Review: The Garden of Eden by Eve Adams

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Book Information:

The Garden of Eden by Eve Adams
Pseudonym for Stephen Coonts
St. Martin’s Press
Published in 2005
ISBN 0312323638
338 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

When Sam Neely graduates from State Police academy, he is assigned to the small village of Eden with the population of 47. He has been thinking that it is just a dull little town with nothing going on, but things suddenly get interesting when Ed Harris finds his wife in bed with his best friend, Hayden Elkins. Afterwards, Ed gives Hayden his wife and tells him that he now has two wives, but it then more things spin out of control. Can the community come together and bring peace back to their little town?

What can I say about this book? Hmmm… it was… ummm… odd – in the good way, I guess. Though, I really don’t know what genre to put on this book. It’s mostly about life in the village of Eden, which has a population of 47, and how the community can come together through mostly gossip and trouble. So, I guess, it’s mostly a slice of life genre. >.>”

The writing was almost like a diary telling the life of people in the village of Eden – missing on some details, skipping some parts that would make it more interesting, and a lot of gossip things. ^^; It is told through the point of view of several characters – Sam Neely, Ed Harris, Anne Harris, Hayden Elkins, Junior Grimes, Diamond Ice, and many more. :| For me, the book would have been better if it was told through the point of view of only a couple of them instead of so many of the residents. Though, through telling the story through several characters, they were almost like real life people and very believable, and at times, sort of funny. So it has a good point and a bad point – you got to know the personalities and descriptions through different eyes, but there were so many that it skipped some things that could have made the book better. :(

Also, I like the descriptions and details that the author used, and it seemed like there was enough, but it could have been more enjoyable. It felt like the author skipped some major scenes that would have made the ending have more sense. It feels like he was trying to write it as a way to understand women since they were pretty much the focus of the books – but didn’t succeed. :| Even though some people won’t believe that a spouse wouldn’t take their other half back after they cheat, I believe it because it happened with my parents. :D Though, I don’t think they pretend it never happened – like the characters do in the book. Though, since I’m their kid (no matter how old I am), they won’t discuss things like that with me ;)

So I like how he put the forgiveness in there, despite on how unbelievable it is. The author makes the characters seem human and not hold a grudge, but we all know that isn’t likely in real life. Everyone holds a grudge against something – whether it’s another human, country, animal, etc – sad, but mostly true. So, the no holding grudges and forgiving everything are not like real life, but kind of like utopia. Amazing thought, but with humans being unpredictable, it won’t happen anytime soon. :)

Things I didn’t like were the fast paced events, which didn’t really satisfy me, the off topic things, and kept on adding new problems instead of focusing on just one and build on that (and then add more problems), the amount of God in there – it’s mentioned, then it goes poof, then it appears again (like the author couldn’t decide whether or not if he should add God as one of the solutions to the problems), and how the author made the women’s personalities – gossips, cheaters, nagging, etc.

I will only rate it a two star because it was an enjoyable read, but no higher because of the problems above, which irritate me the most. :| It is pretty much a good summer read since it won’t take that much time to finish it.

Oh, just a warning, there are some sex (smut) scenes, but they aren’t describe in that much details. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: Trust Me by Jeff Abbott

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Book Information:

Trust Me by Jeff Abbott
Dutton
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780525951216
372 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

Working on his stepfather’s think tank, Luke Dantry posts on forums and other online communities known for their users being extremists and reports back to his stepfather the users who he thinks are capable of doing terrorists acts. Mostly, Luke thinks the majority of them are just frustrated and aren’t capable of doing the things they say they will. However, he is proven wrong when he is kidnapped and taken to a cabin hidden in the woods. What will he do when he finds out this betrayal runs deeper than he thinks?

This time the book review is over a mystery, suspense, action, and thriller adult novel. I’m trying to take a break from the young adult books for a little bit. ;)

For an action and thriller novel, the plot and characters are all pretty average. Why average? Because in most action and thriller books I read it usually goes like this: The main character gets in trouble, main character escapes multiple attempts on his/her life, main character meets up with old faces and gets betrayed by someone they know, and then, the main character saves the day. That is pretty much how this book went.

Although there were a lot of details, going through and finishing the book was very tedious and sort of boring. In this case, I found it boring because of how typical it was, not because of too many details and descriptions. I liked how the author described the appearance of most of the characters in the book since not that many authors give those kinds of descriptions anymore. Another thing I liked about the book is that it showed that the Internet isn’t as safe as you think because people can still find out where you are — it is something to think over when you do things online.

Those are pretty much the only things I liked about the book. The main things I didn’t like about the book are the typical plot for this kind of genre, even though it is enjoyable on some levels in other books, it isn’t in this book. Also, the politics in the book are very boring. Anyways, it is an okay read, if you want the typical parts and like descriptions. As for me, it was an average book with a lot of boredom in-between the action parts.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: The Hittite by Ben Bova

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Book Information:

The Hittite by Ben Bova
Tom Doherty Associates
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780765324023
317 Page

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

After a long campaign against the Armenian army, Lukka is finally returning home to family. However, instead of finding peace in the capital of the Hatti Empire, he finds nothing but chaos. The once great city is now engulfed in flames and men are terrorizing and looting the city of its goods, including any women they find. When he reaches his home, he finds it destroyed with his father dying and family missing. With the last words of his father that Lukka must find his two sons, he goes off with the men he commands to find them. However, when he reaches Troy, he finds himself in the middle of a war. Now, in order to get his children and wife back, he must prove himself to Odysseus. But by the time he proves himself greater than Price Hector of Troy and the swift warrior Achilles, will it be too late to save the loved ones he came for?

I finally read a non-supernatural book AND an adult one. I like young adult books too much. I’ll try to get more adult books after I read the rest of the books I have. :) Oh, beware of spoilers in the review.  ;)

This is my first compliant… not enough details or descriptions (of the characters, events, places) to make the book longer than it is now. This history fiction book starts with Lukka coming home and finding his house destroyed, his father dying, and his wife and children missing. However, from there, the author tries to quickly get Lukka and his men to Troy in order to find his wife. It skips some things like more details about everything it takes to get there, but it includes some (but not all) of the hardships — like Lukka having to kill one of his men because the guy didn’t want to go on. I found this a little frustrating since the author didn’t go into that much detail about him arriving to Troy and finding it under siege. Then after getting there, the book almost automatically goes into the fighting between Troy, and Lukka having to prove himself there. It’s pretty much like I wrote in the summary. The book has details, but not enough to keep you satisfied. The chapters are like 2-6 pages each, and not enough details to make the book really worthwhile.

My second compliant… I hated how whiny Helen is, but I let that go since it was a different time than it is now. Helen acts like how most authors put women leads: demands attention, blames themselves and gets pity from that, and pretty much gets whatever they want, which is getting frustrating because it is so common now.

My third and last compliant… the ending sucked. It doesn’t even have an ending where it mentions whether or not Helen, Lukka, the little boys, and his men make it to Egypt or if Menaleus catches them. I find this more annoying than the lack of details problem. :(

Now, a couple of things I actually liked in the book. I like how it goes into the history of Troy and Hatti and who built the Trojan horse, which not many books really do. Though, the author kind of ruins it by not having that many details and making the book go as quickly as possible. However, it is an exciting read, and it is entertaining. Though, it is frustrating. So, go ahead and read if you can live with lack of details, fast moving, and bad ending. :|

Oh, a few warnings. This book mentions rape, love scenes, gore scenes, etc, however, the author doesn’t go into too many details about the acts — just kind of mentions them and moves on to something else. Also, I rated it 3 three stars because of the interesting topic, but I didn’t go any higher because of the lack of details and very bad ending. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

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Review: Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Wyvernhail
by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2007
ISBN 9780440240037
183 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 05
Last Book in the Kiesha’Ra Series

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Hai has always been an outsider, and even in the Wynern’s court, she is considered a mongrel. Few consider her as a friend, even the royal family refuses to acknowledge her bloodline. However, when she starts having visions, they begin to overwhelm her. Though, are they the future or something that her presence awakens? When Oliza, Hai’s cousin, abdicates the throne to Wyvern’s Court because she wants to save it from the vision she saw, Hai sees its destruction. When Salem, heir to the serpiente throne, is poisoned, in order to prevent Oliza from coming back, Hai’s followers plan to usurp the throne. However, as long as Oliza lives, the visions of her child destroying everything can come true. Unable to kill Oliza, due to Nicias’ loyalty towards her, Hai must find a way to awaken Salem — even if that means her giving up something that is precious to her.

Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series. Oh, yay, I’m finally finished with this series. \o/ Let’s say, I don’t really like the ending. :( Also, there are spoilers, so beware

Like most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. The same thing is kind of true for this series. With the ending of Wyvermhail, it gets a lot less interesting, and not to mention, you wonder why Hai is still in the book. True, the visions helped Oliza’s decision, but without Hai there to interfere, then her followers wouldn’t have tried killed Salem. Then, with Salem alive, she wouldn’t have gotten the vision of Oliza’s child. *shakes head* *SIGHS*

Anyways, Wyvernhail, takes place only moments from the previous book, Falcondance. Now, instead of a likable character narrating, Hai is the one that narrates this story. Although she doesn’t seem as cold as she did in the other books with her in them, it is still hard to actually like her or even accept that she had a real part in the series. The only part I think she was really needed for is to help Oliza abdicate and waking up Salem, other than that, I view her as unnecessary to the series.

Another problem with the book is that her visions and the real life is muddled together, so you have to think about what is real and what is not. Also, the author depended on visions to tell the ending of the series, which I didn’t really like. Why depend on visions, when they can change? I like the idea of visions of the future, but with Hai, I didn’t like it so much. She annoys me whenever she thinks to interfere, I know other books with visions, they interfere, but they, most of the time, interfere at a lower level. Hai, however, interferes at a much higher level in this book than she did in the others.

With that said, I didn’t think that Wyvernhail as well written as the other books, and I really don’t want to say, “Go read it.” Though, if you want to know the ending, as crappy as it is, you have to read it. My advice is just read the last two chapters to avoid the annoying parts with Hai in them. The descriptions are a lot less, but the events are suspenseful and annoying. With this book, I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but the spark that it once had, died with this book. The first two books are worth reading, the last three books, err, they really aren’t worth reading, especially this one.

Buying all the books separately isn’t really worth it, but if you really want all the books, get The Shapeshifters. That book has all of the Kiesha’Ra books, Hawksong, Snakecharm, Falcondance, Wolfcry, and Wyvernhail, and it’s cheaper than getting all the books separately. This way, you don’t feel guilty if you wasted your money. Buy it from these places The Shapeshifters Ebook // The Shapeshifters Paperback.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Wolfcry by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2006
ISBN 0385731957
198 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Oliza Shardae Cobriana is the heir to two courts, the avians and serpiente. Although her parents merged the two courts together as Wyvern’s Court and the war ended, the hatred is still noticeable in Wyvern’s Court. However, when Urban, a serpiente dancer, expresses love towards Oliza, the hatred and tension rises. Though when she finds Urban beaten up on the avian side of Wyvern’s Court, she begins to wonder how she can lead her people, when no one really wants to stop their hatred? Before she can find the answer to that question, lion mercenaries, who take her into the wolves’ territory, kidnap her. She meets Betia, a female wolf, and the Obsidian Guild, a group of white viper dancers, there. However, will she be able to find out the answer to her question with them? And will Hai’s and her predictions show her the choice she must choose in order to give peace to her people without leading to another war? Oliza must make a decision before it’s too late, no matter how much pain it causes.

Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series. I’m only one book away from finishing this series. I can’t wait until I get rid of it since I’m not really starting to like the direction the series is going. :( Oh, there might be some spoilers, so watch out for them. :X

Like most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. For Wolfcry, it’s gets a little more interesting than Falcondance, but it still turns into something that I didn’t like. Don’t get me wrong, I like plot twists, but only when it goes more toward the characters I like the most. Anyways, like Snakecharm, Wolfcry takes place after a couple of months from the previous book, Falcondance.

Like in the second book, Snakecharm and Falcondance, you learn more about how the avians, serpiente, and falcons came to be, and little bit more about the powers Oliza holds. Also, I like the information about the white vipers and the wolves. Though, I really, really don’t like Hai. She seems a lot more snobbish than the other falcons, and it looks like she will cause more trouble than she is really worth. Also, it seems that she wants respect from Oliza, but doesn’t really know how to get it. Though, I can’t blame Oliza for not trusting or liking Hai that much. When you throw in a new relative that you haven’t even heard about, you are bound to have troubles, so I don’t blame Oliza at all. Hai also annoys and confuses me like she does to Oliza. Anyways, I really think the author shouldn’t have included her in the story line at all, but that’s the author’s call, not mine.  :( Something else I like even more now, I like how the author addresses same-sex relationships into the book. It made it a little bit more interesting, and took away, kind of, the annoyance that Hai caused me. :) I like it when authors add in something that society hardly ever talks about. ;)

Despite the few shortcomings, like Hai, Wolfcry was very well written, but I like the first book a lot more than the following books. The descriptions are a little bit less, but the events are suspenseful. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful. I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but I hope the original spark will come back. I still think it would have been better just to end it with the first book, and not this one. Though, with this book, at least a little bit of spark came back, but not much. *SPOILER* I read the summary for the next book, and let’s say I don’t really like how Hai and her followers will mess things up. *END SPOILER*

Anyways, go ahead and read the book. Though, like I said before, there are same-sex relationships in this book and in maybe in the next one, too.

P.S. I know I said this, but I REALLY hate Hai. ^^

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Falcondance by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Falcondance by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2005
ISBN 0385731949
183 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 03

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

#Old_BlueBooks-3_5

Nicias, a son of two outlawed falcons, has never felt at home in the Wyern’s Court, but he somehow feels drawn to Ahnmik, where the falcons live. His powers are awakening, so he has no choice but to go to the falcons’ homeland. With warnings from his parents, he goes there, so that he can get back to guarding Oliza Shardae Cobriana, the heir to both thrones. However, should he trust Araceli, or a stranger not of his blood? He has to choose wisely because everything he holds dear is at risk.

Another book review for The Kiesha’Ra series, but I’m almost done with the series – just two more books. I can’t wait until I get rid of it since I’m not really starting to like the direction the series is going. :( Oh, there might be some spoilers, so watch out for them. :X

Like most series, the third book is usually where it gets less interesting or turns toward something you won’t really like. For Falcondance, it’s a little of both less interesting and turning something that I didn’t like. Don’t get me wrong, I like plot twists, but only when it goes more toward the characters I like the most.

Anyways, unlike Snakecharm, which takes place after a couple of months from the previous book, Falcondance takes place about twenty or so years after Snakecharm. That’s my first problem with books like these, you miss the childhood moments for Oliza, Nicias, Salem, Sive, etc, so you kind of miss out on how their personalities got like that. There are some childhood flashbacks, but not that many. I think there is only one in this book.

Now for my second problem in the book, my favorite main characters, Zane and Danica, only have small parts in this book. I like the other characters, but Zane and Danica are my favorites. They have a spark that the other characters don’t really seem to have. Nicias is a good character, and so far, he is my fourth favorite character. My third favorite is Andreious/Sebastian. I might list my favorite characters in this series on the last book review. :X

Like in the second book, Snakecharm, you learn more about how the avians, serpiente, and falcons came to be, like why the avians were created in the first place, and other parts like that. There is this one part where it mentions that the avians and serpiente will never be able to combine without one giving up their culture. They might be able to live in peace, but they wouldn’t never truly get along since the two powers wouldn’t be balanced. That part gave me a headache since it made thought about several things like: how are Danica and Zane are able to live in peace then? To me, it added some plot holes when the author did that. Also, you find out what happened to Zane’s older brother while he was on the falcon lands, which I really don’t like.

Despite the shortcomings, Falcondance was very well written, but I like the first book a lot more than this one and the second one. The descriptions are a little bit less, but the events are suspenseful. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful. I miss Danica and Zane as the main characters, but I hope the original spark will come back. I still think it would have been better just to end it with the first book, and not this one. I just hope the last two books go back to how it was, since at this rate, I really don’t like where it is going.

Anyways, go ahead and read the book, even though it doesn’t have the same spark as the first one.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Snakecharm by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2004
ISBN 9780385734936
167 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 02

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Danica and Zane have achieved a lot in their aim of peace between the avains and serpiente. However, when Danica becomes pregnant, will the peace last long? Also, a falcon named Syfka comes and that causes more problems, so is the falcon just there to find their missing falcon? Or, is she there just to stir up trouble amongst their people?

Another supernatural book, however, this time it is about shapeshifters, again. Yay. \o/

As a second book of series, Snakecharm was very well written, but I like the first book a lot more than this one. It’s not as good as the first book, but it is still a good book to read. The plot of the second book is still a little common, but that doesn’t make it any less special. This book has suspense, romance, betrayals, and shapeshifters. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful.

I just love the main character Zane and Danica, but unlike the first book there is hardly any clashing between them. Also, the way all the characters develop in this book is great, but they could have grown a little bit more than what they did. The descriptions and events are also very well done, but a little bit more about how the other characters look like would have made it a little bit better. Also, unlike the first book, the narrator for this one is Zane, not Danica.

Even though the plot is typical — two separate group at war, two people characters marry to stop the war, peace comes, the ruler gets pregnant, but then the heir issue comes up — you should go ahead and read this book/series. Though, like I said before, I didn’t really like this book. I like how the main characters are still Zane and Danica, but not how the focus is not completely on them. To me, it would have been better just to end it with the first book, and not this one. I just hope the other books in this series don’t ruin how I view the series right now.

Anyways, go ahead and read the book, even though it doesn’t have the same spark as the first one.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Book Information:

Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Delacorte Press
Published in 2003
ISBN 9780385734929
243 Pages

Series Information:

Kiesha’Ra Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

The avains and serpiente have been at war for longer than anyone can remember. However, is peace at hand when Danica Shardae holds her people’s enemy in her arms and sings to him about peace as he dies? When Zane Cobriana hears about this, he moves forward with plans on how they can earn peace. But, when a neutral group mentions merging the two royal families, will they be able to set aside their differences for the peace they both desperately want? Not only that, but when they decide to merge it, will their people believe it is the best thing?

Another supernatural book, however, this time it is about shapeshifters. Yay. \o/

For a first book of a series, Hawksong was very well written. Though, what really counts is if the author keeps up and makes each in this series better than the previous one, which is almost impossible for most of the authors who write series. The plot of the first book is a little common, but that doesn’t make it any less special. This book has suspense, romance, betrayals, and shapeshifters. Finding shapeshifter books, just on their own, are rare, so that makes this book even more wonderful.

I just love the main characters, Zane and Danica, and how the author makes their personalities actually work together, even though they clash at certain points. Also, the way all the characters develop in this book is great, but they could have grown a little bit more than what they did. The descriptions and events are also very well done, but a little bit more about how the other characters look like would have made it a little bit better.

Even though the plot is typical — two separate group at war, two people characters marry to stop the war, peace comes, and then everyone lives happily ever after — you should go ahead and read this book/series. Though, like I said before, I haven’t read all of the books in this series, but that looks like what it going to happen. Though, I hope there will be some interesting twists in order to get to the peace.

Anyways, go read the series. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: The Scourge of God by William Dietrich

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Book Information:

The Scourge of God by William Dietrich
Harper Collins Publishers
Published in 2005
ISBN 006073499X
334 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

When Attila, King of the Huns, seeks to invade the Eastern Roman Empire and threaten civilization there, Jonas and other ambassadors are sent to Attila’s camp in order to keep the peace. Though, it will be hard to keep the peace when some of those ambassadors plot to get a Hun warlord to assassinate Attila. When Attila finds out about this plot, he keeps Jonas hostage while either killing or sending away the others. While being kept hostage, Jonas meets a captured Roman woman named Illana and falls in love with her – the only problem is that she is promised to the Hun warrior who saved her during the destruction of her city. So he starts coming up with a plan to escape with a sword, Illana, a fool, his wife, and himself, but this plan fails and leaves Illana in the clutches of a very angry Attila. With the stolen sword, he tries to gather allies in order win against Attila, who threatens to destroy everything they hold dear. Will they succeed – and will Jonas rescue his love?

Okay, I love history-fiction, so of course, I’m going to give this book a good review. :)  There also might be spoilers in my reviews, so beware of that. :P

I admit that I don’t know much about this time in history, but even though it is fiction, I became interested through the characters, plot, and the descriptions. ;) Though, I could have gone without the description of the battle scene and what the corpses looked like. :(

There is enough description in this book to drag you into that era and get an idea of how people might have lived during the time when Attila was alive, and also it will get you thinking what would have happen if Attila had won those deciding battles/war in history. The politics in the book were boring, but the author makes it up by having some very descriptive battles — to the point where you may read over some of it — and history. I haven’t verified how much is actually true, but the general outlook of the plot — minus some of the main characters — is pretty accurate to what happened in history, for what we actually know from that time period.

Anyways, the book begins with a prologue/introduction. In the introduction, it begins with Jonas telling you a very general summary of his background. Then, after that, it goes on about the affair of Honoria and the events that Jonas was hinting about in the introduction. So, basically, it goes from the present to the past and back to the present again and then a little bit, maybe, of what will happen in the future.

I think it was very descriptive — I know I’ve said that like 200 million times, but, hey it is my review — and didn’t have that many holes in the plot or the time line of what was happening. The ending was an epilogue and made the plot a little bit more completed than if the author would have stopped with just what happened to Jonas and Illana. I suggest you don’t read if you don’t like history fiction or gory details. :)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read, but leaning towards maybe.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet William Dietrich
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$New_Bullet Library Thing

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry

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Book Information:

The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
Ballantine Books
Published in 2004
ISBN 0345460057
373 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

After the citizens of Russia vote to bring back the monarchy, it is up to Miles Lord, a lawyer from Atlanta, to make sure there is nothing in Stefan Baklanov’s background that will take the throne away from him. It was supposed to be an ordinary assignment until gunmen try to kill him at the city plaza in Moscow, and now he has to figure out why they are after him. After reading Rasputin’s writings, he discovers that there might be a direct descendant from the last tsar, Nicholas II, which will threaten the plans of certain people if word gets out. Miles only companion is Akilina Petrovna, and only these two can solve the mystery of who is Nicholas II’s direct descendant, at least according to Rasputin’s prophecy, but first, will they be able to survive the attempts on their lives?

In the beginning of The Romanov Prophecy, it starts with violence and some gory details of the scene — yeah, it was a lovely, vivid picture in my mind, and I don’t like a lot detail in gory scenes filled with blood that much. Anyways, it starts with the killing attempts on Miles Lord’s life, but if you’re wondering why he’s in Russia and targeted by gunmen, you have to either read the summary or wait until later on in the novel — which will explain in great detail as to why he’s there and some more little tidbits that can be boring at times. ;)

The idea of the prophecy and combining it with Rasputin, who is usual is viewed as a conman, was very well thought out and mixed with some history of Russia — it was pretty interesting reading that Rasputin was a viewed as a good guy at the end of a novel. This was one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book. :)

The ending was well thought of and was really good, and to get to that great ending, it had a lot of history and descriptions of what happened — which got a little boring at times. Throughout the book there are a lot of politics, violence, racial prejudice, culture and history of Russia, a little bit of mystery, and a lot more politics — bleh! :(  Things I liked about the book are the culture and history of Russian that the author added in there, the clever idea of Rasputin actually being a good guy and coming up with the prophecy, the mystery whether or not there was a direct descendant of Nicholas II, and also, how it showed that the United States isn’t the only one that has racial problems. The things I didn’t like about it are the politics and details of the murder/gory scenes. Overall, it was actually a pretty good book, if you can stand the violence, politics, details, and the boring parts.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

 Steve Berry
Goodreads
Library Thing
Bookwormom

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble