22 03, 2016

Review: THE SILENT CHILDREN by Amna K. Boheim

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Review: THE SILENT CHILDREN by Amna K. BoheimThe Silent Children by Amna K. Boheim
Published by Troubador Publishing Ltd on November 28th 2015
Pages: 200
Genres: Fiction, General
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Vienna, 1938: Something’s amiss at the home of young Annabel Albrecht and it’s got nothing to do with the Nazis. First, her favourite maid Eva disappears, then her friend Oskar. What’s worse, her mother is taken away, leaving Annabel to fend for herself. London 2004: Max receives a letter from his dying and estranged mother, Annabel, who requests his help. Following their last argument he has no desire to contact her. But his curiosity is piqued by the black and white photograph she had enclosed: a disturbing image of his mother and forgotten childhood friend, Oskar Edelstein, taken in Vienna, 1938. Stranger still are the words, ‘you knew’, scrawled on its reverse. The photograph and the message, are, his mother writes, part of the reason for her distance towards him. She wants him to find Oskar... The photograph haunts him following his mother’s death – and there’s something about her old house in Vienna that’s not quite right. As much as Max wants to stay away, he can’t, as he uncovers his mother’s long-buried past and the secrets preserved by Annabel’s missing friends. But as Max is to discover, some children can never be completely silenced. Is he haunted by ghosts or by guilt, and will he ever escape? The Silent Children is a gripping tale of tragedy and revenge, a modern-day ghost story that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

In The Silent Children the main character, Max, is discovering his recently deceased mother’s past. His mother, Annabel, leaves him a photo of her as a child. In the picture she is with another young boy and on the back she has written “you knew”. This story goes back and forth in timelines […]

28 05, 2015

DISOBEDIENCE by Alvania Scarborough

By | Thursday, May 28, 2015|9 Comments

DISOBEDIENCE by Alvania ScarboroughDisobedience by Alvania Scarborough
Series: Hanker's Hell #1
Published by Alvania Scarborough on June 16th 2014
Pages: 334
Genres: Fiction, General, Genetic Engineering, Historical, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense, Western
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Harker's Hell….

Early settlers thought they'd found a western re-creationist's heaven.

Instead, the new world is a hellish version of the Old West.
Now the seeds of long-ago conflict are stirring to life.

Dissonance Walker believed she’d seen the worst life had to offer, only to find she’s dead wrong. Sold to a secret organization by her parents for the price of a new stove, her ability to disobey is ripped away by a brutal experiment. Determined to find the key to restore her freedom, she manages to escape her captors, only to end up in the worst place for a woman that can’t say no—on a saloon stage, ready to be sold to the highest bidder.

Bram Spencer is sure the heat has baked his brains. With his friend murdered and his ranch under attack, he needs to attend a little unfinished business. Buying some fool woman because she pokes at scabs he thought long healed, isn’t on the list. It’s bad enough he has to go through the fuss of rescuing her, now he discovers the only way to grant her freedom is to marry her. This is why he never plays the hero—no good deed goes unpunished.

Secrets have a long life. Sometimes decades. Now the sins of the past have returned, ready to collect their dues. Only trust can save Dissonance and Bram from a shocking evil... but trust is a hard commodity to come by on the frontier.

I had no idea when I agreed to review this that it was a futuristic story.This story is part western, part sci-fi, all romance. The author has created this settlement where anything is possible and the strength of the characters take this story to the next level. I honestly didn’t get that the […]

13 03, 2015

THE LILITH SCROLL by B.L. Marsh

By | Friday, March 13, 2015|6 Comments

THE LILITH SCROLL by B.L. MarshThe Lilith Scroll by B.L. Marsh
Series: The Lilith Scroll #1
Published by Chart House Press on January 27th 2015
Pages: 257
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance
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What if you discovered there was “time” before time began? What if everything you thought was true, was not? What if there was a beginning before “In the beginning”; another story unfolding within our time, steeped in loss, love, betrayal, and secrets.

Welcome to Eden where magic was born, trees are gateways to other realms and angels aren’t what you think they are. Meet Lilith. A young girl with an incredible story. One she isn’t supposed to know much less tell. Meet Sagan. A man without past and powers who rival Lilith’s. Will he be able to help her find out her past and discover his own in the process?

Go back in time. Back to the garden. Experience the magic of the creation, the wonder of nature and the betrayal that destroyed it all.

What a fantastic concept! I was really excited to get into this story, which seemed to be pure mythology. The core of this story was a romance over 6,000 years old. Unfortunately, everything takes way too long. If you want to be buried in details skirting back and forth through time making 10 […]

24 02, 2015

BROKEN SKIES (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa Kay

By | Tuesday, February 24, 2015|0 Comments

BROKEN SKIES (Broken Skies #1) by Theresa KayBroken Skies by Theresa Kay
Series: Broken Skies #1
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on March 10th 2014
Pages: 371
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived. Ten years ago, the aliens arrived...and stayed.One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy. Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E'rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them... but now they have taken Jax's brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E'rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it's not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that's she's drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales. And he's equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn't know the alien's true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself.

