Reviews

Apprentice Mistake by Owen Tyler- Short Story Review

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday!

It is officially my first day of spring break. This entire week I do not have any classes and I’m planning on catching up on reading and of course I have to work. So that is the plan for the next few days…let’s get right into this blog post!

I had the honor of working with Book Tasters once again to read the short story Apprentice Mistake by the lovely Owen Tyler. So grab yourself a cup of tea or any hot beverage and enjoy this review. 🙂

Synopsis:

Teslanar, a recently graduated college student at a magical college, has received a apprenticeship helping the head of sorcerers at the college he graduated from. While he was looking out of the window admiring the flowers, he goes outside to see that the gardener has gone missing. An explosion from no other than a powerful dragon. Teslanar must take care of this dragon, but he doesn’t have to knowledge to do so. What could possibly go wrong?

Review:

Let me just say that I don’t read many short stories whether that be stand alone or a collection of short stories. This story has made me want to read more short stories.

I was constantly at the edge of my seat. Would Teslanar be able to take on the dragon himself?

The ending was great too. I definitely wasn’t expecting that. Oh my gosh.

I love how descriptive and gripping this story was. Tyler did a great job of describing Teslanar’s high fantasy world as if we were experiencing it ourselves. I wish I could write that to be completely honest.

There wasn’t a lot of dialogue which I was a little disappointed. I didn’t think that Teslanar would fight the dragon with little dialogue. Shouldn’t he try to lure the dragon away with something? I’m not sure, but I felt like it was sort of missing dialogue.

I was very happy with how well plotted out the story was and how well structured it was. Tyler got his message across.

Overall I thought the story was great and fans of sci-fi and magical elements will definitely enjoy this short story.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I’ll be blogging at you soon.

Keep reading,

Hannah the bookworm

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A Dream Come True by Jeryn Alise Turner- Book Review

Hi, everyone!

Happy Thursday! I hope you are all doing well.

For today’s review I teamed up with Booktasters to read this very special book.

Synopsis:

A mother and daughter (protagonists are left unnamed) travel to Peru for the mother’s birthday celebration. The story follows their physical and emotional journey through Peru and the mother explains to the daughter many life lessons, one by one.

Review:

Ugh this book is so heartwarming. It was so pure and genuine.

The writing was very detailed. I like to compare Turner’s writing as pointillism. She described every single detail in each scene with care.

I love the strong mother-daughter relationship and the lessons the mother gives to the daughter.

This story brings forth the importance of having strong relationships in your life and having a guardian whether they be a relative or a friend, you must have people to help you through life trouble’s and just life in general.

If this story doesn’t make you want to call your mom or any other relative, I have no idea what will.

Overall I enjoyed this story. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy was the format of the dialogue. Instead of a normal piece of dialogue such as “This book was so heartwarming,” said Hannah, it would say Hannah says to readers, “This book was so heartwarming. That’s just my personal preference.

Thank you all for reading. I hope you all are doing well and I will be back with another book review next Monday.

Until Monday,

Hannah the bookworm

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Save Me Twice by E.A. Dustin-Review

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

I’ve teamed up once again with Booktasters to bring to you another book review today. Today’s book is Save Me Twice (based on a true story) by E.A. Dustin. So grab a warm beverage, sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s review.

Synopsis

Karl is your average German sixteen year old boy until one day he was forced to join the Schutzstaffel, a paramilitary organization under the command of Adolf Hitler. Karl and his brother Hans were woken up at midnight by the SS and thrust into the world without a choice. Around that time period (the 1920s) German boys ranging from the ages 12 and up were forced to join the Schutzstaffel. Over the course of the story, we follow Karl and his hardships that come with being in the Schutzstaffel and the terrible conditions of war.

We also follow his daughter, Ellie, throughout the story. The story shifts between the two when Karl is sixteen and when Ellie is an adult while Karl is middle aged. Karl developed heart problems and Ellie finally gets to see him after years of being apart. She helps him through his PTSD.

My Thoughts

To be completely honest, I don’t really know anything about World War II going into this book. I only remember the information we were taught in school. So I didn’t know much about the German side of the spectrum. I went into it with an open mind and it surely did help.

I found this book very educational. While reading, I learned so much more about the war that I wouldn’t have known without the help of E.A. Dustin.

The book has a steady pace. There wasn’t any slow parts to the story. It followed a nice rhythm.

I felt very immersed in the story and the writing is very beautiful. The story kept my interest all the way to the end.

I definitely recommend this book to fans of historical fiction and WWI and WWII stories.

Save Me Twice was an enjoyable story and I recommend it to all of you.

I hope you all are doing fabulous and I will talk to you soon.

