Saturday, August 29, 2015

NAMELESS by Jennifer Jenkins

Four clans have been at war for centuries: the Kodiak, the Raven, the Wolf and the Ram. Through brutal war tactics, the Ram have dominated the region, inflicting death and destruction on their neighbors.

Seventeen-year-old Zo is a Wolf and a Healer who volunteers to infiltrate the Ram as a spy on behalf of the allied clans. She offers herself as a Ram slave, joining the people who are called the “nameless.” Hers is a suicide mission – Zo’s despair after losing her parents in a Ram raid has left her seeking both revenge and an end to her own misery. But after her younger sister follows her into Rams Gate, Zo must find a way to survive her dangerous mission and keep her sister safe.

What she doesn’t expect to find is the friendship of a young Ram whose life she saves, the confusing feelings she develops for a Ram soldier, and an underground nameless insurrection. Zo learns that revenge, loyalty and love are more complicated than she ever imagined in the first installment of this two-book series

 This story was a non-stop action packed suspense! Zo offers herself to the Ram clan under the guise of being a Nameless and a healer. She has to prove herself to stay and the Ram never quite believe she is Nameless because her features are too pronounced to claim so. This is why she keeps her face covered in mud. She has to stay within the Ram walls long enough to investigate a way to break their barriers so the uniting groups outside the wall can conquer and destroy the Ram's destructive ways. 

The Rams are a group who are out to destroy others for their own benefit. They kill, torture and ravage the lands of the others. It was the Rams whom killed Zo and Tess's parents among mass destruction to many lands. The Rams are now in search of food stores and procreation to strengthen their numbers. Zo is only considered to enter and prove herself because she claims to be a healer. The first of her patients is a young teen, Joshua. Who thankfully not only survives but becomes a great ally to Zo along with his brother Gryphon. 

The writer was able to keep the same dark, brooding feeling to the complete story. There was never any down time as the plot continues to twist throughout the book. They have several obstacles along the way as they are trying to find a way to escape after the information they gained is found. Raised never to trust outsiders Joshua and Gryphon soon find out it is more difficult than they thought when Zoe challenges their beliefs, along with her own to to not only gain friendship, but also love. 

I really enjoyed the read, the pacing, world building and characters were all very interesting and thick skinned. I've rated this story 4 stars, I recommend it.

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.
Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

I received a free copy from Month9Books for review.

Friday, August 28, 2015

MINOTAUR by Phillip W Simpson

Minotaur   by Phillip W. Simpson
  Publication Date:  Sept 29, 2015
  Publisher:  Month9Books
  Genre:  YA, Fantasy/Mythology
  My Star Rating -  4 Stars  -
  I received a free copy from month9books for review.
“Where shall I start?” asked Minotaur.

Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands. “Where else but the beginning of course.”

Minotaur nodded his huge head. “Yes,” he said. “Yes,” his eyes already glazing over with the weight of thousand year old memories. And then he began.

So begins the story of Asterion, later known as Minotaur, the supposed half bull creature of Greek legend. Recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid, Asterion tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, his adventures with his friend, Theseus, and his growing love for the beautiful Phaedra.And of course what really happened in the labyrinth.

This is the true story of the Minotaur

The story starts off with Ovid arriving to take a tour of the Labyrinth and surrounding area. A scholar who has written about the Minotaur and interested in learning more. Upon his arrival he is introduced to his tour guide, Ast. Ast soon reveals that he is the Minotaur in the legends and wants to tell his real story.

From there we are swept away into a adventurous and at times heart breaking life of the Minotaur, his family and culture. What I enjoyed most about this book was it never ceased to keep my interest. There was always something happening and pacing kept up throughout the whole story.

As Ast grew up he had to endure from his family and society being harassed for his looks. As the son of a god, Ast will soon develop into a much stronger and intimidating man in his older years. After being kicked out of his home he travels with Theseus, mends a broken heart and has to survive numerous deadly situations.

This was a very entertaining and well researched book. I enjoyed the story being told from the Minotaur's perspective and the more human experiences that made him look less like a monster.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Blood In The Water Blog Tour

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There have always been warps—tears between realities—and they’ve always been a threat to humanity. Most people are blind to them. But Hallie’s eyes are opening. Now that she’s going to school at the Protectorate, she’s learning there’s more to life than fun and games.
The truth is, she’s just become part of Earth’s only shield against the monsters of the warps. Before, she didn’t think she was anything special. Now, yanked from her relatively normal life, she realizes that she doesn’t have a choice.
When the emergency alarm sounds, calling everyone in the school to arms, even the young and inexperienced are needed. As one of the warp weavers—capable of closing the warps and stopping the monsters—Hallie must now work to save lives. And she must do it in the most complicated situation she’s ever experienced. Because there are sea serpents in the Thames, and Hallie has to close the doors that are letting them in.
The problem is, they’re underwater, and they’re hungry.
Now everyone is relying on her, and Hallie must find a way to do her job—with a brand new partner—before it’s too late. Because if she fails she’ll die, along with everyone who’s depending on her.


