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Review – Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge @Lola_Dodge @InkyTheMonster

Book & Author Details:

Quanta Rewind by Lola Dodge
(The Shadow Ravens #4)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: April 25th 2017
Genres: Futuristic, Romance, Young Adult

Quanta Rewind.jpgSynopsis:

With more and more Red Helixes turning up missing or dead, the Shadow Ravens are ready to take their fight to Doctor Nagi himself.

But breaking into Alpha Citadel is no cakewalk, and Quanta isn’t so sure about this whole “teamwork” thing.

If she and the Ravens can’t learn to work together, no amount of rewinding time will save them from the inevitable.

And if the Seligo win, everyone loses.


Imagine this book as a car freewheeling downhill.  Starts off slowly, but gradually increases speed until finally coming to a rest at the bottom.  The pacing of this book is exactly like that.  Add in liberal amounts of tension and you have this book.

The author has created a story fraught with suspense and action.  I really felt thrust into the middle of the citadel with the crew, and whereas before we were dealing with confusion and instability, here we have desperation and a tangible sense of hopelessness.

For me, the quiet of the ending was perfect.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.



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About the author

LolaLola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.

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Review & #giveaway – Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor @dcompbooks @xpressotours


Book & Author Details:

Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor
(Diamond Crier #1)
Publication date: February 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.

In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.

“. . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . .” BookLife Prize in Fiction


In fantasy novels, one of the key elements to a good story, in my opinion, is the strength of the world building and the translation of that from the author’s imagination to the page.    Here, the author does a good job of that and I think that one of the fundamental reasons for this is that she has kept an element of realism throughout.  The world that Sabi is taken to is different, yes, but there is an element of familiarity for the reader to hook into.

As for the plot line, I did find this a little overly convoluted in places and tricky to keep up with the various character machinations.

Nevertheless, the underlying story is decent, even if far more questions have been raised than have currently been answered.  A promising start to the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.



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About the author

Donna has been writing since she was in the single digits when she first realized she needed to do something about all the thoughts in her head. After a stint with bad poetry she finally found her way to novels, mainly of the young adult fantasy variety. When she’s not cranking out more stories she works a regular 9 to 5, reads anywhere from 2 to 3 books a week, drinks copious amounts of tea, eats way too much, and makes her own beauty products because her skin turns into a sentient hive if she uses anything else. This is mostly because she lives in the desert where the air siphons water clean out of her. She lives with a man named Steve and several quadrupeds: three cats named Renfield, Sam, and Dean; and a MinPin named Malfoy.

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Review & #giveaway – As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan @katlyn_duncan @xpressoreads


Book details:

As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan
Published by: HQ Digital
Publication date: February 20th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult


I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…


I don’t like the main character – at all.  And, given the way she is written, I suspect that was the author’s intention.  She was self centred, vapid and just generally not nice.

This book ended up being just as much about her journey back as it was about finding the killer.  I thought that she just about redeemed herself.

Finally, whilst the ultimate reveal was a surprise, there was a lot about this story which pushed the boundaries of belief a little too far.

That said, this was a reasonable story, with well developed characters and a decent plot line.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.



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About the author

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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