Book Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Title: The Radiant Road — by Katherine Catmull

Release Date: January 19, 2016

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 978-0525953470

Summary from Amazon

After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they’ll inhabit the house Clare was born in—a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they’re both in great danger from an ancient foe.

My Review:

The Radiant Road was a very interesting read. The magic throughout the story was quite strange, but I was still able to enjoy the story. I found it difficult to get into the story at first, but once the action picked up a bit I was hooked. The cover of the book attracted me right away and I also liked the tree graphic that is found at the beginning of each chapter.

This story is very much about nature and humanity’s connection to it. Throughout the story, Claire’s connection to her tree is very important. She grows closer to her tree during the story and feels a need to protect it because she its guardian.The author tries to convey that all trees are connected and perhaps this was meant to imply that all humans are connected as well. During the story, Claire even becomes a tree and gets a sense of what it’s like to feel a connection with her Yew and other neighboring trees. Perhaps, the author was also trying to convey that humanity is the guardian of nature and as such, people have a responsibility to protect and care for it.

I enjoyed reading about many of the characters in the story. I think that Finn was my favorite character, but I also liked Claire, Her of the Cliffs and the Yew girl. I felt that the characters were interesting and often unique.

I thought that the imagery in the book was quite beautiful. The author’s writing was very poetic and she often created vivid images and scenes. My favorite part of the book was when Finn shows Claire a field filled with falling snow and fluttering white butterflies. I was able to picture this scene very clearly and thought that it was creative and beautiful.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a great deal even though it was strange at times. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about fairies.

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Book Review: The Boy at the End of the World — by Greg van Eekhout

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The Boy at the End of the World — by Greg van Eekhout
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Page Count: 221

Summary from Amazon

This is what he knew:

His name was Fisher.

The world was dangerous.

And he was alone.

Fisher is the last boy on Earth – and things are not looking good for the human race. The carefully crafted survival dome where Fisher and dozens of other humans have been sleeping for millenia has been destroyed. Through a lucky accident, only Fisher survived.

The world Fisher wakes up in is a lot like ours – but it’s changed, too. After the human race wiped itself out, nature took over, and wild creatures evolved into barely familiar beasts. Fisher must face them all as they set off on a journey that seems hopeless – at first. Then Fisher uncovers evidence that there may be a second survival dome far to the west. What was once a struggle for one boy’s survival becomes a journey of hope.

With a broken robot and a friendly mammoth as his only companions, Fisher heads West. But something is watching them… something that wants to find the second survival dome just as badly as they do.

My Review

I really enjoyed reading this dystopian book. It was only 221 pages and proved to be a very quick read. I couldn’t put this book down because I was intrigued by the characters and the story line. The pace of the book was pretty fast and I liked this as well. I don’t think that there were any dull moments in the story at all.

My favorite character was Fisher. He was very brave throughout the entire story and by the end of the book he had matured quite a bit. Click, who served as Fisher’s guardian, was also a great character. I really liked how the author envisioned robots in the future. I thought that Click was the perfect blend of human and robotic traits. I thought that the Intelligence was also a very interesting robot. The author is very creative and the Intelligence is just one example of his creativity at work. I enjoy reading about robots and I was pleased with how they were depicted in this book. Protein was also a wonderful character who was very loyal and fun to read about.

I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. His use of imagery was very good and by the end of the story I cared a great deal about the characters. Some ideas about the nature of humanity were explored in the book, but not so much that it bogged down the story. All in all, this was a great story. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and thought provoking read.

Stygian Rift – By Jayra Almanzor

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Stygian Rift – By Jayra Almanzor
Release Date: July 14, 2014
Page Count: 318
ISBN-13: 978-0692269831

Summary from Amazon

What would you do if you woke up in hell and couldn’t remember a thing? Set in a dystopian society about 150 years from the 21st century…… Suddenly rousing in a place completely different from his world, seventeen-year-old Robert is greeted with accusations, bullying, and fear from the teenagers around him. Life isn’t easy in the new place, especially if it’s the direct opposite of how and where he was raised. However, there’s something more about the place that gives him the chills. Is it the fact that monsters and demons always get to massacre someone every night, and then leave when dawn comes? Or that he can’t recall what his surname is? Maybe it’s that the locals are always blaming him for what happened to Cleo, a girl whom Robert doesn’t even know. Determined to find out what happened, how he got there, and how to get out, Robert and his unreliable fox companion tries to persuade the most stubborn party of defeatists to help them on their crusade, or go off on their own. Filled with thrills, devotion, realism and originality, Stygian Rift is one unforgettable, emotional journey!

My Review

I really enjoyed reading this book. I was pleasantly surprised by the talent of such a young author. She was able to create a convincing dystopian world full of interesting characters and frightening monsters. I thought that her writing was very good, especially when describing the Chamber and its monsters. I had a very clear picture of how the Chamber appeared and the cells that it contained.

