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The Inheritance Games: #bookreview

The Inheritance Games

Imagine being relatively poor and struggling to get ahead in life and in the next breath you’ve inherited a sizeable fortune from the Rockefeller family.

One day Avery Grambs was living with her sister, Libby, and the sister’s abusive boyfriend, Drake. Then practically the next day, Avery has inherited a palatial estate and the fortune of Tobias Hawthorne, who is a stranger to her. The only stipulation is that she has to live in the mansion for one year. Of course, Avery will be sharing the house with all of the people that did not get what the fortune that they wanted. All of them are the enemy for the next year.

Avery is very bright but unaccustomed to having wealth or the whole world following her every move. She doesn’t have that many people in her life that are trustworthy.

The most interesting character, Emily, is already deceased by the time Avery moves to the Hawthorne estate. She was dating two of the Hawthorne grandsons and was a bit of a risk-taker. We don’t know if Emily was killed or died of natural causes until the end.

Avery spends a lot of time trying to figure out the mysteries of Hawthorne House. How does Tobias Hawthorne know her? Why did he leave her an interitance?

I thought that this book would be predictable. However, there’s enough mystery and a puzzle around every corner to keep it interesting.

If you like mystery, drama, and puzzles then you will probably enjoy The Inheritance Games.

If you would rather read a boring book about boring people, then this might not be the book for you.

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  • I received this ebook from the author and NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. This blog is part of The Write Reads Blog Tour.

Venators: Promises Forged. #bookreview

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Venators: Promises Forged

Venators: Promises Forged is the second book in the Venators series by Devri Walls. So many things can happen in Eon, where Rune, Grey and Ryker have traveled from Earth. In the last book, they – mostly Grey- defeated a dragon. Not too bad for

Ryker is still being held captive by Zio. No one else is sure where he is being kept. He isn’t sure of what is going on. Since he came to Eon, Ryker has been heavily sedated. He doesn’t even know that he’s a Venator or what that means.

Grey walks into a trap set by Feena, the Fae Queen. I don’t know what I expected a Fae Queen to do exactly but Feena is different than any other fairy that I’ve read about. She’s trickier and much more cruel. Someday, I’d like to see if anyone has any fan art of Feena. She’s such an interesting character but the picture of her in my mind is a bit fuzzy. Is it because she is scary without even trying? Possibly . . .

Rune spends most of her time learning how to be more diplomatic and also getting in touch with her inner Venator. It’s time for her to unleash whatever powers she has. Rune and the rest of the group need every power that they have to rescue Grey from Feena.

Poor Ryker might never get rescued from Zio’s prison. All of that bad boy energy will go to waste if Rune and Grey don’t make it out of the Fae Queen’s forest.

If you like fantasy novels with scary female villains and a bad boy or two, then this could be the series for you. Who is your favorite female villain? I’m partial to Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

If you lack imagination and only like boring books with dull characters, then you might not like Venators: Promises Forged. There’s probably still a boring book out there for you.

P.S. Sorry for being late to the blog tour. I feel like I got trapped in the Fae Queen’s Forest too.

Harrow Lake: #bookreview

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The Kat Ellis book, Harrow Lake,is set in the town of Harrow Lake. Approximately 20 years ago, the town was the setting for Nightjar, a horror movie directed by Nolan Nox.

He met and fell I love with the actress who played the main character, Little Bird. Her real name was Lorelei. Doesn’t everyone always fall in love with the Loreleis of the world? Nolan and Lorelei married and had a daughter, Lola.

Several years later, the wife disappears after visiting her mother in Harrow Lake. The rumor is that Mr. Jitters from the movie finally captured her. The townspeople think that he captures whoever plays the part of Little Bird in the parade. Why do people still want to get the lead in the parade?

After Nolan is hospitalized, Lola is sent to stay with her grandmother at Harrow Lake. Lola doesn’t think her father’s assistant, Larry, is telling her everything. He’s a creep so she might be right.

She’s not happy about going to her mother’s hometown. Lola thinks that her mother abandoned her.

Her grandmother steals her suitcase so Lola has to wear her mother’s clothes. It’s a weird situation. It’s even more weird that the clothes are Lorelei’s wardrobe from Nightjar.

When Lola was a little girl, she had a doll, Mary Ann, from another horror movie. She loved the doll but her father and his assistant got rid of the doll.

After arriving at Harrow Lake,Lola starts to see Mary Ann, except in a more human form. I thought that having the creepy doll was distracting from Mr. Keepers. Was Mr. Keepers real? Was Mary Ann real? I still don’t know. Sometimes an urban legend is as creepy as real life. I was too scared to read this book when no one else was awake.

After she gets to Harrow Lake, Lola finds out things about her mother that lead her to believe that Lorelei’s disappearance was more suspicious than anyone else thought. Maybe Lola had not been abandoned by her mother.

If anyone is interested in creepy urban legends or horror movies involving dolls, then you might enjoy this book.

Scaredycats should not read this book while home alone with dolls.

* All of the reviewers on the blogtour received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions on this post are my own. Obviously.

Venators: #bookreview

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Most of Venators by Devri walls is set in an alternate dimension called Eon. Every supernatural being that you can think of exists in Eon.

Rune, her brother, Ryker, and classmate, Grey, begin their day on Earth as usual. Rune and Grey are saved from supernatural hunters by Tate, who takes them to Eon through a portal.

Some would say that Grey is obsessed with the supernatural. He’s a bit of an outcast on Earth. Ryker has made life even more difficult for Grey but by the end of the book, his reason will make a little more sense.

Rune is usually the mediator between Ryker and Grey. She also has an interest in the supernatural but she keeps it a closely guarded secret.

Tate tells Rune and Grey that they are Venators, which are sentries between Eon and Earth. There’s more to being a Venator than being a gatekeeper.

If you are interested in the supernatural and alternate dimensions, then this could be the book for you. Personally, Venators has been my favorite book so far this year. I would go through the portal to Eon if it was possible.

If you are firm non-believer of vampires, werewolves or shapeshifters, then this book might not be what you’re looking for yet. I would recommend giving the book a chance even if you are not a fan of the supernatural.

  • I received this book as part of The Write Reads book blog tour. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

The Friday Edition: #bookreview

The Friday Edition

“The Friday Edition” by Betta Ferrendelli is set in Denver, Colorado. Although, the book opens with a young district attorney falling to her death, don’t let it dissuade you from visiting Denver in the future.

Samantha Church is a reporter for a local newspaper. She is the sister of Robin, the district attorney who died in the first chapter. Both sisters had issues with alcoholism. Robin had been sober up until the day of her death.

Samantha hasn’t admitted to herself that she has a problem with alcohol. She has already lost custody of her daughter and fired from a decent job at a different newspaper. You could say that things are not going well for her in any way.

Sam has a feeling that Robin did not commit suicide. The police are ready to close the investigation because they believe that she jumped off her balcony on purpose. Sam wants to follow her instincts and find out whatever she can about Robin’s last few months at work.

After some digging in Robin’s files, she gets in touch with a police officer, Rey, who had been helping Robin on a drug ring investigation. Sam and Rey are positive that Robin found out something that was going to upset the wrong people.

Sam tries to sober up in order to do some investigative reporting. Unfortunately, alcoholism doesn’t care about deadlines. She messes up quite a bit but manages to redeem herself. Sam is the underdog but I kept hoping that she would overcome her challenges.

If you are interested in reporters, cops and mysteries, then you will probably enjoy “The Friday Edition.”

If you are easily triggered by bad cops, then you should hold off reading it for a bit longer.

A Different Time: #bookreview

A Different Time

After her parents divorced in 1986, Lindsey Hale moved to Visalia, California from Hawaii with her mother. Lindsey’s timeline mostly takes place in 1989. She starts making a video diary to help her find some direction in life.

Keith Nolan lives in New Jersey in 2019. His main goal is to finish his father’s comic book collection. While at a flea market, he comes across a VHS-C tape like the kind used in camcorders. It turns out to be the tapes that Lindsey made in 1989.

Keith and Lindsey are somehow able to talk to each other on the tapes. So Keith takes a trip to California to find Lindsey in real life. He knows that she will be much older but he wants to meet her. Keith believes that is will be worth the risk.

Honestly, I wish the book was longer. Maybe I’ll read it again someday. It’s worthy of a second reading.

If you like romances that transcend time, then you will enjoy A Different Time. If you have something against love or comic books, then there’s no help for you.

The Write Reads on Tour is also doing a book tour for A Different Time. Check out some of the other book reviews.

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The Written: #bookreview

The Written by Ben Galley is about mages and dragons, mystery and secrets, friendship and betrayal.

The main character, Farden, is a specific type of mage called The Written. The Written have magical tattoos placed on their body that tell a story. If someone reads their tattoo, it could possibly be detrimental to their health. They have to follow certain rules – no romantic relationships, no children. Apparently, they are magical priests.

The Write Reads group asked people if anyone wanted to participate in a Ben Galley blog tour. So I joined this blog tour and chose the book based on the description.

I really enjoyed the quest that Farden went on to discover the truth about a stolen book and the murders of mages.

