Bergren has successfully hoovered me into one of her worlds and joyously there is no escape! She has proved once again that she is a brilliant, seasonBergren has successfully hoovered me into one of her worlds and joyously there is no escape! She has proved once again that she is a brilliant, seasoned writer with an unmatched knack for creating memorable characters readers fall in love with. I was left thinking about Remnants: Season of Wonder long after I turned the final page.
"Adventure, excitement. A Jedi craves not these things." But guess what… readers do! Remnants: Season of Wonder had tons of adventure and excitement expertly woven into a creative fantasy/dystopian plotline that will keep you rifling through the pages to find out what happens next.
Who's a fan of romantic tension? Well Remnants delivers the romantic tension in spades! Our lovely main character, Andriana, is teamed up with her hunky Knight, Ronan. They have been training together since they were kids and to fall in love is forbidden. So what do they do… you guessed it! But, of course, they fight to stay apart for fear of what it might do to their team of Remnants journeying on their quest to save the world.
The wonderful blend of Christian mirroring and themes throughout this story heighted my enjoyment of the tale and I cannot wait to read the next installment in the Remnants series: Season of Fire.
Summary: Stan is a writer stuck in the web of Writer's Block. He's not the only one. His two critique partners are just as stuck as he is. Along comesSummary: Stan is a writer stuck in the web of Writer's Block. He's not the only one. His two critique partners are just as stuck as he is. Along comes a mousey little woman named Leila who seems to have some real inspiration for the three friends. With Leila's help things start to turn around and exciting deals are being made, but is Leila what she seems to be?
What I Liked: I cold totally put myself into this story! I think any writer could. We've all been there… Writer's Block! More than that though, I liked the characters in this novel. They were an interesting mix, but they were also very believable.
What I Wasn't Thrilled With: How long it took for the three speculative writers to grasp the fishiness of the situation. It took them way too long to piece together who was at the crux of their problems. As speculative authors they're well versed in things that "go bump in the night" so they should have picked up on what was happening. Although this bugged me, it certainly didn't take away from the story.
What I LOVED: I can't go into great detail about my favorite parts of this story without giving away spoilers. However, Mr. Warren does a fantastic job of bringing some serious fantasy into this interesting tale. It's a fresh twist on the genre and I really enjoyed it… especially the last part of the book starting at Chapter 25. ...more
Summary: Present-day Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to 1851 via a time machine in Cam Summary: Present-day Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to 1851 via a time machine in Cambridge. In this time, their great-great-(many times over)-grandfather, Prince Albert, is hosting Britain's Great Exhibition.
Alice learns that Edmund is planning to include something in the Exhibition that is YEARS before it's time, which could have dire consequences on the future. Alice also meets, and falls head-over-heels for Grayson Kentfield. Alice must figure out a way to stop her cousin, Edmund, and find a way to give her heart to a man from a different time.
What I Liked: The Steam Punk stuff. This is the first Steam Punk I've ever tried and I was really pleased with all of the wonderful things Burkhart concocted. In fact, there were moments I wasn't sure whether she invented something or if it actually existed back in the day! Plus, she did a great job of explaining how the Steam Punk power (coal) was effecting the environment and the people… nice touch.
What I Wasn't Thrilled With: I never really fell in love with any of the characters. I liked Alice and Edmund was cool, but I didn't feel myself deeply caring for them. However, I enjoyed the story so much that this didn't bother me too terribly as I read because I couldn't wait to discover what happened next.
What I LOVED: The cliffhanger ending! I can't say too much because I don't want to spoil anything. Let's just say I'm looking forward to checking out Book Two in this series! I also really loved the time travel stuff, particularly at the end. This genre has always been one of my favorites and Burkhart didn't disappoint with this novel. She did a great job of showing how time travel can have some serious consequences… not just on the people, but on time itself. Very cool! ...more
Summary: Tayte Bashan is the princess of Undea Island and she has been waiting for her prophesied prince. The King was supposed to send the prince forSummary: Tayte Bashan is the princess of Undea Island and she has been waiting for her prophesied prince. The King was supposed to send the prince for her to marry and to help her lead her people, but instead the King sends Athan, a tutor. At least Tayte thinks he's a tutor… actually Athan is the prince in disguise. However, Tayte is dismayed. She feels the tutor as been sent to fix things because she has not been a good ruler. Which, unfortunately, is true. The people of Undea have become lazy and distracted and they do not recognize Tayte's rule. Athan not only helps her gain the respect of her people, but he also introduces Tayte, and the people of Undea, to the King. In the processes of restoring the Island, and uncovering a plot to overthrow Tayte's rule, Tayte undeniably falls in love with Athan, and he with her. But Tayte must decide which path to take. Does she give in to her love for Athan or does she hold out for a greater love of the prince promised to her by the King?
What I Liked: The romance between Athan and Tayte. I thought this was very nicely developed throughout the course of the book. It was wonderfully aching toward the end when the Athan wanted nothing more than to tell Tayte that he was the prince, but he knew he must obey the King. Equally, heartbreaking was Tayte's love for Athan. She wanted so badly to be with him, but she knew she wanted to please the King by waiting for her prince. I also really liked the imagery and themes through the book. The King (God) sending out His adopted children to all corners of the world with the mission of teaching people about His good news. The King's timing being perfect and His ways being mysterious. How the King loves and desires a constant relationship with his people.
What I Wasn't Thrilled With: As much as I loved this story I thought it may have been a bit long. After the conflict on the island was resolved, it felt too long to get to the ultimate reveal of Athan as the prince. However, I still enjoyed the anticipation of the reveal. The only other thing that bothered me a little bit was the ease of the conversations with the King. Tayte just jumps right into talking to the King and understanding the King whereas most people who come to know the Lord struggle with this intimate relationship in the beginning of their walk. It may cause new Christians to feel discouraged that they can't find similar ease.
What I LOVED: I loved how Clover showed that even though a person is an adopted child of the King (God) they still have things they need to learn, they still have things that God is trying to work out of them or through them. Even the prince, who had been a child of the King for so long, had important things to learn from his journey as the tutor. Many of the things the characters learned were wonderful reminders for me. Athan's need to remember that the King was not just Lord, but a Daddy who loved him as a son. And Tayte's need to learn to fully trust the King no matter how wrong it feels at the time. Wonderful! This is a beautifully written tale. I would highly recommend it to any Christian fantasy lover. For more of my fantasy reviews go to: http://read4areadreviews.blogspot.com/...more
Summary: The Knights of Castello Oberon are bored. There's not much to do until the annual jousting competition and that doesn't occur for several moreSummary: The Knights of Castello Oberon are bored. There's not much to do until the annual jousting competition and that doesn't occur for several more months. Their practices are lack luster at best due to the monotony. Finally, one Knight has the brilliant idea to have a horse competition. They get permission from Lord Oberon and soon their boredom turns to excitement and preparation.
However, there was one flaw to their preparation… they left the competition open to anyone. When a young maiden signs up to participate, a Knight named Horatio is more than perturbed, but Lord Oberon allows this maiden, Catalina, to enter. The Knights of Castello Oberon are about to find out that training a horse isn't about strength of hand, but strength of respect.
What I Liked: Although True Equitation isn't in my genre of choice, I'm glad I picked up this lovely short-story. Caitlyn Santi's writing career is off to a fine start. I liked the point Caitlyn was making with this tale: respect and friendship will beat out a cruelty any day! Caitlyn's idea to take horse dressage competition, which no one knows exactly how it started, and create a fun, fictional history for it is smart and enjoyable.
What Could Be Improved: Honestly I think this story was too short! I wanted to get to know these characters better. Caitlyn introduced us to many Knights right off the bat and I had a difficult time keeping them all straight. I think if she would have described the Knights and given some back story for them, I would have been able to familiarize with them. I also wanted more description of the horse competition. I think Caitlyn wrote it as someone who knows dressage competitions well, but her readers probably don't.
What I LOVED: Our heroine, Catalina! I will always love a gutsy girl who's not afraid to show up the boys! I also loved Caitlyn's description of Catalina's feelings right when she's about to ride… this was truly a glimpse of how good Caitlyn Santi will be at writing as she matures! I can see True Equitation being a snippet from a much bigger tale. I would LOVE it if Caitlyn expand this story and these characters. There's a great adventure in here and I believe Caitlyn Santi will flesh it out someday. ...more
Thank goodness! I was so happy to find out that Meri and Jakob’s story continued! It was like reuniting with old friends. Shawna K. Williams’ abilityThank goodness! I was so happy to find out that Meri and Jakob’s story continued! It was like reuniting with old friends. Shawna K. Williams’ ability to create believable characters makes me genuinely concerned for their well-being. Unlike “traditional” Christian novels, this story is real, showing that Christians struggle with sin and, on occasion, actually do sin. It’s through the power and love and grace of Christ that we are able to overcome. “Traditional” Christian stories suggest that Christians simply do not sin, which is quite simply a fallacy. If this were true we wouldn’t need Christ! Thank you Ms. Williams for creating a story and characters that this flawed Christian can believe in. Be warned though, at the end of In All Things you might find yourself a little weepy because you realize that you will miss Meri and Jakob!
Refreshing! I am NOT a fan of "traditional" Christian Romance/Christian Fiction. Christians sin and Christians struggle with sin, otherwise we wouldn’Refreshing! I am NOT a fan of "traditional" Christian Romance/Christian Fiction. Christians sin and Christians struggle with sin, otherwise we wouldn’t need Christ. "Traditional" Christian novels suggest that all Christians are perfect and that is simply not true. Shawna K. Williams is adventurous enough to explore the fact that Christians sin in her compelling tale about a couple who, quite simply, should not fall in love. I felt as if I became intimately involved with Meri and Jakob due to Ms. Williams ability to create believable characters. A truly enjoyable read!