Category: Teen Fiction

Review: “The Battle of Iron Gulch” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Battle of Iron Gulch
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: High Fantasy ; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 230 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 10, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $14.99 paperback

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Thaddeus Cane and his garden gnome boyfriend, Teofil, travel with Teofil’s mother and sister, Thaddeus’s father, and a new elf ally to Wraith Mountain, armed with the water from the Well of Tears. Thaddeus hopes to use the water to free his mother—cursed to take dragon form by the witch Isadora—and reunite her with her family. But their quest is far from over, and the party is forced to stop in the small village of Iron Gulch while they procure supplies for their trip up the mountain.
There, Thaddeus continues to gain strength in magic, and he will need it, because something is rotten beneath the idyllic facade of Iron Gulch. A new and dangerous adversary is bent on the destruction of not only Thaddeus and his friends, but everyone living in the town—unless their group can put a stop to it. The fight will be one of the hardest they’ve faced, but if they can prevail, it should prepare them to make their final stand against Isadora and put an end to her cruelty.


Thaddeus and his group of misfits are still on their quest to find the dragon aka his mother who’s been cursed by the evil Isadora. They’re on their way to Wraith Mountain and make a rest stop in the small town of Iron Gulch.

This town is strange, and Thaddeus has visions of his mother. Time is running out to save her, but nothing is easy, and this time Thaddeus will have to face the greatest danger that he will never know.
I still enjoy following Thaddeus and Teofil’s adventures.
Thaddeus is still trying to understand everything about his past, but he knows his father keeps secrets from him. He also feels something is off about this town. I admit that the reader can feel it too. It was a little bit stressful, like when you know there’s something wrong but you can’t put a name on it. It was the same thing here.

The first part of the book was, in my opinion, a little bit too long with repetitiveness, and I was sometimes a little bit bored while reading it. But the second part was amazing. A lot of action, fights, magic and more and more revelations.
It was captivating, and I couldn’t put down my kindle until I finished the book.

I’m a little sad knowing that there’s just one more book left and it will be the end of this series.

4 OptimuMM for The Wizard and The Gnome

***The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink . My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “The Well of Tears” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Well of Tears
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Supertistion
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Fantasy; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 127 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2016
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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Sequel to The Midnight Gardener
The Town of Superstition: Book Two
Thaddeus Cane’s life changed when he learned he is the son of a witch and a wizard, and now he’s undertaken a mission to find his mother, who was cursed not long after Thaddeus was born. He enlists the aid of his father, Nathan; his boyfriend and neighbor, Teofil Rhododendron, a garden gnome; and Teofil’s mother, brother, and sister. As they journey through a world that seems normal on the surface, they meet many magical creatures, some kind and helpful, others evil and dangerous. When Nathan suffers a life-threatening injury, Thaddeus might be forced to abandon the quest to find his mother in order to save his father.


After discovering that he’s the son of a powerful witch and wizard, Thaddeus is on a quest to find his mother who’s been cursed by the evil Isadora. Thaddeus isn’t alone on this quest. Teofil, his gnome boyfriend, Fetter and Astrid (Teofil’s brother and sister), his father Nathan and Myriam (Teofil’s mother) are with him. But after a troll’s attack, Nathan is badly injured and sends Thaddeus alone in their quest to find his mother.

This sequel was as good as book one. Thaddeus is still trying to cope with the fact that supernatural beings exist and he’s one of them. With the help of his team and especially his boyfriend Teofil, Thaddeus became more confident and doesn’t hesitate to take charge.

I loved this book, it reminds me Tolkien with the Hobbit. It’s the same atmosphere, the quest, the supernatural beings, the legendary and all. I love Thaddeus’s evolution too, even if it’s not easy for him to understand everything, he stays strong and focuses on his quest. We also learn more about Teofil’s past and other fantastic beings.

The plot was super good with a big twist in the story that I didn’t see coming. Ok, I saw it coming but not exactly like it was, so I was surprised and sad too (read it, and you’ll understand). I can’t wait to read the next book and see how things evolved and I hope that they’ll kick Isadora’s ass.

It’s really a great series that can be enjoyed by everyone younger and older.

4 OptimuMM…. Because Fetter!

***The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink . My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “The Midnight Gardener” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: The Midnight Gardener
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Anna Sikorska
GENRE: Teen Fiction ; Urban Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 123 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2015
PRICE: $4.99 e-book

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The Town of Superstition: Book One
At fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.
Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.


Thaddeus Cane is fifteen and has just moved to Superstition with his dad. It’s the thirty-second time he’s moved since he was a baby. He’s a solitary teenager, without friends.
The window in his room opens onto a beautiful garden, and every night Thaddeus observes his neighbor, Teofil a beautiful teenager like him, taking care of the plants.
When a wild beast attacks him, Thaddeus understands that Superstition has secrets connected to his past and gnomes, wizards and fairies aren’t just legends.

Oh, I liked this book very much.

Thaddeus is a super sweet teenager, shy and solitary. Understandable when he had to move so often. It makes him so adorable when Teofil flirts with him. He’s very smart, and maybe because he’s so lonely, when he understood that Teofil is a gnome, he didn’t freak out. Instead, he stayed quiet and kept going to see him, even if at first, he wasn’t really sure he believed him.
Teofil is a gnome … Let me repeat it, Teofil is a GNOME!!! Isn’t that wonderful? He’s a sexy gnome, tall with broad shoulders, kind and very caring and handsome (not like the little ugly things that people put in their garden with round faces and creepy smiles, those gnomes are awful and scary). He’s also calm and smart. I’ve read a lot of books with dragons or wizards, but never with gnomes (yes, yes, I squeal like a little girl meeting Anna and Elsa in Frozen).

The plot is interesting, and we can follow it easily. The questions that are answered are who’s the beast who attacks Thaddeus? Why does Teofil only garden at night? And what is Nathan (Thaddeus’s dad) hiding?

It’s the first book of the series, and it put the main characters in place and prepared us for the rest, the end is a cliffhanger, but not the kind that makes you scream, I promise.
Anyway, it’s a great story with good characters. It’s a good book for your teenagers if they’re fan of urban fantasy or for you adults, if like me, you’re a fan of fantasy or sexy gnomes!!

It’s 4 OptimuMM for me, and I will follow them

***The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink . My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “A Tangle Of Secrets” by R.G Thomas

TITLE: A Tangle Of Secrets
AUTHOR: R.G Thomas
SERIES: The Town of Superstition #4
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink
COVER ARTIST: Tiferet Design
GENRE: Urban Fantasy; Teen Fiction
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 26, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 e-book / $16.99 paperback

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Sequel to The Battle of Iron Gulch
The Town of Superstition: Book Four
Thaddeus and his family and friends have returned from Iron Gulch and Thaddeus’s summer of magical awakening to a very different life. For one, he has both his parents for the first time, though his mother is still haunted by terrors and powers she can’t yet control. Teofil, Thaddeus’s gnome boyfriend, is consumed with finding Thaddeus’s evil uncle Lucian and answers about what happened to his brother, and he spends his days sequestered in Leopold’s library, pouring over the old wizard’s journals. When Thaddeus starts school and makes friends Teofil doesn’t like, there’s tension between them for the first time ever.
Thaddeus’s problems don’t end there. It’s harder and harder for him to conceal his magic, especially when facing the school bully. He’s lost, confused, and lashing out, and for once, he finds no solace in those closest to him. His enemies are hiding in plain sight, biding their time, until the Bearagon reappears and instigates a fight not everyone will walk away from.


After the battle of Iron Gulch, Thaddeus and his family and his friends have returned to Superstition.
Thaddeus and his father have succeeded, they found Claire, Thaddeus’s mother, and freed her from her curse. Claire needs some time to adjust to her new life. Thaddeus needs to return to his old life, meaning go back to school. But this time everything is different for him, he’s no longer the lonely boy he was, he has a boyfriend, he’s a wizard and his mother is back home.

Between Teofil’s quest to find his brother Fetter, the bully at school who harasses Thaddeus, and his new friend Andy, Thaddeus lives through a lot of changes and he feels more and more like an outsider from everyone, including his family.

But when the past comes back to hurt them, Thaddeus will have to make a choice and find the truth in all the lies.

It’s the final book of this series, and it’s my favorite.
Thaddeus has to come back to school, deals with a bully too, and starts to have dark and mean thoughts. He talks back to his parents, fights with Teofil and he’s angry all the times…
At first, I thought, nothing is wrong with him, he’s just a teenager. But the more I read, the more I understood that there’s something really wrong with him. And I had to wait for the end of the book to have my suspicions confirmed or not.

This story was more focused on Thaddeus and his family. It was interesting, and I enjoyed it a lot.
I really liked this book and how the author describes Thaddeus’s change, he makes a great metaphor between magic and the change all teenagers go through when they hit puberty.
The plot was good, and we have a real closure at the end, no more secrets, suspicions, nothing left.

I’m a little bit sad to say goodbye to them, but it was a beautiful final chapter.

4 OptimuMMs for All of them.

***The ARC was provided by Ink Harmony . My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

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Review: “The Tiger’s Watch” by Julia Ember

TITLE: The Tiger’s Watch
AUTHOR: Julia Ember
SERIES: Ashes of Gold
PUBLISHER: Harmony Ink Press
COVER ARTIST: Meghan Moss
GENRE: Teen Fiction; Fantasy
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 180 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 22, 2017
PRICE: $6.99 –e-book / $14.99 paperback
  

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Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.


The Tiger’s Watch by Julie Ember is the first book in the Ashes of Gold series. I really enjoyed this book, and it definitely engaged all of my senses especially my sympathy and tear ducts. As this is a book about teens, I didn’t figure there would be any explicit content, and there wasn’t. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any chemistry between various characters and some light kissing. The book does end on a cliffhanger so if you don’t like to read a book with a cliffhanger ending then I would wait to start this book until the series has concluded because the ending does make you want to start reading the next book immediately. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long. Especially after peaking my interest with the sneak peek into the second book in the series.

Tashi’s a gender fluid 16-year-old. Some days they feel more masculine and other days more feminine regardless of the fact that they was born male. The pronouns used for Tashi are they, them, and their. Since this is my first gender fluid character and story, the pronouns took me a little bit of time to get used to. I loved how Tashi used their hair to show their dual nature, and I cried when they shaved it off to better keep their identity secret. Tashi’s been an inhibitor since they was eight years old and chosen by Katala, a rare rose gold tiger. Tashi’s best friend Pharo’s bonded to a wolf that’s just about at the end of his life and it scares Tashi that soon they will be without their best friend and that there isn’t anything they can do to stop the unavoidable. And while it’s cool to be one with your animal, it makes it nearly impossible to form relationships and so Tashi’s never done anything about their attraction or love for Pharo.

I thought the ideas of the inhibitor was unique and exciting but also sad since the human and animal are bonded together and neither can survive without the other. Which means if Katala dies from a wound or old age then Tashi will fall into a coma and slowly pass away.
Xian’s 17 years old and a general in the Myeik army and has a secret item that he’s been searching for that used to be in his family generations ago. He needs it to save his mother’s life and uses the cover of the army to search for it secretly. He knows that it’s related to the inhibitors and so he’s searching for the inhibitors that escaped the attack on the academy. He has a cruel and cold personality that he projects to the outside world, but underneath he has a soft spot that only his trusted servant gets to witness.

When Xian’s army takes the monastery that Tashi and Pharo are hiding in as servants, Tashi ends up getting chosen to replace Xian’s dead personal assistant. This works out great for Tashi who has trained his whole life to be a killer and a spy. But Tashi’s torn between his duty and his heart after witnessing Xian’s soft spot. Will he be able to do what needs to be done to save his peoples’ way of life or will he give into his heart and help find the secret item that Xian needs to save his mother?

I know the answers to these questions, but you will have to read the book to find them out for yourself. I can’t wait to read the second book in the series when it comes out and find out what happens next.

****The ARC was provided by Harmony Ink Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****

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