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Pandragon Reviews - Wake Me Up

No, today isn’t a piece on George Michael, but rather this month’s Pandragon Review. Today I will be looking at a traditional Romance novel, something that I’ve not done in a while. Wake Me Up is a novel that has received critical acclaim and extremely positive reviews – and it just so happens to be written by one of my favourite authors!

 

You may remember Michelle Horst from my Vaalbara: Visions and Shadows review a couple of years back. Having spoken to her via Facebook and email, I can honestly say that she is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of speaking to, and a fanastic and inspiring author to boot!

 

Wake Me Up is a story about love across the pond, heartbreak and... well, I’ll save most of the spoilers for the review! So let’s get started on this review of Wake Me Up and I’ll tell you all why you should be reading this novel.

 

 

About The Author (written in the Author’s own words

 

Michelle Horst is thirty seven years old and is from the land of milk and honey.

 

She's been in love with reading from an early age. She has a passion for other cultures, but she has an ultimate soft spot for nature and animals.

 

She first tried her hand at writing in early 2009 and as the first words started to form into a book, she knew she was hooked. Dreams spilled onto pages, and that was the beginning of a wonderful journey.

 

One filled with joy.

 

One filled with passion and heart stopping moments.

 

But most of all, it's filled with such pride and peace as a story comes to life, and characters fill your life, living in the very walls of your mind, living in the minds of your readers. There is nothing as satisfying as that.

 

Thank you for each and every story you share with me.

 

Sunshine Smiles from around the world and back,

 

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Cover

 

Not really a great deal I can say about this cover to be honest, but I don’t mean that in a bad way. It shows our main characters Aiden and Emma holding each other close. The models they got for this pretty much shows how I imagined the characters in the books. Not the most original covers, but it gets the point across.

 

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

 

Twenty-two-year old Emma runs from a devastating life. Wanting to escape her demons with the help of her crazy friend Chloe, she travels halfway across the world.

 

Alone, Emma must make a fresh start in the small town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She doesn't let anyone near her, until Aiden.

 

Aiden gives her a glimpse of what love really is like, but then their little world is shattered when their lives collide and Emma gets caught in the middle.

 

Will Aiden cross an ocean for Emma?

 

Just as a side warning – this book has a lot of adult content and it is not suitable for younger readers.

 

 




What I liked

 

Firstly, I just want to say that I really liked Emma and felt so sorry for her. I don’t normally go for the Damsel in Distress type characters, as I prefer my female characters with a bit more confidence and strength, but – poor Emma! She really is one of those characters that you just wanted to give a big hug to! Her mother was just a monster and treated her like s*** the whole time and Emma just felt powerless to do anything about it. It really broke my heart seeing the mistreatment that Emma went through and I instantly fell in love with her, hoping that things would turn out all right.

 

Thank god for Aiden – the American Cop that becomes her knight in shining armour. Aiden is pretty much Emma’s strength in this novel, he gives her the power to stand up to that hag of a mother and shows that there are still gentlemen around in this day and age! But by the same token, Aiden also has his own demons to overcome – and Emma becomes his redemption as much as his love.

 

The chapters are written from the POV of either Aiden or Emma. This is something that I’ve seen in some other Romantic series, such as the Tallenmere series and it works really well. It makes the story that much more interested and as we would have one chapter from one character’s thoughts and then hear the next characters thoughts/reactions to what just happened. This added plenty of dimensions to the story and really delved into the characters (broken) psyche.

 

Now a problem that I’ve noticed in some Romance stories is that the author almost has to “force” the two main characters together without developing it. Not the case here! The romance takes it’s time to flow, mainly because Emma is too scared to commit to anything at first, given her abusive family history. Aiden has to prove himself to Emma to be worthy of her love, much like any real love story. I’ve always believed the essence of a true love story (or any story for that matter) is that the protagonists have to fight for their love and that there should be something that gets in the way. And there were enough emotional obstacles here to help build on the characters trust. And in the end, the fight is worth it! Have a box of tissues nearby when you’re reading this as the love story between these characters will definitely move you to tears.

 

 

What I didn’t like

 

One of the subplots was Aiden investigating a criminal underground whereby girls are going missing – and then Emma becomes one of the victims, leading Aiden to save her. Now as I mentioned earlier, I’m not a fan of Damsel in Distress storylines, so this point did annoy me a little bit. I guess it made sense within the context of the story – but it kinda cops out halfway through the middle and gets resolved a little to easily. Maybe it could have been expanded on a little more.

 

Secondly, after Aiden helps Emma stand up to her mother and move away with him, I didn’t really feel like the story had much else to go and just seem to go through the motions by the end. It could have maybe ended a bit sooner. Also, and this is just a personal thing, I REALLY wanted something bad to happen to Emma’s mother. She was just evil and I really wanted to see her get her comeuppance.  I guess Emma leaving her evil presence was comeuppance enough – but I just felt like she deserved something nasty happen to her for what she did to Emma!

 

 

PROS (I’m a Dreamer):

  • Characters instantly loveable.
  • POV gives inside into characters.
  • Romance is heartwarming.
  • Guaranteed to bring tears out.

 

 

CONS (Nightmare):

  • Maybe a little too long.
  • Adult content – not suitable for younger readers.

 

 


Summary

 

A moving and brilliantly written Romance novel. Proof that love can survive even across the pond. I highly recommend Wake Me Up for anyone who wants a tearjerking Romance with a heartwarming message. Go get yourself a copy now!

 

FINAL SCORE: 4.5/5

 

 

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Pandragon Reviews - Sunset

 

Today is a first on Pandragon Reviews. Whilst I have reviewed a lot of Romance novels since doing this review post, today is the first Paranormal Gay Romance novel that I have read. Now, I myself am straight, but I have absolutely no problem with LGBT fiction, nor do I feel uncomfortable reading it. Plus, I think it’s time I read a novel that was a little different to the other stuff I’ve been reviewing.

 

Today’s novel is called Sunset – a story that involves magic, vampires and sci-fi action. It’s written by Arshad Ahsanuddin, who was an absolute gentleman to talk to over email when he sent the request. So let’s get our fangs out and sink them into Sunset.

 

 

About The Author (written in the Author’s own words)

 

By profession, I am a hematopathologist, a laboratory physician who specializes in diagnosis of diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukaemia and lymphoma. Yes, I realize the irony that I write about vampires. ;)

 

The Pact Arcanum Saga consists of five books: Sunset, Cathedral of the Sky, Sunrise, Moonlight, and Starlight. It is best described as non-explicit, near-future gay vampire space opera/paranormal romance. The Interscission Project is space opera/time travel/gay romance.  The first book is Zenith, available now.  A short story, Nadir (Book Zero), is also available free on most distributors.

 

 

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Cover

 

At first, when I saw this cover, if I didn’t already know the type of story that I would be reviewing, I would have said that this was a swords and sorcery novel. Not that that was a problem of course. This cover is really bright with some elements of dark to it. And the sword just looks wicked!

 

 

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

 

An unlikely savior emerges to prevent the advent of mass destruction and genocide descending on the world…

 

By Day

 

Los Angeles, 2040. When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker - a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.

 

By Night

 

The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers - handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory. Both men love Nick. But neither can protect the new Ambassador to Humanity from the events he has set in motion.

 

By the Sword

 

Jeremy Harkness was lured into Medusa's service under false pretenses. A loner with no one and nothing to cling to, he was willing to die for his cause. But the night Medusa tried to obliterate Los Angeles, Jeremy met Nick Jameson, triggering the onset of his own psychic gifts. For Jeremy is the third race of metahuman, a Sentinel, born to kill the Nightwalkers with no quarter asked or offered. And neither Medusa nor the Court of Shadows will settle for peace when they can make war.

 

Betrayal and treachery lurk around every corner on the road to coexistence, and at every turn, Nick must question who to trust among his metahuman allies, friends, and lovers—before their civilization is plunged into the depths of darkness and bloodshed. With millennia-old magic, emerging romance, and ever-shifting allegiances, this inventive series unveils a scintillating, homoerotic world of Nightwalkers, Daywalkers, Sentinels, and Humans, who battle for world dominance in the not-too-distant future.

 

 

What I liked

 

The story was interesting and I found the concept of the three metahuman races really cool to read. Throughout the story, we also got little bits of art from the seals of different houses. This really opened up the world for me and helped expand on the mythos behind the story. There is also a character list and a timeline at the end of the book which helped expand the story without adding too much exposition into the main plot.

 

The main plot involves around the humans being exposed to the metahuman races thanks to Nick using his magic. Whilst he does this for honourable reasons – it causes a chain of events that spiral out of control for the metahumans. As the mortals learn of their existence, it becomes abundantly clear that an alliance needs to be made with the mortals and the metahumans or else all out war will break. It kinda reminded me a lot about current events in the world, with countries falling apart and making war on each other. I don’t know if that was the authors intention, but it worked well for me.

