Dead Weight: The Tombs (A tale of the Faerie War) by M Todd Gallowglas

Dead Weight: The Tombs (A tale of the Faerie War) by M Todd Gallowglas

Review by Louise Ryan

 

Book Overview (blurb) by Louise Ryan

 

So you have decided to see what this story is all about? Let me explain something. Do you see the thing in your hand? The thing that you are reading this on? You can feel it, right? In your hand. It’s not a part of you but it’s so close to you, you could kiss it if you wanted to. That’s how close they are to us. That’s how close their world is to ours. The Seelie and Unseelie Fey. They can see in. They can cross over and they want what’s ours. The Great Faerie War is over. Our world has been left devestated. There are still a few gates left open and they are not finished with us yet. Conventional weapons had no effect. How then did we fight them? How will we fight them again? The people on the fringes of society, the Artists, Writers, Dancers, Performers. Those whom are a part of this world and yet, always seeming to be stepping somewhere else. Those are our weapon. Those are the ones who can change the course of history. They are our salvation. But are they enough? 

 

Review:

 

This is the first of what will be a series of books. So that being said their is a lot of back story here. The story runs at a fairly fast and at times confusing pace.

 

This is the story of a man named Boy Scout. He is a Bard. A true writer of stories. With the power to see things as they are and as they were. To see the ultimate truth. And it is a terrible power. After years spending his days trying to block out who and what he is, with drugs and drink. He is rudely thrust back into the world. Having to pick up the fight without knowing why or what’s going on. The confusion he feels crosses over to the reader very well, this is because, like him, you don;t really know what’s going on. But unlike him, you don;t know what’s happened either. 

 

I did enjoy this book. The fast pace was fun and the battle scenes and his companion were exciting and enthralling. But the back story is so very fragmented that it’s hard to peice together what’s happened or how things got this way. There are tantalising glimpses and parts of a story that sound and feel delicious in it’s complexity but never quite enough. You never really get the how, or why. You are left to guess what’s going on and why and it is frustrating. Not frustrating enough to put down the book. But frustrating enough to be screaming at the end “HOW? how could you leave it here? What happened? WHY? What’s going on?!” I did enjoy this book (even though I wish it was longer) and I can’t wait to read the next one.

Coytoe: the Outlander by Chantal Noordeloos

Coyote: the Outlander- Chantal Noorderloos

Reviewed by Brittany Jimenez

 

 

 The year is 1869. No one knows where or when the rips will appear, but they do, and from them, Outlanders walk the earth. Coyote travels the territories with Caesar, her mysterious partner in the bounty hunter business, and together they confront these alien threats to humanity. Along the way, Coyote discovers a secret that threatens to shatter everything she believes about herself, her father, and her sworn enemy, James Westwood.

 

Overview from website (coyotethebooks.com)

 

 

 I have to admit, before starting this book I was doubtful I would like it. I know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but I do everytime and this was one of my victims. The cover shows a western era and a steam-punk badass with blonde braids, a bowler hat, a lit cigar, and a nice pair of knee high boots. The illustration is definitely intriguing, but I was skeptical. I decided to open the book anyway and I sure am glad that I did.

 

 As a female, I tend to favor female rolls that constantly defy stereotypes. As was the case with Ms. Coyote here. She’s cunning, witty, sarcastic, loyal, and beautiful.  I also love that Chantal Noorderloos made this young woman very relatable. Something else I look for in fanatsy novels. Coyote is no stranger to heartache, doubt, or misfortune, yet she continues to perservere.

 

 The alien vs. cowboy theme was a bit hard to grasp at first because I doubted the author would be able to keep the story line from seeming too far-fetched. Again I was glad I kept reading because Chantal Noorderloos lit a fire under my imagination pot and had my mind stewing with possibilites before I even reached the next page. This is NOT your typical, cheesy sci-fi fiction. Yes, at first glance it has a lot going on and for any other author, I would expect the elements in this book to be all over the place, but Chantal Noorderloos has found a harmony with these characters and the reality she has created that is hard to come by in a world bored with imagination. This book is a great read for anyone willing to trade their reality for another.

 

 You like westerns? Read it. You like aliens? Read it. You like strong heroines? Read it. You like misunderstood villains? Read it. Seriously, step out of your comfort zone and read the story that defies genres.  

Accepting Destiny by Christa Lynn

Acepting Destiny by Christa Lynn (sequel to Running From Destiny)

Reviewed by Abby

 

Overview:

Up until three months ago, Ally Sanders lived a normal life and was focused on her career. She didn’t have time for parties or love, and that was just the way she wanted it. Though Jackson Bentley had other ideas, and pursued Ally with all that he had. However bumps in the road and dangerous situations kept them from being truly together.  Now that life has calmed down, Jack and Ally start to focus on their relationship. But outside forces want them apart, and it appears will stop at nothing to make sure that happens. Even murder.  Will Jackson be able to save Ally? Or will his past destroy them both?

 

Review:

As the story continues between Jackson and Ally, so does the passion and the excitement! While still being a steamy erotica novel, this suspenseful story will have you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think the story is going the right way, Christa throws and unexpected twist at you that will leave your jaw on the floor.

I love the mix of emotions this book brings. The mood changes constantly and the book will take you on an adventure.

While I was reading it I couldn’t help but think that I wish there were more books because it seems like there could be so much more to the story. Then I got to the Epilogue. Christa did a great job at summing everything up and bring Accepting Destiny to a satisfying ending.

I look forward to seeing more from Christa. I enjoyed the Destined Series and I love her style!

Running from Destiny by Christa Lynn

Running From Destiny

Christa Lynn

Reviewed by Abby

 

 

Running From Destiny by Christa LynnOverview:

 

Ally Sanders lives a normal, quiet life. She’s guarded and damaged, sweet, curvy and self deprecating. She doesn’t date much and likes that just fine, cause she doesn’t deserve love. When arrogant media mogul, Jackson Bentley comes roaring in to her life, normal and quiet no longer exist, and those curves are what draws him to her. But Jackson has secrets and relentlessly pursues Ally, determined to make her his. When danger flashes in to Ally’s life, will she be able to get past the lies and anxiety, or will she run?

 

 

My review:

 

In the beginning of the book, I was kind of skeptical because it seemed so similar and reminiscent of 50 Shades of Grey. But that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because I love the 50 Shades Trilogy. As I read on though, it bacame a different story and I was sucked in quickly.

 

I loved how the book was very fast paced and there was a lot of dialogue. It makes it easier to get hooked on the story.

 

Christa did a fabulous job at creating the characters. Jackson is such a powerful character. His over-bearing and demanding qualities seem a little rough at first but she makes sure to explain them all in detail later on. Alexandra (Ally) can be so wonderfully frustrating with her closed-off stubborness and her indeciciveness but at the same time, you just want to laugh and giggle at all her inner monolouge. The two really make the perfect pair and you seem to be rooting for them the whole way.

 

Running From Destiny is such an exciting and racy erotica novel with several steamy love scenes as well as some unexpected, but thrilling, twists. You will travel down a road of many emotions with this story. From feeling happy to frustrated, excited to scared this book will have you ready for more by the end.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed this fun and exciting story and I can’t wait for part two!

The Wizard an the Rat by Aaron C Engler

The Wizard and The Rat (The Voice of the Dragons) by AAron C. Engler

Review by Louise Ryan

 

Book Overview (blurb) By Amazon

 

Wizard Master Thed Hyral Clearwater has been rendered temporarily powerless by the very tools he needs to complete his assigned task: to defeat a powerful ex-protege who is practicing the forbidden craft of necromancy.

 

He travels to the ironically named city of Haven, where a broad class divide, corruption,and systemic violence leave the underclass fighting for scraps – and they’re the lucky ones. There, a young thief called Rat sees an easy mark. Or so he thinks.

 

Rat needs one big score to pay back an enormous debt. Failure means living as a slave and prisoner of Haven, a fate Rat considers worse than death. So when Thed invites Rat on his mission, the boy accepts. But they are falling into old patterns that may doom them both.

 

Review:

 

When I started this book, I have to admit I was confused, for about the first 30 or so pages you are thrown into a world you have no idea about, with language that seems very out of place and somewhat jarring to the ordinary Western mind.

 

But I have to say this story was thrilling. It’s very simple in it’s progress. It’s mostly the story of a journey. But inbetween this, we get to know the past, not only of the Wizard and the Rat, who are taking this short journey together, But also the world itself and the basis of it’s magic. And there is SO MUCH back story. And it is captivating. 

 

It didn’t take me to long to start to understand the ideas behind the concepts put forth and I loved it. It spans long time periods in it’s story telling and the story of the world is as heart breaking as it is enthralling. 

 

There is a battle scene towards the end of the book that, I thought, Brilliant! I couldn’t read it fast enough, and my heart was racing. This to me is the sign of a well written tale. Any book that can have the same effect as a film or even real life is honestly worth a read.

 

I really enjoyed this book. And I loved that it didn’t shy away from, what have become, taboo subjects in fantasy stories. I can’t wait for the next one!