The Immortal Chronicles by Sloane Murphy

REVIEW

This is a four book series that has to be read in consecutive order:

Descent, Crash, Soar, Rapture

Adelaide Tate, or Addie to her friends, has one goal in life – to join the Red Guard.  Since the Outbreak, humans have worked alongside the Fae and the Vampyrs to prevent the Demons from rising again.  From a young age Addie had dreamed of being the first human female to enter the Red Guard but when the time comes will she succeed or does fate and the Fae have a different future planned for her.

Addie is a kick-ass, no nonsense girl who, when the time comes, realises that there is more to her than what she has been lead to believe.    Xander Bane, a Fallen and head of House Bane, has always known there was something special about Addie and vowed to keep her safe.  But just who is he keeping her safe from?  Xander and Addie have a special love that transcends the Earthly realms but it is a forbidden love.

Through the course of the series there will be love, friendship, betrayal and heartache.

I was impressed with the first two books.  There was lots of action and character building, the plot line was intense and it felt that Addie would be able to shine in all her glory during the third and forth books, unfortunately I do not think this happened.  Don’t get me wrong the basis of the story was still strong but the characters just didn’t connect. To me Addie became very high maintenance and I wondered why any of the men (yes, there are multiple love interests) were in love with her, and the love/hate relationship she had with Xander became a bit annoying after a while. There were lots of secrets and mistrust between everyone and nobody seemed to know which side they should be on.  I think my biggest problem with books three and four is that Addie lost the strength of will she possessed in the first two books.  She took control of her demon but it was as though the demon never even existed later on.

Saying all that…the story was very interesting and exciting, and on the whole I did enjoy this series. I will read more by Sloane Murphy in the future.

Rating:  5/5 for books 1 & 2, 4/5 for books 3 & 4

Synopsis

Descent

Six hundred years after The Outbreak, the human population stand side by side with the Fae & the Vampyrs to stop the Demon King from starting a second Dark War.

Seventeen year old Adelaide Tate is in her last year of the Academy, with her eyes set on becoming part of the Red Guard.

Who cares that no female has ever joined?

When a dark force develops an unhealthy liking for her, Adelaide needs to fight for her life and figure out what makes her so different from the others.

Betrayal. Fear. Anger. 

She must overcome it all in order to turn her world the right way around again. 
Adelaide has one choice. Accept the help offered to her by Xander Bane, or face the Demon Hoard alone. 

One thing is for sure. The descent will be bloody.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31195632-descent)

Crash

Addie 

In that one moment everything changed. Everything I thought I knew shattered with just a few words.
Who knew the truth could be so devastating. 
I need to decide which side to take. But can I even trust myself?

Xander 

She’s gone, but I’ll scorch the earth to find her if that’s what it takes. 
I’ll call upon friend and foe for the battle that is to come. The fires of hell couldn’t keep me from her and whoever 
thinks they can take what is mine, is going to regret it for all time.

One thing is for sure. The Crash could ruin us all.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32680712-crash)

Soar

There is only so much one person can endure before they break. 

There was nothing I ever wanted less than to be Princess at the Royal Court. After devastation rocked my whole world, the return of my mother doesn’t seem like the dream it was supposed to be. 

I know how to be a warrior. I have no idea how to be a princess… 

With her whole world turned upside down, and her heart still broken, who will Addie be at the end of it all? 

Hearts can break, faith can plummet, but souls can Soar.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33410042-soar)

Rapture

I never wanted to lie to her, but I knew I couldn’t keep her safe if she knew. 
I hurt her, more than I ever wanted to and I have to live with that each day that I’m away from her. But one day she’ll know, that every day spent away from her was hell. 
Watching her move on. 
Watching her change. 
But it will all be worth it once she’s safe.
Even if she doesn’t know it, she is my Rapture. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36299802-rapture)

Clutch/Fledge/Flight – I Am Just Junco #1,2 & 3 Range/Magpie Bridge/Return – I Am Not Junco #4, 4.5, & 5 by J.A. Huss

REVIEW

An epic fantasy science fiction that delves into the realms of Angels, Demons, Humans and AI’s.

Junco Coot wants to be an normal girl, leading a normal life, falling in love, having children, pretty much what every girl on Earth will accomplish.  For Junco though, this is all just a dream.  From birth, Junco’s life has consisted of training, shooting and killing, not much time for love and Happy-Ever-Afters.  When she encounters Tier, an Avian from Amelia, her life takes a new turn.  Who can Junco trust? Who is really on her side? And what does the future hold besides death and destruction?

