I think this would be an excellent read for a teen. Especially one struggling with feeling useless due to disability or otherwise. Allen was just an aI think this would be an excellent read for a teen. Especially one struggling with feeling useless due to disability or otherwise. Allen was just an average boy, with a significant amount of empathy. He loved being on the swim team at his prestigious school, but his grades were slipping. Allen's parents seem a bit overbearing, almost unlikeable at the start, but as it goes on there are moments that assure you they were still loving and supportive. Likewise with his uncle later on. As a parent, I'm sure we all have those moments where we seem that way as well without more context. There's some great foreshadowing in the car before immediately before the accident happens leaving Allen a paraplegic and an orphan. Of course its not unusual to see an average teen become a hero in fantasy stories, but this is only the second book I've encountered with one that also is unable to walk. It's great to see him work through his struggles with losing his parents and use of his legs. At first he's rather sullen and lost in himself. His uncle doesn't know what to do, but tries his best. Allen has a series of bad luck, leading him into another world with great technology, but poor social advances. He meets many creatures and people, some nicer than others, that help him find himself, his voice, and his strength. It has a bit of a dark Alice in Wonderland feel to the story. The illustrations throughout are great additions to the story as well. Overall a great read with good character development! I'm curious to see if the girl he met in the other world will be reunited with her mother, and where the woman disappeared to after what happened at the end....more
For some reason I wasn't expecting much from this book, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The author described how and why they becamReally helpful
For some reason I wasn't expecting much from this book, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The author described how and why they became interested in yoga, as well as the different ways people may practice. I've watched many yoga videos, follow yogis on Instagram, been to a few classes....none of those things gave the depth this book presented for each of these 37 poses. It discusses the purpose of the pose, where you should be placing pressure, how to round your hips, how to get into and out of the pose, and more. I still have a long way to go before I can achieve crane/crow, but I now have a better understanding of how to get there. Informative, great read and reference book. I received this book for free to read and review. All opinions are my own....more
It's an OK story if you're interested in witches and demons. I didn't entirely love this first book, but I wanted to know more about Jackson so I keptIt's an OK story if you're interested in witches and demons. I didn't entirely love this first book, but I wanted to know more about Jackson so I kept going. If you're not really into this one, know that it does get better as the series goes on. But back to this book. I think its more of an introduction to the main character and the surface of the other Peachville town characters than anything. By the end of the book, I was rather annoyed with Harper; she seemed to be becoming the very thing she hated. However...there's this lingering "why?" that's never fully answered until book two...which is also free at the time I'm posting so no risk in reading on!...more
Though the writing style wasn't my favorite, I loved the beginning of this book. The characters are pretty well developed and likeaStarts off great...
Though the writing style wasn't my favorite, I loved the beginning of this book. The characters are pretty well developed and likeable. There are some exciting scenes. Towards the end it goes much too quickly. There's not even discussion of resolving the villain situation. She decides not to kill him, runs, we meet back up with Sean, the end. Even just more detail between when she left and when Sean came back in the story would have made it a better read. I imagine if you read the whole series at once it might flow better....more
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. Not full of typos which is a serious plus for an ebook! A good message to the story, with a little kittyThe illustrations in this book are wonderful. Not full of typos which is a serious plus for an ebook! A good message to the story, with a little kitty called "Shoo" that overcame hardship and found a little girl named Maya that was lonely, too. Even though Shoo was having a hard time, Shoo wanted to make Maya feel better, which is a very important lesson for this age group. They were a perfect match -- Maya got a friend and Shoo got a home. The last bit of the story could have been longer, but it was cute. I received this book in exchange for my honest review....more
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. At first I wasn't thrilled with the big leap backward toward the beginning of the booI received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. At first I wasn't thrilled with the big leap backward toward the beginning of the book, as well as the way it jumped back and forth. Once everything started coming together, I kind of understood why he chose to start that way. I felt thoroughly sorry for Nick throughout much of the book. There are so many twist and turns, but it flows well. The supporting characters are fantastic and I quite enjoyed the personalities of the females, especially.
The ending took me by surprise. I don't want to divulge too much, but...it sure didn't end the way I "hoped" it would. It was good, because it was different. I know that the next two books in the series are going to take place prior to this point, but I hope there is something in the future that will touch upon what happens to the other characters. I'm not sure whether it even could progress from there, but I felt like their stories were a bit too open-ended for that to be finished....more