Brand of Light by Ronie Kendig Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  Brand of Light

Author: Ronie Kendig

Genre: Christian Fiction, futuristic, space opera,

Release Date: December 3, 2019

Brand of LightThere’s a price on her head, and it has everything to do with the brand on her arm.

Tertian Space Coalition has blessed every planet in the quadrants with high technology, save one: Drosero. But in spite of their tenuous treaty with the ruling clans, TSC has plans for the backward planet. And they’re not alone.

After a catastrophic explosion, Kersei Dragoumis awakens in a derelict shuttle, alone, injured, and ignorant of the forbidden technology that has swept her into a nightmare. The brand she’s borne since childhood burns mysteriously, but the pain is nothing to that when she learns her family is dead and she is accused of their murders.

Across the quadrants, Marco Dusan responds to the call of a holy order—not to join them, but to seek a bounty. Gifted—or cursed—with abilities that mark him a Kynigos, a tracker sworn to bring interplanetary fugitives to justice, Marco discovers this particular bounty has nothing to do with justice and everything to do with prophecy. One that involves the hunter as much as the hunted.

 

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My Thoughts

This was a very ambitious book and I had a lot of thoughts and opinions about it. At first I had a hard time adjusting to the writing style, the world, and all of the characters. At about 40 pages, I started to get used to everything and it flowed a lot better.

The plot is fantastic…it starts by feeling like a historical/fantasy story then quickly moves to a sci-fi space drama. It is a genre that I don’t often visit so I really enjoyed the ride.

The reader travels across the fictional universe that is portrayed in the beautiful map at the beginning of the book. Along the way, they learn about the alliances and issues that the planets are facing.

The characters were well developed and multi-faceted. There were a lot of characters and the author would alternate between their first and last names in the story which became very difficult to keep track of at first. A chart of who’s who in the beginning would have been extremely helpful. The same thing occurred with the various places in the story…there were many, with the people from these places called different things as well. I found this very confusing at times.

Overall, this was a great adventure and I really enjoyed the story. Highly recommended for fans of sci-fi!

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Ronie KendigRonie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. An Army brat, Ronie lives a shot train ride from New York City with her husband, twin sons, and two fur-sons, VVolt N629, a retired military working dog, and Benning the Stealth Golden. Described as an empath by her literary agent, Ronie has used her degree in psychology to write books that have won the coveted Christy Award, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion Award, and more. Her books have also hit the CBA Bestseller List multiple times.

 

More from Ronnie

In November 2005, I lurched into a story that started with one small element—what if a hero could literally smell fear? And so I delved into the story with the characters, and felt like I’d fallen into the vortex. I wrote over 90,000 words in one month, this story just gushing out of me.

But I was a very new writer. And if you saw the first draft that gushed out of me, you’d snicker. I sure have. It’s appallingly bad writing, yet the story’s bones are healthy and intact. So, I teased the story into shape over the last fourteen years. In 2012, I took a hard look at it and tried to shape up the writing. I’d even gotten to know Kathy Tyers, who wrote for the Star Wars franchise as well as the much-beloved Firebird series (*insert reverent pause here*), and I bravely asked if she would take a peek at the first fifty pages or so. Being gracious as Kathy is, she agreed to take a look.

Um, yikes. Haha. Make no mistake—Kathy is a brilliant writer, and I will never write like her, but I learned so much her feedback and took it to heart. Clearly, I still had a long way to go before that story was ready for the world, so I delved into honing my craft and deepening this story. Honestly, I was afraid show Brand of Light to anyone again, because I love this story so much and did not want to see “her” fail. Nore correctly—I did not want to fail this story.

About three years ago, I sensed a deep conviction that it was time to stop hiding and, as an act of faith and obedience to what God had given me, to send Brand of Light out into the world. As I write this, she is still 1.5 months out from the release, and I’m scared. I want this beauty to be loved, but even if it’s not, *I love this story and know I honored God with my writing and sending her out. I can rest here for a long while, reveling in the gift God gave me with this storyworld and its characters. I’m excited to see her launch out into the deep now. As Marco and the hunters always say, For Honor.

Blog Stops

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Hallie Reads, December 14

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Inside the Wong Mind, December 15

Christian Chick’s Thoughts, December 16

Wishful Endings, December 16

Pause for Tales, December 16

A Reader’s Brain, December 17

Faery Tales Are Real, December 17

Simple Harvest Reads, December 18 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 18

Where Faith and Books Meet, December 18

Texas Book-aholic, December 19

Mia Reads Blog, December 19

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, December 20

Betti Mace, December 20

Books, Life, and Christ, December 20

Just the Write Escape, December 21

Britt Reads Fiction, December 21

Blogging With Carol , December 22

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, December 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 23

All-of-a-kind Mom, December 23

The Artist Librarian, December 23

Emily Yager, December 24

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Bakerkella, December 25

Worthy2Read, December 25

janicesbookreviews, December 26

Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 26

Just Your Average reviews, December 26

Inklings and notions, December 27

Splashes of Joy, December 27

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ronie is giving away the grand prize package of a Tinted Prose edition of Brand of Light, Galaxy Tumbler, “Kersei” Dio Adorable Candle, 3 Character Cards (to include Marco, Kersei, Tigo), and 2 Maps (to include Drosero and the planetary map)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f2e2/brand-of-light-celebration-tour-giveaway

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen Review

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Synopsis: Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

My Thoughts: Wow! What an adventure this was! This book had me hooked from the first page to the last page. It covered a lot of genres…sci-fi with a bit of a dystopian feel, a lot of action and adventure and some mystery thrown in as well.

There are a lot of characters that are introduced quickly but they all were described in a way that made them easy to distinguish from each other. This book was full of diversity…the characters came from all over the world and spoke many different languages.

I appreciated the fact that there was very little cursing in this book. I would be comfortable letting my 11 year old read it because the content was appropriate.

There were a few surprises that had me gasping…one in particular that I would have never seen coming. The story ended abruptly and I will be one of the first in line to buy the next one when it comes out!

I highly recommend this book for fans of The Hunger Games or Illuminae.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books to review.

Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller Review

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Synopsis: The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

My Thoughts: I didn’t know a lot going into this book as the synopsis is vague and I think that makes the story more fun to read. This book falls into the trend of a virtual reality world that isn’t as benign as it may seem.

I loved the scenes in the VR world…they were very descriptive and I felt like I was transported to Otherworld with Simon as I was reading. The “real world” scenes were good but not as interesting or enjoyable to me as the Otherworld scenes.

I found this book to be unputdownable, it was easy to get into and I read it in 2 sittings as I was very invested in the story.

The plot was very interesting and I’m eager to find out what will happen next!

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books to review.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

My Thoughts: Wow!!! This book blew my mind! A fun adventure from the first page to the last, my jaw dropped several times while reading this. There were many unexpected moments that I never saw coming. This is the kind of story you want to go into blindly because the revelations make it amazing.

This is the epitome of a thought provoking book…I can’t stop thinking of the plot and all of the things that are presented in the story.

The protagonist, Jason, is very likable and I was rooting for him throughout the story. His wife Daniela was a bit less well known…you only saw her through Jason’s eyes but it was clear how much he adored her.

I appreciated that the author didn’t need to use gore or vulgarity to make the story impactful.

This story crosses several genres…science fiction, suspense, mystery, thriller, romance, and even has some horror aspects. I truly believe that this is the kind of book that would appeal to a large audience of readers.

This book was amazing and I recommend it to everyone. It will live on my favorites list.

