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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Relics of Mysticus "The Dragons Egg" Book Tour, Personal Reviews and Giveaway!


The Dragon's EggThe Dragon’s Egg (Relics of Mysticus- Book Three) by H.B. Bolton

Sure, the glass castle floating over Evan’s head makes him uneasy, but that’s the least of his worries. With each step inside the Dungeon of Dreadful Dreams, he must battle against his worst nightmares. One after the other, wispy smoke-filled bull sharks come at him — he must remember they’re only illusions pulled from his imagination by those dreaded shadowlike hands. If only the vengeful dragon circling above was also an illusion and didn’t have his mind set on destroying the one person who can control him: Emrys. Inside the castle’s glass tower, Emrys sleeps in an eternal slumber, and Evan’s uncertain whether he can save the great wizard. Especially now that Emrys’ former student, the Lady of the Lake, has joined forces with the cunning immortal Alamaz. Together they have already stolen the Dragon’s Egg, but their greed doesn’t end there. The Siren’s Pearl calls to them, and that means only one thing … Atlantis is in trouble. Join Evan, Claire, and Dunkle — along with a few other unlikely heroes — as they travel across the realm of Medieval Legends, float through the Ancient Isle of Avalon, plunge inside the Dungeon of Dreadful Dreams, and be there when Atlantis rises once again.

****My Review of The Dragon's Egg****

I really liked this book I think maybe better than the other 2 in the series :)  Perhaps because I am sooo into Medieval times and mythology and this book was chock-full of adventure in this theme!  The kids along with Chacon travel through Avalon and many other worlds to yet again save Sagaas from ruin.  
This book also has a bit of love running through it as Claire finds more than just a friend in Chacon.  This does not seem like the greatest idea to Evan, but he is being sidetracked by his own problem - his dreams are becoming more real and bothersome.  

All in all this whole series so far is amazing and I can definitely see it becoming HUGE in the Young Adult genre!  No need to worry about your kids reading this, it is all clean themes and amazing adventures in fantastical worlds :)  Once again 5 stars!  Loved it!

***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***



  The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus- Book One)

The Serpents RingEvan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum … that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods. Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous fish and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

****My Review of The Serpent's Ring****  

I really loved this book - I am on the third book in the series now and I must say it reminds me of both Percy Jackson and Harry Potter - where the protagonists don't know they have powers and are thrust into this amazing new world and get to go on new adventures!  The siblings lives seem so mundane until Claire finds the Serpents Ring and they have no idea what it means.  Then along comes Dunkle who is awesomely clever and tricky to help them - although sometimes I think he gets them into more trouble than he helps LOL! 

My favorite character is Claire - probably because she is more responsible but is also headstrong.  Evan is a typical young man - does whatever he wants and throws caution to the wind :) 

This book had me intrigued with the way it changed worlds so completely!  We start out in the seemingly normal world of Claire and Evan and end up in an exciting underground water full of mermaids and mystery!  The imagery that the author portrays is superb - the deep red color of the mermaids hair, the gorgeous underwater world, it all holds your attention till the very end.  Then it all goes back to the normal world ... at least until the next adventure :)

All in all 5 stars because I love to read YA fiction and this series could most definitely become the next great teen series!

***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***


***My Review of The Trickster's Totem***
Well the second installment in the Relics of Mysticus series did NOT disappoint!  Once again we are thrust into the mysterious and charming world of Sagaas and all it's magic. Dunkle shows up unexpectedly and of course needs help to stop yet another disaster from occurring in the Sagaas world. This one though is not underwater, and the book is based on the rich Native American landscape. To me the Native Americans are so mystical and amazing by themselves, but add to the mix Claire and Evan and their newly-found and still-developing powers just makes it that much more exciting! I also love the "totems" that the kids all develop as well - something new to add to the mix and very interesting for their characters.

The Coyote Trickster is so hilarious - I literally laughed out loud at some of his tricks - even though he does bad things it is hard to completely hate him as with any trickster.  My thoughts on the Coyote Trickster are that he doesn't do things to hurt people intentionally, he does them for fun and he seems to be bored.  Just my take on his actions, but I almost feel sorry for him because before he is unleashed he is alone and held captive.

In these novels I love the way the kids and Dunkle travel through the worlds, it is always something new and fantastical.  And Claire meeting Chayton - sparks are a-flying :)  It will be interesting to see how their relationship and Evan's reaction will play out in the next novel.

Five stars for this book too, it's an awesomely fantastic journey for kids young AND old (like me LOL).  But it is all clean, no parent has to worry about bad words or content in these books that I could see!  All in all a great read :)

***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
tricksters-totem-cover-low-res-200x300The Trickster's Totem (Relics of Mysticus - Book Two)
Life has returned to normal for fourteen-year-old Evan and his older sister, Claire. That is until Dunkle, a clever but stinky little imp, pays an unexpected visit to their school. He has come to take the siblings back to Sagaas, the mythical realm of the gods. Once again, a Relic from the ancient Mysticus Orb has fallen into the wrong hands. Only Evan and Claire, with their unique mystical abilities, can help find it. Through the power of the Trickster’s Totem, a coyote trickster has escaped. His laughter echoes throughout the realm, as he spreads mischief and mayhem. He burns an entire crop of popcorn, carves his grinning image into sacred artifacts, and things really get interesting when he shape-shifts into Evan’s friends. Claire and Evan must capture the Trickster, retrieve the Totem, and be careful not to become sidetracked by robotic Steampunk animals, “sweet” pixie-like Pains, and a problematic mermaid … all while dodging Mothman-like aces. Most surprising, Evan discovers the true reason dragons exist in the Native American Spirit World.     

About the Author:
A magical part of H.B. Bolton’s childhood was being swept into worlds of enchanting
characters, fantastical creatures and extraordinary powers—simply by picking up a book. As a mother and a teacher, she was compelled to create imaginary worlds of her own in order to share them, not just with her children, but with all children. H.B. Bolton lives in Florida with her supportive husband and two highly spirited children. Shh, can you keep a secret? Not only does she write books for the young-at-heart, adventurous sort who yearn to dive into a good young-adult fantasy story, she also writes spellbinding, heart pounding women’s fiction. These particular books are written under the name Barbara Brooke, but that’s another story, altogether.

Connect with H.B. Bolton here:

$25 gift card (Int), paperback set of all 3 books (US), ebook set of all books (INT)


  1. I'm so glad you loved these books! Awesome reviews, thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!

  2. I'm so happy (and relieved) to see that you enjoyed this series.
    *fist pump*
    I loved reading your reviews. Thank you :)


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