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Book Review – The Quiver of a Kiss: The Seduction of Helen of Troy by Sarah Daltry

18 Aug

The Quiver of a Kiss: The Seduction of Helen of Troy by Sarah Daltry

Helen of Troy

Book Description

Original Publication Date: April 3, 2013
E-book copy provided by NetGalley: Pub Date Jun 28 2013 by SDE Press, LLC

Recommended for 18+ due to mature themes and sexual content

This is the story you were never told about Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships. A bargaining chip for her father and brothers, Helen learned of seduction and lust but was denied love until one of her suitors, a young Odysseus, showed her a world she had always imagined. Despite her wishes, however, she is married to Menelaus and her fate is decided for her. That is until a young man from Troy named Paris ignites in her a desire she cannot control. Together, they will test the power of the gods and give in to passion that will lead them to be remembered throughout history.

My Review

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We all know a bit of the legends. We are taught about these battles during our adolescence. I for one NEVER enjoyed my history classes, finding them to be boring. The language the texts were written in, were just not for me. In all honesty I would have preferred to watch a movie that tries to interpret the story the best they can. Take for instance Troy (2004) featuring Brad Pitt. Now that’s a history story I loved! LOL Now, give me Greek Mythology and you’ve got my attention.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading The Quiver of a Kiss and surprisingly enough I really enjoyed the way Daltry wrote this novella. The language was not boring. I felt myself wanting to know more about the reasons behind Helen and all the main characters decisions. The beliefs they had in the God’s. The way they treated and expected women to behave. It was all pretty barbaric in comparison to how we live in this day in age. Oh and let me not forget the steamy sex scenes, which only added more intrigue.

Even living in those times where women were nothing but trophy wives Helen was strong and gave herself on her own terms. And the decisions she made resulted in Trojan War. Years and years of fighting, death and sorrow all because one woman wanted the freedom to live and love who she wanted.

Amazingly written though even for a novella I left it was too short.

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About Sarah Daltry

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Sarah Daltry writes erotica and romance that ranges from sweet to steamy. She moves around a lot and has trouble committing to things. Forget Me Not is her second full length novel, although she also has several story collections and two novellas available. Her other novel, Bitter Fruits, was available shortly, but is now in the contract phase with a major publisher.

Sarah has spent most of her life in school, from her BA and MA in English and writing to teaching both at the high school and college level. She also loves studying art history and really anything because learning is fun.

When Sarah isn’t writing, she tends to waste a lot of time checking Facebook for pictures of cats, shooting virtual zombies, and simply staring out the window.

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Book Review – The Light Tamer (The Light Tamer #1) by Devyn Dawson

9 Aug

The Light Tamer (The Light Tamer Trilogy #1) by Devyn Dawson

Light tamer

Book Description

Publication Date: April 17, 2012

Jessie moved from New York to North Carolina over summer break. Now that Jessie and her mom are living with her grandma, she finds out the split up of her parents is more complicated than she thought. Living in a retirement community is not how she wanted the summer before her junior year to start.

Things begin to look up when she is reintroduced to Caleb, the boy that saved her life one summer at the beach. Caleb is no longer scrawny and nerdy, he is now tall, dark and handsome. The instant he shook her hand, she felt warm vibrations running through her veins. They soon learn what it means to be bound to one another. Fate is more than responsible for their meeting and their future together.

This book is appropriate for young teens and people of all ages. Remember what it was like to kiss for the first time, or what it was like to fall in love.

This paranormal romance will keep you on the edge of your seat with humor, romance, and determination. Fall head over heels for Caleb and Jessie.

My Review

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I really enjoyed reading The Light Tamer, what a story! When I first started reading it I was very reluctant to feel “in-like” about it, what with all the instalove. But boy was I surprised. First I will say I was surprised by the back story involving mythological beings. It was a fresh and sweet take into yet another paranormal world.

Dawson took me back to my high school days. With this book she reminded me about what it felt like to fall in love, to get those butterflies in my stomach and the times I stood in front of the mirror analyzing every detail to perfection. Her writing style was very good. It had a moderate pace and was not hard to follow.

The main characters were written very well. Jessie (the heroine) has to move with her mother to North Carolina from New Jersey after the abandonment by her father and at first she is not happy about it. Things turn around for her when she is re-introduced to Caleb the pale sickly looking boy who saved her life as a child.

Caleb is now gorgeous (typical YA male character)! He is tall, ripped and overall a sweet kid. He’s been through a lot emotionally and with Jessie being around things turn around for him. Miss Gayle a.k.a. the cool grandmother who will always be there to talk about ANYTHING! Mrs. Ward can’t say much about her without giving spoilers, I will say that this character was a surprising twist. And I can’t forget Amber, who was HILARIOUS! I just loved her. Her hot mouth, the attitude and humor was amazingly written and it balanced out the “instalove” which was done perfectly.

Overall it was a good story and I would recommend it and look at that it’s still free on Amazon and Barnes and Noble give it a try!

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The Light Tamer is the first book in the The Light Tamer trilogy. The second, Enlightened was published October 2012 and the last installment Light Bound is expected to be published October of this year. Find out more about author Devyn Dawson and her upcoming projects HERE!

Book Review – The Gatekeeper’s Daughter by Eva Pohler

26 Jul

The Gatekeeper’s Daughter (The Gatekeeper’s Saga #3)

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Book Description

Publication Date: April 30, 2013
In The Gatekeeper’s Sons, Therese and Thanatos, the god of death, met and fell in love. In The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, they did everything they could to be together, even break an oath on the River Styx. But the Olympians don’t tolerate oath-breakers.In this third book in the saga, The Gatekeeper’s Daughter, Therese may have finally succeeded in becoming a goddess, but if she wants to remain one, she’ll not only have to discover her unique purpose, but also make some allies among the gods. Artemis sends her on a seemingly impossible quest across the world, while Than searches for a way to appease Ares. To make matters worse, her baby sister’s life depends on the outcome of her quest.

