Fire in the Blood (Last Moon Rising, #1) [NOOK Book]

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In this young adult fantasy romance, the gods of nature are at war, and Earth is in chaos. During a home invasion, seventeen-year-old Haley is tumbled to Eyidora, the battle ground globe for the gods of nature. As descendant of the God of Air, Haley's called upon to stop the war.

But Haley has a problem. Actually, two problems. One named Tuggin, and one named Ian.

Both lie to her. Both have secrets. And neither are who they say they are. ...

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Fire in the Blood (Last Moon Rising, #1)

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Overview

In this young adult fantasy romance, the gods of nature are at war, and Earth is in chaos. During a home invasion, seventeen-year-old Haley is tumbled to Eyidora, the battle ground globe for the gods of nature. As descendant of the God of Air, Haley's called upon to stop the war.

But Haley has a problem. Actually, two problems. One named Tuggin, and one named Ian.

Both lie to her. Both have secrets. And neither are who they say they are. Haley's forced to make a choice that will decide the fate of all the worlds. But who should she trust, who should she fight, and who is the one with fire in his blood bent on betraying them all?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016482941
  • Publisher: Dale Ibitz
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Last Moon Rising, #1
  • Sold by: Draft2Digital
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 282 KB

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

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    Haley is a typical junior in high school who finds out on her se

    Haley is a typical junior in high school who finds out on her seventeenth birthday that she actually isn't so typical after all--there's more to who she is than she could have ever imagined. Falling through a portal, she ends up in another world.

    I thought the idea behind the story was really creative--gods of the elements begin fighting, and this is what begins the global climate change on Earth, while the people on Earth are making it worse. This idea was what drew me to read this book in the first place, and I thought it was an original and interesting idea. The synopsis definitely made me want to find out more.

    In the first half of the book, not a lot happens--mostly there's set up of the story, introduction of the characters, many mentions of events in the past before the book begins, but it was a slow buildup for me. From halfway through the book to the end, however, I was riveted. There was plenty of action and suspense to keep me hooked. If the first half of the book had been as exciting as the second half and not been so slow, I would have rated it higher.

    Haley is spunky and tough, and I really liked her. She was the only character I felt I really got to know. There weren't many characters that I connected with--there isn't much background given for any of them, and I would have liked to know more about each of them, especially Tuggin, the other main character. I want to know more about him and what makes him tick. I did like how I was kept in suspense along with Haley--who should she trust? Who is lying to her? Who is telling the truth? This could be why the characters weren't more fleshed out--if they had been, it might have killed the suspense.

    So much information was introduced in this book that it was difficult for me to keep up with all of the names for the different places and characters and had to keep looking back for reference. There are a few things I'm still confused about, for instance, why the gods began fighting and what happened to the stones. I'm hoping for some answers in the next book. I was happy with the way this book ends and suprised by the way it ends. It sets up perfectly for the next book in the series.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through an ARR group on Goodreads.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    I never would have picked this book off the shelf, not being a b

    I never would have picked this book off the shelf, not being a big fan of alternate worlds, but WOAH am I glad I did! This book was wonderful. Haley wakes on her 17th birthday to her typical day, nothing new, except she learns her adoptive mother knew her parents and knows where she is from. After the usual events of her day at school, Haley is catapulted into another world - the world she is originally from. Here she finds she holds the fate of the planet in her hands. She must unite the stones in order to bring harmony back to the world. Only one problem - she only has one stone, she needs to find the other three, there are people out to get her to keep the power to themselves, and oh yeah - she is on another planet where she knows nothing!

    What an exciting read to go through it all with Haley, Tuggin, Ian, and Tanner. I can't wait to read the second book in the series to see how Haley completes her task.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

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    Balance Nature to save all the worlds

    Haley is pretty much a typical 17-year-old girl - obsessed with boys, unsure of herself, more than a little selfish - and she's upset. Today is her birthday, and she had wanted some nice, new clothes, and maybe a "hall god" for a boyfriend - she particularly has her eyes on Ian. However, her clothes are more the "good will" variety, and Ian seems to have hooked up with her best friend Elana instead. Then her adoptive mom calls to her and Haley joins her in the kitchen, where her mom gives her a large pearl on a chain, and an odd little box with strange carving on it. Haley learns that these items were left for her by her birth parents, but when Haley asks about them, her mom instead warns her that the person who killed her parents is now after her. An ominous knocking on the door is heard, and Haley's mom tells her to stay in the kitchen - and throws the box onto the floor, uttering a strange word. A fog starts to fill the kitchen, and Haley hears her mom telling her to jump - but jump where? And was her mom in danger? When Haley gets up to go help her mom, she instead finds herself falling - and landing in a whole new world. She learns that she is part of a prophecy to try to save the globe system, of which Earth is a part, from the dire consequences of a man's lust for power. If he manages to gather all four stones that are linked to the Eyids (Nature gods), he can unbalance all of nature, and that will destroy not only this world, but the entire globe system, including Earth - but Haley only wants to get home and make sure her mom is OK.

