Review: Armored Hearts

Armored Hearts

It is the story of an orphaned boy who cannot walk, but discovers he can fly, and a whole new world is opened up before his eyes complete with a love he never thought possible and a danger he never saw coming.

Gareth Smyth is a cripple living with his grandfather in a world on the verge of steam powered automatons but many still cling to their traditions, superstitions, and prejudices, thus they look down upon someone like Gareth, so to protect himself, he despises everything but his little aunt who sees past his wheelchair and loves him for who he is. Then he discovers he can fly by saving a girl’s life.

The story world felt like it was set in an alternative history flavored with steampunk and fairies who sound a bit Scottish. The slight use of the Scottish dialect was done well enough to flavor the language, but not make it difficult to understand what is being said.

Gareth’s sour attitude could be somewhat off putting but I was so intrigued with the story that I had to find out what happens and how he would change. If you’ve read Winter Fae, a short story about his mom and him when he was two years old, it really helps to set the stage of the possibilities to come. Which, I loved Winter Fae so much and wanted to know more about his mother’s story, so I wasn’t sure how I would like his story, but I was not disappointed.

But I have two complaints. One, the story felt rushed and in that some things felt too easy to me, but that’s coming from someone who loves long, epic stories, ha! The second complaint, it was too short! I can’t wait to see how the rest of the story will unfold.

By the way, for those of you who are waiting for the paperback book, its coming soon! The ebook is on sale at Amazon for $.99 for the month of May. It’s also available for Nook for $2.99 at Barnes and Noble. Check it out and enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card at AltWit Press.


Review: The Wishing Well Curse

The Wishing Well Curse

This month AltWit Press has been celebrating the release of Lynn Donovan’s debut novel with a Kindle giveaway, and the ebook is on sale for $.99 until the remainder of this month. Paperback will be available soon!

Ms. Donovan has a heart of gold and lots of laughs to share. Earlier, I posted a little intro and how we met at the beginning of the month. You can find it here. And now for my thoughts on the book:

This is a story of a young man who has hit some hard times. He’s lost his job, his girlfriend, his apartment and had to drop out of college. Then he received a letter that could change his life. His great uncle died and has left him with a grand inheritance, but he has to fulfill certain conditions first that involve an old well, a curse, and two ghosts.

I love the characters in this story: Zeke, Clifford, Twyla, biker-pastor James. Zeke’s a hoot, but he goes from a chaotic, out of control downward spiral to trying to solve a mystery interwoven with folklore tales, old curses, the consequences of his ancestor’s actions, and the Jabez Prayer to where he realizes he can’t break the curse on his own, and then he meets Jesus. Throughout all this he discovers his destiny, something his mother and great uncle have been planning, preparing and praying for ever since he was in the womb.

It’s a fun story, with fun characters as Zeke tries to figure everything out. But I have a slight issue with one of the ghosts. Due to the nature of the story being set in our modern world, it’s easy to forget that this is a fiction work, and we would like it to line up with our theological beliefs, but that isn’t always so, and I’m sure the author has her reasons for why she wrote it the way she did. Other than that, I enjoyed the story and look forward to seeing what else this author has in store for us.