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Review: Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

February 6th, 2016 Zed Posted in Review No Comments »

ZeroboxerTitle: Zeroboxer

Author: Fonda Lee

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 8, 2015

Format: Paperback, 360 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738743380 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738743387 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices put everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

Quick & Dirty: Gravity-defying solar sports contests and a life altering secret.

Opening Sentence: Carr Luka woke from a nap three hours before his fight.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

I am not a fan of any kind of sport, whether it’s football, basketball or golf, and although this book is based on a sport called ‘zeroboxing’ it had me hooked. Zeroboxing isn’t any sport you’ve heard of before, it’s an inter-planet sport that is like boxing but without gravity! This story is set on Valtego; which is best described as a sort of space-station in between Earth and Mars. I was fascinated by the concept of a gravity-defying sport that’s played on multiple planets.

Blake shook his head. “You’ve never been to that place, Carr.” Was it a good or bad sign that he was weirdly at ease, his eyes distant? “Where you know you can’t win…but you can decide not to lose.”

Carr Luka is training as a professional zeroboxer and despite his young age, he’s racing his way to the top. Life seems to be perfect for Carr; he’s excelling in his career, has a lovely girlfriend and just landed a solid contract with The Martian. Just as his dreams are coming true he learns a secret that shatters his self-pride and could cost him everything: his career, the love of his life and his dream.

Carr drank in the sight, letting its sweet flavour infuse his euphoria. Victory was a better high than a hundred bliss bombs. Perfect and real, lasting for days, even weeks, before being polished and stored in its own special nook of his soul, each win in his collection unique and everlasting, wanting nothing except more neighbours.

I loved the way this story is written: the author’s descriptions of Carr’s feelings, the fights themselves, how the planet’s look. It was all described brilliantly. Sometimes you can read the perfect storyline but the writing will let you down but in this case, even the dullest of events are depicted excellently.

Now he was on the up again. Attention could be good or bad, he decided, but it didn’t really matter. “Fighting isn’t a popularity contest,” he said.

Onto Carr himself; he’s an excellent protagonist: kind, hardworking and most of all, determined to succeed. The secret he uncovers devastates him (no spoilers), mainly because Carr has worked tirelessly to win and he’s so proud of this so it’s unfair to see how quickly one truth could take it all away! This could destroy not only his life, but of those he holds dear.

“You were perfect.”
“What do you mean? I didn’t do anything.”
“You looked confident, you paid attention, you were serious, but funny, and you didn’t act like a prima donna or a jerk. You have no idea how rare that is, for a sports celebrity?”

Once Carr learns of the truth, he struggles with what he should do. He’s come too far to go back but the guilt is eating him away. Can he give up his life’s work or will he continue to live in fear? Whatever the decision, everything as he knows it has changed…

This is a fantastic read and it surprised me how much I enjoyed it and I hope you give it a chance too!

Notable Scene:

A shudder of distaste ran through Carr, along with a strange and immense fatigue. Why was all this happening to him? There was a time, not that long ago, when things were a lot simpler. When he knew who he was, and what he wanted, and the world seemed like the sort of place that would reward him if he worked hard enough, and each step he took went forward, toward something better.

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FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Zeroboxer. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Tracked by Jenny Martin

February 6th, 2016 Zed Posted in Review No Comments »

TrackedTitle: Tracked

Author: Jenny Martin

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Series: Tracked (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0803740123 (Dial/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0803740129 (Dial/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Zed

Synopsis:

The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

Quick & Dirty: Fast cars, dangerous corporations and deadly secrets.

Opening Sentence: I pace the garage like some crazy-eyed wind-up girl.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Phee isn’t a typical girl; she is an excellent racer, hates dressing up and is incredibly reckless (and badass). That and her fiery personality sets her apart from typical heroines but sadly, I didn’t find anything exceptional about the first in the Tracked series.

At the finish line, I skid to a rubber-melting stop. The crew runs out onto the track.
Gil says nothing—I know he’s sizing me up and weigh-ing the cost of my reckless speed. Bear and Goose look completely horrified, but I can tell Cash is on my side.
“Vanguard?” Cash says. “That was hot.”

The storyline is interesting enough, there’s a huge difference between the wealthy of the Capitoline and the poor everywhere else. Phee is an orphan, racing illegally to make ends meet until she’s recruited by the incredibly wealthy and corrupt Charles Benroyal to race for him. Since it’s either that or jail she chooses the former and the rest of the story surrounds her uncovering his dark secrets, which are linked into her own past.

