Dominion of the Star by Angelica Clyman

tumblr_n6hno2qixr1sfxmouo1_500Dominion of the Star (Descendants of the Fallen Book 1) by [Clyman, Angelica]

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars


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The totality of a solar eclipse lasts only a few short minutes. That’s more than enough time for an apocalypse to erupt.
Almost eighteen years have passed since the Eclipse changed the Earth forever, and Sebastian Za’in rose from the chaos and seized control, imposing his order on the broken planet. In a world ruled by fear and superstition, where all gods have perished, there is no one who can stand up to Za’in, the man rumored to be one of the Nephilim—hybrid offspring of Angel and Man. In a few short months, another Eclipse will occur, and while there are those who expect a new natural disaster, Za’in has plans of his own . . .
Completely unaware of this global turmoil, Kayla Steelryn has spent most of her life in a quiet village, longing to uncover her hidden past. When she leaves her home in search of answers, she finds herself faced with the truth about her identity, forced to choose between the two men she loves, and thrust into a conflict where she alone has the power to stop an event more disastrous than the end of the world
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The Night is Far Gone by Tim Jorgenson

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars


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It is 1912 when a gentleman arrives at the gateway to the imperial hunting lodge known as Spala in Polish Russia. But Charles Sydney Gibbes is not just any gentleman—he is the Romanov family’s English tutor. Nicholas II, the most powerful and wealthy monarch of modern times, rules a nation spread across eleven time zones. Gibbes, who serves as English tutor to the Romanov children, has already gained the family’s affection. But as Gibbes dutifully teaches, a strange holy man begins orchestrating a chain of events that eventually lead to the loss of a war and the family’s wealth, their murders eight years later, and the abolishment of the monarchy. As Gibbes discovers the price of his loyalty, he also realizes that even when the book of history closes, the book of life never ends. The Night is Far Gone shares the historical tale of an imperial Russian family, its patriarch, and their loyal English tutor as they all attempt to find their way in a chaotic world.  Continue reading

Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry

tumblr_n6hno2qixr1sfxmouo1_500Beneath Pale Water by [Henry, Thalia]

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My rating: 4/5 stars


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Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand’s southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals – a sculptor, a vagrant and a model – who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable – both physically and emotionally – to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free – or destroy them. Continue reading

The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal

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The Unexpected son was unexpectedly well. I was surprised how well-woven the story was. It is an Indian-American tale and so that contrast in cultures was quite visible in the premise. What I liked about the book was its realism even when the plot bordered on being unrealistic. The characters have normal behaviourism and they weren’t idealistic. I loved how the protagonist could be irrational and super-emotional at times, unlike the usual female characters in books. The old lies and past history that turned up to make the story intriguing is really what saved the book from being boring. The story revolves around a middle-class family living in Jersey but one day, Vinita, our protagonist gets a letter that her son is dying. The interesting part is that she only has her husband and daughter in her family. As for the prose, I didn’t find anything too magnificent but it was a good enough book for some light reading. The book is fast-paced and not too big so it can easily be finished in one sitting. The cover, I believe could have been better but that is because I am generally against having models in book covers. I would much rather imagine what the characters look like.

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Screamcatcher: Web World by Christy J Breedlove

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My Rating: 4/5 stars


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Four sleepover teenagers get sucked into a nightmarish world when an ancient dream catcher implodes and lands them in a realm of demonic and monstrous entities. Have they gone to hell? They must search for the light, the center of the web, the opening where all good things are allowed to pass. Their survival depends upon it. Continue reading