Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Axe of Sundering

The Axe of Sundering (Adventurers Wanted, #5)The Axe of Sundering by M.L. Forman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There was a lot of buildup for this book. The initial publication date was pushed back when the author had health issues. This is understandable and a valid reason to not have the book ready. I think that the delay in publishing made it so the author felt he needed to get it out as soon as possible, and the story suffered for it.

I have read all the other books in the series and was looking forward to seeing how it ended. I honestly thought there would be more than five books, but this one has been announced as the final book in the series, so it had to have a strong send off. This book felt completely disconnected from the rest of the books. It was okay I guess, but Alex started getting really annoying, and characters and story lines that had been throughout the rest of the series were randomly dropped. What happened to the rest of the magic bags that Alex was supposed to be returning? All of the previous books had him return a bag, but if my math is correct, he still had at least three by the end of the series. Nothing was mentioned about them at all.

There were a lot of new characters, but they didn't seem to serve any real purpose. They were just fillers. There were plenty of characters that had been present for most of the series that I would have loved to see again. I believe there were only three that were mentioned, two of which were only mentioned for a moment. I couldn't really connect with the new characters. They hadn't been around long enough for me to care about what happened to them.

This series could have done with at least a couple more books. It was a disappointment to wait so long only to end up reading a book that seems disconnected from the rest of the series.

Author: M.L. Forman
Publisher: Shadow Mountain

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Shoeburn and the Ill Fitting Necklace

Shoeburn and The Ill-Fitting Necklace (The Ruffet Conundrum #1)Shoeburn and The Ill-Fitting Necklace by Shoeburn Ruffet
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book was too out there for me. There were too many tangents that had nothing to do with the actual story. I couldn't tell if Shoeburn was being sarcastic or really didn't know what was going on. He is a very unlikely protagonist. This book would be great for those that like dry humor and under-dog stories, but it wasn't something I particularly enjoyed. I had a hard time keeping track of who everyone was and how all of their characters fit together.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: 31 Oct 2017

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WychettsWychetts by William Holley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I think the premise of the book was interesting, but I couldn't get past the main characters. I understand that they were young, but they were a little too childish and annoying to me. There wasn't a lot of character development, and the story was not interesting enough to make me want to read the next one in the series. Of course, the characters could grow during the rest of the series, but it didn't pull me in enough to keep reading. Middle-grade kids that like fantasy would probably really like this book. I'm sure they would relate to the characters more than I did.

Author: William Holley
Publication Date: 16 Aug 2013

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Raggedy Ann Stories

Raggedy Ann StoriesRaggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I grew up with Raggedy Ann dolls, so I really enjoyed the stories. This book is one that would be really enjoyable for little kids. I liked the stories, but as an adult, I'm not sure if I would read it again to myself. If I was reading to a child, this would be a go to book. I like that it's not one long story. It's broken out into small stories that do not have to be read in order. I think having it broken out into smaller stories keeps a child's attention, which is what you want when reading.

Author: Johnny Gruelle
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 1918

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One of Us is Lying...Who Killed Simon

One of Us Is LyingOne of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I picked up at the library just because the cover looked interesting. I'm glad the story lived up to the cover. Throughout the whole book you wonder, who killed Simon. The four main characters all have major secrets that they don't want exposed. These secrets make them look both guilty and innocent.

In today's world of technology, the search for Simon's killer leaps into the national spotlight. Thanks to all the different social media outlets out there, new evidence is discovered as the story progresses. You have to wonder, how much of this information is true, and how much is being used to frame someone that is innocent.

One of Us Is Lying is a page turner that mixes truth with lies to the point that the reader doesn't know what to believe. The ending was one that I didn't see coming, which is always satisfying.

Author: Karen M McManus
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: 30 May 2017

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Friday, November 3, 2017

7th Grade Revolution

7th Grade Revolution7th Grade Revolution by Liana Gardner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

7th Grade Revolution is one of those books that is so close to being a 4-star, but, because I now know what happens, it takes away some of the suspense. I wish there was a way to read the book over again, without remembering what I already know. It is a great read the first time around when the mystery is still there.

The character development was great. With so many points of view, the reader has an inside look into the students' personal lives, and therefore, knows why some of the things they do are so important. There is a complexity to the story that is brought in by knowing the past of some of the students.

The farther I read, the more invested I was in the story. The mystery was great, but the fact that the students did everything without any adults guiding them made the story. It was a good reminder that you don't have to be an adult or even have an adults help to do great things. Everyone is capable of greatness, even if they are kids. In fact, in this book, the adults could stand to learn from the children.

I only had two issues with the book, but they are minor. I read the book on my kindle, so I don't know if a physical book would make a difference, but to me, the images were really dark and hard to make out. I could have done without them. I also had a problem keeping the characters straight. With so many points of view, it was hard for me to remember all the story lines for the different students. It is completely possible that it is just me having difficulties keeping things straight in my head. I'm sure a second read-through would help me understand who is who.

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Author: Liana Gardner
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: 24 Oct 2017

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Monday, October 30, 2017

The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

The Whizz Pop Chocolate ShopThe Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a cute children's book that took unexpected turns. The story line was original and entertaining. The characters changed over the course of the book, which was wonderful. There was so much going on in the story, that it would have been unbelievable for there to be no character development.

Author: Kate Saunders
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: 2 Feb 2012

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