From an early age, Noon Onyx promised herself that she would never reveal her most terrifying secret. She was born with waning magic, something she'sFrom an early age, Noon Onyx promised herself that she would never reveal her most terrifying secret. She was born with waning magic, something she's despised from the moment she learned what lay within her. Her best friend, Peter Aster, has done everything to shield her from the world around her, yet nothing has prepared either of them for the next phase of their life's journey. It's time for Noon to step into the halls of St. Luck's Academy, something the two of them have dreaded since they were children.
Dark Light Of Day thrusts the reader into Noon's chaotic life. She's been gifted a magic she wants nothing to do with, yet she can't seem to rid herself of it. We get to see the decisions she takes along the way as she tries to assert herself within the new world she's been pushed into. From the moment she sets foot into the academy, she knows nothing will ever remain the same.
Despite everything, she's reluctant to accept what she's been gifted. Who wouldn't be? If I were in Noon's shoes, I'd question the world around me, too. Like Noon, I'm the nurturing type. She aches to know what it's like to create life, to be able to hold it within her hands. The fact that she possesses waning magic prevents her from ever knowing what that will be like. It's moments like this that makes the reader want to wrap their arms around Noon and hug her as much as possible. That's how much feeling has been injected into the story and the characters within it. You see and feel everything they do.
Throughout her entire life, Noon has been dealt hard hands. Jill Archer shows us this every time Noon comes in contact with her parents. Her brother, in all honesty, is her only saving grace. He's accepted the cards life has dealt him, and would do anything to make Noon's life easier if he could. In some instances, he does.
I truly enjoyed learning more about the world Jill has created around Noon and the rest of these delightful characters. The premise of this series revolves around the consequences of Armageddon and what it would be like living in a world where demons, humans, and angels coexist. Living in this world isn't easy for anyone. It's shown in the myriad of ways each of these characters interact with each other and others. Still, they do the best they can, striving to survive in every way possible....more
A reporter by trade, Coleridge Taylor refuses to remain the doormat his superiors want him to be. He yearns to cover stories that matter the most. StoA reporter by trade, Coleridge Taylor refuses to remain the doormat his superiors want him to be. He yearns to cover stories that matter the most. Stories that pique the reader's interest from the moment they open up their daily newspapers. Taking on one of the newspaper's fluff pieces, he never once imagines how much his life will change from that moment on.
Though I've come into this series via this third book, I must say that A Black Sail reads like a standalone novel. It provides enough information from the previous books in the series without bogging down the reader with unnecessary data.
Diving into Coleridge's chaotic life, we learn more about his desires and what he truly wants to do with his life. This is a character that cares greatly about what he does for a living. He also cares about the situations he finds himself in. Granted, things don't always go the way he thought they would, but he seems to find a way out of the tight spots he comes across.
Rich weaves a tale that truly engrosses the reader. We get caught up in the mystery, diving further into the story to find out more about what's happening. His easy, and quite pleasing, way of storytelling allows us to envision the environments he creates for his characters. We also feel their uncertainties, confusion, and the myriad of emotions they feel along the way.
The vivid descriptions also helps the reader to truly see the locations Coleridge visits. Mind you, this story takes place during the U. S. Bicentennial. Life back in the 70's was quite different to how it is now. I confess that I kept envisioning the places and events that took place around Coleridge. That's how clearly defined the author paints pictures for his readers.
A truly engrossing story, A Black Sail will take you back to a time when life was much simpler than it is now. A time when mysteries and murders were the flavor of the day or week. I've a feeling Coleridge's story isn't done yet, and look forward to what the author has in store for him and the rest of these delightful characters....more
Mickey Tussler's life has taken another turn. He's been given the chance to play for the Boston Braves, and he's determined to give things his best shMickey Tussler's life has taken another turn. He's been given the chance to play for the Boston Braves, and he's determined to give things his best shot. Baseball fills he's every moment, and he won't have things any other way. In his mind, he's got it made despite the fact that he encounters new challenges every step of the way.
While I've come into this series via this third book, I must say that Welcome To The Show was a delightful read. Frank has taken elements of the past and blended them in such a way that it piques the reader's interest from start to finish. Granted, he takes liberties with certain historical details, but that's what makes the story so good.
Frank gives us a glimpse of what it's like to live life as this autistic pitcher back in the 50s. The ups and downs, the uncertainties, and the hopes and dreams, we see it all and then some. It's truly eyeopening to see how different things were back then versus how they are now. The world has come a long way since then, though some things haven't changed as much.
We find ourselves immersed in Mickey's life as he heads to Boston. This is a character who gives his all to everything he does and it shows with every turn of the page. Full of thought-provoking moments, this book makes you want to know more about the world Frank has created around Mickey and the rest of the characters. You can't help but feel everything they do—the happiness, disappointments, anger, you name it. A truly inspiring read, I definitely recommend this series....more
Thoral Mighty Fist is tired of his meager existence. Though he's done everything to pull himself from the depressive state that plagues him at every tThoral Mighty Fist is tired of his meager existence. Though he's done everything to pull himself from the depressive state that plagues him at every turn, nothing seems to brighten up his days. Until the moment he and his trusty sidekick, Brad, a talking Koi fish, are given the chance to save the world around them. Their goal—to find the Pudding of Power, Dark Lord Mauron's most prized dessert. Finding it will prove to be trying, but it's a goal Thoral has set himself upon. Nothing and no one will keep him from fulfilling his very goal.
An intriguing read, Fish Wielder thrusts the reader into Thoral's plight, one that's full of so many twists and turns, that it keeps you guessing from start to finish. Thoral is a man who's tired of the cards he's been dealt. In his mind, there's something better on the other side. All that changes when he's presented with the unexpected quest of finding something that hasn't been seen in years.
A satirical take on all things fantasy, we catch glimpses of Lord of the Rings, Lovecraft, Alice in Wonderful, and many more. Jim spins a story that truly piques interest, while making the reader laugh at all the silliness every step of the way. He's taken elements from all of the fantastic worlds and blended them together in such a way that you're actually rooting for Thoral and Brad as they strive to find the Pudding of Power.
Thoral sort of reminds me of Thorin Oakenshield from LOTR, except this character is far more depressed and intent on doing things in unconventional ways. Fish Wielder is a story that's enjoyable by anyone of any age. The parodic and comedic elements truly makes the reader want to continue reading in order to know what happens next. It's definitely a delightful read....more
Full of diverse characters, The Double Life Of Tutweiler Buckhead takes you on a little ride from start to finish. Slow to start, the story offers youFull of diverse characters, The Double Life Of Tutweiler Buckhead takes you on a little ride from start to finish. Slow to start, the story offers you a view into the intertwined lives of Mayor Boggs, Thomas, Talitha Johnson, Skilleas, and several others. The chaos that surrounds them never ends, allowing them to join forces against those who seek to do them harm.
There's danger afoot in Indianapolis, and it's up this uncanny group of characters to come to each others aid. Things continue down their slippery slope, forcing the mayor to take matters into his own hands. It's then he realizes he can't do things on his own.
Miriam has given this book a little of a superhero edge. Each character serves a purpose, allowing the reader to delve deeper into the character's lives and the circumstances that bring each of them to where they are now. They're forced to take their actions into account before acting on what they believe is right or wrong.
Overall, The Double Life Of Tutweiler Buckhead is an intriguing read. The author gives us a crime story full of paranormal elements. Who wouldn't want to fight crime utilizing magic and gadgets, all while having the world at your fingertips?...more
An author's life is never easy, much less when you become one by accident. When Elyce Fielding penned her debut novel, she never expected it to take fAn author's life is never easy, much less when you become one by accident. When Elyce Fielding penned her debut novel, she never expected it to take flight. In her mind, she was purging her soul of the pain and heartache she was going through. Writing the story was her way of coming to terms with the world around her. Little did she know, her words would have consequences.
A truly thought-provoking story, Stained Glass Shards throws the reader into the chaotic world Elyce finds herself in. Who would have known that a book she'd written under an assumed name would turn out to be more trouble than it was worth? Elyce certainly didn't.
That's what makes this book so enjoyable. Mind you, it's not one of those happily ever after kind of books. This is a story that makes the reader think. It shows us that no matter what happens, happiness is attainable, even if it isn't how we think it should be. I'd go into that further, but I don't like to leave spoilers, so I'll leave it at that.
Rosemary has done a wonderful job with the world she's created around her characters. She lets us see their pain, their heartaches, uncertainties, and the consequences of their actions. Although not everything is a bed of roses, we catch glimpses of what these characters go through on a daily basis. Their worlds are just as chaotic as ours, full of moments anyone can relate to.
We also see these characters grow. Yes, their worlds aren't perfect. Nothing ever is, and that's the beauty of this book. No matter how hard, how unobtainable something might seem, life always has a way of moving us towards the paths we need to take. Rosemary has shown us this fact throughout this beautiful story. Heart-wrenching and bittersweet, this is one of those books you won't want to put down....more
What would you do if you discovered that you're something you never thought you were and your world was suddenly turned upside-down? That's a lesson LWhat would you do if you discovered that you're something you never thought you were and your world was suddenly turned upside-down? That's a lesson Layla Starling soon discovers when she's forced to return to the one place she never thought she'd go back to. An established singer, she has it all and then some. In her mind, her life was everything she thought it would be. Until the moment the secrets of a past she never knew started surfacing. It's then her entire world crumbled, leaving her to pick up the pieces in the hopes of understanding what's been kept from her.
While I've come into this series reading this last book, Forevermore has left me wanting to read more of the world Kristen has created around these intriguing characters. I honestly hope we get to see more of Layla and Saint John. These are two complex characters who've been dealt such hard hands, yet they seem to be able to overcome the adversities they find themselves in at every turn.
Quite a few threads have been tidied up, but there are a few that are left unanswered. I think, and this is just my opinion, that it's been left this way in order to give room for more stories. At least that's what it feels like. I don't think Layla and Saint John's stories have truly ended here, and do hope we get to see more of the world they've begun to create together. I'll definitely be catching up on the rest of this series. So can't wait!...more