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Haven two -book set Paperback – Large Print, February 18, 2014
From the Author
"This series is more than just an adventure; it's about self-sacrifice and overcoming tragedy. It's about Sam leaving behind the person he thinks he is and becoming the hero he was meant to be. People tend to forget that most heroes are forged from great suffering and Sam Dalcome is no different."
About the Author
Like many who enjoy the fantasy genre, Akers started reading it as an adolescent. He was fascinated with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Bram Stoker's Dracula. He currently enjoys reading works by Dean Koontz, Heather Brewer, J.K. Rowling, and Rick Riordan. Akers enjoys creating a fantasy world with compelling storylines, while injecting humor and a touch of drama into the action as he did with his first book Terra Vonnel and the Skulls of Aries, which has received rave reviews. "I start every story with this thought: Where can I take my audience now? To me it's about the journey, the escape into a world filled with the fantastic and the unexpected. There is nothing like an adventure that takes you further from reality with every turn of the page." D.C. Akers was born in Texas and attended Crowley High School. After spending several years working in accounting, Akers began to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a writer.
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The premise of the book is one of magic and mystery based in a small town. This book draws you in and captures your attention. The ease of reading it and how you get to know Sam and Sarah and their characters are developed is so well that you really feel you get to know them. I enjoy this fantasy/fiction genre and really wanted to get to know Sam, Travis and Sarah and the mysteries that they uncover.
The premise of the book is about a single mother raising her two teenage children in a small little town. Sam and his older sister Sarah constantly fight like siblings usually do. When weird things start happening for both children, they are scared to tell anyone for fear of not being believed. Whenever Sarah gets really angry strange things begin to happen and around the same time Sam notices a stranger larking in the dark near a tree across the street. When Sam and his best friend Travis take their monthly trip to the caves they discover a new tunnel and they couldn’t not be prepared for what happened inside the caves that day.
It really drew me in. I had to know what was going on with Sam and Sarah and who the stranger was outside Sam’s window. I was trying to guess what was going on and how it all fit together. Once I started seeing it fit together I wanted more! When I came to the end I wanted more! I need book 2! What is going to happen next?
My Review of book 2:
This was my first tome reading this author my sister had told me about his first book and I was going to read it and never did . Now having the chance to read both books I am happy I did . I love this author and I cant wait for the next book to come out.
Sam Dacomes world as he knows it will be turned inside out, when he learns that what he thought about magic is actually true. Sam and his best friend Travis barely escape the caves and while cleaning out the garage Sam comes across his moms hidden box of her past. In the box he finds a ring, letter and 11 pieces of onyx and he starts to put the pieces of the past and today’s events together.
He learns pieces of his moms past which she has had to keep hidden in offer to protect her children , after her husband was killed and the truth will change his life forever. Sam doesn’t realize that digging around her past has put them in contact with the danger shes tried hard to keep them from, and the past is onto them now.
The viper is made from the blackest of magic and is now watching and waiting for his chance to attack them, things as the family and Travis are about to turn out so different now. His moms past outs them in danger and three lives will be changed forever.
I am a big fan of Fantasy Fiction and quick “teen reads”, I enjoy reading and mixing it up with a variety of genres just makes it even better. Okay, so let’s start with the positives, what I like about this book. I’m not huge on short stories most of the time…I tend to want more details…more information…just well more. That being said, this book coming as a group (I got the collection of one and two together) really helped me not feel like I was missing out.
This seems like it really would be a great teen book. The story line is easy to follow and the characters come across as realistic and understandable. This book was full of suspense and magic and was based in a small town, I mean who wouldn’t be pulled into that (even just a little). It was fast and suspenseful and I was quickly drawn into the story.
However, there are quite a few errors that kind of gave me some hangups. The story line was a bit drug out for me…especially seeing as it took place over just TWO DAYS! That was a long two days!! By the end you really start to catch on to a few things and it does make me want to read the next one…however, I sort of wish that instead of writing this as a bunch of little books (which is even more money I have to pay out if I care to keep reading) it had been done in one larger novel.
Honestly, it was a bit “slow” in the beginning and really just followed the lives of Same, Sarah, and Travis…like literally…that’s a lot of pages for just two days! Once things, nothing ordinary of course, started happening later in the book I started to wonder what would happen next.
Overall, the book has some interesting and unique moments, but I never really “got into it” and got to a place where I just couldn’t put it down like I was hoping for. I hated that it ended right when things got “good” and exciting. I get that this book was basically written in order to introduce you to the characters fully…however, I read novels all the time and they somehow do the same thing without dedicating an entire “episode” or book to it. I wish it hadn’t been quite so drawn out and the story line hadn’t seemed to drag. I will be reading the next one…heck I got it as a set…however, if I hadn’t gotten it as a set I’m honestly not sure if I would have read book two or not.
After reading book 1 I just wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this one, but I read on anyways. This book reminded me of a J.K. Rowling in a way. Although it was short it still managed to pull me in and keep me wanting more. I have to say that this book was so much better than book 1! I mean amazingly better! It is a fast past young adult book that follows along on Sam’s adventure. This book picks up where A Stranger Magic leaves off.
Revenge of the Viper wastes absolutely no time in getting to the action and fun stuff (unlike book one). There are plenty of action packed fight scenes that flow smoothly and have you cringing and crossing fingers hoping things go the way they should. A ton of new characters are tossed in and the information for the introduction is almost like an overload after the way book one was written. I will say that there is a twist in this book that I didn’t expect…it definitely makes Sam’s mission all that more risky and important.
While this is a YA book, I feel that it could be enjoyed by anyone that likes this type of genre. The characters are well developed, the story flows smoothly and the plot twists and action definitely keep you on your toes! I would say that after reading book 2, if you purchase the books as a collection (which I totally recommend) it is totally worth reading…I still just can’t bring myself to say that A Stranger Magic is a good stand alone book lol