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Crime Mystery
Date Published: 2/12/16

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No Reason For Insanity is a tale of intrigue, concentrating on the thoughts and actions of Haszard, the narrator. It is a whodunit with dark, and occasionally light humour, using lateral thinking as Haszard works through the bizarre murders to discover links. There is tension and danger throughout, plus a desperate fight for survival.
Intrigued by the bizarre events surrounding the murder of a friend, Haszard is asked by the family to look in to the matter. Against the advice of his friends, he begins making enquiries, and is disturbed when he realizes that it may well be someone he knows.
As progress is made, further events occur, endangering the life of Haszard and his friends, and he is forced to delve into the deepest recesses of his resourcefulness . . .
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Walking away from the house I said nothing but had a feeling something sinister was afoot. Gerry, a non-swimmer who was terrified of water, would never go near a swimming pool, yet he’d been found in one. Wrong. Everything about this was wrong. Gerry used to joke that he only ever showered because the water in the bath was too deep, therefore him being found in a swimming pool bordered on the surreal.
Why, though, would someone want to murder a man like Gerry? He was probably the nicest man I’d ever met, never having a bad word to say about anyone. I’d never heard of him being involved in any kind of conflict—nothing at all. In fact, the same went for the entire family. Sylvia was a church-going lady who involved herself with charity work, raising money for disadvantaged children, seldom going out to restaurants or the like, choosing to remain at home where she organized dinner parties for friends.
Alec’s only confrontation was on the rugby field, the young man spending the majority of his time with fiancée, Loretta, the couple enjoying their weekends in the great outdoors, rock-climbing, canoeing, and pony-trekking.
Donna, who’d not long turned twenty-one, was probably the more outgoing member of the family, although she seldom frequented nightclubs, preferring to see live bands instead. I knew that she’d recently split with a long-standing boyfriend; nevertheless, that was an amicable parting and therefore couldn’t be put forward as a motive for anyone to wish harm on the family, especially her gentle father.
The way that I saw it, there was no reason anyone should want to harm Gerry, and certainly not his loving wife Sylvia or their children, Alec and Donna.
“Haz, are you all right?” Sabrina asked as we entered the car.
I shrugged. “I’m just bothered about what Loretta said. Something’s not right about all this. We’re seeing Vicky tomorrow night, so I’ll ask her what she thinks and if there’s anything she can tell us.”
About the Author

 

Kevin E. Hatt is a registered medical professional and advanced life support provider at one of his local hospitals. His love of writing began at school, and continued on into his twenties. In nineteen eighty-four he began his medical training, and in nineteen eighty-seven began writing what is now the Haszard Narratives. They were, though, shelved when he pursued another love, that of art, and he left the medical profession in two-thousand to become a freelance art consultant, teacher, demonstrator, framer and retailer. In twenty-ten he returned to the medical profession, and also resurrected the Haszard series. He now lives in the north east of England with his wife of twenty-five years and his daughter of twenty-three.
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Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand
Book #3 in The Weir Chronicles

As the epic Weir Chronicles continue in this third installment of the series, rebels poison Ian and it’s
up to Rayne and Patrick to find a cure before their friend succumbs and Earth’s fate is left in the
hands of adversaries intent on taking control of the planet. To obtain answers, Rayne must travel to
an alternate world where few survive as Patrick unearths the secrets of the rebels and discovers a
truth that shatters his beliefs about the Weir and the future of Earth.

Catch up on the series by reading Fade to Black and Masks and Mirrors!

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Oh my, where to begin. Things are getting crazy with the Earth. Ian get poisoned and Rayne and Patrick are off to find the cure. The problem starts when Rayne is kidnapped and sent to another world. She learns a lot more about Jaered. Patrick is kidnapped and tested. It seems that there is a lot more happening than what we know about the prophecy.

So things are starting to get tense then Ian is poisoned with nanites. They are trying to overheat his core and kill him. It looks like something Eve developed so Rayne and Patrick go on the hunt for a cure. But Rayne ends up being kidnapped by Jaered and maybe now able to return back to Earth. Patrick gets kidnapped but for a completely different and totally surprising reason.

