Archives for the month of: May, 2015

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Marked by Moonlight by Karen Tavares is a beautiful introduction to the supernatural via a coming-of-age story. Brizza takes a walk after work one night, and her entire universe changes. It’s the same as it’s always been, but her eyes are suddenly opened. Tavares creates the most beautiful backdrop for this action packed thriller. As Brizza battles supernatural foes and the new revelations about her family, she seeks refuge in the only place she knows to: the goddess Selene. The results are astounding, exciting, and very dangerous. I love Tavares’s characters and action. I found myself totally caught up in Brizza’s life, and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.


*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*Brighid O’Sullivan’s The Sun Palace is a delightful adventure in Ireland, around the time the Catholics began converting the Druids. This is an excellent adventure of religious tension, political intrigue, and family issues. The setting and characters are beautiful and bold and incredibly vivid. O’Sullivan’s writing sucks you in and holds you tight, making the reader part of the story. I highly recommend The Sun Palace.

*goes into a dark corner and hides away for a while***
I love editing. I really do. And I really love authors who open up a view of the world that is radically different than my own. But sometimes, I read something so horrific that I know I’m going to have nightmares about it. 

I did not enjoy, but at least understood a gritty whipping scene. And although I understand why it’s necessary, I simply cannot stomach this…baby scene. When the author told me he had to take a break after writing this scene, I understand why. 
I know the world is full of evil. But I can’t stop and ponder certain types too long before I want to go on a murdering spree of all the evil men that commit such horrors.

I love this heroine because she can accomplish with courage things that would make me sick. Because, let’s be honest. I’m more like the wet-nurse crying in the corner than I am the brave heroine bringing vengeance and justice.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Belart Wright’s Average Joe and the Extraordinaires is a wonderful adventure story. Wright is incredible at creating vivid characters and putting them through their paces in a fast-paced adventure. There were a few instances where a clique was misused, the way someone learning a foreign language might use a phrase they hear a lot, understanding the meanings of individual words, but not the implications of the phrase as a whole. This would be helpful in creating foreign or alien characters, but it seemed to occur outside of dialogue as well. Some people might take a little while to get used to the script formatting of the dialogue, but I enjoyed that very much. Overall, this book was a great adventure that I would love to read aloud of a middle school class. I love that Joe had to make a decision about what kind of person he was going to be, and then worked hard to follow through with that decision. I highly recommend this.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Kitsune Matsuri by William Johnston is a wonderful romp through Japanese folk lore. This adventure is about a young American, abroad for the first time, teaching English. He’s in a new country for less than twenty four hours when he brushes up against the supernatural and is introduced to a world that few gaijins are ever allowed to see. As Tobias struggles with a new culture, he grows into the man he’s supposed to be. This is an wonderfully vivid coming of age story.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
CJBrightley’s “A Fairy King” is a wonderful fairy tale. I loved the story of a human girl who is pen pals with a fae boy. Brightley is excellent at descriptions, both of the setting and the characters. I enjoyed the quiet unfolding of two lifetimes in a very tender and sweet way. This would be a great story to introduce upper elementary kids to the world of the Fae. Brightley makes me hungry for more of this world.