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Review: Equilibrium, by Patti Roberts

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The Paradox saga continues with an impressive twist in the tale. Dark forces are at play and there’s no respite for the guardians and protectors. Grace takes a few more steps towards learning about her legacy, but her impetuousness lands her in the path of danger yet again.

I have been watching out for new releases in this series and I can honestly say this is the best episode so far. Absolutely love the world in which the action takes place, the richness and diversity of characters, the beautiful descriptions and the depth of emotion. Not for the first time, I found myself moved to tears reading scenes written by this amazing author.

I can see how easy it would be to transfer these books into a YA serial for television, and I’m not ashamed to say I would watch it, too, though I’m far out of the age range. Marvel’s Superheroes comes to mind, only on a much wider background, and with a breadth of characters far easier to stage-manage and adjust. The possibilities are endless – so much potential for entertainment! And with a classic battle between good and evil – some overt, some discreet or merely hinted at – this is a winning format that simply can’t go wrong.

Keep it going, Patti Roberts! Five shiny stars!

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Book Reviews

 

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Writing Tips From Authors – out in a few hours!

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David Bishop – The Woman
Ella Medler – Blood Is Power.
Kenneth Hoss – Deadly Storm.
Patricia Puddle – Ominous Love.
Tarek Refaat – Ribbons & Heels
Elaine Raco Chase – Double Occupancy.
Sasha Kildare – Dream Walking
Barbara Watkins – Thorns Of An InnocentSoul
Glenn Starkey.- Solomon’s Men
Donya Lynne – All theKing’s Men
Carlyle Labuschagne – The Broken Destiny
Carole Sutton – Flash Harry
Thom Locke – The Ming Inheritance
Suz Demello – DesireIn Tartan
Tabitha Ormiston-Smith – Gift Of Continence
S. M. Hineline – Hunting
Solease M Barner – Secrets Of The Ghosts
Emerald Barnes – Read Me Dead
Michelle A Horst – Vaalbara. The Land Of Shadows
Peggy Holloway – Time and Time Again
Patti Roberts – Paradox – Bound By Blood
Lavinia Urban – ERIN. The Fire Goddess. The Beginning
Tiffeny Moore – Past Unleashed
Annie Miles – Misled
 
New Authors welcome. Contact Patti Roberts for inclusion in future updates of the book.
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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Guest Posts

 

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Review: Cursed, Witchwood Estate Book 3, by Patti Roberts

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Cursed is part three of the Witchwood Estate series, and it’s just as entrancing as the first two.

I have to admit that I was a tiny bit sceptical about reading a book as you would watch a serial on TV, but it works. Each ‘episode’ is a short read in itself, but the books are well-priced and the storyline engrossing.

There was a gap of several weeks between books, but even so, I found I could easily pick up where I left off. The author’s ability to create a world rich enough and characters deep enough to stay with you is a talent not many have. As a reader, I am grateful for that. This is a series I know I can follow, and I certainly enjoyed losing myself in it.

Besides the beautiful storytelling voice, Patti Roberts has added a visual aspect in the recipe sheet from the witches’ spell book, and also a good selection of bonus material, relevant to the story – from the list of characters to the witchcraft terminology and meanings of birthstones, crystals, candles, animal symbols… You name it, it’s in there. Very interesting.

I wholeheartedly recommend Witchwood Estate – all three books have exceeded my expectations. Beautifully written, this series is suitable for all ages. It would certainly make a smooth-flowing TV serial aimed at a younger adult audience. I’m a fan! I want to read more. Easily 5 out of 5 stars.

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2013 in Book Reviews

 

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Review: Witchwood Estate, Books 1&2 – by Patti Roberts

Patti's Witchwood 1 and 2Witchwood Estate – Going Home and Ferntree Falls

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I have a confession to make. I have put off writing this review for what feels like eternity, and I still don’t think I’m ready. You see, my problem is that I don’t trust myself to do these books justice.

When you find an author with a style so perfect, so entrancing, that you know full well you’d read their shopping list if that’s what they decided to publish, what could you say to make a difference? I’m supposed to be good with words, but they fail me now. So I guess I’ll just have to stick to being as objective and clinical as I can. Here’s what I thought of the first two books in the Witchwood Estate series.

First impression: I would read this series ’till the world came to an end. I secretly hope Patti Roberts never ever stops writing. Her imagination is unequalled.

Voice: smooth storytelling, trance-inducing, the kind that seeps into your brain and surreptitiously replaces reality with a fantastic life you couldn’t help but want to be a part of.

Plot: Oh, how many possibilities! From a simple intro and clear focus, the action picks up and threads of intrigue, mystery and hidden threats begin to weave into the main fabric. As more characters are introduced, their purpose and intent are implied, understood, twisted and finally revealed to be something no one could have foreseen. There are enough twists in there for at least another ten books! And I want to read them all.

