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Review: Soulless by Jacinta Maree

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Review

In the past, I’ve been asked how I’ve picked the books that I’ve done reviews on. In the past, I would’ve usually given a snarky and smartass remark. But, not this time. I feel like I’ve grown over the years and in doing so, it has changed my attitudes to others and how they feel when I say things to them. So I sat back and thought long and hard about it and then I considered the answer for a moment and it reminded me of how this review came to fruition. I first started reading a different title, by a different author…It’s ok, I’m not going to mention the author’s name I’m a better person than that. But as I was saying, I was reading a different book, and believe me when I say that it hurts when I can’t get through a book. So, after trying twice to get through it, I sighed and put it aside. I then moped around my home, wondering what to read and review next.

Then it hit me, why not check my email. It’s helped in the past, and so I did. As I stared into the vast abyss of what is my inbox, that’s where I saw it. Stuck between the email of my order from Barnes and Noble and my last Hot Topic announcement…(don’t ask) I saw it: the notice that would allow me to make up for my past attempt at a review. The aforementioned email was from a newsletter that sends me notices of new books, be it free or offers of books with a small fee. In the past I’ve found their choices to be very well rounded. And, that’s where I saw it the latest from author Jacinta Maree from Melbourne Australia, a book titled Soulless: The Immortal Gene Trilogy Book One.

I was drawn by its cover but that’s not what made me buy it, it was on sale people and there is nothing I love more than a book sale. Even a bad book that is on sale, but this is not the case. So, I decided to give it a shot and said to myself it’s only a dollar. Wow, was that dollar worth it. I have to admit that I have not read a story with such an imaginative and original plot line than this story. Jacinta knows how to draw you in with her rich characters and very good story telling. I don’t do much on the spoiler aspect so you can make the decision for yourself. But, I’ll say this: it’s worth it, from the first page to the last page. I have to say that not many people catch or should I say grab my attention like Jacinta Maree. And in the sense of page turning, this one has it, and even though I’ve only finished the book a bit ago, the characters stayed with me in my memory.

This book is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. As this book caught my attention, I’m sure you’ll get caught up in it as well. With it’s rich characters and well-written prose, I myself am looking forward to seeing what else she has in store for us when she puts out the rest of the this very well-written trilogy.

Soulless is available from Inked Rabbit Press on 10/1/2015 via Amazon HERE.

About the Book

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Welcome to Soulless.

We are the generation that laughs at death.

Reincarnation; what was once considered a gift of immortality has become an eternity of nightmares.

Nadia Richards lives in a world plagued by reincarnation, a system of recycling souls where all past memories, personalities and traumatic events are relived daily in disjointed sequences. Trapped within their own warped realities, not even the richest and most powerful are saved from their own minds unraveling. Madness is the new human nature, and civilizations are crumpling beneath themselves trying to outrun it.

Within a society that ignores death, Nadia appears to be the one exception to the reincarnation trap. Born without any reincarnated memories and with printless eyes, the hot tempered 19 year old quickly becomes the ultimate prize to all those wishing to end the vicious cycle, or for some, to ensure they could evade death forever.

Readers discretion: Adult language, violence and some adult scenes. For mature audiences only.

About the Author

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Born in Melbourne Australia, Jacinta Maree considers herself a chocoholic with an obsession with dragons, video gaming and Japan. She writes a variety of genres including YA paranormal, steampunk, horror, new adult, dystopian and fantasy. Winner of 2014 Horror of the year and bestselling author, Jacinta writes to bring enjoyment to others while fulfilling her own need to explore the weird and the impossible.

Author Links

Site: http://jacintamaree.wix.com/jacintamaree
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jacinta.maree.10
Deviant art: http://jacintamaree.deviantart.com/
Twitter: jacintamaree6.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6448929.Jacinta_Maree

Review: Justice Calling by Annie Bellet

Review: Justice Calling by Annie Bellet published on

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There are several authors I’ve picked up in the past because either I’m introduced to them by a friend or because I’ve gotten a notice in my email, “look at this new author, we’re sure you’re going to like them.” As much as I find that annoying, I’ve found some decent writers from those emails. One in particular is Annie Bellet–an urban fantasy writer I picked up recently, reading her Twenty Sided Sorceress series. The title of her first book, Justice Calling, is a great book. I have to agree with others out there when they say, “If you’re into The Dresden Files, or the Iron Druid series then you’ll enjoy this series.”

So when I started reading this series, I was taken aback when I read how her use of magic and shapeshifting creatures are brought to life. A very well-written prose combined with lavish and descriptive scenes makes this series a good read. Excellent world building is something that has always piqued my interest when it came to the urban fantasy genre. In all my years of reading different storied, be it in the fantasy or urban fantasy genre, it is writers like her that kept me wanting and asking for more.

Her use of magic in this series is very much similar to several other writers out there that use power of will to exert or utilize their abilities. Characters are written very well, full of richness and dimension. It is writing like this that really turns my like to dislike when stories I’ve read in the past failed to give their characters life; I hate using cliche terms, but the word “soul” comes to mind.

But Annie Bellet does not fail at giving her books soul. She has given us a rich world that keeps us turning the page. I guess that’s the reason why we go out and pick up books in this type of genre. It’s the ability to hook us, and in result, it’s what makes us “turn the page.” And, Annie has done just that. She has a knack for making us love and hate her characters, something that most of us writers attempt to do.

I know that, at times, I myself have been disappointed when it came to certain writers out there that just publish what THEY think is good fiction. But here is a writer that, like I said before–is someone I myself will put my hand in the fire for and say that her fiction is something that is worth taking the time to look into.

Pick up a copy of her work. From there ,you judge for yourself. I know that I have already judged her, and I did not find her work wanting. You, on the other hand, (once you start reading), you’ll be wanting for more, and that is for the rest of her stories is the series. So go and pick up Justice Calling, I’m sure you’ll thank me for introducing you to this very talented author.

This book is currently available for FREE from Amazon.

Wardstone Trilogy

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What’s better than reading your favorite book? Well let me tell you, it’s reading your favorite book and knowing that it’s part of a trilogy. You’re probably wondering why trilogies are so great. Well, they continue the story, they make the lives of your favorite characters continue on; and in my opinion, only the best stories have them. The trilogy of Lord of The Rings is one of these great stories and that’s just one. There are many more stories out there that are set up as trilogies and some of them are very well written with fantastic lands and characters.

What I’m getting at is we love to keep reading our favorite stories and knowing that there is more of them to keep the adventure going which is something that just makes the feelings we have come up inside us; like the way we feel on a Christmas morning.

Which brings me to my point, (yes I’m getting to one. Be patient and you’ll see what I’m getting at.) Of all the many stories out there that we have enjoyed. There is one trilogy I’ve had the pleasure to read and enjoy. The trilogy I speak of is “The Wardstone Trilogy,” written by M.R. Mathias. A massive story spanning three books that were written over a span of several years by an author who had a difficult life and happened to get incarcerated in a Texas prison. He decided to pull what he had in his head and create a world filled with powerful characters and lush landscapes. I man honestly what else was he supposed to do? Sit in a cell watching the grass grow. Nope, he decided to do something about it. He decided to not sit there moping about his mistakes and channel all that energy into a tome that spans likes I said earlier, “three books.” And, after reading the first one I was hooked, and would you believe it, he had two more done and I read them as well hoping for more. But, alas after a time I realized there wasn’t anymore.

Which REALLY brings me to my point.

And, that is, what if the last book of the trilogy wasn’t the LAST book of this great story? What if there was more? Well, from the mouth, or should I say the typed email I got from Mathias himself, that is not the case. I sat and read the email and remembered the last book. Where it ended with Hyden finding Dahgmahn’s Journal and as well where Claret’s hatchling was getting big enough to fly Hyden around. So when the email stated that during the next summer of 2016 we would in fact get a continuation to the story, my heart jumped with excitement, or maybe it was the order of six molleja and tripa tacos I ate, but nonetheless I was excited and thrilled to read that information. So I asked Mathias if that info was just for me, or could I spread it to the world? He said that it would be good to let everyone know about the soon to be released book. So that’s what i’m doing, I told you I had a point and there it is. That in the future of summer 2016 be prepared to experience the counting stories of “The Wardstone Trilogy.” Or maybe now it can be considered a Quadrology? I guess we’ll know soon enough.

You see wasn’t that worth the wait? I think it was and am happy to be the one to tell you about it. Now, go forth and spread the news my fellow readers of fantasy and fiction, go forth spread your demon wings and take flight for this is going to be a good year and soon be an awesome summer.

Review: Paragon Dracus by M.R. Mathias

Review: Paragon Dracus by M.R. Mathias published on

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M.R. Mathias’ series The Legend of Vanx Malic continues with a sixth book, Paragon Dracus.

About this book:

Vanx, his full blooded Zythian friend Zeezle Croyle, Gallarael, and Chelda Flar, set out for Dragon Isle, to hunt down the terrible force who calls himself Paragon Dracus, but they soon find they’ve underestimated its power.

Meanwhile, King Russet Oakarm, his small group of Zythian wizards, and his hand-picked soldiers, begin rounding up stray Parydonians and spreading the word across the kingdom lands that his father has been dazed by the evil, shape-shifting creature’s entrancing trident, and is no longer the true king. In fact Russet’s father wants nothing more than to kill him, just as the Paragon ordered.

When the unthinkable happens, and Vanx Malic is taken by the Trigon Daze, his crew, and all those who love him, will be forced to attempt the impossible to save him.

Odds are, they don’t stand a chance against something as ancient and powerful as this foe, but sometimes a common threat can cause a lifelong enemy to become an ally. Sometimes to win the day you have to make a deal with a devil. Don’t miss this one. Vanx Malic Book Six will blow you away.

Review

The fantasy genre has had many authors come and go, some good and some not so good. Over the years, I have had the pleasure to read some of the good ones. I have also had the misfortune to read some of the bad ones, and believe me, there have been some bad ones. But I digress. I am not here to pitch out venom or bile toward the ones that I didn’t like, the ones that pushed my eyes and brain to the brink of painful bleeding with their badly written stories and badly thought out plot lines.

What I’m here to do is give you a small account of what I believe is a very well written and plotted out fantasy story. And, for some, that is a marvel among itself.

I started reading fantasy many years ago after my mother purchased for me a copy of–yes, before you think the idea is a cliche, let me tell you, back then it was NOT a cliche, and in this case, it was the love of a parent instilling the love of reading to her child…now where was I?

Oh yes, she bought me a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. When I started to read the story of Bilbo on his adventure, I was completely hooked. I’ve read many books since, and not many have gripped me as that one did.

Until this series fell into my lap. The Vanx Malic series by M.R. Mathias.

The Vanx Malic series, though not already well known, has done the things that other good fantasy series have done. And that is, it has given us a complex character with an intriguing story line that keeps you asking for more. Mathias’s rich depictions of landscapes and battles will keep you turning the page until the end, until there are no more pages to turn. For some writers, the art of story telling is a chore, and for some it’s something that flows with ease. Mathias is one of the few that, when you read his work, you’ll see that it just flows for him.

This is the sixth book in The Vance Malic. The journey that you embark upon when you open the latest chapter of the series is one filled with a grand adventure, a journey that will make you want to go back to the beginning where it all started. It is for this reason that I chose to review this story. To invite you to begin a quest: a grand quest of adventure, loyalty, friendship, and above all, the art of battle. It is difficult to explain the story to you without giving anything away. I highly recommend this novel, as well as the previous installments of The Vance Malic. They will take you down the path of imagination and adventure.
So go and pick up a copy, I’m sure you’ll not be disappointed, I know I wasn’t.

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