Cursed by Casey Odell

Cursed by Casey Odell“The night Claire Tanith’s small village is attacked, her mother sends her alone into the cursed forest, the one she’d been forbidden to enter all her life with these mysterious words: ‘They will protect you.’

On the run from her attackers, she soon finds the forest is not as abandoned as she’d once thought.

Beautiful and elegant, the elves seem to be everything the legends said they would be. But legends sometimes forget the true history of things and Claire’s eyes are soon opened to a world she never knew. One that has been kept from her for most of her life. All Claire wants to do is return home and start looking for her mother, the only family she ever had. But the elves have different plans. The mysterious mark that appeared on her arm isn’t a curse, at least not to them anyway, and before she knows it, she is whisked away on a mission she never agreed to, unless they help her in return.

Now she is stuck on an adventure with the perverted elf, Aeron, and one with an attitude, Farron. But there is more to this adventure than she’d ever hoped for.” -Synopsis from Goodreads.com

Hello Lovelies!

It’s Friday *does a little jig* and I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another weekend and a reprieve from the seemingly constant rain. I’ve been aching for some vitamin D and reading by the pool feels like a wonderful way to relax and pass the time. I’m hoping to read some sequels this weekend and have their posts drafted early next week, but in the meantime, I have a captivating tale to share!

This was my second time to read Cursed, and I found it just as thrilling. Out of all the fantasy races, elves are my favorite (with fae coming in second) . I blame Legolas for my mild obsession. Aside from ethereal beauty, grace, intelligence, skill in battle, I love that elves are shrouded in mystery. So when I read that Claire’s companions were elvish, I was instantly hooked.

Claire struggles with strength and confidence throughout the beginning of the novel when she flees the only life she’s ever known and is thrown into a world of magic, danger, and the unknown. Claire gains courage and tenacity after being faced with countless obstacles. Although I found Claire’s moping to be unpleasant and a bit taxing, it didn’t last long and her growth surprised me. She quickly became a spit-fire full of fun and a sense of adventure. My only issue with Claire, an extremely minor issue, is her height. I would have just loved her to be tall, but I’m just nitpicking. As a female touching upon 5’9, I wish more literary females were tall. While I have no problems with petite women, I enjoy stumbling upon a relatively tall female character every now and then.

Casey Odell did not disappoint with her creation of Aeron and Farron, Claire’s elvish escorts and, if you were to ask her, captors. Aeron, a gorgeous and flirtatious elf with a boisterous and cocky attitude, also reveals flashes of a darker, more serious side that speaks to his high-ranking military position. Mysterious sums up Farron. With a past veiled in secrets, Farron speaks very little and is a brooding character hiding behind a cocky face. He both infuriates and intrigues Claire. Their relationship is complicated and ranges from confidant to outright enemy, but the romantic tension between the two is spectacular.

Even though the reader doesn’t learn much about the elves’ purpose for Claire, the journey is exciting and full of unexpected turns. Claire does some things that make you want to slap some sense into her, but her mistakes make the plot all the more interesting. There is the perfect amount of romance and heartbreak and a good dose of fighting.

I loved Cursed both times I read it. The characters are captivating and you feel as if you are adventuring right along with them. While I would definitely recommend any books from Casey Odell’s Cursed Magic series, some readers are hesitant about the release of the third novel. Unfortunately, the third book was delayed due to illness, and although Casey is getting better (yay!), many remain doubtful that the third book will actually get done. However, don’t let this stop you from giving the books a chance! I’m so grateful that Casey Odell is better and am eagerly looking forward to the third book!

I already own book two, Awakened, and will review it within the next few months. If you have read any of Casey Odell’s books, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

If you have suggestions for book reviews, or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

-Whimsical Whit

You can follow me at:

Twitter-  @whimsicallywhit

Advertisements

Liebster Award!

Hello Lovelies!

