Review of Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommend: Probably!

Review:

This book surprised me! I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I mean, the description looked awesome, but I’ve been fooled too many times by synopses who’s book don’t live up to my hopes. This book wasn’t perfect, but I couldn’t put it down. I read it in three days-and I can’t remember the last book I read that quickly.

And OK, this isn’t an extremely long and detailed book, so that might have been one of the reasons why it was such a quick read. It starts off with high action and things don’t slow down at all until the last couple pages. so that really helped move things along. Sometimes I think things could have used a little slow down. I feel like there were times when more explanation and detail was needed to take this book to the next level. It was a little predictable at times, but not painfully so. Despite figuring out what would happen pretty quickly, I was still able to enjoy the story.

But the characters really shined in this book. I loved Eelyn so much; she was a fantastic combination of fierce and caring. Honestly, I enjoyed pretty much all of these characters. Fiske annoyed me occasionally, but I still found myself rooting for him more often than not. They were all so unique and well-developed. I loved getting to know them!

So, all in all, I am so glad I picked this gem up. Like some other reviewers, I was a bit hesitant at first because I thought it might be too cliche. But, this book was not at all what I expected, and I really appreciated that (although, yes, there were some predictable parts)! It’s a fun, quick read. If you love vikings, I’d recommend giving this a go.

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Review of Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 4/5

Recommend: Yes!

Review:

This book was so much fun! I’m a big fan of superheroes, although sometimes the stories can feel too cliche and difficult to believe. But I’m glad to say that was not at all the case with this book. The characters were great, the story was interesting, and the world was really cool!

I adored Nova. She was such a delightful combination of ruthless, sassy, and sweet. It was fun to see her develop through the story. And the rest of the characters were so fantastic too! One of my favorite things about Marissa Meyer’s books is her ability to create such rich and rounded characters. They really do feel like real people. Which makes it so easy to become invested in their stories.

One area that had a few rough spots was the plot itself. There were a couple minor plot holes and that ending left me a bit confused. I had to go over it a few times before I realized what had happened. Personally, I would have liked a few more hints leading up to the last chapter, but it wasn’t too completely out of the blue.

Despite a few minor issues, I still loved this book! I wish I would have held off reading it a little longer, because I really don’t want to wait for the next book! I want it now!!!!

The Blood King Release

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Hey everyone! Are you a fan of dystopian fiction? Do you like gritty stories about fierce young women? Well then The Blood King by Liz Long might be right up your ally!

Here’s a little blurb about this book:

In the kingdom of Brighton, a President-turned-King offers poor teens the chance to join KEY, the King’s Education for Youth. Seventeen-year-old Reina Torres jumps at the chance to be of service to her country, wanting to learn more about Brighton’s history and future through the Media industry.

The King himself takes an interest in Reina, offering private interviews; he soon commands her to marry his cruel son. Reina, however, cannot ignore her growing feelings for Iris, a fellow KEY student, despite knowing the laws. Reina discovers refusal means punishment much worse than death, and why King Magnus hasn’t aged in decades, thanks to his KEY program.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38193477-the-blood-king

 

So what did I think of The Blood King?

I received an ARC of this book and it was a really fun read! I’m a huge fan of dystopian books, so as soon as I saw the description for The Blood King, I knew it was something I needed to read. The characters were engaging and well developed, although at times their actions were a little too predictable.

The plot was pretty typical for a dystopian novel, and at times was a bit too cliche. But, overall it flowed well. The characters were really driving this story, which I always appreciate in a book.

I’m really glad I had the chance to read The Blood King. I had a great time reading this book. If you like dystopian stories, I’d recommend giving it a read!

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About the Author:

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Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University and author of ten novels. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job as Associate Editor includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA. She is also the director of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference and the annual Roanoke Author Invasion.

Comic book readers and fans of CW Network smash hits Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Netflix’s Daredevil will root for Liz Long’s bestselling YA summer series as the HoA’s gifted teen superheroes attempt to save their city from its impending demise. The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.

Author Links:

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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-blood-king-4

Review of Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Possibly

Review:

If you’ve been following my reviews, you know how much I love space/alien stories. So when I read the description for this book–a group of NASA astronauts going to explore a mysterious alien spaceship–I was so on board. It didn’t turn out to be quite as amazing as I’d hoped, but this was still an interesting concept for a book!

One thing I really did appreciate about this story was the focus on character development. Too often in hard scifi books the characters get lost amidst a sea of technology and science. While I find it interesting to read about all the cool, futuristic inventions, I need characters to really keep me connected to the story. And this book had some nice, solid characters. They got on my nerves occasionally, and there were  a few cringe-worthy cliches, but overall I really enjoyed the character development in Fluency.

The plot moved a bit slow for my taste. Even though there seemed to be a lot happening, it still felt like parts of the story just dragged. I had a hard time staying focused on what was happening sometimes. But even during the slower parts, I was still interested enough in the plot to keep reading and find out how it all ended.

Despite the issues I had, I still enjoyed this book! the concept was interesting and got my mind whirling. I could have used a little bit more of a solid, gripping plot, and the characters needed a little bit of work. But all in all, I had a good time reading Fluency!

