Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Hidden Sun by J Lloyd Morgan

Eliana and Rinan are in love. However, she is destined to become queen of Bariwon, obligated to marry the victor of a competition called the Shoginoc, while Rinan, her royal guardian, is forbidden to marry. Normally they could renounce their titles to be together, but these are not normal times. Abrecan, the malevolent governor of Erd, is determined to win the Shoginoc, thereby placing his easily manipulated son Daimh on Bariwon’s throne. Can Eliana and Rinan find a way to be together without jeopardizing the peace they are so desperately trying to protect? 

I must admit that when I picked up this book I had no idea what to expect.  I was in the mood for a castle, prince and princess story.  I was delighted to find out that it was exactly what I wanted - with a lot more adventure mixed in than I had anticipated.   It started out with a short history of the kingdom.  You learn to like Eliana from when she's small, along with her nursemaid and Priest Sherwyn.  You love her father and his kindness to his daughter and to his people.

Then you add the villain.  This book has a variety of villains.  They're smarter and more cunning than most villains.  Personally I love Daimh.  He's a good-looking guy that loves himself more than anything and he's not exactly a bright person.  But he speaks up when it is most needed - even if its not often enough. His dad and the magistrate Caldre however are villains that you want to see brought to justice.  You also have other villains that are bullies who enjoy using their positions to abuse others.

There are several tragic events in this book and you get hit hard with every one of them.  The book was well-written and kept you at the edge of your seat from beginning to end. It all comes to an exciting conclusion that you will have to read!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Dragon War Relic by Berin Stephens

I met Berin last year at an Authorpalooza and heard about his book The Dragon War Relic. When I heard it was a comedic book I was intrigued. I like fantasy, sci fi and comedy. What could be better? I then had him out to our store and got a chance to buy his book.  Since we were in Australia for several months- and had to leave my books behind - I didn't have a chance to read the book until recently. It was worth the wait. I loved it!!  Here is the synopsis:

A mysterious explosion, a gold ring, and the fate of the Earth and the universe . . . For Jared Mills, summer has never been more exciting! When Jared receives an odd-looking ring from a complete stranger, he never imagines it will lead to aliens, spaceships, lasers, and dragons! With the ring comes great responsibility, and Jared discovers that he is Earth s representative to the entire galaxy. Suddenly, he finds himself in a fast-paced adventure where he must discover the cause of a mysterious explosion and the truth about his predecessor s death. Along the way, Jared joins up with a strange collection of allies: his childhood friend, an Ogre, an Angel, and three short Star Trek loving Elves. What they uncover changes everything even the course of Earth s destiny! Science fiction slams into fantasy, creating a humorous and action-filled story. The Dragon War Relic will keep you laughing to the very last page. 

I loved the characters in this book.  Each had their purpose and they did it well. Jared was a good awkward guy who didn't want to be pushed into the spotlight but did a great job when he was there.  Doug was just plain awesome with all the ways he could use the word "dude" in a conversation.  Gar is a loveable ogre that takes good care of Jared. Kayla is the angel that every guy wants. The elves were just plain hilarious. They could get into trouble and save the day all in the same hour.

I like that you hear about the different worlds in the galaxy but you also get to see a few of the different planets throughout the book. And the fact that there is a moonbase where you can only travel to and from earth when the moon is out is just plain cool.

The plot is great because of the many twists and turns. When you think you know what's going to happen, out pops another surprise.  I didn't expect the book to end how it did but I was pleased with the outcome.  I hope that there are more books to this series because I would like to enter the world again!  The one question I would like to ask is, did Doug really ever get abducted???

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Samara by Andrea Pearson

I got the opportunity to read this novella by Andrea. Its a cute story.  As I'm a total romantic, it was perfect for me!

First the synopsis:
When Samara Oldroyd meets the most amazing guy ever, she's frustrated their conversation is cut short. Her wishes that they'll run into each other again come true when she meets her sister's new boyfriend. It's him! Eeek!
Inspired by the film Dan in Real Life, this novella will tickle you pink as Samara tries—in vain—to undo her crush.

I enjoyed this story.  It was fun to see how Samara interacted with her family. You can feel the growing annoyance in the car as the trip drags on to their destination. It brings back many memories of those long car trips!

Then she meets Matt who is every girl's dream and every Mom's dream for her daughter. But of course there's the problem of him already dating her sister.  Her act of trying to stop having a crush on him is hilarious. Because the second you try to stop thinking about something or someone,  you end up thinking about them more. I love that she is comfortable enough with Matt to tell him - and I enjoyed his reaction.

This is a fun romance story for all readers.  I can't wait to read more of Andrea's books and novellas!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Watched by Cindy M. Hogan

I've mentioned before (I think) that I'm one to judge a book by its cover.  The cover of this book itself caught my attention; but then I read the back of the book and got even more hooked. I NEEDED to read this book.  Here is the synopsis:

It takes more than a school trip to Washington, D.C. to change fifteen-year-old Christy's life. it takes murder. A witness to the brutal slaying of a Senator's aide, Christy finds herself watched not only by the killers and the FBI but also by two hot boys. She discovers that if she can't help the FBI, who want to protect her, it will cost her and her new friends their lives. 

Christy was a very likeable character. I think most teens can relate to her in a way. She feels like she's not good enough and just wants to be like everybody else she's with.  The way she interacts with friends is true to a fifteen year old girl who wants to fit in while also standing up for her beliefs. Even after the book ends, you want to know more about her.

I love the intensity in this book. You never know what's going to happen as you read. While there are a couple of places where I noticed small mistakes, it was very well-written and enjoyable. If you love thrillers that are still clean, this is a great book. I would highly recommend the books to anyone ages 12 and up.

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