Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Honor by Rachel Rossano



The Earl of Dentin excels in his position as Securer of the Realm. But the king’s order to pluck an orphaned child from a loving home unsettles Dentin. When a dark-eyed woman challenges his honor regarding the mission, Dentin finds himself unable to justify his actions or get her out of his mind. Something about her lack of fear intrigues him.   Lady Elsa Reeve attempts to avoid the marriage of convenience her brother and mother demand of her. She understands the need to pay off her brother’s massive debt. She only wants her family to consider her wishes in the process.   As Elsa becomes further entangled in a snare of her brother’s creating, only one man defends her. But can she trust Dentin, her unlikely champion, and his motives? With a murderer on the loose, Elsa’s fate in jeopardy, and a traitor plotting against the king, Dentin finds his priorities shifting in an unexpected direction. 

I first read Rachel Rossano's work last year, when I discovered Duty. I jumped at a chance to read Honor. I was not disappointed! :)

THE GOOD:

1. I loved the complexity of the relationship between Elsa and Dentin. It was raw and real. They had their squabbles, but they overcame it all and dared to love.

2. Honor, like Duty, was not just a simple love story. There was murder and intrigue and treason. It showed a different dimension to the realm of the love story, one that it is dangerous and promises adventures. (More examples of this type of story: An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund)

3. THAT VILLAIN. He was epic. And freaky.

4. A lot of shipping went on here. A LOT.

5. This was an onion story.(yes, I just made that up on the spot. But it basically means that the story was multi-layered and beautiful enough to make someone cry.)

THE BAD(not technically bad, but others might think so):

1. There was mild romance(this is technically a romance novel). They kissed a few times.

2. The villain abuses the MC on several occasions. This book is probably 14+.

3. It ended. WARNING: this book ENDS. :)

Five stars to another well-written book! :)

-Ryebrynn

Thursday, February 12, 2015

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund


Due to her parents' promise at her birth, Lady Rosemarie has been prepared to become a nun on the day she turns eighteen. Then, a month before her birthday, a friend of her father's enters the kingdom and proclaims her parents' will left a second choice--if Rosemarie can marry before the eve of her eighteenth year, she will be exempt from the ancient vow.

Before long, Rosemarie is presented with the three most handsome and brave knights in the land. But when the competition for her heart seemingly results in a knight playing foul, she begins to wonder if the convent is the best place after all. If only one of the knights--the one who appears the most guilty--had not already captured her heart.
Genre: YA Romance
Age Range: 13+
Release Date: March 3, 2015

Before I start, can we just talk for a minute about that cover? It is seriously beautiful. Like, extremely. 
(Confession: I might have spent the first day merely admiring the book before I actually started it. THAT COVER.)
Okay, so. What did I like? What didn't I like? Read on.

The Good
  1. I loved how real Rosemarie was. She was never sure of herself, she second-guessed herself. It made her real, because no one is completely sure of their decisions. She did stand for what she believed in, though. She was the wonderful epitome of real character.
  2. This book kept me on my toes. It wasn't just a romance. The author mixed in murder and mayhem as well. 
  3. This book was very historically accurate, which was amazing. A lot of books these days are not historically accurate.
  4. It was very well-written! A lot of YA Romances coming out these days are poorly written and chock full of junk, but this book was fresh, and lovely.
  5. The villain was amazingly done. I'm not naming any names, but he was very well written. He wasn't directly evil, but he was a good villain, and a good fit for the story.
  6. I spent a lot of this book shipping the MC and who she ended up with(again, not naming names.). I maybe have voiced thoughts out loud.

The Bad
  1. There were a few POV switches that bothered me. Other than that... *shrug*
Five stars to another well-written book by Jody Hedlund! So glad she decided to give YA a go. :)

Hasta la vista,
Ryebrynn

P.S. Another "Saying Goodbye" post is coming soon.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Saying Goodbye I: What Will I Miss?

