2017 Book 20 ‘Dragon Lightning’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 20

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Dragon Lightning

‘Dragon Lightning ~ Book 2 in The Dragon Dreamer Series’

by JS Burke

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Rose Reviews ‘Dragon Lightning’

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Dragon Lightning is a stand-alone book and the second in The Dragon Dreamer series. It’s a fast-paced adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unlikely friendships. This science fantasy is layered for readers age 9 to adult.

Drakor seems like a normal young ice dragon with a talent for making lightning swords. But he alone feels the changing heart of his island Volcano. It destroyed his beloved sire. Now he foresees their doom, but none will listen. As he seeks proof, the Volcano shakes him off into the frozen sea . . .

Arak was mocked as a worthless dreamer until he and Scree, a fearless undersea misfit, saved the dragons. Now dragons and octopi sail north in search of mythical ice dragons. They find Drakor and a terrifying reality. When Scree enters the abyss to check his volcano, she discovers everyone is in peril. Can this crew of unlikely friends save three realms?

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I absolutely LOVE this ‘Dragon Dreamer’ series, we have our old favourites Arak the Dragon Dreamer, Scree the shapeshifting octopus healer with her artistic mate Orm.  We also see the poor young & scared apprentice dragon healer Dorali who is most certainly coming into her own, now becoming quite the Dragon-Lady.

In this new story we are introduced to the fabled Ice Dragon, namely a young white dragon named Drakor who senses that his volcano is changing.

Chapter 1: Black Lightning

Bright red lightning crackled above the mountain, sparkling through a dark plume of smoke. The Volcano roared with a thunder beyond any storm and sharp rocks rained down on Drakor. The young dragon gripped an icy rock ledge and shrank back into a narrow mountain crevice, choking on the tick stench of sulphur.

The mountain shook violently. Drakor’s teeth rattled together like dry bones while the earthquake rumbled on and on. . He felt like an ice-fish shaken to death in the jaws of a dragon.

Suddenly, the safe ledge broke loose. The white dragon stretched his long, leathery wings and pushed against the falling rock, trying desperately to fly to safety. He was hammered by a storm of rocks.

A boulder slammed into Drakor and his mind went white. He crumpled in on himself, writhing in agony. His right wing hung limp and useless.

I really hate giving things away but if you want to know a little more scroll down to the bottom of the page where I have put a tiny, weeny spoiler.

This is a truly beautiful story and is

Very Highly Recommended

A real page-turner hence I give it a 3 Rose Rating

3 Rose Rating

Happy Reading

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**OK SMALL SPOILER ALERT **

Of course Arak and his friends rescue Drakor and they become great friends learning new skills from each other. They experience new adventures and discover new and exciting worlds with new foods and the hint of the fabled Sunset Dragons (after discovering a diamond shaped dragon scale in bronze with a scarlet sheen).

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2017 Book 19 ‘Wrapped in the Past’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 19

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‘Wrapped in the Past

by Chess Desalls

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Rose Reviews ‘Wrapped in the Past’

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Shirlyn travels back in time to ancient Persia where she meets the three magi who follow the Star of Bethlehem. After a mishap threatens to send her ride home without her, the youngest mage exhibits a hidden talent that leaves an impression on his elders and on Shirlyn’s heart. But his silhouette will forget they ever met, unless she leaves a reminder that comes with a heavy price.

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Although this is only a short story I put the book aside as it appears to be set initially in England but written in an American style. I found it was slightly confusing for me. I got the impression it began in Victorian London yet they travel by car to the harbour to board a motorised yacht. Maybe I am looking at this all wrong and I should view it more as a Steampunk novel? Perhaps I will return to it later in the month then let you know my thoughts. Or try it for yourself it is currently FREE to download. Then let me know your thoughts below.

Happy Reading

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2017 Book 18 ‘Witchcraft’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 18

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Witchcraft: Book 1 The Meadowsweet Chronicles

by Katie M. John

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Rose Reviews ‘Witchcraft’

This was a modern tale of witchcraft with good witches facing bad. Set in the small English village of Heargton The Meadowsweet coven all have names of either animals or flowers I did find it a little confusing as to if the older witches were the aunts or cousins of the younger ones who are still at school. The main character seems to be the middle sister known as Fox who is just coming into her gift (each witch apparently has a special gift which she excels at) Fox seems to have the gift of ‘seeing’ both the future and the past. The oldest sister is Swan and the younger Rabbit who they fondly name Bunny.

As I expected Fox fell for the new boy at school, a young man Jeremiah Chase sent to atone for his attitude by his strict father who lives in America. The Chase family like the Meadowsweets have long historical links to Heargton and own Coldstone House said to be haunted and whilst Jay is under its roof we find him encountering a resident spook for himself.

Although this was set in England I cannot help but wonder if the author was American as she seemed to use phrases from the US and compared the school system to that of America and not the UK. I must admit this for me was a tad confusing.

Because of the subject matter of the story featuring ritualistic killings and the occult I would say it is definitely aimed at older teens and adults. I did enjoy the story in general but it was a little off putting at times so the story did not always flow well for me as I read it.

I give it a 2 Rose Rating

2 Rose Rating

Happy Reading

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The inspiration behind ‘A Boy from the Streets’

I cannot wait to get a copy of this book in my hands I love the inspiration behind the story 🙂

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A boy from the streets will be the first novel that I have published but not the first book I have written. It was while I was researching for one of my other books which hasn’t been published yet that I came up with the inspiration and the basic outline for the story.

