Review: Book: Children of the Void- Adam Clarke

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Title: Children of the Void 

Series: Zero Tolerance Unit Files #1

Author’s Name: Adam Clarke

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Science Fiction/ Adventure

Page Count: 321 Pages

ISBN: B07DTYNV5S

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Children of the Void

Link to Goodreads: Children of the Void

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Organized Crime lives its golden age in Capitol City, but not for long if the newly formed Zero Tolerance Unit has anything to say about it… Even if it shouldn’t be their primary concern.

An elusive cult is brewing something sinister: an ancient ritual that would remove humanity’s material form, by opening the Void.

Jonas Hansen is a vigilante who decides to join the ZTU to prove that orphans don’t always end up in the Mafia.

Kyra Allison thinks – and often proves – that she is smarter than most people. This doesn’t get her many friends in the ZTU, but that is just fine for her.

Until she meets Jonas.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not sure what to think when I was first asked to read this book. It was not my normal reach for kind of book, but something told me to give it a chance. I have to say my favorite character is Jonas. He is willing to do what has to be done for himself, Granny, Kyra and those that need it on the side of right. I do like Kyra’s way of doing things, but sometimes all of smarts do get her into a bit of trouble and her not wanting to go back and work for her father. This book took me on a journey I did not know that I wanted to go on. I like that the book is told from different points of view that include: Zero, Kyra and Jonas. I am looking forward to reading what comes next. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

 

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Review: Book: The Light Between Worlds- Laura E. Weymouth

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Title: The Light Between Worlds 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Laura E. Weymouth

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA

Page Count: 368 Pages

ISBN: 9780062696878

Author or Book Website: https://www.lauraeweymouth.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Light Between Worlds

Link to Goodreads: The Light Between Worlds

Release Date: October 23, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.

When Ev and Phil finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.

Now, Evelyn spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.

But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honor review. This book touched my soul on so many levels. I felt like I understood kind of what the sisters had been going things. The complete mix of fantasy and reality was a bit of a mind trip. I am not sure I could handle all of that, but it made for good reading. It kind of made me wonder since I have a twin sister and that I would not know how to react if I was in either of the sister’s places. I have always kind of lived in a fantasy world where I am the hero. I created my own worlds to escaped into and that is the feeling I get from this book. Happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Damsel- Elana K. Arnold

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Title: Damsel 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Elana K. Arnold

Publisher:  Balzer + Bray

Genre: YA Fairytale Retelling

Page Count: 320 Pages

ISBN: 9780062742346

Author or Book Website: http://elanakarnold.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Damsel

Link to Goodreads: Damsel

Release Date: October 2, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. There is a lot to say about this book and there are a lot of trigger warnings in this book. Just be aware of that when picking this book. I am not saying that you should not read this book. I am saying there are some dark themes but in my opinion it was not done in a distasteful way. It did at times make me a little uncomfortable, but to me that was part of it being a little to real. I don’t want to tell you too much about the book. I don’t like spoilers so I try my best to not tell you too much. I would say give the book a try I think Elana did a masterful but dark retelling. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Serpentine- Laurell K. Hamilton

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Title: Serpentine 

Series: Anita Blake #26

Author’s Name: Laurell K. Hamilton

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 496 Pages

ISBN:  B077LY8MJ3

Author or Book Website: https://www.laurellkhamilton.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: Serpentine

Link to Goodreads: Serpentine

Release Date: August 7, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Vampire hunter Anita Blake has managed to overcome everything she faces. But this time there’s a monster that even she doesn’t know how to fight…

A remote Florida island is the perfect wedding destination for the upcoming nuptials of Anita’s fellow U.S. Marshal and best friend Edward. For Anita, the vacation is a welcome break, as it’s the first trip she gets to take with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel. But it’s not all fun and games and bachelor parties…

In this tropical paradise Micah discovers a horrific new form of lycanthropy, one that has afflicted a single family for generations. Believed to be the result of an ancient Greek curse, it turns human bodies into a mass of snakes.

When long-simmering resentment leads to a big blowout within the wedding party, the last thing Anita needs is more drama. But it finds her anyway when women start disappearing from the hotel, and worse–her own friends and lovers are considered the prime suspects. There’s a strange power afoot that Anita has never confronted before, a force that’s rendering those around her helpless in its thrall. Unable to face it on her own, Anita is willing to accept help from even the deadliest places. Help that she will most certainly regret–if she survives at all, that is…

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I am a huge fan of this series and I have been for a very long time. I had been wondering for a long time what this was going to be like. Ever since Edward/Ted asked Donna to marry him. I was wishing for a lot more action like in the earlier books in the series and less relationship drama. Edward is by far my favorite character. I know that is weird a paranormal/sci-fi book and I pick the human. This has been pointed out to me a few times. But all of us who have been fan know that no matter where Anita goes there is going to be some kind of trouble. There are still some questions in the series I would like answered, but maybe it is time for me to go back and re-read the books and see if there is something I missed and see if I can answer my own questions. I think it is a good read and will continue to be a fan. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

 

 

 

Review: Book: The Finale- Leigh Walker

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Title: The Finale

Series: Vampire Royals #3

Author’s Name: Leigh Walker

Publisher: CMG Publishing

Genre: YA Vampires

Page Count: 197 Pages

ISBN: 1983172723 (ISBN13: 9781983172724)

Author or Book Website: https://www.leighwalkerbooks.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Finale

Link to Goodreads: The Finale

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

A ROYAL WEDDING IS COMING…BUT WHICH CONTESTANT WILL BE THE BRIDE?

Gwyneth West’s a finalist in The Pageant, the dating competition that’s gripping the settlements. Down to the final week, the dashing Prince Dallas Black will choose one young woman as his fiancé.
One small issue: Gwyneth’s a human and the prince is a vampire. What’s worse? Gwyneth’s family are sworn rebels, out to take back the settlements and overthrow the crown. What’s worse than that? Gwyn’s own rebel brother is a prisoner in the castle dungeons, but the king and queen don’t know his true identity.
Gwyneth and Dallas want to show the settlements that vampires and humans can live together in peace. But as their differences threaten to tear them apart, Gwyneth discovers her love puts the prince at risk.
How do you choose between love and duty? 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have read and reviewed to two books that come before this one and there is another one that comes after it. I love Gwyn and Dallas. It does not matter what they are going through even when they have their doubts. There were parts that just broke my heart even through I had a good idea what was to come. I want them to be together and there is so much getting in their way. The rebels, her brother, one being a vampire and the other human, and the other contestants. It is a lot to take in. If you want to know how or if they over come it. Then you will have to grab a copy of this book. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: Shadows of Night- Barbara White

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Title: Shadows of Night

Series: Shadow Lords Series #1

Author’s Name: Barbara White

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 633 Pages

ISBN:  1981051414

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Shadows of Night

Link to Goodreads: Shadows of Night

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

The Shadow Lords will return.
Sarah and David were orphaned at 2 yrs old on the same day when both Sarah’s parents and David’s parents died in a mysterious plane crash. Placed in an orphanage where they have lived a basically normal life for 12 years together, their lives are about to be suddenly and drastically changed when a confrontation with a school bully causes a frightening change in Sarah.
Transforming, out of rage, into a creature with blue skin, talons and wings begins both of their journey into a secret, fascinating world of winged people where magic is normal and myth is real…but even in this wondrous new world there are prophecies of a returning ancient evil. The Shadow Lords, whose dark magic and lust for power, can only be brought back by the blood magic of one particular pair. With the help of the Black Riders, whose goals are to free the Shadow Lords and their dark magic into the world, the prophecies are in danger of being fulfilled when it is found that it is Sarah and David’s blood they seek.
Thrown into a world where their blood is sought out for evil, there is still hope, as they are also the ones with the potential to destroy the Shadow Lords but first they must learn their own talents, magical strengths and power and they must join with five companions of their own kind before the Shadow Lords are released. They all must learn enough to lead the war against the Shadow Lords, Black Riders and their followers. Will they have the time, the skill, the strength, the power and the love to save them all?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not about how I felt about this book. I mean I have read books about similar but this book made me want to question what I know about the world. Ancient prophecies always have me wondering. I want to know where all of these prophecies are written down or who wrote them. I have to say I think that Sarah is my favorite character. I know that she goes through a lot with her friend David. They are orphaned at a young age and go into the system. They have to deal with a change in Sarah when she was trying to deal with a bully. IT changed all they knew about their world and what it lead them to that world and it’s dangers. If you want to find out what happens to them and about the prophecy you will have to read it for yourself. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: A Dead God Awakes- John White

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Title: A Dead God Awakes

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: John White

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Page Count: 336 Pages

ISBN: 198314276X

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: A Dead God Awakes

Link to Goodreads: A Dead Body Awakes

Release Date: N/A 

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Charlatan. Brute. Apostate. Desperate. Outcast. Finch Crushluck is no Death Priest. But he’s posing as one to make a fortune in pursuit of an amulet that contains the blood of First, a powerful alien being of pure entropy. Finch is not alone in his quest. Seduced by First’s promise of power, a holy man betrays his faith and seeks the amulet to free the creature. To save her kidnapped daughter, a merchant captain delivers the ransom of a gilded dirigible to First. To avenge the murder of his family, a giant risks the fate of the world by using the amulet as bait to lure a hated foe and his monstrous war machine into combat. First waits for them in the heart of a nightmare landscape of destruction and madness. But the greatest dangers Finch and his companions face on their journey are deceit and disdain. The clash of their desires can destroy First or unleash him from his ancient prison. They can save the world. Or hasten its doom.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.  This book has left me with a lot to think about. Of course I can’t tell you if they save or bring on destruction of the world. It is an adventure that a group of misfits all end up going on for their very own reasons. Not all of them are in it for the right ones. First kind of scares me with all that ancient talk and all the think he could do. I had a feeling that someone was going to turn on them and all hell would back lose. I feel a little strange about this. It is like something from an ancient and dark prophecy. It needs more attention brought to it. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars