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review 2017-11-06 17:46
Dragonfly Song - Wendy Orr

This was kind of a hard book to review, mostly because it almost falls between genres. It's classed as an upper Middle-Grade historical fantasy, which, that's not wrong . . .

 

I felt like it had more of a classic children's fiction feel to it. It's coming-of-age, and also a sort of epic hero's journey, straddling children's lit and YA in a way that's often done more by adult literary works. It touches on many 'big ideas': deformity, religion/society, acceptance, adoption, trauma, bullying, disability, purpose/identity, fate . . . The format is creative and unique. The story arc stretches from the MC's birth to age 14 and is told in omniscient third person varying with passages in verse.

 

I'm not sure if there was a meaning to the alternating styles; at some points, I thought the dreamlike verse passages were meant to show the MC's perspective in a closer, almost experiential or sensory format as an infant, a toddler, a mute child . . . but then that didn't necessarily carry through, so perhaps it was more to craft an atmosphere for the story.

 

The setting is the ancient Mediterranean, and the story picks up on legends of bull dancing. The world feels distinct, grounded and natural, without heavy-handed world-building. It's a world of gods and priestesses, sacrifice and death and surrender. Humans seem very small within it, and as a children's book, it's challenging rather than comforting. There's death and violence and loss, handled in a very matter-of-fact manner, so I'd recommend it for maybe ages 10+, depending on the child. It's not gratuitously violent or graphic, but it's a raw-edged ancient world where killing a deformed child, having pets eaten by wild animals, beating slaves - including children - and sacrificing people as well as animals to the gods is just part of life. 

 

I was very kindly sent a hardcover edition via the Goodreads Giveaways program, and the book production is lovely. It has a bold, graphic cover with some nice foil accents, a printed board cover (which I prefer for kids books due to the durability), fully illustrated internal section pages, and pleasant, spacious typesetting.

 

Confident, mature young readers will find this an engaging, challenging and meaningful read with an inspiring story arc and some lovely writing. Hesitant readers and very young readers will probably find it a struggle. I'd give it 5/5 as a product, 4/5 as a literary work and 3/5 as kid's entertainment.

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review 2017-10-15 23:07
Nice addition to the series
SEAL'd Fate (Brotherhood of SEAL'd Hearts) - Gabi Moore

Gabi Moore gives us another entertaining, sexy read in the Brotherhood of SEAL'd Hearts series with SEAL'd Fate. Hugo and Rebecca get a second shot at doing things right, but they have quite a journey to get there. They way they "run-in" to each other is certainly not planned, especially by our playboy, but it certainly adds an amusing touch to the story. Considering those circumstances, Rebecca has every reason to put off by her former love and doesn't hesitate to say so. What follows is a lesson in growing up for Hugo as he realizes what he wants and learning to let go a bit for the no-nonsense Rebecca. Naturally, as this learning process takes place, the heat level is off the charts! We also get the added touch of snippets from the past at the beginning of each chapter, showing just how good this pair is together and the depth of their feelings, even when they don't realize it. 

All- in- all, another great addition to the series!

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review 2017-10-15 01:12
Fate's Edge
Fate's Edge - Ilona Andrews

I really like this series. This one was a bit different than the previous two because there wasn't as much family fun as in the other two where we had a main character frequently in the story.

I did enjoy that the couple was very compatible and had similar interests. I liked having the kids in this one. Book 4 now.

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review 2017-10-07 15:21
Aliens who has X-men power fighting for Earth
The Fate of Ten - Pittacus Lore

The story is about a group of teenage aliens who have power, their home planet were destroyed by another group of aliens. 

 

The writing is not bad, it is not good either. 

 

The story is not cohesive enough. There are some good exciting bits but then it jumped from different perceptive that make it less interesting. 

 

In the end, it is just using of power to fight the bad guys. Not much of working together or getting more depth into why they are doing this. 

 

The introduction of the writer himself as one of the character is a bit weird. 

 

Anyway, it is good enough story to be a 3.5 stars. 

 

Reading this for Aliens square. 

 

 

 

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review 2017-10-06 02:28
Suspenseful
Blinding Fate - Tamra Lassiter Blinding Fate - Tamra Lassiter

Blinding Fate by Tamra Lassiter is an entertaining read.  Ms Lassiter has given us a well-written book loaded with outstanding characters.  Meg's neighbor went missing, enter Officer Tyler McMann.  Their twisted story will keep readers glued to their e-readers with all the drama, action, humor and heat.  I totally enjoyed reading Blinding Fate and look forward to reading more from Tamra Lassiter in the near future.  Blinding Fate is book 2 of the Role of Fate Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from Instafreebie.

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