Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Entanglement

Entanglement

By Dan Rix


3 out of 5

Synopsis:
"...the scientific explanation is quantum entanglement, whereby the boy and girl—even when separated by great distances—react instantaneously to changes in each other's states..." —Dr. Casler Selavio, on the entanglement of halves.

In a world like ours, humans are born in pairs. When a newborn boy takes his first breath in the coastal town of Tularosa, the exact time is noted, recorded in the Registry, and later compared to the birth times of other newborns around the globe. There will be one identical match—his half. They will meet on their eighteenth birthday and they will spend their lives together. Except this time, there is no match.

Hotheaded heartthrob Aaron Harper is scheduled to meet his half in twenty-nine days, and he doesn’t buy a word of that entanglement crap. So what if he and his half were born the same day and share a spooky psychic connection? Big deal. After breaking one too many teenage girls’ hearts, he’ll stick to brawling with the douchebag rugby players any day.

Until the day a new girl arrives at school and threatens everything he takes for granted.

Cold and unapproachable, Amber Lilian hates the growing list of similarities between her and the one boy she can’t read, Aaron: born the same day, both stubborn, both terrified of meeting their halves. . . . All the more reason not to trust him. That she would rather die than surrender herself as her half’s property is none of his damn business. But once lost in Aaron’s dangerous, jet black eyes, she’s already surrendered more than she cares to admit.
Tangled in each other’s self-destructive lives, Aaron and Amber learn the secret behind their linked births and why they feel like halves—but unless they can prove it before they turn eighteen, Aaron faces a lifetime alone in a world where everyone else has a soul mate . . . and he’ll have to watch Amber give herself to a boy who intends to possess not only her body but also a chunk of her soul.

ENTANGLEMENT, a 75,000 word YA thriller, will appeal to readers of Michael Grant's GONE and Ally Condie’s MATCHED.


Review
Everyone in the world has a soulmate, a "half"; a genetic partner that was born the same time as them, and will connect at a clairvoyant level. They are officially brought together on their 18th birthday, and live happily ever after...

The good news: The couple will feel a deep connection for the rest of their lives.
The downside: They can never be apart, even if they grow to hate each other. Being paired up is no longer an option, it is a genetic dependence. With the unsavoury fact that is they spend too long away from their half, they will wither away and die. And if one half dies, the other follows in "half death" within days.


Entanglement was an interesting story, following Aaron as he approaches his 18th birthday. Personally, I can't think of anything worse than turning up to a hall and being handed your other half, and being tied to them for the rest of your life. And Aaron thinks the same. His friends are gradually disappearing as they turn 18 and no longer care about anything else than spending time with their new partner. And he has to face his ex-girlfriend, who he broke up with because he knows he's going to be matched up with someone else soon. How can any relationship have meaning when you know that it will mean nothing the moment you lay eyes upon your half?
Then enters Amber. A new girl, who has moved into the area with her family, and her future half's family. Because in certain circles, you can find out who your half is before 18.
Amber is beautiful, and is entertainingly sharp. Her other half, Clive, has very obvious jealousy/control/anger issues. As soon as he came onto the scene, I got the feeling that he was very dangerous indeed.

From the beginning, I wanted Aaron and Amber to get together, and miraculously be halves. Which is always a positive for any reader, to root for the likeable characters.
The story is straight forward enough, both Clive and Aaron wanting Amber, and falling into fights (and wells).
There was only one twist that actually managed to surprise me *mild spoiler* The boy with no half. I thought I had guessed who, but was very surprised. It explained a lot, though. 
I also liked the scientific back-up in the story, nicely inserted by the use of science and history classes at school. It was an interesting alternate history, including Schrödinger.

All in all a good story.
But I found it a little repetitive: Aaron antagonises Clive; Clive or Dominic fight with him. Aaron falls for another one of Clive or Casler's traps; Clive or Dominic fight with him. Instead of escaping and being safe, he breaks into a certain lab; Clive or...
Also, I found Aaron's parents to be very sketchy. Sure, they can't afford to throw him a big party for his 18th; but you know, take him to McDonald's, make him a cup of tea, find out why their son keeps coming home bleeding? Or at the very least, notice that he was missing on the morning of said birthday; or be at the Hall for the big event.
Then there's a couple of secondary characters that seem inconsistent. Dominic and Tina - I just wish that Dominic would make up his mind whether he's a good guy or not. As for Tina, I'm not sure how she's involved - isn't she from Aaron and Buff's school? So why is she hanging out and spying for Dominic?
And then the little issue I had with all the emphasis on Juvengamy (the clairvoyant union of babies). Ok, I get it that it is very bad and illegal, and yes I was suitably repulsed by it. But at what point does Juvengamy end? I mean, we know that halves are brought together at 18 because then their clairvoyant channels are considered mature enough to cope with the union. But what if the halves (who are kept anonymous until 18) meet at 10 years old instead? Or at highschool? Do they link with each other then?

Anyways, overall it was a good story. There was no particular part that caught my attention, but the idea behind the dystopia has stayed with me after the book was finished.
I would recommend this to other readers, and I would also be interested to read other books by Dan Rix.


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Monday, 24 June 2013

Shadowmagic

Shadowmagic

By John Lenahan


2 out of 5

Synopsis
Shadowmagic is a rip roaring fun fantasy adventure novel by John Lenahan very loosely based on Irish mythology where every chapter ends on the edge of a cliff (or at least a high curb.) Join Conor as he grapples with typical teenage problems like, how to deal with a father's high expectations, how to survive in the world on your own and how to woo a beautiful girl - that wants you dead. Shadowmagic a podcast novel for young adults from 12 to 112.

Review
Conor is used to just ignoring the weirdness of his life and getting on with school, friends, and his girlfriend Sally. So what does it matter if his father is the crazy one-handed professor, who likes to speak in archaic languages? And surely every boy wants to be taught how to fight with swords as he grows up.
Then Conor's life gets even weirder, as two riders burst into his living room, horses and all; and Conor finds himself dragged into The Land - Tir Na Nog. He finds the mother he long thought dead, learns a terrible prophecy that will turn many against him, and teams up with banshees, imps and more.

The story keeps up a fast pace, as we follow Conor and his new friends.
It is well written and it is obvious that Lenahan has researched Tir Na Nog and Irish mythology, and he's given an interesting take on it.

I think I am in the minority in not enjoying this. The main reason was Conor: he is ridiculously annoying, and because the story is told from his perspective in 1st person there is no escape from his constant opinions and lame jokes. I was irritated (or insert stronger alternative here) by his reactions to things, and by his comments.
When his mother first pops up: "Who's the babe in the skins?" - I'm sorry, but the first thing I thought when I read that was "prick".
And after his father is shot with a crossbow, he follows his mother's order to escape, which makes sense. But then I was struck with the lack of concern the boy had over whether his parents were still alive. He's too busy forming a bromance with Fergal; and going to a party at Castle Muhn.
Thank goodness Gerard was there to remind him to focus on refinding his family.
The number of times Conor and/or Fergal started laughing at the most inappropriate or dangerous times was just... I was surprised that I finished the book.

And the stupidity wasn't reserved for Conor, it obviously runs in the family. *spoiler* It turns out that his father, Prince Oisin, cut off his own hand. To win a competition. Even though the result meant that his brother automatically became heir. Seriously, of all the stupid things to do! Even if we ignore the tradition of Irish kings having to be unmarked and unblemished to be suitable for the throne; Lenahan places a lot of weight on a prophecy about a one-handed prince, and Oisin just goes and signs himself up for the role.

I'll not be in a hurry to finish the series.


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Monday, 17 June 2013

Balance

Balance

By M.R. Forbes

5 out of 5

Synopsis
My name is Landon Hamilton. Once upon a time I was a twenty-three year old security guard, trying to regain my life after spending a year in prison for stealing people's credit card numbers. 

Now, I'm dead.

Okay, I was supposed to be dead. I got killed after all; but a funny thing happened after I had turned the mortal coil...

I met Dante Alighieri - yeah, that Dante. He told me I was special, a diuscrucis. That's what they call a perfect balance of human, demon, and angel. Apparently, I'm the only one of my kind. 

I also learned that there was a war raging on Earth between Heaven and Hell, and that I was the only one who could save the human race from annihilation. Dante asked me to help, and I was naive enough to agree.

Sounds crazy, I know, but he wished me luck and sent me back to the mortal world. Oh yeah, he also gave me instructions on how to use my Divine 'magic' to bend the universe to my will. The problem is, a sexy vampire crushed them while I was crushing on her.

Now I have to somehow find my own way to stay alive in a world of angels, vampires, werewolves, demons and humans that all want to kill me before I can mess up their plans for humanity's future. If that isn't enough, I also have to find the queen of all demons and recover the Holy Grail.

It's not like it's the end of the world if I fail.

Wait. It is.

Review
Landon is a pretty average guy. And this story starts with his death.
We follow him to Purgatory, and to the revelation of his destiny. To be a champion for humankind, and be able to wield all manner of magic and bend the world to his will. The downside - he's not fighting for good or evil; he's in fact fighting to make sure there is no outright winner, because if either side wins, humans will pay the price. Which means that both sides consider him the enemy, and he has no allies.

Landon is sent back to earth to restore the balance. The war is currently tipping in the demons' direction, and he needs to find a way to set them back.
This involves angels, vampires, weres and marines.


I downloaded this for free from Amazon a while ago, and eventually got round to reading it. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly drawn to it by the description, and I am always sceptical of high reviews, but thought I'd give it a go.
The first couple of chapters were ok, but I felt like I was reading the book accompaniment of 'The Matrix', which was only compounded by references to the film. I was worried that the rest of the book would continue to rely on established media. And do you know what, it did - but I am going to have to eat my words; because as it went on, the little references to The Matrix, Star Wars, Captain America (and any others I might have missed) were all really funny and made my geek side smile.
As soon as Landon is sent back to earth, he stumbles along from one incident to another, gradually learning what he is capable of and how to control it. He gathers an unlikely team to help him, as we learn more about his enemies.

Balance is a perfect mix of action, adventure, angels and demons. It is a thrilling ride as Landon tries to keep some sense of direction in the war he has been thrown into the middle of. There is magic, sword fights and gun battles, and they are all expertly written, never feeling clumpy or overdone.

So all in all, I turned from a sceptic to being absolutely blown away. It was so exciting that even my usual glass of wine was completely neglected as I was so wrapped-up in reading just one more chapter. I'm not sure how that translates into stars, but I'm going to give it a 5 without doubt.

I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and see how it all unfolds for Landon.


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Sunday, 16 June 2013

The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing

The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing

By Josie Brown


5 out of 5

Synopsis:
*Mature content*
In Book 2 of THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN series,a nuclear arms summit hosted by a politically-connected American billionaire industrialist provides the perfect opportunity for a rogue operative to assassinate of the newly-elected Russian president on US soil. Acme operative Donna Stone's mission: seek and exterminate, before all hell--and World War III--break loose. But first things first: file for divorce!

Read an excerpt at HousewifeAssassinsHandbook.com


Review

This is the second book in the series about professional assassin Donna Stone.

When the morally questionable Russian president includes a visit to Hilldale in his US tour, Donna is employed to use her position as a yummy mummy in said town to get close to the hosts, to provide an undercover protection for the president.  It is her job to hunt down possible assassins and eliminate them.

Back in family life, it seems like she is finally getting balance and control, especially now she isn't a single parent.  No, now she has Jack (who everyone, including Donna's children, believe is her husband Carl).  Confused much?

Donna decides now is the time to divorce actual-Carl, finally able to put him behind her (the fact that he betrayed and tried to kill her in the first book might have put a strain on the marriage), and also use the divorce as a way to prove that she loves Jack now.

The book starts with a very interesting and unexpected mission.  Read it.  That's all I can say.  I'm not sure what to say about it, but I'd like to think that the person involved would find it very entertaining.
It goes onto the main mission.  Unlike the first book, where it was a (relatively) simple case of finding the bad guys and saving the world - well, maybe not the world, but a lot of people from a terrorist attack - the second book has Donna and her team protecting the corrupt dictator from the rebels that would see a better Russia.
This, and the other threat that is uncovered, make this book much darker.  Donna makes it obvious that she dislikes the people she has to save, but hides it all and acts perfectly professional.  I don't know how she managed to keep calm and not kill, or at least dismember, several of the people she had to deal with for so long.
And somehow, Ms Brown has given us a book that is still injected with the same warmth and humour as the last.  The Desperate Housewives of Hilldale still provide entertainment and embarrassment.  It wouldn't be the same without them.
Jack is taking on a steady role as the replacement-Carl.  I didn't feel that he was as captivating as he was in the last book, and there was a repeating theme of Jack and Donna having couple-esque squabbles, followed by make-up sex.  But I have to admit that I never would have guessed the reason for his reluctance to be happily married - I am looking forward to seeing how that little issue develops.

As much as I love Donna, my favourite character this time around was her daughter, Mary.  She deserves a standing ovation, or trophy.

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Ink

Ink

By Holly Hood


4 out of 5

Synopsis
*Mature Content*
Hope didn’t ask for so much change in her life. She was happy living in Georgia for the rest of her life. Focusing on the things she loved the most: singing, dancing, and her best friend Karsen. This was effortless, she had no worries.

But all that changed when her mother decided to leave her dad for Pete, the Tae Kwon do instructor. And now Hope had to choose between staying where she belonged or moving far away to Cherry California with her dad.

After making the choice to move far away, to protect her father, Hope realizes Cherry is nothing like the hometown she’s used to. Everyone is rude, high class and she doesn’t fit in. Not until Slade comes along. He has never fit in and he is okay with that. And Hope is fascinated by everything that Slade is. All the way down to his tattoos and bat wielding rescue the first time they meet.

She knows she should stay far away from him, but it proves tricky as she discovers dark secrets about the town and people in Cherry, California. Hope doesn’t know who to trust as her life takes a turn from ordinary and depressing to dangerous and wild.

Review
Hmm, three or fours stars...

I want to give four stars, I couldn't put it down, and the story expertly kept you guessing the whole way through. The characters felt well-rounded, and they each had their own drive, their own secrets.
I loved the relationship between Hope and her dad, how much she loves him, and how much she gives up for him. That their roles are reversed, and Hope is often left feeling like the parent. It all felt very real.
And as for her relationships with Slade and Tucker... definitely hot. I liked that both guys were imperfect, that Tucker was a rich prick; and Slade a tattooed, pierced, and morally questionable. Again, Hood manages to keep it realistic, with her 17 year old protagonist indecisive and awkward around both of them. And there is a delicious slow build in her relationship with Slade, and even after hot sex, she maintains an innocent and unsure attitude.
Then the magic. The reader learns at the same pace as Hope, and I find it all very nicely done, without being too heavy-handed with the witches and magic. I think Hope's tattoo is really sweet and smart, and I have to confess I found myself laughing aloud the first time with the underwear. Now that is a neat trick.

But there were parts of it that makes me want to rate a little lower. Nothing major, just niggling things that stopped the flow a little bit. Of course, there were the odd bits of grammar and spelling. There were a few instances of the entirely wrong word being used, and sometimes the wrong name. There were the occasional sentences that looked like they had been partly rewritten, and didn't make perfect sense. Oh, and a common lack of paragraph breaks between different characters speaking. 
The age thing bothered me. I'm not sure how the American school system works, but when Slade says that he's 20 in the beginning of the book (though he tells Hope's dad he's 19 later on), and that he and his older sister went to the same school and were friends with Tucker and co., whom I'm guessing are the same age as Hope... I had to tell the logical side of my brain to shut up and let me enjoy the story.
The same logical side of my brain that had a problem comprehending why Slade would alter the memories and intentions of Tucker at the end of the book. He could have done so a year ago after the death of his friend, and then saved himself a lot of bother. *shrug* of course, that wouldn't have made for quite as dramatic a story. 

As I say, mere technicalities, nothing detrimental to a fabulous story.

Yup, I'm feeling generous, let's go for the four stars.


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The Silver Ninja

The Silver Ninja

By Wilmar Luna


3 out of 5

Synopsis:
Life was good for New Yorker Cindy Ames. Sure, her husband’s top secret weapons projects were a little… weird, but at least her career as a gymnastics instructor didn’t involve any covert government contracts. Cindy’s life was peaceful. That is until she snuck into her husband Jonas’ lab after hours. What began as an innocent curiosity catapults her life into an exciting thrill ride, as Cindy accidentally merges with Jonas’ prototype nanosuit. Like a teenager stealing her parents’ car for the night, Cindy becomes an armored super heroine known as The Silver Ninja or so she thought...

She soon discovers that the suit is not at all what it appears to be. As it secretly blurs the line between good and evil, Cindy unknowingly becomes more aggressive, violent and apathetic to the world around her. Cindy becomes her own worst enemy as she plummets into a downward spiral of psychological oblivion. To make matters worse, she must prevent a violent coup d'état from erupting in New York City. Cindy will have to suit up and fight through an avalanche of futuristic weaponry to stop more innocent lives from being lost.

But can she overcome her personal demons before becoming the villain? Will Cindy be able to save herself in time to save her family?

Review
This was 2-3 stars for me.

The good stuff: it was imaginative and a wild adventure following the Silver Ninja in her rise to be a superhero. Luna has given us a big and bold story that isn't afraid to delve into city-wide disasters. The story starts small, with just a simple woman, and evolves into something fantastic.

The bad stuff:
I never got on with Cindy. A professional gymnast who just so happens to be an ex-cop and seriously good at martial arts. Personally, I thought her being an ex-cop was an unnecessary addition to her history, but it wasn't negative in any way.
But I always thought that martial arts was supposed to improve the mind, as well as body. And don't cops go through character profiling? Yet Cindy swings from whiny little twit, to homicidal killing machine in a heartbeat (the urge to kill is explained later on, but her attitude was far too "woe is me" while killing. I would have more easily believed black-outs, or complete character changes); and uses bulimia as punishment. She screamed weak, and annoying to me.
I think she is the main reason I read the rest of the book (that can be thrilling and exciting) with impatience, and eye-rolling at her next dumb move.
Seriously, I think my favourite example was Michael tells Cindy not to get electrocuted because that's the worst thing that could happen to the suit. Cut to the next scene where Cindy is trying to find a way to gain access to her next target, and what does she choose as her best option - punching a generator...

And because I was so annoyed with the main character, other little things that I would have let slide, started to niggle. For example, as some of the other reviewers have said, the author is excessive in their descriptions. I love metaphors and symbolism as much as the next person, but: "Her entire form was now enveloped like a chocolate banana dipped in metal."
I'm not sure when the last time was that I dipped my chocolate-coated banana in metal. I understand what Luna is trying to say, but it could be put more smoothly.

And there were a couple of inconsistencies that made me stop and go back to check where I'd gone wrong. Like when Cindy had daydreamed/slept-walked the whole day away, yet when her sister asks if she's talked to her husband that day, Cindy tells her that Jonas hasn't been picking up all day. Strange thing to recall on a day that was completely blank.


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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Netherworld

Netherworld (The Chronicles of Koa #1)

By K.N. Lee


4 out of 5

Synopsis:
Welcome to a world where vampires must “register,” humans sell their services as pets, and angels patrol the Earth. This is Koa’s world. Koa Ryeo-won is a half-blood. She works alongside her best friend Halston in the Netherworld division. With her legendary, enchanted Lyrinian sword, Koa and the other agents keep order in the mortal world.

Someone is letting rogue supernatural creatures out of the Netherworld and Koa is determined to find out why. She is missing memories of her early teen years, when her vampire father brought her to the Netherworld. Koa will stop at nothing to retrieve those memories and break her mother’s curse.

Koa had it all, an attractive human pet, a sprawling manor, and the ability to walk in the sun. A Netherworld serial killer, with a craving for little girls, threatens it all. Is Koa ready to return to the Netherworld to release the one creature that can protect all that she holds dear? Is she really ready to reclaim those lost memories?

Review:
Koa is a young woman living near Paris; she likes popcorn and movies, reading Jane Austen, and spending time with her cat. Oh yes, and she's a vampire (or half-vamp, anyways) who hunts creatures of the Netherworld for a living, and has a boss/best-friend that is sinfully good-looking and too good to be true.

The story follows Koa as she decides to move to England after her home in France being targeted by Syths (Netherworld thugs). She decides that it's time now to find the answers the the questions she's long held: what is her connection with the Netherworld? Why is her mother a cat? Who killed her father?

The good stuff:
Koa. She is awesome. Strong, independent, and lethal. (I have a confession to make - writing this review the very American term of "Kick ass" entered my head for the first time in my life. I'm not sure that is a good experience...)
Koa is a vampire. She makes no apologies for this, nor does she shove the fact down your throat, which I find refreshing after too many brooding vampire characters.
Halston. Yes please. Um, I mean, he's a perfectly acceptable character, a good friend to Koa, and has his own secrets.
The whole idea and telling of the Netherworld is bold and imaginative, although I got a little lost amongst all the many monsters that were suddenly added when Koa and Halston finally got to Netherworld.
Alice - there was a brief glimpse of her, but I have a feeling she's going to be pretty amazing later in the series.

The not-so-good stuff:
I wanted to smack Koa for being so annoyingly naive about Halston. They spend all their time together, hold hands and flirt constantly - jump on him already!
When Halston very nearly gets angry in the Netherworld. Did I miss something? What actually made him boiling hot angry?
The Americanisms. Koa is Korean/French and living in the UK with her English boss, but the story is dotted with American terms and expressions. Not enough to ruin a perfectly good story, but enough to catch my attention.
That ending - what the *#@#! How can you leave us hanging there?!

So, all in all, a book I'd highly recommend to others. When is the next one out?


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The Housewife Assassin's Handbook

The Housewife Assassin's Handbook

By Josie Brown

5 out of 5


Synopsis:
*Mature Content*
Murder, suspense, sex-and some handy household tips.

Every desperate housewife would love an alias. Donna Stone has one, and it's government sanctioned. Oh sure, you need to be ruthless to take on Russian mafia bosses, rogue dictators, and terrorists set on destroying the world. But it takes real killer instincts to survive suburbia. Try juggling the fifth grade phone tree during a shootout with skinhead arms dealers, or driving carpool while being chased by Chinese double agents.

Donna's life wasn't always this complicated. Five years earlier she was just another woman with two preschoolers, a baby bump, and an adoring husband, Carl, with whom she lived happily ever after in a McMansion in the Orange County, California community of Hilldale. But Donna's life was changed forever the night she delivered her baby: 

Carl's car blew up on the way to the hospital.

Turns out Carl was a "hard man"-an assassin-for the black ops organization known as Acme Corporation. The hit on Alex was carried out by the Quorum, a terrorist cell he was tracking. The Quorum's motto: "Show me the money." Governments and corporations do as they're told-or suffer bloody consequences.

Carl left something behind that the Quorum wants badly. To protect herself and avenge Carl's death, Donna joined Acme. Whereas her hostessing skills rival Martha Stewart's, her marksmanship is second to none.

A good thing, too, because the Quorum has planted a sleeper cell in Hilldale. For Donna, that's too close for comfort. Will she be able to save her family before the Quorum blows up Los Angeles?

Acme's way of flushing out the Quorum is by "bringing Carl back from the dead." But terrorism makes strange bedfellows. Jack Craig, the wild card Acme operative paired with Donna brings, new meaning to that old adage "Honey, I'm home..."


Obsidian Souls

Obsidian Souls

By Donna Augustine

3 out of 5

Synopsis:
When innocent botanist Alexandria is attacked on a cold winter night, she believes it is nothing more than bad luck. She never suspects that her attacker is not human, and that Caden, her white knight, would be more of the dark and brooding variety and as scary as the thug he’s saving her from.

Now strange beings are stalking her every move and she does not know why. The cops are turning a blind eye, and she has nowhere left to turn but to Caden. He’s willing to help, but he is short on answers and his motivations are not the purest. If she does not find answers soon, her life as she knows it is over. But is she prepared for the truth she finds?

Talisman of El

Talisman of El

By Alicia Stone


3 out of 5

Synopsis:
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion.

Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell any one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Charlie doesn't know why this is happening. He would give any thing to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home. He belongs with the others.


Review:
A good, and very imaginative book.

It just didn't grab me as much as I'd hoped it would. I was often confused about the different ranks of angels/elementals etc, and I also struggled with how certain information was dealt out - the narrator swings from revealing information as Charlie discovers it, to suddenly reeling off facts and details that only an Arcadian knows. Or Charlie would come against some obstacle/occurrence, and remember that "Candra/Avaran had told him that this method would work".

Hmm, I'm not explaining myself very well here. I may have to add this book to my "to re-read" pile, and I might come back with a better mark.


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Words of Marc D Brown

Words of Marc D Brown

By Marc D Brown


4 out of 5

Synopsis:

A lot of people have a preconceived notion on what poetry is...Well I'm here to try and change peoples minds. My writing is honest, raw, down to earth and very far from being pretentious.
A collection of short poems, some hard-hitting but an easy to read book, with something for everyone to enjoy.
Poems about life, love & death.

Review:
What I know about poetry could fit on the back of the postage stamp and still have room for the entire works of Shakespeare. All I know is what I do and do not like; and this definitely falls into the first category.
I could offer a pretentious review of this collection of poems, but that would be an insult to the unforced and truthful nature of Brown's work.

I would recommend this book, it appeals to even the poetically ignorant, like me.


Welcome to my potentially terrible new blog.

So I've finally decided to start my own blog.  My main incentive was to actually keep track of all my reviews, in one handy little place.  But my laziness aside, let's get this blog going.

Please feel free to contact me by email, or on twitter.  I will accept review requests, and will hopefully help a few indie authors reach more readers.

And ah, please excuse all the technical difficulties I am bound to have as a new blogger.

Well, here goes...