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Review: Preacher Stalls the Second Coming: An Evan Wycliff Mystery by Gerald Everett Jones

A very strange scientist insists on meeting the main character, Evan Wycliff. He tells him about a fake second coming that will use major technology. Meanwhile, another preacher is luring hopeless and homeless individuals to a ranch. These people are told that they must starve for redemption. Once a young lady Evan knows reaches the ranch, he is pulled into a scandalous disaster.

This book gets right into it on the first page! Grabbing the reader’s attention with such intrigue that we immediately want to know. The strangeness of the first conversation creates a mysterious backdrop for the rest of the book. Evan doesn’t need to get involved, but I can appreciate why he must. He has an unwritten duty to a congregation that is no longer his.

Evan’s snooping leads us on a wild journey into a cult. I have always found cults fascinating, and how Gerald Everett Jones introduces the cult is spectacular. The leader is charming and yet very sinister. When Evan meets him, it is like walking into a wolf den. I won’t spoil it, but woah!

The ending was dissatisfying in a satisfying way. I grew attached to what I thought the outcome should be, but the ending we got was more logical for the story. You must read it to understand.

Overall, I think this was an entertaining read. If you like a little mystery this is a good choice.

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Review: The Reefs of Time by Jeffrey A Carver

John Bandicut and his crew believe they have stopped an AI from destroying the universe. Little did they realize that a new threat from them would come from the past to haunt their future.

This is the start of the Out of Time story, and you really need to read this one before the other (see my review of the second part here). I read them out of order, and though I enjoyed the second half, having the first half gives a lot more insight into the story.

Jeffrey A Carver is a very descriptive author. He sets up not only one world but a whole universe throughout time. Bringing the future and the past together is not an easy endeavour for an author, but Jeffrey does it well. Finding people who should be dead, based on timelines, is a shocker, and the character reactions are spot on.

The characters are so different, yet they form a strong bond with each other to the point where they are willing to put their lives on the line.

If you enjoy sci-fi, this will be a great read.

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Review: A Boy’s Hammer by Alex Grass

A plane disappears with a boy and his mother onboard, and 20 years later, a large, fully grown man appears back in Philly. The man struggles to remember who he was, return to Helsinki and reunite with his mother. During his journey, an evil creature tries to break boundaries and use a cult to stir up chaos that will allow her to cross over.

This is the fourth book by Alex Grass that I have had the pleasure of reading, and it is my favourite. The story is so bizarre and captivating that it was hard to put the book down.

I found the main character lovable and the villains extremely dislikable (in the best way). Alex Grass brings a cult aspect in such a creepy way, using them as pawns for the bigger picture.

Having Finnish mythology intertwined through the story culminating at the end was fascinating. It was a roller coaster getting to know the various characters, but they were all brought together at the end.

This may not be for you if you are sensitive to disturbing language and vulgarity. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would expect nothing less from an Alex Grass book.

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Review: Embracing the Magic – Town Magician 1 by SA Schneider

Every town has a magician to entice and protect. However, in this town, the magician isn’t all he seems, and only one boy can see the truth. When a dark magician challenges him to a duel, will the truth come out? Or will another rise and help?

This book is excellent for the younger group who are just starting to enjoy chapter books. The storyline is fun and fast-paced to keep kids entertained.

The first two chapters get off to a rocky start with spelling mistakes and what feels like the author isn’t giving the reader credit for understanding and double explaining.

However, the book takes off as we meet the main characters and understand their backstories a little more. The friendship that develops between the two main characters is sweet and carries a wonderful lesson – things aren’t always what they seem, and you never know what a person is going through.

The Grand Wizard and Cat are my favourite characters. They are fun and mysterious. I hope to see more of them in future books.

SA Schneider provides more than just a book. At the end he delves into Town Magacians, gives definitions of larger words and writing prompts to continue the story. This creates an excellent learning tool.

Overall, this was a fun story and brings a literary impact into children’s lives.

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Review: The Catalyst by Anttimatti Pennanen

The Catalyst is the final book (book three) in The Black Table series and finishes Gus and John’s story. Unity’s crew is still stuck in the past, unsure how to get home when they realize Swarm and the Breathers are everywhere. Meeting new friends, they learn about a mysterious weapon that may be the key to their problems. The only problem is they need to get it and figure out how to use it before the solar system is wiped out.

I have never been able to wrap my mind around time travel, and there is a lot of it in this series, but I still loved these books. The author takes time to explain the ‘sciency stuff’ in plain, short language.

At one point in the book (don’t worry, no spoilers), I was left gasping at what the author did! I couldn’t believe it would come down to that, but I was happy with how it worked out. The way everything was interconnected brought the books full circle.

This final installment is the perfect ending for all the characters we have come to know. The characters were given the ending they deserved, whether they were the bad guys or the good guys. The entire trilogy has been a fun read, and as a reader, I was delighted with how the author wrapped it all together.

If you like sci-fi, I highly suggest reading this series (in order).

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