My, oh my.... oh my oh MY. Girl, you just keep getting better and better!
I've been following this author's writings for .... I've lost track of the yeMy, oh my.... oh my oh MY. Girl, you just keep getting better and better!
I've been following this author's writings for .... I've lost track of the years, I've never been good at the whole time thing. And recently it's been harder and harder for me to read an entire book (I've gone from reading four books a week, to two a week, to one a month to one every three or four months....) I hate to admit this, but I started reading Sabaska's Quest way back before X-mas, and I've JUST finished it. Not through any fault of the writing or book - just because I've been uber-busy with work, grandkids,more work and more work. But really - the few times I was able to sit down and focus on reading, I managed to go through chapters of this book. I did not want to put it down, and in fact I finished it the other night about five a.m., when I should have been sleeping. The lack of sleep was worth it.
And reading (and finally actually FINISHING a novel) made me very nostalgic for the days that I could wile away the hours just reading novels I enjoy....
so - Sabaska's Quest is the second in a series about horse-like beings called Travelers and their human (and not so human) partners fighting and surviving against a very wicked species.
This novel has science fiction elements (whether Julie meant this to be or not), fantasy elements, horses, kickass girl heroines, magic, betrayals, loyalty, new fragile relationships, and best of all....NO PAST ANGST! That's right - you read this right. The main character comes from a .....get this, LOVING family where she was NOT abused, and she still manages to be a cool main character who stands strong and fights for what's right! Not that there's anything wrong with the occasional sad beginnings, or dark past, but really - books with female main characters that have anything to do with fighting, magic, scifi,etc, tend to have way too much of the angst going on. It's become standard. I'm happy to say that Anna is a strong young woman from a balanced set of parents and they GET ALONG. This is very nice.
To get back to the story - In Sabaska's Tale, you meet Anna, who has a grandma that recently passed away, and though Anna is going through the normal grief of losing a loving grandma, it's all part of a good story set up. She inherits the ranch her grandma owned, horses and all.... and some of the same enemies. And she learns that Sabaska - her grandmother's favorite horse really isn't just a horse.....
In the first book, Anna was betrayed by young handsome man who she trusted and is captured by a group from another world (remember the SciFi element? there are many worlds in this series). She escapes and ends up back home. There is way more to the first book, but this review is about the second book. Sabaska's Quest takes up a bit after these events. Cahir (betraying lost love) has come back to get her - the Travelers need her help - only Anna doesn't believe anything he says. Only because Sabaska pushes for this, she follows Cahir into another grand adventure. But she's pissed. Very pissed, and lets him know it - she makes him work for her trust.
This time her best friend, Karen gets involved - and what follows is a series of close calls, not so close calls, escapes, rescues and finding inner strengths that the girls didn't know they were capable of. David the ghost makes a reappearance to help things along, and Anna must decide whether she trusts Cahir, wants to be part of this new life, or whether she should just stay home and finish school.
It's a great read, and as I said earlier, with each novel, J.A. Campbell shows that she is not the kind of writer that stagnates with her craft. No - she continues to improve, and even though each thing I read from her is a great read, with the next, the reading experience is even better.
If you haven't yet tried the Sabaska series, (Tales of the Travelers), get the first one - Sabaska's Tale, and this one and set yourself down for a reading treat. Hell, get her other series, while you're at it. The Clanless series about a teenage Vampire - a reluctant vampire who goes from high school to college learning about herself and being a vampire. Good stuff. :)
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I could steal away to read Sabaska's Quest and I'm looking forward to reading the third - a prequel to the Travelers' Tales. As well as anything else I can find that Campbell is writing. (even if it takes me a year to read! lol) Campbell is a prolific writer and writes about the Travelers, vampire teens, vampire hunting dogs, ghost busting dogs (and these are from THE DOGS' POINT OF VIEW), and dragons. I happen to know there are more subjects that she writes about - but these are what has been published so far. Keep your eyes open for J.A. Campbell. Good writer, great characters and very flexible subject matter. ...more
OMGosh. What a cute short story. Just enough to keep you a little tense, worrying about the little girl, but a good happy ending.
If I had never read aOMGosh. What a cute short story. Just enough to keep you a little tense, worrying about the little girl, but a good happy ending.
