Saturday, October 22, 2016

Book Review of Chronicles of the Half Emrys Book Two: The Two Masters by Lisa Rector

In Chronicles of theHalf Emrys Book Two: The Two Masters, good versus evil takes a twist when the evil is challenged by memory loss, and innocence is stolen by temptation. Sometimes the lines between right and wrong are blurred by power and love.

I had the unique opportunity of reading the prequel to the Chronicles of the Half-Emrys series, which is probably something most people have not done at the time of my writing this.

As a fellow author, I was given the chance to read an advance copy. I loved it and couldn't put it down. I became a Lisa Rector fan immediately. When I was done reading the prequel I needed to read the rest of the books, so I bought all three of the main series. I have now finished Book One: Master of Lies and Book Two: The Two Masters.

This is not my usual genre. I don't normally read fantasy novels and I have never read anything with dragons in it. If I hadn't had the opportunity to read the prequel I may never have stumbled upon the rest of the series. I'm very glad I did read the books because they're great.

I told Lisa half way through my reading of Book One that these are not so much fantasy novels as they are powerful love stories. The passion between the characters is phenomenal. The passion in the prequel is even better! I can’t wait for the world to read it!

I highly recommend reading anything by Lisa Rector. I will seek her out in future reading endeavors. Great author, great series.

Have you read Chroniclesof the Half-Emrys? What’s your opinion? –Julie L. Spencer

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Books by Julie L Spencer

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Book Review of Called Warrior by EJ McCay

Wow! I ended up loving this story. I was not hooked on Called Warrior by EJ McCay from page one and found it quite strange. I wasn’t sure what to think when the main character, Mackenzie started seeing giant spiders and making a complete fool of herself in front of a group of high school girls, but then the humor started.

I should not have been reading this in a public place because I couldn’t stop laughing and people probably thought I was crazy. There were parts of the book that dragged, but overall it was very well-written.  

There was just enough romance and adventure to make it fun, and enough mystery and intrigue to keep me guessing. It was a little predictable, but most Young Adult novels are.

EJ McCay’s writing style is great and the character development was well-done. I liked the underlying message of hope and good winning over evil.

I loved Called Warrior, and highly recommend it.

Have you read Called Warrior by EJ McCay? What’s your opinion? –Julie L. Spencer

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Book Review of Agent in Old Lace by Tristi Pinkston

I was hooked on Agent in Old Lace by Tristi Pinkston from page one and couldn’t put it down, although I never did figure out what the cover had to do with the storyline. Also, none of the characters ever wore old lace, although the FBI agent dressed in drag most of the time, so I guess that’s where that comes from.

When the main character, Shannon is kidnapped and held at gunpoint by her boyfriend, her life changes in an instant. That starts a few chapters full of narrowly escaping from his grasp and keeping me, as the reader, on the edge of my seat.

Thankfully, a very handsome FBI agent swoops in to dress as a woman and protect Shannon for the duration of her escape from her ex-boyfriend. In any Romance story, inevitably they fall in love. Agent in Old Lace is no exception. I found it hard to picture anyone believing that this hot guy would look enough like a woman to pull off the deception, but okay.

Tristi’s writing style is superb and the character development was well-done. I always prefer reading in third-person, past-tense point of view so that made reading Agent in Old Lace that much more enjoyable. Overall great read. I highly recommend.

Have you read Agent in Old Lace by Tristi Pinkston? What’s your opinion? –Julie L. Spencer