Fantasy Category

First Light (Forever After Series, #1)

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Everyday Adrielle works hard to please her mom and feels she is failing terribly.  They are starving as are all the people in the land with the continuous drought that has been plaguing the kingdom.  She listens to her father’s lessons and continues to do well at using herbs to help those that need help.  However, her world collapses around her when her mother and father both die within weeks of each other.  Unable to turn to her selfish and mean siblings, Adrielle is forced to take out on her own.  When she is picked up by a carriage and a strange woman, Adrielle learns quickly that there is more to this world than she knows.  She’s quickly introduced to magic, curses, and fairies.  The only dream she has is to get to Tallinyne and find her older lost sister, but there is an evil lurking and she must make the choice to save the kingdom her follow her heart.

I have always loved Michele Paige Holmes writing, but this book (I feel I say this with all of her writing) is my favorite!  I love fairy tales and this one mixes them all up into a great suspenseful read.  A mixture of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Bean Stalk and I feel even some Snow White is present in this book.  Michele is a magician when it comes to making words come alive and jump off the pages.  I definitely will be looking forward to the next book in the series.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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Boston’s Quest (The Holoquest Fantasy Series Book 2)

Boston's Quest

Boston’s Quest is a continuation of DiSemblance, and in my opinion it must be read in order to fully understand all the characters, the machines being built and used, and the overall story line.  Boston is still struggling to figure out what she wants to do with her life, she knows she must keep her mother happy and follow her wishes in order to keep her sober.  However, Boston struggles with holding onto the “popular” image in order to please her mom, and being who she really is: a photographer, archer, and girlfriend to a gaming boy, stuck in the middle of a murder trial.

Jason is trying to survive day to day, with both parents dead and a brother that believes he murdered them, it hasn’t been very easy.  In order to go on, Jason keeps locked up in his room playing video games and inventing like his father counting down the days until the trial of the real psychopath who killed several people all in the name of research.  Boston and Jason struggle daily, but it has come to their attention that witnesses for the trial are beginning to disappear and Boston and Jason may not be far behind them.

I’m not a gamer, but this book is focused around the gaming world, the detail that the author has put into this is actually quite amazing.  Not being a gamer I was still able to follow the story and visually understand what I was reading.  My only real problem that I have with this book is because of the cliffhanger at the end is very frustrating.  The first book finished with all the loose ends cleaned up and didn’t leave you hanging with a lot of questions.   I’m one that does like my stories to be solved, and if they are in a series, each book can be written with a new problem that can be added onto the previous story, but each new problem solved before the ending.  It’s very frustrating that nothing was solved in this book and it ended without a real solution or conclusion. It ended with “The End” in the middle of nowhere. Very frustrating.

*I Received a Free ECopy of this Book in Exchange for an Honest Review*

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A Wild Ride: The Adventures of Misty & Moxie Wyoming

A Wild Ride

(Girl Detective & Her Horse Mystery Story Ages 6-8 & 9-12)

Excited for her tenth birthday, Moxie Wyoming Woodson wakes up and rushes out to find if she’s lucky enough to get her own barrel racing horse.  She is even more excited when she sees her dad getting ready to head out with the empty horse trailer.  Patiently she waits for her father to get back from his “fence-fixing” trip, only to be disappointed when he comes home and leads out a very old and very sway-backed grey-flecked black horse.  With instructions that she’s to love and care for this special horse, Moxie Wyoming throws a little tantrum but is surprised when the horse winks at her.  Wait a second, the horse winks?  It doesn’t take long for Moxie to realize that there’s more than what meets the eye with her new horse, Misty.

When Moxie and her best friend Pickle over hear a small gang making plans to round up a herd of wild mustangs and even recruit a local deputy, they know they can’t just sit back and not do anything about it.  When a special package arrives with special magical pink boots and a whistle, it becomes obvious that it’ll be up to Misty and Moxie to protect the wild mustangs from the gang.