This series just keeps getting better and better. Just when you think you might know what’s going on there are new twist that get added in. I was not expecting Patrick or Rayne’s twists. So good!! This is an awesome series, you really need to check this out. It’s a great young adult story that any age will love.

To purchase Sleight of Hand or for more information make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Sue Duff’s website.

I received Sleight of Hand for free from Roger Charlie in exchange for an honest review.

Author Biography of Sue Duff

Sue Duff has dreamed of dragons and spaceships before she could even read, so it’s only natural that she now combines both fantasy and science fiction as her favorite genre. Having written since high school, Duff never took it seriously until a skiing accident laid her up for an entire summer and she turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. A couple years later, her first urban fantasy novel, F ade
to Black , was one of five finalists in the RMFW Colorado Gold Writing Contest and in 2015, Duff’s writing earned her the PEN Award.

She is the second oldest of six girls with an avid reader mom and her dad, the family’s single drop of testosterone in a sea of estrogen.

By day, Duff is a dedicated speech-language therapist at an inner city school district, a career she pursued much in part to her aunt who got her hooked on stories of the profession when Duff was younger. She is passionate about the work she does and regularly works to help those students that need it the most.

Sue is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and The Pikes Peak Writers. She calls Colorado home and when not saving the world one page at a time, she can be found walking her great dane, getting her hands dirty in her garden, or creating something delicious in her kitchen.

Check out her blog, A Cook’s Guide to Writing and other musings on her website.

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Guest Post by Sue Duff, author of The Weir Chronicles series

The best part about writing isn’t the late night hours, tedious research, or stiff joints from sitting in front of a computer screen. It’s certainly not for the money! I’m in the same category as 96% of writers in the world. I have a day job that pays the bills, gives me a reason to get out of bed in the mornings, stops my tummy from gurgling and, I’m so blessed to admit, one that I still love.

But I love writing, too. It started out as something to replace the boredom after a skiing accident laid me up for an entire summer. Up until then, I’d been a very healthy, active person. When that is taken away, you tend to go stir crazy, or in my case, forced to fill it with something that doesn’t require too many trips away from your bed. Not counting the required visits to the toilet, no matter how little you drink.

It’s hard to think of yourself as a writer when you haven’t been educated in it. I didn’t have the mechanical skill set to write well and still struggle with understanding why my copyeditor red-lines some things. My only saving grace was an active imagination and a computer on its last leg. I was just one of many closet writers who woke up one day with the urge to put dreams on a computer screen.

Once I started, I found I couldn’t stop and ideas burst forth like an unleashed tidal wave. As with most forces of nature, my writing grew in energy and took on a life of its own. The more I wrote, the more I HAD to write. A desire to get better forced me to crack open my protective shell and I found myself attending lectures, community college evening courses and conferences, always sitting in the back as though I didn’t belong but yearned to. My closet hobby transformed into an inner drive to improve my newfound craft. It took every ounce of courage to attend my first writer’s critique group. Even more courage to open my notebook and read from it. Their praise mixed with pinpointed suggestions was a shot in the arm, and I’m still attending as often as I can, years later.

Why did I choose this topic to blog about? Because many of you are not so different. Your love of books is evolving. You have ideas for stories. Good storytelling excites you, perhaps even inspires you. Maybe you’ve put ideas down on a computer, iPad or in a notebook tucked away from discerning eyes. Don’t be afraid to expose yourself and your poems, stories or biographies. It’s never been a more exciting time to be a writer. The internet is a plethora of content, help and resources. Critique groups are readily available from small town USA to large overpopulated cities, across the internet and often right down the street. Crack open that closet door. Take your first step outside.

Remember, writers have the same starting point. At one time or another—we were you.

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Urban Fantasy
Date Published: 1/29/2016
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Orphan. Runaway. Thief.
Since the moment I was ripped from my mother’s womb, I’ve been an outcast amongst my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth and unfathomable power but I don’t want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was eleven years old and I’ve never looked back. I don’t need a Clan. I’ve got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could.
Unfortunately for me, the playboy heir to the Moncrieffe Clan has something I desperately need. To get it back, I’m going to have to plunge myself back into that world, no matter what the consequences may be. I suppose it’s just as well I have sense of humour. I think I’m going to need it.
By bestselling author Helen Harper, Gifted Thief is the first book in the Highland Magic series.


