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REVIEW: TOWER OF OBSIDIAN by L. T. Getty

Tower Of ObsidianTOWER OF OBSIDIAN

L. T. GETTY

 

Genre: Historical Fantasy/Science Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.

  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: BURST (February 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAH9XSW

*Amazon*

February 2, 2013

When Kale mac Tadhg is betrayed by his Lord’s men, he is sent on an impossible quest: slay a witch in a tower, and end a people’s curse. Both Kale’s best friend and brother-in-arms Aaron Smithson and former betrothed Aoife of Westgate set out to rescue him, but their journey takes them into the uncharted waters and Northwestern Nordic colonies, to a land cursed and all but forgotten. They begin to realize that there is some truth to old legends. Kale’s rescue comes at a price—for by the time Aaron and Aoife know where to search, like so many before him, Kale is bound to the ancient tower’s fate.
MY THOUGHTS:
TOWER OF OBSIDIAN by L. T. Getty is an interesting and entertaining Historical Fantasy/Science Fiction set in Killiath, Ireland 994. Join Kale mac Tadhg, Aaron Smithson,and Aoife of Westgate are on a quest. When Kale is sent on a quest to slay a witch and end a people’s curse,he is betrayed by his Lord’s men, he is now bound to the ancient tower’s fate. Aaron, his best friend and Aoife, his former betrothed are determined to rescue him,but at what cost?
Their journey takes them to the uncharted waters,to the Northwestern Nordic colonies, and a cursed land. What they find are legends, danger, ghosts,a dragon,a witch,sacrifice, immortality,a sorcerer and an ancient tower with secrets.
There are many relationships and sub-plots in this story. At first, it is a little disconcerting, but than you get the hang of things and the storyline moves quickly. Many, many characters, but they help move the story along. There are many twists and turns. Oh did I mention kidnapping, dark magic and a monster or two. What a tale of betrayal, sacrifice, and love. Can love truly lift a curse and free a people? To find out you must read “Tower of Obsidian”. I must say this was a unique look into Historical Fantasy with a side trip down the road of magic and good vs evil. With a trip into legends, and myths. A unique read. Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: Mild
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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REVIEW: THE GRYPHON CHRONICLES: THE LOST HEIR by E. G. Foley

The Lost Heir (the Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1)

 

THE GRYPHON CHRONICLES: THE LOST HEIR

E.G. FOLEY

http://www.EGFoley.com

Genre: Fantasy/Fiction/Adventure

Ages: 10 & up

Series: The Gryphon Chronicles #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Series: Gryphon Chronicles
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477624384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477624388

*Amazon*

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author E.G. Foley launches The Gryphon Chronicles, a new series of historical fantasy adventures (with a hint of steampunk!) that’s as much fun for grownups as it is for kids. Strange new talents… Jake is a scrappy orphaned pickpocket living by his wits on the streets of Victorian London. Lately he’s started seeing ghosts, and discovers he can move solid objects with his mind! He has no idea why. Next thing he knows, a Sinister Gentleman and his minions come hunting him. On the run for his life, Jake is plunged headlong into a mysterious world full of magic and deadly peril. A world that holds the secret to who he really is: the long-lost heir of an aristocratic family — with magical powers! But with treacherous enemies closing in, it will take all of his wily street instincts and the help of his friends — both human and magical — to solve the mystery of what happened to his parents and defeat the foes who never wanted the Lost Heir of Griffon to be found… Learn more at http://www.EGFoley.com

 

MY THOUGHTS:

THE GRYPHON CHRONICES: THE LOST HEIR by E. G. Foley is an intriguing Fantasy/Fiction/Adventure set in Victorian  London. # 1 in “The Gryphon Chronicles”. What a beginning. A mixture of fantasy, almost like a steampunk and historical. Jake is a orphaned pickpocket on the streets of Victorian London, living by his wits. Jake has strange things happening to him, he can move objects, see ghosts, he is being hunted and is in deadly peril. What he doesn’t know could just get him killed. He holds the secret of the long-lost heir of Griffon, a family with magical powers. Filled with adventure, mystery, magic, treachery and Jake must solve the mystery of what really happened to his beloved parents. But can he defeat his most deadly foe of all? With the help of his friends, Jake may just survive and live to find the answers.  A fast paced, adventure filled story from beginning to end. An reader who enjoys fantasy, and mystery, young or old is sure to enjoy “The Lost Heir”. I enjoyed this story. Well done, indeed! Well written with vivid descriptions, and engaging characters and what a sinister storyline. I can hardly wait to see what grand adventure Jake and his friends will find next. Move over Harry Potter, Jake is here! Received for an honest review from the author.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: NONE

