Book Review: Elusive Heir

Elusive Heir
Prophecy Unravelled #1
Rin Grey
Fantasy

Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads
Powerful mages, centuries old secrets, and a prophecy to fulfil.

In a world where mages taken away to the Dome as soon as their magic manifests, never to return, a powerful mage like Elizabeth is highly unusual. She chooses to use her magic to help others in the harsh world outside.

But no amount of retrieving lost property or helping those who can’t help themselves can make up for the mistakes she made in her past. Two families she left in fear, and a whole lot of guilt, she’s spent years putting the past behind her. A magically extended lifespan can leave a lot of time for regrets.

But when she hears her grandson has gone missing, Elizabeth doesn’t hesitate, leaving behind yet another life and the man she cares about, to go chasing after the past. Only to discover that her family has more than a few magical secrets of their own.

Elusive Heir is the first novella length (30,000 words) episode in the Prophecy Unravelled Series.

 

Review
It pains me to say that I felt a little disappointed with this book.  I am usually a fan on Rin Grey’s work (also writes under Rinelle Grey) but I did not get overly excited with this one.  I enjoyed the first book Guarding Honour, which is #0 for the series, and had high hopes for this one but it took a turn that I was not expecting because quite some time was skipped between books.

I feel like this book was one constant back and forth between places, setting a scene and never really getting into much detail.  I also found an inconsistency with characters being labelled aunts or cousins (probably a typo). While I understand that it was only book one and the scene has to be set somewhere, I guess I was just expecting more.

To be completely honest, I have never really been a fan of reading a novella series one book at a time.  I usually prefer to wait for them all to come out and read them like one book.  I get impatient while waiting! I had a similar experience with the Dragon Ruins series (also by Rinelle Grey).  However, I was glad that I persisted with that series by the end of it, so I still have my hopes up for this one.  I will probably be waiting for the rest to be released before continuing though.

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TBR: The Sword of Dragons

The Sword of Dragons
Jon Wasik
Author’s Blog
Goodreads

I was already a follower of the site A Writer at Heart but I decided I would not backtrack on books I had seen in the past for this TRB list.  It would be too hard to keep track of how I came across each book.  However, it’s not backtracking if I come across the book for a second time!

I was browsing my WordPress reader and came across the article Planning Ahead for Marketing, which I found quite useful.  I had not considered the fact that book covers are viewed as thumbnail images when people browse ebooks on websites.  I definitely recommend this article for new authors!

The article mentions the above book and discusses cover design, which then led me to searching the site for more information on the book.  And here we are, another TBR!  I am definitely another one of those fantasy lovers who would enjoy a book about dragons!  The interesting ideas about a character blaming themselves for a war and then having to work through their past mistakes only adds to my interest.  Looks like it will be a good read!

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Book Review: Belgarath the Sorcerer

Belgarath the Sorcerer
David and Leigh Eddings
Epic Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads
Bestselling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.
Then came the dark day when the Dark God Torak split the world asunder, and the God Aldur and his disciples began their monumental labor to set Destiny aright. Foremost among their number was Belgarath. His ceaseless devotion was foredoomed to cost him that which he held most dear–even as his loyal service would extend through echoing centuries of loss, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph.

Review
There is something about David Eddings.  I have always enjoyed his books!  The world is really deep and thoroughly developed.  Each area has something that makes it unique and different from the next and the people have their own stereotypes.

For those of you who have read The Belgariad and The Malloreon, you will know that they discuss important aspects in history, which then lead to the main story in each series.  Belgarath the Sorcerer goes through this history is much more detail and it is very interesting to see why or how certain situations occurred.

I also love the writing style for this book.  It is different from the other David Eddings books that I have read because the majority of it is in first person.  Belgarath is a very interesting and amusing character, and I enjoyed his distractions and side stories.  It made the ‘story telling’ aspect of the book very believable.

I won’t go into too much detail here.  I have already reviewed The Belgariad and The Malloreon and I discussed my love of the characters and the world in those.  Also, my daughter just woke up and wants my attention! But I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys easy to read fantasy books with character humour.

TBR: Elithius

Elithius, Book One: The Red Captain
Dominic Sceski
Author’s Blog
Goodreads

I came across this book while I was searching through WordPress sites and looking for new authors.  Dominic Sceski also hinted that his book was available if I was looking for something else to read 😉 I am still at the stage where I do not have complete confidence in my writing.  I cannot even picture myself having the ability to go to someone and suggest they read my work.  It is something I hope to overcome as I continue writing.  For this reason, I admire Dominic Sceski forwardness.

I look forward to diving into the created world and exploring the different aspects that are promised in the blurb!  Thank you for bringing this book to my attention!

Self publishing is becoming a big thing these days and I think it opens up more opportunities for authors and readers.  I am definitely interested in hearing from other authors in a similar position, so please feel free to contact me!

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TBR: The Exercise Of Vital Powers

This is the first book I am adding to my WordPress TBR list!  (Click the link to find out more about my list!)

The Exercise of Vital Powers
Ian Gregoire
Author’s Blog
Goodreads

I recently started following Ian Gregoire’s blog and I came across an exciting post that talks about how rewarding good reviews are for authors.  The post clearly showed enthusiasm for the review and appreciation for how the reviewer understood the characters in the book despite their personality. This really got me interested.

