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Review: Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Pax - Sara Pennypacker

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker is the story of a fox and his boy who are separated because of a war.

Plot 4/5: While the plot wasn't what I was expecting, I found this story to be very moving.

Characters 5/5: The characters are very well written.

World building 4/5: This story is mainly set in two places, the woods and one of the characters homes.

Pacing 4/5: The pacing is steady.

Writing 5/5: This story is written in the point of view of the fox and the fox's boy.

Overall 4.4: Although this story wasn't what I expected, it is a wonderfully written story of two lives that become separated and them trying to find each other again. 

Favorite Quote: 

"We all own a beast called anger. It can serve us: many good things come of anger at bad things; many unjust things are made just. But first we all have to figure out how to civilize it." - Vola

Favorite character: Pax and Vola

Review: Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Splintered Heart - Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty is the third installment of the Serafina trilogy. There are more dangers for Serafina and her family and friends at Biltmore Estate.

Serafina has become one of my all time favorite characters, and these books have become some of my favorite stories that I can share with my grandchildren.

You can read my review of the first book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, here:  https://feeroberts64.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-serafina-and-black-cloak.html

Review: Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Twisted Staff (A Serafina Novel) - Robert Beatty

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Serafina and the Twisted Staff is the second book in the Serafina trilogy. Serafina is the guardian of Biltmore Estate, but something is not right within Biltmore, and she must find out what. This book is set a couple weeks after the first book.

I loved this book as much as Serafina and the Black Cloak. You can read my review of the first book here: https://feeroberts64.blogspot.com/2018/10/review-serafina-and-black-cloak.html

 

Favorite characters: Searafina, Braeden, Gidean, and Waysa.

Review: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak - Robert Beatty

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Serafina and the Black Cloak is the first book in the Serafina trilogy. Serafina is determined to rescue the children taken by the man in a black cloak. 

Plot 5/5: A good mystery that kept me guessing.

Characters 5/5: Interesting characters who I grew to love, and others I disliked quite a bit.

World building 5/5: This story is set in the Biltmore Estate and the surrounding areas. I had never heard of this place, but after reading this story, I would love to visit.

Pacing 5/5: The pacing was fairly quick, with slower parts here and there.

Writing 5/5: The author's writing is very good, and the story telling kept me entertained.

Overall 5/5: I really loved this story. It's a mystery, but also a story of acceptance and finding out who you are, where you're from, and where you fit in. 

Favorite Quote:

"Our character isn't defined by the battles we win or lose, but by the battles we dare to fight." - a grave marker in a cemetery.

Favorite characters: Serafina, Braeden, Gidean, and Waysa.

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden is the first book in the Winternight Trilogy. This story is based on a Russian fairy tale called Father Frost. This version of the tale is about a frost king who is after a girl named Vasilisa.

Plot 5/5: I have never heard any Russian fairy tales, so this was quite the treat.

Characters 5/5: The characters are interesting. I loved learning some of the ways of the Russian people and their folklore and beliefs. 

World building 5/5: The descriptions of the village had me feeling the harsh winters and the expectations of spring in this wonderfully created village world. 

Pacing 4/5 The pacing was steady and a bit slow, but Arden kept me rapt in the story. 

Writing 5/5: The writing is beautiful and lyrical. 

Overall 4.8

Favorite Quote:

"I would walk into the jaws of hell itself, if it were a path of my own choosing. I would rather die tomorrow in the forest than live a hundred years of the life appointed me." - Vasilisa

Favorite characters: Vasilisa and Morozko

This was a fabulous story and I cannot wait to read the next installment.

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is the first book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Sixteen-year-old Jacob has questions after a family tragedy, which leads him to a remote island and to a ruined orphanage, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 

Plot 5/5: This is a most unusual and intriguing plot.

Characters 5/5: There were so many emotions that had me laughing, crying, and fearful for the characters throughout the story.

World building 5/5: Incredible world building between the present and the past.

Pacing 5/5: The pacing was steady, and kept me enthralled throughout the story.

Writing 5/5: The writing is beautiful, and with the addition of the vintage photographs, it made the story even more believable. 

Overall 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I'm eagerly anticipating what happens next to the peculiar children!

Borrowed from my local library.

Review: The Wolf Lords by F.T. McKinstry

The Wolf Lords - F.T. McKinstry

The Wolf Lords by F.T. McKinstry is the second book in The Fylking series. We follow a sorcerer, and the King’s Rangers in their search for a hedge witch, who they believe hold the secrets that could change the outcome of the war.

Plot 5/5: Interesting plot that kept me intrigued. 

