Sunday, August 28, 2011

Witchlanders Review

WITCHLANDERS by Lena Coakley.

Witchlanders follows the sotry of Ryder. A young man living in a world where witches rule the land, predicting the future by throwing bones and protecting the village people with their future-sight. Ryder has grown up believing that the witches have no power that everything they say or do is fake and that they take portions of the peoples crops but don't deserve any of it. Ryder lives with his mother and his two sisters, going about everyday life tending to the fields and taking care of his family.

Ryder doesn't believe the witches are necessary, even if they could predict the future what would be the point, there's no danger anymore not since the only enemy The Baen were defeated years ago. Ryder's mother use to be a bone thrower and he never believed her prophecies, as his mother struggled with reality and the effects of a deadly drug Ryder tries to bring her back to her life telling her there's no magic. Little did he know that his mother's prophecy would come true.

When a deadly new magic makes itself known, it threatens his family and his friends. The witches are useless against this new force and all the blame is being put onto the old enemy the Baen but is the blame directed at the true source or could everything Ryder ever learned be completely false. The history of all he's ever know about the prophets his whole village worships gets turned upside down, nothing is as it seems and the only way Ryder can defeat the evil plaguing his town is to join with an unlikely character and make a stand against all he's every known.

Witchlanders was an interesting read. It was a bit slow to start, and the story was hard to get into but once the characters were developed and the attachments were built the story flowed with ease and anticipation. Witches are respected in this story and feared for their knowledge and power. Overall a great Debut novel for Lena Coakley.


Melissa Silva 
The Bookshelf

Saturday, August 6, 2011


I got an award today from an amazing Page. Best Books is one of my favourite pages and they have an amazing blog as well. Thanks to Alice and Annmarie for this award.

The goal of the award is to spotlight up and coming bloggers who currently have less than 200 followers. The rules of the award are:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.
5. And most of all - have bloggity-blog fun!

This was way harder to do than I thought. Picking only 5 blogs is tough because there's some amazing blogs out there.

1. Bookaholics book Club
2. Best Books

and honestly that's it. There's a lot more I follow but they all have over 200 followers. These 2 blogs have amazing creators handling things, and are super helpful when it comes to anything book related :)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Soul Thief Review

SOUL THIEF (book 2 in the Demon Trappers Series) by JANA OLIVER

Soul Thief is a gripping continuation to the Demon Trappers. Absolutely thrilling, addictive and must read for 2011.

***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS---Read Demon Trapper's Daughter before reading this REVIEW***

Riley Blackthorne is still recovering from what happened at the Tabernacle. With so many of her own dead or severely injured; including her boyfriend Simon, Riley is trying to hold it together.
Poor Riley, she has so much going on in her life: Suffering the loss of her father; who was illegally taken from his grave by an unknown necromancer. Simon is acting strange and pushing Riley away. Beck is being his overprotective self, and still trying to get Riley to move in with her aunt. And now Riley has a body guard to worry about.

As the story continues Riley is still trying to figure out what happened at the Tabernacle. As the blame gets thrown around for how the demons got through the ward Riley's as well as her father's name get put through the ringer. Many of the trappers think that she was involved in the attack. How else would she have survived an attack from a grade five geofiend? And how was her father inside the ward just before the attack if he wasn't the one behind it?

As Riley tries to figure out who stole her father from his grave, she must also figure out what is going on with the holy water supply. Riley takes the investigation into her own hands and does a little research as to where the bottles are going missing. With so much on her plate, Riley has a hard time facing reality. Simon is acting strange and he blames Riley for what happened as well. He will not believe that God has failed him, he can't believe that God would just allow demons to prevail.

With the increasing threat of demons in the city, the vatican has dispatched the demon hunters to bring down the number of demons. Also putting their hands into the trappers business, the hunters are trying to find out who is involved in helping the demons. When Simon gives them a 'lead' into the traitor, it puts Riley in a very difficult position.

 Riley tries to protect her friends and herself by staying out of trouble but trouble always seems to find her. With the help of her new 'body guard' Ori, Riley is able to continue her invesigations. But who is Ori? He claims to be a freelance demon hunter, but no one has heard of him and even though he saved her at the Tabernacle there's something strange about him.

Soul Thief is fast paced and entertaining. A fantastic story that leads you through a road full of twists and turns, and unexpected surprises. It allows you to enter the lives of the characters on such a deeper level. Thouroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend this series to everyone!

Jana Oliver is a creative author, who is able to wrap a story around your heart and soul. Leading you through a world of the unexpected, she brings her writing to the surface of the pages leaving you wanting more.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf