Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Thomas the Rhymer (Jack Hughes Trilogy Book 1),” by Author, Paul Andruss

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

‘Fans of Harry Potter and Narnia will love Thomas the Rhymer’

‘Thomas the Rhymer leaves you feeling like a child curled up in a comfy armchair on a wet and windy afternoon, lost in a good book’

‘Spellbinding! An ideal Christmas read for young and old alike!’

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When Fairy Queen Sylvie snatches his brother, schoolboy Jack is plunged into a sinister fantasy world of illusion and deception – the realm of telepathic fairies ruled by spoilt, arrogant fairy queens.

Haunted by nightmares about his brother and pursued by a mysterious tramp (only seen by Jack and his friends) Jack fears he too will be stolen away.

The tramp is Thomas the Rhymer, who only speaks in rhyme. Lost and frightened Thomas needs Jack’s help to find his way home.

The race is on for Jack and his friends to save Thomas from the wicked Agnes Day (who wants to treat Thomas like a lab rat). And save Jack’s brother from Sylvie.
To do this they need the help of Bess – the most ancient powerful fairy queen in the land.
But there is a problem… No one knows where Bess is… or even if she is still lives.
And even if they find her… will she let them go?

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What’s been said about Thomas the Rhymer

“This is a terrific story, beautifully written with great imagination and gentle humour. The plot is well crafted and cleverly interweaves fantasy with reality. The momentum is maintained throughout the book, with action on every page. The human characters are solid and believable and the fairies are cleverly portrayed as being powerful while at the same time vulnerable”

“A real page-turner – full of excitement and wonder”

“The climax is absolutely brilliant, not only magic, imagery, spells, and incantations, but gives a feeling of real danger too. And there is a terrific sting in the tail”

“The story is written in such a way that it is easy for young readers to follow – without being patronising – while at the same time older lovers of fantasy will appreciate its subtlety, vividness, and comedy”

Find out more about Thomas the Rhymer @ http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/

Read Jack’s fairy poem @ http://www.jackhughesbooks.com/fairy-poem.php

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Title: Thomas the Rhymer

Amazon Author Page: Paul Andruss

Publication Date: January 20, 2014

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Teen & Young Adult, Fantasy, Coming of Age

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MY RECOMMENDATION:

I stumbled across this book one day while reading a historical piece written by the author. He had included an image of this book cover at the bottom of his article which immediately drew my attention. This author often writes long historical dissertations so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I took a chance and purchased the Kindle edition. What a delightful surprise! I couldn’t put the book down!

What I found was a fantastic story about one of my favorite subjects, faeries! Not only was it geared to the YA genre, but it also included a fair amount of historical fact to make the story shine.

When Jack’s older brother Dan is abducted before his very eyes, he is stunned by the mysterious circumstances of his disappearance. The fact that Jack witnessed the strange abduction and doesn’t tell his parents only adds to his troubles. Jack’s mother is suffering from a chronic illness and his greatest hope is that the situation will rectify itself, and Dan will come home on his own.

One night, Jack starts receiving cell phone calls from Dan, and when he answers, there’s no one on the line. He tries to tell his parents and the police the truth about what happened, but every time he opens his mouth to speak, his throat closes up and he is unable to utter a single word. Faery glamours? Could be!

In the meantime, Jack starts seeing a dirty tramp hanging around his house who only speaks in rhyme. It becomes apparent that no one can see the tramp but Jack, so he enlists the help of his friends to help him solve the mystery behind his brother’s disappearance.

Jack and his friends are thrust into the magical world of the fey where the kids experience the light and the dark, of a failing faery kingdom. They learn about ley lines and how the fey evolved beside mankind. The story progresses with plenty of magic and suspense until you reach the satisfying end.

Let me just say, that this is one of the most creative books I have ever read about the fey. Jack’s friends are reminiscent of the characters in the Harry Potter series and I had no problem connecting with their personalities. The plot is brilliant, although I had a hard time separating fact from fiction. That’s what I call good writing!

I enjoyed this novel and will read it more than once. I feel children and adults of all ages will enjoy this book. Do you love magic and all things faery? Then, have a read because this book is reasonably priced and will keep you entertained for hours.

