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Fallen Land: A Novel – Book Review

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Beginning with the cover of the book, I would like to rate 4/5; I love fairyland in winter set-up and the cover delivers the same. The title didn’t really let out the story but it is somewhat intriguing to pick the book in the first place, I would rate the title a 3/5.

Set in the most recent year of the Civil War, Taylor Brown's Fallen Land starts with Callum. As the story unfolds, Callum is conveyed with orders from the “Colonel” to their group of steed hoodlums to discover nourishment for their men. While looking through the nearest home, he happens to stumble upon a little youngster, Ava, and endeavors to spare her from the destiny he anticipates happening to her on the off chance that she doesn’t cover-up.

Together Callum, his pony Reiver, and Ava advance, in some cases on horseback, at times by walking, from her family home in Virginia. They gradually clear their path through the savagery and decimation brought by the war.

Regardless of their feelings of trepidation, despite a changing scene and the risks from man, creature and nature all over, with every day and every night, it’s very own new awfulness appear, there is a simplicity to both Callum and Ava that enables their trust to develop as the miles and days pass by. Gradually, they develop to be a group by decision.

The author’s writing in this novel, “Fallen Land,” is exquisite, crude, flawlessness for the setting and the period.

Astounding character advancement. The epic follows the preliminaries and experiences of a youthful couple, Ava and Callum. Energetically prescribed! The story incorporates assault, a dedicated steed, starvation, dread, shrewd, an abundance tracker, murder, demolition and ruin, love and dread. This tale is elegantly composed and quick-paced. It unquestionably will keep at the edge of your seat. The language employed is very simple and therefore, it is to follow, with not much need for a dictionary.

Verdict

Speaking of the overall book, I would like to rate the novel a whopping 3.5/5 and would recommend for young adults to understand the complexity of emotions involved. Most recommended for literature lovers.

Scat by Carl Hiaasen – Book Review

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Beginning with the cover of Scat by Carl Hiaasen, I would like to rate 4/5, simple yet funky. Speaking of the title combined with the book cover, it sounds hilarious, but the content is more like a jolly-go-ride with a lot to learn. I would rate the title a 4/5.

Let’s talk about the content now!

This book was a significant wild frolic – an edge-of-your-seat holding thrill ride that had me intrigued — and snickering until the end, as it was insanely entertaining in numerous spots with an incredible cast of characters. I feel the story for this book is intriguing, and Carl Hiaasen transforms it into an energizing, quick-paced eco-spine chiller that makes it hard to put it down.

Although this was a happy agreeable cavort, the book touches on some significant issues like war, wrongdoing, condition protection, removal and careless guardians yet does this in a smooth manner so as not to make the novel superfluously troubling or alarming, as this is a central evaluation book.

Verdict

Speaking of the overall book, it has a decent flow and I would like to rate the novel a whopping 3.2/5. Most recommended for literature lovers.

Croak by Gina Damico – Book Review

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Beginning with the cover of the book, I would like to rate 3.5/5, mysterious, creepy and full of Halloween vibes. Pretty much, my kind of cover!

Speaking of the title combined with the book cover, it sounds very gory, but the content profoundly layered and is more like a fight between the inner good and the inner bad. It is a must-read for literature lovers. I would rate the title a 4/5.

To me, Croak by Gina Damic felt like a reconsidered release of Harry Potter, yet rather than wizards, it was the universe of messengers of death. Primary character is pushed into this supernatural world that couldn’t in any way, shape or form exist (yet it does) and needs to get familiar with the ropes before long in this incredible new grand slam (by this insane yet-wise-elderly person), making idiosyncratic companions and two or three ridiculous adversaries, ends up being a genuine character in this new condition, and afterward should vanquish a malevolent virtuoso. Gracious, and there’s this splendiferous beverage that takes everybody’s breath away, yet us muggles will never taste any semblance of it.

Notwithstanding the way that I was citing Harry Potter all through the entire thing, this book was delightful in its own manner. It was cunningly punny (truly, punny), the story was fascinating, and I adored the characters. I was snared onto the entire set of three-part of the way through and prepared for book two! The language employed is straightforward and therefore, it is to follow, with not much need of a dictionary.

However, at many points, the characters seem not-so-fully-developed, the Gina Damic could look into the same in the upcoming works.

Verdict

Speaking of the overall book, I would like to rate the novel a whopping 3.2/5 and would recommend for young adults to understand the complexity of emotions as well as the gory details involved. Most recommended for literature lovers.

High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America – Book Review

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Beginning with the cover of High on the Hog, I would like to rate 3.2/5- the cover is filled with mixed emotions. The cover throws in the emotions of racism in the past and other similar issues. I loved how the table is a metamorphic way of indicating the way food divided and united people (not sure if that’s what is portrayed by the author, but that’s what I inferred).

Speaking of the title combined with the book cover, it sounds very right-on-the-face type of title, but the content is layered, emotional and educational. The cover or title did not blatantly give away the context of the story but is definitely a must-read for history lovers. I would rate the title a 3.5/5.

The plot revolves around the historical period when racism was found in every inch of the place. The content deals with other aspects too; if you pick the book to read just only about the food, you can be disappointed. The book is dipped in complete historical elements and it is very informative – recommended for school kids to know more of the past. Not really a spoiler, but all I want to say is that the content is scary and teary.

Author, Jessica B. Harris has penned in such a way that the content goes in an emotional spiral throughout the story, yet reaches right on the senses. The language employed is very simple and therefore, it is to follow, with not much need for a dictionary.

Some might find it depressing as the emotions involved are quite complex and thus it would be good if young-adults and above such age-group read the book. I loved every part of the story as the author has carried the characters very well and has made sure that they are fully developed; readers can understand the core context of what the characters are feeling and that’s the best part! Its a lifetime treasure.

The Good

  • Well developed characters
  • The overall flow of the book is pretty decent and I completed it in one week

The Bad

  • The author could have focused more on the editing part, as the book has numerous punctuation troubles.

Verdict

Speaking of the overall book, I would like to rate the novel a whopping 3/5 and would recommend for young adults to understand the complexity of emotions involved. Most recommended for history lovers. If you love cooking in addition to history, then the book is spot-on!

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Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Kobo eBook) – Review

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The third book in The Serafina Series, Serafina and the Splintered Heart is a young adult novel about mystery and magic. The book is authored by Robert Beatty and follows the story from the previous installments Serafina and the Black Cloak and Serafina and the Twisted Staff. The series has won several awards and draws comparisons with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.

The Story

Serafina and the Splintered Heart starts with the heroine, Serafina, struggling to come out of a coffin she has been buried into! Serafina has a job of fighting a sinister evil force that is threatening to tear her world apart. She is soon about to discover the mystery about herself and the fate that lies ahead.

This third installment follows an entirely different story than the previous ones but has all the twists and thrilling bits that made the whole series a hit. The historical setting of 1899 adds a spooky background to this mystery novel.

Everything about this book, right from its story to its cover design, takes you into a world that is very different from the real one.

The Characters

We particularly want to mention the heroine of the entire series, Serafina. What strength and courage she possesses! She has found a fan in us. We would go back to reading the previous installments just for her.

Her best friend Braeden is someone who makes you feel you, too, are born for achieving greatness like him. For a while, you feel nothing is impossible, indeed, if you work towards it with your full heart.

The villain is hauntingly terrifying. Robert has crafted a villain that is worth being scared of, especially for young readers. The baddie makes the whole adventure and the protagonist’s fight with an evil more convincing.

The Writing

The language of Beatty is lyrical and rich with dialects. This book could also serve as a lesson on writing for kids.

Verdict

We give 4.5/5 stars to this concluding book in the spectacular series. This is a book for children that appeals to even adults! Unlike the previous books, Serafina and the Splintered Heart is much darker and horrifying. So we cannot say we recommend this book for kids aged 9 to 12, although it is promoted as a book for kids aged 9 years and up worldwide. If your kid is a fan of the series, you might want to read it to him or her and cut the parts you find that might be disturbing for your child.

Tuna Melts My Heart (Kobo eBook) – Review

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Have you heard about or rather seen Tuna, the dog who took the internet by storm a few years ago? Tuna Melts My Heart is about him, dedicated to him. Author Courtney Dasher is his owner. She got him when his original owner abandoned Tuna at a farmer’s market in Los Angeles. Here is the review of the cutest book on this planet, Tuna Melts My Heart.

What is it about?

Tuna, Tuna, and Tuna. This book is all about him, his daily routine, as captured and narrated by the author. She has chronicled his life through words and pictures, giving us a detailed insight into the cutie’s day to day activities.

Tuna is as distinct as a dog can ever be. He is a crossbreed dog between Chihuahua and Dachshund. He took to fame as his owner started sharing his endearing and achingly cute photos on social media. The global attention gave way to this book. The author begins the book by providing an introduction about Tuna to the readers. She explains the meaning of his name, which is a cartoon! He is named that because of his resemblance to Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons. Apart from his cartoonish looks, the dog also has unusual teeth and jaw structure that adds to his charming adorability.

The 168 pages book, narrated by the author, is filled with the stories of the dog’s daily routine, right from the time he wakes up till the time he goes to bed. The icing on the cake is the photos of the dogs doing all the activities.

The Author’s Writing Style

The writing of the book is cute, unusual and funny, just like Tuna. The author has gone on to reveal specific non-existing terms and words that she uses to describe things about Tuna. Take for, e.g., Toodlebrain, which she uses to describe Tuna’s distinct personality. Her language and choice of such an unusual mix of words make this book a highly amusing read.

Verdict

5 endearing stars to this one-of-a-kind book! 1 star goes to the author for her idea and the way she has written it. The remaining to the heart-warming underdog with the overbite. Tuna Melts My Heart is, well, heart-melting. It touches anyone who reads it. This book is recommended for everyone, especially those who have pets and those who have sympathy for abandoned and needy animals.

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