Book Review: Balanced on the Blade's Edge by Lindsay Buroker

Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood #1)Balanced on the Blade’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For the record, this was my first Steampunk novel, and I loved it! It took me a few pages to get into it, but after that, I could not put it down. I read it in just under seven hours, it was that good!

Both of the main characters have beautiful, lush backgrounds that pop up into the story here and there to add a bit more color to each of them as I read about them, and I loved the persona of Jaxi, the soulblade. It added the appropriate amount of humor and sarcastic-byplay to the story.

I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance, steampunk, or fantasy novels. Lindsay Buroker filled this novel with just the right amount of magic, steampunk, and romance to make you not want to put it down.

Please read!

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Book Review: Marked by Kim Richardson

Marked (Soul Guardians, #1)Marked by Kim Richardson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Maybe it is because I am not the intended audience (which I am assuming is teenage level because the main character is a 16 year old girl) but I really could not get into this novel.

I finished it, but I found the concept of Heaven, dubbed Horizon, to be ridiculous to the point that I was skimming descriptive paragraphs for the highlights of the story and moving along.

Also, the story left me saying “Really?!” quite a lot. Elemental children are rare and she is on a quest to help save one and suddenly she is one, too. And how is her mom a guardian angel if the M-suits (read that as “skinsuits”) only last a short while in the mortal world.

These are only two of the questions and disbelievable moments I came across, but there were more. I am just glad I did not buy the full series upfront like I usually do.

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Word Count: January 31 through February 6

Word Chart  Jan 31 - Feb 6

Well, I seem to be getting my head back in the game with my writing schedule.    Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it up for the rest of the month (cooties, willing).

So far this week, I have finished up the initial draft of the Ellis Colony series:Book 4, and I have finished up the outlines for Book 4 of the Brave New World series.  I have been meaning to start editing Book 1 of the Ellis Colony series, but I think I need to go back and do a bit more world-building because some of the details I need are a bit sketchy.

Otherwise, it’s been a great writing week.

How has your writing week gone?

Book Review: Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery

Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables, #3)Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When you’ve read this series as many times as I have, you find yourself seeing new bits and pieces as you go.

For me, this time through this book, I finally was able to understand and “see” the journey that Anne and Gilbert had to travel to get to the end. I couldn’t really understand that when I was reading this at 14, or even really at 20.

I still have issues with the way Mrs. Montgomery handles some of her characters. Poor Dora is still shunted to the background even though she lives in the same house as all the main characters in Anne’s family. I wish she had done more with Dora.

There were also a lot of new people in Avonlea that had never been mentioned in any of the previous books, so that made it a bit confusing at times if you were really trying to follow the entire story.

Overall, though, this is still a true classic and a must read for any teenage girl.

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The Daily Prompt: 2016 — Now Available in Paperback

TheDailyPrompt2016 - Cover

 

The Daily Prompt: 2016 is now available in paperback.  You can purchase your copy immediately from the CreateSpace store here, or if you prefer to purchase from Amazon directly, it will be available here in 3-5 business days.  Just be sure to click on the Paperback edition before you add it to your cart!