Sunday, December 27, 2015

Deadweather and Sunrise

Deadweather and Sunrise
Geoff Rodkey
Young Adult Fantasy
The Chronicles of Egg

Egg lives on Deadwearther an ugly, smelly island full of pirates and cutthroats. Sadly this this not the worst part of Eggs life. His mother died giving birth to him and his family hates him for it. So with siblings who hate him and an abusive father what is a overly smart boy to do.

One day Eggs father finds something odd in the hills and takes them all to the Island of Sunrise, the jewel of the island, to find out what it is. Soon after arriving his family is met by a nice man who invites them over for dinner. As they get to know the new family Egg's dad and siblings has an accident. Now Egg is all alone, living with a family he does not know and something is very wrong.

This is a great book written my a new author. Egg is a smart interesting character that is both believable and incredible, which is hard to do for a writer. Often in books characters are ether annoyingly perfect or ridiculously incompetent. Egg though is a real and balanced character that helps the reader to feel like they are in the story with him.

This odyssey like adventure leads the reader to down a magical path to find love, friendship and family. And although this is just the start of Egg's adventures this book is a good stand alone novel for both children and adults.

I would give this book an 8.1 out of 10. I can;t wait to see what else this amazing author puts out.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Written in Red

"Written in Red"
Anne Bishop
A Novel of the Others
Urban Fantasy

When the world began there where only the Others, creators great and horrible. Shapeshifters, vampires, Elementals and beings so terrible that even the Others fear them. Then came Humans into the world. The humans and the Others fought for centuries until a deal was finally made between the two groups. The Others would provide the land and the humans will provide the industry.

One night in the modern age a young women running from her passed wonders into the Others Courtyard searching for safety and a job. The leader of the Courtyard finds her odd she is human but she does not smell like prey. Finding this interesting he hires her to be the liaison between the humans and the Others.

This young women is Meg Corbyn. She has the power to see the future when her skin is cute. For all of her life she has been kept a prisoner and used by others to make money of off her pain. Now for the first time in her life she is free to make her own choices and be who she is.

But who is she? and what is happening to her new friends?

This is an amazing book. Meg is an amazing characters. Over the last few years I have been really disappointed in the writing of female characters. Ether the characters are whinny, uncertain, and immature or she is overly masculine, mannish, and unbelievable as a rounded female character. Meg on the other hand is a well balanced character who is both strong and feminine, intelligent and innocent. She is a compelling focus for the novel which leads the reader down a unique vision of how the world would be if monsters truly excited.

I have now read all three of the books that have come out sense 2015, and they are all just as good as the first one. The writer, she has created a world that is interesting and unique for her readers. The secondary characters feel real and complete. The story is strong and pulls the readers through the book all the way to the last page.

I give this book 9 out of 10.