This is my first experience with animal fantasy. Black Beauty broke my heart 80% of the time and made me cry 40% of the time. This is such a good bookThis is my first experience with animal fantasy. Black Beauty broke my heart 80% of the time and made me cry 40% of the time. This is such a good book. I don't know what else to say. ...more
Loved the landscape illustration, especially the cover! I could see the traces of every brushstroke on every page, and it's a delight to read. But theLoved the landscape illustration, especially the cover! I could see the traces of every brushstroke on every page, and it's a delight to read. But the story still leaves quite a little bit to be desired. ...more
A digital copy of this book was provided by the publisher and NetGalley for review.
What if your whole life was a lie? One Planet. Two Worlds. Population: Human ... 7 billion. Others ... unknown.
Talisman of El is a debut book from Alecia Stone. It's a fantasy fiction for the children to young adult age groups, but really, anyone can read it. This is one of the most gripping novels I've read this year and I very much enjoyed it.
Charlie Blake, aged 14, is an orphan. When he gets adopted by Jacob, who's being real nice to him, he thinks maybe he's finally found the place he belongs. Charlie's always been hearing weird noises that seem to come out of nowhere and having weird visions and nightmares, but what he doesn't know is that it's not because he's a freak, but because he's different. There are things he doesn't know about his past and the world, and he doesn't realize that until one day he runs into a man he's been having nightmares about, who has the Talisman of El. The man, Derkein, is in search of open gateways to Arcadia, the world beneath the surface of Earth. Derkein takes Charlie, Alex and Richmond with him on an exciting and unpredictable adventure to find and enter Arcadia. There they meet the Arcadians, and Charlie gets to learn about his past and who he really is, and then comes the time when he realizes that the future of mankind lies in his hands.
It seems like that's all much I can say in this review without including spoilers. Talisman of El had me hooked since page one. It's a mysterious and adventurous and kept me wanting to know more. This action-packed fantasy is very well written. I love how one thing just leads to another and another and how the story seems to endlessly progress, always surprises and twists and turns. The characters are very well portrayed and I love the connection between them. I was quite surprise to see mythology in this book as well, but it only adds to the awesomeness of the book.
Although there were times when I felt like this book was longer than it really needed to be, it wasn't a big deal and didn't really bother me. I recommend this book to those of you who love fantasy and adventure, as this book is full of them!
Talisman of El is the first book in a planned trilogy. The second book, currently untitled, is expected to come out in 2013. ...more
I received an e-copy from NetGalley and Tanglewood for review.
A very cute book!
The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies isn't a story book. It doesn't have main characters or any stories at all. It's just, as the title suggests, a "guide" to tracking fairies. So you shouldn't expect to read a story about a little girl trying to catch fairies or whatever.
However, this book is still very fun to look at! There are pictures on every page, and there's also some text. The text only acts like a guide which talks about places where fairies are found. What I really like is that there are usually two to four pictures of the same place. In that case, the first picture is always a real photo taken with a camera which shows children's fingers pointing to something like a rock or a pile or grass, and then the next pictures will be the that of the same place zoomed-in, in different angles, with colorful little fairies edited in.
I especially like the drawn fairies! The colorful illustrations are very well done and blend in perfectly with the real photographs. Details are extraordinary.
I guess this book tries to tell us that fairies or magical things are everywhere around us, we just have to "really look". ;) I really like it! ...more
I received an e-copy from NetGalley and Tanglewood for review.
WOLF CAMP is a children picture book about a girl named Maddie. One day Maddie shows her mother a flyer for Wolf Camp. It says: "Put your child in the wilds." And then Maddie is gone for two weeks. The first day she writes home a letter saying that it's weird at the camp. On the second day she writes again to tell her parents that she likes it there. After that her parents don't receive any letters again, so they assume she's having fun at the camp!
When Maddie gets back from the camp, her behaviors have changed noticeably, such as when her dog, the collie, sniffs her, she sniffs back! She also growls and runs after a squirrel and howls. She's not herself anymore!
At first I read this book on my Kindle, and thought it was totally weird. On the Kindle, the pictures are black and white and very small. But when I opened the file on my computer to read, it's different! Two pages on each side are connected and the story suddenly makes more sense and becomes easier to follow. With full-color everything is better too! I didn't like the illustrations when I saw them on the Kindle but now I do. They're quite nice. I especially like the coloring. It looks like watercolor on some pages, but I'm not sure. The colors really makes the pictures stand out and seem real. ...more
This is a really cute story about a boy who loves a star. He wishes to catch that star and befriends it. He tries what he can to reach it. And then heThis is a really cute story about a boy who loves a star. He wishes to catch that star and befriends it. He tries what he can to reach it. And then he finds the star somewhere else, and not in the sky.
The ending is totally unexpected for me. Lovely story. Amazing illustrations. ...more
because i live a sad life, i hang out with myself in bookstores. i walked in today and saw this and had to read it. so i did. its so cute and funny.
pbecause i live a sad life, i hang out with myself in bookstores. i walked in today and saw this and had to read it. so i did. its so cute and funny.
ps. is anyone at kinokuniya paragon right now? i have to be here till around 5 and its getting a bit lonely. not that i cant spend time alone or anything. just saying. ifyou are, come say hi! im near the murakami shelf....more