I was so excited to have won this book in a drawing from London Saint James! The tale of Peter Pan has long been a favorite and it is certainly a signI was so excited to have won this book in a drawing from London Saint James! The tale of Peter Pan has long been a favorite and it is certainly a significant part of childhood for many.
In this story, the author has brought the familiar tale into a contemporary urban fantasy setting. Peter is Petúr - a very-much-adult lost prince of the Fae who has forgotten who he is due to the politics of his homeland. Wendy is Wyndi - a young woman who is his fated mate, who lives in Oceanport. She's the daughter of Mr. Darlingheart - making her Wyndi Darlingheart. Tinkerbell is Bell - a bartender and one who is also from the land of the Fae and the one who knows the whole story and who can bring the Lost Prince and the Lost Boys back to a knowledge of who they are.
Though some aspects of this updating and rearranging of this classic story are perhaps a bit of a stretch, it is an engaging tale that envelops Fairyland, Neverland (that part was funny and particularly apt), and the powerful protection of a group of lost boys who are in fact handsome, engaging men with a purpose.
There are also Bad Guys. Scary, scary bad guys. Bad guys that Wyndi has to learn to fight even as she falls in love with Petúr.
The romance is hot, but moves with supernatural speed, in my opinion. I would have liked to have more build up to feelings and all that. THOUGH! I do enjoy a compelled relationship and predestined mates as much as the next girl.
This is apparently the first book in a series. I think I want to read more, because I want to get to know the Lost Boys - Dash, Vibe, Firefox, Tera, and Byte. No marbles were lost, but these guys are hot enough to melt glass, I'm thinking. ;-)
3.5 stars, rounded up to four for the purposes of the rating system. ...more
I adore Odd Thomas. A brilliant invention by Koontz, and I think that this little prequel was sweet.
I mean, you know, as sweet as it can get when OddI adore Odd Thomas. A brilliant invention by Koontz, and I think that this little prequel was sweet.
I mean, you know, as sweet as it can get when Odd and Stormy meet up with a recently-killed person who is begging for vengeance.
It's a messy story, like that, but utterly within Odd Thomas's purview. It's sweet to see Stormy alive, to see them together, to watch as they get the fortune that will define Odd's dreams for the rest of the series.
“I remember every step I took to find Jesus.” - Tabitha, Blood of a Stone
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Demetrios is a layered protagonist that the reader—though they mig = = =
“I remember every step I took to find Jesus.” - Tabitha, Blood of a Stone
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Demetrios is a layered protagonist that the reader—though they might wish to wash their hands of him and his choices early on in the book—is compelled to get to know intimately. In doing so, they might find echoes of their own lives and their own choices.
We come to meet this man in rather horrid circumstances. He’s a twin whose twin has died, and he himself can’t move so well due to a physical deformity. He is sold into slavery, abused, and—though taken under the wing of a careful and good-hearted elder servant—he takes matters into his own hands and thus shades his life for years to come.
The servant is a man named Elazar, who is Jewish. His faith plays a huge role in his life as the story begins, even to the point of creating a divide between himself and Demetrios. Still, Elazar does as much as he can for his fellow servant and, when Demetrios makes very poor choices, still protects and guides him. They even go into business together.
The journey that Demetrios takes in Blood of a Stone is long and painful. His heart throbs over the beauty and vulnerability of a young woman he is offered as a wife, but his impetuous choices once again make things hard for him and he loses her. He has courage, though, and he learns and grows to not just be cared for, but to learn to care for others, even more than his own life. And he hears about Jesus of Nazareth on his journey, and his feelings toward this teacher, this healer, change over the course of the story until even Demetrios cannot help but acknowledge Jesus’ power.
This is also a love story. Demetrios never forgets Tabitha, the girl he could have wed if not for the impetuosity of their youth. Their paths cross and finally join, and Tabitha has by then come to be a Christ-follower, who helps Demetrios and walks at his side.
Jeanne Lyet Gassman is a fantastic writer. I’ve been privileged to know her for more than a decade, and have benefited from her brilliance as well as enjoyed her words immensely. This, her debut novel, is rich in historical detail, landscape descriptions, and emotional journeys. She’s a gifted writer and I was so pleased to have been given a complimentary review copy of this book.
I recommend this for anyone who enjoys Biblical Era historical fiction, human drama, and journeys of faith....more
It's a hard go to write a trilogy. Each book has to have its own story, and there has to be a bigger story carried through all three books that concluIt's a hard go to write a trilogy. Each book has to have its own story, and there has to be a bigger story carried through all three books that concludes at the end. It's a balancing act. It's a tapestry. It's a perfectly-timed feast served to a large family.
In Bryan's dystopian world, the one that has developed since the Infection, people have had to learn to live in less sheltered ways. Necessity breeds blunt pragmatism.
"A pregnant woman doesn't need the stress and strain of lugging around bodies in this heat."
Because there had been a battle, you see, and the people of Colby, where Bryan has established her characters' home in this trilogy, are civilized and aren't going to leave death just lying around.
In fact, their society has brought to the fore examples of selflessness and insight that make books like this haunting reading.
"That's why I know ghosts are real, Not visible phantoms floating through a house and throwing stuff. But the ghosts in your mind. They haunt you. Sometimes forever, I guess." - Kaden
We ask ourselves, how does a young man come to think such things? How can he quote Beowulf over a cairn? But he can and he does.
Bryan shows a very natural pattern in this final book of her trilogy. There's conflict between those who want to Just Relax Already after the altercations and tragedies of the last book and those who want to Investigate Possible Future Problems to keep an eye on things.
Carly, Our Heroine, is one of the former while her husband, Justin, is firmly in the camp of the latter. This makes for a domestic tension in their home. Also in their home, though, is the playful amusement new parents will recognize as Carly and Justin try to angle for some alone time while there's a baby in house, a young man they've adopted into their family, and a slew of Colby-ites who need one or the other of them for something.
And, of course, Bryan keeps the balance. Because while this is happening, trouble is brewing. Names from the first book are coming back to engage themselves in our awareness. Carly gets in a dangerous circumstance.
I can't tell you the nature of that calamity, but I will say it totally works for me. This book has its own Big Bad and once again Our Hero and Heroine have to handle it.
Believe in Lissa Bryan's storytelling, though. She makes it work all the way to the last page.
Really, I'm sitting here working very hard NOT to tell you what happens. So go, read this trilogy. It's a blunt but hopeful adventure into a future I would rather never, ever see happen.
Thank you to The Writer's Coffee Shop for the complimentary copy to review!
It is really hard to find out that someone you care for cares for someone else. Kate has to confront this head-on and she does so in what is a Review:
It is really hard to find out that someone you care for cares for someone else. Kate has to confront this head-on and she does so in what is a most drastic way: endeavoring to interrupt a wedding.
That she succeeds in interrupting the wrong wedding is the impetus behind this short story.
I have to give Our Heroine props for courage and enthusiasm as she embarks upon this adventure. She is brave enough to pursue the man she loves, then is gutsy enough listen to a quick proposition from a man who seems like the answer to a much different problem - and she's willing to go along with it, showing a public smile to cover her private concerns and nerves.
Twists abound, however, even after Kate ties the knot (in Vegas!) with Our Hero, the wealthy Chad Leida. He kind of drags her from pillar to post, not always telling her what's happening as the news of their marriage hits the media. This was irksome. He does, though, settle down to a sincere sort of fellow and Kate can't help but find herself responding.
Which is all we need for a sweet "compelled romance" short story, right? But wait, there's more!
And...I can't really tell you what that more is without spoiling all the twists that author Brooke Williams has prepared for you. Sorry!
What I can say is this: I think that this story deserved more air time than it got, here. We get a glance at a romance in the making with Kate and Chad, a glance at a relationship that might have been with Kate's original love-object, Brian, and glimpses of some interesting secondary characters (like the in-laws!). Kate had a lot to do in this story and, as Chad does in the story itself, she drags us back and forth as she hits all the major plot points.
What is satisfying is that Brooke Williams doesn't leave us with a predictable story. She lets Kate explore the workings of her heart, and lets her experience highs and lows as consequences of her choices. We also have characters who aren't perfect - and I really appreciate imperfect people as protagonists. So I'm grateful to the author for giving them to us in this Cinderella-interrupted tale.
If you're looking for a sweet story this holiday season, an eStocking Stuffer perhaps, this does fit the bill. And perhaps you, like me, will want to read more of the author's work to follow her active imagination in a longer format!
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The opening to this adventure tale is terrific. Immediate action. In this series, that means the messy destruction of the undead. Zombies. There are nThe opening to this adventure tale is terrific. Immediate action. In this series, that means the messy destruction of the undead. Zombies. There are numerous other terms these creatures are referenced as - something that undoubtedly is better is explained in the first book - and Flacco shows a good deal of creativity as he shares them.
Using a more-or-less omniscient third person perspective, Flacco allows the reader to gain insight into a multitude of characters in limited ways. He also provides wry foreshadowing and moments of humor.
“Either he would put the dragger out of its misery or Ranger would die a victim of his own beloved truck’s anger. He couldn’t see himself dying because of a zombie attack, but he’d rather have his faithful truck eat him whole.”
A dragger, by the way, is one of the book's words for zombie.
“Once this is over, we should go out and grab a bite to eat.” “I don’t think there’ll be anything open. ”
Quite a sensible observation to be made when one is doing one's best to defend the world!
I was often reminded of Stephen King's work, such as in The Stand, while I got into this Alien Invasion. Flacco brings characters together from different points, with their own agendas and internal turmoils, together for a greater purpose. Also, characters do die in this book - it's for younger folks, but that doesn't mean a character's continued existence is assured.
Though the title indicates there is an alien invasion—and there is—this is still a zombie story, complete with constant attacks by the walking undead as well as government cover-ups and entirely human bad guys. Ranger and the teenagers he finds himself working with do their utmost to keep people safe from all that threatens them. Very heroic. All the way to the end.
I enjoyed the author's infusion of humor into a grisly landscape; for a reader like me, this was essential. The dialogue was good, too, and made me feel that Flacco knows his teens.
What I found harder to get through, though, was the heavy use of adjectives. They slowed down the pace of what could and should have been a faster action/adventure tale. There were other technical issues, too, but as my copy was an Advance Reader Copy, I know that it is likely improvements were still being made when it was compiled. I hope they're ironed out in the final edition.
Overall, a sturdy follow-up to Jack Flacco's first Ranger Martin story. If you like zombies and all the brain-eating, skin-sloughing fear they represent, you should consider checking out both of the Ranger Martin books.
The author provided me with a complimentary copy of his book for review. ...more
Wow. This book was a real education for me for I had little grasp of who Genghis Khan was, never mind his descendants, and I certainly wasn't aware ofWow. This book was a real education for me for I had little grasp of who Genghis Khan was, never mind his descendants, and I certainly wasn't aware of the extent of his influence into the modern world.
This book was an eye opener and I will undoubtedly find myself reading it again to further internalize the world as it was changed by Genghis Khan and his descendants. I was terribly saddened and angered as I read about how the reputations of the Mongol people were ruined by uncaring others, and how prejudice slaughtered so many - in their lives and in their own reputations. A devastating outcome to what had once seemed so shockingly strong.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the development of civilization in Eurasia and the Middle East, and for those who want to learn more about Temujin - the man who would be Genghis Khan....more
After my favorable experience with Christie's book And Then There Were None, I decided to try another one of her more famous stories.
I hadn't done soAfter my favorable experience with Christie's book And Then There Were None, I decided to try another one of her more famous stories.
I hadn't done so before because, honestly, the tale seemed so very contrived. And so it proved to be.
But it HAD to be, as one discovers when Poirot gave his final summation.
I believe that a good mystery writer has to approach the task as Vincent Bugliosi has stated he approached his court cases - one has to have the final summation created first, because it requires perfect preparation.
So is this case here. Hats of to Agatha Christie. Again. ...more