Category Archives: Fantasy

Once Upon a Time…a House enjoyed its company

There’s a house sitting alone. It misses its previous occupants and doesn’t quite enjoy the quiet. The house missed the colorful flowers and goldfish in the pond among other things that were going on. Now it’s silent and still, making the house full of sadness. Then one day, a visitor came by. Who could it be? What do they want?

  
This house slowly gets new visitors, beginning with a spider and eventually many creatures are living amongst each other in harmony. Inside the house as well as outside the house there were creatures doing their own things. Eventually the house was happy again with all these critters filling it with life. Even the flowers began blooming again and other vegetation. 

Until one day, a man and his dog arrived. This man did not like many of the critters and chased them away, killing the vegetation and flowers in the process. While the critters the man didn’t like left the house, so did the ones he wanted to stay. The man was sad that he had no food to eat because all the critters left, so he sent his dog to look for certain critters. 

Will the dog be able to round up all the critters that were chased away from the place they all lived in harmony? Will the critters trust the dog or the man to return to the house? 

This is a story my son loved hearing. Although he did comment that he wished there were more pictures, he enjoyed the story. It started off so peaceful and fun to know all these creatures and critters could live in harmony. And all it took was one person to ruin the whole thing. My son was sad that the critters were chased away from their peaceful house. 

A complimentary electronic copy of Once Upon a Time… a House by Dulce Rodrigues was provided for an honest review. Although it is a little too difficult a read for my first grader, he definitely found it entertaining! I recommend this fantastic book to be read to children and adults alike.

Reviewing The Branches of Time by Luca Rossi

A few weeks ago while at work, I happened to be checking my emails for the usual junk that I immediately delete. However, I came across an email from a Luca Rossi, who also happens to be someone I follow on Twitter. This email politely asked for me to review a book, The Branches of Time on Amazon and Goodreads. The book was attached as well.

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Hmmm, interesting. This is my first email request to review a book, $2.99 on Amazon. At initial glance, there are many chapters and I worried that it would take me a while to complete it. But I also knew that things at work would start slowing down a bit and I was heading in a little weekend trip with the family. So, I started reading.

The genre is not my usual choice, but I kept reading anyway. It begins with some details that plagued the surviving people the story is about and it slowly draws the reader in. There are several main characters from various parts of the storyline and unless you’re reading carefully, the characters become confusing, especially with the unusual names.

There are shifts in time and space throughout the story from chapter to chapter that I often enjoy reading. However, one time period of two thousand years ago, while I understand its importance, did not really end well. It is potentially a lead into the next book and I can see that part tying in at some point.

There are three people, Bashinoir, his wife Lil, and Priestess Miril, left on the island of Turios, after black magic from the kingdom of Isk and its wizards, Aldin, Obolil, and Ilis under the orders of their insatiable King Beanor.
The Branches of Time is a cross between fantasy, science fiction, and erotica mixed in one. It is easy to read draws the reader in to enticement for what comes next.

Personally, I am unhappy with its ending, but I’m happy with the words that were already written. Taking me out of my usual genre of reading, The Branches of Time is an excellent title to go with the storyline and how Lil seems to be fading in her physical presence.