Review – Ink: Sketches (Book Zero) by Bella Roccaforte @bellaroccaforte

OK, so I know I’m massively behind on my reviews….. I blame the fact that there are simply too many good books out there and not enough time to read em all…… I do have a day job too!

 

Anyway, I’m hoping to catch up somewhat this weekend, so here is the first of a few….

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The Blurb

A deeper look inside of Shay Baynes and the events leading up to the start of INK: Fine Lines. 

Shay’s life was moving along with all the normal hassles and hazards of your typical twenty year old. Then everything changes when her twin sister is possessed by the Specter and kills herself. 

We get insight as to why Shay is the way that she is, why she’s making the mistakes that she’s making and what lead to all of the main players to react the way they have when the Specter starts to take control of everything. 

Come and see deep inside the beginning of this paranormal roller coaster for Shay! 

INK: Fine Lines (Book 1) FREE, should be read first. Then this book can be read at any point after that.

 

The Review

I will preface this review by saying that I don’t normally go for prequels.  Especially if they are released after I’ve already made a connection with the characters in the here and now.  So I was a bit wary of this book.  I didn’t want it to alter the impressions I have been left with from the other books.

Turns out I needn’t have worried.  This book raises more questions than it answers, but perversely, also explains a lot.  It’s not a detailed trip into the dim and distant past of our protagonists, but it does provide sufficient insight and clarity to Shay’s history with the Specter and some of the men in her life!

I’m a big fan of this series and this author.  This book is a worthy addition to the story arc, and one which I thoroughly recommend to you.

On to the score…. B+ (Amazon 4*) without a doubt.  Nice job Bella!

You can contact Bella on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Bellaroccaforte) or twitter (www.twitter.com/bellaroccaforte).

 

Purchase LInks

Amazon US:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L0UANW4/ref=nosim?tag=abriboosblo-20

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00L0UANW4/ref=nosim?tag=britishbookwo-21

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review – Thy Father’s Shadow (Sanctuary 4.5) by Robert J Crane @robertjcrane

I have fallen behind with my reviews a bit recently, so get ready for several this week.

The first is from one of my favourite authors, Robert J Crane…..

The Blurb

The world of Arkaria is a dangerous place, filled with dragons, titans, goblins and other dangers. Those who live in this world are faced with two choices: live an ordinary life, or become an adventurer and seek the extraordinary.

In the depths of the dark elven homeland of Saekaj Sovar, Terian Lepos returns home after a long estrangement from his family. Separated from his friends in Sanctuary, Terian must reconcile with his father in order to keep the family’s honor from a threat brought forward by an old enemy. Faced with test after test that strains him to the breaking point, Terian must discover for himself that the line between loyalty and betrayal is thin indeed…and that sometimes, the sharpest knives are wielded by those you know best. The world of Arkaria is a dangerous place, filled with dragons, titans, goblins and other dangers. Those who live in this world are faced with two choices: live an ordinary life, or become an adventurer and seek the extraordinary.

In the depths of the dark elven homeland of Saekaj Sovar, Terian Lepos returns home after a long estrangement from his family. Separated from his friends in Sanctuary, Terian must reconcile with his father in order to keep the family’s honor from a threat brought forward by an old enemy. Faced with test after test that strains him to the breaking point, Terian must discover for himself that the line between loyalty and betrayal is thin indeed…and that sometimes, the sharpest knives are wielded by those you know best. 

 

The Review

The world created by Robert for the Santuary Series is one of vast, sweeping landscapes, magic, gods and battles.  The characters’ stories are told against that background.  I confess that, although I enjoy these stories immensely, sometimes, in the heat of a battle scene, I can get a tad confused about who is supposed to be doing what, and to (or with) whom.  That is not a criticism of the author – that’s just me, trying to read too quickly.

This addition however, is more character focused, and for that reason, although I still made reasonably short work of it, I felt that I was more able to keep up with the action.

Thy Father’s Shadow deals with the engaging back story of Terian Lepos, the Dark Elf and his relationship with his father.  With more treachery and politics than an episode of G.o.T., this is an essential addition to the main Sanctuary series.  Terian’s necessary sacrifice to complete his training is exposed bit by bit, by way of flashbacks, a tool which can sometimes be annoying and distracting, but which here, complements the story beautifully.

The author skillfully describes the strained relationship between Terian and his father, and his profound sadness and pain simply seems to radiate from the page on occasion.

This is my favourite volume of the series so far.  I’m not a big fan of Terian as a character, but I do now understand his motivation.  An expertly written, and touching story of family, betrayal and revenge.

This book gets an A- from me (5* Amazon).  A worthwhile addition to anyone’s library, though this is not a stand alone novel.

 

Purchase links:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00L1RS3HI/ref=nosim?tag=britishbookwo-21

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L1RS3HI/ref=nosim?tag=abriboosblo-20

 

Cover Reveal – Channel 20 Something – Amy Patrick @AmyDeLucaAuthor

The Blurb

22-year-old Heidi Haynes is almost one year into her “real life”. She has her first reporting job and her first apartment, but she’s yet to experience first love. Yes, she’s in a comfortable relationship with her college sweetheart, and according to her friends and family, he’s perfect for her. But for some reason she’s not as eager to talk about walking down the aisle as he is.

And while Heidi’s doing what she wants to do, she’s not where she wants to be. She longs for big cities, big-market breaking news, and real independence from her way-too-close-by helicopter parents. Problem is, the last time she left the security of home for new places and new people, things didn’t go so well. Disastrously, in fact, and she came running back to a local college and a “safe” boyfriend.

Well-traveled Californian Aric Serrano plans to stay in small-market-Southern-Hell just long enough to grab a cup of coffee and put together a kick-ass “escape tape”. He’ll serve his one-year contract, then he’s taking off for a higher rung on the TV sports ladder—alone—the way he likes it. But when he walks into the newsroom and meets Heidi, he may have finally found something and someone worth committing to.

Heidi would be so much more comfortable if she could avoid her new co-worker—he’s just her type—the type she’s so careful to avoid. But that becomes impossible when she and Aric are forced to work together on the weekend news. Now there’s no denying the attraction between them, and she’ll have to decide between settling for the “good enough” life she already has or taking the risk of going for what she dreams of, an exciting career and a real love.

 

Due for release in August

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