Archive | May 4, 2014

Revik: Early Years, (Allie’s War 6.5) , J.C. Andrijeski

 

Revik: Early Years, (Allie’s War 6.5) , J.C. Andrijeski
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Books in the Allie’s War series by JC Andrijeski:
Rook: Allie’s War Episodes 1-4
Shield: Allie’s War Episodes 5-8
Sword: Allie’s War Episodes 9-12
Shadow: Allie’s War Episodes 13-17
Knight: Allie’s War Episodes 18-23
War: Allie’s War Episodes 24-27
Bridge: Allie’s War Episodes 28-31
Prequel Books
New York: Allie’s War Early Years
Revik: Allie’s War Early Years
Terian: Allie’s War Early Years
I’ve been working my way through this series. Its a genre I never thought I’d enjoy and yet it has me gripped, fixed and desperate to find out where its going next. I think mainly because it focussed well on individual characters, and that’s what I love about novels best, those where we get to know people, feel as though they are real and go along with them in the story, feeling as they do at the time they are…Anyway, I read New York: Allie’s War Early Years after reading Shield, and it really helped get things in perspective. It’s free at the moment too so an excellent way to see the writing style and format without spending! I’ve just finished Knight and thought I’d read Revik and Terian before starting War…These are shorter than the main books at 132 pages compared to the 450 – 500 or so those are. Great for readers like me who love long novels!
So, Revik: this tells us some of his early years, he’s 80 in this book, and to be honest I almost didn’t recognise him…he’s very different to the Revik we know and love. He’s a real bad boy here, but caught in the clutches of the Rooks so that’s to be expected, they totally brainwash their people as we see in the main books, so that they can be shaped and used for their needs. He thinks he’s doing the right thing, but then meets Kali, the seer who will bear the Bridge later and who is prescient. She wants to meet Revik, tell him he needs to change. She forces him to take a look at himself, and he realizes he doesn’t like who and what he’s become. What can he do though?
A fabulous snippet of some of the experiences that show Revik prior to the person we know – and he undergoes so many changes its great to see some of what shaped him. There’s warnings about the content of this book, and if you find sex and some violence offensive take note. To me though this just adds to the whole feel, and is an essential part of the series, to leave it out would emasculate Revik and the novels as a whole.
Stars: what else but a five 🙂
ARC supplied via author

 

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Flying. Megan Hart

 

Flying. Megan Hart
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I’m sort of torn with this book, there were parts I loved, and then parts I felt really disconnected to 😦 Stella flights and the inner, quiet, excitement eroticism she showed about her time away had me intrigued. Why was she doing this, having random sexual encounters in different places with different men? The disguises, the false names, it all made me think there was something big behind it. And there was, just not what I expected. There’s a lot of hints and clues about her behaviour, and interactions with her son and ex husband in the early part of the book, and I felt that swinging from one part to another it was almost as if I was reading two different books at times.
Then she met Matthew, and he also was looking for an escape although he didn’t seem to know it. Their romance goes forward very slowly, its weeks before she meets up with him again, and she almost doesn’t – having a rule to herself she doesn’t do the same place or person twice. He’s been waiting for her though, he knew they could have something special. I loved him but…like often happens he was plagued by guilt and being manipulated by his ex, and it was difficult for him and Stella to find a way forward past their problems. They’re both damaged people, I felt for Stella too but somehow I found it hard to really like her. We didn’t seem to know much about her as a person, she kept so much of herself inside that even the reader is kept detached. I was sad when things went awry, and pleased at the ending. Its a journey, and not just on the planes, for both of them it’s a journey through grief, guilt and sadness, and it’s something that felt very, very real. I could imagine them as real people, even though I didn’t really connect with Stella, and could have shaken Matthew at times! Its a romance, but not the usual man meets woman and they live HEA, it’s one where real people’s problems are released, and we see how easy it is to take the wrong step and lose everything. Its a thinking romance, I enjoyed it but it’s not one I’d re read. It’s a good length, really letting us get deep into the characters problems and possible solutions.
Stars: Four, a romance for thinkers, not just a sweet HEA one. ARC supplied by Netgalley

Surrender the Sky, Meradeth Houston.

 

Surrender the Sky, Meradeth Houston.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I love paranormal novels and occasionally find some real gems in the YA slot. I hadn’t realised this was the third in a series….but it was easy to read, and I picked up everything without problems. I enjoyed this story, but its a one off read for me, well written and interesting but a little too YA style for me. I need a little more depth and drama, if I was a teen I’m sure I’d be welling up at the scenarios produced, the choices Gabby has to make, the remoteness of Jassen but as an older reader I just found it a little too simplistic.
The characters are very realistic, and at times its easy to forget the paranormal aspect and feel your reading and dealing with teens all round, but of course the Sary can be hundreds of years old. Gabby makes an excellent lead, having that perfect blend on intelligence and morality. She’s not one to let rules override morals, and of course that brings her problems. Then there’s the conundrum of what can Jassen do when the rules get broken, what’s right or what the rules say? Add in a brother ready to bring down the Sary and some renegade members ( Sarians?) and there’s potential for lots of excitement. Its an interesting story arc, and one I’m sure younger readers will love. Just the oldies like me that need that little extra 🙂 I haven’t got price or length info at this time, but I’d guess its around 200 pages on kindle from reading time.
Stars: Three – its a good fun read, and easy to follow but for me I needed a bit more, for the target market, the teens I’m sure its a 4-5 star read.
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