Book Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

17347384Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Length: 341 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date: August 27, 2013 (15th anniversary ed)
Rating – 5 stars!!!

The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself!

I totally realize that the world doesn’t need another review of any of the Harry Potter books, especially from a small blog like mine BUT I can’t help it. I reread Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone during the latter part of December which gave me the opportunity to start 2017 off by rereading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, book two in this world famous series. Although I started the series a few years ago, I believe I got caught up in reading other books that were given to me for review so I never continued on with the series. With 2017 here, I decided it was high time to do it. It has been YEARS since I read the first two books and I had never actually reviewed them for my blog so here I am!

After reading book 1 I was excited to dig into book 2 and I absolutely loved it. It was super magical and tons of fun. I literally had such a fun time reading this book, learning more about the world and the characters, getting to sneak around Hogwarts with Harry and friends solving mysteries and dodging teachers. I found that while I enjoyed book 1, I really enjoyed book two and if each book increases in how good they are, I don’t even know what I’m going to do because I already find myself getting super obsessed. All I could think about when I got off of work today was starting book 3.

One thing I loved about this book in particular was the pacing, to me it feels just right. Not too slow, not too fast. The plot and characters develop at a rate that is really enjoyable and keeps me interested in the journey. The writing is simple, easy to understand but is beautiful in its simplicity and there are quotable passages sprinkled throughout the books that give immense feels. I am sure that this increases with every book as well. I haven’t been spoiled by the movies so I’m excited to see where the overall story goes and what all happens to our characters. So far, it has been an adventure! I feel like this series is what I needed to get out of a book rut that I was finding myself in so it was a good thing I started my year off with this book. I am living proof that an adult can enjoy these just as much as kid. It is so magical, so much fun and I loved this book. I am starting the 3rd tonight and I can’t wait! From here, I will be reading for the first time.

I am sure everyone has read this already but if are like me and you started the series and never continued or just haven’t given it a chance, definitely try it out! I gave the second book 5 stars because I just loved it. I’m also reading it with my niece and my nephew (who are young readers, reading it for the first time and just starting to discover the joys of reading ahhhh!) so that makes it extra special to me I think! I also must say that these illustrations on this particular edition are gorgeous, although pretty much all of the editions I have seen so far are beautiful.

What a wonderful way to start off the reading year!

Happy reading everyone!

Blog Tour Book Review: The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

 

the-fate-of-the-tearling-cover About The Fate of the Tearling

• Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Harper (November 29, 2016)

Katniss Everdeen, you have competition.”—Entertainment Weekly

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.

Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.

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the-queen-of-the-tearlingAbout The Queen of the Tearling

A #1 Indie Next Pick and LibraryReads Selection

Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.

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the-invasion-of-the-tearling-coverAbout The Invasion of the Tearling

In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm.

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea’s own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

In this dazzling sequel, Erika Johansen brings back favorite characters, including the Mace and the Red Queen, and introduces unforgettable new players, adding exciting layers to her multidimensional tale of magic, mystery, and a fierce young heroine.

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Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I received this book from the publisher Harper Collins through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it. 

The Fate of the Tearling is the third and final book in the Queen of the Tearling series. It is a fantasy series about a young girl who discovers that she is actually the Queen of this land called the Tearling. She was raised as a normal child and unbeknownst to her, many people have been searching for her to either assassinate her or put her on the throne. It’s very much a tale of her journey to become the Queen and protect her people and her land. If you’d like to check out my reviews for the first two books you can check them out here: The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of the Tearling. 

There isn’t much I can reveal about the plot of this third book since this is the concluding installment but I can definitely tell you that this book is phenomenal. I have really enjoyed the series as a whole and I was so blessed to be able to read this book for a review as it is definitely my most anticipated book of 2016 because I just had to know what happened next after the cliffhanger ending of the second book.

I love a lot of things about this series and about this installment in general: this third book is definitely my most favorite of the three. It is definitely a fantasy story but it’s also dark and gritty. The setting is totally brutal at times and the events unbelievably harrowing. I was literally on the captivated and on the edge of my seat through the entirety of this book. 

Kelsea is my jam. She is such a wonderful character and her development throughout the series from a quiet girl unsure of herself into this badass, leader queen has been an awesome thing to see. She does many things in this book that just had he cheering out loud! She develops into a strong character who is a force to be reckoned with but I love that she was written in a very real way that shows that she has flaws, even while being completely badass.