Junco is an adorable character.  I know this sounds strange considering what she is and I’m quite certain that many would not agree after reading the first three books, which is why it is imperative that all six books are read.  She wants to be loved. She wants normal where only chaos has reigned. And most of all she wants Tier. She opens up her heart to be loved and gives her love freely hoping that it will be returned.  Some call her gullible but I just think she was hopeful. Her relationship with Tier is strange, one minute they are trying to kill each other, then they are whispering words of love, but one thing is clear – they are made for each other.

I won’t deny that this entire story was quite confusing.  Do not read these books tired, you really don’t want miss anything because book six brings everything together and all the little pieces of information, the different encounters, the deceit, the lies and the secrets makes sense. A beautifully epic tale set in a futuristic world where the choices of one girl could save the human race from the Apocalypse.

These book are not what I would class as traditional romance.  If you are after lovey-dovey don’t look here.  If you want action, adventure, intrigue and a possible love connection that you are cheering for but not entirely hopeful it will last then you will love these books.

note to reader – some scenes within these books are quite graphic – Be Warned!

Rating – 

4/5      Just Junco

5/5      Not Junco

 

Synopsis

Clutch / Fledge / Flight

Nineteen year old Rural Republic sniper, Junco Coot, has been lied to. Not once or twice, but pretty much everyone she ever trusted is totally full of sh*t. And now her father is dead, she’s on the run, and everyone wants a piece of her—including one winged alien warrior named Tier.

But the truth always catches up and Junco has to choose who she should trust. The people who have lied and trained her to kill since she was a small child? Or the warriors who want to steal her away and use her as the catalyst in a plot to fight the final battle in an ancient war?

It’s a choice that will change her fate forever. And once it’s made—there’s no turning back. Life becomes nothing but brutal killing in the name of vengeance. But everything requires sacrifice—everything has a price. And Junco is about to find out what it means to dedicate herself to saving someone else.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584641-clutch-fledge-flight?from_search=true)

Range / Magpie Bridge / Return

Two years have passed since Inanna stole Junco away from Lucan. Two years of unimaginable pain. Two years of isolation, mutilation and torture. Two years of fear and loneliness in a morph tank. And that’s not something you just get over, even if you are psycho-sniper, Junco Coot.

Tier is desperately trying to hold everything together as the avian prepare for the return of the High Order, but Lucan is still holding his secrets close and no is sure what will happen if Junco doesn’t fulfil her role.

Tier, Lucan. Annun, Isten, Ashur, and all the players come together to make their final move in a game that spans thousands of years… but the end they so desperately want hinges on the shoulders of one insane girl with a rifle.

And while everyone knows what Junco is capable of now, no one can predict what she will do when she has to make that final choice.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28396889-i-am-not-junco-omnibus)

The Skeletons of Scarborough House – The Chapelwick Mysteries #1 by Kitty French

Melody Bittersweet is no ordinary woman.  Of course, she does everything that normal women do, she eats anything high in sugar, she fantasises about hot superhero sex, she has a cool best friend and at least one crazy family member, but where Melody is different is that – she can see ghosts!

When she turns twenty-seven, Melody decides that it’s time for a change.  She no longer wants to be a go between, a messenger if you will, for spirits to convey their final thoughts to their loved ones. She wants to help the living to eradicate pesky immortals who cause problems, and so she begins – The Girls Ghostbusting Agency.

On her first case she finds herself in direct competition with the one man who broke her heart and also a fellow ghost-seer, Leo Dark. Along with a non-believing reporter who is out to discredit her entire family, but also happens to be as sexy as hell, Melody is in for a bumpy ride.

REVIEW

Fantastically funny!

The whole concept is brilliantly put together and Melody is such a great character. Teaming up with her best friend Marina, Artie and a pug called Lestat, to form the Girls Ghostbusting Agency (yes, I know, Artie is not a girl but all will be explained when you read the book) leads to the investigation of Scarborough House.

The current owner is trying to sell but has a small issue with his buyers being scared out of their wits every time they enter the premise.  Following a T.V. broadcast by her ex-boyfriend, Leo, who is covering the ghostly going-on at Scarborough House, Melody decides to “lend a hand”.  Going head-to-head with Leo could be the beginning and the end of her agency but when she uncovers the reason for the current infestation of Scarborough spirits she knows she must uncover the truth to allow them the release they need.

A great who-done-it with comical undertones.

Looking forward to reading the next in the series –  Mystery at Maplemead Castle

Ascension of the Whyte – The Afterland Chronicles #1 by Karen Wrighton

She died. Normally that would be the end, nothing more. But for Sara Carson her life was just about to begin.  Everything she knew before is now forgotten. The land is strange, the people unfamiliar, and the powers intriguing – Cognitio, Morphology, Alchemy and Magica. Soon she would find that there is more to death than she ever believed possible.

 

REVIEW

Loved this book.  It was recommended to me by my husband who is friends with the author and, although it is not my usual read, I do enjoy trying something different from time to time.  It first struck me as very ‘Harry Potter’ish but as I read further and became more engrossed in the story that was soon put out of my mind.  The premise of the story is that once a year some people who have died are chosen to ascend to a different realm. The Ascendents are primarily of three different races who then specialise in one of the four powers.  Along comes Rose (Sara) who is from a race that hasn’t existed for over a thousand years and everything is thrown into turmoil.

As well as the differing powers and races, there are dragons, djinn, wolfmen and Twocasts. The story line is engaging and well written and had me picking up my kindle at every opportunity. There are friendships that are made, betrayals and losses. Happy times are few but when they do happen you can guarantee that Ash is somewhere in the mix – love his character.   There is no sexual content included and therefore makes this book suitable for a younger reading age, probably from around 13-14 upwards.  Although it is classed as young adult I think adults of any age who enjoy the fantasy genre would appreciate this series.

I will be reading book two very soon,  looking forward to seeing what happens with Rose and her cell.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Following the journey of Jonathan Harker, a solicitor from London, who embarks on a visit to Castle Dracula to finalise the purchase of a property in London.  During his stay, Harker encounters many strange and unexplainable events and fights for his very existence to escape.

Lucy Westenra and Mina Murray have been best friends for a long time. Mina is engaged to Jonathan Harker, whilst Lucy receives three engagement proposals from three friends, Dr. John Seward, Quincey Morris and Arthur Holmwood, but it is only Arthur who Lucy loves. 

Strange occurrences happen when the two girls are holidaying in Whitby and Lucy seems to descend into a trance and sleepwalk.  Upon returning to London she seems quite well until the sleepwalking begins again.  Dr. Seward enlists the help of his former tutor, Professor Van Helsing.

This story is written from the diary entries and journal notes of Mina Murray, Jonathan Harker, Dr. John Seward and Lucy Westenra.  Put together in near chronological order they explain the peculiar behave and eventual discovery of Count Dracula and Vampires.

 

REVIEW

Gripping from beginning to end.

I have long since had a fascination with vampires. I’m not ashamed to say that Buffy, The Vampire Slayer was on of my favourite shows.  I have watched many films  around the concept of vampires – Interview with a vampire, Blade,From Dusk til Dawn,Van Helsing, Dracula, and for my sins, Twilight (I know that I shouldn’t judge a book by its film but do not get me started on that one). I am very old school in my thinking of the undead – stake through the heart, sunlight, garlic, no reflection or shadow, turning to bats, controlling the will of the weak. This story encompasses it all. The way it is written brings a certain excitement to an already exciting story.  The thoughts and views of the key characters are produced within their writings and this brings forth a connection to each that would probably not exist if the story was written in a contemporary manner.

Having never read this book before I can honestly say that I wish I had read it years ago, but then I may not have appreciated it as much then as I do now. Definitely a classic within its own right and, in my opinion, a must-read.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Victor Frankenstein is a young and brilliant scientist who, through curiosity and a desire to investigate, created a being from dead body parts and brought it to life through the power of electricity.  Fleeing the sight of horror before him, Frankenstein committed his creation to a life of solitude. The once gentle and innocent creature turned vengeful against Frankenstein and plagued his life with death and misery. Upon his attempt to capture the ‘monster’, Frankenstein met an explorer, Robert Walton, whom he relayed his entire story to.  This book is the narrative as told by Frankenstein and relayed by Walton to his sister.

 

REVIEW

There is a reason this book is a classic. Written by, the then 18 year old, Mary Shelley in 1817 (published in 1818) it has raised many a debate about the advancements of science. Whilst reading the story I was completely lost in the narrative and found myself sympathising with the creature who had not asked for life but had it thrust upon him, only to be turned away, with looks of horror, from all civilization he encountered.  When his request for companionship is denied it then brought forward even more questions to my mind – was Frankenstein right in his decision?   I wonder if Mary Shelley had any idea at the time of writing this that it would become such an iconic piece of literature.  There is so much I want to say in this review but I really don’t want to spoil the story for anyone who has not read it.

No matter what your reading preference I would highly recommend this book.  The language used, even though it has obviously been updated since originally published, has kept to the era as much as possible, which to me lends to the beauty of the story.  The descriptive narrative is rarely found these days where everything has to be fast-paced for fear that the reader will be bored.  Take time to read this. Lose yourself in the wonders of the world as it was when Frankenstein and his companion traveled from country to country in a time that we cannot relate to.  And always, as I was reading, was in the back of my mind…an 18 year old girl, in a time of men, wrote this wonderful story.