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Frostblood (Book #1: Frostblood Saga) ~ Fantasy Review

Good afternoon fellow bookworms!

It’s a beautiful snowy day in the East of England, so today’s
review of Frostblood, by Elly Blake seems appropriate.

Title: Frost Blood (#1: Frostblood Saga.)
Genre: Fantasy
Author: Elly Blake
Publishing year: 2017

My rating: 
*  *  *  *  * (5 STARS!)

 

Warning: Potential small spoiler alert!

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I was so excited to start reading Frostblood, by Elly Blake. It’s a novel I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages, and I’m glad I did because I absolutely LOVED every moment!

This enchanting narrative focuses on young Ruby Firebrand, one of the last Firebloods in existence. One of the first sentences, ‘I offered my hand to the fire’ intrigued me, making me wonder if the fire was in fact a sentient being.

Although it soon became clear that it was not, the fire did respond to Ruby’s emotions, making it easy to picture when things might escape Ruby’s limited control.

The setting is quickly established for the reader, as are the two warring clans of this fictional world, the Firebloods, and the Frostbloods.

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The evil Frost King plays a crucial role in all that befalls Ruby’s character as the novel progresses. He is the symbol of all things evil (at least, from Ruby’s perspective.)

The fast pace of the story had my heart thudding in my chest. Along with exciting clan backstories, I loved the complexity of the main characters, Ruby and Arcus (a hooded monk with many secrets.) Both are stubborn, headstrong individuals that only want the best for their people. Despite being of different clans, they are more similar to one-another than might first be noticeable to the reader. As the pair grow closer, the novel acquires an increasingly heart-warming feel, which had me personally floating on clouds.

One thing that I disliked was the somewhat cliché prophecy storyline. I feel that after Harry Potter and the prophecies foretold in the award-winning series, that no other prophecy storyline can truly measure up. Of course, that’s just my opinion and others are sure to feel otherwise.

I did enjoy Blake’s style of writing (perhaps a little too much) as I found my head lost in the clouds for some time, like I did when I was a kid and life was simpler. The author’s beautiful use of imagery and the detail described throughout are worthy of tremendous praise.

I would definitely recommend that you give this book a read. It was by far one of my favourite reads to date. I really connected with the characters, particularly Ruby as I have often felt (and still do feel) like an outcast.

I am rating this novel 5 stars, although I could easily rate it 10 (if that was allowed!)
I’d recommend Frostblood to lovers of High Fantasy and Mythology.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Frostblood.
~ Take care, Daccari.

 

 

 

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Incrusted: Official Release Day Blitz

Welcome To Our First Official Release Day Blitz Post

Introducing:  Incrusted: Hiding the Demon Within, by Annora Wilson.

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To save myself, I must kill my own heartbeat.

I was that unique breed, the ‘werepire’ a rare and powerful one that was made from a deadly and impossible combination of a Vampire and a Werewolf.

But, I am no more than a sin to them. I am desperately trying to seek some answers, whilst my unknown enemies are on the prowl to destroy me, if I want to survive them, I need to know myself first.

Join Ingrid in her exciting game of life and death and see how she plays with her own fate.

Below is a tantalizing excerpt from Incrusted.

 

I had always felt like a stranger to the world etched in charcoal. The absence of the vibrant hues of color gave me a strangling feeling; a feeling that was unexplainable, a feeling that made my whole body shudder with an unbearable pain. The blindness, the fear of the unknown and the wretched memories attached to it, pinched several holes into my defenseless soul.

My soul-shattering agony wasn’t unknown to him either, in fact, I even had the delusion that he understood my pain in a way that no one else could ever fathom. But, it didn’t take him a blink of an eye to throw me right into the arms of darkness!

And now I was running in the middle of an unknown forest, from a bunch of enemies whom I never saw before. My enemies were as unknown to me as this ruffling forest, that was covered in an ominous veil of darkness. As the strong fragrance of blood and rotten flesh numbed my nostrils, all I knew was that I was running amidst an endless row of giant pine trees.

“Don’t look back!” I whispered to myself. My weak voice got overshadowed by the thunder like sounds of my panicked breaths. My heart had forgotten its sense of rhythmic breaths and was now pounding like crazy. Fulfilling the demand of the adrenaline rush in my body I ran, I ran with my full speed, yet I couldn’t escape them. Even my full strength was falling short in front of those night beasts. My aunt always taught me to trust my own strength, she told me that my belief in myself was far stronger than any force in this whole universe. Everything was gone, forget confidence, I wasn’t even sure if I knew myself anymore!

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The hungry howls of those baying night creatures froze my senses. They were getting closer with each passing second, I had no idea how much more pressure my bruised feet could handle.

I knew that I was fighting a lost battle, they were the shadows of the devil, it wouldn’t take them a minute to kill me. But something inside me refused to accept defeat.

“I don’t want to die like this” I cried with my broken voice, aiming for the sky. Though I knew that there was no one listening to me, I knew my prayers would bounce back from the sky, then also I prayed, I prayed with the little ray of hope, that told me that this wasn’t the end for me. My feet gave up, the pain was unbearable, it felt like the white blankets of snow were made up of thousands of sharp pointed needles. The once green pine tree that now looked like it was showered in the snow, offered me its branch to lean on.

I rested my back against that giant pine tree to calm down my heaving chest. The cold bark was hard on my back, yet it soothed me somehow. And for a moment, it felt like the world stood still, the silence comforting yet horrifying at the same time. I had no idea what the next moment could bring.

After taking some deep breaths when I dared to look back, my hazy vision could detect some red footprints stained against the white snowy carpet. The slight hint of moonlight on the dove gray sky was making the white snow shine like glitter. My eyes got widened in alarm, Great! now it wouldn’t even take them a minute to find me, I thought while banging my head against the rough bark of the pine tree. The distant sound of howling had now turned into an aggressive and urgent grunting. I needed no more directions to detect that the bunch of werewolves had found me and were ready to rip my heart apart from my exhausted body.

I had no idea how many miles I had run, but all the muscles of my body were worn out and I had no once of strength left in me. When I tried to move, my feet slipped, I lost my balance and fell down. My face crashed into the icy ground, the dripping blood from my mouth, colored the white snow into saffron color. Before I could realize anything else, the shadow of a tall figure blinded my eyes. I knew who it was and what he wanted, I had reached the dead end and now there was no escaping.


I’ve already got chills!  ^_^ I love the dramatic feeling I get from this excerpt
and can’t wait to read the full book so I can post my Incrusted review.

If you’re finding yourself intrigued so far, you can find Incrusted
at Amazon.com for $0.99, or for FREE on KU

Add it to Goodreads  
Buy it on Amazon

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Now for a few words from the author herself, Miss Annora Wilson.

 

About the Author

Thank you for stopping by to read about me. My name is Annora, I was a studious girl in my high school, I always loved to read and write stuff. I used to write stories when I was in school. Now, when I look back, they seem quite amusing to me.  🙂

When I got into college, I pursued my passion for writing, I really loved it as a hobby. Then Twilight came out. I absolutely loved the series. I finally found the genre that I loved. Somehow these vampire, werewolves and paranormal genre, in general, intrigued me so much.

I love to see how human relationships work and have always been fascinated with human psychology. When I write my characters, I get to know them better. I get to know how they feel, how they perceive. This helps me to understand not just myself, but those around me. My writing is like an Emotion Lab for me (believe me.) It has taught me so much!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a sample of my work.
Please feel free to contact me as I am always open to discussions.

If you’d like to join my NewsLetter, you can find it here: https://www.bit.ly/annorawilson

You can also find me online via the following social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorannora…
Twitter @annora_wilson
Instagram @annora_wilson

 

Daccari (FantasyBooks411):  Thank you for joining us today Annora. 🙂

To all fellow bookworms, if Incrusted sounds like your type of book, then
why not check it out HERE: Goodreads, or HERE: Amazon.com .

