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Robin: Lady of Legend

Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) by R.M. ArceJaeger



What if Robin Hood wasn’t the man you thought him to be—what if he wasn’t a man at all?

Robin of Locksley is young, headstrong, and about to receive the worst birthday present of her life. Still struggling to define herself in a society that believes women are fit for little more than governing a household and bearing children, she balks at her father’s plans for her future, but the consequences of her rebellion prove deadly. Hunted by both her father and the Sheriff, Robin is forced to hide her identity and seek refuge as an outlaw in Sherwood Forest.

Disguised as a lad for protection, Robin maintains a careful isolation from the world around her…until she chances upon a young boy being beaten to death by the Sheriff’s soldiers. Her rescue of the youth marks the beginning of her leadership in Sherwood forest and of the unfortunates who seek refuge therein. Robin’s endeavors to provide a life of honor and purpose for her people while aiding the land’s downtrodden win her high esteem, but enrage the Sheriff of Nottingham, who plots a deadly fate for her and her band.

As the Sheriff’s traps close in around her and assassins seek to bring her down, Robin must risk losing love, leadership, and life if she is to save her people and fulfill her destiny as one of history’s greatest heroes.

Alive with adventure and danger, sword fights and heists, hatred and love, Robin: Lady of Legend is the never-before-told tale of the girl who became Robin Hood.

Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) is easily one of the best reimagining of the English legend. Although I’m not familiar with the story that inspired the author’s tale, I’m inspired by this one.

Although it goes against the traditional tale of this legendary hero, it should be placed within their same note. It captures the same things that make other adaptations captivating. This one has the added bonus of a female protagonist which I think will appeal to the same market as the Hunger Game. Reimagining Robin Hood as a girl has been done before, Princess of Thieves, but never as skillfully done. It’s a tale of female empowerment as much as it’s a sweeping action adventurer.

R.M. Arcejaeger crafts a Robin Hood that is truly believable as a girl, that could definitely lead a band of outlaws in the Sherwood Forest. The only real question is how long she can keep the masquerade up. More than anything Robin of Locksley is an outlaw because she has modern notions that have no place in medieval England.

If you’re looking for a new adaptation on the Robin Hood legend, an action adventure with a female lead, or something that will appeal to the Hunger Games crowd, Robin Hood: Lady of Legend is the novel for you.

I give Robin: Lady of Legend (The Classic Adventures of the Girl Who Became Robin Hood) 5 out 5Gs.

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Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice (Winter’s Saga 3)

Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice (Winter’s Sage 3) by Karen Luellen



Tormented by evil.
Haunted by choice.
Searching for redemption.

******

Lines between good and evil blur as the Winter family fight for survival in Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice. Book #3 in Winter’s Saga delves into the choices we make and the butterfly effect on the world around us. Meg Winter must cope with the caveats of her evolved gift or be consumed by them. Her family and friends watch helplessly as she struggles to find herself, learn what is worth fighting for and let go of things beyond her control. Will she break free of her own fears before it’s too late or let her insecurities rule them all?

Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice is as amazing as the previous entries in this series by Karen Luellen. From the very first pages of the first book until now this has been an amazing journey. The Winters’ family and their allies are facing insurmountable odds against the demented Dr. Kevin Williams. You will instantly root for them and cheer with them each step of the way.

The series is as engross, to me as the Jumper Series by Steve Gould. They both are about kids growing up with amazing gifts and the pitfalls that come with them. It’s also about how family as it’s never as rigid as usually labeled.

They’re a family fighting for their survival against a man so filled with evil even the most desensitized person will cringe. I’ve actually watched a man bleed to death taking his last breathe in front of me at age 12. Dr. Williams described actions are more heinous than the person that stab that old man in his home.

This man is what I thought Cobra Commander looked like under his helmet, when I was a kid. I would rather watch Nightmare on Elm series on repeat that look this evil man in the face.

And this is who’s trying to kill our protagonists, evil incarnate. He’s a cancer to not only the Winters by humanity at a whole. He’s so evil that people are lining up to turn against him.

Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice moves at an intense pace. Not one chapter is wasted. A lot of the story revolves around Meg’s evolution. As the unofficial rock of her family her changes affect everyone around her. There are many instants of her mental angst giving insight into the evolution of her power. At the rate of increase she may become the most dangers meta on the planet.

Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice ends on an ambiguous note. Many things are left in the air. Although it’s written like a standalone, the ending is a cliffhanger. It feels like the first half of a story. You will want the next novel as soon as you finish.

