Blog Tour Book Review: The Takers by Amanda Bigler

TTBANNERThe Takers ART.aiTitle: The Takers by Amanda Bigler
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult – Paranormal
Length: 210 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: November 25, 2015
Publisher: Howling Wolf, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating: 4/5

Thomas Feist’s only goal for the immediate future was to successfully graduate from high school. After a freak car accident and the appearance of mystery girl Anais, Thomas’ priorities change. Believing that Anais and his friend Z were somehow involved in the accident, Thomas becomes leery of Z and curious about Anais’ background.

When some of Z’s extended family members are found dead, Z attends the funeral where she confides in Thomas that she had, in fact, saved his life in the accident. Z explains that she was sent to protect Thomas, and she offers him an expense-paid trip to Paris to further his studies. Thomas learns that his hosts are unique and must feed from the emotions of others, in order to survive. 

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Takers by Amanda Bigler. I’d like to thank the author and Ravenswood Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for honest review.

When I started reading this book, I didn’t know anything about the plot. I had read the synopsis months and months prior to reading it but at the time that I picked it up to read it I could no longer recall what it was about so I kind of went in to this book blind, which is how I prefer to jump into a book. When I started reading it, I was hooked pretty much right away. A few of the books I have read so far this year have taken me at least fifty or hundred pages to get into the story but this one had me hooked almost right away. I think the writing is what it did it for me.

I really liked the characters and I especially loved the concept of the Takers and Givers. I am pretty certain that this is a first book in a series as this book definitely feels like it is setting up a pretty interesting story. One thing that I can’t wait to find out more about is how the Takers tie in with Celtic Mythology and how Thomas’ father may fit into the story as well. There were very subtle references to the fact that Thomas’ father may or may not figure into the world of the Takers but I am hoping that Thomas is able to find some sort of resolution on that front as my heart did ache for him when he thought of his father. I also would like to see more about Ana and Thomas and their obvious attraction to each other, as well as the shaky relationship/friendship between him and Z. I also can’t wait to find out more about Thomas. It seems like he is different than other Givers. I also feel like the side characters were all pretty interesting as well and I really want to learn more about them. Any book that makes me interested in not only the main characters, but also about the side characters is pretty great in my book.

Overall, I really liked and enjoyed this book. It definitely has me interested to continue the series and see where this plot and these characters go. After finishing this book, I have quite a few of unanswered questions that I am sure will be resolved in the following books so that’s exciting.  It is a promising first book in a series and I recommend for fans of YA paranormal series. I can’t wait to see where this goes and I really love the cover!

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Amanda Bigler received her BA in English Literature with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Kansas in the United States. In 2010 she was awarded the University of Kansas’ Creative Writing award for her short work, “Tightrope.” She then completed her MA in Literature with a negotiated pathway from Loughborough University in 2013. Currently, she is a postgraduate research student at Loughborough University. Amanda’s research focuses on contemporary literature, humanist American and British literature, and technology’s influence on current literature in a post-postmodern era. Amongst her publications are: “Unorganis(z)ed Chaos” (You Is for University), “On the River’s Edge” (The StoryGraph), “Patriots, Lobsters, and Nudity: Exploring Situational Irony in Contemporary American Humorist Literature” (New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing), “Cloven” (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS) e-journal of criticism), and “Cardinal” (Wicked Young Writers Award 2014.

AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://lboro.academia.edu/AmandaBigler, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18812863

 AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015UR7DS4

AMAZON UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B015UR7DS4

BARNES & NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-takers-amanda-bigler/1122709762?ean=2940151155786

KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-takers-2

GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Amanda_Bigler_The_Takers?id=RQacCgAAQBAJ&hl=en

SMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/580323

iBOOKS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-takers/id1044896552?mt=11

CREATESPACE: https://www.createspace.com/5707245

 PAPERBACK: http://www.amazon.com/Takers-M-Bigler/dp/151711098X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443458403&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=The+Takers+amanda+Bigler

 

 

Blog Tour Book Review – Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder by Wilson Feliz

 

 

Title: Forbidden Forests: The Dragon Holder written Wilson Feliz
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 128
Format: Ebook (read on Microsoft Surface Nook App)
Rating – 5/5

The Forbidden Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder is a young-adult fantasy novel set in the magical land of Sindergan. Once protected by the now-extinct dragons and their holders, Sindergan is under attack. The evil Decent Brotherhood and their shadow warriors will stop at nothing to destroy the kingdom and all the light within it. Hope for survival lies in the hands of twin witches, Hope and Destiny; a mage warrior, Anaya; an elf, Danche; an ogre; and Liam, the last dragon holder.

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Forbidden Forest: The Dragon Holder. I am extremely grateful to both Mythos Press and the author, Wilson Feliz for giving me the opportunity to read and review this amazing book!

The Dragon Holder is the first book in the Forbidden Forest series which promises to be a spectacular series judging from this first book. I had so much fun getting lost in the world of The Dragon Holder and I can’t wait for the series to continue. If you hadn’t gleaned from the cover and the synopsis above, this book is a work of fantasy complete with magic, dragons and warriors…all things that I love to encounter in a fantasy story. My most favorite thing about this story was the way in which the author delivered it to us. The story is delivered from the perspective of multiple characters which I loved and made the story feel very well rounded. Wilson Feliz is a superb storyteller, the language was descriptive, the pacing just right and the world building was done perfectly. All of this created a very enchanting, magical and interesting story that I could not help but find myself completely lost in. I loved all of the mystery, the magic and the peril that the characters face as they each find themselves in the middle of prophecy. I really enjoyed seeing a strong female character like Anaya in this book and I love that she’s this completely badass master magician character. I also love Liam’s character and the bond that he and Shade develop as well as seeing Liam grow into his own on this journey.

I think if you know someone who struggles with the fantasy genre or who is just getting into reading fantasy this would be one of the books that should be required reading but longtime fans of the genre will find it just as enjoyable. At 128 pages this book is a super light, super fast read that delivers a great story and fantasy experience. I cannot wait to read more and I expect to read some fantastic works from this author! At this point, I’m a fangirl and I’m not afraid to say it.

Buy the Book at one of the links below!

 

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Wilson Feliz is a new Young Adult and Adult fictional

writer based out of the United States. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Feliz

is currently serving his country as a member of the US Army.


While his day job keeps him grounded on whatever post

he’s stationed at, Feliz’s work as an author allows him to whisk his readers

away to different worlds at the turn of a page. According to Feliz, writing has

always been an outlet. “Even when I was a kid, I’d write poems and short

stories as a way to get out of my head and focus on something other than everyday

life. My imagination was always a little strange and out there.”
 

It was his “out there” imagination that led Feliz to

craft the world of Sindergan in his first full-length novel, The Forbidden

Forest Series: Book One, The Dragon Holder.
 

“The Dragon Holder literally came out of nowhere,”

Feliz stated. “I had read stories about dragons and fantasy worlds, but Liam’s

story was something that came from my heart.”
 

It was Feliz’s strong family bonds and sense of

loyalty that played heavily on the creation of his characters. “What you’ll see

in all my books is that there is no bond like love…All of my characters have a

strong sense of loyalty and a deep need to protect their own. The Dragon Holder

was my first attempt to express that part of myself. Yes, the book is a fantasy

novel about a different land — full of magic and mystery — but at its

heart, The Dragon Holder is about a young man stepping into his role as a

protector, taking everything he learned as a boy and using it to take care of

others.”
 

In his own life, Feliz takes his theme of family

loyalty to heart. When he’s not writing, Feliz is a homebody who loves spending

time with his family.
 

Feliz is currently working on The Dragon Holder

sequel, as well as a non-fantasy fictional novel, Mason Cartel. 

 

Book Review: Data Runner (ARC) – Sam A. Patel

Title: Data Runner written by Sam A. Patel
Genre: YA Fiction – Cyberpunk, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Published by Diversion Books
Page count: 231
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #28

Seventeen year old Jack Nills lives in a society where information has a price. The internet is no longer a public domain but is owned by corporations and information has a value. When his father incurs a pretty hefty gambling debt, faced with no other options Jack decides to enter into the dangerous occupation of becoming a Data Runner – information couriers that receive and deliver often highly sensitive information between corporations. When data runners start to turn up dead it is obvious that a piece of highly valued sensitive information is being couriered and Jack along with fellow data runners must be extra vigilant in their efforts to transit information and keep their lives in the process.

I received an ARC of Data Runner from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reading the synopsis of Data Runner, I was immediately intrigued and the book cover reinforced my interest that much more. In the past I haven’t read many cyberpunk books (if any) but I love anything Sci-Fi and have always wanted to venture more into this genre and I must say that I am hooked, not only to the genre but definitely to this series.

I absolutely loved reading Data Runner. I love it when an author has the ability to not only tell a great story but to give us a great experience while doing it. Reading Data Runner was an AWESOME experience. This is such a fun book! This story is action packed and the great thing about it is that the action NEVER stops. The action literally starts on page one all the way down to the very last page. I felt like I was on a nonstop roller coaster ride that kept jerking me in my seat and making my heart beat fast and my breath catch in my throat or like I was in a really intense, fast car chase through a very trafficky downtown where we have to bob and weave vehicles. So fun!

Data Runner is the author’s first book and I am stunned…I’m just stunned. I thought it was really well written…usually in ebooks (or physical books even) you get these random typos that sort of impede your reading experience but I never had to worry about that with this book so that left my reading experience just really seamless. I also haven’t read too many books that have a male lead, especially YA books (although this is my second in a week) so I wasn’t sure if I would identify with the main character but I loved it.

Something I found really interesting about this book was the weaving of Parkour into the story. Before reading this book I didn’t know what Parkour  was and I am really intrigued by it. The book does explain Parkour throughout the story but I feel like it’s given to us through a more personal perspective through Jack’s narrative so I ended up Googling it to get more examples and even Youtube videos of Parkour. I feel like after doing that I have a deeper sense of what it is. I just love that it’s not just something that’s thrown in the book as a mention it was worked in really well and just adds another piece of depth to not only the story but to the character of Jack as well.

I think the premise of this book is really interesting with the corporations running pretty much everything and information being sold and whatnot. The profession of an information courier itself is highly interesting to me especially since I’m studying to be a Librarian. The idea that information can be owned and therefore sold, is just so interesting and it’s just a really interesting and fun concept in this book.

Lastly, I love the cover to this book!! I really like how he is jumping through the 1’s and the 0’s (literally the “information”). So cool! It definitely drew my eye to it!

I gave Data Runner what I feel is a very much deserved 5 out of 5 rating and I can’t wait to see what is in store for this series. I will be on the lookout for book two! I definitely recommend this to fans of YA dystopian novels or Sci-Fi fans. This book I have to say sits side by side with Enders Game on my list of favorite Sci-Fi novels now. It is being published on June 25th (this month, yay!) and you can preorder it through the author’s site (http://samapatel.com/preorder-data-runner-now/). Happy reading everyone and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did!