Title: The Mardi Gras Chase
Author: Maggie M. Larche
Source: Received as a gift for an honest book review
My Rating : 5 Dragon Prints
After finishing reading The Mardi Gras Chase, I realized how awesome it used to be a kid. It made me think of the books that I’ve read when I was a kid, with one of them being, Time Cat. At least that’s what I think the title was. It was pure pleasure to loose myself in the Children’s Middle Grade (ages 8-12) genre. The book should be at the top of the list for any parent.
It is a story about a girl, Melanie, who’s not a fan of Mardi Gras, that is until she realizes that the floats are sending a secret message that needs to be cracked. Melanie, along with her two best friends, Kate and Faye, decide to crack the code… even getting Matt in trouble with the police to do it.
The story is fun to read, fast paced, and interesting. I think the kids would like to see some illustrations, like of the floats, the warehouse, and the cemetery. I know that I would. 😉
I would recommend to anyone to read it who is in the age group of 8-12, and some adults who want to feel like a kid again for a short amount of time.
My novel : is a work of paranormal romance mixed with parables, poetry, soap opera and Hellenic cosmology.
I absolutely adore the twins, Ri and Ra, and of course, their father Villam. In the future, I am hoping for my sister to draw them in their human forms. The cover shows Ri in his dragon form… so three guesses on how Ra looks. 😉
Recently, I went to a ceramic painting studio and chose myself a dragon, Villam, to be more precise. It took about six hours just to do his scales! I’m so very proud of my work.
Drum roll please! Or Get ready to set the fireworks out in the field.
Book Two is coming along nicely. I am thinking the cover will have Gardenia with Ri in their human forms. Not sure about their environment yet, though. So far, I have forty pages… mainly because I keep rewriting this one scene! It has to be perfect, just like their soulmate bond.
There will more illustrations to enhance and supplement the descriptions and dialogue, so don’t worry, you’ll get to see more of my favorite couple… though they do rival Omari and Zack in my not published novel…. but that’s for another post.
Thanks for reading. ^_^
Title: The Bathory Curse
Author: Renee Lake
Source: Received a free copy for an honest review
My Rating : 4 Dragon Prints
Before reading The Bathory Curse, I don’t think that I’ve read books that had the ‘real’ Dracula in them. It’s always been about hot young vampires pursuing young mortal girls or young mortal girls fighting against vampires. Renee Lake has the king of the vampires pursue his first wife who became a Strega after she was brought back to life thanks Bendis, Goddess of the Night, Magick, and the Hunt.
However, the short synopsis on Amazon intrigued me. It took me three evenings to finish the novel. The story was well told, though it has missing punctuation, typos, and no family tree. I counted over thirty-three characters which appeared and reappeared through the twenty-four chapter novel. A family tree would certainly help the reader not get lost who is who… especially the women who spent centuries in limbo. Note: The missing punctuation and typos did not stop me from enjoying the story.
It is a story about Dracula’s first wife, Nea who will forever look to be twenty-five years old woman. After she is saved by Bendis, she has to break the curse that has haunted her family for years. Over the years, she gains allies in her strogi, her vampire husband, other Strega, and mortals. So I would say the premise and the plot are very good.
The story is actually quite complex and I would give 5 stars alone for the fact that the author got this story finished and published. I can tell that the research portion of writing this novel took a long time and it was a pleasure reading. My favorite characters are Sabine and Nea. They are great friends.
However, I think that there are areas that can be improved. We see a vampire for the first time in chapter 5, I was waiting to read about a vampire and thought he or should would show up in chapter two or three. In chapter 9, we learn that the Bathory women are part of different lines. I believe that information would have been good to know a little bit earlier because it came as a surprise. Also, I would have liked to see more scenes with Costica. It seemed that there would have been more of him. However, one of my favorite scenes was when Nea, along with her friends, went looking for the flower. It would have been interesting to see what Sabine’s ‘nightmare’ was.
Overall, it was pleasure to read this book. I would recommend to anyone to read it who is okay with adult scenes, dark characteristics, and fantasy aspects about the gods.