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Monday, August 9, 2010

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

So my friend, Laura, recommended this book for me. Finally after finding it in paperback I bought it and read it. I started at 7am this morning, reading this 374 page book, and finished tonight at 8pm. I had to stop several times through the day as well since I was working from 7am-3:30pm. My job allows a lot of down time though that I'm able to read in.

I must say that Suzanne Collins delivers a Lottery inspired tale with a bluntness that is shocking but intriguing. It was like reading the girl's, Katniss, personal diary. The Hunger Games, created by the government of Panem, to remind the districts under their rule that they do in fact still control them every bit. Katniss gets caught up in the games when her little sister gets picked from random draw to participate. Anyone with a younger sibling they love dearly can relate to why she chose to take her place in the deadly Hunger Games. What we don't count on though is a budding romance for Katniss that may not survive the arena and herself.

Amazing idea/story line, great characters, awesome scenery and hunger pains galore. 5/5 STARS!!!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

An amazing historical romance. Sara Donati wove magic through this tale of a school marm set on being a spinster.

Elizabeth Middleton left England with her brother to join their father in "Paradise", New York. The small village was like a seed planted in the middle of the forest. The seed of "town" wasn't the only kind of seed to take hold in this adventure. The villagers are all riled up about the Mohawk people who want to claim Hidden Wolf mountain. A great tale of love, survival, and prejudice. At 876 pages long, it took me three days to read. I could not put the book down or out of my mind. Plus there is promises of four more books in the series. Must read! 5/5 Stars!!

Polgara the Sorceress by David and Leigh Eddings

This is the story told from Polgara's point of view. As with Balgarath the Sorcerer, we get the same time line nearly and also the nice little brief glimpses into life for Belgarion and his family after everything has happened. I find that after reading Polgara the Sorceress, I actually like Polgara more. She isn't really all that likable in the series except that you feel you must love her since Garion does. It might have been David and Leigh Eddings way of making Polgara shine the way they had really wanted her to. I found myself depressed at times during the story and other times annoyed with Polgara that she'd act so bossy, or rude to even her father. I suppose she may have had good reason to act that way, but I found that I didn't like her in those spots. I like Belgarath alot. Maybe I'm just biased. Anyways, a very nice contribution to the end of the line of books of Belgarion's life. 4/5 Stars!!

The Belgariad: Volume One(inclusive of books: Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, and Magician's Gambit) by David Eddings

David Eddings has created a wonderful epic fantasy series. He claims it all started with a map sketch. It is such a wonderful series that I have read the entire series 3 times.

Garion is a normal seeming youth growing up on a farm in Sendaria with his Aunt Pol. Everything is mostly normal until a visit from a vagabond story teller leads them on a great adventure after a thief. The party grows and grows and grows until Garion is unsure about his role in the party and things lead him to question all he held dear and right in his life... Thus began the first great novel in the series, Pawn of Prophecy.

Stuck with unpleasant realizations that everything has changed, Garion is now waiting in the cold snow of Arendia for more party members to arrive. He sinks into self pity and anger over events that he can't control. Little clues keep popping out at Garion, confusing him about his true role in the whole affair. What will it all mean? What has Garion become a part of? What has Garion become? He learns more than he wanted to as he travels from one country to another in the continued search for the thief... Thus continues Garion's story in Queen of Sorcery.

Things rush to a head with the magician, Ctuchik. The orb, the stolen object, is now in his possession. Garion learns what he is and who is Aunt Pol and the vagabond story teller, Mister Wolf, really are. Gaining new friends along his journey, Garion can't begin to imagine going back to Faldor's Farm, but he wishes everything would go back to normal and he could just go home... Thus finales in a cliff hanger, nearly literally, Volume one, Magician's Gambit.

Love this series. Must read. 5/5 Stars!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Belgarath the Sorcerer by David and Leigh Eddings

It's been a while since I have written a review on a book I'm reading. Not because I haven't been reading but just cuz I've been lazy about typing up the review after I'm done reading. I just kept plowing through from one book to another.

