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Guardian of the Underworld by Rachel Tetley–Review by Bethanie

Guardian of the Underworld by Rachel Tetley

What a magnificent world Ms. Tetley has created in Guardian of the Underworld. A story for young readers, but with enough adventure and mystery to keep the reader, young or old,  glued to the pages waiting to see what is going to happen next.

As a reviewer I will not give away any parts of the storyline for fear of spoiling things for the next reader, but I like to give clues to capture your curiosity. I promise, though, this is one that I would recommend for those of you that like adventure and mystery and other worlds.

The story begins in the village where Jake and Arianna live, or rather the woods that are on the outskirts of it. Children of all ages love the woods. It brings out a child’s imagination in many ways. But what, if suddenly, your imaginings become real? That is what Jake and Arianna have found.

Jake has grown up hearing these amazing stories from his grandfather and finds himself sunk in the middle of something he never dreamed possible. They are only stories, right? What if everything you had ever heard turned out to be true?

It left me breathles as I followed the many leaps and turns that took Jake and Arianna with them. Although things start off slow, once the story begins to escalate, it takes off and doesn’t stop. Not even at the end. The end of the book just adds more mystery for the next one in the series.

Writing and Storyline:

I will admit, there were parts of the story that could have been further developed and made it even more exciting. However, I will give the benefit of the doubt, considering that this is to be the first in a series. Maybe the parts that I, admittedly, wanted more from will show up in future books in the series.

The storyline was well-thought out and very much explored in the chapters of the book. The chapter lengths seemed ideal for the younger readers, and, of course, adults would enjoy it too. My favorite line in Guardian of the Underworld by Ms. Tetley, would have to be, “The sun pierced through the treetops like beams of hope, but mist hung in the air as though trying to smother it.”

I am not sure why that line struck me as it did, but for that particular part of the story it was extremely fitting.

 

Now for the big question: Would I recommend this book for others to read?

A very resounding, “YES!” Happy reading!

~Bethanie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Really? Seriously? Signed Author–Success not guaranteed

Okay, I have just about had enough of hearing about the Amazon-Hachette junk. It seems to me that they just need to pull up their britches and deal with it. I am also sick of hearing how badly it would hurt best-selling authors to drop their e-book prices. Really?

How about this. If they drop their e-book prices and make them more affordable for everyone–GASP–have they thought about how many more people could buy them at reasonable prices? No one wants to pay the same amount for an e-book as they do for a paperback. Or at least I don’t. Am I in a minority out here? I don’t think so.

I’m ready for it all to be done and over with–SO VERY READY. Okay rant over.

Now on to the topic of my original thought for this post–SIGNED AUTHORS does not mean guaranteed success. I have seen many books in the bookstores that don’t seem to get picked out. Not sure why, and those always end up on the bargain rack at my local B-A-M or on the outside discount racks that anyone can come by and grab a book off of and just walk away with it. I don’t know if this happens, but it seems that it could happen.

Anyway, I have read many, many Indie books. I would much rather read those than some of the ones written by bestselling authors. And then again there are some Indie books I have purchased that I will never recommend to anyone because they were so horribly written.

Now, what happens to those Indie authors that have written, hands down, some of the best novels I have ever read? They get shoved into the background and the great self-published authors get a bad rap. It is not right, but unfortunately there will always be the gatekeepers. As long as there are gatekeepers, there will be Indie authors and as long as there is self-publishing there will be more good books to look at by Indie authors, not just NYTBS authors.

There is a sea of books out there just waiting to be discovered and some so much better than James Patterson and Danielle Steele. Maybe the big name publishers need to delve into the sea of books and find some amazing, undiscovered author. If I was them I would.

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