The Corridor (The Corridor #1)

Title: The Corridor (The Corridor #1)

Author: A.N. Willis

Genres: Dystopia | Fantasy | Romance | Science Fiction

Length: 217 pages | 2661 locations

Source: Netgalley

Format: Mobi

Rating: 3.5/5

Premise:

Seventeen years ago the Corridor appeared in First Earth. People from Second Earth came through, the ones who built the Corridor. They are called Mods, genetically modified human beings, who are feared by everyone in First Earth due to their abilities.
Due to a Corridor malfunction, Estele finds herself with a unique ability, one that may get her incarcerated if anyone finds out. Can she keep hiding it, while finding away to stop Dr Tabor’s plans, which results could be catastrophic? What exactly does she want with the mods?

Review:

The Corridor grew on me fairly quickly, because there was plenty of showing and not telling. I saw the world through Estelle’s eyes and wondered what everyone’s agenda might be.

But there were a few things that inhibited my further enjoyment.
The whole business with Estele’s teleporting could have been much better explained. For instance, ever since I found that she could open a portal to different Earths, I wondered what would happen if she went to somewhere so devastated that the air wasn’t even breathable. I wanted her to wonder that as well.
Also, Estele would mention that the location where she teleported was very important, so that she would end up in the same place on the parallel Earth and yet one time she opened the portal in her apartment and there was no mention where she ended up. There were other instances where I was similarly confused.
And then there was the time when she could not teleport try as she might because she was hurt and yet she could create a portal when fighting the big bad doctor after having been shot.

The novel got a bit too teenagery for my taste in parts, like some of Estele’s lines and the whole romance bit, which I have to admit I did not care for in the least.
Some things seemed overly simplistic, not explained at all, like Estele one minute not believing her dad’s theories and then suddenly she did, without anything happening in between to change her mind.
I had guessed several things before they happened, like how the story Justin told about the kids was crap, what happened to the people in the Barrens and who would end up betraying Estele, although I have to admit I thought Lissa would too. And I never understood why Dr Tabor wanted to build the second Corridor, knowing it was so dangerous. Estele kept wondering that too but I never got an answer.
And the whole naming herself Stel thing was a bit too Divergent for me.

But you know what? Even with all the flaws I enjoyed the book quite a lot.
The world building was very good. Every Earth was different and interesting in their own way. It was funny to see how some things were similar but have different ways. Watching Estele trying to blend in, not raise any red flags, made me anxious and it was a thrilling read for several passages.
At times, the novel was so fast-paced that I almost did not notice the above mentioned holes. Also, some moments were quite emotional, like the scene in the hospital.
I did not finish the book feeling mindblown by any means, but it was a fun ride and I am curious to see what happens next.

Younger audiences will appreciate this book even more than I did.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Aug 29 to Aug 31, 2015
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Church of the Oak (The Brigid Series, #3)

Title: Church of the Oak (The Brigid Series, #3)

Author: Sheila R. Lamb

Genres: Fantasy | Historical Fiction | Paranormal | Romance

Format: Mobi

Length: 245 pages | 3491 locations

Source: Author

Rating: 3/5

Premise:

In this direct sequel to the second book of the series, Patrick continues trying to find Brigid, while remaining true to his faith in Christianity.
In the meantime, Brigid strives to keep her druid school while remaining a free woman and yearning to find Patrick again.

Review:

This book did not start as well for me as the previous ones. There were a lot of characters and I did not remember some of them.
One of the things that bothered me the most was Brigid’s father. I felt that he was out of character compared to I knew of him in the previous book. He had left his family to stay with Brigid’s mother and raise her as his own and yet now he stooped to a level I never saw coming, making all sorts of evil threats and even willing to sell her freedom to Maithghean. This is the part that stung the most: “Maithghean could probably use a servant’s help more than me.” Father’s lip lifted as if in satisfaction, a grin quickly reigned in. Not only is he pimping out his daughter, he’s actually happy about it? Eurgh.

Then as we went back in time and I began finding out what had happened since Brigid left in the previous novel, I reconnected with the story. I felt her struggle between wanting to help the Túatha de Danann and not allowing them to control her fate again, as well as her love for Patrick but loath of what he had become. She had a goal now, her school, and she was committed to it.

But I continued having trouble connecting with Patrick. It bothered me that he obviously wanted to be with Brigid, and he had experienced first hand the Dannan power, even having glimpses of his past life. Yet he acted as if none of that happened and that Christianity’s one God was the only one that ever existed.

I understand that he would choose not to be with Brigid, but I could not understand why, when he and Brigid met, she felt their energy as anam cara and yet he appeared to be immune to her touch and just so aggressive, with such an aversion towards her.
As in the previous book, it frustrated me that he did not listen to what Brigid said, she would have to repeat the same things over and over again (like her warnings about Maithghean) and he just would not get it. It wasn’t so much as he was confused about what she was saying, more that he would not register it.

Alas, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Brigid as a teacher, as well as all the techniques described. Watching her absorb energy from the earth and developing her powers was enthralling. I was eager to learn more of the magic – rituals, potions, spells… I did get to see some, but I wanted more. Instead, it seemed like chamomile kept being used all the time.

I felt for her in all the hard choices she had to make, even when none of them seemed to bring a way out of her predicament. Every decision made her grow as a woman and led to her finding out who she really was and what she wanted her future to be. She deserved to be happy and would try to do whatever led to her happiness, while trying her best to stay true to her values and her missions. I admired her.

I would like to point out that I am not familiar at all with irish folklore, so I took this series at point value, that is an independent work of fiction regardless of what it was based on. I have to admit I thought it odd that a woman would be appointed bishop, for instance. I don’t know if that ever happened back then but it just sounded weird.

I thought some things were repetitive, like all the mentions of Patrick and Brigid’s past together or how it was against druid customs to write. I did not get why Maithghean would kill Conleth when he knew about Patrick and their much stronger connection, and yet he seemed surprised to see them together. Regarding the formatting, I think it would make sense if thoughts were put in italic. Sometimes I would not notice the voice had changed and had to go back and reread.

So, all in all, there were bits and pieces here and there that I would have liked to have been handled differently, but I generally enjoyed Church of the Oak very much and sped through it. Getting lost in Brigid’s world is a joy.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Aug 27 to Aug 29, 2015
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Bird Box

Title: Bird Box

Author: Josh Malerman

Genres: Horror | Post-Apocalyptic | Thriller

Length: 473 pages

Source: Purchased

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4.25/5

Premise:

When Malorie finds out she is pregnant, news start reporting odd occurrences. People are going crazy for no apparent reason, hurting and even killing themselves. Theories say this behaviour is triggered by something they saw, something their brain is unable to understand. So soon enough, what was once dismissed as conspiracy theories turns into the few survivors’ lifeline: no one goes outside without a blindfold.
Can Malorie survive in such a world? Can her baby?

Review:

Bird Box has made it well up in my list of most suspenseful and bone-chilling books.

It was not perfect. There was a lot I wanted to know, like what was up with Malorie’s baby daddy, and there were a few things I felt were assumed for no justifiable reason, the most striking of them the very premise of people being absolutely sure that sight was the trigger to folks going mad. As far as I am concerned, nothing presented in the book up to George and his video proved that beyond any reasonable doubt, particularly because the people suffering from such an affliction never seemed coherent enough to formulate a plausible sentence. I could easily assume that it was touch that caused it, or even smell. And yet no one else seemed to hypothesize that.

Then there were things I thought were just too much of a coincidence or just didn’t make sense, like Malorie and Olympia going into labour at the same time or her naming the children Boy and Girl. They never sounded 4 years old to me either. Not only did they sound much older but at times they would say things I have no idea how they could possibly know, having only lived in that house with Malorie. And it truly bothered me that she never once hugged them or had a single gesture of affection towards them until the last page of the book.

The narration alternates between the present – which is roughly four years after everyone went nuts – and the past, starting with the moment Malorie finds out she may be pregnant, which coincides with the first stories popping up in the news. I felt that some of what was written in the present chapters was basically filling space, just to say we had narration from both timelines. A lot felt repetitive and that it did not really add much to the story.

Obviously, I wanted more answers. The novel ends with no resolution towards the creatures, but not utterly devoid of hope. And the fact is the story constantly kept me on edge. I wanted to know what happened next and kept wanting to pick the book back up whenever I was not able to read. At times, it freaked me out. I was amazed at how terrified I felt. Imagine every single thing that can go wrong in such a reality, every fear you could have when dealing with the outside world while utterly blind. Josh Malerman put it into words.

There was a bonus story in the end which I did not enjoy much at all. Even though it was interesting to picture all the horror movies, the fact is it confused the heck out of me from the very beginning, since I could not even tell if it was fiction or an essay sort of thing, and I felt it dragged on and on for a long time.

Read Bird Box for its power to chill you to the bone with its suspenseful, terrifying scenes – not for a flawless story. It may not be perfect, but it is a guaranteed thrilling read that will surely mess with your sleep.

Read from Aug 23 to Aug 26, 2015

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Self/Less

Self/Less

Rating: 3/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem.

Review:

Self-Less is a fast paced, action packed sci-fi movie.

There were some things I wished had been tweaked, particularly Ryan Reynolds picking up on Ben Kingley’s ticks and facial expressions and whatnot. That is something I take for granted in these sort of movies where someone takes over someone else’s features, or even when we are seeing some younger version of the character.

I thought Damian, Kingly’s character, jumped into the process of having his consciousness transferred to a different body much too easily. It was obvious the doctor was hiding something from him but he never pressed for answers. Even later, after the deed was done.
I remember a scene where Damian tells Albright I never told you she was latino and Albright basically goes here’s a ticket to Hawaii and that was that. This main character was just so passive the whole time. Even when he was being proactive, trying to get answers, kicking butt and trying to help Mark’s family I never really got why he was doing it. It was almost as if it was just to get the narrative moving along.

Another thing I did not get was, if Damian was taking over Mark’s consciousness when he was on the meds, how could he fight like Mark? Saying his body remembered the training sounded so lame…

If these patients are not supposed to need pills after 2 years, how come Albright still takes them?

Where in the world did they find the kid a bathing suit and buoys to get Damian to teach her swimming??

The whole thing with the bullet was silly as well. The machine has got to work with electromagnetic fields and whatnot, that had to be ridiculously dangerous.

Then there were the typical scenes that make me lose respect for a movie, where the good guy never runs out of bullets and even while having seizures/hallucinations can take out multiple well-trained operatives.

The ending was beyond predictable and I had guessed who Albright was early on. I hate it when that happens.

But the fact is I had a good time watching the movie, even with all the holes. It was different. I liked the little kid, even if I never felt that Natalie Martinez and Ryan Reynolds had any chemistry together whatsoever. I just don’t get what was up with that casting decision.
Still, it was nice to see Kingsley and Garber again, it’s been a while since I watched a movie featuring those guys. And Matthew Goode was a pleasant surprise, didn’t know the guy.

So in a nutshell, I wasn’t mindblown by any means, but I left the room feeling entertained. Cannot ask for much more these days…

Time Salvager (Preview Excerpt)

Title: Time Salvager (Preview Excerpt)

Author: Wesley Chu

Genres: Adventure | Dystopia | Fantasy | Post-Apocalyptic | Science Fiction

Format: Mobi

Length: +- 160 pages | 2255 locations

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3.5/5

Premise:

In the 26th century, the world is bleak. Our planet is pretty much a toxic wasteland and humans mostly live in the other planets on our solar system, which are controlled by megacorporations.
Even establishing themselves there, people barely get by. Humankind is at a lowest. The only way they can survive is because of ChronoMen, who go back in time, when disasters are about to happen, to salvage majorly important items.
There are rules to time travelling and James Griffin-Mars ends up breaking the most important one. Now he is on the run. Can he save himself and Elise? Will he ever find out what felt off in his last mission?

Review:

I am always weary of books about time travelling because there is just so much that can go wrong with something based on the concept. This one sounded interesting and it was only a preview excerpt so I figured I would be done with it quickly.

There were some notions I wrinkled my nose at, like the timeline self-healing after a while. The way I see it, it is not possible that this should happen just because someone who was not supposed to live finally died, along with his or her entire bloodline, because every single person influences several, so the ripples are not limited to that.

There were things on and off that I did not find believable, like the theme of Jaws being mentioned in 2097. Come on. I am pretty sure that will no longer be a thing by then.

Also, it seemed to me on a couple of occasions that the actions of the time salvagers affected the future of whatever crisis was unfolding, and I don’t see how that was overlooked. Maybe that is how the book will develop, since it seems James smelled something fishy as well. This preview excerpt only goes to chapter 17, when he officially becomes a fugitive. Again, a case when I believe the blurb tells too much.

Even so, I thought the world-building in Time Salvager was generally well achieved. People don’t say God, they say Gaia, and apparently Abyss is a swear world.
The world Mr Chu built was extremely dark with all the grime and slime and absolute lack of hope. It was difficult to picture anyone living in a world like that, but I think the author did a good job at explaining that. I truly enjoyed some concepts and only wished they had been further developed.

I especially liked James, because I could see how what he did for a living, plus his history, could lead to his psychological degeneration. I particularly liked the notion of the people he left behind to die haunting his dreams. And, most of all, I appreciated the care the author took not to make the thing with him and Elise insta-love.

It was an enjoyable read. Quite frequently, the action was fast but, for some reason, I never felt that urge to keep reading or to pick the book back up. I still don’t get why. I have no idea if this feeling would improve or worsen if I had read the entire book. But I was curious enough to know what happened next to recommend this book to science-fiction fans.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Aug 22 to Aug 23, 2015
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Dark Places

Dark Places

Rating: 1.5/5

Premise:

Libby day was 8 years old when almost her entire family got murdered. Only she and her brother Ben survived. Thanks to Libby’s testimony, Ben went to jail for the murder.
28 years later, Libby gets contacted by a member of the Kill Club, an association dedicated to finding out the true culprit behind crimes they feel were not handled well by the police. This will bring up all sorts of memories for Libby and the revelations will surprise her.

Review:

I have not read any books by Gillian Flynn. I watched Gone Girl and now Dark Places.
Unlike the previous movie, I cannot say I enjoyed this one. I have been trying to wrap my finger around why exactly I did not like it and I just cannot seem to find a straight answer.

It’s not that I did not like Libby. From my experience with Gone Girl, I can tell one of Flynn’s strengths is getting the reader wrapped up in a story where he or she does not even like the main character.
Her nonchalance towards the entire situation did tire me a bit, but I was ok with it for the most part because I found it interesting how a person could devolve like that. Because of what happen to 8-year-old Libby, she did not become this heroine most books and movies show us; she is a kleptomaniac, a hoarder and a mooch. I did not have to like such a character, but I could have been interested by her and wanted to know what came next. Instead, I did not feel engaged by her or the story at all.

Most of the time, I found the movie slow, gloomy and pointless, where stuff just happened instead of building up to it. There were no particularly stand-out performances. The actors were good, but not brilliant. Probably not their fault, but still. I never cared for any of the characters or what happened to them. I was bored during large sections of it and kept looking at my watch, wondering how long till it was over.

Also, early on I had already guessed in part what had happened on that dreary night, and the rest of the revelations did not surprise me that much because at that point I no longer cared.
As often happens with movie adaptations of books, I could tell a lot of important scenes were cut out because there was no set-up, we were just fed things and expected to take it even though they made no sense, whereas they could have had major impact if precessed by a proper build-up.
When the major revelation came, it was completely anti-climatic and nowhere near the end of the movie. So I guess I felt like there wasn’t a proper balance. Some scenes seemed utterly unnecessary, while others needed to be better set up.

It was just a bland film. I felt it should not have been bland at all. There was room for so much more.
This is an instance where I am absolutely certain the book has got to be miles better than the movie.

Into Coraira (Legend of Rhyme, #2)

Title: Into Coraira (Legend of Rhyme, #2)

Author: Jaime Lee Mann

Genres: Adventure | Children | Fantasy

Format: Mobi

Length: 202 pages | 1975 locations

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3.75/5

Premise:

After having defeated the evil one, twins Asher and Ariana are now reunited with their parents, and all finally get some answers regarding the truth behind the curse.
Now, a new evil has been unleashed. While learning they have new powers and learning how to use them, Ariana and Asher will try to keep the kingdom of Coraira and all the realms safe.

Review:

I found the second book of the Legend of Rhyme series generally more enjoyable than the first one, in part because there were more answers. The imagery was, again, stunning, particularly of Coraira. I am sure little girls will absolutely love the unicorns and beautiful streams and flowers and animals, and the boys will appreciate the dragons, for instance. I for one grew fond of Wink and Fidget, although I felt Fidget’s character changed a bit since the first book but the fact is they were hilarious – and particularly liked the living map.

It did not fully satisfy me though, and not only because it is a children’s book.
For one, it presents a lot more characters than the first book and I have to admit at some point I did not know who some were any more, let alone how they were related.
There were also a few things that felt off for me:
I did not understand why Ariana was immediately Calla’s successor and Asher was not even considered.
I was not a fan of the thing with the pendants, especially if Ariana’s power was that great she should be able to come and go as she pleased once she trained enough. I felt some other explanation should have been given for her not to be able to return once she made the decision to become Calla’s successful and go to Coraira.
Similarly, I did not get why the twins would take their grandmother there when she was simply tired and would obviously recover if she rested, and knowing they would not be able to use the pendants again.
And finally, I have to admit I did not like the thing with Asher’s voice. It gave room to a funny scene, where his voice sounded older, but it just sounded like an easy escape of the situation. Now I am left wondering what will happen to Asher’s voice, the real crystal. Or why the crystal they used was green when Calla said the spell turned the crystal blue.


I know it’s a children’s book, but I feel some scenes should have been better elaborated. For instance, the thing with Rebecca’s reaction to the bee sting could have been more dramatic and yet it was over almost as fast as it began. It’s the sort of thing that I don’t think would hurt the book’s audience much but might actually reel older readers in. It didn’t have to be gross or very detailed, just a bit more of a build-up, so that the resolution had more impact. Instead it kind of renders the magic almost meaningless, as if too easy.

Overall, I had a good time reading Into Coraria and the ending left me wanting to know what happens in the third book. It looks like it will become more contemporary fantasy, which is a great, unexpected twist.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Aug 19 to Aug 21, 2015
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The Vatican Tapes

The Vatican Tapes

Rating: 3/5

Premise:

Angela is loved by everyone in her life, the epitome of perfection. Until one day she is in an accident and starts behaving oddly, attracting crows and exerting all sorts of impossible influences. Could she be possessed? If so, can she be saved?

Review:

When I went to watch this movie, I knew I was in for yet another one about possession and exorcism and whatnot. I still wanted to watch it and be scared, and it was night-time so I knew I would be even if the movie sucked.

It did not, but it did have a lot of clichés: chases through dark hallways; character looks in a direction, glances in another, and when he or she turns back there is something nasty right in their face; using an angelic-looking character as the possessed; a lot of anatomical impossible twists and turns; screams when holy water is thrown (speaking of which, if Angela was possessed, how come she could take holy water during last rites so peacefully??); unknown language in a creepy-ass voice; violence; sexual innuendo; creepy soundtrack, etc.

There were also innovative things, like the attempt at an actual plot; centring the story around the Vatican and its archives; neat stuff like being in two places at the same time or whispering through walls; the symbolism that justified the whole event; not being able to stop what was coming as in seemingly all other movies about the theme; making it so contemporary, especially towards the end.

So why the lower rating? Besides all the clichés, it’s because of the ending. Talk about an abrupt finish. There doesn’t even seem to be a sequel programmed. If it is, then I may actually ponder to bring the rating up. But if not, I feel utterly ripped off. Major build up for such a deflating ending. That’s how I felt leaving the theatre – deflated.

It was still an enjoyable experience and I recommend it to horror fans.

Every Last Word

Title: Every Last Word

Author: Tamara Ireland Stone

Genres: Contemporary | Realistic Fiction | Romance

Length: 352 pages | 4992 locations

Source: Netgalley

Format: Mobi

Rating: 4.75/5

Premise:

Samantha seems to have it all: a great family, popular friends, nothing missing. But she has a big secret no one knows of: her OCD. No one must know about her condition or how it affects her in the smallest things or that she has to see a shrink every day.
One day, Samantha meets Caroline, who introduces her to a group of misfits called the Poet’s Corner. As she gets to know these people and lets poetry be an escape, she gets a glimpse of what it feels to be normal and healthy, until a major revelation shakes that up and makes her doubt everything.

Review:

What an awesome book.

It was so great to finally read about a 16 year-old I could relate to.
Example:

“You’re not overreacting.”, she says.
“Are you sure? Because you can tell me if I am. I have a tendency to over think things, especially when it comes to my friends… I take things too personally. I mean, it isn’t always
them. Sometimes it’s me. I just don’t always know when it’s them and when it’s me, you know?”

Even though I do not suffer from OCD, I am an insecure person, and I relate to this a lot.
Who would have thought I would be posting this on my blog… The fact is this book is so emotional and the message about struggling not to hide anymore is so strong that I feel like exposing myself to that level.

Samantha is actually in a great social position, unlike all the misfits we usually read about, since she is part of the group of popular girls in high school. She wears a lot of makeup and cares about the way she looks.
However, even her friends do not know about her secret, that she suffers from OCD and the fact is Samantha starts wondering if they really are her friends, since they seem more and more shallow each day and not to care about her feelings.
I felt for Samantha and her struggles to sleep and not let the terrifying thoughts take over her mind and body.

