Piercing the Fold by Venessa Kimball (reviewed by Karmin)

Piercing the Fold

Book 1 of Piercing the Fold series *

Venessa Kimball

Reviewed by Karmin

Book description (amazon.com):

“I’m Jesca. I have intense nightmares nightly and hallucinations of dark auras closing in on me daily. Strangers’ faces distort before my eyes and I hear voices in my head. All symptoms of insanity, ‘illusions in reality’, right? Wrong. This is my reality and it has been set askew.”

Jesca Gershon Sera discovers that she is part of a legacy and a fellowship of guardians destined to protect the human race from a galactic event that will invade and evolve our world.

*The Piercing the Fold series is intended for Mature Young Adult and Adult readers due to the the paranormal and unorthodox scientific concepts addressed throughout. This series contains a rich mixture of the paranormal, science fiction, romance, adventure, and suspense. *

Review:

I had trouble with this book. I wanted to love it, but I couldn’t. I’m not a huge fan of in-the-moment- first-person, so that is entirely personal opinion, but Kimball did switch between that and in-the-moment-third-person from time to time and it threw me off a bit. Another thing that messed with me are the physics principles she put into this book. Kimball obviously did her research, but some of the things just resonated as “wrong” (for lack of a better term) with my brain (this is not because I didn’t know what she was talking about, but rather because I DID know what she was trying to say), but I do think that had she been a bit more vague on the scientific detail, it would have worked better.

As for the story itself, it’s a cool one. You have your kickass powers, psychic-style dreaming, good vs evil, and inter-world travels. Toss in some love the characters refuse to acknowledge and possible alien invasion and it makes it fun. In all honesty, it’s NOT a TERRIBLE book whatsoever, just the few things that I personally didn’t like about it made it difficult for me to enjoy. If I were rating this book, I would give it a 4/10.

 

**Edited to add links

Before reading this book, here are a few theories to read up on (even if they are on Wiki) to help understand what the author is trying to put across (These are an afterthought of the review, and may help get a better grasp on the theories she puts forth).

Alcubierre drive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcubierre_drive

Einstein-Rosen Bridge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wormhole#Schwarzschild_wormholes

Negative mass http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_mass

The Timeless One by Lexy Wolfe (review by Louise)

The Timeless One

Book three of The Sundered Lands Saga by Lexy Wolfe

Review by Louise Ryan

 

Book Overview (blurb) by Amazon

 

After nearly dying with the effort to return the Timeless One’s dying Sentinel to the Fortress of Time, Illaini Magus Ash Avarian and Githalin Swordanzen Storm il’Thandar find themselves in the isolated domain of the Guardians of Time. Having faced and overcome their own prejudices, they and their companions discover that bigotry and racial prejudices have not escaped the mortal servants of the goddess of time. As they struggle to overcome traditions older than memory earn the right to be called Guardians of Time as well, they discover a malevolent evil that seeks to upset the great balance, and a tragic secret that stretches back thousands of years that could not only destroy them but the world itself.

 

Review:

 

Being the third book in the series this book has well established characters and you think you have gotten to grips with the story. Suddenly, Things change. The characters expand and change at a rate that is as shocking as it awe inspiring. The twists in the story that have been somewhat, hinted at, through the other two books, creep up on you and hit you with a bang. 

 

I really LOVE these books but the pace of this book is so fast that it left me dizzy. I found myself having to re-read certain paragraphs to make sure I had fully understood what was being said. Don’t get me wrong, this is in no way detrimental to the story but after the more sedate pace of the second book it occasionally felt hard to keep up. 

 

The story never slows and you simply cannot turn the pages fast enough. Yelling in frustration, as the characters do, at the only subtle hints and whispers of an enemy that is never clearly defined. Yet no less evil for it. 

 

I love the change in dynamics to the group that this part of the story brought with it and the new players in the game. In all honesty I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I will devour it with every bit of relish as I did with this one. 

 

If you like epic stories with myth, magic, intrigue and adventure? Seriously, GO AND BUY THESE BOOKS! This is story telling on a level I have not come across for a long time.

