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Review! Battle for the Land’s Soul by LRW Lee

8 May

Battle for the Land’s Soul
Series: Andy Smithson Series
Written by LRW Lee
210 pages – ages 9+
Published by Woodgate Publishing on May 8, 2017 (TODAY!)

Synopsis from Publisher- Good vs Evil. Destiny Demands the Battle be Fought. But at What Cost?
It’s clear Abaddon, the evil shape shifting ruler of Hadession, Oomaldee’s northern neighbor, must be dealt with if Oomaldee’s citizens are to ever live in peace. But how? What lengths will Andy have to go to in order to wage war against a being whose power stems from evil itself? Will Abaddon plunge the land into darkness or will light triumph?

What I Thought- For those of you out there unfamiliar with the Andy Smithson series, if the rest of the books weren’t enough to convince you to give LRW Lee a try, than this book should be reason enough. Lee has written a thrilling conclusion to her marvelous series. We finish the saga of Abaddon and his reign of terror, but sadly we have to say goodbye to Andy. Throughout this series I have enjoyed seeing Andygrow and flourish as a character. We see him grow from a self-centered American teenager into the wise, just and tempered monarch of an entire country. Lee fleshes out the rest of the cast as well, and readers learn more about them as they root them on. The character development intimately connects the reader with them and connects them to the story. This book is full of action, described in an enticing way. The text forces the reader into Andy‘s mind. It is written in such a way that Lee encourages the reader to ask the same questions that Andy is facing. The setting is well-described, with a perfect combination of giving details and leaving the imagination some free range. The world of Oomaldee and its neighboring countries are fascinating, and the reader appreciates getting a chance to “see” the lands as the characters travel through them. Lee really writes a gripping story, and I could not put this book down – don’t tell my parents this, but I stayed up incredibly late into the night to finish reading it! I really enjoy reading Lee’s adventures, and discovering the life lessons hidden between the pages. There is also a lot of symbolism in the book, making it good for reading in school as well. Lee writes age-appropriate novels, sometimes with darker themes, but always in a balanced way for kids to handle. This was a marvelous end to a fabulous series, and though I’m sad to see it go, I am happy to say that Lee has ended the book and series in a fulfilling way. I cannot wait to read what Lee comes up with next!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Review! Wisdom of the Centaur’s Reason by LRW Lee

5 Dec

centaurWisdom of the Centaur’s Reason

Series: Andy Smithson #6 (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5)

By LRW Lee

212 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on November 19, 2016

Synopsis- Andy Smithson wants to get back to Oomaldee. But he can’t. Whatever brings him there (he’s still unsure) isn’t bringing him! Thankfully, he is then given a task – find the Heart of Oomaldee, hidden in our world, in America! He finds the heart, and restarts it inside Oomaldee, finally getting back to his people. But now, with that quest done, it is time that he returns to his main quest – breaking the curse. And if he breaks the curse, it means that he must come to terms with what happens after doing so – mostly the death of his mother, the King, and Mermin, beloved wizard. Can he do it?

What I thought- Wow! This installment of the Andy Smithson series really pulls at your heartstrings! There is a lot of tension in the story as everything draws towards the final showdown between Andy and Abaddon. Lee plays on the reader’s emotions as she leads them through this exciting story. The reader is totally connected with the characters and you empathize with the pains and troubles that plague them. The characters get more realistic and personable as the series goes on, so by now, you feel as if you know each of them rather well. The progression of Andy, as the main character, throughout the series is especially satisfying. He is coming to terms with a friend dying, and also with the fact that if he breaks the curse, his mom will die, along with the King and another close friend. WOW! That’s a lot for a kid. I appreciate that Lee has a fine sense of where to draw the line at the story being too dark, because it could easily fold into a depressing story. But it doesn’t. Lee keeps the characters’ hope up, and they will not give up even if things are looking down. She definitely has her target audience in mind. Lee’s vivid description of the setting and characters play like a movie in your mind, and make it so that you don’t want to put the story down. Very much looking forward to the next book.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Review! Vision of the Griffin’s Heart by LRW Lee

25 Jan

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Today I am part of a blog tour for Linda Lee’s fifth book in her Andy Smithson series! I have enjoyed this series very much.

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Author Linda Lee

Here is the series summary from Ms. Lee:

Four years ago, Andy Smithson discovered he is the Chosen one to break a 500-yr-old curse plaguing the land of Oomaldee when he unexpectedly and mysteriously found himself there. To do so, he must collect ingredients for a magical potion. Thus far he has gathered the scale of a red dragon, venom from a giant serpent, a unicorn’s horn, and the tail feather of a phoenix. Now he must ask a griffin for one of its talons. There’s just one problem…humans have poached griffin treasure, causing these mythical creatures to attack on sight.

