Friday, 17 March 2017

Book Review. Jorie and the Magic Stones. A. Richardson.

Genre Children's books
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My Review
I did enjoy the opening pages of Jorie and the Magic Stones, by A. H. Richardson. The description of Lord Fodomalk's wings 'inflated, looking like enormous spider webs and making snapping, creaking, cracking sounds as they slowly unfolded.' and 'Marjorie Beatrice Weaver, who preferred to be called Jorie.' who is a likable child: excitable, curious, and intelligent.
She is going to live with her great aunt Letty. On arrival at Mortimer Manor, and left alone to get ready for dinner, Jorie explores her new bedroom, and finds a book. The book is concealed beneath a loose floorboard. This book is titled The flying Dragons of Varadwan, and begins a thrilling adventure for Jorie, her new friend Rufus, and the reader.
The characters, the creatures, and lands that the children encounter, and come to, are well written, and compelling. The premise of the story is simple enough, and the ending opens up the possibility of a second book about Jorie.
My one flaw would be that the ending felt rushed, as if the finding of the final two stones was an after thought.
Jorie and the Magic Stones captured my imagination.
The book is a good old fashioned fantasy, with a mystery feel to it, and the villains, and dastardly creatures, were cruel, but had their opportunities to show their softer side.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Book Review. Hazel. Breana Mae Estrada.

Genre Poetry
My Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
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My Review

A great book of short, but gentle, poetry on mental health, love, and loss, with sections A List of Hopeful Things, This Year, and The Time Travelling Letter.
I did like the inspiring look through the years 2010 to 2016, and also the poems of the author's experiences of depression, which I could identify with, as our experiences are quite similar.
In particular I did like The Time Travelling Letter Part 1
'When you tear yourself apart, make sure it's only on paper, with a pen. Leave the knives and razors alone, sweetheart.'
Alive, My Love smells like Hands, Kaleidoscope 'he had eyes like carnival lights'
Rain, Holy 'You've made me say "Oh God."
so many times
I feel like what we do
is holy.'
Haunted, Setting Fires, Stranger, Power Couples, monster 'My mother has said I am smart like Frankenstein,
but these days I resemble
his homemade monster.'
The Future of us, Stellar, the brilliant Recovery, Thunder, Goodbyes, a favourite Girl 'They will always talk girl. They will always judge girl. Let them.'
Hurt, Remember me 'When you remember me,
I hope you think of my smile.
Of dark lipstick and dancing.'
Strength, Soft, When Love comes Back, Road Trips and Rock Songs, and Picture this.
Hazel deserves to be a huge success.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Book Review. Get over it ( The Amelia Chronicles Book.1) . Marian Elizabeth.

Genre Young Adult
My Rating ☆ ☆ ☆
Amelia seems to be a level headed girl.
In this book, the first in the series, we learn about her family, on the eve she moves into her dorm at college. I can't say I have had the experience, so it is nice to read about all of the opportunities available to Amelia.
She requested that she not share a room with her ex best friend, Marian, but she has been put in a room with Marian.
What follows are their attempts to patch up their relationship.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Book Review. Spring Awakening. Stacie Eirich.

Genre Poetry
My Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This is an appropriate book for this time of year, Spring Awakening is a lovely collection of sunny poetry.
I did enjoy the haikus that featured the beach, with later poems describing a lot of watery moments. Be careful you don't get your feet wet!
I also like that this contains personal photographs, which gave the book a nice touch.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Book Review. Borrowed Time. Naomi A. Alderman.

Genre Science Fiction
Rating ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

My Review
This series of Doctor Who themed books can sometimes be a bit hit and miss, but I liked the writing style of the author immediately.
The book covers quite a broad spectrum of modern subjects, there never being enough time being the main one, and so made available are watches that are able to turn back time.
I did like the part where the foolhardy Amy receives one of these watches and has to sign the terms and conditions, but doesn’t read them because, well, who does?
Loan Sharks too are the enemy. A clever concept, neatly written.
I think Borrowed time will appeal to both adults and children, of all ages.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Book Review. Where Do They Go? Part One. B. D. Donaldson.

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I haven’t read many serialised children’s book before, like this one.
Socks are the subject of Where do they go? As socks do mysteriously disappear at some point in their journey from laundry basket to washing machine.
I won’t spoil who the author thinks it is at the heart of the theft.
Other than Mrs. Williams, the mother of children Nalleaha and Jaylen, telling Jaylen that she will take away his video games if he doesn’t find his missing sock (which I found a bit harsh) this is a great book.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Book Review. Dynomike – Talent Show Time. Frankie B. Rabbit.

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                                             My Review 

Dynomike and his friends are participating in a talent show. Ms. Lippy beforehand tells them of the prizes. I had to laugh at the adorable expressions on Dynomike and his friends faces as they show disgust at broccoli lollipops, puzzlement at a canteen filled with sand reefs and joy at a steak dinner.
I like that this book gave Dynomike’s friends a chance to show their individual characters and talents.
As always they also learn a valuable lesson.

Book Review. Grandma's Face. Elaine McKay.

 Rating ☆☆ ☆ ☆ 

Grandma's face has a lot to say. It's her turn to put her grandchild to bed, but it's her cartwheeling eyes, her twitchy nose and the useful gap in her front teeth that make up the real bedtime story.

 My Review 
A charming short story, written in the style of a poem, and with illustrations by Lynne Bendoly. She did a good job of capturing the movements of Grandma’s face.
As a child, tucked in bed, readies herself for sleep, she makes observations of her Grandma’s face, who is bent over her bed. These expressions range from a twitchy nose to a frowning forehead and the incidents that may have provoked them. Humorous at times too, I enjoyed this clever and fun read.