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text 2017-07-20 08:17
Monova Eve Valkyrie


The idea is so simple that a child of eight could evoke. In fact, it is probably the one that most of eight years since 1977 have, at one time or another fantasized about. Oculus Rift pop one on your head, start Monova EVE Valkyrie and suddenly you are inside the cockpit of a fairing, laser-loaded firing missile, dip and dodge diving, dog-related space fighter.

It is a good thing gasp-out-loud, seeing the enemy ships zooming past and be able to follow with the head of the true life turns as they go. The most immediately stop, and perhaps surprising thing about all this, especially given its foundation in the online world famous Eve complex, is simply intuitive way all this is. Holding a gamepad in your hand and using sticks to control the pitch and yaw of your boat is a breeze, while weapons systems are linked to two triggers. single fire lasers, requiring active tailing enemies and knowledge of the appropriate position to take just in front of them in the time-honored combat flight mode. Missiles meanwhile is where all the VR innovation suddenly becomes a much more active ingredient.

By pressing the left trigger and then eyeballing enemies of their high trajectory, down, and all around allows time for your missiles to reach lock-on. The more you are able to keep bad no ‘to more than your missiles you can unload them at once. Get yourself in a prime position, close without debris and with a clear view of your career. Listen to the sound signal indicator to alert you to a lock-on, then release the left trigger to release the payload. It is intensely satisfying things, the kind of joy video game that is clear and immediate. The thrill of having the indicator Kill arise in front of your face as you wheel away a hard-earned splosions dam death “your back is something everyone can enjoy. I even tested some non-gaming parents it is easier to show people what the Rift is that why there is now a mountain of cables and hardware taking over your living room and he had panting , cooing and ahhing. I could not get my dad in the bowling on the Wii still here, he was happily downing spaceships Eve in a play. VR. Who knew?

Valkyrie, by its nature, is an arcade experience. Those of us weaned on the likes of Elite: Dangerous or before that, Freespace, find their cockpit stripped back and built for shorter, shallower, and yet more emphatic combat experiences. Having sunk hundreds of hours in the two aforementioned games, I always found myself looking around my Valkyrie cockpit and want to interact with myriad levers and buttons flashing doo-dads that fill the space. I could not.

Yet for all the essentially useless tat on the screen there is a respectable performance in some individual elements of the design of the cockpit. Shield and armor hull meters before you hang on each side, and you go on the task not to jump you are actively looking around when the light of a red emergency light enters your vision missile strike. Which, again, feels cool, giving your look even more the agency.

When it comes to the world outside the cockpit there are other significant design settings to enable or enhance your probably soon to be the sore neck influence on proceedings. Enemy ships leave a clear red line behind them, far more than normally found in your typical hunting dog, just to make it a little easier for crane at them. the integrity of the hull can be increased by collecting floating armor packages I will say it was an experience that arcade green glow tell tale in the context of explosions and general chaos ensuing space around them .

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review 2017-05-27 16:16
ARC Review: Exiled (Phoebe Meadows #3) by Amanda Carlson
Exiled: Phoebe Meadows Book Three (Volume 3) - Amanda Carlson

Review originally featured on Angel's Guilty Pleasures



Phoebe Meadows #3
Amanda Carlson
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
March 24, 2017
ARC Review Copy


Phoebe Meadows is on trial for her life.


After freeing her half-brother, Baldur, Phoebe is set to stand before the Council in Asgard to answer for her actions. The threat of exile if she’s found guilty looms, not to mention the added stress of meeting her real father for the first time.


Upon entering Asgard, Phoebe discovers new allies in a half-brother she’s never met as well as an oracle who is in possession of valuable information. A little added help couldn’t have come at a better time, because when Phoebe is tossed into an unknown realm, she’s only armed with Gundren, a jewel, and her wits.


When Loki shows up, all bets are off. The trickster god throws a wrench in Phoebe’s plans and kidnaps Fen, her only ally. And just when she thinks she sees the light at the end of the tunnel, Phoebe finds she has to defeat one last obstacle: The Norns.


And they aren’t planning to go down without a fight…






Exiled is book three in the Phoebe Meadows series by Amanda Carlson. It’s a series that needs to be read in order.


We are treated to another fast-paced adventure. This one didn’t have as much action/battles, but it was still a high energy adventure. Phoebe is thrown into a world, she doesn’t fully understand. She has gained friends and allies along the way, but now she’s going to Asgard, not to visit, but to stand trial.


This book was amazing! I loved the detail and description of Asgard and Helheim. I love the Norse mythology and the authors own spin on it. It was wonderful to explore new places and revisit old friends. Their is no rest for Phoebe and if she wants to have a future, she must find away to complete her mission or die. She faces new enemies, challenges, and gets to meet more family. The romance between Fen and her is still strong. Sam is still around and what a whopper of a twist at the end with her.


This series is a lot of fun. It’s action-packed and fast-paced urban fantasy. I’m eagerly waiting to see what’s next for our band of characters.


Rated: 4 Stars


*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Amanda Carlson with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.


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review 2017-01-26 14:15
The Last Valkyrie by Jeremy Robinson
The Last Valkyrie - Jeremy Robinson,Tori Paquette

Excited to be going back to the world of Antarktos! Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading Antarktos Rising and, one of my all time favorites, The Last Hunter.

This is the story of Solomon's daughters, Aquila and Norah, as they learn to fight and survive the underground realm of Antarktos when Aquila is taken by the Nephilim, who want to turn her into a hunter. Norah must overcome her fear of inadequacy in order to save her sister and on the way, learn about her amazing power.


Highly recommend (the whole series)!

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review 2016-10-05 15:24
ARC Review: Freed (Phoebe Meadows #2) by Amanda Carlson ~ Giveaway
Freed: Phoebe Meadows Book 2 (Volume 2) - Amanda Carlson
Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures 

 Phoebe Meadows #2  
 Amanda Carlson  
 Urban Fantasy - Paranormal  
 September 20th 2016  
 ARC eCopy  


Phoebe Meadows has one thing on her mind: Free her mother. 


For the last month, Phoebe has been training in the Valkyrie stronghold readying for battle. But when she stumbles into a secluded valley after a day of grueling practice, she’s given a dire prediction. Phoebe must leave the stronghold immediately with the aid of the giant, Junnal, to rescue her mother from the dark elves. If Phoebe fails, Leela will be transported to a place that can no longer be reached. 


Leaving Fen behind threatens to undo her, but Phoebe stays true to the mission. Along the way, she allies with the god Baldur and an old white elf mage. Together, they storm the realm, and with the help of an angry wolf and her Valkyrie sisters, they just might stand a chance to free the valiant shieldmaiden. 


But Phoebe soon learns that in order to save her mother, she might lose something too precious to sacrifice…




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Another action packed fast-paced adventure!


Freed takes place one month after the ending in Struck. Phoebe has accepted what she is and has been training hard for the day she will rescue her mother. Her powers are beyond what she ever imagined and they continue to grow.


The world builds around Norse Mythology. All the characters, wither good or evil are captivating and very strong minded. I like that they all gravitate towards Phoebe in someway. Phoebe is a kick ass heroine that shows her skills throughout the story. She is thrown into one situation after another, but she’s got some great companies to help her along the way. The side characters are a great group. She gets a whole new set of friends and companions to help her out as well as previous friends from Struck. 


As for the romance their is very little in this one, but her relationship with Fen is solid and he is an amazing partner that accepts everything about her. He understands her completely and is satisfied to fight alongside Phoebe.


Freed grabbed me from the first page to the last. I couldn’t put this story down. It’s a quick and adventures story. The ending left me wanting the next book. I’m course to see where things will go and how they will work though their next challenge. The stakes are high and the games have begun.


Freed was another suspenseful adventure full of lose and love. I recommend this series to Urban Fantasy fans who enjoy mythology, strong heroines, and characters that you can connect too.


Rated: 4 Stars


*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary ARC copy provided by Amanda Carlson with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.


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Interview: Amanda Carlson – Struck (Phoebe Meadows #1) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt



Hello and Welcome!


Today Amanda Carlson has stopped by to share with us her new releases STRUCK as well as sharing some fun tidbits about herself. 


Hello Amanda, thank you for dropping by the blog today. Some of the readers might not be familiar with you, so would you please tell us a little bit about yourself?


Thanks for having me! I live in the Midwest, born and raised in Minneapolis (we are missing Prince so much!). I’ve been writing for years, focusing on urban fantasy and paranormal romance. I absolutely love writing fantasy. Creating a world and kickass female leads is so much fun.


Struck is not your first book to be published. You have another series out Jessica McClain (which is one of my favorites to read btw) and also the Sin City Collectors. Would you share with us some of the challenges you faced in getting published?


When my first book, FULL BLOODED, was finished in 2010, I sent out over 40 queries to agents. I was lucky enough to hear back from a few relatively quickly. Once I signed, we edited the book a few times, and then sent it out. I received two offers, and ended up signing with Orbit. The Jessica McClain series was a dual release with the UK. It was amazing—a dream come true! I’d been writing my entire life, but publishing in fiction was always the pinnacle. Getting there was so sweet.


What do you do when you are not writing?


If the weather is nice, I’m outside enjoying the sun. If it’s snowing, I’m huddled up by the fire. I also love walking the dog by the creek near my house. Great way to clear the head.


Favorite food? Favorite drink? Favorite TV show? and Favorite Movie?


Food: Hashbrowns


Drink: Gin & Tonic


Favorite TV show: Currently? Outlander.


Favorite Movie: Zombieland


Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way while growing up or as an adult?


I always go back to Anne Rice. Picking up Interview with a Vampire was a revelation. It changed the way I thought about books and what books should be. Stephen King also played a huge role. Reading him in high school took me from Sweet Valley High and launched me straight into adulthood in the best possible way.


Which of your prior characters would you like to have for dinner and why?


I think I’d take a girl’s night out with three of my leading ladies, Jessica (Jessica McClain), Neve (Aces Wild, Sin City Collectors), and Phoebe (Phoebe Meadows). They are my three favorite leads so far. It would be quite a night out! I think we’d all get along swimmingly.




How did you come up with the title?



Most of my books start with a big opening scene that’s played out very vividly in my mind before I ever sit down at the computer. It was no different with STRUCK. The very first thing I saw was Phoebe waking up from being “struck” on top of a pile of shoes. I had to investigate that story! So I went with it and it lead me down a very fun path.


What “Struck” your inspiration for this new book and series?


I adore Valkyries. Who doesn’t? But you don’t see many Valkyrie leads. I actually started writing STRUCK when FULL BLOODED was out on submission in 2011. When the Jessica McClain series got picked up, that became my main focus. But STRUCK has always been a project close to my heart. I am ecstatic that I finally get to share it with readers!


Please share with us a little bit about the characters in Struck. (who are they, what do they do, any fun special abilities, or little quarks, etc..)


STRUCK is based heavily in Norse Mythology. Think Thor and Loki. I don’t want to give too much away, but my lead is a Valkyrie who gets tossed into one of the Nine Worlds. She meets up with Fenrir the wolf (Loki’s son) and pandemonium ensues. Her birth has been kept secret and now that she’s been “struck” the worlds are in upheaval. What I love so much about this story is that it’s “contemporary fantasy,” meaning it straddles New York City (contemp) and the Nine Worlds (fantasy). It feels current, but you get that fun fantasy element along with it.


What was your favorite scene to write in Struck? Why?


Oh, that’s a hard one. I love everything about this book. It gets spoilery very quickly. Here is a quick peek at the opening:

I blinked open my eyes to find two concerned faces hovering above me. I shifted my body, and a cascade of shoeboxes tumbled around me. “What happened?” I swallowed a few times. My throat felt funny.


“You tell us,” Sam said, hands on her hips, her blonde curls bouncing in agitation. “I was minding my own business helping a seventy-five-year-old lady cram her corns into a pair of high heels when all of a sudden what sounds like a sonic boom goes off. I run back to find you out cold, crumpled like a rag doll on top of a pile of Steve Maddens.” She extended her arm to help me up. Samantha Reed, my co-worker and recent best friend, was not amused. I grabbed on to her hand, scattering boxes and shoes as I went. “When I saw you lying here, I thought you were dead, Phoebe. Don’t scare me like that again. Ever.”


