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by D. María Trimble

Published May 23rd 2012 by D. Maria Trimble

 

 

Summary:

When a hero emerges in the Kingdom of Teravinea, he often rises from the ranks of the dragon riders. In the past, only one female has fit the profile. Until now … Fifteen-year-old Amáne finds herself witness to the hatching of a dragon egg. The painful linking rite creates a bond between the two that cannot be broken. She and her dragon, Eshshah, become the only dragon and rider in a kingdom that once abounded with the beautiful creatures and their riders. Amáne and Eshshah are thrown into a conflict that they do not yet understand. One thing is for certain — the fate of the kingdom rests upon their shoulders…

 

 

Review:

I don’t normally read books in the fantasy realm, but when Ms. Trimble asked me to read and review her book, I read the synopsis and thought it sounded pretty interesting.  I have only read one other dragon rider book and that was many years ago, so reading Amáne of Teravinea was fresh and very interesting for me.  The story flowed nicely and the plot was well developed.  There were plot twists that I didn’t see coming, danger around every corner, strong and fierce characters, and a bit of romance mixed in; the perfect combination of action, adventure, and boy meets girl.

I rarely read a story where all the characters, at least the good guys, are likeable, but I felt a connection to all the main characters in this book.  The characters had depth, and as the story progressed and we learned more about them, the main characters became more developed.  I really enjoyed the character and plot twists and I can’t wait to learn more as this series develops.

Amáne is a wonderful character.  She is a great example/role model for girls.  She is strong, independent, fierce, powerful, intelligent, and wholesome.  She is not weak in any way, well, except for a bit when it comes to Ansel.  Amáne shows maturity beyond her years most of the time, though she does still have some growing up to do as she learns the intricacies of being a dragon rider.  Amáne has to deal with a lot in a very short time, the death of her mother, her painful bonding with Eshshah, moving away from her home to live with the Healer, friends turning out to be quite different from what she had always believed, secret missions, and her feelings for Ansel; and in my opinion, she does a superb job facing all these new challenges head on, though not always in the manner that her mentor would approve of.  I look forward to seeing Amáne grow up and develop as her story progresses.

Ansel is a very likable character, after you get to know him.  At first he is spoiled and condescending, though you get to see more of his true colors as he befriends Amáne.  We don’t know much about his background, but I am hoping to learn more about what makes him tick as the story progresses.  Will he make a good king?  Only time will tell.

The Healer is also one of the main characters in this book.  She is there for Amáne when her mother passes and has always been a friend to the family, but she holds a great secret, one that may rock the very foundation of her relationship with Amáne.

I highly recommend Amáne of Teravinea to anyone from middle school on through adult.  It is clean, no swearing, wholesome, no sex or almost sex scenes, has two strong, independent female characters, some cute guys, a bit of romance, and a ton of action.  This is a perfect book for teachers to recommend to their students, especially if they are fans of book series such as The Kane Chronicles.  Every middle school library should have a copy, or two, and every English teacher should have a copy on their reading shelf.

Amáne of Teravinea is a page turner.  Once you start, you won’t want to stop reading until you reach the final page, and then you will be counting the days until book two comes out, just as I am.

PS- The cover of this book is amazing- especially if you buy the paper copy.  There are also great maps in this book to help the reader get a feel for the lay of the land.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

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by Aimee Carter


Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin Teen

 

 

Summary:

For millennia we’ve caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimée Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness….

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal….

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another….

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others#151;but never knew true loss before….

Henry/Hades’s solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope.

 

 

Review:

This was almost more like a novella- or “extra book” to a series. It is not essential to reading the Goddess Test series, but if you were totally hooked after the first couple books and were craving more- this book is perfect.

Basically Ms. Carter goes thorough each of the main characters and gives you more background into their story, what makes them tick. She basically explains to readers the back story that was eluded to though out the first two novels that we were left to infer about, until this book.

There is mention of sex in a few of the stories, not romance novel graphic, but not just mentioned either. I am not sure there would be a way to write about Greek gods and goddesses without mentioning sex.

I highly recommend this book if you have read the previous books. It is super interesting and adds a lot to the series thus far. I would recommend you read this book after the second in the series so that you don’t ruin any of the plot twists in the main series by reading this first.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

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by Krystal Wade


Published July 4th 2012 by Curiosity Quills Press

 

 

Summary:

“Hello, Katriona.” Those two words spark fear in Katriona Wilde and give way to an unlikely partnership with Perth, the man she’s been traded to marry for a favor. Saving her true love and protector Arland, her family, and their soldiers keeps her motivated, but the at-odds duo soon realizes trust is something that comes and goes with each breath of Encardia’s rotting, stagnant air. The moment when concern for her missing sister spirals out of control, all thoughts of trust are pushed aside and she finds herself trapped by the daemon tricks Perth warned her of. However, rescuing those she loves is only half the problem. Kate still must get to Willow Falls, unite her clashing people, and form an army prepared to fight in order to defeat Darkness. When so many she’s grown fond of die along the journey, her ability to play by the gods’ rules is tested. How will she make allies when the world appears stacked against her? And will she still be Katriona Wilde, the girl with fire?

