Review: A Thousand Faces (A Thousand Faces: Book One)

In the world of high-stakes espionage, it pays to be able to change your face.

And that’s just what sixteen-year-old Jory and her family of shape-shifting spies can do—alter their faces and bodies to look like anyone. Jory is in training to be a full member of the family business—when she can convince her parents to let her help with their elaborate cons.

But when Jory’s parents go missing on the job, Jory is thrown into a world of secrets, lies, and stolen identities that will put all her training to the test. Jory’s always wanted to be a member of the team—

But saving her family wasn’t supposed to be part of the job.


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This book breaks the shapeshifter norms amazingly well

When you hear the term shapeshifter it’s normally applied to a human that turns into some kind of animal (or the other way around). But this book breaks that norm with real flare.

In Jory’s world, shapeshifters live secretive lives, sometimes in small family units, and even more rarely in small groups. Why must they keep themselves hidden? More to the point, HOW do they keep themselves from being discovered? Each of them has the ability to alter their faces, build, height, and more. The more their chosen form diverts from their home-body (their self-image) or the more detailed the change, the more concentration is required.

But it’s exactly this ability and their training that makes them so good at espionage. But things are never as easy as they sound, and their world is built on lies. What will Jory discover as she tries to find her parents, who disappeared while on a mission?

The author has built a complicated web of detail into this world, and it really shows through in not only the small character details, but also in the pacing, intrigue, and spycraft techniques. Each of the characters is well developed, and the emotional connections are not only complex but compelling.

If you like a little romance mixed in with your suspense and intrigue, then this book is definitely worth checking out. In fact, I plan to pick up the rest of the series, because I desperately want to see how it all ends!


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Return of the Blog!

I’m going to start this post with an apology for neglecting this blog for the last few months. Anyone who’s been following me online will have noticed that I haven’t been on social media much either.

A lot has changed for me since I last posted:

  • My main job became extremely stressful due to associates leaving, or transferring, and I finally had to quit for the sake of my own health (physical and mental).
  • That left me working just my secondary job, which had limited hours.
  • My wife has recently been off work with a series of medical issues, which we’re still trying to get to the bottom of.
  • A Fortune 100 company approached me with the possibility of joining their sales team, but the time isn’t right to take them up on it.
  • So, I’ve been job-hunting, in the hopes of finding something that will allow me to balance work and health.

Unfortunately that means I’ve had a lot of distractions from blogging.

But it’s time to change that!

I intend to run posts under four main topics: News, Book Reviews, Author Interviews, and Story Time readings. Then there will be the occasional guest post, book release news, and store updates.

Talking of Store Updates

Just before Father’s Day, I opened an Etsy Store, with a couple of designs to help celebrate everything our fathers have done for us. They’re still available, and ship from the USA, for a reasonable price.

I’ll be adding more items shortly, so be sure to visit, and bookmark the store site:

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Review: Second Door to the Right (Paper Souls: Book One)

What would a villain sacrifice to earn his redemption and a happily ever after?

James Crawford, once called Captain Hook, pauses in the London damp, a death warrant heavy in his pocket. Another life to take. The thirty-first since The Guild ripped him from his pages three years ago, promising a life after the crocodile if he obeyed. So easy at first. They only asked him to do what was written into his DNA. But the pointless deaths are beginning to weigh, the secret desire to be more than a pirate turning ink to blood. Yet crossing The Guild means his book will burn, his very existence scattered across the ashes. There is no way out.

Except. The whispered myth of a writer who might have the power to set his paper soul free. It’s a fool’s prayer. One he dares not utter. Not until the day, turning from The Guild, he takes a step and collides into Lily Westfell. A writer. James feels his master, Professor Moriarty, watching the fated meeting. He knows he should walk away and save them both. But this writer: could she be the key to ultimate victory, or the beginning of his final undoing?


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Paper Souls is a twist on the stories we think we know so well

As a writer I couldn’t help but smile at the premise of this book. We often talk about how real our characters seem to us, and how they take on a life of their own…

Well Hyson really pushes that concept and has created a world where characters can be ripped from the pages of their books and pressed into service of The Guild. In the process those characters seem to become so much more than their origins, and poor Lily becomes embroiled in their schemes after a series of chance meetings with Hook.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves modern fairy tales, stories that the take dark turns onto dangerous roads, or those looking for a great plot twists.


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Return of the Blog!

Return of the Blog!

I’m going to start this post with an apology for neglecting this blog for the last few months. Anyone who’s been following me online will have noticed that I haven’t been on social media much either.

Guess who’s rebuilding?

Guess who’s rebuilding?

Welcome to the home of Timothy Bateson – author, blogger, and book reviewer. Please excuse the mess. I was having issues with page formats on the recent site build that wouldn’t go away. My solution??? Start with a fresh installation, and build from the bottom up.

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Guess who’s rebuilding?

Welcome to the home of Timothy Bateson – author, blogger, and book reviewer.

Please excuse the mess. I was having issues with page formats on the recent site build that wouldn’t go away.

My solution??? Start with a fresh installation, and build from the bottom up.

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