My Alien

My Alien was written by Robin Martin and published by Bennet Lane Press in 2016.

Martin writes about the conflict between doing what’s right and peer pressure. Zoe wanted to hang out with her friends at unsupervised parties and eat junk food but her alien pressured her to do what was right.

Zoe is the main character in this story. She had just broken into the popular group and started making headway with her crush when an alien decided to inhabit her. At first she tries as hard as she could to get rid of the alien but eventually they become friends.

Orion is the alias the alien adopts because Orion is his home constellation. I’m not going to talk too much about Rion because that would lead to major spoilers.

Jas is Zoe’s “best” friend. She’s the most popular girl in school so Zoe becomes popular by association. She’s not a very good friend though and with the help of Rion Zoe begins to realize that.

Harry has been friend with Zoe since kindergarten. Zoe always thought they were just friends but Harry wants to be more than that. Things get awkward between them quick.

The climax of this book was when Orion realized he would either have to leave Zoe for ever of stay a human.

I really enjoyed this book. The plot was cohesive and it left you on kind of a cliff-hanger that makes you want to read the next book. I would definitely recommend this book and am looking forward to the sequel.


Issaura’s Claws

Issaura’s Claws was written by Katharine E. Wibell and published by Phaesporia Press in 2016.

Wibell centers on racism in this story. She tells how the theriomorphs are oppressed by the humans and how, as a result, both groups don’t trust each other. She also tells how the two groups put aside there differences and work together to stop a new threat.

Lluava is the main character in this book. When the king announces a draft she volunteers to go not knowing that as a girl, she will not be trained to fight. She makes lots of friends and soon emerges as a prominent figure in the resistance against the raiders. Some people think that she is the descendant of Issaura, one of their gods.

Varren is Lluava’s partner in the war. That means that they help each other and they fight together. An unusual thing about this pairing is that Varren is the heir to the throne.

Chat is a boy who was sent to war because he was a theriomorph. On the way to the camps he meet Lluava and they become friends.

Rosalyn makes friends with Lluava after Lluava saved her life. She is content with her role as a nurse in the war and is actually very good at it.

This story is set in Theria a mythical world of humans and therians. At the time of this book, Theria is at war with the raiders.

There isn’t really a climax to this book since this whole book is filled with action and you’re always wondering: whats going to happen next?

I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written and had just the right amount of suspense. I would definitely  recommend it.

The Pandora Device

I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The Pandora Device is a book written by Joyce McPherson.

The Pandora Device is centered around the idea of using time travel to save loved ones. It can be tempting to try but deep inside you know that you can’t. Saving the person would cause a “butterfly effect.”

The main character of this book is Stella. She lives with her grandmother.She wants to know about her parents but her grandmother is reluctant  to talk about them. Then, she gets invited to a special exclusive camp that her parents attended. Excited to learn more about her parents, she decides to go.

Lindsey is Stella’s best friend. She also receives an invitation to Camp Hawthorne. She supports Stella and helps  her find out all she can about her parents.

Jayden is a boy from Stella’s school. They used to be great friends but lately Jayden has become cool and removed. All he does is read books.He didn’t want to go to Camp Hawthorne but his grandmother saw his acceptance letter and forced him to go. Stella hopes that they might fall back into their old friendship while at Camp Hawthorne.

Ellen is always mean to Stella. When Stella’s class was taking the test Ellen acted as if she didn’t want to go to Camp Hawthorne. Later, she got her dad to call the camp to guarantee she gets accepted. While at camp, Ellen changes and becomes nicer to Stella.

This story is set at Camp Hawthorne. The campers’ interesting arrival to the camp clues them in that this camp is different. They aren’t yet sure if it is a good different or a sinister different.

The climax of this story is when Stella has to make a decision. Will she turn in the pandora device to the evil Dr. Card or risk something bad happening to the rest of the campers?

I enjoyed this book. It is my favorite book that I have received from Story Cartel yet. I think the plot and the pacing was good. The only thing I didn’t like was that it seemed to be reusing a lot of plot points from other books. It is good for an author to reuse plot devices and other things that have worked for other authors in the past but this book had a little too much of that. Overall though it was a really good book that I would recommend.

The Sparrow Princess

I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Sometime last week I read The Sparrow Princess by Russell Whitehead published by CreateSpace independent publishing platform in 2016.

Whitehead writes about the struggle between good and evil. Evil can cover up and twist the good in people for a time but eventually good wins as this book clearly shows.

The most important character in this book is Alenah. She is a princess. She is also an orphan.Her parents have been missing for a very long time and there is almost no hope of them ever coming back.Her evil aunt turns her into a sparrow so that she can be queen. Alenah escapes with the help of a sparrow named Gorman.

Another important character is Gorman. He has been in love with Alenah his whole life. The only problem  is that he’s a sparrow and she’s human. So, for him, it is a good thing that she was turned into a sparrow. He feels sorry for her though and wants to help her back into her true form.

Ernestynah used to be very beautiful. When Aaric, Alenah’s father, and his brother Aaron first saw her they raced to get to her the fastest so that they could propose. By foul play, Aaric got there first. He proposed and she accepted. When Aaric went to her house to take her to his home he found her sister Aliyah. He immediately realized that she, not Ernestynah, was the one for him. He secretly married Aliyah without telling Ernestynah. When Ernestynah found out she was heartbroken so she cast a spell turning Aliyah into a tree and trapping Aaric in a maze.

This story is set in a fantasy world that does not have a name. It is a world where all the animals could speak to you if you just had the patience to listen.

The climax of this story is when Aliyah gets hurt and spends the winter with an old man who nurses her back to health. Come spring, he decides that he doesn’t want to let her go. Aliyah tries her hardest to get out but the man always foils her plans.

I enjoyed this book. I thought that it was well written and a good story. The only flaw would be the hard  to pronounce names which makes it hard to talk about I would recommend this book.

A Gentle Wizard

I received a free copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

A Gentle Wizard was written by Nils Andersson and illustrated by Oliver Dean. It was published by Speed of Think Publishing in 2017.

Andersson writes about the life of Albert Einstein. He uses Jack, a part-timer at a photographer’s studio, to take a new spin on the life of one of the greatest scientists of all time. We, through Jack, the befriend Einstein, deal with his death, and teach our  kids about the scientist.

Jack is the main character of this story. He meets Einstein while running an errand. His first impression is that Einstein’s crazy. But first impressions are often wrong.

Albert Einstein plays a big part in this story.  He doesn’t like all the attention he gets and answering all the fan mail. He can seem a bit gruff, but that’s only until you get to know him.

Helen is Einstein’s assistant. She helps the professor in his old age. When the professor dies, she sets to work getting all of his affairs in order. She also enjoys watching over Jack’s twins, Danny and Liz.

Kate is Jack’s wife. She gets him out of tight spots and keeps the kids occupied so that Jack can work. Most of all, she is Jack’s best friend and the one he turns to for help.

This book takes place mostly in Einstein’s house. It is a junky place full of filing cabinets and loose papers. Nonetheless Jack loves to spend time there with the old professor.

The climax of this story is when Einstein dies. Jack has to work through his grief and also make sure that the professor is not forgotten.

I enjoyed this book. I think it was probably meant for younger kids then I am but it is sometimes refreshing to read something light. I think that if your kids are a littleyounger than fourteen then they would like this book.