I give Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice 5 out 5.

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Past Forward- A Serial Novel: Episode 8

Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 8 by Chautona Havig


Past Forward is a serial novel released weekly on Kindle.

Alone without friends or family to comfort her after the death of her mother, Willow Finley’s idyllic life is over—and just beginning.

When Willow Finley awakes on a hot summer morning, she is unprepared for the grief that awaits her. Jerked from a life of isolation with her mother, Willow learns what alone really means when she finds her mother still in her bed, never to awaken again in this life.

From the moment Willow arrives in the police station with her startling announcement, Chad Tesdall fights the friendship he knows he can’t avoid.

In this episode, Chad wrestles with truths he’s not ready to acknowledge while Willow becomes a little better acquainted with both sets of grandparents, discovering things about each she wasn’t prepared to handle.

Follow as Willow’s story unfolds past forward.

Released weekly as a serial novel.

Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 8 is perfection. But this episode also has to be prefaced with the other seven episodes. This is the defining episode that marks the identity of this novel.

Unlike last weeks, this one had me engaged from the start. Taking place just before Christmas its interesting how Chautona Havig addresses Willow’s isolation during the holidays. Her apparent naïveté to Christmas traditions is refreshing.

This episode addresses one of the “elephants in the room,” Willow’s grandparents. Their characterizations fall into the suspected coloring with their previous introduction to the reader. I’m shocked at the deceitfulness and depravity that doesn’t become known until the end of this episode. And yet I should have, I mean if you can raise a man to rape a woman, that’s an reflection on the people you are.

The drama and conflict in this episode is more subtle than in the previous ones and you know it’s about to rise to the fan. It’s also developing more branches of conflict as ones from previous episodes come to a close.

If you haven’t started reading this serial novel you really should. I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy taking the time to invest in a serial novel. As this is the first one I’ve ever read coming back to it is quickly becoming one of my sweet of the week.

I give Past Forward-A Serial Novel: Episode 8 5 out 5.

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Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2)

Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) by Karen Luellen



Born into evil.  
Raised for violence.  
Searching for truth.  
 
 
In the second book of Winter’s Saga we meet Creed Young. He’s a metahuman, like Meg, Alik and Evan Winter, but unlike the Winter children, Creed wasn’t rescued by a goodhearted doctor from the experiments and traumas at the hands of the evil Dr. Williams. No, Creed wasn’t that lucky. Instead, he was raised along with hundreds of other metasoldiers in a militant compound to be a lethal, bloodthirsty assassin. His first assignment: To kill the thief, Margo Winter, who stole three children from Dr. Williams’ institute twelve years ago, and return those stolen assets.



Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) is just as good as the first one. A fair amount of this story deals with a new character Creed Young. With the focus on Creed it doesn’t hurt the story as much as you think. It works because for the majority of the book the Winters’ are reacting to their new reality. And those life changes events just keep coming throughout this novel.
 
I wanted to hate Creed Young, as a new character and for his purpose. I couldn’t even when he was being puppeteered by the evil Dr. Williams. (As a character, I visualize Dr. Williams as Dr. Doom, without the metallic suit. And please don’t leave comments about how this is incorrect. I personally don’t like the Fantastic Four. The Avenger, X-Men did better jobs fighting their villains, except in the Ultimate Universe. For whatever reason they disbanded, Johnny joining what’s left of the X-Men fit him better.) Creed and Gavil are a literary example of dysfunctional. I’ve wanted to beat the living crap out of my brother, but to literally HAVE to kill him. I couldn’t do it, even if I raised in the conditions of that hell-hole, The Facility.
 
There is a reveal, in this book, that took shape, in the first book, Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge and continued in this one. Each incident you could see this eventual outcome. I’m just surprised that it didn’t happen sooner. But holding it off until the end made the anticipation for the next novel, Winter’s Wrath: Sacrifice, that much sweeter and panged. I can’t wait to read what comes from this decision. If you haven’t read it yet, check out Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge.


I give Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) 5 out 5.

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Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge (Winter’s Saga 1)

Winter’s Awakening: The Metahuman Emerge (Winter’s Saga 1) by Karen Luellen


Created for evil.
Raised to protect.
Searching for truth.

******

Extraordinary teen Meg Winter and her brothers Alik and Evan are shoved into a new reality when they discover life is not what they thought it was: there is evil hunting them, they are not normal teens, and their mother’s captor wants them back to continue his plans for the perfect race.


