My Blogoversary is Coming Up!!!

Greetings, all!

My blogoversary is coming up!!! In celebration, I am going to ask for book review requests! If you have a book that you would like a review on, please leave your request in the comment section below, or in my chatroom, and I will write the review as soon as possible. I will read and review just about any book genre except for horror and romance.

Important Note: I reserve the right to refuse any book requests. 😀

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year! ❤


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Over Sea, Under Stone

“Once upon a time…a long time ago…things that happened once, perhaps, but have been talked about for so long that nobody really knows. And underneath all the bits that people have added, the magic swords and lamps, they’re all about one thing-the good hero fighting the giant, or the witch, of the wicked uncle. Good against bad. Good against evil…Sometimes, over the centuries, this ancient battle come to a peak. The evil grows very strong and nearly wins. But always at the same time there is some leader in the world, a great man who sometimes seems to be more than a man, who leads the forces of good to win back the ground and the men they seemed to have lost…King Arthur was one of these.”
-Merriman Lyon-Over Sea, Under Stone Chapter 6

When three children discover the key to finding King Arthur’s Grail-a power to fight the forces of evil-they put their lives in danger as they attempt to find it; for the Dark desires the Grail for itself, and it will attain it…at whatever cost. Written by Susan Cooper, Over Sea, Under Stone is the first book in the Dark is Rising sequence. It was published in 1965 by Susan Cooper, and would fall under the contemporary fantasy genre.
Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew are on holiday in the seaside village of Trewissick in Cornwall when they discover an ancient map in the attic of the house where they are staying. As they and their great-uncle, Merry, begin to follow the clues, they realize that the map is leading them to a source of great power; The Holy Grail…and the Dark is determined to find it before the Drews do.
Susan Cooper crafts an incredible story of good against evil in her books. She uses excellent detail and dialogue; and the story comes together very well, although the beginning is rather slow. The vocabulary is fairly good, and I would rate the book a medium reading level.
I would recommend this book at about 12+; older if you are frightened easily. An admirable fantasy story with upstanding morals and the age-old epic tale of good versus evil. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

“So, therefore, I trust it to this land, over sea and under stone, and I mark here the signs by which the proper man in the proper place, may know where it lies: the signs that wax and wane but do not die…Yet the man who finds the grail…for him is the charge, the promise and the proof, and in his day the Pendragon shall come again. And that day shall see a new Logres, with the evil cast out; when the old world shall appear no more than a dream.”
-The Manuscript-Over Sea, Under Stone Chapter 6

A Prisoner and Yet…

Arrested by Nazi soldiers, abused and imprisoned, then later forced to work in the horrible concentration camps of Vught and Ravensbruck, Corrie ten Boom had every right to feel anger and bitterness against her captors and God. Seeing the suffering of all those around her, the terrible tortures of men, women, and children-as well sharing in them herself-may have hardened her heart and caused her to reject the grace and mercies of her Almighty Creator. However, that was not the case of this brave Dutch woman. Read her memoir, A Prisoner and Yet…, published by the Christian Literature Crusade in 1954, to get a firsthand account of life in Nazi work camps in World War Two; as well as Corrie’s testimony of the goodness of God-even as a prisoner.
This book is incredibly powerful and moving. It is written in first person, and makes you feel as if you are really there-there with Corrie as she helps the Jews hide from the German Nazis, there with her as she stands strong for her faith in the flea and lice infested prison camps, and there with her as she experiences the sorrow of losing both her father and sister to the atrocities of life in prison. The descriptions in this book are excellent, and it is at about a medium reading level.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 15+. The horrors faced by Corrie are quite graphic; and there are some mature themes that are mentioned. It is a fascinating read with profound themes and an overall stirring story. 4 out of 5 stars.

The Screwtape Letters

Under Secretary Screwtape is writing advice to his protégé Wormwood as how to best tempt Wormwood’s “patient”, a human male living in England, into sin and draw him away from God. Written by C.S. Lewis and copyrighted 1942, this book is a masterpiece of satire and would fall under the category of Christian fiction.
C.S. Lewis wrote with a different style in this book than he tended to do with his other works; he uses less detail and no dialogue, as the book is told primarily through Screwtape’s letters to Wormwood. The Screwtape Letters is not an easy read, though it does flow very well; Lewis’ ideas and philosophies are quite profound. I would rate it at a hard read.
I would definitely recommend this book for ages 15+. There are some mature themes in it regarding the temptations that are recommended by Screwtape. An amazingly well written book with excellent literature, deep theological values, and thought-provoking chapters. 4.8 out of 5 stars.


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The Hobbit: There and Back Again

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

Featuring Dwarves, Wizards, Elves, dragons, gold, and little people called Hobbits that live in holes, J.R.R Tolkien’s classic work The Hobbit has stood the test of time and continues to be widely read today. It was first published in 1937 by George Allen and Unwin Ltd., and would fall under the fantasy genre.
Bilbo Baggins is a very well-to-do, respectable Hobbit. He never does anything unexpected or goes on any adventures. All that will change when a wandering Wizard, Gandalf the Grey by name, shows up for tea, bringing with him thirteen rowdy Dwarves. These Dwarves are the Company of Thorin Oakenshield, and they are determined to reclaim their homeland from the evil dragon Smaug, “Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities”. Gandalf recruited the unwilling Bilbo to be a professional Burglar, and he will-albeit reluctantly-accompany Thorin and his Dwarves on their dangerous quest through Wilderland. Will the Company of Thorin Oakenshield be able to defeat Smaug to reclaim their homeland and gold from the greedy dragon? Will Bilbo ever see his beloved hole again?
Tolkien writes with amazing imagery and excellent dialogue, and his use of detail is immense. The Hobbit flowed very well and will captivate you whether it is your first read or your tenth. This book is an easy to medium read. I would highly recommend it for ages 8+; it was originally written for children, but people of all ages have enjoyed read this prequel to his other great work, Lord of the Rings. A charming story, wonderful characters, and admirable morals. 5 out of 5 stars.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.


Artemis Fowl

Brimming with action, intrigue, crime, technology and fairies; Artemis Fowl is a gripping read for teen booklovers. Written by Eoin Colfer and published by Disney • Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group; this book would fall under the fantasy genre.
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old child prodigy. His family-the Fowl family-are legendary criminals, and have made a fortune dealing on the wrong side of the law for generations. Artemis is no exception, and neither was his father, Artemis Senior; who mysteriously disappeared some time before, after his ship exploded while it was at sea. Artemis is convinced his father is still alive and is determined to find him. However, what he intends to do requires money…something the Fowls are running low on. Artemis knows just how to attain the funds he needs: kidnapping a fairy to acquire fairy gold. The fairy he kidnaps just happens to be an Elf named…Holly Short.
Captain Holly Short is a female officer in LEPrecon. Known as “leprechauns” in human lore, they are an elite division of the Lower Elements Police force. They protect all the fairies that live beneath Earth’s surface in huge cities that (they think) humans know nothing about, and they are determined to keep it that way. If the humans found out that there were armed and deadly fairies living below them, there would surely be consequences. So far, they have succeeded in remaining hidden; or so they think…until one of their own is captured by a juvenile human.
How did he know where to find them? Will Holly be able to escape the boy genius’s grip and foil his evil plot? The fairies are bound by ancient laws and have specific boundaries regarding humans…but what if they stop playing by the rules? Will Artemis attain what he needs to locate his father?
Eoin Colfer writes with excellent imagery and a good dose of comedy. His use of dialogue is fairly good; and the story flows very well with no dull spots. I would recommend this book for ages 13+; as there is an occasional inappropriate word and some mild rude humor.
Artemis Fowl is a riveting story with genuine characters and is a thoroughly enjoyable read. 3.5 out of 5 stars.


How far would you go to get revenge on the man who murdered your father? Would you go as far as plotting to kill him yourself? David Charleston will stop at nothing to provide justice in this post-apocalyptic book, Steelheart, written by Brandon Sanderson. Published by Ember, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, this book is the first in a series called The Reckoners.
David was only eight years old when he watched an Epic called Steelheart callously murder his father. Epics have superhuman abilities; some are immortal, and others have regenerative powers. They are virtually impossible to stop and they want to take over the world. Everyone fears them.
David’s life goal is to one day kill Steelheart. He’s a particularly tyrannical Epic with the power to turn inanimate objects to steel. He is incredibly strong, and almost impenetrable to any weapon. Moments before he died, however; David’s father was able to injure him…and David is determined to find out how.
Ten years later, David is still as determined as ever to kill Steelheart. Now he has a plan, and it involves a group known as the Reckoners. This elite group of rebels are an extremist gang that kills Epics. David has collected information on almost every Epic in the world. He is convinced that because of his knowledge they’ll let him join them. They can help each other; the Reckoners with their tactics and David with his information, so he sets out to find them. But when he does, they’re not exactly what he imagined they’d be…
Sanderson writes amazing stories with detailed scenes and humorous quotes. His use of dialogue is pretty good; this book is told from first person perspective and it is very interesting to read David’s insight on everything happening. The story flowed very well, and is fairly easy to read.
I would recommend this book for 15+. It had some mature themes in it, and a few uses of mild profanity. It has an extremely well written storyline, and has good imagery. 3.5 out of 5 stars.


I listened long to your story,
Listened but could not hear.
When you chose to walk that path so overgrown,
I remained alone with my fear.

Cold silence covers the distance,
Stretches from shore to shore.
I follow in my mind your far-off journeying,
But I will walk that path no more.

Beyond the final water falling,
The Songs of Spheres recalling,
We who were never bound are swiftly torn apart.
Won’t you return to me?

