Book Review: Rogue (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 3)

Rating: 3/5 stars.

Okay, so, um, what happened? The series ended like that? There was so many things left unsolved!

Brooke has betrayed them. All along she had been working with the Knights of Charlemagne. Now Will is working for Franklin Greenwood, his grandfather. If he doesn’t do what he says, his friends are dead. But aren’t they dead anyways? Will and his friends hatch a plan to escape from Franklin and the Knights. In escaping they’ll set out to save the world from the monsters from the Never-Was, by entering the Never-Was. This crazy plan may just claim some of their lives.

So um, the characters were pretty great in this one. All their neat abilities seem to be expanding or getting better in one form or another. Will has a sort of telekinesis (which, by the way, I’ve always loved that sort of ability). His stamina and healing is off the charts. He can run fast. He also has a bit of a telepathic ability. It’s all cool, and it’s getting cooler. Elise is now one of my favorites. The way she manipulates sound with her voice. It’s amazing. And I love her telepathic connection with Will. Now that’s Brooke it out of the picture, I’ve started to like her relationship with Will. Ajay is as smart as ever. His sight just keeps getting better and better. His memory is…wow. He’s learning to be more brave than he ever was. Nick’s agility skills are awesome. He may not be the smartest, but I love his loyalty. And he’s the most relaxed dude in the group. He’s just so chill about it all (for the most part, anyways) and it is absolutely hilarious.

So the writing confused me. It wasn’t the pace, the pace was pretty great in this one. But at times, in random paragraphs it seemed to switch points of view. It was really weird and disconcerting because there was no pause in the flow, but at one moment it was Will’s point of view and then at another is was Elise’s or anyone else’s point of view. I don’t know what happened.

The plot was very exciting. The Never-Was was so interesting. There were so many weird things about it. It was a scary and dangerous place. It was intense, life threatening, and just plain fun. The only major complaint I had about it was that the Alliance never seemed to have a definite plan to defeat the monsters or the Knights of Charlemagne. Their plans always seemed random and impulsive. Even the plan they had in this one seemed so unrealistic. I mean, where did it come from and how did they come up with it? The ending felt so unfinished. I don’t mind a few things left to your imagination, but this was too much. It frustrated me.

There was some language and a little bit of kissing. But nothing much. The book got a bit spiritual as started to explain how everything was connected. It began to sound like karma or something close to it.

So, this wasn’t the best book. It was a bit better than book two, but the first book was still the best of the whole trilogy. But if you’re interested in something fun, with superpowers, and action packed, I recommend this. It was still pretty good.

-G. Paige

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Book Review: Alliance (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 2)

Rating: 3/5 stars.

This one fell short of the first book. But that ending?! What? No! I need the next one now!!!

Will West has lost much. So so much. He tries to bury his feelings, but he pushes people away, is silent, and alone. He struggles to understand his mental and physical abilities. But now he must get things together and Awaken. Spending their summer at the Center, an exclusive prep school, Will, Ajay, Nick, Elise, and Brooke explore the area to learn more about the Knights of Charlemagne. The plans and secrets they uncover may lead to the end of the world as we know it.

The characters is probably one of the only things that was pretty good in this book. Will’s abilities expand and grow as he learns to control and understand it. But his love life confused and frustrated me. He had started to have a relationship with Brooke in the last one. But all of the sudden he is also in love with Elise too. What is going on? Also right it the beginning it was mentioned the Brooke had ignored Will for like six months. Then she kisses him and all is better. I don’t get that. Ajay was still great as always, but at sometimes it seemed he was a bit too scared and over dramatic about it. Nick was his funny, kind of dumb, self. Without him, the Alliance would get very gloomy. His loyalty to his friends is something you wouldn’t expect from the way he acts. Elise is probably my second favorite character after will. Her abilities are so out of this world! She is strong and fearless and…somehow deeply in love with Will now. Brooke felt a bit flat at the beginning, but towards the end she felt more herself.

The pacing off balanced me. The first chapter starts four months later after the last book. Then the next chapter skips three months. There it started to smooth out. It went on well from there, but I didn’t care for the plot. For about two-thirds of it, it felt like some sort of quest. It was interesting, but I didn’t see the need for how long it went on. It also didn’t feel like it fit right with this kind of story. But the whole book was still very exciting. And that last third was much more interesting. So many mysteries were revealed. Something shocking happened that I had never even thought of. Then the ending! Woah. That was a great cliffhanger.

There was some language. A few words here and there. Some characters were spying on something and this woman shows up naked. One of the characters makes a comment that he wasn’t looking at her face.

It wasn’t the best of books storywise. But I will continue on with the last book and hope that it improves a bit. If you like an action filled book with superpowers and humor, go read it. It is still turning out to be a pretty good series.

-G. Paige

Book Review: The Paladin Prophecy (The Paladin Prophecy: Book 1)

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Rating: 4/5 stars.

I read this for the first time over a year ago. Recently I decided to do a random reread. It was just as good as the first time, if not better. This time though I will continue with the series.

Will West has lived his whole life pretending to be normal, getting average grades, and moving about every fifteen months. His parents have never given him any real explanation, but he trusts them. Then he makes a mistake and scores extraordinary high on a nationwide exam. Now people want him to go to an exclusive prep school and he’s followed by black sedans. Then when something strange happens to his mom, he runs. His skills are put to the test and he realizes the rules that his parents taught him to live by may just save his life.

The characters were really good. Will had unknowingly been prepared for this (Whatever “this” is.). He is really smart and quiet, but not shy. He never let’s down his guard. Sine he’s been taught to not trust anyone, he hides his true self from everyone. Ajay is funny (usually when he isn’t meaning to be). He’s Southern with the accent that goes along with it (which I love). Of all of them, he probably gets scared the easiest. He has some great skills and is like a genius with technology. Nick is a gymnast. He’s hilarious and is rarely ever serious, but fiercely loyal to his friends. He’s not so very smart, but he knows his sports. Elise is like an Eygptian queen, literally. When she looks at you, it feels like she is reading your thoughts. She is a beautiful piano player and singer. Brooke is the parent over them all. She’s cautious, but brave. She’s kind and caring.

This book was exciting from the start. Even when reading it a second time I flew through it.  It was very fast paced. The running, the car chases, and then the new school was all intense. There was so many questions and intrigue. Especially concerning Will himself, his abilities were really neat. The monsters and who knows what else that were after Will were weird and ugly, but interesting. I need more answers. Everything must be figured out soon! The ending was intense and I was on the edge of my seat. That kidnapping! Those fighting scenes! They were great.

There was a kiss or two, but nothing major. There was language, not a lot, but not a little either. Words like d***, d***, b****** were common. F*** was in the book once or twice, but only the letter “f” was shown. God’s name was used in vain quite a few times.

Overall, this was a good book. I’m excited to see how this turns out. I recommend this to a little older teens (or just more mature teens) for some of the language, but was very neat.

-G. Paige 

Book Review: King (Books of the Infinite: Book 3)

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Well, that was an interesting ending. I’ve now realized that though this is a series, each book could be a stand alone except for the fact that Ela and Kien’s relationship grows and changes as the stories progress. It was a good conclusion, but not what I expected. I just feel like it needed something more.

Akabe Garric is now something he never wanted to be: king. He’s a warrior, and he has never faced the responsibilities of being king. To prove to himself and his people that he is up to the task, he sets his sights on rebuilding the Holy House of Siphra. But if he wants the land he will have marry a worshipper of Atea, a idol. What should he do? The Infinite doesn’t answer. So Akabe makes a rash decision that sets off a course of events that may lead to the destruction of Siphra. Ela ponders over whether it is the Infinite’s will to marry Kien. Kien faces a trial that could lead to his exile.

Ela faces more suffering and sadness, but she is stronger and has more confidence in the abilities the Infinite gave her. Kien is put through sadness, anxiety, and suffering unlike anything before, but he’s prepared to follow all of the Infinite’s commands. I must say, it felt like Ela and Kien’s relationship as friends to something more very quickly. It felt rushed. So I loved the direction it went, but I didn’t like how it was done. Akabe is probably my second favorite character after Kien. I was really happy to see more from his point of view. I connected with him well and I felt his struggle to make the right decisions. And I understood why he made the decisions he did, even if I didn’t necessarily agree. Caitria was a great new character that I loved from the beginning. She is shy and afraid at first, but she develops so much to become the lady who can handle the responsibilities she’s given.

The book moved very fast. From one moment to the next, the characters were always in danger. There were assassins, battles where the characters were way outnumbered, kidnappings, and more. It was certainly not boring. For me the ending just wasn’t very satisfying. It was good, everything was resolved amazingly, but I felt that there was something missing. But maybe it was meant to be that way.

