Book Review + Giveaway: Let Sleeping Gods Lie

Title: Let Sleeping Gods Lie

Author: Dianne Gray

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Shortlisted in the 2007 Australian/New Zealand IP Awards
Nick Landau and Ali Ingram are on a collision course that will trap them in an inescapable web of family ties bound by lies, deceit, betrayal and murder.

Nick Landau is a biker. A lone wolf who escaped a childhood crushed by the strict and cruel rules of his religious family. Now he is coming home to face the demons of his past.

My Review: I tend to be someone who doesn’t enjoy third person novels too much. I find that I usually connect to the characters a lot more when it’s written in first person POV. However this is not always the case- As in, Harry Potter. A third person series where one easily connects to the characters and has a birds eye view of the goings on of the story as it is not limited to what the main character sees (like in first person narrations). Another instance is Dianne Gray’s writing. I absolutely love her narrative style and prose.

Let Sleeping Gods Lie is a novel about two people Nick and Ali. Nick is someone who was abused and neglected as a child and now as a man struggles with his demons. Ali’s life is still reeling from an intense loss. She is very philosophical and has a great and interesting way of seeing the world. They are the main characters in the novel and Gray makes it so easy to care and root for these characters. They are in a sense vulnerable, yet strong and ultimately realistic.

This novel is full of suspense, romance, friendship, love, hatred, corruption, murder, mystery, religion and has its own creepy factor. I did mention demons right? Yep, that was quite literal. It’s not so intense that you’ll be scared but it’s creepy. It does however do miracles for character development and helps the reader to better understand Nick.

Next, the religious and philosophical aspects of it were truly interesting. It made me think and I liked that about this novel. For those of you who read my previous review and are confused as to how I can enjoy philosophy in one and dislike it in another… I know. I don’t understand myself half of the time. 🙂 Ok, so seriously- In this novel it was simple and intriguing. Ali has such a way of seeing the world and is always bombarding the reader with amazing proverbs that left me thoughtful and impressed. Two of my favorites being “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” and “Heaven is how we want things to be. Hell is reality.” I have no clue if these are common sayings and if they are, I’ll ask those of you who are familiar with them to excuse me. After all, 95% of the proverbs I know are Dominican. My mom seems to have one for every and any situation you can think of. 🙂

As I’ve now noticed how long my review has become, I’ll stop here. Let Sleeping Gods Lie is an amazing novel and one that you’ll surely enjoy. For a chance to receive a free ebook copy of this novel be sure to fill out the form below. The giveaway ends November 28, 2012. Good luck!

*I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Swords & Sails

Title: Swords & Sails: The Legacy of the Red Lion

Author: David McAvoy II

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: Edward Reynolds hates his life in the seaside village of Danscum and spends his time trying to figure out a way to see the world on the high seas. Then, one night, Edward finds himself taken aboard the pirate ship the Cerberus, captained by the feared Captain Wolfang. Edward soon finds himself sailing the world searching for a mysterious treasure his father left behind, a treasure Edward is determined to find if he can survive long enough to do so.

My Review: Imagine a world where Harry Potter meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Picture a Harry Potter like boy. One who’s only living relatives treat him terribly and is clearly unwanted. One who yearns to escape and when he finally does finds himself in a magical world. No not of wizards- of pirates. In Swords & Sails McAvoy writes a magical tale of a young man loving and hating, making friends and enemies, finding himself and learning his heritage. All in a impossible to put down, action packed package.

Swords & Sails has a wide array of great characters. Some you love, some you hate and some you have no idea what to think.

  • Edward, the protagonist, is a strong character. He is honest and headstrong and fights for what he believes in. He reminded me a lot of Harry and is an easy character to like and understand.
  • Wolfang was my favorite character. He has a notorious reputation and is feared and/or respected by everyone. He comes off as crude and mean but as the novel progresses we see that there is more to him. He is a man full of contradictions and I came to really enjoy and care about his character.
  • From the very first page, McAvoy captured my interest and through out the novel- I not once found myself bored or frustrated. Swords & Sails is a novel that can be devoured by both teens and adults. As magical as the world McAvoy presents to us is, it’s breathtaking and oddly realistic. He does a great job of transferring the reader into this world and we live these adventures along with Edward.

    *I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review