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ NOTHING NAMED SILAS by Steve Westover….

A Nothing Named SilasNOTHING NAMED SILAS

STEVE WESTOVER

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series: Fantasy series

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462111653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462111657

*Amazon*

In the not-so-distant future, workers are forcibly drafted into their fields, and the Labor party chooses Silas. Because he’s new, strong, and trained for Command, everyone wants to use him for their own purposes. But when a strange girl shows him that he can choose his own destiny, Silas must make his first real decision—which side he will fight for.

*Publisher*

You are here because the Citizens put you here to serve them and because the Regents choose to control your lives.

In the not-so-distant future, workers are forcibly drafted into their fields. With all their choices made for them, the workers must do what they’re told or face severe consequences. When Labor chooses Silas, the tyrannical Labor Regent is determined to make him a public example of her complete control. He is humiliated, manipulated, and isolated during his first week under the Shield, and the people who show him kindness only help him because they have ulterior motives.

But the Regent is not the only one pulling Silas’s strings. The mysterious Gideon wants to mold him into a hero, a champion of the oppressed people. And a strange girl seems to be guiding him to find out more about the Citizens they serve. Through it all, no one bothers to ask Silas what he wants to do. Because, after all, he doesn’t have any rights. He doesn’t really exist.

Wade through twisted government conspiracies and deeply buried secrets alongside Silas as he learns to choose for himself—and discovers the cost of freedom.

MY THOUGHTS:

NOTHING NAMED SILAS by Steve Westover is an interesting and thought-provoking YA Fantasy set in a Dystopian type world. Filled with government conspiracies, secrets,destiny,oppressed people,slavery,labor camps and coming out of the fog to find yourself. First there is,Silas(Nothing Named) has been breed to command,he is humiliated, manipulated, and isolated. Then you have Gideon,the Labor Regent and many others, if they show him any kindness, they have their own reasons for doing so. What a complicated and complex story with many twists and turns. Sometimes you get a little dizzy from just reading this story. If you enjoy complications,complex stories, and fantasy than you will enjoy “Nothing Named Silas”. I would suggest this title for a more mature YA group, those over 16 at least due to the content of humiliation,and degradation. Be warned “Nothing Named Silas” is not for the faint of heart,I think,some may feel different. Very complex and though provoking. An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: Hot due to humiliation & degradation

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVEIW~ MARCEL PROUST IN TAOS: IN SEARCH OF TIMES PAST by Jon Foyt….

Marcel Proust in Taos: In Search of Times PastMARCEL PROUST IN TAOS: IN SEARCH OF TIMES PAST

JON FOYT

http://www.jonfoyt.com

Genre: Mystery/Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481879162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481879163

*Barnes & Nobles*

A novel; A Los Alamos physicist, Christopher, retires to Taos, New Mexico to write a novel about nuclear terrorism. There he meets aspiring artist Marlene, and the two fall in love. Together they open a microbrewery and find themselves confronting terrorism of a new sort-in unmapped emotional territory.

