Deceived by L.A Starkey

Deceived, (Soul Keeper Series I)Deceived, by L.A. Starkey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deceived is a YA fantasy and the first book in a series. Sam and Julie are best friends and live in Manchester, New Hampshire. They are Juniors at High School. The book opens with a very vivid dream scene for Sam, she’s in a dream meeting a boy she has met in many of her life-times, yet she doesn’t remember him. He has to suffer the pain of her leaving him once more. Yet Sam hears another voice calling her too.

Sam and Julie are both adopted, they were at the same orphanage and became firm friends and stayed friends after their separate adoptions. At school Sam is very athletic, not usually one to chase the boys, she can’t help it when her hormones are attracted to Ken, although her head knows he can be a serial player, her heart wants some fun. A history project on the ancient Greeks has Sam borrowing a strange book from the library called “The Soul Keeper”.

Nick and Marcus are brothers, Grandsons of Zeus, to them Sam is their Dream-catcher and they vie for her attention in her dreams. Yet they are all destined to be players in a much larger fight. A prophecy is about to be opened by the Time Guardian, Nick and Marcus have been waiting for their destiny to unfold for hundred of years.

I read this book in one day because it kept me so engaged with the story that I didn’t want to put it down. There’s lots going on in the story, but it all flows really well and I like books with the ancient Gods and mythology of any nation. I would definitely pick up the next book in the series, I am dying to know what happens to them all.

Book description

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.

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Reborn by Cherie Reich (29th May)

Reborn (The Fate Challenges, #1)Reborn by Cherie Reich

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Reborn is the first book in The Fate Challenges series, a YA fantasy. A short story prequel is available for the series called Magna’s Plea. Reborn opens with a prophecy about a baby girl who will be brought back to life to fulfil a role of Phoenix Prophetess to the people of Amora.

We meet the young girl Yssa just about to set off for her training as she turns seventeen years old. She’s been living quietly on an island with her parents until it is her time to have full training as a Prophetess.

Yssa has visions about her future and the future of the people, but there are plenty who want to see her fail. The Gods argue over her, and Fate must be left to find its way. Yssa has a guard whom she must learn to trust. After the death of her parents Yssa’s grief makes her run away. She finds peace in the forest of Waldbaum with the Woodwose, strange simple folk who make time irrelevant.

Although staying in the forest helps heal Yssa, ultimately she knows she must return to help save the land from the Great Beyonders, a race of fearsome Northerners who wish to plunder and kill. Dangled as a piece of bait, the Queen sends Yssa as an envoy to stop the Beyonders, but her mission fails and so the vision of a burning city looks like it will come true.

This book features magic and wonderful creatures in a well thought out land. The visions work really well and the relationships between Yssa and those that vie for her affection and attention tantalise just enough to keep the reader wanting more, without taking away too much from the main theme of the book. I look forward to reading the second book in the series and a continuation of Yssa’s journey.

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Cerberus by P K Gallagher (Oct 18th)

Cerberus (Solace, #1)Cerberus by P.K. Gallagher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This review is based upon a free copy of the book which was given to me by the author. “Cerberus” is a YA novel and is the first book in a series, the characters are strong and well described making them easy to image and remember. The storyline is fast paced and action is never far away. The storyline heads straight into the realm of vampires, monsters and fallen angels, this subject matter has been very well tackled by many authors, so I was a little hesitant as to how the author could make the story stand alone. However very early on in the book the characters led their own tale following a prophecy and a fight against several evil factions. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters, the book ends very abruptly and leaves the reader with many questions, which no doubt will be answered in the next book in the series.
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The Singing Dagger by Kylie Sabra (Oct 2nd)

The Singing Dagger: Book I of the Caitriona ProphecyThe Singing Dagger: Book I of the Caitriona Prophecy by Kylie Sabra

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Singing Dagger is a very well written and thought out fantasy story set around an ancient prophecy. A peaceful kingdom is threatened by evil and its magic must be re-awakened to meet the threat. Four young people must join in a journey of learning, love and loyalty as they fulfil their own roles in the prophetic words. I enjoyed being drawn into the scenes of destiny for the characters and I loved the roles of the pagan traditions, the trees made me really smile. I congratulate the author on this superb read.

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