Review: The Divine Path

The Divine Path19506077

Allen A Johnston

Paperback Version

 

Summary:

★★★★★

When the spirit of Kade’s deceased master shows up in his bedroom, it can only mean one thing; Kade’s part in the fight with Morg is not over. In fact . . . it has only just begun. Having completed the task of informing the remaining Master Chosen about who has been hunting their kind, Kade believed that his part in this battle was over. Being only an apprentice, what more could he do? Kade retreats to his parents’ home, hoping to have a chance at some peace and quiet while spending time with Darcienna. However, the appearance of his master’s spirit plunges him, Darcienna and Rayden back into danger. He must race to rescue a Master Chosen from the clutches of the evil Morg. Not only does the Master Chosen’s life hang in the balance but a species of sentient spiders may be wiped out if Kade is not able to change the tide of battle. Will Kade’s gift of unlimited Divine Power be enough to save so many that count on him for their survival?

Review:

After entering in this giveaway on Goodreads with all fingers crossed that I would win, I was extremely pleased and grateful to find out I actually did win. Being the second in the series, it took a while to fit The Diving Path into my reading schedule. I am so glad I finally came across time to read it.

I love the concept of this novel. There are so many elements that are not found in other similar genres. The ‘divine  power’ is something that is completely different than other books that include magical powers. The divine is unique in the delivery and the lack of control, which in turn makes the book wildly interesting.

The characters are probably the main reason my love for this book runs so deep because they change and grown in front of your eyes. Johnston perfectly develops his characters. Their interactions were authentic. I felt so much compassion for Kade and Darcienna. Kade is described by his father as the lesser of two evils, not something that is all too flattering. But that is exactly what is demonstrated throughout the book. He tries his hardest to be a good person, but at times is overtaken by power. We see Darcienna grounding this personality trait, making her an even more loved character.

The amount of action in The Divine Path tripled from the first, which is saying a lot since the book is based off action scenes. In this case, the action may have been too much is Johnston had not written it to flow the way he did. Every scene was vital to the entire story and it was clear that each fact given was to be useful in the future.

Overall, I loved this book. The suspense mixed with the uncertainty really added to the plot of the novel making it a great read for those who like action and young adult, fantasy novels.

 

Review: The Curse of Nefertiti

The Curse of Nefertiti

Charline Ratcliff 6467448

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Summary:

Over three thousand years ago, all of Egypt lies in ruins. The country that had dazzled the world is now completely annihilated, and the Nile runs red with the blood of her people. Nefertiti’s spirit walks the land and looks at the utter devastation she has unwittingly allowed to transpire. In desperation she cries out to the Gods, and they take pity on her. They send her forward into the future, so she may return later to correct her mistakes. This is the story of Nefertiti, of the life she has lived here as Kayla, unaware of her true identity until finally reunited with the man who is the living reincarnation of her murdered husband, Akhenaten. She is faced with a difficult choice. Return to Egypt and save her country and its people or stay here with the man who holds her heart. And if she returns to Egypt, will she remember her life as Kayla, so she may be returned to it before her life becomes forfeit in the past? Charline Ratcliff’s tale is woven with likeable and believable characters, powerful visceral imagery, and a tapestry of combining old with new to create a masterful novel. Her debut novel is a stunning achievement that deftly envelops the reader.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book. The Curse of Nefertiti incorporated all the elements of a good romance as well as the components of a fictional story. The main character, Kayla, embarks on a journey that she doesn’t quite understand, let alone know is occurring. Psychological elements are always appealing in a novel, and Ratcliff included some in the journey Kayla must take.  Before the age of 13, Kayla cannot remember anything. I love the use of ‘amnesia’ in novels to enhance the journey a character must take. In this case, Kayla does not know what or why she is doing anything, but an internal drive, as well as internal voices, are compelling her to do things.

Probably categorized as a paranormal romance, The Curse of Nefertiti also uses historical elements to enhance the story. The romance that occurs throughout the novel was extremely predictable. You know what was going to happen, but kind of enjoyed it anyway. Romance with strong passion is hard to hate. Kayla is also a character that is hard to hate. As the reader, you can relate to her on so many levels. She is a typical women in her early years. Working long hours with not much time for fun or a love life. Those of us who are also working similar hours relate. She has family troubles and romantic issues just like the rest of us, except we are not queens.

I usually complain about stories being too short, or wanting more. But in this case I wish there was less. I felt like the story was great at the start, got extremely boring in the middle, and the plot picked back up at the end. The middle was filled with too much love and romance. Kayla and Paulo’s relationship was understood to be something more from the beginning and i felt that it took up the majority of this 384 page book. The romance building was unnecessary and I found that it really took away from the amazing story line that actually was the focus of the plot.

Something unique about this story is that it is told in first person, from Kayla’s point of view. This really enhances the overall story by allowing us to not only be in her head, but experience the confusion and ‘voices’ inside her head. If this story was written in any other view, it would not have been as effective.

The Curse of Nefertiti was overall, a good book. It was interesting in the plot I you could get past the excessive amount of romance and was quite interesting. I believe it would be a great book for those who love paranormal romance, reincarnation or books infused with Egyptian history. Written for mature audiences.

 

Review: Impostor

Impostor
Susanne Winnacker
NetGalley
 
Summary:
Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again.
Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.
 
Review:
So I enjoyed this book. But I can’t say that I loved it. It was a well written book, but nothing stood out to make it a great or perfectly written book. It was entertaining enough, the concept and plot I found to be unique, even though others have said it copies other works. Obviously I have never read them. It was interesting to read about a shape shifter, in essence, who took the place of a young girl in order to solve a mystery. 
 
While this book was fantasy/paranormal, I enjoyed how it incorporated more of a mystery. It wasn’t just not knowing it was a full on mystery. Probably my biggest problem with the book was that it was short. The book itself was physically short, but never let that deter you away from a well written book. The plot was short, I felt like some paragraphs and ideas were just not finished. They were not elaborate on enough. I do want to add, random though here, I loved the twin concept. I think that is something that is just not done enough in books these days.
 
I know, this review is a sad heap of words, but I just can’t tempt myself to write more. This book was blah, meh, alrught. It was entertaining enough, but something was missing. It was almost missing more detail and explanation.
Sorry this review sucks. But you guys needed to know!