Review: The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah Oomerbhoy

The Rise of the Dawnstar
Farah Oomerbhoy
(The Avalonia Chronicles #2)
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Aurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

Review

 

Wow! Just Wow!!

From the very first page I was in awe of this authors world building ability! She really brought the realm of Avalonia alive for me! I could see it, hear it, smell it and feel it! Having not read the first book in this series I was not expecting it at all.  The author really has shown amazing talent through her descriptions of the world around Aurora.

I loved the twists and turns in the plot throughout it really kept the pace up and didn’t give the reader time to bore of the story line! There is a bit for everyone, betrayal, disappointments, romance and battles! Seriously what is not to love!

I really enjoyed the writers ability to pull me into her story and it is testament to her talent that I could feel fully involved in the story without having read the first book!

 

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Author Bio:

Farah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained nearly two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.

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Review: The Blood Print by Ausma Khan

This debut fantasy series from the brilliant Ausma Khan is quickly becoming an anticipated read (this was echoed by loud mouths and EW) and was already included in Bookriot’s list of 5 Sci-Fi Fantasy Novels with Badass Heroines.

Synopsis

 

A dark power called the Talisman has risen in the land, born of ignorance and persecution. Led by a man known only known as the One-eyed Preacher, it is a cruel and terrifying movement bent on world domination—a superstitious patriarchy that suppresses knowledge and subjugates women. And it is growing.

But there are those who fight the Talisman’s spread, including the Companions of Hira, a diverse group of influential women whose power derives from the Claim—the magic inherent in the words of a sacred scripture. Foremost among them is Arian and her apprentice, Sinnia, skilled warriors who are knowledgeable in the Claim. This daring pair have long stalked Talisman slave-chains, searching for clues and weapons to help them battle their enemy’s oppressive ways. Now, they may have discovered a miraculous symbol of hope that can destroy the One-eyed Preacher and his fervid followers: The Bloodprint, a dangerous text the Talisman has tried to erase from the world.

Finding a copy of The Bloodprint promises to be their most dangerous undertaking yet, an arduous journey that will lead them deep into Talisman territory. Though they will be helped by allies—a loyal ex-slave and Arian’s former confidante and sword master—both Arian and Sinnia know that this mission may well be their last.

Review

The Bloodprint is the first book in this high fantasy series called Khorasan Archives. But although it is quite obviously a Fantasy the underlying religious and political themes are definitely worries that concern us in contemporary society which makes it easy to relate to even for the non-fantasy reader.

The book is so well written and is the tale of two strong women against the world.  These women are tasked with freeing enslaved women who have been captured by The Talisman which is no easy task!

I found the book impossible to put down which is totally down to the skill of the writer to draw you in by using the journey these two women take there is a lot to take in and yet I didn’t get lost or bored with the journey!

I love how the first book has created more questions for me than it answered as it makes me anticipate book number two all the more!

Disclosure: The Pursuit Of Bookiness received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions are our own

Blitz: Fallen Halos by Erin Hayes & Rebecca Hamilton

Fallen Halos
Erin Hayes & Rebecca Hamilton
Publication date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Haunted. Cursed. Helpless. Life is dangerous this close to the Door to Hell.

Half insane after the death of his wife and daughter, Rahym runs a lodge near the Door to Hell. With a sector curse that causes anyone to collapse into Hibernation after four hours of exertion, a stay at the lodge is the only way for people to cross the Karakum Desert without falling victim to fire or demonlings.

Then Nakir, an old friend and the angel leading the rebel group known as Halos, appears with a plan to break the curse. He’s brought Rahym’s childhood love Jennet whose special witch powers may be to be the tipping point the resistance needs to win.

But first, they’ll have to brave Hell itself.

They just need Rahym to show them the way. He’ll have to decide if he’s willing to risk his life for a cause he once believed in. Or if there’s even enough left of the world worth saving.

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EXCERPT:

“Rahym? Rahym Tezel? Is that you?”

I still, recognizing the voice. A million and one memories seem to physically hit me, sucking the air out of my lungs.

“Yes, it’s me,” I say warily. “Who are you?”

Please don’t let it be him. Please don’t… both my subconscious and I chant.

I really don’t want to deal with that asshole right now. Or ever again, for that matter.

I get my answer. One of the hooded riders dismounts, landing in the sand. He lifts the hood back and looks at me, his emerald green eyes glowing with unearthly power. The sharp planes of his face are exaggerated by the light from the Door as he gives me a lopsided smile.

Goddammit.

“Nakir,” I say, with a false sense of bravado, and I wish I were seeing him under different circumstances. I’ “What are you doing here?”

The smile grows, as a second rider swings a leg over the side of their horse. The rider strides up next to the asshole that I blame for the shattered remains of my life. This much closer, I can see that it’s a woman, although she doesn’t lift her hood, so I can’t see her face.

“We’re on the road, Rahym,” Nakir says, drawing my attention back to him. “And we need your help.”

My help?” I ask.

He nods.

“I’m flattered, but I don’t do that anymore. People tend to die around you.”

To my surprise, the woman next to Nakir chuckles mirthlessly. She may be crazier than I am. Not a good sign.

Nakir smirks. “Dying. Right. That’s exactly why we need you, Rahym.”

“Why?”

Nakir exchanges a glance with the woman. She pulls back her hood, and from the depths of my memory, I recall her.

Shit.

Well, this night has taken an unexpected turn.

“Jennet,” I say, calling out her name. It’s been years, and the last time I saw her, we were teenagers, but the curve of her lips tells me that I identified her correctly. A new sort of horror overtakes me; what is Jennet doing with Nakir?

“Hello, Rahym,” she says in a clear voice. “We’re going to lift the curse. And we need you to lead us through the Door to Hell.”

 

Author Bio:

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.
She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton lives in Georgia with her husband and four kids, all of whom inspire her writing. Somewhere in between using magic to disappear booboos and sorcery to heal emotional wounds, she takes to her fictional worlds to see what perilous situations her characters will find themselves in next. Represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA, Rebecca has been published internationally, in three languages.

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Review: Design of The Spirit by H.R. Moore

Synopsis

The Temples have gone. The energy has plummeted. The world is in chaos.

In the wake of the biggest disaster the world has ever seen, the Rebels seize control. They prepare to put in place a new political system, overthrowing both the Descendants and the Gods.

But with the Relic missing, and no hope of energy stability without it, Anita and the Institution venture into the Wild to find the mysterious Magnei. Can the Magnei give them the answers they seek? Will Anita find out what happened to Alexander? And will they finally find a way to return the Relic, and free their energy from the influence of the Gods?

Praise

“Is HR Moore the new JK Rowling?” (The Resident Magazine) 

Praise for Legacy of the Mind: 

‘Finally a book that bridges the gap between the romance of Twilight and the action of the Hunger Games!’ 

‘Fast paced and a real page turner, with the right mix of action and a touch of romance…’ 

‘Drama, excitement, vivid scene settings with plot twists…This story has it all!’ 

‘Fantastic characters and an all consuming story.’ 

 

Review

I didn’t think H.R Moore could do it but this book is even better than the first two! If you haven’t seen my reviews on the other two books in this trilogy you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

The author has produced another all consuming story that I read in just one day! My life was put on hold and I could not leave this compelling story alone until it was finished and what a finish!!

The author has an amazing ability to create intertwining story lines without losing the reader.  Watch out for some awesome twists in this final story you really can’t see them coming in the other two books.

It loses none of the pace of the last two books, in fact it heats up dramatically. There is drama and action from the outset and all looks lost when the heroine feels she has lost her partner or was he ever hers? The story continues to focus not just on the political undertone but also on the love triangle that is central (but not all consuming) to the story.

I love that this book offers more background to other characters in the book aside from Anita, Alex and Marcus and it really adds an extra depth to the story; some of the back stories make this story and the author has very cleverly built the suspense using these back stories to bring you to a dramatic climax!

This truly is an incredible story and I am so glad that I came across this trilogy and  encourage you to give it a try as well. You will not be disappointed this is a hidden gem and I can’t wait to see what else comes from this author in the future.

Nat

 

 

 

Review: No Rest for The Wicked by Dane Cobain

Synopsis

When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.

Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.

The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.
When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Review

This is not my usual genre of choice but this quirky novella is worth a read if you are looking for something a bit different and something short.

I liked the concise chapters and some of the sub plots although I did think some threads of the story were unnecessary due to the short length of the novella.

I wasn’t thrilled with the plot of the story but it did get me thinking about what we perceive as good and evil and how things aren’t always so black and white. The juxtaposition of science and religion could have worked well but I just found it a bit unbelievable.

Having read some of Cobain’s poetry I was expecting a commentary on social and political issues and wasn’t disappointed. The novella highlighted many issues such as depression, stress and alcoholism to name but a few. One could look even further into the subtext and relate the Angels to modern day terrorists.

The story raises interesting points about morals and judgements of other people and that none of us are without “sin” and should perhaps look to see things from others’ viewpoints and try putting ourselves in their shoes.

In fact, at the very end the main character, who the Angels consider to have a huge amount of sin, shows that even a person with great sin can make huge sacrifice for the greater good. It also shows that every day people do great deeds and don’t get any recognition for it.

All in all I found the book thought provoking even though I didn’t find the story particularly convincing.

Disclosure:  The Pursuit Of Bookiness received a copy of this book free of charge in return for an honest review.  All opinions are our own.

Blitz: Lady Of Sherwood by Molly Bilinski

Lady of Sherwood
Molly Bilinski
(Outlaws of Sherwood #1)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 24th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Robin of Lockesly was neither the son her father wanted, nor the daughter her mother expected. When she refuses an arranged marriage to a harsh and cruel knight, the deadly events that follow change her destiny forever.
After a night of tragedy, Robin and the few remaining survivors flee to Nottingham. With a newfound anonymity, they start to live different lives. There, she and her band make mischief, robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. But charity isn’t the only thing she wants–she wants revenge.
As the sheriff draws his net closer, Robin’s choices begin to haunt her. She’ll have to choose between what’s lawful and what her conscience believes is right–all while staying one step ahead of the hangman.
Lady of Sherwood is a unique young adult retelling of the beloved Robin Hood legend. Filled with action and romance, this new series follows a teenage heroine through her fantastic, yet dangerous adventures.

EXCERPT:
Other girls—some of the youngest ones from the kitchen—came from the brush. Smoke clung to them like a shroud, and tears had run in rivers down soot-stained cheeks. Ginny, the youngest at six, ran to Jemma and attached herself like a limpet to the older girl’s legs.

“Where is everyone else?” Robin asked, glancing between them and then back at the flaming manor. “Where is—where’s—” Her face heated even as the rest of her body grew chilled, and she stuffed her first in her mouth to muffle her scream.
“We are the only ones.”
Robin looked up at Kitty, surprised to find herself on her knees in the damp grass. She curled her shaking fingers into fists, and then rested them on her thighs. “How—what happened?”
“That man,” the girl went on, absently twisting her skirt in her hands. “The one who’d been courting you… he came for you in the night. When he couldn’t find you, he gathered everyone in the great hall.”
“Except you lot?” Jemma inquired.
“He was hurting her.” Kitty’s eyes took on a glossy quality. “He had Maggie by the hair, and he was hurting her. She had Ginny behind her, protecting her. I—I hit him over the head with a candle stand.”
“We went through the old tunnel,” another voice piped up. Maggie slipped her hand into Kitty’s. “Me and Kitty and Ginny.”
“And my—my mother?” Robin took a deep, shuddering breath.
“She kept her secret. We heard ‘im, shouting. He wanted to know where you was.” Ginny, this time. She wandered away from Jemma, and Robin opened her arms for her to nestle into. She’d helped Jemma look after the younger servants on the sly for years. Whether they’d been orphaned at birth or left to the streets, Jemma had brought them each back to the manor, and she’d given them a home and a hope the rest of the world didn’t offer. “She didn’t tell, Robin. She didn’t tell him where you was.”
“I heard Charlotte say you were gone,” Maggie said quietly. “She’d gone to your mother’s chambers to tell her. Miss Jemma was gone, too, and so was your bow.” She shrugged, a delicate lift of her shoulders. “We all thought you had gone to the field.”
“And she said nothing?” Robin’s heart beat hard against her ribcage.
“Lady was very brave,” Ginny murmured.
“She was,” Robin agreed. “Like you are. You all.” She looked at each of the other girls, who stared back, clearly waiting.
It hit her then—they were waiting for her. With the only survivors of the manor in front of her, and her mother dead—God rest her soul, God hold them all in His hand—it occurred to her in that moment. She was the Lady of Lockesly.


