The first thing I want to say about this wonderful story is that if you have a child who is scared of anything, this is the perfect book to read to t The first thing I want to say about this wonderful story is that if you have a child who is scared of anything, this is the perfect book to read to them. It's one that teaches them that we can overcome our fears! I adored this story and watching my child mimic the ROAR part made this Mamma proud. The illustrations are perfection and so beautiful, so much so that my son couldn't keep from touching them.
The story shows a child who is running from his fears and has a toy lion with him named Lionheart, but at some point Lionheart becomes real and not just a toy. This giant lion teaches the boy that to overcome your fears all you have to do is ROAR and have fun. I really enjoyed reading this book to my son, he has autism and is afraid a lot, so this has become one of our new things to say. Let's be brave like Lionheart. I would love to thank this fantastic author for bringing this book to life and sharing it with the world and my son. Also thanks to Scholastic for sending this to me for review, it's perfection.
To say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book is an understatement, I bought this book from Amazon due to an adTo see my full review, CLICK HERE
To say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book is an understatement, I bought this book from Amazon due to an ad I saw on Facebook. Yep I actually did that. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately and this book and cover just jumped out at me. I started reading it that very minute, well as soon as it downloaded onto my Kindle, and didn't stop till I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I finished A Shade of Vampire the next night and bought the second book in the series right away. So yes, this is a book that I couldn't put down.
The main character in this book's name is Sofia and I really connected with her, she became my favorite right away. I haven't read a vampire book in awhile, like I mentioned above, and this one didn't disappoint. Sofia is kidnapped and brought to the Shade, as they call it, a place where a group of vampires live. She was meant to be part of the royal prince's harem, but when he wakes up from a long long sleep, he connects with her in a way that even he doesn't understand. Honestly, when he first wakes up in this book I could have sworn he was going to kill her right then and there and be done with it. That would have made for a very short book though....more
Sebastian and the Afterlife deals with a very intriguing concept. It's story plot revolves around people that have passed away from our world, but entSebastian and the Afterlife deals with a very intriguing concept. It's story plot revolves around people that have passed away from our world, but enter another, only souls that have unfinished business in our world can enter.
This world is controlled by the Grim Reaper himself and his Agents. The main danger in this story is the Soul Pirates. Pirates that are around and try to steal your soul! (insert evil laugh)
For me the idea of a place you go after you die, like the one in this book, is very intriguing way of thinking of it. In this place you can still see your family and friends and you can still travel to their world.
Sebastian and the Afterlife is a great supernatural middle grade book that will help kids/teens cope with the idea of death and losing someone.
I also really enjoyed getting to know all the characters in this story, even though all their names were a bit over whelming at times. As for Sebastian and his small group of friends, I fell for them all and was rooting for each of them to find their peace with what had happened to them. I especially was rooting for the main character Sebastian to find peace in leaving his family and girlfriend behind. I also really enjoyed how strong these characters are and the bonds they build in the group.
I enjoyed reading this story, one where the Grim Reaper is a good guy and there is a such thing as Soul Pirates who are out to steal your soul. I really never pictured the Grim reaper as a good guy, have you? So this book is really different way of seeing the Grim Reaper. I always pictured him a very creepy bad guy! Overall Sebastian and the Afterlife is a great story....more