If I had never read a Genny book, this definitely would have had me hooked in. As a longtime Genny and Co. reader, I consider this a fun addition to the novels I've already read.
This takes place at the beginning of Genny's job at Spellcrackers.com. I believe the timing is before the first Genny novel. Genny has been sent to relocate some fairies from a daycare that caters to the children of parents who are anti-magic. But when Genny arrives at the job, more is going on then a simple fairy invasion. There's an extra flying object, and a special birthday cake. oops.
Again, Suzanne McLeod writes a fun story with a good mix of magic and a little tension. ...more
I enjoyed Honor's Knight quite a bit. I did get a little tired reading all the one million mentions of what her wonderful Parodoxian Armor was capableI enjoyed Honor's Knight quite a bit. I did get a little tired reading all the one million mentions of what her wonderful Parodoxian Armor was capable of, but it is an integral part of the story, so not sure that could even be avoided. I just get a little impatient at times reading. Just like when I'm watching My Five Wives and I see one of them whining about not getting a ring like the other wife, or one of them going on a bout having a baby (woman, there are already 24 kids in your family......grab one and hold him/her). I'm just getting older and a bit less patient.
I do like how stubborn and tough this woman character is. Devi just doesn't ever give up. which is good. You should never give up - not even at the bitter end. keep fighting. :)
In this second installment of Deviana Morris, mercenary - Devi is fighting some memory loss. Trying to figure out just what really happened, and why every time she even looks at Rupert, she's violently nauseated. Meanwhile, this thing keeps happening to her whenever she's royally pissed off. Her fingers and hand turns black, and it kills all these floating little bugs of light. there's a reason for all that, but it comes a little later.
But things go to hell in a handbasket quick - her memory comes slamming back, and now she knows more than she ever wanted to know about the "daughters", Rupert, Captain Caldwell, and a few other surprises. She also ends up being chased all over the universe, and has to decide whether or not to trust a certain man who's tried to cpature her.
Good story, interesting plot and lots of twists to keep you guessing "what the hell is going on?" :)...more
I just love a good SciFi novel, especially when there are gadgets and implants, wetware, soft ware, etc., along with a good strong intense female leadI just love a good SciFi novel, especially when there are gadgets and implants, wetware, soft ware, etc., along with a good strong intense female lead. I'm not crazy about the almost out of control temper on this particular woman, but she's not my best friend or family member, so it's all just part of a good story. Except in the place where I'm rolling my eyes because she's a little quick to lash out with her temper, when she's supposed to be a highly trained soldier....but - it's all story line. To be fair, I do find my self rolling my eyes at many random things lately - maybe I'm just cranky. ;)
In this book, Deviana - aka Devi - has signed on to a ship that is well known as an illfated ship to be on. She signs on to it, because she's too impatient to rise up the ranks and be noticed for an elite position in an elite kings' guard position. This position just about backfires on her.
She ends up almost dying a few times, has some adventures and falls for this cook who seems to be more than your average cook. In fact, everyone on this ship is a little more than appears.
I enjoyed the characters - except for the stereotypical almost sexist co-mercenary who has signed on at the same time. I would hope that by the time any civilization gets into space, and terraforms many planets that the usual male looking down on female coworkers would have been on the down swing; what with evolution, the fact that there are many females in the armies, etc. I would hate to think that we could possibly go thousands of years and still be dealing with males pulling the whole cock of the roost thing. But - then Devi wouldn't have been able to show off her macho state of being, her toughness, and her armor. (Wink)
Aside from that, I enjoyed the story along with the strange characters on the ship. I like the universe and other beings that Bach as written into the story. The backgrounds of each race are interesting - you have to read to appreciate....
Even the Doctor of the ship is of a being that are usually known to humans as a warring race, and Devi almost shoots the navigator before they are introduced. The doctor in fact, is one of my favorite characters.
There are some fun plot twists in this novel - one of three so far. (novels, not plot twists). There is a romance that is nipped almost before it starts, unrequited love, friendships where Devi never expected to find friendships, mysterious crew and captain, a ship raid or three that they barely survive, and some freaky deaky stuff that goes on.
I am looking forward to reading the next in the series - and according to some of the other reviews, book three is even more intense than the first two. wow....more