before.

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