Duology Book Reviews: The Hawk of Stone Series, by Jessica Hernandez


Capering on Glass Bridges(The Hawk of Stone Book 1)

Capering on Glass Bridges (The Hawk of Stone Duology, Book 1)Capering on Glass Bridges by Jessica Hernandez

  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publication Date: August 21, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0149RPWX4

My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Book Review: The Book of Em: The Last Gatekeeper, by Richard Brant

The Book of Em: The Last GatekeeperThe Book of Em: The Last Gatekeeper by Richard Brant

  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Brant Publishing (June 6, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GPJPLTY
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    The Gemstone Chronicles Book 1: The Carnelian, by William Stuart

    The Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The CarnelianThe Gemstone Chronicles Book One: The Carnelian by William L. Stuart

  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Publisher: William L Stuart; 3 edition (August 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WV90JQ
  • My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

    Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Pottermore from J.K. Rowling; Special Rehearsal ed. edition (July 31, 2016)
    • Publication Date: July 31, 2016
    • Sold by: Pottermore
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01BMJWU4Q

     

     

    My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

     

    I read the play Harry Potter and the cursed child and I was immediately thrown back into the good old days at Hogwarts. Even as Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy have now become men and quite comfortable as friends. It is fun when you see the children heading off to school, being sorted and making friends. Continue reading “Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne”

    AudioBook Review: Awoken by Sarah Noffke

    Awoken (The Lucidites, #1)Awoken by Sarah Noffke
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    I listened to this on Audible as an audiobook and I also read along with the eBook. I finally put the book down and just finished listening to the Narrator.

    For a person that is supposed to be a savior, Roya Stark is kind of cranky and annoyingly enough, she whines a lot. The story was interesting and the descriptions are vivid and come to life in the telling. I just did not enjoy it as much as I hoped to.

    I get that she was immature and was given a huge task, but boy, was she vocal about it all.

    As this is not my typical genre I gave the writing the high score and will only say that it was not exactly my cup of tea. The protagonist is a 16 year old girl drowns as she sleeps and has premonitions at night. She is called to be part of a society, the Lucidites that needs her skills to combat Zhuang. Zhuang is their enemy and they have been watching over Roya all her life in secret. There was a lot of drama and even a romantic element in the book. It was action packed and fast paced.

    Saying that I will certainly give other books and stories a chance from Sarah Noffke. The writing is really well done. It was just uncomfortable for me to listen to and red her whining and complaining. I know she is only 16 so I should have cut her some slack. I just wasn’t able to.

    In review of the performance, I give that a 5. Elizabeth Klett has a great way with narrations. She was the thing that kept me going. In fact I will try to find more books narrated by her and listen. Her voice is pleasant and full of variety.

    The premise of this book is good, the writing is good, I just could not get into the story like I love doing. Other than the negative feelings I had for Roya, the book is good. I just wanted to love it more than I was able to. I seem to be the minority, so I accept that it was probably more me than Sarah Noffke.

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    Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

    A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    As I finished reading this second book in the series, I was bitterly reminded that it would be a year before I knew what would happen next. This second book was amazing with love, hate, conflict, and deviousness. Sometimes you think you know one thing and actually you know only one small bit of what is going on.

    Feyre is so complex. She has faced Amarantha and won while she became less enamoured with the prison she found herself living in. When she finds the opportunity to blossom she totally blooms. She finds that she did not like her prison of the perfect fairyland castle and the doldrum of painting and waiting to be included in anything that might stimulate her mind.

    When Rhys comes to her and takes her with him for the agreed upon time, it all turns amazing. Rhys shines as a wonderful, kind, considerate, harsh, noble, High Fae. He captured my heart and then with the banter, the joy, and the sexiness he captured Feyre’s.

    Rhys is not the fae that we expected under the mountain. He is so much more. I can not tell you how engaged I was throughout the entire book as Feyre and Rhys became closer and closer. Always learning, teaching, and sharing these deadly adventures with only the best intentions as a reason. The coming wars were looming and making things tense and strained and Feyre took it upon herself to learn to be the best part of their group as she could. She shined in her willingness to be a strong member of his court. Not a plaything and a pretty bauble in his court as she had been treated while in Tamlin’s Court of the Spring.

    I admit I liked Tamlin in the first book as he sheltered her and took care of her family in such an over the top manner. I started feeling that he was not quite the best person as he sat beside Amarantha and did nothing to sooth Feyre as she was tortured and tormented under the mountain. It hurt when he became obsessive and controlling. I liked the way Rhys treated Feyre while under the mountain. Rhys protected Feyre while Tamlin did nothing. He soothed her hurts and attended her wounds while Tamlin did nothing. I left book 1 not exactly liking Tamlin.

    This book repaired all that hurt. It repaired my somewhat bruised heart and brought in the big gun, Rhysand. Rhysand, the high Fae of the Nightmare court. The high Fae that showed Feyre what true kindness looked like. It looked like freedom, not a prison. He also showed her that she had it within her to be fierce, kind and heroic. Fayre thrived learning to fight, to become strong, to become a protector.

    This is a must read for anyone that loves a powerful story that features war, peace, love and hate. I can not wait until the next book comes out. I mean the stage has been set for the next book and I am ready for it now. Yes, only a week ago, I was an unbeliever in all things magic and Fae, now I am a convert.

    This is one of those books that hold on to you for a while after you finish it. I am still going over bits and pieces now that they all fall into place.

    Well written, with vivid images and wonderful conversations. There is humor interspersed with teasing banter. There is a group of friends that work together for good. Secretly working together for good and Feyre thrives in this environment. I have found myself crying at several scenes in this book with my heart wounded and broken for the people I was falling in love with. The characters all are amazingly well written so complex and so complete. Their personalities clear and unwavering. Now I wait for book 3.

    A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas is available in hardback, paperback, on Kindle and through Audible on Amazon
    A Court of Thorns and Roses book 1 is also available in those formats on Amazon

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    Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

    A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I have just finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I was floored by the depth of the story. The little hunter girl that did whatever it took to take care of her family. When she killed a lone wolf, she had no idea what she had done. Feyre the nineteen year old human was then whisked away by a large beast into a different world from her own. To pay the price for her murder.

    Feyre is held in this fairy manor with the shapeshifting Tamlin. She finds that even though she wants to escape and return to her family she finds herself accepting her fate and adjusting to her new life. With painting and lunches with Tamlin and Lucian to keep her occupied, she found herself drawn to the High Elf, Tamlin.

    Lucian is a great character, he is loyal to Tamlin and he is suspicious of Feyre. But he too has depths that only come to light slowly over time. I enjoyed their dinners together. I enjoyed their discourse over dinner.

    Tamlin protects her and keeps her in his lovely home even when things are confusing and scary for the brave strong girl. There are secrets and mysterious events that she doesn’t understand. Feyre is curious and keeps finding herself in situations and places where she does not understand.

    The writing was beautiful. I can visualize the fairies, their gardens, and their dark ceremonies. The beauty of Tamlin in his gold mask that can never be removed. The kingdom cursed by an unknown evil a blight on the entire world. A threat to the human world also. I pictured her life before in a hovel with sisters and a father that depended on her too much.

    When she is not privy to the truth of the blight and she sets out to find the missing population, her search turns her into a warrior again. Fayre the warrior, a person that will face magic, horror and fear with a brave face. I could not put this down. It is a huge book with so much action and detail. I have to admit this is my first book about High Elf, faeries, and shapeshifters. I loved it. It was more than I expected. There are challenges, riddles and terrible choices and consequences that are faced and wow, they are captivating. I was captivated by the entire book. The world Sarah J. Maas created drew me in with its beauty and intensity.

    There is a second book in this series and I am going to start it now. I am looking forward to seeing what happens to this world next. There are still some things I want to know. I am glad I tried this Fantasy genre. I found a lot to love about it.

    The first book in this series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is available in many formats. Available in hardback, paperback,Kindle Edition, and as an Audible Audioboook through Amazon

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    A-Z PE Challenge Day 5 (E)

    This challenge is to post a different blog daily starting with the letter  A going  all the way to  Z.

    Today we are celebrating the Exciting letter E!

    The Blog dejour is:

    Eye-Dancers

    On this official 5th day we are going to find out about the website named Eye-Dancers. The blog is all about the book, which is a Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel. That blog is centered on the book.  The name of the blog comes from the eBook and Paperback novel, Eye-Dancers. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo

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    Looks good, huh?  I like the cover. Today we are going to find out more about the  man behind the story. Please meet the  author, Michael S. Fedison. He likes to be called Mike, so from this point on, we will call him Mike. The great thing about Mike is that he is doing that very difficult task of writing a sequel right now.  Continuing the story of the 4 main characters in Eye-Dancers.

    The premise of the story sounds very interesting and promotes the idea of believing in possibilities, and friendship.

    But let’s get to know more about the man behind the books.  As stated, his name is Mike and his desire to write, and write well comes through so strongly in his blog. He also has a fun way of expressing his worries, doubts, and concerns over starting a new writing venture.  All writers have faced those fears and concerns. When he faces them he finds a sit-com from the fifties, or a recent dream, or even the morning greeting from a former co-worker to bring the emotions to light and address them. It is a real pleasure to read his bog entries.  It is enlighten in my own journey as a writer. It is healthy to see his beautifully sculpted blog entries that also help me over my insecurities.

    Take a look at his blog, I hope you can find the little jewels like I do. Here is one example:

    Even then, as a junior high student, I knew that, for me, writing was akin to breathing.  I couldn’t imagine a life without it.  But most of my stories as a kid were adventures, space explorations, without much depth or emotion.  I sensed I was arriving at a crossroads.  The way I felt lying there, the thoughts swirling in my head, the ideas and motivations abounding, I wanted so much to be able to convey it all in a story, through the power of the written word.

     

    Enjoy your special letter day today.  Mike @Eye-Dancers . Today is all about you!

     

    For those that may have noticed my little faux paux yesterday, I apologize. I missed that I did 2( D )days. That’s what happens when you know too many amazing D blogs. I will go with that excuse and not mention my sick dog, Arrow, or my “mental health” day yesterday.midis_crazy1

     


    About the A-Z PE challenge.

    This is a fun way to showcase blogs that you like and people that you want to know better.  Come join us on the 26 day challenge!

    This challenge was created by gapawa.

    He came up with the A-Z People Edition challenge and it is an awesome idea. If you want to join in the fun, then just join in.There is no set date or month. Just 26 days of your choosing.  Here is the link to the instructional blog you can visit

    Here is a Quote from his blog explaining his motivation for this fun challenge.

    ” This is the people edition!  So on the first day you find someone who’s screen name starts with A and you check out their blog.  The idea is that you read through some of their posts, introduce yourself and give them some feedback.  Then, write your post of the day and publish it, describing who the person is and your experience finding and interacting with them, what you thought of their posts.  What you came away with.  I think it could be fun:)”

    Book Review: Alchemist Gift by Mark Giglio

    Alchemist GiftAlchemist Gift by Mark Giglio
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    The first unusual thing about the story was,in the beginning there was the medieval story about an apple tree and the wood that would be used for burning witches. The scene was vivid and alive and I felt the terror and helplessness of young women that were accused and found guilty, even when they were faithful god fearing women. It brought home how hard life was for women back in the middle ages.

    The second unusual aspect was that the main modern character was not an alchemist at the start of the book. Roland Hughes was a modern day man, a career college student that relied heavily on his girlfriend, Liz Parker, for financial support.

    He was unhappy with the way things were going and could feel that something was wrong in the relationship. He did what I guess many people do, he found a reason to be unfaithful to Liz with a virtual stranger. Sure what he overheard sounded bad on the phone and so he acted bad in retaliation. Lila Thurston was a beautiful willing stranger, but a stranger none the less. I felt only distaste about her character. I do think of her again later in the book.

    Just as you are getting to know Roland better; the author takes us back to the middle ages. There we meet several families. The Andano family we follow for many years which allows us to understand the characters growth, pain and history. There we meet Marcella and her mother and father. Trust me there is a lot to learn about that family. At the same point in time we meet Rene Hermes and his beloved Bella. Rene and Bella’s story is beautiful written. Each chapter bring you deep within these families and you get to really know them.

    Once you are completely entwined in the past, you are taken back to the future where Roland has made some life altering decisions. He is finally on track. Perhaps.

    Once Roland is cast back in to the middle ages we are introduced to another cast of characters. Sofia and Rene we already know in a different capacity. Once you know these characters it is wonderful to see them again in their new situations.

    What this book is missing I can not tell you, there are secrets, mysteries, alchemy, time travel, love, bitterness, I would say it has it all. It is a wonderful book. These characters touched me in such a way, that I can’t explain without ruining the book.

    Mark Giglio has done magic with his wording, pacing and most of all sheer joy of his story. I desperately want to read more of his books and see if his other books are as full flavored as this one. Alchemist Gift is one book that I suggest you pick up and read. You will not be sorry.

    Just be prepared for a time twisting, witch burning and miracle laden joyride!

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    Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

    The Reflections of Queen Snow WhiteThe Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith
    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. I knew that it was going to be about Snow White, but I wasn’t sure what else could be said about her. I have seen the Disney movie and I have read the fairy tale. She is found by Prince Charming, then he kisses her, and then they get married. I knew the story backwards and forwards. Or so I thought.

    This story did not start with the Snow White as a beautiful baby, it started with her older, much older than that. This story starts out with Queen Snow White sad and heartbroken. The queen is beyond sad missing her prince Charming. She can no longer find solace in the places that they shared and the places where they were happiest. Their bed no longer is a sanctuary, it is cold and lonely. Her pain is beautifully written. You feel the abject loneliness that she feels.

    While Snow White is grieving she finds the famous magic mirror that her Step Mother was so fond of. the magic mirror takes her back through her real memories. The memories that are chock full of the emotions and honesty of the moment.

    The telling of this tale by David Meredith is so vivid. You realize exactly what had taken place in the castle after her Father’s death and while she is growing up in the care of her step mother. There is more events than we were privy to before.

    With each memory she is facing more and more internal demons. The reader can understand all of her decisions and her place in the kingdom. You might not agree with her, but you see her reason.

    The mirror could cause extreme pain, but it also brought clarity. Sometimes the mirror comes across as maniacally cruel, then at other times it seems that it is on a mission to help.

    Each chapter changes the way I feel about Snow White and the mirror. Until I am filled with Awe and genuine love for her. By the middle of the book you come to realize that Snow White and Charming did not live happily ever after, but oh my gosh they sure lived!

    I had to take a moment to compose myself before I wrote this because I was so emotional about the entire book. This story will live in my heart as an addendum to the fairy tale. I am going to get a copy for my daughters so that they can see what I found to be so beautiful in The Reflections of Queen Snow White.

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