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review 2019-05-22 00:51
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior - Boya Sun,Matt Rockefeller,Xanthe Bouma,Mark A. Siegel,Alexis Siegel
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

It took me a little bit to get into this one, but on the whole it was a fantastic read. There were some parts that were a bit choppy or vague, which made it a little difficult to get my barrings at the start. As the story went on though, I really got caught up in the characters, history, and environments created in this book. Wonderful world-building and I especially liked the folklore elements. 

The characters were really interesting as well. An Tzu was instantly fascinating to me and I want to learn more about his backstory. I also really liked Jax, although his secret is pretty obvious right from our first up close and personal meeting with him. I could have done without Oona's constant self deprecation, but I get how it impacted the story. I do really hope Fern makes appearances in the other books in the series.

Overall, I thought this was a great intro book to the series. When I first started it, I wasn't sure if I would continue reading them, but three-fourths of the way in, I knew this was something I wanted to see to the end.
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review 2019-05-16 03:10
Stranger Things
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion - Gina McIntyre,Matt Duffer

Recommended for die-hard fans of the Netflix show Stranger Things.  Like DVD extras in [audio] book form.

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review 2019-05-10 14:22
The Flavors of Other Worlds
The Flavors of Other Worlds: 13 Science Fiction Tales from a Master Storyteller - Alan Dean Foster

by Alan Dean Foster

 

Another great collection of stories from Alan Dean Foster! This one is 13 stories all well into the science fiction genre. We have aliens taking over the planet through corporate buy outs, bootleg knowledge, alien assistants, and we even get to learn how to communicate with a cuttlefish.

 

Foster's writing is always good and his inventive plots are way above par. This collection has a nice variety of stories that are well up to his usual standard, exploring other worlds whether they are in space or under sea.

 

Highly recommended for any science fiction fan.

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review 2019-05-05 11:42
Book Review for Donna Grant's IGNITE in her Dark Kings Series.
Ignite (Dark Kings #15) - Donna Grant

 

Let's start off by saying we really loved this story and we are really enjoying this ongoing series with these amazing characters that we could not help but, fall in love with and that we just love Donna Grant and her amazing books !

We love Claire and Vlad aka V's story from beginning to end.We found the story to be hilarious also that it had fun characters who had a sense of humor, was intriguing, and was suspenseful and had a story that had tons of twists and turns and a lot of the unknown.This plot is ongoing and every time you started figuring things out there was yet another surprise.The story was filled with a ton of betrayal as well as not knowing who to trust .There are a lot of players who normally are enemies are now aligning themselves with one another to take out one common enemy.

I found Claire to be funny and beautiful inside and out,a keeper of secrets and she had a great sense of humor,was daring and a hopeless romantic trying to find the one in all the wrong places.Perhaps she was a bit lonely and frustrated but , she starting blogging to vent those frustrations and well let's just say her posts were more than entertaining.

Vlad- aka V Let's just say we loved him from the onset of the story.He was sexy and sweet and kind funny and had a sense of humor, a bit lonely and lost and had the wait of the world on his shoulders.A Dark King who felt he didn't fit in this new world he is now living in but, that all changed when he caught a glimpse of a sexy blond who he couldn't seem to stay away from.We loved how Claire reminded Vlad who he was and what he stood for and just how very dangerous and powerful he really is and that is was more then capable of standing against their enemy who threatened the life they have created along with their mates as well as their families.

We loved that V and Clarie's courtship was full of fun and laughter and that they had this amazing chemistry and not only were the were lovers they were friends first and foremost .We loved that Claire eased his loneliness and vice versa.

I know this story had a lot of mixed reviews but, for us we were one of those who just loved this sweet and emotional romance tale with those sexy dragon shifters that we just adored but, most of all we loved those character's who made the story intriguing and fun and more than once had us laughing out laughed and that they made us tear up a time of two.

Looking forward to what is going to happen next as the story left us wanting and with a whole lot of unanswered questions and we can't wait to get them!

 

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url 2019-05-04 17:15
A-Ma Historical fiction set in China during the Age of Enlightenment free on the 4th May 2019
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma: Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit

A-Ma Historical Fiction set in the 17th century China Free to Download TODAY 4th May 2019 Worldwide https://www.amazon.com/Ma-Alchemy-Natasa-Nuit-…/…/B06X6GQHTZ Enjoy! and leave a review! xox
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Spiritual Historical Novel. A-Ma is a historical spiritual novel set in the 17th century (Age of Enlightenment) Macao that follows lives and spiritual insights of settlers of this little peninsula in the middle of China. A-Ma main protagonist is Ama, an African alchemist, Goddess, a guru, a lover, a story-teller that inspires and gathers artists, preachers, priests, philosophers from all around the world within the magic settings of her coffee house. She believes in a spiritual truth that we all can live our highest potential, discovering the gold within. Traveling through space and time, we find ourselves in the midst of an amazing blend of Chinese, Portuguese and Africans that live together on this little peninsula. This magic place, that is rapidly growing as a centre of trade offers a pot for the highest alchemy practice ever, the alchemy of humanity, creating an energy matrix that will change the lives of generations to come.

We are transferred into the time of strong religious clashes and dogmas, and the scientific revolution, where our protagonists join the fight of the enlightened minds of the time, such as Giordano Bruno and Da-Vinci for the establishment of the New World. Through Ruben, a Portuguese Jesuit Priest who came to China to convert the Chinese into Christians, and through Ama and her family, friends, followers and enemies, we enter into the insights and challenges of the time they lived in, we join their attempts to learn from both the Eastern and Western philosophy, and we witness their personal inner transformation. In China some prominent historical events shaped the future of Western and Eastern philosophical thought and civilization. All the events and manuscripts mentioned within the book: the Dutch attack to Macao 24th of June 1622, the Reform of the Chinese Calendar during 1630s, Father Schall’s Appointment to the Chinese Board of Mathematicians (during 1650s), Witches Hunt, and Witches Manual, etc, are carefully researched historical facts. The book uses history to create the connection between actions of the individuals that live surrounded by magic. A-Ma takes us on an exploration journey discovering the secrets of the bond we all have created during the millions of life-times on Earth, the bond of consciousness and suffering. 

Will Ruben manage to break this bond and enter into the world of alchemical transformation discovering his own divine potential? Will love that guides him, transform him, will his friend, guru and lover, Ama manage to break the matrix of habits, thoughts and patterns that surrounds them? 

Will Ama’s friends manage to reach enlightenment, will human society manage to shred the veil of dogmas that encircles it, or will the forces of Dark Ages be stronger or will Ama be prosecuted as a witch? 

Interspersed with graphic sketches of life in Europe and Macao in 16th century, this work presents a historic and imaginative fable of the Chinese & Portuguese way of life within this little settlement that at the time could have been a centre of spiritual progress of the Age of Reason. The book has 12 chapters, narrated by the people, Gods, & spirits that knew Ama. Historical, philosophical and spiritual fiction, A-Ma explores the human and social alchemy.

 

 

 

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