Starr Griggs


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  • The Dark Gifts Birthright on Oct. 18, 2011

    The Dark Gifts: Birthright By Willow Cross Self-published-May 23,2011 Facebook: Yes Blog: Rating: Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Borrowed form Amazon: Throughout the ages, druids have passed down a prophecy from one generation to the next. A girl, born of a witch clan, will become vampyre and spark a war that will divide the vampire nation. This young woman will either save humanity from vampire reign, or be the end of it. Although she’s never heard the prophecy, and doesn’t believe in witchcraft, Liz Markum is that woman. Working with her maker, Michael, and the remaining members of the warring Vampire Council, Liz must defeat the darkness inside her, and learn to become more than a killer vampire. She must become a vampire killer. I have nothing but good things to say about this book. Yes, it took me a minute to get into the story but that had everything to do with outside noise and not this book. If I was going to complain about anything in this book, it would be that I knew enough about the bad guys to know that they were the bad guys. They were important to the story in the sense that they were the reason everything was happening (if that makes sense) but I didn’t care about them. I did care about Liz and Michael and their band of misfits. I think this is the first book that I’ve read that I wasn’t really clear who the hero was going to be. I had read the blurb and knew what the story was about. But ignoring what I was supposed to know and just experiencing the book as I read, there were opportunities for other people to step up to the plate and fill that role. Is it bad to not know who the hero of the story is? Only if there aren’t any characters that you care about. And in Birthright, there were plenty of characters to grow attached to. I have to say that I am not always a fan of romances that are so unexpected that they pound you in the face like a baseball out of left field. But I loved the dynamic between Michael and Liz. It was unexpected and there was definitely some interesting chemistry at work, but they did not rush into something, their feelings were believable and sweetly awesome! I am definitely looking forward to the digging into the next book. Recommendation? Definitely check out Dark Gifts: Birthright, you will not be disappointed! Starr K This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
  • Dragon Stones (Book One in the Dragon Stone Saga) on Oct. 29, 2011

    Dragon Stones by Kristian Alva Defiant Press – July 14,2011 Facebook: not sure Emperor Vosper has this plan to kill all of the dragons. They are driven to the edge of existence, almost forgotten about and only talked about in whispers as a wistful memory. When Elias Dorgumir finds a dragon stone, he gets more than he bargained for and his nice quiet life is completely shattered. Now he must escape the emperor and find safety with the dwarves. What can I say? I am so excited about this series! I can’t wait to get the second book to review. It has been my experience that fantasy books; regardless of the target age groups are always either really good or really bad. I don’t think that I have ever read one that was just “okay”. If I have, I don’t remember it. This truly was an unexpected delight. Honestly, the only thing that really bothered me was the fact that the action was set in motion with the cliché kid who doesn’t listen to his grandmother because he wants to help out. It is a little cliché but man, nicely done. What I loved loved loved about this book was that it didn’t bog you down with the history of the land or the details of world building. You start in a time when great battles have already been fought, the evil emperor is already in charge and the people of the land are simply trying to survive. The history is given in snippets at just the right time and you’re never given more than you need. Elias, what a character with potential! There wasn’t a lot of depth given to him, as far as the role that he will ultimately play in the story but I like him. There is clearly more to learn about him and the secrets of his family. The ending! Oh. My. Goodness. I was at work when I got to the last page, to the last sentence. Talk about a cliffhanger, a sentence that just totally baseball bat slammed to the face hit you. So not fair and I DEFINITELY want more- RIGHT NOW! There wasn’t a lot heart-pounding action, but there was definite flow. There was definite edge-of-your-seat-can’t-stop-turning-pages attraction with this book. And I definitely can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. Recommendation: Middle grade/Young adult Rating: Absolutely fantastic, a book that will definitely be kept and passed around to the youngsters in my life! (And probably even some adults) This book was given to me, free, in exchange for my honest review. Really? What are you waiting for, go get this book!! Always Shine, Starr K