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Broken Branches Goes LIVE

To celebrate the official release of Broken Branches, by M. Johnathan. Lee, I thought we’d take another look at the review I gave it a few months back.

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Broken Branches, a remarkable tale of an ancient family curse. Ian Perkin’s story is told through a reliable third person perspective. As a loving husband and father, he seeks to uncover the truth of the curse that has plagued his family for generations.

Author M. Jonathan. Lee has a way with expression and imagery, drawing particular attention to the gnarled tree in Ian’s family garden, which becomes a character in its own right. It acts as a sinister metaphor throughout the novel, a symbol of the family’s curse.

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At times, Ian’s character appears vulnerable, left emotionally scarred by the loss of family members over the years. At other times, he stands as a courageous father figure, hell bent on solving the mystery of the family curse and any obstacles that may arise.

This was a dark and sinister tale that held my attention from the first page. If you enjoy stories shrouded in mystery, deeper meaning, with sudden twists and good tension building, then I would recommend Broken Branches.

Rated 5 stars.

Thank you for joining me in celebrating the official release of Broken Branches.
I honestly cannot recommend this book enough.

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The Magician’s Curse (Paranormal/Urban Fantasy- 5 Stars)

The Magician’s Curse is a fun Paranormal / Urban Fantasy mix that offers readers the experience of true love from an outside perspective, looking in. Young Herman is happy to accept a job offer from the mysterious and charming Stephen Dagmar, but does not expect to find herself falling deeply in love with a man hiding a dark secret.

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Herman and Stephen share a relationship that starts off as beautifully as one could imagine. Their sense of humour is similar and both characters bring out the best in each-other. Although I’m not a fan of instant chemistry between two main characters as soon as they meet, I actually found that it worked in this case. I loved how their relationship progresses, with each of them completely devoted to the other.

The plot was engaging and at points surprising, with a complex array of characters that I came to love, except for Nina, of-course. The author’s style is light and elegant in parts, with a fair use of drama in between. The book is easy to read and spoke to me personally, of loss and of love, as well as of the personal sacrifices we must sometimes make.

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Mystery, family history, and love at first sight are just a few themes that made this an incredible read for me. I would recommend The Magician’s Curse to lovers of the paranormal, magic, and of urban fantasy.

Rated 5 stars.

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Adam, by Shari Sakurai (Sci-Fi Review)

Set in London of 2115, where a troublesome new council reigns over all, we follow young Adam, a genetically-engineered ‘perfect’ son. Yet, Adam is far from perfect in his father’s eyes.

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Adam presents as a mentally unstable young man who craves affection and understanding. His third person perspective seems cold and calculating at first, painting him as a villain, before we eventually get to know his character better. I felt great sorrow for Adam at times as he only appears to seek two things in life- love and approval.

The story itself was dark, with plenty of tension and a cime-driven plot. It moves quickly, seeing us from one drama to the next. Non-stop action, betrayal, and secrets circle Adam.
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I would recommend to lovers of crime and thrillers.
Rated 4 stars.

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The Witches of Ravencrest (A 5 Star Review)

From Tamara Thorne & Alistair Cross comes The Witches of Ravencrest: Books Two of an extraordinary series. I rated this 5 stars, unable to put the book down once I’d started.

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Ravencrest is far from the perfect manor house that you see from outside. One might go so far as to call it haunted.

I LOVED this book. From the onset, we are introduced to a variety of quirky characters. each with their own complicated pasts.

Belinda, having shown evidence of having unusual powers, does her best to help counsel the restless spirits of the estate, all while falling for the current master of the house, Eric. Her character is a breath of fresh air- intelligent, charming, and intuitive. Reading her story was a fun and enlightening experience.

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The story swept me along in its wake. The plot was well constructed and had me hooked more and more as I read. I liked that one of the main characters, Grant, is in an openly gay marriage. I feel that more LGBT+ friendly books are needed in the world and this book in particular had a wonderful representation.

Murder, vengeance and love, combined with ghouls, ghosts and witch-craft make this story an unforgettable read. I would recommend The Witches of Ravencrest to all lovers of fantasy, mystery, and magic.

I rate this 5/5 stars.
A good quality book, above and beyond most others I’ve read this year.

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Dark Matter: The Secret Revealed (Romance-Mystery Review)

In Dark Matter, a mixture of Romance and Mystery by author Deborah Ann Gordon, we see a young immortal, Belinda, travel back to a past life, in order to save Damien- the love of her life.

I was drawn into the story by its fast pace and shifting tone. While some parts felt quite tense, others were light-hearted and romantic, providing what I see as a perfect balance.

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There were plenty of surprise twists, which had me eagerly turning the pages. I could imagine myself in Belinda’s shoes, desperate to try and save not just her true love, but her religion as well.

The plot itself was intriguing, centres around two core religions, being Paganism and Christianity. As a Pagan myself, I detested the way in which some characters (namely Mordecai) sought to abolish the Pagan practices, only to replace them purely with those of the Christian faith.

 

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Belinda’s determination to save the religion of her people, as well as its traditions and the love of her life, is beyond admirable. In her position, I would be just as determined to right such wrongs.

If you like dark, twisted schemes and the sort of ‘love conquers all’ tales that snatch your breath away, then I would definitely recommend Dark Matter.

Rated 5 stars.

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The Cyborg at the end of the Universe (Sci-Fi)

The Cyborg at the end of the Universe,
by Emerson Daub & Richard Daub:

Children have always flocked to the idea of superheroes, with powers so incredible that they defy the very laws of nature. From Emerson and Richard Daub comes one such tale, a sequel- The Cyborg at the end of the Universe.

Here, we follow the adventures of Morgan Wallace, aka Hyperkid as he plans to save the universe from a maniacal alien cyborg. The book includes a series of colourful illustrations that help to bring the story to life. It uses realistic patterns of speech for its nine year old protagonist, making Hyperkid that much easier for kids to connect with.

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Action lurks round every corner. I like that the plot moves swiftly along and found that it held my attention well.

The main message of the story revolves around the perspectives of yourself and others. To quote, ‘You must understand someone’s situation before branding them a good, or a bad guy.’

This is wonderful advice for young people and supports the idea that we should all get to know someone before making any snap judgements.

A secondary message that sprang to mind while writing this review is to, ‘Just be yourself- if you can accept who you are- you’ll be fine.’

I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of sci-fi, fantasy, and superheroes. I think it would also make an ideal read for young kids diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as it shows hyperactivity in a positive light, branding it as part of a superhuman set of abilities.

My rating: 5 stars.

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I Have a Friend on Jupiter, by Celine Rose Mariotti (5 Star Review)

You may have read my recent interview with author Celine Rose Mariotti. Since then I have had the privilege of reading her book, I Have a Friend on Jupiter, and I have to say that it’s well worth a read.

I was pleasantly surprised at the way it indirectly shows children that being different is okay.

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The author’s style is unique and not one that I have come across before, which makes a welcome change. The book is aimed at children and teens and moves at a brisk pace so as to hold the reader’s attention.

The language used was easy to understand and flowed well. The enthusiasm of the main characters was hard to miss and lent a powerful series of emotions to the author’s work. I honestly felt like a kid again while reading this, experiencing that same child like sense of wonder that we often lose as we grow up.

I would like to personally thank Celine Rose Mariotti for taking me back to my childhood.
This is a fascinating read that I would recommend for all lovers of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, regardless of age.

Rated 5 stars.

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Sketches of My Soul, by T. C. Booth (Review)

Senior year of high-school is never easy. Budding artist Teagan balances college applications, ex-boyfriends and a drunk dad in T. C. Booth’s Sketches of My Soul.

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The author conveys Teagan’s various emotional states through a remarkable use of imagery, but they’re not the only one to do so. Teagan conveys her most intimate feelings through her artwork, which is kept in a secret work-pad that she refuses to show anyone.

I enjoyed her first-person narration. It was delicate and at times lyrical. The language used was simple to understand and flowed well, making it easy for the reader to follow the story.

 

I liked that both Teagan and Andrew had complex pasts and that they were able to share in each-other’s pain, as well as to provide much needed support to one-another.

Although this book could use a light edit for spelling, overall it is a remarkable read that I would recommend to young adults worldwide.

My rating is 4/5 stars.

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Exhile of Fenrir, by Peter Curson (Review)

19668204_1936797546595601_1234305471_n.jpgI received a charming paperback copy of Exhile of Fenrir recently from Author Peter Curson. This tale follows the legendary Norse gods, chronicling the life journey of Loki’s son, Fenrir.

