Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Turquoise Tower Review

The Turquoise Tower (The Revenant Wyrd Saga #6) 
The captivating sequel to A Guardian of Shadows.

In the mystical lands of the Great Realms, Angelica, Jovian, and Joya search for their kidnapped sister, Amber. Their quest has led them through many dangers and revelations, but nothing has prepared them for what’s about to come.

A dream reveals what Angelica and Jovian are, but what does it mean for their future? There’s little time to dwell on this, for the chaos dwarves, the scourge of the Realm of Earth, are gathering at the gates of the Guardian’s Keep. The dwarves have the stone Wyrders’ Bane, and they’ve shown they know how to unleash its plague upon all those who wield the magical force of wyrd. With casters neutralized, a mighty blow has been dealt to the allied forces. The dwarves and trolls attack the keep, and the struggle to survive the war in the north is upon them.

Angelica, Jovian, and Joya’s journey is far from easy, but the future looks even bleaker when visions of a gathering darkness in the west and a congregation of angels could mark the beginning of the final war on the Ever After.

My Review

I have to say that this is the book series every fantasy lover wants/has to read! Mr. Simmons has done it again!I wish I could write this entire review with exclamations but I'm sure that would dilute the integrity of my honest review. 

Since the first book that I have read by Travis Simmons I have been all in! I love the way he writes. His descriptions and details make the world the main characters live in seem breathtaking.  Walking and talking trees, centaurs, dwarfs, trolls, angels.... he has definitely gotten every race covered. If you love action and adventure or  if you're a mmo rpg gamer and/or love magic this is the saga for you. 

Mr. Simmons seamlessly attaches all of the books in this saga together.Every twist and turn leaves you longing to know what will happen next. You really grow with each character. Even characters that only appeared for short periods felt as though they could carry a story in a separate book of their own. For instance Caldamron and Laphrael. I would love to know more about them and where they are from.

The entire saga was great and I recommend it to every and anyone. Oh yeah and my favorite sibling would have to be ("drumroll please")...............Joya. She seemed to be not only the strongest but the most mature. She adapted well to everything that was brought before her. Never giving up or settling for less. 

So there you have it, the end of a saga. I guess I will eventually find something else to fill the void of the Lafaye siblings, but as of now I will briefly mourn the losses. Thank you Travis Simmons for the opportunity to read and review!

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About the Author
Travis has been writing since he was 14.  He began writing a book called "The Calling of the Two" and while writing that on and off he started uncovering another idea.

"Yes, this is all well and good, but what about before? What happened in the world before these characters came into it?" He always knew there was a "before" and as he started wondering about it he got ideas. At first they were little ideas but as he discovered the names for his characters a whole story about them emerged.
Travis started working on The Revenant Wyrd Saga several years back and he is very happy he did because hearing and documenting Jovian and Angelica's story has been one wild ride for him.  He has also written the Infernal Design series.

He lives in a small town at the base of the Adirondack Mountains and hoofing around my neck of the woods gives him a ton of inspiration for his novels.   He loves research, and speculating on different ideas and theories.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eclair Goes To Stella's Review


Hi, I’m Éclair and I’m seven. My sister Meggie is two. When mom got sick we had to go live with Stella, my dad’s mom, the one with maroon colored hair. I begged Dad not to make us stay with her because she beat her horse and was going to eat her rooster, but he didn’t believe me. Even after I pretended I was going to barf, he left us with Stella.

So there we were, Meggie and me, on a strange pink farm with a skinny horse, a mean rooster, and Stinky Stella who had a living room filled with dead deer heads.

What would she do to us?

Would we end up on her wall too?

Book Reading Age
First – Third grade GIRLS. 5 – 9 year olds

My Review

Emily Claire is a vibrant seven year old who just wants things to stay the same. As would any seven year old. If it isn't broke don't fix it right? Well, unfortunately her mom is in need of some "personal time". She hasn't been as happy as Emily is use to seeing her. While mommy is away daddy has to work so Emily and her younger sister have to go stay with their paternal grandmother Stella. 

I really enjoyed reading this book. I love children and I personally know many who would enjoy this story. The spelling of the words she tried to pronounce were hilarious and cute. The theme is very relatable. I remember visiting family members I didn't know very well and thinking the worst of them before thinking the best. Making them earn my trust verses earning theirs. Children are just small immature adults. lol 

Overall this was a good book and I am not ashamed to say I want to know what happens next!  

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“Do you want to name her?” Stella said. 
I squeezed my eyes to think again. “Star. She looks like a movie star.” 
I love it.” Stella reached up to give me a high-five. “Star, it is.” 

About the Author

Michelle grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with five brothers.  She enjoys writing her novels and encouraging writers and readers alike. She is living her dream writing stories of real people searching for their dreams and confronting their fears, showing the passion of the characters' plights, often giving her the ability to show the reader the 'other' side of the story. When she is not writing she enjoys life on the tennis court and is known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.”

Her debut novel, CACHE a PREDATOR, a geocaching mystery. was launched in July, 2013 and has been an Amazon best-seller in the crime/thriller category.  Her other works include: Willow, Scattered Links, Kelly’s Story, Eclair Series, and The Vision in a Kiss.  She has won contests in both The Writer’s Journal and The Writer’s Digest. Love is Just a Word (Scattered Links) was a bronze medalist is the 2010 Frasier Contest, a 2011 semi-finalist in the ACFW Genesis Contest, and won the Aspiring Writer’s Contest withe THE READING ROOM, 2013.

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