My Review

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In the Gatekeepers Saga Therese and Than have had to go through so much to be together. As if dating isn’t hard enough! Therese had to go and fall for a God, the God of Death. They managed to fight against all who were apposed to the relationship; Ares specifically. In book 1 The Gatekeepers Son’s Therese was sent into battle to avenge her parent murder. In book 2 The Gatekeeper’s Challenge she had to complete 5 challenges to prove her worth. Though she failed the last challenge they found a way to make

In this book Pohler starts off right where she left off. Therese a God! Yay!! Something good right? Wrong! In order for Therese to stay a God she must find her purpose. I had my fingers crossed the entire time. 😉 Through her contemplation on what her purpose could be we are presented with more obstacles. Out smarting the God’s isn’t easy. And when she thinks she has a decent plan something else goes wrong. If Therese is anything, she’s a fighter. She has a caring soul. And even though the odds seem to be against her she pushes on and tries to do the right thing. In the different quest she has to accomplish I believe she grows up and really finds who she wants to be; as a person/God. She finds her purpose and it suites her so well.

The ending was perfect and now that I’ve finished it I am so happy more books will be released. There are so many wonderful characters in this story and I want to know more about them.

“Therese circled her arms around Than’s neck and pressed her lips hard against his. “I love you so much! Sometimes it hurts and feel’s good at the same time!””

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Book Review – The Gatekeeper’s Challenge by Eva Pohler

24 Jul

The Gatekeeper’s Challenge (Gatekeeper’s Saga#2)

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Book Description

Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Ten agonizing months have gone by since Therese faced off against her parents’ murderer at Mount Olympus, and she suspects Thanatos’s absence is meant to send her a message: go on with your life. She tries to return Pete’s affections even though her heart aches for the god of death, but when Than shows up to take her hamster’s soul, she becomes infuriated when he says he’s “been busy.” In cahoots with her new friend, who’s gotten in with the Demon Druggies at school, Therese takes a drug that simulates a near-death experience, planning to tell Than off so she can have closure and move on, but things go very, very wrong.Eventually she learns Than has been busy searching for a way to make her a god, and he’s found it, but it requires her to complete a set of impossible challenges designed by Hades, who hopes to see her fail.
First of all as you can see this series has been upgraded from a trilogy to a Saga! That’s right on 7/3/13 Pohler posted this awesome news on her blog . So instead of three wonderful books we get SIX!!!

My Review

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I enjoyed reading this book just as much as the first. We start off right where we left off. After the battle against the man who killed her parents Therese was sent home still human. She was deemed unworthy to be a God, unworthy to be Than’s wife. For how could the wife of Death not kill a man in the name of justice?

Than never gave up trying to find a way for him and Therese to be together but as time passes Therese becomes restless and starts doubting his feelings for her.  A normal reaction to not seeing or talking to the person you love for several months. Finally, Hades comes up with 5 challenges that Therese must complete in order to prove her worth.

Now it’s clear she really cares about him because WOW the things she does goes above and beyond,  but as of yet I really don’t know why. That’s neither here nor there, sometimes there is no explanation for matters of the heart.

In the midst of Therese going through all these obstacles we are presented with quite some disturbing information. A very sad incident with Vicky (school mate) and then there’s that thing with Jen and her father. Though Pohler doesn’t write exactly what’s going on there we all know it’s definitely NOT GOOD!

And without providing spoilers, we come to the conclusion of book 2 and I’m shocked at what these two characters have put themselves through. I guess love knows no bounds. I just really hope it all works out in the end!

“The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love, having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface: and why not? any love is natural and beautiful that lies within a person’s nature; only hypocrites would hold a man responsible for what he loves, emotional illiterates and those of righteous envy, who, in their agitated concern, mistake so frequently the arrow pointing to heaven for the one that leads to hell.” Truman Capote Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948)

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Book Review – The Gatekeepers Son’s by Eva Pohler

23 Jul

The Gatekeeper’s Sons (The Gatekeeper’s Trilogy #1)

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Book Description

Publication Date: August 16, 2012
Fifteen-year-old Therese watches her parents die. While in a coma, she meets the twin sons of Hades—Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Thanatos (the god of death). She thinks she’s manipulating a dream, not kissing the god of death and totally rocking his world.Than makes a deal with Hades and goes as a mortal to the Upperworld to try and win Therese’s heart, but not all the gods are happy. Some give her gifts. Others try to kill her.The deal requires Therese to avenge the death of her parents. With the help of Than’s fierce and exotic sisters, the Furies, she finds herself in an arena face to face with the murderer, and only one will survive.

My Review

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I won this book in a giveaway that was held by Kristi’s Book Readery. I was so happy to have won though regardless I would have purchased the books as I found them to be quite intriguing. Greek mythology has always sparked an interest in me however; I find that when most people write about it, it tends to be BORING! And though I am no expert on the subject I did not find this story boring at all!

Pohler did a wonderful job with this first installment. She developed the characters well and gave us only information relevant to the plot. I loved that many of the Gods were presented in the story and they each played an important role. Therese the heroine of this story is strong-willed and very compassionate. And with characteristic such as these who better for her to fall in love with but Death (Thanatos). It’s an amazing love story filled with sorrow, guilt, hatred and any other emotion you can think of. And it’s not just the main characters that keep you wanting more but the supporting characters as well like Jen and Hip.

I recommend this book I was definitely not disappointed!

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