 

I did enjoy the way the plot twisted and, whilst you thought you knew who the villains were, the book occasionally throws a spanner into the works that makes you second guess what you thought you knew. Without too many spoilers, I did also find the last part of the book a little bit sad as well. But I’ll say no more for spoiler purposes.

 

Another main bulk of the story is the (somewhat confusing) love triangle around Nick. It seems that everyone wants a piece of this hunky Daywalker – and why not? I mentioned earlier that this is a gay Paranormal Romance, so you won’t find any hot, steamy sex scenes that you get in other Romance novels. In fact, I actually felt that the sex scenes were quite tame and actually rather sweet. Like I said, I have no problem with LGBT and so I don’t feel uncomfortable reading about this. In fact, I actually thought it was good that the romantic elements worked alongside the main plot, and weren’t just thrown in for the sake of it, so they didn’t act as a distraction to what was going on.

 

 

What I didn’t like

 

As much as I enjoyed the story, I have to be honest – the pace was a little slow in places. It’s not a long book by any means (500 pages or so – but I’ve read A Game of Thrones so this length is nothing), but there are times when the story takes a while to get going. The main plot has a lot of hanging around and not a great deal happens for the first few pages. I understand that the plot was building up, but in my opinion the pace could have picked up a lot sooner.

 

Also, I have to be honest, I occasionally lost track of the characters throughout the story. There were times when I had to go back and re-read certain segments to remind myself who was what in what context. Luckily the guide at the end filled me in with the details I needed. I’m not saying the characters weren’t fleshed out or not done very well, I just think there may have been a few too many for me to keep up with. But that’s just me.

 

 

PROS (fangtastic):

  • Interesting mythos of the metahumans and the supplement material helps expand on this.
  • Story twists and turns.
  • Romantic scenes aren’t too erotic.
  • Fans of LGBT fiction will enjoy this.

 

 

CONS (fangs for nothing):

  • Plot slow in places.
  • Maybe a few too many characters to keep up with.

 

 

Summary

 

As a Gay Romance, it works very well and I can see others enjoying it just as well. It probably could have helped if the pace was a little faster, but I am aware that this is the first book in a series – so the other books I’m sure will have a faster pace. But on the whole I enjoyed reading it. It has a lot of great qualities to it – and it’s nice t have a vampire story that doesn’t feel like a Twilight clone. If you like vampire stories or Space Operas, give this one a go.

 

 

FINAL SCORE: 4/5

 

 

 

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Author Interview and Giveaway: Michelle Horst

Hey guys. Today I'm very excited for two reasons.

 

Firstly, it's St Patricks Day! So to start off - Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!

 

 
 
Now, onto the most important part of today. I'm excited to welcome back to my blog, Michelle Horst!
 
A couple of years ago, I reviewed Michelle's novel Vaalbara: Visions and Shadows. Whilst I had some reservations of the content and wondered if it was too overly dark for some readers, I was drawn to her excellent storytelling and characters. Having got to know her outside of writing, I can honestly say that she is one of the most honest and funniest people I know! She's a fantastic author that has gathered a strong, dedicated following of readers.
 
I'll be reviewing her novel Wake Me Up in a couple of months time - but today she's agreed to join my blog for an interview - and I'm glad that she's agreed to do so! So let's welcome Michelle to my blog and get to know her a little more!
 
 

 

 

 

Michelle, thank you so much for joining me on my blog! It's a pleasure to have you here today! Why don't you tell the readers what first inspired you to get into writing?
 

I’ve always loved reading. I started scribbling some poetry down as a child, and I guess the bug bite back then already. In my late twenties I started playing with the idea of writing an actual novel, but I only got the chance to sit down and write my first book in my middle thirties. My true inspiration? I guess you could say never letting go of that dream inside of you.

 

 

That is a really good attitude to have! So, who are your favourite authors?

 

Gosh, there are so many! Belle Aurora, Cora Carmack, Lisa De Jong, Penelope Douglas, and Veronica Roth – I could go on forever.

 

 

If I had the space on my blog I'd let you! XD  Which, in your opinion is more important – story or characters?

 

The storyline. You can have the best character in the world but if your plot falls flat it’s gonna suck. You have to keep your reader interested.

 

 

Speaking of story, what do you look for in a good story?

 

I’m a sucker for romance and friendship. There’s so much violence and bitchiness in the world, I really don’t need to read about it over and over. I don’t mind it, but don’t let it rule every page. I like suspense just like every other reader, but some authors forget about good ole’ romance and friendship and skip right on to sex, blood and gore.

 

 

Yup. I have to agree with you there. What’s the best advice you can give to authors?

 

A good book is all about pacing a story just right. Don’t repeat the same word over and over; you’ll irritate your reader. Use a thesaurus – magical little book filled with wordlist.  

 

 

So, what are you working on at the moment?

 

I’ll be working on a Novelette that will be released in an anthology with two amazing other authors.

 

 

Mmmmmm, interesting. I look forward to reading that! Do you have any favourite characters in the story?

 

No, every character in Wake Me Up holds a specific place in my heart.

 

 

If your book was turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters?

 

Would love for Mike Vogel to play Aiden, and Emma Watson to play Emma. They’d be my dream team. As for the mother, gosh, that’s another cup of tea all together.

 

 

Do you have any other hobbies other than writing?

 

I have a bird sanctuary. I house more than 600 birds, from Australian finches to some Amazon beauties. I have Koi, Sugar Gliders and 4 dogs than keeps me busy, as well.

 

 

Oh wow! That's cool! So I take it that if they ever remake The Birds, they'll be calling you up then? lol! Anyway, these next ones are just for fun. Are you a summer or winter person?

 

I’m a spring and fall person. I don’t like it too hot and not too cold.

 

 

Night owl or morning person?

 

Both. I go to bed at between 1 and 2 a.m. and I’m up at 5 a.m.

 

 

Yikes! I don't think I could do that! Fair play to you! Favourite food/drink?

 

Anything unhealthy.  I love Sprite zero and coffee. Don’t like dinner.

 

 

Yeah, unhealthy is awesome! Now, the important question. Who would win in a fight between a zombie ninja dragon and a cyborg unicorn with advanced weaponry?

 

Mmm… Cyborg Unicorn. I think the zombie ninja dragon’s gonna wipe-out due to being a bit on the slow side. (That’s if he’s like all the other zombies I’ve seen in movies, and he’s a slow poke). Plus, I’m a girl. I like girlie stuff. You put a unicorn there and I’m bound to choose the unicorn, even if it comes with armour.

 

 

Fair enough. Ok, now this is the pretty cool stuff! You’re a superhero – what powers would you prefer out of each list and why?

 

 Superstrength or superspeed?

 

Wowza – uhm… speed, I’m and impatient person.

 

 

Ok, flight or teleportation?

 

Teleportation – again, faster method of transport.

 

 

Gale-force breath or freeze breath?

 

(I hope both of these come with breath mints.) I’ll go with freeze. I might kill someone with gale-force. Safety first!

 

 

I'm sure we can chuck a few in for you! XD Heat vision or telekinesis?

 

Damn, telekinesis. For the safety of mankind. Can’t go burning up the planet, now can we?

 

 

No we can't! Invincibility or accelerated healing factor?

 

Invincibility, of course. You won’t need the healing factor if you’re all invincible. I like this one!

 

 

Thanks for the interview, Dan! This was so much fun. I’d like to add that I’m giving away 3 copies of Wake Me Up to three of your lucky readers.

 

 

 

No worries, Michelle. It was a pleasure! And yeah, as you heard guys, she's giving away 3 copies of her critically acclaimed novel Wake Me Up, and all you have to do to get one is to leave a comment below!

 

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Thanks for coming Michelle! Hope you enjoyed it! And thanks for reading, guys. Have a great day!

 

Happy Reading everyone ;)

 

 

 

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Pandragon Reviews - The Silver Cross

Hey guys, here we are for another Pandragon Review! Today is a special one as this book has not one but two authors, a brother and sister team! Today’s novel is book 1 of the Vampire Nightlife series – The Silver Cross.

 

Now personally, I’m not a huge fan of vampire stories. For one reason, I just don’t feel comfortable for many authors making a romantic figure out of something that is essentially a killer. Another reason – Stephanie Meyer XD. But, it’s unfair to judge a genre based on that, and there are some good vampire stories out there. And this is one of them!

 

Also, since Halloween is right around the corner, why not have a vampire story to review for it. So, let’s get our teeth into (I really must stop making these bad puns!) The Silver Cross.

