Fawkes – Book Review

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes is a historical tale that draws from real historic events and combines them with a magical element that is pure imagination. The result is an exciting coming-of-age story about a young man named Thomas Fawkes in a world full of magic. It’s set in Great Britain somewhere around the 1600s or 1700s. Thomas wants more than anything to be given a magical mask that can only be given to him by his father. When his father doesn’t arrive on the appointed day to give him his mask, Thomas sets out to find him. His search takes … Continue reading Fawkes – Book Review

Caraval – My Book Review

Caraval by Stephanie Garber is a story of magic, romance, deception, and determination. It follows two sisters, Scarlet and Tella who are invited to play in a magical game called Caraval. Scarlet, who has always dreamed of playing, refuses to go because she is to be married in a few days. Tella and a friend named Julian kidnap her and take her to Caraval against her will. Once they arrive at the elaborate game that involves many actors and settings, crazy things begin to happen. The line between make-believe and reality gets more blurry the deeper Scarlet goes into the … Continue reading Caraval – My Book Review

What I Love About The DRIVEN TO THE HILT Series

I am honored and excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for the Driven to the Hilt series. Book #3 in the trilogy will be released by author DG Lamb on November 1st. I can’t wait to read the thrilling conclusion to this extraordinary young adult, sci-fi series. For my part in the tour, I thought I’d revisit my initial impressions of the first book and talk a little about how the series as a whole has affected me personally in a good way. My Experience as a Reviewer I read the first book in the series, The … Continue reading What I Love About The DRIVEN TO THE HILT Series

The Great & the Small – Review

The Great and the Small by A.T. Balsara is an amazing book. On one level, it’s the story of intelligent rats, told from their point of view through vivid descriptions and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations. All of that, however, is on the surface. Beneath the warm and fuzzy characters, we find a story of war and the devastating effect it has on everyone involved. The story follows a young rat named Finn who has a strong moral compass. He is the nephew of Papa, the beloved leader of the rats. Papa and the council wage an all-out war on the humans … Continue reading The Great & the Small – Review

Forest Beyond the Earth – Book Review

Forest Beyond the Earth, by Matthew S. Cox is a fascinating tale of one girl’s incredible journey when her whole world is suddenly taken from her. Its set in the future, a hundred years or so after the inhabitants of earth have just about wiped themselves out. Wisp is a twelve-year old girl who was raised by her loving father, alone in a cabin, isolated in the woods. He is the only person she has ever known for her entire life and one night he is suddenly gone. From there we follow Wisp as she ventures out into a world … Continue reading Forest Beyond the Earth – Book Review

The Maze Runner Books

STAR for Entertainment Value …. and a STAR for Clean Content …  The Maze Runner Trilogy, written by James Dashner, and consisting of The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure are an excellent Young Adult series that I highly recommend to anyone 13 and up. There are other titles in the series that I have not read. I believe they are prequels to the main series. The storyline throughout the whole series kept me guessing. I was never really sure where the stories were going, and that’s a good thing. These books are completely original in their concept. … Continue reading The Maze Runner Books

The Hunger Games, Books and Movies

Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games book series has, so far, produced three top-selling books and two successful movie adaptations. I read The Hunger Games 3 or 4 years ago. Ever since then I’ve had a keen interest in this series. In my opinion it’s one of the most intriguing premises I’ve ever come across in books or movies. We’re given a hero who we get to know inside and out and grow to care about so deeply by the time she’s thrown into this game that’s as sick as it is thrilling. The last one alive wins. It sounds almost cliché these days after so many book and movie … Continue reading The Hunger Games, Books and Movies

Earth To Echo & Maze Runner

Two New Movies for Young Sci-Fi Fans, Coming Soon! EARTH TO ECHO Coming out July 2nd. This one is exciting to me because it’s a rare science fiction movie that’s actually rated PG. It looks like the kind of movie adults can watch with their kids and they can actually all enjoy the same movie together. Not only that, the trailer looks awesome. It reminds me of some of my favorite movies like ET, Super 8, and Goonies. Here is the newest trailer. THE MAZE RUNNER The movie adaptation of The Maze Runner, by James Daschner, is scheduled to be released September … Continue reading Earth To Echo & Maze Runner