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Beating of a Dead Heart (Ripping Solace #2) by Gabriela Aguilar

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Young Adult, Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy
Date of Release: February 23, 2016
Pages: 207
Format: Mobi format
Links: SmashwordsGood ReadsCustom Book Publications

My Rating:

4 Stars

About the Book:

Momo rises up from the ashes, and V’s world completely burns away… literally.

With their communication severed, their bond threatens to break as set out on different paths.
V sets her sight on a far off shore while Momo returns home with revenge on his mind.
The girl and the soldier must overcome the new threats that shadow their every step as they race towards the same goal, the same destiny.

Together, will they discover what it means to hear a dead heart pulse!

I received this eBook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I thought that I would end my year by reading and reviewing for one of my 2016 new favourite author’s and continue on this Four Worlds in Conflict journey. I started my year out reading for her, only respectable I finish it this way too. It was well worth it.

V is on the run after burning down her house. The only one left to really tell the first part of the story is Ezzie. It was nice to get to know Ezra and see the world from his eyes. Until then, he was just V’s friend.

It was also nice to see Momo accept the recognition he deserved. Although being a General in a war fought by the poor and financed by the rich, it clearly was not easy for him. He had to butt heads against those who just pour money into bringing more into their ranks instead of redefining their war tactics. Funny how that is. That the people who know the least make the biggest decisions. Heh.

Ah 13, he is always the best for humour but add in Jan, the crazy scientist trying to cure the world from the illness that struck the Rippers. I was cracking up at some of the instances where Momo described 13 as her test monkey, and the weird side effects of the serum’s. It was perfect as always.

Holy crap, V and Momo finally get to meet. Mind you, she was slightly a damsel in distress when they did. It was nice to see Momo be able to rescue her. I kind of have high hopes for Momo and V.
But this book left me with a really terrible book hangover. I just couldn’t face reading again. Not until I was able to overcome the loss of a key character. I may, or may not, have wept a little for this loss. I really hope it isn’t true though. My heart broke for V, because the last thing she needed was more loss and heartbreak.

I hope V can overcome that and strive towards her goal, and that she and Momo can stop the war and get the cure out. Provided it doesn’t turn everyone into twitchy 13’s, ha ha.

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About the Author:

Born in Guatemala, the high crime and corruption in her beloved country drove her to find solace within the pages of every book she could get her hands on. Her family circumstances allowed her to live in different countries and . develop a deep curiosity for foreign languages and diverse cultures. As a young adult, she was encouraged by a friend to take a different journey. A journey filled with words. Ripping Solace is her first published work. When she is not busy bulling Momo or sticking her thumb up to hitchhike an interstellar ride, she studies English literature in an effort to earn a degree. You can momentarily catch her in Florida where she arduously trains to survive a zombie apocalypse. She has no cat.

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Genre: Military, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace
Expected Publication Date: January 5, 2017
Pages: 235 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

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Moving into a new town as a child, Rowan befriended two boys named Greg and Mac, eventually earning the kids a nickname of the Three Musketeers. Even as they grew into adulthood, the three would continue their everlasting friendship.

Now, as adults, Greg and Rowan are married, and he has joined the military. Unexpected twists and turns take the two on a dramatic rollercoaster as Mac is on the outside looking in.

With Mac’s hands tied behind his back, all he can do is watch and be there for his friends. As the tribulations unfold, Mac is drawn in closer and needs to find a way around his own emotions.

Will their lives be the same? Will Rowan make it through the trials of heartache and pain her new life has taken?

About the Author:

S.M. KNOWLES wanted to keep her S.M. name separate for her YA Books. Aubrey Kendall is for anything that is not YA or not meant for children to read. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Adult Education and Training in 2012 and is now looking at pursuing her doctoral program. She has been writing since the age of nine, but didn’t pursue publishing until 2013. She lives in Eagle River, Alaska with her two daughters and husband.


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Prelude to Mayhem by Edward Aubry

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Science Fiction, Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: November 28, 2016
Pages: 342 pages
Format: ePub
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My Rating:

4.75 Stars

4 Stars

About the Book:

“In the ruins of his world, Harrison Cody follows a mysterious voice on the radio as he and his pixie sidekick travel on foot across a terrifyingly random landscape.

They discover Dorothy O’Neill, who has had to survive among monsters when her greatest worry used to be how to navigate high school.

