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Farwold: Air Keep

Farworld Air Keep
Author: J. Scott Savage

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: L

Spoiler Filled Synopsis: This is book three in the series. After 2+ years, the third book was finally published. If you were not aware, Shadow Moutain held off on publishing due to the economy. I got to tell you that it was killing me.

Anyway, this story picks up where the last story ended. Master Therapass has determined that one of Marcus’ parents was from the Shadow Realm. As a result, it is particularly dangerous for him to travel between Earth and Farworld. Until Master Therapass can find a way to minimize the danger, he must stay on Earth. When the story begins, he has been on Earth for 6 months. Farwold has not faired well in his absence. There are droughts in places, floods in others, and icestorms elsewhere. Not to mention there are very odd earthquakes. Water magic and land magic are weak. It is as though the Fontasians and Land Elementals are working with the Dark Circle. Kyja, meanwhile, is going nuts without Marcus. She decides to scry him. She’s caught, and Master Therapass tells her that she must wait a little bit longer before she brings Marcus over. Meanwhile, Marcus gets a strange note from someone he does not know and is taken somewhere that he can’t be scried. He is taken to a place where he can see what Was, Is, Will Be, and Never Was.

Kyja does defy Master Therapass and brings Marcus over because she senses that he is in grave danger wherever he is. The pair are put under guard, but they know that they must find the Aerisians. Guess who arrives to help them, the elusive Mr. Z. that they met in Land Keep.

The Aerisians have a very odd sense of humor. In fact it can be dangerous at times. But there is something that is unknown about the Aerisians. They are locked in their keep. It appears that they’ve always been outside of Farworld (much like the Fire Elementals). They will agree to help the pair provided that they can open the box that traps them. In order to do this the pair must travel through time. Oh yes, the lords of air also freeze time. If they don’t open the box, then Marcus and Kyja will be sent back to normal time, and be unable to prevent a number of cities from being destroyed.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I remember why I loved reading this series so much. It is fast paced. The story is definitely getting into its stride now. I was flying through the pages.

Things that will undoubtably place a larger part in the next book:
1. We discover that everyone in the town in which Marcus was born was killed.
2. There is also a prophecy that someone’s family is searching. Perhaps Kyja.
3. The secret of Marcus’ parentage.

Some very interesting things we learn in this book:
1. It is safe for Kyja to pull Marcus over at high noon when there are no shadows.
2. The elementals each lack very important traits. For instance, the Fontasians (water elementals) have no sense of humor. The Aerisians can’t trust. So it will be interesting to see what character trait the fire elementals lack.

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Posted in Meme, Wishful Wednesday

Wishful Wednesday February 27, 2013

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Hello everyone! Welcome to Wishful Wednesday.
Answer the question, “What books have you been wishing for/wanting to get lately?”
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Post a permalink to your answer in the comments.
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Have fun!!!

Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis

In this conclusion to the Regency-era fantasy trilogy Kirkus Reviews calls “enjoyable mayhem,” Kat is tasked with saving her family, the Order of the Guardians, and England itself.

With just days to go before her sister Angeline’s long-delayed wedding to Frederick Carlyle, the impetuous Kat Stephenson has resigned herself to good behavior. But Kat’s initiation into the magical Order of the Guardians is fast approaching, and trouble seems to follow her everywhere.

First, Kat must contend with the wretched Mrs. Carlyle’s attempts to humiliate her sister; the arrival of the mysterious Marquise de Valmont, who bears suspicious resemblance to Kat’s late mother; and Frederick’s bewitching cousin Jane, who has Charles Stephenson tripping over his feet. But when a menacing boy with powerful magic starts hunting Kat, a dastardly villain tries to kill Angeline, and the Guardians face a magical robbery that could spell the end of their Order, propriety becomes the least of Kat’s concerns.

Can Kat save her sister’s life, the Order of the Guardians, and England itself before it’s too late?

THis book comes out April 2, 2013.

