World Book Day – Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reads

Hannah Jenkins

With World Book Day on the 23rd of April, we compiled some lists of great books for you to enjoy. This is for those who love the Sci-fi and Fantasy genres!

Tales from the Rim by Bonnie Milani

Welcome to a pair of rousing adventures set on the edges of the star-flung human Commonwealth. ‘Liquid Gambit’ is a sci fi noir call out to ‘Casablanca’. It’s a tale of hope and sacrifice in Rick’s Bar – a lost souls hang out on the last station in human space. In ‘Cherry Pickers’, seventeen-year-old Nikki is determined to prove she’s a woman, even if she has to kidnap the only man on the planet to do it. It’s a rollicking coming-of-age story – with spiders. Romantically challenged spiders.

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Sing to Me of Dreams by Kathryn Lynn Davis

One woman’s journey of discovery…through all the mysteries of the human heart.

As a child, Saylah held the magic and wisdom of her Salish Indian people. But when tragedy ravages the Salish, she must leave them for the world of the Ivys – an English/Scottish family whose traditions are as strange to her as her spirit world is to them. The Ivys have come to fertile British Columbia in search of paradise, but the secrets and mysteries surrounding them are overwhelming – until Saylah comes to help them understand the darkness holding them back.

Frustrated Julian Ivy, in whom sophistication and fury entwine, is drawn to Saylah’s healing strength and disquieting beauty. Through sorrow and elation, the two discover the fullness of love…but no one can resolve for her the contradictions of her birthright. Following the songs of her heritage, she will finally make the most wrenching choice of all….

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Millie’s Angel by Kim Petersen

When her mother abandons her, Millie is left to pick up the pieces and care for her little brother, Ace. Just as she begins to accept her mother’s disappearance from their lives, Millie discovers the shocking secrets surrounding her birth; leaving her anguished and torn between her feelings for her father.

Through friendships, romantic connections and heartbreak, Millie learns that she is never alone to face the many obstacles life throws her way – for her life becomes centred on the celestial presence of an angel. As Millie becomes a young woman, she learns that in loving herself and directing the train of her thought-world, she holds the key to the Kingdom of Heaven: right here on earth.

When her mother contacts her a decade later, Millie visits with her just in time to realise her own angelic gift, when she finds she is not alone in discovering her mother’s whereabouts. With evil lurking between the cracks in her family, the appearance of Millie’s gift – a phenomenon that will heal and shine brighter than she could ever have imagined – changes her family’s perspectives and the direction of their lives forever.

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Fatemarked by David Estes

n the spirit of fantasy epics like George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones and Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings, The Fatemarked Epic promises immaculate world building, an ancient prophecy, a mysterious source of magic, a diverse cast of characters, war, political intrigue, and romance.

The Hundred Years War has ravaged more than three generations of kings, queens, and citizens across the Four Kingdoms. Corrupt rulers dominate. Religious intolerance runs rampant. The cycle of vengeance continues to turn with the seasons.

An ancient prophecy by a legendary oracle has been long forgotten. The prophecy promises the return of peace to the Four Kingdoms on the backs of a chosen few, the fatemarked, individuals marked at birth and blessed with specific magical powers. One shall be the Kings’ Bane, and will bring death to the warmongering rulers, using fear to force peace; another shall be the Peacemaker, bestowed with the rare ability to heal. Opposite sides of the same coin, dark and light, death and life, the Kings’ Bane and the Peacemaker are responsible for the fate of an entire continent.

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The Name Keeper by Laura James

Your name is special and important. It has meaning and helps to define who you are. Without your name, who would you be? I don’t think you want to find out! But what if you woke up one day and your name was gone? What if all the names of the children in the world disappeared? Only a seriously bad character would steal something so precious.

This is the story of the Name Masters, a top-secret agency responsible for building and delivering names to all humans at birth and then protecting them at any cost. Wilfrid is an owl-like creature and leader of this elite organization. However, he’s not perfect, especially when dark forces are at play as a routine mission of name delivery gets derailed.

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The Way of The Fairy Godmother by Jennifer Morse MS PhD

I am a seeker of serenity, searching for the pathways of enduring happiness. Decades of exploring and synthesizing avenues to wisdom led me to my favorite fairytale, the tale of Cinderella. This time I didn’t interpret the fairytale from Cinderella’s viewpoint. Instead I apprenticed to the Fairy Godmother. I noticed the Fairy Godmother lives within uncompromising, radiant happiness. Her lifestyle is dangerously optimistic. As a result she expedites miraculous outcomes. It’s not that she doesn’t notice the problems of life. Cinderella didn’t have a dress for the ball. She needs a coach and driver. When you are grounded in reality you deal with the problems.

I don’t want to tell you how old I was before I began creating my life from the perspective of the Fairy Godmother. Let’s just leave it at, for much of my life I was in the habit of creating life from Cinderella’s point of view. More often than not I was disappointed. Like Cinderella I worked and worked to create harmony in environments that would not support harmony. Such an unstinting effort is exhausting, especially after several decades. To say it was stressful and no fun only scratches the surface of the issue. It was a harsh and bleak way to live. Imagine Cinderella in her thirties and forties scrubbing away at the kitchen floor, struggling to make beauty in an environment for people who cannot appreciate elegance. Living life from Cinderella’s perspective is to stay entrapped in the young maiden who longs for fulfillment. Hardship is her constant companion. Unfulfilled relationships are her unremitting burden.

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Ghosts of Bliss Bayou by Jack Massa

For sixteen-year old Abigail Renshaw, the terrifying nightmares are not the worst part. When apparitions start leaking out of the nightmares into her waking life—Well, that’s a problem.

But Abby’s dealt with hallucinations before, and she’s nothing if not resilient. Following clues from the nightmares, she convinces her mother to let her visit Harmony Springs, the small town in Florida where Abby was born, and where her grandmother still lives.

There, Abby finds unexpected help from new friends: a compulsive teenage blogger named Molly Quick, and Molly’s older brother Ray-Ray (a guy Abby really starts to like). The not-so-good news? Abby’s apparitions might be real after all. And one of them wants to kill her.

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Division One: A Small Medium At Large by Stephanie Osborne 

What if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was right all along, and Harry Houdini really DID do his illusions, not through sleight of hand, but via noncorporeal means? More, what if he could do this because…he wasn’t human?

Ari Ho’d’ni, Glu’g’ik son of the Special Steward of the Royal House of Va’du’sha’ā, better known to modern humans as an alien Gray from the ninth planet of Zeta Reticuli A, fled his homeworld with the rest of his family during a time of impending global civil war. With them, they brought a unique device which, in its absence, ultimately caused the failure of the uprisings and the collapse of the imperial regime. Consequently Va’du’sha’ā has been at peace for more than a century. What is the F’al, and why has a rebel faction sent a special agent to Earth to retrieve it?

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Rebirth: The Chronicles of the Reverie Volume 1 Book 1

What do you do when the unthinkable happens?

Renowned research chemist, Dr. Klov and his assistants make a startling discovery. Vocam, the North’s only energy source, is being depleted at an alarming rate. Terrified of the North’s collapse Dr. Klov gathers several of his colleagues and their teams together to tackle the dilemma. After their warnings are dismissed by their leaders the Klovis Group is forced to secretly go into Kepca to search for an energy source that can replace Vocam. Unfortunately, before their research is completed the Western Belt Sectors are attacked by mysterious invaders who are headed towards them.

A guard named Blorzen Skylynn agrees to take the Klovis Group south to his home in Sorsani along with several of the Kepcan families. Not having any other choice they choose to trust him and the others. As they are smuggled out of Kepca they can only wonder about the future. Now they must endure perilous travel to a land they know nothing about and depend on people they don’t know.

