Liberty Bound (Publication Review)

Liberty Bound by Nathaniel M Wrey

HUGEOrange Publication Review and winner of the Editor’s Pick Award



I love future apocalyptic sci-fi and Liberty Bound does a great job of getting me out of my everyday life and into a decimated world set thousands of years in the future with few people and resources. Finbarl, the main character, is well rounded and someone the reader can get behind.  If you enjoy books by George Orwell or Phillip K Dick, this would be the perfect addition to your favorites.  

The characters are sinister and the author adds the appropriate tension and ambiance to their dialog and settings.

“Definitely, Wardyn!” declared Finbarl.

“Good,” said Hradbar, the one word demonstrating another difference between himself and his father. “The accused’s name is Aminatra-gula. I believe you met her this morning?”

Finbarl’s heart and mouth dropped as one, as all those around the table grinned at their fait accompli.

“Excellent!” said Governor Elbar.


It’s not long before Finbarl is thrown into adventure and although there are some slow scenes, they do well to build the tension and world around Finbarl, who protects the last city, Athenia, from a group of creatures hellbent on the city’s destruction.  


As with many great science fiction books, there is a reflection on the modern world and hidden nods to today throughout.  It’s brilliant and the author does well keeping the reader guessing and flipping the story throughout.  


It’s a unique and creative world.  Rich with everything you would want from a science fiction dystopian book. No spoilers, but as of the writing of this review, there isn’t a sequel, but the book leaves that door open while providing a solid ending.  


If you enjoy books that question freedom with in-depth sci-fi adventure and excellent writing, check it out.  You won’t be disappointed.  

Blackmark (The Kingsmen Chronicles #1): An Epic Fantasy Adventure

A nation's elite warriors vanished. A throne in jeopardy on the heels of murder. War flamed by a shadowy magical cabal.

And the five friends who can stop it, banished.

Accused of treason, Kingsman Elohl seeks the truth of a betrayal that caused his people to disappear a decade ago. Now, he must give everything to shatter a hidden sect that usurps power from the throne.

Nations burn and kings are brought to their knees in this dark and gritty sword and sorcery series from Amazon bestselling and award-winning author Jean Lowe Carlson.

A #1 Amazon bestselling series in Epic Fantasy and Adventure Fantasy, The Kingsmen Chronicles is a complex world of treachery, passion, and magic.

Readers who enjoy Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, or Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive will love this fantastic adventure.

The Whip: Inspired by the story of Charley Parkhurst

 Best Western, 2013 International Book Awards

2013 National Indie Excellence Awards winner, Western fiction category
Award-Winner in the 'Fiction: Historical' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards
Gold Prize in Historical Fiction & Best Western Fiction - 2013 Global Ebook Awards

THE WHIP is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man.
As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer. Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her. Charley was the first woman to vote in America (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.

Chrysalis - A Fantasy LitRPG (Beast Realms Book 1)

With regenerative abilities, a badass tail and the potential to evolve his body, how could Art resist choosing a lizard man as his avatar? All’s well until he accidentally joins forces with an acid-spitting, enemy-consuming shadow-bound grub, causing his light-bound guild members turn against him, and a deadly fire mage to wage a vendetta against him.

Venturing through enchanted forests, into mage enclaves atop ice-capped mountains, through thief-ridden sewers and into ancient temples, Art must defeat the Legendary Beasts and claim their gems of power before his enemies can stop him.

With the odds stacked against him, it’s time for Art to undergo some dangerous and unique training.

It’s time for him to evolve!

The Game With No Name (JITTERS Book 2) (Publication Review)

The Game With No Name
L.G. Cunningham
HUGEOrange Publication Review and Editor’s Pick Award Winner for 2020

One of the better middle grade/young adult novels I have read in a long time.  The author is a master at a spooky thrill ride like those seen in classics such as Goosebumps.
It’s a good mix of fun and scares, creative and brings along some unique twists.  While it’s age-appropriate and perfect for middle grade and up, many adults would also relate and love it. 
If you have a kid that loves an adventure book with some fun and scary scenes or are an adult that just loves well written spooky stories, this is a sure bet.
L.G. Cunningham is a fantastic writer.  The story is full of well laid out scenes that keep the tension and suspension just out of reach on the next page.  The author has a short, rhythmic way of writing that keeps the pace fast and smooth, making it the type of book you won’t want to put down.
Clink. Clink. Clink.
The unmistakable sound of the dishes being washed. 
I could hear Mom hum a familiar tune. Sounds of the real world.
We were back in the dusty living room, sprawled by the low table, breathing heavily, hearts pumping. 
I swung my head from side to side, expecting to see the grinning skeleton or a pale boy lurking in the corner shadows. But no, we were very much alone.
The book is on the longer side for similar genre books, but it reads fast and I found it hard to put down.  The characters are well developed and relatable for the intended target audience.  Highly recommended for all ages. 

Unleashed: V Plague Book 1

John Chase has just arrived in Atlanta on a routine business trip. When he wakes the next morning, John is shocked to learn that America has been savagely attacked with both nuclear and biochemical weapons. He is immediately thrown into an apocalyptic horror, rescuing a young woman from a group of survivors who are in a violent rage as a result of the release of a devastating neurotoxin.

His path is clear. Survive and fight his way across the continent to reunite with his wife as society disintegrates into savagery and millions of people become raging infected, roaming unchecked in their pursuit of the rapidly dwindling number of survivors. But survival will be the hardest task he has ever undertaken.

So begins Unleashed, the first installment in the thrilling V Plague series. The novels are set against the backdrop of a shattered, post-apocalyptic America and tell the stories of a steadily growing cast of complex characters and their battles to survive. There are numerous sub-plots of greed, brutality, betrayal, treason, heartbreak and even a serial killer woven throughout the progression of the main storyline, chronicling the best and the worst of humanity as the world crumbles.

With a main character that is the Jack Reacher of the apocalypse, this is a series that has been hailed by readers and critics alike:

“A richly textured post-apocalyptic world has been created that draws you in, grabs you by the throat and shakes you like a rag doll. Wow! I’ve read so many series that peak by the second or third book, giving up on them when the author starts recycling events and storylines. Not here! I’ve read all the books and am impatiently waiting for the next, and it just keeps getting better! New characters, new subplots, new dangers, new victories, new settings. Each book is fresh, continuing the best story I’ve read in years. I hope the series never ends!”

Dusk: Runemaster Saga (Publication Review)
Dusk: Runemaster Saga
By, Rey Clark
Publication Review, HUGEOrange
Editor’s Pick Award Winner 2020

Well written fantasy is a guilty pleasure and Dusk doesn’t disappoint.  From the start, you are thrown into the main character Mira and her adventures.  The author does a great job building tension between Mira and her want to be good and her bloodline of demons.  It sets up great story telling, and Rey Clark takes full advantage of the opportunities presented.
“Mira, there is no reason to fear me.  I may be a demon, but I am your father and we share demon blood.  You are not as pure as the Divine Order has told you.”
“I may not be pure, but I get to choose who I am, and I chose the light.  I will not follow you into the shadow.”

Dialog is smooth and natural.  I would have liked to see more variation in characters and how they speak.  
If you love demons, vampires and the supernatural, this is a great read.  You’re going to have a blast from this well-written first book in what will surely be an epic series.
As the first book in the series, there is a lot of world-building and introduction, but the action isn’t lacking, and the story unfolds with top-notch flow.  The chapters do a great job of hooking you to read the next.  It’s a page-turner and a good size for a series.
If this is your first read for Rey Clark, you are in luck.  There are several complete trilogies and series in the same style.  The only thing better than finding a great new series is finding that the author has a full body of work to explore.

Book One (The Music Man 1)

This Epic Fantasy Novel is the first book of the Music Man series!
Jimmy is a runaway boy, saddened by the tragedies that have happened in his life. The only thing still keeping him motivated, is his love for music. He’s outside, practically freezing in the cold, until he knocks on a door. This door is the Music Man’s. Jimmy and the Music Man find out they share a passion for music. Cornelius, also known as the Music Man, introduces Jimmy to his famous piano that’s in his attic.
After both of them play a song that Cornelius wrote, the piano transports them to a magical parallel dimension.
In this other dimension, Cornelius is a famous conductor and composer who has an upcoming concert in the town of Harmony. However, there is another conductor, by the name of Hornsbury. And Hornsbury wants power.
He is planning to possess the Harmonians, using his music,
No matter the cost........

Enjoy this work of mystery, fantasy, adventure, and science fiction.
Without further ado,
The Music Man

The Albatross Contact (Publication Review)


The Albatross Contact
By, Connor Mackay
HUGEOrange Publication Review
Winner of the 2020 Editor’s’ Pick Award

Don’t you love finding a new book you can devour and rave about to your friends? This is science fiction at its best. Connor Mackay is an author who certainly has a way with words; his writing is poetic at times.
As the blood curdled in our veins, several of the squad sat or knelt in the mud, despair crippling their legs. Strength forged in countless battles crumbled with the ruins of the world around us. Something was so profoundly different here. This wasn’t Stormwater or Cerberus or Forge or Prima or any of the other places we’d shed blood. This was our world. This was home.
It’s packed with gritty dialog and scenes so vivid I felt like I was watching a movie.  Many action scenes are so well written, you cannot put down the book down until they’re done. Don’t read this on a bus or you will miss your stop. Will is a flawed main character (the best kind!) with a military background that loves alcohol a little too much.  What a fantastic first book in what will certainly be an epic series. You have the classic science fiction alien invasion of Earth, but with some original twists. The first encounter isn’t here to invade or do classic alien story tropes.  They’re here because they need humans to help fight their war.
The introduction of new technology, alien species and a war in space leads to some interesting scenes.  Connor Mackay is a talented writer that absolutely hits the nail on the head with this one.  Suspense, mystery and tension are consistent chapter to chapter.  The author knows how to spin a tale and does a fantastic job of character and world-building.
This is an expansive universe with characters you can really get behind as the reader.  I can hardly wait for the next installment. 

The Summer House in Santorini: A wonderfully uplifting romance novel to escape lockdown with!

Oh my gosh I LOVED IT! This was honestly one of the best books I've read in a long while’ Georgina, Goodreads

One summer in Greece will change everything…
Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.
On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father.
As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that will change everything. She soon starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.

Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?
Brimming with secrets and sunlight, this is the perfect holiday read for fans of Alex Brown, Jill Mansell and Sue Moorcroft.

Readers LOVE Samantha Parks!

Wow, what an amazing debut book. Samantha Parks’s writing style had me gripped from the very first page’ Faith, Twitter
‘Will 110% make you want to visit Santorini!’ Stacey, The Cosiest Corner Book Blog
Gorgeous… thank you Samantha Parks for delightful book!’ Margaret, Netgalley
‘Lovely and heartfelt’ Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog
Perfect chick lit!’ Christie, Instagram
‘A glorious summer holiday read’ Ruth, top 100 Amazon reviewer
‘A lovely romance set among rustic villages and white sandy beaches. What more could you ask for?’ Angela, Goodreads