Review: Unraveling 






Synopsis:

What happens when happily ever after starts to unravel?

Eliyana Ember doesn’t believe in true love. Not anymore. After defeating her grandfather and saving the Second Reflection, El only trusts what’s right in front of her. The tangible. The real. Not some unexplained Kiss of Infinity she once shared with the ghost of a boy she’s trying to forget. She has more important things to worry about–like becoming queen of the Second Reflection, a role she is so not prepared to fill.

Now that the Verity is intertwined with her soul and Joshua’s finally by her side, El is ready to learn more about her mysterious birth land, the land she now rules. So why does she feel like something–or someone–is missing?

When the thresholds begin to drain and the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, begin to fail, El wonders if her link to Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. For light and darkness cannot coexist. She needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can El find a way to sever her connection to Ky and save the Reflections–and keep herself from falling for him in the process?

Rating: 5-stars

Review:

Unraveling by Sara Ella is an unforgettable fantasy. The second book in the trilogy set. I was hooked. A magical place full of action, suspense, and intrigue. It was an epic emotional journey. One that swept me off my seat and pulled me directly into its world. The main character El is quite interesting. Determined, brave, and hopeful. Her connection to Ky, a ghost is lost in a way. But still lingers. Only if El can remember…him. The story was heartfelt, engaging, and romantic. Fast-paced. The danger, mystery, and characters have pulled me in closer to the world. I can’t wait to read the next book. Sara Ella writes well. I got lost within her pages. Felt the rush of excitement, fear, and loss. This is one book that I recommend not only to teens, but also to adults. It was addictive. Superb. Unraveling is a masterpiece readers must read. 

Review: City of Miracles

Synopsis:

Revenge. It’s something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing. 
So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara’s killers deserve. 
Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara’s death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And perhaps most daunting of all finally face the truth about his own cursed existence. 

Rating: 5-stars

Review

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett is an epic science fiction fantasy. Robert Jackson Bennett has impressed me with his writing. I haven’t read a book of his until this one, and I am thrilled I did. This novel of his, has a powerful emotional journey. One that sucks readers straight into its emotions. Sadness, anger, loss and many more. I enjoyed following this closing piece of the trilogy. Fast-paced story. City of Miracles offers action, adventure and a deep sense of attachment. It kept me captivated. The characters are complex and the plot is woven in a way that kept me from putting down…overall, I highly recommend this masterpiece to readers everywhere. 

Review: A Gleam of Light

Synopsis

In 1995, at the age of eight, Una Waters survived a terrifying encounter at 30,000 feet aboard Flight 564 from Dallas to Las Vegas. It changed her forever. After 21 years, and a decade away from the Hopi Reservation where she grew up as a child, a surprise plea for help brings Una back, to solve a mystery that threatens their traditional way of life. The U.S. Army’s sudden interest regarding a cave discovery in the Sacred Peaks has triggered alarm, leading to violence. With the help of friends, new and old, Una must confront her painful past, seek proof to qualify the ancient site for protection under law, and stand up to a stiff-necked general, whose agenda is more concerned with retrieving a mysterious power source. 

Rating: 3-stars

Review:

A Gleam of Light holds a promising adventure ahead. The characters’ struggles were realistic. The plot itself held some suspense over me. I was instantly intrigued as to what was going on that was so interesting that the army wanted to find. Then both Jack and Una have fears. Una’s fear is the greatest. Her fear of planes is one that I could definitely relate to. The writers, T.J. & M.L. Wolf both combined multiple words within this one read. The Native Americans and that of the white Americans worlds. Loneliness, survival, and violence break out on the pages. The journey was good. However, I felt someething was missing. The pace seemed to be at a constant steady walk. A cave discovery held the entire interest. I felt that Una got her peace that she was searching for too soon. The ending itself didn’t feel complete. As for characters like Jack, I didn’t really get to connect with him as much as I did with Una. I would have liked to have explored more on him and Colin as well. Other than that, I liked reading A Gleam of Light. 

Review: Red As Blood



Synopsis:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Six of Crows—this international bestseller is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that chills to the bone, and not just because of the icy winter setting. 

Lumikki Andersson has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her. She knows all too well that trouble comes to those who stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. But Lumikki’s rule is put to the test when she uncovers thousands of washed Euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom and three of her classmates with blood on their hands. Literally. 

 A web of lies and deception now has Lumikki on the run from those determined to get the money back—no matter the cost. At the center of the chaos: Polar Bear, the mythical drug lord who has managed to remain anonymous despite his lavish parties and notorious reputation. If Lumikki hopes to make it out alive, she’ll have to uncover the entire operation.

 Even the cold Finnish winter can’t hide a culprit determined to stain the streets red.

Rating: 4-stars

Review:

As Red As Blood by Salla Simukka is a striking new YA thriller. I was drawn into the dark adventure ahead of me. The character, Lumikki Andersson, is a phenomenal protagonist. Her past experiences help her in her current situation. Deadly, frightening, and suspenseful. Lumikki ends up involved in something no other other would want to be involved within…death lies on the future. Hanging in the air like a heavy blanket that one can’t shake off. Only time will tell, if Lumikki can get the answers before something ends up happening to her. 

Salla Simukka has enticed me into her world of fiction. I have read many fantasy novels but this was definitely one that caught my attention. The plot showed potential. Needs a bit of kinking out…otherwise it was brilliant. The main character seems to have skills that are too good for this first piece in the series. I would have liked to see her struggle a bit more with her abilities aka skills versus her being perfectly skilled. Although her past seems to make her perfect skills believable yet…still. She’s young yet and shouldn’t have it well-tuned.  She should learn what flaws are in her best skills and get them sharper as each book comes out…instead of already being perfect in book one. All in all, the character intrigues me. She’s determined and brace enough to risk her own life. That,are me really connect and like her a lot. Overall, I recommend this dangerous tale, As Red As Blood, to all. 

Review: Katambora Sunset

 

Synopsis:

In the 1980s, an era of political turmoil sweeps over Africa, offering opportunity for those who can move with the flow—not always for the better. Among those taking advantage of shifting political alliances are international rhino poachers who begin the rapid eradication of one of Africa’s most magnificent animals for their horns, much sought-after ingredients in Chinese and Vietnamese medicine.

Colin and Annika Somerset manage a photo safari operation on behalf of the local BaTonga people in the remote Zambezi valley. The two have dedicated their lives to wildlife conservation, especially rhinos.

Threatening Colin and Annika’s happiness—and very lives—is Justin Charimba, an old enemy who has his own life ambition: the utter destruction of the Somersets.

Now a member of Zimbabwe’s dreaded 5th Brigade, Charimba exerts his influence over a large swath of land, including the Somerset’s Katambora Safari Ranch. He’s ready to move against Colin and Annika, and if he happens to profit from the deaths of their beloved rhinos, well, that makes revenge all the sweeter.

A rousing Southern African adventure novel reminiscent of Wilbur Smith’s early works, Katambora Sunset brings Rory Johnston’s Katambora trilogy to an exciting close.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

WOW! Katambora Sunset by Rory Johnston is brilliantly stunning. Readers will love this adventure story. A novel that speaks out about poachers and the endangered wildlife. This book set’s readers back in time and on the African continent. It is here, that one couple has dedicated their lives to ensure the wildlife is safe…especially the endangered Rhinos. Poachers are killing them just for their horns. Beautiful harmless animals …killed for their horns to be used for the Chinese and Japanese markets…all for their special medicines.

Rory Johnston brings readers to Africa. The culture and way of life experienced on every page as readers are intrigued by the fast plot is remarkable. One that keeps readers in suspense. Can one couple defeat their enemy by keeping the Rhinos safe or will they all be slaughtered? This story shows readers a sad, realistic and cruel world that we live in…it remind me of another animal killed just for their fins and another animal just for its eggs…Humans can be the world’s worst enemy…not all humans are bad…some are very good…like the Somersets. I loved this powerful read…it will knock readers off their feet and send them deep into the hot wilderness battling to save the Rhinos from being extinct…Overall, I highly recommend Katambora Sunset to readers everywhere.

Review: Adam’s Chair

 

Synopsis:

Adam’s Chair is a trilogy of short novels set in Waltham, Massachusetts. It opens with a day in April 1981. The shuttle Columbia orbits above, while below, in Waltham—city of immigrants, electronic engineers, and madmen released from the Metropolitan State Hospital—Priscilla, resident of a housing project, rides her bike at dawn to her work as a home health aide. Her first stop is the home of three elderly sisters, where she tends the eldest, Adie, taking her pulse and assuring her that she’s still alive.

Thus, the day begins. Later, the clients of the Sunshine Club arrive to plan a party for Adie’s hundredth birthday. The shuttle sends down messages. President Reagan recovers from an assassination attempt. Priscilla bathes another client, whose stately pace makes her late for Eulalie, whose husband Alcide has run away. Priscilla chases him on her bike, but he has defecated in the street again and is taken to the police station. She returns to accompany the sisters to the Sunshine Club. A fish is being caught off the Gold Star Mothers’ Bridge. The Mayor arrives for Adie’s party. A parachutist lands in Leary Park. A burial takes place from the French Church, attended by Eulalie who wanders through the cemetery’s ethnic neighborhoods, which mirror the city’s own. Henrietta Rose from the Sunshine Club sets up the coffee for the AA meeting in the French Church bingo hall. Upstairs a supper of beans and franks is served for the homeless.

Later in the evening, Priscilla puts the sisters to bed and discusses interstellar travel with Megan. On the way home, she’s knocked off her bicycle by a white Buick that doesn’t stop and spends the night in the hospital in an exalted state over her unlikely survival. The Professor and The Maggot, two Knights of the Road have a nightcap under the railroad trestle.

Dawn comes. The shuttle Columbia lands. Priscilla’s vitals are pronounced normal. Megan wakes and opens an old copy of Opera News to a description of Fernando Corena descending on the stage of the old Metropolitan in a splendid hot air balloon.

Two of this day’s cast of characters: Rosa an illegal Honduran home health aide, and Henrietta Rose, an elderly client of the Sunshine Club and former drunk, demanded their stories be told at length so these, makeup other two novellas of the trilogy.

Rating: 5 stars

Review:

Adam’s Chair by Barbara De Le Cuesta is one intriguing novel. So many things are going on that readers will find it hard to ever leave the book. The characters are fascinating beyond words and the world they live in will suck readers in fast. A brilliantly well-written fast-paced plot that keeps readers turning the pages and in high suspense…curiosity will win readers over as they continue the journey inside this stunning novel.

Wow! Barbara De Le Cuesta is one talented mastermind in creating such a wonderful story. Her story takes readers on a historical ride unlike any other. The characters are so real it’s amazing…it’s like being there experiencing scene after scene through the eyes of the characters. Readers will never know what to expect inside this read. I loved how Adam’s Chair took the element of suprise and used it well…as though it were casting a spell over readers to keep them locked into the story. I enjoyed reading this and I definitely recommend this to readers worldwide.