Review and Giveaway–Gilded by Christina Farley

Review:

I loved this book!  Gilded is a fun fantasy based on Korean mythology, and it has a ton of action, death-defying fight scenes, and even a little romance.  Protagonist Jae Hwa Lee is not a shrinking violet; she is out there giving back as well as she gets.  I think I enjoyed the book so much because Jae Hwa doesn’t wait for a guy to save her (though one does help her throughout her adventures), and because it takes place in South Korea.  There aren’t enough books with Asian settings, so I am eager to try each one that I discover. The fact that I had such a great time reading this is like winning the lottery.

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Review: Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Moth and Spark caught my eye because it has dragons.  Ever since my introduction to Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern when I was a young, impressionable girl, I have been hooked on dragons.  Who wouldn’t want to take flight with a majestic beast and save the world from whatever dangers beset it?  Aside from having dragons and dragonriders, though, I would consider Moth and Spark more like A Game of Thrones, with less bloodshed, fewer heartrending deaths, and a lot more romance.  The focus of this novel is on politics and the machinations behind the war that is unleashed on Prince Corin’s small kingdom.  Chosen by the dragons to free them from their slavery to the Empire, Corin is challenged at every step to find a way to fulfill his duty to the stolen dragons. 

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Spotlight and Giveaway–Feudlings in Smoke by Wendy Knight

 
 
Title: Feudlings in Smoke
Author: Wendy Knight
Series: Fate on Fire #1.5
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published: January 14th, 2014

Watching helplessly while your baby sister saves the world alone? It kinda sucks.
Will Delacour is one of the most powerful sorcerers to ever live. He’s Guard to the Edren Prodigy—his sister, Ari. But he walked away from the war, refusing to fight in a cause he didn’t believe in. He was deemed a traitor by the powerful Family, and now there’s a price on his head that leaves him trapped in a prison of his own making. And he can’t even tell the love of his life what she means to him because of the magical war that still controls their lives.
Instead of embracing his destiny, Will is forced to watch as Ari goes into battle over and over again, facing her enemies alone. She might be okay with it, but he’s not. He doesn’t believe in the war, but he does believe in her, and he knows his place is fighting by her side. Somehow, Will has to find a way to be there when Ari needs him , even if it means he forfeits his own life in the process.

 
 
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Review: The Ice Dragon by George R R Martin

 

   The Ice Dragon

Most CERTAINTLY  Contains Spoilers

Review:

I enjoyed The Ice Dragon – until the end.  Considering the amount of death and mayhem in The Game of Thrones, I should have expected some unpleasantness in  this book, but because it’s being marketed to MG readers, I was caught by surprise.  True to life, the children in George R R Martin’s stories aren’t immune from the turmoil of war,  and Adara learns first hand that opposing forces make no distinction between non-combatants and enemy soldiers.

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