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I’m an avid writer by night and an Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) teacher by day. Through my work as a teacher, I am able to closely examine human behavior and tell made up stories on a regular basis. Both of these skills come in handy when I sit down to write my novels!
When I’m not at work or writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our five furry rescues (four cats and one dog), my friends, and of course my family!
What I Like...
Reading: I read just about anything, but my favorite genre is young adult fantasy. I’m a huge fan of Amanda Hocking, Cornelia Funke, Suzanne Collins, Brandon Mull, and Harlan Coben.
Movies: The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, and Elf.
Musicians: I listen to anything from hip hop to reggae!
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Format: eBook ARC
Series: Necoh Saga 1
Debut: February 28, 2013
Snuck from: YA Bound
In the world of Necoh, everyone fears Grishma, a hideous murderous beast responsible for ruining or ending the lives of anyone who dare cross her.
As a young boy, Ryder lived with his family, deep in the caves underneath the Kadin Forest, unaware of the horrors of the world. His simple world was turned upside down one horrible night when Grishma attacked his family, killing his father and kidnapping his mother and younger sister.
From that night on, Ryder devoted his life to killing Grishma. He tracked the monster from Necoh, to our world, and back again. Unfortunately, during his quest, he accidentally transported Brooklyn, a high school junior into his tumultuous world, where she is mistakenly identified as Princess Sophie, the missing princess of Sumner.
Days after Princess Sophie’s return, Grishma plots and manipulates the King into drugging and marrying off his only daughter to Prince Algid of Dratun. Desperate to save Brooklyn, who now believes she is the long lost princess, his mother, and his little sister, Ryder embarks on the deadliest part of his quest.
Will he save Brooklyn? Will she ever regain her memory? What will become of his mother and sister?
Through epic adventure, loss, and love, GRISHMA depicts the strength of the human spirit and the tight bonds formed by the unique creatures of Necoh.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 46
Grishma is the kind of fairytale YA book that is totally not challenging your mind except to imagine everything that's discribed to you in detail; very light reading. All the while, the style is so easy-going that you can read on and on, and don't notice how time just flies by. It has beautiful scenery you can picture without being too descriptive. It always moves on with plot before you could get bored, and it's very eventful, too. Every time you think "yay, that's a good develpment" someting comes along and complicates things further, so there's a lot of action and conspiracy. The twists were placed frustratingly good, and were neither too out of place nor too much. No eye-rolling like you sometimes encounter it.
As far as characters go, I think there wasn't too much depth to them, and we had basically every fairytale cliché available. Strangly enough, it felt sufficient for most of the time. Except you didn't get the feeling any of the characters developed and grew with the challenges they mastered. Ryder was honest and skillful from beginning to end, Brooklyn only got out her mess with the help of others, although it helped she didn't do anything stupid to become a liability. However, you also have to take into account that there was a mayor cliffhanger at the end, which basically leaves you with no ending at all, and I find it both awefully fascinating that Blount would place it, as well as frustrating since it kinda makes you bite your tounge before "what a waste of my time" can slip out. Because, really, after such a light read, you feel a little backstabbed... Grishma is in dire need of a sequel!
I guess the best thing to say is: Thoroughly enjoyable, something you can shelf along with any of the classic fairytales. It's just that simple, and just that good.
Area Scan: Style: 4.5/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Characters: 4/5 -- Suspense: 5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Humor: 3/5 -- Fantasy: 5/5
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