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eMag Review #2

Hi Everyone,

You might see the title of this and think, wait… Where was eMag number 1 posted? Well… I am sad to say I cannot share eMag review #1 just yet, because… it will be published in the magazine. I will be able to share a portion of that review later next month.

In the meantime, here is review #2.

Enjoy,
~Ariesgrl

The Warrior Prince
By: Nancy J. Cohen.

The Warrior Prince, the first in a series, comes across as a combination of stories. It starts out in the science-fiction realm, with a group of men from another planet trying to rid Earth of the bad guys from a very different planet. About halfway through, the story takes a leap into the ancient tales from Norse Mythology as the characters repeat ancient quests and reacquaint themselves with the Norse Gods.

This combination has potential to work well in a story. However, readers will have a hard time following along, especially when the main ‘alien’ characters’ dialects keep switching back and forth between their home country and the current Earth setting. Nira Larson and Zohar Thorald each have redeeming qualities of inner strength and humility that readers will be able to relate to and appreciate.

I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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The Goddess’s Choice

By: Jamie Marchant. Kronicles of Korthlundia #1. Format: eBook. Read: April 2013.

Robbie is the family outcast, he is treated worse than the hired hands and the whole town shuns him. Even though everyone feels he is a demon sent to curse them all, he is the first one they call upon to heal their animals. Robbie has a special magical talent for understanding animals and plants, but unfortunately he has been raised to be ashamed of his abilities. Princess Samantha is heir to the thrown and yet she fears she has gone mad. She sees varying shades of color around everyone and she knows this is not normal. Too afraid to discuss it with her father, since the King who is busy trying to find a worthy suitor, Princess Samantha is forced to research her illness. When she discovers the truth behind her abilities, it could equal the demise of her family and a civil war for her nation. Will these two opposites find a way to unite and save the nation or will their unique talents cost them each their lives?

This story is captivating and thrilling. Readers will be hooked from the very first page. Jamie Marchant does an excellent job of portraying human qualities that will overwhelm readers’ emotions. Robbie is a wonderful, humble, young man that has been treated like dirt by his father and yet he finds the strength within to stand up for himself. While Princess Samantha is a strong, powerful, young woman who has to make some difficult morale decisions that will affect everyone’s life. Readers will find themselves connected to each character and rooting for them to survive. With evil characters lurking around and family truths constantly being revealed, this is perfect read for adults wanting a more modern, grown-up fairy tale. In the end, readers will only be disappointed by the fact that book two is not yet available.

I loved this book! I was also very frustrated when I couldn’t read it for a few days when my Nook was unavailable, but I found myself dreaming of the scenes and how I hoped it would end. I found myself wrapped up in this story and caught myself telling the characters what not to do. (They didn’t listen.) I highly recommend this book for fans of the fantasy genre.

So tell me, if you could have one power which would you choose… the ability to heal others or the ability to see people’s auras?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note:
The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and her work, please visit her website.

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Continuum: Fables of the Fallen

By: Kathleen Gulo, R. C. Erickson, Gregory J. Downs, Alexander Pyles, Nathan Slemp, Jacob Baugher Format: eBook. Read: March 2013.

This is a science fiction anthology written by six college writers and this is the first in the series. Lost legends, space life and fallen heroes are explored further in each of the six short stories.

This book is a fantastic science fiction read. Each story is told from a different point of view, set in different aspects of time and space, yet each story is connected in the inner demons and trials of the main characters. There are a few grammar errors in a couple of the stories, but the rest of the short stories demonstrate excellent writing. Several of the stories end with cliff-hangers that will leave readers desperate to continue the series. Each of these writers have a gift for writing science fiction tales and each of them will have new fans from the readers of this book. A must read for all science fiction fans.

I enjoyed reading this anthology. I liked getting a taste of each of the talented writers’ styles, however I am disappointed that these stories ended so quickly. I hope that these tales are picked up in the next anthology or at least they are prequels to novels. Do you like to read anthologies by multiple authors or just a single author?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this book and the authors, please visit their website.

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The Beast of Macon Hollow

By: T. C. Harrelson Format: eBook. Read: February 2013.

