Origins of the Never
by C.J. Rutherford
This short prequel is a great introduction to the Tales of the Neverwar.
There is something special about the story, the characters, and the world(s) that sucked me in and won’t let go.
A prequel to The Tales of the Neverwar series, with dragons, elves and faeries.
Two friends closer than brothers. In a world of immortals, they are destined to become the mightiest among them.
An evil, thought banished forever, seeks to ensnare an unwitting pawn.
A perfect world, destined for destruction faces a desperate choice.
Souls of the Never
by C.J. Rutherford
Wow! Never a dull moment in this interesting and thrilling blend of fantasy and science fiction.
The storyline is complex and attention grabbing.
All the characters were well-rounded, not just the main ones.
The world building was creative and the author puts his own twist on the idea of alternate/parallel universes. He must have a vivid imagination.
There are dragons, faeries, brownies, a horrifically evil bad guy, plus love, romance, trust, and betrayal all wrapped up in an amazing story.
I’m looking forward to reading Worlds of the Never.
In Belfast, Northern Ireland, 20-year-old Katheryne dreams. Her dreams are killing her. Each night she sleeps, the beast comes closer to taking over and crossing into her world.
On Sanctuary, a world at the heart of the Never, the Liberi warrior, Derren, searches desperately for the face from his dreams. His soul cries out for her. She is the saviour, and only he can find her.
At the edge of the universe a dormant evil awakens. His slumber is over as the Veil that hides his source of power slowly collapses, allowing magic to trickle back into his malevolent grasp.
This is a battle of light against darkness. If darkness wins, we can only hope we die. The alternative is too terrible to imagine.
…Before You Leap
by Les Lynam
A well-written and humorous read.
The characters were brilliantly described, completely believable and come alive as you read.
I loved Sean’s reaction to the science behind time travel, which was interesting and not overly complicated.
Ther was no great cliffhanger at the end, but it was left open for another book, which I’ll be more than happy to read
This book was so much more than a sci-fi/time-travel novel.
Sean Kelly considered himself an average 16-year-old, living in an average neighborhood in a small University town. Nothing too exciting ever happened in Grover’s Corners, Missouri; some might even label it boring. His ordinary life was disrupted when a distant relative dropped by at the beginning of his Junior year in high-school. A distant relative from the 23rd Century.
by Les Lynam
Wow! Amazing! I loved this book!
If you read and enjoyed …Before You Leap read this! In my opinion, it’s even better.
The plot is fascinating and the writing outstanding.
The characters from book one continue to develop, and the characters new to this book are well fleshed out.
How the author keeps all the toing and froing between different times straight in his mind while writing it so that it’s completely understandable for the reader is beyond me.
I can only hope that Les Lynam can also travel through time so that the next book in the series will be waiting for me when I finish this book yesterday!
Sean Kelly and LX travel back one more generation to the year 1969. The question is: will either teen know how to ‘make the scene’ in the sixties? Can they blend in with the other teens in tiny Mercer, Iowa; including Sean’s dad? When they return to 1995, both of them have regrets about the past.
by Jen Winters
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, because I think it’s worth repeating.
Jen Winters has a wonderful imagination!
I love escaping into her world of demons, angels, guardians, werewolves and vampires.
There’s fantastic action, wonderful romance, and plenty of twists that keep you reading and wondering what’s going to happen next.
This is a great addition to the series and I am now patiently (ok impatiently) waiting for the next book.
What’s worse than losing your job? How about losing your life, your home, and everything familiar? I just wanted to work. What did I get in return? A long fucking fall with a sudden stop.
Stranded on earth with little hope for survival and an eternity of banishment ahead of me, I did the only thing I knew—I worked the jobs I could. Until I realized I’d been replaced. Then I got mad.
Eleven thousand years of fighting for my destiny had me broken, bitter, and ready to just give up. And then my best friend blew up Fort Worth and screwed the entire universe in the process. Now I have to save his ass from everyone including the Guardians.
I hate Guardians—those intrusive vixens replaced me, took over my job, and left me utterly useless. But this one, Lavinia, she’s almost as old as I am and she is starting to get under my skin. I can’t concentrate when she’s around—everything about her mystifies me and why the hell do I remember her from before? She shouldn’t even exist! And certainly not in my memory.
Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels
by J. K. Norry
It’s a hard to put down, page turner. Well written and descriptive, with a thrilling storyline and a unique take on personal demons and angels.
The author brought his characters to life in my mind and I lived alongside them through the turmoil and action.
However, be prepared, the ending is a real cliffhanger! Have the next book ready. If I had, I wouldn’t have spent the past hour, since finishing the book, cussing J.K. Norry.
Meet the unsung heroes of the supernatural, those who walk between worlds to help humans battle their demons. This is the spellbinding tale of a special group of people whose lives were changed forever. Watch the ordinary collide with the extraordinary to test the mettle of their souls and the power of their love.
The first book in an exciting new series, Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels introduces us to a new way of looking at both the natural and the supernatural worlds. Join Paul Stone and Kris Reed as they walk between worlds in search of answers and themselves.
by Elizabeth Horton-Newton
A well-written book, with an intriguing storyline and a great cast of fleshed-out characters.
The book has believable romance and unpredictable mystery.
A true riddle with many twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end.
Seven years ago Kort Eriksen went to prison for killing his girlfriend Desiree. Now he’s back in Riddle and some people think he got off easy. Others, including long time friend Norma, think he was railroaded because he’s the only Native American in town. Grace Donahue is running away from her past. Trapped in Riddle until her car is repaired she develops a friendship with Kort. Suddenly accidents are happening and people are dying. Is Kort adding to his list of victim’s or has someone else taken the reins? As mysteries from the past rise to the surface, more questions will be raised. The suspect file grows as victim’s fall. Is Desiree’s killer back for more or is someone trying to avenge her death? The riddle of Riddle will be solved, but how many bodies will it take to find the answers?
by Danielle Rose
The book was interesting and kept my attention.
The storyline is well thought out, well written and cracks along at a good pace.
You get a detailed insight into what it means to be a witch and a vampire.
The characters are well-developed and brought to life. Avah especially is interesting and complex character
I’d like to see what happens next.
When Avah Taylor’s family relocates to the remote mountains of Shasta, California, she thinks she can finally hide the secrets of her family’s ancestry, a history that has marked Avah as an outcast her entire life.
But after only mere months of living in northern California, Avah’s given a death sentence. As one of the only Spirit users in her coven, she has been chosen to yield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal species and an all-too-powerful gift that the shell of a mortal can’t contain for long.
As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war, she realizes the world isn’t what it seems—and that everything she’s been told is a lie.
by Jennifer Anne Seidler
I got caught up in this fast moving, entertaining, and action-packed novella.
Both the human characters and the hybrid android ones were interesting and I loved the surprise twist.
I enjoyed the short bonus stories at the end of the book.
The first one was interesting and explained the origins of two of the characters from the previous tale.
The second takes place after Dry Land and is a humorous snippet of life for the same two characters.
When mankind toys with nature, nature fights back. Astronaut Ted “Shakespeare” Hardiston is setting off on the adventure of a lifetime — for the rest of his life. He reluctantly leaves behind his wife, an android/human hybrid, to command the first base on the surface of the moon. Ted and the crew of Space Shuttle Liberty complete their mission, gifting the Moon with gravity and an atmosphere. In doing so, they cause mass destruction on the Earth below. By Ted’s side during this ordeal is Codie-5, another hybrid and a genetic duplicate of Ted’s wife. Ted, Codie, and the crew must work fast and make sacrifices to save the world — and for Ted, to return to the love of his life
Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon
by H.L. Burke
A delightful story for youngsters, although I believe we are never to old for a good fairy tale.
It has all the elements of a great fantasy story… a sweet natured princess, an eternally young kitten, a ferocious/friendly dragon, an evil queen, an incompetent wizard and much more.
A wonderful read for the young and the young at heart.
Thaddeus F. Whiskers is a pampered palace pet, a kitten enchanted to never become a cat. Princess Clarice loves him, for in the entire kingdom, there is no other kitten as cute or as clever. He leads a life of cushions and cream until a wizard’s “gift” results in his banishment. Determined to make it back to the princess he loves, he escapes into the wilderness where he discovers the lair of a dragon.
Grandious, the dragon, doesn’t care about anything besides himself. He wants to be left alone with his treasure. However, there is something about Thaddeus that has him entranced. He finds himself opening his home and his heart to the little cat.
Thaddeus is a small creature in a big world. Between him and his beloved Princess stand conniving wizards, would-be-step-mothers, and rampaging rats. However, when danger threatens both Clarice and Grandious, Thaddeus won’t allow his size to get in the way of saving his friends.
How Maxwell Grover Stole My House
by C.E. Vance
Although aimed at an audience much younger than I am, I enjoyed every minute of this book.
It was well-written, with age-appropriate language and some great gross-out moments.
The children in the story were likeable and acted their age during their adventures. The villain of the piece was disgusting and scary, but not too much for the younger reader.
A fun read that you and your kids will love.
Book 1 in the exciting new kids trilogy!
What if every fear you ever had about your creepy next-door neighbor turned out to be true?
10- year-old Zeke Langley has become the target of his nasty new neighbor, Maxwell Grover. For reasons known only to him, the unsavory stranger seems determined to make Zeke’s life miserable and force his family out of their home.
Inevitably, Zeke and his best friend Winks set out on a journey to discover what Grover is hiding. What they find sends them down a road they never imagined … and on a mission they may never return from.
by Nick Stead
A great, dark read from beginning to end.
The best way I can describe it is as a book of two halves.
The first half is about a teenagers difficult adjustment to becoming a werewolf, even though he had always wanted to be one.
The second half is more action packed as the body count rises and the undead battle to survive the slayers.
The characters were well written and the story kept me guessing.
I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.
A full moon rises and blood is about to be spilled. Nick Stead, once a regular teenage boy falls prey to the werewolf curse. He begins to change in ways he cannot understand. The first transformation after receiving the bite is only the beginning. From that moment on, death follows in his wake as he seeks to satisfy the insatiable hunger awoken within. But hunter can easily become the hunted, and whilst battling his own lupine instincts, he must also hide his lycanthropy from those who would seek to wipe out his race. A clandestine faction known as the Demon Slayers are closing in on his trail and mean to wipe out his kind once and for all.
by Nicholas C. Rossis
A 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.
Ten speculative fiction short stories and flash fiction, written by the award-winning author of Pearseus and Runaway Smile.
Although they seem to be concerned with various themes, there are certain passions that run through them. What is the nature of reality; digital and corporeal? Is there more to the world than we can see? How far can we trust our senses? What are the consequences of our actions, and is it possible to change them? And if so, would we simply repeat same mistakes, or make new ones?
The anthology includes the following stories:
“Infinite Waters”: A woman seeks her future at a carnival. She discovers more than she expected.
“The Twist in the Tale”: A confused woman meanders through a sleepy town. But not all is as it seems.
“James’ Life”: A man with nothing to look forward to but oblivion, discovers it’s not that easy to escape his life.
“What’s in a Name?”: A trip to the tropics has an unexpected ending.
“The Lucky Bastard”: How far will the luckiest man alive go to escape his luck?
“Two’s a Crowd”: Blood runs thicker than water. Especially when you spill it.
“Is There a Doctor in the House?”: A high school student just loves to experiment.
“Sex and Dinner”: A timeless combination. Or is it?
“Would You Like Files With That?”: Nothing’s scarier than a supermarket.
“The Hand of God”: Nothing has prepared a grizzly veteran for this meeting *.
(* first published in The Power of Six)
Humorous and poignant, these short stories are exciting, intriguing and imaginative.
The Branches of Time
by Luca Rossi
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.
The 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?
by Mary Anne Edwards
Mystery and romance rolled up into one story.
The characters are well developed and colourful.
The descriptions and detail drew me in.
The book was intriguing, well-written, and kept me guessing until the end.
Detective Charlie McClung no longer finds his job fulfilling and has given up finding that “someone” his granny promised he would find. So he leaves behind the big city and his close-knit family and takes a job in a small town police department in Georgia, resigned to live a quiet life in solitude.
Things change when he meets Marian Selby while investigating the mysterious death of her best friend. But Marian swore never to love again after the death of her husband 11 years ago. What seems to be a suicide turns into a tangled web of deceit, corruption, and complicated shadows.
Can the two of them come to grips with their feelings for each other before the killer closes in on them?
A Good Girl
by Mary Anne Edwards
The second book in the series picks up soon after the first, with another crime and another mystery.
It introduces us to Charlie’s extended family who were fun and likeable. The introduction of so many new characters was done in such a way as to not overwhelm you.
Each book could be read as a stand-alone mystery because you are not left hanging, but you wouldn’t have the background or see the love developing between Charlie & Marian.
Another well-written mystery, although this time I did have the suspect pegged before the end.
For Charlie McClung, going home to Virginia with Marian was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but upon arrival at his childhood home, he’s met with a note instead of his family. “Don’t worry, Love, we’re all okay. Come to the shop. A dead girl was found in an armoire delivered just now. Huggies, Ma” Charlie is quickly recruited to help solve the murder of a young girl who was on the path to becoming a nun. The suspects begin to mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl.
by Eva Pohler
The author has a unique take on vampires and weaves them seamlessly into Greek Mythology in this story.
She has created an amazing world with characters that are realistic and easy to relate to. Their actions and decisions are typical for their age.
It’s an amazing start to a new series and I’m interested to see where the author is going next with these characters.
Seventeen-year-old Gertrude Morgan, the only child of one of the wealthiest couples in America, is shipped away from her home in New York City to the American school in Athens against her will. Her parents just want to get rid of her, and she knows it. Although she has no friends (her private schoolmates all seem fake), she sees no point in making any new ones on her trip, since she’ll only be visiting for one school year. Despite her efforts to remain aloof and in the world of her books, she falls in love with her boisterous and affectionate host family, as they do her.
But the city of Athens has secrets.
Her host family calls them “tramps.” In Greek, they are called vrykolakas, or “vryks,” which sometimes gets translated to “freaks.” They are the vampires of Athens, created centuries ago by the Maenads. They live in caves beneath the acropolis without economic resources and according to rules imposed on them by the Olympians. First and foremost, they are forbidden from turning humans into vampires. The human will not turn unless all of the blood is drained, so a vampire is allowed to drink up to one pint per month from a willing mortal. Some mortals are willing because a vampire bite will infect the body for six hours, and during that time, the mortal has the powers of the vampire: flight, invisibility, strength, speed, x-ray vision, and mind control. Such great power can become irresistible, though dangerous and addicting to mortals…
As Gertie uncovers the unfathomable secrets of this ancient city, she is drawn to the beauty and deep thoughts of a boy she first met on the bus into Athens–Jeno. Her host family and another boy she later learns is a demigod warn her to stay away from him, but her curiosity gets the best of her and she unwittingly becomes a catalyst in an uprising led by Dionysus, the god of wine and lord of the vampires..
The Hunter and the Witch
by Rachel Chanticleer
A short read that whets your appetite for what will hopefully continue in future books.
For a short read, the book contains plenty of detail, a good backstory, wonderful characters and an interesting plot.
A Crescent City Arcana short story
A lethal stranger hunted Bethany Hayes down and nearly killed her. But without uttering a single word, he spared her life and vanished, turning her world upside down. Left with newfound abilities and visions of her attacker, Beth tried to make the most of this second chance.
Lucius Sempronius Asper learned to kill in the amphitheaters of ancient Rome. Enslaved and bound by the dark magic of a powerful witch, he spent centuries eradicating innocent witches at her command. Though made immortal by her enchantment, he was as good as dead inside.
All Lucius knew, what he thought he’d become, changed with Bethany. His one impulsive act of salvation linked them in ways they never could have imagined.
Will Beth be strong enough to free him, or will the hunter become the hunted?
This short story chronicles how Beth and Lucius learned of the existence of magic, and of each other.
by Bruce Beckham
The book was enjoyable, well-written, and atmospheric. I could feel the sand between my toes and the sun on my face.
However given the tagline on the book “sun, sand… and sorcery”, I expected more sorcery and fewer birds.
Over half of the book was given over to twitchers, bird sightings, bird habitats and the like. The sorcery didn’t really come into its own until the final 3rd of the book, and then it seemed a bit rushed although the ending was a complete surprise.
A shy, academic teenager, Luke spent the long, hot summer of 1976 working on an isolated bird reserve in Norfolk, England. Like most young men of his age, he found his thoughts preoccupied with the opposite sex and, gradually, peculiar events unfolded around him that seemed designed to take advantage of this Achilles heel.
36 years later, the discovery of human remains at a coastal archaeological site sheds shocking new light upon his experiences of 1976, compelling him to reappraise his memories and, finally, to return to East Anglia in an attempt to unravel the truth of a tale of witchcraft, intrigue, murder and love.
The Feedback Loop
by Harmon Cooper
An interesting read that kept me entertained to the end.
The characters, even the video games NPCs (non-playable characters), were fleshed out and well written.
The story was intriguing, full of action and had a touch of humour.
Although this is the first book of a series it works well as a stand-alone book.
Stuck in a virtual dreamworld called The Loop, a man named Quantum Hughes struggles to free himself from a glitch that forces him to live the same day on repeat. His life changes when a mysterious letter arrives one morning from a woman named Frances Euphoria, the first human player he has made contact with in a very long time. Once Frances appears, members of a murder guild known as the Reapers begin surfacing in The Loop, hoping to capture Quantum or worse — kill him. To further complicate matters, The Loop itself is doing everything it can to stop Quantum from finding the hidden logout point by turning everything in the virtual dreamworld against him.
With time running out, will Quantum break free from his digital coma before he’s captured or killed by the Reapers? Who is Frances Euphoria, and what does she actually know about how long Quantum has been trapped?
The Feedback Loop Series takes place thirty years before the Life is a Beautiful Thing Series. It shares the same world, but is a standalone series that focus on dream-based virtual reality worlds and the people who are trapped in them. The next book in the series will be called Steampunk is Dead, and will be released in the fall.
The Lost Mask
by Ashley Capes
I enjoyed the first book of the trilogy City of Masks: and am happy to say that the second book is just as good.
Familiar characters from book one are here as well as some new ones.
This book has less intrigue and more adventure. It’s fast-paced and quickly switches from one setting to another.
You do really need to read City of Masks to get the best from this book, but unlike book one this one ends in a cliffhanger.
Ashley Capes sent me an ecopy in return for an honest review.
The city of Anaskar is facing its most desperate challenge in centuries.
The enormous corpse of the Sea Beast has breached the walls and an invasion from across the sea is threatening. Cut off from the mysterious golden egg and bereft of the hope of ever seeing his family again, Ain remains in prison, at the mercy of the new king who obviously wants something from him.
Meanwhile, Flir and Luik struggle to contain the illness spreading from the Beast, as Notch and Sofia begin their desperate search for her father.
Charged with hunting down Vinezi, Flir and Luik find themselves thwarted at every turn while Notch and Sofia discover twisted magic is at work in the Bloodwood where the strange Sap-Born may prove to be the worst threat they have encountered yet.
It Lives in The Basement
by Sahara Foley
This quick read is a great monster story with a start that drops you straight in at the deep end.
It’s split into 3 easy to read parts that combine to tell a creepy tale that spans years.
One day your three cats disappear, the next day, your girlfriend. And you think something that’s living in your basement killed them. You’ve seen it before, out of the corner of your eye, but told yourself it was one of the cats. Now, you disappear.
At a gruesome murder scene, Detective Carter and Sergeant Alvarez must uncover the truth of how the victim actually died. What they discover is evidence of an unknown creature. Do they dare go into the basement to confront it? Who will survive?