Twisted Review

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Blurb:

Who could’ve known one pair of shoes could cause so much trouble.

Dee’s lost the sparkly red heels, and when she befriends a witch to help her find a way home, she finds herself down the rabbit hole. With the veil between Wonderland and Oz torn wide open, things go awry.

The flying monkeys are loose in the Kingdom, Hatter is lost on the sun-colored brick road, and betwixt a battle of the worlds, the Red Queen seeks power, but all Dee wants is to go home.

My Review:
Five Stars

I’ll be honest, I bought this book based on how killer the cover is. I’m not one to judge a book based on it’s cover, but this cover really captivated me that I bought it on the spot before even reading the blurb, so I went in reading it rather blind. And I’m glad that I did because I didn’t expect any of the story at all.

In the beginning we meet Dee, or Dorothy as she’s walking through Oz trying to find someone to help her get home. She meets some allies along the way that help her, even though they don’t help her get home to Kansas. We meet Samuel, Jasper, and Aeries, which are all amazing characters that you really can’t help but love. Especially when you find out the star-crossed lovers plot behind two of the characters, more so the full story at the end- which I didn’t see coming at all.

And the name Twisted fits this novel perfectly, because it is Twisted. You don’t see any of the twists and turns that happen, which in most novels you eventually begin to piece it together. That didn’t happen with this novel. I could never formulate what I thought was going to happen next because there was nothing that I could think it could lead up to, especially since it was so different from the original Wizard of Oz.

I definitely look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Montgomery and hope to see more of Dee in Oz. Or even more twisted tellings of other stories, because she has such an imagination that she could come up with some brilliant twists that no one has done before. Because she did it here. I have high expectations for this amazing author.

Dragon Born Review

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Blurb:

Dragons have returned to the lowlands of the Dar Desert, and plague spreads in their wake.

Most people have died in the fever of the dragon plague, those that don’t come out changed. Forever to be of two spirits, one human and one dragon. They are the wyverns, an impure breed of human shifter who can take on the scales and powers of a dragon.

When Wylan Atwater was born, people thought her dragon eyes marked her as a monster. The fact that dragons returned the very eve of her birth, marked her as an outcast. Adopted by loving farmers, she dreams of adventure beyond her home and the natural springs she farms. She longs to travel to the imperial city of Darubai to become a soldier in the dragon guard and protect the lands from dragon fire. But when her adventure comes, it comes with a price she’d never have gambled.

My Review:
Five Stars

Dragon Born by Travis Simmons was absolutely amazing, and I was quite sad when I realized the next one hasn’t been released yet. I enjoyed that much that I wanted to continue on to the next, only to realize a next didn’t exist. I found myself on the edge of my seat as I turned every page yearning for more of the story. The world created by Simmons here is amazing and so vivid that it’s hard not to get lost in what he portrays.

One minute your a young girl running for your life as dragons pillage your town. The next you watch as your friend goes up in smoke, literally. Then you transform into a dragon- which is beyond awesome. I’d never thought the way he has them transform from people to dragons as a possibility, and I definitely didn’t see the twist coming until the friend went up in smoke and it all started to make sense. And for the young girl it all happened so fast because for her dragons didn’t exist one minute, the next they destroyed her town, then she turns into one.

I have a lot of unanswered questions at this point, so I’ll be anxiously awaiting the next installment of this series. Because I want to know if they find the rainbow-haired girl, and what happens to the baby that is born at the beginning of the novel?

I highly recommend this novel and this author because he has quite a way with words and paints a vivid picture that pulls you quickly into the story.

Forgotten Girl: Season One – Episode 1 (Steampunk OZ) Review

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Blurb:

There is no yellow brick road here. No emerald city. No lollipop guild. This is the Australis Penal Colony, a continent sized prison referred to the world over as the Outcast Zone. Built to contain the world’s most dangerous criminals, OZ ended up the dumping ground for everything polite society deemed undesirable.

Season One – Episode 1

From inside OZ a garbled message proves Dorothy’s father is still alive, trapped in a prison with only one way in and no way out. Into this place 17-year-old Dorothy must go if she wants to find her father and keep the promise she made to her dying mother.

My Review:
Five Stars

 

I love the Wizard of Oz and I love steampunk, so imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the two mixed together. I was thrilled and couldn’t wait to read it, and now I can’t wait to read the next ones because it left me hanging- and I must know what happens.

In Forgotten One you meet Dorothy, her father, and her mother. You also get briefly introduced to what Oz actually is in this world. And it isn’t the magical land that one would hope it is. In fact it’s quite the opposite. But you watch as Dorothy’s father meets with people about a new plan he has, yet they don’t want to speak with him at all, and it seems his journey was for nothing. From there it all comes unglued as Dorothy’s father is taken captive and Dorothy is left to fend for herself and find her father, because she promised her dying mother that she would.

So we follow her to Aunt Em’s farm, which is like an orphanage. And Dorothy tries to escape on several occasions we learn as we read, and we witness two of these escapes as the story progresses. And during these escapes you see that Dorothy is extremely resourceful and that she can handle her own.

You watch as Dorothy grows from a small child into a teen still with the same desire to find her father. She never loses hope, and I think that’s something everyone can take from this novel. Never lose hope.

I can’t wait to read the next in this series and look forward to more from this amazing author.

Norse Mythology: A Concise Guide to Gods, Heroes, Sagas and Beliefs of Norse Mythology

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Blurb:

An introduction to such a vast subject as Norse Mythology can be problematic as it could well fall between two stools; so packed with details as to put one off, or so vague, that one is none the wiser for having read it. This text manages a pleasing balance, succeeds in whetting the appetite and supplying excellent online resources for the reader who wishes to find out more.

Inside you will read about…

✓ The Creation in Norse Mythology
✓ The Nine Worlds
✓ Major Gods and Goddesses
✓ Valhalla
✓ Ragnarok
✓ The Sagas
✓ The Influence of Norse Mythology on Our Lives Today

The author quotes generously from the most important relevant source which is freely available via the Project Gutenberg, and you are left with the sounds and taste of the times… ringing in your ears and tingling on your tongue.

My Review:
Five Stars

Norse mythology has always intrigued me and I was excited when I happened upon this book. I’m not normally one to read books pertaining to history or mythology but wanted to read this because it’s always been interesting to me.

This novel offers quite a lot of information about Norse Gods and the different realms that they dwell in. All of this information is conveyed in a manner that is easy for the reader to understand too. However, some of the words were difficult to pronounce if you don’t know much on Norse mythology.

If you’re interested in learning about Norse mythology then this is definitely worth reading.

After Alice Review

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Blurb:

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

In this brilliant work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is “After Alice.”

My Review:
Five Stars

I absolutely loved After Alice. It was nice to see Wonderland from another person’s perspective instead of from the character we already know and love, especially through the eyes of Ada Boyce. Ada really isn’t talked about much in Alice in Wonderland but After Alice focuses mainly on Ada and her adventures in Wonderland as she desperately tries to find her friend Alice. Which is amazingly done. All the characters are flawlessly kept as they were in the original telling by Lewis Carroll, which made me love this book even more.

Ada is a character that you wouldn’t expect to fall into Wonderland, let alone expect to save the day. She’s handicapped and basically immobile until she falls down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. Once at the bottom she realizes she can stand erect without the garments that correct her posture. And you see her walking through Wonderland without her restraints, rejoicing in being a normal child.Which I imagine is really freeing for her, but also maddening since she’s in a strange world with strange people looking for her friend that seems to always be getting into trouble.

Along the way Ada meets all the creatures of Wonderland. Some are helpful, some aren’t. She eventually meets Siam, which came through The Looking Glass into Wonderland.

Now while Ada, Siam, and Alice are wondering through Wonderland, there’s chaos in the real world as they look for the children. There’s arguing between Alice’s sister and Ada’s governess. There’s even a small mental feud for the affections of Mr. Winter as everyone goes bonkers trying to find the children. And along the way Lydia, Alice’s sister, realizes just how much she needs Alice. They all realize how much they need Alice.