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Book Review: ‘Tompkin’s School: For the Dearly Departed’ by Tabi Slick

Title: Tompkin’s School: For the Dearly Departed (Tompkin’s School Trilogy Book Two)

Published: 2nd August 2017

Publisher: Crane & Company Press

Author: Tabi Slick

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tabislick

Twitter: @tabislick

 

Synopsis:

Visions of the past, powers beyond belief, and a school that has been waiting for them for over a hundred years. Kain and Izara’s abilities have advanced far greater than they ever imagined possible and it’s all due to their new friend that has joined them…or is it?

This year will bring the Torvik twins closer to solving the mystery of who they are, why they have these powers, and even closer to unveiling the school’s most haunting secret.

I shivered at the sight of the wolf-man killing one of the intruders that night they had chained Bart to the ground.
“Destiny of beings is about to come to fruition,” the voice of the being’s human companion rang in my ear.
The scene turned to liquid and then I saw Izzy standing in front of me.
“You know his face,” a voice that didn’t belong to my sister bellowed from within her.
I will return…. I will return to my children.

My whole body writhed in pain as the voice filled my head.

 

Review:

Intriguing characters that grab your attention quickly with the curse and powers that have fallen upon them. Ones they do not want. The pull of the moon is strong but the pull of powers once untied is stronger. Lets see how they all cope with continually having to feed on their prey. The choice of these victims it seems is out of their control. When they become the monster they lose a bit of themselves.

The Torvik twins, Izara ‘Izzy’ and Kain, seem to be cursed with the monsters they become. They have no control over them at first but that seems to be changing. The pressures of just being in school can be hard enough but when you throw in what they do when the moon comes out you can see their lives getting turned upside down. They have certain ideas of what they get up to when they no longer have control but when people start to hunt them down for what they are they know they need to be more careful. Everything seems to be interlinked from the past and present with what has happened and what will be. They are developing with their powers and soon getting ready for more craziness to appear. It seems that Tompkin’s School has a mystery of its own, one linked to everything.

Choyce seems to be a key link for the twins as he is the only one who knows what they are going through with being the same. His past plays a part in the future. You can see him getting closer to Izara and you are never quite sure what his motives are going to be but it seems its others that they need to worry about. Chaos is surely going to continue with many people playing a key part. Lee being one of them I feel. He is going to go a bit dark in the next one so will be interesting to see how he copes, or doesn’t as the case may be.

Structure and pacing was good and even though I haven’t read the first book I didn’t feel lost. Mainly because you get a few recaps with the visions and dreams Izzy and Kain have. Will be interesting to see how their powers develop further, whether they discover the mystery surrounding their school and how they are going to deal with what’s coming their way.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author to proof and for my honest review.

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Book Review: The Everlast by Jack Kavanagh

Title: The Everlast (The Everlast Series Book One)

Published: 29th January 2017

Author: Jack Kavanugh

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Author-Jack-Kavanagh

 

Synopsis:

“You may act for yourself, do as you please, but listen well; act on behalf of others—attempt this and I shall make you pay dearly for it”.

Karakia hears a voice in her head calling her down to the shore. An eight foot angel is waiting for her by the rocks. The angel tells her that the world is about to be overcome by the Mastery—a group of people who have allied themselves with a dark spirit and wish to bring the world into a permanent state of war. Karakia has a difficult decision to make; stay at home with her family or set out against the very people behind this attack. Karakia knows that by confronting the Mastery she is putting her own life in danger, a risk she is willing to take— but will her family be safe? After the fog lifts on the day of the attack, it becomes clear that nothing has changed in the world, except for the people themselves; they can no longer communicate with their angels, they can no longer fly, and there are others coming forward, speaking of a vengeful God and chastisements from heaven.

A thrilling fantasy adventure, full of mystery and suspense—enter the world of angels and dark spirits, where the smallest choice could bring peace or war, life or death.

 

Review:

Interesting world of angels and evil dark spirits you are thrown into with this one. Throughout the book you have a presence of this overall evil and what the angels want to do about it. They seem to guide everyone but evil has a plan to get more to turn away from the light into the darkness. A plan that was set in motion years before and the journey to stop it has only just begun.

We follow Karakia who has recently been told – though she sort of already knew – that she is to become an Aurora. An Aurora is someone who is blessed to see, and then take, the pain and darkness from those around her. Guided always it seems by angels, specifically her Guardian Angel Jophel. Becoming an Aurora means leaving her family behind and going on a journey to help others. It might just be when her family need her most though as darkness is coming and peoples’ souls are on the line. She may have been able to help a friend before leaving (seriously though how are people so old here?) by pulling the darkness out but can she keep it at bay? Dangers follow her on her path but it is the one she must take.

Its clear that this is setting the ground work for a series to follow on from as a lot of people are mentioned that will take the story on different paths. You will have a focus on Tober with his dark deeds back where Karakia was from. He has a lot of darkness within him – of his choosing – and it seems he is following a Master of sorts but its never quite clear how many there are or whether there is a head Master of sorts. A soul the angels want Karakia to help belongs to Herrodile but his would be a tricky one to get to as he has had darkness fill his soul for years. Healing it would help slow down – but I’m thinking not stop – the Mastery from gaining more darkness.

