Chairs, Prophecies, and Thieves…Oh, My!

I have looked at all the reviews that I have done this year, I found out that I have done about five out of the fifty that I wanted to do. I am about ten percent through on the reviews. I have plenty of books to review, and about a week and a half before I start my crazy schedule to fit in more reviews. Though to be honest, some of these reviews are on my Instagram account. At least we know that I have been working on keeping my Instagram and Twitter account active.

So… Are we ready? I will be focusing on completing the reviews for the books that I have read during Booktubeathon. Those books will be Thirteen Chairs, Trails of Apollo the Dark Prophecy, and Story Thieves

IMG_2547Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton is about a boy named Jack who goes into this house on a whim. You get to experience in being in a house with ghosts telling ghost stories.

This book completed the challenge to read a book you bought because of the book cover. I also read this book in one day.

Let me preface a few things before I begin this review. I get easily scared. I do not do well with the horror genre, which is why I tend to stay away from it. I do not like reading a book to scare me. I do not find that enjoyable. When I bought the book, the cover intrigued me and I read the synopsis. After reading the synopsis I wanted the book. No part at this time did I ever got the vibes that I would be scared. I was just stoked read a book with some short stories. You would think that somewhere along the lines I would think scary stories with the premise of ghost telling ghost stories in an abandoned house. Instead, I was like, “Hmmm… Jack went inside and he is a curious boy. I am curious to know what Jack experienced.” The worst offense. I saw this book twice before I bought it.

In the end, I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. If I could give out partial ratings, I would be giving this book three and a half stars out of five.  I was creeped out by the first three stories in the book. However, once I got to the Red Tree (the fourth book), I was not as scared. The first three stories made me think about my buying habits and what I was getting myself into. After that fourth ghost story, the rest of the book just didn’t scare me. There were a few that were unsettling, but not scary. Most of my negative ratings are going to come from this fourth story.

Most of my negative ratings are going to come from this fourth story. Let me start off by saying that I enjoyed the premise of the fourth story. I enjoy folk tales and I enjoy reading about folk tales from different parts of the world. However, I did not enjoy the heavy accent. There were so many grammatical errors, that I found the accent more of a nuisance than adding magic to the story. I felt that I spent more time trying to understand what the character was saying than enjoying the story he was giving. If it were not for the fact that I was reading this book for Booktubeathon, I would have most likely skipped this story. I feel as though this was the book that changed the feel and the pace for the rest of the book. In this case, the order of the stories did matter, and I felt as though he should have moved this character’s story towards the end of the book. I understood why certain charters went when they did, but this character could easily have swapped places with another character.

The parts that I did enjoy, was the fact that each character has their own persona in telling their story. It did add a bit of magic and realism to the story. I enjoyed getting to see each character play out their own little quirks throughout their time telling their ghost story. I know that I spent a paragraph complaining about the character’s accent in the fourth story. The other character’s persona, quirks, and accents did not deter me from the story itself. I also enjoyed some of the stories. I felt as though some of them theme and message. These stories were very intriguing and held my interest, even the ones that scared me. I had a hard time putting the book down because I was interested and invested in these stories.

Before I recommend this book, I will have to note there are a lot of trigger warnings. This book has so many that I feel that it should have a trigger warning on. This is considered as scary/ horror book. You are supposed to be afraid when you read this book. I know that I have established myself as someone who gets easily scared, which is why I am putting these trigger warning on here. This book does cover, death, theft, murder, possession, different types of mental illnesses, suicide (both accidental and on purpose), people cutting themselves, and bullying. I might have spoiled the book, and I am sorry. I just want to be extra careful, because I want people to be safe and to make a consciouses choice base off of their own needs.

I do recommend this story. If you are a person seeking a book to terrify you, and you are used to the horror genre, this book is not for you. That is the conses on Goodreads. Those who are used to and love the horror and scary genre, are not scared with these stories. However, if you are a bit afraid and do get easily spooked, this book might be for you. I do recommend skipping The Red Tree which is the fourth book. Understand that if you are skipping this story, you are skipping the character leaving the book. I recommend getting to the end of this character’s chapter. The author separated the book once the stories start, so our main character Jack, his story arc is continued in italics. Skip this story and read the italics at the end, and if you are interested in this story, read it after you are done with the book.

IMG_2546The next book that I read was The Trails of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan. This book actually covers several of the challenges like reading a hype book, read a book with a person on the cover, and read about a person different from you.

I don’t want to give out spoilers due to the fact that this is the second book in a series. But this book just continues on with Apollo’s adventure in trying to restore order with the oracles as a human.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads, and honestly, even if I was given the choice of partial ratings, I would still keep it five out of five stars.

I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book more than the first one. A lot of the problems from the first book haven’t gone away, but I can say it was not as cringe worthy as the first one. Apollo had done a lot of growing up and maturing throughout this book, as well as the time between the first and the second book. I enjoyed seeing a bit more of that mature side. It wasn’t all about “oh woe is me” and “I am a god. Where is my godly greeting?” We still had this in the book, but not as much as the first one. The other thing that I enjoyed is seeing the interactions of our characters. It was nice to see how Apollo and Calypso argue. It was nice to see them be a bit normal and quarrel a bit. In addition, I enjoy getting to spend some time with Leo and some of his crass humor. I also had more emotions in this book. There has been death in previous Rick Riordan books, but you just didn’t feel them as much. I just felt that the losses that we experienced in this book, felt more, or had more weight, than in some of his previous books.

The only problem that I had in this book is that it got annoying for both Apollo and Calypso having to explain to the same people that they did not have access to their powers. The times that they use them were weird coincidences. It was nice to see Apollo come up with a theory as to why he had access to his powers when he did, but it is a bit annoying to have to go through the rules over and over again. This also includes information. It got annoying for the same people to know and understand that you cannot have godly information inside a human mind, to be shocked that Apollo has no memory of certain events in his past. I feel like a better question to ask is why he has access to the parts that he has.

Other than that, the book is amazing and I do recommend this to everyone. However, you do need to read the first book before you read this one.

IMG_2540The last book in this long review, that I will be reviewing is Story Thieves by James Riley.

This book also covered several challenges for Booktubeathon. It covered, to read a book about a character that is different from you, and to read a book with a person on the cover,

This book is done in two perspectives. You have Owen who is the son of a librarian who is complaining about how boring life is, who gets his world turned upside down when he finds out about book jumping from his classmate Bethany who is half fictional. Both characters jump into a story and have to fix a mistake that Owen made when they jumped into his favorite story. Owen is stuck in the story and trying to fix what happened in the story, while Brittany is trying to fix things in the normal world when two of the characters from the story jumped out of the book and discovered the truth of their origins.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. Even with partial ratings, I would still give this book four out of five stars.

As much as I want to hit the ground running with things that I did like about the book, I do want to talk about the one thing I did not like about the book. There was one thought that was prevalent thought throughout the book. That thought was, “this has been done before.” I do believe that this is because I read a lot of books that had to deal with book jumping. This year alone, I can count three books that deal with the idea of our main character, or characters, book jumping. I do not know if this topic is slowly becoming popular, but I felt as though this has been done before. On top of that, James Riley has written a series about a story book princess who grew up in the normal world and was transported back into the fairy book world.

With that stated, here are the reasons why I loved the book. One of them, is all the literary reference, especially towards Harry Potter. In the beginning of the book, so many books are referenced. Even the made up story is noted as a knock off to Harry Potter. In addition, I enjoyed jumping into War of the Worlds. All of the stories that have book jumping, our characters mainly jump into your typical fairy tales or beloved classics like Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. Another thing that I enjoyed, was that with all the referencing that existed in the book, our author even referenced himself. It was interesting to see his other works on the shelves of the library as well as the librarian talking about her experience with him. That was quirky and cool. A third reason why I liked this book, is that James Riley played with your typical tropes. I do somewhat have a problem with it, in that it made me feel like I was reading something that I have read before. However, I enjoyed how he changed those tropes in the story. for example, one of our characters had your typical catch phrase and wink but changed the moment he realized how different things were. Another trope was Bethany’s father and how the parents met. Who was the story book character followed the typical trope, but how they met, wasn’t the same as the other books. Though it does make me wonder as to what book the character parent came from. In all, the story was fun, the characters were kind of believable, but the writing was amazing and I enjoyed the premise of the book. There were a lot of moments that I really enjoyed that stood out (that I cannot tell you due to spoilers), and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

In all, I do recommend this book to everyone. I do feel as though you will have fun and enjoy yourself in a world full of fictional characters in our world, and those of us in their world.

That is it for this review. I am sorry that this was a long post, but I do hope that you enjoyed all three reviews. If you have read any of the books, or have questions on what I have read, please leave a comment down below.

Until next time.

Happy reading from Super Bookworm

Serafina and the Black Cloak Meets Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index Review

The problem with coming up with a TBR for a readathon is that now all I want to do is to read all of the books that I have chosen. Sadly, in this case, I cannot. I just don’t want the stress of having to come up with a replacement book. I still have some books that I need to finish reading, but I decided that I was due for some reviews. So let’s hope that this will not be a really long post.

I will start off with the books that I have read in Booktubeathon.

IMG_2542The first book that I got to finish in Booktubeathon was Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. This book is about a girl who lives in the basement with her father. One night as she is going through the house she sees a little girl running away from a man in a black cloak. When she is following the duo, she sees that the girl gets swallowed up by the cloaked figure. This brings us to the adventure of our girl trying to figure out who this cloaked figure is while trying to save the people whom he has consumed.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. If I was to be honest, I would have given the book four and a half stars out of five. I really love our main character Serafina. I not only love her sense of right from wrong, I really enjoyed how realistic she felt. I enjoyed her honesty. She was not afraid to admit how terrified she was going through some of her situations that she was in. The only issue that I had with our main character was that I felt she was a bit too mature for a 12-year-old. The other issue that I had about our main character is her success in interacting with the world for the first time. for the 12 years of her life, the world never knew that she existed. the only human interaction that she had was her father. I felt that she was too successful in being able to interact with people and her new surroundings. I am sorry, that was the one really unrealistic aspect of Serafina. In a way, I really wanted to see her develop and grow from this new experience. There was no growth, in which Phycology and science claim there is a need for.

As the story itself, I enjoyed it. There were parts of the book where there was little to no action, and the book did go back and forth with the action. I will admit that those slow parts are your most important parts because there is a lot of details hidden within those sections. There were a couple of times where I had to reread sections because I felt like I was missing something. The other thing that I enjoyed about the story was there were a couple of moments in which I was creeped out. Let me highlight the word couple. I can actually tell you there were two moments that I was creeped out. The story isn’t horror. I would say it is a mystery with a couple of thriller vibes.

I did do a combination of reading the book as well as listening to the audio. I will have to say that the audio performance was really good. Cassandra Campbell is a great voice actress, and I felt as though she gave Serafina more of that realistic feel. I also felt as though she brought the story to life.

In the end, I do recommend reading this book. I believe that everyone will enjoy it. If you do not have time to read it, I do recommend the audio. I know that you will love listening to Cassandra Campbell’s voice and how she brings the story to life with her words.

IMG_2539The second book that I read during Booktubeathon was Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel. This book is about Juniper coming to terms with the loss of her sister and dealing with the grief that comes with it. In addition, you also have her trying to find closure with finding this mysterious lover whom her sister wrote a love letter to.

This is the part where I will try not to divert too much, but I do wish that Goodreads allow partial ratings for books. If I am to be honest, this book is 3.5 stars out of five. Instead, I am going back and forth giving the book three to a four-star rating. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the writing. I enjoyed the growth of our main character. It is just that I feel disappointed with this book. I just felt as though there should be more to this story. I am also disappointed in how this book ends (I am not going into details for a spoiler free review). I get why the author did what she did, but I still don’t feel the closure. I believe that a book should give you at least a different perspective, but should also fulfill you and inspire you. As much as this book does give you a new perspective and a different take on an experience, it did not fulfill me.

