Archive | May 2015

Beneath the Forsaken City

What’s on the back cover:


A Storm on the Horizon.

A Brotherhood Scattered.

A Future Denied. Who will Stand Against the Darkness?

Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but in the midst of their escape, he and Aine are torn apart once more. Surrounded by despair and thrown into as much danger as they left behind, Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and the homeland that depends on their survival. But at what cost? Will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely? Or will they give up hope?
Who Wrote it:

C.E. Laureano’s love of fantasy began with a trip through a magical wardrobe, and she has never looked back. She’s happiest when her day involves martial arts, swords, and a well-choreographed fight scene. When pressed, she’ll admit to a love of theater, travel, and good food, which she attributes to her romance-writing alter ego, Carla Laureano. 

  
Appropriately, she’s the wife to a martial arts master and mom to two boys who spend most of their time jumping off things and finding objects to turn into light sabers. They live in Denver, Colorado with a menagerie of small pets.
My Thoughts: 

I did read book one in the Song of Seare Series called Oath of the Brotherhood. I do love how book two Beneath the Forsaken City follows right where book one ends. This book was great it was full of Action, Adventure, Fantasy as well as Romance. I feel this book is more drawn for fantasy and action book lovers. There are a few things that I did not like about the book one being that at times I felt that Laureano spent way too much time describing every single detail about a certain scene to the point I was saying to myself come on already get to the good stuff already…I really do hate when a book seems to drag for no apparent reason also I didn’t like that that Conor an Aine spent so much time apart. I did like the book overall but I just didn’t love it I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good fantasy action adventure with a side of romance.

Stars: 

I give this book overall 4 stars I give the cover 5 stars it’s simply beautifully done.
***I received this book from Tyndale Publisher in return for my honest review**

 

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The Barefoot Queen    

What’s Inside:

A romantic and thrilling historical adventure from the internationally bestselling author whose work Diana Gabaldon has called “Enthralling”.

Spain, 1748. Caridad is a recently freed Cuban slave wandering the streets of Seville. Her master is dead and she has nowhere to go. When, by chance, she meets Milagros Carmona—a spellbinding, rebellious gypsy—the two women become inseparable. Caridad is swept into an exotic fringe society full of romance and art, passion and dancing.

But their way of life changes instantly when gypsies are declared outlaws by royal mandate and their world as a free people becomes perilous. The community is split up—some are imprisoned, some forced into hiding, all fearing for their lives. After a dangerous separation, Caridad and Milagros are reunited and join in the gypsies’ struggle for sovereignty against the widespread oppression. It’s a treacherous battle that cannot, and will not, be easily won.

From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without.

  
Who Wrote it:

ldefonso Falcones de Sierra, married and the father of four children, is a lawyer who lives and works in Barcelona. The cathedral of the sea is his homage to a people capable of building, in the then unusual span of fifty-four years, what is undoubtedly one of the most lovely churches in the world.
A historical novel that has become an unprecedented bestseller, recognized by both readers and critics, and whose publication rights have been sold to thirty-two countries. The winner of several awards, including the 2006 Silver Euskadi Prize for best Spanish language novel, the 2007 Qué Leer Prize for best Spanish language book of the year, and the prestigious Italian award, Giovanni Boccaccio, for best foreign author of 2007.  

  
My Thoughts:
 Wow where to start the first thing I must say is that is book is not for the faint of hearts. 
This book was so very hard for me to to read not just because it has over 700 pages, I find it’s because of all the raw hurt, pain as well as emotions Falcones put into this story. There were times I myself felt like I was in fact walking into Caridad’s shoes. I found that this was just too much for me to emotionally for me to finish. I sadly had to put it down at page 360 after trying to force myself to push on I truly could not bring myself to finish The Barefoot Queen.
Stars:

 I give this book 3 stars for what I did read… I give the cover 5 stars it was beautifully done.
***I was given this book to review for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review