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Monsters…Some you know, others you never dreamed of.

Hello hello!

Easter just passed and we’re tumbling on our way to the end of school and the start of summer.(ha. I wish)

As you can probably tell from the headline this book review is about mystical monsters. Not zombies or ghouls or ghosts or skeletons, but dragons, fairies, ooze toads and Granous(I’ll get to those last two in a bit)

These to books are a set by Emily Rodda and Marc McBride:

#1 The Tales of Deltora

#2 Secrets of Deltora

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Deltora is a place where dragons are the rulers and 7 gems keep the lands healthy.

  1. Del Territory – Topaz
  2. Ralad Territory – Ruby
  3. Plains – Opal
  4. Dread Nome – Emerald
  5. Mere – Lapis Lazuli
  6. Toran – Amethyst
  7. Jalis – Diamond

The first book The Land of Dragons(Deltora) is being destroyed by the Shadow Lord and his Greers. Adin, the Dels blacksmith, dreams of a silver belt made by his hand and knows he is the only one who must visit each and every Territory to tell the people about the belt which is made to hold each gem.

Adin goes to every place and collects every gem except one. The Torans’s gem, the amethyst. When the battle for Deltora happens and all seems about lost…Will the Torans give their gem for the cause?

This book is AMAZING and is filled with beautiful coloured pictures . It is great for all ages and is perfect for those mystical monster lovers! πŸ™‚

The next book “Secrets of Deltora” is set in the aftermath of the Battle for Deltora.

Written by the view of a journeyer, it is filled with tips and descriptions of monsters such as Ooze Toad and the ferocious Kobb. You go toΒ  places like Tora in Toran Territory and Broome in the Plains Territory. Learn how to act and learn the people’s superstitions.

Have fun reading these books and enjoy the fabulous artwork.

Au Revoir!

Seren

 

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Magic and Might…with a funny side!

Rick Riordan is and probably always will be my FAVOURITE author! His creative, funny, and action packed novels are amazing.

Today, I’m going to share with you two of my fave books of his, both the beginning of a series…

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Rick Riordan’s first, and my fave, series”Percy Jackson and the Olympians”is great! You won’t be able to put any of the five books in this series down.

The first book “The Lightning Thief” is the book where we meet Percy Jackson and his best friend, Grover. Percy’s been kicked out of school many times, all for things he can’t explain. Like how in Grade 5 he had a bad experience with a revolutionary war cannon and hadn’t meant to hit the bus.

He learns his true self on a run in with a minotaur, a person who has the body of a man and the head of a bull.

Soon he reaches a safe place for kids like him, and meets a couple new friends and sets off on a quest to bring peace to Mt.Olympus, along with reuniting with a father he never knew, all while solving the Oracles riddle which warns him of betrayal of a “best friend”.

This book is for all ages.

If you like this series any of his other 3 series:

  1. The Kane Chronicles series
  2. The Heroes of Olympus series
  3. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series

I am lucky to have all of these series and can share them all.

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The first book of the Kane Chronicles is called “The Red Pyramid”

Carter and Sadie are siblings though though they don’t look it. Sadie has pale skin and Carter has quite tanned skin.

Little do they know they are the descendants of pharaohs and have magic powers. No, not superhero shoot-lasers-out-of-your-eyes kind of powers.

They are put up against terrible problems when they loose their father to the wicked Eygptian god, Set. Struggling, they search for their dad to save him and along the way they make friends with a Speedo wearing, maniac driving, dwarf god named Bes.

Join both Carter, Sadie and Percy in their quests and enjoy the humour along the way!

Happy Reading!

Seren πŸ™‚

 

Adventures

A lot of kids run away from home or get kicked out or are born that way and find themselves in the big cities.

That’s what happens to Maybe, the main girl in Todd Strasser’s book “CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE”

Maybe lives in a “tribe” of homeless teen runaways and throwaways. Kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets of New York and no family except for one another. There is Maggot, Rainbow, 2Moro, Country Club, OG, and Maybe. Abused, abandoned and forgotten, they struggle against the cold, hunger and constant danger.

With frigid winds of January comes a new girl: Tears, a 12 year old girl whose other doesn’t believe Tears’s stepfather abuses her. As the other kids start to disappear-victims of violence, addiction, and exposure-Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets…if it’s not already too late.

This book is packed full of adventure and harsh but it is a great read. I’ve read it over a dozen!!! It is a great book that teens will love ,but not suitable for younger kids.

If you read this one and you’ve enjoyed it, you may also enjoy these ones I’ve read by Todd Strasser:

  • Give a Boy a Gun
  • Boot Camp
  • If I Grow Up
  • Famous

I have one more book to share.

“The Two Princesses” by Gail Carson Levine.

It is about, as mentioned, Two princesses : Meryl and Addie. Meryl loves poetry and adventure, where as Addie prefers to stay indoors and do needlework.

The Grey Death, an illness , which makes a person turn grey and have nine days of fever, three days of sleep until death. Meryl catches the Grey Death, who always dreamed of finding the cure for it. So, now Addie must go on a quest to meet the Fairies, who are the only beings to know the cure.

This book is very adventure packed and I Loved it! It is great for all ages, young and old.

Gail Carson Levine also wrote Ella Enchanted which is a good book too.

Happy Reading!

Seren

 

 

 

Eternal Bloom Farm’s first book review!

This is the first Book review on the blog. Seren, my teenage daughter, and I have decided to start sharing books that we read. Seren wants to become an Author/Bookstore owner in her future. So, to help her with her writing and creativity I suggested she write and share her thoughts with all of you. I too will share my thoughts on books that I barely ever have time to read. I warn you they will mostly be school related. πŸ˜‰Β  Please enjoy!Β 

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Seren and Drisana

Book Review #1

There are times when you just are so bored and want to get well, when you are extremely sick. This same thing happens to Evvy in the book called “The Breathing Room” by Marsha Hayles.

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I got this book about 4-5 years ago from my librarian when we lived in Greenwood.

It is about a girl named Evvy who gets TB or Turberculosis when she turns thirteen. She goes to a TB Sanatorium called Loon Lake. Evvy finds it very hard to get used to her surroundings what with the rules that are quite harsh.She becomes friends with the other girls at he sanatorium very quickly though. There’s Sarah, quiet but smart and thoughtful. Pearl, who adores Hollywood glamour and Dena , whose harshness conceals a deep strength.

The book was set in 1940 at the time of the political unrest in the USA and Europe. It tells of the kids who fought so hard against TB. This book is very nice and tear jerking at times. Funny in others and deep in others too.

At first my mind thought, “Nah, this book is BORING!”, but turned out to be very good πŸ™‚ The book is told from Evvy’s point of view, by Evvy. You’ll love it! Once again, the book is called “The Breathing Room” by Marsha Hayles!

I have one more book I want to share today.

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“No One Must Know” by Eva Wiseman is about a girl named Alex, set in the 1960’s. Alex and her immigrant family live in North America. Her dad is a respected doctor and she has friends and goes to church, school and girl guides.

Sure, her mom is a little nervous, not even being able to go out of the house alone. :and they never talk” of the life they left in Hungary, but every family has it’s quirks, right?! πŸ™‚

But Alex’s idyllic world is turned upside down when she discovers that her parents have kept a secret from her. A secret that will change her forever.

This book is a very good read and I recommend it highly.

HAPPY READING!!!

πŸ™‚ Seren