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Review! Dark Enough to See the Stars by Cindy Noonan

3 Aug

darkstarsDark Enough to See the Stars

By Cindy Noonan

158 pages – Ages 9+

Published by Helping  Hands Press on June 3, 2014

Synopsis- Moses was a slave during the Pre-Civil War period in the United States. Moses is heart-broken. His mother was being sent further south to another plantation. Luckily, Moses and his mama had a plan. He would run while the train was pulling into the station. He would then head north towards Pennsylvania. He finds harbor with a reverend and his family in Harrisburg, and lives there for a bit, but when the Fugitive Slave Act becomes law, he and the other runaway-slave at the house must head for Canada. But even with various methods of transportation, the slave catchers are at their every turn. Will Moses make it?

What I Thought- This was an awesome Historical Fiction novel. It was incredibly realistic. Moses was an amazing character. He had a strong sense of purpose and will. I would be proud to know someone like Moses. This book taught you a lot about what it was like to be an escaping slave during this time period and the pain they experienced. I liked it when Moses stopped at Frederick Douglass’ print shop on the way to Canada. That was a cool part in the book. Ms. Noonan has written a heart-wrenching story. The only thing that I didn’t 100% like was the ending, because it was realistic, and sad (and I am a sucker for a happy ending – but the ending served the story well). I won’t tell you what happens. I love the historical fiction genre but I am also a history buff, so if the story doesn’t ring true, it won’t sit well with me. The writing was solid and I was totally engrossed in the story.  I would still completely recommend this book.

I give this amazing story five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Review! The Legends Begin by Shane Fegarty

29 Jul

darkmouthDarkmouth #1: The Legends Begin

By Shane Fegarty

416 pages (Hardcover) – Ages 9+

Published by HarperCollins on April 21, 2015

Synopsis- Finn was a Legend Hunter. Or, at least, he was supposed to be. The thing is, he’s not very good. A Legend Hunter is basically a monster (or Legend) fighter. Finn’s dad, Hugo, is a great Hunter. But when Legends start popping up left and right in their town of Darkmouth, it seems like it could be too much for Hugo the Great to handle by himself. Finn needs to step up. But… Can he?

What I Thought- I kind of feel sorry for Finn. His dad insists on him becoming a Legend Hunter, even though Finn doesn’t have any interest in being one. He wanted to be a veterinarian. Not necessarily good for a job that is passed down the family in the last town that still gets invaded by monsters (every so often). The story had a good plot, and some humor (basilisks are apparently raised to believe that their stare petrifies humans. In reality they are small fat lizard-things that stop and stare at humans trying to petrify them but they end up just getting caught). I liked the book. It had a good amount of twists and turns. I didn’t see the major ones coming and I enjoy being surprised by plots. At 416 pages it is a middle grade book that readers will sink into. Despite it’s length, I didn’t think there were any unnecessary parts to the story and it all hung together and moved along very well. I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging story and will be looking forward to the next in the series.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Review! Masterminds by Gordon Korman!

22 Jul

mastermindsMasterminds

By Gordon Korman

336 pages (Hardcover) – Ages 9+

Published by Balzer + Bray; First Edition on February 3, 2015

Synopsis- Eli Frieden liked his life at Serenity, New Mexico, a nice little town in the middle of nowhere. It was reported as the #1 Best Town To Live In in the world. But it isn’t until Eli’s best friend Randy suddenly leaves town with no explanation, only leaving a cryptic note, that Eli starts to suspect things. He soon finds out, with the help of other classmates, that Serenity isn’t a charted town. Everything in it is fake. Everything they’ve been told is a lie. Even who they are.

As a science experiment over nurture-versus-nature, they took DNA from the world’s captured criminal masterminds, and cloned them. They would then raise the children in an environment devoid of evil to see if they would be nice, respectful citizens, instead of evil geniuses. Did I mention that the idea of cloning was made illegal internationally?

