Thursday, May 28, 2015

Genesis (The Legend of Glory Book 3) by Devin O'Branagan

Genesis (The Legend of Glory Book 3)Genesis by Devin O'Branagan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

     Evil is coming and it is time for a major showdown. Glory Templeton, a warrior for the light, would do anything for her unborn child, even if that means giving up her own soul. Appropriately named Genesis, Glory and Zane's daughter was created by the most powerful force in the universe: true love. Even though Genesis was conceived in the past, she is the ultimate savior for the future. The question is, can she be born before all hell breaks loose?

     In an epic battle of good verses evil who wins? The answer would depend on whom you ask. Most would say good always wins. I believe there is no true winner or loser because even though many might die, there is always someone left from both sides to fight the same battle again next time. So if this war is endless why do we keep fighting? In this book series, Glory always fights for love because love is always worth the fight. Love's force is so powerful it can crush you, make you crazy, or fill you with a faith strong enough to lift you so high that nothing can harm you.

    Sometimes we all need a reminder that even though the path of love is hard, it is always worth the journey. This is why I would highly recommend this book to everyone. It is a great addition to "The Legend of Glory" series but also stands very well on its own. If you like big action-packed battles, epic love, and an all-around fantastic read that is impossible to put down, then this book is for you.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Witch of Wanchai by David Harris Lang

The Witch of WanchaiThe Witch of Wanchai by David Harris Lang
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The main characters in this book are a cannibalistic maid eating witch, two friends looking to survive, and a group of cops which spread over many countries. They all intertwine in a deep plot which in the end brings you right back where you started. I found this book to be highly boring and drawn out. The main bad guy was taken out by another bad guy instead of the good guys. It was a classic example of everyone dies except for one or two of the main characters. Was this book horrible? No some parts were digestible. I finished reading it and would recommend it if you are from the countries mentioned within, like international police dramas, or enjoy reading heavy stories with deep plots which you have to read the entire book to figure out.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Exile review and meet and greet with Tom Stacey

Exile (Bloodforge #1)Exile by Tom Stacey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A pair of brothers exploring, a fatal attack, Echoes in the night that look like men, and a great war, are the underlying themes for this novel. Yet there is so much more going on it will almost take your breath away trying to comprehend it all. The characters are solid and carry the story with power. Their lives interact masterfully allowing the story to flow off the page into your imagination. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, war, science fiction, or character driven story.

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1) What genre do you like to write?
Fantasy is probably my favourite genre to write but I have written short stories that could be classed as thrillers, sci-fi, historical fiction, even horror. Hopefully future books will reflect this.

2) If you were to branch out from your current genre which one(s) would you like to explore?
At the moment I have a few chapters of a thriller novel. It's a Robinsonade about a man trapped on an island by himself.

3) How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?
I started Exile in late 2012, but it was born out of some short stories I wrote whilst at university in 2009. I have always written: scripts, sketches - anything really - but it wasn't until Exile that I took it more seriously.

4) What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything: snippets of conversation I hear; things I read in the news; dreams. I writes down anything I hear or think of that might be good, whether it's an entire plot or a witty comeback a future character might say. I would recommend that anybody who wants to write does the same.

5) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?
It depends entirely upon what it is. A short story could take a week ifit lands in my head fully-fleshed. It could take months. Exile, my first and (so far) only novel, took over a year, and that's if I don't count editing time and revisions (there have been many).

6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest? 
Staring at a blank page is the hardest part. I also find it difficult to remember small details from earlier writing. Fantasy is a blessing and a curse in this way, because you can be a god and make everything from scratch, but then you have to remember it all. The easiest part is... well, I don't know. I enjoy it, so there's that.

7) Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?
I hate to say it, but it's probably Loster. He's someone who is too self-aware and analyses everything he does. I can be like that sometimes.

8) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them, but found yourself liking by the end of the story?
Not really. Some of my characters are villains (obviously) but I still like writing them.

9) What is your least favorite part about writing? The Most?
I write by hand so writing that up onto the computer is pretty laborious, although it does give me a chance to do an early edit.
10) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?
I watch a lot of football (soccer for any Americans reading), movies, TV (I love Suits), video games, and I read a lot, of course.

11) What genre of books do you like to read?
Fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction make up the majority of my library.
12) What author(s) do you enjoy reading?  Why? I love reading Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, Wilbur Smith, and the late David Gemmell. They are all masterful writers and know how to write wonderful characters, as well as how to pace an exciting story.
13) Tell us about your books where can people find them?
There's only one so far, the epic fantasy, Exile. It can be bought on Kindle or as a paperback from

Friday, May 1, 2015

Loves' Conqueror by Renee Hand

Loves' ConquerorLoves' Conqueror by Renee Hand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Miranda accepted Lord Hammil's proposal for marriage in an attempt to use him to taking her to an island where she could find her missing father. The real question which must be answered is who is playing whom? In a wonderfully mastered game of backstabbing and deceit, this book will keep you turning pages. This story is a hot sexy swashbuckling good time filled with love, lies, and dangerous pasts which keep causing trouble.
I only have a couple of complaints about this novel, first Miranda spent the whole book learning about sword fighting I would much rather have had a sword dual at the end instead of a single shot this ending was kind of anticlimactic after all of the build-up. Second there was a group of characters added at the end with extensive backgrounds, while I agree these characters are important to the plot they were not developed enough throughout the book and they seemed like an afterthought to tie up loose ends, but they only added more questions. Those issues aside I would still highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance, adventure, and pirates.

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