Review: The Raven God

The Raven God

(Legends of Orkney #3)

Alane Adams

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5 ★ – FANTASTIC, EPIC AND UNFORGETTABLE!
PUBLISHED BY SPARKPRESS SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
GENRE(S) MIDDLE GRADE, FANTASY, MYTHOLOGY
PAGES: PAPERBACK 384
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After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney–and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death.
Orkney’s only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae.
With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them–even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

What a fantastic ending!!! Alane Adams wonderfully concludes this amazing series with edge of your seat suspense, out of this world adventures, and lots of laugh out loud moments.

The Raven God picks up right after the awful Volgrim witches have been defeated and life in Orkney seems better than ever. The quiet doesn’t last very long though. Soon enough, Sam and his friends once again find themselves in impossible situations fighting to save everyone in Orkney. Mischief and mayhem in every which way. Awesome twists and turns abound. Thrills and humor are plenty. And kick ass battle scenes had me totally glued to the pages. This book is so insanely awesome and I’m just so in love with this magical world that I never want to leave.

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The writing, as with the previous books, is astonishing. So beautiful, riveting, and easy to read. The world building is mind-bogglingly creative. I don’t know too much about Norse mythology, but I definitely love Adams’ interpretation. The plot is fast-paced, action-packed and suspenseful. If you’ve read the first two, then you know how Adams just loves to keep you on your toes. One minute you’ll be laughing and having fun and crazy anxious the next. Totally love that about this series!

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The characters… they’re just so awesome and adorable and I love them oh so much.. I’ve watched them at their worst, cheered for them on their best, been inspired by their bravery and perseverance, and reveled whenever they succeeded. So immensely proud of all of them. I will definitely miss Sam, Keely, Howie, Leo, Mavery, and Perrin. Oh and all the side characters, magical or not, they’re so quirky and hilarious so yeah… I’m going to miss them too.

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Adams’s imagination left me wanting more and took me on one of the most marvelous journeys I’ve ever taken! The Raven God is a such wonderful conclusion. It’s intense and absolutely thrilling. It’s filled with humor, magic, and awesome adventures that had me enthralled the entire time. This book.. this series.. is just so incredibly epic and I will surely miss Orkney. If you’re in the mood for some fun and fantasy, then definitely add this series on your TBR.

So grateful to Alane Adams for sending me all three books and signing them too. I’m going to treasure them forever and visit Orkney over and over again!

Other Books in the Series

The Red Sun Review

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Kalifus Rising Review

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About the Author 

Alane_Adams_2_mini-683x1024I grew up in an old Quaker town called Whittier in Southern California. For college, I attended the University of Southern California where I wanted to be an English major, but my family convinced me to become an accountant so I could help run a family business. I spent the next few decades trying to get back to writing instead of balancing budgets. After leaving the family business behind in 2008, I started a foundation focusing on global poverty issues particularly their effect on children. I pursued a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and took several field visits with UNICEF, visiting schools around the world. After seeing the importance of education and literacy in the battle to end extreme poverty, I began to shift the focus of my foundation to improving and supporting literacy efforts. In 2009 I was invited to teach a course on social entrepreneurship at Chapman University and joined the full-time faculty for the next five years. Along the way, my passion for literacy and children came together when my 12-year-old son Alex challenged me to write a book he could read. I began writing the Legends of Orkneybook series and haven’t stopped writing since that day. My latest picture book, The Coal Thief, is based on stories from my father’s life growing up in Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. I have a new picture book out in November 2017 titled The Santa Thief and the last book in the Legends of Orkney series, The Raven God, is available now.

Having been an avid reader my entire life, books based on mythology have always fascinated me the most. I think it’s the idea of magic and the unlimited potential behind the surreal. Building an entirely new world like the fantastical realm of Orkney in my series has been a wonderful challenge. When I think of stories that don’t involve some element of magic it feels dry and boring. I love characters that are deeply flawed and full of emotions like anger and frustration and a burning desire to understand why it is they are so flawed. There are so many wonderful writers out there that entertain children and adults alike, but my all-time favorite book is River God by Wilbur Smith because it tells such a powerful story of life in ancient Egypt and you can’t help but be swept back to that time and place.

When I’m not writing or teaching, I’m out hiking somewhere in the world or hanging out with my three boys who are my greatest joy. Thank you for visiting my page. I hope you enjoy reading these books as much as I enjoyed writing them for you.

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Hope you had fun reading my review and don’t forget to leave your comments down below.

Sincerely Karen Jo

Book Birthday

Happy Book Birthday to these amazing pretties!

Warcross

(Warcross #1)

Marie Lu

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PUBLISHED BY  G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, SCIENCE FICTION
PAGES: HARDCOVER 368
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For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire

I’ve been trying to get an ARC of this forever…From LA Times Book Festival to Yallwest… I didn’t have any luck. BUT today my preorder is finally going to be delivered and I’m just so excited!!!

The Raven God

(Legends of Orkney #3)

Alane Adams

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PUBLISHED BY SPARKPRESS SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
GENRE(S): MIDDLE GRADE, FANTASY, ADVENTURE, MYTHOLOGY
PAGES: PAPERBACK 344
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After defeating the Volgrim witches, life in Orkney is quiet. Too quiet. Before Sam Baron can catch his breath, an army of fire giants led by Surt gather in the Eighth Realm of Musspell, determined to destroy Orkney–and it’s all Sam’s fault. After all, he took Odin’s life with an ancient cursed dagger, and now, mankind has lost its protector. To make matters worse, the God of Mischief, Loki, is on the loose and determined to reunite with his evil wife, Angerboda, and their three children: Fenrir the wolf, Jormungand the sea serpent, and Helva, Goddess of Death. Orkney’s only hope lies with Sam and his stalwart friends. As Surt prepares to launch his forces against Orkney, Sam and two of his fellow witches, Perrin and Mavery, set out on a journey to rescue Odin, aided by Skidbladnir, a magical ship of the gods that can fly over land and sea, and Geela, a Valkyrie who can transform into a battle-ready goose. Meanwhile, Leo and Keely travel north to stop Loki from starting a war between the Eifalians and the Vanir, while Howie is left to watch over Skara Brae. With time running out, our heroes try frantically to prove once again that they can find the courage to do what’s needed when the odds are stacked against them–even when the sacrifice asked is greater than any of them could imagine.

I’m almost done with this series and I’m so not ready to leave Orkney yet… I’m going to miss everyone so much. Read my review for The Red Sun and Kalifus Rising.

Fireblood

(The Frostblood Saga)

Elly Blake

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PUBLISHED BY Little, Brown Books for Young Readers SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY
PAGES: HARDCOVER 416
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Against all odds, Ruby has defeated the villainous Frost King and melted his throne of ice. But the bloodthirsty Minax that was trapped inside is now haunting her kingdom and everyone she loves. The answers to its demise may lie to the south in Sudesia, the land of the Firebloods, and a country that holds the secrets to Ruby’s powers and past….

Despite warnings from her beloved Arcus, Ruby accompanies a roguish Fireblood named Kai to Sudesia, where she must master her control of fire in a series of trials to gain the trust of the suspicious Fireblood queen. Only then can she hope to access the knowledge that could defeat the rampaging Minax–which grows closer every moment. But as sparks fly in her moments alone with Kai, how can Ruby decide whom to trust? The fate of both kingdoms is now in her hands

Breaking the Rules of Revenge

Samantha Bohrman

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5 ★ – A Fun Summer Camp Romance
PUBLISHED BY ENTANGLED PUBLISHING, LLC SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE
PAGES: EBOOK 220
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Mallory Jones is tired of being the girl who stays home and practices French horn while her identical twin, Blake, is crowned homecoming queen. So when she has the opportunity to pretend to be Blake, she takes it. At Camp Pine Ridge, she will spread her wings and emerge a butterfly. Or at least someone who finally gets kissed by a cute guy. That is, until bad boy Ben Iron Cloud shows up, ready to get revenge on Blake—aka Mallory.

