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I have been so graciously asked by Darkiss to be a permanent reviewer for DarkissReads. I am really excited about this opportunity to read and review upcoming authors.
I love to read and usually have more than one book on the go at any one time. My taste in novels cannot be confined into a few genre types. I love all different genres, but currently am having a love affair with gritty paranormal/fantasy. My first love; Mike Carey with his Felix Castor series, second would be Simon R Green and his Nightside series. They both really grab my attention and leave me wanting more, while last but not least The Tales of Soloman Kane by Robert E Howard.
You will find many different books on my bookshelf ranging from Fiction, Non–Fiction and the occasional Historical Romance….yes I love Romance. My all-time favorite romance author is from back in the day “Kathleen Woodwiss”. I still have my original copy of her book The Wolf and the Dove, and to this day it captures my imagination and I find myself transported back in time to the invasions of William the Conquer.
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- Paradox - The Angels Are Here (Book 1)
on May 05, 2011
The world of Angels in which Patti Roberts creates is one of greed, power, sex, control with a bit of conspiracy theory which lays the ground work for the war between good and evil. But who is good and who is evil remains to be seen. Her world of Angels is multi-faceted and for a brief moment I was immersed into their world and presented with very complex and twisted characters and I found myself wanting more. The author has truly created a villain worth reading, he is dark and so very bad that you can't help but want to see more of his dammed soul.
The story then catapults the reader 900 years into the future and back on Earth. In which we find a young girl Grace whose life has just spun out of control. As I followed Grace's story I found myself wanting to be back in the world the Angels. The story of Grace took me through a gamut of emotions ; grief, sadness and despair. It almost felt like I was reading two very different books, one that was meant of an older audience with the writing style more intelligent, detailed and descriptions that made the realm of the Angels come alive. Then on to Grace's world where the author was writing to a younger audience, which I found a bit frustrating for I wanted to see more of the Angels stories. I found the supporting characters in Grace's story without depth, except for Grace herself, whose dark emotions and experiences I felt right along with her.
Though in hindsight, the feeling of good and evil was very tangible throughout and evident in the different writing styles within the story. There are several sub-plots within the tale that I thought could have been explored more and would have given greater insight to supporting characters. One worthy note I would like to mention is the Author did a fantastic job of catching my imagination and giving me glimpse as to who and what Guardian Angels are. I found her ideas very interesting and I am sure most readers will easily identify with her vision of " Guardian Angels"
The book fits into the fantasy realm though it is labeled as teen and young adult. For myself it gave me my first taste of the world of Angels through Patti Roberts eyes and I was not disappointed. All in all a very good read and be prepared for two stories that will come together in what I hope to be a very exciting follow up book " Paradox - Progeny of Innocence" This book is a worthy 4 stars!
- Hidden - a dark romance (Marchwood Vampire Series #1)
on Sep. 20, 2011
Hidden is the first book in the Marchwood Vampire Series by Shalini Boland. This story is a breath of fresh air in the young adult paranormal genre. Spanning centuries and continents, this lively story takes us on an intriguing journey of discovery and horror that you don't want to end. The story follows Madison Greene and her brother Ben, as their lives take a dramatic turn for the better. Moving out of foster care into their own home and immense wealth. But along with the wealth comes responsibility and intrigue. In this tale we see the past merge with the present in a chilling and exciting way, as Madison searches for answers and finds them from the most unexpected person ; Alexander Chevalier whom just happens to be a vampire.
The characters within the novel come to life and jump right off the page, I found myself easily immersed in the story from the late Victorian era of Alexandre's journey to Cappadocia, where he and his family unlock pure evil, then submerged into Madison's world of dealing with the present. The characters have depth and are very well rounded, along with the supporting characters that bring more insights and comical humor to the story. The love story is very well portrayed and done tastefully and well suited for a young adult audience. I found myself once again caught up in the feelings of first love.
This book is extremely well written and I was very impressed with the author's ability to tell two stories in completely different styles of writing; late Victorian for Alexandre's story, and present day for Madison's. She did a fantastic job and both stories flowed well throughout the entire book to merge into a great ending. One of the things I really enjoyed about this novel, was the author's ability to create terrifying and chilling scenes within the book. She led me through my own imagination as my mind brought up images of what was taking place. Much to my surprise I might add since I love gritty detail. The author also had a way with humor as the characters interacted in a truly comical way when Alexandre a Victorian Noble tries to find is way in the modern world.
All in all this book was a great read and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good vampire story. This is a unique tale that stands out among the rest due to the author's wonderful storytelling and her fresh new perspective on Vampires. I am looking forward to reading the next book in series "Thicker than Blood, Book 2" I give this book 4.5 Stars!
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- The Pendragon's Quest (The Last Pendragon Saga)
on Sep. 20, 2011
The Pendragon's Quest is the second book in the "The Last Pendragon Saga" by Sarah Woodbury. This story picks up right where the first book "The Last Pendragon" leaves off. We find Cade, Rhiann, Taliesin and their companions facing a threat far greater then the forces of Arawn ; the Saxons and Mabon who seeks to destroy them all.
Sarah Woodbury outdoes herself with "The Pendragon's Quest", which I thought was impossible because the first book was so good. I was wrong, this book surpasses the first as the author brings us deeper into Cade's world and those of his companions. Again I was caught up in the brotherhood of warriors whose mettle was tested time and time again in battle. The story explores and adds more depth to the Characters of Cade's most trusted Knights; Dafydd, Hywel and Gornowry whose loyalty to King and country could cost them their lives. We see the true meaning of courage and the will to never surrender flow from the pages of this novel. We see the love grow and strengthen between Cade and Rhiann along with the respect they have for each other and their vulnerably in their need for each other. And last but not least Taliesin who in this story has his own demons to fight, as Cade journeys with him to a place where only few have gone before in search of something that was lost. The author also introduces two new female characters which add depth to certain characters. These subplots within the story all weave together beautifully at the end.
The author's love for Wales and the Welsh people can be felt with every word that is written. I found myself wanting to take up arms and fight under the Red Dragon banner. Staying true to the Welsh historical facts the author blends them seamlessly with the Welsh myths, legends and her characters within the story. One can truly feel the pride and determination of the Welsh people fighting against submission to the invaders from the North and their desire to be united under one King.
Having a love affair with Wales myself, I was so excited to see so many familiar places that I have visited in the book, the familiar feeling of the landscape transported me deeper into the story as I envisioned the battles that were taking place. It made the story that much more real to me. Wales is truly a land of mist, myth and legend and Sarah Woodbury captures it all within her tale.
The novel is extremely well written, and Sarah Woodbury is a true Bard in every sense of the world. Her storytelling ability and true to life battle scenes puts her right up there as one of my favorite authors. The cover artwork for her book is amazing and just helps fuel the imagination as the story unfolds as myth and legend come to life. I give this book 5 stars.
- Dark Waters
on Nov. 20, 2011
Dark Waters by L.E Fitzpatrick truly lives up to its description of " An Epic Pirate Adventure" in every sense of the word. Falling into the fantasy genre it is a unique story that will take you to the dark depths of humanity then to the heights of battles won, along with lots of blood, guts and swashbuckling adventure. This book is definitely for adults and not for the faint of heart. With its fair share of descriptive battle scenes and language that would make your grandmother blush, unless she is woman of the feared Fimorri Pirates!
I have always wanted to read a good story about Pirates and Dark Waters was the answer to my prayers. I have read a lot of wonderful books, but this novel grabbed hold of my desire for adventure and took me on a ride that I would gladly do all over again. This story follows Egan Wey, a Fimorri Pirate, Princess Adiah and Brother Fernwick as they battle against Adiah's evil brother Prince Conrad and his sick desire to rule the Islands. Not only are they in a battle for their lives but they are also in a battle for their own sanity. War rages between the pages of this story and these three are caught up in a life or death effort to save themselves and their people. We see the honor of the scallywags as they fight for those they love in their own twisted code of the sea.
The Characters in this tale are so well developed that the lines between main characters and supporting characters are blurred. My favorite Character was Egan Wey; there was so much beneath the surface of this pirate. His twisted sense of humor had me laughing and his darkness of soul that could only come from suffering things so terrible that I was in awe of his drive to survive. It is his background that sparks his relationship with Princess Adiah and their understanding of each other. We see a very interesting triangle between Wey, Adiah and Brother Fernwick that is filled with secrets and adventure. The Evil that threatens the Islands affects all walks of life and consumes them, leaving zombie like creatures driven to the point of madness in their quest for "The Red"(a drug). These creatures can be molded into killings machines that cannot be stopped.Truly terrifying stuff!
There are crews of supporting characters that add so much to the story, as I said before the lines were blurred as I felt the pain, loss and joy of their experiences. I am very impressed with how the author was able to create such characters and his ability to weave their stories together. The book moves at a very fast pace that halfway through I was amazed that there was more to come. This is not an easy read, for there are many plot lines to follow but this is what moves the story at a breakneck speed to an epic outcome. I have to mention the cover art work by Huw Hedges, who was able to incorporate key points to the story within his illustration, which I thought was brilliant!
I was truly sad to see the book end, and I hope there are more stories about Wey and his Fimorri Pirates on the Horizon. I enjoyed this book so much that I want to read it again to make sure I didn't miss anything! So with that said I give this book 5 Stars!