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Faeries

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*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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About the Author:

Ever since being a child I was fascinated by the phantasmagorical and strange. Blessed with the type of mind that squirrels away peculiar facts, I supposed it was only natural these should become a central feature in my novels.

As I got older I often forgot where I found these oddities in the first place. Odds and Sods: A cabinet of Curiosities was born as an online notepad and sort of grew from there. Now it showcases the curious stuff I come across when researching my novels. I also get a tremendous kick from sharing it with friends.

The blog includes stories from science, history, myth, miracles, occult objects & fabulous beasts.  Sample Posts:  History – Bonfire of the Vanities / Myth – Philemon & Baucis / Miracles – The Lady at Lourdes / Occult Objects – The Turin ShroudFabulous Beasts – The Horse Cock / Science – Alma (Are Neanderthals still alive?)

I am a guest Writer in Residence on ‘Smorgasbord- Variety is the Spice of Life’ where you can enjoy exclusive extra articles: Still Waving – the poet Stevie Smith / Marc Bolan’s Millions / Who were the Proto-Indo-Europeans?The Truth of the Cottingley Fairies / Venus in Furs & Justine in Tears- De Sade & Masoch / Rosabelle Believe – Did Houdini return from the dead?

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How to Connect with the Author:

Blog: Odds n Sods: A cabinet of curiosities – Paul Andruss.com

Facebook Author Page: (Paul George Boylan) https://www.facebook.com/paul.andruss.9

Twitter: https://twitter.com/paul_jhbooks

Colleen This book is FAERY #RECOMMENDED!

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Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Nix Romipen (Solar Wind Book 6),” by Author, Lyz Russo

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Title: Nix Romipen (Solar Wind Book 6)

Amazon Author Page: Lyz Russo

Publication Date: January 15, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction, Coming of Age, Teen & Young Adult, Action & Adventure

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IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Romania. A place of harsh contrasts; dangerous and beautiful wilderness; a silent invisible people. This is where Federi was born; and this is where he takes Paean in their breakaway from the Solar Wind, their bid for freedom.

But Federi is hunting big game now. He is going after the Unicate, once and for all. The old gypsy curse of Falco is singing loudly in his blood, and he has to finish it. Whether it meets with Paean’s approval or not. Too many have died; and despite Captain’s politics, the Unicate still exerts its rule of terror in this remote, half-forgotten country.

As he goes after the Unicate, tracing the secret of the Hounds, something larger is tracing him, though. The trip of the Solar Wind into space has alerted some ancient forces. Federi and his best partner, Paean, trade places as he follows Captain back into space while she finds herself in the depths of a Unicate mound, with an unexpected ally, a Unicate “Other”…”

 

 

MY RECOMMENDATION:

To read my review of the first book, The Mystery of the Solar Wind, click here. To read my review of the second book, The Assassin, click here. To read my review of the third book, Freedom Fighter, click here. To read my review of the fourth book, Raider, Click here. To read my review of the fifth book, The Morrigan, Click here.

After the clash with the Morrigan, Federi, and Paean long for some semblance of peace away from the captain and his politics including the lack of privacy aboard the Solar Wind. After all, the two have never had a proper honeymoon or much time alone. To remedy the situation, Federi takes matters into his own hands, and the two lovers escape to Romania, Federi’s place of birth.

Once there, Federi recognizes his bond with the Romney has strengthened his resolve as memories of the old gypsy curse of Falco ignites him to pursue the Unicate. Everywhere he and Paean look, the Unicate has decimated the people of planet Earth, especially the Romney.

When the couple finally realizes that there is more to the Unicate than meets the eye, is when the story takes a dark turn. Federi pursues the Unicate demons while Paean strikes out on her own, seeking the answers as to why her mother was murdered by the Unicate. She knows she’s a “Founder,” but doesn’t know what that really means.

Then, in the depth of a Unicate Mound, Paean finds Mrs. Flanagan, a childhood friend, who might hold the key to understanding the secrets of the Unicate.

In the true manner of YA fiction, the story explodes as the alien Morrigan, comes to the aide of Paean, saving her life numerous times. Meanwhile, the Intergalactic Council reveals the truth behind Falco’s ancient deal to protect the earth. At times, it’s hard to know who the good guys are.

By the time Paean lays claim to a 100% genetically human Unicate egg the reader knows there is still more of this story to be told. Stay tuned…

Lyz Russo, the author, did share that there is more of the story to come. She has relocated from South Africa to Ireland and is presently acclimating her family to their new environment.

I’ve enjoyed the characters and the writing in this series and am sad to let them go for now. I did receive a copy of this book from the author as a gift. I’ve enjoyed this series so much I had to share my thoughts. However, I did wonder about the meaning of the title “Nix Romipen,” and did find this definition:

“Romipen – roma-ness, the lot of being a Roma, the Roma law that bears and moulds Roma identity.” *** Romipen and the Family as Constructs for the Self-Definition of Roma in Roma Fairytales in Dialogue with Majority Society

“Nix Romipen” centers on the themes of family and belonging, which brings a satisfactory close to the story for now. I’ll wait patiently for more adventures of the crew aboard The Solar Wind to come my way.

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MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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About the Author:

Author, Lyz Russo

Meet Lyz Russo:

I’m a South African writer and musician in the process of relocating to Ireland. Between running a violin studio and raising 3 beautiful children, and writing through nights, I also run a maverick indie publishing house in South Africa called P’kaboo Publishers.


Have a look: www.pkaboo.net

 

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How to Connect with the Author:

You can catch me on my blogs: The Red Ant at skrikvirniks.wordpress.com and Violin Tricks at violintrix.wordpress.comOn WordPress, I’m “gipsika.”

Twitter: @lyzrusso 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pkaboo.net

the great pumpkinThanks for stopping by to meet Lyz and to hear about the last book in the series of The Solar Wind (for now). ❤ 

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Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Perspective,” by Author, Annette Rochelle Aben

  • Title: Perspective: It’s all about replacing one thought with another
  • Amazon Author Page: Annette Rochelle Aben
  • File Size: 8552 KB
  • Print Length: 28 Pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published by Author
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2015
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S9TC44E
  • ISBN-10: 150030249X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500302498
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Women’s Personal Growth, Teen & Young Adult

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Everything in this book is designed to lighten the load, uplift the spirit or otherwise aid in shifting one’s perspective on life. Because the only thing we have going for us sometimes is our outlook. May you always believe that something wonderful is about to happen and that something good will come out of every situation you are experiencing. It really IS all about replacing one thought with another!

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Perspective is an uplifting collection of poems, meditations, stream of consciousness prayers, daily affirmations, and photos compiled by an author who possesses the soul of a true spiritualist.

Each selection is loving written, encouraging readers to get in touch with their feelings and to embrace the positive. The message is clear, we define our own reality by the thoughts we choose. When we shift our perceptions our vision clears and we find truth and wisdom.

I’ve read this book twice as it is a short read. Yet, each reading has given me insight into something I didn’t catch the first time around. At times, I felt the author’s words were written primarily for me. What a fantastic connection to experience.

Annette is a prolific author and has published many books of poetry and inspirational books. If you are looking for a bit of magic to help you through some tough days, this book will wrap you in a warm glow.

I’ve also reviewed Annette’s book called, Angel Messages – A Wing and a Prayer. Click this LINK to read my review. Since I loved this book so much, I’ve added it to my Me Time Category for Poetry.

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MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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Author, Annette Rochelle Aben

About the Author

I was born writing! At least this is how it seems. I had the good fortune to be published while a sophomore in high school so continuing the journey by publishing books has been a natural course of events.

I have chosen to release my annual haiku collection in time to celebrate National Poetry Month, in April. A Haiku Perspective 2017 is filled with smiles, laughter, wisdom, and creativity, all cleverly disguised as haiku poetry. Enjoy!

My book, GO YOU some encouragement when you need it, is a pep-talk in a book! Each page gives you a quick way to start your day, help you through a moment or even provide someone else words that can inspire them to a better life. We can all use a cheerleader when one isn’t available, this book fits the bill!!

Most of the books I have published here are centered in poetry, Haiku poetry to be exact. Much of the feedback I receive about the haiku poetry is that people can really understand the messages and they appreciate that the poems are short and sweet!

Angel Messages – a wing and a prayer is my first book about Angels. Filled with photos, prayers, poems, and prose of and about Angels, this book will delight any Angel lover in your life. Check out the reviews, people are drawn to the inherent inspirational nature of this book and as a result is fast becoming their favorite. You can have it right away using the Kindle option or order a paperback copy (or two) and carry it with you wherever you go.

I mentioned that many of my books are filled with my poetry, and several of them combine that with my love of taking pictures. Books that feature poetry and photos include Perspective, it’s all about replacing one thought with another, PhoKu, visual perspective haiku and BooKu, Halloween haiku. Perspective has a wide variety of pages that can feature prose, poetry and nature photographs, while PhoKu is filled with the photographs I have taken in nature with Haiku poetry added to them, hence the title: PhoKu. BooKu is a “behind the scenes look at how Halloween decorations feel about their jobs. All three of these books are available in print and Kindle formats.

A Haiku Perspective 2015, and A Haiku Perspective 2016 are haiku poetry books. When I first experimented with the haiku writing format, I have no idea I would enjoy it as much as I do. These days, I am writing haiku daily and finding myself thinking in 17 syllables. You can find these books in both print and Kindle formats

There are several other books planned for release this year alone, So please, check back frequently to see what I have published and share what YOU are doing! Cheers!!

Author contacts:

You can find Annette on Twitter @YouAreTheExpert

Facebook at Annette Rochelle Aben

and on her blog Annette Rochelle Aben


Annette also has created her own RADIO NETWORK on Blog Talk Radio (BTR).

 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themagichappens is LIVE and filled with terrific programs.  Our schedule is updated continuously with NEW SEGMENTS and SHOWS while our ARCHIVES are growing each week.  Some of the shows you can enjoy feature interviews with the fascinating writers who fill the pages of our digital magazine with great content while still other shows are designed to introduce you to and hold the space for people not as yet connected to TMH but are in their own ways, Thriving Out Loud!

So be sure to visit our BTR site today and give a listen to something that intrigues you. And as the announcer says; “This is The Magic Happens radio network.”

Have a magical birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNETTE ROCHELLE ABEN!

Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Curse of the Moon, The Secret Warrior Series, Book 2” by Author, Beth Trissel

  • Title:  Curse of the Moon, The Secret Warrior Series, Book 2
  • Author: Beth Trissel
  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length:  143 Pages
  • Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Inc.
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2016
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DH16746
  • ISBN-10: 1509207597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509207596
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
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  • Genres: Literature, Fiction, Teen & Young Adult, Paranormal & Urban, Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy

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    *I was given a copy of this book by the author as a gift in exchange for an honest review, which follows.*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“The bad news? Morgan Daniel’s wolf is out of control. The good news? There’s a treatment. She just has to get a potion from a lizard shifter witch–without looking into the witch’s eyes. Easy, right? But when the witch puts a spell on her younger brother, Morgan has to do the witch’s bidding to save him.

Fortunately, Morgan isn’t alone. She has Jackson to lean on, a few witches coming into their powers, a secret warlock, and the always mysterious Chief Okema. What could possibly go wrong?”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

The second installment of the Secret Warrior Series finds Morgan learning to deal with her newfound werewolf abilities and the realization that what has happened to her is larger than life. Her responsibilities are enormous, and she must become the leader of the pack along with Jackson, her soul mate.

I must note that it is best to read Book One, The Hunter’s Moon, (click the link to read my review) first because the author delves right into the action and you will not want to miss any of this exciting tale.

As Morgan’s body gets used to the change, she is overcome by a series disease called “wandering wolf.” If the wolf side of her takes over entirely without the human aspect of her personality remaining, Morgan will have succumbed to the disease and would no longer be of any use to the wolf pack or the Wapicoli tribe.

However, the cure comes with a hefty price. Morgan must find Lilith, the lizard witch to get the elixir that will cure her. While there, Morgan’s younger brother Jimmy, runs afoul of Lilith. She casts a spell on him that now also needs a cure, or by the next full moon, he will walk off a cliff to his death. To break the lizard witch’s spell, Morgan is blackmailed into getting what Lilith desires most.

This book also develops the characters in greater depth, and the reader is drawn into Morgan and Jackson’s burgeoning love for each other. Also, the tribe bonds with a common goal of saving Jimmy from his curse. At the same time, many alliances, good and bad, are made in preparation for the coming war between the Panteras and the wolf pack.

If you enjoy your fantasy laced with a bit of the paranormal, you will love this book and the entire series. Mysterious ghostly beings, shapeshifters, witchcraft, ancient Native American creatures, and even aliens from other planets all coalesce around a story steeped in age-old American history and ancient folklore. I was in fantasy reading heaven!