**Please stop by our main site, http://www.mybookaddictionandmore.com on August 24,2013 for a visit from Jon Foyt and a giveaway**

MY THOUGHTS:

MARCEL PROUST IN TAOS by Jon Foyt is an exciting mystery/fiction/bio-terrorism set in New Mexico. A story of  microbrewery,nuclear terrorism and love. Who is Marcel Proust? I am glad you asked…. I will let you in on a little secret,lean close now so no one will hear…Marcel Proust, is a cat, yeap,a most interesting cat at that. Join Marcel, his owner, retired Los Alamos physicist, Christopher,and an aspiring artist,Marlene as they navigate  Taos, New Mexico. Together, they open a Microbrewery and that is when it gets interesting. With a little terrorist action may be going on, a bit of bribery, pay-offs, a bit of mystery, lots of abuse in power, passion and love on the horizon, you just can’t go wrong with this fast paced, action filled story. It grabs you from the first page and holds you there until the last page and beyond. Written with a story inside a story, let me explain….Christopher is a retired Physicist who wishes to write a novel…so enter…”Red Willow Prophecy”,a story on what else,  nuclear terrorism. An exciting story with a bit of historical perspective,a bit of mystery and lots of love. A very compelling, and interesting story! Written with vivid descriptions, and charming,engaging characters, “Marcel Proust in Taos” is an exciting read. A very interesting read indeed! I would recommend this title to readers who enjoy a sweet,tender love story, lots of action,mystery and a great read. Interweaving the past and present with these characters was well done and written with love. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

CAPTIVE by K.M. Fawcett….review

CAPTIVE

K.M. FAWCETT

http://www.kmfawcett.com

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Science Fiction

Series: The Survival Race series #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Forever Yours (June 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GYISBK

*From the authors website*

CAPTIVE (book 1 in The Survival Race series)

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Forever Yours

AN IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY

The last thing Addy Dawson remembers is a blazing inferno and freezing river water overtaking her lungs. When she awakens, Addy finds herself on a strange, alien planet, trapped in a cell with no doors, no windows– and to her horror– a naked warrior who claims to be her mate.

AN UNDENIABLE PASSION

An alpha gladiator, Max is forced to breed and produce the finest specimens for the Survival Race, a deadly blood sport created by the alien rulers of Hyborea. To rebel means torture-or worse-yet Max refuses to become the animal his captors want him to be. But their jailors will not be denied, and soon Addy and Max find themselves unwilling players in this cruel game. Pushed to the limit, they will risk everything for the chance at a life free from captivity. And though fate brought them together as adversaries, Max and Addy will discover that when they’re together, there’s nothing in the universe that can stop them.

Available for pre-order now

Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Books A Million | IndieBound

**K. M. Fawcett will be on My Book Addiction and More main site tomorrow,June 6,2013 for a giveaway**

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MY THOUGHTS:

CAPTIVE by K.M. Fawcett is an interesting Paranormal Romance/Science Fiction. #1 in a the new series “The Survival Race” series. An adventure in survival and love. Filled with sci-fi,aliens,humans,romance, and love. Addy finds herself in a place where female humans are used as pets and for procreation purposes only and males are used as human gladiators and to impregnate the females. When Addy refuses Max’s attention,he refuses to rape her. Max,is a human gladiator who believes he is a beast now and is thusly punished for not raping Addy. Enter another human Ragan,who becomes the head gladiator,since Max’s punishment and refusal of rape.He is not a nice person at all.  However, Addy becomes pregnant and believes Max lied to her. Addy is determined to escape this hell at all costs. So, Max and Addy embark on a journey to escape and find freedom with poachers,aliens,danger,captivity,and no trust between them,they will have to demand on each other to survive. If you enjoy Cheryl Brooks books and you enjoyed watching the T.V. series/movie “Planet of the Apes” you will enjoy K.M. Fawcett’s new series. “Captive” reminded me a lot of “The Planet of the Apes”,series. While, the world building was good,it was a bit confusing at times. “Captive” is a alien themed story,so if you don’t like this type of story you may not enjoy this title. Although, I do not like this type of stories, I must say “Captive” was an interesting read. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~CALL NURSE MILLIE by Jean Fullerton…

Call Nurse MillieCALL NURSE MILLIE

JEAN FULLERTON

www.jeanfullerton.com

Genre: Post WW2 Historical Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from publisher/publicist.

Publisher: Orion Fiction
Pages: 432
ISBN-13:
978-1409137405

 

Book Description(Author and/or publicist)

   An absorbing and richly detailed novel following the life and work of a young nurse in post-war
East London – perfect for anyone who loved CALL THE MIDWIFE

   Blurb

It’s 1945 and, as the troops begin to return home, the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.

