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“The Genesis Tree” by Heather FitzGerald ~ Book Review

I’m finally posting my review of this lovely book! I read it quite a while ago, but haven’t been able to post my review until now for various life reasons, but finally here it is!

 

 

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The Genesis Tree by Heather L.L. FitzGerald

Book Three in the closely knit Tethered World Chronicles

Review copy from the author

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

She took down the Nephilim queen—but can she and her brother save the kingdom?

Sadie Larcen may have defeated the traitorous Queen Estancia, but she’s quite happy to be home with her family. Unfortunately, their fiendish neighbor, Mr. Marshall, is still up to no good. He’s called a press conference with plans to introduce the world to a living, breathing Bigfoot.

As a Sasquatch expert, Sadie’s mother Amy is coerced into lending her expertise to the spectacle. When Sadie and her brother Brady spy nefarious, uninvited guests at the gathering, they know there’s trouble brewing in the Tethered World. The two are driven into separate, dangerous exploits as they are thrust back into the schemes of the forces of darkness. Schemes that include using their autistic brother Brock as leverage to seize control of the Flaming Sword and the Tree of Life. The Gargoyles and Trolls have an ambition that extends beyond dominating these powerful elements. They’ve set their sights on the Topside realm—with or without the help of Mr. Marshall.

Deception is rampant, the enemy is subtle, and love dares to tug at Sadie’s heart amid the turmoil below. Once again, she and Brady will cling to God’s faithfulness as they fight for the people and creatures they care for, and against the enemies they fear.

Will the cost be more than they can endure?

 

My Thoughts:

*Sniff*. Very good conclusion to the series.

When Mrs.FitzGerald emailed the review copies out and said she knew it would be difficult to write a spoiler-free review, I didn’t know just how accurate that statement would be. But sitting here, contemplating how to gather my thoughts into this review, I’m realizing that it shall be difficult to say much without wanting to give away anything!
The Genesis Tree is a wrap up of this series – it is tying everything together at last. What an adventurous series this has been!
I really enjoy Mrs. FitzGerald’s creativeness and writing in these books – her imagination is spectacular and shows brightly through The Tethered World Chronicles. I am always thoroughly engaged reading her books. And I want a gnome. There was one part involving a gnome gaining access to a house through a doggy-door. That had me giggling!

Definitely read these books in order – that’s a must. Best way to enjoy them – and of course, follow the plot.

Oh, and I wanted to be sure to add that I would personally recommend these books to a little more mature readers (15+ maybe) – this one has a bit more serious plot, with some violence and “gore”. Nothing absolutely hideous, but still there were some gross moments.

The characters though! Getting to know them through each book has only made them more dear to me. And we got to see so much of Sadie and Xander in this one!!! Made me very happy. :)
And the ending. Very good.
I will say that there were aspects of this book that had me straight-out crying. But, no spoilers!
Mrs. FitzGerald can surely write a emotion-evoking book!

To some of my blog readers who know my reading habits, and know that I generally avoid magic-y, fairy-involving stories, I will add what I said in my review of “The Flaming Sword”:
“I touched on this in my review of the first book, but for me, magic is something I generally stay away from. But there are no spells or really even use of magic, it’s more like ‘this is their world’ and it’s fantasy. ”

So while I don’t read a lot of books like this, I feel like The Tethered World Chronicles are in a genre of their own, and I greatly enjoy them.

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Book Review + New Release: “The Tethered World” by Heather FitzGerald

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Today I am reviewing the book pictured above, “The Tethered World” by Heather L.L. FitzGerald. The cover is breath-taking, isn’t it? I’m really in love with it. :) Today is also the release of this book, so please, do check it out and buy yourself a copy!

So, here is my review, and make sure you stick around because at the bottom of this post, there’s a cool map from the book!

 

“The Tethered World” by Heather L.L. FitzGerald

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Review copy from the author

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

“Normal” means different things to different people. For sixteen-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five homeschooled siblings—one with autism? Normal.

Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal!

When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents’ disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother’s interest in Bigfoot, Dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie’s family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World—home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.

Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents. But she chooses to risk all to save her family.

She’s just not sure she will survive in the process

 

My Thoughts:

This was quite an adventure! Truly, that is a great word to describe this book. It pulls you in and doesn’t let go till the end. And even then you’re left wanting more (do we really have to wait so long for the next book?! ;))
I was exceedingly delighted and impressed by the author’s writing skill. Her style is so captivating – the entire thing was just written so marvelously! And the story itself was enthralling.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I’d think at first. And while I’m still not certain how it compares to reality, as a fantasy fiction piece, it blew me away. I love the characters, every one of them were so well written, well-rounded, and easy to love (except the Trolls. I didn’t like them. Okay, one I loved, but that was it). Favourite character? Hard choice…I really like Sadie, and can I say how much I absolutely adored Xander??? I really, really hope that he’s in the future books :D the dragon, Odyssey was also a favourite :) And Brock and Brady, and even Sophie grew on me, though at first she was irritating. ;)
I have a couple of reserves for this book, the main thing being the fairies and elves and the magic they used. It didn’t come across menacingly but I do not agree with magic and fairies/elves or feel comfortable with them, so that is the only reserve I had for this book.
Otherwise, I really fell in love with it. This is a book I will remember for a good, long time. :) So clever and just fantastic!
I think it will do very well out there in the book world!
I found this one better than LotR, in my opinion. :) And I really appreciate how often the Lord was woven into this book – no hiding or disguising Him which again, I appreciated!

I am very thankful I had the opportunity to read this book, and am delighted to be one of Heather’s Avengers! :)

*I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review which I have given.

 

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About the Author:

 

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Heather L.L. FitzGerald lives in Texas with four someones that call her mom and one special someone that calls her his wife. She homeschooled her children–one of whom is autistic–and teaches ballet at a fine arts school in Forth Worth. Heather is a member of the North Texas Christian Writers, and helps to facilitate the Manet writer’s group in Fort Worth, Texas. She loves drinking ice lattes, cloud watching, and getting lost in a good book.
You can connect with Heather on her website/blog,  Facebook, Pinterest: (Belongs to her main character, Sadie), Character blog: (Sadies mom has a blog about legendary creatures.), Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads.

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Book It!

Annnd we’re back to books! :D  The next couple weeks *might* have several posts which would be an interesting change, no? ;)

Today I am sharing about a very soon-to-be-released book, with a character-encounter and facebook party! Hopefully all should enjoy. The book is a really fun one – if you have read and enjoyed Lord of the Rings or Narnia before, this book is definitely for you. My review for this book shall be posted on February first, and then you shall hear more about it. :) But for now….

The Tethered World by Heather FitzGerald! I just love that cover. The book is available for pre order right now: The Tethered World. Interested in what it might be about? Well, here’s a description:

“Normal” means different things to different people. For sixteen-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five home-schooled siblings-one with autism? Normal. Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal! When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents’ disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother’s interest in Bigfoot, Dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie’s family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World-home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden. Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents. But she chooses to risk all to save her family. She’s just not sure she will survive during the process.

Sounds rather exciting, doesn’t it?

Also, if you have facebook, please consider joining the party on February First.

Join us HERE on Feb. 1st, 7-9pm CST for a virtual Facebook party.
This FB page is the official place for Fantasy Fun! Including door prizes, trivia, and BIGFOOT sightings. Oh, and a Kindle giveaway!

 

So, lots of fun planned! And here’s two of the characters from the book:

 

Brady and Brock. They’re identical twins (as you can see). Brock is Autistic, however, and has a special role to play in the Tethered World because of it.

 

I can testify that they are both great characters – very enjoyable!

 

That’s all for today, but remember to mark your calendars for that party and maybe pre-order the book!