I’ve always loved mythology and with Norse mythology being a particular favourite of mine, I was eager to dive into this read. I was not disappointed.

When Fenrir is brought to Asgard, home of the Gods, he is forced to submit to their ways or face grave punishment. We witness great injustices dealt to him by his supposed betters owing to the nature of his birth race.

19621502_1936797853262237_84251747_n.jpgFenrir presents as a strong minded individual that struggles to find the balance between logic and instinct. His story flows beautifully with a reliable second person narration. I got a real sense of the urgency that he was feeling and was rooting for him from beginning to end.

This was a remarkably crafted tale of love, loss, and ancestry that touched my heart.

I would rate this book 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of fantasy and mythology.

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Celine Rose Mariotti : Author of ‘I Have a Friend on Jupiter’ (Interview)

Good afternoon fellow bookworms. ^_^

Today, I would like to introduce a special guest whom I’ve had the privilege to interview. Please welcome Celine Rose Mariotti, author of I Have a Friend on Jupiter.

It was a pleasure to speak with Celine.
Below are the answers to some of my burning questions about her work.

What genre do you write and why?

I like to write science fiction and fantasy, mystery/detective stories, 

jupiter.jpgghost stories and political adventure. Growing up I always liked the space program and followed all the space exploration. One of my favorite TV programs was “Lost in Space”. My interest in outer space fired my imagination and I got the idea to write “I Have a Friend on Jupiter” which is about two kids, Carlos and Indiana who find a website where they can write to aliens from outer space. They both find a friend on Jupiter.

I love mystery stories, especially the mystery/detective stories, and I always enjoyed watching “Columbo”, “Matlock” and “Murder, She Wrote” and still watch them on the Hallmark Channel. I was always interested in the Father Brown series written by H.K. Chesterton and the Father Dowling series written by Ralph McInerty. I guess that’s what inspired me to write my Rev. Castle series in which the Baptist Minister, Rev. Clayton Castle solves mysteries with the help of the Lord Who appears to him.

 

Then I have my ghost story “Olivia MacAllister, Who Are You?” which takes place in Maine and is for children ages 8 and up. In this book, Bobby and Noel come to visit their Uncle Eb and learn all about their ancestors. One in particular, Olivia MacAllister, appears to them and they set out to find the truth of how Olivia died and reunite her with her love, Joseph Montgomery, who is also a ghost. The illustrator for the book is Bob Veon.

I also have a political adventure/mystery series entitled “Adventures on Capitol Hill”. The first book in that series is “The Kidnapping of Senator Andy Thompson” and the second one is ”The Murder of Secretary Judd Cane”. All of these books are being published by Dreaming Big Publications.  I love to follow politics and that was my inspiration to write this series.

Where can readers purchase your book? 

They can purchase it on Amazon right now and in a couple of months they can purchase it on Smashwords. They can also buy a print book from me and can e-mail me at celinem@aol.com to obtain an order form. I’ll order the books from my publisher, autograph them and mail it to the reader.


How do you research your books?

For the most part I use the Internet and sometimes if I know a particular person is knowledgeable on a certain subject, I submit questions to them. I also use reference books or other books on a similar subject.


Who or what inspired you to become a writer?

I have always liked to write since I was a kid and I was the happiest kid in the class when the teacher asked us to write a poem or story. When I was a senior in high school I took a Creative Writing course with a teacher named Mrs. Anderson. She always told me my stories could all become books someday as I had a lot to say. I took writing courses in college too. I started submitting to publishers when I was a senior in high school and started my subscription with the Writer Magazine which I have maintained all these years.

Does your family support you in your writing career? How?

My Mom and sister often give me their editorial input on my stories and they always encourage me in what I do. They also help me to pick out the covers for my books when the publisher sends me four different covers to pick from. And they both give me advice. They also come to my events.

My Dad and Uncle who have both passed away were always my biggest cheerleaders. My Dad always came with me for all my events. He would tell everyone he knew about my book. He was so proud of me. My Uncle enjoyed reading all my work. He was always proud of me and gave me encouragement. I always dedicate my books to their memory.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading several different books. I am reading Volume One of Mark Twain’s autobiography; Barbara Bush’s memoir; Charlanne Harris’ Aurora Teagarden “A Bone to Pick”; and a mystery by Louise Penny entitled “A Fatal Grace”.

 

-Thank you to Celine Rose Mariotti for joining us today and answering our questions.