Monday, December 10, 2018

Heavenward by Olga Gibbs



About the Book

Title: Heavenward (Celestial Creatures #1)
Author: Olga Gibbs
Pages: 308
Publisher: Raging Bear Publishing
Publishing Date: September 13, 2018

About the Author

Olga Gibbs lives in West Sussex, England with her husband and two daughters. She has written since she was 15 years old. She has written mostly short stories and novels, guest columnist for a local newspaper. She is in the midst of writing the second book in this series and another crime thriller book.

Summary

What would you do if you had the one key that opens Heaven and Hell? Which one would you open?
Ariel is a lonely high school student who lives with nightmares and secrets that she doesn't want anyone to know. Ariel has hidden strengths that she doesn't know that she has. She is questioning her sanity.
Her life is thrown in turmoil when three new students show up in her school. Who are they and why are they there in her small town? She is about to find out that she is the key to humanity. She has the power to save or destroy it. Ariel finds out that she is part of a celestial conflict and she doesn't like it.

My thoughts

This is a great book. It is a fast read. I can't wait to read the second book in this series. I didn't notice any grammar or punctuation mistakes. The only thing that I think should be changed is the cover of the book. I don't see how the cover compliments the book except for the feathers in the girl's hair. But other than that, this is a great novel. This novel draws you in with its easy to read format and the vivid descriptions in the many different scenes that you find in this novel.
This novel does have a little romance. At the end of the book is where Ariel tells one of the guys that she loves him but I was hoping that she would end up with the other one. I can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens. I like this book because the author keeps you on your toes. There are twists and turns that make it more captivating.

My recommendations

I would recommend this book to teens to young adult. If you love to read novels on fantasy, folklore, social sciences, education, and novels in high school, then this is the book for you. This novel is also considered to be religious in that it has to do with angels.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The 13 Tales of Macabre by Stephanie Ayers



This is my review of The 13: Tales of Macabre the second book in the 13 series by Stephanie Ayers. This book was published by Ayers Creative Concepts in October of 2018. This book is considered to be horror, fiction, and short stories. In this book, you will find a forward page by JM Ames and an Introduction page by Stacey Overby.
In Frequent Flyer Livery Service, you will find a lovestruck vampire who kills people so he can bring his love back to life. The ending was not what I expected. I enjoyed this book. In Matilda, you will read about a girl who was floating in the ocean. This short story is about a girl named Matilda who was found dead in the ocean who shouldn't have been there. You will find out what happens because of this poor dead girl and the consequences. You will find Cooper, (who has been bullied by other children growing up) who grows watermelons in The Forgetting. People from miles away come just for his watermelons. Things happen when they are given a watermelon. After a person is given a watermelon, he or she dies within a week after. Off to Never Neverland is about a soul in limbo, innocence, and death. It's not really creepy but it is still interesting to read. Phoenix Rising is about the rebirth of a phoenix. It is a short story that would be great if it was longer. Is a witch who was burned at the stake in 1692 the Phoenix? You will have to read this book to find out. In A Bloody Good Meal, a couple invites the husbands' mother over for a Christmas dinner of leftovers which includes people of various ages and sizes. A Cry in the Night is a short story about a wolf mother and a baby. I really loved The Strangest Thing of All. As soon as I started reading this story, I was spellbound. I had goosebumps reading this. This was a longer story than the other stories. Mary Jane is about a brother and a sister who befriends a ghost that no one knows about except for a blind woman.

Most of these short stories are not creepy but different. What I like is that most of these stories could be written into longer stories or some even a book on its own. There is a story for everyone. Stephanie Ayers doesn't disappoint in this book. She knows how to write and get the reader engaged. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good horror, creepy, or different kind of book

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Review on Bootstrap's Journey by Chris Johnson



The Book

Bootstrap's Journey (ChronoSpace Book 1) by Chris Johnson is a 183-page science fiction, fantasy, time travel, and cyberpunk novel that was published on December 26, 2017, by the author himself.

Plot

When Claire receives a mysterious package and letter from her friend, Tony, she reads the letter and heads to his house. She hopes it is a romantic letter. The letter was written by Tony but 25 years ago and before he was born. She arrives at his house in time to see Tony fighting with a stranger then disappearing. She doesn't understand what happens until she reads the letter and opens the package.
Meanwhile, Tony has time traveled to an era before his time. He has no friends, family, identity, and no money. Will he survive or will his enemy get to him first. Claire learns that the letter was written in 2017 and is Tony's way of asking for help.
Can Claire help him in time and save him without changing history? You will have to read the book to find out.

My Thoughts

The one thing that I have learned through the years of reading many novels is that you should never judge a book by its cover or author. What I love about this novel is that even though it is written by a man, he writes a good time travel with romance in the air. Many years ago, I wouldn't have read a romance novel written by a man. The main genre of this novel is time travel, cyberpunk, and science fiction but he throws romance in, too. I read this book in two days and loved it. I couldn't put it down but had to because life happens.
The book is divided into parts, Future 1, Past, Future 2 and the Future 3. The book mainly is focused on the past and is divided into days. I love that it is easy to read and to follow along. Chris has a way of making the reader know what is going on even though you don't know cyber terms. It's like you are there in the book.

The Author

Chris Johnson lives in Brisbane Australia with his wife and daughter. His book ideas come from his jobs as a stage magician, mentalist, psychic, and a computer systems programmer. He also writes about vampires, demons, witches, wizards, immortals, aliens, and more.
If you want to be updated about Chris, you can visit him on his website at http://ChrisJohnsonAuthor.blogspot.com.au

My Recommendation

I would definitely recommend this book to readers who love science fiction, fantasy, time travel, and cyberpunk genre. You will love this book even if you don't know anything about computer technology. There is also romance in the air in this novel.

Friday, October 12, 2018

221 BC review by Kendall Price with Laura Vosika



The Book

This 364-page, 221 BC: Scroll 1 of the Narmer War by Kendall Price and Laura Vosika is about Ancient Civilization of the Ptolemaic Kingdom. This beautifully written novel was published by Mill City Press, Inc. on February 5, 2018.

The Authors

Laura Vosika has co-authored the book, 221 BC with Dr. Kendall Price. Laura has written the Blue Bells Chronicle (which include Blue Bells of Scotland, The Minstrel Boy, The Water is Wide, Westering Home, and the Battle is O'er), Food and Feast, and Go Home and Practice. she is working on some non-fiction books.
Dr. Kendall Price has written Cure Almost any a Mild Runny Nose with the Price Method, Heal Dental Cavities with the Price Method, Cure Almost any Mild Infection with the Price Method, How to Lose Weight with the Price Method and the Price Method with Respect to Cancer and Chronic Disease. Dr. Kendall Price is a third generation Stanford-trained Physician, who is obsessed with exercise and nutrition. His father and grandfathers were surgeons and taught him that the patient is important. He has also written two papers.


