Cover Reveal – Brew by David Estes

Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter’s foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the dead. Rhett’s sword-wielding neighbor with a mysterious past saves Rhett from becoming another casualty of the massacre and teaches him the skills he needs to survive in this new world.

Rhett is broken, his normal high school life of book blogging and football playing shoved in a witch-apocalyptic blender. The only thing he has left is his burning desire for revenge. Armed with his new witch hunting skills and a loyal, magic powered dog named Hex, he sets out into the unknown with one mission: hunt and destroy those who took away everyone he ever loved.

But Rhett isn’t just a witch hunter; he has secrets of his own that he has yet to discover, secrets that his enemies will stop at nothing to keep him from.

And discovering the truth about himself is the human race’s only hope.

David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. They now live together in their dream location, Hawaii. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children’s and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

Book Review: MEDUSA by Tony Talbot


Lissa Two is a thief of the ocean cities, struggling to make enough money to clear her debts and take care of her traumatised sister, scratching a meagre living as best she can. So she has enough worries without her life getting more complicated…but when a boy named Hattan literally falls from the sky, she can’t just let him drown. It’s a decision she comes to regret, a decision that will change not only her life, but the lives of everyone she loves. If they survive..

It was the cover of this book that initially drew me in. The blurb is short and enticing but it doesn’t reveal much. There was really no way to know what to expect from Medusa without reading it.

I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline, because I think that mysterious allure really works in its favour. But I will say it follows the story of Lissa Two, a young woman struggling to keep her sister safe in a post-apocalyptic world fraught with danger.

Lissa is brave, resourceful and willing to fight for what she believes in. She’s a really strong character, and while she’s completely in control of surroundings, there is also an element of vulnerability to her. She keeps you on side at all times, and when the challenges hit, you definitely go along for the ride.

This story has everything a good book deserves. The storyline is original, the pacing works really well, and there are also lots of subplots to keep you engaged as you follow the characters. There are some unexpected twists and turns, betrayal, redemption and just a tiny hint of romance.

There is plenty of action but it’s well balanced by the detail of the characters, and the depth of the world they live in. I certainly have to give extra points to Tony for such a richly imagined setting. It stands to reason that in a time so far removed from our own, everything would be different, and he didn’t spare any of the finer points. There is added technology, different illnesses, even the language has evolved. It can be really tricky to do, but he took on the challenge and made it work.

If I was going to make any complaints about this book, it would be that the terminology was a little overwhelming at first. But given the difficulty in using alternative language, I don’t think there is any way to avoid it. Although initially a little confusing, it doesn’t take long before everything fits into place. And I think the book wouldn’t be the same without it, because it does, after all, make the world complete.

Finally the writing style suits the mood of the book just right. The words flow really well, and it makes for easy reading. At the same time, I feel there is a dark undertone to Tony’s writing, a sense of creepiness, that isn’t thrown in your face but subtly weaved into the background. It helps build tension and leaves you with a feeling of something sinister on the way. Which is perfect for the post-apocalyptic genre.

Overall, an enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to sci-fi fans. 5/5 Stars!


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