Monthly Archives: June 2016

Book Review: Fated Memories

Novel Title: Fated Memoriesfm
Author: Joan Carney
Source: Gifted by the author for an honest review
Score: 4 Dragon Prints paw

Joan Carney’s, Fated Memories, novel was a fantastic read. It transports the reader to the time of Civil War and follows a group of friends who are lost in the past, Kitty, Mags, and Simon. The novel is well written and I can that a lot of research went into it.

There were a couple of expectations from me for this novel. I believed that it would be a while before the point of view changes to Kitty’s, so it took a while to realize that I will not hear the private thoughts of Mags. I also believed that I would see scenes where the girls would talk about their past and bring up some material goods, the only time where I read Kitty bringing up the material goods from the future was when she was telling Sam of who she is… and that was very late in the story. I’ve also been waiting for the girls to fix the locket right away and not just when Simon and Mags decided to take that big step for their future. When Simon returned wounded from the war, Kitty was safe and sound, I expected Simon to talk about their friends who fought with him – mainly the man who wanted to call on Kitty. Did he live? So that part was not too realistic, though I did like the ending and of how they learned the truth of how they time traveled.

There is a big plus to this story, well two. First, it keeps you guessing on what happens next. Second, the Miss Carney was not afraid to write things that were critical to the story line. Some authors are afraid to hurt their characters and Miss Carney was not. Was a pleasure to know that she gave it all to this novel.

If you’re looking to read a time travel, romance and love history then I highly recommend reading this novel. This book is for young adults and older.

#FirstLineFriday Tag

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“My first time taking a bus in this town and what’s worse is that I was just hit with a card in my face. I pick up the card and notice that it’s a tarot card. Now what?”

The first line of a novel that doesn’t exist yet and hasn’t been started yet. What do you think?

Deidra Alexander was challenged to try First Line Friday by Rami Ungart at https://ramiungarthewriter.wordpress.com/ last week. Here’s the link: https://deidraalexander.com/2016/05/07/firstlinefriday-tag/. And I found it interesting so decided to try.

You can play along at home. Here’s what you do.

  1. Create a post on your blog titled #FirstLineFriday, hashtag and all.
  2. Explain the rules like I’m doing now.
  3. Post the first one or two lines of a potential work, a work-in-progress, or a completed or published story.
  4. Ask your readers for feedback and then encourage them to try #FirstLineFriday on their blogs (tagging is encouraged but not necessary).

Book Review: Wit’ch Fire

TitleWit’ch Fire wf

Author: James Clemens

Source: Bought from a passing bookstore years ago

My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints5 paws
It’s hard to find novels that leave a mark on an individual. Usually, it’s enough to read a novel once. However, when one finds a novel that they will have a pleasure rereading and finding new things behind the story line… those novels are worth the wait. Witch Fire, is one of those novels that I can reread every year and still love the story and the characters. Of course, Witch Fire, is only book 1 in the series… so it is the focus of the review. I love the series. Read them!

It is a story about a young girl, Elena, who grows to be a young woman later in the story line, going a journey and learn about her witch powers, all the while hiding from the Dark Lord and find her brother. She gains help from one-armed juggler Er’ril (who is my favorite character), Nee’lahn, Kral and many more. (There’s too much to say about the book, bringing in spoilers which would be bad.)

Clemens is an amazing story teller and I strive to rival his talent in the future. He was able to keep the essence of all the characters throughout the series and keeping me interested and thinking about the unfolding events.

If you’re looking to read a fantasy novel, I highly recommend reading Witch Fire. Believe me, you will get hooked and end up reading the entire series. This book is for young adults and older.