Kings, dragons, villains, and some mysterious sorcerres are what are scattered in Dragon Age, Volume 1. King Alistar is trying to recover his long-lost father , King Maric, has been imprisoned in , Velabanchel Prison, a seeming horrible place to be. He uncovers to his surprise that has been taken instead by Yavaneth a dragon witch. King Maric has agreed to be spirited away though much to the confusion of King Alistar. Through a last ditch effort enlists the help of Varric and Isabella. Varric a archer and guide. Isabella is on the other hand a skilled assassin it is assumed.
Something worth mentioning for Dragon Age, Volume 1 is the abundance of humor and ridiculousness whenever Varric is involved. Some of his comments are just hugely entertaining. Even so, its underlined by a certain serious tone from King Alistar who sees his mission as an important crusade. Not many joking around from him.
Dragon Age, Volume 1 so far sets up an interesting Fantasy world which we are still in the dark about thus far. The artwork has presence and favors the writing in good balance. Dragon Age, Volume 1 is for the type of people that like Dark Fantasy or elaborate quests in their graphic novels. Overall: Good read Comic/Graphic Novel (less)
Need to mention that as soon as The City's Son came into my notice had already formed high expectations for it. Mostly since there are times when a title's name gives an impression somewhat that they would be good reading. You know and sometimes hit the marks and other times you don't. The City's Son gave a fast impression of a novel of fascinating character.
With that in mind it turned out to be a novel with an entirely unique experience in reading. There are various encounters with personification in the passages that actually many novels today don't contain. Here's an example just too give you so you get a feel for it:
This is where her trail ends. Thrum-clatter-clatter, thrum-clatter-clatter … I can feel her vibration through the ground. A fox squirms out from behind a couple of steel bins and runs for the road, trailing stink. I let my breath stream out in a slow hiss. Thrum-clatter-clatter … The concrete shale on the ground starts to shift and a breeze picks up, spattering rain against my cheek. The burnt smell is emanating from the wall at the end of the alley, breathing out of the pores in the brick itself. A high-pitched wail fills the air: steel shrieking on steel like screaming horses. The clatter grows louder and the bins clang as they are shaken to the ground. I hear the ghost of a steam-whistle, her mournful, obsolete battle-cry, and I hunker down low. Light starts to bleed through the mortar ahead of me, outlining two glaring, full-beam eyes. I hear the clash of her wheels, stampeding towards me on a path of lighting. The scream rises out of my throat to greet her, cursing her by all of her names: Loco Motive, Bahngeist, Railwraith— —and as she roars out at me, I leap sideways and strike—
If that wasn't enough we get envirogated by a world much like our own but obviously with impressive amounts of another world at work is The City's Son with Filius-Fil who must defeat his mother's-Matera Viae's- greatest enemy named Reach (The Crane King) that stands for industrial's growing reach. The fight seems at length much like a Mission Impossible. Until, Fil meets Beth ,an unconventional girl in who gets drawn into view of the city and volunteers to help him in his mission. She finds his world magical and thrilling but soon catches on that it is much deadlier than anything else. It being deadly really makes itself more apparent when she encounters huge metallic spiders that usurp people's voices against your will sometimes. Another consequence is that Reach has taken Beth's friend Parva prisoner within its creations putting her new life with Fil at odds.
The story as you can now tell from [above] is impressively imaginative on its own which, by the way, have not entirely covered all. Even so, we still have one of the most captivating Fantasy characters still. Beth is truly a fun girl. She has all the amounts of personality to keep her interesting enough for readers. Fil is a swoon-making guy even if he has a slight grey tint to his skin since he's the boy with the city in his skin. And Reach a formidable opposing villain.
With the conclusion of The City's Son a lot of things ended well enough alone so wondering where Tom is going to be taking things from now on. Although authors always do find ways to continue their stories especially their series. The continuity have no fear on though. Tom Pollock has my faith. The Skyscraper Throne #2 would be one aiming to engage heartily in when it releases. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult (less)
It was an extreme pleasure and honor to be actually be part of the Overkill Online Book Tour especially considering had previously reviewed: Thrall by Steven L. Shrewsbury. So for those of you that were with me then and read the review know that encountered quite a equally wonderful and artsy Fantasy book.
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With Overkill, the legend of Gorias La Gaul lives on with another novel. Something you should know is that it takes place before the actual events of Thrall. Gorias La Gaul a huge legend from being one of the mightiest dragon slayers still very much has the appeal of grandeur as ever so be assured in this book, he's still constantly assaulted out of nowhere! Man, these pesky assassins and amateur warriors trying to kill an old man like Gorias. All just so they can gain popularity for slaying the legend. This time around Gorias has come to the home place of a Queen Garnet to help solve who is murdering high nobility men named castellans in her circle. Queen Garnet also wishes Gorias would search for one of her possible still living heirs since her sister with her son are trying to usurp the throne. Gorias relents for having quite the romantic past with the Queen. The Legend sets out on a search for Nykia the granddaughter of the Queen in pirate infested corners. Although what Gorias fears most is that Queen Garnet before his journey began revealed that the death of the castellans was by fire much like a dragon would spew out! Its quite fascinating for Steven to actually let us see more of how dragons are.
Oh, and should add that Gorias gets a lot of time with a few ladies: Princess Nykia turned pirate and Alena that is a voluptuous personal guard of the Queen. Alena is so much like Gorias in personality and then not so much.
Overkill was a skillfully fantasy write that had a lot to offer. Immersing characters and places. Steven Shrewsbury is a true Fantasy writer. Read Overkill for an excellent scheme of fighting scenes, various swooning lovers that surround a warrior legend, and the imaginative adventure any Fantasy reader craves. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Dragons
Contains: Blood and Gore Scenes, Sexually-Charged Scenes, Foul Language(less)
In Redheart, Kallon and Riza's deep inner wishes are granted and they can finally be together as dragons. So as Sela begins as a reader its a real wonder to find that Sela is the daughter of Kallon Redheart and Riza not Diantus but now Redheart! She's an artistic girl and very much like her mother wanting to look for her place in life. As the dragon-born daughter of Kallon and Riza she had an idea of what her life would be like: Eventually becoming a ruler of her father's dragon kingdom of The Leland Mountains until one day she transforms into a human not able to change back to her dragon form. Sela takes it extremely hard feeling that Kallon is ashamed of her now that she's human. Kallon sends her out to stay in human occupied land of . To adjust to life with humans now that she is one. Its not something easy for Sela considering she finds many people have poor respect toward dragons. When the province of Leland takes up a census on all the Leland maidens Orman Tistleby who's now Sela's uncle senses something fishy. Rather than risk Sela being discovered he figures they should return to the dragon dwelled , Mountain Gore, in Leland province. With her return Sela now more than ever feels her place is no longer just with the dragons and she must pursue her place in the world the same way her parents did in their time. When she leaves to pursue her destiny she discovers that the census was a total deception and a soldier named Bannon she recalls wants her to leave with him to attend Leland's province choosing of a maiden who shall marry Venur Vorham Ridess of Esra. Sela once there makes a new human friend named Gladdis in who at first seems indifferent to the endangerement of dragons but slowly sees that dragons are much like humans. While she believed at first with her upkeep she'd never attract the attention of the Venur her way of seeing things proves wrong and she's ambushed with a marriage she doesn't want. As Sela is stuck with no way out of Ridess Castle without attracting suspicion she starts to unravel there is a deep wave of secrets and planning going on behind everything.
Meanwhile Kallon believes that it was his own fault that Sela was left at risk as a human. Not knowing how his distance is affecting not only Sela but Riza his wife. He figures that the only real way to remove the danger his family will be in is to once and for all find Fordon Blackclaw and end his existence especially now when there are rumours of sightings of Blackclaw in dragon lands. In Redheart, Blackclaw escaped eventual capture and it plagues Kallon and his family with him possibly plotting which he very much is in Sela. For the majority of Sela, Kallon along with Riza journey on a mission to discover Blackclaw's whereabouts.
