#BookReview – The Man in Blue by C.S Luis

The blurb reads,

The Man in Blue

Claudia Belle never imagined what life would be like with her parents gone. Now she must face that horrible reality.

With her parents, dead and her grandfather a perfect stranger, Claudia has never felt so alone. Her mind-reading abilities have always made her feel like an outcast. And now will those same abilities reveal who she really is?

Following the death of Dr. Edwards, a new principal is sent to take his place, undercover for a secret organization called The Company. The Man in Blue’s true mission is the identification and eradication of alien life forms. The entity he pursues, this time, is as dangerous as they come. He must identify the source of the creature’s powers to capture the subject and complete his job.

There is just one problem, his one weakness: women. And Claudia fits the description of his dream girl.

Success or downfall. Which outcome awaits him?”

 

I absolutely loved reading this book. I only had to read the first chapter and I knew I would like it. The book had my attention from the get go and I didn’t realize when I had read over a 100 pages in one sitting.

The mystery involved was an intriguing one and I loved the different points of view which got me to the conclusion. I was gunning for the characters and I could feel every emotion they felt. I can’t agree enough with the other reviewers when they say the book is captivating.

Each chapter brings out a new facet about the character or some background which is like one more piece of the jigsaw puzzle that fits in place. That makes the book a thoroughly engaging experience.

The one part which really got to me was Claudia when she loses her grandfather. Having lost a grandparent recently, I can imagine the pain, the void that this loss leaves. And in that sense, I could feel how well the book was written. I really felt every emotion Claudia went through.

I will definitely be reading the next books in the series.

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#BookPromo – The Song of Sending by Corinne O’Flynn

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The blurb reads,

“They told him his world was destroyed.

And they were the last to escape.

They thought he was safe.

They were wrong.

Seventeen-year-old Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that’s not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar–someone who can manipulate energy using magic–and he has no idea.

When a message arrives from Jim’s father–who supposedly died twelve years ago–Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is.

But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.”

 

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#BookPromo – The Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock

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The blurb reads,

“In the Wishing World, dreams are real. You can transform into your own hero, find wild and whimsical friends, and wield power as great as your imagination. But Lorelei doesn’t know about any of that. All she knows is that a monster took her family.

It happened during a camping trip one year ago. Hiding inside the tent, she saw shadows, tentacles and a strange creature. By the time she got up the courage to crawl outside, the monster–and Lorelei’s mom, dad, and brother–were gone.

Lorelei is determined to find her family. When she accidentally breaks into the Wishing World, she discovers a way. It’s a land more wonderful than she could have imagined, a land of talking griffons, water princesses, and cities made of sand, where Lorelei is a Doolivanti–a wish-maker–who can write her dreams into existence.

There’s only one problem: the monster is a Doolivanti, too. What he wishes also comes true, and he’s determined to shove Lorelei out, keep her family, and make the whole Wishing World his. To save them, Lorelei must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last.”

 

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#BookPromo – The Weir Chronicles by Sue Duff

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The blurb reads,

Fade to Black (Book 1)

fade-to-blackIn the world of illusions there are many secrets . . . Ian Black has more than most.

Ian Black is an illusionist with a talent for keeping secrets. College student Rayne Bevan has a gift for uncovering them. She suspects that the popular performer’s skills extend beyond the stage and that he’s the area’s mysterious and elusive defender of the innocent.

In her efforts to uncover the truth, Rayne is swept into the hidden world of the Weir, a magical race who struggle to prevent Earth from self-destructing. Her inquiries expose Ian to those who would kill for his connection to the planet, and as he fights to keep Rayne safe, they discover a force behind the Weir’s raging civil war—a traitor bent on launching Earth’s Armageddon.


Masks and Mirrors (Book 2)

masks-and-mirrorsIan Black’s commitment to safeguarding Earth has come at a price. His career as an illusionist is at a standstill and attending to the planet’s needs has distanced him from his best friend, his guardians, and the woman he loves. When presented with an opportunity to perform, Ian seizes the chance. But moments before he takes the stage, Ian encounters the mysterious Jaered and a rebel force fighting to protect Earth alongside the Weir.

Jaered is determined to stop a malevolent Weir from releasing a drug capable of wiping out the last vestiges of their race and plunging Earth into self-destruction. But when Jaered is willing to sacrifice an innocent child to obtain the drug for himself, Ian risks everything to uncover the secrets of the rebel forces and their true intentions for Earth’s survival.

Sleight of Hand (Book 3)

sleight-of-handThe epic Weir Chronicles continues. The rebels poison Ian and it’s up to Rayne and Patrick to find a cure before their friend succumbs and Earth’s fate is left in the hands of adversaries intent on taking control of the planet. To obtain answers, Rayne must travel to an alternate world where few survive as Patrick unearths the secrets of the rebels and discovers a truth that shatters his beliefs about the Weir and the future of Earth.

 

 

 

 

Stack a Deck (Book 4 – Coming February 1, 2017)

stack-a-deckIan’s alliance with the rebels brings the wrath of the Pur army crashing down on them, but he is forced to abandon his new allies and travels to Earth’s alternate universe to rescue Rayne. As Ian combs the strange, desolate planet in search for her, he discovers the true story of the Weir and his connection to Earth’s imminent destruction.

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#BookPromo – Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of a Vietnam Vet by Robert Wideman and Cara Lopez Lee

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“When Lieutenant Robert Wideman’s plane crashed on a bombing run in the Vietnam War, he feared falling into enemy hands. Although he endured the kind of pain that makes people question humanity, physical torture was not his biggest problem. During six years as a prisoner of war, he saw the truth behind Jean-Paul Sartre’s words: “Hell is other people.” Unexpected Prisoner explores a POW’s struggle with enemies and comrades, Vietnamese interrogators and American commanders, his lost dreams and ultimately himself.”

 

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#Chilling – Sin Eater (Episode 1.1) (Sin Eater #1) by Pavarti K Tyler and Jessica West

The blurb reads,

From Award-Winning Author Pavarti K. Tyler and Speculative Fiction Author Jessica West, comes a Dark Urban Fantasy serial about evil, and the next step in its evolution.

**This is Episode ONE in a seven part urban fantasy/horror serial**

A Sin Eater who battles demons for souls
A Priest who must protect what he most desires, even from himself,
A rogue Romani mortician with an attitude, a secret, and a powerful weapon,
And a Secret Order of the Church who knows more than they’re saying…

Nikolai Grekh is the last Sin Eater.

Born into a world rampant with demon possession, Nik struggles to keep Hell’s hordes from consuming the world, but he grows weary of the constant battle against sin. Evil grows stronger as more souls are lost. With each new possession growing increasingly violent, Nik fears he may be losing the war.

When Nik confronts a demon he can barely defeat, he reaches out to the only man who can save him. The only man he trusts. The one man he can never have…

Evil has resided alongside humanity since the beginning of time, feeding on our weaknesses, our vices. Our sins. It hungers for our souls, its demonic offspring possessing humans, corrupting, manipulating, using us as unwitting pawns in a supernatural chess match for the ultimate price: life.

The Crucifixion of Christ saved humanity once. What will it take to save us this time?

*contains mature content, offensive themes, and general deviance*

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So this was my first time reading an episodic novel and boy oh boy, I loved it.

Nickolai lives in this world festered with evil. He has the unenviable job of sucking evil from the world and purifying it. But when he encounters something much darker than he expected, he realises he has an uphill challenge.

There wasn’t too much in the book, you can’t expect too much in 45 pages either. But it is brilliantly crafted. Much like the pilot to a series, it captured my attention and hit all the right points.

  • An Interesting Plot
  • Some seeming evil (unveiled)
  • A Troubled Main Character
  • Paranormal

In that sense, the book was perfect. It introduced me to Nik and made me want to know what more is happening. I wanted to know about how the world came to have so much lurking evil and how Nik exorcised these demons to where they belonged. It did make me think on a rather philosophical plane. We live our lives in such a corruptible world. And by that, I mean, it is so easy for our feelings to be messed around with. We play with dark forces and we hanker for the dark in everything we read. Some dark element completes a book. Some grey nuances a character. But has our obsession with the other side led us to lead lives where we systematically seek invitations to flip over? Is the temptation of evil, dark, virulent and negative feelings stronger than the taste of clearer and happier emotions? Has our perpetual obsession with being the “Bad Boy” or the “Bad Woman” led us to belittle a simpler lifestyle?

The book made me think of all of these and I wondered how life was, focusing on what was wrong than right, and wondered who helped us cleanse these rabid feelings.

This was a good book. It is intense and it does make you think. I am delayed writing the review but I cannot wait to dig into the rest of the series.

My Rating: 4/5

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Venice in Moonlight- an Excerpt

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Nico shrugged in the French wingback chair they had placed by the fireplace for his portrait. He looked regal in a black silk suit trimmed in gold and a waistcoat of burgundy and gold leaf-patterned brocade. It seemed Raul had excellent taste in men’s fashions.

Marietta rolled her eyes before she settled in a chair behind the easel. “Please keep still while I draw.”

“May I talk?”

“I’d rather you didn’t.” Looking at him was going to be enough distraction. She didn’t need to listen to him also.

He ignored her request. “I have to ask—why Palladino?”

Marietta blew out an exasperated breath. “I can’t sketch you properly if you talk.”

“You could have chosen any man at the Consul’s villa. Casanova himself expressed interest in you, yet you leave with that pig.”

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“It’s not what you think.” She compared her drawing to Nico and frowned. His shoulders were no longer in the same position.

“You didn’t have to suffer the man’s dismal lovemaking. What were you thinking?”

“We did not make love,” she replied through clenched teeth.

He continued as if not hearing her. “You’re the first woman in years that he didn’t have to pay, though he would never admit to his need for courtesans. I just don’t understand how you could find him appealing.”

“We did not make love.” She practically shouted it this time. “I’m not attracted to Palladino or any other man for that matter.”

This silenced him, gratefully, but only for a few moments. “Well, in that case, I know of a few courtesans that can accommodate you. I am told they are quite beautiful and skilled.”

Marietta threw down her charcoal and marched over to him. She grabbed his shoulders and repositioned him. “That is not what I meant and you know it.”

He smiled up at her innocently. “I didn’t mean to offend you, but you have refused my charms, so what should I think?”

She glared at him for her own benefit, knowing it would have no effect on the man. “You need to stop talking and moving.”

When he didn’t respond, she said, “That’s better.”

He lasted almost fifteen minutes. “So, what kind of man are you attracted to? Perhaps, I could suggest a few potential lovers.”

“How about one who has fewer conquests than fingers and toes? Or one that values honesty and fidelity over all else? Do you know any like that?”

From the thoughtful look on his face, he took this as an earnest question. “I’m afraid, Kitty, a man like that will be hard to find in Venice, especially this time of year.”

“Well, then, I guess I’ll have to go without.”

“How depressing. What will you do for amusement if you don’t take a lover?”auth

Marietta rubbed at her temples and decided she deserved more than the coins she’d already been paid. “There’s more to life than pleasuring oneself.”

“Really?”

“Yes, Signore, really.” She placed her stub of charcoal on the easel’s tray and rolled the stiffness from her neck and shoulders. “That is all for today. I have another appointment.” It was a lie, but she felt the need to rest and the bed in the corner was tempting her tired body.

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Welcome to the Afterlife: Thrilling to the Bones

Welcome to the afterlife

Hendrix Grey seems like a normal teenage boy, but he has a secret: He has nightmares about people dying, and they come true. When Hendrix realizes that his nightmares have attracted the attention of murderous, shadowy creatures called inklings, he has no choice but to run for his life. He manages to escape the inklings with the help of a vampire named Silvanus, but in the process, he is infected with vampire blood. Once infected, Hendrix has just one month left to live before he’ll die and change into a vampire. Silvanus is the only one that can keep him from becoming a monster, but in exchange, Hendrix has to hunt vampires and inklings. While Hendrix struggles to control his bloodthirsty instincts and learn the ropes of his new job, he befriends a werewolf named Juliet and a hotheaded pyrokinetic named Flick. The more time Hendrix spends with Juliet, Flick, and Silvanus, the more he realizes that they’re not the hunters; they’re the ones being hunted”

This book isn’t just your average vampire story. Believe me. It has no sappy romance or a triangle but a fierce battle between Vampires, Humans and Inklings.

When I first started reading the book on my newly acquired Kindle, I felt a little disconnected. Hendrix’s school life and his grey existence in New York did not seem very catchy. But then before I knew it, the pulse of the book sped up.

Suddenly, Hendrix realizes his world’s turned upside down. He deals with being a vampire and fighting against an army whose strengths he doesn’t quite comprehend.

The characters are very well thought of and superbly described. As you read on, you feel a character’s lingering presence, as If the scene you just read has been playing in front of you. The writing style is crisp but yet easy flowing.

The highlight of the book for me has definitely to be, when Hendrix is captured by the evil Isaias, whose only mission is to take revenge against Silvanus. The speed and thrill of the chase and the final fight is only too sweet.

One of the points I liked about the book was that there was no slip of narrative. The background weaved was only a sub-cast, the main characters playing their part superbly in enchanting the reader.

The final battle against the Inklings and Vampires has to be the best one I have read in a long time. I could not keep the book down.

This book is definitely a MUST READ. A fast paced thriller which I would love to read on a cold, gloomy night, snuggled in my bed with some coffee.

My Review: 4/5

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Alex is definitely one promising writer. I am sure to keep my eyes peeled out for other books in the future.

Alex can spin a creepy world around you and still keep you stuck to her book.

Definitely worth it! 😀 😀