I am a huge fan of tales of the supernatural, and this was by far one of the best written and most entertaining young adult tales I have read. I am loving this series! The writing was sharp and clear with descriptions that you could see and feel. What more could you ask for?

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 stars

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Author, Beth Trissel

About the Author

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, YA fantasy romance, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

From the Author:

“The Secret Warrior Series was inspired by my love of history, fantasy, and fascination with the mountain people and Native Americans.  Living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by mountains veiled in mist and mystery lends itself well to creating the characters and setting for The Hunter’s Moon, and the stories that will follow as the series unfolds. Some of the characters and creatures are based on lore I’ve learned over the years. Others appeared to me, as characters have a way of doing.”

Her blog is the happening place at https://bethtrissel.wordpress.com/ or her author website at BethTrissel.com.

You can find Beth on Twitter @BethTrissel or on Facebook at Author Beth Trissel.

Thanks for stopping by to meet Beth and learn about her exciting book, Curse of the Moon.

Silver’s #BOOK #REVIEWS – “The Agben School,” BY Author, Jo Sparkes

  • Title:  The Agben School, Book 2 of the Legend of the Gamesmen
  • Author: Jo Sparkes
  • File Size: 2569 KB
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
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  • Publisher: Oscar Press
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2014
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN:  B00LYO1VFE
  • ISBN-10: 978-0-9853318-5-6
  • Formats: Kindle
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  • Genres: Sword & Sorcery, Sports, Fantasy, Teen & Young Adult

*The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows*


“Agben had stood for a thousand years. A mysterious school housing more than students, it was the seat of the powerful Women of Agben and the center for harnessing the potency of herbs. Few knew all that transpired within the walls. 

And now Marra stood at its gate.

With friends and support stripped from her, the fragile life she’d built for herself now lays in tatters. And the source of this evil hunted her like a deer culled from the herd. The gateway before her was her only hope.

For as the city itself crumbled, all depended not on a prince trying to save his people, nor the valiant men who’d brought them this far. Everything depended on finding a magic powder in the vaults of Agben itself. 

Everything depended on her.”

The second book in the series, this one takes place in Missea. The third book, “The Dim Continent,” is in the works, and will be the last in the series. However, I’ll probably write more stories in this world because I won’t be able to resist.

From the Inside Flap: Hiding from an evil that stripped away friends and support, a young woman discovers the future of her race depends not on a prince trying to save his people, nor the heroic men who’d brought them this far. Everything depends on her.


The Agben School is the exciting sequel to The Birr Elixir which I read and reviewed here. The story resumes with Marra and the Truemen team finally arriving in the land of Missea, where Tryst is a Skullan prince, although nobody knows his real identity. The Skullan and the Trumen are the gamesmen. The Trumen are the smaller, weaker race, while the Skullan is the physically superior race which rules the kingdom.

New to the city, Marra looks for a shop where she can buy herbs for her elixir for the team. The boy running the shop presents her with a mysterious box. She keeps it hidden, not knowing its actual use, or who it was meant for. As a Truemen, Marra is required to be subservient to the Skullan, so she keeps her secret.

Marra’s herbalist skills out surpass many other Bristas. It is revealed that she possesses an acute sense of smell, a gift so rare, it earns her a coveted place as a student at the school. Once there, she learns the Women of Agben are the most powerful in Missea. There is a mystical magic found in the potions and elixirs created and taught at the institution. However, there is a dark magic that hangs over the palace. Soon it becomes clear that only Marra can rid Missea of the evil malignancy growing within the castle walls and possibly within the Agben school.

Weaving throughout the story is the game of Comet. The “game” is played in an arena with two opposing teams. At an inner circle in the field, a line is drawn in the sand by a judge. It is forbidden for the teams to cross the line until the judge allows it. There is much jockeying for the balls by both team members. Four leather balls need to be dropped into a cone-shaped area to score points, which are determined by the judge. Each ball has distinctive markings which ascertain the number of points each ball is worth. As contact sports go, I envisioned the game to be a combination of football and hockey with players participating in a competition to the death to win, if necessary.

The author, Jo Sparkes, skillfully weaves a story within a fantasy kingdom that leaves you wanting more. The detail in the Agben School and the study of herbs was excellent. There is a mystery here, and I am sure all will be revealed in the last book of the series, The Dim Continent. I must add that this book could stand alone because the main details from The Birr Elixir are intertwined within the pages of the story. Even so, I loved The Birr Elixir and would encourage everyone to read it first. The rich descriptions put you right into the action, and you feel like you are peeking over Marra’s shoulder waiting to learn her fate.

If you love epic fantasy with the added excitement of tournament games, you will love this book and the series.


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 4
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Author, Jo Sparks

About Jo Sparks:

From television shows to articles for Arizona Sports Fans Network, Jo’s been writing for years. She’s taught screenwriting at the Film School at SCC, interviewed Emmit Smith and Anquan Boldin (as Arizona Cardinals), and went on camera to make “Stepping Above Criticism.”

Her fantasy ‘The Birr Elixir’ was awarded a Silver Ippy; her script ‘Frank Retrieval’ won the Kay Snow Award.

She’s probably most recognized as the lady walking her dog in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

You can connect with Jo Sparkes through her Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sparkes777
and her blog, josparkes.com

FANTASY is the best! Thanks for stopping by to meet Jo! ❤

Silver’s Book Reviews – “Tears in the Sun,” by J. A. Owenby

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  • Title:  Tears in the Sun, A Short Story
  • Author: J. A. Owenby
  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 16 pages
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  •  Publisher: J. A. Owenby
  • Publication Date: December 25, 2013
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services LLC
  •  Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HBZOKY4
  • Formats:  Kindle
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  • Genres: Women’s Fiction, Drama, Teen & Young Adult, Parenting & Relationships

*The author gifted me a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review which follows*

From the Author, J. A. Owenby:

“A Short Story – Lacey, a senior in high school, has never heard of borderline personality disorder yet she lives with it every day. As she begins realizing her family isn’t as normal as she thought, she searches for help and answers. Those answers turn her world upside down, and she is left with making life changing decisions for not only herself but her mentally ill mother who she loves more than anything.”

Recommendation:

This is an entertaining short read that really takes your breath away. Mental Illness can be debilitating to a family’s structure and Lacey’s family is no exception. I won’t kid you, there are some scenes in this story that will affect you deeply.

I found the characters to be well thought out and totally realistic. I felt great empathy with Lacey as a teenager trying to cope with her mother’s religious obsessions which she forced on everyone, near and far, all symptoms of a deepening mental illness burgeoning out of control.

The one salvation for Lacey was Patsy, her mother’s lover who had bought the house with her mother years ago. Their relationship hints at a deep friendship and emotional alliance against the shame and humiliation forced upon them from the ravages of the mother’s mental illness.

All books start somewhere and J. A. Owenby shared with me that she wrote this short story in 2011. She worked with an editor from Writer’s Digest and decided to put it on Amazon a few years later. Jen said that after her short story was published she had many people reach out and ask for a full novel, that she finally wrote it.

Her novel will be released later this year and called, “The Truth She Knew.” The book will include Lacey, Mama, and Patsy from the short story, and additional characters. Jen adds that she addresses issues in the novel including mental illness, mental/physical abuse, and religious manipulation. Lacy falls in love for the first time in the novel and is able to summon all her strength to make some very difficult decisions.

As of the date of this review, Jen was not sure of a publication date for the novel. I understand it is in the hands of her editor. However, I am sure if you connect with her on her blog or social media you will be able to follow the novel’s progress.

This is one you won’t want to miss!

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 4
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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J.A. Owenby

About J. A. Owenby:

J. A. (Jen) Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.

She’s a published author of six short stories and is beginning her first full-length novel. J.A. doesn’t mess around when it comes to working with a professional team in order to present her best writing.

She also runs her own business and helps people find jobs they love as a professional resume writer.

She is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and pop tarts. Her downtime consists of a beautiful summer evening, snuggling with her hubby outside underneath the stars. If it’s winter, listening to the rain and watching NFL football.

You can follow the events of her upcoming novel on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby, and on Twitter at J A Owenby, Author at https://twitter.com/JAOwenby. Look for J. A. Owenby on her blog at Jen’s Thoughts https://jenowenby.wordpress.com/.

Thanks for stopping by,

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