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REVELATIONS: CAST IN BLOOD (Book 1) by: Christine Sutton, Lisa Lane, and Jaime Johnesee

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Amazon.com – Revelations: Cast in Blood

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Raven PA, for an honest review.

Genre: YA/Adult/Fiction/Fantasy

Plot: An unknown force threatens Heaven and Hell, along with every soul on Earth. Three unlikely heroes join together to restore universal balance. Will their shared adversary initiate an Apocalypse before they’re able to uncover the truth, or will they rise to a calling that has, from the beginning of time, been Cast in Blood?

Opinion: This is book 1 in the Revelations series by not one, but THREE authors. It is an interesting take on Heaven and Hell, Angels and Demons, an apocalypse, and the backstory between God and Lucifer.

This story starts out following one of our main characters named Lenore, or Lenny, who is a “closet” shapeshifter. After living a life on the streets, Lenny finally finds sanctuary in a church organization called Children of Light, which is run by the ever bizarre Father Hershel Chambers. Children of Light works as an outreach program instilled to help the community and assists the homeless, or so Lenny is told. Soon, the place and leader that Lenny was starting to believe in turns out to be something completely different when she is introduced to Lucifer’s first knight, Polly. Polly (Appollyn), our second main character, is the right-hand woman to Lucifer in Hell and works as the bounty hunter for escapees. As Polly is lead to the Children of Light to find an escaped Djinn, she comes across something that is much bigger than anything she could have imagined. Once Lucifer realizes that there is a significant lack of souls coming into Hell, it soon comes to light that someone or something is stealing souls from both Heaven and Hell. She (yes, Lucifer is a woman) puts Polly, Lenny, and a succubus by the name of Drew to work to find out what is going on and to restore balance back to the world before it’s too late.

I honestly had a bit of a rocky start with this book. I had barely any kind of a book description which, by the way, has been driving me ABSOLUTELY INSANE lately! I understand the idea of wanting to leave a little mystery to your story and not wanting to give too much away, but really? I need a little bit more to go off of here! Anyways, I started reading this book with only the generalization of what it was about. Demons, Heaven and hell, epic battle for the ages, blah blah blah. The first few chapters I got hooked following Lenny around this cult-like place she had started residing in. But once the story turned over to Polly and she was going through the details of her duties and her plans, I got a bit…bored. Why? Well, I felt like there was just TOO much explaining and ongoing dialogue with herself. As you all know, I am a crazy person about needing details and description in a story but I don’t want to feel like the character has just run away with her thoughts. In this case, sometimes less is more. On a positive note, this style of writing starts to taper off during the rest of the story and takes on a better flow.

Something interesting: this story has three authors and each author took on the role of one of the characters. I LOVE this idea! It definitely lets the writers give their own style and flare to the character; as well as, assists each character in keeping their originality. I have always liked a book about demons and angels, and I especially enjoy seeing how an author puts their own creative spin on iconic characters. I thought turning Lucifer into a woman was very welcome and different, and making the main characters a core of strong butt-kicking women was AWESOME! These authors did a great job of developing a backstory for this world and they even incorporated the Greek gods into it. In regards to Drew, who is a succubus, and Lenny, who is a shapeshifter; these characters started out not knowing too much about their powers and abilities. I found it unrealistic that they both just MAGICALLY figured out how to control their skills and master them. This part just didn’t seem very realistic to me, but then again, this entire story isn’t too realistic is it? Fair enough.

Though I was unsure at first with this book, I turned out to really enjoy it and found myself quite hooked on the story-line. This is book one of the series, so I will probably end up going to purchase book 2 Cast in Fire on Amazon.com. If you guys enjoy The Mortal Instruments series or anything that incorporates Heaven and Hell into their story, but hates when romance gets in the way, this series is for you! Did I mention there is NO ROMANCE?! Yes I know, awesome.

3 Stars

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TWO New Books + Giveaways!

READERS! I have TWO new books for you to take a look at, and they are hosting giveaways as well! Be sure to follow the authors on social media and show them some support for all of their hard work!

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P. Anastasia, author of the Fluorescence Series, has a new novel available for Pre-Order in August called Dark Diary.

She is also hosting a giveaway for a chance to receive a signed copy upon release. All you have to do is go to DarkDiaryNovel.com and sign up for the mailing list!

Worlds collide when a young woman with a dark past encounters a young man with an even darker one.

