Archive | March 2017

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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19 Wrapped in the Past

‘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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18 Witchcraft

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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