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review 2020-05-02 11:12
REVIEW⇢ RITES OF PASSAGE BY JOY N. HENSLEY



SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What’s she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.
Now, time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
 


BOOK TAGS

 MILITARY ACADEMY
⤏ MISOGYNY
 MYSTERIOUS SECRET SOCIETY
 YOUNG LOVE
 CONTEMPORARY
 

BOOK DETAILS⇣

AUDIO PERFORMED BY KHRISTINE HVAM
SOURCE LIBBY AUDIOBOOK (LIBRARY)
AUDIOBOOK LENGTH 10 HOURS, 28 MINUTES

 

 

MY THOUGHTS⇣

 
First off, you can really tell that this Author knows about Military School, being a Military Brat, and how it feels to be one of the only girls in something that men/boys feel is only for them and not for the "weaker sex".  The misogyny is strong in this one.  If you read the author's bio it says she once went to military school on a dare, even.  So maybe that's why so much of this story feels genuine.

How one feels about this book would probably depend on what they were looking for from the story itself.  If you're looking for a super swoony romance with a military school backdrop...than you might be disappointed because the romance really takes a backseat to the trials of making it through her first year at the Acadamy.  For me, I thought it was easy to invest in the story because you really want to see Sam prove to these boys that she can do it and that she can take all their BS and still come out on top.

I only had a couple of issues, one with trying to keep track of all the characters and their many names they were referred to...I got confused a number of times.  Another was with how things played out in the end, not all of the guilty parties got their comeuppance and it was disappointing to have it end like that.
 
 

BREAKDOWN⇣

 
 
Plot 4.3/5
Characters 3.5/5
The Feels 4.5/5
Pacing 4.7/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme, Tone or Intensity 4.2/5
Originality/Believability 5/5
Flow (Writing Style) 4.5/5
Romance/Chemistry⇢ 3.8/5
Ending 2.5/5
 

 
 
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review 2020-04-18 15:42
Confusing, difficult read
A registry of my passage upon the earth - Daniel Mason

A registry of my passage upon the earth, the clue to the unravelling of this collection of short stories is held within the title. I found it somewhat difficult to comprehend this weird grouping of unrelated events and happenings. What is the connection between a sailor, a boxer, a balloonist, a linesman on a busy lonely railroad in South America?  The final story and in particular the final image go some way to helping a confused reader make sense and arrive at some logical conclusions on the authors intentions. Many thanks to netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review, on a difficult read, and that is what I have written.

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text 2019-12-18 08:10
Book Blitz - The Other Magic

 

Darkness stirs in a world that is ill-equipped to confront it.

 

A prophesied king is born, but not all will benefit from his foretold conquests.In a realm where only clerics are permitted to practice magic, Kibure, a mere slave, draws the attention of much more than just his master after wielding an unknown force in a moment of desperation. In a twist of fate, Sindri, the priestess hired to strip Kibure of his power, defies the law, revealing designs of her own. But trust is in short supply in a land ripe with deceit. This wayward pair will have to work together if they hope to evade capture at the hands of the Empire’s most potent wielders.

 

Halfway around the known world, Prince Aynward’s knack for discovering trouble drives him deep into conspiracies within which he does not belong. Too arrogant to accept counsel, he will have to learn the hard way that some actions have consequences that cannot be undone…

  

 

About the Book:

 

The Other Magic by Derrick Smythe

Series: Passage To Dawn

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Coming of Age

Publisher: Dorean Press

Publication Date: December 1, 2019

 

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THE OTHER MAGIC
A Passage to Dawn Novel

© 2019 Derrick Smythe

 

“How dare you! I am your—”

 

Another blast of energy split the air. Grobennar used his own powers to deflect the blow, but the sheer volume of energy was too great and he was still thrown back into the wall.

He landed with a thud, then groaned.

 

“You are my servant!” Magog’s voice became a growl. “I am not yours to command. You have forgotten your place.”

 

Never before had Magog lashed out like this. His powers were as of yet still manifesting, still growing, but already he commanded strength unknown to any mortal man. Magog could easily kill him if he wished, and Grobennar now feared that in his anger, he just might. He forgot the physical pain of the attack on his body, and the great blow to his ego.

