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Book Tour and Review: Welcome to Gomorrah: Daughter of the Burning City. ( PLUS A GIVEAWAY)

Hello and welcome back to the lovely world that is Creative Misfit Reviews.

Now it has been a while since I sat down with an actual paperback book and I am so glad that I chose this as my first book. 

If you are a fan of fantasy with a bit of crime drama mixed in, along with some fun and quirky characters then this is the book for you.

I was a fan from the start! I don’t know what it is about these kinds of books but I just love entering a whole other world that I know doesn’t exist but it feels great to emerse myself in it for a few hours. To escape the rubbish that real life throws at us from time to time. I don’t want to give too much away, but the story, I feel is quite fast paced. You definitely hit the ground running but it does not sacrifice the details. Getting to know the characters and their personalities is great. Amanda definitely knows how to balance great content with a good pace. 

To give you a little sneak peak of what this book has to offer I have included an extract from the book and the Synopsis below:

SYNOPSIS

Even among the many unusual members of the travelling city-sized carnival that has always been her home, sixteen-year-old Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years.

This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all of their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.  An eclectic group one could barely imagine, Sorina’s family includes Tree, a sentient, humanoid covered in bark; Nicoleta, a maternal illusion who has super strength (unless she’s got stage fright); and Crown, a wise, Father-figure who grows finger nails on his body instead of hair.

Despite how life like they seem, Sorina knows her illusions are just that – illusions. But when one of them is murdered Sorina’s perceptions of the world are shattered and she must unravel the horrifying truth before the rest of her family meet the same fate.

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I peek from behind the tattered velvet curtains at the chat- tering audience, their mouths full of candied pineapple and kettle corn. With their pale faces flushed from excitement and the heat, they look as gullible as dandelions, much like the patrons in the past five cities. The Gomorrah Festival hasn’t been permitted to travel this far north in the Up- Mountains in over three years, and these people look like they’re attending the opera or the theater rather than our traveling carnival of debauchery.

The women wear frilly dresses in burnt golds and oranges, buckled to the point of suffocation, some with rosy-cheeked children bouncing on their laps, others with cleavage as high as their chins. The men have shoulder pads to seem broader, stilted loafers to seem taller and painted silver pocket watches to seem richer.

If buckles, stilts and paint are enough to hoodwink them, then they won’t notice that the eight ‘freaks’ of my freak show are, in fact, only one.

Tonight’s mark, Count Pomp-di-pomp—or is it Count Pomp-von-Pompa?—smokes an expensive pipe in the second row, his mustache gleaming with leftover saffron honey from the pastry he had earlier. He’s sitting too close to the front, which won’t make it easy for Jiafu to steal the count’s ring.

That’s where I come in.

My job is to distract the audience so that Pomp-di-pomp doesn’t notice Jiafu’s shadow-work coaxing the sapphire ring off of his porky finger and dropping it onto the grass below.

A drum and fiddle play an entrancing Down-Mountain tune to quiet the audience’s chatter, and I let the curtain fall, blocking my view. The Gomorrah Festival Freak Show will soon begin.

This is my favorite part of the performance: the antici- pation. The drumbeats pound erratically, as if dizzy from drinking several mugs of the Festival’s spiced wine. Every- thing sticks in this humid air: the aromas of carnival food, the gray smoke that shrouds Gomorrah like a cloak and the jit- tery intakes of breath from the audience, wondering whether the freak show will prove as gruesome as the sign outside promised:

The Gomorrah Festival Freak Show.

Walk the line between abnormal and monstrous.

From the opposite end of the stage, behind the curtain on stage right, Nicoleta nods at me. I reach for the rope and yank down. The pulley spins and whistles, and the curtain rises.

Nicoleta struts—a very practiced, rigid strut—into the spotlight, her heels clicking and the slit in her gown revealing a lacy violet garter at the curve of her thigh. When I first created her three years ago, she had knee-shaking stage fright, and I needed to control her during the show like a puppet. Now she’s so accustomed to her role that I turn away, un- needed, and tie on my best mask. Rhinestones of varying sizes and shades of red cover it, from the curled edges near my temples to the tip of my nose. I need to dazzle, after all. ‘Welcome to the Gomorrah Festival Freak Show,’ Nicoleta says.

The audience gawks at her. Like the particular Up-Moun- tainers in this city, and unlike any of the other members of my family, Nicoleta has fair skin. Freckles. Pale brown hair draped to her elbows. Skinny wrists and skinnier, child-like legs. Many members of Gomorrah have Up-Mountain her- itage, whether obvious or diluted, but these northern city dwellers always expect the enticingly unfamiliar: sensual, audacious and wild.