As always, thank you so much for joining us on the Fantasy Books 411 Blog.

Have a pleasant day.  🙂

 

 

 

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Rogue Mountains (A Paranormal Fantasy Review)

The Rogue Mountains, by Joshua Tarquinio:

I’ve never read a novel quite like this. 5 stars. Wonderfully imaginative.

Today, I’m reviewing Rogue Mountains, by Joshua Tarquinio, a novel set in the small town surrounded by mountains, where demonic creatures lurk. Twenty years since some mysterious events in Pittsburgh, these hellish abominations begin to grow in number, attacking whoever dares to step foot in their territory.

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There were a lot of characters in this book and it was sometimes a chore to remember who was who. Our main figures are Jessica (a seductive local), Del Balentine (professional monster hunter), Jeremy (a young musician), Ariana (a future monster hunter), and lastly Mara (a supernatural being that dwells on Witch Mountain.)

All of these characters possess unique skills that serve them in this land of monsters, but it is their sense of strength and determination to be rid of these hellish creatures that binds them as friends and allies.

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Tarquinio paints a vivid picture of how the locals have become accustomed to such creatures. Most townsfolk act in a casual manner, as though their circumstances were a normal, everyday thing to experience. We see the town’s meagre population dwindle as they strive to evolve, to adapt to their dangerous new world. The tension hardly ever lets up and kept me reading, eager for more bloodshed.

Nymphs, witches, demons, and incredible monsters are just some of the dangers the townsfolk face.

Overall, this made for an intriguing story that made good use of imagery, kept my attention, and took my imagination on a rollercoaster ride.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended to lovers of urban fantasy and dystopian novels.

 

Thank you for reading my latest review.
I hope you’re having a pleasant week.  🙂

~Daccari.

 

 

 

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Going All In (An Erotic Mystery Review)


Going All In, by Stephanie. C. Lyons-Keeley, and Wayne. J. Keeley:

(WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOLIERS)

‘Erotic teasing leads to obsession.’

Set in New Fairfield, Connecticut (a destination well known for its terrible crimes and paranormal experiences), Going All In by author couple Stephanie and Wayne Keeley follows three suburban couples looking to spice up their weekly poker games, not to mention their love lives.

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The first few lines of the novel instantly intrigued me- ‘Someone was dead. There was no doubt about it.’ This short, clever phrase had me hooked and intrigued me enough that I couldn’t help but to eagerly turn the pages, seeking answers to all of the questions now popping into my mind.

Three couples exist within the novel: Thomas and Scarlet, Katie and Steve, and Erin and Marty. During one of the group’s weekly poker games, a suggestion is made that the winner of each match choose any player (except for their spouse) to spend the night with.

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At first, no-one seems sure of the idea, with the exception of Marty, a man who seems eager to commit as many adulterous acts as possible. I had no love for this character and honestly hoped that he would be the one to die at the end. His crude way of thinking, in addition to how he treated his wife throughout the novel was horrendous.

On the other hand, Steve’s character appears to be the most morally conscious, for he is the last to even consider the suggestion of sleeping with another person’s spouse. Despite what appears to be a dead-end marriage, Steve has major qualms about entering into such an agreement. Of all the characters, he was the most pure, hiding emotions of great desire and pain while trying to do the right thing by everyone. He never allows himself to act upon his emotions, no matter how cloying they may become. In all honestly, I was rooting for something good to come his way throughout the novel.

I loved the way in which the authors were able to foreshadow so much with so few words, e.g. after Scarlet seductively teases Marty’s character- ‘She had a bad feeling that she’d set something in motion that night, something that couldn’t be stopped.’ Immediately, I got the sense that something bad would happen, something final and set in stone. I recall the hairs raising on my arms as I read this phrase. It truly chilled me to my core.

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The novel made for an enjoyable erotic comedy read, with sections that branched off into far darker territory.

Much darker themes such as childhood abuse and murder are afoot, but they aren’t the only negative themes displayed in this book. We also see the three female protagonists treated frequently as though their self-worth comes only from their physical appearance.

While this is a realistic viewpoint within our modern society, it seemed off that so many married men (friends no less) would feel so cold toward their wives, seeing them only as pieces of meat at times. Even the caring and morally conscious Steve seems more interested in a woman’s looks than in her brains. I feel that the stereotypical portrayal of men may have been a little too so, showing men of varying ages as all being the same. It made their characters appear not only shallow, but hollow too, as if there were no personality there besides wanton lust, except perhaps for Steve (on occasion.)

The main focal point of the men’s lust is Scarlet, a twenty-something year old blonde with luscious fake breasts that men can’t help but to gawk at. But, Scarlet is so much more than a nice body. We see her display a vast range of emotions, from lust to terror. She attempts to reach out to Steve at one point in the novel, seeking meaning and true companionship in her dismal life. Although Steve clearly has affections for Scarlet, he rebuffs her.

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However, one man who never rebuffs Scarlet is Marty, though he is the last person Scarlet wants to become close with.

It is ultimately her beauty that drives Marty’s character to become obsessed with her as he is increasingly unable to separate their erotic poker games from his own reality.
Overall, Going All In made for a gripping novel with many complex themes. There wasn’t a wasted word and it is certainly a story which can be analysed from many angles. These two authors have an amazing gift for storytelling, particularly when it comes to creating vivid images within the mind, e.g. ‘…that hissed of death in the air; visceral, yet at the same time palpable, like the sight of the Grim Reaper’s scythe.’ This phrase paints an intricate picture of the author’s subject and stayed with me throughout the book.

Despite a rather abrupt ending, where little is said about the death of one of the main characters, this was by far one of my favourite reads of 2017.

 

Rated 5 stars, and recommended to lovers of erotica, romantic comedies, and mystery novels.
 

 

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The Truth: The Creation of Peradon

Good morning. This post may strike you as odd. It’s a little bit
different in that it reveals a deeper truth about myself.

Whenever somebody asks me how I came up with the idea of Peradon,
my four realmed world of elemental magic, I am suddenly gripped by
intense fear.

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Can I tell them everything?

This is often my first thought, for as some of
you already know, Book One of The Peradon Fantasy Series, Phoenix, was loosely based on my life.

Now, I believe it is truth time.
*Okay, deep breaths.*

Here goes nothing.

I was nineteen (I believe) when I met a young man that intrigued me more than any other. He was sophisticated, charming, and funny- that word didn’t do his sense of humour justice. I soon became enamoured with this gorgeous young man, a human being so rare and seemingly perfect that he had to be real, right?

I was so very wrong.
At this point in our story, I’d like to explain a crucial truth about myself.

You see, I was born in the wrong body. I think that’s the easiest way to put it, for now.

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I was born into a female form, from which I’ve only ever wanted to be free. The modern term for a person that feels stuck in this way is Transgender.

Now, I understand that some people don’t believe that this type of phenomena
exists, but please believe me when I say that it does, and it is not fun, not one bit.

Returning to our main story:

The charming young man that I had met was not at all what he seemed. Soon, his sweet words turned sour, the butterflies fluttering in my stomach, transformed into a gnawing regret.  It was shortly after we parted ways that I realized who I truly was inside.

What role do I play?
I remember asking myself this, over and over, in front of my bedroom mirror.

One song, from a popular disney movie entitled Mulan, best sums up how I’ve
always felt about myself and the body I was born in. From age six, I remember
watching Mulan for the first time and bursting into tears as this song was played.
At that time, I couldn’t understand why it made me cry so, but to this day, I consider
it to be one of the most important moments, if not THE most important of my childhood.

(Please read the small extract of Reflection, from the Mulan Soundtrack below.)

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Staring straight back at me-
Why is my reflection someone I don’t know?

