Book review: Time Crawler by Varun Sayal

Time CrawlersTime Crawlers by Varun Sayal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The book is a collection of unique short stories, on superior beings (aliens) existing amongst humans on earth. Hiding their true nature but living in plain sight, they are slowly manipulating everything in their favor. It would not be long when the human race would be completely obliterated. Only a gifted few humans can see them for what they are, which is why they are being targeted and killed off.

I liked the stories and found the concept definitely frightening and yet intriguing, which is what kept me going.

All the short stories are unique and captivating, but not all are of the same level. The opening story ‘Eclipse’ was a tad slow and dragged a bit. I would have preferred it to be a bit more crisp and tight. There are long narratives portions that made it monotonous at times. If they could have been dialogues it would have made a big difference. There were some sections I found a bit hard to understand—I got confused in the 3D and 4D parts and had to keep going back to make sense of it.

‘Death by Crowd’ was quite hardcore and the clean-cut writing brought it out well. Handled better than the first one. ‘The Genie’ was comical and fun reading. “Time Crawlers’, ‘the Cave’ and Nark-Astra’ were the best of all.

I liked that though starting off slow, the stories picked up the pace and kept me engrossed to the end. I liked the style of writing, and look forward to reading more stories from the author.

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Spotlight: The Valarsard Chronicles

Presenting—The Valarsard Chronicles by Erin Eldridge

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SERIES: The Valarsard Chronicles

 BOOK ONE: The Ravening Heart of the Wolf

BOOK TWO: The Wolf in Winter

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AUTHOR BIO: I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. The city is still rebuilding after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. I have been a teacher for most of my life, most recently, a teacher of deaf students. Currently, I do part time support work with International students at a boys’ college. I’ve taught overseas as well, in Africa and in Brunei. I have two children, one of who, my daughter, lives in the UK and the other, my son, lives around the corner! I started writing two years ago and have completed four books: a contemporary romance, two war stories and a medieval fantasy. I have many more ideas for stories yet to come.

Ravening Heart of the Wolf
The Valarsard Chronicles

 

BOOK ONE SYNOPSIS: A brutal medieval warlord believes his lost true love has returned to him from the grave. A young girl is uprooted from the sheltered life that is all she has known and must learn to survive in a violent and pitiless world where man is wolf to man. A valiant young warrior loses his heart to her, but the unforeseen tears them apart. Fate conspires to throw all three into each other’s path with shattering results. A colorful cast of minor characters helps to create a stunning, stained-glass-montage of an adventure that will enthrall readers young, old, and in-between.

 

AD4.pngBOOK TWO SYNOPSIS: Following the dramatic events that closed Book One, the Valarsards settle back into harmonious co-existence. But tranquility is short-lived, enemies are close at hand, and both the wolf and the eagle are called upon as never before to protect loved ones and avert further tragedy.

 

AUTHOR SITE LINKS: http://www.immortallongings.net/, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100016952262180
AMAZON US
BOOK ONE: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079J4Y8HY
BOOK TWO: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079VVNJYR
AMAZON UK
BOOK ONE: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079J4Y8HY
BOOK TWO: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079VVNJYR
AMAZON CA
BOOK ONE: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079J4Y8HY
BOOK TWO: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B079VVNJYR 

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

T.O.E. Trilogy Sales Blitz – Grab Your Copy Now!

Updated: 5 Nov. 2017

Talisman Of El
T.O.E. Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Al Stone
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Centrinian

Book Description:
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human … 7 billion.
Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

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Blackout
T.O.E. Trilogy, Book 2

Book Description:
What was shall no longer be. What was not shall now become.

Despite having the protection of the talisman and the Legion, a reforming force of warrior angels and elementals, guarding his every move, things are not looking good for Charlie Blake. Tasked with the responsibility of saving mankind, finding the four diamonds to restore the talisman is all he can think of, but when his prophetic visions start to invade his reality and he suddenly can’t distinguish the dream world from the real world, the pending extinction of mankind becomes the least of his problems. Everyone assumes Charlie’s dormant powers are activating, until he starts showing symptoms of a deadly disease.

With his nemesis, Gaddis, threatening the lives of his loved ones, he faces a race against time to locate the Stone of Raphael, the air diamond, before an imminent pandemic destroys civilization. As he ventures into dangerous lands once again, he unearths shocking revelations about his past life that forces him to question his allegiance. With no one to turn to for answers, he can’t help but wonder if his purpose is truly to save mankind.

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Ground Zero
T.O.E. Trilogy, Book 3

Book Description:
It happens every 26,000 years.

Only a few ever survive.

This time …

No one will.

That is unless Charlie Blake can locate all four diamonds to restore the Talisman of El and receive his calling from the remaining three elements before the Annus Magnus strikes. With both Arcadia and the mortal world in a state of unrest, his life quickly spirals out of control as it seems everyone has put a bounty on his head. Maybe even his closest allies.

Not knowing who to trust, Charlie starts to dig up the past. When new revelations arise, he begins to question whether the Legion of Light really is what it claims to be and whether he’s been fighting for the wrong side all along. The line between good and evil is no longer as clear-cut as it used to be, especially when it appears Charlie’s destiny could very well be to destroy everything he loves.

Hero or villain? Charlie isn’t so sure anymore.

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About the Author
Al Stone is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy T.O.E. After graduating with a BA in Film & Television, Al had worked in the television industry for a short period before a disabling injury caused her to turn her hand to storytelling. Talisman Of El is her debut novel. The sequels Blackout and Ground Zero are currently available for sale.

When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music and travelling. At present, she lives in England, United Kingdom with her family.

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Book Review—Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City, #4)Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve read a couple of works by Penny Reid and loved all of them, but I have to say this one took me completely by surprise. It’s hilarious, dramatic and passionately romantic. Ashley is the only sister of the Winston brothers. She has been gone for years and is now back to find an ailing mother and distant brothers. And then there is Drew, the pillar who holds them all together.

Ashley & Drew’s story while unraveling a lot of mysteries surrounding the brothers, reveals a very different aspect of Penny’s writing that I had not read before. The book somewhat split into parts dominated by different emotions. So it begins with humor and tussle, strained sibling relationship, overcast by sorrow, leading to overwhelming passion (thanks to Drew) towards the end.

As someone has said, the quietest people have the loudest minds—holds true for Drew. His poetry floods your senses with passion and emotion that is downright staggering. The outpourings of his heart will leave you speechless. The intensity of his feelings for Ashley is enrapturing. The eloquence of his words make him precious and I think were the best part about the book.

A good book to invest your time in.

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