Excerpt

CHAPTER EIGHT
Sunset
Xiphos and Hannibal arrived late to the Delta Theater, a jewel of the Ptolemaic Dynasty.
From the central entrance, the companions looked down thirty-two sets of stairs to a portion of the Delta River that had been diverted to form a perfect semicircle around the front of the stage. Small skiffs floated in the water, each holding a rower and three musicians playing lyres, flutes, and other instruments.
The king and his entourage sat front and center at the bottom of the main staircase. Two heavily robed actors with masks gestured and spoke onstage.
“Do we interrupt?” Hannibal asked.
“Pharaoh wants our report,” Xiphos returned.
They descended the long flight of stairs to join Pharaoh at the front of the audience. Queen Berenice, on the king’s right, moved over to allow Xiphos access.
“What did you find?” Ptolemy whispered.
“The tunnel,” Xiphos returned softly. “It’s full of blood. We found a fragment of his robe, and of a woman’s gown. I spoke to my sister, Cynisca. She knows of no scrolls that produce water spells or thunderbolts. Perhaps something is hidden in the Serapeum Library?”
“We’ll begin a search,” Berenice said.
Onstage, one of the actors gestured grandly and called out a line. The audience laughed. “That damned Sosibius!” the king hissed under cover of their clapping. “I know he’s hiding something.” He tugged angrily at the ring.
The king fell silent, leaving Xiphos unsure whether he was to leave or not. Onstage, the actors recited the meeting of the Queen Mother, Atossa, when told of the demise of her cherished son, Xerxes.
“What is the source of their wealth, these Athenians?” asked Atossa.
“Copious silver from their mines in Attica, my queen,” said the messenger.
The king looked over at Berenice and frowned. She nodded in sympathy and shared concern.
“Keep me apprised of developments,” the king told Xiphos.
Xiphos bowed and backed away with Hannibal.
“What did he say?” asked Hannibal as they climbed the stairs.
“Not much. He’s angry, and so is the queen.”
“Better not anger our queen,” Hannibal muttered. “None have forgotten how she killed her first husband; something about a liaison with her mother?”
“Silence! This is serious!” Xiphos whispered harshly.
As the two instructors climbed the staircase, Xiphos scanned the audience, hoping for a glimpse of Princess Arsinoe, longing to see her.
“Do they use the composite bow on horseback?” asked Queen Atossa onstage.
“No, my queen, they grasp the stout spear and wield a massive shield,” answered the messenger.
Xiphos turned to watch.
“Who is their king?”
“They have no king!” The actor’s voice rang out, louder than the previous lines. He turned, facing Ptolemy. “They are a free people!” With the words still ringing, he lunged for the water, screaming, “Death to tyrants!” He leaped the fifteen cubits, hanging for a moment in the air, moonlight flashing off a long, white jade dagger, before landing on one knee and plunging the blade to the hilt into the monarch’s chest. Ptolemy screamed. With another knife in his free hand, the assassin sliced through Pharaoh’s ring finger. Before anyone could move, the actor dropped into the water and disappeared with the severed digit.
Xiphos grabbed Hannibal, dragging him down the stairs. “Hannibal. There!” Xiphos pointed at the water where the assassin had disappeared before racing to attend to the king.
“Got it!” Hannibal leaped over five rows of seats, landing on one of the skiffs. A musician tumbled into the water as Hannibal steadied himself for his next jump. He scanned the channel, seeking a path to intercept the fleeing actor. Thirty cubits ahead, he saw a disturbance in the water. He bounded from one skiff to another in pursuit, toppling musicians to the accompaniment of screams from the theater crowd behind him. Ninety cubits from the murder site, the actor scrambled from the river, into a crowd of vendors, guards, and Alexandrian citizens. A thin cloak obscured his features.

At the king’s side, Xiphos called for help in removing the raging Queen Berenice from her husband. The dagger hilt and handle protruded from the king’s upper-left chest. Blood spilled from the wound, and from where the finger was severed, shooting geysers from the pumping heart.
“Put pressure on the finger!” Xiphos shouted at Berenice.
Trembling, she drew a sharp breath and pulled herself together, pressing a wadded section of her dress to the stump where her husband’s finger had been. “They’ll pay for this,” she whispered.
Grasping the knife handle, Xiphos chanted his mantra and focused his qi into the wound. The blade had passed between the second and third ribs, collapsing Ptolemy’s left lung, nicking the pericardium, and barely missing the heart.
Xiphos closed his eyes. But something disturbed the flow of his qi into the wound. He frowned and focused harder. Slowly, the wound began to close around the knife as he eased it from the king’s chest. Dropping it, Xiphos looked toward the water to see Hannibal swimming hard, ninety cubits away. There was no sign of the assassin. Soldiers swarmed the theater.

I have permission from the authors to use this excerpt in my article.

