Tuesday, December 22, 2015

3.1 Reviews Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere by Richard Paul Evans

Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan have destroyed the largest of the Elgen Starxource plants, but now they’re scattered across the Amazon jungle. The Elgen have joined forces with the Peruvian army to capture the Electroclan, and only Michael has managed to remain free. With his friends due to stand trial for terrorism—a charge that may carry the death penalty—Michael will need all his wits and his abilities if he’s to save them.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Dr. Hatch and his loyal Electric Children have seized control of the E.S. Ampere—the super yacht the Elgen use as their headquarters. With the Elgen fleet now under his control, Hatch heads back to Peru to pick up his army and then begin his quest for global domination.

Michael will have to free his friends then find a way to stop Hatch, but the organization behind the mysterious voice that has guided him to this point has been compromised. Hatch knows Michael and the Electroclan are coming. And he’s ready for them.

Can the Electroclan win the battle of the Ampere? Or has Michael’s luck finally run out?
Michael Vey 3: Battle of the Ampere
by Richard Paul Evans

I have been reading Michael Vey, Battle of the Ampere. I really enjoy this book because it has a lot of action, adventure, damsels in distress, drama, a great hook, and a wonderful plot. This book is a must read book. It is amazing with the way things happen and how the characters react to certain things. In the book Michael Vey has to decide if he wants his friends to leave and be safe, or have them stay and defeat the enemy. Taylor, his girlfriend, is also faced with decisions similar to that. She has to decide between telling the bad guys everything she knows or choosing to lie, which is going to get her and her friends, which are in jail, killed. I really enjoy this book because of these reasons. This book includes heroics and bravery, fear and cowards. The kind of stuff that I enjoy a lot.
I think that you would enjoy this book too.

Want to read her mom's review? Check it out here

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

3.1 Reviews Elliott and The Pixie Plot and Elliott and The Last Underworld War by Jennifer Nielsen

For a review of Elliot and the Goblin War (book 1) go here

Elliot and the Pixie Plot
by Jennifer Nielsen
An entire floor of St. Phobics Hospital for Really Scared Children has been set aside just for readers of this book. You may wish to take a minute before you start reading and reserve yourself a bed there.
As you read, you may begin to understand myctophobia (mic-tofo- be-a), or the fear of darkness. However, do not expect this book to help you with arachibutyrophobia (a-rak-i-something-be-a),
the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
If you can't get yourself to St. Phobics, then get every lamp, flashlight, and lantern you can find and drag them into your bedroom. Turn them all on. You'll need them until you're certain there is
nothing lurking in the dark.
At least, that's what Elliot wishes he had done.

I read Elliot and the Pixie Plot. It is the second in the series. The third book is Elliot and Last Underworld War. I really enjoy this book because it has action, adventure, drama, and romance. Although it is not "romance" romance, like kissing and dramatic stuff, there were still crushes and people telling other people that they were the "love of their life" stuff. I recommend this book because it has all the things that a book should have. It has a spectacular hook for every chapter, and pulls you in so you have to know what happens. I think that you would enjoy this book because it talks about mythical creatures and the Underworld that humans have forgotten about. I enjoy reading this book mainly at night so I can go to sleep thinking of Brownies, Goblins, Pixies, Fairies, Centaurs, Satyrs, Trolls, and Kovol, the bad guy. I enjoy books with mythical creatures and such and I think that you will too.

Elliot and the Last Underworld War
by Jennifer Nielsen
If you care at all for planet Earth, you will pay very close attention to the lessons inside these pages. We usually ask you to run away from dreadful things. But now, you are warned to turn the pages as fast as you can read them. You must know what happens inside this book to learn whether Earth gets destroyed. Because let's face it—that would be a bad thing.
As King of the Brownies, Elliot has battled Goblins, tricked Pixies, and trapped a Demon. But now, that Demon has escaped and he's ready for revenge. Elliot will face a challenge unlike any he's seen before.
The Last Underworld War is about to begin...

Spoiler alert:
 I am currently reading Elliot and the Last Underworld War. As the third book in the series, I think that the author, Jennifer A. Nielsen, knows what she is doing. I really enjoy her writing because it has action, adventure, danger, bad guys threatening to eat good guys, and young romance. One of my favorite chapters is when Tubs teaches Kovol a lesson. Tubs is Elliot's school mate who happens to be the school bully until a while ago after the Goblin War, Elliot stood up to him. He was just a person in need of a friend. The only way to defeat Kovol is to give a potion. This potion included three main ingredients, turnip juice, goat spit, and lots of earwax. Kovol said that actually soothed him to sleep. Well, he couldn't say that because he was asleep, but that is how Kovol was defeated the first time. And that is how Elliot defeated Kovol in this book too.
Both were fun books. I'd give them

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

3.1 Reviews The 5 Kingdoms: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.

I really enjoy this book, I enjoy this book because it has action, adventure, and plot. It starts with kids trick-or-treating on Halloween. A bunch of kids go to a haunted house but little did they know that they would never see earth again. 

They got kidnapped by people from a different universe, they enslaved the kids and shipped them off. They were treated better then slaves in U.S. history. Some could shape things, others raid flying castles and retrieve goods.

Each time your bring (they brought) something back, it is called a mission. Once you have (they had) 50 missions, you don' t have to raid anymore.
I absolutely recommend this book, it is one if the best that I have ever read. It also has a twist ending, you will have to read it to find out what happens, I love this book.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Amy Reviews The Camp of Disappearing Men: Auschwitz by Scholastic

   No matter how many books I read about World War II I am still always surprised and amazed at the things I read. The dehumanizing of so many people for so long - over one hundred million human beings.
   This particular book is written by a polish priest. He is very open and candid about the things he witnessed. How he managed to survive so many years of imprisonment is nothing short of a miracle. And he survived with his faith intact. 
   One of my favorite things he said was, "Those whose faith was only a part of their paternal heritage but was not deeply rooted in their hearts, manifesting itself only on 'Holy days' — their faith would burst like a soap bubble on the threshold of the prison. Sometimes it would sway in the wind like a reed, at times soaring high up to heaven or sweeping the ground. The ones who possessed real faith now had an opportunity to appreciate its meaning. It manifested itself in the darkest hours of their lives, giving them incredible endurance and helping them to get through the narrow passages of suffering."

The author does not reveal his name.

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Write Journal

The Stubby Pencil's Library
The Write Journal

Writing your goals and tracking your progress
can make the difference between a hobby writer
and one who has his or her eye on the prize.

You can significantly increase your word count if you know
what you want to write before you sit down.
Tracking your progress can increase your writing confidence by allowing you to see what you can accomplish.

This journal:
* 5.5 inch by 8.5 inch with 1 inch wire bound journal
* 3 month blank calendar planner can be used any time of year

* Over 90 days worth of journal pages to track goals,
word counts, and obstacles.

*Each journal is individually made by hand and customizable.
*Makes a great gift for the writer in your life.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Amy reviews Julie Andrews - Home, a Memoir of my Early Years

Julie Andrews - Home, a memoir of my early years

I really love Julie Andrews! I was excited to read this book and learn more about her. She sets up the story with her ancestors to show where her parents came from. There were a lot of details about her family life and their struggles. Some of it is sad, some funny.  It was neat to learn about how she got started in the entertainment industry and to get an inside look at what that life is like. I was a little disappointed that the book ends when she is about to start her role as Mary Poppins. I guess since there are biographies that cover her later years this one didn't want to duplicate. But the others aren't written by her - and it is her perspective that I think made it so enjoyable. I would love to have her write the sequel. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review of Sliding in the Snow by Melissa Dymock

Grab your gloves and snow boots, it’s time for an adventure in a frozen wonderland—right in your own backyard! Here are fun twists on classic winter pastimes, like sledding and making snowmen. Learn how to design your own backyard winter Olympics.

Things to make and do include: • Saving a Snowflake Forever • Wacky Snow Creations • Making Your Own Snowshoes • Making a Snowball Launcher • Sidewalk Curling • Skijoring • And more!
Sliding in the Snow
by Melissa Dymock
illustrated by Fran Lee
What I liked about this book:
First, it gives kids fun, outdoor alternatives to being stuck inside playing videos games when you can do so many fun things in the snow.
Second, this paperback is made from high quality paper, with really neat illustrations.
Third, the author put together a wide range of activities, play, experiments, building tunnels and forts, crafts, etc. I really enjoyed the mix of old-time activities that people my age and older did long years ago.
Fourth, the first chapter is "Safety in the Snow." Having the right gear makes all the difference between having fun and being miserable. The one exception I would make is using plastic bags if you don't have water-proof boots. This only lasts about an hour. Plastic keeps your feet dry but it doesn't breathe. Feet start to sweat and they can become just as cold as if the plastic wasn't there. We found that if you wear a pair of cotton socks under the wool socks they will absorb a lot of the sweat, but if you're going to be outside for more than an hour or two it would be better to invest in good boots.
Most of all, I liked the bits of history the author threw in about the origins of skiing, and snowshoes; and tidbits about the coldest city in the world. Brrrrr, no thank you.
All in all, you really get your money's worth out of this book. For best results, play with your kids. A lot of these activities take prior preparation and adult skill.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Amy reviews ELLA by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

Reserved yet resilient, Ella Blakeley lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, without hope of escape until the day Prince Kenton announces a ball that changes everything. Even without mice, magic, or fairy godmothers, Ella might discover a life that's better than she ever dreamed. This intricately woven twist on Cinderella is an enchanting book you won't be able to put down.

by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

I started this book assuming it was yet ANOTHER typical Cinderella story.  After a couple of chapters I started to gain more interest and connect with Ella.  She has so many real reactions and emotions that I related to.  She goes on such an emotional journey on her way to self discovery that I felt renewed afterward.  The story takes twists and unexpected turns that I really enjoyed.  It had me reading late into the night because I had to know what happened next.  I really appreciated the clean nature of it as well, great for older kids as well as teens, young adults and adults. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

More Book Favs from Granddaughter 3.1

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Granddaughter 3.1
More Favorites
by Ally Condie

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and
a path that no one else has dared to follow.
What 3.1 thought:
A lot like Hunger Games. She liked it and gave it

She also enjoyed


Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by Society to his certain death--only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons.  On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life . . . and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game.  On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia's path more twisted than ever.


Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect fa├žade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2 Fun Five-Star First Grade Book Series

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The A to Z Mysteries
by Ron Roy
illustrated by John Steven Guerney
Includes all 26 books in the series from A to Z: The Absent Author, The Bald Bandit, The Canary Caper, The Deadly Dungeon, The Empty Envelope, The Falcon's Feathers, The Goose's Gold, The Haunted Hotel, The Invisible Island, The Jaguar's Jewel, The Kidnapped King, The Lucky Lottery, The Missing Mummy, The Ninth Nugget, The Orange Outlaw, The Panda Puzzle, The Quicksand Question, The Runaway Racehorse, The School Skeleton, The Talking T. Rex, The Unwilling Umpire, The Vampire's Vacation, The White Wolf, The X'ed-Out X-Ray, The Yellow Yacht, and The Zombie Zone.
Edition #6

This is granddaughter 3.1's favorite of the series because she got to meet the Queen.
3.1 liked the entire series. It appears there are 6 editions of the A to Z Mysteries.

Also by the same author:
Calendar Mysteries

There's a tricky new mystery every month for these intrepid kid detectives.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review of Papa's Book of Mormon Christmas by Emma Rae Parker

Set in the early 1900s, the story follows a six-year-old named Alice who is spending the Christmas holiday with her grandfather. As they play in the snow and decorate cookies,
Alice cannot think about much else besides the toys Santa will be bringing her that night.
When Papa shares with her the story of his Christmas during the Civil War
where he was separated from his family and only had a new friend named Nephi for company,
Alice realizes that she might want to meet Nephi this Christmas too.
Papa's Book of Mormon Christmas
by Emma Rae Parker
illustrated by Alexa Terry Hanson
This is a tender little picture book that reminds all of us that there is more to Christmas
than all of the trappings and delights. Finding friends in the Book of Mormon really brings it to life. Kids want to know that the characters and the stories are real.
The illustrations are sweet and help portray the message.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

2 Cute Halloween Picture Books

Here are a couple of fun Halloween picture books for the wee ones.
Splat the Cat: What Was That?

Splat the Cat and his friend Spike have to rescue
a friend who went in the haunted house.
There is a surprise flap to lift on every page.
It is spooky good fun and the illustrations
are cute and quirky which makes for more fun.

Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson

Is there room on the broom for one more friend?
Always. And good thing too!
These friends prove to be great friends.
This is a cute story that teaches a sweet lesson about friendship.
The pictures are adorable.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book Recommendations from Grandson 3.3

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Grandson 3.1

3.1 got these books for his birthday and loved them.
If your kids love adventure and inventive gadgets they'll love these books.
See what you think:

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart
The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur
by Elizabeth Singer Hunt

In The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur, Jack zooms to the city that never sleeps to try to solve the mystery of the missing Allosaurus toe. Starting at the Natural History Museum, Jack's detection takes him to a competitive grade-schooler determined to win the science fair with his experiment crossing his own dog with the DNA from the bone of a dangerous, carnivorous dinosaur. Soon the gargantuan creature is terrorizing New Yorkers and Jack must stop him before he devours the animals in the Central Park zoo!
The Search for the Sunken Treasure

In one of his most daring exploits, Jack goes down under -- literally -- to investigate the disappearance of a diver off the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Using everything in his backpack arsenal from anti-puke pills to a morphing suit, an egg-shaped submarine to Disappearing Milk, he exposes a deadly nest of pirates raiding a shipwreck site. Jack has to thwart their schemes, evade their attempts on his life, and escape the primordial hunger of three deadly species: a Komodo dragon, a set of sharks, and the most poisonous predators in the reef, the Irukandji jellyfish. Can he save the treasure and the diver, not to mention himself? Canny and resourceful,
Jack will delight readers and impress their parents. 
3.3 said this one is loaded with cool gadgets.

The Mystery of the Mona Lisa

In The Mystery of the Mona Lisa, Jack is sent to the Louvre Museum in Paris to track down the theft of the world's most beloved painting. He must match wits with a seemingly invisible mastermind in order to stop Leonardo's masterpiece from slipping into the criminal underground forever. Can Jack's Hypo-Disk overpower a glove that shoots laser beams from its fingertips? Jack's adventures in the city of light demonstrate once again that when it comes to outsmarting the baddies, Jack is the go-to agent with endless tricks up his sleeve. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Grandkids 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 Favorites

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Grandkids 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 
Walter the Farting Dog
by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray
illustrated by Audrey Colman

Warning: This book may cause flatulence. Walter is a fine dog, except for one small problem: he has gas. He can't help it; it's just the way he is. Fortunately, the kids Billy and Betty love him regardless, but Father says he's got to go! Poor Walter, he's going to the dog pound tomorrow. And then, in the night, burglars strike. Walter has his chance to be a hero.
Banned from the Beach

Mr. and Mrs. Crabbe are enjoying their seaside vacation . . . until a certain dog blows away their umbrella with an enormous fart. Before long, Walter is banned from the beach. While Walter is stuck in the beach house, Betty and Billy hunt for treasure out on a sandbar. As soon as they find a nickel, Mr. and Mrs. Crabbe elbow their way in. Soon all four get marooned during high tide. Will Walter hear their cries for help?

Trouble at the Yard Sale

Walter's family is holding a yard sale, but there are few customers. Walter, fartingcontentedly near Father, wonders why. When a man offers ten dollars for Walter, Father readily agrees. Walter wonders why. Walter is sad to leave his family behind, but relieved to discover that his new owner is a clown. Walter figures he will help the clown bring joy to children on their birthdays. But the clown has a dastardly plot: he will use Walter's gas to inflate balloons and then pop them to stun guards during bank robberies. Will Walter turn to the dark side? Of course not! He comes out a hero and is reunited with his family by doing what he does best.

Goes on a Cruise

Walter the Farting Dog is now a hero of the high seas!
Everybody is having a great time on a cruise . . . until a terrible odor permeates the ship. All signs point to Walter, and so he is first banished down below, with the stinky cheeses, and then into a lifeboat to float behind the ocean liner. Then catastrophe strikes! How long will the great cruise ship and its frightened passengers be marooned on the high seas? About as long as it takes Walter to digest that cheese!

Rough Weather Ahead

Book #3 takes the beloved mutt to new heights!
Professor Kompressor's anti-gas formula causes Walter to blow up like a balloon and float away. Just when it looks as though Walter's paws may never touch ground again, he encounters a flock of butterflies in distress. Only Walter's warm wind can save them from an icy death.

I read the first of this series--potty humor at its best. The first book is hilarious and the
illustrations are totally quirky adding to the humor. It caught me off guard. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

3 Book Favs of Granddaughter 3.1

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Granddaughter 3.1

3.1 loves the 5 Kingdom series by Brandon Mull

Sky Raiders
by Brandon Mull
Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house,
he dives in after them—and ends up in The Outskirts.

The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming,
reality and imagination, life and death. It’s an in-between place. Some people are born there.
Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

And once you come to the Outskirts, it’s very hard to leave.

With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it’s up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…
before his existence is forgotten.