This book didn’t really do it for me. The premise was pretty good, but there were too many issues with this story for me to love it. The world that these people live in is just too problem filled. There was some sort of sickness that killed off almost all the humans, then […]

14 02, 2015

SPARK OF LIGHT (Avery #1) by Elizabeth Tuttle

By | Saturday, February 14, 2015|8 Comments

SPARK OF LIGHT (Avery #1) by Elizabeth TuttleSpark of Light by Elizabeth Tuttle
Series: Avery #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on October 6th 2014
Pages: 442
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal
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Nearly a century ago the world was decimated by a magical war. In their defeat, elves were captured by humans, cut off from their magic, and broken down into lifeless, drone-like slaves.Avery is different. Somehow, her magic has always simmered beneath the surface. Never completely broken, she must pretend in order to survive. When Zander, her master's nephew, brings her magic out in full force, she finds out what it's like to truly be alive.Ripped from Zander's side and sent to The Farm, Avery doesn't know if she'll be able to hide her light and make it out alive. But there, she'll meet someone who knows her true purpose. The war isn't over, and if Avery can survive, she could be the one to set her people free. All it takes is a little hope and a Spark of Light.

I loved this book. Fantasy, suspense, love, magic, elves, rebellion, Spark of Light just had it all. The main character Avery is a girl I could get behind. She is different despite her best efforts to be like all the other elves. The spark within her cannot be ignored. This book starts off […]

12 01, 2015

Guest Post -Hilary Scharper

By | Monday, January 12, 2015|5 Comments

Guest Post -Hilary ScharperPerdita by Hilary Scharper
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on January 20th 2015
Pages: 448
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Paranormal, Romance
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“Stunning… richly complex and unpredictable.” —Historical Novel Review

Marged Brice is 134 years old. She’d be ready to go, if it weren’t for Perdita . . .

The Georgian Bay lighthouse’s single eye keeps watch over storm and calm, and Marged grew up in its shadow, learning the language of the wind and the trees. There’s blustery beauty there, where sea and sky incite each other to mischief… or worse…

Garth Hellyer of the Longevity Project doesn’t believe Marged was a girl coming of age in the 1890s, but reading her diaries in the same wild and unpredictable location where she wrote them might be enough to cast doubt on his common sense.

Everyone knows about death. It’s life that’s much more mysterious…

This was a great historical fiction about a woman and a place. Check out my full review for Perdita here. Scroll down for the interview and giveaway! About the Author Hilary Scharper, who lives in Toronto, spent a decade as a lighthouse keeper on the Bruce Peninsula with her husband. She also is […]

7 01, 2015

COLLIDE (The Solomon Experiment #1) by Christine Fonseca

By | Wednesday, January 7, 2015|0 Comments

COLLIDE  (The Solomon Experiment #1) by Christine FonsecaCollide by Christine Fonseca
Series: The Solomon Experiment #1
Published by Christine Fonseca on July 7th 2014
Pages: 264
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
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The most dangerous secrets are the ones that kill.

When a surprising mental breakdown draws too much attention from a secret government group call the Order, 17-year-old Dakota discovers that her so-called boring life isn’t so boring after all. Between the lies, secrets and assassins out to kill her family, Dakota discovers there’s more to paranormal activity than ghosts and cheap mind tricks. Now she must uncover the truth before a new breed of terrorism takes everything away – including her life.

I was so looking forward to this book. The cover is awesome. The premise has so much promise. The delivery fell flat me, though. I have to admit that I didn’t finish this book. I got 77% through this book. I got the gist of what the story was about. I met the […]

3 01, 2015

PERDITA by Hilary Scharper -review

By | Saturday, January 3, 2015|2 Comments

PERDITA by Hilary Scharper -reviewPerdita by Hilary Scharper
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on January 20th 2015
Pages: 448
Genres: Fiction, Historical, Paranormal, Romance
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“Stunning… richly complex and unpredictable.” —<em>Historical Novel Review</em>

Marged Brice is 134 years old. She’d be ready to go, if it weren’t for Perdita . . .

The Georgian Bay lighthouse’s single eye keeps watch over storm and calm, and Marged grew up in its shadow, learning the language of the wind and the trees. There’s blustery beauty there, where sea and sky incite each other to mischief… or worse…

Garth Hellyer of the Longevity Project doesn’t believe Marged was a girl coming of age in the 1890s, but reading her diaries in the same wild and unpredictable location where she wrote them might be enough to cast doubt on his common sense.

Everyone knows about death. It’s life that’s much more mysterious…

This book had me engrossed by the end of the first page. Perdita is the story of a place, and a person. Marged Brice may be the oldest woman alive at 134 years old, or she may be a confused little old lady. As Garth Hellyer reads through her journals he learns that […]

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