This is the second book in the 8th Island Trilogy set. The first one “Above the Star” was amazing. It was a page turner that I could not put down. (Even being a busy mom, I found the time to read that one) “Below The Moon”, is no different. It was a good read from start to finish, and worth the time to read. The characters are well developed, there are a few little side story lines to keep you entertained, and the author is a brilliant story teller. You can really picture this world exactly.
While in “Above the Star”, I felt the mother character was a bit flat, she came to life in this book. I really enjoyed learning more about her and her past. It made her so much more relatable. And I loved her always wanting to “chat” with Ella on topics that most teenagers don’t want to talk to their mom about. Their relationship was very much a real life mother-daughter relationship. Even in the alien world, even with the challenges that they are facing, even with plotting against a king. They are very down to Earth. Loved reading them bicker back and forth
Okay, so who out there is a busy mom who doesn’t have time to pee let along read a young adult book. (My hand would be going up here) Above the Star is the first book in the 8th Island Trilogy, and let me tell you it did not disappoint. Totally worth the time to devour this.
This book, is one that grips you right from the start. I must admit that once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Seriously read the entire book in about 2 days. I immediately fell in love with Ella, she is very much your typical 14 year old girl. Lots of sass, eye rolling and conflict with mom, but all done in a way that she isn’t disrespectful. Her mother was one, that took me a few chapters to really relate to. However, as her story and side was revealed; she is certainly someone that you can understand her struggles.
This book is very much the magical adventure of Narnia meets a feel good family story. I love the new world that the author, Alexis Marie Chute, was able to create. Her ability to create all of these characters, and a completely different world was gripping. There was never a question of what Jarr-Wya looked like, or the journey that the characters have taken. It was detailed enough to really paint the picture, yet open enough for you to put your own touches on the place, it was wonderful for the imagination.
It seems that since Gone Girl, we have been lacking a really great phycological thriller. One where it is slightly off kilter, where you are not sure who the good guys are, or even better who the bad guys are. One that takes you on a ride that you can’t see what is coming. And one that grips you from the very first page. Am I right here, or have I just missed it? Well if you are like me and unable to find that next great thriller, look no further. I have the perfect read for you. (Just don’t take it on vacation, otherwise you will spend your entire trip with nose in this book) Mirror Image the book that will get you back into the thriller game.
Are you looking for a book, with a completely new twist? Tired is reading the same types of books over and over again? Boy meets girl, girl falls for bad boy, bad boy falls in love and protects her, and cue the happily ever after ending. Don’t get me wrong I love a good romance book, and I actually love how they always turn out how I think. Even a good mystery every once in a while gets me excited. But every once in a while, I want something that no other author has done. A story that I have not read in another form some where else, something with a completely new idea. The Cadence of Gypsies does not disappoint. Completely original idea, with writing that pulls you in, and characters that feel like people you have known all your life.
Well the holiday’s are over, all the loveliness of Valentine’s Day is over; are you ready for a book that you can sink your teeth into? Something that is not just the fun, fluffy, cozy, holiday winter books? Then The Last Dinner Party
is your perfect next read. It has a little bit of everything for you. There is romance, tons of mystery, housewife gossip and of coarse murder.
The Not So Wise Owl is a must read for children of all ages. It was an incredibly cute story of friendship, and not giving up on someone just because they are not wise. This is one of those books that you won’t mind reading over and over and over again.
It is written in a rhyming, Dr Suess kind of way that is very engaging. Plus it has a great spring board to talk about other types of animals that might not be so wise during the day. With us homeschooling over here, we used it start the unit study on owls actually. The story itself has a whole host of great characters actually. And they have to figure out what is wrong with owl.
Every once in a while a book really surprises me. Normally I have a pretty good idea of what I like to read and I stick to that. Well Kings and Pawns, was totally outside of that. It is not a book that I normally would read. I am not really big into the whole fantasy genre, and my brain must have been asleep at the wheel when I signed up for this. But I am so glad that it was. This book was really really well written.
It is kinda geeky, I am not going to lie. When I got the book, I giggled a bit. There is a two page map of the lands that are described in the book. Plus there are several pages that point out the pronunciation of the characters name. These were details that I thought kinda odd. They turned out to be wonderful to have!! And I actually referred to them several times throughout reading it. There is actually not much to not love about this book.
About the Book:
J.J. Sherwood’s debut novel KINGS OR PAWNS: THE KINGS, BOOK 1 is the first in a high fantasy epic series sure to please fans of both the science fiction and fantasy genres.
The year is 8994 P.E., and the city of Elvorium is corrupted—rotted to the core by the machinations of depraved politicians. With his father dead and the country facing a rebellion, Price Hairem becomes the king of the elven world of Sevrigel in one of its most turbulent points in history.
Young and daring, Hairem is determined to eradicate the corruption festering in Elvorium’s self-serving and all-powerful council, which thwarts his best intentions at every turn. But Hairem’s problems are far more sinister¬—and deadly—than merely political. The loyal members of the council are being savagely murdered by an assassin loosed within the city—an assassin whose brutality knows no bounds. Outside of the city, the Lord Saebellus wages a vicious rebellion against the capital. He has been thwarted thus far by the brilliant General Jikun, and Hairem is certain that the general can crush Saebellus.
But instead of continuing the campaign against the warlord, the council orders Jikun’s army to be split, sending him on a mission that furthers only their own wealth and power. Jikun knows that the council’s demands will leave Elvorium vulnerable to an attack from the formidable warlord. Although Saebellus has been recently defeated, he is far from vanquished. As corruption and death threaten to tear the city apart from within, the rebel Saebellus seizes the opportunity to lay siege to Sevrigel’s eastern capital and unleash his most powerful weapon yet: a demonic beast that neither weapon nor magic can kill. With the elven world crumbling around him, Hairem is grasping for his own power to fight against the forces that threaten Sevrigel.
Will Hairem overcome the council’s scheming and duplicity? Can General Jikun defeat the warlord Saebellus? Will this be the war that finally brings Sevrigel to its knees? KINGS OR PAWNS offers action, intrigue, mystery, and suspense—a thrilling story that will leave readers hungry for the sequel, Heroes or Thieves, to be published in February 2016.
So I know that this is not a typical Christmas time read. But sometimes you just gotta have a break for all the sugary sweet Christmas stuff. Right? Well if you are needing a break then this is just the book for you. School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret) needs to be your next read. Any tween girls in the house, looking for a kick ass heroine to relate to? Give them this book! This was a great book, with an awesome twist on old mythology. There is no sex, while there is violence (I mean the title states School of Deaths), it is not real graphic or detailed. The girl is strong, smart AND pretty.
After all the holiday craziness (and family drama), are you needing something fun, fluffy and enjoyable to read? Then Fooling Around with Cinderella is the perfect story for you. It is sweet, simple and a great read.
It has everything that is needed for a perfect after holiday break that you need before jumping into the rest of the winter holidays. The characters are well developed. Everyone from the main characters, to her sister, to the rest of the staff, even her niece has a full personality. It was so refreshing to have such a great set of characters. The story moves along at a great pace. It certainly doesn’t dawdle, but let you stick around in each scene long enough to get a great feel of it and be ready to move on. While it has a pretty easy to see coming story line, it is still a nice read.
Where to start with this story? It is a dystopian love story. As with most dystopian books, it is a hard read. The author’s writing style is a fast paced and straight to the point. She certainly does not waste any words on fluff. The subject matter is what I found hard to read. In a land where rape is legal (as long as it is done within the rules that have been set up for sanctioned rape) and virginity is a commodity to be traded or taken away, there were certainly scenes that made me cringe a bit.