The Magician’s Workshop, Vol. Two by Christopher Hansen and J. R. Fehr #BookReview @HansenFehr

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Return to the world of The Magician’s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality.

In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void?

Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.

Genre(s): Books
> Teens > SciFi & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age
Kindle eBooks
> SciFi & Fantasy > Fantasy > Metaphysical & Visionary
> Teen & YA > SciFi & Fantasy > Fantasy > Sword & Sorcery
Series: The Magician’s Workshop, # 2
Length: 396 pages
Release date: 2016-11-22

 

Teaser


Aaro is-a Tree didn’t understand why he felt compelled to get on this boat in the dark of night. He didn’t have any clear reason to go where it was sailing; in fact, he’d really rather not be going there at all.

“Are you sure it’s a good idea to come with me to the festival?” asked Malroy is-a Shield. “You hate the Color Ceremony.”

“I don’t hate it. I hate what it does to kids,” Aaro answered as he stepped of the wooden dock and onto Malroy’s sailboat, a small cutter that looked to be twice as old as the two men were. …


My Opinion

This book reintroduces you to the group of kids living in the magical islands of O’Ceea. The upcoming Color Ceremony and the possible results affect all O’Ceea inhabitants.

With The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two, authors Hansen and Fehr continue the wonderful fantasy story about O’Ceea and the importance of colours. It is a very enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as the kids and their clans prepare for the Color Ceremony. Hansen and Fehr carefully elaborated the characters, and their stories and interactions, still leaving the readers room for imagination; I still adore the blue wallaroo. I was drawn rather close to the kids – it was fun being an invisible friend. The characters are of sufficient depth, believable with their flaws and virtues; the authors’ care for each of them shows. The story is very nicely woven and has a wonderful flow. I am eager to read volume 3 – as soon as the story is continued!

This is a book for you if you like magic, urban fantasy, food for thought, believable and very likeable characters, and/or the teen and young adult genre.

Recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen: – 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the authors

The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday.
“Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.”
Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.

When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible

 

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Website:  www.oceea.com
Amazon:  J. R. Fehr

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two?  Or – if you did not yet read The Magician’s Workshop, Volume Two – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

 

 

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A Strange Companion by Lisa Manterfield #BookReview @LisaManterfield

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Kat Richardson isn’t running away from grief; she’s just hiding out in a gloomy Welsh university town until she’s sure it’s gone. Now, one year, nine months, and 27 days after the climbing death of her first love, Gabe, she thinks she’s ready to venture out into the relationship world again. And Owen—a cake-baking, Super Ball-making chemistry student—appears to be a kind, funny, and very attractive option.

But the arrival of Kat’s newly adopted niece, Mai, forces her home to northern England, where she runs headfirst into all the memories of Gabe she’s tried to leave behind—and discovers that Mai stirs up an unnerving feeling of déjà vu. Before long, Kat’s logical, scientific beliefs about life after death are in battle with what she feels to be true—that reincarnation is real and Gabe has come back to her through Mai. The question now, is why?

Taking on the topics of love, loss, and how we deal with grief, A Strange Companion is a twisted love triangle among the living, the dead, and the reincarnated.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death
> Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Emotions & Feelings
Books
> Teens > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Death & Dying
Series: n.a.
Length: 297 pages
Release date: 2017-04-04

 

Teaser


…I spotted a picture that made my heart do a tap dance in my chest. There, staring out at me from the wall was the picture of Gabe and me, a copy of the one I kept hidden in my wardrobe. It felt out of place on my brother’s wall, as if the image belonged only to me and my memories.

In my arms, Mai leaned towards the picture. Her eyebrows twitched and in an almost imperceptible move, her lips pursed into a decisive bow. Her wispy black eyebrows bunched together as she turned to consider me. She reached out and rested her hand on my cheek. I was about to smile and rest my hand over hers when she moved it across my face and drew her thumb along my jaw line, just the way Gabe had done.

She looked me dead in the eye. And then she said, “Sun.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Kat Richardson, still grieving for Gabe. She only returns to her hometown when her brother’s adopted daughter from China arrives.

With A Strange Companion, Lisa Manterfield has created a well elaborated story focussed on Kat and her dealing with grief. It was easy to get into the story; especially if you have lost a dear one, you understand at least some of Kat’s take on things. Kat is of sufficient depth, likeable; I had the urge to support her, help her cope. Lisa Manterfield created a remarkable story that offers food for thought on a serious topic. The story proceeds at a steady pace, carefully portraying Kat and her feelings; it comprises some interesting turns, and has a really good flow.

This is a book for you if you like thoughtful stories covering a person’s coping with loss and grief, as well as carefully elaborated plots with likeable characters.

Recommended.

A quote by the author: “I’m Lisa Manterfield and I love telling stories.” – Having read this book, I can whole-heartedly confirm this – it shows.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some hints)

 

About the author

Lisa Manterfield is the award-winning author of A Strange Companion and I’m Taking My Eggs and Going Home: How One Woman Dared to Say No to Motherhood. Her work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Los Angeles Times, and Psychology Today. Originally from northern England, she now lives in Southern California with her husband and over-indulged cat. Learn more at http://lisamanterfield.com/.

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 A Strange Companion?  Or – if you did not yet read A Strange Companion – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


10 Statements – Lisa Manterfield

 

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Mission: ARMOR (A Division Eight Thriller, #2) by A.D. Starrling

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A man tortured by his past. A woman determined to save him. A deadly assignment that threatens to rip them apart.

Eight months after falling in love with Alex Slade, the Army Ranger she rescued from an infamous drug cartel, U.S. Marine Lieutenant Vivian Thorpe is approached to be his second in command of ARMOR, the first team in a new shadowy black ops section called Division Eight. She agrees but has one condition: she will only give ARMOR six months.

With the deadline fast approaching, the pair find themselves heading to Africa with their team. Their mission: to assist an undercover CIA operative who may have unearthed the hottest lead on African arms trafficking in decades. When they fail to make contact with the agent, ARMOR discovers a chain of bloody evidence that leads them across the dark continent on the trail of a notorious arms dealer who may prove to be their toughest adversary yet.

With their enemy always one step ahead of them, Alex and Vivian must ignore the growing storm inside their hearts and call on all their strength and wit to lead ARMOR on one of the most dangerous assignments they have ever undertaken.

Will they survive long enough for Vivian to convince Alex that she is the perfect woman for him?

Mission: ARMOR is the second novella in the romantic military thriller series Division Eight from award-winning author AD Starrling. If you like action-packed, sexy stories with strong-willed heroes and heroines, then you’ll love this gripping new black ops series.

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Men’s Adventure
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Military
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Terrorism
Series: A Division Eight Thriller, #2
Length: 145 pages
Release date: 2017-07-14

 

Teaser


‘What’s the role?’ said Vivian.

It was Alex who replied this time. ‘XO. You’ll be my second in command and one of the team shooters.’

Surprise flared in Vivian’s eyes for the second time. She drummed the fingers of her right hand on the armrest of her chair, faint lines furrowing her brow.

‘Six months,’ she said brusquely, stilling her fingers. ‘I’ll give you six months.’


My Opinion

This book introduces you to U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Vivian Thorpe; months after rescuing Army Ranger Alex Slade, she is offered to be his second in command in Division Eight’s new ARMOR team.

With Mission: ARMOR, A.D. Starrling has created an action-packed thriller centred on Rachel Carter – the promising first novella in the ‘A Division Eight Thriller’ series. It is a compelling read, drawing you into Alex and Vivian’s team. A.D. Starrling paints a clear picture of Vivian’s mind while the story evolves. There are many facets: depending on the situations, she is vulnerable, strong, hot-headed, or clear-minded, she is of sufficient depth. The other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well.  The story comprises combat scenes, interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced thrillers, combat, covert operations, two characters falling for each other in secret, and if you like believable characters with a mission.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😡
Sexual content 😳

 

About the author

AD Starrling’s multi-award winning thriller series Seventeen combines action, adventure, science, and a dose of the supernatural to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled read.

When she’s not busy writing and reading, AD can be found looking up exciting international locations and cool science and technology to put in her books, eating Thai food, being tortured by her back therapists, drooling over gadgets, working part-time as a doctor on a Neonatal Intensive Care unit somewhere in the UK, reading manga, and watching action and sci-fi flicks. She has occasionally been accused of committing art with a charcoal stick and some drawing paper.

Find out more about AD on her website www.adstarrling.com where you can also sign up for her awesome newsletter and never miss her latest release. You’ll also get a chance to read advance copies of her forthcoming novels, have access to sneak previews of her work, participate in exclusive giveaways, and get special promotional offers.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Mission: ARMOR?  Or – if you did not yet read Mission: ARMOR – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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Dead over Heels by Theresa Braun #BookReview @tbraun_author

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Veronica’s first date with Sebastian not only stirs up a powerful attraction, but also a series of supernatural events that will tear them apart.

After countless hours of dead-end online dating, Veronica meets up with Sebastian at a reportedly haunted restaurant, since he knows she has a fascination with the paranormal. While enjoying their meals and each other’s company, they share a shocking supernatural experience. Their romantic connection is overshadowed by the ghosts of their own pasts that threaten to destroy their budding relationship. Veronica decides she must return to the restaurant to face her past and dig up more answers. Unfortunately, she realizes she must go back, this time with a reluctant Sebastian. In the end, they join forces against the evil that stands between them, but will they make it out alive?

Genre(s): Kindle Store
> Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Romance
> Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Ghosts
Books
> Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
Series: n.a.
Length: 38 pages
Release date: 2016-11-16

 

Teaser


I bit the inside of my cheek to stifle a laugh at his ridiculousness. For the moment, he had saved himself by actually recognizing my pendant. Not only did he know what it was called, but he didn’t make some obvious reference to the television show Charmed, which had made the emblem famous, but somehow cheapened its profound significance.

“Thanks.” I grasped the Celtic trinity design with my left hand. “It’s my favourite symbol.”

“Mine, too. It’s ancient and represents so many things.”

My heartbeat quickened. “Like protection and magic.”.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Veronica, hoping to finally find her perfect match.

With Dead over Heels, Theresa Braun has created a great and slightly chilling paranormal romance short story centred on Veronica, Sebastian, and the ghosts of their pasts. It is a compelling read, drawing you close to Veronica. Theresa Braun paints a clear picture of Veronica’s mind while the story evolves. I loved the scene changes and the surprising moments. I thoroughly enjoyed this expertly woven plot.

This is a book for you if you like the paranormal romance genre and memorable short stories.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides with her two fur babies, who are her creative sidekicks. She enjoys delving into creative writing, painting, photography and even bouts of ghost hunting. Traveling is one of her passions—in fact, her latest adventure took her to Romania for a horror writers’ workshop where she followed in the steps of Vlad the Impaler. She writes horror fiction and the occasional romance. Oh, and she likes to guest blog about writing, television shows, movies, and books, mostly in the horror genre.

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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 Dead over Heels?  Or – if you did not yet read Dead over Heels – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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A Party at Longbourn (Longbourn, #3) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Elizabeth, Darcy and Georgiana have gathered at Longbourn to celebrate the 60th birthday of Mr Bennet. Enter the recently-widowed Mr Collins, now the father of a young daughter. He’s on a mission sanctioned by Lady Catherine – to find a new wife for himself. Will he choose one of the remaining Bennet girls? If so, would his offer be successful, or meet with the same outcome as his proposal to Elizabeth?

This, the third in the series by Australian author Margaret Lynette Sharp, looks set to provide readers with another intriguing and delightful look at life at Longbourn.

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction
> Historical Fiction > Short Stories
> Classics > Short Stories
> Classics > Romance
Series: Longbourn, #3
Length: 32 pages
Release date: 2017-02-04

 

Teaser


“I am afraid that, whatever our feelings might be, we have no alternative other than to welcome him. I for one find his company to be quite diverting,” added Mr Bennet, smiling enigmatically.

“But Father,” interrupted Kitty, “what will Lizzy say? And Mr Darcy…? You must be aware of their deep disdain for Mr Collins. Perhaps they will refuse to come…”


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

With A Party at Longbourn, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created a nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice special. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn experiences. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence :mrgreen:
Sexual content :mrgreen:

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville ( in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’. To date, I have twenty-five published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

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 A Party at Longbourn? Or – if you did not yet read A Party at Longbourn – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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