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Review: Wyndano’s Cloak by A.R. Silverberry

Wow! Just wow! I just finished reading a fantasy novel called Wyndano’s Cloak by A.R. Silverberry and let me tell you what: I LOVED IT! I do not think I can type fast enough for all of the excitement I have over this¬†story and I don’t think I have enough words to describe how much I enjoyed it. But let me go ahead and try! ūüėÄ

A.R. Silverberry is a born story-teller, this much is true. But he is also a fabulous¬†character craftsman, scenery setter, descriptionist, and a master wordsmith! (I know “descriptionist” is not a word, but it is MY word. So deal.)

We start the story with a wayward princess named Jen who lives in Aerdem with¬†her mother and father, the King and Queen, and Wyndano's Cloak Coverher brother, Dash the prince (who is quite Dashing–if I may say so myself.)¬†Jen came from the Plain World where she had lived most of her life with an old woman named Nell before being reunited with her rightful–and very royal–family here in Aerdem. Aerdem is a beautiful world full of colors beyond the imagination, magical wonders, and strange creatures. A.R. Silverberry paints vivid and realistic pictures for the reader that make you actually feel you are there right there alongside the characters. But there is also a dark evil that is penetrating the land. And along with many other lovable and–quite rightly–hate-able characters, Jen makes her journey through different worlds to find the key to saving her family, fighting off the evil, and setting things right in Aerdem. Will¬†she ever¬†be able to overcome her fear and seek the help of¬†Wyndano’s Cloak?¬†Throughout her story, Jen¬†may¬†overcome many obstacles–inner and outer–but can she find her true inner-self? Can she master the mystical Wyndano’s Cloak?

You HAVE to read this book to find out. And trust me, you will not be disappointed. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good long fantasy. I actually would recommend this book to anyone, because it is that good.

I give WYNDANO’S CLOAK by A.R. Silverberry a magical, mystical, and magnificent¬†5 stars! Please grab yourself a copy today. Here is where it is available.

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WAIT! There is more! I had the pleasure of interviewing the author of Wyndano’s Cloak. Please go here to check out A.R. Silverberry’s awesome interview!

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Review of “Ninety-Five Percent Human”

Halloooo! How is this November weather treating everyone? It was the first night of a deep FREEZE last night for my town and mind you I live in the desert so we don’t see too many of these. BRRRRR! So I’m all snuggledy-wuggledy in warm clothes and blankets today. And what is my favorite thing to do when it is cold outside? Yup. You guessed it. READ! And now I will be reviewing a fantastic book I just devoured.

I just recently read a phenomenal book by a phenomenal author. It is called NINETY-FIVE PERCENT HUMAN and was written by Suzanna Williams (one of my favorites!) The story starts out on a rural farm from the perspective of a young man named Joe. With his parents no longer in the picture and his grandma and brother the only family he has left, Joe is stricken with the hard decision of sacrificing his youthful opportunities to fix up and work on the dilapidated farm or to sell it and let go of a history of life-long memories and hard work. Just as he struggles with these obstacles, a mysterious girl named Sarah shows up and Joe is forced to save her from drowning in the lake on his farm. And from that point on things only become more curious and exciting, from car chases to exploding fires, from action to drama. Will Joe be able to handle all of the trouble thrown his way since Sarah showed up? Will Joe ever find out Sarah’s true purpose?

This story is a science fiction thriller with a splash of romance. It leaves you on the edge of your seat and wanting more with every turn of the page. I loved it thoroughly and cannot wait until the sequel, Five percent alien comes out next year! Woo Hoo! This book is great for anyone of any age, although it sure has that youthful undertone that I love! I give NINETY-FIVE PERCENT HUMAN by Suzanna Williams a fantastic 5 STARS!

Get your copy here and snuggle in this winter with NINETY-FIVE PERCENT HUMAN!

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Review: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever, Book 2: The Myth of Mythology


Ok, so here’s the deal. Not too long ago I read the first book in the Eli Arnold Series, titled ELI ARNOLD AND THE KEYS TO FOREVER: IT’S ABOUT TIME written by author John Carter and I was HOOKED! I’ve already written a review for the first one here. But let’s talk about book 2. I don’t even have the words to explain how much I enjoyed these books, but I will try.¬† First off, it is definitely hard to put this book down. It is fast paced, quick, witty, and–not to mention–hilarious! Second: Not only is John Carter’s style of writing perfectly engaging, he fills his books with true historical mythology, but in a super creative way that makes children and adults alike want to soak in more, read more and learn more. Thirdly: Mr. Carter has brought in some wonderfully lovable and not-so-lovable (but still sort of lovable in a terrible-Villain-type-of-way) characters to the playing field. Not only do find myself rooting for the main characters and booing the bad-guys, but I continually crack up at just hearing their names; names like the lovely and daring Princess Pitter Pat and the sleazy car salesman-like Cyclops¬†Ira¬†Unaoculus.¬† Oh and I can’t forget one of my favorites, Hades, God of the Underworld! There are fauns and Pegasus’, and giant three-headed dogs, oh my! But I fear if I go on any further I may start to give away pertinent and top-secret information.¬†Alas, I must leave you to your own devices but¬†I definitely recommend this series to anyone of any age. It is truly delightful! ELI ARNOLD AND THE KEYS TO FOREVER: THE MYTH OF MYTHOLOGY deserves a whopping 5 stars!

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Review: Dysfictional (Stories for Twisted Minds) by Mandy White

I have just finished reading a fantastic anthology of short stories entitled¬†DYSFICTIONAL¬†(Stories for Twisted Minds) by author Mandy White.¬†The book cover for this anthology is really great and helps to portray the overall feeling for the anthology, but¬†if that doesn’t pull you in all the way, just read the first story within called¬†RUBY IN THE MIST¬†and you’ll be hooked. RUBY IN THE MIST is just the first of nine stellar shorts, which I have to admit are a bit off-beat, but in the most wonderfully gripping and twisted way!¬† I have never been much into short-stories, not for any other reason as I hadn’t read many, but now after reading Mandy White’s DYSFICTIONAL I am a self-proclaimed short story addict!

Author Mandy White has a way of making her characters so darn real, you’d think they were based off yourself, your family, or your next-door neighbor. Heck,¬†her characters¬†are so relatable and down-to-earth, you’d swear you’ve known them for years and it makes closing the book on them very hard to do. When you read DYSFICTIONAL, you’ll find yourself cringing and shivering in the most pleasant of unpleasant ways and I’m just sure you’ll hear yourself say–more than a few times–“Just one more page!”

I flew through this book and loved the fact that I could–or HAD TO, rather,¬†swallow up an entire story a night or more. With titles like ZOMBIE CUISINE and HEART-SHAPED BOX¬†to name a couple,¬†you just know that you’re in for a morbid and intriguing treat!¬†Despite the fact that¬†these tales are twisted and jarring at points, they were also stuffed full of snarky humor from some of the characters, which I loved, and I actually found myself¬†chuckling out loud more than once.

Please take my advice and grab yourself a copy of DYSFICTIONAL (Stories for Twisted Minds),kick back, and relax (sort of) while you witness a compelling collection of dark stories that will have you stamping, shouting, and screaming as the plots unfold.

Loved it. Loved it.

DYSFICTIONAL by Mandy White gets a big old 5 STAR from me! Yay!!!

Grab yourself a copy of DYSFICTIONAL here and also check out all of¬†author Mandy White’s¬†other amazing works!

But wait! There’s more! I have had the pleasure to interview author Mandy White and get a look inside of her twisted mind! Check out the interview here!

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Review: Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It’s About Time by John Carter

I just recently finished reading Eli Arnold and the Keys to Forever: It’s About Time by John Carter, and what a treat it was! I am a huge fan of young adult fantasy series’ and this one takes the cake! This book is fast-paced and hilarious; perfect for young readers as it will definitely keep their attention and keep them laughing. Not only is this book a riot and I found myself giggling out loud at times, but it is charming in the way it integrates fantasy with historical and mythological elements. This story is so very fun and captivating, not to mention well written with quirky and quick-witted and lovable characters. I found it hard to put this book down and would recommend it to anyone who is young at heart! I am very excited to start reading the next book in the series!

I give this book a whopping 5 STARS and commend author John Carter for such a great piece!

*Here is my review for the next book in the series: The Myth of Mythology.

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Review: The Feeder by Mandy White

The Feeder

Let me start by saying “Holy Wow!” I loved this book and, despite it being gruesome and horrifying, I couldn’t manage to put it down! Author Mandy White is an expert in writing horror novels and this one is no exception. Not only did The Feeder have all of the aspects of a good horror like suspense, murder, bloodshed and¬†a¬†tortured- yet lovable-¬†victim, it was¬†full¬†of intense and eye-opening real life situations that¬†pull at your soul and nag at your subconscious.

Ms. White has a way of going where many authors dare¬†not go and delves deep into the minds of the tormented and¬†disturbed, casting a light onto the dark side of society. And the twists! Just when I thought the story was over, came a mind-blowing twist that knocked me off of my chair! I never saw it coming. It was an interesting end to the story which brought out awareness to¬†a¬†true life circumstance and also allowed you to see further into the heart of the main character, which was fantastic! It tied up all loose end and questions nicely and made me go back over the whole story in my mind, saying “OH! WOW!”

I would highly recommend The Feeder to¬†anyone who likes a down and dirty, sick and twisted horror novel, sprinkled with a side of blood and destruction. If you are faint at heart, than the Feeder is not for you, but if you are up for the challenge, get ready to cringe, cry and squeak, for The Feeder will bring out some of your worst nightmares.¬†I will definitely be reading more of Mandy White’s work and hope there will be a second installment of The Feeder.

On a scale from 1-5, I give The Feeder a big bloody 5 star!

Go check out ‘The Feeder’ here.

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Check out other works by Author Mandy White here.

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BUT WAIT! There’s more! I am pleased to announce that Author Mandy White was able to take some time from her busy schedule to answer some questions for me. See her amazing interview here.

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Review: Through the Paper Wall by Heidi Nicole Bird

I just finished reading Through the Paper Wall by Heidi Nicole Bird and what a refreshing story it was! It took me to a magical place in my mind; one of mystery, imagination, and wonder, yet had the touching side of real-life struggles that a lot of people have to deal with. Even though the main character is quite young, I found myself identifying with his frustration, pain, love, and realization. I love how he grows as a person as the book progresses and is taken to a whole new world that puts things into perspective in his own life.

This story is a young adult fantasy¬†but¬†is perfect for all ages and¬†it has definitely not been done before!¬†It was so well-rounded and¬†interesting¬†that it kept me¬†reading long into the hours of the night. I would describe Ms. Bird’s style as whimsical and fresh, yet she gets down¬†and dirty in the depths of the human soul¬†and puts in some hard-core real life lessons.¬†Bird’s style can almost be related to that of M. Night Shyamalan, in that it is mysteriously engaging and¬†so true to heart in its mesh between fantasy and reality. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, as it will not disappoint!

Out of 1-5 stars, I give Through the Paper Wall a whopping 5 star!

And there’s more! I’ve had the pleasure of having¬†Heidi Nicole here to answer some question’s. Take a minute to meet the author in her amazing interview here!

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Review: Foundling Wizard by James Eggebeen

I just finished Foundling Wizard by James A. Eggebeen and had a great time reading it! It is the first book in the Apprentice to Master series and I am very much looking forward to reading the next books. (See below for titles and links.) Now, I am quite a fanatic when it comes to fantasy series, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised with Wizard Foundling, which creates a whimsical and magical feeling throughout and carries you effortlessly through the story.

Lorit, a boy of 18, who comes from a small¬†farming village, finds himself in quite the predicament when magical powers arise within himself, catching the attention of the¬†dreadful high priests from the Temple of Ran. He flees his home and¬†goes on¬†a treacherous journey where he meets new friends, travels through high mountains passes and¬†plains of deadly grasses, only to find that the priests have taken from him the things he holds most dear. When he becomes paired with his new friend Chihon. a sorceress, and with the help of the Master Wizards, he seeks vengeance against the priests, putting his and Chihon’s lives in danger.

The author¬†creates an amazing alternate world in which his character’s live; one with wonder, magic¬†and mystery. The plot was suspenseful and engaging, and the thought behind the details was well worked out. Eggebeen is a good author, but as he writes more books, I believe he will be great!

On a scale of 1-5, I give Foundling Wizard a 4 star and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good epic fantasy.

You can find Wizard Foundling here¬†on Amazon. The second book in James A. Eggebeen’s Apprentice to Master series is Wizard’s Education found here. And the third book, which is also the prequel to the series, is Wizard Pair and you can find that here.

But wait! There’s more! It is with great pleasure that I have the author of Foundling Wizard joining me today in a ‘Meet the Author’ interview. Check it out here¬†.

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…And add a cherry on top!

If you read my earlier review of the first book in this trilogy, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE, you will remember I called it a treat. More like vanilla ice cream dripping with hot chocolate fudge sauce. And now I say add a cherry on top. Or an entire jar for that matter!

I can’t get enough of this series and will be biting my fingernails awaiting the release of the third book in the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series!

