Heir of Fury (The Roxanne Fosch Files, #3) by Jina S. Bazzar #BookReview @Jina_Bazzar

Cover: Heir of Fury
(The Roxanne Fosch Files, #3)
by Jina Bazzar

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Three years have passed since Roxanne left. She’s obeyed and fulfilled Remo’s every wish.

His latest command, however, will send her back to Earth. Aware her presence Earth-side is furthering Remo’s plans, Roxanne delves into an impossible chase against time, the preternatural community, and herself.

But she might already be too late, and Roxanne experiences firsthand that when desperate people are pressed against a rock, they’re willing to commit just about anything.

 

Genre(s): > Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Kindle Store)
> Science Fiction Adventure
> Science Fiction Adventures
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, #3
Length: 465 pages
Release date: 2020-04-29

 

Teaser


Something cold closed around my wrists and jerked my arms high above my head. Before I registered the pain, a wet, gooey substance smelling of earth and hay covered my lips.

My eyes flew open, and I cursed my stupidity for being so trusting. A Seelie stood above me – the one with the pointy ears and canine teeth.

Fool, stupid. The lack of a door meant I couldn’t go out, not that people couldn’t waltz in. And being under the hospitality code didn’t mean I was safe, only that whoever broke it would deal with Titania’s wrath.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Roxanne Fosch’s new task for Remo – back on Earth. New even more dangerous challenges arise and the question of ‘who is friend or foe’ is not answered easily – yet vital.

With “Heir of Fury”, Jina S. Bazzar presents us with the third instalment of “The Roxanne Fosch Files” series. This is the third – and unfortunately, the last book in the series, with a complex protagonist on a quest for answers, tasks from Remo as well as from the Hunters, while having to face unexpected challenges and enemies. The story is cleverly elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Jina S. Bazzar introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – as Roxanne’s invisible friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations – with amazing colour intensity. I had a great time reading “Heir of Fury”. I have to admit that there were tears when I reached the end of the book, experiencing a sadness similar to losing a friend. I fully comprehend the author’s statement at the beginning of the acknowledgements: “I never thought saying goodbye to fictional characters would be as hard as saying goodbye to a loved one. But it is, and by the time I finished typing “The End”, I was both sad and excited.”

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, likeable characters, surprises, and excellent storytelling.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV First-person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳 – 😡   (there is violence, fight scenes, some details)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (some mentions of passion)

 

About the author

Jina was born and raised in Brazil, where she had a joyful and fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. She became blind at the age of twenty-three. She has since lived in the United States and Brazil, though currently resides in the Middle East.

Like most authors, Jina had always been an avid reader, a fan of the fantastic, but was denied the joy of books when she became blind. Once she discovered screen readers, she picked up the habit of reading again, but discovered that reading was no longer enough, so she started writing her own book.

When she’s not writing in the Roxanne Fosch series or her blog, she’s writing articles for Conscious talk Magazine, where she works as a columnist.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jina_Bazzar
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17738345.Jina_S_Bazzar
Amazon:  Jina S. Bazzar
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/b55LWk


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 “Heir of Fury”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Heir of Fury” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Link:  10 Statements – Jina S. Bazzar

Review:  The Curse

Review:  Heir of Ashes

Review:  Heir of Doom

 

Heir of Doom (The Roxanne Fosch Files, #02) by Jina S. Bazzar #BookReview @Jina_Bazzar

Cover: Heir of Doom
(The Roxanne Fosch Files, #2)
by Jina S. Bazzar

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Roxanne Fosch has joined the Hunters.

She no longer has to run and hide, but other problems have surfaced. Her clan has other plans for her, and even the combined might of the hunters might not be able to save her.

To survive, Roxanne will have to choose between being labeled a traitor and cast out as a rogue – or join hands with the darker powers to save her life, and the lives of her friends.

To achieve her goals, she’ll have to risk her life. But can she control the powers she’s still learning to use, and fears so much?

 

Genre(s): > Action & Adventure Romance Fiction
> Metaphysical Fantasy eBooks
> Fantasy Adventure Fiction
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, #02
Length: 374 pages
Release date: 2019-02-20

 

Teaser


Sensing danger, I turned, searching the illuminated circle around us, trying to see into the darkness beyond. I wanted to whisper him a question, but my words were held back by his savage expression.

Diggy shifted and took a step forward. I followed, and he raised a fist in the air, a silent command for me to stay still, and I froze. He glanced back over his shoulder, placed a finger on his lips, which I thought was ridiculously funny, considering.

And he disappeared. There once, then gone. Not moved in a blur or too fast that I couldn’t follow.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Roxanne Fosch’s new life as a hunter. New challenges arise and the question of ‘who is friend or foe’ is not a basis for easy decisions.

With “Heir of Doom”, Jina S. Bazzar presents us with the second instalment of “The Roxanne Fosch Files” series. This is the second book in a series, with a complex protagonist on a quest for the truth about a missing child as well as about her own past, while having to face unexpected challenges. The story is nicely elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  good flow. Jina S. Bazzar introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – as Roxanne’s invisible friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations – with amazing colour intensity. I had a great time reading “Heir of Doom”. I am looking forward to continuing the story.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, likeable characters, surprises, and good storytelling.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳  (there is violence, fight scenes, some details)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some mentions)

 

About the author

Jina was born and raised in Brazil, where she had a joyful and fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. She became blind at the age of twenty-three. She has since lived in the United States and Brazil, though currently resides in the Middle East.

Like most authors, Jina had always been an avid reader, a fan of the fantastic, but was denied the joy of books when she became blind. Once she discovered screen readers, she picked up the habit of reading again, but discovered that reading was no longer enough, so she started writing her own book.

When she’s not writing in the Roxanne Fosch series or her blog, she’s writing articles for Conscious talk Magazine, where she works as a columnist.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jina_Bazzar
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17738345.Jina_S_Bazzar
Amazon:  Jina S. Bazzar
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/m2rEQ7


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 “Heir of Doom”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Heir of Doom” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Link:  10 Statements – Jina S. Bazzar

Review:  The Curse

Review:  Heir of Ashes

 

Siobhan’s Secret (Raven and Hummingbird, #1) by Nikki Broadwell #BookReview @nikkibroadwell

Siobhan’s Secret
(Raven and Hummingbird, #1)
by Nikki Broadwell

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four-dot-five stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Kat’s life is a disaster. Her mother is dead and her stepfather has kicked her out of the one home she’s always counted on, leaving her nothing but the Celtic knot locket Siobhan gave her on her eighteenth birthday. Unable to focus enough to hold down a job she ends up at the women’s shelter where she sees the truth of what life can dish out.

And on top of all that she is positive that her mother did not die from natural causes. But without a dime to her name she has no way to prove it.

In the shelter she meets Cerridwen, an older woman who seems kind enough. But when this same woman appears in Kat’s dream as the goddess of the underworld and keeper of the magical cauldron of inspiration, Kat is more than a little disturbed. Just a dream she tells herself the next morning, dismissing her uneasiness.

In the meantime a strange man seems to be stalking her, his torn jeans and filthy Grateful Dead T-shirt indicating that he’s a drug addict who she wants nothing to do with. And why are there enormous dark birds everywhere she looks? She’s never seen a raven in the city.

As life shifts around her Kat discovers a world she didn’t know existed, her grasp on reality disappearing as she struggles to understand what is happening.

 

Genre(s): > Mythology & Folk Tales (Kindle Store)
> Fairy Tale Fantasy (Kindle Store)
> Mythology & Folk Tales (Books)
Series: Raven and Hummingbird, #1
Length: 302 pages
Release date: 2019-04-15

 

Teaser


The scream woke her, Kat’s heart beating fast in her chest. She was in bed and wearing her nightgown, her hair dry. She tried to pull it all aside, to tell herself it was only a dream, but it didn’t feel that way. Her body felt different, her limbs loose and relaxed.

She dressed hurriedly and went to the kitchen, wanting to tell Airmid about the dream before she forgot.

“Now tell me their names again?” Airmid asked, following Kat into the living room.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 20-year-old Kat, still shocked by her mother’s unexpected death and – just kicked out by her stepfather.

With “Siobhan’s Secret”, Nikki Broadwell presents us with the intriguing story of a young and desperate woman. Kat is broken, staying at a woman’s shelter, without means; some of her new acquaintances appear in her dreams – has she gone mad? The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  great flow. Nikki Broadwell 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 Kat, being her invisible ally. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a great time reading “Siobhan’s Secret”. It is a very enjoyable read; I am looking forward to reading more. My partiality for the combination of reality and mythology began when reading Marion Zimmer Bradley’s “The House Between the Worlds”, therefore I enjoy well-written stories like this one.

This is for you if you enjoy (urban) fantasy, very likeable characters to cheer on their ventures, mythology, surprises, and good storytelling.

This is a book to read again. Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four 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:  (mentions, only)
Sexual content 😳  (kisses and mentions; not too detailed yet passionate activities)

 

About the author

Writing has become my life, and when I am not at my computer I feel like something is amiss! I’ve always been a writer, but only began seriously in 2002, when I decided to write about my parents’ life and my father’s time in POW camps during WW2. In between this very emotional undertaking I began a fantasy–my ‘fun’ escape writing. Three books later put me on the fantasy train, lusting after all things magic and mystical! I am now up to seventeen novels and counting. And the one featuring my father’s diaries has finally been released, the story revolving around two made-up characters who bear no resemblance to my parents. Funny how that happens. You can find it on the ‘In the press’ page!
I write what the goddess (muse) tells me to write, my characters taking hold of the plot and running with it. At times I feel I am only here to tap the keys. If the story does not move forward freely I figure something is not quite right and have to either put it away for a bit or go back to the place where ‘I” took over.

When I’m not at my computer you can find me somewhere over the rainbow…or on a trail in the woods or desert, hiking with my dog and my husband of over thirty years.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://www.nikkibroadwellauthor.com/
Blog:  https://niksblog-authorinprogress.blogspot.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/nikkibroadwell
Amazon:  Nikki Broadwell
Buy links:  https://books2read.com/u/31rqxv


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 “Siobhan’s Secret”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Siobhan’s Secret” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Heir of Ashes (The Roxanne Fosch Files, #01) by Jina S. Bazzar #BookReview @Jina_Bazzar

Cover: Heir of Ashes
(The Roxanne Fosch Files, #1)
by Jina S. Bazzar

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Roxanne Fosch had a perfectly normal life at the age of twelve. Cool, popular, pretty, smart. Her dreams of a perfect, successful and prosperous future seemed well within her grasp.

By the time she was twenty-two she had become a commodity. A fugitive. She was being hunted.

As Roxanne embarks on the dangerous quest to search for half-truths about her past, she discovers she’s not just an abnormal human, but a rarity even among her Fee peers.

She is hunted by scientists, keen to exploit her extraordinary abilities, as well as other beings far more dangerous whose plans for her she cannot fathom.

 

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction
> Loners & Outcasts
> Social & Family Issues > Family > Alternative Family
> Geography & Cultures > United States
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, #01
Length: 424 pages
Release date: 2018-04-15

 

Teaser


“That’s not where I saw you, but I bet you’re there too,” he said, a mischievous half smile playing on his lips.

“Well?” I prompted when he didn’t elaborate.

“You’re all over YouTube.” He gave me a sideways glance then focused back on the road.”Considering who you punched, you’re probably breaking news,” he chuckled. “Entertainment tonight too.”


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Roxanne Fosch who is hiding from those who held her captive at a lab for several years.

