Book Review: “Alpha Kaden” by Midika Crane

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Goodreads Synopsis

“Lock your doors. Hold them tight. Close your windows. Every night. Don’t go out, in case he’s there. Always live in total fear.”

Everyone knows of Alpha Kaden, a man of twisted riddles and cryptic puzzles. His identity is one of them. His touch, another. He is feared throughout all 13 packs for his reputation of stealing young women out of their beds. And tonight he has come to steal Mara to make her a player in his wicked game.

But when Mara discovers the truth behind his sadistic mind games everything changes and she finds herself questioning what is real, and what is not. Mara always assumed her mate would be a man from her own pack. A good man. Not a sadistic, sinful Alpha named Kaden.

Bookworm1102’s Review

Alpha Kaden’s reputation is not good. He is known for stealing women, mostly from the Purity Pack, from their beds at night, and the rumours behind what he does to these women are even worse. One fateful night, Mara finds herself kidnapped and face to face with Alpha Kaden. What she does not know is that Alpha Kaden is not who he seems, and the real threat is someone far more dangerous.

This book is outside my usual genre, but I liked the sound of it and thought I would see what it was like. I was pleasantly surprised to find I quite enjoyed it. I found myself hooked by the storyline and desperate to know what was going to happen next. Mara was a badass for standing up to Kaden, despite coming from the Purity Pack, who are known for being quiet and a little cowardly.

I like when a book has relatively short chapters, and this book had the perfect length chapters. I did find that it was difficult to figure out who was talking, and I believe that having the name of the character before the writing begins would make it much easier to distinguish between characters. Other than that, I thought this was a good book and I would love to find out what happens next and find out more about the other pack leaders.

I rate this book 4/5 stars!

Thank you to Inkitt and to the author Midika Crane for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy.

 

If you like the sound of Alpha Kaden, you can find it on Amazon UK here, Amazon US here and Goodreads here.

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Book Review: “The Vets At Hope Green: Part Four: A New Start” by Sheila Norton

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Goodreads Synopsis

PART FOUR of a serialised novel – a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

The last few months have been hard for Sam. Her dream to work as a vet is slowly becoming reality, and she is beginning to encounter the struggles and heartbreaks that someone in a job like this must face.

But what’s more heartwarming and inspiring than a litter of new piglets? On a call to a farm with Joe, Sam can’t help but feel a sense of renewal in her own life as she witnesses one of the most glorious and natural processes of all.

Sam’s thoughts inevitably turn to her own child – will she be able to cope when the baby is born? And with her love life so shaky, will a fatherless child turn out all right?

Bookworm1102’s Review

In the fourth and final book of this series, Sam has to deal with pregnancy as well as growing tensions between her and her boss Joe Bradley. One evening, she attends a call with Joe, and her life changes forever.

I thought this finale was good, although rather predictable. I could predict the ending from the very start, as it has been heavily hinted at throughout all four books. I am glad that everything turned out well for Sam, in all aspects of her life, although I did feel sorry for David.

All told, this series was a nice relaxing read, and I am glad I got the chance to read it.

Thank you to the publisher, Sheila Norton and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy.

I rate this book 3/5 stars!

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If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

 

Guest Post: Spark Creativity And Vocabulary With Picture Prompts by Shyamala Shanmugasundaram

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Amazon UK Synopsis

This colourful book is best viewed on a kindle app. Useful for toddlers who cannot read, and are just beginning to get familiar with language. A parent or teacher can point to different objects, colours and shapes in a picture, and repeat their names, or ask the toddler to identify them. The book can also be used as a fun vocabulary building tool for older children.
Story telling using a pictorial prompt can also be a very entertaining group activity in a classroom, or on a picnic, and is a great ice-breaker when there’s a group of children who do not know each other well.

The book can be used as a story prompt for older children. A teacher can make the story writing activity more challenging by picking out two pictures and asking students to write a story, that incorporates both the pictures. Or, the students themselves can pick out two pictures from the book themselves, and write a story around them. These pictures can also be used as prompts for writing poems in poetry writing classes.

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Book Tour Excerpt and Giveaway: Daughter Of Etheron by Brandon Young

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Daughter of Etheron (Blog Tour)

Goodreads Summary

Born the children of the ruling family. 

Betrayed by the ones that swore to protect them. 

IN A SHATTERED GALAXY . . . 

Siblings, Elenah and Teveran are thrust into a secret war of space magicians that will decide the fate of the galaxy. 

But a darkness swells in the galactic depths, magicians wielding magic not seen for millennia, and as the struggle for power grows more desperate, the children might find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the conflict. 

The first book in the Saga of the Magicus Eye.

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Brandon Young is the debut author of the Saga of the Magicus Eye. He’s also a musician, gamer, and avid Star Wars fan living in Melbourne, Australia.

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Excerpt – Teveran

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In the aftermath of Teveran’s first real battle, he has been introduced to the mysterious Fex, an old man with shady intentions; they stand now amidst an impressive galaxy map…

“This galaxy needs a hero,” Fex said.

“Might need to search a little longer.” Teveran squeezed his eyes shut and spun away from the swirling planets, the vibrant stars. “You’ve got the wrong person. I can’t do this stuff. The Council…The rebellion…I’m not like them, Fex. I realised that on Corion.”

Suddenly, Fex’s hand found his shoulder. “Never are there merely two sides to a war.” It was barely

 

more than a whisper. “It’s time to open your eyes.”

“Maybe I don’t want to.” He knew it was the wrong thing to say.

Fex turned, amber lights dwelling among his wrinkles, and Teveran turned with him. “You will.” The old man stopped, and the galaxy swirled and reshaped itself as if by his own command. Planets and stars striated, then reappeared much larger.

And Teveran saw Etheron.

It burst into flames. Embers and black smoke seemed to fill the entire chamber. Etheron was gone, reduced to a crisp. The galaxy twisted, and turned, and slowly crumbled into nothing.

Teveran felt his emotions being pulled on, steered, reshaped to follow the spiralling course of the deteriorating galaxy.

There were two spiral arms extending from the galactic core: the northern Godsworn Spiral, and the southern Starforged Spiral. They burned now, disintegrating wickedly.

Fex stepped through the chaos of exploding worlds, through flames that engulfed billions of people every time another massive star turned black and exploded.

Fex quickened his pace, bones grinding as he returned to the centre of the galaxy. “This is what awaits us if we do not try to change it. For two thousand years the galaxy has been decaying. But we can restore the majesty we forgot. We can build it anew.” His voice grew coarse now, folds of skin growing taut. “This is barely the beginning. There is so much more ahead.”

Teveran tried to catch his breath. A warm trickle raced down his cheek, and he quickly scrubbed it away. When he spoke, it was barely a whisper. “I don’t…I don’t understand.” Gods, he sounded like an idiot. “Why are you showing me this?”

“Something terrible stirs. You have to understand what we have at stake.” By its own will, the light in the chamber returned. Fex flipped out a calm, gloved hand, and a flame came alight above his palm. “Let’s begin proceedings. After all, we came here to make you ready to face this war head-on, did we not? So, we must define what you can do. What have you already learned?”

“Um…” He bit his lip, taking a wide step away from Fex. The flame swirled over the old man’s palm, throwing out embers across the room. Teveran could feel magic pulsing around him, the very essence of creation itself. It was said the galaxy was formed in the debris of a magical explosion, and that it still burned furiously with its lingering power. Well, this was proof like he’d never seen before. He could feel it now, as furious as if it was swirling within himself.

Fex drew a long, steady breath. His hand momentarily convulsed, and the ball of fire grew larger, more vibrant. For a second, Teveran wondered if Fex was going to attack him with it. He didn’t know many defensive spells; Gilgan had never really prepared him for combat.

“I…I’m not going to be sent to the battlefield, though,” Teveran uttered. “I’m the High Prince, not a soldier. Surely…Surely my uncle told you that.”

“You still need to be trained,” Fex said sternly. “I feel your connection to the source; it is very strong. You will be a danger even to yourself if you do not learn to control it.”

Teveran frowned. “But I’m not going to touch it. I’m not—”

Listen to me, Teveran!” He expelled the bolt of fire and strode across the chamber. “This has

 

nothing to do with the Council. The Council fights their own battle now.”

“What are you talking about?” He stepped backwards.

“What I’m offering you,” Fex whispered, “is an alternative.”

An alternative…?

“Does my uncle know about this?”

Fex shook his head. “You would be better keeping it between you and me. But I promise I will hold him to my word and I will make you stronger, make you ready to face what’s coming. Just…The Council will not last much longer. We have to ensure we do not fall when they do.”

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Receive a free digital copy of Daughter of Etheron and the first novella in the Magicus expanded universe, Rebel and the Aeonseer! Simply fill-in the signup form to receive monthly updates on the Saga of the Magicus Eye, and automatically go into the draw to be one of ten winners! This giveaway expires at midnight on May 12, 2017 (AEST), with winners being notified that weekend.

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