This is David and Leigh Eddings answer to many wanting the back story before the Belgarion and The Mallorean. This is told in first person by Belgarath. At first I thought that this could be read before the Belgariad, but then upon conclusion, decided otherwise. There are too many key things and names dropped by Belgarath during the telling of his story that would ruin the secrets of the Belgariad for a new reader. Over all it was immensely satisfying as a fan of the Belgariad and the Mallorean to read all this back story. It's also a plus that we get a small glimpse into the lives of the characters after the Belgariad and the Mallorean are finished. A great addition to my collection of books from this story line. 5/5 Stars!

I am including several book covers I have found. The first one is the same as the one I own, but the rest I just want to share because I love book cover art. :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

The High King's Tomb by Kristen Britain

Karigan's adventures as a green Rider continue as she continues with normal rider business and dealing with personal feelings that can't be recouped. Mean while the Second Empire is using necromancy magic to stir up trouble and try to weaken the wall farther. How much time is left before they have to encounter and face Mornhavon again? They don't know, but they are frantic to heal the wall and learn how to defend themselves against him before he appears again. With apprentices, horse kings, bleeding walls, kidnapping, impersonations, daring rescues, walking through veils of worlds, the undead, and vengeful officers; Karigan is up to her ears in the thick of it. Not even Ms. Bunch and Ms. Berry can compare being up to their ears in it with pirates. Will Karigan's love for the King be able to emerge? Will Lady Estora's secret be her ruin? Will Salvistar's touch taint Karigan? Well...this book doesn't answer all our questions. LOL.
A wonderful 3rd book addition to this series. At 642 pages long it took me about 3 days to read this, only because I was so busy with things going on for my birthday and the 4th of July festivities. :) I didn't wish to put this book down,ever, but still had to in order to live life. It will be a long wait for the next book to come out. All else I have to say besides stars is; Thank you Sir, may I have another? lol. 5/5 Stars!!! <3 it.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Rider's First Call by Kristen Britain

Resisting the call to be a green rider doesn't keep Karigan G'ladheon away long. The First Rider, Lil Ambriodhe, made sure of it. Karigan moves into service of the King of Sacoridia as a green Rider only to be thrown into a new adventure of great peril within her first couples years of service. The breach in the D'yer wall is loosing wild magic upon the Kingdom and strange happenings resulting from this is the least of their problems. The awareness beyond the wall is awakening more and more each day and it's calling out to it's old friends, servants...including Karigan...

Kristen Britain engulfs us in Karigan's story once more. We can only love Karigan more and more as we journey with her. Great adventure, deadly evil, preposturous betrayal, agonizing greif and forbidden love entrance us from page 1 to page 596 as with the last few pages we release a few tears for it all. I read this in about one day. It was AMAZING. To pass this book up would be ignorant. Ignorance is not bliss... Kristen Britain is. 25/5 Stars!!!!

Green Rider by Kristen Britain

In the Kingdom of Sacoridia, clans are united beneath one king. But it wasn't always so united and many clans were tainted with the evil from across seas. Mornhavon the Black, twisted, evil, magical...and still alive w/o embodiment after a thousand years being held behind The Wall of D'yer is reawakening with the help The Gray one, The Shadow Man.

Karigan G'ladheon, a merchant's daughter, runs away from school only to find herself faced with death, the death of a green rider bearing a message to the King. So, Karigan's journey begins as she is demanded to swear to deliver the message for the dying messenger.

Kristen Britain is a wonderful story teller. This book contains amazing adverture, dramatic magic, beautiful characters, bittersweet love and tons of courage. Unique in it's forms, I marveled in it. Usually in fantasy fiction you can detect the influence of other fantasy authors in the works, but here I found complete, amazing, great originality. I couldn't put it down. So easy to fall in love with the characters of good. Kristen Britain doesn't make the reader fret too much about what's to come by putting dreadful, obvious hints to things that are going to happen. She pulls us through with amazing story telling that just keeps the reader wanting more and more and more and more.... etc.. :) The story makes my hearts soar with happiness over the amazing creativity and passion behind the works, which Kristen Britain poured into this. A MUST READ!!!!! At 471 pages long, it took me about 3 days reading this on my vacation. I love Kristen Britain. She is now my favorite author. 25/5 Stars!!!!!! =D

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Hopeful Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The cover on this book caught my attention. The girl pictured looked alot like Keira Knightenly. So I picked it up and found the location given for the setting to be; Barnett,Kansas. I'm not from Barnett, but I am from Kansas. So I picked up the delightful Christian historical romance.
K.V. Sawyer makes us fall in love with little Miss Tressa within the first three pages, technically pages 7, 8, and 9 because some how the page numbers 1-6 were skipped. :P lol. At 344 pages long (minus 6 pages that were missing), I read this book in one day. The wonderful story line of girls from the city heading out to go to school to learn to be ranchers' wives was unique and wonderful. We read about girls being boughten as brides in those days by ranchers and such. This is the first time I've read of girls going to learn to be ranchers wives and then being matched off. I liked this idea better than the buying of brides. Anyways, this book has wonderful mystery, some action adventure and a little romance. It wasn't nearly as romantic as I'd prefer, yet I still enjoyed it.
4/5 Stars! If you enjoy historical romances, then I recommend it for you!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

"Five adventurous sisters...
Four dark creatures...
Three magical gifts...
Two forbidden lovers...
One enchanted frog...

Cross the threshold into the Wildwood, and enter a land of magic, daring, betrayal... and true love."

Very interesting, eh? I thought so. What a lucky find this one was while I was searching for hidden treasures at the 1/2 price book shop. I actually got this one for less than 1/2 the original cover price. It was well worth more than I paid. At 400 pages long, I read this book in about 15 1/2 hours give or take... It is so easy to become ensnared in this wonderful fantasy about five sisters and their frolicking to another world and dealings with witches, vampires, and other-worldling beings. Dear Jena is so easily loved, as well as her frog Gogu. As one of four sisters I loved the family togetherness, tightness, friendship shared between these five sisters; Tati- the beautiful, Jena- the leader, Iulia- the flirt, Paula- the learned and Stela-the child. We get to experience love, friendship, trust/betrayal, magic/reality-change. This is really, truley a wonderful coming of age story. The main character learns, grows and changes. For we all must change and accept change as life takes us on our own journies. My only complaint about the book that bugged me was the mis print at the beginning confusing the actual ages of the two older girls. At first the author says that Tati is in her seventeenth year and then later says she is only 16. This affects Jena's age because she is introduced as being one year Tati's junior. Then later they are said to be 16 and 15 instead of 17 and 16. To me that year makes a difference. 15 is quite young to be experiencing the love that the author writes about. Unrealistic but then I suppose that this book is aimed for young adult. Also, when telling one of my sisters about the book, she was put off by the romance between two first cousins. It didn't put me off from it only because I understood it to be told from a time when that was deemed acceptable, unlike today. All together, It was well written, easily read and most easily enjoyed. I loved it! Nearly crying in anguished joy at the end. 5/5 Stars!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Decidedly in love with the newest film version of Pride and Prejudice (2005) staring Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen, I could not resist finally delving into the literature which led to such a movie. First I must say that I had seen a previous version of Pride and Prejudice and found it confusing and uninteresting. The new version was easier to understand and with a wonderful cast and soundtrack, I fell in love. Jane Austen is amazingly witty, clever, romantic. I was so impressed by her writing that I started to think and want to speak in her dialect and wished for her wit so direly. There is not much more I can say of such a wonderful novel that hasn't been said yet to this day for the last 197 years. I had difficulty in adjusting to the dialect though since I haven't read much anything like it. At 334 pages long it took me about 3 days to read. 5/5 Stars! A must read for anyone.

