RELEASE BLITZ (W/Review) | Frozen In Flames – Brandy L. Rivers

Hi Everyone!

Happy Release Day to Brandy L. Rivers! I’m reviewing Frozen in Flames on this blitz, so check it out!


Title: Frozen in Flames
Author: Brandy L. Rivers
Genre: Adult PNR
Publication Date: January 7th, 2019
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR

ebook frozen in flames

Words can freeze or burn, as well as mend.

Ready to give up on love, Lonny stuck around to ensure Lana’s safety at the request of an old friend. But every day is a painful reminder she doesn’t want to love a Fae.

The words of her father left Lana doubting herself.  Finally free of his opinion, she realizes she wants Lonny in her life. But someone will stop at nothing to claim her for his own agenda.

A series of attacks turns the tables. Now it’s her turn to chase Lonny while uncovering secrets buried in her past. As they grow closer, she learns who she is and how wrong she was, but the threat hasn’t ended.

Goodreads
Buy Links:

Black And White Portrait Of Tender Beautiful Couple


 

Review:

What a cool story! I do wish I had read the other books in the series, and since I enjoyed this one so much, I think I will. This was a very thrilling paranormal romance that had me on the edge of my seat.

I really loved the romance between Lonny and Lana. It was an emotional rollercoaster, that tugged at my heart strings a few times. However, when their relationship takes off, whew! It’s a sizzling, passionate romance, and I haven’t read such a compelling relationship in quite a while. The author knew what she was doing when she wrote these two.

A fast paced plot, secrets, danger, romance – really, what more could you want in a book? I really am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. My TBR just got a little longer. I highly recommend checking this out!

Rating:
4/5☆

win_20141029_121908

Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is kept busy writing the Others of Seattle, Others of Edenton, Combustible, and the Pine Barrens Pack series.

An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. With every story her world of characters expands, pulling her new directions.

Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects.

Black And White Portrait Of Tender Beautiful Couple


Hosted By:

Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR


Let me know if you check this one out!

|Twitter|Instagram|Facebook|Patreon

Advertisements

BOOK REVIEW | Aggravated Momentum- Didi Oviatt

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing Aggravated Momentum!


Not everything is as it seems in what appears to be an average family. When danger lurks so close to home, skeletons emerge, and the darkest of secrets surface, causing twisted desires to become reality. Aggravated Momentum offers the perspective of some very diverse and unique characters, including fun, witty personalities to fall in love with, along with an intellectual killer to die for. You may be surprised as to whom exactly you can relate. Is it the cold, calculated murderer, who’s name is yet to be revealed? Markie or Kam, the independent sisters, guilty of nothing more than getting tangled with the wrong people at the most inopportune times? Or, the cowardly snake curled in a hidden corner? Who are you, exactly? And, more importantly, who are they? The deeper you dig into the psyche of another, the more breath taking are the secrets you will find.


Review:

Aggravated Momentum is definitely my kind of story. Suspenseful thrillers will always have a place in my heart and Didi Oviatt has written a really awesome one!

I absolutely loved the character building in this story. Didi Oviatt is clearly talented when creating characters who are intriguing and realistic. I loved how the situations they were put in revealed more about their personailites. I’m a sucker for books with fantastic characters, and this is probably why I loved Aggravated Momentum so much.

The twists and turns are pretty much endless in this story. There are lots of surprises I didn’t see coming, and that is what I’m looking for when I read a novel like this. I highly recommend checking this one out!

Rating:

4/5☆


7207389

Didi Oviatt is an intuitive soul. She’s a wife and mother first, with one son and one daughter. Her thirst to write was developed at an early age, and she never looked back. After digging down deep and getting in touch with her literary self, she’s writing mystery/thrillers like Search For Maylee, Aggravated Momentum, The Stix, and New Age Lamians. Along with a six- piece short story collection called the Time Wasters. She’s also collaborated with Kim Knight in an ongoing interactive short story anthology The Suspenseful Collection. When Didi doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she can found enjoying a laid back outdoorsy life. Time spent sleeping under the stars, hiking, fishing, and ATVing the back roads of beautiful mountain trails. Sun-bathing in the desert heat, along with watching the relaxing dance of a campfire plays an important part of her day to day lifestyle.

https://didioviatt.wordpress.com/
amazon.com/author/didioviatt
https://www.facebook.com/didioviatt
https://twitter.com/Didi_Oviatt
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/…
https://www.instagram.com/didioviatt/

Book Recieved From:

R & R Book Tours


Let me know what you think!

|Twitter|Instagram|Facebook|Patreon|

BOOK REVIEW | Ghost Owl – Nancy Schoellkopf

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing Ghost Owl by Nancy Schoellkopf.


Ghost Owl: Sacred Path into Darkness
By Nancy Schoellkopf
Genre: Magic Realism, Visionary Fiction

Twenty-year-old college student Mariah Easter is missing. Her mother and half-brother are frantically searching for her. Her best friend Rafa is poring through her private journals, seeking clues to her whereabouts. But Mariah is unaware of their concern. Blind to any danger, she has slipped into a world where darkness is as bright as noon—but for her eyes only. Embarking on a deep spiritual journey into shadows, she begins peering into the unlit spaces normally hidden from view, leading her to confront the sinister nature of power, the vulnerability of the ill, and the secret life of a homeless man: a winding path that will bring healing to herself and the man she loves.

Ghost Owl is a spiritual story of discovery that follows a young woman as she explores
the limits of her potential and confronts her own shadow.


Review:

Ghost Owl was a different read for me. I generally stick with fantasy novels, and this was more of a magical realism novel. I also learned later, this is the third book in a series. It can definitely be read as a standalone. I had no issues getting to know the characters and understanding the story.

Most of the chapters are journal enteris from our main character, Mariah, and narrated from first person POV. The rest are from third person POV of the other characters. I think Nancy Schoellkopf did an amazing job keeping this crisp and clean, as the story flowed fluidly through the chapters. Switching POVs can be tricky, but the author clearly knew what she was doing.

The concept of Ghost Owl was something that took me a bit to latch on to. I understood what was going on, but I think I was too aware I was reading. However, I did enjoy the magical aspects and alternate dimensions. It was an interesting take on how different decisions have different outcomes.

Overall, I enjoyed Ghost Owl once I got into it. I do recommend checking this one out if magical realism is your go to. I would like to read the first two books in the series to get more out of the story.

Rating:

4/5☆


Nancy Schoellkopf is a California poet and novelist who writes stories with spiritual themes. She is the author of the Avian Series of Novels–Yellow-Billed Magpie, Red-Tailed Hawk, and Ghost Owl—as well as the short story collection, Rover. In her books she has created a universe where each soul–orphaned, homeless, autistic, wounded, ill, young, old, rich, poor, unremarkable, ageless–is discovered as a luminous gift. She invites the reader to ponder the extraordinary treasures hidden in the ordinary events of daily life.

Based in Sacramento, Nancy spent over 30 years teaching amazing children in Special Education classes in urban school districts. A full-time writer now, she enjoys lavishing attention on her cats, her garden, and her intriguing circle of family and friends.

You may reach her at her website, Wild Imaginings: a Spiritual Journey at www.nancyschoellkopf.com

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Hosted by:

Sage’s Blog Tours


Does this sound like a book you’d read? Let me know if you do!

PicsArt_11-18-01.08.00.jpg

|Twitter|Instagram|Facebook|Patreon

BOOK REVIEW & INTERVIEW | Snowday – B.R. Maycock

Hey everyone!

Today, I’m reviewing Snowday by Bernadette Maycock! Bernadette was also awesome enough to answer some questions for us!


Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow…
Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind.

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes.

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in?

A fun-filled, festive read for fans of Christie Barlow, Fiona Gibson and Colleen Coleman.

Amazon UK | Amazon US | Universal Buy Link

Review:

I had a difficult time setting down Snowday once I started reading.

I loved the characters in this book. B.R. Maycock has crafted relatable and engaging characters. Elise’s life is not perfect, but her journey in Snowday is so relatable you feel as though you are her.

There were lots of laughs and romance in this one. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, which is exactly what you would expect from a book like this. I recommend checking it out!

Rating:

4/5☆


Interview with Bernadette Maycock

What was the inspiration behind Snowday?

Snowday actually started with the main character Eloise, a warm, positive, strong character that pushes on through the mundanity and lunancy of everday life trying not to be dragged down.

How long did it take you to write Snowday?

It was started last Christmas then put on the back burner due to both blogging (I review books) and another book I was working on. I had always wanted to write a Christmas book and when the snow came to Ireland and stayed for four months (never happens here!) I figured someone somewhere was telling me to get my you-know-what in gear! So in total ten months.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? Least favorite?

I have a love-hate relationship with all parts. I love the planning, where you’ve so many ideas and possibility is all around, I love when you’re in the depths of a story and all is flowing, I love when you find solutions to road blocks and when you’re editing and your work is beginning to resemble something you think you’d enjoy reading and I love the extreme fine tuning at the end. I also hate each of these parts when they’re not going to plan!!!

Is writing a hobby or a career for you?

I hope for it to be a career (so much I can’t even tell you!) . I really really want to earns a living from my books and to have a collection people can go to to pick a book for when they’re in a certain humour, or at different stages of their life.

What do you do when you’re feeling uninspired?

I play with the kids and try to forget it all or I listen to music or watch comedy. Comedy inspires me!

Who is your biggest supporter?

My husband is my biggest supporter and hindrance in equal measures. He tells me I’m inspiring and gives me motivational talks that most Ted Talk people would laud, and then other times he says ‘so I’m sitting on my own again tonight I guess?’ (Cue puppy dog eyes;)) My mum too, she’s the only person in the world who regularly asks me how the writing is going!

What is something unique your readers might not know about you?

I once did a paraglide. I’m pretty proud of that! I can still picture my dad sitting in the jeep with both me and the group running the paraglide. We were in Spain and I was 16 and we went up this old dirt track and my dad was hanging on for dear life. Afterwards he told me he was sure we were all going to die before we even got up to the mountain!

You’re a new addition to a crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Yellow. Yellow’s always a game changer

Are you working on another book? Can you give us a hint as to what it will contain or when it will be available?

So I’m working on two at the moment. I have one I’m hoping to get a book deal with that I might self publish this year if I’m not successful, it’s a series about a girl who decides to brighten up her town with a lotto win, not realising the locals have other plans for the cash. The other is a comedy that is actually the second of the Riverside books (Snowday was the first) and it’s called ‘The Day The Lights Went out’ and it’s about a mother who realises her marriage isn’t as strong as she thought it was. I’m hoping fr that to be out this year too.

Do you have any advice for new writers?

Before you start writing choose some words that describe what you want your writing to be. Always re-read with this/ these words in mind. (Mine are sparkling and funny, and when I feel I’m losing either I take a break and re-work)

Also write a one page synopsis that briefly outlines your story so you know where you’re headed and interview your characters (you’ll find some good sample interviews online) so you know everything about them before you start.

Well, Jessica, thanks so much for having me, it was an absolute pleasure to be over!

— Thanks for being here!!! ❤


When Bernadette Maycock isn’t dreaming up vibrant leads for romantic comedies, she’s ingesting books for her blog, in particular chick lit (her first love!) books, romantic comedies and thrillers. She can also be found playing footie or watching Marvel, DC or Star Wars movies and cartoons in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and their four epic little men.

Her debut ‘It Started With A Snub’ and Christmas romantic comedy ‘Snowday’ are available now on Amazon, and Bernadette is currently working on a three part series about AbbeyGlen Village, whose luck is about to change …

She has one goal and that’s simply to make readers smile and/ or laugh (a splutter rates highest;)).

Amazon | BRMaycock’s book blog |
Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

Let me know what you think!

Thanks again, Bernadette!! ❤

|Twitter|Instagram|Facebook|Patreon|

BOOK REVIEW | The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer

Hi everyone!

Today I’m excited to be reviewing The Sea Was a Fair Master by Calvin Demmer!


The world’s fate lies with a comatose young girl; an android wants to remember a human she once knew under Martian skies; men at sea learn that the ocean is a realm far different from land, where an unforgiving god rules; a school security guard discovers extreme English class; and a man understands what the behemoth beneath the sea commands of him.

The Sea Was a Fair Master is a collection of 23 stories, riding the currents of fantasy, science fiction, crime, and horror. There are tales of murder, death, loss, revenge, greed, and hate. There are also tales of hope, survival, and love.

For the sea was a fair master.

