Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Key by Jennifer Anne Davis Audiobook Review






















The Key





THE KEY

(True Reign #1)
Genres: YA, Historical, Fantasy
Published: November 16th, 2013

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18631388-the-key
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake−this is no fairytale.

His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.

Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.

When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.

As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.

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I loved THE KEY so much! I was actually very surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not because it didn't sound fantastic, because it did, but I kept putting it off for years, thinking it was one of those books that sounded fantastic, but turn out to be a load of junk. But I am so happy to say that was NOT the case here with THE KEY! Not at all, the complete opposite to be exact!

The world-building is what captivated me from the very beginning. I love a thick-plotted world with evil kings and a kingdom of the verge of self destruction. And then you throw in conspiracies and political intrigue, with a forbidden romance and a hot love interest, and a determined heroine, and you have one hell of a book. And that's exactly what I found here! So I was instantly drawn into this world and the outcome of their situation. Davis created a thrilling plot to go along with her epic world building! BRAVO Jennifer Davis, BRAVO!!

The characters were just as amazing as the world-building. The story was told in dual POV's, with Rema and her love interest Prince Darmik as the main characters. And they were both developed and fun characters for their own reasons. Rema was the mystery of the novel, and though we knew her true identity, she didn't, and that made for a thrilling ride to watch her discover all the little hints along the way to revealing the truth behind it all. She was spunky, and I really liked that about Rema's character. She wasn't quickly knocked down, and I don't mean physically I mean mentally. She could take whatever was thrown at her and turn it into not as bad of a situation as it really was. She was also smart and tough, even though she really didn't know how to physically fight, she still wouldn't let that defer her from standing up for herself. She was just a well-rounded, awesome protagonist that I just loved.

And Darmik, the other main POV was so dam hot!!! He drove me crazy when it was his POV! I loved him to pieces for many reasons. And though he was doing the evil kings bidding's, he knew it was wrong and did not take pleasure like his brother, the Crown Prince did. He was strong, skilled, loyal, determined, and viciously lethal when he need to be. Yet he was gentle, sweet, compassionate, and just wanted the best thing for his people. And he was slowly starting to see that it was not his father and brother that the people needed. I thought Rema and Darmik were awesome protagonist, and together they would be unstoppable...

THE PLOT

SEVENTEEN YEARS IN THE PAST:


Greenwood Island is ruled by a just king and queen, with two sons and one daughter. All is well in the land, citizens are feed and treated fairly, and though their not the riches kingdom, their content and happy with their Monarch and the lives they provide.

But all that changes when Emperor Hamen, ruler of Emperion on the mainlands wants to open up trade with Greenwood Island. But the king and queen of Greenwood refuse the Emperor for their own good reasons, and thus sentenced Greenwood to their deaths at the hands of the Emperion army. An army vastly larger and highly more skilled then Greenwood's soldiers. And on one eerie, blood-filled night, the Emperion army invades Greenwood Island, and slaughtered the Royal family, killing anyone who gets in their way. Royals, civilians, guards, woman, children-babies, anyone who posed a threat was executed on site. But the Commander of Greenwood Island manged to slip the castle undetected, taking with him the only remaining heir to the Greenwood throne.

So hiding within Greenwood Island, the legitimate heir grows strong and healthy everyday, and is unknowingly the only hope Greenwood has of ridding itself of the false royal family, taking them from power and saving the people from a horrifying life, or death.

And this is how their story begins...

SEVENTEEN YEARS LATER:


Rema is just a commoner in a kingdom ruled by brutality at the hands of a viscus king and his two sons. She has been shielded from the harsh reality of what really lies in the kingdom. She's content with raising horses and thrillingly riding them with her best friend Bren. Until one day all that changes, and Rema is quickly pulled into a viscus game she knows nothing about, and becomes the pawn in her ultimate downfall.

While out on one of her runs through the forest, Rema meets Darmik, one of the kings sons and commander of the kings lethal army. And what she sees in him is not a brutal, arrogant, blood thirsty prince like she thought him to be, but as a sweet, caring, and very handsome man, who seems to want the best for his people, but is forced by the king to do his evil bidding's. But the other prince, Crown Prince Lennek is the one she has to worry about. He is the opposite of Prince Darmik. He's evil, conning, vindictive, and is very quick to shed blood if it pleases him. And Rema has just unknowingly caught his eye and sealed her fate...

