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Faire Eve Book Review – YA Fantasy

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments


Today’s book review is for Faire Eve, written by Catherine Stovall. It’s about a sixteen-year-old girl who grew up believing she’s human, only to find out she’s not. She’s then taken into a different realm filled with magical beings. You have fairies, unicorns, goddesses, and so much more. There’s a darkness roaming the land, and it’s out for revenge.

I loved the creativity found within the pages. I also loved how the author put so much story into one book, as this is a stand alone and not in a series. The romance was clean enough for a young adult reader, and the characters stayed true to themselves.

There is mild cursing throughout, which could have been avoided. There’s also talk of all religions pretty much being false, but you almost always get that when it comes to reading books about the fae. I don’t believe I’ve ever read one that didn’t put themselves above all religions.

If you want a magical story filled with mythical creatures, yet you don’t want to commit to a series, then I recommend Faire Eve. I was not disappointed and give it a four star.

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Fanged Princess Novella Review – YA Vampires/Fantasy

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

16095765-2This was my first novella, as I’ve always been a lover of thick books, and thanks to Elisabeth Wheatley, I will be reading more novellas in the future.  Although I finished it in one night, the story wasn’t lacking. It’s fast-paced and filled with action. As a writer and reader of books, it amazes me how someone can fit so much into so few words, and I am impressed with the teenage girl that wrote this.

Fanged Princess is the first novella in the Fanged Princess Series. It’s about a nineteen-year-old vampire girl that is out to save her younger brother and his girlfriend from her own father. She has a scarred past and enters the story in an emotionally dark place. She is strong-willed and somewhat bitter–that kind of heroine. As for romance, there is potential in the future, but it’s not really there in this one.

I give this a four star, and I will definitely continue to read the rest of the series. I’m not too fond of first person point of view, but the last few books I’ve read have been like this. I’ll get used to it. I am into the story and want to see what happens next.

Since this is a young adult book, I will give the conservative mom opinion. There were quite a few mild curse words, and although there were no descriptive kissing scenes, we know that the brother and his girlfriend had sex one night. However, we only got that from seeing a bra on the floor.

Oh, and did I mention it’s free at Amazon right now?

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Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Like clean reads? Then check out these books in the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale before it ends on October 11. Then hop on over to the new Clean Indie Reads Facebook page for even more details on clean authors. There’s also a website where you can read interviews and find extra information about the books and authors.

The group is less than two years old, and it is growing rapidly. New authors are added every week, and as we grow, new features and ideas continuously pop up. So be sure to follow along and don’t miss out on the exciting things to come.

On Twitter? Our hashtag is #CR4U. You can find new authors and share a tweet, knowing you’re supporting a clean reads author.

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Novellas vs. Novels as a Reader

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yesterday I got a new toy in the mail–a Kindle Paperwhite. Although I had a busy day, I was dying to try it out. However, I’m a binge reader, so I know I should never start a book in the evening on a weekday. Once I start reading, it’s just too hard for me to put a good book down.

With the idea of only getting a listing of books from my author friends over at Clean Indie Reads, I got them to give me the links of their fantasy and young adult novels for my daughter. (Tomorrow is her birthday, and I got her a Paperwhite also.) I truly had no intention of starting a book last night. I was only going to add the novels to my wish list on Amazon so that I could read them and give reviews at a later time.

Well, it seems I have NO self-control–even while looking through a list of books on Facebook. I winded up getting a novella, and I shamefully started to read, knowing I was risking a good night’s sleep. Fortunately for me, I was finished before 11:00 p.m. Wow! I read an exciting story (review will posted later), and I got a decent night’s sleep. How great is that?

I have always been a novel reader–the bigger the better, even as a young child. I admit that I have never really read novellas, thinking they could not be as good as a novel. However, I was wrong. The idea of getting a quick fix before bed is a wonderful thing. (I think I have a new addiction.)

Will I still read novels? Oh, yeah! Definitely! However, now that I have read my first novella and found how quick it is, I will most definitely start reading them also. There are just times when I don’t have the time for a long book binge, and this is my new answer.

Novellas are convenient, yet still exciting. I can’t believe I’ve snubbed them my entire life. If you’ve never read a novella, I suggest you try one. Many authors are choosing to write novellas over large novels. I’ve even been told that’s where the money is, because they are faster to write.

I’d love to hear your suggestions for great novella reads. I’m more of a fantasy lover, and last night’s quick read was about vampires.

I also want to add that if you are a reader of clean reads, you should stop by Clean Indie Reads. The website is growing rapidly, and we now have a Facebook group for readers to join. Stop by, check out some new authors, and–as always–leave an honest review.

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Dragon Keeper’s Chronicles Review – YA Fantasy

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

Although it has been a couple of years since I read the Dragon Keeper’s Chronicles by Donita K. Paul, I still highly recommend it for both adults and children. I easily compare this series to the Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. Each of them are considered Christian young adult fantasies. However, each of them can easily be read by nonbelievers and adults. They are all epic fantasies, battling good against evil.

However, this series is filled with dragons–big dragons, little dragons, dragon eggs, a dragon keeper, etc. It’s truly a great series filled with magic and adventure–even a little romance. If you love dragons, then this series will give you your fix. Read it for yourself as an adult or read it to your children each night before bed. The series is that versatile–I promise. I highly recommend the entire series. I also noticed she has another series on dragons, and I’m adding it to my large reading pile.

       

      

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