The Knowing One by Lexy Wolfe (Reviewed by Louise)

The Knowing One

Book Two of The Sundered Lands Saga by Lexy Wolfe

Review by Louise Ryan

Book Overview (blurb) by Amazon

After two thousand years, the Desanti god known as the Raging One had been freed from his imprisonment, releasing the Sundered Lands from chains that had been slowly tearing the fabric of reality apart.

But that hard won freedom came with a heavy price. At over 500 years old, Almek, the oldest wandering Guardian of Time, had already been feeling the weight of time. The journey and final battle served to accelerate the normal degradation of time on his body. That degradation could only be stopped with his return to Fortress, the home of the goddess of time, and returned to her embrace.

For all the power of Almek’s students, none could alter the natural course of the seasons, and the onset of winter made travel impossible. Without telling his students of the threat to him, Almek insisted they wait for the emissaries from Desantiva to recover from their near deaths. But their hard won victory could be lost if the children of Forenta and Desantiva, enemies since before the Second Sundering, cannot discover a way to bridge the chasm between their cultures in time to save their friend and master.

Review:

This book is no less greater than the first. This is story telling at it’s finest and most epic.

I couldn’t wait to find out what had happened after the end of the last book and dived into it with relish. I was not disappointed.

This book was more heart wrenching than the first. We truly see, in this book, the difficulty of a person displaced from their own place in the world. The trauma each of the different students go through, is very easy to understand and you cannot help but silently plea for them to make it through. All of us, at some time in our lives have been in a place where we felt we did not belong, and that is at the very heart of what you pulls you in here. You become as frustrated as the characters in the book when either they cannot understand something new or someone else refuses to understand them because they are different. The characters, already well rounded in the first book, become very much more alive in this one. You become closer to each of them because of it. The pace has slowed down here but that is in fitting with the story and it feels right but it is no less exciting for it.

I am so glad I found these books. If you enjoyed the first one you will not be disappointed in this part. If you didn’t read the first one? What are you doing here? Go and read it, now! It’s awesome.

Phoenix: Rising by Martin Allen(Review by Scott)

Book: Phoenix: Rising, Author: Martin Allen, Review By: Scott Freisthler

 

Plot Synopsis by Amazon: An Imperial Investigator is sent to Investigate, and possibly assassinate a mysterious preacher in the wastes. In doing so he stumbles upon an even more shadowy presence that could jeopardise the entire Empire he is sworn to protect. Can the preacher assist him in overcoming the shortcomings resultant from his training and the betrayal of his family, or is the seemingly innocuous Movement following the “Phoenix” doomed to be slaughtered as a way of destabilising the Theocratic Empire?

 

Review: I cannot tell you how much I loved this book.  It is a science fiction book, but it doesn’t feel like one.  Usually, in my experience, when it comes to a science fiction story, you are following a space crew as they explore the deep reaches of the unknown but this novel took the original approach on focusing on religion.  If there were not any references to colony planets or plasma weapons, I wouldn’t have guessed this fact at all but I think that is something that really works for this story.

 

The plot of this story is heavily influenced by the New Testament.  You can probably guess what story specifically by the plot synopsis. If not, then you will recognize the story the second you read the first reference. Despite all that, the ending is not as predictable as you think it would be.  It felt like the first time I have ever heard the story, which is great.

 

Also, should make a comment on something.  This book is not very dialogue heavy, but you get a big picture on what goes on in the protagonist’s head.  That, to me, is a more important aspect in books because this is the only form of media where you can get to know your main character inside and out completely.

 

I highly recommend this book to all those who want a different approach to the science fiction genre, those who are interested in learning a bit more about religion without digging into the bible, or those who want a refreshing take on an old story.

 

I only hope there is a sequel on its way or more of this universe I can read about. Amazon Links: – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DQXOARMhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DQXOARM

 

The Raging One by Lexy Wolfe (Review by Louise)

The Raging One

Book One of The Sundered Lands Saga by Lexy Wolfe

Review by Louise Ryan

 

Book Overview (Blurb) by Amazon

 

Still reeling from an ancient war, the world has begun showing signs of unraveling. To save their world, a select group of the most gifted elite must form an alliance and find a solution before it is too late. But, can these historically incompatible members of the remaining nations cooperate despite their ancestral biases and distrust? Or will shadows consume them before they can succeed?

 

Review:

 

This book is one EPIC story in the making. It tells a tale of ancient history in a world torn apart by a Great War and Sibling Gods who keep the lands apart through mistrust of each other and their Human offspring. I was mesmerised from the beginning. The story jumps in head first and whisks you along for a few chapters at break neck speed. At first, the titles are slightly confusing but the author brilliantly slips in explanations to the narrative without it feeling forced. From the outset you are totally involved with these characters. You understand their confusion, their exasperation and their desperation perfectly. In a world where magic users are held in high regard and expected to keep all things in balance, they become unsure of the things happening.

 

You can’t help but be on their side. You want them to succeed. You are willing them along with everything you have. I LOVED this book! I couldn’t read it fast enough. So much so I drained my Kindle! I really felt for the characters. And adored them each in their own way. I loved the well thought out Hierarchy system in each of the lands and the beliefs that were well thought out and explained in a simple and non tedious way. At no point, did this book ever feel like “work”. It was simply epic. I cannot wait to read the next one.

 

In short, If you like fantasy books, with myth, magic, epic story telling, a dash of romance and the odd dragon? Then you simply MUST read this book!

Unrequited Love by Mary Theriot (review by Louise)

Unrequited Love By Mary Reason Theriot

Review by Louise Ryan

Book Overview (Blurb) From Amazon

Caitlyn Reed’s brief relationship with Gregory Ferris has everyone believing that she knew about the killings. Just when she is ready to leave town Gregory kills himself. Caitlyn is shocked to discover Gregory has left his entire estate to her, including the plantation. With nowhere left to go Caitlyn moves to Point Creole, Louisiana. That is when her problems really start….

Review:

This a ghost story, come horror, come crime, come whodunit, come love story Extraordinaire.

There is A LOT of story here. It is very exciting and very fast paced. But I felt it lacked proper coherence. There are too many questions throughout the book as to why certain things are happening and they never seem truly resolved. The horror scenes are truly horrific. The Supernatural aspect is neck chillingly spooky. The crime aspect is as frustrating for the reader as it is for the detectives. Although the love scenes are somewhat mild in comparrison to the others, they are nice.

But, to me there was just SO much going on at all times you never really understood where you were with it.

This book would make an excellent horror film, but in that lies the problem. It feels as though you are watching a film, rather than reading a book, as if it was written as a sort of script, instead of a story. You are an abstract observer catching bits and peices of what’s going on, without ever actually being a part of the story. You just don’t really become involved with the characters.

It was, in parts, an exciting read. But mostly it felt as though you were just racing to get to the next scary or horrific or love scene.

If you like fast paced, action filled, supernatural crime thrillers with a hint of romance? Then this is the book for you.

Darrion a Tale of Tir Athair by Marissa Ames

Darrion, a tale of Tir Athair

Marissa Ames

reviewed by Karmin

 

Book description (amazon.com)

A short story set in the world of Tir Athair. The first time Darrion struck her, Lana loaded her wagon and left Cynegil. Two-year-olds should not hit like that. She draped the windows of her cottage with dense cloth and worked by a single candle. If she timed her flight well, she could pass through the market during changing of the guard. In another era, under another king’s reign, Lana would have rejoiced that Darrion had inherited his father’s gift. Now, if Lana does not present her son to the king, she could lose her head.

 

Review

A short story of a mother’s struggle to keep her mage-gifted son safe, Ames quickly sucks you into the sadness that is covering the land. The story bounces between past and present seamlessly and you quickly come to love the characters within and it is a great lead-up to Ames’ newly released novel Minstrel (to be reviewed within the next month!). If you’re looking for a story that will give you a glimmer of hope, this is definitely worth the $1!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Darrion-Marissa-Ames-ebook/dp/B00FPOSXV4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384981272&sr=8-1&keywords=Darrion