My Rating: 5 stars

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

 

Armada by Ernest Cline Review

armadaGenre: Science Fiction

Plot: Zack Lightman, high school senior, is ranked number 6 in the world in his favorite video game, Armada. One day, he thinks he might need to take a break from playing it as he sees an enemy ship from his game flying outside his school window. Soon after, Zack finds out that his skills are needed in the upcoming battle against an alien attack.

My thoughts: I was a bit hesitant to read this book as I have never been a “gamer”. I dabbled in Atari and Super Nintendo as a kid, but it was never something that I truly loved. That being said, this book was still an extremely fun adventure. There were many gaming references that whizzed over my head but they didn’t affect my understanding of the story. The story surprised me in several places and didn’t go in the direction that I expected it to (which was a good thing). Cline is extremely gifted as a writer and creative with his plots…he is very skilled at world building…I felt like I was walking beside Zack throughout the story. The main character Zack develops through the story and is someone you really want to root for.

This book would cater to a large audience…there is something in it for almost everyone. It’s the kind of book that people who don’t like to read could really enjoy, especially if they prefer video games (i.e. adolescent boys). I have never considered myself a fan of Science Fiction but this book has me questioning that now.

My Rating: 4/5 stars…Read it!

I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline Review

rpoGenre: Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Plot (From back cover): In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS.  Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines-puzzles that are based  on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win-and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My thoughts: If I were to describe this book in one word, it would be fun. This is the book you want to pick up if you want to get lost in a fun world of adventure. I really loved almost everything about this book.

The Good: This book has tons of 80s pop culture references, which made it so much fun. I was born in 1980 and remember playing some of the Atari games mentioned in the book…I also loved the movie references. I found myself googling some of the unfamiliar ones and loved learning things that I didn’t know. Wade, the protagonist, was extremely likeable…he was the kind of character that you have to root for. The world building was perfect, I was able to picture everything that was described so vividly and found myself wishing that OASIS was a real thing. The author points out some of the negative things about living in a virtual world, which I really appreciated. It was a bit scary to realize that the world in this book could easily become a reality based on where we are today.

What I didn’t Like: My main gripe about this book was with 2 pages in the beginning of the book. The author presents his political and religious views in a very “ranty” kind of way that seemed very out of place and uncharacteristic for Wade, the narrator. These pages weren’t relevant to the story and seemed out of place. After reading this, I became very disenchanted with the story and it took me a while to start enjoying it (I even considered dropping it because I found it very offensive). If those 2 pages would have been omitted, this would have easily been a 5 star book for me. I also felt like the last 100 pages dragged a little bit, the action scenes felt a bit too long (but I’m not a huge fan of action scenes).

My Rating: 4/5 stars. I would definitely recommend this book to almost anyone, especially if you loved the 80s (who doesn’t???) or if you’re a gamer.

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith Review

lockdownThe Plot from Goodreads: Furnace Penitentiary: An underground hellhole. A place of pure evil with walls soaked in blood. Murderous gangs and vicious guards rule the darkness. Horrific creatures steal people away in the dead of night. And the impossible – escape – is the only hope.

Genre: Young adult, Horror, Science Fiction

Series: This is book 1 of a 5 book series

My Thoughts: I would NEVER want to go to Furnace! The story is about Alex, who has been sent to Furnace, an underground prison for teenage boys. He meets his new roommate, Donovan and makes a friend named Zee. Things at Furnace are very hard and scary. Survival is not easy.

The good: The author’s descriptions are very detailed so that the reader is able to very clearly see Furnace. The story had action non-stop from the first page to the last. The pacing is great and the writing style is very easy to get into.

The Not So Good: The book has a lot of unanswered questions but it is book 1 of a 5 book series so I’m sure everything will be resolved eventually. I didn’t feel like I got to know the characters as much as I would have liked. The main character, Alex, drove me crazy with some of his choices.  The book ended with a huge cliffhanger, which may be a negative for some people but I’m planning on reading the second book soon, so it’s not really a negative for me.

My rating: 4/5 stars. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a creepy story that is a bit bizarre.