December 2012 Archive

Legend of the Touched

14718453by: J.F. Jenkins

Pages: 355

Published:  May 28th 2012 by Astraea Press

From Goodreads: Darien and Tai Oceina have not been married for long, but already they have one of the most complicated relationships and it hasn’t even been a year yet. He is the leader of a nation and a dragon. She is carrying their first child who is supposed to be “the answer”. As Darien dives further into the politics of his people, a wedge is driven deeper between him and his wife.

Twin brothers Jason and Matthias Inero were always inseparable. For the first time in their lives they are apart from each other. Matt continues to do the will of their father, the corrupted Dragon Lord of the Inero, while Jason has fled with his bride to an island where he can forget about everything. Or try to. Being possessed by a demon makes that hard to achieve, and as the creature fights to control his body, Jason discovers a lot of shocking truths about his lineage and destiny.

The two worlds of fire and water collide as both dragon tribes prepare for war with the other. Matthias is determined to crush Darien’s people. Only an ancient spell will give Darien enough power to fight back and have any hope at winning. The spell is complicated however and requires all four dragon tribes to work together in harmony. Something that is a lot easier said than done.

 

I really liked that this story was the continuation of the other two novels, so we can see both sides of the story and how the two different types of dragon societies interact with each other. I thought it was a really interesting read and I had trouble knowing which side I should be rooting for. I could see the author’s growth as a writer in this novel. I could tell she had really fallen in love with her characters and knew where she wanted them to go. This book is longer than the previous two, but it is a very quick read. I did feel like everything was resolved too quickly and I would have liked a little more considering the investment I’d made as a reader into this series. Overall though, I think this series is great for young adult fantasy fans. Everything was tied up in this novel very nicely and I thought it was a fun and enjoyable read. Can I also just say again how beautiful I think these covers are?  🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: Legend of the Touched (The Dragons Saga)

Legend of the Inero Dragon

13418142by: J.F. Jenkins

Pages: 180

Published: January 16th 2012 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B006YTWBRQ

From Goodreads: Twin brothers Jason and Matthias Inero are the favorite sons of the great dragon lord of fire. More often than not they get whatever they want. Matt wants to do great things for his people while Jason wants to go off and explore the world. Both can have what they desire, but not until they take a bride and enter into adulthood.

Enter Kat and Gwen, two girls from very different backgrounds. Kat is happy to leave her home when the royal guard comes to bring her to loving arms of her childhood sweetheart, Matt. Gwen on the other hand is livid to be taken from her farm only to be thrust into Jason’s life, and he’s not to thrilled with the idea either. They have one year to find happiness with each other, or else they will be placed at the mercy of the ruthless dragon lord Lynx. Favorite or not, dragon law must be obeyed.

As their nation begins to prepare for war against a neighboring tribe, the brothers find themselves as key components in the battle plans. A dark prophet has had a vision of Inero victory, but at what cost? Both must decide where their loyalties lie and what they’re willing to sacrifice – including each other – to achieve their goals.

 

This is the second in the Dragons Saga. This novel focuses on the Inero dragons, who were the enemies in the previous novel. So naturally, I went into this story wanting to hate them. Of course, as the story progressed I started to understand where they were coming from and why they did the things they did. I love stories that make me see both sides and the line between “good” and “bad” gets blurred. I also really enjoyed that this novel takes place at the same time as the other one. It really is a different view of the same period of time. I have to say, I enjoyed the way this society worked a lot better than the Oceina one. I think that the way they choose their wives is a lot better, even if the majority of those relationships don’t last. I liked that Kat and Matt were sweethearts before all of the drama occurs. I’m always a sucker for young love that’s meant to be. I also liked the way Gwen and Jason’s relationship develops. They learn to love each other even though everything is against them in the beginning.  Overall, I enjoyed this novel even more than the previous one. I think this is a great setup for what’s to come in this series and I’d say that anyone that picks the previous novel and this one up is going to want to keep going. You can’t just stop with this one! Like I said in my previous review, these are dragons like you’ve never seen before! If you’re a fantasy/young adult fan, pick these up and get absorbed into a new kind of fantasy world. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: Legend of the Inero Dragon (The Dragons Saga)

Legend of the Oceina Dragon

by: J. F. Jenkins

Pages: 168

Published: February 21st, 2011 by Astraea Press

ASIN: B004OYT9AK

From Goodreads: Darien Oceina is the youngest son of the Great Dragon Lord of the Water. For years he’s loved and cherished Tai Dawson from afar. Tai is a simple, ordinary girl who doesn’t even know Darien exists. On his eighteenth birthday, he chooses her as his wife. But there’s one problem: She thinks his choice means she’s going to be offered as a sacrifice to the Dragon Lord, but instead, she’s forced to move to his home, far away, to give up her life and be his bride.

When she first sees Darien after the ceremony, she doesn’t expect to feel anything but hatred toward him. The two are struggling with the complications of a new marriage when their nation is attacked by a rival dragon species. Together they learn to love one another while they struggle to stay one step ahead in a game where the prize is their survival.

 

Oh man, can I just say how much I LOVE dragons. I couldn’t wait to pick up this series. But let me also say that if you’re looking for the kind of dragons you normally read about, this is NOT the book for you. These dragons are a very different kind and I love it. These dragons spend most of their lives in human form and they have different powers, as well as being able to change into their dragon forms. They also have elemental powers. The dragons this novel focuses on are the ocean ones, which I thought was really cool. I found the relationship between Darien and Tai to be a little strange when I first started reading. Darien felt like a little bit of a stalker, but their relationship grew on me and I found myself really caring about these characters by the end. I did also have a few moments where I felt like Darien and Tai were making decisions and having to deal with things that seemed like it would be way too much for how old their characters felt to me. They felt like they were very young to me. That might have just been because I never had to deal with anything that was even close to this level of difficult when I was that age. But beyond that, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read and I found myself excited to pick up the next one. I would recommend this to young adult fantasy fans. There’s a lot of things happening in this novel and you can tell there’s a lot more to come. I think this is a great introduction to this universe and it gives the reader a great start to get them used to this type of dragon and how everything work. (Also, that cover is gorgeous!) 🙂

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Risking Delaney

by: Rhonda Leah

Published: April 18th 2011 by Lyrical Press, Inc.

ISBN: 1616502622

From Goodreads: A few weeks of great sex, sure. A lifetime of danger–hell no.

Running the family campground was the last thing Brock Chandler wanted. But, when it’s dumped on him, he makes big plans. Incorporating extreme sports into the thriving business is his top priority…until his grandfather, the majority stockholder, says he has a corporate buyer and wants to sell.

Delaney Breaux is giving up the rat race in Manhattan and heading home to New Orleans. Leaving her job as a busy marketing executive is the one thing she’ll miss. Spending a few weeks with her about-to-be-married best friend seems like a good transition. Instead it turns into an adventurous detour.

Brock Chandler is a walking ad for danger and she’s lived her life for security. When their worlds collide for a second time anything can happen.

Content warning: This story contains explicit sex, strong language, and men who live for danger

 

I really liked this novella. What I thought made it really refreshing was the fact that the heroine had reasons for wanting to keep herself from falling head over heels for Brock, and they were all legitimate reasons. Something that drives me crazy with a lot of romances is when the heroine just seems to randomly come up with reasons just so they can continue to not be together for a little longer. Delaney has real reasons. She lost someone to a dangerous life before and she knows that realistically people don’t form life-long relationships on the type of foundation that she and Brock laid. I thought this story line was a lot more complex than a lot of romances I’ve read and it’s shorter than a lot that I’ve read too! This is definitely something worth picking up if you’re looking for something romantic that is grounded in more realistic moments. I would recommend this to romance readers who are looking for something that’s a little more substantial than your everyday romance. It’s also something that can be read in a very short period of time. I read this in a day. It’s fun to be able to find books like that sometimes and this is a great one. 🙂

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