Monday, May 12, 2014

Vacation is Murder by Carolyn Arnold, a review (without spoilers)

Note: Although the main characters of this novel are married, I do not recommend it to anyone who avoids reading stories that contain inappropriate content (kissing, how they feel when they do it, etc.). There are people whose religious beliefs have given them a deeper understanding of how sacred love is between two people who are married. So, it must be treated with respect and should not be within reach of an outsider's imagination. I had to mention that because I am one of them. 

I enjoyed reading this novel. It may be a light read but the plot's mysteries and twists kept me on my toes. Instead of the usual sympathizing or empathizing with a character, I felt like another character in the book myself. I was also interpreting clues, solving mysteries, and... solving more mysteries. Overall, Vacation is Murder took me for a ride filled with adventure!

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Orenda by Ruth Silver, a review (without spoilers)

Note: I do not recommend this book to anyone who avoids reading stories that contain inappropriate content (kissing, etc.). There are people whose religious beliefs have given them a deeper understanding of how two people, who are not married, should act. I had to mention that because I am one of them.

Orenda has reminded of the reason why I am a fan of Ruth Silver’s: dull moments do not exist in her works! She does not exaggerate things and yet she manages to leave her readers wanting for more. How is that even possible?

Anyway, this book is an exciting read from cover to cover. It starts off by giving the readers an insight of what Orenda, a parallel world, is like. Then, it ends with... well, it leaves you wanting for more. (This review contains no spoilers. What did you expect?) As for the romantic scenes, Ruth Silver made me feel like I was in high school all over again. The author took one step at a time establishing the relationship between the lead character and her lover, which made it realistic. Basically, It was the right amount of love thrown into the mix: not too potent and not too bland. Although things took an unexpected turn between the two lovers, I hope to see a sequel to their relationship... in the coming sequel this fall titled Elfinland (Orenda Book 2).

While you are anticipating for the sequel, you can also read Ruth Silver's other works:

1. Aberrant
2. Moirai
3. Isaura 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

ORENDA by Ruth Silver will be available on APRIL 27th! Get a chance to WIN A FREE COPY and a $10 AMAZON GIFT CARD

ORENDA by Ruth Silver
a Young Adult Fantasy Adventure series
published by Patchwork Press

OrendaJoin forces with a parallel universe.
Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically says that Orenda can't exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her younger sister in danger, Lil crosses dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for. A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Orenda is the first novel in the Orenda series.


Lil stood firm, sword-in-hand, staring at the beast as it flew directly at her. “How do I kill it?” She raised the sword above her head with two hands. Hudson glanced at her. “With what we taught you. The dragon is no different than a man.” “It has wings and is flying at me. I’d say it’s different!”   

About the Author:

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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required, because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. Upcoming works include Royal Reaper, a young adult series about grim reapers, due for release June 3rd, 2014. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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