‘Sins of a Priest’ by Brian Robert Smith

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He dropped the camera and stared at its monitor. The video paused. His face, in lustful pleasure, was frozen on the screen.

Marcus grew up a gangster kid, but now he’s a Priest. He’s come back home to re-start a 19th century Catholic church that has been completely vandalized. He finds out the community is heavily influenced by Satanism—something Marcus intends on changing, but his past lingers and sin is in his blood.

Jada is a Satanist, and she seduces Marcus. Sex is the result. Jada has a history with Marcus’s brother, Louie, involving drugs, money, and murder. She plans revenge against Louie by using Marcus as bait.

Daniel, an old bum who hangs in the streets with goth kids, is the reason for the urban decay; the crime and hate. He’s a satanic leader and the church is his palace. When Daniel finds out a new priest has surfaced, he uses Jada to drive Marcus out by exposing the Sins of a Priest.

It’s a great read, with an interesting premise and characters. It really holds the readers attention till the end.
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‘Apotheosis’ by Ross Friedman

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Death welcomes Tom Maxwell, a policeman, into the world of the afterlife. Maxwell will learn to work with the complexities of his new world, a world of a new DNA, the shock of not meeting his God, hieroglyphs and psychic power beyond his wildest dreams as a hard-boiled New York City cop finds himself tested in his faith. A heart-stopping metaphysical adventure into time, space and immortal energy, Ross Friedman’s Apotheosis is a shot of pure light into the dark horizon of science fiction.

As Science’s endless pursuit of answering the unanswerable questions never tires, Maxwell is challenged to question the intent of the questions themselves. Perhaps the endless pursuit is designed to be endless? Destiny has a design for Tom and it is a man named Ajay Mehra who will show him the way. In Daygon, the world he finds himself in, Tom is tasked to protect God’s intent while others believe that since they did not find God after their deaths, that there must not be a God and conclude that they can become Gods themselves by mastering the sciences involved in the afterlife. Friedman addresses a thorny modern question in the adversarial struggle between Insu Dong Yul, a scientist and Tom–the question of God’s existence after modern science has written him out of the equation. It reflects the seemingly endless struggle between believers and non-believers that rage on today. In entering the portals of Daygon, Apotheosis challenges the characters to have faith in God after experiencing death and not meeting God.

Tom Maxwell turns into a denizen of Daygon–and his policeman’s mind is perfect for the quest he is set on. In the ensuing philosophical, scientific, religious and physical struggle, he learns a new way of life and protects the intention of life’s very design, the way that God had intended for mankind. Apotheosis is a thinking person’s adventure book that covers scopes of beliefs of many cultures and philosophies while maintaining fast paced action; it has a love story which underscores the importance of man’s consistent error of not learning from history; and an intriguing conundrum about the afterlife, which is a test of faith, regardless of belief. It leaves readers enjoying the adventure and pondering the many questions mankind cannot answer. It will leave them wondering when Friedman will come out with his next novel.

The premise of this book sounds amazing; the execution was slightly less captivating, but nevertheless it was a good read and anyone should find in it something for themselves.

‘Dance Of The Goblins (The Goblin #1)’ by Jaq D. Hawkins

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At the centre of goblin society is The Dance, the spiritual exaltation of life itself which is central to the goblins’ existence. In the human world above, life is austere and goblins only a myth. When Count Anton is drawn into the rhythm of The Dance, a clash between two worlds is about to begin…

Haghuf, respected elder among the unseen goblins, has only scorn for humans. Yet he is drawn into friendship with a human aristocrat by the Dance, the celebration of life that holds the goblin society together.

Count Anton — human, magician, shapeshifter — rules the human world above.

When an unwitting human wanders accidentally into the caverns, a series of events is set into motion that will lead him to betray his loyalty to his own people to avoid a war that the humans cannot possibly win.

Hunted by humans who feel he has betrayed them by his friendship with the goblins, and unwelcome in the goblin world where all humans are considered the enemy, he will be thrown into a deeper world, where even the goblins have reason to be afraid.

