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review 2018-06-16 19:23
Do you know what's real?
Legendary - Stephanie Garber

Its that time again to get lost in the story, let the game take over and experience Caraval. Before you decide to immerse yourself in the plot and characters remember it's all just a game…… or is it. For Tella, this Caraval may not be a fun experience but have dire consequences. Not just for her but for everyone involved in Caraval. Can Tell separate herself from a preset destiny she saw as a child or make her own future to save her mother and one true love? This time Caraval isn't just for fun but to discover your own destiny.

 

Pro:

 

  • Tella…. Oh, Tella. I have to say that from both the sisters, I can relate to Tella the most. The rebellious and closed of girl who thinks her future has already been foretold. She fights against her feelings and tries to keep her emotions in check so she can try and recover her mother. She is playing a game that may be playing her. She is everything in a protagonist I want. Feisty, temperament, emotional, courageous and grows within the story. She is the opposite of her cautious sister and refuses to play by anyone's rules. She leaps before she looks which makes her a great player in Caraval. She is a bit selfish in how she thinks and can override other people's emotions and well being but these flaws only add to Tella’s dimension. Then there is Dante, the rebel without a cause, the only man who can undo Tella. Dante had me at the tip of his finger, he was the villain with a villains heart. Oh, and the knight in shining armor to rescue the day and sweep Tella off her feet! Yeah, there isn't one because Jacks is just as sinister as everyone else. All the main characters are strong and unyielding in how they approach situations. Which makes the interactions that much more intense.
  • I've never read much about the Fates and enjoyed the Tim Burton style they are portrayed in. These are not the Greek Gods that wield power over mankind and will show mercy to a deserving soul. The Fates are ruthless and only desire power and human entertainment. Human entertainment in the form of pain and suffering. I enjoyed these darker entities and how they added darkness to the story.
  • So there is a love story and triangle of sorts. It was a refreshing take on how love can be given and taken. There are different dimensions of love that were portrayed; a daughters love, true love, and the first love to break a heart. The true love is not what I expected and it was the love of an equal rather than lust and the usual romance take.  This gave the characters more room to develop and not lean too much on the emotional side. Tella especially fought will all these.

 

Con

  • Garber has a way of uniquely describing situations, emotions, and landscapes. They do provoke certain images and senses yet at times they tend to go a little far……

 

Quotes

  • Your Future can be whatever you wish. We all have the power to choose our own destiny.
  • Love turned the world into a garden, so beguiling it was easy to forget that rose petals were as ephemeral as feelings, eventually, they wilt and die, leaving nothing but thorns
  • Once a fortune is foretold, that future becomes a living thing and it will fight very hard to bring itself about
  • But nothing felt like Death, except Death
  • If you can convince yourself it’s true, you can convince anyone
  • That’s what I would want, someone who would give me a piece of himself rather than scraps of fabric
  • It was terrifying how such a small thing could hold so much power
  • Monsters are going to be given power no matter how this story ends
  • He was like a moment in time; he could be experienced but never held on to
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review 2018-06-03 22:53
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors - Drew Daywalt,Adam Rex

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I normally don't do half stars, but I really am between 2 and 3 stars on this one. 

Overall, this is an interesting read about the fictional origins of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Those origins are basically epic battles between household items. Why are the household items fighting all the time? We will never know. But it's a silly and fun read. 

The book is written with a knight-like mentality, i.e. "I must be the best warrior, but I also want a challenge.", so pretty much fighting for the sake of fighting. Good message for kids? Probably not. But it is entertaining enough if you don't take it too seriously (which you are obviously not meant to do). 

The pictures are interesting, although some of the battle scenes were a little cringe-y. The smooshed apricot and pile of decapitated dinosaur nuggets were a bit much. 

This is a weird, but interesting book. Kind of creepy, kind of fun. I like the idea behind it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-26 11:48
To Marry a Texas Outlaw
To Marry a Texas Outlaw (Men of Legend Book 3) - Linda Broday

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To Marry a Texas Outlaw is the book 3 of Linda Broday’s Men of Legend series. It was my most anticipated installment of the series because of how much I adored the H, Luke. Since being introduced in book 1, I’ve been waiting for his story. Sadly, have to say it wasn’t how I expected it to be.

Much like Bachelors of Battle Creek, the other series of Linda Broday that I read and loved, Men of Legend focuses on a family or a ‘band of brothers’ if you can call them. Even though, the brothers of Bachelors of Battle Creek series weren’t brothers by blood, these Legends brothers certainly are! The first book focuses on Sam Legend, a former Texas Ranger, who was estranged from his family because of the demands his job used to put on him. Houston is his older brother and shoulders the responsibility of the huge Legend ranch called Lone Star. They met Luke, a brother they didn’t know existed, in Sam’s story.

Sam had enjoyed his job as a Texas Ranger until he thought death had finally caught up with him. A pretty terrifying description is given at the beginning of book 1, To Love a Texas Ranger, when he’s almost hanged by a group of outlaws. When he thought he was done for, a known outlaw he’s been chasing, Luke Weston becomes his unexpected savior. Luke has been so elusive that Sam had a tough time tracking him down, unable to catch him even once despite Sam’s expertise. Yet there was this odd game was being played between the two where Luke seems to chase Sam just as much as he did. And they enjoyed it as well. Why, he couldn’t tell. Until the day Luke saved his life, Sam wouldn’t have thought he’s capable of any good deed. Now he’s willing to rethink his opinion of the outlaw.

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review 2018-05-23 10:00
Release Week Review! Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore & Everlasting Love Anthology!
Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore and Everlasting Love - Kelly Abell,Linda Boulanger,L.J. Garland,Kathi S. Barton,Solease M. Barner,Darlene Kuncytes,Isobelle Cate,Grace Augustine,J. C. McKenzie,Julia Mills,Dara Fraser

 

 

Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore and Everlasting Love

 

Find everlasting love in the clouds. Go back in time. Spring into the future. Soar on the wings of magic. 
Discover Legends of Fate, Destiny, True Mates, and Forever Love that’s written in the Stars. 

Take flight with fifteen amazingly talented bestselling authors as they bring these special Dragons to life. In each life-changing journey you will see that the heart gets what the heart wants, happily ever after is so much more than simple words at the end of a Fairy Tale, and Dragons prevail no matter the time, place, or obstacle. 

This is Stoking the Flames II – spread your wings and soar with our Dragons. Once you’ve touched the clouds, felt the wind in your hair, and held the power in your hands, you will forever fly high.

 

 

 

If as a reader, you love dragons, then I am here to tell you that the Stoking the Flames II anthology is one hot and exciting read and I haven’t even gotten to read all the stories yet. I have read most of them and the various authors did a great job of providing thrilling and passionate stories with strong characters that easily drew me into each and every story, of course I liked some stories more than others or some characters more than others but there is no comparison to the thrill of getting to read so many variations of dragon shifter romances than to be able to do so at once. There is just something about visiting different and unique worlds that each have their own fascinating elements that gives readers a wonderful experience or at least it does for me. I have always been fascinating by dragons and these authors brought them and all the other characters to vivid life in exciting stories that were fast paced and enthralling. And while and some points I was wishing that the individual stories were longer, I was conflicted because I didn’t want to put the book down because I wanted to get to the next story, so be prepared to want to stay up all night as you become lost in each of these fascinating worlds.

 

 

 

Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore and Everlasting Love is an anthology featuring the following stories:

 

Julia Mills – Dragon Guard Berserkers #3 – Raynor

J.C. McKenzie – Obsidian Flame #2 – Dangerous Liaisons

Kathi S Barton – Simeon – Dragon’s Savior #6

Solease M Barner – Tempting Destiny – The Reigning Sisters #2

Grace Augustine – Secrets of Dalgaard Castle

Kelly Abell – Child of Grace – Soul Fire #2

Linda Boulanger – On Wings of Fire – Lochlainn Guardians #2

Isobelle Cate – Dragonslayer

Dara Richards – Dragon of Her Dreams

L.J. Garland – Legend of a Dragon

Andi Lawrencovna – Dragon’s Storm

Kali Willows – Curse of the Dragon’s Lair

Victoria Zak – Hearts of Under Fire

Darlene Kuncytes – Wynter’s Kiss

 

 

Stoking the Flames II: Tales of Legend, Lore and Everlasting Love is available in ebook at:

Amazon   A-UK   A-AU   A-CA   B&N   iBooks   Kobo

 

 

 

 

can be found at:

 

J.C. McKenzie: Goodreads   Facebook

Julia Mills: Goodreads   Facebook

Kelly Abell: Goodreads  Facebook

Grace Augustine: Goodreads   Facebook

Kathi S Barton: Goodreads   Facebook

Solease M Barner: Goodreads   Facebook

Linda Boulanger: Goodreads  

Isobelle Cate: Goodreads   Facebook

Delphina Henley / Dara Fraser: Goodreads   Facebook

L.J. Garland: Goodreads   Facebook

Darlene Kuncytes: Goodreads   Facebook

Kate Richards / Ever Coming: Facebook

Kali Willows: Facebook

Victoria Zak: Facebook

Andi Lawrencovna: Facebook

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-11 17:08
Prequels are better to be honest.
Legend of the Scarlet Blades - Saverio Tenuta

I liked the prequels to this series much better. The disabled hero is great, and the artwork is wonderful. There is something about the story that doesn't grab me.

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