Archive for November, 2014

November 8, 2014

Burned

Burned, the second book in the Dragon’s Trust series by Krista Wayment, was released at the end of October. It’s a great middle-grade read but fun for adults who love lots of action, too.

I really love how real Wayment’s dragons are. They are as much characters of the book as Renick, Lainey and Thane are, and their personalities shine through in everything they do.

Also, I love the idea of dragons that can talk.

In Burned, one rogue dragon seeking revenge causes a lot of trouble for Renick and his friends. I really felt for this dragon, and for everyone in his path, because Wayment made his dilemma and his motivations so true to life. For me, the real villains were the dragon-hunters, who only wanted to capture the dragon’s magic. Once again, Renick stepped into the role of a true hero, an ordinary person who does something extraordinary because he cares about others.

I loved this book.

 

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November 5, 2014

My #NaNoWriMo progress, #burgersandbooks giveaway and more

Family of the Tri-Rune, by Charles Yallowitz

Family of the Tri-Rune, by Charles Yallowitz

It’s been another busy week, and once again, I’m behind on the blog.

I actually signed up for NaNoWriMo this year–something I’ve wanted to do for about five years now and just never have. So far this week, I’ve written just over 10,000 words. That makes me feel good.

Kathy Robinson, who won the first week of the Burgers and Books giveaway, also won the Burger King gift card. There were very few entrants for this giveaway. I enjoyed the idea of promoting reading parties while promoting indie authors, though, so I may continue to do these once in a while.

I wanted to review Charle’s Yallowitz’s Family of the Tri-Rune on Friday, but the day really got away from me. Here are my top thoughts (and possibly spoilers, so readers, beware):

Where Luke Callindor’s character grew immensely in Allure of the GypsiesNyx’s character grew in Family of the Tri-Rune.  It seemed like she started to come to terms with some changes she needed to make (for the good and safety of all), as well as with who she truly is. There were some remarkable and fun revelations about her origin in this book.

There were more revelations about Selenia Hamilton, too, as well as some of her contemporaries, and I was surprised when someone from Sari’s past showed up. These elements added twists to the plot that gave me lots of A-HA moments. Lots of fun! I also found some compassion for someone I thought was an enemy, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in this character’s future.

Some new champions stepped forward toward the end of this book, which makes me excited to read The Compass Key and start to follow their character arcs, too. While I won’t be running a #burgersandbooks giveaway in November, I hope to find time to read Yallowitz’s most recent book and post my thoughts on it here on this blog.

 

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