Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Review} FALLEN THRONE: THE FIRST ADVENTURE by Joseph Porthos

ASIN #: B00IXMWC8U
File Size: 459 KB
Page Count: 117
Copyright: March 10, 2014


Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

A dark cloud draws over the nation of Ramza. A mad king terrorizes a kingdom. Demons dance under the moon's light. And an assassin that wears the guise of those she meets once again stalks the land.

Aerika became an orphan the night her family was burned alive. Together with her friend, Khristian, the two children set off on an adventure to find her parents' killers. With the help of a master thespian and swordsman, a wielder of fire and lightning, and two street performers, they will try to uncover the nature of evil that corrupts the throne and bring the killers to justice.


Mandy's Review:

Khristian is a budding detective and he's studying as much as he can so he can be ready to become a member of the Watch when he's a little older. His father is a member of the Watch and that's where Khristian gets his love and initial knowledge for the job. Khristian takes his father's mentoring very seriously and applies the lessons to every day life.

Aerika is a friend of Khristian's. She was raised by a mother who thought bookish knowledge for a female to be useless. Why would a lady need to know how to read and write when her rich husband would be the one to take care of her? Upon the nightmarish death of her family, Aerika lives with Khristian's family and sees that a lady having book smarts is not a bad thing.

The two join forces fairly quickly and it's not long after that when Khristian's own family undergoes its own peril. Can Khristian and Aerika join forces to figure out what's going on?

I don't know that I would call this first novella in the series an adventure. It's more of an introduction of things to come. The entire time I felt that the story was building up to some event or happening. While there are benefits for authors to break up a novel into several different books, I really feel that this would be better as one novel. Right as I was becoming drawn into the story, it ended abruptly and left me feeling disappointed.

If the author ever puts all of the sections into one complete novel, I may pick this back up again. It definitely has promise.


*An ecopy of this novella was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 20, 2014

{Trailer Reveal} HUNTER by Renee Donne

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Anaiah Press is proud to present the trailer reveal for YA novel HUNTER by Renee Donne.

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Moving across the country isn’t Hunter’s ideal start to her Junior year of high school. She has no friends to hang out with, no beaches to lounge on, and she’s living just a few miles from the secluded hiking trail where her father died when she was a baby.

Living in Wyoming isn’t all bad, though, thanks to Logan, the handsome veterinary assistant at the animal clinic where she lands an after school job. And he seems just as interested in her as she is in him.

As Hunter begins to settle into her new home, she learns more about the circumstances surrounding her father’s tragic death, and it may not have been the accident everyone believes. Something dangerous lurks in the woods, and Hunter might be the next victim.

Release Date: June 9, 2015
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About the Author

Renee Donne

Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she's a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she's a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.

 
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

{Review & Surprise US/CAN Giveaway} FIRST IMPRESSIONS by Charlie Lovett

ISBN #: 978-0525427247
Page Count: 320
Copyright: October 16, 2014
Publisher: Viking Adult


Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Charlie Lovett first delighted readers with his New York Times bestselling debut, The Bookman’s Tale. Now, Lovett weaves another brilliantly imagined mystery, this time featuring one of English literature’s most popular and beloved authors: Jane Austen.

Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.

In a dual narrative that alternates between Sophie’s quest to uncover the truth—while choosing between two suitors—and a young Jane Austen’s touching friendship with the aging cleric Richard Mansfield, Lovett weaves a romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling novel about love in all its forms and the joys of a life lived in books.


Mandy's Review:

There are those novels whose titles seem so obscure that you're searching the entire novel for correlation. That did not happen here. This novel was rife with references pertaining to first impressions. Here are some examples:

  • When Jane Austen first came upon Richard Mansfield she thought him full of gloom.
  • Jane Austen's first impression of Nurse on a dark moonlit night was that she was meeting and consorting with a secret lover, something extremely forbidden by the rulers of the school where she worked.
  • Jane's cautionary tale, a form of absolution prescribed by Mr. Mansfield, was named First Impressions.
  • Sophie Collingwood's first impression of Eric Hall was that he hated Jane Austen, one of her favorite authors, and that he behaved like an ass.
  • Sophie's first impression of Winston was that he was handsome and his reasoning behind searching for a rare book was unique and believable.
The first impressions we have of others are often misleading and incorrect. We should get to know others and their circumstances before casting judgments on them. If we would take the high road and practice that, it would save a lot of heartache and confrontations.

Once again Charlie Lovett has created a novel intertwining past and present into a deliciously fantastic literary escape. I didn't want to put this book down ... until I got near the end then I wanted to draw it out as much as possible. Having read both of Mr. Lovett's novels, I am now a ginormous fan. He has been added to my must-read author list.


*A hardcopy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


US/CAN Giveaway:

The giveaway is open until 10/25. On 10/26, a winner will be randomly chosen. The winner will then have 48 hours to respond. If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours, or does not have a US/Canadian address, then another winner will be randomly chosen in their place.

Now, for the prizes ... Of course one of the prizes is your own copy of First Impressions by Charlie Lovett. The second prize: a Penguin Classics hardcover copy of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! You'll see how related the two novels are once you read First Impressions.



Good luck!!!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

{Review} OUR ORBIT by Anesa Miller

ISBN #: 978-1496187543
Page Count: 294
Copyright: July 3, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing


Description:
(Taken from back cover)

As a series of misfortunes scatters the Winslow children to different homes, nine-year-old Miriam finds herself in foster care. A college-educated couple, Rick and Deanne Fletcher, are happy to welcome her. But Miriam has never worn new clothes, was not permitted to cut her hair, and believes that children must repent their sins with dramatic displays of remorse, or harm will come to their loved ones. Now she must adapt to a secular lifestyle while struggling not to lose her connection to the past.

The Fletchers quickly come to love their "new little girl" with her cheerful energy and unusual ideas. Then they encounter the rest of Miriam’s family: Uncle Dan believes he was the subject of an invasive experiment. Sister Rachelle, just released from juvenile detention, harbors many painful secrets. Brother Josh is outraged that the Fletchers disrespect Christian teachings. When his plan to remove Miriam from their home fails, Josh reacts with growing hostility to interference in the Winslow way of life.

Richly detailed with small-town ethos, Anesa Miller's new novel, Our Orbit, captures the tension between modernity and tradition in the Appalachian corner of bellwether Ohio. Among the conflicts of her finely drawn and compelling characters, we glimpse the spirit that binds us in our common humanity—all of this in a literary novel that reads at the pace of a thriller.


Charlene's Review:

Young Miriam has never known the world outside her family’s strict religious beliefs. When her mother is killed and her father is taken away to prison, she is sent to live with a foster family. As she blossoms under their care, her remaining family struggles to survive. As Miriam is pulled into a new life, her foster family finds that her roots may be stronger than their influence.

Our Orbit is an intense look into family structure and the ties that bind, whether good or bad. Rich in character development and written with deep emotion, I was quickly absorbed. A study in social and economic structures, as well as religion, Ms. Miller tackled some tough issues with heart-rending grace.


*A physical copy of this novel was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, October 17, 2014

{Cover Reveal} GAME ON by Collette West



Book Summary:
(Taken from Goodreads)

Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin.

Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.

Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.


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