Since this is a Leland Dragon series novel we get multiple perspectives from some of the main characters in every given novel. In this one we get quite a few differing point of views that Jackie blended in Sela perfectly to keep a compelling story: Sela's which was a new character outlook , Kallon's , Riza's, Jastin's , Orman's , Drell's who we get to read into as being the son of Vaya Brownwing and Fordon Blackclaw who you would really get to see farther into in this book, Bannon's who is a young man that for some reason Sela seems to run into a lot , even Vorham's and Lacy Phelcher's point of view who actually featured in the first book, Redheart. She and Jastin seem to be up to their old , well , bickering and picking at each other which if you read is hilarious. For Jastin though in this novel its a real turning point since he finally comes face-to-face with all that anger he has had toward dragons for many years. Becomes something emotional and for readers who loved Redheart its something you wont want to miss in reading. All the new characters were interesting to get to know and again in this book we get this olden feel to the storytelling. The olden feel which you do want since its so Fantasy. In Sela, its an end of an era and a beginning of a new one for humans as well as dragons.
For a fan of this series Sela is not just an amazing novel its a continuation of a a fascinating young adult fantasy series that can also be for adults. Very recommended if for whatever reason you haven't reached it. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult(less)
Riza Diantus is an open-minded young woman compared to her fellow humans of her village of Cresvell. In these times dragons are becoming few and people are ignorant enough to hunt them for sport or plain fear. Riza has lived in the village of Cresvell all her life knowing how narrow-minded many of the villagers are that she's grown restless for something bigger or new to fill her life from what she obviouly suspects her life in Cresvell will be- ignorant. A life marrying a young man who wouldn't be capable of accepting her with the many questions she asks as a woman. The men expeting her to be quiet and subservient where she knows that life isn't something she wants at all. Riza decides to run away instead of staying where she will undoubtedly be put to marry a man by pressure if she stays in Cresvell. Just when Riza is out on her own she's viciously asssaulted by a group of men while traveling. In her darkest moments she knows there's no one to help her and she may in fact have made a horrible mistake leaving the comfort of the life she knew. To her relieve on this day Kallon Redheart a Red dragon who has run away from his responsibility comes by and saves her feeling the need to show though he's a dragon humans can paint a bad picture of them but they arent evil creatures. Kallon turns out to be a rather moody dragon than anyone would expect. Some of his issues could come from feeling he has such a legacy to live up to: his father having beeng a magnificent dragon ruler. Kallon though doesn't want it especially holding guilt and shame over his parents being mudered by a human dragon slayer. The same dragon slayer who seems taken with Riza as well when she leaves off into the human way of living. Jastin Armitage a dragon hater, hunter, slayer, and all-around destroyer of more often than not innocent dragons. Jastin holds a lot of hate for dragonkind since his family was murdered by a particular mysterious Gold dragon a long way back. He can be hard but also honorable which as a character is impressive to see. He often gets assisted b a rather crazy wizard named Layce who often teases him fo his serious and dark attitudes. Jastin seems both annoyed and amused by her most of the time. There is a deep sense in humor pieces during this time in the book that's good to read. Kallon really worries about Riza over her and Jastin yet his father's wizard , Orman Tistleby, warns him on many days that he needs to confront his destiny as the leader of The Dragon Council of The Leland Mountain Dragons. To him its something he really feels he can't afford to think about. So, while he hesitates a darkly viscous dragon by the name of Fordon Blackclaw grows stronger who's assisted by an even unsavory dragon named Fane Whitetail. With allies in Riza, Vaya Brownwing, Hale Brownwing, and Orman, Kallon may have a chance at thrimph. If he'd just allowed his friendships to guide him to the bigger picture of taking his place as a leader.
In Redheart for a reader that really loves fantasy or dragons this novel series that begins with this book should be a delicious treat in an otherwise same -old- same-old - palette. The narration is omniscient allowing for the readers to really see into all the darkest corners of the story as well as characters. This is a book that seeps into your mind and the stortelling is just wonderful very picturesque.
Riza and Kallon formed a bond that really surpasses species boundaries through mutual understanding that besides the fascinating fantasy curving movement of the story held quite the lovely message. A fantasy not to discount. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Dragons, Young Adult(less)
A while back had mentioned that Perilous Light was one of those novels that was highly anticipating. Once it finally arrived can happily mention is a read that devoured in about 11 hours. Needless to say in a day! It was one of those novels that hits you with an intense sensation to read through without stopping since you want to absorb it as soon as possible. The entire time in reading was held captivated which was helped by Aylssa's interesting and creative fantasy world building. Oh yeah there were some new characters and new relationships which were a wonder to read into. If you happened to have reached in reading Beckoning Light (The Afterglow Trilogy #1) by Alyssa Rose Ivy and found it to your liking then continue it with Perilous Light. Contains quite a few surprises that pop-up!
In the Afterglow Trilogy #2, Perilous Light , the story keeps on spinning again. Charlotte had to leave Calvin behind in Energo so its no secret Charlotte mourns him. Charlotte though has to hold her ground to make a point to Calvin she is the one to believe and not Blake. So if he doesn't she can't be at his side. Still their being apart is wearing on them both. While Kevin is begining to feel that basketball just doesn't carry the same appeal it used to be.
Kevin knows his real duty lies with protecting his sister Charlotte as her Guardian warrior. So when he gets ambushed by old Guardians of Charlotte's mother who happened to be an Essence too, it just makes Charlotte as well as Kevin realize they have to return to Energo to see what in the world is going on over there. Once there they see that Blake's number one goal at the moment is conquering lands and that his devious influence is going strong. Charlotte, Monty, Lawson: Henry's older brother, Liam, and James decide to split up to have a better chance at not only stopping but also to rescue Charlotte's mother which towards the end of Beckoning Light we learn is still alive but in a semi sedated state. Along the way, Charlotte discovers that her and Liam's spark a long time ago may have some influence over Liam's skilled archery and strength. Meanwhile, Kevin has to learn how to be a leader in front of others so he can have hope in obtaining help from other countries besides Energo to fight against Blake and his army. During their seperate journeys we get to see Charlotte and Kevin under pressure and try to handle themselves. We also get to see new places other than Energo. Some of which aren't stuck in the old days but choose to be modern and others with shapeshifters or some strange-looking beings. Fascinating to read since you really experience the develpment of Fantasy. All in all these were some of the main surprises that were interesting although there's still more in Perilous Light!
Perilous Light continues more secrets and danger only found in Fantasy that Fantasy fans who like their reads with romance should enjoy. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Shapeshifters(less)
Gorias La Gaul is a complete warrior legend in the world of Thrall. He is known best in Khaubnur but also in other lands as the man who has slayed dragons and lived! After so many years, La Gaul is just trying to relax and being here and there. When a mercenary calls him out. This woman can hardly guess the man she is so bothering is the man of legend himself. When he slays her he's captured by other mercenaries led by Lira Rhan. Rhan is a woman of power. After much introduction Lira Rhan reveals to Gorias that his help is needed in Khaubnur to stop who is ravaging the land with vampires. A man by the name of Lord Nosmada who is corrupting the land's youth. That isn't all that is troubling but savage barbarians are causing destruction as well. These two ill-intentioned forces are getting ready to battle it out. Nosmada's army led by General Tolin are fircely determined to end the barbarians and deliver what dark Nosmada wants. Through an interplay of tactics by all the characters alliances are forged and enemies are newly made. Just as Gorias believed it would be easy on his part to enter and slay those he must it proves harder. Deliverance Will Come in a raging death-struggle it seems. For many fantasy fans, Thrall, is a very fun diversion. All the characters can be counted on delivering their unique one-liners which are truly hilarious. All the characters are in each of their own way a pleasant contribution to Thrall. None is more interesting though than Lord Gorias La Gaul. As can be seen in the way he pensively speaks such as:
"Doesn't sound fair," Maddox muttered. "No one said it was supposed to be. Don't be a baby. Life is awful and one has to do the best one can." "Why would God be at such mischief?, Tommas said."Perhaps to see if his children deserve to survive in this world. Any man close to the earth will tell you that, at times , one has to fish or cut bait. Think on the theory this way: Hold your own baby in your hands and swear you would do anything for it, even die for it. The baby doesn't even know you by name, save for the sensation of your care. Yet you understand that it is a part of you, flesh and bone. You'll die for your children even if they reject you. That's how God is with us. Even if we give him the brush off, I wagger he's always there. Does patience have a limit? Sometimes I think it makes him mad he made us."
Steven Shrewsbury gives some very good use of pace movement with some equally vivid written fighting scenes. The fighting scenes are alive so much! For fantasy just perfect. Thrall can also be seen to possess an olden tone of feel with a humorous voice. Should you ever find yourself looking for a fantasy read to surely devour ,Thrall, should be your next stop at reading. Should be entertaining. If you have a taste for a fantasy series than Thrall is good to go. Actually leaves off with an opening for a sequel! Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Dragons, Wizards, Vampires
Contains: Blood and Gore Scenes, Sexually-Charged Scenes, Foul Language(less)
The daughter of a fairy queen and elfin prince who's charged with an amazing prophecy, Andraste, is a serious young warrior princess. In the first opening chapters we see Andraste and her upbeat cousin, Radiance, readying to attend a court party. Obviously its a social event to present everyone with the warrior princess. Andraste remains dispirited for the evening though being aware of the prophecy that mentions she will be the downfall of the Abutu empire run by evil vampire Empress Sarai and bring peace to the land of Nymphia, Latlan, and other mystical lands in Magick. Towards the middle of the party we see that some type of of serpent shapeshifters have been sent from the Abatu Empire by the command of Empress Sarai who is actually Andraste's aunt but its mentioned she has embraced dark magic guarded by some dieties trusted by the Magick inhabitants in the world of Andraste. Andraste with Radiance know that the time has come to fulfill the prophecy that was created by her mother, Queen Rhiannon of Lumounisia. The serpent shapeshifters are soon fended off with the help off a new friend of the court and the late queen's ambassador. Elvin who is known as the son of a ambitious conquering general who Andraste's mother died almost at the hands while she waged war as he tried to take Lumounisia.
Andraste, comes to know Elvin who for the most part is helping her with politics at court and to also help her fulfill the prophecy to bring down the Abutu Empire. Andraste doesn't believe him at all and we really see her struggle throughout the novel by being in his presence. Nonetheless, she has to fulfill her destiny and journey with Elvin as well as others to gain allies in the war against the Empress Sarai. Even with allies Andraste's fight almost proves impossible and the journey to triumph along the way will bring some rather shocking revelations about the prophecy of Fate's beloved.
Having never read a novel from the line of Hydra Publications wasn't sure what to expect in terms of a quality novel. Once got into Andraste found that the book had a beautiful cover and story that is entirely worthy of attention. Marissa Mills has a really diverse voice. Noticed that for Andraste she has a strong sense of duty but she's not always formal since she does have her own personalities. Oh and Radiance, she was an amazingly talkative duchess and cousin of Andraste. Her upbeat and really talkative personality you can find amusing or irritating at times. While Elvin is such a straitlaced half-siren who can ocassionaly be truly naive. You know the type that is overly caring of others and is too trusting. General Adair of Naeda who's a huge supporter of Elvin is rather interesting and Lady Clara who Elvin holds dear. We get to see a lot of struggles the characters go through but Andraste's perspective dominates the story most of all with fear but a strong look toward the prophecy about her. Mill's writing is something you can relate to well in fantasy really building a amazing magical world where evil comes in the the form of war that contains an intricate world of creatures and their cultures. Her voice as a writer is multi-faceted meaning that she can take up different character point of views within the story and they all seem different. While her writing as a whole is very addicting there's more that's admirable like the fighting scenes. They come alive in quality building.
Andraste in regard to its fantasy take is unique since there are fairies, elves, and ,yes, even unicorns present. There are mentions of the unicorn nation of Firelapsia and titles of unicorns such as Lead Stallion Sunfire and Chestnut. There's more still. Andraste leaves off with Elvin fighting some dark magic connected to a gem known as the Dark Elegem guarded by Oishea, Guardian of Dark Magic. A lot is at work in Andraste that Mills really did a fine job at. Hope to see more of Andraste, Elvin, Radiance, General Valiant, Chestnut, Sunfire, and Wildfire in hopefully future novels sonce there seemed to be a possibility for continuation. There is no doubt abou it, Andraste, is a very different fantasy novel that deserves a chance from any fantasy lover. The dialogue in Andraste will pull you in.
I'll start off first off with the fact that, I hadn't ever read any books beforehand by Maggie Stiefvater. Although, I had heard great things from blogs I frequent and on Goodreads.com about how really good her books are especially her "Wolves of Mercy Falls" trilogy. A while later I set out to buy her books in e-book form (electronic form) but never really got around to reading them. Then, while looking through one of my favorite book blogs- Dark Faerie Tales. I saw that there was a new book by Maggie Stiefvater soon to be released named " The Scorpio Races". My curiousity got the better of me finally so I just had to read "The Scorpio Races" since it wasn't going to be about vampires, werewolves, or zombies but something new and intriguing- dangerous magical water horses. Imagine anyone's surprise as you are placed in the mind of Sean Kendrick, returning champion of The Scorpio Races, as he instills into us a thought-provoking account of how water horses or capaice uisce where he lives in an island of Thisby can be the death of you at every turn. He knows all to well how his own father feared the sea and his water horse, Corr, who he is ultimately killed by. Sean leaves us with the thought "that he'll never be fearful like his father". As the years pass, Sean is adopted by a very wealthy man. He is also allowed to ride Corr in the Scorpio Races in the island.With Corr by his side he's managed to win several times. The story also moves from Sean to Kate Connoly's perspective with a more feminine outlook. Kate or rather she goes by "Puck" is far more emotional than the hardened Sean. While Sean is quiet and keeps all his thoughts to himself, Kate is different. Kate while being very decent and naive can also be very courageous when the situation requires it. She quickly learns that her oldest brother will be leaving Thisby. So in a moment of great impulse decides to enter The Scorpio Races. To Kate its a chance to stop him from leaving her and their family forever. Along, the way we see Kate and Sean struggle to know their real reasons for being in the races. The races throw these two together and they realize that there is more at stake than just winning. Of all the things, I loved about The Scorpio Races, the main thing is how well the different character perspectives were handled. You never get confused or exasperated by a change in character narration. It moves forward seamlessly. Lastly, love very much how the description of language is so very alive. It whispers and touches you while inviting you behind the action of the story. Maggie Stifvater's "The Scorpio Races" is something else entirely in Young Adult-Fantasy that is very hard to describe but you sure have to read.
Charlotte is the type of person that keeps to herself. This has led her to have no real social life in her life. Her older brother, Kevin, is going to college soon so he feels responsible for leaving her alone with a good life after he's gone. Charlotte soon finds it easy to do so. At her new school she meets a handsome new classmate named , James , a boy that loves showering her with cryptic answers.
He reveals to her another world that is called "Energo". A place much more colorful than your regular Amazon rainforest with interesting looking animals as well as people.The most intriguing to her happens to be a boy who goes by the name of Calvin, she first meets there. While there Charlotte discovers she's a sort of leader for the inhabitants of this magical place. Charlotte is an Essence, a human vessel for magic that must be protected from a danger. This same danger wiped out her mother an Essence too. That danger proves to be closer than she believed. In the end, what lured her to Energo in the first place will prove to be her family's and her own undoing.
Beckoning Light switches from Charlotte's point of view to her brother's, Kevin effortlessly. Readers will be thoroughly more engaged because of it. Charlotte is the type of heroine that grows into something that will amaze. While Kevin lends more of a guy touch to the story while he learns new things he never before could've guessed.
This is the kind of book that impresses many readers on the first few pages. We are taken into the mind of all the characters which allows us to see and feel them. The romance is by far the most intriguing. I'm actually anxious to already begin reading Book 2. Just to be absolutely sure this is the first in a trilogy everyone. Beckoning Light is an exciting, new fantasy trilogy that will leave any book lover ferociously glad they started reading. I know I was!
Overall: Amazing read! Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance Recommend Ages: 15 and Up (less)
In Breadcrumbs, Hazel, an eleven year-old girl journeys to the Snow Queen's home to save Jack her best friend that happens to be a boy. Yes, everyone keeps pointing out the strangeness of an eleven year-old girl like Hazel having a best friend as a boy but to Hazel he's the only one who truly understands her. She has a huge imagination and Jack appreciates that about her unlike other kids in her class at school that feel that Hazel is a bit too old for the creative way she sees the world. The other kids like to make fun of how she likes to explain the world which you can better see how she views it [below]:
"Her mom nodded from the doorway." It's amazing when you can see the patterns like that. Look at it. See the six sides? It's called hexagonal symmetry. A snowflake is made-" People were always doing this sort of thing to Hazel. Nobody could accept that she did not want to hear about gaseous balls and layers of atmosphere and refracted light and tiny building blocks of life. The truth of things was always much more mundane than what she could imagine and she did not understand why people always wanted to replace the marvelous things in her head with this miserable heap of you're -a-fifth-grader-now facts.
The relationship between Hazel and Jack (not sure how it connects to since haven't read. Do know that Breadcrumbs is very much another fairytale-like story with a more modern take.) is so tender. They understand each other reveling in each other's company. It changes when Jack gets some shard of looking glass embedded in his eye that makes him see Hazel as now unimportant. One day he just stops seeking her out. Hazel goes on her journey then to seek him out from the Snow Queen who has claimed him. Breadcrumbs is a read that has so much in reading enjoyment. The written lines within its pages come out to be beautiful with richness. By today's standards it'd be labeled a middle-grade book. For that it is a novel that is full of simplicity and , yes, complexity that makes it unique. And so readable. Anne Ursu with her novel, Breadcrumbs, has a strong voice that lures readers in. Her use of words is just plainly "admirable". Will open your heart with wonderment of clarity. For its true in the world things aren't always good and that's a huge theme throughout the novel that life isn't always easy (opened up with imaginative wonder) and that it can go unexpectedly for people.
"Most of the splinters that fell were as tiny as dust. But there were a few larger pieces as well. The biggest one was about the size of your hand. It fell near the woods and a woman picked it up and carried it with her. She dropped it when the wolves scared her, and it was picked up several days later by a girl who lived nearby. This girl did not need an enchanted mirror to show her that the world could be an ugly place, so to her it spoke the truth. She kept the mirror in her apron pocket, where it could be secret and safe. A boy got a splinter in his eye and his heart turned cold. Only two people noticed. One was a witch and she took him for her own. The other was his best friend. And she went after him in ill-considered shoes, brave, and completely unprepared."
Breadcrumbs delivers something that sure does satisfy and for that reason this is more than just a middle-grade book but a middle-grade book with a slice of life in its pages. In this novel for some reason Jack will never be the same. So much so that wonder, if he will recover. So it's a growing seedling at this point whether there will be more books to Breadcrumbs as in sequels to it. If so excited for that immensely! Overall: Touching read Genre: Fantasy, Middle-Grade
For This Review: *Book Copy Provided by the Goodreads.com Reviewer's Program*(less)
The story of unrequited love takes a new meaning in "The Taker". For Lanore ("Lanny") life close to childhood friend Jonathan St. Andrew is enchanting. Jonathan has an incredible charasmatic pull which Lanore can't help herself fall in love with. As Lanore matures into a woman she realizes that same love will allow her to to go to great extremes. Sadly, she also realizes that Jonathan isn't able to return her love. When tragedy strikes she's forced to leave the town of St. Andrew, Maine to Boston. Scared and alone she comes to meet Adair, a mysteriously seductive man, who gifts her with immortality. Going from the present through the past's many centuries with beautiful description makes it a very pleasant experience. It is in this way, we hear Lanore's story of an intense love, painful memories, and human nature that is left to the reader: to either forgive or forsake. The characters within The Taker contain remarkable beauty and immortality yet are never content. The most admirable of all the characters is Lanore with her fierce undying love for one man. The Taker not only has a beautiful amazingly rich storyline but its characters are by far the most complex. I've seen in a while. There is this evocative feel as well as sadness within the story that we can sympathize or at times even despise. A very, very emotional read that will leave you uplifted with its many lessons or shattered. For if your read "The Taker" you'll understand. It's just so richly detailed and beautiful. And, I'm happy to say I'm in love with The Taker! For This Review: *Book Copy Provided Through Goodreads First-reads Giveaway Program*
Into reading ,The Demon Lover, we are introduced to Cailleach McFay who has always been fascinated with mythology especially on the myth of demon lovers or better-known as incubus. A type of incorporeal stranger for a long time has visited her in her dreams giving her lately some of the most pleasureful, exciting sex ever. Having recently moved into a new home in Fairwick, New York and sees it is the best place to uncover the myth of The Demon Lover. Dahlia La-Motte a deceased novelist was in the past the occupanct, who had written pieces of writing suggesting a demon lover much like her own. While there she also notices something bewitching about the populace of her new home. They are most definitely not entirely human if at all. Picking up pace, Callie comes face to face with her Demon Lover realizing he has known her not in recent times but centuries. Known her when faeries existed and were very prevalent. Leaving her to come to terms with a deep betrayal from so very long ago.
The characters are very motive-driven which keeps things interesting throughout the novel. While there are those favorite characters there is also characters that just keep you guessing on what they really are bringing to the story keeping you right in suspense. The Demon Lover also has a delicious sensual tone to it that keeps you glued to your reading. The paranormal is given immense life that is perfect.
The Demon Lover is happily enough the first in a series. So expect more intrigue with mystery thrown in. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Supernatural, Reincarnation, Faeries, Demons, Witches (less)
Elves and redcaps abound in this fun fantasy read. Keelie Heartwood has had allergies to plants but soon finds that isn't all she has. The package comes with earth as a Tree Shepherdess powers. Keelie is a very funny and care-free girl. Readers can find her ordinary outing interesting as they soon turn magical. Characters are well-written and an all around friendly read.
Elves and redcaps abound in this fun fantasy read. Keelie Heartwood has had allergies to plants but soon finds that isn't all she has. The package comes with earth powers in being a Tree Shepherdess. Keelie is a very funny and care-free girl. Readers can find her ordinary outing interesting as they soon turn magical. Has more of a earth-friendly feel in keeling with its paranormal element which are elves. Characters are well-written and an all around friendly read. Felt myself become addicted to The Tree Shepherd's Daughter, Book 1, in the series. (less)
Jonathan Starling often feels his father, Alain Starling, is keeping secrets from him especially concerning his mother's disappearance. What he doesn't yet know is that his suspicions are right. Alain in the past was involved with a place under the wrong side of the streets of London. A place rightfully named Darkside. Mostly given the reason that its inhabitants are all of London's worst type of people who include murderers, thiefs, and various other types of monsters actually sometimes literally.
By chance of fate, Jonathan is stalked by a strange multi-color- haired girl by the name of Marianne with her helpers Hodge and Skeet. It becomes very apparent these two are from Darkside and obviously not the good guys. As Jonathan runs from this group he happens to find that Darkside has decent individuals in Raquella, a servant girl, and Carnegie , a rather agressive wolfman. There is hope that Jonathan might yet escape capture yet what Jonathan hardly knows is that another individual is hunting for him just as much as.
Have got to give it to, Tom Becker, his series Darkside which so far have read not only Darkside but also Lifeblood (Darkside: Book 2) is so awe-inducing. He writes with a calling that is so enigmatic of a dangerous but tempting London. In Darkside (Darkside: Book 1) we meet Jonathan our main protagonist and other main characters that are apparent will feature in later novels. They do since as mentioned before have reached Lifeblood (Darkside: Book 2) and some of the same characters are present along with some new faces. There is a lot of mystery with Darkside and the action just as eclipsing.
Can't believe that dont hear more mention of these books in the Darkside series since its Dark Fantasy but high caliber Dark Fantasy written beautifully. Not sure if it's perhaps that the reason that it's under Scholastic's publishing and someone might expect Young Adult or even little Children's reading but can pass for a good-quality reading for all ages. There are afte rall some adult characters that are in Darkside with a deep tug. Truly is beautiful Dark Fantasy to be discovered by any reader. Overall: Amazing read! Genre: Fantasy, Dark-Fantasy, Fiction, Vampires, Werewolves, Paranormal (less)