“Dream Frequency” by J.S. Lomas!

Hiya peeps! I’ve got a sequel to share with you today.

I shared the first book in the series (Dream Girl), including a Top Ten post of too listened to songs by the author, a couple years ago. Now, the sequel is finally released, and I’m excited to share it with you today!

Dream Frequency

 Dream Frequency

~Released: June 30th, 2017

~Length: 413 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Christine would never have considered herself new recruit material for a secret U.S. agency. Until recently, she’s just been an ordinary girl graduating from high school and wondering if a friendship with Gabriel, a mysterious coworker, would grow into something romantic. When Christine’s fascination with Gabriel leads to her discovery of dreamworlds, she learns that she’s anything but ordinary. In this thrilling conclusion to Dream Girl, Christine and Gabriel must choose their allegiances and face corruption, conspiracy, and the complexities of love in order to save themselves and everyone who matters to them – or die trying.

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Shapeshifter Review of “Aranya” by Marc Secchia!

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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!

Aranya

Shapeshifter Dragons, Book 1

 Aranya

~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 Secchia

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 ~

Goodreads ~ Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

About the Narrator

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 ~

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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.

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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

Sci-Fi Dystopian novel & Guest Post!

Hiya guys! I’ve got a sci-fi dystopian-ish novel to share with you today. The author was kind enough to write a guest post for me to share, so check it out, and see what you think of this adventure!

Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper

~Released: August 20th, 2015

~Length: 194 Pages

~Genres: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian

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In Christopher David Rosales’ first novel, ‘Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper’, he creates a completely unique vision that seamlessly blends tropes of magical realism and dystopian fiction in a portrait of power in America that we’ve never seen before. Imagine it as the communal love child of Marquez, Bolaño, and Orwell, a child who inhabits an America that resembles Pinochet’s Chile, and yet feels uncannily (and frighteningly) familiar to present day Los Angeles. A world in which street assassin Tre, a young and much beloved brother and son, finds himself caught in a city where all its citizens, even its most dangerous, are potential targets in the on-going power struggle between an authoritarian military regime and a not-so-community friendly guerrilla force. As Percival Everett says, “This novel treats revolution, love, betrayal and magic with equal adeptness and intelligence. In a world that is at once ours and foreign Rosales makes characters that will be remembered when the novel is done.

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“The Medium” Review!

Hiya guys! I have a review to share with you today, for a fantasy horror novel!

Check it out, and see what you think! It may just be your next favorite vamp story!

 

The Medium

~Released: December 12th, 2013
~PublisherQui Est in Literis
~Length: 386 Pages
~Parent’s Guide: PG-17
~Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror
Lenny is good at teaching physics. He is good at fixing things, making friends, and not attracting attention. He is good at being a medium, helping spirits pass beyond the Veil. But as a vampire incapable of violence, he has always been a bit of a joke. 

All it takes is a drink in a hotel bar, a stumble into the wrong place at the wrong time, to run him afoul of Sebastian Duran, a lunatic who controls other people’s minds better than he can control his own. Torn away from everything he knows, trapped and starved and under constant mental assault, Lenny’s best hope is Kim Reed, a wizard tasked with bringing down Duran. Kim cannot believe that Lenny is evil, but neither can she hide him, and while she battles for his freedom, Lenny is forced to confront his own potential for monstrosity.

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New Adult Sci-Fi! “Ensnared” by Rita Stradling!

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Hiya peeps! DRR has a brand new fairytale retelling to share today!

I don’t know about you, but the new Beauty & The Beast film has got me excited about fairytales and awesome retellings. This looks like it will be one amazing example! With a fantastic mix of sci-fi and fantasy, it’s sure to entertain any reader!

Check out the book trailer, and author-made playlist of book-inspiring songs!

Ensnared

Ensnared

~Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

~Length: 380 Pages

~Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Fairytale Retelling

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A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

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“School for Dragons” by Amy Wolf!

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Hiya guys! DRR has a fun new young adult fantasy novel to share with you today! Check it out, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
 A School for Dragons
~Released: April 11th, 2017
~Publisher: Red Empress Publishing
~Length: 350 Pages
~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Mattie Sharpe—seventeen and bored in L.A. —is getting into trouble. She gets into even more when she’s whisked to Cavernis, a world teeming with dragons. But these are dragons as you’ve never seen them: they are fussy gourmets; work as lawyers & CPA’s; and attend their school ASH, where they take classes like TNS (“Tails, Nails & Scales”).


Reuniting with her childhood friend, Mattie learns why she’s been brought there, and even heads ASH’s rowing team, Skull & Bones. She learns how to be a knight from the mysterious Eli, a small mute dragon…or is he?

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“Keep On Believing” Audiobook Review!

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!

Keep On Believing

 Keep On Believing
~Released: March 20th, 2016

~Parent’s Guide Rating: PG

~Genres: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Romance

Taking some of the family’s jewels, Ella Spencer and her brother left the kingdom in the dead of night, escaping the clutches of their evil stepmother. Ella realized they need a different life than one of a servant. Now living in a new kingdom, Ella believes this is where they can start over again. So far, it’s working…until her brother’s school teacher starts poking his nose into their business. She cannot tell him the truth, yet deep down inside, she feels that he might be her Prince Charming after all, and be the one who’ll save her from danger. 

Christopher Morgan is hiding secrets that he never plans to divulge. The sister of one of his students intrigues him, and he can’t keep from wanting to know more about her. When a man comes around asking questions, Chris fears Ella is not safe and he needs to protect her. But he finds that he is the one in need of a dream-come-true. Can he hope that Ella will be the one to rescue him out of his life before these secrets destroy him?

“Wickedly They Come” AudioBook Review!

Hiya peeps! DRR has another audiobook review to share with you today!

Please feel free to check it out below, and let me know what you think of this book in the comments below!

Wickedly They Come

 Wickedly They Come

~Released: January 22nd, 2017
(Audiobook Edition)

~Length: 7 hours and 46 minutes

~Parent’s Guide: PG-13

~Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Dark Fantasy

A gripping, dark fantasy!

A Destined Prophecy: “The White Warrior will be one with Lucifer and God will weep.”

Haunting visions and supernatural talents are the norm for the sixteen-year-old warrior, Jordan and her mother Seeley. Together with their formidable angels they find themselves in peril when a wicked sorcerer is determined to fulfill the prophecy to his lord, Lucifer.

After an ominous vision of spirits inhabiting teenagers in a local school, Jordan enrolls in the social culture of teendom at Elma High to combat soulless demons. She encounters Mark, a mysterious new classmate, who is hell bent on keeping her unscathed from the forces of evil.

The battle between Heaven and Hell is escalating—and Earth is their battleground.

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“Mindspeak” Review ~ Friday Fun!

Hiya guys! TGIF! Anyone else loving today? Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Are you wearing green? I know I am!

DRR has a new review to share with you today! It’s one I actually read for fun, instead of for a tour or R4R request.

That’s probably part of what disappointed me so much. =/

Check it out, and see what I thought! This review is the one I’m posting on Goodreads & Amazon, and is my “plugged in” (professional) review, sans spoilers or deeper insights. I also have an UnPlugged review, which does have spoilers, and a bit deeper look into my thoughts and reactions for the book.

It is a slightly bummed review, just a heads up. If you’d rather skip this post, please feel free! =)

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*Review* “Elemental Secrets” by Elle Middaugh!

Hiya! DRR has a new review to share with you guys today. We were intrigued by the cover and synopsis for this young adult fantasy novel, and hope you guys like it as well!

Elemental Secrets

(The Essential Elements #1)

 Elemental Secrets

~Released: Feb 27th, 2016

~Length: 368 Pages

~Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

With her mother long deceased and her father recently deployed, Valerie Moore is sent to live with her eccentric aunt in a tiny town nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Being a Navy brat has made her into a bit of a loner, and making friends isn’t high on her list. 

 

Time with her aunt, however, soon convinces her that a life of loneliness really isn’t what she wants. So, she opens up and makes a few friends – friends with secrets. 

 

Her love life quickly becomes a mess. Torn between the conflicted heartbreaker next door, the persistent jock at the top, and the rugged college bad boy, Valerie finds it almost impossible to choose just one guy. 

 

Romance isn’t her only problem, though. 

 

Secrets are revealed about her family, her friends and relationships, and her whole world… 

 

But the biggest secret of all is unveiled when Valerie discovers she has Elemental powers, unleashing a rapid chain of irreversible events.

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