Book Review: The Infinity Bridge by Ross M Kitson

When I come across a great novel, I love to share it with you and The Infinity Bridge is one of those books. It’s a great cross-over book which will appeal to adults and YA alike. I don’t like to write spoilers when I review, instead I prefer to concentrate on the writing, plot and characters, the elements which make the book come alive for me. So without further ado, here are my thoughts:

Infinity Bridge front coverWhat an adventure! With great characters and an amazingly action-packed plot, this steampunk adventure has all the elements for success. It combines modern day technology with that from the Victorian era with effortless aplomb, tackles issues of mental instability, and even has a modern-day Knights of the Round Table and Merlin.

The quirky characters are relatable and likeable, and you begin to care about their quest to save the Infinity Bridge from falling into the wrong hands and saving our world from destruction at the hands of The Hidden. Sam and Ben’s gifts are believable and well- constructed, and I liked the angst Sam feels at his brother’s so-called mental illness. Both of their characters are incredibly well thought out. I also enjoyed the interaction between Nick and his Mother, who is quite a colourful person.

The action scenes are descriptive and draw you in to the extent you could easily believe you were witnessing them first-hand. The technology is well thought out and expertly applied throughout the story. Kitson makes you believe in all the possibilities contained in the story as he transports you to alternative realities and explores how easy it would be for our world to be infiltrated without our knowledge.

This is a well written and captivating adventure for YA and adult and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

I strongly suggest you check out his Prism Series, book 3 of which has been released today – I have to say I’m hooked!

Ross M Kitson

Ross M Kitson

Ross M Kitson is a published author in the fantasy genre, with an ongoing series (The Prism Series), a number of short stories on Quantum Muse web-zine and several stories in Steampunk and fantasy anthologies. His debut series for Myrddin is due for release in October 2012, and is a sci-fi series set in modern day York. It is written for ages 12+, although its combination of killer androids, steam-powered airships, kick-ass heroines and action packed chases will appeal to all ages.

Ross works as a doctor in the UK specializing in critical care and anaesthesia. He is happily married with three awesome children, who nagged him incessantly to write something that they could read. His love of speculative fiction and comics began at a young age and shows no signs of fading.

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Book Review: The Lamplighter’s Special by Alison DeLuca

Before you moan at me – yes I know I’ve done 2 book reviews in a row, but both books are so worthy that I just had to pass on my thoughts to you all. So forgive me, enjoy my comments and then go and get the books – you won’t be disappointed!

The Lamplighter’s Special

 

I have been eagerly awaiting this third book in the Crown Phoenix series, having read and immensely enjoyed The Night Watchman Express and Devil’s Kitchen, and I’m overjoyed to report, it was well worth the wait.

This book centres primarily around Ninna and Lizzie and how they become embroiled in the magic surrounding the Crown Phoenix.

This story starts a little slower as the author sets the scene for what ultimately culminates in an unexpected and somewhat explosive ending.

Despite the slower pace at the beginning, Ms DeLuca intricately weaves an amazing tale which connects to the previous two books in unforeseen ways, making it all the more exciting.

Once again, she has given her characters great depth and the reader can truly relate to them. I found myself connecting with Lizzie and Ninna on many levels; some of the more emotional scenes tugged on my heartstrings, especially their concern and worry about their parents and younger sister.

Her fantastic world-building is as believable as it is imaginable, and that to me is one of her great strengths. She describes her settings with such skill that you can picture yourself there whilst still leaving enough to the imagination to make it enchanting.

The fantastical and magical elements are totally unique and have been devised with great ingenuity. What’s more, they have been written with great skill whilst still not revealing all the secrets. She definitely leaves you with unanswered questions, but not to the extent where it spoils the unfolding tale.

The gripping twists in the story are fabulous tie-ins with book 2 of the series and even though The Lamplighter’s Special was only released yesterday, I’m already chomping at the bit for book 4!

Alison DeLuca is a master storyteller who deserves much more recognition than she gets. I would not hesitate to recommend not only this book, but the entire series. This is Steampunk adventure at its best!

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Book Review: Tower of Bones by Connie J Jasperson

When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be the typical fantasy premise of boy hero in training and female warrior who saves his butt. But I decided to give it a chance and was more than pleasantly surprised. I don’t want to give any spoilers away so I’m going to talk more about the overall writing than the plotlines.

The author wove an interesting story with some very unique elements that I’d not come across before. Her world-building was cleverly done in such a way that she made it believable and her descriptions were so good you could easily picture each area the characters found themselves in, particularly in and around Mal Evol .

Her magic system was well thought out and again used inimitable components that were surprising.

Her characters were designed with exceptional depth; I found the main four protagonists extremely likeable and rooted for them when they faced their trials and tribulations. I loved the way the relationships intertwined and how a novice mage (Edwin) became like a brother to those involved in the quest with him, and ended up instructing his teachers and mentors.

The antagonist was skilfully crafted, both in terms of description and the depths of his depravity. His magic system was different to that of the protagonists which made for an interesting twist. She built the tension well at the appropriate points and I certainly did not see the curve ball coming at the end.

The snippets of back story interlaced well, provided clarity to some of the unfolding events and were by no means overdone or overlong.

On the downside, I did find a few minor errors in the text, but they didn’t spoil the pleasure of reading the book.

In conclusion, Tower of Bones was an enjoyable and entertaining read and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

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Also by Connie J Jasperson – Last Good Knight

Connie J Jasperson

Book Review – Doxology by Brian Holers

Brief Summary

Vernon Davidson is an angry man. After a lifetime of abuse and loss, the 61-year-old is ready to get back at God, his co-workers, and everyone else in his north Louisiana hometown. He drinks too much to numb the pain, shuns his friends and embarrasses himself in the community. The once-cautious Vernon spirals into a reckless mess.

Only when he is reunited with his estranged nephew Jody is he forced to confront his situation. Jody is struggling in equal parts after inflicting exile upon himself by fleeing the family for a new life far away. Now his father, Vernon’s brother, is dying and Vernon agrees to retrieve him for his brother’s sake.

Review

Devastatingly poignant. The synergy between all the characters and their personal issues make this story incredibly moving.

Outstanding journey. Vernon and Jody travel difficult paths in an effort to make sense of their lives and that of their family. Secrets are revealed and insights are gained leading to new levels of understanding for Jody.

Xtraordinary characterisations. Each of the characters has a strong story and this comes across eloquently.

Original concept and story. One of the great things about this novel is how different it is. There are precious few books that concentrate on male perspective and relationships between male family members. I particularly liked the relationship between Leonard and Vernon.

Lovely story. Although there’s sadness in this story it demonstrates how people can learn to adapt to the hand they’ve been dealt, especially with all the strife they have endured. They gain a kind of understanding about themselves as individuals and about their family.

Offers a slightly different take on the concept of faith. There are religious connotations running through the story, but I felt the theory behind the faith was more about family and the relationships within.

Genuinely emotive. Leonard’s terminal illness and his desire to see his estranged children before his time runs out tugs on the heartstrings. You feel his sorrow and pain through the words of the author.

YES! I would definitely recommend it!

About the author: An arborist by day and a novelist in every moment he can steal, Brian makes up stories from the treetops.

Visit Brian on http://brianholers.com his website, http://twitter.com/BrianHolers on Twitter, http://www.facebook.com/brianholerswriter?sk=wall  on Facebook

About the book:  Fathers, sons and brothers reconnect over tragedy in this blue-collar Southern tale of love, loss, and the healing power of community and family.

Read an excerpt from Doxology> http://www.novelpublicity.com/doxology-excerpt/

Get it on Amazon  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005SL5VOG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=novelpubli-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B005SL5VOG 

or Barnes & Noble  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/doxology-brian-douglas-holers/1105347043?ean=2940013218413&itm=1&usri=doxology+holers”

Book Review: Devil’s Kitchen by Alison DeLuca

Having devoured The Night Watchman Express, the first in the Crown Phoenix series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Devil’s Kitchen (book 2). I purchased it the very day I finished the first book and can honestly say I’m glad I did!

Devil’s Kitchen is more involved than The Night Watchman Express yet the story flows from one book to the next seamlessly. There is more drama, greater subplots and increased intrigue in Devil’s Kitchen and is so well written, I found myself completely immersed in it.

This book is a little darker than book 1; all the main characters experience trauma of varying degrees and I found myself sympathising with their predicaments and willing them on in their attempts to escape them. They each have great morals, genuinely care about others and still have the backbone to stand up for themselves.

The author demonstrates great skill crafting her characters; they have real depth. The antagonists are manipulative, cruel and remorseless and these traits jump off the page.

Devil’s Kitchen itself is depicted as a wicked place run by nasty people. Again Ms DeLuca’s superior world-building and descriptive flair creates believable settings that are tangible and interesting.

Again, this Steampunk adventure will appeal to young and older adults alike. The gripping story keeps you hooked to the very end and I, for one, eagerly await publication of the next book in the series, The Lamplighter’s Special.

I would strongly recommend this book and again, would give it more than 5 stars! Alison DeLuca is an incredibly talented author and I wish her every success.

Book Review: The Night Watchman Express by Alison DeLuca

I’d never read a Steampunk novel until The Night Watchman Express crossed my path and I wasn’t sure if it would be ‘my thing’, but I’d read a few of the 5-star reviews on Amazon and decided to give it a try.

By the end of the first chapter I was hooked! The characters are larger than life: Miriam, Simon and Neil are loveable and you find yourself really caring about them and the twists and turns in their young lives. Mana is enigmatic yet extremely likeable and the Marchpanes are foul creatures that you take an instant dislike to.

The story is fast-paced; the plot and subplots have so many cliffhangers and hooks, you just have to keep reading. The world-building is superior with superb description – you can so easily picture the places in your mind, and that, to me, is the mark of a very skilled writer.

This book would appeal to adults as well as children. It is entertaining, suspenseful and is so well written, it draws you in. Now, I HAVE to buy the sequel, Devil’s Kitchen, just to find out what happens next. That again is the mark of a consummate author if they leave you breathlessly needing to buy the next book in the series!

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book and would give it more than 5/5-stars if I could! Alison DeLuca has an enormous talent and deserves every bit of success that comes her way.

Alison DeLuca

To find out more about Alison DeLuca and her novels, visit her blog http://alisondeluca.blogspot.com