Book Review: Curse Breaker: Enchanted

Curse Breaker: Enchanted

“A fall doesn’t break you.”

58th Curse Breaker: Enchanted by Melinda Kucsera

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤ (BEST, GREAT read!)

What is it about:  Secrets threaten, but magic kills.

Plagued by sanity-twisting magic, Sarn must unravel a deadly mystery. But he’s prevented at every turn because his life is not his own. Haunted by one of the victims, Sarn must find out what happened before the ghost drives him mad.    

As plans collide beneath ensorcelled boughs, one thing is certain. If Sarn can’t get his magic under control, he’ll never discover why enchanted trees committed murder. How far is he willing to go to find the answer?

The search might cost more than his sanity. Exposing the truth might claim his life and destroy the secrecy protecting his son from a killer. Something lurks in the enchanted forest and its sights are set on Sarn and the magic in his blood.  

First in a new series, Curse Breaker: Enchanted is a fast-paced, character-driven fantasy tale with a murderous twist. Sarn’s story unfolds over three action-packed days in his double life leading to a breathtaking finale.

What I Love:  This book is made of love. A kind of love which has transcended and was honed by time. A kind of love you will feel oozing out each and every beautifully-crafted line.

You will feel it as you read each chapter, as the characters were introduced, as the twists and turns were unveiled.

The plot, the setting, the characters are concrete. The descriptions are both enchanting and vivid. The big revelation caught me (pleasurably) off guard!

As a poetic fangirl, the internal rhymes and the haunting warnings written as poems are a true delight.

It is also no secret that I love Sarn, no matter how mad and insane he is, and his adorable son Ran. Their moments together in this book are almost always heart tugging.  This will lead me to my most loved part of this book….

It is indeed an epic fantasy, but it also captured both the beauty and the chaos of reality and humanity.

The struggle of a single father, the innocent love of a child, the hardships of someone illiterate, the depth of hurt of friendship betrayed, the injustices and so much more were all tackled in this novel.

It’s a lengthy read worth your time. And the cliffhanger ending will make you want to know more.

What I Don’t Love Much: This is about me and not about the author. I am not so fan of big words (because English is not actually my native tongue). For several times, I searched some words in the dictionary to be sure I got the meaning right. (facepalm)

Wise Words:  “People tended to give the religious and the crazies a wide berth. :

“A fall doesn’t break you.”

“We prevent the tragedies we can and mourn the ones we can’t. You have to let it go. Obsessing over what happened will drive you crazy, but it won’t bring them back. Nothing you do can bring them back. You can’t turn back time. You can’t undo yesterday or the day before. Let them go.”

Click to order Curse Breaker: Enchanted on Amazon Today!

Available in eBook (order now) and paperback (9.27.16), (audio edition – TBA)

About the author:

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Melinda Kucsera  the writer behind In Media Res.

By day, I’m a project manager for IT at the academic journal publisher, Mary Ann Liebert Inc. I support the websites for two trade journals: GEN and Clinical OMICs.

By night, I am posting to my website, MelindaKucsera.com, in memory of my sister. I am the author of the novella Stars and Angels Sing and the Curse Breaker Saga (get book 1, Curse Breaker: Enchanted from Amazon today).

I write serial adventure stories in high fantasy (or science fiction). The ongoing stories are:

  1. Quest 
  2. The Curse Breaker Saga
  3. Aerials
  4. (Re) Quest – a retelling of Quest
  5. The Lord of the Sea.

I also write short stories. Find them all here.

I have one story to tell about a place called Shayari and the people who live there.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

Book Alert! Curse Breaker: Enchanted by Melinda Kucsera

Heads up epic fantasy fans (and even those who are not like me)! Here’s an enchanting, thrilling and exciting new book/series that will introduce you to a new world called Shayari and to mystic, gifted and complex characters from one of the best fantasy writers! Read on! 

SARN indentured himself four years ago to pay for his brother’s education. It was a desperate bid to help his brother escape the cycle of poverty. For him there was never any hope, not while his body brims with illegal magic that just so happens to fuel the perpetual glow of his green eyes.

THE BARGAIN…The terms of his indenture landed him a stint with the Rangers who patrol the enchanted forest until a party of travelers is attacked in the forest’s midst and killed. Everything changes when that first drop of blood is spilled, waking the forest’s ire.

THE MYSTERY… Sarn tries to stay out of sight and trouble but one of the Rangers has plans for him. And the ghost of a child murdered in the forest haunts him—a green-eyed child just like his own son. Who killed this boy and the party he traveled with and why? The answer might cost his sanity but to find it, he risks losing the son he’s kept a secret for four years. Not finding the answer might damn his son to share that murdered boy’s fate.

As conflicting plans collide beneath enchanted boughs, one thing is certain. If Sarn can’t get his magic under control, he’ll never find the answers that he seeks. But how far is he willing to go to find those answers? The search might cost more than his sanity; it might cost his life.

