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Review & #giveaway – Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor @dcompbooks @xpressotours

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Book & Author Details:

Curse of Stars by Donna Compositor
(Diamond Crier #1)
Publication date: February 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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Sabi Perez is the last Diamond Crier, only she doesn’t know it. Not until a crazed ruler from another world comes to collect her priceless tears and won’t take no for an answer.

Living in New York, Sabi’s seen some nasty things, but the lengths to which her captor will go to keep his crown are things found only in the darkest nightmares. Afraid and alone, Sabi finds solace in her cellmate, Anya, and Cabal, a fellow Crier who also has powers, a rare combination that buys his favor from the ruler. Only it’s a favor he doesn’t want.

In a fit of rage, power erupts out of Sabi, the same power Cabal has, and a spark of hope ignites. Together they may have a chance at escape, something no other Crier has done. Except a ruler hellbent on draining them of every last diamond tear isn’t their only hurdle. If they escape they’ll be hunted to the ends of the earth, if they survive the trek to safety. If they stay the ruler will leech them dry. Sabi would rather die trying than lie down and die, even if that means running away into even more danger.

“. . . vividly imagined and deftly plotted dark fantasy . .” BookLife Prize in Fiction

review

In fantasy novels, one of the key elements to a good story, in my opinion, is the strength of the world building and the translation of that from the author’s imagination to the page.    Here, the author does a good job of that and I think that one of the fundamental reasons for this is that she has kept an element of realism throughout.  The world that Sabi is taken to is different, yes, but there is an element of familiarity for the reader to hook into.

As for the plot line, I did find this a little overly convoluted in places and tricky to keep up with the various character machinations.

Nevertheless, the underlying story is decent, even if far more questions have been raised than have currently been answered.  A promising start to the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

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About the author

Donna has been writing since she was in the single digits when she first realized she needed to do something about all the thoughts in her head. After a stint with bad poetry she finally found her way to novels, mainly of the young adult fantasy variety. When she’s not cranking out more stories she works a regular 9 to 5, reads anywhere from 2 to 3 books a week, drinks copious amounts of tea, eats way too much, and makes her own beauty products because her skin turns into a sentient hive if she uses anything else. This is mostly because she lives in the desert where the air siphons water clean out of her. She lives with a man named Steve and several quadrupeds: three cats named Renfield, Sam, and Dean; and a MinPin named Malfoy.

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Review & #giveaway – As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan @katlyn_duncan @xpressoreads

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As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan
Published by: HQ Digital
Publication date: February 20th 2017
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult

asyoulaysleepingSynopsis:

I did it all for you…

Cara’s boyfriend is dead.

When fingers start pointing at her, she knows she’s in more trouble than she originally thought. Because Cara can see that something isn’t right.

As her carefully constructed life begins to crumble, Cara isn’t sure who she is anymore.

But maybe that’s exactly what someone wants her to think…

review

I don’t like the main character – at all.  And, given the way she is written, I suspect that was the author’s intention.  She was self centred, vapid and just generally not nice.

This book ended up being just as much about her journey back as it was about finding the killer.  I thought that she just about redeemed herself.

Finally, whilst the ultimate reveal was a surprise, there was a lot about this story which pushed the boundaries of belief a little too far.

That said, this was a reasonable story, with well developed characters and a decent plot line.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

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About the author

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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Review & #giveaway – The Broken One by Christine H Bailey @cibailey44 @xpressotours

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The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality.

When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?

review

The young people in this story are struggling with their own challenges and Farris in particular is trying to find out how to insert herself back into her life following tragedy.

For the most part, this is a well written story.  The pacing is a little bit slow in places, but this is easily offset by the character development.  It is easy to make a connection with Farris, despite her unusual circumstances, because the author has detailed her reactions in such a well observed manner.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.

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About the author

 

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor. To learn more about the author and her work, visit her website at www.cibailey.com.

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