The Sentinels Alliance by Suzanne Rogerson #blog tour

WOW!! Unbelievable. Amazing. Brilliant. Wonderful. Beautiful. Just a few words to describe not just this book but the whole trilogy has been an undeniably amazing read. I read all three books one after the other. I usually have a break between trilogy books but I couldn’t put these books down. I wanted to know what was happening with some of my now favourite characters. Tei what a really well written character she is (she’s my favourite) if you couldn’t already tell. We started off with Tei from a fragile you woman and ended up with being the most spectacular bad ass mo-fo going.

The world building is some of the best I’ve read. With a little bit of your own imagination you are transformed into a beautiful magical world. That has it’s highs and lows like any good story. I’m usually quite good at where a book is headed but this has lots of surprises, twists and turns which had me up most nights as I had to know what was going to happen.

Anyway suppose I better write my review that’s why you’re all here for (I hope anyway 🤣) The book follows straight off the second book. Like the other books the flow of reading is smooth. There isn’t any bits of the book that drags on and you can get through this rather quickly if you wanted to. I love the idea of the astral plain (what’s that you ask?) well the astral plain is where a person can leave there physical body and float out of yourself. I kind of imagine something like when a spirit leaves the body. Once in the astral plain you can float/fly around as long as its not to far from your actual self. You can talk to other spirits that haven’t crossed over. Tei also sees the spirit guides. (I’m not giving names due to spoilers) Anyway all this may seem a bit confusing. Especialliy if you havent read the first two books. Heres my reviews for the books.

I honestly don’t think there is much else I can say without dropping any spoilers. Which I’m not willing to do. I have really became a big fan of the books and the author Suzanne Rogerson.

 

 

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Heart of Stone by Ben Galley

This is the first book by Ben Galley that I‘ve read and i’m not disappointed. Where has this guy been hiding why haven’t I heard of him before. I need to go and find some of this guys other books. 

We start off with the creation of a wind cut stone Golem (man made) and the last of his kind. His name is Task was specifically designed for war. Task has been sold from the day of his creation to warmongers who are set on nothing but destruction. Task is ancient over 400+ years old and has been some through some wars. The only thing is that Task has feelings and emotions that he tries to suppress as a Golem isn’t supposed to have these. Task has been ordered to listen to his owners and do what hes told. Task has been through the mill and never got close to people (or skin bags as he calls them) that’s until he meets a little girl called Lesky.

Lesky is a table girl. Quite young with a old head on her shoulders. She sneaks around without being heard. She can sneak up on Task and that’s a very hard thing to do. I think Lesky is the character that keeps this book together. Despite her up bringing and hard life she just gets on with everything and takes it in her stride. She is a lot stronger than she thinks she is.

The characters in this book all have their part and fit in well with the story. Lesky is the only one that really stood out for me. The way she has been written is amazingly well done To be honest she could have a stand alone book about what happened after this book ended.

You do need to be on the ball with this book. If you skip through or don’t remember whats going on it will be confusing. During the end of the book it all ties itself together for a very good ending. It’s a shame that this book is just a one off as I’d like to read more about the characters. Hopefully Ben might write a spin off book. I just want to read more about the Golems 😉

Biography

Ben Galley is an author of dark and epic fantasy books who currently hails from Victoria, Canada. Since publishing his debut The Written in 2010, Ben has released a range of award-winning fantasy novels, including the weird western Bloodrush and the epic standalone The Heart of Stone. He is also the author of the brand new Chasing Graves Trilogy.

When he isn’t conjuring up strange new stories or arguing the finer points of magic and dragons, Ben works as a self-publishing consultant, helping fellow authors from around the world to publish their books.

Ben enjoys exploring the Canadian wilds and sipping Scotch single malts, and will forever and always play a dark elf in The Elder Scrolls. One day he hopes to live in an epic treehouse in the mountains.

Ben can be found on Twitter or vlogging on YouTube @BenGalley, or loitering on Facebook and Instagram @BenGalleyAuthor. You can also get a free eBook copy of his epic fantasy The Written at http://www.bengalley.com

My small review- 4.5/5 my only criticism would be that it did take a while to get the book rolling. I understand that it did need to do character build ups and backgrounds so you understood the story properly. So definitely worth a read. So please give it a go.

The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

I will admit I’ve never read any of Suzanne’s books shes wrote. I will have to get around and get reading as they sound amazingly good. If you have been fortunate to have read her other books then you know you wont be disappointed in reading this book

 

Kalaya (what a beautiful name for a magical island) sounds like the most majestic and beautiful magic island that you want to go to and see. Well I do anyway 🙂

We have a little girl called Tei. She is a daughter to a tailor. A mysterious man visited her father one night with a warning that they had to leave for the mountains. Masked raiders and the assembly are on the hunt with anyone with magical bloodlines and powers. Tei and her father manage to escape from their town. On their mission to the mountains they get surrounded by there captors until they get help of two amazing characters in this series. Rike and Garrick who are two bad ass mofo’s who take no shit and are as hard as nails.

She arrives at Turrak where her life is turned upside down. Tei has to get used to her new life in the mountains. The elders visit Tei and give her the task of finding the new sentinel for the people and the island. Tei has been told that the island is slowly dying and the magic protecting the island is slowly dwindling away. Due to the sentinel dying. So is the sentinel (the protector of the island)

Tei’s task now is to find the new sentinel to save her people and the island itself. So Tei Rike and Garrick set of to bring the sentinel to her new place at Turrak to save the island and it’s peopl.  Tei’s travels have her going through some difficulties in her young life. She falls in love, she has to deal death, meeting new people, living in a strange place and how to deal with her new abilities that she never knew about. Trials and tribulations.

 

I would give this book a 5/5 I fell in  love with it from the start. Looking forward to the third book (second book is amazing aswell review will be up soon)

The world building is really well written. It feels like you’re in the book with these amazing characters and on the beautiful island of Kayala.

 

Short review: Get this book if you like anything to do with magic fantasy it’s amazing. I was going to put this at the top but you wouldn’t of read my review 😉

The Lost Sentinel

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.

Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice for the exiles to succeed in their quest, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic? 

The Lost Sentinel book link

 

 

Space Dragon by Robin Bennett

Before we even get onto the review I just want to talk about the hardcover I received. The cover is unreal. It has a little charm on the spine of the book which I’ve never seen on a book before. The inside has pictures throughout at the start of the chapters. With brief descriptions of each of the dragons.

It’s been well designed and it’s going to look really nice on my book shelf once I finally decide to put it up.

I was lucky enough to be on this blog tour. I’m so glad I was as I really enjoyed the book. I was suprised at how much Robin put into this especially as its only 200 pages. The amount of action in this book has you engrossed from the start. I literally couldn’t put it down. I loved it that much I read the book the very afternoon I received it. (which is pretty quick for me)

This book is my two favourite genres in one book. Sci-fi and fantasy. What more could you ask for. Dragons in space. Actually in our solar system. The dragons actually dwell on the planets in our solar system. Which I thought was pretty cool.

The book starts off with a lad called Stan who has the most annoying sister ever. To be honest we’ve got annoying little sister. Stan loves anything to do with space that hes got a telescope in his bedroom. Stan runs up to his bedroom after he hears a clash coming from his room.

Stan notices that his telescope is lying on the floor. Stan is furious that this has happend and its obvious that its only one person could do this. Stan could hear something rattle inside the telescope and he obviously thinks that one of the lens have fallen out and ruined his telescope. Stan decides to put it back together and looks through it when he gets the biggest fright of his life.

What Stan was expecting was to see the moon in all her glory. Except he saw an eye of a dragon. Which he wasn’t supposed to have seen. What happens next unfolds a lot of untold stories and adventures for Stan to the point where they would become unbelievable if he dared to tell someone.

 

 

Book Extract

 

Chapter I

The whole universe: every planet, star, black hole and life form started with a single atom exploding into a great void of nothing. Right after that, came the Dragons.

 

If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending the rest of his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.

The ones he wore the morning when it all began were too tight and had a faded picture of Ben Ten on the back, which made them look like the child superhero had been specially assigned by the Pants People to guard his butt.

Right now, however, he had more important things on his mind. He looked at the pieces of his broken telescope and thought angrily about his little sister.