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From Chapter One
You have to do bad shit to get ahead. Taylor had told me that a million times and for a long time I’d bought into it. After tonight, however, things were going to be different. A new leaf and a new me. That was what I was planning.
I’d been thinking about it for a long time but since I’d received the letter in elegant, handwritten script demanding my appearance at the Sidhe court, I felt I had no choice but to step up my plans to vamoose out of the city. I didn’t want anything to do with those bastards. Not unless it meant ripping them off. Frankly, I’d rather head down to the Lowlands – and the Veil – than venture near the Clanlands.
At least Taylor had promised that my final hurrah was going to be a straightforward job. ‘In and out,’ he’d said. ‘The place will be empty.’
‘You know I’m leaving after this one,’ I reminded him. Not that it was likely it would have slipped his mind but with Taylor sometimes certain points bore repeating.
‘Of course, of course! As if I could forget.’ His eyes took on a knowing look that I chose to ignore. ‘You’ll miss it though. You won’t get many thrills from tramping around the countryside.’
‘It’s not tramping around the countryside. It’s mountain rescue. I think saving lives will be thrilling enough.’
He grimaced at that. ‘You’ll be bored.’
I simply smiled back. We’d had this conversation often enough in recent weeks. My mind was made up and even he couldn’t change it.
‘I’ll always be here,’ he said. ‘If you do want to come back, that is.’
I hugged him impulsively. ‘I might not come back to work but I’ll always come back. You’re my family.’ I meant every word. We’d had a few rough times over the years but who hadn’t? Taylor had been there for me when no-one else was, even if his motives weren’t always pure. I worried about him more than he’d ever know.
He looked abashed at my heartfelt words and ran an awkward hand through his hair. It was no longer the carroty mop he had when I first met him all those years ago. Now it was more silver, far closer in colour to my own locks, which still drew curious looks and the odd question about my ancestry, even amongst the Clan-less underbelly. For the most part I shrugged them off.
It was a very long time since I moved in Sidhe circles. I crossed the road to avoid passing close by any of my kin, no matter how distantly related they were. And one of the reasons I was leaving Aberdeen was because they’d contacted me.
It wasn’t that I was afraid of what they might do if they got hold of me, although that was a part of it. I just wanted a quiet life. My childhood with the Sidhe was little more than a distant memory; in fact sometimes I felt as if it had happened to someone else.
I ignored the gossip mags and whispered rumours about what each Clan was up to.  I lived in the underclass, far away from them. I didn’t care whether Aifric remained Steward and was therefore still in charge, or which man Tipsania Scrymgeour was currently stepping out with. I didn’t even care that her father, the Bull, appeared to be making more money than Bill Gates. The Sidhe could spend their days worrying about politics, jockeying for position and doing whatever they could to rise above other Clans. I only cared about me and mine. And none of mine were Sidhe. Or Clan.
I tested my kit, adjusting the harness at my back to ensure it was secure, and skirted round the back of the building. It might be the middle of the night during a bank holiday weekend but I still needed to be circumspect. It would be sod’s law if I got nabbed on the very last day I spent as a career criminal. Tapping my forehead three times with my index finger to signal to my waiting crew, I gave one last look around then sprang up.
My fingertips curled easily around the first ledge. Despite the typical Scottish chill, I was barefoot. It made it far easier to gain purchase on the smooth glass surface of the towering bank. I also admit that I rather enjoyed it when I glanced down and caught a flash of the sparkly nail varnish adorning my toenails. It felt appropriate for this job; we were, after all, going after some more sparkles ‒ albeit of the more expensive kind.
Clambering up with fluid, nimble ease, I made fast work of my ascent. Beads of sweat were only just appearing on my brow when I reached the assigned floor. Piece of cake. I tightened my grip with my left hand, using my right to reach behind and unclip the glass breaker that was hooked to my belt.
It was a nifty piece of kit, designed to help trapped motorists break out of their cars. While I’d never heard of anyone actually using one to save their own life, I found mine particularly useful. It was a gift from Taylor when I graduated from simple manipulation tactics and dull look-out posts to full-blown thief. The others might scoff at its hot pink colour but I’d had it for seven lucky years and it had never let me down. I might wear black to stay camouflaged against the night sky but that didn’t mean that everything I carried had to be boring monochrome too.
Leaning back as far as I could, I swung it into the centre of the pane of tinted glass, shattering it instantly. Thanks both to the glass breaker’s and the window’s design, all the shards of glass fell inwards just as I wanted.
Flashing a satisfied smile to my inner thief, I heaved myself inside with a leap, landing far enough in to avoid catching my skin on any of the dangerous broken pieces. I pivoted round and grinned, curtseying at the now-gaping hole. Then I checked my watch. Less than ninety seconds from pavement to entry. That was impressive, even for me.
Without wasting another minute, I unclipped my harness and tested the nearby wall. The plaster seemed sound enough so I pulled out my tiny drill, made a hole in the wall and carefully inserted the climbing wire. I gave it an experimental tug; it would hold. Less than thirty seconds later, I was lowering the rope out of the window and whistling down softly.
About the Author

After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time although she still fits in creative writing workshops with schools along with volunteering to teach reading to a group of young Myanmar refugees. That’s not to mention the procession of stray cats which seem to find their way to her door!
Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.
Helen currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with far too many cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere.
You can find out more – and learn how to get a FREE copy of Corrigan Fire – by visiting Helen’s website: helenharper.co.uk

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Revolution

Revolution by Jessica Frances

 

New Adult Dystopian
Date Published: January 26, 2016

I was raised in a world where humans no longer rule.
In the past, we made a terrible mistake by creating a new species we thought would serve us as our army, which led to our downfall.
There was a war, we lost, and many lives were massacred. It was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of a hell we were now trapped in. We became enslaved to what we now called Superiors, becoming pets to them, simply there to entertain.
In a world so miserable, I managed to do the unthinkable: I fell in love. But even that was doomed, because to love a Superior was forbidden.
What the rest of the Superiors didn’t know was how deeply a human could love or how resilient we became when we were hurt.
The Superiors never could have imagined an uprising, which was why they never saw it coming.
Humans deserved to be free, and I would stop at nothing to deliver that promise.
My name is Tilly, and I am still alive with one sole purpose: to begin a revolution.
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I had been raised to believe humans were worthless. We owned them and controlled them, and when we were done with them, we threw them away. Therefore, I never thought I would ever feel more for Tilly than disinterest. I never expected to want to save her.
It was forbidden for a Superior to love a human. No one had ever crossed that line, but I did. I fell madly in love with her, so it was no surprise how we ended up.
I was raised to be a soldier, and that was what I was always going to be. However, I was not a soldier for the Superiors, not anymore.
I became a soldier for humans, and I would stop at nothing to help them. They deserved to be free, and I would die protecting them.
My name is Johnny, and I am here with one sole purpose: to finish a revolution.
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My Review

5 stars

Humans decided to create a species to fight our wars for us. But they did their job way too well and started killing humans. After that these Superiors took over the world. The few surviving humans have become abused, tortured, pets, and much worse. This story is told in two parts. The first is the present day with Tilly. She is a human that was adopted by General Joseph Knight. Charlotte, his daughter has taken a shine to Tilly and taught her to read and think for herself.

The second part is told from Johnny, the son’s eyes. This starts more in the past so we can understand the evolution of the Superiors and his love for Tilly. He knows he is not supposed to care for Tilly he realizes that he has fallen in love with her. There is a revolution coming between the humans and the Superiors and it is going to have both Tilly and Johnny leading it.

This is an amazing read. The few remaining humans are treated like many people treat animals in the world today. Some are pets, some try to help them, but mainly they are abused, made to fight and much worse. But there is always someone that will go that extra step to help those in need and that is what Charlotte does with Tilly. She gives her a fighting chance to change the world. It has also shown Johnny that there is more to the humans than the opinions of most Superiors. Although it was heart wrenching, I couldn’t help but cheer for Tilly and Johnny.

I admit that it took me a little to get down the different viewpoints since Johnny’s is from earlier than Tilly’s but once I did I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This is a stand-alone story so there will be no waiting for a year for the next book to come out. I don’t know what I would have done if I had to wait.

This is a great dystopian thriller that any age will enjoy. I will be looking for more books by Jessica Frances. She is one amazing author!

To purchase Revolution make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Jessica Frances’ website.

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Sleeper Protocol

Sleeper Protocol by Kevin Ikenberry

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Kieran Roark awakens in a wheelchair, unable to remember anything. As part of a classified experiment, he will have one year to learn his identity and recover his memory, or he will be euthanized by the state.

Scientist Berkeley Bennett has one mission: manipulate Kieran’s emotions in an attempt to bring back his memory. But when she falls in love with him, she is forced to make a harrowing decision that may cost Kieran his life.

What Kieran knows could save Earth from a coming war. Whether he believes the future is worth saving is another matter. Racing across an unfamiliar world in a body he does not recall, Kieran needs to discover who he was and, more importantly, who he is.

Kevin Ikenbery

Kevin’s head has been in the clouds since he was old enough to read. Ask him and he’ll tell you that he still wants to be an astronaut. Kevin has a diverse background in space and space science education. A former manager of the world-renowned U.S. Space Camp program in Huntsville, Alabama and a former executive of two Challenger Learning Centers, Kevin continues to work with space every day. Kevin lives in Colorado with his family.

Kevin is a member of Fiction Foundry, Pikes Peak Writers, the Horror Society, and the Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group. His short fiction has appeared twice on the webzine Mindflights and in print with Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine Issue #56, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. His story “Maelstrom” appears in the Extreme Planets anthology forthcoming from Chaosium. His now self-published novelette “Ascent” won an Honorable Mention in the 4th Quarter 2011 Writers Of The Future Contest.

Kevin’s debut science fiction novel, SLEEPER PROTOCOL, will appear from Red Adept Publishing in late 2015.

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My Review

5 stars

Kieran wakes to find himself in a wheelchair. He can’t remember anything but quickly gets told that he has a year to figure it out or he is going to be terminated. Simply put there is an alien attack on the way and Kieran is a sleeper. If they can get him to remember his past they may be able to stop the invasion. But there is a difference of opinion between the military and government on how the sleeper should be handled. Hopefully Kieran can regain his memory before they decide they are done with the project.

This is a great thrill ride from the start. You can’t help but like Kieran, here is this soldier that has no memory but may have the key to humanities survival locked is his brain if he could just get to the information. You can completely see the Sleeper program being real just by the way the military and government can’t seem to agree on how to run it.

I loved how this book was written. It’s a great thriller that relies more on psychology than action and lots of questions of identity. Although it has a slight slow start once it got on a roll it took off. I had a hard time putting it down and getting some sleep. I really need to stop reading such great book on work nights.

If you like psychological thrillers and scifi stories look no further. Make sure to pick up a copy of Sleeper Protocol. I just hope this is going to be a sequel.

To purchase Sleeper Protocol make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Kevin Ikenberry’s website.

I received a copy of Sleeper Protocol for free from Sage’s Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Devlin’s Door

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Devlin’s Door (Forests of the Fae – 1) by K. Kibbee

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When thirteen-year-old Anne is sent to spend the summer with her dreadful relatives in a small Washington state town, she is left with little hope that anything intriguing will happen to her. However, when she learns of an abandoned town full of old Victorian homes hidden in the woods nearby, she embraces the lore and becomes bolstered by the idea that an adventure might await.

Her sadistic cousin Lexie feeds Anne’s curiosity and leads her to the mysterious town in the woods, where Anne is goaded by her cousin and friends to enter one of the abandoned homes, alone, and is locked inside.

While searching for a way out, Anne stumbles through a hole in the floor and unknowingly falls into an ominous, ghost-filled mystery. As she digs deeper into the secrets of this house, she discovers a weathered journal that reveals a magic-infused history hundreds of years old and a tragic secret: a curse has trapped the town and its inhabitants in a place not meant to be found by humans.

Treacherous fairies, dark worlds-within-our-world, dangerous creatures and a shocking truth all await Anne as page by page, she peels back the mysteries of this chilling town

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My Review

4 Stars

Anne is being sent to her aunt and uncles place while her parents are on a 3 month mission. Of course she doesn’t fit it and it doesn’t help that her cousin Lexie is going to try and make this visit an even bigger disaster. But Anne hears about an abandoned town in the forest and is curious. After being locked in one of the houses she finds a journal and the more that she reads from it more of the town start rejuvenating.

