Tag Archive | Fantasy

The Wolf of Tebron by C.S. Lakin

Hello all,

 I am sorry this post is coming later in the day, hopefully you will still get some use out of it.

A while back my husband did a review of the book, it was “an advanced readers copy”… which since we are married and it is a common law state…all things being equal…yadda yadda…I read his book. 🙂

At the time I had a hard time getting into the book, but I liked the idea behind the book for a few reasons.

 1) I love wolves; anything to do with wolves (BESIDES a certain vampire vs. werewolf series…) I like to read it. I love watching national geographical movies about wolves, I like the sound wolves make, especially the howling at the moon… (right Tess and amy???) I love their fur, their eyes and their big huge paws. Suffice it to say, I like wolves.

2)In the book, Joran, the main character, is able to “mindspeak” with animals. I would like to be able to do this. I think though that while the book was fantasy-ish in this, the thoughts that the animals had were very…animal-ish. lol That is to say that I think C.S. Lakin did a good job portraying this side of the animals.

3)I like the journey that Joran makes…not only the physical journey, but the mental one where he has to confront some ideas about himself that were false…very good portrayal of the dilemma that seems to go through a person.

A few reasons that I found it hard to re-read the book…

1)In the book, Joran seems at times like he is a 14 yr old boy, and at others a 20-year-old man.
I had a hard time meshing these two images that I got from the book together, so I think some work could be done to rectify that situation.

2) I am in the middle of another series of books by a different author that is more historical fiction, and it seems sometimes I have a hard time switching genres if I am really involved in one sort of one for a different sort of one.

3)I have had a very hectic couple of weeks since I received the book. I am trying to get over being sick and with the holidays thrown in there, as well as trying to figure out how we are going to make ends meet and praying for a different job for my husband…it has just been hard to read anything…let alone something I have already read.

All that being said… I don’t know. I like the book, but I am not sure who I would recommend it to…that is what age group I would recommend it for. While I think some teens might get a kick out of it, I do not think that the struggles that Joran goes through would resonate with a younger set of readers, but at the same time, Joran at times seems so young that I am not sure if I want to recommend it to older readers…

All of THAT being said….. I am looking forward to reading C.S. Lakin’s next book in the Gates of Heaven series.

Check out what these other readers had to say about “The Wolf of Tebron” and the author’s blog for more info…and as always: In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Noah Arsenault
Amy Bissell
Red Bissell
Justin Boyer
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Jeff Chapman
Christian Fiction Book Reviews
Carol Bruce Collett
Valerie Comer
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
April Erwin
Andrea Graham
Nikole Hahn
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Bruce Hennigan
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Dawn King
Shannon McDermott
Matt Mikalatos
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Joan Nienhuis
Nissa
John W. Otte
Chawna Schroeder
Tammy Shelnut
Kathleen Smith
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Robert Treskillard
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler

Faery Rebel by R.J. Anderson #3

Well, here I am once again going on about the book, Faery Rebel by R.J. Anderson.

I really liked this book, not necessarily due to fanciful writing, but more because of the story. Mentioned in post #1 about this book, I told you that I liked the fact that the main character is a girl. I also liked that my expectations about the book were NOT met…now I mean that in a good way. I expected the book to be like a mix between a book about Tinkerbell and a book about Fern Gully, you know, “save the planet” meets “cute, but annoying at times fairy”.

I think there is some sort of difference between “Fairies” and “Faeries”, besides spelling that is. ..now I have nothing to corroborate this theory, except that “fairies” seem more unrealistic, and I can actually see “Faeries” being real. Does that make sense?

This book brought back memories of when I was a pre-teen and had read about the Little’s and actually believed in them, and I wanted them to be real so badly that I would leave stuff out for them to take. 🙂 I have not left anything out for faeries, but it brought back good memories.

One of the expectations I had, but did not have met was that there did not seem to be anything about God, or any sort of “christian” fiction in it. There was sci-fi/fantasy in it, but the only thing that seemed to point towards God was a being that they mentioned called “The Gardener”. It did not detract from the book, but was just something I expected…even at least something somewhat spiritual. It was still an entertaining story, just would have been neat with more stuff that points towards the ultimate creator of fantasy and creator of science.

Alright, enough about me, more about the book.

