I'm so honored Queer Sci-Fi chose to check out Nel's first adventure! It's amazing when a reader truly gets the heart of a story.
"One of the major themes in this story is that of understanding the past to understand the future. We need to know where we came from to know where we are going. It’s a loving tribute to the science of archaeology itself. But it also parallels Nel’s journey – she is still figuring out who she is and her place in the newly discovered changed world. All of her expectations have been shattered apart by the end of the book, and she needs to figure out where to go from here.
If you’re looking for science fiction grounded in factual science, this is a great look at the world of archaeology...." read more
I'm so thankful for this incredible 5-star review of Smoke and Rain from Literary Titan!
"V.S. Holmes hits the mark with this incredible fantasy adventure that utilizes a unique writing style to tell a vivid story. We’re introduced to some rather complex, and rather bleak, characters that we get to see develop throughout the story from multiple perspectives. And with this I felt a lot more connected to these riveting characters. Having such lively characters makes the intense battle scenes all the more dramatic and theatrical...." read more
Sleepwater Beat, by Kathrin Hutson, is the first in the Blue Helix series. The first taste of this speculative fiction world immerses us immediately with an honest certainty. I read the sequel first--so each installment can and does stand on its own. Here, we follow Leo, a young woman raised in a world of pharmaceutical addiction and information overload. Told in alternating timelines of her past and present, we watch her go from a lonely childhood and street life to the tentative relief of a found family.
We encounter a detailed and real cast as Leo gets to know Sleepwater--the group of people who, like her, can change the people around them with just their words. Some "beats" bring entertainment, or pleasure, others control and pain. Like its sequel, Sleepwater Static,Beat moves seamlessly through desperation, explosions, and despair. The thread connecting each of these pieces, however, is one of hope and faith in one another--and ourselves. Another winner: 5 out of 5 stars!
So honored Aurealis chose to review Lightning and Flames! I'm glad they caught on to Alea and Arman's somewhat dysfunctional relationship--it's something a lot of people miss when they expect a romance.
The second book in V S Holmes’ Blood of Titans: Reforged series begins slow, but burns towards an explosive finale worthy of the forces in its name. More introspective and character-driven than its predecessor, Lightning and Flames picks up the protagonists broken by events of the first book and charts how they reforge themselves through training, politics and magically-augmented physical changes.
This is where the novel shines brightest—Arman and Alea’s struggle to make sense of their powers and their feelings for each other is tumultuous, and royal scion Brentimir’s battle between his duty and his sense of self is engaging, if a little focused on world-building for the sequels...As a set piece, Holmes’ prose perfectly illustrates the incredible, world-shaking horror unleashed when Alea and Arman’s magic clashes with that of the gods...read more