In every book, at least some of there characters visit a new place. This book visited Aeyrievale and Belaal. It was refreshing and fun to see how unique each place is. The descriptions were really well done. It was easy to imagine.

I’ll recommend this to older teens. It is a beautiful allegorical book with a fantasy feel. I don’t think this allegory is my type of thing, but don’t dismiss this book because of me. Give it try, you won’t regret it.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Judge (Books of the Infinite: Book 2)

Rating: 4/5 stars.

So…I liked this one better than the first book. Probably the reason is because there seemed to be more of Kien’s point of view instead of Ela. The one before had focused mostly on Ela.

On the first day of military leave, the Infinite tells Kien to go to ToronSea and lead the people back to the Infinite before they stray too far. This is not what Kien had planned to do. He wants to court Ela, not go to some far off place where they may kill him as part of some ritual. There is no choice but to obey the Infinite. Meanwhile Ela is given a vision that shakes her to her core. Parne has turned away from the Infinite and is now in danger of suffering terrible judgement. She feels that she must go to warn they before it’s too late. Pulled apart, they go their separate ways, hoping the Infinite will bring them together soon.

Kien is my favorite character in this series. He is very humorous and makes many mistakes, usually with good intentions though. He also, to his detriment, speaks his mind quite freely. Ela is kind and caring, but so sad and in a way angry. She’s given the hardest task she has ever faced in this book, but she follows the Infinite all the way. Akabe is probably in second place for being my favorite character. His is a king who never wanted to be king. He is sarcastic (even more so than Kien), but kingly when he wants to. He follows the Infinite’s orders to the letter, even when he doesn’t necessarily agree. Tzana was like a flower that fades away. She was sweet, but didn’t play much of a part.

This was a faster plot than the last one. Ela is sent to Parne where the people have rejected her and hate her with a vengeance. So with a feeling that her death is near, she heads into the thick of danger. She suffers so so much. Kien is sent to ToronSea. Definitely not where he wanted to go. He makes some big mistakes and is put in worse danger than before. Only by the Infinite’s mercy can he be saved. Forever on his mind is the danger Ela is in and that he must save her. He is in love.

There is a big battle. So much death and heartbreak is poured upon her and her family. Suffering becomes a part of everyday life. Danger is at every turn. It was pretty exciting. Sexual abuse was hinted at and almost happened.

The parallels this and the Old Testament is very prevalent. It is very allegorical and I wonder if that’s the reason I don’t care for it as much as other people. I don’t think it’s my favorite type of genre.

I’ll recommend this to older teens for some of the content. It was a great allegory, but I’m not sure if that’s my thing. We’ll see how the next one goes!

-G. Paige

Book Review: Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood: Book 2)

51rvKT3snrL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Rating: 4/5 stars.

I’m sorry to be the odd one out, but I didn’t get into this as much as Heartless. I dragged through most of it. Maybe it was because I had forgotten stuff from the first book, so that I didn’t make the connection until I was reading something random about Heartless. But once I got closer to the end…it was great!

Rose Red has a secret. A secret that has her living in isolation in the mountains with nothing but an old man she calls father and her nanny goat. But then she meets headstrong Leo, who quickly becomes her friend, when no one else would. Together they play and search for a monster rumored to be in the mountains. But their trust in each other is tested when something more real and terrifying than anything they could imagine, comes to their land.

Leo, oh Leo. I must say, he was one of my favorite characters. His humor and his temper were fun to watch. There was times when I disliked him and the decisions or actions he took, but that made him more real. People have faults; they make mistakes. Don’t you at some points dislike real people? So when I disliked him, I still considered him one of my favorites. I’m glad to watch him learn from his choices. And I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of that in the coming books. Rose Red was…interesting. I didn’t connect with her very well, but she was still really great to read about. I loved how far she was willing to go to keep her promises. I enjoyed watching the way she and Leo conversed together. It was so cute and sweet.

I thought about the first half was slow. I just couldn’t get into it, maybe because the characters were so young at the beginning and it kind of put me off. I’m not sure, because there was plenty of mystery to keep a person interested. But it did pick up speed towards the end and there was so much action and danger. I started to worry for a bit! What a conclusion! It was kind of sad. Thank goodness there is more to this series.

The tale switched between Leo and Rose Red’s point of view. Randomly, there were a few other points of view that added intrigue. This book went through a whole decade and more of time, but at no point did it get confusing. I still felt connected to the characters even after skipping over years of their lives. I have to say, that is quite an achievement.

This is a perfect blend of fantasy, fairytale, and allegory. I’m just beginning to realize how allegorical this series is. I don’t think I realized that in the first book. This is for all the people who like this kind of story. You don’t want to miss it.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Co. Aytch 

45556Rating: 4/5 stars.

I read this quite a few months ago for school. Then school told me to review a nonfiction book I’ve read. I really enjoyed this one so here’s a review.

“In these memoirs, after the lapse of twenty years, we propose to fight our “battles o’er again.””

This is certainly what Sam R. Watkins does. He tells his story of joining the First Tennessee Regiment, Company H, to fight for the Confederacy. He recounts their victories and their defeats. As one of seven of the original recruits to survive all of their battles from Shiloh to Nashville, it is a unique story. He tells the story not of a general or lieutenant, but of the average private and his thoughts on the war.

I really loved this story. It made the Civil War just come alive. The battles were so real and very bloody. There was such sad and dreadful memories. It was really shocking. So many people died either from being killed in battle, battle wounds, or infection in the wounds. The author does describe some very literally torn up people,  but I loved the reality of it. He is recounting what he saw onto paper.

But this book doesn’t just dwell on the battles. There is also a good mix of humor which included lots of humorous stories. He tells of letters from home, staying at people’s house, and visiting hospitals. He tells the true thoughts of the foot soldiers. How there were certain leaders that they despised. How, at times, they just wished for the war to be over and they didn’t care who won anymore. How the Confederate soldiers would chat from where they were positioned to the Union soldiers across the way.

This showed me that a lot of people signed up for war thinking it would be exciting, an adventure, and they expected it to be over soon. Once they saw the reality of it, most of them didn’t want to fight anyone. But they were brave enough to not desert, because they would be executed or hanged if caught. They fought, even as they knew (towards the end of the war) that they were losing.

The writing style was different. It was first in person, but in past tense. I liked it though. It felt so much more true. Like an old man telling his story to you.

This was such a rich book and so full of life. I’ll recommend this book to anyone who can handle the bloody descriptions, because it is really worth the read. It opens your eyes to the truth of war.

-G. Paige 

Book Review: Jackaby (A Jackaby Novel: Book 1)

9781616203535_zoomRating: 4/5 stars.

This was quite good, but very strange and weird. If you were expecting Sherlock Holmes, well you’ll probably be a bit disappointed. So if you can get over the weirdness and strangeness and how it’s not really like Sherlock Holmes, then I think you will really enjoy this.

Abigail Rook arrives in New Fiddleham, New England just about broke. On her search for a job she meets R.F. Jackaby, an investigator who is in need of an assistant. On their first case together they realize that there is a serial killer on the lose. With Jackaby’s keen “sight” to see supernatural beings, he believes that the killer may be more than just an ordinary man.

Instead of being this really smart guy R. F. Jackaby is a person who has this special “sight”. He can “see” things that normal people can’t. So he specializes in unexplainable phenomenons. Abigail Rook is an impulsive girl who ran away for college and her family to go digging up dinosaurs. Jackaby is so like Sherlock in his personality, but there are some differences too.. He talks to himself. He clothes are horrendous and mix matched and his hair is unruly. His house is just a wreck. Of course Rook is supposed to be like Dr. Watson. Rook is brave and willing to do much to get her way. But at times, she is afraid that she is making some unwise decisions (which maybe she is).

The plot thickened quickly. Actually, I think this book went a bit too fast and was a bit too short. I felt that it could’ve been drawn out a little more, but it was still great. That conclusion was amazing and terrifying. I wasn’t expecting it.

The world is so 1890s. I loved that it had such a historic feel to it. I was just swept up in that beautiful and classy world. Jackaby’s house was a separate world in itself. The ghost, the duck, and the room that shouldn’t even be possible was so intriguing. I can’t wait to see more of it all.

The murders were a bit descriptive and very bloody so this would probably be best for older teens to read. I don’t remember there being anything bad in this book except for maybe a litt bit of language. It was a great book.

This was a different book from what I’ve been reading lately, but I really enjoyed it and am excited to read the next one. Take time to read this strange and unusual book.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Season of Fire (The Remnants: Book 2)

51sYS+l048LRating: 4/5 stars.

This was pretty good middle book for a trilogy. But there was just something that didn’t grab me as the first one did.

With her power of empathy now seemingly under control, the Remnants continue their mission: to free Kapriel. Andriana and Ronan have shown their love for each other and now must make some hard decisions. But things go array for them when Andriana gets captured by Keallach, Emperor of Pacifica, and his replaced Knight, Sethos. Andriana against all odds believes that Keallach can come back and follow the Maker’s plan. But at some point she might have to choose between escaping from Keallach or falling into Sethos’s trap with him.

The characters were great, again. I wanted more Neiro and it didn’t seem I was going to get that, but the end made up for it. I missed Ronan in this book, badly. Though quiet a few times it switched to Ronan’s point of view and that was awesome. The Remnants kind of faded to the background in this book. It focused mainly on Andriana and Keallach. Oh Keallach. He was one of the most hardest characters to decide on whether I like him or not, though that ending might have made up my mind. I love and hate him at the same time. Then I felt at times he was just a manipulated child.

The plot was intense, but I think it might have been lacking a little bit from something. I’m not sure. It started in the middle of an scene so it took awhile for me to get my bearings. Then it felt rushed at the beginning and at the end. The bad situations felt to easily gotten out of. It was exciting and intense.

Sometimes the romance almost got inappropriate, but it never went farther than intense kissing. It lightly mentioned in conversation a few times some subject matter that isn’t appropriate for younger people. It was a bit violent of course with some fighting scenes.

So I really loved this and I’m recommending it to older teens and up. It is a really good Christian dystopian trilogy and I can’t wait to see how it ends!

-G. Paige 

Book Review: Thunder (Stone Braid Chronicles: Book 1)

7c1167b6e6c057934db12bbc22116706Rating: 3/5 stars.

I’m not sure of my thoughts on this one. I really loved the characters and the premise, but there were some writing inconsistencies with it that bothered me.

Selah Rishon Chavez is almost eighteen and hiding, waiting for a boat to crash ashore with a Lander. These Landers come from across the ocean, no one really knows where. They were sold for a great price, if they kept their markings on their foreheads. Everything falls apart after Selah’s brothers take the Lander she caught. The next morning she find the marking of a Lander on herself. Now she is one of the hunted. She must leave everything she knows behind and go after her brothers who took her Lander. Just maybe the Lander will have the answers to questions about herself.

So the plot was great. It was very intense and exciting. There was plenty of action and fighting scenes. I felt like I flew through this book in no time. It was very fast paced and rushed at a few points. There are still so many secrets to uncover. So much that I still don’t understand.

I liked the characters pretty well. Selah, Bodhi, Glade, Treva, and Cheon were some of my favorites. Selah was a strong character, but she had some very realistic fears that I think I would have if I was in her situation. Kind, protective, and sometimes funny fits Bodhi description. He became caring as time went on. Glade I didn’t see much of, but hopefully the next book will be filled with him. He wasn’t much of an open book. Treva was smart, very smart. I really liked her person. At times she felt like an undercover agent. Cheon seems very nice, I need to read more of him. Dr. Everling I liked at the beginning, but I’m definitely not sure of that now. There were many other characters, but I think these are some of the more prominent ones.

The problems I had with this was there wasn’t enough character development, except for Selah. One decision made by Selah I thought was very dumb and put there just to help the plot. It could have been done another way though. Another reason was a character felt just thrown in and very convenient for a certain predicament, though it ended up working out. The dialogue was at times really choppy. Sometimes I was thinking, “What? That person wasn’t given a very good explanation and now he seems to know all the ends and outs of the situation.” The worst thing was when a group of people were given a ride on a wagon from a kind man. All of the sudden the man is gone and it seems the people own the wagon. What happened? I don’t know.

The religion was interesting. I don’t think I really liked it. It didn’t feel very Christian like I think it was supposed to. God was called “the Presence”. I don’t really understand it now, but it seemed you could somehow lose “the Presence” for wrong deeds. Then there were these humans that were immortal. I’m assuming the later books will explain it more.

All things considered, this was a good book. I hope to read the next one soon and hopefully some of the writing issues will smooth out with the rest of the series.

I’m recommending this to anyone who would love to read an unique dystopian book. It was good and different.

-G. Paige