Characters: perfectly formed, from the smallest secondary role to the protagonist. Alexandria is the kind of best friend all of us need. Andrew is so sweet, and his character has so much yet-untapped potential. Then, there is black magic, and shape-shifters, and ghosts.

Descriptions: original and just right for forming the right picture. I felt as if I knew my way around, right there, in the story.

Extras: Flick through the pages, and you’ll find spells Alexandria has inherited from her mother. There are illustrations accompanying the spells, with lists of ingredients, method, verses and chants to make the spells work. Patti Roberts’ artistic abilities are well-known, but still, this is a very inspired little detail that adds depth and value to the story.

Emotion: The author’s ability to share a character’s emotion is incredible. Living as an outcast, or at least someone different, comes across very well at the beginning of this series, and is presented with a kindness not many people are capable of. My eyes teared up because I could imagine or identify with many of the sentiments the characters were dealing with, even in this limited portion of the story.

The overall effect is of being at one with the book. Flawless in every way, the writing is exceptional. I fell head-first into the magic and I can’t wait to see where the story is heading next. A beautiful, modern tale about a witch and what it takes to make your own way in life. This is a six-star book, at the very least.

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You can purchase the books separately, too, and if you haven’t read any of her other books yet, starting with book one, Going Home, may be the best way to sample the magic of Patti’s writing.

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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Book Reviews

 

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The Third Life Changing Read Award Goes To… Patti Roberts

Patti Roberts – Congratulations!

Patti Roberts has received this award for the whole of her Paradox series. 

If you are not familiar with this world yet, you’re missing out. What makes this series a success is the depth of colour and detail Patti has created, combined with a unique storytelling ability. Such talent is hard to find. Patti’s characters are alive, and I for one hope she never stops writing about them. My reviews for the three books are here, here and here.

Welcome to my Awesome Authors Gallery, Patti!

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Awards, Just A Thought

 

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Review: Bound By Blood, by Patti Roberts

Available at Smashwords here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/246820

and Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Paradox-Bound-By-Blood-ebook/dp/B009U73GUA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1351003441&sr=8-1&keywords=bound+by+blood+patti+roberts

Bound By Blood is the third instalment in the Paradox series, and what a sweet treat it is! If book one – The Angels Are Here – was a promising beginning and book two – Progeny Of Innocence – a tantalizing dip into this gloomy and mysterious realm ruled by the Grigori, the Fallen Dark Angels, Bound By Blood connects the dots and gives depth and understanding to how this whole world came to be.

“The world, and heaven, are a little off-balance at the moment,” Patti Roberts says through the mouth of little Tia Lilly, the Angel of Death. How true. Events, characters and emotions have the ring of authenticity. Patti is very generous in her descriptions and she has the gift of being an incredible storyteller. The ultimate Scheherazade, Patti layers story over story, and nestles myth and legend into each other, so that at every step you’re tempted to wonder – Ah! Is that what happened? Take the legend of St. Valentine, for example.

But I don’t want to give you spoilers. I will say only that the characters are beautiful, very well developed. There is no question in my mind when I read the dialogue as to whose words they are. The storyline takes us back in time and explains in intricate detail the cause and effect, taking the reader full circle, and at the same time Patti continues to develop current events and takes the story forward. The style is smooth and trance-like in places, sharp and dramatic in the battle scenes, enigmatic and sly when Weasel goes about his business, and back to normal contemporary conversation in the human world. Don’t try to guess the outcome – you’ll get it wrong. I’ve never met an author so able to send me on a wild-goose chase, only to make it perfectly clear I should be looking elsewhere for my answers.

I wholeheartedly recommend reading the first two books in the series, if you haven’t already done it. Read them all back to back, but take your time. This is one of those stories you could lose yourself into, a tale to savour and dream about, not something you could cram in a hurry. There is a lot of hidden wisdom in Patti’s words, and it would be a pity to miss it. You never know, you might find in there the odd question you haven’t yet thought to ask, or even the odd answer.

I love this world, I love the characters, I love the entire concept. There is a lot to love in Paradox, and the picture is vivid and real. I would like to point you in the direction of the Paradox site, where you can see the map of Altair, the sigils of the six tribes, family trees, characters, answers to frequently asked questions, and much more: http://theangelsarehere.wordpress.com/readers-questions-answered/ This alone is huge proof of the author’s dedication to her work and also her readers.

This book, and indeed the whole series, is fully deserving of the five stars I’m giving it, and well worth spending some time immersed in its magic. Well done, Patti Roberts.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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Bound By Blood – Bits and Pieces of Inspiration – pics and music

Have a look at what inspired Bound By Blood – book three of the Paradox series, due for release October 28th. I cannot wait.

Bound By Blood – Bits and Pieces of Inspiration – pics and music.

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Book Reviews

 

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