Before I recommend this book there are a few trigger warnings. In this book, there is abuse, talk of suicide, bullying, abandonment (from both a parent and friend), and a little bit of residual trauma from the accident. With that said, if you are triggered by any of these or just the talk of loss, don’t read this book. It is not worth it. I rather you be alive and safe than trying to read this book.

With that said, my recommendation for this book is to read it at your own choice. I do not feel confident in recommending this book to you (This is the other reason why I gave this book three stars on Goodreads). On one hand, I want you to read it for the sake of having a dialog about this book. I want to talk to you about who you think You might be, and about your thoughts on this book. On the other hand, I also do not want you to feel as disappointed about this book as much as I am feeling. As much as this book does give you a new perspective and a different take on an experience, I believe that when you finish a book you should be fulfilling.

I do hope that you enjoyed the reviews. If you have any questions or concerns or you just want to talk about the two books leave me a message down below.

Until next time.

Happy reading!

Day 2 Booktubeathon 2017

How did my day go?…. Let’s us be real, I did calculate that I have three hours of reading time today. However, I did complete the Instagram challenge last night, so that made it 4 hours. How much reading did I get done?… Well, I did complete one challenge, and I read about 114 pages from Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index.

So what challenge did I complete? I did the reading outside challenge. I was under a shady tree with my sunglasses on. Not my preferred reading style, but it had to be done. I did better today than I thought I would. The two books that I completed and read were The Book No One Ever Read and Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure. I gave both books a three out of five stars. Both books just lacked depth. The Book that No One Ever Read, felt like it missed an ending. I would go more into details about it, but I do not want to spoil the book. In the Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack, I just felt it lacked a story line. You had the same characters from the previous stories and books, but it was not as magical or as fun as those other books.

So what are my plans for tomorrow? Well, I got news from my boss and she is giving me the afternoon off. Which is good. Instead of working two hours in the morning I will be working three, which equates to an additional hour of reading. I will also not be picking my sister up, which is giving me more time in reading. So what do I want to do with all that extra time?

If I do not finish Juniper Lemon tonight, I will finish that tomorrow. In addition, I am planning on reading The Dark Prophecy tomorrow. I just got the audio book of it, so that will put me in a head start with reading it and getting those pages read. This is good. I am hoping to at least finish two books tomorrow. If I manage to get all that reading done, and I still have more time, I would also like to start The Girl Who Drank the Moon. I also have that book as an audio book. Which means I can utilize my time a bit better and organize my day to support all the work that I need to get done.

However, I was hoping to get my Instagram challenge for tomorrow done. It was nice getting it done a day early. That gave me an additional hour of reading in today. However, I ended up using that time sorting Legos. I still have a lot to sort, but I can leave that for next week, and get all the reading done. I did the important sets that had to be completed now.

But before I had to go and get ready for work tomorrow, I wanted to show you my entry for Booktubeathon. Today’s challenge was to show the world your favorite classic. I really do like this photo, and I found it a bit more fun and creative than what I did in the last one. I hope that you will enjoy it too.

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But before I go, I do want to ask you, if you are participating in Booktubeathon, how are you doing? Have you completed any of the challenges? If so which ones? Are you enjoying any of the books that you have chosen to compete for this readathon?

Until next time. Happy reading!

Milk and Honey Review

All seriousness aside, I was thinking of doing this review in poem form considering that this is just a book of poems and lines. However, after much thought, I realize that I did want this review to be taken seriously. With that aside, let us begin with our review.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poems and prose about being a woman and learning how to deal with loving others as well as yourself. I will note that this book does not start off light and fluffy. I feel as thought I wrote the synopsis as so. It starts off in a dark place and then it slowly grows to be empowering.

