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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Elora of Stone by Jamie Lee Mann

I chose to read and review Elora of Stone because it had been many many years since I had read a book geared towards middle school children and wanted to see what they were like again. Elora of Stone is written by Jamie Lee Mann and is the first in the Legend of Rhyme series. The story centers around four year old twins, Asher and Ariana who are the children of one with a pure heart and a powerful magician. One day when the twins are playing the woods, Asher vanishes. His family searches and searches for him, but eventually believe him to be dead. You see, in the Kingdom of Falmoor, twins are cursed. Since the day the evil sorcerer Larque turned the good witch Elora to stone, one of each set of twin have been mysteriously vanishing. Ariana is now about to turn 13, when she finds out that her brother is alive and in order to save Falmoor, she has to find him and use their magical bond to release Elora and stop Larque from his dark purpose.

I found this book to be a very fun and enjoyable story. It was nice to read something easy and that was not filled with darkness and love triangles. This book is targeted for children aged 9-12, and I would definitely recommend it for that age group. If I had children, I would not be worried about them reading this book, unlike a lot of other books that are so popular right now.


Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley.

Bloodmark by Aurora Whittet

Bloodmark, by Aurora Whittet was, overall, a good read. The story centers around 16 year old Ashling, who is a werewolf princess. However, it was apparent from birth that Ashling was different from the other wolves, in that she was able to shift into her wolf form from birth, when she should not have been able to do that until puberty. Because of this, she is sent by her father to live isolated from her kind in the Ireland countryside. Then, one day when she was fourteen years old, she was summoned by her father to his kingdom. She thought that this was her chance to finally be accepted as a member of the pack and royal family. It turns out, however, that her father had agreed to marry her off. From this point on in the book, her life takes a turn for the worse when another rival pack begins to hunt her. She is sent to the human world to hide, and while there meets an unusual and rebellious boy named Grey, whom she finds herself falling in love with.
Like many other reviews, I thought this book had the potential to be an excellent book. The plot idea was fantastic, and different than many other werewolf based books out there. It started out strong, but when she met Grey, the book became a little awkward for me. I really enjoy a relationship that builds, where the characters get to know each other first. That did not happen, because they instantly fell in love. While I would have liked their relationship to develop a bit more slowly, that did not ruin the rest of the book for me. I still really enjoyed it overall, and had to read it in one sitting so that I could find out what was going to happen. I also really enjoyed the ending and how it set up and framed the plot for the next book. I am looking forward to reading the next book, and cannot wait to see what happens!


Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley.

Link by Summer Wier

Link, by Summer Wier, was a surprising read. It is a young adult sci-fi book, and the first novel in The Shadow of Light series. It was interesting and different than many other books I have read lately. Kira, who is the main character, was celebrating her eighteenth birthday with her friends at a lake in the woods, when a falling star collided with her and she found herself torn between two different worlds. The falling star that collided with her transported Kira to the center of a black hole, and an interesting world filled with carnivals, gypsies, and of course a mysteriously attractive boy. However, she only has a certain amount of time before her star dies and she will be trapped in whatever world she is in when that happens. Because of this she finds herself in a race against time to save her past and her future.
All in all, I greatly enjoyed this book. I had not expected the book to have the unique plot that it does. It addressed many “what ifs?” that we humans have had for centuries: life in other galaxies, black holes, alternative worlds, etc. This book was full of pleasant surprises.  It messed with my mind just enough to keep me thoroughly entertained and I enjoyed the scientific theories mixed in with the plot. Overall, I recommend this book to young adult science fiction lovers, and hopefully I will be able to read the next books in the series to find out what happens to Kira and the other characters.


Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley.