Title: Aquatica, Tip of the SwordAuthor: Donna Danielle McartneyPublisher: Createspace*full disclosure: free from amazonDescription: (by goodreads.com)The water is where it all began and the water is where it will all end. When nine-year-old Sabin Seager’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, he finds himself entering the dark and dangerous waters of Aquatica and thrust into an epic struggle between good and evil. He must protect Aquatica from the evil forces of Hades’ Henchmen and the Banshee of the Bay. Can little Sabin Seager grow up fast enough to save Aquatica from certain destruction? Is he the Water Child the Oracle promised would come?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My Review: I meant to post this review so long ago, sorry I just completely forgot about it. That being said, this should give you a glimpse into what I thought about it… It was mundane, boring… and by the time it FINALLY caught my interest it was OVER. This is one of this middle-grade books that actually reads more like a children’s chapter book than a real book that would broaden a child’s reading. It had an interesting concept but there wasn’t a full delivery until the end. There is a moment of grieving where the main character’s grandmother dies, and that really could have made this book work on different levels. (Such as being a novel that could help a child know how to deal with grief but that whole process was swept under the rug.) As soon as the main character finds out his destiny the issue is pretty much dropped. The plot felt like a grab bag of random things meshed together to create something that ultimately didn’t work. I could have overlooked this is the ending hadn’t been so abrupt and there was more detail to the story.Overall it was meh, I even forgot to write the review for this book it was that forgettable.   Also I have no interest in reading the sequel if this is how the series is supposed to develop. Cliffhangers can be great if the plot is worth it, this unfortunately was not one of those moments. I remember being frustrated and thinking, “Really? This is how it’s going to end? It only feels like the middle of the book!” However, I have read far worse and the interesting ending helped redeem this book a little bit… ishWARNINGS: there is a deathOverall: 3/7

 

Title: Aquatica, Tip of the Sword

Author: Donna Danielle Mcartney

Publisher: Createspace

*full disclosure: free from amazon

Description: (by goodreads.com)

The water is where it all began and the water is where it will all end. 

When nine-year-old Sabin Seager’s grandmother unexpectedly dies, he finds himself entering the dark and dangerous waters of Aquatica and thrust into an epic struggle between good and evil. He must protect Aquatica from the evil forces of Hades’ Henchmen and the Banshee of the Bay. 

Can little Sabin Seager grow up fast enough to save Aquatica from certain destruction? Is he the Water Child the Oracle promised would come?

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My Review: 

I meant to post this review so long ago, sorry I just completely forgot about it. That being said, this should give you a glimpse into what I thought about it… It was mundane, boring… and by the time it FINALLY caught my interest it was OVER. This is one of this middle-grade books that actually reads more like a children’s chapter book than a real book that would broaden a child’s reading. It had an interesting concept but there wasn’t a full delivery until the end. There is a moment of grieving where the main character’s grandmother dies, and that really could have made this book work on different levels. (Such as being a novel that could help a child know how to deal with grief but that whole process was swept under the rug.) As soon as the main character finds out his destiny the issue is pretty much dropped. The plot felt like a grab bag of random things meshed together to create something that ultimately didn’t work. I could have overlooked this is the ending hadn’t been so abrupt and there was more detail to the story.

Overall it was meh, I even forgot to write the review for this book it was that forgettable.   Also I have no interest in reading the sequel if this is how the series is supposed to develop. Cliffhangers can be great if the plot is worth it, this unfortunately was not one of those moments. I remember being frustrated and thinking, “Really? This is how it’s going to end? It only feels like the middle of the book!” However, I have read far worse and the interesting ending helped redeem this book a little bit… ish

WARNINGS: there is a death

Overall: 3/7

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 Title: Aquatica, Tip of the SwordAuthor: Donna Danielle

