Death Warden by CJ Stilling

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.


Book: Death Warden


Author: CJ Stilling


Book Series: Standalone


Rating: 3/5


Recommended For…: fantasy, assassin novels, monsters


Publication Date: November 15, 2019


Genre: YA Fantasy


Recommended Age: can’t recommend, DNF-ed


Publisher: Fantastically Minded


Pages: 406


Synopsis: A teenage assassin. An impossible choice. The fate of everything hangs in the balance…

Sixteen-year-old Reen swore she’d never take another life. Divinely selected to assassinate a few in order to save many, she learned to jump from shadow to shadow and claim her victims without question… until she was ordered to kill the boy she loved. But when an ancient plague returns threatening to infect everyone she knows, she is forced to resume her deadly duties.

Battling a disease that turns people into nightmarish monsters, Reen must track down and terminate those responsible before the city falls, and the evil spreads beyond its borders. But the closer she gets to the source, the more she uncovers sinister secrets that will shake the foundations of her world and everything she believes.

Can Reen defend her realm without losing her soul?


Review: This book seems like a really good read, but I had to DNF at 34%. There wasn’t anything really wrong with it, the plot was interesting and the world building was pretty good, but I just didn’t feel any connection with the characters and I couldn’t get into it.


Verdict: It seems so good, but not for me.

The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores



Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the author for Turn the Pages Book Tours! Thanks! All opinions are my own.


Book: The Story of Babushka


Author: Catherine Flores, Ana Beatriz Marques (illustrator)


Book Series: Standalone


Rating: 5/5


Recommended For…: children’s book, beginning chapter books, fantasy


Publication Date: July 29, 2020


Genre: Children’s Fantasy


Recommended Age: 5+ (self worth discussed)


Publisher: ACL Creative Studio


Pages: 120


Synopsis: Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers. But there is a hurdle to overcome before all of the bodies can reunite and return to the forest.


The Babushka doll, also known as a “Matryoshka” or “Russian Nesting Doll”, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolize Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women. This is the story of one very special doll, with five bodies that together make the Babushka: There was the outermost body, Antonia. She was pure beauty and everyone who saw her raved about her good looks. Beneath that body of beauty hid the second body, Loretta, who was richly adorned. She wore gold ornaments, and her robe was decorated with many different gems that glittered like the ocean on a sunny day. Hidden within the rich body was Paula the body that held all the talents. Whatever Paula did, she was sure to succeed. She knew how to work and always did so with joy and determination. Under the shell of the talented body was Viola, the body of wisdom. Viola knew a lot about the world and learned very quickly. She was always full of brilliant ideas and had clever solutions for every problem. The last body, the innermost and smallest of all, was Mary, the embodiment of love. Mary had a compassionate heart and was very helpful. She had the special ability to dry tears and mend broken hearts. All these bodies together formed the beautiful Babushka.


Review: Overall I thought this was a cute and amazing tale. I loved how the book is presented as a hybrid of a chapter book and a picture book. The book does well to represent self worth and how there are different parts of everyone that make up a whole person! The book also talks about friendship, love, money, and appearance. The story was engaging and had a great life message for young and old children.


Verdict: Recommended for youngsters!


Since quitting her full-time job at a branding communication agency in Zurich, Catherine has gone on to become a successful freelance designer and a children’s author. She lives on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients around the world.


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