Will Shepard is a fifteen year old boy who has just lost his mother to gang violence. His father has decided to move Will and his sister, Liz, to Macon Hollow and into their ancestral home that was left to them by Will’s great-aunt Eleanor. Strange things begin to happen as rumors start spreading about strangers in town and that the Beast has risen again. The Beast seems to be linked to the history of the town, but very few can explain exactly what it is. The Beast strikes terror and fear in nearly every town member, but the leader of the town, Mr. Howard Macon is insistent that the Beast is not real. As people begin to disappear, Will begins to have nightmares that show those people being killed. Through the help of his sister and his neighbors, Cate, Marty and Annie, Will realizes his destiny brought him here to Macon Hollow to destroy the Beast and save the town’s residents. But will it be too late?

Good and love battle evil and hate in a typical teenage world filled with bullies and school. T. C. Harrelson has done a superb job with this young adult paranormal thriller book. The intrigue and suspense builds as the readers’ eyes try to keep up the action. Harrelson creates a good representation of his readers in his cast of characters. Readers will feel like they are friends with Will, Cate, Marty, Liz, Annie and Possum. The ending sets up the possibility for several more books, which readers will be desperate to read.   Excellent writing and story-telling make this a must-read for fans of young adult science fiction novels.

I loved this book! My heart was racing wildly as I neared the end and even though I could guess a few events, most of what happened still surprised me. I enjoyed the suspense and the action. The story was amazing and the writing was excellent. I hope that Will Shepard’s next adventure will be released soon. I highly recommend this story. Are you a fan of young adult science fiction books? What is your favorite book from this genre?

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Note: A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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The Eye-Dancers

By: Michael S. Fedison Format: eBook. Read: February 2013.

 

Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma and Ryan Swinton are three very different boys who just finished sixth grade and are ready to start their summer vacation. Unfortunately for them, they each have been having a terrifying nightmare about a young ghost-like girl. After the third nightmare in a row, they meet up and learn that they have been having the same nightmare! With the help of the class genius, Marc Kuslanski, they hold a sleepover to find a way to solve their dreams. While they are sleeping, Marc watches over them and slowly the four boys begin to disappear, only to land in a strange new world. The cars and technology seem ancient, the town seems familiar, but the posters around town are real and frightening. A young girl has been kidnapped and is missing, except she is the same girl from Mitchell’s, Joe’s and Ryan’s dreams. Will the four boys be able to set aside their differences and rescue this young girl, while figuring out a way to get back to their reality?

 

Fedison has created a world filled with relatable characters that are transported into a fascinating world filled with new possibilities. Each of these boys demonstrates a strength and weakness, while each crave something that is missing from their home life. Once they are transported into this new world, they are filled with the dilemmas that face every child as they begin to mature. Learning how to accept themselves and others while learning how to do the right thing, makes this book an intriguing coming of age story. Young adults, especially boys, will enjoy this action packed adventure story filled with comic book references.

 

I enjoyed this young adult sci-fi book. Any book that can mix quantum mechanics and comic books in a spooky adventure setting is quite a treat. The fact that each boy faces troubles whether it is being an only child, or being too short or having his parents fight all the time, will give readers something to relate too. This was a fascinating story and I look forward to reading more from Michael S. Fedison in the future.

 

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Note: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about him and this book, please visit his website.

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Ransom

The Light-Bearer Series #5. By: Emily Guido. Format: eBook. Read: January 2013.

Charmeine and Tabbruis are in Disney World with their family, enjoying a day at the happiest place in the world. During this day, Percival meets the girl from his dreams and it is up to Charmeine, Tabbruis, Shane, Sandra, Dmitri and Percival to convince his mother, Hera, that he is ready to fall in love. Little does this family know how special this girl, Carly, is and how painful a past she has lived. As Charmeine and Shane get to know Carly, they realize this girl has a bit more in common with them. Enter a whirlwind of adoption papers and happiness, as Carly becomes a part of the family and everyone heads back to Romania. Unfortunately for Charmeine and Tabbruis, there seems to be a pattern of bad luck that follows them and this time it comes in the form of Lord Cromwell himself. As he opens war on the family, blood is shed and everyone’s life, including Baby Hunter’s, is in jeopardy. Will the family survive? Is there some greater truth out there that will forever split Charmeine and Tabbruis? Only time will tell for this family.

