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A Knife’s Edge

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Sam reviews Eliot Parker’s A Knife’s Edge

About the Book

A Knife’s Edge; Eliot Parker
Adult; Thriller; 277 Pages

Headline Books (October 12, 2018)

Six months after a drug cartel infiltrated Charleston, Ronan McCullough continues to fight the drug war that plagues the city. His investigations are halted when the body of a mutual acquaintance, Sarah Gilmore, is found in the trunk of a burning car. In an investigation that takes him deep into the professional and personal life of the victim, McCullough discovers secrets lurking in her past, and a tangled web of personal and professional conflicts, suspicion, and betrayal. Was Sarah killed for those reasons or something larger? As Ronan seeks answers, his life and the lives of those closest to him are used as pawns in a deadly game that has no ending.

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About the Author

Eliot Parker is the author of four novels, most recently “A Knife’s Edge”, which was an Honorable Mention in Thriller Writing at the London Book Festival, and is the sequel to the award-winning novel “Fragile Brilliance”. His novel “Code for Murder” was named a 2018 Finalist for Genre Fiction by American Book Fest. He is a recipient of the West Virginia Literary Merit Award and Fragile Brilliance was a finalist for the Southern Book Prize in Thriller Writing. He recently received with the Thriller Writing Award by the National Association of Book Editors (NABE) for his novels.

Eliot is the host of the podcast program “Now, Appalachia”, which profiles authors and publishers living and writing in the Appalachian region and is heard on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and Blog Talk Radio. A graduate of the Bluegrass Writers Studio at Eastern Kentucky University with his MFA in Creative Writing and Murray State University with his Doctorate in English, he teaches English at the University of Mississippi and lives in Oxford, Mississippi and Chesapeake, Ohio.

Sam’s Review

Dark, slow but steadily paced, and well written, A Knife’s Edge will place you on the edge of your seat as you discover twists and turns that reveal not all is as it seems, and you shouldn’t trust everybody. But, keep in mind I’m not saying you shouldn’t trust people. I’m just saying be careful with your trust.

Ronan McCullough, one of Charleston, West Virginia’s finest cops, has witnessed one of many events that trigger a chain of deaths and puts his nephew and boyfriend in danger. However, they aren’t helpless. And Ronan can’t do this alone. Not when he’s more at stake than the others.

A Knife’s Edge is enrapturing, brilliant, and surprising, as it keeps you in suspense, and fills you with the necessary feelings needed per scene. I love this book as it kept up an even pace, but didn’t resolve itself right away. It makes you question who to trust, who not to trust, and where Ronan’s loyalties should lie in general, as a good murder mystery should.

However, POV changes are often in this book, which tends to drive me crazy. But maybe that’s a “me” thing. Another issue I had with this was the opening scene. It didn’t really serve any purpose to the plot that I saw. Maybe I’m missing something, but I still don’t know how it affected anything in the storyline or setting, as it was never brought up again.

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Sam reviews Eliot Parker’s A Knife’s Edge

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A Curse so Dark and Lonely

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TRB reviews Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely

About the Book

A Curse so Dark and Lonely; Brigid Kemmerer
Young Adult; Fantasy; 507 Pages

Bloomsbury YA; 1 edition (January 29, 2019)

Fall in love, break the curse.

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

About the Author

Brigid Kemmerer is the New York Times bestselling author of dark and alluring Young Adult novels like A Curse So Dark and Lonely, More Than We Can Tell, and Letters to the Lost (Bloomsbury), as well as paranormal YA stories like The Elemental Series and Thicker Than Water (Kensington). A full time writer, Brigid lives in the Baltimore area with her husband, her boys, her dog, and her cat. When she’s not writing or being a mommy, you can usually find her with her hands wrapped around a barbell.

Jenn’s Review

Beauty and the Beast gets a modern makeover in Brigit Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely.

Harper’s life is definitely not rosy in modern New York – her father ran away, lung cancer is slowly killing her mother, and her brother is trying to placate the mobsters their father ran afoul of, by harassing other unfortunate folks that owe these evil men money. And because life is so fair, Harper is doing her best to live a full life despite her Cerebral Palsey.

