The Sentinel’s Alliance (Silent Sea Chronicles, #3) by Suzanne Rogerson #BookReview @rogersonsm

Cover: The Sentinel’s Alliance
(Silent Sea Chronicles, #3)
by Suzanne Rogerson

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (Mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Can new alliances save the islands of the Silent Sea from the murderers stalking their shores?

As the island of Kalaya and its people recover from civil war, a new threat surfaces. Invaders from the island of Elkena hunt the seas, butchering those who possess magic. Their scar-faced captain seeks the Fire Mage who it has been foretold will kill him and Tei and her people are in his warpath.

Tei and a band of Kalayans travel to Stone Haven, the home of their new allies, planning to restore magic to the dead island. But the Stone Haven Council have abhorred magic since their people were massacred by Elkenan invaders twenty years before. Commander Farrell must persuade his people to accept magic again, but his plans expose them to their biggest fear and he risks leading Tei and her people into danger, and jeopardising the safety of both their islands.

Under Farrell’s guidance treaties are forged, but is the newly formed Silent Sea Alliance enough to defeat the invaders and stop their bloodthirsty quest to destroy magic forever?

The Sentinel’s Alliance is the final book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

 

Genre(s): > Sword & Sorcery Fantasy eBooks
> Sword & Sorcery Fantasy (Books)
> Epic Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles, #3
Length: 369 pages
Release date: 2019-07-06

 

Teaser


‘The island is crying out for help,’ Tei said.

‘How can I trust you?’

‘The commander trsuts me.’ Tei’s emotions bubbled up. ‘I didn’t sail hundreds of miles and suffer awful seasickness to be insulted by an old spirit who doesn’t know what help looks like when he sees it.’


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Tei and Callisa, the Sentinel, in need of forming an alliance to stop the invaders.

With “The Sentinel’s Alliance”, Suzanne Rogerson presents us with several interwoven plot lines, covering Tei, Brogan, Callisa, Farrell, Kelbrin, and more. All plotlines are relevant; show how all mature, grow stronger with their tasks. The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Suzanne Rogerson introduces each character with finesse, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Tei, Brogan, and some wonderful allies, highly appreciating their integrity. As I assumed after reading the first book, I got closer to Tei in the second instalment because she has gained a little more maturity; this third instalment turned her into a friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “The Sentinel’s Alliance”. It is a very enjoyable read; a more than worthy completion of the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’ trilogy.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their thrilling ventures, integrity, surprises, and great storytelling.

This is a book/series to read again. Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (fight scenes include some gore)
Sexual content 😳  (some kisses and mentions; not too detailed activities)

 

About the author

Suzanne lives in Middlesex with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel-writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with ice cream and a book.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rogersonsm
Amazon:  Suzanne Rogerson
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/38E9Qw


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “The Sentinel’s Alliance”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Sentinel’s Alliance” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson

Review:  The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson

Review:  The Sentinel’s Reign by Suzanne Rogerson

 

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Hide Not Seek (The Not So Reluctant Detectives, #3) by D.E. Haggerty #BookReview #RBRT @dehaggerty

Cover: Hide Not Seek
(The Not So Reluctant Detectives, #3)
by D.E. Haggerty

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Pru has a secret, which she has no plans to reveal – ever. But after a woman is murdered and all clues point to her, she has no choice but to disclose her true identity. When her revelations thwart the killer’s plan to frame Pru for murder, the killer begins stalking her. With each note he sends, he gets closer. The police are stumped. Pru wants to run away. She really, really wants to run, but Ajax has found the woman of his dreams and he’s not letting her go anywhere. He can be patient. In the meantime, he’ll protect her with his life. Pru isn’t feeling very patient, and her friends, Mel and Terri, are definitely not willing to wait until the police discover who the stalker is. The three friends take matters into their own hands and jump headfirst into the investigation.

Will Pru and her friends uncover her stalker before he turns his violence on Pru?

