Update!

Hello everyone! Wow, it’s been a hot minute since I last checked in with y’all. If you haven’t seen it yet, I just posted a new book review on The Altitude Journals by David Mauro. It’s a truly incredible book and I highly recommend you go check it out!

Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve changed the format of my reviews! I recently joined a website called Online Book Club. This amazing website gives you free books in exchange for a thorough book review. Instantly, I knew I had to get back on my writing game with this website. My first book was the Altitude Journals, and I thought, “I bet my fellow book lovers would really enjoy this adventure too!” I knew I had to take you guys along for the ride. The format of the reviews changed a bit too, because Online Book Club asks for certain things in their reviews, and I thought that this format would provide you guys with a bit more information regarding the book.

Because this website also has special time requirements, I will be posting a lot more often! Sorry it’s been crickets from me for so long. I lost the passion that I felt for this blog when I got started, if I’m being honest. Hopefully I can continue to stay on my game.

Make sure to stay tuned for another excellent read coming your way soon! And thank you!

-Uniquely Hannah

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The Altitude Journals: A Seven Year Journey from the Lowest Point in My Life to the Highest Point on Earth

Written by: David Mauro

The Altitude Journals-A Seven Year Journey from the Lowest Point in My Life to the Highest Point on Earth is a story of self-discovery, redemption, and love. Born into an impoverished family, David Mauro struggles with his sense of purpose, and it is only after his marriage collapses as an adult does he start to change. As David starts his mountain-climbing journey, he is accompanied by many famous mountaineers who later become the truest friends he has ever had. And sending him on these quests is a voice David describes as his calling–he won’t go unless he is called. As he summits each difficult mountain, David learns something new about himself–and how he feels about others in his life. Through the support and unconditional love of his family, David strikes back against his depression and becomes the man he has always aspired to be. After all, conquering the 7 summits certainly beats becoming an Olympic athlete in axe-throwing. 🙂 

I would rate this book 7.5/10 stars. The Altitude Journals features a sense of hope in a broken character. His inspiring journey makes you want to leap up out of your seat and go do something to change the world. However, I did not give it 10 stars because I wanted more description of his personal life, and how he applied the lesson he had just learned on the mountain into his lifestyle.  

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David had to endure many different climates during his adventures.

This book featured intense profanity, though much of the cussing happened while David was on the mountains and it didn’t occur often.

I would recommend this book to audiences who want to be inspired and people who like nonfiction. In addition, if you are interested in learning about mountaineering or the summit of a difficult mountain such as Everest, this book is for you. And finally, I would recommend this book for people who are going through something tragic or just can’t seem to find the light in the day anymore–read this book about a man who went through the same thing, and watch how he transforms because of something he loves.

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David learned more about himself through stunning and uninterrupted views like this.

This book was very well edited; I did not find a single grammatical error. What I liked most about this book was the way it made me feel at the very end. His unceasing joy seeped from the page into my fingertips, and I got to experience his remarkable journey from start to finish with this incredible man. What I like least about the book was the mountain of Elbrus. It didn’t hold my attention and felt rather bland to me.  

All in all, this unbelievable journey was well documented in a captivating book. With a review of 7.5/10 stars, I believe audiences of non-fiction and inspiration lovers would fall in love with this story. With the theme of new beginnings and redemption, this was a feel-good story. The Altitude Journals is certainly worth your time. The usual two links are below. Thank you so much for reading!

-Hannah

Purchase Altitude Journals on Amazon here:

Learn more about David Mauro here:

Salt to the Sea

Book by: Ruta Sepetys

Summary

A nurse, the head of a group of refugees, running for her life. A deserter, with a life once all planned out, running for his life. A young Polish girl, who was abused more than she was kept safe, running for her life. And a German soldier, faithful to his country and to his mission, hunting them all. These four are the product of the horrific world created by Adolf Hitler, a world where you could trust no one, a world where your race matters more than anything, and a war that turned everything upside down. Join Emilia, Florian, Joanna, and Alfred as they try to keep their secrets safe.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Reaction

Oh my goodness graciousness! What a book! This book was a romantic, haunting, and powerful story that will remind you of how much you have and how lucky you are. We often take so many things for granted, and I think its really refreshing to read narratives such as these. I have to admit, I read this book a little bit ago, but I can still remember almost everything in its plot because it was so memorable! If you like reading books by the author Alan Gratz, like I do, I would recommend this book for you!

Recommended Reading Age

I would definitely recommend this book for 13 and up. I read it at this age, and I thought it was the perfect time. World War 2 is a very controversial subject around the world, and I had just started getting into these types of books when I found Salt to the Sea. Again, I will say it is a very powerful and haunting book, so keep this in mind if you decide to read it.

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Seagulls were a prominent metaphor in Salt to the Sea.

Conclusion

Salt to the Sea is a book that displays characters who feel much fear, but who chose to be brave. It serves as a reminder about how lucky we are to be surrounded with all of our fortunes. And I don’t know how you yourself are doing, how your day is going, but if you read this book, I can tell you that you will never take your problems for granted again. The usual two links will be below (the link to buy this book on Amazon and the link to learn more about the author) and please have a fantastic rest of your day!

-your fellow book lover

Links

Find this book on Amazon here

Learn more about Ruta Sepetys here

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The Young Elites

Written by Marie Lu

Kindness with no strings attached. This is all that Adelina Amouteru wishes for in her abused and dark life. She is a malfetto, a survivor of the blood fever that killed adults and gave some children strange powers, Adelina being one of them with powers. Abused and threatened by her father, Adelina runs, only to be received by the Daggers, an elite group of the malfetto children who want to fight back against unfair and biased treatment against themselves. When Teren, the head of the royal army, catches the only thing that Adelina has ever loved and turns her into a spy against her will, will Adelina spill the Dagger’s secrets to save what she loves most? Or will she fight back with her strange and strong power of illusion that does not belong in this world?

What a fantastic and daring read! Adelina is a thrilling bad girl who has been hurt all her life, but with the family that the Dagger’s provide her, her power truly blooms. It captivated me all the way until the end! Marie Lu captured a wounded and abused girl who is tired of the way life has kicked her to the ground, and made her into someone readers can love. This is definitely a must read!

Adelina struggles with who she truly is inside, and if that is good enough for anyone to truly love.

I would recommend this book for 12 year old’s and up. This is definitely a read that had violence and vivid descriptions, as well as a character who was not a positive influence. I would definitely recommend not to  read this before bed, because it makes you want keep reading on and on!

The Young Elites is a fantastic book about finding who you truly are, appreciating your own life and the unique set of abilities that you have been given and using them for good. Once again, I apologize profusely for not publishing in a while; I will definitely try to be more consistent with my blog posts. As usual, the two links for purchasing this book on Amazon and learning more about the author are featured below. Take care and have a wonderful rest of your day!

-your fellow book lover

Links:

Amazon link here

Learn more about Marie Lu, the author, here

Happy Summer!

Well hello my devoted readers! It really has been too long since I talked to you last. This last month has been absolutely HETIC and I have barely been able to get a breath. However, I have some very exciting news! School has just ended for me, which means that new books will 100% be coming to you soon! I appreciate y’alls patience with me. Being expecting a lot of new books to read this summer! I will talk to you very very soon 😉.

-your fellow book lover

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all the beautiful and strong women out there…Happy Mother’s Day! We appreciate all that you do for us. You are always so kind and loving, and know exactly what to say. To my own mom…once again, thank you for all that you do. I love you so much! 💕 Have a great rest of your day, everyone, with the women who make your life special! Be on the lookout for a new read coming your way on May 15th! Cheerio!