Rema is forced to marry the vile Prince Lennek, becoming the princess and future queen of Greenwood Island. Something Rema would rather die then become. But with no other option if she wants to save her family from a torturous death at the hands of Prince Lennek, she has to obey, and look pleased about it.

The kingdom of Greenwood Island is on the brink of civil war.


With the king rapidly increasing taxes, and quick to kill anyone he pleases, and the people quickly starving from the increase, and not having the means to support themselves, death has become a for sure thing on Greenwood Island. But their are some people who are fighting for peace and freedom, fighting for a new way of life, fighting to overthrow the king and his sons, and they claim the have just the key to do it...

The Key is coming...


That's the whispers in the streets, the hope that swells in peoples hearts, that's the words the rebels spread. The rebels are fiercely rousing the people to stand up for themselves and fight for their freedom. But with little hope of defeating the kings army, the people are quickly knocked down. But what if The Key to their salvation has been right in front of them all along? And what if their really is a rebel force that may just be strong enough to stand up to the kings army? What then?

Doesn't that sound fantastic? It was, it truly was!! I've never read anything by Davis, but she's quickly climbing the ladder into my favorite authors! THE KEY was an amazing start to an absolutely wonderful series that I'm actually almost finished reading, and loving! While writing this review I'm already reading the third and final book in this series! THE KEY was just that good that I instantly had to pick up it's sequel and see what happened after that terrifyingly wonderful cliffhanger Davis threw at us with full force! And book two and three is just as good, if not better then THE KEY!

Overall, I am highly satisfied with this book and the way it all played out. Davis has a way to grab the reader from the very beginning and keep hold until the very end. If you enjoy a spunky, quick-witted main character, with a hot love interest, and a kingdom on the brink of civil war, with evil kings and princes, and a great drama with plenty of action and adventure, then THE KEY is definitely one book you should check out!!

4.5 BONE HEARTS



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Jennifer Anne Davis

Waterfall by Amber Garr Book Blitz + Giveaway





Waterfall #2



WATERFALL
 
(The Water Crisis Chonicles #2)
Published: June 2015
Genres: New Adult, Dystopian


The water is gone. The wars have begun.

Clean water is a luxury most can no longer afford. Climate change, industrial sabotage, and greed have turned country against country as each one tries to provide for its citizens. Terrorist groups target desalinization plants and frustrated governments hunt those who work against them. Rationing, sequestering, and patrolling have become routine at a time when there are too many people and not enough resources.

While the world around them disintegrates into chaos, Zach and Vivienne hope that their life in a government-run complex will retain some semblance of normalcy. But when attacks on their water supplies bring war to their sheltered community, they must accept their new fate. Stay and fight or flee and endure—it’s a difficult decision with lasting consequences.

Will they choose what’s safe? Or will they choose to survive?






























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Monday, June 29, 2015

Opening the Veil by C.L. Clark Book Blitz + Giveaway





Opening The Veil




OPENING THE VEIL
(New Sight Book 1)
Published: March 21st, 2015



When Cassie agrees to go on a date with her gorgeous new neighbor, she doesn’t expect the night to end with a glimpse into eternity. Within twenty-four hours she discovers not only are young women being brutally murdered around her beloved town, but an ancient evil is using her new neighbor like a puppet to do the killing.

Knowing the police won’t believe her without solid proof, she makes it her mission to find the evidence they need. Add to that how her cat has started talking to her, along with seeing ghosts around town, and it’s no surprise that she’s beginning to question her sanity.

This is the first book in the New Sight Series - paranormal series about a young woman whose eyes are opened to the hidden world around her and her compulsion to help the dead seek answers and justice.

Imaginatively entertaining with light humor and a quickening pace, C. L. Clark’s interesting new twist on paranormal fantasy is a book series that readers will not want to pass up.




Another interesting turn of events came when I was standing in front of the man’s door, taking a deep breath to calm my nerves, and heard a knock on the door that had not come from either of my knuckles. I looked over at Stacey, who had her hands wrapped around each other, staring at the door in anticipation. I wasn’t fooled. I knew she had somehow made the knock at the door, but I couldn’t question her on it because the door opened.

A tall man with messy brown hair stood in the doorway dressed in gray sweats and an Arctic Monkeys t-shirt, as if he had just climbed out of bed. He looked at me and then at Allie with questioning eyes and a bit of a frown.

“Yes?” His voice had a pleasant, deep sound, despite being a little hoarse.

I glanced at Stacey who reached out and touched the man’s arm. Too many emotions to choose from tangled her features in a mad war. Her man reached his hand over and scratched at the exact spot where her hand was still placed.

“Is there something I can help you with?” He asked again, seeming more concerned than angry at my slow response time.

“I’m so sorry,” I apologized, shaking my head and trying to smile. “My name’s Cassie, I’m from up the highway in Kensington Falls. I was wondering if I could talk to you for a few minutes.”

“I’m not interested in whatever religion you’re selling. Thanks anyway.” He sighed as he started to shut the door.

Sticking my foot in the way, I continued in a rush, moving a little bit into the space that Stacey was occupying. Cold slid up my side and made my scalp tingle.

“I’m not selling anything. I’m here about Stacey.”

That did it. He pulled the door open again with a much more annoyed look on his face and I took a step back. Even Allie reacted by shifting in my arms and making a slight sound.

“Where do you people get off?” He started at an almost yell.

“Wait, wait, wait,” I placated, waving my free hand in a close approximation to surrender. “I’m not with the Press or anything like that, I promise. I knew one of the victims in Kensington Falls and I was trying to get some information on the others and . . . and . . .I’m trying to help someone, too.” Dang why wasn’t this as easy as it always seemed to be on television!

“Who?” He asked, leaning on the door frame and watching me with skeptical curiosity, his hand still holding the door in a way that he could quickly slam it in my face.

“Wait, what?”

“Who are you trying to help? Do you know something about the killer?”

“That’s a longer story,” I moaned with a heavier sigh than I had intended. “At this particular moment, I’m trying to help Stacey.”

The last of the anger drained out of his face and left in its wake a sad emptiness that I wouldn’t want to see on anyone’s face ever again.

“Stacey’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to help her now.”

“That’s not entirely true.” I glanced at Stacey again who was still staring at her boyfriend, mirroring his pain. “This may sound crazy and a couple of days ago I would have agreed with you, but that doesn’t change the fact that today what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth. Stacey’s spirit is here right now and she needs something, but I don’t know what that is.”

His face twisted up as if he’d smelled something unpleasant, but I could see in his eyes that he wanted to believe what I was saying. When he started to shake his head, Stacey caught my attention. Looking back and forth between us, she repeatedly tapped at the base of her throat.

“Did she have something wrong with her throat?” I asked with no confidence whatsoever. I’ve never been good at charades.

“No. What’s your game? Why are you doing this?”

“Gimme a second,” I huffed at him, holding up my free hand in a firm ‘stop’ so I could think. “I’m not sure what she means.”

Out of the corner of my eye I could see him looking back and forth between me and Stacey, who was only empty space as far as he could tell. I knew I didn’t have much time to figure this out, but she kept smacking her hand on her throat and getting so frustrated with me that I was beginning to panic.

“Necklace,” Allie calmly spoke up in my head.

“Necklace?” I questioned, looking at Allie who hadn’t moved and was still curled up comfortably in my arm. I looked back at Stacey and then at her boyfriend who was staring at me like I had just grown a second head right there in front of him. “Did Stacey have a necklace? Maybe something special?”

“Yeah,” he barely breathed out the word. “I gave her a silver swan that looked like one of those paper origami ones, but from silver.” He turned his eyes from me to the empty space beside me, unwittingly staring straight at Stacey who literally glowed in pulsing lavender as she stared back at him. “She used to make those all the time and leave little, you know, love notes in them for me. So I gave her one she could keep with her since I didn’t know how to fold them.”

“I take it she wasn’t buried with it?”

He looked back at me with a stunned expression.

“No. They never found it.” He looked back to where Stacey was standing. “Is she here, right now?”



 


TC. L. Clark has been a lifetime resident of the Twilight Zone – seeing every day occurrences and banal objects through slightly skewed, dark, and creepy glasses. The question usually on her mind is “What if?” followed by any number of strange ideas which quickly become stories that must be shared.
When asked about where her story ideas come from, she usually smiles mischievously and remarks, “My fingers have a mind of their own.” Often found peeking under rocks, wandering through graveyards, and poking her nose into abandoned haunted houses, she has a particular love for black cats, breaking mirrors, and running with scissors.