Robin’s Review of The Oath: Book Two of The Grey Tower Chronicles

The Oath: Book Two of The Grey Tower Chronicles

 by Jillian Bondarchuk

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Oath: The Grey Tower Chronicles

Book Two
Jillian Bondarchuk
He’s the chieftain of Clan MacKinnon; she’s the daughter of a powerful druid. When they are forced through magic into an arranged marriage, will it end in war… 
or passionate surrender ?Bound by a blood oath that feels like a curse, Malcolm MacKinnon quickly regrets the promise he’d made to Vanora, the witch who would save his brother’s life: protect her daughter… or die trying. He needs to collect her before the marsh violets bloom, but as winter thaws, Malcolm hesitates to fulfill his vow… and time is running out. Living on the fringe of her people, shunned because of the scars that mar her body, Coira always knew she’d die a spinster. 
Author's note: The Oath is stand-alone but I could not write Malcolm and Coira's story without revealing the ending of The Shield and the Thistle. The Oath can be enjoyed if read out of order, although I strongly urge you to read Meggie and Colin's story before you read The Oath for the best reading experience. xoxo!
Robin's Review: This is the story of Malcolm MacKinnon who is the brother of Colin from the author’s first book titled The Shield and The Thistle. I love the rich distinctive writing style of this book. The world building is imaginative and so realistic that I felt like I was there, living in that time. The characters are fully fleshed out and totally relatable even though it’s in the past. I love how Malcolm has changed since the first book and proceeds to protect Coira from many dangers. I empathized with Coira so much that she is hands down my favorite character, so far that is. I highly recommend this author and her books to anyone looking for an adventure. Once again, I will be buying my mother a signed copy. We are total fans for life. More please!
It was my pleasure to receive an advance free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

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Robin’s Review of In the Midst of Magic

In the Midst of Magic

 by Christian Cura

Rating: 5 out of 5.
In the Midst of Magic
by Christian Cura

Meet Kara Hartman, a photojournalist who is hiding her magic from the world. 
Traumatized by her brother's death, she wants nothing more to do with magic. But just when she thought she could neglect her gift, it becomes apparent that the universe has other plans for Kara. When she discovers that an old foe has broken out of prison, hellbent on destroying her new life, Kara has no choice but to embrace the only power that can stop her.
Trigger Warnings: Violence is prevalent throughout the story, and there is occasional profanity. There is an explicit scene between two consenting adults, and references to bullying and cheating.
Robin's Review: This is so many genres combined that I’m not sure what to call it. It has action and adventure. It has magic and sorcery. It has romance and betrayal. It has murder and suspense. Finally, it has thrills and coming of age aspects. It is well written and fast paced with a hint of urgency to see what happens next. And there is always something happening. The world building is rich and descriptive, and the characters are fun and relatable.
All in all, a very good read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Urban Fantasy reads.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#LGBTQ+ #fantasy #paranormal #urbanfantasy #thriller #suspense

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Robin’s Review of Calgary Chaos: The McKinley Chronicles 3

Calgary Chaos: The McKinley Chronicles 3

by John Keillor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Calgary Chaos: Book 3 of 3
The McKinley Chronicles
by John Keillor

Trouble's Brewing in Post-Apocalyptic Cowtown!
Zach McKinley returns to Calgary after having rescued the mayor's girl from kidnappers in Vancouver. Their falling in love was perhaps inevitable. But the province and the four cities are in peril.Enemies smell weakness. Saboteurs are emboldened. This conclusion of the McKinley Chronicles trilogy has all the action and intrigue you've come to expect from this series.
Robin's Review: This the third and final installment of The McKinley Chronicles. I really enjoyed this last book. It wrapped up so nicely with the government corruption of the Canadian cities and of course with the McKinley family. I look forward to more from this author.

Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.
#postapocalyptic #action #adventure #sciencefiction #fantasy #thriller #suspense #dystopian #christian #futuristfiction

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Robin’s Review of Fright House

Fright House

 by Fred Wiehe

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fright House 
by Fred Wiehe

Fright House is waiting to be unlocked. And she is the key. Penny Winters can see ghosts. Or she’s insane. Desperate and on the run, she lucks into a job at Fright House. 

But a one time insane asylum turned Halloween attraction is the last place she should be. Workers start disappearing. The walls move. And Penny's past comes back to haunt her as Fright House's tormented spirits awaken. Tory Jackson is obsessed with hunting ghosts. So when he and his ragtag team of Paranormal Scene Investigators are brought in to cleanse the old asylum of evil, it may finally be his chance to prove ghosts exist. But the evil within Fright House has plans of its own, and as the night devolves into chaos and terror, Penny and Tory will learn that the line between the living and the dead is one slice of a scalpel.
Robin's Review: Wow!!! I would like to say the only reason I didn’t get any sleep was because I was reading and finishing this book but no, I was kinda scared to be honest.

