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Reading Suggestions – Maze Masters, by Kathleen O’Neal Gear (2018).

Adventure looking for cures to retroviruses seems to be something I feel could make for a great read!!!

Check out this one by Kathleen O’Neal. It sounds like it might really be worth the look 👌📚👍⭐️📖🖋😊☕️

Maze Masters by Kathleen O’Neal Gear

On the Cover:

LucentB is a retrovirus that’s inevitable, unstoppable, and utterly catastrophic for humanity. The US government believes the only person who can find the cure is the geneticist who tried to warn them about it and then disappeared: James Hakari. They assign the task of finding him to his former student Anna Asher, who in turn recruits paleographer and religious studies scholar Dr. Martin Nadai.

The brilliant but insane geneticist is leaving clues for Anna and Martin to follow, showing he’s truly earned his students’ nickname for him: the Maze Master. The search takes Anna and Martin around the world and into a warzone they never imagined.

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Book Suggestions – The Angels’ Share, by J. R. Ward (2016).

As it is J. R. Ward there can only be excellence in this series and I am sure that the this the first novel, The Angels’ Share, will be no disappointment I am sure. I have already added this one to my #mustread list. Should be good! 📚⭐️🖋😊👌📖

The Angels’ Share by J. R. Ward.

On the Cover:

Behind the glamorous facade of Kentucky’s most famous family lurks a secret – one that threatens its very foundation . . .

In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society – just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder.

No one is above suspicion – especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle – as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.

Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a saviour . . . or the worst of all the sinners?

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Reading Recommendations – The Ice Dragon, by George R. R. Martin (2014).

This looks utterly amazing, which is not in the least surprising when the author is George R. R. Martin. This tale of heroism and adventure with sacrifice and courage is one that is sure to be a fantastic read. Definitely something I intend to add to my #mustread list 👍⭐️📚📖🖋

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin

On the Cover:

From ancient times, the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction.

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Book Suggestions – Age of Myth, by Michael J. Sullivan (2016).

This looks like my kind of book. Mythology and Fantasy is an awesome mix of genre that compliment each other very well. Magic and the threat of the destruction of humankind. Could be worth taking a closer look 📚📖🖋👌👍⭐️

Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan

On the Cover:

Michael J. Sullivan’s trailblazing career began with the breakout success of his Riyria series: full-bodied, spellbinding fantasy adventures whose imaginative scope and sympathetic characters won a devoted readership and comparisons to fantasy masters Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, and J.R.R. Tolkien himself. Now Age of Myth inaugurates an original five-book series.

Since time immemorial, humans have worshipped the gods they call Fhrey, truly a race apart: invincible in battle, masters of magic, and seemingly immortal. But when a god falls to a human blade, the balance of power between humans and those they thought were gods changes forever.

Now only a few stand between humankind and annihilation: Raithe, reluctant to embrace his destiny as the God Killer; Suri, a young seer burdened by signs of impending doom; and Persephone, who must overcome personal tragedy to lead her people. The Age of Myth is over. The time of rebellion has begun.

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Book Recommendations – The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (2018).

This looks like a fantastic book. Fantasy is always a great genre to find yourself lost in. Especially when written with some element of truth. This could be something to take a closer look at… 📚📖🖋

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinetter Kowal

On the Cover:

On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.

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Book Suggestions – Black Chamber, by S. M. Stirling (2018).

This looks as though it could be worth the look. Not my usual genre but the description does capture the imagination if not much more. May have to take a closer look at this one. 📚📖🖋⭐️👍👌

The first novel in a brand-new alternate history series where Teddy Roosevelt is president for a second time right before WWI breaks out, and on his side is the Black Chamber, a secret spy network watching America’s back.

Black Chamber by S. M. Stirling

On the Cover:

1916. The Great War rages overseas, and the whole of Europe, Africa, and western Asia is falling to the Central Powers. To win a war that must be won, Teddy Roosevelt, once again the American president, turns to his top secret Black Chamber organization–and its cunning and deadly spy, Luz O’Malley Aróstegui.

On a transatlantic airship voyage, Luz poses as an anti-American Mexican revolutionary to get close–very close–to a German agent code-named Imperial Sword. She’ll need every skill at her disposal to get him to trust her and lead her deep into enemy territory. In the mountains of Saxony, concealed from allied eyes, the German Reich’s plans for keeping the U.S. from entering the conflict are revealed: the deployment of a new diabolical weapon upon the shores of America…

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Book Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (2018).

On the Cover

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS . . . FOR THE LAST TIME.

IT STARTS WITH THE GREAT RED RIFT across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun.

IT STARTS WITH DEATH, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.

IT STARTS WITH BETRAYAL, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Review:

What a fantastic book! I now realise what the hype is all about with this series. The Fifth Season authored by N. K. Jemisin is an amazing fantasy adventure of an incredible degree. The author has delivered a truly magnificent story of a world where one’s curse is a power to destroy as well as to heal which is a legacy passed on from a parent. You are born a Still, or your not…

I have thoroughly enjoyed every page turning word of this novel. The well developed setting is a complete and glorious world filled with its own history of calamities and sorrow, mixed with drinks and drapes of joy and happiness. A world like our own but so different. It’s an amazing creation and readers can easily find themselves lost.

Throughout the novel we follow the three main female leads – Damaya, Syenite, and Essun. All of which carry with them powers of an Orogene. I was absolutely fascinated by each one’s story, captivated to the point which it was quite a shock to learn the twist and how this changes view points within the storyline. Each character fights for their life and place of existence, sometimes more than once.

The only thing I found disconcerting is the way in which the novel is written. The style of storytelling by this author is quite unique and I found it difficult at first to get into some kind of rhythm. However, it doesn’t take long before I realise it becomes a fantastic way to visualise the character in first person and really highlights the saga of this book. I do think the story would quite the same written in any other prose.

Overall I believe this book is another great classic that I have discovered this year. I am eagerly anticipating the next novel to arrive for devouring! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy fiction genre as well as those inclined toward paranormal fantasy. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Blackfish City, by Sam J. Miller (2018).

Review:

Blackfish City is a fantastic fantasy novel that is full of intrigue and imagination. The author has created a great dystopian society that generates power with property ownership in a time when real estate just isn’t an easy purchase.

The scene is set brilliantly and the characters don’t disappoint with rich descriptions and fascinating history’s that follow each of them. There is a lot of mystery behind each face and the author allows history to periodically be retold by characters and opportune times giving the reader a chance to follow the storyline easily.

I really enjoyed the storyline of Kaev and his eventual meeting of Liam. But the arrival of an Orcha being ridden by a woman as though it was the easiest thing in the world would have to be a close second in my favourite parts of the book.

What I did find frustrating would have to be the ending. It all just seems too easy. Yes sure Kaev will have a lot to deal with, and they are all going to need to fight for a place in society. But it just felt almost too easy.

Overall I found the Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller is a fantastic novel that I enjoyed reading very much. I would recommend this novel to young adults and older who enjoy the fantasy fiction genre. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

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Reading Suggestions: Hell’s Bell, by Keri Arthur (2018).

I absolutely love this cover. A compelling title, this could be something to check out. Currently on my Potential reading list! 📚⭐️💯💜🙌👌🤔

Hell’s Bell by Keri Arthur.

Description:

When the church bell tolls thrice in the middle of the night, evil this way comes…

Lizzie Grace and Belle Kent, her witch familiar, are living and working on the Faelan Werewolf Reservation—one that has banned the use of magic within its borders. Although they have their supporters—including ranger Aiden O’Connor, who once hated all things witch—Lizzie and Belle now face possible eviction.

But the Faelan Reservation is a place filled with wild magic which—when left unprotected—quickly becomes a draw to those who walk the darker paths. As Christmas approaches, a new evil comes to town—one that eats the souls of the living and animates the flesh of the dead.

As the body count grows and the trail of clues leads them to the doorstep of the local vampire, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden must find the killer before death comes calling on them.

But the biggest threat of all may come in the form of a witch who sees through the veils of Lizzie’s carefully constructed lies and suspects the truth of who she really is…

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