Book Review: This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark EndeavorRating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

This Dark Endeavor tells the haunting tale of Frankenstein’s past. A perfect prequel, it binds the stories together and completes the tale.

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Victor and Konrad are twin brothers. Nobody can tell them apart based on appearance, but they are completely different in every other respect. Victor is rash and aggressive while Konrad is gentle and level-headed. The two brothers live with their parents, some servants, and their cousin Elizabeth, who is inseparable.

One day, the threesome are fighting when they discover a secret door; one that leads to a mysterious library full of alchemy books. Father finds them there and forbids them from coming there again but Victor is attracted to this dark place.

When Konrad gets sick, and no cures are working, Victor wonders if he can use the alchemy books to cure Konrad. He finds out that there is a potion called the Elixir of Life but the ingredients are impossible to figure out.

Victor and Elizabeth search out the only known alchemist. He decodes the ingredients and Victor and Elizabeth set out to find them. While all of this is happening, Konrad slowly recovers. Everyone rejoices but there is a dark secret that Father has not told anyone.

The sickness will return. Konrad is not safe and the quest to attain the Elixir of Life must go on…

If you would like to buy this book, you can purchase it here: This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

 

Book Review: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Apocalyptic fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

Monument 14 was a good book but there were many gory parts. The book was interesting and it appealed to me because some of the main characters were little kids. The book had a very suspenseful ending which is why the other two books in this series are on my wish list.

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Alex and Dean are brothers but they are nothing alike. One day, Dean, the older brother, leaves for school but on the way there, a hailstorm topples their bus over. Many students die along with their bus driver while others are rescued by another bus, this one filled with younger students. Alex also happens to be on this bus.

The second bus driver runs their bus right into a grocery store in hope of saving the kids’ lives. When everyone gets out of the bus, the bus driver tells them that she is going to get help. She leaves them alone in the superstore but as soon as she leaves, the gates close. The kids are locked in and their families are locked out. The kids stay safe for a few days but then they realize that some type of poisonous gas is in the air.

Based on ones blood type, one may have different reactions. One could get blisters, experience paranoia, or have reproductive failure. One could also become a carnivorous beast.

The kids learn how to work together and they have enough supplies in the store to last them 24 months. But the world outside is getting more dangerous. Will they survive?

If you are intrigued by this book, you can buy it here: Monument 14

My Reading Wishlist!

I have started building a wishlist here of books I’d like to read. Some of these I just have not been able to get to yet, some haven’t been published yet, while others I have to wait to read until I’m a little older!

  1. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (I’ve read Monument 14)
  2. Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne
  3. The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (not published yet – can’t wait!)
  4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Dad says I need to wait until I’m a bit older)
  5. Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2) by Veronica Roth (I’ve read Divergent and own this one too, but have to wait another year or two before I can read it)
  6. Allegiant (Divergent Series) by Veronica Roth (I own it but must wait another year or two)
  7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (have to wait until I’m older)
  8. Looking for Alaska by John Green (must wait a couple of years)
  9. Sass and Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
  10. How Not To Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler
  11. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  12. The Unbound by Victoria Schwab
  13. Everyday Angel Book Two: Second Chances by Victoria Shcwab
  14. Everyday Angel Book Three: Last Wishes by Victoria Schwab
  15. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (have to wait until I’m older)
  16. Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards
  17. Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn
  18. As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins

If there are books that you have particularly enjoyed reading but you don’t find them mentioned on my blog (in books I’ve read or on my wishlist), please do share your recommendations by leaving me a comment.

 

 

Book Review: Copper Magic by Julia Mary Gibson

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy

Age Recommended: 11 and up

Copper Magic was a good book with amazing characters. It appealed to me because one of the main characters was a photographer and I really like photography. This book has very few characters but the author spends a lot of time developing them.

P.S.: This book was an ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

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Violet is a girl who lives in a cottage with her father. She finds a copper hand by a riverbank and as soon as she touches it, it takes her to another time. Violet realizes that this copper hand is magical and if anyone needs magic right now, it’s her. Her mother and baby brother have left her and she lives alone with her father who is always grouchy.

