Weekly Book Reviews: January 8th

The Secret of Kite Hill (Li & Lu Book 1) by [Bradley Charbonneau, Liam Charbonneau, Luca Charbonneau]

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Title: The Secret of Kite Hill
Author: Bradley Charbonneau
Release Date: March 31st, 2014
Page Count: 60
Start Date: January 1st, 2022
Finish Date: January 1st, 2022

Review:

Story: This is a children’s story. So I’ll be as lenient as I possibly can be. I really wasn’t a fan of the story. I felt like it lacked some backbone. I feel like most of this was personal issues. I do realize that this is a children’s book and that’s probably why I didn’t enjoy it.
Characters: Pass
Critiques: I listened to the Author’s Direct copy of it. The quality wasn’t great. One of the tracks was done twice. I listened to a sample of the audio on Audible. It seems to be a bit better. So there’s that.
Narration: Meh
Final Thoughts: I really wanted to give this book a two of five stars in all honesty. I just didn’t really care for it at all. The positive note is that it was a very short and easy read. It’s definitely not targeted for my audience though.

Eternal Seas (The Relic Hunters Book 1) by [Lexi Rees]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Eternal Seas
Author: Lexi Rees
Release Date: September 9th, 2020
Page Count: 117
Start Date: January 1st, 2022
Finish Date: January 1st, 2022

Review:

Story: I really enjoyed this story. It was a very quick read. Personally, I would have liked to see it longer. However, I do understand that this is a children’s book. It’s understandably short. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Characters: I got a little confused with all of the character names. I also didn’t really connect with any of them if I’m being honest. That isn’t to say that I didn’t like them. I just didn’t find them very relatable to me. I also feel like a few of the characters were just a little two-dimensional.
Critiques: None
Narration: It was pretty great. Nothing really memorable stands out to me either good or bad.
Final Thoughts: I wasn’t expecting to really get sucked into this book the way I did. I really enjoyed it very much. I don’t know when I’ll be able to get to the rest of the series. I am definitely looking forward to it though.

Warden (Book 1: Wendigo Fever) by [Kevin Hardman]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Wendigo Fever
Author: Kevin Hardman
Release Date: April 27th, 2013
Page Count: 114
Start Date: First Time- December 26th, 2019/ Second Time- January 3rd, 2022
Finish Date: First Time- December 26th, 2019/ Second Time- January 3rd, 2022

Review:

Story: This book follows a boy who has been thrust into a role he never wanted when his brother suddenly disappears after going off to visit a friend. Realizing his brother may be in trouble, he goes to investigate and take on the roles that his brother normally takes on.
Characters: I’m bad with names. Especially names that are unique. The main character was okay. I didn’t really connect with him that much. He’s just kind of rude and arrogant. He thinks that he’s owed everything but doesn’t want to do what it takes to earn it. The female character was not that much better. She is just as rude and is very loud and judgmental. However, I really did like both of them. They kind of grow on you.
Critiques: None
Narration: I really enjoyed the narrator. I do feel like this would have been a little better with a cast of narrators, but it is in one point of view so it would probably have been pointless.
Final Thoughts: This review is written after my second time reading it. I really enjoyed it. I vaguely remember reading it the first time around. That says more about me than it does the book. I can’t even begin to explain why I never read the rest of the series. I’ve made up for that now, so that’s what matters. It’s a book designed for children/middle grade. It’s still worth the read.

Warden (Book 2: Lure of the Lamia) by [Kevin Hardman]

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Lure of the Lamia
Author: Kevin Hardman
Release Date: October 8th, 2013
Page Count: 146
Start Date: January 3rd, 2022
Finish Date: January 3rd, 2022

Review:

Story: Errol’s brother still has not returned. It has now been three months. He has taken more and more warden responsibilities as time passes. His personal dislike for the job is slowly becoming more and more distant. Especially since he realizes he’s started to grow feelings for a girl. One he thought he would never like in any way at all.
Characters: I read the blurb to remember the main character’s name. I still don’t remember his love interest’s name. She was the one in the first book. Both of them have had major personality changes in this one. It seems like maybe their feelings for each other has calmed them a bit. Then again, growing older and more mature could have been doing that as well. Either way, they have become characters I could root for.
Critiques: The references of the brother. There are maybe a couple of paragraphs at the beginning and nothing else. I feel like the conflict should be brought up a little more. Maybe this is just a personal preference.
Narration: The narration was as wonderful in this book as it was in the first.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book quite a bit. I enjoyed seeing the main characters of the book grow and become a little less of a pain. I stated that despite their flaws, I liked them in the first book. I liked them even more in this one. I wish all of these were longer. I get why though. They are targeted for children and middle-grade audiences.

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