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Book Review: TruthStone ~ Mike Shelton

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Title: TruthStone (The TruthSeer Archives, Book 1)
Author: Mike Shelton
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Indie
Date of Release: February 15, 2018
Pages: 291
Format: Kindle (Mike Shelton via AXP)

We all know the sayings: “Thou shall not lie,” “The truth shall set you free,” and “A little lie never hurt anyone.” In this case, the truth is as dangerous as the lie… and a lie, even a tiny one, can be quite painful.

Fifteen year old, Shaeleen learns the unfortunate consequences when she becomes the TruthSeer. Every little lie, even half-truths, causes her pain. For centuries, the kingdom was protected and served by gemstones of power, each stone represented a different power. Now, those stones are failing. There is an challenge for the throne, but there are so many lies surrounding the throne, can Shaeleen save the throne AND survive? Or will she make the ultimate sacrifice? Travel with Shaeleen as she tours the kingdom, meeting new friends and foes along the way, as she learns what it means to be a TruthSeer.

What a whirlwind?! I was swept away from the very beginning. Shaeleen is a bright young lady with a good head on her shoulders. She’s put in a difficult position as she becomes the TruthSeer, and you start to see how often people lie. Even if the lie wasn’t outrageous, it was something as small as “I like your dress,” could easily have her doubled over in pain. Equally as bad, all the people who want your power. While having the TruthStone does make it easy to know who to trust, it’s not so easy when you have to match strength and sometimes wit. This story was well executed, and engaging. I truly enjoyed watching Shaeleen try to navigate her way around the truth and people who are following dark forces. I will definitely be staying tuned to see where this goes.

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Book Review: Imitatore ~ A. Rose

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Title: Imitatore (The Donna Chronicles, Book 1)
Author: A. Rose
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Self-Published
Date of Release: January 11, 2018
Pages: 130
Format: Kindle (A. Rose via AXP)

Imitatore: (n.) One who has the ability to take on the powers of the Donna.

Donna: (n.) A magical person who has up to SIX special abilities.

The Society, led by Damien, want to change the world. The biggest problem: how he wants to do it. The best thing: he needs the help of the most unwilling person he will ever meet. Welcome to a world where everyone has an ability. If you don’t have an ability, you are deemed to be an ordinary human and made a slave.

Meet Sophie. She has multiple abilities and no one will explain how or why. During one of her many visions, she meets Oliver. Oliver has pale, almost translucent skin and no determinable gender. Oliver is in the heart of the forest; which is dangerous at the best of times. With the addition of Oliver, Sophie’s already interestingly difficult life becomes more complicated. With the help of Sarah, the librarian (who has a very gifted memory), and the help of The Council, Sophie and Oliver hone their abilities and must decide whose side will they join in this battle of good vs. evil. Will they make the right decision or will the world change as they know it?

The pros: The world is creatively diverse. There is inclusion of all sorts, we have POC, a non-binary character, a deaf character, and a pretty strong, yet frustrating female heroine. While Sophie knows she is strong, she also knows she has a lot to learn about herself and the abilities are a game changer. This is the kind of book if you read it a second time, you’ll pick up things you missed the first time. You’ll notice something different every time.

The cons: The first few chapters are confusing. You don’t know who is talking and who is doing what. It isn’t made clear who is who. Once you’ve finished the story, you’ll have to re-read the first few chapters. Knowing what you know, the first few chapters will make sense the second time around. Some issues or developments aren’t fully explained, but I’m guessing that helped set up the next book.

The book ends in such a way you have to read the next book to know how the world will turn out. With Sophie’s own internal battle of good vs. evil, will she be able to control her abilities and save not only the world but save herself? Stay tuned!

 

 

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Bargain Tuesday: Flesh and Bone ~ Willow Rose

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Title: Flesh and Bone (The Vampires of Shadow Hills Series, Book 1)
Author: Willow Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Release: February 6, 2018
Pages: 264

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For fans of Twilight and The Vampire Diaries comes a new addiction impossible to put down.

What if you can’t trust your own family?

Robyn’s parents are ruining her life. As if their constant bickering and embarrassing behavior wasn’t bad enough, they’ve forbidden her from hanging out with her crush just when a flirty new girl moves to their block. Strangely enough, Robyn’s parents look the other way when her big brother breaks curfew… even after a local girl’s violent murder.

With the neighborhood on high alert, strange sightings are on the rise and the accusations begin to fly. Between her brother’s nighttime excursions and her parents’ odd behavior, Robyn starts to worry that the killer may be living under her own roof. In a town where neighbor has turned against neighbor, deciding whom to trust with her dark fears could be a matter of life and death…

Flesh and Blood is the first book in a fun and frightening series of romantic paranormal mysteries. If you like terrifying thrills, flesh and blood characters, and hot vampires, then you’ll love Willow Rose’s spine-chilling tale of this intense love triangle.

Buy Flesh and Blood to discover a dynamic series with heart-stopping suspense, fierce romances, and jaw-dropping surprises.