Can Blorzen and the Kepcans be trusted?

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Julia Dream by Favia Scali-Warner

In a not too distant future, a nuclear war has decimated mankind. Three centuries later, survivors live barricaded in cities controlled by the Human Empire, while the inhabitants of the countryside have been mutated by radiation and live in the forests surrounding urban settlements, waging war on the humans.

When both her parents die in a fire, Julia is left to cope alone with a highly bureaucratic and regulated system, with very few select allies. As her loyalty undergoes increasingly harder tests, Julia draws attention to herself with her cold blood and fierce resolve in battle.

Constantly on the edge between independent spirit and military discipline, Julia will have to decide how to use the power that has been granted her.

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Star Chaser: The Traveler by Reiter

Welcome!

You have just entered a new realm – a new Universe where there are worlds, races, powers, allies and enemies just waiting to be discovered.

Your place may be with the wielders of Iro… or perhaps as a Traveler… it could be that your destiny lies on a ship flying through the stars… or straining your skills on a battlefield… maybe you’re most suited to hours spent pouring over ancient tomes… or engaged in a game of chess that will shape the cosmos.

Whatever your place – wherever your destination – you will find yourself…

Beyond the Outer Rim

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Babylonian Harlot by Steven Ira

God’s end time saints will need to be warned. It has been fifteen months since the Rapture removed all Christians from the earth and something new, something big, is about to happen. Daniel Goldman senses this. And since he remains—as far as he knows—the only man on earth commissioned by God for these end times, the task falls to him.

Daniel’s intuition is confirmed when the Antichrist and the False Prophet begin to circulate among select Israeli leaders photos of an ancient ivory carving of a Jewish temple. Many believe the temple depicted by the carving represents an actual structure, the Jewish Second Temple as it appeared before its destruction in 70 AD. They also believe that with those circulated photos the Beasts are promising the Jews a Third Temple to be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Although still new to his assignment, Daniel knows enough to recognize the problem with such a structure: a Third Temple in Jerusalem would ignite all-out war with Islam whose own holy structures already occupy that contested piece of real estate.

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I Dream of Fire by Daphne James Huff

When the world ignores a warning of destruction, it rebuilds itself around the Dreamers that can predict and prevent another catastophy. Dreamers are revered, rich, and powerful. They are protected from all the dangers this new world presents.

So when Charlie discovers she has the talent, she’s shocked that her parents want her to hide it. Her father spends years secretly teaching her the rules and helping those she sees in danger, rather than sending her away to be trained and protected.

Now in her final year at school, with her own future uncertain, she’ll be faced with the choice of following her Dreams… or her heart.

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Horns & Halos: Against The Giant by Becky S. Vickery

Fighting against the system sucks. It’s even worse when you’re only sixteen and you’ve already been devastated by it, while your parents stood by and watched. Allyster Williams started fighting the moment he realized that the life of segregation he’s always known is wrong. In his world, people are separated by their horns and their halos – physical characteristics that have borne lies, hate, distrust, violence, and rumors – and it’s only getting worse. Allyster may be young, but as he discovers others who are willing to hear the truth and change for the better, he must grapple with hope to try and find the strength to keep fighting.

To raise the flag.

To knock down the barricades.

To prove that things can get better, even as his greatest nightmare becomes a reality.

 

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Cytress Vee – A Dog Squad Story by Kalvin Thane

Across the void formed by two galactic spiral arms, vast forces face each other.
The tenuous Alliance, sixty civilizations united only by fear of invasion, prepare to resist the encroachment of their as-yet unseen enemy, known only as the Creeps.

The Void has become a battleground. Three thousand light years across, and populated by a scattering of ten thousand ‘dark’ worlds, it is the Alliance’s last chance to protect their way of life. Self-destructive, robotic drones pour across the Void in ever-increasing numbers, testing the Alliance fleets to breaking point.

In the midst of the surging tides of war, a single cruiser carries an incursion team between the dark worlds, striking at the advancing enemy as it establishes footholds. The team probes for a weakness that might be exploited before the odds become overwhelming.

But will Commander Trenn and her misfit squad of mixed-race marines be able to make enough of a difference, and can they hope to uncover the enemy’s plans for galactic domination before the Alliance falls?
Maybe they can—if they can stop fighting each other for long enough…

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Dearly Departed by Rachael Rawlings

Dorothy, or Dot to her friends, is the slightly eccentric daughter of the town’s funeral director. Her art is the only medium that she can express herself with, but it sets her apart. Until she meets him. He walks the cemetery looking for something. Something he cannot explain. In him she finds an acceptance she has never had. Yet to keep him, she has to help him find what he has lost. Whether it brings him home to her, or ends his existence completely.

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New Orleans Magic: Urban Fantasy Series by J.L. Hendricks

The Voodoo Dolls are an indie-rock band who also run a touristy shop in the French Quarter of New Orleans. They don’t have magic, so their items aren’t magical. But most customers swear by their voodoo dolls and love potions. The girls also make the best aphrodisiac fudge around. Don’t believe me? Ask the granny’s from the local senior center!

Two friends from high school seek The Doll’s help in finding their lost sister. The Dolls aren’t private investigators, but with the help from their wolf shifter friends, and an unlikely good guy, they discover what happened to the missing triplet.

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Picks for Children:

Supernatural Hero by Eran Gadot

Don’t try to be someone else, be yourself!
Reading this book will make you see that being yourself is the only way
for success, all you need is to believe.

Andy is the nerd everyone makes fun of. He’s really skinny, wears glasses and talks to himself, but he falls in love with the prettiest girl in the class. One day Grandpa dies and turns into a ghost. Then, Andy discovers a new power, he can see ghosts and talk to the dead.
Join Andy’s journey and find out how a nerd can become a hero.
Supernatural hero is a great children’s book with an outstanding story, for the whole family to enjoy. This book series will stay with you forever.

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Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess by John Reynolds

Robyn Howard is a teenage schoolgirl. She lives with her father and her workaholic mother who always seems too busy for her. Robyn dreams of making a difference and wonders why there are so few famous women in history.

After her mother lets her down yet again, she finds herself having a really bad day at school, including quarelling with William, her boyfriend. There is a sudden violent lightning storm and Robyn is transported to a forest, dressed in medieval clothing and surrounded by young women who address her as Robyn Hood. She quickly realises that they regard her as the leader of their band — and that she’s in Sherwood Forest, about to launch a raid on King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Robyn Hood: Outlaw Princess is based on a full-length musical of the same name for which the author wrote the storyline, dialogue and lyrics (music by Gary Daverne). The show has been widely performed in New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

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Talon, Come Fly with Me by Gigi Sedlmayer

Matica,an Australian girl, living with her parents and younger brother high inthe Andes of remotest Peru. A girl with serious problems, not the leastof them regarding her growth. A ten year old trapped in a two year old’s body, ostracized by the locals, their children forbidden to play withher for fear she would bring them bad luck. A lost, lonely little soulwho manages to bond with a pair of condors and finds herself entrustedby the birds with their one precious egg in the hope that she can saveit from poachers. It seemed unlikely, I thought. But I opened the bookas I felt I must and then did not close it again till the end which,alas, came all too soon.

The style is plain; it’s simple,straightforward English; very instructive to children, I thought. Yet in no time at all disbelief was suspended and rich imagery – that camefrom I know not where – had me soaring on a more than three meter wingspan, soaring with a pair of condors, high in the pure Andean air. Thatand waiting in nail biting tension with Matica and her family to see if the pair’s egg would hatch.

Does it? No way do I say. There will beno spoilers from me. But I will say that the tale has a high moralending which is extremely uplifting as well, particularly for Matica.Obviously the book is intended for children and young adults but if itcan entrance a hard bitten seventy year old like me it must be good foreveryone.

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