Review of Silverdream and Bloodfire By Author Brenda Wynn

 

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Silverdream and Bloodfire
(3rd Review for October)
Star rating 5 stars

Some of this story is based in the mortal world and told through the eyes of a young woman called Amanda, who is in a wheel chair; it was this part of the story that caught me off guard. I never read of the heroine having such a disability and one I never really thought about. But reading from Amanda’s perspective was intriguing and educational to understand what one must live with when unable to walk. Her struggles through life, where so real my heart broke for her, yet she was strong and persistent when many would have given up. She lives a normal life, going to college having a part time job, and a boyfriend (one I really didn’t like).

Amanda becomes fascinated with a Harcot property that supposedly holds notes from its previous owner (who also was in a wheelchair) Dr.Harcot who believed another world existed with strange creatures and magic. He built the Harcot property to experiment but soon after no one ever saw him again. So Amanda rents out the property to search for his notes (under the watchful and evil eye of Stevenson) and she gets far more than she bargains for by trading places with the Prince of Elydir while he is performing for the Bloodfire ritual. This is where the story really starts when Amanda finds herself in Elydir with the ability to walk, and Kelvan finds himself in the mortal world unable to walk. Amanda is soon announced as the Coritus which is the one that can banish all evil.

We start off in Elydir with Kantis who is a powerful sorcerer. Kantis is a really likable character throughout the story we see his love for his people but mostly for Kelvan the prince and hopefully the future Coritus the one who would banish the evil from Elydir. But when it all boils down Kantis will do anything to save his world, and if that means putting Kelvan aside and taking Amen-Jen (Amanda) under his wing it is what he will do, with the support of King T’Kerr and even against the wishes of Queen Tabitha he helps Amen-Jen on her journey to banish Aton and Hagah the evil witch.

The world of Elydir is fascinating and I applaud the author for such descriptive and imaginary writing. Elydir is set in medieval times, and fuelled with magic; the land is split between elves, dwarfs, humans and Sorcerers. Elydir is a place where dragons live, and such small things as flowers can kill. I was drawn into a world that I felt I walked on the soil or could smell the sea, or even taste the unusual food they eat, even down to the creature’s that grazed or lived amongst the people was imaginary and unusual it was really learning a whole new world with its own language and ways.

The story is far from over I am truly eager to see what happens. This was exceptionally written book with more imagination than I have read in a long time.

 

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Review of PODs by Author Michelle K. Pickett

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Review of PODs

Rating 4 stars

(3rd Review for July)

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I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

The thing about this book that made it different from every other Zombie book was that it didn’t just show the aftermath of the “Zombie Virus” we got to see the before which was very interesting and well written. I finished PODs in one sitting it just kept me turning pages. The actual Pod system was well thought out and even though it was a bit like big brother – watching a group of people do day to day stuff it still kept me interested.

I must admit I cried when Eva was being separated from her parents I could feel her panic and then numbness, it was so so sad, and her fear was tangible when she reached the decontaminating camp. I mean to be selected as a person who would be saved from the virus and then treated the way they were in my opinion they were treated like criminals in a sense, locked up in glass boxes, it just sounded horrible and It didn’t stop there, there seemed to be no human compassion when the world was at its end yet not one ounce of kindness or reassurance was given from the adults over the pod system, it showed great character in Eva at how strong she was throughout the whole ordeal.

On leaving the pod system I was excited to see where everyone would go, and wasn’t shocked when camps were set up, but once again it displayed the adult’s as cold and callous.

Spoiler: Especially when David wasn’t placed in the same camp as her and once her found her he wasn’t allowed in I felt like screaming. The love between the two of them was amazing, and the meetings at the fence got sadder and sadder the longer they went on. Don’t want to say anymore or I will spoil it too much.

Eva – her best quality was how stubborn she was, I just loved it about her and her sense of humour only heightened when she was angry, she had me smiling so much with her angry/smart comments. Eva’s shyness was lovely to see too, even though by her description you could tell she was beautiful, yet a compliment from David turned her bright red.

The love story was well paced intense, open and gentle. There was no push and shove, they loved each other and were never afraid to show it.

The Zombies – I didn’t get to feel afraid while reading this book until the very end, but there is a book two which I can assume will be filled with action as much as I loved this book the lack of action was a bit disappointing but in saying that I can’t wait for book two.