Armageddon’s Children

Armageddon’s Children was written by Terry Brooks and published by Orbit in 2006.

Brooks writes about a post-apocalyptic world where the last humans are holed up in compounds. Street kids and freaks roam the streets. Everyone’s worst fear is that one day the once men will appear.

Hawk is the leader of a group of street kids called the ghosts. They were called this because the haunted the ruins of their parents world. Hawk has a vision. He says that he will lead the ghosts into the promised land. Then, he will give them all new names, better names. But they have to stay alive until then.

Logan Tom is a knight of the word. Maybe the last. He doesn’t know. All he does know is that the Lady of the Word is telling him to find the gypsy morph, Nest Freemark’s son. The gypsy morph will know how to save humanity. Once, long ago, Knights of the word dreamed of what would happen if they didn’t fulfill their quest. That isn’t so anymore. That terrible future has come to pass. They’re living it. Now, dreams of their past haunt them.

Angel Perez is another Knight of the Word. Like Logan, she too believes that she is all alone. She goes ahead of the once men and tries to save the compounds. Most people don’t believe her stories of the once men. They believe they are safe within the compounds. Only the mothers and children who believe her make it out alive. On one of her escapes, she makes the mistake of running afoul of a demon called Delloreen. For the safety of the mothers and the children, she leaves them with a new quest from the Lady of the Word.

Kirisin is one of the Chosen. What are the Chosen? A group of teenage elves chosen to serve the Ellcrys a tree that keeps the Forbidding intact. What is the Forbidding? A treaty that keeps the most dangerous demons safely locked away. The Ellcrys tells Kirisin that she is in danger and that he needs to encase her in the Black Lodenstone and take her to a place where she will be safe. Kirisin has the unpleasant job of convincing the Elven king that this is a good idea.

I liked this book. It is probably my favorite Terry Brooks book that I’ve read yet. My only problem with this book is that the four storylines get a tad confusing and like with all fantasy books that have multiple storylines you only really care about one of them.

 

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More than Meets the Eye

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

More than Meets the Eye was written by Karen Witemeyer and published by Bethany House in 2018.

Four-year-old Evangeline Pearson, Evie for short, is desperately hoping that she and her older brother, Hamilton get adopted at this next stop or they will be sent back to New York where she and her brother will get separated and sent off to different families. There are only two other kids on the train. A sickly boy named Seth who hadn’t been claimed because he wasn’t fit for farm work and a boy named Zach who threatened to kill any families who showed the least bit of interest in him in their sleep. Now you may be wondering, what is so wrong with Evie that she hasn’t gotten adopted yet? her eyes are two different colors. Nowadays that doesn’t seem like too big a problem but back then everyone thought she was a witch. No one’s going to adopt a witch. Hamilton, Evie, Zach, and Seth, have no luck getting adopted at the last town so the train turns around and starts heading for London. Suddenly the train flips over. Hamilton saves Zach by pushing him out of the way of the falling debris but ends up getting fatally hurt himself. He makes Zach promise to take care of Evie before breathing his last breath. Zach, Seth, and Evie run away during the pandemonium of the overturned train. No one notices them leaving. They become a new family changing their last name to Hamilton in honor of his sacrifice.

Fastforward 15 years to present day. The Hamiltons are a happy family. Zach works odd jobs to pay the bills while Evie and Seth take care of the house. in the mornings, Evie likes to go for romps with her pig, Hezekiah, Hezzy for short. On one of these romps she meets a charming man with whom she builds a friendship. Little does she know that this man has come here for the express purpose of revenge against Zach.

I really liked this book. It is by far my favorite book that Bethany House has sent me. I would honestly recommend this book to just about anyone it was that good. I liked all the mystery in it and how at least one character is always in danger so you always have someone to worry about.

Lone Witness

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Lone Witness was written by Rachel Dylan and published by Bethany House Publishers in 2018.

Sophie Dawson was just out getting a snack when out of nowhere a man tries to rob the gas station. He kills two people as he makes his escape leaving Sophie as the lone witness. The plot thickens as it is revealed that the perpetrator is the younger brother of Juan Wade the head of Atlanta’s biggest gang. Fearing for her safety, Sophie’s father hires Cooper Knight to protect her. Sophie and Cooper soon become fast friends but both wonder if they could be something more.

I enjoyed this book. I like that most of what I just mentioned above is not even the biggest plotline in the book. The book seems to have hundreds of plotlines but each one is fully fleshed out and it never feels like you’re just reading filler. All the loose ends are neatly tied up and the book leaves you feeling satisfied instead of looking to see when the sequel will come out. All in all I would recommend this book.

First Impressions

Before I get into this review I want to say I’m sorry for not posting for over a month I’m going to try to be more active.

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

First Impressions  was written by Debra White Smith and published by Bethany House in 2018.

I’m gonna switch things around a bit this time and start by saying that I really enjoyed this book. The whole book was well-written and at no point did it feel like I had read this same storyline before in a hundred other books. This book was completely original. It had plenty of plot twists to keep the reader on his toes yet it did not feel disjointed. I would definitely recommend this book.

First Impressions is a contemporary Pride and Prejudice retelling. Smith somehow manages to intertwine aspects from the original book while not making keeping you feeling like you’re reading something new. The play was a masterful touch as it helps to show the parallels between the original book and this one and it shows which characters are supposed to be the counterparts of the original ones.

Eddi, Elizabeth Bennet, is the main character of this book. She is a lawyer in London, Texas who is constantly suspicious of Dave Davidson, Mr. Darcy. When Dave warns her about Rick Wallace, Mr. Wickham, Eddi ignores him and even pays to send Rick to Hawaii with her reckless younger sister Linda, Lydia Bennet, so that he can keep an eye on her. Will Eddi realize that Rick is bad news in time to save her younger sister?

