The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2) By Kenneth B Andersen

The WriteReads Ultimate Blog Tour – The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2) By Kenneth B Andersen

Title: The Die of Death (The Great Devil War #2)

Author: Kenneth B Andersen

Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publication Date: Aug 31st, 2007

Format: Audiobook

Narration: ★★★★★

Writing: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

              The Die of Death is the second book in the Great Devil War Series by Kenneth B. Andersen. The Die of Death brings our Hero Phillip Angle the notorious savior of Satan, back the underworld. This time its Death who needs his help. Mortimer, aka Death, once again snatches Phillip from the world of the living this time to locate his stolen, Die. Phillip races against the sands of time on his search.

              After reviewing the first book in this series, I had some high expectations, and I was not disappointed. Kafer did an excellent job of keeping the same level of energy in his narration; his tone was consistently witty, serious, humorous, and childlike at all the appropriate moments. Kafer’s skill at voice acting is a perfect pairing with the excellent quality of Andersen’s storytelling and makes for an immensely enjoyable experience for readers of any age. Andersen again takes us on an adventure with an unexpected ending continuing to deliver moral lessons for the targeted adolescent/young adult readers along with witty, intelligent writing suitable for readers of all ages. I highly recommend this book; I highly recommend this series.

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab a.k.a V.E. Schwab

City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab a.k.a V.E. Schwab

Title: City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab a.k.a V.E. Schwab
On Sale Date: August 28, 2018
Ages: 8-12
Grades: 3-7
Length: 304 pgs
Genre: Horror & Ghost Stories, Paranormal, Action & Adventure
Publisher: Scholastic Press

              City of ghost is the first book in Victoria Schwab’s new Cassidy Blake grade school book series. The main Character is Cassidy Blake your average 12-year-old girl, except she can see ghost. Cassidy’s backstory is the cliché brush with death leaves me with the ability to see ghost origin story, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring or unoriginal. I mean how many different ways can a person get that type of ability, you’re either born a medium, or you almost die.

 Cassidy doesn’t understand her powers and is flying by the seat of her pants. She has this ghost radar that goes off when there’s a ghost nearby. Cassidy can also cross into the land of the dead. Jacob is ghost and Cassidy’s best friend, he’s a major supporting character; and aside from being dead he’s just like any other 12-year-old boy, he loves comics and ironically scares easily. There’s some mystery surrounding how Jacob died and some things he’s been keeping from Cass about the day he saved her, and about her powers.

              Then, Of Course, we have Mom & Dad who are sort of background characters they’re utterly clueless about Cass’s powers. They write a paranormal book series. Cassidy’s parents eventually get a deal to turn their books into a show where they travel all over the world visiting haunted places. And that’s when the story begins.

              Cass travels to Edinburgh Scotland with her parents who are shooting the first episode of their show. Edinburgh is ripe with paranormal activity. Edinburgh is where Cassidy meets another girl like her Lara. Lara can also see ghost and travel through the veil.  Lara knows much more about her abilities and their purpose and reluctantly indoctrinates Cass and Jacob into her world.

              The Plot of the story revolves around ghost, dangerous ones who gain power by preying on the living or doing dark deeds. The Major Villian is the Raven lady a distraught ghost who lures children to their icy death during the winter stealing parts of their souls for power. Cassidy trips the Raven Lady’s radar and becomes prey; Cassidy, Jacob, and Lara race against time to keep Cassidy in the land of the living.

             There were many things I loved about the book. One is that the Author managed to capture the essence of the main characters they were perfectly balanced, realistic and believable. The second thing I loved was that the author takes the reader on a tour of Edinburgh’s most famous haunts and landmarks, tossing out a bit of history to go with it.

             The last and equally important things I loved about the book is the writing style. I love that the writing isn’t super basic. I don’t have kids yet. But if I did this is the type of book I’d want them to read. Something interesting, but with a vocabulary that is challenging enough to put the brain to work. I didn’t feel like whoa why I am reading this it’s way beyond my reading level. I felt like wow, even though my reading level is way more advanced than this, the level of writing doesn’t make me feel like I had no business reading the book. City of Ghost is an engaging read which becomes more entrancing as the story reaches its climax.