Author: Rhiannon PailleTitle: Surrender: The Ferryman and the FlamePublisher: Createspace/Coscom EntertainmentFull Disclosure: Thank you Netgalley!description:How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is— a Flame— one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.My Review:The entire idea behind the story was imaginative and extremely creative. However, it took a long while before things started flowing in an even tempo. The beginning was a little hard to read, it was slow and confusing BUT what happens later was totally worth the wait. The way Kaliel was described and how she had her start in the book actually reminded me of Sister Light, Sister Dark, but it was executed in a way that was much more accessible to the reader. I might be giving this book a lot of slack for the first 1/4 of the story because SLSD was so much harder to read, but I don’t think so.  The parables that Paille develops is really cool. You spend your time trying to figure out exactly what it means for out two main characters Kaliel and Krishani. They both receive two different parables because everyone in this world receives their own parable from The Great Oak tree. Like I said, the beginning was confusing.  You are dropped in a different world and you’re trying to grasp everything but you have to do a lot of guess work. There really wasn’t much explanation and you just had to go along and open up your mind and actually think, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it actually worked here eventually, it just took a while to about 50 or so pages in to get a bearing for everything. Because I’m into Greek Mythology (lol could you tell?) The idea of the Ferryman being in Opposition to an Apocalyptic Flame wasn’t a stretch I thought that was really cool.Other than the somewhat fuzzy beginning and slow pacing the story was pretty great. Moving onto the characters. I thought the relationships between MOST (not all)  of the characters were fleshed out. Pux who is Kaliel’s kin/friend reminds me a peter pan he’s a little belligerent and a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up. Pux especially gets mad at Wendy—-I mean Kaliel when she begins to develop romantic feelings, (which seems exceptionally rare, for flames and elves and ferrymen) and when she’s chosen to move away from their home. Luenelle, ugh. I don’t want to spoil too much and I deliberately try not to but I cannot stand her. I really love Kaliel’s original mentor Desaunius, and her backstory is by far one of the most interesting. I can’t wait to read book 2, The Flame of Justice so I can see her and Tor in action. I feel kinda of bad for Krishani as The Ferryman he felt like he wasn’t as much in the spotlight although I suppose that was on purpose. Kaliel is pretty cool I like that she’s the one in control of her impulses and Krishani’s the one who’s more of a slave to them. This is one of those stories where I get why they fall for each other instantly, and I don’t say that lightly. They’re isolated from normal society and they share a deep connection, through their parables, their upbringing, how they were found and how lonely, confused and genuinely conflicted with their paths.  So like I said I get it on some level, not my favorite relationship set up, but it really worked here. The ending was brilliant. Loved it. Also Netgalley gave us the Alternative ending which was interesting and dark but I think the author wrote and picked the better ending. I can’t believe I thought I was going to hate this book wow… Cool Read. This actually seems more like an Adult Fantasy Novel rather than YA to me. It was fantastic.beginning: 4/7Middle: 5.5/7Ending: 6.5/7Overall: 6/7 Warnings: dark/disturbing (cool) imagery, (the nightmares,) violence, death, some explicit sexual content. 

 Author: Rhiannon Paille

Title: Surrender: The Ferryman and the Flame

Publisher: Createspace/Coscom Entertainment

Full Disclosure: Thank you Netgalley!

description:

How far would you go to save everything you ever loved? 

Kaliel was warned about her love for the Ferryman. One day he will marry the land and leave Avristar forever. She doesn’t listen, and because of what she is— a Flame— one of nine apocalyptic weapons, she sparks a war. In a desperate attempt to save her home and her love, Kaliel tries to awaken Avred, not knowing she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review:

The entire idea behind the story was imaginative and extremely creative. However, it took a long while before things started flowing in an even tempo. The beginning was a little hard to read, it was slow and confusing BUT what happens later was totally worth the wait. The way Kaliel was described and how she had her start in the book actually reminded me of Sister Light, Sister Dark, but it was executed in a way that was much more accessible to the reader. I might be giving this book a lot of slack for the first 1/4 of the story because SLSD was so much harder to read, but I don’t think so.  

The parables that Paille develops is really cool. You spend your time trying to figure out exactly what it means for out two main characters Kaliel and Krishani. They both receive two different parables because everyone in this world receives their own parable from The Great Oak tree. 

Like I said, the beginning was confusing.  You are dropped in a different world and you’re trying to grasp everything but you have to do a lot of guess work. There really wasn’t much explanation and you just had to go along and open up your mind and actually think, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it actually worked here eventually, it just took a while to about 50 or so pages in to get a bearing for everything. Because I’m into Greek Mythology (lol could you tell?) The idea of the Ferryman being in Opposition to an Apocalyptic Flame wasn’t a stretch I thought that was really cool.

Other than the somewhat fuzzy beginning and slow pacing the story was pretty great. Moving onto the characters. I thought the relationships between MOST (not all)  of the characters were fleshed out. Pux who is Kaliel’s kin/friend reminds me a peter pan he’s a little belligerent and a spoiled brat who refuses to grow up. Pux especially gets mad at Wendy—-I mean Kaliel when she begins to develop romantic feelings, (which seems exceptionally rare, for flames and elves and ferrymen) and when she’s chosen to move away from their home. Luenelle, ugh. I don’t want to spoil too much and I deliberately try not to but I cannot stand her. I really love Kaliel’s original mentor Desaunius, and her backstory is by far one of the most interesting. I can’t wait to read book 2, The Flame of Justice so I can see her and Tor in action. I feel kinda of bad for Krishani as The Ferryman he felt like he wasn’t as much in the spotlight although I suppose that was on purpose. Kaliel is pretty cool I like that she’s the one in control of her impulses and Krishani’s the one who’s more of a slave to them. This is one of those stories where I get why they fall for each other instantly, and I don’t say that lightly. They’re isolated from normal society and they share a deep connection, through their parables, their upbringing, how they were found and how lonely, confused and genuinely conflicted with their paths.  So like I said I get it on some level, not my favorite relationship set up, but it really worked here. 

The ending was brilliant. Loved it. Also Netgalley gave us the Alternative ending which was interesting and dark but I think the author wrote and picked the better ending. I can’t believe I thought I was going to hate this book wow… Cool Read. This actually seems more like an Adult Fantasy Novel rather than YA to me. It was fantastic.

beginning: 4/7

Middle: 5.5/7

Ending: 6.5/7

Overall: 6/7 

Warnings: dark/disturbing (cool) imagery, (the nightmares,) violence, death, some explicit sexual content. 

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 Author: Rhiannon PailleTitle: Surrender: The Ferryman and the FlamePublisher: Createspace/Coscom EntertainmentFull