Somehow I cannot hide-
Who I am, though I’ve tried.
When will my reflection show who I am inside?

When will my reflection show who I am inside.

View the Original Song HERE:

So, now you know. This is why I always feel that sharp stab of fear when somone asks me how I came up with the world of Peradon, or the premise for Book One, Phoenix.

I decided to share this with you all today, not just because I wanted to give a completely honest answer to a common question I’ve been asked, but because in a few months time, I’m going to experience chest surgery and in all honestly, I’m so excited, but also
beyond terrified. It will be a big change, and although big changes are part of human life, we can never really prepare ourselves for them, fully.

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Back when that charming, miraculous concept of a boy walked out of my life, I was heartbroken. He quickly became my lead inspiration for one of Phoenix’s main  characters, The Frost Emperor Ryore. Ryore is a man that seems sweet at first, coaxing his ‘love’ into a false sense of security before shortly becoming obsessed, to the point where anything sweet and kind about him disappears, along with the rest of his mask.

I must admit that I was a naive teenager at the time, thinking that everyone had some good in them, or at least that they’d act on the good parts within.  Violetta was thus inspired by myself, or should I say, my former self, given the physical form I was born into.

Does that make sense? I hope so.

Not only is Violetta naive, but she can be quite a headstrong character, insisting in her mind that she is right in her choices when she doesn’t always have the full picture. She is also a rather tragic character: all she wants is to find her own sense of freedom, to love
and be loved, and to heal the wounds of her own childhood.

With regards to that damned boy I’d met…

Ever since we lost contact, the fictional world of Peradon only continued to expand, with more characters appearing at every corner of my life, each wanting to play their parts.
Xyhoni, heir to the Earth Realm (and Violetta’s true mate), is a representation of everything I’d ever wanted in a partner.

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He is a strong and courageous young man that will stop at nothing until true justice is served. He treats Violetta with kindness and respect, and makes her feel as though butterflies are constantly fluttering within her stomach, no matter how much time passes or how long they’ve been in each-other’s company.

Then, in May of this year, I met my Xyhoni for real.

I fell in love. Properly. For the first time ever!

Now, as Peradon continues to expand, I can look forward to many more adventures with Violetta Flame, with the knowledge that things always work themselves out in the end.  🙂

 
Thank you for reading this very personal blog entry.
I hope it has allowed you to see into my soul that little bit more.  🙂

-Mr D. Buchelli.

 

P.S. If anyone is affected by the topic of this post (Transgender, Transexualism), please feel free to come and talk to me on Instagram, or Facebook using the links below.

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SYMBIOTE Launches!

Good morning you beautiful bookworms! 😀
Merry Christmas & OR Happy Holidays to you all!

 
Today is the official launch day of Symbiote, Book #2 of The Peradon Fantasy Series.
I’m beyond thrilled to have this fantasy sequel completed after two years of continuous hard work. If you’d like to know more about Symbiote, simply continue reading this post.

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To save the one you love, be prepared to risk it all.


Five years have passed since the fateful day that led to her husband’s demise: Violetta prays that her daughter never learns the truth, but that’s not the only thing she hopes never rises to the surface.

With a mysterious storm blanketing Peradon, Violetta, Lord Jork, and Xyhoni set out to uncover its source. The last thing they expected was for her young daughter to vanish. As troubling rumours swell, Violetta reaches her wits end. Now she must journey through the four realms to find answers and recover her daughter before it’s too late.

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Symbiote is the gripping sequel to Book One of the series, Phoenix, the revised edition

of which was published in late April this same year. Both books follow the journey
of Violetta Flame, a headstrong royal and Flame Mage, as she fights against evil,

sexism, and most of all, herself.

You can find the ebook of Symbiote on Amazon using the links below:
SYMBIOTE: Book #2 of The Peradon Fantasy Series: Amazon.co.uk

You will also be able to find Symbiote on various other platforms within the next few weeks, so please stay tuned for future updates on that.