With “Heir of Ashes”, Jina S. Bazzar presents us with “Heir of Ashes”, the first instalment of “The Roxanne Fosch Files” series. This is the first book in a series, with a complex protagonist on a quest for the truth, while hunted to be brought back to the lab. The story is nicely elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a  good flow. Jina S. Bazzar introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – as Roxanne’s invisible friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations – with an amazing colour intensity. I had a great time reading “Heir of Ashes”. I am looking forward to continuing the story.

Please note:  There is a prequel, “The Curse”, a short read that is well worth reading as well; it provides you with useful details on Roxanne’s search for the truth.

This is for you if you like urban fantasy, likeable characters, surprises, and good storytelling.

Recommended.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence 😳  (there is violence, fight scenes, some details)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some mentions)

 

About the author

Jina was born and raised in Brazil, where she had a joyful and fulfilling childhood. Soon after she graduated from high school, she was diagnosed with a chronic disease that caused gradual vision loss. She became blind at the age of twenty-three. She has since lived in the United States and Brazil, though currently resides in the Middle East.

Like most authors, Jina had always been an avid reader, a fan of the fantastic, but was denied the joy of books when she became blind. Once she discovered screen readers, she picked up the habit of reading again, but discovered that reading was no longer enough, so she started writing her own book.

When she’s not writing in the Roxanne Fosch series or her blog, she’s writing articles for Conscious talk Magazine, where she works as a columnist.

Connect with the Author:

Website:  https://authorsinspirations.wordpress.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jina_Bazzar
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17738345.Jina_S_Bazzar
Amazon:  Jina S. Bassar
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/bo7ZqR


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 “Heir of Ashes”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Heir of Ashes” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


Link:  10 Statements – Jina S. Bazzar

Review:  The Curse

 

Anamelia (A Tale Before Dying, #1) by Alec Silva

anamelia

 

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

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Plot
(by Amazon)

A tale about a girl with heterochromatic eyes that just wanted to flee to a magical world. Between her and her dream, there are only a rock and seven challenging tasks.

Genre(s): Paranormal & Urban Fantasy, Horror
Series: A Tale Before Dying, #1
Length: 55 pages
Release date: 2016-04-14
 Translated by Mike Brandish
Original title Anamélia, um conto antes de morrer

 

Teaser


“One day, of course, Anamelia fled. Forever.

It was such a cold night that dreams froze in the air, the slightest sigh of love was crystallized and the tears became diamond droplets. The snow-covered the streets and souls, although those were happier and able to keep themselves warm.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Anamelia, orphaned young – now trying to realise her dreams at all cost.

With Anamelia, Alec Silva has created a bizarre fantasy story. It is an unusual and quite compelling read, drawing you into the world of Anamelia, watching her activities to fulfil her dreams. As stated in the book’s subtitle, Anamelia is to die eventually; it is a book about death, inspired by the works of Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro – without copying them. Alec Silva paints a clear and somehow disturbing picture of Anamelia’s mind while the story evolves. Anamelia is of sufficient depth, this also applies to the other characters – depending on their relevance. The story has a fairytale character and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like urban fantasy combined with a streak of horror, and if you like the work of Tim Burton or Guillermo del Toro.

In brief:

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

 

About the author

Escrever é uma forma de aliviar a dor e retardar minha morte.
(Writing is a way to alleviate the pain and delay my death.)

In love with dinosaurs and Greek mythology, began writing for Jurassic Park, but the first book, “Ariane”, written in 2007, did the legend of Eros and psyche. Since then, he has accumulated more than 40 books, dozens of short stories and a thousand poems, most disposable, but that matured as a writer. Published “Zarak, the Monster” in 2011, inaugurating the great autobiographical genre; in 2013, presented “the Creatives”, which resulted in ambitious projects, starting officially what he calls Lordeverso, which already has some works.

 

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Alec Silva
Buy links (English):  books2read.com/u/b6QK20
Buy links (Portuguese):   books2read.com/u/mBeoPN


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

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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