Found this free on Kindle and thought it sounded cute. A silly yet adventurous little story not unlike one of my favorite romantic comedies French Kis...moreFound this free on Kindle and thought it sounded cute. A silly yet adventurous little story not unlike one of my favorite romantic comedies French Kiss. Enjoyed it more than I thought I would. (less)
Well, how to begin? I think I may have read this too soon after Finnikin of the Rock. Caught up in the excitement of the first book, I was anxious to...moreWell, how to begin? I think I may have read this too soon after Finnikin of the Rock. Caught up in the excitement of the first book, I was anxious to get my hands on the second and started reading it the same day. Froi of the Exiles was a good book. There were moments of brilliance. The kind of joy and pain that makes a reader feel the story instead of reading it. The characters were vivid and rewarding, but I don’t share the same fondness for them as I did for Finnikin and Isaboe. The story was very good, brutal, gripping, heartrending, and in the end, leaves you wanting more. I found myself more interested in the secondary characters, tie-ins from the previous book, than through the passages with the main characters. I loved hearing about everyone back in Lumatere. Without their involvement in the story I know I wouldn’t have liked it as much.
I am sure that this will be one of those books that the more I think on it, the more I will come to like it, but I must say that I didn’t care for it the same way. Finnikin of the Rock had me enraptured. I had camaraderie with the characters; I felt hope, passion, love for the land. It was, and I don’t take this word lightly, epic. Froi of the Exiles, on the other hand, was just a good story. That being said, I did enjoy it very much and of course book three comes out in a year. I’m hoping that since I’ll have that time to wait, when I read the conclusion I will appreciate it more. And now we wait… (less)
Sharon Shinn you're amazing! I love this story. I love everything about it. Each character had such a distinct personality, and felt so real to me, th...moreSharon Shinn you're amazing! I love this story. I love everything about it. Each character had such a distinct personality, and felt so real to me, that I wished they were my friends. Shinn has such instinct with relationships. Her talent to write about human nature moves me. I feel as if she has her own special magnifying glass, peering into the core of our souls, allowing her to write stories that warm our hearts. I read Angelica at a difficult time in my life, and had I not had this uplifting story to read, it would have been a dark time indeed. The entire book played out before me like a movie, with every detail in perfect clarity. I felt the sand in my toes and felt the fierce wind of the angel hold. The imagery was amazing, and as always I was awed by the culture Shinn created. A philosophy and religion entwined so deeply with music that it cannot be separated one from the other. I fell in love with the Endori tribes and their way of life. A love story if there ever was one, but it was so much more… (less)
I purchased this book on Amazon for .99¢, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much. Usually for that kind of deal, you usually get a quick read filled...moreI purchased this book on Amazon for .99¢, and to be honest I wasn’t expecting much. Usually for that kind of deal, you usually get a quick read filled with grammatical errors, misspellings, and shallow characters. I’m glad I was wrong. The first thing I noticed was how extensive the story is. Thanks to Kindle, I always know how far I am into the book, and if I’m going for an epic fantasy story, I prefer it to be a long one. The backstory doesn’t kick in until about mid-book, making me wonder what was going on. A rough and tough elf, hiding from a daunting past, is faced with what she fears the most. “Prince of Bryanae” was really an ambitious book. It had my attention from the first pages and kept it though dramatic twists and turns and almost horrifying passages. I’m pretty sure I laughed and cried a little. “Prince of Bryanae” is a fantasy adventure story about one strong woman, packed with battle sequences, drama, heroics, and even a little romance. Moreover, I believe it’s a story about prevailing over a brutal past and overcoming our greatest fears. (less)
I think I enjoyed “The Exiled Queen” more than I did “The Demon King.” Because the background was already established in the first book, Chima could j...moreI think I enjoyed “The Exiled Queen” more than I did “The Demon King.” Because the background was already established in the first book, Chima could just continue the story on without having to interject all the need-to-know information. The characters matured as this book progressed, which I really appreciated. I liked Raisa sooo much more in this time around. She really has moments in this book when she acts like a true queen. Also, training as a warrior, is pretty BA. Of course, what’s not to like about Han. The characters seem so real and relatable. Even the bad guys are well written. I just keep getting confused with the love story… Oh, she’s going to be with this guy: Just kidding. Well, he’s got it bad for, wait a minute, wrong chick... But I like it, keeps me guessing. Some story points and strange characters seem pretty vague, but I’m sure as the series continues they will be cleared up. The magic is great. The realm is great. I am seriously disappointed that the next book doesn’t come out for a year. (less)
