September 11, 2012

Review of “Blood Faerie”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , at 3:39 pm by Christine Rice

A well-written, well-crafted novel – 5 stars

Blood Faerie by India Drummond is a fast-paced, dark fantasy adventure. It is based on a fantasy world where there are faeries and druids that have special gifts. What makes it “dark,” is that one of the characters, an evil and insane faerie, is murdering many innocent humans. It is also an adventure, because the main character, Eilidh, who is an outcast faerie, must learn about her powers in order to stop the evil faerie from taking more victims. To do so, she travels to dangerous parts of the country, and she earns the friendship of a human, which threatens her anonymity.

This story has deep concepts that keep the intellectual reader satisfied. One of the main concepts is Eilidh’s growth in maturity throughout the course of the story. She starts by becoming less fearful of humans and building a friendship with one. Then she begins to learn about her unique talents, rather than remain ignorant about them out of shame. In the process, she realizes she is more gifted than she originally thought, and that it is better to accept and embrace herself for who she is than to give up her dignity and happiness.

I highly recommend this book to readers of fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, adventure, and even horror.  There is a delightful mix of genres in this book. The descriptions are not overly graphic, as far as the murders, so the book is suitable for most ages. It is a substantial book, but the length is not overwhelming. I was quite happy that it was a quick and enjoyable read. The book is well-written, and the storyline is well-crafted. I would like to read the other books in the series.

It is available in paperback and kindle at Amazon. Get yourself a copy. You won’t be disappointed!

August 11, 2012

Review of “The Zul Enigma”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:50 pm by Christine Rice

Fast-paced, action-packed adventure – Five stars

The Zul Enigma by J M Leitch is a refreshing story, as it is not like any other. It doesn’t fit into a certain genre and has lots of twists and turns in the plot. I can tell Leitch put her heart and soul into this book, as it is a high-quality read. The plot is solid, the characters are memorable, and the storyline will keep you guessing.

The multifaceted story covers politics, religion, relationships, secret service, government, and outer space. It goes into the depths of betrayal and lies. It takes place during a time when the end of the world is near and it is evident with all the conflicts and problems occurring.

Because the plot is solid, it is clear that the details were thoroughly researched to make it so believable. The characters are distinct and vivid, and some of them held my heart. The optimist in me wanted everything and everyone to be okay, but in actuality, it was quite the opposite.

This is a very long book, and I would have liked to see the author make it into two books. And there is a lot of alcohol drinking and alcoholic behaviors in this book, which I’m not fond of. However, those two minor setbacks did not keep me from enjoying the story or change my feelings about the book, because I give it five stars.

I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy conspiracy, science-fiction, action, and thought-provoking storytelling. This book will take you to another world, and the action will keep you turning the pages.

Pick up your own copy here. Note that it is available in both paperback and kindle edition. Enjoy the read!

July 31, 2012

Review of “The Chaosifier”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , at 12:17 pm by Christine Rice

The Chaosifier by Mike Evers is an excellent fantasy novel with an adventuresome plot. It is well-written, with lots of description for the characters, background, and setting. Reading the book was an enjoyable experience.

The main characters are called bifurs. They are miniature people that cannot be seen by humans. Their purpose is to balance out the chaos of the world with moments of good luck. They do this by sprinkling a special dust on certain humans that are specially chosen based on their need and what they can accomplish.

The chaosifier is a machine that causes chaos in the world. That is the main reason the bifurs use the special dust. Usually, the chaosifier is set at a normal level, but it is not in the present time of this story. The bifurs are low on special dust and must find out what is causing the excess chaos in the world.

I definitely recommend this well-written novel to readers of fantasy. The story has a slow build up to the climax, but once there, I was hooked.

It is available in kindle format here. Now, go grab your copy!

July 25, 2012

Review of “Red Leaves and the Living Token”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , at 6:07 pm by Christine Rice

Red Leaves and the Living Token by Benjamin David Burrell is a well-written, fast-paced adventure that takes place in a fantasy realm. The book is descriptive and easy to read, which is fitting for readers of various backgrounds. The characters are optimistic, compassionate, and strong-willed.

The story is about a world where the beings are unique species. There is the botann – who are made of trees, the petra – who are made of rocks, and the zo – who are hunched-over furry animals. The botann, petra, and zo have conflicts with each other because of their differences (but occasionally they intermingle). They each have their own areas of the world and do not allow trespassing by other species.

Emret, who is a young zo boy, has a terrible illness and will die if he doesn’t get cured soon. His father, Raj, doesn’t know what to do, but needs to do something soon. Emret’s nurse, Moslin, a female botann, takes good care of Emret, and they think highly of each other.

Emret likes it when Moslin reads to him. One book in particular inspires the two of them to go on an adventure to the other side of the world, which encourages Raj, and others, to follow. Emret is in search of a cure for his illness. Their travels become a wild adventure in which their inner strength and dedication to each other will be tested. Will Emret find what he seeks?

Burrell has a talent for creating lively characters that his readers will grow to care for and love. His book demonstrates his skill of knowing what will satisfy readers’ needs for plot description and clarity of storyline.

I greatly enjoyed this book. The ending left me hungry for more. There is a sequel that will be released in the near future. I recommend this book to readers of fantasy and adventure books. You will not be disappointed!

You can get your copy here. Happy reading!

July 19, 2012

Review of “Hell”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , at 7:22 am by Christine Rice

As the sequel to Pray by John Prescott, Hell delivers just as well, if not better. There is more adventure in this one, if that’s even possible, since the first book was excellent and action-packed too.