‘Dance of The Goblins’ gives us a fascinating new world. I haven’t read a book with Goblins as main characters before, so I was even more excited about reading it. The mythology created by the author is breathtaking and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

‘Loving Adonis’ by Sandi K. Whipple

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“Loving Adonis” is a novel about multiple characters and family ties. At a very young age, heartbroken Angie loses her parents. Her older brother had run away years before and now she is left entirely alone. Her aunt, whom she never knew existed, takes her in, raising her as the daughter she never had. Upon graduation from college, Angie pursues ownership of a flower shop business, pouring all of her energies and honing her focus into developing her independence. Fate, however, is at work in preventing a solitary life for Angie. As a supposed fill-in for an employee, another owner of a well-established business is introduced to Angie. Upon meeting the handsome Gary, she is shocked at her reaction to him and privately nicknames him her “Adonis”. Surprised by the electric chemistry that neither can ignore, and with some reservations and trepidations, they embark upon a relationship filled with heated encounters that leave Angie breathless. Weeks filled with passion, love-making, playing, and sharing have begun to cement a commitment between Angie and Gary. But fate again steps in to test Angie on the day she accidently observes Gary embracing another woman. Too stubborn to confront the apparent cheating incident, Angie’s jealousy rises and clouds all reason and logic. To make matters worse, within a short time later, Gary overhears several conversations between Angie and two other men! Suspicions now mount in the minds of both and their false pride puts their relationship in danger. Both are too stubborn and hurt to confront one another. Struggling through days of loneliness and refusing to communicate, Angie is struck once again by the hand of fate. Family members suddenly begin to emerge from her past. Uncovered ties are realized and the dynamics of these family bonds add new perspectives and ingredients to Angie’s daily life. When the lovers are forced to confront one another about their suspected unfaithful behavior, the shaky bonds and shattered commitments are surprisingly strengthened by the truth. This is a story of new love found, lost, and regained. But that’s not the end. The story is intensified with past love found, the power of friendship and family ties. Interwoven between the pages is inspiration to search for the power of love.

‘Loving Adonis’ is not really my favourite kind of book, but it managed to keep me hooked to the end. There were few surprises that made the story more interesting. This novel deserves checking out definitely.

‘The Time Smugglers (The Camelot Inheritance #2)’ by Rosie Morgan

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Wishing Shelf Awards.

It’s been a year since Arthur Penhaligon swapped his skateboard for a sword and became a reluctant, teenage hero – and a Guardian of Cornwall.
Twelve months since he and his friends found themselves among time-travellers and ancient knights.
Fifty-two weeks of wondering what would happen next. The waiting is almost over.
On Cornwall’s shores, old and new enemies are gathering, more deadly and more powerful than the four Guardians could ever imagine.
Memories will live and the Time Keeper will be named. There will be bloody battles, death will finally claim its prize and a tiny green dragon will make its mark

Nick still jokes (all the time), and Gawain’s Uncle Kitto is just as mysterious. Tamar is even more feisty and Arthur discovers that some old enemies will not die – well not quite.

‘A long-limbed figure scrambles over the rocks accompanied by a midnight-feathered bird. On the cliff path, a Watcher observes the man and the bird, before disappearing with a crackle and a ‘woomph’ into another century.
Meanwhile Arthur, Nick and Tamar sit together on the hillside above the beach, three of the four Guardians, unaware that the peace of the last year is about to be shattered in the cruelest way possible.

‘The Time Smugglers’ is an excellent sequel in ‘The Camelot Inheritance’ series. It’s very much like the first book, full of action and humour. The many adventures of Arthur and his friends are very compelling and I can’t wait for book 3.

‘On The Run (The Moriya Chronicles: Book 1)’ by I-Lanaa Twine

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Isn’t it amazing how in a mere split second, the very essence of who you are can change forever? That in just an instant your entire life can be ripped to shreds?

One night, three years ago, my mother was torn from us. Gone, without a trace. And just like that, nothing was ever the same.

Thrust into a world of darkness and danger, my father and I were forced to flee a past that haunted us and the beasts that hunted us.

As the black walls of despair closed all around me, I felt eternally lost…

Until I found him. And he helped me find myself.

Derrick Harris was a beacon of the purest light, guiding me straight into the warmth of his heart.

But sometimes the past has a way of finding you. Lies have a way of catching up to you. And secrets never seem to stay secret for very long.

Now all that I hold dear is at stake, and I must fight to survive, or my entire world will crumble before my eyes.

