Blog Tour Book Review – Kingdom Come by Mark Collington

KINGDOM COMETitle: Kingdom Come by Mark Collington
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Noir Suspense
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 540
Format: Epub
Publication Date: November 21, 2014
Rating – 5/5

In the distant future, the world has been reconstructed into the Realms, controlled by a mysterious unseen entity called Kingdom. Jasper Montague-Smythe, a private detective in the 1930s L.A. Realm, is struggling with a stack of clients and a growing caseload. As he juggles disappearances, blackmail, kidnapping, and murder, he also finds himself custodian of a woman who doesn’t belong in his Realm. Drugged and confused, she needs his help. Can he afford to take the time? Can he really afford not to?

Yet an even larger problem looms: Kingdom’s Enforcers have started disappearing. Now it’s fallen to Jasper to find the cause and stop it before it’s too late.

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Happy Monday!! Welcome to my blog and to my stop on the tour for Kingdom Come. Thank you to the author Mark Collington and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

If someone told me a year ago how much I would enjoy detective fiction, I wouldn’t have believed them. The more I do read, I start to realize how much I enjoy it and the detective character.

Not only did this book have a great main character who is a private investigator and an enforcer but it took place in this interesting timeframe where the world as we know it now is very very different. The world is separated into different realms like the modern realm, the medieval realm and the story starts in 1930s LA which in my mind made this like a noire film. It’s definitely the impression I got right off the bat.

I love the main character Jasper. He was definitely my kind of guy and perfect for the type of character I like to see in a detective sort of role: noble, witty with a bit of cunning, smart and not entirely perfect. For me he has earned a place in my heart alongside Sherlock and Dresden. I kept trying to put a face to him and for some reason I kept thinking Bradley Cooper or (this isn’t a real person) but Bigley from the video game The Wolf Among Us who is the Sheriff of the Fables.

I enjoyed this book very much. I thought it was fun to read and the awesome world building makes it easy to imagine. It was dark and gritty, suspenseful and dangerous.  This book always has a dangerous air, especially when strange, suspect things really start happening! I got lost in the story as soon as I read the first paragraph, I didn’t want to put it down. This book was like candy to me, so suspenseful and entertaining enough to keep me at the edge of my seat. It was awesome to have an entertaining read like this since I’ve been reading books with super heavy subjects lately. I’m so glad I read this one. Five stars from me!

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Mark Collington was born in the south-east of England in the early 90s. At the age of ten he moved to Mid-Wales, and started writing a novel for the first time at 14. He graduated from Bangor University with a Bachelors degree in English with Creative Writing. He is currently studying for an MA at SUNY at Albany in upstate New York.

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Blog Tour Book Review – Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith

NEWSAPPHIRETitle: Sapphire: The Shielded Realms written by Elayne Griffith
Genre: Epic Fantasy Saga
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page Count: 275 pages
Format: Ebook
Rating: 5/5

There was a flash of light, the ground quaked, and suddenly a large silhouetted shape lifted itself from swirling white flames.”

Shawna’s ordinary life is forever changed when monstrous creatures come scratching at her door, and a black unicorn mysteriously comes to her aid. She then finds herself at the mercy of a sassy old witch, a quirky fairy who’s allergic to her own fairy dust, and a world of magic and nightmares. A world, she discovers, that is not only her own, but is unraveling from an ancient curse. The truth of its origins, and of the shattered sapphires, will take Shawna and her companions on a fantastical adventure through the hidden secrets of the shielded realms.

~ When there is darkness in our lives, and the path is not always clear, all we need to do is believe. ~

 

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Sapphire: The Shattered Realms. I would like to give a very warm thank you to the author Elayne Griffith and Mythos Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book!

Sapphire: The Shattered Realms is a YA fantasy title about a teenage girl Ava, who on the eve of her sixteenth birthday discovers that her parents have been keeping a terrible secret from her. Not only are they not her real parents but she is from an entirely different world…a world in which fairies, unicorns and enchanted crystals are a reality. Faced with a doomsday prophecy and pretty scary enemies, Shawna embarks on a quest (along with unlikely friends) to claim her birthright and save her world.