I loved the dance scene the most in both book and movie. :) --->

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DragonLight by Donita K. Paul

I finally got time to read this wonderful addition to the DragonKeeper chronicles. Donita Paul gives us a heart warming ending? to this wonderful series of books. Though I know she plans to write more in the series but with a new cast of characters in a different time and location. Amara has put aside their ignorance of evil and are trying to piece their lives back together in the eyes of Wulder. Bardon and Kale set off on a new adventure, one first only intended to be like a vacation. I was so happy to see Gilda find truth. Her ugly soul made me dislike her through out the all the books since she first took flight. Then I was happy to see her make the change for good. I was happy to find out Toopka's mysteries. Was happy to see Kale's little Penn make an appearance and joined later by 2 more in the epilogue. :) Over all, I loved this book. Can't say it was my favorite, but only because it had the feeling of "the end" to it. I hate to see good stories end. But that is life and new life will unfold that will bring us great joy and happiness through Donita Paul's newest works of art. At 377 pages long it took me about two days to read this book. I was sad when it came to an end. 5/5 stars!!! I love God and I thank him for putting Donita K. Paul on this earth and bringing her wonderful stories into my own personal library. Thank you God. Thank you Donita. :)

Friday, June 4, 2010

Time Weaver by Shana Abé

I first started reading this series by Shana Abé a few years ago. The first book is Shadow Thief, followed by Dream Thief, then Queen of Dragons, and then Treasure Keeper. I definitely recommend starting at the beginning of this series before touching this book. I had a hard time reading Time Weaver, at only 325 pages long. It took me about a day to read this. It was hard for me to read this book because the main character is someone who we have seen and met previously in prior books and is made out to be someone evil, whom we don't like. Thinking about it reminded me of Christine Feehan's last book in her Dark series, Dark Slayer. The author takes a character whom they have twisted to their evil will and made their readers dislikes and tries to make them good again, in one book. Christine Feehan was successful in making the character of Dark Slayer good again and earned him a spot back in the readers' hearts. However, Shana Abé fails to do this for Honor Carlisle in Time Weaver. I trudged through the book, skimming several paragraphs without really reading them, just so I could get on with the story and find out if Honor ruined everything for everyone whom we have already falling in love with in the previous books. I'm hoping from the epilogue that Shana Abé will not return any future books' point of views to Honor or her beloved... I do hope though that she will continue on with more books about those whom we already love, or new characters we don't know yet. I love Shana Abé's books, and I forgave her instantly for writing this book. I knew it was necessary for her to, in order to answer questions and continue the overall plot carried on from one book to another. 3/5 Stars. A must read for anyone wishing to read this series... I'm sorry.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This amazing fantasy novel is definitely one to re read. Picked this one up at the book store to read while waiting for Dragonlight by Donita K. Paul to come in. (It came in yesterday!!!) I read Graceling by Kristin Cashore in about a day and a half. It is 471 pages long. It is one of the best single title books I have read in a little while. We get introduced to the fantasy land of The Seven Kingdoms. There we meet an interesting young lady, Katsa, distinguished from others by her one green eye and one blue eye and her reputation. Katsa is easily liked, she must survive the story telling in the readers' hearts, so she must be easily liked. :) Great adventure, great characters, great scenery. I wanted to be Katsa or even one of her close friends. Great romance, clever, funny, intriguing. I can't even count how many times during reading it that I exclaimed, "I love it! I love it! I love it!" while laughing. Definitely a must read. 5/5 Stars!!!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller

So, the book store didn't have the 5th book of the last book series I was reading in stock and I had to order it (Dragonlight by Donita K. Paul). Put out and dieing for something to read to pass the time til the book arrived, I bought The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller. I had seen it on the shelves every time I went into the book store and everytime it caught my attention but I passed it up. So I plucked it up this time, hoping for the best. The Innocent Mage, at 640 pages long, took me about a day, day and a half to read. Though I'm not sure you can really call it reading...more like skimming, skipping and trudging. This book was so slow. I did not enjoy this book much at all. The characters are hard to like, there isn't enough action and adventure. Too many things were unexplained AND after all left us in a cliff hanger. I'm like...what the heck!?! I am NOT going to go buy the next book nor go check it out from the library. This book was a waste of my time and not worth the aggrevation and sleep deprivation I went through, trying to finish it so I could continue on to something better. This is a first I believe... 0/5 stars. Not worth all the glances I took all those times in the store. Now I know why for so long I didn't buy it even though it caught my eye. I shouldn't have defied my senses.

Monday, May 24, 2010

DragonFire by Donita K. Paul

This is the 4th book in this series by Donita K. Paul. This one takes place again, 3 years into the future from the ending of the last book. Kale and Bardon are now married. The book doesn't hesitate to throw us right into the action and adventure from the first page. Kale and Bardon end up on seperate missions, finding out how much they really rely on and miss each other. They both go through extreme trials of mind, body and soul. So many battles take place as three evil forces battle to take over Amara. Will Wulder and Paladin be able to help them win? You'll have to read to find out. Amazing, amazing, amazing. I'll definately re-read this one in the future. At 346 pages long it took me about two days to read this book. Donita Paul has perfected her writing style in this series by this book and you just fly through it, page to page, longing never to put it down. My favorite of all the books in this series! A must read! 5/5 Stars!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

DragonKnight by Donita K. Paul

The adventure continues with Kale and Bardon. I was at first disappointed that the book started out with only Bardon's point of view. I had not quite liked him enough after the last book to want to read from his point of view. But wanting to know what happens to Kale kept me reading. I was pleasantly surprised with I found out there was a Part Two further into the book which switches to Kale's point of view. Though you eventually realize that their points of view start to mix and become one as the story proceeds. This story starts three years after the last book ended. Bardon wants to become a knight, but he had found the social part of the role to be daughting for him. He is mostly a solitude person, enjoying time alone or with very few. With a decision to take time for solitude and sort himself out and have time with Wulder to figure out what Wulder's plan for him really is. Bardon's sabbatical doesn't last long. It is the start of another adventure, one that leads to new friends, new enemies and new realizations. This is the best of the books in this series I have read yet. :) Must read!!! 5/5 Stars!!!!

DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul

The 2nd book in this wonderful series by Donita K. Paul. We continue on more adventures with Kale, the slave girl from the first book. Kale is supposed to be training at The Hall to serve Paladin and Wulder, but her plans change. She must go to be with Wizard Fenworth to start her apprenticeship with him as well as other duties she must take charge of. Forced to take a young man along, whom she doesn't like, Kale is left wondering what Wulder's plan for her really is. We get to meet new lovable characters in this story as well as ones we don't find as lovable at first, but learn to love. Quite a fun journey this leads to. A great read! At 349 pages long it took me about two days to read this book. I highly recommend reading this one after you have read the first! 5/5 Stars!!!

Dragon Spell by Donita K. Paul

Looking for a new book to read, I found myself in the Religion section at Border's. They have a great selection of Christian fiction there. I saw this interesting looking book, Dragon Spell. This is a Christian based fantasy novel. The first in a series of 5, there may be more to come? At 334 pages long, it took me about two days to read. This is a story about a young slave girl, in the world of Amara, who finds herself unexpectedly on an exciting adventure. This quest surrounds Kale with many sticky situations. Yet, their God, Wulder is in everything they do and always manages to help them out. This story highly reflects that their Wulder is very much like our God here in real life. The story takes us through spiritual enlightenment as well as a fantasy story. Well told, with wonderful characters, enchanting lands and an amazing God like ours. This book is a must read! 5/5 Stars!!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks is an amazing romance novelist. I have read A Walk to Remember and The Notebook written by him as well and he never fails in delivering a heart warming, lesson learned romance. He continues his well earned reputation with this wonderful novel. The Last Song has recently been made into a feature film staring Miley Cyrus. I wanted to read the book before watching the movie so I could enjoy the story even more when I watched the film because some many times they leave a lot out. The Last Song, at 463 pages long, took me two days to read. It's not a Nicholas Sparks novel if you don't have tears at least spring to your tear ducts at least once. However, that's no reason not to read them. Amazing amazing amazing.... Ronnie is so relatable. Steve is so ideal. Will is so swoonable. Jonah is so adorable. Blaze is so frustratable. Scott is so annoying. Marcus is so creepy.... A must read! Such great family values shown. Such amazing love shown. Such a mature understanding for love and family and life. God smiles down upon Nicholas Sparks as he is able to mass preach such good things to everyone without some of them even realizing it... lol. 25/5 Stars!!!! Go buy it now! It's definatly one to buy and keep on your book shelf.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Bitter Thistle, Sweet Rose by Ruth Glover

This book is #2 in a series called The Wildrose Series. I have not read any of the other books in this series... yet. This 206 page book was much too short for my liking. It took me maybe 4 hours to read this. I found myself skimming through a lot of parts of the book as the author seemed to go on way to long in description of the landscape and setting. I've never had that happen to me before. I was sorely disappointed with this book as the back of the book suggests that supposedly a young lady named Linn is the main character of this book. Yet, as the story went through it didn't seem to focus even mainly on her, only some. That annoyed me a lot since I had been attracted to read this book by the creation of her character and introduction of her on the back of the book. I am hoping that the 3rd book of this series will carry on about the ending of Linn's story because this book doesn't give a good conclusion for her at all. If you enjoy historic romances set back in pioneer/settler type days with the Christian moralities preaching throughout the book, then I recommend this one for you. This author reminds me of Lauraine Snelling or Janette Oak, but not quite as good. 3/5 Stars!

Golden Urchin by Madeleine Brent

I picked this little filly up at a garage sale. :) lol. It was a wonderful delight. I had never heard of this author before. I read this 375 page book in about a day. This book, I would say is a mystery romance. There was so much action and adventure in it as well. There is never a boring part. I loved the detailed plot that was twisted and confusing. I loved the amazing characters. I recommend this as a must read for any body! This is a story about a young girl, raised among people who treated her poorly and how she made her way into her own world. Meg is an amazing girl and sometimes I found myself longing to be her. 5/5 Stars!!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Treasure Keeper by Shana Abe

I re read this one last night. This is the newest book of the Drakon series I have read, about the romances between people that are dragons formed human. They face trials from humans wanting to kill them all and some of their own betraying them and learning to love each other along the way. This is my favorite of the series so far. We see miss Zoe Lane grow and learn about her amazing self, without her ever realizing how amazing she is til much later. She takes great risks for those she loves and is very courageous. At 310 pages long, it's much too short for my tastes, but it will continue on in another book. I anticipate that the next book in the series will probably be the conclusion. I highly recommend this book to read, but also highly recommend you start with the first book in the series and move forward from there. First is The Smoke Thief, 2nd is The Dream Thief, 3rd is Queen of the Dragons. 4/5 Stars for this one, only because I wished it were longer.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Brother's Price by Wen Spencer

I re read this book the other day. It is a interesting fantasy romance mystery. It's hard to actually put it in that category, but that's the best I can do. In this book the main character, Jerin, has to deal with the pressure of having to be married off so that the family will have enough money to do other things. The surprise is that Jerin is a man. In this world, the roles are switched. Woman are dominant because there are so few males. Males are considered property and sold or traded with other families to get a husband for their family. The families are huge, with a man having to marry 10-30 women from the same family. lol. Imagine how long a month would be for one of those women having to wait her turn... All in all a very enjoyable book. It's quite mind boggeling to think about, but it makes for a very interesting story. 5/5 Stars!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

So I just re-read the 3rd book of the Twilight Saga, Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. The 3rd movie for it is about to come out in theaters in a few months and I couldn't remember it well enough. This book is one hard to put down. I read the 629 page book in about a day and a half. This part is mostly the story of the struggle for Bella between Edward and Jacob. The action plot is moved through the revenge of Victoria. All the Victoria business gets resolved in an exciting, but not epic enough battle. I haven't ever been too impressed with Stephenie's fight sequences that she has written. It's all a little vague and short. I'm sure it's like that because she probably had a hard time describing and explain how a vampire battle would go down, especially when they move so fast human eyes can't hardly tell what is going on. I would describe this book as nearly as heart breaking as New Moon was, but from a broader prospective. It seems like everyone gets their heart broken at least a little bit and one person dramatically. *wolf howl* =*( If only she could love him enough. If only... If only it was just a story... OH WAIT! It is... lol. Silly me. I'm one of those people who yell at the characters on tv doing stupid stuff too. All in all a great addition to the whole saga, it wouldn't be complete with out it, though sometimes I wish Bella had never gone after Edward in New Moon and just stayed with Jacob. 5/5 Stars!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen

So I found this amazing historical romance. This is a new author to me. I really enjoyed it. I read it in about a day. It is 438 pages long. This story is about a young lady, Olivia, who gets caught up in a series of unfortunate misunderstandings. The whole book the reader is constantly trying to figure out what really is going on. My only complaint is how insulting and rude the main male figure, who gets romantically connected with Olivia, is all the time. It just makes it hard to like him enough to actually cheer for their romance to work out. Olivia is a very likable character though. I couldn't put the book down, the way you have to keep reading to find out more, to solve the mysteries. I give this book a good 15/15 stars!!! =D

Monday, January 11, 2010

Starman by Sara Douglass

The final book of the Axis trilogy, Starman, was a wonderful read. Sara Douglass really makes the readers happy as they come to the end of this story. It was so exciting to read. All the answers we were longing for are revealed and we get to see many wondrous things happen. It's not a fairy tale ending of "happily ever after" though. We do see some death that wished we didn't happen, but all in was amazing. There are still 3 more books in The Wayfarer Redemption series, but they are a trilogy of their own which I have read are to be the story of Axis' children. I am nervous thinking about what they might bring, knowing that at least one of his children is meant for evil. My favorite part of this book would be revalation of the 9 star gods and the fact that we finally see Wolfstar credited for his help instead of his horrid deads from his past. I was also very happy to see the Bane who hates Azhure be discredited and disposed say in an unkind way. I wonder if the Bane had been corrupted by something evil trying to sway the Avar... The book is 647 pages long, not including the wonderful glossary again. The ending epilogue chapter really helps us tie this story to the next as we head out to the store to pick up the next in the series to discover the adventures that await Axis' children. I am happy with the epilogue, for in some stories the epilogue ends the book and series leaving you wanting more and upset with the author for that (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows...ya that's right J.K. Rowling....I'm mad at you for your epilogue.) Anyways... I will give this book the best rating yet. 25/5 stars! The best book of the trilogy. Thank you Sara Douglass for this wonderful story.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Enchanter by Sara Douglass

So this is the 2nd book in the Wayfarer Redemption series (US) by Sara Douglass. It took me a long time to read this book mainly because I did not enjoy the love triangle that was evident through this whole book. I had already fallen in love with Faraday and then they introduce a new love into Axis' life... Anyways, what makes it so hard is that you fall in love with this other girl as much as you love Faraday...putting the reader in the same dilemma as Axis. This book is great though in having so many mysteries revealed and love found again, re awakening magical places... I could go on and on about how magical and wonderful this book is. We see people pulled together and some evil killed off. Exciting battle sequences and just amazing surprises that some aren't such a surprise if you have caught on to the clues leading up to them. Getting to the end makes me want to burst into tears of happiness for most of the characters and shout in a victory shout of glee for a few others. I will wait a bit longer before starting the 3rd book in this series only because I want to enjoy this happy ending for a little bit before moving on to see how Axis will yet defeat Gorgrael. 626 pages long, not including a wonderful glossary at the end. I highly recommend this book to read in the continuation of this trilogy. 10/10 stars!!