2020 is finally behind us! And like so many others, I’ve decided to list some of my reads from the past year
These are all books I’ve somehow stumbled across through social media, where I’ve connected with the authors, expanding my horizon when it comes to reads
I have mentioned some of these before, but they’re worth noting again, for the authors of these books are absolutely awesome!!
Here is the complete list: – The Linguist by C F Welburn – Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth by Christopher Russell – Blood of Vengeance by Angel Haze – Cider for Harborland by Michael Evan & JMD Reid – Underbelly by Karen Crawford – Angel’s Nemesis by JC Seal – Going Down by Lady Jaguar – The Wrath of Raghnall by Shauna Richmond – Cool-Shronk: The Tale of the Onion Knight by Joshua Grant
What a great little short story! Full of action, blood, and gore – just the way I like it! It is fast-paced and packed with interesting creatures. It all makes for a fascinating plot that you end up wanting to know more about. Perfect little teaser for the series, which I will definitely be picking up!
Another great satirical fantasy novel, written by Michael Evan and JMD Reid, The Alehouse Rebellion finishes the story with a bang!
Ever since the battle against the walruses, the harbor seals have lived in peace, and Al the shark expands his Alehouse reach. But evil is brewing (see what I did there? Bob the narwhal would be proud), and a mad scientist works his nefarious schemes, bringing back those who stood as the root of all evil before.
And thus ensues a second, most dangerous encounter with the walruses.
This story is packed with unique magic, intricate details, tropes, and references to keep anyone entertained from the first to the very last page. It’s fast-paced, action-packed, and downright hilarious!
🌑 And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick
🌑 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
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.
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.
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!!