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Ozmander: Review + Author Interview

Title: Ozmander

Author: Luke Taylor

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The first book of The Woven Worlds, Ozmander is the epic tale of a young healer accompanying a mysterious man on a dangerous journey.

My Review:

First off, this book stands out from the normal YA fantasy books I usually read. Second off, I was all about the dragon parts. Can I have some dragon milk, please?

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I am pretty good at guessing stuff, and there was some stuff in here that I didn’t guess! I loved the lead character, Ros, and she was not your normal whiny character. She was great, and she had some great sass.

This book had fun action and great character interaction, and I did not want to put this book down!

“They were puppet masters. Shaping the Woven Worlds as they saw fit.”

Purchase for only .99 on Amazon!

 

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Author Interview:

What made you want to become a writer?
When I was 7 it was just something I started doing and couldn’t stop myself from doing. It was just always a part of who I was. It’s the way I was made.
Who is your favorite character in Ozmander?
Daisey! I can’t compare any of the characters, they’re all great, but Daisey is my favorite for the obvious reasons.
Where did you get the dragon’s milk idea from?
My imagination! I am a seat-of-the-pants writer, always have been, and so everything just sort of happens. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And in this world, yes, there are reptilian dragons, but there are also mammalian dragons, and they are, for all intents and purposes, just giant dogs with wings, and they are a lot of fun and very lovable.
What made you want to write Ozmander?
I have always loved fantasy and for the longest time I wanted to remove all the limits from myself and my writing and write a fantasy series that I was committed to doing for years and years, something that was completely imagination unhindered, and could touch some pretty big concepts and ideas but keep it light and simple and fun and still deep, if that was possible, and thank God, it was the right time, and Ozmander is the right story to open the flood gates to a fantasy world that I hope never stops growing.
What is your next book project?
I have several. I am currently working on the YA Sci-Fi/Horror novel Exospherica, a comic book adaptation for Ozmander, and book two in the Woven Worlds series.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! Truly, everything.
Who is your favorite author?
Roshani Chokshi! I am utterly convinced she is the best writer of all time but her work speaks for itself in that regard.
What advice do you have for writers wanting to be authors.
If you have a story to tell, there is someone that wants to hear it, so write it and make sure it’s finished! There are so many avenues to get your story into people’s hands, but the biggest advice I can give is to be humble and always know the reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. Always know the motive behind your writing.
What is your favorite color?
Sapphire Blue!
What is your favorite book you have written and why.
Vault of Dreams. It’s my favorite because it’s the most personal, but also, it balanced everything I wanted to communicate on a thematic/heart level with everything I wanted to do on a technical level. It felt like a very special book from the moment Aerlyn stole the show. I was swept away just writing it, and I hope that readers will always feel that when they read Vault of Dreams. The whole experience was very liberating and enriching and started me in writing YA Fantasy, which I truly believe is where I belong.
There are some unique terms you use such as Tempus, sanctus, and mystis. Can you describe those?
Yes, those are mind, body, and spirit. Mystis is mind, Tempus is body, and Sanctus is spirit. In the Woven Worlds, there is Craft, or magic, related to each one of those. MystisCraft, TempusCraft, and SanctusCraft. When they are used in complete balance and harmony, that is CovenCraft. I wanted to have a series where the world-building was essential to the character development, and a fantasy universe where the world and the universe was directly shaped by those you read about. Not something that was super dense and just exists for three books for our characters to have their adventures, but something that is completely interactive with the characters both good and bad throughout the course of the series. The Woven Worlds is an interconnected multiverse and it is radically altered, shaped, and affected, by the characters through either mind, body, or spirit, or the combination of all three. As one reads on they will find how these things can be incredibly divisive and cause great conflict, and several books will deeply explore the possibilities of the magic system through the characters.
How many books do you have planned in this series?
I say 10 – 15 just to be safe, but I can guarantee at least 7 books that introduce the main characters of the series. These first books establish all of the heroes that will later join up in the arcs that connect each other and build up to series finale. So, that said, it’s not a solid number, but I say 10 – 15 just to be safe. Also, remember, they will be comics, too! Let us not forget that!
Who designed the cover?
The cover was made by Laura Gordon, whom I have worked with for years. Each one will have a geometric symbol, a one word title, and be a different color. When the series is finished a big old stack of them all together should look pretty cool.
What do you consider to be each of your character’s strengths and weaknesses?
That’s such a great question but I want to answer that without spoilers or giving away the journey and the plot. I don’t really know if I can. I would say, in one way, each character’s weakness is themselves, and you can see in the way that they interact with each other that they are really helping each other get past that. Also, in the same token, certain character’s weakness is another character in the story, and that is addressed as well. I think Nurmedov’s weakness is anything baked, and his strength is his attitude. I hope he shows how essential a great attitude is to survive and overcome extreme difficulty.

 

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R.I.P. George A. Romero

I am kind of late on this because I rarely see any news, but just saw George Romero passed away. I grew up on horror films. Day of the Dead was actually my first zombie movie I had ever seen, and I was way too young to even be watching it. Finally, I saw Night of the Living Dead and then Dawn of the Dead. Land of the Dead was the only one I got to actually see in a movie theater, and I loved it! I used to have the awesomest Night of the Living Dead shirt that I would wear all the time. I think it’s time to order another one!

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“They’re coming to get you, Barbra.” That iconic line from Mr. George A. Romero himself is one that will never leave my brain.

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R.I.P. George, you were a real inspiration in the horror movie industry!

Lucca Film Festival 2016

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Cover Reveals: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

ALLEE COVER REVEAL

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

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CHEWIE COVER REVEAL

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

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Cover Reveal: Saving Brad

Today is the cover reveal for Saving Brad by Siobhan Davis! This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Saving BradSaving Brad (The Kennedy Boys #5)

By Siobhan Davis

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: New Adult

Release Date: October 2017

Blurb:

An enemies-to-lovers romance from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis. Standalone with an HEA and no cliff-hanger.

Brad

I’m in love with my best friend’s girl.

She knows it. He knows it. Everyone knows it.

Faye will never be mine, but try telling that to my stupid heart.

An endless rotation of girls streams in and out of my bedroom in a desperate attempt to forget her, but nothing eases the horrid ache in my chest. Rejection isn’t anything new for me, but it hasn’t gotten any easier.

Until she reappears in my life. Like an out-of-control tornado. Storming in, all fierce and angry, ready to steamroll everything in her path. Rachel is trouble with a capital T bundled in a gorgeous, sexy, Irish package.

She pushes all the wrong buttons, and I can’t decide if I want to yell at her or kiss her.

I should steer clear.

But I’ve never been very good at taking my own advice. Especially when it comes to girls I can’t have and shouldn’t want.

Rachel

I need to escape.

To put as much distance between me and that monster so I can start living my life.

Yet, even the vast Atlantic Ocean isn’t enough to sever the connection. To allow me to forget how he’s ruined me. His hold is more than just physical. He has a vise-grip on my head and my heart, and I can’t breathe, can’t think, can’t function.

So, I do everything to blot it out.

Until he reappears in my life.

Brad McConaughey. So hot. So infuriating. So in love with my best friend.

Every word out of Brad’s mouth makes me want to throat punch him or kick him in the nuts.

But he makes me feel, and I hate him for it. A part of me might actually love him for it.

I should keep my distance, but like destructive magnets, we are drawn together.

This isn’t going to end well.

I know it. He knows it.

But we’re powerless to resist.

You can find Saving Brad on Goodreads

You can pre-order Saving Brad exclusively on Amazon

It will be available to read with Kindle Unlimited once released.

Previous books in this series

Finding KylerLosing KylerKeeping KylerLoving Kalvin

The first three books have to be read in order. The books after that can be read as a standalone and have a HEA and no cliffhanger. The Kennedy Boys series is free to read in Kindle Unlimited and book one Finding Kyler is currently available for only 0.99$ on Amazon

SiobhanAbout the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:

Website

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Review: Zero Repeat Forever

Title: Zero Repeat Forever

Author: Gabrielle Prendergast

Date of Publication: August 29th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

My Review:

I really liked this one! The pace is slow and steady, but I thought it flowed really well. It also has two perspectives between a human named Raven and an Alien named Eighth, and the dynamic worked awesomely!

Raven felt like a real teen to me, and she did things that teens to do whether they are right or wrong. Eighth was a little emo for an alien, but it made sense the way that he was and all he had suffered. I thought the bond between them was great. Sometimes it was violent and sometimes it was sweet, but with aliens taking down humanity, it couldn’t be all flowery. I’m sure there will be some complaints about this, but it’s fiction!

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The one thing out of everything that I was like noooooooo was this line… “That’s a lot of chocolate and marshmallows. Diabetes might be another way to die.” Only because sugar does not give you diabetes!

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There was some cool action scenes with the aliens, but the book was more about survival and forming a bond that you didn’t know could happen when there is a war going on between two races. I loved this one, and I can’t wait for book 2!

 

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Sign Up For My Cover Reveal: The Bride of Glass

It’s that time again! Lol! Okay, so I have another cover reveal coming up for The Bride of Glass which is the sequel/final book to Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault.

So, if you guys want to sign up to help spread the word, you can sign up here!

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Review: Bad Girl Gone

Title: Bad Girl Gone

Author: Temple Mathews

Date of Publication: August 8th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

There s just one problem: she s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parents car drives right through her.

She was right. Her parents are alive but she s not.

She s a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn’t quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.

My Review:

This book started out really good, and I mean really good! But after the first fifty pages, I don’t know what the crap happened. Oh wait, I do! A weird love triangle that was as annoying as one could get.

Echo apparently dies, finds herself in some orphanage for murdered kids. That part was interesting. Enter ghost love interest… I liked it!!! Then enter boyfriend that Echo is still in love with… Okay that’s even fine. But when the indecisiveness starts, that’s when I can’t handle it!!! Kiss one boy, then kiss another… then… “I love them both!” Screw that!

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Not to mention I should have put the book down when I saw Iggy Azalea gave the author blurb on the front cover… Thanks to one of my book friends BookDragonGirl for letting me know apparently she bought film rights for this to be made into a movie…

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Anyway, the concept was pretty awesome, the writing was good, and if you can get over the stupid love triangle, you might find yourself liking this book!

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