It’s a joke, really. Everybody knows Toby Abasi’s the only politician in Capitoline the Sixers haven’t managed to buy off, and you can bet even his days are numbered.
It’s just the way it is. We live and die hungry, and the Sixers write the rules. They push through every bill and control every resource, while these people have no voice, no money, no real shot at changing anything. These banners? They’ll soon fall to the ground. The DP will see to that, sweeping up another inconvenience for the corporates who pay them well enough.

This book showed me how overpopulated the YA dystopian genre is right now. It wasn’t a bad story; it’s just that this genre is getting rather repetitive. The book is jam-packed with action but I didn’t like the way the writing began. In the first chapter all the sentences are really short, with sharp words to set the scene of a dramatic first race / accident but I thought it was overkill and wasn’t a good first impression for me. The writing improves and I started enjoying it, especially when Phee punches a rival in a press conference, but, again, the ending disappoints (no spoilers). There was plenty doom and gloom in the story, so I wished the ending was a tad bit chirpier.

I suppose I could thank Benroyal’s refineries for the supply. Or I could curse him for hoarding it all for himself. And I’m definitely more the cursing type.

Bear is Phee’s sidekick / bodyguard / bestfriend and it’s clear how important they are to each other but I was annoyed at his reaction to Phee’s rejection. I understand that he’s hurt she doesn’t feel the same way about him, but he took it really badly, to the extent that he implies she ruined his life! Dramatic much?

I mean, yes, if it wasn’t for her then Bear wouldn’t have ended up working at Benroyal Corp. and his parents wouldn’t be in danger, but dude, she was trying to stop you from going to jail! I also think Phee was to blame because she could have told him earlier that she didn’t feel that way about him, rather than continue to lead him on. Looks like she wanted the best of both worlds, romance with cash and comfort from Bear – Twilight anyone?

Tracked is one of the many dystopian stories I’ve read recently but too depressing for my taste and not the greatest of endings to make me continue with this series.

Notable Scene:

I can race, but I cannot run. I can live, but I cannot breathe.

Something does not add up. Racing is everything here, but I’m an unknown with no real rally experience, just a couple years’ worth of small-time match-ups under my belt. Forty-eight hours ago, I was pacing Benny’s garage and now I’m living in the Spire.

Why?

Tracked Series:

1. Tracked

2. Marked (May 17, 2016)

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FTC Advisory: Dial/Penguin provided me with a copy of Tracked. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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Review: Break Me Down by Roni Loren

February 5th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Review No Comments »

BreakMeDown2Title: Break Me Down

Author: Roni Loren

Genre: Erotic Romance

Series: Loving on the Edge (Book #8.5)

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

Format: eBook, 172 Pages

A-SIN: B00ISEOM2C (Intermix/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me invites you to discover the thrill of control as one couple wrestles for power in and out of the bedroom…

Samantha Dunbar needs to forget Gibson Andrews. When he trained her to be a domme, she experienced just how hot things could get with the sexy executive. She was ready to hand him everything—including her heart. But Gibson backed away, declaring them incompatible. He’s a dominant, and Sam’s no submissive.

But after an attack shakes Sam to her core, Gibson tracks her down at her family’s rundown farmhouse and makes her an offer. He’ll stay the week and be hers in every way—a helping hand for the renovation and a willing lover in her bed. He swore he’d never give up control to anyone again, but he hasn’t been able to touch another woman since Sam. Maybe a week alone with her will cure him of his relentless craving.

But one taste only makes them want more, and Sam and Gibson are drawn in deeper than ever. The man who won’t give in has just met the girl who won’t give up…

Quick & Dirty: Emotional and wickedly hot story with a female dominant who doesn’t have to change who she is deep down just for a man.

Opening Sentence: “Are you trying to torture me?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Break Me Down is a novella set in the Loving on the Edge series by Roni Loren. What I loved about this installment was that the female dominant never had to compromise or give up who she is in order to love the man she wanted. I’ve only read a few other stories like this but in the ones that I have read the female dominant usually has to give up her mostly domme tendencies. This story has some wickedly hot, female dominant scenes.

