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Review: Stealing Snow

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: September 20th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Review:

So, for some reason this book has a ton of low ratings. I know a lot of people have complained about the Love Square, but even Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow & Bone series has a weird love square, but 5’s get thrown at that left and right (I do really like that series as well, though). Anyway, I felt this book had a ton of awesomeness! First, snow power!!!!!

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I did feel like the best parts of this book was the first 50% and the last 5%. Our character, Snow, begins in a mental institute where she was placed by her mother. I absolutely loved all the scenes there, and her first kiss with Bale (Romancer #1), Wow, catastrophe occurred!

A mysterious boy shows up (Enter Romancer #2), and Snow finds herself in a new world searching for her beloved Bale. Romancer #2 AKA Jagger gets separated from her, and enter Romancer #3 AKA Kai. These were my favorite parts of the story because the training was all kinds of awesome! And I loved the character Gerde!!!!!

Then somehow we meet back up with Romancer #2, and this is where heist/robbery comes into play. These parts were just okay for me, and I really missed the other characters even though Jagger is all kinds of fun. But the crap hits the fan toward the end of the book, and this is where I need book 2 in my life! If you shut out all the boydom, this story is amazing, but you have to also remember Snow is a teen and she has been locked away in a mental institution for a while, maybe she can’t get her mind straight! Excellent writing, and spot on descriptions and world building!

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The Last Dragon Rider: Excerpt + Giveaway

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Genre: Fantasy/ Adventure/ Romance

Novella Release Date: August 9, 2017

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Blurb

Trained as an elite warrior from childhood, the elven crown prince Flintathriël fights to bring a stop to a war that began before he was born. With the aid of his betrothed Sairalindë, a skilled mage and dragon rider in her own right, they must find the Book of Souls – an ancient and mysterious tome rumored to have belonged to the god Hath’Raal.

When the missing book turns up in the hands of Mnuvae, the bastard child of the dead king, Flintathriël finds himself fighting to not only save his people from this new threat but also trying to keep Sairalindë safe when Mnuvae takes over the dragons in her attempt to win back the kingdom she believes is rightfully hers.

The love Flintathriël and Sairalindë share shines pure and true, but when the smoke of the battle clears, will their hearts survive the aftermath of war or will their love become a casualty that cannot be revived?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35090656-the-last-dragon-rider?ac=1&from_search=true

 

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Author Bio

Errin Krystal is a fantasy romance writer who has been writing since she was a small child. Her head has always been full of stories. She began work on her first novel when she was sixteen.

She lives with her family in regional Victoria, Australia, and works as a chef. In her quieter moments, she loves to indulge her passion for storytelling, basking in the joy that comes from creating vibrant characters, fantastical worlds and all manner of magical creatures. Dragons and elves, mages and warriors, troubled princes and beautiful princesses, romance, magic, and adventure can all be found in her writing.

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She began wrapping the cloth tightly about her, binding her breasts firmly, criss-crossing the gauzy fabric around her torso and across her stomach, tying it off at her hip. She shimmied into a pair of leather leggings and reached for her foot wraps. To other races—like the dwarves and humans—the elves lack of footwear was strange. The elven people had strong ties to the lands, their magic and mystique were inexplicably linked. Even those who did not practice magic felt the connection to nature, and the elven people had maintained the practice throughout their long history.

After binding her feet and leaving only her toes exposed, she tossed an olive green tunic over her head before quickly weaving her tresses into a thick braid.

Sivath was waiting, and Flintathriël was late. Again.

She was reaching for her leather jerkin when he finally appeared in her doorway.

Arms akimbo, he slouched against the frame, all lean muscle and sharp angles beneath his leathers. Silver-white hair fell across his forehead, hiding the dark arches of his brows as he gazed at her with silvery blue eyes. The mop of hair barely touching his shoulders. His coloring typical of the royal family.

Her gaze traced his tattoos. Sweeping vines encompassed runic symbols, curling downward from his bottom lip, winding and weaving their way down his chin and neck. She knew every line that twisted and spread across his shoulders, and across his back. Etchings that disappeared beneath his tunic and reappeared along his arms. She still remembered the day he received the markings, branding him Nuvian. The day she first gave herself to him, the day she truly became his.

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Website: http://errinkrystal.weebly.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErrinKrystal/

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Blog: https://errinkrystal.wordpress.com/

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Characters gone wild: How the comic relief became the hero

It’s funny how wildly out of control things can get. I mean, you start out with the intention of simply writing a short 2,000 word character study to help push through the writer’s block you have been struggling with. Short, concise, maybe spend a day or so on it. Just something fresh and new to get the creativity flowing again you know?

That’s not what happened.

What happened was I set aside my novel and spent six months on writing a 30,000 word novella featuring a character who originally only had a small bit part… until I fell in love with him and created a more in depth history.

In his simplest incarnation, Flintathriël, (now the full-fledged hero of The Last Dragon Rider), was basically created to offer snarky and sarcastic comments to the hero and flirt with his love interest. That was pretty much his entire purpose in the beginning. Someone light and fun, someone to stir the proverbial pot.

Until one day his entire past just came crashing through, demanding to be written. So I started jotting down some notes for a short story… It was never meant to be anything serious…

I had this amazing idea, set against the backdrop of an ancient war with love, betrayal, dragons and elves and all those good things. But I only wanted it to be short.

I was determined to finish my other novel in 2015…

I wrote a novella instead…

But Flintathriël was destined to be more than a flat caricature and all too soon he had taken over telling his own story. He wanted more from life so I obliged, turning him into a fully fleshed out character as he demanded, creating something magical in the process.

In getting distracted with my novella, it has enabled me to fill in a few gaps in my novel (which is now book 2). Several characters appear in both stories and writing this novella has allowed me to flesh out those characters and add more depth to a specific story arc.

So while he still maintains that cocky arrogance I originally intended, Flintathriël is now burdened with a few more obstacles and responsibilities (as well as a kick ass love interest), making the transition from comic relief to tortured hero.

 

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Ozmander: Review + Author Interview

Title: Ozmander

Author: Luke Taylor

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The first book of The Woven Worlds, Ozmander is the epic tale of a young healer accompanying a mysterious man on a dangerous journey.

My Review:

First off, this book stands out from the normal YA fantasy books I usually read. Second off, I was all about the dragon parts. Can I have some dragon milk, please?

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I am pretty good at guessing stuff, and there was some stuff in here that I didn’t guess! I loved the lead character, Ros, and she was not your normal whiny character. She was great, and she had some great sass.

This book had fun action and great character interaction, and I did not want to put this book down!

“They were puppet masters. Shaping the Woven Worlds as they saw fit.”

Purchase for only .99 on Amazon!

 

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Author Interview:

What made you want to become a writer?
When I was 7 it was just something I started doing and couldn’t stop myself from doing. It was just always a part of who I was. It’s the way I was made.
Who is your favorite character in Ozmander?
Daisey! I can’t compare any of the characters, they’re all great, but Daisey is my favorite for the obvious reasons.
Where did you get the dragon’s milk idea from?
My imagination! I am a seat-of-the-pants writer, always have been, and so everything just sort of happens. I wouldn’t have it any other way. And in this world, yes, there are reptilian dragons, but there are also mammalian dragons, and they are, for all intents and purposes, just giant dogs with wings, and they are a lot of fun and very lovable.
What made you want to write Ozmander?
I have always loved fantasy and for the longest time I wanted to remove all the limits from myself and my writing and write a fantasy series that I was committed to doing for years and years, something that was completely imagination unhindered, and could touch some pretty big concepts and ideas but keep it light and simple and fun and still deep, if that was possible, and thank God, it was the right time, and Ozmander is the right story to open the flood gates to a fantasy world that I hope never stops growing.
What is your next book project?
I have several. I am currently working on the YA Sci-Fi/Horror novel Exospherica, a comic book adaptation for Ozmander, and book two in the Woven Worlds series.
What inspires you to write?
Everything! Truly, everything.
Who is your favorite author?
Roshani Chokshi! I am utterly convinced she is the best writer of all time but her work speaks for itself in that regard.
What advice do you have for writers wanting to be authors.
If you have a story to tell, there is someone that wants to hear it, so write it and make sure it’s finished! There are so many avenues to get your story into people’s hands, but the biggest advice I can give is to be humble and always know the reason why you’re doing what you’re doing. Always know the motive behind your writing.
What is your favorite color?
Sapphire Blue!
What is your favorite book you have written and why.
Vault of Dreams. It’s my favorite because it’s the most personal, but also, it balanced everything I wanted to communicate on a thematic/heart level with everything I wanted to do on a technical level. It felt like a very special book from the moment Aerlyn stole the show. I was swept away just writing it, and I hope that readers will always feel that when they read Vault of Dreams. The whole experience was very liberating and enriching and started me in writing YA Fantasy, which I truly believe is where I belong.
There are some unique terms you use such as Tempus, sanctus, and mystis. Can you describe those?
Yes, those are mind, body, and spirit. Mystis is mind, Tempus is body, and Sanctus is spirit. In the Woven Worlds, there is Craft, or magic, related to each one of those. MystisCraft, TempusCraft, and SanctusCraft. When they are used in complete balance and harmony, that is CovenCraft. I wanted to have a series where the world-building was essential to the character development, and a fantasy universe where the world and the universe was directly shaped by those you read about. Not something that was super dense and just exists for three books for our characters to have their adventures, but something that is completely interactive with the characters both good and bad throughout the course of the series. The Woven Worlds is an interconnected multiverse and it is radically altered, shaped, and affected, by the characters through either mind, body, or spirit, or the combination of all three. As one reads on they will find how these things can be incredibly divisive and cause great conflict, and several books will deeply explore the possibilities of the magic system through the characters.
How many books do you have planned in this series?
I say 10 – 15 just to be safe, but I can guarantee at least 7 books that introduce the main characters of the series. These first books establish all of the heroes that will later join up in the arcs that connect each other and build up to series finale. So, that said, it’s not a solid number, but I say 10 – 15 just to be safe. Also, remember, they will be comics, too! Let us not forget that!
Who designed the cover?
The cover was made by Laura Gordon, whom I have worked with for years. Each one will have a geometric symbol, a one word title, and be a different color. When the series is finished a big old stack of them all together should look pretty cool.
What do you consider to be each of your character’s strengths and weaknesses?
That’s such a great question but I want to answer that without spoilers or giving away the journey and the plot. I don’t really know if I can. I would say, in one way, each character’s weakness is themselves, and you can see in the way that they interact with each other that they are really helping each other get past that. Also, in the same token, certain character’s weakness is another character in the story, and that is addressed as well. I think Nurmedov’s weakness is anything baked, and his strength is his attitude. I hope he shows how essential a great attitude is to survive and overcome extreme difficulty.

 

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Review: Zero Repeat Forever

Title: Zero Repeat Forever

Author: Gabrielle Prendergast

Date of Publication: August 29th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

My Review:

I really liked this one! The pace is slow and steady, but I thought it flowed really well. It also has two perspectives between a human named Raven and an Alien named Eighth, and the dynamic worked awesomely!

Raven felt like a real teen to me, and she did things that teens to do whether they are right or wrong. Eighth was a little emo for an alien, but it made sense the way that he was and all he had suffered. I thought the bond between them was great. Sometimes it was violent and sometimes it was sweet, but with aliens taking down humanity, it couldn’t be all flowery. I’m sure there will be some complaints about this, but it’s fiction!

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The one thing out of everything that I was like noooooooo was this line… “That’s a lot of chocolate and marshmallows. Diabetes might be another way to die.” Only because sugar does not give you diabetes!

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There was some cool action scenes with the aliens, but the book was more about survival and forming a bond that you didn’t know could happen when there is a war going on between two races. I loved this one, and I can’t wait for book 2!

