As you know from my Stacking the Shelves posts, I review for two other websites (bookloons.com and bittenbybooks.com). As I cannot post my reviews there and here, but I would still like to count the books I read for the challenges, I am going to have a post like this at the end of the every month listing the books I reviewed and what challenges the went towards. Title: Battalion Author: Adam Hamdy
Here is where I stand with the challenges I have joined after the month of August (only challenges that I read books for this month are featured here): Audio Book (7/12) 7. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
100 Books in a Year (79/100) 73. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks 74. The Sound and the Echoes by Dew Pellucid 75. A Week with Fiona Wonder by Kelly Huddleston 76. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech 77. Knight of the Dead by Jennifer Rae Gravely 78. Battalion by Adam Hamdy 79. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman
Title: Knight of the Dead Author: Jennifer Rae Gravely
Publisher: Astraea ISBN: 978-1-62135-062-0
Why Read?: Book Club Challenges: 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: As this was the type of romance where the two main characters fall for each other rather quickly, I was happy that Gravely included a lot of obstacles; however, the final obstacle was rather unbelievable and did not really fit with the rest of the story. Aside from this, the story was cute and a fun read.
Title: A Week with Fiona Wonder Author: Kelly Huddleston
Publisher: Open ISBN: 978-0615722825
Why Read?: Early Review Challenges: YA Contemporary, Standalone, 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: If I had to summarize A Week with Fiona Wonder in a phrase, I would call it a contemporary YA version of Roseanne. It very much has the feel of the show, but with more teen angst, but real angst not fake angst like on teen TV shows. It is very hard to describe, but a wonderful read.
Challenges: YA/MG Fantasy, Self-Published, 100
Books in a Year
Young fantasy fans will find much
to love with the world Dew Pellucid created in The Sound and the Echoes.
Some familiar fantasy elements mingle with new ones creating a world
vastly different from our own.
Ever since Will’s sister
disappeared in the lake when they were little, Will has had his two pets,
Damien and Dia, for company. His life is
pretty normal – well, aside from the fact that his parents will not stop
searching for his sister – until right before his 13th
birthday. It is then that his pets tell
him the truth about his sister…and about him.
Will is whisked away to the world of Echoes, semi-transparent twins to
humans, whom they call Sounds. He is
heavily disguised because evil Echoes are out to kill him. A law states that if a Sound dies, his Echo
must be killed, and Will’s Echo just happens to the be the rightful heir to the
throne. With the help of his new best
friend, Peter, Will must overcome many various obstacles to see his Echo ascend
to the throne.
The world of the Echoes is a very
unique one, as are many of the tasks Will must accomplish, although some are
rather reminiscent of Harry Potter. However, there are many characters that seem
to come and go at random, and the evil Fate Sealers are very difficult to
image. Also, the plot tends to meander
at times and all plot points do not necessarily lead to the ending. These issues tend to throw older readers out
of the story, but many young readers can look past these inconsistencies.
Dew Pellucid has penned a story
that will easily entertain middle-readers. With a tighter storyline and solid
characters, The Sound and the Echoes
could be a wonderful fantasy to be enjoyed by all ages.
Why Read?: For Fun Challenges: Audio Book, YA Mythology, YA/MG Fantasy, 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: I did enjoy Of Poseidon, but there were a few things that would often throw me out of the story. At first, it was simply because - since I was listening to it and not reading it - I didn't realize it was alternating between 1st and 3rd person, not just between Emma and Galen. Second, there were a few spots that just reminded me too much of other mermaid YA novels. However, the last part, right up until the powerful ending, really gripped me.