M. L. Chesley is a fantasy author and mother of four children (two human, two fur). She's fluent in sarcasm and snark, traits only her family can adore. Even though fantasy is her love, she's branching out into genres such as romance and paranormal. Should things get out of hand, her loving husband is standing by her side, straight-jacket in hand.
Adversarius, book one is the beginning of an alliance of an unlikely group, all with the same goal: To return the heiress of Paridzule to her place of power. Veritas, book two, continues to follow the group as they move on to the next stage: War.
Two kingdoms. Two goals. The race of a lifetime.
The neighboring kingdoms, Paridzule and Relavia, have been at war for over five hundred years. An accidental alliance is about to be formed when Kayta, daughter to the King of Paridzule, becomes secretly engaged to Alabassin, heir to the Relavian throne.
If I Die Young
on May 25, 2011
"If I Die Young" by Talia Jager
Caelyn Noel is your ordinary teenager. Maybe not as active as some of her friends, due to asthma, but she still has the usual problems. Getting homework turned in, final exams, breaking up with her boyfriend.
Just as she gains interest in the cute boy she's liked for years, things take a turn for the worse and she collapses at school. Her heart is giving out and she is in desperate need of a new one.
All of Caelyn's friends seem to disappear except for Lindsay, her best friend. Her parents are by her side every step of the way, so she isn't entirely alone. But what about love? What if she dies without having found the love of her life? When she meets Austin Walker, she thinks that maybe she does have a second chance at love at the very least. Is he the one for her?
"If I Die Young" is a must read for any young adult. It is a sweet romance and filled with Caelyn's trials and tribulations as she deals with heart disease and facing death. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Caelyn's situation is a bit terrifying, a lot for a young girl to go through, yet she soldiers on. I don't want to give too many details away, I just suggest you read it for yourself!
~M. L. Chesley, Fantasy Author
The Book of Deacon
on Dec. 23, 2011
I've said it before and I will say it again... I'm a sucker for fantasy. I liked this book. Joseph Lallo has a nice writing style and the story flows really well. I do have to admit, I saw a lot of typos, grammatical errors and repetitiveness. Those are probably the worst comments you'll see from me about this book. However, these are critiquing comments.
The story of Myranda and her faithful reptilian companion is a very good one. It is the first in a series and I am looking forward to the next two books. There are some interesting creatures in this story, different views on magic and how the characters utilize it. I also have to say, that while this is fantasy, the story may be long, but it keeps going and only slows down ever so slightly. Not enough to bore you, though. I've read some books that you just wish they would get on with it, but this story is one that delivers just the right amount of information as it goes along. The information given paints the picture of the world that Myranda lives in and even though it is in some pretty heavy turmoil, there are areas I would love to see in real life, of course.