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Utopia: Book #1: Secrets of Aurora (Sci-Fi Review)

Utopia is an action-packed tale of secrets, and preservation of the
human population when life surrounding Earth enters a new age.

Utopia, a Young Adult Science Fiction novel, by L. J. Higgins follows sixteen-year-old Aurora as she and a team of rebel outcasts seek to expose the truth regarding Earth’s destruction, prior to the creation of four floating cities in which Utopia is included.

The idea of having four floating cities had me in awe. Not since Laputa, Castle in the Sky (an animated film produced by Studio Ghibli) have I experienced such a wondrous world-building phenomena such as this. I have always dreamt of flying and getting to live within such a city, however, Utopia would not be my ideal home.

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Why?

Three words- The Elite Guard.

Many secrets are kept from Aurora on her perilous journey to uncover the truth. The Elite Guard (essentially the military forces around the four cities) seek to stop her from revealing the truth at every turn, even resorting to murder to fulfil their goals.

With her best friend Fletcher at her side, Aurora is eventually able to learn the truth, not just about the condition of Earth and what befell it, but about why she was hunted by The Elite Guard to begin with.

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Aurora’s courage, bravery and resilience had me egging on the rebels from the very start. She bonds quickly with the rebel group and soon becomes like a member of their joint family. With that being said, Aurora’s relationship with Fletcher is a sweet and caring one with plenty of banter thrown into the mix. Fletcher is always there to protect Aurora throughout the novel, even if protecting her means defying his own family and risking his life. I loved everything about their friendship and eagerly await the sequel.

 

My rating? 5 stars.

Recommended for lovers of fantasy and dystopian novels.

 

 

 

 

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Announcing The Symbiote Book Blog Tour

Good morning bookish guys, gals, and all those in between.

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Today, we woke up to a beautiful snow-covered England.

I have always loved the snow, ever since I was a little boy. I remember days where I would play in it for hours, building snow forts and making statues of cats out of ice.

I don’t recall ever being sad when it snowed. Such beauty only ever inspired me. Seeing something so incredible, yet so simple brought hours of happiness to my world.

How do you feel about snow?

Now, to the main point of this blog post. 🙂

I am delighted to announce that Silver Dagger Book Tours is hosting a Book Blog tour for my upcoming young adult fantasy novel, Symbiote. This is the second book in The Peradon Fantasy Series, after Book One: Phoenix (the revised edition), which was released in late April of this year.

I do apologise that this post has been a while in coming. I’ve been incredibly busy as of late, what with getting through my review request list and preparing Symbiote for publication.

Coming December 25th

The Symbiote Book Tour will continue to run until December 30th and included an exciting giveaway where participants have the chance to WIN paperback copies of both Phoenix and Symbiote, in addition to ebook copies (Mobi, epub, or pdf), gemstone bottle pendants, and  a women’s size medium (approx uk size 8-12) Peradon four realms crest hoodie (bottle green.)

Please see the below schedule for details of the Symbiote Blog Tour stops. 🙂

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

Nov 30
kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours
Mythical Books

Dec 1
Celebrating Authors
Spunky N Sassy

Dec 2
Readeropolis

Dec 3
Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
AC Squared Book Blog

Dec 4
The Reading Spot
YA & NA Bookshelf

Dec 5
YA Book Divas
Rambling Reviews

Dec 6
Yearwood La Novela
The Books You Read

Dec 7
Triquetra Reviews
The Authors Blog
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Dec 8

The Bookworm Chronicles
Teatime and Books

Dec 9
Mello & June

Dec 10
Jazzy Book Reviews

Dec 11
Yah gotta read this
The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

Dec 12
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
T’s Stuff

Dec 13
Bookworm For Kids
Sylv.net

Dec 14
Teaser Addicts Book Blog
Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’

Dec 15
The Book Town
Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Dec 16
AG – WRITERS BOOKS AUTHORS
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too!

Dec 17
Always Love Me Some Books

Dec 18
Rainne’s Ramblings
Rabid Readers Book Blog

Dec 19
Susan Heim on Writing
Queen of All She Reads

Dec 20
Must Read Faster
Lisa-Queen of Random

Dec 21
Meghan’s Mindless Mutterings: Reviews & Giveaways
Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

Dec 22
Laurisa White Reyes, Author
Land of Oyr
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Dec 26
Girl with Pen
Bound 2 Escape

Dec 27
Kimmie Sue’s Book Reviews & More
Cloe Michael’s Reads Blog

Dec 28
Books Dreams Life
Book Bangers Blog

Dec 29
Books a Plenty Book Reviews
A Mama’s Corner of the World

Dec 30
Cranky TBC – REVIEW
Jazzy Book Reviews – REVIEW

I hope that you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you’re in England,
why not get outside and have a snowball fight. 😉

-D. Buchelli

 

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Words We Never Speak (Metaphysical Romance Review)

 

Set in Windham Springs, Words We Never Speak , by Scarlet Darkwood is a mysterious tale that follows Kit, conservation manager of her local Historical Society. A somewhat tortured soul, Kit is forced to make a stand when the building she loves and works in is threatened to be torn down.

