I've been catching up with some reviews, and this is another great indie published book.
This story relates a teenage Kayla’s realisation that the world she lives in is not the world she was born to be in. Her mom died when she was a child so she lives with foster parents, but she experiences nightmares and poor sleep, and cannot understand why. Then her grandmother turns up claiming custody and removes her to a place she’s never been before, Enchanted Falls, a place inhabited by supernatural beings.
Kayla finds out she is a witch, and for some reason dark forces are after her, and these follow her to her new home where she is kidnapped, but manages to escape her captors. Kayla is understandably confused, angry, and resentful of all the lies. Added to that she has to try and learn how to control her powers.
The story is told is told vividly with lots of description from the first person point of view, and moves between Kayla, Chris one of her guardians, and Belinda, her grandmother. I must admit I'm not a fan of the first person POV, I find it can be overwhelming, but EJ Bennett does a good job of relating the intense thoughts of a teen girl. This is the first in a series, so there’s lots more story to come, and the book ends on a cliff hanger. I’m looking forward to reading the second book.
Not long now until Twice Born is released, here's the description.
It’s been over a year since Tom returned from the ancient land of the Other after waking King Arthur, and he wishes he’d never left, so when Beansprout returns to see if he wants to go back, he leaps at the chance.
He is overjoyed to be reunited with his friends, and he joins them in the search for Nimue, a priestess of Avalon who has disappeared. While they investigate Nimue’s disappearance they wonder whether she’s been taken by force, or is she deliberately hiding? And is her disappearance linked to something, or someone, in the past?
In this fast-paced race across the Other, Tom and his friends encounter strange beasts, ancient gods and dragons, and they find friends nor foes aren’t quite what they seem. Friendship with Arthur brings risks. As Tom’s life is threatened, will he have the courage and skill to survive?
Twice Born is the sequel to the Arthurian fantasy Tom’s Inheritance.
The Purloined Pictograph is the second adventure involving Christopher and his uncle Tremain.
It’s set on another earth, that feels a little like this one, but with different technology and a different history. In this story a small part of a pictograph is found that archaeologists believe came from the group that set up their own society after the first settlers arrived on the planet. For years, no-one has known where they went. Now a team is put together to find the rest of the pictograph and hopefully the lost city.
Christopher and his uncle join the team, but things start to go wrong when a woman from Tremain’s past turn up with some underhand intentions. This sets off a chain of events that involves imprisonment, teleportation, hidden traps, and a labyrinth. This is a great adventure read for teens and older that’s a real page turner, as we wonder if they’ll find the city and what does the mysterious woman think she’ll find?
Christopher is an engaging lead, and his uncle Tremain an eccentric adventurer, giving the story the feel of a Jules Verne or Arthur Conan Doyle adventure.
It’s lots of fun and highly recommended!
This story is a mystery and a historical race through different countries, all linked to 15 postcards.
The main character, Sarah, has taken over her parents antique shop after they have disappeared, and she buys a deceased estate. As well as the postcards there are all sorts of objects, some of which have the power to transport her through time and place, and they are linked to the former owner and her history.
The story is vividly written, both the present day and the places Sarah find herself in. I particularly enjoyed the Indian setting, but I love stories set in India. I live in New Zealand so really enjoyed the story there too.
The story and characters are skillfully joined together, and I found I was racing ahead to see what happened. It operates on several levels. There's the mystery of her parents disappearance, but also the story of the deceased estate, and the history of the descendants. And of course the mystery why she can time travel at all.
I was a little frustrated with the end, as things seemed unresolved, and then I realised there's a sequel! I'm looking forward to reading it. Highly recommended!