More human than vampire, Dark Diary is a quaint, sophisticated romance detailing the accounts of two lovers who have paid the ultimate price…

A forbidden romance in the vein of classics like Wuthering Heights, frosted with the seductive allure of the original Dark Shadows, Dark Diary documents a pair torn apart by time. The story is told by a 400 year-old immortal vampire, and a 21 year-old modern-day artist.

He’s trapped in a never-ending circle of guilt over the loss of a friend and lover: the daughter of an English Baron in 17th century Ireland.

She’s haunted nightly by visions of her own untimely death.

Together, they find solace by sharing secrets beneath the light of the moon.

Instagram: @fluorescentones

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This is a new Paranormal Romance from author Tarah Carrera Burrell, which was published on Amazon.com in January 2016.

Amazon.com: Disciple: The Chronicles of Brynn

She will also be hosting a giveaway on March 1st on Goodreads.com for a chance to win a first edition autographed copy! Give her a follow on Instagram to look out for the link!

Instagram: @TheTarahBurrell

Brynn Bettencourt is about to embark on her biggest adventure in life – college. It has always been her dream to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design, located in coastal and historic Savannah, Georgia. However, that all changes when she meets Brandon, a fellow student and artist. Strange happenings begin to occur when she begins her new part time job, as she encounters Angelic creatures of sorts, ghostly apparitions and evil presences. A story not yet ever told of this thrilling take on romance, and of the battle between good and evil. Brynn will discover that she alone is the last Disciple.

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THE QUANTUM DOOR by Johnathan Ballagh

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Amazon.com: The Quantum Door

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the author, Johnathan Ballagh, for an honest review

Genre: Young Adult/Fiction/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Adventure

Plot:

Discover what lies beyond the Quantum Door.

The mysterious woods behind Brady and Felix’s house have been deserted for years. But things change when a fence goes up and the brothers notice strange things happening at night. From the moment they dare cross the fence, the brothers enter a world of dark technological secrets that will rock the foundation of everything they know to be true. And once they enter, there’s no turning back. Some places are better left alone…

Opinion: Ahhh…sweet, sweet satisfaction. Usually, I stay far FAR away from any kind of book that involves sci-fi and quantum physics and such. I’m not a rocket scientist here guys, and I have no problem admitting that I just don’t understand what those black holes and “plasma snatcher do-hickie” things are all about. However if you gave me a book like this every day, I would sign up to be Captain blah-blah-blah of your Star-Trek/Star Wars ship any day of the week! Call me insane, but did I just find space-heaven in some pages?!? I think I did.

The Quantum Door starts out following Brady and his younger brother Felix as they trespass into a property near their house. As Brady and Felix make their way through the property, they happen upon a fiery blue door that a young girl (Nova) and a metal dog (Achilles) appear to come out of. Completely frightened, they turn back home and vow to never go back over the fence. But when Brady is awoken by the metal creature named Achilles in an effort to rescue Nova, Brady and Felix decide to cross into the door to another world. Soon the two experience adventures they had never imagined, and creatures that could only have been thought up in video games and movies. What starts out as harmless adolescent curiosity, soon turns into an adventure that will change their lives forever.

Where to begin?!? This book is bursting at the seams with SO MUCH happening, that it is literally impossible to become bored while reading. The author, Johnathan Ballagh, has done a fantastic job of creating these characters and alternate worlds. The fact that this is his very first book is absolutely astounding, and I cannot wait to see what else he comes up with. The story is highly creative and imaginative, there are an abundance of creatures and machines that the reader becomes introduced to throughout the story. It was almost as if I was watching a movie or television show because the imagery was superb. I found the main characters, Brady and Felix, to be full of innocence and youthful curiosities. Brady, being the eldest, is stuck with the role of being the only father figure left in their family. He is constantly telling his younger brother Felix that they should turn back or that something “isn’t a good idea”. Felix starts out being the braver and more creatively thinking sibling in the beginning of the story, but I liked how they both evolved towards the end where Brady showed his bravery and Felix showed that he is still the younger and vulnerable brother.

The backstory to Nova and Achilles proves to be very developed and unique. I was constantly guessing what her secret was and her motives behind the things that she had been doing. However, I would have loved a little bit more insight to the “Elder Minds” and what their reign of terror had been like and done. I felt like it wasn’t stressed enough WHY they were the bad guys, so I would have liked there to be some more scenarios and events that dealt with them directly. The Artifex creatures were BIZARRE, but AJ just had me infuriated! AJ, or Ajax, is the only “child” of the Artifex creatures; which are robots that have a way too intense obsession with humans. Part of me felt a sadness for AJ as he was forced to be trapped in the body of a child and do everything his “father” or creator had told him to do. But most of the time, I was just wondering what his deal was. Glad I kept an eye on him! Overall, I think this is a GREAT first book for Johnathan Ballagh and I am hoping that there will be another sequel to follow up this great read. This story is suitable and perfect for any age, so get to reading and enjoy!

4 Stars

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KRIM DU SHAW by Talia Haven (Illustrated by Sytiva Sheehan)

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, Talia Haven, for an honest review.

Genre: Short Story/Fantasy/Children’s

Plot: Krim soon discovers what lies behind a stone wall.

Opinion: This is a great short story that has a true knack for bringing out your inner child, who will inevitably be crying by the end. If you were like me as a child, you probably wondered what happened to those beautiful creatures called Unicorns. In this story, the reader sees the ugly side of mankind and the true beauty in innocence.

Krim Du Shaw is the dark and haunting tale about the extinction of Unicorns. This story starts out with Krim as a young colt, where he observes a place with stone walls and a heavy door that opens each day and closes each night. As the inhabitants of the stone fortress come out each day, Krim watches as the Stallions become fascinated by them. As the stallions feel an overwhelming urge to go towards the humans, Krim and the reader will find out what happens when they get too close.

This story is listed as being a children’s or YA short story, but I think it is highly suitable for all ages. This is my first Talia Haven short story, and WOW am I blown away by her creativity. This story feeds my inner child’s innocence and happiness, but completely just obliterates it at the same time! Not only does this story show the ugly side of mankind, it proves that some mistakes cannot be corrected over time. It was heartbreaking to be with Krim as he realized what the cost of his “yearning” meant, especially not being able to fulfill his need in his final moments. The writing is easy to follow and the story is only about 6 pages long. This author knows exactly how to condense a big idea into a small amount of words, which I find to be a hard thing to do. I am very interested in looking into other short stories by Talia Haven, this writer has me hooked!

5 Stars

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EMMA SCOTT Blog Tour!!

✯✯New Release✯✯

✯✯How To Save A Life by Emma Scott ✯✯

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Blurb:

Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More
and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to
know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In
the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.

Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life
now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana
town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.

Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as
Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.

How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their
early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: some domestic violence (on the page) and mentions of sexual
abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.

Buy Now:

Amazon US: http://goo.gl/pzOgRC

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Amazon AU: http://goo.gl/hWqtBe

Author bio:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book
lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling.
I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity,
open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope.

Love always wins.

Excerpt:

His eyes roamed over my scarred face. I didn’t sense a shred of revulsion or disgust or even curiosity. Evan Salinger smiled at my messed up face as if it
were a gift he wasn’t expecting.

“This,” I whispered. “How you’re looking at me right now. This is why I’m here. I thought…if you saw me, you wouldn’t care that I’m ugly.” I swallowed
hard. “You might not think I was ruined.”

Evan’s smile melted into a pained expression, his brows furrowed. He moved closer to me, facing me. “You’re not ruined,” he said softly. “I already saw
your scar. When you dove into the pool to save me. When you came out of the water with me, your hair was back and I saw it.”

“I didn’t save you,” I said, hardly able to breathe and he moved even closer, into my space. I felt the heat of his body across the water that separated
us, and felt myself pulled toward it.

“You did, Jo. It might not seem like it, but you did. And God, you are not ugly.”

His hand rose up out of the water and I watched it move to my face. I didn’t stop him. His fingertips touched my cheek and his thumb traced the line of my
scar from under my eye down to my jaw.

“You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.”

It was too much. No one looked at me like this. No one told me I was beautiful. And no boy had ever moved to kiss me like Evan did. His face slowly coming
toward mine, his eyes gentle, the warmth of his attention like a roaring fire over me.

He covered my mouth with his and inhaled a little while I exhaled. A little sigh that turned to a soft moan as his mouth opened and mine opened with him,
letting him in. I let go. The shields guarding my heart lowered. Evan wasn’t taking, he was giving. His kiss gave me those impossible things I’d
desperately wanted all my life: tenderness, consideration, reverence.

I took everything in his kiss, turned it around and gave it all back to him. Willingly. Never once wondering what it would cost me later. No price to be
paid, only this moment with this boy. The beauty of time and him and his sweet kiss.

I let go.

He caught me and held me up. My arms went around his bruised and beaten body, and I held him up too. Together, we stood upright and unwavering. I was
strong in Evan’s arms. And I never wanted it to end. Ever.

My mouth couldn’t get enough of his sweet, clean taste and the scratch of his stubble on my cheek. The scent of his skin in my nose that carried little
particles of his life to me: the pool, the auto shop and his own goodness. We kissed forever, the earth ceased rotating to give us more time.

Evan didn’t try to push me past kissing. His hands never stopped moving but they kept to my back or tangled in my hair. They caressed my face and neck
while his mouth explored mine. His gentle sweetness broke me down. It was too much.

I broke our kiss and held him tightly around the neck, buried my face against his warm skin, my body trembling against his. It wasn’t safe to let anyone in
this close. I fought to find something to say, to dismiss or joke away the kiss before he could.

He kept holding me.

“This doesn’t happen to girls like me,” I whispered against his neck. “Do you know what I mean?”

God, I hoped so. I couldn’t explain it and didn’t want to try. I was beyond words. And because it was Evan, I didn’t need them.

“I know,” he murmured against my neck. “It doesn’t happen to guys like me, either. Believe me.” He held me tighter. “No one touches me.”

No one touches me.

It wasn’t self-pity. Just a simple fact. The pain and cruelty of his life was buried so deep in him, only faint echoes rose up anymore. I held him tighter.

“You’re shivering,” he said after a moment.

“I know, but I’m not cold.”

He pulled away, smiling gently. “Come on. I’ll walk you home.”

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SIGMUND SHAW: A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE by Mark C. King

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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the author, Mark C. King, for an honest review

Genre: Young Adult/Adult/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Steampunk/Adventure/Mystery/Thriller

Plot: Some secrets should not remain hidden…
Turn of the century London, a gritty world of steam and clockwork. Sigmund Shaw wants nothing more than to care for his sister and his niece, even if it means occasionally exceeding the law. Although reluctant, his penchant for gadgets and creativity makes him a successful thief – until he is accused of a crime he actually didn’t commit. With the threat of war looming from within the Empire, Sigmund needs to find allies to prove his innocence and prevent the unthinkable.

While the mystery unfolds, the ramifications grow resulting in blackmail, murder, battles on the ground and in the clouds – and an invention that could change the world forever.

Opinion: Readers, Readers, Readers! I have been away for so long, but fear not! I have a review for one AWESOME steampunk adventure series, Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure (book 1). This is one of those stories that adults, teens, pre-teens, men, women, queens and commoners will love.

The reader follows the main character, Sigmund Shaw, on an adventure into a unique 19th century London where carriages run on steam and coal, and steampunk gadgets are in no short supply. After giving up his career as a thief in order to support his family, Sigmund is approached by his brother-in-law and sister who plead for his help. They request that Sigmund go on one last job, in the hopes that it will bring a cure to their daughters (Sigmund’s niece) inability to walk. But things turn from bad to worse when Sigmund is caught in a setup that leads to him being wrongfully accused of another crime, and the British Empire looms towards the brink of war.

First off, Mark C. King does a wonderful job of transporting the reader into the time era and setting. Not only are the gadgets and various items just dripping in steampunk-esque décor, but the characters speak with a lingo that is completely what you would expect from a story set in 19th century London. The author goes above and beyond in detail in this book; no thought or description of an item is skipped over or forgotten. As a lover of anything steampunk, I was VERY excited to read this story and to jump into the world of Sigmund Shaw. Not only does the author introduce various characters into this story, but each one is explained in so much detail that I could literally visualize their appearance and how they carry themselves. Not only is there physical descriptions, but the reader is able to jump inside the mind of each character and get to know each one individually.

I thought that the story-line was highly creative and adventurous. Following Sigmund around London as he tries to clear his name and find the true culprit to the crimes was thrilling! There were surprises throughout the book and I found myself wondering who the real “bad guy” was. I do have to say that there were a few moments while reading where my mind started to wander. Due to much of the story dealing with characters thinking or settings being created, I think that in some cases less would have been more. Though descriptions and details are my BIGGEST request in any book, sometimes the ability to condense a paragraph into a few sentences works better into the story. But having been given the opportunity to assist in the editing of book 2 of this series (it’s okay to be jealous) I can honestly say that the authors writing style has improved greatly! Trust me, you guys are going to faint from happiness when you read it.

Overall, this is a great first book into this series. The characters, the plot, and the creativity that has made this book is very enjoyable. I would recommend this to literally anyone who loves an adventure story or mystery, especially to any reader that loves steampunk as much as I do!

P.S. Be on the lookout on here and Instagram for an upcoming giveaway! You may have the chance to win a FREE e-book copy of Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure and a steampunk themed gift box! 🙂 🙂 🙂

4 Stars

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