August Giveaway // Kindle Fire and 17 Fantasy Books Contest

Hello and Happy Monday!

I recently met Abby Arthur, author of TWINS OF SHADOW, and I’m excited to share that she’s running a HUGE giveaway this month.

She’s giving away a total of 17 YA Fantasy novels and a new eReader from Amazon – the Kindle Fire 7, over the course of the next 4 weeks.

YOU GET 4 CHANCES TO WIN A PRIZE!

Every entrant will also receive a FREE eCopy of TWINS OF SHADOW

Rules:

  1. Follow Abby on social platforms, and also follow my blog and like this post (Gives you 50X more chances to win!)
  2. Go to the link below
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Share your lucky URL (extra 20X chances to win per friend to enter)

Click this link to enter: https://abbyarthur.com/giveaways/august2020

Here’s the details:

On August 7th

Abby’s drawing a winner for the current books in Sabaa Tahir’s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES series, which includes:

  • AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
  • A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT
  • A REAPER AT THE GATES

These will be HARDCOVER COPIES! With a total value of $60 US Dollars


Here’s the link to enter: https://abbyarthur.com/giveaways/august2020

On August 14th

Abby’s drawing a winner for 3 books from New York Times Best Selling Authors.

  • CHAINS OF GOLD by Cassandra Clare
  • A BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS AND SNAKES by Suzanne Collins
  • HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J Maas

These will be HARDCOVER COPIES! With a total value of $80 US Dollars

On August 21st

Abby’s drawing a winner for Holly Black’s series: FOLK OF THE AIR.

  • THE CRUEL PRINCE
  • THE WICKED KING
  • THE QUEEN OF NOTHING

These will be HARDCOVER COPIES! With a total value of $80 US Dollars

On August 28th

Abby’s giving away the grand prize, which includes the eReader and 8 eBooks at a $150 value:

  • Kindle Fire 7
  • 1 A SONG OF WRATHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A Brown
  • 2 THE KINGDOM OF BACK by Marie Lu
  • 3 WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
  • 4 THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION by Kiersten White
  • 5 CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi
  • 6 THE CURSED CHILD by J.K Rowling
  • 7 SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
  • 8 SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson

Enter NOW for your chance to WIN!

Click here => https://abbyarthur.com/giveaways/august2020

Good Luck!

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Book Review // The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Title: The Betrothed
Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Pub. Date: May 5th 2020

Book Synopsis

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

(Goodreads, 2020)

Book Review

Lady Hollis Brite is a free soul living in the Keresken Castle. Lately, she gets more and more attention from King Jameson. At the beginning she thinks, she’s another girl which he will leave after a short period of time, however, it changes when he declares love to her. Jameson is a mixture of the strong king that only cares about what’s good for his country and a sweet and caring man, who will give you his heart. I liked him and Hollis together from the beginning because they made such a good couple together. I knew it will end soon but I was still trying to enjoy this romance if I can.
After Jameson declares that he wants Hollis to become his queen, her daily activities include preparations to convince the rest of the court that she is the right choice for him. She’s very smart and ingenious. Her ideas most of the time succeed and she’s getting closer to become a queen every day.

Everything is going perfectly until the Eastoffe family arrives at the castle. Hollis’ eyes fall on the young boy called Silas, and her feelings unexpectedly change the direction. I knew it’s going to happen but when it did, I still felt that I like Jameson more than him, and even if he had his moments where he snapped on Hollis, it doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy.

From this time Hollis is going through a lot of challenges, for which she wasn’t ready yet. She has her confusing thoughts about how she feels around Silas and Jameson. She realizes that her dream of becoming a queen won’t be a fairy tale she dreamed about. This was the moment I started to understand her more but also, she started to annoy me a little. I still don’t know what to think about her. On one side, she is a very smart and carrying girl but on the other, I just wanted to scream at her to decide what she wants. She should know what she was putting herself into before she was accepting the king’s affections.

Silas is a sweet character; however, I didn’t feel very attached to him. Knowing the ending, I’m very glad I didn’t. I don’t want to spoil too much to you, but it was surprising how the book ended. I’m not actually sure if I like it. I felt a little bit that it was unnecessary and done only to be able to continue it with the second book. I’m curious how it will continue but it doesn’t intrigue me as much as I thought it will.
I enjoyed reading this book in some way, but I expected a little bit more after waiting so many years for a new book from Kiera Cass. Well, hopefully, the second book won’t be very disappointing.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I enjoyed reading this book in some way, but I expected a little bit more after waiting so many years for a new book from Kiera Cass. Well, hopefully, the second book won’t be very disappointing.

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Spotlight // The Afflication of Praha by Simon Gillard

Title: The Afflication of Praha
Author: Simon Gillard
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pub. Date: 9th of July

Synopsis

It’s 20th-century Czechoslovakia… and murder comes knocking.

The Teralov family are loved and respected by everyone in Prague, adored for bringing prosperity and hope to its downtrodden people… so nobody expected to find Peter Teralov inexplicably murdered in the streets.

To quell the uproar, expert Soviet detective Edgar Rollenvart soon finds himself tasked with hunting down the one responsible and bringing the killer to justice. He’s confident he can unravel the mystery behind Peter’s killing – despite the mysterious absence of evidence.

Teaming up with Peter’s brother, Edgar embarks on a twisting and impossible case that will take them through the streets and cities of early 1920s Czechoslovakia. As the number of suspects mounts and the evidence seems to go nowhere, Edgar soon realizes that the mystery behind this case runs far deeper than meets the eye…

If you like gripping historical mysteries packed with brutal twists and turns, then you won’t want to miss this dramatic and period-perfect depiction of the early 20th-century in the heart of Europe.

About Simon Gillard

Simon Gillard is an author with a passion for mystery novels and history alike.

He works as a Network Engineer in the IT industry, and he also spent two years in Slovakia, which inspired him to craft ‘The Affliction of Praha’ and use the nation’s rich history as its setting.

When not writing, Simon enjoys reading, motorbikes, skiing and music. He currently lives in London with his beautiful wife and their young daughter.

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ARC Review // Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson

Title: Sparrow
Author: Mary Cecilia Jackson
Publisher: Macmillan-Tor/Forge
Pub. Date: 17 Mar 2020

Book Synopsis:

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family- is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed – “I’m not the kind of girl who tells” – will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever…

(Goodreads, 2020)

My review:

Sparrow is a very talented ballerina whose life was always very focused on her training, not personal life. When she meets Tristan, she wants to change it so she can finally feel the taste of teenage love. She falls so deeply in it that she doesn’t recognize that the relationship with him is very toxic and abusive. She hides it from everyone and blames herself for every attack from his side. Her friend Lucas is against this relationship from the very beginning. Tristan was always a bully and he didn’t see any change in his behavior so he couldn’t understand why she wanted to be with him. They got into a lot of fights about it. He was the only person that saw that something is very wrong with it. So, every time he saw Sparrow, the conversation ended up as a fight and that’s how half of the book goes.

Sparrow’s relationship with her boyfriend is very toxic. She has no right to have an opinion, cry, speak to any guys and many more because it makes her boyfriend mad. When he gets mad, he starts to be very abusive and that’s what terrifies her, but she still tells herself that he does it because he loves her so much. When she finally tries to end it, she becomes a victim of a brutal assault. That’s how the first part of the story ends and instead of going to the second part, the story goes back to the beginning and shows the same story from Lucas’s point of view what makes no sense and is useless. I think that this book would be so much better without it and less annoying. Lucas is very childish and mad at the whole world because nothing is the way he wants it to be. He thinks that he knows everything better and takes everything too far with the major consequences at the end.

The next two parts are about the time Sparrow spends in the hospital and the recovery after she’s finally home. It reveals a dark story of her mother and how much influence it had on her life. I honestly think that the chapters about her stay at the hospital were too long and not needed. It should be focused more on the reason why she felt and acted the way she did after she finally woke up from a coma. The part I enjoyed the most in this book was the part of Sparrow’s therapy. It was interesting and explained all the important aspects of the story that could be confusing for the readers.

I was very excited to read this book. The synopsis sounds very interesting so I thought the book should be even better. The overall story idea was good, but the away it was written was just bad and boring. I felt like the first 250 pages were so repetitive and boring that I was falling asleep during the reading. The only part I enjoyed was 50 last pages and I don’t understand why the author didn’t focus on it more than on stupid fights between Lucas and Sparrow. Honestly, I didn’t like this book. I think it could be so much better if the author would focus on the different aspects of the story than she did. I feel very bad to give it a bad review, but I wanted to be honest. It doesn’t mean that the book is not worth a shot because everyone has different tastes and likes different books.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank Netgalley, Mary Cecilia Jackson and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me this book.

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Blog Tour ~ Review // In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton

Title: In the Neighborhood of True
Author: Susan Kaplan Carlton
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Pub. Date: 09 Apr 2019

Book Synopsis

A powerful story of love, identity, and the price of fitting in or speaking out.

After her father’s death, Ruth Robb and her family transplant themselves in the summer of 1958 from New York City to Atlanta—the land of debutantes, sweet tea, and the Ku Klux Klan. In her new hometown, Ruth quickly figures out she can be Jewish or she can be popular, but she can’t be both. Eager to fit in with the blond girls in the “pastel posse,” Ruth decides to hide her religion. Before she knows it, she is falling for the handsome and charming Davis and sipping Cokes with him and his friends at the all-white, all-Christian Club.

Does it matter that Ruth’s mother makes her attend services at the local synagogue every week? Not as long as nobody outside her family knows the truth. At temple Ruth meets Max, who is serious and intense about the fight for social justice, and now she is caught between two worlds, two religions, and two boys. But when a violent hate crime brings the different parts of Ruth’s life into sharp conflict, she will have to choose between all she’s come to love about her new life and standing up for what she believes.
(Goodreads, 2020)

Book Review

In the Neighborhood of Truth tells a story of a Jewish teenager, Ruth Robb who after father’s death moved from New York to Atlanta with her family. Her first weeks in the new city is all about blending in, which means hiding her religion from her new friends. Life in Atlanta differs from life in New York so Ruth meets a lot of difficulties on her way. I really like Ruth’s character, she reminds me myself of the high school years, so I could kind of relationship with her fear of not being accepted of who she really is in the new circle of friends. Her mother and older sister complicate the situation because they want her to be open about who she is. If it would happen in our times it wouldn’t be such a big problem, however, since it was the year 1958, everything was different back then, when Jews were hated by people in the south.

The sweetest part of this book is her relationship with Davis, who from day one keeps an eye on her. Their time together is honestly my favorite time in this book. I’m not really into teenage romance stories but this one is very enjoyable. Davis is a lovely boy; he clearly cares about Ruth and tries to do everything for her family to like him.

Since the young years, I was raised on the Polish war movies which very often concluded the way Polish Jews were treated and harmed during this time. However, I never knew how their life looked like in the countries like United States. This book showed me that it wasn’t much better there than in my country, which is very upsetting. The book consists of many facts that people should remember. Moreover, it illustrates the growth of the modern way of thinking about black people and Jews by the younger generation.

Overall, it is a very short read. If I wouldn’t need to work every day, I would finish it in a day. It talks about subjects I’ve never read a book about before, so it was very interesting to learn more about it. I don’t think there are many books that touch this subject individually and if there are, people didn’t talk enough about them. Personally, I would love to read multicultural books more often and learn more and more about different cultures and religions. It’s a very interesting subject to explore. That’s why I am very happy that the times are changing and there are more and more books like this that are not based only on white society.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to recommend this book to everyone, who enjoys diversity in books and want to learn more about the life of Jewish people. I would like to thank Kelly Doyle, Susan Kaplan Carlton, and Algonquin Young Readers for inviting me to join this tour! 

