Monthly Archives: January 2014

Title: The Tyrant’s Daugter
Author: J.C. Carleson
Publication Date: February 11, 2014 (advance review)

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
After the sudden and unexpected death of her father, the military leader of a war-torn country in the middle east, Laia finds herself whisked away to the United States with her mother and younger brother. Deposed and exiled, her family must learn to cope with their new environment. Laila and her brother slowly begin to settle in, while their mother can’t seem to let go to the past. But what will the developing situation their home country mean for them? Will they ever be able to go back?

The Tyrant’s Daughter is surprisingly engaging and is a very well-written young adult novel. It is easy to read and I found myself pulled in by the suspense – for everything to how Laila’s relationships developed to how the family will sort out their future. The characters and their interactions are all very real and create an easy depth to this fictional world that could very easily be true.

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Title: The Reaver
Author: Richard Lee Byers
Publication Date: February 4, 2013

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
I feel like with each new installment in The Sundering series I find myself raving about how it’s a great reintroduction to Forgotten Realms, especially for someone like me who has drifted a bit from following major story developments in that world over the past several years. And this time is no exception.

The Reaver introduces readers to some new characters in the continuing saga of the upheaval of Faerûn. Anton Marivaldi is a merciless reaver and pirate who is wanted up and down the coast of the Sea of Fallen Stars. When Evendur Highcastle, the risen Chosen of Umberlee, Queen of the Depths, puts out a bounty on Stedd Whitecastle – a young boy though to be a prophet of Lathander, the Morninglord (a god thought to have been lost through time), Anton rushes out to make himself rich. But there are other forces at play and rivals seeking the boy for their own devices. When Anton finally tracks him down, he finds that kidnapping and turning over a child might be a bit more challenging than he expected.

This story was very well-written. It reads as an epic adventure in itself as part of the overall Sundering saga. The twists and turns and the build kept me hanging on as I flipped from page to page. I’d venture this one is right up there with The Companions, the opening book in the series by R.A. Salvatore. I definitely hope there is more to the story of these characters going forward.

(eGalley provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Title: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: May 12, 2009

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
A very fitting end to the first chapter in the saga of the Olympians. Riordan has done a great job of making each book a distinct adventure while keeping some important threads throughout the series. In, as one might expect, an epic battle, everything comes back together and the Great Prophecy plays out in some ways you might not expect.

No more than put this down and I started into the Heroes of Olympus series because I need to know what happens next!

Title: The Battle of the Labyrinth
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: March 6, 2008

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
This is probably my favorite Percy Jackson book thus far. It contains all of the elements that I’ve come to enjoy in the series – a carefully woven adventure with a rich treatment of Greek mythology interspersed along the way. I’ve completely fallen in love with this series and the characters and I’m not looking forward to the end in the next book.

Title: The Titan’s Curse
Author: Rick Riordan
Publication Date: April 24, 2007

Rating: ★ ★ ★  
Review: 
I don’t think I’d be wrong in pinning this as a turning point in the Percy Jackson saga. I’ve yet to read the last two books, but there’s a lot going on in this one. For me, this is where the world Percy lives in just really seems to take shape and, as we meet new people and are taken to new places, one really begins to understand the level of danger that faces these young people.

I don’t have much more to say than: It’s great. And I can wait to get onto the next one.