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Insight Kindling, The Call to Search Everywhen 2, Chess Desalls

Insight Kindling, The Call to Search Everywhen 2, Chess Desalls
Genre: Teens and YA, fantasy/paranormal.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Some YA reads contain a story that appeals to all ages, the only difference from adult reads is that the plot is solid, but the text is easy to follow and this series is proving to be one of those. Like part one this episode is well written and intriguing, it caught and kept my attention right through, and was what so often appeals to me about YA, a great story and relaxing to read. I certainly want to know more…

Poor Calla, she faces charges against her for changing the past, even though she had no idea what she was doing, and didn’t go there voluntarily at first but was forced in to it. The part that affected Edgar was deliberate, but the thing that changed Valcas past wasn’t even her fault, except that she was there and shouldn’t have been, and he saw and fell in love with her. That caused him to write her name on a photo, and so remember her even though at the time she knew nothing about it. Usually everything is lost from peoples memories at the end of the day, so permanent changes that affect history are very severely punished by the TSTA.
She ends up on a dangerous mission to find her father, along with Valcas and two other travellers, Ray and Ivory. That gave an insight into different talents, as Ivory was a Chauffeur, and Ray had an incredible memory and could recall conversations, record scenes so that everything that happened he could voice, and even collect measurements and data….amazing Talent to have, but it caused him some horrendous trauma on these travels. Ivory was great, she seemed quite a cynic at first but as the group spent more time they became very supportive of each other. The romantic in me got its way, with Valcas trying to win Calla’s trust again, and of course the attraction between them is strong, she fell in love with the past version of him and now he seems to be getting closer to that more than the somewhat aggressive cynic he seemed in the last book. We learn too more about his actions and how they could be interpreted differently.
The four have an amazing adventure, learn how to work together and Calla finds out she has a new Talent…of course they’re in danger all the while from the being that’s been pursing Calla, and will kill her if it catches up. The danger they faced felt very real, and while they were learning more about each other I was learning more about this strange world and how its created. I’m still puzzled by parts of course – it’s so very different from most paranormal/fantasy reads but great fun. Its a fabulous escape from reality.

Stars: Five, a fun read. Not sure I’d reread, though I’m sure someone closer to the target market would read over and over.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers
Genre: Teens and YA, fantasy/paranormal.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Some YA reads contain a story that appeals to all ages, the only difference from adult reads is that the plot is solid, but the text is easy to follow and this series is proving to be one of those. Like part one this episode is well written and intriguing, it caught and kept my attention right through, and was what so often appeals to me about YA, a great story and relaxing to read. I certainly want to know more…

Poor Calla, she faces charges against her for changing the past, even though she had no idea what she was doing, and didn’t go there voluntarily at first but was forced in to it. The part that affected Edgar was deliberate, but the thing that changed Valcas past wasn’t even her fault, except that she was there and shouldn’t have been, and he saw and fell in love with her. That caused him to write her name on a photo, and so remember her even though at the time she knew nothing about it. Usually everything is lost from peoples memories at the end of the day, so permanent changes that affect history are very severely punished by the TSTA.
She ends up on a dangerous mission to find her father, along with Valcas and two other travellers, Ray and Ivory. That gave an insight into different talents, as Ivory was a Chauffeur, and Ray had an incredible memory and could recall conversations, record scenes so that everything that happened he could voice, and even collect measurements and data….amazing Talent to have, but it caused him some horrendous trauma on these travels. Ivory was great, she seemed quite a cynic at first but as the group spent more time they became very supportive of each other. The romantic in me got its way, with Valcas trying to win Calla’s trust again, and of course the attraction between them is strong, she fell in love with the past version of him and now he seems to be getting closer to that more than the somewhat aggressive cynic he seemed in the last book. We learn too more about his actions and how they could be interpreted differently.
The four have an amazing adventure, learn how to work together and Calla finds out she has a new Talent…of course they’re in danger all the while from the being that’s been pursing Calla, and will kill her if it catches up. The danger they faced felt very real, and while they were learning more about each other I was learning more about this strange world and how its created. I’m still puzzled by parts of course – it’s so very different from most paranormal/fantasy reads but great fun. Its a fabulous escape from reality.

Stars: Five, a fun read. Not sure I’d reread, though I’m sure someone closer to the target market would read over and over.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers

I contacted Chess re how many more episodes, and when next one out. Here’s her reply. “I’m hoping The Call to Search Everywhen will be a five to seven book serial series. The third installment, Time for the Lost, is tentatively scheduled for release in November 2015. “

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Before He Was A Secret, Starstruck 3, Becky Wicks

Before He Was A Secret, Starstruck 3, Becky Wicks
Genre:  Romance, New Adult
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I love Becky’s writing style and the Starstruck series. Its great to have books like these where each is a stand alone, complete, no cliff-hangers!! Yet they are connected, so we meet characters from earlier books in the new ones. In this one we see Noah and Chloe from book one again, and there are phone calls with Alyssa from book two.
I had forgotten Stephanie was one of the competitors in the last book, and had to sneak back to it to recall her backstory. It’s covered in this book, but a bit later in and I wanted to know now! I’m always impatient – in fact sometimes I skip to end of book just to see what’s going to happen. It doesn’t spoil it for me, I still get upset, happy, angry at whatever happens. I re read favourite books so knowing the story or the end is fine for me.
Anyway here she is in Nashville, waiting tables while trying to find her way into the music world. Her and hundreds of others….When she meets Connor and hears him singing his own songs she’s inspired, but its not til after an unexpected encounter and they go to a jamming session with other song/music writers that they discover how well they write together. Thus starts a great partnership. They’re both holding back though, keeping secrets about their pasts and motives.  Connor’s keeping quiet about his split from long time girlfriend Grace, and though she’s on holiday everyone- including his very religious family and church group – still think they are together. Why doesn’t he say anything? Then there’s Stephanie, and she’s got her own past demons that affect her music. Secrets – they always get spilled sooner or later. Throw in Travis, a genial songwriter who’s hit a block and wants Stephanie to write with him, and the music company that want them as a duo – on and off stage – and the shiny new love Connor and Stephanie have is getting a trial by fire.
I love Connor and Stephanie. I got cross with him for not saying anything about Grace, and wanted to know what was going on – he didn’t seem like the sort to deceive lightly, and it was clear he wanted Stephanie but was holding back. Then Stephanie, she’s been working so hard to support her brothers, and still suffers from feelings of guilt about their parents deaths. I so wanted her and Connor to make it, but was worried Travis might want Stephanie for more than song writing and singing….he needed someone to keep him at the top, as since winning a best songwriter competition he’s done nothing, and the rumours about how he won it are getting stronger.
Its a great story, I loved seeing how the earlier characters have progressed and it made for a fun read. What I missed though was the sadness, the part where it all trips up. There was a glimpse of disaster but it never quite got to that point where I wondered if it would all fall apart, if all would come right after everything that had passed. There’s so much in the story though that this is really a minor glitch, and though I always love the sad parts, the drama that comes with them and the happiness when all works out, it almost made it to five stars without it.
Its a great read, full of people that feel genuine, and I absorbed that small town music atmosphere that Nashville ought to feel. It made for a well connected story, where what happened felt very realistic, and I could imagine it and feel myself there with the characters.
Stars: Four and a half. I just needed a little more of the sadness to balance all the good parts, the happiness for a five. That’s me though – I’m drawn to melancholy…so long as there’s a happy ending after it.
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers.

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