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Sunday Brings A Book Launch

Hi guys and gals, and all those in between,

In addition to today’s earlier post, I would like to invite you to
join my Facebook event this Sunday, for the official book launch
of Phoenix’s revised edition.

Phoenix revised edition Launch Event

This is separate from the book tour that I recently
mentioned in one of my posts.

We shall be hosting multiple author giveaways in the Fantasy,
Young Adult, and Romance genres, and chatting with other authors
about their day to day lives, interests, and getting to know
both them and fellow readers better.

If you’re interested in coming along, it is a FREE online event and shall
be running on Sunday 30th April from 10 am to 5 pm (GMT: London, Lisbon.)

It would mean a lot to see some of you there and I hope you’re all having an
amazing #TGIF!

Bye. ūüôā

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Summoner Rising, by Melanie McFarlane (A Young Adult Fantasy Review)

summSet in Maine, USA, comes the tale of young Daciana (Dacie to friends), a sixteen year old with a unique and somewhat disturbing ability. Having just moved from California, Dacie is portrayed as an initially shy yet rebellious character, who pushes others away. As we learn more about her past, we begin to understand why.

This novel is a wonderful start to a series where secrets, teamwork and loss combine. The characters are a breath of fresh air and each have a distinct personality. You get a strong feel for Dacie’s character through her story narration. She proves to be a determined individual that will do all she can to fix her mistakes.

I would recommend this to lovers of Paranormal and Fantasy novels. Highly addictive.

Rated 5/5 stars.

Find the book on Amazon, HERE!

P.S. If you or someone you know is interested in a review, please email me at:
Daccarim93 (at)

I only post honest reviews for books I would rate a 3/5 and up.

My favourite genres are Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Thrillers & Young Adult.

Thank you and have a good day.

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New Fantasy Book Tour for Phoenix

Hi there, Fellow Fantasy Book Lovers.

¬†It’s time for an announcement!

From May 1st Р15th, Bewitching Book Tours will be hosting a Book Blog Tour for PHOENIX:
Book One of The Peradon

A copy of the Tour schedule can be found below,
where there will be interviews, spotlight posts, guest blogs & giveaways. We hope to see you there:

 Schedule for Phoenix:


May 1 Guest Blog

Fang-tastic Books

May 1 Spotlight

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium

May 2 Spotlight

Books, Dreams,Life

May 2 Spotlight

Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang! ‚Äst

May 2 Spotlight

Lisa-Queen of Random

May 3 Spotlight

The Authors Blog

May 3 Spotlight

CBY Book Club

May 3 Spotlight

SImply Kelina

May 4 Interview

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

May 4 Spotlight

Ramblings of a Book Nerd

May 4 Spotlight

Literary Musings


May 5 Spotlight

Just Another Bookaholic

May 5 Interview

Infinite House of Books

May 8 Interview

Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

May 8 Spotlight

For Love of Books4

May 9 Spotlight

Ramblings of a Book Nerd

May 9 Spotlight

Lisa’s World of Books

May 9 Interview

Supernatural Central

May 10 Spotlight

 Books N Pearls

May 10 Guest Blog

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews


May 11Spotlight

T’s Stuff

May 11 Spotlight

Don’t Judge, Read

May 11 Spotlight

Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course)

May 12 Guest Blog

Hart’s Reader Pulse

May 12 Spotlight

Traci Douglass

May 12 Spotlight

An Expatriate’s Blog

May 15 Guest Blog

I Smell Sheep

May 15 Review


May 15 Spotlight

Illuminite Caliginosus

May 15 Spotlight

Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog

 We hope to see you at some of the tour stops.

Have a great day and keep on reading.

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Cloak of Echoes, A Fantasy Book Review

Cloak of Echoes, the second book of a daring fantasy series, follows seventeen-year-old Emma Kincaid as she deals with the mysterious empathic abilities that have so far shaped her life.Emma’s character comes across as quirky and shy, though she possesses a natural talent for humor and is stronger than she gives herself credit for.

The story progresses quickly, with an effortless friendship forming between Emma and brooding new student, Mattox. Themes of loss and difference are key to the tale as secrets are revealed regarding Emma’s unique abilities.

I enjoyed every moment of this short, but intense read. I found myself feeling every subtle emotion of Emma’s character as the urgency of the scenes built up. I was eager to turn each page, excited for what would happen next.

