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A Medievil Dystopian


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Rabreah and her sister, Ariliah, are on opposite sides of a brewing rebellion. Rabreah believes all that is wrong with their society is the ruling Hulcondans. Ariliah believes an unknown group of rebels is responsible for all of the unrest and evil doings. Who is right and who is wrong? What will happen once the two groups go head to head? Will the sisters fight together or be on opposite sides?

Grigaliunas’ first novel in The Purification Era, Sowing, is a refreshingly new take on a dystopian story. Its medieval setting is vividly painted with rich detail. The character development is some of the best I’ve ever read. I feel as though I know the protagonist duo as I would any of my friends. In fact, I’ve fussed at and laughed out loud at them. The supporting characters are equally well developed. The plot keeps you guessing and has several interesting twists. The story telling itself switches between the two sisters’ points of view. I found it fascinating at how very different they sometimes viewed the same event.  As with any first book in a series should, it leaves you wanting more.

I loved how the author was able to adapt the characters into a lifestyle during medieval times as though she had lived in that era herself. It’s a hard life without the conveniences and quick fixes that we have come to expect. It is evident that she put in a lot of research to get everything just right. This is one of the many reasons I rate this book with 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

One Person Can Make A Difference


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The estimated date for publication is June 30, 2016, though a firm date has not yet been established.

Derry Connolly never gives up. She is fighting for not only her freedom but that of every other person under the Sovereign Leader’s control. Now that she knows he is alive and running things from a spaceship orbiting the earth, she is more determined than ever to end his reign.

Hinkens final installment in The Undergrounders Series, Judgement, continues to entertain with fast paced action and multiple twists. Derry’s character has matured so much in such a short period of time. She has good supporting characters that help to guide her and provide her counsel. Her bravery not only helps her succeed but inspires others to willingly follow her in the quest for freedom against seemingly unsurmountable odds.

This novel is well written and edited. It is a nice conclusion to the series. Hinkens has delivered and I hope that she will bring us more in the future.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.



Interview with Author Tania Hagan


CTC – Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Tania Hagan, author of the amazing dystopian novel, The Cure.

The Cure

Thank you so much for joining me and taking time to answer a few questions for my readers. Let’s get started, shall we?

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

TH – I sort of fell into news and feature writing right out of college. I didn’t know I would love writing fiction until I sat down to write The Cure.

CTC – How long does it take you to write a book?

TH – The Cure took about nine months. It’s a lengthy novel at 112 thousand words. The sequel is taking me about the same amount of time.

CTC – What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

TH – I do my best work in the morning, but I’ve been known to stay up late typing. I don’t really have a schedule, since I don’t have a day job.

CTC – What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

TH – I write whenever I get an idea. I literally stop in the grocery aisles to type into my phone, if an interesting concept hits me. I think that might be a quirk.

CTC – Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

TH – I try to think of topics that have not yet been explored.
My idea for The Cure series came out of a conversation I had with my brother. He was discussing another possible idea for a book about cloning. Suddenly it hit me–what would happen in human cloning was mandated by the government? What if the only legal way to procreate was through cloning?

CTC – When did you write your first book and how old were you?

TH – The Cure was my first book, and I was forty-something.

CTC – What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

TH – I’m a stay-at-home mom, so my daughter is my life.

CTC – What does your family think of your writing?

TH – My family is incredibly supportive. We come from a long line of media people, so I have professional eyes everywhere with my extended family.

CTC – What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

TH – The most surprising thing was that I actually could do it. I was also shocked at how quickly The Cure was picked up by my publisher.

CTC – How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

TH – I’ve written The Cure, and I’m nearly done with the sequel. I also have a part in the anthology, Lurking in the Shadows.
So, I’m fairly new to this business.

CTC – What is it about your writing that sets you apart from other authors?

TH – I think my writing is typically in plain, easy to follow language. My goal is to make the reader feel like he or she is experiencing the words, rather than reading them.
I also strive to make my subject matter different from anything anyone has ever read. I’m fairly confident I accomplished that goal with The Cure. Although Dystopian books are everywhere, no one has ever attempted a theme quite like mine. If I couldn’t come up with something entirely original, I don’t think I would be a writer.

CTC – Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

TH – The best advice I can give to anyone is to read, read, read!! You can’t write if you aren’t an avid reader.

CTC – Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

TH – I do! I’m blessed with the most amazing readers.
They tell me if they liked my book, and how it has affected them. We also just chat about life events in general. I’ve made some awesome friends through this whole process.

CTC – Do you like to create books for adults?

TH – So far, I’m primarily a YA author. I do have an upcoming short story for adults. It’s not adult content though. My writing is very tame.
It seems like The Cure somehow appeals to all ages, male and female. So, even though I write for a YA audience, everyone gets something out of my work.

CTC – What do you think makes a good story?

TH – A good story is anything that will stick with you. A reader once told me she knew my book was important to her because she remembered random scenes long after she finished the book. Comments like that make my day.

CTC – As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

TH – I wanted to be a teacher. I’ve been a preschool teacher. When I got married, all I wanted to do was to be a mommy. Being a mom is my number-one accomplishment.
I suppose we all change a bit from whatever we wanted to do as a child. I’m very content being a mom and an author.

CTC – Again, thank you, Tania, for allowing me to take up your time.

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Tania Hagan photo What do you do when the monster is you?

Roya’s Battles Continue, Both Personal & Professional


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Roya Stark can’t catch a break. She’s defeated Zhuang and he’s back stronger than ever. She’s rescued Dr. Aiden Livingston, one of the young men she loves, from the Voyageurs, a rival Dream Traveler sect. Trey reveals that he is hers and Joseph’s, her twin, father. And, now, Chase, a devilishly handsome Voyageur, wants to claim her for his bride. Just another day in the life of a Lucidite.

Noffke’s third and final installment in The Lucidites Series, Revived, packs a lot of action. All of the supporting characters return to help Roya with yet another battle or two. The only battle they cannot help her with is the ongoing struggle within her heart. She continues to go from pillar to post, from George to Aiden, unable to finalize a decision. Will Chase tear her love from both of them?

This novel comes full circle and answers all of the questions that I’ve had from the beginning. It also is the saddest of the series with scenes that took me by surprise. Thankfully, the ending is as I had hoped. Therefore, I am content.

5 out of 5 stars.

Do the Lucidites ask to much of Roya?


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Roya Stark fought the battle of her life saving the Lucidites and herself from the monster Zhuang. Finding the Lucidites full of secrets and possible lies she is ready to leave the Institute and start a new life with her pseudo parents. But, the Institute and the Lucidites are not done with her and her powers just yet. Why does everything have to be so hard? And, why is she the answer to everything wrong in the Lucidite world?

Noffke’s second novel in The Lucidites Series, Stunned, picks up with Roya anxiously counting the days before she will leave the Institute for good. She has been overwhelmed with revelations about her life and seeks the comfort afforded to her by Bob and Steve, her pseudo parents. Her life has her torn between two very different young men of whom she both loves.

Roya’s character continues to develop as she grows into her new role as a member of the Dream Traveler society. Every bit the typical teenaged girl exploring her emotions and sometimes being a brat, or a prat as Ren would call her. The war between the Lucidites and another faction of Dream Travelers again tests and expands her abilities.

This book is very fast paced and a rollercoaster of emotions. I actually found it more enjoyable than the first book in this series. Again, this is not my genre, but I am willing to stretch my mind and go all the way to the end.

5 out of 5 stars.

Where does Roya belong?


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Roya Stark is an unhappy sixteen-year-old. But, not for the typical reasons teenagers usually are. She feels as though her family hates her, and she’s never felt like she belonged there. Her dreams are disturbing in the fact that there are people trying to lure her away. Roya also believes she sees the future. Nothing feels real.

Noffke’s first novel in The Lucidies Series, Awoken, follows Roya’s story as she discovers not only who she is and where she came from but also where her destiny lies. This young adult, paranormal series is a bit out of my comfort zone and I will not base my review on that fact. That would be unfair to the author and you, the reader.

The story is well written and edited even though I found a couple of typos. Roya’s character is brought to life in such a way that you both love her and want to smack her upside the head at the same time. It could easily be read as a stand-alone book. There is plenty of teenaged angst, burgeoning love, action and adventure, and a fast pace.

If you like time travelers, humans with special powers, and a bad guy trying to ruin it all, then this is the series for you!

4 out of 5 stars

Power Struggle Over Free Will


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Fourteen-year-old Creena Brightstar questions everything, especially The Laws. She has racked up an impressive number of noncompliance reports (NCRs) on her naterra, much to the chagrin of her seventeen-year-old brother, Dirck. When her father is unexpectedly transferred to another planet her stubborn curious streak puts her into dangers she never dreamed of before.

Fox’s first novel in the Star Trails Tetralogy, Beyond the Hidden Sky, is set in the middle of a power struggle for complete universal dominance. Creena is a pawn in a despot’s game of chess. She stays true to her fourteen-year-old mentality while exhibiting personal growth spurred on by her high intelligence. Without her knowledge, a sequence of events is unfolding that have placed her entire family in grave danger.

The story is fresh and holds the reader’s attention well. The the Sapphirans, blue pygmies from some alien world, add comic relief to an otherwise dire situation. There are typographical errors that I found annoying as they were distracting.

4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.