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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

RBTL Presents: Frim the Mountain by L.L. Crane; #BlogTour

Title: From the Mountain
Author: L.L. Crane
Series: Mark of Powers (Book 1)
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 14 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Rating:  4 Stars
This book is told in the first person.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from RBTL World of Books Blog Tours and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".


What would you do if you were one of the last of your kind on earth? Sixteen year old Teak’s Mark of Power has kept her alive, but will it last?  Although she is a trained killing machine, it isn’t by choice. Slated to be one of Siv Gareth's elite soldiers, her life seems to be on course, but she has a decision to make.  Does she follow her father’s wishes and become a soldier, or chase after her own dreams of training dragons?  Persecuted, shunned, and tortured because of her skin color, Teak is mad, and somebody is going to pay for it.  Siv Gareth’s race war has just begun, and now that the Purity Law has passed, the Destroyers are out in hordes to kill her and any others with light skin.  When she shoots an arrow at Siv Gareth, a chain of events unwinds that ultimately threatens her very existence.  Accustomed to going it alone, Teak finds herself on a long journey with a group of inept teens, and she must learn to depend on them…or die.  When two boys enter the scene, one irritating and the other mesmerizing, Teak wonders if she has a shot at a normal life. But will her lack of Power and skin color ruin it? This dystopian society novel, Book 1 in the Mark of Power Series, is riveting with suspense, action, betrayal, and the brimming hope of romance.

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My Thoughts:

The story is a little gruesome to start so this is just a warning in case you like to eat/nibble as you read.  It also has me thinking about our distant past.  Prejudice is the theme that starts this tale off and how it affects children.  The author does a great job of showing the reader how terrified these people are.  Watching some of the current events just seems to make the plight of these people seem more real.

Teak Frain has grown up a lot before a young girl should have to.  She loves to read and to learn.  It’s a great way to foster a child’s need to read.  The author also has a healer that uses herbs in his practice.  It must have taken a lot of research in order to sound accurate.  It also feeds the reader’s need to come into contact with dragons.

I was trying to read this book while not feeling well.  I never thought of it before but this is a great book to have around if you’re feeling under the weather.  It helps you forget how miserable you feel.  Our author has also written a book that both young and old will love to read.  Book two has already come out so you may find that you’ll want to directly into reading To The Moon once you’ve completed the beginning of Teak’s adventure. 


“You ready?” he asks. 
I stop.  Am I ready?  Will I ever be ready?  “Sure,” I answer, more calmly than what I feel inside.
Thann takes off at a rapid pace, his long legs flying under him like machines pounding against the black earthen tunnel.  Since I am connected to him, because he holds not only my hand but my future tightly in his, I have no choice but to follow. 

Author Information: 

L.L. Crane lives in a remote area of Northern California with her two horses, six goats, three dogs and two cats.  When she was a child, L.L. Crane dreamed of being a writer. She used the name, “Katie Bush” as a pen name for the famous writer she hoped to become, cranking out book after book on her mom’s old blue typewriter.
 As life often has twists and turns, L.L. Crane found herself becoming anything but a writer.  She graduated with a B.A. in Education, even though she was honored to begin her college career with the aid of writing scholarships.
After becoming a teacher, raising three children primarily on her own, as well as owning and operating a business, L.L. Crane finally pursued her dreams and began writing novels.  She brings her own experiences from teaching and her love of animals to her stories.
L.L. Crane is an avid reader and writer and loves children, animals, reading, riding horses, and gnomes.

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