Tressa Green is the author of The Summer of the Frogs and Fragile Bones. (Read more reviews for both on Amazon.) The second novel in the seasons series, The Fall of the Cicadas, is in editing. The third, The Winter of the Birds, is in planning. A companion novel to Fragile Bones is in the works.
As well as having a passion for the written word, she is also an award winning pencil artist. Tressa currently resides as a full time writer in the temperamental clime of North-central Indiana along with her husband, two of three children, (the oldest is grown), and a clutter of feisty felines.
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by Tressa Green
Abandoned on the streets as a youth, Nathan endures with quiet stoicism all the horrors that the back alleys bring. On a night much like any other, he is picked up by a mysterious stranger and brought into a whole new world where he could learn to live again.
The Summer of the Frogs
by Tressa Green
Attacked and nearly killed by a creature from another realm, Claire's senses are opened to the kaleidoscope world beyond the visible.
As she struggles to overcome the chaos, she's diagnosed as psychotic and ostracized by nearly everyone, except two: the awkward young man from the clinic whose sparkling eyes she can't seem to forget and the mysterious, shadowy man sent to kill her.
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- The Beast in Beauty
on May 24, 2012
As the description says, this isn't your typical fairy tale. Nor is this a fluffy, cotton candy twist on the old tales. This is gritty and in your face, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
The werewolves in this story are ferocious animals and act as such; which is as should be. But beneath the explicit sex and violence is a human story - this first installment lays the groundwork for deep exploration of themes about love and loyalty.
K.M. is in top form with this introduction to a rich world that begs further inspection. I'm eagerly looking forward to discovering what lies ahead.
- Bound in Stone: Volume One
on June 24, 2012
The first Bound in Stone novel starts us on a complex and oft times horrifying journey about an unusually gifted child and a suitably creepy mage. The boy's very likeable family of thieves quickly finds themselves entangled in Marun's twisted plots - coerced against their will into following along a dark path. And it's just the beginning...
K.M. is a master of weaving a spellbinding tale that captures your attention and won't let go. Frontain doesn't flinch in the least penning the darkest, most horrific scenes that won't leave your mind long after you've closed the book; yet you can't look away as you're skillfully led into the next scene still a bit breathless.
The darkness is lightened to a more bearable level by the sheer irreverent jubilance of Kehfrey and his delightful family. The charisma of the characters and the familial love even charm the rare smile from Marun's lips. Those rare moments when Marun shows a bit of lingering humanity makes him a sympathetic and almost likeable villain. It's the wonderful characters (even the ones I don't like) that truly shine in this very well written fantasy novel.
- The Seeds
on July 28, 2012
The Seeds, a YA fantasy by Jeff Davis, is a quick-paced, fun look into the world of fairies. Jeff does an excellent job of creating a tiny world and making it seem larger than life.
The reader is instantly taken down into what I imagine is lightning bug size in the dramatic opening scene of a lone surviving soldier in a field of destruction. Agnus flies to the palace as quickly as possible and is met by two of the story's key figures--the princess generals--twins Varia, the cool headed diplomat, and Dartura, impulsive and hot-tempered. And we're instantly taken to the intrigues of palace life. As we get to know the main players through interaction and dialog, a lurking darkness threatens the peace of the kingdom.
Though the title of the book is The Seeds, the story is more about the characters, both "good" and "evil", and their struggle for power, of which the seeds are central in the fight. Agnus was by far my favorite character. I hope he gets more page time in the future. Some of the shouting matches between siblings were cringe-worthy as they would be in real life. The battle scenes were ferocious. Giant toothy moths! The enemy is interesting as is the implementation of magic and technology. The only thing that took me out of the story periodically was some wonky formatting here and there; I had to stop and figure out who was speaking. Not a huge deal, really, and easily corrected.
This looks to be the first in a series of stories, so even though the end isn't as satisfying as I'd like; it's to be expected, leaving things wide open for a continuation that I'm looking forward to reading. I have to know what happens next.
on Oct. 24, 2012
A lovely story; I wasn't ready for it to end. Another reviewer (on Goodreads) mentioned this is a quiet story. I agree. Merrick is a fine example of those all too rare novels that I search and search for and only very occasionally find. I fervently hope there is a sequel.
- The Grace Murders: Caspar's Run
on Feb. 06, 2013
Caspar's Run tells the story of two families and two curses intertwined throughout the ages, focusing on the youngest heirs to those curses.
This is fast paced reading. The dialog is snappy and appropriate to the time period (1929) and the age of the characters, which is truly refreshing. A twelve year old girl should be a whiny brat and a 14 year old boy should be cocky and self-centered. Karen Michaud gets it right, even if, like real kids, the words make you cringe at times.
I love the plot of this somewhat macabre story, too. Prophecy, witches, death curses... good stuff here. I did, admittedly, feel like Farideh needed slapped a few times, (but this is a good thing! it means the author has done her job well). In contrast, I delighted in every scene with cold, ruthless Caspar. He's so blasé about fulfilling the terms of the curse, but through it, I could tell he wants out of it as much as his uncle, (Caspar's surrogate witness). Knowing his family history, Caspar carries a real fervor to live, which softens his cruel disposition a time or two.
The Graces are by far the stars of this novel, as the title suggests. Even so, greedy reader that I am, I wanted more of them. There's not a whole lot of inner monologue, so we don't really know exactly what they're thinking or feeling all the time; however their personalities are still loud and quite clear.
The more I think on it, there are many layers that are begging to be teased out. Clues to the family dropped here and there that I'm looking forward to discovering in the sequels. The next book can't come out soon enough; I need to know what happens next. Caspar's Run is one of those novels that keeps you wondering and keeps the pages turning until before you know it, you hit a white page and realize it's finished all too soon.
- The Pearl
on March 07, 2013
Set in a fictional medieval Japan where the akuma are very real. Miruku, a blind nobleman's son, sent away for his "defect" must learn to negotiate the unstable grounds of an unfamiliar and dangerous world after his family is ruthlessly slaughtered and carry the legacy of his birth.
I'm always delighted to read something a little different. Something that will spark my imagination and set me to thinking about things upsidedown. I can always count on K.M. to provide such wonderfully rich worlds in which this can happen. The Pearl is told from a demon's perspective, so things are, as such, more from a mostly animal instinct level of awareness. Yet somehow K.M. manages to make the characters seems very human at the same time. When it comes right down to it, The Pearl is about a man's struggle to realize Self.
This is a tale of demons so contains quite a lot of rutting sex. It's base and course and not really meant to titillate - a few times it's violent and disturbing. However, these scenes are needed to convey the terrible situation Miruku finds himself in and fights to climb out of. Look deeply into the message between the words and you might find yourself just as entangled in this world as I was.
The Pearl is the first in a series that I'm looking forward to continuing. K.M., again, has written something that snubs the norm and is compelling and utterly fascinating doing so.