Click to order Curse Breaker: Enchanted on Amazon Today!

Available in eBook (order now) and paperback (9.27.16), (audio edition – TBA)

About the author:

Image result for melinda kucsera twitter

Melinda Kucsera  the writer behind In Media Res.

By day, I’m a project manager for IT at the academic journal publisher, Mary Ann Liebert Inc. I support the websites for two trade journals: GEN and Clinical OMICs.

By night, I am posting to my website, MelindaKucsera.com, in memory of my sister. I am the author of the novella Stars and Angels Sing and the Curse Breaker Saga (get book 1, Curse Breaker: Enchanted from Amazon today).

I write serial adventure stories in high fantasy (or science fiction). The ongoing stories are:

  1. Quest 
  2. The Curse Breaker Saga
  3. Aerials
  4. (Re) Quest – a retelling of Quest
  5. The Lord of the Sea.

I also write short stories. Find them all here.

I have one story to tell about a place called Shayari and the people who live there.

Listen By Sarah Doughty: An ARC Review

An enchanting page-turner packed with romance, action, and real-life lessons that even non- Paranormal and Fantasy fans (like me) will ENJOY!

What is it about: When vampires Liam and Jon go missing, it’s up to Aisling Green and her friends to find them, but doing so and surviving what awaits won’t be easy.

Battling against things she cannot fight isn’t something Earthen witch Aisling Green is used to, but she must act quickly and outsmart the one that wants her dead and save the lives of her friends before it’s too late.

As they follow the trail, they rescue a most unlikely person, and uncover a deeper, more sinister plot. With the lives of the two vampires on the line, they must fight for their lives, try to rescue their friends, and stop the evil plans. In the face of so much danger and uncertainty, they are forced to go to war and make a discovery that will change everything. The question then becomes at what price will they be forced to pay to survive?

What I Love: I love that I enjoyed this book even when I am not naturally a fan of paranormal more so epic fantasy! That is quite a testament that my dear friend Sarah Doughty is indeed a gifted wordsmith.

I love that this book has the right mix of themes, love, friendship, family, bravery and magic. It is a page turner because you will never be able to guess what will happen next.

I love that apart from being a third part of an epic series, Listen can stand on its own. Done flawlessly, Sarah Doughty was able to give its readers essential background snippets that make new readers understand the story well.

I love that her main character is one brave and courageous woman and that her leading man is a sensitive but strong-willed guy. They indeed a perfectly crafted pair.

I love that Sarah Doughty’s group of secondary characters have their own story and complexities. That is maybe why the book will not be boring because it is not just about the endearing couple and main characters Aisling and Connor. ❤

I love that it has left on me some important reminders: that greed for power will destroy no one but you, that you can have a non-blood related family, and that struggles can make you tougher, braver and better.

What I Don’t Love Much: Because of Stephen King’s book On Writing, I must say that I am not that fan of sentences constructed with “was”. There are a couple of this in this book BUT these doesn’t destroy the beauty of this book. It’s just me.

Rating:  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (GOOD READ, definitely!) If a not-so-fan of fantasy and paranormal enjoyed Listen by Sarah Doughty, I am sure you will too! So… I’d give this book four hearts so you better read it!

Listen (Earthen Witch #3) by Sarah Doughty will be available here for FREE on October 03!!!


About the author: 

“My name is Sarah, and I’m not your average writer.

The night calls to me in moonlit whispers and my daydreams answer.

I suffer from extreme complex PTSD, depression, and debilitating anxiety. And if I don’t have a migraine, I have a headache. Every. Single. Day. Though I am terrified of the night, crowds, and much more, this darkness has become my home.

Conjuring words from the ether is like breathing — my weapon — my therapy. It allows me to weed through all the pain, in an effort to find myself again.

If writing is my breath, then my books are my life. They are a way for me to escape my mind and enter another, to experience an amazing, magical world and heal at the same time. I’ve shared them online for anyone who wants to read them — for free, to offer someone else hope, or the same, temporary escape as they did for me. Read a little more about them here.”

2016 Reading Challenge Update: April Part 1

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“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


As promised early this week in the middle of a coffee date, here are first half of the seven awesome books I have read last April. (YES! I finally read Harry Potter!)

22nd – A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What I Love: Rainbow Rowell’s trademark of easy, light read. The email exchanges between Beth and Jennifer are my favorite parts. They are packed with wit and friendship-love in between.

What I Don’t Love Much: There are some a bit boring parts.

Wise Words: 

23rd – An autobiography – When a Good God Allows Rape by Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza

When a Good God Allows Rape

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: There are a lot of horrible things that happen in this world. But one of the worst is when an innocent gets violated. Why does God allow such things to happen?

What Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza went through when she was 15 has been a very public and strong statement of pain, healing, and grace. She has now put her story into a book that she hopes will show people that there is hope, healing, and wholeness for those who have experienced abuse and this kind of pain. What Satan meant for harm, God meant for good.

What I Love: This book is a blessing. It is empowering and eye-opening. The author and her family’s unrelenting faith is strengthening.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing. 🙂

Wise Words: 

“We don’t question the purpose of suffering when we think someone deservers it… But we find it irreconcilable, hard to understand, when bad things happen to good people. The math doesn’t add up; it just doesn’t make sense to us.”

“Would I allow this tragedy to define my faith? Or, would I allow faith to define this tragedy?”

“The reality is we live in a fallen world where we are victims of people’s sinful choices, including our own.”

24th – The first book you see in a bookstore – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)  by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖(GREAT READ!)

Why only now: I replaced What is it About? to Why Only Now? because I am sure EVERYONE knows what this book is about.

You know I’ve been a reader for years but I am not really fond of magic and fantasy (because I think my imagination is limited), thus, I really have no plans on reading Harry Potter books neither watching its films. Then for my 2016 Resolutions, I wrote that this year I will (finally) give this series I try. And so I did!

I will not say this because I fear of being mobbed by the millions (or maybe billions) of Potterheads but I am really glad that I finally read it. It is indeed a GREAT READ. ❤

What I Love: Everything. The opening chapter is engrossing.

I love the poetic mystical notes in between action-packed and witty paragraphs.

I love how a complicated world (for me) was explained beautifully.

I love that it is endearing, and then it’s also funny, and then it’s also exciting, and then it’s also creepy and then it’s also wise.

I love the twist!!!

I love its wholeness and everything in  between. Rowling truly has a great gift with words.<3

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing.

Wise Words: 

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”

“Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

25th – A book written by a comedian – Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (Good read!)

What is it about: From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

What I Love: It’s a wise read. A fun read, too. Fey is blatantly honest and I like it.

What I Don’t Love Much: The explicit words.

Wise Words: 

“But the Rule of Agreement reminds you to “respect what your partner has created” and to at least start from an open-minded place. Start with a YES and see where that takes you.”

“People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.”

“Sometimes if you have a difficult decision to make, just stall until the answer presents itself.”

“When it’s true, it doesn’t need to be said.”

“…the best thing a mom can do to be a better mom is to carve out a little time for herself.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Pop SugarGoodreadsQuotesgram and Pinterest

Story Summary: Goodreads


What are you favorite reads this month?

Have you read any of this?

Do you agree with me?

:)

Let’s talk!

P.S. Part two next week! 😀

Book of Future

PHOTO PROMPT © Kent Bonham

Note: This is my first try on fantasy so please forgive me. 😀

I’m not picky with books but this one’s  eerie. I hesitantly flip the metallic cover when it suddenly jumped and flew open on top of a humongous rock.

Uh oh.

I love words but not geometry. I am about to leave when the gear-like shapes noisily twisted and turned. The page glowed brightly! My squinting eyes can’t see but my alert ears heard a voice surely.

“Want to know your future?”

Too stunned to speak, I let my recovering eyes figure this man’s identity. I almost fainted as our identical faces stare at each other.

He is the future me.

Word count: 100 words

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Kent Bonham


In response to Friday Fictioneers prompt for 15 April 2016.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly writing challenge hosted by the generous Fairy Blog-Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction.

Read more great 100-word short stories here:

Out-of-comfort-zone Books I Loved

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


Surprises!

That is the main theme of  The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today.

February 23:  Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)

So here are the out-of-comfort-zone books that I truly enjoyed recently. 🙂

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

I am not into classics. But this one’s surely worth reading.

2. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

This is my first read poetry book. I read it as I am getting addicted to writing my own poems. To say that I am crazy about this book and Lang Leav would be an understatement! 😀

3. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

A book I just read because I can’t sleep, I am surprised that I actually liked the brutality and the explicit language used in this book.

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Historical fiction, though I enjoyed some, is not actually my to-read genre. But this one is, for me, one of the best.

5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

I am a certified Albom fan, so why the hell this book is here?

It’s because magic and fantasy isn’t my comfort zone. And to tell you honestly, I am quite anxious that I will not like this novel as much as I loved Tuesdays with Morrie and his other books. BUT! I am wrong! 😀

6. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

Mystery and thrillers is my fave genre. But this came as a surprising hit for me as it is my first try for John Grisham. 🙂

7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

With its intimidating length and historical depth, I thought this book will bore me. But I was, again, wrong! This is insanely a great read!

8. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Medical drama is a genre I haven’t tried until this novel. And with the courageous and eloquent storytelling of Lisa Genova, I may read some more medical drama. 🙂

Photo and link credit: Goodreads


That will be it for this week!

Have you read some of this books?

If not, what are the books that surprised you?

Let’s dicuss!