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WHISPERS FROM THE PAST by Elizabeth Langston — Book Review

September 30, 2014

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…that’s not freedom at all.

With the dangers of the past behind them, Mark and Susanna are reaching for what the future holds. As Mark’s final year of high school draws to a close, his focus shifts to choosing a college and moving on. For Susanna, it’s time to set down roots and realize dreams of her own.

Yet the whispers from the past continue. A glimmer in the waterfall reveals messages from a dear, old friend. As she fights to resist their call, Susanna must finally confront the consequences that her choices have made across two centuries.

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My review:)

The third and final book to Elizabeth Langston’s Whisper Falls series. All I can say is, “Took you long enough, Elizabeth!” I’ve been suffering for quite some time in anticipation of this last piece to one of the best stories I’ve read. If you haven’t (or have!) read the first two books, you can check out my previous reviews here:

Whisper Falls

A Whisper in Time

There will be some slight spoilers for the first two books, so don’t continue reading this review if you wish to be surprised! Go read the books first. I promise you won’t regret it:)

I’ll admit, I had some seriously high expectations for this last book. Elizabeth is such a fantastic writer and story teller, and I expected nothing less than epicness from her. She delivered. However, I’ll also admit that there were a few things that rattled me about this last book.

As always, the writing was fantastic. Elizabeth has a way of weaving words that draws you in. She could write scientific formula..and I’d probably still love her style. Her sentence structure, word choice, and flow will grab you and refuse to let go. So, be prepared.

I did have a few issues with some of the plot points that took place. Elizabeth steered the characters in directions that I didn’t think fit with the personalities from the last two books. I still love Mark and Susanna, but I did have a few moments where I didn’t like them much. So, be prepared to possibly disagree with them and maybe even Elizabeth’s choices. Even though I had some issues with decisions made by the characters, Elizabeth did what an author is supposed to do. She made me feel. I felt everything. Happiness, sadness, anger, regret, frustration, sympathy. That’s what books are meant to do: touch the reader.

Although I may not have agreed with everything, I did understand Elizabeth’s reasons for pointing her characters in certain directions. Elizabeth made the motivations clear, and I applaud her for taking risks with her characters and story. Her expert writing and story telling trumped any conflicts I felt about her choices in plot. Her in-depth historical research is evident on every page and will enrich your reading experience.

Writing pages about these books won’t do any good. I could tell you about how much I love Mark and Susanna. About how much I enjoyed their witty banter, dedication to their loved ones, and strength. But, honestly, I can’t tell it the same way Elizabeth can..and has. I love the characters, story, and writing. I think you will, too. Try it. I also love being proved right;)

*I was provided with a copy by Elizabeth in exchange for an honest review.

THE ROSE MASTER by Valentina Cano — A Book Review

July 15, 2014

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The day Anne Tinning turns seventeen, birds fall from the sky. But that’s hardly the most upsetting news. She’s being dismissed from the home she’s served at since she was a child, and shipped off to become the newly hired parlor maid for a place she’s never heard of. And when she sees the run-down, isolated house, she instantly knows why:

There’s something wrong with Rosewood Manor.

Staffed with only three other servants, all gripped by icy silence and inexplicable bruises, and inhabited by a young master who is as cold as the place itself, the house is shrouded in neglect and thick with fear. Her questions are met with hushed whispers, and she soon finds herself alone in the empty halls, left to tidy and clean rooms no one visits.

As the feeling of being watched grows, she begins to realize there is something else in the house with them–some creature that stalks the frozen halls and claws at her door. A creature that seems intent on harming her.

When a fire leaves Anne trapped in the manor with its Master, she finally demands to know why. But as she forces the truth about what haunts the grounds from Lord Grey, she learns secrets she isn’t prepared for. The creature is very real, and she’s the only one who can help him stop it.

Now, Anne must either risk her life for the young man she’s grown to admire, or abandon her post while she still can.


 

Want something original to read? Then check out The Rose Master by Valentina Cano. It has a strange “Jane Eyre” feel to it while reading. Creepy mansion, something lurking in the darkness, scratches at the door while you sleep, and a mysterious and obviously haunted Master who roams the grounds at all hours. However, Cano strays quite a bit from the classic tale of Jane Eyre. She has a few surprises in store for anyone brave enough to read her shiver-inducing story.

I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. Cano has a very unique voice that makes the story flow and keeps you interested. She makes sure to stay within the dialect of the time she is writing about, yet makes it modern enough where you’re not tripping over strange words. The heroine, instead of being constantly melancholy about her situation, is determined and easy to root for. Unlike some other YA, I wasn’t constantly annoyed with the heroine for stupid decisions she made. However, she was still realistic and not completely perfect.

Cano does leave a few things hanging. You do get a momentary happily ever after. My main complaint is that it is wrapped up way too quickly after the climax of the story. You have the big finale, and then the story ends. I wish there had been a bit more focus on what happens after things escalate. There is going to be a sequel, which means Cano will probably explain the few loose ends. But, I would have liked a bit more at the end of this book to hold me over until the next one comes out.

Being a Jane Eyre fan, I really enjoyed Cano’s twist on the classic. If you like reading a story with a little bit of everything, you should read The Rose Master.  

 

 

*I was provided with a free copy of The Rose Master by REUTS Publications in exchange for an honest review.

FLUX by Ellie Carstens — A Book Review

June 25, 2014

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The last thing sixteen-year-old Alaina Oftedahl-Miller expected was to watch her mom brutally destroy their life.

But, in the wake of tragedy, strength forms. Shipped off to live with her birth father, Alaina finds herself dealing with more than just being the new Canadian girl in a Norwegian school. Juggling the formation of a relationship with the man who abandoned her as a child, and a budding attraction to Kaius Vargøy–the mysterious, beautiful classmate who’s been assigned as her personal translator–Alaina can’t shake the feeling that every move she makes is being watched. Judged.

She soon learns there’s far more to this sleepy Norwegian town than she ever imagined. Kaius and his friends aren’t exactly what they seem, and the repercussions of that could send her traveling through the most unexpected experience of her life. Murder and relocation is one thing, but add in supernatural occurrences and Vikings, and even she may not have the strength to survive.

 

 


 

My Review:)

Sexy Vikings? Check. Adorable father figure? Check. Funny dialogue? Check. Epic badass-ness? Check. Interesting and in-depth Norse mythology? Double check!

Flux by Ellie Carstens has all the above and more. I’ll admit, the somewhat depressing beginning had me slightly wary of what was to come. It had a strange Twilight-esque feel to it. Sad teenage girl is relocated to a new place and meets mysterious, handsome boy who ends up being much more than he first appeared to be. Not being a big fan of Twilight, I wasn’t too excited about the similarities. However, Flux ended up being what I wished Twilight would have been.

The heroine’s somewhat depressing outlook on things really bothered me at first. Unlike other heroines from other popular stories, she didn’t remain that way. Thank goodness! Alaina slowly came out of her depression and, bam!, even kicked some immortal booty. I wish there had been a little more time spent on her training and development into a stong heroine. In my mind, this would have strengthened her character even more. I did like how Carstens made her vulnerable even while she was being awesome, though. Kept her real throughout the entire story.

The hero and supporting characters were great! I do wish Carstens had gotten more into the back stories of some of the characters, specifically the villain. But, I’m thinking she is saving that for the next book 🙂

Yes, there is a sequel. However, mercifully, Carstens gives us a happily ever after for the moment. It’s obvious that things aren’t finished, but you still get that fulfilled feeling when you’re done reading. Thank you, Ms. Carstens! Getting to the end of a book after dedicating so much time to it only to find out you don’t get any kind of conclusion-that the book ends practically mid-sentence-is never a good feeling.

I recommend Flux to anyone interested in Norse mythology. So much information!!! You know what? I recommend it even if you’re not interested..it’s just that good.

 

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For as long as she can recall, Ellie Carstens has been a huge fan of reading. The genre and content are not important as long as the story holds her captive. She believes that life is too short to be taken seriously all the time and to lose one’s self in a good book is an escape worth taking. Now, she writes science fiction, fantasy, romance, and beyond, creating stories that will hopefully bring that same passion for reading to others.

Flux is her debut title and the first in a Young Adult sci-fi/romance trilogy.

 

 

 

*I was provided with a free copy of Flux by REUTS Publications in exchange for an honest review.

 

DEADLY SWEET LIES — COVER REVEAL

May 30, 2014

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Deadly Sweet Lies

By

Erica Cameron

Nadette Lawson knows when you’re lying

Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have visited her dreams, enticing her to enter their world. And every night she’s seen through their lies. Now, they’re tired of playing in the shadows and they begin to stalk her in the waking world. It’s no longer just an invitation; if Nadette doesn’t join them, they’ll take her family. Forever. She needs help, and the haven she’s seeking may be just out of reach.

Julian Teagan is a master of deception.

To survive, he has to convince the world his mother isn’t useless, that everything’s fine, otherwise he’ll lose what little he has left in this life. He knows the lying won’t be enough to keep him and his mother in the shadows, but it’s all he knows. The only light of truth is Orane, a Balasura who sees past Julian’s facade and challenges him to face the darkness.

Then Orane is killed, and Julian learns his mentor was far from innocent. The Balasura have hunted children like him for centuries, and their next target, Nadette is his one chance atfinally being a part of something real. If Julian can just convince her to trust him…


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Erica Cameron knew that writing was her passion when she turned a picture book into a mystery novella as a teen. That piece wasn’t her best work, but it got her an A. After college, she used her degree in Psychology and Creative Writing to shape a story about a dreamworld. Then a chance encounter at a rooftop party in Tribeca made her dream career a reality.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dancer, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

WHISPER IN TIME by Elizabeth Langston — Book Review

April 23, 2014

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     Rescued from a life of servitude by the boy she loves, Susanna Marsh escapes across two centuries, only to be plunged into a world she’s ill-prepared to face. Unable to work or go to school, Susanna finds herself dependent on others to survive.
 
     Immersed in the fun and demands of his senior year of high school, Mark Lewis longs to share his world with the girl who’s captured his heart. But first he must tackle government bureaucracy to prove Susanna’s identity.
 
     Overwhelmed by her new home, Susanna seeks refuge in history and in news of the people she left behind. But when she learns that danger stalks her sister, Susanna must weigh whether to risk her own future in order to save Phoebe’s happiness.

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Whisper in Time is the second book in Elizabeth’s series. In order to truly appreciate what takes place in this story, you will need to have read Whisper Falls, which I highly recommend you do! Right now… Really. You’ll love it. Here is my review for that masterpiece: https://dstyves.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/whisper-falls-by-elizabeth-langston-a-review/

I warn that there may be some spoilers in this review for Whisper Falls, which is why I recommend not reading this review before having read that book.

I was slightly worried about Elizabeth matching the epicness of her first novel. To continue where she left off was going to be difficult. There were so many things that needed to be addressed, and I feared that certain concerns might be overlooked or ignored. However, Elizabeth left me delightfully surprised and slightly ashamed for doubting her awesomeness.

Elizabeth got to the meat and potatoes I was hoping for with this continuation of Mark and Susanna’s story. She addressed everything! She got into the details of getting identification for someone who simply doesn’t exist and the complications of not existing. I found those details so interesting and they enriched the story. The effects of time travel were given serious attention and the dangers of messing with the past were shown. What’s even better, is the main characters learned from their mistakes instead of continuing to make them. Susanna’s upbringing, abuse, and morals were expanded upon and thrown against modern ideas, which leads me into my next point:)

The interaction between Mark and Susanna was incredible. I applaud Elizabeth for how she portrayed the hardships both characters had to face. Mark was so patient with Susanna and stood by her through everything. He messed up a few times, but, come on, he is a seventeen year old boy after all. He wouldn’t be real if he didn’t make a few mistakes. Susanna was amazing. Her strength and acceptance of modern ways was astounding. I think the character development in Susanna was my favorite aspect of this book. She started out doubting so many things and not wanting to be part of the modern world she found herself in, but she grew and became an even more interesting character by the end of the book.

There is only one thing I didn’t absolutely love. In my opinion, there was a little too much of Phoebe. I understand that Elizabeth used Phoebe as a catalyst for Mark and Susanna’s relationship, and it was very well done. But I felt that there shouldn’t have been so much of Phoebe’s POV. I might just feel that way because I love Mark and Susanna so much and wanted more of them, though…

Waiting until the next book in this series is proving painful for me. And..misery loves company. So, join me by reading these wonderful books.

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A WHISPER IN TIME by Elizabeth Langston

April 8, 2014

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Book Blurb:
“I have never been useless in my life…”
Rescued from a life of servitude by the boy she loves, Susanna Marsh escapes across two centuries, only to be plunged into a world she’s ill-prepared to face. Unable to work or go to school, Susanna finds herself dependent on others to survive.
Immersed in the fun and demands of his senior year of high school, Mark Lewis longs to share his world with the girl who’s captured his heart. But first he must tackle government bureaucracy to prove Susanna’s identity.
Overwhelmed by her new home, Susanna seeks refuge in history and in news of the people she left behind. But when she learns that danger stalks her sister, Susanna must weigh whether to risk her own future in order to save Phoebe’s happiness.
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Book Information:
Paperback: 360 pages
Expected publication: April 8th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press
ISBN: 1937053814
elizabeth-langston (3)Author Bio:
Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two teen-ish daughters and one husband (a geek like her). When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch dance reality TV shows, and dream about which restaurant ought to get their business that night.
Elizabeth’s debut novel WHISPER FALLS released in November 2013. Its sequels, A WHISPER IN TIME and WHISPERS FROM THE PAST, release in 2014. Learn more about her at http://www.elizabethLangston.net.
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