I can just make out the huge forms of Sea Serpents undulating in the murky distance. They don’t seem to have noticed us yet but my hands are streaming Warplight, guiding us to the rift that has allowed these beasts entry from their home world, and I don’t know how long we’ll be able to keep our presence a secret.
I want to speak, to fill the oppressive silence the weight of the water has caused, but my mouth is dry and sticky with fear. A condom is drifting next to us, resembling a translucent jellyfish. Gross.
Well, this is certainly an adventure. Join the Protectorate, they said. See the world, they said. Drown at the bottom of the disgusting Thames, they didn’t say. At least needles don’t float. I wonder if mystical healing works on hepatitis.
“There!” Ruble hisses, his dreadlocks brushing my cheek as he turns, spinning the board around with his feet.
It spirals so rapidly I lose my balance, just a bit. My right elbow hits the bubble and ... passes straight through, resistance no more than the surface of the water itself. It feels like I’ve submerged it into a cold bath.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Avira by Corinne Foster

Avira: Prequel to Secret of the Phoon

The fearless Avira is accustomed to wielding a sword alongside her father and brothers to defend their home. Injured and abandoned, she is taken by a stranger to a place where she embarks on a happy new life learning woodcraft and herblore. But her old life draws her back to the dangerous outside world when she has to rescue her family. Although her new magical powers are put to good use, she still finds help – and more – from an unexpected source

I found this book very fun to read and full of great characters. There are several different perspectives we follow as the story progresses. Beginning with how some of the characters paths cross. We are introduced to the House of the Unloved in which unwanted girls are taken in and schooled, trained in skills and learn to hone their talents. This house is tied with the Phoon, a mysterious and at times dangerous force that mostly lives in the surrounding woods. 

When Avira is found beaten and with memory loss she is taken to the house of the Unloved until her strength and memories return. She is a fighter, she used to fight for her land along with her brothers and father, until they were defeated and their land taken. Avira soon starts out on her travels to find her father and surviving brothers. In her travels she rediscovers family and finds new friends and enemies along the way, even a potential romance sparks. 

There is a focus on female characters in this story and they are all very strong and smart women. Living in a medieval time and with war happening all around them flourish in the house learning skills and working with nature and magic to survive and stand against the odds. 

There is a lot more to this story, sword fighting, healing, friendships and family to name a few. It is pretty fast paced and imaginative, I really enjoyed the read and recommend it.  
4 Stars

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#MYTHMAKER Cover Reveal !

Check out the cover of MYTHMAKER, book 2 of Marianne de Pierres’ Aurealis Award winning PEACEMAKER series. Joey HiFi has created artwork that brilliantly foreshadows the story:

Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC with Nate Sixkiller as her immediate boss. Being blackmailed is one thing, discovering that her mother is both alive and the President of GJIC is quite another. Then there’s the escalation of Mythos sightings, and the bounty on her head. Oddly, the strange and dangerous Hamish Burns is the only one she can rely on. Virgin’s life gets... untidy.

The book is out in October from Angry Robot Books.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Crushed by Kasi Blake

Clean Teen Publishing
Crushed by Kasi Blake

The characters were fantastic! I loved each and every one of them. Kristen's sisters are beautiful twins and they all 3 like to play a game every school year getting a guy to crush on them by using a magic spelled powder, getting the boy to perform silly unreasonable things to try to gain points in this game with some very impressive winnings. 
The twins are not only witches, but Witches you don't want to cross. Kristen's decided on a spur of the moment decision to crush on one of the popular boys to show that she can be dangerous, they usually crush on the less popular easy to control boys. But almost immediately she regrets her decision and it makes the game harder and almost impossible for her to play as a result. 
I was tickled with all the twists and how the characters all came into play. There are still a lot of emotions going on here, anger, love, friendship and protection of others, but it was very well written and sucked me in. 
I found the twists in the story very entertaining and really did not see them coming, which is always a fantastic treasure find when you read alot. 
I loved Vampire's Rule just as much as this one and going to move Werewolves 
Rule up my reading stack, so keep tuned to the blog for more on this author, I love her stuff so please check her out.

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About Kasi Blake
Kasi Blake learned how to read before she even started to school, and she's had a book in her hand ever since. Becoming a writer seemed to be the next logical step. She loves books, but her biggest obsession is the show Supernatural. If you speak to her for more than ten minutes, she will try to turn you into a Supernatural junkie. Her other interests include nail painting, yoga, shopping, and chocolate. She lives on a farm with a dog, two cats, too many cows to count, chickens, and some ducks
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