I received an ebook ARC of this novel via Netgalley.
This is the description given by the publisher, "This terrifically taut and short novel is targeteI received an ebook ARC of this novel via Netgalley.
This is the description given by the publisher, "This terrifically taut and short novel is targeted for reluctant/struggling readers or kids with dyslexia. The interest level is aged 13 and up, while it is at a 3rd grade reading level."
I have included the above quote so that what I say here makes sense. The novel was definitely short at 100 pages. The novel does read with its basic sentences and light plot as if written for a younger age group. That was one of the reasons why I had trouble with the characters' ages (around 16 & up). It felt strange reading that the main character was in love with two different people because of the writing style.
As for plot, it is really, really basic. I was left, at the end of the story feeling a little let down. I hope that a second book is written to finish out the story.
Would I recommend this book for its target audience? The answer is yes. ...more
**spoiler alert** Disclaimer: I received this free uncorrected Ebook ARC copy of this novel via Innovative Online Tours as part of a blog tour.
There w**spoiler alert** Disclaimer: I received this free uncorrected Ebook ARC copy of this novel via Innovative Online Tours as part of a blog tour.
There will be spoilers so if you haven't read this book, and want to, don't read beyond this point of my review. Now, with all that being said, here is my review.
===================SPOILER ALERT BEYOND THIS POINT====================== When I first read the synopsis for this book I was intrigued. I've always been a huge fan of mythology, gods/goddesses, fairy tales and fables. I'm always on the look out for re-tellings of such types of stories so "Fire" caught my eye. I agreed to do a review and eagerly sat down to get started.
That's when my trouble with the book started. The book starts out nicely with Maya (our heroine) training at a dojo. From the get-go, Maya, came across to me as very whiny and unappreciative of a lot of things including her heritage, her parents and her friends. Whether this was intended by the author, I'm not sure, but that was just my perception of the character.
Speaking of characters, I have a complaint. They all fell flat for me. You know how your writing/English teacher would always fuss about making characters feel alive and/or relatable? I didn't feel that way. I got to the point where I didn't care one way or another about the characters.
The romance in the novel felt forced, unnatural and, a tiny bit unbelievable. I've heard, and known people that have love/hate relationships, but the attempt in this book fell flat and was stilted. And, when the author tried to introduce a love triangle, I cringed. My tolerance for any romance in the novel went out the door at that point.
I've talked about things that didn't work for me so let me take a moment and talk about what I thought were good ideas.
1) The Hindu gods/goddesses. I've not studied much of their mythology so learning about that particular pantheon of deities kept me reading to see where the plot was going.
2) The Hand of Kali/reincarnation concept. I liked the idea of Kali having a human avatar and one that had special abilities.
Which leads me to #3.
3) Pyrokinetic ability. I'm a sucker for anyone with X-men/mutant type/sci-fi style powers with pyrokinesis (ability to manipulate/control fire) being one of my favorites.
I hate not finishing books so I kept chugging along and it took me two months to finally finish this novel. There were so many moments when the book could have rose to the occasion...and didn't. I also think that there were too many half-started ideas that didn't get completed which bogged the story down.
I wanted this book to succeed and give me a chance to say it was worth the long time it took to read it, but the overall reading experience left me feeling unfulfilled, confused and a little bored.
Would I recommend this book? The answer is maybe. If a person is really into mythology and likes a bit of fantasy or paranormal romance and would like something different, then I would tell them to give this one a try. Would I read a sequel? I'm not sure....more
I think my reading preferences are narrowing toward shifter novels because my own shifter characters have been yammering at me to start work on theirI think my reading preferences are narrowing toward shifter novels because my own shifter characters have been yammering at me to start work on their novel.
Anyhow, I digress. I will do my best to keep this review spoiler free. Now, with that being said, let's chat, shall we?
It was the title that got me to pick this one up. I figured that if there was mates to be claimed it would be a very knock down, drag out fight for the male fighting for the female.
I won't tell you what happened in that regard, but, by the time I got to the end of this book, I was pleasantly surprised with the mix of shifters, Fae, magic and technology that I'm going to check out more in this shifters' series.
The romance and the heat index was off the chart, but I expected no less for shifters. I liked the main leads and their backstories which made them both completely relatable. Especially to someone who has to hide some of who they are to be able to fit in with everyone else.
I would recommend this book to others. Now, time to go find the next book and read it....more
Ok, I'm on a Dirk & Steele kick this month and that's okay. Though this book is in this series, the main characters are NOT members of the Dirk &aOk, I'm on a Dirk & Steele kick this month and that's okay. Though this book is in this series, the main characters are NOT members of the Dirk & Steele agency though their are some familiar Dirk & Steele operatives appearing throughout the book.
I won't say more because I hate spoilers and this book had so much going on that spoiling the plot would be easy to do.
If you like the Dirk & Steele series then I would recommend this book to you....more
One of the most popular video games in the world, The Wordwick Games, holds a contest to find the best gamers in the world. The prize? A chance to plaOne of the most popular video games in the world, The Wordwick Games, holds a contest to find the best gamers in the world. The prize? A chance to play a new game. Thus starts this quickly paced fantasy story that begins in our world and takes our young heroes to the land of Anachronia.
There are five main characters: Gemma the blonde English cheerleader; Sparks the sandy blonde quarterback from a Texas Ranch; Jack who is a nerd and very shy; Rio the mysterious boy from East L.A. and lastly, Kat who is petite, outspoken with a pixie look to her which she desperately tries to hide by dressing Goth.
The five teenagers are tasked with defeating a dragon and stopping a war (among other things) using the power of the ruler words.
What I liked most about this story is the fact that you can learn quite a few "big" words that are crucial to the survival of the main characters. It made me feel proud to be such a nerd and I enjoyed watching the characters trying to figure out the ruler words that would save them whenever they encountered sticky situations.
This story reminded me somewhat of the Chronicles of Narnia series (but not heavy on religious undertones and allegories) and would definitely be a good book to recommend to teens....more
This is another Dirk & Steele novel and I loved this one because I FINALLY get Eddie's backstory. What can I say but I love firestarters (blame thThis is another Dirk & Steele novel and I loved this one because I FINALLY get Eddie's backstory. What can I say but I love firestarters (blame that one on Stephen King).
The story is dark and in some spots caught me by surprise, which is a good thing. I didn't feel bored or lost with the plot, so the book is able to stand on its own without the reader having had to read other Dirk & Steele novels....more