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review 2016-07-10 09:05
Reasonable fantasy novella - but nothing special
The Amber Isle: (An Epic Fantasy Novella) (Book of Never: 1) - Ashley Capes

A short fantasy novel, this deals with Never, a thief/adventurer with cursed blood, trying to find the reason for his curse.. This takes him to the Amber Isle where adventure and near-death experiences abound.

Nothing special here - the beginning of a series. An interesting character is introduced in the first third and then never re-appears. There's better than this to be found.

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url 2016-02-14 23:13
Amber Isle (Book of Never #1) - Giveaway

Hi! Having a giveaway here on BookLikes - you can win an e-copy of the first book in my new series :)




Roguish 'Never' is on a quest to both lift a curse on his blood and to learn his true name; but upon joining a group of treasure-hunters he soon finds himself unearthing world-altering secrets that have long lain dormant within the Amber Isle.

First in a series of epic fantasy novellas to be released in March 2016.





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review 2015-10-26 23:59
The author knows how to create an eerie atmosphere
A Whisper of Leaves - Ashley Capes

I enjoyed this spooky novella and found it quite suspenseful and fast paced.  The main character is Riko, who is undergoing some difficult times when she finds a journal half buried in the woods.  Strange things start happening that cause Rico and her friends to doubt her sanity.  Her struggle to determine whether the events are all in her head or whether something else is happening makes this book an interesting one.


I enjoyed the fact that this book takes place in Japan, with all of its mysticism and unique beliefs.  It made this book feel like a Japanese folk tale and helped create the otherworldly atmosphere.  There were scenes that gave me chills and I found the book to be quite different and unpredictable.  I did find one part a bit unrealistic and I don’t believe Riko would have made the major decision that she did.  But then again, it’s a paranormal ghost story so pretty much anything goes.


The author has created an unusual ghost story that will keep your interest.  I very much enjoyed this author's "The Fairy Wren" and thought he would write a good ghost story and he has!


This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-10-16 20:02
The magical touch is delightful!
The Fairy Wren - Ashley Capes

This is a delightful tale of a bookstore owner and a magical little fairy wren that comes into his life. While I cringed at times at some of the idiotic decisions this young man makes almost on a daily basis, I had to like the guy and want everything to turn out for the best. He keeps getting into deeper and deeper hot water at every turn. The pages just flew along and I couldn't stop reading.


The story is imaginative and original. There's a scene in the book that I can't say too much about without giving away plot but it was such a beautiful and heart wrenching scene. The book is written in a very modern tone but has poetic touches that make it quite special.


I'll be looking into other works by this author, especially his ghost story as I believe he'd write a very good one!


I won this book in a BookLikes giveaway.

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review 2015-09-08 11:13
Crossings by Ashley Capes
Crossings - Ashley Capes



In the Australian bush, wildlife ranger Lisa Thomas must uncover the truth behind a giant white kangaroo and the strange deaths connected to it, while dealing with the return of her abusive ex, Ben, whose rage is quickly growing out of control.





When Ashley Capes asked if I wanted to read another one of his books, I jumped at the chance. It's been a year since I've started reading his books, and to say that I'm obsessed with his work is a understatement. 


Crossings is a story of a wildlife ranger, Lisa Thomas, and her journey to uncover the mysterious killings of wildlife animals right at her door step. And to top if off, a strange giant white kangaroo that she isn't sure if it's real or not.


Lisa deals with a lot of serious issues, from the return of her abusive ex, to her father suffering from amnesia. Nothing seems to be going smoothly for her, but instead of backing down in a corner she continues to fight on.

I enjoyed reading Ashley Capes take on these topics, not a lot of authors can do this and be good at it.


The great thing about Ashley Capes story telling is  even though it has a fantasy element to it, it doesn't feel like it. It's not over the top or in your face. By doing this it becomes more realistic.


There are so many things thar I love about this book, but knowing me whatever I say I'm just going to be spoiling it for you. So do yourself a favour and pick this book up, you will not be dissapointed.

Crossings is dark, creepy and brilliant. Can not wait to read more of Ashley Capes.






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