Elemental Rancor: A Chronicle of Consequence – Charles Lominec

I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Charles for send me this just because it is not a book I would usually picked up otherwise and I would have missed a good story.  I really enjoyed this book and if there is going to be another in the series (which I hope there is) then I will be buying it. 

Warning there is violence and gore in this book. 

Synopsis:

A far away star supernovas and sends waves of force and change rippling through the cosmos. The waves crash into Sarnen Karnea’s world and thrust him into a deadly struggle to keep his loved ones from harm and to keep a secret about his son from the Zangava Empire.

The waves awaken new and old forms of consciousness, and stir ancient primordial resentments, that threaten to destabilize the Empire’s dominance in the world. Challengers from across the ocean, and from under it, seek to capitalize on newly developing Imperial problems.

Like the Empire, Sarnen must adapt to survive, and must ask himself which of his virtues he is willing to deny in order to reach his goals.

Ratings: 4 Stars

I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, not because the story lacks pace but because this book has a Sci-Fi vibe to it and Sci-Fi is not a genre I usually enjoy that much. However, this book is well-written as it pulls you right into the story and so I found myself gripped and unable to put it down because I just wanted to know what would happen next straight away!

The synopsis mentions Sarnen, who I thought was going to be the main character, and he was a large part of the story, but the book was actually told from multiple perspectives and so I do not think that there is just one main character; I felt all the narrators in the book were the main characters. This book was action-packed and I was hooked right from the start as Charles develops a unique and interesting world. Within the first few chapters, the book gets right into the story with an attack from shark-like creatures on Sarnen’s boat. The reason for this is because Sarnen is ferrying some eggs as cargo. The story progresses from here, and I do not want to say too much because I do not want to give the story away.

The characters in this book were well developed, but I wish I got to see more of Sarnen’s interaction with his family. They had some scenes together but I was left wanting. I could see the love that Sarnen had for his family, it was clear in the writing, and so I wanted to know more. For me, a sign of a good book is whether it makes me cry, because this shows an emotional investment in the characters and story. There was one point in this story which nearly made me cry.

My only issue with the book was there were a lot of characters and so sometimes I had a hard time remembering who was who when they were speaking or the book was being told from their perspective, but this may be because I am new to Sci-Fi. I also found it hard to keep track of all the different ‘species’ in the book, but because the writing was good and the plot interesting, this is easy to overlook.

I would recommend this book because it is a good read. I hope that there is another book in this series and personally I am looking forward to reading it as I need to know what happens next…!

If you want more information or buy the book click here for the link to Amazon UK.

Happy Reading!!

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Finding the right balance

I do not own this picture it was taken from the internet.

So my lovely bloggish friends I am wondering how you go about blogging and when you find the time? The way that I work is I have a specific day (Sunday Morning) on which I work on posts and schedule posts if I have managed to write more than one. Or  I just do a post when I am in the creative mood.

However what I have now started to notice if I read quicker than I write/blog. I am sometimes able to finish 3 books a week and maybe only have time to put up 1 book review, and so the other books reviews never get posted, because by the time I come round to doing them I’ve forgotten the in-depth feelings I had. I remember bits that I liked or disliked but nothing that is major and in-depth, and I like to write in-depth reviews. I read even when I have an extra 5 minutes and so have lots of books I have read recently but not that many reviews have materialised out of them.

Therefore my question to all you lovely people is how do you find the balance? What are your blogging tips?

The Rogue’s Folly – Donna Lea Simpson

I realised that I read this book a couple of weeks ago and have not put up a review as yet because I like and wanted to do a proper in-depth review. However if I had waited for that to happen this review would never have been posted. This is not because I did not enjoy the book but more because I find some book harder to review and analyse with a fine tooth comb when a couple of sentences can sum up what I feel. If you are wondering this was a good read.

This book was published on November 17 2014. If you’d like to check it out on Amazon UK then please click here

I received this copy via Netgallery and all views are my own opinion. 

Synopsis:

Lady May von Hoffen has been plagued all her prim young life by the scandalous behavior of her widowed mother and the licentious men she consorts with. When she finally finds herself free of her mother and in sole possession of Lark House, she relishes the sense of decorum and freedom it gives her. But the surprise discovery of the injured Frenchman Etienne hiding on her estate—the man who once rescued her from an attack on her virtue and the only man she’s ever been able to trust—turns her newly peaceful solitude into a maelstrom of bewildering thoughts and disturbingly passionate curiosity.

Etienne is a self-avowed rake, and even now is on the run from ruthless adversaries who accuse him of trying to murder a marquess and seduce his wife. Following a stabbing that nearly claimed his life, he finds sanctuary on the land of an unfamiliar estate, hoping to recover and evade capture. But when the lady of the house turns out to be none other than the lovely and innocent Lady May, his feels his heart stir even as his body is gripped by pain and the fear that she will renounce him.

As May nurses Etienne back to health and learns the truth of his supposed crimes, along with a much-needed education on the relations between men and women, a burning desire smolders between the two opposites, and soon they will be forced to trust each other and their feelings in order to save one life and two hearts.

Ratings: 3 Stars

To sum this book up in one word it would be sweet. This book was a really sweet read, both the characters were well developed. I liked May she independent and is proper because of her mother behaviour. I will not go into too much detail but May was too forgiving I do not know if I could have done that in the same circumstances.

