on May 30, 2012
Genre: Scienc Fiction

Rating: 4/5 Stars





I really enjoyed this book. It's been awhile since I read such a unique sci-fi story. The book follows Kalina, an eleven year old girl, her big brother Dain and several other interesting characters as the travel the universe trying to find a way to stop a plasma cloud that's destroying every planet and star in it's path, including Earth. The book takes place in a future where human beings have already explored several other galaxies and have everyday space ships.

The beginning of the book jumps right into the action and I personally would have liked a little more back story. Though the book is told in first person aka Kalina's POV, it often became third person and we'd suddenly see what the other characters were doing even if they were in a completely different place then Kalina. Kalina was also only eleven so it was odd when she supposedly narrating some parts of the story that were..er..mature. Also in the last chapter the POV suddenly changed to Dain, which is fine but it would have been better if it were labeled as such.

I really liked this book. S. D. Rasheed certainly has a talent for science fiction! :)



About the Reviewer:
M. A. Bronson is the author of the genre spanning series, Tales of the Enchanted Forest.
When not writing or reading, she enjoys rummage sales, gothic clothing and anime.
M. A lives with her family, six pets and over 700 books in Upstate New York.
She encourages you to check out her website
http://www.mabronson.blogspot.com/ :) 


Upcoming book reviews:
  • Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely by Alex Clermont
  • Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac
  • The Universal Mirror by Gwen Perkins
on May 24, 2012
Genre: Mystery/Romance

Rating: 3/5 Stars



I have alot to say about this book and while it may seem like I didn't like it, I really did.

The Good Things:
I found the story itself to be very unique, a young woman discovers her family are Sirens, able to command almost anyone to do whatever they want. Her love interest is a Muse, able to inspire anyone. The Sirens and Muses are archenemies, so their relationship was very Romeo/Juliet. The story mostly takes place in Rome, which was a refreshing change from most novels. Alot of history and some mythology was put in which also made the story interesting.

The Not-So-Good Things:
Parts of a few sentences were told in a different perspective than the rest of the story. In fact it starts in the first sentence, "I stepped out onto the balcony, amazed at how beautiful Rome is." This sadly gets the reader off on the wrong foot to begin with. Several important scenes were told in flashback, such as the heroine meeting the hero for the first time. It felt very odd to read and slowed the story down a bit. I felt that the story became rushed towards the end, and things could have been drawn out more.

This is the first in a series and I look forward to reading the second book, Fire and Ice. I think K. M. Wells is a great writer and the book has loads of potential but I think it just needs one last edit.


About the Reviewer:
M. A. Bronson is the author of the genre spanning series, Tales of the Enchanted Forest.
When not writing or reading, she enjoys rummage sales, gothic clothing and anime.
M. A lives with her family, six pets and over 700 books in Upstate New York.
She encourages you to check out her website
http://www.mabronson.blogspot.com/ :) 

Upcoming Book Reviews:
  • Linaje by S. D. Rasheed
  • Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely by Alex Clermont
  • Through the Door by Jodi McIsaac
on May 18, 2012
Sora's Quest (Cat's Eye #1) 
 $0.99 | FREE ON AMAZON
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Sora planned on running away from her wedding, but she never expected to be kidnapped! Dumped into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore, she finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go—not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power—or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)


Sora's Quest is getting five star reviews!


What Makes YA Beautiful: "Sora’s Quest gets a big high five from me because it’s as close to completely original as it can get. The story is full of non-stop adventure, a cast of characters that are hilarious as much as they’re relatable and a slow-burning romance that’ll leave you hanging mercilessly. Needless to say, it’s guaranteed to have you slobbering after the sequel like a dog after a bone. A huge part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much is the quality of the writing. It’s much, much, much better than what’s usually found in indie books and I think it could actually outdo some of the novels in the big publishing houses. It pulled me in from the start and only when I reached the end did I realize that I’d devoured the book in one sitting."

Lindsay & Jane's Views and Reviews:
"I became a fan this author after reading ‘Mark of the wolf’ a few months ago and I have not been disappointed in any of the books I’ve read by her since. T.L Shreffler has the skill to paint a very visual setting, creating a believable and exhilarating world to escape to. Her characters have depth and feel real with natural flowing dialogue and interesting personalities. Sora’s Quest is a steady paced fantasy moving forward with a good dose of action followed by a comfortable amount of down time. It has me itching to read the next installment."

Books to Infinity & Beyond: "Sora's Quest was such a fun read! During the whole time I was reading this, I felt like I was whisked away to a brand new world with endless possibilities of adventures and wonders. I really liked the world building, especially the mythology and all the different races. I also loved the way how magic was perceived in this book, how it was mysterious and powerful and even dangerous."
on May 9, 2012
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

*Note: This is book #1 of the Chronicles of Midgard.

Synopsis: Everything had been taken from her: her family, her home, and nearly her life. Now, two years later, Mæja is still haunted by what the Empire did to her. But a new deception is afoot: the Empire is seeking five sacred treasures to reawaken the dark god, Loki, which could plunge all of Midgard into irreparable darkness....

With betrayal fresh in mind, she seeks to reclaim the ancient treasures before they fall into enemy hands. She is joined by the pirate Ril and his accomplice Mjrn, and the roguish rebels Connor and Linkyn.

Their unlikely alliance is now the only defense against an Empire that could destroy all of Midgard. Embark with Maeja on a treasure hunt of epic proportions..


No! It can't be over! That's how I felt when I finished this book. Not in a bad way, the ending was great but I had fallen in love with the story that I didn't want it to end. Luckily this is just the first in the series. There was so much I loved about this book that I'm a little unsure where to start.

I guess I'll start with map at the beginning, the gamer in me loved it. It was also a helpful aid to such a complex story. The story itself has an incrdible amount of detail and everything was easy to imagine. Though how Melissa Sasina keeps track of all these characters I don't know but she certainly makes it look easy. The characters are many yet they each have distinct personalities and interesting names. I will admit that at first I had a hard time keeping track of who was who but by chapter three I had everyone sorted. The book follows every characters storyline yet is never slow and the characters paths come together in well thought out ways that utimately bring the story together. I even found myself excited about the 'villians' storyline. The villians you'll discover are more complex than your typical 'bad' guys.

I loved the mystery element of slowly discovering parts of each characters background while other parts were still hidden. Several characters still remain unknown which makes me even more excited to read book 2. I could barely put this book down and I'm looking forward to book 2! If you like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Inheritance Cycle then I'm sure you'll love Falls the Shadow:)




About the Author:
Born in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio, I have always been an avid lover of fantasy.The first book I began to write seriously for publication was The Priestess. Completed in 2008, the book was separated into a trilogy and published in 2010. It is currently undergoing reediting and will be re-released as both the individual books and as a one book collection, The Priestess: A Complete Collection.
My current book series is The Chronicles of Midgard, which will be a five book collection once completed.


About the Reviewer:
M. A. Bronson is the author of the genre spanning series, Tales of the Enchanted Forest.
When not writing or reading, she enjoys rummage sales, gothic clothing and anime.
M. A lives with her family, six pets and over 700 books in Upstate New York.
She encourages you to check out her website
http://www.mabronson.blogspot.com/ :) 

Upcoming book reviews:
  • Siren's Fire by K. M. Wells
  • Linaje by S. D. Rasheed
  • Eating Kimchi and Nodding Politely by Alex Clermont
on May 8, 2012
Lots of people balk at the idea of writing a 100, 200, 300 page novel. So why do we do it? Why do writers... write?

To avoid doing the laundry. "Writing a novel" is a legitimate excuse to get out of almost anything. Don't want to pick up your room or do the dishes after dinner? Just another thirty pages to go!

To avoid talking to people. Why talk to friends when you can have imaginary conversations with your characters instead?

To avoid doing your homework. Along with playing videogames, vacuuming, and taking your car in for an oil change, writing a novel can be added to the lost list of things to do before your homework.

To compliment your glass of wine. Sometimes a glass of wine needs a bit of novel on the side.

To exercise. Nothing like running laps in a novel.

To pretend to be rich. I love writing novels about Porches, castles, and long vacations on the beach... and maybe a murder or two.

To look cool. No, you're not a custodian, a secretary, a parking meter maid or a bank teller. You're a writer. That makes you instantly mysterious, because no one really knows what writers do.

To look not-cool. Writers are also huge nerds, and sometimes that can be helpful, like when hitting on hot nerd chicks.

And finally, the #1 reason why writers write....

Because we have nothing better to do.


on May 5, 2012
Genre: YA, Science fiction
Rating: 5/5 stars



Let me start off by saying-the book is SO much better than the movie (don't get me wrong-the movie's great-but the book is amazing). When I first read it, I will be very honest-I hated it! I have never liked books with dystopian societies, but then I realized-it wasn't your average dystopian book. I read it again, and, with my new found appreciation for the unique anti-utopian society, I devoured it. And promptly fell in love.

The (very watered down) Plot: Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl lives in the 12th district of Panem, a nation made up of the ruins of North America. As punishment for the rebellion the district participated in, long ago, the Capitol forces them to take part in the annual Hunger Games. In the Games, two tributes from each district must fight to the death, while all of Panem watches. When Katniss' sister is chosen as a tribute, she steps up and goes in her place. She must win the Games in order to get back to her family.

The Good Parts:
  • Katniss! She is no push-over. So much better than Bella from Twilight (haven't read it-don't want to)! Finally, a heroine who doesn't need a prince to win our hearts. She's genuine and protective of the ones she loves. Her thoughts were so real, and she won me over.
  • Gale, Katniss' friend/hunting partner was a great character. He really cares for Katniss, and would do anything to help her.
  • The arena was very realistic. It's a mish-mash of things, with a wheat field, a forest, and a lake. Ms. Collins really takes time to describe it and show its full glory.
  • The other tributes were great. Each one had a different personality-some nicer than others, but it really brought the book to life. The one thing you have to remember is not to be biased-everyone just wants to win, and will go to great lengths to survive. If it means killing others, so be it-they have to!

There really wasn't anything bad, for me. It was a great story. However, there are a few things that I didn't really mind, but you might:
  • The first few pages are a back story. It may seem boring, but It's important to pay attention if you want to understand. To make it more interesting, Ms. Collins has (thankfully!) intertwined it with the actual story. It's just the first chapter or two. 
  • Katniss has two boys on her trail. Gale, and Peeta both love her-and she's not really interested. This will change, and if you're like me, you'll hope for Gale, but it wasn't so lovey dovey. Except in the arena-so beware, if you hate romance.

This is my new favorite book! The only thing is that, if you are under 10, you probably should wait to read it, because, in the arena, it gets pretty, well-you know, gory. Not too bad, but nightmare inducing for little children.

My upcoming reviews:

Catching Fire and Mockingjay (2nd and 3rd books in the series)
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardener
$0.99 on Amazon!
Sora's Quest, the first book in the Cat's Eye Trilogy, is now available on Amazon for $0.99 cents!

A sexy assassin and a soul-stealing necklace....

Sora planned on running away from her wedding, but she never expected to be kidnapped! Dumped into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore, she finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won't let her go -- not when her Cat's Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.


But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power -- or will the power wield her?



The blogs are raving!


4/5 stars from What Makes YA Beautiful:
The story is full of non-stop adventure, a cast of characters that are hilarious as much as they’re relatable and a slow-burning romance that’ll leave you hanging mercilessly. Needless to say, it’s guaranteed to have you slobbering after the sequel like a dog after a bone.

A huge part of the reason why I enjoyed it so much is the quality of the writing. It’s much, much, much better than what’s usually found in indie books and I think it could actually outdo some of the novels in the big publishing houses. It pulled me in from the start and only when I reached the end did I realize that I’d devoured the book in one sitting. Read more....

4/5 stars from Books to Infinity & Beyond:

Sora's Quest was such a fun read! During the whole time I was reading this, I felt like I was whisked away to a brand new world with endless possibilities of adventures and wonders. Read more....

5/5 stars from Lindsay & Jane's Views and Reviews!:

This is the first book in a trilogy and is an exciting start to the series. We are introduced to a variety of interesting characters and species. Our MC, Sora has lived a very sheltered life not experiencing anything outside the walls of her fathers estate, but she is curious and eager to see the world. Being held captive by a wolfie and an assassin isn't exactly the way she envisioned her adventures to begin, but as the days and weeks pass she finds herself becoming attached to the pair. Crash is an enigma, he is brooding and dark with a lack of humanity that makes him difficult to like, but when Sora's life is at risk we see a softer side to him that had my heart melting. Read more....


on May 2, 2012
I remember being 13. I even remember my first romance novel. It was a book about pirates that my aunt smuggled to me for a birthday present. "It's a good one. She's held captive on the ship until she falls in love with the captain." I was excited, interested, intrigued... and I totally didn't expect the lurid, intense love scenes that exploded about halfway through the book. "Gee golly!" thought I, "This is great! I can't wait to fall in love!"

Shortly afterwards, I fell into a terrible and naive pattern: I approached all of my teenage relationships with a "fairytale" mentality. I expected boys and men to be perfect, romantic heroes, even if they were only 18. I believed in this so completely that I actually projected the fairytale into the relationship -- even if it was one-sided and a little delusional.

It took quite a few heartbreaks and a bit of growing up to really understand why men seemed like heartless villains more than romantic heroes, and why I always seemed to be let down or disappointed. So for the younger crowd who's reading romance novels in high school (or even middle school/Jr. high), I'd like to pop a few bubbles for you and save you from a world of disappointment.


Here are the Top 10 LIES that we learn from romance novels!

10) One man can fulfill all of your needs.

LIES! You're a woman, and you will never have the same bond with a man as you will have with another woman. BOYS ARE NOT GIRLS so don't expect him to behave or understand you like a girl would! This is unrealistic and you will be very disappointed.

Also, try not to abandon all of your friends when you fall in love... because eventually when you and your "perfect" man start fighting and squabbling, you're going to need your friends to spend time with. Good relationships allow for each person to have plenty of friends.


9) Men will understand AND ANTICIPATE your emotions.

LIES! This might just be the biggest let down ever that girls have with guys. Some men are more in tune than others, but just consider -- boys don't know what it's like to be a girl, what it's like to yearn for romance, to seek out shelter and protection, or to be stuck on a crazy 1 month cycle. So learn how to explain up front what you're feeling and why you're mad about something, and if he doesn't know what to say, then help him work on his communication. Men are about as good at communicating as women are at growing beards.

8) Men are masters of the female body.

LIES! Men usually don't know a lot about physical stuff until they get a little older. Expect to be disappointed by s*x -- and embrace your role as a trainer! But it's okay, after you train him, he'll do exactly what you like and it won't even matter where he started at. Just be realistic. Bodies need to be learned.

7) Alpha male is always best.

LIES! It's a great fantasy escape.... What girl doesn't want a bunch of testosterone by her side? But realistically, it's the sweet, shy nerdy guys that will treat you like a queen. Also, don't date the playboy... men who sleep with a lot of women will continue to sleep with a lot of women, even after you're his girlfriend. Shy guys will treat you like a queen and remain completely loyal.


6) He will never let you down.

LIES! Of course your man will let you down. He will forget important dates, arrive late, buy you the wrong sandwich for lunch after 5 years, or say something insensitive about your weight. He's just a human and he doesn't live inside your head. The more easygoing and lighthearted you are, the better.

Also -- expect everyone to let you down eventually! Even your parents and friends. So go into a relationship looking for another flawed human being and not someone who's going to fix all of your problems. He can't do that -- no one can.

5) He will take care of you like a father.

LIES! Good men have a way of taking care of you.... They'll give you their jacket when it's cold, bring you lunch, surprise you with flowers, you know the drill. But don't expect him to show the maturity of a man in his 40s, 50s or 60s. You don't need that, anyway. Your boyfriend is not your "daddy." Strive to be strong and independent even while relying on him (just a little bit.) He's a shoulder to lean on, not a pony to ride!

4) Men are masters of seduction.

LIES! Guys don't know what they're doing! They don't know how to flirt with you, how to ask you out, how to sweet-talk you, and if they do, be very wary. Guys who are really interested in you will try to get to know you as a friend and hang out with you. Guys who just want to sweet talk and get you in the backseat of their car are only after one thing -- so be smart!

3) A kiss feels like a miniature explosion.

LIES! A lot of guys don't know how to kiss. Some guys don't even like it. Fact.

2) If you throw an emotional fit, he'll chase after you.

LIES! You can run off crying, but that doesn't mean he's going to run after you, especially if he's mad. Don't always be the girl who needs to be saved. Guys like feeling like a hero, but they don't want to be your therapist, so don't go crazy, it's very unattractive! If you're throwing a fit every weekend, you're probably "The Crazy Girlfriend."

1) Love will bring you happiness.


LIES!!!

If you read a ton of romance novels, you'd think that the only way for a woman to find happiness is to fall in love. It just isn't true. A lot of times, the opposite happens: we get to a really good, happy place in our life, and then surprise, we find love.