Last week I was nominated by Primrose (beautiful name, right?) as part of the Liebster Award, a sort of get-to-know-you exercise consisting of eleven fun and creative questions created by each nominator. So here are my answers to Primrose’s questions:

1. If you could visit any fictional place, where would it be?

I have quite a vivid imagination, so narrowing my other-worldly visitation to one fictional location was challenging. The inner-nerd in all of us wants to scream out “Hogwarts,” however, I finally decided on Christopher Paolini’s Alagaësia. Dragons, elves and dwarfs, magic, and medieval fighting: what’s not to love? The Inheritance series had such an effect on me that I named my oldest feline-child (I am a proud cat-mom of two handsome boys) after the ancient languages word for fire, Brisingr. *cue obligatory cat photo*

Bris 2
2. If you could ask an author any question and be given an honest answer, what would you ask?

I would ask T.L Shreffler, author of the Cat’s Eye Chronicles, (SPOILER) why she killed off Dorian so early. As I continue to read the books in the series, I keep asking myself how Dorian, with his charm and wit, would fit in. He was such a captivating character, and I was sad to see him go so quickly.

3. If you could ask an author about the life of a character(s) after the end of a book, who would you ask about?

Ilsa Bick’s Drowning Instinct has the most heart-wrenching, nail-biting ending ever. It’s one of those books where your body aches with the unknown. Ilsa, I NEED TO KNOW. Guys, you should all read it and share in my pain.

4. Where is your favorite place to read?

If there’s anything you need to know about me, it’s that I’m an opportunist. I will take any and every chance I get to read. Floor? Cool. Airplane? Cool. Dark alley? Still cool. Sort of. I prefer cushy, safer surroundings. My dream reading “nook” would be a screened-in porch in a mild climate with plush furniture and my cats.

5. What book will always make you laugh, no matter how many times you read it?

I like to think that I have a pretty great sense of humor, but don’t quote me on that. Cress by Marissa Meyer is hands down one of the most hilarious books I have ever read. The humor can be traced directly to the exchanges between Captain Thorne and Cress. Their flirtatious banter sent me into fits of giggling. Everyone in the student union at my university probably thought I was insane, but that’s okay.

6. What is a book that you love, but other people just don’t get?

I can’t say that I love the Twilight series, however, I can say that I don’t hate it. I read the books, I own the books, and I swooned over Edward a few times. It happens. The hatred for this series is just out of control though. Come on people, there are worse things in life than sparkling vampires (like spiders).

7. What’s your most recent read?

I just finished Sworn To Raise by Terah Edun. Ciardis is a fun, fiery protagonist that leads you on a pretty exciting ride. You should totally read it. (Did I mention it’s free?)

8. If your were given the power to be able to cast a single wizarding spell from Harry Potter, what would you want it to be?

Expecto Patronum. I would love to know what sort of creature my soul manifests into. I just hope I wouldn’t be using this spell to defend against dementors.

9. What makes or breaks a book for you?

Romance. I like books with romance, not books ABOUT romance. The difference is astronomical. I’m cliché, but love triangles are great too.

10. Is there a book that you have ever physically thrown across the room or had to put down? If so, what was it?

I cannot think of one particular instance, but when I’m nearing the end of a series, I will create excuses to slow down the reading process or check my social media sites excessively in order to delay the end. I start the novel mourning process in the midst of the last book. Anyone else do the same?

11. Why do you blog about books?

I started my blog to connect with fellow book lovers and share with them the literary gold I’ve recently discovered. I also wanted an outlet on which to share all of the free or less popular Kindle books that I love. I felt like those authors deserved some recognition for their wonderful content.

I hope you all enjoy my answers! I had so much fun with this post! I went and looked through tons of blogs, and I swear, every single person I wanted to nominate has already been nominated. So, I’m extending an open invitation to anyone who wants to participate in this fun! I have discovered some wonderful people to nominate, so:

1. Readandrated

2. Aimee-Leigh

The rules are, answer my 11 questions at your own discretion, link back to me, nominate (or try to nominate) 11 other blogs, and provide them with your own 11 questions.

My questions are:

1. If you could be any character in a novel, regardless of gender, who would it be and why?
2. Which character would you want to be your mentor? Why’d you choose them?
3. What book do you always find yourself going back to?
4. If you became an author, what genre would you write?
5. You’re in a “Hunger Games” situation, but you get to have two other teammates. Who are they, and why are they valuable in this situation? (Please don’t think I’m encouraging the slaughter of innocents.)
6. What is your dream occupation? (Yes, being a wizard does count.)
7. What is one food or beverage that you could never give up?
8. If you could alter one book’s ending, which one would it be and why?
9. What is something you’ve always wanted to do?
10. Which movie adaptation of a novel is your favorite?
11. Lastly, who is your fictional soulmate?

Have fun!

-Whimsical Whit

Sworn To Raise by Terah Edun

Sworn To RaiseSeventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret.Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations. Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companion’s Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron. But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.” -synopsis from Goodreads.com

Hello Lovelies!

I have recently created a list of all the books on my Kindle with the slightly daunting task of reading or re-reading them and also blogging about them. With that in mind, I struggled a little but ended up choosing Terah Edun’s Sworn To Raise to start off with.  For the past week, it’s done nothing but rain, creating the perfect setting for curling up with a good book, something I definitely took advantage of.

Let’s start with the obvious, this cover is stunning, and it fits the mental image of Ciardis conjured by the author’s description. Ciardis’ fiery attitude makes her a witty and enjoyable protagonist and also seems to get her into quite a bit of trouble. I find her relationship with Sebastian, the prince, to be both exciting and fun as it is full of sibling-like banter and adventure.  Aside from Ciardis and Sebastian, Edun has supplied supporting characters who, while not as dimensional, provide entertaining dialogue and help guide Ciardis in her journey to become a Companion.

Being a Companion appears to be an interesting and diverse occupation that both genders can be appointed to. While some Companions also become spouses, the position does not require romantic or sexual interaction. Companions are valuable, life-long acquisitions that provide their patrons with different skills and magical talents, although not all Companions possess magic. Ciardis’ arrival to the Guild and the discovery of her rare Weathervane origins make her a particularly prized asset eagerly sought after by all.

I enjoy the world that Sworn To Raise takes place in. Magic interacts with both the land and the individuals in a new way. For example, weather mages can manipulate their magic into spells that maintain the temperature of an area, most commonly a room, and create a sort of air conditioning. I thought this to be a clever form of climate control! It’s exciting to discover the various talents among the different types of mages introduced throughout the novel, and I’m sure that Sworn to Raise only scratches the surface of the different magical abilities in Edun’s world. In an hierarchical society usually ruled by a king and succeeded by a male heir, I was also surprised and delighted to find out that families take the last names of their mothers.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For a free ebook, there were minimal errors and the writing was fairly elevated. I thought the story line was creative and thrilling. I already own books two and three of the Courtlight series (seven books) and am looking forward to purchasing the other books. I recommend Sworn To Raise (free Kindle download here) to any reader looking for a lively adventure!

Have any of you read Terah Edun’s work before? I would love to hear your thoughts on either the Courtlight series or her any of her other books!

If you have suggestions for book reviews, or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

-Whimsical Whit

You can follow me at:

Twitter-  @whimsicallywhit

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel BeautyGraceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny. Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.” -Synopsis from Goodreads.com

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you are all having or trying to have a wonderful Monday. I know that my Monday mornings consist of mourning the fleeting weekend, so to brighten my day (and hopefully yours) I thought a review was in order!

I love seeing the creativity authors use when taking traditional stories, such as fairytales, and transporting them into their own world. One of my favorite fairytale spin-off series is the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (My review on book 3, Cress, can be found here), so when a dear friend of mine recommended Cruel Beauty, I couldn’t resist downloading it immediately.

Names are very important to me, and I commend Rosamund Hodge (speaking of names, it’s a pretty cool one) for using interesting and complex ones. However, I found myself on a very, VERY long car ride with my significant other and chose to read this aloud to him to pass the time. Bad choice. I don’t care how many time you practice, “Aunt Telomache” still ties the tongue. My pronunciation was even corrected a few times by my soon-to-be-ex significant other (kidding), who, unbeknownst to me, is actually a scholar of Greek mythology.

Along with the intriguing names, the characters are also three dimensional. Neither Nyx nor Ignifex (the gentle lord) are black and white. The gray areas of their personalities display the fight between good and evil within their souls. The inner-turmoil is something relatable because we all struggle with thoughts and actions that darken who we are. I delighted in learning about Ignifex, and found him to be a surprisingly honorable (and handsome!) character despite his circumstances.

I wanted to like this novel so badly. Not only do I trust the literary taste of my dear friend, but I also enjoyed so many aspects of the writing and creation of Cruel Beauty. Unfortunately, the progression of this novel reached a complexity level that bordered on confusion. As much as I enjoy an elevated writing style and plot twists, I found Cruel Beauty to be tasking rather than pleasurable. It felt like I was reading some required literature for school, not something chosen of my own volition. I also can’t even begin to explain exactly what happened in the last quarter of the book, I only know the outcome.

Was it a waste of my time? No, definitely not. Did I hate it? Of course not. Will I read it again? I might have to in order to gain a more clear understanding of some parts. I would recommend Cruel Beauty, but it wouldn’t be at the top of my list. Please don’t let my opinions deter you from making your own because Rosamund Hodge created a relatively well-crafted novel.

If you would like me to review and of the Rosamund Hodge’s other books, have suggestions for book reviews, or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

-Whimsical Whit

You can follow me at:

Twitter-  @whimsicallywhit

Download Cruel Beauty here.

Download Rosamund Hodge’s second book based on “Little Red Riding Hood”, Crimson Bound, here.

Amethyst: Book One of the Guardian Series by Heather Bowhay

“College-bound Lexi Adams leads no ordinary life. Premonitions dictate her every move compelling her to rescue strangers day and night. After years of self-sacrifice, she decides to ignore one, but innocent people die. So, when the next premonition depicts her own death, Lexi has a decision to make.

Except more complications arise when a series of strange illnesses and murders devastate her small town, and co-worker Jessica Nelson insists Lexi can help. According to Jessica, everyone is born with an inner energy called Essence. Only a select few, Amethysts, can control Essence and heal people. Jessica claims to be an Amethyst and asks Lexi to join her and a group of her friends as they track the murderers.

Lexi considers helping them only to find out that not only do Jessica’s friends have a hidden agenda, but they also harbor extraordinary abilities. Even more unsettling, they have connections with the Ray-pacs – the sadistic killers who are preying on human Essence. Ultimately, Lexi must decide if life, not death, equals salvation. And if so, is she willing to make sacrifices and join her friends in eradicating the Ray-pacs?” -synopsis from Goodreads.com

Hello Lovelies!

I am beyond excited to share with you this literary gem (pun intended). As a reader on a budget, free books on Kindle keep me sane, however, the quality of said books is usually not comparable to published books. That being said, Heather Bowhay’s writing is exceptional. She avoids redundancy and uses colorful words, and I noticed one, maybe two, obvious errors.

Wonderful writing aside, Amethyst still shines. While there’s not a whole lot of character development (I believe most of that happens in book 2), I think each character is so thoughtfully crafted both physically and emotionally. Lexi, the protagonist, was especially easy for me to relate to as we share many similar personality traits and interests. As I was reading some reviews on Amethyst, I discovered that some readers were frustrated with Lexi’s indecisiveness. In Amethyst, Lexi faces some life-altering decisions, and as a college student, I can relate to the difficulty of making such important decisions (granted hers are more dire).

If you’re like me and are a sucker for a good love triangle, then Amethyst is perfect. Jason and Ash are both wickedly handsome and have pleasantly abrasive (is this even a thing?) personalities. I also really enjoyed the concept of essence and the secret roles that Amethysts and Guardians play in society. Bowhay ends the novel with a reveal of what Lexi is that will leave you reeling with questions of what (and who) the future holds for her.

I loved this book. It was great. However, I will warn you that the beginning is slow and takes a while to pick up. I encourage you all to be patient because Amethyst is a rewarding read once you get through the first few chapters. If you couldn’t guess already, I will most definitely be reading the next two books in this series and posting reviews on them!

If you have suggestions for book reviews or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

-Whimsical Whit

You can follow me at:

Twitter-  @whimsicallywhit

Download Amethyst on Kindle free here (do it!!): http://www.amazon.com/Amethyst-1-Guardian-Heather-Bowhay-ebook/dp/B009TKS6ZS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430947574&sr=8-1&keywords=amethyst+guardian+book+1

Fire: The Dark Magician by Kyra Keeve

Nothing exciting ever happens in Mundhovel. At least, that’s what Leon Hayes always thought. The young man was accustomed to the daily routine of going to college and spending too much time at home. But one day, everything changes. During a camping trip, Leon and his best friend Stephen stumble across a disturbing symbol in the midst of a vast forest. This turns out to be the least of their worries. Driven by a need to fulfill his curiosity, Stephen unearths an old tome from the center of the symbol and begins to read. This simple act triggers a series of events that reveals Mundhovel’s history…which is much darker than either of them had thought possible.

The tome, they soon learn, is a guidebook for followers of an ancient religion. These followers were once a threat to Mundhovel in its formational years, and now—after over a century of silence—they are returning in full force. Leon and Stephen are faced with a tantalizing question: which side will they choose to join? Will they side with those of the ancient religion, or will they fight against them? As the religion inexorably expands and threatens the safety of the town, the two friends come to realize that they are on opposite sides in the impending crisis.

Unless they can learn to fight a common enemy, they may destroy everyone they love — and themselves.” -synopsis from Goodreads.com

Hello Lovelies!

So glad to be back at it and creating a post for you guys. I just finished (well, almost finished) the first semester of my senior year in college, and in doing all the other things in my life, I neglected reading which also kept me from posting. It’s time to get back on the saddle with Fire.

Reading Fire can be compared to eating an oreo. Sounds wonderful, right? No. Unlike an oreo, the middle of this literary cookie was double-stuffed with uninteresting fluff and little to no action. When Leon and Stephen stumble upon the tome belonging to the Pesha witches, I became excited to learn how this event would impact their seemingly simple and easy lives. I really enjoy the fun and witty banter and casual relationship that Leon shares with both Stephen and his sister, Emily.

However, Keeve’s plot began to bore me once Leon started dating Connie. First, I despise the name Connie (*disclaimer to all Connie’s in the world, your name is pretty, but not at the top of my list for most interesting character names*). Second, while I enjoy romance as much as the next person, I get tired of hearing how much sensitive Leon loves “perfect” Connie (who gives me the creeps) and hates disappointing his parents. As a college student, I’m constantly surrounded by people with overbearing parents, particularly in the grades department, and icky lovey dovey relationships, so it’s not really something I want to read about. While the relationship between Leon and Connie bugs me, I would have been less annoyed by it if there had been some sort of action to break up the monotony.

The pacing of this book didn’t pick up until the end, when Emily reveals Connie’s true nature to Leon which then sparks memories from Leon’s past. After discovering the truth, Leon becomes a *pardon my french* badass. His new fiery personality, both literally and figuratively, creates an exciting ending that adds to the mystery of the next Dark Magician book.

So, when I finished Fire, I had no desire to read any of the other books in this series. However, after a few hours, I found myself longing to know if fiery Leon ever get revenge, and more importantly, if Maurtia and Des get what they deserve *death, cough, cough*. Will I read any more of The Dark Magician books? That is up to both you, my readers, and my ever-dwindling bank account.

If you would like me to review and of the Kyra Keeve’s other books, have suggestions for book reviews, or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

-Whimsical Whit

You can follow me at:

Twitter-  @whimsicallywhit

Download Fire: The Dark Magician on Kindle free here: http://www.amazon.com/FIRE-Dark-Magician-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00OKQ1WMA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430336710&sr=8-1&keywords=fire+the+dark+magician+book+1

My First Look In The World Of Legal Thrillers. Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

“When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her step-grandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.” – Synopsis from Goodreads.com

 

Josie Baylor-Bates. A strong woman physically and emotionally, who after witnessing her mother walk out on both husband and young daughter, learned that the only way to survive was through depending on one’s own abilities. While seemingly mentally unshakable, Josie is terrified at the thought of becoming Hannah Sheraton’s defense lawyer and these thoughts bring up ghosts from another trial; Josie believing in innocence and fighting for it, a lying mother, an acquittal, and her children, the ones she murdered for kicks after her trial. Could she live with herself if she freed another guilty criminal? Who else has to die because of her mistakes?

 

Hello Lovelies!

I love thriller novels, but I have not yet ventured very deeply into the world of legal thrillers. As a college student paying my own bills, I’m a sucker for anything free, books included. The only down-side to free novels on Amazon is the possibility of sacrificing quality for the price, something that Rebecca Forster did not do with Hostile Witness.

To say it simply, I enjoyed this book. Forster writes well and at a level of relative complexity that keeps the story interesting. Every single character has a well-crafted facade which they present to the outside world, and as the book goes on, cracks begin to appear on their surface, showing the true intentions, fears, and even darkness that lie beneath. While not the swiftest plot, the dialogue keeps the reader interested until the next shocking discovery in the People vs. Hannah Sheraton case. Pace of action really picks up in the last few chapters as people unravel and the truth fights to extricate itself from the carefully crafted web of lies in which it resides. Who doesn’t like a good twist? If you do, read Hostile Witness because its twist is quite entertaining.

I would definitely recommend Rebecca Forster’s Hostile Witness to anyone looking for a suspenseful and exciting literary journey. While there are a few other books following the legal tales of Josie Baylor-Bates, I do not intend to read them anytime soon. Legal thrillers aren’t exactly my cup of tea. I’d much rather read about fairies or vampires or man-eating monsters.

If you would like me to review and of the Forster’s other books, have suggestions for book reviews, or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

 

-Whimsical Whit

 

You can follow me at:

Twitter-  @whimsicallywhit

Instagram- @whimsicalwordsofwhit

 I do my best to post links to any blog posts on both of these websites! I would also love to interact with any of my readers on either of these websites!

A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice

A Quest of Heroes, Morgan Rice

“A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, hated by his brothers, Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring from the hordes of creatures on the other side of the Canyon. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he refuses to take no for an answer: he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously. But King’s Court is rife with its own family dramas, power struggles, ambitions, jealousy, violence and betrayal. King MacGil must choose an heir from amongst his children, and the ancient Dynasty Sword, the source of all their power, still sits untouched, waiting for the chosen one to arrive. Thorgrin arrives as an outsider and battles to be accepted, and to join the King’s Legion. Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. Against all odds he falls in love with the king’s daughter, and as their forbidden relationship blossoms, he discovers he has powerful rivals. As he struggles to make sense of his powers, the king’s sorcerer takes him under his wing and tells him of a mother he never knew, in a land far away, beyond the Canyon, beyond even the land of the Dragons. Before Thorgrin can venture out and become the warrior he yearns to be, he must complete his training. But this may be cut short, as he finds himself propelled into the center of royal plots and counterplots, ones that may threaten his love and bring him down—and the entire kingdom with him.” –excerpt from Goodreads.com

 

Hello Lovelies!!

If there is one literary genre I love more than all others, it’s medieval fiction. If it contains magic swords, fire-breathing dragons, kingdoms under siege, questing adventurers, fierce battles, or other similar content, I want to devour it with my eyes. I find that these types of books have the most spectacular heroes (heroines). A Quest of Heroes does not disappoint when it comes to main characters or in any manner at all.

Thorgin, while runty and despised by his family, possesses a determination made of iron and a fiery spirit that fuels his desire to ascend the ranks in the King’s Legion, becoming a fearsome warrior for the Crown. His childish innocence charms and his budding yet forbidden romance with Gwendolyn, the youngest princess and chosen heir to the throne. Rice does a great job developing multidimensional characters whose motivations stem from their deepest desires.

Aside from the colorful characters, Rice’s brilliant writing imbues the plot with intrigue, love, and power. There is a nice balance of action and dialogue that keeps the flow of the novel relatively quick and entertaining. The ending leaves Thorgin’s fate and even his life in question, tempting me even more to read the next book. The well-crafted story line makes me excited for the rest of the books in the Sorcerer’s Ring Series (there are nine! YAY!)

All in all, I absolutely adored this book. I look forward to reading the other eight books in the near future!

