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Witchling’s Girl

The Witchling's Girl Book Cover The Witchling's Girl
Helena Coggan
Sci Fi & Fantasy | Teens & YA
Hodder & Stoughton
Pub Date 7 Jan 2021

In a quiet street far from the river, with an ancient tree growing through its walls and floors, is the House of the Dead. There lives the witchling: healer, midwife and conduit between the world of the living and the world below. A witchling must give up her family and friends and spend her life alone, tending to the sick and carrying the dead down dark tunnels to the underworld. Haley was born with the gift of death-magic, and at the age of seven her mother abandons her to the witchling to be raised as her successor. But as Haley grows older and learns her craft - as invading armies pass through her town, people are born and die on her floor, and loyalties shift and dissolve around her - she finds it harder and harder to keep her vows and be the perfect and impassive healer. But if she can't, it will be her downfall - and that of everyone she's not supposed to love . . .

I failed to get involved in the storyline, it seemed too reminiscent of the stories of Baba Yaga and her house on chicken legs that lives in many dimensions. (In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural being who appears as a deformed or ferocious-looking old woman. Baba Yaga may help or hinder those that encounter her or seek her out). So having read stories about Baba and her disciples before and quite enjoyed them, I needed to read a story which was completely different – except this one wasn’t. And death magic is quite common too in stories and comes across better in a humorous format I find.

This is my personal view as someone who reads and has already read, far more than the 10,000 lifetime books – as I read 400 books a year. So you really have to be good and original especially when delving into folk-lore or fairytales.

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Guess who’s written what: Book Review

The Bewitched Family Book Cover The Bewitched Family
Iman's Journal Book 2
by Emily Flowers
Romance | Sci Fi & Fantasy
BooksGoSocial
Pub Date 30 Jun 2020

A tough battle between the wizards and the witches is ahead! When Iman meets Troy's family, his mother comes across as really sweet and kind in the beginning. However, Iman sees beyond her fake smile and senses there is something sinister about this family. She decides to investigate and the more she finds out, the more she puts herself and Troy in danger. Standing by is not an option. Iman must confront the dark force head-on or humankind is doomed. The spell book and the wizard's wand are ready. A duel is inevitable. But that also means Iman may lose Troy for good ... What is Troy’s mother up to? Is there hope for humanity? Will Iman be able to protect the love of her life?

Witches have nice grandfathers who give them recipe books it seems, who give them jewels too, and sometimes they are wizards too, but meeting the boyfriends’ family is an whole ‘nother matter… But still, you take a pie, don’t you? Especially one made from Grandpa’s recipe book.

And it isn’t good when Iman finds that her boyfriend’s sisters are witches too and want something, she has that Grandpa gave her, and no, it isn’t the recipe book.

Iman hadn’t expected this as Troy is a normal and she had thought all his family were too, unlike hers – after all Grandpa was chief wizard (see Book 1 for details of their romance).

It is a short book – but part of a set of 5 – only 40 print pages – thus good for young adults who prefer not to read complicated story lines. Consider all 5 as one book. This is book 2 in the series which is easy enough to enter as a standalone.

The writing is light and moves along at a good pace with short chapters, a magical battle, and enchanted objects. The ending could leave you wanting more – and if you want it enough there are 3 more to read…  I wasn’t bothered. .

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The Aliens are here

Passion Awakened
#1 The Hush
Katherine Diane
Paranormal Demons & Devils Romance, Paranormal Vampire Romance, Fantasy Romance
Independently published
(4 May 2020)

A vampire warrior. A shrink. This could get uncomfortable.Kyr, leader of the Vampire Defense Agency’s elite ground team, doesn’t have a choice in the matter. Either he participates in this bullshit psych eval, or his team gets suspended.But this isn’t about Kyr’s mental health. This is an investigation. Because the director wants to know why the Hush hasn’t been joining the company singalong lately. The reason? A traitor at the VDA is betraying vampire females into the hands of a demon lord.Yeah. Kyr doesn’t trust anyone, not even—especially not—the gorgeous agent assigned to evaluate him. The only thing more difficult than dodging her questions?Denying the intense (and inconvenient) attraction sizzling between them…

So, this a vampire novel, but vampires are actually aliens. We discover that they travelled to earth – through a portal – around 2 thousand years ago from their planet, which had been made uninhabitable by the war against demons.

Now, headed up by their Queen, they were well settled but hidden in the human population. Still at war with demons however, who had followed them to earth and still popped up through portals. They also still popped up on their original planet and certain trained agents were sent there to eradicate them. Which was not a nice gig.

When a human mated with a vampire, the vampire side sometimes didn’t come out and they remained human. However, when it did, they became vampires and needed to be carefully looked after until they were adjusted to their new life.

So that’s the background to this story.

The actual story was a vampire romance with the usual issues for a romance – with a cliff hanger.

There were still a few typographical and grammatical errors in the ARC but not bad enough to spoil the writing.

It was a competent book but not exciting unless this genre is really your ‘thing’.

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Legends: Many variations of. Book Review.

Legends Book Cover Legends
box set
various
Sci-fi, anthologies, short stories
Paper Gold Publishing Ltd
(7 Nov. 2015)

Due to mature content, situations and language, this collection is recommended for audiences 18+. All works in this box set have been professionally proofed by Paper Gold Publishing, unless this service was expressly refused by the author. Some stories are written in American, some in Canadian, Australian, and some in British English. The authors have chosen to stay true to their heritage. This box set includes a mix of already released and totally new novels and novellas, all complete works. Those books which are part of a series can be enjoyed fully without the need to read the complete series (though there is a chance you might develop story-addiction issues—for that, we apologize). LEGENDS is a magnificent collection of award-winning science fiction and fantasy books, some light enough to make you smile, all deep enough to make you think, What if…? Every single compelling story was hand-picked for your enjoyment. 13 worlds to make your own, 13 thrilling adventures, 13 heroes to root for. The perfect companion for late nights on the sofa, the perfect gift to those who enjoy a good read.

Legends (SF/Fantasy Box Set Vol.1): 13 Complete Novels & Novellas from your Favorite SF/Fantasy Authors

THIS BOX SET INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING TITLES:

ON UNFAITHFUL WINGS (ICARUS FELL #1) — Bruce Blake
THE UNIVERSE BUILDERS: BERNIE AND THE PUTTY — Steve LeBel
BRAIN WAVES — Cherime MacFarlane
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON — Ahmad Taylor
SUNSTONE — Holly Barbo
TRAPT: A TWISTED WOLF TALE — Rene Folsom
GONE — Julie Elizabeth Powell
WITCHWOOD ESTATE: GOING HOME — Patti Roberts
FROZEN HEART — Ella Medler
GARNETS — Suzy Stewart Dubot
SHERDAN’S PROPHECY — Jess Mountifield
OF SOUND MIND — Julie Elizabeth Powell
THE UNRAVELING (SAGE SEED CHRONICLES BOOK 3) — Holly Barbo

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What is your heritage?

Ryker Chronicles Book Cover Ryker Chronicles
Blood Moon: #1
Jeannette Savage
Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Oddwall Publishing, BooksGoSocial
November 10, 2018
244

Orphaned by the unsolved slaughter of her mother, Amy Ryker grew up expecting nothing from anyone. After walking away from a devastating accident unscathed, she decides to play it safe. That is until a rugged shifter shows up, with the promise of a better life. One that seems too good to be true.Agent Morgan Lazaro, who watched the Ryker case hit a dead end fifteen years prior, gets a closer look into the supernatural than he bargained for. Narrowly surviving a shifter attack, he involves himself further in Amy's case, finding that the trail leads deeper than anyone imagined.As Amy learns what it is to be a shifter, adversaries from all sides threaten to destroy her new life. She must face her past once and for all, or lose everything she's grown to love.

First in a series of 3 unless you count the prequel as 1, in which case number 2.  Contains the important message ‘don’t called them werewolves’. They are shifters of course.

Our heroine is drawn into a world she hadn’t realised existed with 2 packs of shifters at odds with each other and a Goddess and looming Convergence. Amy ‘channels’ the Goddess and one pack finds itself on an alien planet – so we mix sci—fi with paranormal.

The mix didn’t really work for me. And I didn’t find the storytelling compelling – and no humour which made it rather heavy going at times, especially when the storyline moved time periods.

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