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Review – Dark Lands: Requiem by Lyn I Kelly

Book & Author Details:

Dark Lands: Requiem by Lyn I. Kelly
Publication date: 10th September 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary

DarkLands.jpgWebb Thompson awakes, disoriented and fearful. He sees green grass and a black, boiling sky spread out before him. He finds his little sister nearby, unconscious. When he reaches her side, Sundown is alive. But now they have other problems: where are they, how did they get there, and what is that growling noise? Webb and Sundown have awakened in the Dark Lands-a world between life and death where sacred souls battle malevolent evil for control of the living realm, a battle of which mere mortals know nothing. How did Webb and Sundown come to this place? Are they living? Are they dead? Or are they something else?

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I need to preface this review with an apology.  I have sat on this book for longer than I intended to, and for that I apologise.

So to the book.

Well, you are thrown into the action right from the first page.  And the confusion felt by the characters translates well from the page to the reader.

The story continues strongly, and although I found Webb to be frustrating as a character, I anticipate that this may have been the expected response to a well observed depiction of the predicted reaction of a typical teen.

I think that this book falls squarely within the young adult target audience, if not slightly younger.

Alhough short, this is a promising debut, and just about squeaks into the 4* arena.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Lyn I. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. Writing since the age of eleven, he has been published in Diamond ComicsNewsweek and more. When he’s not writing or spending time with his wife and four children, he is also a marathoner. Kelly resides in Keller, Texas. Dark Lands: Requiem is his first novel.

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Review – Brothers Three by Layton Green

Book & Author Details:

Brothers Three by Layton Green
Publication date: March 14th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy

brothers three.jpgHave you ever wondered what it would be like to be plunged into a dangerous fantasy world?

The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind.

The brothers’ lives are changed forever when they receive a belated inheritance from their father: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue’s bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a strange key whisks the brothers across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that the brothers accept the truth and undergo a perilous journey home. With the help of an alluring but deadly adventuress, they must break into the keep of a sorcerer known for his love of diabolical games, find a trio of enchanted talismans, and somehow defeat an evil wizard who can raise legions of the undead to do his bidding.

It seems the brothers have found their adventure. But will they live to tell the tale?

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If you have read any of my previous reviews for books in this genre, you may already know that I set reasonably high standards for them.  As a result, and for fear of being disappointed, I tend to be quite choosy about the books I agree to review.

The blurb for this one caught my eye though.  It seemed to sand out a little from the more run of the mill books.  So, with a little bit of trepidation, I started to read.

At first, it was very promising – straight into the action – fabulous I thought.  But then, for me at least, I thought that the pacing of the story got a bit mired in scene setting and character introductions for the other world that the brothers found themselves in.  Honestly?  I had to put the book down and come back to it, because I was simply struggling to connect to the story.

But I persevered and I’m glad that I did.  Yes, there are influences drawn from other leading authors of the genre – so much so that a reference is made within the book to a particular potential similarity, but not to the point where this book didn’t feel original.

This is a decent start to the saga, and in my view, shows real potential.  I look forward to seeing how the story unfolds over the course of the next installment.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Layton Green writes in multiple genres and is the author of the bestselling Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Writers award), optioned for film, and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The fourth Dominic Grey novel, The Shadow Cartel was a #2 overall bestseller on Amazon UK.

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for ten very long years. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

Layton lives with his wife and children in North Carolina. You can visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com)

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Review & #giveaway – Memortality by Stephen H. Provost @sproauthor @xpressotours

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Book details:

Memortality by Stephen H. Provost
Publication date: February 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Mem.jpgSynopsis:

Minerva Rus can raise the dead. And it might get her killed.

Minerva’s life has never been the same since the childhood car accident that paralyzed her and killed her best friend, Raven. But when the long-dead Raven reappears in her life, now as a very attractive grown man, she discovers that her photographic memory has the power to bring the dead back to life … heal her paralysis … and shape reality itself.

Pursued by a rogue government agent who wants to eliminate her and her talents, Minerva must learn to control her powers to save herself and Raven. Because if she dies, he dies as well―again.

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I’ll admit that when I read the prologue, I was wondering whether this was going to be the book I was expecting.  Turns out, it was all I was expecting and then some!

This was, for me at least, a refreshing and unique plot line.  The characters were all wonderfully three dimensional, and the interweaving of the various character threads was written with the confidence of an author who knew how to drive his story forward, without losing the reader in the complexity of the explanations.

The pacing was good and I particularly enjoyed the incremental ramping up of the tension as the story progressed.

If I had one niggle, it was the ease with which others simply accepted Min’s gift,  But that is me being picky, and it certainly didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story overall.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Stephen H. Provost is an author of paranormal adventures and historical non-fiction. “Memortality,” his debut title on Linden Publishing’s new fiction imprint, Pace Press, was released in February 2017.

An editor and columnist with more than 30 years of experience as a journalist, he has written on subjects as diverse as history, religion, politics and language and has served as an editor for fiction and non-fiction projects. His book “Fresno Growing Up,” a history of Fresno, California, during the postwar years, is available on Craven Street Books, and his next non-fiction work, scheduled for release in June of 2017, will examine the history of U.S. Highway 99 in California.

In addition, the author has published several books as Stifyn Emrys, beginning in 2012 with “The Gospel of the Phoenix” and also including the nonfiction works “The Way of the Phoenix” and “Undefeated.” He also has published three works of fiction: “Feathercap” (children’s); “Identity Break,” (young adult science fiction/adventure) and an accompanying novella, “Artifice.”

The author served as editor of four young adult novels: the “Mad World” series by Samaire Provost – “EPIDEMIC,” “SANCTUARY” and “DESPERATION” – and the award-winning “Lorehnin: A Novel of the Otherworld,” Volume 6 in the Otherworld series by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson. He has worked in journalism as a news editor, sports editor and reporter for four daily newspapers in California, and is currently managing editor for an award-winning weekly, The Cambrian. He has worked as an educator and has been featured at occasional speaking engagements.

He lives on the California coast with his wife, stepson, cats (Tyrion Fluffybutt and Allie Twinkletail) and dogs.

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