I just really have loved the overall concept of this book and it’s unique multifaceted plot. I love that both YA and adult readers can enjoy it. It has been quite a journey with these characters. There has been so much conflict, betrayal, tragedy and even some romance. Once you start reading this book, you just don’t want to stop. It’s gripping, dark and will keep you glued to your seat. A five star read for sure! I actually gave this entire series five stars, it is that good and one that I will most surely reread in the future.

About Erika Johansen

Erika Johansen grew up and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere author preferred text coverAbout Neverwhere

• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)

National Bestseller

Selected as one of NPR’S Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his special Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”

Published in 1997, Neverwhere heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now Gaiman’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these works and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.

Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Neverwhere: The Authors’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman. I would like to send a huge thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher William Morrow for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

Truth be told I have heard of Neil Gaiman and Neverwhere before. Though I still consider myself to be pretty new to Neil Gaiman’s work, I have wanted to read this book for a very, very long time so when I had the chance to read this version I jumped at it. I was pretty intrigued by the fact that this is the story the way the author prefers to tell it. That being said, if you have read and experienced Neverwhere before this is probably different from what you read before as it has been changed by the author in a few ways to tell the story the way he ultimately intended to. After reading this version, I wish that I had read the first one just so I could compare and contrast the differences between the two.

It is about a young man, Richard Mayhew, whom moves to London to take a new job. He ends up encountering a bleeding, hurt girl named Door and stops to help her. Having helped her he becomes part of another world, the London Below where people have been forgotten and quite literally have fallen through the cracks of the London Above. This London Below is dark, dangerous, fantastical and has far different rules than the London above. Not having anywhere to go he joins Door in her quest to find the person responsible for the death of her family.

I have read one other book from Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I loved it. This book was no different in that respect, I ended up really loving and enjoying this book. Although I have heard of it before and added it to my TBR list ages ago, I was never spoiled for this book…fortunately. I loved following the story as it unfolded. This book to me was magical, I got lost in it. I got lost in the gritty, dark feel of the underground and the dangers that seemingly lurked around the corners. I loved the writing – it was descriptive and beautiful. I had a clear picture in my mind the entire time of the people and the places.

I loved all the characters, creepy and good. While Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar were super creepy, I loved their creepiness in relation to the story. They terrified me. I loved the hunter and Richard and Door. I just thought everyone was really memorable and fleshed out really well. One of my favorite things in this book was the use of foreshadow and of course, all the fantastical elements. It’s just an intriguing concept of having this whole other world, events and lives existing beneath and even within our own. It’s definitely a more than meets the eye type story and I loved it and devoured it. There was a delicious element of danger throughout that kept me flying through the story. I also found myself eager to just keep encountering things and exploring this world. It was wonderful and I highly recommend to fantasy fans especially fans of darker fantasy stories. Five stars and this book has earned a place on my favorites shelf! Now I need to go on reading more Neil Gaiman!

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Neil GaimanAbout Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Find out more about Neil at his website, find all his books at his online bookstore, and follow him on Facebooktumblr, Twitter, and his blog.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon

RARBANNERRRKINDLETitle: Rags and Ruins by Bob Dixon
Genre: Fiction – Middle Grade/YA–  Fantasy
Length: 292 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: October 30, 2015
Publisher:  Chimera, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating – 5/5

Rags leads an idyllic life for a goblin child—he spends his days playing in the landfill with his gargoyle friend Ladin, going fishing with his father Hargo in the river, and developing his love of music. His parents love him intensely, and his mother Calin is fiercely protective of him. How could he ask for anything more as he lives an enchanted life on the reservation on the outskirts of the “civilized” world, surrounded by mystical creatures and magic? Little does Rags realize that he is not a goblin but instead a human who was abandoned shortly after his birth and left in the landfill to be raised by the goblins as a way to fulfill an ancient prophecy of good and evil, twin brothers separated at birth and reunited in the thirteenth year of their life, one to unleash an ancient evil, the other the only hope to stop it from happening. A powerful tale of magic, music, and danger, Rags and Ruins is sure to thrill readers of all ages with its mix of adventure, intrigue, and humor—and if it doesn’t, they’ll have to answer to a furious goblin mother.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Rags and Ruins. I would like to thank the author Bob Dixon and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rags and Ruin is a fantasy novel about a young goblin and his wife who take in and raise an abandoned human baby as their own. Unbeknownst to them at the time, the child is one half of a prophecy that will end in the battle between good and evil.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a really fast read because of how it read – the pacing was great and the story itself was interesting. It captured my attention easily and was just a really good story. I loved the writing, I thought the writer did a fantastic job writing and editing this story which made it such a pleasure to read.