While reading ‘Small Wars Permitting: Despatches from Foreign Lands’ by Foreign Correspondent Christina Lamb I came across something I hadn’t heard about before and it shocked me. This is taken from Christina’s book:

“There was one aspect of life in Rio I knew I would never get used to. Every morning when I arrived at my office downtown, there would be bundles in the doorways. After a while I discovered they had names and faces. These were children, some of the thousands – some say millions – of street kids who roam Brazil’s cities. Sometimes they would…

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2017 Book 17 ‘The Spirit Guide’

2017 Goodreads Challenge 17

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‘The Spirit Guide’

by Elizabeth Davies

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Rose Reviews The Spirit Guide’

I was sent this story quite sometime ago in return for an honest review, I loaded it upon my kindle but unfortunately forgot all about it. All the other books I kept on purchasing or being offered simply pushed it down the list but oh I wish I had read it sooner. A truly enjoyable read that had me on the edge of my seat.

Seren has an unusual gift – she sees spirits, the shades of the dead. Terrified of being accused of witchcraft, a very real possibility in twelfth century Britain, she keeps her secret close, not even confiding in her husband. But when she gives her heart and soul to a man who guides spirits in the world beyond the living, she risks her secret and her life for their love..

A wonderful story that had me continually turning the pages, a story that covers several genre from YA to the paranormal to historical romance. All genre are seamlessly blended together and now I want to do research to find the facts behind the fiction.

I give it a 3 Rose Rating as it was a real page turner

3 Rose Rating

Happy Reading

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Teaser ‘A Boy From The Streets’ by Maria Gibbs

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‘A Boy from the Streets’

This is the WIP (work in progress) of my lovely author friend Maria Gibbs which will be released next month.  She is just working on the final edits.

Here is the Blurb (not finalised) & excerpt:

Two babies abandoned at birth: one grows up in a life of privilege and the other in poverty.

Love, betrayal, murder, hopes & dreams

Twin boys are born on the 12 September 1981 in a hospital in Brazil and left as orphans to their fate. Jose is adopted by a couple and taken to England but the other isn’t so lucky, Pedro ends up on the streets left to fend in a harsh and unforgiving world.

Twelve years later Jose is brought back to Brazil where he inadvertently learns the truth about his twin and the adoption and runs away to find him, thinking his adoptive parents no longer want him. What happens next will shake and shape the rest of his life–if he can survive.

Pedro is offered an opportunity that is beyond his wildest dreams, but to keep it means betrayal of someone he loves. This proves to be a far greater challenge than he anticipated.

A boy from the streets will tug at your heart-strings as you follow the twists and turns this story takes.

Pedro

“Pedro, wake up.”
I felt a sharp kick to my side and couldn’t understand how Chico had got so close. On the streets we slept with one eye open, and yet, I had fallen into a deep sleep that could have resulted in me not waking up. Since losing Jonny and DC I’d been wondering what reason I had for going on, though. One couldn’t call this living. It was existing, and what did I want to exist for?
Sometimes I saw glimpses of another life, when I hung around outside the fancy tourist hotels or happened into an area where the rich frequented. There was a three-tiered system, the rich at the top followed by the working man, who was marginally better off than those of us at the bottom of the scale. They worked hard, long hours, and had a room over their heads, but the downtrodden look they wore told me that their lives were tough, too. Although I would have sold my soul to sleep in a bed without having to keep an eye open at all times.
DC had found a vacant house, abandoned when the occupant had died and left it empty for a few weeks. Jonny, DC, and I stayed there for five days, topping and tailing in the big bed. The soft mattress was the height of luxury. DC said it was one of the things he missed most about his former life. Jonny and I knew no different than the streets. We would often go to sleep with the sound of DC’s voice relating a story of his former life, beyond our comprehension, but not our imagination.
“Pedro, I have a job for you.” Chico’s whiny voice intruded on my thoughts.
I pushed myself into a sitting position, rubbing the ache in my back and the filth from the streets off my shirt simultaneously. “What is it, Chico?” I gave the impression of disinterest though I could not afford that luxury.
“Detective Inspector Martinez said there is an American family who have arrived at The Excelsior. Stinking rich. He wants you to liberate them of as much of their valuables as you can while they are here.”
“Why me, Chico? Why not you?”
“Everyone knows you are the best. He doesn’t want them to know it has happened at the time. If they don’t see the crime they can’t report it.” Pedro heard the jealousy infused in his tone of voice.
“What do you get out of it, Chico?”
“Me?”
“Yes, you, Chico. Don’t play stupid. I know you’ll get your share.”
“Then why ask?”
“I do all the hard work and take the risk, yet you and Martinez get the best cut.”
“You know the score, Pedro, you’ll eat for a week.”
“And if I choose not to?” I don’t know what got into me, pushing like this when we both knew I would take the job or I wouldn’t see the day out if I refused.
“I wouldn’t if I were you. Detective Inspector Martinez says he’ll arrange another drive-by shooting. We haven’t had one since Jonny and DC died.”

I cannot wait to get my hands on a printed copy of this book.

Happy Reading

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Blog Tour: Sealskin by Su Bristow

I saw this on another page a few days ago and being a big fan of myths and legends particularly that of the Selkie I added it immediately to my wish list. Very much looking forward to reading this 🙂

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img_1900Sometimes a book will come along that hypnotises you just so and holds you so much under its spell that when it comes time to even attempt to do it justice in a review that it becomes pretty much impossible to put into words just how bloody good it is and those superlatives that are known merely prove inadequate. Su Bristow’s Sealskin is one of those books.

Winner of 2013’s Exeter Novel Prize, Sealskin is based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people. More specifically the legend of a fisherman who, one night at full moon, witnessed nine seals who came to shore, took off their skins and became beautiful young women dancing on the beach. In Su Bristow’s novel that fisherman watches the women dance and, unable to contain himself, makes a terrible mistake. That mistake has ramifications for both him, the young…

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