Everyone Has Their Little Secrets by Michael Louthern (Paperback, Review copy) – read as part of the #ayearathon read-a-thon and the boutofbooks 12.0 read-a-thon

I’d like to start by thanking the author of this book for allowing me to have a copy of this book in return for an honest review, through Bostick Communications.

The book was about a teenage girl called Zoe and her family who live in an affluent area in the States. It sees her going form being part of a close nit loving family to everything falling apart when her older brother Josh is shot by a friend Kirk.

The cover art is lovely and I loved the way the story was written in the form of a diary that was kept by the main character, Zoe. If found the book hard to get into at first due to the subject matter, death,murder & suicide,but the authors writing was so good that it got me through the initial awkwardness and had me engrossed. It is for these reasons that I have given it a 5 star rating.

It was interesting seeing all the things that happen to Zoe from the moment her brother is killed, starting to drink (underage), smoke and smoke weed to name but a few.

The fact that the book was done as though it was exerts from Zoe’s diary made me as the reader feel that I connected with Zoe on so many levels as well as with the rest of her family. It also enabled me to see all her strengths and weaknesses as a person.

All in all I loved this book and think it was a grate debut book so I would recommend it to other people as well as give it as a gift to frends/family members who I think would enjoy it,

Book Review: Schism: The Battle for Darracia, #1 The Darracia Saga (Paperback, review copy from the Author) Micahel Phillip Cash 

 

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I would like to thank the author for being so kind to send me a copy of the book to read in exchange for an honest review.

Schism is well worth the 5 star rating that I am giving it because the cover art, the authors writing style and word building skills are second to none, and the combination of all of these things means that it is an amazing book that I will definitely read again as well as buy a copy of for my kindle.

I loved the fact that Michael started the book by giving the reader (me) definition for Schism (noun\s(k)izam: A split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief.). Now I have read the book I can see that this title is a whoely appropriate one because not only is their is a split in the planets society as  whole but also with in the Royal family itself as well.

The book introduces the reader to the Planet of Darracia and how the ever widening gap between the social classes on the planet is causing turmoil as well as to the struggle that the nineteen year old Prince V’sair is having with harnessing the power of the elusive Fireblade, which is the secret to a warrior’s heart. It is so important for him to do this so he can overcome his uncle Staf Nuen’s supremacy but he can only do it with the guidance of the Elements as to what his true destiny is. It also not only introduces you to all the species i=on the planet but also the planets and their species in the solar system.

The love story that develops between the Prince and his mothers handmaid is so endearing and when she has to return to her home on the planet “the dessa” after she becomes a high priestess you can feel the pain that it causes both of them. I loved the book from beginning to end because the authors descriptions and ways he built the world over and over again kept me enthralled but it also enabled me to see what life was like for all the planets inhabitants. It also made me feel a strong connection to the Prince.

So all in all I cant wait to read the other two books in the series so far, in fact I have already started reading the second book and will recommend the book to others as well as buy it as a gift for friends/family.

Book Review: Fade Combined books 1 & 2 Special Edition (Fade Series, #1 and #2, A YA Dystopian Thriller Series) 

 

I purchased this book on a whim a couple of years ago as a two book bind up ebook  edition on my kindle, the first two books because the synopsis sounded really  interesting and the cover art was intriguing.

I read Fade book on in the series and of this bind up last week as part of the bout of books 12.0 read-a ton.

Fade is about a seventeen year old girl named Celestra from a small town in America who has special abilities (burning people who make her angry to a pile of ash) which mean that some nasty people are after her so they cam kill her. This leads to her being taken by another group named the underground and being Faded from her families & friends lives for their and her safety. It tells the story of the start of her journey in to finding out what she is? and Where she’s from.

Kallin’s lyrical writing and amazing world building ability along with the fantastic cover art are what made me give the book a 5 star rating. I would say though that I would only give book 1 a 4 star rating  because I know although its a book that I would recommend to and buy as a gift for others it isn’t a book that I would read again however book two I would give a five star rating as I know I will read it again, recommend it to others & buy it as a gift for friends/family who I think would enjoy it.

Celestra is a really sweet normal high school student or is she… When she is taken by the Underground and faded she is given a brand new identity as well discovering that she isn’t who/what she thinks she is. This book kept me griped from beginning to end thanks to Kallin’s beautifully descriptive, immersive and lyrical writing. It was also a fitting start to a series so much so that I am now going to read the rest, in fact I am currently half way through Book 2.

I really didn’t thoroughly enjoy the first book as it was a little slow moving at times, particularly for the first half of the book although it did seem to pick up in the second half of the book, but there was a lot of world  and character building in this book though. Because of this though I didn’t know how much I was going to like the second book but I loved it as it was a lot more fast paced and action packed.

In Falling, book 2 in the series we learn more about where Celestra and Jack Simple (special gift Knowing what’s going to happen before it happens)  are from as well as that Celestra’s ex-boyfriend Grayson, son of the Others Leader, also has a special gift (self healing). We see the three main characters along with some other Faders go on a rescue mission to one of the Others places to rescue Jacks dad Sebastian. As a whole in this book the reader sees Celestra pulled into more intrigue, danger and romance; in fact developing love story between Celestra and Jack becomes all the more intense.

Book Review: Spirits of the Noh #2 Waking Trilogy by Thomas Randal

I have given this book a 5 star rating as I did the first book as I loved it even more than the first one, and on the basis of both of these books if the last one in the trilogy is as good it will become one of my all time favourite trilogies which I will re read regularly.

In this installment of the trilogy we see that Kara is starting to fit in her Japanese boarding school although can bond a group of people like having to deal with an ancient demon cursing you. We also see Kara and her friends Miho and Sakura helping to put on a Noh play for the Noh Drama club, which is the story of the Hannya – a snake demon who inhabits the body of a beautiful woman.

While the preparations for the play are happening some of the Noh Club members suddenly dissapear and although all the adults just say that they have run away Kara fears that the real Hannya has been awakened by the Katsukis curse.  When Kara’s friend Miho is abducted Kara knows she has to do something to destroy the demon before it destroys her friend but this isn’t going to be as easy as she thinks to destroy the demon as it is wily and may be hidden in the last place she would ever think to look.

The enduring love of a father for his daughter as well as the growing love between two couples shows its strength when Kara and her friends are carrying out the bell ringing ceremony to destroy the demon once it has left Miss Artimo’s, the art teachers and Kara’s dad’s gorlfriends body. It does this by the fact that Kara and her father fight to save Miss Artimo as well as kara fighting to protect her father from the demon. As well as the strength of belief the the group of friends have that what they are doing is right.  Tbrough out this book the times when Kara and her friend’s were experiencing periods of absolute cold fear when the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and your skin feels prickly thanks to the authors amazing writing as a reader you actually feel it yourself, which makes it feel like your in the story yourself.

As with the first book I found it interesting to find out about Japanese culture and belief systems as well as the festivals that they celebrate.

So all in all I can’t wait to see how the story develops and reaches its conclusion in the next and final book of the trilogy.