Reblogged from: Fee’s Fleeting Thoughts
Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase is the first book of the Stian the Viking series. Twelve-year-old Stian wants to be the best viking ever. He wants to prove this by going on a raid with his father, but ends up being saved, but by whom he doesn’t know. He is then captured by a dark elf named Dahlia, on her mother’s command. Stian finds out his father isn’t who he thought, and that Loki is his real father. Stian and Dahlia set off on a quest to free Stian’s Loki from the prison that Odin has thrown him into.
This story is set in viking times, but the dialogue is in the present. Preteens will get a kick out of Stian and Dahlia’s banter. This story has a bit of action and humor with a bit of feels thrown in.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Lizard Queen by H.L. Cherryholmes is an intricate story comprised of three parts in the first volume. This Shrinking World, From the Ashes, and A Spectacular Lie. We follow Amy Darlidale as she mysteriously finds herself in another world. She is believed to be the one sent to fulfill a prophecy, but not all believe she is the one, and she finds herself in danger. With the help of the young companions who find her, she sets out to find out her role in the prophecy.
H.L. Cherryholmes does a fabulous job of creating an intricate fantasy world, and well developed characters that are completely believable. You become highly invested in these characters, and soon you find yourself whisked away into this fantastical world. The only problem I had with this book is that it is extremely detailed. A bit too detailed for my taste, but it is a well written novel.
I won this book in a giveaway, and received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin is not what I expected. Going by the blurb, it’s a story about fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams. He doesn’t have the best psychic abilities, in his opinion, so he escapes from the psionic detainment facility. This book starts out strong for the first eleven pages. We meet Devon, we watch him escape, then he’s caught. That is where the story stops being about Devon, for the most part. We’re introduced to several characters, but Devon is no longer the main character. The execution of this story fell very flat for me. I never really got to know Devon, which was disheartening. The story is fairly well written, but not enough to redeem itself from the lack of story development. I won this book in a giveaway and all opinions are my own.
Playing Dead by Allison Brennan is the third book in the Prison Break Trilogy but it can stand alone. It’s about Tom O’Brien, an ex-cop imprisoned and sentenced to death for his wife and her lover’s murders. Claire, his daughter, believes he is guilty until she meets Oliver, a law student who claims to have proof of her father’s innocence. She starts questioning everything about what she knows about her father’s guilt and his fifteen year imprisonment. This story grabbed me and didn’t let go! I was in the dark about who done it until the very end of the book. The mystery and suspense was nail-biting and had me on the edge of my seat holding my breath! It was a thrilling ride! This mystery is well executed and very well written. I’ve had this book on my shelf for a few years now, but never felt the need to read it. I told myself that this year I would get some of my older books read, and I am so glad I did!