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Shanti and the Magic Mandala by FT Camargo

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Shanti and the Magic Mandala is an adventure in which fantasy and reality are mingled. The book tells the story of six teenagers, from different religious and cultural origins and different parts of the world, who are mystically recruited to form two groups – one in the Northern Hemisphere, and one in the Southern. They eventually gather in Peru, and through a single alliance, begin a frantic chase for the sacred object that can stop the black magician’s final plan.

The story starts with Shanti, an Indian immigrant that lives with her father in a tiny apartment in New York City. She is having an out of body experience and is told that she is from Sirius Delta. That her and five others came to Earth to fight for the treatment of animals. That she was at Atlantis and fought followers of the darkness with their experiments with the animals. At a time in the near future three of the reincarnated fighters will meet in New York and form the Northern Alliance at the same time three fighters meet as the Southern Alliance.

We meet all six characters throughout the story as you learn how they come to meet a spiritual guide to help them meet with their groups and then as they battle the black magicians. All of the fighters, Shanti, Nasir, Itai, Antonio, Helena, and Tadao come together and have several different run-ins with the Children of Satan, what the black magicians are calling themselves this time around. It becomes a race against time when Shanti is kidnapped and the eclipse has started.

This was a good story. I really liked how it was about six kids from around that world. It’s such a change from the typical characters that are in more young adult stories. I also like the diversity of every ones beliefs. It was a great blend for the story and how the characters came together.

Shanti and the Magic Manadala has great action and a well written story. It’s easy to like the characters and cheer them on with every turn. This is a good story and I think that middle grade, teens, and adults will like it.

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

For more information on Shanti and the Magic Mandala be sure to check out AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Goodreads. To learn more about FT Camargo, checkout his website.

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IFICS series By Julia CraneReview (1)

~*~FREAK OF NATURE (IFICS #1)~*~

Freak

Donate Body to Science. Check.

When seventeen-year-old Kaitlyn checked the box, she never suspected she’d have her life–and her body –stolen from her. She awakens one day in a secret laboratory to discover that her body is now half-robot and is forced to hide her own secret: that she still has human emotions and a human mind. If the scientists who made her find out, they’ll erase what remains of who she was.

Kaitlyn finds an unlikely ally in Lucas, a handsome, brilliant scientist who can’t get over the guilt he feels knowing she was once a vibrant, beautiful young woman. He never expected a science project to affect him the way she does. As he tries to help her rediscover her past, he finds himself falling for the brave girl struggling to find her place and acceptance between the human and computer worlds.

MY REVIEW

Kaitlyn has become the first cyborg. She has had so many upgrades that she resembles a robot more than a girl. But there is a little part of her that she keeps hidden, afraid that they will try to take that away too. Thank fully Quess, the professor’s granddaughter, is at the compound for the summer. She knows that Kaitlyn has feeling and has been a friend when she needed one.

Kaitlyn is also finding herself attracted to Lucas, the guy that has been working on all of her programming. But she is afraid to share those feelings because she is supposed to be a robot. Lucas also has feelings for Kaitlyn but no matter what tests are performed he sees no sign of human emotions.

Then Kaitlyn learns that she is to be sold to the government and used as a black ops agent she panics. She tells Lucas that she has feelings and doesn’t want to leave him. Now they are trying to figure out what can be done in the best interest of Kaitlyn.

I really liked this story. I really felt for Kaitlyn, although she understands the situation she still has the desire for free will. But she is trapped and afraid to lose the last part of herself. I liked Quess, she was such a kick in the shorts. I love how she is “teaching” Kaitlyn slang. The only thing I would say that I found as a draw back is the ending was a little too easy.

This is a great story and a wonderful start to the series. I can’t wait to see what happens in Fractured Innocence.

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~*~FRACTURED INNOCENCE (IFICS BOOK #2)~*~

Fractured

Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance’s current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it’s like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.

MY REVIEW

Kate is now partnered up with Erik and they are on their first mission, find Vance Dasvoik, a leader in illegal drugs, weapons, and human trafficking. But this story is also about Aaliyah, a young girl that is kidnapped on her way home and put into the sex trafficking market by Dasvoik. Kate learns about her and makes it her mission to save Aaliyah.

This is a well written book on a very touchy subject. Trafficking is one of those topics that we seem to know about without really knowing about it. As I read about Aaliyah my heart was breaking for what she was going through. It’s hard to think that people all around the world go through that every day.

Julia Crane writes so well that I completely forgot about the cyborg portion of the story and was cheering Kate on to rescue Aaliyah. I was also hoping Dasvoik would slowly be put through the same tortures he afflicted on Aaliyah.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

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Julia crane is the author of the Keegan’s Chronicles, IFICS. She has a bachelors degree in criminal justice. Julia has believed in magical creatures since the day her grandmother first told her an Irish tale. Growing up her mother greatly encouraged reading and using your imagination.

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