First let me start by say Ah-Maze-ING. Winter’s Awakening: The Metahumans Emerge should definitely get the Hollywood treatment. If they are going to continue to remake crap like Total Recall, this should be on a studio’s list. It’s Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity meets X-Men: First Class. Warning: Set aside time to read, YOU WILL NOT WANT TO PUT DOWN.
 
This is a fast pace and surprisingly quick read. I never questioned the good or bad of the characters. Karen Luellen’s writing allowed me to visualize the action surrounding the characters. For me I kept imagining Jennifer Lawrence’s character from Winter’s Bone as Meg. Alik (cool spelling btw), and Evan were generic based on their descriptions.
 
These kids are intelligent, capable, and lethal. Their “mother” made them self-sufficient. It really doesn’t read artificial or farcical when these 15, 14, and 12 put a plan in motion.
 
The backstory is exactly how I imagine metahumans will spontaneous come into existence. It’s the noblest of intentions warped by the ‘GOD complex’ of man. Having been watching the Olympic, there are a few, I think are either metas or on the cusp of being one.
 
The ending isn’t a cliffhanger but it does left you hanging. I do have my suspicions. I usually like to add a buffer between books in a series but I think I’m going to just go into the next one, Winter’s Storm: Retribution (Winter’s Saga 2) .




I give Winter’s Awakening: The Metahuman Emerge 5 out 5.

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Ladle Rat Rotten Hut

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (Grimm Diaries Prequel 4) by Cameron Jace

What if all you knew about fairytales was wrong?

Book Description:

Little Red Riding Hood’s untold and true story. Why she was wearing a Red hood. Who her Grandma really was. What the wolf actually wanted. Where she fits in the Dreamworld. And what Ladle Rat Rotten Hut means.

List of the available Grimm Diaries Prequels:

1 Snow White Blood Red
narrated by The Snow White Queen

2 Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder
narrated by Alice Grimm

3 Beauty Never Dies
narrated by Peter Pan

4 Ladle Rotten Rat Hut
narrated by Little Red Riding Hood
available on 07/25/2012

5 Blood Apples
narrated by Prince Charming

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut continues Cameron Jace’s tradition of twisting the Grimm tales on themselves. If you have read his previous prequel then you are familiar if not fully understand of the world you’re about to inhabit. This diary entry is told from the point of view of Little Red Riding Hood.

There are several things that I liked about this novella. First was the unexpected treat of the Anguish Language. Second is this one relies on the stories told in the previous entries. Ladle Rat Rotten Hut like an inside joke to the Grimm Diaries’ devoted readers.

If you haven’t read the previous novellas a lot of the seemingly insignificant but actual significant moments will be lost on you. The mystery of Little Red Riding Hood’s true identity is perfectly played. Yet it still doesn’t top Sleeping Beauty’s identity.

Knowledge of the original Grimm Tales isn’t necessary but it’s a definite plus. It’s easier to understand when Cameron Jace throws the tale on its head. It’s those twists and reshaped reality that makes these prequels and, I’m hoping, the actual series a funny read.

I give Ladle Rat Rotten Hut 5 out 5.

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I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies 1)

I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies 1) by Pittacus Lore


Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.


I saw the teaser trailer for the movie and was instantly hooked. Then I found out it was a book recently published. The ink wasn’t even dry on the printing press when I Am Number Four was optioned as a movie. That really peaked my interest. Then I found out that Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay were producing the film. Oppose to popular opinion they rarely disappoint me when it comes to their projects. I ordered it and it sat on my desk for a couple of weeks. Then I found time to read it on a day I had nothing to do.

Once I started reading I didn’t want to put it down. It has easy readability and you instantly connect with the characters. Some on the staff should have done a better job of spelling checking but that doesn’t take away from the story. You’re instantly gripped in the story and as you read this story you realizes why it was such a hot commodity.

The only drawback that I see is what most of Hollywood does to a good book…making too many drastic changes; case in point Jumper. Too many things were change and the movie lost what was special about the book. I am Number Four faces the same problem. With this being the first and only book I hope Hollywood does stray too far from this story making continuity an issue with future novels.

These characters instantly had me engrossed and when I got to the end I felt their lost and heartache. I also felt bad that I had taken an awesome adventure and now it was over. It took me about six hours to read. I’m definitely going to have to find time to read it again. It hit so many of the same beats that makes the Jumper Series, by Steven Gould, some of my favorite books. I’m also eagerly waiting the sequel The Power of Six due out summer of 2011.

I give I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies 1) 5 out 5 Gs.

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Reflex (Jumper 2)

reflex.jpgReflex (Jumper 2) by Steven Gould


Davy has always been alone. He believes that he’s the only person in the world who can teleport. But what if he isn’t?

A mysterious group of people has taken Davy captive. They don’t want to hire him, and they don’t have any hope of appealing to him to help them. What they want is to own him. They want to use his abilities for their own purposes, whether Davy agrees to it or not. And so they set about brainwashing him and conditioning him. They have even found a way to keep a teleport captive.

But there’s one thing that they don’t know. No one knows it, not even Davy. And it might save his life….

“Reflex (Jumper)” picks up ten years after the events in Jumper. It finds Davy and Millie married. Davy is a freelancer contractor for the NSA and Millie is a family therapist, living in Oklahoma.

When Davey is kidnapped during a meeting with Brian Cox, Millie discovers that after the thousands of jumps she ahs taken with Davey she now has the ability to jump. Confronted with this knowledge she takes it upon herself to find her husband while discovering this new ability and keeping it under the radar of NSA and the people who kidnapped her husband.

Reflex (Jumper 2) has Davey and Millie older and more mature, in a loving marriage, and the Davey in Jumper has grown and faced the emotional problems that plagued him before. It switches between Millie’s search for her husband and Davey’s treatment at the hands of his captors.

Gould makes you sympathetic to Davey and Millie’s struggles. It made me root for them to unleashed some wicked payback. Yet Gould never deviates from the core of his characters that makes them heroes but does give some satisfying.

Davey and now Millie continuing story shows flare. Jumper is one of my favorite books. Reflex (Jumper 2) is fun, fast paced and a great read. It also shows a crisper writing style. It’s so entertaining that I continually wanted another chapter to read. I hope the next book in these characters lives will come a little sooner. I can’t wait to see the continuing saga of David Rice and Millicent Harrison-Rice.

I give Reflex (Jumper) 5 out 5 Gs.

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Jumper (Jumper Series 1)

Jumper (Jumper Series 1) by Steven Gould


Davey lives alone with his father. But the truth is, it isn’t much of a home. When things get so bad that Davey decides he has to run away, his big question is: Where? And how will he live?

The magical answer: anywhere Davey wants!

Davey discovers he has the power to “jump” from one place to another. Not just a few feet. But hundreds, even thousands of miles! As Davey explores his new power he learns that the world is literally his for the taking. But there are consequences, too as Davey will learn.”

What would you do if you mother is gone and your father is an abusive alcoholic and during one of his beating you discover you could teleport. Where would you go? What would you do? How far you would you go to save the women you loved from the government? These are some of the questions posed to Davey Rice the protagonist of Steven Gould’s first novel Jumper. It’s a coming of age story told in the first person by Davey. It’s an exciting, compelling, and engrossing novel.

The characters are well thought out and you can understand their views and motivation throughout the book. Gould articulates Davey’s emotional growth, from a teen runaway to a young man coming to grip with his life, his powers, love and lose, to the point that I could identify with Davey’s journey.

Gould tells a story that grips you from the first page. I would finish one page and want to continue with the next. The first time I read it I stayed up all night to finish it. I immediately wanted to start it over but I needed sleep and it permeated through my dreams.

It was surpassed my expectation. It had everything I find entertaining. It had the sci-fi, the action and adventure, and espionage. I wanted to know what was going to happen next and where it was going to take me. Gould display Davey’s ups and down. Even at the end it’s a complete narrative with so much story left to tell.

The reason I discovered Jumper is because of a website that tells what books are being made into movies. So I picked it up because it had an interesting plot and most movies due an awful job of books. The first time I read it I just read it, and just loved it, instantly becoming one of my favorites. There is a sequel Reflex (Jumper 2).

Using your imagination is fun to me and one of the main reasons for reading, but having a distinct face makes it easier for to imagine the story. I looked it up on IMDB for the stars of the characters. The casting pleasantly surprised me. It will star Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Rachel Bilson. Having a clear picture of their faces and voices to go along with word made it more enjoyable for me.

One thing I notice about the movie, that I’m questioning, is the addition of another jumper. I’m interested to see what this change will do to the story. Will it enhance the story or destroy it; I guess I’ll have to wait until it comes out. Even with the movie slated for a 2008 release, I recommend you read the book. “Hollywood” rarely captures the magic of the books. Most screw it horribly as filmmakers did Eragon and Timeline.

I give Jumper 5 out 5Gs.

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