Book Review Dear Mr. Darcy by Amanda Grange

Dear Mr. Darcy is a delightful retelling of Pride and Prejudice in the form of letters. I bought this book months ago, and finally had the chance to read it last week.

Plot/Story line: 5/5 Great plot and story line. Amanda stays true to the characters’ personalities that Jane Austen created. The letters feel like real letters that the characters would have exchanged.

Characters: 5/5  As stated above, Amanda stays true to the characters that Jane created. No complaints here!

Writing: 5/5  Witty and clever, the writing is written in Austen-style and is very enjoyable for those who love Jane Austen.

Dialogue: N/A Since no one is really speaking to the other, face to face, there isn’t really what you would call dialogue.

Bad Language:  About three or four used of d—.  But how I typed it is how it appears in the book.  There are also three uses of good God.

Inappropriate Content:  Overall pretty clean.  Mr. Wickham does speak of needing to find a rich widow, because he has debts to pay. 

Want to read/ability: 5/5 Through I didn’t like the bad language, I still overall loved this book. It was a delightful read that I couldn’t put down.   I devoured this book in less than a  week and I can’t wait to try Amanda’s other Jane Austen retellings. 

Over-all-rating:  4/5 I would have liked some more letters from Darcy and there was (in my opinion) way too many letters of Mary Bennet’s to one of her friends. They may have been the comic relief, but I didn’t really enjoy them.

You can find Dear Mr. Darcy here

In this imaginative retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Amanda Grange now tells the classic story through the eyes of its compelling romantic hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy—in a series of revealing letters that casts a sparkling new reflection on the manners and morals of the landed gentry in 19th-century England…

Here, for the first time, are the letters written by the exceedingly proud and stubborn Mr. Darcy, covering the life-changing events that defined him—from the death of his father, to his control of his Derbyshire estate of Pemberley to his conflicted courtship with the lively, intelligent, and delightfully willful Elizabeth Bennet. Try as he may, he cannot deny his attraction to this woman with fine eyes, a playful spirit, a mind of her own… and an embarrassing family that is frankly, and utterly, beneath him. But it is Elizabeth who controls both their destinies, and whose surprises will change Darcy’s life yet again.

Songkeeper by Gillian Bronte Adams Book Review

Gillian has done it again–writing a heartrending story that grips you to the very end. Picking up where Orphan’s Song ended, the action in Songkeeper doesn’t end till the last page.  Songkeeper releases April 15th.

Plot/Story line: 5/5 The plot switches between characters, but it doesn’t lessen the flow. The story line is fast paced, and gripping.

Characters: 5/5 Our favorite characters Amos, Birdie, Ky, and Gundhrold are back with some new friends and enemies. Gillian’s characters are not stereotyped, but real and with whom you can connect. Amos is my favorite character, playing the role of a father figure for Birdie. His love for her is genuine and real and my favorite part in the book.

Writing: 5/5 Gillian’s writing is just as lovely as in Orphan’s Song, if not better. Her descriptions are lovely and you can feel the heartache and sorrow seep from the page. I love Amos and his insults and they are back and better than ever. Here is an example: “Gundhrold’s head lowered until his massive beak was only inches away from Amos’s nose. “I am a son of the desert. This was once my home – the home of all my kind. I know every crag, every slope, every crick and hollow-” Amos rolled his eyes. “Every blatherin’ speck o’ sand?”

Dialogue: 5/5 Great dialogue.

Want to read/ability: 5/5 Even with the heart-rending sorrow, this is still a book you want to read. Gillian’s writing pulls you in, and you lose all sense of time.

Bad Language:  None

Inappropriate Content:  Toward the end of the book, there was some content that younger readers might not be able to read or handle. It could be verging-on-nightmarish if you think about them too much. There isn’t a ton of description, but it might be disturbing for younger readers.  

Over-all-rating: 5/5

You can pre-order Songkeeper here

songkeeper.jpgWar ravages Leira and the Song has fallen silent

Freed from the hold of a slave ship, Birdie, the young Songkeeper, and Ky, a street–wise thief, emerge to a world at war. Hordes of dark soldiers march across Leira, shadowed by whispers of plague and massacres, prompting Ky to return to his besieged home city in hopes of leading his fellow runners to safety.

Desperate to end the fighting, Birdie embarks on a dangerous mission into the heart of the Takhran’s fortress. Legend speaks of a mythical spring buried within and the Songkeeper who will one day unleash it to achieve victory. Everyone believes Birdie is the one, but the elusive nature of the Song and rumors of other gifted individuals lead her to doubt her role. Unleashing the spring could defeat the Takhran once and for all, but can she truly be the Songkeeper when the Song no longer answers her call?

Book Review: Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams

Orphan’s Song by Gillian Bronte Adams is the first book in the Songkeeper Chronicles.   I have read this book twice and enjoyed it both times. Gillian’s writing is sweetly simple, and elegant. A fantasy world with amazing depth and striking characters, you will enjoy this fantasy book to add to your collection.  

 

Plot/Story line: 5/5 This is one of those books that will have you turning the pages into the wee hours of the mourning.  There is a lot of mystery hanging around the story concerning what the Song is. Gillian slowly gives info little by little, and that keeps you turning the pages. The world building was very well done and Gillian tied her plots together flawlessly.

Characters: 5/5  The characters…a short book review can not do them justice. Birdie is  sweet and gentle, Ky is captivating, and Amos…well Amos is hard to describe…he’s well, Amos, a caring, grumpy mentor, who behind all the gruff is a man who cares for Birdie.  George the cat was some comic relief and a favorite of mine. He’s a Waltham. 🙂  The villains were also well done. You could feel Carhartan’s presence on the page. And is Hendryk really a villain? I don’t think so.  I feel a mystery hanging over him and I hope to read more about him in book two.

Writing: 5/5  Gillian’s writing is lovely. The writing flows from one page to the next.

Dialogue: 5/5  Witty, engaging dialogue.

Want to read/ability: 5/5  With a great plot, story line, easy to relate to characters, and Gillian’s writing, this book is a defiant want to read.

Bad Language:  None

Inappropriate Content:  None

Over-all-rating: 5/5

You can find Gillian’s blog here

 

GBAFrom the back of the book:

Who Will Keep the Song Alive? Every generation has a Songkeeper – one chosen to keep the memory of the Song alive. And in every generation, there are those who seek to destroy the chosen one. When Birdie’s song draws the attention of a dangerous Khelari soldier, she is kidnapped and thrust into a world of ancient secrets and betrayals. Rescued by her old friend, traveling peddler Amos McElhenny, Birdie flees the clutches of her enemies in pursuit of the truth behind the Song’s power. Ky is a street–wise thief and a member of the Underground—a group of orphans banded together to survive . . . and to fight the Khelari. Haunted by a tragic raid, Ky joins Birdie and Amos in hopes of a new life beyond the reach of the soldiers. But the enemy is closing in, and when Amos’ shadowed past threatens to undo them all, Birdie is forced to face the destiny that awaits her as the Songkeeper of Leira.

 

Merlin’s Blade– Book 1 in the Merlin Spiral Trilogy by Robert Treskillard

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I love the stories and legends of King Arthur and his knights. So when Merlin’s Blade was given to me as a birthday present by a good friend, I was so excited to dive in. Robert took the story of Arthur and Merlin and created an epic story world rich with history and a touch of fantasy.

Plot/Storyline: 5/5

Merlin’s Blade had a strong plot. There was no contradiction and everything flowed smoothly and made sense.

Characters: 4/5

The characters were strong–I felt a connection with Merlin, and Garth grew from when we first met him. However,  I felt like more could have been built upon them and other characters,  though this might happen as the series continues.

Writing: 5/5

Robert’s writing was amazing. The descriptions were well done and simple, and nothing was overdone.

Dialogue: 5/5

The dialogue was well done and was realistic for the time period.

Bad Language:  None 

Inappropriate Content:  None

Want to read/ability:   4/5

Around the middle, the book got a little slow, but it picked up speed and I flew through the rest.

Warnings:  This book had druids. The druids are mentioned drawing circles, chanting,  and casting spells.  There is an enchanted stone with “power” that the druids control. 

 Overall, I loved the book.  Merlin is a Christian and the worldview of the whole book is Christian, despite the druids.  Robert is an extremely talented writer and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the series in the Merlin Spiral Trilogy turns out.

You can find Merlin’s Blade here.

The Eyes of E’veria by Serena Chase

Looking for something to read?

Something different?

It is my joy to tell you about the Eyes of E’veria by Serena Chase.

Based loosely on fairy tales, you will enjoy and love these books just as much as I do. Once you read them, you are hooked.

These are wonderfully crafted stories–you will fall in love with the characters and the world of E’veria.  It’s a world you will never want to leave or end. Serena does such a good job of blending fantasy, love, adventure, and a relationship with God in a seamless flow that blends to make a well crafted story.

I first came across this series in January of this year and after reading all three within four weeks, discovered that I would have to wait late summer to finish reading Cazien and Erielle’s story.

By Cobeld’s beard and by the fiery breathe of Briggan Roo, I would have to wait. Such dread.

The empty months stretched so I re-read the first three books.

But now, The Sunken Realm is released. I have read it, and now I’m re-reading The Seahorse Legacy so I can move right on through and re-read (yes, read again) The Sunken Realm.

Read them for yourself. You will love them.