“That is the past. I have realised that it is unprofitable and painful to live in the past. The present is all we can be sure of.” I removed a word out of this quote as otherwise it would have given some of the storyline away.

Etienne was a good character too, he ends up in May’s folly and she nurses back to health. I do not know what it is about male characters liking to call their love interest little one?

Even though this seems to be a second book in a series I enjoyed it without reading the previous book. There were only a few mentions of events that had happened in the previous books so this can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed the romance between the May and Etienne and the book is also well written. This is just a nice easy read!

There’s nothing else to add to this so if you like what you’ve read so far then check this book out!

Happy Reading!!

P.S. Does nothing being able to review a book even it was good happen to you?

Cheating Main Character

This image is taken from the internet!

Please do not read this post if you have not watched the Into the Woods and want to, it contains a mild spoiler.

I read Scandal by Carolyn Jewel and watched Into the woods and The Crucible play recently, and this got me thinking about main characters who cheat. I was discussing love triangles and cheating with my cousin a while ago which lead me to creating this blog post.

The question is what do you class as cheating and would you forgive a character who cheats?

The question of what I class as cheating is a bit murky, obviously if someone is in a committed relationship and has sex with someone else that is definitely cheating. In my case if someone has declared their love and so it is understood they are together but it is not official as yet and they sleep with someone else then that is cheating too. The reason I think this is cheating as there has been some form of commitment. For me if a main character was to do this then I would stop reading the book straight away, I as a reader cannot forgive them even if their romantic interest in the book does. The character is not redeemable for me from this point. I know some people like seeing the redemption and how the character grovels to make up for it but I always think if that character has done it once then what is stopping them from doing it again. How can you love someone and cheat on them?

There is a scene in Into the Woods where the bakers wife (who is happy with her husband and wants a baby with him) kisses the prince because he comes on to her and he is so ‘charming’, she thinks it’s wrong at first but after she says it’s like fantasy and really it’s not going to happen again so she kisses him back. When I say kiss I do mean a proper kiss.  This for me I also class as cheating, I maybe able to forgive the main character for this and move on in the book but I will be very disappointed in the character and they would have to show that they were sorry for me to forgive them. I do not know if other people would class this as cheating? My reasoning behind it is they are for example in a committed relationship and if the other person love is not enough then why are they still with them? By kissing someone else you are showing interest and will hurt the other person’s feeling when they find out.

It makes no difference to me if the main character cheats on the other main character or a side character because they want to be with the other main character. If a main character is with someone else but them meets them the love of their life (who happens to be the other main character) then please just break up with the other person, it’s might hurt their feelings but just think about how worst it would feel for them when you find out you strayed while in a relationship with them. Personally I refuse to read the book if any of the two main characters cheat on someone else. It does not make a difference to me if the character is male or female.

My cousin has said I have a pretty much black and white view with this and apparently there can be grey areas but I refuse to understand this and is this is so then I agree. I personally can see no reason for someone who loves anyone to stray but if they are unhappy then they should just leave.

I have a very very slight exception to this, and that is historical romances. Not always but there is 1 or 2 books that I have read where the main character is married (but lives separately to their spouse and their spouse also has affairs) and still in a relationship with the other person who is the love of their life. This sometimes I think is acceptable just because back in that time divorce was unheard of and it was common to marry for title and find pleasure outside marriage. But my preference is there to be no cheating at all.

What is everyone else’s thoughts on this?

Book Tag!

Sorry I have not posted in a couple of days. I have been busy at work, it’s been quite stressful and I have just had a lot going on. Usually I have some scheduled posts but I have run out of those and so am running abit behind. I will try and sit down and do a proper post tomorrow.

Just thought I’d show my face on here! If you did not know I have a Instagram account called @hyperaboutbooks, you are able to follow me on there if you want. Anyway I was tagged on there to do a #bookandface and below is the result. I have to admit I’m happy with how this picture turned out.

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What is everyone else doing/reading?

Ignite by Lily Paradis is Free on Amazon today

There’s been a lot of talk of this book on Instagram and so I just wanted to let you know that this book is currently free on Amazon (UK & USA) if you were looking to buy it. I have just downloaded it because it sounds like a good read. If you want to check it out click here for link to the book on Amazon UK. This book is only going to be free for the next 24 hours according to Lily’s Instagram account.

Synopsis:

After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.

Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

I should probably say I do not mind buying books at the full price but with the amount I buy, I will buy them if they are on a really good deal. I do buy books at full price but by doing this it means I can buy more books with the money I save. I like to make other people aware of these offers so they can get the best deal too.

Happy Reading 🙂

Do you? Random musings

I do not own this picture it is from the internet but shows what I probably look like when I am thinking. I’ve have random musings about books and walking that I thought I would share.

Sometimes I see people walking and reading which I think odd. Let me explain, reading a book to me is about relaxing and getting into the story. I admit there are times in which I skip meals times and sleep to finish a book, but I have never once thought I need to know what happens so I will read while I walk somewhere. I wonder are people taking the story in if they are walking too?

I will admit I am a very uncoordinated individual so will either fall flat on my face or end up bumping into someone because I could not see where I am going. How do you see where your going if you have your head down reading while walking?

I assume people read while they walk to save time or to find out what happens next in the story? If you do this then I was just wondering why? Do you actually take what is happening in the book in? Is it juts to maybe pass the time so you’re doing something while walking?

This is just some random thoughts I had on this, I thought to share it on my blog to see if anyone did this and what the reason behind it was.