Why 3.1 likes this book:
It was a very interesting fantasy adventure. Cole is the main character.
I liked him because he was independent and all alone, with no back-up. It was a little scary. Here are some fun things from this book: giant cookies and a big puddle of milk, a boat made out of candy canes, and a forest of sweets made by a Shaper.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend!

Other Books in the series:

#2 Rogue Knight

Cole Randolph never meant to come to The Outskirts, but when his friends were kidnapped on Halloween he had to try and save them. Now he’s trapped in a world that lies between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death.

Cole’s hunt for his lost friends has led him to the kingdom of Elloweer. Accompanied by new friends Mira, Twitch, and Jace, Cole teams up with the resistance movement and joins the search for Mira’s sister Honor.

But Elloweer has grown unstable. A mysterious enemy is wiping out towns, leaving no witnesses or survivors. And an infamous rebel known throughout the kingdom as the “Rogue Knight” is upsetting the balance of power.

With enemies in pursuit, Cole and Mira must resort to a fascinating new kind of magic to protect themselves. Every move is filled with danger as Cole and his friends try to outwit the High King, who will stop at nothing to regain what he has lost.

#3 Crystal Keepers

Cole Randolph ventures to a new kingdom as he continues his search for his friends—and also pursues his quest to mend what has gone awry with the magic in The Outskirts. Can he overcome the challenges ahead, or will he be stranded forever in a world between reality and imagination?

Coming March 2016

#4 Death Weavers


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review of Throne of David by Ann Farnsworth

When a secret letter is delivered 32 years after it is written, it throws the ascendancy of the British throne into question and sets in motion an alliance that will do anything to suppress the truth. The search for the rightful heir uncovers the existence of a sacred stone destined to reveal the true king. Follow the clues through ancient history and discover the truth about the Throne of David! This high-stakes thriller has a mind-blowing ending you have to read to believe!
Throne of David
by Ann Farnsworth

Publisher: Cedar Fort
Pages: 288 (paperback)
Genre: fiction, historical, suspense, thriller
Content: Clean, some violence

What did I think?

First thought was WOW! It was a great adventurous ride, like reading a PG version of Dan Brown. I was absorbed from the first chapter thinking what a great treasure to find 32-year-old letters. Then the plot flew off from there, with story going on both sides of the Atlantic. The characters were running out of time-- the intensity,  the on-the-run adventure and suspense. I couldn't put the book down and I had to go to work (one of life's tragedies when there is such a book to read). There are a couple of good twists near the end, but the author has foreshadowed and it all makes sense.

I want you to know that I rarely give 5 pencils for the books I review. My daughter is more generous than I am. I'm giving this book 5 pencils and it deserves every one for thoroughly entertaining me without any unnecessary baggage. This was the most fun I've had reading for a long, long time! Read this book--you won't be sorry!

Want to know more about the author?

Ann Farnsworth: author of 10 kids and one novel!

Short and Snappy:
Ann Farnsworth spent a lifetime studying ancient and modern history, and discovered a fascination with the plots used to construct a best-selling novel, a love of precise vocabulary and a true devotion to memorable characters. All of these interests came together and enabled her to write ‘The Throne of David’ when the youngest of her 10 children turned 9.

More Detailed:
I have always been a voracious reader and sometime writer even while raising a large family of 10 children.  In fact, reading allowed me to escape for a few minutes (or longer) during the day while staying connected to the needs of our family.
Our youngest is now ten and the stories that have been stewing inside my head as I washed dishes, cooked dinner and helped with homework these last 25 years are bubbling up and out of my fingertips. My favorite books to read are Da Vinci Code, Pride and Prejudice, the scriptures, any of the Harry Potter books and of course, Good Night Moon.

It is said that about 80% of us feel we have a book we’d like to write. If I can do it, anyone can. That is the truth!

Check out her website at http://annfarnsworth.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Amy's Review of Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

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When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren's refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.
As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren's two suitors--one welcome, and the other decidedly less so--brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.
With Shannon Hale's lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.
Book of a Thousand Days
by Shannon Hale

Genre: Fiction
Content: Some  violence
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release date: September 15, 2009)
Number of Pages:  336

My Opinion:
I was interested in this from the very beginning.  I love the way Shannon Hale tells stories.  She has a way of getting you to really understand and identify with the characters in the book.  The main character is so unique, and the whole civilization at the time has a bizarre structure based on their beliefs in their "Ancestors."  It is such a different society that it creates a story in itself.  I love the way everything comes together at the climax - finally everything makes sense.  It is very well written, and I always love happy endings.