Review: The Fi Experiment by Paul David Ali

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Review: The Fi Experiment by Paul David Ali

33131189An alien civilization, observing our planet for thousands of years, has chosen one individual to make its initial contact with the human race. Maybe they chose the wrong human.

The Fi is a written narrative backed up with links to video to take you further into the drama and interaction of its unforgettable characters.

As a favor to her aunt, Alice drives into Arizona’s stark and bleak Sonoran Desert to check up on her cousin who has mysteriously left his job as a chemical engineer in Houston and has moved onto the family’s long abandoned jojoba farm. No one has heard from him in six months. Alice hasn’t seen her cousin in years. She recalls the egotistical socially dysfunctional boy that tormented her throughout her childhood. When she meets him again she finds that not much has changed about his unpleasant personality, but when he begs her to return to videotape a message he desperately needs to share with the world, Alice must make a fateful choice that will affect the rest of her life.

How to read this book
The Fi is available in paperback and e-book. It is written in two styles: narrative and script. The scripted section is bracketed by rows of tiny flying saucers and begins with a heading. If you are reading an e-book, the heading is a link to the video portion of this novel. Click on the heading to get to the video. If you are reading a paperback, beneath each script heading is a QR code and URL address of the Fi website
Either scan the QR code with your smart phone or copy the URL in the address window, not the search window. When the site opens, scroll down a bit until you see “Link to Videos” and click on that link. You will need internet access to view the videos. If you choose not to view the videos or do not have access to the internet, simply read the scripted dialogue between the two main characters as you would if you were reading a play.

Purchase Link: Amazon.co.uk

Goodreads: The Fi Experiment by Paul David Ali


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

When Alice offers to drive out into the middle of nowhere to check up on her unpleasant and reclusive cousin she does it more as a favour to her Aunt than anything. However, when he asks her to return and record for him a message, Alice finds herself drawn into the story of his strange encounter with alien race The Fi. Unsure of whether to believe Dicky’s accounts, Alice is compelled to help him document his tale. But as she learns more about The Fi’s intentions, Alice starts to think that perhaps her cousin is not crazy after all.

The Fi Experiment is an unusual novel in that it is part novel and part video. The author has uploaded the video documentation of Dicky’s encounters with The Fi and these can be viewed in the video format via links or read as a scripted narrative if the reader prefers. The rest of the story is written as a novel from Alice’s point of view.

When I first started reading it I was unsure of how well this would work and I was pleasantly surprised. The format does work really well. The videos linked the rest of the story up nicely and were done extremely well. I thought they might be distracting but this wasn’t the case at all and I thoroughly enjoyed this unique read.

The story itself is short and well-paced. Each of Alice’s visits reveal a little more about The Fi and also rebuild her relationship with her cousin. Dicky’s documentation of The Fi edges between common encounters/abduction stories but with more depth and reasoning behind the events. At the end it is very difficult for Alice to know if what he said was true or not, and the readers are also left to decide this for themselves.

The Fi Experiment is a clever and refreshing new reading experience and I recommend giving it a go!

Book Blitz & Review: Listener’s Remains by L. Julia

Title: Listener’s Remains

Author: L. Julia

Publisher: NineStar Press, LLC

Release Date: October 8, 2018

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 89200

Genre: Contemporary Thriller, Contemporary, Speculative Fiction, Paranormal, Crime, Suspense, Gay, Coming Out, Criminals, Mental Illness, Mind Reading, Psychic Ability, Revenge, Road Trip

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Synopsis

Gillen Lynch has a complicated relationship with his brother-in-law, Eduardo Sanchez. Gillen hasn’t mentioned his attraction to Eduardo; Eduardo hasn’t mentioned he’s a mind reader. Betrayed by the deception and mortified by his attraction to his sister’s spouse, Gillen decides to take it out on Eduardo by killing him.

Murdering a mind reader is no easy task, but this isn’t the first time Gillen has killed. His other victims didn’t mean anything to him, and they definitely didn’t use their dying breaths to copy their minds into Gillen’s head. Now, with no barriers between them, Gillen can’t stop Eduardo from digging up the secrets he’d hoped to take to his grave. He’s scared, powerless, and unprepared to face the fallout of his actions as he flees from both the cops and a group of mysterious pursuers who are as connected to Eduardo as he is.

With his pursuers closing in on him and Eduardo threatening to tear him apart from the inside, Gillen must overcome his self-hatred and take back his mind. If he can’t, he’ll be at the mercy of the man who has every right to want him dead.

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Review: Trolled (Trolled Saga #1) by D.K Bussell

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Review: Trolled (Trolled Saga #1) by D.K Bussell

33271719Seventeen-year-old student Nat Lawler doesn’t know her orc from her elf bow. She’s never swung a sword before, never ridden a unicorn, or fought a troll outside of the internet. And yet here she is, trapped in a fantasy world and tasked with defeating its evil queen, Drensila the Black. Thankfully, some of Nat’s roleplayer friends were thrown into the mix too, and join her on her epic quest. They’ve spent their lives preparing for this moment, but now it’s time for action, because this fantasy just got real!

Purchase Link: Amazon.com

Goodreads: Trolled by D.K Bussell

 


Review

Rating: 4 stars

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Trolled is the first novel in the Trolled saga and follows the exploits of Nat Lawler, her boyfriend and his roleplaying friends when they are transported into the middle of a real life fantasy adventure.

When Nat is talked into joining her boyfriend Terry and his friends LARP-ing (Live Action Roleplaying) she never imagined that they would end up being transported to another realm and aligning herself with Elves and Dwarves to fight against the evil Drensila the Black. Taking things in her stride, Nat embraces her new-found destiny as the chosen one, but her new path soon drives a wedge between her and Terry. Nat realises that this isn’t just a fight to save the inhabitants of this other world, but to protect her friends. If she fails then they might never get home.

Trolled is a really fun read. The style of writing is upbeat and filled with British slang and pop culture references that made me smile on many occasions. Nat is a flawed but very likeable heroine whose stubbornness and determination gets her into trouble on more than one occasion. The supporting cast develop as the novel progresses and whilst at first they seem a little bland they quickly come into their own.

There are some darker moments, but overall this is a light-hearted and entertaining read and I am looking forward to reading the second novel in the series.

Blog Tour and Review: It Takes Death to Reach a Star by Stu Jones & Gareth Worthington

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It Takes Death to Reach a Star
By Stu Jones & Gareth Worthington
Genre: Sci Fi, dystopian, apocalyptic

THE WORLD YOU KNOW IS DEAD. WE DID THIS TO OURSELVES.

The epidemic struck at the end of the Third World War. Fighting over oil, power, and religion, governments ignored the rise of an anti-bacterial-resistant plague. In just five years, the Earth was annihilated. Only one city survived—Etyom—a frozen hell-hole in northern Siberia, still engulfed in conflict.

The year is 2251.

Two groups emerged from the ashes of the old world. Within the walled city of Lower Etyom, dwell the Robusts—descendants of the poor who were immune to The New Black Death. Above them, in a metropolis of pristine platforms called Lillipads, live the Graciles—the progeny of the super-rich; bio-engineered to resist the plague.

Mila Solokoff is a Robust who trades information in a world where knowing too much can get you killed. Caught in a deal-gone-bad, she’s forced to take a high-risk job for a clandestine organization hell-bent on revolution.

Demitri Stasevich is a Gracile with a dark secret—a sickness that, if discovered, will surely get him Ax’d. His only relief is an illegal narcotic produced by the Robusts, and his only means of obtaining it is a journey to the arctic hell far below New Etyom.

Thrust together in the midst of a sinister plot that threatens all life above and below the cloud line, Mila and Demitri must master their demons and make a choice—one that will either salvage what’s left of the human race, or doom it to extinction…

Praise for ITDTRAS

“… merging the best of apocalyptic fiction and science fiction… compelling.” ~ Library Journal

“Cinematic, thought provoking, and immersive, this is an option for fans of darker, grittier, and more science-focused dystopias in the manner of the novels of Philip K. Dick.” ~ Booklist

“… I cannot fathom how Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington created this masterpiece.” ~ Readers’ Favorite

“…this new series has the potential to render popular franchises like the Hunger Games, the Maze Runner, and Divergent as mere forerunners in the genre.” ~jathanandheather.com

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Review: Nocturne (Fourth Talisman #1) by Kat Ross

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Review: Nocturne (Fourth Talisman #1) by Kat Ross

35836852Nocturne, a wilderness of eternal night.

Solis, a wasteland of endless day.

Nazafareen is a Breaker, a mortal who has the rare ability to shatter spell magic—although her power carries a high price. With the memories of her former self erased and nowhere else to turn, she comes to Nocturne hoping to start a new life under the triple moons of the darklands.

But when an assassin forces Nazafareen to flee to the sunlit mortal city of Delphi, she finds herself embroiled in a deeper mystery whose origins lie far in the past. Why was the continent sundered into light and dark a thousand years before? And what really happened to the elegant but ruthless creatures who nearly reduced the world to ashes? The new Oracle might know, but she’s outlawed magic and executes anyone caught practicing it. Nazafareen must hide her powers and find a way out of the city—before it’s too late.