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Playlist // Throne of Glass Soundtrack

Hey guys! Today I prepared for you something completely different from the things I mostly post; the soundtrack of Throne of Glass. I created more than 5 playlists of songs that give a perfect vibe while reading the Throne of Glass series. I decided to share with you all of my favorite findings. Let’s start with two Victoria Carbol’s songs that were created based on the Throne of Glass series. At the end of the list, you can find my Spotify playlist which includes all the songs listed and more.

Song of the Witch Kingdom by Victoria Carbol

Ballad of Terassen by Victoria Carbol

A Little Wicked by Valerie Broussard

Spider in the Roses by Sonia Leigh & Daphne Willis ft. Rob the Man

Keep Lying by Donna Missal

Black Sheep by Gin Wigmore

Serious Love by Anya Marina

Dead In the Water by SPELLES

Kill of The Night by Gin Wigmore

River by Bishop Briggs

White Flag by Bishop Briggs

Start a War by Klergy & Vakerie Broussard

Trouble by Valerie Broussard

Get Free by Whissel

Whiskey Please by Whissel

Soldier by Flaurie

Devil Devil by MILCK

Arsonist’s Lullabye by Hozier

Until the Levee by Joy Williams

Hatefuck by Cruel Youth

I listened to all these songs every time I was reading any of the TOG books and it made the whole experience even better. I don’t know if you like this kind of music but let me know what you think! I’m adding my playlist below, if you would like to listen to more songs like this.

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ARC Review // Beautiful Secret by Claire Raye

Title: Beautiful Secret ( Dirty Hollywood, #1)
Author: Claire Raye
Pub. Date: 5 Dec 2019

Book synopsis:

Hollywood is dirty and no one knows that better than Julia Harris. Sitting atop the ever-changing throne, she’s currently Tinseltown’s golden girl. And she’s just signed on to play the biggest role of her life.

Meeting celebrities is par for the course in Aiden Morrissey’s job. As a production assistant he’s met his fair share, but it’s this latest encounter that steals his heart. And he’s not ready for what’s to come.

But fame has a price tag and anonymity no longer exists. Ousted by her co-star, Julia and Aiden’s relationship is thrust into the spotlight long before they’re ready, and what was once a secret is now Hollywood’s biggest tabloid story.

Book review:

I didn’t read any adult romances for a long time. I forgot already how simple and relaxing it is. Even if it’s filled with drama, break-ups and again more drama it’s still nothing compare to my heartbreaks while reading fantasy books.

This book is about a fabulous actress Julia Harris, who’s tired of her life as a celebrity. As much as she is thankful for having a dream job, she cannot handle having no privacy. She’s working on the new movie in London where she meets Aiden Morrisey, a production assistant who is also a very talented script writer. The story is very predictable, but it doesn’t make the story bad. The writing is very good and the story very interesting. It makes you to read it in one sitting.

Julia is a sweet, down-to-earth girl who acts 80% of her time. She can be only herself when she is with her family and assistant Ava. When she meets Aiden, she feels a weird connection that pushes her into him. Their first meeting wasn’t a love from the first sight. Everything went wrong, when Aiden accidently offended her. He was working with many celebrities for a long time and when he meets her, he thought that she is the same as all of them. However, with the time she gives him another chance and invite him to her secret world of the real Julia Harris.

Aiden is very tired of his life. He wants to do something more with his life not only be a production assistant. He wants to write scripts and make movies. Meeting Julia turns his life upside down. The price for dating her is very high and as much as he wants her in his life, sometimes he cannot handle the pressure. However, he does everything to make her safe and happy. His character is one of my favorites, even if in the beginning he was a jerk. I hated how he was treated by one of Julia’s co-stars. He made him feel like he’s nothing, while he was the only one on set who should be kicked out on first day of work. I’ve never read about a jerk like he is. Every time he opened his mouth I wanted to through up. He was full of shit and didn’t respect anyone. He thought he’s better than anyone there and that he deserves having everything he wanted. He made Julia’s life a nightmare by threating her on a daily basis and sexually harassed her.

This book is a perfect example of many stories that illustrates how life of female celebrities looks like. It’s not a living dream, it has so many disadvantages that makes your life miserable. No privacy is one of the biggest prices that they need to pay. As cool as it looks in the reality shows or movies, it’s much harder than people usually think. Beside the drama, the romance in this book is taken to another level. It’s getting spicier with each page so, if you like the hot stories, this one if just for you.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank NetGalley, Victory Editing and Claire Raye for providing me this amazing book. I can’t wait to read second book soon.

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Spotlight // My Generation: A Memoir of the Baby Boom by Nowick Gray

Title: My Generation: A Memoir of the Baby Boom
Genre: Memoir
Page count: 460

Synopsis:

Like so many of the Baby Boom, I entered the world sequestered in incubator and crib; was moved by corporate edict from city to city; molded by a society beholden to TV and the next consumer trend. Encouraged by cultural allies, inspired by mentors; graced in equal measure by handshakes with fame (Gillespie, Salinger, Ginsberg) and brushes with death (cocaine, cougar, truck crash), I was nurtured and guided to find my own way to a more fulfilling future.

My first break from mainstream conditioning came in 1965 with my exit from the public school system and exposure to the alternative values of Quakers. Still, like the rest of the silent majority, on hearing the news of a protest suicide, or the massacre of women and children in a faraway village, I turned away to avoid sinking into depths of anger or despair. Was this a cultural disease, not to feel, but to change the channel, or use retail therapy to cope? To use whatever small pleasure or spectacle was close at hand to numb the senses and dull the pain of the nightmare underside of the American Dream?

Meanwhile, I could hear new voices of my generation—the Who, Muhammed Ali, Martin Luther King, Jr., Hendrix, with a new anthem to sing: Live for today. At Dartmouth College, we in the Class of ’72 saw ourselves as a vanguard, poised at the fulcrum of a giant, historical transition. The storming of the Bastille, by French university students; the hippie explosion of Woodstock, and the urban race riots; the backlash election of Nixon, and his escalation of the Vietnam War; the old order was surely in its death throes and would pass away into the dustbin of history, by the time we graduated in three years.

The campus revolution indeed came to a head after the Kent State shootings of 1970; but the Vietnam War raged on. Taking refuge in literature and nature, drugs, sex and rock ‘n roll, my peers and I tried to envision escape to a better world. Some were heading to the hills, experimenting with communal lifestyles and small-scale farming. Others gave up the ideals of a new society and reverted to the old paradigm, grad school, business and law, marriage and a house in the suburbs.

I plotted my own course of freedom. A naïve flight from the halls of ivy to a California dream yielded a merry-go-round of minimum-wage jobs: parking valet, gas jockey, baggage handler. These mundane and mindless revolving doors gave me the blue collar blues; spun me, in time, into that sideshow called the arts; and eventually drove me back to the cloister of academics.

Back in the womb of university, I skirted the problem of survival by distancing myself from it. Nature, my constant muse, became an abstraction, an object of study and analysis. Soothed by the music of language and its mysterious magic, I would play my part in a generational shift from real work in the physical world, to a linguistic marketplace, destined for a yet more virtual future. At last I saw the dead end and danced out of it, saved by a shimmer of Northern Lights.
The end of that new road was the roadless Far North, where, as a teacher, I could play a novel version of the role of Outsider, trading literacy for the survival skills of the Inuit hunters. At least I found good company there with my fellow misfits from the South, caught in the colonial dilemma of assimilating a people whose timeless culture we admired more than our own. Our ensuing adventures, passing into legend as “the Golden Days,” included a four-month exile during the heat of the Bill 101 crisis in 1977, when the Inuit staged a nonviolent counter-revolution to the language coup of the Parti Quebecois.

Finding a partner to share a more sustainable vision of rural self-sufficiency gave me also a marriage ticket to stay in Canada. Inspired during the long winter nights of the Arctic, from our summers spent in a utopian community in backwoods BC, we decided finally to commit to the “simple life” of self-sufficiency, building a homestead from raw land bordering wilderness. There my stubborn ideals would be put to the test of nature, my chronic freedom traded for a self-chosen home.

At the age of thirty—the very age of adulthood defined by my generation—I followed the dream of a life on the land in new and ancient territory: my country. There in the Kootenay mountains of southeast British Columbia, the real work could begin. I could recreate myself—mountain man and homesteader, peace crusader and new father—and begin a new generation.

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Nowick Gray has published an eclectic range of literary fiction and creative nonfiction, stretching genre conventions using innovative structure and style. Born in Baltimore, Nowick has spent most of his adult life in Canada. He taught for three years in Inuit villages before building a homestead on a land co-op in the BC mountains. Extensive world travels followed, including drum study in West Africa. Nowick now lives on Salt Spring Island, BC.

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ARC Review // The Weight of a Soul by Elizabeth Tammi

Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Publisher: Flux

Book Synopsis

Magdalena is the oldest daughter of the tribe’s chief. As her father is away, she spends most of her time with her younger sister Fressa and her best friend Amal, which is apparently in love with her sister. She couldn’t be happier for them when they announced their engagement. They got already approval of Nana, Amal’s mother but it was a harder task to be approved by the father of a girl. When her father finally came back to his tribe, he wasn’t surprised but also wasn’t happy about the engagement of his daughter. Most of all because Amal was promised already to someone’s else. Fressa devastated run away from her family. Lena after the argument with her parents followed her sister but as she finally found her it was too late. Her sister was dead.

Lena couldn’t resign to live without her little sister. She was ready to do everything to bring her sister back. She went to beg the goddess Hela to give her sister back. Unfortunately, her sister wasn’t taken by Hela but by the Father of all – Odin to Valhalla. To be able to bring her sister back to life from there, she had to give him the soul the warriors as good as her sister was. She agreed to the deal and began a hunt.

Book Review

I think I have as many things I liked and hated in this book. The concept of the story was very good and interesting. I was very excited to read it last month and I had a lot of expectations, so I was very disappointed with the main character of the book when I got to know her better through the book. As much as I liked her at first, I started to hate her in less than half of the book. At first, I thought she is kind of person who would do everything just to keep her family happy and save but with the time I saw that all she does is very selfish. She wanted her sister back nothing else mattered for her. She was able to hurt other people just so she could be happy at the end. She isn’t the only one who behaved like this. Amal the fiancé of Fressa as much as he was saying he loved her, he started to care more about becoming a chief than about a death of the love of his life.

My favorite part of the book was the gods pictured in it. I felt strongly the Marvel vibe when I first saw the names of Loki, Hela, and Odin in the story. Hela and Loki were perfectly pictured, and their characters were shown as I had imagined. They are the power that steers all the decisions of the characters in the book. People don’t even know that they are being manipulated in everything they do, especially Lena. They had everything in control the whole time and reached their goals at the end.

I can’t say that the book was bad because it was very well written, and the idea was great but maybe it just wasn’t a story for me. It’s very easy for me to get irritated by the characters so maybe that’s why I couldn’t enjoy the book as much as other people.

Rate: ⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank NetGalley, Flux and Elizabeth Tammi for providing my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Short Story // Time Trip Station Six by Roy Huff

Hey guys! I’ve been in contact lately with an author of Everville: The Fall of Brackenone and Seven Rules of Time Travel. He offered to write a short story for my readers about time travels. I’m very excited to share it with you!

Time Trip Station Six by Roy Huff

“Come on baby. Let’s go,” Blake said as she kicked the jump-engine into hyperdrive.

Exterior panel vibrations triggered yellow alert.

“Don’t let me down now,” she said, not sure if the new ship upgrades would hold.

Blake made quick use of her fingers, throttling down half lightspeed to stop the shaking just before the spacetime lanes formed a clear getaway.

The spare parts she stole from Station Six came with extra juice along with unexpected recoil from the nano-accelerators. It caused a three-second delay between engagement and full power. Those three seconds would determine if her mission would be successful or if she’d be the latest fully sentient simbot trophy for the Station Six warlord. She had no margin for error and would have to drive perfectly to be free and clear.