The post then linked to the review, which I obviously had to read due to the excitement from the author.  It was well written and detailed, and increased my interest in the book!

So there we go, my first book added to my WordPress TBR.  Congratulations to Ian Gregoire! A review like that would make me totally over the moon as well!

Book Review: The Very Cranky Bear

The Very Cranky Bear
Nick Bland
Children’s fiction

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads
When four friends encounter a cranky bear, Moose, Lion and Zebra all think they know how to cheer him up. But it is plain, boring Sheep who has the answer.

Review
I know this is not the usual type of book that I would review but I just wanted to talk about how much I love this book. I am an Early Childhood Teacher, and now a mother, so I have read a lot of children’s books, but this one is my favourite!

I like the way the sentences rhyme. It is a good education tool for children as they try to figure out what word comes next. There are two points in the book with large, bold letters for emphasis but they are different words each time. Many children expect it to be the same word, but then they realise it is different when they start to understand how to rhyme.

The illustrations are great. The colours are very inviting and they definitely keep the book interesting.

The best thing about this book is the ending and the moral to the story. Especially the last line, I just love it! It is a very good book to use when teaching children that people have different opinions, likes and dislikes. It shows that it is important to listen to what someone wants instead of just making assumptions.

There are another four books in the Cranky Bear series and I love them all, though this one is my favourite. I definitely recommend them to anyone who has children at the age of picture books or younger. Goodreads suggests it is for ages three and up but I read it to my six month old!

Inspiration Call Response: Character Development

Inspiration Call

Creative Talents Unleashed

(It’s funny how you can have one thing in mind but then things change when you actually start writing!)

She was just a girl; and unnamed girl.  She was cold and alone in a crowded area.  Her dark hair floated in the breeze and her clothes were thin and torn.  She had not eaten in several days and she had nowhere to go.  She meant nothing to those around her.  She was no one.

People hardly saw her as they rushed about their day.  They were too busy focusing on themselves.  She was only spoken to if she was in someone’s way.  Nobody knew what she was going through.  Nobody cared.

Everything suddenly changed when she began to play her guitar. Her fingers picked at single strings and then eventually turned to chords.  Her music was filled with a deep sorrow, but it was beautiful.  Each note flowed gracefully into the next with perfect timing.  It was magical.

Everyone stopped.  Everyone watched and listened.  Her music could not be ignored.  They started to ask each other who the girl was.  They all wanted to know.

But it was too late.  She hardly saw them.  She did not know what they were going through.  She did not care.  She was just a girl; a girl so used to being cold, alone and lost in her music.

#writephoto Response: The other side

Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt

What is on the other side?
The unknown sparks curiosity.
The sky is bright and there is a chill in the air.
The lush green grass feels so inviting.
The trees in the distance are there to explore.
Who knows what else is out there?

The other side always seems desirable,
But do not look for too long.
Do not forget what your side has to offer.
What you have might actually be better.

Inspiration Call Response: The Story of Shoes

Inspiration Call

Creative Talents Unleashed

These shoes can tell a story.
They know where they have been and what they have done.
The soil in the soles can give a location.
The dirt explains the journey.
The wear and tear can give an indication of age.
The tie of the laces gives insight about the owner.
These shoes can tell a story,
But they cannot say what they will do next.
They cannot choose a destination.
Only the owner can make that decision.
Only the owner can make the story possible.

Books that keep you thinking!

I am one of those people who likes to read the first book in a series (especially if it is free!).  It gives me a really good opportunity to see if I like the writing style and the story and then, from there, I can decide whether or not I want to read the rest of the series.  To be completely honest, by the time I finish book one, I have found another series that I am really interested in or another book has been recommended.  I often get sidetracked, even if I do intend to read the rest of the series.

With that in mind, I would like to point out a major achievement for authors.  There was a book I read a couple of years ago and I still think about it now!  Since I read it, I have had major changes in my life and my reading time significantly reduced for a while.  There are a lot of books I want to read, but this one series has been sticking out in my mind lately, even after all that time.  That is truly something that should make an author feel proud.

So which book am I talking about?
Minutes Before Sunset, The Timely Death Trilogy, by Shannon A. Thompson

Link to Goodreads
Author’s blog

I came across this book when I was browsing WordPress sites.  First of all, I think the cover looks amazing! I know we are not meant to judge a book by its cover, but sometimes I just can’t help it!

Now, it has been a couple of years since I read it, so I do not feel comfortable giving a proper review about it.  I gave it four stars on my Goodreads account but I cannot remember my reasons.  However, I do remember how the story was intriguing.  So many of us (myself included) use the typical light for good and darkness for evil, but this book seems to do the opposite!  Of course, I have yet to read the rest of the series and it might turn out that the main characters are actual evil..!

Without taking up too much of everyone’s time, I would just like to thank Shannon A. Thompson for her concepts and for producing a book that I just cannot seem to forget! I promise to read the rest of them soon!

Please comment below and tell me about books that have left you feeling intrigued and wanting to read more!