A Most Noble Heir

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

A Most Noble Heir was written by Susan Anne Mason and published by Bethany House in 2018.

Nolan Price is a mere stable-boy at Stainsby Hall until his adopted mother’s death reveals some troubling facts about his parentage. Suddenly, all his plans for the future are nonexistent as his “new” father, an earl no less, tries to tutor him in the ways of the nobility.

I enjoyed this book. I liked all the plot twists and it was never boring. The only reason I’m hesitant to recommend this book is because I don’t feel like there was ever any building action, a climax, or falling action. The book just kind of stayed on the same level the whole time. Nevertheless, it was a good book, and I would recommend it to teenagers looking for something to read that doesn’t require too much thought.

Winning His Spurs

I hated this book. While I don’t like Historical Fiction as a rule G. A. Henty takes it to a whole other level with trying to make everything as historically accurate as possible. There comes a point where there’s not enough fiction in it and you’re basically just reading history. There’s so much empty space in this book that you never get truly invested in the story and you honestly don’t care what’s going to happen to the main characters. I realize that this is a short review and I didn’t introduce the characters or give a synopsis but honestly this book isn’t worth that.

Angel Fire East

Angel Fire East was written by Terry Brooks and published by Del Rey Books in 1999.

The next installation of this series ranks right under A Knight of the Word. While parts of it were fun and entertaining I found the book on the whole to be a little too heavy for my tastes.

In this third installation of The Word and The Void trilogy we return to Hopewell where 29-year-old Nest Freemark lives alone in her grandparents old house. She thinks that she’s spending Christmas all alone but a demon informs her that that is not so, he expects that John Ross should be paying her a visit in the future. When she comes home from church she sees a figure sitting on her backsteps. It’s not John Ross but Bennett Scott and her daughter, Harper. Nest welcomes them into her home and invites them to stay through the holidays.

Late that night there is a knock at the door. Nest opens it to see John Ross and a little boy she doesn’t recognize. John introduces the boy as a gypsy morph and explains that he is the reason all of those demons are in Hopewell. Both sides want to try and unlock the power of the gypsy morph and they feel like Nest might be the key.

I enjoyed this book. Like I said before, it ranks under the previous book in this trilogy but it’s still a solid book.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

One of Shakespeare’s better known plays, this book does not rank very high on my list of his work. I much prefer A Comedy of Errors or Tempest. Nevertheless this is still a good book and is worth the read. Some of you might be thinking about going and picking up a picture book like I told you to do with Beowulf but I’m going to tell you to do the very opposite here. In my opinion, Shakespeare is always better when read in its original form. Some of you might also be thinking that instead of reading this book for school or something that you could just watch the movie instead. After all, it’s basically the book word for word isn’t it? What’s the harm? I’m here to tell you that the movie is not very good and that they added a lot of stuff in that wasn’t in the book just to waste your time. The only good part was when the actors performed their play at the end. Again I will say that Shakespeare is always better when read in its original form.

With that being said I will get into my actual review. I assume most of you know the basic story so I won’t go into too much detail now. Basically, Hermia and Lysander are in love but Hermia’s father wants her to marry Demetrius. Helena is in love with Demetrius but Demetrius doesn’t love her back King Oberon and Queen Titania are fighting over a little kid. Hermia and Lysander decide to elope. Hermia tells Helena and Helena tells Demetrius. Demetrius follows Hermia and Helena  follows him so eventually all of them are in the wood where Oberon and Titania live. All kinds of shenanigans and tomfoolery ensue.

Even though it might have sounded as if I really hate this book at the beginning I do actually like it quite a bit Shakespeare has just done much better work, in my opinion. I think this is definitely a must-read for any Shakespeare fan.

Beowulf

Okay, I’m just going to start out by saying that I love the story of Beowulf. But don’t waste your money on buying the full book. Since Beowulf was an epic poem and meant to be told over the span of a few days/weeks/months half of the story is repeating what happened before so that the audience can remember kind of like “previously on so and so TV show”. Instead, I would buy a kids version where everything is concise and plus, you get pictures.

I’d also like to say that J. R. R. Tolkien was a huge fan of Beowulf and basically plagiarized the whole dragon part of Beowulf  in his book The Hobbit. It’s literally the same story just fleshed out a bit more and not so repetitive. I would recommend reading Beowulf for any Hobbit and LotR fans because it’s interesting to see where Tolkien got his ideas from. Vice versa, I would recommend Tolkien books to anyone who likes Beowulf.

Now into the actual review part. Basically the Danes are being haunted by this monster, Grindel. Beowulf comes and saves them all and kills the monster. For a little while all is well but they forgot about Grindel’s mother and she takes revenge on them for killing her son. Beowulf kills her too. Then a dragon comes up out of nowhere and starts to wreak havoc. Beowulf defeats the dragon but dies in the process.

Again, I would just like to say to not read the full version read a kid’s version and after your done reading that go pick up The Hobbit.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood was written by Howard Pyle and published in 1985 by Signet Classics.

I enjoyed this book but it got a little predictable towards the end.  Basically Robin and his friends decide to go and see what kind of trouble they could get into, end up getting drubbed, and the person who beat them up decides to join their band. Nevertheless, it was a fun read and I probably would recommend it.

Most everyone knows the story of Robin Hood so I won’t bother going into too much detail but basically Robin Hood lives with his band of outlaws, the merry men, in Sherwood Forest and they steal from the rich (most notably the Sheriff of Nottingham) and give to the poor.

This was an okay book it could’ve been a little shorter and personally I think the Disney movie is more enjoyable so instead of buying this book go watch that.