An interesting idea, writing the book from the viewpoint of a dying civilization. I thought some of the characters were very well-written and I particulary liked the descent into the underworld. That was a very interesting mythology and I loved the story development at this point. I felt that he story seemed to be trying to incorporate too many different kinds of fantasy genre; including a sword and sorcery, dwarves and elves, and even biblical references, and it felt muddled as a result of this. I did enjoy the characters and the historical aspect of the events that I would like to read more about these different cultures in the future.
I enjoyed the book, and I love end times novels. I like how the author tied in current events as precursors to the end times that happened to the characters in the not-too-distant future. The book was written in first-person narrative, which is a hard point-of-view to write in. The narrator tended to come-off as a little unemotional at times, which might have been prevented had the book been written in third-person narrative.I felt some of the sequences weren't developed enough, and it was hard to understand some of the thought processes and actions of the characters because of this. I did think the sequence of events of the plot were very interesting and I would like to read more books by this author.
I received this book in Member Giveaway in exchange for a review. I am glad that I did. I really enjoyed the story. The characters were interesting to read about and the plot was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the genre, a mixture of science fiction and film noir and hard-boiled detectives. The seting was interesting, and I would love to know more about how the tunneling and movement through dimensions works and the history of this world. It was a great read, and I look forward to reading more by this author.
I received the second book in this series through members giveaway, and the author generously gave me the first book in the series. I liked the culture that the author presented in this series. The differences leading to war between the mages and the heraldans, and how that happened seemed well developed. The main character, Laedron, was well-rounded, but some of the minor characters could have used some more development. Some of the dialogue between the characters felt a little awkward, and the pacing of the book seemd uneven. Some of the action sequences happened much to fast, while other section seemed paced too slow. Overall, though, I did enjoy this world and its people, and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
A great sequel to the first novel. The characters are becoming more complex and developed, although the dialogue still sometimes seems a bit awkward. The world that as been created here is well thoughout and makes me want to continue reading to learn more about it. I particularly liked how the author handled the complexities of the issues about the war facing the characters. I would really like to see some maps to help the reader visualize the different lands, and an appendix to help explain the prior history preceding these books would also be very interesting. I am looking forward to reading the final installment of this book.
I received this book as a Member Giveaway in exchange for a review. This book is about two brothers and their quest to find their missing father, and the adventures they have along the way. It reminded me of a Hardy Boys novel as I read it. I liked to two brothers and thought the conclusion of the book was very attention-grabbing and full of action. However, I felt the book was flawed in several ways. The characters of the two brothers wasn't explored very well, as to their thoughts as emotions, so It was hard to make any real connection to them. There were some serious plot flaws which need to be worked out, ex. the reason why the father didn't call the police after he escaped. The language use in the book was not consistent with a family that lived in Pittsburgh. The story needed major proofreading, editing, revising. The spelling and sentence structure, grammar, and poor editing was very distracting and it was hard to focus on the story because of this. I feel though, that there is promise here though, the plot was very action-packed, locations were interesting, although more description would be helpful., and the characters have possibilities. This story may have been updated since I received my copy, I hope so, as the story definitely has a lot of potential.
I loved this fantasy story by Maria Schneider. The plot is complex and very interesting, the characters are well-rounded and the world that has been created is fascinating. A must-read for fantasy buffs. I am definitely going to read more stories by this author. The first story in, I hope, a long series of imaginative books.
Vestige (Vestige, #1)
on March 22, 2013
I received this book as part of a LibraryThing Memeber Giveaway. I have always enjoyed reading novels about the end times, and I have also liked reading the young adult genre has there have been some really good fiction coming out of it. This book is young adult fiction about the end times, which I thought was an interesting take on the genre, since the rapture was seen through the eyes of teenagers. I thought the idea of one of the characters being a descendant of a fallen angel added an interesting perspective to the tale. The development of the characters I thought was a little slow. I almost quit reading the book because I couldn't relate to any of the characters as they all seemed very shallow and uninteresting. I did stick with it though, and the characters' personalities did develop over the story. I also felt the plot moved slowly. There is going to be a sequel, and at times I felt the plot was dragged out in order so there will be enough material to write a sequel. I felt that either the author should have added another subplot to the book to keep the action going a little bit stronger, or the story should have be told completely in one book. That being said, however, I did like the premise well enough that I do want to read the second book to see how the plot and characters develop.
This is not my favorite genre, so I am not very well experienced in reading this type of novel. I thought it was well-written. and a good plot and interesting characters. I thought some of the action sequences were typical for the genre and some of the characterizations seemed stereotypical, but it was well thought-out.
I found the setting of the book to be very informative as it takes place during the Lebanese Civil War. The descriptions of that time and place and events were so well done, I really want to do more research on those events. The characters were well-rounded, flawed, and realistic, except maybe for the bride, Muna, who did not seem as well developed as the other characters. The book was a little confusing at first as to what was going on, particularly the political intrigue, but I found out that this is the second book in the series, which explains the confusion. I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.
I received this book as a Member Giveaway from LibraryThing. I love this genre, which is paranormal suspense/horror, and I felt the author did a good job keeping the suspense going. I loved the settings, both in Ellie's coffee shop and the characters in that setting,especially Kevin, and the house. At times, the book reminded me of books by Barbara Michaels. There were some plot holes, and I did find Ellie's weak character due to her divorce a little annoying, but as the story goes along, you find out that her weakness is all part of the plot development. This is the first in a trilogy, and I am looking forward to reading the others in the series.
I received this as a Member Giveaway from LibraryThing. It is labeled as a paranormal thriller. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. They were believable for characters in this genre and I was definitely rooting for Tyson Barrett as the protagonist in this story. The plot developed smoothly with enough detail to keep me in the edge of my seat. I really liked the settings at the lake as well. I would have liked a little more scientific explanation as to what was happening to Tyson Barrett, maybe from one of the doctors. All the theories were coming from Tyson, who didn't really know what was going on or why, but he was doing a good job guessing. A more formalized, scientific explanation at the end of the story might have added to the understanding of the events, but overall, I really enjoyed this book.
I received this book as par of a LibrayThing Giveaway. It is the first in a trilogy set in the not too distant future. I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were very well-rounded and the plot was enthralling. I can't wait to read the other two in the series.