This is a fast paced no holds barred page turner. The world building of the asylum is so phenomenal that I really got creeped out. The story is descriptively written, and the “people” were downright terrifying. It has some twisty turns that kept me reading it all in one sitting. I really felt connected to the main character Penny Winters, and the other characters are great also.

All in all, a frightening but deliciously fun read. A masterpiece of thrills, suspense, and horror.

Fred Wiehe is now my go to author if I want to have the crap scared out of me. I will definitely look up his other books to read and you should too. I highly recommend this book and this author.

Amazing job Mr. Wiehe.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#teen #youngadult #ghost #paranormal #mystery #horror #urbanfantasy

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Robin’s Review of Chambers of the Heart

Chambers of the Heart  by B. Morris Allen Chambers of the Heart: Speculative stories by B Morris Allen A heart that’s a building, a dog that’s a program, a woman who’s sinking irretrievably – stories about love, loss, and motion. A collection of speculative stories from author and editor B. Morris Allen. •Chambers of the … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Chambers of the Heart”

Chambers of the Heart

 by B. Morris Allen

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Chambers of the Heart: 
Speculative stories
by B Morris Allen

A heart that's a building, a dog that's a program, a woman who's sinking irretrievably - stories about love, loss, and motion. A collection of speculative stories from author and editor B. Morris Allen.
Chambers of the Heart - it's hard, living in someone's   heart
•Building on Sand - how to choose between children
•Blush - when everyone else wears a mask, what's it like to bare your face?
•Minstrel Boy Howling at the Moon - magic, music, and ... buffalo?
•Fetch - she may be a simulation, but out on the edge, she's one man's best friend
•The Humblebract Expedition - even dying children like to play
•When Dooryards First in the Lilac Bloomed - a doorway to opportunity and change, if only humans can understand it
•Some Sun and Delilah - a sunny island, an abandoned temple, and though
•Crying in the Salt House - the house is built from tears, or so they say
•Full of Stars - jar half empty, jar half full
•Memory and Faded Ink - the aliens are perfectly human ... and just as flawed
•Fountainhead - arranged meetings never work, especially with different species
•Adaptations to Coastal Erosion - when your spouse is literally falling away from you
•Outburst - Earth is dead, except for a few teens on a decaying orbital
•The Irrigation Ditch - they came to hide, but didn't realize it was from each other
•Dragons I Have Slain - take hope where you find it
Robin's Review: Wow! This is an incredible collection of short stories of speculative fiction. B. Morris Allen has put together a combination of stories that show imagination and are extremely entertaining. Each story is beautifully written and thoroughly engrossing. 

I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag so I will say each story is unique and entertaining all its own, when it’s all put together, I can’t do anything but highly recommend “Chambers of the Heart”
It was my pleasure and honor to receive a free copy of this book from the author but that does not in any way affect my opinion in this review of these entertaining stories.

#fantasy #sciencefiction #literaryanthologies #speculativefiction

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Robin’s Review of The Rose Vol. 1: A Dystopian Science Fiction Thriller

The Rose Vol. 1: A Dystopian Science Fiction Thriller

by P.D. Alleva

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Rose Vol. 1
by P.D. Alleva

Sandy Cox believed WW3 was over. But for those Alien Vampires, war has just begun.

Forty-eight hours after a World War 3 treaty is signed Sandy Cox awakens in an underground compound unable to move. Tied to machines, she screams for help but no one answers. At least no one human.
And they’ve taken her unborn child.

Phil is a rebel freedom fighter who has had more than his share of Alien Vampires. Armed with The Blades, a sacred alien martial arts weapon, he enters the compound on a mission to find Sandy. But as he battles through the compound, Phil discovers Sandy has her own agenda. Finding her stolen child is all that matters.

But the Vampires have their own plan and Sandy’s baby is at the heart of their diabolical plot.

Joined by a crew of rogue soldiers, they must navigate the underground compound, combating genetically mutated humans, aliens, and monsters.

When battling Alien Vampires, one thing is certain…Get Ready To Bleed!

Fans of Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, Star Wars, The Matrix, and Ancient Aliens will be fascinated by this high-powered, edge-of-your-
seat action adventure.
Robin's Review: This was a fast paced, easy to read page turner. The world building was brilliantly done and quite scary.

The plot had many “evil” forces like the Russians and Chinese that were at war with the Americans. And if that’s not horrible enough you got freaking aliens who are actually in control. The characters are so real and well thought out that I was rooting for them. Well, the “good” guys that is.

I was having trouble getting through this book simply because I didn’t want it to end. It has crossed many genres and sub genres. I cannot put my finger on just one. It has action/adventure, horror because of the varied creatures, first contact because of alien beings, apocalyptic because of war in the form of WW3, Science fiction because again aliens, dystopian/apocalypse because of the survival aspects. Anyways all these genres and sub genres make for an outstanding read. I really really loved this book, and I am trying to pace myself before I read book 2. Since book 3 isn’t coming until 2023.

PD Alleva draws you into this new and scary world with such rich descriptions and likeable characters in a good versus bad scenario that made it into the perfect book.
Here are some of the players:

American scientist, Dr Blum and other scientists are from a branch of the Drac government called the “Commission of Ra.” They are working on DNA manipulation between humans and “Dracs.”

“Dracs” are alien beings consisting of groups called “The Nine.” there is Sanos; leader, Telas, Titus, Orion, Cade, Rygel, Jubal, Kaidan, and Moya
Zeta and Saiph

“Greys” are another alien species that are subservient to the “Dracs.”
Mono, leader; and the three witches are Mintaka, Alnitak and Alnilam.
Jayda and Moth

“Thorx” is yet another alien species subservient to the “Greys.”

“Lycans” yup you guessed it another alien species and considered as pets.

Chinese soldier: Admiral Lao
American soldiers: Cam and Corporal Grimes
Cameron, Annison, and Perseus

Sandy and Ben Cox

Robyn Winter was trained to use the “Akashi Record” to see the future. He sent Phil on a mission to rescue Sandy. His mission was to secure Sandy and bring her to Atlanta to train under Robyn Winter.

Awesome Lines:

“The “Akashi Record “and the “rose” are too very different things. The record is a recording of all events, pass, present and future. The “rose” is for protection. It is a meditative practice.”

“That’s right, human evolution will manifest through the rose according to the record, to usher in utopia for those who are left on the earth.”

“This place is worse than any level in hell. F$&@ing alien vampires, evil doctors and pills turning Americans into slaves. This whole damn camp needs to be blown off the planet.”

“But… They’re all down there. UFOs, cricket blood sucking creatures, and who knows what else. He shook his head. The odds are not on your side.”

“Transcendence hides within the Akashic Record.”

It was my pleasure and honor to receive a free copy of this series from the author but that does not in any way affect my opinion in reviewing this entertaining story.

#firstcontact #alieninvasion #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #humorous #vampire #aliens #postapocalyptic #worldwar3 #akashicrecords

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Robin’s Review of Ten Years Gone

Ten Years Gone

by HP Newquist

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Ten Years Gone
by HP Newquist

Every November for nearly a decade, a body has been found hanging from a tree outside the town of Kerrville. As the tenth year approaches, the killer leaves clues that indicate there will only be one more murder. A reality show and its celebrity host decide that this last murder could be the ratings they've always wanted--and they are determined to find the murderer before the police do. But the police--and the killer--think that is a very, very bad idea.

Robin's Review: This was a creepy tale centered on murder that happens every year for the past 10 years and boy did it have some twisty turns. The characters were well thought out, although some were unlikeable at times. I really enjoyed this well written story, it was easy to read and has an interesting and entertaining plot. I will look for more of H P Newquist to add to my “want to read” list. I highly recommend this book.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
#murder #suspense #horror #thriller

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Robin’s Review of The 7 Steps to Help Your Son in Addiction Recovery

Understanding Addiction as Rooted in Trauma, and How Your Son Will Recover

 by Dorcas Wanganga

Rating: 5 out of 5.
THE 7 STEPS TO HELP YOUR SON IN ADDICTION RECOVERY: Understanding Addiction as Rooted in Trauma, and How Your Son Will Recover
by Dorcas Wanganga
How do you get your addicted son to recover without the painful roller coaster even if you had tried it all before and failed many times? Please keep reading to find out…

You found out about the addiction and did what any mom should do… help! To your shock and disappointment, things got quickly out of hand, and he got worse!

You got sucked into your son's addiction and realized how difficult it was to help him. The panic, fear, and pain have almost been too much to bear. The constant relapses and never-ending anxiety have made you sick. It’s like a monster haunting your family day and night.

The stigma around addiction did not allow for day-to-day conversations, and it became a lonely path for you. And you constantly wished to find relief!

I was that mom. And I had to find the peace I sought because it was clear the common methods of helping an addicted loved one did not work. I had to understand the science, possible root causes, and spiritual aspect behind it. The journey helped me discover important steps for recovery, and I could not keep it to myself.

I found out, as common as addiction is, it is, it is still not well understood, confronted, and treated.

You don’t have to go through the power struggle, trying to help someone who is not ready for help, but you are still a very critical part of his recovery.

