Sentinel (Caretaker Chronicles: Book 3) by Josi Russell

Sentinel (Caretaker Chronicles Book 3) by [Russell, Josi]

4 Stars

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of Publication: November 17th, 2016

Genre: Science Fiction

Series: Caretaker Chronicles

Caretaker – Book 1

Guardians – Book 2 (review here)

Sentinel – Book 3

Stasis Dreams – Short story

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Rigel Bryant is the only natural-born telepathic human in the history of the universe. His father, Ethan, wants him to lock his abilities away, but Rigel doesn’t see why it is wrong to use his gifts.

Rigel’s carefree attitude is shattered when he receives an urgent telepathic distress signal that overwhelms his every thought. The call comes from Ethan’s old friend, Tesuu the Zumiin, who saved his life during his misadventures as Caretaker.

In order to reclaim Rigel’s mind, the father-son pair hire a beautiful pilot named Carine to take them to the Zumiin planet. When the trio arrives, they are attacked by AI robots determined to kill any potential threat to the Zumiin, including their own programmer. Before Ethan and Tesuu can find a solution to the problem, a deadly poisonous snake bites Ethan, sending him into a deep coma. While Tesuu battles the rampaging robots, Rigel hunts for a rare antidote to save his father’s life.

Can Rigel become a hero like his father, or is it too late for him and the rest of the universe?

My review:

Rigel Bryant is the only known natural telepath in the known universe. The other two telepaths, his father and pseudo-grandmother (Kaia), but they were experimented on by an alien and gained their powers that way. They now wear a device called a thought blocker. That device can block the thoughts of the people around them, so they aren’t listening to other people’s thoughts all the time. Rigel, however, does not wear a thought blocker, and he can hear everyone’s thoughts all the time. He has learned to filter it out, and he has learned to use his ability for not so great purposes.

His latest venture was insider trading. He read his girlfriend’s mind and got the information about the merger from her thoughts. He was able to buy stock and then sell it for a hefty price. His girlfriend, who I felt bad for, didn’t know that Rigel was a telepath until he was arrested by the Coriol Defense Civil Division (aka CDCD) in her apartment. To say she was upset that he used her for her information is an understatement.

Ethan, Rigel’s father, is at the end of his rope with him. Not only can Rigel read thoughts, but he pushes people into doing what he wants, which happens when he is brought to the Governor of Coriol. After being released from the offices, Rigel heads home with Ethan for what becomes an epic intervention. Aria, who had long been Rigel’s champion and against him getting a thought blocker, told him that he was getting a thought block in the morning. End of story (at this point I was like, Go Mom).

Rigel takes off after telling Aria, Rigel, and Polara that he won’t get one. He goes back to his girlfriend’s apartment and pushes her to repress her anger and let him stay with her. It was during this time that he starts to have vivid nightmares about a gray planet with tunnels running across the surface. There is something wrong on that planet, terribly wrong. Pretty soon, the dream has invaded his waking thoughts. He does the only thing that he has left to do (since his girlfriend threw him out), he goes home and tells his father.

Ethan immediately knows where and who are sending the nightmares to Rigel. An old friend called Tessu, who resides on a planet called Entewen One. He tells Rigel that he needs help but then gets cut off. Ethan decides to take a day trip to Entewen One and drags Rigel with him. They hire out a ship called The Mirror with a young pilot named Catrine. The journey there is pretty easy because the ship has something called a chip drive, and that can get them there sooner than later.

When they get to the planet, they realize that something is wrong. Very wrong. They are attacked by spheres as soon as they land, and Catrine’s ship is taken by something. They are saved by a timely storm that sweeps away the spheres and allows them to find shelter in some nearby caves.

That is where Tessu meets them and tells them what is going on. His grandson, Ravi, did an upgrade on defense spheres that he had created, but something went wrong, and the spheres are now destroying anything that they think is a threat to Tessu’s species. The control sphere took Catrine’s ship and is now branching out to other planets in the galaxy, to protect the Zumiin.

Catrine is sent out in one of the Zumiin ships to warn the Mineans about the incoming spheres. Ethan and Rigel are told that there is a Pilaay ship in their trash heaps that still can be flown. All they need to do is get there. Which they do, but then they are attacked by a giant, venomous snake, and Ethan gets bitten. Rigel is now racing against the clock to find the antivenom that will save his father’s life.

