This is an adorable children's book that is just perfect for Christmas. It was part of our 25 days til Christmas book countdown.
One Little Christmas TThis is an adorable children's book that is just perfect for Christmas. It was part of our 25 days til Christmas book countdown.
One Little Christmas Tree by Rusty Fischer is about a Christmas tree named Alfred. When the book starts out Alfred is one of the smallest trees on the farm. Next to him is his friend, the very large Christmas tree Mr. Phipps. Mr. Phipps is very wise and he tells Alfred that one day a nice family will come to the farm and inherit him. When the families come, Mr. Phipps is inherited, but Alfred is left behind. He worries that he will never have a a family. Years go by, and still Alfred isn't chosen. During that time though, he grows bigger and taller. Finally, Alfred spots a boy that he knows would be just perfect for him. He decides to do something special to try to convince him that Alfred belongs with his family.
This book was really cute. The only thing that I would caution against, is that while they say it is a picture book it really isn't. There are a lot of words on each page, so it is more appropriate for a read-aloud for ages 3-5 and a book that kids can read themselves at around age 6. Just my opinion, based on what I know about reading levels. This is just the first book in the series, and I look forward to the next. The book is available on amazon as both a paperback and an e-book. ...more
If I read one more book where a female has never been noticed by anyone, moves to a new city and is magically the most popular girl in existence, I miIf I read one more book where a female has never been noticed by anyone, moves to a new city and is magically the most popular girl in existence, I might kill someone. Having said that, this book was pretty good. The mythology aspect was really well done. The romance was eh. I've read worse, I've read much better. Overall it was an ok. I don't see it being anyone's favorite but it'll do....more
The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin is a really hard book to define. I found myself struggling while trying to tell my husband what it was about. But IThe Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin is a really hard book to define. I found myself struggling while trying to tell my husband what it was about. But I guess I have to try in order to write this review. The Darkening Dream is about a young Jewish girl named Sarah, who is growing up in Salem MA during the turn of the century. Some strange things start to happen after a young boy is found murdered and Sarah experiences a series of strange dreams and visions. When a young man moves to Salem from Greece, Sarah starts to learn about her past and question what her future holds. Oh, and there are vampires, Egyptian gods, angels, demons, witches, and pretty much every other paranormal entity you can think of.
I honestly can't tell you what genre this book is. It is definitely paranormal, and there is just the right amount of romance, and it would definitely appeal to YA. Yet I don't think it should be strictly defined as a YA or paranormal romance. It is way too much more to be defined by any of those genres.
Andy definitely did his research with this book. He managed to get almost every major and minor religion in there without it being overkill. There were Egyptian deities, Judaism, Christianity, Greek gods. All of it done in a way that wasn't over the top, but somehow managed to mesh together and actually make sense with the story.
I love books that are set in Salem MA since that is where I was born. Most books set there are either set during the witch trials in the 1690's or are contemporary. I loved that this book was set just after the turn of the century in 1913. It was the perfect time period to use to show the blending of the old world and the new. It was really interesting to read about some of the places that I've been that are very old now, but were brand-new during this setting.
I was absolutely shocked by the ending of the book. I am usually really good at predicting the end of books and I honestly did not see this one coming. I got a little worried because I was nearing the end of the book and I didn't feel like things were going to get resolved. Then BOOM it all got resolved in a crazy way that I never would have guessed. It'll shock you. Seriously. There had better be a sequel, that's all I'm saying.
I highly suggest this book if you like paranormal books, horror, or just are looking for something new and different....more
The Magic Warble is a new MG novel by Victoria Simcox. The main character is 12 year old Kristina Kingsly. She is an average girl with not a lot of frThe Magic Warble is a new MG novel by Victoria Simcox. The main character is 12 year old Kristina Kingsly. She is an average girl with not a lot of friends but an awesome pet rat. The day before school break, her teacher gives her a gift in a small box. Unfortunately, neither Kristina, two bullies on the bus, nor her mean babysitter Davina are able to get it open. Kristina eventually tosses it in disgust.
Later that night, Kristina is woken by a loud buzzing noise. She searches all over until realizing that the noise is coming from the box, which now opens easily. Inside is a mysterious object, which Kristina picks up...
And finds herself outside in bright daylight lying in a pile of leaves. She sees a small, odd-looking man who seems to be gardening. She soon learns that he is a dwarf, and he's the leasy crazy thing she is about to learn. Kristina finds out that she is now in the Land of Bernovem and that she is the "chosen one" destined to return the Magic Warble to its proper place.
Kristina next meets a not-so-nice fairy princess Clover, her brother Looper, and a not-so-charming prince named Werrien. These three are going to help guide her to return the Magic Warble. Unfortunately, the evil Queen Sentiz will do anything to stop her, including sending her son and her monstrous zelbocks after her. To make matters worse, everyone who touched the box, including the bullies on the bus, her babysitter Davina, and her pet rat Raymond, have also been transported to Bernovem. How can Kristina get them home safely while also saving Bernovem?
This was a really cute fantasy novel with touches of Narnia, Hogwarts, and Lord of the Rings in it. Victoria has created her own fully fleshed land with all manner of creatures in it - both familiar and not. I have to say my favorite thing about the novel were the gorgeous illustrations. They really made the story come alive for me. I know that my young cousin is very reluctant to read anything without illustrations, so this book will be right up her alley. My only criticisms are that sometimes the children's speech was a little awkward for their age and that the bullies didn't get enough of a comeuppance for my tastes. All in all, this was a very enjoyable read. I wanted to sit and read it all at once, but unfortunately the baby had his own opinions on what I should be reading and when. There is no real violence or any profanity, so I would recommend this book for 5th graders and up. It would also make a great read-aloud with younger kids.
Thanks so much for Victoria for giving me this book to read, and for being so patient with me when my review was continuously delayed. ...more
This book was so good! I wanted to read it all at once, but the baby wouldn't let me! The book centers on Elijah Hawk, a seemingly normal guy with a nThis book was so good! I wanted to read it all at once, but the baby wouldn't let me! The book centers on Elijah Hawk, a seemingly normal guy with a normal family. This all changes one night when his family is murdered. He escapes from the murderer and goes to live with his uncle. There he learns that he still isn't safe. His uncle goes missing and he is sent to a boarding school. While he thinks he is safe at the boarding school, he isn't happy, mostly because the headmaster and instructors are horrible to him. One of his teachers Master Roddick, helps he and his room mate escape from the horrible boarding school and get to Savenridge.
In Savenridge, Elijah finally starts to find some answers, about who his family is, where he comes from, who the Magi are, and why anyone would be out to hurt him. He also starts to make friends and has some pretty awesome adventures. He learns that there are people who are able to harness the elements of air, fire, water, and earth to create magic.
This story has everything in it, magic, evil henchmen, wizards (called Magi), and elemental powers. To me it was a sort of cross between Avatar (the airbender, not the blue people) and Harry Potter. The only problem I really had with the book was the way the characters interacted with each other. Maybe it's because I'm now old (only 27!) but the way the teenagers spoke to each other just didn't ring true for me. They were extremely polite, even when they were mad or upset. Other than that, great book. I'd definitely recommend this to any fans of middle grade and young adult books.
I rated this book 3.5 stars.
Thank you Kevin for letting me read your first book, I look forward to the next....more