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Review: Oleah Chronicles : Truth by Michelle Johnson

What would you do if all you knew was a lie to protect you and your sheer existence puts everyone you know in danger?
I was approached by the author Michelle Johnson to do a review for her book Oleah chronicles Truth in return for a free copy of her book. This has not affected my review which is unbiased.
So I went into this book with no expectations and come out really enjoying the story. Michelle sure does have a vivid imagination to think up the premise of the Oleah creatures.

Let me first explain what they are. A Oleah can be described as a creature with a combination of human and lion features.

The top half of their faces resembles that of a lion, the bottom half human, along with a human torso and lion legs from the waist down. An Oleah also has the ability to morph into a lion. Oleahs have extremely heightened senses that are connected with the environment. They are impressive hunters and known throughout the galaxies for their agility, speed and loyalty.They’re amongst the most powerful mystical creatures throughout the galaxies.-from Oleah Chronicle website – http://www.oleahchronicles.com

So first off here is the synopsis of the book : Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki is forced to face overwhelming truths about her so-called ordinary family when she meets Zander Black; a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about a danger that threatens to resurface from a past she never knew was her own, changes everything. Life as she knows it will never be the same again. In order to keep her family safe she has no choice but to trust Zander, despite his connection to her enemy. He’s the only resource she has if she ever expects to understand the true reality of who and what she is. However, things become complicated when neither can ignore the magnetic energy between them. As their relationship and feelings deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate, even if that means giving up everything she knows, including being human.

Now let’s delve into the review.
There are so many positive aspects of this novel. I really like the angle of multiple galaxies and one king and queen to ‘rule them all’, but fairly and lovingly. This one galaxy to rule them all is called Uforika where the King and Queen live with their daughter the princess. Then we learn throughout the novel that is under attack from a sorceress (Sindrell) who is no less than Satan’s sister. We see this Christianity underlying throughout the core of the story which I particularly liked. We hear of angels and cherubs as well. Living in the jungle of Uforika are the Oleah. The King and queen flee Uforika with the Princess – main character Angel- as she is born indestructible and Sindrell cuvette her to make her own powers greater with the end goal of ruling all the galaxies. While hiding on earth they do not have their Oleah powers and look like humans. They raise Angel with no previous knowledge of Uforika and Oleah people.

Enter Zander the dashing ‘highschool’ student. As the story develops we learn that he is Sinderll’s right hand man bent on destroying Angel. As he tries to find her on earth he becomes in a way humanized. I really liked that we got to see him regain his humanity which makes us root for him even more. His back story of how vampires were evolved is refreshing. The spin that he is the result of Adam and Eve’s sins was invigorating to read verses the same old I got bit by another vampire traditional telling.

All in all Angel’s journey of her Oleah’s heritage discovery was a great read and leaving the book on a cliffhanger was a brilliant idea. I’m hooked!!!!!

I do have one thing to say which is negative regarding the introduction. Michelle so vividly described the lush jungle background in Angel’s dreams I wanted that description in the introduction. I feel like it brushed by too fast and I almost lost interest without the detail. I also did not like the portals opening with glitter from Coral’s wing. As the book reads as an older YA I found this fact did not fit in with the rest of the feel of the book. All in all though super great read and I would totally recommend to a fantasy lover!

As always if anyone else has read this and has additional comments or thoughts feel free to add a comment.

Keep a lookout for my post next Monday as I am doing a review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Happy Reading !!!!

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Best Places to Read

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Lets talk about some of our favourite places to read.  Sometimes the choice of our reading location is just as important as the choice of book we make.   The ambiance of our reading environment sets the mood for our entire reading experience.  I find that I read faster and I am able to imagine the world in which I enter while I am reading more vividly if I am in a comfortable place.  The following are just some of my recommendations for reading nooks that I enjoy and find enhance my adventure.

  1. My go-to reading spot is my couch accompanied by a blanket/pillow and my most valuable reading accessory , my cat  !  Who couldn’t snuggle with this little one !

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2. Another comfortable spot that a blanket and pillow complement is my bed.  I try and make it a habit to read for at least 30 minutes to a hour before bed.  This cuts down on my screen time and helps me fall asleepbeverage-bible-book-64775

3. One of the best spots to read if you prefer a quite scene that does not have the distracts of home is your local library.  I know the one close to my house has great couches that are super comfy.  Not having the distracts of endless to do list at home makes it a whole lot easier to get into my book.

4.The Bus or local transit may be how you get around in your city.  Depending on the length of your ride this may be the prefect time to delve into your current read.   I find that loosing myself in my book is a great way to make the transit time go by so fast.  However I have been known to miss my stop on occasion 🙂

5.  What would be better than to curl up at the waterfront/ park with a blanket and picnic basket? The answer is probably nothing.  Being out in nature is refreshing and what better way to enjoy it than with a book?

6. The beach is where I spend most of my time on vacation.  I love pulling up a beach chair, umbrella and book while i build ‘sand castles’ with my toes.  Listing to the waves in the background while soaking up the rays has to be one of the most relaxing ways I think I can of to escort my reading mind

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7. A coffee shop kills 2 birds with one stone.  You get to enjoy a great cup of java and enjoy a great book!

8. The gym is a great place to listen to a book for those who love audio books.   Popping in my headphones and listening to some Stephen King or Ann Rice is a great way to make your workout fly by!

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These are my favourite places to read but I would love to heard from you guys!  What are your favourite places to pull up a book and unwind?

Happy Reading!!!!!

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Review: Then she was gone by Lisa Jewell

Hello All

 

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I know it has been a very long time since I posted my last blog.  I am back on tract now and oh what a book to be my first review of 2019.

I read Then she was gone in 2 days.   It was a super fast, easy and page gripping book.   It is not for those who are faint of heart.  It does not have any extremely violent scenes but is more of a sick and twisted psychological thriller.

First off the point that left me the must unsettled was the way in which Ellie died.   After giving birth to Poppy she was just forgotten in the basement to wither and waste away.  For me this would be worse than being murdered.   All those countless hours with no interaction, not knowing what is to come next is psychological torture.   I would rather be shot or stabbed as this would end my suffering faster.  It is heart wrenching to think that not only did Ellie physically suffer what the psychological aspect of being ‘forgotten’ is appalling.

The second aspect that made me a bit sick to my stomach was when Laurel figured out that Ellie was in Noelle’s basement and she walked right past her daughter without knowing she was suffering.  Everyone talks about the link between a mother and a child.  In a lot of novels this link eventually leads the mother to the child and all is well with a happy ending.  This is not real life.  Real life unfortunately is more sinister.  By having Laurel walk past  Ellie Lisa made this book more realistic for the reader.

The way in which Lisa wrote this book made the event of a child being lost/ kidnapped more practical in real life.  The fact that she portrayed Laurel in the beginning as a ‘bitch’  to her family and withdrawn is probably more factual than the whole family coming together.   Everyone deals with loss and stress in different ways.   Not all tragic events bring people together.  The fact that Laurel can’t stand the way her ex husband Paul deals with Ellie’s loss is more practical and relatable.

The one aspect of this book that I could have done without was the character Blue, Laurel’s son’s girlfriend.   I found that as the reader my suspicion of Floyd was growing enough without the use of psych and aura seeing.   I found that her ‘warning’ Floyd was hiding something was tacky and not needed – my opinion only.   Lisa could have had Laurel increase her suspicion another way.

As characters go I really liked Poppy.   She started off as an annoying single child syndrome character, whom I did not like in the beginning.   As the story progressed her character grew and she went from being a daddy’s needy girl to a girl who wanted larger family interaction.   She was a nice relief from the other intense characters of Laurel and Floyd.   I also liked Noelle was the ‘villain’.   She was someone you loved to hate.   I went from loathing her selfish craziness to feeling sorry for her when we learned of Floyd playing her for his sexual satisfaction.   As for Floyd I have mixed feeling about him.  My views change depending on who is narrating.   In the end though I did feel sorry for him and almost didn’t want him to blow his brains out.

All in all what a slimy sick thriller that kept me glued to the pages.   I will definitely be reading more from Lisa Jewell as I feel we all need to experience the uneasiness that Then she was gone dishes out!! As always feel free to leave any comments and/ or Lisa Jewell recommendations below.

 

Happy Reading!!!