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Review: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Wishtree - Katherine Applegate

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is about Red. A tree, but not just any tree. Red is a Wishtree.

This story wasn't what I thought it was going to be, but I found it to be imaginative and creative. I loved the characters, and the writing was simple but enticing. A great story of the differences of people around us and the feelings these differences can evoke. I feel all children should read this book.

Review: Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Green Rider - Kristen Britain

Green Rider by Kristen Britain is the first book in the Green Rider series. Karigan G'ladheon has run away and finds herself in a situation that is fraught with danger.

This is a beautifully written adventure of a young girl trying to find her way. Great world building and wonderful characters have made this one of my favorite stories.

Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

The Hiding Place - C.J. Tudor

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor is her second novel. Joe is going back to where he was born, but does he really want to? No...not after what happened. Can he face his past, or will it consume him?

Tudor does it again! With her writing, solid characters, and her infusion of horror mixed with mystery, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat while quickly turning the pages. This is an excellent tale of fear, confusion, and self loathing. I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for an intense read.

Review: Elevation by Stephen King

Elevation - Stephen King

Stephen King does it again! Though a quick read, King finds a way to get you into the story and he doesn't let go. You find yourself rooting for the characters and sometimes you find yourself crying for them. I just loved this story. Short but sweet, it is.

Review: Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques

Mariel of Redwall - Gary Chalk, Brian Jacques

Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques is the fourth book in the Redwall series.

All I can say is this series is so much fun to read. I highly recommend it. 

Review: Mattimeo by Brian Jacques

Mattimeo - Brian Jacques

Mattimeo by Brian Jacques is the third book in the Redwall series. 

I just love this series. It takes me back to when I was a kid. It is so much fun to read!

Review: Vengeance of Hope by P.J. Berman

Vengeance of Hope - P.J. Berman

Vengeance of Hope by P.J. Berman is the debut novel set in the world of Bennvika. We follow three main characters, Silrith, a princess; Ezrina, a rebel; and a lesser noble, Zethun as they stand up to tyranny and religious persecution. Will they succeed?

I have to say, this is one of the best stories I have read featuring strong female characters. It was refreshing to read about a female character who is actually strong in the ways that women need to be strong. Standing up for what they believe in and fighting for what's right.

Berman doesn't sugarcoat things, and he gets right to the heart of the trials and tribulations that are happening in the world he has created. Berman's writing is such that we see the effects of tyranny and oppression as they happen. Seeing strong characters fighting for what's right had me on the edge of my seat, rooting for the good guys and gals. This is definitely a must read and I highly recommend it. It is not for the faint of heart, though. It takes strong people to fight such actions and these characters definitely do that. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next installment, 'King of the Republic.'

Review: Mossflower by Brian Jacques

Mossflower - Brian Jacques

Mossflower by Brian Jacques is the second book in the Redwall series. I'm reading this series in publication order.

This is such a fun book. I'm reading this whole series, and I just love the characters and the world Jacques created. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves talking animals in their fantasy.

Review: The Policy by Bentley Little

The Policy - Bentley Little

The Policy by Bentley Little is a story based around insurance, and for Hunt Jackson it is more than just insurance that he finds himself purchasing.

Bentley Little has a bizarre way of getting his stories across to the masses. With great writing and a fantastical imagination, Bentley gives you more than a story. This was such an intriguing read for me.

Review: The Vanishing by Bentley Little

The Vanishing - Bentley Little

The Vanishing by Bentley Little is a stand alone horror story about children disappearing or being murdered. 

I wouldn't really call this a horror story, but it is the most bizarre story I have ever read. Little's writing is great and his imagination is certainly unique, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Review: Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth - J.R.R. Tolkien

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien is a collection of stories that further relate to the events in The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings and tells more about the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring.

I loved reading Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth as I hadn't read this book before. It added to the stories that I am already familiar with. This is a great addition for collector's of Tolkien's work.

Review: Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien

Tales from the Perilous Realm - J.R.R. Tolkien

Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien is a collection of Tolkien's novellas and poems which have been in various books over the years, but have not been released in one volume.

The following are included in this book:

Roverandom

Farmer Giles of Ham

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Smith of Wootton Major

Leaf by Niggle

These are lighthearted stories and poems with a bit of humor. This collection was fun to read, and a great addition for Tolkien fans.

Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith,  Christopher Tolkien

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien is the story of how the creation of Tolkien's world came to be.

It has been years since I have read this book, and it was such a delight to revisit Tolkien's world from the beginning of the First Age. It is exciting and sorrowful, and I loved spending time with all the characters and visiting the places they traveled. This is a great read for lovers of Tolkien's work.

Review: The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fall of Gondolin - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien is another tale of ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days. There are three books total in the ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days which include Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin. 

I enjoyed reading these tales. Tolkien has brought to light more characters and their labors which provided me with great details of Tolkien's world he had envisioned. A lot of trials, loss, and tragedy struck the peoples of Gondolin. 

I loved reading about some of the history of Tolkien's world. The characters are deep with trials of their life lead and their losses. 

A big treat for me was reading Christopher Tolkien's telling of his father's revisions, additions, and his father's thoughts. This had to be a daunting task and with the help of Christopher's colleagues, he was able to bring to light these tales of the elder days and to give a bit of insight as to what Tolkien's father had in mind concerning his passion of his created world. Christopher Tolkien doesn't get the credit he deserves for helping bring his father's world to light, and I am without question indebted to him for his toiling efforts of bringing this epic story to a full and completed tale, as fully as he could, and bringing it to the public for our enjoyment. I will cherish these stories and will pass them to my children and grandchildren in the hopes of them loving this epic story as much as I do.

Review: Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

Beren and Lúthien -  Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the Tales of the Elder Days as touched upon in The Silmarillion.

Beren and Lúthien is another story that finally has seen the light of day. I loved reading this tale and learning more about other characters in Tolkien's world. In addition, the poems were beautiful with beautiful prose. I had not realized what an amazing poet Tolkien was. This was an added treat for me.

I highly recommend anyone who loves Tolkien's work to read this. You will not be disappointed.

Review: The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Children of Húrin - J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien is a tragic story of The Children of Húrin, one of the unfinished tales in The Silmarillion.

Though The Children of Húrin was a great read, it was a tragic one, but I loved learning of what happened fully to Hurin's children, Túrin and Niënor. It has been years since I've read The Silmarillion, so this was a necessity read, for me.

I highly recommend lovers of Tolkien's work to read this tale.

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