Amazon | Goodreads

Review:

I’ve read a few flash fiction stories before, but never in a collection, and never any like these. Calvin Demmer is a master at drawing you in quickly, and keeping your attention through each short story.

I love the multiple genres Calvin Demmer touches on. It isn’t all just horror, we also get some sci-fi, fantasy and crime. Each story as compelling as the last, I honestly can’t pick a favorite.

I highly recommend checking this collection out. I’m very impressed. The writing style is beautiful, haunting, and will leave you thinking about each story long after you’ve finished the collection.

Rating:

5/5☆


Calvin Demmer is a dark fiction author. His debut collection, The Sea Was a Fair Master, was released in June 2018. When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Let me know what you think in the comments! 😊

|Twitter|Instagram|Facebook|Patreon|

BOOK REVIEW | Chambers – Brent Jones

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to be reviewing another short story by Brent Jones today.


Escaping abuse at a facility for assisted living, Gordon B. Sutherland, twenty-two, locks himself in a high-rise hotel room with a single-action six shooter. He sets it on a wide desk, next to a telephone, six phone numbers on a scrap piece of paper, and a single round of ammunition.

Six numbers.

Six chambers.

Just one bullet.

Putting his faith in a higher power and a desperate game of Russian roulette, he picks up the receiver, hoping to make peace with those he cherishes most before going with God.

Chambers, a new short story from author Brent Jones, is a gripping tale of compassion and humanity, delivering an ending audiences won’t see coming.

Brent Jones is brilliant in his writing…
—Jessica Rachow, Author & Book Reviewer

Jones packs a punch when you need it…
—Mark Gunning, Author

Jones gets you so emotionally involved in his characters so quickly…
—Virginia Williams, Book Reviewer

Purchase on Amazon

Review:

In a very short amount of time, I was completely invested in Gordon and his story. I’m not always emotional when reading, but this story had me tearing up a bit.

With themes of compassion, sadness, and forgiveness, Brent Jones has crafted yet another amazing short story. I was blown away by the ending and I’m still trying to process.

A very quick read, but very powerful. I highly recommend it.

Rating:

5/5☆


From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Brent Jones

Let me know what you think!

BOOK REVIEW | Row 17 – Brent Jones

Hi everyone!

Happy New Year!

Brent Jones (author of the Afton Morrison series) has quickly become a favorite author of mine. I’m excited to be reviewing his short story, Row 17.


Fleeing his misdeeds abroad, Jason William Donnelly finds himself aboard a turbulent international flight, where he encounters his future self.

Will there ever be hoverboards, Jason asks, like we see in the movies? And when will America elect its first female president?

But his future self has no interest in these matters. He’s there, instead, to offer a grim warning. A glimpse at the price Jason will pay for the choices he has made.

“I could change,” Jason insists. “I could.”

“No, Jason. You’ll never change. You know how I know? Because I am you.”

This short story, from the author of Go Home, Afton, explores the consequences of evil, the cost of redemption, and the often futile nature of remorse.

“…Brent Jones is an amazing writer!
—Donna Weiss, Book Reviewer

Brent is a master with characters and atmosphere.
—Nicole Campbell, Book Reviewer

Purchase on Amazon

Review:

Brent Jones has this incredible ability to craft an intriguing story in such a short amount of time. I read Row 17 in about a half hour, and I’m blown away. My first read of 2019, and I’m so glad I chose this one.

Row 17 plays with themes of remorse, evilness and redemption. It’s an interesting look at whether remorse and redemption await someone who has sunk so low in his evilness.

Brilliant. I really can’t praise this story enough. A quick read that will have you thinking long after you set it down.

Rating:
5/5☆


From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Brent Jones

Let me know what you think!

BOOK REVIEW | Dead Steam – Bryce Raffle

Hi everyone!

Today I am excited to be sharing my thoughts about Dead Steam!


Dead Steam: A Chilling Collection of Dreadpunk Tales of the Dark and Supernatural
Publication Date: October 1st, 2018
Genre: Anthology/ Dreadpunk/ Dark Steampunk/ Horror

Reader beware: to open this tome is to invite dread into your heart. Every page you turn will bring you closer to something wicked. And when the dead begin to rise from the steaming pits of hell, only then will you discover that it is already too late. Your life is forfeit.

