When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon

April 14th, 2014

cypressWhen the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon is simply a beautiful story. Everything from the gorgeous cover to the setting of Greece make this story all the more enticing. It is a story of family, friendship, romance, and the importance of the beliefs and faith that we hold dear.

Daphne, the daughter of Greek immigrants, feels she has finally gotten to a point in her life where she is happy. She never thought she’d get back on her feet after losing her husband but she has and she’s making a life for herself and her daughter Evie. She’s a successful New York chef who is about to marry again. The one thing she is adamant about in marrying Stephen is that she wants to get married on the magical island in Greece that gave her such joy as a child. Even more important is that her grandmother is there and Daphne wants to see her again and even more have Evie meet her.

Daphne’s grandmother has always been such a big part of her life. She spent her summers with her Yia-yia and while they cooked her grandmother would tell Daphne story after story. The thing about Daphne’s grandmother is that she can see things that others can’t. When Daphne arrives on the island to spend time with her grandmother before the marriage takes place she is surprised by many of the stories and warnings she gets from her. Daphne is torn … should she marry, should she stay on the island, and most of all is she looking for what’s important in all the wrong places.

This novel has some important lessons for all of us on family, friendship, and love. Sometimes we get so busy with our lives that we don’t stop to see what is truly important. When the Cypress Whispers is full of fantastic characters who are warm and caring and you find yourself missing them when you turn that last page. The descriptions of food are literally mouth watering and the tales of the myths and island legends captivating. I truly enjoyed this novel and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to all who enjoy women’s fiction!

 

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Source:  Digital review copy received from the publisher.  No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.

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Trinity Stones by L.G. O’Connor & Giveaway (US/Canada)

April 3rd, 2014

trinityTrinity Stones: The Angelorum Twelve Chronicles by L.G. O’Connor is a blend of fantasy, science, love, the battle between good and evil, and one fantastic read!  I got caught up in this book from the beginning chapters and read it within a day and a bit.  This novel is full of angels, demons, free will, and destiny and it’s sure to please readers who appreciate a fast paced and exciting storyline.  I do have to say though that I don’t think the cover does the book justice.  This book is much deeper than the cover leads one to believe.

Cara Collins is turning twenty-seven and expecting a very quiet birthday with her best friend Sienna but that isn’t what she gets.  Instead she receives a letter from her grandmother who has already passed on telling her that she has a destiny far from what she ever could have imagined.  Cara follows her grandmother’s instructions and learns that she is actually a part of a holy trinity comprised of angels and humans whose goal is to fight evil.  Really!  She can’t believe it.  She’s just a normal woman … isn’t she?  No, it turns out she is a soul seeker.  Things start to change quickly from this point and she meets Michael who is a part of her Trinity as Messenger and they quickly bond.  Then there is her guardian Chamuel who she is forbidden by law to love and yet neither can deny the powerful connection that they share. As things heat up  Cara is horrified to learn that not only her life is in danger but so are the lives of her friends and when her old love Kai is taken by the Dark Ones Cara knows she has to fight to save him and his daughter.  Will her Trinity survive?  Will Kai and his daughter be safe and why is Kai even involved in all of this to begin with?  Can good conquer evil?

L.G. O’Connor builds a great fantasy world.  The beginning of the novel can be a bit confusing as the reader is introduced to a lot of different terms and names but as you continue to read it all becomes much clearer.  I liked Cara though from the beginning because of her love for her dog and for putting her slimy boss in his place before she walked out the door.  As the story progressed though I liked her even more for her willingness to give up everything for the safety of her friends and for love.  While Cara was my favorite character I also liked her friend Sienna who was quite funny at times.  Of course one can’t fail to mention the very hot men inhabiting the pages of this book and I certainly wouldn’t mind one of them walking into my fantasy.  LOL.  Ultimately the story is about the battle of good and evil and love conquering all.

Trinity Stones is the first in the series with The Wanderer’s Children coming in the Fall of 2014 and I’m really excited to read it and see what’s next for Cara, Simon, and the rest of the crew!  As a note there is language and sexual content in this novel that I know some of my readers are uncomfortable with – not a lot but some.  As for me I thoroughly enjoyed Trinity Stones and anxiously await the next book!

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Source:  Review copy provided by the publisher.  No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.

Tilt by Ashley Chappell

March 24th, 2014

tiltTilt by Ashley Chappell is the second book in the Dreams of Chaos series and it was just as good as the first book, Alice Will, but takes the story to a deeper level. Once again Ashley builds up this fantasy world with goddesses, monsters, trolls, talking cats, brew witches and tickle witches. I am amazed by the imagination that Ashley has and how vividly she portrays her story. As the action builds with each page turned you can’t help but be enthralled!

Two years have passed since Trotter learned that she was a goddess and saved her world from destruction. You’d think that would earn her recognition not punishment and yet because she refuses to honor those in the Accord and their rules she ends up banished to Aevum instead. The worst part of the banishment is she allowed no contact with her parents who remain in the Realm after just having finally gotten to be with both of them. Needless to say Trotter is angry! Life in Aevum is lonely and quiet until one day … it isn’t. All of a sudden Aevum starts to tilt and is plunged into darkness throwing its people into chaos. As Trotter battles to save the two worlds she is thrown into a new world that will force her to finally realize just who and what she is.

Tilt definitely takes us on a whirlwind journey of non stop action. Once again I really liked Trotter because she is strong and determined to do what is best for those she cares about. And we can’t forget about Prowler, the talking cat. This story finds him in an amusing situation that had me laughing – it’s just too funny seeing cats who seem more human than pet … then again Prowler was once human. We are introduced to quite a few new characters in Tilt but I did miss Trotter’s parents in this one. I hope to see more of them in the next book but it was fun to meet new and interesting characters with their various magical talents.

I found Tilt to be on a much more mature level than Alice Will was and once again very well written. It is still a young adult book but I’d peg this one for the older set. I enjoyed seeing Trotter learn more about herself in this book and I’m curious to see where the third book will take her so needless to say I’m a bit anxious to read it! If you enjoy imaginative writing, fast paced action, and magic and monsters then give the Dreams of Chaos series a try – it’s fun, exciting, and addictive!

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Source: Review copy provided by the author. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.

Alice Will by Ashley Chappell

March 17th, 2014

aliceAlice Will by Ashley Chappell is a Young Adult fantasy novel that was a fantastic read! I really enjoy books that are full of magic, demons, and goddesses and Alice Will delivered on all counts along with a fourteen year old heroine who can definitely kick some butt when she needs to! I was drawn into this book from the start with the world building, characters, and vivid imagery that made me feel as though I was a part of the book itself. One thing for sure – Ashley Chappell has quite the imagination!

We have fourteen year old Trotter who is a demi- goddess with Prowler, the talking cat (which I loved). We also have almost seven year old Alice who is just a lonely little girl working as a servant. Yet there is something about Alice… Now Trotter knows she has magical abilities. The only problem as she sees it is that she can’t manage to get her magic to work properly and more often than not causes herself more problems by using it. However when the world as she knows it begins to crumble she learns that it is she who is to save it. Really??? She doesn’t think so. She can’t even get her magic to work! Yet as she begins her adventure she also begins to learn just how powerful she actually is and just how Alice has been changing the world around herself.

I don’t want to give away any of this story because that would just ruin a good adventure for someone else. I do want to say how fresh and fun this book was though. Trotter is a great character and she had me laughing more than once and Prowler her cat is just a hoot! Yet there is also a deeper element of emotion in this book that shows the value of believing in yourself and in what is right and good. There are twists and turns, scary monsters, and secrets unfolded that are sure to hold any reader captive.

I’d say this book falls between middle grade and young adult as both could enjoy it. And as you all know I’m neither at my age and I thought it was a great story. I’m excited as I’m going to be reviewing the second in the series called Tilt next week. I can’t wait to get back to Trotter’s world and see what she’s up to next! Recommended for young and old readers especially those who love a good old fashioned fantasy novel that is really well written and exciting!

 

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Source: Review copy provided by the author. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.

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