My apologies for the late review, but life has kept me busy these past few months.
I won a copy of the novel via the author’s GoodReads giveaway
The novel’s a great read, it has everything a reader can ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy book.
I applaud the author’s characters who are not only well-developed characters but are diverse and inclusive. It was great to see that one of the main characters is a WOC AND she’s not the only WOC present. Back ground characters are also not one dimensional and also given something to do which is a plus.
The thing that appealed to me the most was how much research the author did in their approach to bringing a dragon to life. The method used in the story has a realistic feel which piqued my curiosity. Of Cinder & Bone also brought a sense of awe and wonderment, almost like the first time I watched Jurassic Park on the big screen.
The story features action, tension, drama, and comedy and goes at a decent pace. But I expect that from this author. It’s risky to end a novel with a cliffhanger, but the move pays off because I want to know what happens next. Plus, it makes the book stand out in a good way.
Overall, Of Cinder & Bone is an excellent story. I look forward to the sequel.
Written by Christina Barr
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Phases of a Broken Sky is an excellent read.
The novel tells the story of Jesse Holloway a young lady trying to break free from her over protective parents by starting her college years miles away from where she lives. At the start of her road trip she meets a stranger who changes her life forever.
Miss Barr’s writing continues to be superb and her characters fleshed out, flawed, complex individuals. The pacing of the story wasn’t slow or forced, nothing felt rushed and the plotting was well paced. I really enjoyed Jesse’s journey and the ending of the book reveals that her story is just beginning. The ending was really good and had me asking questions and wanting more. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Overall, Phases of a Broken Sky is a great addition to the paranormal genre.
Let me just start by saying that I love the cover of the book. Miss Barr does an excellent job of creating covers for her stories and this cover definitely gets the attention of a would-be reader.
Almost Alive is a supernatural tale of epic proportions. Its theme of good vs. evil reminds me a little bit of the CW’s Supernatural and Buffy, but instead of vampires there are demons attached to the souls of humans, and witches. The novel’s protagonist Michelle is a person who survived a suicide attempt and has returned to the land of the living with no actual purpose in life.
Her parents are living a double life and she’s lost her friends and boyfriend. Michelle is truly alone, until she meets a young man named Julian at her new school. In meeting him, Michelle discovers that she has a demon attached to her soul and the rest of the book is about her struggling to deliver her soul from evil and finding a reason to live.
The Christian themes of good and evil, sin and temptation, demons, and prayer are heavily featured throughout the story and are at times delivered right on the nose. Some readers may find the exposition of them to be somewhat preachy. There’s also a bit of slut-shaming-in my opinion-in the early part of the story.
However the pacing of the story is well balanced and doesn’t stray from beginning to end. Readers will enjoy the character’s growth and development as they’ll sympathize and understand each of the characters’ motivations. The ending of the book is only the beginning of Michelle’s and Julian’s journey. I could see this book being a TV show and I think readers will definitely enjoy it.
Over all Almost Alive delivers and is a great addition to the paranormal, urban, horror, and supernatural genres.
Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series concludes with the final novel The Holy Dark. At the end of She Who Fights Monsters, our heroine Jordan Amador had almost brought on the apocalypse, was a fugitive on the run (which was brought to an end by the president’s pardon), she had lost her best friend’s trust, and she’s estranged from husband, the archangel and commander of the Lord’s army Michael O’Brien.
When The Holy Dark begins, Jordan is continuing her mission of finding the remainder of the Judas coins while trying to keep one step ahead of the archdemons Moloch and Belial who want her dead. Can Jordan salvage her relationships? Can she stop the archdemons’ plan for world domination? As you read, you’re gonna go on one hell of a ride to find out.
At the beginning, the pacing is a little slow but after a few chapters, the story picks up and never slows down until you reach the end. Just when you thought you’ve learned all you could about the characters there’s more that has yet to be revealed. The characters themselves continue their personal journeys and learn that they can’t go through life carrying their burdens alone, that they work better as a team.
Reading the book one theme is constantly present throughout. The word ‘ohana’ comes to mind to describe it-you know the word from the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch. In Hawaiian, ‘ohana’ means family and family means no one gets left behind. That theme is prominent in the story.
Overall I loved this book.
I’ve enjoyed watching these characters grow and come into their own from start to finish. I’ve enjoyed the pop references, humor, romance, sex, sadness, and anger that is depicted in each book. With the lack of creativity and diversity being discussed in the publishing, TV and Film industries, Kyoko M.’s The Black Parade series brings something new to the table. I hope to see the series brought to life on the big screen.
I want to thank Kyoko for sharing her talents with us and bringing readers this series. I look forward to reading more of her work.