 

 

About The Authors

 

Debra L Martin writes fantasy and science fiction with her co-author and brother, David W Small.  They have been writing together since 2006 and make their partnership work through the use of email, Instant Messaging and Skype.  Their newest release is THE SILVER CROSS, Book 1 in the "Vampire Nightlife" series.  They have written three other novels, ASSASSIN'S CURSE, Book 1 in the "Witch Stone Prophecy," QUEST FOR NOBILITY and THE CRYSTAL FACADE in the "Rule of Otharia" series and three novellas in the DARK FUTURE series.

 

They are currently working on WITCH'S CURSE, Book 2 in the Witch Stone Prophecy for a Winter 2013 release.

 

Debra lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 cats.  By day she works as a Programs Manager at a major research university. She blogs regularly at Two Ends of the Pen about writing, publishing, ebooks, guest posts, author interviews and book reviews. You can also find a complete list of her published books including her romance titles she writes under pen name, Debra Elizabeth.

 

David lives on the West Coast with his wife.  He retired from the Marines after 21 years and currently works as a Network Lead Specialist.

 

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Debra-L-Martin/e/B003Q1WLXY/

 

 

 

Cover

 

If this book doesn’t make you steamy then nothing will! I’m actually not sure if the woman in the picture is supposed to be the heroine of the book, as this book is set in modern times and her dress is a little bit old fashioned. Nevertheless, this is a raunchy cover that I'm sure will catch a few eyes!

 

 

Overview

 

Lacey Gardner works for a special department called the Fringe Department. At first glance, they sound like they hunt down people with bad haircuts, but in actual fact they are vampire hunters. Lacey has a particular issue with them as they killed her sister long ago and has never really been the same since. But not only that, due to an altercation with that same vampire, some vampire blood got into her – meaning that her strength, reflexes and senses are heightened and that she can take on any vampire that crosses her path.

 

During an investigation into a string of vampire killings, she comes across a guy called Damon Harte, who owns his own bar. Strangely, she finds herself attracted to him and (you guessed it), they soon fall in love. What Lacey DOESN’T realise is that Damon is also a vampire – but one of the good ones. Damon is also a special case as he wears a silver cross around his neck – even though vampires are supposed to be vulnerable to silver in this context. The story of how this happened is actually an interesting one, but I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum.

 

Thrown into the mix is a guy called Nic, a rather nasty vampire that has a grudge against Damon and wants his cross. Que tons of bullets firing, blood flowing and fisticuffs, leading up to a really impressive showdown at the end.

 

The Silver Cross is essentially a cop show, with vampires, so if you enjoy a fast paced story with interesting characters this is the book for you. There are only a few chapters in this book, so you can read through it in a few hours – but the pace is great. At no point does the story feel sluggish, or too much exposition is thrown in. I think it helps that the characters are also likeable and have enough character development for the reader to associate with them. Lacey is a strong heroine and I liked it that, whilst she had a pretty dark and depressing past, that she had some wit and humour to her. Had she just been the usual “stoic protagonist that never laughs” kinda gal I wouldn’t have liked her as much as I did. Damon was also a pretty good character and his past was equally as interesting. He’s a vampire that believes that they can live amongst the humans without causing a war and goes to a lot of lengths to try and keep this up.

 

He’s a stark contrast to Nic, who is pretty much an evil bastard. He’s one of those “love to hate” kinda villains that manipulates people for his own needs, and he really has a grudge against Damon as well and seems to want to not just defeat him, but discredit him, knowing the love that he has for Lacey.

 

If there are any problems to this story is that it does fall into some clichés now and then. Most of which you can see coming a mile off. I mentioned something about Lacey’s sister being killed, and if you know fiction then you’ve probably guessed what happens in the book (and if you haven’t, then I’m saying nothing). And the ending is a little bit of a slap in the face for my tastes – but then I am aware that this is part of a series so I’m sure it will work itself out later.

 

Overall, I did enjoy this book as it had a book pace and some nice character development. And I think others that love vampire stories will to. Another bonus was that the vampires didn’t sparkle – which is always a good thing!

 

 

PROS (fangtastic):

  • Exciting pace and plot.
  • Good characterisation.
  • Interesting story behind the cross.
  • The vampires don’t sparkle!

 

CONS (driving the stake):

  • A few minor clichés and predictable plot twists.
  • Wasn’t so keen on the ending.

 

Summary

 

The Silver Cross is a very good vampire story if you want something a little more than a standard romantic vampire story. There is plenty of romance in it of course, but there is plenty to satisfy those who want a little bit more action. I’d recommend this one for all you vampire lovers out there.

