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Book #Review of A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles #1) by Steve McHugh (@StevejMchugh) (#NetGalley)

Review

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A Glimmer of Hope

(The Avalon Chronicles #1)

by Steve McHugh

Release date: April 1st, 2018

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of A Glimmer of Hope (The Avalon Chronicles #1) by Steve McHugh from NetGalley and 47North in order to read and give an honest review.

…a well written,¬†unique and fast-paced #urbanfantasy¬†novel!

 Layla Cassidy, daughter of an infamous serial killer, spent her life running away from her old life and the possibility of turning into her father.  She changes her name, hides her past and settles into a routine of night clerk at a train depot and student of metallurgy during the day. One night while at work she is kidnapped and her friends slaughtered in an attempt to gain information on her father’s secret prison. She is kidnapped and held captive in a secret compound underground guarded by vile supernatural creatures. She manages to escape but not before activating secret scrolls which bind her with three spirits and a demon, all of which now residing in her head and giving her powers outside of her realm of understanding.
Now she must learn to cope with them all talking to her, control her new powers and tame the demon inside her head threatening to turn her into the murderer. After her escape, she learns she is not alone, there are others just like her who will help protect and guide her.

I enjoyed A Glimmer of hope, although slow to start it is well worth the wait. A caution to those squeamish about violence, there are some gory scenes but on the whole, the book has well-developed characters, a unique and interesting plot culminating in a heart-stopping conclusion.  If you want to a well written, unique and fast-paced #urbanfantasy novel, this is for you.

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Book #Review of #ShadowHunt (Disrupted Magic # 3) by Melissa F. Olson (#NetGalley)

Shadow Hunt (Disrupted Magic #3)

by Melissa F. Olson

Release date: February 13th, 2018

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Shadow Hunt (Disrupted Magic #3) by Melissa F. Olson from NetGalley in order to read and give an honest review.

The last book of the Disrupted Trilogy and the end of Scarlett’s second series picks up immediately after the second book, Blood Gamble left off. Weeks after the events in Las Vegas and the death of Jamieson, another Null she finds out she is pregnant with his child. A rare occurrence, Scarlett is dealing with the aftermath of finding out that after years of believing it was impossible she is, in fact, going to have a baby, the baby of two very powerful Nulls.¬† Scarlett tries to keep the pregnancy under wraps until she learns more about her options and the consequences of having a null child.¬† Not knowing who to turn to she sneaks out of town to consult with Maven, an ancient Vampire she feels might be able to give her advice.¬† Leaving her bargest, Shadow, at home and in the care of Jesse she is on her way, not knowing the danger she is leaving them to face.¬† Jesse opens the door to an innocent looking visitor which launches an evil plot by Shadow‚Äôs former owners, the Luparii who come to retrieve what‚Äôs theirs and put their plan into motion. The Luparrii‚Äôs see Scarlett as a threat and will do everything in their power to see her destroyed. After her secret is¬†outted, Scarlett teams up with werewolves, vamps, witches and humans to stand with against the magical Wild Hunt which that would ultimately end the world as they know it.

I really enjoyed Shadow Hunt. It gives us a character-driven, fast-paced and complex storyline that you‚Äôll want to devour in one sitting.¬† I think this, in my opinion, was the best of the trilogy and even though it’s the end of this trilogy I hope we hear from Scarlet and Jesse in the future.

My book Review of Midnight Curse (Disrupted Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson found here.

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#Review of Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire #UrbanFantasy

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Review

Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)

by Seanan McGuire

Release date: January 9th, 2018

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire from NetGalley and Tor in order to read and give an honest review.

Seanan McGuire is definitely one of my favorite fantasy authors. Her books have it all, perfect prose, masterful plots, exciting worlds and engaging characters and the same is true for her Wayward Children series. This dark and whimsical series like all of her work is so well written that it grabs hold of you and takes you twisting and turning into fascinating new worlds. McGuire addresses, race, sexuality, religion, illness, disabilities, mental health etc. and handles it with such nuance.  Her characters are multifaceted and each face personal challenges that so many can relate to.  

The series revolves around students housed at¬†Eleanor West‚Äôs Home for Wayward Children.¬† The Home for Wayward¬†Children¬†is¬†a¬†safe¬†haven for¬†children who¬†have traveled¬†to different portal worlds so different from their¬†own. The other worlds are nothing like our world, some are underwater¬†worlds, worlds made of confection, worlds of death, some¬†are¬†logical ones with order and others nonsense worlds, where chaos is plenty and rules don’t apply.¬†Often¬†when¬†the children return to this world they are lost or traumatized,¬†their parents unable¬†to help them and at a loss,¬†send them to the home. Often,¬†these children long to go back, biding¬†their time¬†waiting for the¬†opportunity when the¬†door back reveals itself again or actively searching looking for clues.¬†

In this story, we hear from characters from the previous award-winning “Every Heart a Doorway” and we get to meet¬†Cora.¬†Cora,¬†overweight and insecure,¬†came to the home¬†from an underwater world¬†where she¬†enjoyed¬†being¬†a¬†mermaid. Cora although worried at first, finds she fits in just fine at the home, each of the students so unique in their own way.¬† As Cora is getting used to the home,¬†a girl¬†falls from the sky looking for her mother, a former student who had passed away recently.¬† The group band together¬†to¬†help¬†her embark¬†on a quest to find her mother, through¬†time and¬†multiple¬†worlds, the reader¬†catches glimpses of¬†the group’s experiences¬†as¬†they travel¬†through the¬†different¬†doors.¬†

I have loved each book in this¬†series and¬†as¬†a series, it is definitely 5-star.¬†¬†However,¬†I would give this story 4.5 stars only because I found that some things seemed a bit¬†unnecessary¬†and detracted from the story. Information on the logical, nonsense aspects of the worlds as well as Cora’s insecurities kept re-appearing a little too often for me, but reading is subjective and others might not mind it as much.¬† ¬†All in¬†all,¬†this was a fantastic book,¬†and¬†I highly recommend it.¬†¬†

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Wishing all a #wonderfulweek!

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Looking forward to a busy and productive week!  #amwriting #researching #studying #amreading & #volunteering. No matter where you are in your day or evening, I hope your blessings outnumber your burdens!
Live, laugh & love! ‚̧

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” – Anais Nin

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#amwriting #amreading #urbanfantasy #NA #archaeological #mystery #celticmythology #historicalliterature #egyptology #transcribing #makingdreamsareality