REVIEW Jayded, Dark and light Book 1. By Gideon

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Searching for Heaven but living in Hell. This was Jay`s life, he had been gifted since birth. He carried the gift of foresight, he could communicate with those beyond this mortal realm. He was the one that could do, what no other could. This gift carried a very high price though. It was slowly killing him, pushing him to the very edges of his sanity. He was destined to help his fellow man, to only serve the divine. But one by one people close to him started dying. The darkness was coming and all that stood before it was Jay, a member of the celestial choir and some very short-tempered dog soldiers. In a game of chicken between the universe and these four, you would have to wonder who would blink first. The light will continue to shine, whatever the cost may be.

3.5 STARS

This book was one of the more unusual titles I have read. The author has a very interesting imagination.  The story is about a man named Jay who is troubled with visions and doesn’t quite know his place in the world.  It is only have a serious life event that Jay truly comes to understand and accept his calling upon Earth.

The story is set at a good pace with a few characters but the ones that are in the story are strong and fully developed.  I would have liked to have found out more about Jays back story and also that of the female lead. To give that richness.  The way the author has been able to tackle such a interesting subject is commendable. I find the areas that are covered very interesting. It has a slight Constantine edge about it which i liked.

The language is good if in some places repetitive. I am aware this is book one in a series and I felt the ending lent itself perfectly for the next book. In my opinion this is book would not work as a stand alone due to the ending, although the author has been very clever with the ending; it makes you want  to find out what happens next!

In conclusion, I found the topic engaging and the writing good. slightly repetitive in places but nothing that hugely detracts from the story. Great characters and a brilliant leading ending. Very well written to set up the second book in this series.

I give Jayded 3.5 stars.

At the time of this review Jayded was available on Kindle unlimited

Jayded by Gideon link.

http://smarturl.it/Jayded

 

REVIEW Dance of Shadows, By Yelena Black

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Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you’re close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner’s heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister’s shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed . . .

4  STARS

I came across this title at the public library and found the cover really eye catching.  i must confess that on this occasion I did not read the blurb , which is unusual for me as I like to have some idea of what the story is about.

The story unfolds quite slowly with Vanessa Alder starting her freshman year at the New York Ballet Academy , three years after his sister Margaret dissipated in her own freshman year.  Which is Vanessa’s main focus to attending the best Ballet school in the USA.  However,  Vanessa is more than she seems, strange things happen when she dances.

Vanessa is a very relate-able girl, I enjoyed how the author created a complete world in which you could, as a reader fully believe to be real.  I have no dance  back ground but I found it very easy to follow the story and enjoy this new world of ballet. It takes a while to get into the main theme of the story , which I really didn’t mind as it gently drew me into Vanessa’s world. At no point was I bored or confused by the direction the author was leading me .

It isn’t until the last quarter of the book that things really start to come together. Subtle hints are given through out the second half of the book, which I found built up the suspense. Having said that, most of the sinister characters are easy to spot;  But be prepared for some surprise twists. These really added an edge to the last part of the book. The pace increases and I found myself unable to put it down until I knew how things ended.

The ending was well written, I don’t want to spoil it for potential readers . All I will say is, it is worth the read and you might get more then you expected. Over all it is a really enjoyable young adult book with some fantastic characters and plot twists that just keep you turning  those pages.

Since completing the title I have looked online to purchase my own copy  and have discovered that it is quite an old title, you can however still get paper copies of the book; although it is sadly no longer available on kindle. There is another book in the series available as well.

Buy Link

http://smarturl.it/DanceOfShadows

REVIEW. Nameless, By Helen J Barnes

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Addison is a typical teen, who worries only about the relatively insignificant things in life like; college, friends, boy bands and passing her driving test. 

Little does Addy know, life is about to put her to the test when she becomes the object of an addiction, an infatuation and an obsession on a level she cannot begin to comprehend.
As the weather turns frosty and the icy season draws in Addison finds that, someone she assumed to be a relatively innocent secret admirer, is taking things to the next level and their thoughts are colder, darker and more sinister than the freezing winter nights.
But how do you stop a faceless, nameless stalker when even authorities can’t find the culprit?
CONTAINS SCENES OF A DISTURBING, ADULT THEME. READERS SHOULD BE 18+ YEARS

4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book, It was well written and engaging. The characters are relate-able  and true to life. I especially liked the female lead Addy, she  come across as both strong and vulnerable.

The Story is quite dark and the subject matter ma not be for everyone, however I found it sensitively written. To  be able to write something so harrowing without making it into a  an uncomfortable read is a real skill. It is a book that keeps you wondering until the end, I was very pleased to find that I had trouble guessing who the sinister character was as it kept me reading.

There was only one aspect of the book that I found disappointing and that was the screen shots of the Facebook messages. now, I read this book on my kindle paper white so maybe that is the issue. Having said that when I enlarged the font size in the hopes to read the images they sadly remained the same size.

Over all it is a great example of the genre and I would read it again.

Buy link for Amazon 

Nameless 

This book is currently available on Kindle unlimited.

REVIEW The Nephilim Brood, By Michael K. Paraiso

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Shane Connell along with 144,000 other people are abducted by aliens. They believe that they have been kept in stasis and brought to the aliens home planet.Only they find out that their not on a planet at all, but aboard an enormous terrarium star-ship, with an environment almost identical to Earth.

