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Monday, February 1, 2010

February Reviews




Reviews are up for the month of February.

  1. Chameleon’s Colors by Aubrie Dionne


  2. The Timsestone Key by Pamela Hearon


  3. When the Condor Returned by Icy Snow Blackstone

Check 'em out! Leave a comment. We'd love to hear from you.

When the Condor Returned by Icy Snow Blackstone

Blurb:

Peace was within their grasp...and then the enemy returned.
Love doesn't necessarily conquer all. Newlyweds Philip and Rebekah represent the union of two different people, but the Earthmen and the Tusteya are not understanding of their union.

Philip needs to convince everyone that he is a capable ruler. When he and Rebekah think they've succeeded, The Condor, a Federation spaceship returns, reawakening thirty years of hatred and aggression.

Captain Renault, in charge of the Condor, considers himself a by-the-book commander. Whatever he does, he has the excuse of following orders. His viewpoints set him up to be in conflict with Phillip.

Phillip must answer the ultimate question--is he Tusteyan or Earthman?

Review:

Excellent! Loved it from beginning to end. Second book in this series, you should read book one first, but I really think you could follow even if you didn’t. Though you might not enjoy book two as much as having read book one first.

Ms. Blackstone created a fabulous world in book one that just got better in When the Condor Returned. The characters come to life in this setting. I found myself rooting for both sides hoping for a solution to their problems and not wanting the story to end. But the epilogue helped, bringing tears to my eyes and doing my heart good.

Whatever issues I had with book one were worked out in book two.

I give this story 5 hearts and a Recommended Read. Reviewed by

Jasmine

Chameleon’s Colors by Aubrie Dionne

Blurb:

Ever since she stumbled into her father’s lab and drank a cocktail of his experiments, Kaylee has had the ability to change color, blending into her environment like a chameleon. Named a freak at school, she runs away and joins the Masquerade Carnival. Her life takes on a routine and she enjoys performing in the shows until she falls for a young man hired to run the rides.

Coincidentally, an old, roving gypsy offers a potion to restore her body to the way it once was to win his heart. Now she must choose between her unique powers or a chance at love.

Review:

A refreshingly sweet young romance. Wonderfully written. Ms. Dionne paints a vivid scene that had me sucked in from paragraph one. I could see everything taking place on stage as Kaylee preformed. Most times when you read a romance, you want to connect with the heroine and live through her. But in this first scene, I was more than happy to sit back watch in awe.

The only issue I had with this story was that it seemed to end abruptly. Like there was a little left untold to the story. Other than that, this is a wonderful short read.


I give this story 5 hearts. Reviewed by
Jasmine



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The Timsestone Key by Pamela Hearon

Blurb:

Can a modern heart entwined with an ancient mystery prevail against a terrifying future?

When she was three, Halley Winsted was given a mysterious family legacy and told to follow her heart. But now that she’s thirty-three, love and commitment don’t come easy, even in the arms of sexy Tom Rutledge. A trip to England seems the perfect chance to sort out her feelings, and to indulge her obsession with the Arthurian legends.

But the legends are true. Arthur is alive in Avalon, teetering on the brink of madness, unable to fulfill his role in mankind’s terrifying future. Can the legacy Halley bears heal Arthur’s mind in time? Can she trust her heart to lead her to her destiny?

Content warning: This book contains sensual descriptions of consummated love scenes. Not for those under 18 years of age.

Review:

Very interesting take on the Arthurian legend. I have to say I love a good King Arthur story, though I’m not an expert on the matter.

This story has me torn on the rating. I liked the plot, though more mainstream or fantasy than romance. Ms. Hearon’s imagination is gripping and I enjoyed the paranormal/fantasy plot twists worked in.

On the downside Ms. Hearon got a bit long winded and repetitive so that parts read more like a history lesson or even a summary of one’s vacation than of fiction.

I was hoping for more romance from an Arthurian story than I what I got. After all, it is marketed as romance and the main storyline is of the heroine’s travels and research for a book. The story does not focus on the coming together of two people as a romance should. But as I said before, I was very intrigued with the plot and twists. Maybe I’m not well versed in all things Arthurian, but I’d never heard this theory before and that part I loved. I think if it was marketed as straight fantasy instead of romance, than I might not have been so let down.



I give this story 3 hearts. Reviewed by

Jasmine