Book Review: Secrets of Blood by Jennifer Arntson

Anna, a Scavenger Girl auctioned to the highest bidder at the Seller’s Stage as a surrogate, is purchased by one of the most influential families in Ashlund. Despite her efforts to appease them, tension grows when she cannot give them what they want most. As a slave whose life is in the hands of those with status, an arrangement is made – an
agreement so unspeakable the consequence of discovery is worse than death for everyone involved, but it just might work.
 
Freedom is found through servitude in a place girls like her rarely found: the arms of a loving man. But when betrayal and suspicion overshadow hope and desire, secrets kept too long take a murderous turn to protect them. One night of desperation and tragedy seals their fate, forcing confessions to save the most innocent among them.

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites. I was thrilled to find out that the author is writing stand-alone novels that complement the series. 

This novel takes place before The Scavenger Girl series and many of the characters are the same. When Von and Dala, Pantis’s son and daughter-in-law, are unable to conceive a child even with a surrogate named Anna, Von secretly begs his father to lie with Anna. Pantis’s decision to help his son results in an unspeakable tragedy.

Von had originally planned to marry Regena until she left him to marry Tawl. Redena and Tawl have a calling to help Scavengers as much as they can even though it is against the law. If they are caught, they could lose their status or even their lives but that doesn’t stop them.

It amazes me how all of the characters are tied together. It’s also interesting that those with the least as far as possessions are the ones who are the happiest. I’m looking forward to reading more of these books. I can’t get enough!

 

 

About the Author

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

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Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Toridia by Jennifer Arntson

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Holding strong to her principles, Una refuses to idly stand by as countless suffer in Ashlund. When forced to witness the death of someone close to her, the true nature of one of the most powerful men in the land is revealed. Her only hope of escaping with her secrets is to flee from the Authority’s neighborhood through the unruly woods at its border. There, she comes face to face with the ruthless band of criminals who rule the coveted shade. After disrespecting his display of power, Kash, the leader of the Woodsmen, grants her a painful exchange binding her forever to her choices. Before she is released, he pays an unsettled debt to Una; a favor so petrifying, it is considered a curse by any other standard.

With everything stacking up against her in a land that is falling apart, can she be the woman everyone needs her to be, or is it simply too late? 

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites. I can’t get enough of it. Although these books are difficult to put down, I actually had to put this one down a couple times because I was overwhelmed with emotion and had to give myself time to think about all I’d just read.

This is the Season of Toridia which is known for its heat. Una is living in a neighborhood with other members of the Authority and it’s eventually obvious that the family needs to relocate, so they move to the land that is owned by her family. They do their best to help the Citizens who have lost their homes and are starving. Eventually, it’s even too dangerous for them to stay there and they must move on again.

There are three factions vying for power: the Authority, the Woodsmen, and the Resistance. Will Una and her growing family be able to survive the war that is obviously on the horizon? I can’t wait to find out in the next book.

I didn’t think Jennifer Arntson could outdo herself after reading the last book, but I was wrong. What a fantastic read! This is a series I’m going to have to read again once the final book is out, although I truly don’t want the series to end.

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About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

Website: www.ScavengerGirl.com

Facebook: facebook.com/ScavengerGirl

Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/15083562.Jennifer_Arntson

Instagram: Scavenger_Girl_Series

Pinterest: pinterest.com/scavengerg

Twitter:

(author) @JennArntson

(characters) @Una_Ashlund  @Cal_of_Ashlund  @Mar_of_Ashlund

#IAmAScavenger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Hytalia by Jennifer Arntson

 

 


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Una feels herself changing and for good reason. With new blood and new life comes new responsibility. Against Una’s warnings, Calish takes matters into his own hands. In a desperate act to protect the woman he loves, he makes an irrevocable agreement with the one person in Ashlund he should avoid. But when the promises given to Calish seem to turn against him, Una finds refuge in an unlikely place. All traditions and social status are turned upside down in the blink of an eye and suddenly birthright doesn’t matter so much. There is a secret hidden in the hills, and the rains of Hytalia are not the only storms that Una will be forced to face.

Available on Amazon Free 10/20 to 10/22!

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites. Jennifer Arntson pulled me into this world she created and I can’t get enough of it. I fell in love with the first book and I don’t know how she does it, but each book gets better.

Una is the main character and is a scavenger girl which means that she has no birthright. She has been purchased by a man named Blue but she doesn’t plan on going to him. He has betrayed her in more ways than one, including having her put in prison for 30 days to prove that she is not yet a woman. Una lives with her parents and two brothers, except she recently found out that they aren’t her biological brothers. That’s a good thing since she’s in love with Calish and is pregnant with his child. Calish would do anything to protect Una and their unborn child. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what he does and it’s not a good decision.

Una ends up in the Resistance camp and it takes time for her to accept that she is considered an equal there. She’s never been treated as a peer so it’s a big adjustment. She makes several friends, the most important being Nik who started the camp and is a seer like Una. 

Scavenger Girl: Season of Hytalia is full of loyalty, betrayal, lies, true love, adventure and more. I laughed, I smiled, I wept, and I wept some more. This book is intense and I couldn’t put it down. If you like dystopian novels, especially ones that are a little different, you can’t go wrong with this series. I’m looking forward to the next book. Actually, I can’t wait for the next book!

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About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

Website: www.ScavengerGirl.com

Facebook: facebook.com/ScavengerGirl

Goodreads: goodreads.com/author/show/15083562.Jennifer_Arntson

Instagram: Scavenger_Girl_Series

Pinterest: pinterest.com/scavengerg

Twitter:

(author) @JennArntson

(characters) @Una_Ashlund  @Cal_of_Ashlund  @Mar_of_Ashlund

#IAmAScavenger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Talium by Jennifer Arntson

 

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When the gods leave and evil freely rules Ashlund, Una and her family bear down for the season of darkness. Seemingly safe in the comfort of her own home, she explores her newly acquired gift with the help of her loved ones. Within days, her plans are interrupted and instead of fighting boredom, she finds herself fighting to survive.

Trapped in a situation where there is no escape, Una endures the worst the Authority has to offer. Who knew family could be so kind…or so ruthlessly cruel? For all the things her parents taught her about surviving in a world set against them, they never prepared her for this. Una is about to discover the true demons of the dark were here all along.

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I was excited to get a copy of Scavenger Girl: Season of Talium after reading Scavenger Girl: Season of Atchem.

Like the first book, Season of Talium grabbed my interest from the beginning and it never slowed down. Una is taken from her parents’ home and thrown into prison for Verification of Infertility. She doesn’t have to marry until she has her first period and someone doesn’t believe that she hasn’t started yet. She has to stay in prison for 30 days to prove it. 

Una’s time in prison is horrible but no matter what she endures, she is able to hang on. What is so remarkable about her is that when she earns food, she shares it with everyone else in her cell. No one else is that selfless. There were times that I wept when I was reading about what she was going through. 

When Una finally gets out of prison, and finds herself with Blue (the man who wants to marry her) and his family, it was as disappointing to me as it was to her. It was like she was in another prison. But finally, things start to turn around. I really liked the events that led to the end of this Season of Talium.

Jennifer Arntson has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing pulls me into the world she has created and I keep thinking about the story even after I’ve finished the book. I love when that happens!

Scavenger Girl: Season of Talium is full of betrayal, friendship, love and more. I am hooked on this world and I can’t wait for book #3.

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About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

 

Website: www.ScavengerGirl.com

Facebook: facebook.com/ScavengerGirl

Goodreads: goodreads.com/book/show/29509276

Instagram: Scavenger_Girl_Series

Pinterest: pinterest.com/scavengerg

Twitter:

(author) @JennArntson

(characters) @Una_Ashlund  @Cal_of_Ashlund  @Mar_of_Ashlund

#IAmAScavenger

Scavenger Girl Season of Atchem ISBN 978-0-9994-133-0-2

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