Secret by Dale Furse

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Blurb from amazon.com please scroll down for my review. Who was responsible for the extinction of the wexkians? 

In the sequel to Curse, book 1 of the Wexkia trilogy, Nell embarks on a double quest: to find the missing pages of the Book of Wexkia and to locate the incarcerated Shahs – a wexkian just like her. With faithful friends in tow and surrounded by unseen enemies, she travels to the worlds of Corl, Linque and Gramlax where she hopes to find the answers to her endless questions. 

But as Nell learns to control her growing powers, who can she trust? Will the risks she takes to unlock the secret of her race’s origins and expose the true adversary lead to war? 

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The House by Sebastiana Randone

the houseBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

The House is an adult fairy tale, time travel romance mystery.

Clad only in a torn night-dress, a woman finds herself, late one afternoon, in an ancient forest. How she arrived there remains a mystery, both to her and the reader. Finally a frightful looking house arrives in view. Night is moving in and faced with the prospect of remaining in a wood, where only wolves and predators revel, she reluctantly seeks refuge in this unwelcoming house.

Once inside, and taken aback by a most unexpected interior, she soon discovers a room where a magic portal laying in wait transports her to a Georgian estate. A baleful altercation with a beastly, drunkard Lord of the estate (archetype to the evil wolf in traditional tales) sets the tone for this narrative. Unable to find an escape route, she remains confined in this somber historical setting for many months, interacting with a curiously dysfunctional household.

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BoX by Lucas Heath

BoXThe BoX: Would you survive the experiment? Twenty seven people each one in a small white cube all in isolation, all confused about what is going on, as they have idea how they got there. They are forced to endure various deadly tests to learn about the human nature, some will survive and some won´t. But…..

The book is superb debut novel and so very well thought out, the idea behind it is a little disturbing but brilliant. This is a short novella style and can be finished easily but I did want more. Even though it is short, it is a roller coaster ride.

You may wonder if it is worth reading about people in a cube, actually it is. The author has turned twenty seven white cubes into something amazing. It will make you wonder if you would survive the experiment and you might be surprised when you read about the experiments. The author draws you into each of the characters, covering a little of each one from their perspectives and their lives.

What a read, it certainly is a great way to spend an afternoon.

4 out of 5 stars.

Magical Riddles, Book One, Shaking Palace by Raju Vashishta

shaking palaceShaking Palace by Raju Vashishta

genre: fantasy, mystery, younger readers

The Blurb from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review:

The collapse of the regime of king Blain of Galdur led to the appearance of a crisis that became a peak of the illiteracy, dishonesty, and the number of awkward policies of ruling ministers. Fortunately, the older brother of Blain, king Cedric of Medias appeared to be an outstanding and incredibly talented magician, possessing the greatest creative genius and exceptional mind. He offered help to his brother and opened fifty new schools that qualitatively differed from common ones in methods of teaching utilized there. King Blain was appointed a chairman of IDT School and given a promise to get his kingdom back after seven years. However, four students of a school would have to apply the maximum of their intelligence and brightness to solve the magical riddles of Cedric, which were the combination of sorcery, black magic and witchcraft. Thereof, solving these riddles was an extremely difficult and challenging task that put students under serious threat, in which every single mistake could cost a life. Consequently, the Magical Riddles presents an exciting picture of adventures, mystery, action and intelligence.

This is a superb book for younger readers, possibly in the 8-13 age, there is no sex, bad language or violence. The title and the cover are inviting and make you want to read it. From the title I imagine there are more books from the author on the way.

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Wisdom – Bonnie Watson

wisdomSummary from goodreads.com scroll down for my review, it may contain spoilers. Raised in a secluded cottage, Keith has only ever known the outside world through the travels of his father. Yet that all changes when he’s forced from the comforts of his family home into a world only envisioned. Now stranded in a thief’s paradise, he begins to entwine the lives of others on a very personal and timely quest to discover the truth behind his secretive upbringing.

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Worlds Away From Home by Samilla Roberts

worlds away from homesummary from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review.

After an extraordinarily gruesome day at school, feeling humiliated by her math teacher, Ashley decides to take a nap on her new deckchair. Little did she know her deckchair was no ordinary one.

 

I give this book 2 stars.
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My Review. The author has written an inspirational little story for younger readers, it lacks depth and emotion, but there are some good descriptions of the locations or worlds the main character goes to, it sort of gives an Alice in Wonderland feel, with some wild and wonderful places and some great imagination. I might also compare it to a video game where you have clues to the next clue and so on, it is a fun read all the same. Continue reading

Curse of Wexkia by Dale Furse

wexkiaebook, 189 pages
Published April 30th 2012 by Dale Furse
ASIN B007Z88XIG
edition language: English
Fantasy / Science Fiction / YA

http://dalefurse.wordpress.com

Summary: Nell lives with her Dad in an idyllic beach house and has lived there all her life, she is about to turn seventeen and wants to go off to collage, but her Dad has other ideas. Suddenly her world changes from one day to the next and she discovers things about herself and her family that she never expected. It is the first of a series.

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Behold a Dark Mirror by Theophilus Axxe

Behold a Dark MirrorBehold a Dark Mirror by Theophilus Axxe

Paperback, 330 pages

Published January 31st 2013 by Zum Ze Publishing (first published December 10th 2012)

ISBN 0988720515 (ISBN13: 9780988720510)
edition language; English

Genre: Science Fiction and fantasy

The setting that Theophilus Axxe has created is wonderful with some great explanations and descriptions, the book is set in the future although the exact year is known. Teleportation has been invented and inhabitants can now teleport between places and even between different planets. Could this be a future of Earth?

Jenus is one of the main characters, and also my favourite one, leads a quiet life as a successful chemist until he makes a bad gambling decision and then it gets turned upside down. Continue reading

Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural – Paula Cappa

Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the SupernaturalInfo from Gooreads.com, please scroll down for my review, beware, may contain spoilers.

There’s no such thing as a dream within a dream. Poe was wrong. Dreams are deep shadows between reality and illusion. In the haunted Abasteron House, artist Kip Livingston dreams of a mysterious winged being, all bone and muscle and greedy teeth plunged out. Until one night when her dreams break through the illusion and the nightmares become reality.

The characters:
Kip Livingston is a stunning young artist living alone in Abasteron House on Horn Island, painting her dreams every day. But inside this antique house by the sea, another power rules her nights. What does this fierce winged creature want? Is it haunting her from the secrets of her past … or for her destiny?

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