It’s funny, that in sheltering people from the truth, when the wall breaks down, they turn into what you hoped they wouldn’t.*

What I Thought- This is an interesting book. It’s very original. The concept is cool, but kind of creepy, too. I mean, kids being cloned from modern criminal masterminds to discover the answer to nurture vs. nature, is kind of awesome, but also disturbing. It really made me think about the whole story. Cloning is not something to be tampered with. The creepiness of the plot really sets the stage for the whole story. I couldn’t put this book down or get it out of my head. Mr. Korman has written a well-done story with great characters and a marvelous execution of a plan. Really looking forward to a second book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

 

 

Review! Nightborn by Lou Anders and GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!

3 Jul

The winners of The Princess and The Pony Giveaway are:

Sue Morris!!!

And

Kristen!!!

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I will be emailing you to get the address you want your prize sent to! Congratulations! :D

nightbornNightborn

Book 2 Thrones and Bones Series

By Lou Anders

368 pages – ages 8+

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers on July 14, 2015

Synopsis- Karn Korlundsson was quite happy learning to manage his family’s huge farm. So Karn didn’t understand why a wyvern (a small dragon-type thing) had to come out of the sky and kidnapped him from a local trading market. When he gets to the home of Orm, a giant linnorm (a type of dragon), Karn finds out that Thianna Frostborn, his half-giant friend, while on a mission for Orm, got captured by an enemy force. Orm says that she was looking for another Horn of Osius for him. The Horn can control reptiles, like wyverns and lizards, and Orm wanted to destroy them (for the safety of such reptiles listed). Orm now wants Karn to look for it too, but all Karn wants to look for is Thianna. Unfortunately, Karn soon finds out that finding Thianna and the horn isn’t his only problem.

What I Thought- This was a great sequel to Frostborn. I like that it still has the great adventurous feel of Book 1. Sometimes you don’t get that in a series – but this carries it off very well. The message in the story about friendship is awesome, and subtle enough so that you don’t realize that you are learning a lesson. Karn is a great character that you really connect with. His friend was kidnapped, and he wants to rescue her – nothing will stop him. But throw in a giant dragon, and a promise too, and you have an adventure! Thianna was a good character, but you would think that her traveling the world would make her more street-wise, and less newbie-like when it comes to things. Her character was still awesome. The story had a lot of twists and turns. It was fun to read. I think that this is an amazing series!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY! Vanishing Island by Barry Wolverton

22 Jun

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I am very excited to share this book with you. It is the beginning to a very promising series and even better – one of you will get to win a signed ARC of the book! Details of the giveaway are at the bottom of the post. :)

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Vanishing Island
By Barry Wolverton
Book 1 of the Chronicles of the Black Tulip
352 pages – ages 8+
Will be published by Walden Pond Press on September 1, 2015

 

Publisher’s Summary- Does  the Vanishing Island really exist? And if so, what treasure—or terrible secret—was hidden by its disappearance?

It’s 1599, the Age of Discovery in Europe. But for Bren Owen, growing up in the small town of Map on the coast of Britannia has meant anything but adventure. Enticed by the tales sailors have brought through Map’s port, and inspired by the arcane maps his father creates as a cartographer for the cruel and charismatic map mogul named Rand McNally, Bren is convinced that fame and fortune await him elsewhere. That is, until his repeated attempts to run away land him a punishment worse than death—cleaning up the town vomitorium.

It is there that Bren meets a dying sailor, who gives him a strange gift that hides a hidden message. Cracking the code could lead Bren to a fabled lost treasure that could change his life forever, and that of his widowed father. But to get there he will have to tie his fate to a mysterious Dutch admiral obsessed with a Chinese legend about an island that long ago disappeared from any map.

Before long, Bren is in greater danger than he ever imagined, and will need the help of an unusual friend named Mouse to survive. Barry Wolverton’s thrilling adventure spans oceans and cultures, brings together the folklore of East and West, and proves that fortune is always a double-edged sword.

What I Thought- This was an amazing book! It had adventure, comedy, excitement, mystery – pretty much anything you could want in a book! Bren is a character you would like to meet in real life. He has dreams, and he’s clever in how he gets them achieved. Mouse is a cool character too. I really like how Mr. Wolverton doesn’t hide that sea isn’t always exciting – at times Bren is just sitting around at sea. There is death throughout the story, but it is not graphic/gory. There are some illustrations that will be put in the final version of the book, but not in the ARC that I read (they weren’t in yet), and they play a role in the story, so that was sad for me. Guess I’ll have to get the completed version! This is a solid start to a new series. :)

WHO IS THIS BARRY WOLVERTON?!?

Barry Wolverton Author Photo

Barry Wolverton is the author of Neversink. He has more than fifteen years’ experience creating books, documentary television scripts, and website content for international networks and publishers, including National Geographic, Scholastic.com, the Library of Congress, and the Discovery Networks. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee. You can visit him online at www.barrywolverton.com.

Links for Barry Wolverton: 

Website: http://www.barrywolverton.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wolvertonhill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bwolverton

Instagram: https://instagram.com/wolvertonhill/

Check out all the stops on this awesome tour!

Blog Tour Schedule: 

6/15 Blue Stocking Thinking:  bluestockingthinking.blogspot.com
6/16 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia:  hauntedorchid.blogspot.com
6/17 Small Review:  smallreview.blogspot.com
6/18 Maria’s Melange:  www.mariaselke.com/
6/19 Unleashing Readers:  unleashingreaders.com
6/19 The Hiding Spot:  thehidingspot.blogspot.com
6/22 This Kid Reviews Books:  thiskidreviewsbooks.com
6/23 Mundie Kids:  http://mundiekids.blogspot.com/
6/24 Page in Training:  https://pageintraining.wordpress.com
6/25 Novel Novice:  novelnovice.com

BLOG TOUR PAGE HERE!

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NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

All you have to do is comment in the comment section below telling me you want to WIN! (well you can comment somewhere else, but I won’t see it) and on June 29th I will pick one name out of a hat of all the entrants. US residents only please. Good Luck!

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Review-o-Rama! or The Aftermath of a Blogger’s Illness

18 Jun

HELLO BLOGGING WORLD!

So I have been sick since Sunday which is weird because I pretty much never get sick. I’ve had a 104 fever until Wednesday. Today it’s down to like just over 100 but I feel a bunch better… and I’m pretty hungry and a shower after laying on the couch 24/7 for four days felt pretty good – so I think I’ll live.

“Why are you telling me this Erik?” you ask.

Well maybe you didn’t but let’s pretend you did. I am telling you so you’ll know why I am posting a bunch of reviews at once – I missed posting on a few days (except Wednesday because that one was written a while ago and I had a guest) – hey if you didn’t read it click on over – click HERE – plus that post has the honor of being my 1000th post of my blogging “career.” ;)

SOOOO HERE WE GO!

nerd12_2Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

Nerdy Dozen Book #2

By Jeff Miller

272 pages – ages 8+

Published by HarperCollins; Reprint edition on March 10, 2015

Synopsis- Neil Andertol is an expert video-gamer. He’s in the top twelve in the US. And he’s only a kid. He and the other top players (also kids) were recruited by the US Air Force, in order to stop an evil plot (thought out by a wayward genius kid). Now they are joining NASA to recover a top-of-the-line space shuttle that was stolen. It doesn’t help that another giant asteroid (like the one that may have killed the dinosaurs) is supposed to hit Earth in about two weeks…

What I Thought- This was an amazing book! I honestly don’t know how I missed book one! This book brings you up to speed, so reading book one isn’t necessary, but it would make some minor points clearer. Neil is a great character, who, while not perfect, is extremely realistic. The other nerds in the book are people you would probably like to meet in real life. I know I would! It’s pretty cool how all the kids are expert video-gamers, and because of it, they are government secret mission pilots. That would be neat if it would ever happen (or maybe it did, but it’s a secret). Mr. Miller’s writing style has a good mixture of humor, adventure, vivid descriptions, wit, and great characters for an overall enjoyable experience.

I give this book five out five bookworms!fivebooks

zariaZaria Fierce

By Kiera Gillett

224 pages – ages 9+

Published by Keira Gillett on March 6, 2015

Synopsis- Zaria Fierce was not fierce. Or so she thought, that is, until a river troll kidnaps her best friend. Then she, pitted together with his other friends (one of whom is actually a changeling (a creature swapped for a look-alike human)), goes on an adventure up the river, into a world mixed with the modern world and the ancient myths of Scandinavia.

What I Thought- This was a really good book with a great setting and cool plot line. I really liked how it didn’t hide that Zaria was adopted and she knew it . I also liked how her adoptive parents were nice. You don’t see that often in books (as an adopted kid, I like it when adoption is portrayed well). The characters and mythology are realistic, and the mythology was well explained, too. I like how Zaria tries her best to make do in a world she knew nothing about. There are some instances of d*** throughout the second half of the book that some parents may have issues with for younger kids. This was a good book and I will be looking for book 2.

I give this four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

HEY IT’S ALSO ….

CREATIVE KID THURSDAY!!! WOO!

My Creative Kid guest is JOSIE my little sister. ;)

Today Josie is doing a guest review.

peridotThe Peridot Pendant

By Emma Homes

75 pages – ages 9+
Published by Spark Street Communications Pty Ltd on April 17, 2015

 

Summary (from Amazon) Fabrina is devastated when her mother suddenly vanishes. When she stumbles across her mother’s necklace, Fabrina sets out to untangle the mystery of her disappearance. With feisty best friend Vicky, bookish boy-next-door Harry, and her enigmatic cat Mr Whiskers, Fabrina begins to unlock the secrets of her mother’s magical green pendant.

A fast-paced fantasy where stories from long ago are entwined with present, ‘The Peridot Pendant’ is an imaginative tale that will appeal to children nine years and older.

What Josie Thought – This story was cool. I thought it was going to be a mystery but it had fairies in it and the people traveled to another world. I liked Fabrina. She is smart and brave. I liked Vivky and Harry too. They were all goo characters. The Red Cap guy was creepy (the evil fairy that kept her mom). I liked that there was magic in the story and how Fabrina could travel to different worlds. The book wasn’t too long for me, some of the words were kind of hard but I used my kindle dictionary to help me. I liked how well all the characters are described and all about the fairy world. It was a good book to read.

I give it five bookworms fivebooks

 

Review and Blog Tour! The Dungeoneers by John David Anderson

8 Jun

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The Dungeoneers

By John David Anderson

pages – ages 9+

Will be published on June 23, 2015 by Walden Pond Press

Synopsis-

Publisher’s summary:

The Dungeoneers is an action-packed, funny, and heartbreaking middle grade fantasy-adventure from the author of the acclaimed Sidekicked and Minion, John David Anderson.

The world is not a fair place, and Colm Candorly knows it. While his parents and eight sisters seem content living on a lowly cobbler’s earnings, Colm can’t help but feel that everyone has the right to a more comfortable life. It’s just a question of how far you’re willing to go to get it.
 
In an effort to help make ends meet, Colm uses his natural gift for pickpocketing to pilfer a pile of gold from the richer residents of town, but his actions place him at the mercy of a mysterious man named Finn Argos, a gilded-toothed, smooth-tongued rogue who gives Colm a choice: he can be punished for his thievery, or he can become a member of Thwodin’s Legions, a guild of dungeoneers who take what they want and live as they will. Colm soon finds himself part of a family of warriors, mages, and hunters, learning to work together in a quest to survive and, perhaps, to find a bit of treasure along the way.

