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Some great Sci-fi and Fantasy reads on KU for Christmas

Some terrific sci-fi and Fantasy reads on KU for a limited time. I’ve read a few. Great way to escape mentally from all the Xmas  bickering and family arguments joy and goodwill.

Link – https://t.co/FZYzNwUXTf

This series I love and they are all currently on KU – The QUENTIN BLACK MYSTERY books

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Shadow Wings, (Skeleton Key), J.C. Andrijeski

Shadow Wings, (Skeleton Key), J.C. Andrijeski

Shadow WIngs (Skeleton Key) by [Andrijeski, JC, Key, Skeleton]

Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi and fantasy
Skeleton Key Book Series
One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.
https://skeletonkeybookseries.com

One magical key.
The turn of a lock.
An adventure of a lifetime.

The Skeleton Key finds those who are brave enough. Curious enough. Crazy enough. It only needs an unsuspecting hand and inconspicuous door. Magic uncoils and where the door leads, no one knows. The one way to discover the truth is to step through into a world of the exotic and untold.

If you dare to dream the impossible…
Prepare yourself.
Unlock the Skeleton Key adventures
An intriguing concept, 28 different authors writing a story based around the same subject, the Skeleton Key. I love JCA’s writing style so was keen to read this one.

I enjoyed the story, a lot, but it wasn’t anywhere near the pleasure I have from reading Allie’s War, the Morph books  or the fabulous Black series. Raguel is just not Revik!! or Black…. Those books have a much deeper feel, more intese and solid reading. Everything  in this is good and easy to read but its kind of JCA Lite to me compared to the others.
Its a fun story, scary in parts thinking how easily the Russia described could be – in fact probably is – very much like the Russia in this book.
I liked the characters, the very moral Ilana, one of those people who do things because they believe in the rightness of them, not just because its a job, a paycheque. She believes in what she’s doing, genuinely feels as if she wants to make her Russia a better place, but she’s not blind to the corruption and the craze for power that some people fall prey to.
Then she meets Raguel, and she’s puzzled. He seems like a straight forward mental patient, but then he knows things about her he shouldn’t and how does he? She’s puzzled, doesn’t feel he’s the fruit loop others seem to be convinced of, and when he indicates he can help her with her quest to find the murderer she talks to him. What he tells her though though is something she finds impossible to believe..until she sees the key and its reaction to Raguel…

A  fun read, and one I enjoyed and would like to read some of the other stories when there’s time…its always way though, isn’t it – so many books so little time.

Stars: Four, an enjoyable read and it will be interesting to see what approach other authors take.

ARC supplied by author

London: Allie’s War Early Years J.C. Andrijeski

 

London: Allie’s War Early Years J.C. Andrijeski
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

This is a great read – of course I would say that as it’s featuring the great Revik, that man is just so….well…anything that has more of him is a must read for me. I love the AW series, and the relationship between Allie and Revik is sensual and incredibly complicated.
In London we see him while she’s still living and thinking she’s human, and Revik is guarding her, watching over her unseen and slowly falling in love though he was determined not to like her. Her birth heralded his former relationship ending, as he and his lover were needed for different duties. He resented her birth, and yet having watched her from afar since she was seven he’s slowly become to love her. Its a tough job though, and as his attachment has become more personal its harder to keep to the policy of non intervention. The Seer Council want her to grow up feeling empathy with humans, and there’s one horrific incident where their orders conflict with what Revik wants to do, and thus starts a long and complex period for both of them. Its a fascinating world and yet though its futuristic it feels so real. Here I was thinking about this non intervention policy and wondering  how far can you simply observe and let things go?  That’s where Revik and the Council are different – they’re looking at Allie as a subject and thinking of the end result, the overall good, while Revik is seeing her as a person, who can be hurt both mentally and physically. What happened had such huge repercussions for him – that man has been through so much in his life already I really felt for him, and the conversation at the end with the lady at the uni function – ( Miranda?) comparing him to the Revik she met a few months previously shows just how much it had affected him.
A great read and though JC classes these as Novellas they’re longer than many supposed full length stories. This one is 275 pages for just 99p. Great for those like me who want a story to get totally lost and engrossed in.
Stars: five, another great read
ARC supplied by authors

Psychic Storm, C.J. Ellisson , Deanna Chase , Dale Mayer , Heather Topham Wood, Hazel Hunter , Jesi Lea Ryan, J.C. Andrijeski , April Aasheim , Morgan Hannah MacDonald, Jordan Castillo Price

Psychic Storm,  C.J. Ellisson , Deanna Chase , Dale Mayer , Heather Topham Wood, Hazel Hunter , Jesi Lea Ryan, J.C. Andrijeski , April Aasheim  , Morgan Hannah MacDonald, Jordan Castillo Price
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Thriller, Suspense Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy

Wow – these multi author bundles are a great way to try out new authors at a bargain price, over 2,000 pages in this one. Of course this one was a must for me as its got a new Allie’s War story, featuring the great Revik, that man is just so….well…anything that has more of him is a must read for me. I love the AW series, and the relationship between Allie and Revik is sensual and incredibly complicated. Here we see him while she’s still living and thinking she’s human and Revik is guarding her, watching over her unseen and slowly falling in love though he was determined not to like her. Her birth heralded his former relationship ending, as he and his lover were needed for different duties. He resented her birth, and yet having watched her from afar since she was seven he’s slowly become to love her. Its a tough job though, and as his attachment has become more personal its harder to keep to the policy of non intervention. The Seer Council want her to grow up feeling empathy with humans, and there’s one horrific incident where their orders conflict with what Revik wants to do, and thus starts a long and complex period for both of them. Its a fascinating world and yet though its futuristic it feels so real. Here I was thinking about this non intervention policy and wondering  how far can you simply observe and let things go?  That’s where Revik and the Council are different – they’re looking at Allie as a subject and thinking of the end result, the overall good, while Revik is seeing her as a person, who can be hurt both mentally and physically. What happened had such huge repercussions for him – that man has been through so much in his life already I really felt for him, and the conversation at the end with the lady at the uni function – ( Miranda?) comparing him to the Revik she met a few months previously shows just how much it had affected him. A great read and though JC classes these as Novellas they’re longer than many supposed full length stories. Great for those like me who want a story to get totally lost and engrossed in.

Of the other novels I’ve read  Dale Mayer’s Tuesday’s Child, a long while back when it was first out, and now see there’s many more so they’ll go on my wish list, plus of course the fabulous  Deanna Chase’s Haunted on Bourbon Street, same thing, read it back when it was first out, and it’s on my list to read the rest when time allows. I read the Ellison book but that one wasn’t for me sadly – that’s how it goes, and that’s what’s so good about the chance to try different authors and styles in bundles like this. I’d have been interested in the Castillo Price book if it was longer, but at under 100 pages its not for me, and the same for the Hunter novel. I’ve bought book one of Heather Topham Woods novel – its currently free and book two is on here so that’s a great start, and am intrigued by the Jesi Lee Ryan book, but think at 40,000 words that’s probably too short for me. I’m definitely intrigued by the Morgan Hannah Macdonald book too – its so great to see new ( to me) authors, where if I find I like their style there’s lots of new books for me to read. Time – that’s the biggest stumbling block  so many books, so little time. I’d just got my TBR list down to manageable proportions and now its way back up again!!

Stars: Five, its a great bundle for anyone who loves fantasy/paranormal and a way to try out new authors at bargain price.
ARC supplied by authors.

Crash Morph, J C Andrijeski

Crash Morph (The Gate Shifter Series Book 2)

 

Crash Morph, J C Andrijeski
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Sci-fi, Fantasy, Urban fiction.
It’s no secret Allie’s War is one of my all time favourite series, so I was excited to read of a new one coming out, Gate Shifters. I loved book one, and quickly got into the new world JC has written. Dakota and Nik are tow very different people, and yet from the moment they met there’s been an underlying sizzling attraction. Dakota, spunky human PI, and Nik an ..alien? person from another world? It’s kind of hard to categorise what Morph’s are – they’re complex shape shifters who can take on human form, and have a complication in the form of a Lock, a connection that’s fixed with another person that controls when they can shift, and allows things such as telepathic communication and ability to feel each others emptions. That’s where this reminded me of Allie and Revik, ( ah, Revik…swoon) that close connection…and now that they’re back on earth – along with a couple of hundred other Morph – they need that connection. Dakota has got a contract out on her, the Ted Bundy character she fell foul of right in the beginning is out to get her, and of course Razmun, terrorist leader of the other Morph wants to use her to control Nik. He needs Nik’s ability to open gates for the group to escape, but creating one large enough for all of them isn’t easy. Nik is the only one capable of  doing it, and it’s going to be hard for him especially as they need to hide it, and how can you hide a huge stone construct on a golf course, the place it needs to be…While Nik is researching that they need to lie low, and keep Nik out of Government eyes. What Dakota went through on Nik’s planet is close to what will happen to Nik here. Dakota and lie low though, that’s hard. She needs to earn money and her long time friend Gantry, ex part time lover, comes up with a job for her that looks straightforward but brings her into great danger.
Nik, he’s changed since we first met him but still has trouble with human ways, such as not discussing sex and erections with everyone at breakfast! Gantry is still very suspicious of him, and to me he’s jealous too of what he shares with Dakota. Nik too is jealous of Gantry and very protective of Dakota, he worries about her safety and wants to be with her all the time, but its just not possible. Jake, her brother is back, he’s always on the lookout for someone new, rich and able to take care of him. Male or female he doesn’t worry, he’s an equal opportunity lover. Its how he lives, touring the world with whatever rich person wants him at the time. He’s fascinated by Nik and very attracted to him, loving the way Nik is so innocent of the intricacies of human life, and Dakota gets really irritated at the way he’s so openly admiring of Nik. Irene, she owns the house where they’re all currently staying and is the back force to the PI part of Dakota’s life. She does all the research, the internet investigations on people and places, while Dakota does the field work. Gantry has his own crew, and is helping Dakota and Nik while they work out what to do.
Its scary seeing Razmun playing human and as a would be Politician. Its similar to what he did on their home planet, and he’s very good in the public eye. Knowing how much he hates humans ( they’ve enslaved and controlled Morph as little more than useful pets for generations so its understandable) Dakota is worried about what he’s doing. They need to find that out, find out how to construct a gate, find out where the others are, and if they’re willing to leave if they can get the means for it sorted. All the while trying to keep Nik away from official eyes, and keep Dakota safe from those out to harm her – its not an easy task.
Once again its a terrific read. It doesn’t have the open sexuality of the AW series, but Nik and Dakota are getting closer and there are some very sensual interludes. This novel takes place on earth and its scary how real it feels, and how easy it would be for it to happen. I can just see what would happen to Nik if Gov officials got to him as happening in real life – testing as if he’s sub human, treated along the lines of animal sentience not human sentience. It would be a “ greater good “ argument not a humanity/cruelty one they’d use, and that’s really sad..anyway enough of my ramblings, if you loved AW you’ll love this. Its less complex in world building and characters but the same imaginative and gripping storylines, where you just have to know more, to know what’s going to happen next and wonder how the heck JC is going to get them out of danger once again.
Stars: Five, fantastic read, and I’m looking forward to what happens next. Unlike the AW series these can be read as stand-alone books, though I think it’s best to read book one first and they are great value for money. Definitely a keeper for re reading.
ARC supplied by author

Allie’s War special offer price. this weekend only

 

For this weekend only to celebrate the release of the latest book Prophet, the whole series are on special offer and well worth buying. Each book is arong 700 pages or so and a real bargain. This offer is for the complete books – Shield, War, Bridge etc and the first book Rook is still free.there are additonal books featuring specific characters which add a great insight into them and are worth reading alongside the series.

Pick up the whole series while you can, its one you won’t regret if you enjoy an in depth, thinking readers paranormal novel with a plots that are earth changing and dangerous, darkly involved and complex, and has a  romance thats never sickly, never “sweet” but raw, erotic and at times heartbreaking.

You can see my review of the series so far here

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/rook-allies-war-book-one-jc-andrijeski/

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/shield-allies-war-book-two-jc-andrijeski/

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/sword-allies-war-book-three-j-c-andreski/

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/shadow-allies-war-book-four-j-c-andreski/

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/allies-war-knight-j-c-andrijeski/

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/war-allies-war-episodes-24-27-jc-andrijeski/

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/bridge-allies-war-episodes-28-31-jc-andrijeski/

https://jeanniezelos.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/prophet-allies-war-episodes-32-36-allies-war-8-j-c-andrijeski/

Allie’s War, An Urban Fantasy: Episode 33, J.C. Andrijeski

Allie's War, An Urban Fantasy: Episode 33

 

Allie’s War, An Urban Fantasy: Episode 33,  J.C. Andrijeski
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
So, its no secret by now how much I LOVE this series. I was really surprised by that as its totally outside what I thought I enjoy, and yet its got me hooked, waiting anxiously for what happens next.
Its a riveting story, but what makes it for me is the connection between Allie and Revik, a romance that’s not sweet and gentle, but full of sparks, arguments, tough decisions and some incredibly hot sex! They are two incredibly strong willed people that bat heads constantly, and really circumstances have never given them time to just be together without external pressures in the usual Seer way. . Revik’s in a difficult place, he’s a proud man, much older, has far more experience and yet its Allie that’s the Bridge, the prophesied leader, and every now and then she has to pull rank. He understands that but its tough sometimes, he wants to protect her – especially given the recent events where he thought she was dead, and he’s finding it a struggle coping with her being constantly in danger. He’s asked her for time, to let him adjust, to give him a bit more leeway in his insecurities than usual but I don’t think Allie realizes just how deep his fears go – of course his horrific background and changing personalities make it even harder for him. He’s so in love with her- she literally is his life – and yet sometimes his actions seem to push her away rather than draw her in. Its a tough line and I feel for them both. They are dealing with all this and still trying to keep one step ahead of Shadow to track down as many of the Listers as possible. There’s an unknown player too collecting Listers, and they don’t yet know if that’s for a good or bad purposes, as they’ve no idea who it is. In this episode some of the group, headed by Loki, are in Brooklyn when they manage to find Dante’s mother Gina. Gina is human and from the first there seems to be some kind of connection or attraction between Loki and her, though he’s trying hard to hide it. It leads to some good natured teasing from others in the group and was a good distraction from the continuous tension. Sometimes we need lighter moments in the story to reset ourselves from all that strain the group are under. On the way back Revik sends them off on another detour, which proves not to be straightforward… The rest of the instalment takes place on the carrier, and adds to the strive and tension between Allie and Revik when she’s in as secure a place he can put her but she still gets an unwelcome visitor….
Though I call these Instalments, they are as long as many novels at around 150 pages, and as the story is so complex these bite size parts help the reader to follow the story without getting too overloaded. I don’t usually like serialised novels as they just get started and then they’re over – usually they’re around 70 pages, but it works here with each being much longer and almost a complete section from the whole story. There’s a strong focus on Revik ( yum!) and Allie in this one, and that’s what I love best. Though I love this whole complex story, and its moved on so far from where it started, the main characters have been there throughout and that to me leads to a feeling of continuity, and the Revik/Allie story is what has me hooked. I want to know how the story ends, who’s left, what happens, and hope that a few  favourite characters make it through, but my main focus is Do Allie and Revik come through and are they still in love and together? I’ll be heartbroken if anything happens to either of them 😦 and in a past episode when Allie seemed to have died I was gutted! I’ve actually got the next two episodes on my kindle and have been keen to read them but I needed to get this review written before starting in the next one…so you know what today’s reading will be!!
Stars: Five, yet another stunning section.
ARC supplied by author.

NB: I was re reading a favourite novel yesterday Blood and Sand: An Elemental World Novel, Elizabeth Hunter and I realised how much Revik reminds me of the delicious alpha male protective Baojia in this book. Cleaerly I’m drawn to specific types

Revik: Early Years, (Allie’s War 6.5) , J.C. Andrijeski

 

Revik: Early Years, (Allie’s War 6.5) , J.C. Andrijeski
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Books in the Allie’s War series by JC Andrijeski:
Rook: Allie’s War Episodes 1-4
Shield: Allie’s War Episodes 5-8
Sword: Allie’s War Episodes 9-12
Shadow: Allie’s War Episodes 13-17
Knight: Allie’s War Episodes 18-23
War: Allie’s War Episodes 24-27
Bridge: Allie’s War Episodes 28-31
Prequel Books
New York: Allie’s War Early Years
Revik: Allie’s War Early Years
Terian: Allie’s War Early Years
I’ve been working my way through this series. Its a genre I never thought I’d enjoy and yet it has me gripped, fixed and desperate to find out where its going next. I think mainly because it focussed well on individual characters, and that’s what I love about novels best, those where we get to know people, feel as though they are real and go along with them in the story, feeling as they do at the time they are…Anyway, I read New York: Allie’s War Early Years after reading Shield, and it really helped get things in perspective. It’s free at the moment too so an excellent way to see the writing style and format without spending! I’ve just finished Knight and thought I’d read Revik and Terian before starting War…These are shorter than the main books at 132 pages compared to the 450 – 500 or so those are. Great for readers like me who love long novels!
So, Revik: this tells us some of his early years, he’s 80 in this book, and to be honest I almost didn’t recognise him…he’s very different to the Revik we know and love. He’s a real bad boy here, but caught in the clutches of the Rooks so that’s to be expected, they totally brainwash their people as we see in the main books, so that they can be shaped and used for their needs. He thinks he’s doing the right thing, but then meets Kali, the seer who will bear the Bridge later and who is prescient. She wants to meet Revik, tell him he needs to change. She forces him to take a look at himself, and he realizes he doesn’t like who and what he’s become. What can he do though?
A fabulous snippet of some of the experiences that show Revik prior to the person we know – and he undergoes so many changes its great to see some of what shaped him. There’s warnings about the content of this book, and if you find sex and some violence offensive take note. To me though this just adds to the whole feel, and is an essential part of the series, to leave it out would emasculate Revik and the novels as a whole.
Stars: what else but a five 🙂
ARC supplied via author

 

Allie’s War Knight, J C Andrijeski

 

Allie’s War Knight, J C Andrijeski

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.

Books in the Allie’s War series by JC Andrijeski: (episodes sold separately, too!)
Rook: Allie’s War Episodes 1-4
Shield: Allie’s War Episodes 5-8
Sword: Allie’s War Episodes 9-12
Shadow: Allie’s War Episosdes 13-17
Knight: Allie’s War Episodes 18-23
War: Allie’s War Episodes 24-27
Bridge: Allie’s War Episodes 28-31

Prequel Books
New York: Allie’s War Early Years
Revik: Allie’s War Early Years
Terian: Allie’s War Early Years

I love this series, now I’ve got in clear(ish!) in my head I can follow what’s happening so much better. Its still the personal parts and the personalities, rather than the battle scenes and plans that I enjoy best. I tend to skip the plans and battles, just skim reading them * blush* embarrassing…. but I do that with lots of books, wars and how they play out don’t move me but the people involved and what happens to them is really important to me.
Poor Allie; when I look back to book one she’s undergone such huge changes, both mentally and physically. Jon too has changed hugely, and in this book we see more of him and his thoughts. My heart breaks for him at one point – but there’s what came as a big surprise to me later in store for him 🙂 Allie and Revik finally get some time together and I loved that. They’ve had so many problems to overcome, Revik has undergone such a personality change but he feels more like the original Revik now. I love the interaction between him and Allie, they’re a well matched pair, and when we learn snippets from the past, such as when he was watching her when she thought she was just an “odd” human its really touching how he feels about her.
There’s the usual mix of plans working and plans going wrong, arguments and successes, Allie going out on a limb, Revik being his jealous self, more people out to get Allie, back stabbing, treachery, sometimes its hard to work out who really is on the “good” side, but finally I have worked out what the good side is!! It was great to keep up with some of the people I felt I was finally getting to know on a personal level, though even those are full of the unexpected at times. I love when Allie and Revik are together, that’s where their strength lies, and that’s what they need to do for themselves too, after all they seem to have spent more time apart than together, so to finally get them together through the whole book was a real treat. Plus of course it brings some hot sex scenes 🙂
Climatic ending too – not a real cliffhanger but something that’s been brewing for ages and has finally happened. It makes me wonder what JC has in store for the next book, this series is so full of the unexpected, so it’s hopeless trying to work it out in advance. Its a series that’s never dull, never predictable, incredibly complex and yet full of people and events that the reader can believe in. ….don’t try jumping in partway through – I think its one you need to read from book one to fully appreciate it.
Stars: as I said, this gets better and better so full five from me, and that’s from a type of read I never thought I’d enjoy!
ARC supplied by Author

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