Rosie’s #BookReview Of #YoungAdult #UrbanFantasy FORCES: In Search Of Power by Arbor Winter Barrow

Forces: In Search of Power (Kinetics Sequence, #2)Forces: In Search of Power by Arbor Winter Barrow

3.5 stars

Forces: In Search of Power is book two of the young adult urban fantasy Kinetics Sequence series.

This story continues on from book one, and they should be read in order. I read book one six years ago and I would have loved a short recap of the story so far, as I found it hard to remember much about the initial story.

The tale takes place here on Earth and revolves around a war between various factions; most of them have Kinetic powers. Fifteen-year-old Eugene remains one of the main characters, but we also have some alternating chapters from others. Willow played a major role in book one and continues with her own journey here when she agrees to become a host for an alien.

Eugene too is a host; he carries the voice of an alien who helps and advises him. After book one Eugene was taken to an isolated place by Marcus to heal, rest and to learn how to control his kinetic power. Marcus should be his enemy but he gave Eugene space to learn more about the war and time to make his own decisions about wrong or right.

There was a lot going on in this book and plenty of characters to keep up with. I liked Lian, a young child with some unusual talents, who was one of my favourites; I did, however, struggle to keep them all in perspective while following the story. The style of the narrative made me think of comic book heroes or video style gaming scenarios. I liked reading about Eugene and his Kinetic powers, but was less interested in some of the alternating chapters. Much of the ending was left open ready for the next book and I cannot start to guess where some of the storylines are heading.

Overall, an okay read, but I felt that some of the excitement and pace from book one had run out of steam during the writing of this book.

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Book description

Eugene has traveled across the United States and nothing went as expected. Now he’s stuck in China with a mentor he never asked for. Learning his powers, the conflicts ahead of him, and who he is are more important than he knows.

Willow has come out the other side but now she feels more alone than ever before. She’s a target, on the run, and trying to figure out what to do next. It’s only with the help of a new friend that she’ll be able to navigate new world opening before her.

Harry, Jack, Roy, and Logan are off trying to find Laura but nothing is certain and they might be opening a can of worms they aren’t ready to handle. 

The war between the Anyan’s Alliance and Isiroan Legion is heating up and no one is prepared for what that means. There are forces at play in the world and Eugene, Willow, and the others are on paths to becoming leaders of a new generation.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview of #ParanormalRomance THE GHOST AND THE GRAVEYARD by @Genevieve_Jack

The Ghost and the Graveyard (Knight Games, #1)The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack

4 stars

The Ghost And The Graveyard is a paranormal romance and book one of the Knight Games series. Grateful Knight is a nurse who is down on her luck. Her last boyfriend broke her heart and her finances. Her estate agent father offers her rent-free accommodation in a house that he can’t sell. Grateful is not surprised the place lacks buyers, when she opens her curtains to the neighbouring graveyard!

The house has one good point: churchyard warden Rick, her only neighbour, is a gorgeous specimen of a man, who eagerly offers her his friendship, while Grateful also discovers that she is not the only occupant of the house; two ghosts live in the attic.

As the story moves forward, Grateful learns that she has witchy abilities and that she is expected to guard the adjacent graveyard preventing other-worldly beings from leaving it. More shocks tumble out of the storyline involving Rick and Grateful’s past, as she struggles to understand what is
happening around her.

I enjoyed this, it was fun and fast-paced and I downloaded book two straight away. I liked the paranormal beings and appreciated that the author put her own twist on some of their abilities. There is a love triangle, which I didn’t mind, but some readers may dislike and the book does contain
some fairly explicit sex scenes.

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Book description

She’s trying to make a fresh start.
He’s trying to remind her of who she used to be.

Grateful Knight can’t catch a break. After a series of failed relationships, the last of which left her destitute, she takes advantage of her father’s offer to live rent-free in a property he hasn’t been able to sell. But feeling at home in a house on the edge of a graveyard isn’t easy, especially when things go bump in the night.

The only positive is the stunning cemetery caretaker, Rick. Despite her resolve to end her pattern of relationship mistakes, she literally can’t keep her hands off him. The intensity of her attraction seems almost…magical.

Once a spirit manifests on her staircase, Grateful can no longer deny that her house is haunted. Rick has a dark secret, and it has everything to do with her personal history, the house, and the spirit who warns her about both.

Feisty witches, seductive vampires, and swoon-worthy immortals come together in this page-turning paranormal romance/urban fantasy series.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Set in Slovenia #UrbanFantasy WHO BY WATER by Victoria Raschke

Who by Water (Voices of the Dead, #1)Who by Water by Victoria Raschke

3 stars

Who By Water is an urban fantasy set in Slovenia and is book one of a series. It features Jo Wiley, an American who has recently developed the ability to speak to ghosts. Jo runs a tea house and lives a bohemian lifestyle with a lively collection of friends and lovers.

The death of a close friend triggers her psychic abilities, but a stolen museum artefact poses a worse threat; a demon has been released and it is likely to be after Jo.

I enjoyed the unusual setting for this story; the author shows her love for Ljubljana (Slovenia’s capital city). There were a lot a characters, which was a drawback as I often found it difficult to remember who they all were. The plot had a promising start, but as the story progressed it became overpowered by too much mundane detail; nothing really happened until half way through the book. I also thought that other significant characters could have been made more three-dimensional; most had such minor roles that I was left wondering who they really were. I understand that I might learn more about them in the next books in the series, but the first book in the series needs enough spark to compel you to read on, and, sadly, I found this lacking.

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Book description

Jo Wiley thinks she has everything she needs in her quirky but tidy life in Ljubljana. Her teahouse is thriving. She’s surrounded herself with chosen family and her friends, well… several of them come with benefits.

When a body is discovered at a glitzy party, Jo’s carefully constructed reality starts to unravel. Her lover’s murder lifts a veil on a hidden world of ghosts, demons, and forgotten gods where Jo is the link between this reality and the next. She may also be the reason her friends are turning up dead.

Jo has to use her new gift to find the killer, and fast, because there are much worse things than dying.

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