With that said, I did give this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the poems and the prose that were empowering and informative. Those were the poems that made me think about our society, and what it means to be a woman in today’s modern society. However, there were also a lot of poems and prose where I just felt empty and wondered if there was more. I felt that I was missing something. I hated the fact that when I finished this book, I did feel that I did miss something. I felt that I was not understanding the whole hype that surrounded this book. I could understand a few poems, but not the whole book. I will also give a little pro towards the artwork that is a part of this book. I felt they matched the pieces and helped tell more than what was on the page.

I am not sure who to recommend this book to. I just feel as though this book would make a great college/ university staple piece for a writing class or a book literature class. I feel as though this book requires and demands discussion.  It is not a piece that you can just sit read and think for a bit. I do wonder that if I did approach this book differently, and had a discussion with someone about this book if I would give it a better rating, and see it in a different light.  With that thought, I still feel as though I am not giving this book enough justice.

If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of in the comments down below. I really would love to have a discussion with someone about this book. Do not be afraid to leave your comments down below.

Until next time.

Happy Reading!

Bout of Books Day 3

I will admit that day three actually went better than day one and two. I actually read a book. Not one of the books that I was planning on reading, but it is still a book, and it was 197 pages long.

The book that I read was Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. I did read the prequel book, Smile, so I knew what to expect and a little bit more about these characters. In reading other people’s reviews about this book, I did realize that it does make a difference in the understanding of the story and the characters.

This particular comic looked on a road trip that Raina took with her mom, sister, and brother to Colorado. Along the road trip, you get to see some past experiences that Raina had about growing up with her sister and her brother.

I really enjoyed this book. I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads.
Mostly it was because I was able to relate to this book so much, with the sibling rivalry, and the love that you have for your siblings. There are moments where the book is touching and sad, but I did see the humor that existed throughout the book.

In looking at the artwork. It was the same as Smile. I did enjoy the color pallet that was chosen, and I also liked how the characters were drawn. Even though they were cartoonish, I still felt as though they were realistically drawn, as proportions wise. There were no super model bodies within the pages of this book.

I do recommend this book. I believe that everyone would love and enjoy this book. However, I will add the stipulation that you do need read Smile before you read this book. The way that this book is written and formatted as though you have read the previous book. I do recommend the previous book, Smiles.

That is it. That so far is what I have accomplished for day three.

I will see you tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!

How to Hang a Witch Review

I am really excited to be sharing this book with everyone. I know that it might be a little late to be giving this book as a suggested Halloween read. Frankly, this book is good enough to read at any time of the year (please do not wait for next Halloween). I will admit that there are some spoilers in this review. Sadly the parts that I really love about this book are the spoilers. I will try to keep it spoiler free, but please understand that there will be some spoilers.

how-to-hang-a-witchHow to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather is about Samantha Mather who moves from New Yark to Salem after her father mysteriously goes into a comma, and her dealing with the mystery and witchcraft of Salem.

I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads. Even if there were partial ratings involve, this would be a solid five out of five stars.

One of the things the I truly enjoyed about this book was the mystery aspect. Not just the mystery, but how it tied both the past and the present together. In addition to the history, I also enjoyed how Adriana Mather is actually related to Cotton Mather, the man who started the witch trials in Salem. You do see how she respects the other families as well as the town in her writing, but I did enjoy knowing that little personal connection when reading this book. I felt as though it added a nice touch. The other two points that I enjoyed are actually spoilers. One of the things that I actually love was ending of the novel and the twist that happened. For some strange reason, I did not think that the events would turn out the way they did. I even spoiled myself by reading the last few pages of the novel, and even then I did not expect that plot twist. In addition, I also liked how almost everything was wrapped up and explained. Not everything was explained directly, which was nice because it gave you a chance to think about the book more. The book does stay with you for a bit, the more you think about it, the more everything starts to make sense.

Sadly, I do have a few problems with the book. However, these problems did not deter my enjoyment of the book. The first problem that I had was the slow beginning. I felt that it actually took too many chapters for us to get anywhere in developing the main problem and an idea on how to solve it. In addition to that, I also felt that the character’s choice and view of the world was annoying, however, the further we got along in the novel and we started to see that she was correct, the more the communities’ view became annoying and barbaric. Another problem that I had with the book was that the ending was not a bit longer. Let us be real here. I love the ending. However, I just wished that we got to see more of the aftermath of the incident at the end of the book. What did these teens say to the police? How did they explain the problems that they experience? I would also like to see how the relationship changed between Samantha and the other descendants. In addition, I would also like to know what happened to Elijah. It was hinted that he was able to pass on, but then he left a gift for Samantha. I am kind of curious to see if he did pass.

In the end, I would recommend this book to everyone. In fact, I have been. This book is definitely a good mystery thriller that does give off some creepy vibes once in a while. I am thoroughly happy and satisfied with this book. So far, what I am hearing is that everyone who has read it is also happy and satisfied.

I do hope that you enjoyed this review. If you have read the book, let me know in the comments below what you thought of the book. Did you enjoy it as much as I did? What was your favorite part? Was there any unanswered questions that you wished were answered after you finished reading this book?

Until next time. Happy reading!

Thirteen Review

I am happy that I am finally getting another review done. It is taking me a while to do so, but at least I am getting there. The book that I am reviewing is Thirteen by Tom Hoyle. This was the first book that I got from Bookly Box. I have been meaning to review this book since the beginning of September.

IMG_2560Thirteen is about a 12-year-old boy, Adam, struggle to survive after a cult found him. The cult believes that kill him will fulfill a prophecy of bringing the world to a new order.

I did give this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. Even though I had some problems with the book, there was a lot that I enjoyed.

The parts that I enjoyed was its pacing, how it was well written, and how there was lots of suspense and emotions. I really enjoyed the pacing, it helped with the suspense. There were very few slow movements in the book, and those moments were explained later on in the book. Not only did the pacing helped with the suspense, it also helps create an emotional bonding, or loathing, with some of the character, even those that did not stay that long within the story. In the end, I would just have to say that it was well written for its conciseness and suspense. However, I did have a couple of issues with the book.

All the issues that I have with the book are content issues. I feel as though these issues do contain some spoiler, if you do not want to read them, that is okay. These issues did affect the rating of the book. The biggest issue that I had was the believableness of some of the scenes. One scene, in particular, was when Adam was at the station with his neighbors while being interviewed with the cop. The cop turned to the neighbors and ask for them to leave and not even a second after they closed the door the cop got us and arrested Adam. When he walked through with Adam he claimed that Adam was going to be sent to prison for his confession. The main issue that I had with the scene was the lack of response with everyone, especially the neighbors. The only person who responded with shocked was Adam. I also don’t know if I watch too many cop programs, but I find it interesting that Adam was allowed to be with a cop by himself. No parental supervision, no CPS or lawyers. I cannot see this scene being legal. I am also not sure if it is a UK thing because this book does take place in London. The last two problems are spoilers since they take place at the end of the book. One of those problems was when Adam and his friend Meghan, were at court talking about the experience that they went through. The judge was just passive  and told both kids that they were very brave and smart. No apologies, nothing. Everyone was just happy. Again, I am not sure if it is a US thing, but I feel as though with the media being involved, there should have been a public apology and some compensation to both Meghan and Adam for all the trauma that they have been through. It was the biggest disappointment ever. The other problem that I had with the end was how it set up the second book. We know that the cult did not die down, and they are still planning on killing Adam for vengeance, but what I don’t understand was who was setting it all up. I am pretty sure that a key character, the leader, died, but the way it was written, made it sound like that person was still alive. The last issue that I had was being able to recommend the book.

The main issue that I have with recommending this book is the torture and the many wicked ways to kill people. I feel as though those would be a trigger for those who cannot handle such content. For those who can, I would recommend the book. It is very fast pace, and it is not a book that you will regret reading. Even though I was disappointed with the book, I was satisfied with the story as a whole.

That my friends is my review for Thirteen. I do hope that you enjoyed the book. If you have any questions or thoughts about the book, leave them down below. I will see you next time. Happy reading!