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A Ghost of Magic by J L Clayton

A few months ago, I had a conversation on Twitter with JL Clayton (@JLClaytonBooks) and since then, she has become a lovely friend. The magic of social media! Having read her first two books in the Chosen Saga, A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, in quick succession, casting aside another sequel from another author that I had been eagerly awaiting, I was really keen to see where she would take Charlie and her band of lust-filled boys on her magical journey. 

I wasn’t disappointed in the least. Clayton has developed Charlie from the obstinate, innocent teenager of book one to a determined, feisty young lady in book three. That’s not to say that Charlie has fully evolved into someone who knows what she wants and goes for it, but she has most certainly made a progression from book one and two, as she becomes more aware of her powers and what she can do with them.

At the end of A Blaze of Magic, Nikko was struck by a spell by the evil Kate and Charlie unsuccessfully tried to revive him, instead making him a ghost who was tethered to Charlie’s magic. In A Ghost of Magic, Nikko is getting used to life as a ghost while Charlie is determined to try and find a solution to his ghostly state. However, Nikko is just one of her worries as Crispin, the Traveller, looms large. Disguised as new boy, Cris, he weaves his way into Charlie’s life in order to gain her powers and toy with her along the way. As he manipulates her friends and manages to quell any suspicions raised about who he really is, Crispin finds himself fighting a burgeoning feeling of affection for Charlie.

Clayton’s real talent is in the way she changes the narrative voice to suit each character so that they could have been written by different authors, they are all so distinctive. In this book, the story is told in turn by Nikko, Charlie and Crispin. Clayton doesn’t try and make Nikko and Charlie appear older than they are. Whilst they are on the cusp of adulthood, their naivety is displayed through the narrative, whereas Crispin is more formal, an adult in every sense of the word.

There is a real sense throughout the book that this book is a build up to something big and although there are climactic episodes in A Ghost of Magic, it still feels like this is an ongoing journey and certainly the ending of the book leaves more questions than answers, which is a good way to leave it when, as I understand it, this will be a four book series. Clayton keeps the reader gripped throughout as Charlie is duped on regular occasions then enlightened to her powers and to those surrounding her.

The men in Charlie’s life play the largest presence as Tru, Jace, Asher and Crispin fight for Charlie’s affections. I have my own opinion on who Charlie should end up with but time will tell! That’s assuming that these suitors really are in love with her and not being drawn to her by magical means. However, I think that this will be addressed in the next book. At least, I hope so!

Ultimately, this book is a rollercoaster journey between the mortal and magical worlds. Clayton navigates Charlie through her confusion over her powers and emotions by juxtaposing Charlie’s ever-changeable thoughts to Crispin stoic determination and arrogance that he reigns supreme. Clayton has answered questions raised by A Blaze of Magic and left plenty of questions to be answered in the next book. I, for one, can’t wait to read it.

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Guest Review by JL Clayton: A Light in the Darkness by Kevin E. Hatt

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS A HASZARD NARRATIVE

So Haszard is determined to find out who kills his friend, which takes him on a wild ride that he will never forget. Hasz is known for sticking his nose into things that put him in hot water. As the story progresses, so does Hasz’s love life and humor. Life becomes more and more dangerous for Hasz and attempts on his life seem to keep coming. He meets the woman of his “dreams.” Whatever, I think she is hiding something, but if she is you don’t find it out in the first book. Author Kevin E. Hatt did an amazing job with the first book in the Haszard series. The first book had a little bit of romance with elements of adventure and humor. I loved Hasz with his witty and snarky ways. Reminds me of someone I know. Author Hatt did such a wonderful job writing and building the world of our Haszard. I enjoyed this book. 5 stars, bravo! You are an amazingly talented writer.

Twitter ID: @KevinEHatt

About J.L.Clayton:

JL Clayton is the author of the Chosen Saga: A Spark of Magic, A Blaze of Magic and most recently, A Ghost of Magic. Check out the Segnalibro reviews of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic here. I’m reading and A Ghost of Magic now, so keep a look out for a review coming to Segnalibro soon.

Guest Review by JL Clayton: Sciaphobia by Roy Dodd

I can’t really say this book is a book about good and evil, when the evil ones are also the good one’s! This book was very fascinating. I don’t really like books with religious aspects, because there are so many ways the readers can get offended. If you believe in God and the author writes bad things about God, well you’re not going to like the book. If you don’t believe in God and the author writes how amazing God is, yeah you get what I’m saying. However, Author Dodd did not do that. He wove the elements of religion into Sciaphobia nicely. There are so many unique characters. I really enjoyed Shadow’s storyline and the one that possessed him was wicked. I would have loved to read more of Shadows and Anna’s relationship. So maybe there will be a second book?! All in all, I enjoyed this read. I finished it within 2 days. It really captured my attention. If you like horror, action, mystery and a little love, this is your book.  If you like storylines with a lot of blood and a crazy possessed woman hell bent on becoming God, this is your book. Five stars. Wonderful job.