 

 

Review:
I loved this second installment of the Darkness Falls series. It was action packed and you learned a lot more about the characters and what their destiny is. Perth actually ended up being rather likable, though not quite as likable as Arland. Kate grew as a character and I loved seeing her magic grow stronger.

What can I say; Kate is a likable character, strong, fierce, and intelligent. She also has a soft side, especially when it comes to her sister and animals. Kate has to grown up quite a bit in this book, as she deals with many different conflicts as she attempts to figure out how to unite her people, form an army of her own, and also keep the peace between two races that are only loosely joined together, all while fulfilling her destiny, first of which involves her connecting and being with Arland, the one person she is both destined to be with, but also poses the biggest threat to the fragile peace between the races. Throughout most of the book she is trying to find a balance that both keeps the peace, but also allows her to continue her relationship with Arland.

OK, for those of you who might want to know, finally, there is a wonderfully awesome sex scene, one that I wholly approve of, but if I told you why, I’d be giving away an awesome part of the story, and I want you to experience it like I got to, so I won’t spoil it for you in this review.

Because of this sex scene, I would recommend this book more for adults, though it is not a super graphic scene. I highly recommend this book, but only after you have read the first one in the series or this one may not make sense. This was one of my top 10 books I have read recently, very good plot and character development. There are characters to love and characters to hate which makes for a great story with lots of suspense; the romance in this one is just an added bonus.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

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by Jeffe Kennedy


Published July 16th 2012 by Carina Press

 

 

Summary:

This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiance, I impulsively walked out of my life–and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price–my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils–including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

 

 

Review:

I am a bit iffy with this book. Normally I totally LOVE Carina Press books, but this one was more on the ok to not like level. I can’t say it was good, but I can’t say it was bad either. Basically, there was very little development of any of the characters in this story; it was more like a novella, or a short story in an anthology, than a novel. It was very superficial, even the plot was not very developed, or even really believable. I know it is a fantasy/paranormal romance and that it is totally a fiction story, but a well written fiction can make you feel like the events are real, at least while you are reading the story, this book did not do that for me. The events or scenes in this book also felt disconnected, I was really not invested in this story.

As for the characters, I didn’t feel any connection to them either. Gwynne did things that just seemed so out of her character that I couldn’t even believe that she would do the things she did, for example, how she got into fairy. Rogue, well, I am not sure I have ever disliked a male lead that I am supposed to like and fall for so much in my life. He had no redeeming qualities, at least that I could see. He just seemed like a total douche bag, except that he was hot.

I also hated the abuse scenes in this book. They were very disturbing. Ugh, just thinking about a good chunk of the book where she was sexually abused as part of a fair trade/punishment for something she didn’t even know she had done until after it happened (using her powers)- before she was given back to Rogue to be yet again abused by being forced to have a child with him, just disgusts me. The way she was “broken” was just disgusting and totally not needed. It went way beyond S&M. It was the kind of thing that if read about in the papers we would all be calling for the perpetrators to be severely punished, not rewarded, as they were in this book. I wish I had not had to recall those parts to even write this review, but, you, as a potential reader, need to know this. A big part of this book is EXTREMELY disturbing.

If there is a second book in this series, I might read it if I could get it for free, just to see if the author polishes up her writing style for her next book. I probably would not recommend this book, unless it was free, or like a $2.00 or less book. This is an adult only book, I would not allow my teenage child to read this, ever, under any circumstance, they might have nightmares, or think the events in this book sexually were acceptable.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com

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Rapture (Fallen #4)

 

 

by Lauren Kate

Published June 12th 2012

Summary:

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

Review:

I wanted to like this book, I wanted to love this book, I really did, but, I was extremely disappointed in this ending.  Really, I found very few redeeming qualities to this story, the only two I can think of is that there was a huge plot twist, one I never saw coming and well, that this series, that I kept wanting to get better, but never did, is finally over.

This book makes Daniel look like an even bigger jerk/misogynist/overprotective guy than any of the previous books did.  Luce is the worst female role model I have seen in a YA book in quite a while.  She is weak, whinny, annoying, and indecisive, doesn’t get much worse for a female lead that we are supposed to love and care about than Luce. Good characters, characters that we had grown to love, die to protect this special and sacred “love” that Luce and Daniel reportedly have, in my opinion, for no good reason.  I don’t see any reason or proof that they love each other, maybe lust, or maybe interest, but Luce just jumped from one bad relationship right into another, this relationship is far from an example of a healthy relationship.

Lastly, and in some ways the most annoying this about this book for me, was that God was a woman.  As those of you who have followed my reviews or have read my profile on my blog will know, I am a Christian, my husband is actually a priest, and I feel very strongly that God wants us to recognize Him as a male.  I am not sure why writers feel the need to make God a woman, like it somehow makes their story better or more revolutionary.  Well it doesn’t, it actually annoys me and makes me strongly dislike their works.  I did not expect this book to follow any Christian doctrine, but come on; this is an important fact in my book.

In conclusion, if you have read the previous books, you kind of need to read this one for the closure factor, but be warned, it really isn’t all that good.  It is violent, but I don’t recall any sex in it.  It is appropriate for teenagers, as far as I can remember.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

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