Broken Arrow Revisited Review

Broken Arrow Revisited by [Glenn, E. L.]This novel is a mixture of historical and science fiction. Kirk is a Cultural Anthropologist who travels back in time to one of his most heavily researched tribes, the Apaches, in the 1800s, on the cusp of a war. This well-researched time travel novel was full of life from beginning to end, with three-dimensional characters, and engaging storylines. It is not too technical but manages to immerse me in the world without describing the scientific details of everything. The character development is intense, as Glen manages to control several characters and show their growth as the years passed. The world-building is not so descriptive that it becomes boring, but it does not skimp on description where it counts. The plot was smooth, even with several timeskips. This was overall a very satisfying read, and I couldn’t put it down once I got started.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or anyone who is looking for a new adventure novel in a fresh, well-written universe.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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The Paris Portal Review

The Paris Portal (The Compass Series Book 1)

Daphne is a Traveler, or a unique individual who can move through time. She lives in the year 2017, but she continues to go to different time periods with the Society in order to regain lost works through the ages such as lost paintings and books. Her current mission takes her to the 1920s where she meeds Julien Lefèvre, who is a son of a Parisian crime boss. She falls for him but dreads what is to come because she knows that he is going to die an early death. She has a duty to preserve history, but she can’t bear to see her beloved die.

Historical fiction and time travel books are my weakness. If I see one, I absolutely have to read it. This book was no different. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but once I was about 50 pages in. I found myself completely drawn into the story and flying through it. Daphne is a unique character who is both a responsible traveler and a smart student. Julien is also unique, as he is a soldier who has returned from fighting World War 1 and who is suffering from the memories of it. He is supposed to be getting married to another rich girl, but Daphne comes into his life and ruins all of his plans.

Besides the slightly slow start, the book is paced well enough to keep me fully engaged all the way through. If my schedule hadn’t been so full, I definitely could have read this entire book in one sitting. The world building is perfect, as the time period switches from Paris in 2017 to Paris in 1917. I found myself drawn to the beautiful danger of the life of the rich in 1900s Paris.

I also really loved the cover of this book! I think the mixture of color and black and white truly highlight the mixing of time periods for Daphne.

I didn’t have any issues with the plot, subject matter, or character development. All of them worked well together to create a new and addictive historical fiction read that was very enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction romance or time travel romance.

I received a free copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

I connected with this author and received this book through the site The Book Robin Hoods! Check it out if you want to read other enjoyable books such as this one. I’m now really excited to be a featured blogger on there.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Yesterday Review

Yesterday: A Novel of Reincarnation by [Samyann]

Yesterday is a novel that shows the relationship between a man and a woman named Amanda and Mark throughout both this life and a past life. Amanda and Mark grow throughout the novel as they start to feel the connection that they have with each other and the love that they shared in the year 1871.

This book was a beautiful story, and the only reason why I had to take off a star was that the beginning was a bit confusing. it will switch from present day to the past a lot, and sometimes it was hard to keep track of what all the characters were doing. However, if you like multiple POV stories, this is definitely for you. It does clear up by the middle of the book, and the rest was quite enjoyable.

The historical fiction portion of this novel was well researched, and the story was engaging. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good historical fiction/reincarnation romance novel.

Overall Rating: 4/5

If you want a longer version of my review, you can check it out at Online Book Club! https://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?t=60831

I think that my review is going to also be in the regular review section of the site? I’m not sure, but I will keep y’all updated.

Kindred Graphic Novel Review

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This graphic novel is an adaptation of Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred. I will not be reviewing the story here, as I have already done so in my review of Kindred. However, I will be analyzing the art of this graphic novel and talking about how it conveys the story.

I have to be honest, I didn’t like the art style of this graphic novel as much as I could have. Some art appeals to me, but this art did not appeal to me during certain parts of the story. However, I am not here to judge the way the artist draws, as the artist could draw any way he wants to. But I just felt that it was worth mentioning.

Nevertheless, the art told the story of Kindred beautifully. All of the pictures came together very well, and I found myself never confused as to what happened from panel to panel. Although the book is a very graphic novel with a lot of violence within it, the violence was not the focus of the art during those scenes. Instead, the focus was on how Dana felt when she was being hurt, when others were being hurt, or when she had to hurt others in order to save herself.

The scenes that I did not notice as much when I read the book really stuck out to me in this novel. It gave me a new appreciation for characters whom I did not notice as much within the story, and even shocked me at times.

