Awakening Evarun is the first part in a seven part series. It tells the story of a man hiding on the streets trying to avoid the attention of the wizaAwakening Evarun is the first part in a seven part series. It tells the story of a man hiding on the streets trying to avoid the attention of the wizards who rule and their dragons. When he is noticed by their minions a young boy leads him to "safety" and beings to change his life dramatically.
This is the first book I have read the is broken into serialized portions and I don't think it works really well for me. The story just starts to get going and this chapter ends. I will say that I was starting to get interested in the story and I'm very curios to see where it goes, but I really dislike waiting for sequels and it seems like this series will have a lot of that. If the book is released at a single unit after all of the smaller sections are released I would be interested in picking that up. Overall 3.5 stars for the enjoyment of the story and the less enjoyable format of the release.
Journeys of Wonder, Volume 1 is an anthology of horror/thriller fiction by three authors. These stories lean more toward psychologically thrilling thaJourneys of Wonder, Volume 1 is an anthology of horror/thriller fiction by three authors. These stories lean more toward psychologically thrilling than what has become standard blood and guts horror. I'll admit that I am pretty unfamiliar with the genre in general so I can't really compare it to anything else, but it is a good quick read for fans, or people on the fence about the genre. These are well written stories that go by quickly and give you a good taste of what will be offered in the future editions. This collection is well worth the meager investment it takes to get your own copy.
The Academy Defenders tells the story of Lincoln Thomas, a 12 year old who just doesn't quite fit in. After getting into a fight at school he is sittiThe Academy Defenders tells the story of Lincoln Thomas, a 12 year old who just doesn't quite fit in. After getting into a fight at school he is sitting in the office when news comes that he has a family emergency and must go home immediately. Receiving the news that his grandfather has passed away begins his journey into a world that he can barely believe is possible.
His mother takes him into a secret room in their house and reveals that his family is part of the group known as the Guardians. This group has existed since Ancient Egypt protecting the people the deserve their protection. In order to allow them to their jobs they use special powers that give them an amazing range of abilities. Lincoln's journey starts when he manifests a power while his mother is in danger making it necessary for him to be trained at The Academy. Thanks to his new friends Lincoln is able to fit in at The Academy fairly quickly.
I really enjoyed this book immensely. A lot of the YA stuff I have been reading lately has ended disappointing me with either themes that I thought were a bit to adult for the intended audience or just a general weakness. This book did not have either issue. I really liked the characters and the way that Lincoln has a strong supporting cast. There are some comedic moments and there is even a bit of a developing relationship, but it is kept at a good level considering the characters are 12-13 years old.
If you are a fan of YA fantasy or have a child/niece/nephew/whatever who is pick up a copy of this book. It is not a decision that you will regret. ...more
Xannu - The Portal is the third book of Paul Dorset's Southern Lands saga. All of the characters from the previous books are back with some stepping uXannu - The Portal is the third book of Paul Dorset's Southern Lands saga. All of the characters from the previous books are back with some stepping up into larger roles and some fading away a bit. I was glad to see Joe re-emerge as a character as he is a favorite of mine. I won't get into the plot very much as I don't want to release any spoilers on the book. That being said I feel that this book lives up to the amount of build that took place in the second novel.
The story continues to build on an epic level as Matthius reveals himself as the Xannu and all the factions that want a piece of him plot to control him. While life in the Southern Lands is certainly getting more interesting for Teern, Terry is not having a picnic at home himself. In order to do what he can to help friends he is getting in trouble with his parents and finds himself in a situation that he has no idea how to handle.
The book has a wide open ending leaving me eager to see the next installment. Although I'm not a big fan of cliffhanger endings I respect them as a literary tool and Paul does it well. Once again I will be looking forward to the next chapter in this saga, hopefully it won't be too long of a wait.
Across the Mekong River follows the Hmong family on their turbulent journey from the newly Communist controlled Laos eventually leading them to CalifoAcross the Mekong River follows the Hmong family on their turbulent journey from the newly Communist controlled Laos eventually leading them to California. The viewpoint of the book switches between Nou Lee or Lisa, the main character, and her parents Pao and Yer.
Pao was a freedom fighter during the early stages of the conflict in Laos, fighting so his family's lifestyle can remain the same that it has always been. When the American's withdraw their support from the Special Forces in country the Communists come after them with a vengeance in order to remove any local resistance before it has a chance to organize. This begins a very difficult time in the life of their family as they must escape the country without being captured and killed.
This book appealed to me due to my interest in the conflicts that America was involved with during the time this book takes place. I have read many books about the American Special Forces and the jungle warfare that they were involved in, but this is the first one I've read that deals with the lives of the people who were forgotten in all of the conflict. I never really thought about the difficulties that the people who were forced to flee to a new country, trying to remain true to their roots while surviving in a land that doesn't understand them.
This book did an excellent job touching on the emotional journey of the various members of the family with the old guard trying to stay as true as possible to their roots and Lisa/Nou Lee trying to fit in at her school. I was a bit hesitant about this book since it's pretty far from the norm for me, but I find myself saying that a lot lately and always enjoying myself when I venture into new areas. This book will not disappoint anyone who wants to give it a shot and I highly recommend it....more
Blood Sword is the follow up novel to Flank Hawk in the First Civilization's Legacy series. The story picks up after the defeat of the Necromancer KinBlood Sword is the follow up novel to Flank Hawk in the First Civilization's Legacy series. The story picks up after the defeat of the Necromancer King with the forces of Fendra Jolain, Goddess of Healing, making a move. Flank Hawk has been assigned to the Grand Wizard Seelain, the Prince's fiance, as a personal bodyguard and it is a duty that he takes very seriously. There is also the issue of his secret healing powers. If it were known that he had any ability to manipulate healing energy he would have been turned over to the healers for full training with them, regardless of what he wants. With the conflict between the two kingdoms he really has no idea what will happen if his powers are revealed. To add another wrinkle to the situation his sister was taken by the healers years ago and he has no idea what has happened to her.
The one thing that I wish the book had was a greater involvement of Road Toad. He was one of my favorite's from the first book and while still involved, his part has been reduced quite a bit. The rest of the gang is still present including the always entertaining Lily. On the journey to retrieve the Blood Sword we are treated to a more in depth view of the Crusader society. Terry continues to write an excellent series filled with wonderful characters, exciting locations, and crazy battle scenes.
The Threat of Saint Flesh continues the story of Bathmal. After officially becoming a knight he decides to go back to his small town to show the peoplThe Threat of Saint Flesh continues the story of Bathmal. After officially becoming a knight he decides to go back to his small town to show the people that treated him so badly what he had become. Upon his arrival he finds the town abandoned with no sign of anyone including his mother. He begins to track down the people from his village and finds out how far his order of knights has fallen.
This book reads a little bit more mature than the first book in the series though I'd still say it's highschool appropriate. There are some more leads towards The Golden Griffin leading deeper into the series. Some things get revealed that really intrigue me about what is to come with the rest of the series. I'll be following along to see what becomes of Bathmal on his quest.
Enchantment by Thaisa Frank is a collection of short stories. As with any similar collection there are stories that stand out to me as more 3.5 stars
Enchantment by Thaisa Frank is a collection of short stories. As with any similar collection there are stories that stand out to me as more enjoyable than others, but this is a solid collection overall. A good portion of the stories take place in the world we are very familiar with, but with a hint of the fantastic mixed in. They also deal with a lot of strong emotions love, loneliness, and death are common themes. The stories within vary greatly in length giving a wide selection to choose from. This is a great book for people who are looking for thought provoking stories filled with powerful emotions....more
This review is based off of an ARC copy I received through the publisher for review. Also if you haven't read the first book this review could containThis review is based off of an ARC copy I received through the publisher for review. Also if you haven't read the first book this review could contain spoilers for you, so be warned.
This book is one that I have been looking forward to since I finished reading the first almost a year ago. Since I didn't reread the first book before diving into this one it did take me a couple of chapters to re-immerse myself into the world that Doug has created, but once I went under there was no coming back up.
The beginning of the book has some brutal turns as deals made in order to fight off the Teks are coming back to bite the Princess. The Gildonese King, Fice, has taken land that should not belong to him and is making a move to oust the rightful rulers of Epertase as well. His ability to sway the minds of those near him seems to be unnaturally potent even for one of his race. When those that are most trusted by Alina begin to turn against her she must reunite with Rasi in order to save her kingdom from the dominion of those who wish her nothing but harm.
Once again in his writing Doug manages to completely absorb the reader into a world of complex political machinations, violent combat sequences, and the struggle of normal people to survive. Rasi is a man whose life is defined by violence who wants nothing more than to become a peaceful farmer, taking care of his parents. His amazing abilities combined with the unique straps he bears however give him alone the ability to challenge King Fice with any hope of victory. Simcane has also returned using his special skills to aid Alina in her survival while her kingdom is taken from her.
Honestly this is a just a great series for fans on fantasy. ...more
Perfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion takes place in a world where the genetic code seems to be a plaything for scientists. Clones are not uncommon, evPerfection Unleashed by Jade Kerrion takes place in a world where the genetic code seems to be a plaything for scientists. Clones are not uncommon, even clones of historical figures. There are also mutant powers that humans have come to possess. There is even a genetically built perfect human named Galahad.
Danyael is a man who is an extremely powerful empath who works in a free clinic in a bad area. Filled with a guilt for what his power can do to people he is afraid to live up to his true potential. He also has a past that is full of secrets as he has no idea who his true parents are.
When Galahad is set loose from his home/lab/prison by a mercenary team that has been paid to get a sample of his perfect genetic code. They end up at the home of one of the richest men in the country who also happens to be Danyael's oldest friend. When Danyael and Galahad come face to face it opens a huge can of worms that will lead to a lot strife for the group.
I really liked this book. The special powers that people had reminded me a lot of the X-Men as well as some of the anti-mutant groups. Building off of that really allowed me to immerse myself into some of the scenes where there were conflict with the groups. The characters were also done very well. Danyael was a bit annoying at times with his attitude and distance from everyone, but the reasons are well explained and understandable. I also had issues with one of the mercenaries. Her attitude just real put me off, though again the reason is explained so it was more of a personality clash. I think that if an author can actually make me understand a character enough to have an issue with them it's a success.
This is a great book for anyone who enjoys stories that have a strong basis in science and a lot of action.
Ring of Destiny is a story about the small town of Reynald and the craziness that seems to occur there. Jared is a new kid in town and after an accideRing of Destiny is a story about the small town of Reynald and the craziness that seems to occur there. Jared is a new kid in town and after an accident in his last town takes away his ability to excel at sports he isn't really sure where he fits in the social standing. He is an ex-jock that can't play any sports and feels a bit self conscious about walking with a limp. This keeps him kind of on the outside of everything preventing him from really forming any good friendships. There is one other boy at the school who is even further outside the social spectrum than he himself though so Jared decides to approach him.
Jared soon learns that there is a lot of stuff going on in Reynald that can't be found elsewhere. There is a cult that protects the legacy of the town founder and seems strangely adamant that the rumors of him possessing supernatural artifacts are false. There is also a new girl in town who seems to be able to charm everyone she comes into contact with into doing whatever she wants.
I really enjoyed this story and I'm looking forward to more in the series. The characters are interesting and for the most part likable. There is a bit of mystery surrounding a good portion of them, but facts are slowly revealed as this story progresses and I imagine that trend will continue. At the end of the story there were still some things I was left wondering about, but I was totally happy with what had been revealed. I also enjoyed the paranormal aspect without an overwhelming romance aspect. There is a bit of relationship drama involved in the story though it doesn't take it over. I know the next book is in progress and I'm looking forward to it....more
One quick note before I get into the meat of my review, I received an early edition of this book before it had been seen by a professional editor (I hOne quick note before I get into the meat of my review, I received an early edition of this book before it had been seen by a professional editor (I have since received an edited copy but don't have time to reread the book in it's entirety). As such I will be reviewing on characters, story, etc, ignoring any of the editing issues I saw within.
Red Leaves was originally written as a screenplay with the goal of a CG production in mind. The cover shows off the skill that the characters can be rendered in and if it ever happens I will be eager to see it. The story follows the journey of a young man, who is terminally ill, seeking a cure for his condition. When his nurse takes him to find the mythical Red for a cure without his father's permission a journey with far reaching consequences is begun.
The characters were interesting, but an index would have been helpful at the beginning. I had trouble keeping the races straight at first, having to flip to the beginning to keep things straight. Honestly that is not an uncommon experience for me when starting a new series with original species. I really liked the young boy's father and his dedication to finding his son, the abilities he develops are also fantastic.
The whole story following the Token and the temple that can be reached using it has a ton of potential. The only issue is the sudden stop at the end of this book. There is obviously more to come, but there was very little resolution for the book. I really am not a fan of cliffhanger endings so that was a bit of a negative for me, but not something that deducts from the story overall. I believe the second book should be out soon and hopefully it will continue to keep the strength of the story going.
Born of Evil by Lee Reynoldson is a fairly quick read with a bit of a dark side. The story follows the flight of a man whose only goal in life has becBorn of Evil by Lee Reynoldson is a fairly quick read with a bit of a dark side. The story follows the flight of a man whose only goal in life has become revenge against the man who took everything from him, unfortunately that man also has a rather large army at his command. When his flight takes him far from home to a land of ice and snow where he finds something that may enable his vengeance.
I enjoyed this story. It had some pretty freaky twists to a fairly familiar storyline. I have read one other short story by the author he definitely has some talent. I'd be interested in seeing something a little longer from him in the future....more
First off I'll give a quick disclaimer, I don't care for professional wrestling at all. I watched it in the late 80's early 90's but since then it hasFirst off I'll give a quick disclaimer, I don't care for professional wrestling at all. I watched it in the late 80's early 90's but since then it hasn't held any interest for me. I got a copy of this book based on a review I saw on it on MMATorch.
This book gives a great look at the history of wrestling back in the days when some contests were real and there were a lot of promoters running their own smaller shows. Starting with the first big name pro wrestlers in the late 1800's the book takes a trip all the way through the days of Brock Lesnar having to leave the UFC due to his illness.
I found the stories of the old school wrestlers pretty incredible. While the winners and losers were mostly chosen through internal promotion politics there was always a chance your opponent wouldn't be happy to take a fall and would actually fight back for real. The days were men were fighting many times a day in carnivals, taking all challengers with survivors earning a cash prize.
All of those stories were interesting, but the book really drew me in with the stories of the pro wrestling in Japan. That was where I started to see more names that I recognized due to being an MMA fan. There is a lot of great info on a lot of the names that currently are spoken of on a regular basis. Sakuraba was especially cool to learn about for me.
If you currently follow MMA, were ever a fan of pro wrestling, or appreciate the stories of the men who pioneered popularity of some of the combat sports this is a great book for you. It will really bring into focus the fact that, while the outcomes are predetermined, there is nothing fake about the athleticism of the men who dedicate their lives to entertainment wrestling.
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley....more
The premise of Innocent Darkness had me very excited. The idea of mixing steampunk with the world of faeries is fantastic, and the book started out veThe premise of Innocent Darkness had me very excited. The idea of mixing steampunk with the world of faeries is fantastic, and the book started out very strongly . Unfortunately my interest in it faded a bit as the book progressed. Early in the story there was a lot of the technology that seems familiar in the steampunk genre. The deeper I got into the book though the more that faded and romance took over the story. While that is not a bad thing, it really does not work for me personally.
The characters weren't bad and Noli's neighbor was probably my favorite. The way the realm of the Fairie were linked was an interesting twist that added a unique level to the book. Overall there were a lot of positives to the book just not enough to overcome the romance angle for me. ...more
First off I'll say that I'm a big fan of Lindsay's work and have read everything else she has put out so far. That being said I read Encrypted as a biFirst off I'll say that I'm a big fan of Lindsay's work and have read everything else she has put out so far. That being said I read Encrypted as a bit of a prequel to the Emperor's Edge series as it does answer some questions that occur around the third book in that series. The reader is also treated to a view of Sicarius as a young man, which was pretty awesome actually. If I had no exposure to the rest of Lindsay's work this book would still be deserving of 4-4.5 stars. I just think there was a little bit more enjoyment to be had with the extra familiarity.
This is another book that mixes magic with steampunk. Following the adventures of a kidnapped code breaker who is being forced to translate a language no one has every seen before in order to give her enemies nation a great military advantage.
Once again the characters really shine in the books written by Ms. Buroker. She has a way of making her people jump off the page and into the imagination. The dialogue has the same feel as her other books with a good injection of humor into the interactions.
For maximum enjoyment check out the Emperor's Edge series before reading this book, but it still stands strong as a standalone. Well done once again....more