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Camp 80

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Camp 80 by Lee DuCote

Fiction Humor

Date Published: 8/22/2016

Publisher: Grave Distractions Publication

What do you get when six retirees attend an orientation trip before moving into Cedar Branch Retirement Community?  A week of outlandish fiasco’s, hilarious revenge, memorable tears, and most important . . . laughter.  Derrick St. Clair, a social worker for CBC, has led many trips for the eccentric community but never experienced a trip like this.  One thing, of many, that Derrick didn’t expect was to fall in love with co-worker Katlyn Rose and while his mind is occupied the six seniors plan their own trip from stealing the van to seeking revenge on three disrespectful young men.

With a lady’s man from Manhattan, two kooky sisters from Arkansas, a grumpy husband from Alabama, and a quiet little man from Atlanta this week is one for the books.  So take a trip with Cedar Branch and fall in love with the characters that now reside in the number one retirement community in the south.  Who knows, you just might make plans to move in.

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Author’s Bio

After graduating from high school in 1989 and attending one year at NLU I decided (actually my parents did) I wasn’t ready for college, so I did what every 19 year old kid does….I moved to the Marshal Islands in the mid pacific.  After a few years I came home, meet my wife and settle down for a short bit.  I worked construction, opening my own sporting goods store, became a full-time fireman, opened a candle manufacturing company, and even rodeo for a short term.  Just not at the same time.  In 2003 we moved to Franklin TN were I sold fire trucks until 2010 and moved to Arkansas.  Since here in the Ozark Mountains I have written eight novels and currently working on my ninth, a new adult novel.  So that’s me in a quick whirl wind.  And yes, if you check out my web site or social media you will see me with our pet raccoons, Tucker and Otter.

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My Review

5 stars

Cedar Branch Retirement community is facing some problems, they are about to close because of bankruptcy. But it will take three weeks to find out for sure. Since there are a couple new residence on the way Derrick, Kat and Simon are given the job to keep them entertained. They create the Camp 80 for the future residence and a plan.

The beginning of the story is a bit heartbreaking as you read about several people leaving their lives and getting ready to move into this assisted living home. My heart especial broke for Gerald who lost his wife Doris a year earlier. But as the Camp 80 proceeds, you learn that these old people have a lot more going than most people give them credit for. They get into all kinds of antics as they are taken to museums, flat tires, swamps and much more. It’s also quite funny to watch Derrick and Kat start having feelings for each other and how the rest of the crew start “helping” to get them together.

I have to say my favorite characters were June and Violet, the twin, crazy sisters. Violet has this thing about weight distribution in vehicles that will make you laugh and I loved what happened to their lawyer. I can see me becoming a combination of the sisters.

If you are looking for a great, laugh out loud story, look no further. This book will lighten up your worst day.

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The Skeleton Code

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The Skeleton Code: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping

by Ken Massey and Alla Campanella

Early in life, we learn to exaggerate our positive personal qualities and hide or deny our failures and weaknesses. The Skeleton Code is a satirical and humorous look at the many ways we protect our public personas by closeting our personal secrets, an ultimately self-deluding way of life. As a parody of the self-help success genre, the book presents facetious strategies about how to cover up our silly and scandalous secrets before turning to The Skeleton Cure.”

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Author’s Bios

Ken Massey is a public speaker, author, humorist and minister enjoying the second and truer half of life. He holds two graduate theological degrees and is trained as a life coach, conflict manager and transition specialist. He enjoys golf, and traveling, but finds his greatest fulfillment helping other people discover their true worth as human beings. Ken, a native Texan, loves the beauty and the people of North Carolina, where he and Alla reside.

Alla Campanella, after traveling throughout the world, has lived in the US since 1992. A longtime student of the arts and humanities, she enjoys her work as an artist and photographer. Alla was inspired to write this book because she heard so many personal and painful secrets from her clients about their failures and foibles and wanted them to face these realities rather than hide from them.

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My Review

5 Stars

Everyone has secrets or skeletons in the closet, some are little and some are quite big. But the thing to remember about skeletons is that everyone loves to hear about them except their own skeletons. So how do we keep those skeletons from creeping out? This book goes into different methods that one could use. With titles such as Dress for Diversion, Take the Offensive, Plausible Deniability, and others you will find the best way to keep your own skeletons locked up tight.

We all have secrets, little or big, that we don’t want getting out. This book talks about different people and things that they have hidden, which I have to say make my little secrets look petty, but I can understand some of them. I had to laugh at all the instructions. I swear this is more what people do in real life to ignore things rattling around in their heads. Some of them are sad but others I had to laugh about.

The first one got me. A husband and wife have been together for 5 years and have come to hate each other. One recommendation was to go to many events together that way you can evade with your other half. Ridiculous right?!

But the last portion of the book is the best. It’s easier to keep secrets when you don’t have any. Kinds of like how my mom used to tell me about shutting the barn door after the horses have escaped. Take care of things from the start and you won’t have to worry about your skeletons creeping out.

This is a good laugh for those that can laugh about the silly things people do.

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Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure by Andrew Joyce

It is 1896 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The largest gold strike in the annals of human history has just been made; however, word of the discovery will not reach the outside world for another year. By happenstance, a fifty-nine-year-old Huck Finn and his lady friend, Molly Lee, are on hand, but they are not interested in gold. They have come to that neck of the woods seeking adventure. Someone should have warned them, “Be careful what you wish for.” When disaster strikes, they volunteer to save the day by making an arduous six hundred mile journey by dog sled in the depths of a Yukon winter. They race against time, nature, and man. With the temperature hovering around seventy degrees below zero, they must fight every day if they are to live to see the next. On the frozen trail, they are put upon by murderers, hungry wolves, and hostile Indians, but those adversaries have nothing over the weather. At seventy below, your spit freezes a foot from your face. Your cheeks burn-your skin turns purple and black as it dies from the cold. You are in constant danger of losing fingers and toes to frostbite. It is into this world that Huck and Molly race. They cannot stop. They cannot turn back. They can only go on. Lives hang in the balance-including theirs.

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Author’s Bio

 Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written five books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and fifty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called BEDTIME STORIES FOR GROWN-UPS (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, YELLOW HAIR. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled,
MICK REILLY.

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My Review

5 stars

We start this story with Huck Finn and Molly Lee visiting their friend Tom Sawyer. There is a murder and chase and Tom deputizes Huck and asks for his help hunting down the killer and getting the real story of what happened. This little adventure has rouses Huck’s nature and he asks Molly to follow him to Alaska. Together Huck and Molly find lots of adventure with a gold rush, gunfights, dog sleds, murderers, and so much more.

This story is filled with lots of action and adventure as you follow Huck and Molly into untamed wilderness. Huck is still the little boy we meet years ago. Molly is a head strong woman and bound to keep up with Huck where ever he goes. But she will not follow after him like a lost puppy. I loved the settings with the wilderness of Alaska and everything they faced. Everything is very realistic and I could feel myself with the two of them as they almost freeze.

I have not read the other two books in this series. This did not cause any problems since Resolution could be a stand-alone book. But after reading Resolution I will be definitely be reading both Redemption and Molly Lee.

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New Sight

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New Sight by Jo Schneider

After succumbing to the sudden and terrifying urge to rip people’s eyes out of their sockets, 16-year-old Lysandra Blake finds herself tied down in a psych ward, convinced she’s crazy. The doctors have no answers, and Lys is ready to give up when the mysterious Jeremiah Mason appears, telling Lys that she’s not insane—she’s addicted to a rare and deadly drug that she has no recollection of using. Mr. Mason offers to take her to his facility where he can treat her. Desperate yet suspicious, Lys agrees to go with Mr. Mason to his facility where she meets with a fellow addict, the tall and handsome Kamau. Together they discover that Mr. Mason may not have told them the truth about their condition—they’re thrown headfirst into a world of daunting powers that are not only unbelievable, they are dangerous.

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My Review

4 stars

Lysandra is 16 years old and has developed the desire to takes people’s eyes out. No one can figure out what is wrong with Lys and so she is locked in an asylum. In walks Dr. Mason and says that Lys has been exposed to a drug that she has no knowledge of taking. She takes her away to his private facility to others that are in the same boat as her. Lys is not crazy, she has magical abilities that at awakening but cause the destructive behaviors.

It seems a long time ago people had magic abilities relating to the five senses. Those that didn’t created technology to make up for it. That technology eventually overtook the world and those with magical abilities started to find those abilities repressed. But that doesn’t mean that Lys and the others are safe. Dr. Mason is not telling the whole truth so they escape and find themselves being hunted down by those that want to stop magic users.

I liked how this is a fresh take on magic and how it has a set of rules that you don’t normally see. Initially I really liked the story as it was developing. The problem I had was that after that it started to fall a little flat. There was not a lot of character development which left me not really caring about the different characters.

The pacing of the book seemed off toe which started to be a bit distracting. This book feels like it could be the first in a series but I’m not seeing a sequel. It’s not a bad story but I think that it could have been revised a little to make it pop better.

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Call to Valor

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Call to Valor by Gary Beck

President Valerie Beaumont is struggling to cope with a crumbling economy and military setbacks. A call for her impeachment is pending from all sides including some of her own constituents. Marine Major Sam Hanson refuses a presidential order to surrender his battalion to be butchered by ISIS when they overrun the Mid-East. He’s reduced to the ranks and sent to a company of Marines that provides security to the hospital complex in New York City that serves the now dominant U.N. He meets Dr. Carver, they become friends and cooperate in dealing with the aggressive Arabs. A deadly terrorist attack kills Hanson’s son and Carver’s daughter. They make a plan to identify the terrorist cell and eliminate them. They target a safe house in Brooklyn and after a brief fight they discover nuclear material, intended for a dirty bomb. Government agencies dismiss the threat of more nuclear material out there, and it will be up to a new President to avoid a nuclear disaster.

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Author’s Bio

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director. Published chapbooks include: ‘Remembrance’, Origami Condom Press; ‘The Conquest of Somalia’, Cervena Barva Press; ‘The Dance of Hate’, Calliope Nerve Media; ‘Material Questions’, Silkworms Ink; ‘Dispossessed’, Medulla Press and ‘Mutilated Girls’, Heavy Hands Ink. His poetry collection ‘Days of Destruction’ was published by Skive Press; ‘Expectations’, Rogue Scholars Press; ‘Dawn in Cities’, Winter Goose Publishing; ‘Assault on Nature’, Winter Goose Publishing. ‘Songs of a Clerk’ and ‘Civilized Ways’ will be published by Winter Goose Publishing. His novel ‘Extreme Change’ was published by Cogwheel Press; ‘Acts of Defiance’ was published by Artema Press. His collection of short stories, ‘A Glimpse of Youth’ was published by Sweatshoppe Publications. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. He currently lives in New York City.

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My Review

4 stars

This is not the America we know. A weak president has given the UN control of the country. Arabs and Saudi’s have more rights and everything is slanted against the infidel pig Americans. This story starts with Dr. Carver and Gunnery Sergeant Hanson preparing for United Nations Days. Things are planned to security but last minute changes to security let a veteran suicide bomber detonate and kill a couple higher up Arabs. Things manage to get smoothed over. But it will soon be the Veteran’s Day parade and everyone is afraid of retaliation.

We also meet Hanson and Carver’s children, Kyle and Mavis and their friends. Kyle and Mavis meet during a Halloween ball and become obsessive over each other to their friends chagrin. They fall madly in love and are excited for the Veteran’s Day parade. But things do not go as well and Hanson and Carver lose their children to a suicide bomber. Not to seek revenge, several people band together to fight back against those that killed the kids and stop those that wish to further destroy America.

