Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Review: The Darkness of Light by Tammy Farrell

Title: The Darkness of Light (The Dia Chronicles # 1)
Author: Tammy Farrell
Publisher: Self published
Note: This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review by the author, Tammy Farrell. 
Summary: The world has long forgotten them, but their descendants live on, not wholly mortal or god, but something in between…

At the dawn of the sixth century, in the aftermath of her mother’s brutal execution, Mara Black is forced to flee the only life she has ever known.

Mara can tell she’s different, but isn't sure why. After she encounters two mysterious strangers, she discovers her secret is but a drop in an ocean of many. She is a Dia, a descendant of ancient gods, and her mother sacrificed herself to protect Mara from their past.

Summoned by an uncle she didn't know existed, Mara thinks she’s found the family she’s always wanted, and Corbin, a love she never thought possible. But not everything is as it seems. Her uncle has other motives for protecting her, and her mentor, Malcolm, becomes so jealous, he’ll do anything to get what he wants. When tragedy strikes, and the true darkness among them comes to light, Mara discovers that sometimes love can give you everything, and obsession can take it all away. With her powers gone, and destiny calling, she has to look deep within to find the courage to save herself. Mara, along with Corbin and her newfound family, must fight to get back what was taken, or die trying.

Review: The Darkness of Light is the debut novel of Tammy Farrell set in the sixth century, and you're thrust into a world that is very vivid. Immediately you're thrown into the action and you learn by the character's actions. It was a wonderful way to start the book. The world was amazing and the concept was unique for me. The heroine in this story is Mara Black, and she has just witnessed her mother's execution. With this she is forced to flee everything that she has ever known and start life over again. But she quickly learns - the life that she has known has also been a complete lie.

I had some very high hopes for this novel and for the most part, it delivered. It was self published and I had to keep that in mind. There were a few points where I noticed grammatical errors but they were honestly very small things. In the first portion of the book this really bothered me and I almost considered stopping because it was bothering me - BUT I continued to read and didn't notice them any longer. All that aside, I am very glad that I gave this book a second chance because it was incredibly entertaining and the story itself was so unique.

The majority of the characters in the book were incredibly well developed (especially Mara and Malcom, in my opinion) and I felt myself torn in a few different parts of the book. You know when you can understand why a character might think or feel the way that they do because of their history... but know that it is so completely wrong? That's how I felt. I knew who I was supposed to be rooting for, but couldn't help but wanting to know more about Mara's jealous mentor, Malcom and his story. Why did he feel the way that he felt or act the way that he acted?  I enjoyed the first book in the Dia Chronicles so much that I've already looked into the second book which is expected to release in November, The Embers of Light. If you're looking for a new fantasy series to follow I suggest you give the debut novel, Darkness of Light a chance because this series has a ton of potential.

Friday, 8 August 2014

Cover Reveal: The Elementalists by C. Sharp

Hi Lovelies! I'm here today to share with you a cover reveal for an upcoming novel by C. Sharp courtesy of Diversion Books called The Elementalists! This one looks like it is going to be a really fun read!

Summary: It is the hottest year on record for the fifth year in a row, and famine riots spread across much of Africa. Along the Gulf Coast, the hurricane season is one of the worst in memory. The latest in a string of 9.0 strength earthquakes has claimed two-hundred thousand lives in central China. Far below the earth’s crust, imprisoned in ancient slumber, the elemental powers of the land grow restless…

All seems normal in small town Virginia, where fifteen year old Chloe McClellan dreads the start of her sophomore year. Whip-smart, athletic and genuine, she’s also a bit of an angry loner who is totally unaware of her charms. Despite her plans to stay under the radar, Chloe becomes a target for the fiery queen of the It-girls in fifth period gym. She then draws instant notoriety when she’s struck by lightning after her first disastrous day of school. As if that weren’t bad enough, she soon comes to believe, that either she’s going insane, or her accident has unleashed a powerful and terrifying creature from the mythological world—triggering the final countdown to the world’s sixth great extinction level event.

Chloe finds some solace as she inexplicably wins the affections of an unlikely trio of male classmates: the earthy and gregarious captain of the football team, the flighty stoner with a secret, and an enigmatic transfer student who longs for the sea. All the while she struggles with the growing realization that “Dragons” exist, and she may be the only one who can stop them.

The Elementalists, book one of the Tipping Point Prophecy, follows Chloe and her group of friends, and enemies, as they struggle to save humanity by harnessing the power of the elements.

About the author:
This is C. Sharp’s debut novel. He studied English Literature and Anthropology at Brown University and Mayan Archaeology at the Harvard Field School in Honduras. He works in film and commercial production. Chris now lives in Concord, MA with his wife and daughter.

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I know that this looks like it is going to be a great read, if you're into mythological reads-- check this one out!