The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2) By Kenneth B Andersen

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2) By Kenneth B Andersen

Title: The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2)

Author: Kenneth B Andersen

Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: Aug 31st, 2007

Format: Audiobook

Narration: ★★★★★

Writing: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

              The Die of Death is the second book in the Great Devil War Series by Kenneth B. Andersen. The Die of Death brings our Hero Phillip Angle the notorious savior of Satan, back the underworld. This time its Death who needs his help. Mortimer, aka Death, once again snatches Phillip from the world of the living this time to locate his stolen, Die. Phillip races against the sands of time on his search.

              After reviewing the first book in this series, I had some high expectations, and I was not disappointed. Kafer did an excellent job of keeping the same level of energy in his narration; his tone was consistently witty, serious, humorous, and childlike at all the appropriate moments. Kafer’s skill at voice acting is a perfect pairing with the excellent quality of Andersen’s storytelling and makes for an immensely enjoyable experience for readers of any age. Andersen again takes us on an adventure with an unexpected ending continuing to deliver moral lessons for the targeted adolescent/young adult readers along with witty, intelligent writing suitable for readers of all ages. I highly recommend this book; I highly recommend this series.

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – Venators: Magic Unleashed By Devri Walls

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – Venators: Magic Unleashed By Devri Walls

 

Title: Venators Magic Unleased (Venators #1)

Author: Devri Walls

Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy

Publication Date: October 1st, 2016

Format: Audiobook

Rating: ★★★

Venators: Magic Unleashed is a YA, Paranormal Fantasy novel, by Devri Walls. The book’s premise is that supernatural “monsters” come from a parallel world, and Venators who hunt monsters are humans from the other side of the gate. I thought the premise of the story was interesting and original. Several hundred years ago, Supernatural Creatures fled their side of the portal due to turmoil and encountered humans. It was initially thought humans were weak until the Venators came along. Venators are unique humans with particular strengths and instincts, which make them ideal monster hunters; according to the story, Van Helsing was the first Venator. The Venators were welcomed to the other side of the portal, where they became the law and kept the order.  Venators became power-hungry and genocidal and were banished back to the earth side of the portal. Hundreds of years later the council has decided that they need young uninitiated, impressionable Venators to defeat their enemy Zio while restoring order and advancing the council’s personal agenda.

Tate is tasked with traveling to the earth side of the gate to find Venators suitable for the council’s purpose. He finds our main characters Grey and Rune together they beat the odds and make it through the portal, and to the council. Up to this point, everything was going well with the storyline; then the story became a bit ambitious. Grey and Rune decide to go on a mission against the council’s wishes, and against all the odds, they come out victorious.

Rune and Grey have absolutely no training or political acumen; the point that Venators act on instinct is pushed pretty hard. Still, all the innate ability in the world wouldn’t have given Grey and Rune the level of skill necessary to succeed even with help from their allies. That’s my only issue, with the book itself. I thought the action was great, and the writing was good.

Venators is narrated by Daniel Thomas May, who did a great job; some of the voices were a little weird, though. May did a pretty good job with Rune’s voice, but Verida’s voice gave me an odd Antonio Banderas vibe, and Grey’s voice changed permanently to a medium whisper a few chapters into the book through to end, and I had to turn the volume high to hear him. But otherwise, the narration was excellent, especially given the number of characters used.

My overall opinion of the book is that it’s a good choice, whether reading or listening, because it maintains a good balance between world-building, plot, action, and resolution; you shouldn’t hesitate to read it.

 

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 – Devils Apprentice By Kenneth B. Andersen – Audiobook

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – Devils Apprentice By Kenneth B. Andersen – Audiobook

I don’t know what I was expecting when I first started listening to the Devil’s Apprentice written by Kenneth B. Andersen, narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. The book is the first in Andersens’ Great Devil War series. Not only was the book a fantastic story to listen to, but Kafer did an excellent job of narrating the tale. Audiobooks aren’t usually my thing, I prefer actually to read books but lately, my lifestyle hasn’t permitted me much reading time.

              I was pleasantly surprised and entertained as I listened to this novel, to and from work, and while cleaning the house. The Devils Apprentice is more than a simple Young adult fantasy novel. The Devils Apprentice is a tale about morality, friendship, and staying true to yourself.

              Our main character is Philip, and he has a kind and gentle nature. He wouldn’t hurt a fly. This young boy, the least likely candidate in the universe to be an apprentice to Satan, falls into the position through a series of unfortunate events. The Devil’s Apprentice is a cautionary tale of what happens when you aren’t true to yourself when you give in to temptation allowing yourself to be lead by the machinations of others.

           I genuinely enjoyed listening to Andersen’s words and Kafer’s narration. The book elicited many laughs out loud moments from me, the novel was original, funny, witty and intelligent and teaching valuable lessons to our young coming of age. If you’re looking for something different that’s also genuinely entertaining, The Devils Apprentice is a great pick. It’s currently available wherever books are sold and free with Amazons Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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