I liked the characters and the settings alot. I will probably never look at a landfill the same and will always wonder if there isn’t more than meets the eye in them…maybe a world of fantastical creatures that escapes human attention. I thought that concept was really clever and really enjoyable. The protagonist and antagonist are both very young throughout the story and it all comes to a head on their thirteenth birthday so I would classify this story as more of a middle grade story but it would still be super enjoyable to a young adult audience. As an adult of twenty nine years, I really enjoyed it so I think that everyone would find this story interesting, enjoyable and well worth a read. This is the first book in a series and I am super excited to continue it in the future and would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.

If you are looking for a light, fun read be sure to check this one out! I also think it would be a great introduction to the fantasy genre for younger readers! I am planning on purchasing a paperback copy for my niece who is just now beginning to get comfortable with reading and fantasy is her genre of choice…I’m excited to see how she enjoys this story.

P.S. I absolutely love the cover too, it’s super cool!

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Bob Dixon is a a two-time Guinness World Record holder for the world’s longest cartoon strip. Author of Mouch and Company: The Dream Psychic and A Tough Call. He has created and written a number of comic book titles for Pocket Change Comics, including Assassinette: The Mind Stalker, Psyco Duck, Jester’s Dead, The Holy Knight, Riplash, Shadow Slasher, and Warzone 3719. He has written two children books, Rooty the Tree Troll and Holiday Bunny. In addition, Bob is a certified special education teacher who works with children with intellectual delays and autism.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3) by Kaitlyn Davis

Phoenix Born tour bannerThe Phoenix BornTitle: The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3) by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 320 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: November 16, 2015
Rating – 5/5 – it was amazing

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes the final book in the thrilling A Dance of Dragons series—perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Graceling, and Game of Thrones!

For the first time in a thousand years, the fire dragon has been awakened and Rhen is its rider. But after destroying the armies that threatened the city of Rayfort, Rhen is shown a vision in flames that changes everything. The shadow’s phantom armies are coming and the dragons are the only things that might stop them.

High in the castle at the top of the Gates, Jinji has learned something of her own. Janu, her long lost twin, is alive. And just as the spirit shares her body, the shadow shares his. In the blink of an eye, her quest for vengeance against the evil that killed her family has changed to one of protection. Because she knows that if Rhen learns the truth he will do what she cannot—end the shadow and end her brother in the process.

As the shadow grows more aggressive, Jinji and Rhen fight to find the rest of the dragon riders. But with time running out, they are forced to face the impossible decision between honor and love. Alliances are formed, promises are broken, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance…

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I am so excited to share my review with you today for the blog tour for The Phoenix Born by Kaitlyn Davis! The Phoenix born is the conclusion to the A Dance of Dragons series! This series is special to me because I have reviewed both the first and the second book in it so I was really excited to have the chance to read and review the third. You can read both of those reviews by clicking on the titles here: Book One: The Shadow Soul and Book Two: The Spirit Heir. I want to send a HUGE thank you to the author Kaitlyn Davis for giving me the chance to read and review this book series in exchange for an honest review. It has been quite a ride!

The Phoenix Born was everything I expected and a whole lot more. When I read this I was really in the mood for a fantasy read as I have surprisingly not read much fantasy this year which is a sad thing so I was craving a fantasy read. This was it definitely it. I always immediately fall into this world when I start reading about it but I felt captivated by this last books especially. Since I’ve read the first two I wanted to know what happens to the characters, I wanted to see what happens to the world as the series has been building to this epic conclusion. Ahhhhhh!

I have always loved Jinji and Rhen and the dynamics of their relationship/friendship since book one so this book of course, gave me all sorts of feels and sadness and more feels. Jinji, especially, has had this dangerous and emotional journey throughout the series which has been literally just breathtaking to read. Reading about the dragons and their riders was thrilling!

I thought the book was extremely well written and just like many book series I feel like the writing, which was great to begin with, just always got progressively better with each book. That’s always one of my favorite things about book series. I also just loved the journey that each character goes through and the characters in Kaitlyns books just always have these tremendous inner and outer journeys that just suck me right in.

I am giving this book a well deserved five star review and honestly I can’t wait to read it all over again in the upcoming year as I will be purchasing them all in print form and adding them to my library. There are also novellas which I am planning to read and review soon because yes, how can I not read them? And I’m pretty sure I am going to ache to return to these characters and this world because of everything that happened in it!

If you are a fantasy fan please check these books out, you will regret that decision! These books always transport me so quickly into their pages and they’re always full of danger, action and also some romance! I am also a big fan of their covers!

You can purchase your copy at any of the links below! Please come back and let me know your thoughts on this wonderful series!

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Born-Dance-Dragons-Book-ebook/dp/B0160BFHKU

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As a bonus, enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 10 of The Phoenix Born!

Jinji stopped him by grabbing his cheeks and pulling his face against hers, kissing him urgently. Rhen tried to pull away, to understand why she wasn’t thrilled by the news, but her hands traveled to the back of his neck, grip tight, and he couldn’t break her hold. Her lips moved fast against his, pleading with him silently. Everything about her was desperately trying to hold on to the moment, to stop time, as though she were drowning and the air from his lungs was the only thing that might save her, as though he were her tether to life.

Rhen wanted to give in. More than anything, he wanted to melt beneath her touch and forget the world, to kiss her until the sun rose the next morning, and even then maybe not stop. He could so easily get lost in the fire of her touch, the silkiness of her skin.

But he couldn’t let himself.

The woman he loved was in pain.

Her kiss wasn’t full of passion. It was full of dread. Rhen sensed the dark taste on his tongue.

“Jin,” he mumbled against her lips.

But she didn’t stop.

Rhen reached back, unlatching her fingers, pulling her forcibly away from him, finding her eyes. “Jin?”

And with that word, she couldn’t avoid what was in her heart any longer. A tear rolled down her cheek, and she gave in, collapsing against him as her body racked with sobs. The moans came from a dark place within her, ripping their way up her throat, making him wince at the sound.

Rhen wanted to demand answers.

He wanted to force her to explain, to let him in, to tell him what had her so distraught.

But he didn’t.

He just held her, kissing her forehead and rubbing her back. Not questioning. Not demanding. There would be time for answers later. Right now, Jinji needed a shoulder to cry on and nothing more. He gave that to her, embracing her until sleep claimed them both.

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About the AuthorKaitlyn Davis author photo

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.

Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com

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Book Review: Daygo’s Fury by John F. O’Sullivan

26590814Title:  Daygo’s Fury by John F. O’Sullivan
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Length: 261 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Rating – 4/5 stars

It’s not easy to survive in the slums.

Liam is an orphan, living with eight others in a dilapidated flat. Every day is a battle in the war to survive. As conditions deteriorate, and casualties rise, Liam begins to lose faith. He looks at the bums on the side of the streets with hate. They’ve given up the fight. They are weak. But it frightens him, how he sometimes longs for their life. Panic grows within his chest. Racquel offers him hope, something good to live for, in a place where there seems nothing but dirt. But what form of survival is worth living for? And what is Liam willing to do to survive? What is he willing to become?

Niisa lives in the great forests of the Chewe mountains. He knows he is the odd one in the tribe. He knows he is different. Daygo calls to him, it speaks to him in the sounds of the forest, in the falling of the rain, in brief glimpses of sunlight through the canopy of trees overhead. It is the life that inhabits all things, that fuels all movement. He will do anything to join the Waloleng de Kgotia, the famous priests of the daygo stream. The tribespeople might consider his actions evil … but they don’t understand.

The world is on the brink of famine and war. New magic is set to be unleashed. The beasts in the north, considered only a surreal page in history, raise their heads and consider, once again, marching south.

Daygo flows, but which way will the current pull …

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I’d like to say a big thank you to the author of Daygo’s Fury, John F. O’Sullivan for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

Daygo’s Fury is a fantasy story that is epic in scope and detail. It is told in the alternating perspectives of three young people whose lives are vastly different from each others. My favorite character perspective is Liam, a homeless orphan whom is really just trying to do whatever he can do to survive on the streets while always dreaming of a better life.

It is an epic fantasy so the writing can be somewhat dense (which I love) and the pacing a little slower but that I think is balanced with some really great action sequences/fight scenes given to us through Liam’s perspective. The writing itself is very detailed with very detailed descriptions and I found myself just getting sucked up and lost in this world. At first I thought it was a little slow in the beginning and early half of the middle but after finishing the book, I appreciated the amount of time spent detailing the background events that make up the experiences of our main characters so far. It was definitely a very dark story told in a hard and unforgiving setting but it also had settings of beauty like the forest we encounter in Nissa’s perspective. I find Nissa to be an intriguing character and I’m interested in seeing what his journey is going to be like going forward. It was hard for me to cope with his perspective as he does things that I personally found hard to read but he is such a complex character that I was inevitably drawn in. The city seemed like such a cruel place and there was alot of violence to animals and to women that were hard for me to read but they just added to this picture of a really dark, dirty city where one would have to be ruthless in order to survive. This makes me so much more sympathetic to both Liam and Racquel and the life they are living.

