The Redeemed (The Almosts #3)

The Redeemed: A Snowverse Novella (The Almosts, #3)Fiona has returned from the dead, just as Kara had finally been able to find peace with herself for killing her. Kara has to complete a mission for Moira, but most of the team is planning on retiring. This is going to be their toughest mission yet, but Kara can’t even focus due to Fiona’s return.

I have had my ups and downs with this series, but I definitely liked this ending. Kara is finally able to talk to Fiona about what happened in Book 1. She is able to truly get over that event, and lose at least some of the guilt. She doesn’t feel like a murderer since Fiona survived, but now she has to learn how to work with a woman that she already tried to kill.

This was also my favorite book in the series because it relates more to the rest of Snowverse. Finally, I was able to see how the characters and stories truly lined up, as these events are almost parallel to some of those in the main Freya Snow series and the Lady Caroline series. I was happy to see some old faces, and I was also glad to see how the new faces in the other series made their way onto the team.

This also felt like one of the shortest books in the trilogy, even though it wasn’t, which was sad because I actually wanted to learn more about these characters. I had struggled through the first few books, but just as the characters started to become likable to me, the series was over. I hope to see some of them in future books!

I won’t spoil too much, but this was definitely a good trilogy that I would recommend to Snowverse fanatics like me. If you are new, I suggest that you read the Freya Snow series up to the current novel and then get started on these novellas, just so that you don’t spoil anything for yourself.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Indie Fantasy Addicts Summer Reading Challenge! #IFASummerChallenge

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Indie Fantasy Addicts is a Facebook group that supports new indie fantasy authors and the readers that enjoy their books! I recently became a member, and I have to say that it is a lot of fun. I have been introduced to some new series that I have never heard of before! They are currently doing a summer reading challenge where you can post about the indie fantasy books you are reading and have a chance to win signed copies of books! I am personally going to participate and I hope to see you all there! See more details about the challenge below~

The goal is for members to discover more nail-biting, edge of your seat, take-you-for-a-wild-ride-and-leave-you-breathless books.

Some of the authors who graciously donated signed copies and ebooks to this challenge are USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors, including JT Williams, Alexia Purdy, Sarah K.L. Wilson, JC Kang, Mike Shelton, Eric T. Knight, JA Andrews and tons more.

#IFASummerChallenge Details:

The purpose of this is just to have fun and discover more amazing indie fantasy authors! We are going to make this simple. There is no set reading list. Audiobooks also apply. Read whatever you want as long as it’s indie fantasy. 

All you have to do is post what you’re reading, tag it with #IFASummerChallenge, and your thoughts on the book (without spoilers!) so the rest of us can discover more amazing adventures! 

The Challenge will go until September 20, 2018—last day of summer! We will be doing a tiered winning system since not all readers read at the same rate. Eg. A tier for the winner for whoever reads the most indie fantasy books, and a couple tiers for those who read eg. 0-3 and 4-7. 
Draws will be done to choose winners from the two lower tiers. 

Grand Prize: Multiple signed books and swag
Tier Two: Chance to win a signed book
Tier Three: Chance to win ebooks from some amazing authors. 

Let the adventures begin!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/indiefantasyaddicts/

TruthStone Review

TruthStone (Truthseer Archives, #1)Shaeleen is given a TruthStone by a strange woman, and now every lie she hears or tells gives her pain. The pain ranges depending on the intensity of the lie, and Shaeleen has to learn to control it so that she isn’t found out. Even separating herself from the stone doesn’t do anything to alleviate her pain.

When she starts to almost faint every time she hears about how Prince Basil is going to be king, she realizes that her entire kingdom could be based on a lie. She wants to reveal the truth to stop her pain, but this could send the entire continent of Wayland into war. The kingdoms have been protected by the stones, but after pieces were given away over the years, the stones have begun to fail. Shaeleen, Cole, and Orin must gather all the stones and return them to their full power.

I think my favorite part of this story was how smooth the storyline was! There were no random time-skips, and each character was so unique that it was easy to tell them apart. I found myself flying through the pages until I reached the end of the novel.

I came into the story thinking that it was going to be a heavy YA fantasy novel, but honestly, the plot wasn’t that dark. The pain was a focus, but it wasn’t the main focus that would bother me until my skin crawled. In fact, nothing was too gory that it would make a middle-grade reader scared or uncomfortable. This would be a good intro to heavier fantasy novels for them.

The only complaint I had was that some parts of the book did seem to be a bit childish at times. When Cole got his powers, his swearing of allegiance to Shaeleen seemed to be a little cringy to me. This didn’t bother me too much though and I overlooked most of these little parts because the main storyline was so engaging.

The character development was also intense. The stones made the characters have times where they acted their age, and then have times where they acted with wisdom far beyond their years. This was especially obvious for Orin, whose character could have been around the age of 9-12 years old. It really allowed readers to understand how powerful the stones were without saying “Wow these super powerful stones are really strong!”

I didn’t see any editing errors as I was reading through this novel.

My overall experience with this novel was positive. I was super excited by the time I got to the end of the novel, and then it said continued in book 2! Luckily, I have Kindle Unlimited so I will try to read the other 2 books in the trilogy before the summer is over.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new young YA/older middle-grade fantasy novel with a strong female main character and her team.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

Join The Book Robin Hoods!

I am a part of a great community of bloggers, reviewers, and authors called The Book Robin Hoods! It is a free site that connects authors with readers interested in their books, and it helps to support the indie author community. Currently, the site is searching for both new reader members and new authors to feature! If you are interested in joining, the link for readers is here: https://bit.ly/2HAVWS6 and the link for authors is here: https://bit.ly/2IXxaLM .
The only books the site doesn’t accept are graphic horror, erotica, and non-fiction. The reviewers must also be semi-established, meaning you can’t participate if you don’t have experience on a blog or some other platform. If you have any other types of books, you should definitely check it out!

I have already been connected to two authors from this site. This site is truly amazing and more people should know about it and use it. The owner is Author MC Frank, so if you have questions you can send her a message through Facebook. I hope to see some of you guys there!

March Wrap-Up!

Well, here we are! At the end of March! Here are some of the things that I have done this month.

Books Read

What Lies Inside (Blood Bound, #1)Stability/Conflict (Aspects, #4)A Marquess and a SecretHamilton's Heart (For The Love of Liberty Book 1)New Enemies (The Discordant Earth Series, #0.25)The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Tower of AyiaThe Magestaff (The Seven Kingdoms #1)Nowhere Girl (Foundlings, #1)Everywhere Unraveled (Foundlings, #2)Somewhere Bound (Foundlings Book 3)Genteel SecretsCaramel SurpriseLove's Hope (Ready for Love Book 2)Hidden Desire: A Romantic Novella (Ready for Love Series)Seduction in a Suit: an Office Romance CollectionProject Atlantis (Ascendant Chronicles Book 1)The Bride's Heart: Mail Order Bride Romance (Brides and Promises)Watcher (Watcher #1)Carbon (Watcher #2)Savior (Watcher #3)Charm: A Cinderella Reverse Fairytale book 1 (Reverse Fairytales)Lucky Charm: (A Cinderella Reverse Fairytale book 2) (Reverse Fairytales)Charmed: a Cinderella Reverse Fairytale book 3 (Reverse Fairytales)Don't Look at MeDeception (The Transformed, #1)The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)Horrid (Seven Sisters of Silverleaf Book 1)Hearts and Ever Afters: Regency Romance CollectionDragon School: First FlightYesterday: A Novel of ReincarnationThe Belles (The Belles #1)

All in all, I read 32 books! Just enough to have read one book for every day in the month of March, and then one! This doesn’t even count the embarrassingly large number of books that I left unfinished on my phone and tablet, and physical copies of library books that are half done. Hopefully, I will catch up on the rest of those books in the month of April.