Newsletter Book Finds

Welcome back to my new and, hopefully, improved blog. Today I want to share two series of books with you – one about modern fairies and a gas lamp fantasy series.

A while ago I wrote a blog about ways to find books not available in most bookshops. One of those options was to sign up for newsletters from writers or writher’s groups to find out what they are releasing, and also for bargains. One of the newsletters I subscribe to is YA Fantasy Books – because I write in this area, but also because I read a lot of books in this genre and I am always looking out for a good read.

The Clockwork Alchemist by Sara C. Roethle

A while ago I found I found two gems I want to share with you today. The first is a completely new series: hr dissertation examples pdf el uso de cialis essay customer relationship management research paper step by step guide etapes dune dissertation go site follow site go to site follow link enter site o que a viagra pode causar low progesterone pregnant clomid see business information systems thesis source url follow url buy cialis vancouver follow url crazymeds abilify and brintellex el cialis sirve como retardante is metoprolol safe with viagra source link erythromycin dosage for pneumonia college essay help nj see url go site dissertation apa format The Thief’s Apprentice by Sara C. Roethle.

One of the first things that captured my interest was this book’s genre – a Gaslamp fantasy. I have been reading boos for a long time and I had never heard of it. Turns out it is an historic fantasy set in a Victorian or Edwardian time that generally has a love story component.

The second thing that piqued my interest was this is a book about a clockwork girl and a thief; I mean a love story about an automaton and a bad boy, that has to be interesting – right? And it was

The story is fast paced. Ahern steals an alchemy book on contract from a dead man, but is caught by the owner’s clockwork daughter, Liliana. The book is in turn stolen from Ahren, and he and Liliana work together to get it back. Sounds simple, but what they find is everyone wants to know why Liliana is different from other clockwork automatons, and they are prepared to do almost anything to find out.

The core of this book is an action/adventure love story with a twist, but it is also much deeper because it gets you questioning what make a person who they are, and it manages to do this without detracting from the story line. I also love that the Liliana is a sassy, proactive character who is not merely a sidekick to the males. There are also some kick-ass girl baddies too.

This book was such a good read I immediately had to buy book two then three in the series, reading them over the course of a week. Obviously fantasy lovers from 12 upwards will enjoy these books, and the romance is is subtle enough that boys will still enjoy the read. I also think anyone who loves a good adventure might enjoy this series.

This book is available as a ebook on amazon and can also be purchased from Booktopia.

Purchase The Thief’s Apprentice Series from Booktopia

Enchanting the Fey by Rebecca Bosevski

A while ago I reviewed Enchanting the Fey, and I really enjoyed the book. I always meant to finish the series, but got a little sidetracked. Then a special deal came up in the YA Fantasy Books newsletter for the release of the the book package and I could not resist.

I spent a weekend lost with Desmoree, who has found she is a fairy even though she had no idea fairies existed. I journeyed with her to fantastical realms where she works with a series of other great characters to save her world, and ours.

Usually I am not a fairy type of girl, I lean to more historic fantasy, but I really enjoyed this series because of the great characters and the themes the books cover. Although we are dealing with magical realms, this is essentially a story about good versus evil, and embracing diversity. It also advocates the ideal if we stand together we can overcome anything.

There are a few clean sex scenes in this book, so I would recommend for 16+, although to be honest younger readers will probably skip over those bits because they will not be interested. Obviously those fantasy readers who enjoy getting lost in a fairy kingdom will love this, and I would also suggest it for girls who love strong female leads and are happy to try something new.

The series is available on amazon, so pop on and have a look. The books are available individually of you want to dip a toe in, but the four book series is great value.

YA Fantasy Books

If you like fantasy books then I recommend subscribing to the YA Fantasy Books newsletter. At the moment if you do you get the Memory’s Wake trilogy by S. A. Fenech for free. Plus go into the monthly draw to win a reader mystery box. YA Fantasy Books delivers eBook deals to your inbox every week. Subscribe today to discover your next great adventure.

Coming of Age and Dystopia – A Real mixture

Interesting Independent Author Reads

One of the great joys of self-published authors, or those who publish through smaller publishing houses is there is a greater variety in book content. I guess when investing large amounts of money in a book publishing houses need to be assured of a return so they shy away from anything that might be controversial, and the very thing that makes these books so interesting has posed a dilemma for me.

I ummed and ahh so much about the books I am reviewing today that I did not actually write a review last week. My dilemma was not so much that I did not enjoy these books, but whether I could recommend them for Young Adult readers because of the content. Some of the content is confrontational, and so I hesitated. My first thought was I would not really like reviewer Sam reading these and he is touching on twelve. Part of the content would be a bit much for him to digest. In the end I decided that is no reason not to recommend then for children in the age range they were written for (13+). So each book comes with caveat, and you can decide whether the content is suitable for your children

When Fall Breaks – Julie Solano and Tracey Justice

This first book in the Seasons of Jefferson series is a teenage love story with a twist. Girl falls for boy, boy falls for girl, but they cannot be together because of family relationships. While Kaitlyn and Brody try to come to terms with their changing feelings there is tension around them,  especially with Kaitlyn’s boyfriend Pistol.

The people in this book are the same people we all grew up with, and I love the outdoor setting of Northern California. It is great to read a story set out of a major city environment. I also like that this story deals with something all girls face in one form or another, the mental and physical control some males still feel they have a right to have over women.

That is what makes this book more than a teen romance, and much more of teen coming of age book. Like Kaitlin, it takes the reader a while to realise that rather than loving Kaitlyn, her boyfriend sees her as an extension of him and wants to control her. It is this relationship that takes the book into darkness near the end.

I enjoyed this book very much, right up until the end. I do not know why, but I like a story to be completed in a book, even if it is part of a series, and this leaves too many unresolved issues for my liking. But that is just me. All in all this is a very good teenage girl coming of age book.

Alpha 9 by Rebecca Bosevski

The idea of this book really appealed to reviewer Sam. A dystopian world where a group of trained soldiers are released to face trials so they can be better prepared for the upcoming war against an alien invasion. Led by Alpha 9, a small group completes the trails to find that the the world has changed and they  have to try and live in a very changed world, one that is now run by aliens.

This is a fast paced action story, and while the characters are not exactly people you might warm to, they are soldiers and trained to kill to survive, they are interesting and keep the story moving.

 Rebecca Bosevski has created a believable alien world in Sydney, which retains all of the main landmarks, including the Opera House, which plays a central role.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and loved the twists. So what is the caveat in this book? Well, the aliens are abducting women and forcing them to have alien babies. A bit yucky if you think about it, but for me some of the descriptions of the process are a bit raw for the average teenage male, and perhaps some females too. But maybe it is just me being old fashioned, or over-protective. It is a small part of the story, but I did find the graphic descriptions disturbing, enough that I would recommend the book for older Young Adult readers, perhaps 16+.

So my dilemma is over. These books are good enough to recommend, and it is great to have something to offer that has not been pushed out through the bland machine. And at the very least the things that I ummed and ahhed over got me thinking through the issues they raised, and also about what reading should be. Sometimes it should be a nice and cosy escape, and sometimes it should be uncomfortable and get you thinking.


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A Very Modern Enchanting Fairy

Enchanting the Fey by Rebecca Bosevski

Lots of little girls love fairy stories and then many grow out of them. Some never do. And some, like me, find themselves immersed in a land of fairies for the first time as an adult and loving it.

I do a lot of research for this site. I look for new books coming out. I look for different books to review. And I research topics I think parents might be interested in that will help them support their children’s reading. Sometimes though books come to me, and this is a real joy of the job. In one of the newsletters I receive and offer came through for a 99c book. I was loading up my kindle for the holidays at the time and the idea of a cheap book appealed. And thank goodness I did, because Enchanting the Fey was a lifesaver on a eight hour flight where my in house entertainment did not work.

Normally I am not a fairy type of girl, inspite of my love of fantasy stories, and when I first started this book I cannot say I was instantly drawn in. In fact I nearly put it down after the first chapter. I had a love hate relationship with the main character. She was brash and worked in the fashion industry, but she was also strong and independent. So I gave myself a stern talking to. I said  that I should read this for the good of the site as many young adults would love this book for the very reasons I was not drawn to it. I started on Chapter Two and I am so pleased I did.

Desmoree is a modern girl brought up by her mother and not knowing much about her past. On what starts off as a bad day and gets worse she finds herself at the centre of a war between two waring Fey bands, and she must unlock her magic so she can heal the land of the Fey. While this story occurs in a fantasy world it is really about love, betrayal, trust and finding out who you really are. In essence it is a young adult coming of age story.

What I really liked about this book is the pace of the story and the twists that keep you interested. Desmoree is a great central character. She is strong and independent, and she becomes more rounded in the book as she learns to trust others. But what I really loved about Enchanting the Fey is the world Bosevski created. It is not the fluffy, fuzzy world you would imagine the fairies living in. It is full of prickles and can be deadly, but it is truely fantastical.

Although there are a lot of teens who would love this book there is young adult language and relation themes in the book, but you will know whether or not your child can handle that. However, for your older teens and young adults who love a little time out from reality, this is a truely interesting series for you to get them hooked on.

Enchanting the Fey can be purchased through Amazon

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