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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!

Book Review: Angels Descendants

Angels Descendants by J. C. Seal

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This second book of J. C. Seal’s Angels and Demons series is a semi-standalone, focusing on a different main character to that of the first book. You follow Jason (or Iason, as he is actually called) and how he goes from a seemingly normal life, to one of mystery, mythology, and gods, in but the blink of an eye. A car crash sends his world into a spin, and he soon has to fight not only against (and with) his own newfound powers, but also that of enemy forces – even the powers of Lucifer himself. And that’s pretty badass!

Angels Descendants is an excellent follow up to the first book of the series, and it even supersedes it with its fantastic story and additional lore packed within the pages. I absolutely adore all the different abilities and powers that the angels (and their descendants) hold. They are described in a most intriguing way and they all come to fit perfectly into the plot and the developing storyline.

Another solid 5 stars for this author. This is an awesome page-turning, fast-paced read. I will definitely be picking up the third book of the series!

Book Review: Og-Grim-Dog The Three-Headed Ogre

Og-Grim-Dog: The Three-Headed Ogre by Jamie Edmundson

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Og-Grim-Dog! What a champ!

So, I’ve spent a few nights now at the Flayed Testicles, and I have to say – I found myself thoroughly entertained! This book was relatively short, but it’s full of adventure(ing), swearing, alcohol consumption, looting, and the splashing of holy water, so what could ever go wrong?

I loved the world-building, and how Og-Grim-Dog begins by telling his story from somewhere in the middle, yet somehow still from the beginning. I liked the twist this provided, as well as the varied cast of characters. I especially loved the star of the show, Og-Grim-Dog, and “their” conversations. The way ogres work – the different personalities of the heads, and how they bicker – is incredibly entertaining.

This book gives off such a classic DnD feel, bringing back memories from playing the tabletop version of this game “back in the day”. I would most definitely recommend it to anyone with a fancy for litRPG!

Book review: Underbelly

Underbelly by Karen Crawford

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

Considering my almost disconcerting fascination with crime and murders, it’s surprising how little I read from the same genre of books. So when I won this little bad boy in a giveaway, I decided to dive right in!

And no regrets here, people!! Damn! Enter Taryn Winter, a retired homicide detective. She is pulled back into the world of murders when a serial killer is discovered to have been killing prostitutes at a local hotel. Taryn’s old colleague and friend Daniel invites her to join the investigation, seeing as she has previously worked with many of the local prostitutes, and having been a protector of sorts for them.

Things soon take an unexpected turn, and Taryn finds herself not liking the development of their investigation, and a vedge forms between her and Daniel.

With constant twists and turns, this book was a hell of a ride! Classic “I know who it is” that turns into “what!?” Brilliant!!

With strong, believable characters, well-described surroundings, and an exciting plot, this book made for an entertaining read! I honestly finished it as quickly as I could. It draws you in, and you just need to know how it ends… And maybe even forces you to jump onto the next instalment of the series!! Luckily, it’s also on my TBR 😀

Book review: Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels by J. C. Seal

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

Packed with lore, mythology, demons, angels, and a burning love – this book will keep you entertained from the first page to the very last!

Set in modern times, Bela – a half-demon – works tirelessly to save and gather others like him, bringing them to a safe haven he calls The Farm. Unconditional in his love and faith in others, he befriends a human, and suddenly his own past begins to unravel, and things come to light that he had never expected.

Also telling a sizzling love story, this book never lets up! It will keep throwing new twists and turns at you, and you are just forced to keep reading into the wee hours of the night! I definitely recommend it!

Book review: The Curse of Chalion

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars

This novel may be a low-key, thoughtful, soul-reaching read, but my goodness, I couldn’t expect it to be so wholly engaging in the subtle – yet beautiful – way it was penned! I am glad I read this!

Fantastic characters, not only Cazaril, a man who has suffered much and only wish for a new life for himself; but also the others, not in the least the spirited Iselle and her entourage! They are all believable and engaging, and you find yourself swallowed up by their world and just praying everything will be alright at the end!
Oh, and I love the theological aspect of this book: The Gods and the religion, the devouts/saints, and the fact you get to see their miracles (and more…) through prayer!

All in all, it is a pleasant read that works as a stand-alone, despite it being part of a series. I truly recommend it!!
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