Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lady Dragon, Tela Du Review

Lady Dragon, Tela Du is here! I'll be reviewing this awesome book in just a second, but first the description.

Kendra's content advisory:
"Romance: Pretty strong since I'm dealing with a married couple, but doesn't go past minimally-described kissing and sharing a bed.
Violence: Mild fantasy sort. I can't write gore to save my life.
Magic: Fairly strong. You can read a full description of how I use magic in this series here."

Two girls with one face
Two girls with twisted fate
One in purple, one in red
One shall speak the other’s death
Who shall win their final war?
Lady Dragon or Tela Du?

Amber, the Lady Dragon, has been promised a fifty-year reign over Rizkaland and nothing can stop her from claiming it. But when you've lived six thousand years, fifty is such a pitiful number. Only one person can keep her from making this reign permanent - the Tela Du, a girl who shall share Amber's face.

The last thing Petra wants is a magical world interrupting her plans for a normal life, let alone an ultimate battle against the Lady Dragon with only one prophesied survivor. She has her childhood best friend, Reuben, at her side, but she's not sure if he's more of a help or a hindrance right now. Though she'd much prefer to just return home and forget about this whole crazy affair, things change when she discovers that the world has surprising connections to her own family - including her sister who disappeared without a trace two years before. Still, Rizkaland can't possibly expect her to risk her very life, can it?


I wasn't terribly excited about this book to start with--I wanted book three so I could have more Clarand. But that sort of sentiment? Totally foolish. Because while I still can't wait for book three (and want it even more now), LDTD is AWESOME! Like, way better than WPFP. I didn't think that was possible, but wow. You find out so much about Amber and Granite, and there are Reuben and Petra!

First Reuben. I'll be interviewing him next week, so you'll get to meet him. Reuben is the brother I never had. Seriously, this guy is a total fantasy lover, the kind of kid who looked for Narnia in the back of his closet, a sweet puppy dog, very excitable, and just so much fun. But yet, he knows how to be serious when it counts. And he loves Petra so much (and is slightly obsessed with her hair). He's so sweet, so amusing, so adorable. Love that guy.

Petra. That girl. She's very much an introvert, very dependent on Reuben, very much against having a romantic relationship. After all, she's only sixteen. And she's very insistent that her sisters Sarah and Sylvia and Reuben's brother Richard are real, even though she and Reuben are the only ones who can remember them. Even though Petra can be--difficult--at times, I love her. And I love her relationship with Reuben. And their telepathy. They're just perfect for each other.

Then there are Summer and Tyler, Ashna and Noraeto, and Amber and Granite. They're all so different from each other, and they all add something unique to the story. I didn't think I'd enjoy Amber and Granite's story as much as I did, but it was quite...interesting.

The storyline contains a lot drama. But I can't say much because of spoilers. Still, it's a book that is all about family, and I loved it. Petra, as the Tela Du, is supposed to kill Amber, the Lady Dragon. And things happen.

Read Lady Dragon, Tela Du. Seriously. You won't regret it. And then book three is totally going to rip your heart out, but it'll be awesome. Because Clarand AND Reutra.

Kendra E. Ardnek is a homeschool graduate who picked up a pen at an early age and never put it down. The eldest of four, she makes her home in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her parents, younger siblings, giant herd of giraffes, and honor guard of nutcrackers.  


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October 19
Kendra: Party Kick-off
Thoughts of Anna S. Brie - Me
Elvish Pens, Fantastic Writings - Summer
Sutori no Hana
Ketura's Korner - Review and Author Interview

October 20
Kendra: Book 3 Title Reveal
One Sparrow Song - Me
Dreams and Dragons - Petra
Overactive Imagination - Me
Morgan Huneke
The Flowering Vales
Scattered Journal Pages

October 21

Kendra: Inspirations for LDTD
Read, Write, Laugh, DANCE - Me
The Rambling Rose - Noraeto
Whispers on the Wind - Me
Shire Reviews
Written Rest
Other - Facebook Party!

October 22

Kendra: Cut Plot Elements
The Flowering Vales: Laura
Written Rest - Granite
One Sparrow Song

October 23
Kendra: Petra and Clara
Writing in the Light: Me
Dreams and Dragons
Lianne Taimenlore - Colors of LDTD Guest Post

October 24
Kendra: Ships I Ship Because of Reutra
Morgan Huneke - Reuben
The Flowering Vales - Me
The Rambling Rose - Me
Writing Anyone?

October 25
One Sparrow Song - Ashna
Read, Write, Laugh, DANCE - Amber
Thoughts of Anna S. Brie
Tyrean Martinson - 5 Reasons to Write with Pinterest Guest post

Monday, October 17, 2016

Crannig Castle Book Trailer

Three weeks! Just three more weeks until Crannig Castle is here!

