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Tunuftol's Fortress of Light: Tunuftol Book 1 (Tunuftol Series) Paperback – January 5, 2013
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Originally from Vermont, Ann now lives in Virginia with her husband. Ann spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. Now settled, she enjoys exploring nature and the freedom to pursue the dreams of her imagination through writing.
Ann's love of books from childhood continues today -- always looking to stimulate the imagination. She knows the thrill of triumphing over adversities, pulling from life's experiences, both hers and others, for inspiration... always sharing, growing, and learning.
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I love Ann’s writing, she handles so much writing craft excellently! Her work makes a story so easy and fun to read. She has a nice balance of dialog, action and introspection. Descriptions and scenes are well placed, plotting is smooth. The story moves along so well, the time flies if you are not careful.
I award 4.9 stars of 5! The score would have been higher if I had not found a handful of spelling errors.
You will love this story, in fact I have a hunch anything Ann has written is going to be a great read!
I was truly surprised by this book. I have a really bad habit of acquiring books to read and I love mysteries. I have a mountain of books on my to-read list. Sometimes by the time I get to reading a book, I have forgotten what it is about. You would think I would go and read the synopsis. But, I love mysteries. I figure I have it on my list to read for a reason and so I tend to just begin reading.
This book was one of those. I began reading it and for the first few chapters, I thought, "Wow, this is a nice coming-of-age story." Then, all of a sudden, I had the rug pulled out from under me! I knew something was up by different hints and clues, but I was not prepared for what happened. Now, I love paranormal stories, science fiction, and even fantasy novels. So, the direction this book took me in did not bother me in the slightest. It was simply surprising. That most likely would not happen with the average reader. I mean, you are reading this review right? You have probably read the synopsis, too. Just know that [much to my delight] everything and everyone is not as it seems in this coming-of-age story. And it pays to not necessarily know what to expect when reading.
There are so many aspects of this book that I loved. This book pulled me right in from the get-go. About mid-way through it became just action-packed and I flew through it. This was a phenomenal read that glued itself to my hands. There is the wonderful array of characters, each unique and with something to offer. It is amazing that there is so much detail. The author wrote in the mannerisms and character flaws very well. The slight toying and hinting of romance that is and could be, might be, but isn't and then yet again could be captures that confusing time of middle school and junior high so beautifully. I am sentimental by nature. So, I loved how all of the names had a meaning. The foreshadowing, the hinting, and the clues just propelled me through this book.
I was not too fond of the beginning simply because I pay attention to details. I became way too caught up in details. I wondered why an almost 14 year old would think it is fun to roll around in the mud. What were the characters' ages and their grades in school? I pondered how a 9 year old and a 14 year old could both be in middle school and at the same time. Pin's little brother was three years old and then he was 15 months, but born last year. They are registering for school, then begin school the next day. It is not the beginning of the school year because Micah "hoped to stay all summer". So, which day of the week would you register for school when school is the next day? Sunday? Turns out it was April and the 9 year old skipped a couple of grades. So, the details were all correct in the end, it was just really distracting for me trying to keep it all straight. Some readers like details, especially in suspense stories. If you do, this may not bother you.
This is the first book in a series by an indie author and, yet, there is a definite beginning, middle, and end to this book. There is not only great foreshadowing throughout the story, but also in the ending in such a way that all of the loose ends are tied up for this book and still leaving the door wide open for the sequel and the rest of the series. In fact, we are even given some ideas as to the direction the second book is headed - without saying hardly a thing. This is exactly how I want to read books in trilogies or those part of a series.
In the end, I remembered why I said I would read this book: it was written by Ann Snizek. I have not read much by her but I am not going to pass up a story she has written. She is one of those little-known authors and one to watch, folks.
If you are wondering about violence, sexuality, coarse language, drugs, etc. Given the content, I would definitely recommend it as quite suitable for a younger audience. There really is none of that here.
If you do pick up this one, be sure to pick up the Secret of the Shielded (Book 2) and look for Jewel of the Nirel (Book 3) which comes out in August. You will be glad you did. I know I am. I get to start it...now.
Disclaimer: All books reviewed by me have been received via purchase, lending, or given to me by an author or publisher for the purposes of an honest review. No reviews are purchased. They are my own opinion.
But when Krissa starts to hear strange voices in her head and finds an old key on the attic, learning she has a choice to make, a choice that either will save or condemn thousands of people, who can she trust? Soon enough Krissa is thrust into a new world, where old memories slowly resurfaces, old and new friends meets and one mistake can lead to death (or worse) for her, Micah and their new friends.
I enjoyed this book immensely. (Thank you Ann!) I loved to see how much Krissa grew in this book, how she stepped up to the challenges and how fiercely protective she was of her baby brother, Micah. On her journey she learns new powers, how to control them and that her choice can affect many, many people.
Micah is a real surprise once he shed his shy façade. Ina way he just wants to be a normal kid, but in reality... he's far from it.
Not to forget the rest of the Travelers; Daisy (the tracker), Pinelopin - or Pin (the dream weaver), Philetus (the collector), Khevin (the crown Prince), Lorenzo (the watcher) and Sealey (the champion). Each of them contributes to the journey in their own way and our friends are in deep trouble even before they get to their own world.
It took me a little while to get into the book, but once I got into the characters I couldn't put the book down and I kept turning page after page wanting to know what happened. I found myself digging deeper into the story, loving each second, every twist and turn Ann delivered. I can't wait to read the next book; Secret of the Shielded, it's being released on March 9.
We get to meet Krissa and her younger brother Micah. They have been cast around from one fosterhome to the next in the last six years, since their parents died.
This has left, especially Krissa on edge and she does not trust anyone and does not believe the good friends and home they get, when they are moved to Grandma Atheys. Here Micah is falling in place and crawls out of his shy self. That means that Krissa feels a little left alone, because she will not believe that they can have friends and a home..
Especially Krissa grows very much during the book, when she learns that she is from another world and she has great powers that she needs to learn and control.
The friends the siblings meets are: Khevin (the crown Prince), Lorenzo (the watcher) and Sealey (the champion), Daisy Mae(the tracker), Pinelopin - or Pin (the dream weaver), Philetus (the collector).
Looking very much forward to read the next book in the series :-)