Heartless, written by Anne Elizabeth Stengl, is a beautiful story of magic, love, and forgiveness. It was published in 2017 by Bethany House Publishers and is the first book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series. This fantasy book is sure to warm your heart as you follow the adventures of Una, princess of Parumvir.
Una has come of age, and now suitors will be allowed to pursue her hand. She is filled with romantic ideas and notions; handsome, dashing princes; love songs in the moonlight-those kinds of things. Unfortunately, that is not what is the case when her first prince comes. Prince Aethelbald of Farthestshore is as ordinary a man as could be (from her point of view, anyway). And Farthestshore is a mysterious fairy kingdom that is remembered only in ancient legends and the memories of the elders of Parumvir. Una wants absolutely nothing to do with him. However, Prince Aethelbald professes his love for her, refuses to leave Parumvir, and brings whispered tidings of danger. A Dragon is rumored to be roaming the countryside, ravaging kingdoms and destroying homes. Also, Prince Aethelbald knows something more. The Dragon’s mind is set on Princess Una. And he’s coming to Parumvir.
Una’s father, King Fidel, refuses to heed Aethelbald’s warning, and Princess Una spurns his love for the love of a more charming prince. When the dragon comes, there will be nothing to stop him. Una is alone. Will her charming prince remember her and come to her aid, or is he a false lover? Will she ever discover who her true Prince is? Or does she already know?
Stengl writes with a good amount of detail and description. The story flowed well; there were no particularly slow spots although it did move more quickly near the end. This book is a fairly easy read, and I would highly recommend it for girls (and maybe even boys?) ages 12+. A wonderful, heart-warming read, with excellent morals and virtuous themes. 4 out of 5 stars.

I listened long to your story,
Listened but could not hear.
When you chose to walk that path so overgrown,
I remained alone with my fear.

Cold silence covers the distance,
Stretches from shore to shore.
I follow in my mind your far-off journeying,
But I will walk that path no more.

Beyond the final water falling,
The Songs of Spheres recalling,
We who were never bound are swiftly torn apart.
Won’t you return to me?

Poem taken from Heartless, written by Anne Elizabeth Stengl, published in 2010 by Bethany House Publishers

The Hound of the Baskervilles

“…He said there were no traces upon the ground round the body. He did not observe any. But I did- some little distance off, but fresh and clear.”



“A man’s or a woman’s?”

Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered.

“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” *

Among all of the numerous fictional characters that have made their entrance into the world of stories, legends, and mysteries; few have been as popular or as well-remembered as Sherlock Holmes and his faithful counterpart Dr. John Watson. The eccentric, amateur detective and the loyal, retired army surgeon solve crimes of the most bizarre types in four novels and fifty-six short stories. The Hound of the Baskervilles-written by Arthur Conon Doyle- was first published in 1902 by George Newness, and it falls in the mystery\detective genre.

The story takes place in England in the late 19th century.  Holmes and Watson are enjoying a leisurely morning in Baker Street when a young doctor comes to ask their opinion on a death that had recently happened at Devonshire, in Baskerville Hall. While most are convinced that the victim-Sir Charles Baskerville-died as the result of a heart attack, his doctor, Dr. James Mortimer, thinks otherwise. He tells Holmes and Watson of a strange tale that was handed down from generation to generation of the Baskervilles, a tale of a huge man-eating hound that was said to wander the moor at night. In recent years, this story was dismissed by most, but Sir Charles took it very seriously and refused to walk on the moor after sundown. In fact, he was becoming so nervous about the whole affair that Dr. Mortimer became very worried and was going to suggest a short holiday in town. The next night, Sir Charles was found lying dead on the outskirts of his estate. When the scene was examined, Dr. Mortimer found a footmark that alarmed him; the mark of the foot of a giant hound.

 Holmes agrees to take up the case, sending Dr. Watson as his agent to Baskerville Hall with the young heir to the estate; Sir Henry Baskerville. While there, a series of events causes much unrest and anxiety to both Sir Henry and Dr. Watson. What do missing boots, strange messages, lights on the moor, secretive servants, and a long, haunting cry have to do with the mystery of the Hound of the Baskerville? Is it just a dirty trick, playing on superstition to scare the inhabitants of Baskerville, or is there some deeper, more sinister intent? Is there really a hound on the moor? And if there is; is it just an ordinary hound, or, as some suggest, is it some agent of the devil? What is the truth behind all of these seemingly unrelated incidents?

Arthur Conon Doyle uses excellent dialogue in his Sherlock Holmes novels. His use of detail is immense-as he wrote mysteries-but it never becomes dull or monotonous. His stories flow very well and there were no dull spots. This book was not a particularly easy read; I would say about medium-hard.

I would highly recommend this book for 12+. There are some mature themes and very mild language, and it can be quite chilling at times. It has excellent literature qualities, a thrilling story, and well-loved characters. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

*Excerpt taken from The Hound of the Baskervilles, written by Arthur Conon Doyle, published in 1902 by George Newness.


P.S. I am a self-acclaimed fan of Sherlock Holmes. Just F.Y.I. 😉