Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Ill Will

Ill Will Ill Will by Dan Chaon
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ill Will by Dan Chaon is a story that revolves around a family tragedy. That's all I could ascertain from this story. I couldn't get into the whole book being back-story. There was a lot of sexual situations. Way too many for my taste. The story was, for me, hard to follow most of the time. I had to read quite a bit of the chapter to find out whose point of view I was reading. The ending didn't reveal any true insight into the story, or have a real conclusion. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and all opinions are my own.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff follows Noa, a sixteen year old girl, who's father kicks her out of the house for getting pregnant by a Nazi soldier, and we are given the story from Noa's POV. We are later introduced to Astrid, a trapeze performer with the German circus, and we get the story from her POV. The story goes back and forth between the two women's stories, which connect along the way creating a well written, dark and ominous, though thought provoking tale.

Jenoff does an excellent job bringing you into this story. She brings the characters to life, and you can't help but let yourself be taken away.

This story has quite a bit of darkness, which portrays extremely well how life was for someone in these two women's situations during WWII. Jenoff's research adds to the darkness based on true events, which, for me, was very thought provoking. It is an intricate story of love and hate, resentment and acceptance, betrayal, fear, hope, and so much more . It is, by far, one of the best books that I have ever read.

I received this book through NetGalley, and received a copy from Harlequin for an honest review and all opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tome Tender: The Alan Black Legacy

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Review: Morning's Journey

Morning's Journey Morning's Journey by Kim Iverson Headlee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Morning's Journey by Kim Iverson Headlee is the second book in The Dragon's Dove Chronicles. After reading the first book in this series, I was excited to read Morning's Journey. I was a bit disappointed with the ending of this book. There are several situations in this story that weren't resolved. When there are only two books in a series, I feel things should be wrapped up in the second book. Other than that, Kim's writing is extremely good, it has a consistent pace, and the character development is great. But because of the lack of conclusions to some of the plights that were against some of the characters, I give this book three stars.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Dawnflight

Dawnflight Dawnflight by Kim Iverson Headlee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dawnflight by Kim Iverson Headlee is the first book in the The Dragon's Dove Chronicles. It's an Arthurian tale following the strong female lead known as Gyanhumara “Gyan” nic Hymar. She is betrothed to Urien map Dumarec, the son of Gyan's clan's enemy and Arthur's political rival. Before she is wed to Urien she meets Arthur map Uther, the Pendragon, who conquered her people in the war. Even though he conquered her clan she is taken with Arthur, and he is taken with Gyan, which causes strife between Arthur and Urien even more so than before she entered their lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It has a strong female protagonist who isn't afraid to speak her mind and isn't afraid to wield a sword. There is romance with just a tad of detail, which I could handle. The characters are well defined, and the world building is decent. There are vivid and exciting battles, and though there are religious undertones throughout the tale, it is a vital part in understanding some of the trials Gyan and Arthur had to face, and definitely added to my interest in their plight. I would recommend this book to anyone into Arthurian historical fiction.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review: Through the Wildwood

Through the Wildwood Through the Wildwood by M.R. Mathias
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I chose Through the Wildwood by M.R. Mathias for The Wildgoose Reading Challenge 2017 hosted by The Bookshelf Gargoyle. It's going toward Category One – “Wildness.” You can find out more about that here:

http://feeroberts64.blogspot.com/2016/12/wildgoose-reading-challenge-2017-hosted.html

When I purchased this book, I was so excited, but I soon found out that this book is like an extension of The Wardstone Trilogy, and I believe for me to get more out of this book I should start there.

Vanx Malic is a very interesting character, and this story has great battle scenes and very interesting world building. I will be checking out more work from Mathias.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Worthy of Song and Story

Worthy of Song and Story Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase is the first book of the Stian the Viking series. Twelve-year-old Stian wants to be the best viking ever. He wants to prove this by going on a raid with his father, but ends up being saved, but by whom he doesn't know. He is then captured by a dark elf named Dahlia, on her mother's command. Stian finds out his father isn't who he thought, and that Loki is his real father. Stian and Dahlia set off on a quest to free Stian's Loki from the prison that Odin has thrown him into.

This story is set in viking times, but the dialogue is in the present. Preteens will get a kick out of Stian and Dahlia's banter. This story has a bit of action and humor with a bit of feels thrown in.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review: Worthy of Song and Story

Worthy of Song and Story Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



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Review: The Lizard Queen Volume One

The Lizard Queen Volume One The Lizard Queen Volume One by H.L. Cherryholmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Lizard Queen by H.L. Cherryholmes is an intricate story comprised of three parts in the first volume. This Shrinking World, From the Ashes, and A Spectacular Lie. We follow Amy Darlidale as she mysteriously finds herself in another world. She is believed to be the one sent to fulfill a prophecy, but not all believe she is the one, and she finds herself in danger. With the help of the young companions who find her, she sets out to find out her role in the prophecy.

H.L. Cherryholmes does a fabulous job of creating an intricate fantasy world, and well developed characters that are completely believable. You become highly invested in these characters, and soon you find yourself whisked away into this fantastical world. The only problem I had with this book is that it is extremely detailed. A bit too detailed for my taste, but it is a well written novel.

I won this book in a giveaway, and received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.



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