Review: The Well

cover113010-medium.pngTwenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.

But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?

It wouldn’t be pride month if I didn’t spend some serious time digging through NetGalley for the best and brightest of upcoming LGBT+ titles. And the diversity aspect of this story did not disappoint. Add in that The Well is deeply creepy and I’m all kinds of in love.

This story follows the mystery of the well, which is tied to the disappearance of two local girls, more than a decade apart. The characters pasts are directly tied to this same mystery, so you feel the pressure to figure out what’s going on right from the first page.

I really enjoyed Sexton’s writing as it captured the perfect tone for this type of story. And while this isn’t your typical summer read, I imagine there are a lot of readers out there who are going to love this as much as I did.


Review: Breadcrumbs

cover114178-medium.pngRead any good stories lately? I am sure you have. They sent you on a journey—perhaps to another place, a different time…somewhere you have never been before. Tales, yarns, legends and fables fill our human history, and stories are as powerful today as they have always been. Have you ever wondered why you can’t resist going? It’s time to find out…

Breadcrumbs invites you to further adventures. Traveling across time, along crooked paths, wooded trails, and on mountain tops, you will discover:

•  Why stories are critical to well-being and the hidden mystery you are searching to uncover

• How to interpret the twists and turns of life and find the meaning that makes all the difference

• How to identify the breadcrumbs that reveal the most important story of them all

This is a great collection for anyone who enjoys, well, stories! There is a lot of food for thought here along with so many references that there is bound to be something to connect with every type of reader. This is a fairly quick collection over all, but one essay per sitting worked perfectly for me, leading to a very interesting week. I especially enjoyed Crisis in Middle Earth.

Review: Fatemarked

cover113749-medium.pngIn the spirit of fantasy epics like George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, The Fatemarked Epic promises immaculate world building, an ancient prophecy, a mysterious source of magic, a diverse cast of characters, war, political intrigue, and romance.

The Hundred Years War has ravaged more than three generations of kings, queens, and citizens across the Four Kingdoms. Corrupt rulers dominate. Religious intolerance runs rampant. The cycle of vengeance continues to turn with the seasons.

An ancient prophecy by a legendary oracle has been long forgotten. The prophecy promises the return of peace to the Four Kingdoms on the backs of a chosen few, the fatemarked, individuals marked at birth and blessed with specific magical powers. One shall be the Kings’ Bane, and will bring death to the warmongering rulers, using fear to force peace; another shall be the Peacemaker, bestowed with the rare ability to heal. Opposite sides of the same coin, dark and light, death and life, the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker are responsible for the fate of an entire continent.

As they fight to achieve their destinies, adversity will hinder them in every realm: in the frozen north, assassination attempts and a brutal power struggle; in the holy west, a vicious queen and her self-righteous army of warriors; in the mysterious iron-clad forest of the east, revenge and glory rule the day; and in the southern empires of Calyp and Phanes, maturing dragons, slaves, and a civil war.

To truly fulfill the oracle’s prophecy of peace, both the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker, as well as the other fatemarked, will need to overcome those who seek to destroy everything in their pursuit for power.

The first book in an epic saga years in the making, Fatemarked will sweep you away to another land, another time, when magic and dragons, kings and queens, and courage and valor still meant something.

I almost passed up on the opportunity to read Fatemarked. The cover didn’t really catch my eye, and it felt like the blurb potentially gave too much away. But in the end, this sounded like exactly the kind of story I was looking for, and I’m so glad I took a chance!

This is a classic epic fantasy story with some many of the elements that make this genre a must read. I don’t want to say much about the plot beyond what you can read in the blurb, but this is a layered and dynamic story with fantastic world building and strong characters. The prophecy at the heart of the story is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, and the writing was strong enough to keep me frantically turning pages.

Highly recommended!