If you would like me to review the other books in this series, have suggestions for book reviews, or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

– Whimsical Whit

Are angels going to be the next big thing? Branded by Keary Taylor

Branded, Keary Taylor“Jessica’s had the nightmares for as long as she can remember. Nightmares of being judged for people who have died, of being branded by the angels. Her friends and family think she’s a crazy because of it all. Yet she carries the mark of the condemned, seared into the back of her neck, and hides it and herself away from the world. But when two men she can’t ignore enter her life everything changes, including the nightmares. The two of them couldn’t be more different. She will do anything to be with one of them. Even tell him the truth about angels, why she never sleeps, and the scar on the back of her neck. But one of the two has set events into motion what will pull her toward her own judgment and turn her into the object of her greatest fear.” –excerpt from Goodreads.com

 

Hello Lovelies!

 

Sorry for the extremely large gap between my last post and this one. All of my professors decided to collaborate and dump all of their classwork upon me simultaneously…and I may or may not have started to watch the amazingness that is Supernatural on Netflix (45 episodes in and I think I’m in love). My recent increase in busyness has not halted my reading schedule, so I have a couple of reviews in the works.

 

I wish I could rave about all the wonderfulness of Branded or rant on all of its flaws, but honestly, I am unable to do either. This novel wasn’t my favorite or the worst ever written, it was simply something to read in order to pass time. While I never fell head-over-heels for it, I still found it enjoyable. Who doesn’t enjoy reading about two extremely hot guys, one obviously representing good and the other evil, vying for the affections of the same girl? Throw in the fact that one of them may or may not be the leader of the dark angels and things get a bit more interesting.

 

I don’t stumble across many books featuring angels, so I appreciated the change in topic. While intriguing in plot line, Branded seriously lacks action. Most of the book is Jessica’s inner-monologue, which I found interesting but not very exciting. This is not Jason Bourne meets angels, so don’t read it if you’re looking for fast, furious, and thrilling. After a long day of class and work, I like to curl up with a book that allows me to be mindless. Branded allowed me to do just that. Sometimes simplicity can be the most valuable quality of a novel.

 

Will I read the other books in this series? The likelihood of me doing that is quite slim. Branded would be great to grab and read during the really long, dull car ride you’re taking to Grandma’s house or while sun tanning to provide a little entertainment and give the mind something to muse on.

 

If you would like me to review the other books in this series, have suggestions for book reviews, or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

– Whimsical Whit

 

 

Such a great read! Caprion’s Wings, a novella by T.L. Shreffler

Caprion's Wings, T.L. Shreffler“By the age of nineteen, all Harpies know how to fly—except Caprion. He has yet pass the test of the Singing and gain his wings. His family has disowned him in shame and people are beginning to talk. Now an evil voice haunts his dreams, taunting him, drawing out his worst fears—that he will remain wingless forever. Caprion decides to find the root of this insidious voice, no matter what it takes. He journeys to the secret prisons of the Harpy underground, where he meets a young slave named Moss. In those sunless, decrepit cells, a forbidden friendship is formed. Can Caprion and Moss find the source of the voice? And can Caprion save Moss from a terrible fate? Join young Caprion as he journeys down, down into the earth, finding his wings and forging a friendship that will change him forever.” –Excerpt from Goodreads.com

Hello Lovelies!

If any of you read my previous blog post on Sora’s Quest, you’ll know that I have quite the soft spot for T.L. Shreffler’s works! Caprion, a character that first appears in the third novel of the Cat’s Eye Chronicles, remains a stranger at the end of said novel. I was left with so many questions about Caprion and the motivations behind his actions. He was a complete enigma. The novella (40,000-50,000 words), Caprion’s Wings, focuses on the story behind the harpy gaining his wings. It consists of exciting action, includes T.L. Shreffler’s fantastic and descriptive writing, provides insight into the foreign harpy world, and gives the reader an understanding of Caprion that they were lacking before. Due to the length of Caprion’s Wings, my review is not long, but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it!

If you’re reading the Cat’s Eye Chronicles (if you’re not, you’re missing out), you just have to purchase Caprion’s Wings. SO ENLIGHTENING!! And it only took like an hour and a half to read!

If you would like me to review the other books in this series, have suggestions for book reviews, or have any other questions, please either comment below or email me at whimsicalwhit@gmail.com

– Whimsical Whit