The audience’s expressions seem to say, Poor, lost girl, what are you doing working at Gomorrah? Where are your parents? Your chaperone? You can’t be more than twenty- two.

‘I am Nicoleta, the show’s manager, and I hope you’re en- joying your first Gomorrah Festival in…three years, I hear?’ The audience stiffens; they stop fanning themselves, stop chewing their candied pineapple. I curse under my breath. Nicoleta has a knack—a compulsion, really—for saying the wrong thing. This is the Festival’s first night in Frice, a city- state known—like many others—for its strict religious leaders and disapproval of the Gomorrah lifestyle. Three years ago, a minor rebellion in the Vurundi kingdom ousted the Fri- cian merchants from power there. Despite quickly reclaiming its tyrannous governorships, and despite Gomorrah’s utter lack of involvement, Frice decided to restrict the Festival’s traveling in this region. I can’t have Nicoleta scaring away our few visitors by reminding them that their city officials disapprove of them being here, even at an attraction as in- nocent as a freak show.

‘For those of you with weaker constitutions, I suggest you exit before our opening act,’ Nicoleta says. Her tone rises and falls at the proper moments. The theatrics of her performance in our show are the opposite of Nicoleta’s role in our family, which Unu and Du have dubbed ‘stick in the bum.’ Every night, she manages to transform—or, better put, improve— her entire demeanor for the sake of the show, since her own abilities are too unreliable to deserve an act. Some days, she can pull our caravans better than our two horses combined. Others, she needs Tree to open our jars of lychee preserves. ‘The sights you are about to witness are shocking, even monstrous,’ she continues. A young boy in the front row clings to his mother, pulling at her puffed, apricot sleeves. ‘Children, cover your eyes. Parents, beware. Because the show is about to begin.’

While the audience leans forward in their seats, I prepare for the upcoming act by picturing the Strings, as I call them. I have almost two hundred Strings, glowing silver, dragging behind me as I walk, like the train of a fraying gown. Only I can see them and, even then, only when I focus. I mentally reach down and pluck out four particular Strings and circle them around my hands until they’re taut. The others remain in a heap on the wooden floor.

‘I’d like to introduce you to a man found within the far- away Forest of Ruins,’ Nicoleta lies. Backstage, Hawk stops playing the fiddle, and Unu and Du reduce the tempo on their drums. I yank on the Strings to command my puppet.

Thump. Thump.

The audience gasps as the Human Tree stomps onto the stage. His skin is made entirely of bark, and his midsection measures as wide as a hundred-year-old oak trunk. It’s dif- ficult to make out his facial features in the twisted lumps of wood, except for his sunken, beetle-black eyes and empti- ness of expression. Leaves droop from the branches jutting out from his shoulders, adding several feet to his already daunting stature. His fingers curl into splintery twigs as he waves hello.

From backstage, my hand waves, as well. If I don’t control Tree, he’ll scream profanity that will make half these fancy ladies faint. If he works himself into a real tantrum, he’ll tear off the bark on his stomach until blood trickles out like sap.

His act begins, which is mostly him stomping around and grunting, and me yanking this way and that on his Strings to make him do so. I crafted him when I was three years old, before I considered the performance potential of my illusions.

The six other illusions wait with me backstage.

Venera, the boneless acrobat more flexible than a drip- ping egg yolk, brushes rouge on her painted white cheeks at a vanity. She pouts in the mirror and then pushes aside a strand of dark hair from her face. She’s beautiful, especially in her skintight, black-and-purple-striped suit. Every night, the audience practically drools over her…until they watch her body flatten into a puddle or her arms roll up like a croissant.

Beside her, Crown files the fingernails that grow from his body where hair should be. He keeps the nails on his arms and legs smooth, giving him a scaly look, but he doesn’t touch the ones on his hands and head, which are curled, yel- low daggers as long as butcher knives. Though Crown was my second illusion, made ten years ago, he appears to be

seventy-five. He always smokes a cigar before his perfor- mance so his gentle voice will sound as prickly as his skin.

Hawk plays the fiddle in an almost spiritual concentra- tion while what’s left of a chipmunk—dinner—hangs out of her mouth. Her brown wings are tucked under her fuchsia cape, where they will remain until she unfolds them dur- ing her act, screeches and flies over the—usually shriek- ing—audience. Her talons pluck at the fiddle’s strings at an incomparable speed. Her ultimate goal is to challenge the devil himself to a fiddle contest, and she figures by travel- ing with the world’s most famous festival of depravity, she’s bound to run into him one day.