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Bargain Tuesday: Soho Dead, The Edinburgh Seer, Secrets of Redemption

Soho Dead
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Title: Soho Dead(The Soho Series, Book 1)
Author: Greg Keen
Genre: Mystery
Date of Release: July 1, 2017
Pages: 334

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Kenny Gabriel is three years away from turning sixty, has forty-three quid in the bank and is occasionally employed to find people who would rather not be found. Broke, clientless and depressed, he knows things can’t get much worse. Then he’s summoned to the office of London media magnate Frank Parr, whose daughter, Harry, is missing—and there’s ten grand on the table to get her back.

It’s a lot of money, and God knows Kenny needs the cash. But he and Frank have a history he’d rather not revisit. Kenny worked for him in the seventies, when Frank was the head of a Soho magazine empire and owner of an infamous nightclub. And Kenny might still be working for Frank now—if he hadn’t witnessed his boss brutally torturing another employee.

Kenny suspects taking this job is a mistake, and he’s probably right. Because while he may be done with the past, the past is far from done with him.

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The Edinburgh Seer Series
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Title: The Edinburgh Seer (The Complete Trilogy)
Author: Alisha Klapheke
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Date of Release: March 23, 2018
Pages: Unknown

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She thought hiding her sixth sense would solve everything. She was very, very wrong.

In a land divided by corruption and rebellion, Aini successfully manages her father’s altered candy lab alongside an apprentice—the mysterious, sexy Thane.

But life goes from sweet to sour when the most nefarious clan in Scotland abducts her father.

And the only way to rescue him is to risk using her sixth sense and stop fighting Fate.

Leap into USA Today bestselling author Alisha Klapheke’s unique, action-packed adventure, an urban fantasy series that fans of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander will love!

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Secrets of Redemption
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Title: Secrets of Redemption
Author: L.K. Shaw
Genre: Suspense
Date of Release: March 24, 2017
Pages: 280

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I killed a man.

He deserved to die, but guilt threatens to consume me. Every time I close my eyes, all I see is blood. His face haunts me, and I don’t know how much more I can take. My life is out of control. Then, there is Josie. I’ve wanted her for years, and now, I can never have her. Darkness surrounds me. I’m damaged goods. A murderer.

I killed a man.

He deserved to die, and never once have I regretted my actions. Then, there is Miles, who walks around as if ghosts are chasing him. I know what he did, and I know it’s eating him alive. I’ve loved him for years, and now, it’s time for action. Time for him to learn that submission will give him back his control. I only hope my Domination can light his way out of the darkness.

 

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Release Day! Vanquishing the Viscount ~ Elizabeth Keysian

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Title: Vanquishing the Viscount (Wayward in Wessex, Book 3)
Author: Elizabeth Keysian
Genre: Historical Romance
Date of Release: April 9, 2018
Pages: Unknown

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VANQUISHING THE VISCOUNT is out today! Get your copy and fall in love with this epic Regency romance today!

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About the Book:

Emma Hibbert will never again trust a good-looking man. They offer nothing but heartbreak and humiliation. But her conscience won’t let her abandon a sinfully handsome stranger needing help—even if he ignites an unwelcome passion in her. She soon realizes she should have left him in the mud where she found him, for he has the power to ruin everything…

Viscount Tidworth is anything but grateful for being rescued after a tumble from his horse. His pretty savior may be well-meaning, but forcing him to delay his journey completely wrecks his engagement plans. And Tidworth cannot let that stand. But when he discovers Emma’s true identity, he must choose between his desire for revenge…and his baffling attraction to her.

 

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Book Review: The Vampire Secret ~ Tricia Barr

 

The Vampire Secret
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3-and-a-half-stars
Title: The Vampire Secret (The Amarant Series, Book 1)
Author: Tricia Barr
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Release: March 17, 2018
Pages: 374
Format: PDF (JA Culican Review)

What do you do when you’re a 17 (going on 18) year old who loves reading vampire novels and you notice some anomalies? You do what all other sane people do… you look up the author and lose your shit when you find out he’s an actual vampire! Well, not all sane people would do that… just Crimson. Crimson is obsessed with the author, Nicholae Albaric, an actual vampire who writes about his life adventures, never realizing someone would think they were true. Crimson isn’t all that she seems… but she doesn’t know it. She is a very rare and special breed, but the only way to know that would be her eyes. Can Nicholae save her or will an old enemy ruin his plans?

The characters are likable enough. The hard part is remembering Crimson is a teenager. It shouldn’t be too hard to remember she’s a teenager, given her dialogue. Some of her thoughts will make you frustrated or annoyed; which is why you have to keep in mind her age. I can understand some of the comparisons to Twilight, but I think this is slightly better. One of my issues with this book is how long it took to get to Crimson meeting Nicholae, and the synopsis to come to life. All of her interactions with her friends weren’t necessary. The book didn’t need a lot of fluff. You kinda got that with Benny. Benny is a loveable vampire when you get to know him. He provides a decent amount of comic relief. There was a point in the book where Benny’s name was spelled differently. While this didn’t factor into my rating, it definitely stood out.

I liked the story well enough, but it didn’t wow me. The synopsis is great and the cover is fantastic, it just takes a little too long to get into.