I loooooved this book. I have never read a book (that I can remember) that had a unicorn in it and when I was presented with the opportunity to read this book I jumped at the chance, because really who doesn’t love unicorns? I think though that I had the impression that it might be a super cheesy fantasy story but that was a totally wrong impression. It was awesome. It definitely wasn’t cheesy but was super fun and interesting. I absolutely loved all the characters that we meet throughout the story from the ones we meet for only a few seconds like the super cute lor-lor to Shawna, or shall I say, Ava herself.  I really liked her character journey from Shawna to Ava. I found her a little annoying at first but what teenage girl isn’t at that age, I know I was but as her character develops throughout the story I just grew to love her…she turns into a pretty strong, badass girl. I really loved that the romance line of this story was kept pretty light because I think a lot of emphasis in YA novels IS put on the romance lines but this book kept the emphasis on Shawna’s quest and her story which was really cool.

I actually can’t sing enough praises about this book, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I ended up loving it. I was fully engrossed in this world from page one and I just loved every minute of it. What a great, fun, pleasurable read. I am so glad I read this. If you are looking for a fun, YA fantasy to read, I highly recommend reading this book. The writing was awesome and the characters were great. Loved it!

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Elayne Griffith grew up writing, drawing, climbing trees, and riding unicorns…er, horses as a young girl. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and many years of job-bouncing, she suddenly had an epiphany: life is short, do what you love to do. She quit her job in the city and moved back to nature. Many bags of rice and beans later, she has written her first novel. She currently lives in the mountains, happy as a caffeinated squirrel, while continuing to pursue her writing and artistic career. “Follow your passion, for it is your greatest love.”

 

 

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Blog Tour Book Review – Buan: The Perfect Mortals by Reece Bridger

BUANEBOOKTitle: Buan: The Perfect Mortals written by Reece Bridger
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 458
Format: Ebook
Rating – 5/5

During a ceasefire of a war that has taken more lives than could be considered just, there are shadows of betrayal and deceit lurking in the rays of the morning sun. Something is lingering on the horizon, and it’s hell-bent on destruction, despair and death.

Whatever it may be, it’s driven the Goddess to some very desperate measures.

Life for the Harmon siblings has been hard enough, but now they face responsibilities that they never asked for. They never asked for power. They never asked for a world of monsters. They never asked to come face-to-face with demons, the corrupted of their own people, or their own mortality.

But that is just what they will have to do. They are the chosen heroes of Cornelia, the final hope for order and sanity, the last line of defence against the darkness.

They are the Buan.

 

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Hello all and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Buan: The Perfect Mortals! I’d like to thank Mythos Press as well as the author Reece Bridger, for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.

Buan is an epic fantasy series about four siblings with a great destiny. Each a key component of a hero. I love the idea of siblings who each possess a vital quality essential to a hero so that they must work together to fulfill their shared destiny.

I gave this book a full five star rating. Needless to say, I loved this book. The story itself was wonderfully written with a  highly detailed world and developed characters. I loved the strong women of this novel and I think my favorite is the little sister Fantasia whom reminds me a bit of Arya from Game of Thrones. Elrena was also one of my favorites!

I had a lot of fun reading this book, it’s definitely one of my most favorite reads of 2014. I think it deserves a spot among great epic fantasy reads. I can’t wait to continue the series! I loved everything about it. The author is a great storyteller and the blend of action, danger, and fantasy was just right. Definitely recommend as a must read to fantasy fans, I think this is a valuable author to watch and series to get into!

 

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25213262-118Reece Bridger is a firm believer in not letting the little things hold you back; conquering both his young age and his Aspergers, he wrote ‘The Perfect Mortals’ as a firm first step in the direction of his dreams. With another nineteen books already planned and no fore seeable social life, he has a lot of work ahead of him. In his downtime, he dabbles in voice acting and the bass guitar. He’s also not very good at writing short descriptions of himself.
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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: 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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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.