Review: Secrets of Peace

secretsWhen I came across Secrets of Peace by T.A. Hernandez I immediately thought, this book cover is gorgeous. We all judge books by their cover, and this one hooked me right away. I’ve had people stop at my table at book festivals for the same reason: gorgeous book covers.

It’s a good thing that Hernandez also has fun ideas for the fiction she puts between her covers. (According to her bio, we’ve got much in common as far as writing inspirations go, so it’s no wonder I clicked with this book right away.) Continue reading Review: Secrets of Peace

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Review: Pilgrims with Blades

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I was given a copy of Pilgrims with Blades by the author, Douglas Van Dyke Jr, at a convention I attended. There are many things to love about this book. The appendices and artwork give great flavor to the world of Dhea Loral, which is a part of the larger world that Van Dyke writes in (with at least one completed trilogy apart from the Pilgrims that I know about.) Continue reading Review: Pilgrims with Blades

Review: Blood Calls

51+2Z1a+PqL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I recently got Andrew Wichland’s book Blood Calls (Dragon Knight Chronicles book 2). He continues his saga with the same tight storytelling and fast paced action typical of his novels. (I’ve read two previous titles by him and they never fail to disappoint.)

In Blood Calls, Robin’s got a problem. Maltanore may be dead, but his armor is still acting wonky. His quest to ree the magical beings previously enslaved takes him through space… and the stakes increase when he discovers his long lost sister being dragged into slavery. Continue reading Review: Blood Calls

Review: Touched by the Fire of the Sun

51YvJ85zEVL._SY346_Touched by the Fire of the Sun. That title gives the book something of a series feel from the cover. It really is something other than what is pitched on the front (a graphic that feels like an anime version of Marvel’s Multiple Man/Jamie Madrox.) Flipping to the back we find it’s something more of a SF rom-com, and that’s a genre there are not enough of. Everything these days are ripped bodices and turgid members. I’d prefer not to break into a nervous sweat during romance scenes in a book. Continue reading Review: Touched by the Fire of the Sun

Review-Wild Hearts: The Coming Night

51qsEghgsAL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_First of all, I’m totally digging this cover for Andrew Wichland’s new book, Wild Hearts: The Coming Night. Not just the cover, but the themes, too. Cyber suits and alien invasions? This is the kind of book that there ought to be more of: high intensity slugfests with supercool tech. It reads like Power Rangers wearing Iron Man suits! Continue reading Review-Wild Hearts: The Coming Night

Review/Plagarism Alert: To Kindle and Beyond

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I’m going to sound overly harsh, probably, since you guys are used to seeing such positive reviews from me. Sometimes, however, there are books like this where somebody does not ask “does there need to be a book about XYZ” but instead they ask “can I make do a cash-grab and get in on the XYZ market?” That is exactly what this book looked like (from its non-industry-standard cover, to the poor language in the first few pages of the book). Continue reading Review/Plagarism Alert: To Kindle and Beyond

Review: The Worlds Next Door

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C.E. White’s The Worlds Next Door is a fun genre blender of all the things that I love… and if you like Sci Fi and Fantasy books, then you probably will too! In the first couple of pages, White references some of the Janie (the protagonist’s) frames of reference: the TARDIS, and Hogwarts. I think that’s a perfect setup for a YA/MG adventure. Continue reading Review: The Worlds Next Door

Review: The War of Humanity

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E.S. Dunn’s The War of Humanity has sat for a couple weeks at the bottom of my reading stack, teasing me. It’s such an impressive book and I’ve eagerly waiting to get into it.

Let’s talk about what worked and what didn’t for me. This book strikes a good balance between standard SF and superhero tales as it effectively bridges tropes. The world building is impressive and Dunn uses a lot of language terms to infuse the alien nature of he culture and humanoid race of Chaosns. I Felt that part made me feel the surroundings and see what the author wanted me to. One thing that I felt the DCEU did great was visiting Krypton in the setup for Batman vs Superman. The world Dunn crafts feels similar to Krypton, perhaps intentionally, as Selison’s story shares so much in common. Continue reading Review: The War of Humanity

Review: Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great

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I got a chance to review Jo-Anne Blanco’s Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great. It’s got a more fairytale feel than fantasy I’ve read of late.

Blanco’s world building is spot on as she recast traditional Arthurian elements to fit her tale. She even does something that few writers do well: use weather to set moods and situations. All the necessary elements are present to entrench the narrative in the Pendragon mythos and it reminded me in many ways of Mists of Avalon when the magical elements crossed into territory usually reserved for church (or maybe Lawhead’s Patrick) though Blanco’s book is a much easier read. Continue reading Review: Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great