I also liked many of the characters in the book. My favorite character was Bo. I thought that he had very realistic reactions, thoughts and dialogue throughout the book. The devil inside of Bo’s head was also an interesting part of Miguel’s psyche. I liked the reactions that the imp would have to Bo’s thoughts and to what was happening around Bo. I also liked Miguel as well. I thought that it was interesting how the reader didn’t know if he would help Bo at first. This made the interactions between them more interesting. Anise was a character that I liked as well and I thought that the descriptions of all the monsters were all very good. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a great dystopian novel.

Kindle Countdown Promotion Being Held for The Demon Rolmar!

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve decided to hold a Kindle Countdown Promotion for my book, The Demon Rolmar. The promotion will start on Thursday Jan 15 at 8 A.M. (EST) and end on January 19 at 11 P.M. (EST). The price of the book will begin at .99 cents and increase every day until the original list price has been reached. The initial promotional price for the book (.99 cents) will last for 22 hours. I hope that everyone will take advantage of this promotion.

To look at the book and read some reviews ahead of time, click here.

Free Ebook!

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Hi Everyone,

I haven’t posted anything on this blog in quite some time. I have been very busy and have not had the time. I’ve decided to do a Kindle free book promotion. The Demon Rolmar will be free in the Kindle store starting on October 23 and through October 25. I hope that everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to download my book for free.

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The Demon Rolmar by A. V. Griffin

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Page Count: 172

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Summary:

Rolmar is a heartless, misanthropic demon who serves as one of the three overlords of Pentar, a planet in the Amenis dimension. When Rolmar’s brethren bestow upon him the illustrious task of destroying Earth, his growing curiosity of humans adds a momentary pause to his original plan. Still intent on annihilating Earth, Rolmar extends his stay in order to discover what makes humanity unique.

However, when Adam, a quirky college student, crosses paths with the all-powerful demon, one fateful night will change his life forever. Haunted by nightmares of his mind-blowing encounter, Adam can’t return to his normal life. His only path to solace is attempting to convince the demon that Earth is worth saving. With the fate of the world on their shoulders, will Adam and his friends be able to convince Rolmar that they and all of mankind should be spared?

Reviewers Needed!

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Hi Everyone,

Currently, I am in need of reviews for my book, The Demon Rolmar. If anyone is interested in reviewing my book, please let me know. I can provide the reviewer with a free PDF copy. If you are interested, please send me an email with the following information: how long the review will take, the websites that the review will be posted on, your email address, and any other pertinent information such as blog, links, etc. 

Info on The Demon Rolmar:

Author- A. V. Griffin

Genre-Science Fiction

Book Length- 172 pages

Release Date-April 2, 2013

Bio

A. V. Griffin has been fascinated with science-fiction and fantasy stories since she was young. As a college student, she took to creative writing and began her story, The Demon Rolmar. Infusing the novella with her passion for science fiction, readers everywhere will be able to sense the enormous love and respect she has for the genre. Griffin holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Fordham University and currently resides in New York.

Book Description

Rolmar is a heartless, misanthropic demon who serves as one of the three overlords of Pentar, a planet in the Amenis dimension. When Rolmar’s brethren bestow upon him the illustrious task of destroying Earth, his growing curiosity of humans adds a momentary pause to his original plan. Still intent on annihilating Earth, Rolmar extends his stay in order to discover what makes humanity unique.

However, when Adam, a quirky college student, crosses paths with the all-powerful demon, one fateful night will change his life forever. Haunted by nightmares of his mind-blowing encounter, Adam can’t return to his normal life. His only path to solace is attempting to convince the demon that Earth is worth saving. With the fate of the world on their shoulders, will Adam and his friends be able to convince Rolmar that they and all of mankind should be spared?

Excerpt

It was a frigid night in Glencoe, Missouri. The only visible light on Old State Road came from a tavern, whose usual patrons sought warmth on this cold night, and as always, were intent on escaping their woes in tall glasses of ale. A tall man wearing glasses and a worn, brown-leather jacket exited the bar, letting the heavy, wooden door fall shut behind him. He headed south toward his home, which was about a mile away.

Adam Livingston walked the streets hurriedly and ignored the shadows that toyed with his mind, borrowing images directly from his nightmares. The wind was no help to him, for it seemed to animate the shadows, making them dance. He passed by the familiar oak tree that marked the halfway point between the bar and his home. Almost home, he thought. But as he walked by the enormous tree, something registered in his peripheral vision. What was that? It looked like a green flash. It must have been my mind, up to its usual tricks again. The thought was convincing for several more yards, until he heard the sound of rustling leaves behind him. Don’t turn around. Don’t turn around. But like poor Orpheus, something compelled him to look back and when he did, his eyes met the luminous stare of Rolmar, who had emerged from the darkness. The youth couldn’t look at the haunting, green eyes that pierced through his soul.

The demon started to walk toward him. Time began to slow and then it sped up, and Adam crumpled to the ground, barely aware of his own body. He covered his head with his arms and trembled in the night air, praying for the demon to vanish. The sound of the approaching creature tortured his ears, and Adam thought those heavy footfalls might be the last sound he ever heard.

Links

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Purchasing

http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Rolmar-V-Griffin/dp/1481882899/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370045925&sr=1-1&keywords=rolmar

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