If it weren’t for that infuriating girl, Ben wouldn’t even be at camp. Luckily, he now has six weeks to soak up some rays and get even with his nemesis. But the more time he spends with Blake, the more he realizes she’s nothing like the girl he thought she was—she’s kind and innocent and suddenly way too tempting. And soon enough, revenge is the last thing on his mind. Unfortunately, the girl he’s falling for is keeping a major secret…

Disclaimer: This book contains a super-hot bad boy out for revenge, all sorts of camp hijinks, and a girl who realized she’s been a butterfly all along.

This book is charming in so many ways and I just love it to pieces! If you’re looking for something quick, light and sweet, then I definitely recommend you pick this up. Read my full review on Goodreads.

Nyxia

(The Nyxia Triad #1)

Scott Reintgen

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PUBLISHED BY Crown Books for Young Readers SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, PARANORMAL, ROMANCE
PAGES: HARDCOVER 384
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Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

This was one of my first eARC approval via Netgalley. I haven’t read it yet (I know I know shame shame shame)…but I will. I’m just a mood reader and usually get into high fantasy and sci-fi during fall/winter. Since it’s cooling down a bit and I’ve read so many YA contemporary I’ll be starting this by the end of the week.

 

Boomerang Boyfriend

(Boyfriend Chronicles #3)

Chris Cannon

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PUBLISHED BY ENTANGLED PUBLISHING, LLC (CRUSH) SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE
PAGES: EBOOK 201
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Working with her best friend’s brother at Betty’s Burgers, free-spirited Delia starts to see Jack in a new light. Not only has Jack-the-Jerk turned into a hottie, he’s even acting like a nice guy, who rescues dogs and knows how she likes her coffee. But if Jack is into her, then why is he keeping her a secret? Of course, if her best friend doesn’t approve, Delia could lose the only family she’s ever known.
Seeing Delia in her retro waitress uniform throws Jack’s world out of whack. She’s always been just another pain in the butt little sister…not a datable female. But she’s rockin’ the Pie Princess tiara, and even her hot-pink striped hair is sexy. What’s that about? He needs to get his head on straight, because artsy, funky Delia and her nonconformist ways don’t fit in his safe and ordered world.

Reading this next!

Pumpkin Spice Secrets

(Swirl #1)

Hillary Homzie

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PUBLISHED BY SKY PONY PRESS SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
GENRE(S): CHILDREN, MIDDLE GRADE ROMANCE
PAGES: PAPERBACK 240
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Just as Maddie picks up her favorite pumpkin spice drink from the coffee shop counter, she spills it all over the cute guy standing behind her! Luckily, her embarrassment evaporates into a crush when she starts chatting with him — his name is Jacob, and he’s just starting in her grade at her middle school.

But before Maddie can tell her best friend Jana about him at lunch the next day, Jana announces her huge new crush — on the same guy! Maddie doesn’t want to cause trouble, so she keeps her feelings hidden. Jana will get over her crush soon, right?

Add major school stress to Maddie’s secret, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Can she keep her cool and work things out with both Jacob and Jana before it all turns into a total mess?

 

Fraternize

(Player’s Game #1)

Rachel Van Dyken

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PUBLISHED BY SKYSCAPE SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
GENRE(S): NEW ADULT, ROMANCE, SPORTS
PAGES: EBOOK 320
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Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart

Odd and True

Cat Winters

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PUBLISHED BY ENTANGLED TEEN SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, PARANORMAL, ROMANCE
PAGES: EBOOK 320
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Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

As you can tell, I haven’t read most of these books… I’m getting behind again on catching up with my Netgalley ARCs. Adulting is really not fun sometimes. So many last minute and unexpected things come up that I have to handle. BUT I’ve been pretty good and only requested 3 books (and haven’t bought physical books other than the ones I’ve already preordered). Trying really hard not to request anymore until I knock off half of my current Netgalley TBR.

Do you struggle with your TBR like I do? Any tips on conquering your reading goals? Leave your thoughts and comments down below. Have a wonderful day!
Sincerely Karen Jo