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Another five star review for Episode

This is a very important review to me because it was written by a young reader from my target audience. You can find it on ReaderViewsKids, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads:

I was pleasantly surprised how the author turned an affliction into a super hero power. “Episode,” by Tracey Morait gives the reader a glimpse at what it means to have epilepsy, but instead of writing the story about how hard this can be for someone’s day-to-day life, the author creates this world where it is a gift and not a curse.

Alisha has epilepsy, but she doesn’t let that hold her back. She is outgoing, sassy and my favorite character in the story. While on vacation with her family, because of the heat, her seizures start to come more frequently. She can’t help but feel that her vacation is going to be horrible. Until one night she notices a strange noise coming from the hotel pool. An unusual woman half bird, half human is calling her name. Alisha’s vacation is about to turn into an epic adventure, where the thing that has been holding her back all her life, gives her powers that she could never have dreamed of.

“Episode” is a fast-paced story taking the reader back to the Olympian era, where a conflict that brings about the Trojan War is beginning. When Alisha meets Travis she finds out that her seizures will open time travel portals and that she has been brought here just like him to confront Gods, Goddesses, and mythical creatures.

I think one of my favorite parts in the book was when they found a cave to escape the robots that were trying to kill them, and they noticed an enormous eye that ended up being a dragon. The story line was one turn after the other, all to save Helen from her terrible fate of marrying Menelaus, King of Sparta.

I think the author did a great job of making history a fast-paced adventure. “Episode” by Tracey Morait will surprise you from the very beginning to the ending and keep you on the edge of your seat in between. This a great story for kids in middle school and up.

 

My Review of The Marlows and The Traitor

The Marlows and the Traitor is the second in the series of Marlow books and the first I’ve read about twins Nicola and Lawrie away from their boarding school. It’s the Easter holidays and the twins are staying in St-Anne’s-Byfleet with their mother, sister Ginty and brother Peter. The traitor in question is one of Peter’s teachers at Dartmouth Naval College, Lewis Foley. Foley snubs Peter when they unexpectedly meet. When the children come across a deserted house called Mariners (which turns out to belong to Foley’s family), this sets off a frightening chain of events involving a lighthouse, secret papers, spies and a German U-boat. Set following World War II, the U-boat is a bit of a surprise, but perhaps indicates that for the Germans at least the war isn’t over.

Overall it is an enjoyable read, although I found some of the scenes with the character Robert Anquetil somewhat confusing. He and Nicola appear to be friends, but the author doesn’t say how this has come about, and the fact that Mrs Marlow decides to go and see her husband, leaving the children to their own devices, is also a bit weird.

I read the Girls Gone By edition, beautifully produced, although quite pricey at around £12.00.

 

Read my review on Amazon.co.uk and Goodreads

My Review of The Count of Monte Cristo

I have posted this review on Amazon.co.uk and Goodreads

Review

The Count Of Monte Cristo (Unabridged)

I already knew the story of the Count of Monte Cristo when I saw a film version many years ago. I really enjoyed the plot, so when a free Kindle edition popped up on Amazon I had to download a copy.

The book is set in France during the post-Napoleonic era. It is a very long book (took me months to read it!) so careful reading and concentration is needed to get your head round the events on how Dantes comes to be incarcerated into Chateau D’If, and also to understand the significance of Napolean’s exile. On the face of it, as the story unfolds, certain parts of it may appear to be frustrating, even far-fetched (I couldn’t believe how Dantes came to be thrown in jail in the first place when there was no clear evidence against him, but I suppose back then they didn’t bother about such trivialities), and some of the dialogue is very long and drawn out, bordering on the tedious. I found myself having to re-read paragraphs I didn’t quite understand or which I missed the point of. I’m not sure if that was because much had been lost in translation or if Dumas wanted everything to be explained. There are also a lot of characters in the book to contend with.

That said, for me personally it’s the theme of revenge that gives the book five stars: injustice to despair, from despair to hope, from hope to vengence. Nothing could be more satisfying than that!

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