I was desperately excited to get my hands on “The Gray Wolf Throne.” I bought it for my kindle the day it came out. I started to read. Then stopped. I...moreI was desperately excited to get my hands on “The Gray Wolf Throne.” I bought it for my kindle the day it came out. I started to read. Then stopped. I didn’t feel involved. It wasn’t as if I didn’t remember the previous book, but I was missing the details, the nuances… so I went back to “The Exiled Queen” and I still wasn’t comfortable. I ended up re-reading the first two books before at last returning to “The Gray Wolf Throne.” I just have to say that I am so glad I re-read the first two. I enjoyed the series sooo much more than I would have just picking up book three. I got reacquainted with the characters and the amazing world that Chima has created. The magic, the politics and the romance captured me once again as wrapped myself up the story. Within ten days I read all three books. Remarkably, I enjoyed this series more the second time.
“The Gray Wolf Throne” was great. There was a perfect blend of drama and action. All the stories finally come together in this book. The narratives of Raisa, Han, Dancer, and Amon finally intertwine in this novel. Love vs. duty. Wizards vs. Valefolk vs. The Clans. For me, the Gray Wolf Queens made the book. With at least one, if not two books still to come (and months and years away, I might add) I couldn’t help but ask myself: When book four comes out, will I have to re-read the series again? Once book three ended, I was left feeling empty, as if I had experienced a delicious romance, cut short, and now I’m not ready to date again. I wish I could have devoured them all at same time. (less)
Shopping on my new Kindle, I like to find cheap books. Woman of Honor was one such cheap book boasting an adventurous tale of love and honor. I’m not...moreShopping on my new Kindle, I like to find cheap books. Woman of Honor was one such cheap book boasting an adventurous tale of love and honor. I’m not so sure that it lived up to its synopsis. At many points I remember asking myself, why am I reading this... snooze.... Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing this book. It was pretty obvious that this was the author’s first book. It was written well, if a bit cheesy. My first complaint: They are seven year olds. In the book, these seven year olds speak and act as if they were thirty. I can understand that in a different time, children did have to grow up faster, but I think it was stretched a bit too far.
Second: The pacing. I hate it when books don’t have a good flow. Especially if you are following the story of a young girl from age seven to what, twenty-one? The pacing has to allow time periods to shift gracefully into each other. Many times I had to stop and back track because I realized that the characters had just aged four years. Aside from all that, I honestly did enjoy the story. It was original and a different take on a coming of age story. It was a bit bland and boring on the action side, but it carried a believable love story. I’m sure that once Zoltack gets a few more books under her belt, she’ll get the hang of it. I couldn't decide if it deserved 2 or 3 stars, so I'm going with 2 1/2 stars because I was interested enough to get the second book. (less)
I really enjoyed The Demon King. Using my new Kindle, I downloaded a free sample of the first chapter. The writing style was good and I knew that I wo...moreI really enjoyed The Demon King. Using my new Kindle, I downloaded a free sample of the first chapter. The writing style was good and I knew that I would enjoy reading it, so with one click I bought The Demon King on my kindle and went to town. I have to say that this story is definitely character driven. I am a fan of good character development, and I have often been accused of enjoying long boring material mainly because I love good character development. This almost had too much for me. I felt when I was reading it that I was climbing a huge hill. I could feel that the story kept building and building towards something great. I was 50% through the book before something happened, and somehow, I was ok with that. The story follows two very different characters that you feel are going to be connected in some way. I think it is a very good coming of age story in many ways. A young princess sees what the world is really like in the slums. It talks of cultural issues from people in different lands, and there is always the balance of power… Going to go click my kindle for book 2. :)(less)