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Book Recommendation: The Wingfeather Saga, book 1: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, by Andrew Peterson. READ THIS BOOK!!!

Hi! OK, I don’t know what took me so long, but I’m going to FINALLY recommend the first book of my FAVORITE series! On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is an awesome book. I admit that the first half is sorta-kinda slow, but it is still an amazing story!

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The story starts by introducing a world called Aerwiar, a magical land that has been taken over by a nameless darkness that happens to be named Knag (the book is filled with goofy things like this, so if you find those things really annoying, you probably won’t be able to read this). The main character, Janner Igiby, lives in a small town that is constantly under the shadow of this darkness. Human-sized lizards called fangs mistreat the human citizens, cruel laws limit their freedom to a ridiculous extent, and every once in a while, a black carriage comes and drags off children to who knows where. When Janner and his younger siblings Tink and Leeli find themselves tangled in the fate of the mysterious jewels of the long-lost kingdom of Anniera, they must fight to keep all the’ve ever known and end the darkness once and for all.

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Yeah, so that’s a basic summary with no spoilers! The key element to the series is revealed at the end of this book, so I can’t be much more specific. If you get a little bored in the beginning, remember this:

  1. What book have you read that DOESN’T have any boring parts?
  2. THE ENDING TO THE LAST BOOK IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO AMAZING, YOU WON’T EVEN CARE IF SOME OF THE PARTS ARE SLOW!!!😄

Age the book is good for: 7+ (although kids ages 9-14 are the most likely to enjoy it)

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐4.5 stars!

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There isn’t much violence in this book, besides a few battles with swords, bows and such. The fangs enjoy killing citizens (and each other) for fun, but none of it is described very graphically. I read this book when I was nine, and my sister when she was seven.

Ok, that’s just about all I have! Read it, and you won’t regret it. And after you read it, post some comments on what you thought of it! (please no major spoilers for those who haven’t read it yet!)

From one book-loving kid to another, “In the immortal words of Loshain P’stane, ‘If anyone reads this without permission, he will be most certainly and brutally slain. Or at the very least I’ll chop off a finger or two. Or three.” (ok, that quote wasn’t very relevant, but who cares?😋)

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My Opinion on the Hunger Games: Prim

I love the Hunger Games books. You can see my post from awhile ago on Mockingjay and know that I am not one of those people who just wants to criticize it. However, I just wanted to write about one of my biggest dissatisfactions in the Hunger Games: Prim, Katniss’s twelve-year-old sister. WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM ALL THREE OF THE HUNGER GAMES BOOKS. PLEASE STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THEM AND DON’T WANT THE PLOT TO BE SPOILED FOR YOU!

Don’t get me wrong, I think Prim’s a great character. She’s sweet, and offers some great support to Katniss, especially in Mockingjay.  But in the first book especially, she acts like a nine-year-old, not the twelve-year-old that she is. Maybe I’m overreacting, maybe it looks different to people who are not twelve-year-olds themselves when they read this, but that’s just my opinion.

Prim, in many parts of the the book, acts younger than I think a girl her age would act. She begs to see the pretty cakes in the window of the bakery. She sleeps with her mother when she has a nightmare. This is why I like Rue way better. From the beginning, you can see she’s young, but not to be underestimated. “I’m hard to catch. If they can’t catch me they can’t kill me. So don’t count me out.” She’s the kind of character that I see and go, wow, I like her! I want to read more!

On the other hand Prim takes a while to become stronger and more independant. In the first book, she reminds me of a fourth grader, sweet, innocent, and yeah, not that tough. Once again, please, please, PLEASE don’t take this as me not liking Prim, because I do. I just find the fact that she has to act so young a bit annoying.

So yeah, that’s about it. Thanks for reading through all my ranting about disappointing characters and all. I love to hear your opinion, too! What do you think?  Post a comment, and tell me what you think about Prim. You know what, though, she’s pretty fantastic in Mockingjay, don’t you think? She definitely got better as the books progressed. Well, goodbye!

From one book-loving kid to another, may the odds be ever in your favor!

Book Recommendation for A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket

Hello, book-loving friends! Wow, have I got a book for you today! If you haven’t caught on yet (or if this is the first of my posts that you’ve read), I have a bit of a soft spot for funny kids books. Oh, yes, The Bad Beginning could possibly be the funniest book in the history of literature. Maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but it is very, very funny. Lemony Snicket is probably the only author of all time to attract readers by telling them to put down the book immediately and seek reading material elsewhere.

