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Let’s have a fight: Book Review

Mackbook - Let's have a fight: Book Review Mack
Book 6: Angelbound Offspring
Christine Bauer
Sci Fi & Fantasy | Teens & YA
Monster House Books
Dec 2020
four star - Let's have a fight: Book Review

I’m Mack, a regular human who happens to run a secret league of vampire hunters. For most of my nineteen years, my daily routine has been to kill bloodsuckers, rinse and repeat.

But if I thought the vampires were trouble before, now stuff is about to get downright apocalyptic.

Why? The clock is ticking. The magical city of El Dorado will reopen soon. And once that happens, the vampire leader, Roman, will enter and create an army of bloodsuckers who do more than just kill humans—these vamps also take the shape of the last person they murdered. With thousands of supernatural warriors behind him, Roman will wipe out humankind and repopulate the world with vampires.

Not on my watch.

Trouble is, Roman knows I’m coming for him, so he’s targeting the woman I love, Kaps. There’s no way I’m putting her in danger, so I tell Kaps we’re through and go after Roman on my own.

But my woman is a badass dragon shifter who wants to end Roman as much as I do. When it comes to saving humanity, Kaps won’t let anyone stop her.

Even me.

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Whilst I really like this series, I just wish that the books were longer.

As the series has developed the books have become shorter, and whilst I realise that they were originally (perhaps) and certainly now, aimed at a much younger audience, and the concept is that they don’t like to read long stories, I would take issue with that. After all, Harry Potter books are long. And 12 year olds and younger read them. So why assume the stories need to be short – and thus missing a great deal of possible character and storyline development.

And this is where I think this book lacks something.

The characters have been established, and the drawings are stunning so you can imagine the characters in their full glory – though I do think the costume on our heroine lacks a bit – of material – to protect her skin. Despite the dragon scales, it would  be nice for more leather on her legs surely?

But the end of the story seems a bit like -with one leap they were free’. As though Christine couldn’t think of what to say. Perhaps the series has run out of steam?  I shall read to the end of the series, just because, but I am not giving 5, nor even 4 for this series now, it is down to 3 and if I hadn’t been a loyal reader …

Sorry Christine. But I can give you a star for the artwork.  

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Wolves at large: book review

wildwolf - Wolves at large: book review Wild Wolf
(Wolf Hunt Book 2)
RJ Blain
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Pen & Page Publishing
(19 Jan. 2021)
five star - Wolves at large: book review

After making his escape to Russia, Declan McGrady believes he finally has the chance to start over. Mysterious deaths in the place he’s chosen as home serve to shatter his delusions. He can’t hide forever, and in Russia, folklores aren’t just tales of the past: they’re real. Alone, Declan has no chance of stopping the wild wolf preying on the innocent. For any hope of victory, he must rely upon those he’d abandoned on Bodwin’s mountain—if he dares.

Excellent.

I really can’t wait to find out – what they find in Tibet.

And how big can a black and white fox grow?

Hurry along RJ with the next book please.

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Steampunk!

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Divine Warriors #2
Kristen S Walker
YA, fantasy, urban, steampunk
Independently Published
July 2, 2019
268
four star - Steampunk!

No friend left behind. Riwenne escaped the floating city with her life and most of her friends, but one loss haunts her nightmares. If only she could save her sister. But she's out of magic, and nowhere is safe for the divine warriors. Defying the Empire put a price on their heads. With nothing but an airship and a few gods on their side, they need a new way to fight back! The sun goddess is arming bionic witches with blood magic. Riwenne's talking bird mentor, Tika, says the only magic that can stop the sun is the moon goddess. But the moon goddess was banished and even her name is forbidden. Riwenne must search for ancient clues to free the moon and get her powers back. She's not afraid to fight, but the battles are getting fiercer. She can't let her broken heart get in the way. Sooner or later, she'll have to face the one person she dreads-and this time, death is the only way. But can she live with herself if she becomes a killer?

This is book 2 of a series set in a Steampunk world.

There is a Creation myth of the 2 goddesses – the Sun and the Moon. Who fell out with other – hence the separation in the sky, but a war is about to commence in this magical world with bionic enhancements. The Sun and Moon goddesses were at each other’s throats.

This world has a whole set of creation myths involved in it, including many minor gods such as a trickster created to look after all aspects of life – even cheese making!

Technology was considered as the evil as it permitted the creation of terrible weapons and thus war and conquest – and ultimately a war amongst the gods. Again. And – as technology improved so the worship of the old gods diminished and was linked into one set of worship.

This book is good, in my opinion for mid-teens to read. I was given it to read by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Witchling’s Girl

witchling - Witchling's Girl The Witchling's Girl
Helena Coggan
Sci Fi & Fantasy | Teens & YA
Hodder & Stoughton
Pub Date 7 Jan 2021
two star - Witchling's Girl

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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Author BlogPost: Spice Piracy

SpiceThieves - Author BlogPost: Spice Piracy Max and the Spice Thieves
(Secrets of the Twilight Djinn #1)
John Peragine
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Crumblebee Books
Publication date: April 20th 2021

When his mother goes missing, Max Daybreaker’s world is turned upside down. Luckily, a crew of Spice Pirates, led by the mysterious Captain Cinn, help Max on his dangerous mission across the three seas. Along the way, an unlikely alliance aids in his search—a teenage warrior queen, a three-eyed seer, and an assassin spy. Their journey takes them through treacherous lands while facing shapeshifting bears, an ancient witch, harpies, and the nightmarish Djinn, who will stop at nothing to enslave the world. With every new challenge, Max unlocks the secrets of his unsettling past. Powers awaken within, forcing him to question everything he knows. Is Max who he thinks he is? Only time and destiny will tell…

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Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about?

Max and the Spice Thieves was a book that I never intended to write but was born out of necessity. My son was diagnosed with Cold Urticaria from a young age, and with it came some severe reactions that landed us in the hospital.

The first time it was really an issue was during a visit to the happiest place on Earth- Disney World. Our family stayed at the Animal Kingdom resort (imagine giraffes outside your window when you wake up.) My son spent time in the pool, and when he got out, he was covered in hives and had a fever. We called the front desk for help, and the Disney EMTs showed up in the room. (I didn’t know they existed. They were terrific). We realized Max was struggling, and so was our family as we felt helpless to help him. As we spent time in ERs and overnight stays at the hospital, I began writing the Enchanted Boy. In it, the boy, Max, had magic inside him that made him sick whenever he went outside. Max was brave and powerful, and once the spell was released, he felt better. I wrote a chapter a day and read it to him by night.

Our Max began to improve, and one day he came home from school and asked, “Where is my book?” I had never intended to publish the adventures of Max Daybreaker, but my Max insisted. So, three rewrites, four extensive edits, two different covers, and a title change, and Max and the Spice Thieves is now a reality. Book two is almost complete, and it is shaping up to be more than three books in the series.

Max is brave and loyal and values family more than anything else in the book, as does the real Max at home. Max is a strong, young male protagonist, which is not written about often in Middle-Grade fiction these days, so I believe it makes it unique and enjoyable for fans of that genre.

No matter what happens with Max and the Spice Thieves or the rest of the Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series, I really care about one fan and want to make him happy- my son Max.

Author links:

https://johnperaginebooks.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16293261.John_Peragine

https://www.facebook.com/johnperagineauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/johnpwriter/

To purchase:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/max-and-the-spice-thieves/id1544179004

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/max-and-the-spice-thieves-1

Author Bio

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John Peragine is an author of over fourteen books. The Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series was written as a bedtime story for his son Max to cope with medical issues he was facing as a little boy. John is a full-time ghostwriter who lives with his son, wife, and a menagerie of animals on his vineyard overlooking the Mississippi River.

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