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Five on Friday

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My usual Five on Friday consists of five books that I’ve read, enjoyed and reviewed.

However, a couple of weeks ago I accepted a challenge from Karina Kantas.

Each day (for ten days) post the cover of a book that shaped your life in some way inspired you or that you simply loved to madness. No explanation. Just the cover of the book. Then challenge a different person each day to do the same.

Last Friday I shared the first five of those books, and today I’ll share the final five. I loved each of these books and went on to read more, except for C.J.’s Treaters, though I’m eagerly anticipating the next book of The Divine Conflict!

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Five on Friday

5onFriday

My usual Five on Friday consists of five books that I’ve read, enjoyed and reviewed.

However, last week I accepted a challenge from Karina Kantas.

Each day (for ten days) post the cover of a book that shaped your life in some way inspired you or that you simply loved to madness. No explanation. Just the cover of the book. Then challenge a different person each day to do the same.

So today I’m going to share here the first five of those books. Each of these books had an impact on the type of books I read now.

 

Five on Friday

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Five Books – Five Authors

Looking for a new fantasy book to read this weekend? Try one of these:

 

Title: The Kota
The Kota Series #1
Author: Sunshine Somerville

The KotaMankind is stricken. Brought to its knees by a devastating virus, the world is further crushed by the Dominion tyranny. Humanity struggles to survive this apocalyptic nightmare, and there’s only one hope – the ancient promise of an annihilated people.

“By the Bearers brought into time, fulfillment shall come in a Mark, and hope in four children born. Evil will flee Earth before the four Marked.”
– The Mark Prophecy of the Kota

Troy Kandoya remembers the world before all this came to pass. He saw the beginning of global war, genetic manipulation, and viral plague. Now called Trok, the immortal Kota Interceder, he must fulfill the prophecies he once rejected.

After 500 years, the four Marked saviors are born. However, nothing about these heroes is what Trok expected. Loree is a master assassin who can disappear without a trace. Zaak grew up exiled on an alien planet. Alex is a telepath traumatized by an inexplicable, missing year of her life. Ryu, the final Warrior, has incredible mutate-genes of strength.

With Trok’s guidance, the Warriors join Earth’s rebels and fight the Dominion – but this isn’t going to be easy. Rebel politics are complicated, particularly for Loree. Zaak finds it difficult to navigate his home world. New questions arise for Alex as she helps civilians recover from a shared trauma. Ryu can’t hide from his famous past. And always, the Dominion threatens with its unstoppable weapon -the dehumanizing DRK virus.

For centuries, no one’s been able to end Earth’s nightmare. Can four Warriors really make a difference?

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My review:

**This review is for The Kota Series Box Set: Books 1-4

Never a dull moment in this amazing fantasy/ sci-fi series from author Sunshine Somerville.

The descriptive writing brought the various worlds, scenes and situations to life as I joined the four Kota warriors on their journey through space, time and dimensions in order to save humanity from an evil and deadly virus.

The characters are well-fleshed out and completely believable, each with their own flaws and vulnerabilities, and I enjoyed watching them develop as the series progressed.

Each book has a new setting and additional characters, but flawlessly continues on from the previous book in the series.
All four books are filled with danger, excitement and action, plus plenty of twists, turns and intrigue.

This series was a definite page-turner and a good lengthy read that gave me something to get my teeth into!
I enjoyed it immensely and will be looking out for other books by Ms. Somerville.

 

Title: Hyperearth
Author: Marco Marek

HyperearthA castle within the city of Lubena holds a secret: a portal to the alternate world of Hyperearth. Mary and Martina encounter beings that range from the curious to the dangerous. They must save their newfound friends and defeat the evil Sathon. Will they solve the quest and make it out in time? Or will they remain in Hyperearth forever?

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My review:

Hyperearth is an imaginative adventure book that moves at a quick pace.

I found this book entertaining as I joined Martina and Mary on their journey through Hyperearth, and was amazed, along with them, at the interesting characters they met and the magical items they found along the way.

A fun and enjoyable read for the young… and young at heart!

 

Title: City of Masks
Bone Mask Trilogy #1
Author: Ashley Capes

City of MasksWaking in Anaskar Prison, covered in blood and accused of murder, nobody will listen to Notch’s claims of innocence until he meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco.

