I enjoyed Passion of the Different, it is a very unique story. The character development was good as well as the world building. The discoveries, adventures and dilemmas in this world really drew me in. I loved the way you started the book and Ryan was very lucky that Myra found him first. And the ending, what can I say except I am interested in how things turn out!
I would give this book 10 Shiny Gold Stars if I could.
I picked up this book because I had read an interview with Andre’ Jute at Cookie’s Book Club and he sounded fascinating. Although, this is not the genre of book that I normally read, the Iditarod sounded interesting.
The research and facts in this book are outstanding. You can tell the author took great pride in getting all of his facts right. The history and side stories about some of the Iditarod heroes are fascinating.
I never realized reading a book could be so emotionally exhausting, this story will never let you go! The elements that the participants endure, the foreshadowing of things to come literally scared me to death.
The relationship that grows as we learn about the two main human characters is realistic, fascinating and encompassing and a far cry from what this book is really about.
This book is truly worth more than 5 stars. This is an adventure of a lifetime that I will highly recommend no matter what genre you read, you will not be disappointed. The editing and formatting are pristine.
BRAVO, Andre’! You would be welcome at my dinner table anytime. You will have to excuse me now; I need to go read something light and fluffy. :)
Seized (The Pipe Woman Chronicles) by Lynne Cantwell
Native American and old world mythos intertwine in a captivating story surrounding the winter of solstice 2012. Naomi has a pretty sweet life as a skilled mediator at a large legal firm in Colorado and she has just become engaged. When events from her past come to light, her whole world is turned upside down. It will never be the same again.
I have a soft spot for Native American stories, I am not sure why, as far as I know I have no Native American blood. I also enjoy stories about old world gods and myths. This story combines the two in a unique way. This contemporary fantasy is told through Naomi’s eyes. She is an intelligent, well-balanced character that you can’t help but like. The story is well thought out, draws you in quickly and has a steady building plot that adds some interesting twists.
Each character in the story is well developed and plays an important part in the development of the plot. I loved the way this story challenges all belief systems, this author has taken this on in a grand scale. The dialogue is realistic, entertaining, and humorous at times. I found it very easy to suspend my disbelief and become immersed in the story. I am excited to see where she takes us as this story continues to build in its ever-widening scope. Well done, Ms. Cantwell, well done. I think I have found a new favorite fantasy author.
This book contains adult language and situations that may be offensive to some, but I don’t feel they were added for shock value. I found no significant errors or issues.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** February 8, 2013
Brimstone by Leonard Little
“A short story that pits a lone gunfighter against the ghosts of the men he's killed. Will Garth McCants give the Devil his due or will Chance deal him a new hand. Find out in Brimstone--a dusty southwestern town that teeters on the edge this world and the next.”
This is an imaginative short story that I would love to see expanded, it is very short. The plot was clever and well thought out. I felt like I was on the dusty trail with Garth as he ponders the strange challenge he received by telegram as he travels to the town of Brimstone. If it hadn’t been addressed to Shorty McCants he might have let it go.
This little story put me in mind of a Twilight Zone episode; it is easy to see it play out in your mind with the author’s descriptive prose. I would recommend this to readers who like ghost stories, westerns and soul redemption tales. Mr. Little is definitely a gifted wordsmith and I look forward to more of his stories. I think he will be an Indie author to watch. I found no significant editing issues.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** April 15, 2013
Rating: **** Four stars
Angelfire: Dark Angel #1 by Hanna Peach
If you are looking for an enthralling new epic fantasy about angels and demons, this may be the series you are looking for. Ms. Peach has created a fascinating world of epic proportions with intrigue, betrayal, battles, demons, and traitorous angels surrounding Raphael's Blood Prophecy. This story is a roller-coaster ride of twists and turns as Alyx slowly uncovers truths that have been concealed for centuries. Friendships are tested, conspiracies are revealed, new relationships are forged, and love tries to bloom.
This story is told through Alyx, a young Lightwarrior. She is intelligent, head-strong, flawed, and well written. As are all of the characters in this story and there are several. Each character holds a different piece of the puzzle and no one is telling the whole truth. Ms. Peach is setting up an epic battle between good and evil where the boundaries are blurred just enough that there is no black or white. With Alyx coming into her own as a free-thinker she is discovering no one is who she believed them to be and historical facts have been altered by the Elders.
I think I can safely say there are many more surprises to come in this story. I can sense the hierarchy of Elder angels and Lightwarriors being turned upside-down. This is the first book of the series setting up things to come so it didn't surprise me when I was left hanging. At least there are sequels published with more to follow... and I’ve heard rumors that all have cliff-hanger endings.
Format/Typo Issues: No significant errors.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** January 7, 2014
Christmas Time is the youngest daughter of Father Time and Mother Nature. Christy loved the forest and all living things. Mary Time loved things that sparkled like diamonds and stars. The sibling rivalry takes a bit of a wicked turn when Mary wants Nicholas for herself since she saw him first. When Nicholas asks Christy for her hand in marriage and gives her a diamond ring Mary flips out. She tricks Christy into changing into her tree form knowing full well she will remain a tree forever. When Nicholas rejects Mary’s affections, Mary is so distraught she climbs Christy’s branches and turns herself into a star at the top of the tree because she does truly love her sister. Father Time is helpless, he can’t change his daughters back into their human forms. He gives Nicholas his magic staff and sends him off on a quest to find Mother Nature, in hopes that she might be able to help.
Nicholas used steadfast determination to find Mother Nature facing impossible odds while crossing frozen tundra. With the help of Father Time’s magical staff and Mother Nature’s magic in all things nature has to offer, they formulate a plan to save Mary and Christy. Nicholas is now on a quest around the globe to find and gather magic wherever he can to weave that magic into Christy’s evergreen branches in hope that he can save his true love and her sister.
This was a unique Christmas story that does indeed put “a new twist on the old story of Santa Claus and the Spirit of Christmas.” I think it was rather ingenious how Mr. Little spun this story using traditional Christmas icons and ideology into his own myth.
Format/Typo Issues: I noticed no significant issues.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** December 22, 2014
The Box is an emotional tale of love, hope, truth, and tradition surrounding a small family who is in desperate need of a miracle. Several days after Christmas has passed Tiffani’s mother is still in the hospital needing an experimental surgery, which could hopefully save her life. The presents lie forgotten under the tree while Amos, Tiffani’s grandfather, and Tiffani stand vigil at her mother’s bedside. Faced with impossible odds, Amos tries to lift his granddaughter’s spirits by opening presents under the tree after an especially hard day. When the present Tiffani chose to open was the puzzle box that had been passed down through the family. Amos takes the opportunity to tell her the story of the special box’s origin as she reads the letters secreted away inside.
The Box is a short story that is sure to tug on your heartstrings as Tiffani seeks to solve the clues to discover the secret hidden inside this special box. This heartwarming story could be read any time of the year.
Format/Typo Issues: No significant issues.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** December 25, 2014