The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse (Tales of Finndragon, #1) by Richie Earl

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4 Stars

4buttI had a tough call rating this book. I had a 3.5 in mind the whole way through, but by the time I had read the last 3 chapters they gave the book a boost for the final half of that elusive star (or butterfly!)

So, first off can I say thank you Richie. I was given this book in return for my honest opinion and an honest opinion is what i will provide!

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The blurb: Three children racing against time, desperately searching for their missing father.
A medieval kingdom cursed by an evil wizard.
An ancient legend beneath our very feet.
The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first book in a unique, two book fantasy adventure series and is a fast paced, engaging and thrilling page turner. The story races along with plenty of twists and turns as it heads for the prophesized confrontation between the children and the evil Finndragon himself.
Combining wizardry and magic with modern technology and containing magical animals and terrible demons, The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is a rollercoaster of emotions that will make you laugh out loud and then fight to hold back the tears, as the children race against time to rescue their father. In doing so they have to kill Finndragon and put an end to the dreadful curse.
A young adult adventure that is sure to be enjoyed by all ages.

The story started well, the author jumped strait in with the nitty gritty, introducing the main three charaters of the tale – Emma, Megan and Scott. However, probably my biggest critisism is with these first few chapters. When we finally start getting a feel for the story and it starts kicking off we would suddenly have a charater bio thrown in. I found these very out of place and interuppted the pace somewhat. I feel this could have been integtrated at a slight later stage so it fits in better with the story.

Also, another observation i had was surrounding ‘Dad’. He had no name till we were quite far into the tale. I found this quite strange as everyone else was introduced and crammed in quite early on.

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I love that the author has chosen to write the characters in a very believable manner. No overbearing characters and the children displayed typical sybling rivalry, I thought this was wonderful as it added a great touch of reality to the story. At no point did I want to strangle any of them! There was also a great sence of emotion and comradery displayed by all of the characters, it really made you want to root for them and cheer them on!

I will say that there were lulls in the pace, there was alot of unessesary chatter and times when not much was going on. I think maybe this could have been summarised more rather then going for the step by step account of everyones activities. I would have also liked of seen more substance. It was very A-B and I think the spaces inbetween could have been filled better, I just felt like I was being taken on a long trek some of the time. Like when your traveling accross a long straight road, its nice to sometimes stop and break it up a little bit with something different.

All in all this was a great tale. I would make some changes and shorten it somewhat, however the story was awesome and kept me reading to the end. I would recommend this to maybe a younger age group than mine.

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Whats that? You want to buy a copy? Look no further!! :

Amazon.co.uk: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse
Amazon.com: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse

Marked – (House of Night #1) by P.C. & Kristin Cast

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Ok, today i am reviewing a Young Adult novel entitled Marked. It’s really interesting actually that this series was written by Mother and daughter duo P.C. & Kristin Cast. I dont know if its just me, but i found myself alot of the time wondering who had written what & who’s idea certain plot themes were etc! Either way it was an extremely entertaining read! …. oh but without spoilering anything, this idea may freak you out when your a few chapters in, theres a certain scene where… well, teenagers eh? *rolls eyes and cringes* I wonder which of them decided to write this in.

Anyway, onways and upwards. I will do my best not to give anything away… well, anything important anyway.

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Blurb: After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).

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So this is actually a second time read for me, i think i enjoyed it more this time around aswell. I actually lost touch with the series when it first started, books were slow coming out and life intervened with my reading for a while.

Its pretty much as i remembered, we have the protagonist Miss Zoey Redbird (lovely name might i add) a 16 year old student who is marked by a tacking vampire at her highschool. This pretty much sucks for Zoey because from this point onward everyone in the human world will consider her a freak. Mean huh? Personaly i think thats just vampir…..ism? Uh… vampist? You get the idea.

So stuff happens and basicly Zoey ends up attending a new school full of fledgeling vampires called the House of Night (cue the twilight zone music). She meets a group of awesome friends, my favourite being Stevie Rae…. i want my own SR, shes just adorable!!! I have a soft spot for the Oklahoma accent and i can hear her  voice in my head whenever she speaks (in a non creepy messed up going crazy way). The only person who annoys me in the group is Damien…. hes…hes…. over gay. He’s been written as a cliche and it just annoys me. I’m gonna leave it light that before i start off on a rant.

The main thing I noticed about this book which was really annoying. Every person who was not white skinned was compared to some kind of caffeinated product. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m caucasion English, to be honest I don’t want to be compared to a weak cup of English breakfast tea. Why people have to be described as a cappuccino or a latte, god only knows. In these kinds of circumstances I think cutting to the chase and getting to the point is better for everyone.

“Oh Mr Smith, you look like a delightful frappuccino, may I have a bite of your biscotti?” *growls coquettishly*

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So blah blah, Zoey goes through the change (the vampy kind), contends with the usual teenage angst, meets a cute guy… has an ex-guy (i know… very original plot so far *rolls eyes again*) and also we cant forget the antagonist of this teenie tale, Aphrodite. I LOOOOVE her name, it makes me forgive her personality a smidge, but shes basicly a class A betch and hoe-bag, or hag even.

This concludes a mediocre read for me, i hope you enjoy it if you choose to select this title yourself, toodles!

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Want to get a copy of this bookalicious peice of 3 star kahoonie?

Amazon.co.uk: Marked
Amazon.com: Marked

Book Review – Forever Fae (Forever Fae #1) by L.P. Dover

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Fantasticle 4 Stars

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Ok, this is the first fantasy romance I’ve read in AAAAAAAGES and I totally forgot just how much I loved them!!! I also read this book with my WONDERFUL *squeezy huggy* Book Buddy and reviewer extraordinaire, Miss Branwen *bows her into the room*. You can find her review of this book linked below.

Ok *cough* review-ish time *grins*

Forever Fae is a fantasy/romance novel about a Princess of the Summer Court in the land of the Fae (far-far-away). The lead character and said princess is named Calista. Shes a frickin awesome heroine and sex-betch who can just about kick anyone (or anything’s) butt.

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Blurb: He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect……….We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.
According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.
No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.
Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfill her destiny to become what she was meant to be.

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So, the book starts when Calista turns 18 years old and is paired with her new guardian and best friend Merrick (WOOOO MERRICK I LOVE YOU *throws panty-ho’s*). Together they are blood bonded and he is trusted with the duty of protecting Calista for the rest of her life, it also helps that he’s madly in love with her. Then enters…dun, dun …..dunnnnnnnn, drop dead gorgeous Prince Ryder from the Winter Court. Of course he and Calista fall madly in love (awkward triangle emerging), under the watchful eye of their enemy Alasdair (how ominous!).

I have to say, this book thrilled and surprised me with its twists and turns… alas it even broke my heart at one point *sulks*. It truly is a novel which displays a great deal of love, happiness and sorrow. Though saying that, there were a lot of icky bits aswell. Yes, im talking about you evil wizard Alasdair. Oh god he was so creepy, i felt like washing myself repeatedly whenever he made an appearance.

I also loved how the story was told in turn by each of the main characters, it really gave you a good insight into their inner thoughts and feelings. This is SO important for a book for it to be successful, in my eyes. If you can’t love the characters, or create any kind of bond or emotion toward them, then how can you love the book. You need to know how they feel and see the inner battles and expressions come out and be displayed upon the pages in front of you. L.P. Dover really got this aspect 100% right and i could already tell from the first chapter i would love this book.

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Ok, so I mentioned a love triangle yes? Ok, before you start thinking “oh FFS not another one!!” ITS NOT THE SAME, STAY HERE, READ ON & TRUST ME!! This is different and if you give the book a chance you will totally see what I mean. Calista isn’t like other whiney heroines I don’t care to mention (*cough*sparkley vampires*cough*) she’s decisive and doesn’t string along the opposite sex, which is another reason why shes awesome 🙂 !

This was a refreshing change to the dull-ness of recent fantasy romance and totally deserves a 4-star rating!

Oh… yeah im meant to be critical about something arent I? … *thinks* …. OH YES!! That’s one gripe I had, the blurb stated this was an adult romance and most certainly was not a YA *wags finger*. However I didn’t think anything was that bad, in fact it could have been steamier. I can see you wouldn’t want a child reading this, but adult teens, I don’t see a problem 🙂 .. considering the book was about an adult teen 😛

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Ok, want to get your wonderful mits on a copy?
(go oooooon ;D)

Amazon.co.uk: Forever Fae
Amazon.com: Forever Fae

Review by the wonderful Branwen: Click meee!

Book Review – Everville by Roy Huff

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3 Stars!!

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Firstly, thank you Roy for providing me with a free copy of your e-book for review 🙂

I feel I need to justify my rating on this book. I’m giving it 3 stars but as i keep trying to stress, this isn’t a bad rating. The book was good, I liked the imagination. It just wasn’t 100% to my taste, but you can’t expect everything to be.

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Everville is described as “Somewhere between here and there, sometime between yesterday and another day”.

Blurb: Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. He studies hard, plays hard, and is incredibly charming. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he was drawn into a different world, a world unbeknownst to him. He mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His tragic excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.

With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

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With regards to the story, it was ok. It was very unique and told from the perspective of Owen Sage, a freshman at Easton Falls University. The story dives in head first and follows Owen to his first explorations of Everville, which he begins visiting through his dreams. He has two best friends, Dante and Anika, who are with him from the very beginning and help him along his journey (never actually following him into the world however). I would go into more detail about the rest of the characters but I’ll be completely honest and admit I don’t really remember any of them. None of them really got my attention and I found them very forgettable. (sounds mean but its true!)

To me the story felt like it was being told from Owens mind, which is all very nice but there wasn’t a lot of character interaction. I thrive from getting to know the characters and establishing a bond with them, yet I did not receive any of this which to me was very disappointing. Also I did notice (what little dialect there was) was quite scrambled and I struggled to tell who was actually speaking at times! Owen was average and uninteresting at best, I got the feeling his view of the world was very grey. Nothing seemed to interest him or create any flux of emotion within him.

Then there was the keeper. I cannot seem to recall him speaking very much either, however you got to witness his journey as a ‘Fron’ in his own adventure in the past. Owen is transported through a mind device into the memories and we live this tale along with the current story. I thought this was actually a nice feature of the book and I actually found this story more interesting than the main tale! *nods*

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Ok, let me start on the ‘Fron’. Everytime they popped up all I could think about were them little guys from ‘Despicable Me’. I found it quite hilarious. They were also the main reason I stuck with the story to the very end as I found them to be the only likable characters. Oh and considering the Fron were meant to be hairless, I cant even begin to imagine what a female one would look like! Holy heck, I can’t see them winning any beauty contests, hah!

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I also couldn’t get to grips with the obligatory ‘bad guy’. They were called Them and lived in The Other Inbetween. I couldn’t get my head round their lack of presence. Dont get me wrong, they were mentioned a lot but they never interacted with the main storyline or the characters. They were always just lurking around in the background somewhere.

In summary…..the concept was great, the side story was good and I finished the book! There was a point when I almost classed this as a ‘did not finish’, however I said I’d read this book and provide my honest opinion. This is what I have done.

If you’re not a massive character buff (unlike me) then this may be the perfect book for you. It’s an easy read and has a lot of redeeming qualities. Roy Huff has created a lovely imaginary world full of unique places and magic. I can honestly see it being made into a successful children’s TV series. I’ll keep my fingers crossed

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Would you like to get a copy?
(Its free until the 16/05/2013)

Amazon.co.uk: Everville
Amazon.com: Everville
Unfortunatly it does not appear to be avaliable on Smashwords at present.

Book Review – Water (Akasha Series 1) by Terra Harmony

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2 1/2 Stars

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Let me start by saying, this is NOT what i expected. Also, YOU can expect minor spoilers in this review, hopefully nothing too ground breaking however.

To be honest i started reading this book as i was in the mood for some YA cheese. I spotted it whilst surfing on Amazon, Book 1 – Water was being sold as a freebie which i found appealing.

I soon found this wasn’t what i was expecting at all…. it went from mildly boring moaning female lead to – holy crap she’s being raped by an inanimate object-!! This certainly was not the book i thought i picked up. The cover is beautiful, there’s no skirting that issue but that’s where the pretty ends. Things get shocking to say the least!

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Ok, so lets start with the bluuuuurb:

Elemental powers in the palm of her hand…and it won’t be enough to save her. When Kaitlyn Alder is involuntarily introduced to a life of magic, she becomes part of an organization hell-bent on saving the Earth. Just as her new-found life holds promises of purpose, romance, and friendship, the organization divides and a rogue member holds Kaitlyn hostage. Now one of the most terrifying men the human race has to offer stands between her and Earth’s survival.

Its short snappy and to the point. When it mentions the ‘hell bent on saving the planet lark’, it’s not kidding… at some points during this story I felt like I was taking part in a lecture. I get the feeling that the author is a closet tree hugger aswell as an aspiring writer.  

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Gripe number one, this book promised romance – if you can call what Kaitlyn and Micah have romance, I’d worry about your personal life. I’d maybe suggest you call the witness protection programme. At first Micah is all exotic and ‘look at me and my amazing eyes & im gonna snog your face off’ & then this quickly turns to ‘i need to train you and your magic, try not to suffocate while I try and rape you’ …. ick!! Seriously, when Kaitlyn had the chance, she should have high-tailed it outa there asap. Micah is supposed to be her ‘protector’, I’ve yet to see any real protecting. Even when his so-called brother tried to knife a picture into her back, he just brushed it off like she was being unnecessarily whiney. *rolls eyes*

I think if i had to pick the two best words to describe this book, its ‘Stockholm syndrome’. All in all the book was quite well written but there were some serious lulls, some of the explanations were unnecessary and it took the story nowhere. I think it maybe could have done with a little dumbing down on these parts and spiced up a little on the main story.

I feel Kaitlyn could have done with a little more maturity, the way she acts at times is very childish and i forget shes meant to be an adult -so to speak-. For example, some of the dialect is extremely inappropriate for someone who has just been (or is being) sexually abused. Which brings be to Shawn, I genuinely felt real emotion toward this guy, none of it good. He’s the guy who I believe brought the story to life more then any of the other characters. Honestly, he was vile! I do think he needed more of a back story however. There was no real drive as to why he would do what he did. Fair enough his girlfriend was killed, but why direct this anger toward Kaitlyn when she had nothing to do with it. The only real explanation that was given was ‘he wanted her powers’, but why this meant he needed to capture her and rape her *shrugs* what a freak show!

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So concept GOOD… delivery BAD.

This book wasn’t really for me but I’m sure there’s an audience out there for it. I didn’t like the mix of YA and psychological torment… i think a more clear genre should have been established from the start.

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Want to get a copy:
As far as i can tell, this first book of the series is still free, so grab a copy if its your thing!

Amazon.co.uk: Water – Akasha
Amazon.com: Water – Akasha

Lily’s Blog 02/05/2013

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Howdy everyone.

Can i just start my saying a big thank you for all the support on my last review, i know the author really appreciates all the ‘likes’ and she’s really happy with the response. *claps*

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Today is the most beautiful day we’ve had all year and im stuck inside with this damn cold virus. The world just isn’t liking me today, I’ll have to make it up to her by reading and reviewing another book asap!

The next one on my agenda is named ‘Everville‘ by Roy Huff.

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Can i start by saying, i LOOOOVE this cover! It’s what first attracted me to the book, it’s like a little blurb all on its very own.

Also (NEW AND PROMOTING AUTHORS TAKE NOTE) – I will soon be setting up a page on my blog linking to Freebie Books. When i add a new one to the list, i will also mention it within my blog aswell. I’ll also post an image of your cover aswell as a link to your goodreads account 🙂 !

If your interested, please feel free to send me an email at lilythenovelnerd@gmail.com

As always, thank you for your support!

Ta-ta!

 

Poetry Review – Essence of a Dark Soul by Faye Cross

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5 Beautiful Stars

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Ok, this is my first ever poetry review, so please bear with me on this. I’m not usually a fan, but the author herself and the beautiful cover artwork really drew me to this book. I’ve always had a soft spot for all things gothic and vampiric (not talking sparkly vampires here, if that’s your thing, I suggest you turn around now & NEVER return.) Uh, so yeah… I really wanted to give this a try 🙂 !

Ok the cover artwork can be seen below. I’m advised this was designed and created by an Artist named Gemma Newey at Dark Phreak Arts. I must say, she sure does have a talent for it! If I ever write a book myself I know where I’d be going for my covers!

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Ok so I’ll start on the poetry now, as I say, I hope this format I’m going for is pleasing enough.

So I’ve started with the first poem, ‘Hallowed Heart

The words and feelings are expressed beautifully, the words really speak of a deep bound respect and love. Makes your skin go all tingley. I really also love the reference of ones heartbeat resembling the beat of butterfly wings 🙂

Right, here we have ‘Lustful Hunger

Oh wow ok… so i assume this poem is about someone being ravaged by a lusty vamp! I like the recollection of confusion mixed with fear and desire. No sparkly crap here, i like it! If you’re gonna be vampinated, this is the right way about it! Again some really deep cutting lyrics here, i can vision this as a song.

Next up is ‘Infinite Fantasy

This appears to be a mural to life’s long and endless struggles of death and hate. Indeed, are we meant to keep repeating ourselves, repeating our past and our mistakes for all eternity. Written beautifully and with such honesty, the sounds of one woman’s thoughts against the world.

The next ‘Eyes of Glass‘…..

Ok, my interpretation of this poem is as follows. An old lonely soul, forgotten and lost, finally finding its mate, its other half. This soul is new and full of life, breathing and living. A new soul. The poem expresses the feelings and contact as they meet and realise they are meant to be together. Very beautiful really.

Onwards to ‘Blackened Rose’

I’m getting the feeling that the cover of this book is set to represent this particular one. I feel that the person speaking is a being trapped in a never-ending world of life and death, blood and flesh. This person yearns for something more but is shunned to a life of loneliness. Such a strong sense of sadness is portrayed in the words.

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I would truly love to sit and review each poem individually, they are beautiful and heartfelt. If you could take a piece of artwork and transform it into words, it is exactly what you would find in this book. The words themselves are stained with emotion, love and pain. The author herself has bared her very soul and heart, it is beautiful.

I’m genuinely moved and i am driven with a need to find Ms Cross and wrap a massive warm hug around her shoulders.

I my favourite poem of all is entitled ‘Dark Winged Lover’ … It’s a story of true love and companionship, expressing the deepest possible connection between two people.

Thank you Faye for writing this and choosing to share it with the world. I hope it can touch other people as much as it has touched me ♥

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Would you like to get your hands on a copy?

Amazon.co.uk: Essence of a Dark Soul
Amazon.com: Essence of a Dark Soul
Smashwords: Essence of a Dark Soul

Authors Blog: Faye Cross
Authors Goodreads Account: Faye Cross