Genre(s): > Cozy Mystery
> Romantic Suspense (Kindle Store)
> Mystery Romance
Series: The Not So Reluctant Detectives, #3
Length: 223 pages
Release date: 2019-04-18

Teaser


Pru came to a halt at the entrance to the library when she heard Mel speaking. Need to investigate?! They were most certainly not investigating. And Mel wasn’t supposed to be here bugging her, anyway. “Why are you here, Mel? I thought you’d be at work.” Although Pru considered the woman a close friend, she was enjoying the drama-free days while Mel did an internship for her Ph.D.

Mel snorted. “Yeah, right. Like I’m going to work at a time like this.”

“A time like this?” Pru asked Terri who shrugged in response.


My Opinion

This book focuses on Pru, finding creepy notes – has her murdered friend’s stalker found her?

With “Hide Not Seek”, D. E. Haggerty has created an expertly worded and very funny suspense story with a romantic touch. The story comprises a broad variety of believable characters with sufficient depth, hilarious moments, and interesting interactions to solve the case of the diamond pendant necklace. I had a great time reading “Hide Not Seek” – it is a very fun read. I was drawn into the story right away, chuckling about the stubborn protagonists, shaking my head – a lot because of Mel; for me, Terri and Ryder are a great counterpoint for Mel.

This is for you if you like female amateur sleuths, stubborn and determined women, hilarious situations as well as a great combination of cosy suspense, humour, and romance.

A funny and suspenseful book to read again; I hope for the opportunity to read #2 – which I sadly missed – as well.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (5 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (appropriate)
Violence :mrgreen:  (some mentions)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent enough)

 

About the author

I grew-up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to “Little Women”. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Connect with the author:

Website:  http://dehaggerty.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/dehaggerty
Amazon:  D. E. Haggerty
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/3nKlEB


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Hide Not Seek”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Hide Not Seek” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review “Finders, Not Keepers” by D.E. Haggerty

 

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The Haunting of Room 909 (Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1) by Michael James #RBRT #BookReview @mjwritesagain

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Cover: The Haunting of Room 909 (Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1) by Michael James

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Summer is usually a time of fun and games for most children, but Hanna and Ben Littleton are not your average eleven and twelve-year-old. Their father is Percy Littleton, a famous paranormal investigator, and this summer they are traveling to different locations to investigate unexplained phenomenons. Things are rather boring until they stop at Castleridge Hotel. The hotel is reportedly haunted by more than one ghostly presence and the manager has asked Percy for help.

Though warned by their father not to meddle in his investigation, the brother and sister are convinced they can prove their worth as true investigators. Their eagerness soon turns to terror when Hanna begins having visions about a certain former employee of the hotel, the elevator takes them to the ninth floor on its own, and ghosts interact with them. The building seems to have a mind of its own as Hanna and Ben are forced to figure out what really happened one hundred years ago at Castleridge Hotel, before the spirits trapped inside decide to make them permanent residents.

Genre(s): > Children’s Scary Stories
> Children’s Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural Books
> Children’s Spine-Chilling Horror
Series: Junior Paranormal Investigators, #1
Length: 112 pages
Release date: >>> 2019-06-07 <<<

Teaser


…She blinked, but the strange effect continued. A brief but searing pain shot through her head, followed by a loud burst of static that drowned out all other noises. She closed her eyes until the pain stopped and the buzzing cleared. When she opened them again, her gaze fell on a spot on the sidewalk near the front doors of the hotel. Partially obscured by the lineup of cars, a young woman in a red maid’s uniform stood there, staring at Hanna intensely…


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Hanna and Ben Littleton, the children of a famous paranormal investigator; despite his wish, they are drawn into the investigation of a haunted hotel.

With “The Haunting of Room 909, Michael James has created the first in a series of adventures with a quite unusual background and very likeable protagonists. It is a very intriguing read, inevitably drawing you in as the story proceeds. Michael James paints a clear picture of the main characters’ mindsets – making the readers acquainted with them – while the story evolves. I was drawn very close to Hanna and Sam. The main characters are complex and I took to them instantly; the others are of sufficient depth. The story is cleverly elaborated and has a great flow. I had a great time reading “The Haunting of Room 909”. Children who like the paranormal genre will love this book.

This is a book for you if you like middle-grade adventure, the paranormal, funny moments, and likeable characters.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

About the author

Michael James is an author from the prairie province of Alberta, Canada. He is an avid golfer, cyclist, and astronomy enthusiast.

Junior Paranormal Investigators: The Haunting of Room 909 is Michael’s debut novel for middle-grade readers.

After absorbing all things paranormal while growing up, he knew he had to share his fascination with ghosts and other-worldly-creatures with the next generation of kids.

Do you have a great idea for a paranormal investigation? Send Michael the details at www.thejuniorparanormalinvestigators.com and he may include you as a character in their next adventure.

Connect with the author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about “The Haunting of Room 909”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Haunting of Room 909” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

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Wo der Elch begraben liegt (Frida Fors, #1) by Carin Hjulstrom #BookReview @CarinHjulstrom

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Wo der Elch begraben liegt
(Frida Fors, #1)
by Carin Hjulström

I bought this book second-hand (German, in paperback format) from a student who donated her day’s earnings to Doctors Without Borders. My review is in English; I wrote the English plot description.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4.5 stars)

Plot (English)
(by Karen O.)

A journalism student, a town in the middle of nowhere, and a lot of complexities.

Young journalist to be, Frida Fors, is assigned a traineeship at the editorial office of a local newspaper in Småland. Due to the lack of intriguing topics, she uses a little note from a newsticker as a headline: »Bruseryd to be removed from the map!« This starts a turbulent chain of events; her interviews reveal unanticipated tidbits not only of rural life.

Plot (German)
(by Goodreads)

Eine Journalistin, ein Provinznest und jede Menge turbulenter Verwicklungen

Die junge Journalistin Frida Fors verschlägt es in die Lokalredaktion eines müden Provinzblatts in Småland. Mangels spannender Themen macht sie aus einer kleinen Randnotiz aus dem Newsticker eine Meldung: »Bruseryd von der Landkarte gestrichen!« Doch das lassen sich die starrsinnigen Bewohner des Kaffs nicht bieten. Sie versuchen, neue Einwohner für ihr verschlafenes Nest anzuwerben – mit ungewöhnlichen Mitteln. Und Frida macht die Schlagzeilen ihres Lebens …

Swedish cover:
Finns inte på kartan
(Frida Fors, #1)
by Carin Hjulström

Plot (Swedish)
(by Goodreads)

Frida Fors besvikelse är stor när hon får praktikplats på Smålandsbladets lokalredaktion i Bruseryd, istället för på någon av de större tidningarna i storstan. Men mot sin vilja blir hon indragen både i sina medarbetares och bybornas personliga öden och växer som människa genom att hjälpa andra.

“Finns inte på kartan” är en charmig och engagerande roman om kärlek, vänskap och hur det är att leva på en liten ort som hotas av avfolkning.

 

 

Genre(s): > Romantic Comedy
> Literature & Fiction
Series: Frida Fors, #1
Length: Swedish:  311 pages
German:  417 pages
Release date: Swedish:  2009-09-02
German:  2011-06-21

 

Teaser (in German)


Mats blickte Frida mit einem müden Ausdruck an. “Was Annika wohl zu sagen versucht, ist, dass wir hier mehr nach der Kajsa-Warg-Methode arbeiten; man nimmt, was man hat, und versucht, etwas daraus zu machen. Grabe dort, wo du dich befindest, und sei froh, wenn du etwas findest, worüber du schreiben kannst.”

“Think global, act local”, ergänzte Kalle.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Frida Fors, a young journalism student, who is assigned – against her will – to a newspaper in the middle of nowhere.

