Saturday, July 21, 2012
Hello everyone! I just wanted to announce that The Moon Coin, which I reviewed a few months ago,has just come out in a print edition! This is particularly exciting for me because the author has put a quote from my review on the praise page and the back flap! Here is the link to a quick look and the printed format. Needless to say I am ecstatic and very much looking forward to reading the sequel that comes out later this year. I hope you are all having a fantastic week! ~ Larissa
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Q: Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.
A: Definitely! That's happened to me several times, one of them being a historical fiction novel I picked up about a year ago called Jubilee Trail . Historical fiction isn't usually my go to genre, but it was recommended to me by a wrangler on a horseback ride I went on outside of Glacier. She kept saying really good things about it so I got it from the library and read it. I loved it and even bought my own copy for keeps. (I highly recommend it by the way).
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Title: Wanderer’s Shadow (Wizards and Faeries #2)
Author: Stephanie Void
Page Count: 132
Rating: 3.5 TURTLES: A very enjoyable read, I recommend you check it out.
When a naked man washes up on the shores of Cemagna’s home, she knows it means something bad is happening. And within 24 hours, she and her brother Temet are thrown headfirst into a world of wizards, war, underground monsters, and Magic-related human experimentation.
But what she did not expect to discover is the real nature of the Wizardly Order, the prison-like organization all wizards are forced to join. She learns the dirty little secret its leaders are hiding, and they will stop at nothing to make sure she doesn’t repeat it.
To make matters worse, her worst enemy, Duke Von Chi, whom she thought she was dead, turns up in the worst possible place: inside her mind, where she can’t escape him. If the Wizardly Order doesn’t get her first, the insanity the Duke is driving her to may succeed…
Wanderer’s Shadow was a quick and fast-paced sequel that picks up two years after Halfway left off. Unlike the last book, Halfway, Wanderer’s Shadow does not alternate between the characters Cemagna and Temet, leaving Cemagna the sole narrator. Many of the questions that were left unanswered at the end of the first book were addressed.
My main problem while reading this book was the same as with Halfway. Because while I do enjoy quick reads, when it becomes so quick that the plot and the characters’ actions seem rushed it detracts from my enjoyment somewhat. Especially with fantasy I think it is nearly impossible to rush because you have to be transported to an entirely different world and I just never felt I was actually there.
If you liked Halfway I would definitely suggest that you check out Wanderer’s Shadow. If you haven’t read Halfway yet you can find out more about it HERE. The end of Wanderer’s Shadow definitely left me wanting to find out what happens next despite the rushed feeling and I will be keeping a lookout for the next installment.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Author: Jason Morrow
Page Count: 414
Rating: 4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.
With the war in Marenon escalating quickly, Silas Ainsley is running out of time. The relentless Stühocs are attacking villages, and an assassin is tracking his every move, making it difficult to find the one person who has all the answers: The Gatekeeper.
Meanwhile, after learning that the Dunarian Council is compromised, King Julian Hobbes scours Marenon for the truth about how deeply the Stühocs have penetrated the freedom fighters.
When Julian discovers what he must do to uncover that truth, he must decide whether the result can justify his actions.
Let me just say that right off that the Gatekeeper did not suffer from the sequel slump in the least. The Gatekeeper picks up several months after the end of The Deliverer, with the main character, Silas, training for the upcoming war until he is sent on a quest to find the Gatekeeper. One thing that was different in this book was that there was more than one story line happening at the same time, whereas the first book only followed Silas.
Like many sequels, this book would not make much sense without reading the first book first, especially in a fantasy novel with complex world-building such as this one. I felt that the pace in this book was faster than in the previous one, which was due in part because of the multiple story lines and because the world of Marenon is already established there was a lot less explaining and this definitely added to my enjoyment of this book. The faster pace was very exciting and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
I would certainly recommend fans of The Deliverer to get their hands on a copy of The Gatekeeper, and if you haven’t read The Deliverer but are looking for a new fantasy world to get lost in I would definitely suggest you try out this series.