Blister, the chubby one-year-old, plays with the beads dan- gling off of Unu and Du’s drum. Rather than focusing on their rhythm, Unu and Du bicker about something, per usual. Du punches Unu with their shared left arm. Unu hisses an unpleasant word loudly, which Blister then tries out for him- self, missing the double s sound and saying something re- sembling a-owl.

Gill snaps at them all to be quiet and then resumes reading his novel. Even wearing a rusted diver’s helmet full of water, he manages to make out the words on the pages. Bubbles seep from the gills on his cheeks as he sighs. As the loner of our family, he generally prefers the quiet company of books to our boisterous, pre-show jitters. He only raises his voice dur- ing our games of lucky coins—he holds the family record for the most consecutive wins (twenty-one). I suspect he’s been cheating by allowing Hawk, Unu and Du to forfeit games on purpose in exchange for lighter homework assignments. ‘Keep an eye on Blister,’ I remind the boys. ‘Those drums are flammable.’

‘Tell Unu to stuff a drumstick up his—’ Du glances hesi- tantly at Gill ‘—backside.’

‘That’s your backside, too, dung-brain,’ Unu says. ‘It’s an expression,’ says Du. ‘I like its sentiment.’

It would hardly be a classic Gomorrah Festival Freak Show if the audience couldn’t hear my brothers tormenting each other backstage.

‘I’ll stick it up both your assholes if you don’t shut it,’ I say. They pay me no attention; they know I never follow through with my threats.

‘A-owl,’ Blister says again. ‘Language, Sorina,’ Gill groans.

‘Shit. Sorry,’ I reply, but I’m only mildly chagrined. Blis- ter’s been hearing all our foul mouths since the day he came to be.

One by one, they perform their acts: the Boneless Acro- bat; the Fingernail Mace; the Half Girl, Half Hawk; the Fire- Breathing Baby; the Two-Headed Boy; and the Trout Man. The audience roars as Hawk screeches and soars over their seats, cheers at each splash of Gill flipping in and out of his tank like a trained dolphin. They are utterly unaware that the ‘freaks’ are actually my illusions, projected for anyone to see.

The only real freak in Gomorrah is me.

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This was my first book by Amanda Foody and it will not be my last! Such a  great writer with a big imagination and characters with even bigger personalities! 

If you couldn’t already guess. Daughter of The Burning City gets a 5 out of 5 from this Misfit

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As always I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions/comments! Let’s keep it positive guys!

I would love to hear your recommendations

Until next time, Be Kind, Be Happy, and Stay True To You!!

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BOOK REVIEW: The Returning by Rachelle Dekker

Title: The Returning

Author: Rachelle Dekker

Format: Kindle

Publisher: Tyndale House

Series Status:  book 3

Genre:  Dystopian, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  433 Pages

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They say the Awakening is coming.
That she’s the key.

But can she find her identity in the light
Before she perishes in the dark?

Twenty years have passed since Carrington and Remko Brant’s baby, Elise, was kidnapped and they were forced to leave her captive in the Authority City. Though they fled with the Seers far from Authority reach, they’ve never given up hope of rescuing their daughter from the man who betrayed them. Now Authority President, he’s ushered the city into a new era of “peace”—one where the Scientist Roth Reynard’s Genesis Serum has eradicated all memory of emotion or rebellion.

But the mysterious Aaron and his Seers are once again on the move, threatening the illusion the Authority has worked so hard to build. As the Seers send seven chosen warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, the lines are drawn for a final battle between light and darkness. The key to ultimate victory may rest within the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned—a truth she’ll need to wage war against the powerful forces of evil.

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I have to say that I hadn’t read any of Rachelle Dekker’s previous books but i was drawn to this one. 

The story is very well written and although it is quite fast paced I didn’t find it overwhelming or confusing to keep up with.  I do wish I had read the previous two books first as I do feel that I may have understood a bit more about the background of the characters etc but that is my fault and nothing to do with the writer. For me it actually goes to show how great her writing is because I was still able to keep up with the story and understood it.

The Returning is not just a Good vs Evil it is also about Religion vs Science and people struggling to keep their faith. Now I am in now way a religious person so when I had initially read a few reviews about this and saw that religion did play a big part in the books I was a bit hesitant, but I am so glad I overcame that and decided to read it. I think the way religion is incorporated in to the book for the most part works, however there are times when it becomes repetitive. There are parts that are just so long and wordy I found myself skipping past them, which was a shame because i did enjoy the book.

I found myself, in parts on the edge of my seat, desperate to know what happened next. I could not put this book down. The chapters tended to end on little cliff hangers so me , being nosey and impatient by nature had to keep reading.  I love when an author writes in a way that just allows you to be totally engrossed in the pages, feeling everything the characters feel.

