(I was sent a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.)
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a book blogger is working with people you know and trust, and getting the opportunity to witness writers
and authors working together on collective works. An example of this is the wonderfully written anthology Tales of Wonder from Inklings Press.
A collection of the fantastic genre Science Fantasy, these stories explore worlds that fuse science with magic in the most wonderful way possible.
Here is the synopsis:
Science Fantasy is the collision of science fiction and fantasy – where the impossible and the improbable come together. This is a universe of spaceships and sorcery, of mechanics and magic, where zeppelins soar through the ether and conjurers stalk dark tunnels with a ball of light in their fist. So cut loose, let slip the mooring ropes on your imagination, and join these nine authors as they set course for the horizon – and beyond.
Nine tales of science. Nine tales of fantasy. Nine tales to make you wonder.
These tales are perfect examples of taking the fantastic and larger than life aspects of both the fantasy and science fiction genres with the
real life human struggles we face on a daily basis. Stories of discovered love, surviving poverty, exploration of the unknown and the bonds
formed between a parent and their child is fused with tales of time travel, magic wielding assassins and space exploration gone wrong. The
stories are short yet sweet, as they bring to life deep and emotionally driven characters that connect to you on a personal level in the midst
of these amazing mythologies that the authors have created. The writing was excellent and each story flowed smoothly, keeping a fast yet even
pace that quickly set the tone and backstory in order to deliver the best possible story and shocking twist endings that people won’t necessarily
Overall this was a wonderful read. Full of adventures, terror and heart, these tales will dazzle and amaze readers with their galaxy spanning
stories and passionate characters that speak to us all. The imagery used is incredibly vivid and paints a picture that one wants to see
translated to a television screen, leaving the reader breathless and hanging on the edge of their seat wanting more. If you haven’t yet please be
sure to pick up your copies of Tales of Wonder from Inklings Press today!
Author Anthony Avina Presents: The Best Books Of 2016!
What’s up my friends? As the holidays quickly approach, so too does the new year, and with that comes a time of reflection over the past year’s events. One thing I thought I’d do for this blog is talk about the best books I read in 2016, from YA and dark horror to memoirs and more! So without any further delay, here are my tops books of 2016! Not all of these books were released this year, but I read them all the same and really enjoyed them. I hope you will enjoy my few thoughts on these, and if you want to read my full reviews of these books and more, be sure to follow me here on my blog.
1) Saint Odd by Dean Koontz:
The final installment of the Odd Thomas series was such an emotional one. The final battle between good and evil took place, and the book marked the most heroic character development of the series. The character of Odd Thomas has quickly become one of my favorites, and Dean Koontz fans will recognize the incredibly powerful story that has been told over the course of several books. Fans of the series will not be disappointed in this final installment as story lines will close, and the ending will bring a smile to your face as you read the final thoughts of Odd Thomas.
2) The Night of Elisa (Illustrated Edition) by Isis Sousa:
This beautifully Gothic story was brought to life beautifully by author Isis Sousa. The story follows a young girl running away from her past, and the young man who fears she’ll discover his own dark past. Set in a Victorian era setting, this story is equal parts horror and historical fiction, and this book quickly became an instant classic that horror fans will not want to miss.
3) Lady Midnight: The Dark Artifices Book One by Cassandra Claire:
The first book of author Cassandra Claire’s The Dark Artifices series brought the world of the Shadowhunters to Los Angeles, advancing the story years after the events of the Mortal Instruments series. Fans of the original will love returning to the mythology of the original series, while also loving the new characters that are explored in this story. The book involves forbidden romances, brutal murders and shocking revelations that promise to bring about a new and intriguing threat to the Shadowhunter world.
4) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins:
The spiritual successor to Gone Girl, this book by author Paula Hawkins was one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. The psychological thriller focused on a woman struggling with an alcohol addiction and a traumatic past, who involves herself in a missing persons case and discovers that some secrets are darker than anyone could imagine.
5) You’re Never Weird On the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day:
This incredible memoir from creative genius Felicia Day was a fantastic way of telling the story of her life. It was a humor filled memoir that spoke to the creative and geek-loving people of the world, and told of how it’s possible to not only be yourself, but to be yourself and succeed in life doing what you love. It’s a great memoir that everyone should read.
6) the girl who couldn’t come up with an original title by the Behrg:
One of the more impactful and thought-provoking stories I read this year, the book from author the Behrg was an emotional roller-coaster that deserves to be read. While I do urge you to read the review since there is a trigger warning for this book, I think this is a fantastic story about a young girl who traverses the realm known as The Lines. Filled with emotion, heart and an incredibly creative story, this is definitely a must read book.
7) Zenith: The Androma Saga Part 1 by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings:
This story from authors Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings was a breathtaking new science fiction adventure that explored a brand new galaxy and characters that all settled into moral shades of grey. The story is fast paced, action packed and does a great job of setting up the larger story that is set to be told in the coming full novel in 2017.
8) Tales from Alternate Earths Anthology from Inklings Press:
This amazing anthology from Inklings Press featured some amazing works from a group of fantastic authors that explored one of my favorite scientific theories and their respective literary genre: alternative universes and alternative history. This anthology was fantastic, exploring worlds where the Cuban Missile Crisis wasn’t averted or where Dinosaurs didn’t become extinct, but rather evolved and grew into the dominant species. This was a fun read that was insightful, entertaining and fun to read, and I highly recommend you guys read it.
9) A Life of Death (A Life of Death #1) by Weston Kincade:
This emotional YA story from author Weston Kincade follows a young man who recalls his time as a teen, when he discovered an incredible gift, but at a time when he was at his lowest. This story explores the ramifications of abusive family lives, and the impact that death has on our lives. It’s a fantastic read that people will not want to miss.
10) Satan’s Beckoning by Michael K. Foster:
This sequel to The Wharf Butcher from author Michael K. Foster was an incredible read, and delved deeper into the world of DCI Jack Mason and David Carlisle. The hunt for a serial killer becomes personal as Carlisle begins to get into the mind of the killer, and discovers a dark world filled with deceit and untold horrors. This is a thriller worth reading, and one of the best thrillers of 2016!
11) Red Death by Jeff Altabef:
This YA dystopian novel explores the impact of religion and the way cultures interact in this futuristic world where a plague known as the Red Death has impacted the world, dividing the land into tribes and following a group of people from the various tribes who come together and discover a world shattering secret. Setting up a world filled with action, romance and heart, this is a must read first book in an exciting new series.
12) Where The Dead Ones Play by Kyle M. Scott:
This exciting and dark horror thriller was one of the best stories I read in 2016. The story told by author Kyle M Scott was dark, intense and incredibly powerful. The imagery used to describe the setting, along with the amazing character development that helped change the story constantly until the last page, was fantastic to read. The shocking conclusion haunted me as I visualized the outcome, and fans of dark horror will not want to miss this incredible read.
Special Mention to “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” by Ian Doescher, which was a fantastic read! This early Christmas gift was so fun to get into, filled with amazing inner monologues from fan favorite characters, and the combination of Shakespearean language and Star Wars mythology was so incredibly powerful. I definitely recommend this literary classic!
That was my list guys. I hope you guys enjoyed this, and I hope you will not only check out my reviews, but will get these books for yourselves and check them out. These ranged from big name releases to small, independent publishers and authors, and I’m happy I got the opportunity to read all these amazing books. Thanks for an incredible year of books, and I look forward to building up this blog and reading even more books next year! If you haven’t yet, I’d love it if you guys could follow this blog and share this post. I appreciate your support, and look forward to providing even more book posts next year! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year everyone!
Some of you may not know this, but one of the most fascinating scientific theories I’ve ever found in life has been the theory of alternate realities. The theory that our world is one of an infinite amount of realities, with each reality similar in all but one way, is one of the most incredible and interesting scientific theories in the world, and I love anything that revolves around this subject. So I jumped at the opportunity to review a brand new anthology from Inklings Press, called “Tales From Alternate Earths”. Released a couple of days ago, the anthology covers tales of various alternate histories and worlds, some that emerged from a small change to our history, and some from a massive change. Tales of horror, science fiction and thrillers make up the heart of this anthology, showcasing our world from various different viewpoints.
The incredible authors in this anthology include Jessica Holmes, Daniel M. Bensen, Terri Pray, Rob Edwards, Maria Haskins, Cathbad Maponus, Leo McBride, and collaborators Brent A. Harris and Ricardo Victoria. The stories range from political upheaval in the form of a President Kennedy who was never assassinated and a Cuban Missile Crisis that hadn’t been diffused, but rather the nukes had flown. Tales of ancient rulers living past their time or the dinosaurs having never gone extinct and becoming the dominant species on Earth. The most fascinating thing about these altered histories however is just the sheer amount of knowledge one gains from reading these stories. While I’m a huge fan of history, I don’t claim to know everything, and by the end of this anthology, once you read what the true histories were of each story, you will come away with a real sense of a better understanding of our world.
Overall, this is a phenomenal read that is not to be missed. Each of these stories are super well written and pack both an action-packed and emotional punch. In a short span of time, the reader will instantly become invested in the lives of these various characters and their world, and getting glimpses into what our world could have been like if one tiny detail had changed is a fascinating thing to consider, so be sure you read the fourth anthology from Inklings Press, “Tales From Alternate Earths”, today!