Book Review – The Three

Kinde, Christa - FS, The ThreeBenaiah is shunned by the people of Israel because he’s different. Forced to take odd jobs on battlefields and burial grounds, Ben jumps at the chance to quit working behind the scenes and ally himself to a shepherd boy with a giant destiny.

Tossing aside his pick, Ben winced when it clunked dully against some guy’s head. Not that the dead man could feel it. Judging by the snarl on the corpse’s rigid face, the last two things he’d felt were rage and a Philistine javelin through the chest.

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Book Review – The Crystal Tree

DjeRALuUYAEvyKRBriar’s efforts to rebuild her life shatter when a dangerous group of magicians arrive in Osman, bringing nothing but trouble and taking Briar’s sister, Ava, with them. Left with nothing, Briar chases down the Nameless Ones with the aid of some mysterious travelers and her own meager magic in a reckless attempt to save her family.

Briar squared her shoulders. There wasn’t really a choice here. If the soldiers couldn’t do anything to help her, then she was just going to have to go after Ava herself.

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Book Review – Serafina and the Black Cloak

Beatty, Robert - Serafina and the Black Cloak Hidden beneath the high-society Vanderbilt family and their rich guests, Serafina and her pa secretly live in the basement of the Biltmore Estate. Staying out of sight is easy for Serafina, whose uncanny ability to slink through the shadows aids her job as self-appointed rat catcher. Tensions run high at the Biltmore Estate when children begin to disappear, but only Serafina has witnessed the cloaked criminal who lurks after dark.

More and more she wondered what it would be like to have some sort of secret friend who her pa didn’t know about, someone she could talk to about things, but she didn’t tend to meet too many children her age skulking through the basement in the dead of night.

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Show & Tell – I Spy Book Challenge

Many thanks to @ofmariaantonia for sharing this fun challenge!

How to Play

  • Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!

 

I Spy

(links take you to Goodreads, and I’m happy to recommend all of these titles!)

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Food | Transportation | Weapon | An Animal

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Quote of the Day – Flames of Courage

That’s right. A halfblood. A halfblood with the skills and the talent to fight alongside the best. They’d all seen her. Who were the Hunters to turn her down after that? They wouldn’t dare.

-Flames of Courage by Hannah Heath

Show & Tell – Summer Reading Wrap-Up

It’s been a great summer of reading. In total, I’ve plowed through about 30 books in the last 3 months! I owe a lot of my success to the various reading challenges that went up this summer, mainly from #MGBookVillage and #MGCarousel.

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Favorite Fiction – Book Worlds

 

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If I had a superpower, I think I’d like to skidoo into book worlds and have a real fantasy adventure or explore the secret rooms in an old Victorian house. If it got too scary, I could always hop back out!

Question of the Day: Which book setting would you love to visit?

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Quote of the Day – House of Many Ways

She stood with her nose up, sniffing delightedly. It was the delicious mildewy fragrance of old books. Hundreds of them, she saw, looking round the room. Books were lined up on shelves on all four walls, stacked on the floor, and piled on the desk, old books in leather covers mostly, although some of the ones on the floor had newer looking colored jackets.

-House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones