Tag: Kindle Unlimited

eARC Review: Dragons of Dark by Ava Richardson

eARC Review: Dragons of Dark by Ava Richardson

As both dragons and Riders struggle to return to the ways of old, from before the land fell into darkness, the evil king undermines their every move with spies and sabotage. Bower knows their efforts are doomed without a final assault against the palace, but […]

Book Review: Dragons of Kings by Ava Richardson

Book Review: Dragons of Kings by Ava Richardson

On the eve of battle, Bower will have to fulfill a mystical prophecy and become the leader he was born to be, or risk his future kingdom falling apart. Surrounded on all sides by deadly foes, he must face not only the evil king, but […]

Why I Love Kindle Unlimited

Why I Love Kindle Unlimited

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
Since the topic of the day (and this month) is LOVE, let's talk about something that has captured my affections.
I'm sure you've all heard of it. Or maybe, you haven't...

Either way, it’s the topic of today’s Top 5 Wednesday, so hopefully this will shed some light on Kindle Unlimited, and just how great it (can) be! I skipped last week’s Top 5 Wednesday post because I didn’t care for the topic. The same has happened for this week. So, I’m making my own topic for discussion. 😛

I want to say ahead of time that Kindle Unlimited may not be the right program for you, and that’s fine! This is more based on my personal experience with it.

If you are unfamiliar with the program, Kindle Unlimited is a subscription available through Amazon that gives access to readers to a vast array of ebooks. You can “rent” or “borrow” up to ten books at a time, and replace them with others at any time! There are no time parameters for how long you have a title out. It’s pretty nifty!

So, onto why Kindle Unlimited is great…

Reason #1

If you like to find new authors, that aren’t necessarily well known (but have fantastic books) Kindle Unlimited is one way to do it! I’ve come across several books that I haven’t seen in the bookworld’s spotlight. It’s too bad that they aren’t, because some truly deserve it! 

As a book reviewer, I really like to find authors that have wonderful work, but need some more publicity. Kindle Unlimited is just one way to find some of these amazing authors.

One series I will forever rave about (available through Kindle Unlimited) is the Fairy Queens series by Amber Argyle. Seriously, if you love fae, fantasy, and strong female characters, check this series out!

Reason #2

Many popular reads (i.e. the Harry Potter series) are available for free through Kindle Unlimited! Now, there are some publishers that do not partake in making their books available through this program, including HarperCollins, Simon & Shuster, MacMillian, and Penguin. This may seem limiting, however, considering how many books are out there, you will still be able to find great reads.

Reason #3

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on books, or don’t live close to a library, (because honestly, libraries are LIFE SAVERS for us book worms) Kindle Unlimited is an affordable way to access a TON of books. I spend only $9.99 a month for the subscription (that’s about $2 less than a new hardcover copy off of Amazon.) For me, it’s totally worth it.

Reason #4

There are over 1 million books available through Kindle Unlimited.

Let’s be honest, none of us will read a million books in our lifetime, so, you’ll never run out of books.

Reason #5

This one is more personal but–Kindle Unlimited has saved my tail more than once when I forgot to download a book from Netgalley before it was archived. (It’s only happened a few times, luckily.Also, I’ve been able to find a lot of books available in sequels that I’m reading through that I can access through this program. Basically, it saves me a lot of time and money!

Tell me, do you use Kindle Unlimited? What are the positives/negatives you may have come across with the program? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review: The Fire Queen by Emily R. King

Book Review: The Fire Queen by Emily R. King

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, […]

eARC Review: Pantheon by Scott Beckman

eARC Review: Pantheon by Scott Beckman

In Mundir, the gods are real. When Lars arrives, following his dying mother’s last instructions to find his family there, all the gods take notice. With a mysterious compass and a gift from the God of Death, Lars will fulfill his mother’s dying wish or […]

Book Review: Dragons of Wild by Ava Richardson

Book Review: Dragons of Wild by Ava Richardson

Into this dark and twisted land, Saffron was born sixteen years ago. Cursed with dragon affinity and magical powers, she has been forced into a life of exile and raised by dragons—secretly dreaming of a normal life and the family she lost. But as her powers become more uncontrollable, Saffron knows she must find her family before she hurts herself—or worse, her dragon clan.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Book: Dragons of Wild

Series: Upon Dragon’s Breath #1

Author: Ava Richardson

Publication Date: October 26, 2016

Publisher: Relay Publishing Ltd

Page Count: 402

Format: ebook

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Cover Artist: Joemel Requeza

My Rating: ★★★½

Dragons of Wild (Upon Dragon's Breath, #1)Dragons of Wild by Ava Richardson
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

It will never be done until these half-humans, half-dragons never walk the land again. I will work a magic so deep and so powerful no dragon will ever remember having a human rider, and no child will ever think of dragons as anything but nightmares.

Heading into this book I kept thinking, “Well, this sounds like an Eragon remake.” It had a lot of similar elements, just rearranged into different sequences.

***An evil man is the ruler of an empire.
***Magic, and dragons are a myth, but only to some.
***Once, dragon riders ruled the skies.
***One character believes in both, one does not—until all is revealed.
***A blue dragon as the main dragon.
***Books hold a special importance (but that’s totally fine with me!)

And then some more.

But the further I got into the story, the less of a resemblance I saw. As a future note to self: not all dragon-rider books are the same as my beloved, Eragon.

The story alternates between the point of view of the two main characters Saffron and Bower. Saffron, a girl with no knowledge of who her real parents were, was raised in a den of dragons. Bower, an heir to the lowly-noble House Daris. Bower aims to follow in his father’s footsteps by helping the downtrodden in the city of Torvald. But with his dwindling house on the brink of destruction, there isn’t much he can do to salvage his remaining heritage.

The two characters start out in very different, but not-so-different settings. Saffron, holding close bonds with her dragon companions, knows little of the outside world. Bower knows all-too-much of the world and its downfalls. Saffron knows that magic and dragons very much exist, and Bower hopes that they do. Books have been his refuge, and hope for a brighter reality and future.

Saffron is on a mission to discover her lineage, and why she is able to wield magic. Her magic endangers her dragon family, along with herself if she doesn’t learn how to wield it properly. Embarking on a journey with her sister dragon Jaydra, she comes across ruins where pictures of dragon riders are depicted. She knows that she needs to travel to Torvald to find the answers she’s looking for.

In her travels towards the city, she creeps up on Bower, who is ironically leaving the city. Bower, on the run after being reported as being a dragon-sympathizer (having a book in his library about dragons which was banned years ago) is startled by this strange out-lander. From that point, the two are intertwined in a plot that will unravel the Maddox family reign for good.

One thing that bothered me throughout the entire story was how Saffron suddenly knew how society worked when she was just introduced to civilization. She had only one human contact in her upbringing, and that was an old hermit—another person not affluent with the trends and workings of things. So where did she get her sudden knowledge from? This little hole widened when she argued continually with her dragon Jaydra, about what to reveal and not, and how to go about doing things to make her look more or less of an outsider to civilization.

Besides that, I really enjoyed it. We didn’t get into depth with the characters much, but there are still two more books in the series to unravel their natures more, so I’m not too worried about that aspect yet.

Oh—And one tip: Do not skip either the prologue OR the epilogue!

Sexual content: None. And I mean NONE! There isn’t a love interest between the main characters for once!
Vulgarity: None.
Violence: Minimal to none.

All-in-all, this was a clean book.

“The prophecy beings, I will be back for you after Torvald burns and we will build a new, greater capital for our world.”

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Book Review: The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

Book Review: The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

Release date, June 1, 2017! As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her […]

eARC Review: Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead

eARC Review: Myths of Mish by Katie Hamstead

Release date May 28, 2017! Hansel and Gretel Herrscher survived the witch in the woods, but the experience has made Hansel paranoid for the past ten years. He sees dark magic at every turn. When Gretel has a marriage arranged to a much older man, […]

Book Review: Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead

Book Review: Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead

Apolline is happy hunting magical creatures on her pirate infested outer-perimeter planet. She is a fantastic shot, and doesn’t flinch at the blood and guts of her kills. Never once did she consider she could be the missing Princess of Tyrone.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Book: Princess of Tyrone

Series: Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #1

Author: Katie Hamstead

Publication Date: March 30, 2016

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Page Count: 263

Format: ebook

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fairy Tale, Retellings

Cover Artist: Andrea Garcia

My Rating: ★★★★½

Princess of Tyrone (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles #1)Princess of Tyrone by Katie Hamstead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Allard: “I’ll tell you a secret.”
Apolline: “Nope, you’re fine.”

Oh, Apolline, you made me laugh with your bluntness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was entertaining, well written (and not overdone), creative, and refreshing. It followed the story line of the original Sleeping Beauty without changing its vital points and, in my opinion, gave the story a face-lift. Combined with the traditional tale were aspects of interstellar space travel, modern technology, fairies and magical creatures.

Apolline grew up an orphan, memorizing (very real) fairy tale stories told by her fairy foster parents. She didn’t know her parents, or why she they had abandoned her. From birth, she was betrothed to someone she had never met—which hadn’t been an issue until she met Allard.

The charming, yet persistent Allard, happened across the huntress Apolline at a shop, and immediately took a liking to her. It just so happens that Allard is also betrothed—to the lost Princess of Tyrone. No one knows who she is, what she looks like, and where she’s been since birth. Her parents sent her way for her protection against the evil and jealous Bryanna, who placed a curse on her at birth.

Little did Apolline and Allard know, that they are betrothed to each other.

Besides the insta-love (which every fairy tale and fairy tale retelling has a bout of,) I had very few issues with this book. I truly enjoyed it, and wanted more. I found Apolline’s unassuming, self-sustaining qualities to be appropriate to her role. Allard’s charm and persistence to woo Apolline was sweet, to say the least. However, the one issue I had with their romance was the fact that I as the reader, knew of their betrothal before they did. We must wait in stress until they finally discover this fact.

Overall, this was a great read and my favorite retelling yet. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys fairy tale retellings, or science fiction-lite books.

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