Illusionary by Desiree Williams is a New Adult Fantasy novel (the main character is 19 years old, I am counting this as NA and no one can convince me otherwise!) about a young woman who trips and falls into another world. Literally. Once there, she meets a band of young boys, lead by a young man with unusual powers, and goes on a quest to save the 'Maker' of the world. Hilarity, sweetness and wonder ensue.
The Traveler by E.B. Dawson, is a sci-fi fantasy novel set in what feels like a futuristic, technologically-advanced world. Whether or not that world is our future, or another, remains to be determined. Our main character, Anissa Robson, is starting in her new position as an intern to a politician. In this world, everything is automated and the people don't dream. Literally, they do not dream. Except, Anissa has started to dream more and more frequently of another place, a simpler life in a gloriously beautiful land. Away from her bureaucratic nightmare of a job, away from the freezing rain and drudgery of her city, away from all the people who don't believe in the fantastical. Her dreams are deceivingly realistic, and more and more she wishes they were real.
The Beast of Talesend is a cleanly written detective/adventure story about real fairy tales. I think it goes without saying that it is an original idea. It is also a well-executed idea, with a lot of laughs and plenty of promise for future books.
Instead, the story is about faith. Faith in the unseen, the unproven, the benevolent. Gabriel's struggle is painful to read, because I think many of us would behave similarly if we found ourselves in the same situation. It makes you question the strength of your own faith. Faced with hell on earth, would you stay strong in your conviction, or would you falter and lose hope?
No longer will I sit on the sidelines and wait for the world to fall into my lap. I'm going to go get it, and I'm going to drag along as many indie authors as I can! So, starting tomorrow, I will be doing an Indie Book Tour - reading & reviewing my fellow indie authors.