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Book Review – Heirs of War by Mara Valderran

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Mara Valderran has been coming up with stories since she could talk, often commandeering her brother’s G.I. Joes to play out her fictional tales alongside her Barbies. Once she hit adolescence and realized playing with dolls wasn’t cool anymore, she started putting her ideas to paper. And she hasn’t stopped since. Mara is more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She lives in the south with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or spending time at her favorite local coffee shop.

 

BOOK INFORMATION

Heirs of War (Heirs of War, #1)

Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1314 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492182044
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FUCAQBQ

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Seventeen year-old Zelene has never believed in magic or been one to trust fate. Prophecies about princesses and long lost families were the stuff of fairy tales and had no place in her life. But then magic-wielding assassins attack claiming she is one of the five Duillaine Ainnir, the next generation of the most powerful women who rule over the worlds. Together, the five girls are prophesized to save the worlds from the war that has been raging for years. 

As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, but Isauria is completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in. 

Zelene views them all, especially the elders, with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know what she can do when her own magic is still locked within her, but can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene. 

Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.

 

BOOK REVUEW

Thanks Mara for letting me read and review this book. I loved the book and would give it 5 stars.

The story was amazing and the world building,character/scene descriptions were grate as they made me feel like I was actually experiencing what was happening personally.

It was interesting to see how each of the girls (Ariana, Terrena & Isuraia) dealt with coming into their powers as they did so. Especially Isuraia because although it nearly cost her her life it also enabled her to find her youngest sister Ariana.

I also found it fascinating learning about the world the girls came from its culture and customs.

All in all I can’t wait to read the future books in this series as this was a fantastic start to what I am sure will be a grate series.

Book Review: Touching Fire (2 Touch Saga) by Airicka Phoenix

Book Information


Touching Fire (Touch, #2)
  •  Information
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing (26 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JAQXB92
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  •  Synopsis
  •  Finding her past was supposed to end the nightmare. Only it was just the beginning.

    Entrusting the fate of the world, not to mention her and Isaiah’s life to a father she’s never met is a big leap of faith on Fallon’s part. But it’s a necessary risk. Ashton is the key to protecting Isaiah and keeping her out of Garrison’s clutches. He is also the only one who can tell her what she is, except what she learns is that she is from a world that is far more dangerous than anyone could possibly imagine.

    As her powers grow out of control, Fallon must pick between her mortality and a legacy that does not include Isaiah. She must summon the courage to face a destiny that will test the boundaries of everything she has ever known. But most of all, she must protect Isaiah from the monster within herself and trust the man whose toxic blood runs through her veins.

    Danger builds as power clashes between two evils, both seeking her to tip the scales to eternal darkness and suffering.

    Can humanity rise to face an ancient calling to which Fallon is powerless to stop? Can she protect those she cares about, or will their blood forever stain her hands?

    Touch Vengeance. Touch Malice. Touch Fire.

(information obtained from Goodreads.com)

REVIEW

Star Rating: 5 Stars

Airicka thank you so much for asking me to review this book. I gave it 5 stars because it was a fantastic continuation to what I am sure is going to be an amazing series. The book is full of twists and turns and the is-it-isnt it love triangle that seems to be developing both of which keep the reader hooked.

In this book we saw Fallon meet her Father Ashton for the first time after escaping from Garrison, the man who was responsible for creating her. We also find out that she is a Wrath Sin Fledgling Princess because she is Non-human and Human and what her destiny is, to kill Garrison & when dies for her blood to kill everything that it touches.

We are introduced to the world that her father comes from and the particular region in that country he lives in Luxuria. To get into this world, which is in the Folds of the Mortal world, you have to travel through a magical portal called a nexus and to do this you need a tool that looked like a pen.

Isaiah was his usual self loving, caring and supportive of Falllon. Fallon doesn’t understand whats happening to her or what to do so she takes advice from other people which gets her into a lot of trouble. Due to this Isaiah generally is the one who takes the brunt of any attacks that they receive.

Archer is a new character that we are introduced to in this book & he’s Ashton’s right hand man. He is devastatingly good looking but it seems that he may have a dark side. It is clear all the way through the book that Ashton really loves Fallon although he not be all he seems especially when he cones to Fallon. what are his true intentions towards/plans for Fallon.

Then there’s Ashton’s wife Celia who seems to be very nice on the surface but, what is she really up to?

 

Trisha Haddad – Deep Green

Book Information 

Deep Green    ebook format

    167 pages

    Publish Date:  November 10 2013

    Publisher:  Eternal Press (a division of Damnation Books LLC)

    ASIN: B00GOJ00M4

Book Synopsis

Adrift in a lifeboat with strangers, each holding a deep secret… 

Leah Taylor prefers the quiet adventure and romance of books, but during a cruise with her parents, a terrorist attack leaves her adrift in a lifeboat with strangers. Together they face danger after danger as they fight for survival. Leah also struggles with the growing attention from the men she’s stranded with, and her mixed emotions toward them.

When Leah learns the dark secrets her fellow survivors hold, the truth will blow apart any semblance of civility and test Leah’s preconceived notions of just how far dedication can go before it crosses over into fanaticism.

Book Review

I read this book in just over 24 hours because it was addictive therefore I gave it five stars out of 5.  It was so addictive because of the story being based around a terrorist attack on a cruise ship and the aftermath of it.

Leah Taylor a shy sixteen year old girl who prefers the quite adventure and romance of books to personal adventure but during her time on the Island following the terrorist attack on the cruise ship she develops into a more confident and stronger girl. She also finds love with one of the other Characters an Arabic Boy called Musir. The developing love story between Leah and Musir after the other two characters Blue McCree and Kent Carson who were stranded with them left.

Musir an Arabic boy from Syria was a shy, reserved and unhappy individual until he and Leah started falling in love after Blue McCree and Kent Carson left the island because he becomes more secure, confident person. This happens because he slowly but surely opens up to Leah about his past.

Author Biography

Goodreads Author

gender                      female

member since        May 2009

Review: Midland by Scott Alan Wade

Book Synopsis

Zombies for Young Adults!
Sometimes bullets aren’t enough!

Alone and on her own, fifteen-year-old Sam Grace must fight her way through the horrors of a city overrun with hundreds of thousands of the living dead. However, the zombies are the least of her worries. Who can she trust? Is there anyone left to help when her bullets run out? Where can she escape to?

Review

I have given this book 5stars out of 5 because it gripped me from beginning to end so I would and will recommend it to others. As you got in to the book I loved the way Scott gave some of the back story of the family through flash backs that Sam has.

The descriptions of the characters and scenes in the book were grate and really made you feel like you were part of the story. I loved the character developments for both Sam and Brandon, especially their developing love story.

The way Scott described the way the Zombies looked and moved was amazing because it meant that I was able to imagine being one.

With the way that the book finished I have to say that I feel that it could have been part of a duology because it would have been lovely to see how the love story between Sam & Brandon developed, how Brandon and his Sister Ally settled in to life on the Messa as well as how Sam’s mothers character developed more from being a seriously Ill woman in bed to being back to being the centre of the Family again

Christine Fonseca: The Requiem Series

Author Biography

Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Drawing on her expertise as an educational psychologist, her nonfiction titles address issues of emotional intensity, resiliency and giftedness. Her titles include Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students, 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids and The Girl Guide, releasing April 2013. In fiction, she explores the darker aspects of humanity and delivers gothic thrillers that take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions not to be missed. Recent titles include Dies Irae and Lacrimosa, from the Requiem Series, and the recently released thriller, Transcend. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.com or her blog http://christinefonseca.blogspot.com.

Books Information

Lacrimosa (1 Requiem)

Lacrimosa (Requiem Series)Kindle Format ASIN  B00DRPHHVK File Size     547KB Paperback Format

ISBN

Pages      365

Libera Me (2 Requiem)

Libera Me (Requiem Series)

Kindle Format

      File Size    502 KB            Print Length    451 pages

       page numbers source ISBN  1490577041        ASIN  B00DV8GO94

  Paperback format

      450 pages               Publisher (2nd ed) CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

      Publish Date   July 17 2013

Dominus (3 Requiem)

Dominus (Requiem Series)

Kindle Format

       File Size   1529KB       Print Length  237 pages

       Page numbers source ISBN  1491205520         ASIN  BooFRFMoX8

 Paperback Format

      Print length 267 pages          Publisher   CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform;

      Publish Date (1 edition)  24 Oct 2013     ISBN-10  1491205520   -13  978-1491205525

Requiem Series Book’s Synopsis

Book 1: Larimosa Some sacrifices should never be made, even for love. Nesy is the best of an elite group of angels, warriors called Sentinals, charged with one job—vanquish the UnHoly. She’s never made a mistake, never gotten emotionally involved, never failed. Until she comes face-to-face with Aydan. He is evil incarnate. A fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the human love of her life; a love she was never supposed to feel. Now she must choose between doing her duty or saving Aydan, a choice that will cost more than her life… Or his soul. Book 2: Libera Me The line between good and evil has never been so blurred. Aydan wants to believe Nesy has returned to him in Vanessa. But her lack of memories and incessant nightmares begin to erode his faith. Zane is used to trusting his mind, his wisdom and his angelic senses. But these attributes are no help with Vanessa. He has no way to be certain of her true identity. That is, unless he listens to the one thing he has refused to acknowledge throughout his existence – his feelings for Nesy. Blind to both angel and demon, Aydan and Zane must now figure out the truth behind Nesy’s identity before all is lost, Azza discovers the truth and the Beast is again unleashed. **The special second edition includes the Requiem Shorts Mea Culpa and Enigma.** Book 3: Dominus

Sometimes death is the only way to save a life. 

Nesy knows who she is now, knows what she’s lost. Determined to save Aydan from his fate, she confronts the only one she blames for everything – Azza. But how can she fight the devil when she is nothing more than human. The fate of Celestium, Infernum and humanity rests in Nesy’s hands. Can she find the strength to confront demons she’s never imagined, face fears she’s never voiced, and release the one things that has held her world together – her love for Aydan. Some sacrifices should never be made…even for love.

Author Biography

New Image - Copy A lifelong resident of Las Vegas, the author lives with his wife   Stacy, and has two grown   sons: Travis and   Justin.  Their house is always filled with laughter and music, but it is their two miniature dachshunds, Bailey  and Coco, that truly rule the home.   This is his second book.

Book Information

Midland

   Edition:              ebook

   Publish Date:    May 1 2013

   Publisher:           Eternal Press

   ISBN:                  161572933X (ISBN13: 9781615729333)

   url                         http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615729333

Book Synopsis

Sometimes bullets aren’t enough! Alone and on her own, fifteen-year-old Sam Grace must fight her way through the horrors of a city overrun with hundreds of thousands of the living dead. However, the zombies are the least of her worries. Who can she trust? Is there anyone left to help when her bullets run out? Where can she escape to?

Book Information

Touching Smoke (touch 1) by Airicka Phoenix

Book Synopsis

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Anchor Group

For sixteen-year-old FALLON BRAEDEN being on the run had been the easiest part of her life. Packing up and crossing whole cities on a split second decision had been tedious, having no friends and being alone had been painful, but being caught by the truth was something she learned too late was worse.

Fallon is a weapon. She was created to destroy. Keeping her alive, keeping her safe is all Isaiah knows. It’s all that matters, because Fallon is his. She belongs to him. She is a part of his body, his soul, his heart. He will do anything, kill anyone to keep her, even if it means sacrificing himself.

But can Fallon believe the stranger on the motorcycle claiming he was there to die for her? How do you trust when you have no one but the memories of a girl you’ve never met and a tall, dark, gorgeous boy that you feel pulsing deep in your soul? What do you do when you’ve been lied to your whole life? When you’re told you’re normal even though nothing about you is normal? Fallon must learn quickly just what she is before the evil chasing her finally gets what it wants… her blood.

The world depends on her not falling in love, not giving in. But what happens when the temptation becomes too great, when falling is her only option? Can she live knowing the world will burn because his touch is the only thing keeping her alive?

Touch Passion. Touch Power. Touch Smoke!

Book Review

5 stars of of 5

Started Reading:  January 18th 20114                              Finished Reading: January 22nd 2014

Airicka’s writing style is fabulous as it draws you in immediately and keeps you hooked all the way through the book because it makes you feel like you are actually part of the story. I loved this book as soon as I started reading it and it just got better and better as it went on. The main characters (Isaiah , Fallon and Fallon’s Mum) were grate and the Idea of Fallon being created to be a weapon was a really interesting one.

The Love Story between Fallon and Isaiah is a good one although I am not sure I like the idea that their love is in fact genetically engineered into them & will ultimately kill them. I am sure the whole story is going to develop more as the series goes on.

The Character of Garrison the man who created Fallon and Isaiah is a really interesting one because you know that he is a really dark, evil mad scientist type but there are flashes of a really caring person but hes so obsessed with trying to create the Ultimate Human/weapon.

With Fallon you feel really sorry for her because of the dreams she has, the powers that she starts to develop and the fact that she looses her mum so believes she is an Orphan until Isaiah tells her that her father is still alive.

The Case of Secrets by Alfred M. Struthers

Author Biography: Alfred M. Struthers

Alfred M. Struthers   Goodreads Author

   gender                    male

   member since      May 2013

 

Book Information

The Case of Secrets
      Edition(s):           Paperback
      Pages:                    232
      Publish date:      September 1st 2013
      Publisher:            All Classic Books
       ISBN:                    1938759117 (ISBN13: 9781938759116)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Book Synopsis
 
It looked like an ordinary book. Old and boring. But when 11 year-old Nathan Cole picks it up off the attic floor, strange things begin to happen. Things he can’t explain…or ignore. The book leads him through a complex set of clues left by Alastair Raven, a renowned New York City architect who vanished in the mid 1800’s, never to be heard from again. Through every twist and turn, Nathan is convinced that Raven reaching out to him, leading him to something. But what? What could a man who lived 150 years ago possibly want him to know?
As Nathan works to answer that question, an even bigger mystery looms, one that dates back through his family for generations. See what surprises await him in this action-packed novel that shows how one ordinary book can change your life.

Between the Rage and Grace by Janna Hill

Author Biography: Janna Hill

Janna Hill     Goodreads Author

     url         https://www.goodreads.com/jannahill

     born      in Texas, The United States

     gender                             female
     website                            http://jannahill.net

     twitter username         janna_hill

     genre                                HorrorParanormalPoetry
                                                                        influences                       The world around me.
                                                                        member since               March 2012
Janna Hill is an East Texas Author and Poet. Most of her career was spent as a licensed nurse before dabbling behind the literary scenes as a ghost writer. She recently decided to step out of the shadows and attach her own name to her efforts releasing a series of fictional works,short stories and poetry. Janna says she has difficulty adhering to genres. Her stories are primarily character driven, sometimes literary fiction with a dose of horror, a sprinkle of paranormal and a dash of sex.
Book Information
Between the Rage and Grace (1)   Edition:                    Paperback
   Pages:                       236
   Publish Date:        March 28th 2012
   Publisher:              Create Space
   ISBN:                       1470030462 (ISBN13: 9781470030469)
Book Synopsis 
Behind the hustle and bustle of a Texas hospital a peculiar camaraderie is evolving.
Clara O’Bromley is looking forward to her future. Being hired fresh out of college and assigned to the intensive care unit (ICU) is no small feat. Clara has Linda Latrull to thank for that and for placing her under the supervision of a foul-mouthed debutante. Maggie Turner is happy to take the young nurse under her wing until she learns that Clara can read more than EKG’s. Clara herself is unaware of this ability until she sees into the past, a past that Maggie and Linda both have been hiding from.

the name on your wrist by Helen Hiron

Author Biography: Helen Hiorn

Goodreads Author

url                                      https://www.goodreads.com/HelenHiorns
gender                              female
twitter username         Helen_Hiorns
member since                December 2012
 Book Information
The Name On Your Wrist    Pages:                   ebook – 185         Paperback – 272
    Publish Date:     ebook/kindle – July 15 2013       Paperback – July 2 2013
    Publisher:           ebook kindle – RHCP Digital    Paperback –  Corgi Childrens
    ISBN/ASIN        ISBN       ebook  1448174082
                                                       Paperback  0552569526 (ISBN13: 9780552569521)
                                    ASIN        Kindle  B00DY7QQ0O
   Other:                    won a paperback copy off of a goodreads giveaway
   Book Synopsis    
 It’s the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don’t need to; your parents tell you when you’re first learning how to say your name. It’s drummed into you whilst you’re taking your first stumbling steps. It’s your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don’t tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin’s world, your carpinomen – the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three – is everything. It’s your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they’re supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don’t love them? What if you fall for someone else – someone other than the name on your wrist?

And what if – like Corin – the last thing in the world you want is to be found?

The gripping debut novel from the winner of the inaugural Sony Young Movellist Award.