Author Highlights Five

The Fifth month of Author Highlights is here!  Once a month I post about a single author and their books.  I am behind a month so there will be two Author Highlights in June.  Check out last month’s author Colleen Houck who wrote the Reawakened and Tiger’s Curse series Here.  But what author will we focus on today?

Alison Goodman

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Alison is the author of the Dark Days Club and Eon series along with several other single books.

I have read the Dark Days Club and Eon series.  However, I have not read her other books.  The series were both wonderful and Alison’s voice is clear and strong in her books.

Eon is the story of Eon who has trained his whole life to be chosen by one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.  He has had to master swordplay and magical aptitude.  But Eon is not as he seems for her Eona, a girl hiding in plain sight for the chance to become a Dragoneye.  However, females are forbidden from using Dragon Magic and if she is caught death will be the penalty.  As her secret surfaces, Eona is plunged into a struggle for the throne.  She must fight against those determined to take her power and her life even if it ends in catastrophe.

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“Even a cornered rabbit will fight with teeth and claws.”       -Eon
“How brief and hidden were the moments of destiny.”         -Eon

On the eve of Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the Queen of England, a housemaid disappears drawing Lady Helen into the shadows of London where she meets Lord Carlston.  He is one of the few people who can stop the perpetrators; demons who are infiltrating society.  Should Helen ask for his help when his reputation is as black as his piercing eyes? And if does will it lead to disaster?

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The Dark Days Deceit will be coming out November 20, 2018.

“Sometimes there is no good choice. Just the choice that has to be made.”       -The Dark Days Club

“You have far more courage than you think you do.”            -The Dark Days Club

See my post regarding the Dark Days Club Here.

For more information visit Alison Goodman at http://darkdaysclub.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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Memorial Day

Image result for memorial day imagesIt’s Memorial Day!  So, I will be sharing with you a list of ten books based upon wars. They are stories of honor and courage whether they tell of the soldiers fighting or the common man or woman trying to survive in a time of war. Five are fiction and the rest are nonfiction.

A big thank you to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country.

Let’s get this book list started.  They are in no particular order.

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  1.  The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  2.  Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  3.  All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  4.  War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  5.  Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  6.  The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve    Sheinkin
  7.  Civil War Love Stories by Gill Paul
  8.  The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  9.  Night by Elie Wiesel
  10.  The Forgotten 500 by Gregory A. Freeman

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Six

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Sharing Saturday is upon us and instead of sharing a story or essay today I will be sharing a short poem.  This poem is called Night Past for it looks at the past and how death slowly approaches us all.

It flies on silent wings

Wings of Night

Night when all light is above

Above us where the past lies in the present

Book Review: The Bone Witch By Rin Chupeco

Book Review: The Bone Witch By Rin Chupeco

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The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite.

BUT THE GIRL WAS FIERCER

Tea is unique for she is a bone witch feared by all in her kingdom.  Her magic sets her apart from other asha for it goes beyond the boundaries of the living.  However, power comes with a price forcing Tea to leave her home and train with an experienced bone witch.  There, Tea puts her energy into becoming a dark asha.  But even as she gains knowledge and power an evil rises forth from its hiding place intent upon destroying the kingdoms and the asha.  So, Tea must be stronger than she and anyone thought she could be.  Because war is brewing placing everything and everyone that Tea holds dear in mortal peril.

Image result for horrible gifsThis book was good but I had a major issue with it.  The chapters in italics were horrible.  They raised more questions than were answered in the book and it gave away what could have been major plot twists.  I understand that Tea was telling her story in the past tense but sometimes it was boring and hard to follow what happened in the past and what was currently happening.  Plus they did nothing to contribute to the story and it was told from a different perspective telling us things that the Bard noticed about the bone witch such as her scar but we didn’t learn about how she received the scar until the very end of the book.  It would have been better to just skip all of the italic chapters and the book would have still flowed somewhat smoothly.

Beyond that, I thought the book was good.  I liked the idea behind the book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the daeva.  The characters were diverse and interesting to read about.  Tea grew from a girl who knew nothing of magic to a very powerful bone witch.  I hated Prince Kance for I felt that he had little character growth and was one of the those boring princes who are kind, good, and handsome but that is about the end of their character.  Fox, Tea’s brother was fun to read about for I felt that he grew beyond the fact that he is dead.  He was always willing to help his sister and guard her.  Kalen was amazing.   He hated Tea which added arguments and spice to the book.  Halfway through the book, I predicted that he would become Tea’s lover and at the end, I realized I was right.  I liked Khalad’s character for he was kind and sweet plus his job as a Heartforger was enthralling.  He seemed to me to be the quiet and wise friend.  The other asha made the book slightly more engaging but sometimes I was confused as to who was who in the Valerian household.

Despite the chapters in italics I enjoyed the book and would recommend it especially if necromancy and magic are intriguing to you.

Book Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Book Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Image result for falconer bookLady Aileana Kameron the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas is a stunner, a liar, a murderer, and a Falconer.  She has everything she could possibly want; brains, charm, wealth, a title, and beauty but she only looks the part of an aristocrat.  She has a secret.  She has the rare ability to sense the faery race which is obsessed with slaughtering humans.  Since her mother’s death, Aileana has trained to kill the fae.  With a knack for inventing weapons, she is dedicated to slaying the fae and seeking her revenge upon the one that killed her mother.  But she is also a Falconer, the last of her line, and she is the sole hope to save the world from an army of fae.  Aileana longs to exact revenge for her mother’s murder but first, she must save the world.

This book was amazing! The main character was stunning.  She fought faeries, saved lives, created inventions, built an airplane and an automobile, and she jumped out of the airplane.  She was a completely bad ass character who emotionally dealt with seeing her mother’s heart ripped out by a faery before her eyes.  Kiaran, her faery trainer, was wonderfully mysterious and hid his own hurts and painful past.  The tale was brilliantly told and the action was constant.  There was never a boring moment.

However, the end was sad.  She didn’t save her city.  She failed her people and it ends on such a cliffhanger.  “You really believe me to be your worst enemy.” He glances over at Kiaran, an emotion in his gaze that I can’t comprehend.  Then he says something I’ll never forget. ” You’ll wish you had killed Kadamach when you had the chance.”  Kadamach is Kiaran.  So I was like what? Why?  But I had no answers as to why the main character should have killed the faery she just kissed before the final major battle.  And I want the second book so bad.  I put it on hold from my library so I should get it here soon.

I would highly recommend this book especially for lovers of the fae.  I have read many fairy books but this is by far one of my favorites.  It may not be completely historically accurate but that is a minor detail easy to overlook.  Read it and you will not regret it.

Sharing Saturday Twenty-Five

Twenty-Five weeks! I have been sharing with you for twenty-five weeks which seemed to flash by me in a blur. So, today we will do something different to celebrate. I will share with you three amazing books I got for free and how. I have read some of them and others I have not.

One: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Image result for stalking jack the ripperI always wanted to own this book after I read it. I loved it and was determined to buy it when I got the money. One day my cousin came up to me and pulled out a Stephen King book she had just bought. I was looking at and next thing I knew she had pulled out Stalking Jack the Ripper and handed it me, ” Saying, here I got you this.” It was not a special occasion but one of those random things somebody does for someone else. It made my day.

Two: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Image result for poison studyRecently I started volunteering at book sales hosted by my library. It is a fun experience where you spend a few hours organizing books and helping others buy or find the books they want. At the end all of the volunteers are allowed to pick one free book for volunteering. So, for the last book sale I participated in I picked Poison study. The cover was a little ripped but it I didn’t care for I have wanted to read the book for the longest time and yet I have still not gotten around to it.

Three: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Image result for blood water paint bookI am part of a book club through my library that provides us with advanced readers copies of books. If they are older than the past few months we are allowed to keep the books we choose. It is awesome for I have found and kept some phenomenal books through them. Recently I managed to procure Blood Water Paint which I am so excited to read.

Book Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

Book Review: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

Image result for a poison dark and drowningHenrietta is in a city full of lies and secrets. Her friend Rook is turning into a monster and as she desperately searches for a cure she must hide the truth of who she really is; a witch and definitely not the chosen one.

When she finds what could be the answer to defeating the Ancient Ones she sets out on a journey with Blackwood, and Magnus intent upon stopping the ancients once and for all.

This book was phenomenal. I was on the edge of a precipice which the book could simply push me into for I there were so many twists that I never saw coming. The main character was wonderful and it was easy to connect with her desire to heal Rook. Furthermore, the book was boring at the beginning but steadily grew more intriguing.

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Close to the end, we found out that the evil Ancient was her father! I did not see that coming. And then there were two love interests and when she finally told Rook she loved him, I screamed. I screamed in horror for it is so cliche to fall in love with a best friend and Rook was never my favorite character. But I hated how Blackwood proposed. I mean honestly, we don’t even know if she truly loves him. Did she just agree to marry him because Rook was out of the picture and she’s unclean?