Blog Tour Book Review: Olde School by Selah Janel

Olde SchoolTitle: Olde School written by Selah Janel
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Seventh Star Press
Page count: 361
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

Kingdom City has moved into the modern era. Run by a lord mayor and city council (though still under the influence of the High King of The Land), it proudly embraces a blend of progress and tradition. Trolls, ogres, and other Folk walk the streets with humans, but are more likely to be entrepreneurs than cause trouble. Princesses still want to be rescued, but they now frequent online dating services to encourage lords, royals, and politicians to win their favor. The old stories are around, but everyone knows they’re just fodder for the next movie franchise. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as magic. It’s all old superstition and harmless tradition.

Bookish, timid, and more likely to carry a laptop than a weapon, Paddlelump Stonemonger is quickly coming to wish he’d never put a toll bridge over Crescent Ravine. While his success has brought him lots of gold, it’s also brought him unwanted attention from the Lord Mayor. Adding to his frustration, Padd’s oldest friends give him a hard time when his new maid seems inept at best and conniving at worst. When a shepherd warns Paddlelump of strange noises coming from Thadd Forest, he doesn’t think much of it. Unfortunately for him, the history of his land goes back further than anyone can imagine. Before long he’ll realize that he should have paid attention to the old tales and carried a club.

Darkness threatens to overwhelm not only Paddlelump, but the entire realm. With a little luck, a strange bird, a feisty waitress, and some sturdy friends, maybe, just maybe, Padd will survive to eat another meal at Trip Trap’s diner. It’s enough to make the troll want to crawl under his bridge, if he can manage to keep it out of the clutches of greedy politicians.

 

 

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Olde School, I appreciate you stopping in! I’d like to thank both TLC Book Tours and Selah Janel for giving me the opportunity to read this book and review it! I was immediately excited to read this book…I don’t read a lot of them but when I do I love fairy tale retellings which is why I’m such a big fan of the Fables comic book series.

I loved reading this book…reading this book was all types of fun. It had everything that I was looking for in a read…it had drama, suspense, humor…and it was pretty dark sometimes which was a good thing. I loved the grittiness of this book. Honestly the only other series to capture fairy tale creatures this way is the Fables series and that’s it. I would definitely count this book as one of my most favorite reads of this year, once I started it I couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with the cast of characters which were so diverse and imaginative, definitely characters that will stick out in my mind forever. The world building in this book is such a treat and the writing is gorgeous and descriptive which made the world of Olde School come alive around me.

I also MUST give a mention to the cover because I absolutely love it. I love the grittiness of it. Right away you can tell this is definitely  not your average treatment of a book full of creatures out of the stories we all heard when we were young. Love it!

I would definitely recommend giving Olde School a read as I am sure you will not be disappointed. I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars rating because I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it thoroughly. I think fantasy fans will definitely find something to enjoy within it’s pages. It’s book one of a series so I will definitely be looking out for the next book!

You can find OLDE SCHOOL on Goodreads, and purchase links include Amazon, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble.

 

About the Author

Selah JanelSelah Janel has been blessed with a giant imagination since she was little when she wondered if fairies lived in the nearby state park and worried that vampires hid in the old barns outside of town. Her appreciation for a good story was enhanced by a love of reading, the many talented storytellers that surrounded her, and a healthy curiosity for everything. A talent for warping everything she learned didn’t hurt, either.

She gravitates to writing fantasy and horror but has a deep love of children’s and YA literature and can be convinced to pursue any genre if the idea is good enough. Often her stories feature the unknown creeping into the “real” world and she loves to find the magical in the mundane.

Her first title ‘Mooner’ is a historical, vampire-centric horror story from No Boundaries Press. She will have stories included in upcoming issues of ‘The MacGuffin,’ ‘The Realm Beyond,’ and the 2012 Wicked East Press Anthology ‘Bedtime Stories for Girls.’ She also writes about women’s roles and perceptions in genre fiction and film for the Fandom Fest blog Fandom Scene.

Connect with Selah Janel via blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

 

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Blog Tour Book Review: Ballroom by Alice Simpson

BallroomTitle: Ballroom written by Alice Simpson
Genre: Fiction
Page count: 280
Format: Paperback
Rating – 4/5

Told in interconnecting stories, Ballroom is a beautifully crafted debut novel—reminiscent of the works of Elizabeth Strout and Jennifer Haigh—about a group of strangers united by a desire to escape their complicated lives, if only for a few hours each week, in a faded New York City dance hall Time has eroded the glamour of the Ballroom, but at the end of the 1990s, a small crowd of loyal patrons still makes its way past the floor-to-ceiling columns which frame the once grand hall each Sunday evening. Sweeping across the worn parquet floor under a peeling indigo ceiling, these men and women succumb to the magic of the music, looking for love and connection, eager to erase the drab reality of their complicated lives. Nearly forty and still single, Sarah Dreyfus is desperate for love and sure she’ll find it with debonair Gabriel Katz, a dazzling peacock who dances to distract himself from his crumbling marriage. Tired of the bachelor life, Joseph believes that his yearning for a wife and family will be fulfilled—if only he can get Sarah to notice him. Besotted with beautiful young Maria Rodriguez, elderly dance instructor Harry Korn knows they can find happiness together. Maria, one of the Ballroom’s stars, has a dream of her own, a passion her broken-hearted father refuses to accept or understand. As the rhythms of the Ballroom ebb and flow through these characters’ hearts, their fates come together in touching, unexpected ways.

Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Ballroom. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and would like to thank both TLC Book Tours and Alice Simpson for the chance to read and review this book!

When I initially read the synopsis and viewed the cover for Ballroom I was instantly intrigued. I fell in love with the cover and was interested in reading a book with interconnected narratives. I really enjoyed that the story is delivered to us through the interconnected stories. I think this made the narrative feel like a dance, with each character waltzing to the beat of their own music – the different perspectives pushing and pulling, sliding and spinning and coming together at the end in pretty surprising ways.

I really liked this book. I do wish there was a little more description of the ballroom itself, but I thought that the exploration of the character’s lives and their perceptions of each other was great. Some of the characters backgrounds and stories were so sad to me like that of Harry Korn, one of my favorite characters. I also really liked Maria and Sarah although I felt really bad for Sarah throughout the story as love and life in general have not been very kind to her. I do feel though that she is able to find happiness with her life, with herself towards the end of the story.

Dancing was my first love so I seemed to connect with the yearning that a lot of the characters had for dance. I feel like some of the characters danced for the pure joy of getting lost in the dance while others just fell into the habit of using it as a vehicle for making connections with people that wouldn’t be possible in another arena.

I loved it when the characters described their feelings about dancing in the ballroom and dancing with each other, it was all very real to me and reminded me that although we may see someone every day at work or the gym, sometimes we don’t really know their full story and what they are escaping in their home life by spending a few hours at their hobby. I just loved the feel of this book which Simpson accomplished to make feel both soft and gritty at the same time. I felt like the writing was graceful and seemed to enhance the special feel that I have come to expect from novels surrounding the topic of dance.

While Ballroom is not perfect, I did enjoy reading it and spending time with these characters. I enjoyed the delivery of the story and the way it was written so I gave it four out of five stars. General adult fiction readers or fans of books involving dance may enjoy this book.

Alice SimpsonAlice Simpson is an accomplished visual artist who has a profound passion for dance. Ballroom is her first novel. She lives in South Pasadena, California.

Connect with her through her website or Facebook.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Butternut Summer by Mary McNear

Butternut Summer Title: Butternut Summer written by Mary McNear
Genre: Fiction
Page count: 377
Format: Paperback
Rating – 5/5

Preparing for her final year of college, Daisy is crazy busy now that she’s back at Butternut Lake. She’s helping her mother, Caroline, run their coffee shop and trying to build a relationship with the absentee father who’s suddenly reappeared. She never expected to fall in love with Will, the bad-boy from high school who works at the local garage. With every passing day she and Will grow closer to each other . . . and closer to the day they will have to say goodbye. As summer’s end looms, Will and Daisy face heartbreaking choices that might tear them apart.

