Book Review: Shadows of Lela by Tessonja Odette

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Shadows of Lela by Tessonja Odette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun, easy read.

The Good: A very readable book with a lot of typical fantasy standbys plus an interesting new creature to add to the mix. And without spoiling things, the female heroine lived up to the title of heroine wonderfully at the book’s climax.

The Bad: I am definitely a fan of fewer points of view (one is my favorite). This book was done in multiple first person with at least four characters’ viewpoints. It was written well, but I felt that as a result, I really didn’t get to know the main two until near the end of the book.

The story, description, characters, and action improved as the story went along and really peaked at the end. This speaks well for Odette’s future as a writer and for the future books in the series.

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Book Review: A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

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A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love these books!

I first heard the author on Joanna Penn’s podcast and thought her books sounded interesting, so I added one to my wishlist. I just started them recently by listening to book 3 on Audible (it was on sale, what can I say?). I plowed through that one and then this one before going back to book 1, where I am now.

It’s not the first time I’ve started in the middle of a series, but the fact that I could says a lot about the series. There was always enough info about what came before but not so much that the pace got bogged down. It never felt slow in the least.

Marcy and Julius are just such loveable, flawed characters. I was rooting for them (and many of the other characters) from the start. I love the fact that I could feel empathy even for the “bad guys” at times.

Aaron deftly manages to introduce her characters at such a good pace that you get a good feel for them without getting overwhelmed by too many at once or getting bored.

There is plenty of humor and a genuine contemporary feel to this series, even though it’s set on an alternate earth (in the near future?). The world building was excellent, and I could easily picture this world as it would be with magic, dragons, and spirits.

Excellent covers as well!

I could go on and on, but if you like contemporary fantasy (or just fantasy in general), read these books!

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The Books in the Heartstrikers’ Series

Raven Thrall Is Available for Preorder

Raven Thrall (formerly Flight of the Ceo San) is now available for preorder! Yay! I can hardly believe it.

It’s very surreal seeing the cover of my debut novel on Amazon. I’ve had nonfiction published before. I’ve had short stories published, but nothing quite beats this. I’ve been waiting for it for a long, long time.

The story has been written, revised, and reviewed by beta readers, and it is now with the copyeditor (I’ll tell you a secret. My husband is an editor by trade, and he’s the copyeditor, so it’s just upstairs.)

Raven Thrall already has its first review on Goodreads, and I’m working hard to get some more before it’s published.

It’s been a long road getting to this point, especially as an indie author, but I’ve learned so much, and I have a feeling I’m about to learn a lot more from you, my readers! (Again, surreal!)

If you want a little teaser, I’m giving away the prologue of Raven Thrall in the form of a stand-alone short story called “Fly.” You can get it here.

Be sure to let me know how you like it!