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Book Review: ‘Echoes of Silence’ by Anne Malcom

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Title: Echoes of Silence (Unquiet Mind Book 1)

Published: 17th July 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

Facebook: www.facebook.com/annemalcomauthor

Synopsis:

People make love seem complicated. Intricate. Novels try to capture its intensity; music tries to rein in its soul.

I’ve read every novel I could. I’ve lived and breathed every song that I could listen to. The sounds fill my unquiet mind.

Then he came.

Killian.

He brought with him the beauty of silence that echoes through my soul and showed me love isn’t complicated. It’s simple. Beautiful.

Some say love at first sight doesn’t exist, that you can’t find your soul mate at sixteen years old. Those are people rooted in reality, chained to the confines of life that dictates how you are meant to think. Killian broke those chains. He broke everything, shattered it so I can see that reality is overrated, that daydreams can somehow come to life.

My life tumbled into darkness in the time after I met him, so dark I’m not sure I’ll ever see the light again. But he is always at my side. His life means he knows how to navigate the dark and he can lead me out.

I wade through the darkness with him at my side.

We’ll be together forever; I’m certain of that.

Until I’m not.

Note: This is book one of two. Killian and Lexie’s story does not end here and will be continued in a following book.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book from your Goodreads ‘to read’ list. Glad it was too as its a great story and read. I love reading a book where I can see myself in the main character. Well not the waking up at dawn and wanting to go for a run part but the getting lost/absorbed in music and books part. Now that is very me as I couldn’t live without them and it seems neither can Lexie. It’s like a way into her soul, or the souls of others, when music is around her. Escaping into books is something she loves but when Killian comes onto the scene he soon becomes something more enticing to escape into.

New to town she always finds it easy to meet new people, reserving judgement about them until she knows them better. From the moment she meets Killian she is pulled up into a new world, one that might not be for her – well not yet anyway. She never thought she’d be one of those girls who would obsess over what to wear and how to act for a guy but something about him makes her want to try. Doesn’t really matter what she does though as he can see through to the real her and wants her just as she is. Whether he thinks he’s worthy is something else entirely.

Killian is part of the Sons of Templar MC family and when old enough is planning on getting his Cut and becoming a full brother. He never thought he’d want anything else but the moment he sees Lexie – or Freckles to him and him alone – everything changes. She makes him want to be better when she’s near and nothing is going to keep him away. Still young and at school you have a P.G. romance going on but the longer they are together the hotter they get. The relationship and story is based over two years. He might only be seventeen but he’s always acted more like a man than a boy. Some of the things he comes out with are just so swoon worthy you can understand why she would need a few seconds breather after them to get back to earth. Their relationship is anything but easy going with him being involved with the Sons of Templar MC though and it’s not just him. Lexie’s mother (who I loved by the way) starts to get involved with their neighbour Zane – club name Bull, something they refuse to call him. With being linked to the club they have to be careful as not all Cuts are alike and trouble between them is ever present throughout the book.

Mother and daughter relationship has very much a Gilmore Girl vibe to it but as I love the Gilmore Girls I thought it was great. Connection between them is clear and strong, they would do anything for each other. All Lexie wants is for her mother to be happy so she’s pushing to keep Zane in her life. Without a father figure he steps in when needed but the longing to know about her birth father causes some tension. There’s a very good reason he’s not in the picture though, something she finds out later on. Club matters stay close to home and I liked that she knew what to do in certain circumstances, something they clearly respected her for it. Once you are connected to a Son the whole club is at your back when trouble hits. Which is good as trouble and danger seems to follow them.