Complicating matters, the evil Abaddon, sovereign of Oomaldee’s northern neighbor, is turning more and more citizens into zolt in his ongoing campaign of terror as he sets in motion the final steps of his plan to conquer the land. Things really start to heat up in book five!

If you loved Harry Potter, you’ll love the Andy Smithson series chalk full of mythical creatures, newly invented animals like zolt, herewolves, and therewolves, a complex plot with evolving characters, and positive themes including responsibility, diligence, dignity, friendship and more.

Now on to my review!

 

visionsVision of the Grifin’s Heart

Series: Andy Smithson #5

By LRW Lee

218 pages – ages 9+

Published by Woodgate Publishing on January 13, 2016

Synopsis- Andy Smithson is back – back in Oomaldee, the land where he is the sole heir, and the land he is trying to save from a terrible curse. He is almost done finding the ingredients. The evil king Abaddon who is invading the land has found a way to take over the minds of the people who he has turned into the bodies of his minions (bird-like people) so that they do his bidding. With rumors of an attack on Oomaldee’s capital, and an ingredient to find in a nearby country, Andy sure has his hands full!

What I Thought- This is a marvelous book in a great series. Andy Smithson is not your average fourteen-year-old boy! He is sucked out of our world and tossed into another; the world of Oomaldee. To top it off his mom is their long lost queen. Andy was charged with the task of helping to lift a 500-year-old curse on Oomaldee. Ms. Lee has a way of writing a totally believable, on the edge of your seat adventure that nails the content for her intended audience. Lee’s writing combines wit with a sense of suspense to keep readers on their toes. The fifth book in this series gets a little dark, with characters dying and some mild violence but nothing graphic or gory. It would be appropriate for any audience above nine or ten years old. I really like how the book has Andy coming to terms with the effects of lifting the curse, such as the king will die (he was the reason the curse started, and has lived 500+ years). I especially like that Andy really matures as a person in this book.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Andy Smithson: Resurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace by L.R.W. Lee

13 May

rlleeResurrection of the Phoenix’s Grace
Andy Smithson Series Book 4
By L.R.W. Lee
208 pages- ages 9+
Published by CreateSpace on April 24, 2015

Synopsis- Andy Smithson is back in an all new adventure! When the strange vulture men, henchmen/birds/things of King Abaddon, (sworn enemy of Andy, King Hercalon V, and all of the land of Oomaldee), start appearing in Earth, they appear to be searching for Andy! They even invade his house! Andy suddenly appears in Oomaldee (the teleportation always happens at bad times) and finds his friends. He gets the next clue to find the cure to the curse of Oomaldee. It then involves into a full-scale adventure against Abaddon while trying to save the legendary Phoenix!

What I Thought- I really enjoyed this book. It had everything I loved in the other books in the Andy Smithson series, plus more! Mrs. Lee writes a thrilling action-adventure story that keeps you on the edge of your bean bag chair (a very hard thing to do – you always sink into a bean bag chair…). I will admit, I stayed up a little too late finishing this book – it was that good! Mrs. Lee has a talent for writing fantasy for middle graders. She develops a world and characters that are exciting and adventurous but keeps it age-appropriate for her audience. The story flows well and has enough action to keep the reader wanting to read more. I really like how there are some new characters introduced in this book, and some old ones reunited. It made a great read.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Book Launch Tour! Andy Smithson: Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor by L.R.W. Lee

15 Oct

 

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unicornAndy Smithson Book 3: Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor

by L.R.W. Lee

252 pages – ages 9+
Published by CreateSpace  on September 23, 2014

Summary- Author’s summary]

Andy returns to Oomaldee and learns the next ingredient to collect is the horn of a unicorn. Not unexpectedly, as he and his company embark upon their quest, they face stiff opposition from the evil King Abaddon, a foreign enemy who seeks to conquer that world. The physical battle, while intense, pales in comparison, however, to his conflicted heart, when a seductive voice calls to Andy, tempting him to surrender the unicorn horn in exchange for a promise to preserve his mom when he breaks the curse. Desperate to save her, he falls for the lie and puts in jeopardy his ability to end the curse.

What I liked- Mrs. Lee has written another great book in the Andy Smithson series. In the newest book, Andy Smithson: Disgrace of the Unicorn’s Honor, Andy really grows as a person. It made me like his character even more. In addition to the vivid description of the land of Oomaldee, the action and twists that Mrs. Lee packs into this story makes it a totally enjoyable read. The plot of the story captures the reader’s attention and Mrs. Lee’s writing style keeps you reading until the very last word. I especially like the unusual animal inhabitants of Oolmaldee (like dragons, unicorns and “herewolves”). They add a lot to this fantastic world. Mrs. Lee has written a long-lasting story that is part of one of my favorite series.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms! fivebooks

 

Want to learn more? Visit Mrs. Lee’s website HERE

 

Andy Smithson and the Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning – Blog Tour!

28 Jan

smithson1Andy Smithson and the Blast of the Dragon’s Fury

By L.R.W. Lee

196 pages – ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace on April 13, 2013

In the first book in this series (Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, see my review HERE) we learn that an ordinary kid from our times is magically transported to the land of Oomaldee. There, Andy is asked to break a 500-year-old curse by the ghost of a past king of Oomaldee.  The curse on Oomaldee is that there is a thick fog on the land and no one can see very far and the current king can never die (he is supposed to live to see misery that he caused). To break the curse, Andy must collect hard-to-find ingredients for a recipe.

smithson2Andy Smithson and the Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning

By L.R.W. Lee

242 pages – ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace on January 10, 2014

In book 2, Andy Smithson: Venom of the Serpent’s Cunning, Andy is back on an all new quest. He is desperately trying to get back to Oomaldee to help King Hercalon, Mermin (the king’s closest friend, who can’t die either, and the kingdom’s wizard) and Alden (a friend of Andy’s in Oomaldee) find the rest of the ingredients for the recipe. Andy unexpectedly gets his wish while on a trip to a museum. Things in Oomaldee go from bad to worse when the magical prism keeping the king and Mermin alive is stolen. Andy and Alden decide they are going to get the prism and the next ingredient all in one shot. The only problem is an evil 7-headed dragon has both of the things they are looking for.

This series has everything a kid could want. There’s action, adventure, magic, excitement and mystery! Andy is a great main character. He is the kind of kid that I think I’d be friends with. I like how he keeps his cool and does what is right. The world of Oomaldee is described so well, I can imagine how everything looks. I especially like how the villain (the seven-headed dragon) can change shape. That made it even more terrible! Ms. Lee’s writing style keeps the reader turning pages and wanting to find out what comes next. She’s written an exciting adventure that both boys and girls will enjoy. Ms. Lee does a great job introducing the story in the second book so, the series can be read out of order. But, like most series, it’s best when read in order. No spoilers then. 🙂

Five out of five bookworms for this exciting adventure story!fivebooks

To learn more about Ms. Lee and her books, click HERE.

To buy the books:

Book 1

Amazon Paper: http://amzn.to/17pu0ut

FREE eBook (all versions): http://bit.ly/Lk6yH5

Book 2

Amazon Paper: http://amzn.to/1eHKa4Q

Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1j6sEKP

All other eBook versions: http://bit.ly/KlCycx

 

Andy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury, Book 1 By L. R. W. Lee

9 Aug

andysmithAndy Smithson: Blast of the Dragon’s Fury

By L. R. W. Lee

200 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on April 13, 2013

Andy Smithson couldn’t believe it when he is (accidentally) magically teleported from our world to the land of Oomaldee. While the King of Oomaldee and the wizard that brought Andy there  are trying to figure out how to send Andy back, Andy is asked to break a 500-year-old curse by the ghost of a past king of Oomaldee.  The curse on Oomaldee is that there is a thick fog on the land and no one can see very far and the current king can never die (he is supposed to live to see misery that he caused). To break the curse, Andy must collect hard-to-find ingredients for a recipe. Step 1: Get a scale from a red dragon, the fiercest of all the dragons. And to do that, you must go through Oomaldee and into the enemy kingdom! Should be easy peezy right? Not really…

I have been reading some really great independently published books lately and I can add this one to my list. This was a very exciting book! I like the plot a lot. I read a lot of magic and fantasy books and I like it when I read a story that is different from what is out there already. Andy is a great main character. He is very believable character. Alden, Andy’s friend in Oomaldee, was a good character too. The cover art is super-cool (I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I get disappointed  when a good book has a bad cover). Ms. Lee’s  writing style kept me on the edge of my seat. Even though the book is short (only 200 pages), I didn’t feel like it left unanswered questions and I really enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to Book 2!

I give “Andy Smithson” 5 out of 5 book worms!fivebooks

To learn more about the author, please visit Ms. Lee’s website by clicking HERE!

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