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  • The Confederacy of Heaven on March 18, 2013
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    An interesting fantasy with unique elements and a realistic main character. This book was a collection of different elements and genres although fantasy was the main genre. The idea of no rain for two hundred years was an interesting one although I wondered how anyone could have survived without water. It does turn out that there is snowfall, but no water, which does confuse me quite a bit. I also wasn't sure how people still had electricity (the townies) after 200 years nor did I understand how Nasan understood certainly technology so well. The world was not as primitive as I expected. I really liked Nasan. She was a warrior who doubted her skills and wasn't this incredibly strong super bad ass warrior. She was a very realistic character. The story focuses on her journey and her strength of character, not how attractive she is or how unbelievably talented she is. My enjoyment of this book did wane a little as the book progressed due to what felt like needless complications and plot devices. I am glad that there was a happy ending and I would love to read more about the universe and Stars. I would recommend this to those that enjoy fantasy with elements of dystopia and science fiction.
  • The Confederacy of Heaven on March 18, 2013

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. An interesting fantasy with unique elements and a realistic main character. This book was a collection of different elements and genres although fantasy was the main genre. The idea of no rain for two hundred years was an interesting one although I wondered how anyone could have survived without water. It does turn out that there is snowfall, but no water, which does confuse me quite a bit. I also wasn't sure how people still had electricity (the townies) after 200 years nor did I understand how Nasan understood certainly technology so well. The world was not as primitive as I expected. I really liked Nasan. She was a warrior who doubted her skills and wasn't this incredibly strong super bad ass warrior. She was a very realistic character. The story focuses on her journey and her strength of character, not how attractive she is or how unbelievably talented she is. My enjoyment of this book did wane a little as the book progressed due to what felt like needless complications and plot devices. I am glad that there was a happy ending and I would love to read more about the universe and Stars. I would recommend this to those that enjoy fantasy with elements of dystopia and science fiction.
  • The Scorpion Nest: A Short Story on May 10, 2013

    Disclaimer: I received this from the author in exchange for a review. A slightly confusing, but creepy tale of horror and revenge. I like scorpions. I think they are very cool creatures. However, while I would have snakes, lizards, and spiders for pets, I don’t think I would have a scorpion for a pet. They are better at a distance. I can’t imagine the horror to find that your house is infested with scorpions that seem dead set on terror. The horror was good and the revenge Joel got was sweet. I was confused by the scorpions. Where did they actually come from? Why didn’t they kill Joel? Despite my confusion, this was a good, quick horror read.
  • Children of the Cross on Aug. 04, 2013

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. A supernatural novel that has original supernatural beings, but suffers from a confusing plot. The cover is a bit off putting since I am not sure what it has to do with the story at all except for it being Cora who happens to be a prostitute. The summary talks about a supernatural mafia looking for the Light. Not much detail is provided which makes sense since the author doesn't want to give any secrets away, but a reader could certainly expect more detail in the book. Unfortunately, very little detail is given about the Light, Teresa, and her mafia are. I personally kept thinking of them as vampires. Teresa is searching for the Light for reasons that were never made clear. Teresa is supposed to be a leader, but I felt she was more of a spoiled teenager with servants who had to cater to her every whim. She had very little self control. My confusion and uncertainty only increased as the novel went on. I started off enjoying the book, but kept expecting answers that never came. The ending only tells me that a lot of people died and that the Light was actually a real thing. I would have loved more explanation.