What Chains are Made of….

Warrior Mage Book Cover Warrior Mage
Chains of Honour #1; Snake Heart #2
Lindsay Buroker
sword and sorcery, scifi and fantasy, epics
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(1 May 2015)

His mother was one of the most powerful wizards in the Nurian Empire until she abandoned her people to become a notorious pirate. That choice doomed the family she left behind to a life of disgrace. Yanko White Fox doesn’t remember his mother, but as the only gifted child in the family, he is expected to erase the mark she left on them all. With an affinity for earth magic and communicating with animals, he’s not the most natural candidate to become a warrior mage, but it’s the only sure route back into the Great Chief’s good graces. He has resigned himself to training for that destiny, whether it matches his passions or not. Long before he’s ready for his first battle, insurrection comes to his distant corner of the empire. Rebels take over the salt mine his family manages and slay the only relative who ever supported Yanko. On the heels of the tragedy, a courier brings a message from the Great Chief’s son. Whether he is prepared or not, Yanko must undertake a quest, one that could save millions of lives… or fail utterly, leaving him dead, his family forgotten, and his people the victims of starvation and endless war.

Initially I thought that this was just another YA book with a teenage hero, but as I carried on reading Book 1 I grew very fond of the main characters, especially the ‘hero’.

He turns out to be cute, clumsy, unaware of his attractiveness, and hesitant over his magic.

Basically a big puppy you want to cuddle!

So I kept on reading to see if he grew up – and he didn’t really – just his magic grew.

So enjoyable books, nicely written, and whilst not books that keep you entranced, certainly books that you enjoy reading.

[PS: you don’t need to read the prequel 3 books, these stand alone]

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Haunted Houses….

Mr Peabody’s House Book Cover Mr Peabody’s House
(Werewolves, Vampires and Demons, Oh My Book 2)
Eve Langlais
ghosts, fantasy, witches and wizards
Eve Langlais
9 Nov 2017

A haunted house becomes the focus of a demonic investigation so Brenda teams up with a trio of werewolves to solve the mystery. But when the house eats her, can they find a way to save her?

I met a trio of furballs when my BFF was dealing with a demon issue  and since then, I can’t stop thinking about them.

When the chance to investigate a possessed house appears on my desk—after I filch it from someone else’s—I know it’s fate we team up again.

However, I might have bitten off more than I can chew because suddenly my hunky puppies are demanding I become their permanent chew toy.

Me, mated? Eek, but also yum.
 Did I mention they totally make my body purr?

Before we can indulge in a sweatily-ever-after, though, they’ll need to save me from Mr. Peabody’s house, because I do believe it ate me.

What an imagination this writer has – she continues to amaze me. Here we have shifters, witches, demons and rather unusually possessed houses that eat people!

All good rather naughty fun.

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Not so animated men

Cyborgs
Cyborgs #1-#3
Eve Langlais
paranormal, sci-fi, genetic engineering
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(17 Sept. 2016)

The cyborgs started out as human, people with lives, love and family. Then their country changed them. Made them in to something different and wiped their past. But they can't take away how they feel. In C791, Joe starts a revolution and brings his people together to find answers. What he finds instead is love. Poor F814 thought herself a robot, defective and unique among her kind, until a cyborg teaches her how to live again. When a geeky cyborg meets B785, a robotic princess, circuit boards sizzle.

I never finished book 1! I got 25% through where there was an interesting twist but not sufficient to keep me reading. When I realised that there would be nothing more that ultra alpha males and fighting and….

 

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Crazy Prison Perhaps?

Crazy House Book Cover Crazy House
James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
Jimmy Patterson; Reprint edition
(15 May 2018)

There were no charges. There was no trial. There will be no escape. 
Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her small hometown. She was thrown into a maximum-security prison and put on Death Row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca's told to fit in and shut her mouth... but Becca's never been very good at either. Her sister Cassie was always the good twin.
Becca's only hope is that her twin sister will find her. That perfect little priss Cassie will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it's too late. Because her jailers made a mistake that could get them both killed:
They took the wrong twin.

I found this too derivative of other teen literature and media in concept. 
Usually I am a great fan of James Patterson, but his co-authors often change the ‘flavour’ of his writing too much, and I don’t think Gabrielle Charbonnet has brought him many adult fans. 
However, I can’t speak for a teen audience.

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The Lost Son

Lazy Son Book Cover Lazy Son
(Hell’s Son #1)
Eve Langlais
paranormal, romance, humour
Independently published
(26 Sept. 2017)

The problem with being born with expectations is the failure to live up to any. Christopher might be the antichrist but taking over the world and leading the minions of darkness sounds like a lot of work. And while slacking is a sin his supposed dad Lucifer approves of, his lack of goals is a problem. Personally, Christopher would rather just work hard enough to make ends meet—and maybe buy a six-pack. But fate is conspiring against him. For some reason the dead won't stay in the ground, apparently he's not an only child, he has sisters and this hot chick he met in the cemetery refuses to sleep with him. It’s time for this lazy prince in waiting to rise to the occasion and embrace destiny—or at least make out with it

 Another amusing spin-off from her successful Hell series. 

Christopher - get the deliberate spin on the name? - is the son of Lucifer - that Lucie doesn't know he has. and he is very lazy. A slob in fact. Least work the best is his motto. 

But 
He does ensure that his cemetery remains safe from the nasties 

and then he meets a lonely virgin and his life takes quite a twist. 

An original idea and fun - riding a dinosaur? Who wouldn't want to? even if it is an unexpectedly animated skeleton.....

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