Ok, so we got to know Karou¬†quite well in book 1. And the strapping Akiva¬†as well. -I¬†think I have a crush, by the way. *blushes* Anyway, the characters, who had fully developed into amazing “people” in the first book, only go on further and take you into the depths of their minds and souls. My heart aches that Karou¬†and Akiva, soul mates for sure, are torn apart by unforseen reasons and pulled to¬†opposite sides of the war of the realms!

I had also stated in my first review that it was like author Laini Taylor uses her beautiful words to paint a masterpiece, and this one, like Romeo & Juliet, except totally twisted in a fantasy world. Well it’s funny that in book 2, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, Laini¬†references the story of Romeo and Juliet quite a few times, therefore solidifying my connection. Have you ever watched Romeo and Juliet the movie with Clair Danes and Leonardo DiTap-that-ass? Oops, I mean Dicapalicious, I mean DiCaprio. LOL. *blushes again.* That is the exact movie that came to mind when reading both books in this series. It wasn’t even that the story structure was the same, which it is similar, but Laini’s¬†intricately carved¬†words artfully depict the scenes in her book like the cinematography director Baz Luhrmann did for the 1996 Romeo and Juliet. Stunning! Dazzling! Gorgeous! I wish I could show you the inside of my head while I read through the trials and tribulations of this gripping and addictive story!

A little bird told me that this will be made into a movie as well! (actually Laini¬†said it herself on twitter!!!) That would be awesome if Baz Lurhmann, director extraordinaire in my opinion, would do the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE movies. I know he’s not, cause I think I heard the name Rupert Sanders, who directed Snow White and the Huntsman, but don’t quote me on that.

Anyways, without spoiling the book, I feel like all I can say is you will  absolutely not be disappointed if you pick up and read DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT. But of course you must read DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE first!

A definite 5 stars out of 5!

When you do read it, come back and we’ll have a chat. One which will include giggling and crying, laughing and screaming¬†over this book series and a bunch of¬†“when the heck is the third one coming out!?”

Have a nice week everyone! And may the power of words be with you!

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REVIEW: DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor (No Spoilers)

Well hello and welcome back. How was everyone’s Holiday? Mine was fantastic, and beside it¬†being busy as hell and full of annoying yet lovable relatives, I very much enjoyed myself. LOL!

So I just finished reading DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by LAINI¬†TAYLOR and I’ve just got to say Holy Heck! What a treat! More like double chocolate cake with hot fudge sauce and cold vanilla bean ice cream on the side (if that’s your kinda thing). I could barely put my nook down! I am now 1/4 of the way through its sequel. But back to the first book. Oh and here’s the book cover. Amazing as well!

To me DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is like a beautifully twisted modern-day fantasy of Romeo and Juliet with a magical feel that awakens your imaginations in ways you never knew possible and LAINI TAYLOR, Shakespear. Her words are like soft brush strokes that paint a masterpiece of in-depth emotions and heart-pounding suspense. They fizzle with the touch of pinwheel firecrackers and light-as-air snow flakes.

The beginning of the story begins in modern-day Prague, with two young art students who are living and struggling with¬†normal life obstacles like any¬†young college students out on their own.¬†But Karou is nothing close to normal. She has a hazy and unreal past… and so many questions. Why the strange tattoos on her hands? Her friends wonder about the strange creatures she draws in her sketchbooks. What about¬†her family and her past that she never talks about?¬†And why are there black handprints marking doorways all around the city, and frankly, the world?

From there, in the “normal world”, LAINI¬†TAYLOR smoothly¬†un-lifts the veil and¬†you¬†find yourself in a woven web of the real world and¬†a magical realm, chock full of wonder and mystery.¬†The transition¬†was so smooth, in fact, that the integrated fantasy was so much a reality¬†for me it was unbelievable! The character’s are crisp and so real.

Karou, a girl with bright blue hair, and strange tattoos on her hands, is a very relatable character. And Akiva, the mysterious “man,” just makes you feel weak in the knees. My favorite character throughout though, is Brimstone. At first he puts an unknown fear in your heart, but you grow to love him, and honestly, I just want to hug the heck out of him.

To wrap it up, I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone, male or female, young or old, who still has magic in their heart and imagination in their mind. From 1-5, I give this book 5 STARS!

Get DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by LAINI¬†TAYLOR here. It’s available on the nook, in paperback, hardcover, and audio book. Enjoy and happy reading!!

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