This is the first of several blog posts in the "Saying Goodbye" series. I'm going back to Liberia in twelve days, and I'm just beginning my goodbyes. My bags aren't packed, I still haven't decided what books I'm taking, my room is a mess, and life gives the slight illusion of normalcy.
I try to trudge through a normal day, but at the back of my mind I realize everything I have to do. Suddenly, I don't have enough time for it all. However, today we are conquering what I will miss here in America.
(these are not in order of their importance)

Tink
  • My cats
Janner and Tink
These little ones mean the world to me. I've spent the last few months with them, and I love them lots. :) 


  • My best friend:
She's completely awesome and the bestest friend a girl could ask for. I've been blessed and privileged to have her for my best friend for several years now, and hopefully for the rest of my life.





  • Snow
It's beautiful, sparkly, and cold. I'm gonna miss it.








  • Starbucks
I love Starbucks. 'Nuff said.


  • The Freedom to Bake(a lot)
I love baking, but in Liberia the finances are tighter, and I have less free time. Sadly, what gets cut out is my baking.

  • Sunsets





  • The Cows
I love cows.


  • My Mugs
I love these mugs enough to leave them here.
  • This Dog
I love her.

  • The Old Stop Sign

I love it.



  • The Old Road

 This road goes ever on.
  • On Demand Studio C
'Nuff said.


  • Spotify
Because it is awesome and I can't stream music on Liberian Internet.


  • My Grandparents
Because I love them. :)
(sorry, I don't have any pictures for this one)

Until next time,
Ryebrynn

Friday, February 6, 2015

"When Aslan bares his teeth, winter meets its death. When he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again."

Spring is coming. It creeps up on the wheat fields and permeates the air. It shouts it's coming from the sunlit horizon to the budding trees. The crisp grass of winter is giving way to the green of spring. The days grow long and warmth is creeping back into the world. The frozen lakes are melting. And each day, as the red sun sinks beneath the horizon, it reminds me that I will not be here to see the spring.

No, I'm not dying. I'm going back to Africa.As I prepare to go back, I know there will be things that I'm excited for there, but there will also be things that I will miss. Thus, I'm beginning a series of blog posts that will help me let go and maybe you all might like.

And yes, the blog is staying open.

Ryebrynn

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thaw: Winter's Child by E. Kaiser Writes


A barren king and queen pray for a child, and when in their loneliness, they make one out of snow, their prayers are answered in a special, and unusual way. 
Sometimes, when we get what we wish for, we don't know what to do with it.

I started this book sensing a strong “Frozen” vibe(Disney). That continued throughout the book, and I felt likeit had a lot of similar elements to the Frozen movie.

THE GOOD

  1. The dynamics of Ilise's relationships with her family were well done. There was a correct amount of tension, but there was still a good undercurrent of love in their relationship.
  2. I liked Kai.
  3. Ilise held onto herself throughout it all and I felt like even though she had changed greatly, she was still the same base person.
  4. The fairytale “feel” of the book. It was very fairytale-y.

THE BAD

  1. The Frozen stuff. This book seemed too much like Frozen(Disney movie), and I felt like that greatly weighed down it's potential.
  2. The parents did seem a bit indifferent about their daughter at a few points in the book.
  3. The Stone King(Frozen, again).
  4. Girta(okay, okay, she isn't “BAD”. But she was annoying. I probably liked that. She was real.)
  5. This book felt incomplete. I took a look at Thaw: Winter Queen, and it's nearly two hundred pages long. The book after that, Thaw: Prince of Dermargen, was even longer. I felt like, considering the other books' size, the seventy-three pages of Thaw: Winter's Child were lacking. The ending of Thaw: Winter's Child didn't leave me wishing there was more to the series—it left me the other way around. I went, “Oh no, there's more?” not “Yes! There's more!”. I will indeed read the next book, but whether I review it or not depends on my opinion.
  6. There was was no story arc. This drove me mad. The story peaked a bit near the middle, but there was no conflict other than emotional. As a writer I was extremely bothered.

FOOTNOTE: This is my opinion. This book was good, but I don't like Frozen, and as a result, I felt that this was a melted version of Frozen.

Three stars.  

-Ryebrynn

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hi, It's Me, That Person Who Hasn't Posted In Twelve Millenniums

I have a very busy life.
Soooooo.... It's been nearly two months.
I seriously don't want to bore y'all. So I have a question.

Should I just put an end to this blog? I never post. I feel bad about that.
Comment with y'all's thoughts on this.

-Ryebrynn