Tiny Gifts by Jennifer Amriss

Tiny Gifts

Title: Tiny Gifts

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: August 8th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Literature

Number of pages: 49

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Tiny Gifts: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

Nothing in Haylie’s life has been going right lately.
And now, all she loves might vanish.

Unexplained explosions when she’s stressed out and anxious are one thing, but they aren’t the worst. Learning that her boss and father-figure is dying of cancer and he’s selling his veterinary clinic is so much worse.

But when everything seems hopeless, Haylie gets an unexpected gift. A small kitten, Punkin, makes her world a little more bearable—and less explosive. With Punkin’s help, Haylie may just get through this terrible time in her life. And in the process, she learns that when things seem their darkest, miracles might just come in tiny packages.

All proceeds from Tiny Gifts will go to help a cat in need.

As part of the Kal’brath Universe, this short story is meant to be read before Race Against the Dark, which is FREE. Grab your copy today and enjoy both stories while helping a furry feline have a better life.

Trigger Warning: None

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Saving Sol’kyr by Jennifer Amriss

Saving Sol'kyr

Title: Saving Sol’kyr

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Publisher: Magelight Press

Date of publication: August 8th, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Number of pages: 164

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find Saving Sol’kyr: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Book synopsis (from Goodreads):

For millennia, Morough watched his friend suffer in silence.
Now there might be a cure.

An unlikely meeting leads Morough and Solíkyr to a quest to save a human girl, Haylie. While she’s in a coma, they travel to the human realm to bring back the only thing that could possibly help her nowhere cat, Punkin.

While Solíkyr takes care of Punkin, Morough watches his friend slowly change before his eyes and he realizes that they might have stumbled onto a way to heal more than just one soul.

All proceeds from Saving Sol’kyr will go to help a cat in need.

As part of the Kal’brath Universe, this novella is meant to be read after Race Against the Dark, which is FREE. Grab your copy today and enjoy both stories while helping a furry feline have a better life.

Trigger Warning: None

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Book Review: Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two (Kings of Kal’brath: Book 3) by Jennifer Amriss

Twilight's Children: Mother Book Two (Kings of Kal'brath, #3)

Title: Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Published: September 16th 2016

Publisher: Magelight Press

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 301

POV: 3rd person

Series: Kings of Kal’brath

Race Against the Dark – Book 1 (review here)

Healing Wounds – Book 2 (review here)

Twilight’s Children – Book 3

Goodreads synopsis:

Seven years ago, an evil mage destroyed the spell keeping half the world in Twilight. Now, the spell’s effects are coming undone, and the results are devastating the ecosystem of the lower realms. Representatives meet at the Divide Estate to fix the problem, but Twilight Princess Cyranti Lorinar never shows.

On her way to the estate, an attack on Cyranti leaves her dying in the grass. But when a vampir and his gorgeous son, Danatarius, appear, they change everything. Turned into a vampir, her saviors whisk her to their Fold to complete her change. However, her second chance means she can never go home.

Trapped within the Fold, Cyranti becomes the catalyst for an ancient hatred. Proven it’s possible, the colony is determined to turn elves into vampir as revenge for being hunted. If she can’t warn her father and send the vampir to help her trapped friends, the Twilight will disappear and a war between vampir and elves will devastate Kal’brath. Can she overcome her new hunger for elven blood to avoid global disaster?

My review:

This book starts off with Princess Cyranti heading towards the Divide Estate (the same estate where Sam and Alyssa were held captive by Linholde in book 2) to fix when Linholde did when she was holding Sam and Alyssa captive….fix and restore the spell that keeps half of their world in Twilight. The spell had been unraveling in the lower realms and it was destroying the ecosystems of those who reside in the Twilight.

Only she doesn’t make it. She is attacked by an unknown person who kills her soul mount, Liria, and who slits her throat with a poisoned dagger. She is found by Kordan, the leader of the vampir, and his son, Danatarius, right as she was on the brink of death and they save her. Well, they turn her into a vampir and she is the first of her kind to be turned…if she survives the change.

Sol’kyr, Velithor, Morough, Lin’ra, Ka’lei, Tovran, Rynhon, Sam and Elan are at the estate waiting for Cyranti. When she doesn’t show up, Sol’kyr, Velithor and Lin’ra set off to find out what happened to her while the rest stay behind and enter the estate to prepare the spell. But it doesn’t go to plan, when they are suddenly trapped inside the estate with an insane elf who is called the Architect. They are made to play brutal games with him and he slowly knocks them all out until only Morough and Sam are left basically uninjured.

Cyranti survives the change and learns more about her new people. They are considered blood mages….which the elves consider evil. Dana, a natural-born vampire, goes to tell his people that she is the first elf ever turned and it doesn’t go so well. The people basically go nuts and try to attack Cyranti when she is found eavesdropping in on Dana’s speech. She escapes and hides in Dana’s room. While she is in there, she overhears that the people of the Fold are going to attack her father. She takes off, with Dana, to warn her father of the impending attack.

I will not go into the book from here on but it was really good. There is plenty of action and lots of blood. But giving that the bad guy and two of the good guys are blood mages, I really wasn’t expecting anything less.

This was a pretty clean book, sexwise. Dana and Cyranti do soul bond BUT they do not consummate it. There was too much going on (like saving their world….lol).

The ending was what I expected and I loved it!!!

How many stars will I give Twilight’s Children: 5

Why: The perfect ending to a great trilogy!!! The author couldn’t have wrapped things up any better than what was written!!

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: No sex but a lot of violence. There are a few gruesome scenes that come to mind (etchings in acid, being boiled alive in a bathtub, being stuffed like a turkey and then cooked over a spit)

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

 

 

Book Review: Healing Wounds: Mother Book One (Kings of Kal’brath: Book 2) by Jennifer Amriss

Healing Wounds: Mother Book One (Kings of Kal'brath, #2)

Title: Healing Wounds: Mother Book One

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Published: July 7th 2016

Publisher: Magelight Press

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 312

Series: Kings of Kal’brath

Race Against the Dark – Book 1

Healing Wounds – Book 2

Twilight’s Children – Book 3

POV: 3rd person

Goodreads synopsis:

When elven prince Elan finds human refugee Jenna in a bear trap, he abandons his father’s orders and takes Jenna and her children to a human colony for healing. The humans try to fail to repel them at the gates, but when assassins attack the colony and injure one of Jenna’s children, Elan rallies the elves to protect the colonists.

Amid the chaos, Elan falls in love not just with the children, but also with their mother. But his teacher, Linolde, wants Jenna’s new crown and will do anything to get it. When she kidnaps the children and breaks the spell keeping half the world in Twilight, Elan seeks the Forest King to stop attacking the colonies and help find his missing children. But tree nymphs are childlike, and their king is throwing an epic tantrum.

If Elan can’t convince the Forest King to find Jenna’s children, the Twilight realm will fade and send the world into chaos as the dependent beasts flee to the lower realms. Can Elan save the world, including himself?

My review:

This book takes place generations, 53 years, since Mother (the Earth) decided to purge mankind from her. She was furious that humankind had desecrated her while she was asleep and her temper snapped. There were natural disasters, continents were reshaped, oceans were reshaped and humankind was just about wiped out. The elves were charged with reconstructing the earth and restoring Mother to full health. Any humans who survived the purge were rounded up by the elves and kept in colonies.

Elan is the Prince of the Summerland, son of Kennan, the King and Kennan was the elf who was at the forefront of the healing (ie reconstruction) efforts. Elan and Kennan didn’t see eye to eye on how the humans were being treated and what happened to them. Elan actually didn’t speak to his father for 53 years because of that. They reconciled when Kennan showed Elan exactly WHY the humans needed to be kept under a firm hand and kept under watch. Because they would do the same thing and the Mother would have to take drastic measures.

The story truly begins when Elan goes through a gate to what used to be Pennsylvania. Kennan wants him to plant seeds and document the humans. Almost immediately, he hears a scream and when he goes to investigate, he finds a human woman caught in a bear trap….with her children hovering near her. A fear of the elves (the little girl called him long ear) is present in the children and in the young woman but the elves are allowed to help her out of the trap. They learn that her name is Jenna and her children’s names are Sam and Alyssa. One of the elves, Linolde, objects greatly to Elan helping Jenna but she is put in her place by Elan.

They take her to the Allegheny Colony to be healed and Elan bonds with her children and learns that Jenna has been living on the outskirts of the colony. They fled her husband and the colony that she came from because her husband believed that Alyssa wasn’t his (because she didn’t look like Sam). She was beaten and stoned but managed to escape. Certain people in the colony (I believe it was her ex husband) followed her colony to colony and would stone her. Finally, she started living in the woods and moving as soon as she found out they were at the colony she was near. So, to be honest, life sucked for her until she met Elan.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for them once they get Jenna situated into the colony. Sam is attacked by a wood nymph, Linolde is acting up and, when Jenna’s leg is healed, Elan is told by the Mother that she needs his seed to make a baby with him and that she was his mother (which was a huge ewwww moment for me) and Elan and Jenna soul bonded (which means that they are basically married in the Summerlands). They were unsure if she would survive the bonding….seeing that this is the first time that it has happened. But she does.

They (and the children) go back to tell Kennan what happened. He is overjoyed and he dotes on the children. Elan has to go back to the colony and while he is there, Kennan and Jenna are attacked. While they are being attacked, Sam and Alyssa are taken to some ruins and then they are trapped inside a magical house where they can’t get out.

