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ARC Review: Raven’s Cry by Dana Fraedrich

Raven’s Cry by Dana Fraedrich 4.5/5

38323190.jpgA dark retelling of Swan Lake ~ Calandra is happiest when she’s surrounded by quiet, joined only by a book and a cup of tea, never around people and their insufferable need to make small talk. When Nicodemus, a magus with immense power, joins the royal court of Invarnis, Calandra’s life will change forever. As a terrible curse pursues her through the centuries, Calandra will have to overcome captivity, war, and loss.

In this standalone installment, set in Dana Fraedrich’s Broken Gears universe, readers will join Calandra in her battle for freedom, hope, and healing.

Raven’s Cry is out 1-5-18 !!!! Preorder your copy here.

Review:

After reading Fraedrich’s Out of the Shadows, I was keen for an ARC of Raven’s Cry. I haven’t yet read book two in the Broken Gears series, but it was easy to jump back in with this book as it is a standalone, yet still has links to Out of the Shadows for those who have read it. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the rest of the series, it won’t affect the narrative for you. Those links are only noticeable to readers of the other books.

The world building in Cali’s tale is just as thought out and imaginative. Cali’s story is tragic for centuries, but she somehow keeps her head and makes it through the torture and imprisonment at the hands of a powerful, evil magus.

Fraedrich has mastered the retelling well. I am not usually a fan of retellings, but as long as the narrative carries its weight in its own right with hints to the original, then I am a happy reader.

If you enjoy retellings, this dark retelling of Swan Lake is for you, and while you’re at it, why not get book one in the Broken Gears series?


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Review: Invasion by Sean Platt & Johnny B Truant

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Invasion by Sean Platt & Johnny B Truant 3/5

24915344They are coming. The countdown has begun.
First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn’t even bother to deny the alien ships’ existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with internet) has already shown the populace what is coming. So the news has turned from evasion to triage, urging calm and offering the few facts they have:

The objects are enormous, perfectly round spheres numbering in the dozens, maybe hundreds. They are on an approach vector for Earth. And they will arrive in six days.

Fear simmers.
Meyer Dempsey – mogul, wealthy entrepreneur, arrogant and always in charge – is in New York, on the phone with his ex-wife in LA when the news breaks. He can hear tension in the voices of reporters and experts chronicling all that’s known and unknown. But even while those supposedly in charge restrain their own panic, Meyer finds he recognizes bits and pieces of what the world is facing. He’s seen this in dreams – in visions of another place. He knows where he and his family must go. He has prepared … though he never knew until now what he’d been preparing for.

He knows only they cannot hesitate. They must run to their safe haven in the Colorado mountains. Now. Before society shatters into chaos, and it all falls apart.

Review:

There’s not a lot of ‘invasion’ in this book. The story follows Meyer Dempsey as he takes his family across country to get them to a safe haven after the first initial sightings of ‘crafts’ approaching Earth from Jupiter’s orbit. This book is part of a series, so the invasion/ contact should occur later on in the series. Perhaps book one should have been called ‘Sighting’???

The characters are well developed and stick to their character arcs, but they’re not particularly likeable. This did hinder my reading experience because even the characters you’re supposed to like/ feel sorry for, I.E. Piper, come across as naive or plain ignorant in places.

The story is well written and I couldn’t distinguish between the two authors. Their writing styles obviously not only compliment each other, but blend incredibly well.


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EVO Ghost Release Day

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I’m thrilled to announce the release of EVO Ghost, book three in the EVO Nation Series. Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the final installment. I hope you have woken up to shiny, new copies on your Kindle devices.

If you would like to purchase your copy, follow this link.

copy-of-evoHer name is both feared and revered.
Her name is that of a ghost.
Her name is Teddie Leason, and she’s back from the dead.

Teddie never agreed with Woodman’s hare-brained declaration of war that cost the lives of those dear to her, but now, she is the main participant in forwarding what he started. There is no turning back, the war has to play out, and she must end the oppression of her kind. EVO are at the mercy of a man with outdated ideas and the power to wield them. Britain will be reshaped forever unless enemies become allies and sacrifices are made.

Becoming the ‘Face of the Rebellion’ is bitter sweet, with the potential for justice, but also a weight she struggles to shoulder. The fight has never been more important, and EVO have never been more at risk. They will follow where she leads. Does Teddie have the strength to bear that responsibility?

Not read the rest of the series? You can purchase your copies here.

 

You can read ARC reviews for EVO Ghost and discover reader’s thoughts on all three books on Goodreads.

Paperback will be available shortly. You can also buy the entire trilogy at a discounted rate via Amazon.

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Thank you for all your continued support from the release of book one in 2015, to Teddie’s finale.


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Review: Awaken by G.R. Thomas

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Awaken by G.R. Thomas 4/5

27822669.jpgSOME PEOPLE AREN’T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY.
With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life.
As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted.
However, destiny was about to intervene.
Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination.
Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity.
Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger.
Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate?
Will the devil be her saviour?
Will an Angel be her downfall?

Review:

This book definitely has a lot of religious and mythical subtext, but Thomas has taken these elements and worked them into a unique, fantasy story of angels, satans, and higher beings. Don’t worry if you shy away from books with religious tones, as this is definitely a fantasy. However, Sophia’s story really does make you question what is out there.

There is a wealth of interesting characters and beings, and the world building is well researched and woven into the narrative. Sophia is a relatable character, thrust into a strange world where she is of most importance. A few times, I did question Sophia’s naivety and the way she didn’t want to hear the truth at first. I guess that’s because I’m the opposite character and wouldn’t be satisfied until I knew everything and anything of relevance as soon as the need arose.

The book felt very lengthy and this is partly down to the slow pace at the beginning laced with lots of info dumps, but once you are into the story, the narrative flows faster and the action picks up.


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Review: The Girl with the Green-Tinted Hair by Gavin Whyte

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The Girl with the Green-Tinted Hair by Gavin Whyte 3/5

27419129When a boy finds a girl singing and dancing under his favourite tree he didn’t realise he had been chosen to be the one-off witness to something out of this world. The boy is shown how to live in joy and is reminded of how to pursue his life’s calling. His fear of ageing is overcome and dying is no longer what it seems – all because of the girl with the green-tinted hair.

In this truly comforting tale of wonder and intrigue, which has been called a “hidden gem”, we discover for ourselves how to live in harmony with that which is forever flowing; that which we call life.

Review:

I have mixed feelings about this book. The messages and life lessons the boy learns are important, but this was a non-story in regards to narrative. Yes, I suppose the narrative is the passing of time, growth, and learning, but that was it. Simply put, not my cup of tea. I also didn’t like the narrators voice. The fable vibe was strong, and I have a preference for updating and modernising such types of tales. Younger people may have a totally different view of this book than me.

I cannot fault the writing. The author has a clear, easy to read style.

I have read differing reviews. It’s clear that age and genre preference play a huge factor. I reckon this is a ‘marmite’ kind of story.


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My 2018 Reading Plans

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I’ve decided that 2018 will be a mostly ebook year. Why? Because of the sheer amount of ebooks on my Kindle. So many good ebooks on there are being neglected. That’s not to say I won’t read paperbacks as I have many from 2017 to finish, but I’m going to ‘try’ to avoid borrowing from the library, ‘try’ not to buy any new paperbacks unless I have been anticipating them for ages, and ‘try’ not to buy any more ebooks until the ones I have are read.

Due to a hectic year ahead, I’ve cut my Goodreads reading challenge target from 80 books in 2017 to 40 books in 2018. If I can do more, then great!

What goodies are waiting for me on my Kindle?…

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Have you changed your reading habits for 2018? Do you have a Goodreads reading challenge target, and what are your plans to smash it?


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December Reads Round Up

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6tag_031217-205617Tipsy by C.J. Hunt

Full Review: Tipsy.

I gave this book 5/5. Yes, I am new to Hunt’s work, but I know I won’t be disappointed when I pick up one of her novellas. Tipsy was no different. Believable characters with realistic relationship dynamics. I’m buying book three for a New Year read.

A Mother’s Day by Kaira Rouda

(Not reviewed on this blog. Rating on Goodreads.)

Christmas in New York by Holly Greene

(Not reviewed on this blog. Rating on Goodreads.)

Girl on a Plane by Miriam Moss

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I gave this book 4/5. An interesting recount of a hijacking through the eyes of a fifteen year old, travelling alone to boarding school. Full of surreal moments that keep the pages turning, and even a glimpse into the lives of the Palestinian guerillas.

The Unexpected Gift by Nicole Casey

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I gave this book 3/5. A short story that can be read in one sitting. The love interests were suited to one another, but the whole easily swayed nun storyline felt a little contrived. There was conclusion, but I wanted to know a little more to feel satisfied as a reader.

The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher

6tag_151217-150230Full Review: The Christmasaurus.

I gave this book 5/5. A wonderful Christmas tale full of Christmas magic, wonder, and dino-awesomeness. It is great to see wheelchair users represented in such brilliant characters. My daughter is a huge fan of Fletcher, and this book has cemented him as one of her favourite authors.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

6tag_191217-114202Full Review: Anna and the Swallow Man.

I gave this book 3/5. I’m still not sure what I make of the narrative. The ending didn’t satisfy me as a reader. Savit’s prose is poetic, and the Swallow Man’s language of ‘Road’ was intriguing and understandable to young Anna.

