Book Reviews

Traitor’s Masque by Kenley Davidson

34568425Last year, I read Shadow and Thorn by Kenley Davidson and I absolutely loved it! So when I found Book 1-3 of the Andari Chronicles on sale for ninety-nine cents, I swooped to pick them up.

This book is beautifully written. Davidson’s style is absolutely stunning and she uses a colorful vocabulary. It is not often that I read a book which strikes me like this one did; it left me wanting more. The pacing was fairly good as well, however, there was a lot of stuff in between. Often it was backstory or the character’s thought. Unfortunately, the large amount of this caused me, at times, to skim. As for the plot, I loved that Trystan’s role in her household was different than your typical Cinderella story; it gave this novel fresh taste to it.  

On a related note, the characters were charming. Trystan was smart; she thought through things instead of acting rashly. But she wasn’t perfect. She messed up, big time. Trystan’s banter with Ramsey was adorable and made me smile more than once. I just wish that there had been more development with their relationship. Up till about 85%, it felt like we were just skimming the surface and then all of a sudden they jumped in. Although he was a minor character, I loved Kyril. I hope he shows up again in a later book.36406189

Lastly, this reminded me of my own novel Ashes of Glass. It was really weird because this is the first time I’ve ever read this book, but there are a number of parallels.

Altogether, I definitely recommend this book. It is a beautifully written, captivating fairytale retelling.  Keep your eyes open for a review of book #2! 

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Ramblings

50 Things I Love

Woot woot!!!! I have 50 followers! 😀 😀 😀

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I know, it’s not a lot, but I’m not super active on WordPress so I find it pretty exciting. To celebrate, I thought I would share 50 things that I love. The order might not be 100% accurate, but it’s relatively close. Kind of…

Anyways, here goes!

  1. My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
  2. My Family
  3. Music
  4. Books (Reading and Writing)
  5. Composing
  6. Singing
  7. Playing violin
  8. Playing piano
  9. Coffee
  10. Tea
  11. Gardening
  12. Baking
  13. Photography
  14. Movie soundtracks
  15. Drawing
  16. Singing Psalms and Hymns
  17. Playing guitar
  18. Vintage books
  19. Indoor plants
  20. Trying new recipes
  21. Baking without a recipe (hehe)
  22. Fruit
  23. Cats
  24. Horses
  25. Trail riding
  26. Receiving a paperback copy of my novel
  27. Telling myself stories
  28. CANADA
  29. Farming
  30. Rainstorms at night
  31. Roses
  32. Live music
  33. Taking nature walks
  34. Reading in the sun
  35. Getting reviews of my novel
  36. Blueberry muffins
  37. Essential oils
  38. Watching movies with my younger brother
  39. Tortilla chips and Salsa  
  40. Quiet mornings
  41. Dogs
  42. Soft blankets
  43. Herbal healing
  44. Butterflies
  45. Pizza
  46. Popcorn
  47. The after-rain smell
  48. Interacting with other authors
  49. Snowflakes
  50. The color purple 

Phew! That was actually harder than I thought it would be. Are any of these on your top 50?

 

Thanks for reading!

E. J. Hill