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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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Ripper, by Hannah Howe (Mystery Review)


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Book Four in The Sam Smith Mystery Series (Hannah Howe) sees our young female detective (Sam Smith) on the hunt for a brutal killer. Prostitutes are being picked off of the streets, only to meet their doom at the hands of someone the Cardiff authorities call The Cardiff Jack.

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As usual, I found nothing to fault with Hannah Howe’s work. Each Sam Smith novel hooks me from the start, drawing me deeper into Sam’s world. I now feel like I’ve known Sam all my life: her successes and failures are now my own. Her sense of spirit always works to lift my mood, as does Howe’s beautifully detailed work, in general.

Howe also has a particular gift for imagery and makes excellent use of the five main human senses, to give the reader the sensation that they are actually present in the events of her stories.

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Howe had me guessing the whole way through. I had no idea who our mysterious killer was and found myself shocked upon the discovery of the killer’s identity.

If you enjoy tales of love, loss, and deadly revenge, then I’d definitely recommend Ripper.

 

My rating? 5 stars.
Recommended For: Lovers of Thrillers, crime, and mystery novels.

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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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An Unexpected Afterlife, by Dan Sofer:

Set in East Jerusalem, An Unexpected Afterlife follows the journey of Moshe Karlin, a forty year old husband and father, who awakens from the grave two years after unknowingly leaving the world of the living, to find that he has been replaced by supposed best friend, Avi.

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As we learn more about Moshe’s predicament, others in his situation begin to appear, none any the wiser to the cause of their resurrection. I found Moshe’s character to be kind and humble, a true gentleman seeking to do what is right by his fellow man.

Lots of differing viewpoints were shown in regards to the subject of resurrection: some individuals branded it as science fiction and shunned our main characters, while a few accepted their tales of woe and were willing to help them back onto their feet.

Loss, love, and betrayal are key themes that I was able to identify.

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The author’s style was poetic and gave the impression that every word was carefully chosen for maximum emotional impact. His words formed beautiful images within my mind, as well as some not so beautiful.

A tale of life, death, and true rebirth.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of the paranormal.

 

 

 

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Introducing Shari Nichols (Author Interview)

Good morning fellow bookworms.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to beloved author Shari Nichols.

Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her lifelong dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-five years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.


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Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

There are so many fabulous authors that have inspired me over the years with their words and their characters. I absolutely love Alice Clayton! Her books are filled with humour and heart. I had the pleasure of meeting the amazing Sylvia Day at an NJRW (New Jersey Romance Writer’s) conference and got an autograph and a picture with her. She was so kind and lovely. Her unique voice and her ability to create off-the-charts sensuality between her characters are some of the many reasons I fell in love with her books.

 

 

How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way they sound or the meaning?

Names are critical when it comes to creating believable, well developed characters. I remember my brother in law once told me about his uncle Thayne and described him as a tall, strapping man who had quite the reputation with the ladies in his youth. Immediately, an image began to take form in my mind. The name sounded so masculine and unbelievably sexy, I knew I had to create this larger than life character and make him jump off the page. As for my other characters, some are based on people I might know, some are based on people from TV and film. Sometimes just hearing a name sparks my imagination and I plot who that character could be and what drives them.

 

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If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Boy that’s a tough one! There are so many! I’d love to have the power to know what people are thinking. It could save a lot of time and energy. Also, I’d love to have the power to make myself invisible so I could spy on my kids.

 

What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?

I want to travel to as many exotic locales as possible, try the food, experience the culture, and learn about the people and the history. I’ve been talking about getting my Master’s degree for years. I’m still deciding in what. I would love to help my brother achieve his goals and participate in Special Olympics. I’ve always talked about taking a girls vacation with some really close friends and paying for the entire trip with all of my books sales.

 

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

That’s an easy one! I would be a golden retriever. My beloved, dog, Buddy is a golden and they have the sweetest and most loyal dispositions. I could only aspire to be that adorable.

That’s about all we have time for today.
You can learn more about Shari by following her via her social network links below:

http://sharinicholsauthor.com/index.html
http://sharinichols.blogspot.com/
https://www.instagram.com/shari_nichols/
https://twitter.com/shari_nich
https://www.facebook.com/sharinicholsauthor/
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/29514513-shari-nichols

 

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The Butterfly Child, by Deborah Ann Gordon (Fantasy Review)

The Butterfly Child, by Deborah Ann Gordon is the thrilling sequel to Dark Matter, a gripping medieval style Fantasy-Romance.

Young Belinda begins her harrowing journey into motherhood when she conceives the prophesized Butterfly Child, for which this tale is named. It is said that a child born of a mortal mother and immortal father will lead the immortal people to a prosperous new world.

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My greatest love regarding this series come from Belinda’s own sense of strength and determination. She does what she thinks is right in any given situation, regardless of the viewpoints of others- even those closest to her. Although this trait could be considered bad in some individuals, Belinda is certain in her knowledge of right and wrong, desiring to protect not just her unborn child, but all people who hold goodness in their hearts.

I also loved the way in which the author built up their fictional world. Their use of imagery had me picturing gorgeous scenery that I could lose myself in.

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On the flip side, the start of this book had a lot of backstory crammed in, which I found slightly off-putting, but not enough to deter me from continuing with my reading. The author’s action packed and at times poetic style sent thousands of beautiful images and emotions through my mind.

If you’d like to read a fantasy tale of love, loss, power, and metamorphosis, then I would definitely recommend The Butterfly Child.

Rated 4 stars.

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Introducing Robin Leigh Morgan (Guest Post)

Good morning from an unusually sunny England. 🙂
I’d like to introduce you to a special guest, a fab author, Robin Leigh Morgan.

Please introduce yourself.

Hi ALL,

I’m Robin Leigh Morgan, I’m a New York City employee who’s been retired for over 7 ½ years. I’ve been married for almost 24 years to my dear other half, but unfortunately, we have no children. To occupy my time so I wouldn’t become bored out of my head since retiring I decided to fulfill a desire I’ve had since I was a child, becoming an author. With all the genres available, I eventually gravitated towards writing romance since it had been the first storyline which came to my mind.

 

Can you tell us about your latest published novel?

My latest released endeavor is actually re-edited version for my debut novel, a MG/YA Paranormal romance, entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.”

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What was the inspiration/description for your latest novel?

The inspiration had been a combination of several things, a young girl having to move away from her friends because her father had gotten a promotion on his job, the important first kiss for a girl, trying to make friends at her new school and the teasing she got, and for good measure the “Casper, the Ghost” cartoons I watched as a child.

 

How did you decide on the title for the book?

To arrive at the book’s title, I simply kept on reducing the description for the book until I had been left with just enough to become the title.

 

Do you have any current writing endeavors? What are they?

Under Robin Leigh Morgan [which is my pen name] I’ve got an adult Contemporary romance novel with a paranormal element running through the storyline entitled “His Darkest Secret.” I also have an MG/YA Urban Fantasy novella with a romance backstory entitled “The Secret of the Well”; this endeavor is also a stand-alone sequel to “I Kissed a Ghost.”


Do you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

I’m part both, a plotter and a pantser. Like a sculptor who uses a framework around which he creates his work of art; I, as an author, create the skeleton for a storyline with a beginning, a middle, and an end to which I add the key points I want to hit during the telling of my story; after which I begin to flesh out the story.

 

What made you decide to become an author?

As I’ve said I didn’t want to be bored silly with nothing to do. In addition to my writing, I’m also a blogger with two sites, as well as Book Reviewer.

 

Since you’re a romance author, of all the sub-genres of romance which exist, what made you choose the genre you write in.

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My first published endeavor is a MG/YA because I never could get satisfied enough with my desire to write an adult Contemporary that I would have wanted to self-publish first. Gaining confidence with my writing I decided to go back to the romance genre I originally wanted to write in and to the original manuscript I’d been writing. This manuscript is now about 92% complete, and I’m in no real rush to have it complete due to my other writing endeavors and interests.

 

The thing is, I feel I’ve gained enough confidence by now, that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and am midst of writing two GLBT/BDSM erotic novellas under a second pen name.

 

Do you have a schedule for your time to write, answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?

Essentially, emails are done first thing each morning, followed by blog activities. While I might work on my endeavors intermittently during the course of the day my best writing is done late at night, sometimes as late as 1 AM/ 2 AM, while my dear OH is sound asleep.

 

Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?

As a Book Reviewer, while I might read/review a wide variety of books, I always find my way back to my own genre of romance. I’m quite good at reviewing books, so much so, Amazon has made me an Enthusiast for True Crime Novels.

 

What are the items you must have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?

Basically, it’s just a bottle of cold Black Cherry flavored seltzer, and the occasional large cup of chocolate ice cream.

 

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When you were an aspiring author you needed advice, what advice would you give to an aspiring author in those shoes today?

Not to take any criticism from a fellow author as criticism, take it as a form of guidance and support from one author to another.

 

If there’s anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book[s], your writing, or yourself.

My second published book is “Micro Fiction – An Anthology” which contains 100 Flash Fiction, the vast majority of which only contains 5 sentences.

 

Where can we find you and your books online?

ALL of my buy links, social links and other information can be found by going to:

http://www.about.me/rlmorgan51

If anyone-else is interested in interviewing Robin,
please send a direct message to her Twitter
account = http://www.twitter.com/mypennameonly 

Thank you for joining us to welcome Robin to the blog.

If anyone-else is interested in appearing on FantasyBooks411, 
please feel free to email Daccari Buchelli at: Daccarim93 (at) yahoo.co.uk

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Living the Good Death, by Scott Baron:

Scott Baron is a master storyteller.

Never a dull moment. He has re-kindled my love of literature.

Living the Good Death, by Scott Baron is a fantasy novel unlike any other. Imagine being Death, but having been robbed of your supernatural abilities. The girl who thinks she is death (AKA Dorothy) finds herself stranded in the world of the living with no power, money, and no way to return to the realm of the dead. There’s only one thing for it- she must die!

I found myself drawn in from the start with the idea of this young, waif like girl being Death, reaper of souls. I didn’t know how to feel at first: part of me wanted to laugh at the irony and another part felt terrified for this poor, lost girl. Without a real name for a good half of the book, our heroine was lent an air of mystery tat I found most intriguing.

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At first, our protagonist appeared rather rude and hasty in her interactions with others, but this soon calmed as she spent more time in the company of others. After several failed suicide attempts, young Death / Dorothy, or however you would like to refer to her, begins to form some unique human attachments. We see her blossom into a determined and somewhat unlikely hero as she helps to shape the world into a better place.

What I loved most about the book is the relationship that formed between Dorothy, Randy (an art dealer), and Curtis (an eccentric mental patient.)

 

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All three interacted like old friends and formed a bond stronger than most I’ve seen in real life. Their witty banter and acceptance of each-other uplifted me, restoring some of my faith in humanity.

The only thing I found myself disliking came in the form of Doctor Vaughan, lead psychiatrist at Camview Mental Hospital, where Dorothy first meets Curtis. Vaughan’s sadistic methods of discipline and ridiculous obsession with magic make him an interesting, yet despicable villain.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Living the Good Death. It was well written, with an elegant style that held my attention. The author articulates his thoughts well and surprises us on multiple occasions with bursts of action and suspense.

Best book I’ve read this season!
Easily 5 stars.

Recommended for lovers of young adult and fantasy books.

 

 

 

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Luminous Spirits, by Dusty Crabtree (5 Star Fantasy Review)

Don’t ever underestimate the shadows.’

Luminous Spirits follows on from Dusty Crabtree’s gripping fantasy novel, Shadow Eyes. In this equally thrilling sequel, we follow Iris, a young newbie light warrior, as she works to keep evil at bay. Just as all seems right with the world, a stunning new arrival makes Iris’ school life a living hell.

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The book opens with a lot of dark imagery that gives the reader a real sense of the danger to come. While there were a few characters I disliked (the scheming and manipulative type), I generally enjoyed this story as a whole. The gorgeous Patrick is just as mysterious in this book as he was in the first, his relationship with Iris slowly blossoming into something beautiful.

Dusty Crabtree portrays high school life and its related issues with the utmost accuracy. A winning sense of humour and cast of contrasting characters make these novels an absolute joy to read.

 

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With themes of good and evil, and past pain, Crabtree has created a world that will steal your heart, before filing it with every emotion imaginable. The abundance of action, in addition to Crabtree’s articulate and emotional style, provide a reading experience like no other.

Rated 5 stars.
Recommended for lovers of young adult and fantasy.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Esper Files 3: The Chimera Formula (Steampunk Fantasy Review)

Esper Files 3: The Chimera Formula, by Eagan Brass:

Eagan Brass has done it again.

 

From an author I have quickly come to adore, Eagan Brass presents his third book in the Esper Files series, The Chimera Formula. Set within the Victorian Age, this Steampunk Fantasy novel proved just as thrilling as the first two instalments. The author knows exactly how to deliver action in a way that had me glued to my seat.

When grotesque creatures begin to plague Victorian London, the general public are quick to blame the Esper community. It is up to Nathan and his fellow Espers to save the day and prove their innocence.

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As usual, you can expect an articulate, well thought out story that is jam-packed with action from start to finish. Eagan’s style is instantly distinguishable from that of other authors: it’s as if it possesses a type of logical reasoning that you can feel deep in your bones.

I found this particular instalment to be refreshingly modern with the inclusion of a lesbian relationship that develops between the plucky Freya and newcomer Reyna. Eagan shows a non-judgemental viewpoint on the matter of sexuality, pointing out that love comes in many forms.

Find it on Goodreads, HERE:
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Another bond that I have always related strongly to is the one that has continued to strengthen between Nathan and young Freya. As orphans, both Espers prove to be extremely resilient to change and pain, in addition to being courageous and daring beyond measure. I love the witty banter that the pair share, a trademark personality trade of Nathan’s. Reading through such delightfully comic moments lights me up from within and never fails to put a smile on my face.

With themes of destruction, camaraderie, revenge, and love, I see The Chimera Formula as the best book in the series so far.

Easily rated 5 stars.

Recommended to lovers of Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Steampunk novels.