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My book review and beta reading requests are currently CLOSED for JUNE, but I’ll be booking for July soon, so go ahead and send me a request πŸ’š

ARC, Beta Read, Book Review, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal Romance

Water Spell by Lizzy Ford

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars β™₯

ARC: Kindle Unlimited Version

My Short Summary: 

Sela, a powerful water mage, wants to be free. Free of the overwhelming pull of her magic, demanding she submit to the depths of an ancient ocean. Free of her savage protector, Tieran, who she’s bonded to. And, free of the kingdoms and those who would abuse her powers. If she is to survive, to be free, she and Tieran must learn to trust each other, or risk drowning in her magic and the rage of war.

My Review:

Lizzy Ford’s excitement over this book is palpable, and now I know why. Water Spell is an exciting fantasy adventure full of well-rounded characters. I didn’t want this book to end, and I was giddy to read the titles of the next books to come in this series. You’re going to want to add the beautiful hard-copy to your fantasy collection. Lizzy Ford is one of my favorite authors, and her characters are so memorable

I wasn’t sure I’d like Sela or Tieran, but I anticipated a deeper connection between them from the start. Their external display of tension masks their individual internal desires. Both have a clear goal, which becomes harder to reach as magic bonds them together. By the end, I was on the edge of my seat, wondering if their relationship would come together or break apart.
Sela’s need for freedom, to reach the water, made me thirsty. I ached to be in her world, reaching for the seas, the wells, the streams, etc. It made me want to go to the beach! I want to be her, controlling water with magic. This part of the book reminded me so much of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I loved it.
 
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My only critique of this book is on the first chapter. As much as Sela’s previous mage-warrior influences her, I wasn’t captivated by his pov as much as hers. For me, the story didn’t start until Tieran took his oath and Karav left. I liked the tension caused when Tieran finds out his new ward is a woman. But, I didn’t feel Karav’s thoughts and worries over Sela aided me in feeling the bond between mage and warrior.
There is a lot of redundant thoughts from Karav on the Inlanders being barbarians. These descriptions and examples through his pov didn’t help develop Tieran. Tieran’s reactions and behavior toward Sela is enough, as well as her reaction to the people in his land. Experiencing this through Sela is more gripping without Karav’s scene set-up.
The world-building and back-story was overwhelming in chapter one, almost info-dumped. This flows well enough throughout the rest of the book through Sela’s pov, though, and I loved the map!
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Thanks for letting me review the ARC of Water Spell! I enjoy reading, reviewing and promoting all of your books.
Angels, ARC, Book Review

False River by H.G. ReedΒ 

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary via Amazon:

“When the devil slinks into a small mountain town seeking a favor from a familiar face, a haunted farmer strikes a deal to restore the soul he sold over ten years ago. But secrets never stay buried, and Joe Lawson is willing to risk everything to save his family from the devil’s wrath, even if it means working with her again…and killing for her. When angels intervene to lend their aid, Joe must confront his past, present and future before his forty days are up, or else lose everything that matters in this world.”

My Review: 

I enjoyed this inspirational and thought-provoking story of a man who needs a miracle to save his soul, family and land. In the end, he learns his freewill remains intact, and it’s his choices which determine the outcome of his story. God is ultimately in control, even when Joe feels his life is spiraling out of it. 

My only critique is of the background storytelling of Joe and his wife Catherine. There’s so much of it, it slowed the pace of the action in the first few chapters. The story, for me, starts when the angels arrive. I wish it would have started here, filling in the backstory as it goes without so much telling. This being said, the characters are well-developed and the pacing picks up, keeping you emersed in the story until the end. 

Reed’s writing style makes this book a quick and easy read, while discriptively building up to the climax, where the Angels go to war with the Devil over the soul of man. 

I was given this ARC free for review, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations to H.G. Reed on her book release. I hope it’s one of many to come. I look forward to reading more from you in the future. 

Beta Read, Book Review, Manuscript Critique, Updates

MS Critiques, Book Reviews & Beta Reading

I’m now accepting requests for Manuscript Critiques, Book Reviews/ARC and Beta Reading for the month of JUNE. I accept a wide variety of genres and formats. Click on the appropriate link below to submit a request, and check out my testimonials while you’re at it.

After doing annotative (in-line) and content critiques as a beta reader, I’ve decide to offer manuscript critiques with more in-depth feedback for complete or unfinished manuscripts. My beta reading now consists of 1-2 pages of feedback or a book review on my blog for polished manuscripts and ARC. My book reviews will remain the same, and will be posted on this blog, Amazon and Goodreads.

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Thanks to all who submitted in the past, and who took the time to write me a testimony (if you haven’t, please send one). I’ve enjoyed reading your WIPs & books! You ALL inspire me. β™₯

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