           Your child may be old to enough to read on their own, but this would also make a good read for quality time with your kids, remember, it’s a bit of a spooky tale.

           I give City of Ghost five out of Five stars. I encourage you to put this book on your child’s reading list. If your kids are into spooky stories and ghostly adventures, City of Ghost is the book for them. Look for this title wherever books are sold Aug 28th 2018.

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Kill the Farm Boy (Tales of Pell #1) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

Kill the Farm Boy (Tales of Pell #1) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

Title: Kill the Farm Boy (Tales of Pell #1)

AUTHOR: Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

GENRE: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure

PUBLISHED: On Sale Date: July 17, 2018

    Pell is a land far, far away; where a chosen one will rise and save the day. But who is the chosen one? What are they chosen to do? I received an advanced reader copy of Kill the Farm Boy at The Book Con 2018. The book is first in a new series called The Tales of Pell by veteran writers Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne.

    Kill the Farm Boy is a Parody of classic fairytales and today’s popular fantasy, striving to achieve the highest level of ridiculousness possible. It pokes fun at current topics going on in the world today, such as our current leadership, and the postal service. Kill the Farm Boy will twist your expectations into pretzels. You’ll meet many characters you recognize, but the book achieves originality by taking these characters and situations that are well known and twisting them until you say… huh. The authors have changed well-known characters to completely different ones. Mashing these tales together into something which makes sense and is amusing could only have been achieved by a diabolical genius or two.

    Kill the Farm Boy is not your average book. It refuses to follow the normal rules of fiction. There is no characterization the characters are who they are in all their superficial glory. They lack the depth of normal fiction characters, but that’s the point.

              The first character we meet is the book’s namesake, Worstley; the farm boy himself as opposed to his deceased brother Bestley. Worstley is a character whose entire existence is defined by shoveling the poo of farm animals and having a breakfast consisting of grey pancakes. Next, we have Staph the pixie, and if the name doesn’t tip you off Staph is the most disgusting pixie you ever could meet. She’s as likely to infect you with a disease as she is to anoint you a chosen one. We meet Gustave the talking Goat, Fia the bloodthirsty warrior who just wants to leave in peace. Agrabella the Beast in the tower, Poltro the Huntsman. The Dark Lord Toby, Grinda the Sand Witch. And a mish-mash of other characters, Trolls, Goblins, and Necromancers-oh my! Gandalf and Merlin even make cameos.

              This isn’t a serious tale; in fact, I challenge you to attempt such a task. The tale is meant to be ridiculous, and thus the characters are meant to just be…. To truly appreciate the humor in the tale, you need to be familiar with a few of the fairytale classics, adventure stories, and fantasies, such as The Wizard of Oz; Snow White; Peter Pan; Sleeping Beauty; Rapunzel; Beauty and the Beast; The Hobbit; and The Lord of The Rings Trilogy to name a few.

    The tale begins with Staph informing Worstley that he is Chosen. She then anoints a Chosen one and sends Worstley off on a quest. The trick here is the Chosen one isn’t who you think. And the quest doesn’t turn out at all how you’d expect. Every time you think you have a grip on, what’s going on in the story takes a ridiculous and unpredictable twist.

              The language is at times, clever, witty, haughty, and often theatrical. But it is also at times obtuse. There are words in this book that you may need to be a spelling bee champion to understand. At times, I had to reach for the dictionary, and although it didn’t really diminish the humorous tone of the book, it led to confusion in some cases and things that probably went over my head. Words like hirsute, portent, surfeit, ungulate, dyspeptic, Perambulating…. and many more which I was unable to infer the meaning simply based on the context of the sentence. I mean, truthfully, it takes a little gas out of the joke if you need to look it up.

    Kill the Farm Boy isn’t for everybody. The story was enjoyable. I smiled while reading, it and I did have at least one full-blown laugh-out-loud moment, however, it took a while before I was able to really appreciate the humor. This book is for a certain crowd. I don’t necessarily recommend it for adventure lovers, or lovers of Urban Fantasy, YA, and similar genres. This book is not the type of book you get engrossed in. The ridiculous nature of the tale makes it practically impossible. Everything about the book hovers just below the surface. Not every reader will get it. Not every reader will enjoy it but if you like parodies, this is for you.

Review Edited by L. Mauricio