Review: Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Witch SongDetails: Witch Song by Amber Argyle

  • Pub. Date: September 2011
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 325pp
  • Sales Rank: 429,481

Witch Song Synopsis:


The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons-but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fades, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can’t stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn’t, there won’t be anything left to save.


My Thoughts:

I am very impressed with Amber Argyle’s Debut Novel, Witch Song.  The world created in this book is fantastic.  I was not so sure in the first chapter or two with Brusenna, or Senna, appearing to be this weak young women who seems to be heavily sheltered by her mother.  This was a bit frustrating because I felt like she should be standing up for herself.  She ends up being left all alone while her mother goes to try to help the witches who are left fight against the Dark Witch.  Once her mother leaves, this book really starts to take shape and I began to understand that important of the Witch Song and that it really controls everything.  As Senna gets stronger and stronger, until she is driven out of her home when she is found by a witch hunter.    It is up to her to stop the Dark Witch as she is the only witch left and the world is changing quickly.

I loved the style of writing that Amber Argyle uses.   It was a beautifully written book with amazing descriptions of the people and events that take place in the book.  It seems that there were no gaps in the story and it moved along wonderfully.  There is some magic in the witch extremely natural way of singing to accomplish what they need done, some romance (and frustration) with Joshen, Senna’s Guardian, who will not leave she even when she tries to force him too, danger from many different directions and some mystery thrown in as well.  For me it was the diversity and consistency of the story that made it such a wonderful read.  

My Rating
This was an outstanding read!  One that I could not put down and one that I can’t wait to share with others

*I was provided with a copy of this book from the author for review.  This in no way affected my review and opinions of the book.

Reveiw: The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek

 The Last Rising By Rachel Firasek 

Title: The Last Rising (Curse of the Phoenix, Book 1)
Author: Rachel Firasek
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella – 102 pages
Release Date: September 2011
ISBN: 978-1-937044-28-2

Source: Received from the Author

Synopsis:

 

After paying two millennia’s penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn’t how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great…or that she’ll end up back in his life for her next assignment.

Now that Turner Alcott has survived the worst, finding a wife and mother for his son matters more than ever before. When the mysterious Ice comes into his life, Turner knows she’s the one—but love is the last thing Ice wants. If he wants to win her heart, Turner must teach Ice how to forgive herself, and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

Lisa’s Thoughts:

The Last Rising grabbed me from the very first chapter and pulled me into a unique story that I really didn’t understand at first but as each paragraph and chapter unfolded  pulled me deeper into the heartbreaking and frustrating life of Phoenix Ice.   I just could not put this book down.  I had to know how Ice’s situation was going to turn out.  The opening of this book she is face with a man on an airplane when she knows it is going to crash and he will be the only survivor.  She dies over and over again saving the souls and yet unable to save her own.  Ice is completely done with this and decides that her next death will be her last and beings to take steps to prepare the other women who travel with her.  In Ice’s next assignment, she is to be a school teacher, something that she know she will have very little patience for.  But she is stunned when she meets the father, Turner, of a young student Brodie, and he seems so familiar.  He feels the same way about her.  Ice is forced to try to keep her distance from Turner because she just wants him too much and knows she can’t have this.  But can these two stay apart is the real question.

Rachel Firasek does an outstanding job with character building for all of the characters in her stories not just the main characters.  I felt like each character from Brodie down to Grey and Sadie, all had their own story that intermingled in with the main story line of Ice and Turner and their ups and downs.  Not only do the character stand up but the locations of the story as well everything from the homes to the workplaces and the plane crash for sure.  They are well defined but for me personally I like to know the names of places and things like that so that would have made me enjoy this book even more.

The other thing that was a huge plus for me in The Last Rising was the heat factor.  There chapters that were just sizzling.  Nothing that was over the top or just too much but a honest situation for two people who should be together and are having trouble letting go what what they think they should do and what they want to do.   Also, a reason why it was so hard to put it down not to mention all of the drama with Ice’s internal debates with herself.  

I am excited to know that this is only one of three books in this series.  I am forward to finding out what is next in store from this series.

My Rating:

I rate this 5 penguins – I enjoyed everything from the characters to the story line to the HEAT factor.  Great work!  I am looking forward to more.

