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Book: Pricked

Pricked by Scott Mooney

Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing

Pricked starts out by introducing us to the main character Briar Pryce. She seems like a normal human at first but she’s not. She lives in a magical part of New York City called the Poisoned Apple and she has magical powers.

Briar’s powers are pretty unique. I haven’t come across them just yet in a fantasy book. She’s able to manipulate other people’s emotions by using flowers, and roses are her flowers of choice. The roses even change colour based on the emotions Briar pours into them.

The magical powers attract the attention of the Elite. They hire Briar to find the human boyfriend of an Elite’s daughter. While she is thrown into the world of Elite intrigues, she has to find the boyfriend in time before he gets killed. Or before a war destroys the human world in New York City.

Missing Back Story

The author seemed to have had a back story in his head already, which was rather apparent when I started reading. The author seems to know things about the backdrop of Briar, her friends and the Poisoned Apple. Unfortunately the reader doesn’t yet. So as this is the first (or only?) book, this is where the story has to be created and set. I felt like I was missing some pieces of the puzzle. Why does she think the spell that transformed her best friend into a cat was meant for her? What could she have done prior to this story taking place to “deserve” that? Some things get cleared up along the way but for me it felt like I had to assume certain things to make it all fit.

I will say, as a whole, the key words for me that came up while reading where “happy” “upbeat” and even a bit witty at times. Maybe even a bit too witty as some jokes really need a bit of “know how”of the real world.

What I also really liked was the backdrop of New York City. There is this almost other dimensional magical world that exists in the same spot as one of the most famous cities in the world.

A Little More Depth

Overall it’s not a bad story, I just think it still needs a little work. The time span seems to be a few days. Which doesn’t really give it enough time to flow and develop and to really create the characters. I know who are in the book and sort of who they are in relation to Briar but I don’t really get to know them.
It would have been nice to have a little more character development throughout. It’s done with 1 or 2 characters and the rest of them are just “there”. It all lacked a little depth for me.

If you like a light summer read with a relatively simple story and some good jokes and a happy vibe, this might be your book.

Rating: 3/5

With that rating set, I have to say it came to a 3/5 because I don’t do half stars. It felt worthy of more than a 2 star but 3 is stretching it a little. So the benefit of the doubt applies here.

Pricked is available from August 13, 2019

Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley and Bleeding Ink Publishing in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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Book: Tenebrasco

The Pearl Wielder Trilogy #1 by Hannah Reed

Independently Published

When I first started reading Tenebrasco I thought I had a book in my hands that sort of resembled “The little Mermaid” on steroids. But just a little bit in, I happily realised it wasn’t.

Hannah Reed did a wonderful job creating a detailed underwater world. It keeps up with our real life modern day technology, while still maintaining a mystic layer that sets it apart from the world out of the water.

The book follows the viewpoint of Princess April who is the heir to the throne of the seven seas. The Mer(maid) people have special powers that are strengthened by certain pearls. And while there are 9 different powers in total, most Mer can’t wield them all. Yet April can, and she’s stronger than she should be for her Mer-age.

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Book: Song of Blood & Stone

Earthsinger Chronicles Book 1 by L. Penelope

I was so excited for this book. So when I had received it I couldn’t wait to start reading it. I have to note this book seems to be a reprint / revised copy of a previous release and will be available on July 16, 2019.

The story starts with Jasminda who lives in Elsira but also has Lagrimar blood. The colour of her skin is a reason for the people of Elsira to shun her as they are pretty racist. On top of that she has earthsong powers (magic) which is something only people from Lagrimar have, and Elsira and Lagrimar have been separated for centuries by a magic veil called The Mantle.

The Queen Who Sleeps rules Elsira while Lagrimar is ruled by the True Father. When the Mantle falls peace for both countries will be no more because the True Father wants to seize power.

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Book: Flight

Dragonmaster Trilogy book 2 by Katie Cross

This is the next book in the Dragonmaster Trilogy and it continues the story of Isadora and Sanna Spence. Isador and Sanna are sisterwitches and have lived in Letum Wood with the other Dragonmaster families their whole lives. But now the time has come for them to spread their wings and fly.

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Book: Swords, Sorcery & Self-Rescuing Damsels

This book contains short stories by Jody Lynn Nye, Katie Cross, Robyn Bennis, Raven Oak, Frog and Esther Jones, Dawn Vogel, Matt Youngmark, Lee French, Connie J. Jasperson, Jeffrey Cook, Katherine Perkins, Jeremy Zimmerman, Edward J. Knight, Elmdea Adams (no amazon profile available), Fulvio Gatti (no amazon profile available), Robert J. McCarter, Lou J. Berger, Ian Berger (no amazon profile available) and Sarah Bartsch.

This collection of short stories appealed to me because it has everything in it that I like in a story. Swords, magic (sorcery) and bad ass women who get shit done. As someone who normally doesn’t read a lot of short stories (I’m more of a series kind of reader) I wasn’t sure what to expect for the story lines, but most of the time I wasn’t disappointed.

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