Child of Intention by Amrita Mohanty

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My ratings: 4/5 stars

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The Fae have left earth to humankind many millennia ago, dividing the sister worlds of Beluvial and Earth with the Great Veil. While man has long forgotten their shared history, the Fae have cautiously watched the human world. Keirin, one of the High Fae, has been tasked with monitoring a rare human that unknowingly holds traces of Fae blood. While the Fae world has existed in relative peace for centuries, it has not gone unnoticed that magic has been changing. Over the centuries and the Gods and Goddesses are growing quiet. When Keirin’s charge, Amara, begins displaying signs of transforming into one of the High Fae, he must find a way to protect her while answering the question of why the Fae Gods would choose to favour a human.

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Amberly and the Secret of the Fairy Warriors by Gina Vallance , Rhonda Hayter

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars


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Twelve-year-old Amberly doesn’t quite fit in with all the other fairies in Whimsical Land. One of her wings is undersized and paralyzed and instead of flying she has to run and leap through the air with the help of a stick. It’s awkward, it’s no fun, and she sometimes gets bullied for it, too. Worse than that, her mother worries about her disability and won’t let her take sword-fighting lessons with her sorcerer uncle. But Amberly’s been reading a fascinating book, Secret of the Fairy Warriors, and it’s given her a clue to where her father disappeared when she was a young fairy. 

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Sea of Shadows (Strands of Existence #2) by Aino Lahteva

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My Ratings: 5/5 stars

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Parts of Istrae’s past are now known to her but not all her deeds. How will the knowledge shape her future amidst the struggle for dominance over the city? Rime stands by her and Governor Laukas unwavering, though something worrying is showing through the cracks. Riestel seems to have calmed after his meltdown and is taking a well-earned break from acting like a colossal jerk which may be more unnerving than the usual routine. The city might soon be a battleground. What will be left for the winning side after the dust settles?

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Mockingbird at Midnight by Grayson LaGrange

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My Ratings: 3/5 stars

Book Blurb:

Love and lust in a country setting.

My Review:

One thing that stood out for me about this novella was that the writing style seemed to change with the narration of different characters. While writing about a character with a higher emotional quotient, the prose would have more depth and while showing a snippet of the lives of much shallower characters, the writing would be frivolous. It made the transition feel realistic, as if I got to sneak a peek into the lives of these people. But the farther I read, the more repulsed I became. Sometimes the language was plain crude, and sometimes the matter being discussed made my blood boil. It made me furious to think about the way Bobby or Lloyd or even Charlotte talked about Amber, as if she wasn’t an individual at all. But even though I was mad at the characters, I couldn’t stop reading.

Okay, now that I am done reading it, I feel like the female characters were written out to be too shallow and the male characters, though outrightly crass were made out to have more depth, simply by way of mentioning their “loneliness”. 

The Pod Tower by Pete Alexander

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It’s the winter of 2057—the coldest for nine years. For failed family man Marcus Calvert, however, there are other matters on his mind.
Mistrustful of his government and cynical about change, he has chosen to live beyond the Outer Zones, free from the digital age and a world he no longer feels any affinity towards.
But now his son’s future looks bleak, threatened by the very secrecy that even now still surrounds his family’s past.
Amid rumours that his own idyllic lifestyle is under threat, Calvert begins a search for the truth, only to discover that everything he has learned since early childhood has been a lie.
On the horizon, Mother City casts its shadow over Sector 21, one he has spent the last twenty years determined to avoid.
But time is fast running out, and that option looks set to expire.

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The Way things happen by John Cravens

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

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In the spring of 2016 in Paris after the Bataclan terrorist attacks of winter, Taci, of Ethiopian descent, and Eliana Kiều, of Vietnamese-French heritage, both university students and forming what they believe is a secure relationship, meet David Wilson, a young American expat architect. What begins as their exceptional afternoon together develops into a romance between Taci and David when Elaina becomes involved with one of her professors. The burden of a recent tragedy that David is attempting to dispel through the distractions of Paris is partially suppressed, for a time, by his infatuation with Taci, until the dynamic between these three young and vulnerable people takes on an unexpected power, as springtime becomes summer

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A New Day Dawns: My Solo Journey Into West Africa by Terry Lister

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

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In his first book, Immersed in West Africa, Terry Lister took readers on a harrowing West African adventure in Senegal, Mauritania, the Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. In A New Day Dawns, the second installment of the Travels With Terry Series, he takes us to the edge as he ventures into Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

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The Spirit of a Rising Sun by K.R Galindez

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My ratings: 5/5 stars


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Rebellion is always right.

Oyza yearns for revolution—an impossible dream with her lifetime prison sentence. Fueled by the destruction of her home and years of servitude, she reads the smuggled texts of the Ungoverned and dreams of a future that can never be. But the arrival of a new prisoner, Yars, reignites Oyza’s courage. She finds herself capable of more than she ever imagined.

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H2LIFTSHIPS- BACKSTORY BY BOB FREEMAN

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The back-story for H2LiftShips, following our intrepid sentients in the void, the Luna Casino, and the Asteroids, with a little old school schooling and celebrations. This is where we fill in the answers to some of your questions..

  • How did an asteroid citizen, born and bred, learn to drive a sports-car on Earth?
  • What happens to you after being abandoned on a divorce asteroid?
  • Why is Jack so afraid of prison? What traumatized that poor little puppy?
  • Are the bioGels sentient? And are they plotting against their owners?
  • What does it take to be a SolarSail Captain?
  • Do octopuses really think that they are better than the terrestrials?
    • (spoiler, yes they do)

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