 

“I—I am sorry, My Lord.”

 

The voice in Grobennar’s mind interrupted his already strained thoughts. “You’re not alone with the God-king. I sense the life-essence of another; a wielder.”

 

Grobennar collected himself and rose, forgetting the danger posed by the unpredictably obstinate God-king. It was still Grobennar’s duty to serve and protect. Perhaps the God-king was right about the coming of the Dark Lord’s agent. Grobennar drew in Klerós’s power. Then he spotted movement to his right. He summoned more, ready to strike—

 

“What are—how dare you!” Magog yelled.

 

Grobennar ignored the oblivious Emperor as a form materialized from the shadows cast by ceiling-high drapes in the corner of the room. Grobennar shouted, “Get down!”

 

Grobennar extended a hand, readying to strike. Just before he released a bolt of searing energy, the shadowy shape stepped into the light and spoke. Grobennar recognized the voice with revulsion, relaxing his magic with reluctance.

 

Mazi Rajuban. A member of the High Council and long-standing opponent of both Grobennar and his more conservative faction within the Council. “Peace, brother. I was asked by the God-king to be in attendance for today’s meeting.”

 

Jaween spoke into Grobennar’s mind, “Have I mentioned that I do not care for this man?”

 

Nor do I, thought Grobennar wryly to himself.

 

His own anger reignited. That’s what Rajuban wishes. Grobennar forced himself to relent. “Of course. The God-king is wise to seek the wisdom of a member of the High Council. Yet perhaps this is a matter for the collective wisdom of the High Council to discuss in its entirety.”

 

The God-king bellowed, “The High Council is fickle, paralytic, and incapable of action!” Lowering his voice, he added, “You are right about assembling the Council. But it will not be to initiate discourse. You will inform them.” He raised his voice once more. “You will inform them that the time has at long last come to begin preparations for the Purge. The enemy stirs! We too must shed our idle position.”

 

Grobennar knew better than to disagree. He had somehow lost favor with the God-king, and Rajuban’s attendance here served as an answer to the question of how.

 

“Yes, Lord. It shall be done.”

 

Rajuban smiled. “You are wise to see the wisdom of the God-king’s words. He has been tightly leashed for far too long. The time has come for him to realize his true destiny as avatar to Klerós, praise be his name.”

 

“Oh he’s good. I can’t help but hate him, but his politics are praiseworthy. Perhaps we might torture and kill him later?”

 

Grobennar ignored Jaween, instead looking to Magog, nodding. The decision had been made. Rajuban had defeated him in this bout.

 

“Of course. This is well. Klerós guide the both of you.”

 

That snake had maneuvered behind his back to gain the ear of the God-king. He would need to tread very carefully.

 

Grobennar bade the God-king farewell, refusing to acknowledge Rajuban, then stalked out of the room as quickly as possible. He considered his next course of action, though there wasn’t much to consider. He had no choice but to call a full assembly as instructed.

Grobennar entered his own chambers and melted into the chair beside his bed, mentally exhausted.

 

“So. This purge. That means war, right? I will be able to persuade our enemies?”

 

Grobennar picked up a quill and ink from the small table to his left to begin writing out a list of preparations. “Yes, the Purge means war. I suspect you’ll have plenty of chances to persuade, you might even see some killing.”

 

“Ooh-ooh-ooh. Yes, persuading and killing! I know your mood is a touch soured from earlier, but this really does call for celebration. A small feast, perhaps? That might lighten your mood, as well.”

 

Grobennar ignored Jaween.

 

“Did you write that down?”

 

Grobennar continued to work on his list.

 

“Are you ignoring me again? You know it hurts my feelings when you ignore me.”

 

Grobennar reached up and removed the pendant from his neck and tossed it onto his bed a few paces away, limiting the strength of the spirit’s connection to him. “I need to think,” he said through clenched teeth.

 

He wondered if perhaps secreting the forbidden spirit from the debris all those years ago had resulted in more trouble than it was worth. He heard a sound in his head that was disturbingly not like weeping, yet he knew from his time with Jaween that this was precisely what the spirit was intending to communicate.

 

He sighed. “I’m not ignoring you, Jaween. You can stop the crying. I just need it quiet in order to think.”

 

Jaween’s mood elevated. “So that sounded like real crying this time, didn’t it?”

 

Grobennar rolled his eyes. “Closer than ever before.”

 

It was going to be a very long day.

 

 

 

 

Blitz Wide Giveaway:

To celebrate the release of THE OTHER MAGIC by Derrick Smythe, we're giving away signed paper copies to three lucky winners!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Three winners will each receive a signed paperback copy of The Other Magic. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Derrick Smythe. Giveaway ends 12/31/2019 @ 11:59pm EST.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

 

 

 

 

About Derrick Smythe:

DERRICK SMYTHE resides near his hometown in Upstate New York with his wife, two daughters, and their dog, Magnus. When he is not working on his next novel, he enjoys finding any and all reasons to be outdoors. Listening to audiobooks while seated upon the throne of his riding lawn mower is a favorite and when the snow falls, Derrick eagerly transitions to snow-blowing his driveway with the same dual-purpose in mind.

Derrick's debut novel, The Other Magic, is the first installment of his Passage to Dawn series, an epic fantasy set in the World of Doréa.

 

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review 2019-10-20 22:32
Passage to Dawn / R.A. Salvatore
Passage to Dawn (Forgotten Realms: Legacy of the Drow, #4; Legend of Drizzt, #10) - R.A. Salvatore

Drizzt and Catti-brie have been away from Mithral Hall for six long years, but the pain of a lost companion still weighs heavily on their strong shoulders. Chasing pirates aboard Captain Deudermont's Sea Sprite is enough to draw their attention away from their grief. Then a mysterious castaway on an uncharted island sends them back to the very source of their pain, and into the clutches of a demon with vengeance on his mind. 

 

Ah, Drizzt. A complete change of pace from the steady flow of mysteries that I’ve been consuming lately. Also very useful as a “sleeping pill” during a night of insomnia recently. No complicated plot to keep track of, no subtle details that I might lose sight of during my sleep-impaired state.

I know that a lot of folks love these books. I find them a bit simple for my taste. I like a few more grey areas, not such black-or-white morality. I can appreciate the value of friendship that Salvatore dramatizes in these adventures, and they are entertaining enough that I don’t hate reading them. This is a very good thing, as Salvatore has written a ton of them and I’ll be reading a fair few more if I continue on with my reading project!

Sometimes I find the cover art more entertaining than the actual story. I was disappointed that the six-armed snake lady didn’t appear until the final pages of the novel. What an uncluttered closet she must have--only requiring gauntlets, a multi-weapon sword belt, and various bras! (I trust she has more luck that I do getting the straps to stay up!)

Book number 328 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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review 2019-07-24 16:14
Fact & Fiction – River Passage by P M Terrell @pmterrell
River Passage - P.M. Terrell

P M Terrell is a very talented author and I have been reading my way through all her books. Whether paranormal or historical, I have loved everyone of them. River Passage has a personal meaning for her and I found it fascinating.

 

River Passage

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MY REVIEW

 

First thing, I would recommend reading this before Songbirds Are Free, which I didn’t do. River Passage is the characters journey to the west, which is based on a true story that revolves around the Donelson Party and Mary Neely, P M Terrell’s ancestor.

 

The writing brings the story to life, all the danger of the Indians, the rapids of the river, the threat of starvation and anything else you can think of during those times. I cannot imagine what they went through and some of it broke my heart, yet gave me hope and inspiration for those who would not give up.

 

I have a feeling, if they had an idea of how long their four week trip was going to be, many of them would have chose to stay where they were. I tried to walk in their footsteps through P M Terrell’s words, but I just couldn’t get there as I sat here on my cozy lounger.

 

P M Terrell continues to entertain and amaze me and I look forward to reading more of her work.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of River Passage by P M Terrell.

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