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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Audiobook Review of Powers of the Six by Kristal Shaff.

Powers of the Six (Emissary of Light #1) by Kristal Shaff Narrator: Gary Furlong 5*
BLURB: Six rare powers govern the land of Adamah. Possessing one demands entrance to the king’s army. To refuse means a traitorous death.
For hundreds of years, dark clouds covered the skies of Adamah, and an ageless king ruled. Those who emerged with one of six extraordinary Shay powers were forced into the king's army, an unmatched force with inhuman Strength, Speed, Accuracy, Perception, Empathy, and Healing. With the army behind him, the king—a man who wields all six abilities—was invincible and unquestioned in his rule.
To most, serving the king was an honor. But for others, it was a fate worse than death. When seventeen-year-old Nolan Trividar witnesses the transformation of his brother from kind to cruel after entering the king’s army, he vows never to follow the same path.
​POWERS OF THE SIX take you to another world where the smallest person can do extraordinary things, the undead infest the night, and the sun emits more than just warmth and light.

My Review: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I had to give this one my highest rating because it was a story that pulled you in from word one and didn't let you go until the end. Both the author and the narrator did a wonderful job. The author in creating a world so well that you feel as if you are living there and the narrator for bringing it to life with such passion. The whole thing was reminiscent of the best of the sword and sorcery epic stories such as The Drenai Saga, The Earthsea Trilogy, Elric, or Tales of the Eternal Champion yet it is also so fresh and new that it was a lovely change to read it and know that there are more of the same to come.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reviewing And The Stars Danced by Bailey Bradford

And The Stars Danced (A Little Something ExTra #1) by Bailey Bradford 2*

BLURB: Elliot's always been an outcast—the crazy one in the family—mocked by people and locked in psych wards more times than he can count. His life was normal until he saw the stars move. But a person can only take so much torment, so much pain. Elliot might or might not be mentally ill. He doesn't know. What he is sure of is that he's had enough.
And if he thought his life was strange before, when he finds himself abducted and held in a secret government facility populated with AI's—Artificial Intelligence beings—all the scary things he's experienced before then can't compare to what they want to do to him.
Karl is an artist whose only companion is his Irish wolfhound, Ian. His current work is a sheet of copper he finds himself puncturing in an erratic manner. Then one night he steps outside, and the stars move.
Elliot, Karl and Ian are about to embark on an adventure that will send them running for their lives, and into a reality they would never have imagined possible. Outer space, new worlds, and old treachery await them, along with very shocking revelations about what and who they really are.

My Review: I was given a copy in return for an honest review Unfortunately this book was not for me. Don't get me wrong there is nothing intrinsically wrong with it but it just didn't work for me. It was a potpourri of some very popular tropes for m/m books and a whole lot of Sci-Fi tropes on top, as if the author decided to throw in as many as possible to cater for all tastes. The book has A.I.'s, aliens, shape shifting, m-preg, tentacle sex, and Area 51, and that was in the first half!! If you don't mind all those tropes in one book then you will probably do better than I did with this book. I however, just ended up struggling to finish it. At least it had a happy ending and no cliff-hanger so I was spared that.