Review: Rayne: OuterSphere by Quoleena Sbrocca

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Publisher: Dreams LLC

Publishing Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9780998010731

Genre: YA/ Fantasy

Rating: 1.3/5

Publishers Description: In book two of the Rayne Trilogy, Rayne and her master eagle comrade find themselves trapped in a desolate land. Here she discovers what she thought she knew about the world and the Ancients is a lie.  Once desperate to leave her home, Rayne fights to return to the only life she’s ever known. Isolated from her reality, she is forced to choose between killing and surviving… Because in this world, the weak perish, and the strong live to fight another day. 

Review: Rayne continues her myopic and self-centered journey by fighting alongside, er people and showcasing how much she loves herself by describing everything in her experience in infinite detail. As she wends her way through the desolate lands she manages to minimally use her powers (which could have made life way easier) and her dumb eagle seems to not be able to fly back out to safety. And why did the dumb eagle take her there in the first place? Flawed reasoning and plot holes invade this once promising debut series.

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Review: Rayne: Luminescence by Quoleena Sbrocca

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Publisher: Dreams LLC

Publishing Date: February 2016

ISBN: 9780998010717

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 1.0/5

Publishers Description: In their second year of life, they experience the Luminescence and awaken to a mystical ability. Except one. Her name is Rayne. In a society whose values and manners are as refined as the language they speak, her peers mock her because she has no higher ability. In the early hours of her 17th birthday, she experiences a night which will change this.

Review: “Gosh, I am so fookin’ speshul I shjt diamonds and piss Riesling.  I really want to be part of society but they shun and bully me, but now that I am SUPER SPESHUL they can no longer hurt me with words and stuff and things…anywaaay, I not only have one talent like everyone else I have ALL THE TALENTS cuz like I said before, speshulness is a dish best served with hotdogs while at band camp. I like to sniff the only person who likes me and his breath smells like minty farts and he has bulgy muscles and tight pants. Everyone still picks on me, even my adoptive parents cuz see there is no way I am this speshul without a reason and they don’t fit the model, so I must find the truth by flying on giant eagles and shjt while being tormented by kids that should not really give a fuk about me. They must sense my speshully-ness.” The End.

Review: Inspector Hobbes and the Bones by Wilkie Martin

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Publisher: The Witcherley Book Company

Publishing Date: December 2016

ISBN: 9781910302040

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.6/5

Publishers Description: There’s going to be trouble. Andy Caplet’s wife goes away, someone is out to get him, and he loses nearly everything in a storm. Amazing both himself and his unhuman friend Inspector Hobbes, he heroically rescues flood victims and uncovers something shocking. 

Review: Andy continues to stumble along in the footsteps of Hobbes while attempting to pull himself out of a smear campaign while maintaining a long distance relationship with his new wife. 

Wow, Wilkie Martin delivers another finely crafted tapestry of un-human mystery with a dash of incisive wit and provocative humor. Andy is a bit dense at times, almost too dense but seems to provide the comedic relief throughout the story line. The supporting characters are built solidly within the bounds of the movement which is elegantly constructed to provide a multitude of storyline threads.  A fun ride that is hard to put down.