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Book Suggestions – Spine of the Dragon, Kevin J. Anderson (2019).

A politically charged adventure of swords, sorcery and vengeance πŸ‘πŸ€”πŸ‘πŸ“šβ­οΈ

Could most definitely be worth a look.

Book Synopsis

Two continents at war, the Three Kingdoms and Ishara, are divided by past bloodshed. When an outside threat arisesβ€”the reawakening of a powerful ancient race that wants to remake the worldβ€”the two warring nations must somehow set aside generational hatreds and form an alliance to fight their true enemy.

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Reading For Pleasure – The Outside, by A a Hoffman (2019).

This could be good πŸ‘πŸ‘€πŸ“šπŸ“–β­οΈ

Book Synopsis

Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy – if she’ll help them hunt down a bigger target- her own mysterious, vanished mentor. With her homeworld’s fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust- the gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out.

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Book Suggestions – Recursion, by Blake Crouch (2019).

This looks as though it will be quite awesome πŸ˜ŠπŸ“–πŸ“š Full of intrigue and adventure. Most likely worth the read πŸ“šπŸ‘€β­οΈπŸ“–β˜•οΈ

Book Synopsis

‘My son has been erased.’ 

Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton, before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop. Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death, only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different than the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious, new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?

Miles away, neuroscientist Helena Smith is developing a technology that allows us to preserve our most intense memories, and relive them. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.

Barry’s search for the truth leads him on an impossible, astonishing journey, as he discovers that Helena’s work has yielded a terrifying gift – the ability not just to preserve memories, but to remake them . . . at the risk of destroying what it means to be human.

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Book Suggestions – The Poison Within, by Rachel Marie Pearcy (2019).

This book cover is intriguing if nothing more. Definitely something to take a closer look at πŸ“šπŸ‘€πŸ’‘πŸ“–β­οΈ

Book Synopsis

Just like a coin–there are two sides to every story.The Black Queen is known across Kelda for her ruthless heart and wicked nature. Rya has spent years living up to the image people have of her, only to find it threatening to end her life. Accused of a murder she did not commit she is forced to flee her kingdom, and the trained assassin chasing her. With nothing but the clothes on her back, and without the use of her magic, she seeks solace in the one place for people like her–the Ashen Forest.For years Princess Cam has spent her time memorizing the Ashen laws and perfecting her archery, all in preparation for the day her father hands the kingdom down to her. She’s worked hard to be everything that’s expected from her when a chance encounter puts it all to the test. Saving the unconscious queen was an easy choice to make, but dealing with the fallout won’t be as simple.A killer lurking outside the castle walls, a surprise find in the forest, and a lost prince further twist the young women’s lives together. At the end of it all both Rya and Cam will have to confront what lies in their hearts, and decide once and for all what they are willing to fight for.

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Book Review: Ship of Magic, by Robin Hobb (1999).

Liveships! This novel brings the reader into a luxurious fantasy world to a place known as Bingtown. Where families of ancient lineage have fought and worked o survive in an extremely difficult time. Deals have been wrought amongst Rain Wild Traders, who have come from the Rain Wilds, and those who have made the port of Bingtown, their home. These deals and agreements must still be honoured by today’s descendants and debts must be paid, by gold or by blood. After all, a ship carved of Wizard Wood was never going to come cheaply.

Robin Hobb has indeed out done herself once again with the creation of so many wonderful characters that its difficult to decide on a favourite. Or even one that I look more than the others! Although Althea has admittedly stolen my heart. She has courage and determination and I think that is what I found most appealing about her. That and her strength living in what is predominantly a patriarchal business. Wintrow, on the other hand holds a different kind of strength, and his character is also very appealing. He has strong convictions and tries his hardest to remain true them even though he is put through so much turmoil vey young. It hard not to look at this character without a little bit of awe. Who else could withstand losing a digit without a sound?

As always, this is a well written novel with intelligent prose and amazing storyline’s. The idea that a ship can potentially have a life of its own in a way so unusual keeps readers engaged throughout. Not to mention the curiously tantalising snipits of information focused on the serpents who appear to be trailing behind most Slaving Vessels. Do they follow merely for the predictable food source or is there truly something much more?

I have to admit I have truly enjoyed this first book in the Liveship Traders Series, authored by the fabulous Robin Hobb. I would recommend it to young adult readers and older, who enjoy adventure and intrigue within their fantasy. I give this book a 10/10 star rating.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Reading Suggestions – Kings of Ash, by Richard Nell (2019).

This looks like it could be really good. Great book cover πŸ“š ⭐️ πŸ‘Œ πŸ’― ⭐️

Could be worth taking a look πŸ’― πŸ‘ πŸ”₯ πŸ“š

Book Synopsis

The much anticipated continuation of the Ash and Sand trilogy…

Follow the long, bloody journey of Ruka, son of Beyla through the islands of Pyu and the frozen wastes of the Ascom; see the return home of Ratama Kale Alaku, the ‘Sorcerer-Prince’, and the terrifying rise of his ‘miracles’. Before the end, a shocking history will unravel, ancient connections unfold, and all will learn the cost of unleashing the Kings of Ash…

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Book Suggestions – Storm and Fury, by Jennifer L. Armentrout (2019).

This looks like it could be good πŸ‘ πŸ‘Œ πŸ‘€

What secrets hide under your skin?

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Book Synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens – gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again – but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

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Book Review: The Betrayal of Ka, by Shea R Oliver (2015).

This is not something of my normal genre. This is in fact way more sci-fi than I normally read in a year! But as I was asked to review this title I thought I would at least give it the benefit of the doubt. It’s begins with a space adventure setting. A spaceship lands on Earth with the main character intent in the destruction of people with special abilities. Ka, the main character, is fro. Another planet which has decided to invade earth.

The storyline really isn’t my cup of tea. But basically it is well written and has strongly built characters and plot. Political struggles become the centre theme of the story, along with Ka trying to find himself along the way.

I fell that this book is overall written well and would appeal to most sci-fi fans. I would recommend this to the young adult age group and I believe they would find it well worth the read. I give this book a rating of 7/10 stars.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Reading Ideas – Wicked Fox, by Kate Cho (2019).

This looks like it could be worth the look πŸ‘πŸ‘€πŸ“šπŸ“–β­οΈ

Book Synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to men. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous and reignite a generations-old feud . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

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Reading Ideas – Unraveling, by Karen Lord (2019).

The truth behind murders leads to an Otherworldly exploration of spirits, myth and memory…

This looks like it could be worth a look πŸ“šπŸŒŸπŸ”₯πŸ’―πŸ“–

Book Synopsis

Dr. Miranda Ecouvo, forensic therapist of the City, just helped put a serial killer behind bars. But she soon discovers that her investigation into seven unusual murders is not yet complete. A near-death experience throws her out of time and into a realm of labyrinths and spirits. There, she encounters brothers Chance and the Trickster, who have an otherworldly interest in the seemingly mundane crimes from her files.

It appears the true mastermind behind the murders is still on the loose, chasing a myth to achieve immortality. Together, Miranda, Chance, and the Trickster must travel through conjured mazes, following threads of memory to locate the shadowy killer. As they journey deeper, they discover even more questions that will take pain and patience to answer. What is the price of power? Where is the path to redemption? And how can they stop the manβ€”or monsterβ€”who would kill the innocent to live forever?

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