Reaper: A Horror Novella by Jonathan Pongratz Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of. That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by a monster. Now everyone is town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?

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Among The Boat People: A Memoir of Vietnam by Nhi Manh Chung Book Review

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Among The Boat People: A Memoir of Vietnam by Nhi Manh Chung four out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I knew almost instantaneously after receiving the kind email from the author to review her memoir that I wanted to read it. No matter how much I love fictional books, non-fiction memoirs will always hold a special place in my heart. I find these books so moving and eye-opening, they really help to educate and expand my knowledge especially about world events and cultures.

A journey like no other that I’ve read about before, I was absolutely compelled by this book. I didn’t want to rush through it as there was a lot of information to take in. From her own memories, to memories of special loved ones who have had such a huge impact in Nhi Manh Chung’s life. Incredibly extraordinary.

This book made me both happy and sad, due to some of the events that happened. I teared up when learning about what happened to Chung’s family. I can only imagine how difficult those times must’ve been for her and her family.

I really love when an author puts a visually personal touch in their book, by including photographs, which is exactly what Chung did. You get to see photos of her family, colleagues and friends which I couldn’t help but find myself smiling at. I find photos are always such a wonderful way to help visualise someone’s mind whether that be to picture what a person or a place looks like.

Nhi Manh Chung, you are a brave, incredible survivalist whom I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity to read your memoir, so I thank you very much and wish you all the best.

Have you read Among The Boat People: A Memoir of Vietnam by Nhi Manh Chung? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

The Jracon’s Burden by Tom Simmons Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): For generations, the Odonata have lived under the ever-present threat of attack from the Hawker Clan. The Hawkers were once a noble race of paladin-protectors, masters of Chama Fogo (fire magic), and sworn to defend their Odonata brethren. Then the Day of Corruption came and the Hawkers’ Basilica home was engulfed with Malala, a pollution that twisted and tainted the Hawkers within, turning them into cruel and vicious beings, revelling in torture and cruelty. When the Hawkers get dangerously close to uncovering what came of their Enchiridion, a powerful spell book seized by the Odonata’s Emerald Rangers long ago, Dax, a young scribe, is sent on a quest with the beautiful and deadly Emerald Ranger Yslana to find Ithios the Viajante, the Jracon’s devoted to hosing the truth about the Enchiridion at all costs. Can Dax and Yslana find the Viajante before the Tainted Hawkers do, or will Odonata society fall to the cruel and vengeful hand of the Hawker Clan?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given The Jracon’s Burden by Tom Simmons three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is so beautiful and intelligent in the way that the author has written it. The flow of the writing fits really nicely with the theme of this book being about dragonflies.

Simmons must have a great deal of knowledge of dragonflies or has done a lot of research for this book as it’s very informative and had me looking up the different kinds of dragonflies on Google to be able to picture them as the characters within the story. An interesting concept as I don’t think I’ve read a book before where the main characters are animals before (that I can think of as a teen/young adult/adult book).

At first I thought it was going to be difficult to get into as there are a lot of words I hadn’t recognised or seen before, so it was definitely a learning process to begin with. After halfway through the book managers to pick up the pace and start the follow the story a lot better. I had found it difficult to connect with the main characters however I did enjoy learning about them and following Dax on his adventure.

I thought it was very clever how the book ended although it did en rather abruptly to keep the reader from wanting to find out what’s going to happen next and that’s exactly what it did to me! I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series to find out what awaits Dax!

I would recommend this book to fantasy adventure and fantasy action fans.

Have you read The Jracon’s Burden by Tom Simmons? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

Whammy by Ted Akin Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): The trouble with small towns is that nothing of note ever happens. That has pretty much been the status quo for quite some time in Lily Grove, Texas, where the only two things keeping the town moving are farming and the oil field. But when an accidental death shakes up the oil patch, Klive Anderson tries to balance keeping some form of normalcy in his day-to-day life, while also trying to uncover exactly what the hell happened. You know, just in case the same thing could happen to him. Meanwhile, Stacey Karlisle has her own issues to worry about. Being the neighbourhood entrepreneur keeps the day moving, but after a while, going through the motions starts to wear one down. Whammy follows the two as they both try to navigate the rare ripple in their little pond in their own very different ways. Part mystery, part comic book adventure, take a drive out to the country and find out how to handle yourself when exciting things happen in your normally sleepy little hometown.
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