Author Bio:
Molly is a 2013 graduate of William Smith College with a bachelors in chemistry. She puts her science powers to use by day and is a novelist by night (and weekend…and any five minutes she can find). When she’s not writing or working, she’s scoping out coffee shops, exploring her new city (Buffalo, NY), taking day trips to Canada, and putting together puzzles.


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Excerpt: The Laird Of Duncairn by Craig Comer

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About the Book
Title: The Laird of Duncairn
Author: Craig Comer
Genre: Gaslamp Fantasy
The year is 1882 Scotland, and the auld alliance betwixt king and fey has long been forgotten. Men of science, backed by barons of industry, push the boundaries of technology. When Sir Walter Conrad discovers a new energy source, one that could topple nations and revolutionize society, the race to dominate its ownership begins. But the excavation and use of this energy source will have dire consequences for both humans and fey. For an ancient enemy stirs, awakened by Sir Walter’s discovery.

Outcast half-fey Effie of Glen Coe is the Empire’s only hope at averting the oncoming disaster. Effie finds herself embroiled in the conflict, investigating the eldritch evil spreading throughout the Highlands. As she struggles against the greed of mighty lords and to escape the clutches of the queen’s minions, her comfortable world is shattered. Racing to thwart the growing menace, she realizes the only thing that can save them all is a truce no one wants.

AUTHOR BIO:
C:UsersMajankaAppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsINetCacheContent.Wordcraig_author_sm.jpgCraig Comer is the author of the gaslamp fantasy novel THE LAIRD OF DUNCAIRN and co-author of the mosaic fantasy novel THE ROADS TO BALDAIRN MOTTE. His shorter works have appeared in several anthologies, including BARDIC TALES AND SAGE ADVICE and PULP EMPIRE VOLUME IV. Craig earned a Master’s Degree in Writing from the University of Southern California. He enjoys tramping across countries in his spare time, preferably those strewn with pubs and castles.



Excerpt
“What regiment are these soldiers from?” asked Effie. “They don’t appear Scottish.”
Murray’s lips twitched, almost in a grin. “Does it make a difference to you?” She tried to think of a response, but her tongue tied. He couldn’t contain his mirth. “I believe you already know the answer. You strike me as a rather intelligent woman.”
“Don’t let your general hear you say that.”
“The intelligent part, or the use of the word woman?”
Both, she thought. She was woman enough in most men’s eyes, yet her blood was different, and that kept her from ever truly being human. At least in the eyes of people like Edmund Glover and Sir Walter Conrad. And Murray. That thought shouldn’t bother her any more than the others, but it did.
“Newcastle, then,” she said.
“Northumberland Hussars brought up to quell the fey disturbances,” Murray confirmed.
She smirked. The volunteer cavalry unit was well-known for putting down overly-ambitious unions of miners and fishermen. In 1831, it had even fired on its own countrymen. “To protect the interests of the Hostmen, you mean. It is their money that drives this sudden interest in the Highlands, isn’t it? For centuries they have been nothing but barons of the coal trade. Why do they now back a man like Sir Walter Conrad?”
Murray blinked, an expression of surprise crossing his face. “Surely you’ve heard the chatter in the coffeehouses? Coal has had its day. Its supremacy won’t last forever, and the Hostmen want to keep their true monopoly, that on energy. Money and energy drive the world, and there isn’t one without the other nearby.”
“So they fund research into alternatives.”
“And work against other sources they can’t dominate.” He raised an eyebrow. “Namely, stardust.”
The insinuation was clear—the fey were a problem the Hostmen could not control. The hatred of her entire race boiled down to a handful of men who wanted their heirs to live as opulently as they had. A flare of rage swept through her so intense it brought tears to her eyes.

