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Forged by Greed
by Angela Orlowski Peart
Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.
Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. The path of the star-crossed lovers leads only to destruction.
The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards— live among humans and fit perfectly into modern life, while keeping secret societies with their own laws and traditions.
Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love.
The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict.
When the forces of nature are disrupted, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world. The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira must fight not only for their love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.
Think Romeo and Juliette meets shapeshifters. The Summer Race of shifters- leopards- and the Winter Race of shifters- wolves- and the Prince and Princess of opposite races fell in love. It’s really interesting as it’s told in modern day teenage times. It’s also intriguing to see how prejudices come to play. And then there’s the Goddess of each Race. Dum Dum Dum! Hahahaha
So Jas and Jat, as I’ve nicknamed them happen the be the star crossed lovers. And they each have their friends, or I like to call them posses 🙂 and when the Goddesses make some not so nice decisions it’s on like Donkey Kong. It comes down to this- is love powerful enough to conquer all?
the writing flows really easy. Which made for an enjoyable read. There are some of the background rules and character roles that had me a little confused but it was revealed as some of the mysteries unraveled. All the while having a secret ploy twist to add 🙂 I enjoyed the dialogues between the characters a lot. I tend to like a lot of chatting more than less talk, so it was a perfect balance to me.
Overall, this was a fun, easy read for me. I love shifters and it was immensely fun to see it from a YA perspective with warring races that almost remind me of Fae worlds. Plus, I had some fun with some of the characters. You know I love those secondary characters 🙂 Some wonderful scenery, especially in the realms 🙂 I’d say if you ever wanted some Romeo and Juliette shapeshifting, this is definitely your story! 🙂
4 VERY FUN PAWS 🙂 now go forth and read it LOL
Author Guest Post:WHAT ARE THE IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF A CONSTRUCTIVE BOOK REVIEW?
Having a book published means dealing with the reviews. Of course it’s easy to feel great about your hard work, when the reviews are four or five stars, and the readers are genuinely excited about the prospect of the next book, either stand-alone or in the series. But what if a review brings more acid than honey?
Some authors don’t read the reviews of their books, but, in my opinion, that is a major mistake. The authors write their books for the readers. Or, at least, that is what I do. So shouldn’t the readers’ opinion really matter? Shouldn’t an author take this opportunity of a freely shared assessment of their work as an advice for their next books?
But there is a difference between a constructive review and a trash-this-book review. I have seen plenty of both on Amazon and Goodreads, and I always feel sorry for the author when I stumble upon the latter. While the constructive reviews, even those one- or two-star ones, are valuable to other readers and to the author herself, the other kind brings more damage than worth.
How do we, authors, learn from the constructive reviews? I can tell you what I do. First, I read a review more than once to understand it better and get more in-depth information. If the review doesn’t offer any valid advice and only angry fuming, I move on. On the other hand, if a reviewer takes her time to point out in a professional matter what was well done in the book and what needs an improvement, I definitely make a note of the suggestions.
Reviewing books is no different than reviewing any other product. Amazon and countless other websites are great communities, bringing together those who search for opinions and those who offer them, based on their own buyer/user experience. If we keep it this way, everyone is happy. And everyone is presented with a real value.
Another issue that I want to discuss is the honesty of reviews. Every author is eager to receive only the highest praise for their work, but do we learn from the reviews that don’t point out what truly needs to be improved in our novels? That being said, I wouldn’t encourage any reviewer to go to the extreme and get over-picky, talking about a very minor or even personal issues that, in no way, introduce the book to other readers.
I left the very important, but often overlooked by the reviewers, matter to talk about last—reading and reviewing in your most-read genre. If you normally read women’s fiction for example but decide to write a review of an Young Adult fiction book—the only one you have ever read in that genre—keep in mind that there are some big differences in each of these genres’ audience, and what follows—in the expectations of the readers.
For example, don’t assume the characters that are fifteen- or sixteen-year-old to act like a thirty-year-old would. These are the teenagers and they still need to learn a lot, grow, make adjustments. Isn’t that so in real life? Would you expect your teenage daughter, niece, or neighbor to deal in the same manner with a boy she likes or with a conflict she faces as your mother, aunt, or that over-thirty-years-old friend would? If you want to explore the new-to-you genre, read several books in it before you attempt a review.
Here is a simple guideline for the book review:
• Point out what the real problems are, what definitely stands out, and what needs the author’s attention in order for her to write a better next book.
• Don’t confuse your fellow readers, who rely on your opinion in their decision to buy that book (or any other product), with things that are not real issues.
• Don’t forget to itemize what you find well-done as well.
• A good review provides the positives and the negatives, if any. After all we look for the product reviews that offer both sides of the coin.
• There is nothing wrong with sharing your pure enjoyment of a book, if you honestly find it great. The same goes for the disappointment. But both should to be done in a professional, constructive, and friendly matter. The way the review is written also reflects on the reviewer herself.
• If you plan to write a review, I recommend only doing so for a book in the genre that you enjoy and usually read, as discussed above.
If you are a YA fiction reader and reviewer, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free download of Forged by Greed. I always look for new readers and definitely appreciate reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and possibly Shelfari.
Happy reading and reviewing.
About the Author:
Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as “European born, American by choice”. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English to translate her favorite Polish fairytales.
Angela is a Young Adult fiction writer. She completed her first YA paranormal romance novel, Forged by Greed, which is scheduled for publication on September 20, 2012. It is the first book in The Forged Series. Angela writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (http://www.scbwi.org), and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Linkedin and Goodreads.
Angela loves reading good books almost as much as writing them. She can’t decide which is her favorite season—summer or fall. She speaks with Polish accent, but loves listening to the Southern drawl.
She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two children, and a very independent and chronically curious cat.
Angela can be found on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Linkedin and Goodreads.
- 2 Prize packs featuring a replica of Penelope’s necklace , Jasmira’s poem for Jatred handwritten by the author , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)
- 2 Prize packs featuring a replica of Jasmira’s necklace , Jasmira’s poem for Jatred handwritten by the author , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)
- 2 Prize packs featuring replica of Jasmira’s lucky bracelet, Jasmira’s poem for Jatred handwritten by the author , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)
- framed cover art with a dedication note from the author, Jasmira’s poem for Jatred handwritten by the author , and an ebook copy of Forged by Greed (mobi or pdf format)
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I would like to thank everyone for stopping by today! The author and the host for the great tour with wonderful prizes! Happy reading everyone! Later Gators!