Review: The Unburned Island by Auden Johnson

Synopsis:

The entire island was on fire yet only one schoolhouse burned. Everyone disappeared. Several tried reclaiming the island but were never successful. It was left to rot. Years later, Kiran Ava and a team of magical investigators travel to the island to banish whatever haunts an old building. It takes them no time to realize the building isn’t the problem. The island is. With their team leader acting strange, they knew this wouldn’t be a simple job. Kiran develops a second ability, making their investigation both easier and harder. They never anticipated the terrible secrets hidden within the school’s campus. Maybe some of the residents deserved their fate.

Favorite Lines:

I didn’t keep track!

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book was a really interesting concept and, dare I say, an addictive read. The story follows Kiran and her group of investigators as they try to find out what is haunting an island in a competition against other teams who are racing to do the same. The world is set in a world similar to our own but full of creatures not found on our Earth.

There were some spelling and grammatical errors throughout the book and I felt like the story just kind of started off without any premise about the world and the creatures in it. Additionally, I think there could have been more information about the world rather than learning as the mystery is being solved. I would almost say the book is missing a whole introduction and could be filled with half of a books worth of information just to lay a good foundation for the rest of the story. I would have loved to learn more about the Others.

Summary:

Overall, this was a really interesting read. Johnson did an amazing job at coming up with a creative idea and painting a clear picture of the story

 

The Unburned Island


 

Review: Six Feet Apart: Love in Quarantine by Elena Greyrock

Synopsis:

The year is 2025. Love in a pandemic can’t be quarantined in this quirky, playful romance. Can social distancing turn up the heat, rather than smother the flames? A struggling social media professional, meets a mysterious undiscovered musician. He’s self absorbed, and thinks the world revolves him. She is beautiful, shy and hates attention. Equal parts witty, steamy, and provocative, the first book in the Luna James Series is filled with unexpected twists. 

In a futuristic world of self-driving cars, drone aircraft, and robo-bartenders, Luna James struggles with her career as a social media influencer. A beautiful young Black woman, Luna turns heads wherever she goes. But her introverted personality causes her to write posts under the guise of a pen name. Deep down, she longs to be taken seriously for her writing talents.

Then she meets Stryker Caine… 

An aspiring musician and notorious flirt, Stryker finds himself in an impossible situation. A man with a mysterious past, he is one of thousands suffering through the aftermath of the pandemic in New York City. With his radiant blond hair and seductive blue eyes, Stryker is used to getting any girl he wants. But now, social distancing has crippled his sex life. 

As the pandemic rages on, this tempestuous pair come down with a serious case of lust. Will love flourish under Quarantine? Will Luna come into her own? Ultimately, who will find redemption? Opposites attract, and anything can happen in this engaging quick read. Featuring original songs.

Favorite Lines:

I didn’t keep track!

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book was a cute, and relatable romance story; especially because of COVID. Taking place in the near future, it tells the story of Luna and Stryker. Lune is a social media influencer who hits it big when she helps promote musician Stryker. The fall in love but the relationship has its struggles and they find themselves apart but unable to get over each other despite their successful lives.

There were some grammatical issues like where quotation marks are placed. But other than that, this was a cute little romance story. It was kind of fast paced as it jumps to one year in the future pretty quickly. My biggest complaint was that the ending was a bit abrupt. I would have loved a bit more detail and a chapter or two of what comes next.

Summary:

Overall, this was a quick, cute love story that involves love lost and the journey to find it again. If you love romance stories then this book is for you. Happy reading!

 

Six Feet Apart: Love in Quarantine


 

Review: Hidden Realm by T.R. Slauf

Synopsis:

“The next Realm Walker will bring with them a storm. Lightning must fight the Crimson Shadow, or the lands will be cast into eternal darkness.” When she was a child, Esther was plagued with vivid nightmares. Now they have returned to haunt her. Bloodthirsty monsters chase her through a forest of dead trees while a mysterious hooded figure stalks her. After waking with fresh wounds from her dreams, Esther searches for the truth about who she is and the Hidden Realm she is destined to save. Join Esther on her journey of self-discovery as she travels into a world long forgotten. Unsure if she can trust her hooded guide, she is hunted by unknown enemies and smothered by expectations of grandeur. Deciphering friend from foe she travels the lands, trying to unite kingdoms torn by pride.

Favorite Lines:

“Literature gave Esther a high standard for men…”

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

The story follows Esther as she finds herself in another world that she thought only existed in her dreams. She has to learn how to live in this strange, new world and fight for her life against monsters that she thought only existed in fairy tales.

This was a very interesting concept. Slauf did a great job at retelling and weaving fairy tales together. The only complaint that I would have is that the pacing would vary. Sometimes things moved too fast and other times too slow. Additionally, conversations could be very stop and start or have identical compositions for several sentences in a row.

Summary:

Overall, this was a really creative read. If you love action, adventure, romance, and fairy tale retellings then this book could be for you. Happy reading.

 

Hidden Realm