I'll post book ideas tomorrow!
Chased by Fire by D.K. Holmberg is the first book in The Cloud Warrior Saga. When Tan meets a stranger on the road, his mother sends Tan on a mission to assist the stranger in finding an artifact.
There is a lot of potential with this story. There is magic, creatures, fighting, and romance. The creatures and characters are vivid, but the descriptions involving certain aspects of the magic are rather detailed causing the story to be slow paced for most of the book. I feel this story is for middle grade children and adults alike. Overall, I'm curious to see where the story takes Tan.
Two cats of different colors meet for the first time. Each is full of disdain for the other based on color. Then they think and decide to become the other one. Both discover both are needed and good. Neither is better than the other.
I liked the rhyming. It was fun to read aloud. The illustrations are wonderful. It teaches a lesson we all need but it doesn't preach.
The subtitle for this book is "A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty and His Love."
And valiant he is. The author is setting forth a clearly heroic tale. Interesting times making potentially for a good story. I am feeling kinda force-fed what a valiant -- if naive -- young man he is. Author doesn't need to try quite so hard.
Overall, a decent tale of a little covered period of history that I would have liked much better if less sappy and slanted. And if more atmospheric of the period -- meaning some very modern viewpoints crept in, not that I had major issues with the history or historical details.
Phoebe's Gift is book 2 in the Peace in the Valley Series by Jerry S Eicher. Phoebe Lapp is our main character in this book. The book is a bt confusing at first but once the story gets moving it was well worth the read.
Phoebe's moves to her beloved Grandmother's farm to care for when she becomes sick. After her Grandmother passes away and it is up to her to take care of things. After her Grandmother's passing she learns of her dream of running a pony farm to help English children who have been abused. She also learns that her Grandmother's neighbors David and his sister Ruth were to help her run the farm. Now Phoebe has to decide on what to do. Keep the farm idea or bury her Grandmother's dreams as well a David and Ruth's or to make a go of the farm.
On top of deciding what to do about the farm she learns that Ruth is considering jumping the fence and going to live in the English world. She also learns that David has started to have feelings for her. All of this on a woman with no self esteem.
I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.