A.N. Meade’s review Jul 17, 15 · edit
5 of 5 stars
Read from July 09 to 17, 2015
I absolutely loved this book. In this sequel to Thane, we get to learn a lot more about the world that these characters live in. There are some major plot twists also. About 80% in I wanted to scream at my kindle. He ties all the shocking bits up very well, and then leaves things open for a next book. I liked the detailed descriptions in the fight scenes. I think they were necessary to the evolution of the character relationships as well as giving you a better sense of what it meant to be trained under these different houses. There was also a distinctive romantic element to this story which I loved. Overall, Thane, and King’s Table are excellent YA stories. This series has mystery, adventure, action, fantasy and a hint of romance. It’s truly got a little bit of everything for everyone. Travis Daniel Bow is a fantastic story teller and I can’t wait to read his next creation.
Sonnet Vale, by Gena D. Lutz is a very fast paced paranormal romance about the title character Sonnet Vale who is a ‘hunter’ of vampires that commit crimes against humans. There are some really interesting aspects to the setting that she creates including a place called Phantom City that I can’t describe without adding in some spoilers. The heroine’s drive to seek out justice for the victims of violent crimes stems from her own dark past. There is also quite a bit of mystery surrounding her parentage and background. It was a fun read and I’d definitely recommend it to friends. It reminds me of the Anita Blake series with more story line and less sex. The banter between some of the characters is really witty and her writing style makes you want to find out what happens next. Gena D. Lutz is a great storyteller, and I’m interested to read more of her books.
Travis Daniel Bow has created an entire other world with his YA fantasy novel Thane. This book follows Timothy and his childhood friend Robert through their captivity by the Huctans, and eventual apprenticeships under a rebel force. I started this book and didn’t want to put it down. There are some violent scenes, but they’re relevant to the story and are nothing more than what would earn a PG or PG13 rating on television depending on the editing (My imagination tends to be a little darker ;). I’ve always loved the medieval time period, and he weaves historical aspects about their way of life with his fantasy very well. As far as his technical writing ability, it was written and edited well with no distracting errors that I noticed. The read is relatively fast paced which is sometimes hard to accomplish with the first novel in a series with as much of a background environment as this has. The characters were well developed and likable, with the more modern twist of a female heroine named Selena. If you like spies, swords, fantasy, action and adventure you will certainly find this book a worthwhile read. I can’t wait to read book 2 in the series.
In addition to being an author, I am also an avid reader. I devour books like they’re water, and it occurred to me that I am not the only author who is having trouble getting people to stop long enough to review their book before moving on to the next. I have been guilty of this myself, many times. I am going to make an effort now to post a review on each of the books I read. That being said, I will start to accept some books for review to those who wish to submit a copy. Message me on goodreads, and I can exchange contact information with you. I am interested in reading paranormal romance, YA, some erotica is okay. I also like the occasional horror/suspense novel. Please stick to these genres when requesting a review. I don’t want to read something I wouldn’t have liked anyway since that isn’t fair to anyone.
I’m excited to hear from you and see where this goes. Let me know if you’re an author looking for reviews for your book. I am also willing to do pdf or epub copies to people who post regular reviews on their blogs as well. Message me on facebook or good reads if you are interested in receiving reviewer copies of my books. Please include a link to your blog that you’ll be posting the review on. Thanks,
The title for Marked book 4 is going to be…. Love and War!
I’ve just finished 45000 words, so I’m hoping to publish within the next month or so. I’ll share more as I can 🙂