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History of the Void Garden: The Princess of the Infinite. #bookreview

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Histories of the Void Garden: Princess of the Infinite is the sequel to Histories of the Void Garden: Pyre of Dreams.  I thought that I would enjoy this book more than I actually did. There are so many questions left unanswered: Why Stephanie had special powers or what she was capable of doing? Is the waitress special? Why can’t I stay awake while reading books anymore?

This book introduced a few new characters. Normally, I wouldn’t mind but I felt like there was too much going on with several storylines.

At the end of the book, I still didn’t know what was going on at all. The ending left it open for a third book in the series.

So this book has potential but I think all of the characters and their purpose can get confusing. The story could have been written from the perspective of Stephanie, the Princess of the Infinite, and it would have been almost perfect. She is such an interesting character. I’m not sure about Sam Cushing . He’s kind of a douchebag and not especially interesting to me.

In my opinion, it’s called Princess of the Infinite and more should be written about her instead of making more characters that are not as captivating.

I think I gave the book 3 stars on Amazon. If you’re interested in reading the book, you can also find the book on Amazon.

Histories of the Void Garden: Princess of the Infinite

 

*I received a free ebook in exchange for doing a review.

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The Taste of Air: #bookreview

 

Can you imagine finding out that your mother has another life that you didn’t know anything about at all?

If you’re looking for a good book about secrets, dealing with life and family, a good  choice would be “Taste of Air” by Gail Cleare.

So Nell travels to take care of her mother, who is in the hospital in a different state. Her mother isn’t supposed to be in a different state. She’s supposed to be living at an assisted living community.

It is the first of many secrets that Nell and her sister, Bridget, uncover.

I liked the main characters, Nell and Bridget. The neighbor guy seems a little weird. He has some secrets too.

This book made me think about the sacrifices that spouses make in order to make other people happy. Nell’s mother, Mary, made some huge sacrifices for her husband. Right or wrong, I don’t think I could make sacrifices like that for anybody. Especially not if Mary’s husband was my husband. He’s deceased but from the way people talk about him, he seems less than pleasant.

I enjoyed reading this book. It only took a day or two to read it because I wanted to know all of the secrets and to understand why Mary led two lives.

*I received a free ebook in exchange for doing a review.

 

The Taste of Air on Amazon

 

Gail Cleare’s website


Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons: #bookreview

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It took a little longer than I expected to finish “Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons” by Chris Cymri.

All in all, it was a decent book. For an indie fantasy book, it had very few grammatical errors. I can’t say that I was crazy about the book but I did like the main character of Penny White. So I’m not against reading the other books in the series.

I’m not sure who did the covers but I think that they did an amazing job. The cover would make a great poster.

Don’t hold it against me but I have never watched Doctor Who. This book has several references to Doctor Who. There were probably jokes that I missed.

Penny White is a vicar, who gives a dragon his last rites in the first chapter of the book. White ends up getting a promotion to Vicar of General Incursions, an alternate place with unicorns, dragons, werefoxes, elves and many other beings that we all thought were imaginary.  Her new job will be to counsel “beings we thought could only be found in fantasy stories.” Plus, she will still be a part-time vicar at her regular church.

With the promotion, she acquires a gryphon, Morey, as a partner. On top of the recent changes in her life, she is also still dealing with the loss of her husband and a strained relationship with her younger brother.

So Endre, the dragon that Penny gives last rites to in the beginning died under mysterious circumstances. She and Morey spend a lot of time trying to figure out why. Endre was in a relationship with a human, which was frowned upon by the other dragons and mythical creatures.

There were discussions between the characters about whether relationships between species should be accepted. Who can say for sure? (I did have that crush on Worf from Star Trek for a little while in college. And that werewolf from True Blood . . . )

Anyway, it would be interesting to read more about what happens with Penny White and Morey. Will she date Raven, a dragon, or Pete, a human? Will she mend things with her brother? How will she deal with all of her responsibilities? Will her pet snail go on a vicious rampage? I’m curious to find out what happens next.

If you would like to find out more about the Penny White series, visit the author’s website.

Chrys Cymri

 

*I did receive an ebook in exchange for a review. *


Histories of the Void Garden: Pyre of Dreams. #bookreview

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Have you ever wondered why some people never age? Did you ever think that leeches are the key to staying young and healthy?  I’m so glad that this is a work of fiction because I’m not sure if getting close to a leech is worth eternal youth. There are a few gory scenes and some cursing so this book is probably more appropriate for those who are sixteen and up.

The book begins with David and his daughter, Stephanie, attending an event in which the president and several other political officials are assassinated. Within a day or so, David becomes a suspect. He and Stephanie go on the run with the assistance of West, Charlene and Stanwick. West and Stanwick know more than they tell anyone until almost the end of the book.

 

The tone of the book reminded me a little bit of the show, “The Strain.” There are conspiracy theories and people whose bodies are evolving into something not quite human.

I thought that the pace of the book was good. There were a lot of details but I didn’t feel overwhelmed with information.

The characters were well-written. My favorite characters were Stanwick and Stephanie. Stanwick is like a ninja superhero or maybe the anti-hero. Either way, she is a tough lady. Stephanie has so much curiosity and energy. She also loves “Les Miserables” – probably more than most people.

I don’t usually read books in a series but I did enjoy this book enough to want to read the next one in the series. The follow up,”Princess of the Infinite,” will be out later this month.  I think that if you like science fiction with a few conspiracy theories then you will like this book.

 

You can find this book here or on Amazon.

Damian Huntley website

 

*I received an ebook in exchange for a review.

 


Strong Heart: #bookreview

 

 

Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon is a fictional story about a teenager, Sarah, who is reunited with her grandfather, Tom. There are other things happening in the story – Tom and his friends are trying to save land from developers so they are going on a hiking expedition. Sarah joins the group and has a vision that alters everything that she believes.

The characters discuss the origins of man, ice ages and who has been where the longest. The characters discuss the origins of man, ice ages and how people came to different places. I thought that this was interesting. The story that followed this discussion was enjoyable.

The book begins with no back story. Basically, you’re being thrown into a scene without knowing what’s going on at all. The details come out a little at a time. For most of the first few chapters, I feel a little lost.

The dialogue seems a little stilted or forced, except in the part with Sarah’s vision. I think that the author was more comfortable telling the story while having a character tell a story. It seemed like when the author wanted to tell the story, it was awkward and rushed with either too many or not enough details.

There’s a section where Myra and Eye, two of Tom’s friends, are discussing the tribe. I felt lost again because there were so many details to absorb in a few paragraphs. I wasn’t sure how it related to the story of Tom and his granddaughter. It makes sense later in the book.

A large part of the book is Sarah’s vision. When she starts telling the story, I didn’t think it would mesh. It ended up being my favorite part of the book. In my opinion, the book could have been entirely about the vision.

I won’t tell you the ending but it was not especially satisfying. I felt like I didn’t have any answers.

I would give this book three stars. It was not my favorite book. It has potential but it needs a little work on the dialogue and the first chapter.

 

*I received an ebook in exchange for a review on the Onlinebookclub.com.


The Midnight Queen: #bookreview

 

 

 

Have you ever wished that you could have the ability to use magic? In The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Gray Marshall once had magical powers. The powers disappeared after an incident at his university forced him to leave school and work at a Professor Callender’s estate as a gardener.

Gray befriends Sophie, one of the daughters of Professor Callender. They both discover that events leading up to their current situation are not what they seemed.

I thought that the characters were interesting. There was a clear sense of who they were. The characters that were supposed to be likable were and the characters that were supposed to be villains were definitely despicable. The only character that I wasn’t sure about until the very end was Mrs. Wallis, the housekeeper. She has a lot of secrets and I always wondered if she was plotting against Gray.

While reading this book, I really wanted Gray to overcome the challenges that he faced. On a side note, I kept picturing Gray as a redhead instead of having sandy blonde or brown hair.

The only thing that threw me off a bit was the spelling of certain words, like magic, which were spelled a little differently. By the end of the first 100 pages, I was finally used to it.

I would recommend this book for those who are thirteen and up. There is one section where Hunter discusses a honeymoon.  However, it is not graphic or explicit by any means. I think that if you enjoy fantasy or books about magic, then you will enjoy this book.

I would give The Midnight Queen four out of five stars.

*I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. The opinions are still my own.

 


But Did You Die? : #bookreview

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Throat Punch Media has published ,”But Did You Die? Setting the Parenting Bar Low,”  a book of essays about parenting. There are so many contributors. For once, I can say that many of them are my friends on Facebook. I will be finding the rest on social media soon.

As a parent with many imperfections, I can relate. Yesterday was one of the worst days with my middle child. We survived mostly because of “But Did You Die?”  This book helped me to keep that sense of humor in spite of the middle child being a jerk and forgetting how to use words. All day long with a mini-Chewbacca. It was too much.

It would be difficult to say which part was my favorite; however, Samara had one of my favorite essays. She is hilarious and brutally honest as usual. Also, she reminded me that I have to check my kid’s backpack for cigarettes and other questionable items.

 

Where: You can find the book online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and iTunes. Also, check out your local bookstore to see if it’s stock.

 

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Recommend:

I honestly love this book. The title alone is worth the price. If you’re a parent or a human who likes to laugh, you will appreciate “But Did You Die?” Seriously, just go buy it already.

 

 

* Christie Sass Organ sent me this book. So I’m doing this review. It’s the right thing to do. Thanks Christie for sharing this book with me.

 


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