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Button Hill by Michael Bradford

When I pick up a middle grade book, I expect a lot of adventure and a ton of humor and this book is packed full of that!

Button Hill is about a two siblings, Dekker and Riley, who are forced to live with there super creepy and cryptic speaking great aunt Primrose for the summer. Little do they know that aunt Primrose is keeping secrets about a strange old grandfather clock with a skull on it in the cellar. When Dekker decides to play a trick on Riley and leave her locked in the cellar for just only moments, (stupid older brothers..) he soon regrets it when he realizes Riley has disappeared. Along with himself soon after investigating.

Michael Bradford has created a world with strange creatures and even stranger customs. The tale is suspenseful and just scary enough to engage the older readers as well. There were many points in the story that I even felt to be very squeamish and almost brutal in a way. I loved the rich, atmospheric setting.

I feel like the end didn’t wrap up as tightly as I would have liked but it was still a very strong and fleshed out story! I can see this book being a gem for the right reader.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you for sending me a copy to review.

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Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

“At 2:46 on Friday, March 11, 2016, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Tohoku region of Honshu, Japan. It was the strongest temblor ever to hit that quake-prone country, and the fourth largest in the world. It lasted six minutes. After the quake struck, a massive tsunami followed. Waves reaching up to 133 feet.”

11,106 aftershocks
Approximately 15,889 deaths
6,152 injured
2,601 still missing
127,290 buildings destroyed

This is Up From the Sea. We follow a young boy by the name of Kai living in a coastal village in Japan. We relive his whole devastating experience while he loses everyone he loves.

“At 2:46 p.m., when I’m sitting in Math, waiting for the bell to ring, and the earth starts to shake.”

Throughout the story we do get glimpses of Kai’s normal life before the tragic event which adds a blend of light and dark, happiness and not-happiness, and it’s incredibly effective.

I wasn’t planning on reading this book for another few days. I simply grabbed it from my shelf just to read the first sentence. A normal routine I do with every new book I receive. I read that one sentence. Sit down and found myself completely immersed and changing it from TBR to Currently Reading almost immediately. Which lead to me finishing the entire thing in one sitting.

The entirety of this book is written in verse and I thought “is that going to take the emotion away from this tragic eventful story?” NO. In all honesty, I wouldn’t want this book written any other way.

It’s heartbreaking, terrifying, disturbing, and oh so very important.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Leza for sending me a copy to review.

Book Mail!

Today’s book mail I received The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden and it even came with these lovely element cards! I am super excited to read this novel. The art on the cover is so eye catching and even the little cards have super cool artwork! Thank you Alys for sending me your lovely book!

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A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau

Synopsis:

A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall.

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.

My Review:

So going into this, you really have to keep some things in mind.

1. This is an “epic fantasy” kind of story. Described to be like Game of Thrones.. ehhhhhh… a bait for readers.

2. The story is only 66 pages long….the other 25 or so pages are just previews for other books.

With that said, I felt like the book wasn’t long enough for any words to have an impact. Then again, I was kind of thankful when it ended. I actually found myself skimming about 15 pages in. I just got bored. I didn’t buy some of the plot points, and I found it really difficult to force myself to keep reading. I just wasn’t entertained, and really did not give two hoots what was going to happen next, which obviously wasn’t good. I couldn’t get attached to any of the characters or follow the story to the extent I wanted to. It takes a lot to confuse and I was confused the entire time. I tried hard to keep track of the world. The setting didn’t feel very real to me. I guess this book just wasn’t for me. Darn..

1 out of 5 stars

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Bookmail!

Super excited to be starting Silverlight soon which was sent to me by S.L Jesberger herself!

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Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas #1)by Anita Valle

Synopsis:

Months later, the king returned home and presented his astonished queen with not one, but nine baby girls. “One from each kingdom I visited,” said the king. “They are orphans.” The queen wept joyously at the row of cradles, each bearing a sleeping infant. After bestowing a kiss on each child’s forehead she said, “Now they are princesses.”

Book 1: Maelyn was not born a princess. The king found her as a child, the lone survivor of a poor village slaughtered by the Red Fever. Suddenly she became a princess of Runa Realm, the first of nine orphans adopted by the king.

By her eighteenth year, Maelyn rules over Runa and a family of nine sisters. But some call the princesses frauds and imposters, a handful of urchins raised into royalty. Even Uncle Jarrod, the High King of Grunwold, seems determined to prove that Maelyn no longer deserves to be a princess. With a family losing faith in her, and a kingdom growing dangerously hostile, even Maelyn begins to wonder if she is truly a real princess. And if her riches will turn to rags once again….

The Nine Princesses Novellas is a series that chronicles the adventures of an unconventional family of princesses, the struggles they face in a kingdom often hostile to their humble origins, and the day-to-day dramas of nine young women whose personalities often clash like swords. Fans of Gail Carson Levine and Shannon Hale would enjoy this young-adult series.

My Review:

When a terrible fever sweeps the land and kills most of its residents, a young lonely child wanders through the hillsides. Lucky for her, the king and his men find her starving and takes her as his own but she’s not the only one. The king also takes in 8 other young daughters to bestow the titles of princesses. This is the story about Maelyn, the eldest of the daughters and also next to be queen, or so she hopes…

This was a very short and quick read. The author introduces the story well and sets up mysteries to be unfolded as the story goes on. It was cute and simple but not really predictable so it added some excitement and still made it a page turner.

I really wanted to get in one last book before the end of the year and this book was perfect!

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Anita for sending me a copy to review.

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Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

My Review:

“Some journeys can only be made once. Some partings aren’t what they seem. Some endings must be so something else can begin.”

This was one of my most anticipated books of this year because I absolutely loved R.C Lewis’s Stitching Snow and I can’t help but compare the two. Unfortunately this book fell short of me loving it. I loved the relationship between Liddi and her brothers but my main problem was the crazy amount of tech/sciency explanations. My grasp on scifi is a little slippery and this book is one long celebration of technology, chemistry, physics and space.

3.5 out of 5 stars

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