Friday, June 15, 2018

LEVIATHAN BY AMANDA TERO BLOG TOUR // short story review




Greetings, O readers! I'm here today to participate in the blog tour for Amanda Tero's new short story, Quest for Leviathan! And it's a really cool story. I mean, it has a dragon. 'Nuff said.

Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, "Quest for Leviathan." Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.


~ABOUT THE BOOK~


Leviathan  took  the  life  of  his  father.  Anath  has  spent  three  years  preparing  for  the  voyage  that  will  end  the  threat  of  Leviathan.  Yet  as  the  Valor  launches  into  the  depths  of  the  Mediterranean,  an  inward  quest  also  begins,  taking  Anath  to  depths  he  is  not  willing  to  face.

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~MY REVIEW~

What a strong short story!

Despite the sea-dwelling dragon, which is usually a fantasy creature and nothing more, Quest for Leviathan is historical fiction. The Bible clearly indicates that a creature called Leviathan once lived. It's really cool to me how Job 41 inspired this story, and I could almost feel the heart behind it. Inspiration from the Word of God is the best kind. It's beautiful, and it always shows.

The MC, Anath, had some... issues. I can say almost nothing about him without spoiling, but suffice it to say that his character arc was well-executed in spite of how little page time he had. And the ending was SO wonderful. <3

The writing style wasn't my favorite - like, it didn't fully SUCK ME IN - but it was still a pleasant, elegant style that flowed nicely. The story itself was so short that I didn't have time to fully settle into the setting or become fully attached to the characters, but I don't think that's the point of a short story anyway. I probably just haven't read enough of them to become accustomed to what they're like. XD

It was good, guys. There was action, an excellent twist or two, and a central focus on God. I loved that. While reading this story, I felt close to my Lord. It reminded me of how loving and caring and perfect He is. (I pray that there will never be a time when I'm tired of that reminder.)

Quest for Leviathan is a gem. A smol one, yes, but still a gem. :D



~4/5 stars~

**I received a free ARC of this story in exchange for my honest review**



~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her  hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and  continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels.  It is her  utmost  desire  to  write  that  which  not  only  pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the  reader  into  a  deeper  relationship  with Jesus Christ.    

Connect with Amanda by shooting her an email (amandaterobooks@gmail.com) or visiting her website, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blog, Goodreads, or Amazon.


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I hope you guys will consider checking out this short story! Don't forget to visit the other tour stops, and be sure to enter the giveaway for two print copies of Quest for Leviathan (visit the blogs with "Giveaway" below)!

June 8 – With a Joyful Noise (Release Day Post)
              Resting Life (Spotlight, Review)
             The World of the Writer (Review)
             Authoring Arrowheads (Review)
             Purely by Faith Review (Review, Interview)
June 9 – Victoria’s Book Nook (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
             Bekah’s Books (Spotlight, Review, Interview)
June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
             Reveries Reviews (Review)
June 12 – Chosen Vessels (Spotlight, Review)
             My Purple Pen (Review)
             Read Another Page (Review)
June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary (Review)
             Maidens for Modesty (Review)
             Yahweh Sisters (Review)
June 14 – Honey Rock Hills (Review)
             Life of Heritage Corner (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
             Kaylee’s Kind of Writes (Review, Interview)
June 15 – The Red-Hooded Writer (Review)
             Blossoms and Blessings (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
             Lit Aflame (Review, Interview)
June 16 – The Left-Handed Typist (Review)
             Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review, Interview, Giveaway)
June 18 – Great Books for God’s Girls (Review, Interview)
             Peculiar Miss Darcy (Character Interview)
June 19 – Done in Love (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
             Creating Romance (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 20 – Keturah’s Korner (Review, Interview)
             Rock and Minerals 4 Him (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 21 – A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Giveaway, Character Spotlight)
             Christian Author: A.M. Heath (Review, Interview)
             Views from the Window Friend (Review)
             Hunting for Truth (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 23 – Reading on the Edge (Spotlight)
             Summer Snowflakes (Review, Giveaway)
June 25 – With a Joyful Noise (Giveaway Winner Announced)


The Lord's Truly,

8 comments:

  1. A strong story is a very good way to describe it!

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  2. I have mixed emotions about short stories. Like, they're /short/. I want MORE. I hate how as soon as I'm getting into the characters, the book is over.

    But at the same time, it's fun to read a book in one sitting, and still have time left to do something else with my day. XD

    Might have to check it out! I do love historical fiction...

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    1. Honestly SAME. (I forced myself to see past that for this, though, because it wouldn't be fair othrerwise.) I love long stories so much better.

      Yessss, there are pros and cons!

      You should! It was a nice, solid story. :D

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  3. This sounds like a really interesting story! I was obsessed with sea monsters when I was younger.

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    1. It's very interesting! Sea monsters are so cool. :D

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  4. Thanks so much for your review, and for being part of my blog tour! :) I really appreciate it!!

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    1. You're so welcome!!! Thank you for having me. :)))

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