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The Hero, The Sword and The Dragons by Craig Halloran

The Hero, The Sword and The Dragons by Craig Halloran

The last weekend I finished  book 1 of “The Chronicles of Dragon” series, The Hero, The Sword and The Dragons, by Craig Halloran.  It is a fantasy novel which takes place in Halloran’s world of Nalzambor.  In this adventure, Nath Dragon journeys off with his loyal dwarven friend Brenwar, to earn his scales to become a dragon.  The hero learns despite his valiant intentions the consequences for his actions may cost him the very thing that he holds dear. (more…)

Betrayal of Thieves, by C. Greenwood

Betrayal of Thieves, by C. Greenwood

Currently I am reading Betrayal of Thieves, which is the second book of the Legend of Dimmingwood series, by C. Greenwood.  I just realized after work as I was swiping through the pages of my eBook, that there is so much more series that I want to read and I can’t wait to get done with this one.  Its not that I am not enjoying Greenwood’s work of course, its just that there is so much out there to explore.  In this article I’m going to let off some steam by sharing with you 2 interesting series that I plan on reading after The Legend of Dimmingwood. Maybe if you just finished a series and looking for a new one this might help. (more…)

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted: August 28, 2013 in Top Ten Tuesday
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Ok guys here is something new that will help me add content to my page every Tuesdays.  The activity is called “Top Ten Tuesday”.  This top ten list comes from the blog “Broke and the Bookish”.  The basic concept is that the people of Broke and the Bookish will have a theme for the “Top Ten Tuesday” post.  For example Top Ten Books or if we look at last week’s Tuesday, it was “Top Ten Things That Makes My Life as a Reader and Blogger Easier”.  For this Tuesday the blogger of Broke and the Bookish made this Top Ten Tuesday were looking back to our favorite books, in search of something else besides the main characters.  This one was actually quite difficult for me, so I hope it is good enough.  The topic Ten for this week is Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters.

  1. Brigitte Silverbow from the Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan.  If you’re looking for the female version of Robin Hood, I believe she outshines him in a number of ways.
  2. Seamus Finnigan from the Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling.  I probably wouldn’t give the book series credit as to why I like him.  In the movies they portrayed him and a klutz and always having things explode.
  3. Akenji from Birth of Half Elves, by H. L. Watson.  He actually becomes the main character in the following book; however I like his friendship and loyalty to Donavon.
  4. Murtagh from the book Eragon, by Christopher Paolini.  Even though he ended up being one of the villains, I understood his struggle to be worthy or a formidable opponent.
  5. Logain Ablar from the Wheel of Time series, by Robert Jordan.  Logain made it to the top of fame and infamy and then crumbled to the bottom where he was treated like someone just waiting to die. Then with the help of healing he slowly worked his way back up to the top.  The character development in Logain made a really big impact on me, and was really inspirational.
  6. Neji Hyuga from Naruto.  Now I know this is anime and not technically a book, but Neji’s character morals and values are examples in which I would like to live by.  He is a genius in his village, but is devoted to tradition.
  7. Sirius Black from Harry Potter series, by J. K. Rowling.  Before he dies he portrayed that dark character that assisted the hero or heroine of the story.  Sometimes I feel that those types of characters bring a little excitement and mystery or distrust.
  8. Brig from the Magic of Thieves, by C. Greenwood.  Despite being involved in a feared band of thieves, Brig displays a soft side.
  9. Faile Bashere from the Wheel of Time Series, by Robert Jordan.  This is another strong female character, she ran away from her home to avoid the boring life of being a noble.
  10. Brenwar from the Chronicles of Dragon, by Craig Halloran.  My favorite trait of this character is his loyalty to his friend.

If you are look for more Top Ten Tuesday list from other bloggers, check out The Librarian who doesn’t say shhh’s Top Ten Tuesday list, or check out Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday list and you can also find others who post their Top Tens on their blog.

“When you choose the fight, you must take the consequences, win or lose.”
-Bain, to Faile Bashere “The Wheel of Time Series”

Welcome to Monday’s quotes!  I’ve decided that every Monday, I am going to write a post of a quote from my favorite series.  I introduce to you today’s quote, from one of my all-time favorites “The Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan.

When I first read this quote I thought of my mother and the lectures she would give me and my sibling whenever we fought.  Now I could be wrong, but the message to me was, for every action you choose there is a consequence.  It could be good or bad, positive or negative, but when it is all done and said we are the ones to deal with it.  The choices we make are our own, and we are responsible for our own actions.  So friends today, “When you choose the fight, you must take the consequences, win or lose.”

If you are a big fan of The Wheel of Time, and looking for more interesting quotes, check out the “BlackTower”.  This site is dedicated to everything you might want to know about anything that has to do with the “Wheel of Time Series”.

 

Wish List "Kindle Paperwhite"

Wish List “Kindle Paperwhite”

OK it’s time for my wish list of the week!  This is where I post an article about an e-reader that I think would be really interesting.  I find that eBooks are really convenient and they tend to be really cheap.  Currently I have been reading all my eBooks on my smartphone.  I believe the majority of the book reviewing community has e-readers.  Unfortunately for me I am not one of those people, so with my weekly post of Wish List I will be talking about the “Kindle Paperwhite”.

Amazon has done really well with the Kindle Paperwhite.  6.7 inches in height and 4.6 inches in width this e-reader is really compact and portable.  The info on Amazon shouts out that the Kindle Paperwhite was “designed with readers in mind”.  You can adjust the size of the font, so if you have a hard time seeing those tiny letters, you can make it as big as you want.  If you’re that type of person who likes to leave notes or bookmark your favorite page, Amazon has created that feature for you.  Facebookers and those of you who are twitter fanatics, the Kindle Paperwhite has a special feature in which you can share your notes and favorite quotes to all your friends or followers.  There are many more features that Amazon has equipped onto this fantastic e-reader, if you want to learn more check it out on Amazon.

Now the awesomeness doesn’t stop there, there is another version of the Kindle Paperwhite, which is the Kindle Paperwhite 3G.  This gives you free 3G network, now I don’t know what the catch is, but maybe the 3G network is limited so that will be something you want to check into on purchase.  Well that was my brief rant about the Kindle Paperwhite, feel free to purchase this for me at your leisure.

Top Ten Tuesday

Posted: August 21, 2013 in Top Ten Tuesday

Ok guys here is something new that will help me add content to my page every Tuesdays.  The activity is called “Top Ten Tuesday”.  This top ten list comes from the blog “Broke and the Bookish”.  The basic concept is that the people of Broke and the Bookish will have a theme for the “Top Ten Tuesday” post.  For example Top Ten Books or if we look at last week’s Tuesday, it was “Top 10 Book with “X” Settings.  For this Tuesday the blogger of Broke and the Bookish made this Top Ten Tuesday really helpful to all readers and bloggers out here.  I am actually excited about this one because I am fairly new at blogging and looking for more ways to improve.  The topic for this week is “Top Ten Things That Makes My Life as a Reader and Blogger Easier”.

  1. Facebook – With Facebook it makes it easier for me to share my new post and articles with a wider range of people.
  2. Twitter – This is another place where I get a lot of viewers for my latest book reviews.
  3. EBooks – Make it really convenient for me to read books whenever I want.  I don’t have to worry about carrying anything because all my books are stored electronically.
  4. My Cell Phone – Unfortunately I don’t have an e-reader, but if one of you would like to donate one to me, check out my “Wish lists” for some feedback on what I would like.  My phone is really handy when I want to read my eBooks.
  5. Amazon – This site has made it really easy for me to purchase my eBooks and they sell for really cheap.
  6. Free-ebooks.net – I’ve read a lot of eBooks from this site, and I get 5 free eBooks a month.  If you would like to learn more check out my article “Free-ebooks.net”.
  7. My Job – With all the things I have to do, my job gives me a lot of down time to sit back and read my eBooks while I get paid.
  8. Goodreads – This is my number one place to go to, to get good reviews on the next book that I want to read.
  9. Girlfriend – She is the number one person I got to when I need some editing or updating on my pictures or to review my article.
  10. The Librarian Who Never Says Shhhh – Since day one of making my blog I have been reading this bloggers post on a daily.  She has some interesting things that she writes about.  I actually found out about Top Ten Tuesdays from her.  Check out her blog and you’ll find it really interesting and helpful.
Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood

Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood

I just finished C. Greenwood’s first book of “The Legend of Dimmingwood” series.  Magic of Thieves takes place in Greenwoods fantasy world, in the Dimmingwood forest.  This fictional tale paces the main character in situations where she must decide between what is right or wrong.  She struggles through the choices she has to make because of her thieving guardian’s upbringing.  By the end of the book she realizes the position she is in and leaves her adopted home for something better.

Early on in the Magic of Thieves, the main character is orphaned because of the cleansing.  The Praetor decreed that all beings that possess magic were to be executed.  Parentless she flees from her pursuers, and is taken in by a group of thieves residing in the Dimmingwood forest.  Without knowledge of the magic she possesses, they name her Ilen.  Ilen grows into her adolescent years, and becomes more productive within the camp.  A new member unwillingly joins Ilen’s band of thieves, but has trouble fitting in because he was following the path of the priesthood.  As time passes the thieves’ of Dimmingwood reputation grows and soon attracts the attention of a group of Fists.  One of Ilen’s close thieving friend dies and she realizes that the road she is trudging is not what she wants.  The story ends as Ilen abandons the thieves, in search of something better.

Magic of Thieves entered with a dramatic beginning as C. Greenwood narrates the unfortunate slaughter of Ilen’s mother and father.  I didn’t feel the excitement that I would usually feel in my favorite books until nearing the end of Magic of Thieves.  The rescue of Brig brought out the heroine in Ilen, and from that point you will notice a bit of her maturity.  I feel that this was a build up for the sequel to Book 1, Magic of Thieves.  I am expecting a lot from C. Greenwood’s next book, because Ilen seems like she is going to blossom into an amazing character.  If you’re looking for a female protagonist this is the book for you.  In C. Greenwood’s tale, females can be just as brave as males.

At first I was reluctant to read Magic of Thieves, because I am not too fond of stories that have only heroines.  Mind you I am not sexist, it is just that I like to take on the role of the main character as I read, and when they are females it’s kind of hard to do.  A post by, “The Librarian who doesn’t say shhhh” changed my perspective with her article “Reconsidering “Strong” Female Characters”.  She writes about different books that have strong female leads, and how they are really popular.  It is a nice article and suggest all of you to check it out.

If this review about Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood sparked an interest in her series, you should read it.  By clicking the image at the top or “Magic of Thieves” will direct you to Amazon where I purchased this eBook for free.  Down Below are C. Greenwood’s next two books of “The Legend of Dimmingwood” Series.

Betrayal of Thieves by C. GreenwoodCircle of Thieves by C. Greenwood

r-HARRY-POTTER-QUOTES-large570Hello readers, start your day with an inspirational quote from one of my favorite book series, Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.  One that really stuck to me is the words spoken by the missed Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore.

“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.  Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

–Albus Dumbledore

Remember guys what you say can affect those around you.  They may not cause physical damage, but emotionally.  Hurtful words cause pain, but caring words I would like to say can cure cancer, unfortunately they don’t.  If you see a friend who is down in the blue, be a good buddy and help them cheer up, a couple good words can help them last the day.

If you would like to see more inspirational quote from Albus Dumbledore, check out this Article from the Huffington Post, “Harry Potter, Quotes: 10 Comforting Words Of Wisdom From Albus Dumbledore“.

H. L. Watson, Unlikely Alliance

Book 2 of H. L. Watson’s The Elven Age Saga

Title: Unlikely Alliance

Series: The Elven Age Saga

Author: H. L. Watson

Pages: 338

Genre: Fantasy

I just finished book 2, Unlikely Alliance of H. L. Watson’s “The Elven Age Saga”.  In this fantasy world, the characters fight off slavers and trolls as they try to protect their growing community of half-elves.  Despite the taboo of interbreeding between elves and humans, the main characters learn that a community of diverse races helps them become a successful kingdom.   

Unlikely Alliance continues right from where the first book, Birth of the Half Elves left off.   Brendela, banished by her father from the Western Wood Elves, strives to seek a new home for her group of elven handmaidens and human rangers.  Together they build a settlement including a group of runaway dwarves, and befriend the most feared Kazzic wolves.  Brendela and her community endure many trials, which help them adapt and strengthen their defenses.  After a hundred years, the small group of handmaidens and elven trained human rangers transform their small settlement into a strong kingdom.  Donogar’s growth soon catches the attention of the neighboring elven communities and they notice the threats that this half-elven community could create.  The book ends after an unsuccessful attack from one of the opposing elven kingdoms and an official alliance from the other.

I found the second book to be even more exciting than the previous one.  I enjoy reading about the underdog or in this case the underdogs, succeeding despite the disadvantages that they have to endure.   After reading Watson’s most recent series, I am actually disappointed that I have to wait for this coming winter for the third book to come.  Unlikely Alliance was full of action, passionate love, and overcoming difficult challenges for the main characters of this book.  H. L. Watson did an amazing job, and I can’t wait for his next book to be released.

If this review sparked an interest in H. L. Watson’s world of Ryyah, check out my review on the first book “Birth of the Half Elves“.  If you like what you read and want to start reading the series, I’ve provided a link to the location in which I downloaded Birth of the Half Elves free at “Free-ebooks.net“.  Not sure what Free-ebooks.net is, check out my article about Free-ebooks.net you can find it in the bar to the left.  Unfortunately you can’t download the second book of “The Elven Age Saga” from free-ebooks.net however it is available for purchase at Amazon as an ebook for under $3.00, click on the image at the top of this article to purchase Unlikley Alliance by H. L. Watson.

Wish List of the day

Posted: August 17, 2013 in Wish Lists

kindle 6 inchI am a really big fan of reading eBooks however it is hilarious how I don’t own an e-reader by now.  I think it’s because I don’t know what is out there.  There is a lot of electronics that are on the market and it seems every month something new is released.  To help all of you out there who are deciding to purchase an e-reader, I will create a post once a week about interesting e-readers that I have found.  It will probably be in my categories of Wish Lists.

For those of you out there on a budget, I found that a really good e-reader would be the “Kindle”.  Looks like it has many positive reviews, and one of my favorite feature is that it is really tiny.  With a height of 6.5 inches and 4.5 inches in width, it basically can fit in your back pocket.  Weighing less than 6 ounces you’ll barely feel that it’s there.  Has a built in Wifi, so if you’re in need of a new book, hook up to a wireless connection, log into your kindle account and download within 60 seconds.  Has a 2GB internal memory so I am estimating that it can hold about 1400 worth of eBooks.

I do a lot of my shopping on amazon, and with the special offer the “Kindle” 6” display sells for under 70$.  Now that my friend is a deal, I especially recommend this for those of you who are looking for something not too pricy.  If you are interested and want to take a look click right “here” or click the image of the Kindle and it will direct you to Amazon, where you can find more information about the product.