Kyoko M. has done it again with her marvellous writing and storytelling.
I was sent a free digital copy (PDF format) of the book by the author, but I’ll also purchase a print copy of the book as soon as possible as I found The Deadly Seven to be a fantastic book! Before I continue, I must say that the cover for this collection is beautiful! It masterfully captures readers’ intrigue and they will want to pick the book up. And when they begin to read, they won’t want to put it down.
These stories take place between the two month period between The Black Parade’s chapters 15 and 16. There are twenty-one stories dealing with the seven deadly sins in three parts: Wrath, Pride, Greed, Sloth, Lust, Gluttony, and Envy. While I enjoyed reading from Jordan’s point of view in the The Black Parade, I had become curious about the other characters’ viewpoints as well, particularly Michael’s. It was with great joy and excitement that I discovered each story was from his perspective.
Each story has a humor and wit about them as the reader will discover more details surrounding Michael and Jordan’s relationship. In addition, there are even more subtle moments between the two. Whether he’s kicking demons asses, playing a videogame, or walking through the park eating icecream with Jordan, readers will definitely get to know more about Michael’s personality, thoughts and feelings. Basically, you don’t want to mess with him and threaten the person he cares deeply about. You do that and that’s your ass. Like Jordan, Michael is a well fleshed out character and I could definitely see him, Jordan, and the other characters being brought to life on screen.
There’s also lots of action and the stories are well paced. They have their own beat and rhythm which flows smoothly from the first story to the last. Every story was great (you can read the first story Wrath here) but Greed III, Sloth II, and Pride III were amongst my favorites. The bonus story and the sneak peak were also enjoyable as well. I can not wait for the next installment in the She Who Fights Monsters.
If you can’t wait either, The Deadly Seven is definitely something to help satisfy your excitement!
That Which Lives Within is a full-length poetry collection by first time author eLPY that it is beautifully written. The 189 page collection features not only poetry, but also poepics, and poetry-infused pictures.
Throughout, the author’s myriad of experiences and emotions are displayed in every poem. The topics of death and loss are touched upon in the poems such as Beyond the Grave, and the poem Left With Memories which is dedicated to her brother who passed away. There are poems about life and love which are just as raw and filled with emotion.
The author’s hopes and dreams as well as fears, frustrations, and self-doubt are also poetically expressed. In the poem “Here’s To My Blossom” at the beginning of the book, eLPY questions her ability to share her writing with others and as the book progresses she grows ever more confident. She also expresses her journey of finding herself, being confident in who she is. It’s a journey of growth that includes joy and despair.
The poepics and infused pictures of poetry are beautiful visuals. It was a little hard to read the font on a few of the pictures because of the color scheme. I thought it was a cool and unique idea to have mixed media and variations of writing within this book. In poems such as “History Rewritten” and “Hypocrisy”, eLPY offers social commentary in her poems on issues such as the genocide in Dafur, the Jena 6, slavery, the exotic pet trade and the slaughter of dolphins in Japan.
The book tells the story of metamorphosis. It’s about going on a journey and growing and not running away from the storms of life. It’s learning from the past and looking forward to what the future will bring. Everyone can relate and can take something valuable and essential from this collection.
Author: Robert Kroese
Paul Bayes has begun to feel like all of his actions are dictated by forces beyond his control. But when his suicide attempt is foiled by a mysterious young woman named Tali, Paul begins to wonder if the future is really as bleak as it seems. Tali possesses a strange power: the ability to predict tragedies and prevent them from happening. The possibility of breaking free from the grip of fate gives Paul hope. But when Tali disappears, Paul begins to realize that altering the future isn’t as easy as it seems: you can fight the future, but the future fights back.
This quantum physics noir thriller takes readers on an adventure from beginning to end. It all begins with a suicide attempt by the main character Paul Bayes. Just as he’s about to step out in front of the oncoming train, a female voice-belonging to a young lady named Tali-cries out to him and Paul’s life was never the same afterwards.
Excitement, mystery, and action is what the story is about and there’s never a dull moment as Paul unwillingly becomes a scientific detective in order to solve the mystery of Tali’s disappearance.
Each character is well-developed, realistic, and relatable. Their interactions with each other are well written, witty, and intriguing. A dark humor is found throughout the story and it plays out well with the themes in the book.
The science in the story may at first appear to fly over readers heads who aren’t well acquainted the terms and theories. Kroese however, writes the science in a way that it is easy to understand and readers won’t be overwhelmed.
Overall the story moves at a balanced pace and it will keep readers involved in the story and invested in the characters. This is an excellent book and I look for more works from Kroese in the future.