Review: Suspended by Sarah Noffke

Synopsis: When a stranger joins the cast of Vagabond Circus—a circus that is run by Dream Travelers and features real magic—mysterious events start happening. The once orderly grounds of the circus become riddled with hidden threats. And the ringmaster realizes not only are his circus and its magic at risk, but also his very life.
Vagabond Circus caters to the skeptics. Without skeptics, it would close its doors. This is because Vagabond Circus runs for two reasons and only two reasons: first and foremost to provide the lost and lonely Dream Travelers a place to be illustrious. And secondly, to show the nonbelievers that there’s still magic in the world. If they believe, then they care, and if they care, then they don’t destroy. They stop the small abuse that day-by-day breaks down humanity’s spirit. If Vagabond Circus makes one skeptic believe in magic, then they halt the cycle, just a little bit. They allow a little more love into this world. That’s Dr. Dave Raydon’s mission. And that’s why this ringmaster recruits. That’s why he directs. That’s why he puts on a show that makes people question their beliefs. He wants the world to believe in magic once again.

28143836Review: Sarah Noffke has done it again. The Dream Traveler’s world has expanded into the lives of an amazing circus act that strives to bring magic back into peoples’ lives. The story surrounding the characters was mysterious, interesting, and dangerous, leaving me holding my breath before I turned the page. Each character was believable and endearing in their own way. I loved guessing what their dream traveler were going to be. It’s always a fun surprise when they reveal what gifts they have! I can’t wait to see what happens in book two.

And that cover is amazing! The colors and figures definitely capture the essence of “Suspended”

Buy “Suspended: The Vagabond Circus book 1” on Amazon!

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I’m watching “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” right now. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s about a man who works in an office for TIME magazine. He loses the negative from an important photo and needs to find the photographer who took it.

He leaves his daydreams behind and makes them a reality.

I’ve watched it before, but Walter Mitty is exactly who I needed to speak to me right now. What are my dreams? When will they come true?

The real question is: When am I going to stop dreaming and make it happen?

What about you? Are you dreaming? Or living?

-Katy

Ren: The Man Behind the Monster by Sarah Noffke

Synopsis:

Born with the power to control minds, hypnotize others, and read thoughts, Ren Lewis, is certain of one thing: God made a mistake. No one should be born with so much power. A monster awoke in him the same year he received his gifts. At ten years old. A prepubescent boy with the ability to control others might merely abuse his powers, but Ren allowed it to corrupt him. And since he can have and do anything he wants, Ren should be happy. However, his journey teaches him that harboring so much power doesn’t bring happiness, it steals it. Once this realization sets in, Ren makes up his mind to do the one thing that can bring his tortured soul some peace. He must kill the monster.

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Review: 

Ren is a snarky, arrogant, spiteful jerk. And I love him. Ren was first introduced me in Sarah Noffke’s series “The Lucidites.” Although not the main character, Ren slapped my heart in the face and went on his merry way without a care. I actually imagined Ren as having a stereotypical gay accent, but Sarah definitely shows that this isn’t the case in her book all about the man himself.

Ren grows up in a small town that is far beneath him in all ways. He uses his powers as he pleases until he gets bored with the people there and moves to London.

I thoroughly enjoyed following Ren on his journey to find peace with himself and others. He may have had a harder journey than most, but we can probably all relate to needing some time to ourselves to think about the choices we’ve made. The friends we’ve hurt. The broken hearts and promises.

Ren soon discovers that he cannot run away from his past and faces it head on. Will he overcome or be defeated? Will he use his amazing abilities for good or evil?

Read Ren today and find out!

Review: Warriors (The Reverians Book 3) by Sarah Noffke

26404752Synopsis:

Austin Valley appears as it always has, but Em Fuller knows that appearances aren’t what they seem. She knows under the surface, that cracks are starting to form in this seemingly well-manicured society. She’s responsible for creating these cracks and for planting a slow dissension among many of the residents of this once happy city. Broken in a way Em never thought possible, she turns into a well-calculated, strategic leader. With the help of the brightest minds in Austin Valley, Em begins building an army whose only purpose is to protect the population of Austin Valley from their President, Victor Vider. Em firmly believes the success of her army is inevitable, that is until a new blow strikes her heart and she questions whether she has the tenacity to go on.


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Saturday (11/14/2015), I will be hosting a release party for Warriors in the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans Facebook group (5-7 PST)! Stop by for a chance to win a copy of Warriors or other prizes from Sarah Noffke!


Review:

A thrilling end to a great series. I really enjoyed seeing how one person can go from shouldering all the weight of the world and the tragedies that she had no control over, to letting friends help her. No one can hold the burden of guilt by themselves and Sarah Noffke shows that really well in Warriors. Once Em decides to accept help, she is able to be a better leader. Character development is on par in Warriors. I loved seeing everyone rise to the occasion and do what they must for freedom or for each other.

Another thing I enjoyed, was seeing what abilities each new dream traveler had. Especially since Em is a leech, we were able to see more dream traveller abilities than ever. It was awesome!

I love Zach. He is such a sweetheart. I said that in a previous review, but I am happy that he can finally let go and be happy. (Is that a spoiler? No…I think we’re good)

Now, the hardest part about finishing a great series…getting over it and finding something new!

Review: “Defects” (The Reverians, Book one) by Sarah Noffke

Synopsis:

Ebook-Defects-book-1-in-the-series-620x989In the happy, clean community of Austin Valley, everything appears to be perfect. Seventeen-year-old Em Fuller, however, fears something is askew. Em is one of the new generation of Dream Travelers. For some reason, the gods have not seen fit to gift all of them with their expected special abilities. Em is a Defect—one of the unfortunate Dream Travelers not gifted with a psychic power. Desperate to do whatever it takes to earn her gift, she endures painful daily injections along with commands from her overbearing, loveless father. One of the few bright spots in her life is the return of a friend she had thought dead—but with his return comes the knowledge of a shocking, unforgivable truth. The society Em thought was protecting her has actually been betraying her, but she has no idea how to break away from its authority without hurting everyone she loves.

Review:

I’ve been a Sarah Noffke fan ever since I won one of her books in a release party on Facebook. I won the second book in her Lucidites series, so I went to find the first one on Amazon and realized that I already owned it! I picked up Awoken (The Lucidites series, book one) when it was free and forgot about it. Well, I read it and immediately started the next one. You can find my reviews for The Lucidites series here!

Now, it’s my turn to host a release party for Sarah Noffke’s new series, The Reverians on Facebook and I couldn’t be more excited! I read Defects in preparation for the party next week (Saturday 11/22/15, on Band of Dystopian’s Facebook group 5-7 PST!) and am happy to say that it’s awesome (not that I’m surprised).

If you haven’t read The Lucidites Series, but want to start with Defects (The Reverians book one), don’t worry. Sarah does a great job subtly explain dream traveling as the story progresses in a way that feel natural, yet easy to understand.

I loved the dystopian take on the dream travelers lives. Em is a dream traveler, but in this society if you haven’t shown you have a special talent you are dubbed a “defect.” Sarah builds a simultaneously wonderful/horrible world where only the compliant are granted freedoms. A beautiful dystopian tale. Plus, Ren appears in the story. If you haven’t met Ren…well, he’s…you’ll see. He’s one of my favorites! Em is relatable, fun, and ready to find out why she is defective at all costs!


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