Archive for February 7th, 2018

A Meddle of Wizards

by Alexandra Rushe
Genre: Fantasy
Pub Date: 1/9/2018
Welcome to Tandara, where gods are
fickle, nightmares are real, and trolls make excellent bakers . . .
Raine Stewart is convinced she’ll die
young and alone in Alabama, the victim of a chronic, mysterious
illness. Until a man in a shabby cloak steps out of her mirror and
demands her help to defeat a bloodthirsty wizard.
Raine shrugs it off as a
hallucination—just one more insult from her failing body—and
orders her intruder to take a hike. But the handsome figment of her
imagination won’t take no for an answer, and kidnaps her anyway,
launching her into a world of utmost danger—and urgent purpose.
Ruled by unpredictable gods and
unstable nations, Tandara is a land of shapeshifters and
weather-workers, queens and legends. Ravenous monsters and greedy
bounty hunters patrol unforgiving mountains. Riverboats pulled by
sea-cattle trade down broad waterways. And creatures of nightmare
stalk Raine herself, vicious in the pursuit of her blood.
But Raine isn’t helpless or alone.
She’s part of a band as resourceful as it is odd: a mage-shy
warrior, a tattered wizard, a tenderhearted giant, and a prickly
troll sorceress. Her new friends swear she has powers of her own. If
she can stay under their protection, she might just live long enough
to find out . . .
Alexandra Rushe was born in
South Alabama, and grew up climbing trees, searching for sprites and
fairies in the nearby woods, and dreaming of other worlds. The
daughter of an English teacher and a small-town judge, Rushe
developed a love of reading early on, and haunted the school and
local libraries, devouring fairy tales, myths, and tales of
adventure. In the seventh grade, she stumbled across a worn copy of
The Hobbit, and was forever changed. She loves fantasy and
paranormal, but only between the pages of a book—the flying monkeys
in The Wizard of Oz give her the creeps, and she eschews
horror movies. A psychic friend once proclaimed the linen closet in
Rushe’s bedroom a portal to another dimension, and she hasn’t
slept well since. Rushe is a world-class chicken.
My Review
4 stars

Raine Stewart lives in Alabama and has been suffering from a strange, unidentified illness for her whole life. So, when she sees a man come through her mirror she thinks he is a hallucination. What else is she supposed to think when she is told that she is a lost twin, a wizard, and from another world. I mean she sees her dead aunt’s ghost, this can’t be real right? But Raine soon learns that it is true. She has a great power in her that she is going to have to learn how to control if she is going to find a missing magical stone and defeat the evil wizard.

I really enjoyed this story. I admit that Raine had a tendency to get on my nerve sometimes with how she treated the others in her group. I did have to remind myself that a lot of that comes from the fact that she does not have a lot of experience around people. But that excuse can only last you so long.

Beyond that, I loved this world. There was so much happening, you had a great group of people to follow along with, and I enjoyed all the twists and turns to the story. I really liked how Raine had to work at her powers. She was more dangerous trying to use her power than if she would have just stayed back. But this makes the story more believable as opposed to her just coming to Tandara, being able to save everyone right off the bat, and just fitting in perfectly.

This is a great story and a fantastic start to a trilogy. I’m excited to see where Rushe is going to take us in the next book.

I received A Meddle of Wizards from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Intraterrestrial by Nicholas Conley

Adam Helios is a bully magnet without many friends. When he starts hearing a voice that claims to come from the stars, he fears he’s losing his mind, so he withdraws even further. On the way home from a meeting at the school, he and his parents are involved in a horrible car crash. With his skull cracked open, Adam’s consciousness is abducted by the alien who has been speaking to him for months.

After surviving the wreck with only minor scratches, Camille Helios must deal with her guilt over the accident that left her husband badly injured and her son in a coma. When the doctor suggests letting Adam go, Camille refuses to stop fighting for her son’s life.

Lost among galaxies, Adam must use his imagination to forge a path home before his body dies on the operating table. But even if he does return to Earth, he may end up locked inside a damaged brain forever.

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Author’s Bio

Nicholas Conley is a novelist, world traveler, playwright, and coffee vigilante. His passion for storytelling began at an early age, prompted by a love of science fiction novels, comic books, and horror movies. His award-winning novel Pale Highway was influenced by his real life experience working with Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing home, and his work in healthcare also inspired his essays for Vox and The Huffington Post, as well as his radio play Something in the Nothing, which was performed live on WSCA 106.1 FM in 2016.

In order to better establish himself on the planet Earth, Nicholas has currently made his home in New Hampshire.

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My Review

5 stars

Adam Helios is 13 year old that has been bullied at school and has had enough of it. He stands up for himself and this leads to a parent teacher conference. On the way home from the conference, Adam and his parents are in a bad car wreck. Adam suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). While in a coma, Adam learns that aliens have been talking to him for months and they have an adventure for him.

This book has some tough situations in it. Adam is adopted and is bi-racial. Although this shouldn’t matter in life, we all know how kids use this to bully others. Adam is bullied and has serious self-esteem issues. It just breaks my heart to see him go through this. But he has an outer space adventure that will help him grown, if he can survive the coma back on Earth.

At the same time you see his mother Camille. She came through the car wreck nearly unscathed and now has to fight for her husband and son. Doctors are trying to get her to let Adam go, not wanting to have to have her child suffering or never being about to communicate, locked in his broken body.

This is a very good story. It has several tough issues that are discussed and will make you think about if you were in the same situation. I liked Adam’s adventures although the further you go on I did question if he was really on an adventure or if it was his poor brain trying to reboot and come back. Intraterrestrial is a great read and one that should be checked out.

I received Intraterrestrial from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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