I liked this story. You follow along with a war hero and a doctor that are fighting against the current affairs of the United States to the best of their abilities. It’s kind of scary to see how America is portrayed in the story but I also it’s a possibility with how the world is working in real life.

There are two things that did catch my attention. The book does move very slowly. There is a lot of planning, meeting, planning, revising, meetings, and more planning. It does drag the pace of the story down, but it is very realistic. In real life the same thing would happen.

The second thing was the instant over obsessive fascination that Kyle and Mavis have for each other. It irritated their friends in the book and irritated the heck out of me. I started skimming these sections because they were more annoying than relevant to the story.

This is a great story with a touch of possible realism to it. You will cheer Hanson and Carver on and you will morn with them. They draw you in and have you on the edge of your seat as they seek to punish those that hurt them. This is one book. That I recommend you read even if you don’t usually read this genera.

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Planted

Cozy Mystery
Date Published: June 2016
Publisher: Asdee Press
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It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no interest. But the Penningtons and a friend with the State Police believe there’s a body somewhere. Whose? Where? And who pulled the trigger?
 
 
 
 
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Lyssa sobbed and punched her pillow and finally fell deeply asleep.
Sometime after midnight, a hand rose from the hole in the center of the garden, found her in the guest room, and grabbed her by the throat.
She bolted upright and sucked air with noisy gasps. Stroking her throat, she scanned every corner of the room. She was alone.
White window curtains fluttered as the heat came on. She studied the lacy pattern traced on the linen panels by the streetlamp as it shone through the branches of a tree.
Her breathing eased, and her hand slid instinctively lower, to her breastbone, where she massaged with soothing pressure. Her newfound calm brought awareness. She wasn’t alone.
Death was in the room with her.
About the Author
C. T. Collier was born to solve logic puzzles, wear tweed, and drink Earl Grey tea. Her professional experience in cutthroat high tech and backstabbing higher education gave her endless opportunity to study intrigue. Add to that her longtime love of mysteries, and it’s no wonder she writes academic mysteries that draw inspiration from traditional whodunits. Her setting: entirely fictional, Tompkins College is no college and every college, and Tompkins Falls, is a blend of several Finger Lakes towns, including her hometown, Seneca Falls, NY (AKA Bedford Falls from It’s a Wonderful Life).

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The Rainbow Virus

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The Rainbow Virus by Dennis Meredith

It’s the weirdest bioterrorism attack ever!
(In this Second Edition, Dennis Meredith has recrafted his science thriller to make it even more dynamic and exciting.)

Loner scientist Arthur Lupo at first seems the most eccentric bioterrorist of all time. After vanishing from his lab at a biotech company, he releases viruses that only turn their victims a palette of colors. But then his chief pursuers—disgraced FBI agent Bobby Loudon and obsessive CDC epidemic-tracker Kathleen Shinohara—discover a horrifying fact. The brilliant Lupo has stolen the world’s most lethal viruses from the Army’s bioterrorism center.

Lupo reveals that his first viruses were only a test. He dramatically proves their infectivity by transforming the terrified citizens of Denver into a rainbow of colors. In a chilling declaration, he announces that he will now release an unstoppable artificial virus whose spread will decimate the world’s population.

Loudon and Shinohara must race against time, a mysterious assassin, and a secret government faction to find Lupo and stop him.

The Rainbow Virus is a gripping, realistic bioterrorism tale that launches readers on a harrowing adventure with the flips and plunges of the wildest roller coaster.

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Author’s Bio

Dennis Meredith brings to his novels an expertise in science from his career as a science communicator at some of the country’s leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has worked with science journalists at all the nation’s major newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV networks and has written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on science and engineering over his career.

He has served on the executive board of the National Association of Science Writers and has written numerous articles and guidebooks on science writing and science communication. He has also served as a judge and manager for the NASW Science-in-Society Awards and the AAAS Science Writing Awards.

