August 3

Cast Under an Alien Sun by Olan Thorensen {Book Review}

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I really love the cover of this book. It’s super unique and it really caught my eye. The synopsis starts with

“What if you were thrown into a foreign society, never to see home again? What would you do and could you survive?”

I didn’t need to read much more after that, I knew I wanted to check this book out. Joe is basically given the choice of death, or go live on a new planet, after he’s rescued from a crazy plane crash by something or someone unknown to him, otherwise known as aliens.

I loved the fact that Anyar is similar to Earth from the seventeen hundreds. He has to get used to a whole new life, on a whole new planet. Joe transforms amazingly as a character, and I really enjoyed the adventures he took me on.

This is a great intro to the Destiny’s Crucible series by Olan Throensen. This book is overall fun to read, it certainly kept me highly entertained. I was instantly hooked from the very beginning. Descriptive enough for imagining the whole new world Thorensen has created, without being overly done or tiresome to read. It seemed to me the spelling and grammar was on point, and I read through it with ease.

There’s enough of a small cliff hanger at the end to make me crave more!  I can’t wait to read the next sequel. I already know quite a few sci-fi readers that will absolutely love this book! I give it 5/5.

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Elizabeth
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August 1

Kings, Queens, Heroes, and Fools by M.R. Mathias {Book Review}

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I was so excited to start this book after finishing The Sword and the Dragon. This is definitely a series I would recommend reading in order, even though Mathias does a pretty good job at including enough information that you can get by reading them as stand alone titles.

To get the most from the trilogy, I would read them in order. You’ll get a chance to know the characters in the first book, but the second book just continues to build on the characters. This book doesn’t add much growth or mature the characters since this book starts off right after The Sword and the Dragon ended. I do wish there was a bit more substance to the characters, as I sometimes found it difficult to care about them.

For being a book that falls into the “epic fantasy” genre, I think the trilogy is pretty good! I’ve read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, and Mathias has a way of hooking you in thats unlike a lot of other self-published authors in this genre.

He is descriptive on the plot, dragging you into amazing imagery that many fantasy authors just cannot do. Some may find him wordy, or complain about much detail something is described, but I think it was the perfect amount, considering he’s introducing you into a whole other world.

I’m not a fan of the romance parts of the book, but I didn’t pick the book up for romance, I picked it up to continue the plot from book one, knowing this was a fantasy/science fiction series. I think this is a 4/5.
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Elizabeth
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July 12

The Secret of Heaven by Felix Alexander {Book Review}

Review2This was a book I didn’t expect to love as much as I did. The stories and scripture from the bible is incorporated into this modern mystery by Felix Alexander. I don’t think the synopsis of this book does it justice.

The author does a great job at slowly giving you enough information about each character, to keep you informed, while also being intrigued. It starts off to a slow but decent pace, and quickly turns into a complex mystery with a lot going on all at once.

What I really enjoyed about this book, was that it wasn’t overly religious. People who aren’t overly familiar with the bible, can easily pick this book up and understand the plot.

This book holds quite a bit of similarities to The Da Vinci Code. The story of ancient artifiacts holding secrets, only just now being deciphered in modern time is a great plot, and I think Alexander did an amazing job with it.  It’s educational and perplexing.

The book goes back and forth from first person perspective, and third person, and sometime the transition wasn’t clear. There were some grammar and spelling issues that made this book feel like a rough draft read, otherwise I’d give this a 5/5.

I really enjoyed that this wasn’t an overly wordy or long book. It was the perfect length for me to get hooked, and take in enough information to grasp the plot, without a long commitment to a book over five hundred pages. This book was almost four hundred pages, which I found to be perfect.

Overall, I give this book 4/5.

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Elizabeth

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December 2

The Sword and the Dragon by M.R. Mathias {Review}

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It’s always so bittersweet to start a long book with characters that are so easy to get attached to. On one hand I feel a sense of achievement and excitement that I finished this book, while I’m sad I have nothing left to read about the characters I spent so much time reading about. There are characters you’ll love to hate, and there are others who fit the brave and loyal hero role, perfectly.

This is your very definition of an epic fantasy! There’s so much action with amazingly described battle scenes. The story flows well once you get the hang of how it transitions from each scene.

The story as a whole is an investment for the reader. There is so much going on here, and a lot of information that you must absorb to fully understand the plot. There is so much in this book with dragons, wizards, elves, mystical creatures and you wrap them all up with high adventure and you’ve got a pretty great book!

5

Elizabeth

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December 1

Forged Through Glory by DeZré Storm {Book Review}

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This book literally contains it all, science fiction, action, adventure, romance, and erotica. I have read my fair amount of books in each of these genres, but very rarely get to read them all together. It was quite interesting going from the action and adventure of a special operations unit of mainly men, to the erotica portion of the book when they gain a new member of the squad who happens to be female.

FTG is full of surprise, and imagination. It’s a fairly descent length book, but I read it much quicker than anticipated due to how great it flowed together. I imagine those who pick this book up for the adventure and action will be quite pleased with the erotica thrown in, and those who might pick this book up for the erotica, will be hooked to the science fiction plot as well!

I only wished that the characters themselves were described as well as everything else in the story. Regardless, the plot was creative and fun! Overall, I give this book a 4/5.

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Elizabeth

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July 3

The Wizard and the Warlord by M.R. Mathias {Review}

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The Wardstone Trilogy Book 3
Mathias did a great job at concluding the series in the last book The Wizard and the Warlord. He introduces us to a very magical world. This book in particular was very descriptive, or maybe I already had a clear image of everything so reading the third book was a breeze, either way I really enjoyed the last book of this trilogy.

As a fantasy book, this book and series did not disappoint. It has great descriptions making the story very easy to visualize. I found the ending to the series to be very dramatic and captivating, making reading the whole series a well worth adventure.

At times it felt like it was becoming a bit rushed, with excitement to the finale. Again, it could have been my own excitement trying to fly through the pages to conclude all the build up that occurred throughout the trilogy. There were some characters I had grown very attached to during the three books, that had no definitive conclusion making me a bit frustrated, but maybe it’s a clue to a spin off series by Mathias.

This book, being the last in the series, could probably even be read as a stand-alone book considering how much information is given, but I would still recommend starting with book one, since Mathias takes you on quite a long and fun ride. It includes new characters, as well as continuation of the characters from the previous books.

I did notice a few inconsistencies throughout the book that were distracting, and left things unexplained. It wasn’t enough of a problem for me to not say I loved this series, and will probably read it again in the future to fill in the spots I probably missed by my own excitement flying through the pages. I give this book and the entire trilogy a 5/5.
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Elizabeth
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