Altogether, I am glad that I took the time to read this graphic novel edition of this book, as it truly gave me a greater appreciation for such an amazing story.

Overall Rating: 5/5

The Pirate Episode (Shattered Worlds Boxset)

Shattered Worlds: a Limited Edition Collection of Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Dystopian Novels by [Weil, J.L., Culican, J.A., Armitage, J.A., Larry, N.R. , Rode, Rebecca, Tate, Kristy, Henley, A.G., Redd, Jane, Hardy, Miranda, Noel, Jay, Ali Winters, Audrey Grey, Elana Johnson, Elizabetta Holcomb, Cindy M. Hogan, Liz Long, Julie Hall, Cameo Renae, Jen Minkman, Cortney Pearson, Ainsley Shay, Katy Haye, Emily Martha Sorenson, Nichole Giles ]

Cami has been in love with Joel ever since he was a crossing guard for the kindergartners when he was in 7th grade. She was teased for liking him, but it soon passed as he grew up. Now she is in high school, and he is her biology teacher. She knows that she will never be able to get into a relationship with him, but then something strange happens. She drinks water from a bottle in his room, and now she is in the middle of the revolutionary war. On the ship on the ocean where she lands, the captain looks almost exactly like Joel.

Cami needs to blend into this new world, which means using her AP US History knowledge to her advantage and acting like a woman of the times. However this proves more difficult than she first thought, as she starts to notice all of the differences in culture and the world from then and now. Joel is left by himself in the real world, until he accidentally cuts himself and touches the water, effectively dragging him to the Revolutionary Period. Now they must both fight to return home without changing anything that happens in the past.

I enjoyed this time traveling fairytale storyline. Cami was a smart girl whom had take AP courses throughout high school and was able to handle herself easily when thrown into the new time period. She did not even seem to be unnecessarily stubborn when forced to change her outfit and her life to fit the culture and traditions of these times. Joel is a pretty basic character, I didn’t feel that there was much to him, but he did give Cami a bit more flavor so I could stand the parts of the novel that were strictly in his point of view. I didn’t even mind the blatant romance from beginning to end in an adventure novel. The only thing that I truly disliked in this novel was the ending. Supposedly, this is the first book in a series, but this feels more like a prequel. The ending feels rushed and incomplete. Due to this and Joel’s lack of complete-ness, I found  myself rushing through the beginning and then trudging to the end. However, it did end fairly quickly once I felt that it was being rushed, so I did not have to suffer through that much poor writing. Altogether, I feel that if the next novel was less rushed at the end and developed the characters a bit more, that I would definitely enjoy this series.

Overall Rating: 2.5/5

Kindred Review

Kindred Character Analysis: Kevin and Dana-Interracial Relationships

Dana is a normal 26 year old African American woman living in 1976 (the year the actual story was published). She had recently married Kevin, a white man whose books are successful, unlike hers. She thinks that they will live comfortably in their new house, and grow old together.

Then she is swept away. She lands in a different time, in the past, and a half drowned boy is being dragged from the river by his mother. Dana performs CPR, but after the boy is revived the father points his gun at her. Then she is swept back into 1976.

After she washes off the mud from the river and changes her clothes, she is swept away again. Now she gets to speak to the boy, named Rufus, who has set his curtains on fire as revenge on his father who had beaten him for stealing. When she hears him call her the N word, she is first offended, then she is astonished. She has time traveled back to 1815, and this Rufus is one of her ancestors. The other one of her ancestors is named Alice, a young slave girl, and Dana sees Alice’s father being beaten and her mother forced to watch while standing naked outside. Dana is almost raped by one of the overseers, but then she zaps back into the present.

The next time she zaps to the past, Kevin grabs her and goes with her, and then the story begins.

This book is brutal. It’s sad. But it is very well written. Most of the time, I wasn’t sure if what Dana was doing was right. But I was addicted to this realistic time traveling story and had to keep reading it.

I don’t want to read this book again. It was horrifying, the things that the owners did to the slaves, things that could very well have been done to my ancestors. But if you haven’t read it, you definitely should. Almost all of the historical fiction stories make me open my eyes, realizing how grateful I am for what I have. Sure, Rufus was rich and would inherit all of the property if his dad passed away. However, even me as a regular person in this time, am thousands of times richer than him. I have a computer, air conditioning, a refrigerator, television, things that weren’t even known about during those times. I recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read it, but if you are sensitive to violence both physical and sexual, then I advise that you pass this book.

Overall Rating: 6/5