Samantha Dunbar and Gibson Andrews shared one *almost* wickedly hot encounter together. Gibson ran out before it got too far. He didn’t like that he was turned on by the dominant Sam. Ever since that night, Sam and Gib haven’t gotten the other out of their thoughts. Sam doesn’t know what she did to Gib but she doesn’t like that he has acted like that night never happened.

Sam is one tough chick. She has spent her life learning how to protect herself. Sam’s childhood was particularly rough. One thing that Sam has done is not make excuses for what has happened to her. Each thing has been a learning experience.

One night Sam is attacked bringing back memories of when it happened to her before. Unfortunately, she freezes. Her training didn’t kick in. Thankfully her observant co-worker noticed and ran the men off. Since it is the beginning of her vacation, Sam takes off for her grandmother’s home in the deep country of Texas. She takes out her aggression on fixing up the old home.

Gibson finds out about Sam’s attack. He knows the last thing that she needs is to be alone. He makes a deal with her, he will help her with the remodel and be her sex slave to command for the week as long as she lets him stay with her so she isn’t alone. This goes against everything that Gibson has known and grown up believing. Gib has always been a dominant but it was when he was acting as a submissive to Sam’s training that he really got turned on.

Sam knows that Gib is a closest submissive but he won’t admit it. She uses her time with him to make sure he knows it. She literally breaks down his barriers and shows him what he is missing. The only thing is, Gib wants none of it. He doesn’t want people to know his sexual preferences, even though he is a member of The Ranch. He is scared of what people will think about him. Sam doesn’t care. She just wants Gib to be happy. The only thing she won’t go against is being a secret. If they are to have a relationship then everyone has to know they are together, which means in Gib’s eyes that they will know he is a sub. If Gib can’t do that, then they cannot be together.

I think it was great that Sam stuck to her true self. She would rather give up a relationship with great chemistry than be unhappy. She was tired of caring what others thought about her. Gibson on the other hand only cared about what people thought about him. He had to be dominant because he was male. He couldn’t be turned on by being subservient. Gib was quite angsty in his troubles. It was almost enough for me to give up on him but the ending with worth the payout.

Roni Loren continues to write characters with such emotion and depth that I always fall into their lives and relationships. I hope to continue reading these stories for years to come.

Notable Scene:

“Tonight, how you were, was epically hot, Gibson. It was a fantasy in the flesh for me. You coming all over yourself and roaring like a beast? Hell yes. I will vote for that over and over again. I wish you could let yourself watch that video. If you doubt your strength, your power, just watch yourself, see how beautifully intense you are in submission. Seeing you like that makes me want to thank the universe that you exist, that there’s someone else who gets it. It makes me want to parade you around at the Rance and show you off because of how fucking lucky I’d be to have a man like you.”

He closed his eyes.

She released his chin. “I know that part’s hard for you. It’s okay. That’s what having a relationship involves. I’m dominant, but that doesn’t mean we don’t negotiate and compromise. My penchant for exhibitionism isn’t a deal breaker, Gib. We can play in private. I can respect that it’s a hard limit for you.”

Loving on the Edge Series:

1. Crash Into You

1.5 Still Into You

2. Melt Into You

3. Fall Into You

4. Not Until You

5. Caught Up in You

6. Need You Tonight

6.5 Forever Starts Tonight

7. Nothing Between Us

7.5 Yours All Along

8. Call on Me

8.5 Break Me Down

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Review: Evernight by Kristen Callihan

February 5th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Review No Comments »

EvernightTitle: Evernight

Author: Kristen Callihan

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Series: Darkest London (Book #5)

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Format: Paperback, 385 Pages

ISBN-10: 145558164X (Forever/Hachette)

ISBN-13: 978-1455581641 (Forever/Hachette)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can’t control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows . . .

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she’s the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

Quick & Dirty: Steamy, romantic series with two characters who couldn’t be more different in personality but the same in heart.

Opening Sentence: The dream was always the same.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Darkest London series continues with Evernight, the fifth installment in this always satisfying series. So far I have loved every book in this series and Evernight didn’t disappoint. Although I will say this was probably my least favorite of the series but I fell hard for the bad boy with a heart of gold (literally) in William Thorne.

Evernight continues the saga of Holly Evernight after she was released from her imprisonment. She had been forced to create a mechanical heart for a demon/angel who wanted to insure his immortality. A heart that she had to test on an unwilling subject, William Thorne. It’s been nearly a year and Holly hasn’t left her home. She has kept herself prisoner while still experimenting at her home. She feels safe there, she has safeguards against attack and these traps have killed several supernatural who were after her. Until the day that Will attacks her.