Posted in Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday February 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesday
Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is from Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick

Lydia Dale looked at her mother and swallowed hard, as if trying to decide whether to speak her mind or hold her tongue.
“That wasn’t Graydon’s fault. I answered that question exactly the way I planned to.”

page 27

Posted in Meme, Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update February 24, 2013

Welcome to another week!!! My internet is working, but I’m still using this site. Once my hosting expires in June, I’ll be moving operations over here.

Mailbox Monday

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Farwold Air Keep by J. Scott Savage

It’s been six months since Marcus and Kyja obtained the help of the land and water elementals. But before they can get help from the mysterious air elementals they have to figure out how to open a box with no key.

Together, Marcus and Kyja travel into the Is, the Was, the Will Be, and the Never Was as they try to open the box, save their city, free Land Keep and Water Keep from water and land elementals who have joined the Dark Circle. Marcus still has to find a way to change the future, and save Kyja’s life, but there’s a catch; any changes they make in the Abyss of Time may destroy the doorway, trapping them forever…

Even with his physical handicap, Marcus is able to accomplish great things. It is a story of determination and friendship, and of having the courage to make those hard decisions.

What Are You Reading on Monday?

I read Farwold Air Keep. I’m re-reading Farworld Land Keep. I feel like there was something else that I re-read, but I don’t remember.

Reviews this Week are both Advanced Reviews
1. Unremembered
2. Between Heaven and Texas

P.S. If your comment doesn’t appear, it is simply because I have to approve your first comment.

Posted in Advanced Review, Inspirational, Loved It

Between Heaven and Texas

Between Heaven and Texas

Author: Marie Bostwick

Genre: Inspirational

Rating: L

Synopsis: This is an advanced review, so I’m going to stick to the blurb on the back of the book.

In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there. . .

Welcome to Too Much–where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common–superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.

While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted–a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable. . .

“Powerful, inspiring, and uplifting!” –Robyn Carr

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: Readers of Marie Bostwick’s Cobble Court series will recognize the name Mary Dell. She’s definitely one of the more vibrant characters from this series. If you’ve read the past books, you will know that Mary Dell is a single mother to a son, Howard, who has Downs Syndrome. You also know that her husband left her for this reason. But in this book, we get to see the back story.

I personally enjoyed Mary Dell’s brash personality, and her fashion sense always made me laugh. You have to admire her. If there is one thing that I think defines her as a character, it is that she is true to herself. In a world of rampant imitation, this is a refreshing trait. This really was an uplifting book. I highly recommend it.

This book is available for purchase on April 30th. If you visit the author’s site, you can get her to sign the book.

FTC Disclosure:
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author. I, unlike the New York Times Book Review, did not receive money for my review which is why my review is more honest. This is a concept that the FTC fails to grasp. Contrary to popular belief, advanced review copies of books are not worth a great deal monetarily speaking. In fact most books are worth less than half its value within a year of purchase. This is another concept the FTC has not grasped. If you purchase a book that I thought highly of and do not like, that is life. Taste in books is subjective. This is a concept that some asinine person in the FTC has not yet grasped. The purpose of the statement is to comply with the FTC regulation while providing a not so subtle hint that they are not the brightest bulbs in the box and that they should spend their time doing more worthwhile things than hounding people who have book blogging hobbies.

Posted in Advanced Review, Liked It, Rating, Science Fiction

Unremembered

Unremembered by Jessica Brody

Author: Jessica Brody

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: LI

Synopsis: Since this is an advanced review, I’m including the synopsis from the back of the book.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I thought this book was a little bit trite until I got to the end. I think the whole time travel thing really saved this book from being a colossal waste of time. From the ending, it appears that this is the first of a series. I wish that I had known that before I started; it would have saved me from being impatient at the snail pace throughout the book. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series turns out. I really liked that the main character’s favorite poem was Sonnet 116. You don’t see that kind of appreciation of literature in most teen novels. It was a nice change. Just so you know, this story is written for teens so there is a fair amount of angst. Overall it was a pretty decent read. I finished it rather quickly.

