REVEAL – The Grey Tower Trilogy: Circadian Circle

If you’re a regular around this patch of the web, I hope you’ll remember my reviews on the Grey (Gray, take your fancy) Tower Trilogy books, the Tower’s Alchemist followed by Dark Rift.

Well, it’s very nearly time, for the release of the third and final book in the series, Circadian Circle! I’m honoured to be kicking off the blog tour for author Alesha Escobar.

The reviews I gave for the first two books, The Tower’s Alchemist and Dark Rift were pretty smashing, both scoring a nine out of ten – and rightly so. These books are awesome. I’m not going to go back into what made them so great, just skim over the reviews to see that, because there’s reems of it. Ms. Escobar is certainly one to watch.

So here it is, our cover reveal for Circadian Circle, just look at that.

Circadian Circle Cover

Not only that, but Ms. Escobar has allowed me something rather special for the readers here at datbookreviews – a chance at getting yourself a free copy of the book!

But it doesn’t stop there… oh no! That’s not the only prize. Here’s what’s on offer, so sign up and you’re in with a chance and one of these:

– A signed Paperback copy of ‘The Tower’s Alchemist’ and ‘Dark Rift’
– One of two $10 Amazon Gift Cards
– One of two Tote bags bearing the slogan “keep calm and call the ministry”
– One of three art print cards with character artwork from the series
– One of five ebook copies of the whole series.

So check out the link!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I heartily encourage all of my readers to get their hands on a copy of the book; because whilst I’ve only read a little little bit, it’s going to be good. If you haven’t started with the Grey Tower Trilogy, it’s time to pick up the first book on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I do not benefit from the purchase, and am not in direct affiliation with Alesha Escobar the author. As a book review sight, any suggestion to purchase a novel is purely the recommendation of that novel as a worthy read. Cheers!

Forever Burn (Adrian Smith) Book Review

Sorry it’s been a little while folks, but all my exams are over now! So I should have a lot more time to read and write, which will be lovely. So, this book ‘Forever Burn’ was sent to me for review by one Adrian Smith, and I’m very glad to have had the privilege of reading it. It is the first in a series, which will be gaining a prequel soon. Right, I best get on with a review!


Forever Burn is the story of James Matthews, a firefighter trying to make a difference in the world. Trained to stay calm in dangerous situations, James is a professional. However, she is having recurrent dreams; dreams about a girl she pulled from a fire years ago. They aren’t just normal flashbacks, and James has a feeling something is wrong. That’s not all though. Her secret love at the fire station is pressuring her for a more open relationship; but it doesn’t take long for that relationship to open James up to a world she’s never imagined, and a world she is inexplicably part of. Continue reading

HOP Book 1: Dragon (Rustin Petrae) Book Review

Another exciting review for me, as it’s a book sent to me for review. It’s something I’ve found quite surprising – these new authors really want for their books to be read, reviewed. At first I was worried that, in offering to review a book for somebody, they’d simply think that I was trying to get a free read out of it. I was so very wrong. The author of this book, Rustin Petrae, seemed very thankful that I had reached out to him. Thinking about it, if I had written a book, I too would want to know how people felt about it. Anyway, this book is the first in a series of four, the second of which is to be expected July this year. Well then, on to the review!


The Rooks are a race of people far technologically advanced, able to create almost anything they need from small nano-bots that are kept with them at all times. The Terraquois are a colony of people dwelling deep within the forest, in tune with nature and the animals. Many can alter their form to a beast representing their nature. The two people’s are at war. There’s a new player though, and when the Rook city is attacked by the Blak Army, a young Terraquois girl saves the life of a Rook Prince. And that’s where things really start going wrong.

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The Saga of Larten Crepsley (Darren Shan) Series

The Saga of Larten Crepsley is an offshoot from the Saga of Darren Shan, Shan’s longest series of novels. There are four short novels in the Saga, adding to the current twelve. In fact, all of Shan’s novels are fairly short, and these are only slightly shorter than he normally writes; so if you’re a fan you probably won’t mind. Anyway, I think that they are a worth addition to the saga(s) and I’m glad I read them. Here we go.


The saga (in saying this I refer to Crepsley’s, not Darren’s) is the story of Larten Crepsley’s history; how he became a vampire and rose through the ranks to become a general and so on. It does also tie in with the SODS (Saga of Darren Shan) and the war of the scars (vampires vs vampaneze). There’s also a bit of Larten’s romantic side, what with humans and with the gorgeous Arra Sails. This won’t be lacking in Desmond Tiny either.. Continue reading

The Thin Executioner (Darren Shan) Book Review

The Thin Executioner, by Darren Shan (whom happens to me one of my all time favourite authors) is a book I believe Shan released last year. It’s really strange writing about Darren Shan as an author, when you’ve read the whole of his ‘Saga of Darren Shan’ which features himself as a main character. Most people know Shan for his two large series; the Demonata and the aforementioned Saga. The Thin Executioner (TTE) is a one-off, standalone novel not related to either series. It’s nice, in a way, to have something totally new from one of your favourite authors which doesn’t relate to your previous readings.


Jebel Rum is the executioner’s son. The trade of the executioner is one of the noblest and most respected position in the city, and the contest for it is rough. A day comes though, when Jebel’s father, Rashed Rum calls a speech after an execution and names the date of his retirement. In this speech, Rashed names his two eldest sons, J’An and J’Al, but not Jebel, whom is the runt of the family. This rejection of Jebel is as disowning him, and of the highest disrespect to Jebel. The only way to secure the position of the executioner is to win the mukhayret, a competition of strength and endurance. Knowing he has no chance in completing this, Jebel sets out to find a way he can, and takes upon himself the quest to Tubaygat, to petition the fire god Sabbah Eid! Continue reading

Unseen Acadmicals (Terry Pratchett) Book Review

Hello all, and another book review! Back to Terry Pratchett, as I re-read Unseen Academicals recently. This was the first TP book I read, and what got me into the Discworld series. It’s great! I expect this will be a fairly short review, especially in comparison to the LOTR one.


Unseen Adademicals is the story of a Mister Nutt. Mister Nutt is a something, in that many people (including he) don’t know what that thing is. In UU, Mister Nutt attempts to achieve worth through working as a candle dribbler at the Unseen University. That is, until the wizards decide to get in on the troublesome game of foot-the-ball. Along with an unorthodox ally in the form of Trev, Mister Nutt comes into his own, and learns a thing or two along the way.
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Making Money (Terry Pratchett) Book Review

Making Money Book Review, Terry Pratchett

Now, I can only apologise for the length of time it took me to read this book. I do try and keep the blog interesting between reviews, but being a book review blog I do sometimes feel guilty over how long it can take me to read a book. Again, apologies for the wait. Best get writing. This is the second Pratchett book in a row I have reviewed, and I didn’t really enjoy this one as much. Pratchett is still a wonderful author, in my opinion.


In Making Money, our old friend Moist von Lipwig is visited by Havelock, Lord Vetinari. Vetinari has an offer. A suggestion. An order. Lipwig, whom is bored of the post office but does not want to admit it, isĀ gently suggested (told to) take over as Master of the Royal Mint at the Ankh Morpork Royal Bank. After sincerely declining the offer, Lipwig finds himself the owner of a dog, whom itself owns 51% of the bank. The makes the dog the chairman, and Lipwig in a difficult place to refuse the post Master of the Royal Mint. Best he gets to work Making Money.. Continue reading