Daughters of the Oak By Becky Wright

Book Review

Daughters of the oak

By Becky Wright

Thriller. Suspense.

3 Stars

A Witchy Thriller.

The English Civil War. The Royalists of King Charles I, and Cromwell’s Parliamentarians, battle, both eager to lay claim to a tattered country, where life has become cheap and death trivial.

Though, for the lowly commoner, a greater, far more devious, war rages. It threatens the souls of the weak, timid and needy. Seeking refuge in the Lord’s word, God fearing folk employ the skills of one man, the Witchfinder. His success speaks of his talent, to seek out, punish and rid the countryside of Witches, the Devil’s Whores.

2016 – A paranormal team are called to investigate, as poltergeist activity brings terror to one family. Under the cover of darkness, in silent suburbia, an endless night of battle against evil ensues, until finally, a new day dawns.

I appreciated the classic witch trials tale of this story, and especially loved the way it all came together. Even so, I felt there was a little too much obscurity in the backstory. An appropriate storytelling technique, especially in this genre, I found it disjointed rather than suspenseful.
If you love a creepy, witchy tale, read this. Despite the flaws, it was worth the time.

Happy Reading 🙂

Fir Lodge: The First in the Restarter Series by Sean McMahon

Book Review
Fir Lodge: The First in the Restarter Series

By Sean McMahon

4 Stars

You had me at Time Travel

If time shattered, taking away everything you loved, how far would you go to get it all back?…

Arriving at a lodge in Norfolk for a long weekend retreat, a group of friends meet for a thirtieth birthday celebration.

Before the weekend is over, five of them will die.

Trapped in a thirty-three-hour time-loop, only Hal and Kara have the ability to alter fate, and prevent the deaths of their friends.

But in order to unravel the secrets hidden within their own past, they must first learn how to adapt to the new rules of their reality.

Time, however, is a relentless force. One which will stop at nothing to ensure that events unfold exactly as destiny dictates.

With time no longer on their side, Hal and Kara will have to decide just how far they are willing to go to free themselves from their perpetual prison, and exactly what they are prepared to sacrifice to defeat an enemy that has already won.

Only one thing is certain…

Every action has a consequence.

Fir Lodge is a time travel adventure thriller, set amidst the unlikely backdrop of Norfolk, England.

Join Hal and Kara, as they attempt to restart the past, to change their future.

I am a sucker for anything time travel-related, so when I heard about Fir Lodge, by Sean McMahon I didn’t even read the blurb, I just dove right in.

A little slow to start, this tale picks up with new twists on old ideas that keeps you turning pages in the hopes of discovering the rules along with Kara and Hal.

Laugh-out-loud moments meld with suspenseful anticipation as we wonder just what is happening, and what happened to put our unlikely heroes in this predicament. The answer to what happened was a surprise twist that added another element to the tale and truely bolstered the tale into superb.

Sad I didn’t learn the answers to the universe in the end, I’m excited to get into book 2 where I hope to learn more, as well as see a darker side to the strange powers one might receive when they meet an untimely death.

Happy Reading 🙂

The Hashna Stone By Anna Fox

Book Review

The Hashna Stone

By Anna Fox

YA. Fantasy.

4 Stars

A fabulous, Classic Fantasy tale For all.

Dalan, a six-teen-year-old orphan, can’t wait for the day he can leave the orphanage and return to his hometown to find the truth behind his father’s death. He thinks he’s found the way to escape his life as a poor orphan when he finds a bright red gemstone in the middle of the woods. Instead, it puts his life at risk.

He hopes the gemstone will provide a way to go back to the wealthy lifestyle he knew as a commander’s son, but the suspicious magic it contains keeps anyone from buying it. Not only does it fail to yield riches, but it haunts him with dreams telling him to take the gemstone further than he’s ever traveled: Hashna.

Dalan has never visited the country that is home to the tiny, green-eyed people who filled the gemstone with magic, but when winged beasts armed with sharp talons and teeth—who are supposed to be mythical—attack him, he is driven to take the gemstone to Hashna to find answers.

The gemstone turns out to play a vital part in the affairs of the entire county, and Dalan is charged with its safety. Dalan sees the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps and gain fame and glory from the task. But his quest for recognition may be the downfall of a country.

This was just a great, classic, fun story. I especially appreciated the flaws of Dalan, how at times you just wanted to slap him. He was so real and allowed for some great character development that left me rooting for him in a way I seldom do so consciously.

I look forward to more from Ms. Fox!

Happy Reading 🙂