Friday, October 7, 2011

My second book review "The Realms Thereunder"

I have been a Sci Fi/Fantasy junkie since ever. I love putting myself in a world where the current rules don't all apply. I love opening up possibilities and opportunities to play with reality. Since I have become a Christian I have shied away from Sci Fi/Fantasy because it didn't seem right. I was so happy to receive this new book "The Realms Thereunder" to fill my Fantasy fix.

The premise of the book, without giving anything big away is that there is a force of timeless soldiers that protect the modern day earth from dark forces. These soldiers have been asleep but there is great dark power building and they may need to wake up.

We follow two young adults. Freya Reynolds and Daniel Tully, on their journey. Daniel is a person hungry for a chance to make a difference and to escape his poor and abusive childhood. Freya would rather not be put in the middle of anything. She just wants to be normal, and not stand out. She has a touch of OCD (a bit more than a touch). She is cast into this journey against her wishes.

The book is well written and the possibilities are endless. I like the premise and the plot development. I love Daniel and relate to him well. He is not afraid to take on any challenge. I look for Freya to become more open. She hides information and wants so desperately to blend in. I cannot like her. Well maybe in the next book.

It sure filled my Fantasy needs and I look forward to the next book.

Here is the official backstory:

Ancient legend tells of an army of knights that will remain sleeping until the last days.
The knights are waking up.
A homeless man is stalked by a pale, wraithlike creature with a mouthful of needle-sharp teeth. Maimed animals and a host of suicides cluster around a mountain in Scotland. And deep beneath the cobbled streets of Oxford, a malicious hoard besieges a hidden city.
Freya Reynolds is a university student with a touch of OCD and an obsession with myth and folklore. Daniel Tully is living rough on the streets of Oxford, waging a secret war against an enemy only he can identify. Years ago, they found themselves in a world few know is real. They have since gone their separate ways and tried to put that adventure behind them.
But the mythical world is now bleeding into our reality—a dark spiritual evil that is manifesting itself in forgotten corners of the British Isles. Alex Simpson is a Scottish police officer who specializes in hunting mythical creatures. Together, they must confront the past, the present, and points beyond to defeat the ultimate threat to humanity.
Nothing they've seen so far prepares them for what awaits . . . in The Realms Thereunder.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm a book reviewer...YAY!!! First Review -- Out of Control by Mary Connealy

I am so excited, I will be reviewing books for Bethany House!!! I have recently had to stop buying books by Zondervon because of their library policies (They are owned by Harper Collins see the article here I have been reading a great deal of the wonderful Bethany House authors since February.

The book I am reviewing today is "Out of Control" by Mary Connealy. It is the first book in the Kincaid Brides series.

It was a wonderful read. What I loved the most is that the people in the novel were real. Sometimes I find in the Christian Romance novels the Hero or Heroine obsess about something in their past which is quite minor and it controls their whole lives. I think it is done in order to make a broken person who is also good and kind. In this book, Julia and Rafe both have been through very difficult lives, and they have warts, but they are REAL.

Another thing that I love about this book, is that Julia and Rafe feel real desire. It is still clean but there is an acknowledgment that they forget the world when they kiss. I love that.

Another thing I love is that Rafe has the older brother attitude down to a "T". And his younger brothers, Ethan and Seth, are so darn real, and cool and conflicted. I honestly cannot wait for the next book.

I had some trouble warming up to Julia however. She is a bossy boots, and the characters in the book talk about her softer, kinder side but I don't think we see it, or I didn't identify it. I loved her step-mom though. I loved that Audra was upset that everyone treated her like a invalid. I can't wait to read the next book!! Audra and Ethan???

Here is the back cover bit:

Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys studying the fossils and formations in the magnificent cave near her father's house. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to climb out.
Rafe Kincaid is a man used to being in control--of himself, his brothers, and his family's ranch. The last thing he expects is to find a woman trapped in the cavern on his land--or to be forced to kiss her!
Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known. But when their developing relationship threatens a reconciliation with his brothers, will Rafe have to choose between his family and this new love that could heal his troubled heart and secure his happiness?
Here is a link to the interview with Mary Connealy.

Interview with Mary Connealy

Friday, January 28, 2011

Toronto Teacher Mom is giving away a $40 Gift Card to CSN

Toronto Teacher Mom is giving away a $40 CSN Gift Card. This is what I am looking at (as you may have noticed, I am all over the map as to what I would actually order...but if I win I guarantee I will buy something wonderful.

Realized Returns is giving away a Kindle Jan 31

Realized Returns is giving away a Kindle on his site. You want a Kindle, you know you want a Kindle. Get over there and enter!!

Momma in Flip Flops is giving away a $100 GC to Red Envelope Feb09

Momma In Flip Flops is giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to Red Envelope. It is in time for Valentines Day. Now hubby and I don't usually exchange gifts on Valentines day but I thought nothing says I love you like bucky balls. Well at least that is my hubby's point of view.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tales of a Ranting Ginger is giving away a large envie of Coupons

Tales of a Ranting Ginger is giving away a big envie of coupons. Now I love coupons. No I REALLY love coupons. I'm aiming to win this one!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

NaturalMommie is giving away a Rock Candy shower curtain Feb07

Natural Mommie is giving away a Rock Candy Life Shower Curtain. There are some beautiful examples there. The one that I love is this one:

MyOrganizedChaos is giving away a Philips SonicCare toothbrush Jan 25

My Organized Chaos is giving away a Philips Sonicare toothbrush in a basket of goodies. I think she is trying to give us a good reason to brush up before we use the sonicare. Here is a pic:

Monday, January 17, 2011

West Coast Mama is giving away a Recipe Binder from Galison Mudpuppy Ends Jan 26th

West Coast Mama is giving away a recipe binder from Galison Mudpuppy. You have got to go look around Galison Mudpuppy. I am drooling all over my keyboard. The recipe binder is very bright and cheery and will look amazing in my kitchen if I do say so myself. Here is a pic: