Hello everyone–thank you so much for you patience. The two books this month are two of my favorites I have ever shared with all of you on this blog, so make sure to check them out! Thanks and have a great rest of your April! See you in May!
Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw
“They’re coming for you, Jacob Riley.” Jacob is a teenager who has been in the orphanage for six months. His parents passed away in a car crash, and Jacob was forced into the home, leaving his beloved dog Jet behind. He has three parts to his escape plan: get out of the orphanage, reunite with his dog and get to Scotland. The only problem is, the government has tagged everyone so that they know exactly where you are, always. And, since there is a huge wall keeping everyone in, getting into Scotland is not exactly easy. Desperate to escape, Jacob reunites with Jet and soon finds the Outwalkers: a local gang of kids who are trying to get to Scotland, same as Jake. They live by four simple rules: no technology, be outside, be hidden and the most important one: obedience to the gang. Jake joins the Outwalkers and feels like he is part of a family again. But will that last? Read the book to find more.
Let me just start off by saying this: I absolutely loved this book. Definitely one of my top reads for 2019. The prominent theme of loyalty in this book was beautiful. I loved the way that Jet, the dog, and Jake, his boy, were always incomplete without each other near. I also loved that the author, Ms. Fiona Shaw, had a unique way of showing dialogue. Definitely check this book out to see how she does it and to read the book.
Recommended Reading Age
I would recommend this book for 13 and up. It was on the longer side, being 424 pages, but don’t let this scare you! Read it at your own pace. Also, there were some references and actions with drugs, but other than that, it’s a pretty clean read.
Outwalkers was a fasted-paced, action-packed and beautiful story about what it means to be a family. No matter where you come from, what you have done, or who you are, there will always be someone who accepts you as you are and loves you for that. It also shows us how beautiful it is to walk back from grief together. I challenge you to read this book and connect it to your own life. You definitely won’t regret it. As usual, the two links are below to purchase this book on Amazon and to check out the lovely author of the this book, Ms. Fiona Shaw. Happy reading everyone and don’t forget to check out the other April read!
-your fellow book lover
Hannah’s Grade: 9.5 stars out of 10
Purchase this book on Amazon here.
Learn more about Fiona Shaw here.
The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas
How would you feel if your brother was the most famous superhero on the planet? Abby Hamilton knows what it’s like to deal with this in the book The Supervillain and Me. Not only is her brother Red Comet, teenage heartthrob who takes down bad guys, her dad is also a local celebrity. He is the caring and interested mayor who is just as big of a celebrity as her brother. Ever since her mother died, Abby has felt increasingly alone. Between her two famous family members, no one really has time for her until one day the new supervillain in town, Iron Phantom, saves her from an attempted mugging. Abby knows that she should not meddle in this business, especially if he is a villain, but her curiosity gets the better of her. As she gets to know the person behind the mask, Abby is left wondering how the supposed bad guys can actually be good. As the two team up to take down a new threat, Abby is faced with a decision: either be framed as a wanted criminal, or stand on the sidelines as her city falls apart. Read the book to find out more about these action-packed adventures.
A hero has truly arrived! This book was such a light-hearted and fun read. Though the middle was a little slow, this took me little to no time to read because of the overall action packed narrative. Abby was going through a lot in her life and all it took was the town’s newest supervillain to help her through it. This was definitely a book that I will have no problem reading over and over again.
Recommended Reading Age
I would recommend this book for 13 and up. Though it was a fun read and a unique story, there was profanity in it. I, however, usually just skip over these words and keep reading right on through. I recommend you do the same thing if you are nervous about reading this book because of the inappropriate language.
The Supervillain and Me was a great story that had me guessing until the very end. Though it did have profanity, I loved the story and characters that the author created. I challenge you to read this book this month if you are looking for a book that won’t let you down, no matter how many times you read it. The two usual links are down below: one to purchase this book on Amazon and one to learn more about this author and her books. Great reads this month guys! Have a great April and I will see you in May! Cheerio!
-your fellow book lover
Hannah’s Grade: 9 starts out of 10
Link to this book on Amazon here.
Link to learn more about Danielle Banas here.
East by Edith Pattou
Rose is a northborn- a wild and free spirit- and loves to explore. She has to be active all the time, and with a large family like Rose has, its hard enough for one mother to keep an eye on all her children. Rose’s parents always knew she was special, but they didn’t expect that one night, a giant talking polar bear would offer to take Rose away in exchange for good health and fortune. Rose readily agrees and goes with the bear. He takes her to his mysterious castle where the servants aren’t allowed to talk to her and she doesn’t see much of the polar bear. But when Rose takes a risk and she ends up breaking the bear’s growing trust, how far will she go to get it back? Read the book to find out.
East was a combination of Greek myths, Norse religion, fairy tales and Beauty and the Beast. I loved the way the author put a spin on some of these classic tales and made it her own. East was a long book, which made it even better. There were a lot of twists and unexpected turns. Just when you thought you knew what was going to happen next, something else would happen. I loved this book for so many reasons!
Recommended reading age
I think this would be a great book to read for people 11 and up. It was a fun story with whimsical feel, but it also contained some important lessons for all ages. I think that adults would have a very fun time reading this book as well.
In conclusion, East is a heart warming story about a girl who leaves everything she knows to save her family. A great book, East leaves readers with a couple key truths that you will discover when you read the book. Below are the usual two links: one is to purchase this book on Amazon and to learn more about the author Edith Pattou. The second book in the series is called West, which also looks very good. Edith Pattou has also written many other books as well; go to the link below to learn more about them. As usual, if you have any constructive criticism on my blog, please do not hesitate to comment below. One thing I would love to get started is for y ‘all to start giving me recommendations so I can read and review some of YOUR favorite books. So long for now, until next time fellow book lovers!
Hannah’s Grade: 8 stars out of 10.
Purchase this book for your self on Amazon here.
Learn more about the wonderful Edith Pattou here.
The List ; written by Patricia Forde
What would you do if you could only speak from a list of 500 words? Ark is the last safe place on Earth; the rest is overrun by water. To make sure this never happens again, the wordsmith, a person who controls which words people can use, must keep a strict list of 500 words. If anyone speaks words outside of the list, they risk banishment, which guarantees your death. Letta is the new wordsmith after her master disappears. But when a mysterious boy shows up hurt on her door step and an anonymous tip suggests that her master can be saved, Letta finds herself in a very precarious position. Read the book to see how this story turns out.
The List was a interesting book! I loved its unique story and brave characters. Letta never gave up, even when her odds of success didn’t look so good. I have to say, the book was a little heavy. By this I mean to say that Letta faced one problem after the next. It seemed as though she would never win! However, she had a lot of determination and never gave up. Also, these continuous problems kept me intrigued. I could barely put it down!
Recommended reading age
I would recommend this book for 10 year olds and up because it wasn’t a complex story. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I did feel that I was a little old to be reading the book ( I just turned 13). All in all, it’s a great book!
The List is a fantastic book that makes you realize how much of a privilege it is to have free speech. Even today, many people around the world don’t have the ability and privilege to say what they want to say and when they want to say it. To all those people: hang in there. We are rooting for you. A entertaining story, The List was a quick and fun read. Below are two links: one to buy this book and the other to learn more about this fabulous author. Please comment below and give me feedback on my blog, my writing or my stories. I would love to hear all of it! Happy Reading everyone!
– your fellow book lover
Hannah’s Grade: 7.5 stars out of 10.
Buy this book on Amazon here
Learn more about Ms. Patricia Forde here