SUPREMACY by Christin Lee @SupremacyAuthor #YA #UrbanFantasy #BookReview

Supremacy (Supremacy, #1)Supremacy by Christin Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 stars.
Supremacy is a #YA #UrbanFantasy set in Texas. Seventeen year old Kate Parker has perfect recall. It allows her to remember everything that’s ever happened to her.

When out searching for a stray dog she meets Lucas a nineteen year old Spanish student, and helps him fix his motorbike. They become friends and Kate must introduce him to her over-protective family. But Lucas is even more protective of her, it is what he has been trained to do.

When Kate discovers that there is much more to Lucas, she becomes obsessed with finding answers. He takes her to a secret society and a whole new world opens up for her. We find they are destined for a future together in a battle against those who want to wipe out the human race.

This popular storyline had lots of potential, the secret society was interesting. The dialogue style of writing took up more than seventy-five per cent of the book. This method denied me, as the reader, the opportunity to empathise and feel a part of the story. There was little building up of layers to the story, anticipation or the characters. Some of them need work, Kate’s father’s reactions were childish and didn’t fit the character of a leader in his expertise. I wasn’t even sure about Lucas, he verged on the edge of being abusive, both mentally and physically to Kate, apologising after he’d hurt her, like any abuser. YA fantasy is a competitive market, this is book #1 of the series and I feel it needs to up its game to stand a chance.

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THE SERPENT SWORD by @MatthewHarffy #Histfic @aria_fiction #Bookreview

The Serpent SwordThe Serpent Sword by Matthew Harffy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Serpent Sword is a work of Historical Fiction set in Northumbria, England 633AD. It opens with the murder of a warrior and the taking of his sword called Hrunting, a gift from local King Edwin.

We then meet a young farmhand called Beobrand, he is travelling to meet his brother Octa, with his mother and siblings dead from the pestilence and nothing left, he intends making a new life as a warrior. But he is shocked to find that his brother has recently been murdered.

Beobrand vows to avenge his brother’s death, but as yet he has no standing in life. He swears his allegiance to King Edwin who is gathering an army and Beobrand is swept up in the preparations for the warband. Given basic training from a friend of Octa, Beobrand soon finds himself in his first shieldwall. A fierce battle leaves him seriously injured and left for dead. But luckily he escapes and is rescued by an apprentice monk.

The story follows Beobrand as he matures into a brave warrior and his ultimate quest to find his brother’s murderer, both his loyalties and beliefs are tested to the core in this first book of the Bernicia Chronicles. This is a well written book in a believable setting and is a good example of this genre.

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