Archive for : March, 2017

Review of Crimes Against Magic (The Hellequin Chronicles Book 1) by Steve McHugh

CrimesagainstMagic

 

A powerful sorcerer, Nate Garrett, lost his memory ten years ago. He is currently a very successful thief for hire. When one of his jobs went bad, he became the protector of a 16-year old girl. Furthermore, the people closest to him are in danger from those that initially stole his memories. He will be forced to confront his mysterious and forgotten past and enemies.

The story plays out in modern-day London with flashbacks to France during the fifteenth century (effectively integrated). When reading the sample of the book, I was instantly interested and intrigued and bought all 5 books in the series – so far I’m not disappointed.

Nate is a great hero with high moral values, some flaws and serious magical abilities. The plot was well thought out and the flashbacks provided interesting insights about where Nate comes from, his actual abilities and who his initial enemies were. Expect action scenes that lights up your imagination (action movie-worthy), humorous interactions and a bit of ancient Greek mythology thrown in.

I was  impressed when I read that this was Steve McHugh’s debut novel. I’m an instant fan and can highly recommend this book. If you liked the Harry Dresden series (by Jim Butcher), this series is for you.

 

Click here to purchase Book 1 of The Hellequin Chronicles.

 

Review of Replica (The Blood Borne Series Book 2) by Shannon Mayer & Denise Grover Swank

Replica

 

 

This book’s story line follows directly from Recombinant (Blood Borne Series Book 1).

After exposing the Asclepius project and its dangerous experiments, Rachel and Lea are hunted by petrifying new enemies. They need to deal with unforeseen complications and decipher new clues. A werewolf calling himself a friend and another stranger crossed their paths and join their mission for their own personal agendas.

The very head-strong, independent and butt-kicking heroines continue doing their thing in order to save the innocent and bring the perpetrators to justice. New characters were introduced which added to the ladies’ internal and external conflict. It was a good plot, full of action with an interesting development and a prophecy that’s revealed at the end.

Sometimes Rachel came across as too self absorbed and over-reacted in some situations, which is mostly driven by her baggage. But otherwise it was an entertaining story.

 

Click here to purchase Book Two of the Blood Borne Series.

 

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