The rest, well you have to read the book to find out what happens. The wood nymphs are featured heavily in the last part of the book. Lugh, the King of the wood nymphs, did remind me of a tantruming 3 year old….lol.

The ending was perfect. All of the storylines were wrapped up in a satisfactory way and I loved seeing a certain elf getting her just dues!!!

How many stars will I give Healing Wounds? 4

Why: Another well written fantasy by Jennifer Amriss!!! A book that I got lost in and I genuinely started to care for the characters.

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age Range: Adult

Why: Sex and violence

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**

 

Book Review: Race Against the Dark (Kings of Kal’brath: Book 1) by Jennifer Amriss

Race Against the Dark (Kings of Kal'brath, #1)

Title: Race Against the Dark

Author: Jennifer Amriss

Published: February 28th 2016

Publisher: Magelight Press

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Number of pages: 315

Series: Kings of Kal’brath

Race Against the Dark – Book 1

Healing Wounds: Mother Book One – Book 2

Twilight’s Children: Mother Book Two – Book 3

Standalone: Yes

POV: 3rd person

Where you can find this book: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

Plagued by visions of poison green eyes, the name Ka’lei, and strange singing, Haylie knows she’s crazy. When she finds herself in the elf world, everything she thinks she knows gets blown away. Now, she’s a changeling come home, and her name really is Ka’lei.

Thrust into a battle of wills, Ka’lei struggles against the elfin Council to prove her adulthood and fight for the right to love whoever she chooses. Her birth mother’s attempt to kill her during the Council meeting then throws her straight into her ancestor’s ancient plot to destroy everything.

Looking exactly like her psycho ancestor, Ka’lei must get past her friends’ fears and somehow rally dubious allies for a race against the Dark. She battles not just to save two worlds. She fights to protect those she loves, and somehow hold onto the only place where she ever felt sane.

My review:

As most of you who have been following my blog knows how much I love fantasy, dark fantasy especially. So when I was invited by Jennifer to read/review the Kings of Kal’Brath trilogy, I was very excited. These seemed to be right up my alley. And oh, boy, are they!!!!

Haylie/Ka’lei (btw…LOVE that name) always knew she was different. She had visions of poisonous green eyes, memories of being called Ka’lei and of strange singing. When she tried to tell her parents and other people this, she was dubbed strange and eventually she was declared insane and put on heavy medications.

So it was no wonder that she thought she was losing it when she almost hit a horse who seemed to understand her, who wanted her to ride him (he bowed down) and takes her to an injured man in the forest. Even when he basically kidnapped her and brought her to his friends, she still thought she was going nuts. It wasn’t until she got sick and was pushed into remembering who she was….Ka’lei. An elf who was sent as a baby into the human world to protect her against an evil mother and something more sinister.

I absolutely loved that the elves could not only soul bond with their mates (bit of a spoiler but Morough and Ka’lei soul bonded) but with their mounts. And of course, Ka’lei bonds with what was probably scariest mount out there….a darksire called Culthar. See darksires are a man killing horses who eyes glow with a blue inner fire and who is magic neutral…which means that he can absorb magic. Their female counterparts are nightmares (which made me giggle a bit….lol) .

She got summoned to the Council and gets a surprise. Her mother, Lillias, was the current Queen of the Summerlands (Morough was the Prince of the Netherdark). When she was exposed, she tried to attack Ka’lei and ended up hitting the current King of the Netherdark….Iliastaire Lo’lorien. In an attempt to try to heal the King, Ka’Lei accidentally pulled his soul into her head. Whoopsie.

The love story between Morough and Ka’lei was fantastic. The sex scene was great….until it was pointed out that they had sex with the windows open so everyone could hear them. Then I got a little creeped out….as did Ka’lei. It was pointed out that royal newlyweds did that as custom to bless their people but still….ewwww. But before they had sex, they fell in love and their love story was so sweet. They had to be my favorite fictional couple :).

The subplot of Lillias and her crazy psycho ancestor that was trying to come back from the dead (she of the green eyes) was pretty good too. See Lillias, and Ka’lei,  is a direct descendant of Syr’del….an evil elf who was killed ions ago by Morough but who’s spirit is still around and she wants someone to restore her body so she can unleash hell on the Summerland and take it over.

Not going to go much into the book after that. Put it this way, there are deaths and births. Some of the deaths were tragic and one death….well that person really had it coming to them.

How many stars will I give Against the Dark? 4

Why: A wonderfully written fantasy that kept me glued to the book (I finished it in 1.5 days). The world building was great, as was the character building. I can’t wait to read the other books!!!

Will I reread: Yes

Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes

Age range: Adult

Why: Language, sex, violence.

**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**