Every page of this book made me feel something. At times I found myself in awe of just how realistic and complex and main characters felt. At others, I could feel Kit’s terror as the mysteries of this novel deepened.

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I enjoyed the supernatural elements involved. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for anything related to supernatural phenomenon, although my moral compass didn’t know where to stand on the matter of Kit’s multiple love interests.

The fast pace of the book kept me intrigued, as did the clues that popped up gradually throughout. Each time something  new was found, terrifying Kit, the tension spiked, drawing me deeper into this fictional world.

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The more intimate scenes were beautifully written and embraced the sensuality of mankind, rather than being overly graphic like most modern love scenes. Words We Never Speak is a thrilling tale of loss, love, and determination to save something dear to your heart, even in the face of near certain defeat.
Rated 5 stars.

Recommended for lovers of mystery, the
paranormal/supernatural, and metaphysical romance.

 

 

 

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Mated to the Werewolf King (Fantasy Review)


Mated to the Werewolf King, by Alena Des:

Witches, Werewolves, and Demons Galore!

Seventeen year old Belle thought she was a member of the pack, but being hunted by The Demon King sets her on a journey she never imagined. In what appears to be a unique adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, we follow Belle, a young hybrid, and Keith, the fierce King of the Werewolves.

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Although their relationship starts as one of sheer dislike, we see Keith begin to grow on Belle, as she in turn grows on him. I must admit, although I initially hated Keith’s character with his frustrating level of arrogance and stand-offish nature, I began to warm with him as Belle did. It’s like I was experiencing her changing emotional state for myself, her feelings influencing my impression of him.

The story is told through the eyes of three separate characters: Belle, Keith, and Tannon, a one-thousand year old warlock. We are shown the remarkable depth of each character’s thoughts, with each bringing a unique perspective to the story’s events. Belle and Keith proved to be the most stubborn characters I’ve ever met, but in an almost endearing way.

See my Review for Book #2, HERE:

Find it on Amazon, HERE:

The action hooked me from the start, with a plot that continued to draw me in. This was in addition to the many surprise twists I noticed dotted throughout as I followed Belle on a journey of self-discovery and love.

I love Alena Des’ style of writing and would recommend the sequel, The Warlock’s Nemesis.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of Fantasy.

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Shadow Eyes (A YA Fantasy Review)

Iris has seen shadows for the past three years of her life and since then, her life has been one dramatic train-wreck after another.

The story starts off in a mysterious way, having the reader question why Iris hates her  own birthday. What could possibly be that bad?

15733491.jpgThe presence of light figures as well as shadows gives the reader a sense of good vs evil. While it made for an intriguing concept, I have read several books very similar to this one.

What was refreshing about Iris’ character was her unique violet eyes. I have yet to read about another character with such features (with the exception of the witches in Roald Dahl’s famous children’s classic.)

As Iris battles the growing maze of shadows in her life, we see her at war with her own emotions. Two teen boys battle for her attention, which while somewhat unoriginal, always makes for good drama.
Although I found the story interesting as a whole and couldn’t stop turning the pages, there was one thing that made me dislike Iris’ character.

The treatment of Sam’s character (though he only plays a minor role) made me want to slap her.  With Iris being a bit of an outcast herself with her abilities, you would think she’d be kinder to those that are different. Instead, her character showed a rather judgemental side that didn’t feel like her at all.

Would I recommend this book? Probably, depending on a reader’s preferences. If you enjoy Urban Fantasy with teen drama, then yes, I probably would recommend.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 

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The Impossible Creation, by Betsy Flak (Review)

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follows a range of supernatural creatures, beginning with a pair of vampires as they stalk their latest prey. Duncan and Adara made for an odd couple and didn’t appear to share the same goals and ideals as we may expect those of the same minority to.

Out two main heroines are Lucy, a warrior and university student, and Grace, a young high-school student that has secretly been dating her best friend’s crush. I felt that Grace’s character had a lot more personality than Lucy. You could feel every one of Grace’s emotions as they developed, but Lucy remained quite difficult to read.

While some events felt a bit disjointed from each other, rest assured that this book comes to a surprising and dramatic conclusion that makes this read worth the wait.

I would rate this 3.5 stars.
Recommended for fans of Young Adult Fantasy and Paranormal novels.

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Out of Body, by Christopher John Chater (Review)

22 year old Harley lost his parents in a car crash when he was 12, a crash that changed his life in more ways than one. We join Harley 10 years later at university as he searches for answers regarding the afterlife and the white light he saw on the night of the crash.

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Death is a key theme and helps to immediately hook the reader from the start- ‘I died that day. Twice.’ Harley’s need to uncover the truth about the afterlife leads to drama and the destruction of the life he has built for himself. His quirky style of humour had me in stitches at times and made him a rather likable character. When he succeeded in his trials, I felt as though I’d shared in that success. The same applies to Harley’s failings.

Out of Body is a dark, gripping read that talks in depth about astral projection, a unique ability whereby someone can leave their own body and have their spirit travel in the astral realm. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and would gladly read this book again and again.

 

My rating: 5 stars.

I would recommend this to lovers of dark fantasy and thrillers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deamhan , by Isaiyan Morrison (Review)

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
First Published: August 12th 2013

In the wake of nightmarish creatures and a secret order named The Brotherhood, comes Deamhan, a tale of one young woman’s journey to uncover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.

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With key themes of loss, as well as good vs evil, I found Deamhan to be intriguing, with a unique style of writing that fed my imagination. I found it easy to empathize with Veronica and could understand the pain she suffered from her father’s cruel and detached disposition.

This is one of those stories where you’ll find yourself wondering who the real heroes are. Will they be the obvious choice or will the supposed do-gooders be the real force of evil instead?

I found the idea of the four Deamhan clans to be interesting, each with their own powers when it came to attracting their prey and initiating a feed. The author’s world held a great amount of depth and made for an entertaining read.

I would rate this book 5 stars.

Recommended for lovers of Fantasy and Paranormal adventures.

 

 

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Proof, by Ted. D. Berner (Favourite Book of 2017)

Okay, I’ll start by saying that I loved the concept for this book 100 percent. If you know me well, then you’ll know that I’m a sucker for anything related to Ancient Mythology. Author Ted. D. Berner was reading through The Bible when he came across a verse that stumped him. Did they really mention giants in the bible? Surely, there is and never was such a thing, or was there?

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In Proof, (a fictional novel surrounding this one biblical verse and The little-known Book of Enoch) young Ty Larson is adamant to uncover the truth of such a mysterious legend. Where did these giants originate and who were they?

Science strolls hand in hand with belief in a tale that hooked me from beginning to end. I believe the author to be quite the intellectual as such a demeanour has most certainly rubbed off on Ty as a character.

High stakes and fast paced action had me turning the pages, hungry for more mystery, mythology, and mayhem. I would recommend this to readers aged 13+ who enjoy Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and books with mythological back stories.

This has been my favourite read of the year so far.

Rated 5/5 stars. It’s a shame I can’t rate it any higher.

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SYMBIOTE Cover Reveal: 6 days & Counting

Good morning from a rare, sunny England.

I’m ecstatic that the majority of my city voted Labour
in the UK General Election, but I’m also excited to
announce that the Symbiote cover reveal has just six
days to go!

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Symbiote is coming soon. June 15th marks the day of our official cover reveal event on facebook.

Check out the Facebook event today

I can’t wait to share this amazing new cover art with all of you.
I hope you’re all geared up for the weekend and look forward
to connecting with more of you soon.

-Daccari.

 

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Broken Branches (A Hideaway Fall Novel)

Joining Hideaway Fall’s Reviewing Team

A few months ago, I found myself approached by a quirky publishing company
named Hideaway Fall. Why? To become a member of their reviewing team.


A few weeks later, I received this amazing package full of cool Hideaway Fall gifts.
A few more weeks followed and the first novel arrived in the post,
Broken Branches by M. Jonathan. Lee.

Broken Branches, by M. Jonathan. Lee:

Published by the unique Hideaway Fall comes 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 recommendBroken Branches.

My rating? 5 stars.

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September Sky (A Review)

September Sky by John. A. Heldt

john.jpgSeptember Sky takes the idea of time travel to a whole new level. In this thrilling adventure, reporter Charles Townsend and son Justin are offered the chance of a lifetime by an eccentric Professor Bell. The story was believable and recounted several types of transitional periods that we experience in life. The writing style flowed well and conveyed every subtle emotion of the main characters.

Strong females are a welcome addition to this tale, which is set for the most part in the early 1900s. In a time where sexism is rife, we are given a rare glimpse of those few individuals that could rise up amongst their male oppressors and make a life for themselves.

I really did feel as though I had travelled back in time with Chuck and Justin. This was a charming tale of love, life, and new opportunities.

My rating: 5 stars.

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