Hiya peeps! I’ve got a brand new review for you guys today! Filled with magic, vampires, werewolves, and dragons, this book took me on a fantastic adventure.
Check it out below, and be sure to leave a comment before you go! =D
Hiya peeps! I’ve got a new release for you today, along with two giveaways! Check out my review below the book & author info, and enter for your chance to win some awesome prizes!
The Gifts of Our Mothers
(The Witches of Auburn, #1)
*The next two installments of The Witches of Auburn are releasing the same day!
In the dark woods I’m forbidden to go into, lying on top of the one person I swore I’d stay away from, and hiding from the men who chased him, I hold still as Ike Kennedy whispers in my ear, “Don’t leave me.”
The questions of why my mother packed up our lives and moved us to Auburn, New Jersey when she, herself, fled here twenty years ago, plague me every day. Her past and the people in this town loom over our family with a haunting understanding of the coven I was born into, but realize I know nothing about. The enemies I heard stories about as a child attack without warning or regard for human life, but I don’t know who they are.
I’m Ever Ayars. I can fly. I can disappear. I can move things with my mind, but my gifts are my only clarity. Lost within a new school, new friends, and a new life, there is only one thing I know for sure.
I’m not leaving Ike Kennedy.
Hiya peeps! I’ve got an exciting fantasy adventure to share with you today, and I hope you love it!! Check out the audio excerpt and my review, and be sure to let me know if you’re adding this one to your reading piles!
Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1
~Author: Marc Secchia
~Narrator: Siromi Arserio
~Released: April 05, 2015
~Length: 14 hours 33 minutes / 454 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?
Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.
Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.
Marc is a South African-born dragon masquerading as an author, who loves writing about dragons and Africa, preferably both at the same time. He lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas patrolling the back fence.
He’s the author of 21 fantasy books in 3 languages (2 more languages coming this year – watch this space!), including 8 rip-roaring dragon fantasy bestsellers. Dragonfriend won a Gold Award for Fantasy in the 2016 IPPY Book Awards. Look out for Whisper Alive, his latest release. The 4th tale in the Dragonfriend series, Dragonstar, is coming soon!
When he’s not writing about Africa or dragons Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there’s nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.
~ Connect with Marc Online ~
A native of London, England, Shiromi Arserio is a stage actor, voice talent and audiobook narrator. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. In addition to narrating dozens of audiobooks, her voice can be heard in documentaries, e-learning projects and video games such as Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion. Shiromi currently resides in the Seattle area with her husband and her two furbabies.
~ Connect with Shiromi Online ~
PG – 17
If you’re a fan of dragons, shapeshifters, or adventure, this is definitely a book for you.
Fantasy is often hit or miss with me. I tend to either love it, or hate it. As I’m a sucker for all things dragon though, I decided to give this book a shot, and boy, am I glad I did. It had enough action to keep me glued to my speakers, humor sprinkled throughout perfectly, and plot turns that gave me whiplash.
Aranya isn’t a character I can necessarily relate to, but she is easy to picture. The descriptions made a wonderful image, and her personality seemed to come to life in a way the best ones can. She’s strong, fierce, and extremely brave. I doubt I would have handled her situation as well as she did, and her struggles were relatable, even with facing the extraordinary challenge of being able to turn into a dragon.
I enjoyed the author’s effort to explain her dragon side in a relatable way as well. It wasn’t overly technical or dripping with exhaustive narration, as many fantasy novels tend to. The situations and challenges were laid out wonderfully, with the reader learning with the characters, as opposed to being bored to death with drivel.
I enjoyed the secondary characters quite a bit as well, even the gruesome ones. I hadn’t been expecting the danger or gore, and while it wasn’t extensive or extremely unnerving, it was a surprise. Still, it added depth to the story, and put several characters into a whole new light, and gave another level of adventure and suspense.
I can’t be sure how the physical writing of the book was, as I had an audiobook copy to review, but I would imagine it was written well. The narration was enjoyable, and I didn’t have any spot where I felt pulled out of the story or confused. It flowed smoothly, and pulled me in from the first few minutes. The narrator did a wonderful job, although at some points I had a difficult time figuring out if the almost Scottish/Irish accent was hers slipping through, or meant for the characters at the time, as it wasn’t consistent with any of them. This only caused momentary hiccups though, and I would rate the overall narration a 4/5 roses.
If this story sounds good to you, I’d definitely recommend picking it up, in whatever format fits you best. I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed.
*I received a complimentary audiobook copy of this book, from the author via Audiobookworm Promotions, to listen to in exchange for an honest review.
What do you think of this book? Do you enjoy dragons and shapeshifters? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for stopping by! =D
Hiya peeps! I’m super excited to share this book with you today, I’m just about hopping on my toes! I love steampunk stories, and this one is just fabulous!
Check out my review below, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end for a chance to win one of the prizes!
Time Weaver: Heart of Cogs
Time Collector #1
~Publisher: Ragnarok Publications
~Genres: Steampunk, Supernatural, Young Adult
I have a clock for a heart…and the man who put it there tried to take it out.
Time Collectors are modern day genies capable of exchanging wishes for time. Elizabeth Wicker lives within a steampunk world riddled with the supernatural. Among the stories of witches, Bacts, and other monsters, Time Collectors remain as the greatest hushed secret among the noble families. They are temptation’s greatest tools. A contract with a Time Collector is a guaranteed death sentence, and for some the price isn’t worth the prize. But when Elizabeth is struck down by a fatal heart attack, she finds herself trapped beneath a Time Collector’s blade. With no time left to offer, she makes a desperate sacrifice for a second chance at life. If there’s only one truth, it is a Time Collector will always come back to collect.
Hiya guys! Hope you had an awesome weekend! Do you celebrate Easter? Did you do anything fun?
I filled my weekend with a pretty awesome audiobook, and I’m excited to share it with you! It’s a fairytale retelling, and was so good! Check out my review below, and be sure to leave a comment about what you think of this book!
Still Black Remains
Hiya guys! DRR has an interesting short story to share with you guys. This one will appeal to those of you who enjoy studying psychology, or learning about people in general. This story gives an in-depth look at the mind of a man who suffers from an interesting mental wall of fears.
Check it out, and be sure to let us know what you think, in the comments below!
~Released: January 30th 2017
A short story – 11 pages
~Genres: Adult Fiction
28-year-old Kade hasn’t been able to make it past his sidewalk in eight years. In this chilling short story, you will be given a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind as he goes through the process of trying to face his irrational, but very real fears. Experience firsthand what goes on in an Agoraphobic’s mind and begin to understand the silent disorder that millions of people across the world struggle with.
Hiya guys! TGIF! =D
Dudes, this series is so awesome! DRR is excited to share it with you, and we know you’ll love it! Danger, mystery, adventure, love and loss fill the pages of the first two books in this series, and we had such a hard time putting them down!
We were honored to have the chance to read and review these books, and are excited to share them with you!
~Publisher: Limitless Publishing
~Released: November 1st 2016
~Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Brooklyn Harper’s worst nightmare has become her reality. She has been captured by Isolation…
Trapped in a white-walled labyrinth by Juneau Malloy, Brooklyn is faced with the horrors of Isolation’s finest training yet. The skills she learned as an Omen Operative in Camp Number Eleven are put to the test in the form of brutal assessments of her strength, skills, and fortitude. Confused and disheartened, Brooklyn and the group of renegade Omens prepare for whatever trials Isolation has in store for them.
Juneau has caged her once again, but Brooklyn is far from broken…
When Brooklyn finds out her best friend Gabriel is alive, she goes on a violent rampage in search of her, but instead earns herself a stint in solitary confinement. Juneau attempts to tame Brooklyn through grueling exercises before offering her one radical choice. Brooklyn must hand over her freedom in order to spare her friends. She’ll become a showpiece Juneau will auction off to the highest bidder for her skills in assassination, defense, and combat.
There must be a way out, and the renegade Omens have to find it…
Brooklyn has no intention of becoming Juneau’s latest achievement. During a mind-warping training simulation, Brooklyn uncovers Isolation’s greatest secret and their darkest mistake. Juneau Malloy has created something far more sinister than the Omens, and it’s ready to eat the world alive.
As the battle with Isolation intensifies, Brooklyn is faced with her most dangerous choice yet…
Save her friends—or save humanity.
~Released: January 26th, 2016
~Length: 306 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Adventure
After an epidemic spreads through the country, Brooklyn Harper’s high school years come to an abrupt end.
Implanted in a rural camp, Brooklyn and her friends are cut off from their families and the outside world. Each day is filled with combat training to assure their safety against the crazed, belligerent, and deadly— those infected with a mysterious virus.
If the world couldn’t get any crazier, a letter ups the insanity…
After being assured day after day that the world outside their little camp had been compromised, Brooklyn’s cabin-mate, Dawson Winters, finds a letter that turns everything they’d known upside down. There is a world outside the trees that surrounds their camp, and the virus they all feared seems non-existent.
Determined to see it herself, Brooklyn plots with others to attempt an escape…
On the outside, Brooklyn finds the world is as normal as ever. But when they are attacked in the city, they dispose of their attackers far more efficiently than any normal human.. Is there more to Brooklyn and her friends then just being highly trained?
As their exploration continues, the group is faced with impossible feats. Betrayal, love, death, and a powerful sense of camaraderie lead Brooklyn and her friends to fight for their life, their freedom, and most of all, each other.
Taylor Brooke is the author of the sci-fi adventure trilogy The Isolation Series. She started out as a freelance makeup artist, and quickly discovered her love of elves, zombies, mermaids, kaiju, and monsters of all kinds. After receiving eight professional certifications in special effects makeup, working on countless projects, and fleshing out a multitude of fantastical creatures, she turned her imagination back to her one true love — books. Taylor has had a knack for writing since she was a little girl, and received recognition for her skills throughout grade school and junior college. When she’s not nestled in a blanket typing away on her laptop, she can be found haunting the local bookstore with a cup of steaming hot tea in her hands, scanning the shelves for new reads, or hiking one of the many mountains that surround her home in Oregon.
Continuing the exciting adventure introduced in Omen Operation, this book is just as awesome. Bursting with adventure, danger and stomach-twisting plot turns, it feels more like a roller coaster than a book.
The characters are relatable and honest, and it’s easy to picture them in the incredible situation they are in. Their comradery and interactions with each other give the whole story a wonderful layer, mixing perfectly with the suspense and “what’s going to happen next” excitement. Some of the relationships were slightly odd, and while I could picture many of them going differently, they all flowed with a realistic amount of surprises, keeping me guessing.
The writing is superb, and I get swept up in the pages quickly. The flow is smooth and quick, and I enjoy the fact the story isn’t filled with needless fluff, or repeated details. The author writes crisply and gets the story right to the point in every chapter, painting colorful pictures for each scene.
I definitely enjoy this series, and would recommend it to anyone.
*I was given a complimentary eCopy of this book, from the author via Xpresso Book Tours, to read in exchange for an honest review.
$10 Amazon gift card
What do you think of this series? Let us know in the comments below!
Thanks for visiting! =D