The Book of Secrets by M.L. Little

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Book: The Book of Secrets

 

Author: M.L. Little

 

Book Series: Seventh Realm Book 1

 

Rating: 4/5

 

Publication Date: August 15, 2019

 

Genre: MG Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: 10+ (death, slight gore, some trauma, and war mentioned)

 

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

 

Pages: 232

 

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Synopsis: After Gabriel Draven smuggles home the Stone of the Seven Realms, his fear of facing consequences launches him and his oddball family on a rollicking run for their lives across the world they only thought they knew. As his journey takes him out of his realm and into another, Gabriel discovers that the deepest mystery lies at the heart of his own family, and he must do whatever it takes to find his way back home.

 

Strong and unapologetic, full of vivid, well-timed simile and lilting rhythm, bright with humor, at times bursting into a depth of pure simplistic beauty, The Book of Secrets looks far beyond the typical medieval swords-and-sorcery and, instead, introduces mystical creatures, absurd new worlds, and, at its heart, a hymn of praise to the complicated bond of siblinghood.

 

Review: I thought this was a well done read! The book did well with the world building and the character development. The book is well suited for younger readers and the writing is very engaging and simplistic, but all-consuming.

 

The only issues I had with the book is that sometimes the world building became too much, like there was too much detail in some areas. The pacing was also fairly slow in my opinion. The book also alludes to Christianity teachings and while I didn’t really care I did want to point it out for readers who don’t want their kids or themselves to read that.

 

Verdict: A very well done read!

Echoes of War by Cheryl Campbell

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Book: Echoes of War

Author: Cheryl Campbell

Book Series: Echoes Trilogy

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: LGBT moments and characters!

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Genre: Sci-Fi

Recommended Age: 17+ (violence, language, gore, slight sexual content)

Publisher: SparkPress

Pages: 400

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Synopsis: Decades of war started by a genocidal faction of aliens threatens the existence of any human or alien resisting their rule on Earth. Dani survives by scavenging enough supplies to live another day while avoiding the local military and human-hunting Wardens. But then she learns that she is part of the nearly immortal alien race of Echoes—not the human she’s always thought herself to be—and suddenly nothing in her life seems certain.

Following her discovery of her alien roots, Dani risks her well-being to save a boy from becoming a slave—a move that only serves to make her already-tenuous existence on the fringes of society in Maine even more unstable, and which forces her to revisit events and people from past lives she can’t remember. Dani believes the only way to defeat the Wardens and end their dominance is to unite the Commonwealth’s military and civilians, and she becomes resolved to play her part in this battle. Her attempts to change the bleak future facing the humans and Echoes living on Earth suffering under the Wardens will lead her to clash with a tyrant determined to kill her and all humankind—a confrontation that even her near-immortal heritage may not be able to help her survive.

Review: I thought this was an amazing read! The detail and world building in this novel was out of the solar system! There’s a fine line between just the right amount of detail and too much detail, one which Stephen King himself falls over at all the time, but this book managed to succeed it! The characters were also compelling and well developed. The pacing was also well done and I’m so happy that a romance isn’t the focal point in this.

The only issue I really had with the book is that you are thrown straight into the novel and it can really throw you off for a few chapters. Hang in there, it gets better.

Verdict: Worth the read.