The Waterfall Traveler by S.J.Lem

34468319._UY200_.jpgMy rating: 5/5 stars

ARC version — release date April 17th, 2017 (available for pre-order)

Summary via Amazon:

All eighteen-year-old Ri wants is to cure her adoptive father Samuel from his hallucination-inducing illness. Everyone in her village tells her it’s impossible. But when she meets two newcomers in the forest—a gruff rogue with a vendetta against the gods and a charming fugitive with the power to travel through water—she’ll be torn away from Samuel and swept across the sea to an oppressed city governed by a ruthless tyrant. Once there, she’ll not only have to confront Samuel’s unlawful past, but a vicious evil that threatens all mankind.

My Review: 

Engaging YA fantasy with a beautiful cover. This book exceeded my expectations. I was thinking this would be in the younger spectrum of the YA genre, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Ri is driven by emotion, for sure, which means logic sometimes takes a back seat when she makes decisions. This can be a little irritating for some readers, but it’s why I like her character. That’s not to say she isn’t strong, though. She takes charge and makes quick decisions, even if they are impulsive at times.

My only real complaint is of Bryce and Ri’s relationship. It’s a slow build up; almost too slow. I don’t mind love triangles, and the fun humor thrown in from Carter too, but I wanted to see more between Bryce and Ri. Would have loved more conversations, flirt, jokes, or playful bickering. I saw pieces of jealousy here and there, but nothing came of it. Ri relates and responds to every other character well, but something is missing between her and Bryce, so by the end, I wasn’t jumping up and down, cheering for their relationship as much as I hoped. I was actually cheering on Carter, if you can believe it. I felt his frustration, flirt, and protective nature way more than I felt anything emotionally moving from Bryce. And, I LOVED what happens in the end, as it relates to Carter.

I was on the fence about how the story turns in the end, and I’m interested to see where it goes from here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fun fantasy for all ages, not just YA. Readability is great, with minimal to no errors, and the pace is perfect!

I was asked to read and review this advance copy before the release date.

A Soul Divided by Daniel M. Quilter

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Short Summary via Goodreads:
As the galaxy is torn apart by war between the Mystics and the technologically advanced Human Empire, Drake Ashbell finds himself caught up in a conflict that will take him to distant worlds, make him face his tragic past, and test the limits of his soul.

My Review:  Humorous, action-packed, sci-fi fantasy!

When I first started listening to the audio version, I wasn’t sold on this story because the audio lacked something…maybe it was simply the author’s unique touch, so I switched back over to reading the kindle version. I was able to go back and listen to the audio version again after getting a feel for the author’s writing, and enjoyed it immensely afterward.

Saying I love the character of Drake is an understatement. He’s a well-rounded character, funny and relatable, and not overly egotistical. Some of his dialogue made me laugh out loud; my favorite being: “Suck it Titus I stole it first.” I spent a good deal of time giggle about it before I was able to move on.

I don’t mind the “damsel-in-distress” characters in this book since everything was well executed, without being overly sappy or romantic; same can be said for Drake’s relationship with Angela.

Overall, I loved the action packed scenes, well-written characters, and Drake’s wit. I highly recommend this one to sci-fi fantasy lovers. It has a little bit of everything which makes up a good adventure tale. Both the kindle book version and audio get a 5 star review from me!

 

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) by Chanda Hahn

13402447My Rating: 5/5 Stars

“Not every tale has a happy ending. In fact, many of them are grim.”

Short Summary: Mina Grimes inherits the curse of the Brothers Grimm, in which she has to survive and complete dangerous fairy tale stories in order to save her family from impending doom.

My Review: This book was actually pretty enchanting, and sucked me in from the beginning. I really enjoyed the pace of of it. The book was easy for me to quickly read it in a day. And, I especially like the idea that the plot revolves around the “unfortunate” side of fairy tales, instead of always ending with “happily ever after.”

Lately I’ve been avoiding YA books because I don’t feel like I’m able to relate to the characters much anymore. Most often than not, the setting is in a high-school, with the same types of story plots and types of characters. However, I was pretty impressed with how this book is organized and laid out, as it twisted the norms of a fairy tale story. The build up from a normal high-school life to the extraordinary was steadily paced, with just enough details and information to give me a full picture of what was happening without giving away too much.

I really loved the ending of this story; such a bummer, and then SURPRISE! Something else happens to ease your heartbreak, but also leave you wanting more.

I will be continuing this series soon!
This was free on Amazon

Note to author: I swear, I thought that I was contacted to do a book review for this one, but for some reason I can’t find the request in my email. So, if I didn’t respond to a certain email about this one, I’m sorry! ♥  Thanks for your request. I will be posting my review on Amazon and Goodreads, as well as sharing on Facebook and Twitter.

The Rhyn Trilogy (1-3) by Lizzy Ford

My Rating: 5/5

Book One in the Rhyn Trilogy

Short Summary: Katie rescues an Ancient from Hell after her life is turned upside down by the existence of the immortal world. With Death knocking on their door, Rhyn and Katie begin to coexist as mates, not expecting the desire that is kindled between them.

My Review: I can’t put anything that Lizzy Ford writes down to save my life. I’m in love with this author, and the characters that she magically creates. If there was one author that I had to pick (other than Hugh Howey, of course) that has inspired me to keep writing it would be Lizzy Ford.

Not only do I love these characters, but I am really enjoying the fact that this is a back story to Rhyn, a character that you meet in the Rhyn Eternal series. It’s always fun to continue the first series that you fell in love with through a separate story, illustrating the lives and events of the more secondary characters.

This book is/was free on Amazon. Please check out everything that Lizzy Ford writes because she is amazing. I will be continuing to read everything this woman writes.


Stay tuned for books 2 & 3