#review Henrietta and TheDragon Stone; The Five Kingdoms #2

DSC01632 Author : Beth Barany

Publisher​ : Firewolf Books
Publication date : January 2014

Book length : 304 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ YA/ Fantasy

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Synopsis :

Henrietta the legendary ass kicking dragon slayer wants to return to her village with a heroes’ welcome. But an unknown sorcerer is after her and her Dragon Stone, and everyone she cares about. Can she claim her newfound powers sparked by the Dragon Stone and keep her loved ones safe, especially her more-than-friend, and her stalwart bodyguard, before the sorcerer destroys her and everything in his path?

Rating :  4½/5

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Review :

The next book in the Five Kingdoms trilogy, Henrietta and  The Dragon Stone is based on the aftermath of Henrietta’s adventure when she brought to the knowledge of the people of Oro Islands the sorcery of their false king, King Singfan’s  and Jexter turned out to be their true king. She is appointed as the ambassador of King Renaldo for the Oro Islands. And her first task is to go to King Mattias’ Solscite Opening (King Mattias is the king of Bleuve, Henrietta’s home and they at the moment were not in good terms) to deliver to the king an important, delicate message. No matter how much she is unwilling to face King Mattias, her faithfulness to Jexter and the call of duty forces her to set out for her task, as also the fact that she has to return to her master in time to cure him.

Now she has her old companion, Franc to come along with her in the journey. No sooner does she reach her master’s village that she finds that the village is on fire and people being killed by the Varangians. She couldn’t save her master. She kept running from one hiding to other along with Franc, Nanette (her mother) and Antoine (her master’s apprentice) to protect themselves. But attacks increase and her mother falls cold as well.

In the book, one can see the constant fear Henrietta has to go through for the life of her loved ones. However, Henrietta is not a woman to back down and give up. She fights her way and takes her message to King Mattias. But he seems not to give much importance to that and is rather obsessed with Henrietta presenting him a fight-till-you-drop-dead fight. She senses sorcery and as she slowly gets close to uncovering the dark secrets, both Franc and she are imprisoned, separately. What happens next gives such a thrill that just a review can not convey.

To know more, pick up the series and enjoy the thrilling journey.

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#review Henrietta The Dragon Slayer ; The Five Kingdoms #1

 

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Author : Beth Barany

Publisher : Firewolf Books

Publication date: June 2011

Book length : 226 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ YA/ Fantasy

Synopsis :

Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can’t stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will the quest for the healing stone be derailed by misfit companions, seasickness, and an egomaniacal king? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?

Rating : 4/5

 

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Review :

When we come across story books based on bravery, it is always a gallant, invincible, handsome man who is the leading character and the representative of strength and bravery. To come across ass kicking dragon slayer is very rare that also a woman!

The story begins with Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer being almost forced by Sir Franc, knight to the Royal and Mighty King Singfan de Plumare de’Oro, the First, to come out of her life of retirement into dragon slaying once again. She gets mocked by him, is accused of false storytelling yet doesn’t agree to accompany him. However, she is that very night informed of her master’s illness. The solution leading to the same tasked the knight wishes her to assign to. She takes a little witch, Paulette along with her, whom she is supposed to drop to her own village on the way,  and starts for the journey but is joined unwilling to her choice by the knight, Franc and the jester (an old friend of Franc and admirer of Henrietta), Jexter; all towards the way hunt for Dracontias – Franc’s has demanded for it and Henrietta is in need of it to save her dying mentor.

As they travel far and across lands, they face danger, betrayal, killing and misery. But the new found bond between the four is unbreakable. The betrayal makes Henrietta doubts King Singfan’s aims in getting hold of the Dracontias yet she does not back up. She hears the Guardians of the Dracontias to recognise herself, to save all. Though she enters the palace and confirms the deal with the King she senses immense danger and before killing the Dragon she backs off.

What happens next is not my tale to tell but the reader’s curiosity to discover.

This book kept me glued till the end and keep my heart beating fast. I totally am in love with the pairing of Franc and Henrietta cause why should I? It’s so exciting! Thanks to the author for introducing me to such a luscious, exciting, adventurous read. Can’t wait to dig into the next book.

For those who love kick ass female lead characters with great adventure and fights as also some romance to brighten up the mood, I totally recommend it.

#review Evanescent

Author : Gabriella Lepore

Publisher : Oftomes Publishing

Publication date : 15 Feb, 2017

Language : English

Genre : Paranormal/ YA/ Romance/ Fiction

Synopsis :

Evanescent  by Gabriella Lepore is a stand alone ‘witchy’ romance novel.

“Then it is settled,” Felix declared. “Come hell or high water, when this is all over, at least one of us here will not make it out alive.”

When Bronwen Snow is pulled from her cottage in the middle of the night, she finds herself seeking the help of three mysterious boys who reside in an abandoned castle deep in the hillside. With only a hasty handwritten note and a vague sense of dread to guide her, Bronwen is forced to put her trust in the eccentric and willful Felix Cavara and his eternal curse – immortality.

Rating : 4/5

Review :

This book….. Let me dry my tears first. (Sobs continuously) The book is so beautifully written. I stay clear from reading e-books. Because they hurt my eyes a lot along with headaches. But when I got hold of this amazing e-book I couldn’t dare resist myself. Well, I am grateful to my every crazy mind. 

The story begins with Bronwen, a normal girl leading her normal life. Well, not so normal life cause she lived in a lonely place without any neighbour, with her grandmother. And not so normal girl cause obviously if she was so normal she wouldn’t  have had to run from her cottage in the middle of night towards the castle, searching for someone she had no clue about. All she knew was that she trusted Ada (her grandmother) with her life. Her ever alone solitude life suddenly takes an unexpected turn when she enters the castle and meets the three boys – Felix, Alistair and Loki. It’s as if fate had decided upon changing all of their lives forever for good. As the story proceeds, their lives get intertwined, painful secrets reveal themselves and all of their fight together to protect Bronwen from the Hunter. 

Questions arise : Why is the hunter looking for Bronwen? What had happened to the three boys? What is their curse? What is the cure? Is love possible between Bronwen and Felix – between a mortal and an immortal? What had fate in store for them?

The ending though…  The ending….  I feel so sad… So very sad yet so very happy for it is painful yet beautiful. Even the rose cannot exist without a thorn.

#review The Square root of Summer

Author: Harriet Reuter Hapgood

Publiser: Macmillan’s Childrens Books

Publication date: 5 May 2016

Language: English

Book length: 336 pages

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 4½/5

Synopsis:

When the fabric of the universe surrounding Gottie’s sleepy seaside town begins to fray, she is hurtled through wormholes to her past:

To last summer, when her grandfather, Grey, died.

To the afternoon she fell in love with Jason, who wouldn’t even hold her hand at Grey’s funeral.

To the day her childhood best friend, Thomas, moved away, leaving her with a scar in her hand and a gap in her memory.

This summer, although Grey is still gone, Jason and Thomas are back, and Gottie’s past, present and future are about to collide – and be changed forever.

Review:
This book is a perfect example of the life of a teenager. One can once again feel all the emotions of a teenage life through Gottie.. we are bound to make mistakes being unaware of the wrongs and rights. We take wrong steps, we mistaken infatuation as love and take bold steps towards the unknown. But how is it love if it’s only you who knows it all? How can it be love if it’s secretive? How can it be love if he himself denies it all? Would you still call it love? Would you still want to cling to him with all your heart? These are the question we ask nowadays whenever it comes to love but were we like this when we were teenagers? Didn’t we move with the flow of emotions? Didn’t we make innumerable mistakes? Didn’t we put all our faith on the wrong person? Gottie did it all.. she did mistakes.. she fell in love with a wrong person.. she went with the flow.. she kept it all secret… she pushed her friends away.. she became so alone that she was left with no identity of herself.. She was all alone till a time came when wormholes started to open in front of her eyes.. where she is pushed to relive those terrible moments .. where she is to realise where it all went wrong.. At some points of the story, I myself relived parts of my life.. I couldn’t help but shed tears while reading through the story… the story is about a girl who is learning how to bloom from a bud.. the story is about reliving the past, about love, betrayal,faith,realisation.. it’s about every TEENAGER! Loved it!!