Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

Ewan Pendle and the White WraithEwan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This was a decent read, but I would have liked it more if it hadn’t been pitched as something especially for Harry Potter fans. Now I couldn’t do anything but compare it to Harry Potter and sadly it falls short.

The story is very Harry Potter-ish. A boy without parents goes to a special school where he makes some friends and there is a mystery to be solved. The school even have “common rooms” and “houses” (but with different names). It is not just the world that has things in common with Harry Potter, the story is pushed forward in some similar ways as well. For example, in Philosopher’s Stone the trio finds out about the stone from The Daily Prophet, in this book the main characters find out about the white wraith from The London Lectern (also a newspaper). Since Ewan Pendle is set in today’s world (at least I think it is) why didn’t they use the internet? That is just one example, there are more.

However, the characters were really good, I especially liked Enid, a pirate girl. She was badass from the beginning and she didn’t lose the badassness even after becoming more friendly with Ewan and Mathilde. I was so glad to see that! It is always scary when an awesome, and somewhat ruff around the edges, character becomes friends with people. There is quite a risk of them becoming too soft (due to “character development”).

Ewan himself was interesting to follow. He’s a bit naive at times (which is understandable, he’s 11) but he has such a big heart and reaches out to other outsiders. He is such a good role model and gives everyone a chance (even if they walk around barefoot all the time or have a tattoo on their face).

In conclusion, the story could have been more original and given some more work, but the characters are this story’s strong point. I might pick up another book about these characters when/if released, and I do hope another story will be published.

“Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal …

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.”

– Goodreads

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Fata Morgana

Fata MorganaFata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett & Ken Mitchroney

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Publication date: June 13th 2017

I got an ARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very up and down read. It started off shakily to then develop into something very promising. Then it fell again but managed to finish off in a decent way.

The story follows a crew on a bomber plane during World War II. They are sent on a mission over Nazi Germany but something goes wrong and they find themselves stranded in another world. A world struggling with its own problems.

I liked the concept of the story and was intrigued to read something set during WWII. The more relaxed chapters were really good, but as soon as there were action I just lost focus. Something about the writing style couldn’t grip me while a lot was going on. This meant that the beginning with the bombing and the end with the climax just didn’t deliver.

I liked the characters and the relationships between them. It was quite a big cast and the introductions brief, but it still did well and you came to like all of them.

In conclusion, it was a decent read but I won’t pick it up again.

At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.

Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder—and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate—as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations. Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive.

Fata Morgana—the epic novel of love and duty at war across the reach of time.


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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After The Powder Mage Trilogy I have gotten used to audiobooks, and I looked through my tbr shelf to find a new one. This sounded interesting and I picked it up.

It was ok. Nothing more. I think the story would have stood better if I had read it as a hard copy instead of listened to it. Now I just had troubles keeping up and focus on the story. It jumped sometimes and I felt myself zoom out.

One of the really good things about this book is that it wraps up nicely at the end, so you can stop after the first one and feel satisfied. I also liked the diversity and how it dealt with racism and culture clashes.

Simply put, I’d recommend to read this instead of listening to it. I think it works better that way and you’d enjoy it more.

“Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably together.”

– Goodreads

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At Water’s Edge

At Water's EdgeAt Water’s Edge by S. McPherson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the title and synopsis I expected something with sirens or mermaids. A beautiful world where water played a major role and a romance beyond worlds.

Instead I found a bad case of insta love, tropes and a not so well written heroine. That together with a writing style that didn’t explain enough dropped this book quite a few notches. It is put as YA, but it is written in a way that makes me think of younger teens. Here I want to put up a warning: Domestic violence right in the first chapter. So in other words, maybe not for younger teens.

I found the characters lacking, well, character and much of the information was given so hastily and the heroine accepted and learned everything a bit too fast. She had to learn a whole new terminology! Believe me, it is not that simple, I didn’t learn it.

Lexovia, the supposedly most protected person in all of “portal-world” (I cannot remember the name, terminology… Coldivor? Or was that the normal world?) was surprisingly unprotected an un-looked after. And that just a month before the most important occasion in her and the “portal-world’s” life! I mean, whut?

The final battle, what happened with everyone? All main characters became pathetic. The battle didn’t raise my pulse or make me afraid to lose anyone. Not the epicness you want in the battle to save a wold.

In conclusion, I wasn’t a fan of this. But it was okay, I think I might have liked it if I was 5-10 years younger (for reference, now I’m 22).

I suppose my life began the night it almost ended. The night I fled down Cuckilbury Mountain and his outstretched hand pulled me through a portal and into his world of magic and empires. But my journey to his side will end in one of two ways; with my return or with my demise. There are rumours of a gem; a way for us to exist in the same realm but no one knows if these rumours are true or just things of legend. Now that I’ve found him though, it seems unbearable to exist in a world where he does not.

They say love can cross oceans but can it cross worlds?

– Goodreads


The Blue Moon Narthex

The Blue Moon NarthexThe Blue Moon Narthex by N.J. Donner

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Release date: February 7th 2017

I got this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was ok. It had an interesting story and funny characters, but it was not very original and the pacing was sometimes off. I was halfway through the book when I realised how the main characters were very similar to a famous trio – Harry, Ron and Hermione. There were the funny one, the clever girl and the protagonist. I would’ve liked to have a bit different characters.

About the pacing, there were times when I had to go back and reread a part since something changed so fast and somehow made so little sense my mind didn’t follow. Especially the making sense part is this novels weakest point. Sometimes I just couldn’t believe the decisions the grown ups made considering the 13 year old protagonist.

The world on the other hand I love. Early 20th century just gives a beautiful surrounding and the Coroseum really suited that time period. I’d love to see other stories set in this world.

In conclusion did enjoy it, and I think it is suitable for children, but there were just too many not so good things. That’s why it gets 2 stars.

“The balance of good and evil has been left in the hands of a thirteen year old…

Since the beginning of time, Karmanic matter worked silently and unassisted keeping good and evil in balance, until growing greed in the world meant Karma couldn’t keep up. As World War I rages, the secret Karmanic Sovereign Legion works behind the scenes to help Karma.

A suspicious train accident and an odd stone-shaped object that belonged to his father thrust Cole McCarthy and two schoolmates into the middle of this battle to keep dark forces in check.

With only the powerful stone, a letter, and grandfatherly Norm to guide them, the trio must unravel clues and tap into unknown strengths to discover who Cole’s father really was and keep themselves and those they love safe.”

– Goodreads

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