It’s never really explained though how people can some how fly, live a lot longer or have the abilities to heal others. Who or what is the weasel that is causing trouble in the upstairs of house. A wolf that has darkness all around it could soon be knocking at your door so make sure you don’t open. Felt a bit more back-story could have helped with this but it was still an interesting fantasy read. Lots going on from multiple characters and you just have to hold onto the ride to see where it might take you next. Did think we would be gearing up for a bigger battle of sorts near the end but maybe its just sowing the seeds for what’s to come next. The biggest battle for darkness and light has only just begun.

Side note: Definitely could have done with another proof read as found a few grammar and spelling mistakes that didn’t make sense. Also switched a few times from first person to third.

3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Broken Ties’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Broken Ties (The Mentalist Series Prequel)

Published: 13th May 2014

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

“There was nothing unusual about the night everything changed. No flashing lights in the sky, no searing fire in my belly; no sign whatsoever to suggest the shift which was to come… Nora Brice did strange things to me. Strange and awful things…”

Paul Colt has a problem, and it is not one most teenage boys face. Yes, he likes a girl; one he’s pretty certain he’ll do foolish things for, given the chance. But he can’t go after her, or any other girl for that matter. That’s what he gets for being an Averter; forced to toe the line for the propagation of the collective. He knows some rules are okay to trifle with, and there are some which should never be broken. The gravest of them all?

Don’t fall in love.

Ever.

This is the story of how Paul breaks that rule.

This prequel novella to the Mentalist Series can be read before or after Aversion, Book One of The Mentalist Series.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – The last book in a series. It is a prequel to show how Gemma’s parents first got together so can be read alone but to get best feel for it I would read after the trilogy and so I’m casting it as the last book in the series. A tale of how young love came about. One you know will lead down another path but one that may have been destined to begin with. Only time will tell.

Paul has followed his fathers’ rules all his life and never really questioned what he would eventually have to do to continue the line of Averters for his family. It’s only after a chance meeting with Nora that everything changes. Hiding out having a smoke he hears her voice before seeing her coming closer. She is getting hassled by another guy and it seems Nora sees Paul as her knight in armour to get the other guy to leave. Seems he won’t take no for an answer and its up to Paul to do something that is forbidden. He does as aversion on him to make him stay away from her from then on. It’s the first time he’s done one for personal gain. Well not his but for Nora anyway. Seems its not the only thing he is willing to do to get closer to her. He may seem reluctant to begin with, as he isn’t allowed to date. He was always told it was for a very good reason so that their kind knows their place in the world and what they have to do. Seems that’s one thing he has in common with Nora, she can’t date either and has never really wanted to until Paul.

From reading the trilogy you know why they are drawn to each other and how they will always find each other no matter what. They might not have had as strong a sentient twin connection as Gemma and Russ but its still there. Sneaking around isn’t something they’d thought they would do but the need to be with the other is too strong to deny. Its like they know they have a ticking clock counting down their time together so they try to make every moment count throughout the summer. Seems time is not on their side as it might soon be running out for them when a fellow averter – Nora’s to be exact – shows up.

You know how the story will eventually end but it’s just the start of the bigger adventure waiting further down the line. They were fated to meet and nothing could have stopped them from going down the path they were on. If they hadn’t then change wouldn’t have started to happen. Things happen for a reason and the story of their young love is what started the journey as a whole.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Keepers’ by Kenechi Udogu

Title: Keepers (The Mentalist Series Book 3)

Published: 19th December 2016

Author: Kenechi Udogu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KenechiUdogu

Twitter: @KenechiUdogu

 

Synopsis:

The dust appears to have settled after the brief descent of the Progressive Empaths on Sandes. But, if there is any truth to Anthony’s story, Gemma and her friends know they might soon have to face the mysterious Keepers. Myth or real threat, one thing is certain; running is no longer an option, for any of them. Can Gemma protect the ones she loves without forming an unlikely alliance?

 

Review:

Our band of misfits are preparing for the final showdown. Russ, Gemma, her dad Paul, Laura and Peter. It seems Anthony and his Empath army isn’t the only thing they need to worry about now though as the Keepers are coming to play their part. Are they friend or foe? Only time will tell.

Eamon is the head of a Keepers group, a group who happens to contact/kidnap Gemma. They can’t understand why Anthony wants her so much but something else that intrigues them is that she has an Orb – one that turns orange. After an accident from a school trip Gemma wakes up finding herself tied to a chair, not one to panic now as this isn’t her first time she tries to figure out a way to escape. She gets a shock when she meets the ones who took her, none more so than meeting Eamon. He has a striking resemblance to someone and soon reasons for the battle brewing slip into place. They keep saying she is safe with them but the fact they won’t let her leave is ringing warning bells to me. She shouldn’t worry too much though as the rest of the gang are on there way.

