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The Unknown Sun cover!

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Blurb/summary:

 

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Moira is haunted by the accidents that claimed her parents and sisters. When a strange boy who seems to know too much about her past attacks her, Moira fears death will come for her a third time. She is rescued by twins Airi and Belamar, the winged heirs to the throne in Skyfall, and taken to safety in their world.

 

But Skyfall is dying, and the gods who had created and protected Airi and Belamar’s world have been missing since the Great War.Moira, Airi, and Belamar must find a journal left by the twins’ deceased mother, Tanari, that tells of a prophecy that must be fulfilled to find the gods known as The Unknown Sun so that Skyfall can be saved.

 

Deeper, darker, secrets unravel around the three friends as a revolution threatens their quest and the boy who tried to destroy Moira on Earth hunts them. Tanari knew more than she had let on, and within her journal a story is more than it seems, the past foretells the future, and a far-reaching plan is unveiled.

 

Why did Tanari reach across time and space to entrust a simple human girl with saving Skyfall? Who are the mysterious “Four” mentioned in the journal? And why does another god want her, and The Unknown Sun, dead?

 

Book Review: Wanderers Escape by Simon Goodson

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by Simon Goodson

Note: I am reviewing my own Kindle copy that I bought.

Wanderers Escape is about a boy and his spaceship. Jess instantly bonds with the mysterious ship he and two of his fellow slaves are checking for traps on. Wanderer, the ship, chooses Jess to be his captain and implants a way to communicate symbiotically. Using mind control, Jess can direct the very old, very advanced ship to do about anything. Instantly a mutual respect forms. Wanderer, Jess and his companions search the stars for other slaves to free, suffer betrayal, find love, loyalty, and companionship.

Positive:  This novel is a brilliant example of the perfect sci-fi/space opera. Hard edged, but soft hearted, the bond between the ancient ship, Wanderer, and Jess is beautiful. Jess is young, trusting, loyal, but quickly learns that it can be shoot first or be shot. He has to grow up fast to survive space pirates and a bitter betrayal, yet he never loses the human element many hard sci-fi novels forget when detailing metal ships and the cold darkness of space…fear and love. The pacing is perfect, I never once had to skip long winded, boring sections. The battles were vivid, heartbreaking, and very well done. All the characters were very well fleshed out, including Wanderer.

 

Negative:  It ended?

 

Rating: 5 stars of 5

 

Book Review: The Riddle of Prague by Laura DeBruce

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by Laura DeBruce

Note: I am reviewing my own Kindle copy that I bought.

The Riddle of Prague is about a teen girl swept into an ancient intrigue while trying to claim her ancestral family home in Prague. She and an assortment of new friends search for an elixir that can save her mother.

 

Positive:  This book was very entertaining to read. It felt like a brilliant cross between a Dan Brown novel and a Nancy Drew novel. The intrigue was deep, the characters an interesting mix of friend and maybe foe. The mystery/thriller element was perfectly toned for a ya book. Pacing was excellent. Over all, very smart, exciting read.

 

Negative:  Some of the characters did not feel fully fleshed out or utilized. The main male friend, Alex, felt like more of a chauffeur than a true help to Hana. He could have been put to more use and have more of a direct input, since he too had something riding on the outcome. The pov switching every so often between the “mystery” bad guy felt forced and interrupted the flow.

 

Rating: 4.0 stars of 5

Book Review: Crash Landing: Aurora Conspiracy Prequel Series Ep. 1

Crash Landing: Aurora Conspiracy Prequel Series Ep. 1

by Ginger Gelsheimer/Christina Keats

Note: I am reviewing my own Kindle copy that I bought.

Summary: A young half alien man crashes a space ship in a small town in the 19th century. Found by a judge’s family, Aurelius is hidden away and protected. No one expects him and the judge’s daughter to fall in love.

Positive:  The concept is spot on. The characters are well fleshed out. The editing is good. Overall readability is good. Despite the issues below, I can tell that this prequel is leading to something that could be greater.

Negative:  I did not feel that Aurelius crashed in the late 19th century. The mannerisms, beliefs, and actions of the Proctor family did not match the time period. Too open minded, too forward thinking and trusting (especially for a small town judge!) Unfortunately, for all that the characters were well fleshed out, I was quickly annoyed at the insta-love and immature behavior of the daughter Emily.

 

Rating: 4.0 stars of 5

 

 

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A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish Note: I am reviewing my own Kindle copy that I bought. Summary: The young son of the leader of a thieves’ guild, Aaron has more blood on his hands at age 13 than … Continue reading

Book Review: Ill-Fated by Evelyn Ink

 

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Ill-Fated

by Evelyn Ink

Note: I am reviewing my own Kindle copy that I bought.

Ill-Fated is a Fantasy novel in a classic sense. Magic, monsters, a quest and wild adventure run through this book to great effect.

Young Leila is the heir to the throne of Bainland and as such it is tradition the she undertake a quest to prove her worth for the throne. When it is decried that she journey toward the forbidden south in “search of something that must be returned” she despairs, but pulls on her big girl panties and does what she has to.

Sam is the young man who can’t remember yesterday. Lost and confused, but with a mind full of auspicious facts, he is in search for the cure to the curse that has robbed him of his long term memories. And memories of ten minutes ago. And tomorrows memories too.

Fate crosses the two young teens when he seeks a cure from the man who has enslaved Leila. Together, her sharp wit and his library of facts ensure their mutual quest is an adventure of the lifetime. They seek to fulfill Leila’s quest and restore Sam’s memory.

Despite their shortcomings they are the perfect team and what they find shocks not only them but me as a reader. I won’t give away anything, you have to read the book to find out!

Positive:  Leila and Sam trading sharp and witty dialog is the real draw of this book. Sarcastic and plain spoken, Leila thinks nothing of teasing Sam about being a half-wit, while Sam remembers nothing, and keeps teasing her about being a horse thief. As a team they are loyal to each other, even Sam who can’t remember her name half the time.

Negative:  The beginning was slow and thick to wade through. The ages of the main characters was a little…unnerving. They were roughly 14 and 15 and this book was not geared for the mentality of such young teens, though in the end it was very G rated. If the main characters had been older, about 17 or 18, they would have fit in better with the themes (slavery, dark magic, etc.) I honestly forgot most of the time that they were so young since their battle prowess, wit, and foresight was very mature.

Rating: 4.0 stars of 5

Update for The Unknown Sun

Hi all! Okay update time! I am done editing.

woot!

My genius of an editor was tough, but when I was able to stop my cheeks from burning in embarrassment over my horrid mistakes, my fingers flew over the keyboard and righted all that was wrong in the world of Skyfall.

So what is the next step?

Formatting for indie publication.  This means Smashwords/Amazon etc.  This also means I am staring at 100 plus pages of instructions on how to format for e-readers. Blankly staring. Drooling a little. *brain implodes*

 

Yeaaahhhh.

 

I am either going to have to tackle that mountain of confusing instructions or have someone reliable do it for me, so this is why I am giving myself nearly a month to format this sucker and get it out to the world on May 1st. Hopefully.

Now, somewhere in there I will be unveiling my super secret awesome sauce cover too!  Squee! Keeping it a total secret has been sooooo hard!! The only people who’ve seen it are my artist and my hubby. That’s it. I’m all but peeing my pants with eagerness to show everyone how amazing my cover artist Victoria is (Whitandware.com).

So, keep your eyes peeled for that cover!  And feel free to hop over to my facebook author page at www.facebook.com/writezalot  and my twitter at @writezalot which may have quicker updates. At least…more random ones…

Hugs!