Thursday, May 24, 2012

Blog Tour: Last Time Keepers by Sharon Ledwith

Today Sharon Ledwith has stopped by with a guest post for her Last Time Keeper's Blog Tour hosted by Young Adult Novel Reader. Check it out!

Top Fav Time Travel Movies

I love all things time travel. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I started writing a time travel series. I decided to write for middle-grade/YA readers, starting with The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, debuting May 18th through Musa Publishing. I thought it would be fun and fitting to do a little time traveling in my mind (with the help of my trusty search engine) and recall what movies had planted their seeds and rooted me firmly in this genre. It was tough to nail five picks from so many to choose, but ultimately I went for how the movie left me feeling when it was over. I still could have made the list bigger, but after careful consideration, I was happy with my decisions. So, without further ado, my top five fav time travel screen gems…
  • Back to the Future (1985)—Michael J. Fox and Hello, McFly? Can you hear me, McFly?
  • The Terminator (1984)—Arnold came back, all right. Two more times!
  • Somewhere in Time (1980)—Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour together again. And again. And again.
  • Time after Time (1979)—time traveling H.G. Wells versus Jack the Ripper.
  • Timeline (2003)—stop groaning, despite the terrible acting, Michael Crichton wrote a good time travel yarn worthy of the screen.
Here’s the blurb for The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis: When Amanda Sault and her four classmates are caught in a major food fight at school, they are given the choice of suspension or yard duty. It was a no-brainer. A two-week crash course in landscaping leads the kids to discover a weathered stone arch buried in an overgrown backyard. Instead of a forgotten lawn ornament, it turns out to be an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis. Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers—legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from an evil force—the five children, along with two offbeat adults, are sent on the adventure of their lives to save the Earth from an uncertain future. The Timekeepers’ first mission lands them in England in 1214, where they must find an adolescent Robin Hood and his band of merry teens before history is turned upside-down. Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, debuting through Musa Publishing this May 18, 2012. When not writing or digging up the past, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.  

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Blog Tour: the Unsacred Gift by C.S. Dorsey

 C.S. Dorsey

Have you ever had a dream that came to life? How about losing the one you love and
not being able to save them? What about a gift that you were cursed with? Well image having all three like Sicily "Sissy" Monroe.

 "Some might say what I have is a gift. I say, I want to return it." Sissy declares.

 Sicily "Sissy" Monroe has all the qualities of a perfect young lady. She is almost where she wants to be in life. But lying deep in the pupil of her eyes hold something that she cannot get rid of which interferes with her plans. She fights everyday with no one but herself. After having her first vision at age six of her sister's (Misty) disappearance and the dreams of failing to save her, Sissy wants no part in another person's fate. For years Sissy tried hard to avoid contact with people because she feared foreseeing their death. In keeping with this, she tries to stay away from her family. Little did Sissy know she could not run from her past, or her gift. She hopes someone will put her out of her misery, but she will soon discover that her visions and dreams were just a mere image of herself.

About the Author:
C. S. Dorsey currently lives in Northern California. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate’s Degree in Financial Services, and is currently working for a financial institution. She never thought about writing until one day this girl started talking to her in her head and never stop.

My Review
The Unsacred Gift by C.S. Dorsey was a bit of an interesting book for me. What I mean is this, I loved the plot and the characters. They were both superb; but for some reason I really had a hard time with the way the book was written. I don't know if it's the way the characters talk to each other or what, but I just struggled a little bit getting into the dialogue of the book. That's not to say that I didn't like the book. I really enjoyed reading this book. The plot was very intriguing and I didn't see the ending coming at all. Sissy is a great character to get to know (despite the fact that I couldn't stand the way that she called her mother "Ma" throughout the entire book).
Dorsey does a fantastic job of plot development. When I first started reading I thought that the days of Sissy's life were a little too detailed for my liking, but as I got farther into the book I realized that it was necessary to have all of the information that you were being given. So, the plot is well developed and flows very well. 
The characters in this book were fascinating. Just when you thought you had everyone figured out then a new little twist or turn would come into play that would have you rethinking your whole mindset for the book. I really love books that keep me on my toes when it comes to the characters. This book does exactly that. If you are looking for a book that is a quick read with a great story line then this is the book for you. I would recommend this book to anyone that's into ghost's and other-worldly stuff.
Overall rating: 4/5

To find out more about C.S. Dorsey and her books check out her blog here.
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