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A Quote to Begin the Day…

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness.”

~George R.R. Martin

 

How many of you are fans of the Game of Thrones books? I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading them, but I have several friends that rave about them.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The Great Game

By: James Vachowski.  Format: eBook.   Read: November 2014.

This is a short story about told from the point of view of an older man regaling a young child with his heroic stories from World War I.

History meets fantasy in this historical short story. Each chapter takes place during a different point of World War I, and there are several mythical creatures along the way. This is a very fast, easy-to-read book with a delightful narrator. Teenagers and adults alike will enjoy this book.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Note:

The author provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. To learn more about this author and his work, please visit his website.

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Personal Shelves Review

It can be difficult to read a book from an app on my computer, so several weeks ago, when there were fireworks and I needed my Nook to play Ozzy’s calming music at night, I was wide awake and decided to read an ebook that was on my Nook. My friend Dana, who you may remember designed my amazing logo, recommended the author Kim Harrison to me. A while back, I downloaded the first book in the series, while it was on sale. Here are my thoughts:

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Personal Shelves Review

Hi Everyone,

As you may have noticed, I struggled for quite a bit trying to find my passion for reading and reviewing, after my grandfather passed. (It feels amazing to be back in the world of literature.) While trying to find my stride again, I chose a random book from my nook and started reading it. I just needed something to grasp my attention and light that spark within me again. Thankfully, I picked a fascinating book that helped me find my way and it inspired a new concept for the blog. From time to time, I shall post a “Personal Shelves” review. These will be books that I have had for some time, or that I downloaded for free at one time or another. Now, please don’t expect a lot of these, because my main priority is getting caught up on The List, so these won’t occur often. I hope you enjoy them. Below, you will find my thoughts on a sci-fi, YA book.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

 

Crewel

By: Gennifer Albin

#1 in trilogy

Adelice Lewys has the gift to weave, but is desperately hiding her talent thanks to the warnings from her parents. Trying to stay hidden from the Guild is difficult, but it becomes impossible when Adelice lets slip her gift during a testing ceremony. Ripped from her family and thrown into training, Adelice knows she has to find a way to escape, but this means she must learn to trust someone on the inside.

I am not normally a fan of sci-fi books, but this is a fun, fast read. I was immediately caught up in Adelice’s struggles. There were very few grammatical errors, while the descriptive details overwhelmed the senses and made it feel as though the world of Arras was displayed before my eyes. I am looking forward to continuing Adelice’s adventures in the next two books.

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The Lost Heir

(Dragonath Chronicles #1.) By: Andi O’Connor. Format: Paperback. Read: January 2014.

Darrak Hunter is just your typical college student that strives for perfection in every aspect of his life, except for taking the time to clean his room. However life as he knows it, changes suddenly when he starts having dreams of a town with a purple sun. As the characters from his dreams become reality, he is whisked away to the planet of Dragonath, where he learns he is the true heir to the world. Darrak and his new friends must risk their lives in order to save their planets.

The Lost Heir provides a thrilling and intriguing start to the Dragonath Chronicles. Readers will be quickly swept up in the race to save Earth and Dragonath. The author describes the planet and sky in vivid detail. The characters each face their own challenges, while growing individually and as a group.  The pace of the plot is slow at times, due to the explanations which set-up the premise for the whole series, while the characters appear to accept their circumstances a bit too quickly sometimes. Overall this novel is a must read for fans of the fantasy/sci-fi genre.

This book is an easy, fun read. The flow leans towards a young adult book, but it is definitely enjoyable by readers of all ages. I am very excited and anxious to see what happens next with Darrak and his entourage.
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

The author of this book provided a copy for me to review. To learn more about this book and her work, please visit her website.

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Touch of Silver

Sanguine Series #3. By: Melissa R. Smith. Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.

Devani Daniels has just left her soul mate, in order to save his life. However the Militia is still after her and now they are threatening her family. Roman is a Sanguine lost without his love and determined to figure out why she left. Once Roman discovers his pain was caused by the Militia, he is determined to reconnect with Devani, even if it means a full blown war. Little do they know, just how many lives will be affected by their love.

Touch of Silver picks up a few months after the end of Legacy. Readers’ hearts will ache as Devani and Roman fight for the right to live as a couple in peace. Melissa R. Smith fills this book with raw human emotions that will bring readers to tears at times. The main characters provide a modern twist to the classic tale of a perilous love. There were a few minor grammatical errors, but they did not distract from the storyline. Even with a satisfying ending, readers will still be left wanting more. Paranormal romance fans need to take note, Melissa R. Smith is an author to add to the Must-Read list.

Growing up, I was never really a fan of paranormal romance. I never understood the appeal of vampires and shape-shifters. However in this day and age, there seems to be a surplus of vampire tales, and I find myself drawn into the melee. It is refreshing to read to books like Melissa R. Smith’s that offer a new twist and tell a more unique tale. I find myself anxiously awaiting what she writes next.

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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

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A Year in Review #2 Winner!!!

Good Morning Everyone,

I want to take a quick moment to thank author Emily Guido for giving away one of her ebooks for week #2 celebrations! Thank you, Emily. I also want to thank everyone who participated and/or shared the Year in Review #2 post. You all are amazing! Thank you!

Now without further ado… Excluding any comments made by me, there were a total of 3 people who entered this contest. I went to Random.org this morning and typed in the parameters 1 and 3. It generated the number 3 as its result. Congratulations Kristina L. you have won an ecopy of your choice of books from The Light-Bearer Series!!! Please be sure to contact me (ariesgrlreview@gmail.com) within 72 hours to claim your prize!

If you missed out on your chance to win a copy of one of Emily Guido’s books, don’t worry. The author has been kind enough to giveaway a paperback book and bookmarks to the winner of the Big Giveaway!

Thank you all again for participating. As a gentle reminder, week 3’s celebrations have begun. A Year in Review #3 was posted earlier this morning! Also, today is the last day that I will retweet the Twitter character description. Tomorrow will be a new character for the Big Giveaway.

Wishing you all a splendid Saturday!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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Have you entered in Week #2’s Giveaways?

Good Morning Everyone,

The Giveaways are live for Week #2! Make sure you have entered. In case you have missed something, here are the links:

1. A Year in Review #2. All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of the post and you will be entered to win an ecopy of one of Emily Guido’s books!
2. Twitter Guess the Character Game. Read the description then leave your guess in the Rafflecopter. You can find the link to the Rafflecopter under the Big Giveaway page.
3. Facebook Guess the Poet or Poem Game. This week’s poem is pinned at the top. Once you have figured out the name of the Poet or the title of the Poem, enter your guess in the Rafflecopter. On Facebook, it is located in the blue square called giveaway at the top of the page.

I hope you all are enjoying this week’s games and I just want to say thank you again for all of you support. Good luck to you all!

Have a wonderful day!
Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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The Scrolls of Xavier

By: John Ashley. Format: eBook. Read: June 2013.

Set in 2067, Captain Michael Dawn has been assigned an international troop for his next assignment. The next assignment is a deadly, top-secret mission, he and his team must scour the planet Xavier for the five ancient scrolls. Each of the scrolls are hidden deep in the territories that belong to five of the deadliest tribes in Xavier. As if this wasn’t enough for Captain Dawn to handle, one of his team members is the very attractive, Ashley Collins and he must decide whether he will risk his career in order to pursue a relationship with agent Collins.

From the start of the Prologue, this story entwines the reader in a fast-paced adventure. The Scrolls of Xavier gives readers a taste of what military life would be like on another planet. Though the story is gripping and intriguing, it is a very easy read. The ease of the writing makes it appear as a young adult book, but the graphic details and brutal scenes call for a more mature audience. There were a few diction errors, but they did not detract from the storyline.

I would recommend this book for fans of the Science Fiction genre, since it provides a unique twist on saving Earth.

What are some of your favorite Earth-saving science fiction books?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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

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A Year in Review #2

Hi Everyone,

Well I have yet another milestone to celebrate. This post marks my 250th post!!! Wow! I am absolutely speechless. I appreciate all of your support and I am pleased to present the second Year in Review installment.

The Light-Bearer Series is a beautiful science-fiction series about accepting the differences in others and uniting as a team to fight evil. This poignant series is filled with morals that everyone should learn.

Here’s a look back:

Charmeine:
“Charmeine is a powerful and exciting tale of acceptance and love. Opposites need each other to survive and the battle to accept that may destroy everything. A paranormal twist with religious undertones allow for a modernization to the classic tale of two destined lovers. Guido will sure to be turning heads and making readers all over this world rally behind the love between Tabbruis and Charmeine.”

Mactus:
“In this second chapter of The Light-Bearer Series, Guido continues the emotional story of Tabbruis and Charmeine. Two angels destined to be together in a world desperate to tear them apart. As the family begins to train for the battle against the Elder Council, new truths will be revealed that will solidify the reader’s love for this series.”

Accendo:
“Fans of the series will be taken on a heart-wrenching journey throughout the book that will leave them all speechless at the end. Guido has created a fascinating world filled with examples of compassion versus judgment, trust versus fears and faith versus doubt. Readers will be impatiently tapping their fingers as they wait for the arrival of the fourth book.”

Seditiuos:
“Readers will enjoy the fact that Seditious focuses on the story of each of the family members, instead of just Charmeine and Tabbruis. Each of the characters become more relatable as they show their strengths and weakness. Unity, love, trust and faith are the values that are represented in each page of this book.”

Ransom:
“Emily Guido has done it again with this fifth installment from her Light-Bearer series. Her main couple, Charmeine and Tabbruis, is a bit of a modern, sci-fi Romeo and Juliet. These two are so in love that it radiates off of the ever-growing family and yet they seem to have their love tested with each new book.”

Not only does author Emily Guido write this magically enchanting tale, but she has also been very generous in donating some amazing prizes. From now until June 7, 2013 @ 11:59pm EDT, leave a comment below and you will be entered to win a free ecopy of your choice of one of these books! Winner will be selected using Random.org on the morning of June 8, 2013 and will be announced later that day! After you have left a comment, be sure to stop by the Big Giveaway page and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. Emily Guido has donated bookmarks and a signed paperback for that giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

I hope you all have enjoyed this second installment of the Year in Review! Thanks again for all of your support. Hope you all have a magnificent day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

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