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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

THE GUIDE - JUSTIN CHANDLER


Know yourself.” Nicholas Forsythe never knew how important those words were at his first year at Glenoak High School until he met Garron. After he is given a mentor by his parents to help guide him through his rebellious phase, Nicholas is initially skeptical of Garron’s methods. Who is he? How does he know so much about Nicholas without meeting him? As Nicholas works to find the answers to these and other questions about the guiding process, he soon uncovers a deep secret about Garron and the guides: they are from the future, working for the mysterious Determinant Industries in an attempt to fix the perils of the past. All is well with the program, but when a brooding figure from Garron’s time threatens to unravel the very events of history, it’s up to Nick and Garron to not only save their lives, but also the entire fate of the future.-Book Summary by Justin Chandler Author

I enjoyed this book, it had that sort of mystery element to it having a future self to guide you. And as all time travel fans know, one tiny change in the timeline can have tremendous effects that cannot be seen or anticipated.  I enjoyed the way Nicholas seemed to grow into a more mature person also how he and his future self fixed the future. I wish it could've has more mystery when it came to Garron with who he was and why he came. However, it makes for a good and interesting read.


EMBERS AT GALDRILENE - A.D. TROSPER



A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future”
The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.
Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragon's sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.
The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragon's’ call leads them on a journey where they learn everything they've been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.
With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call.
But an evil from the past rises again. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more…-Book summary by A.D. Trosper Author

This book takes 6 individual people who are different in many kinds of ways. The story was well put together and had a little magic mixed with adventure and a splash of romance not only did they become close friends they faced many trials together and each character had their own development. The prologue was a great way to start off the story and made me want to know more. In the first few chapters it switched characters so we could know their backstory and be able to know everyone at once. I liked this book it had great plot line and wonderful characters I enjoyed the way the story moved along I think kids aged 13 and up can read this book it's an adventure/magic fantasy book. In my opinion, it deserves a 4 out of 5 stars.  



WITCHES OF ARMOUR HILL - ALYSSA COOPER




Margaret May Reis knows how strange she is; people have been telling her for years. At sixteen years old, though, Maggie begins to realize that strangeness is only half the story. Maggie isn’t just strange – she’s a witch. Sent to live with a cousin she’s never met, in a city she doesn't remember, Maggie is sure that life as she knows it is over. It doesn't take her long to learn that Peterborough is not at all what it seems. Her first week in the city, Maggie meets a stray cat named Elowen, who seems to appear out of thin air, and a strange girl named Rhosyn, who introduces her to a coven of witches, and assures her that life will never be the same. The newest member of an ancient coven, Maggie discovers new friends, new powers, and a new lease on life. As she works with her young sisters to hone their magical skills, they stumble across the coven’s darkest secret, one that their governing council has kept hidden for over a century. Caught up in a conspiracy that began with the very first generations of witches, Maggie and her friends tumble down the rabbit hole, reaching blindly for the truth. It will take three young witches to uncover the secrets that their Matriarch left behind over a century before.-Book synopsis By Alyssa Cooper Book Author

Maggie is 16 and has been bouncing around from house to house ever since her family died  when she was young but she never seemed to stay at a relative's house for long. When she ends up with Sandra her great cousin and meets a girl named Rhosyn who she quickly becomes friends with. Soon she finds out a magical secret about herself and why accidents always seems to happen to her.
Maggie always wondered why strange things happened to her and when she meets Rhosyn things start to make sense as she's introduced to Amelia, one of the three leaders of a group called the Coven, a group of witches. When Maggie starts having dreams about her sister and no one seems to be giving her a straight answer on her or seems to be hiding something from her she finds herself in a mystery and an adventure that leads to disastrous consequences.

I loved the sense of adventure and mystery, it was a page turner and always seemed to keep my attention. The characters developed well as did the plot and each character contributed something to the story. In some cases i connected with a character i don't think i could completely see myself in, which shows me a different perspective. While at some times the book seemed too slow I was happy that it continued the plot without getting too much into a meaningless sub plot. My favorite character was Rhosyn, I loved her laid back attitude and how she wasn't afraid to express herself if someone ticked her off or she didn't like them. I loved the storyline and how the author wrote the characters and moved along the plot I also enjoyed learning about her history and seeing where the book took the main character next and how she handled it. The ending made me sad but left room for a sequel.


SPIRIT OF THE HIGHWAY- Deborah Swift

Ralph Chaplin has fallen for beautiful copper-haired Kate. There is only one problem - he is a Roundhead soldier, and she is a Royalist Lady.
It is 1651, and for the last ten years England has been ripped apart by a bitter civil war. Ralph and Kate are on opposing sides, but Ralph wants to build a new England, one of peace and plenty. He volunteers to fight at the Battle at Worcester, thinking it will finish the bloodshed for good.
But the Roundheads are not the heroes he imagined, and soon Ralph has made a deadly enemy; one who will pursue him to wreak vengeance.
Worse, Ralph's radical beliefs in freedom for all have made him just as many enemies at home, as he has on the battlefield. Ralph finds himself on the run, forced to eke a living as a highwayman.
And then his avenger arrives. The one who seeks to kill those he loves most.
Can Ralph save Kate? Book synopsis By Deborah Swift Book Author

 I hate writing mean reviews however when I come across a book that just doesn’t speak to me I want to be honest but also nice. All the reviews are in my opinion and while it does seem harsh at times I am sure that there is a certain type of audience for each type of book.
However  I’m afraid I’m not a part of the audience for Spirit of the Highway. Honestly, I lost interest within the first chapter. I tried to push through it but it didn’t seem to work for me. However, I am positive though that there will be people who enjoy this book. I encourage you to try it for yourself and see if you enjoy it. I want to thank the author for sending me this book in an exchange for an honest review.

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