As a whole this was an interesting story that drew me in and just kept getting better and better as the story progressed. I am VERY interested in continuing the series and seeing what happens to the characters that we have been introduced to in this book. It is a very unpredictable plot which I love because the story can literally go anywhere from here and I’m looking forward to the same amount of detail continuing in future books in this series. I cannot wait to see what sort of man Liam becomes. It is so evident in this story that this world is huge and it is going to be fun to watch the world and all of it’s stories unfold as the author releases more of this series in the future. I cannot wait! You can find more information and also purchase this book using one of the links below! Happy reading everyone!

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John O’ Sullivan is a qualified yoga teacher and property valuer who writes epic fantasy that is real and uncompromising. Through his work be transported to another world, and live each scene through another’s eyes, until the mind behind the eyes merges with your own. Know an epic life, know human failures and human triumphs, know fear and loss, heartache and hope, weakness and strength, magic and power and helplessness in a world gone mad.

Find and follow John in the following places.
http://www.johnfosullivan.net
john@johnfosullivan.net
https://www.facebook.com/John-F-O-Sullivan-125495377802317/timeline/?ref=hl
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14363528.John_F_O_Sullivan
https://plus.google.com/u/0/108368521842310347524/posts

Some of his favourite authors.
Fantasy: Robert Jordan, David Gemmell, Peter V. Brett, Joe Abercrombie.
Historical Fiction: Robert Harris, Conn Iggulden, Ken Follett.
Literary Fiction: Phillip Roth, Wally Lamb, Rohinton Mistry.

Some of his favourite books: The Wheel of Time Series, This Much I Know is True, A Fine Balance, Shogun, The Human Stain, The Pillars of the Earth, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Half of a Yellow Sun, Property, A Suitable Boy, The White Tiger, A Life of Pi.

Fear is the enemy.

Book Review: Divine by L.C. Davis, Jr.

DIVBANNERDivineTitle:  Divine by L.C. Davis
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher: Chimera (Ravenswood Publishing)
Length: 336 pages
Format: Epub
Publication Date: July 15, 2015
Rating – 4/5

The unexpected arrival of an ill-omened war sword serves as the perfect catalyst for the wild fire of revenge and dark magic poised to engulf four embattled brothers and their father’s illustrious crown.

Set in the feudal kingdom of Valgary, the novel “Divine” explores the first grim chronicles of an undefeated Pangean bloodline of Kings and Warlords shaken to its very core when the powerful King Vagrath’s youngest son, Royal, is unintentionally thrust into the role of his father’s successor over his vengeful older brothers, Genesis, and the vain cold-hearted twins, Grieves & Mourn.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Divine by L.C. Davis! Thank  you to both the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity read this book for an honest review!

Divine is a dark fantasy story that follows the royal family of the feudal kingdom of Valgary. The inhabitants of the kingdom value strength, lineage, and combat. It is a kingdom rife with pride and centuries old traditions that are unexpectedly disrupted by the birth of Royal, the last son of the current King, Vagrath. The strangeness of his birth, his difference in constitution and mind, and his overall character are in stark contrast to that of his siblings whom unfailingly resent him for it and are actually the differences that ultimately change his family and kingdom.

I almost wish this book were longer, the characters and scenes just a bit more detailed because I would have enjoyed them that much more. I’m interested in more background on the kingdom – the kingdom and it’s traditions themselves are so fascinating. I love Royal’s character and his journey from what seemed like a weak boy in the first few chapters to this interestingly strong and somewhat dark character. On the flip side I also love Mourn’s character. In the first few chapters I didn’t like him but he becomes so much more complex and interesting when the tables turn and he is disgraced. So interesting!

There is alot to this story that gripped me. I thought the sibling rivalry angle was interesting, as I mentioned above, I thought the kingdom’s traditions and mores were interesting, and I thought the relationships between the characters were interesting like that of the queen and her sons. Overall, although it took  me a little bit to get into the story, once I did, it was gripping and definitely entertaining.

I ended up giving this book a four star rating, I really enjoyed this story and cannot wait to continue it. I’m really interested in what is going to happen next in this world. I love the darkness of the story. It’s very bloody and gritty, I think it would make a great movie. I await the sequel eagerly!

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About the Author

xL.C. “Lamar Calvin” Davis Jr grew up an army child and currently resides in the military town of Clarksville, Tennessee. He is a film school graduate, avid gamer and hopes to one day become a premier southern novelist in modern day literature. His debut novel series, Divine, was crafted with the intention of becoming his first contract between himself the author and the rest of the world as readers. Die hard supporters and fan art are what keep him going.

 

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