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text 2017-05-03 17:28
BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - The Waterfall Traveler by S.J. Lem
The Waterfall Traveler: Book 1 - S.J. Lem,Aaron S. Kaiserman
All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive who saves her life—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressive city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.
 
In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unforeseen love, Ri risks it all to save those she cares for. But if she prevails, she’ll find the one thing she yearns for most—a cure for Samuel.

 

 

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The Waterfall Traveler: Book 1 - S.J. Lem,Aaron S. Kaiserman

The Waterfall Traveler
S.J. Lem
Publication date: April 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive who saves her life—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressive city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

In this tale of bravery, friendship, and unforeseen love, Ri risks it all to save those she cares for. But if she prevails, she’ll find the one thing she yearns for most—a cure for Samuel.

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Author Bio:

S.J. Lem is a digital art director gone writer in hopes of expanding her creative aspirations. Whether it’s introducing dimensional characters, crafting imaginative worlds, or transporting readers into high-stakes adventures, she strives to deliver an immersive experience.

She lives in Chicago with her husband and son. When not writing, she enjoys pottery, gardening, and volunteering. Connecting with readers and fellow writers is one of her greatest joys.

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review 2017-04-19 17:02
An Action-Packed Young Adult Fantasy
The Waterfall Traveler: Book 1 - S.J. Lem,Aaron S. Kaiserman

Book One of this young adult fantasy introduces its tale with a map showing an island off the shore of a land mass which includes such intriguing images as a castle at Sea Dragon's Point and a mountain range called Funeral Mountains. This provides a visual sense of the landscape and adds an element of intrigue right from the start. Enhancing the sense of adventure is a prologue that features a goddess, her brother Death, and her sister Fate, who together weave a new world. 

 

But this sense of magic and intrigue received an immediate, satisfying twist when protagonist Ri awakens to a dilemma which also forges a solid sense of place in just a few sentences.

 

Ri's adoptive father Samuel is ill. He suffers from incurable hallucinations, and she has to watch his every move while solidly rejecting the notion that he can't be healed. But she's stymied in her goal of helping him until she meets two strangers in the forest who have their own agendas, and faces a choice that could either cure Samuel or imprison her in another realm. 

 

The Waterfall Traveler combines an epic quest with a caring girl's coming of age and offers much to young adult fantasy readers. Perhaps its greatest strength lies in its ability to craft a tale with very realistic goals and concerns as Ri faces dangerous plots and counters many plans with her own.

 

It's always pleasing to see determination, grit, and personal struggle cementing an action-packed story, and The Waterfall Traveler provides these elements and more, never neglecting personal psychology in favor of adventure. Ri is continually challenged and meets these dangers head-on; but always with very real fears behind her bravado, and this is just one element that lends authenticity to the action.

 

As her relationships and choices drive the story, young adult (and many an adult) readers will find Ri's determination and rationales powerful driving forces to the story line, which lends it a flavor that makes it thoroughly engrossing and hard to put down. 

 

Can't wait for Book Two!

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review 2016-09-10 18:42
Gwiazdy... i świat, który ciężko zrozumieć.
Powrót z gwiazd (Stanisław Lem. Dzieła, #11) - Stanisław Lem

Tak naprawdę nie miałam w planach czytać Lema. I nie czytałabym go, gdyby nie porządki. I nie, to nie oznacza, że nie chciało mi się sprzątać. ;) Po prostu przy porządkach świątecznych znalazłam tą książkę. Okazało się, że mama ją dostała od kogoś i ją przeczytała, a później położyła na półkę. I tak sobie książka przeleżała kilkanaście lat.

Jest to książka dla fana antyutopii. Główny bohater (Hal) powrócił na Ziemię po podróży w kosmos. Trafił na swoją planetę, ale od czasu jego wyjazdu, wszystko uległo zmianie.
Wydaje się, że świat jest wręcz utopijny: brak wojen, brak zbrodni. Ale przy tym brakuje również chęci do odkrywania nowych rzeczy, nowych miejsc. Dlatego też jest to utopia z pozoru.

Muszę się przyznać, iż, choć książka przypadła mi do gustu, to na początku lektury czytało się ją ciężko. Język był trudny, przy tym było wiele niezrozumiałych dla mnie terminów. Jednak później wciągnęłam się w historię Hala. Odkrywałam świat, tak jak i on to robił. To co dla mnie było nieznane, dla głównego bohatera było takie samo. Dzięki temu lepiej się wczułam w sytuację Hala.

Dzisiaj krótko, ale to nie znaczy, iż książka jest zła. Dla mnie była świetna. Trochę skomplikowana, ale jednak wciągająca i to nie tylko ze względu na wątek romantyczny. Dużym plusem jest postać Hala, który robi wszystko, by zrozumieć świat, w którym się znalazł.

Do przeczytania książki ogromnie zachęcam :)

 

Plusy:
--> romantyczny wątek
--> antyutopia
--> główny bohater
 
Minusy:
--> krótka
--> początkowa ciężka
 
 
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