Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Whisper King by Wil Radcliffe – Book Tour Stop

This time I’ve teamed up with BookBear for their book tour of The Whisper King by Wil Radcliffe. They were so generous to send me The Whisper King to read and give an honest review. 

Thank you BookBear!

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The Whisper King cover

I read this book on my kindle.

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Publisher: Necro Publication

Publication Date: July 17th, 2015

Pages: 240 

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Synopsis by the publisher:

My name is David Kinder. And this is my story… every goddamn bloodstained word of it.

About 25 years ago when I was six my parents died in a car crash. I was bounced around a few state homes until they finally settled me at Meripitt Hill, an orphanage just outside of Lansing, Michigan. It was there that the shadows started visiting me. Not normal shadows. These shadows moved on their own accord, and whispered strange, alien things to me. Scared the piss out of me.

Wasn’t until Donna Elizondo moved to Meripitt Hill that my life started to actually become bearable. She became my best friend. Taught me to love music and to dance. That kept the shadows away. That kept me safe.

That year we were an epic story of two. We danced. We laughed. Hell, I suspect I was falling in love with her, if kids could really know what love is.

But then she was taken away from me. Adopted.

That’s when the shadows returned for me. That’s when they took me to the Shadow Mountains to serve the Whisper King.

For 25 years I learned how to fight. How to kill. I even learned how to transform myself into a Cuthach…a monster. There were thousands of us being trained there. Thousands of us learning to reach deep inside and unleash the monsters in our guts.

When a spot opened in the Whisper King’s elite guard, the Silent Heart, I was chosen to fill it. But first I had to take one final test. A test that would determine once and for all if I was destined to be man or monster.

Wil Radcliffe

Wil Radcliffe

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The Review

” It had my heart racing, my mind working and my eyes darting to the dark corners of the room.”

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The Writing

The writing style in this book was really quite unique and one that I enjoyed from beginning till end. The story flowed so nicely and the way David’s story is told makes you feel like he’s sitting down with you in a room filled with dark corners.

The world building was also very well done and the only thing I felt like I missed was that I would have loved to know even more of it.

I love fantasy stories that dares to be brutal and this one definitely dares to be exactly that and even has a good dose of humor as well. Not for the faint of heart.

The Characters

David was a very interesting character with a unique voice and a strong personality. I immediately liked him and felt a connection to him. And the things that David has to go through! I’m rooting for that guy!

There are a whole lot of people and creatures in this story that we get to know. I wish that we could have gone even deeper with some of them. I think there’s a whole lot of interesting stories there, just waiting to be told.

Radcliffe has done a great job with making characters that’s hard to know if you can trust or not.

The Plot

The Whisper King is an extremely fast paced story that grabs a hold of you and refuses to let go. It was interesting, different, unpredictable and thrilling.

There were some twists in there that really took me by surprise.

And that ending!!! Good job Wil Radcliffe! You’ve captured my attention. I need to know what happens next!

Additional Thoughts

I love me some dark fantasy and this one was definitely a treat that devoured. It had my heart racing, my mind working and my eyes darting to the dark the corners of the room.

Monsters will never be the same again!

4star

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Underneath by Christina de Vries – POEM

Under a blue umbrella

Someone clearly missed

Beneath the sunny skies

Memories of one kissed

Behind the smile

All that’s left behind

Hidden in a lost face

Might be happiness to find

He looked and thought it obvious

By seeing, he just knew

Feelings can be easily disguised

Especially the true

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©Christina de Vries – Geek Heaven

Picture from The Blue Umbrella by Pixar.

Picture from The Blue Umbrella by Pixar

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A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall – VIDEO REVIEW

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How To Age Gracefully

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Outside Poetry – Unfortunate Coincidence

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UNMISTAKABLE CREATIVE – The Crossroads of Should and Must with Elle Luna

I watched this video yesterday and found it to be very inspiring and motivating! And now I think it’s time to share it with you guys so that it might ignite a spark in you as well!

Enjoy!

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Working With Books!

So, I was talking about starting new chapters in my last post and one of the very exciting and very new chapters that’s started in my life is my new job.

I’ve written about the physical struggle I’ve been through with my shoulders and arms the last year and it’s been a whole lot of painful and not to mention, hard on me psychologically as well. It finally came to a point where I got the message that working in an office and sitting in front of the computer eight hours a day just wasn’t going to work for me. My doctor and other specialists recommended me to end that chapter and start looking for a new one.

Have you ever had that feeling that a particular opportunity was waiting for you to just open the door and let it in? This one felt kind of like that. Everything just happened so fast! I found a listing for a job at a bookstore very close to where I live and I just about had the time to send in my application before the deadline. Just a few days later I was called in for an interview and another few days later I was offered a job.

I can’t believe that out of the 400 people that applied for this job, I’m now the lucky one to be able to work with my passion and love. And that feeling of walking into my job and being surrounded by written words is such an amazing one.

I now have a part time job that I really look forward to coming to and I have the time to work on getting even better physically. I also have time to work on the other sides of my book passion, like my writing, reading, blogging and YouTubing.

I have a feeling that this is the start of something great! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me now!

I’m very humble and grateful for everything. My new job, the people close to me, you readers and life in general! This life is such an amazing journey and even though parts of it is rough and messy, we must never give up!

That one amazing opportunity might be sitting around waiting for you too. You just have to take the chance, go out and go look for it!

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I was thinking about chapters…

When I look back on my life I see it as many different chapters. Some I remember with a smile on my face and others not so much. There’s been struggle, laughter, pain and smiles. This does not make me unique, it makes me human. But everyone has their own unique collection of chapters.

The thing about life and personal growth is knowing when it’s time to close a chapter and start a new one. I very recently did just that. I’m not going into detail about this at this very moment, but there was something in my life that needed changing and finally I got the opportunity to make that change. To start a whole new chapter that I’m very excited about.

Closing chapters can be bittersweet for sure. Even though the chapter wasn’t a particular good one it’s still the ending of something and endings can be difficult. It’s a weird thing, how something so much needed can feel like such a relief and in the same way so hard. Sometimes it can be about security and routine. About the fear of making changes to everyday life. Other times it’s the fear of making the wrong choice. To go into another chapter that has an even worse ending than the one you just closed. 

My chapter was one that was more a relief than anything else. Every new chapter comes with a new set of risks, new obstacles to cross and new roads to take. Roads that might take you closer to your dreams or they might guide you to a whole new dream. Some might feel like a setback, but any closed chapter is at least one new lesson learned. 

My new chapter is the start of something very exciting. Something that has taken me closer to my dream and my goals. It’s scary but I’m mostly overwhelmed with excitement and happiness. There was a time not so long ago when I felt stuck in a chapter where I didn’t really have any idea of where my life was headed. It was driving me crazy with worry and making it hard for me to stay as positive a person as I usually am. But now that I’ve finally closed that chapter and started a new one I can feel that positivity coming back to me and even though the last year has been a har one, now things are starting to work themselves out. I’ve worked hard to get here and to even be able to start this chapter at this very moment. 

There’s been a lot of pain and a lot of changes that had to be made. There’s been times where I was so tired of it all and felt like I really could have gone without the struggle, but now at this very moment I choose to look at it in a different light.

If I hadn’t gone through all of that, I might’ve not ended up where I am right now. And who knows where it will all lead? Because that’s the scary and wonderful part of it all. You live the book of life from page to page, not knowing what will come. Chapter after chapter, your character develops into something more, something different and something new. 

When you feel like something isn’t right then change it. Finish the chapter and close it up. That big dream of yours might be just around the corner. You just have to turn the page and start on your next chapter.

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Outside Poetry – The Road Not Taken

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T5W – Favorite Things About BookTubing/Blogging

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