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review 2014-10-30 00:00
Chasing the Sun
Chasing the Sun - Sasha Abernathy [bc:Chasing the Sun|23442851|Chasing the Sun|Sasha Abernathy|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1414171839s/23442851.jpg|26572716]

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This story is a fusion of urban paranormal/fantasy and Egyptian mythology played out against the wild, untamed setting of Alaska. Not surprisingly it caught my interest from the first page.

Told from the aptly named heroine, Terran's point of view you are immediately aware of her despair and sadness, two years after her tragic loss. Barely able to function in the 'real world', she lives through her strange dreams, which for a time allow her to capture what she has lost. The dream sequences are vivid and evocative of Terran's current life and future.

There is intricate world building in the first half of the story. This slows this pace a little but allows the reader to understand Terran and empathise with her as she struggles with her grief and new discoveries. Terran thinks she is losing her grip on reality but maybe not?

This story is full of alpha males who all effect Terran deeply. Supernatural events clash with the ordinary; she discovers no one is really what they seem. The characters' duality makes the collision of the mythological world with contemporary Alaska imaginable. For me it is the poignancy of this story that makes it hard to put down. The fast paced ending leaves us with more questions than answers. I can't wait for book 2.

I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.


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review 2014-10-25 20:31
I will be reading book 2!
Chasing the Sun - Sasha Abernathy

While the idea of having gods and demigods interacting in the mundane world isn't unique, I did want to pick this one up.  I wasn't sure exactly what called me to it, but I highly suspect it was the name Aiden.  It is one of my favorite names of all time.  For a man, anyway.  Plus Terran is a pretty high ranking favorite girls name for me as well.  Maybe that was it?  Either way, the synopsis was interesting, but I felt didn't quite do it justice.

The plot was interesting in that it kept me reading throughout the day of my internet hiccups.  I'm not exactly sure how some of Terran's tragedy will end up playing out in the next installment of the series, or quite a few other unanswered questions you are left with by the end of the novel.  That was perfectly done to keep the reader coming back for book two!  What happens to Aiden?  Micah and Jon?  Seth?  Terran herself?  Even strange Marlo?  I did feel the first half of the book moved a tad slowly, and then instead of doling out information as most writers do, Aiden just WHAM explained all in one swoop everything she needed to know for the rest of the book.  I wished it had came out differently.

Now, character wise, I felt it was a bit lacking.  I didn't really connect much with Terran's emotions throughout most of the novel.  Not her grief, her anger, or interest in men.  About the only time I really did feel her emotions got across very well was a scene with Terran and her friend Jon after the fancy party.  That I could feel just reading.  The rest seemed a bit disconnected.  I liked her just fine, I just couldn't connect with her.

Micah was kind of annoying, but in a good way.  Aiden I honestly DID like because of his hot and cold behavior that never quite got explained, although there were excellently well-done hints throughout the novel.  I didn't however feel much tension between Aiden and Terran, and maybe it's because I couldn't really feel her emotions much as I read.  Heck, towards the end when the book's climax was happening, even I was like "Woah, why is she so upset like that?"  I mean, throughout the whole book you never got the feeling of anything resembling emotion for Aiden except slight attraction and irritation.

As I was reading an ARC and there were some corrections in it, I won't comment on any grammar errors or anything.  There weren't many anyway, and not sure what the finished product will look like.  However, the writing was very well done.  The dialog was decently done - even if I couldn't connect with most character's emotions.  There was a few times where I felt Terran's reactions were off by her dialog, but it wasn't like "No one talks like that" bad.  It was just that disconnect I felt.

Overall, definitely want to check out book two.  3.5 stars!

