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Alex

Alex: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy

Alex (Verhoeven Trilogy – 2) by Pierre Lemaitre

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Alex Prévost—kidnapped, savagely beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a tiny wooden cage—is running out of time. Her abductor appears to want only to watch her die. Will hunger, thirst, or the rats get her first?

Apart from a shaky eyewitness report of the abduction, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no leads, and no family or friends anxious to find a missing loved one. The diminutive and brilliant detective knows from bitter experience the urgency of finding the missing woman as quickly as possible—but first he must understand more about her.

As he uncovers the details of the young woman’s singular history, Camille is forced to acknowledge that the person he seeks is no ordinary victim. She is beautiful, yes, but also extremely tough and resourceful. Before long, saving Alex’s life will be the least of Commandant Verhoeven’s considerable challenges.

The story starts with Alex getting kidnapped and locked in a small crate. The man doesn’t say much beyond the fact that he wants to watch her die. At the same time, Camille Verhoeven has been given this case. It is hard for him since it is so close to what happened with his own wife. Camille is in a race against time to save Alex, a girl he knows nothing about. But things take a strange twist and Camille is on board unwillingly to find Alex and figure out what is really going on.

It is so hard to review this book without giving away too many details. You have to discover them along the way. I have a love and hate relationship with Alex. You feel sorry for her, hate her actions, and then want to cry. Camille is very wrapped up in his own past and seems distracted with this case, but he does keep working to find out what really happened to Alex.

This is a great story! There are great twists and turns, wonderful characters, and a horrifying ending. Be warned, the ending is a bit graphic, it works well for the book but it wraps everything up nicely.

This is one book that you don’t want to miss. Now I want to read the other books.

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Book Info-

Title: Skeleton & Dust

Series: The Ferryman + The Flame #0.5

By: Rhiannon Paille

Expected Publication: October 1st, 2013

Blurb-

In the First Era, before Kaliel and Krishani fell in love, Tor runs. He escapes the Land of Kings and the tyrannical Valtanyana. In the depths of Tempia he forges weapons– The Flames– strong enough to oppose the Kings he betrayed.

Aria, The Amethyst Flame, cannot touch the living or the dead and her kin are silent ghosts. Hidden in a cairn deep in the haunted forest, Aria becomes obsessed with the Ferryman, the only boy who can feel her touch.

Before Aria knows it, The Flames, The Ferryman and Tor are swept up in the first war against the Valtanyana.

Tor has found his soul mate on Tempia. But he knows that the Valtanyana won’t stop hunting him which means the peaceful Tempians won’t survive. Tor starts creating Flames to help fight the Valtanyana. But with an accident, he creates Aria, the Amethyst Flame. Not knowing what to do with her, he keeps her secluded.

Aria follows Tor’s instructions, but she know she is different and needs to stay hidden. When Tor tells her to call the Ferryman, she finds that she is drawn to him. But the Valtanyana are starting their attack and she has been dealt a bad card but must make use of that and her connection to the Ferryman.

I have been meaning to read the Ferryman and the Flame series for a while now. This was a great way to get into the series and help promote the book. I loved Skeleton and Dust. It was interesting to find out how Aria was created and her connection to the Ferryman. I felt for Tor and would like to know how the rest of his story plays out. Over all, I am officially hooked and can’t wait to get reading the rest of the books in the series. You have to get this book, either to start the series or to catch up on prior events.

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About the Author-

Rhiannon is an up and coming Indie Author that writes Young Adult Fantasy books and some non fiction. She has a PhD in Metaphysical Science and Parapsychology. When she’s not writing books she’s reading minds, singing karaoke, burning dinner and sipping iced cappuccino despite her allergy to coffee. Some day she’d like to own a unicorn—as long as it doesn’t eat her. She’s sold over 25,000 copies of her books worldwide.

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Credara

Credara: Rise of the Kraylen by JE Henderson

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) CREDARA: Rise of the Kraylen is book one of the exciting new fantasy fiction series, The Credara Trilogy. After the Kraylen, fallen angels cast out of Heaven after the Great War, rise up against God and mankind for revenge, a reluctant monk learns that not only is he God’s chosen warrior, but discovers that the leader of the uprising brutally murdered his entire family during his youth. Now, he must grow beyond his own seething anger and desire for vengeance, and into the warrior he was destined to be. While harnessing the immense power of the Credara, he must lead a Godly army against God’s purest enemy, and save mankind from a fate worse than death.

The story starts at the end of the Great War in heaven with Lucifer being thrown to hell and his angels being turned into the Kraylen and scattered across the world. The credara, the key to unlocking hell, is hidden on earth. A thousand years later, we meet Agean. His is a monk of the Holy Order of God that has studied history and trained to fight against the rising of the Kraylen.

Agean can’t remember anything from his past and is haunted by nightmares. He is the Sitcian, the one that has the power to stop the Kraylen. He also learns about the credara and his own past. He joins with others that have been trained to stop Lucifer from being released from hell. But he is torn between doing what is expected from him and killing those that slaughtered his family.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the imagery and the religious references. My heart goes out to Agean. He is bored, so exhausted from the continual nightmare, and then bend on revenge. He goes through so much yet rises above. I loved the ending which is open for another couple books.

This is a great story that will draw you in. It is one that you don’t want to miss.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Beyond the Gardens

Beyond the Gardens

Beyond the Gardens by Sandra C. Lopez

(Excerpt from Goodreads)
She was a shy artist, who was afraid to blossom into the beautiful flower she was meant to grow into.

At the age of 18, Esperanza Ignacio begins her college years at an upscale Los Angeles art school, where she studies to fulfill her long-term dream in Animation. But she soon learns the truth to the old folktale: “you can take the girl out of the barrio, but you can’t take the barrio out of the girl.” Even though she’s getting financial aid, Esperanza works a part-time job during her break from classes just to make ends meet. Her roommate, Anna, is what she calls a “chicana from Beverly Hills” because of the rich daddy and the new car she got for her quinceaera.

Things get a little confusing for Esperanza when an old friend comes looking for her, hoping to start a meaningful relationship. But is Carlos the right guy for her? She never even considered him to be anything more than a friend since high school. Then comes Jake, a gorgeous mechanic, who shares her passion for books and loves her for who she is. What’s a girl to do?
Strength and determination help pave the way for the future. And, as she approaches her graduation, she is faced with a difficult decision: should she leave Los Angeles and leave behind her family, her home, and everything she’s known? Ever since she was born in the California barrio of Hawaiian Gardens, she’s always had to look over the fence, wondering what she’s been missing. Now she’s taking a flying leap over to see what’s beyond the little barrio. What’s beyond her family, her friends, and her past? What’s beyond the little nothing town, where dreams don’t exist? What’s beyond The Gardens? Is it life, love, a future? The story of Esperanza is finally concluded in this wildly entertaining and heart-warming sequel.

Sandra contacted me about reviewing her book. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to review her book for her. But I can do the next best thing, post about her book.

This looks really interesting. I have added it to my wish list for when I finally see the light with my review books. For more information, check out the Goodreads page.

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Nephilim by Asa Schwarz

Nephilim

Nephilim By Asa Schwarz

3 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A Thriller of Biblical Proportion When eco warrior Nova decides to take action against environmentally dangerous corporations, little does she know that a shadowy organization shares in her goal.

Nephilim is a riveting thriller, set in the historic capital of Sweden. Blending biblical mythology with global conspiracies in a convincing and effective manner, it’s a page-turning novel that raises important questions.

Nova works for Greenpeace and has decided to start targeting the Dirty 30 with a couple of her friends. Their plan is to break into on of the CEO’s apartments and graffiti it. Unfortunately, when Nova gets in the apartment, she finds the CEO, his wife, and the family dog murdered and posed.

Police officer Amanda is having a harsh week. She is suffering from a horrible stomach and wants nothing more than to curl up in bed. But she is the one inspecting the death of Nova’s mother. And she gets wrapped up in the murder of the CEO. When a couple more people end up dead with all signs pointing at Nova, this looks like a pretty gory yet easy case, if she can find Nova.

But that is not all. There is also a death of a gentleman that was trying to find The Ark and a mysterious FON foundation that has split Nova’s inheritance. Nova has to clear her name and find out what is really going on before she ends up in prison.

This was an interesting read. It is an English translation from Swedish which I think might have altered some of the meaning with the story. I liked Nova. She was just going to harass an environmental violator and ends up being suspect number one. There were some interesting environmental facts that were good but did get a little oppressive towards the end. I also feel like the FON was an interesting addition but I felt that area was a little week.

Beyond that, it was a good book. It was an interesting idea and I admit that I had to reference a couple things, like William Hogarth. I think that there is the possibility of a sequel where we could get more into the FON. If you are big into the environment and murder, you should read this book. I think you will like it.

I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Fairy Blues

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Fairy Blues (Songs of Magic – 2) by JL Bryan

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) With their enchanted instruments charming the crowds, the Assorted Zebras attract interest from record producers, and soon they’re off to cut their first album and music video. Jason and his friends don’t know they’ve just become pawns in a sinister plot by a cabal of evil fairies…

Meanwhile, Aoide and her band pursue a new strategy for regaining their stolen instruments, one that will take them into the most haunted region in Faerie.

The Assorted Zebra’s are have been selected to fly to Ireland and have Marlarkay records produce their music. But this is not going as everyone expected. Some band members don’t mind the changes while others are having a tougher time adjusting to all the changes. And it seems that the contract that they should have read is more binding than they originally thought. We start to see that there is something special about Erin, especially when other fairies are talking about her possibly causing problems in the recovery of the magical instruments.

Then we have the musicians back in fairy. The queen’s knights have kept their life savings to perform an investigation. So, the musicians take it upon themselves to find a banshee wolf to help them track down the instruments. But this is not going to be easy since these are a group of city fairies and are out of their element in the country.

I loved the second book in the series. I wanted to scream at the kids when they just trusted that the contract is ok and signed away. I was really surprised at Erin’s mom and can’t wait to find out more about her. Of course, the fairies are getting closer to reclaiming the magical instruments and it’s going to be a toss up if the musicians or dark fae get them first.

This is a great book for all ages and I recommend it to anyone that likes fairy stories.. Now I can’t wait to get readings Fairystruck.

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