Book Review: The Queen by Kiera Cass (A Selection Novella)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I felt that this book wasn’t really relevant to the whole series besides adding some background to the story of the current queen. However, I still enjoyed the book! The story was very well written and I loved all the characters. I wouldn’t recommend reading this book before reading the series but it’s definitely fun reading after!

Queen

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Amberly is one of the contestants of the Selection. She has loved the prince for as long as she can remember and getting selected was a dream come true. When she starts getting closer to the prince, her health problems start acting up and are getting in the way of her dream.

Will Amberly get selected?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Queen: A Novella (Kindle Single) (The selection)

Book Review: Jack by Gary Dorion (Book One of a trilogy)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical Fiction

Age recommended: 10 and up

I didn’t really like this book until about halfway through where the historical aspect of the book came in. Until then, I felt that the book was extremely redundant and that the first 50 or so pages were completely unnecessary.

Jack

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Jack Stone is an extremely mischievous boy living in Charleston, Georgia during the pre-Civil War era (1860). He almost never attends school and enjoys pranking his teacher, whom he is supposed to refer to as Master.

Master is a white man whose views of the world are extremely biased. Master despises Jack because he never shows up for classes, yet manages to get good grades and pass all subjects; he is always looking for excuses to punish Jack.

Jeremy is what you would call a follower. He goes along with everything Jack says because it “just makes sense” and even if it doesn’t, Jack convinces Jeremy to play along because they never get caught.

When Master sends other students to spy on the boys to get them suspended, Jack and Jeremy manage to bribe them into silence. Everything is okay in this vicious cycle until one day a free African American man shows up in Jack’s stolen tree house.

Jack and Jeremy help the freed man escape the prejudiced state to find his family; their journey is truly an eye-opener.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Jack (Jack: Part One in the Trilogy Book 1)

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Book Review: Pleased to Meet You by Annaluisa Socher

I was recently invited to review books for Bookrature. This is a new platform that allows authors to publish and sell their books online directly to readers. I’m excited about the opportunity this presents to discover new authors, read their books and share my reviews with all of you.
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 10 and up

This story was extremely short and action-packed. I feel that the author could have further developed some of the supporting characters further. However, the storyline was fascinating and I feel that a lot of people are likely to enjoy this book as it is short, but fast-paced.

Pleased to meet you

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Sarah Smith is a foster kid. Ever since her parents death, she has been to many foster homes, each more welcoming than the next. Then why would she go somewhere else? Because strange things happen whenever Sarah is around. Apparitions appear and portraits come to life. Food starts rotting in front of people’s eyes and little kids are hung from chandeliers.

Nobody wants Sarah until she finally goes to a family which is perfect. They love her and she loves them. However, one day, people from the orphanage she was once at, come to visit her. The man and the woman from the orphanage insult her and try to take her away. Sarah communicates with ghosts who tell her what to do and she uses their help to run away.

Sarah evades her captors, but must eventually come to terms with the truth: she is different, and this may eventually kill her.

Will she survive?

Book is currently available on Amazon.com: Pleased To Meet You #0

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Book Review: The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Historical fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

The reason for the low rating of this book was that the book constantly switched between three stories and it was necessary to pay close attention to detail in order to not be at a loss. The book itself, however, was well written and I enjoyed it.

I’ve previously read and reviewed two other books by the same author, both of which I enjoyed very much: A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey. I highly recommend them, if you haven’t read them yet.

The Dog Master

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The story begins in present time where Dr, James K Morby, a mortician and a professor, learns that his hypothesis about the first dog has been proven true. He meets with the people who made it all happen and everything is perfect until an intern raises a question about who the man is that was buried with the dog.

The story now melts into the past where it starts to center around some tribes in the ancient world…

Silex is a man of the Wolf people, also known as the Wolfen. His father is the leader, but when he passes away, the responsibility will be on Silex’s shoulders. However, there are many who would want his place. His father decides to solve this problem by declaring Silex the leader and telling him that he must marry. The only problem? Silex must marry his sister. And he loves another.

Callie and Urs are lovers and they have promised each to the other. However, when the leader of their tribe, the Kindred, decides that Urs should marry, he is not able to choose his wife. Urs is made the master of the hunt and he ends up marrying the most beautiful woman of the tribe, Callie’s best friend.

7 years later

A man saves a wolf and her cubs from a lion and risks his own life to save them all. The wolf soon learns to trust this man but none of them know what the future has in store from them.

How these three stories eventually connect will astound you.

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog

Book Review: All Fall Down by Ally Carter (Book 1 of the Embassy Row series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre; Fiction

Age Recommendation: 13 and up

I came across this book on the list of top young adult books in 2015 on seventeen.com: http://www.seventeen.com/celebrity/g1333/best-ya-novels-coming-out-2015/.

This book was very well written but I felt that it was a bit redundant at times. Moreover, the descriptors in this book weren’t very accurate and a lot was left up to one’s imagination. However, the author did clarify a few things later in the book, which oddly made things more confusing. Overall, this book was captivating and I enjoyed it immensely.

All Fall Down

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Grace isn’t sure what’s real and what’s not. She saw her mother get murdered, but the police say it was an accident. She saw the man who did it, but the doctors say he was a figment of her imagination. She knows she’s not crazy, but everyone else knows she is.

After Grace’s brother joins the military, Grace is forced to move back to her childhood home, where painful memories await her. The Embassy Row is a new, yet old place for her. So much has changed, yet the people are the same. Grace is reunited with her old friends,  but also makes many new ones.

Grace lives in the United States embassy with her grandfather. The embassy brings back many painful memories, and Grace’s medications are started up again, as she has started reliving her past. When Grace sees the man who murdered her mother,she is scared out of her wits. Grace believes she is next. However, her grandfather and friends do not believe her because it is the fifth time she has accused a man of being the person who murdered her mother.

Grace takes some drastic actions herself to find out who this man is, and what he wants now. But what she finds may destroy her…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Embassy Row #1: All Fall Down

Book Review: Changeling by Cate Tiernan (Book 8 of the Sweep Series)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

I liked this book a lot, and this was one of the only books so far in the series where the end satisfied me and didn’t make me need to read the next book. However, I do want to know what happens so I will be reading the next book anyway.   🙂

Changeling

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Morgan has found her father. He is not who he seems to be. Morgan thought her father was her late mother’s husband, but it was actually her mother’s lover. Morgan learns that her father, and his coven, are planning to bring about another dark wave. This would eliminate a coven and would allow her father’s coven to harness the destroyed coven’s power.

Morgan meets with a council member who tells her that she must meet her father and plant a tracking spell on him so that he may be captured and his coven’s plans thwarted. Morgan is unsure that she will be able to accomplish this task, but with the encouragement of her friends, she contacts her father and meets him.

However, Morgan finds herself growing close to her father and that scares her as he may be able to convince her to join him. Morgan knows that she is no match for him and is apprehensive about her own abilities.

Will Morgan be able to capture her father and bring him in? Or will she join the people she worked so hard to avoid?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Changeling (Sweep, No. 8)

Book Review: The Calling by Cate Tiernan (Book 7 of the Sweep Series)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was considerably slower than the rest, which was why I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. Moreover, the cliffhanger is EVIL, just EVIL! I must read the next book as soon as possible.

The Calling

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Morgan has had a dream- one that has her boyfriend, Hunter, concerned, because it shows the evil witches who have yet to be captured. Morgan, Hunter, and their other four friends go to New York City to find these evil witches and bring them to justice. However, their one clue- the son of the evil coven’s leader- is kidnapped and they can’t find him.

Meanwhile, Morgan is keen on finding her mother’s antique watch that was a gift from her lover. She ventures out in the city alone, eager to uncover the secrets that lie there.

However, the evil coven uses this to their advantage and spies on Morgan after discovering her identity one night at a club. Morgan is scared because she starts having nightmares that show her what the evil coven is up to, but she doesn’t know where they are. Moreover, the coven is planning to sacrifice a witch to get more power and it’s up to Morgan and her friends to save this witch.

Will Morgan be able to vanquish the evil coven before they can cause any harm?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: The Calling (Sweep, No. 7)