Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Reading Notes: The Time Traveler's Wife

I decided that I was going to try audiobooks with this book. I made it to chapter 6 and needed to return it to the library. Hopefully, I will find a copy of the written book so that I can continue it soon since I won't be getting back to the library for a couple of months.

The audiobook of "The Time Traveler's Wife" is narrated by William Hope and Laurel Lefkow. I was enjoying listening to them tell this story, but wish that it had flowed a little faster. Maybe it was just me not knowing how to speed up the audiobook.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Post-It Note Tuesday: My Miscellaneous Items

This is my first time doing Post-It Note Tuesday.  I think that this is going to be a lot of fun.  Once I get used to it.

If you would like to join in the fun, head over to Supah Mommy.  The directions for participating are there and you can link up via Mr. Linky so that others can see your post-its.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tyrant's Blood

Tyrant's Blood: Book 2 of the Valisar Trilogy Tyrant's Blood: Book 2 of the Valisar Trilogy by Fiona McIntosh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed the second book in Fiona McIntosh’s Valisar trilogy, more than I did the first book. This book was still a little bit too graphic for my taste, but I did enjoy reading it. This series, in general, is darker than what I would normally read so that may be impacting my view of it.

I don’t want to put too much into my review because it has been hard for me to write anything that does not give the story away. I will say that the people and situations are not as cut and dry as you might think in this series but shades of gray. I had a hard time putting this book down.

I will be finishing this series and am thinking of taking a look at some of Ms. McIntosh’s other series.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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Royal Exile

Royal Exile: Book One of The Valisar Trilogy (Valisar) Royal Exile: Book One of The Valisar Trilogy by Fiona McIntosh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was my first fantasy and I’m having mixed feelings about it. Here is my quick summary of this book.

Loethar, a tribal leader from the steppes, is sweeping through the kingdoms of the Devona Set and whose final goal is the complete destruction of the royal family, the Valisars, of Penraven. He believes that he has accomplished this once the king and queen are dead, but the first son, Leonel, has been spirited out of the castle and is now searching for allies to help him regain this throne.

Watching Leonel and his companion, Gavriel, escape from the castle and their search for allies, is interesting. Leonel definitely has some growing up to do and I think that Ms. McIntosh provides us with some excellent descriptions of their surroundings as well as showing how Leonard changed, we hope for the better, due to his circumstances.

The deaths of the king and queen, as well as the battles leading to their deaths, are a little too graphic for me. There are several other scenes in this book that are too graphic for me, but they do flow with the story and this author’s style. I was left wondering why, after sparing the lives of the other royal families once they surrendered, Loethar was so intent of making sure that every member of the Valisar family was dead. I assume that that will become evident in the remaining books in this trilogy.

This book was pretty well written, although as I stated earlier, a little too graphic for me.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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