The Sixth Gate Release – Prequel #Free

Hello everyone! After two years of labor I’m very excited to announce the release of The Sixth Gate, book 1 in The Gate Trilogy. This is a Young Adult Dark Fantasy.*

Summary:

The interplanetary gates have existed between the five planets and the Netherworld for as long as living memory.

Dr. Elisabeth Avery is a woman caught between two worlds. Little does she know that others like her, other half-breeds, are being hunted. When a creature drags a princess into the Netherworld, Elisabeth is determined to save her by any means necessary.

Meanwhile, on the planet of Hystera, a Keeper and his assistant investigate a grisly string of suicides and are in need of someone with Elisabeth’s skills. The Gate Guardians and Elisabeth are aware that something is coming and know that it has something to do with the Netherworld bleeding through to the planets, but not why. 

Will Elisabeth be able to come to terms with who she is in time to face the coming threat?

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In honor of the release of The Sixth Gate I’ve made the prequel free. That’s right – free! If you’d like a short story introduction to The Gate Trilogy – this is the best way to do it. The Gate Guardian’s Daughter introduces Elisabeth when she is a child and her adoptive father Malthael who is a reformed demon.

You can get it here for free: I’m Free on Amazon! Also free on Kindle Unlimited!

*Includes graphic scenes involving suicide.

Judge by the Cover (Hafu Sans Halo #1) by Melissa Abigail

Summary:

Haruna Mitsukai is an overachiever with dreams of attending the University of British Columbia.

Ryu Debiru is a bad boy whose only desire is to escape this ridiculous prison called “life.”

Both attend Shady Glenn Academy and despite their similar “hafu” identity, they couldn’t despise each other more.

Years of avoidance come to an end when a major assignment on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice pairs them together.

Just as everything reaches a breaking point, revelations about an old East Side mansion called “Heaven” causes Haruna to question everything she thought she knew about him.

As for Ryu? Well, all that glitters is most certainly not gold.

Characters

Haruna is a very annoying character. I felt like the author tried too hard to make her unlikable. She doesn’t really improve with the book either until right near the end. Ryu is a different story. He is very complex and well thought out. He had all the character depth that Haruna lacked. He was a shining star in this otherwise bland cast of characters.

Plot

This book tried way too hard to be mysterious. The problem is the first half of the book is so boring. I was actually not enjoying the whole high school plot with Haruna and her friends. It was rather repetitive at times and I felt like the first half of the book could have been cut in half with the second half being expanded.

Also I get that Haruna and Ryu went to school together but sometimes I felt like Haruna and Ryu being thrown together too often. Like they were two bouncy balls tied together by a string that kept contracting and pulling them together. I believe this was worse because it felt forced at times.

That being said the plot after about the 60% point really picks up! I after that I rushed to finish it because the main POV switched from Haruna to Ryu and his POV was much more interesting. There were some aspects of his chapters that fell short, but they were much more lively. I wondered if the contrast between Haruna and Ryu was purposeful to show the gab between them even more, but it felt too wide.

Overall

The writing could be sharpened but was find for a Young Adult read and had limited errors. The setting was flat. Although the characters weren’t all interesting, but some of the characters were fantastic. They could be given some work to polish them up and make them more realistic. Haruna was complex but she also felt fake to me – again this could have been on purpose but to me it was distracting and annoying.

I had a hard time marrying up the first half of the book with the second half of the book. Where the first half of the book was dull and difficult to get through, the second half of the book was gripping and interesting. The pacing of this book could be greatly improved. It was a decent Young Adult novel and for those who like high school based novels with a twist, this is a good read.

Rating

3 stars

I didn’t love or hate this book. If you like books that develop slowly, this book is for sure for you, it just wasn’t for me. It earns 3 stars because I like the root premise of this book: Don’t judge a person by how they look.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Gate Guardian’s Daughter Release!

The Gate Guardian’s Daughter releases today!

I’d like to thank Ellie for the Interview and review. I’d also like to thank Minx for the Review.  Make sure you follow their blogs! For anyone else who was kind enough to take on reviews and for the reviews that already came in (thanks Tabinda) I’d like to extend my appreciation.

Here is the synopsis:

The interplanetary gates require guardians and the reformed demon Malthael is one of them.

His adoptive daughter, Elisabeth, is special, but her dangerous ability hasn’t awoken yet. Malthael knows it will one day and from then on her life will forever be altered. Malthael isolates her from outside world as much to protect everyone else as to safeguard her. It is all he can do to delay the inevitable.

Now that Elisabeth is ten, how long can Malthael keep her confined?

There are two ways to get an eBook copy of The Gate Guardian’s Daughter.