Hell is climactic the entire book. It starts off with news broadcasts about the three years after nuclear bombs ransacked the earth at the end of Pray. Eventually, the core group makes their way to Jerusalem to do what God has planned for them. A lot of people die in this book, as Samouel (the Antichrist) issues forth an assortment of evil creatures from hell to kill innocent individuals on earth in order to get the rest of the human race to oblige to him as God.

Within the darkness of hell on earth, there are some positive parts, like when nonbelievers become believers, how the core group is able to carry on with doing God’s will for them, and the spiritual connection and care shared amongst the believers. The core group remains optimistic, because they know God will look after them because they believe in Him and as long as they are performing according to His will.

Hell is full of vibrant descriptions, is fast-paced and full of action, and has an edge that kept me intrigued until the very end. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in being entertained by the Book of Revelations from a creative perspective, as well as readers of dark fantasy, paranormal, horror, and action/adventure. Prescott is one hell of an author (pun intended)!

I can’t wait to read the third book, which will be coming out at the end of 2012! You can get your copy of the first book, Pray, here and the second book, Hell, here. You won’t be disappointed!

July 11, 2012

Review of “Pray”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , , , at 4:31 am by Christine Rice

Pray by John Prescott is a by-the-seat-of-your-pants adventure, from the depths of fantasy to the raw realities of Christian beliefs, with a paranormal twist that makes it have a huge edge. This book is one that you can’t easily put down. The unique characters and sharp setting make the story so real that it is going on in the room around you. Even if you’re not religious, you will still enjoy the thrill and gore of this action-packed, makes-you-think novel.

Everyone on Earth witnesses the sound of the trumpet as many people simply vanish, and their loved ones are left to mourn and question everything they know about the stability of their lives. The world will never be the same. Then it all starts to fall apart.

Pray follows the lives of a handful of one-of-a-kind characters that were left on Earth after the trumpet sounded, as they run from the destruction and mayhem that is the end of the world. In North America, a select few head to the western states, hoping for safety and peace. Somehow they end up with the same destination in mind. What will happen when they reach it?

Pray is about the Book of Revelation and what could happen if/when the end of the world comes. Even though I’m not religious, I was still able to understand and thoroughly enjoy this book. The characters and location are written realistically and vividly. The story involves human fears about pain, death, and losing control, as well as human fantasies about surviving the end of the world and escaping death. It has hellish creatures, and authority figures that go wrong.

I recommend Pray to readers of horror, suspense, paranormal, and fantasy, who love a thick, adventurous plot, and themes that really make you think. The action in this book will blow your mind.

You can grab your copy here. I am certain you will enjoy it.

June 27, 2012

Review of “Guarding the Healer”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , , at 6:23 pm by Christine Rice

I first became interested in this book, because I like the idea of a person having the power to heal; it’s mystical and magical to think about. But I wasn’t prepared for the excellent, well-written adventure, of both dark and light forces, that I experienced when reading Guarding the Healer by Gabriel Beyers.

The book carried me along a journey with the characters as they experienced love, pain, grief, sadness, and joy. The story is in constant motion as Silas runs from his loss of a loved one and a haunting demon. The demon will not let Silas go far and is determined to make him agree to his terms, or else Silas will lose more loved ones. Hence, Silas, and his new acquaintance, Tommy, are on the run, stopping only momentarily to rest and help people.

I was in shock when I finished reading the book, from my pure satisfaction during the entire reading experience and the unimaginable ending. In addition, this is a pristinely written and edited book full of detail and excitement. I could hardly put it down. I was blown away by the quality of the story, and the talent of the author for writing such a good story.

Guarding the Healer touched my heart and soul. It enveloped me into the arms of intrigue and adventure that is the storyline. I recommend this book to readers of dark fantasy and paranormal. I assure you, it will take you on the ride of your life and you will not be disappointed!

Pick up this book today. It is available in kindle edition and paperback. Read on!

June 5, 2012

Review of “Right Ascension”

Posted in Book Reviews tagged , , , , at 5:36 am by Christine Rice

Right Ascension by David Derrico is an action-packed science-fiction novel that takes place in the year 3040. Chad Atgard recently graduates from the Confederation Academy and his excitement and pride extends to his family, especially to his father, Admiral Daniel Atgard. Chad, and certain cadets from the Academy, board the Indomitable – the largest, fastest, most powerful starship in the galaxy. The fact that it is so has kept peace in space, at least as it so appears…

Something unthinkable happens, and then Daniel Atgard becomes determined to stop an alien species that wants to destroy Earth. Daniel leads his team of flight officers through the universe to discover the origin of the aliens, as well as to find them, in order to keep them from achieving their goal. Daniel and his team experience many adventures on their way to finding out the truth about the aliens, so that they can try to eliminate the aliens’ spaceship.

Right Ascension is full of action and adventure and is a natural page-turner. It is realistic in the sense that rarely anything happens as planned, which also makes it an exciting read. The unique qualities of the book – being in the faraway future and having both friendly and evil aliens – make it a one-of-a-kind book. The characters are unique individuals that have charisma and loyalty. This book is well-written and entertaining, and the haphazard action is easy to follow.

I definitely recommend Right Ascension to all science-fiction book lovers. If you are interested in space travel, the future, memorable characters and relationships, and politics, this book is for you.

I gave Right Ascension five stars on Amazon. You can get your kindle copy for Free here. It is also available in paperback. Enjoy!