ARC Review: A Wizard’s Forge

The Wizard's Forge

Title: A Wizard’s Forge
Author: AM Justice
Series: Book One
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher:
Page Count:
Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 4/5 stars!
Notes: Apologies to the author for the long awaited review!

A while back I got on twitter and made a request of this book to the author, and I think it was almost a month (or two?) ago. My computer battery died, I got behind on reviews, though I did manage to read quite a bit because of it. I am heartily sorry for the long awaited review, and I sincerely hope that you like the review that I do now. This book is also going to be featured in my ‘Indie Must Read’ gallery off to the side, because it IS a must-read book!

This book drew me in, in part because of the cover. I know, I’m terrible judging books by covers, but sometimes I can’t seem to help myself. But it also helped that it was a fantasy and you guys know I’m always a sucker for a good fantasy story. My one regret is that I chose the start of yet another series. I have so many of them to read!

This book had it all-strong female characters, lots of action, adventure in spades. There were pirates, high seas, and even magical powers. There were girls being awesome, and plenty of world-building to go around too. I really liked this one for its science meshing in with the magic. The spaceship that landed on the planet, the people reciting logs for years to come even though those logbooks have long since lost meaning…it definitely painted a very vivid picture, and the book reminded me very strongly of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern at times for it.

Overall, the writing was good. The characters were very entertaining, and I definitely had a good time in reading it. I’m hopeful in getting book two soon, because if I don’t get it soon then it will be just one of many series that I’ve started and never finished, and I’m trying to get better about that. So, I’ve added book two to my amazon wishlist, and am eager to get started on it.

I’m giving this a four out of five stars, for an enjoyable time well spent while reading this fun and entertaining book. My sincere thanks to the author for providing me with a copy!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Hardback Book Review: Landry Park

Landry Park

Title: Landry Park
Author: Bethany Hagen
Series: Duology, Book 1
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Romance
Page Count: 375
Publisher: Dial Books an Imprint of Penguin
Type of Book: Hardback, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 800
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Almost 1000 words for this review. Whew!

This book was an interesting one. On the one hand, I really really liked it. On the other hand, I’m getting really tired of higher up societies enslaving the poor. Granted, it’s a popular topic, and several books do a really good job of figuring out how they can get free, and create a new society. But I’m still getting tired of it.

The poor in this book isn’t referred to as ‘poor’ but rather they are called ‘the Rootless’. Landry Park is the mansion in which the main character, Madeline Landry, lives. She is the oldest child, as well as the only child, meaning that once she marries, she will inherit the estate. And while she loves her home with a fierce passion, she does not wish to run it. She wishes to go to university, and further her intelligence.

While initally, I liked Madeline as a character, towards the end of the book I disliked her. She falls for a guy named David Dana, who is part of a filthy rich family. Madeline’s father wishes for her to marry David so that they can make their family gain more money, as they are slowly dwindling towards debt. But Madeline doesn’t wish to marry. She wants freedom to go to school.

But then after meeting him at a party, she starts to like him. It helps she didn’t know who he was at first, because neither of them introduced themselves-they were both hiding out from the party, and David was smoking. The two of them converse, and then Cara, an old friend of Madeline who at first in the book is a bit of a hateful little bitch, eventually grows into a character that I really like.

Anyway.

The story progresses. There becomes a love triangle, after David goes off to the war, and Madeline attempts to find ways to help the Rootless, against her father’s wishes. She brings them food, money, and even donates blood at one point. But her efforts are too little, too late. The Rootless are slowly dying from various cancers due to radiation poisoning. Back during when America was a country of democracy, her great-grandfather had come up with idea to enslave the poor to working for what was known as ‘The Gentry’, and he created a whole new system of government. The upper class, and the Rootless, essentially. Actually, I rather hated Madeline’s great-grandfather. He was a bit of an egotistical ass, it felt like.

The story continues. David gets back from the war as a hero with his buddy Jack MacAvory. David debuted with her old friend Cara, and so of course she tells Jack that she has no relationship with him-even though her heart is breaking.

This is where I start to dislike Madeline a bit. While she’s good in wanting to help out the Rootless, and still help her family at the same time, the way she treated Jack really made me angry at her. As soon as she discovers that David didn’t really debute with Cara, and that he’s loved her all along, she starts to tell Jack that she’s sorry she’s lied, and that she wants David. David’s already informed him of the same thing, because the two are friends and don’t keep secrets from another. This is all after Jack’s already proposed marriage to her, of course, despite the fact that the two of them have only known each other for less than two weeks, Jack had fallen for her hard.

Madeline leaves him at the house, and goes of with David in his sleigh. This is all after she found her great-grandfather’s journals, and discovered several secrets that helped the Rootless cause, and so on and so forth. (I’m not giving away all the plot, after all.)

While I really enjoyed the story, I still wished that the love triangle thing hadn’t occurred. I also wish it didn’t leave things wide open for book two, the final part of the duology. Thankfully, however, book two is already out so it won’t be a problem for me to continue where the story leaves off…on a happy ending with everything unresolved. So that’s all there is of book one, and I definitely look forward to getting book two! I wonder if it’s going to be a ‘several months later’ kind of thing, or pick up right where it left off. I’ll let you know.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

Indie Book Review: Lost

Lost by Donnielle Tyner

Title: Lost
Author: Donnielle Tyner
Series: Book 1 of 4
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Page Count: 204
Publisher: ?
Type of Book: Kindle Ebook, Indie Read
Review Word Count: 300
Rated: 3.5/5 stars
Notes: Why does it seem like most ya books have faces on the cover?

This book was interesting. On the one hand, I liked it. On the other, it felt a little…juvenile. As though it were obviously meant for a younger reading group. While the writing was decent, the plot was okay. I didn’t like how the book ended (more killing and death) and I would have liked a bit more detail about Sadie’s grandfather’s family, but overall it was a fun short read that I devoured in two hours.

There also was only snippets of the orphanage that Sadie lived at. In the beginning of the book, her mother is pregnant and tells her friend to leave Sadie at the orphanage. Her friend responds that its a horrible place for Sadie because its full of unwanted talents and norms. How it wasn’t safe for her, and how she has a caring family.

But that caring family is dangerous, as Sadie’s grandfather wants to use her talents to help wipe out all the norms of the world.

Why is it that this is always the thing in fantasy worlds? That those with power always wants to kill those who have none? It’s a tired cliche, and while this was done in an interesting way, I just wasn’t thrilled with the way it was handled.

I should also note: dramatic death scene of an eight year old boy named Bobby towards the end of the book, dramatic death scene of a friend named Michael being killed, some torture is involved, and the book leaves off on a cliffhanger.

Overall, I give this book 3.5/5 stars. I liked it, but I really think it could have been a lot better.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.