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The Daring Assignment Review + Author Interview

 

Title: The Daring Assignment
Author:
Victoria Bright
Publication Date:
March 17, 2015

Series:
A Curvy Assignments Novel
Publisher:
BookTrope
Synopsis:
I was living the dream. I had a great career as a romance author, a successful boyfriend, and am the daughter to a New York power couple. With my standing, my family groomed me to be perfect. Despite having it all, something was still missing.
My Review:
The Daring Assignment starts off very well. The Main character Arianna a rather dull young woman in a destructive relationship with Julius. Her friend Gia is quickly introduced somewhat a caricature or a sex-terapist/dominatix/sex-addict, who tried to open Arianna’s eyes up to what a life she could have without Julius. With some encouragement from her agent Arianna starts on a new project: becoming a Erotica author instead of a romance writer. By an accident she meet Zane somewhat a Greek God among men, and she starts an affair. This is where the book lost me.
Arianna could be annoying at times, but being in a shitty relationship does in no circumstances make cheating alright. At the very point she decided to go to bed with Zane, she proved herself to be just as much of a jerk as he fiance Julius.
Sticking with the book for a few more chapters were rather easy, the story unfolded in a very anticipated way. Arianna get the guts to stand up to her abusive mother and learns that her father has far more respect for her than she ever thought. Julius tries to get the relationship off in a better direction… And the book keep telling the reader what is going on instead of showing the reader.
“I could make it about a woman who is trying to find her way outside of her family’s shadow and she ends up meeting a man who practically fulfill every sexual need she could ever imagine”
Gia scoffed and waved her hand to dismiss the idea. “I was so bored with that I didn’t even listen to the whole thing”
Maybe at some point the plot should have been somewhat re-evaluated, because it was not a good move to have the protagonist address the very plot you are writing and then have it dismissed as boring.
Bottom line for this story is that it isn’t quite bad, and the idea of a curvy protagonist in an erotic novel is refreshing, very often protagonists in erotic fiction are conventionally beautiful or acceptable characters. Though the combination of putting a “prude” woman in an erotic setting and making her curvy doesn’t quite work when the writing isn’t top-notch sexy.

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A Company of Swans

Author: Eva Ibbotson 

Pan Macmillan 
Macmillan Children's Books

Re-published: 26.04.2015

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The story is straight on point and the characters are painted in a matter-of-factly way. Its narrative is fresh and to the point, but at times it is a bit messy as it keep switching point of views. In the book there’s a  lot of ballet terminology and it describes the ballet culture well, so it is easy to assume that this is book will be treasured by ballet enthusiastic teens. Also the story paints a rather realistic picture of pre-war modern era.
Another negative point to make about this book is that the chapters are terribly long, and the long chapters have few natural “stop points.”

The main character is a curios girl, Harriet, who grew up in a home without love or laughter. Her father is a strict professor and she is more or less raised by her aunt after her mother’s death. And it is interesting to see Harriet leave her overprotective home in England and run away with a Ballet de Corpse into the Amazon.

Oddly Normal

Oddly Normal Vol. I

Author: Otis Frampton

Diamond Book Distributors
Image Comics

Published: 24.03.2015

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Oddly Normal is the narrator and title character of the book. Half witch and half human she struggles to fit into the world. At her birthday after being annoyed with her mother and father she wishes for them to disappear, and they do. In order to stay safe Oddly has to go to Fignation with her mother’s sister.
In Fignation Oddly struggles to fit in on her new school filled with mythical creatures. and new bullies while her aunt ponder on how Oddly’s parents disappeared and how to get them back.

I very much enjoyed this story. Oddly was a fun character and the story progression was good. It did not throw in too much too early, and things were slowly explained. I look forward to future installments in the series, and I hope that Oddly will stay in Fignation for a while in order to explore this “unexplainable” world. In addition to the story I though the artwork was imaginative and interesting.

The Night Horses


Author: Anaka Jones

Published by Anaka Jones

Published: 26.02.2015

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The Night Horses is a short, comedic story about a day in a horse lives. All the horses at the stable are presented to the reader, and then the fun begins. The story doesn’t have any sort of plot, but it is a well-rounded story, and it is humorous that the horses are given human characteristics. For example one of the horses is a comedian during the night, and two other horses does each other’s hair and make up.

