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review 2015-09-09 16:54
Review: The Sleeping King: A Novel by: Cindy Dees, Bill Flippin
The Sleeping King: A Novel - Bill Flippin,Cindy Dees

I received a free copy of The Sleeping King: A Novel from the publisher in return for an honest review.


"How am I supposed to master magic if he never taught me?" Will demanded.


"Because it is a simple and powerful truth that cannot be taught, cannot be proven, and cannot be measured. The most powerful magic is all around us. It is in the air we breathe, the earth we stand on, the water we drink, and the fire that warms us. It is always and forever, never waning, never fading. It is what you feel in your heart, what you know in the deepest part of your spirit, and what you believe in your wildest dreams. It is simple and pure like the scent of lady's breath."

The Sleeping King hit the spot for me and had everything that I enjoy in a fantasy novel. It was a bit slow to start with but that was down to all the world building and introducing the characters, which is to be expected in a book like this. It did take me a while to get all the characters down though and I even had to make a few notes to remind myself who was who for a while.


The story is both complex and completely captivating and I found myself drawn into a whole other world. The characters took a bit of getting to know but once I was familiar with them I was totally engrossed in their stories. Each character had their own story outside of the main story and this made them stand out and feel complete as a person.


The pacing once it picked up was nice and I was flying through the pages, I couldn't read fast enough. I was at around 90% and realised there wasn't enough left of the book to complete the story the way I was hoping, I knew there was a cliff hanger coming and I wasn't a happy bunny. However, the ending kind of summed the story up to a certain extent and it's left me dying to know what happens next.


There were a few things that I found irritating, didn't spoil the story though, and the more I came across it the more it irritated me. Lizardman girl, this annoyed me so much. Why not just Lizard girl? Lizardman girl just sounds silly. Also she talks like yoda, which really started to get on my nerves.


"Give it to you I did not. Your pocket I used to hide it from those cursed soldiers." She stared at him defiantly for a moment, then added, "Give it back!"
"I wish I could."
The lizardman girl jolted. "Sell it you did not?"


The dialogue was pretty decent throughout the book but at times I did notice that the character of Rosana started to slip into yoda style every so often and then go back to her usual dialect. It caused me to jump out of the story every time it happened, as did lizardman girls yoda talk. I realise this isn't a huge deal, it's just a little personal niggle as it brought me out of the story every time it happened.


All in all this was a great read and I'm really looking forwards to the next instalment. Highly recommended.



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review 2015-07-06 14:13
Review: Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs.
Fire Girl - Matt Ralphs


I received a free copy of Fire Girl from the publisher in return for an honest review.


Hazel who has been living in a beautiful magic glade has never ventured out into the real world but when her mother gets kidnapped that's exactly what she has to do. On her journey she comes across many scary people and demons and finds herself in some dangerous situations, but with her grumpy familiar by her side and a few friends she makes along the way, she's determined to save her mother.


I had a lot of fun with this book. The interaction between Hazel and Bramley, her grumpy sarcastic little dormouse familiar, brought a smile to my face every time. The author creates a wonderful easily visualised world full of witches and demons, that has both a dark and sinister side to it but at the same time is full of adventure, love and promise. The characters came alive in my mind while I was reading, I can easily imagine a child being completely captivated by this story.


Fire Girls is Matt Ralphs debut novel and I have a feeling kids everywhere are going to love this book. I'm always on the look out for good childrens books and this is one that's going right onto my to recommend list.


My immediate thought on finishing this book was that I hope there is going to be a sequel and I'm so pleased to see there will be. I also now want a grumpy little dormouse all of my own! 


I'm looking forwards to continuing with this story.



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review 2015-04-10 21:10
Review: Such a Secret Place by Cortney Pearson
Such A Secret Place - Cortney Pearson

I received a free copy of Such A Secret Place from the publisher in return for an honest review.


I found Such A Secret Place to be a very easy and pleasant read. There was no effort required in reading it at all, the story just flowed and held my attention easily and the pages almost turned themselves. Every time I put it down I was thinking about when I could pick it up again.


Such A Secret Place is a young adult book and there was a little bit of angst going on, but because of the plot the it did need it, though I did find it slightly annoying at times. There was also a love triangle that developed, I'm not a fan of those but I was so hooked on the story that it honestly didn't bother me at all.


The plot was original and unique and the world building was very well done. I felt like I knew everything about the world, almost as if I had been there myself and gotten to know the environment like it was my own. The characters were well fleshed out and the interaction between them felt real. The main character had a little sass which I always like in female characters and I enjoyed how her character grew as the plot progressed.


The story had a lot of the elements that that I enjoy in a fantasy and I would be here all day if I was to touch on them all, but I have to say, I really liked how magic worked and the way that everything was run by magic instead of electricity etc.


This is the second book I have read by Cortney Pearson and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first. I will definitely be reading more from this author in future, I enjoy the uniqueness of her stories.



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text 2015-04-10 04:19
100% done with Such A Secret Place by Cortney Pearson
Such A Secret Place - Cortney Pearson


Darn it, now I've got to wait for book two.


Review to come!

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review 2014-05-25 16:45
Another great installment in the series
Black Arts - Faith Hunter

I have been reading this series from the very beginning and the latest installment certainly does not disappoint. Other reviewers have summarized the plot, so I won’t repeat that; I’ll just mention some of the things that I liked about this book:


1. The Everheart’s are back. I really like Molly, Evan, and the kids. In this book, Molly is in trouble, and Evan is suitably worried and angry and protective. The kids are adorable, although, in what I assume is foreshadowing future books, Angie is starting to exhibit scary-strange powers.


2. Jane’s relationships with two of the key men in her life change. Leo admits something to Jane that surprises her, and Ricky may not be available as Jane’s on-again-off-again fling after this book (sorry for the vagueness, trying avoid spoilers here). Both incidents set up interesting possibilities for future books.


3. I like that Jane gets to be “girly” sometimes, and I don’t mean that in a pejorative way. She gets to dress up in fancy clothes, but she is still tough and capable. She shows moments of emotion over men and her changing relationships. She has doubts about things she has done in the past, even when she was a child, and what that means about her character in the present. I also like that Jane can now let Beast come to the surface in front of others (her nature was exposed in the previous book); she seems more comfortable with what she is.


4. Beast. What’s more to say. I’ve really enjoyed the evolution of Beast over the series, and the development of Beast’s “verbal” and intellectual ability that no doubt comes from having been bonded with Jane. Beast’s visceral emotional response to the Everheat kids and to Jane’s various men never grows old.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to fans of the series.

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