Aug 302011
 

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.

Aug 292011
 
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It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week.

Well, it was a MUCH better reading week!  YEAH!!!  Maybe I am out of the slump I was in.

Finished this week:

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae: Book CoverEpic Fail by Claire Lazebnik: Book CoverThe Magic of Recluce (Recluce Series #1) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Book CoverThe Death of Chaos (Recluce Series #5) by L. E. Modesitt Jr.: Book CoverThe Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Series) by Ursula K. Le Guin: Book Cover

LisaIn My Dreams by Cameo Renae – Review here with a giveaway  - only 1 person has entered.

Lisa - The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek – Review Here 

Lisa- Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik – Review coming soon 

David – The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt Jr. – Review and Huge giveaway coming soon

David – Death of Chaos by L.E. Modesitt Jr. – Review coming soon

David – The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin – Review coming soon

 

Currently Reading:

Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose: Book Cover

Lisa – Sliver Sparks by Starr Ambrose

David- unknown just finished and hasn’t started a new.

Coming Soon:

Citadels of the Lost (Annals of Drakis Series #2) by Tracy Hickman: Book CoverLove Story by Jennifer Echols: Book Cover

 

So that was my reading week!  Pretty good I think.  Now It’s Monday What Are You Reading?  

Thanks for following and welcome to new followers.  Please leave me a comment or a link.  Be sure to tell me if you are a new follower so I can return the gesture.  Thanks!

 

 

Aug 252011
 
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 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.

 

 

Aug 242011
 
New WoW

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Our Wednesday Selections this week are….

Citadels of the Lost (Annals of Drakis Series #2) by Tracy Hickman: Book Cover David’s Choice:

Citadels of the Lost by Tracy Hickman

Synopsis:

The Rhonas Empire of elves is built upon a thirst for conquest, disdain for other races, and an appetite for hedonistic self-gratification. They have complete control of the Aether — the mystical substance that fuels their magic. One use of this Aether is to compel total obedience of the slaves drawn from the races they have defeated.

But there are legends that tell of a time when humans and other slave races were free and dragons flew the skies. And they speak of a hero who will return to lead an uprising against their masters: a human named Drakis.

When Aer magic, the magic of nature itself, is wielded by Jugar, a captive dwarf, it signals the start of a rebellion straight from legend. In the ensuing chaos, the former warrior-slave Drakis Sha-Timuran, with a small group of slaves, flees for his life and freedom — lured by a melody that conjures visions of dark wings, scales, and fire. Following the melody he alone can hear, Drakis stumbles on the truth behind the legends: the dragons are real!

Can they survive the dangers of this treacherous realm and bring the truth behind the legends to the army of rebellion?

 

Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan: Book CoverLisa’s Choice:

Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan

Synopsis:

A thought-provoking and courageous new novel by National Book Award winner Han Nolan.

Nobody gets away with telling Eleanor Crowe what to do. But as a pregnant sixteenyear-old, her options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby’s father and work at his family’s summer camp for overweight kids. Despite her initial reluctance to help out, Elly is surprised that she actually enjoys working with the campers. But a tragedy on the very day her baby is born starts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with unexpected emotions and difficult choices. Somehow, she must turn her usual obstinance in a direction that can ensure a future for herself—and for the new life she has created.

What books made it on your waiting on Wednesday list this week?  I would love to find out!  Leave me comment with a link or your books!  Also, be sure to let me know if you are a new follower.  Have a great day! 

 

Aug 222011
 
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It's Monday What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World of Books. Each week will share with you the books we are reading, just finished reading and those books we are planning to read this week.

Well, this week I did get more reading in despite VBS 3 nights this week plus other commitments.  I am really hoping that this week will be even better.

Finished:

Boyfriend From Hell by E. Van Lowe: NOOK Book CoverGoing Bovine by Libba Bray: NOOK Book Cover

Boyfriend from Hell by E. Van Lowe – Lisa – Review will be posted tomorrow

Going Bovine by Libba Bray – Lisa – Review coming soon

Currently Reading:

The Magic of Recluce (The Saga of Recluce)

The Magic of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt J.R. – David

The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek

Coming Up Next:

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae: Book Cover

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae

So that is what is going on in my reading work.  It’s Monday What Are You Reading?  I would love to check out your week so be sure to leave me a comment or link.  Also, if you are a new follower please be sure to let me know.

Aug 202011
 
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In My Mailbox is a meme created by The Story Siren.

In My Mailbox

I am happy to share with you what I got in my mailbox this week.  I hope you had a great mailbox week as well.  Please feel free to leave me a link and I will stop by and see you.

Gift from my in-laws:

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards by Dinah Bucholz: Book CoverArtemis Fowl; The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer: Book CoverStar Wars: The Clone Wars: The Colossus of Destiny by Fillbach Brothers: Book Cover

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Colossus of Destiny by Jeremy Barlow

For Review:

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace: Book CoverMy Not-So-Still Life by Liz Gallagher: Book CoverPure Red by Danielle Joseph: Book CoverThe Magic of Recluce (The Saga of Recluce)

But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

My Not-So-Still Life by Liz Gallagher

Pure Red by Danielle Joseph

The Magic of Recluce 20th Anniversary Edition by L.E. Modesitt J.R. (with 5 copies to give away this is coming soon!)

inStye by Greg Kiser

Thank you to Liz Gallagher (thanks for the special note), Leah from Tor and Flux Publishing.

RAK:

I have to say that I am loving my birthday month.  So many great book bloggers out there!

Demonglass (Hex Hall Series #2) by Rachel Hawkins: Book CoverLove Story by Jennifer Echols: Book Cover

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

Love Story by Jennifer Echols 

A huge THANK YOU!!! to both Heather (sorry I am not sure your blog address – let me know and I will update it here) and Angela from The Reading Angel.

So that was my amazing mailbox.  What’s in your mailbox?

Aug 202011
 
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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.

Aug 192011
 
FollowFriday

 

Q. If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

 

Lisa’s Answer: I love The Outlander Series by Diana Galdadon.  I would have to write myself into that series as so one who was close with Claire so that I could go one these amazing adventures with her.  I would love to visit Scotland in both of the periods of time she travels too.  Not to mention living through all of that history.

Sure it would be hard, I mean giving up all of the conveniences we have today for horses and no technology but I still think that it would be an awesome adventure and probably make me appreciate the things I do have a lot more when I was able to come back through the standing stones to my modern world.

Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition)Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series #2)Voyager (Outlander Series #3)Drums of Autumn (Outlander Series #4)The Fiery Cross (Outlander Series #5)A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander Series #6)An Echo in the Bone (Outlander Series #7)

This was a pretty easy question for me.  What about you? What book would your write yourself into?  Please be sure to let me know if you are a new follower.

Aug 182011
 
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Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan: Book CoverSuper Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America by Jeff Ryan

            • Pub. Date: August 2011
            • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
            • Format: Hardcover , 304pp
            • Sales Rank: 120,838
Synopsis:
The story of Nintendo’s rise and the beloved icon who made it possible.

Nintendo has continually set the standard for video-game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.

The saga of Mario, the portly plumber who became the most successful franchise in the history of gaming, has plot twists worthy of a video game. Jeff Ryan shares the story of how this quintessentially Japanese company found success in the American market. Lawsuits, Hollywood, die- hard fans, and face-offs with Sony and Microsoft are all part of the drama.

Find out about:

• Mario’s eccentric yet brilliant creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, who was tapped for the job because was considered expendable.

• Minoru Arakawa, the son-in-law of Nintendo’s imperious president, who bumbled his way to success. 
• The unexpected approach that allowed Nintendo to reinvent itself as the gaming system for the non-gamer, especially now with the Wii Even those who can’t tell a Koopa from a Goomba will find this a fascinating story of striving, comeuppance, and redemption.

David’s Thoughts:

The Super Mario Bros. franchise is by far the most popular video game franchise with over 240 million games sold. So how did Nintendo, originally a trading card company, create a best-selling game about a plumber? In this book, the author, Jeff Ryan, walks the reader through each stage of Nintendo’s development of Mario, from arcade games to the Wii console. He talks about the decisions made by Nintendo while creating each new game, and how competing companies responded.

As an avid video gamer, I found this to be an interesting and fun read. There are lots of “Wow! Really?”, facts about the video game industry. The writing is clear and easy to read. There’s very little techno-babble or corporate legal discussion that would put off a casual reader. The only problem I had with this book is that the other seems to be too big a fan of Nintendo and readily put down other companies. While I understand that he wouldn’t have written the book if he was a fan, I was looking for a bit more impartiality.

Overall, a good read that highlights not only the video game industry, but says a lot about what people, as a culture, look for in our entertainment.

David’s Rating:

 

3 Penguins – would give 3.5 if there were half a penguin

Aug 182011
 
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You’ve just had a long, hard, exhausting day, and all you want to do is curl up with something light, fun, easy, fluffy, distracting, and entertaining.

What book do you pick up?

 

Lisa’s Answer

Since I don’t really reread most books, I don’treally have a go to book for this situation. Really for me it is whatever book I happen to be reading.  Luckily for me if this happened today, I am reading Going Bovine by Libba Bray and it is a pretty entertaining read so far.

 

David’s Answer

 

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien is always a solid fall back entertaining read.  

 

What about you?  I am always put for suggestions so let me know what your favorite relaxing read is.