Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Book Review for Echoes and Illusions

Review done by The Australian Bookshelf.

Mila Ramos- Echoes and Illusions 

Mila Ramos was born in Puerto Rico and is an author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Echoes and Illusions is a short-story anthology featuring four tales: Reel-to Real, The Seventh Legend, The Watchers and Smoke and Mirrors. I have included blurbs of each of the stories and then my thoughts below. Mila Ramos features on The Australian Bookshelf whilst on tour with Bewitching Book Tours.

A curious invitation mystifies acclaimed movie critic Moira Castle. In an industry where word of mouth is reality, Moira comes back home to the unexpected. Memories surge as an old movie reel and theater owner Toren McCann hold answers that have lain quiet for far too long.

The Seventh Legend
Some stories are based on legend, some on rumor. Some stories are real. For a young woman her childhood book has something more than imagined. The book contains the story of a real hero facing an unimaginable evil that’s been after since she was a child.

 The Watchers
In a world where duty and honor are binding and crucial Selene, a Coven Enforcer, has to choose between the life she knows and the life she yearns. On a dark and stormy night Selene learns that some rules are meant to be broken, even immortal ones.

 Smoke & Mirrors
Dr. Ana Fiore has earned her reputation“Dr. Ice” by her solid work and rigid personality. Sent to a conference for determination of Chief of Staff, she is snowed in with rival and colleague Dr. Dakota Hastings. Face-to-face with Dakota, she learns she isn’t the only expert at illusion.

Mila brings to life many intriguing characters in these mystical worlds. Typical of the fantasy and paranormal genre, there is often a lot to be explained to the reader about the history of the characters and their special abilities. At times I felt like I had to take in a lot of information to understand the extent of the characters conflict in a small amount of time. In saying that, they are short stories and if the background information wasn’t there i would probably be left a little confused. I definitely got drawn into the characters of Alana and Drew in The Seventh Legend as well as Ana and Cody in Smoke and Mirrors. I would love to read an extended version of these stories and have the background information seep through at a slower pace. If you like heated romance and a touch of fantasy and paranormal then the Echoes and Illusions anthology will give you a taste of Mila’s creative story-telling.

Ebook and Print available at http://www.melange-books.com/authors/milaramos/ramosechoesandillusions.html


hotcha12 said...


Mila said...

You should see when I have discover new ones. Its like a smorgasbord of excitement hehehe

Mysti said...

Well done girl! Keep it up!


Mila Ramos said...

Thanks Chica, I'm very happy the book was well received! :)