    The writing style is very good - the pace is smooth and the tension is high throughout the story. If I recall our discussions correctly, the editing was mostly done by the author herself, and she did quite a good job overall - there are a few issues, but anyone who writes will know that it is almost impossible to edit your own stuff, and for her to have done this well was impressive. She also stuck resolutely and very well to a first-person point of view - we only know things that Haley knows, so we really don't know much - she doesn't know whom she can trust or of whom to be afraid, and she spends so much time being stubbornly defiant that she comes off as a bit stupid - ignoring questions she should ask in favor of asking the same sorts of things over and over, for instance. The characters she meets are varied and interestingly described. And Haley herself is very realistically portrayed - no strangely mature young person here, Haley is the real deal. I was impressed with this angle of the story, honestly - not many writers would have the guts to create a character that had such a chance as coming off as almost unlikeable because of her tendency to be so self-involved. I will be honest, at first I personally didn't like the story much, because I didn't like Haley much, but she grew on me.B ut we also see Haley grow throughout the story, which is interesting. Fans of fantasy adventure, especially those including young adults, should find this story entertaining.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Awesome new YA fantasy

    Okay, first off, let me just say that I usually avoid teen paranormal romance/fantasy/whatever you want to call it. But this one was really fun!

    It's a hilarious fantasy/sci-fi book for young adults, complete with romance, the requisite love triangle, plotting and betraying, kidnappings, alternate worlds and runes, oh my! The whole time I was reading, I kept cracking up, which is not what I expect from this kind of book. But in the best way, of course! I love books that make me laugh. I was surprised that this book was self-published, because it seemed to fit so perfectly into the YA genre that is so popular right now.

    This is a new author I believe, and I have no doubt we'll see lots more from her in the future, probably traditionally published books. If you're wary of indie books because you think they aren't well-written or edited, you'd be surprised. This book is every bit as good (or better) than the handful other YA fantasy books I've read. Even better, it's funny! The protagonist has a witty, wry and sarcastic voice that will pull you in and make you laugh. My only complaint with this book was that it ended too soon! I wish it had been a little longer. I can't wait to see what happens to Haley in the next book.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    3.5 Stars for Fire in the Blood

    The beginning of this book earned a solid 3 star rating. It was just a little too fast paced, skipping a lot of the necessary description to drag a reader into the story. There were many strong words in the beginning that felt awkward, as if they were placed there to create drama, with the effect of adding a forced feel to the first few chapters.

    The plot of this book isn't exactly original: girl falls through portal, finds out she is the only one who can save the universe, doesn't know who to trust, and sets off on a quest to find the magical objects before doom befalls the planet--or planets, in this case. Despite my misgivings with the hook, I read on, and in the end I'm glad I did.

    The last two thirds of Fire in the Blood deserves 4 stars. Even with disjointed transitions, a few predictable moments, and more "telling" than "showing", I was intrigued. I was actually disappointed when I left work for the day, because it meant I had to stop reading. It seemed that, once the author got into the book more, she was more motivated, and described the world, the people and relationships in greater detail. The world in general was fascinating; it included lush, wild beauty juxtaposed with poverty, drought, and hardship. The creativity needed to so completely create and describe a new world is hard to come by, and even harder to control, but it is beautifully done in this book.

    My one major quarrel with the end of the book was a lack of showing. The reader is told how to feel instead of made to feel it. There is a lot going on and a few unexpected turns, and the ending had the potential for an epic sort of drama. Some of that, however, was lost in the telling.

    With a rough beginning but a thrilling and riveting ending, this book deserves an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

    The ending has a brilliant set up for another novel, and if Dale Ibitz continues her pattern of only getting better, I expect great things out of the sequel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2011

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    I recommend this!

    The relationships are believable, and the MC's modern language is a nice contradiction to the old world language used by the other characters. Well-written characters, encompassing romance, action, and plot twists. I was hooked!

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