Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Son of War, Daughter of Chaos by Janette Rallison w/Giveaway

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SonOfWarEBook Son of War, Daughter of Chaos Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life. When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not. 

Janette Rallison Author Janette Rallison Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that. Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off. Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

My Review:
I was immediately drawn into this story because of the likable characters and the fast-paced storyline. Aislynn is used to moving around and dealing with an overprotective dad and brother, but a kiss in the rain with her crush, Dane, changes everything. She finds herself in the middle of an ancient war, whether she likes it or not.

Stories like this just reinforce that I don't have much creativity flowing through my veins. There were so many elements that took me by surprise and the twists and turns kept me on edge--which side is bad and which is good?

At first, I thought that Aislynn's dad was absolutely insane. You know, the kind of guy who would wear a tinfoil hat to keep the aliens at bay. I think she humored him, probably thinking similar things, but he's smarter than he seems. There are definite reasons to his madness.

I love the relationship that Aislynn and her brother, Roark, share. He's so protective of her and she really loves and worships him. I especially love how strong Aislynn becomes, even in the face of danger. I really love the chemistry between Aislynn and Dane--what a swoon-worthy guy! This quote says it all, "I'm going to regret it if I kiss you," he said. "The problem is, I'm also going to regret it if I don't." Who wouldn't swoon over that? I really, really hope there's another book coming soon--I need more of this story!

Content: no language; some moderate violence--fighting, war-type violence, flesh eating bugs with some description, death--none of it is extremely graphic; kissing.

I was on my feet and running down the path before I could fully process what was happening. The dark swarm flew toward me. Their wings sounded like the dull hum of an incoming storm. I didn’t have to see them to know they were scarabs—the flesh-eating kind. The Horusians had pinpointed our location and flown in beetles to kill us. How they found us, I didn’t know.
As I fled down the slope, I slipped. My feet jerked out in front of me. I hit the ground, hard, skidding and then flipped over. I tumbled down the slope, clawing at the ice, trying to get a handhold. White flashes of snow jumbled together in my vision. Finally, I hit a flat spot. I managed to stop, pick myself up, and run again. Panic wrapped around me. I couldn’t make it off the ridge before the scarabs reached me, and even if I could, I had nowhere to hide from the beetles on this open stretch of land. Still, I ran. I wouldn’t stand still for death.

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