Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review for The Brothers Three by Layton Green

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be plunged into a dangerous fantasy world?

The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind.

The brothers’ lives are changed forever when they receive a belated inheritance from their father: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue’s bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a strange key whisks the brothers across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that the brothers accept the truth and undergo a perilous journey home. With the help of an alluring but deadly adventuress, they must break into the keep of a sorcerer known for his love of diabolical games, find a trio of enchanted talismans, and somehow defeat an evil wizard who can raise legions of the undead to do his bidding.

It seems the brothers have found their adventure. But will they live to tell the tale? 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

So this is just a great book, plain and simple! Anyone who loves fantasy and adventure and epic quests will enjoy this fast paced, easy fun read. There were several things that made this book stand out from other fantasy novels for me. First, I loved how the book used parallel worlds to create a fantasy word that mimics our own. The three brothers each have their own personalities and traits which adds a great dynamic to the story. The writing is top notch and  Green does a great job spinning a plot that is entertaining and engrossing. You will find yourself breezing though this book simply due to the story being awesome.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blog Tour for Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney with GIVEAWAY!!

Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
Publication Date:  February 14, 2017
Publisher:  Clean Reads Publishing

The end of an Empire, the rise of a Queen

Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory's arrival she will discover she is the long-lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.

With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.

Some things are better left in the shadows


*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This was a thoroughly enjoyable read! I loved how it changed perspectives and each chapter was from another character's point of view. The story flowed well and moved quickly. There was depth to the characters that made the story more relatable. No character was all good or all evil, each was a mix which was perfect. 

Black Dawn is a well-written fantasy novel with plenty for everyone! This story had romance, mystery, fighting and drama all woven together perfectly to create a fast paced engaging story. The ending leaves you ready for more! 

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Mallory McCartney currently lives in London, Ontario with her husband and their two dachshunds Link and Lola. Black Dawn is her debut novel, the first in a series. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found dog grooming, book shopping and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Book Review of Roam by Erik Therme

Three strangers, each searching for something out of reach.

Sarah Cate, celebrating her twenty-first birthday, is pushed over the edge after car trouble strands her in the middle of nowhere with an angry, unstable boyfriend.

Kevin Reed, a troubled adolescent abused by a loveless father, roams the night in his black Camaro, looking to pay forward one of the few acts of kindness he’s ever received.

Scotty Mason, plagued by profound guilt and completely detached from his world, is haunted by the unshakable fear that something inside him is dangerously broken and cannot be fixed.

When their lives intersect in an unsavory hotel with a bloody history, all three will struggle to exorcise their personal demons, unaware that a bigger threat is looming . . . and waiting for the right moment to strike.

Like Joshua Gaylord and Daniel Kraus before him, author Erik Therme explores the angst of disconnected youth in his enthralling and powerful Roam. Therme’s darkly tinged novel is an unforgettable tale of three errant souls brutalized by life’s cruel circumstances, and a remarkable night of discovery and violence that will change them forever.


*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book was a little hard for me to read personally...and that is part of the reason I liked it so well. Roam takes on some tough plot lines, one being an abusive boyfriend. This is a dark book with rays of light in it. As someone who has made it out the other side of an abusive relationship, I felt Erik captured what it was like very well. Sarah is a good person who despite her flaws is trying her hardest to do the right thing. She realizes after three months of dating that her dream boyfriend is anything but a dream. The shortness of their relationship bothered me at first, but it also made me proud of Sarah for identify Matt's behavior and realizing it wasn't how she should be treated. 

Sarah isn't the only character we follow in Roam. Scotty has fallen on hard times and his actions and thoughts are hard to read sometimes. I was able to feel empathy for him but also was very cautious about what he was doing. Kevin, on the other hand, has his own demons he's faced and is on the brink of overcoming them. Together Sarah and Kevin realize they may just be what the other is looking for. I loved their romance as I felt it helped show Sarah the type of man she should be with. 

While this wasn't always an easy read for me because of my past, I would encourage readers to read it. There is mystery and suspense as well as great character development. I would rate it PG-13. This is a fast paced, mystery and tear-jerker novel that is well worth your time to read! 

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About the Author:

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways: