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review 2017-02-19 14:20
The Gatekeeper- Michael Sisti


At first I thought my failure to keep a grip on the long cast of characters was going to sink me and at felt a few early point of view shifts were a little too sharp, however once I settled into this very fast paced book I really enjoyed it. Sisti has structured this story with very short chapters that add to the pacey feel. We are trotted through literally years in which a business grows from nothing into a large regional bank, and then collapses in the trauma field of the financial crisis started by the 2007 sub-prime mortgage collapse in the USA.

The gatekeeper in the male testosterone fired world is a woman, and not one modelled on a kick-arse beauty that can floor any man with a combination of looks, intelligence and gymnastic battle crafts, the likes of which have never yet actually been witnessed in real life. All the characters are just about believable, if in many cases rather clichéd. With so many actors to follow it was as well that many were solidly familiar, stock personalities.

This book makes business acquisitions and mergers seem like exciting stuff, and as if this isn’t enough there is an interesting bit of sexual intrigue as well. This is a fun read, one that once it had me hooked had no trouble keeping me so.

Sisti is a good pulp fiction writer. I mean that with the greatest of respect. He writes in a sharp entertaining, to the point, style, that draws unrepentantly on those characters that surround us all in real life. And all this is done without any demonstrable physical violence, murder, torture, or natural disasters. I’m sure I’ll read another Sisti before very long.

For the traveller, those short chapters make this book just right for reading on a crowded train.




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review 2016-08-21 00:00
The Last Gatekeeper
The Last Gatekeeper - Katy Haye Zanzibar “Zan” MacKenzie comes home one day to find her father asleep and she is unable to wake him. Then she discovers that her mother is missing in action. She is left all alone not knowing what to do with nowhere to turn. She has been home schooled and without any contact with the outside world except for her two best friends Em and Jamie.

After calling for an ambulance there is a knock at the door. Upon opening the door she sees a stranger standing there. She has never seen this guy before in her life well unless you wanted to count earlier today when she was at the beach with Em and Jamie and she saw him in the distance watching her.

She learns that this stranger is Thanriel, a talvarrine from the planet Talvar and he has wings. Through Thanriel she learns that her mother is a fae from the planet Fane. So that would make her half fae half human. Oh and she is also the last gatekeeper and that she has to close the gates.

Zan is like whoa, whoa slow down, you except me to believe all of this? A stranger shows up at her down with all of this weird stuff about other planets and that fairies are real. No way man. But the more he talks the more she starts to actually believe him. He is telling her that the queen from the planet Fane wants to start a war and kill everyone and everything on Earth and then claim it for her own.

Zan must close the gates between Fane and Earth to stop the queen. Zan has a very big decision to make. To close the gates or not to close the gates. What will she do? If she doesn’t close the gates all life on Earth is gone. But there are consequences if she closes the gates and there are consequences if she doesn’t close the gates. Which one can she live with?

The Last Gatekeeper is not the first book by Katy Haye that I have read and it won’t be the last. Katy knows how to write a book that will pull you in and won’t let go until you have turned that last page leaving you wanting more. I have enjoyed following along with Zan, Thanriel, Cal and all the other characters on their journeys and hope to follow them on more of their journeys in the future. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book The Dreamseer to find out more about life on Zane and what Zan and everyone else is up to. If you have not read The Last Gatekeeper then I would like to suggest that you do. The Last Gatekeeper is out of this world.
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text 2014-12-08 02:19
Best sequels of a series/trilogy's (no final books)
Cress - Marissa Meyer
The Perfect Emotion (Book Two of The Perfect Series) - Melissa Rolka,S. G. Thomas
The Gatekeeper's Challenge: Gatekeeper's Saga, Book Two - Eva M Pohler
Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi
Never Too Far - Abbi Glines

1.Cress by Marissa Meyer

2.Never Too Far by Abbi Glines  

3.Perfect Emotion by Melissa Rolka

4 .The Gatekeeper's Challenge by Eva Pohler

5.Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi  

(Note: These books are not all published in 2014.)





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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-10-18 00:22
The Gatekeeper's Son (ARC)
The Gatekeeper's Son - C.R. Fladmark

I received this copy from the publisher through Netgalley.com and that in no way has influenced my opinion in regards to this review.



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Title: The Gatekeeper's Son

Series: -----

Author: Chris Fladmark

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 313




Junya [who I insist on calling Junior in my head] is the grandson of a billionaire, the son of a ninja and the Inheritor of a brand new power of the gods of light and darkness.

Another world is involved, lots of fighting, a cute chick and lots of YA'ness.


Junya must fight the minions of Light AND Dark, as he is the cross between them. He must save his grandfather, save his mother, destroy an evil monster and keep a legion of other worldly super ninjas from killing him, all at the same time.


My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this for what it was, a boys' fantasy novel. I don't think I'll be reading any more by this author but that isn't a negative on his part. It just means that it is a bit too YA for me to handle.

It takes consummate skill to write a novel for both men and boys and as this is Mr Fladmark's debut novel, he deserves credit for writing a very good boys novel.


Lots of fighting, your prerequisite cute girl, secrets out the wazoo, ninjas and a badguy who helps Junya for his own ends, *insert evil laughter*. That was the good stuff.


The 2 main issues for me were as follows:


1) Junya goes from being a shy, almost cowardly boy, to this strong young man who can manage a multi-billion dollar company with no real in between phase. It felt very awkward to me.


2) Junya's father. He is in the story, but is so token that the reality is that Junya might as well have been raised by a single mother. He is supposed to be with them and part of their family, but he plays such a small part, even emotionally, that he comes across as a prop more than a real character.


Other than that, no real issues worth discussing. This is the beginning of a series, but it ends up just fine that I don't feel the need to read any sequels. And the Series title is missing because Fladmark hasn't given it one yet.


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review 2014-09-28 00:00
The Gatekeeper's Son
The Gatekeeper's Son - C.R. Fladmark I really enjoyed this book - the plot was intriguing, the pacing was perfect, and the way everything fits together is wonderful. The mix between San Francisco, Japan, and a parallel world was neatly done, and enough detail was given that reading about places I’ve never been to wasn’t jarring.

I did find, however, that as much as I wanted to know what happened next (to the point where I devoured this book in one sitting), I didn’t feel a huge connection to any of the characters. They’re all well-written, likeable people, but there was something missing to make me cheer for them - that may change as the series progresses, 200 pages isn’t much after all.

In all, I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone that likes young adult/urban fantasy, and I’ll be reading the rest of the series as it’s released.

Purchase: Amazon

I received this book in exchange for a review. You can find more of my reviews here.
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