Not all doom though as Lexie meets three great lads at school who come to be her best friends and band mates – Sam, Noah and Wyatt. The more they play the better they get and more people like them. Loved the friendship that formed between them, those boys would protect her from anything. She’s set for the big time but where would that leave Killian. All he’s ever wanted was the club and if he stays she might not be who she’s meant to be. Loved how they fell for each other. Young love at its best, some might think it was too much but these two are soul mates. As there are two parts to this I had a feeling how it might end but it still made me feel a bit crushed. Awesome boyfriend needs to get his head back on straight for book two so he can continue being awesome and not a heartbreaking fool. Great read that had me hooked from the start and not only from their romance but with Mia and Zane’s and the moments between Zane and Lexie. Great bit of writing from an author I will definitely want to check out again. Book two here I come! Loved her song for Killian (name of book Echoes of Silence) clear how she feels for him. Can’t wait for some of the songs in next book though. I’m thinking they will have a very different vibe to them.

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5 out of 5 stars

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

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Book Review: ‘Victorian’ by Jordan Elizabeth

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Title: Victorian

Published: 30th June 2016

Author: Jordan Elizabeth

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Jordan-Elizabeth-Mierek

Twitter: @JayliaDarkness

Synopsis:

Celeste struggles with finding her way from a dark past until she gets a summer volunteer gig at the local historical fair. Enter outrageous actors, dominating psychics, and ghosts stirred by a medium’s presence. With the help of the psychic’s son, who isn’t at all what her dream date would look like, but rather endearing all the same, Celeste uncovers secrets about the village left hidden among the dilapidated buildings. Searching deeper will mean opening her heart, a part of her she’s locked up tight and been petrified of freeing.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book published in 2016. Interesting, intricate read that follows two main characters – Weronika and Celeste (though her real first name is Aeltye). Following them while they struggle with their troubled pasts as they help out at a historical 1867 Victorian summer fair.

Story starts with a counselling session for teenagers. Each is being troubled by something from their past or present and it’s where we first meet Weronika and Celeste. Each have very different reasons for being there but a friendship is formed straight away. Its almost like they see a kindred spirit, or can sense the others pain and want to help. Both have trouble making friends so they sort of cling to each other once the bond has been formed.

Celeste is the first to find out about historical 1867 Victorian summer fair coming to the area from her cousin Donna. She likes the idea of the fair because she can be someone new there. No one will know the real her and she can explore being someone else from the Victorian era. It would be a form of escapism for a little while. She may love her family and want to protect them; especially her younger brother Eli, but she needs to find a release and the fair might help her do that. Every weekend over the summer seems like a good idea at the time but things start to change once she learns more about the history of the Reese Village. It seems that everyone died mysteriously and no one knows what really happened. Legend has it that ghosts still linger at the village. Whether they need help or not is still to be seen but Celeste feels compelled to do something to help them move on. Also it has a little something to do with the fact she can actually see the ghosts that are there.

Once Weronika finds out about the fair she longs to join too. Not so much to meet new people but just so she can get out of her house, away from her parents and away from the memories that haunt her. Memories aren’t the only thing that haunts her as she also sees two ghosts there. A mystery for one but she knows the story for the other, one she tries to forget. She has been living in pain surrounded by parents who don’t really see her. She rebels with her actions and boyfriend Nate, the only one who really knows her and her past, but really it’s a cry for help. After a little while into the book though the focus gets pulled away from her and focuses more on Celeste’s journey trying to find out what really happened all those years ago.

Celeste along with another new friend Zander start searching for clues. He has had a troubled upbringing too, one she won’t pry into. It’s when she says this that he knows she has something she wouldn’t want people prying into as well. You know something bad happened to her brother and her but are left in the dark until she’s ready to face the past. I think once she starts to help the ghosts she finds she’s ready to let go of her demons too so she can move on.

I liked the interesting paranormal twist linking in with the intricate back-stories of both main characters. Seems everyone needed help, they just needed to find the right person or place along the way to get there. I liked the setting of the fair and how when Celeste saw certain past memories or ghostly planes you caught glimpses of the real village. It was almost like she was pulled back to see what she needed to see to figure out what really happened. Great characters that had a lot of depth and kept you gripped till the end where you could figure out what really happened to them and how they are going to move past it.

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4 out of 5 stars

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

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