The Tower (Psionic Pentalogy Book 2) by Adrian Howell

The Tower (Psionic Pentalogy Book 2) by Adrian Howell

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of The Tower by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

At thirteen, Adrian Howell has already lived a full life as a wild-born telekinetic. He’s happy to be settling down in the heart of the new psionic city of New Haven. He freely joins the Guardians, hoping they’ll be able to help him rescue his sister from the Angels. But life as a Guardian means intense combat training of more than his telekinetic powers.

Terry is Adrian’s combat trainer, and she also becomes a friend—something Adrian doesn’t have many of. But the rigorous training makes Adrian uncomfortable. He has no interest in shooting a gun or being able to kill someone with his hands. Even more uncomfortable are his recurring nightmares, indicating something hiding inside his mind. Adrian will have to unlock his own secrets before someone he cares about gets hurt.

The Tower is book two in the Psionic Pentalogy series, and it starts right where book one left off. It’s a thrilling addition to the series, continuing on Adrian’s journey into the world of psionics as he learns how to use his powers and fights for what he believes in. While the main characters are young, the book deals with some death and killing, as Adrian lives in a world where he doesn’t get to be a regular kid.

Once again, I enjoyed watching Adrian’s struggle to make grown-up decisions when he was still just a kid. The author did a wonderful job of presenting Adrian’s attempt to be a normal thirteen-year-old and handle mature situations at the same time. He had to work through feelings for Terry in a normal young teen way while he was also struggling with his own identity. Adrian didn’t know who he really was, what he was capable of, or what normal was for him. He discovered all of this throughout the story. The addition of dealing with his feelings for Alia, his pseudo-sister, made for a wonderful emotional journey.

The plot was well thought-out, leaving little kernels throughout in a way that really made the reader think about the details. Although I knew who the betrayer was and why they betrayed the Guardians before it was revealed, the author did a good job keeping the suspense going. The story still came to a gripping climax, and it even had more issues to resolve and character growth beyond that.

This book is part of a series and best enjoyed when read in order, but enough background information was provided to be read as a standalone. The story had a satisfying conclusion while still leaving doors open for the next book in the series. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

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Enter the Moon (A Warriors of Luna Novel) by Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson

Enter the Moon (A Warriors of Luna Novel) by Jennifer Fisch-Ferguson

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2 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Enter the Moon by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Kama DeKosse has great plans for her life. She’s been training to be an opera singer since the age of seven. While on vacation and shopping for performance gowns, Kama meets Jack Twist and everything in her life gets thrown into a tailspin. Neither Kama nor Jack can deny their attraction to the other, but the obstacles they have to overcome may be too great. Their age difference is a major hurdle, yet it’s not the biggest thing standing in their way.

When Kama finds out her life is not at all what she thought it was, and neither is her boyfriend Jack, she’ll have to take some pretty big leaps of faith in order to survive. Her career in the world of opera hangs in the balance, and a new family of sorts is waiting for her on the other side.

Enter the Moon is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy novel that includes a romance with an age difference and werewolf shifters. The story is told in third person point of view by both main characters, even though it is mostly focused on Kama’s story.

Having both main characters be shifters along with their age difference was an interesting spin on the paranormal aspect of the story. The setting was also good, moving from LA to NYC and then focusing on Central Park. I also enjoyed the way the author used Jack’s “inner wolf” in a way that kept you guessing before you knew the truth. But in my opinion, the execution of what could have been a great plot was lacking.

At several points in the story, important events appeared to be thrown in with no transition. Each of these events felt misplaced, shocking in an unintended way. The entire story also seemed fragmented into different sections. It started with a large focus on Kama and Jack’s developing relationship and Kama acting very mature. When the story moved to NYC, Kama practically turned into a different character with more immature actions. We were also introduced to another character, who later disappeared from the story. The final section was the only one containing werewolves, which wasn’t really enough time to delve into the entire situation. Jack and Kama’s relationship was mostly an afterthought once we reached this point. I wanted to see more focus on the two of them together, or Jack explaining to Kama some of the things he mentioned in narration. Almost in passing, he mentioned Kama being his mate and that he couldn’t date her, but those issues were never really explored.

One big issue for me was the amount of internal dialogue from both characters. I understood this was partly done to show the split between the human and wolf personalities, but it pulled me out of the story because of the frequent shift between third person (narration) and first person (inner dialogue). At times there was almost as much inner dialogue as there was narration, and it didn’t add anything to the story, only told us what we already knew. The inner dialogue also contributed to an overall feel of “telling” instead of “showing,” though arguably this issue wasn’t limited to the inner dialogue. Telling the reader Kama and Jack made small talk over dinner didn’t help me get invested in the relationship.

Probably the most prominent issue for me was the editing—missing words, words out of order, commas in the wrong place, incorrect and missing punctuation, misuse and overuse of semicolons, sentences mashed together or ending abruptly. Dialogue (internal and actual) lacked contractions, making it feel stiff and formal. Internal dialogue was a mix of being in italics or single quotation marks, sometimes both and sometimes neither.

As much as I wanted to like this book, I had a difficult time becoming invested in it and sticking with it. This book just wasn’t for me.

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The Change (Unbounded Book 1) by Teyla Branton

The Change (Unbounded Book 1) by Teyla Branton

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4 out of 5 Stars

The Change is the action-packed supernatural story of Erin Radkey, who discovers she is part of a rare race called Unbounded. By a fluke of her genes, Erin and other Unbounded are near immortal. This “Change” doesn’t happen to many, and it usually doesn’t occur until the potential Unbounded is in their early thirties. After a fiery car accident should have left her dead, Erin finds herself very much alive, and in the protection of a group of Unbounded called Renegades.

But the Renegades aren’t the only Unbounded out there. The opposing Emporium want Erin just as much as the Renegades do, and even they aren’t the only threat. There’s also a group of mortals known as Hunters who are set on destroying all Unbounded.

Erin must decide which group of Unbounded her loyalty lies with, and she also must decide who she can trust. Her former best friend? Her almost fiancé? A fourth great-grandmother or her possible biological father? How about a Renegade who doesn’t stick around for long?

The Change is certainly intriguing and full of action. The concept of the Unbounded is interesting and makes for good battles when neither side is easily killed. Everyone has a talent, and it takes some time before Erin’s fully surfaces. When it does, it seems like a good idea for her to trust it, and she does so easily.

One of the drawbacks of this story is that everyone is quick to change sides based on a little discussion. And when they do, Erin is quick to believe them, which leads to disaster after disaster. As a reader, it’s difficult to trust anyone even when Erin “reads” them since she’s been fooled in the past. It also seems like no matter the danger, there’s time to stop for a discussion. It puts a bit of a damper on all the action when it’s interrupted by a chat about who’s a traitor and what they’re going to do next.

In addition to all of the action, there’s a bit of romance between Erin and Ritter, another Renegade. I wouldn’t call this story a romance, but it had enough to keep the reader longing for more of Ritter, even knowing he might not stick around.

The story held my interest from start to finish, and I would definitely read the next book in the series.

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