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The Gods of Laki

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The Gods of Laki by Chris Angus

5 stars

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A race to unveil the secret of Laki, a volcano on the southern shores of Iceland, pits our heroes—a sixteen-year-old Viking girl from the tenth century, a German geologist from World War II, and a former Secret Service agent protecting a female volcanologist—against evil forces with a plan to cause an eruption using explosives, altering the global climate through the release and forcing the price of oil to skyrocket.

Everyone and everything on Laki is in danger, including the possibility of ever unraveling the mysteries of the place, as it faces burial beneath a carpet of lava flows. Caught underground by the fracturing physical breakup of Laki, everyone finds themselves ensnared by Laki itself—an unseen, implacable foe that seems everything but a benign presence. Every move they make appears to be guided and controlled by an intelligence that permeates the netherworld.

Only gradually, through all the conflict between the various factions, does everyone begin to realize that it is Laki itself that has always been in charge.

 

Laki is a volcano on the southern shores of Iceland. Through history there have been two serious eruptions. Some people are trying to set it off again to turn events in their favor. We start with a 16 year old Viking girl, Runa, and a small group has come to the land of fire and ice to find a new home. While there they find that the volcano has healing properties and is very dangerous at the same time.

Then we meet Fritz Kraus, a German geologist is studying Laki when he is brought into a scheme to cause an eruption to help the Germans win World War II. Finally we come to present day with former Secret Service Agent Ryan Baldwin. Senator Shelby Graham has asked Ryan to go to Iceland and protect his daughter Samantha. Samantha has done everything in her power to keep away from her controlling father and is very independent and quick to tell Ryan what she thinks about being babysat.

Samantha has stirred up a hornets nest with the Iranians that have brought money into the failing Icelandic economy. But things take a turn for the worse when someone tries to kill Samantha and Ryan a couple times, someone tries to revive the Germans plan to cause a volcanic eruption to turn the worlds market. Plus when a Viking tomb is disturbed there may be more to the Gods of Laki than initially though by the Viking.

This is a great read! I instantly got sucked in with Runa’s story and it just goes from there. There are many twists and turns and just when you think you might know what is going on off you go in another direction. I can’t say enough good things about this book or I will start giving away the entire story. Get this book! You will NOT be disappointed.

For more information on The Gods of Laki or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Chris Angus’ website.

I received this book for free from Sara at Skyhorse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Eliza Bluebell

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Eliza Bluebell by AJ York

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In the picture postcard village of Blossom Brook, Eliza Bluebell arrives changing the lives of the locals forever. With the help of her playful shadow, Eliza transforms an empty shop on the High Street into the heart and soul of the village. Find out how and read this fantastical story about friendship, butterflies and fairy cakes.

Reading this story is a truly magical and uplifting experience that should not be missed. Read it today!

Watch the trailer! http://youtu.be/l3hMVd05EsI

Eliza is a special person that just shows up in Blossom Brook one day. With the help of her shadow she fixes up a run down store. Everyone initially disregards it because it is a tea room but after they come in something magical happens. Eliza always seems to have just what everyone wants or needs. Through gentle suggestion she helps a young girl apologize to her best friend and helps a young man broaden his experiences with baking.

I really liked this book. It is a short story that would be perfect for bedtime. Eliza is magical and with the help of her shadow she helps the residents of Blossom Brook. I have to say one of my favorite characters was Popeye and how things turned out for him.

This story is filled with magic and would make anyone, young or old, ready to read more books from AJ York.

For more information on Eliza Bluebell or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and A.J. York’s website.

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

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