 

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Review: Vault of Dreams

Title: Vault of Dreams

Author: Luke Taylor

Date of Publication: July 27th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Albanland. Emerald hills and ice blue lochs, bordered by Nørds raiders and the haughty monarchs of South Angle, each dynasty eager to seize lands weakened by a civil war in which a usurper has risen to seize the cloven throne.
Morgance, Faer Princess of the Night.
And by her side, the fearsome Ultan Skölhammer, sworn Guardian of the Crown.
But Rhoswen, rightful heir to the throne, princess in exile, leads a final uprising from the depths of the forest, an uprising that twists together the lives of the most unlikely companions.
A notorious thief accused of a crime she did not commit.
A baird apprentice searching for the meaning of life.
A pair of brothers who can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
And a gypsy bound to the ancient artifact known only as the Vault of Dreams.

My Review:

I mainly wanted to read this because it’s a stand alone fantasy, and sometimes I am tired of everything being a trilogy or longer. Not to mention that cover captured my eye right off the bat.

When I started reading this, the prose sucked me in right away. I didn’t know each sentence was going to be so thorough and imaginative. So basically, I loved the writing and was blown away!

Vault of Dreams is told in multiple point of views. Sometimes this is a win for me in fantasy, and sometimes it’s a lose. But, each of the characters here had a unique voice, and I could connect to each one. The brothers were my favorite! The gypsy is a close second!

If you love world building, then you will get it here. I could visualize everything that I was reading. The action was spot on. There is some romance if you like that, but not too heavy. I even shed tears several times in this book!

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Overall, I would recommend checking this one out. I feel like if you liked the writing in The Star-touched Queen, then you will definitely like it here! I couldn’t put this one down!

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Review: Roar

Title: Roar

Author: Cara Carmack

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

My Review:

First off, I bought this book which means… I had to finish it! I think I’m more pissed I bought the book instead of waiting for it at the library. The story itself was good, but my main issue were the characters. Aurora was one of the most annoying characters I have ever read in my life. Mare from Red Queen is still at the top of that list.

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So, we get this guy Cassius, and he seems pretty awesome with a slight bad side. Insta love kicks in with Rora which is fine, that crap doesn’t bother me. Her reactions were ridic instead of just confronting the guy after overhearing him instead of act like a fool. Then Cassius (the one character that I find great) is gone for most of the book.

Enter Locke, who by the way I did like. Rora is ridic to him right off the bat, and bitchy for no reason except for her newly developed “trust issues”. I’m sorry but if someone was rude to me all the time why the eff would I have “feelings” for them? Come on, Locke!!!!! Then Aurora makes out with him and then gets angry with him again??? Get real! I did like Locke, but maybe he has some self esteem issues to put up with the BS.

Anyway, the story itself could have been truly original if we didn’t have cliche after cliche after 5 billion cliches with these characters. I don’t even mind cliches in the books I read if the characters are good or have a personality. But dang!

Also books just need to drop the eff bomb or something else. We don’t need made up words used in a weird way. “I don’t scorching care!” “Scorch that!” “For skies sake!”

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Cora does know how to write romance scenes, though. I thought the same thing with her other books I have read. I just wanted more. Needed more! I will still read the next book to see what happens.

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Review: Our Dark Duet

Title: Our Dark Duet

Author: Victoria Schwab

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

My Review:

I didn’t know how this book would go since with V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic series, each book after that went progressively down hill for me. While I still loved book one in this duology better, this one was still great!

For the first couple hundred pages, I did have the thoughts what are we doing here???? Why is it taking so long to have my favorite characters meet back up? Why???? But when the magic happened, it freaking happened, and all was fine in my monster world again!

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Kate’s snark was my favorite thing in this book. She was awesome! August… August… August! At first I was like what the crap happened to my sweet boy??? But there he was!

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There was some awesome action, some great character chats, the villain did get on my nerves which was fine because most villains I find ridic. Then some serious stuff went down… The ending was excellent, and I’m still hyperventilating over it.

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