Book Review: Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant

Note: I got a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which reads as follows:

Details:

Title: Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant

Author: Carrie Mortleman

Publisher: Createspace

Release Date: April 15th, 2016

Genre: Children’s Book, Illustrated

Pages: 118

Synopsis:

“I’m Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant and I’m ever so tall, I’m Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant and I never fall. I have fur that is fairy floss pink, and it’s wonderfully fluffy and light. For although I am an elephant, I’m an elephant in flight!” Hellie the elephant has a very special skill – she can fly! But when she meets Queek the mouse, she learns that the power of friendship is the strongest superpower of all. Children will love flying with Hellie on this magical journey that blasts through fear and zooms into fun and friendship.

My First Thoughts:

I love getting requests for illustrated children’s books! They’re always so interesting and I love seeing how the illustrations help tell the story. So I was very excited to get this book in the mail and I read it just in time too, because I needed a serious pick-me-up!

Rating:

4/5

Hellie the Hovercraft Elephant is definitely a cute little read. The story is a little hard to follow in the beginning, but after a page or two it really picks up and gets easier to follow. The rhyme scheme was simple, but really nice because it didn’t seem like the author had to stretch much to get the words to rhyme. Some of the words that Ms. Mortleman uses I think would be a bit tough for younger kids, but I guess it’s a way to expand their vocabulary. I loved the illustrations of this book and I think they’re my favorite part. Each page is different, each character or scene has a different texture and I found it fascinating to look at. Overall, I think it’s a cute little book that I really think kids and their parents will enjoy reading together.

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The Midnight Glass Book Trailer

Along with the review request I was asked to upload a book trailer for The Midnight Glass.  Since I enjoyed reading the book I thought that I would help the author and small publishing house with advertising!

Book Trailer:

If you’ve been intrigued by my review  and the book trailer, please check out this book by D.T. Vaughn! I find that it’s very important to support self published authors or authors of small publishing houses because they don’t have the same resources as HarperCollins, Harlequin, etc. If you wish to support the author you can find his book on Amazon, where you can buy a paperback or an eBook.

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day!

Temporary Hiatus

Heyo!

Some of you are looking at the title and wondering what is going on! Well, first I would like to apologizes for my inactivity this week. I’ve had to write a lengthy scientific paper on GPR lines and local geology history for one of my classes on top of revising two other scientific papers, one of which I am taking a break from to write this. Fortunately, my fall semester is coming to an end next week. Unfortunately, I have a few more assignments to finish up and four different science exams to study for this weekend and the beginning of next week. And yes, my motivation to do any of these things is running super low, but oh well!

With all that being said, second, I would like to announce that I won’t be able to post anything until after my exams are over next week. I’m terribly sorry, but my grades come first, even before books…However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t be reading in between killer study (cram) sessions! So hopefully I will be able to get the two reviews that I owe for the books that I read at the end of November after my last exam, write the November wrap-up, and start reviewing the books I have planned to read this month.

Third, speaking of the books I plan to read, this month will be full of Star Wars and fairy tale retellings! There may also be a non-book related post about the newest Star Wars movie after I see it…What can I say? I grew up with the original trilogy! Also, I will be coming up with a review outline for manga, comics, and other graphic novels so that I can do some expanding.

Well, that’s about it! If any of you are also in the last leg of your semester, I wish you the best of luck.

Ta-taaaa for now!

P.S. I may have used this as an excuse to put off working on my last paper for a little but longer…

Why I Couldn’t Finish Abandon

AbandonDetails:

Title: Abandon

Author: Meg Cabot

Publisher: Point

Release Date: April 26th 2011

Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Mythology

Pages: 320

Synopsis:

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

First Thought(s):

I love mythology, especially Greek mythology, so when I saw this book was about Persephone and Hades I got excited.

Here’s the Deal:

So I couldn’t finish the book. Now, I won’t be one of those people that reviews what they read and applies the review to the rest of the book. I believe that it is unfair to post a review for a book you did not finish, because it is always possible that the book got better some point after you stopped reading. However, I will explain why I couldn’t finish the book.

I stopped reading the book a few pages after a hundred and it was surprising how little the story actually progressed in those hundred-something pages. The story starts off at the main character’s “Welcome Home” party, and then there were several pages of backstory. I’m not saying that backstory wasn’t necessary; in fact, there were several times in which I questioned if this was actually the first book in the series. What do I mean? The main character, Pierce, was the narrator that would constantly mention events as if the readers knew what she was talking about, then sometime after she would go into backstory about the event we had no idea she was talking about. I’m sorry, but I prefer my books to have a chronological order about them. The story would have read better if it had started out with how she got to the Underworld and back out, not talk about it 50 pages after the story began. Instead, the beginning was kind like “yea, so what?”

My biggest problem with this book was how it was structured. I also couldn’t connect with Peirce or John; they were kind of flat for main characters. Now, they could have gotten rounder sometime later. However, these characters didn’t compel me to read further, especially when I was no longer interested in the story.

This book will be placed at the bottom of my ‘to-be-read’ pile to be re-read later. Maybe by then I can get through it without wanting to chuck it out a train window. Also, the experience I had with this book will not affect my opinion of the other books by Meg Cabot.

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Coming Soon!

Mission and Setup

I never thought that I would take this plunge, but I finally have. Today, I am jumping into the sea and I hope that my voice will not drown amongst all the others.

My mission, as a blogger, is to read and review any fiction book that I can get my hands on. The reviews will be honest, but completely of my own opinion and should not be taken as fact. The books that I will review will come from any year; they will range anywhere between old to hot off the press. From what I see, most book bloggers focus on what’s new and that’s a shame. Why? Because there are gems from every year.  Just because I started blogging after they came out does not mean that they should be ignored. I also want to introduce people to books that they might have missed or were too young to read when they were first published; to introduce all kinds of books, old and new, well-known and soft spoken, from big name publishers and self-publishers, etc.

How will I handle this blog, you ask? I’ll post a few times a week to start out. Each Friday I’ll have some sort of news oriented post, like new releases, confirmed books/sequels, updated reading lists, etc. From there, I’ll post either on Sunday or Thursday. Thursdays will be either a book that I have read before (and reread before posting) or a book that wasn’t released in the current year. Sundays will be books that were released in the current year. Eventually, when I am more comfortable, I’ll expand my reviews to manga and other graphic novels.