Happy reading,

Hannah the bookworm

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The Light of Ives: Memories Remain by Kristen Traganas- Review

Hi, everyone! I am back with another book review for y’all. So grab a cup of tea and get comfy.

I’ve teamed up with Booktasters again and they introduced me to Kristen Traganas’ The Light of Ives: Memories Remain. This being the first book in the series and I’m not quite sure when the next one will be coming out, but I’ll keep you all posted.

Let’s. Get. Reviewing.

Synopsis: 

Lucy is eager to leave Emerald Lake. She wants to live with the humans but is also afraid of leaving her friends and family behind. Is it worth it? Will the dark side of human existence scare Lucy away?

 

Review:

I’d like to start off this review by saying that I couldn’t put this book down. It kept me hooked, but I did find some sort of plot hole. The entire time I was confused because I wasn’t sure when the story took place. Was it set in the future or modern day? Maybe it’s just me but I couldn’t find anything indicating what sort of time period the Lucy and the other characters were living in.

Also, was Emerald Lake a separate planet or a city? I never understood that either.

Despite the plot holes, I found this book very interesting. The idea behind the lumenguards and the Indomites was interesting. But how can you tell a lumenguard from a human being?

There were a few things that I would’ve liked to know more about, but otherwise the writing was beautiful and kept me interested all the way through the book.

I would recommend this book for fans of any Neal Shusterman books such as Challenger Deep and Scythe.

Thank you to Booktasters and Kristen Traganas herself for contacting me and introducing me to this great book.

Thanks for reading everyone. I hope you all are doing well and reading some great books. Let me know in the comments what you’re currently reading. Also, if you have a book in need of reviewing you can contact me via Twitter or leave a comment with a link to your book. I’d love to read it.

Happy reading!

Hannah

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading- Review

Hi, everyone! I had the opportunity to read and review Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading courtesy of Book Publicity Services. I haven’t done a review in a while so it’s nice to have had this opportunity to get back in the swing of reviewing books.

Let’s get into the review!

Synopsis:

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold follows the story of a young girl named Kitty who leaves her hometown of Tofino, Canada to study humpback whales in Alaska. She soon finds herself lost in adventures and mysteries of curses and shipwrecks. This book follows her on her adventures through the beautiful areas of Yukon.

My Thoughts: 

I quite enjoyed this book. Going into this book I wasn’t expecting it to be so educational. I didn’t really know anything about Canada and Yukon. Boy, I know a boat load more.

The book did get a little slow a little before the middle of the book, but picked up the pace right away.

I love how brave and self-aware Kitty Hawk was. A powerful female protagonist is definitely my type of story.

I felt like I was actually in Canada as cheesy as that sounds. I could see the landscapes vividly in my mind’s eye.

The writing was beautiful and you can definitely tell Reading did a lot of research. Ultimately, it did the book wonders.

I hope you enjoyed this little review. Let me know if you’ve read any of the Kitty Hawk books and what your thoughts are.

I hope you all are doing well and I will talk to you guys Thursday!

Love always,

Hannah

(P.S. Stay tuned for a new poem and a little life update. Happy reading!)

 

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The Golden Rule by Jessica Marie Baumgartner- review

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since I last reviewed a book. I have teamed up with Booktasters once again to read The Golden Rule by Jessica Marie Baumgartner.

The Golden Rule follows a young girl exploring the different religions through her diverse friend group. She speaks about each religion and how each are different but follow the same sort of mantra. Each speak for kindness. Each believe that we should treat others the way we want to be treated.

The Golden Rule teaches readers the importance of diversity and kindness. Just because someone has a different religion or background as you does not mean they should be treated differently as you would treat someone with the same religion.

The Golden Rule is directed towards a younger audience. I’m happy that Jessica wrote this for younger ages because diversity and acceptance should be taught at young ages.

The artwork in this book is brilliant. It’s so beautiful and genuine.

I quite enjoyed this book. I would’ve more if I was younger, but it had a great message.

Thanks for reading everyone! Stay tuned for a new poem this Wednesday.

Love always,

Hannah

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Loves Me Not, Loves Me by Brittany Julian-Review

Hi, everyone!

Today I have the opportunity to review Loves Me Not, Loves Me by Brittany Julian.

The poetry book is split into two sections: Heartbreak and love-just like the title. Each poem follows the lines of Brittany's love life but easily traces the story of the reader's love life.

The poetry was beautiful and honest. At points, very heartbreaking. All of the emotions just flooded out of the pages. It's truly beautiful.

I think this book can help anyone who's gone through a rough time in any relationship. It gives you a sense of knowing that everyone has experienced some sort of heartbreak.

This book is perfect for the fans of The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace.

Thank you Brittany Julian herself for contacting me about her book. And thank you to everyone for reading.

Love always,

Hannah