Enthroned by K.M. Shea

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Enthroned by K.M. Shea

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The young man who would have been King Arthur runs off with a shepherdess before Britt Arthurs is yanked from the 21st century and lands back in medieval times, where she easily pulls a sword from a stone and is informed by the wizard Merlin that she will be crowned the new King of Britain in Enthroned by author K.M. Shea.

Though I didn’t read the book blurb thoroughly beforehand, I was intrigued by this YA fantasy series the minute I realized it’s called King Arthur and Her Knights. A nice twist from the get-go! There’s some comedy and also some medieval violence woven into this magical adventure, and I was interested enough to read the novella through.

However, I would have needed more character development to truly care about the story’s people, and I didn’t find a compelling “why” behind it all to make the plot impactful. I didn’t feel that much after finishing the book, and although it is in no way unreadable, it could have used another round of editing, particularly to catch the recurring errors in dialogue and punctuation.

While I may not continue this series, I do think I’ll try something newer by this author sometime.

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King Arthur and Her Knights Series

 

Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide by Rashad Jennings

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide by Rashad Jennings

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The Triple T Token is taking Arcade, his sister, his cousins, and his friends on international adventures through time for reasons that are gradually revealed. But Arcade’s possession of the token may spell increasing danger in Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide by author Rashad Jennings.

Okay! Now that I’m two books into The Coin Slot Chronicles, I’m getting a better feel for this middle grade ChristFic fantasy series: an ongoing adventure and an unfolding mystery with lessons along the way.

As with the first book, different parts of this one were a bit slow for me, the punctuation coming out of the dialogue is incorrect in a few places, and the italics and ALL CAPS go overboard sometimes. But I love how these young characters use their brains and talents for good, learning to listen to their hearts. The read is funny and ultimately energizing, with messages about generosity, compassion, forgiveness, and more.

And yeah, after a resolution, there’s another cliffhanger ending, but I wasn’t unprepared for it this time. I’m looking forward to Book Three!

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Here’s my review of Book One in The Coin Slot Chronicles, Arcade and the Triple T Token.

 

Embracing the Outcast Release Day!

They can only experience beauty if they dare to behold it…

It’s officially release day for Embracing the Outcast, Book Two in the Crowns Legacy series.

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Haven’t read Book One in the Crowns Legacy series yet? You can get a Kindle copy of Reviving the Commander for a limited time price, or read it free with Kindle Unlimited.

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Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Blood in the Snow by Sarah Pennington

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Divine, please, help me. If I cannot stand for my friends now, how can I speak for their peoples later?

Zhu Baili knows it’s her destiny as the princess of the Kingdom of Seven Rivers to join her homeland to the Kingdom of Three Peaks by marrying its prince, Liu Xiang. But a treacherous plot launched by Baili’s stepmother threatens the two kingdoms and the princess’s life in Blood in the Snow by author Sarah Pennington.

I’d never heard of one of the two fairy tales this novella is based on, The Goose Girl. But I’m quite familiar with Snow White, and even if I weren’t, I think I still would have enjoyed this story.

The moments of harrowing to heroic action are what I liked best, as well as this fantasy tale’s correlation between pain and power. Baili’s growth is great to watch too, as I appreciate stories with heroines who tap into their gifts and, when the time comes to stand up, they stand up.

This book has been on my radar ever since I first got a look at its incredible cover: the serious gaze of a young woman in red with her black tresses flowing in the wind, the heroine standing before a giant moon glowing white against a wintry, deep blue backdrop with trees and peaks, Asian architecture, and geese in the snow, overlaid with the thin, red, beveled glass of the title and its flash of white light. Atmospheric excellence, this cover is.