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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)


Ripper,
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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Interview: Author of ‘Never Too Late To Die,’ Pablo Palazuelo

Good morning fellow bookworms!

Today, it gives me great pleasure to be interviewing  fellow author, Pablo Palazuelo .
Without further ado, I give you Pablo.

 

So Pablo, could you please answer a few questions for us?

1) Firstly, what led you to pursue a career in writing?

Basically, I wanted to tell a story that was different from the topics I found over and over again in everything I read. I took all the time I felt I needed with my novel Never Too Late to Die to make it an original thriller, which rose to No. 1 without any marketing at all.

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That’s very impressive.
2) Do you specialize in one particular genre, or multiple?

I can’t honestly say because, so far, I’ve only published one novel, the thriller Never Too Late to Die. I do have to admit that the book I’m writing now is also a thriller. But I can assure you it will be very different than anything you’ve read to date.

3) Who are your literary heroes/heroines?

So many come to mind, from classics like Sherlock Holmes to contemporaries like Jack Reacher. Well, that’s in terms of male heroes. For heroines, I’d say Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Juno from the movie by the same name, and Clarice Starling from The Silence of the Lambs.

I have to admit that I’m a Hannibal book lover myself.
4) Tell me, which book has influenced you most in your life so far? Why do you feel this is?

I think it would be one from when I was quite young, a story that was truly responsible for my passion for books: The Lord of the Rings.
 

5) Have you always loved literature?

Not when I was little. Or not really. Back then, I loved comics. I still love them, actually. But in time that passion led me to dive into books.

6) If you could ‘ship’ (pair two fictional characters together romantically) two characters, who would they be?

What a great question. Well, if I were to pair two fictional characters, I might try to do so in a humorous way. I’d put William of Baskerville, from The Name of the Rose, with Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita.