Thursday, 1 January 2015

Book Review -- Web of Light by Kyra Dune

Web of Light (Web of Light Duology #1)Web of Light by Kyra Dune
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

The story is an enjoyable fantasy, revolving around a host of fascinating characters. The premise is set upon on a conclave that Queen Eanndra calls all the leaders and their heirs for, after decades. The point of view is from Seva, the chirpy, bold and at the same time, fragile protagonist, who is a half-flyer. She knows she inherited the flyer side from her father, but she has no further clue of her inheritance. There are many people with many natures and attitudes she meets at the conclave, and even makes some friends from among them. When Seva and some of the others visit the Temple of Light, Seva ends up with a powerful spell inside her, called the Web of Light. What can Seva do with this spell and how is it going to help her world, is what the book takes us through.

There are characters that you can imagine, and cannot - there are witches, flyers, the Gari-za and of course, some human beings too. We read and learn about how they all co-habit and co-exist, at times in harmony and at times not. Another character that lingers on in the mind is Valdor. The characterisation is remarkable. The author has done a fabulous job of carving out characters in good light, bad light and sometimes a greyish light, making it easy for the reader to like, dislike or empathise with a character. At times, I was slightly bewildered with the pace of the book, but being a short one, of about 180 pages, sometimes the author is left with no choice but to hurry through certain portions.

This was an enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it to lovers of fantasy.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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Book Info-
Title- Web of Light
Series-Web of Light Duology #1
By- Kyra Dune
Genre- YA Fantasy
Published By-Shadow Portal Books
Publication Date- October 14th 2013

When Queen Eanndra calls the leaders of the Territories and their heirs to Star Mountain for a Conclave, none of them expect to have their lives changed forever by the repercussions of a war that ended three hundred years ago.

With the return of the Web of Light, chaos and destruction must surely follow.

Sides will be chosen.

Friendships won and lost.

For within every heart lies the dark seed of betrayal.


About the Author-
Kyra Dune was born in Oklahoma, but spent most of her life travelling with her family. She is the author of more than a dozen fantasy novels, including: Shadow of the Dragon, Elfblood, and Firebrand. As a child, her favorite stories were those that told of ordinary children being whisked away to magical lands. She has yet to find her own secret wardrobe or rabbit hole, but she hasn’t given up the search. You never know what might be waiting over the next rainbow.


Being a Jett Girl by Meghan Quinn

How did I become a Jett Girl?

Hell if I know, one moment I’m working at the premiere spot for creepy men and sloppy drunks and the next, I’m being whisked away by a moody ex-boxer and a mysterious man in a suit that overlooks his girls from the third floor of the Lafayette Club.

It wasn’t easy but now that I’m a Jett Girl, there is only one thing on my mind and that is Jett Colby.

He has captured me, stolen my heart and entwined my soul into his at such an alarming rate that it seems almost difficult to breathe without him holding me, touching me, kissing me...

He won’t give me his heart though, he won’t let me own every last inch of him and not because he doesn’t want to, but because he doesn’t want to jeopardize my ambiguity.

Because of this, there is only one thing standing in my way when it comes to completely and utterly living my life with Jett Colby and it’s called Lot 17.

Meghan Quinn Bio:

When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn't take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch. It wasn't until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven't turned back since.

You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.

I currently reside in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged.

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Book Review -- Being a Jett Girl by Meghan Quinn

Being a Jett Girl (The Bourbon Series #2)Being a Jett Girl by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The book cover is particularly captivating, with its use of the figure, finely etched, but still in monotones and greys, instead of any colours. Does that symbolify the emptiness and lack of spirit in one or all of the characters? The story revolves around Goldie, a premiere spot girl, who wins the attention of Jett Colby, the much-desired entrepreneur. In fact, being in his radar is so much coveted, that to be "a Jett girl" is an identification by itself. While Goldie finds herself falling for Jett's charm, Jett has his own reasons for not wanting to expose Goldie. Hurtful decisions and days follow, but do Jett and Goldie manage to confess their feelings for each other?

This book is the second instalment of the Bourbon series, and having not read the first book, I was not entirely sure about what to expect. For other readers who may have the same apprehensions, let me clarify that this book has a good stead as a stand-alone book. The author has given enough glimpses and insight into the characters, their mindsets, their thoughts and their emotional personas, that one can easily relate with and empathise with the characters - be it Jett, Goldie, Kace, Pepper or Diego. Jett's character shows surprising depth and isn't as shallow or as ruthless as one may think him to be. There are other "Jett girls" that Goldie meets, but Pepper steals the show at one point in time. The narrative was brisk and pacy.

Overall, this was a casual and easy romance read.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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