Featuring an introduction by Leanna Renee Hieber, author of the Eterna Files and Strangely Beautiful saga, DeadSteam plays host to the scintillating writing of David Lee Summers (Owl Dance, The Brazen Shark), Jen Ponce (The Bazaar, Demon’s Cradle), Wendy Nikel (The Continuum), Karen J Carlisle (The Adventures of Viola Stewart), Jonah Buck (Carrion Safari), and more…

With seventeen chilling tales of Dreadpunk, Gaslamp, and Dark Steampunk, DeadSteam will leave you tearing at the pages, desperate for more. For within these pages, the dead rise from their graves to haunt the London Underground, witches whisper their incantations to the wind, a sisterhood of bitten necks hunts fog-drenched alleyways lit only by gaslight, and only one thing is certain: that dread will follow you until you turn that final page.

And that sinking feeling in the pit of your chest? That fear that something is following you, watching you, hunting you? It is not for nothing. Look over your shoulder, dear reader. Watch behind you. Listen to the whispers in the darkness.

But know this…it is all inevitable.

Add to Goodreads
Amazon Hardcover| Amazon Paperback & Kindle | Barnes & Noble Paperback & Nook | Barnes & Noble Hardcover | Kobo | Booktopia
Book Trailer

Review:

I’ve never read dreadpunk, and I was immediately intrigued when the opportunity to read DeadSteam came up. I’m glad I did! It put me right back into the Halloween mood.

I’m having trouble picking a favorite short story, they were all great in their own right. I think some of these stories even deserve their own film novels.

I definitely recommend checking these short stories out. They are chilling and an interesting blend of horror and steampunk.

Rating:

4/5☆


Book Recieved From:

R & R Book Tours


Let me know what you think!

|Twitter|Instagram|Facebook|Patreon|

BOOK REVIEW | Shadow’s Keep – Meghan O’Flynn

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing Shadow’s Keep.


Shadow’s Keep
by Meghan O’Flynn
Genre: Crime Thriller

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FAMISHED

Dark and intense, with an M. Night Shyamalan-level twist.
~Kristen Mae, bestselling author of the Conch Garden series

OLD SINS. NEW BLOOD.

Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan doesn’t feel like a detective, at least not like the ones he admires on TV. Not that he needs to be; the small town of Graybel, Mississippi, is a peaceful place, with acres of farmland, neighbors who always take care of their own, and noise from the outside world muted by a hundred miles of forest.

That silence is about to be broken.

When a child is found dead in the woods, the medical examiner deems it a dog attack. But the paw prints belong to something far larger than any creature in the Mississippi forests, and what animal would remove the victim’s eyes? Though no one believes him, William can’t shake the feeling that a human killer lurks in the shadowed woods.

And his girlfriend, Cassie, has a son the same age as the victim.

Cassie Parker was raised amid horrors she’s long pushed from her mind, but her scars won’t let her forget. Nor do the hallucinations, dreams so vivid she can feel and smell and taste them. And no one is more terrified than Cassie when another victim is found mauled to death—because this body has been drained of blood. She knows exactly what type of person would sacrifice a child, and why they’re after hers. But how can she explain it to William?

This is William’s chance to act like a detective, to protect the woman and child he’s desperate to save. Pushing back against prejudice and presumption, he uncovers a trail of cruelty that spans decades, but each clue brings him closer to a truth more horrifying than killer beasts in the forest. For concealed beneath small-town politics is knowledge that will shatter everything he knows to be true about his town—and the people in it.

A compulsively readable thriller in the vein of Cujo, The Girl on the Train, and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, Shadow’s Keep is a mind-bending exploration of obsession, desperation, and how far we’ll go to protect those we love.

Add to Goodreads
Amazon | Apple | B&N | Google | Kobo
Video Trailer

Review:

I am the kind of person who likes to go into books with little knowledge of what I am about to read. I’m so glad I did this with Shadow’s Keep. This is one of those stories that grabs you from the first page and drags you through the woods to the end. So many twists and turns, and shocks, that I’m still reeling from it.

I can’t tell you much about this story, because I really think you should head in blind. I can tell you that I want to read it again. This is a thrill ride and I read it in one day. The characters are compelling and the plot is absolutely amazing. I am in love with Meghan O’Flynn’s attention to detail, brilliant writing, and realistic characters.

You should just go pick up this book and read it. Right now.

Rating:

5/5☆


Meghan O’Flynn is a clinical therapist, writer, artist, wife, and mom. She adores her amazing little boys, dark chocolate, tea, dirty jokes, and back rubs with no strings attached, in that order. Meghan is the bestselling author of The Jilted, Shadow’s Keep, and the Ash Park series–which includes Famished, Conviction, Repressed, Hidden and Redemption–and has penned a number of short stories including “Crimson Snow” and “Alien Landscape.” She is frankly amazed that her wonderful husband still agrees to live with her after reading them and even more shocked that he seems to sleep soundly.

Website | Facebook | Facebook Group | Twitter
Instagram | Bookbub | Amazon | Goodreads


Book Received From:

Silver Dagger Book Tours


Let me know what you think!

|Twitter|Instagram|Facebook|Patreon|

BOOK REVIEW | Aaru: Halls of Hel – David Meredith

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing Aaru: Halls of Hel. I reviewed book one, Aaru and you can read that here. A big thanks to David Meredith for allowing me to read his book!


… Let them have everything – health, food, a place to live, entertainment. They are and remain unhappy and low-spirited for the demon waits and waits…
Friedrich Nietzsche

Rose is a Veda.

In Elysian Industries’ virtual paradise of Aaru, that means she’s practically a goddess. She is immortal. She is powerful. A limitless paradise is hers and her friends’ to command. They are free from sickness and pain, old age and death. She should be ecstatic over her prestige and privilege, but the gilded utopia has lost its luster.

In a reality where anything can be hers with a thought, and Rose can master any skill instantly with nothing but her imagination, to what can she still aspire? She has all of eternity to fill, but what will her purpose be? Rose adores her sweet, Latin boyfriend, Franco. She loves wiling away endless immaculate days with her friends, but shouldn’t there be more to life than mere play? Also, Rose is dogged by deep concern for her little sister, Koren, the Elysian Industries spokes-model and reality star back in the “Before” world.

Though Koren is wealthy, famous, and idolized by millions of adoring fans, her life is spinning out of control. Her parents’ marriage is on the rocks, and the boyfriend of her dreams, Jonas Perry, seems suddenly indifferent. Koren finds her celebrity increasingly isolating, her grueling work schedule exhausting, and the constant scrutiny of her personal life unwelcomed and intrusive. To top it all off, she has regular nightmares about the death of her friend, Kiku, and the still-at-large Magic Man who nearly stole away her everything.

Koren and Rose have more to fear from this quarter than they know. Magic Man’s obsession with the teenage idol has not lessened, and he is far from defeated. With vital aid from an unexpected source, his nefarious schemes to make Koren his own and to hack the Aaru mainframe are on track and moving forward. Unless the sisters can thwart his sinister designs, everyone and everything the girls hold dear could be destroyed.

Amazon

Review:

I was immediately excited to book two because the concept for Aaru was really cool. Aaru is a system that keeps people alive and lets them connect to their loved ones. The motal questions and implications that come from something like that was what made book one super intriguing.

Aaru: Halls of Hel picks up a little after the events in book one. This book is very well written. David Meredith keeps the suspense piling slowly as we see the fracture in Koren’s family and the mistakes her parents kept making. It brought this really intriguing complexity to the novel that made me want more.

We get to focus on Rose and Aaru. What are the implications of eternal life? I loved the theme of emptiness that seemed to be in all the people in Aaru. They lacked purpose, and didn’t need to work for anything. The attention to detail and complexity levels of this story are really cool. Every character felt alive and I enjoyed reading their story.

I really enjoyed this book. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next. I recommend this one to scifi/dystopian fans for sure.

Rating:

4/5☆


David Meredith is a writer and educator originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. He received his Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. On and off, he spent nearly a decade, from 1999-2010 teaching English in Northern Japan, but currently lives with his wife and three children in the Nashville Area where he continues to write and teach English.

Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

A giant thank you to David for sending me a copy of Aaru: Halls of Hel! I hope you all check it out. Let me know what you think in the comments!

|Twitter|Instagram|Facebook|Patreon