Caroline already has her hands full trying to make ends meet at the coffee shop without having her no-good ex suddenly show up. Now that Jack is back, he’s determined to reconnect with the family he walked out on twenty years ago. But with the bank pounding on her door and Jack’s presence reminding her of the passion they once shared, Caroline’s resolve begins to crumble. As Daisy’s departure looms and her financial worries grow, Caroline just may discover the support she needs . . . in the last place she ever imagined.

 

Thank you for stopping by my blog and welcome to my stop for the Butternut Summer by Mary McNear blog tour! I’d like to say a big thank you to Mary McNear and TLC Book Tours for giving me the opportunity to read and review Butternut Summer!

Butternut Summer is about a Caroline, the owner of a coffee shop and mother to a college senior Daisy, whom is under a lot of stress due to the financial troubles of her small business and the turbulence that has been her family/love life. Daisy, Caroline’s daughter is a young college student getting ready to embark on her last year of college who is returning home for the summer to help her mother and connect with her father, Jack. The summer turns out to be quite interesting, and quite different than either of them suspect and they both find themselves caught up in a summer of confusion, regret and most of all, romance.

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to read this book! This is the second book in a trilogy. Although I have not read the first book I really felt like this could be treated as a standalone book, as there is definitely enough story for it to stand on it’s own. For me this was the perfect book to read in my last few weeks of summer. At 377 it’s not really a hefty read and will go by pretty fast since you won’t want to put it down once you begin it (just like me!) but it’s a largely satisfying read. I loved this book.

I read a lot of fantasy so I don’t get to read a lot of what is considered “chick lit” or “romance” type books but reading this book reminded me of why I have enjoyed this kind of book and story when I do get the opportunity to read this genre. I think the writing was superb, and the characters were well developed, I felt like I got a good sense of every character. I love that this book is about not only the two love stories that develop between Daisy and a former high school crush Will AND Caroline and Daisy’s father Jack, but also about the mother/daughter relationship between Daisy and Caroline. I think the author did such a wonderful job of portraying all of these complex relationships and complex feelings that go along with these relationships…it was truly masterful writing to be able to convey all of this in one book in such a way that the reader can actually feel all the emotions of each character. I think the setting of Butternut Lake is just absolutely gorgeous and such a stunning setting for this type of story. I absolutely need to read the first book and would enjoy reading the third!

Overall, I greatly enjoyed Butternut Summer and I do recommend this book to anyone that is up for some light, romantic reading. It is about the beauty of first love, second chances and discovering yourself at any age. Butternut Summer was wonderful – romantic, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.

Purchase Butternut Summer here! Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound

Mary McNearMary McNear is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Up at Butternut Lake, published by HarperCollins. Up at Butternut Lake was the first book in the Butternut Lake series. The second Book, Butternut Summer, is now available.

Mary McNear lives in San Francisco with her husband, two teenage children, and a high-strung minuscule white dog named Macaroon. She writes her novels at a local doughnut shop, where she sips Diet Pepsi, observes the hubbub of neighborhood life, and tries to resist the constant temptation of freshly made doughnuts. She bases her novels on a lifetime of summers spent in a small town on a lake in the northern Midwest.

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Blog Tour Guest Post & Book Review: The Marian by Taylor Hohulin

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Marian written by Taylor Hohulin! I’d like to thank Taylor Hohulin for including me in his blog tour and giving me the opportunity to read and review his book! This blog tour post is a special one for me as I have never had an author guest post and I’m excited to have Taylor as a guest on my blog today as well as excited to share what I thought of his book! In this post you will find the synopsis, Taylor’s guest post where he talks casting (awesome!) and lastly, my review! We hope you enjoy this post!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00039]Fifteen-year-old Ethan Denby doesn’t know how he got on the Marian. He just woke up one day inside the body of its captain.

The Marian is unlike any ship Ethan has ever seen. It crawls on long, metal legs over dunes of salt in search of water, despite laws granting exclusive harvesting rights to a corrupt organization known as HydroSystems Worldwide.

HydroSystems is closing in, tensions are mounting aboard the Marian, and on top of all that, Ethan is beginning to think the dreams he’s been having aren’t completely harmless. If he doesn’t get home soon, Ethan could die inside someone else’s body in this wasteland of a world. The only way back seems to be through a place known simply as the Cloud, but how can he convince the crew to take him there when it means confronting a dangerous cult and venturing into a place where the very fabric of reality has worn thin?

