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Book Review: The Alehouse Rebellion

🍺 The Alehouse Rebellion by Michael Evan & JMD Reid

🍺 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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!

Book Review: And They Were Never Heard From Again

πŸŒ‘ And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick

πŸŒ‘ 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.

Book Review: Blood of Vengeance

βš”οΈ Blood of Vengeance by Angel Haze

βš”οΈ My rating: β­β­β­β­

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

🐲 Prelude to Insurrection by J. C. Kang

🐲 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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

πŸ–€ Angels Nemesis by J. C. Seal

πŸ–€ My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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!!

Book Review: The Alehouse Wars

🍺 The Alehouse Wars by Michael Evan and JMD Reid

🍺 My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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!

Book Review: Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth

Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth by Christopher Russell

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Considering my love for both fantasy and steampunk, I picked this bad boy up with the hopes of having my need for those genres satisfied, and in no way was I disappointed!

Christopher Russell has created an incredibly ambitious and well-written debut with his Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth. He tells a story packed with intricate and immensely detailed world-building, technology, magic systems, religion – you name it – and, as a reader, you are left in absolute awe! You just ache to explore this expansive universe (I’d take a ride on one of those airships, thank you)! And extra props for the German references with the Sarconians = LOVE!

Yes, the prologue is long, but it offers a solid foundation on which the rest of the story is built. And this continues with segments told from the antagonist’s POV, giving an insightful yet disturbingly ominous feeling just before you are introduced to a whole cast of young, inexperienced protagonists. Boy, have they got a mountain to climb!

Being very different from each other – Matteo, Vallen, Velle, Leon, Lilith, Sylette, Unter, and Renar – they all compliment each other beautifully, albeit not always in the most loving way. I expect this will play a large part in their individual character arcs as they go forward, where – admittedly – some of those named will need a tad more redemption than the rest. However, they all face their own struggles, and I look forward to following their progress as the story continues.

This book paves the way for a magnificent story, and I cannot stress enough how impressed I am by Russell’s efforts. He has truly set the bar high, and if this is how the series begins, then I can only imagine how marvellous it will be by the end!

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