What I Thought- This was an awesome story set in a medieval time. I really liked Mr. Anderson’s superhuman/superhero books (Sidekicked and Minion), and this one wasn’t a disappointment. Mr. Anderson really knows how to immerse you into the story and not let you out. You get engaged with all of the characters and their stories. Mr. Anderson develops them so well, it makes you feel like you’ve known them all of your life. The fact that there is magic, but that it doesn’t play that major of a role in the story, is a refreshing change from all the magic-oriented stories out there.  The idea of a “rogue” is fascinating and rather cool. Rogues are the dungeoneers that disable traps, pick locks, etc., but they also make great liars and thieves. Colm is a great kid (who happens to only have 9 fingers!), and you get sucked into his adventures learning to be a rogue. Thwodin’s Legions is a cool guild, and one I wouldn’t mind joining. The ending was solid and satisfying but I could see a sequel coming out of it, but apparently Mr. Anderson isn’t into writing series – too bad for us! I’ll just have to wait to read what his brain comes up with next! ;) Another great book from Mr. Anderson!

I give this five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

Check out the book’s trailer!

WHO IS THIS JOHN DAVID ANDERSON?!?

Dave Anderson author photo

John David Anderson is the author of Sidekicked and Minion. A dedicated root beer connoisseur in his spare time, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis. You can visit him online at www.johndavidanderson.org.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?!?

Awesome – check out this interview where Mr. Anderson interviews himself!

Dave Anderson  Interviews John David Anderson –

Part one of a one-part series in which the author interviews himself to ask the hard-hitting questions that other interviewers thought were simply too obnoxious to ask.

DA (just staring)

JDA: What?

DA: No. Nothing. I just never quite realized how handsome you were. Really, quite dashing in a frumpy, track-pants-wearing, unbrushed-hair kind of way. Did anyone ever tell you you look just like Tom Cruise circa 1994?

JDA: I get that a lot. I really liked him in that one movie. Where he punches people and all that stuff explodes.

DA: Yeah, that one was great. All right, let’s get started. So, Midwestern Authors Weekly recently ranked you number seven on its list of Indiana writers who drink too much Diet Coke. How does that make you feel?

JDA: Like I drink way too much Diet Coke, actually. Where was John Green?

DA: Number one.

JDA: Does he even drink Diet Coke?

DA: Does it really matter?

JDA: No. Probably not.

DA: Water is better for you, anyways. You should drink more water. And lose a little weight. And call your mother more often.

JDA: Diet Coke basically is water, if you think about it. Water and acid. And some other stuff I can’t pronounce.

DA: Speaking of acid—I love the opening of Sidekicked, where Drew is dangling above the pool waiting for The Titan to save him and Jenna is complaining about the health teacher and all that. Just curious, though—how deep was the pool?

JDA: How deep? Does that really matter?

DA: Well. I’m just thinking if I’m a supervillain, and I’m going to dunk a guy in a pool of acid, I want it to be at least eight feet deep so that he’s sure to go all the way under. I don’t want his head sticking out or anything. But some of these municipal pools, I’m not sure they go that deep.

JDA: I don’t think that really matters. It’s acid. Drew probably would have died from shock by the time it had dissolved his kneecaps.

DA: Ew.

JDA: I didn’t bring it up.

DA: Touché. All right. Tell us about your new book, The Dungeoneers.

JDA: Well, it has scorpions.

DA: Really?

JDA: Well. One scorpion. But it’s really big.

DA: Does it have alligators?

JDA: No. No alligators.

DA: That’s kind of disappointing. Alligators are cool. Did you know that alligator eggs end up male or female based on temperature? If the egg is warm, it will be male. If it’s cool. Female.

JDA: Makes sense. Females are naturally cool. The Dungeoneers has two main female characters. A kick-butt, multi-weapon-wielding smart-mouthed barbarian named Lena, and a reticent, cuddly-nature-loving druid named Serene. It also has a stuttering mage and a wizard with rabbit ears and…

DA: Yeah, that’s good. I’m done talking about The Dungeoneers. Let’s move on. Let’s talk about what you’re working on write now.

JDA: Well. Right now I’m working on not punching you in the face.

DA: Why? Because I interrupted you in the middle of describing your new book? You know if you punch me, you’ll only be hurting yourself.

JDA: It worked in Fight Club.

DA: Wow. Great book.

JDA: Good movie, too.

DA: Not for kids, though.

JDA: Not like The Dungeoneers. Fun family entertainment for all ages, that one.

DA: Truth. If it’s all right, I’d like to read some questions that were sent to us through email. Hotcrossbuns44 writes, “Are you ever going to write a sequel to Catcher in the Rye?”

JDA: I didn’t write Catcher in the Rye. That was J.D. Salinger. The J. stood for Jerome.

DA: So the answer is no, then?

JDA: Yeah…I’m really not into that whole, write-a-sequel-to-a-book-you-never-actually-wrote-in-the-first-place thing. I’m really more of a write-a-book-that-will-never-be-turned-into-a-series-and-thus-will-never-make-you-a-millionaire kind of guy.

DA: Sucks for you. You probably should have called it Diary of a Dungeoneer and drawn some pictures of stick kids with spikey hair and stuff.

JDA: Now you tell me.

Links for John David Anderson: 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/anderson_author

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JohnDavidAndersonAuthor?ref=hl
Links for Walden Pond Press:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WaldenPondPress

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaldenPondPress

Website/Blog: http://www.walden.com/books/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/waldenpondpress/

Find the other stops on the tour!

Blog Tour Schedule: 
6/2/2015 Maria’s Melange                                    ​mariaselke.com                                 
6/5/2015 Unleashing Readers                             unleashingreaders.com                    
6/6/2015 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia      hauntedorchid.blogspot.com          
6/7/2015 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers     insatiablereaders.blogspot.com     
6/8/2015 This Kid Reviews Books                     thiskidreviewsbooks.com                  
6/8/2015 Ms Yingling Reads                             ​msyinglingreads.blogspot.com           
6/9/2015 Read Now Sleep Later                         http://www.readnowsleeplater.org/ 
6/10/2015 Charlotte’s Library                         charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com          
6/11/2015    Nerdy Book Club                     https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/  
6/12/2015 The Hiding Spot                         thehidingspot.blogspot.com                      

Review! All Hallows Eve #14 and #15 By David Eveleigh

3 Jun

It’s no secret that one of my favorite comic heroines is David Eveleigh’s All Hallows Eve.

All Hallows Eve is a novella series that has a ton of comic action and adventure, but unlike a traditional comic, these novellas only have a few illustrations.  Five bookworms for Eve’s newest adventures!

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eve14It Came To Earth To Hang Out At The Malt Shoppe

By David Eveleigh

Words: 5,780 (ebook) – ages 9+

Published by Smashwords on May 29, 2015

Synopsis-  All Hallows Eve is back in another adventure! When Eve goes to ask a newcomer in town a question, and he quickly leaves the local malt shoppe, Eve gets suspicious. Sure enough, he disappears down a man-hole in a dark alley, and begins talking to someone. Surprisingly, this “guy” is an alien from outer space, and- he’s not here to conquer us. He’s just trying to recharge is spaceship and get on the “road” again. But sadly, while Eve believes him, the rest of the town doesn’t. The misunderstanding leads to BIG trouble.