I did find the story cut and funny, but I don’t feel like it is one I will read again. It should have been a bit more of a story in the book. Maybe if the book was twice as long (it only has fourteen pages) it would have some sort of story o it and feel more like a book.

Bittersweet

cover61788-largeAuthor: Kimberly Loth

Published by Kimberly Loth

Published: 21.03.2015

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It has been a long time since I have fallen in love with a book, but upon reading “Bittersweet” I felt a sad sort of love that I haven’t felt since reading “13 reasons Why (By Jay Asher).

The st”ory follows the troubled late teen girl Savannah as she comes to term with her father’s suicide. Her father’s death has made her bitter and withdrawn, and in many ways she seems to isolate herself from life. After years of denying grief she has become depressed and worries whether the “curse” will take her too.

The book is a Romance book, but the Romance plot does very much aid in Savannah’s rediscovery of herself Even though she hated the thought of moving to her uncle for the summer, getting away was a good thing for her. New people, and not all of them good, has a big impact of her. The story slowly unfolds and bit by bit the reader is introduced to the truth about how her father died, as well as the reader is invited into other dark secrets.

The last two chapters are the most impact chapters in the book and it is all woven together into a bittersweet ending which a high possibility of tears.

Return to Sleepy Hollow


Author: Dax Varley 

Garden Gate Press

Published: 26.08.2014

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When I started reading “Return to Sleepy Hollow” I was not aware that it was a sequel to a previous book. After starting to read I quickly understood that this was a sequel, but I decided to keep on reading without looking into the first book.
As a stand-alone book this book is not particularly good, as it reads more as a “conclusion” to the previous story. However, I was intrigued by the characters and liked to see the world they lived in. The romance was not too apparent in this book, even though it is a romance novel, and I like how the book explores the lives of the “common people” rather than focus on the rich and beautiful as many historical romance novels do. The main-character used to be a wealthy and have to quickly learn how to live as a commoner because of what happened in the previous book.
Also I wish the story had been a little longer, I felt like it could have been a good stand alone story as well as a sequel and conclusion. By the end of the book I was able to understand what had happened in the previous book and how Katerine ended up where she ended up, which was good because then the book could be read and understood without relying on the reader to have read the first one. Still I don’t think the book stand entirely on its own legs, and would have liked to see more story.

The Pharaoh’s Daughter

cover62016-mediumA Treasures of the Nile Novel

Author: Mesu Andrews

WaterBrook Press

Published: 17.03.2015

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One of my favorite areas of study in History is Ancient Egypt, and I did to some degree enjoy this book. A lot is uncertain when it comes to biblical fiction and and the authors base arguments are somewhat weak in some areas, though it is easy to tell that there is an extensive research process behind this book.

The voice of this story is strong and it is easy to follow the narration, And though some thing are hard to determine I think I would have liked to see some more historical accuracy in some places (ex. King Tu had no children, so it is unlikely that Moses was born during his reign). The inaccuracies did not take away from my enjoyment of the book and I would gladly recommend it..

Travel Glasses Blog Tour.

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Travel Glasses
Title: Travel Glasses
Series:
The Call to Search Everywhen
Author: Chess Desalls
Publication Date: May 7, 2014
Synopsis:
Calla Winston’s mobile devices sit in a corner of her room, covered in dust. Weeks ago, she shared photos and laughs with her best online friend. Now, after having felt the sting of betrayal, she prefers being hidden and friendless. She equates privacy with security and technology with pain.
Then she meets Valcas, an otherworldly time traveler who traverses time and space with a pair of altered sunglasses. When an ethereal being knocks Calla to the ground near her family’s lakeside cottage, Valcas uses the Travel Glasses to help her escape. He offers his further protection in exchange for a promise. Intrigued by Valcas and the possibility of time travel, Calla accepts. That is until she learns that his search for her was no mere coincidence.
Calla sets off on her own, taking the Travel Glasses with her. Torn between searching for her estranged father and reuniting with the rest of her family, she tracks down the inventor of the Travel Glasses in hopes of discovering more about Valcas’ past and motivations. The Travel Glasses take Calla’s mistrust of technology to all new levels. But without them, she’ll never make it back home. With Valcas hot on her trail, Calla hopes to find what she’s looking for before he catches up.

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EXCERPT from Travel Glasses by Chess Desalls

I drank deeply from the crystal goblet. The liquid was cool and its flavor was unfamiliar. “Aren’t these the type of questions one asks before choosing a fiancée?”
Valcas flashed a wide toothy grin. “You’ll fill your role perfectly.”
“What is my role, exactly?”
He draped his arm around me, pulling me closer so that he could explain in a hushed voice. “I just usurped a new throne. Local custom, law actually, requires that a successor not related by blood to the prior ruler be married. Do not worry. You’ll just be posing, acting. You are naturally beautiful and slightly unapproachable— they will interpret that as being secure in your own superiority. It also helps that you have the aura and freshness of someone from a distant land.”
I gave Valcas a hard look. I already knew that he wanted me to help him pretend to be engaged and that he was protecting me from what attacked me twice at the dock. In my haste to get away from the lake I’d agreed to help him. As reality set in, however, the arrangement was starting to sound a lot more long-term and, worse yet, deliberately planned—very well researched. I wasn’t exactly bad looking, but I wouldn’t consider myself beautiful. Was he trying to flatter me? The food in my stomach churned. I gently pulled away from Valcas’ embrace and smoothed out my napkin.
“What if when you found me I was unattractive?”
“I don’t see how that would happen. A dark-haired beauty was one of the necessary components of the search.”
“What were the other necessary components of the search?”
“Well, basic information such as your age, name, rough
location—”
“You searched for me? By name?” When he told me about tracking my attacker, I assumed that his search was not specific to me, that I just happened to be the white light’s target when he found it and that I conveniently could return his favor.
“Yes, you.”

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Author Bio:

Chess Desalls Bio PicHi! I recently authored the first two installments of the YA time travel serial series, The Call to Search Everywhen. I’m a longtime reader of fantasy and sci-fi novels, particularly classics and young adult fiction. There’s nothing quite like a good fairy tale or fable. When I’m not writing I enjoy traveling, reading and trying to stay in tune on my flute.

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Ennara and the Fallen Druid

Ennara Series (1)

Author: Angela Myron

Patchwork Press

Published: 30.10.2014

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Ennara and the Fallen Druid was an action packed and entertaining book, and I believe that if I was in the age-group for this book I would have fully bought into it and loved it to no end. However, I did find the book to have a slowish/confusing start, and it took a while to get used to the setting. The setting is very fresh and it had an original feel to it.
As the story progressed more and more action was crammed into it, and I feel like the story was a bit too short so it couldn’t fully explore the elements thrown into it. Like, what reasons did the cat have for joining them? As much as I loved the cat, I did not see why the cat would join them, as cats are very self-sufficient creatures (which I love).
Additionally the trials in the Sunken City felt too easy, everything seemed to conveniently fall into place. A bit too conveniently, and things kind of went on being a bit too convenient from there, which made the ending not too satisfying. The ending would have been more satisfying if the main characters would have to work a bit harder.

Though these things aside, I believe that Angela Myron has great potential, and a few more books down the road she will know to pace everything perfectly. I’m looking forward to future installments of this series, and hope that elements that were left in the brief will be fully explored later.

Polaris Awakening: Cover reveal

Polaris Awakening is a new YA Science Fiction anthology due to be published on April 28th by Patchwork Press. All 7 stories in the anthology will take place on the station of Polaris is the brightest star in the galaxy.

Polaris Awakening

ZEUS PROTOCAL 000101: REBOOT, SCAN.
DANGER DETECTED.
THREAT LEVEL: UNKNOWN.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: INCREASE MILITARY PRESENCE.

There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.
Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.

ZEUS PROTOCAL 000099: ENGAGE THREAT.

There are seven stories contributing to the anthology. And our authors (in order of appearance) are: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky.