Nov 7, 2013

Review Blitz: Broken Spell by Fabio Bueno ~ Review ~ Sneak Peek !!!




Books In The Singularity Series:


Wicked Sense ( Singularity Series #1)
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Author: Fabio Bueno
Released on: August 9, 2012


Book Summary:

Winner, 2012 Sandy Literary Contest - 1st place - YA category


Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy--the Veil.

Skye's London coven sends her to Seattle's Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye's job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity's immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.

My Thoughts:

I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank Fabio Bueno, author of Wicked Sense, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.
Great plot! Interesting story! Remarkable writing style! These are the first three things that I would like to mention at the very first of my review and let me also tell you that it’s a deadly combination, well in good sense of course.
Here we meet Skye who is from London and is moving to Seattle to find the Singularity. Now you must be wondering what that even means. So let me inform you that Skye is no ordinary girl, she is a witch with special abilities like True Sight which gives her the power of sensing other witches even from a long distance, so she is sent to find the MOST powerful witch of all that is the Singularity whom the Night Witches are also tracking down to use her power for their evil purposes. Skye meets Drake at the new school and slowly they begin to develop feelings for each other. Will Drake be with Skye even after knowing about her true identity? What will happen when rival witch Jane steps into Skye’s life? Will she be able to handle all of this mess and still keep her love and the witch world safe?
A brilliant presentation of the concept! I just loved the way the story went on and on, binding each new element with the other elements and serving the readers with a perfect dish that you can’t refuse to taste and once you taste it, you got to love it. The characters are developed well and are given strong voice which reached the heart of the readers. I loved Skye’s character. She is strong, independent and most importantly not a whiny and whimpering chick! Drake is also likable and I loved the fact that he doesn’t develop any super powers all of a sudden and that made him believable.
The dual POV made the read intriguing and we got a glimpse of Drake’s inner feelings and his thoughts as well which was interesting. The story is fast-paced and doesn’t bore for even a second.
The action scenes are great and I also liked the mystery part. The suspense was eerie but it made the read even more interesting. There are many unexpected twists that changed my train of thoughts and took me on a surprise whirlwind ride. A great read and I would recommend it to everyone. Hope you guys enjoy it!


Rating: 4 stars


Broken Spell ( Singularity #2)
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Author: Fabio Bueno
Released on: October 9, 3013


Book Summary:

Be careful what you wish for. 


Skye wanted to find the Singularity. She got what she sought, but to protect the most powerful witch alive, Skye had to betray her coven. Now she regrets entangling her boyfriend Drake in her hidden world. 

Drake yearned for Skye, but now he finds out that getting the girl is just the beginning: keeping the girl is the hard part. When tragedy strikes, Drake faces an impossible choice that could destroy his family and his shot at love. 

The vicious Night covens seek retribution at all costs. Wicked Jane has returned, scarred from her last confrontation with Drake and Skye, and holding a baffling secret that may change everything. 

Dangerous alliances arise. The Veil is about to be broken. 

Falling in love has never been harder.


My Thoughts:

I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.
Firstly I would like to thank Fabio Bueno, author of Broken Spell, for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this fabulous book.
Wow! What a great sequel. I totally loved Wicked Sense but this sequel impressed me even more. It’s fast-paced and full of action scenes and the most hated part – nail chomping scenes as well!  The author’s writing style is purely contemporary yet it’s highly enriched but it has a comfortable feeling in it which made me become a part of the whole plot. I loved the way the author took this story, it can’t be any better.
In this sequel we find Skye in yet another problematic situation where she has to keep the Singularity safe and sound till she discovers all her powers. On top of that she is having issues with her Coven and not to mention her boyfriend Drake is in danger because of her as she introduced him to her secret witch world. Moreover evil Jane is back with vengeance and she will confront Drake and Skye once again in this sequel. The Night Witches are present here to create more problems for Skye. Will she be able to keep the singularity safe? Will Drake be able to keep his girl? What will happen to their relationship?
There is action and mystery which entwined together to please the readers. The concept is fresh and the path the author adopted for the characters is great and adventurous which interested me. The old enemies are back with deadly vengeance which heated up the read. One thing that I loved about both the books is that the romance element doesn’t overpower the plot and make it a cliché romance novel instead the author brilliantly made it just an important part of the story which added new flavours to it.
The characters develop here even more and Drake was the star of this sequel, well according to me. The touch of suspense made me want more of it and the surprises that the author kept hidden within the pages of the book really stunned me and I was asking myself that did this really happen? I just couldn’t believe. A great read and I’m recommending it to ya all and hope that you guys will love it as well.

Rating : 5 Stars

Overall Rating: 5 Rose Hearts



Sneak Peek - Broken Spell 

Chapter 1: Skye

My life is on the right track at last. That terrifies me.
I’m afraid that something beyond my control—or worse, my own choices—might ruin everything.
That’s why I seek the Goddess, the one constant in my life, the only true source of solace and strength.
As I crush dead leaves with my fingers, almost finishing my prayer, my body tingles. I sense the magical energy of another Sister nearby. In the middle of secluded Aurora Park, before dawn, it can only mean a threat.
If I were a regular witch, the source of the magic flow would be undetected. But I have True Sight, a Charm that allows me to sense others of my kind from a long range. Whoever is spying on me is sure she’s unnoticed.
My Charm lets me estimate how far away this Sister is. She gets closer, but stops at what she believes is a safe distance, about eighty yards to my right, atop a gentle slope. She can’t sense me from there, and she believes I can’t sense her either. Turning to check on the Sister would alert her. Since she’s still, I’ll pretend to finish my ritual, while thinking at warp speed.
It’s still dark and, since she can’t sense me, she must be using night vision goggles. Or the two candles in front of me may be giving my position away. I open my eyes a little but see no light to my right: she’s not using a flashlight.
No other source of magic is around, but that doesn’t mean anything. The Sister might have brought friends. They might be surrounding me right now. Think fast, Skye.
While chanting in a low voice and performing the ritual’s gestures with one hand, my other hand discreetly reaches into the front pocket of my jeans. I carry a couple of potions, Sleep and Decay, there, just in case. Just for this case, actually. My other pocket has my cell. I could call 911, but I’d have to explain why I feel threatened by someone I shouldn’t know is there. And what I’m doing in the park before dawn, which is against the law. Lighting fires, no less.
Or I can call Drake and be much briefer.
Disguising my movements, I get the cell from my pocket and speed-dial Drake’s number. I turn on the speakerphone.
A groggy voice answers. “Skye? Are you all right?”
Instead of chanting, my lips move to say, “I’m sensing another witch. Maybe Jane. Aurora Park. North Entrance, about a hundred yards down the path, right side.”
“Can you talk?” His voice is alert at once.
“Yes.”
“What are you doing there?”
“I’m finishing my ritual. She’s not moving.” I put out the candles. Dawn is almost upon us, so I still can see—and so can my stalker. “I’ll collect my stuff and leave now.”
“Still no movement?”
“Nope.” My candles, mortar, pestle, dried leaves, and water vial are in my bag now. I search for the flasks with the potions to reassure myself. “I’m leaving now.” I plug an earphone into my cell. I don’t know if the sight of a phone would scare my pursuer away or force her to make a move on me. I put the cell back in my pocket for now.
“Do you want me to pick you up? I’m ready to leave home.” Drake’s voice in my ear calms me down.
“No. Wait.” I walk to the path. For the ritual, I wanted peace and loneliness. Now I yearn for people and activity around me. Joggers, someone walking a dog, even a park ranger would be welcome. “Walking to the nearest exit now.”
“Find a Tully’s or another coffeehouse. They’re open at this hour. Is she following you?”
“Yes, but keeping her distance. I think it’s okay.”
His voice takes a commanding tone. “Skye, it’s not okay. She might have Knowings waiting to ambush you. You cannot sense those. I’m meeting you.”
I pick up my pace. It’s still not day. I can see the trees by the side of the trail, but not much further than that. Someone could be waiting for me in the dark.
“Drake, it’ll take too long.”
“It’s five minutes. Keep talking.”
The engine of Drake’s car rumbles to life.
“I’m looking around. No one’s here,” I tell him.
“How far are you from the exit? Where are you headed?”
“The north parking lot. I’ll be there in a few minutes.” My Charm tells me that the Sister still follows me.
“Go there and be in sight.”
I want to run. But if I do, the Sister will know something is wrong. I’m not supposed to sense someone so far away. I need to stay collected.
A sudden rustle of leaves startles me. I’m caught by surprise and let out a small yelp.
“What?” Drake asks. “Are you okay?”
“Yes. Don’t worry. Some little animal scared me.”
“Almost there.”
The parking lot is ahead of me. It’s empty. I make a line for the car entrance.
Drake’s Volvo appears, speeding. He sees me and stops right in front of me.
“Get in,” he says while opening the passenger door.
“Thanks for the ride,” I say while I get in.
“Where is she?” He makes a U-turn to leave the lot.
“She stopped. Let’s go.”
We leave the park and my shadow behind.
“Do you still sense her?” he asks, after we’ve driven two blocks.
“No, she stayed there.” I kiss his cheek. “You rescued me. Like a knight on a white horse. Or in a brown car.”
He looks at me in disbelief. “How can you joke? What were you thinking?”
“I need to do my rituals, Drake. It’s part of who I am.”
“And what about Night Sisters stalking you?”
“They’re part of my life now too.”
He frowns. “Sorry, Skye. But this is not right. Just…be more careful. I worry.”
“Aren’t you sweet?”
Drake came for me right away. His disheveled hair and his sleepy eyes are evidence that he cares. I caress his face. My fingers linger on his cheekbones while I imagine who sculpted them in such artful precision.
“All right,” he says. “But we need to talk about that.”
“Soon. Now take me home. I want to give you a proper thank you for rescuing me.”
A grin lights up his face.

About The Author:



Fabio writes Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal novels, including the award-winning WICKED SENSE. He resides in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and kids. When not writing or reading, he geeks out with family and friends, solidifies his reputation as the world's slowest runner, and acts very snobbish about movies. He hangs out here:

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