This is a very cute read for any age, even if a child is unable to read on their own it is a fun one that can be read aloud to them.  With a little mystery, magic and some detective work a little girl learns that there’s more to life than barrel racing, and helping animals that can’t help themselves is very important and she’s willing to do what it takes.  I did enjoy taking a break from my normal every day reads, and had fun reading about Misty and Moxie’s adventures.  My children would love to read this story as would other children.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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DiSemblance (The Holoquest Fantasy Series Book 1)

DiSemblance

Detective Bruce Durante is the lead homicide detective in the “Comfort Killer” case and is very determined to bring down the suspect that is killing patients that have been diagnosed as terminally ill and have gone missing only to turn up in dead in a coffin 3 weeks later. He’s surprised and very doubtful when the killer changes his motive and a young woman is killed and the killer has thought to be caught red handed after a shoot out. Determined to find the truth Bruce sets out to solve this case while trying to keep his new marriage intact.

Jason and Isaac, brothers that are home schooled by their very protective and secretive father, are content to live their life cut off from the rest of the world in their home. The boys live vicariously through a hologram machine, living out any scenario that they can dream of. Whether it be hooking up with girls in a bar, playing cards with their dead mother, or surfing in the ocean, as long as they keep their secret and not tell a soul they can continue to live this life. While Isaac lives in his little world pretending that his mother is alive, Jason gets out every morning to go for a jog and feed an injured fox. Jason is only slightly older than Isaac but he takes responsibility and is mature in all his actions. Balancing their bills and caring for his brother while his Dad keeps disappearing. Jason accidentally forms a friendship with Boston, the neighbor girl who has been secretly taking photographs of him, and Isaac is enthralled with her starts to create a character in her likeness for the hologram machine.

One fateful day brings Bruce, Jason and Boston in the same circle. Accusing Jason’s dad of being the Comfort Killer, Bruce has made himself an enemy to the boys. Seeing no other option but to disappear, Jason and Isaac take off with Boston only to be kidnapped and Bruce may be the only man willing to find the truth and learn to decipher between reality and fantasy. Someone is using the hologram as a weapon and killing others and framing the innocent to create a world where they can live forever.

I don’t read this genre very often, but I’m really glad that I chose to read this one. I finished another book and had a little time to spare before I needed to go to bed. I started reading the first page and didn’t go to bed until I finished the last page! I was hooked. The way the author changed the point of view between characters helped keep the fast pace. I was never bored and it held my full attention. You definitely need to keep your wits about you as you read because there is a lot going on and you the reader don’t know whether you have been drawn into reality or if you are now stuck in the hologram machine. Hats off to the author for writing such a fun book, with so much going on I’m sure it wasn’t easy. I will be reading the next book in the series soon.

*I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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Wonderfully Wicked (The Dreamcaster Series) (Volume 1)

Wonderfully Wicked

Kalila Montgomery is anything but normal, she’s a dreamcaster. As a dreamcaster, Kalila’s nightmares take shape and come to life. She’s forced to live away from others, because her nightmares tend to bring harm to those that have the misfortune of sleeping anywhere near her. She’s content with having one friend, who just happens to be a prophetess who accepts Kalila and her dreams. Sometimes Kalila’s dreams also give her knowledge of what’s going to happen in the future and one of those dreams tells her to look out for a man that will be the death of her, literally. Unfortunately for her, that man has targeted her to be his escape from the V’alkara brotherhood.

Lydon v’al Endrain and his brotherhood are at the mercy of dreamcasters. Unable to survive with nightmares, they depend on the nightmares that people like Kalila supply, they feed on their dreams. Lydon is not a normal V’alkara, he doesn’t sit back being content with taking orders from Master White. He knows that there are other ways to “cure” the V’alkara’s weakness and he’s ready to branch out on his own. He just needs to convince Kalila that she’s better off with him, and the best way to do that is to kidnap her. Kalila is anything but ready to trust the man that she has visions of drinking her blood, she’s feisty, sassy, and will use whatever means necessary to fight for her freedom, even if that means unleashing her worst nightmares. Kalila and Lydon must learn to trust each other and learn to listen to their hearts if they are to beat the brotherhood and be free to live their lives, with or without Kalila’s dreams to aid them.

To say there is a lot going on in this book is putting it mildly. C.J. Burright, the author, has a lot of information and material that she must pass on to the reader to help them understand Kalila’s and Lydon’s world, and it’s not an easy task. Because there was so much going on, and I didn’t feel like I had a lot of information to go off of, I felt lost for several chapters. I found myself getting frustrated and putting the book down, I kept forcing myself to pick it up and read a few more pages. It wasn’t until I reached about Chapter 9, that I started to understand and appreciate the book. I usually don’t give a book that long to get me hooked, but I knew I didn’t want to give up on it. I’m glad I didn’t. The characters finally grew on me once I appreciated who they were and what abilities they had. Once I figured out how the brotherhood really depended on the dreamcasters and the real trouble that Kalila was in I couldn’t put the book down. I think this is a book I would read again, now that I know what’s going on and I think it would help me appreciate the beginning of the book a lot more. I wish there were a better way to write the book where the reader could understand what was going on without losing the action. This is a great book once you know what’s going on and how all the characters fall into place. My advice, stick with it and give it time, Lydon and Kalila grow on you.

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*Contains Sexual Content*

Pandora (Goddesses & Geeks Book 1)

Pandora

Blake Wells is not your typical politician, he’s a good man that stands by his word and wants nothing more than to help the people and protect his country. He hasn’t let the people on Capitol Hill corrupt him, he’s a congressional representative that has continued to work hard and stay honest. Elections are coming up again and he’s doing his best to attend the meet and greets, makes speeches, and he attends political parties. Unfortunately, he’s trying to attend those parties with a so-called “date” on his arm, and he’s fed up with the phony women oozing high-pitched falseness out of their condescending mouths. Like leaches, they attach themselves to his arms and spit venom at any approaching woman, indicating that they are staking claim on him. Congressman Wells keeps his head down and works hard, and it takes exceptionally well-trained and hardworking staff to keep up with him as well as help him to lift his head up and take a well-deserved breath. Georgia Dawson, his Chief of Staff, means to do just that, she is sending Blake on a mini-vacation to get a life and take his head away from the game for a few days.

Their plans involve the sunny and sandy beaches of Nassau. Rider, another staff member can’t be more scared for Blake’s life with this proposal. Rider is a sweet kid that has hair-brained ideas about conspiracy theories, aliens, and ghosts. There isn’t a worse place for Blake to travel to, than a vacation spot smack dab in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle. Shaking off the crazy kids rants, Blake takes off for a working vacation. As soon as the plane lands, he leaves behind his phone and sets up camp on the beach ready to enjoy the peace and quiet while lounging in the sun’s rays. That’s when a vision meets his eye, Cressida Anesidora Ianthe Olympia Demetria Admeta Hephastidus, aka Cressida. When Cressida walks in, Blake’s luck walks out.

This begins the story of Cressida and Blake. I was completely spell bound by this book. The words and dialogue flowed smoothly. The romance between Cressida and Blake came quickly, but the real substance of their story came with the series of events that took Blake’s charmed life to a life surrounded in bad luck, which directly affected his campaign and his chances at reelection. You didn’t know whether to laugh or cry for him, but he had such strong character that he never let it affect him. He took one bad thing after another and turned it around to make it seem like a minuscule bump in the road. I turned the pages as quickly as I could read them. Pandora is brimming with all the makings of a great book: humor, romance, intrigue, kidnapping, and courage. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series.

I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: Review

 

Miranda’s Choice

Miranda's Choice

Miranda James is a typical teenage girl that is struggling with what life has thrown her way. Not only are her parents divorced, but her father is dating another woman and Miranda is not happy with the entire situation. Her attitude gets worse and she struggles to even carry on a conversation with her dad, fueling her anger and hate, her dad’s girlfriend calls her on her birthday to invite her to be a bridesmaid. Things couldn’t get worse. Along with her challenges, Miranda is having reoccurring dreams, unable to figure them out she starts to lash out at everyone around her. When everything seems to be coming to head, she is hanging with her best friend when suddenly her life takes an unexpected turn; she is brought into a world of mermaids. She’s about to find that life isn’t always greener on the other side.

I struggled at first to relate to Miranda, her hate seemed to take hold of the reader and it was hard to shake it off. I didn’t really start enjoying the story until the sea became her new life. Once in the mermaid’s village the story had twists and turns and held my interest. On the last page I was sorry to see it end.

I received a free ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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