Teaser Tuesday #8

Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The book I'm currently reading is A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.
""This man came a guest into my house, and there conspired to murder my son, a boy of seven," she proclaimed to the room at large, pointing. Ser Rodrik moved to her side , his sword in hand."

Book Review- Luminaire

Friday, 26 July 2013
Title: Luminaire
Author: Ciye Cho
Published: November 28th 2012
Pages: 250
Series: Florence Waverley #2
Genre: Young Adult, Mermaid. Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5

Being the only human in a world of merfolk... isn't easy. Florence Waverley chose to stay in Niemela, but things have gone awry. Secrets have risen and the prince she cares about has pulled away. All the while, dark dreams warn her of a tragedy that only she can stop. But in order to save the merman she loves, Florence will have to enter the Life Path tournament: a brutal test of fear and madness.

The tournament is a rite of passage--a maze where young mermaids and mermen battle to find their purpose. It is also a place where Florence will face grave danger: mermaids with evil magic, tunnels filled with sea fire, and guardians who wish to use her as a pawn in their secret plans. But will Florence be strong enough to survive the tournament... or will she perish inside it?

Everything hangs in the balance: her life, her world, and her love.- Goodreads

I received an ebook copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Florence Waverley Series, check out my review of the first novel here!

I really enjoyed the first novel in this series and I was eagerly anticipating when I would get a chance to pick the sequel up. I am glad to say that it didn't disappoint! This novel begins right after Rolan's coronation as King of Niemela, and any of the story we missed, including the coronation itself is filled in nicely by flashbacks from Florence. I thought these flashbacks were used well, not too frequently to become annoying, but sparingly enough to allow the reader a full picture of what had happened between the books.
In this novel Florence takes part in the Life Path tournament, (think Tri-Wizard Tournament, underwater, with careers for the victors) which I really enjoyed reading about, as it was action packed and edge-of-your-seat reading. There is definitely more action in this novel than the last, the Life Path tournament introduced more action and also introduced the readers to an enormous number of new creatures which were interesting to read about.
Rolan is the main love interest in this series, and he was very frustrating to read about in the beginning, as a complete change had come over him since the end of Book 1. Whereas in book 1 he was quite warm and caring towards Florence by the end, in the beginning of this novel he is distracted and cold towards her. Thankfully he didn't keep up his stubborn distance and coldness to Florence for very long. As a reader, I was able to better understand why Rolan was acting that way through a few short chapters of this novel being from his P.O.V. As well as allowing insights into his thoughts and feelings, it allowed us to read a little bit more about the goings on in the kingdom of Niemela.
Florence is also different in this novel, but in a more positive sense. She is much more confident, she feels like she has found her place, where she belongs in Niemela. Florence is one of my favourite female protagonists to read about as she is very strong and always stands up for herself and things she believes in. I also enjoy the fact that she doesn't let anyone, especially Rolan boss her around.
I also like the relationship between Florence and Rolan, I think it's super sweet and it developed nicely towards the end of the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this sequel. It is a quick read that continues and develops what was in traduced in Book1. I look forward to reading the next book in the series to see how the story develops further in a world that has intrigued me from the beginning.

Book Review- Kaylen's Rising

Saturday, 6 July 2013
Title: Kaylen's Rising
Author: Yves Robichaud
Published: February 6th 2013
Publisher: Friesen Press
Pages: 200
Series: Tomes of Taria #1
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Rating: 4/5

View book trailer: http://youtu.be/bO3Z02BALMw

Kaylen Amdir has been living in the dark for fourteen years—in every sense.

His people are hunted on the surface world, so they must struggle to survive within underground caves. His community hates his family but no-one will say why. Unlike most teens, his parents keep him housebound, and forbid him from wielding weapons or learning magic. But when his parents finally change their mind and send him to school, Kaylen is suddenly exposed to the harsh truth. He has much to learn and understand all at once—including a mysterious magical ability.

With the threat of war with the surface-dwellers ever present, Kaylen will need to make new friends, and to stay true to himself if he is to survive what is to come…while something frightening stirs inside him.- Goodreads

I received an ebook copy of this novel from the author in return for an honest review.
I gave this novel 4/5 and I really enjoyed it. The plot and characters in this novel were great, the author had developed them nicely. I will say that I think this is probably a middle grade novel, the writing and plotline would suit 10-14 year olds, but I enjoyed it none the less.
The plot was fast paced and action filled, the characters were hardly finished one adventure when they were on to the next. This helped keep my interest through out the novel, and I finished it in a relatively quick time.
The characters were nicely developed, the group that Kaylen fights with were a diverse group all with individual strengths and weaknesses. The only slight problem I had with the characters was I felt that some of the characters relationships were a little 2 dimensional. They felt like they were only there to fulfil a purpose, that they weren't build on any evidence of affection between the characters.
The world that Robichaud described in the book was good, it had a fantasy element to it, but still retained features that made it feel like Earth. I also liked the history we were introduced to between the humans and the elves, hopefully we will learn more about the history of the battles between the two races in other novels.
I thought Kaylen's parents were interesting and intriguing characters who, unfortunately didn't have a very large part in the story!
Overall I liked this novel, and I am interested to see where the author takes the characters in the next books in the series.

Book Review- Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness

Wednesday, 3 July 2013
Title: Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness
Author: Rich Pitman
Published: October 10th 2012
Publisher: Ghostly Publishing
Pages: 210
Genre: Fantasy, Middle-Grade, Childrens

Rating: 3/5

Many centuries ago the Elders designed the world we live in, but they knew that through time and the advances in medicine and technology, the world would slowly start to die and man would ultimately destroy the planet. The Elders created a prophecy that every two millennia, four children would receive a mystical mark. The children would grow and (one day) be powerful enough to release the mighty beast, Tyranacus. Together they would purge the world of man, allowing it to heal before the life cycle would start again. Margaret Threepwood was a gentle and loving wife and was due to give birth when tragedy struck and Margaret fell severely ill. The Gatekeeper of life and death appeared in the hospital ward and provided a one-time deal so Margaret would live as long as her son Jimmy Threepwood was brought up unloved, uncared-for and handed to the Gatekeeper and his minions on his eleventh birthday, where his destiny would be unveiled to him. As Jimmy approached his eleventh birthday he noticed strange and unusual things happening. Firstly, a mysterious crow started to follow him around school; this ultimately led to a Bunson burner accident and an unusual scar forming on Jimmy's arm in the shape of a number nine. This was followed by Jimmy protecting his friend against the school bully, but one touch changed both Jimmy's and the bully's lives forever...
I received a copy of the ebook from the author in return for an honest review.
I am in two minds about this book. I really enjoyed the story, the plot was good and the characters were interesting and nicely developed through the book. The thing that lets this book down is the writing itself. Really all it needs is a good look over by an editor to straighten out errors. This meant I couldn't enjoy the book fully as the mistakes kept catching my eye. There were problems with missing commas and other forms of punctuation, and a couple of times when it appeared the author got confused between characters as the names kept changing.
Apart from the errors, I quite enjoyed the story. I definitely think this is a middle grade book, as the language and ideas in the novel would definitely appeal to readers of that age.
I also thought the action scenes were nicely done, with good description of what the characters were doing. The quantity of action through out the whole book was good, the story moved quickly, meaning the plot kept my interest.
The main character, Jimmy, was a good main character, he was brave and sensible, but there is definitely some underlying traits in Jimmy that we haven't really been introduced to yet.
Overall I liked this book, and I am interested in seeing where the author takes the story in the next book. In my opinion this book was good, but with a little tweaking of the writing, it could definitely be great.

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