If you’d like to read a FREE sample, you can find the first few chapters on Wattpad using the link HERE: Read SYMBIOTE on Wattpad.com

 
It would mean a lot to me if this post could be shared around as it helps reader discoverability. If you’d like to know more about Symbiote (or even about Phoenix),

then please check out the rest of the website, or email me at Fantasybooks411@yahoo.com , even if you simply fancy a chat.

Many thanks for viewing this post and I hope you all have a brilliant week,

-Daccari.

 

 

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Join Us at the Official Symbiote Book Launch Party )10 am – 4 pm GMT Today!

Good Morning and a Happy Holiday welcome, fellow bookworms!  🙂

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We’re excited to be launching Symbiote and would love to welcome you to pop in for a
casual and friendly chat at today’s launch event.

Official Symbiote Launch Event (Facebook)

 

We’ll be talking BOOKS, BOOKS, and (you guessed it) BOOKS!

AND, from 4 pm, we’ll be announcing our official GIVEAWAY WINNERS!
[Please note that you can also see the winners via the Rafflecopter Giveaway widget on our Homepage.]

Also, be sure to check out the last few stops of the Symbiote Blog Tour.
Symbiote Book Blog Tour

 

It would be great to see some of you there and I hope you’re all having a fantastic
start to the holiday season. I hope this year ends well for you all and that 2018
brings you everything that your heart desires.

-Daccari.

 

 

 

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Yesterday, by Sam Yann (Historical Romance Review)

 

Yesterday, by Sam Yann is a tale of romance that dates back to past lifetimes. Amanda Parker, a keen lover of history and antiquities, winds up in hospital after saving a policeman’s (Mark Callahan) life during a train crash. From this point on, the pair are drawn to one-another and begin to seek answers to the overwhelming sense of familiarity that binds them.

I found Amanda’s character to be timid and quiet, never grasping what she wants with both hands, whereas Mark Callahan’s character appeared almost roguish, so certain of himself and his decisions. The pair’s slowly blossoming relationship shows a stark contrast in their personalities that works for them, as though Amanda is the yin to Mark’s yang.

I loved the change in time periods, from modern day back to South Carolina in the mid to late 1800s. Author Sam Yann has dug deep with their research. I found myself learning a lot about South Carolina in the 1800s as much of this story is based upon historical fact. Such facts are the inclusion of St. Michael’s chimes, St. Michael’s church, and Daniel Burnham (who the character of Daniel in the book is based off of: 1846 – 1912,) among various others.

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Yann possesses a unique grasp of language which helps to create vivid images in the reader’s mind. Mystery lurked in every page of this book as the romance between Amanda and Mark continues to build. I looked forward to each glimpse of the pair’s past lives, wondering who their former selves would appear as.

Bonnie (Amanda’s past self) and Daniel (Mark’s past self) seem to find each-other in every life, with Bonnie’s sweet and timid nature comparable to Amanda’s own, and Daniel’s roguish charm and self-assuredness mimicking Mark’s own traits in the modern day. It just goes to show that our souls rarely change and still seek out their true mate in each life. The very notion of this is incredibly romantic in my view.

I had but one dislike when it came to this novel. Though I loved every moment, I felt as though the middle of the book could have done with being faster-paced in places, but that is only a matter of opinion and another read may feel differently.

Yesterday possesses a light-hearted tone when being read, with occasional moments of tension that build up at just the right times, for maximum dramatic and emotional effect. The author’s style blew me away. With just the right amount of description, they were able to plunge me back into a time I have never experienced personally. Since reading Yesterday, I feel as though I’ve briefly stepped into South Carolina in the late 1800s as Yann’s summary of the time and place seemed so vivid to me.

The sense of love and selflessness I got from this remarkable book had me floating on air (figuratively speaking) for several days. A truly gripping and romantic read that will toy with your every emotion. I think this book would appeal most to lovers of historical-romances, dramas, and light sci-fi.

Rated 5 stars.

 

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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 journ