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Book Review: Dream Warriors by D. Robert Pease!

Hello!

Today I am reviewing a Young Adult book by D. Robert Pease, titled Dream Warriors. Let’s first get to know the author!.

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D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn’t been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer’s Sirens. It’s not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he creates.

D. Robert lives in the gray-skied world of Northeast Ohio with his wife, two kids (a boy and a girl) and two pets (a dog and a cat) and a pond full of goldfish. When not writing he loves to travel the U.S. via RV with his trusty Jeep in tow, or ride the hills of Ohio on his bike..

Book Summary

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Joseph Colafranceschi is a fifteen-year-old, self-described geek, living in the Bronx. The second youngest of twelve sons of the former U.S. ambassador to Italy, Joey discovers that a small Egyptian statuette, given to him by his father, endows him with power to control his dreams.

After his brothers throw him down a manhole, Joey is drawn into a hidden society of warriors who have been battling a reincarnated Egyptian Pharaoh for over 3,000 years. In the dream world, everyone is not what they appear to be, and it’s impossible to tell who to trust. As Joey slips deeper into a world of gladiator battles and clandestine missions within other people’s dreams, he catches the eye of a beautiful Egyptian princess.

The only thing that keeps him grounded in reality is his best friend Alex, but even she may not be who he thought she was.

My review

The book cover is very nice, something that inspires fantasy. It shows the characters Cleopatra, Joseph Colafranceschi (aka Joey Cola) and Alexandra Romanov (aka Alex). Joey stumbles onto a parallel world once he comes into possession of a magical amulet, passed onto him from his father. I felt so intrigued by this amulet that I couldn’t put the book down until I found out what magical powers it held!.

I liked Alex’s character a lot. I can very much relate to her. She is very kind hearted and amiable. Her dress sense is unique and the author describes it well in many instances. Joey has a huge family. He has several brothers and a sister. Extreme sibling rivalry is shown in this book. I did grow up fighting with my brother, whom I love to bits right now, now that we see each other only about twice a month!. I know there is always some sort of rivalry between siblings. However, in this book, it’s extreme to the point that Joey’s step brothers don’t even worry about any consequences that might occur, like for e.g. Joey’s death!. Not that he dies in the book, but two of his step brothers do leave him to be dead at one point of time. The world building is really nice. The author has very imaginatively presented a fictional world called To-She.

The character development is nicely done. I feel Joey, who is 15, really shows maturity beyond his age once he discovers the world of To-She. There is a lot of sexual tension between him and Cleopatra and for some reason, I felt it to be inappropriate. After all, he is just 15. Well, kids these days might develop and mature way ahead of time. However, for me it felt really weird. If Joey was say 20 or 21, it would have been more appropriate.

The battle scenes in To-She are described really well and I quite enjoyed it. The character called Ammon, who is an old man is very intriguing and all knowing. The concept that there are many who are normal people in real life but their avatars in To-She can take on disguises and have powers, is a unique one. No one really knows who a particular avatar in To-She is, in real life. They could be anyone, situated anywhere in the world but all they have to do to enter To-She is to fall asleep. Then they train and fight battles in To-She, thus becoming dream warriors!. That’s how the title came about.

Though I like the story line, there are certain situations that are unbelievable. For instance, there is a scene (not a spoiler!), where the President of US meets Joey, to discuss a dream!!. Well, that was a bit too much. The scene however was nicely depicted, whereby Joey was whisked away by secret agents and all that.

The ending was nice in such a way that it didn’t leave a lot to imagination. It felt like a proper ending and not a cliffhanger that drives you crazy with anticipation until the next part of the book gets released. However, there are still some things left out so that you would still wait around to see what happens in book 2. So, kudos to the author for handling that well. The next book is titled Cleopatra Rising and is set to be released in March 2015. I can’t wait for book 2 to see how the characters and situations further develop!

If you love action, adventure, mythology and fictional universes, you would love this book. I give this book 4 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean that I ‘really liked it’.

Links to the book

Amazon ~ Goodreads ~ Evolve Publishing

Source : I received a complimentary ebook copy for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Naz ♥

Book Review : The Stone Guardian by Theresa McClinton

Hello all!