Song of Ice and Fire Release

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Guess what? There’s another awesome book coming out ! Song of Ice and Fire by Megan Linski was just released TODAY! If you love fantasy and DRAGONS, then this is one you’ll want to check out. Here’s the synopsis:

Fliss is a slave, and bound to fulfill the king’s every whim. When a local dragon demands payment, Fliss is offered by the king as a sacrifice. She has no choice in the matter.

Yet what the dragon wants is more than Fliss expects. A curse has been cast upon him by a beautiful enchantress, and only one pure of soul can end it. If Fliss breaks the curse upon him, he will grant her freedom.

But there’s a man behind the monster, and as Fliss unveils the mystery that surrounds the dragon’s hidden past, she finds herself falling in love— despite it being forbidden.

Can Fliss tame the tortured beast? Or will her life be consumed by smoke and flame?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33869392-song-of-smoke-and-fire

Megan Linski

Author Bio:

Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing. She is best known for her popular series The Shifter Prophecy, The Kingdom Saga, and The Rhodi Saga, as well as recognized for her work on the Creatures of the Lands series. In 2014, Linski published the Creatures of the Lands series in Lison’s honor.

Linski is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention, and is an active fighter against common variable immune deficiency disorder.

 

Author Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869349.Megan_Linski

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meganlinski/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeganLinski

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Web: http://www.meganlinski.com/

 

Buy Link:

Song of Smoke & Fire: http://amzn.to/2HLBL3A

Change of Wind & Storms: http://amzn.to/2EXh4zQ

World of Gods & Men: http://amzn.to/2FCJXTr

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Coming Soon: The Blood King by Liz Long

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I’m a huge lover of dystopian books. So when I heard about The Blood Kin by Liz Long, I knew it was one I had to check out. I mean, an evil king, a fierce leading lady, and a mysterious magical element? Count me in! I just received an ARC of this book, thanks to Lady Amber’s Reviews and PR, and I’m so excited to dig in! If this sounds like a book you want to check out, the official release date is April 10th.

Here’s a brief synopsis of this gem:

In the kingdom of Brighton, a President-turned-King offers poor teens the chance to join KEY, the King’s Education for Youth. Seventeen-year-old Reina Torres jumps at the chance to be of service to her country, wanting to learn more about Brighton’s history and future through the Media industry.

The King himself takes an interest in Reina, offering private interviews; he soon commands her to marry his cruel son. Reina, however, cannot ignore her growing feelings for Iris, a fellow KEY student, despite knowing the laws. Reina discovers refusal means punishment much worse than death, and why King Magnus hasn’t aged in decades, thanks to his KEY program.

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Author Bio:
Liz Long is a proud graduate of Longwood University and author of ten novels. Her inspiration comes from action and thriller genres and she spends entirely too much time watching superhero movies. Her day job as Associate Editor includes writing for a magazine publisher in Roanoke, VA. She is also the director of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference and the annual Roanoke Author Invasion.

Comic book readers and fans of CW Network smash hits Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Netflix’s Daredevil will root for Liz Long’s bestselling YA summer series as the HoA’s gifted teen superheroes attempt to save their city from its impending demise. The Donovan Circus series has best been described as “X-Men meets the circus.” Adult horror story Witch Hearts tells the tale of a serial killer hunting witches for their powers. New Adult PNR A Reaper Made is about a teen Reaper who gets caught between falling in love or saving her sister’s soul. All titles are available for paperback or ebook on Amazon.

To learn more about Liz (including more information on her books, plus writing, marketing, and social media tips), visit her website: http://lizclong.com.

Author Links:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/lizclongauthor

Website: http://lizclong.com

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2slwGtz

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lizclong

Instagram: http://instagram.com/lizclong07

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/liz-long

Newsletter signup (new subscribers get 2 free ebooks, including DC #1): http://www.subscribepage.com/lizlongauthornewsletter

Pre-Order Links:

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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1339463595

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-blood-king-liz-long/1127881584

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-blood-king-4

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38193477-the-blood-king

 Thunderclap: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/67979-the-blood-king-release

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Review of Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins

Rating: 3/5

Recommend: Possibly

Review:

I’m conflicted on this one. On the one hand, the world building was really great. I loved how much detail there was about the world’s history. It made everything seem so much more real. So if we were going just by world building, I’d probably give this a four or five star rating.

But…the characters. I had such a hard time with them. Honestly, there was only one person I actually liked–Ash–and even she got on my nerves occasionally. I’m all for having flawed characters–in fact, I get annoyed when authors try to make “perfect” characters. But it seemed like most of the characters in this book had pretty much no redeeming qualities (except for some of them really loved their family, which I do admit is a great quality to have). It was hard for me to root for most of them because I just got so disgusted by some of the things they did.

I will say, as with the world building, the character backstories were really well done. I did appreciate being able to learn about their lives prior to the events of this story. So I will say that was a plus.

Overall, this book was alright. I enjoyed the world building and magic. And the character’s backstories were well done. I just had a hard time with the characters themselves, which made it hard for me to actually care what happened to them. This book did remind me a lot of Game of Thrones, so if you enjoy those books/TV shows, then this might be a good book for you to check out.