Violet then gets a job with a photographer, Ms. Nadia. Her clients are very demanding and Violet stays quite busy. One day, her friend’s brother finds a skeleton where Violet found the copper hand. Violet has flashbacks of the skeleton and the hand being connected and she learns that they should not be disturbed.

Violet’s friend’s brother then steals the hand from Violet and puts it in a glass case for everyone to see. Violet must find a way to get it back because one of Ms. Nadia’s client, an old American- Indian lady, says that if the grave is disturbed for too long, then the people of the land will be cursed. Bad things start to happen and Violet needs to get the hand back before too much damage is done.

Will Violet be able save the people by restoring peace to the possessor of the copper hand?

This book will be released on July 1st, but you can pre-order it here:  Copper Magic

 

Book Review: Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

Take a Bow was a fabulous book that told the life story of a girl in high school. Dealing with a band, backstabbing best friends, and unknown admirers, this book was very interesting.

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Emme has always lived in her friend, Sophie’s, shadow. Emme is an amazing songwriter but it is Sophie, not Emme, who has the talent for singing.

Sophie is a wannabe star and Emme’s best friend. She will stop at nothing to be famous. Even if it means using Emme to get there.

Carter has grown up in the acting profession. He’s finally ready to live a normal life ad pursue his dream of being in an artist but he doesn’t know how to explain all of that to his mother.  Carter and Sophie are dating but he doesn’t know how to respond to her using Emme.

Ethan has his own problems. He’s been in many relationships but they all end up with him cheating on the girl. He also has somewhat of an alcohol obsession. Ethan also has had a crush on Emme for ages but doesn’t know how to tell her.

Emme and Ethan are part of a band, the Teenage Kicks, along with Jack and Ben, two more seniors. These four together, are an amazing group, but they are yet to reach the limit of their capabilities.

These teenagers are in their senior year in the New York High School and Center for Performing Arts, and things are getting heated up. They are all competing for spots at the Senior Showcase. Sophie is desperate, and she will do anything she can to sabotage everybody else’s chances.

Will they figure out the plan of betrayal, backstabbing, and espionage before it’s too late?

If you would like to buy this book, you can buy it here: Take a Bow

Book Review: The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper FForde

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fantasy

Age Recommended: 10 and up

The Last Dragonslayer is the first book in the Chronicles of Kazam series. The book is a little confusing at times and the author could have spent a little more time developing the characters in the beginning. Other than that, the book is great!

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My name is Jennifer Strange.

I am a foundling.

My boss, Mr. Zambini is out and I am filling in for him. Not many people listen to a fifteen-year old girl but I have my ways.

In my world, magic is something that you cannot get rid of. In the place where I live, the Ununited Kingdoms, magic is a part of everyday life.

But now, magic is starting to go away. Lots of businesses depend on magic, and when magic carpets don’t run anymore, life starts to get tough.

Something big is happening.

People all over the world are beginning to see visions of Maltcassion, the last dragon, dying. Dying at the hands of a dragonslayer who is unknown.

Everything is about to change, for Kazam, and for me.

Because I am the last Dragonslayer.


If you like this book, you can purchase it here:The Last Dragonslayer: The Chronicles of Kazam, Book 1

Book Review: The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk by Sudha Murty

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Nonfiction

Age Recommended: 12 and up

The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk is a book full of heartwarming experiences of the author, Sudha Murty.

This short story collection gives you a firsthand view of the different people in the world.

Each short story also has an amazing takeaway and I hope that you will read these.

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My favorite one: The three ponds- Bhagavathi

There is an empty pond in a village.  The people are very thirsty. The pond will never have water unless a daughter-in-law goes into the water and prays to the goddess. There is a wealthy man who has three sons but no daughters. His youngest son is off to fight in the war.

The people of the village come to him and ask that he let his youngest daughter-in-law walk into the pond so that they may have water. The wealthy man is very angry at this proposal and refuses immediately.

None of the people notice the daughter-in-law, Bhagavathi, listening to their every word. Who will save her from making the ultimate sacrifice to save her village?

If you are captivated by this book, you can buy it here: The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk: Life Stories from Here and There