Blitz: The Unseen by Jacob Devlin

The Unseen
Jacob Devlin
(Order of the Bell #2)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: May 9th 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult

Crescenzo and his friends may have survived their confounding journey to the enchanted realms of Florindale, but now they find themselves fighting for their sanity and lives while stuck on the other side of the very mirror they set out to destroy.
With their families trapped by a former ally with a crippling fear of the queen, Enzo, Rosana, and Zack must play a deadly game in Wonderland, where shadows are on the move, kings are at war, and one of them wants Rosana dead.
As darkness hovers over the world, the friends must lean on each other and stop the King of Hearts from following through on Avoria’s orders: Break them.

Sequel to:
EXCERPT:
Zack wrinkled his brows. “Who are you? Why have I come to see you? I don’t even know you.”

“You wouldn’t know of Madame Esme. But she certainly knows of you. Lady Fortune keeps painting your name in the cosmos. It would appear there is an important role for you in the journeys of Pinocchio’s son.”
“Enzo,” Zack said quietly.
“Yes.” A chill rippled through the air, and Madame Esme cast a wary gaze around the tent. “Now, Madame Esme has very limited time to speak to you. Please listen carefully.” She lowered her voice, reached across the table, and then seized Zack’s elbow. “I have predicted the death of one of your own . . . the son of Pinocchio. Madame Esme cannot be sure of the circumstances, but it is to take place soon in the realm of wonder.”
Zack yanked his elbow out of Madame Esme’s grip. “What are you saying? Why would you tell me something like that, even if it were true? That’s . . . an evil thing to say.”
The woman edged forward, impossibly calm given the horrible news she delivered. “Madame Esme is never wrong, Son of Pan. Oh, how often she wishes she were! Avoria arrived seven days ago, and what a mess we have become! The lands of Roma are falling to ruins once more. The Grand Canyon crumbles to dust as we speak. Avoria seeks a territory in which to build her citadel, and nothing will ever be the same. But the son of Pinocchio is destined to lead us all to battle. Thus, we need you, Son of Pan. We need you all to dethrone Avoria and restore peace. But if The Carver dies, hope dies with him.”

Author Bio:
When Jacob Devlin was four years old, he would lounge around in Batman pajamas and make semi-autobiographical picture books about an adventurous python named Jake the Snake. Eventually, he traded his favorite blue crayon for a black pen, and he never put it down. When not reading or writing, Jacob loves practicing his Italian, watching stand-up comedy, going deaf at rock concerts, and geeking out at comic book conventions. He does most of these things in southern Arizona.


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Review: The Waterfall Traveller by S.J. Lem

The Waterfall Traveler
S.J. Lem
Publication date: April 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive who saves her life—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressive city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.
In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unforeseen love, Ri risks it all to save those she cares for. But if she prevails, she’ll find the one thing she yearns for most—a cure for Samuel.

