The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – Kingshold by D.P. Woolliscroft

Title: Kingshold (The Wildfire Cycle #1)

Author: D. P. Woolliscroft

Published: April 30th, 2018

Length: 508 pgs

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★☆

Kingshold is the Debut Novel and first book in the Wildfire Cycle Series by D. P. Woolliscroft. I received the book free in exchange for a review as part of The WriteReads Blog tour. Kingshold is marketed as an Epic Fantasy Novel, but I agree with many of the other bloggers who said the book is more political intrigue than epic fantasy because the magical elements were not an essential part of the story, and the storyline could have continued to the same conclusion had the magical element been removed. The magical scenes contained too much information on the technique and mechanics of the magic and how it worked. Kingshold is a bit wordy at times, with long-winded character introductions that are more like mini prologues that make it a little hard for the reader to keep their focus on the story, while backstory is generally essential I believe it would’ve had a more substantial impact if the information had been revealed organically.

All in all, I’d give the novel 4 out of 5 stars because while the world-building and character introductions bogged down the story for a good portion of its beginning, the quality of the writing is excellent, and I think this book is worth the read. Once all the characters are introduced, and the world-building completed, the story takes shape and the writer keeps the story flowing consistently in a well-balanced cycle of plot, information, and action until the end.

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour –  The Rise of Gaia by Kristin Ward

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – The Rise of Gaia by Kristin Ward

The Rise of Gaia opens on the seventeenth birthday of Terran the main character. It’s supposed to be a fun and exciting day; instead, it becomes weird and scary. The Rise of Gaia is a book that asks what if.  When Gaia, the spirit of the earth, awakens full of rage against humanity for all their crimes against the planet, Terran must choose a path. So the question is, what if the earth decided to wage war on humanity.

The premise of this story is a good one and I know many of the reviewers on this Blog tour loved it, but the book wasn’t my speed. I couldn’t connect with the author’s voice. I often felt that she missed the mark in regards to the personalities and relationships between her characters.

Some of the relationships between the characters lacked a real connection, seemed hastily written and tenuous at best. I understand every author’s writing style is different, but to accomplish a well-written book is to truly capture the true essence of the character’s personalities and relationships within the story.

I felt the author tried too hard to be descriptive and original; often, the character’s usage of language was inconsistent with that of their age and circumstance, and the writing lacked a consistent style of form and flow in regards to the dialogue.  

When it comes to fiction, how much I enjoy a book is based majorly on the story’s ability to activate my willing suspension of disbelief. For me, The Rise of Gaia did not accomplish that.

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – The Friday Edition by Betta Ferrendelli

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – The Friday Edition by Betta Ferrendelli

The Friday Edition by Betta Ferrendelli is my first real mystery novel, I listened to the audiobook and wasn’t disappointed in the story one bit.

The main character Samantha Church, is a woman burdened by the heartache and pain of deep emotional scars. The sudden and unexpected death of her sister Robin on Christmas forces her to face her demons. 

Loaded with more problems than solutions, more questions than answers and enemies too close for comfort Samantha tries to solve what she believes to be Robins murder while trying to keep herself from unraveling.

 This novel is a mystery full of characters with deep emotional scars, some healed, and some raw. I found it interesting  how each character dealt with their pain and how integral to the story each characters pain was. It’s a mystery full of characters who have battled or are still battling internal demons. The story made me think of my own emotional scars.

Sam eventually gets herself together enough to finish Robins’s work and solve the mystery of her death. But in the end, there was one question I could not get off my mind. Why did Sam’s ex-husband Johnathan hold so much contempt for her?

That’s one thing I never really got; I didn’t think the drinking was enough. Jonathan seemed to have a strong hate for her and I couldn’t understand why, it’s something that stayed in the back of my mind throughout the entire book.

I speculate that keeping Samantha at arm’s length and encouraging a strained relationship between her and April made him look like more of a model dad and less suspicious.

In the end, I was satisfied with the conclusion. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. I was able to share a free copy of the audiobook with a friend via audible and she’s enjoying it as well.

The Friday Edition is the first book in the award-winning Samantha Church mystery series and it is available where ever books are sold.

If you would like to try out the audiobook, you can check it out using the following link through audible It’s totally free and you won’t need a credit card if it is your first time accepting an Audible book from a friend. Get it here: http://a.co/jg8FrkA   

After you accept the book, you will be prompted to download the Audible app to start listening.