 

FINAL SCORE: 4/5

 

 

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A Ranger's Tale Tour - Review Special!!!

Hey guys! Welcome to a very special post! Today, as part of the A Ranger's Tale Tour, I get to re-review one of my favourite books of 2011! Read on for details!

 

 

Title: A Ranger’s Tale

 

Series: Tallenmere

 

Author: Mysti Parker

 

Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance

 

Publisher: Melange Books

 

Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print

 

Release Date: January, 2011

 

 

BLURB

 

In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, an elven noblewoman longed to leave her gilded cage. A half-breed former pirate wanted nothing more than to escape his guilty past. Easier said than done...

 

High elf Caliphany Aranea leads an enviable life as King Leopold's niece and daughter of Sirius, Leogard's most famous wizard. Yet, being forced to follow in her father's footsteps and being betrothed to a man she doesn't even like makes her want a taste of life outside the city walls.

 

As a young boy, half-elf Galadin Trudeaux witnessed his parents' death at the hands of pirates. After being raised by those same murderers and forced to do their bidding, he escaped and now lives an honest life as a sea merchant and ranger.

 

When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap Caliphany while she dreams of faraway lands, Galadin comes to her rescue. Impressed by his skills, she asks him to train her as a ranger. Though he is hesitant at first to train a woman of her class, Caliphany's hefty sack of gold finally persuades him. Unfortunately, her father is not amused, and the two must escape before Caliphany faces a forced marriage and Galadin faces a noose.

 

From that moment on she and Galadin embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Only if they can survive the trials ahead, will they find a love that stands the test of time.

 

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About Mysti Parker

 

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger's Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya's Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

 

Mysti's other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University's six week free course, F2K.

 

Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder's Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

 

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Tallenmere Series:

 

A Ranger's Tale, Tallenmere #1

Serenya's Song, Tallenmere #2

Hearts in Exile, Tallenmere #3

 

My Review

 

I’m absolutely honoured  to be part of this tour – as it gives me a chance to revisit one of my favourite books of 2011 by one of my favourite authors of all time! A Ranger’s Tale is where the Tallenmere series starts and what introduced me to the wonderful world and characters that inhabit it.

 

You’ve probably already read the blurb, so I won't repeat myself. For those of you who have read my reviews before, this one will be done slightly differently as I don’t want to make this post too long. Even though I could go on for ages praising this book.

 

Firstly, if elves are your favourite fantasy creature, this book is right up your street! You’ll definitely grow to love the characters of Cali and Galadin and really support the love between the two characters. I personally had never read any Romance prior to this one, but this book helped me gain an appreciation of Romance (yeah, I’m a big softy at heart!). Mainly because I could really feel the love between the two characters and it didn’t feel forced like some other romance stories.

 

Cali is a very strong female lead – not too perfect, but not exactly a damsel in distress. I’d actually go far as to say she’s one of my favourite heroines of all time (in fact, when I did a blog as to how to create strong female leads, I listed her as one of my examples) and I always loved reading about her. Others will to and you will support her in her journey, considering the hard time she has. Galadin was equally as good a male role, though he does come across as a bit of a bastard at times – but he was equally as well crafted. Strangely enough, the one character I felt sorry for was Jayden – although I’d spoil the surprise if I said why. I was actually glad he had a starring role in the sequel as he was a pretty decent character.

 

The pace of the story moves quickly – sometimes too quick. Plot points can be resolved as quickly as they are brought up with no real time to develop. Nevertheless, the chapters are very short and you can breeze through them in a matter of moments. I never once got bored reading this story.

 

My only minor gripe is a couple of anachronisms, when one character refers to another as being “robotic”, or when some character says the words “thank God”. These feel more like modern words and kinda out of place in this sort of world.

 

As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best Fantasies I’ve ever read – and I don’t say that likely. In fact, Mysti has been somewhat of an inspiration for my writing as I do try and add more of a romantic feel to my novels. Whether you want a good love story, or a good escapist Fantasy, A Ranger's Tale is the book for you and will definately give you a great story.

 

As if that wasn’t enough, A Ranger's Tale is currently available for $2.99! So now you got a good excuse to go buy it. And while you’re at it, go for the other books in Tallenmere as well. I insist. Go buy them. Why are you not buying them? Go buy them NOW!!!

 

 

FINAL SCORE: 5/5

 

 

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour by clicking on the picture below! Thanks to Page Turner Book Tours for letting me be part of the tour!

 

 

 

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