Saturday, March 8, 2014

Before True Light: The Awakening by Sarah Buchynski

This is a delightful coming of age story in a time when you truly had to know who you were.  It has a nice setting and the story moves along pretty quickly.   I like the author’s use of description to paint a picture of what this world is like and how there is no doubt who the heroine is but some doubt as to how she’s going to fulfill her destiny.

The writing is good and the story is a classic one but well worth reading.  I like the use of magic and how it’s explained as well as the interaction between the characters.  The main character is strong and just gets stronger toward the end of the book.  You definitely want to root for her in her hour of need and cry when she tries to give up.  Well worth reading.

Reviewed by Sue Owen

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Borrowed Lives by Kevin Crouch

This is one of those rare books that combines magic, time travel and coming of age love story.  I really liked Crouch’s concepts of how time travel works for his protagonist, Ray.  It was well written and the plot moves along nicely.  I enjoyed how the author was able to incorporate the concepts and issues surrounding time travel into his story to make it entertaining and not confusing.

I have to say, however, that there were times that he over described things.  For me, I wanted to get on with the main story and there were some areas where the author put in information and side tales that I felt didn’t move the main story along.  I suggest that maybe he make those into separate adventures for Ray because they could easily have been a whole book just on those parts.

But overall I did enjoy reading this story and would recommend it as a cross between a love story and science fiction.  Don’t miss it!

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Reviewed by Sue Owen

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Freedom's Sword by Jeanne Tomlin

Set in old Scotland it had my attention right away.  This is a setting that I’ve used many times in my own writing and one that I particularly love.   The author remains true to history and follows a knight that should be king through his trials and tribulations.  It is extremely well written and the descriptions as well as characters are truly believable.  You know right away who your hero is and I found myself yelling at him often as he makes the noble decisions and not the ones I think he should make.

Lots of action, fighting and plenty of times to sit back and reflect on what life really was like back then.  The author tossed in enough of everyday life to keep me interested and I kept saying to myself “yeah, that’s exactly how it must have been.”   An enjoyable read and will keep you interested the whole way through.

Reviewed by Sue Owen