Summary

The backdrop of this book is set in the Ptolemaic Kingdom where magic exists. It is a time of murder, assassinations, power, and greed. Brother will be against brother. Son will try to take the throne from his father. Two brothers race to find and obtain 12 powerful and magical amulets before the other one does. Whoever has the amulets has the power to save or destroy the world. Who will find it?
The book starts out with the murder of the Pharaoh's friend. Who would do this murder and why are the main plots in this book. This is a great book. I loved the way the authors start this book because it captures your attention and you want to read the whole thing to find the who and the why. Even after you know those answers you still want to continue reading it until the end. I can't wait to read the next book. It is written in an easy and understanding way. The characters are believable except for the magic. It is good against the bad. There were twists and turns and it was great. There is even some romance in here. You can tell that this was researched with information on the Ptolemaic family and the Egyptians believe in aliens.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves a good murder, romance, adventure, and history on ancient civilization. Even fantasy and magic is included.

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Devil's Den by Jeff Altabef review


I am reviewing this great 296-page gripping supernatural thriller novel called, Devil's Den: A Nephilim Thriller Book 1 by Jeff Altabef. It will be published on November 5, 2018, by Evolved Publishing.

The Author

Jeff lives with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Charlie in New York. He writes novels in the thriller and young adult genre. He also volunteers at the writing center in a community college. One of his books, Shatter Point, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Thriller in the Fall of 2017.

The Book

Strap in for the read of your life. This novel is set in the future where the people are divided into districts. You have to have a card to get into some of the districts and some districts are off limits. People are starting to rebel and start a civil war. It's good vs evil. There's talk of End of Days. And in the midst of this is Steven, a former spy, and soldier, coming home to search for his mom. A mom he hasn't seen for years. A mom who killed his dad years ago with scissors claiming he was a demon. Was his dad a demon, he didn't believe back then but is starting to believe now. His demons want him to change into them. He is fighting them at the same time that he is trying to find his old flames daughter, who was abducted. He follows clues that lead him to learn that there is a cult who is kidnapping beautiful and smart teenagers for what purpose, he doesn't know. But time is running out, will he find Megan before his demons take him? Will good win or will evil? You will have to read the book to find out.

My Thoughts

This is a great novel with its twists and turns. It captures the attention from the first page. Even though I love and recommend this book, there were a few things that could have made a difference which was there were numbers in places that shouldn't have been there. They might have been page numbers and the other thing was in some places there was a space between paragraphs and in some instances, there was not a space making it hard to figure out if it was the same paragraph. But I was reading the Ebook version and not the hard copy. But after a while, I got used to the numbers and the lack of space and didn't notice. The suspense took over. The author writes about a world in the future and that there might be a civil war. It nots really far fetched that some of this could happen in the real world. Even now in some countries, there are rebellions and civil wars and people divided up into caste groups. Where it's better to be wealthy than poor. I am so glad that I read this book. You are rooting for Steven, will he find Megan and will he become good like he wants to. Can he overcome his demons? It is fast pace. Can't wait to read the next book.
If you love to read fantasy, paranorma, thriller, mystery and some suspense then this is the book for you. This book has a little bit something for every reader. I would recommend this book to any reader.

Review on River of Shame by Susan Clayton-Goldner



I am reviewing another great novel by Susan Clayton-Goldner. It is River of Shame, the fourth mystery book in the Winston Radhauser Series. This 290-page novel was published on September 12, 2018, by Tirgear.
Susan and her 4 brothers grew up in New Castle, Delaware. She has written poems and short stories since she was little. She met her husband, Andreas while she was a Director of Corporate Relations for the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Andreas was a Dean at the University of Arizona's Medical School. Eventually, they left Arizona to live on a 35-acre horse ranch in Williams Valley, Oregon. This is where she writes her novels.

Something evil is going on in the town of Ashland, where Detective Winston Radhauser and his family live. He doesn't like it. Detective Radhauser is on vacation when he gets a call from his boss to come in and interview a victim. There have been brandings of racial slurs on high school kids. Who would do this and why? Then there is a murder in Radhauser's barn, that of a high school boy who worked part-time at his barn. Radhauser is out to find the culprit. Is this murder connected to the branding or is it something different? Then there is the second murder. This is a race against time to find the culprits. Will Detective Winston Radhauser solve the case before there is another murder or branding? You will have to read the novel to find out.

I would recommend this book to any reader who loves a good thriller, mystery, murder, crime, or suspense novel. If you love this book then you need to read the authors first three books of this series.
For me, this was a nail-biting novel. I couldn't put it down until I finished it which I did in one evening. It is fast paced but enjoyable. You will want to have a cup of coffee or tea beside you when you read this book. There are twists and turns all through the book. The characters mesh together and they are believable. This book takes you to a small town where everyone is accepted for who they are until the racial slur brandings are revealed. The town is shocked by this. It goes to show that this can happen in any town. This novel is part of a series but it can be read on its own. The ending did surprise me but that is all I am going to say. The author writes this book in a way that it is not boring but entices you to read until the end.

The Dream Sifter by Candice Bundy review



The Dream Sifter (The Depths of Memory Book 1) by Candice Bundy is considered to be science fiction/fantasy with its world of danger, mystery, horror, and a world ruled by women. This beautifully written book is 578-pages long. It was published on August 14, 2013, by Lusios Publishing Company.

The Author

Candice Bundy lives with her family in Colorado. Her hobbies consist of climbing, gardening, fermenting, wine and mead making. She has worked as a software engineer and in the wine business which she won medals for. She was the Kindle Book Award Nominee for Romance (Semifinalist in 2013 for her book, The Daemon Whisperer).

Other Books Written by Candice

If you like this book then read these other books by Candice:
* The Daemon Whisperer (Paranormal Romance)
* Dreams Manifest ( Book 2 of the Depths of Memory Series, Science Fiction)
* Ripples (Paranormal Horror)

How to get updates from Candice:
* candicebundy.com
* Facebook.com/candicerbundy
* Instagram.com/candicebundy
* Twitter.com/candicebundy

Summary

Candice Bundy takes you into a world that is ruled by women in the aftermath of the plague.
Nightmares. Are they real or just nightmares?
Rai wakes up to find that she has no memory of her life prior two days ago. Who is she? Why can't she remember? She looks down at her hands and notices that she has a blue triple-moon tattoo with no stars. She knows this means she is barren, a failure to her family and Sept. She learns that she miscarried and almost bled to death which is why the Temple declared her barren. She is more upset that she could have died and that she couldn't contribute to the expanding of the colony than she is about being a mother. She doesn't think she would be a good mother, anyways.
When male and females come of a certain age, they are expected to go to the Temple and do their duty for the colony. The females are there longer than the males except if you are barren then you go home in shame. If you are barren, then you can't get married or own property.
Since Rai can't remember her Sept or life before the Temple, she is placed with the Sept Durmah. She is adopted into the clan. She loves this clan. She settles in with her new family. Her adopted family are merchants and she is helping her new sister when she has nightmares. She starts jotting down her nightmares in a journal hoping to find clues to her past life. Rai finds that she has powers, where did they come from? As she continues trying to find out about her past, her adopted family start to question and doubt her. the fight begins when she learns who she is and why was hidden.
If you don't want to die when you take meds that are given to you by the healers at the Temple. If you see the Guardians coming for you then you know you are infected with the plague. The Guardians are the protectors but will kill anything that is infected. The staff at the Temple are looking for a cure for the plague.
The Temple staff are trying to find a cure for the plague so that no more people die of the plague. One of the infected is immune to the plague. There is hope that this boy is the answer to finding a vaccination for future generations.
This book will grab your attention from the beginning. Even though Rai is the main character, there are many other characters that help with the story. Even though this is a science fiction/fantasy novel, there are also little mysteries to be solved. Who is Rai? Why does she have amnesia and why is she supposed to be dead? Who is tainting the Luna berries, which are the key ingredients in the anti-plague treatments? Why are they tainting the berries?
This book would be great for readers who love to read science fiction, fantasy, novels about colonization, galactic empires, and visionary novels.