If you want to ask questions of any of my characters, you can do that here.

But my main point today is to share with you my brand new book trailer for Crannig Castle. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Firmament: Reversal Zone Review

J. Grace Pennington has published four science fiction novels. They each have a unique bent to them, but this one is very different. Each book is a standalone, but as with any series, you get more of the story if you read them all in order. In Reversal Zone, the main character, Andi Lloyd, becomes the only one who can save the ship and crew. Can she do it in time?

About the Book 

Nothing is as it should be.

After weeks of boredom, Andi is excited when the Surveyor is called upon to rescue a freighter that mysteriously vanished in uncharted space.  Excitement quickly turns to unease when the ship encounters an unknown phenomenon—a cloud that appears not to exist.  But with the freighter's crew in danger, the Surveyor has no choice but to venture into unknown territory.

As soon as they enter the cloud, its unstable effects wreak havoc on the ship.  They're flying blind.  Every piece of equipment is malfunctioning.  And every member of the crew is unable to think straight or act like themselves—except Andi.

Now she's expected to guide them through the predicament with no previous command experience and no one to turn to for support.  And with each passing hour, it becomes clear that if they don't escape the cloud soon—they won't escape it at all.


It's been too long since I've gotten to rave about a Firmament book -- far too long. Two years, Grace! How has it been two years? Sure we got the very awesome Implant in between, which I read in a single day in the middle of building a basement, but I've missed Andi and the gang. Finally I've gotten to see them again. I stayed up late reading....And there was the time, well.... I was on break at work and I was like "hey, I have a kindle app. I have wifi. I'm going to download it and read." Thankfully I had the self control to stop reading when my break was over, because even though I work at a library and we're all about books, I really don't think that would have gone over well. So the book.

Radialloy will always be special as my first encounter with Grace's work and In His Image is special because ELASSON! but Reversal Zone was awesome and a worthy continuation of the series. It never quite went in (bonus points if you know what I'm referencing) how the reversal zone worked scientifically, but compared to some of the stuff on Doctor Who, it was totally believable (and I'm a Whovian, so I can say that). Plus, Grace pulled it off well. She's too good a writer not to. I guess you could say it was just more sci-fi than previous installments.

My wonderful friends on the Surveyor hurt my heart. Only Andi is normal. Only Andi can save them. Only Andi can really do anything. Which means all the others aren't even acting like themselves. Which is so hard to see. I'm not one of those crazy August fangirls, but I do really like him as Andi's brother, and I hated to see sweet, gentle August act like that. And the Doctor. And Trent. Trent's behavior was strange. But Guilders was strangest. Especially now that I understand he was inspired by Spock, his development in this And Crash. I'd better not say too much about Crash.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Firmament book without some sort of mystery. Someone has been sabotaging things and with everyone acting so strange, it could be anyone for any reason. Of course, I can't say who it is because spoilers, but I wasn't really expecting it, and it hurt. And that. ending. How could that happen? They weren't prepared for that! And how are they going to deal with the aftermath of the outcome? Grace, I need to know what happens next! 

Don't think because it hurt my heart that that's a bad thing. That's actually a very, very good thing. I'm very invested in these characters and their stories, and I feel their pain when things don't go well. Of course things don't go well -- what kind of a book would it be if they did? I HAD to know what happened next. I HAD to know what was causing everyone to act so strange. I HAD to know if it would turn out all right in the end. And I loved it. I even loved the feels it caused. (because fangirls like feels, obviously.)

In short, Grace's books are always fantastic, and if you haven't read them yet, you're really missing out. So get yourself over to Amazon and start reading the Firmament series by J. Grace Pennington. And don't forget to read the bonus prologues and epilogues on

About the Author

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk, and writing them down since age five.  Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits.  When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading good books, playing movie soundtracks on the piano, and looking up at the stars.

You can find out more about her writing at


Grace is generously offering three prizes. A signed copy of each of her three previous novels in the series. They are each standalone stories, but they are also connected. If you would like to read more about them, you can read about them here: Radialloy, In His Image, Machiavellian.

To enter the giveaway, please fill out this form.

Tour Schedule 
Friday, October 7
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
The Destiny of One-Guest Post
Rebekah Lyn Books-Author Interview

Saturday, October 8
Shout outs-Guest Post
Shire Reviews-Book Review

Sunday, October 9

Monday, October 10
Rachel Rossano's Words-Excerpt and Guest Post
In the Bookcase-Excerpt and Book Review

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 12
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner