My Review of Azurite, By Megan Dent Nogle


Azurite

Azurite, by Megan Dent Nogle, is a delightful tale that primarily follows Zora, the young bastard daughter of Samaria’s Queen, Evangeline. I really liked how Zora developed throughout the book, unwilling to turn her back on her people, even when it would be easier to take a different path.

I was intrigued by the Warden concept, and can understand their importance. I can tell a lot of thought when into how the author described and built the magic system. It made sense to me, which made it all the more believable.

I think the world was built well and was described in great detail. I could clearly conjure images in my mind of the beauty of the Anion Mountains and the desolation of the swamps. I felt like I was transported from the story and brought right into the thick of things.

The author did a good job creating Evangeline. I despised her (which is by design) and thought she was the perfect evil mother. She claims she has nothing but the best interests of her people, but what she really cares about is power and being known as the greatest ruler Samaria has ever known, even though her nation is falling apart at her feet, all from the choices she has made. Well done.

I mentioned Zora in the beginning, and I immediately fell in love with her innocence. I love that she always has her people at the forefront, and I think she truly would make an excellent leader one day. I was disappointed when she disappeared from the last 20% (or so) of the book, as she was the character that kept me turning the pages, but I understand the story line and plot building the author was creating for the future of the series. I like that she wasn’t emotionless, and how her emotions could affect, and sometimes overwhelm, her channeling.

I also liked the supporting characters, especially Brutus, Talan, and Milo. Brutus is your typical General, but I like that he sees the bigger picture and recognizes the importance of the Samarian people over the orders of the Queen. I was glad to learn that Milo wasn’t all he was immediately revealed to be. I like his bigger part in the story, and I have to admit I am intrigued by where his story is going.

Toward the end of the book, I enjoyed the introduction of the character “Heath”. I found myself wanting to know more about him and his master. I wanted to know if this character was possibly the same being who had haunted Zora earlier; or if these plots were somehow intertwined. I liked it and the ending left me wanting more.

My only real issue with the book was the repetitiveness in the dialogue. One example would be when subordinates of the queen would often say “My Queen” multiple times when addressing her. I understand respecting the title and position of the monarch, but I think the term was overused and it made the dialogue seem stilted. There were also instances of misused words, i.e. though instead of through, amour instead of armor, etc. Neither of these issues was enough to stop me from reading because I felt like the story was written well enough to overcome the small obstacles.

I really enjoyed this book and give it 4 stars. If I could give half stars I would (meaning 4 ½ stars) because the only issues were the small ones listed above. The story left me wanting more and I can’t wait to continue with the second book. Well done Megan!

I was given a free copy of this book for my honest review.

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Review of The Cleansing by Danielle Tara Evans

Global warming! This is something we all hear about regularly. Every day there is new information describing how we are ruining our planet. Every action we take has a reaction. In The Cleansing, global warming advanced far enough that many natural disasters, of epic scale, ravaged the planet and killed millions. In this dystopian future, the U.S. is largely to blame for the harm caused to our planet. Americans are disliked and the story paints a very gloomy future for any American citizen. U.S. soldiers are even used as nothing more than fodder in the American Military. I found the concept very interesting.

The characters were well developed. I could feel the pain Annie endured. I felt I could relate to both John and Annie as the story progressed, and I had to know how the story concluded. I also felt Katja was a very interesting character as well.

The story flowed smoothly and it quickly drew me in. I found very few points were I felt it dragged. In fact the other night I went to bed late and knew I had to get to bed, but I couldn’t. I had to finish the last 30% before I could go to sleep. And the ending…well I don’t want to spoil it. I have to admit I was a little surprised.

Danielle Tara Evans did a magnificent job with this novel, and I definitely look forward to the sequel, The Revolt.

I give this book 4 out 5 stars and would highly recommend it, especially if you are looking for a story that will pull you in, unfortunately, you won’t want it to end.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, which in no way affected my review.

Book Review: Xanadu (The Keszthelyi Chronicles Book 2)

Xanadu

This was a fabulous story that quickly brought me in and kept my interest throughout. This is the second book in The Keszthelyi Chronicles and was written by Zichao Deng.

In all honesty I had no idea this was a series until I finished reading the book. Never was it an issue that I had not read the first book, so i tip my hat to the author for writing a book in a series that is able to standalone.

I really enjoyed the main characters Nicolas Keszthelyi and his counterpart Estrade. I think Estrade was truly my favorite character as I liked the no nonsense way he went about his business (especially his plan for the company).

The story is primarily set in Kabul Afghanistan. I have never been to Afghanistan but the author does a wonderful job describing the landscapes and the people. I could get a wonderful picture in my head.

I will say I was a little hesitant about this book due to several of the names or titles in Chinese, but the author provided a wonderful blurb describing how to properly pronounce them, and it put my mind at ease. I would also like to point out that I have never played mahjong before, and the author made this a non-issue by giving the audience a quick run-down on the basic rules so we as readers were not left saying “huh?”.

I will say while I think the character Bibi brought plenty of comic relief to the story, her language and manner of speaking began to wear on me by the end of the book. I also felt like the ending was a little abrupt, and I felt like I wanted a little more closure; then again this is a series.

For those who love stories of adventure in far off lands, this is the book for you. I truly enjoyed the story and have given it 4 out of 5 stars . Personally, I plan on going back and reading the first, and I look forward to future installments in this series.

I was provided a copy of the book for free in exchange for a review

Book Review: The Stock Market Outsider

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To be honest, I don’t read a lot of non fiction, so I didn’t know what to expect when I picked this book up. It did not disappoint.

My investment experience is minimal and revolves around the shares that I receive every year from my company. I always wanted to be more active in the market, but lack the confidence. I think this book offers some sound tips and ideas about how you should go about creating your investment strategies. I took notes and will try out the strategies provided in the text.

I think what I enjoyed the most about this book was the author’s delivery. Yes you are reading it to become educated, but it doesn’t really feel like you are being educated. There is enough information and humor to make the book fly by, and it does fly by. I like the authors no nonsense approach, and I felt like he was honest and straight forward from the get go. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book Review: Elaenorh by Vanessa Kittle

This was a very interesting story that I really enjoyed. It was a little bit fantasy, a little bit historical fiction, and a little bit sci-fi.  Together it created a unique story that I could hardly put down.  It was a very quick read.  I felt like the ending seemed a little bit rushed, but it didn’t detract from the overall story and concluded how I would have expected it to.

I loved how the characters developed during the story, and how they also connected through the different time periods. I found myself pulling for all of the Caldeans and loved the world they had created within Earth.  I would recommend this to any one and have rated it 5 of 5 stars.

Youc an get a copy here.  http://www.amazon.com/Elaenorh-Vanessa-Kittle-ebook/dp/B00KIXH4OE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1402982509&sr=1-1&keywords=elaenorh

Book Review: Save Me by Crystal Lee

I found Save Me by Crystal Lee to be an intriguing tale that kept my attention throughout. It was a very well crafted story that was a quick read. I really liked the characters and the connection that many of them shared with one another.

I found the story to be predictable at some points, but this wasn’t a big issue, and was offset by a few surprises that were thrown in.

I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a love story with a mixture of a little bit of action and suspense. 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading other books by Crystal Lee.

http://www.amazon.com/Save-Elk-Creek-Crystal-Lee-ebook/dp/B00H5U922K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1401428515&sr=1-1&keywords=crystal+lee