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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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Blog Tour: Flux

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The last thing sixteen-year-old Alaina Oftedahl-Miller expected was to watch her mom brutally destroy their life.

But, in the wake of tra  gedy, strength forms. Shipped off to live with her birth father, Alaina finds herself dealing with more than just being the new Canadian girl in a Norwegian school. Juggling the formation of a relationship with the man who abandoned her as a child, and a budding attraction to Kaius Vargøy–the mysterious, beautiful classmate who’s been assigned as her personal translator–Alaina can’t shake the feeling that every move she makes is being watched. Judged.

She soon learns there’s far more to this sleepy Norwegian town than she ever imagined. Kaius and his friends aren’t exactly what they seem, and the repercussions of that could send her traveling through the most unexpected experience of her life. Murder and relocation is one thing, but add in supernatural occurrences and Vikings, and even she may not have the strength to survive.

Excerpt:

(Featuring a first look at the mysterious male lead: Kaius)

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Kaius

Usually, when the town drifted under the heavy spell of sleep, I used the time for quiet reflection, or spent it with the others.

Tonight felt different, poignant—if I had to choose a precise word to describe the tightness in my stomach and the way my skin tingled.

With my eyes shut, I willed my mind to show me something, anything that might be the reason. It happened rarely, but I was sometimes able to pick things up.

This was one of those occasions.

Each of my visions occurred in the same manner—the room or location I inhabited dissolved away piece by piece, much like the pixels on a computer screen. Then, the same process repeated, bringing the new setting into focus. Only when the very last piece was in place would the vision reveal itself to me:

A flash of metal . . .

A pair of feminine hands swinging a blade—small, though still every bit as deadly—with some difficulty . . .

Hands I’d seen in my visions many, many times before.

But, rather than focusing on the girl, I gave the entire scene my attention. A severe lack of structures, combined with the girl’s attire, gave me cause to assume this vision didn’t take place anywhere near the present time.

I guided my mind’s eye across the wide expanse of field packed with warriors and knights who didn’t belong in the same timeline, let alone the same region. I didn’t understand.

Ancient Scottish Picts, smeared with the ashes of their dead and the enemy’s blood, sparred with true Viking warriors, men of impressive stature and terrifying expressions.

Then, as suddenly as the images had arrived, they vanished, leaving me shrouded in a severe case of heartache. My ribs tightened, snakelike, as a strange sensation burned through me and my breath came in short gasps.

Unable to keep my current form, I allowed the release of energy, shedding my body and drifting out into Earth’s atmosphere. Only then did I truly understand what the strange new feeling was, and more importantly, what it meant.

She’s finally here.

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Ellie Carstens

For as long as she can recall, Ellie Carstens has been a huge fan of reading. The genre and content are not important as long as the story holds her captive. She believes that life is too short to be taken seriously all the time and to lose one’s self in a good book is an escape worth taking. Now, she writes science fiction, fantasy, romance, and beyond, creating stories that will hopefully bring that same passion for reading to others.

Flux is her debut title and the first in a Young Adult sci-fi/romance trilogy.

 

Blog Tour: Michael

     Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy, #2)

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Genre: YA/NA Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Paranormal

Publication: May 28, 2014

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AnnabellCadiz_Michael_800Synopsis: Zahara Faraday looks like a normal eighteen-year-old and lives in a quiet neighborhood with her overprotective parents. She works at a bookstore and hangs out with her best friend Becca King on a daily basis. But underneath the normal lies a secret life filled with dangerous supernaturals. Zahara belongs to a world made of Light Witches, rogue Imagoes (supernatural creatures with super strength, speed, and silver skin when the moon is out), fallen angels, and Nephilim (hybrid children born half-human, half-angel). Where her father Solomon Faraday is human, her mother Mia and her Aunt Catalina are Light Witches. They help protect the human world by hunting down rogue supernaturals who commit heinous acts against humans. What they never expected was the possibility of having to hunt down the one rogue coven they had befriended and come to trust in their battle against Lucifer. Rekesh Saint-Louis is the leader of the most powerful Imago coven in Florida and now he’s the most suspected. Supernatural bodies are starting to pile up with an ancient ritual long forbade being used to murder them and the symbol, one large cross with four smaller crosses around it—which represents Rekesh’s coven— being left behind. Rekesh and the Elders of his coven set out to find who is behind the murders and clearing his name before a war between the covens begins. To make matters more difficult, Rekesh also has to deal with the return of someone he has been keeping a secret.

Meanwhile, Zahara and Becca are spending more time brushing up on their training, knowing an attack from Lucifer can come at any moment. Between patrolling neighborhoods and hanging at the boarding school created by Charles Stephens—a fallen angel who created the school to protect the children of rogue supernaturals—they are thrown into one battle after another. Zahara begins to develop a closer bond with Jason as they train and chase down clues to clear Rekesh’s name. What she doesn’t know is the very powerful secret Jason is keeping; a secret that will change the course of the fight with Lucifer.

But Rekesh’s coven being set up isn’t the only danger. A new powerful and lethal drug has emerged from the shadows of the supernatural world called Inferi. The drug has two deadly side effects: it leaves the supernatural hungering for blood—both human and supernatural—and grants them the elemental power they had once possessed.

Lucifer is on the move and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on Zahara and complete the first act of his plan.

A battle is about to begin.

One that may cost the Faraday family everything they hold dear.

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Blog Tour: Resistance

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Resistance Jena LeighResistance (The Variant Series, #2)

Genre: YA Fantasy

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Synopsis: Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.
The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.

Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she’s left feeling more unstable than ever.

When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.

With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life… and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.

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Entranced Blog Tour: Taming Darkness

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I’m excited to bring you Kat Daemon today, who I recently found out I’ll have the pleasure of working with on books two and three! Check out her guest post on her road to publication, then scroll down for a sexy scene!

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Since he was sentenced to earth eons ago, Lucifer has always lived by three simple rules: Humans are toys that are meant to be played with, love is a useless emotion, and the only creature worth fighting for is himself. To him, nothing matters but his own enjoyment, whether it be manipulating those around him, or indulging in the sins of the flesh with Lilith. Then he found young, sweet, and innocent, Maria, who is everything that Lucifer detests. She has devoted her life to her one true love, God. Unable to resist a challenge, Lucifer sets his sights on tempting Maria away from his enemy. Disguising himself as Lucas Starr, he creates a world that not even Maria can resist. He never planned on having the tables turned on him. Imagine Lucifer’s surprise when Maria brings him to his knees and shows him a glimpse of heaven once more.

 Blinded by his arrogance and an unlikely vision, Lucifer falls again, this time forgetting that some lines should never be crossed. When his greatest opponent, Michael, shows up, all Hell breaks loose. Will Maria be able to accept Lucifer for who he truly is, or realize what Michael already knows: some destinies can never be changed?

 You can add Taming Darkness to your to-read list on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18779536-taming-darkness?from_search=true

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