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review 2017-10-07 16:07
Stargate meets The Neverending Story
A Veil of Shadows: The Shadow Gate Chronicles Book II (Volume 2) - Michael W. Garza

The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, Michael W. Garza, who requested a review. This book is out now and you can get a paperback or ebook copy by visiting Amazon. :-)


You might recognize the author's name because I reviewed The Last Shadow Gate just a few months ago. Today I'll be continuing the series with A Veil of Shadows. The reader is reunited with Gavin and his sister Naomi right after they landed in the mystery world on the other side of the Shadow Gate. Our main characters are once again thrust into a divisive society on the brink of war but luckily they manage to find a few allies (one of which might come as no surprise to the reader). The world building continues with diverse characters such as the Treekin who reminded me somewhat of characters in The Neverending Story. If you're looking for a series that is full to the brim with characters, subplots, and moving parts of all kinds then I do believe you've stumbled across just the book for you. For me, it felt like there was just too much happening and the narrative could have been tightened up. While I appreciate the imaginative concepts that went into the creation of these characters and this world I don't think that I'll be continuing the series. Burgeoning fans of epic fantasy will however enjoy this immensely. :-)


What's Up Next: Hunger by Roxane Gay


What I'm Currently Reading: Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy

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review 2017-03-10 14:19
Tiberius is a pretty cool name for an arachnid
The Last Shadow Gate: The Shadow Gate Chronicles Book I - Michael W. Garza

The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, Michael W. Garza, who requested a review. This book is out now and you can get a paperback or ebook copy by visiting Amazon. :-)


The Last Shadow Gate is the first book in The Shadow Gate Chronicles and begins the story of Gavin and Naomi who are agnate siblings (i.e. they have the same father). On the face of things, there is nothing truly remarkable or strange about these two kids...and then they are sent to spend the summer with their great-grandmother. This is when they start to become interested in the mystery revolving around their great-grandfather, Papa Walker. As they delve deeper into what really happened to him they get closer and closer to a danger that will change their lives irrevocably. Without giving too much away, there is a swashbuckling, coming of age adventure mixed with fantastical creatures, political intrigue, and magic wielding. Garza has clearly spent a lot of time on world building and it shows. If you're a fan of books that consist of character names each more wild sounding than the last then you have stumbled onto the right book. I will offer one criticism which is that after the midway point I felt that the writing quality diminished significantly. It felt rushed and not as well thought out as the first half which is a shame as I had started to really get into the narrative by that point. I know that Garza is hard at work on the second installment of the series so I hope that the books continue to show improvement. (Note: I don't want to sound like this was horrifically written because it wasn't. It just became markedly more muddy and repetitive towards the second half.) For middle grade fantasy lovers, this would be a fun book to sink their teeth into this winter (especially if they're into series books which everyone seems to be these days).

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-03-04 21:00
ARC Review: The Last Shadow Gate
The Last Shadow Gate: The Shadow Gate Ch... The Last Shadow Gate: The Shadow Gate Chronicles Book I (Volume 1) - Michael W. Garza

I received this book to give an honest review. 

The Last Shadow Gate is actually pretty good and I highly recommend it for the middle graders. There is nothing violent, or cussing it is a clean book. We are introduced to Naomi and Gavin who are half brother and sister. When they have to go to their great grandmother's house for the Summer Naomi isn't too happy while Gavin is just like whatever. He has computer games to keep him busy. Though what they uncover about their great grandfather will open up a whole other world for them. It seems their grandfather disappeared while searching for these Shadow Gates but what awaits them in this new world they have never seen before is something that will have them deciding to either help or go home. It seems that within this other world there is evil that haunts the land. Azzmon is wanting to rule not only his land but the world that Gavin and Naomi came from. Though those two have no clue really what they have gotten themselves into.


To get help they will find friendship in different creatures, different islands that can be dangerous, and find the answers that lay within the journals of their grandfather. At the end of the book the two kids find themselves somewhere else and being asked where does their loyalty lie it seems that maybe they are going to have help to get rid of Azzmon as his power stretches pretty far.

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review 2016-09-17 13:18
ARC Review: Season of Decay
Season Of Decay (The Decaying World Saga Book 2) - Michael W. Garza

I received an ARC to give my honest opinion.


We pick up where book one left off. With this one I have to say it seems that now Mia has a lot on her plate now. After those that have been rescued she along with the other tribe members have to keep everyone alive and especially with the horde of zombies and infected headed their way. Mia is completely just exhausted with it all. 

She is fighting feelings for both Asher and Rowan but you know in the back of your head you can't help but want her to be with Rowan though at the end of the story you wonder if that can even happen after what happens when he goes to find the nexus.

 There is plenty of action all through out the story. Even a character we might not have thought to come back into play does and he is way different. This is someone I don't think we want out and about with the zombies. Though I want to know his end game with it all. We see how Mia makes the decision to get her people all of them to a safe place but in the end will it really be safer? I really enjoyed the characters and how they never gave up even the young teens who named themselves the Knights of Rowan. They stood with Mia and wanted to protect her no matter where she went. 

As far as zombies go I have to say the way the author describes them and the infected is just gruesome cool. I really love how these zombies especially the infected are just not easy to fight it makes it more interesting especially when those fighting them don't always aim right for the head. 

I want to read the next book in this series. I want to know where it is going to go especially with the nexus, this hybrid zombie/infected, to even what is going to happen to Rowan.

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review 2016-01-17 21:02
ARC Review: Tribes of Decay
Tribes Of Decay: A Zombie Novel (The Decaying World Saga Book 1) - Michael W. Garza
I received this book to give an honest review.
First let me start off with the cover it is awesome looking it just looks like it is going to be good.
With Tribes of Decay the old world is no longer, now groups of people are spread though out the world living in tribes though we are not told how many. Trying to stay alive.  
So one day when Rowan and his friend are out and about they see that something seems up with the infected they are gathering? Say what? That isn't normal right? Well what Rowan sees is much more than that and it is up to him and Mia to help each other out along with others. It seems that there is a place that have a lot of survivors but is it worth going there? Where this story ended I am interested in what Mia, Rowan and the others are going to do. Will they get answers to how all of this started? What role will Mia take on? To me Mia was a character that I was very surprised at. When we first meet her she is a bit defiant with her father but we see how she grows into this strong person when thrown into the middle of trying to survive. 
The way the dead was described was awesome to me I love reading about zombies and the more gruesome they are the better. 
This author has a great way with telling a story and pulling you in.
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