Twitter: @OfficialRoyDodd

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by J.L.Clayton: Down the Dark Path by J Edward Neill

When Andelusia Anderae leaves home in search of a better life, she accidentally plunges into the world-ending war between Graehelm and Furyon. The deeper she falls, the more she senses the dark powers rising within her, and the more she realizes she is not so different than the enemy. Love might not be enough to save her, for the Furyons are all-powerful, and the shadow within her desires her more than any living man ever will.
Down the Dark Path chronicles the struggles of six individuals during the Furyon invasion of Graehelm and sets the stage for the horrific powers lurking behind the war. For even as the Furyons threaten to end all life, thetrue enemy, the ancient civilization of the Ur, draws nearer to rebirth.

What can I say about Author Neill that I haven’t already said. Clearly a lot. Author Neill has a brilliant mind. I purchased this book knowing what I would be expecting: Excellence. The way he tells his stories from the beginning to the end is simply captivating. You can tell all of his characters apart from each other, so this book was a fast read for me. This is a great book that had me sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. Author Neill is such a passionate writer that it comes across the pages of his books when you read them.  In Down the Dark Path, the battle scenes are amazing, I imagined myself there fighting for my life. One day, I believe you will see Author Neill’s name on a bestseller list. Bravo yet again, five stars!


J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by JL Clayton: An Unexpected Sojourn by D.B. Graves

To say that author D. B. Graves first novel was interesting is putting it mildly. This book is a whirlwind of different characters. At one point I didn’t know who’s side I was on. However, Jack was always my favorite. The story starts off slow and it builds up from there. I can say I’ve never read a book like this. You have your time traveling secret society, with hot and bloody sex scenes. I was grossed out and turned on, I believe I may have some sex issues I didn’t even know existed until I read this book. Author Graves takes your imagination to a dark, deadly place full of sex that will have you desiring more. This book has loss, mystery, danger and some down and dirty multi partner sexual intercourse. I can say I’ve never read a book like this. If you’re looking for a unique, brilliantly written book that will have your mind racing, then this is your book!
Bravo, Author Graves on your first novel. I can’t wait until you write the next book in the series!
Twitter Link: @ImDBGraves


J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by J L Clayton: The Before (The Undying Love Series) by Isabelle Connors

My take on Skylar: A soccer playing-good-looking-guy that you just can’t help but fall in love with. He lives his life the way he wants to. No attachments to girls, just hanging out and having fun. If people can’t handle that, well he really doesn’t need them in his life, yet he gives them a chance to get on his level. Skylar is uprooted from his home and friends, now he has to start over, that’s when he sees her…
This book was a fun, fast, beautifully written book that takes you out of reality and into the life of Skylar. This is the first book I have read from author Connors and I loved it so much, that I decided to buy the other two books in this series. If you like romance, chick lit and humor, then you’ll definitely love this book. Author Connors puts all of these elements together in this short brilliantly, written story, making it a fantastic read. I am a big fan of Connors and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I recommend this book to anyone, it was a five star read for me.

 

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by J.L.Clayton: Night People by Larry J. Dunlap

NIGHT PEOPLE, the first book in an intimate literary memoir, follows the first three of six years in the life of a young singer and his Midwestern friends as they strive for success in a coming-of-age music and romance-filled journey in 1960’s-era California and Las Vegas by Author Larry J. Dunlap.
So a friend of mine told me about this book: Night People. She said I would love it, yet I was skeptical because I’m not a nonfiction reader. However; my friend has really good taste in books so I gave this one a try. I’m very happy I did. Night People is a wonderful book, I found myself forgetting that it was a biography. It reads like a fictional book, so it was a very easy read for me. I never lost interest. Author Dunlap is such a beautiful writer. I found myself lost in the book, as if I was watching a really good movie. If you can make me forget that I was reading a biography and take me to that imaginary place, than you did a brilliant job. Bravo! I’m looking forward to reading your next book. 5🌟

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by J L Clayton – The Panty Whisperer: Volume 1 by Sloane Howell

Joel – “THE MAJORITY OF MEN WANT sex just to get off. They blow their load, roll over, and fall asleep. That’s not my style though. I want you to remember my face. I want you to remember every inch of me. And you will.”
This is a sexy-oh-my-God, can I be her for the day kind of read.
Jessica Moore is at her job, she is in need of help with a project… In walks Joel Hannover, an all around cool guy, that knows how to handle the ladies. Jessica is in a hopeless marriage, she has two kids and she is feeling unattractive… Until Joel looks at her. He makes her feel alive, just like he does with every new woman who is feeling these same things. Their last day working together and Joel knows it’s now or never. Out in the garage parking lot of Jessica’s work place, Joel teases her body back to live… Something she has been missing for a while now. Okay, so sex in a parking lot might not sound too appealing to some people, but let me just say Sloane Howell has written it perfectly. There is so much want and longing, that you’ll find yourself pressed up against the car window begging for more. Or if you’re the guy… I’m pretty sure you’ll see yourself as Joel, pleasuring Jessica in ways she’s never felt before.
Bravo Sloane Howell, you did a fantastic job! Five stars.

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Six Months of Reviewing Novels: An Education

It’s been a while since I did a train of thought post so I thought I’d put the reviews to one side for an evening and do one now.  My first few posts on Segnalibro were about my thoughts on things that interested me in the literary world. However, two conversations with the brilliant authors Rob Sinclair (Dance With the Enemy, Rise of the Enemy) and Matt Johnson (Wicked Game and Deadly Game) inspired me to review their début novels, as I found myself surprised that I was reading, and enjoying, books in a genre that would never have appealed to me before. It is pretty safe to say that I caught the bug and I have reviewed books in more or less every genre since then. Six months after that first semi-review of Rob and Matt’s books, I feel that I have learned a few things about this reviewing lark.

One thing I have found is that it is much easier to review books you have enjoyed immensely or hated with a passion. I’ve been very fortunate that I have read some lovely novels which have been engaging from start to finish and I have loved waxing lyrical about some of the books that I really felt stood out among the others I was reading at the time. There are three books that spring to mind as books that completely floored me with their amazing narratives and wonderful plots. The first one is The Last Days of Disco by David F. Ross. I loved this book for its nostalgic reminders of my childhood in the 1980’s and the hilarious antics of main protagonist, Bobby Cassidy. Just when I thought that this book couldn’t get any better, by the end of the book, the flood gates were open. If a book can make me laugh and cry, it’s a winner for me, and The Last Days of Disco did just that. This was also the first book I reviewed from Orenda Books and it won’t be the last, that’s for sure!

The next book that had me stunned was One Man Crusade by Steven Suttie. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book but after being contacted by Steven Suttie requesting that I tried his book, I thought I’d give it a try. Never have I had such an intense reaction to a novel. I broke my heart reading it. This gritty novel about a Manchester police department hunting down a paedophile killer left me reeling as Suttie, in true journalistic fashion, gives the reader an illustration of how a situation can escalate in a society that has 24 hour updates and constant social media feeds. Suttie merely gives the facts, leaving the reader to decide their own point of view, not to mention, his clever tactic of waiting until you are a several chapters into the novel before giving you the story of the man who is killing paedophiles and has become the hero of the nation for doing so. I implored everyone I know to read this book and if I’m ever asked to recommend a book, One Man Crusade is always one of the first I mention. A friend of mine read this recently on my recommendation and I was really happy that she liked it, so much so that she bought and read the sequel, Neighbours from Hell, which was released on Monday, which I haven’t even got round to reading yet!

The third book that has surprised me by its brilliance is a recent read, The Demon of Darkling Reach by PJ Fox. Again, I wasn’t sure that this was going to be a book that I’d enjoy, again allowing myself to be put off by the genre. (I will never learn!) However, this is one of the most beautiful narratives I’ve read in a very long time. When I was studying towards my English degree, I read many classics, a number of them gothic novels, and I was reminded of the intricacy of these novels when I read Fox’s tale of Isla, a feisty, young daughter of an imprudent earl who has squandered his money away to the point where he has to offer the hand of his daughter in marriage to the enigmatic duke, Tristan Mountbatten, aka The Demon of Darkling Reach. The plot itself is magnificent but what I loved was that the narrative had all the beauty of a classic novel but with the features of modern literature that are only hinted at in their predecessors, such as swearing and direct sexual references. This book was also an education in the traditions and practices of mediaeval life, which I found absolutely fascinating. This is another book that I am plugging endlessly to anyone who will listen!

Of course, these all fall into the “Books I’ve Loved” category. There has only been one book that has left me so irritated that I felt the need to write an almost fully negative review, which was Gray Justice by Alan McDermott. I was completely frustrated by this book because it had all the makings of a really enjoyable novel, if only the writer could be bothered putting the time into his main protagonist. As a reader, it was expected that you would sympathise and champion Tom Gray, yet we know barely anything about him. McDermott focuses his attention on the wrong characters, has unfeasible plot twists and the final showdown has so many characters in so many locations that it is impossible to fathom who is where, at what stage and what the implications are of where the characters are located for the rest of the novel. I was frustrated because it could be such a better novel than it is with a bit more investment from the author into the main character’s emotions, perceptions and by building an affinity between the reader and Tom Gray.

What these four books had in common is that they were easy to write about. The paragraphs almost wrote themselves as I typed away, because, good or bad, the narratives were rich in elements to comment about. What I have found during this reviewing learning curve, is that it isn’t always that easy. I will always give my honest opinion and I will always try to focus more on the positive than the negative, but sometimes, when the narrative is distinctly average or it is a book that doesn’t particularly interest me although it may be enjoyable to others, it is difficult to find the words, which for someone who can normally talk/write until the cows come home (this post being a classic example), is a very strange situation to find myself in. There have been a few books which, to be honest, have just not excited me. They were okay and readable, but there is just not much to say about them. I probably just need more practice, but that would mean reading many more “okay” books and less time reading the “amazing” books as I have noted above.

However, I have found that I have really enjoyed reading and reviewing books from all genres and I have loved the conversations that it has led to with the various authors who I have reviewed books for. Special mention must go to my lovely guest reviewer, J.L.Clayton, who has become an amazing Twitter/Facebook Buddy and is, without a doubt, my biggest supporter as she retweets/shares everything I post, which is invaluable to me. She has also wrote two fantastic books with a third in progress (A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic) and I really value her encouragement and her experience in writing and publishing her own books.

The fact that I have generated a review feedback page attests to my joy at the great feedback I have received over the last six months. The feedback has been so gratefully received by me while I have been finding my feet at book reviewing and I want to thank every author who has taken the time to thank me for my efforts. Of course, my feedback tweet from Rob Lowe, though short and sweet, will be forever etched in my memory (and in my phone photos, and on my website, Twitter feed, Facebook page…) although a “Thanks for making Stories I Only Tell My Friends Segnalibro’s July Book of the Month” would have been nice! (Just kidding – I love my tweet for Love Life and I will treasure it forever!) In all seriousness, another thing I have learned in this process is that the authors I have encountered are lovely and I have been very fortunate that I have had nothing but encouragement from the authors whose books I have reviewed. Long may this continue!

Finally, I have learned that book reviewing is an addictive hobby. If I’m not reviewing, I’m reading (although I did a lot of this anyway) and it is a lovely way to enjoy my spare time. I have got myself into a little routine now: day job, time with the children, reading/reviewing, with a few meals and chores in between. I never thought when I started my website that I would be enjoying writing posts as much as I do. I wish I had more time to spend on it but nonetheless, setting up www.segnalibro.co.uk is one of the best things I have done and I am immensely proud of it. Here is to many, many more book reviews, train of thought posts, Golden Book Ratings, Segnalibro Book’s of the Month and to making contact with some amazing people. I hope this indulgent, not-so-little post hasn’t put you to sleep, and if it has, I hope that was the intention when you started reading, in which case, the post is a success! Thanks for reading and thanks for your support over the last six months. Lisa xx

 

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Guest Review by JL Clayton: 101 Questions for Humanity: Coffee Table Philosophy by J. Edward Neill

101 Questions for Humanity, by Author J Edward Neill, is just what the title proclaimed: Questions for humanity. It’s actually very fascinating. These are questions you might, or might not, have thought about. I found myself answering them as I read along, which I’m sure was the author’s intent. This, in my opinion, could be a little question game you play on the road, or with friends, to get to know someone’s take on life and what they value. There’s one question that asked: “Two fires are raging. You can rush into one house and save your child. Or you can rush into the other and save 100 people. Which house?”

I am a mother, I love my child more than anyone or thing. My answer would be my child.
These are the kind of in-depth questions you will be asked in this book. If it wasn’t for the fact that I am a fan of Author Neill’s and that the book was free, I wouldn’t have seen myself purchasing it. Yet, I loved the questions that are asked. I’m going to use them on some of my friends and family. This, to me, is the ultimate in-depth questions game: To know someone’s deep dark feelings

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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