They are stronger together, none so more than Russ and Gemma being Sentient Twins. Everyone from all sides think Gemma is something special, powers stronger than most. A danger to some if not trained properly so I think lessons might be on the cards further down the line. They may get away but it seems too easy, like they have played a part in a bigger game they don’t know the rules of yet. Seems they are done hiding and waiting for an attack. Its time to act first rather than waiting if they ever want to live a normal life – well as normal as they can get anyway. Its when they go on a road trip that they add someone new to the group. Jose, a fellow Keeper, who at times was a voice of reason and at others had people wanting to smack him for being closed minded. He, along with his fellow group, know change is coming but need to find a better way to make it so. Anthony and his Empath army still seem to be a few steps ahead, along with the Keepers, and its all our guys can do to keep up. The path they are on could go two ways. One causing a cull and the other stopping it, at least until someone else tries to cause trouble that is.

Nirmayi, a member of Anthony’s army, can see visions of the future, always two outcomes so lets see if the one she wants is the one that should come to pass. What she shares can be subjective. She sees more but only divulges enough to get the outcome she really hopes for. Seems Gemma has more to her than anyone knew. She along with Russ could be used as a weapon, they just don’t know for which side. Which one is the lesser of two evils, only time will tell? The journey they are on slowly builds until you get one hell of a showdown. You get to see what others are really capable of and the true reasons behind other peoples’ motives. Some aversions might come true no matter how much Gemma might have tried to stop them. Make no mistake the battle will see danger coming their way, lets just hope they can come out the other side.

Now Erin is one Empath the Keepers should keep a closer eye on as her anger could cause more problems down the line. I did think Peter was going to play a bit more of a part but was good when he stepped up to help at the start. Great group of characters though that worked well together throughout. Jose was a fun addition to the group when off on their road trip. These Keepers though are sneaky and it seems the real game – though calmer for the time being – has only just begun. Lets hope our two lovebirds can handle it and nothing else tries tearing them apart.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Birthright’ by Jessica Ruddick

Title: Birthright: The Legacy Series Book 1

Published: 26th January 2017

Author: Jessica Ruddick

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorJessicaRuddick

Twitter: @JessicaMRuddick

Synopsis:

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies? Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda. While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a purple cover. I do love all things purple and this cover made my day – love it!

So Ava and her mother are seekers. Descendents of a fallen angel who made a deal with God to get back into heaven. All his descendents from then on would become seekers. Their job is to find new souls who have the potential to become new angels. Once they find someone with a pure white aura (only finding people within your own age range) they have to give the name to their handler, a reaper. Its reapers who create, for lack of a better word, these peoples deaths so their souls can be collected and tested to see if they have what it takes to become an angel. Now Ava and her mothers’ handler Xavier is one nasty piece of work. If he threatens someone you can guarantee that he will follow through. With being a seeker they are immortal to a point. So what kind of pain do you think you might have to endure if you can’t die.

Ava found out about her heritage on her sixteenth birthday – not the gift she thought she’d get and definitely not the kind of job she thought she’d have to do for the rest of her life. For a year she has had to hone in on her gifts and find people when a new assignment comes in from Xavier. At first she didn’t really understand what was happening but now she does she knows nothing will ever be the same again. She can’t see how its fare for her to condemn good people to die before their time is up, even if they do have a chance to be an angel. The system is flawed in her eyes but she doesn’t want to go against it more than when she is told she has two weeks to find a new white soul. The one she finds she can’t explain as nothing seems right about it and she soon finds all she wants to do is protect to one who has it – Cole.

From the moment they meet there is a spark but it’s the back and forth sparing that will keep you reading to see where it goes. Seems they get paired on a project at school that will keep them close for a few weeks. Not that she’s complaining much. He may act like a bit of an asshole sometimes but she can’t deny the way he makes her feel or the pull that’s there. Its not until she lets down her guard and sees his aura that she starts to panic – it’s white. So white in fact that it pulses but the more she gets to know him and his past the more she is convinced something else is going on as he shouldn’t have an aura that white. His is the name she needs to give but the one she wants to protect the most. She’s trying to find a loophole so she can save him but is she willing to follow through on her plan? Causing trouble and breaking the rules leads to trouble for her and her mother and it looks like death might have marked Cole regardless. With his past coming back to cause trouble it puts them both in harms way. She longs to protect him from what’s coming but it’s his instincts that go into overdrive when she is in need of protecting. A road trip has its dangers but pulls them closer together. Lets get that spark growing some more shall we?

Interesting mix with the reapers, seekers and angels and how the systems work – or don’t as Ava sees it. You can clearly see a protective streak in Cole from the get go. He is drawn to Ava as much as she is to him but holds himself back. Well not completely, cracks start to appear at all the best times. Intriguing ending that kept you guessing right till the end as to how it would play out. Lets hope Ava and Cole can make a way through the chaos that’s coming their way. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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