Casting the Crew of the Marian
Ethan Denby – Tom Hiddleston
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This was a hard role to cast. Whoever played Ethan would essentially spend the movie playing a teenager with a pretty good life trapped in the body of a wasteland-hardened adult. I settled on Tom Hiddleston, mostly based on his portrayal of Loki in the last few Marvel movies. He’s able to handle the action-heavy scenes, but still maintains a youthful glee. Obviously, Loki would need to have much worse skin, and a nice scraggly beard. Dude looks like a Covergirl commercial.
We don’t get to see Ethan in his own body in The Marian, but if we did, he’d totally be Asa Butterfield of Ender’s Game/The Boy in the Striped Pajamas fame.
Jackie Sparks – Dylan O’Brien
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I had trouble finding someone for the Marian’s wild, wisecracking teenage engineer, but then my wife suggested Dylan O’Brien. Apparently, he’s best known for his role on the Teen Wolf TV show, and will appear in the film adaptation of The Maze Runner. After a few YouTube clips of him cutting up, I was sold. Give him some crazy red hair and a bag of tools, and he’s got the look I’d imagined, too.
Tucker Frye – Thomas Hayden Church
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Tucker is the Marian’s doctor, unofficial encyclopedia, and voice of reason. He needs to be portrayed by someone is able to appear simultaneously likeable, wise, and exhausted…something that I think Church achieved pretty darn well in Easy A. Should that be a guilty pleasure movie? I don’t care. It was surprisingly fantastic.
Percy Hale – Tom Hardy
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Percy was the Marian’s quartermaster until he learned the person inside his captain’s body didn’t have a clue how to run a ship. As second in command, he declared himself captain, much to the dismay of a few members of the crew. Percy is a big, scary man, and there are some who wonder if his loyalty is for sale. It would be interesting to see Tom Hardy take on this role. He’s an imposing physical presence, but he’s also got some real acting chops.
Bonnie Sparks – Emma Stone
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Remember the five minutes Emma Stone spent as Hollywood’s “it” girl before Jennifer Lawrence became Katniss Everdeen and dominated our nation’s consciousness? I like Jennifer Lawrence, but I always preferred Emma Stone…and still do. No matter what movie she’s in, she manages to have instant chemistry with every other person on screen. That’s essentially Bonnie’s character. She’s a peacekeeper when tempers flare and a Jill-of-all-trades around the ship.
Lester – Jared Leto
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No one knows much about Lester. The crew of the Marian thinks he might have been alive when the bomb was dropped and Earth transformed into a waterless wasteland, but no one can be sure because he rarely speaks. He’s a mean-spirited beanpole of a man, and Jared Leto might seem like an odd casting choice for him…unless you’ve seen Mr. Nobody. Among other things, Leto plays a pretty convincing 120-year old man, thanks to some impressive makeup work. The performance is over-the-top and almost cartoonish at times, but Lester is kind of an over-the-top, cartoonish character.
The Navigator – Bill Murray
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I’m of the firm belief that any film, no matter the genre, benefits from Bill Murray’s presence. The Navigator has been a blast to write. Like Lester, he was alive when the bomb was dropped and the earth changed forever. The only problem is he either didn’t notice the bomb and its effects, or he’s completely blocked the memory from his mind. He thinks the Marian is a deep-sea fishing vessel. Bill Murray’s comedic chops and ridiculously high likeability quotient make him the perfect candidate for the Navigator.
Buddy – Jorge Garcia
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Buddy is the Marian’s big, loveable engine operator. He needs to be portrayed by someone who can inspire pity without being a guy who whines all the time, and who can be instantly likeable. Jorge Garcia’s portrayal of Hurley in LOST definitely fits the bill here.

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Taylor Hohulin is a DJ at a Christian rock radio station in Dallas, Texas. He lives in Arlington with his wife, where they are owned by two cats and a dog. His greatest fear is working a job where he is required to shave daily. And spiders.

Title: The Marian written by Taylor Hohulin
Genre: YA – Post Apocalyptic/Steampunk
Page count: 198
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

When I read the synopsis for The Marian I immediately jumped at the chance to read and review it! Not only do I lack considerable experience with steampunk-esque novels, but the synopsis drew me in and I wasn’t disappointed!

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot because I definitely think this is a book that you’d want to read and I don’t want to spoil it but I did want to talk a little about the story. The Marian is a ship, crawling through the desert of the ocean whose crew specializes in water smuggling under the nose of the government corporation that holds “all” of earth’s remaining water. Ethan Denby suddenly finds himself aboard The Marian and thrust into this life of constant danger as part of this crew, always looking over their shoulder and hoping to make a difference in a world where hope is scarce. The big question is, will he ever get back home?

I gave this book a 5 star rating because I really enjoyed this book and this world. This is my first steampunk novel and I really enjoyed the steampunk influence and being thrust into this world of post apocalyptic machinery. I love how the ship has been outfitted to crawl on the ocean floor and drill into “water wells”. The world building and the history of how the world got this way was so interesting to me and I found myself lost in this world and the characters.

One of the best things about this book, besides the well crafted world, is the cast of characters. I love all of them! I’d have to say my favorite character is Buddy and the sort of conundrum he is to me. I see him as this big burly guy yet he’s this teddy bear of a man who loves reading and writes poetry, I love it! I also love Bonnie, the fierce female of the crew who can hold her own amongst the men in a seemingly all male industry like water smuggling where danger abounds.

The plot of this book is so interesting and definitely different than any other post apocalyptic book I’ve read so far. It made me think of what could happen if one day we found ourselves in a similar predicament. I liked this story because the “pirates” were the good guys and we live in a world where pirates rating is bad so it was good to see a positive spin on pirates in this book!

All in all I loved this story and I can’t wait to continue reading it because, good news, it is the start to what I think is going to be a killer trilogy. If you are a sci-fi or fantasy fan you need to check this book out and embark on a truly interesting and entertaining journey that will leave you at the edge of your seat!

Free preview chapter download: http://books.noisetrade.com/taylorhohulin/the-marian-excerpt

Blog Tour Book Review – Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder by Wilson Feliz

 

 

Title: Forbidden Forests: The Dragon Holder written Wilson Feliz
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 128
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

The Forbidden Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder is a young-adult fantasy novel set in the magical land of Sindergan. Once protected by the now-extinct dragons and their holders, Sindergan is under attack. The evil Decent Brotherhood and their shadow warriors will stop at nothing to destroy the kingdom and all the light within it. Hope for survival lies in the hands of twin witches, Hope and Destiny; a mage warrior, Anaya; an elf, Danche; an ogre; and Liam, the last dragon holder.

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder. I am extremely grateful to both Mythos Press and the author, Wilson Feliz for giving me the opportunity to read and review this amazing book!

The Dragon Holder is the first book in the Forbidden Forest series which promises to be a spectacular series judging from this first book. I had so much fun getting lost in the world of The Dragon Holder and I can’t wait for the series to continue. If you hadn’t gleaned from the cover and the synopsis above, this book is a work of fantasy complete with magic, dragons and warriors…all things that I love to encounter in a fantasy story. My most favorite thing about this story was the way in which the author delivered it to us. The story is delivered from the perspective of multiple characters which I loved and made the story feel very well rounded. Wilson Feliz is a superb storyteller, the language was descriptive, the pacing just right and the world building was done perfectly. All of this created a very enchanting, magical and interesting story that I could not help but find myself completely lost in. I loved all of the mystery, the magic and the peril that the characters face as they each find themselves in the middle of prophecy. I really enjoyed seeing a strong female character like Anaya in this book and I love that she’s this completely badass master magician character. I also love Liam’s character and the bond that he and Shade develop as well as seeing Liam grow into his own on this journey.

I think if you know someone who struggles with the fantasy genre or who is just getting into reading fantasy this would be one of the books that should be required reading but longtime fans of the genre will find it just as enjoyable. At 128 pages this book is a super light, super fast read that delivers a great story and fantasy experience. I cannot wait to read more and I expect to read some fantastic works from this author! At this point, I’m a fangirl and I’m not afraid to say it.

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Wilson Feliz is a new Young Adult and Adult fictional

writer based out of the United States. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Feliz

is currently serving his country as a member of the US Army.


While his day job keeps him grounded on whatever post

he’s stationed at, Feliz’s work as an author allows him to whisk his readers

away to different worlds at the turn of a page. According to Feliz, writing has

always been an outlet. “Even when I was a kid, I’d write poems and short

stories as a way to get out of my head and focus on something other than everyday

life. My imagination was always a little strange and out there.”
 

It was his “out there” imagination that led Feliz to

craft the world of Sindergan in his first full-length novel, The Forbidden

Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder.
 

“The Dragon Holder literally came out of nowhere,”

Feliz stated. “I had read stories about dragons and fantasy worlds, but Liam’s

story was something that came from my heart.”
 

It was Feliz’s strong family bonds and sense of

loyalty that played heavily on the creation of his characters. “What you’ll see

in all my books is that there is no bond like love…All of my characters have a

strong sense of loyalty and a deep need to protect their own. The Dragon Holder

was my first attempt to express that part of myself. Yes, the book is a fantasy

novel about a different land — full of magic and mystery — but at its

heart, The Dragon Holder is about a young man stepping into his role as a

protector, taking everything he learned as a boy and using it to take care of

others.”
 

In his own life, Feliz takes his theme of family

loyalty to heart. When he’s not writing, Feliz is a homebody who loves spending

time with his family.
 

Feliz is currently working on The Dragon Holder

sequel, as well as a non-fantasy fictional novel, Mason Cartel. 

 

Blog Tour Book Review: Along Temptation’s Edge by Nik August

 
Title: Along Temptation’s Edge AKKADIA written Nik August
Genre: Fantasy – Romance
Publisher: Libertine Press
Page count: 309
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 4/5
A sleepy Hamlet on the east end of Long Island… A peaceful
playground, but what lies beneath may change human civilization, even human
evolution… Forever.
Danny, a self-centered playboy, has finally fallen in
love. Or, is he an unwitting pawn in the young woman’s quest to save her
ancient, secret world. How can he be sure of her motives, when even his own
memories are suspect?
Danny, his best friend, Aaron, and Aaron’s girlfriend,
Sarah, get caught up in a tangled web of sexual pleasure and deceit, as they
try to save another society from impending extinction.
 During Danny’s misadventure, many will seek to destroy
him. Others will give up their home world to help him. Yet, will they pay the
ultimate price? A war is imminent, but how can the human race defend themselves
from an unknown enemy?
 

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Along Temptation’s Edge AKKADIA written by Nik August. A big thank you to Nik August and Libertine Press for allowing me to read and review this book!

Along Temptation’s Edge is a fantasy story with a strong romance element. It centers around Ilmartutar and Danny, two unlikely people who find themselves in the middle of a Romeo & Juliet type story – except far more sexy and imaginative. Theirs is an unlikely romance due to the fact that Ilmar is not human but who comes from a race of people that dwell, secretly, within the Earth. Aside from this romance are other small romances throughout the book, as well as the problem Ilmar’s people have of keeping their existence a secret from humans while humans are trying to unravel mysteries that may lead them to discover the hidden race!

As you can see, there is a lot happening in this book which resulted in my literally devouring the book. I really liked this book and I had so much fun reading it. It’s one of those “just like candy” books where I can’t put it down because I’m enjoying reading it so much, the story was so interesting and fun. I really liked learning about Ilmar and her people, their politics and customs. I loved seeing her people go to the surface and attempt to interact with humans, overall I just really liked reading about the relationships between the characters and seeing those develop throughout the book.

The only thing I didn’t like about it is there are a lot of spelling and grammar errors but I liked reading the story so much that this is one of those books that I didn’t really care so much. Sometimes if I’m not enjoying the book as much as I did this one, that kind of thing can irk me, but it wasn’t so with this book. One thing I can definitely tell you is this book is definitely very sexy, which was a good thing! I don’t read very many romances that have a ton of sexy times but I was glad this one did and it happens to be a pretty central focus of the story as well since it’s part of the conflicts between humans and Akkadians.

