Book Review, Fairytale, Fantasy, Re-Telling

Of Cinder and Madness by Nicole Zoltack

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Kindle Version. 

Short Summary: A dark Cinderella re-telling. Finding her happily-ever-after and falling in love prove difficult for Angelique when her stepdaughter, Eleanore, threatens her life and the lives of her two daughters with dark magic.

My Review: Exciting dark twist to a normally happy story, this book kept me glued to the page from start to finish. Its fast pace makes it a quick read. There wasn’t one time where the narrative slowed or interrupted me. The backstory, the time jumping from past to present and the dialogue were well written and well executed.

This might be one of my new favorite Cinderella stories. I didn’t want it to end, and look forward to reading more from Nicole Zoltack.

I read this book for my own enjoyment.

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. ♥

halynn

Book Review, Fantasy, Magic, Young Adult

The Waterfall Traveler by S.J.Lem

34468319._UY200_.jpgMy rating: 5/5 stars

ARC version — release date April 17th, 2017 (available for pre-order)

Summary via Amazon:

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

My Review: 

Engaging YA fantasy with a beautiful cover. This book exceeded my expectations. I was thinking this would be in the younger spectrum of the YA genre, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Ri is driven by emotion, for sure, which means logic sometimes takes a back seat when she makes decisions. This can be a little irritating for some readers, but it’s why I like her character. That’s not to say she isn’t strong, though. She takes charge and makes quick decisions, even if they are impulsive at times.

My only real complaint is of Bryce and Ri’s relationship. It’s a slow build up; almost too slow. I don’t mind love triangles, and the fun humor thrown in from Carter too, but I wanted to see more between Bryce and Ri. Would have loved more conversations, flirt, jokes, or playful bickering. I saw pieces of jealousy here and there, but nothing came of it. Ri relates and responds to every other character well, but something is missing between her and Bryce, so by the end, I wasn’t jumping up and down, cheering for their relationship as much as I hoped. I was actually cheering on Carter, if you can believe it. I felt his frustration, flirt, and protective nature way more than I felt anything emotionally moving from Bryce. And, I LOVED what happens in the end, as it relates to Carter.

I was on the fence about how the story turns in the end, and I’m interested to see where it goes from here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fun fantasy for all ages, not just YA. Readability is great, with minimal to no errors, and the pace is perfect!

I was asked to read and review this advance copy before the release date.

Book Review, Magic, Science Fiction, Uncategorized

A Soul Divided by Daniel M. Quilter

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Short Summary via Goodreads:
As the galaxy is torn apart by war between the Mystics and the technologically advanced Human Empire, Drake Ashbell finds himself caught up in a conflict that will take him to distant worlds, make him face his tragic past, and test the limits of his soul.

My Review:  Humorous, action-packed, sci-fi fantasy!

When I first started listening to the audio version, I wasn’t sold on this story because the audio lacked something…maybe it was simply the author’s unique touch, so I switched back over to reading the kindle version. I was able to go back and listen to the audio version again after getting a feel for the author’s writing, and enjoyed it immensely afterward.

Saying I love the character of Drake is an understatement. He’s a well-rounded character, funny and relatable, and not overly egotistical. Some of his dialogue made me laugh out loud; my favorite being: “Suck it Titus I stole it first.” I spent a good deal of time giggle about it before I was able to move on.

I don’t mind the “damsel-in-distress” characters in this book since everything was well executed, without being overly sappy or romantic; same can be said for Drake’s relationship with Angela.

Overall, I loved the action packed scenes, well-written characters, and Drake’s wit. I highly recommend this one to sci-fi fantasy lovers. It has a little bit of everything which makes up a good adventure tale. Both the kindle book version and audio get a 5 star review from me!