About the Author:

Rachel currently resides in the heart of Central Texas with her husband and three children. She’s an active member in the Romance Writers of America, belonging to the Heart of Texas, FF&P, and YA chapters. You’ll also find her surfing the Savvy Authors site daily.

An office manager by day, and an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author by night, you’ll never find her far from her beloved stories.

 

 

His and Her Review: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

Ghost Story (Dresden Files Series #13) by Jim Butcher: Book CoverDetails: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

            • Pub. Date: July 2011
            • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
            • Format: Hardcover , 496pp
            • Sales Rank: 10
            • Series: Dresden Files Series #13

Ghost Story Synopsis:

 

The eagerly awaited new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Dresden Files series.

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…

David’s Take:

Harry Dresden is dead. D-e-a-d, dead.  But he still has work to do.  Given the choice between going on to What Comes Next, or going back to save his friends and solve his own murder, Harry decides that his friends are more important that finding out if he’s going to heaven or hell.  Harry returns to Chicago as a ghost, able to walk through walls and teleport, but is only able to interact with the few people sensitive to ghosts. Oh, and he has no magic.  Nevertheless, he plunges headfirst into action.

This is the thirteenth book in the Dresden Files and Butcher’s storytelling gets better with each new novel.  In between action sequences are some very touching introspective scenes, where Harry examines his past actions.  He knows he crossed a line to save his daughter and feels he would do so again. Now he is forced to look at how his decisions have affected those close to him, particularly his apprentice, Molly.

After the ending in Changes, my wife and I had several theories about what would happen next, and why Butcher would kill off Dresden.  One of my theories was close, but not quite the way I expected events to unfold.  I thought this book was a great read and couldn’t stop turning pages.  Reading this book made me want to go back and read the whole series over again.  Butcher continues to grow and develop both his characters and the overall story.  Those new to the series will have to start reading one of the earlier novels to avoid confusion, but those familiar with Harry Dresden, professional wizard, won’t be disappointed in Ghost Story.

Lisa’s Take:

This books requires very little introduction.  At the end of Changes, we find Harry dead and everyone a little lost as to what they need to do.  Harry comes to and is given the choice that he can either solve his own murder or can head on to Whatever Come Next.  In totally Harry style he jumps right to helping his friends and solving his own murder.  He quickly realizes that he is missing some pretty important things.  He can’t communicate with anyone other than a ghost or someone super sensitive.  And worse yet he does not have any magic.  This is probably the biggest challenge but really the question is will he be able to figure it all out in time because things are getting worse by the minute.

Being that this is the thirteenth book the series, it is important at this point that you have read the entire series if you wish to take this book on.  The writing is outstanding and gets better with each book.  It was worth the way of delayed deadlines.  And even though Jim Butcher says that Changes was not left in a cliffhanger it so was!  The additional of many scenes that place Harry in a point of evaluating and understanding that he really crossed some huge lines is what makes this book stronger for me that the previous books.  Harry is really forced to take a good hard look at how he effects those in his life (or death) everyone from his apprentice, Molly, to his daughter.

This was a really page turner, lucky for my husband I was in the middle of another book when this came so he got it first.  Another huge strong point in Jim Butcher’s writing is his amazing ability to bring current and pop culture into his books.  Sometimes in the form of direct quotes from other books, movies, and television shows and other times just mentions of things.  It makes the book relevant and current.  I have not seen anyone else that has this ability down this well.

I had a lot of time to think about what I thought might happen next in this series.  I have to admit that my husband was pretty darn close.  You will have to check out the series and see just how Harry solves the mystery of his own death.

Our Rating:

Loved this book – it was worth the wait and we can’t wait for more!

Other Books In This Series:

Storm Front (#1)

Fool Moon (#2)

Grave Peril (#3)

Summer Knight (#4)

Death Masks (#5)

Blood Rites (#6)

Dead Beat (#7)

Proven Guilty (#8)

White Night (#9)

Small Favor (#10)

Turn Coat (#11)

Changes (#12)

Side Jobs ( a collection of short stories) – My Review

 

* Thank you to Penguin for the review copy of Ghost Story.  All opinions above are our own and not affected at all by the review copy of the book.