Catrin Russell

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Looking for ARC readers!

๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ I have finally finished editing the third book of The Prime Series, The Resurgence of Light!! ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ

๐Ÿ“š I am therefore looking for any potential ARC readers, either those who have previously read the first two books of the series, or those who are willing to give the series a try! I will of course provide copies of the books for free ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ“š ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ: In a sweeping war between humanity and demons, a Priestess of the Light is forced to choose between heart and duty. โ €

Fate, prophecies and an impossible love will blur the very line between good and evil.

๐Ÿ“š ๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: The Resurgence of Light, The Prime Series (Book #3)

๐Ÿ“š ๐†๐ž๐ง๐ซ๐ž: High/epic fantasy, Medieval fantasy, Dark fantasy, Fantasy Romance

๐Ÿ“š ๐–๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  (for the series): Bloody and violent scenes, torture, consequences of prolonged sexual abuse, emotional scars and suffering. It also includes some steamy scenes and mature language.

๐Ÿ“š ๐๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ซ๐›: The blurb for The Resurgence of Light contains spoilers, so please check it out on Goodreads using the following link: https://buff.ly/2AweTqd

๐Ÿ“š ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ข๐ง๐ ? ๐“๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฒ! I would love the reviews to be posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or BookBub. Contact me by commenting below, or message me through DM and we will take it from there!

๐‹๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ: https://buff.ly/3gtLU5M

Book Review: And They Were Never Heard From Again

๐ŸŒ‘ And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick

๐ŸŒ‘ My rating: โญโญโญโญโญ

A grim and dark folklore story, the cautionary tale And They Were Never Heard From Again tells the adventure of young Felton and his even younger brother Tad, as the two of them set off for a nearby village. The problem arises as they venture back through the forest, and they find themselves too late – the bell tolls in the distance, and they are locked outside with the monsters of the night.

Their only hope for salvation lies with the Magpie King, and the boys pray he hears their pleas. Otherwise, they will not survive the night.

“A story is a dangerous thing, Felton Herder. We must value them, we must be careful with them. Set one loose on the world, and you lose all control over your own creation.”

This is an excellent short story, gripping, and brilliantly executed with wonderful characters, terrifying creatures of nightmare, and with a moral just as applicable to today’s society as it would have been one of old.

A solid 5 stars! I will definitely be looking into this series in the near future.

Book Review: Blood of Vengeance

โš”๏ธ Blood of Vengeance by Angel Haze

โš”๏ธ My rating: โญโญโญโญ

Here is a story that holds not only action, magic, and gladiators, but also emotion, family, and friendship.

Killien – or Killer as he is known in the arena – is a slaved condemned to a lifetime of fighting as a gladiator. Suffering from crimes in his past, he has to endure a life in the darkest imaginable place; and this is not only in a literal sense, but also refers to his mental state and the steady decline he experiences due to the horrors of his everyday life.

A dark story of endurance, will-power and revenge, this book has some badass fighting scenes, emotional sequences of heart and soul, as well as dark undertones which creates a heavy and gritty the atmosphere to emphasize the harsh life the gladiators live.

My only complaints were some plot-related oddities and typos that I found jarring, hence the 4 stars instead of 5.

Nonetheless, this is a fast-paced and exciting book, and it’s a real page-turner. It is entertaining from beginning to end, and it sets the groundworks to an intriguing world and upcoming series.

Book Review: Prelude to Insurrection

๐Ÿฒ Prelude to Insurrection by J. C. Kang

๐Ÿฒ My rating: โญโญโญโญ

In flowing prose and intricate narrative, this little short story is packed with tasteful details and world-building. The characters are well-written despite the shortness on space, and the storyline is exciting.

My only complaint would be that it introduces a lot of things, some of which are never explained (understandable enough, since it’s a short story), but some could have just been left out altogether to allow the story to speak for itself. It had enough going for it anyway, with its intrigue, interesting characters and flowing action. It is highly likely I will go on to reading the series based on this prequel.

Book Review: Angels Nemesis

๐Ÿ–ค Angels Nemesis by J. C. Seal

๐Ÿ–ค My rating: โญโญโญโญโญ

Where is that button for 6 stars? The rating system only seems to go up to 5!! How vexing… because I could have used the 6, for if J. C. Seal’s first two books were great, this one was amazing!!

Angel Nemesis picks up right after Angels Descendants, but with a different main character – Kreon. It serves as less of a standalone than the previous instalment of her Angels and Demons series, but the changed POV gives it a new flair, as you follow a man who is no other than the son of Lucifer himself.

One of many beautifully fleshed-out characters, Kreon is an underdog, struggling with doubt and his undeniable origin. Does he really deserve to stand amongst the other angels? And is he truly untainted, free of evil himself?

As the archangel Gabriel disappears, caught in Lucifer’s grasp, Kreon journeys to rescue him, but not only that. He also seeks a way to somehow save his father, unable to give up on him for good.

Mystery, old truths, prophecies, and love is abounding in this fabulous story by J. C. Seal. And oh, that fantastic twist on Lucifer, I cannot put into words how it resonated with me. To summarise, I will just cite Eileen: I’m a sucker for bad boys!!

This book offers the reader a page-turning, fast-paced, heart-wrenching, exciting story! And no doubt does it deserve its spot amongst my recommended reads!!

Looking for Beta Readers!

๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ To me, beta readers are essential to the writing process. Sure, I follow my heart, creating the story to fit my vision, but I want the reader to see what I see, hear what I hear, and feel what I feel โค๏ธ

And what better way to know their experience than to hear it from the readers themselves? It gives such an opportunity, being given feedback early on, to make edits and correction, all to enhance the reader experience! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

As I am currently working on book 4 of The Prime Series, I am also looking for additional beta readers to join my team of Prime betas!!

Just contact me by sending an email to contact@catrinrussell.com if you are interested to hear more ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™

Book Review: The Alehouse Wars

๐Ÿบ The Alehouse Wars by Michael Evan and JMD Reid

๐Ÿบ My rating: โญโญโญโญโญ

In a world where humans are no more, seals reign supreme! … or perhaps walruses, or maybe even sharks, but that’s besides the point.

Or is it?

This debut by Michael Evan is quirky, fast-paced, imaginative, and hilarious! His collaboration with JMD Reid was obviously a successful one! Packed with tropes to poke fun at, and plenty of pop culture references to go with them, the story offers the reader laughs, giggles, sea creatures and beer for anyone who dives (pun intended) into the world of The Alehouse Wars!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes satirical and comedic fantasy. You will not be disappointed! Unless you don’t like swearing, because this has plenty of that. Oh, and beer. And mafia inspired walruses. Then again, what could ever go wrong with that combination? So don’t just stand- sit? Lie? Swim? there! Read it already!

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