Review: Phantom Universe

Published February 15, 2011 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing
Approximately 280 pages
Genre: Science Fiction
ISBN 10: 0982903340
ISBN 13: 9780982903346
Summary: Sold into slavery to pirates at the young age of four, Summer learns to survive the rough seas of subterfuge and thieves through silence. When the boat she’s lived on most of her life is destroyed, Summer finds herself washed up on the shore of a new world, a phantom universe full of the bizarre and extraordinary. She meets Gage, the one boy who understands the girl with no speech. But when their lives are put on the line, will Summer finally call out? Or will all be lost in the fathomless depth of silence?
My Review:
Wow!  I have been sitting her trying to figure out what I was going to say about this book.  It is really hard to put into words how I felt while reading this book other than I could not put it down and didn’t want to see the end come.  Laura Krietzer did a wonderful job putting this story together.  There are parts that make you uncomfortable with the story line but then others that just touch on your emotions.  The book kept me guessing and I was never quite sure what the next page turn was going to bring.  I really don’t want to give any of this story away – so just go get this book when it launches in February!
I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to review this book by Obsidian Mountain Publishing as an advance “e-copy”. 
5/5 stars READ IT!
I was provided this “e-book” free of charge from Obsidian Mountain Publishing, but all reviews and comments are mine and mine alone.  I was not provided any further compensation for this review.

Review: Blood Feud

Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2010
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Format: Paperback , 272pp
  • Sales Rank: 28,428
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.

My Review:

I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this book. It was an okay read, but not something that I would pick up to read again.  It was difficult both bounce back and forth between two different points of view, as well as, present to flashbacks.  While I understand the history is important to the story I think that it made it a more difficult read that it had to be. 

Overall, the story has a decent plot but was very predictable.  I knew very early on where the story was going and what I could expect from the different characters.  For a simple just sit down and red book it is good for that but not for really getting vested with characters and wanting to know more.

I was most interested in the flash backs to the eighteenth century and what Istabeau had to do to stay alive in this troubled time in France. 

I would rate this book 3/5 stars

Review: Running Around (and such)

Running Around (and Such) (Lizzie Searces for Love Series #1) by Linda Byler: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Format: Paperback , 324pp
  • Sales Rank: 98,990
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

A romance novel by an Amish writer, based on true experiences! It isn’t that Lizzie doesn’t want to stay Amish. There is just so much to figure out. What will become of LIzzie? Is she too spirited, too innocent and almost too uninhibited to be a young Amish woman?

My Review:

I was lucky enough to win this book and really did not know what to expect of it.  I was drawn to the idea that I might learn more about the Amish way of life and the challenges that it holds.  I was pleased that I was left wanting to know more about this culture. 

Lizzie Glick is the 2nd oldest of a family of 5 children who are moving to a new Amish community a great distance from their current home in Jefferson County to a farm because her father is looking for a new challenge.  We are walked through Lizzie as she learns about herself, God, and the ways of the Amish.  She is challenged with who she is and how she feels about the different boys in her life.  She is also challenged with how she fits into her family and working outside the home.  What drew me the most to this story was Lizzie trouble with her weight and self-esteem.  This was very real to me, something that has always been a struggle for me and it made me feel connected to Lizzie even though we come from very different backgrounds.  The book left me wanting to know what decision Lizzie will make for her future. I will look to read the following books in the future.

I rate this book 4 of 5 stars.