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TRB reviews Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely

While playing lookout for her brother, she witnesses a man who appears to be abducting a woman. When she attacks, hoping to prevent the stranger’s kidnapping, she ends up falling into the kidnapper’s realm, on a plane of reality far different from her own.

It is here that she meets Rhen, the cursed crown prince who, of course, needs her to fall in love with him to break the curse before the season ends and the Beast he is cursed to become is unleashed on another bloody killing spree.

As such things go, Harper tells him in the blandest of terms that she won’t fall in love with him, and of course, she tries to run away; and from there the story becomes less and less predictable. Harper and Rhen devise a plan to save his kingdom, and together, they manage to rally his subjects to defeat the invading forces from the north.

The world-building in this story is beautifully crafted and consistent. Characters are sympathetic and realistic, and plot twists are carefully woven throughout. The hero is strong, and while he’s a bit of a jerk at the beginning of the story, his character arc offers redemption. Harper is also flawed, but she is strong and determined, her physical challenges are more of a driver to prove her abilities than an excuse to be the wilting princess.

Well-told and well-written. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for this YA romance.

Sam’s Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse so Dark and Lonely

One of my favorite fairy tales turns dark as Harper, a fierce girl with Cerebral Palsy, is used to being treated like glass. Her mother has been fighting cancer and has three months to live. Her brother deals with a gang to hold them all together.

Rehn is the crown Prince of Emberfall. Every Autumn he turns into a beast and kills his people with no memory. When he changes back, he turns eighteen again. And again. The evil sorceress Lilith taunts him and his last guard, Grey. As war looms on the horizon, he must find love to break the curse.

Harper isn’t easy to woo. She isn’t a delicate flower. Rehn has a dark past. He is afraid to hurt her. Can they find love and break the curse before time runs out for both of them?

I love the disabled heroine, and how she has a bite to her. The story was written with a sense of reality and it wasn’t a sappy fast burn smacking lips kind of read. It was an earning of trust and defending each other kind of read.

I didn’t like how it was a little confusing in places, but other than that, it was wonderful and possibly the best adaptation of Beauty and the Beast I have ever read. The ending was well tied together and left me hungry for more

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Boon on the Moon

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Sam reviews John Huddles’ Boon on the Moon

About the Book

Boon on the Moon; John Huddles
Children; Sci-Fi; 216 Pages

 Notable Kids Publishing (March 4, 2020)

When ten-year-old Byron “Boon” Barnett boards a rocket-ship for a move to the Moon with his family (and his irritating robot, José Ignacio), he’s expecting the time of his life in the lunar colony of Cosmopolis. What he’s not expecting is a stellar disaster that’ll demolish Cosmopolis before lunch. Boon insists he knows how to survive it, but people tend not to believe him about stuff. His parents have been lecturing him on the dividing line between using his imagination for fun and using it as an excuse for bad behavior. Suddenly it’s the dividing line between life and death.

About the Author

John Huddles is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter and director. Filmmaker Magazine called his sci-fi drama, The Philosophers, “sneakily beautiful, remarkably thoughtful … [an] adventure film of ideas … [with] bravura fantasy sequences.” In Boon On The Moon, the first book from The Booniverse, John extends his love of sci-fi/fantasy into storytelling for the page instead of the screen. John studied moviemaking at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles; international relations at Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C.; and history at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island—where he was editor-in-chief of the school’s student magazine and was named one of Brown’s first ever Undergraduate Writing Fellows.

Sam’s Review

Imagination can be both a gift and a curse.  And for Byron, or, “Boon”, it is very much both. But one day, it goes too far. And he ends up getting temporarily banned from his home state of Arizona. Now, on his way to the place of his dreams, the moon, he makes friends and learns things about the moon he never knew. But his happiness is in danger. And so are the lives of his family and his friends. But, with a little imagination, and a little rule-breaking, he can save them. Right?

Boon on the Moon is lighthearted, incredibly funny, and absolutely adorable. The characters are well developed, and each has their own separate personalities. The only problem I did have was I couldn’t tell if it was in the past or the present, until we got to head to the moon. Which, I’m assuming, means that it’s in the future. But I couldn’t really tell, other than that.

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Sam reviews John Huddles’ Boon on the Moon

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The Girl Who Found the Sun

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Brian reviews Matthew Cox’s The Girl Who Found the Sun
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About the Book

The Girl Who Found the Sun; Matthew Cox
Adult; Sci-Fi; 424 Pages

Division Zero Press (December 7, 2019)

It started with the insects.

The mass die-offs had been a warning unheeded. Before society realized the danger, the Earth had inexorably begun a transformation into a place where life could not survive. A small group found shelter in the Arc, an underground refuge safe from the toxins ravaging the surface.

After centuries of darkness, humanity’s second chance is running out—and Raven Wilder knows it.

Her job fixing the machinery in the Arc makes her aware of how close everything is to breaking down. When the systems fail, the last survivors of the human race will suffocate in the tunnels meant to protect them from the deadly air outside—starting with the most vulnerable. Unfortunately, in an example of history repeating itself, those in charge dismiss her concerns.

When her six-year-old begins showing signs of oxygen deprivation, Raven refuses to go quietly into oblivion.

She will break every rule to keep her daughter alive.

About the Author

AUTHOR BIO:
Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.

LINKS:
http://www.matthewcoxbooks.com/wordpress/
https://www.facebook.com/MatthewSCoxAuthor

Brian’s Review

Always a little leery when there’s a post-apocalyptic book to read cause many times the author doesn’t take into account time and the effects it has on the items of the world.  Well, Matthew has nailed it.  That alone is a great reason to read this book.  In The Girl Who Found the Sun, Mr. Cox worked in what would naturally happen perfectly into this book of the future.

Not only did Mr. Cox take this into account, but he also wove it into his story majestically.  Everything from cars being just a pile of rust to buildings collapsing, rusting or just plain dry rotting, depending on the material used.  Unlike many stories told about massive disasters and the centuries after, Cox avoided things like gasoline being used, unmaintained power plants up and running, or food still sitting in houses just waiting to be used by the starving survivors.

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Brian reviews Matthew Cox’s The Girl Who Found the Sun

Again, the fact Mr. Cox kept it as real as one could expect when predicting the future like this, was one of the main reasons I kept reading.  I wanted to see just how deep he’d take the reader into this world, and by the end, I was completely impressed. For world-building I give this story 4 Stars.

Character development was crafted pretty well.  The main character, in my opinion, was the one I had a hard time coming to have any feelings, positive or negative about.  This could have just been a “me” thing, but she didn’t move me like some of the other lesser important characters.  Without giving spoilers, I will say, loved the way he portrayed her daughter, and really loved the way he portrayed the antagonist.  Though there weren’t a lot of characters in-depth, those two, Kinsley and Noah’s development in this reader’s opinion was amazing.  For character development, I give The Girl Who Found the Sun 3 stars.

Not only was the story building great, character development pretty good, I thought the story was excellent.  Yes, the above would have probably kept me reading to the end, but what keeps me most reading is the story, and Mr. Cox, was dead on with the plot and flow. The story progressed wonderfully and makes the reader want to continue to read.  In my case, I may not have been rooting for the hero of the story, but there were others he made me root for and care for and made me want to see just what happens.  Sadly I didn’t get the ending I wanted, but that was just based on my own personal feelings, not anything to do with the way the story went, and there’s no way I could dock points because the author didn’t write the ending the way I wanted.  So again without spoilers, I have to say, Cox hit a grand slam with this story, and Mr. Cox, if you read this, I would be first in line to read Tensley excursions next.  I give the plot of the story 4 stars with an overall rating of 4 stars for the whole kit-n-kaboodle.

