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Harkworth Hall (YA Mystery Review)


Harkworth Hall, by L. S. Johnson:

Harkworth Hall, set in England of 1752, is a young adult mystery novel that follows Caroline Daniels, the daughter of a long-standing widow. While her father expects her to marry, as is expected of all fine ladies, Caroline’s brash attitude and boyish curiosity lead her down a different path.

35510328This was a book I just could not put down. The writer had me hooked from start to finish, with quirky characters I came to love. My favourites were Caroline and the mysterious Mr Chase. While I adored Caroline’s refusal to obey society’s protocols for women and her level of determination and bravery, Mr Chase took this concept to a whole new level. They had a natural chemistry with Miss Daniel’s and appeared devoted to her from their first meeting. As a dark plot develops and blood is spilled, Mr Chase stops at nothing to warn Caroline of the dangers that lurk around Harkworth Hall.

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The novel was written beautifully. It possessed an effortless grace when it came to the flow of the words, with non-stop action that keeps the blood pumping. The words themselves sing, the word choice perfect for evoking emotion within each and every scene.

I would recommend this book to both mystery and young adult book lovers. It was a true gem to read and I am thankful that the book was brought to my attention.

Easily rated 5 stars.

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The Warlock’s Nemesis (A Fantasy Review)

The Warlock’s Nemesis, by Alena Des:

Betrayal, Magic, Undying Love.

The Warlock’s Nemesis is a rare jewel of a book.’

 

In The Warlock’s Nemesis, a fantasy novel, we follow young Alice through a series of unexpected and truly remarkable events. The novel begins with a mysterious conversation, followed by a virus which spreads through the human population like wildfire. It’s a good thing there are witches and warlocks to heal them…for now.

As a healer herself, Alice is an invaluable asset when it comes to tackling the virus head on. I found her progressing relationship with 1,100 year old warlock Tannon to be sweet, yet sensual- a true love affair. Their story moves swiftly, promising demons, magic, and much more.

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There is a beautiful contrast between light and darkness as a war wages between the leaders of each driving force. I was shocked to learn of Alice’s true nature (no spoilers, don’t fret) and found her to be a most admirable heroine. The goodness that lies within her heart knows no bounds.

Besides Alice, I had two other favourite characters, Riley and Tannon. Riley’s dark sense of humour and mischievous personality always brought a smile to my face. I found him to be an intense character that charmed his way through all situations.

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As for Tannon, his magical ability intrigued me from the start, but so too did his natural habits, e.g. his talking extensively to himself. This happens to be a natural habit of both myself and my partner so I find it easy to relate to his character. Talking to oneself often helps to get unwanted thoughts out of your head, allowing you to seek your own counsel, as it were.

I loved every moment of this book and could not put it down. I would recommend it to fantasy and supernatural lovers alike as it was a genuine delight to read.

My rating for this novel is 5 stars.

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30th Century Escape (A Sci-Fi Review)


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th Century Escape, by Mark Kingston Levin:

From Mark Kingston Levin comes a sci-fi novel that not only inspires, but warms the heart. When Jennifer Hero (resident of the thirtieth century and fierce leader) sends her team back to the twenty-

 

seventh century to save all naturals, she is instead drawn back to the twenty-first century, where a multitude of secrets await.

 

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Centred around the islands of Hawaii and Tahiti, Jennifer finds herself shipwrecked and is lucky to be rescued by a group of friendly natives. From there on, she begins to suspect that she’s been here in the twenty-first century before. As a character, I found her to be beyond sweet, hard working, intelligent, brave, and with an inquisitive nature that I adored. She proves herself to be a true leader and handles new situations with grace and courage. Her relationship with Marty (a twenty-first century native man) is one that warmed my heart every step of the way.

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We follow Jennifer on a journey of exploration and self-discovery, both regarding her ancestry and her sexuality. I would recommend that only those over the age of eighteen read this book due to the number of mature sexual scenes involved.

The more of Jennifer’s tale we read, the more we are drawn into a world where time travel is possible. This is a concept I’ve always been fascinated by and I believe the author did an amazing job at infusing the story with such scientific ideas.

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It is Jennifer’s self-determination that sees time travel become a reality. She proves herself to be a resourceful heroine as her surname suggests and through time travel, she is able to uncover a series of long forgotten secrets, each aiding our understanding of her past.


One f
eature I disliked about the novel was the inclusion of tiny, seemingly irrelevant photos. These made the book appear tacky and I would personally have removed them so that the work could speak for itself. I also thought that the plot began to lose its way after the first half, branching into near-constant (and graphic) sex scenes, which involve several instances of group sex. I found myself wondering where on earth the plot was going.

I would give this book 3 out of 4 stars as it did hook me and involved childhood passions of mine such as time travel and archaeology. Our heroine is an incredible and talented individual that will stop at nothing to help her fellow man. However, I felt that the upheaval of the plot was a major point that I could not overlook.

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Sleep Savannah Sleep, by Alistair Cross (Pre-Release Review)

When Jason and his two children move to Shadow Springs for a fresh start, their world begins to change for the worse. With strange, seductive neighbours and missing persons, the town seems less than welcoming.

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I found the foreshadowing of coming events to be well constructed and adored Jason as a character. He appears to be a kind and loyal man that will stop at nothing until justice is served.

I got a spooky vibe from the story to begin with, which isn’t all that surprising once you get into the novel. It’s steady pace and high level of tension make for an eerie, yet gripping read that I would recommend to lovers of mystery and the supernatural.

Rated 4/5 stars.

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Rotten Magic (Fantasy Review)


Rotten Magic, by Jeffrey Bardwell:

In the year 491, young Devin dreams of becoming a Journeyman, but fate has something-else in store.

Throughout the book, we’re presented with two voices in Devin’s head, viewed as entirely separate entities. These are ‘The Mage’ and ‘The Artificer.’ While one voice appears to encourage magical antics, the other is strongly opposed to such sorcery.

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Devin is an intriguing character. He enjoys time alone, no doubt due to childhood bullying and seems to be socially awkward- something I find it easy to relate to.

As for the story, it progressed steadily without any dull moments. I loved Devin’s interior-monologue; it was interesting to be privy to such deep and thought-provoking discussions.

The language used was easy to understand and remained that way throughout. I felt that the author possessed a genuine gift for expression and could readily imagine the scenes they were painting.

Overall, a short and compelling read.

Rated 4/5 stars.