Review

Weaving fantasy and science fiction together, this booked (aimed at YA readers) takes you on a tale through different realms as the heroine (Ri) attempts to get back to her village and restore the safety of mankind across the kingdoms. The book is well-paced with the action and danger building to a visually stunning crescendo, the author is particularly adept at describing her unusual settings, allowing the reader to feel truly transported with the characters.
The cast of the book is quite large – from un-met tyrants (who I hope we will meet later in the series) to mystery Goddesses and mystical floating spheres, the book hints at a deeper story to be further expanded, and I for one would be keen to read a prequel about Samuel. This book mainly revolves around a core group of Ri, her two love interests, Carter and his sister. Together the group form a motley crew with various talents useful to surviving in strange and unpredictable lands.
The characters grew as the book developed, I found Carter’s lewd jokes and sarcastic tone really livened up the book and he was by far my favourite character, however I am mindful that the nature of these comments may be too mature for some YA readers.  Ri is not the strongest of heroines and I would have loved to see her develop some more independence and needing to be rescued a little bit less, Malory constantly refers to her as ‘girl’ which annoyed me, Ri is sold to us as an 18-year old with the fate of several lands on her shoulders, she should be far beyond being called girl by a renegade misfit who has a date with oblivion. There was scope for Ri to mature into a true warrior but I never felt like she met her potential – however this book hints at being part of a larger series and maybe Ri just needs a few more life and death situations before she becomes a kick-ass protagonist.


Author Bio:
S.J. Lem is a digital art director gone writer in hopes of expanding her creative aspirations. Whether it’s introducing dimensional characters, crafting imaginative worlds, or transporting readers into high-stakes adventures, she strives to deliver an immersive experience.
She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. When not writing, she enjoys pottery, gardening, and volunteering. Connecting with readers and fellow writers is one of her greatest joys.



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Review: Memortality by Stephen H. Provost

Memortality
Stephen H. Provost
Publication date: February 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal

Minerva Rus can raise the dead. And it might get her killed.
Minerva’s life has never been the same since the childhood car accident that paralyzed her and killed her best friend, Raven. But when the long-dead Raven reappears in her life, now as a very attractive grown man, she discovers that her photographic memory has the power to bring the dead back to life … heal her paralysis … and shape reality itself.
Pursued by a rogue government agent who wants to eliminate her and her talents, Minerva must learn to control her powers to save herself and Raven. Because if she dies, he dies as well―again.

Review
Due to a car accident Minerva finds herself wheelchair bound and in the care of her negligent mother and she lost her best friend (and love interest Raven) She’s down on her luck but not defeated!
I found this action packed novel to be fast paced and exciting! It’s so much more than a story of a life changed forever and a love lost! It’s a story of love (obviously) but also with a healthy dose of mystery and suspense!
The author skillfully draws you to Minerva as a strong character and you can’t help but love Raven to! It’s a tale of determination and grit and one you should definitely add to your list
What I wouldn’t give to be able to do anything that I put my mind to, literally! Although this may be a cautionary tale of what can happen if you could! 

Author Bio:
Stephen H. Provost is an author of paranormal adventures and historical non-fiction. “Memortality,” his debut title on Linden Publishing’s new fiction imprint, Pace Press, is due out in February 2017 and is available for pre-order on Amazon.
An editor and columnist with more than 30 years of experience as a journalist, he has written on subjects as diverse as history, religion, politics and language and has served as an editor for fiction and non-fiction projects. His book “Fresno Growing Up,” a history of Fresno, California, during the postwar years, is available on Craven Street Books, and his next non-fiction work, scheduled for release in June of 2017, will examine the history of U.S. Highway 99 in California.
In addition, the author has published several books as Stifyn Emrys, beginning in 2012 with “The Gospel of the Phoenix” and also including the nonfiction works “The Way of the Phoenix” and “Undefeated.” He also has published three works of fiction: “Feathercap” (children’s); “Identity Break,” (young adult science fiction/adventure) and an accompanying novella, “Artifice.”
The author served as editor of four young adult novels: the “Mad World” series by Samaire Provost – “EPIDEMIC,” “SANCTUARY” and “DESPERATION” – and the award-winning “Lorehnin: A Novel of the Otherworld,” Volume 6 in the Otherworld series by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson. He has worked in journalism as a news editor, sports editor and reporter for four daily newspapers in California, and is currently managing editor for an award-winning weekly, The Cambrian. He has worked as an educator and has been featured at occasional speaking engagements.
He lives on the California coast with his wife, stepson, cats (Tyrion Fluffybutt and Allie Twinkletail) and dogs.


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