Sam’s Review

After pollution destroys the world, Raven is stuck working the vents of the underground civilization that is keeping humanity alive, albeit failing. Her daughter, Tinsley, is dying due to a lack of air. And so is the rest of the small population. And going above the ground is forbidden because rumors have spread saying that going above will melt you. But Raven goes above. And she sees a world that people can live in. The only problem now is convincing the rest of the people that the world is safe.

Rich, immersive, and humorous, while giving one an idea of where humanity might be headed in the near future if humanity doesn’t treat the world the way it needs to be treated. Well written, I loved it from start to finish. An interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world, The Girl Who Found the Sun will take you to a time that we try to pretend may never happen, even though it’s fully possible that it might, and we may forget parts of our lives today.


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Also by Matthew S. Cox:

One More Run (Book 1, Roadhouse series)

The Redeemed (Book 2, Roadhouse series)

Dead Man’s Number (Book 3, Roadhouse series Coming soon!

Prophet’s Journey


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When Worlds Begin

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s When Worlds Begin

About the Book

When Worlds Begin; Megan O’Russell
Young Adult; Dystopian Fantasy; 796 Pages

Ink Worlds Press (February 14, 2020)

“I really enjoyed this novel! It’s on the same level as The Hunger Games.” – BookBub Review of Girl of Glass

“It’s the magic we loved in Harry Potter, but happening right here and right now in the US.” – Amazon review of The Tethering

“This reminded me of Doctor Who, except from the standpoint of the Doctor’s assistant.” – Goodreads Review of The Girl Without Magic

“David fights Goliath that will pass the Bechdel Test!” – Amazon review of Ember and Stone

When Worlds Begin offers four full-length novels by Megan O’Russell. From breathtaking adventures to dystopian darkness, this collection has something for every fantasy fan.

Included in this collection: Ember and StoneGirl of GlassThe Tethering, and The Girl Without Magic.

Ember and Stone (Ena of Ilbrea, Book One)

Ena never hoped for a peaceful life. She never dreamt she’d become a killer either.

After her home is reduced to ash, Ena is swallowed by a world of secrets and magic. Legends warned of dark shadows hiding in the mountains. They didn’t warn of the dangers of falling in love with a myth.

Girl of Glass (Girl of Glass, Book One)

The world is ending, but Nola has been chosen to survive.

This young adult dystopian novel looks at the apocalypse from the point of view of one of the few who has been chosen to survive. Blended with romance and a hint of paranormal, Girl of Glass asks the reader what the obligation of the privileged is to help the suffering.

The Tethering (The Tethering, Book One)

A dark spell may separate them forever.

When fate binds Jacob and Emilia together, war threatens to destroy all they hold dear.

Wizards are under attack, and Jacob and Emilia find themselves at the center of a battle that will decide the survival of magic.

Facing an enemy that can shatter their souls, will they find love or be devoured by flames?

The Girl Without Magic (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, Book One)

Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.

The Siren dragged Maggie Trent out of a battle and into her Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.

With the promise of adventure in new worlds, Maggie leaps into a journey of blood and romance.

About the Author

Megan O’Russell is the author of several Young Adult series that invite readers to escape into worlds of adventure. From Girl of Glass, which blends dystopian darkness with the heart-pounding danger of vampires, to Ena of Ilbrea, which draws readers into an epic world of magic and assassins.

With the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, The Tale of Bryant Adams, the Ena of Ilbrea series, and several more projects planned for 2020, there are always exciting new books on the horizon. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan’s newsletter by visiting the following:

https://www.meganorussell.com/book-signup.

Originally from Upstate New York, Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan’s love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.

She would be thrilled to chat with you on Facebook or Twitter @MeganORussell, elated if you’d visit her website MeganORussell.com, and over the moon if you’d like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.

Sam’s Review

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Ember and Stone

Healing. A forbidden practice in Ena’s world. Punishable by death. And yet, she practices it, learning from the village healer and ink maker. Ena, a girl with a broken family, a lying brother, and a village now gone. And with a newfound adventure beyond her wildest thoughts with a man born with stone magic in his veins, her world shifts beyond the tyranny of her land’s so-called “leaders”, and with every healing gift, comes the gift of death, one she can create with the right berries and the right help.