I don’t think I will be going back and reading the rest of the series but I was glad I read The Returning.

Overall I will give The Returning a 3 out of 5 

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*** Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Net Galley and Tyndale House Publishers for allowing me the opportunity to read this ARC. ***

Please note this post does also contain an affiliate link..come on help a girl out 😛 

Here are a few questions that Rachelle has answered about The Returning 

1. Aaron is a somewhat mysterious character throughout the series. What is he supposed to represent and what kind of spiritual leader is he?

I like to leave this one open, which I know isn’t really the answer you want. I want the reader to decide who he is to them. For me he’s a guiding light, an angel maybe, a representation of the spirit who communicates with us and leads us. He can be many things—mostly, though, he’s a great way to hear truth.

2. The theme of identity is explored in all three Seer books. How does forgiveness relate to identity?

For me, forgiveness is more about the one who feels wronged than the one who committed the wrong. What if, for a moment, you believed that nothing could harm you? That you, as a believer, are seated at the Father’s table and standing with him? Can anything harm the Father? If you believe no, then can anything harm you—the true you, the true spirited self? So then, forgiveness becomes more about letting go of false belief and stepping into the true identity that the Father gave to you. I know it’s radical, but belief like that could change the world, don’t you think?

3. How do you hope this book will resonate with your readers?

I hope, as with both of the other books, that the reader sees themselves in the characters and that the story causes them to look inward. To ask hard questions like, Who am I? What am I capable of? Do I see myself the way the Father does? Can I? I hope it challenges their idea of identity and then gives them hope to see themselves and others more clearly. Because that’s how these stories have impacted me, and we are all really just the same.

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Have you read The Returning? What did you think?

Dystopian Fantasy seems to be trending at the moment do you like this genre? Why?/Why Not?

If you would like to get your own copy of this amazing book just click the link below.

The Returning (Seer Novels)

As a side note I would actually love to see who “likes” posts without actually reading them. So if you have ready my full review  write the word “Monkey” in the comments below 

Remember: Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You

Peace and Love

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BOOK REVIEW: Souls of This Broken City by Kayla Kirby

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Title: Souls of This Broken City 

Author: Kayla Kirby

Series Status:  Book 1 The Necklace Series

Genre: Dystopian Fantasy 

Number of Pages:  283 Pages

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About the Book

Chase Tombson wants to live unseen by the world so he can be a protective force for his sister, only her and his best friend by his side. Blinded to the war raging on around them, the three friends focus on their lives as young teens while an uprising is growing between those in charge and those they rule over.

In search for answers about their friend’s brutal and mysterious death, Chase’s world is turned upside down when he comes face-to-face with a shadow world hidden within his own. Facing enemies beyond human capabilities, who have kidnapped his sister, can Chase gather allies and mount a rescue? The clock has started, and Chase’s actions will shape the future. Can he make it to the light, or will he succumb to the darkness surrounding him?

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Before we get in to the review I have to share this with you … 

OK.. so… let’s just set the scene here.. because you know I don’t just do normal, plain, straight forward reviews on anything!.

So I cannot for the life of me remember how it happened but I came across the lovely Evelyn Summers somewhere in the blogosphere and I signed up to Quill and Ink Book Tours.. and I am sooooo glad I did.. 

 

1) She is a lovely person who is also helping me with a new venture I am trying to set up this year.

2) The books I have been sent so far have been great. I have been a Beta Reader for an upcoming book that I am so excited about and I can just see me enjoying being part of this group.

Just wanted to get that out there.. being introduced to some great undiscovered talent and it is such an exciting time… WATCH THIS SPACE PEOPLE!!!

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Anywhooooo on to the book review…

I am going to be honest here. Until I started reading again back in September I hadn’t really been involved in anyway in the book or blogging community. I hadn’t picked up a book in years and I had no idea what dystopian Fantasy was but I have read a few books now and it is quickly becoming a genre I really enjoy reading.  There are some expletives in Souls of This Broken City and some sexual references, so definitely not for children but it is not over used.. I have found in some books I have attempted to read ( attempted being the operative word ) that expletives are over used and it deters from the book and there is just no need.

Souls of This Broken City touches on a few issues that may make some readers uncomfortable, so please bare that in mind before reading it, however I found it refreshing that these topics were brought in to a book but in a very sensitive way. I also love the history that was worked in to the book. The connection that was made to our history was genius and it was incorporated in a very organic way. (that will make sense when you read the book)

The Prologue is where the mystery begins… you jump straight in to it.. no easing you in gently!! just how I like it. “I had a dream….” Yes that is how it starts and from there you are taken on a bumpy winding journey of sadness, excitement, anger, frustration and fear as the story evolves in to this masterpiece. Lives intertwined and connected in ways you don’t see until it is written down in front of you in black and white. Always leaving you guessing and wanting more!!.. DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION YET!??  Do you get how excited I am about this series yet???