What happens in the rest of the book? Well, you need to read it. Because what I outlined here doesn’t even cover what happens.

It was interesting to read Rigel’s transformation in the book. He went from someone who was only thinking for himself and using his powers to better his life to someone who risked life and limb to save people’s lives and used his powers to aid him in it. It was interesting to see the transformation.

His relationship with his family was painful to read. He did so much wrong and caused such a huge rift that I was beginning to wonder if it could heal.

The romance between Catrine and Rigel was cute. She was the only person, besides Polara, whose mind he couldn’t read and that was a big part of the attraction for him.

The end of the book was very suspenseful, and I read it thinking that what was hinted could happen would happen. But it didn’t, and I was pretty happy about that.

I would give Sentinel an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is mild violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Sentinel. I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Skies (Sharani Series: Book 3) by Kevin L. Nielson

Skies (Sharani Series Book 3) by [Nielsen, Kevin L.]

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of Publication: August 15th 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Where the book can be found: Amazon 

Series: Sharani Series

Sands – Book 1

Storms – Book 2

Skies – Book 3

Book synopsis:

For the Rahuli people, the world has just gotten a lot bigger.

Gavin, now the leader of the displaced Rahuli, grows increasingly frustrated with the members of the so-called slave “rebellion.” The former slaves are frightened by the Rahuli’s war-filled history, but the their warrior ways might be the only thing to stop the Orinai from slaughtering them all.

Meanwhile, Lhaurel is held prisoner by the Seven Sisters, the mysterious and ruthless mages who rule the Orinai. Cut off from her magic, she is forced to travel to the Orinai capital under a threat against the Rahuli. But, despite their promises, the Sisters have no intention of letting the Rahuli live.

Their armies march toward the Rahuli once again. To defend his people, Gavin must earn the trust of the former slaves, or nobody stands a chance against the approaching horde.

Can Gavin defeat the Orinai, or have the Rahuli entered a fight they cannot win?

My review:

I am going to start off this review by saying you need to read Sands and Storms first. Skies is not a standalone book. I made the mistake of not reading Sands and Storms before reading Skies and I was so confused that I ended up stopping reading Skies, buying Sands and Storms, reading them and then restarting Skies. Which is why I didn’t have my review ready on the date it was released.

Lhaurel’s character really progressed from the first 2 books and I felt awful that she was shut off from her powers. I also felt bad that she was held captive by those creepy Sisters. Now, when I think of Sisters, I think of kind little nuns in their habits. From what I gleaned about these Sisters, they are the opposite. They wear tight-fitting clothes, filed their teeth to points, and were generally bad ass bitches that no one wanted to mess with. I loved it. I did like Talha. She seemed the most easy-going out of all the sisters.

The other storyline focused on Gavin and his band of RahuliGavin is having a hard time being the ruler and trying to keep the peace with the head of the village. Brisson kept reminding Gavin of the hardship that the Rahuli are putting on his people and Gavin keeps reminding Brisson that his people could help. It’s a stalemate until Gavin decides that he has had enough and forces Brisson to accept him as an equal.

Not going to go too much into that storyline but I was impressed with how it ended up and I loved the twist at the end. Absolutely freaking loved it. There were hints pointing to the twist but I was still surprised when it came.

Lhaurel’s storyline was a little more complicated but none the less just as enthralling. I did like the waking dreams and the end of her story was totally not what I was expecting. I honestly thought that it would go another way.

The author did leave it open for a 4th book. But no cliffhangers. He wrapped up each storyline in a way that it definitely closed the door on that story and opened a new door for the next story.

How many stars will I give Skies? 4

Why? It’s a wonderfully written, thoroughly engrossing book with vividly written worlds and characters.

Will I reread? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Teen on up

Why? Violence but otherwise, it is a very clean book.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Stuck in the Game (Dream State Saga: Book 1) by Christopher Keene

Stuck in the Game (Dream State Saga Book 1) by [Keene, Christopher]

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: August 1st 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Series: Dream State Saga

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Book synopsis:

After a terrible car crash puts seventeen-year-old Noah Newbolt into a coma, he is hooked up to the innovative Dream Engine—a virtual reality helmet that immerses the player in an online fantasy game. The Dream Engine keeps Noah’s mind alive while doctors frantically work to heal his body, but his death in the game could result in irreversible brain damage.

