#SPFBO Feedback on the Third Batch of Books

SPFBO1

So, a little later than planned, again, this is my feedback post for the final three books from Batch No.3.  I already gave feedback at the halfway mark which can be found here.  I have very little wifi at the moment which is why my blogging is a little behind schedule and so this post will be a little bit shorter as a result. I will be posting my fourth batch of books (hopefully) on Wednesday.

The final three books and my comments on each can be found below. Apologies to those authors/books cut at this stage:

Earthcore by Grace Bridges

EarthcoreAs Earthcore got underway we meet Anira who is taking a vacation with her mother and brother at Rotorua in New Zealand.   As soon as Anira arrives she starts to experience strange sensations and it soon becomes obvious to her that having drank the local spring?/mineral water she is having a transformation of sorts – or at least she seems to need virtually no sleep and is also experiencing quite amazing mental abilities. Obviously Anira is a little dubious and also wondering whether this is purely a temporary phenomena but she then witnesses a local who seems to also have some unusual capabilities and upon further investigation it seems that there are at least another three such individuals apart from Anira (who quickly decides that they need to meet).

I found the first third of this book very easy to read, I enjoyed the setting and clearly this is going to become a superhero type story or at least a meeting of individuals with special abilities.  In terms of criticisms.  Well, I’ve not during the 30% read had a real opportunity to become attached to the main character Anira, in a way she feels a little lacking in emotional depth in that she is incredibly accepting of everything, or she lacks surprise.  Overall though this was quite a good read and would probably appeal to a YA audience – I foresee maybe a romance between Anira and one of the other characters although it’s early days and I could be wrong on that score.

I thought this was quite good to the point at which I broke off but although the pacing is quite fast I’ve not really got a feel at this stage for exactly where this one is heading in terms of plot.

Author Info:

 

SirThomas.jpgSir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of the Less Valued Knights by Liam Perrin

Sir Thomas the Hesitant is so far really quite a fun read about a young man called Thomas Farmer who has dreams of becoming a knight.  I’m quite enjoying this one at the moment so intend to read further therefore will keep feedback on this book to a minimum at the moment and return to it at a later date.

Conclusion: roll forward

Author Info:

 

Twitter: LiamPerrin

 

Strings of.jpgStrings of Chance by Jeff Pryor

I think Strings of Chance could be a book that develops well but at the point at which I broke off it really hadn’t had a chance to work it’s charm on me and I think this is in part due to the main protagonist.  Edson Pye is a bard who has great confidence in his own abilities, even if he doesn’t seem to be succeeding as the story sets out, that is until he meets a mysterious person who decides to help him reach his goals.  Of course, there is always a price for such magic as Edson soon finds out.

Okay, I have to be honest,  I really didn’t get on with Edson at all in fact I very nearly put this down much earlier than my 30% cut off point, but, I decided to press on.  To be even more honest, Edson was still annoying but the story had opened out a little and was become quite intriguing.

I’m rather hopeful that Edson goes on a voyage of discovery during the rest of this story but unfortunately this is the stage at which I have decided to cut off and at this point Edson hasn’t won me over.  Like I say, this could change as the story progresses but I have a cut off point in order to be fair so although I like that this is a small scale type fantasy as oppose to huge battles and epic quests I’m cutting it at this point.

***

To date from my SPFBO books I have one book chosen as a semi finalist and two books that I’ve decided to read further.

Semi finalist: The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King

Two books to read further :

From the Shadows of the Owl Queen’s Court (Yarnsworld #4) by Benedict Patrick

Sir Thomas the Hesitant and the Table of Less Valued Knights (Less Valued Knights #1) by Liam Perrin

 

 

Advertisements