*Received ARC in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2014-07-18 07:40
Chasing the Sun
Chasing the Sun - Tracie Peterson Title: Chasing the Sun Author: Tracie Peterson Year: 2012 Pages: 352 Publisher: Bethany House Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review from Bethany Publishers. Follow me on twitter @lcjohnson1988 or my bog http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ Tracie Peterson has been a favorite author of mine for some time. So when I learned of another series coming out, to say I was excited is an understatement. The Civil War era, including the time before as well as after, has been an interesting period to revisit. While this is purely a work of fiction, it also gives us a look into possibly how some people may have been affected. Two people following in obedience to their fathers find themselves in Texas or on the front lines in a battle that occurred at Vicksburg. Never could Hannah or William see any reason to establish a working relationship on the ranch let alone, entertaining thoughts of their future. However, Hannah Dandridge is in Texas after her father recently lost his second wife in the South. Her father moved for many reasons one of which was the hope of a better future for his three remaining children. William is a Texan through and through; yet, he too in obedience found himself fighting for the North. By nature a peaceful man, loving his ranch and the state of Texas, he comes home with a wound that keeps him in constant pain only to find out his family’s ranch has been given away. What happened to it and by whose authority was this done? He comes home to find a different family living in his home and an older gentleman seeking to grasp a firm hold, not just on the ranch, but on Hannah as well. Mr. Lockhart was in business as a lawyer with Hannah’s father, but was there more to this partnership? Was the final requests of the father, Mr. Dandridge, really true or only the scheming of his partner Mr. Lockhart? So many questions remained unanswered for the Dandridge children. Their future is very uncertain. Where will they live if the ranch is given back to William? How can a confession have changed more lives than anyone could have imagined? In a story of forgiveness, love, struggle, and intrigue set toward the end of the Civil War, we see these storylines and more presented in this fictional novel that will grip a reader from the first page to the last. There is a sequel to this story already published, Touching the Sky (June 2012) and Taming the Wind (September 2012). This novel, Chasing the Sun, is one of Tracie Peterson’s masterpieces. Pick up a copy for yourself and go back in time via your imagination. You will be so glad you took the trip! Rating: Five stars
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review 2014-06-19 02:07
Chasing the Sun
Chasing the Sun: A Novel - Natalia Sylvester

 

By Natalia Sylvester

ISBN-13: 9780544262171
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 6/3/2014
Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook
My Rating: 3 Stars

 

Natalia Sylvester’s debuts with CHASING THE SUN, a novel with a balance of suspense, and family drama, set in Lima, Peru, during the 1990s during a time of political and social turbulence.

 

The author’s inspiration for this novel—her grandfather's kidnapping; she conveys to readers how trauma has the power to make them stronger, as they mend the past, and uncover deep secrets and truths.

 

I chose to read the audiobook version, as loved Peter Berkrot,the narrator in Desperate, as he has a distinct chilling, yet evil like voice, which grabs your attention.

 

Combined with a troubled marriage, a kidnapping, a ransom, a past, and a city where the poor struggle and the wealthy live in gated communities to protect their families from evil—the making for a riveting novel; however, the kidnapping seemed very long and drawn out. The first half dealt with kidnapping and the second half was more of the aftermath.

 

I did not seem to connect with the characters, as a little of a disconnect, with more of a domestic family drama, versus an intense suspense thriller. All in all, it was not a bad book; however, it did not particularly wow me, either.

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/964055762
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text 2014-05-03 03:24
Oops, almost forgot was a new month. For us amazon prime members that's a new borrow and a new set of "Firsts"
Dragon's Triangle - Christine Kling
Chasing the Sun: A Novel - Natalia Sylvester
From the Moment We Met (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel) - Marina Adair
Moving Day: A Thriller - Jonathan Stone

The four new kindle first books are shown at http://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/kindle/botm (program at launch says prime members get one free before next month's release to public).

 

Anyone have a recommendation or hear anything about the four choices?  What about prime lending library books?

 

[I rarely go to amazon any more so don't always remember until a BBA blowup sends me to an amazon review and jogs old lady brain).

Source: www.amazon.com/gp/digital/kindle/botm
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