Book Reviews

Ewan Pendle And The White Wraith, by Shaun Hume

Enter the world of Ewan Pendle, and discover his heritage along side him as he learns his life as an orphan getting passed from home to home is over. Ewan enters a world he never could have imagined, and gets a fresh start to life.

You see, Ewan was never what anyone would call as normal. Ewan, from an early age, could see things that nobody else could. This made Ewan a bit of an outsider, and made life hard for him. Ewan struggled to make friends, and couldnt “fit in” with any of the foster families he was placed with.

This all changes however when he gets collected to go to a special school, called Firedrake. Here Ewan learns that he is not abnormal, or alone, for the things he has been seeing. He is what is called a Lenitnes, and it is his life duty to fight these Creatures he has been seeing most of his life.

This book follows Ewans first year at Firedrake as he learns about his true world and life, makes friends, and causes a little bit of mischief along the way!

The story introduces and centers on several characters, who are different but all relate-able in their own ways.  The characters also evolve nicely as the plot proceeds.

My only constructive criticism on this book, and whether it was just the copy I was provided, there were a lot of spelling and grammatical mistakes, which was at times distracting from the story.  The author was also very descriptive, which is good as it really helps to build the story and construct the image in your mind. (However, constant repetition of the same descriptive terms were used).

All in all I rate the book 3.5 out of 5 stars, and I hope the the author brings out the next book soon – it is left open for a sequel and there is a story building quite nicely! This is available in eBook format on Amazon.com for $3, or hardback option is available aswell if you dont like eBooks.

Thanks again also to Shaun for sending me this book to review!

Book Reviews

Soundless, by Richelle Mead

I have not read anything else like this, it is a truly unique story.

Fei lives in a small village on-top of a mountain. Fei and her village are unable to journey down the mountain as it would be perilous to do so. The only contact her village has with the rest of the world is a small zip-line running up the mountain from another town. The zip-line is a two-way transfer;  Fei’s village send down minerals and ore’s they mine from the mountain, and they receive food in exchange as they are unable to grow their own food.

Residents in Fei’s village all have their own place in their little society; Fei is one of the few who have an artist flair and paints and reports news. The miners are also one of the most valued professions, due to the exchange on the zip-line.

There is one thing about Fei and her village however – everyone is deaf. The residents of Fei’s village do not have the sense of hearing.

When some of the people in the village begin to lose their sight also, and the mining supplies diminish, they are also beginning to starve as the town is sending equally diminishing food supplies to match the diminishing mining supplies.

Fei sets out to discover the truth and save her village.

I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

*featured image taken from http://www.richellemead.com/books/soundless-tr/soundless-hc

Book Reviews

Throne Of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

I will start this review by saying I have read the five books in this series so far released, but I probably wont review the other books; HOWEVER – I love this series! I read all five books in about 6 weeks I think; the first two books were on the smaller size, but like a lot of other series’ the books get thicker as the series progresses. Now, if I had 30seconds spare, 1 minute spare, 2 minutes spare, I pulled the book out and read what I could, even if it was just a paragraph or a page, I couldnt put it down!!

The series has an almost Lord of The Rings world-feel to it; and it does feel like it is set in the past, or a parallel universe, where there is royalty who live in castles, people travel by horse-back and carriage, there are no telephones, there are citizen class’s etc.

We are introduced to the main character fairly immediately. Many rumours exist about Celaena Sardothien, aka Ardalans Assassin. Celaena has been summoned from her slavery in the mines to fight her way through a “competition” to become the King of Ardalans murderous slave. The main issue with this? There is no-one alive whom Celaena despises more.

Throne of Glass follows Celaena as she battles her way through the competition, forges unexpected friendships, and discovers a whole new world around her that she knew little to nothing about.

As the book series progresses Celaena and the other characters develop and progress in a natural way, and the plot has beautiful flow from one book to another. Nothing seems “unrealistic” or “unbelievable”, and the book truly has a way of sucking you into this separate universe that Sarah J. Maas has created.

I told one of my best friends about this series, and she got just as sucked in as quickly and deeply as I did, and we were equally devastated when we discovered we would have to wait over a year for the next book in the series!

My main message from this series; do yourself a favour and read this!!

5 out of 5 stars, hands-down!!

*featured image taken from http://sarahjmaas.com/throneofglass/

Book Reviews

Diamonds In The Rough, The Secret Diamond Sisters Book 2 by Michelle Madow

Second book in the Secret Diamond Sisters trilogy. I didn’t enjoy Diamonds in the Rough as much as I enjoyed The Secret Diamond Sisters…

The three sisters are still adapting to their new life in the Vegas strip, making new friends, new enemies, and learning their place in this new world. School has gone back and the three sisters are each dealing with this in their own, different ways.