They also learn that their alien captors are actually highly evolved humans; on a rescue mission to save them from impending disaster. There’s a humongous asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Their mission is to transport a diverse segment of the earth human population to a new home planet in a galaxy 389 years away.

However, evolution has taken a terrible wrong turn on this new planet and humanity has split into  two separate species. One species are pre-Neanderthal carnivores. The others are normal humans as nature intended, the carnivore creatures will eventually render the native humans extinct. So a third species, a small select group of earth humans that will include Shane Connell, will be sent through a wormhole hundreds of years in advance on a mission to try and right this evolutionary wrong.

They are the Nephilim Brood…

Shane rescues Lashena, a beautiful native woman from certain death at the hands of the carnivorous creatures. they spend time living together in erotic bliss and fall madly in love. Shane discovers a deadly poisonous plant and teaches the natives archery and the art of the poisonous booby trap. He then enlists the help of the earth humans. Heavily outnumbered, against all odds and after many hard fought battles they finally defeat the bloodthirsty creatures in an epic battle of the ages.

3.5 STARS

This book held so much promise int the beginning, I loved how much detail there is describing the star ship and the complexity of the characters . I could clearly picture the scenes in my head. I really like Shane Connell, his character is strong and has a great presence. I could tell early on that he would make a great leader.The cross section of the human race that are the main focus in the first half of the book are very well-developed and totally believable. The interactions are great and really give the reader a true insight into how we interact with each other when thrown together in an unknown situation.

The mixture of biblical references and SCI-FI is an interesting one that surprisingly works very well. I have studied the Bible and found that the author had really researched for this title. For me it added that extra element and I believe that this book is still mainstream enough to appeal to a wide audience.

The story sets a good pace, the introduction of the native tribe starting with Lashena was gripping and very well thought out, I could tell this story was going to just get better and better. Sadly it didn’t turn out that way.  The second half of the book is very repetitive, I found myself becoming a bit put off.  The battles were truly epic in scale and detailed, however, I think this section could have been streamlined or maybe changed up the language slightly to keep the reader hooked.

In conclusion, it is a good SCI-FI with a Biblical twist. An amazing cast and some truly amazing descriptive writing in places. For me the only thing that places this book as good and not great is the second half. Overall an eye-opening read that really gets you thinking about what it means to be Human.

Perchasing links

Paperback  http://smarturl.it/TheNephilimBroodPB

Kindle         http://smarturl.it/TheNpehilimBroodKIN

This title is available on Kindle Unlimited.

REVIEW. Unknown By Phil Price

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Blurb

Every year across the world thousands of people disappear. Many return home safe and well. Some are never found. A select few end up far from home, harvested by two feuding brothers who need their blood.

How on Earth can this happen?

It doesn’t happen on Earth.

☆☆☆☆☆

I have just finished reading Unknown ,by Phil Price and all I can say is wow! The blurb gives nothing away so you are thrown into the book semi blind and that just makes it so much better. The writer takes you on a fantastic journey, full of mystery and adventure that keeps you hooked. This is not a book you can read while half  watching the TV if you don’t concentrate you miss big chunks of the story and have to re read . I know this because I have two children and they interrupt a lot! This is not a critique of the author’s ability to write , far from it ! It shows how well the story’s sub plots have been interwoven.

This book has many layers each of them as gripping and interesting as the main plot line.
The main characters are rich with detail and believable . At points I felt the hairs on my arms stand on end and even got a bit tearful in places . The story moves on at a good pace, at no point did I become bored. The language used really added depth to the piece and transported me to different times effortlessly.

I cannot recall ever reading a novel based on this subject matter that has been anywhere close to the complexity and uniqueness of this title.
I know this is the first title and another is to follow , I can honestly say I cannot wait.

Bottom line.

A fantastic fantasy, with plenty to keep your imagination busy, a must read

 

You can grab your own copy of Unknown  here.

Kindle and KU        Paperback

you can connect with phil using the following links :

Twitter  @PhilPrice19

Facebook   @Phil.price.author

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!

I set this up to share my love of the written word mostly, but also about me as a person and my adventures (or lack there of).  I am an author, my first book was indie published but then I was picked up by a publisher and am currently waiting for my re launch in June! I have always loved to read and a dear friend of mine who is also an author encouraged me to use my crazy imagination to create my only stories. Its been an experience! So I will share with you my journey of independent publishing, my work and also the books I love to read. Don’t worry I don’t put spoilers in my reviews.

You are now probably thinking , great we know what you do, but who exactly are you? 

That’s a fair question, so here is a bit about me. My name is Alana, I am 32 years old. I am a stay at home mother with two beautiful boys, aged 4 and  2. I love to cook and watch scifi and fantasy TV/ movies with my husband. I am a serious geek. ( I have an Ewok backpack, that I  use)  I really like to go walking and  as I live near a beach that just adds to the appeal to get outside.

 

 

Reading is my real passion, I mean I read a LOT! So I thought why not use my love of reading to review some great new authors, some old favorites and just go with it. I then was asked if I offered interviews and I said … yeah I do! ( I totally didn’t and may have had a mild freak out) So there you have it; that’s me and what I do. Not too exciting but I love it and I hope you get some enjoyment from this site.