4 Star and 3 Star Review for Endless Winter (Guardians of The Light #1) by J.A. Armitage #FF #Fantasy

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Title: Endless Winter (Guardians of The Light #1)
Author Name: J.A. Armitage
Publication Date & Length: January 18, 2014 – 314 pgs

Synopsis

Imagine falling in love for the first time, the adrenaline, the flutters. Now imagine being told you had to have a baby with somebody else…
Trapped in an unfamiliar room with no way out, Anais has no idea just how much her life is about to change. A locked door stands between her and freedom but as she is just about to find out, the door is the least of her problems.
Anais had never believed in demons and vampires so when she is transported into a dark world that she doesn’t understand she is forced to realise that humans can be the most terrifying monsters of all. Yet in the shade of her new life she finds light in the most unexpected place of all. In this occult paranormal romance, follow Anais into the realm of The Guardians of The Light and into a mystery saga filled with temptation, loss, fear and above all love.

Review

FourStars

Reading this book could be likened to riding a roller coaster. It starts of full of excitement, which gets the reader hooked, then builds up the excitement and as it almost nears a peak it slows down. The opening chapter really was fascinating but then I began to feel as if things were getting just a little unbelievable. However, obviously J A Armitage is a very talented author because just as you begin to loose belief then a totally believable explanation is offered and so the exciting ride continues.
  All the charters are all very different and fascinating and the way they are described and the settings give this book a real ephemeral feel
A very gentle love story between the two young female adults begins to emerge and is handled in a very delicate way. Personally I felt more of this relationship would have been justified and it would have given more depth to the emotional side of the novel
Although the ending was a little predictable it did not take away from the reader the anticipation of wanting to read a further book in what is becoming a fascinating series.
Chris
ThreeStar

While I enjoyed the plot idea and overall concept of this book, it was very hard to get into. The first several chapters proved to be an overload of telling over showing and that trend didn’t lighten over the rest of the book. There were several sections I believe could have used some form of dialog to break up the long stretches of tell, tell, tell. While the characters weren’t totally flat they could have used a bit more development and I would have liked to see a little more buildup of the eventual romantic interactions between the two main female characters.

 

There were a handful of areas in the second half of the book which I believe were wasted opportunities at conflict which could have added some tension and even hilarity to the book. Without giving too much in the area of spoilers, the situation between the MC and her love interests brother could have been utilized much better I think. The writing wasn’t bad though I do believe that if the author were to make some adjustments and hire a beta reader and an editor to run through it at least once it would tighten it up and make an okay book completely amazing. The concept is strong and interesting and with some work this book could become a favorite.

~Rhayne

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AuthorBio

Born in a small town, J. Armitage longed for adventure and travel. Age 20, she moved to Dublin, then to San Diego, Then Sydney and back to California where she did a brief stint working at Universal Studios being a minder to Sponge Bob.

Once back in Britain she got married, had babies and decide to write about the adventure she was now missing out on. She works full time, is a mum to three kids and has had a surrogate baby.

She has skydived twice (and survived), climbed Kilimanjaro and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She has also worked as a professional clown and banana picker amongst other jobs.

Somehow she finds time to write.

Her first novel, Endless Winger, is the first of the four part Guardians of The Light series.

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