Dear Reader,

I am sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children.Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings live lives filled with misery and woe… In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast… there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that kind of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket

Isn’t it great? That is an abridged version of the back cover of The Bad Beginning. The inside is the same. If you aren’t laughing already, than just wait, just wait.

If you’re thinking, ‘okay, it’s funny, fantastic. What’s it about?’, then your wonderings can end now. Here’s a brief summary of the basic jist of the plot. The Baudelaire siblings,

 

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So there it is, in a nutshell. It’s a great book. Here’s my rating:

⭐⭐⭐⭐4.5 stars!

What age should read it: 7+

There really isn’t much inapropriate content in this book. There is some drinking mentioned once, but that’s about it. If you plan on reading the other twelve books, there are some murders that might scare younger kids, just a fair warning.

If you like it, which I’m sure you will, there’s more! Here are some unfortunate ways to learn more about the Baudelaire orphans dismal lives:

  • Read the other books! There are thirteen books in the series; I myself have only read four of them, but am working on the fifth. The Reptile Room is my favorite so far.
  • Watch the movie! There is a Series of Unfortunate Events movie. As it usually goes, the movie isn’t as good as the book, but it’s still fun. I’ll just give one complaint: Klaus doesn’t have glasses. Why, Hollywood, WHY? Anyways, it includes the first three books, so read them first.
  • Watch the Netflix series! Wow, that series is good! The first series has the first four books, each split into two episodes around fourty-five minutes to an hour long each, and there’s a new season on it’s way. In this one, Klaus has glasses. Thank you, Netflix, THANK YOU!
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Here’s the Netflix version. It’s great! Watch it!
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Ah, and the movie. Not as good as the Netflix, but good all the same.

Ok, I guess I have to stop rambling on or you’ll never get to actually read it. Oh, here’s a little warning: Since the Netflix version just came out, it’s kind of hard to get the books at the library. Your best bet will be to borrow it from a friend. Kids, check and see if your language arts teacher has a copy you can borrow, that’s what I’m doing!

From one book-loving kid to another, have a very unfortunate day! (just kidding! have a nice day.)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien book review/recommendation

I am currently reading through the Lord of the Rings series by JRR Tolkien. I recently finished the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring, and would love to recommend this great read.

The Fellowship of the Ring is a fantastic book, one of the greatest classics ever written, in my opinion. It is about a hobbit (four foot tall people who eat two breakfasts) named Frodo Baggins who is thrown into a world of adventure and danger when he inherits a powerful ring from his uncle, Bilbo Baggins. Set in a world full of elves, wizards, dwarves and evil orcs, The Fellowship of the Ring is a magical story that I will remember forever.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.8 stars

This book is for ages: 12+

Books like it: The rest of the series (obviously), The Hobbit Note: you may notice that all of these books are by the same author and about pretty much the same story. That is because this book is so unique and so fantastic that there are few books that can even compare to it.

The Fellowship of the Ring is a great book. It does have violence, and a few intense battle scenes, but not as much as the other two books. It is not written for young kids.

Here’s the Common Sense Media rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5.0 stars

Common Sense Media gave the same age as I did.

So, I hope this recommendation made you want to run to the nearest library or Barnes & Noble to get The Fellowship of the Ring, because that would be great!!😁 However, here’s a fair warning: It’s pretty long and hard to read (it was published in 1954). I consider myself a fairly good, fast reader, and it took me over a month to finish. Please don’t change your mind about reading it! It truly is a great book.

~From one book-loving kid to another, see ya later!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins book review

I have recently read Mockingjay, the third book of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. This is going to be my first review/recommendation, so here goes!

First, I’ll start off with a rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.4 stars!

And age group (in my opinion): 12+

This is a great book. I could hardly put it down; I just hid in a corner racing through the pages. Like the other Hunger Games books, it showed the power of a bad government. It is really violent and has some sexual content (kisses and a brief mention of a sex slave), so I’d say it’s definitely a teen book, and not really the best for elementary-school aged kids. It is exciting, and has a satisfying ending (which I love!). Read the first two books first, the plot will make way more sense if you do so.

There’s this really great website, www.commonsensemedia.org, that gives ratings of all sorts of books, movies, and songs. It’s great for if you found a book you don’t really know and think it might have some inappropriate content. Anyways, I’m just gonna put a summary of its rating of Mockingjay:

Rating (in stars): same as mine!

Age group: same as mine!

Note: I honestly DID NOT look at their rating first!

So, anyway, it’s a great book. Read the others first (they’re just as good!), and if you’re a kid under 13, ask a parent first.

from one book-loving kid to another, goodbye!