SunBorn Rising: Beneath the Fall (BOOK 1) by Aaron Safronoff

sunborn-rising  Genre: Fantasy

Rating:  4 out of 4 stars

 

An imaginative world with spectacular creatures that promises to submerse the reader until the very end! t.

A Listlespur, Barra, discovers her late father’s journals which sparks the beginning of a long and frightful adventure into the Fallen. Watching her mother be spurned by the Elder Council, after her bup is attacked in the Middens,  Barra and her best friends take it upon themselves to bring light to the dire situation threatening to over take their home.

Barra, Tory, and Plicks are best friends willing to do anything to keep the others alive, from risking their own lives to pushing on on a journey that they feel can only end one way. The root of their home is slowly rotting away being consumed by a darkness that no one can escape. Together the three of them fight through the darkness into an ocean they had no idea existed, to get back home and find away to save their people. From the fighting, to the acceptance of their fate, to reuniting with their loved ones, the emotions were easily felt.

Cerulean is a well developed world that I had no problem imagining. From the foliage to the creatures that inhabited it, I was enveloped from the start. Of course it helped that the author included beautiful images of the characters so  that imagining them was all the easier and gave even more depth to an already believable world. As I stated in the paragraph above, the emotions were easily felt. The characters were believable and very much likable.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The pacing was smooth, albeit the few times it felt like the story was dragging. The Cerulean world and it’s inhabitant’s were very believable and enjoyable. I mean who wouldn’t want to live in a tree? LOL, personally I wouldn’t mind one bit.

So with all that being said, I would rate Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall by Aaron Safronoff  4 out of 4 stars. This is a book I would happily recommend to readers of all ages!

You can check it out on amazon here.

Left Behind Book One by R. Anne Polcastro

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from the onlinebookclub.org.

 

Left Behind is a fast faced, Sci-fi/fantasy novel that takes place in a world ruined by the greed for power, leaving people to move underground and deal with the repercussions of radiation.

Two teenage enemies are forced together when they are punished.  Living underground their whole lives, to be sent to the surface is a terrifying and exciting time for them. When they discover that their leaders have been lying to them, they make it their mission to find out the truth.

This takes them on the journey of  a life time. Endirion and Harlo become close friends as they face death at every turn, terrifying monsters and finding unlikely friends that want only to see them succeed.

From the beginning of this book to the end, I had a very hard time putting this book down! Reaching the end, I was excited by the ending which I won’t give away because well spoilers! I purchased the second installation of the series, I have yet to read it, but I will update when I do!

 

You can check out my full review here at: http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=38037

Check it out and Happy Reading!

The Mime Order by Samantha ShannonThis Back

I was super excited when this book was released to the public! I had been counting down until I would have the chance to read the second book after The Bone Season’s ending. I tore through those 500 pages in 2 and a half days.

This second story is a continuation into the life of Paige Mahoney, her crew, the fugitives she helped escape from Sheol I, the enemies out for Paige’s head and of course the budding romance between Paige and Arcturus Mesarthim AKA Warden.

Back where she started, Paige has to fight to get her life back on track and figure out what it is she is going to do about the Rephaim out to get her and avoid being captured by Scion. During her stay in Sheol I, Paige learned things about herself and upon escaping with the aide of her Mime Lord, Paige realized just how blind she had been to how her Mime Lord treated her and the others. He lied and sugar coated and black mailed like any criminal to keep his protege right where he wanted her, trying to shut her down when she tried to speak up about the Rephaim and the control they had over the government. Running around trying to piece together how to break away from her boss, how to get word out about the Rephaim and then finding Arcturus, Paige has attempts made on her life and stumbled upon things that are even bigger than she could have ever imagined! Deceit and betrayal go far deeper than anybody could have realized.

When the Under Lord is killed and a battle to take the crown is called, Paige decides to take matters into her own hands, to go behind Jaxson’s (her Mime Lord) back and fight to become the next Under Queen and with the help of Warden and his band of rebel Rephaim he helps Paige to ready herself. This is where it got really interesting. At the end Samantha Shannon left us with another good cliffhanger. Somebody in her life (I won’t say who, you’ll just have to read and find out 😉 ) has a dark, dark secret that will certainly be surprising. It definitely had me looking up the 3rd story to see when it would be released.

Throughout all of this, I was reminded of Twilight’s Bella and Edward as far as the relationship with Warden and Paige goes. It’s one of those I want to be with you no matter the costs but they have to acknowledge she will eventually die while he will continue living being immortal and all. In the end, despite the odds, they pretty much decide to try and make it work, which I think is great and I can’t wait to see how it pans out.

Now, I will say this. I was a little disappointed because it didn’t seem to be edited as well as the first so there are quite a bit of grammatical errors throughout the whole story, and it was a little hard to over look. That’s as far as my disappointment goes though.

So this is the second story in a seven book installment and that makes me a little nervous based on past experiences with past series that were long. I think the only series that had so many books that I made it through was the wonderful Harry Potter Series. Every other series I usually give up on once they start to become predictable. Given the extent and amount of creativity that seems to go into these books, (based on the first two that are out), I don’t think that will be the case with this series, but I have my reservations. As it is I am excited to read the next book and will have to wait anxiously for a release date! 🙂

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. It was great, fast paced and exciting.  If you have read it or plan on reading it, I’d love to hear others thoughts on the story!

Happy Reading! 🙂

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon Review #2

Sorry for disappearing yet again! The last 2-3 weeks I have been sick with the flu and then a nasty head cold that I just can’t  seem to kick!

Anyways I have been buried up to my ears in books and for the most part none of them really struck me as worth writing about.

However, I did read The Bone Season for the second time and it was just as good as the first. Usually reading a traditional, physical copy of the book takes me longer than an ebook only because I can’t always sit down and get lost in it like I can an ebook. 🙂 I got throught a physical copy in TWO days!!!

For those that haven’t read the book yet. It is about a girl who is violently brought into the world of “unnaturalness”. Meaning she can experience things normal human beings can’t. And it’s people like her that the “naturals” were taught to fear. Well, working as a criminal to avoid exposure and then possibly death, Paige is what they consider a precious jewel…her gift is one that is rare and treasured by the Lord’s of the crime world. When she looses control of her gift in a moment of fear her world gets quickly turned inside out as she is taken to a place that nobody knew existed.

As the story unravels and we get to delve deeper into this fantastically spun world, we get to know Paige, the Warden and all surrounding characters better. I was particularly interested in The Warden and his story, being a beaten down hero.

I read a lot of reviews complaining about information dropping, and I have to disagree. Looking at the bigger picture as a whole and it’s even explained at one point. The Warden is making her see her memories so he can understand her better. Leading up to the end of the story when it all comes together.

I ultimately enjoyed this book, I read it twice and would happily read it again. I encourage anybody who hasn’t read it to check it out! I have yet to purchase the second book and I can not wait to do so! I’m thrilled that it is available now and can’t wait to read it! For now I will settle with reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and you can be sure to expect a review on that as well!

If there is any books you would like to see me reviewed let me know!

Happy Reading!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

This book was more about Tris and Tobias’s relationship and the struggles they have with a battle of wills and a sense of what is right and wrong. Tris struggles with the darkness threatening to overtake her at the loss of a dear friend at her own hands. In the previous book Divergent, Tris looses practically everybody that she cares about and that leads her to want to just give up and to die feeling that death would atone for her actions and the deaths that she feels are on her hands even if she had no control over them.

This was another quick read for me. I enjoyed seeing how Tris and Tobias develop as a couple and the struggles they encounter throughout the book. The chaos that befalls the factions as they are forced to choose sides, each fighting for what they believe is right no matter how twisted their thoughts and reasons may be. From Jeanine craving the power and control of keeping the people in the city in the dark to Evelyn wanting to destroy all factions but still keep everybody in the city where she can keep control over them.

I would recommend this book to readers of all ages and so far as a whole I would recommend the series. I just started the third and last book last night so I should hopefully have a book review up for that shortly!

 

Happy Reading!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

So when this book went up as book of the month for the book club I am in, I swore up and down I would not participate that month because I had no interest in it, at this point I can honestly say I don’t even remember the reason behind that was.

A few months ago I watched the movie…from the start to the finish I had decided then that I just had to read the book. So long story short I bought all three books. I finished reading Divergent in just 3 days! I haven’t read a traditional paper book that fast in 3 years! (Since giving birth to my first daughter)

Veronica Roth takes you on an adventure in a distopian world where there are factions and if you don’t fit in with one then you have to live factionless. What may have been a genuine attempt at forming a society of peace is poisoned by greed and lust for power. Power over everything and everyone, even if it means stripping everybody of their own free will. Only problem these power hungry people face….the Divergent. Those whose brains cannot conform to the way of any one faction and are thought of as dangerous because of it. They are the scary stories told to by parents to their children to make them fear the unknown.

I absolutely loved this book, it was fast paced and kept the reader wanting more. Especially as the romance between Tris and Four ignites. I am on book two of the story now and am almost finished with that!

I would recommend this book to readers of all ages that love stepping into new worlds and going on adventures!
Happy Reading!

Snooze: A Story Of Awakening by Sol Luckman

This is the first book that I have read by Sol Luckman and I must say I was impressed and look forward to reading more of his work. I received this book for review from Onlinebookclub.org, upon receiving it, when I saw how long it was, my first thought was; “I really hope this isn’t going to be a book that could have been good but was dragged out.”

Wrong I was to even harbor that notion. From start to finish it was a captivating tail and every page was a page full of much needed information to make the story work.

Max aka Snooze is gifted with the ability to be able to travel in his sleep and actually bring back items from his ventures. The story starts out with him as a child just coming into his gift and making friends that help set the stage for his ability to be cherished and allow for growth.
As the story goes on, his ability becomes of utmost importance when his father goes missing and he finds out he can be saved but for that to happen Max has to fully embrace his gift.

You can see my full review at

I would highly recommend this book to everybody! Happy Reading!