“Yeah,” Tom echoed in his standard monotone. “Don’t scare us like that.” Tom Levine, Macy’s resident eighteen-year-old stock boy, took a few steps back so I had enough room to fully clear myself of the mess. Apparently, I’d passed out, but I had no recollection of the event at all. “But, dude, at the same time it was freakin’ awesome. I thought the whole building was going to cave in or something. There was this huge kaboom.” Both his hands went out in front of him, mimicking an explosion. The story ended with a whooshing noise out of the side of his mouth. It was the most animated I’d ever seen the guy. “Then the lights flickered and…you were lying here.”


“Honestly,” I said, trying to smooth down my now static-frizzed hair, “I don’t remember much. I heard a noise and glanced up, right as a bolt of something shot out of the lights. It must’ve hit me, which is weird, because I didn’t feel anything and I’m not hurt. Next thing I knew, you guys were looking down on me.”


We all tilted our heads up to the ceiling.


Several long, narrow fluorescent bulbs hung from their fixtures at odd angles, rocking slowly back and forth. It was the only indication that my convoluted story held a kernel of truth.


“No way.” Tom moved under one of the bulbs and tried to reach it, jumping twice, but it was too high. He glanced over his shoulder, flipping his brown hair off his forehead in a single flick. “I wish this kind of stuff happened to me. It’s boring as hell back here.”


“I had no idea fluorescent lights could shock someone like that.” I rubbed my arms. My extremities were a little tingly, but other than that I felt fine. My throat was better after a couple of swallows. “A big store like Macy’s should insulate their lights better or check the circuits or hire better maintenance people.” I gestured to the broken fixtures. “That’s a lawsuit waiting to happen.”


“Please, fluorescent lights can’t shock you like that.” Sam’s voice was full of authority as she marched forward to investigate. “It’s completely impossible. Electricity doesn’t arc that far at one hundred and ten volts, and even if it did, fluorescent lights are made up of electrons and gas, not wire filament. So essentially there’s no way on earth those light bulbs or that fixture”—she directed an angry finger toward the hanging bulbs that still had the audacity to rock back and forth—“shocked you from way up there.”


Sam was an aspiring actress, but she should’ve been an engineer. Her brain was vast and held more factoids than I thought possible for one person. She was one of the smartest people I’d ever met.


A sharp acidic smell hit the air.


I glanced down. The hemline of my skirt was smoking.


“Oh.” I licked my fingers and pressed them against the frayed edge, and a soft psst sounded as the tiny coal of heat was extinguished.


Sam met my eyes, her expression shocked. “Holy crap, Phoebe!” she cried, moving in front of me. “We need to get you to the doctor right away. Your skirt is smoking. How is that even possible?” She twisted her head up toward the ceiling and then back to look at me, her face incredulous.


(You’ll have to get the book to see more!)


If you could spend a day with one of your characters from Struck, who would it be and what would you guys do?


I would have Fen take me on a tour of Asgard. Oh, yes!


Thank you, Amanda, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview. We loved having you visit and sharing your new releases Struck with us.


Thank you so much for having me! It was a pleasure to talk books. Hope you enjoy STRUCK.



Amanda Carlson

Amanda Carlson is the author of the upcoming Jessica McClain series. The first book, Full Blooded, will be released by Hachette Book Group, ORBIT US & UK SEPT 2012. She’s been writing for over ten years. Full Blooded is her first novel. She lives in Minneapolis, with her husband and three kids.




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by Amanda Carlson

Book One in the Phoebe Meadows series

Urban Fantasy/Fantasy

Release Date: May 24, 2016




When Phoebe Meadows gets struck by a strange light in the stockroom of Macy’s, life as she knows it flies out the window. As if being hit by lightning isn’t bad enough, she’s accosted in the subway by a man with a missing hand, arrives home to find a raven on her kitchen counter, and her neighbor, Ingrid, shows up dressed like a gladiator hell-bent on protecting her.


Before Ingrid can shuttle her to safety, Phoebe is kidnapped and tossed into one of the Nine Worlds where she’s quickly forced to come to terms with what she is: A valkyrie. The only problem is, she has no idea what that means.


After a narrow escape, she finds an unlikely ally in Loki’s son, Fenrir. Together the valkyrie and the wolf must battle their way back to New York City and reach the valkyrie stronghold where Ingrid is waiting for her. But with danger and obstacles at every turn, she might not live long enough to learn the full truth about who and what she really is…





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