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Boone and Jacque: The Brothers’ Odyssey

In The Brothers’ Odyssey, written by A.G. Flitcher, Boone and Jacque have been sent to another realm with their friend Shammy. Boone, Jacque, and Shammy know they must not stay still for too long in any place as danger follows them. The children search for Flint, who was separated from them earlier. Not knowing what treacherous paths are ahead, they go out into the darkness. Surviving an ocean, trees, sokas, and King Reeve, the trio manages to make their way back to Saddleton, or what is now known as New Saddalia.

The Brothers’ Odyssey is a phenomenal novel. This second installment in the series is even more exciting and thrilling than the first novel. This second book answered many questions that readers were left with at the first novel’s end. This epic fantasy novel is creative and has many unexpected twists and turns. It will keep readers guessing even more than the first novel. Flitchers great imagination takes readers into a world that is original and full of surprises. The action-packed story flows smoothly with little time for readers to catch their breath before another surprise or twist is revealed.

The wasteland realm A. G. Flitcher created where Boone, Jacque, and Shammy were transported will really come alive in readers’ minds. The detail written into the story made it very easy to make the words turn into images. For example, there is a scene where the ocean is turned into oil that is incredibly vivid.

In the last novel, readers were looking for Boone to explore his feelings more in-depth, especially those for Shammy. He was able to do that in this book. Shammy was also able to figure out her feelings for Boone as well. Jacque really seemed to be wise beyond his years in this book. He explored his own emotions and dealt with them while finding out about his family. This book tied up all the loose ends from the previous book. It will also leave readers wanting more.

The Brothers’ Odyssey is a riveting epic fantasy novel filled with adventure and action. Middle school, teenagers, and young adult readers will enjoy this fantasy adventure with some mystery mixed in.

Pages: 263 | ASIN : B08KRMFVRJ

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Playtime in Vella Dera

Enauria is living with trauma, trying to move forward with her life, and she is looking for answers. Among other things, Enauria is a princess. She carries a secret that can give others peace, and she knows the time has come to reveal the hiding place of Queen Caneria. It is finally time for her daughter, Fiona, to accept the crown. This is a mission that should be simple for someone like Enauria as her powers place her far above those around her. Enauria, however, doesn’t want this to go so smoothly–she wants to leave magic behind and do this the hard way.

Playtime in Vella Dera, by author Benzon Ray Barbin, is a fast-paced science fiction short story centered around the rescue of exiled Queen Caneria. The short story’s main character, Enauria, is strong-willed and determined to bring Caneria and her daughter back together while at the same time helping Sedrinar find the only thing he has left of his past–his memories. Readers will find Enauria fascinating. As strong and capable as she is, she is still riddled with the guilt of her past decisions. Watching her growth throughout the plot is quite satisfying.

Playtime in Vella Dera, by Benzon Ray Barbin is a riveting short story. Filled with drama, suspense, a main character battling herself as much as others, and a nicely-paced plot that wraps up cleanly while leaving a nice teaser for a possible sequel. Both science fiction and drama fans will find Playtime in Vella Dera a great quick read.

Pages: 58 | ASIN : B09HNP2XM1

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Pulse Book One

Pulse takes place in 2040 where technology is ruling people’s everyday lives. There is an undeniable horror aspect to this book and much of that comes from the way society is crashing. Pulse is an organization that controls everyone through technology platforms. The book is written from several different characters’ points of view, which offers interesting twists. There is no one dominant character that overtakes the story. Pulse is a very relevant book, it ties in a lot of the current events that we are facing today, which makes this book even scarier.

Pulse by B.A. Bellec builds slow to give readers a chance to understand the circumstances and key organizations at play in this novel. Readers will find a lot of modern day issues are written into this novel giving it an additional level of plausibility. The book is gory, playing into the fear and horror aspect. This is not limited to a few scenes the reader can gloss over, rather it is pivotal to the plot.

With a slow-burn style of writing and an uncanny resemblance to modern technological issues Pulse really shines in its ability to weave in and out of a variety of issue while never losing its creepy vibe. The characters in Pulse are a part of the company Pulse and organizers and sponsors of the festival. Bellec shows readers how one organization can easily become a monopoly on all things we consume, thus controlling all aspects of our lives.

Pulse does a great job at painting a vivid picture so you feel like you are a part of the story. This engrossing novel will appeal to readers looking for a riveting dystopian story combined with compelling science fiction. This is an eerie creature feature with subtle but deep social commentary that will keep readers entertained and thinking long after they have put the book down.

Pages: 395 | ASIN : B092JSS8XW

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The Penitent: Part III

The Immortality Wars The Penitent Part III is the epic conclusion of The Penitent Trilogy. In a battle between good and evil, Pall Warren is in the middle of it all, fighting evil demons to save humanity from the tyranny of an occult priest. Set in a world reminiscent of the Middle Ages with a fantasy spin, Pall continues on his quest to reconnect with his friend, John Savage, and find his place in the world.

The story begins with Pall helping Tom in the aftermath of the Ünger attack. He travels with Tom and his daughter to their new home in Gullswater. While in Gullswater, Pall puts feelers out to see where he can find the bowman, aka Savage. Leading Pall on a quest to Seascale, where he joins forces with Mercer, an ex-member of Gregor Mordant’s Marauders.

Once in Seascale, Pall and Mercer begin their mission to track down Savage and quickly find themselves deep in battle. Meanwhile, Savage works with his boss, Peredurus, the King’s Minister of Affairs, to update him on West Fündländ. Savage also alerts Peredurus to his views that Mordant is a traitor to the King. Peredurus begins his mission to validate Savage’s belief. All parties start to build the forces up for the impending war.

What I loved most was the multiple POVs, especially during the battle. I love when authors utilize this writing style as it gives me a better insight into the motives of the characters. A. Keith Carreiro is a strong writer, at times his style is more formal to help set the tone and add depth to the characters personality. I benefited from learning multiple new words as he has an expansive vocabulary.

The Penitent by A. Keith Carreiro is a thrilling adventure novel written for fans of fantasy and science fiction. The author is skilled at world-building and excels at keeping the reader engaged. Overall a strong finish to this riveting trilogy. Readers will enjoy finding out how Carreiro wraps up things.

Pages: 292 | ASIN: B07WCHGRKC

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