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

 

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

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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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Line of Descent by James Derry

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

My rating:  4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Some women dread the idea of turning into their mothers. For Elise Gardener, that dread has twisted into an all-too-real nightmare.

Elise has always been the spooky misfit of her wealthy family—and a disappointment to her overbearing mother. Elise’s problem is that she’s supernaturally sensitive. She’s an empath who can’t help seeing and feeling the intimate emotions—sometimes painful or shameful—of every person she meets. While her cousins are starting glamorous and lucrative careers, Elise is happy working as an unseen housekeeper at a camp for underprivileged children. But Elise’s cloistered life is shattered when her mother seemingly drowns herself.

Elise invites her tenuous best friend—Mallory, a girl she’s only known for two months—to the memorial at the Gardeners’ private isle on the Georgia coast. Together, they discover that Elise’s family have a sinister secret that they’ve been keeping for generations.

They are in the thrall of a dark spirit—a powerful, primordial ancestor who lives eternally by possessing the bodies of its descendants. Elise’s own mother was its last host…and the Gardeners’ inner circle have been raising Elise to be next.

As the entity invades her mind, Elise is haunted by the memories of its past victims (including a Khmer princess and a mesmerist in pre-Revolution Paris). Through these visions she may find salvation, but her chances are slim. In 8,000 years no heir has ever broken free of the Gardener’s Line of Descent.

 

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  –

Pages:  248 (estimated)

Release Date:  2015-02-13

 

Teaser


“She told you about me?”

“Oh yes. Ms. Gardener keeps very few close friends. She has a discerning intuition with people. So when Elise finds someone she wants to talk about, we all listen.”

Mallory sighed. It was strange to hear someone talk so reverently of Elise. Eight weeks ago Elise had been the creepy new volunteer: the Goth girl who never talked, ate every meal alone in her cabin, and skittered like a spider around the mess hall after hours, scrubbing and dusting…


 

My Opinion

The book introduces you to two young women: Elise who has just lost her mother and Mallory, her best friend. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Line of Descent, James Derry has created an entertaining and cleverly elaborated story. Elise is a very interesting character with a gift who wants to live life without being domineered by third parties. She and Mallory are rather likeable, there is depth in their thoughts. I was drawn into the story right away – as a silent and invisible bystander. The author tells the story in a quite intense way – giving the reader the opportunity to be very close; he handles his characters with empathy. As the story proceeds you learn more about the line of descent – you automatically take sides. This is a book for you if you appreciate a pretty different urban fantasy story, a story providing food for thought.

This is a book to read again. Recommended!

 

About the author

I’ve been writing or drawing stories since the day my parents let me borrow a ballpoint pen. A few years later I created my first magnum opus in blue ink: a comic-book parody of Ghostbusters called ‘Roastbusters.’ Hey, I was ten. I studied art in college, hoping to become an illustrator. But eventually my aspirations shifted, and I became a graphic designer (living in Atlanta). I returned to writing ten years ago when I met my wife. Since then I’ve spent large chunks of my free time writing (and rewriting) my manuscripts. LINE OF DESCENT is the first of my books to see the light of day. I hope to release a Space Western, IDYLL, before mid-year!

 

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

My question for you cinephiles:
If Line of Descent was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Murder in the Boughs (Hank Moss, Private Ogre, #1) by Jamie Sedgwick

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My rating:  4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

Detective noir fiction and Grimm’s Fairy Tales collide in the “Hank Mossberg, Private Ogre” detective series. The series takes place in the gritty streets of San Francisco and in the undercity, the massive underground cavern where thousands of fae creatures secretly make their homes. Here, nymphs walk darkened streets, imps are slave traders, and gnomes are elite hackers.

In “Murder in the Boughs,” Hank Mossberg is a hard-boiled San Francisco detective who must race against time to rescue a kidnapped girl, expose a ring of “pixie dust” dealers, and find the killer of a high-elven San Francisco kingpin. Hank is also the last living ogre in the world.

Hank’s troubles begin when he stumbles onto a briefcase full of the illicit drug known as pixie dust. He finally has the evidence he needs to bring down the notorious Kaisers, an elven crime family, but then the gang’s leader is murdered and the pixie dust disappears. Hank is hot on the trail of the killer when he gets an urgent call from a desperate woman whose daughter has been abducted… only the kidnapper is no ordinary criminal, and even Hank’s unique skills might not be enough to bring the girl home. Hank juggles both cases while navigating the complexities of fae-world politics and real life relationships, none of which ever seem to come easy.

 

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Series:  Hank Moss, Private Ogre, #1

Pages:  241

 

Teaser


I was concerned by the fact that the Kaiser gang needed guns and handcuffs. The fae – especially elves – can do some wily magic, and handcuffs are about as useful against them as rubber bands. That meant they had been dealing with humans. That’s not unheard of, especially with a bunch like the Kaisers. They go back to the early days of organized crime.


 

My Opinion

The book introduces you to detective Hank Mossberg, located in San Francisco. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Murder in the Boughs, Jamie Sedgwick has created an entertaining and cleverly elaborated combination of urban fantasy and mystery. Detective Hank Mossberg is a very likeable character who solves crimes in San Francisco and in the undercity – his customers are humans and fae. I was drawn into the story right away. The author tells Hank’s story in a refreshing way – giving the reader opportunities to get acquainted with the other protagonists as well. As the story proceeds you learn more about Hank’s great personality. This is a book for you if you like magic, mystery and mayhem.

This is the first book of a great series. Recommended.

 

About the author

I’m married with three children. I live in Northern California surrounded by grapevines and redwood groves. I write mystery, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy. I enjoy camping, building canoes, making wine, restoring classic cars, blacksmithing, and black powder firearms.

 

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

My question for you cinephiles:
If Murder in the Boughs was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Witch Hunt (Preternatural Affairs, #1) by SM Reine

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Leiah Cooper sent me a copy of this book (epub format) on behalf of the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

My rating:  5  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

A brutal murder.

There are scratches on Cèsar Hawke’s arms, a discharged Glock on his coffee table, and a dead woman in his bathtub. Yeah, maybe he brought the waitress home for some fun — he was too drunk to remember it — but he knows for a fact that he didn’t kill her. He’s an agent with the Office of Preternatural Affairs. He doesn’t hurt people. He saves them.

The cops disagree. Now Cèsar is running.

The search for a shaman.

Isobel Stonecrow speaks with the dead…for the right price. She brings closure to the bereaved and heals broken hearts. But when she resurrects someone for the wrong client, she ends up on the OPA’s most wanted list.

One risky solution.

Tracking down Isobel is the last case assigned to Cèsar before he bolts. If he finds her, he can prove that he didn’t kill that waitress. He can clear his name, get his job back, and bring justice to the victim.

She’s just one witch. Cèsar has bagged a dozen witches before.

How hard can one more be?

 

Genre:  Urban Fantasy Mystery

Length:  234 pages

 

Teaser


My name’s Cèsar Hawke. I’m a witch working for a division of the government you’ve never heard about.

The world’s not what everyone thinks it is – unless you think that our world’s a pawn in a game of chess between Heaven and Hell, and riddled with as much magic and wonder as it is with evil.


 

My Opinion

This story introduces you to Cèsar. He is an agent with the Office for Preternatural Affairs. He wakes up with a major hangover – and his world is turned upside down. I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With Witch Hunt, SM Reine presents us with a fast-paced – part gory, part hilarious – mystery. The story is cleverly elaborated, focuses on Cèsar and his way of solving a crime he did not commit. SM Reine describes her characters with not too many words and still makes you see them clearly before you. I was drawn in, felt like a shadow close to Cèsar and the events. I could easily envision the characters and locations. I had a very good time reading Witch Hunt. I also liked the quite different protagonist’s name; not the usual César or Cesare – Cèsar!

If you do not mind occasional language (!) – and like this genre – you will like it.   🙂

Witch Hunt is well written and – I am really looking forward to reading the next books within The Preternatural Affairs series.

This is a book to read again.

 

About the author

Hi everyone! My name is Sara, and I write urban fantasy and paranormal novels as SM Reine. I collect swords, cat hair, and typewriters (which I do use for writing!). It’s a good day when those three things have nothing to do with each other.

If you would like to know the instant my next book is available, you should enlist in my Army of Evil! We have a wicked cool secret handshake, but you’ll have to sign up to learn it. 😉 Check it out — http://smarturl.it/armyofevil

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://authorsmreine.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/smreine

Buy Link:

Amazon.com

 


 

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

My question for you cinephiles:
If Witch Hunt was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