Heather Cashman has created a series that will satisfy the Fantasy and Dystopian lover in you! It did in me without doubt.
Here is the book summary: Y Heather Cashman has created a series that will satisfy the Fantasy and Dystopian lover in you! It did in me without doubt.
Here is the book summary: Your perception will sharpen once you see through a tiger's eyes. More than five hundred years after the apocalypse, the survivors of off-grid genetic experimentation have refined their mixed DNA to the point that humans and their animal counterparts share physical and mental links. Varying species have divided into districts, living in a tenuous peace under the President of Calem. Ardana and her tiger ingenium Rijan leave their life of exile and abuse in the Outskirts, setting out with their twin brothers to redeem themselves and become citizens of the Center. But shedding their past isn't as easy as they had hoped. When the system that shunned them becomes embroiled in political conflict and treachery, their unique abilities and experiences from the Outskirts make them invaluable to every faction. The runaways become pawns to friends as well as enemies, and with every step it becomes more difficult to tell which is which.
This book is smarter than your average YA and at first is a bit confusing. There is a lot of information to process at first but Heather Cashman rewards us for the effort. Soon into the story you begin to grasp this new world she has created, lush scenery and complex personalities that capture your mind as well as the over-all political climate that has developed in the five-hundred years since the genetic manipulation of their ancestors. The empathic link a brother and sister share with their tiger counterparts is a joy to experience. The journey these four have to make in order to secure a better future for themselves is made richer for it. Experiencing the environment through the eyes of human and tiger, brother and sister was a great addition to the story. In the person of Ardana, you learn of her struggle to avoid commitment of any kind outside of her tiger and brother. The abuse and neglect she suffered growing up in the outskirts have caused her to devote herself in the search for true freedom and any type of commitment to another would destroy that dream. Her brother Kade is all too aware of Ardana's struggle but has an issue all his own. Ardana believes Kade is destined to become a great leader in Calem but Kade does not believe he can be great. I think the underlying message of Perception is perception, (lol). How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? Which is real?
I think most readers will enjoy this book and I highly recommend it to lovers of Fantasy!...more
Book Summary:The Caldarian Conflict is a novel about a monk caught between a corrupt government and enraged pirates. Brother Mendell, follower of a goBook Summary:The Caldarian Conflict is a novel about a monk caught between a corrupt government and enraged pirates. Brother Mendell, follower of a god named Lord Justice, consoles a pirate prisoner slated for execution. As he listens to the pirate's story, Mendell begins to wonder whether the execution is just.
This question drives Mendell to uncover the mystery surrounding the military's methods of capturing pirates. However, Admiral Cain and his ruthless assistant Krell have more in mind than simply ridding the seas of piracy. With a mysterious backer funding their mission, they will stop at nothing short of total control. Will Mendell figure out the mystery in time?
What a FANTASTIC read!
Monk Mendell is asked by Father Ramsey to counsel a prisoner waiting to be hanged. The prisoner, an ex-pirate who uses information he has gained to lead active pirates to vulnerable targets, has not spoken to any of the clergy sent before Mendell. It is a common belief in this society that everyone should be given a chance to repent and/or reconcile their lives before death and as a monk whose chosen god out of several dieties is Lord Justice, he is not happy with this new directive. Afterall, justice has been done and the punishment for all pirates is death. Although not indifferent to the prisoner, Mendell does not encourage him to repent but listens to him instead. Giving the prisoner a choice of what he wants to speak about in his last hours causes the pirate to open up. What Mendell witnesses and hears causes him to question whether the pirate deserves death as his sentence and whether the military is using unethical practices in order to solve the crime problem. What follows is a mixture of adventure, fantasy and mystery. I loved the mash-up of genres in this story. Elements of a good old fashioned crime mystery mixed with an epic fantasy environment and a touch of magic. The person of Monk Mendell became one of my favorite characters of all time. An honest and strong man, compassionate and just with a likable personality that caused me to hang on his every word. Becoming caught up in a doomed mission while trying to understand the facts, he still offers hope and healing to those around them. Giving all involved the benefit of the doubt while seeking guidance from Father Ramsey and the gods.
This is a story about a gentle hero and his quest to bring justice where justice is due as well as mercy to those who need it. While discovering himself and his mission, he realizes that all is not what it seems and the lines between good and evil are blurred. I recommend this book to all lovers of fiction. I truly hope I will get to follow Monk Mendell on the rest of his journey. ...more
Mermaids! How cool is that? In a group of genres, (PNR,YA,Fantasy YA),normally inundated with Vamps, Werewolves, Demons, and Witches a Mermaid story wMermaids! How cool is that? In a group of genres, (PNR,YA,Fantasy YA),normally inundated with Vamps, Werewolves, Demons, and Witches a Mermaid story was refreshing!
Here is the book Summary: Something extraordinary is lurking in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Aptos, California. Just a few weeks after moving to the beach town, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive her increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might just be able to unlock the mystery of her past and learn how to appease the mysterious forces that seem to want something from her... and maybe even find true love along the way. Derrolyn Anderson knows exactly what young women want to read. Between the Land and Sea has a down to earth protagonist in Marina. Lovable secondary characters. A cute surfer, rich 'aunt', designer clothes and an exciting mystery.
I had fun losing myself in this story and remembering what my teenage years were like. Derrolyn's character's were very likable and her story well thought out.
I HIGHLY recommend this to lovers of YA but I also encourage older women like me to pick this up for a pick-me up!...more
I am a relative newcomer to YA. When I was considered a young adult I had already been reading heavily since age 9 and had jumped into hard3.5 Stars!
I am a relative newcomer to YA. When I was considered a young adult I had already been reading heavily since age 9 and had jumped into hard Sci Fi and Bodice Rippers. There just wasn't many books marketed for girls my age. As I began to read Alexis Donkin's YA story, I decided I was going to come at it from who I was at 16 and I had so much fun reading The Brother's!
Here is the book summary: Khloe Alwell is about to turn sixteen, find her first real friends, fall in love, learn every legend is true, discover her parents are living a lie, and one more thing. She's not human.
Moving from town to town with her mother who is absent six months out of the year and an mousy academic stepfather, Khloe Alwell never had time to make friends or fit in. Everything changes the September before her sixteenth birthday, when Khloe finds herself in a small New England town starting yet another new school. There she befriends three strange brothers who introduce her to a world where human myth and legend are fictionalized histories of an older more powerful race divided. Drawn to Khloe, the brothers and their childhood friends will help her uncover her parents' complicated past, come to terms with ugly truths that plague all people, as well as discover Khloe's true identity, abilities, and her importance in the world under the veil.
Dive into the first installment of Khloe's adventures in a hidden world where things are more than what they appear, and people are the same, no matter who they are.
Khloe is mature for a 15 year old. She has to be givin the lifestyle of her parents. She is smart and light hearted and attuned to nature. She is also very believable. When Khloe is warmly welcomed to her new school and new town by the Grech brothers, she is both scared and excited. Moving around so much all of her life has taught her that fostering friendships can be painful. However, the Grechs won't let her stay a loner. It's wonderful to watch Khloe blossom under the attention of the whole Grech family. Her once very small world is expanded and becomes fantasy-like. This was a pleasure to read. The lore of Seelie and Unseelie was interesting.
I highly recommend this story, it will be a hit in the YA world!
Jeremy Rodden has a gift! He sees eye-to-eye with young people. He doesn't talk down to them, he doesn't overwhelm them and yet despiteSo. Much. Fun.
Jeremy Rodden has a gift! He sees eye-to-eye with young people. He doesn't talk down to them, he doesn't overwhelm them and yet despite the high entertainment factor, there is valuable life lessons in his story.
Here is the book summary: Toonopolis is a cartoon city that is home to the thoughts and ideas of all sentient beings in the universe. As the center of the Tooniverse, it acts as an other-worldly rest stop for these creations. Gemini is a teenage human boy who is thrust into Toonopolis through his father's scientific research program. He loses part of himself in the process and immediately begins a quest to regain his lost memories with the help of his Tooniverse guide named Jimbob the Talking Eggplant.
After an altercation with a mysterious Shadowy Figure, Gemini's mission is changed, and he begins a new quest to defeat Shadowy Figure and protect Toonopolis from his nefarious destruction. Along the way, he meets new friends, discovers just how diverse and strange Toonopolis is, and learns lessons about compassion, forgiveness, redemption, and being true to oneself.
Think of all the fantasies you had as a kid. Did you have an imaginary friend? A monster under the bed? Did you dream up funny characters to entertain yourself? Well, I know where they are. Toonopolis, of course.
What an awesome and colorful world! What a lovable bunch of characters! Throw in the great adventure and subtle humor even an adult can laugh at and you have all of the necessary makings for an adult and child to enjoy together. As a bonus, Jeremy Rodden adds down to earth wisdom everyone can use!
This isn't written in a way as to alienate an adult who reads to their children at bedtime. Mr. Rodden cleverly used a writing style that all ages can relate to. I loved it and I recommend it to everyone! ...more
OK, I probably need to explain the 3.75 star rating. It's an odd number, true, but although I thoroughly enjoyed this story there was somet3.75 Stars!
OK, I probably need to explain the 3.75 star rating. It's an odd number, true, but although I thoroughly enjoyed this story there was something nagging at me while I read it. I finally figured out as I finished and my problem was I wanted a little more. A little more background into the hierarchy of gods, a little more depth into the characters and a little more World-building. Having said that, this novel did not disappoint me at all. I felt the premise was unique, the battles and type of magic used are very entertaining and I wanted more. Epic Fantasy of any kind should leave the reader wanting more, that is what defines them as Epic.
Here is the book summary: And so begins, TEARS OF RAGE a dark, epic fantasy about the power of faith and belief, where even though the gods can inspire these qualities in mortals, it is those same mortals that truly control the religions that form from any god’s divine inspiration. It is also a swashbuckling tale of political intrigue where men scheme against each other and the gods, and how friendship, loyalty, and faith can help people persevere through the darkest times.
M. Todd Gallowglas has an epically great story at his fingertips. I will read the second installment of First Chosen and I promise that most of you will love this fresh Fantasy. Those of us that read a lot of Epic Fantasy may want more as I described previous, but will still enjoy this novel as I did. ...more
I have read many Fantasy stories. Epics really, like ones written by George R. R. Martin, Terry Goodkind and N.K. Jemisin. I love Fantasy and always wI have read many Fantasy stories. Epics really, like ones written by George R. R. Martin, Terry Goodkind and N.K. Jemisin. I love Fantasy and always will but sometimes the long story lines can become complex and heavy. Politics, revenge, long chapters based on secondary characters and subtle back stories can distract from the main idea of the story. Good versus evil. In Legacies of Talimura: War of the Witch, Angel Haze has given her audience a chance to focus on good versus evil and the heroes that are born from the fight.
Here is the book Summary: Debonair, a witch from the Unspoken Lands, has meddled in the forbidden practice of magic and created an army of nightmarish proportions. When sixteen-year-old Astanyx and his two best friends return from a hunting trip to find their small town of Polca reduced to smoke and ash, they find themselves thrust into a battle for which they haven't been trained.
With the help of his comrades, including an esteemed warrior, one of the last great wizards and a princess they've sworn to protect, Astanyx must fight to unite the kingdoms of the humans, dwarves and elves. He must ask forbidden questions that no one wants to answer, questions about Talimura's dark history. As Debonair's brutal warriors lay siege to the kingdoms, Astanyx is driven to pursue a fateful quest for a blade powerful enough to defeat the malevolent witch before she destroys the three kingdoms and unleashes an unspeakable ancient evil.
There are many reasons I enjoyed this book so much. The characters were fantastic from the endearing Astanyx to the evil Debonair. Every character was well thought out with entertaining personalities and motives of their own. The World-building aspects were very good and surprising for a new author. The plot was not so cumbersome as to overwhelm the reader. I truly enjoyed losing myself in the story. Orcs, Dragons, Elves, Dwarves, Birdmen and more, this story has so much Win!
Writing Fantasy is not for the faint of heart. As a first time Fantasy writer, Angel Haze is a strong new voice and a refreshing addition to the genre!...more
Summary: Inside the heart of every warrior breathes the soul of a hero--even within The Heart of War.
Meet Ares God of War is the greatest3.5 Stars!
Summary: Inside the heart of every warrior breathes the soul of a hero--even within The Heart of War.
Meet Ares God of War is the greatest Warrior the world has ever known, he's also moody, grumpy, dominant, ravenously sexual,and above all, built like a Greek God.
Suspected of killing his Daughter in-Law, Psyche, and long in exile from Olympus, the solitude of Ares' island is interrupted when Magdalena MacLeod a brash and sometimes manipulative Fey washes up on Ares' island after believing she's been shipwrecked. There is no wreck and her memory of events is sketchy at best. Branded with a golden chastity belt bearing the mark of Cernunnos, Celtic God of the Forest and Death, Alena has been on the run from the Great Horned God for 200 years. As Ares and Alena grow closer discord erupts on the island as his head woman, Kat, plots to get rid of Alena and the Olympians plot to use her in their endeavor to discover who killed Artemis. Ares will have to choose between his Divinely Dysfunctional Family, his pride, and Alena before dueling to the death with the God of the Forest. Come along for an epic adventure of erotica, steamy romance, and drama in this Modern Day Greek Tragedy. Battle Ancient Gods and Fall in Love along side Ares God of War and Alena MacLeod. Theirs is a love that will rock the world from the heights of Olympus to the Celtic moors.
The storyline is unique, especially for a romantica-type book. Although there are somewhat explicit sex scenes I find it hard to call this an Erotica. Ares begins this story true to his nature as a misogynistic bastard that uses his women for sex only. They have few comforts on his island where he is living in exile. Although set in the 21st century, Ares prefers living without electricity. No big deal for a god, after all, he can conjure up whatever he wants. Sensing something odd on the island, he goes to the shore and finds a woman washed up from the sea. He thinks she is a hag because she has long silver-grey hair and decides he doesn't need her, might as well kill her. That is until he realizes there is no evidence of a ship wreck or any other means which she may have gotten to his island. This is a puzzle interesting enough for him to decide to take her in for a bit. Discovering a golden chastity belt on her intrigues him further. The relationship between Ares and this woman, Alena, goes from suspicion to love throughout the course of this tale. Alena's time spent in Africa helping children adds to her mystery as Ares discovers she is fey. The gods become involved and all hell breaks loose. The mythology in the story is very interesting. The story grabs you. I couldn't put it down. The only reason I didn't give it 4 stars was that there were several grammatical errors in the digital edition that distracted me. ( I do not claim to be able to write better.) I will warn that there is graphic violence and rape scenes. I found them to be shocking but true to the real nature of violence. This isn't a light-hearted romance, it is gritty. I highly recommend this read to fantasy and romance readers who like a little edginess....more
3.5 stars Part two in the Song of Ice and Fire Saga by George R.R. Martin, this was a bit tedious at times. There is a reason and I am glad I read it.3.5 stars Part two in the Song of Ice and Fire Saga by George R.R. Martin, this was a bit tedious at times. There is a reason and I am glad I read it. This installment focuses on set-up, build-up and background information. You get a bigger picture of the politics and families involved. You learn more of the secondary characters that are intrinsic to the whole story. This book is often maligned because it is not as fast moving and dynamic as the first but I say that this is a very important part of this series. I may not have been on the edge of my seat the whole time but I came out of this very close to the story and its players. I am in the Game of Thrones now. Don't despair though, there are big events in this one and a few surprises that raise the hair on your neck. GRRM is leading us into an epic battle. ...more
SciFi Fantasy Action/Adventure...with just a hint of a Super-Hero comic. Brilliant manipulation of time in a twisting plot-line that left me wanting SciFi Fantasy Action/Adventure...with just a hint of a Super-Hero comic. Brilliant manipulation of time in a twisting plot-line that left me wanting a sequel before I even finished it.
I loved this book and absorbed it in two days. Intelligent,sarcastic humor. It seemed like every other page at least 10 Kindle readers had high-lighted a laugh-out-loud passage. (If you read a digital reader like Kindle, you can enable the high-light function to see what other people found interesting.) I laughed while on the edge of my seat, gripping my Kindle and ignoring eveything else I planned on doing this weekend.
I'm not gonna tell you about this books plot. This story was unique and the best part was not knowing what was 'supposed' to happen while speed-reading to see what does happen.
p.s. Ping Bannon is the "hawtest" Chinese-Irish, blade-using, 20ish looking, 30 something Detective I've ever had the pleasure to read.
I wish I could cuddle between Roy and Dek on the couch and eat popcorn while watching Blade Runner.
I demand a sequel from Lee Doty...lol pretty please???? ...more