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.

 

 

Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Starcrusher Trap by Mike W. Barr

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Starcrusher Trap by The Fillbach Brothers: Book CoverStar Wars: The Clone Wars: The Starcrusher Trap by Mike W. Barr

            • Pub. Date: August 2011
            • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
            • Format: Paperback , 80pp
            • Sales Rank: 117,543
            • Age Range: 9 to 12
            • ISBN-13: 9781595827142
            • Source: NetGalley
            • This review is brought to you by my oldest son, A.  
        • Synopsis:
In The Starcrusher Trap, the Separatists unleash a terrifying new weapon on Republic-held systems – an enormous starship, the Starcrusher, is destroying every ship sent against it!

Yoda agrees to a risky plan to stop the Starcrusher, and assembles a Jedi strike force that includes Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Ki-Adi-Mundi. Too late, the Jedi realize that the Starcrusher mission has become a trap – one specifically designed to kill Jedi!

A’s Thoughts:

This book is called Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Starcrusher Trap. In it, Jedi Masters Ki-Adi-Mundi, Obi-wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Jyl Somtay, Anakin Skywalker, and Padawan Ahsoka Tano, try to blow up a big Separitist ship that is bigger than their own ship. The pictures were good, because they had lots of detail, like how the artist drew the Jedi’s capes and lightsabers. The author did a good job describing things like the ship. I thought it was a good story because it talked about more than just the Starcrusher. It also talked about what other characters were doing.

A’s Rating:

A, my oldest son(10 years old), reviewed this book as 5 Penguins!  I hope that you will give him some comment love so he will come back and review more for us in the future.