Book Reviews

Stolen (Element Wolf book #1): a Review

*Reader sees the post’s name* “Wait a second, Danny, I recognize the name of this book! But. . . why do I?” Is that what you’re asking? If so, here’s my answer: you have seen me talk about this book here. I announced the publication, and I promised a review. About -10 years- 4 months later, here it is! A review of Stolen (Element Wolf book #1) by Jehanne J. Hedrick. Now, let us begin, shall we?

Synopsis (from the paperback version):

IN THE FACE OF EVIL, WILL FLIGHT FIND THE COURAGE TO DEFY THE DARKNESS?

Flight is the first-born to the unbreakable alphas of Star Pack—the pack of wolves that rule the harshest territory in Yellowstone. The young pup is noticeably strong, and he’s full of potential no wolf can deny. On his first day outside the den, Flight is overcome with love and pride for his ice-locked land.

But after his entry into the world beyond the den, Flight’s perfect life in his beloved homeland is cut tragically short as everything the young pup loves is whisked away from him. Flight finds himself in an ominous land known as Avida, ruled by a vengeful wolf with a haunting past.

The pup is astonished to learn that he is part of a mysterious prophecy which claims he holds unusual powers given only to him. However, the ruler of Avida wants Flight to use his abilities to help her destroy the pup’s entire pack so she can claim his homeland.

Desperate to rescue everything he loves from destruction, Flight forms his own plans against the cruel alpha of Avida. For months, Flight works in secret with newfound allies, readying their plans before the ultimate bloodshed. But when the day comes, what happens is more shocking than Flight could have ever prepared for.

My Opinion:

Story: An awesome read. Stolen is a huge book, let me tell you, and it’s not easy to carve a beautiful masterpiece from such a large piece of stone, but Hedrick did well. She managed so well to depict these wolves, 🐺 and I was amazed by the fight scenes. Many of you readers know that I love wolves, and my main project is a wolf story. It’s hard to write a wolf’s actions properly and accurately, without being repetitive. The author knew what she was writing; clearly educated on wolves. 🤓 Though, there were a lot of characters to keep track of. There were some characters (and scenes) that appeared in the beginning and appeared or were referenced much later when I had already forgotten them. Throughout the book my brain filtered through the great amount of content by picking the more noticeable scenes and characters and tossing the less important or interesting ones away.

As careful as Jehanne J. H. was, some repetition still occurred. Notably in Flight’s thought progressions. This may be a style though. I’ve seen it done in another book series I read.

As for the last main battle, I have some thoughts. . . ‘hackles bristling’ was way overused. Those hackles were really bristling, I suppose. One event that occurred was explained imaginary, but then was apparently real life. . ? 🧐 A last thought on this is. . .

A SPOILER!!! BEWARE!

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No main or even significant side character died! 🤯 Like, what? That might sound cruel and violent, but the way the story went and how things happened and such, it’s almost entirely unrealistic. That was a disappointment.

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Spoilers are done!

Finally, one of the most important things to note that would almost entirely wipe out any negative of this book in my opinion. . . there was no romance!!! Ahahaha! 😎 Okay, maybe there were a few romantic mentions, but they were only things like ‘By the way, I can tell you like her, kinda. The end.’ Hedrick, know that the lack of romance makes me ecstatic. 🥳

As for spirituality, a deity/supernatural being was hinted at only a few times. This leads me to believe that future Element Wolf books will continually focus a bit more on the hinted deity (God). But I can’t be entirely sure, though the author is a Christian.

Design and art: The cover is beautiful. I love it. Though there are two weird parts to it. For one, below the wolf’s chest is a flame that looks like a three fingered hand trying to hold him, and two, where the legs meet the flames, it doesn’t make sense. It appears as though they are supposed to be in front of the flames but then they are also covered by the fire? I don’t know. Those two things just look weird and are kinda annoying. Besides them, the cover is amazing.

I was elated to see that the book had MAPS! They’re pretty cool, but aren’t as detailed as other book maps I like, and one of them is kinda unclear. But, either way, maps make a book so much better, in my opinion.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Statistics:

Pages: 478 (Amazon stat)

Genre: Fantasy

Amazon Rating: 5 Star

Amazon link: Here

Author’s website: Authorjhedrick.com

Author Bio (Paperback Version):

Jehanne J. Hedrick is a young writer with a passion for wolves and nature. She developed a love for storytelling at age seven, and that love has continued to grow ever since. She strives to use her words for the service of others, and her goal is to use her writing to shed light into a broken, darkened world. Aside from writing, she also enjoys music, art, and learning more about one of her favorite story subjects—wolves. Visit her at: www.authorjhedrick.com!

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Book Reviews

Elysium (Tartarus Chronicles Book 1): a Book Review

Elysium (The Tartarus Chronicles #1) by Keith A. Robinson

Some of you, my readers, have probably noticed that I’ve been absent a day longer than I said I would be. It has been over two weeks, and on my home page I claimed that I would post once every week, or once every other week. My excuse is this: June has been a very, very busy month.

You and your puny excuses.

Hey, you don’t even know anything about my life outside of my blog, so. . . shush.

Hmph.

Anyway, today I’m doing a review on a book I recently finished: Elysium, book one of the Tartarus Chronicles by Keith A. Robinson!

Synopsis (taken from the back of my paperback version):

Gunther Leuschen, a particle physicist, gets pulled through a mysterious portal and transported two hundred years into the future to an exotic underground world inhabited by other humans from earth. Despite the society’s advanced technology, the people are unable to find a way to return home. But when Gunther himself develops the technology, it is taken from him by a malevolent force and modified to be a powerful weapon.

With the aid of an unlikely mix of companions, Gunther seeks to take back his invention and reopen the portals. Standing in his way are genetically altered soldiers, technologically enhanced humans, and corrupt government officials. Yet even greater than these obstacles are the questions that arise about the nature of truth—questions that challenge the very core of his beliefs.

My Opinion:

This was the first apologetics fiction book I have ever read. My mom got it for me at a homeschool conference (and it’s signed 😎). Apologetics fiction is fiction that seeks to defend a religion, in this case Christianity. Robinson’s reasoning for God’s existence and the Bible’s truthfulness in Elysium is very thorough, and incredibly thought provoking! Let me tell you, it was a very good book. The plot was excellent, I loved the characters, and Mr. Robinson did a good job deeply delving into just a few, but still making the side characters captivating. A beautiful mix of action, suspense, theological debates, and much more. However, it did annoy me to see a few typos, mostly relating to the misplacement of quotation marks. I’d give it a four-and-a-half star rating out of five (minus one half for typos).

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

(Trust me, if I could make those stars gold I would have.)

Stats (ya gotta love ’em):

Pages: 224

Reading age: 8–18.

Genre: Christian futuristic fiction.

Amazon rating [Below]:

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Amazon link: Click here.

Author bio (taken from the back of my paperback version):

Keith A. Robinson has dedicated his life to teaching others how to defend the Christian faith. Since the release of Logic’s End, his first novel, he has been a featured speaker at Christian music festivals, homeschool conventions, apologetics seminars, and churches, as well as appearing as a guest on numerous radio shows. In addition, he is also the Extensions Director of the Creation Science Society of Milwaukee.

When not writing or speaking, Mr. Robinson is the full-time public school orchestra director at Indian Trail High School & Academy. He currently resides in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with his wife, Stephanie, their five children, and a Rottweiler.

P.S. Don’t forget about the poll on which music album I should do a review on! You can find it here.

Book Reviews

Book Review of Shards of Sky

Woo-hoo! This is my first book review, and I’m ready. So, let’s jump in, shall we?

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My book review for today is of Shards of Sky, by E. C. Colton (I’ve interviewed her once on the Right Kind of Writer). You may be wondering: “Danny-Boy, my good man, why do you post this on a Saturday?”

I’d have to answer with, 1) ‘Danny-Boy’ is reserved for my blog-conscious only, and, 2) this is the day I scheduled to publish a SoS (Shards of Sky) book review, as part of her blog tour, gaining anticipation for the launch of SoS on April 18! I was given an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy), and, in return, I gave this honest book review.

Synopsis:

Will hope prove itself worth fighting for?

Nestled within the mountains of Colorado, life is anything but perfect for two children and their negligent aunt. Yet it becomes even more of a disaster when a mysterious accident leaves Aryon mute and Jenn terrified for their futures. Battling her own sorrow, bitterness, and distant memories, Jenn journeys through the mountains of Colorado in search of their father, who may only be as real as a wisp of mist. The biggest things standing in her way are the miles of seemingly endless forest, her shattered memories, and a mysterious woman trailing her.

As she journeys on, Jenn is forced to confront her past. Has time changed her memories? What will it take to be strong and unhindered by the darkness around her? And does this woman hold the key to her past—her real past?

But no matter where Jenn goes, a shard of sky shines bright overhead as a distant reminder of the hope she’s fighting to hold onto—and the person she could become. 

Heart-wrenching and emotionally moving, this story delivers a powerful message of courage and the wonder of hope.

My opinion:

I expected a good book from this young author, and that’s exactly what she gave me. The pieces of the plot of this novella fit incredibly well. Right from the start, I fell in love with the wording – very well done. Not to mention that the cover portrays the book’s vibe beautifully. The main character, Jenn, was portrayed incredibly. Her arc, her flaws, her good qualities… very realistic, and fairly easy to sympathize with. I would definitely recommend this. I’d give this 124-page YA fiction novella a 9/10.

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Shards of Sky sound interesting? Here is the preorder link. For those who preorder the SoS ebook (before the launch date, April 18), if you insert a screenshot of your receipt into this form, E. C. Colton will contact you with the FREE preorder goodies that come with the preordered purchase of SoS.

Below are images of some of the goodies…

Blog Tour Schedule:

April 8 – E. C. Colton at Quill of Hope (intro), Cynthia at Achinty (interview)

April 9 – Mia Harden at Windows to Mia (interview)

April 10 – Daniel L. Amador at The Right Kind of Writer (review)

April 11 – J. S. Clingman at My Little Hole in the Ground (interview)

April 12 – Allie Jo Anderson at Allie Jo Anderson (review)

April 13 – Althea Truth at Apple Blossoms (interview)

April 14 – Liesl Brunner at Quote, Unquote (interview), Ryan Elizabeth at Ryan Elizabeth Writes (interview), Hannah E. M. at Precarious Book Stacks (review)

April 15 – Allyson Jamison at Shay’s Scribbles (interview)

April 16  – Addison Vallier at Story Well (interview)

April 17 – Cara from Paper Strider (review)

April 18 (launch day) – E. C. Colton at Quill of Hope (finale), Samantha Hopper at Stuck in a Story (review & interview)

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E. C. Colton is a Christian, entrepreneur, cat mom, and author of A Change of Heart. She strives to write stories that illustrate deep truths through realistic characters. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her drawing, designing graphics, and scribbling away in a vintage notebook with a cup of tea. 

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Thanks for reading! I hope you do decide to get Shards of Sky. It’s a beautiful book.

With God’s help,

Daniel L. Amador

Credit to E. C. Colton for photo [of Shards of sky paperback].