And then there’s her family. It was so wonderful to read about her supportive mother, who did not only not ignore her daughter’s condition but always knew how to comfort her and get her through her problems. Always listened to her, made herself available. I have to admit I would have like to see another side to her because that had to be exhausting, instead of her just being the perfect mother but it was so refreshing that I did not really care.

And I liked AJ so much. He suffered a lot and managed to overcome his past, taking the bad experiences and reshaping himself into a young man far from perfect and fully confident but absolutely adorable. I loved his speech about the difference between being fake and attentive towards someone.

I was with this book every step of the way. It was a really chore putting it down whenever I really had to – and I really procrastinated on every single thing. It was just so amazing reading about Samantha, who had normal 16-year-old problems besides the mental ones, and somehow never seemed annoying to me. Well, whenever she would go on about how the boys were so cute she did get a bit annoying, particularly the major crush of the story, but that totally fits with her obsessive personality so even if I did not enjoy it that much I understood it.

And the plot twist. I never in a million years saw it coming, even though I thought it was odd that Sam could not seem to differentiate between what was real and what wasn’t when she was having one of her fantasies. It blew me away. So much that it was 3 in the morning and I could not put the book down. I am writing this on major sleep deprivation due to this. No matter. It was well worth it.

There were few things that I wish I would have seen, some of which I don’t even recall anymore. These are the ones I do remember:
I wanted to known what AJ’s mother’s reaction was to him dating the girl who put him through hell – that cannot be easy for a mother. I wanted to see more conflict in AJ trying to adjust to the idea of this new Samantha being the same person as the one who caused him so much pain in the past, what he thought as his feelings were changing. And if Sarah left the Eights to join her Drama Club friends, then Samantha should have come across her at some point, right? Spending so much time in the theatre and all. I wanted to see them talk, particularly about Sarah having been shunned, I think that would have brought a nice dimension to the story.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Read this if you want to get into the mind of someone who appears normal on the inside but has to deal with a serious mental illness every day since a young age.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Aug 17 to Aug 19, 2015
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Elora of Stone (Legend of Rhyme, #1)

Title: Elora of Stone (Legend of Rhyme, #1)

Author: Jaime Lee Mann

Genres: Adventure | Children | Fantasy

Format: Mobi

Length: 206 pages | 2030 locations

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3.25/5

Premise:

In the Kingdom of Falmoor, no set of twins stay intact. During the night, one of them is taken away, although he or she appears dead. Why does this happen? And what does Gwendolyn’s pure heart have to do with it? Or her descendants’?

Review:

I found Elora of Stone a very nice adventure book for young children.

I finished it with more questions than answers and there were a couple of things that did not quite add up, like why Gwendolyn was so upset when she found out about the marriage contract and yet when she meets Lochlan she does not seem to recognize his name, even though she was just reading about it, for instance.
I wanted to know more about the 200-year-old lady, how exactly the twins who were taken turned into fairies, who Lochlan’s twin was, what had happened to Larque’s children, and oh so much more but in the end this was a sweet book for very young kids, who don’t mind stuff not being thoroughly explained.

There’s plenty of action and stuff to keep them interested. There’s a clumsy magician with a great heart, a girl with a pure heart who attracts all sorts of woodland critters, there are fairies and pixies and pretty landscapes and magic, both good and evil. And there are children they can relate to, even if they sounded a bit older than 12 to me.
The few pictures were nice as well and I kind of wish there had been more.

It’s the first book in a series, so I understand that there has to be a cliffhanger, I just wish there hadn’t been so many of them, so I could have appreciated the book more.
I also wish the author had stuck with third voice, instead of constantly switching narrators, most often in first person, present, but not always. I thought it was confusing and unnecessary.

I recommend the book to very young children (7 and up) and that they get the rest of the series as soon as possible, so that they will not be as disappointed by the ending as I was.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Aug 16 to Aug 17, 2015
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Buddy Read – Bird Box

Book Lair is doing a buddy read of the book Bird Box, by Josh Malerman.

This book has had a positive feedback for the most part, but some people did have the polar opposite reaction.
I for one am eager to get started and form my own opinion, while reading along and chatting about each section with fellow bookworms!

So far there are three of us and we plan to start on August 23rd.
I hope you will join us!

Please click the cover to access the buddy read topic and check out the synopsis below.

Bird Box
by Josh Malerman

Synopsis:

Josh Malerman’s debut novel BIRD BOX is a terrifying psychological thriller that will haunt you long after reading. Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew. Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing And we couldn’t look outside anymore.