All in all, I liked reading this book very much! It was a great, fast and entertaining read. I can see it turning into a sexy, yet funny and dramatic film one day and I would be more than willing to read another book set in this world! Fans of fantasy romance may enjoy this book as much as I did!

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Feet on the ground, head in the stars.
The first child of very talented parents, Nik spent
the formative years at an advertising agency in Manhattan, along side a father
who allowed and encouraged creative expression. With an affinity for
illustration, Nik spent hours immersed in any form of artistic conduct. Whether
writing and preforming short plays for the family as a child, or memorizing
movie dialog and old radio shows, Nik found imagination could be enhanced
within the pages of books.
Science Fiction held so much mystery and
possibilities,. Nik read and read, until the desire to create the fantasy
worlds became a driving force. Nik created over 40 comic book characters, then
wrote and illustrated 4 original comic books. Some of Nik’s comic characters
were published in a local magazine. Nik’s recent novel writing is a course
change. While writing has been a part of the work throughout Nik’s life, it has
now become a focus. Look for Nik’s work of insane wine infused ramblings in the
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Blog Tour Book Review: Hunter No More by GD Tinnams

 
 
 

Title: Hunter No More written G.D. Tinnams
Genre: Sci Fi
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 140
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 4/5

 
 The Hunter Class Spacecraft designated ‘The Amberjack’
disappeared during a routine mission to Seek, Locate and Destroy the enemy
Machine Mind contingent known as ‘The Ochre’. Conclusion: It was either
destroyed by the Ochre or went rogue for reasons unknown. If sighted, approach
with extreme caution.
 
On the planet Borealis, a violent revolution forces
Samantha Marriot and her parents to flee their home for the relative safety of
‘The Rainbow Islands’. Once there, Sam discovers a secret her father has been
keeping from her all her life, a secret that will change everything.
 
Meanwhile, The Machine Mind Hierarchy of Earth
dispatches a ship to rid themselves of the planet’s troublesome human
population. The only hope of a defence lies with a damaged binary Hunter unit
that has long since abandoned both its programming and weaponry.
 
In order for the unit to
succeed it must call upon the aid of an ancient enemy, and prove, once and for
all, that it is a Hunter no more.
 
 
Welcome to my stop on the Hunter No More blog tour! Thank you to GMTA Publishing and G.D. Tunnams for allowing me to participate and review this book!
 
I had been itching for a good Sci-Fi book to read so when I saw that Hunter No More was going on tour I jumped at the opportunity to read it. Hunter No More is exactly what you want in a Sci Fi read complete with a mechanical species threatening the human race, emotional distress, fast paced action and a heart breaking and rather beautiful conclusion. I was riveted from the beginning to end. At 140 pages it is a fast, light and yet satisfying read.
 
While I enjoyed this book and the story enough to give it four stars I really wish it was longer but that’s just selfish of me because I liked the story alot and felt like the action and drama could have gone on awhile longer. I loved the story itself and was really interested in the civil war going on with the humans and the hunters themselves were fascinating to me and their way of thinking about and dealing with humankind. I do like how Josella, at the start of the story seems to be a minor, sort of sidekick type character but ends up being a pretty central focus of the story. I think that was great. I feel like all of the characters, except maybe Anna and Skylar each were equally important (at least perspective wise) to the story. I love books that are written from multiple perspectives, I always like to see the differences in the story as it occurs character to character. This book was no exception to that, I really enjoyed the delivery. One thing I loved about this story is that it never stops with the action and I love my Sci Fi reads to just be full of gut punch action where you can feel the adrenaline pumping almost like you are experiencing it for yourself. Hunter No More was like that for me.
 
The ending to this book was rather stunning…surprising to me and sad. In a good way. I rather enjoyed reading this book and I think that Sci Fi fans in need of a light read would enjoy it too! I really dig the cover as well!!
 
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

 
 
G.D. Tinnams has worked as a barman, a call centre
operator, an IT support analyst, and a software tester. But during all this
time he was also an insatiable reader of science fiction and fantasy books like
Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game,
Robert Charles Wilson’s Blind Lake and Greg Egan’s Permutation City. He is very
fond of weird, mind-bending stories and decided quite early on to try writing
some. ‘Surface Tension’ is his second novel.