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Review: Oleah Chronicles: Truth – Michelle Johnson


Oleah Chronicles: Truth – Michelle Johnson

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Title: Oleah Chronicles: Truth

Author: Michelle Johnson

Release Date: 2015

Publisher: Lulu.com

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 182

Source: Author

What would you do if everything you thought to be true in your life was a lie?

Sixteen-year-old Angel Seriki must face overwhelming truths about her family when she meets Zander Black, a new student to her high school who is smart, charming and devastatingly beautiful. The revelations he uncovers to her about her family’s past changes everything, and as her relationship and feelings for Zander deepen, so do the risks involved. She must now accept her fate and face the true reality of who and what she is. Even if that means giving up everything, including being human.


4 out of 5 stars

I got this copy in exchange for an honest review!

I really enjoyed this book; it’s been a while since I’ve read something like this. I loved the aspect of there being different planets that different monster species came from. There’s a specific place each group originated in. Angel was the main character, and she is just finding out her true origins. She’s a gorgeous high school girl, who has a crush on a handsome boy from school who turns out to be an enemy of her people, the Oleah. She doesn’t know what to do, because she’s never heard about “her people” at all. Her parents took their whole family to Earth in order to be safe from everything happening on their planet. The family decided to live on Earth and continue on in their human forms for as long as they could be kept a secret. Angel started getting weird visions and dreams, but had no idea why. The only one to explain it to her was Zander, the handsome boy who just so happens to be an enemy. Of course there is a relationship between the two of them, and her parents do not (under any circumstance) approve of him.

Zander vows to protect Angel, and all of the sudden bad things start to happen on Earth. The family has to decide what to do, and they end up figuring everything out as they go. I really liked this book because it was so different. It was refreshing to jump into an entirely new world with new characters.

I would choose to be Angel because she was part of the group of Oleah people/lions. They were really cool, and the way they were described was very nice. I think she was a strong character, and it would be nice to be explained as she was. She was beautiful and had gorgeous hair and skin. Yes please.

Huge thank you to Michelle Johnson for the copy of this book! I can’t wait to read other works written by you!

Series:

Oleah Chronicles: Justice

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Review: The Lighthouse Thief – Bo Burnette


The Lighthouse Thief – Bo Burnette

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Title: The Lighthouse Thief

Author: Bo Burnette

Release Date: June 19, 2015

Publisher: Tabbystone Press

Format: eBook

Page Number: 140

Source: Author

A historic lighthouse. A mysterious thief. An intolerable cousin.

The Fourth of July on Saint Simons Island always brings plenty of excitement. But when 14-year-old Ethan invites his contrary cousin Connor to spend the holiday week, he stumbles upon a little more excitement than he bargained for. As he drags Connor around “his little Island,” Ethan overhears a seemingly malicious plot to vandalize the historic lighthouse. When a mysterious stranger starts stalking him and Connor all over the Island, Ethan is caught up in an unexpected quest to save his beloved lighthouse.

The Lighthouse Thief blends mystery, history, humor, and heart into an exciting story of discovery and friendship.


 

4 out of 5 stars

I got this book sent to me by Bo Burnette himself, so huge thank you for that! Again, I love when I get contacted by authors to read their books; it’s always such a fun process. Anyway, Ethan’s parents leave for a cruise to Alaska, and he stays with his aunt in his house on the Island. His least favorite cousin, Connor, comes to stay the week with them as well, and he’s dreading the “vacation.” When Connor gets there it’s very awkward for the both of them, but they learn to set their differences aside and become close friends. They become so close in a matter of a week because they solve a mystery together; the boys overhear a conversation from two men about stealing something from the lighthouse on the 4th of July. They decide to figure out how to stop them, and end up getting followed by the men. Ethan feels attached to the lighthouse because he’s always grown up around it; he doesn’t want to see something bad happen to it, so the cousins find a way to help out.