Another great read by Megan O’Russell, Ember and Stone will captivate you and leave you wanting more. There is no hope of love for her, an uncommon find anymore, but it is well balanced by the amount of pluck and guts Ena has, making her the perfect role model. I was a little confused by the sudden mood change Ena went through near the end, as she went from good girl to flirting to get her way. 

Girl of Glass

Dystopian meets Twilight in Girl of Glass a story about life behind glass, a way of preserving life, or well, all the best aspects of it. Within the domes, only the best of bodies, minds, and personalities live in luxury and safety. Outside the domes, drugs that change you, change your body, your abilities, and all the failures that came with the drugs are barely surviving. For Nola, she has everything she could want as the daughter of a botanist. Until an offer comes across her path, the chance for more. All she has to do is leave the domes, and find Nightland, an underground group of Vampires.

She is told that all they want is some medicine for their leader’s dying daughter. If she doesn’t, she will have the guilt of knowing that she could have saved a life. If she does, and she’s caught, she will be marked as a traitor to the domes. Naturally, she makes the most sensible choice: she steals the medicine. Now, she has been tossed into a world of betrayal and danger. Love is hiding behind the least expected places, and familiar faces aren’t as familiar as she thought.

Girl of Glass is ensnaring and immersive and is a well written dystopian. Danger lurks in every corner, and it is very descriptive. If you enjoy dystopian novels and love triangles, I recommend this book, along with the entire series. There weren’t a lot of things that I found wrong with this story, and the entire series is pretty much one big book. A well-written series, indeed.

The Tethering

This may sound like a horror story, but honestly, it isn’t. There are, however, massive Harry Potter and Beautiful Creatures vibes coming off of this book, and allow me to explain why. Jacob has lost his best friend(psst he totally doesn’t like her romantically) years ago, and now his family. The initial shock causes him to lash out in a fit of magic, a gift he had no idea he even had. So, of course, his childhood crush and bestie  returns for him, we have this whole moment of, “you’re a wizard, Jacob.” To top it all off, he gets accused of a crime.

But there are evil forces afoot(Duh)! Dark forces, that will stop at nothing to kill us muggles, er, humans, called the Dragons, want war with the humans and plan to kill all who defy them! Yeah, pretty common trope but it’s well played out. Jeeze! Jacob just wants to learn magic, not accidentally get tethered to his crush who has an (ex) boyfriend during the start of the war!

This book is well written, however, a few problems I have is the way it felt very off at times. For instance, he messes up with magic one time, and is instantly accused of a crime? I mean sure, he suspiciously bore witness to a Dragon attack, but come on! He didn’t even know he had powers! Yeah, probably not my favorite book, but a worthwhile read nonetheless.

The Girl Without Magic

I, honestly, have no idea if I’ve done this already. I might have, so sorry in advance if so. But, as part of the box set, I must review it, so here we go! 

Maggie Trent, a magic-user, has died in battle. Or has she? When she wakes up in paradise, nothing seems impossible. Why, with the right amount of magic, one could do anything. But magic is like money. It runs out in the Siren’s Realm, and the Siren demands payment. So long as you have magic, you are safe from her storms that cleanse all she no longer wants.

Maggie learns this the hard way when in order to survive and not be swept and robbed, she needs to keep up the lie of having never possessed magic. A shame she couldn’t keep that secure longer before Bertrand Wayland figured it out. With the mysterious man, comes the offer of replenished magic: slipping through the threads in the Siren’s Realm, and going on grand adventures. Never one to back down from a fight, she accepts.

With her journey comes a new land, one of many attached to the Siren’s Realm. With the land comes love, danger, and new experiences. But can she defend a wandering group of magic teachers who have no intention of fighting?

I remember this book. And it never ceases to amaze me with how well it was written. I think this was the first Megan O’Russell I read or at least one of the first, and it brings a wonderful sense of nostalgia back to me. Definitely worth the read, and really wanna read the other books in the series. The pacing sees me a little off at points, but that was the only true fault I had with it.