He was a creator and developer of EurekAlert!, working with The American Association for the Advancement of Science to establish this international research news service, which now links more than 4,500 journalists to news from 800 subscribing research institutions.

In 2007, he was elected as a AAAS Fellow “for exemplary leadership in university communications, and for important contributions to the theory and practice of research communication.” In 2012 he was named the year’s Honorary Member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Texas (1968) and an M.S. in biochemistry and science writing from the University of Wisconsin (1970).

He is currently writing science articles, non-fiction books and science fiction novels. He also develops and conducts communication workshops for researchers seeking to enhance their communication skills, both professional and lay-level. He has developed workshops for researchers at universities, research foundations, and government agencies and laboratories.

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My Review

4 Stars

Arthur Lupo has just released a virus on the public. The results? It changes people into different colors. This doesn’t sound too scary until you learn that he made off with some seriously bad viruses from the Army and that the Rainbow Virus was just a test. Now he is getting ready to release the really bad ones to decimate the populous. It is up to disgraced FBI agent Bobby Loudon and Kathleen Shinohara from the CDC.

Bobby is not very likable but when you learn about his past things make more sense and I felt sorry for the poor guy. Kathleen is a workaholic and obsessively trying to figure out more about the viruses that Arthur took but it was sweet how she and Bobby get close. But they are not the only players in this game. There is another group that has other plans.

I’m sorry to say that I was not as impressed with the other side story and think the book should have stayed focused on Lupo. One thing that I really liked was there was scientific information on viruses without making it feel like you were slugging through an information overload. I really did like this story an am curious about other books from Dennis Meredith.

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All Darling Children

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All Darling Children by Katrina Monroe

All boys grow up, except one.

On the tenth anniversary of her mother’s death, fourteen-year-old Madge Darling’s grandmother suffers a heart attack. With the overbearing Grandma Wendy in the hospital, Madge runs away to Chicago, intent on tracking down a woman she believes is actually her mother.

On her way to the Windy City, a boy named Peter Pan lures Madge to Neverland, a magical place where children can remain young forever. While Pan plays puppet master in a twisted game only he understands, Madge discovers the disturbing price of Peter Pan’s eternal youth.

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Author’s Bio

Katrina Monroe is the author of several novels. Her newest, ALL DARLING CHILDREN, will be out from Red Adept Publishing in fall 2016. She lives in Minnesota with her partner, two daughters, and a cat who eats better than she does.

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My Review

4 stars

Madge Darling is Wendy Darlings grand-daughter and she is not happy. Wendy told Madge that her mother died but Madge doesn’t believe her. A lot of that has to do with the fact that Wendy treats Madge horribly. Madge keeps trying to run away and one night she succeeds.

Peter Pan has been watching her and when she finally breaks free he snags her and takes her to Neverland. But Neverland is not like the happy Disney world that we have come to believe. Pan is a psychotic leader that kills to keep his youth. Then there are Captain Hook and Tiger Lily. We thought they were bad but it seems there is more to their story. Will Madge find her place in Neverland and be able to stop Peter?

I admit that I don’t know much more of the Peter Pan story than the Disney cartoon. I do plan on reading it shortly to find out what I have missed out on. But I love dark twists on classic stories and I loved All Darling Children. What does living like a kid with lots of power do to you? Orwell said that absolute power corrupts absolutely and it is clear that is what happened to Peter. I really enjoyed reading Wendy’s diary as you follow along with Madge. You can kind of understand why she became so bitter and it also shows how Madge is not the same person.

This is a great, dark story and clearly geared toward adults. I really enjoyed this book and would like to read other books by Katrina Monroe.

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The Kura

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The Kura (Underland – 1) by Mary Patterson Thornburg

 Alyssha Dodson, a mixed-race girl from Indiana, daughter of a widowed white janitor, has just graduated from high school. Six years ago, running from pursuers bent on violence, she hid under a bridge, crawled into a dark opening – and found herself in Bandor, another country in another universe.

The months she spent there were the happiest of her life, but when she returned, she promised her father she wouldn’t go back. She’s kept that promise.

Now, though, the hit-and-run victim she finds dying on a Granville street is a man she met in that other world, and his family won’t know what happened to him unless she tells them. So she really has no choice, does she?

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Author’s Bio

Mary Patterson Thornburg was born in California, grew up in Washington State, moved to Montana when she was 18, and spent many years in Indiana, where she studied and then taught at Ball State University.

Her dream was always to write fantasy stories and novels, but she didn’t get started until she and her husband moved back to Montana in 1998. When she’d finished her first story and it was published, she took off running and never looked back. She’s had stories in Cicada, Zahir, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Strange, Weird, and Wonderful, among other places. Two of her short stories earned honorable mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (2006, 2008), and “Niam’s Tale,” in the July/August 2010 Cicada, won the SCBWI 2011 Magazine Merit Honor Certificate. Her first fantasy/romance/adventure novel, A Glimmer of Guile, was published by Uncial Press in 2014. Her second book for Uncial, The Kura, came out in April, 2015. An Uncial Novel Byte, “Ghosts,” was released October 14, 2016, and a second Novel Byte, “Battle Royal,” is scheduled for release in January, 2017. Both “Ghosts” and “Battle Royal” are set in the Kura universe.

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My Review

5 Stars

Alyssha once traveled to a land called Bandor while running for her life. She spent several months there and when she returned she promised her father that she would never go back. Then the medallion her brother gave her is glowing. It seems that Bandor needs her once again and she is going to have to break her promise. Then she witnesses a hit-and-run and she knows the victim. She meet him in Bandor and decides to return to let his family know of his passing.

Alyssha finds her brother, Bela Ru and learns how he has created a new government. Then there is her friend, Kardl who is now a prince. But Bandor is on the cusp of war. And there are prejudices that are similar to those Alyssha has dealt with on Earth. The only difference is these are based on ancestry as opposed to skin color. Will Alyssha, her brother, and friend be able to stop the upcoming war? Will she be able to return home to Earth?

Alyssha is a strong woman trying to find her place. She knows it is not in Indiana but is it elsewhere on Earth or maybe with her brother in Bandor. I like how although she knows she is breaking her promise to her father, she has to do something and return to Bandor. She stands up to prejudices and hate groups in both worlds and still remains a strong woman.

If you enjoyed The Kura make sure to check out the prequel Underland. This is the story of Alyssha’s first trip to Bandor. I loved The Kura so I will definitely be looking out for Underland. If you are a fantasy young adult lover this book is one that you need to check out.

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Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves – 1) by Andy Peloquin

“They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken.”

Viola, a child sold to pay her father’s debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves’ trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.
The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman’s rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.
What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?

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Author’s Bio

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

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My Review

5 stars

When Viola is very young, her father sells her to the Night Guild to cover his debt. Through abuse and torture, Viola forgets her past and becomes Seven. Through the years of more training and abuse she becomes Ilanna and part of the Hawk Guild. Until things take a turn for the worst. But the one thing that her life has taught her is that she will not be broken and will rise again.

I’m going to warn you, this is a dark story. Viola goes through Hell several times in her training. This is meant to break her down to only know the Guild. But she won’t forget, or let them break her no matter what. She is the only female in a male world and is determined to survive. It is hard following her through the tortures she faces. All I could do is hope everything would work out for her in the end. But this is not a happily ever after story.

This is a raw and brutal story but I loved it each step of the way. There is so much detail that goes into this world. I loved all aspects of the Guild and the different jobs they learn. It’s so easy to get drawn into the story that I had a hard time putting the book down. I just had the see what happened to Ilanna next. And the ending, not what I expected but left me eagerly waiting for book two.

This is a wonderful, dark fantasy story that will appeal too many. It’s one that I recommend everyone check out. You may find your new favorite author.

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