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They Said... #6
Book reviews are invaluable to readers and authors. Readers benefit from concise, informative reviews that don't give away plot details, while authors are able to learn from how the community is reacting and embracing their work.
We're sharing excerpts from great book reviews in this weekly blog post series.
Young adult fiction
The readers said
“War's Ending by A.J. Park is a well-written novel that will delight fans of fantasy, with a powerful plot, an exciting setting, and memorable characters…”
“The first thing that caught my attention when I started reading this novel is the beauty of the language. I was particularly pulled in by the exciting description of the scene as the ship is approaching the shoreline. The characters are vividly portrayed and the author ensures the character arc is impeccable. The conflict is introduced quickly and while the pacing is leisurely in the beginning, the characters get a feel of the day-to-day life of the protagonist as she navigates a new terrain. A.J. Park leads readers slowly into the story and then sets off at a very fast pace. The conflict escalates pretty quickly and I enjoyed the use of irony. The wonderful writing, composed of short chapters and well-calculated paragraphs, makes for an enjoyable read, but what will stick with readers more are the rock-solid characters. War's Ending is an enticing read, indeed.” -Readers' Favorite 5-star review
Zarrietty – Amazon Reviewer 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! April 24, 2022
“Excellent story, fast moving plot, interesting characters. Can't wait for the sequel! It's captivating, couldn't put it down! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.”
Rosland Skiff – Amazon Reviewer 5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story. October 2, 2021
“This was a riveting story from the beginning to end. Well written, characters that come alive through the story. I highly recommend this book.”
Abby – Amazon Reviewers 5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging story, lots of plot twists. September 29, 2021. “I don’t read fiction very often, but I loved this book! The story was engaging, fast paced and had lots of plot twists. My favorite character was Lady Shalyrie because she’s strong, determined, and willing to fight for what is right. I liked that this story told the power of truth. There were so many moments that it would have been easier for the character to follow the typical pattern, but these characters were bold enough to see past the lies and deceit, and make changes for the better for their people.
It was a wonderful read! I laughed, I cried, and I really connected with the characters. The ending was satisfying, and I can’t wait to read the next book.
The content was clean and appropriate, but without being boring or naïve. I thought the book was very well done.”
Amazon Reviewer 5.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age YA adventure. August 3, 2021
“As the story opens the heroine is a young woman of privilege but throughout the story she is challenged by adversity and meets it head on. The cultures of the two adversaries are portrayed as dark and light but not all is as it seems as the story progresses. She learns that there is depth and compassion to the other side as she comes to know them and works to change things for the better with help from both sides.”
AliAnn – Amazon Reviewer 5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read. October 20, 2019
“Action-packed with unexpected twists and turns, this is an enjoyable read that leaves you wanting more! Shalyrie is a relatable heroine who finds herself wrapped in a conflict between two peoples, and she is the only person who can help it come to an end. A.J. Park weaves an intricate tale of war and peace, love and betrayal, endings and beginnings. If you enjoy fantasy fiction books in a medieval setting that are full of action with a dusting of romance, then this is the book for you!”
Maven – Amazon Reviewer 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! September 19, 2021
Starts out like an easy romance... Turns into action and evil plots... Poison darts.... Torture... Revenge...true love, no dread pirates though.... Very enjoyable
Kindle Customer – Amazon Reviewer 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! July 27, 2019
“This was such an engaging new mash up of all the fantasy staples! Love, war, intrigue, betrayal, secrets, good vs evil, it's all there. I can't wait for the sequel!”
7/14/2022 06:59:09 am
Fantastic reviews! When is the sequel coming?
7/14/2022 08:59:05 pm
7/14/2022 09:40:49 am
Looks like you have the gift for writing very strong characters. What marvelous reviews!! Congratulations.
7/14/2022 09:09:45 pm
Thank you! There is nothing better than having people love my stories!
R. A. “Doc” Correa
7/14/2022 01:57:31 pm
Excellent reviews A.J. Sounds like a wonderful story.
7/15/2022 10:48:00 pm
I haven't read it, but now feel compelled to. Great reviews from people drawn in. Love it.
7/16/2022 01:07:33 pm
Nice set of reviews.
7/17/2022 04:01:48 pm
So many great reviews. Congratulations!
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