Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The Curse Giver by Dora Machado

Curse Giver
Lusielle’s bleak but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn’t commit. She’s on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames. Brennus, Lord of Laonia is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark. Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their demise.
Award-Winning Finalist in the fantasy category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
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Genre – Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
Rating – PG-18
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Living The Testimony by Deidre Havrelock

Living the testimony
We testify in accordance with what we know and have experienced.
…It’s time to learn and experience more!
The first book in this thought-provoking series explained how testimony relates to the Bible; this book will help you understand how testimony relates to living. Living…The Testimony will not only encourage Christians to reflect on who they believe Jesus to be (and why they choose to believe this), but it will also correct current misconstrued ideas as to what the Christian testimony is all about.
- a testimony is not about church;
- a testimony is not about God;
- a testimony is not about faith in general terms;
- this book contains numerous testimonies that will strengthen your faith in Jesus.
A strong Christian testimony is one that continually grows in the knowledge of Jesus, continually shares that knowledge boldly, while at the same time performs good works based on Jesus’ teaching of love—all while abstaining from works of darkness.
Because a biblical testimony deals not only with our belief system, but also with the way we conduct our whole lives, our Christian testimony becomes our most valuable asset. It is life itself.
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Genre – Christian Living
Rating – G
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This book will be on sale for $0.99 during the tour

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Riddle Of The Diamond Dove (Arkana Mysteries #4) by N. S. Wikarski

RiddleofTheDiamondDove
THE ARKANA SERIES: Where Alternative History Meets Archaeology Adventure
Volume Four – Riddle Of The Diamond Dove
From Kindle Nation fave N. S. Wikarski comes the long-awaited fourth book in her fascinating seven-part Arkana archaeology thriller series — with more of the wonderful characters, sly humor, intrigue and mayhem that come together to create the absorbing world of her intricate, fast-paced mysteries.” (Kindle Nation Daily)
Global Treasure Hunt
Where do you hide an ancient relic that has the power to change the course of history? As Cassie Forsythe and her Arkana team discover, you scatter clues to its whereabouts across the entire planet. Five artifacts buried among the rubble of lost civilizations point to the hiding place of a mythical object known as the Sage Stone. Thus far psychic Cassie, bodyguard Erik, and librarian Griffin have succeeded in recovering two of those artifacts.
Opposing Forces
Cassie and Company find their lives threatened at every turn by agents of a religious cult known as the Blessed Nephilim. The cult’s leader, Abraham Metcalf, wants to exploit the power of the Sage Stone to unleash a catastrophic plague on the world. The quest for the next piece of the puzzle has led both sides to Africa. They must comb an entire continent–their only lead a riddle carved onto a mysterious dove sculpture. Even as the Arkana team struggles to decipher the clue, new dangers hover over their colleagues at home.
Other Dangers
Metcalf’s child-bride Hannah has taken refuge at the home of the Arkana’s leader Faye while mercenary Leroy Hunt creeps ever nearer to her hiding place. His search for the girl brings him dangerously close to the secret location of the Arkana’s troves–a collection of pre-patriarchal artifacts which confirm an alternative history of the origins of civilization itself. While Hunt closes in on Hannah, Metcalf’s son Daniel dogs the footsteps of the Arkana field team in order to claim the next artifact before they do. Daniel recruits a clever ally along the way who might be more than a match for the opposing side.
Collision Course
When the forces of the Arkana and the Nephilim converge on a ruined city in a forgotten corner of the dark continent, the shocking outcome is beyond even Cassie’s powers to foresee. The quest for the Sage Stone will veer in an unexpected direction once both sides solve the Riddle Of The Diamond Dove.
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Genre - Alternative History Fiction
Rating – PG
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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Review: My Mother Sang, The Devil Danced by Madison McGrath

I am kind of confused!  Read on to know more!


Original Title: My Mother Sang, The Devil Danced
Author: Madison McGrath
Publisher: Indie
Release Date: January 21st, 2014
Source: Review copy from the author
Genre: Contemporary Romance

NOTE: MAY CONTAIN TRIGGERS FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE.
RATING - PG15

Heston Island is prospering. It has welcomed its new Princess, Gemma Heston, and as she grows and discovers more about Heston Island, she is eager to follow in her father's footsteps. Her biggest goal in life is to one day unite the flourishing and modern South with the North, who has resisted change from the beginning. But to become Queen of Heston, Gemma needs to face her sly, manipulative uncle, Russell Heston. This is a confrontation she cannot avoid.

A fire, an escape and a death gives Russell a chance to be in control of the Island. Heston Island's fate hangs in balance, threatening to tip over the edge and into the depths of anarchy. This is not the dream Gemma's father, the King, envisioned for the future of the Island.

Russell is cunning enough to ensure that Gemma has no way to get to the throne but will Gemma manage to usurp him by the power of truth and fair rule?

REVIEW

This has been a long standing review for me.

It's kind of hard to review this book.

The reasons are:

1.  This plot is not unique.  But, it kind of feels good to see an ordinary story after a long time.  As much as it's great to see uniqueness in a plot, it's equally great to see my childhood plots of friendship, love and vengeance shaping into another book.

2.  The characters had done its part.  Gemma is not my favorite hard-core type, but she is a princess, who is someone ordinary, whose curiosity clouds her mind and whose fear makes her run away.  But, still there is something in her that makes her right her wrongs.  And I like her for it.  And I loved the character of both the heroes (Yes!), but we are not seeing much of them.. and hated those who you are supposed to hate (not giving away anything, see?).

3.  Towards the end, I can see why this book is titled like this.  First, I thought it was..well, something odd to keep book titles like this.  But, it dead-on defined the book in six words (oops, sorry, SPOILER).

4.  Have anyone read books like Champak, Chandamama and Tinkle when you were kids.  I was once crazy about those books.  I used to buy and read them like my life depended on it.  I still love them, but I have much more to read now, so I am in pause-as-kid mode.  But, this book somehow reminded me of those times and I am pretty sure it's the base plotline.  For that feel, I am really happy.

5.  I really really don't agree with this cover.  No, it's not bad, but this book cover could have been much better.  Usually, good book covers create the excitement in the story, without revealing anything about the plot.  And I usually find myself returning to see that cover again and again, while reading.  But, this time, all I was thinking was "why this cover"?  WHY?  Yeah, I judge books based on covers and yes, I know it's wrong, but I can't help myself.

6.  See, I really liked this novel and this novel gave me something that I didn't expect. Simple and straightforward story with all the emotions playing in it.  It surprised me!

7.  While this book started off with a blast (ALERT! It's BAD GUY ADULT!), the pace and action slowed down and it increased again toward the middle and just when I was reading so fast that I don't even notice what page I am in, the pace slowed down again.  I am a lover of fast-paced books and maybe it's my problem.

Do you see what my real problem is, now?

It is kind of difficult to review a book that you really loved, but has some minor flaws.

This book is going to be easy on you.  Generally, a light read means chick-lit and romedy for me.  But, this is neither, and I felt it to be light (except for the preface chapter perhaps and the middle part where 'that' tragedy happens?).

I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind the change in pace of the novel.

3.5 STARS!

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