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Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Owl Series Book 3)
By: Kristi Charish
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Publication Date: May 2017
Reviewed By: Kristi Benedict
Review Date: June 25, 2017
After surviving an uprising of the dead in Los Angeles orchestrated by some power hungry humans and supernaturals, Alix Hiboux, better known as the Owl, realizes that this is just the start of something much larger within the supernatural world. Her boyfriend Rynn, a supernatural being himself, is always saying that the balance of power in his world is quite complex for if any one species decides to attack another an immense amount of devastation will be the result for both the supernaturals and humans.
In this story, book 3 of The Owl series, the plot becomes even more tangled when Alix’s boss Mr. Kurosawa asks that her next job be to retrieve something the elves have specifically asked for. Now, this was something completely out of the ordinary, for Alix was used to doing jobs for Mr. Kurosawa himself instead of a third party hiring her through him. It was especially strange that the elves asked to hire her. It has never been a question how Rynn felt about working for the elves as he himself had worked for them before and found that even though they seem sincere on the surface their true intentions are extremely selfish and they do not mind putting others in danger to get what they want.
However, it becomes clear that Alix has no choice but to try and find the artifact the elves want even though Rynn tries to persuade Mr. Kurosawa to reconsider. In order to find a place to start their search Alix is given a small folder with descriptions of the artifact the elves want retrieved and all the documents describe it as armor used for battle. The strainge thing, however, is that all the descriptions and pictures of the armor are slightly different. The one symbol that is consistent in all of the pictures is a lightning bolt that is carved on some part of the armor, giving it the name “lightning armor” in many of the notes left with the pictures. Suddenly, Alix realizes that this suite of armor had not been physically altered over time but that the armor itself changes to suit the specific person wearing it. All at once, this artifact becomes immensely important for what could the elves possibly want with something this powerful that hasn’t been seen in hundreds of years? There is most likely a good reason for the armor's disappearance all those years ago and Alix is sure that whoever wore this armor last found out just how dangerous it was and worked to keep it hidden forever.
This third installment of The Owl Series had me hooked on every single page and did not disappoint on delivering another amazing and exciting adventure. This is a book that takes me to another world entirely with the amazing descriptions of the exotic locations and the unforgettable characters both human and supernatural come out amazingly in every chapter. This is a book that I can start reading and then suddenly time has flown and I didn't realize I had been reading for so long. Owl and the Electric Samurai is simply a book that is a whole lot of fun to read.
Quill says: Another incredible installment that had me on the edge of my seat loving every minute of it.
Opry: A Semi-Musical Tale of Honky Tonk Lifestyle
By: Simon Plaster
Publisher: Mossik Press
Publication Date: May 2017
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: June 16, 2017
We begin with a line that sums up life, as well as the writing community: God Bless Satire! And, most definitely, those who bring it. Among these few greats is author Simon Plaster. Taking readers to the Oklahoma City stockyards, here he opens the door to a massive joint where the beer is flowing and the KaraOkie contest is heating up. A place aptly named, Honky Tonk.
We begin with Henrietta, who’s sitting inside the building of the OKC SCENE News Group. She’s there for a job opening, and feeling just a little bitter about it. After all, she’s young, has a heck of a resume, and had, up until recently, a big job with a TV network, a boyfriend, and a really cool apartment. Now fired, her boyfriend has run off to Wyoming to be a real cowboy, and she can no longer pay rent. So she finds herself wondering how on earth she’s going to deal with being nothing more than an entertainment reporter covering the nightlife of some small-scale OKC district. But, beggars can’t be choosers. What she gets, however, makes her drool. She is into serious reporting and likes danger, so when she gets appointed to the Stockyards City scene, her pulse races at the thought of covering the news in an area where dark and shady creatures can be found.
There is one place called Honky Tonk which isn’t one of those “happy” party clubs, yet everyone wants to go. The owner, “Moon” Mullins, is currently running a contest which allows all wannabe country stars to have their shot. Jewel McAdoo is basically a shoe-in to win it all, but that becomes difficult to do when she up and disappears under seriously mysterious circumstances.
Once Jewel’s singing partner (as well as a partner in the bedroom), Chad Puckett is dying to win this contest in order to head to Dollywood. But would he eliminate his own past lover to do just that? What about a City Councilwoman who seems like she will do anything to get rid of Honky Tonk for good? We even have a suspect sibling of Jewel’s who literally hates her sister (not to mention her own husband’s cheating ways). But whoever has 'dunnit' (whatever ‘it’ may be), Henrietta the reporter will stop at nothing to solve the mystery and unmask the most evil being of them all.
Broken up into an overture and acts instead of those hum-drum prologue and chapters, every character gets their moment in the sun and time in the shadows, which creates a memorable story. No reader will know what the author has up his sleeve, but all will be singing with glee when everything is brought to light. Perhaps you’ll even head to the closest “honky-tonk” you can find to grab your own brass ring. Of course, if you happen to be living in a state like Maine, locating one of those establishments may be harder than finding the Lost Ark. Advice: Move South.
Quill says: As it was in the beginning...God Bless Satire!
By: Veronica R. Tabares
Publisher: Sun Break Publishing
Publication Date: July 2017
Reviewed by: Amy Lignor
Review Date: June 14, 2017
For those lucky enough to have read Veronica Tabares’ last title, Gray Zone, about a cyber-prank gone wrong, you’ll absolutely LOVE Time Without.
Vanessa is a woman who just happens to have the ability to travel through time. Once, she even traveled through time and the scientists in the future wanted to keep her there in order to protect the time line. But when they found out she was to be the mother of the eventual creators of time travel, they had no choice but to send her back to the 21st-century. Giving an oath, Vanessa swore to keep quiet about what she’d seen.
Thus far, this morning, Vanessa has been “lost in a dream” about a castle made of cake with towers of white icing. She had been arguing with the stingy owner about which parts she could eat when the ringing of her telephone pulls her from the scrumptious dream. When she answers this annoying ring, she finds a doctor on the other end telling her that her husband, Tony, has been in an accident.
In 3027, a loving couple by the name of Philip and Annabel Jensen are living their own lives. Philip loves his wife but right now is really angry that he has been turned down for the job position of Chief Scientist of the DTA lab (Department of Temporal Adjustment), even though he’s the most qualified applicant they have. He believes he’s being penalized for his “Adonis-like” looks. (It’s rough to be the smartest of all yet your stunning high cheekbones stop your road to success, isn’t it?) Very upset, he asks his super-intelligent wife to make a small ‘jump’ into the past to ‘tweak’ the course of his future so that he will land the job. Annabel is frightened of doing this, considering any small hiccup could alter the entire time line, but she loves her husband. Besides, what he’s asking her to do is miniscule and shouldn’t really have any effects if done both quickly and correctly.
Once again we are with Vanessa in her delightful dream. The phone rings in her 21st-century house and a very odd doctor who will only talk to the “man of the house” because those are the “rules,” needs to tell someone that her husband, Tony, has been in an accident. Seems that a small ‘tweak’ made by a loving wife in 3027 has completely altered Vanessa’s life. She must suddenly embark on a journey to change things back to what they’re supposed to be. Because if she and her children fail, it’s very possible the eventual creators of time travel will end up working at KFC instead.
Quill says: This author continues to write stories that are fun, uplifting and highly, highly intelligent. You’ll have a ball with this one!
For more information on Time Without, please visit the author's website at: veronicatabares.com