Together they search for what remains of Chicago, and the hope that civilization can be rebuilt.”

I received this eBook from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

This was such an awesome read.
My first thoughts reading this book were: what the heck am I reading and do I need to be high? Ha ha.
But seriously? Dinosaurs?! Dead dinosaurs?! Then rainbow coloured rats?! A pixie?!

“What are you even supposed to be? The Apocalypse Fairy?”
She gasped, threw her hands over her face and rocked for a moment. Standing up, she shouted, “Fuck you!” Then she shot away. A thick trail of red sparks remained behind her. After a few seconds it faded and vanished.
Harrison stood still, frozen in his confusion. “Well… I didn’t expect that.”

I felt like I was on a trip where the mash up of Doctor Who, I Am Legend and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It was awesome, so awesome.
Plus, who can resist a German accented Dragon named Gustav who was munching on the dinosaurs?

Glimmer was one of the best characters I have read in a long time. Her loyalty to Harrison, and to Marshall was inspiring. She was so refreshing with her sass and spunk!

“Glimmer!” he shouted over the din.
The pixie looked up, straight at him and instantly became a streak of light that smacked him in the face. The background murmur of voices grew briefly quieter. Still mid-air, she held his face, one arm under his chin, the other around the back of his ear. Her face nuzzled his cheek. That whole side of his head felt like pins and needles. He closed his eyes and soaked it up.
“I thought you were dead,” he whispered.
“Shh,” she whispered back.

Dorothy was touching. I felt so deeply for her, especially because she was so alone. But she handled it. She focused on making a home for herself, even though Harrison and Marshall eventually interrupted that for her.

For me, Harrison didn’t really have much substance until he met Marshall and became a father figure to the orphaned boy. His personality developed more, especially when Dorothy became part of that family.

The plot was original and spell binding. The imagery was vivid and rich. It just sucks you in. I enjoyed their adventure to find Claudia. And in some aspects, I wasn’t really ready for their adventure to end.

I enjoyed the idea that humans, despite catastrophe, will always pull through and rebuild. I just found the progress in the city was a fast. Perhaps it was from the magic that was in the world, and the gadgets from different points in time. But it wasn’t really believable.

Either way, highly recommend to sci-fi and fantasy lovers! Wonderful story and look forward to continuing this journey with Harrison, Glimmer, Dorothy and Marshall.

Where to Buy:

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About the Author:

Edward Aubry is a graduate of Wesleyan University, with a degree in music composition. Improbably, this preceded a career as a teacher of high school mathematics and creative writing. He now lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and three spectacular daughters, where he fills his non-teaching hours spinning tales of time-travel, wise-cracking pixies, and an assortment of other impossible things.

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Book One: Magic Price

Epic Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Release: December 9, 2013
Pages: 502 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races.

Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price.

A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present.

Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end. With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.

Her hand, that only a moment ago had caressed me, struck my face. “My husband forced your service in this army upon us both. And from day one, when you stood in my tent, a young man, eager to please, drooling with the urge to cast, I made it plain that this conflict would not be solved with magic. It’s dishonorable. I don’t trust it. I forbid it. You are my best soldier, Troy. I have given you free reign in my bed, but not out here. Not in battle. Ever. Is that clear?”Staring at her, my heart went cold. “I don’t think I can do this anymore. Fighting as half a man. Ashamed of what I am because you don’t approve. I’m not just a soldier.” I held up the sword in my hand. I called to the stones embedded in the leather-wrapped handle and they began to glow. Their vibrations pressed in through my skin, down into my veins, and the uncertainty washed away. “I’m a Shinree soldier.”
“Put that magic away,” she scolded. “Do you want to kill us all?”
“I can control it.”
“Can you?” Her eyes were harsh. “Can you promise that when your spell steals the strength it needs to be born, that it won’t steal from my men? That it won’t steal from me? Your magic is a disease, Ian. Your need for it, your addiction, clouds your judgment. It threatens us all and undermines my orders.”
“Your orders contradict my duty to keep Rella safe. I’ve tried to pretend they didn’t. I’ve tried to be what you wanted. But I can’t. I’m Shinree, Ayla. I am magic. And if you don’t untie my hands, we will all die here today.”

Book Two: Magic Scars

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Release: December 29, 2014
Pages: 486 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

Magic doesn’t wound the same as a sword.

