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Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Science Fiction

Format: E-book

Pages: 312

Published January 15, 2019

Date Finished: 5/12/2021

Rating: 3.8

" In the old days, foxes had played tricks like changing into beautiful humans to lure lonely travelers close so they could suck out their lives."

This book is about a 13 year old girl named Min, who is on a mission to rescue her brother, Jun. Jun is accused of leaving his station and going after the Dragon Pearl. The Dragon Pearl is an ancient artifact that is known as a powerful weapon that can destroy the planet. This book was ok. I didn't really like Min as a character and I felt like she was disrespectful, but I grew to like her. The story is pretty good and the journey Min takes is epic. I didn't like Captain Hwan's character. His motives were unclear and It seemed like he was a good guy and then he was suddenly a bad guy. I just didn't get it. I did like learning about the supernatual creatures and the myths surrounding them. There is some diversity in the book. The character Heimdal uses they/them as pronouns. Overall: this book was pretty good but I wanted more.

When the Irish Invaded Canada: The Incredible True story of the Civil War Veterans who fought for Irelands Freedom By Christopher Klein

Genre: Nonfiction: Civil War/ History

Format: Audiobook

Pages:365

Published January 1,2019

Date Finished: 5/20/2021

Rating: 3.6 Stars

"The governing passion of my life apart from my duty to God is to be at the head of an Irish Army battling against England for Ireland's rights. For this I live, and for this if necessary I am willing to die."

This book is about the Fenian Raids which begins in 1866. This is also about the Irish americans that fought in the Civil War. This nonfiction is interesting! I loved learning about Canadian history. This book was well researched. I liked the narrator to the audiobook. The book was easy to read and understand. I felt like Klein was biased and was saying negative things about the americans. It left an uneasy feeling in me.  I was also bored with some of the parts in the book. Overall: This book is recommended for History Nerds and for students that are interested in this topic.

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Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

Genre: Fantasy/ Coming of age

Format: Arc

Pages: 283

Published March 30, 2021

Date Finished: 6/15/2021

Rating: 4.66 

"Yes, the world is my oyster. I get it except the oyster spits out toxic Phigm instead of Pearls."

This is a story about a boy named Barclay and one day he unwilling bonds with a beast. I liked this book. It is full of adventure and is a coming of age. Barclay learns about himself through the beast he hates. He eventually accepts himself and the beast. I loved the twist! I also loved learning about the different kinds of beasts. Their is even a beast mushroom! This is the first book in a series and I am excited to see where the story goes. This book has action and magic and is so funny! I recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy and adventure. Be ready to unlock your beast!

 

The Summer Deal (wildstone series, 5) by Jill Shalvis

Genre: Contemporary

Format: Paperback

Pages: 349

Published June 2,2020

Date finished: 7/31/2021

Rating:4.33

"For him, family and a sense of belonging came from where he made them, which was why he'd gathered Max and Kinsey here, with him. But if he was being honest with himself, there was still a part of him that secretly yearned ... to be the one picked."

This book is about two sisters. Brynn, who moved back home from a bad break- up with her boyfriend and Kinsey, who has kidney disease. At the start of the story, the girls have a rough relationship with each other. They have know each other since they were 9 and they attended the same summer camp. This book is a contemporary and it does have romance in it. I really liked the banter between Brynn and Kinsey. I loved the comedy at the begining of the the book. Brynn sees Max and Eli undress their surfing clothes. It is so funny! It was a little slow in the middle of the book. I felt like the characters were having the same problems over and over again. My favorite character is Deck. He was so supportive and funny and overall a great guy. Now I know why people gush over male characters in a romance. This book would be great for collage aged kids and people in there 20 or 30. 

 

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I am still Alive by Kate Marshall

Genre: Survival story

Format: Audiobook

Pages: 331

Published July 24,2018

Date Finished:08/11/2021

Rating:4.66

"The wolf-dog lunges for me again. He's past the rifle barrel. His teeth rend the air in front of my face, and I fling myself backwards away from him.He's on me again in an instant, Bo just behind him, all of us a tangle of bodies on the ice."

This is about a young girl named Jess. She is trying to survive in the woods. Jess and Bo, her father's dog are alone in the forest. This is her survival story. Jess has dealt with a lot. Her mother got in a car crash and Jess got her leg injured. Unfortunaly Jess's mother dies from the accident. Jess is forced to move to her father's place. He lives in the wilderness. I loved this book! I loved the way the story was told. It was told in a Before and After format. Before the accident and After the accident. This book made me feel things. I cryed, was scared, and sad for Jess. I loved the fact that Jess was reading this thriller novel and using it's pages to keep her warm at night. There is a dog in this book. Bo is a true hero. I loved the narrator of this book. I liked the thrilling parts of this book. There is a mystery at it's core. The atmosphere of this book was on point. While I was reading, I felt like I was lost in the woods too. This is a great coming of age and is a powerful story. I recommend it to thriller lovers, Survivalists, and someone who wants a great ride.