Book Review: The Water Keeper series

Titles: Deep Blue Secret, Rogue Wave, and Ambrosia Shore

Author: Christie Anderson

Series: The Water Keepers

Seasonal Reading Challenge Task: #30.4, Option A – Read a book with the word “water” or a term for a body of water in its title/subtitle or series title. Variations that preserve the meaning of the word also work.

I’m not going to include the blurbs for all three books for this series, but if you are interested, you can see them on GoodReads (book #1, book #2, and book #3 here).

deep blue secretHere’s the jist. A young girl named Sadie lives in California. One day she meets a young man named Rayne who saves her life several times. She learns that he possesses something called Healing Water that has miraculous healing powers that are somehow connected to a strange birthmark Sadie has had all her life. Sadie’s life and identity are soon turned upside down. You find out that Rayne is from a whole other world and Sadie is connected to it as well. There are people who have it out for Rayne and for Sadie’s family.

 

rogue waveMy main complaint about this series is that Sadie is one of the least curious protagonists I’ve ever seen. You don’t really learn about the over arching story world until book two, but Sadie seems to accept Rayne’s existence and false explanations at face value, without trying to dig and find out more. I would have preferred to learn about Rayne’s world (called Ambrosia), or at least something deeper than what we got.

 

ambrosia shoreBooks two and three were much stronger than book one, and if I wasn’t as keen to finish series that I start, I don’t know if I would have kept going. I will say that if you can get past book one, books two and three are really, really good. The series isn’t complete yet and unfortunately, there is no information on book four anywhere that I could find. The good news is that Deep Blue Secret is still available for free on Amazon. I found it through BookBub.

GoodReads rating: 3 stars for Deep Blue Secret, 4 stars for Rogue Wave and Ambrosia Shore

 

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Book Review: Ensnared

ensnaredTitle: Ensnared

Author: A.G. Howard

Series: Splintered #3

Blurb: After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?

Gah, this book!! This series!!

Words can barely express how excited I was for this book to come out. I loved Splintered and Unhinged so much, as you could probably tell in this review. Waiting for the third and final book was torture, but it was worth every minute of anticipation. Third books in trilogies are hard. There are so many things to tie up, so much expectation. A.G. Howard delivers, and then some.

I have always loved how dark and dangerous Howard’s Wonderland is. There is so much creativity flowing through these books, adding so much to the original story. It’s pretty incredible. I loved how she brought Alyssa’s parents into the mix this time, which took some of the focus off the love triangle, even though the love triangle was still very important. The stakes are higher, since she has to not only save her parents, save the two boys that she loves, but also save Wonderland itself.

Even Lewis Carroll’s own story is involved, which I thought was pretty awesome.

If you love Alice in Wonderland, you really need to read this series. It is by far one of my favorite things that I’ve read over the past year.

GoodReads Rating: 5 STARS!!!!

Editing to say that this counts towards my “Complete the Series” challenge!

Morning Person?

I’ve always admired morning people, so much so that I have decided to try and become one. No, really. I’m going to try to be a morning person.

See, it’s been very hard for me to find the time to write lately, much less keep up with this blog or keep up with the various reading groups I’m part of. The only time I could think of, when no one would be clamoring for my attention, was first thing in the morning, while everyone else is still asleep. So I set my alarm clock for 5 AM. I woke up, for some reason, at 4:30. So I got up and, so far, have been very productive. Since the first chapter of my book was very well received at my writing group meeting this past weekend, I have now plotted out the second chapter of my book and can start digging into it. The house is very quiet – the only sounds are the small heater blowing at my feet and the clicking of keys on the keyboard. Rather peaceful. Now if only the caffeine would start kicking in.

I wanted to mention two books that I am reading in conjunction with two websites that I adore. The first book is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by the one and only J.R.R. Tolkien. I do love me some Tolkien! What’s making this re-reading of the series so enjoyable this time around is reading it one chapter a day along with Mark over at MarkReads.net. I love his website! He is incredibly funny and reviews books one chapter at a time. I first found him because of his Harry Potter reviews and, even though there are seven of those books and they are really, really long, I still sat there and read all of Mark’s posts about every single chapter. It took a while to get through them all! After several mentions in those reviews about how much he hated reading Twilight, I knew I had to read those reviews as well. Wow, he really hated those books! He’s also reviewed the Hunger Games trilogy, the His Dark Materials series, and several others. His reviews are funny and insightful and a really great time.

The second book I’m reading is Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. I’m reading it with a small book club that I run over at the Mallorean Tavern, a website that started out as a David Eddings fan site, but is now more a general fantasy, book, and pop culture forum. I’ve been a member for years, but we’ve always had a hard time keeping up a book club because of people’s schedules. When I became a moderator, I knew that the book club was one of the things that I really wanted to bring back. We started our first book club discussion back in May and are now on our fifth book. The whole site is a lot of fun, with discussions of books, movies, television, and the occasional RPG going on in the back room.

So now that I’m a morning person (or at least I am for today), I can hopefully be a more faithful blogger. But for now, I should probably get back to work.