The Sheep-Pig by Dick King Smith

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I gave this book 4/5. Rereading a childhood classic to my daughter is always a new adventure. She thoroughly enjoyed the story, and there were some tears along the way. An insightful glimpse into farm life and the world of sheep herding.

 


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Review: The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith

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The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith 4/5

6tag_221217-135642When Babe arrives at Hogget Farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops–until he reveals a surprising talent for sheepherding, that is. Before long, Babe is handling Farmer Hogget’s flock better than any sheepdog ever could. Babe is so good, in fact, that the farmer enters him into the Grand Challenge Sheepdog Trials. Will it take a miracle for Babe to win?

Review:

One of the joys of having children is re-reading your old favourites to them. My daughter’s copy of The Sheep Pig is, in fact, my copy from childhood.

Re-reading as an adult helps you see the themes and morals in the story that you may have missed as a child. The underlying theme of this book is that you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do if you set your mind to it. Also, manners go a long way. Babe wanted to work sheep, so he learnt , listened, and worked hard. He also treated the sheep as his equals. This is an important message for impressionable, young minds.

There are a few truthful, raw moments dotted in the otherwise joyous narrative. When Ma died, my daughter broke her heart, and straight after, Babe was seconds from being executed. I forgot how the narrative went a little dark in that moment, and although upset, my daughter wanted me to continue. Life and death are fairly common themes in children’s literature now, and The Sheep Pig handles the truth of farm life brilliantly. We are not a family of vegetarians, and reminding my daughter of this helped her see the truth in where her food actually comes from and what happens from farm to plate.

In summary, a quick re-read that touched on some important issues.


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Crimbo Book Shout Out #2

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Who’s ready for the second Crimbo book shout out post and giveaway? I know I am. The winner of last week’s K.C.Jane giveaway was Angel Gelique. Congratulations and happy reading.


Today’s shout out is for Chasing Winter by Cass Michaels.

ChasingWinter PRINT 5(1).jpgDear Santa,

I think Daddy needs a girlfriend. He needs someone to take care of him. She has to cook and like outdoor stuff. She has to like kids, ‘cause I have a little brother. And she has to be pretty, like the Christmas Princess. I love that movie! I want Daddy’s girlfriend to be nice like the princess and be good to everyone. She can’t be mean, like the Ice Queen!
Oh, and there’s another thing I want. I’ll tell you when I see you at the Christmas Pageant!

Love, Jennifer

Grading the students’ papers, Noel Winter lays the child’s Christmas letter down on her desk and wonders exactly what surprises might be in store this Christmas… Jennifer’s father, Rex Presley, made quite an impression at Parent Conferences. And it had nothing to do with his plaid coat or ruggedly, handsome good looks. He’s got a chip on his shoulder, and his hands full, raising two kids on his own. So why can’t she stop thinking about him?

Would you like a chance to win an e-copy of Chasing Winter? All you have to do is share Cass Michaels’ Amazon page via any social media platform and paste a copy of the link to your post in the comments below to be entered. You can also enter by sharing the post from my Instagram feed. You can find the post here.

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Review: Silver Bells by C.J. Hunt

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Silver Bells by C.J. Hunt 5/5.

6tag_291117-063918Isaac MacAllister’s life revolves around building his business and doing his best to give his daughter Sara a strong sense of family. Over the years he’s had to learn how to keep their little family together on his own, but this Christmas Isaac is going to have some unexpected help.

Christmas blogger Jenna Murphy has one goal for the holidays this year: to get far away from anything to do with Christmas. Her website sale is done, and after 1,825 posts about the big C, it’s one “season” she never wants to celebrate again. She’s ready to start a new life, and the Big River Lodge seems like the perfect place for her to figure out the details. The lodge is isolated, she has her own private cabin, and no one in her family will know where she is.

But she didn’t plan on the highly distracting presence of Isaac MacAllister. Is Jenna going to let one sexy dad and his sweet kindergartener derail her plans for her holiday … and her life?

Review:

This is the best Christmas novella I have read in a long time. The characters, setting, and narrative made me feel so festive, and everything simply fell into place for a potential happy ever after.

Who doesn’t like the idea of a hunky, single Dad taking care of you when you’re injured and alone? Even better when he has the hots for you. Isaac was an endearing character, and I could visualise his lifestyle with his daughter Sara and the small town they live in where everyone knows everyone. Despite her lifestyle before, Jenna’s character made the easy transition into Isaac’s world, and I could well believe the ending. That brother, though. Some people are just assholes.

I devoured this book in one sitting. I highly recommend this read to any romance lovers looking to get in the Christmas spirit.


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All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review