As the net slowly tightens, something ancient and vengeful begins to stir in the arid death zone called the Kiln. A dashing daeva named Darius is pursuing Nazafareen, but so are a multitude of enemies. War is brewing again. Can she stay alive long enough to stop it?


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Nocturne is the first novel in the Fourth Talisman series by Kat Ross. Centred around mortal and magic-breaker Nazafareen, Nocturne follows her on her quest to restore her memories and discover who she really is.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Nocturne. It is a brilliantly-crafted fantasy novel with a rich and immersive world that draws in the reader right from the beginning. The lands, religions and magics have been developed in such a vividly descriptive way that you feel as though you are actually living within the pages. I loved the characters of Nazafareen and Darius. Nazafareen is a very strong and determined woman who, despite realising that she may not like all that she learns about her previous life, is fully resolved to find out the truth and protect those whom she cares about. Darius is equally strong and determined to protect Nazafareen and his unwavering love for her is clearly felt throughout the novel. There is also a wide-range of supporting characters all whom have parts to play as the story unfolds.

One thing I did not realise until I started reading is that the Fourth Talisman series is a follow-up series to the Fourth Element series which I have not read. Whilst I will certainly be reading it, I will probably finish this series first so I can re-discover Nazafareen’s past with her however some readers may prefer to start with the original series.

Nocturne is an amazing first novel in the Fourth Talisman series and I enjoyed reading it very much. If you love fantasy then I definitely recommend you checking out the series.

Blog Tour and Review: Lovesick Titans by Amanda Meuwissen

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Lovesick Titans

By Amanda Meuwissen

Genre: Gay Romance, Urban Fantasy, Superhero

Not even a Titan can always stand up to a God.

Malcom Cho is in over his head, wrapped up in a love affair with his superhero nemesis Zeus, who most people in Olympus City only know as Detective Danny Grant.

Lovesick Titans begins where Lovesick Gods left off, after a heist gone wrong that ended with a museum guard dead and Mal and Danny beaten and exhausted from their fight with the new threat in town, Cassidy Ludgate—Hades.

Unaware that Ludgate’s true motivation is revenge for the death of his father at Zeus’s hands, Mal wants only to keep Danny close, while Danny races to solve the cases surrounding Ludgate to stop him from whatever he has planned for them next.

What Mal doesn’t know is that Danny didn’t pursue him with the purest of intentions but sought to break his heart in retaliation for not being there when he needed him in the fight against Thanatos. Even though Danny no longer seeks that end, the lies between them loom like a shadow about to descend upon them both.

And Hades has only begun to toy with them…

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Review: Tempus Investigations: A Fictional TV Show by Claus Holm

31838027Tempus Investigations: A Fictional TV Show by Claus Holm

Jim Corrigan died in 1933… but he returned to life. Now, he can’t die.

Through the first season, Jim and his friends matches wits with the supernatural side of San Francisco, making both new friends – and a few enemies.

Tempus Investigations mixes the world of TV and books, making a unique kind of story – a fan fiction so elaborate it needed to create the show itself. In this book, you’ll find the first four episodes, which form Season 1.

If you love shows like Buffy, Angel and Supernatural – tune in for Tempus Investigations!

Where to Buy: Amazon.com

Goodreads: Tempus Investigations


Review

Rating: 5 stars

*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review*

Tempus Investigations is a novel written as though it were a TV series. When the author first approached me with the review request I was really intrigued and thought what a unique idea! If he pulls this off it’ll be an awesome read. And he did!

This novel serves as season 1. It follows the investigations of Private Detective Jim Corrigan who takes on cases of the supernatural variety either from direct approaches by clients or ones that were passed to him by his contact in the police force.

Having survived a shooting in 1933 Jim awakens to discover that he is now immortal. He can also communicate with spirits and uses this gift to help with his investigations, although the ghosts aren’t always that keen on helping! The novel is divided into four standalone stories that, like a TV series, build on the plot running through the series as a whole.

I really enjoyed reading each ‘episode’ in the series. Each one was very different and cleverly crafted to keep the reader guessing right up until the last moment. They also built on developing the main characters, their relationships and, like in a TV show, served as introduction episodes for Jim’s team. I loved the fond banter between Jim and Mercedes, high-lighting more than words just how close they are.  The style of writing is excellent. The dialogue flowed well and the fast-pace immediately immersed you into the world.

If you enjoy supernatural and mystery fiction (and also TV series’ in these genres) then I definitely recommend reading Tempus Investigations.