I really enjoyed this book! It read like a Nancy Drew book, and it was a fun read. I love middle-grade mystery novels because they’re just so easy to read, and they’re very lighthearted. I think that the main plot of this book was to show the power of friendship. The two boys really didn’t like each other before they actually spent time together, but ended up having a lot of fun together. Being a middle-grade novel, I think that that should be the main focus of the story. I really enjoyed the writing style, and the characters were fun to read about. It was really nice to read a lighthearted book after something that tore at my heartstrings.

Huge thank you to Bo Burnette! I really enjoyed reading your story, and keep writing! You’re young; you have a whole life of books, reading, and writing ahead of you. Good luck!!

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Review: Amulet Volume 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) – Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: Amulet Volume 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: January 1, 2008

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 192

Source: Library

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.


4 out of 5 stars

The first thing I want to say is that this book was super fun. I love reading graphic novels because they’re easy to read, they have color, and have beautiful artwork. My younger brother read these books a couple years ago, and I just never got around to reading them. I went to the library before going to work this morning, and picked up the first four volumes in this graphic novel series. I started and finished this first one within the span of half an hour total. The story was cool, and the artwork was gorgeous. I love this art style; the colors are really nice to look at.

The whole idea behind the books is that Emily and her brother Navin have to live in an old house that they just move into. Their mom decides to take them to this new/old house because their dad died, but anyway… Emily and Navin find out that it is their great grandfather’s house, and find a lot of his old things. Emily starts reading a book on a pedestal, and when she closes the book there is a spot perfect for her hand. Of course she presses her hand into this imprint, and then a magical necklace flips out at her; the amulet is what the series is about. They start hearing noises in the basement, so naturally they go and look to see what it is, and then they get taken into this other world that her grandfather took part in creating. They make friends with some of the creatures of this new world, and go on trips to help their mother, who had an unfortunate event happen to her.

The concept is really awesome, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I plan on finishing the next three tonight and tomorrow :)

Series:

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

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Review: Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1) – Victoria Aveyard


Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1) – Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Queen Song

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: eBook

Page Number: 55

Source: Barnes and Noble

In this 55-page prequel novella set in the Red Queen world, Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.


5 out of 5 stars

I was just browsing through my Goodreads friend updates, and I saw this book! I had no idea that it existed. Um. How did I not know about this?! I loved Red Queen and read it back in April with my book club. I couldn’t wait to dive back into this series, so of course I purchased it on the Barnes and Noble website with some gift cards I got for Christmas. I immediately told my best friend, Brooklynn, about it because she also loved this book. (her review) She read this short novella on my Nook account, and then wrote her review and was telling me that I had to read it, so I started it last night and finished it this morning. I loved this novella. I have always been a huge fan of novellas; I love getting the extra little pieces to stories. I love the world Victoria Aveyard has created, and can’t wait for Glass Sword to come out. It is seriously going to be so great.

This book was basically about Queen Coriane and her relationship with King Tiberius. When you’re reading Red Queen you don’t see the vulnerability that Queen Coriane has; it’s really great to see that side of her. The way the relationship progressed was adorable, and it was completely different that what I thought it was. If I remember correctly, in Red Queen it isn’t said how Coriane and Tiberius met. I thought that she just won the Queenstrial thing that they do, but he actually picked her. I also liked how Coriane wrote in a diary every day, and towards the end it was more of a worry journal. She wrote everything she didn’t want other people to know in this journal. It was also quite adorable to read about Cal when he was just a little baby. He sounded like he was so cute. :) There were definitely some ‘aww’ moments in this novella.

I would choose to be Queen Coriane, because I saw her vulnerability throughout this. You wouldn’t think you could get that much information from a 55 page book, but you definitely can. She had a decent childhood, and ended up marrying for love, which doesn’t happen in this society. I really enjoyed reading from her perspective, and seeing her side of things. Victoria Aveyard has a gorgeous writing style that I can’t wait to continue reading about in the next novella, Steel Scars.

Series:

Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

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