Book review: The Fabergé Entanglement by Lesley Meryn & Elle Brookes

Book Details:

Book Title:  The Fabergé Entanglement by Lesley Meryn & Elle Brookes
Category:  Adult Fiction: 306 pages
Genre:  Suspense/Action/Romance
Publisher:  Lisa Kolber
Release date:  July 2015
Format available for review:  ebook (gifted Kindle copy, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: Oct 9 to Nov 10, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (There is some, not much, bad language, sensuality, one alluded sex scene but not described, possible triggers for sexual abuse/non consensual sex as a plot point, action-style violence)

Book Description:

Sabinne ‘Saber’ Darrieux’s father, the billionaire CEO of Frontenac Global Security has been kidnapped. His ransom is not cash in a numbered offshore account, or a briefcase of Bearer Bonds but something utterly unique, incredibly valuable, and until recently, hidden away from the world.

The kidnapper seems to know Saber very well, and knows that the next day, through her work as an elite translator she will be in the same location as the Object. She must steal the Object and deliver it to the kidnapper to ransom her father.

Adrian Steele, a British Intelligence agent has just come off of two harrowing missions. Upon returning to London for a well-earned rest, he learns that his friend and fellow agent, has been murdered in Moscow, but not before he made use of a unique Object as a mobile ‘drop site’ for the valuable intelligence he was carrying.

​The drop site is traveling from Moscow to England. Steele insists on completing the mission to honor the death of his friend, Gerry Cornell.

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Meet the Authors:

Enjoyed an exotic, adventure-filled childhood, following her anthropologist father and travel writer mother to the farthest corners of the world. She later took inspiration from her Aunt Sophia Francesca and became the author of romantic adventure novels. She alternates her time between Los Angeles, and a family property located in Yorkshire England.
​She is the author of the first two books of the Time Frame Series, LUST. MECHANICS. MINI COOPER. and SEX. COFFEE. TIME TRAVEL. Loves travel, discovering new foods to try, reading and writing. She currently lives in the central highlands of Costa Rica with her dog Pixie and her hedgehog Quiller.​
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Remember those Marvel comic movie intros where the comic book pages are flipping really fast?  This action packed “James Bond picks a fight with Catwoman” (aka Steele and Saber) novel is just that.  To be honest, there wasn’t a lot of character development at the beginning of the book, just two gorgeous super-smart people lustily duking it out over a valuable Faberge egg.  This improves slightly as the storyline continues and we are thrown from one hair-raising adventure after another.

The storyline was uniquely presented as very short one-page chapters alternating between Steele and Saber.  This made the story a lot easier to read and felt like I was watching alternating scenes in a movie.

Would I recommend this book?  I have to admit, it has a page-turning plot and is a great story to read on vacation.  However, the plot does contain plenty of colourful metaphors and sensitive situations of past child abuse and emotional manipulation.  The Faberge egg, was, of course exquisite.


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Book review: Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith


Book Details:

Book Title:  The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith
Category:  YA fiction, 292 pages
Genre:  Action Adventure/ Paranormal
Publisher:  Two Petals Publishing
Release date:  September 2015
Available for review in:  mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF
Tour Dates:  Feb 29 – March 31, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (Action/ fight scenes, some violence)

Book Description: 

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!

The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.

We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)

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Praise for The Urban Boys:

“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media

“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Publishers Daily Reviews

“I LOVE to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “The Urban Boys” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. Totally new concepts and a rich crew of characters – good, bad and ugly… and suspenseful twists that keep you guessing, and such beautiful, strong writing! A must read for fans of YA action/adventure/fantasy!!” 5-stars – Indie Book Reviewers

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Meet the author:

K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.

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The premise of five young boys endowed with five different superpowers is an interesting one.  The overall theme of the book is “good against evil”.  The story’s setting takes place in Danville, a small utopian-themed town where everyone is kind and helpful and family relationships are tightly knit. Unbeknownst to the boys and citizens of Danville, however, the neighbouring town of Sandry Lake is experiencing decay and oppression inflicted by a dark overlord.

As much as I enjoy reading YA fiction, I felt bombarded by all the characters that were introduced early on in the plot.  I was completely lost and it took me until at least half way through the book to figure who was who.  There were a lot of unnecessary details in the plot that didn’t add to the storyline.  I was confused as I kept trying to ascertain the importance of these details to the overall plot.  I’m not sure if the author purposely had the book narrated like a storyteller recounting a fairytale but I kept hearing Vincent Price’s voice in my head as I kept on reading.

I feel that this story would make an excellent graphic novel.

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Book review: EXILE – Book 3 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia


Book Description:

3-year-old Teodor has found a way to escape from kidnap, how long before he is safely home?  13-year-old Guy Erma has run away from everything he has even known and no longer knows what the future holds.They escaped through dark tunnels and back alleys but they also discovered a hidden terror that now threatens their entire planet.Two boys as different as two boys might be.  Their adventure has forged an unexpected friendship, but do they really trust each other?  Dare they share their darkest, deepest secrets?


Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

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In part 3 of Guy Erma and Son of Empire we learn a bit more about the structure and size of the Dome itself. Guy and Teodor are together when Karl Valvanchi finally manages to reach him using telepathy. Teodor still doesn’t understand that Karl is trying to help him, all he knows is that he was told, that he is “Killer Valvanchi”. Guy has doubts about which side he is fighting for but knows that both of them are in trouble and need to stay together in order to survive.

Emperor Frederon seems unable to help Sayginn, Teodor’s mother to rescue her son. Sayginn is distraught and finally sees the Emperor for what he really is.

Princess Nell Valvanchi of the Zaracan Democratic Union has a keep interest in not only intergalactic politics but in Teodor himself. She finally reveals her true image to him as all along she has maintained her camouflage skills. The plot continues as another dangerous plot is revealed that could threaten all of Freyne and everyone in it. Can these three young people work together to prevent it?  An exciting conclusion to the third book in the Guy Erma Series. The plot was left open for a sequel (I hope!) 


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Book Review: Aoleon the Martian Girl: Science Fiction Saga – Part 1 – First Contact by Brent LeVasseur


Book Description:

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.

Never…until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.

About​ the Author:
Brent LeVasseur

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

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My review:

After quickly flicking through the pages of this book the thought that came to mind was “oooo!  this is going to be fun!”   The story was charming with quite a bit of dry humour that a young person would enjoy.  Brent used vivid descriptions to describe Gilbert’s home in the Nebraskan countryside.  I especially enjoyed reading them as they transported me back to my childhood living on a farm in the prairies.  The artwork just popped and I felt myself wanting to see this as a film.

What is so special about this book is the fact that Brent uses a fun method to teach young people about astronomy, geography, physics and science. (don’t tell your kids!) The vocabulary is pretty impressive – this book makes learning fun!   The end of the first book is really action-packed and I hadn’t expected a cliff-hanger.  I really want to know what happens next…when is the next book coming out?  😀

I received a copy of this book from the author free of charge.

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