But this town has a dark secret. In the 1920’s, when surrounding towns were dying this one was the only one to thrive. But then everyone disappeared and left all of their belonging behind. Anne is very curious about this and the more she learns the deeper she gets until she finds out what happened and falls into the mound by the town.

I really liked this book. I couldn’t help but feel bad for both Anne and Grace. The both are in a crummy position but they try to do their best. I loved the fae in this book since I love the darker views of the fae. I was really blown away by the ending, I didn’t expect that one at tall.

This is a great midgrade with lots of action and adventure. This is a great story that any age will like. I can’t wait to see what happened in the next book.

To purchase Devlin’s Door make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Strange Luck

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Strange Luck by Amie Irene Winters

(Excerpt from Goodreads) A mysterious letter. An idyllic world. And a peculiar collection of antiques. It all waits to be discovered in Strange Luck, an imaginative novel that mixes fantasy and mystery for a thrilling reading experience. Hopeful that her father can be saved from a chronic condition, seventeen-year-old Daisy sets out to find a cure, but accidentally lands in a wicked world called The Nameless. As Daisy explores the moaning caverns and encounters people who refuse to go above ground, it becomes clear that the world’s inhabitants are more than just strange. They may be keeping a dark secret. They may have been lured and trapped here for a reason. And somehow—impossible as it may seem—they may still have a chance to regain what has been taken from them.

A daring adventure complimented with vivid imagery, Strange Luck will delight adults, teens, and anyone who can’t resist an imaginative escapade.

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My Review

4 Stars

Daisy works at her families store Strange Luck, where they purchase oddities with great stories. But she doesn’t believe in any of it and doesn’t want to be stuck there. But one of the items will have Daisy going on a quest to help her sick father. Her best friend Roger goes along to help and protect her. They find themselves in a land ruled by a wizard that is stealing people’s memories. Without any way out it looks like Daisy ad Roger are going to be the next victims of the wizard as they both start to lose memories.

Daisy doesn’t believe in magic, all she wants to do is travel and write books but she is stuck at Strange Luck. But once she learns the truth, her whole world opens up for her. I loved Roger; he loves Daisy so much that even though she is so oblivious to things he still keeps trying. There are so many great characters both meet along on their adventure. You can’t help but feel bad for them, your memories really do make you and without them you are nothing more than a shell.

Although I was not a fan of the ending but it does work for this book. Everything does work out well. Those that like young adult stories will really like this one. Make sure to get a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

To purchase Strange Luck make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Amie Irene Winters’ website.

I received Strange Luck for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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School of Deaths

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School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret – 1) by Christopher Mannino

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

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My Review

5 stars

Suzie is having a tough time, she is starting to get thinner and thinner. She is losing weight and no one can figure out why or even stop it. Then someone approaches her and tells her that she is Death and takes her to the Land of the Dead to go to school and learn how to be Death. The problem is that there has not been a female Death in a million years, the last one betrayed the Reapers. Of course Suzie is going to be the main target for bullies and any things that goes wrong will be blamed on her. Her only chance to get out is to pass the test at the end of the year, the same test that most people fail.

When I first read the description I was curious. There has to be more going on than just that quick blurb and trust me there is so much happening. Suzie is much more than your typical 13 year old. She is a lot more mature and I think that helps her deal with everything she does. I loved how Mannino discussed all kinds of topics from bullies, self-image, friends, and everything else that kids go through that tends to get over looked.

The pace of the book is rather fast but there is a lot of ground to cover. This did leave me a little lost a couple times. I also admit that the story was a little slow to get moving. But I loved all the description and detail that goes into the grim reapers. It was hard for me to put School of Deaths down and after I finished it I was left wanting more. Thankfully Sword of Deaths is out and I could start reading it.

If you like young adult stories with fantasy this is one series that I recommend you check out. You will not be disappointed.

To purchase School of Deaths make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Christopher Mannino’s website.

I received School of Deaths for free from Kathy at I Am A Reader in exchange for an honest review.

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