The Keeper by Dalia Roddy

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keeperI received this book free in exchange for an honest review and am participating in the review tour for this book. 😀

Book Description:

An ancient box is found, and its mysterious occupants released. They seem benign, the small, floating creatures freed from the box… until they begin multiplying. Until Guy, Saul, Emily and her ten-year old twins find themselves sucked into a whirlpool of terror. For the pretty little floaters have bonded them, and are taking something from them….and giving back something even more dangerous.

What they give back is new to the world. It is something three desperate mercenaries want, and will kill to get. Unable to negotiate with their murderous hunters, Guy, Saul, Emily and the girls find themselves fleeing for their lives.

Yet, unknown to all, a deeper threat is growing: Without a Keeper, the creatures are making their move…

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This description fits the book PERFECTLY. I wouldn’t add anything else to it as it covers it all without giving anything away.

Saul, Guy and Gary are out on an adventure. They are always going on adventures and looking for treasure and new things. They happen upon a barn that has long since been abandoned and check it out. Inside is a massively heavy chest. They open it and some jellyfish-like creatures escape. Each guy has their own creature that attaches itself to them. They spend the night in the barn before leaving.

The rightful owners of the box show up but the other three had already left. The two want their box back. They are willing to kill to get the box back and they want it badly. They have the unfortunate task of having to tell their third person the box is missing.

Emily is twenty-six and has ten-year old twin girls. Abby and Annie are identical twins. Usually when an argument breaks out, it’s Abby who is the loudest and speaks her mind but recently Annie had. Emily is unsettled in being a single parent. She doesn’t feel connected to them the way she knows she should. She refers to them as the girls or the twins instead of my girls or my twins which most parents use when referring to their children.

Guy and Emily are dating but haven’t been together that long. When Guy returns from his trip with Saul and Gary, he takes Emily and the girls on a four day camping trip. He wished he had a day off between adventures but he’s happy to be spending time with them anyways. Annie has a secret and she doesn’t want it to get out. Her hearing is failing her. Things always sound muffled. She can read lips if people are facing her but otherwise it is difficult for her to know what people are saying.

On the camping trip, she thinks her eyes are failing as well because she keeps seeing this flash of color next to where Abby is standing in the stream and splashing her with water. She doesn’t want to be blind and deaf and only hopes her eyes aren’t really failing her.

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All this happens in the first couple of chapters! This is an amazing book. It is one of those books that you read in one sitting no matter how late it gets! Definitely recommend this book to readers!

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I received this book free from Curiosity Quills Press.

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Fairy Keeper by Amy Bearce

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I received this book free from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review of the book.

Sierra is a fairy keeper and she hates it. Her father is a dark alchemist and forces her to take more nectar from the fairies than she should. And she does it to keep her little sister Phoebe safe. One day, all the fairies, except the queen die after an earthquake. She knows that Jack, her father, is going to be beyond pissed when he finds out. Bentwood, another dark alchemist from two ports over, just so happens to be over that night for dinner and to talk business with Jack.

Since there won’t be anymore nectar, Jack and Bentwood come to a new agreement. Sierra has two fortnights, or a month, to find a wild fairy queen and bring it back to the hatch. If she doesn’t have a fairy queen by that time, then Phoebe will go work for Bentwood. And Sierra really hates that idea. Jack calls on Nell, one of his runners and enforcers, to travel with Sierra as he doesn’t want her doing anything stupid while on the journey. Sierra’s first instinct is to go to Corbin, the other fairy keeper in the same port and the same age as her. They arrive to his hatch to find it empty and all the fairies except the queen dead as well.

Corbin sets out on the journey with Nell and Sierra. It’s awkward between them because Nell likes Corbin and is jealous of the friendship between him and Sierra. Sierra doesn’t like Corbin in that way and soon feels like a third wheel when it’s obvious that Corbin likes Nell. Things go from bad to worse on their journey to find either their fairy queens or to find a while fairy queen.

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This book is packed full of adventure and fantasy. This book had me hooked from cover to cover. This book has it all. Adventure, fantasy, magic, romance and some action as well. Definitely a book I will be keeping in my library and returning to in the future! I must say that some spots took me by surprise as I had pictured the outcomes of a few things differently.

Dead New World by Ryan Hill

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I received this book free from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED reading this book. It’s pretty much a given that any book dealing with zombies is one that I’m going to love. And I really, really liked this book.

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The book starts out with Holt and Ambrose, who are best friends, when they are going out on their first mission. Everyone that was in the group ends up dead except for Holt and Ambrose. A horde of zombies had attacked but they were being led by The Reverend. He was a man that many people had rumored about but no one really knew if he existed or not.

Holt has a leg blown off by a mine and Ambrose is bitten by one of the zombies. A prosthetic leg is made for Holt. Holt is in and out of consciousness for four days before finally waking up. His first concern is finding out Ambrose is. The nurse, Nancy, let’s Holt know that Ambrose is still alive but a doctor from DC was flying in to examine him. Ambrose still hadn’t turned into a zombie. There were rumors of people who were half human and half zombie, those that survived the zombie bite.

Holt wants to see Ambrose and Nancy takes him down to the cells. Holt pleads with the doctor not to destroy Ambrose. What he didn’t know, was that the Colony was real and that people like Ambrose were allowed to live there and they weren’t discriminated against. Ambrose is treated differently. He becomes a LT and has a squad under his command and his Sgt is Holt. Most won’t listen to Ambrose because he’s not like them anymore and they won’t listen to Holt because he’s a sympathizer. But let’s just say that those who won’t listen get what’s coming to them in the end. 🙂

Fort Bragg falls to the dead meat as the zombies are called.  There are still survivors and standing when Ambrose, Holt and a couple others are ordered to go check on another station. Things go from bad to worse for the team on the way there. Only Ambrose, Holt and Baker make it out of the helicopter being shot out of the sky.

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There is so much stuff going on in this book. I love it! I really hope there is a sequel to this book so we can find out the few loose ends in the book. If you read it, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way!

Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth

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Jordan Elizabeth is a new writer to me. I received this book free from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

This is the blurb that accompanies the book on Amazon: Everyone in Arnn – a small farming town with more legends than residents – knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?

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At first we start out following Honoria who we learned about in the description above. She is in art class which they are having outside. This is her first day at the school and one of the girls is already being mean to her. And then they decide to scare her with their legends of the witch that lives in Witchwood Hollow’s forest which is right by the high school.

Honoria sneaks out that night and goes with the two girls to the woods. They dare her to walk in and before she can think about it, she’s moving and then she’s walked farther than she had realized when she snaps out of the fog she was in. She swears she heard someone calling to her and her alone in the forest.

After that, we start to follow a few other people who manage to end up in Arnn and other parts of the country. They are all connected somehow, but how are they connected? What’s up with all the missing people that enter the forest? Is the witch really a witch or just someone who was lonely and old and everyone painted her as a witch? To find out the answer to these questions and more, you’ll have to read the book.

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I found it easy to read Honoria’s chapters. But when it was following other people, I had issues trying to keep everything straight. It clearly stated who each chapter was following but after a while it got confusing trying to figure out what had happened to whom. A good book over all though and I do recommend it to fellow readers.

Wicked Path (Daath Chronicles #2) by Eliza Tilton

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“Wicked Path” is the second book in the “Daath Chronicles” series by Eliza Tilton. My review of the first book “Broken Forest” can be found here.

I received this book free from Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

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We rejoin Avikar, Raven, Jericho, Jeslyn and others in the second book. Avikar is still living with Raven, Jericho and Anna. Avikar is cautious when he goes to town because he is an outsider and no one can know that he is from across the veil. But one girl knows and he becomes a little paranoid about it. One morning while he’s at the market picking up a sword he commissioned, Lucy attacks him. Lucy was in the first book and is Lucino’s sister. Lucino is the prince that had kidnapped Jeslyn and made her fall in love with him.

Meanwhile, Cael returns. Cael has been gone for five years and is Raven’s best friend. She gets so excited when she hears his laughter mingling with Jericho’s. It wasn’t until the next day, when Avikar is leaving that he learns that Cael is one of The Order’s priests. Cael promises to get Avikar out of Taartaniya and somewhere safe before Lucy can find him. Jericho wants Avikar to stay and fight there but Avikar doesn’t want to risk anyone he loves. Raven decides she’s going on the journey with him.

We learn that Jeslyn had returned home but then left and is staying with her grandfather. She needed time to heal and her parents and Derreck weren’t understanding of that. Her grandfather was and she finally found peace with him. Lucino is on her mind a lot but she is finally able to mostly forget about him and how their relationship was a lie.

Lucino is still alive but is biding his time. He has a friend make up a locating spell that will locate Jeslyn if she still has the locket he gave her, which she does. He is able to watch her and get a general location of where she is. The spell isn’t exact but is within a few miles of where she is.

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This book is awesome. All that I mentioned above is within the first couple of chapters! There is so much that goes on in this book. I like this book better than the first!