Monday, May 20, 2013

A Discussion of Books - May 20, 2013

In no particular order...

Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L Powell reviewed by Jasper de Joode

I haven't read this book yet, but this may have just landed its way on my to-review list based on the cover and this refreshing take on an idea looks fun enough for me to really start monkeying around over.

Pun intended.

This is a good review, and I hope the book lives up to reviewer's comments on it.

Vala: Agendas by J.F. Jenkins reviewed by RJ Blain

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Type: Novel
Description from AmazonCheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.

All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant that will reshape the order of the world.

Adjusting to a new school is difficult enough, but adding on everyone else’s hidden agendas is the icing on the cake. Cheyenne must learn to see through the lies in order to find her place — and possibly even love — in this new world.

Golden Mane by S.J.B. Gilmour reviewed by RJ Blain

Genre: Contemporary, Middle Grade Fantasy
Type: Novel
Description from AmazonWhen she thought about monsters like werewolves and vampires, which wasn’t very often, Sarah Coppernick felt quite safe in the knowledge that such awful creatures were not real. The last thing she expected was to discover such creatures are every bit as real as you. Even more unexpected for Sarah, was the discovery that she herself was one of them…

The Truth Behind a Legend by D.E.M. Emrys a guest post on David Gemmel via The Fantasy Book Critic

This isn't a book review, of sorts, but a discussion of David Gemmel and his many, many novels. Well worth the read.

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