While Noah learns to navigate the Dream Game, his girlfriend, Sue, suffers injuries from the same crash. Then the doctors’ attempts to connect her to the game result in her apparent death. When a mysterious avatar drops notes suggesting the last remnants of Sue’s consciousness are being held prisoner in the most dangerous part of the game, Noah takes it upon himself to rescue her.

He allies himself with a group of high-level players to help him in his quest, but his rise through the ranks earns him a bounty. With top players across the world gunning for Noah, can he stay alive–and awake–long enough to save Sue and escape the game?

My review:

This book was great!! As a long time gamer, I loved that the author picked an MMORPG game to set this story in. Call me a huge nerd but I liked that he did that.

I did feel for Noah. He is stuck in Dream Engine while in a coma after being in a car crash with his girlfriend, Sue.

When Noah awakens in Dream Engine, he was confused. Wouldn’t you be if you were awakened in an online, virtual reality game? When his mom gets in contact with him and explains what happened, he sucked it up. His parents hired one of Wona’s employees to “protect” him. Also to help him level up while he was being brought back to health in real life.

I had to laugh when I started reading the areas Noah was going to quest/level up/grind. Reminded me of the different areas of WoW. Duskshire was the main one. I got the giggles when Noah was hunting spiders for silk to make a robe. Been there, done that. The other areas reminded me of: Kalimdor, Northrend, Pandaria, and Booty Bay.

The elitist attitudes portrayed in this book was hilarious and very on point. The views that Noah’s friends have when they realized that he was being run through dungeons. If you have ever sat in trade chat, then you know what I am talking about.

There is a huge twist in the story that did take my breath away. Not giving too much away because you need to read the book, but I cried and then got mad.

This book ended with one of my biggest pet peeves, a cliffhanger. I hate them with a passion but it did grab my attention and make me wish that book 2 was there. I want to find out what happens to Noah after he wakes up and if things get resolved!!!

How many stars will I give Stuck in the Game? 4

Why? This was a thoroughly enjoyable book that amused me to no end. The characters were likable and the plot was engaging. The only complaint that I had was that it ended in a cliffhanger.

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend it to family and friends? Yes

Age Range? Teen

Why? Very clean. No sex, violence is not graphic and there is no bad language

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Granted by Michelle Merrill

Granted by [Merrill, Michelle]

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date Published: June 30th, 2016

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Book synopsis:

The existence of genies may be the best-kept secret in the history of the world.

After being trapped in the Sahara Desert for her whole life, sixteen-year-old genie Brielle finally gets her first assignment in Tri-Cities, Washington. She eagerly heads out into the human world to grant her first wish so that she can gain her magic. Unfortunately, her assigned human, Addie, stopped believing in wishes years ago and would much rather that everyone just leave her alone.

Complicating everything is Rock, Brielle’s childhood friend turned enemy. Brielle doesn’t need him ruining her first trip out into the human world. Too bad she can’t keep her mind—or her eyes—off him and his annoyingly cute dimples.

To make matters worse, genies in the Tri-Cities area are suspiciously dying. One broken lamp could be an accident, but after three deaths occur, Brielle suspects someone has uncovered the genies’ secret and is slowly killing them off one by one. 

With the Genie Council ignoring the threat, Brielle desperately needs to gain her magic so she can stop the murderer before she—or Rock—is the next genie to die.

My review:

I could not stand Brielle’s character in the beginning. But if I was expecting my lamp to be rubbed and then was told, sorry it’s in storage and you have to wait, I’d have acted the same way. Over the course of the book, her character did grow on me, though. I loved her interactions with Addie and with Rock. She showed through her friendship with Addie, how much she grew in maturity while she was there.

While we are on the subject of Rock, he made me want to scream. I didn’t have him figured out during the book. What was his deal? Was he a good djinn or did he got caught up in something that he had no control over? Also, the twist with him in the book was great!!! I didn’t expect what happened to happen.

Now onto Addie. I felt so bad for her. There were parts of the book that made me want to reach through and hug her. And for the record, I am glad that she and Brielle met. They were good for each other.

The whole storyline of Addie’s parents disappearing made me want to puke. Not going to get into it but I really disliked them. If you want to know more, read the book.

The mystery that Brielle and Rock get involved with did catch my attention. I thought it was very imaginative to have the genies die when their lamps break. It only makes sense because their life-force is connected to the lamps. The way the book ended also made a great intro for a 2nd book!!!

3 Things I liked about Granted:

  1. The storyline
  2. Rock
  3. Addie

3 Things I disliked about Granted:

  1. Brielle at the beginning of the book
  2. Vicky (she rubbed me the wrong way)
  3. The triplets

How many stars will I give Granted? 4

Why? Granted was a well written YA book. The plot and the subplots were fantastic and kept my attention the whole book. While Brielle came across as a spoiled, impatient brat, she showed her true colors when she met Addie. The murder mystery secondary story didn’t take away from the main storyline and when they were brought together at the end, it was fantastic.

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Tween on up

Why? This is a perfect book for tweens. It’s clean (no sex), minimal violence and very relatable characters.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden by D.W. Vogel

Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden by [Vogel, D. W.]

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of Publication: May 16, 2016

Genre: Science Fiction

Book synopsis:

We never would have come here if we’d known.

Two hundred years ago, the great Ark Horizon Alpha escaped a doomed Earth and went searching for a new home. The passengers landed on Teu Ceti e expecting paradise, but instead they discovered a planet stuck in its own version of the cretaceous period. The humans’ one defense against the dinosaurs ravaging the planet is an electric fence, built from the remains of the shuttles that brought them there.

But Eden base has only days of power left.

With most of the adult men dead, rookie soldier Caleb Wilde and his unit of teenage boys leave the electric fences of Eden in search of a reactor core lost deep in the jungle.

The last remnant of the human race waits behind the electric fence for their return. The dinosaurs wait, too—for the electricity to die and the feast to begin.

My review:

This book was fantastic!!! I don’t like sci-fi with dinosaurs in the book. The one book that I read that used them as antagonists went WAY overboard. It killed my enthusiasm for reading any books of the same.

Well, I am happy to say that this book has righted the wrongs of the other book. From the beginning, when Caleb tells about what happened to Earth, the 2 centuries of traveling throughout space and the accident that fragmented the population of the spaceship on to the new planet (Teu Ceti) and the frightening discovery that the new settlers made, drew me right into the story.

The author makes you feel the excitement and dread of Caleb going on his first mission. Then the terror of the crash and the exhaustion of trekking cross-country to Eden base and losing unit members to the dinosaurs. I actually had nightmares about the descriptions of the T Rex and the other dinosaurs.

I will say that I loved the 2 twists in the story. One, I should have seen coming from a mile away, I am good at guessing things like that, but I didn’t. The other one, near the end of the book, well, to be honest, it made me want to cry. Very poignant.

How many stars will I give Horizon Alpha: Predators of Eden? 5

Why? It was a very well written, descriptive, nail-biting sci-fi space opera book that kept you glued to it for the entire book. And it makes you want more!!!!

Will I reread it? Yes

Will I recommend it to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Teens on up. It is a very clean book (no sex….actually nothing to that effect at all) but a ton of violence and death by a dinosaur. Some of the death scenes are very descriptive.

Where to buy: Amazon

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Parrish (The Parrish Chronicles: Book 1) by Shannen Crane Camp

Parrish (The Parrish Chronicles Book 1) by [Camp, Shannen Crane]

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: April 19, 2016

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Book synopsis:

Sadie Smith was absolutely certain of three things: (1) ghosts were indisputably real; (2) she and her three friends were some of the best (though not the most successful) ghost hunters in Oregon; (3) her teammate Jefferson Parrish was always the scariest thing in the room. In a face-off between supernatural beings and Jefferson’s Tim Burton-esque vibe there really was no contest. 

But ghosts—unsurprisingly—can’t help pay the rent. So when Sadie and her friends are offered an undisclosed sum of money from an anonymous client to find a link between four historical haunted locations, it’s an easy sell. 

During their cross-country investigation, Sadie finds herself forgetting about Jefferson’s macabre tendencies and falling for his sweetness, even if his idea of a love letter reads more like a note from a serial killer. And she can’t stop thinking about his annoyingly irresistible deep green eyes. 