I told you that Knife has befriend a human… this human, named Paul McCormick, is actually someone from Knife’s past…a man that she ran into when they were both children. Since then, Paul has grown up, gone off to college and is now home…not by his choice tho. He now seems stuck in a “Throne” with big shiny wheels that he uses to go everywhere…he even has people push him around in this throne, the arrogance of humans.

Well, Paul, it seems used to be somewhat of an artist as a child…when him and Knife become friends, his talent seems to come back, a bit stronger than before…is there a connection between faeries and his re-found talent?

If you are interested in finding out, you should check the book out to find out what happens.

The book is Faery Rebel by R.J. Anderson. Make sure to check out the authors blog, or twitter and check the book out from the library and check out what these other bloggers have to say about the book.

God bless and happy reading!

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.”

Sally Apokedak
Brandon Barr
Amy Browning
Melissa Carswell
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
Nissa
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
Andrea Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher

Faery Rebel by R.J. Anderson #2

alright, yesterday I talked about how the main character of Faery Rebel was an adventurous girl trying to find out what was so backwards and off about her people.

Well the thing that seems so off is that for faery-folk, they seem in short supply of magic which affects their creativity. Everything is affected by this…they are not making new things, no new ideas, no more new books or songs written, no more new anything. What is going on with the faeries?

“Everyone” knows faeries are mostly magic and have lots of magic in them, but this group seems to have less and less of it as time goes on…where did it all go?

Only the queen of the faery-folk seems to be able to do magic when she desires….although in this book there are a couple of instances where Knife, (the main character) is able to inadvertently change her size from that of a faery, to that of a human…when she does tho, a bit of her magic (what makes up a faery, seems kind of like a life-force) goes away each time, as displayed by the lack of luster and sheen on her wings.

Faeries are typically supposed to stay away from humans, “monsters”, Knife knows this but for some reason is drawn to one human in particular…her curiosity gets the better of her and, against everything she has been taught, befriends this human! What will the outcome of this odd friendship be, how will this affect the other faeries, does anyone else even know of this friendship? What will happen to her should anyone find out?

Tune in to tomorrows post to find out more about Knife and the faery-folk of Oakenwyld.

The book is Faery Rebel by R. J. Anderson, make sure to check out the authors blog  and twitter and for other reviews of this book, make sure to check out these other blogs.

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.”

Sally Apokedak
Brandon Barr
Amy Browning
Melissa Carswell
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
Nissa
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
Andrea Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher

Faery Rebel by R.J. Anderson #1

Well this was actually the third book that I received in the mail, just on monday. I came home from going somewhere with my beautiful baby daughter, I checked the mail and had two packages in there, then as I was unlocking my front door, my next door neighbor opens her door and hands me another package! I was very excited. 🙂

I opened the package up that held Faery Rebel, and I was confused. I had not ordered a book by this name and could not remember signing up for a blog tour for this one recently. Now, keep in mind, in the past two months, I have had a baby, had gall bladder surgery and been to the ER twice. SO, I was REALLY trying to remember stuff, but when that much stuff goes on and you have a baby that is JUST now letting me sleep for 5 hours at time, it is easy to become forgetful.

Well, after the confusion was cleared up by my handsome husband, I set the book down because it looked like a children’s book and I just was not in the mood for it that day.  I had also read the inside of the book jacket and it sounded a little bit like Fern Gully mixed in with a story about Tinkerbell.

I was wrong. I am a grown woman and I can admit when I am wrong and I was wrong about this book.

Once I started reading it and got past the first page, I was hooked. I finished this book in 3 days. Which is saying a lot considering that I have a 2 month old baby.

The main character in this book is a girl, which I happen to love because I am a girl, who is a curious, faery adventurer that wants to feel the thrill of life, actual living. For her, this means living on the edge, getting close to danger, getting in fights with crows, getting close to the “monster” humans, and outwitting foxes, all while trying to figure out what is missing in not only her life, but the lives of those she lives with.  Something seems wrong, dull, and backwards about where her people are headed, but she can’t quite put her finger on it, until…… tune in to tomorrows post to find out!

The book is “Faery Rebel” by R.J. Anderson, Book 1 in the Spell Hunter Series.

Check out these other blogs to see what other people think of this faery rebel, and make sure to check out R. J. Anderson’s  blog too or twitter!

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.”

 

Sally Apokedak
Brandon Barr
Amy Browning
Melissa Carswell
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Julie
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
Nissa
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
Andrea Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher