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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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: 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

 

Book Review: The Ninth Orphan

The Ninth Orphan by Lance and James Morcan is a book that drew me in instantly.  From the introduction of the orphans as children, to the nail biting, how will it all end, ending, I was engrossed in this story.

The book begins with the twenty-three young orphans hiking through the woods with a single adult.  The young orphan number nine is called upon to shoot a deer the group stumbles upon.  He is handed the rifle and is tasked with ending the creature’s misery, but there is a problem.  He is unable to take the lethal shot as he empathizes with the pain the creature is feeling.

The story then jumps several years into the future and focuses on a now grown orphan number nine.  This is a story that has it all.  The pages fly by as the reader is submersed in a suspense filled story, with plenty of action and many surprises.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a quick read that will not disappoint.  This is the perfect introductory story in a trilogy, and I will soon be buying the other two.  I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  Well done, James and Lance.  Well done.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ninth-Orphan-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B0056I4FKC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398831020&sr=8-1&keywords=the+ninth+orphan