As Sadie’s feelings get more tangled up with Jefferson, their group puts together the final pieces of a 100 year old mystery—one that will change Sadie’s life forever.

My Review:

Ever read a book and get goosebumps while reading it?

I did while reading Parrish. Like major goosebumps.

I loved Sadie, Jefferson, Deacon and Brighton’s character. They were all written in such a way that you couldn’t help but like them and hate their character flaws. 

The romance between Sadie and Jefferson was scary and sweet at the same time. Scary because Jefferson is intense and very weird. Sweet because it was written as being one of those “I couldn’t help but fall in love with him” romances. I have a mental image of Jefferson with huge alien-like eyes from the author’s description. She described him as having “big owl eyes” and my imagination kinda took off with it.

The plot was great too. I loved that Sadie, Jefferson, Deacon, and Brighton are paranormal investigators. That is something that I have always wanted to do but have been too chicken. The excitement of them hitting paranormal hotspots, and having a cross-country trip at the same time leapt off the pages.

The ending was perfect and it had a huge twist that was hinted at when the foursome was in Boston. I didn’t see it coming and it threw me for a loop. I actually put the book down and stared into space trying to process it for a minute, it was that much of a shock.

How many stars will I give it? 5

Will, I read it again? Yes, and I hope to read the next book. I am hooked on the characters. I need to see what happens to Sadie, Jefferson, Deacon, and Brighton.

Will I recommend it to family and friends? Yes. This would be a great book for those who are just starting to read the fantasy/paranormal/romance genre.

Age range: Teen on up.

Where to buy: Amazon

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Dawn of Procyon (Distant Suns: Book 1) by Mark R. Healy

Dawn of Procyon (Distant Suns Book 1) by [Healy, Mark R.]

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: April 7, 2016

Genre: Science fiction

Book synopsis:

A distant planet. A deadly secret.

Seventeen years after it began, the interstellar war has taken its toll: the inhabitants of Earth are desperate to find a way to defeat the Argoni, a merciless and horrifying alien race.

Light years away from the fighting, mechanic Landry Stanton lives a peaceful, mundane life on the desolate planet Procyon One, and that’s just the way he likes it. But when an unauthorized trip to the other side of the planet leaves him shipwrecked and stranded alongside a hostile alien that wants him dead, Landry discovers a terrifying secret: the Argoni threat is greater than anyone back on Earth imagined.

With his oxygen and water running out, and with no way to warn the United Earth Marines, Landry’s lonely fight for survival becomes a battle for humanity itself.

My review:

What would you do if you were stranded on a distant planet, running out of air and water and you are being followed/watched by an alien?

Would you be able to survive? Or would you give up?

I enjoyed reading this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I didn’t think that Landry would make it during some points in the story. It was definitely a nail biter!!!

The two subplots were compelling too and the author did a wonderful job of tying them all together at the end.

I didn’t like that it ended in a cliffhanger. I hate them with a passion. But the cliffhanger did get me wondering what is going to happen in the next book (if there is going to be a next book). And that means I that need to read it to find out. Sigh.

Would I read this book again? Yes

Would I recommend this book to family and friends? Yes

Age range: Teen on up.

Where to buy: Amazon

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

The Hunger by Michael D. Young

The Hunger by [Young, Michael D.]

Where you can find The Hunger: Amazon

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: March 29, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Book synopsis:

Feed your Hunger.

In a distant, war-torn land, every man, woman and child must either consume the magical substance known as Sustenance or succumb to the Hunger. Those who succumb develop deformities and face exile — or even death.

The scholar Azil wants nothing more than to lead a tranquil life and beat back the Hunger. But when a mysterious assassin tries to kill Azil, and a stranger shows up at his door challenging him to join her on a quest, he embarks on a dangerous journey to steal the sacred gems of Sustenance guarded in a forbidden fortress. To get there, Azil must venture through a land of floating cities, ravenous mage wraiths, ax-wielding warriors, and bloodthirsty bandits.

But with the sacred gems of Sustenance come volatile magic — magic so strange and dangerous, that the prophecies foretell it could usher in a golden age, or turn its wielder into the darkest of villains.

