Aug 28, 2015

Ramblings




  • I haven't really been doing a lot of pondering this week as I have been dealing with a toothache.  It finally subsided at least for the moment though I know that I need to get into the dentist.  I am just waiting until I have sick days again as any time I go to the dentist, I ended up with my jaw locked up the next day.  Not fun when you talk on the phone for a living.
  • I discovered that I like the taste of banana rum and it works well for a toothache.
  • I don't mind doctors.  I really don't but I absolutely hate going to the dentist and I know that a lot of people feel the same.  Why would someone want to join one of the world's most hated professions?  I can't see why anyone would get join in working in such a tight space that a lot of times has a nasty aroma and be hated for it.
  • Got good news on my home owner's insurance.  Apparently we cleaned up the roof so well that I got a discount on my yearly premium.  Very happy about that since I had one insurance cancel me and said I needed to get a new roof to be covered.  What's amusing is that this is the same company.  Just my agent works for a different company.
  • Went out and got my hair cut on Wednesday.  I had 6 inches cut off and layers added.  And it's still long enough to pull up in a pony tail.  I love it!  So much lighter.  I wonder if the weight of my hair was adding to my headaches since I have so much hair and it is so thick.  Heck it takes hours for it to dry and if I pull it up when it is still wet, I can just forget about it drying.  It's still damp when I take it down.
Aug 26, 2015

Review: The Banished of Muirwood





In a stand-alone series set in the world of Muirwood, eighteen-year-old Maia is the exiled princess of Comoros and heir to the throne. As a result of her father’s ceaseless need for authority, she was left disinherited and forced to live as a servant in her enemy’s home. When the king invites chaos into the land by expelling the magical order known as the Dochte Mandar, Maia finds herself on a perilous quest to save her people. To survive, she must use magic she has learned in secret—despite the fact that women are forbidden to control it. Hunted by enemies at every turn, Maia realizes that danger lurks within her, too. Her powers threaten to steal not only her consciousness but also her sense of right and wrong. Can she set herself free and save the realm she loves—even if that realm has forgotten her?

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It's not often that a new fantasy series knocks my socks off and when it happens, boy am I glad that I get to tell the world.  THE BANISHED OF MUIRWOOD is set in a new world with just enough of the familiar to make it comfortable, just enough politics to keep one alert, just enough magic to make it fantastical and just enough danger to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

In the world of Comoros, Maia is an exception to the rule because she was taught to read, write and to think which is something that women just don't do.  Unfortunately, she has a weak willed father who has far too much power and determination to get his own way.  Now Maia has to try to save her people and undo the damage her sire has done.  She is a great character with a lot going for her.  She has an inner strength that carries her through circumstances that would destroy most people and a warm heart that really cares for the people and the world around her.  

And she isn't the only stand out character.  Mr. Wheeler has done a great job with all of the secondary characters though there are a few that I would like to learn still more about.  And don't get me started on the magic system.  It definitely has its own flavor that will have the reader coming back for me.  

As you can probably tell, I do recommend this series to my readers who enjoy epic fantasy.  I will be following this author myself as he has more books coming out as well as a graphic novel set in this world.  If you would like to keep an eye on his releases, here is his website Iduma:  The Worlds of Jeff Wheeler.
Aug 23, 2015

Book Review: Awake




Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.

When a new guy moves into town, Scarlett feels an instant spark. But Noah knows the truth of Scarlett’s past, and he’s determined to shield her from it...because Scarlett grew up in a cult called Eternal Light, controlled by her biological parents.


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This book was eerie right from the beginning.  I just knew that there was so much more going on then what I could pick up from reading.  I thought that it was great that Noah was there to help shield Scarlett from her past but he definitely has his own agenda and once that agenda becomes clear I found that a lot of the tension ebbed. 

I really liked both Scarlett and Noah.  They were both easy to relate to and some of their issues brought back the ones that I had when I was a teen.  There were a few errors in consistency that I picked up  but they weren't glaring enough to pull most people out of the story.  I really appreciate the fact that the ending didn't feel rushed and while some strings were left uncut to make room for the next book, I found AWAKE's conclusion to be rather satisfying.

I do recommend this book to any of my younger readers and those that are young of heart.  No sex scenes that parents need to be worried about either.