But Sofia has her own burdens. The first female Protector in a hundred years, her House is under threat from enemies within, the prince has made it clear he does not want her services and worst of all, she cannot communicate with her father’s sentient mask of bone, the centuries-old Argeon. Without the bone mask she cannot help anyone — not herself, and certainly not a mercenary with no powerful House to protect him.

Meanwhile, far across the western desert, Ain, a young Pathfinder, is thrust into the role of Seeker. Before winter storms close the way, he must leave his home on a quest to locate the Sea Shrine and take revenge on the people who drove his ancestors from Anaskar, the city ruled by the prince Sofia and Notch are sworn to protect, whether he wants their help or not.

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My review:

City of Masks is an entertaining and enjoyable read, with believable characters, an imaginative world and a fascinating plot.

Although this book is the first of a trilogy the story doesn’t end in a cliffhanger like so many do. It has a satisfying ending whilst also leaving enough to carry on in the next book.

 

Title: Black Halo: the Witch & the Guardian
Author: A.S. Aramiru

Black HaloWith the Light, came Magic, and the Witch. As mysterious as she was fearsome, and as powerful as she was merciless, the Witch almost succeeded in ending the world until she was vanquished by a hero and his comrades.

This is the legend of the Witch and the Guardian.

Centuries after the nigh calamity, this legend is as much as almost anyone knows of what truly happened back then and as much of an explanation anyone has of what ended an era in human civilization.

Though the people may never learn the whole story, you as the reader will follow the days that led up to how a young girl named Lily became immortalized as the Witch though her name, dream and life became forgotten.

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My review:

An intriguing, well-written and fast paced read.
A bit hard to follow at times as it jumps back and forth to different times and characters.

The story and mystery keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next and what each of the characters intentions are.

 

Title: The Branches of Time
Author: Luca Rossi

The Branches of TimeThe population of the island of Turios is mercilessly exterminated by the workings of black magic. Only Bashinoir, badly wounded, his wife Lil, and the Priestess Miril have survived. Determined to give their loved ones a worthy burial, the three soon discover that the corpses have disappeared. Their only hope for salvation now lies in the magical protection of the Temple, as sinister threats continue to pursue them. A shadow spreads over their hearts, dividing and destroying them, as their bodies appear to be fading away. Feeling increasingly isolated, Bashinoir watches as the two women grow closer…
In the Kingdom of Isk, wizards and wisemen alike must bow down before the insatiable King Beanor, whose greed for power and war is matched only by his hunger for sex. A young woman he has chosen as his next bride does not, however, wish to surrender her freedom to love and live. Will games and tricks under the sheets turn the tide in a war that has lasted thousands of years?

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My review:

The book held my interest from start to finish. The story toggles back and forth with different POVS and flashbacks.

The writing flows easily, the characters are fascinating and so is the plot.

 

 

If you do pick up one of these books and read it, please leave a review.
It doesn’t have to be long and detailed, a few words will do 🙂

 

A-Z: Books I’ve Read

A-ZJ is for Journey

 

Joanna’s Journey

Karen J. Mossman

Escaping a broken romance, Joanna runs head long into another, and then another. Managing two long distance relationships at the same time is complicated and made even more so when her best friend is a good looking guy who knows her better than most.

Set in the 1980s, Joanna and her sister, Sandie are two very beautiful women. After a cruel upbringing, both girls have their scars, but deal with things differently and as with most sisters, they clash.

When the unthinkable happens and Joanna’s world implodes, she finds herself alone to face what she can’t and won’t accept. It is times like these you find out who your friends are and who you can trust, or more importantly, who you can’t.

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Joanna’s Journey: Review

28510893A well-written love story that follows Joanna through the pitfalls of falling for two completely different men, neither of whom is right for her!

Joanna is well-fleshed out and is mostly likeable. However, she is human and has her flaws, she can be selfish and I found myself frustrated with her at times. She refuses to listen to any advice and doesn’t always learn from her mistakes.

The ups and downs of Joanna’s life and relationships kept me turning the pages and I would love to know what happened next.

 
Karen J. Mossman

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

All Karen’s books are in collections – The Decade Series, The Themed Collection, Electric Eclectic and Just Stories.’ She is also a founder member of Electric Eclectic books and has four tales in that collection.

Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and two dogs. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

 

The Journey of the Marked

Rebecca P. McCray

The mark means honor. The mark invites death.

On a distant planet, Eros thrives in the Human settlement he calls home. Raised to follow his grandfather’s noble footsteps, he studies the details of each species that co-exist here. But when his sixteenth birthday arrives and the mark appears, he’s called to fight, which changes his life forever.