I am on the run…

‘On The Run’ has action, romance and is full of twists and turns, so any fan of YA fantasy should find in this novel something for themselves.The writing style is interesting, so I’ll read book 2 definitely.

‘Keep Your Enemies Close’ by H.S. Stone

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First, the probes arrived. Then the mother ship landed. Then Lia’s world changed forever.

With the alien invaders’ arrival, Lia and her best friend, Bryn, sign up for military duty to protect their town. When the aliens attack, however, Lia and her comrades are helpless to stop them. Worse, after the attack, she discovers that several of the townspeople, including her family, were abducted. Despite Lia’s pleading, no one wants to save those taken by the aliens.

Desperate to rescue her parents and her little sister, Lia turns to the only source of help she can find… a captured alien invader.

‘Keep Your Enemies Close’ is an interesting science fiction novel, with a really unique storyline. It had many twists and turns that kept me hooked. It surprised me a couple of times, so I’ll definitely check out other books by H.S. Stone.

‘Things Grak Hates’ by Peter J. Story

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Grak hates things. Lots of things. And with a peculiar intensity too.

Grak’s contempt is so strong, in fact, that it often leaves his fellow tribesmen bewildered. And when attempting to describe his personality, they find themselves in need of words with greater nuance. “Neurotic” is typically used. “Sociopath” and “narcissist” are also common terms. The most popular descriptor, however, is “pathological.”

Grak, on the other hand, sees his situation in a rather different light. He finds his behavior “necessary” and “selfless,” or even “benevolent” when his mood is just so. Most often, though, he simply attributes his nature to “being human.”

But of all the things Grak despises, his antipathy for olives takes precedence. In his efforts to be rid of this nuisance, he gets his first taste of power and ignites a series of events with troubling consequences. Unwilling to give up his newfound influence, he sets about honing his only true talent: manipulation. But as his grip tightens, Grak’s naively selfish exterior crumbles to reveal a dark and malicious evil …

In his debut work, author Peter J Story brews a robust psychological satire infused with dry humor and a pinch of emotion. Set just prior to recorded history, Things Grak Hates chronicles the life of a bizarre nomad and his descent toward evil. Along the way, this unconventional and introspective allegory explores a variety of complex issues. Among them: power, politics, religion, redemption, the dissemination of ideas, and human nature itself.

Very interesting book from Peter J. Story, with a unique story line; I don’t think I ever read a book quite like it. You should check this out and see for yourself!

‘What It Means To Survive’ by Lucas Bale

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McArthur’s World is a frozen planet which has been bled dry by mineral mining corporations for three decades. When there is nothing left but ice and snow, the last freighter lifts off carrying away every remaining human being. When it crashes in a wilderness no one has ever returned from, there are only two survivors: a miner who wants to get back to the children he has not seen for two years, and the woman who forced him to come to McArthur’s World in the first place.

They think they’re alone, until the shrieks in the darkness come.

What It Means To Survive is a short science-fiction story by Lucas Bale.

This short story is another example of brilliant writing. Lucas Bale is an author to keep an eye on.

‘Obstacles’ by Christopher Reardon

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A child will die. You’re afraid to live. Would you go to all lengths to save him? Darkness knows no bounds, as Alcott, an African American doctor sees all too well. The man is petrified by death. His fragile existence rests at the mercy of the universe. This fact is far too much for him to handle. From unyielding nightmares to elevator terrors, he’s lost in paranoia.

Assigned to look after an ill child, Alcott’s horrors only heighten. Gari is a nine-year-old boy with a fatal disease. He will surely pass on within the year. Alcott bonds with him more and more each day. Part of him knows this grim fate just isn’t right.

Alcott befriends a hospital patient. This lunatic forces him to lug home an ancient text on bringing back the dead. Despite the man’s obvious dementia, Alcott attempts the scheme. Charging up a cliff, he recites the chant over ocean gusts.

A goddess glides in from the horizon. She instructs Alcott on the trials to save Gari’s life. These fearsome Obstacles require true strength. From battling sharks to wielding a flail, he must prove fortitude against genuine danger. Alcott decides his fate at this moment.

Death’s claws shall not grasp Gari’s soul. 

‘Obstacles’ has a very fascinating premise and once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. It has everything that a good fantasy should have and I think every fan of this genre would be pleased after reading it. You totally should check this out!