In the meantime, their mum has come out of rehab, and is living with their grandma as she settles back into life outside the rehab clinic.

The characters are evolving given their new surroundings and life. Savannah is making new friends and her own YouTube channel, Courtney is focusing on her studies with college in mind, and Peyton is continuing to rebel, although less so and in a more understandable manner.

The reason I liked Diamonds in the Rough less than the Secret Diamond Sisters… They dropped two massive bomb-shells in this book, and it felt like overkill? Like drama was created just for dramas sake? I am all for plot shake-ups, however these were quite significant secrets that had been kept from the girls, and it seemed excessive…

Aside from this, I still love the sisters, and the story and the characters are still progressing, so I still rate this 3 out of 5 stars

* photo taken from http://michellemadow.com/books/the-secret-diamond-sisters

Book Reviews

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

I read this one awhile ago, but I loved it!

Three sisters, Peyton, Courtney and Savannah, are struggling through high school (and part-time jobs). They are living with their single mother, who is a long-term sufferer of alcoholism.

After another episode with their mother, they get told a secret that will forever change their life; not only do they actually have a father, but he is a billionaire hotel owner that lives in Las Vegas who wants the three sisters to come to live with him for a year in their own penthouse of his hotel for a year whilst he pays for their mother to go to rehab to heal and recover!

Living in a penthouse on the Las Vegas strip, unlimited credit cards, discovering an estranged father; every teenage girls fantasy right?? Unfortunately for the sisters, although they are no longer financially struggling and having to juggle part-time work with school, they are discovering a whole new bunch of life complications.

The sisters are as alike to each other as they are different, creating the image of real sibling relationships, especially between teenage girls.

As I said at the start, it was a little while ago that I read this one, but I remember feeling myself sinking into the plot, and wishing I could fall into the book and live the life with the Diamond sisters!

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars

*photo taken from http://michellemadow.com/books/the-secret-diamond-sisters

Book Reviews

Books 1-3 of the Vega Jane Series; “The Finisher”, “The Keeper” and “The Width of the World” by David Baldacci

I don’t intend in doing book series reviews in one post for all books in the series; this series however I have just finished, and I am torn as to my feelings towards these books… The best metaphor that comes to mind with my feelings towards these books; its like when you are listening to music and you can feel it building and you are waiting for the beat to drop, but then it doesn’t… And you are left with the feeling that it has the base for a great climax, that never comes…

The series surrounds, as the series name suggests, the (main) character named Vega Jane. When I started reading The Finisher it seemed to be based in a Medieval time, as there was no technology (electricity, cars, children were employed etc). As the series progresses however, I was less sure what time period the story was occurring in (which I guess is not that strange given it is a fantasy book).

I’ll do as best as I can, without giving away (too much of?) the story;

The Finisher – Meet Vega Jane; a “Wug” living in a town named Wormwood. Vega is living in a rented shared room with her younger brother as her parents are in “Care” (their hospital). Vega works in a factory, finishing metal products (the reason for the title; Vega is one of two “Finishers” at Stacks, the factory she works at). Vega is trying to juggle working, raising her younger brother, and gets caught up in the mystery of a missing wug. Wug’s are in their own little world, and no-one comes to, or leaves, Wormwood. Wormwood is surrounded by the Quag (which I envisioned to be like swamp-land whilst I was reading the first book), which is filled with wug-eating beasts, with nothing lying beyond. Or so the wugs are told by their council….

The Keeper – The second book in the series; The Keeper see’s Vega and her only friend Delph venturing into the Quag on a quest for the truth. As a reader, this book so many turns I never would have predicted, and not all of them were a flowing plot builder. For Vega and Delph, they also come across many surprising and unexpected happenings in the Quag.

The Width of the World – Third book in the series follows Vega and Delph out of the Quag and into the world beyond. More unexpected twists in this book, but the story itself is progressing along… Much of the past of Wormwood and the Wug’s is revealed, and the book ends on a “cliff-hanger” leading to the opening of another book…

What I liked;
– The characters progress/grow as the books progress and they experience different things
– There is a “guide” in the back of books 2 and 3 describing words and creatures in the wug world (however, this was not provided at the back of book one, which would have been helpful)
– There is pictures in the books, only in black and white, of some of the creatures, or people, which is a nice mix-up to your standard novel

What I didn’t like;
– The plot seems very helter-skelter; as I mentioned earlier, I always had the underlying feeling that there was about to be the best plot-drop ever, and it never seemed to come
– Some things in the plot were border-line ridiculous/over the top
– The writing style.. I am just not a fan, at all..

Over-all, I would rate this series 3 out of 5 stars