Forced to abandon his home, the mark makes him the hunted. He’s attacked the night he arrives in the city. A tough, street fighter named Kenrya saves his life. When they join others on the same journey, her cynical attitude drives a wedge between the group.

Given the perils facing them, can they put aside their differences and trust each other long enough to survive?

Discover this epic adventure where an individual’s unique abilities can change the course of the future.

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The Journey of the Marked: Review

21802177Rebecca P. McCray has a fantastic imagination and her vividly detailed writing brings to life the complex world of Zolei.
The many different species living on the planet are wonderfully described and I have a clear picture of most of them, although keeping them straight was hard at first, I soon figured out who was who.

In some chapters we join the five marked teens; Eros, Tip, Kenrya, Prizene, and Azetan, as they make the dangerous journey to the Miyran training camp. Other chapters follow the family members and friends who were left behind, as they meet up while searching for news of the five. There are also chapters that show the story from the Tyrnotts and Graeliths (the bad guys) point of view. These different perspectives give the story and the characters a great deal of depth.

It’s an amazing book that I did not want to reach the end of, but I have, and now I’m desperate to read the next one!

 
Rebecca P. McCray

Rebecca McCray is a financial consultant by day and fantasy world-builder by night. Her debut novel, The Journey of the Marked, is a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. She enjoys building out a world that is a cross between high-fantasy and gritty sci-fi and plans to publish the second novel in the series in the first half of 2016.

Besides being an avid reader, she loves to travel and experience new cultures.

 

 

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H is for Horror
C is for Creepy
F is for Fantasy
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The Liminal Hymns by Anais Chartschenko

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The Liminal Hymns sing the story of moments between, leaving certainties to embrace doubt. Liminal spaces are explored through examinations of mythology, philosophy, and religion. With sardonic shots of whiskey and wit, this collection delves into the sensory and psychological kaleidoscope of the human condition.

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The Liminal Hymns: Excerpt 1

 

Over

Sympathy is not settling
Although settling can be
Fine, fine in the finest sense
Of the word, grand or okay,
Sure.
Stretching over canvas, the
Exchange over wine, one
Kiss can lead to another or
Raised eyebrows-what were
We thinking, we should just
Be friends, fine? Fine.
Sifting through pictures, one
Can settle on an age, consider
Were you happy then or was
Happiness a veil over a tearful
Bride, tearful for reasons she
Cannot define. Definitions can
Be tricky and according to the
Dictionary change over
Time.

 
Not Just Jacob

Do you forgive me?
I spent so much time
In anger back then
That I couldn’t
Appreciate your
Pacifism-
I wanted to dole
Out my own old
Testament fire
Burn the bridges
To the rivers
That half drowned
Me baptized in
Words and deeds
By those who
Would point the finger
At the sinner who
Was me
But over the years
I watched the
Smoke blossom
Into memories
That rolled along
With the clouds
Till I could be
Left alone in
My misery. In
The sun I was
Something else
I wrestled with
My shadow until
The day had passed
And at last
I decided to be
Done with them
Their words
Their deeds
Keyword
Theirs
But me,
Swinging at
Shadow and
Sometimes hitting
You
That was all me
And I’m sorry

 
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The Liminal Hymns: Excerpt 2

Last Inhibition

Show me the hall of the
Weary, trudging toward
A place to hang their hats
Show me a velvet cross
Road, with gravel cast
Grass back. Deliver me
Your observation, infuse
It with honey and wine
Bring me to the alter of
Discovery and I promise
I will uncover mine. A
Slender blade of hope
Shivering on a vein, give
Me your voice rasped
Against the edges of
Consciousness, sing me
Past the powerless lines
Memories can move in
All directions, can trip
Like a wire to explode,
Give me your tip toed
Curiosity with delicate
Incision. I will peel back
My cloak for your close
Inspection, if you ask
I will say yes

 
Mason Jar

Is it so bad
If we do this
Things could
Rot but still
They could if
We don’t just
Look at the
Pantry, there
He sat saying
We can’t touch
The jars for nothing
Not until the trumpet
Sounds the end of the
World the end of our
Hearts dug out of our
Chests that’s a weird
Time to save canned food
For, but anyways, alarm
Clocks, bunkers, one burner
Stoves, they all recall things
Can be planned for even if
The thing is a mythical fear
And the only thing that comes
Of it is fifty years of vinegar
Brine down at the dump
So
We could do this
Lean in to water
Then wine
Find ourselves in each other
Or at the least
Have a good time

 

Anais ChartschenkoAuthor Bio:

Anaïs Chartschenko hails from the Canadian wilderness. She has come to enjoy such modern things as electric tea kettles.

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Books by Anais Chartschenko:

Bright Needles
The Whisper Collector
The Weightless One
Perfect Break
The Liminal Hymns

Anais Chartschenko Books

 

Music by Anais Chartschenko:

Howling at the Moon: Live from my Living Room
Codex: Live from my Living Room Vol II
The Liminal Hymns: Live from my Living Room Vol III 
Immigration

  

Black Powder

 

 

A-Z: Books I’ve Read

A-ZI is for Infinite

 

Infinite Waters:

9+1 Speculative Fiction Short Stories

Nicholas C. Rossis

Voted one of the Best 50 Indie Books of 2015, Infinite Waters contains ten speculative fiction short stories and flash fiction.

A writer seeks her future at a carnival but gets more than she bargained for. A disgruntled twin discovers that blood runs thicker than water, especially when you spill it. A high school student just loves to experiment. And a bully learns that nothing is scarier than a supermarket.

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Infinite Waters: Review

Infinite WatersA collection of nine seemingly unrelated short stories that are connected by another story which slowly unfolds through the book.
Each story is different, from dark to fun and everything in between. They are all well-written and most have a twist or two.

 
Nicholas C. Rossis

Nicholas C. Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats and his baby daughter, all of whom claim his lap as home. His books have won numerous awards, including the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award.

In addition to his best-selling series, Pearseus, he writes short science fiction/speculative fiction stories, many of which have appeared in various collections and anthologies. These include Infinite Waters, which was voted one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015.

 

Infinity

The Exiled #3

Scott A. Borgman

The angels have waited, knowing something is coming on the horizon. Something dark. But they don’t know what. They don’t know when. They only know it’s coming. For five years, Kaly and Cody have waited as well. And in those five years, neither has aged a day. Such was the gift that was given to them.

He’s plotted, planned, and studied each of his foes for ages. He knows their weaknesses. When he unleashes his fury upon them all, no one is prepared. Humans, angels, old gods… no one is safe. Chaos ensues and the death toll begins to rise.

As the angels fight to defend Heaven and the old gods battle for Olympus, Kaly makes a dangerous decision and ventures into Lucifer’s prison, while Cody travels to Olympus in a desperate hope to find a way to stop an unstoppable foe. And while they seek answers – humanity faces the Apocalypse on Earth.

The veil will be torn away. Enemies will become allies to fight a common foe. You’ll walk with uncle and niece into the darkest depths of humanity to discover how low we can sink… and how high we’re capable of soaring. You’ll fly with angels, stand with the old gods, and fight beside humanity in its most desperate hour.

The game draws to a close. Humans, angels, and olds gods face a foe that has planned everything so meticulously, there can only be one outcome: a stunning conclusion to The Exiled Trilogy that will last for Infinity.

‘The Exiled: Infinity’ is the third book in a trilogy of Paranormal Romance novels and is intended for mature audiences.

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Infinity: Review

InfinityIn book three we see a more ‘human’ side to Lucifer, as former enemies join forces to defeat their common enemy.
This book is set five years later than book two, but for me it was as though I’d never left and I was immediately captured by the story.

There aren’t many books that make me cry, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed few tears during the ending of this story.

The trilogy as a whole is a roller coaster ride of emotions, as good battles evil and not everything is as black and white as it seems.
The three books were well written and rather than simply reading a story, you are drawn in and experience the action alongside the characters.
Although God and Lucifer, and heaven and hell, appear in these novels, they aren’t ‘religious’ books and aren’t at all preachy.

Scott Borgman is an amazing storyteller and the The Exiled Trilogy is an awesome read!

 
Scott A. Borgman

Indie Author, husband, father, avid reader and lover of books.

Strong, compelling women as many of the main characters is kind of my thing, because let’s face it… the whole knight in shining armor cliché has been overdone long enough.

“I felt it was long overdue that the girls got the spotlight, and the ones who have stepped forward thus far to have me tell their stories can certainly take care of themselves! They’re not standing behind their male counterparts, they’re standing beside them… and often a step ahead of them.”

~Scott