Book Title: Cathadeus (Book One of the Walking Gates) Author: Jeff J. Peters
Category: YA Fiction, 344 pages | Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: Dec 7, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (fighting scenes)
It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities. Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power. Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all . . .
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
This literary work is full of a great cast of characters, too numerous and unique to dwell upon individually.
Without warning, the huge Mins attacked numerous villages consecutively, leaving few alive in their "wake". The few survivors began to unite, calling upon mystic forces to aid them . The Mins were determined to conquer all the kingdoms and have total domain.
Braxton , his brother, father and close friend survived the attack, but unless Braxton could get his mother's essence to her land of the elves, she would die and be lost to them forever.
He was not alone in this task. His great-grandfather's sword, with supreme powers, became his. He was connected to the amazing white unicorn spirit, which was the keeper of the sword.
His father's devoted Dwarf friend and Warrior, Ruskin, would also watch over and train him in combat.
Braxton's close friend, Phinlera, would also be an amazing ally. She contained powers Braxton was totally unaware if before this time. It was vain to expect her not to accompany him on this venture.
Braxtons other close colleague, Gavin and his elkhound, also survived and was eager to assist.
For a time, it was necessary for them to all spit up.
There was further allies in the Zambinis, the half ogre, Sotchek, the elves, Kael, Jenphinlin, Laefin, Bellnella & more. However, it would be primarily up to Braxton, assisted y Serene, who must destroy the Dark Child and the evil Witch Sisters. They were more the formidable opponents for one so newly appointed to be The Chosen One.
Using every cunning idea they could formulate, it would still be impossible to conquer the enemy when they were all grossly outnumbered. Would any of them survive? Would all their beautiful forests and streams become barren deserts?
Although quite graphically violent, the action never ceases throughout the entire book. The large amount of pages becomes inconsequential as the reader moves from one new adventure after another.
The characters are uniquely developed from the author's vivid imagination and fantasy. They each become very real and the reader feels connected to them.
Each new adventure in Braxton's quests, are vividly portrayed, "bring the reader into" the scenes.
At first, I felt the book formation seemed a little awkward, but after a few chapters, this no longer seemed an issue.
The quality of the pages and Book Cover is very impressive. The Cover and Title are both "eye-catching" and very "fitting.
IU offer a Four and a Half Stars rating for this novel.
*This book was gifted to me with no pressure to give a positive review. This is my honest review.
How I got inspired to write Cathadeus
I’d always been interested in fantasy, ever since immigrating to the US as a teenager, and used to write stories and mini-adventures about heroes and imaginary worlds. After graduating college, I began working in IT and held a corporate position for more than twenty years. Throughout that time, I continued to be involved in the genre – reading books, thinking up ideas, and playing tabletop games with my boys. A few years ago, I came across an advertisement from a computer company looking to hire a lore master to write the history, quests and storyline for a fantasy game they’d created. This got me seriously thinking about all of the characters and events I’d been writing about since I was a teenager, and the potential of publishing a novel. I actually fell asleep thinking about this and woke up with the idea for a new fantasy world, which I began writing down. To my surprise, the more I wrote the more the story flowed through me. After spending several days writing, I shared some of the scenes with my family and friends, and they all loved the concepts and encouraged me to continue. I think if it wasn’t for them, I may not have finished. So I started writing. Every day. Week in and week out, until I had the world, characters and storyline created for Cathadeus as well as the overall arc for the rest of the series. It’s been a terrific experience, and I really hope readers enjoy the adventure even partially as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey, and to completing Sotchek – book two of The Walking Gates.
Meet the Author:
JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel. Learn more, connect with the author, and follow hisBLOG | .
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The Girl Without Magic (The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, #1) by Megan O’Russell
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press | Publication date: January 9th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis: Death would have been easier, but the Siren wasn’t through with her.
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Trent fell out of a battle and into the Siren’s Realm, a land where secrets hide in the shadows and pleasure comes at a price Maggie is unwilling to pay.
The time for the Siren’s reckoning has come, sweeping away all she deems unworthy to live in her realm. Those without magic are hunted by the Siren. Those with magic are hunted by the Stricken. Fighting or hiding seem necessary to survive. But there is a different way.
Bertrand Wayland, unaging and unrelenting in his determination for Maggie to accept her fate, slips in and out through the stitches that bind the Siren’s Realm to other worlds, gaining magic and having glorious adventures. When Maggie follows Bertrand out of the Siren’s Realm, seeking an adventure of her own, she finds instead a world of magic on the eve of war. To save innocent lives Maggie risks her heart, her life, and her only chance of returning to the Siren’s Realm
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The Girl Without Magic - Megan O'Russell
I love to read a good story with adventure. This is a fun book filled with lots of adventures and written with a great deal of imagination.
The characters are well-developed and full of surprises. I liked getting to know each of them and was able to feel their emotions well.
The setting was wonderful and I love the places they ventured to.
The title of the book is just right for the story.
I would highly recommend this book to other readers.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
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Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2) by Molly E. Lee
Publication Date: January 8, 2018 Publisher: Entangled: Crus
Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.
Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.
Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.
Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.
Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.
So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.
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*Relate a typical daily schedule for you.
This is a fun question! And one I’m asked often! As a mom to two toddlers people are always asking when I find time to write.
This is what a normal day looks like for me:
6:30 a.m wake up call by my 3 and 4 year old with an enthusiastic demand for breakfast.
7:00 a.m play time—which really equates to me starting a game between then while I try and clean the house as fast as possible
8:00-11:00 it’s either getting the kiddos ready for a fun day out at the zoo or children’s museum or somewhere less fun…like the grocery store.
12:00 is lunch and while they’re eating I try to squeeze in some social media time! I check on my awesome reader group, my instagram page, twitter, and facebook pages. If that goes fast I might open up the plot book and remind myself what chapters I need to write today. If I’m in edits, then I’ll do a little tinkering here, too.
1:00-3:00 is more playtime or working with the 4 year old on her words. She’s up to writing full words now and it’s her favorite thing to do. Picture me writing Dog, Pig, Horse over and over while an adorable blond princess copies it a million times. Usually my Hulk of a son uses this time to smash all the toys I cleaned up earlier—it’s cool, he knows I’ll teach him Dog, Pig, Horse later.
4:00 is when I start prepping dinner before the book-boyfriend worthy husband comes home. If it’s easy, I’ll do a little editing/writing on my laptop in the kitchen in between cooking.
5:00-6:00 is dinner, usually a battle where the toddlers declare war on eating—no matter what has been cooked. We’d order pizza every night if it was up to my son…which I can’t really blame him.
7:30 is the beginning of bedtime for the babies. Picture me reading three children’s books (voices included) before my husband sings them a few songs.
8:00 Kids asleep, I give my husband a quick kiss and clock in for the night. I sit down in my office (which is a small corner of the guestroom where my computer is) coffee in hand, and get to writing. During this time I don’t log onto facebook or anywhere else (unless I need to research something for the book) and I write. I write until I’ve hit my word count goal for the day or until I can’t hold my eyes open anymore. Usually I fall into my bed around midnight or one a.m.
Then, 6:30 a.m. the next morning we do it all over again ☺ It’s exhausting but I get to live the life I’ve always wanted. I get to be an author and a mom and a wife. I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky, but I’m thankful literally everyday. Also…coffee. I drink gallons of the stuff.
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Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars - a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.
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Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Publication Date: January 2, 2018 - Publisher: Entangled Teen
Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.
In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.
The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she's next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she's never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.
There's something he isn't telling her. But there's something she's not telling him, either.
Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.
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Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is a traditionally published author with Bantam/Random House and Harper Collins/Avon, as well as an independently published author. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance. She is also USA Today bestselling romance author Karen Erickson. She is a wife and a mother of three who lives with her family in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere, along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through many angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.
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Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross
Publication Date: December 26, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen
The second book in the Juniper Falls series from NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Julie Cross, perfect for fans of Miranda Kenneally and Abbi Glines.
Haley Stevenson seems like she’s got it all together: cheer captain, “Princess” of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she’s struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she’s sworn them off completely until college.
Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He’s always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he’s finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner.
But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who’s ready to break all the rules.
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List your all-time favorite literary characters and why you like them.
Jo from Little Women - Jo is fiercely loyal and loves her family so much. But she’s also someone who refuses to settle for less than her ideal dreams, not with her writing or career, not with the person she chooses to marry. She inspires us to not take the easy or safe path but to risk our heart and soul for what we want most in life.
Hermione Granger from Harry Potter series - Hermione reminds us all that intellectual curiosity, morality, and ample planning can be the difference between winning and losing.
Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, Chasing Truth, Off the Ice and many more to come! Julie Cross was a longtime resident of central Illinois but has recently moved her entire family across the country to continue her academic studies at Stanford University.
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Eighteen-year-old Marianna De'Angelis has grown up on her father's fishing boat off the picturesque coast of Sicily, Italy. She traverses the nearby countryside on horseback and bicycle and works alongside her mother selling fish at market. It is a simple, happy life. But when WWII erupts and the Nazis overtake the country, Marianna's peaceful world is shattered.
In the midst of chaos, Marianna encounters a handsome, young Italian soldier named Massimo Scalvone. Though she tries to keep her distance, Marianna finds herself powerfully drawn to Massimo. Yet all the while, the man she is growing to love conceals a deadly secret—a secret that ensures that in a world now ruled by politics and greed, Massimo is not free to give his heart. Devastated, Marianna immerses herself in helping her family and neighbors survive the war. But soon, merely helping is not enough, and the young woman undertakes increasingly dangerous missions for the resistance. Although Marianna and Massimo each harbor secrets, their only hope of survival is to trust each other with the truth of who they really are.
This book's setting is during the final two tears of World War 11. A time when mistrust of one another was prevalent. Italian men and older boys were being forced into becoming and serving the Nazi party. Many Italians had formed a Resistance group, feeling betrayed by Mussolini. Even some family members could not be trusted.
Many, more affluent, Italians tried to continue in their birthday and Holiday traditions although most of the eligible young men were gone to war. This was the situation when eighteen-year-old Marianna's older brother would soon be departing, leaving his pregnant, young wife and family behind. The De`Angelo family were making the most of their time together before he had to leave.
As Marianna was walking home from Market, she noticed a very attractive young man working in her elderly neighbor's field. As she peeked over the wall at him, he caught her and spoke to her on a friendly voice. Embarrassed, she fled.
Massimo discovered a beautiful angel face peeking over the wall at him When he spoke to her, she quickly fled. He was on leave at his grandparents house for the Summer to help them. When accepting a Sunday dinner with his grandparents, little did he know that he would once again see that "angel face:"... a face he must try to avoid, yet could not.
This is a very interesting tale of the difficult times in Italy - as with many countries - where the Nazis invaded and of the cruelness even the allies had to endure. It is a story of family closeness and of the difficulties the youth had to endure. Young love was hard to find and hold onto. Families and communities were torn apart with mistrust and sorrow.
I was impressed with the story of two very strong youth willing to sacrifice all for love as their world crumbled around them.
The characters were very well developed and personable. The scenes were equally portrayed in a way they were easily visualized. The author aptly "drew the reader into" the tale. It "flowed" very smoothly, with plenty of actin, drama and suspense.
The Title and Book Cover were attractive and "fitting".
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
* This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.