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eMag Review #4

Wings of Arian (Solus Trilogy #1)
By: Devri Walls
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Heat Rating: 1 Flame
Final Review:
Wings of Arian is a superb young adult/fantasy novel. In a town where magic has been hidden from the people, young Kiora discovers she is a Solus and she is destined to save the entire town from evil, but first she needs a Protector. Unfortunately for Kiora, her Protector is none other than Prince Emane. These two characters provided several moments for humor and laughter, while readers are taken through a whirlwind of emotions as the battles between good and evil begin.
Filled to the brim with non-stop action and light-hearted personal moments between characters, this book will surely have readers entranced and smiling. The satisfying conclusion of this story sets-up the intrigue of what could occur in the next book. Wings of Arian will be a must-read for any fan of young adult/fantasy books.
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

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The Beast of Macon Hollow

By: T. C. Harrelson Format: eBook. Read: February 2013.

Will Shepard is a fifteen year old boy who has just lost his mother to gang violence. His father has decided to move Will and his sister, Liz, to Macon Hollow and into their ancestral home that was left to them by Will’s great-aunt Eleanor. Strange things begin to happen as rumors start spreading about strangers in town and that the Beast has risen again. The Beast seems to be linked to the history of the town, but very few can explain exactly what it is. The Beast strikes terror and fear in nearly every town member, but the leader of the town, Mr. Howard Macon is insistent that the Beast is not real. As people begin to disappear, Will begins to have nightmares that show those people being killed. Through the help of his sister and his neighbors, Cate, Marty and Annie, Will realizes his destiny brought him here to Macon Hollow to destroy the Beast and save the town’s residents. But will it be too late?

Good and love battle evil and hate in a typical teenage world filled with bullies and school. T. C. Harrelson has done a superb job with this young adult paranormal thriller book. The intrigue and suspense builds as the readers’ eyes try to keep up the action. Harrelson creates a good representation of his readers in his cast of characters. Readers will feel like they are friends with Will, Cate, Marty, Liz, Annie and Possum. The ending sets up the possibility for several more books, which readers will be desperate to read.   Excellent writing and story-telling make this a must-read for fans of young adult science fiction novels.

I loved this book! My heart was racing wildly as I neared the end and even though I could guess a few events, most of what happened still surprised me. I enjoyed the suspense and the action. The story was amazing and the writing was excellent. I hope that Will Shepard’s next adventure will be released soon. I highly recommend this story. Are you a fan of young adult science fiction books? What is your favorite book from this genre?

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Note: A copy of this book was provided for me to review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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The Eye-Dancers

By: Michael S. Fedison Format: eBook. Read: February 2013.

 

Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma and Ryan Swinton are three very different boys who just finished sixth grade and are ready to start their summer vacation. Unfortunately for them, they each have been having a terrifying nightmare about a young ghost-like girl. After the third nightmare in a row, they meet up and learn that they have been having the same nightmare! With the help of the class genius, Marc Kuslanski, they hold a sleepover to find a way to solve their dreams. While they are sleeping, Marc watches over them and slowly the four boys begin to disappear, only to land in a strange new world. The cars and technology seem ancient, the town seems familiar, but the posters around town are real and frightening. A young girl has been kidnapped and is missing, except she is the same girl from Mitchell’s, Joe’s and Ryan’s dreams. Will the four boys be able to set aside their differences and rescue this young girl, while figuring out a way to get back to their reality?

 

Fedison has created a world filled with relatable characters that are transported into a fascinating world filled with new possibilities. Each of these boys demonstrates a strength and weakness, while each crave something that is missing from their home life. Once they are transported into this new world, they are filled with the dilemmas that face every child as they begin to mature. Learning how to accept themselves and others while learning how to do the right thing, makes this book an intriguing coming of age story. Young adults, especially boys, will enjoy this action packed adventure story filled with comic book references.

 

I enjoyed this young adult sci-fi book. Any book that can mix quantum mechanics and comic books in a spooky adventure setting is quite a treat. The fact that each boy faces troubles whether it is being an only child, or being too short or having his parents fight all the time, will give readers something to relate too. This was a fascinating story and I look forward to reading more from Michael S. Fedison in the future.

 

Enjoy!

~Ariesgrl

 

Note: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about him and this book, please visit his website.

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The Third Dragon

The Dukarian Legacy #1. By: D. R. Ross. Format: eBook. Read: October 2012.

An ancient prophecy sets in stone that the descendents of the Dragon family and the Lion family must unite and combine blood lines. It is this unification that will save the Duridians. This prophecy is known by few, and the greediness of some will cause murder and kidnappings. As time passes, Haban becomes King and has three sons. The youngest, Tomis is his last hope at a magical son that would allow him the ability to rule the entire nation. When it is proven that Tomis is not magical, King Haban becomes intolerable and treats him and his mother horribly. Tomis knows he has magic powers like his Mother, but is terrified by what his father will do. Are all royals as evil as Tomis’s father? Or will Tomis be able to escape and help save his nation?

In this first book of the series written by Ross, a world has been divided by the actions of one merciless King. The people fear for their lives and a young girl is missing. It is up to young Tomis and few friends to help right the wrongful past and save the future for all of Ungal. Ross writes a wonderful, action-packed adventure. Readers will be caught up in the twists and turns and they will immediately be ordering book two in the series. Excellent storytelling and an intriguing plot will capture the attention of readers everywhere.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to seeing what happens next. This book had an adventurous story that reminded me of the writings of Rick Riordan. Completely different plot lines, yet a similar feeling of Oh my, what will happen next. If you enjoy young-adult, fantasy-fiction books, then you will want to mark this book as a must-read. So tell me, what do you prefer in a fantasy book? Do like a good struggle between morality with a hint of magic? Or do you prefer a good struggle between good beings and evil creatures with a hint of humanity? Either way, you will want to check out this book.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Note: D. R. Ross provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this book and the author, please visit her website.

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“The Command Performance”

A Grey Magic Story. By Erin Elizabeth Long. Format: eBook. Read: August 2012.

     This is a short story that accompanies the first book in the Isenland Trilogy. It takes place during Grimoire’s stay with the traveling actors. This is a cute story that gives readers a deeper insight into the personalities of the group of actors. It foreshadows a few events that occur later in the main novel. “The Command Performance” is a nice bonus material for fans that have read Grey Magic.

     As an avid reader, I love when authors write short stories to accompany their novels. Short stories allow the readers to gain more insight into scenes or characters, that would have slowed down the main story. Do you have a favorite author that writes short stories that compliment his/her novels?

     As always…
         Enjoy!
             ~Ariesgrl

Note: To learn more about this story and the author visit her website.

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Grey Magic

By Erin Elizabeth Long. Format: eBook. Read: August 2012.

Erin Elizabeth Long tells the ancient story of good versus evil, but in a land full of Wizards and Sorcerers. The story begins by introducing readers to the main character, Grimoire Tobin, and her destiny. Grimoire is a young woman who spends most of her time reading. She lives with her Uncle Victor and her cat Sable. There was a war between Wizards and Sorcerers fifteen years ago, in which the white magic Wizards destroyed the black magic Sorcerers, or so the world thinks. Uncle Victor will not allow his niece to study any books related to the War. This is the story of how Grimoire matures, makes a best friend in Lark Wayland, and most importantly learns the truth about the past. Grimoire is very sure of the line that defines good versus bad, and she is even more clear on the fact that no one should ever cross that line. As she travels around Isenland, she realizes she could be wrong.

Erin Elizabeth Long has done a wonderful job creating a fantasy world full of intriguing characters. Her book is full of descriptions that will place the readers right in the middle of Grimoire’s world. The beginning is a tad slow as it sets-up the characters, the history and the setting. However, around Chapter Twelve the momentum picks up, and readers will be quickly flipping through the pages until the end. Fans of Young Adult Fantasy/Sci-Fi novels will enjoy this book, and will anxiously await the next book in this trilogy series.

Grimoire believes in the line that divides good and evil, but she grows to learn that the world needs balance. Do you believe that there is a line that should never be crossed? What books have you read that defend this line? Do you think there are certain circumstances when it is okay to cross the line? What books out there stress a more blurry or forgiving line?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Notes: Erin Elizabeth Long provided a copy of this book to me for review.
To learn more about this book and the author, visit her website.

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The Son of Neptune

By Rick Riordan. Format: Hardback. Read: May 2012.

This is the second installment in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. Percy Jackson is back in the midst of chaos, but he doesn’t remember anything from his life. His new friends, Hazel and Frank, have vital secrets about their pasts. The mythological worlds from Greek, Roman, and Chinese histories are condensed into a fun-filled, easy-to-read adventure. Rick Riordan has a gift for mixing the modern world and the mythological past from various cultures into action packed stories that will spark children’s interest. This is another amazing book, with an ending that will have fans counting down the days until the release of the third book.

Rick Riordan is an unbelievable story-teller, and one of my heroes in modern-day literature. He has a talent for giving children stories that interest them, and teaching them about the world of mythology at the same time. Tell me, do you have a modern-day hero of literature? Why is that author your hero? Do you have a preference for mythological stories?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Haunted Love

By Cynthia Leitich Smith. Format: eBook. Read May 2012.

     Cynthia Leitich Smith provides it all in this short story. Vampires, ghosts, a few humans, mystery and romance are all packed nicely in roughly twenty pages. The plot contains many twists and turns, sure to leave a reader’s head spinning. Haunted Love is written for fans of young-adult, supernatural intrigue. I recommend this story for any reader looking for an exciting, fast read.

     I will read just about every subject available. I prefer a story that is well told, no matter the subject or length. As for young-adult books, I think the subject needs to be either relatable or popular. There seems to be a growing trend in young-adult books: vampires/supernatural beings. I don’t mind the popular theme, because it means the next generation has found a subject they want to read, and that is important. Are you a fan of science-fiction/fantasy books? Do you prefer paranormal romances, or paranormal mysteries? Or are you like a few people that I know, that want their books strictly human?

     Enjoy!
       ~Ariesgrl

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard

By J. K. Rowling. Format: Hardcover. Read: July 2012.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a fairy tale book from the Harry Potter series. Fans who have read all seven books in the series, will know about this book and be very familiar with one of the tales. There are five tales total: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” and of course “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” Each tale is similar to a regular fairy tale, in the sense that there is a lesson to be learned, however Rowling adds her own magical flare to each. This is a must-read for all the Potter fans in the world.
I must warn you that this book contains spoilers from the series, so please (for my own peace of mind) read all seven Harry Potter books first. I have two favorite tales from this book. The first “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” has a wonderful life lesson, while “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump” made me laugh out loud. Rowling has co-created a charity called Children’s High Level Group, and Scholastic has donated the net proceeds from the sales of this book, which is another good reason to go out and purchase this book. After you have read the book, let me know which tale is your favorite.
Enjoy! ~Ariesgrl

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