There are also characters that add something special to the story. One of his closest friends, Durnus, is a vampire. Farden is tasked with making peace with the dragons. There’s also a hydra in the mix. No unicorns or centaurs in this story.

The only thing that I did not like was Farden’s name. Farden doesn’t sound like it matches the character. The named used to refer to a travelling warrior or mercenary, which is fitting.

Anyone who likes magical adventures and dragons will love this book.

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Interview with . . . Ben Galley

In hindsight, I should have had my youngest kid ask the questions for an interview with Ben Galley. They are both interested in dragons and fantasy novels to a greater extent than most people. I didn’t ask one question about dragons. Shameful.

However, you will discover some interesting things about Ben Galley in the following interview.

What was the first thing that you wrote?

The first thing I ever wrote was a terrible, hand-drawn comic I wrote when I was about six or seven. After that, I decided to try a novel, and finished that before I hit my teens. It was called The Kanandapur Gang – a story featuring anthropomorphised monkeys in a medieval, magical society in southern India. It, nor its sequel, will never see the light of day, but those books gave me a solid foundation for future projects.

Are you a boxing fan?

I don’t follow the sport, but do enjoy it when I catch it. I admire the dedication it takes, as well as the strength, mental aptitude and tenacity. I occasionally box whenever I get the chance, more for fitness than anything else.

Do you have a favorite superhero? Favorite villain?

I have both! If I were to pick my favourite superhero, it would be a tough choice between Iron Man or Doctor Manhattan. As for villain, the Joker for complexity of character, or Carnage, for absolute… well, carnage.

Do audiobooks count as reading?

I’d say so. As audiobooks are derived from the written word, you’re still absorbing the same prose, just in a different medium. Audiobooks are also great for readers who have trouble with text, so I’m a big fan of the rise of the audiobook.

Has it been a smooth transition from living in England to living in Canada?

It’s been a lot smoother than I was expecting. It’s not a huge culture shock, especially seeing as I’m living in British Columbia. I still see the UK flag half a dozen times a day! The immigration side of things has been a huge amount of work, but worth it to remain in this beautiful, forward-thinking country. I’ve found that my wordcount and work ethic has also improved since moving here, and what I’ve experienced since being in Canada has given me bundles of inspiration. I’ve already got a BC-inspired series waiting to be written.

What are your feelings about hockey?

I got stuck into hockey as soon as I got here. It’s brutal, fast and exciting, and I’ve enjoyed learning the rules and teams. I wouldn’t say I’m an aficionado by any means, but I’m becoming more and more of a fan with every season.

Will the anthropomorphic monkeys ever make an appearance in your novels?

Perhaps one day, there might be a little nod to Kanandapur in my books. Perhaps a race of primate-human hybrids smuggled in somewhere. For now, they’re staying firmly on my hard-drive.

What music are you listening to right now?

Right now, I’m channeling some Picturesque, a band I’ve recently got into.

What do you want people to know about Ben Galley?

Aside from the fact you can get the first book in each of my series for 99c at the moment, I can be found in all the usual places! I’ve got vlogs and info over at my site www.bengalley.com, or I’m usually getting up to mischief on Twitter @BenGalley or Facebook @BenGalleyAuthor.

After the Green Withered: #bookreview

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If anyone is a fan of dystopian novels, then let me suggest After the Green Withered by Kristin Ward. The book is set in the not too distant future. The weather has destroyed the earth and humans have used all of the natural resources. Water is in extremely short supply. So there isn’t any water to spare for gardening. There’s hardly enough water to drink. Food and water are rationed.

I don’t know about you but a world where people are punished for gardening or drinking beyond what is rationed sounds miserable. For the first quarter of the book, the main character, Enora, and her family are just trying to survive. They go to work or school and do what they are told.

At the end of Enora’s senior year, she is recruited into the Drought Mitigation Corporation or DMC, a group that is sort of a combination of an army, mercenaries, mad scientists and Big Brother. They know and see everything.

Enora is not really excited about joining the DMC but it does one good benefit. The DMC increases her family’s food and water rations.

She goes out into the field as a Pathfinder, which is like it sounds. A Pathfinder finds routes for their partners, who are called Sweepers. The Sweepers are the ones that eliminate whatever or whoever the threat or target is.
Enora excels at her job but it’s not easy for her. She feels a lot of guilt about helping to get rid of the targets.

There’s a sequel to the book that I haven’t read yet. The sequel, Burden of Truth, is definitely going on the to-be-read list. I cannot wait to find out what happens in Enora’s story.

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  • I received this ebook from The Write Reads and the author, Kristin Ward, in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.