Today I am reviewing a YA (Young Adult) fantasy/paranormal romance book by Theresa McClinton. First let me introduce the author to you:

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Theresa McClinton was born in California in the fall of 1985. She started her writing career as a journalism intern. However, it only took one semester for her passion for journalism to shrivel and die. On the final day of her internship, she decided to go rogue!. Yes, she would start writing novels. She felt it would be great to be a YA urban fantasy writer, considering the fact that it’s a growing genre, with lots of potential and plenty of room for her imagination to go wild. Since then, Theresa has gotten married, had three terrific kids and moved to central Ohio.

She also loves to travel. She has ventured to over a dozen countries in the Middle East and Europe, and have used all she has seen and experienced as inspiration for her stories!

The Stone Guardian, published on December 14th 2012, is her debut novel. It is a part of a trilogy.

Summary of the book

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Tagline: When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.

Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.

Probably because they’re not nightmares.

When Ashley is mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else—she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian—Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.

When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it’s up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince…

Click here to watch the book trailer on Youtube.

My Review

First of all let me tell you this. The cover of this book is simply beautiful!. It is done by Mina Carter who definitely did breathe life and imagery into this story (in the words of the author herself). Though it’s against rules, I do judge books by their cover. If I were to see this book on a shelf, I would without doubt find myself reaching for it.

I started out reading this book with some dedicated words from the author to her family and supporters. It was such a sweet dedication particularly with words like ‘my parents who celebrated my success with dancing in my kitchen’.. How sweet is that!

‘A Word from the Author’ gave further insight into the story lying ahead of me. Theresa has definitely done her homework with all the great research she has done. I love well researched books and this was definitely a plus.

Onto the story itself. I loved how Theresa set a nice start to the story. It’s very easy going. She doesn’t plummet us straight into the story. Instead, she first sets the stage very well and then leads us on, without it being too fast or too slow. I was really surprised at how beautifully she writes. She doesn’t try too hard to come across as fantastic, considering the fact that this is her debut novel. She just expresses everything just as she is. That’s the best part. I have acquainted with her over emails and her way of writing is the same. Its easy going and simple.

There is one part where the protagonist who is a girl called Ashley, prevents the onset of a panic attack by thinking of Beethoven’s violin concert, with the music playing in her head and her fingers caressing the imaginary strings of her violin. It’s all described very beautifully and it’s at moments such as this, you really connect with the characters of the story. I love the way she describes the hero of the book, Arwan, to be a hot and muscular guy but someone who is sensitive enough to take care, be beside Ashley and give her his support any time. He is romantic and caring. Throw in all the good looks and you got a charmer!

The plot is very interesting and is definitely a can’t-put-down kind. I had to tear myself away from the book at times, so that I can get back to the chores I had waiting to be done at home!. I loved the pace at which the story went because there was never a dull moment. I absolutely love this book and when the end came, I was really disappointed, because it left me wanting for more!!. Theresa has such a fertile imagination. I love how she describes certain scenes and the way she writes it, you get transported right into that place. That is a quality of an amazing writer. Not everyone has that power!. I am really looking forward to the future two parts of this trilogy.

This book has all potential to take over the world by it’s charm just like how J.K. Rowling took over with her Harry Potter series. Theresa, one request, please work faster on the sequels to this book!

Being my first time with the YA genre, it was a pleasure reading this book. I have always been an avid reader of anything from Thriller and Suspense genre. However, this book could well be my start to reading YA novels from now on. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Being 378 pages and an irresistible one, this definitely is a QUICK read.

All in all, I give the book 5/5 which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’.

Links to this book :

On Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16281792-the-stone-guardian

On B & N : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stone-guardian-theresa-mcclinton/1113957705

On Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Guardian-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00ANVCYYQ/ref=la_B00AO7HM46_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355796547&sr=1-1

How I received a copy!

An e-book copy of The Stone Guardian was given to me by the author herself. I had become acquainted with her after my friend, Monica from www.gongjumonica.wordpress.com, had done a Book Blitz and an interview with the author and review of this book on her blog. The book was not explicitly given to me for the purpose of reviewing. However, it would be a shame if I don’t review something as amazing as this one!. Please note that all opinions are 100% my own and the fact that I have acquainted with the author doesn’t change anything at all, other than giving me bragging rights!.

Love,

Naz

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