So, what do you do when all the treatments your son received have not stopped the addiction or the relapses and he has rejected all your love and help?

Robin's Review: This is not my usual genre but this is a well written story. This was a kind and intelligent book full of sound wisdom and helpful resources. The authors first-hand knowledge of addiction makes this a go to for not only parents, but anyone dealing with the demons of addiction in their family. 

Dorcas Wanganga discusses the science of addiction but also adds in the spiritual side of dealing with this far-reaching problem.


Thanks so much for a review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.
#gambling #addiction #recovery #psychology
Parent & Adult Child Relationships

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Robin’s Review of A Creation of Tomorrow

A Creation of Tomorrow

by D.L Fletcher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Creation of Tomorrow
D.L Fletcher

Alice's daughter Patsy now missing, her granddaughter Cami was without a mother and the one person that protected her from her father's anger. Having no doubt Cami's father Tom was responsible for the bruises, Alice turned to the police again and again, but just like when Patsy went missing, they repeatedly turned their backs on her.

Alice was desperate to find help. With nowhere left to turn, she turned to the most dangerous men she'd ever laid eyes on. Rumor had it that they were drug traffickers. The leader was thought to be the devil himself, and his men his demon disciples, but what choice did Alice have? She needed someone that could protect Cami.

They didn't wear patches on their leather, and they weren't called by any name, but they were brothers. For Rick, running a drug ring was challenge enough. Having each other's back was all that mattered until Alice approached him.

Drawn in the moment he looked at Cami's picture Rick ordered Jonathan and Swan to tail the little girl and find out what they could about her situation. It didn't take long to discover that she needed their help.

What none of them knew was the impact their decisions would have on tomorrow.
This is A Creation of Tomorrow...
Robin's Review: Alice Hendricks is trying to protect her granddaughter, Cami from her abusive father, Tom Watson. Enlisting the help of drug trafficker, Rick Stackston and his “boys.”

I couldn’t help but fall in love with the character Cami and I totally felt her pain, confusion, and anxiety.

This is a well written and engaging story with thoroughly fleshed out characters and some twisty turns. There is just enough cuteness and wit to make you keep turning the pages, blended well with drama, and stirred with a lot of action. I am so invested in these characters, I am heartbroken this journey has ended, but has it?

I never had such a wide variety of emotions while reading, I laughed, I cried, I cheered, and I mourned. This story was such an enjoyable experience, I highly recommend this book and this author. I am a fan for life.
My Favorite Line: “He thought about the little girl in the hospital all broken and confused. He thought about how life was before her, and what she brought to them when she walked into their lives. He thought of all the boys, and how they were always content after seeing her, and about how she gave them purpose in a world where they really didn't have one.”

Triggers: Child Abuse, Death and Violence

Next in Series:
A Creation of Yesterday (Creation series Book 2)

It was my honor and pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

Thriller
Suspense
Romance
Organized Crime

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Robin’s Review of Sequenced Book 1 of 3: The Sequencing Chronicles

by Elayna R. Gallea

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Sequenced: A YA Dystopian Romance
Book 1 of 3: The Sequencing Chronicles
by Elayna R. Gallea

“The Sequencing allows for each person to be placed wherever they are best suited to serve. Being Sequenced is the highest honour in the land.”
In Tiarny, everyone was Sequenced the year they turn eighteen. There were no choices. No options. No way out. Obey or else.

The Sequencing allowed for every citizen of Tiarny, regardless of class, to live in perfect peace and harmony. To oppose the Sequencing was to defy the Source Herself. No one dared disobey the Source.

Nellie was about to be Sequenced. Her entire life had led her to this moment. Only, once her Sequencing Ceremony finally occurred, nothing went as expected. There were secrets, dark ones, hidden beneath the perfect layers of Tiarny’s society. Nellie soon discovered that there was a lot more to being Sequenced than what the Guardians taught her. Soon, she was questioning everything she thought was true.Perfect for fans of dystopian books, Sequenced is a coming-of-age tale that is captivating, exciting, and intriguing.
Robin's Review: In the world of Tiarny there is a ritual called “sequencing”. Every teenager goes through this when they finally turn eighteen, but something isn’t right. The main character Nellie starts to question, well everything.

Gallea’s story is interesting and fresh with some mysterious things going on in the background.
The world building is strong, and the plot moves well. The characters were young and showed growth by the end of this book.
These are the next books in the series

Rise of the Subversives
(The Sequencing Chronicles, #2)
Book 2 of 3: The Sequencing Chronicles

The Wielder of Prophecy
(The Sequencing Chronicles, #3)
Book 3 of 3: The Sequencing Chronicles
To be Released on April 12, 2022.


#dystopian #sciencefiction #fantasy #romance #suspense #comingofage

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