REVIEW: The Carnelian Legacy (Carnelian Book #1)

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Author: Cheryl Koevoet
Type: ARC e-book
Pages: 480
Published: 26th February 2013

5 Stars

Amazing Book! I fell in love within the first few chapters!

I absolutely loved the Authors’ writing style!  She is incredibly talented and writes in such an eloquent way, it makes everything come alive in vivid detail. I felt as if the world she built became real.  Cheryl’s style of writing is what I aspire to achieve!

After the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Marisa’s life is on the verge of imploding.  Her brother and Uncle is all she has left.  She seeks a few minutes peace after attending her father’s funeral and heads out on horseback through the woods of Gold Hill, when a mysterious lightning storm strikes. Marisa finds herself hurled into a different dimension with only the clothes on her back and her horse.

Once she finds herself in the land of Carnelia she is discovered by Darian and his cousin, Arrigo. It’s obvious to them that she needs their help, so they take her under their protection in order to get her back home.

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REVIEW: The End of Night

16131044Title: The End of Night
Author: Paul Bogard
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Published: 9th July 2013

3 Stars

It was okay. It is not my normal style of book and I only started reading it as a friend recommended it to me.

I found myself frustrated with the overly descriptive and repetitive nature of the writing and felt that half of almost every chapter could have been removed and wouldn’t have been missed.

The concept of this book is fantastic and the author obviously put in a lot of research on the subject.  It seemed to be aimed at ‘everyday society’ and not academics or astrologers, I believe the author did a great job of not over complicating the scientific aspects. His creative non-fiction style of writing made it easy to read and I liked that he referenced to the sources of his data.

This book for me, was similar to reading an extraordinarily long newspaper article, no matter how interesting the subject matter.

It opened my eyes to what artificial light is doing to the night sky, but was not really my cup of tea. However for someone who is more interested in non-fiction books this would probably be a great read.

Top Ten Tuesday #7

TOP 10 TUESDAY

Today’s Topic for Top 10 Tuesday featured by The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List but I have altered it to Spring as I am on the other side of the world:

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR List

  1. The Secrets of Yashire by Diamante Lavendar
    Emerging From the Shadows is a young adult fantasy adventure that occurs within the framework of a young girl’s subconscious mind. The main character, Brianna, finds herself thrown into a world called Yashire where she is forced to deal with circumstances that are threatening Yashire’s existence. Against her will, she is sent on a journey to restore unconditional love back to the land while also contending with the evil force in the land, Zolan.
    The Secrets of Yashire
  2. The Unraveling by Laurel Wanrow (The Luminated Threads: Book 1)
    In 1868 England, the competition to control agriculture is fierce…and nobody says no to Derby’s industrial magnate. Except Annmar Masterson. The nineteen-year-old rejects his improper advances and instead takes an advertising position on a farm. She discovers the isolated valley is home to gifted species—including animal and plant shifters—who hide their lives from the rest of England. The blue threads only she sees on their clockwork machinery prove her heritage is rooted with theirs, but their world is so different that Annmar doesn’t know if she’ll ever belong.
    The Unraveling
  3. The Covenant by J.E. Plemons (Last Light Falling: Book #1) Continue reading

REVIEW: Destiny Kills (Myth & Magic Book #1)

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Title: Destiny Kills
Author: Keri Arthur
Type: Kobo e-book
Pages: 336
Published: 28th October 2008

3 Stars

I enjoyed this book, it was a quick and easy read, had a great concept but maybe needed a few parts of it expanded a little.

Destiny woke up on an Oregon beach beside a dead man with little memory of who she is or why she is there.  All she knows is that she needs to wait for dawn to perform a ceremony to dispose of his body.  She also knows that she needs to keep moving and needs to get to Maine.

Once Egan’s body is disposed of in the dawn ceremony, Destiny takes off and ends up playing chicken with Trae, who is Egan’s brother. Trae is a thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own.

By the second or third chapter it becomes known to Destiny that she is a Sea Dragon who managed to escape from a lab in Scotland who kept her captive for over 10 years with her mother, Egan and a bunch of children.

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Spring!

It’s Spring here in Western Australia and it is so lovely to be able to sit outside and soak up the sun whilst reading a book! The temperatures are already reaching 26 degrees (78.8 Fahrenheit). Summer is coming along swift as ever 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday #6

TOP 10 TUESDAY

Today’s Topic for Top 10 Tuesday featured by The Broke and The Bookish is a Freebie so I have chosen to do:

Top Ten Series I Loved But Never Wrote A Review For

  1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (8 very large books)
    The Outlander Series is a sequence of multi-genre novels and shorter works written by Diana Gabaldon that feature elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. The stories focus on two main characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, and their adventures in the 18th and 20th centuries. It has now also been made into a television drama series Outlander on Starz.
  1. Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore (3 books)
    Graceling is a young adult fantasy novel by Kristin Cashore, and her literary debut. The book earned a place on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year for 2008 and received generally favorable reviews. It was followed by a companion book entitled Fire, and a sequel, Bitterblue. Fire takes place about 35 years before Graceling in a nearby land. Bitterblue takes places six years after Graceling, in the seven kingdoms.
  1. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (6 books) Continue reading

REVIEW: THE RELUCTANT SACRIFICE

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Title: The Reluctant Sacrifice
Author: Kerr-Ann Dempster
Type: ARC e-book
Pages: 263
Published: 7th August 2015

5 Stars

This was a spectacular read!

Amarith was torn apart by sibling rivalry and the losers were stripped of their immortal birthright and banished to earth.  A prophecy has given the Amarithians hope. A child of Shaw born on the twelfth day of the twelfth month must be a willing sacrifice, and only then will the exiles be forgiven and welcomed home.

Aubrey Shaw is a Jumper, she can leap between bodies, which has assisted her and her mother to allude the Hawk Unit, led by her former love Joshua, but how many times can your soul be ripped apart and put back together again before you lose yourself?

This was an effortless read that I just couldn’t put down, every chapter had me on the edge of my seat wanting more. I was immersed in every part of this book, I loved reading about the present circumstances, and then being thrown back into the past in Aubrey’s dreams to gain insight about what lead them to where they are now.  Continue reading