Friday, April 29, 2011

[FireHeart - Exploring Worlds of Fantasy] Readers are raving aboutThe Emeral...

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Readers are raving about The Emerald Atlas!

"...a great story is all in the telling, and in The Emerald Atlas the telling is superb." - The Wall Street Journal

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"...The Emerald Atlas was an amazing adventure...full of twists and turns making it hard to
stop reading. I can't wait for the next book in the series!" - mwchristine

"I loved The Emerald Atlas! It's full of great adventure, surprising plot twists, and the
perfect amount of sarcastic humor. The characters are artfully crafted..." - masquerade1


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The Emerald Atlas
by John Stephens

Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being mysteriously protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about. Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history.

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by Daniel Kraus

Joey Crouch is a normal sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom and trying hard to avoid the daily humiliations of high school. When Joey's mother dies in a tragic accident, he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known—a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. Joey's life takes a turn to the macabre and exhilarating.

Daniel Kraus' masterful plotting and unforgettable characters make Rotters a moving, terrifying, and unconventional epic about fathers and sons, complex family ties, taboos, and the ever-present specter of mortality.

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Faerie Winter
by Janni Lee Simner

The long-awaited sequel to Janni Lee Simner's breathtaking fantasy debut, Bones of Faerie.

Born in the wake of the war between humanity and Faerie, Liza lived in a world where green things never slept, where trees sought to root in living flesh and bone. But now the forests have fallen silent. Even the evergreens' branches are bare. Winter crops won't grow, and the threat of starvation looms. And deep in the forest a dark, malevolent will is at work. To face it, Liza will have to find within herself something more powerful than magic alone.

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by Martyn Bedford

Fourteen-year-old Alex goes to bed one December night only to wake up in June in the wrong bedroom of an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers, and when he looks in the mirror, another boy's face stares back at him—a boy named Flip.

Unless Alex finds out what's happened and how to get back to his own life, he may be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else. Questions of identity, the will to survive, and what you're willing to sacrifice to be alive make this extraordinary book impossible to put down.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

[FireHeart - Exploring Worlds of Fantasy] Crystal Gorge - TheDreamers Book 3...

Crystal Gorge (The Dreamers, #3)Crystal Gorge by David Eddings

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, honestly I haven't read the Malloreon and the Belgariad series,
yet somebody strongly recommended David & Leigh Eddings' books for me to study, as I am a fantasy author myself.

From the Dreamers series, I learned how to "control" so many characters as per their role in the story.

Yet, in Crystal Gorge, as well as other series, "gods" and "dreams" are involved, things are quite revealed and foretold. The most exciting part is, of course the details and backgrounds of the characters that made them likable and the "tactics" the armies used, using the resources of the land so brilliantly so they can win battles with minimal casualties.

And well, as spoiler goes, none of the key characters has been "killed" yet this time, and how the final victory factor was discovered and available - though still, brilliantly executed, using the elemental pattern of: 1. Earth (+Fire), 2. Water, 3. Fire (+Wind), and later, 4. Wind (+Ice). The pattern, as well as the targets of attack, though predictable are simply brilliant.

One thing, though, for me, it's always so sickening when "gods" are involved - although it's all logical and necessary as a decisive factor. I mean, as the characters said, "What use are the outlanders if a single person (through the dreamers) can win this war?" - and the reasons are (yet again) brilliantly explained in the story.

Overall, it's really fascinating, and maybe I'll read more of David Edding's works next time.

Favourite characters:
1. Keselo - for his brilliance and use of his knowledge
2. Rabbit - his expertise is more of the technical side, yet he's a funny bunny
3. Ekial - New favourite, especially for his prowess and speed as a cavalry commander
4. Longbow - Grim determination and a brilliant tactician. He's actually the "leading role", right?
5. Eleria - Kiss kiss, hug, hug!
6. Veltan - He tends to do his job well, but on occasions tends to avoid responsibilities
7. Dahlaine - A bit of absent-minded, probably because of ooooolld age. Sleepyhead, in exact
8. Zelana - beautiful, gorgeous, loving, absolutely stunning

Characters I'd like to punch in the face:
1. Ara - a mysterious, "treasured one". She seems to control everything from the background.
2. Omago - what a lucky chap, right, "Father"?
3. Trenicia - a bit of a blockhead, maybe but it's probably because of lack of technology.
4. Sorgan - a sarcastic, yet cooperative chap
5. Ox - the most powerful human of the lot
6. Aracia - I can't help but feel sorry for her
7. Lillabeth, Ashad, Yaltar - all they have to do, is dream... dream, dream, dream...
8. Balacenia, Enalla, Vash & Dakas - the "Big Me"s really added up to the mountainous pile of names...

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

[Riverstream Rhapsody] Rio

Blu a rare Macaw (He is the last male of his kind) is forced to leave his homestaste of Minnesota to meet Jewel (She is the last female of her and Blus kind) in Rio De Juinero. Blu first meets Nico and Pedro when he arives at Rio who gives Blu advice about Brazilian ladies. When Blu meets Jewel he takes nico and pedros advice and fails/gets rejected. later that night Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by poachers who think they can sell them for a fortune. Blu and Jewel escape but there forced to walk (since Blu cant fly and he is chained to Jewel.) The poachers pet bird Nigel goes and tells his monkey friend Fernando and tells him and his monkey friends to find and catch Blu and Jewel. After meeting Rafael Blu trys to fly but ends up failing in an near life death experiance. They then run into Nico and Pedro and go to a bird club and dance. Fernando spots them and tells them to come with him. That then sparks a war between Birds and Monkeys. Blu and Jewel get out and meet Rafael and Luiz who then breaks there Blu amd Jewels chain on there leg. As Jewel goes for a fly around rio she gets caught by Nigel. Nico and Pedro tell Blu that Jewel got caught.. Blu then goes to get Jewel.


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