Through Millie’s eyes, we see the harsh realities and unexpected joys in the lives of the patients she treats, as well as the camaraderie that is forged with the fellow nurses that she lives with. Filled with unforgettable characters and moving personal stories, this vividly brings to life the colourful world of a post-war East London.

You can purchase a paperback or ebook copy of Call Nurse Millie most easily from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Call-Nurse-Millie-ebook/dp/B00BMUVRT0/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363121249&sr=1-1

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MY THOUGHTS:

CALL NURSE MILLIE by Jean Fullerton is an interesting Post WW2/Historical Fiction set in 1945 England. Fast paced story of midwives during post WW2 in East London. Follow 25 year old nurse Millie and her friends on a journey of not only discovery but one of compassion,misery,tragedy, camaraderie,unbelievable kindness and love. If you enjoy learning more of nurses,the nursing career during the 1900’s, than “Call Nurse Millie” is the book for you. If you watch the TV series on PBS,”Call the Midwife”and enjoy it than you will enjoy “Call Nurse Millie”with a few twists and turns included. Ms. Fullerton is a wonderful storyteller,her characters engaging and believable,the plot enticing. You almost feel as if you are there in East London with her characters. You will find joy and sadness as real life is portray through the pages of “Call Nurse Millie”. An enjoyable read and one I would recommend to historical fiction readers,post WW2 readers,military readers,nurses,and anyone who enjoys a great read. Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~DAUGHTER OF JERUSALM by Joan Wolf…

DAUGHTER OF JERUSALM

JOAN WOLF

Genre:Christian Historical Fiction

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Book Publishers (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936034670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936034673

Book Description(Amazon)

Publication Date: April 16, 2013
In Daughter of Jerusalem, readers will quickly identify with Mary Magdalene – a woman of deep faith who used her wealth and influence to serve Jesus. This fictionalized story of Mary Magdalene is, in the truest sense of the word, an inspirational novel for modern people who are looking to renew in themselves the message of Christ. It’s the greatest story ever lived, told by one of the most famous women who ever lived, and it’s a page-turner. Joan Wolf’s years of success as a novelist enable her to combine storytelling and a faith plot in this beautifully written biblical fiction.

MY THOUGHTS:

DAUGHTER OF JERUSALEM by Joan Wolf is an interesting Christian Historical Fiction set in Biblical times. Biblical fiction based on the Biblical character Mary Magdalene. Filled with betrayal,romance, faith,and love. Written in first person with engaging characters and a faith based plot. Mary Magdalene is forced to leave her siblings in Bethany,(Lazarus and Martha), due to her relationship with her step mother. Inspirational story of the life of Mary Magdalene,her struggles,her faith, her strength and how she served Jesus. An interesting and intriguing plot with engaging,interesting characters. I have read other stories of Mary Magdalene and Ms. Wolf’s take on her life is a wonderful written story,although,a different version to this Biblical character life,her relationship with Jesus,heartbreak, death, infidelity, and deceit. If you enjoy reading more on Biblical characters,written with faith in mind you will enjoy “Daughter of Jerusalem”. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

REVIEW~ SCENT OF LILACS by Ann H. Gabhart….

Scent of Lilacs: A NovelSCENT OF LILACS

ANN H. GABHART

WWW.ANNHGABHART.COM

http://www.revellbooks.com

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction

Series: The Heart of Hollyhill #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800730801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800730802

Book Description(Amazon)

Publication Date: May 1, 2005
Before Ann H. Gabhart became well-known for her much-loved Shaker novels, she wrote three poignant novels centered on the loveable Jocie Brooke and her family, who lived in 1960s small-town Kentucky. Once named as one of Booklist‘s Top Ten Christian Novels and now featuring a brand new cover, Scent of Lilacs is poised to capture the hearts of new readers everywhere. Life-changing events rarely happen here, and when they do, they are few and far between. But for Jocie Brooke and her family, they happen all at once. Jocie has questions that need answers. As she digs into her family’s past, she finds a whirlwind of discoveries, and everything begins to change. In the end, will Jocie find the answers everyone so desperately needs, or will her questions lead to truths that were better left uncovered?

Combining unforgettable characters, true-to-life struggles, and the perfect dose of humor and nostalgia, this riveting story takes readers through the universal experiences of true love, new life, and renewed faith. With a beautiful new cover, Scent of Lilacs is poised to capture the hearts of readers everywhere.

To purchase this book follow this link: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Also, available at Revell Books.
MY THOUGHTS:
SCENT OF LILACS by Ann H. Gabhart is a wonderful inspirational contemporary fiction set in 1964 Hollyhill,Kentucky. #1 in “The Heart of Hollyhill” series. A wonderful tale of love,faith,family drama,secrets,healing and small town America. Jocie Brooke,a thirteen year old and her family find the summer of 1964 very enlightening,even if life will never be the seem. Family saga at it’s best and worst. While Jocie is looking for security,and a loving father,she finds so much more. Filled with family drama,life in small town Kentucky,a bit of humor,nostalgia and the love of family. Ms. Gabhart has once again written a story with realistic characters,realistic struggles,and God’s love for everybody. A powerful story from beginning to the last page. I can hardly to see the next installment of “The Heart of Hollyhill”. A great read for anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction,small town America,stories of Kentucky,and wholesome reads than you will not be disappointed in “Scent of Lilacs”. Received for an  honest review from the publisher.

“Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

REVIEW~ WORLDS OF THE CRYSTAL MOON: ASCENDANTS OF ANCIENTS SOVEREIGN by Phillip E. Jones

WORLDS OF THE CRYSTAL MOON: ASCENDANTS OF ANCIENTS SOVEREIGN

PHILLIP E. JONES

http://www.worldsofthecrystalmoon.com

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/

*”For readers of advanced seasons 13 years and older”*

Series: Worlds of the Crystal Moon #1

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Brigham Distributing (December 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939116015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939116017

Book Description(From Amazon)

Publication Date: December 10, 2012 | Series: Worlds of the Crystal Moon (Book 1)
A game of the gods has begun…

After the Great Destruction of Everything Known, Earth and all that once was, is gone. Some 14,000 seasons have passed and life has begun again on five new worlds created by ascendants of good and evil who battle for the prayers of mortal beings.

Sam Goodrich, Shalee Adamson and the manipulator, George Nailer, are the only three humans to be spared the devastation. They have been stolen from old Earth and have awakened to a new reality full of danger, mythical creatures and powerful magic. You must find the divine pieces of the Crystal Moon, or all will be lost, warned Bassorine, the God of War.

Now, a new journey has begun. The humans’ quest will test Sam’s skill with a blade, Shalee’s hidden knowledge of magic, and feed George’s hunger for power. Finding the pieces of the Crystal Moon will push them down different paths, and their choices could ultimately send kingdoms to war.

Follow an epic tale of discovery, love, murder, mystery, betrayal and deceit as you meet the Ascendants of Ancients Sovereign. Welcome to the chaos. Welcome to the Worlds of the Crystal Moon.

MY THOUGHTS:
WORLDS OF THE CRYSTAL MOON: ASCENDANTS OF ANCIENTS SOVEREIGN by Phillip E. Jones is an interesting Fantasy/Science Fiction. Book 1 in the “Worlds of the Crystal Moon”. An interesting story of the Crystal Moon,with mystery,action,adventure,murder,betrayal,deceit,and chaos. Meet the Ascendants of Ancients Sovereign and the Worlds of the Crystal Moon you will not regret reading this fast paced, action packed adventure. A epic Fantasy tale. With beautiful pictures of the characters,you can put a face to each character. It also has concept art at the end. The world building is awesome,the characters engaging and jump off the pages. If you enjoy an epic fantasy,science fiction,multiple worlds,Gods,and a bit of romance you will definitely enjoy this title. A great read for Fantasy readers,with a great imagination. Received for an honest review from the author.
*”For readers of advanced seasons 13 years and older”*
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: Mild
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews/My Book Addiction and More

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