Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Key of Amatahns Review

The Key of Amatahns, Argetellam Saga Book 1

Elisabeth Wheatley

5 stars

"In a land where those with magic are esteemed and revered, Janir guards a secret that would send her to the headsman's block at a word. As one of the reviled Argetallams, she has the power to destroy enchantments and steal others' magic—an ability that has caused bloodshed for generations.

Raised as the illegitimate daughter of an influential lord, she was determined to turn her back on her heritage, but when her power manifests, leaving a nobleman dead, she has no choice but to flee her adoptive home. In exile with the help of a fearless young enchanter and an elf sworn to protect her, she finds herself entangled in a quest to hide an ancient artifact from the kingdom’s enemies.

But they are not the only ones after the relic and soon their paths cross with a rival from Janir's distant childhood. With no hope of help or rescue, the fate of nations will depend on a fifteen year old girl and her mastery of powers she doesn't understand."

The Key of Amatahns is the beginning of a very promising series. I seriously read half the book in one day because I just had to know what happened next to Janir. While her early childhood is painful to learn, Janir finds a happy life for many years with her foster father. Unfortunately, that peaceful life is ripped from her with the death of a nobleman. During her flight from home, she encounters a young enchanter named Karile. I quickly agree with what Saovel did to him and wished I could do it myself many times. The world in which Janir lives is stunning and rich in history and magic. The Key of Amatahns is fast paced with hardly a dull moment and pulls you in mercilessly, making you lose hours just wanting to read what happens next. The best kind of book! On top of it all, this stunning story was written while the author was only sixteen years old, a completely amazing feat! I highly recommend it!

You can find The Key of Amatahns on Amazon

Saturday, April 25, 2015

To celebrate the re-release of The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley, Inkspelled Faery is hosting ten days of visiting your favorite authors as they talk about their very first novels, topped off by an all-day Facebook party with fun, games, and giveaways. Check out the full line up of authors and don’t forget to join the Facebook party on the 25th!

Shiovra has been named High Priestess of the village Tara, but she quickly finds herself hunted by the Milidh, a clan born of war and vengeance. With the safety of Tara at stake, it is decided that she is to seek aid from her betrothed, one she considers the enemy.
At her side is Odhrán, a Milidh warrior sworn to protect her and determined to gain her trust. But their journey is fraught with peril and Shiovra learns that darkness lurks in the hearts of her own kin.

Steeped in ancient Irish myth, this tale is spun of love, war, and DEFIANCE.

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To start us off, can you sum up your first novel in a tweet, 140 characters or less?
Defiance is a journey into Irish myth & legend filled with the warring of two clans, betrayals, & a love that could be considered forbidden.

What are you most proud of in this title?
The strength and bravery that the main character, Shiovra, expresses. When I first created her, she was wishy-washy and always worried about one thing or another, not very likeable. Upon switching publishers, I took the opportunity to strengthen her as a character. I must have done well because feedback from readers was wonderful!

Do you think your writing has changed since your debut? In what way?
Yes, very much so. I started going into further depth with how characters feel so that the reader could understand them better. I think that originally my characters were a bit bland, perhaps bordering on almost similar personalities with each other. I also take into consideration all constructive criticism offered so that I can further better my writing.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself when you were writing your first book, what would it be?
Don't be afraid. You can't please everyone. Each person has their own taste in books and sure, some people might hate the story, but others will love it. Write for them.

What was the first thing you did after finishing that very first draft?
I played video games for a straight week. [laughs] I needed a break from writing, a nice week long break playing video games to take my mind off it. After that week I began re-reading it and editing while also starting working on my current book series, The Chronicles of Midgard.

If you thought this was fun, drop by the Facebook party going down on the 25th for more interviews with your favorite Fantasy authors as well as games and goodies galore!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Key of Amatahns blog hop party!

Come and celebrate the re-release of Elisabeth Wheatley's debut novel, The Key of Amatahns, with quizzes, giveaways, and games for fans of Young Adult Fantasy books! There will be an all-day party April 25th, 2015, but you can come, go, come back, pick and choose which authors you want to hang out with--your choice!

There will also be a blog hop with a giveaway from the 16th to 25th, where you can visit your favorite authors' blogs as they talk about their debut novels. Links will be posted here leading up to the Facebook party, so check back often!

Join the facebook event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/413010932209458/

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Solace Review

Solace by Therin Knite

4 Stars

"Off to a never-ending war as a Red Cross doctor before Corina was even born, Luther Marion has been a constant but increasingly distant presence in his daughter's life for sixteen years. Damaged pictures. Short letters. And three brief phone calls received before Corina was old enough to walk. 

But now, Luther Marion has returned home at last--as a body in a box to be buried. Corina's mother is devastated. Her small, backwoods town mourns the loss of its local hero.

And Corina...isn't sure how she feels about the death of a father she never really met.

But when a mysterious old man confronts Corina at her father's funeral, she finds herself drawn to his impossible offer: a chance to know the now late Luther Marion. And in a moment of uncertainty, Corina makes a choice with consequences she can barely fathom. A choice that sends her to the last place she ever expected to go.

Her father's hometown. Six hundred miles south. 

And twenty-five years in the past" 
I must admit I fell in love with the cover the moment I stumbled upon it on Tumblr. That alone made me curious about the story and, after reading the blurb and learning the author was seeking honest reviews, I asked for a copy.

I quite enjoyed Solace. I wasn't too enthralled with Corina at the start, but as the story progressed, as she was offered the chance of a lifetime, she grew on me. I learned more about how she truly felt, understood her anger better. And Lu, oh how much I loved Lu. I kept hoping over and over that the old man who gave Corina the chance would somehow change the outcome. Unfortunately that didn't happen, but it all ended well. Corina got to the father she had never met, got to not only understand him better, but herself as well. It was a beautiful story and the growth of Corina was wonderful.

This is the first story I ever found a favorite line in: "I have plot armor." I laughed when I read that. Something I would totally say if I was in Corina's position. I look forward to getting myself a print copy of this book to add to my bookshelf.
You can find Solace on Amazon 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Books for a Good Cause

Nab Amazon bestselling YA Fantasy novel Thorn by Intisar Khanani for 99 cents April 1- 7 and help bring these two young brothers home. Described as "unflinching and exquisite," Thorn is a story of choice and betrayal, justice and compassion. Recommended for fans of Robin McKinley and Mercedes Lackey.
About Thorn 
Thorn_CoverFnlRevFNLF_low_resFor Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed. Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future. But powerful men have powerful enemies—and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometimes the hardest choice means learning to trust yourself.

About Evan & Raymond
This sale is also about Intisar's good friend, Jamie, and the two little boys she and her husband are in the process of trying to adopt. Evan (age 7) and Raymond (age 9) are biological brothers, both born with Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome--a condition that results in brain damage if left untreated. They were each given up at birth, and were unable to receive treatment for their condition. These brothers have lived in an orphanage in Eastern Europe their whole lives. As boys who are older and struggle with developmental disabilities, it's almost impossible to find adoptive families for them. But Jamie has her heart set on bringing them home, and this sale is about helping that happen.
All of the proceeds from Thorn's 99 cent sale are going towards that adoption. Our goal is to raise $2,000 over the course of the week. International adoption is prohibitively expensive (often over $20,000), so every dollar makes a difference... You can find out more about the boys and Jamie, and link to their blog, here: http://reecesrainbow.org/83163/sponsorallison-3
And today, your help can make this goal a reality. Please share, tweet, and/or re-blog this post, and buy and give "Thorn" as a gift to friends and family! You can also invite your friends to the "Thorn Flash Sale" Facebook event. Help us bring Evan and Raymond home.
Thorn is currently on sale for only 99 cents at all of these e-retailers:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fanged Princess Review

Fanged Princess by Elisabeth Wheatley

5 Stars
"I will not let my brother suffer the same loss…
Hadassah’s father, the Vampire King, punished her harshly for her choice to love a human. Now her brother, the only person in the world who still matters to her, has fallen for a human girl. Determined to keep the girl safe, the three of them flee from their home in New England and find themselves cornered with their father’s minions closing in. If they want to escape, their only hope may be to join forces with the mortal enemies of their kind…"

I'm not normally a fan of books with vampires, but I thought I would give Fanged Princess a read. I'm glad I did. Wheatley's vampires are so much more and much better than the stereotypical vampire. There is a strong human nature to them that made me like them very much. Not only does Haddie share a strong bond with her brother, but she isn't the cold, calculating vampires I often found in books; there is great intelligence and bravery in her, despite the fears and worries she hold, not to mention a past wound to her heart which has yet to be healed.

The story is short, only a novella, but it kept me reading. I look forward to getting my hands on the next installment and continuing Haddie's story. I hope there is happiness in store for her along the road!

You can find Fanged Princess on Amazon

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sunbolt Review

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

5 Stars
"The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life."
I only have one complaint about Sunbolt, and it is the same complaint I have for every short story I come across: far too short!

Ranting about length done, I loved this book (and not just because my name appears in the back in the acknowledgements). Intisar writes Hitomi well, allowing the reader to feel as if they are her. She's a strong and confident character, more than capable of protecting herself.

The Ghost had me intrigued and very curious. Who was he really? What is he thinking or feeling after the beginning of string of Hitomi's bad luck? Will he make a reappearance in the next book--I really hope so. I only got to know him enough to begin the curiosity. I mean he obviously cares about Hitomi in some way.

And then there was Val.

Oh, Val, I know so little of you. You are dangerous and yet I just want to know more and more. I began to forget about the Ghost and considered Val my new favorite. Val is intriguing. He's deadly dangerous, a bit harsh in his words, but yet...he keeps to his word. He shows moments of compassion that make me very hopeful that more may come from it. He even took Hitomi's secret very well, in my opinion.

And now I will eagerly await the next installment in the series (and hope secretly that its a bit longer!). 
Upcoming review: 
  Solace by Therin Knite

So far a good read! I'll post my review when done!