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review 2018-01-22 21:41
My Review of Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett
Marabel and the Book of Fate - Tracy Barrett

Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett is a story of a young girl, Marabel, on a mission to save her twin brother, Marco. With the help of friends, Marabel soon finds it's harder than she first thought.

 

This is a wonderful and delightful story of a young girl who's trying to find her brother while finding herself. Tracy's has a whimsical imagination and a knack for storytelling. The characters were believable, and I enjoyed getting to know Marabel. This was such a fun book to read.

 

Received a copy via NetGalley, and all opinions are my own.

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review 2018-01-15 00:00
Twist of Fate
Twist of Fate - Jennifer Dawson

Love and life have alot in common. Both have tendencies that can be beyond our control, but it's the surprises that make the ride thrilling. Jennifer Dawson used that knowledge and created a wonderful and thought provoking series of stories. Twist of Fate is the most recent edition to her Love and Other Disasters romances, a realistic, fantastical, heartwarming look at love in a modern world. Fitting that Fleur and Jace were brought together by a twist of fate. They needed each other and didn't even know it. If people enter our lives for a reason, these two were meant to teach each other patience, love and compromise. What a way to receive a wake up call. Sassy, sexy and heartwarming storytelling.

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review 2018-01-09 04:44
great book and great characters
Tempting Fate: A Colorado High Country Novel - Pamela Clare

Naomi was a fighter , she had a hard life and no one to turn to. Naomi made jewelry and supported herself. Naomi does have a lot of insecurities. Naomi was vacationing vacationing in Colorado and met up with some bad people. Then Chaska discovered Naomi and he rescued her. Winona took Naomi in while she recovered. Chaska is part of a volunteer research and rescue team. Chaska is a Lakota Indian. Chaska was also an aerospace engineer. Winona  ran a wildlife sanctuary and has a wolf named Shota. Winona and Chaska are not close to their parents but are close to their grandfather and called him” Old Man”. Naomi felt like she didn’t belong anywhere.

I absolutely loved this book. I loved how Naomi grew in this book. I love Chaska and Naomi’s relationship grew instead of just jumping in. This was a sweet and easy read that held my attention all the way through. I loved how the author weaved the Native American heritage namely Lakota’s in this book. I did choke up at times while reading this. I love the I loved there was some mystery and suspense mixed in with romance and history. I really loved how gentle and understanding Chaska was with  Naomi. Winona and Old Man definitely added to this book. I love the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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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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