  1. Amazon 
  2. Sign up for my Mailing List and get a free eBook copy.

You can also see reviews from the lovely individuals listed above here on Goodreads.

Midnight Over Moores (The Children of Carmen Chronicles Book 1) by A.M.H. Johnson

**This book CAN standalone**

Summary

Jenna Sheffield is an average girl from Savannah, Georgia. However, this year her life is about to change. She’s starting at a new, all-girls boarding school in the middle of high school. She’s having to learn how to deal with a roommate who seems more inclined to torture her than be friends. And on top of all that, she learns she has inherited her family’s ability to communicate with the dead, when the ghost of Christine Wedge starts to haunt her. All Christine wants is her body to be found, but this mystery is shrouded by 60 years of local legends and feuds. Can Jenna crack this cold-case, or will Christine drive her insane, or worse, kill her chances at getting into a good college?

Characters

Jenna is the main character and takes the spotlight for 90% of this book. She is interesting and for sure coming into her own as a young lady becoming a woman. She is very much the typical high school girl who moves halfway across the country. Oh and can see ghosts. I respected her immediately for the very gutsy move she made for her future. Her friend Sarah is a decent of Christine and is the big reason Jenna sees Christine’s ghost in the first place. Sarah and her brother are good supporting characters. Plus I liked the added conflict of Jenna’s snooty roommate Francesca.

Plot

This story had it all. Romance, a ghost story, some adventure, and a mystery. I don’t want to give anything away but the romance was very YA. It was cute and sweet. The turmoil that happens is realistic and not too far over the top. The ghost story was more in depth and the idea behind seeing ghosts even more so. Also I have to say I’m super pleased to say that the normal cliches with roommates who are jerks doesn’t happen here.

Overall

This is such a YA novel. Despite its silliness at times I really enjoyed it. The author did a good job of balancing the progression. I was a little surprised as how some of the story progressed because it was sudden when I thought the resolution would take longer. It took me a little longer to realize that the author was setting this up as an origin story – utterly brilliant. I don’t want to give too much away but I’m totally going to read this second book because if this is the author’s debut then they can only get better!

This book did need work on the grammatical and the word usage (one paragraph and most of the sentences started with ‘she’). Despite the simplicity of the writing, which was to be expected for a YA, it really didn’t detract from the excellent story telling. Not to mention the clever plot. I could have done without some of the romance but it was sweet and I eventually got over it.

Rating

5 stars

This book was not amazing literature but it was super charming and I just loved it. I read it every night and had to put my phone away and not stay up late. I enjoyed reading about Jenna and if you love YA books that are as much about romance as a good story (mystery/ghosts) then this a book for you!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

The Sixth Gate – Back of the Book

Good day, good day!

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve finalized the back of the book for The Sixth Gate, book 1 of the Gate Trilogy, which will release on July 7, 2017. I’ll be doing a cover reveal soon too! Yay!

The interplanetary gates have existed between the five planets and the Netherworld for as long as living memory.

Dr. Elisabeth Avery is a woman caught between two worlds. Little does she know that others like her, other half-breeds, are being hunted. When a creature drags a princess into the Netherworld, Elisabeth is determined to save her by any means necessary.

Meanwhile, on the planet of Hystera, a Keeper and his assistant investigate a grisly string of suicides and are in need of someone with Elisabeth’s skills. The Gate Guardians and Elisabeth are aware that something is coming and know that it has something to do with the Netherworld bleeding through to the planets, but not why. 

Will Elisabeth be able to come to terms with who she is in time to face the coming threat?

I’d love feedback! This isn’t 100% set in stone yet so any feedback would be much appreciated. 🙂 Just a reminder that this is a YA friendly Dark Fantasy.

Intercrossed by Milly Ly

Summary

What would you do if you knew the person you’d fallen for could endanger your life? A quiet, uneventful summer filled with supernatural combat training is what I expected when my mother dropped me off in the quiet city of Rome, Georgia. What I found was adventure, unexpected dangers, and the one thing I swore off after my ex shattered my heart—love. Intercrossed is a young adult shifter romance filled with adventure, thrill, twists, and curves that’ll grip you till the last page.

Characters

Maryelle is a funny character. She is likable most of the time but doesn’t always make very smart decisions. She has a lot of inner monologue but doesn’t always explain why she does everything (which is confusing at times). To make matters more complicated – enter Phantom. No I’m not joking that is his name. He was a bit of a contradiction. Spoiled but goodhearted. Aggressive yet sensitive. His character could have used some rounding out but this is a YA romance chock full of teenage angst.

Plot

It is a romance that makes a good attempt at a plot. Maryelle is sent to Rome, GA by her family to pass a test. The entire plot involving this takes a back seat to what is happening with Phantom (both the romance and with his family). This book will not win any awards for its plot but I was pleasantly surprised at the attempt to make it more than just a romance – such as hitting on the socioeconomic and cultural issues within each werecreature’s faction. Despite its softer touches at these harder issues, it is a romance at its heart, and a YA. Expect over the top moments and scenes that scream ‘I’m a YA novel and I’m proud of it.’

Overall

This book moves fast. It grabs onto the reader and doesn’t let go. It is VERY important to remember this is a young adult novel. If this was anything else I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. The characters are over the top, the plot a little flimsy in some areas, but it is a solid YA read. Enjoyable in more than one area and well written. I actually enjoyed the fast pace and that the author didn’t languish on the details. The characters are interesting but as with most romances, everyone takes a back seat to Maryelle and Phantom.

My biggest problem was with a few inconsistencies in the plot and character decisions and the rushed ending. I didn’t love or hate the ending, but it conformed to the normal YA romance ending and was a little disappointing. That being said for avid readers of the YA genre, particularly romance, this was perfect for its genre. When the author decided to name it a YA romance, they were 100% right.

Rating

4 stars

Despite some glaring inconsistencies with both plot and characters in a few areas this was a well written novel that is an easy and enjoyable read. The plot, characters, and writing style were all within the YA romance genre, and all who like this genre will love this book! This author delivers exactly what they promise in the summary.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.

The Sunshine Time by Sonal Panse

**This does NOT standalone and is a serial novel**

Summary

The times are turbulent, and so are the romantic tangles.

18 year old Lea Chantry moves to Alsalem with her family and begins her first year as a Fine Art Student at the Eirwen Art College at the Alsalem State University. Irreverent, imaginative, and talented, she struggles to fit into the university social scene while remaining true to herself. Being officially an adult, she discovers, is not the complete breeze she had thought it would be.

Meeting the charismatic music student, Guy Caraindon, creates a seismic upheaval in her life that is as unexpected as it is bewildering. Is this renowned crackpot really the one true love that her favorite romance authors said everyone finds once in one lifetime? Or is Mr. Right just a trope best avoided by sensible people?

A coming of age tale recounted with humor and sensitivity, The Sunshine Time by writer and illustrator Sonal Panse is a YA romance that will remind you of the time when the world seemed to have happy surprises every day and there were wonderful adventures to be had just around the corner.

Episode 1 – On the long train journey from Samanbar to her new home in Alsalem, Lea Chantry is intrigued by a handsome and taciturn Mitrione officer, quite enough to disregard the deep-rooted familial hatred of the dreaded paramilitary force and make a nuisance of herself.

‘The Sunshine Time’ is a serial novel; that is, it is a continuing story with related episodes. The episodes need to be read in sequence. This is not a standalone novel. Please be aware of this.

Warning Note

Normally I would have broken this down by plot and characters but I didn’t feel like I could give this justice since it is just a snapshot of the novel. The opening curtain to a serial novel. I haven’t read a serial novel before and quite honestly I don’t think I ever will again – they are like watching an incomplete episodes of a TV show. It took me about 30 minutes or so to read it, but I didn’t feel like I really got anything out of it. It was like a snapshot of a bigger book and felt disappointingly short. It is one thing to read an entire novel and have it be left off for a series, it is another to read for 30-45 minutes and have to ‘pay to read more.’ There wasn’t enough substance to really delve in deep for a review but here I go.

Overall

Lea is interesting. I’m not quite sure I liked her but I’m not quite sure I didn’t either. Since this was just the open episode it was difficult to decide one way or another. Her insistent blathering was both endearing and annoying. The other characters were well done and vividly described. I enjoyed the differences the author created for each character. This is a YA and I expected a YA sort of feel. You get that here. The romance is very teenager and felt exactly how it should – immature and over the top. I actually chuckled at how silly she was. Between her and the dog things are a little corny but entertaining. That being said her ‘flip flopping’ between her boyfriend and this soldier fella is what really tipped me over. I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES and this pushed my buttons.

The writing wasn’t bad. It was easy to follow along with but the writing like the character had a tenancy to go overboard with a details. It was a bit of an overload at times and that is why I took a break about halfway through. As this is an ‘episode’ there was no real break. That was a little difficult for me since I always like to walk away and come back from most books.

The plot itself has potential. There were some things explained too much and some things not explained at all when they should have been. The story itself was quaint and hinted at a longer, more interesting story.

Rating

3 stars

I thought it was okay. It is a cute and sweet, it has a semi-starter plot but as it only read one episode I just sort of thought by itself ‘that was okay.’ Sorry to say the really stickler for me was the main character already having a boyfriend when she swoons over the guy on the train. If nothing comes of it I’d feel better about the whole thing, but as I never get to read that I have to go with what was there.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.