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s When Worlds Begin

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Also by Megan O’Russell

Child Wound in Gold (Maggie Trent, Prequel)

The Girl Without Magic (Maggie Trent, Book 1)

Girl of Glass (Girl of Glass, Book 1)

Boy of Blood (Girl of Glass, Book 2)

Night of Never (Girl of Glass, Book 3)

Son of Sun (Girl of Glass, Book 4)

Death of Day (Girl of Glass, Book 5)

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Prophet’s Journey

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Sam reviews Matthew S. Cox’s Prophet’s Journey

About the Book

Prophet’s Journey; Matthew Cox
Young Adult; Science Fiction; 370 Pages

Division Zero Press (August 18, 2019)

Althea struggles to adapt to an unexpected twist in her life—not being kidnapped in six whole months.

The strange police from the faraway city claim the abilities she thought of as magic are really ‘psionics,’ and say she is far stronger than anyone they have ever seen. Despite their curiosity, they let her remain in the Badlands to protect her from an evil they call corporations.

Of course, Althea knows all too well how powerful her healing gift is. For most of her life, she’d been a prize taken in raids. Tribes have killed to own her, and she let them.

But the Prophet is done being passive.

Having a family changes everything. No longer afraid to use her powers to protect herself, Althea refuses to be taken again… even when corporate mercenaries find her.

About the Author

Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.

His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humour, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.

He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.

LINKS:
http://www.matthewcoxbooks.com/wordpress/
https://www.facebook.com/MatthewSCoxAuthor

Sam’s Review

Althea is the prophet. A girl with glowing blue eyes and a troubling past. A teenager(almost) with the mind of a six-year-old. And she is far from her new home. Far from her new family, and scared of the chance she may be sold into back into slavery and forced to heal people for a price. Don’t let the description fool you. Her innocent mind describes things much, much more adult than she lets on.

Definitely a post-apocalyptic book, somewhere in the post robot takeover, with a hint of fantasy from what I can tell. I have no idea if there is a predecessor, sadly. I do believe that there is, and I really look forward to continuing Althea’s journey.

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Sam reviews Matthew S. Cox’s Prophet’s Journey

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Also by Matthew S. Cox:

One More Run (The Roadhouse series, book 1)

The Redeemed (The Roadhouse series, book 2)

Dead Man’s Number (The Roadhouse series, book 3) (coming soon)

The Girl Who Found the Sun

Death of Day

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Death of Day

About the Book

Death of Day; Megan O’Russell
Young Adult; Dystopian; 46 Pages

Ink Worlds Press; 2 edition (May 23, 2019)

Death awaits those left outside the domes, but within the darkness lies salvation.

Raina McNay is dying. When a man offers the key to Raina’s survival, she leaps into a world where danger and blood reign. Without the rules society demands, Raina discovers the monsters she fears may hide in the light.

Before Nola walked in the open air, before Nightland ruled the city. Take the first steps of Raina’s journey into the night.

About the Author

Megan O’Russell is the author of several Young Adult series that invite readers to escape into worlds of adventure. From Girl of Glass, which blends dystopian darkness with the heart-pounding danger of vampires, to Ena of Ilbrea, which draws readers into an epic world of magic and assassins.

With the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, The Tale of Bryant Adams, the Ena of Ilbrea series, and several more projects planned for 2020, there are always exciting new books on the horizon. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan’s newsletter by visiting the following:

https://www.meganorussell.com/book-signup.

Originally from Upstate New York, Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan’s love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.

She would be thrilled to chat with you on Facebook or Twitter @MeganORussell, elated if you’d visit her website MeganORussell.com, and over the moon if you’d like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.

Sam’s Review

The complete Girl of Glass Series, featured on Sam’s Teen Reads Corner.

This is it. The end. There is nowhere else to go on the broken earth. Vengeance is arising, and Nola must finally confront the one she left behind, the one she strived so much to have the attention of her mother. The one who preferred her plants over her daughter. Nola has had enough and gives her mother the dosage of karma that she deserves. As for the one behind the whole mess? Oh, don’t worry, he’s taken care of. How? Well, I don’t feel like spoiling anything else than I already have, so you will just have to put up with not knowing.

I have said it once already, and I will say it again. This series is well written, gripping, and immersive. It has all the components for a perfect dystopian story and will pull you into a world that you will never forget.

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Death of Day

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The complete series is available in Kindle and paperback formats here.


Also by Megan O’Russell:

Child Wound in Gold (Maggie Trent, prequel)

The Girl Without Magic (Maggie Trent book 1)

Girl of Glass (Girl of Glass, Book 1)

Boy of Blood (Girl of Glass, Book 2)

Night of Never (Girl of Glass, Book 3)

Son of Sun (Girl of Glass, Book 4)

When Worlds Begin (Series Starter set)

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Son of Sun

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Son of Sun

About the Book

Son of Sun; Megan O’Russell
Teen/Young Adult; Dystopian Sci-Fi; 286 Pages

Ink Worlds Press (May 7, 2019)

The ruins of the city hide secrets Nola never imagined and danger she can’t escape.

The domes seek to destroy anyone who might disturb their perfect sanctuary. They’ll watch the world crumble from behind their glass walls. But the world isn’t ready to die.

With the strength of Nightland and the ferocity of those left to suffer, the final battle begins. Survival requires sacrifice, and the time has come for Nola to pay the cost.

About the Author

Megan O’Russell is the author of several Young Adult series that invite readers to escape into worlds of adventure. From Girl of Glass, which blends dystopian darkness with the heart-pounding danger of vampires, to Ena of Ilbrea, which draws readers into an epic world of magic and assassins.

With the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, The Tale of Bryant Adams, the Ena of Ilbrea series, and several more projects planned for 2020, there are always exciting new books on the horizon. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan’s newsletter by visiting the following:

https://www.meganorussell.com/book-signup.

Originally from Upstate New York, Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan’s love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.

She would be thrilled to chat with you on Facebook or Twitter @MeganORussell, elated if you’d visit her website MeganORussell.com, and over the moon if you’d like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.

Sam’s Review

The clock is ticking. The domes are no longer safe, as well as the city outside of the domes. Females within what is left of the crumbling world Nola was raised in are now being bred to raise population. Survivors of the attacks are being tracked as a corrupt government searches for Nightland and the traitors. Nola has opened her heart to love, at last, but can it stay that way when the new people they find, the Teachers and the Northerners, threaten them with bows and arrows? Or will it crumble away like trees under the touch of an illegal substance that the domes have resorted to?

The stakes are higher than ever, and so will your interest in the series as more secrets are revealed and people are hurt. Nowhere is safe, and Meghan O’Russell makes sure you know that.

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Son of Sun

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Also by Megan O’Russell

Child Wound in Gold (Maggie Trent, Prequel)

The Girl Without Magic (Maggie Trent, Book 1)

Girl of Glass (Girl of Glass, Book 1)

Boy of Blood (Girl of Glass, Book 2)

Night of Never (Girl of Glass, Book 3)

Death of Day (Girl of Glass, Book 5)

When Worlds Begin (Series Starter Set)

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Night of Never

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Night of Never

About the Book

Night of Never; Megan O’Russell
Children; Dystopian Sci-Fi; 238 Pages

Ink Worlds Press (April 16, 2019)

Good and evil have vanished, leaving only power and death in the outside world. As fire and blood rain down on the city, a new foe appears amongst the flames. One who will stop at nothing to create the future the domes have dreamt of.

Those who have managed to survive beyond the reach of the domes are left with a terrible choice: to hide in safety, or fight against the monsters who slaughter without mercy.

About the Author

Megan O’Russell is the author of several Young Adult series that invite readers to escape into worlds of adventure. From Girl of Glass, which blends dystopian darkness with the heart-pounding danger of vampires, to Ena of Ilbrea, which draws readers into an epic world of magic and assassins.

