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Review: A Study in Silks

A Study in Silks
A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No man is an angel, however handsome he is.

Evelina Cooper, Sherlock Holmes’s niece, is trying to find her way between two worlds: that of her uncle and Grandmamma Holmes, and her circus-performing Gran Cooper. While readying for her first Season, murder and intrigue compel Evelina to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and play detective in order to save her friends.

Evelina, Imogen, Nick, and Tobias–and the rest of the cast–are all unique characters bursting with life. The setting takes on a essence of its own, complete with magical guardians and questionable night life. The fascination with tools, mechanics, and magic puts Evelina in wonderfully awkward situations, which she uses to her advantage.

There were few places the pace slowed, and sometimes the lack of communication, though purposeful, was frustrating. The tragedy of Gran Cooper was disappointing–it would have been a good meeting.

A Study in Silks is a delightful twist on the Holmes world, full of steam engines, magic, and clockwork contraptions. If you’re a fan of steampunk, mysteries, and Sherlock, pick it up.

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Review: Gardens of Ampheia

Gardens of Ampheia
Gardens of Ampheia by Joshua Silverman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Purple like the color of the fire?

Thea has trained for war her entire life. Living as a farmer, she has a lonely existence until a horrible accident changes her life — and life on Potara — forever.

Though short, this novella packs a lot of history and action. There is much more to Thea than meets the eye, and she discovers things about herself and pieces of her past, leading to life as it’s known in The Emerald Tablet.

Thea is a strong character who does the best she can without true guidance. She is ruled by fear and uncertainty, perhaps rightly so. As the story unfolds, it hints at who she will be and what greatness she’ll accomplish.

Gardens of Ampheia is a great addition to the Legends of Amun Ra world.

*I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review*

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Review: The Soul of the World

The Soul of the World
The Soul of the World by Joshua Silverman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Think positive thoughts, Leoros. Think about Atlantia. Don’t let the fear, the hate, in.

The Soul of the World picks up two years after The Emerald Tablet left off. The action kicks into high gear as a race for knowledge and power leaves no time for catching of breath. Leoros must find a way to get back to Atlantia, and stop the Brotherhood of the Black Rose from destroying Potara — but how?

The cast of characters returns to face the next challenges of fulfilling the prophecy. Leoros and Atlantia are reunited, bringing a few new faces into the mix; Kem and Shirin strive for godhood; Dio and Axios prepare for war. The internal battles these characters face are almost as devastating as the physical, and the development of each blossoms.

The writing is immediately different (3rd person past vs 3rd person present from the first book) and flows more smoothly than the previous book. The descriptions are vivid and rich, and there is much more going on with each character. That said, the ending seemed a bit rushed for all the build-up that took place.

Full of action, reunion, hardships, battle, and conflict, The Soul of the World is a brilliant sequel and promises great things to come from this series.

*I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review*

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Review: The Emerald Tablet

The Emerald Tablet
The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We’re going to find the secrets to the universe…

While on a dig with his mother in Egypt to find the Emerald Tablet, Leoros uncovers a distant world full of energy, prophecy, and conflict. Joined by Atlantia, the last of the Oracles, Leoros discovers his destiny and must fight to save a people he never new existed.

The Emerald Table is an captivating read, full of rich myth woven in with science and fantasy. There was a lot of care taken to get the facts correct and to twist them into a blend of ancient and modern worlds.

The long list of characters might seem daunting at first, especially with the authentic names, but they become familiar as the story progresses. Leoros seems to adjust very quickly to his new situation, his trust and faith, if you will, placed almost blindly in his new mentor and friends. But as the plot progresses, Leoros and Atlantia come into their own.

While the story itself was fascinating, the ‘telling’ was repetitive in places. The characters had wonderful potential to ‘show’ what they were thinking/going through, but fell short.

Overall, The Emerald Table is a complex introduction to a series worth reading for anyone who loves the blend of myth and modern-day science/fantasy.

*I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review*

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Review: Trust

Trust
Trust by Tim Mettey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In my mind, I could see all the different possibilities of what was about to happen, and there was only one scenario where Chad wouldn’t get hurt.

Three months ago, Nicholas Keller found out he was part of an ancient group called the Thusians. He thought his life was settling down, until his new neighbors move in. Now he finds himself taking part of an impossible search. In order to protect everyone he cares about, he must figure out who to trust.

Trust picks up where Secrets leaves off, tossing Nicholas and Elle back in to danger. The writing is clearer (perhaps due to not having to reestablish the world) and there is a nice build of anticipation about the search. Readers who liked following Nicholas in Secrets will enjoy Trust even more.

Like Secrets, Trust was an entertaining read, fast-paced and full of mystery that keeps readers turning the page. Nicholas’s story doesn’t seem over yet, and readers will be curious to see what his next challenge will be.

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New Release: Trust

Today I have a new release from Tim Mettey. It is the sequel to Secrets and the second book in The Hero Chronicles. I have read Secrets, you can see my review here, and will have my review for Trust up soon.

Also, Oct. 10-11th, Trust  will be FREE! (It also looks like Secrets is free too!) If you’re looking for a book to keep your NA hooked, check this out!

THC_Trust_FrontCover_CMYKBlurb:

Nicholas Keller has come to terms with his Thusian heritage and has finally achieved some normalcy in his life. But when new neighbors move in next door at the beginning of his junior year, everything changes. He is launched into an impossible search, uncertain of who to trust, and this time it’s not just his own life that hangs in the balance—it’s the lives of countless others and everyone he loves.

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Review: Tease

Tease
Tease by Cambria Hebert
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A person can only make a mockery out of someone if they allow it.

Harlow is broke. Her snow cone vending job isn’t going to pay the bills since her roommate moved out and her student funding got cut. So she walks into the Mad Hatter and becomes a stripper.

The book begins with a strong, sexy (if shy) Harlow, who knows what she wants and is determined to get it. As the novel progresses, she becomes more dependent on Cam, the sexy bartender who is slowly stealing her heart. The plot is a little loose, with someone suddenly stalking Harlow, but the chemistry and humor between her and Cam is endearing. The way Cam knows exactly what to do to drive her crazy, knows where to take her to sweep her off her feet, and shows up exactly when she needs him is both sweet and frustrating.

Tease has a cast of characters who readers will want to know more about, a lot of teasing sex appeal, and some sweet and funny moments.

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