‘You’re so stupid! You broke it and even after you were told not to go in my room, or touch my stuff!’ he’d shouted. She was the one who had smashed his telescope but he was the one who got into trouble for making her cry, when it wasn’t her fault, according to their mother – although of course it was! She’d knocked the telescope over. It was obviously all her fault.

He spent the afternoon being made to do chores.

 

 

Later, when he got into his room it was ablaze in a blood-red glow from the setting Sun. He got into his pyjamas, watching as the skies had darkened at the top of the window frame and one or two stars winked into view: tiny silver dots millions and millions of miles away.

Stan shivered once more, in spite of the summer evening, closed the curtains quickly and turned on the electric light. It was one of those nights when everything felt weird and a bit spooky.

By the time Stan had got his telescope back on its stand, properly screwed in, and had checked it carefully for dents, the sunset had receded to a fiery fringe on the horizon and the skies were as bottomless and black as infinity itself.

Stan’s palms were sweaty as he handled the cool tube and it was then that he finally admitted to himself that he felt nervous. But was it just the telescope? Everything felt creepy tonight. He took a deep breath, removed the lens cap and peered down the eyepiece.

Nothing. And, yet, there was something about the deep blackness at first glance that didn’t look like right: it almost felt as if he was staring into a hole in Space, and as if, from the end of this long, dark tunnel, something was hiding. And waiting.

Stan shook his head. He was just imagining things. He glanced up … nope, the Moon was bright in the sky between two large oaks at the end of the garden. Stan checked he was pointing it in the right direction for him to see its reassuring silvery light and looked again.

Nothing. Just a deep, flat blackness. OK, so his telescope was broken! Stan felt his fear driven away by anger. Resisting the urge to rush downstairs yelling, or straight into his sister’s room, Stan swung the scope around …

An evil-looking eye, from the depths of Space, sprung open and stared back

Biography

Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, some under the nom de plume R.S Harding. He has also written books on the swashbuckling world of business: How to Make a Good Living Running Your Own Business, Kicking the Property Ladder and Start up Smart, all published by Harriman House.

Aged 21 he was all set to become a cavalry officer and aged 21 and a half, he found himself working as an assistant grave digger in South London wondering where it had all gone wrong.

He went on and founded London Tutors, aged just 23, and since then has gone on to start and run over a dozen successful businesses in a variety of areas from dog-sitting to translation. In 1997, he founded Monster Books, an independent publishing house.

Robin has mentored a number of young people hoping to make a start in business and has spoken at conferences on fantasy literature. His first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012.

In 2013, Robin published Angel of Mons, which brings one of the most significant battles of WW1 to life. It is the clever and compelling story of Ben, a bullied school boy who learns about courage and doing what’s right when he finds himself transported back 100 years to 1914 Mons.

Other significant titles include Moüsch the Crooked and Raptor the Avenger, the second and third volumes in the award-winning Small Vampires series, and Iron Knights, a YA fantasy adventure.

You can find Robin Bennett on Goodreads and visit his website at http://www.monsterbooks.co.uk.

 

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Space and dragons what more do you want in a book. Probably the easiest review I’ve done. If you read this far thank you. You could’ve read this short review lol.

How did this happen!?

When I checked onto wordpress I got an unexpected notification. 500 followers now follow my blog. Honestly how is this even possible. When I first started my blog I though nobody would ever even give it a second glance never mind follow it. I’ve always thought my blog wouldn’t amount to anything. I’m actually quite proud of my blog. I’ve interacted with some amazing bloggers on here and discovered some amazing bloggers. (I may do a blog appreciation post if people would read it?)

Again I like to thank you all. I never thought anyone would read my blog never mind follow it.

The Amber Maze Blog Tour

 

THE AMBER MAZE

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While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens.

Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped.

The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest.

 

I cant think of anything more nerve wracking than being the first in this amazing blog tour. Please go and check the other bloggers on this tour. If the blurb doesmt get you intrigued in this book the hopefully my review of it will. Now I suppose I better get started on what you came here for.

Hugh has just moved into a beautiful cottage that hes renting. When he sits down on a chair some change falls out of his pocket. As he goes to retrieve it he stumbles on a really old key with a note attached to it that could of been there for years.

Now he becomes obsessed with this key and what it unlocks. He tries all the key holes in the house but doesnt have any luck. Something is driving him to find out what this key will unlock. This is great as it gets you the reader that intrigued you actually want to jump into the book and help Hugh with his situation. Hugh even goes to the extent of finding out who the chairs actually belonged to. Even they didnt know who this key belonged to. Now Hugh is on a clear mission take get this key into the right hole (no pun intended) The only people keeping him grounded are his wife and twins. Everytime Hugh solves a clue he must solve the next one. Its starting to become an obsession.

As the book begins to unfold with the help of some amazing people along the way. You and Hugh start to decipher the mysteries of this key and where it belongs. So much that I stayed up late to finish this book as I could not wait till the morning. The only bad thing I could say about this book is that its not long enough. I wanted more. I know the author has other books wriiten which Im going to have a look at and read.

The last thing Im going to talk about is the cover. Its perfect for this book the way its been presented is brilliant.

The book is quite short but dont let that stop you from reading it. Its a great refresher book in between series you maybe reading (which I was doing)

I’d give this book 4* out of 5 so its definitly worth a read. So go and buy this book NOW 🙂

Well thats me done. If youve made it this far than I appreciate it. Also like all Marvel films when it ends you have to read/watch all the credits. If you dont mind scrolling down and checking out the rest of this post. It has some information about the author you maybe interested in.

Thanks again @Yesmoreblogs

 

 

 

 

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Christopher Bowden Biography

 

Christopher Bowden lives in south London. He is the author of six novels, each with a colour theme. The Amber Maze, published in September 2018, is the latest. His previous books have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay. Of his third novel, The Red House, Sir Derek said, “Very entertaining, cleverly constructed and expertly paced. I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

 

Website:

www.christopherbowden.com

The Gemini Experiment

Hello and welcome you all to my stop on the Gemini Experiment blog tour. Arranged by the wonderful Random things tours (Anne)

I’m going to start this off by saying what a read this book is. From start to finish it had me on tender hooks. It had me constantly second guessing but I could never figure this book out. That should be enough for a review right? well that’s me done goodnight haha. I’m only joking I will get on with the review of this amazing book. (i’m a big sci-fi nut)

This book is a Flame tree press ARC just reading the blurb I knew id like this book. Lets talk about one of the main characters. Mr Nolan who has a chronic disease which is killing him slowly. Hes been offered a second chance at life with his family and kids. Tom has been offered a kind of replacement body that is exactly a perfect copy of his own body. Except its robotic with Toms memory’s installed into it.

They have managed to digitized the human brain that they could put it on a hard drive and install it into his new body. Tom would be perfect again. Know life threatening disease and spend the rest of his life with his family.

Obviously something has to happen or it would be boring if it was just plain sailing. So before they put Toms brain into his new body they need to test it. So they find a prisoner who has a life sentence for horrific crimes and cancer which is killing him in a painful way (shame right?) he agrees to this and now becomes the first person to have his brain digitized and put in Toms body as a beta testing. Only thing is this is a bad man with bad intentions. He manages to escape and go on a spree degrading Toms name and making him one of the most wanted men in America.

So poor Tom is left the the lurch and a mad man is murdering and robbing on his trail of destruction. Now this where it gets interesting. The Russians have been hiding in the background and want this technology for themselves so they can build armies. Also a president of the United states plays a cameo role in this book.

If you’re into your science fiction reads then you wont be disappointed. Even if this isn’t your typical genre give it ago anyway. I will guarantee you will really enjoy this book.

 

Brian Pinkerton has done really well in writing this book. From the highs to the lows to keeping you on your toes. You wont be able to put this book down. I will look forward to reading more books by Brian Pinkerton hopefully on a future blog tour. There is some information at the bottom please give it a read and thank you if you’ve made it this far.

 

 

 

 

THE GEMINI EXPERIMENT
Brian Pinkerton
Publication date: May 2019
Meet Tom Nolan. And meet Tom Nolan. One is a devoted family man
recruited foran experiment to unlock the secrets of immortality. The other is
arobot replicacreating death and destruction. When Russian spies discover
the technological breakthrough to turn man into machine, the stakes are
raised and Tom (or is it Tom?) must save the day.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.
Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more
established; the award winners,and exciting, original voices.
Brian Pinkerton tells stories to frighten,amuse and
intrigue. He is the author of novels and short stories in the
thriller, horror, science fiction and mystery genres. His books
include Abducted (a USA Today bestseller), Vengeance,
Anatomy of Evil, Killer’s Diary, Rough Cut, Bender, Killing the
Boss and How I Started the Apocalypse (atrilogy). Select titles have also
been released as audio books and in foreign languages. His short stories
have appeared in PULP!, Chicago Blues, Zombie Zoologyand The Horror
Zine.
Brian has been a guestauthorand panelistat the San Diego Comic Con,
American Library Association annual conference, World Horror Convention
and many other literaryand genre events. His screenplays have finished in
the top 100 of Project Greenlightand top two percent of the Nicholl
Fellowship of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Three of
the scripts have been compiled in acollection, Unreleased.
Brian received his B.A. from the University of Iowa, where he took
undergraduate classes of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He received his
Master’s Degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of
Journalism.
Brian lives in the Chicago areaand invites you to visit him on Facebook,
Goodreads, Twitterand at http://www.brianpinkerton.com. Brian is also acartoonist
and his web site includes his deranged cartoon series, The Ruts.

Book will now be published on the 30th of May 2019

 

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The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross

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Well I’m finally out of my reading slump and its all because of this book. I read this book over the weekend and could never put down. When I did eventually put it down I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The whole concept is amazing. It did remind me a lot about time cop (yes the Van Damme film) Engella is a young woman travelling through time running from a group of hunters and trying to find her family who she hasn’t seen for god knows how many years.

Right come on lets get on with the review or we will  be here all day. As I said the story is about Engella who has a nifty wristband that lets her travel through time. Shes on a mission to find her parents while trying to escape from a group of hunters. The hunters are after her as she has something that they need. (im saying nothing more about that as I dont want to spoil the story) Engella has been to some very interesting places and times in the past and the future.

 

The book does offer quite a few different views points. Especially with the different characters and the different times they were in. I thought it may of confused the reader.  I also thought this might struggle to tie in the whole book together but Paul didnt dissapoint. This book tied in really well leaving me literally hanging on edge wanting to read the second book.

If you like a futuristic science fiction read then this is the book for you to add to your collection (and come on the cover is ridiculously awesome)

Mental health is like a rollercoaster

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Where do you with a post like this. Literally the past few months my mental health has been like a rollercoaster. It has been horrible. Times I’ve been thinking what the actual fuck is going on in my head. People shouldn’t have to suffer like this. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through this. I wish sometimes there was an off button. I’ve been feeling really tired lately but think that’s due to my brain going into overdrive when Im trying to fall asleep. It even got to the point where I stopped reading books. Which was a really good escape for me to take my mind of things and switch off. Thankfully Im back reading and forgot how much I missed it (but that’s another story) I have noticed lately that my mood swings have been quite erratic. I’ve either been really hyper or in a low mood with myself without even realising. My partner knows the signs if Im struggling. she seems to know the right questions and brings me round. but due to my stubbornness I can be in a rut for while. I think the one I’ve just come out of has been the longest one yet. I always seem to be fine on the outside which means Im good at masking it. I always think that if i show my feelings especially at work or with friends and even other family members i don’t think they would ever judge me. it’s just that Im not one for expressing myself outright especially when Im face to face with someone. my partner is the only one i feel comfortable enough around to talk about it and that’s when she’s nagged me enough for me to talk to her about it. I’m not saying mine is worse than anyone elses. We all deal with this differently. If you’re going through something like this then open up. I know its hard but using my blog to express myself a bit really off loads a lot of weight that I feel like ive been carrying. I feel relieved after ive written it down and if it helps some one then its brilliant. If anyone has any questions please ask. Also speak up about it help yourself, help someone. Thats me signing off from this one. I feel like I’ve written enough and feel better for it. Thank you for your time and reading this.