With the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, The Tale of Bryant Adams, the Ena of Ilbrea series, and several more projects planned for 2020, there are always exciting new books on the horizon. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan’s newsletter by visiting the following:

https://www.meganorussell.com/book-signup.

Originally from Upstate New York, Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan’s love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.

She would be thrilled to chat with you on Facebook or Twitter @MeganORussell, elated if you’d visit her website MeganORussell.com, and over the moon if you’d like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.

Sam’s Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner Livestream for the Girl of Glass series by Megan O’Russell

Nola was bait once. She was beaten, betrayed, and put into danger more than once. She had found love with two men, both in their own ways breaking her heart, hardening her heart just in time for the climax of her story. She is in Nightland, under the influence of a life-saving drug that, instead of turning her into a vampire, a werewolf, or a zombie, made her into a superhuman. She is now stronger, faster both in running and healing. A force to be reckoned with, indeed.

Time is ticking, the domes are crumbling after her leaving. She cannot go back. Her bloodline is tainted. She is a traitor to the domes. She doesn’t care. People have died at the domes’ hands. The fires were only sparking and being fanned before, now they are growing.

I have a lot of praise for this series, this book in particular. As gripping as the other two, it almost feels like you are there with her. Filled with more danger, with little blips of humor, the series is close to the end.

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Night of Never

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Also by Megan O’Russell

Girl of Glass (book 1)

Boy of Blood (book 2)

Son of Sun (book 4)

Death of Day (Book 5)

Child Wound in Gold (Short story)

The Girl Without Magic (Maggie Trent, Book 1)

When Worlds Begin (Series Starter Set)

Our Bloody Pearl

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Sam reviews D.N. Bryn’s Our Bloody Pearl

About the Book

Our Bloody Pearl ; D.N Bryn
Adult; Fantasy Romance; 200 Pages

Avos Publishing (July 26, 2018)

The ocean is uncontrollable and dangerous. But to the sirens who swim the warm island waters, it’s a home more than worth protecting from the humans and their steam-propelled ships. Between their hypnotic voices and the strength of their powerful tails, sirens have little to fear.

That is, until the ruthless pirate captain, Kian, creates a device to cancel out their songs.

Perle was the first siren captured—but the only one Kian still keeps prisoner. Song muted and tail paralyzed, Perle’s hope for escape finally rekindles as another pirating vessel seizes Kian’s ship. This new captain seems different, with his brilliant smile and his promises that Kian will never again be Perle’s master. But he’s still a human, and a captor in his own way. The compassion he and his rag-tag human family show can’t be sincere… or can it?

Soon it becomes clear that Kian will hunt Perle relentlessly, taking down any siren in her path. As the tides turn, Perle must decide whether to run from Kian forever, or ride the forming wave into battle, hoping these newfound human companions will fight with them.

About the Author

D.N. Bryn began writing short stories in middle school and has yet to stop. They received their bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD, and enjoy a day job involving respiratory disease research. They bring their love for animals, science, and mythology into all their writing, and are passionate about creating inclusive worlds where a diverse array of characters can go on grand adventures without being hindered by social misconceptions based on their appearance, sexuality, or gender.

Sam’s Review

Introducing an incredible book about sirens and pirates by the name of Our Bloody Pearl. I loved this book, so without any further ado, I’ll explain why.

Perle has never had a name. In fact, no siren does. Sirens don’t have genders, either, so classifying them is a bit tricky. But they have been stuck on the pirate captain, Kian’s, ship for ages, with filthy and toxic water and a crippled tail. But when Captain Dejean takes Kian’s ship, Perle earns a name and a chance of peace between man and siren kind.

I loved how fun this book was. It was mostly about earning trust, despite the cliche bad-guy-is-offered-a-chance-to-be-good-and-dies part. I got vibes of saving a wild wolf meets The Little Mermaid. Incredible. And for the things I didn’t like, well, there’s nada in that department. If you love a good steampunk fantasy, then read Our Bloody Pearl by D. N. Bryn.

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Sam reviews D.N. Bryn’s Our Bloody Pearl

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