Will doesn’t remember much about his life. The terrible experiment left him without a memory and as he slowly turns into platinum because of the metal in his body. There is something about Holly (as a metal elemental) that eases Will’s pain and helps turn away the metal in his body. He agrees to protect Holly even though he knows deep down that he was sent to kill her. As he spends time with Holly and trying to uncover who is out to kill her, he begins to slowly piece back his memories.

There is also a side story with Adam, the creator of the GIM.  The Ghost in the Machines who have metal hearts and immortality but are basically Adam’s slaves for hundreds of years. Adam has Eliza May, Holly’s cousin, chained to him for some unknown reason.

There are several reasons that I love this series. One of them is the steampunk world that has been created specifically for these characters. I also love the different variety of supernaturals that has come up throughout this series. They aren’t just the same ole creatures. Some of them have a bit of a twist. Another reason that I love this series is the intense desire that the characters feel for each other and the buildup to their relationships.

Holly is quite a strong willed individual. She takes matters into her own hands for the most part, including readying herself for battle. She’s kept herself locked up from her own terror but she confronts that dark threat that is after her. I was quite surprised that she did do that especially after she confesses why she still won’t leave the house. Holly is a metal elemental and her personality is thoughtful, mechanical and precise when she makes decisions. She always likes to think things through first.

Will is a demon who thrives on blood and sexual contact. He wants to stay as far away from Holly after he finally feels like himself but he can’t bring himself to leave her. He also doesn’t make excuses for what he is. He doesn’t feel like he has too even as he is getting his memories back.

The ending was confusing for me. Not the ending, ending but where they make the final decision on their deal. It didn’t read at all like they made the decision that they ended up making so I was quite surprised when it turned out it way that it did.

Overall, I highly recommend this series. If you like steampunk, steamy romance and history, then I would suggest at least giving this series a try. I can’t wait to finish catching up on it. I am super excited to read the next book, Soulbound. I want to know what is up with Adam and Eliza.

Notable Scene:

A broad sigh left Holly. Carefully, she set down her pencil. “What do you believe the purpose of life is, Mr. Thorne?”

Thorne flinched, his knife-blade features tightening. “What do you mean? Are you asking if I’ve discovered the secret of life or some other nonsense?”

“It isn’t nonsense. One ought to consider how one fits into the grand scheme of things, what his or her role shall be in this play called life.” She allowed a small smile as his scowl grew. “Especially an immortal such as yourself, Mr. Thorne. For you’ll be a player in it long after most of us are dust.”

Oh, but he truly did not like that. His lip curled in a sneer. “State your point, Miss Evernight.”

“What is this ‘life’ you are so keen on me seeing outside of these walls? Is it the sky? The sun? The river? People going about their daily business? What?”

“All if it,” he snapped, his fist curling tight against his thigh.

“You still have not answered my original question. What do you think we are here to do?”

“Bloody hell, woman.”

“Come now, Mr. Thorne. We are here to create.”

He laughed shortly. “You really are a literal creature, aren’t you?” His brow was quirked, his expression cool and still vaguely annoyed.

She resisted a smile once more. “To create, in whatever form or manner we choose. To use our minds, bodies, whatever talents we’ve been given to create something, be it of beauty or practicality. That is the point of life. Anything else is simply a waste of time and opportunity.”

Darkest London Series:

0.5 Ember

1. Firelight

2. Moonglow

3. Winterblaze

3.5 Entwined

4. Shadowdance

5. Evernight

6. Soulbound

7. Forevermore (June 28, 2016)

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Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

February 4th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Review No Comments »

The StoryspinnerTitle: The Storyspinner

Author: Becky Wallace

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Series: The Keepers Chronicles (Book #1)

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 432 Pages

ISBN-10: 1481405659 (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1481405652 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

Quick & DirtyCaptivating high fantasy that was impossible to put down. It was filled with amazing characters, sweet romance, great humor, and epic adventure. This is a story you do not want to miss. If you haven’t read it yet you must remedy that immediately!

Opening Sentence: Johanna could feel it.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Welcome to the captivating kingdom of Santarem where an epic story is about to be told! Johanna Von Arlo is a beautiful girl that was born to be a performer. She comes from a family of performers that travel the kingdom along with a group of other performers. But tragedy strikes the Van Arlo family and they are forced to leave the only home they have ever known. To try and feed her family, Johanna takes a job as an entertainer for the infuriating and very attractive Lord Rafael DeSilva. While in his employment she quickly learns that there is a lot of truth to the stories she weaves and some of those stories might actually be about her!

Jacare is a keeper and he has sworn to protect his homeland at all costs. For hundreds of years the keepers have separated themselves from the mortals who worship them because the last time they interacted with humans there was a very bloody war. At the end of the war there was a magical wall constructed that keep the keepers safe and more importantly, it keep them a secret from the mortals. But the barrier is starting to weaken and the only way to restore it is to find the lost princess that is the heir to a dead kingdom. Jacare gathers a small group to go in search of the princess and hopefully they find her before it is too late because they aren’t the only ones hunting her!

There is a pretty large cast of characters and we get to be in most of their heads at one point or another. Because there are so many crucial characters to the story, I’m going to only talk briefly about each one and give a short introduction.

First up you meet the MC, Johanna, who is totally amazing. She is spunky, sweet, caring, and very smart. I love how positive she always was even when she was put in a very dire situation. She is definitely resourceful and she is pretty good at getting what she wants. She can be very stubborn at times and she has a hard time accepting help form others. I loved that she was flawed, yet perfect at the same time. She is one of those characters you can’t help but love and she is so easy to connect with.

Rafi is getting ready to become the next Duke of his land and he is nowhere near ready for that! Because of his situation he is very uptight and he feels very inadequate. At first he comes across as a jerk, but in reality he is a very nice guy with a kind heart and good sense of humor. He wants to be the best Duke possible and even though he has a lot of shortcomings he is someone you can admire and respect. I love the interaction between him and Johanna, it’s cute and full of witty banter!

Dom is Rafi’s younger brother and he definitely brings a lot of the humor to the story. He’s adventurous, confident, loyal, and just an all-around great guy. At times you wonder if he takes anything seriously, but his goofiness really adds to his overall charm. I instantly loved Dom and can’t wait to see more of him.

Jacare is a very interesting character that has a lot of secrets. He is kind, loyal and very stubborn. In many ways I feel like his character is still a mystery. There is still so much to learn about him and his past, which leaves me very intrigued to see where his story goes in book two.

Out of all of the characters I think that Pira might be my favorite. She is an amazing warrior and has a pretty cool magical talent. But what I loved best about her is that she is still just a girl with girly insecurities. Sure she is a fierce warrior, but at the end of the day she is someone I can easily relate to.

The final character is Leao! He is eighteen years old but in the land of the keepers that is extremely young. He definitely has very little life experience but it was really fun to watch him learn. He is a sweet kid and I loved watching him grow and start to become a great man!

The Storyspinner is an epic high fantasy that swept me away. The pacing was spot on, the romance was subtle but perfect, the plot was intriguing, and the world with captivating. I loved the entire cast of characters. Normally I struggle if the first book is told from multiple points of view, but Wallace did a wonderful job making me love and care about each and every single character. The story is pretty complicated because there’s so much going on but I never felt lost or confused. Wallace is writing was beautiful and so easy to get lost in. She really knows how to tell a very entertaining story. There was a mild cliffhanger at the end of the book, but it only left me wanting to read the second book that much more. If you can’t tell by my raving review, I loved everything about this book and can’t recommend it enough to anyone that is looking for a great story!

Notable Scene:

Johanna had sung and spun stories for large audiences since she was a small child and had never been plagued by stage fright. But as she stood in the DeSilvas’ dinning hall, her stomach knotted like a drying line in the wind. Unwilling to lay her nerves at Lord Rafael’s feet she closed her eyes, imagined the tables full of an adoring crowd, and began to sing. Her voice filled the room with the sounds. Johanna hadn’t inherited her mother’s range, but each note was clear and rich.

Johanna gave the simple lovers’ lament her best effort. She wrung emotion out of the lyrics, hoping to lead her audience through the range of anguish, betrayal, loss, anger, and finally vengeance.

As she reached the last stanza, she opened her eyes and cut off with a squeak. The entire staff had frozen in their places, hands hanging idle as they listened.

The Keeper’s Chronicles:

1. The Storyspinner

2. The Skylighter (March 22, 2016)

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FTC Advisory:  I purchased my own copy of The Storyspinner.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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