Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The Sacred Quest Trilogy by Skarlet Lu Realta

The Sacred Quest Trilogy (3 Book Series) by  Skarlet Lu Realta

From Amazon

The Quest Begins (Book 1)

When Louise uncovers a dark secret in an age-old Scottish castle, one that tore her from her mighty alchemist lover ‘Magus’ of an age long-past, her world shatters. Leaving the castle with a mysterious coded ring on her finger, she is catapulted headlong onto a thrilling deadly quest through a world of synchronistic supernatural magic to attempt to reunite with the Magus once more and complete what they once began. As she begins to recall and write the alchemy of their epic story, the ceremonial temple blood magic that binds them is unleashed as are the story’s characters and events which uncannily come to life, leading her on an incredible trail through quantum time to come face to face with the terror that once tore them apart.

The Flight of the Eagle (Book 2)

A name older than time. An initiation of ancient magik. A deadly truth.

The veils of reality pull back further as the Magus leads Louise back through time to show her the ancient magik he once taught her. 

Once, Louise was a mighty mage and her name was Ahqulieah. As the Magus insists she takes this name once more, the long-lost ancient magik of a name older than time is unleashed. Seven key initiations of alchemy shatter her understanding of reality while the deadly age-old enemy follows her across time, stalking her from the shadows ready to strike. Who or what is it really?

The stakes get higher as a dawning, terrifying realisation takes hold. What great secret will Louise and the Magus unleash if they succeed in reuniting to complete what they once began?
Return of the Magus (Book 3)

Ceremonial blood magik. A timeless cipher. A devastating choice.

As the race to return the Magus to earth hits a crescendo, the staggering truth of who he and Ahqulieah really are emerges. The ceremonial blood magic that binds them works its magic, igniting a highly engineered alchemical plan they once created together. This plan was designed for a single purpose; To join and fuse two worlds in order to create a new human.

The deadly ancient enemy finally reveals its harrowing identity as it wages the ultimate psychological, mind controlling war. The horrifying truth of its real control over Ahqulieah and the Magus, and over all of creation, becomes apparent in epic revelations.

As the gates of time and mortality come crashing down, Ahqulieah is faced with the devastating life or death choice she must now make in order to reunite with the man she has loved for eternity.

Nothing is what it seems.
My thoughts

The Sacred Quest trilogy will take you on a journey across many countries and depicts many religions, ancient civilizations and customs.

Louise is  married with children, her marriage is not an altogether happy one. As her marriage appears to draw to a close for several reasons. Louise begins a journey, she is on a quest to find someone, the Magus. Is he real or is he imaginary? Of this she is not sure, he is there when she is awake and also in her dreams.

Will Louise ever discover the true identity of the Magus and if he actually exists, to find this out you need to enter her world. A world shrouded in mystery, religion, alchemy and supernatural occurrences.

I enjoyed the trilogy and found it very thought provoking. It's clear to see that the Author has a passion for this subject matter and the trilogy is littered with descriptive passages that I felt had been well researched. If you like reading unusual and quirky then this is the perfect read for you. It will blow your mind at times and at others you'll be wondering what's going to happen next.

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Twelve by D.E. McCluskey

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From Goodreads

Sometimes the past can come back to haunt you...

John Rydell was 4000 miles away when he got the phone call from his wife, 'John there's someone in the house.'

By the time he was home, tragedy had struck. A tragedy that threatened to engulf him, bringing back long forgotten and repressed memories of his days at university.

Now some of his old friends are dying, one by one. They are found gutted, disembowelled, ruined. There were twelve of them back in university, and there were twelve of them for a reason. 

My thoughts

Thanks to the Author and Publisher for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review. I gave this a strong 4 stars or 8/10.

Whilst John is away with work he gets a message from Gill his wife, telling him that she thinks there is someone in the house. He feels at a loss and helpless with being so far away. John Rydell and his wife Gill met at University and along with 10 other friends formed a friendship group called The Twelve and there could only be twelve of them for a reason.

The story is told as a dual time frame story, set in the present and the past (while they were all at University together). The chapters are small and the encouragement is there to keep you reading just that one more chapter, as the story draws you in. The premise was interesting and had me hooked from the start. As his old University friends are dying off one by one, they all have one thing in common. They are all dying the same way as each other, why is this happening and who is doing it? With a great mix of both narrative and descriptive passages the story sets the scenes well.

I enjoyed this story and my only niggle was that it could have done with slightly better editing, as I found myself correcting things as I read. This did spoil my enjoyment of the story a little. However, it won't put me off reading other books by this Author.

This book is ideal for fans of James Herbert and Stephen King, it's a great modern horror story that will keep you thinking.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Flight of the Eagle (The Sacred Quest Trilogy #2) by Skarlet Lu Realta

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From Goodreads

As this supernatural magic thriller deepens, the cryptic secrets of a strange language and trail of clues left by the Magus across time deepens. The Magus continues to haunt Louise’s sleeping and waking hours in his relentless pursuit for her to call him back to her across time while the sinister events surrounding their true magic identity and traumatic parting unravel. As the Magus reveals seven principles of alchemy, ancient temple magic, a far deeper and supernatural magical reality than she had ever previously suspected to exist emerges yet with it, a great terror. The thrilling quest for the truth of their alchemy and destined reunion intensifies while the menacing darkness that stalks them crosses dimensions of time to thwart them once more. What great secret will she and the Magus unleash if they succeed in reuniting to complete what they once began? 

My thoughts

My thanks to the Author via TBConFB for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. I gave this an 8/10 or 4 stars.

This is the second in The Sacred Quest Trilogy that continues on where The Quest Begins, the first book finished.

As the plot thickens and Louise becomes more involved in finding out her true destiny, past secrets are unveiled slowly to her. The story sees her travelling the world in order to uncover links that are based on varying themes. The Magus is keen for her to follow what at times appears to be a predestined route that hopefully will find him as her pot of gold. Louise is faced with many different men and at each turn, she is wondering which if any of them will be the true likeness of the Magus. How will she ever know? Will she ever find him?

The only way that the Sacred Quest that Louise is on will be solved, is to grab the final instalment The Return of the Magus and read on to find out how the story is drawn to its conclusion.

I enjoyed this second story on the whole, at times I was slightly confused as all the travelling from one Country to another did seem to merge into one a little, with no reference to it until Louise was actually there. Having said that, all the travel is relevant to the story. I am very intrigued to see where the Author is taking us. I feel that the Author has done a lot of research into the subject matter of the underlying story and at times it's quite informative.

Read on dear reader, read on, as I am going to do with the third story.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Quest Begins (The Sacred Quest Trilogy #1) by Skarlet Lu Realta

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From Goodreads

When Louise uncovers a dark secret in an age-old Scottish castle, one that tore her from her mighty alchemist lover ‘Magus’ of an age long-past, her world shatters. Leaving the castle with a mysterious coded ring on her finger, she is catapulted headlong onto a thrilling deadly quest through a world of synchronistic supernatural magic to attempt to reunite with the Magus once more and complete what they once began. As she begins to recall and write the alchemy of their epic story, the ceremonial temple blood magic that binds them is unleashed as are the story’s characters and events which uncannily come to life, leading her on an incredible trail through quantum time to come face to face with the terror that once tore them apart.

My thoughts

My thanks to the Author, Publisher and TBConFB for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

Firstly, I've got to say that this book fits into one of the many genres that I love reading. The story has it all romance, secrets, magical scenes, fantasy, dual time frame and supernatural elements and so much more.

I loved the story and have given it a 4.5 stars or 9/10 it sets the scene for the following two parts of The Sacred Quest trilogy. It reads really well and is well written, told in small chapters the story beckons you in to read just that one more and then one more.

I want to find out more about Louise and the Magus, by doing so we will find out where the Author is taking us on this journey. The scene has been nicely set and I for one am totally enthralled. Bring on the rest of the series.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Ghost in the Park (Unruly Ghost Mysteries #1) by Julianne Q. Johnson

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From Goodreads

A killer, a ghost, and a cat named Billy.


Bryce's favorite student has fallen prey to a vicious killer. He's a mild-mannered college professor, but Bryce feels compelled to use his psychic insight and ability to talk to the dead to bring this murderer to justice. Enter Elizabeth. This ghost is distracting, pushy, and eighteen years old. While she needles Bryce to change his hermit ways, she also shows abilities that will aid him in his search for the serial killer. In the end, he'll discover why Elizabeth is not your average ghost. 
My thoughts
My thanks to the Author via the Publisher and TBConFB for an opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review. I gave this a 4 stars or 8/10.
I have to admit that I struggled a little at first with this one and put it to one side for a while. However, once I went back to it I found it a thoroughly engaging and well written refreshing read.
Bryce is a college professor, who writes in his free time. He also has some psychic awareness and is able to communicate with the dead, this is not always a blessing though. Elizabeth, is only 18 years old, she is very distracting and pushy. She is unusual in more ways than one, she has the ability to communicate with Bryce, but there is more to her than that. She wants Bryce to want more from his seemingly solitary life. As Bryce becomes aware of events that have happened, he feels destined to help with the aid of his ghostly acquaintances. 
The Author has the ability to deliver many things in her writing. She is able to deliver a character driven story that has humour, romance, quirkiness, paranormal hints and above all a case to solve. With the help of Bryce, Elizabeth and the secondary characters all of these are achieved to varying degrees throughout the story. This is the first book in the Unruly Ghost Mysteries thriller series. I will be reading the rest of the series in due course and look forward to see how the characters develop with each successive book.
If you're getting a little tired of the normal thriller style stories, then grab yourself a copy of this as it's a refreshing change to the norm. 

Friday, 13 April 2018

My Gift to You by Tracie Delaney

My Gift To You
From Goodreads
When your world is shrouded by darkness and solitude, how do you find the light?
For heartbroken Livvy Hayes the world went dark two years ago when tragedy struck.
With her life in tatters, she flees to California where an unexpected meeting brings handsome businessman Gabe Mitchell into her life.
Gabe loves a challenge and Livvy is his newest endeavor. Her broken spirit calls to him, begging to be healed. And who knows, she might be the one to heal him too.
Can he persuade her to take a chance on him—and convince her that, together, they have a future?
Or will fate intervene and destroy them both?
My Gift To You is a heartfelt and powerfully touching stand-alone novel. Grab your copy now. 

My thoughts

My thanks to the Author via TBConFB for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Originally I gave this a 4 star, however on reflection I have decided to change that to a 4.5 star or 9/10.

This is the first book that I`ve read by Tracie Delaney and if her other work is as good, then I`ve a treat in store when I get the chance to read the rest.

Livvy Hayes's life entered a dark time two years ago when tragedy struck. A chance meeting one day with Gabe Mitchell, sets off a chain of events that sees Gabe trying to help turn Livvy's life around.
As Gabe takes on the challenge of trying to make life brighter for Livvy, they begin to learn that perhaps they both have secrets and both are in a similar situation in their lives.

Can Gabe and Livvy heal one another or will fate destroy them both?

I really enjoyed the writing style, the rollercoaster relationship between Livvy and Gabe was a joy to read and you almost felt as if you were going through the experiences with them. Whilst, there are a few raunchy passages they are handled very well and are in no way gratuitous they add to the story.

Please have tissues to hand when reading this, as you're bound to need them as I'm sure that the story will affect you in much the same way that it did me. You'll have moments of happiness and moments of sadness, this is a well written romance that'll take you on a journey that you'll be glad you went on.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

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From Goodreads

Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo. An only child, he lives alone with Emilie, the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity. He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age, talented and mercurial Anton Zweibel, a budding concert pianist. The novel follows Gustav’s family, tracing the roots of his mother’s anti-Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend.

Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience, and forward through the lives and careers of Gustav and Anton, The Gustav Sonata explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it's lost, transformed, and regained over a lifetime. It's a powerful and deeply moving addition to the beloved oeuvre of one of our greatest contemporary novelists.
My thoughts
This was my local Library reading group read and perhaps, if it hadn't been I might not have been tempted to pick it up. The cover isn't very enticing, however I'm not one that always judges a book on it's cover. The blurb on the back might have sold it to me though.
Predominantly this story is about the friendship between Gustav and Anton. We first meet them as children. Gustav has a strange life as a child, but meeting Anton helps give his life some normality.
As the story goes back in time, we the reader learn about the way of life of Gustav and Anton's parents and the effects that the second world war had on them. The story focuses more on Gustav's family with Anton's playing a minor part. This then has repercussions on the lives of their children, Gustav and Anton.
Can a friendship that is forged in childhood, stand the test of time and follow on through one's life?
I found this a quirky read at times, whilst it had historical references it's also quite a contemporary read too. Friendships and relationships can be tricky things and don't always last through life. The friendship between Gustav and Anton isn't always a close one, but that's often how friendships go. I enjoyed the writing style and found that the characters Gustav and Anton were well suited with similar interests as youngsters following on into their early teenage years.