Tag Archives: Fantasy

Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass SwordTitle: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Published: February 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 444
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 7/10

As a huge fan of fantasy, when I read young adult author Victoria Aveyard’s debut novel Red Queen, I had to know what happened next. In Aveyard’s novel Glass Sword, a young woman is accidentally thrown into a world of glittering jewels and magical powers in a futuristic take on the future of the United States.

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Book Review: The White Rose by Amy Ewing

The White RoseTitle: The White Rose
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: Lone City #2
Published: October 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

I was perusing the Barnes and Noble app on my phone when I came across a book with a shiny white cover of a flower and a girl in the center. It caught my attention and I looked at the overview of the novel. I discovered it was part of a series and purchased immediately the debut novel and its companion: The Jewel and The White Rose.

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Book Review: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien

Fellowship of the RingTitle: The Fellowship of the Ring
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: Lord of the Rings #1 and #2
Published: 1954
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages:
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 8/10

I love the Lord of the Rings. I’m so much of a nerd that last month at a bar in Des Moines a guy said to me, “One does not simply enter Mordor,” and I responded, “Obviously, one simply does.” He told me he was going to marry me and then I never saw him again.

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first installment of the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien, a British author who died in 1973. It follows the story of Frodo, a hobbit from the Shire, who inherits a ring of immense power and must destroy it so Sauron does not take over Middle Earth.

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Book Review: Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett

Mother of EdenTitle: Mother of Eden
Author: Chris Beckett
Series: Dark Eden #2
Published: 2015
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 480
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 9/10

Chris Beckett came out of left field. The British author, who does social work as well as writing novels, wrote a novel called Dark Eden, which takes a biblical approach to a group of astronauts stranded on a distant planet they named Eden.

Mother of Eden takes place two hundred years later. In those two hundred years, the inhabitants of Eden have made technological advances in mining and creating weapons and armor, but seem to have taken steps backwards in the ideas of society and equality.

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Book Review: Atlantia by Ally Condie

AtlantiaTitle: Atlantia
Author: Ally Condie
Series: None
Published: 2014
Publisher: Dutton Penguin
Pages: 298
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 7/10

I saw the cover of Atlantia by Ally Condie one day while I perused Barnes and Noble’s website, and immediately I was hooked.

Recently, I’ve been breaking into the young adult genre for unknown reasons, even to me. I think I enjoy them because they’re easy to read and don’t require very much individual thought.

Condie’s novel Atlantia is just that: easy to read and doesn’t require much individual thought.

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Book Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The HobbitTitle: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: None
Published: September 21, 1937
Publisher: George Allen and Unwin
Pages:
From: Walmart
Rating: 8/10

As many already know, J.R.R. Tolkien was a master of the written word. He was a master of prose, fantasy, poetry and creating a picture within the mind of the reader. This was all evident in the prequel to the Lord of the Rings series, The Hobbit.

The Hobbit (1937) began with Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit that lived in the Shire. He was a normal hobbit, with many family members and friends. And then one day that all changed.

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Book Review: The Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood

Blessing StoneTitle: The Blessing Stone
Author: Barbara Wood
Published: 2004
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffith
Pages: 464
From: Barnes and Noble
Rating: 8/10

The first time I read Barbara Wood’s epic novel The Blessing Stone, I had kidnapped it from my aunt Kathy Vonnahme one holiday weekend, and finished it before we left Sunday. Needless to say, I loved that book.

So, because I had been in the mood to reread the brilliance that is Wood’s epic fantasy fiction, I had to buy it for myself.

After finishing The Blessing Stone, I remembered exactly why I loved it in the first place. It’s fiction, but takes on history through an almost fantastical lens, illuminating facets of time that people have forgotten, or want to know more about or just want to enjoy.

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Book Review: Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity CodeTitle: Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
Author: Eoin Colfer
Published: 2003
Publisher: Viking Press
Pages: 309
From: Barnes and Noble

Eoin Colfer is the author of many kid’s stories, including the eight-novel Artemis Fowl series. This series is well-known to the New York Times bestseller list, and the third novel of the eight-book adventure is as good, if not better, than its predecessor.

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code brings science to the mix when Artemis Fowl, a boy genius from Ireland, creates a super computer using fairy technology he kept after incidents in the previous novels. I thoroughly enjoyed Colfer’s third book of the series, with more back story for the characters and action for the reader.

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Book Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis FowlTitle: Artemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer
Published: 2001
Publisher: Viking Press
Pages: 396
From: Barnes and Noble

There’s always something wonderful about reading books meant for children. I enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of a young person, learning new ways to write simply, gaining new perspectives and expanding the imagination. Artemis Fowl embodies all of that, and more.

The first novel in Eoin Colfer’s fantasy series, Artemis Fowl focuses on the main character Artemis Fowl, a 12-year-old Irish criminal genius, attempting to save his family from financial, and personal, ruin.

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Author Interview: Rhys A. Jones

The Obsidian PebbleAuthor: Rhys A. Jones
Famous for: The Obsidian Pebble, etc.

After having the opportunity to review British author Rhys A. Jones’ young adult novel The Obsidian Pebble, I was also given the opportunity to interview the man behind the book, thanks to Robert Wood of Standoutbooks. Enjoy the interview!

OR: You are from the UK. How do you think your upbringing and surroundings influenced your writing, and the urge to be published?
RAJ: I grew up in a mining village with a long industrial heritage. My parents were keen for my brothers and I to avoid the heavy industries and we all went on to further education. But when I was growing up as a young teenager, and it’s difficult to believe it now in this time of instant messaging,  we had no phone and no car and I still remember how exciting the 3 channels on TV were. But we did have a library and that, and the hills all around us to which we escaped whenever we had the chance, fed my imagination. Just when the urge to feed that imagination turned into a desire to share it with the world is a great question. I did put it on the back burner while I pursued a career in medicine, but it wouldn’t go away. And so, at last, I have had to let it out of its cage.

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