The Key of F

The Key of F was released on May 8th, 2018. It is currently available for $0.99 and you can enter to win a copy free on Amazon Giveaways!

https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/cbb9bd4d0c03d40c

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The Key of F is now available for Kindle pre-order!!

  • The first book in the Freedom Fight Trilogy is now scheduled to release on May 8th, 2018 with Rogue Phoenix Press.
  • The first cover draft has been completed and final edits are on the way.
  • Be looking for interviews from WOW-Women in Writing by Crystal Otto, and Geekword.com by Jay Sandlin creator of The Novel Comics.
  • Currently looking for bloggers who wish to write a review. Please DM your questions and/or requirements to: Haskin.author@gmail.com or on Twitter @haskinauthor.

 

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Review by Steph Warren of the blog Bookshine and Readbows:

This book is labelled as Young Adult fantasy, but I felt the characters and plot matured into adulthood as the story progressed.  From starting off with schoolyard gossip about boys and lessons, the protaganist soon finds herself running, hiding and fighting for her life in some very adult situations.

There is a large romance element to the plot, with a traditional love triangle causing internal conflict to rival the external ‘lost magical princess’ tension.  As usual, most of the romantic strife is down to lack of communication between the relevant characters, but here there are also some legitimate concerns related to the paths their lives must take, which creates a more adult and authentic relationship trial.

The secondary characters are interesting, in that every single one of them has plausible motive and opportunity to betray our protaganist, so the reader is constantly left second guessing the support network, even as Fale must rely on them.  Fale herself is an excellent main character, with natural flaws and strengths, and a genuine ability to rescue herself from tricky situations via mental and physical prowess, which had me rejoicing!

There were some odd moments amongst her journey to independent womanhood, where she expressed desires to be ‘owned’ by Nelson and then Koren, which sat strangely with the freedom motifs expressed by and through Koren, Effailya’s Garrith subjects, and even Fale herself in their various oppressions by the aptly named Control.  I actually found this apparent dichotomy quite true to life, as it is unsurprising for Fale to long to belong with her history of loss, even as she fights for control of her own life as she works toward adulthood.

The plot is superb.  In summary it sounds like your standard YA fantasy plot:  lost princess finds magic and has to save her people from an evil wizard against huge odds.  However it is the detail that differentiates, and in this case the detail is exciting, chilling and fascinating.  The magic factions are distinct; the setting a mixture of Hunger-Games-esque districts; and the idea of what happens to dissenters actually kept me up at night afterwards.

I am very excited for the rest of this series and hope Fale manages to resolve her love life relatively swiftly so that we can enjoy their great partnership tackling their corrupt, powerful enemy and saving the world!

 

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Review by Bad Habit Books:

The Key of F by Jennifer Haskin

posted on : january 17, 2018 posted by : bad habit books 0 comment
Title: The Key of F
Author: Jennifer Haskin
Genre: YA Fantasy, Dystopian
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Publication Date: Coming May 8, 2018
Pages: 240
Format Read: Print
Stand alone or Series: Series, Trilogy
How did I get this book? Free copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Description from Goodreads

Though Fale has never discovered who murdered her parents and left her orphaned as a child, she attempts to lead a normal and peaceful life. After all, she is training to be a peacekeeping warrior under the direction of her adoptive father. But, when she starts having strange visions that predict the future on her 18th birthday, it turns her life into anything but ordinary. Alongside her best friends and the man who rejected her three years ago, Fale must discover the truths of her past to achieve her true destiny.

Can she harness her inner warrior to save her people? And can she prove that she is no longer an innocent child to the man she loves along the way?

 Review

Though stated above, I want to reiterate that I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And honest, I shall be… First let me say, I really liked this book. The following critiques might make it not seem like it, but I really did. This book has such great bones, it just needs another edit/revision.

The world created by Jennifer Haskin reminds me of Divergent or The Hunger Games. She did a good job building her world; I feel where the animosities are, how the world works, and what life is like for the characters. The basis of this book is a mix between lost magical princess and dystopian young adult fighting against “The Man.” It’s a good mix of both without being too stereotypical of either.

One problem I had with the book was continuity or I guess background is a better word. Please excuse the following examples for being vague, I’m trying hard to give concrete examples but to also not give anything away! To start off, the first chapter is 9 months previous of the second chapter. However, some things mentioned in the first chapter are never really explained and totally ignored for the rest of the book. Another example is when the main character, Fale, learns something midway in the book and immediately connects to the knowledge, saying she always felt a certain way, but there was no mention of any such feelings previous to that. My last example, is her friendship with one of the main secondary characters. At first the friendship really isn’t explained so you assume (or at least I did) that the two had been good friends for awhile. Later in the book, the friendship is mentioned again and the conversation makes it seem like its a fairly new friendship and not very deep. Then almost towards the end of the book we finally get a fairly decent explanation of the friendship that I think was supposed to explain it fully but it fell kind of flat for me. I feel a few phrases of explanation at the beginning of the book really would have helped this situation.

Now let’s get to the good parts! Fale is a strong heroine with flaws that are fairly relatable. She has a plan for her life, sh*t starts happening, and the plan goes out the window. If that isn’t all of us, I don’t know what is, Even if I’m dealing with ordinary life and she is dealing with visions she can’t control. She is wondering who to trust and we are wondering right along with her until the very end.

While the language between the characters occasionally feels simple and one dimensional, other times I am right there feeling all the emotions and feeling as if I have a say in the conversation. The dynamic between the two main characters is engaging and I loved how their relationship developed and continued to change throughout the book.

Lastly, I loved how the book ended. Knowing it is a trilogy and that this first book doesn’t come out until May, I was apprehensive to start this book (I have yet to master the virtue of patience as I wait for the next book in a series). But the ending did not disappoint. Ms. Haskin answered enough questions for me to be satisfied and left enough open to make me want to read the next book. I would buy it now if it were available.

Bottom Line

This author is one to watch. It’s a quick read with a strong female lead. As I said, great bones and I can’t wait to see where this adventure leads Fale!

 

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Review by Donovan’s Bookshelf

The Key of F Jennifer Haskin Rogue Phoenix Press 978-1-62420-258-9               $3.99 ebook/$10.99 Paper https://roguephoenixpress.com/ 

The Key of F is the first book in the Freedom Fight trilogy and introduces orphan Fale, who seeks a peaceful life after her parents are murdered. Her training with her adoptive father also directs her to become a peacekeeper, supporting her vision of leading a life that reflects the peace process. 

What doesn’t hold up to her goals in this fantasy saga is the turbulent environment around her which stems from sudden visions of the future, which appear on her 18th birthday to redirect her purpose in life. 

At first glance The Key of F would seem to add to the teen dystopian genre with many of the trappings of better-known, similar-sounding titles involving a teen’s maturity process, newfound secret powers, an evolving romance with a peer, and a confrontation with an oppressive social system. There are simply too many ‘clones’ of these themes in modern YA fantasy literature, these days. 

But The Key of F offers many more facets than most of its genre peers: among them, a fast-paced plot filled with unpredictable changes that keeps readers on their toes; a focus on how a teen leading a normal life suddenly discovers strange new abilities and an alternative purpose to goals she’s taken for granted all her life; and a series of consequences that stem from her decision to use her power to thwart death itself. 

Readers who focus on the evolving romance between Fale and the charismatic yet elusive Karon may chafe at how a strong woman’s newfound purpose too easily seems to be diverted into mushy clichés during the course of their relationship; but soft: The Key of F is about much more than young love. Scenes present the give-and-take of romance’s realities and illusions, as in this revelation: “Fale was uneasy as his eyes narrowed. Was he trying to bait her? What happened to the sweet Keron from earlier?” which is tempered by a shy acknowledgement of her growing ability to affect another, just a paragraph later: “She loved seeing she could affect him, too. It made her feel powerful.”   

It’s about a young woman making mistakes, recognizing her strengths, suffering from her weaknesses and some of her choices, and, yes, infatuations and maturing during the process of facing adult situations. As Fale connects with the things that make her feel powerful in her life, so readers are introduced to a rich world filled with satisfying descriptions, social and political challenges, and the story of a girl on the cusp of adulthood who is charged with not only moving into new adult circles and handling her emotions, but possibly changing the world. 

The Key of F is a powerful read that will appeal to mature teens, new adults, and any fantasy reader who can accept sometimes-mushy romantic interludes as part of a young girl’s maturation process. 

The Key of F 

 

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I was first drawn to this novel because of the cover art. It has an appealing use of color, as well as interesting drawings of Fale and Keron. One can be disappointed by a book whose story does not live up to the promise hinted at by a good cover. Therefore, I was pleased to find that this novel contained plot points that held my attention. One such element was the group’s search for a particular machine. It can only be unlocked with Fale’s key, but the machine itself is also the “key” to saving her people.

– Diane, Online BookClub

 

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This author is one to watch. It’s a quick read with a strong female lead. As I said, great bones and I can’t wait to see where this adventure leads Fale!

-Bad Habit Books

 

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