 If you are still unsure about whether you want to read it then I will break this down for you.. The story is set in the 2020’s, where the military has brought in Martial Law and controls everything from education down to what time you have to be in your house on a night. Any breach of these strict rules and you get arrested.

Chase is a young, troubled teenager, who seems quite bright but has a tendency to get in to trouble at school. He mainly gets in to fights with Bobby, an evil bully that seems to think it is okay to be inappropriate towards Chase’s sister Megan. 

Now Megan is younger than Chase and he feels he needs to protect her from everything bad including their stepdad who is a nasty piece of work but I could tell from the beginning just by the way Kayla Described her that Megan was a feisty one. She has a fire inside her that she will let out when needed but doesn’t feel the need to throw her weight around all the time. Chase and Megan are not popular and are not ranked highly at all in the community so are easy targets for people like Bobby.

Then there is  Buck Stealth, aka BS, Chase’s best friend..well more like his brother. BS could be in with popular kids if he wanted to given the job his father has but he chooses to stay loyal to Chase and Megan and he is such a loveable rogue. 

I do have a very vivid imagination so in my mind when I read a story I like to visualise it as I read it and I can just seen how tortured chase is and I can see their mannerisms and facial expressions. The story is fast paced but it is written in a way that allows you to still get to know the characters as individuals and as a group. 

If that was not enough.. Robert, Felix and Fung enter the story and yet again there is no easing in to it with these characters. Robert is a stubborn man with a past he wishes he could forget. He hates his father Fung,and how he seems to have a hold over his twin brother Felix. It becomes clear as to why Robert hates Fung so much but there are burning questions throughout.. that keep you gripped.. What hold does he have on Felix? Is Fung Good or Bad?, What is Roberts secret? Can i slap chase haha (again you will come to understand this question if you read the book haha )… SO MANY QUESTIONS!!!

So how do the lives of Robert and Chase collide??? READ THE BOOK AND FIND OUT 

I Could not put this book down.. I was left wanting more but in a good way and all I can say is roll on book 2 because I am ready for the adventure to continue!!

5 out of 5 from this misfit 🙂

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If you would like to go get your copy of Souls of This Broken City (The Necklace Series Book 1) click the link and away you go. You will not bet disappointed. 

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**Disclaimer – I was given this book by Quill and Ink Boot Tours in exchange for an honest review. This post does also contain an affiliate link so if you do decide to go ahead and make a purchase I get a Lil somthin’ something 🙂 **

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FILM REVIEW: The Last Witch Hunter

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**Disclaimer.. This post does contain an affiliate link at the bottom so if you do decided to go ahead and purchase this film I get a little commission ***

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So.. I posted a trailer of this film a few days ago. I hadn’t heard of it before and I think the reason for this is because it received such a poor rating at the box office and only grossed $140 million from a $90 million project. I love Vin Diesel as an actor. I can’t think of a film that he has been in that I didn’t like so I was really looking forward to watching it…

…and I was not disappointed.

The story is based around a loner called Kaulder (Vin Diesel). It starts with an action packed flash back to where it all began. Kaulder’s wife and child were killed by the Dark Witch, who had created the Black Plague to wipe out all humanity. He tracked her down and killed her but as she was dying she cursed him with eternal life.

Flash forward to the present day and Kaulder is working for an organisation that has been assigned to keep the truce between witches and humans. It is Kaulder’s job to track down any witch who breaks these new laws and either kill them or imprison them depending on what punishment is deemed fit.

Kaulder is aided by a priest called Dolan (Michael Caine). He is the 36th Dolan who has been assigned to help Kaulder on his mission to uphold the law.  After the 36th Dolan retires  Kaulder is assigned a new Dolan (Elijah Wood) and things go downhill when they find that the 36th Dolan has been killed by a witch. It is down to Kaulder and the new Dolan to find out who did it and bring them to justice. 

On his journey he meets a feisty young witch called Chloe (Rose Leslie) who decides to help him… and the mayhem begins.

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I really enjoyed The Last Witch Hunter for a number of reasons.

  1. It is a Dark fantasy.. and who doesn’t love dark fantasy??
  2. Vin Diesel AND Michael Caine. enough said
  3. The character selection for this film is on point. 
  4. The Special effects are great.. the witch is creepy as heel but I love it.
  5. The storyline flows and makes sense. There is nothing worse than a disjointed, overworked storyline.

The relationship between the 36th Dolan and Kaulder is quite sweet. Although Kaulder is older than dolan , he does act like a father figure, which did make me chuckle.

I like the fact that there does seem to be some chemistry between Chloe and Kaulder and it does keep you thinking, will they kiss or won’t they.. I won’t tell you if they do or not as it will spoil it.

I am not a huge fan of the 37th Dolan and to be honest I am not 100% sure why he was needed but Wood played the character well.

All in all I would give The Last Witch Hunter 4 out of 5

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Please let me know what you think if you have watched it.. Do you agree or disagree?

If you would like to buy this you can get it from Amazon by clicking the link below

The Last Witch Hunter [DVD] [2015]

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RELEASE BLITZ: Souls of This broken City

Title: Souls of This Broken City

Series: The Necklace Series #1

Author: Kayla Kirby

Genre: dystopian/fantasy

Release date: December 15 th , 2016

Synopsis

Chase Tombson wants to live unseen by the world so he can be a protective force

for his sister, only her and his best friend by his side. Blinded to the war raging on

around them, the three friends focus on their lives as young teens while an uprising

is growing between those in charge and those they rule over.

In search for answers about their friend’s brutal and mysterious death, Chase’s world

is turned upside down when he comes face-to- face with a shadow world hidden

within his own. Facing enemies beyond human capabilities, who have kidnapped his

sister, can Chase gather allies and mount a rescue? The clock has started, and

Chase’s actions will shape the future. Can he make it to the light, or will he succumb

to the darkness surrounding him?

Goodreads link: http://bit.ly/2hqu3Cg

Purchase links

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2gx8haR

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2gE8HBs

Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2hBdEee

Excerpt

Once Chase had left the graveyard, Alice finished getting dressed and gathered up

her belongings, crying silently. She began to leave, her shoulders hunched. In the

distance, she heard the flapping of wings and froze. She heard something land on

the lamp post above her and she very slowly turned around, glancing up to see,

blinded slightly by the street lamp’s light, the silhouette of a man perched on the

street lamp, large wings spread out. The man extended a hand to her and Alice

screamed.

Shortly after, the street was stained red, and a young girl’s body was found, torn to

shreds, unrecognizable. The only clue to what killed her was her phone, which was

turned on, a picture of a man with wings taking off from the street lamp with half of

his face showing, was on the screen.

The rain began to fall, the sound of sirens ringing in the distance.

In the bushes of the cemetery, a black sleeve swung in the wind.

Author bio

Kayla Kirby was born and raised in Washington State, a place she has never really

considered home. She dreams of traveling someday with her family to see new

sights and discover the secrets of the world. She began writing when she was a

young child and started with writing Harry Potter fanfiction.

Kayla met her now-husband in High School through a debate about the similarities

of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Their romance started nearly two years after

meeting and the pair eloped shortly after. Kayla packed up her life in Washington

and moved to California with her husband, finding her home under the warm sun and

close to the water fronts. However, a year later, they moved back to Washington

where they currently reside, waiting to once again leave the rainy, Evergreen State

behind.

When she isn’t writing, Kayla is either spending time with her husband, their young

and active toddler, and their family including their dog Kodiak or working on her

photography or, on a not-so- rare occasion, having arguments with her fiction

characters inside her head.

Author links

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Twitter- http://bit.ly/2gRELh5

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Iiiiit's Time for a Blog Tour People

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I was sent this information along with the promotional banners for this blog book tour and I just love it so I had to share it with you guys. She is so honest and open and I feel everyone should be able to read this and learn from her.

You can purchase The Dragon in The Garden  here;

http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Gardner_Erika/the-dragon-in-the-garden.htm

Come pay day.. I know what I will be buying.. who will be joining me??? Love fantasy ?? You would be crazy to miss out on this

Lessons Learned When Writing The Dragon in The Garden

So, just when I think I’m starting to figure things out, the other shoe invariably drops. It happens every dang time. Honestly, it’s not such bad thing.  It’s good to shake things up. Dragon was the second book that I completed. The first was an epic fantasy that I have been forced to shove into a drawer. It’s crap. Well, it’s crap with glimmers. But I digress.

The Dragon in The Garden was the first book that I finished and thought, huh, we might have something here. Of course, that’s a common enough experience for writers in the first flush of typing “The End” (not that we usually do that, but you get the idea). Probably because getting that first draft done just feels so darn good.  Then reality sets in and we see that the gargantuan amount of work still to be done. Which coincidentally was something I learned writing Dragon

  • You aren’t done when you think you’re done. In fact, it would be best if YOU do not make the judgement call as to when to start sending out your precious manuscript. No, leave that decision to your critique group and your beta readers. They’ll tell you when you are ready. Don’t rush it.
  • Critique hurts. It’s okay to cry. I say that because you just might. I did.
  • Critique is good. It is necessary. Take it and be grateful for. The fact that these people cared enough to take time from their busy (and everyone is busy) schedules to help with your dog and pony show is precious. Do not squander their time and efforts on your behalf. The work will be better.
  • Bacon can make almost anything better. Unless you’re a vegetarian. Hopefully then tofu bacon makes everything better. I wouldn’t know. I won’t touch the stuff. Because there exists real BACON.
  • If bacon won’t work, there’s always wine. Or… the two together. Sometimes you need to double down.
  • Agents, editors? They are just people. Some are kind, some are callous, but they are all mere flesh and put on their ass-less chaps one leg at a time, just like the rest of us.
  • It’s okay to hear voices in your head. It’s part of the creative process. Just… don’t believe everything that they tell you.
  • The hardest thing you will do is to write your synopsis. You’ll hate it. Likely it won’t be your best work. That’s okay, most people hate them, too. But it’s another hoop you must jump through, so jump, little froggie, jump!
  • You WILL be rejected. That’s not an if, it’s a WHEN. Likely you’ll be rejected a lot. It will suck. Please see points #4 and #5. Feel free to email me. I’ll talk you off the ledge.
  • You’ll want to quit. DON’T!!! That’s it you can’t quit. PERIOD.

So, those are my pearls of wisdom. They may seem self-explanatory, obvious, as plain as the Italian nose on my Irish face. Yet, there’s a difference between hearing them and feeling them, really coming to grips with knowing them.

Now that you know my big life secrets… wanna know what I wrote about? It’s a fairy tale for adults who don’t want to grow up. Who says we really have to anyway? Enjoy!

There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours. 

It’s time to find out why she has this power. 

Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a choice that will decide humanity’s future.

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This post was written by Erika Gardner. She’s a native Californian, lifelong lover of fantastical adventures, and a dedicated Whovian.  If you enjoyed it, please sign up to receive updates on www.erikagardner.com   Or you can follow Erika on Twitter @Erika_Gardner, “Like” her Facebook page Erika Gardner- Writer and Storyteller. Or check out her contributions to the BBB Blog.

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BOOK REVIEW: Poker Kingdom: The Smile of the Harlequin

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Title: Poker Kingdom: The smile of the Harlequin

Author: Veronica Cervilla

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series Status:  Volume 1

Genre: Fantasy

Number of Pages:  (Kindle Version) 151 Pages

I was provided with a copy in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.

The Blurb

The kingdom of Poker was the place chosen by the gods to shelter the four elements -Air, Fire, Water and Earth- that made up the universe, on which the natural balance depends. Thus, the protection of each element was assigned to a Guardian from each one of the Domains of the kingdom: Hearts, Clubs, Spades and Diamonds.

The continuous conflicts arisen from the attempts to take over the elements sunk the kingdom into the strictest government under the Council supervision. Poker remained in a masked peace for a long time until an incident in the Confines, a place for criminals and other who dared to break the rules, will threaten the balance of the universe and the future of the kingdom. Atenea, the warrior leader of the army of Spades, will be the one in charge to prevent the chaos from spreading along the Domains as she is forced to face her own past demons and question her loyalty to the kingdom and its rules.

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Right Okay so I know this is becoming a thing right now but seriously I do not seem to be coming across any books recently (bar one) that haven’t been great.

To start with, there is magic… yes I am an adult.. but who doesn’t love delving in to a book filled with magic to take you away from the stress of everyday adult life?

I love how the book is written. Veronica takes you a journey, introducing you slowly to each character. The way she provides details about each character is an art form. Just enough to keep you interested, but not too much that it bores you and you start to skip pages just to find out what happens.

You don’t find out who the four guardians are right from the start, which i think is pure genius. It kept me guessing. At one point I thought I knew who one was and then it turned out to be someone else and it was a nice little sneaky twist.

The Smile of the Harlequin is full of magic, mystery, suspense, betrayal, a little bit of love…..potentially (love that it isn’t all about the love), friendship, honour, demons from the past, good and evil. Everything you want in a book to keep you on your toes. I was actually genuinely gutted when it came to an end and it left it on a bit of a “What happens next” situation.. and the next book is not out yet!!

I don’t want to give anything away but what I will say is my favourite character is Atenea.. Read it and let me know if you agree.

Just in case you didn’t guess already . I give this a 5 out of 5.

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If you would like to get your copy of this amazing book (which I would recommend doing. Please just click the icon below

 Please let me know what you think if you decide to read it 🙂

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BOOK REVIEW: Witch's Sacrifice by Crissy Mossy

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Title:  Witch’s Sacrifice

Author: Crissy Moss

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series Status: Book 1 of Witch’s Trilogy

Genre: Indie, Fantasy

Number of Pages:  220 Pages

The Blurb

Her forbidden secret will make her powerful… and hunted.
In Marizza’s world, magic is evil. Since her youth, her mother told her witches were wicked creatures who deserved imprisonment. The tyrannical acolytes sacrificed all users of magic to the almighty kraken. It was the life she knew, until one fateful day changed everything.

When young Marizza is attacked by the town bully, she defends herself with magical abilities she didn’t even know she had. After the acolytes come looking for the next witch to sacrifice, Marizza is left with no choice but to flee. She must journey across the Sea of Tears, where she’ll make a choice that could transform the lives of everyone she loves.

Witch’s Sacrifice is the first book in the Witch’s Trilogy, a young adult dark fantasy series featuring intricate world-building, memorable characters, chilling horror, and captivating romance

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The story begins with  Korik. A man who tries to fight for the life of his wife and child, who have been sacrificed to the kraken as they were thought to be witches. The Kraken feeds on magic and witches are the perfect thing to keep the dark creature happy.  Things do not go all that well for poor Korik.. ( don’t want to give took much away)

The story then moves on to Marizza..

Marizza working in a bakery shop owned by Mistress Goodwin. Marizza had recently been involved in an incident with an idiot that wouldn’t take no for an answer and her reaction created.. shall we call it .. a buzz around town!  People were scared of her because the thought she was a witch and the people in the town had been brought up to fear witches.

When Marizza realises she doesn’t have any friends left in her town, even the nice old Mistress Goodwin , who she has worked for for years she has to leave. “The Little Mother” a wise old witch takes Marizza to a remote Island to train her and help her control her abilities.. and then the story REALLY begins.. In comes the handsome Artiro, a cheeky, charming merman who changes Marizza’s life…

5 out of 5

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It is difficult to review this book without giving too much away. There are so many things I would love to share with you all but can’t as it would just spoil it for you.

I seem to be coming across all these little gems recently. Authors and books I have never heard of before. I cannot wait to get more of Crissy’s books. She is an amazing author.

If you like dark fantasy, magic, witches and all things fiction this is the book for you. There is action and drama. It makes your heart melt and then it leaves you in suspense. They story never lags and there is always something that peaks your interest.

100% recommend

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SHOW REVIEW:  Game of Thrones 

Okay so I know I am a bit behind with this but What the hell..

I started watching Game of Thrones when it first came out but then I stopped and started watching other things. Before I knew it Season 6 had begun and I hadn’t even finished Season 1. I started watching it again from the beginning and wondered why I ever stopped Watching it.

Games of Thrones is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R Martin

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It is a series of epic fantasy Novels, the first of which is is called Game of Thrones. Now I have a confession to make…. I have not read the books, however they are going on my to ever growing reading list.

Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, it has several plot lines and a large cast of characters. The first story  follows a conflict among competing claimants for succession to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, with other noble families fighting for independence from the throne. There are lots of intertwining stories and secrets that revel themselves throughout the Seasons and it always keeps you guessing.

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This is not the type of show you put on in the background and listen to whilst you go about your business, you really do have to pay attention otherwise you will lose the plot…literally. It is action packed from the beginning and it doesn’t slow down! There are too many characters to name and if I am honest I do still get a bit confused about who is who, who are allies and who are enemies, who’s good and who’s bad but that is what I love about Game of Thrones. Even when you dislike a character something happens and it makes you feel sorry for them (sometimes). It definitely is not predictable so if you do not like surprises this is not for you.If you do not like sex, blood, fighting etc , again, this is not for you!

The actors who play the characters play them so well. You see the younger characters like Arya and Sansa grow in to strong women. Arya is my favourite character and has been from the start. Always a bit of a tom boy, fierce, speaks her mind and doesn’t back down from a fight. I still cannot tell whether Varys is good or bad but I like that it keeps me interested.

I also want to take a second to mention the directing of the show and the production. The special effects are brilliant! The amount of time and effort it must take to produce one episode.. it amazes me! So much talent. I definitely could never do it. I feel like the production teams behind films and shows like this don’t get enough credit for the work they do.

I would definitely give Game of Thrones a 5 out of 5

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So what do you guys think?

Have you watched it ? if not why have you chosen not to?

What do you like/dislike about it if you have watched it?

Who is your favourite character?

Who do you love to hate?

Share your thoughts I am eager to know what other people think

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