5 reasonsThis book is a collection of three short stories based on relationships, all set in different perspectives  I found it refreshing to see how the relationship differed from a cat’s point of view and three couples. Never was it boring to read!

The first story is the story of Ellery, who finds her husband has cheated on her. The second tells the story of a unique relationship between a pet, her owner and his lover. The last story is about a loss in death of a long-standing relationship coming to an end.

I felt sorry for Ellery when she found her husband had cheated on her and yet, I felt for the other girl who was also a victim in so many ways. How Carolyn balanced this idea is interesting. The next story was a small shock to me as at first, I thought the one talking was a human but it soon clicked. I enjoyed this one quite a lot. The last one was quite sad but yet I felt enlightened.

The author uses the one ingredient to make these stories come to life and that is Passion.This emotion can be interpreted in many ways as the author drives us along smoothly through the pages.

If you are looking for short but good reads, I would recommend this novella!


THE ENCOUNTER By Chrystalla Thoma

The Encounter, episode one of Boreal and John Grey

Chrsytalla Thoma did not disappoint. Her fast-action, paranormal fantasy captured my attention from the first page andencounter1-300x336 took me through to the end in no time. I was impressed by her excellent story-telling and by how her scenes were so vivid; I truly felt I was there in the action!

Encounter, Episode 1 of Boreal and John Grey, is about Ella, a Paranormal Bureau Agent. What does she do? She fights Shades! The shades are nasty creatures that enter the world through a veil that thins. They are here to KILL – their main objective, but upon whose orders – no one knows. Only a handful of people can see the Shades, such as Ella. Some are able to hear them and they are called Oracles.

Simon, Ella’s Paranormal Agent partner, is missing and so Ella begins her search to find him. Along the way, Ella is saved twice from viscous Shade attacks by a mysterious man, who follows the thinning of the veil. She wants to recruit him but he has put up a barrier. There is more to this man and Ella won’t stop until she knows more about him. But where is Simon? What is happening in this world and how are so many Shades able to enter, to Kill?

A short read it is but Chrystalla Thoma has promised more. I, for one, want to find out who and what John Grey is – a name that keeps cropping up. I want to know what lies beyond the veil. I hope to find out in Episode 2!

Well done Chrystalla on a wonderful start.

SCHOOL OF THE AGES: The Ghost in the Crystal By Matt Posner

A unique story, School of the Ages (book 1) promises excitement and energy with a touch of magic from within. It could School of the Ages - Matt Posnerbe compared to Harry Potter for it’s secret boarding school and magic, but it far from it. Matt Posner writes of a school that teaches magic from within the mind and soul of the student. They don’t wear pointed hats or wave wands to use their magic effectively. There are no mythical creatures, witches or wizards but spirits, advisers and a travel through time to auspicious moments in history which is where the haunting ghost becomes prominent.  There is a death in the book, which for me was very sad.

The magic is based on meditation. The power comes from within the subconscious as does strategies of defense against the enemy. Teenage aggression and love among peers, emotions of jealousy – are poignant through the story.

Simon Magnus is haunted by a spirit from the very first day and doesn’t leave him alone until Simon makes a deal with him. In the midst of this, we see the school year with Simon, as he makes friends, fights a student who severely dislikes him, falls in love with the prettiest girl in the school, becomes best friend with his roommate and becomes acquainted with his study partner.

One of the things I loved, was that the lessons here are wonderfully different.  My favourite is the summoning of spirits who are imprisoned to a certain material such as a stone or an artifact. Here is where me ‘meet’ spirits and can ‘listen’ to their conversations with Simon – very interesting they are too!

This is a great story with the right ingredients and I will not be hesitating to read the other books in the series.