Spotlight – The Waterfall Traveler

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Author:  S.J. Lem

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  The Waterfall Traveler (#1)

Page Count: 381

Release Date: 17th April 2017

Synopsis:

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unexpected love, Ri must discover her own strength to save the men she cares for.

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Short Delay

Hi everyone.

As you know, I aim to post at least one review every week on this blog. Unfortunately, this week has proven to be a bit of a challenge. I’m starting a new job today and my current read – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly – is taking more time to get through than I imagined. I don’t want to rush the book or give a half-hearted review, so I’m going to be taking a week of hiatus and posting this one next Monday (24th April). Hope that this is okay.

Since I haven’t done one of these update posts in a while, in the next month I’m going to be taking part in a book tour for The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lim, as well as posting up reviews for two of May’s hottest new releases – Moonlocket by Peter Bunzl and Legion by Julie Kagawa. Here’s what else you have to look forward to:

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman

The Conscript by Avi Garza

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Heart of Power by S.L. Giger

Sea by Sarah Driver

The Spirit of Stratos: The Shadow Virus by R.E. Larrison

The Dark Days Pact by Allison Goodman

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

Tree Magic by Harriet Springbett

The Never Dawn by R.E. Palmer

Next on Arkham Reviews

Due to exams and various other unforeseen circumstances, this blog has taken a bit of a backseat of late. I can only apologise about that, both to my readers and to the independent authors who have kindly donated their work for me to review.

To ensure that I get to these submissions quicker, I’ve had a reshuffle of my “to read” pile. I can’t promise that I won’t be distracted by other pretty covers, but here’s a list of the reviews that I hope to bring to you over the next couple of months. Monday’s post will be a look at Laini Taylor’s upcoming novel, Strange the Dreamer, and I’ll have more Animorphs reviews and a special 300th review post for you soon after, but here’s what else you have to look forward to:

Snow Island by M.Y. Zeman

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Two Hearts Asunder by Ingrid Seymour

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

The Conscript by Avi Garza

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

Heart of Power: The Siren’s Awakening by S.L. Giger

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

The Spirit of Stratos: The Shadow Virus by R.E. Larrison

Sea by Sarah Driver

Wererabbits Need Your Support!

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Hi everyone. This is a post of different sort. If you’ve followed me for a while, you might remember that I’ve posted a couple of reviews about M.Y. Zeman’s Chronicles of a Wererabbit series. These are great books for young teens, which focuses on the adventures of the world’s only Wererabbit. They also contain things like werewolves, hyper-intelligent rats, talking motorbikes and sabre-toothed tigers. Oh, and Snow’s dads are both vampires – how neat is that?

The long and the short is that the series is tonnes of fun, however it’s published entirely out of the author’s pocket. As she wants to make the third book – Snow Island – as cool it can be, she’s taken to Kickstarter to raise funds to cover its publication.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT SNOW ISLAND’S KICKSTARTER PAGE!

The author is looking to raise $1,000 to cover her expenses and offers all kinds of things as rewards, from copies of her books to crocheted mice. If you could spare a little change to help her out, she’d be massively grateful. Plus, you’d have done your bit to help out independent publishing and woodland creatures would love you. I think…

Anyhow, if you need any more convincing, here are some links to my reviews of the first two books. You can bet that I’ll also be reviewing the third, just as soon as I get my hands on a copy!

Snowball: Chronicles of a Wererabbit

Snow Bunny: Chronicles of a Wererabbit

Coming up next on Arkham Reviews

Hi everyone!

I hope you enjoyed my little series of Secret Santa reviews. It was certainly more Historical fiction than I’ve read in a long while! It’s time to return to my actual scheduled reviews so expect a more variety (and indie books) over the coming weeks.

At the moment, I’m reading both Boudica’s Daughters by Sheridan Winn and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale and I hope to share the reviews with you very soon. I also intend to continue with my series of Animorphs reviews now that Christmas and my Birthday are both out of the way.

Here’s a sneak peak of the reviews that will follow!

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks

American Monsters by Derek Landy

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The Three Worlds by Nara Duffie

The Madness Underneath and The Boy in the Smoke by Maureen Johnson

One of us is Lying by Karen M McManus

The Spectra Unearthed by Christie Valentine Powell

Sea by Sarah Driver

The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

dEaDINBURGH: Vantage by Mark Wilson

Countryside: The Book of the Wise by J.T. Cope IV

Secret Santa Book Reviews

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a great time over the festive season and got plenty of new books to read.

Following tradition, I took part in LibraryThing‘s Secret Santa this year but unfortunately my books arrived too late to be used for my Christmas review. Instead, now I’m going to ignore my ominous “to read” pile and celebrate the dawn of 2017 with my recommendations from my gifter, iShanella.

iShanella has really taken note my love of female protagonists, urban fantasy and steampunk. On top of the four books that she sent me, she also recommended two others which I’ve added to the list for completeness sake. Here’s what you have to look forward to next on Arkham Reviews:

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Sobeks 2016 – Part 4

Hello again and Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that your 2017 is miles better than 2016!

Before I start looking at a brand new year of books, here’s my final look back over the best novels that I read in 2016. As always, by “best” I mean everything that I awarded either 4 or 5 stars to on Goodreads. For this final post, I’ll be looking back over my favourite novels that I discovered between October and December.

Hope you enjoyed these last four posts! Now that my holidays are over, I’ll get back to looking at my usual reviews. I can’t wait to see what new gems I discover over the next twelve months!

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The Sobeks 2016 – Part 3

Woot woot!

Named after my crocodile mascot, the Sobeks are the Arkham Reviews award for excellence. I award these only to the best novels that I review – those that are worthy of getting a 4 or 5 star rating on Goodreads. As you may have noticed over the previous two posts, this includes novels of many different kinds of genres so there’s something for everyone!

As none of the July reviews made the cut, today I’ll be looking back over the best reviews of August and September. Enjoy!

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The Sobeks 2016 – Part 2

Hello Everyone!

Today, I’m continuing my look back at the best books I reviewed in 2016. This time I’ll be taking a look at the reviews I did between May and July. All of these novels are ones that I award 4 stars or above on Goodreads, and I’d personally recommend them to anyone.

If you choose to spend your Christmas money on any of them, I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did!

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The Sobeks 2016 – Part 1

It’s that time of year again!

To ring in the new year (and help you to spend that Christmas money), here’s a look back at the very best novels that I’ve discovered since 1st January 2016. This list is comprised of every book that I’ve read that I awarded 4+ stars to on Goodreads. As you are aware, I’m very stingy at giving these out so please take this as a sign that the books are really excellent!

Today, I’m going to be looking at all of the books that I reviewed between January and March. Enjoy!

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