With “Wo der Elch begraben liegt” / “Finns inte på kartan”, Carin Hjulström presents us with the first book in the “Frida Fors” series, a fun story of a young woman who misses life in the big city and needs to come to terms with her assignment. The story is nicely elaborated, comprises interesting turns and characters, and has a good flow. Carin Hjulström introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Frida and her quest. As I am very fond of Sweden and the Swedes, I recognised the character traits and customs, enjoying the humorous background. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “Wo der Elch begraben liegt”. It is a very enjoyable read; I would love to read the original version and to continue reading the series.

This is for you if you like contemporary fiction with a touch of romance and a subtle humour, very likeable and authentic characters, and good storytelling.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (German cover: four stars)
⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (Swedish cover: three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content 😳  (some kisses and mentions; not too detailed activities)

 

About the author

Karin Astrid Maria Hjulström, better known as Carin Hjulström, is a Swedish television presenter, journalist and author. She is one of Sweden’s most known television presenters and has presented shows such as “Melodifestivalen”, “Carin 21:30” and “Mun över bord”.

Hjulström was born in Örgryte, Gothenburg to a school teacher and an actor & director. At the age of twelve, she landed a main role in the radio Christmas show “Frida och farfar” (English: “Frida and grandfather”). During high school, she studied natural science.

Connect with the Author:

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4473545.Carin_Hjulstr_m
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CarinHjulstrom
Amazon:  Carin Hjulström


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Finns inte på kartan”/ “Wo der Elch begraben liegt”? Or – if you did not yet read “Finns inte på kartan” / “Wo der Elch begraben liegt” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

The Sentinel’s Reign (Silent Sea Chronicles, #2) by Suzanne Rogerson #BookReview @rogersonsm

Cover: The Sentinel’s Reign
(Silent Sea Chronicles, #2)
by Suzanne Rogerson

The author sent me an ARC of this book (Mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

The Sentinel’s Reign is a heroic fantasy. If you like character-driven adventures then you will love The Sentinel’s Reign.

This is the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and follows on from The Lost Sentinel.

 

Genre(s): > Sword & Sorcery Fantasy eBooks
> in Sword & Sorcery Fantasy
> in Epic Fantasy (Kindle Store)
Series: Silent Sea Chronicles, #2
Length: 353 pages
Release date: 2018-06-29

 

Teaser


Tei walked away, feeling the weight of Hafender’s suffering follow her. She hardly knew these men, but the injustice of their sentencing ate at her as she tried to carry on with her day. She wanted to reach out to Callisa, but the Sentinel was silent, their link as cold and dead as it had been before they met. Sometimes Tei wondered if it would have been better if it had stayed that way.


My Opinion

This book re-introduces you to Tei and Callisa, the Sentinel, fighting against Rathnor and his plans.

With “The Sentinel’s Reign”, Suzanne Rogerson presents us with several interwoven plot lines, one covering Tei and her companions, another getting closer to Brogan, and a third one is on Farrell. All plotlines are relevant, the one I did not get warm within the first book has become very interesting. The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Suzanne Rogerson introduces each character with finesse, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – very close to Tei, Brogan, and some wonderful allies, highly appreciating their integrity. As I assumed after reading the first book, I got closer to Tei in the second instalment because she has gained a little more maturity. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “The Sentinel’s Reign”. It is a very enjoyable read; I am looking forward to reading the upcoming third instalment.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their thrilling ventures, integrity, surprises, and great storytelling.

This is a book/series to read again. Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (three stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (fight scenes include some gore)
Sexual content 😳  (some kisses and mentions; not too detailed activities)

 

About the author

Suzanne lives in Middlesex with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel-writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with ice cream and a book.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://suzannerogersonfantasyauthor.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/rogersonsm
Amazon:  Suzanne Rogerson
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/m2P5Yk


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “The Sentinel’s Reign”?  Or – if you did not yet read “The Sentinel’s Reign” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Review:  Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson

Review:  The Lost Sentinel by Suzanne Rogerson