This is an amazing story from this debuting author. Like all fantasy sagas, this one has more adventure and monsters than should be able to be contained in one place, but Ms. Mckernan pulled it off beautifully. This story is one that is sure to catch the reader's attention from the first page and keep the pages turning until the end. There are beautifully detailed illustrations scattered among the pages that really aid in bringing the story to life as well. Ms. Mckernan is lucky to be in league with such rare talent.
While the story is great, it needs quite a bit of work in the editing department. There are punctuation and grammatical errors everywhere, though most of them will not impede the reader's flow; they are seen but won't create a pause in the flow of the story for the most part. On page 444, there's a point-of-view swap. The story, which up until that point was told in third-person, switches to first-person for an entire paragraph for no valid reading. This error may cause a small hiccup to the average reader. All of these errors are quite common to authors who pour their very essence into their world and characters. They should, however, have been caught by an editor as they are in plain sight.
I believe with a little touch up to the editing and proper formatting, this story has the makings to be something the world hasn't seen in a very long time in the fantasy genre. I truly do look forward to the completion and release of the second book in this series.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws due to the amount of errors found.
Transcending the Legacy picks up where Ascending the Veil leaves off. It's a powerful ending to this amazing series. I would suggest some tissues being nearby...Seriously. Jesca and the Guardians are in the final countdown to save humanity from the creatures who crossed into our world. Even with the help of some new friends, this task wears more and more on Jesca, Nate and Xander as the time to fulfill the legacy grows closer and closer. The messages riddled in the series are loud and clear within this final book. Sacrifice comes in all forms. Love is the strongest link between people. Legacies will find their way, even if they happen in ways you aren't expecting.
Again, there were the same grammatical errors as the other three, though, only one or two will actually pause the flow of the reader.
Despite the errors, I give this book 5 of 5 paws. Ms. Kimball truly outdid herself with this work. I have read many of Venessa's books, and Transcending the Legacy is currently my favorite of her works. Well done, Venessa.
Ascending the Veil picks up where Surfacing the Rim left off. Jesca and her team not only learn more about themselves, but about what's going on and what the Sondians have truly unleashed on the world. As this book draws to a close, the Dobrians are preparing for the ultimate battle between good and evil; heaven and hell.
I adore how this entire story wove Scientific fact with the Christian lore of Revelations. I cannot even begin to imagine the amount of time and research Ms. Kimball put into this story, but I can assure you, it's definitely worth the read.
As with the first two, there are minor loopholes (not near as bad as the first two though) and the same scattering of grammatical errors throughout the book. By this point, if the reader is reading the books back to back, the errors won't impede as much as they are almost expected to be there.
I am both elated and anxious to start on the final book in this series, Transcending the Legacy and I hope it will answer some questions I have, as well as be as action-packed as the first three were.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws.
This is the second time I've read this book and I still love it. The story is original and action-packed and will keep readers turning pages just to see what Jesca gets herself into next. I love how detailed the world and character building is, it's clear that Ms. Kimball put in many sleepless nights researching the possibilities of what she was creating. This book is sure to be a hit with science buffs as it merges Science Fiction and the mechanics behind Quantum Physics with the lores of the paranormal.
There are quite a few errors I wish the author had looked into long before the book was archived. There are point of view switches not only within chapters but within sentences, there are minor (and at least one major) loopholes and minor grammatical errors. These will slow the flow of the story some. All in all, this is a great story and I look forward to rereading Surfacing the Rim, book two. I give this book 3 of 5 paws; It would have been 5, but I feel I have to lower it due to the amount and content of the errors.
This is the first book by Stacey Rourke that I've had the pleasure of reading and I have no regrets. If you're a fan of the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, this is a must-read. This story delves into the Sea Witch's back story, shedding some much-needed light on the villain we all love to hate. Told in the fashion of Maleficent, readers are brought back in time to before Triton was king, when he was just a small merlad and Vanessa, his older sister, gave him all the grief an older sibling is supposed to. The story is full of hardships and heartache for our mersiblings and the reader will find themselves feeling things for Vanessa they didn't before. This story will make the reader see The Little Mermaid in a whole new light and bring some understanding to why Ursela did the things she did. There's morals hidden throughout the book that are needed for more than a few adults and about every child on land... and in sea. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mermaids, as young as 11 or 12.
I did find more wording errors (wrong tenses of words) in this book than I'm overly comfortable with and feel Ms. Rourke should look into a proofreader to help her editor out for future books. The errors, while obvious, don't really impede the flow of the story in any way more than a second glance to make sure the reader actually indeed saw an error. They are simple and as easily fixable as they are overlook-able.
However, while the average reader will more than likely simply not see the errors, I, being an editor, did and given the amount of them within this book, I cannot give it the 5 I want to. However, given the research, detailing, and character and world building Ms. Rourke did to create this story and shed light on one of Disney's most memorable villains, I give Rise of the Sea Witch 4 of 5 paws.
I await the next book in this series, don't keep us waiting too long, Ms. Rourke.
***This Review Contains Mild Spoilers***
I will start by saying, that this was birthday gift for my daughter last year, when she turned 10. She's a huge FNaF fan and I spent countless months hearing all about the animatronics and the things they did in the games that when this book was on preorder, it just seemed to be a must-have for her. I naturally, after hearing so much about it, had to read this book that piqued her love of the written word that she's read it 4 times in the last year.
This is an AMAZING book to have come from Scholastic. Not that Scholastic books are bad, but it's ultimately rare to find any that adults would pick up and become engrossed in, (The last Scholastic books that got to me like this one did were the Harry Potter books). It's almost like a combination of R.L. Stine and Stephen King in the way the story is written, but with how graphic I've heard the games are, this doesn't surprise me. What did surprise me, is how the story just catches you and even though they never actually name the old yellow rabbit, the reader knows he's Springtrap and that the yellow Freddy is Golden Freddy.
For the young adults, this story is full of shock scares. For those older, the story is almost a sad one, one that will put you in the mind of The Woman Black's story.
I did spot two plot holes that I feel both authors, while seasoned story tellers (one being the creator of the games, the other an author) should consider looking into and perhaps hire another editor who won't miss these vital, obvious errors.
In chapter 9, Sammy is mentioned as having been at Freddy Fazbear's, however, the whole reason Freddy's was created was because Sammy in fact vanished at the diner that preceded Freddy's, Fredbear's.
In chapter 11, John all but orders to stay behind with Jessica, who is slowly losing her sanity due to what's going on, and Carlton, who is in no condition to go anywhere since he can barely stand without assistance, yet well after John has left on his own, Charlie is with him and it a few pages later, Jessica is there as well, Carlton isn't mentioned until a few paragraphs later. There is never a mention of Charlie, Jessica or Carlton leaving the office where Dave was. These are obvious errors that nearly destroyed the flow of the story for me since both times, I flipped several pages back to reread to see if I had missed something that would explain these instances, only to see that I hadn't missed anything at all. The explanation is just non existent.
Despite the two errors, this story is a quick read for an avid reader, even with it's averaging 30 pages per chapter, and it's definitely one that any fan of R.L. Stine will enjoy, as will any fan of horror in general.
Of course, When I saw The Twisted Ones (the second book to this series) was out for Preorder, it was ordered for my daughter's birthday this year. Maybe she'll be a good child and let me read it first so I don't have to wait a year this time >~.^<
While the story itself is worth 5 paws, due to the plot holes mentioned in my review, I can only give it 4.
Wow, just wow. This is the first book by the young and very talented Nadege Richards that I've had the honor of reading and it blew me away. Asylum 54.0 is everything Dystopian as well as Sci-Fi fans are looking for. This books starts with action and ends with it, not to mention there are some amazing, comic book-style art works interwoven within the pages that really bring certain scenes and the characters to life. I absolutely Mathai! She's everything I hope my little girl will be when she's older; brave, strong, independent, and willing to fight for what's right. She's an amazing rolemodel for young girls of all colors and ages and her story is an amazing one. There are a few seemingly slow spots within the story, but since it's the first of a series, it makes sense. This book begins the adventure and thus there's backstory and the such to read about. There are no "boring" parts of this book. Every word is deliberately placed to entrap the reader within Mathai's world. Told in the first-person, this story will capture your imagination and you will see and feel all that Mathai does and then some.
I would recommend this book, and more than likely the entire series, to anyone who loves a well-written story, even those as young as around middle-grade age since there's no swearing and no adult themes. Ms. Richards has proven herself to the masses and shown us that even the younger writers have stories worth hearing.
I look forward to the second installment of this saga, Sanctum 92 and eagerly await its release.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws. Well done, Nadege, you've restored my faith in indie writers.
Distant Thunder picks up where Blood & Spirits left off. There is no recap despite the distance in time between the rerelease of Blood & Spirits and the release of Distant Thunder, so I would suggest the reader skim through book 1 for a quick refresher course before jumping into book 2 to save themselves the headache of trying to remember things that happened in the first book that carried over to the second.
There's a lot more action and danger for our heroine in this one than in the last one. It seems every time Veronica turns around, there's another nail being hammered into her proverbial coffin. This book is sort of like the "calm before the storm" so to speak. While more graphic and violent (as real vampire-themed books should be), it is simply setting the stage for the third book; and it does this in epic proportions.
Most of our favorites are back in this second book, along with some new faces the reader will either love or hate. Like all of Dennis' books, Distant Thunder is a roller coaster of emotions and action, and leaves us with a wide opening for the third (and I think final) book of this series. The story itself is fast-paced and will keep you turning pages. By the end, you'll feel all Veronica does and you'll want her to end this storm as much as she wants to end it. I hope the third book releases soon because the waiting will be my death lol.
I did spot the same grammatical errors in this one as I did in the first book, along with some instances where the narration jumped from first person to third in places that were supposed to be Veronica's point of view. I would consider the author look into those, since it's clear the editor of Blood & Spirits and Distant Thunder is different than the editor of his other works which had far less errors and not ones so easily spotted.
I give this book 4 of 5 paws due to the amount of easy to spot errors.
This book will make you laugh over and over. If you're an Elvis fan, even if you aren't, this book is worth the read. The cast of characters are colorful and well-delevoped, the plot line is well-thoughtout, the story is creative and original, and the authors did an amazing job bringing this all together for the reader. There's tons of "Fun Facts" about Elvis littered throughout the story and each character has their own Elvis story; some are a bit more out there than others. All-in-all, while the contemporary and general fiction genres are not my usual reads, I'm really glad I had the chance to read this one. It's been awhile since a story has stuck in my head the way Surviving Elvis Week has. Kudos, authors, I look forward to seeing what else you release.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws.
This is the second book by Ms. Rishoff that I've had the pleasure of reading. I loved this one even more than the first I read. This story is filled with the raw emotion of three people; a mother and her two daughters. I would suggest having some tissues nearby as some of the scenes are heartstring tuggers. The Wrong Daughter will take the reader on one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride they won't soon forget. I would recommend this book to any lover of books about life, anyone who has ever been Troy, and anyone who has ever been Brit. This is a story about a child's love for her mother, and mother's resentment of her.
I give this book 5 of 5 paws