Blake wore her chrome exterior unapologetically. Most simbots opted to blend in, usually selecting a level six facial appearance with full human options. It was the smart choice and guaranteed maximum safety against rebels.  

Two holoscreens popped up from a center panel, one showing four-dimensional navigations and the other tracking three ships accelerating hot on her tail: a long-range transport and two smaller and more maneuverable attack fighters.

Computer alert status switched from yellow to red. Three bolts from her stern fired in quick succession. The first shot grazed her starboard hull. The hodgepodge armored plating somehow managed to deflect the burst of fire.

“You’re not getting me that easily,” she said, tapping out a three sequence engage code reactivating full hyperdrive.  

Her neural network processors interfaced with the computer seamlessly, but for some reason, tactile use of navigation panels allowed a certain level of uncertainty required to bypass safety controls and exceed standard ship parameters.

Just before the trailing bolts impacted her port engines, hyperdrive lanes activated and pulled the ship to its target time and location: Earth, April 4, 1968, Noon EST.

“Haha,” Blake said as her ship glided three hundred years into the past.

A blinding white light obscured the ship’s cabin. A preprogrammed sequence dropped the ship near low Earth orbit. Energy field settings creating a spacetime image wake deflecting radar readings to Roswell, New Mexico, 1947.

Her ship descended onto the outskirts of Little Rock, Arkansas. She’d already synthesized a souped-up and chromed out 1968 Harley-Davidson with just enough 2268 mods to get her to Memphis several hours before the fatal shot.

Blake blinked activating temporary synthetic skin. Her white mini and knee-high, red Mary Quant Daddy Longleg boots were part of the package.

She opened the ship’s rear hatch, and out she drove to stop Dr. King’s assassination. It was the seminal event her clan had traced back that eventually led to the underground trafficking of sentient simbots. And she was there to stop it.    

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Roy Huff is a Hawaii-based best-selling author, peer-reviewed research scientist, and teacher. After overcoming significant childhood adversity, he moved to the islands and hasn’t looked back. He’s since earned five degrees, trained on geostationary satellites for NASA’s GOES-R Proving Ground, and written numerous bestsellers. He stumbled into writing, but what he didn’t stumble into is his love for all things science fiction and fantasy. Later, he contributed a series of fiction and non-fiction books as well as widely shared posts on how to design life on your terms. Despite early challenges, he embraces optimism, science, and creativity. He makes Hawaii his home, where he creates new worlds with the stroke of a pen and hopes you’ll come along for the amazing ride. You can download Roy Huff’s free sci-fi short at https://www.royhuff.net/salvationship.

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Seven Rules of Time Travel

Quinn Black is an ordinary New York salesman about to be thrust into the greatest race in human history. After a shocking turn of events, he discovers his current troubles were just the beginning. After numerous failed attempts to rewrite the recent past, Quinn learns the rules of time travel are not what he imagined. After a tragic loss, he enlists the help of an old friend. Together, they rush to fix the unfixable and invent the impossible. As their plight worsens, Quinn discovers all is not what it seems. And his actions could either save the human race or result in its ultimate destruction. Only time will tell if he succeeds. Seven Rules of Time Travel is a fast-paced science fiction thriller. One packed with a roller-coaster of twists and turns, moral challenges, and tempting opportunities that readers will be reliving years after they finish the final page.

Everville: The Fall of Brackenone

Two very different worlds, Easton Falls University and the magical realm of Everville are in dire need of a hero. Owen Sage embarks on an epic journey of monumental proportions to save these worlds all while fighting to keep the world within himself intact. This quest is not for the faint of heart nor is it for the weak of mind—only the bravest will succeed. Discovering the well-kept secret of The Fourth Pillar of Truth is only part of the feat. Owen will have to outwit the ever-powerful villain Governor Jahal and overcome countless other challenges along the way. Amongst all of the dragons, giants and grand chaos, will Owen’s acquired skills and wisdom be enough to save both worlds or will peril be the ultimate fate of all?

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