This book is definitely on my paperback list. I would recommend it to lovers of urban fantasy and Arthurian fantasy.

Rated 5 stars.

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Top 9 Book Hooks

What Hooks Me When I Read A Book?

I suppose all writers must have asked themselves this same question at some point in their literary careers. What truly hooks me when I decide to read a book?

 There are countless areas I could discuss with you.
¬†For now, I’ll leave you with what I believe

are the Top Nine Book Hooks:

1) Unusual characters:

Have you ever been reading a book and instantly connected with one of the characters? I have. Unusual and yet relatable characters are the driving force of most books. If you can relate to the main character, then you will no doubt find yourself instantly hooked. I personally love to discover new characters, with their own unique personality traits, strengths, as well as flaws. For me, the more abnormal the character and the role they play in society, the more intrigued I become.

2) The unexpected:

I really enjoy plots that involve a lot of surprising twists. The more intricate and well-crafted plots grab me from the very start. I love to feel like I’m in on some elaborate plan¬†that one character has cooked up, unknown to the other. The idea of being on the edge of my seat with worry for a character and their ever-changing plight has my spine tingling.

3) Drama (e.g. Death:)

Death. Lots of it. With Death, we see an ultimate change in¬†a main¬†character, whether it is in¬†their personality, appearance, or their outlook on life. If we grow fond of the main character, then we experience that sense of loss alongside¬†them and feel as though their character transformation is also part of our very own. It is also important to note that a ‘death’ doesn’t always have to be physical. It could also refer to the death of an era,¬†or of an
inter-personal relationship between two or more characters.

  • 4) Intelligence:

    Inside jokes and well-used wit or dark¬†humor¬†surprise me a lot when I’m reading a thriller or fantasy novel. I love writers that can make jokes or references that people seem to understand on a universal level. Characters that are also created using the same style of high intellect and¬†humor¬†always have me smiling and laughing with them. I would much prefer to read about a well-educated, brooding psychopath, than any other type of person, any day.

    Characters like the infamous Hannibal Lecter is a good example of these types of characters.

    5) Magic & the Supernatural:

    I find myself enchanted by how many versions of magical worlds we can create ourselves, let alone the ones I read by other authors such as Garth Nix, Terry¬†Goodkind¬†and J.K. Rowling. There’s something about magic that truly resonates with me. Perhaps it’s a secret longing that one day we will¬†all be able to experience magic in some¬†form.

    I find myself inextricably drawn to the supernatural. The idea that all around us are beings or creatures we can’t even comprehend is slightly scary, yet also extremely exciting. Reading supernatural works of fiction tends to open the mind to countless possibilities, as well as giving us different perspectives to use when we look out upon the world.

    6) Anything ‘Outside of the box’:

    Anything different or unusual really grabs me by the horns. The more bizarre, the better in my opinion.

    7) Good vs Evil (theme):

    There is truly nothing more exciting than a thrilling tale of good vs evil. When you can no longer distinguish the hero from the villain, I find that there’s a certain rush. You don’t quite know how to expect it to end. The mystery is all part of the thrill.

    8) Culture/Heritage:

    What could be more interesting than the background of a fantasy land full of interesting people. Every tribe/civilization has its own unique ways of honoring tradition and deities, of gathering food, trading, enjoying themselves, etc. There is never a limit that can be set for such details and it is these details alone that make certain fantasy worlds unforgettable.

    9) Tension:

    The ‘T’ in Thriller is most definitely for Tension.¬†Without it, each¬†book I pick up¬†would be a total drag. Tension keeps you on your toes with delicious events that fill¬†your mind with all important questions, be they about a killer’s motives, or where a character lost a prized family heirloom. The better the writer at building suspense, the more likely I am to be drawn into their work.

    ‘The Shining’ by Stephen King is truly¬†phenomenal when it comes to the gradual building of suspense. Reading it, I found myself at the edge of my sanity along with the characters, struggling through their own crises, right from the comfort of my own home.

Why not take the time to comment below, on what draws you into a book.

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Welcome to Fantasy 411

Good morning from a drizzly England, and welcome to Fantasy 411.

We’ve started this site as a place where Fantasy Book Lovers can get together,
to discuss books and discover exciting new reads.

We appreciate your patience as we set up the website and look forward to
diving into some new books together.