Friday, March 16, 2018

Review: Tiger's Dream

Tiger's Dream Tiger's Dream by Colleen Houck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kishan has chosen to stay behind and serve the goddess Durga. She is beautiful and annoying at the same time. His situation is made even tougher by the fact that he knows the girl he loves is with his brother. After the shaman Phet informs Kishan that Kelsey is in need of his help, he goes full steam ahead and doesn’t realize the consequences until time begins to unravel. What will Kishan need to sacrifice in order to put things right? Is there a sacrifice that he is not willing to make?

Tiger’s Dream is the fifth and final book in The Tiger Saga. It has been nearly six years since the release of Tiger’s Destiny, yet Houck has created a story that not only refreshes the reader’s knowledge of the past events but actually revisits many of them. I will admit that toward the middle I felt like it was dragging in spots, but once my mind fully wrapped around the time warping aspect of the goddess and her tiger, I was able to relax and enjoy these events. Tiger’s Dream is a beautiful ending to an epic story.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: Miles Away from You

Miles Away from You Miles Away from You by A.B. Rutledge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It has been eighteen months since Miles lost his best friend, Vivian, to a suicide attempt. She has been on life support and her parents have let the domain to her blog lapse and Miles is feeling the loss all over again. One of his mothers believes a trip to Iceland is just what he needs, but he has made the hotel room his sanctuary and is not getting the full Iceland experience. It takes the hotel manager, Oskar, pushing him to experience Iceland with his camera to get him out of his self-imposed depression. Will Miles find healing from the loss of Vivian?

Miles Away from You is a stand-alone novel full of heartbreak and love. The story is told in a series of instant messages from Miles to Vivian so each section is quick to read and the story flows without much effort. Rutledge has taken many tough topics and has worked them together into one emotionally charged story that most readers will be able to relate to. Miles Away from You is a good read that doesn’t push a specific set of values on the reader.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Review: Time Bomb

Time Bomb Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

School is preparing to start with students and teachers visiting the local high school for various reasons. Diana is a senator’s daughter and everyone expects her to be perfect. Frankie is the captain of the football team and he is keeping a secret. Cas loves her clarinet and is tired of trying to be accepted. There is also someone who doesn’t want to be ignored anymore, a boy who recently lost his mother who is looking to make a point and a young man who wants to be seen as a person and not as a Muslim. These teens may be different, but on this fateful morning they have one thing in common; they are trapped in their school after a series of bombs are detonated. Is the bomber still in the building? Is the bomber one of them?

Time Bomb is a stand-alone novel that keeps the reader turning pages throughout. Although there are several main characters, their stories are expertly pulled into one greater story and readers will easily be able to follow the connections. Charbonneau has left the genre of post-apocalyptic literature and has crafted a realistic fiction novel to delight most readers. Time Bomb is a great book that I recommend to all readers who enjoy a good young adult novel.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Review: The Heart Forger

The Heart Forger The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tea knows that as a Bone Witch, she is able to raise the dead. She can now take a life and then return life, but will she use this power for the greater good or for her own vengeance? She has the power to use the daeva for her own purposes; will she go after the royals who took away her true love? Of course, revenge is never easy and there are people who want to stop Tea and use her power for their own dark purposes. In the end, can anyone really come out on top?

The Heart Forger is the second book in The Bone Witch series. Chupeco’s story continues strong with many characters that readers will love to read about and maybe even love to hate. This is not a quick read, yet most will find themselves drawn back to this storyline over the days or weeks while they consume it. A strong second book and I will be looking forward to book three in the future.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Review: Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In today’s political arena, a woman’s voice is heard just as loud as a man’s voice, but we have had this right for less than one hundred years. The nineteenth amendment that gave women the right to vote barely passed, yet it did. This historic event was not quick and was spearheaded by many women over many decades. Roses and Radicals tells the story of these women. Some are well-known suffragettes and others are lesser known, but not less important. This non-fiction book will bring readers a better knowledge of these issues we take for granted. Roses and Radicals is a good book that readers may finish quickly or at their own pace.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: Ink, Iron, and Glass

Ink, Iron, and Glass Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elsa’s mother has been abducted and she has crossed into the real world in order to use her scriptology gifts to find her mother. Although it is Italy in the 19th-century, many people have gifts that give them an advantage in alchemy, mechanics and even scriptology. Elsa is introduced to a group of young people who are gifted orphans and she tries her best to get them to assist her in her quest. Will they be able to uncover the hidden truths that even the adults don’t fully understand? Who can she trust when the fate of her mother on the line?

Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a series by the same name. The story is captivating in its simplicity and mesmerizing with its complexities. It seems like that can’t be so, yet that is the only way I can explain it. Clare has weaved together historical events with a steampunk adventure and readers will easily find themselves turning page after page to discover the truth. Since this is a first book in the series it doesn’t have a firm ending, yet the primary goal of the main story is brought to a satisfactory conclusion. A fun read and I will be looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Review: The Rogue Queen

The Rogue Queen The Rogue Queen by Emily R. King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kalinda has overcome more obstacles than anyone would imagine, including a tournament to the death. Now she is trying to move on with her life and help those around her, yet she has come to the understanding that the demon that had touched her life has now made her magic powers uncontrollable. Are her heightened powers exactly what she needs to vanquish this demon? Who should Kalinda put her trust in in order to protect her empire?

The Rogue Queen is the third book in The Hundredth Queen series. The events from this book pick up shortly after the ending of the second. Kalinda has a whole new series of obstacles to overcome and readers will be riding the thrills alongside her and her friends. Although this is a fun series to read, I found my mind wondering and had trouble staying focused on the larger plot. A good read if you have already read the first two books, but not a book to jump into blind.

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