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Friday, May 22, 2015

Lost Soul (War of Destiny) Volume 1 by Theresa Van Spankeren

Lost Soul (War of Destiny Book 1)Lost Soul (War of Destiny) Volume 1
by Theresa Van Spankeren

My rating: 4.3 of 5 stars

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Julia was not always a Lost Soul, she was once the daughter of a wealthy man about town in a time when daughters were nothing more than property to be bartered off to the highest bidder in marriage. Julia begins the story telling us that she is going to write down her history to hopefully rid herself of her nightmares, and given some of the things she experiences, if all she has are nightmares she is lucky. Julia begins her life naive and thinking that she is worth something, only to be crushed by her father and husband. Luckily someone is watching out for her and she begins her life as a vampire. Author Theresa Van Spankeren gives the vampire community progressive ideals for the time period, the believe women are equal to men and not just property. Throughout her life Julia learns more with the vampires than she ever would have in her worldly life.

Lost Soul (War of Destiny) (Volume 1) begins Julia's story and sets the stage for a saga to be set forth in the vampire community. There is a war brewing, to live among the humans and befriend them or to use them only as food and kill them. Theresa Van Spankeren gives the reader a look into the world throughout different time periods with the history of different vampires, yet at the same time they all are very progressive in their thoughts, or at least the band that Julia belongs to. The reader is easily able to identify with them and feel for them, wanting them to succeed in their endeavors to bring about change and equalities. It is a great read for adults or older more mature teens.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Aizai the Forgotten: The Soul Wanderers, Book 1 by Mary-Jean Harris

Aizai the ForgottenAizai the Forgotten: The Soul Wanderers, Book 1 
by Mary-Jean Harris

My rating: 4.4 of 5 stars

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As a young man, Wolfdon has spent years reading everything he could get his hands on, especially anything that might mention something about a forgotten place named Aizai. Finally he has found a book, but before he can uncover the secrets wax is spilled and he decides to venture out anyway. Wolfdon's journey to Aizai and what he learns there about himself and life is the basis for the story Aizai The Forgotten: The Soul Wanderers, Book 1. Author +Mary-Jean Harris gives the reader a wonderful mix of a coming of age, fantasy story about a place in another dimension, or another time. What makes this story so fabulously different is that the whole of the story is originally set in the historical past of the 1700's! The idea that anyone at that time period was thinking about convergences and portals to another dimension makes the story that much more intriguing.

Aizai The Forgotten is another land, another time, possibly the future, or another dimension depending on how you interrupt the story. Wolfdon is the main character and he is someone that you can easily like and get behind. Someone alone in the world, yet he finds a purpose in looking for Aizai and a place in Aizai. He also finds a purpose in Aizai. Author Mary-Jean Harris has written a wonderful story that is great for all ages of readers. There is no sex, no major violence, there is a fight but it's not depicted in violence so it would be good for even young kids to read. I found the book encouraging for readers and think there are many pluses in the story!

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What I've Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit by Christopher T Heist

What I've Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual BullshitWhat I've Learned: An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit
by Christopher T Heist

My rating: 4.1 of 5 stars

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If you have picked up What I've Learned expecting some enlightening book about life and the meaning and purpose of life, why we are here and what you need to do to enjoy life then you found the wrong book. If you picked it up for a humorous look at life, with a slightly irreverent tone and some sarcasm then you definitely found the right book! Author Christopher T. Heist takes a conversational approach and writes a book that flows from topic to topic about life, what he has experienced and been through, yet without the rose=colored glasses that most people tend to write with. This book tells it like it is, with a slightly irreverent, sarcastic and humorous tone.

What I've Learned flows more as one person talking to another than having a typical book like structure which makes it feel more casual and friendly. It also lends itself well to the whole concept of the non-serious and funny tone of the book. The subtitle of the book is An Encyclopedia of Perpetual Bullshit, that alone ought to tell you this is not going to be a serious tome! Author Christopher T. Heist takes a natural look at everything that comes to his minds, and lets it all flow out as it comes. This is a fun read and something that would be a great airplane ride read. It's an adult book, although older teens would be fine reading it, and its just something fun and enjoyable with a little of everything.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

The Taming of Adam: Part 1: The Path to Envale by Jason Hubbard BOOK REVIEW

The Taming of Adam: Part 1: The Path to EnvaleThe Taming of Adam: Part 1: The Path to Envale
by Jason Hubbard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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In a world where technology is slowly replacing magic, Adam is more inclined to magic. He is a black mage, and all he wants is to learn what he thinks he needs to know. He is enrolled at the Magical College, but he skips most of his classes, thinking they are nothing but a waste of time. He has no use for people either, he'd rather be alone. A conversation between two professors over lunch one day will change the course of Adam's life forever, as they realize that he is a good student in one class, albeit a bit of a showoff, and always leaving early in the other. The professors make it a point to talk to him and explain why they classes all work together and how much better of a mage he could become. The Taming of Adam: Part 1: The Path to Envale will follow his path as he either learns to become a part of society or not. Jason Hubbard creates a story filled with magic, society, betrayal and redemption.

The Taming of Adam centers around the life of one man, Adam which is strange in the beginning as Adam wants nothing to do with other people. He is perfectly fine being an annoying outcast of society and hating everyone else. As author Jason Hubbard builds the story we are introduced to other people who will play parts in Adam's taming, each having a motive of their own, some for good and others for their own purposes. It is a story of magic, but it is more a story of finding oneself in the world, coming to terms with your own actions and setting things right in the face of problems. Wonderful book for young adults and older.

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