 

Emily Guido has done it again with this fifth installment from her Light-Bearer series. Her main couple, Charmeine and Tabbruis, are a bit of a modern, sci-fi Romeo and Juliet. These two are so in love that it radiates off of the ever-growing family and yet they seem to have their love tested with each new book. The faith in God, love, unity and acceptance are still the themes in this latest book. Guido has created the most accepting and loving character in Charmeine, along with a cast of opposites that all learn to love and accept one another. Guido’s hints toward what is to come in the next book, will leave readers waiting impatiently.

 

I have had the honor to read this series from the beginning and can’t say enough, how much I wish the world could learn from the characters in this book. Imagine what the world would be like, if we spent our days accepting each others’ differences, instead of pointing out each of the flaws. Judgment is a harsh word, yet acceptance is more powerful a term. I cannot wait to see what else is in store for the family that lives in Castle Charmeine.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Seditious

The Light Bearer Series #4. By: Emily Guido. Format: eBook. Read: January 2013.

 

Charmeine and Tabbruis have survived the battle with the Elder Council and are expecting their new baby. Unfortunately for these two, they do not have long to enjoy the peace and happiness with their family. One night as the intruder alarm sounds, the majority of the family go out and meet with a group of Blood-Hunters that bring news of a conflict in Athens. But even worse than that, is they come with a warning that Lord Cromwell has escaped. During this gathering Charmeine, Percival and Athena are brutally attacked by a Blood-Hunter woman named Bathsheba. Soon Charmeine finds out that Bathsheba and Tabbruis have history together and he sets aside all of his priorities to care for Bathsheba. Will Charmeine learn the truth behind their history, or is this end for Tabbruis and Charmeine.

 

Emily Guido has written the perfect soap opera love story for Charmeine and Tabbruis. Each time these two find their way back to each other, another obstacle is thrown in their path that not only threatens their happiness but also the lives of their family. Each book in this series is better than the one before, as is the writing. Readers will enjoy the fact that Seditious focuses on the story of each of the family members, instead of just Charmeine and Tabbruis. Each of the characters become more relatable as they show their strengths and weakness. Unity, love, trust and faith are the values that are represented in each page of this book. Readers will be on the edge of their seat as they await to learn the outcome in the next book.

 

 

I have truly enjoyed reading this Light-Bearer series by Emily Guido. Seditious is by far my favorite and has left me with high hopes for the next book. Guido has a talent of making these unrealistic characters have human flaws, which readers will understand and relate too. Each of the conflicts provides yet another opportunity to trust in love, or run in fear. This is a powerful story and a wonderful series. Have you read the series yet? Which minor character is your favorite? I am torn between Athena or Hameal.

 

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

Note: Emily Guido provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about her and this book, please visit her website.

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Vampire Syndrome

By: Daven Anderson. Format: eBook. Read: January 2013.

 

Jack Wendell has led a rough life after being born with Down’s Syndrome. However with the help of Coach Ron and his wife Diane, he has become a star athlete competing in the Special Olympics. Unfortunately for Jack, all of this is about to change when he gets bitten by a rabid vampire one afternoon. As he searches for fellow vampires to help teach him about being a vampire, he learns that not all vampires are friendly. In fact, Jack learns that many vampires feel that he needs to be put down due to his previous diagnosis. Enter Lilith Morrigan, the President of all the human vampires, who tries to hide Jack and protect him. Enter her husband, Damien Tepesh, Chief Venator and the man that is hunting Jack. Will Jack ever be safe, or is he just a pawn in the battle for power?

 

This book was very intriguing and displayed a unique take on the world of vampires. Anderson shows readers the inside world of a person with Down’s Syndrome through his main character, Jack. Whether Jack is a human or a vampire, he still is treated to injustice and discrimination, because he looks and thinks differently. Readers will smile at Jack’s optimism and love the stream of consciousness writing that takes them inside of his thoughts and feelings. The mystery behind who is Jack’s ally and who is the enemy makes for ultimate chess match and will keep readers guessing with each new chapter. The build-up to all of the main action is drawn out and a little long, but once the action starts it is explosive until the cliff-hanger ending. A few curse words and one awkwardly thrown-in sex scene require this book to be read by mature audiences. Readers will be antsy as they wait to find out what happens next with Jack, Lilith and Damien.

 

I loved the fact that Jack had Down’s Syndrome and that Anderson told Jack’s story from Jack’s point of view. Each of the main characters also tell their sides of the story, which amps up the intrigue. Also Anderson has created a series within a series by creating a book series that these vampires either love or hate. The book series is a play on all of the popular vampire novels out there right now and it provides an even greater contrast between this story and the others. Please note that there are two published versions of this story, one is a young adult version and the one reviewed here is the erotica version. Having not read the young adult version, I cannot honestly recommend it, but I can assume which parts would be removed for that version and I do feel that the story as a whole would be unharmed. As for this erotica version, there is one sex scene. So please be aware of which version you pick up!

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Note: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Accendo

The Light-Bearer Series. By: Emily Guido. Format: eBook. Read: November 2012.

    Charmeine and Tabbruis are two angels made by God for each other and now that they have been reunited on Earth they must combine forces to save it. Charmeine and Tabbruis know that they must fight the Elder Council in order to save Blood-Hunters, Light-Bearers and Humans, but can they save their family too? As the past is remembered and the future revealed, will their love survive? Lies, fears and a breach of trust could come between them, which could mean they would lose each other along with their family.

Charmeine is a stong heroine with a very unique, rough past, yet she has found the love of her existence and she has a caring family. However in the third installment of The Light-Bearer Series, Charmeine’s inner fears are shown as she struggles with her role in the prophecy. These fears remind the readers of her past and they give her a more relatable charm. Fans of the series will be taken on a heart-wrenching journey throughout the book that will leave them all speechless at the end. Guido has created a fascinating world filled with examples of compassion versus judgment, trust versus fears and faith versus doubt. Readers will be impatiently tapping their fingers as they wait for the arrival of the fourth book.

Each of these three books starts where the previous one left off so the readers do not miss a single detail. Each new book strengthens in terms of writing and fluidity, and all of them combine to tell a very compelling story of “human” nature. The best part of this story is the subtle lessons it teaches about acceptance, love and compassion. I feared that in writing my reviews for each book, I would duplicate details or phrases, but this story had a sub-plot inside of the original plot that it allowed for more possibilities. I have enjoyed reading this series and I can’t wait to join Charmeine and Tabbruis on their next adventure, as I feel like I am a member of their family. So tell me, have you read this series yet? If so, which would you rather be: a Blood-Hunter, a Light-Bearer or a Flame-Thrower?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: Emily Guido provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about the author and this book, please visit her website.

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Mactus

The Light-Bearer Series #2. By: Emily Guido. Format: eBook. Read: October 2012.

Mactus starts exactly where Charmeine left off. Tabbruis and Charmeine are slowly realizing their pasts through their dreams, while working to pull together their family. As the family grows, dark and deadly threats become real and destinies will be fulfilled. Will Charmeine accept her new future, or will she sacrifice herself in order to save her family?

In this second chapter of The Light-Bearer Series, Guido continues the emotional story of Tabbruis and Charmeine. Two angels destined to be together in a world desperate to tear them apart. As the family begins to train for the battle against the Elder Council, new truths will be revealed that will solidify the reader’s love for this series. There are some minor grammar issues, but overall the tale of good and evil combining as one is breathtaking. The ending alone will have readers rushing to buy the third book.

These books tell a story of two long-lost loves, but the meaning behind this tale is powerful. The world would be a brighter place, if everyone could learn acceptance. Fans of Charmeine will not be disappointed by Mactus. I know I am anxiously waiting to read the third book. Have your read either of the first two books? If so, which character do you relate to most?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes: Emily Guido provided me a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this book and the author, please visit her website.

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