Review: Through Indigo’s Eyes by Tara Taylor and Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Reviewed by Tavern Wench Maisie

Title: Through Indigo’s Eyes
Author: Tara Taylor and Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Format: PDF ebook
Page Count: 288 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grades 13+

Summary: Indigo Russell keeps having psychic visions of events, and she doesn’t know why she is having them, and it scares her as the visions are so real to her, and contain some unusual imagery. She would like all the other students at Ridgemont High to get to know her, even like her, yet she is still an outcast, someone most overlook when it comes to friendship. But then, she isn’t like other kids, and as far as she is aware, everyone has visions just like her – but she’d be wrong, very wrong indeed.

Why I started this book:

I enjoy reading novels about psychics, and the supernatural, so this was a must.

Likes:

  • Indigo wants to be a normal girl who has a boyfriend, and she is endearing because of that.
  • The reader is plunged straight into the mind of a teenage girl who has fears of what others think about her, and what might happen in the future.
  • However hard it was for her in her younger years, she has found friends at school.

Dislikes:

  • Indigo falls for the new boy, a transfer student who got kicked out of his last school – why she would fall for a bad guy is a bit strange as everyone else thinks he’s bad news.

Last Minute Thoughts: The story runs at a nice, steady pace, and Indigo is just as angsty as her friends.

Buy: Through Indigo’s Eyes (Visions)

Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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Review: The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro

stereotypical freaksReviewed by Tavern Wench Maisie

Title: The Stereotypical Freaks
Author: Howard Shapiro
Format: ebook
Page Count: 154 Pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 15+

Summary: A bunch of high schoolers name their band The Stereotypical Freaks after what their classmates think of them, and decide to enter a school competition for battle of the bands not realising that there is more at stake than just their reputations as being more than what others think. These teenagers are all boys, a geek type, shy, brainiac and athlete.

Why I Started This Book:

I am a big fan of graphic novels so it was a no brainer that I should want to read it. Plus it was different from the usual manga I read.

Likes:

  • The cover art is what gets you wanting to read the entire graphic novel.
  • The artwork seems to fit the characters, it fleshes them out and makes you identify to them more than if they were drawn in a different way.
  • Each character has a separate personality and the writer has given his all to making them all as interesting as each other.
  • Loved the fact that each chapter has a Recommended Listening section where a few songs are recommended for the reader to listen to while reading the novel.

Dislikes:

  • All four characters fall into distinct categories, stereotypes, but I would have liked to have seen more from them that wasn’t so stereotypical.
  • The interior art is black and white and might not appeal to all as it is well drawn but sketchy in places. This can add drama or look messy depending on your personal taste.

Recommendations: This story isn’t light; it has passion and substance, and young teenage issues, so it is for those of a higher age group.

Buy: The Stereotypical Freaks

Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests
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Review: Sunkissed by Carys Jones

sunkissedReviewed by Tavern Wench Maisie

Title: Sunkissed
Author: Carys Jones
Format: ebook
Page Count: 242
Grade Reading Level: Ages 12-14

Summary: The Crimean War was already in full swing at this time, but elsewhere in Fandova Dawn Summers is dying, and in her weak and feeble state she has nothing more than dreams of a father she hoped she could have known. Dr. Moralus is the only one who can help her, but his care comes at a great cost, one that Dawns fiancee, Thomas is warned about. He, feeling desperate brings the doctor to cure her, but will the bloodletting he performs work for her?

Why I Started the Book:

I read the blurb and thought it sounded like the sort of book I’d like to read, and that many other people would instantly take an interest in due to the subject matter of possible death and the hope of being cured. Dawn sounds like a woman who has a man she can trust to help cure her, but his need to have her in his life might also be his Achilles Heel.

Likes:

  • The reader can feel Thomas’s desperation. He could lose his one true love, but if the good doctor does his work, he can have her in his life again.
  • Thomas’s devotion to his beloved – every girl wants to feel that and more besides. He holds a vigil by her bedside day and night, even resulting in Eileen telling him to leave when he has stayed too long. As a man who doesn’t want his love to die, he doesn’t have many options, so the mysterious doctor is the only man who can help.
  • The mysterious Dr Moralus – who is he, and where is he from? None of the small town residents like him being around, and ever since he came to Fandova, he has had the aura of death surrounding him. Several rumours of demons being attached to him circulate and cause the mistrust the residents have toward him and his bloodletting cure. He, like a vampire seems to have to be invited into the home and this is an interesting parallel. The writer gives the impression he is a cruel man who enjoys causing pain and that is what makes the character a gripping one.

Dislikes:

  • Eileen, she isn’t the sort of person you would want around a dying woman as she lends an air of despair to what could be a positive healing experience for Dawn at the hands of Dr. Moralus. When all else has failed, there has to be someone who can help, and like anyone else would think, what is there to lose when one man can make a difference?

Buy: Sunkissed

Rating: 4.5 Treasure Chests
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Review: Keeper of Directions by LK Mitchell

Reviewed by Tavern Wench Maisie

Title: Keeper of Directions
Author: L.K. Mitchell
Format: PDF ebook
Page Count: 317 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grades 12+

Summary: The world of the unusual is all around us, and the same can be said of young Lance and his sister, Vivi. Strange things happen when a raven called Rose has gone missing from the Tower of London while they are on holiday there, and a clan of shape-shifting Ravens are helping them, but they are no ordinary Ravens, they have a mission to protect the world from the effects of global warming such as earthquakes and floods. Both Lance and Vivi are Americans on holiday and all sorts of strange things happen on the trip when they aren’t looking. At least for these two, and their parents, this will be a holiday they will never forget.

Why I started this book:

I asked the editor to surprise me with a book choice!

Likes:

  • The front cover is well drawn and gives the reader the feeling that a really good book is lying inside it. Also the book on the cover means something that is key to the novel’s plot.
  • The introduction to the novel and the raven’s claws urging the reader on to the next chapter!
  • It is educational in an interesting way and tells about certain parts of history.
  • Vivi referring to Lance as ‘Bookfreak,’ it’s wrong, but funny.

Dislikes:

  • It is quite a dark book even if it is well written.
  • It is supposed to be a children’s book, yet it is written for a much older age group.

Last Minute Thoughts: It is an interesting book that has a lot to say, and has an accurate portrayal of Aspergers in Lance throughout the novel. The shape shifting ravens are funny as well as serious.

Buy: Keeper of Directions

Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

Review: Silver Dew (The Lost Magic, Book 2) by Suzi Davis

silver dewReviewed by Tavern Wench Maisie

Title: Silver Dew
Author: Suzie Davies
Format: Digital Ebook
Page Count: 317 Pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 15+

Summary: Only weeks before she graduates from high school, Grace has to leave the comfort of her home as there are people running after her and her lover Sebastian. These enemies are known as The Others who can use their own magic against them. She has the ability to use magic stored up inside her, but she has to realise who she is and what she can do. She knows this relentless pursuit will not stop unless she can fully use her powers against them.

Why I Started This Book:

It was offered to me by Keira, I liked the look of the cover and love books with magic users in them.

Likes:

  • There’s a popular play list the reader can organise to listen to while reading this book. I think this is a good idea as it’s great for when you’re commuting.
  • Silver Dew is a faster moving book than the first one, Amber Frost.
  • Grace and Sebastian are characters the reader can identify with.
  • The relationship between Grace and Sebastian is interesting without interfering with the story and coming across as over soppy.

Dislikes:

  • Having to wait for the next volume!

Last Minute Thoughts: If you liked this book, then Amber Frost will be a good introduction to the series.

Recommendations: Young-adult books are generally for 13-18 yr. old readers, but I find some content is inappropriate for the 13/14 year olds.

Buy: Silver Dew (The Lost Magic)

Rating: 4.5 Treasure Chests
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Review: The Wish by D S Affleck

the wish D S AffleckReviewed by Tavern Wench Maisie

Title: The Wish
Author: Dominic Affleck
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 314 Pages
Grade Reading Level: 8-14+

Summary: When faced with the question what would you wish for if you had the chance, most of us would say money or possessions, but it can be interpreted in many different ways, fame, fortune or other things that would make us better off. Jamie Lomax turns this wish into a reality when he finds a magic orb that can grant him anything he wants, at least according to an ancient legend. As with most wishes, there is a catch and for Jamie that catch is he has to earn the wish by helping five people. What makes it worse is he doesn’t know them or when they might need help. He has only thirty days but if he fails he has to hand in his soul.

Why I started this book: Keira told me about it and I instantly thought it was one I would love reading as I don’t just read standard romance novels for her LRP blog.

Likes:

  • It is the perfect book for all reading ages when normally you find some that are too age specific.
  • The story lives up to the hype from the back cover blurb
  • It has an unexpected ending I found captivating
  • The book leaves you wanting to know more about the characters and the hope for a possible sequel
  • I adore the cover art for the book – it sets the tone for the entire novel

Last Minute Thoughts: Due to this novel being written in a very adult way, I found it accessible for younger or older readers and it was the kind of book I would read again.

Buy: The Wish

Rating: 4.5 Treasure Chests
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