Characters 5/5: This series has some of my favorite characters, who are average people with familiar emotions that bring these characters to life.

World building 5/5: Incredible world building.

Pacing 4/5: Steady pace with spurts of action, though I felt some areas of the story were bogged down with too many details that were unnecessary, but it did help to create the world the author was trying to convey.

Writing 5/5: Great writing.

Overall 4.8

Review: Creepy by Jeff Bennington

Creepy, Book 1: A Collection of Ghost Stories and Paranormal Short Stories (Creepy Series) - Jeff Bennington

Creepy by Jeff Bennington is a short story collection of paranormal delights. I thoroughly enjoyed this little treasure. I will be reading more of Jeff's work.

Purchased on Amazon. 

Review: The Temple of the Mad God by Martyn Stanley

The Temple of the Mad God - Martyn Stanley

The Temple of the Mad God by Martyn Stanley is the fifth installment of the Deathsworn Arc series. The Temple of the Mad God picks up where the last book, Rise of the Archmage, left off. We follow the champions on their quest to enter Durgheim Holt, home of the dwarves.

Plot 5/5: The plot continues with each book in the series with the author touching upon previous events, which I love.

Characters 4/5: I've become invested in these characters, but there are a couple of characters whom I would like to see more character growth. Hopefully, this will happen in future books.

World building 5/5: I love the world Martyn Stanley has created. There are places that are beautiful, and places that are dangerous. 

Pacing 5/5: The pacing is steady, with spurts of action.

Writing 4/5: Martyn's writing is greatly improving. I love to see an author mature in their writing. It's a treat in itself to witness such maturity.

Overall 4.6

I was given a copy of this book for free from the author. I chose to review this book on my own, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: Betrayal of Thieves by C. Greenwood

Betrayal of Thieves (Legends of Dimmingwood) (Volume 2) - C. Greenwood

Betrayal of Thieves by C. Greenwood is the second installment in the Legends of Dimmingwood series. 

This story picks up where the first book, Magic of Thieves, left off. You can read my review of Magic of Thieves here: http://feeroberts64.blogspot.com/2018/09/review-magic-of-thieves.html

 

I just love Greenwood's writing, and I plan on reading the entire series.

Purchased from Amazon.

Review: Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood

Magic of Thieves - C. Greenwood

Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood is the first installment in the Legends of Dimmingwood series. In a village where magic is forbidden, Ilan must find safety in the forest of Dimmingwood.

Plot 4/5: Good plot about a girl coming into her power.

Characters 5/5: Well fleshed out characters.

World building 4/5: Good world building within the setting.

Pacing 4/5: Steady

Writing 5/5: Very well written.

Overall 4.4

I loved Greenwood's beautifully written storytelling.

Purchased from Amazon.

Review: Rogue Mage by Brandon Barr and Michael Anderle

Rogue Mage - Brandon Barr, Michael Anderle

Rogue Mage by Brandon Barr and Michael Anderle is the first book in the Path of Heroes Series. Payetta wants revenge on Titannus, the mage who killed her family and destroyed her village.

Plot 3/5: Trope plot.

Characters 3/5: I just couldn't get into the characters. The main character could have used more growth. She became quite monotonous.

World building 3/5: Not much detail of the setting.

Pacing 4/5: Steady with bouts of action.

Writing 4/5: Decent writing.

Overall 3.4

Not what I'm use to from Brandon Barr.

Purchased from Amazon. 

Review: One for the Road: An Illustrated Story by Stephen King

One for the Road: An Illustrated Story - Stephen King, James Hannah

I also read this in Night Shift. Love it.

Review: Throttle by Joe Hill and Stephen King

Throttle - Stephen King, Joe Hill

Mr. King is the best, and his son isn't too shabby either. 

Review: The Outsider by Stephen King

The Outsider - Stephen King

What can I say? I just love this man!

Review: The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

The Path of Flames - Phil Tucker

The Path of Flames by by Phil Tucker is the first installment in The Chronicles of the Black Gate Series. Sorcery is forbidden in the Ascendant Empire, but sorcery is used against the empire to close the ancient portals. Asho is a slave made squire by King Kyferin. Can Asho become more than a squire, or is he doomed to die on the field of battle?

Plot 5/5: Excellent plot with action and suspense.

Characters 5/5: Well fleshed out characters to love and some to hate.

World building 5/5: Great world building.

Pacing 5/5: Lots of action with a steady pace.

Writing 4/5: The writing was good, but at one point the main character's name was spelled wrong.

Overall 4.8

This book is a great start to an intriguing story. 

Purchased on Amazon.

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