FTC Disclosure:
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author. I, unlike the New York Times Book Review, did not receive money for my review which is why my review is more honest. This is a concept that the FTC fails to grasp. Contrary to popular belief, advanced review copies of books are not worth a great deal monetarily speaking. In fact most books are worth less than half its value within a year of purchase. This is another concept the FTC has not grasped. If you purchase a book that I thought highly of and do not like, that is life. Taste in books is subjective. This is a concept that some asinine person in the FTC has not yet grasped. The purpose of the statement is to comply with the FTC regulation while providing a not so subtle hint that they are not the brightest bulbs in the box and that they should spend their time doing more worthwhile things than hounding people who have book blogging hobbies.

Posted in Meme

Wishful Wednesday February 20, 2013

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Hello everyone! Welcome to Wishful Wednesday.
Answer the question, “What books have you been wishing for/wanting to get lately?”
Grab the button
Post a permalink to your answer in the comments.
Visit around.

Have fun!!!

Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon

Overview
On the planet Tython, the ancient Je’daii order was founded. And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force—and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. But as strongly as the Force flowed within Lanoree and her parents, it remained absent in her brother, who grew to despise and shun the Je’daii, and whose training in its ancient ways ended in tragedy.

Now, from her solitary life as a Ranger keeping order across the galaxy, Lanoree has been summoned by the Je’daii Council on a matter of utmost urgency. The leader of a fanatical cult, obsessed with traveling beyond the reaches of known space, is bent on opening a cosmic gateway using dreaded dark matter as the key—risking a cataclysmic reaction that will consume the entire star system. But more shocking to Lanoree than even the prospect of total galactic annihilation, is the decision of her Je’daii Masters to task her with the mission of preventing it. Until a staggering revelation makes clear why she was chosen: The brilliant, dangerous madman she must track down and stop at any cost is the brother whose death she has long grieved—and whose life she must now fear.

Includes a special, full-color excerpt from the Dark Horse comic Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi and an original Dawn of the Jedi short story by John Ostrander!

So what books are you wishing for this week?

Posted in Teaser Tuesday, Uncategorized

Teaser Tuesday February 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday
Teaser Tuesday
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is from Unremembered by Jessica Brody

That door was on the ground because of me. Because I kicked it. I kicked it so hard, it tore right off the hinges.

page 124

What’s your tease? Please leave a link in the comment section.

Posted in Meme

Monday Morning Update February 18, 2013

Hello everyone. Tis is my backup blog. My Internet has been so unreliable, so I dusted off this blog. I can post to my blog from my iPad so life is good until I get the dsl straightened out.

Ok. Downton Abbey? Seriously what the devil was that? I’m going to be in mourning for a week. I made a peach tart to eat while I watched it. Anyway, on to the memes.

Mailbox Monday

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Overview
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Star Trek TOS Allegiance in Exile by David R. George III

Overview
A beautiful green world, rich in fertile soil and temperate climate . . . a textbook Class-M planet that should be teeming with life. Scans show no life-signs, but there are refined metals, including those associated with a space-faring race . . . and a lone city. But where are all of the inhabitants? Captain James T. Kirk leads a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise, hoping to get some answers.

The away team discovers a city in ruins, covered by dust, utterly bereft of life. Tricorder readings indicate that this is no ancient metropolis—it has been deserted only for a year. And just beyond the citadel lies what appears to be an ancient spaceport . . . a graveyard of ships that have clearly been sabotaged.

With these ruins too far from either the Klingon or the Romulan Empires, the Enterprise crew can only wonder: Who could have done this? And could this unnamed threat now pose an imminent danger to the Federation?

Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick

In this luminous prequel to her beloved Cobbled Court Quilts series, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick takes readers into the heart of a small Texas town and the soul of a woman who discovers her destiny there. . .

Welcome to Too Much–where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common–superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.

While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for raising babies with her new husband, Donny. But that dream proves elusive too, until finally, Mary Dell gets the son she always wanted–a child as different as he is wonderful. And as Mary Dell is forced to reconsider what truly matters in her family and her marriage, she begins to piece together a life that, like the colorful quilts she creates, will prove vibrant, rich, and absolutely unforgettable. . .

“Powerful, inspiring, and uplifting!” –Robyn Carr

What are you reading on Mondays?
I read all three books listed in the Mailbox section. I don’t know what I’m going to read next. I am feeling like a re-read. What about you?