Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Review: The Last Dragon Slayer

The Last Dragon Slayer The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley is the first book in the Deathsworn Arc series. Saul Karza is a wizard tasked with finding and killing a Noble Dragon. He is aided by two immigrants and a dwarf, but acquire the help of an elf and a dark elf along the way.

This story was good, but it could have used a bit of editing. I became invested in the characters as the story unfolded. It was a slow paced tale until the end, but overall a decent story.

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Review: Her Father's Fugitive Throne

Her Father's Fugitive Throne Her Father's Fugitive Throne by Brandon Barr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Her Father's Fugitive Throne by Brandon Barr is the third installment in the Song of the Worlds series.

This story picks up where the second book ends, and I have to say that I am hooked on Brandon's storytelling. It is by far one of the best series that I have ever read. I am so looking forward to more in this series!

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Review: The Bridge Beyond Her World

The Bridge Beyond Her World The Bridge Beyond Her World by Brandon Barr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Bridge Beyond Her World by Brandon Barr is the second installment of the Song of the Worlds series.

This story picks up where the first book ends. I was not expecting as much sci-fi elements, but it actually worked quite well within the story. Such excellent storytelling, Brandon has given me a new appreciation for genre mixing. This is such a well thought out and executed tale that, I have to say, it is one of the best stories I have ever read.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Her Dangerous Visions

Her Dangerous Visions Her Dangerous Visions by Brandon Barr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Her Dangerous Visions by Brandon Barr is the first book in the Song of the Worlds series. This is a story of two women from two different worlds. We follow each woman on their quest to find their true destiny. 

I loved the characters. They were so well fleshed out that I was drawn into their worlds. The world building is incredible. I found certain parts of this story to be disturbing, but it just added to the intrigue.

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Review: A Keeper's Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon

A Keeper's Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon A Keeper's Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by J.A. Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Keeper's Tale: The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by J.A. Andrews is a story about Tomkin Thornhewn, and his boredom with his role in life. He decides to seek out a dragon he heard tale of.

This is a wonderful story of courage and romance. I loved the way Andrews told this story. I was sucked in from the start. I'll definitely be reading more of her work.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Fill up: A short suspense thriller

Fill up: A short suspense thriller Fill up: A short suspense thriller by Jonathan Kent
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Fill up by Jonathan Kent is a short story about Sean having a run of bad luck. His car breaks down so his brother gives him one, but Sean and his eight year old daughter have to make the road trip to get it, which Sean's wife is not happy that he took their daughter along.

This story started out strong, but the ending just didn't go with the first part of the story. I found it too unbelievable.

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Review: The Destroyer

The Destroyer The Destroyer by Michael-Scott Earle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Destroyer by Michael-Scott Earle is the first book in the The Destroyer series. A war is being waged against the country of Nia, and Duchess Nadea and Scholar Paug are on a quest to find the one to save their country. Is he the one that will save them or is he the downfall of Nia?

I had trouble with this story for the first 25%. It was hard going, so I gave myself a week and tried it again. The pace picked up, but I had problems with the flashbacks. It took me a bit to realize if the flashbacks were actually happening or in the past. The female characters seem to all be the same. All alluring with wonderfully sculpted bodies which, for me, was a bit of a disappointment. I did like the main character and Paug, which is the only reason I picked the book back up. There were inconsistencies which, with an editor, would have been resolved. There was quite a bit of talk and references to sex, and actual sex encounters, which I did not care for. I passed through those pages swiftly. There was quite a bit of fighting and bloodshed. This is the perfect book for those looking for sex and bloody battles.

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Review: Land of Nod, The Artifact

Land of Nod, The Artifact Land of Nod, The Artifact by Gary Hoover
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Land of Nod, The Artifact by Gary Hoover is the first book in the Land of Nod trilogy. Ever since Jeff Browning's father mysteriously disappeared, Jeff's been having strange and terrifying dreams. When he's searching in his father's office for a necklace given to Jeff by his father, he finds a portal. Jeff's curiosity is piqued to the point of finding out where the portal leads, and if it's where he'll find answers leading to his father's whereabouts.

This was an imaginative story with strange creatures in a strange land. Jeff meets new people who are willing to help him; for his new friends believe Jeff to be the prophesied one. I felt this story was alright and is a great story for middle grade children.

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Review: The Truth about Jonah Sheppard

The Truth about Jonah Sheppard The Truth about Jonah Sheppard by Chris Stanchek
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Truth about Jonah Sheppard by Chris Stanchek is a story of Jonah Sheppard, a disfigured youth, and his move to a new city and the challenges he goes through.

This was an excellent story of courage and sacrifice. The characters were well fleshed out and the story held me. There were feelings of hopelessness, desire, love, betrayal, and the ending was not what I expected. It left me thinking of the challenges that people face when they've been through such traumas. This was a very touching story.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Review: Journey to Aviad

Journey to Aviad Journey to Aviad by Allison Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Journey to Aviad by Allison Reid is the first book in the Wind Rider Chronicles. We meet Elowyn, a bright and spirited young girl who loves spending most of her time outdoors away from her overbearing mother. When she stumbles upon what she believes to be a fight of some sort, telling by the tracks left in the ground, her life is forever changed.

I fell in love with Elowyn. Bright, headstrong, and wise of the ways of the woods and the life within it. She came to life right before my eyes. I fell into this story and didn't want to leave. The characters were well flesh out, and the world building exceptional. There were religious overtones throughout the book which worked perfectly within this story. I will definitely be reading more of Elowyn's journeys. This is a wonderful story for preteens and adults alike.


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