‘The Composer’ by Lee Olds


Contemporarily set between San Francisco and Paris in diary-like narration a musically gifted young girl makes her way through the classical tradition to achieve startling success in both performance and competition at an early age. Struggling to grow up among the paradoxes presented by her family and acquaintances she gropes to understand the metaphysical parallels that occur randomly between them and her music. In a tragic but accomplished endeavor fate seems to take her much like it appears to have made her what she has become. Similar to the Magister in “Magister Ludi’ or Juan in ‘Don Juan’ she discovers life’s meanings along the way as far as they allow, it would seem too awkward to say truths, while our blurred philosophy of the sixties becomes virtually transparent.

A very nice novel about a girl and her love for music. The plot moves fast, the characters are very well crafted and the story makes you think about life in general.

‘The Beholder (The Beholder #1)’ by Ivan Amberlake


Around the world, people die under mysterious circumstances. Each has a sign. Each is a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. A NYC interior designer Jason Walker receives a message saying he is the final piece.

Emily Ethan, a startling beauty with supernatural powers, appears and tells Jason that powers dormant within him are about to wake. He is the only person who can prevent darkness from enslaving the world. He is the Beholder whose advent has been awaited for many years.

Setting out on a journey with Emily, Jason discovers the world he could have never imagined, but the greatest surprise arrives the moment he realizes he has fallen in love with Emily.

‘The Beholder’ is a great novel, with originally created world and fascinating set of characters. Mixing fantasy, romance and thriller Ivan Amberlake created a book that anyone can find something for themselves.

‘The Thousand Names (The Shadow Campaigns #1)’ by Django Wexler

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Enter an epic fantasy world that echoes with the thunder of muskets and the clang of steel—but where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic….

Captain Marcus d’Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire’s colonial garrisons, was resigned to serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost. But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the powder smoke settled, he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.

To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men and lead them into battle against impossible odds.

The fates of both these soldiers and all the men they lead depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order. His military genius seems to know no bounds, and under his command, Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning. But their allegiance will be tested as they begin to suspect that the enigmatic Janus’s ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to ignite a meteoric rise, reshape the known world, and change the lives of everyone in its path.

A great start to a series, with amazing descriptions of battles, new interesting magic and an unforgettable female character.
Wish I had book 2!

‘Strife Of The Mighty: Book One Of The Chronicles Of Vrandalin (The Lael Chronicles #1)’ by Julius Bailey



For over fifteen hundred years the kingdom of Vrandalin has withstood the might of the one enemy they had need to fear. Now a new threat arises. In the southeastern part of the land, a grim-looking newcomer arrives in the village of Varalel, bringing with him a warning of imminent ruin. Shortly afterward, Varalel is stormed, its folk scattered, and one man is separated from the woman he loves.

Little else matters to Allon Bracken than reuniting with his wife. With nowhere else to turn, he must place his faith in a gruff, mysterious man he knows little of, and an unexpected comrade. But his road is a hard one, and will lead him into dangers and discoveries that will change everything.

It is likely safe to assume that the silver-haired man did not expect events to take such a swift turn when he hasted to Varalel with his warning. But there is no time to curse ill fate. Extenuating circumstances compel him to share Allon’s road—unless it is the other way around—but he quickly finds himself with another goal: the capital must be warned. An army out of legend stamps through the land, goaded by an age-old enchantress with designs of destruction. Time is short. But he must look to himself as well, for a hunted man is rarely at rest, and the terrible creatures that pursue him do not sleep.

And for a former traveling trinket seller deemed village ‘softhead’ by his peers, things are suddenly very horrible indeed. Or are they? It seems that chaos brings folk together. Joined to Allon’s path by an inner impulse, he discovers a companionship he did not expect to find. He will need it.

Together, these three soon find themselves caught up in a disarray of conflict, revelations, and peril. Enter Vrandalin; a land where ancient powers stir, dark beasts prowl, forgotten lore returns, and those who are thought weak discover their strength.

First book in The Lael Chronicles sets up a nice start for the rest of the series. The world created by Julius Bailey is fascinating and there are some great characters. The plot was interesting, so I’ll be continuing to read this series!

‘Time Heist (Firstborn Saga #1)’ by Anthony Vicino


We tried to kill ourselves. We had the weapons. We had the desire. Somehow, we failed. Humanity survived. Go figure.

They called it the Dissolution, but it’s been a couple hundred years and if you ask around, nobody in Unity remembers what all the fuss was about. What everybody had been so willing to die for. Nobody cares.

I don’t, at least. I’ve done my part. Worked Time Vice for the better part of twenty-years putting the bad guys into a Stream dream. Now I want out.

The numbers on my arm tell me I’ll be dead soon. Less than a day left. I can live with that. What I can’t live with is knowing a Unity Leader helped Malcolm Wolfe, the man who murdered my wife and a million other innocents, escape prison.

Finding Malcolm means uncovering secrets that could tear Unity apart from the inside. But if I don’t stop him, there probably won’t be a Unity to save anyhow.

Looks like we might get a chance to wipe ourselves out after-all. Now I just got to catch him before my numbers catch me


I greatly enjoyed this novel. It has all things that a book must have: a lot of twists and turns, action and compelling characters. Can’t wait to read more!

‘In Time’ by Constance Walker


It never occurred to Allie Winters that there was something different about Evermore—the small town that she was forced to spend five days in because her car had to be fixed. Yes, it was quaint and yes, it seemed maddeningly out of step with the current times, but it was nevertheless like all those other “remember when” towns she had visited—people in different era clothing, out-of-date music playing on the radio, roads that were only semi-standard and no modern conveniences to be seen or heard. In other words, just another tourist trap.

But was it? The clues were always there for Allie but in the beginning she misreads them and thinks she has come upon yet another “restored” town that Americans like to visit during summer vacations. When she finally understands that by some strange trick of fate she has actually entered a time warp – it’s only August, 1941, in Evermore – it’s too late for her to just leave for she has already fallen in love with the editor of the town’s weekly newspaper. Noah Wilson, in the course of only a few days, has won her heart in a thousand small ways – from his low-key acceptance of life to his extraordinarily old-fashioned ways of loving her.

IN TIME is a love story of two people who, through some “window in time” are able to meet, get to know each other, fall in love and then understand that that love—though they don’t know how—will be bound forever and ever throughout eternity.

Very interesting novel, with great concept of time-warp. The story of Allie and Noah is very emotional and is hard to put down!

‘My Melancholic Diary’ by Iva Kenaz


Lisa (14) is an incorrigible romantic obsessed with a hero from a medieval novel she’s been reading, honourable guard Tertius. Eventually, Tertius starts to manifest in Lisa’s life and she befriends him.The two melancholic souls begin helping each other with their romantic dilemmas. Lisa finds herself drawn to her scoundrelly classmate and Tertius longs to reunite with the love of his life despite the depressingly written destiny. Besides losing herself in fiction, Lisa also wishes to reconcile with her father, an erratic painter whose crazy mind always finds something out-of-ordinary to focus on. 

A lovely story. Lisa is very interesting character and I loved reading about her experiences. Iva Kenaz is truly talented writer with great imagination.

‘Heart of Annihilation’ by C.R. Asay


When U.S. Army Specialist Kris Rose catches members of her unit stealing ammunition to kill aliens, she is forced to defend herself—with a freakish electrical charge shooting from her fingertips.

Shaken by her newly found power and hunted by vigilantes from her unit, Rose is forced away from her structured, military world and into a fight for her life.

With the aid of her battle buddy, Corporal Thurmond, Rose sets out to learn more about the aliens under attack. In the process, she discovers her bizarre connection to a devastating threat to Earth—an alternate dimensional weapon called the Heart of Annihilation.

The Heart of Annihilation is lost somewhere on Earth. And Kris Rose might be the only one who knows where it is.

From a chuteless free-fall from 20,000 feet, to deadly bullet wounds and the unforgiving Sonoron Desert, Rose enters a world where aliens are real. And she may be one of them.

‘Heart of Annihilation’ is an amazing book, with a new, fresh look on things that we know for years. It has a brilliant female character, interesting take on aliens and is full of action that keeps you hooked. Definitely recommend!

‘Curveball (Curveball #1)’ by Teresa Michaels


Breanne Sullivan’s world has been turned upside down. In the midst of an investigation surrounding her husband, Breanne returns to the corporate world she left years ago to raise her children. Now, a required business trip places her on Innovation Airways’ maiden flight sitting next to pitching sensation and self-proclaimed bachelor, Drew Scott.
Drew is charismatic, devastatingly handsome and has never encountered a woman he couldn’t have. That is, until he meets Breanne, whose attempts to deny the intense attraction they share only fuels Drew’s determination not to take no for an answer. But when the flight veers off-course and an unfathomable sequence of events forces them to rely on each other in a race for their lives, intentions quickly change. High-tech travel turns into a game of survival that invites temptation and threatens to push their desires over the edge.
He’s a tempting distraction she has to resist. She’s an unexpected challenge he’s determined to have at least once. The question is, if she gives in will he be able to let her go?

This is a book definitely worth recommending. It has very interesting twists and turns, brilliant characters and much more. Find out for yourself!

‘Defiance (Beyond the Wall #2)’ by Lucas Bale


The darkness in the human heart is infinite.

Earth is gone. Centuries have passed since life ended on the blue planet. Humanity’s survivors are now dispersed among distant colonies, thousands of light years from the barren, frozen rock that was once their home.

At a time when power means everything, the ultimate power, theimperium, rests with the Consulate Magistratus. In return for its protection, citizens must concede their rights absolutely. The Magistratus controls interstellar travel, access to technology, even procreation. Every citizen is implanted with a device to monitor their location, health and emotions. Freedom, religion and self-determination are anachronisms. Humanity’s true history only survives in whispers of a secret archive.

The murder of a man in the lowest caste is seen as inconsequential, but Weaver, one of the few Caesteri lawmen who still believes in justice, refuses to ignore it. Fighting his own indoctrination, and the voice inside his mind that forces him to ignore his conscience, he follows the trail of evidence all the while struggling to hang on to the thin thread of his humanity.

The killer he hunts is violent and unstable, and haunted by her own callous ghosts. A woman who sells her body to fuel her drug addiction. She possesses an almost supernatural ability navigate the wormholes which connect humanity’s distant colonies – an ability the Magistratus fears and must eradicate. Weaver will follow her to a planet the Magistratus has abandoned, where the only law is that of criminals. And then to the furthest reaches of space, where the truth that awaits them leads to the corrupt heart of the Republic – a truth the Magistratus will do anything to conceal.

The war to control humanity’s future is about to begin…

Defiance is the second book in the Beyond the Wall series, an epic, hard science-fiction space opera about the future of humanity and the discovery of the truth of its past.

Another excellent story by Lucas Bale. He should be on top of the best-sellers lists. I very much enjoyed this story with its amazing characters and plot. Keep up the good work!