What I Thought- This is another solid Eve story. Mr. Eveleigh really knows a way to inadvertently put a message into his Eve books. “It Came To Earth To Hang Out At The Malt Shoppe” has a message about going against the flow, and doing what’s right. Eve knows that the aliens mean no harm, but no one, not even her friends, believe her. It also teaches a lesson in mob warfare. The illustrations are spot on and colorful. The Eve books are kid-friendly, and will get reluctant readers reading.  Eve is a great character that makes you feel good inside.

eve15The Killer Wore Leather Gloves

By David Eveleigh

Words: 4,560 (ebook) – ages 10+

Published by Smashwords on June 26, 2015

Synopsis- All Hallows Eve is back (yet again) in another adventure! [It’s paradise!] This time, she’s in Hollywood, and a movie about her is being filmed! Sadly (or luckily?), she’s not cast in the movie, but is more there for accuracy in the movie. But when a fake gun shoots a real bullet, Eve realizes that there is more at stake than whether she’ll ever get her close up…

What I Thought- Like All Hallows Eve stories, “The Killer Wore Leather Gloves” has a message too. It talks about not doing drugs (a little) and not acting in anger, or any other emotion. Yes, “The Killer Wore Leather Gloves” does have murder, nothing gory/graphic, but for an older audience. This one is a tad dark, but ends up well. I like how it features an older crime fighter (well, she isn’t really old at the time of this book…), Alfred Harvey’s Black Cat. All in all, this was a great book for a slightly older Eve reader. Whether this means that the next books will be darker, I don’t know. [Hey, Mr. Eveleigh? Could you bring back Fantomas? Or do another 3-part series – those were good!]

I can’t wait to read what Eve is up to next!

Review! The Water and the Wild by K.E. Ormsbee

1 Jun

waterThe Water and the Wild

By K.E. Ormsbee

448 pages- ages 8+

Published by Chronicle Books on April 14, 2015

 

 

Synopsis- 12-year-old Lottie Fiske was an odd girl. Odd like the green apple tree on Kemble Island. She stuck out like a sore thumb. She only had one friend, and he was so sick, he was dying. The only other person who cares about her is someone she never met. He writes her letters, and sends her a birthday present every year, through a magic copper box underneath the apple tree. This year, she asks for a cure for Eliot (her friend)’s sickness. That’s when she meets her letter-writer, and a whole other world, linked by the apple tree. She learns about magic, and an evil king, and a cure, and that she may be an heir to the two divided kingdoms.

What I Thought- This is a pretty good book. It is creative and inspiring. The idea behind the worlds being in layers is pretty fascinating. The characters are memorable and extremely realistic. Ms. Ormsbee has a marvelous writing style that makes you feel as if you had experienced everything that the characters are experiencing. Lottie is a great person who you feel for, and can understand how she feels. I liked this book very much, but the ending left me feeling that a lot was unresolved. Even if the book is the first in a series, I am the kind of reader that need to feel a part of the story ends and opens the door to something else. I didn’t get that from this book. The writing and reading level of this novel makes it a great read for middle graders and younger advanced readers. This is Ms. Ormsbee’s debut novel and based on this book, I will be looking for more from her.

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms.fourbooks

Review! Why’d They Wear That? by Sarah Albee

26 May

whyWhy’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History

Written by Sarah Albee

Foreword by Tim Gunn

192 pages – ages 10+

Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on February 10, 2015

Synopsis- Have you ever wondered why the Greeks and Romans draped cloaks over themselves? Why we have “Royal Purple”? How ladies walked in gigantic hoop skirts? Well, this book tells the answers to these questions, and many more. They make you wonder, laugh, and feel sorry for the wearers (did they KNOW they were poisoning themselves???). Plunge into the history of fashion!

What I Thought- This is a really cool nonfiction book. It goes through a history of the known world, and teaches about how they made clothes or why they did them like that. I like how this book teaches kids more than they would think about a time period. The book is written in paragraphs, with little fact boxes, captions, and real photos/paintings/art. It makes it all visually interesting. The paragraphs are in columns, like a newspaper, but dotted with pictures and mini fact boxes. The book mostly focuses on the rich of the time, mostly because they were the ones with the most outrageous fashions. It explains that in Renaissance times, women would eat arsenic wafers to get that shade of deathly pale just right. Ms. Albee has written a wonderful nonfiction book that will get kids thinking about history from a different point of view. This was a really cool book that makes you really wonder about the history (and future) of the world!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

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