The story of Ian Troy continues in Magic-Scars, the second installment in C. L. Schneider’s riveting epic fantasy trilogy, The Crown of Stones.

Captured by his old enemy, King Draken of Langor, Shinree magic user Ian Troy was sentenced to prison. Tortured and drugged, robbed of his will, his memories, and his magic, Ian was made to do unspeakable things. Rescued, as his body slowly rids itself of the drug, Ian realizes he has returned to an unfamiliar world gripped with fear. In the wake of his fall, those he cared for were left to their own grim fates. Draken has seized control of the realms and named himself High King. His brutal rein has sparked a desperate rebellion that Ian now finds himself a part of. His one task: recover and repair the Crown of Stones, in hopes it will tip the balance in the revolution that is brewing. In pursuit of the reason behind the artifact’s strange loss of magic, Ian is driven to release an explosion of retribution and power that leaves him irrevocably scarred.

Struggling to reconcile the man he has become with the man he once was, Ian strives to understand the growing number of magic-scars adorning his body. He searches for the truth behind his link to the Crown of Stones and uncovers shocking secrets buried for generations beneath the sand. To become the weapon the resistance needs, he must assume responsibility for his magical inheritance. But can he curb the destructive appetite that comes with it?

The price of Ian’s magic and his addiction have never been higher.

With fierce determination, I directed my magic-price at the soldier, and cast.
At the last second, the crown stirred. I couldn’t stop. The spell was already taking its due. The man was jerking and shuddering. A massive gust of wind was building inside me. It fled my hand, traveled down the length of my sword, and burst blue from the tip of the blade. My conjured wind crackled and surged across the camp; smacking into the flames and suffocating them with a whoosh so loud and strong it nearly knocked me over as it rushed past.

Blanched, drained, and desiccated, the soldier fell dead at my feet. The sight of him wasn’t even close to dousing the pleasure. The weakness that followed was far less enjoyable. Even less; the stinging pain on the top of my left hand as a new design formed. Black, curving streaks swept up my wrist beneath the brace to bleed into the scars on my arm.

Book Three: Magic-Borne

Epic Fantasy
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Release: February 17, 2016
Pages: 500 pages
Links: Good ReadsAmazon

No other Shinree has borne as much of magic’s weight, its pleasure, or its guilt.

The fate of Ian Troy is revealed in the final installment of C. L. Schneider’s epic fantasy trilogy, The Crown of Stones.

In one fell swoop, the resistance was shattered. Lives were taken. Hope was lost. Peace slipped like grains of sand through his fingers. So did the Crown of Stones. Now, forced into hiding, Ian Troy grapples for a way to save the realm—and free its people—from the sadistic clutches of Jem Reth; Mirra’kelan’s new self-appointed emperor. Plagued with the knowledge of a tragic future, he strives to influence events and save those he cares for. But his magic has betrayed him, and Fate has other plans.

Marked by the crown, hindered by the transformation spell contained within, each cast brings Ian one step closer to becoming more beast than man. Each move brings the death and destruction foretold in his vision inexplicably nearer. With Langor on the brink of war, and King Malaq’s plan for peace hanging in the balance, Ian returns to the ancient past; seeking an end to the eldring spell and a means to thwart Jem’s growing domination. What he finds there sets off a chain of revelations that leads Ian places he never thought to go.

Entrusted with the future of his race, Ian becomes the linchpin for lasting change. But how much weight can one man carry? And how much is he willing to sacrifice in the name of peace?

C.L. Schneider
Born in a small Kansas town on the Missouri river,I grew up in a house of avid readers and overflowing bookshelves. My first full-length novel took shape while I was still in high school, on a typewriter in my parent’s living room. My main focus is adult epic and urban fantasy, but I also dabble in the occasional science fiction or post-apocalyptic story.

Though I have been writing all my life, The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price was my first published novel. Completing the trilogy has been an amazing experience. While I am sad to see Ian and his friends go, I’m also looking forward to breaking new ground.

You can learn more about me and my work at clschneiderauthor.com where you can read reviews, excerpts, sneak peeks and teasers, subscribe to my newsletter, and follow my journey as an indie author on my blog, “Heading Down The Yellow Brick Road”. I love to chat with fellow authors and readers, so please connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+, where I spend most of my time talking about books, zombies, coffee, and the wonderful roller coaster of a writer’s life.


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