‘Adventure at its highest in a world previously unimagined.’ Noelle reviews #Ya #UrbanFantasy Fae Or Foe? By C A Deegan @CracklockSaga

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Although this book is listed for YA, I have found many such books are a great ride, so even though I am not into magical ‘stuff,’ I decided to give this a read. I was not disappointed in my choice. This book is indeed magical – a breathtaking adventure of such imagination that I read myself right into the second book in the series.

Jack Crackley is a normal young teenager, who has a lot on his plate – two jobs to help support himself and his mum, school, lumbering twins at his school who think he and his classmates are good punching bags, and a strange disease affecting young children everywhere. One day they are fine, the next they are comatose and resemble very old people.

The adventure begins when Jack is asked to help move a table by a seemingly innocuous elderly gentlemen who lives in a huge old house on his paper route. What Jack finds in the house changes his life forever: he discovers he can see gnomes and other small creatures he can’t identify – a hidden world he never knew about – and most of them mean him harm. Jack escaped with no idea who he really is, but he has fae (fairies, brownies, and other little folk) all around him to help him find out.

Since he was a baby, Jack and his mother have been living under a magic spell (a glamour) designed to shield him from the clutches of the evil side of his family, the Cracklocks (he is actually Jack Cracklock). But his glamour begins to fail, just as his Aunt Agatha and cousin Anastasia and her devil of a son discover where Jack is living and plot to capture him for what end is not clear—but it is evil and designed to end the world of the fae.

His human reality and the magical world of the fae collide and he discovers that monsters are not only make believe.

The book is full of richly drawn characters, and there is humor and whimsy on practically every page. New imaginative, magical devices appear with regularity, and there is steady tension, punctuated by a breathless stretches. Adventure at its highest in a world previously unimagined.

Treat yourself. Read this.

Five stars.

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No one would want to kill a Faery, surely?!

Jack Crackley wouldn’t; teenagers don’t believe in such things. There are plenty of other things to worry about; his mum, jobs, school, the local bullies, not to mention some weird disease that’s affecting young children the world over.

However, things are never as they seem. Little eyes watch out for him whilst bigger ones seek him for their own ends.

There’s a hidden world out there, and its inhabitants are in serious danger. Jack is going to have to get to the bottom of it all before it’s too late. And that’s a tall order when you have no idea who you really are…

A fantasy adventure like no other, where worlds collide and the monsters are not only from make believe.

Things are going to get complicated. It’s a good job our brownie knows how to throw a punch!

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‘Set in the dark underworld of leafy Oxford.’ Rosie’s #Bookreview of #YoungAdult #UrbanFantasy Wicked Magic by @MargotDKwrites #TuesdayBookBlog

Wicked MagicWicked Magic by Margot de Klerk

4 stars

Wicked Magic is a young adult urban fantasy story set in Oxford. Nathan is training to be a hunter of supernatural beings; it’s a family tradition. However, he has a few doubts about this career; he’s friends with a witch, his uncle is a vampire and his new girlfriend is a shapeshifter.

As his eighteenth birthday draws near, life gets complicated when he rescues a girl from an attack by two dark mages. During the scuffle he confiscates a rare knife, one which drains magical powers.

The supernatural world in Oxford is controlled by a council made up of witches, vampires and hunters, with each group vying for power. Nathan finds himself in the unique position of being accepted by all three groups; quite useful when help is needed. He’s about to be tested by his conscience and his fighting skills need to be at their best for what’s approaching the underworld of leafy Oxford.

I really enjoyed the setting of this book and the paranormal world was quite easy to picture. Nathan had two sides to his character, the awkward teenage boy and the hunter in training, and I thought that he developed through the story at a good pace. A couple of times I wasn’t sure if there was a prior story to this book as there were one or two references to earlier events; however, a quick search has me thinking that this is the first book in the series.

There was room for deeper character development, especially of the supporting characters, just to make them more memorable, but overall I think this was a good story in this genre and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Nathan is a vampire hunter on the cusp of graduation. He’s been training for this his entire life: the moment he qualifies and joins the rest of his family in their noble calling.

If only it were that simple.

His grades are a mess, his social life is a disaster, and what’s worse, his best friend is a witch! Add to that, his vampire uncle is back in town and his crush might just be supernatural too, and you have one big melting pot of potential parental disapproval. Nathan doesn’t think he can take much more, and then the dark mages come to town.

As bodies begin piling up in the streets, Nathan finds himself pulled deeper into political intrigue and a deadly plot that will pit him against his own family. When the girl he likes comes under threat, Nathan races against time to solve the mystery… well aware that with every step he takes, he comes closer to his father exposing all his secrets.

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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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