Evelinn’s Book Review Corner

We all know how important reviews are to authors, so here I will shine a little light on great books.

Please read this before you submit or recommend a book for a review:

When I do a review I’ll be completely honest and if there are compliments to be made I’ll not hesitate to write them. But if I decide to give a book 1 or 2 or even 3 stars I’ll notify the author and explain why, and I will not post such a review if not asked to. I prefer science fiction and fantasy, but I’ll happily read any fiction, even graphic novels, comics and short stories.

Contact: evelinn DOT enoksen AT gmail DOT com.

You can send me a link to your book on Amazon, B&N etc. Or send an E-book (E-book is best as my book shelves are already buckling)

Indie books are welcome 🙂

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The Reluctant Prophet. By Gillian O’Rourke.

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I don’t think I’ve ever felt for a character as much as I felt for Esther; whose whole life has been plagued by violence, oppression and grim visions of the future. She becomes a priestess in hopes of doing something good for her harsh world, though it has treated her badly because of her peasant background. But instead of crushing her, it has made her stronger.

Her special gift as a seer is both a blessing and a curse; and there are those who would use it for their own benefits, benefits that threaten to break young Esther’s spirit. She is faced with difficult choices and struggles to keep true to her vows while the world around her shows its true face, and through her ordeals she finds that faith can turn friends into monsters, and twist the minds of the believer.

It can be dangerous to stray from a path paved by cantankerous Gods.

 

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Space Games. By Dean Lombardo.

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In the not-so-distant future reality shows are propelled into new heights; to space, in fact.

And though the two contestants are slightly insane—handpicked by the also a little insane producer—the show is quite realistic and I wouldn’t be surprised if this kind of show would be made in the future.

Space Games is a battle of the sexes, and it illustrates the darker side of the media and television, it even shows how a lot of people actually would react to it in a very believable way.

It had great visual descriptions, I could really see the inside of the space station and almost feel the weightlessness and disorientation the characters felt.

Fantastic book!

 

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The Art of Forgetting. Book one: Rider. By Joanne Hall.

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Rhodri is a very typical teenager, and struggles with very typical teen issues. He tries to find out who he is, who his parents are, and who he wants to be.

The whole book is through Rhodri’s POV and one can clearly see how his personality matures along the years to manhood.

He joins the King’s Third: a cavalry unit and adjusts easily to the military life, and he also has a special gift, the gift of a perfect memory… Well, almost perfect, there are a few years missing…

Sometimes I thought Rhodri was an OK guy, but other times I wanted to kick the @#! out of him.

AoF was a roller-coaster of emotion, and I had a serious book-hangover when I was finished.

 

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Healer’s Touch by Deb E. Howell.

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This is a title from a fellow Kristell Ink author.

I got to know a little about the world in which the story takes place because I drew the maps for it— a task I was very happy to do (I love maps!)

Debbie Howell is a fantastic author and Healer’s Touch is exactly the kind of book I love to read; it has adventure, romance, drama, great fights and wonderful descriptions, and the world and the characters are very believable. The main character Liewella— or Liew as she calls herself when masquerading as a boy— faces extreme trials on her journey through Agashia and Turnmos. We follow her as she discovers her talents and learns what she truly is.

Healer’s Touch has a bit of a western feel with elements of steampunk. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the sequel.

 

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The Shades of Time, by Diane Nelson.

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I must admit this book was somewhat out of my comfort zone, and though brilliantly written, I had some difficulty keeping up (I am a simple Norwegian after all ^^) But it quickly became addictive and I couldn’t stop reading. Sometimes it made me blush crimson, and other times it made my stomach turn.

The story encompasses four characters, all with goals and motivations that don’t always turn out the way they plan. The characters also have special abilities such as mind-reading and unusual strength.

They‘re all in Venice, somewhere in the fifteen hundreds, but not all of them come from that time or place. Venice is full of political turmoil and religious conspiracy. Schemes, intrigue and games are everyday conditions in the courts or on the streets, and having special mental abilities can certainly be valuable traits in order to manoeuvre unseen through this tensioned time of history.

The Shades of Time was a great read. It had me up way past my bedtime, hihi.

 

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“The Scarlet Bastards” by Sean P. Mac Úisdin.

The scarlet Bastards.

In his youth Alexander Armstrong travels twenty thousand light years to a faraway colony called Samsāra where he joins up with the United Nations Off-World Legion at a small and distant encampment by the name of Ophir Castrum. His dreams of adventure grow more and more gloomy as he understands what he’s got himself into. At first Alexander feels horribly out of place among his desperate comrades and the seasoned soldiers of the UN Legion. But despite all the differences, the new recruits all have something in common; they’re young and they’re stuck on a harsh planet until their five years of service is up…

The detail is amazing, and the mix of character backgrounds and languages makes it all feel realistic. It’s cleverly written and infused with humor.

 

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Richard Rhys Jones’ “The House in Wales”

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With the death of his mother and the Second World War raging; Danny Kelly, a young man from Liverpool, is sent to live with the Reverend, Miss Trimble and her dog Astaroth in a house in Old Colwyn in Wales. Right away everyone in the house seems to have a hatred and animosity towards Danny for no apparent reason.

Strange things happen in the house and Danny finds peculiar writing scribbled on the inside walls of the closet in his room, he copies it down and tries to find a way to translate it. After realizing no one will hear him out about the oddities in the house, everything he does while outside he has to do in secret because Trimble and Astaroth seem to know his every move; they watch from the shadows, calculating, weighing, and waiting for an opportunity to use him for their dark purposes.

This book had me sleeping with my light on, and my fear of big, scary dogs was definitely not cured.

Great pace and plot with twists and turns, interesting characters and a well described environment. A world dark, sinister and sinful. Loved it!

 

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A review of The Dark Citadel by Jane Dougherty.

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I’m not sure I’d call it a YA, the story has a cruelness to it that sometimes sent shivers down my spine—but the good kind of shivers! When I started reading I couldn’t put it down.

In the aftermath of a war between Gods and Demons the world is shattered and desolate, because this time evil was the victor. Evil turned the ground infertile and the forests barren and sent humanity fleeing. The remaining humans live in the domed city of Providence ruled by the Elders who keep the people in a kind of controlled dark-age, and an old-fashioned culture where women are viewed as second class citizens and no one—except the ones with the right last name—has any chance to change their fate.

But there is one who can bring back the light; Deborah, a young woman carries within her mind the memory which can restore balance. But of course there are others who know of this and fear it more than anything.

The Dark Citadel illustrates that even with dangerous demons lurking there is nothing more evil than that which already recedes within the human mind.

Well written, great plot, wonderful imagery and brilliantly brutal.

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The third book reviewed is Dante D’Anthony’s Princess of Caldris.

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Having an Empath help in an investigation can certainly be useful, and this is the task young Winteroud heir of the Sole estate was given. One gets to see the world through the eyes of one who can sense others thoughts and feelings and thus creating a whole new level of depth. Humanity continue to struggle with the same everyday emotions and reactions as we do today even with evolution having taken some steps up the ladder. It makes the story easy to follow and one can connect with the characters.

Fantastic plot and great pace, poetic and beautiful, believable characters and fascinating scenery! It also has wonderful artwork.

Dante D’Anthony will go far.

 

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The first book I’ll shine a little light on is Anita King Conklin’s fantasy book Lore of the Dragons “Essence of a Queen”. I must admit I know the author well and my review might be influenced by that.

Orelaith is a young farm girl who’s life is turned up side down by terrible events. And just when she believes all hope is lost she is saved by an ancient being we all recognize as a dragon. Orelaith forms a friendship with the dragon and his kin. They help her see the world differently; they show her that even in darkness there is still beauty. And in turn Orelaith helps them to understand humanity.

Orelaith finds herself welcomed into a new family, a family of dragons who will protect her no matter the cost. And of course there are those who will try to destroy what the dragons have worked for…

A great beginning to a saga of dragons, mystery, myth and legends.

 

Lore of the Dragons

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The second book to be reviewed is The Lilean Chronicles book one Redemption by Merita M. King.

A mysterious spectral man appears in Ferra’s dreams and urges her to go to a mining colony on Moxal 3. Once there she meets Prins Toma, a prisoner set to work in the dark, gloomy tunnel complex riddled with dangerous predators. Prins Toma is a Drycenian (legends among the other races) and Ferra is coerced into saving the prins by the voice in her head who reveals himself as a ghost from a near extinct race called Lileans. And because she rescues Toma the Drycenians decide to help Ferra in her mission. Meanwhile one of the few survivors of Lilea finds himself entangled in a plot steered by those long dead. Vincent fears he is losing his mind as he too hears voices. Both Ferra and Vincent travel across the galaxy in hopes of entangling a web spun by many forces.

Storytelling, character depth, dialogue and plot originality was rather weak, but
world building, action, suspense and pace was good.

Lilean Chronicles

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3 thoughts on “Evelinn’s Book Review Corner”

  1. Thanks so much for the great review, Evelinn!

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