My review:

I love fantasy and I know that I have mentioned it in past reviews. So when I was approached to review this book and I read the synopsis, I was excited to read The Hunger.

And this book didn’t let me down!!!

From the very beginning, where I met Azil, Evelet, Kaval, Sarhah, and Jamith…the story sucked me in. I couldn’t put the book down, that’s how engrossing the story is.

There was a twist at the end of the book that took me by surprise. Not giving anything away here but it is a huge twist that went with the book.

Would I read this book again? Yes, and I can’t wait to see if/when there will be another book.

Would I recommend this book to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Teen on up

Where to buy: Amazon

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Got Luck (Tales of the Behindbeyond: Book 1) by Michael Darling

Where you can find Got Luck: Amazon

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: March 15, 2016

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Book synopsis:

Police-officer-turned-private-investigator Goethe “Got” Luck is known for rolling with the punches and never taking anything too seriously. When he picks up a seemingly dead-end murder case, his life begins to take a crazy turn. Shot at, chased by people he has never met, and attacked by an invisible liondog, Got quickly learns that there is more to this world than meets the eye. 

He discovers the Fae. The Eternals. They who dwell in the Behindbeyond. Once, they ruled over ancient realms, but over the centuries, their power dwindled. Now someone wants to restore their rule and subjugate humankind. All it will cost is thousands of human lives.

The clock is ticking. Getting the world out of this one will take a couple friends, more than a few well-placed insults, and a whole lot of Luck.

My review:

I am going to start this review doing something I have never done before. I want everyone to know that I LOVE the cover of this book.

Now that I got that out of my system, onto my review.

I liked Got Luck. It was fast paced, full of twists and turns and surprises with every page, which made it exciting to read because you didn’t know what was going to happen next. It took me exactly one day to read this book, in one sitting. Not easy to do with three kids but it happened.

As I have stated in previous reviews, I loved anything Celtic, and this book didn’t hold back. It had the Fae, and the author made many references to Goethe’s poem, “Der Erlkonig.” If you want to know more, read the book.

The ending was a bit of a surprise and had a twist in it that made me sad. Again, if you want to know what it was, read the book!!!!!

Will, I reread this book? Yes. I would love to know if there are going to be more in the series!!!

Would I recommend this book to family and friends? Yes.

Age range? Teens on up.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

The Stone Bearers by Jacque Stevens

The Stone Bearers by [Stevens, Jacque]

Where you can find The Stone Bearers: Amazon

Publisher: Future House Publishing

Date of publication: March 4, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Book synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Ashira just received the worst coming-of-age prophecy imaginable. 

After years dreaming of oceans, princes, and fairies, she expected the diviner to speak the words that would finally whisk her away from her ordinary desert village. Instead Ashira hears, “you will live a life of no renown.” 

Ready to choose her own fate, she discovers a djinni’s bottle and starts making wishes. When the djinni proves uncooperative and annoying, Ashira sets out to the great city of magicians to learn magic and free herself from an uneventful life as a potter’s daughter. 

But there is another prophecy being whispered in the shadows. It is said that among the great magicians, there is a demon on the rise with the power to destroy the world. The djinni might be Ashira’s only chance to become someone important, or he just might be the very demon that triggered the dark prophecy. With the world on the brink of destruction, can Ashira fight her fate and stop the forces that threaten to upset the balance of the universe?

My review:

Words can’t even express how much I liked this book!!! I shouldn’t say like; I loved this book!!!

Ashira was a hoot. Her reaction to finding her out her destiny was what I would have done if I had been in her shoes. And then her determination (along with finding Jin and his bottle!!!) to change it resulted in some dangerous, but funny, adventures.

It did take me a little bit to figure out who Jin was. The author didn’t hide it but didn’t put it out there either.

The writing was superb and jumped off the pages into my mind. I could see the dumb (but sweet) elves/pixies. I could smell the smoke/sea of the island that Ashira and Danith went to get rid of the demon. I was there when she struck up a friendship with Kylta and Raven and then stuck with them.

Not too many authors can do that.

The ending wasn’t what I expected, at all but fit the book. Hopefully, the author will decide to do book 2, and we can see what happened to everyone!!!!

Will, I reread this? Yes

Will recommend it to family and friends? Yes

Age range? Tween/teen on up. It is clean, but there is some violence in it.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**