Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: INTERRED, by Marilyn Almodovar



Interred, by Marilyn Almodovar
Published 2013

About the Book (from Goodreads): 
Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.
MY TAKE: 

As Baxter Jacobs get close to her 16th birthday, strange things start happening. Her mother's cousin visits from England with news of her grandmother's passing, and news of inheritance.  As if meeting a relative she's never heard of wasn't strange enough, Baxter also sees a boy whom no one else can see, a boy she's seen once before, at her grandfather’s funeral.

The boy turns out to be a magical spirit, trapped in a loophole of time and tied to her family. Baxter is both drawn to him and repulsed by him, not sure of his true intentions.

Her family travels to England, where Baxter delves deeper into this world her mother once belonged to, and finds out her family legacy is a magical bloodline, part of an ancient race of beings who live alongside normal humans but wield different forms of magic. A coming of age ceremony will determine who wields certain gifts, and who is strong enough to survive the transition to adulthood.

If you enjoy magical time travel in an older YA story, this book makes for fun, fast reading. (I’m a huge time travel fan, so this was right up my alley.) It's not always clear who is good and who is evil, but you keep rooting for the heroine to figure out the twists before it’s too late.

The first of a series, the second book FISSURE came out earlier this year, so even though the book ends with unresolved cliffhangers, book two is available. And already in my beach bag.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Will the Book Maven Say about My Kind of Crazy??

Jackie, a.k.a. that reviewer known as The Book Maven, has agreed to read, review and feature my book on her blog this week! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she liked it!

She had originally said the post would be up on July 21, but... As of today, it's not there yet.

I'm gonna keep checking, even though I know you're not supposed to hound reviewers, or care about reviews.

Doe any author NOT CARE about their reviews?

I have 71 reviews for this book on Amazon at the moment - most of them positive. A few constructive. A few had me scratching my head.

So now I really want to see what Jackie says... Follow me to The Book Maven's blog.

Monday, July 21, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: THE PIRATE PRINCESS by Kary Rader

The Pirate Princess, by Kary Rader
Published May 2014 by Burroughs Publishing

About the Book (from Goodreads):
To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

BY HONOR ALONE
A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he's saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke's daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.

But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.
MY TAKE:

First of all, I don't like the book blurb. At the same time it tells too much and too little. I'm not sure how I would rewrite it, but it doesn't give a truly enticing description of the story.

Because make no mistake. This in an enticing story.

First, you need to read book one of this series to understand the conflicts within this world, the Power of the Light, the Gifts and Implanting... and the sheer goodness and magnetism of Petra. He's an awesome guy, and you don't get his awesomeness at first when you read this story without book one. So go back, read the first book in the series Queen of Jastain. I loved and reviewed it last summer - read my thoughts HERE.

Where the first book was a time-travel romance, however, this one isn't. This is more of a swashbuckling fantasy with pirates versus royalty set firmly in Kary Rader's world of Jastain and its surrounding islands, seas and territories. Which is fine. And I like it. But it's different. Not really in the same style as the first book, which is more a warning than a criticism.

When we first meet Charlee, our erstwhile heroine, she's not a likeable character. In fact, I actively disliked her for a while there, wondering if there might be another heroine lurking somewhere I could root for. But she grows on you. And you do start rooting for her, despite her quirks and insecurities. And there are several twists to the plot that surprised me, even though I thought I had it all figured out.

Would I recommend this for summer reading? If you like swashbuckling pirate tales, strong female characters, and a hint of magic sprinkled over it all, definitely toss this one into your beach bag or load it onto your Kindle.

About the Author:
Kary Rader is a stay-at-home mother of three, avid reader and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head.

Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished. And it’s the power of words that creates and destroys.

Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day’s work. And with the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

5 Simple Ways to Smile this Summer....

1. Enjoy the simple pleasures of Nature. (Sunsets are free.)

2. Visit a local farm or farmstand. Nothing beats fresh, local food.
(The farmers will thank you, your family will thank you 
and your body will thank you!)
 
3. Explore New Places.
 
4. Do something Crazy.
 
5. Devour a Good Book.
(Silly puppy! Then again... maybe just read it!)

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For a perfect beach read, check out my latest books - MY KIND OF CRAZY has its world release in ELEVEN DAYS!