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Fairy Boy of Calton Hill Books 2 and 3 Review

Fairy Boy’s Adventure Continues with…

The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill Book 2
The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill Book 3

Series: Fairy Boy Chronicles
Author: Sean Paul Thomas
Genre: YA, Fantasy/ Fairies, Adventure

Book 1 review here…

I am back with Book 2 and 3 of Fairy Boy Chronicles, mainly because I have grown lazy with too many chores. Plus the story links together anyway. Life is busy at the moment, babies are hard work, and worse when they start crawling and calling out for every minor detail.

Fairy Boy 2 Review

The story picks up where it left of in Book 1, which is lucky because I read all three in the span of ten days. since this is a younger reader genre. Nothing too twisted and unpredictable, and mostly focus on importance of friendship and helping one another.

Which is why I am recommending this book, not only because it is easy to understand, but its focus. Some kid/ YA genres can be dark, while that is not a problem for an adult, you have to consider which age group you want to give to. Liam is a great hero because he’s the kind of friend that children should be taught to be.

What seemed like a good deal for Liam and friend Lucy turned sour, as they fall prey into a trap the fairy king and Zorn planned. It is a dastardly plan, no one saw it coming. After that, the story focuses more on running away from the mad King and his crazy wizard.

Through it all, Liam never lost sight of hope.

Fairy 3 Review

When things were looking up, Zorn appears, with a gift. Not the happy type of course, crazy Zorn adds to book three a deadline and a sense of urgency. Before that, a few pirate ships to pillage and burn! As Liam tries to save his friends, and get back to his own world, he has to first cross the seven seas.

Man, I love the Peter Pan reference to it. I do have the distinct feel that Fairy Boy of Calton Hill lends a lot of its ideas from Peter Pan, but this is not a rewrite. Half the fun of the book involves our hero finding ways to reach his goal without causing anyone harm (intentionally)

However, this series is far from over. The author throws a curve ball of a twist, even though it is not a cliffhanger ending, I pine for more. As our hero (heroes) are still stuck in trouble, it will be awhile before they face the enemy/ final boss. There is also an air of mystery surrounding the Fairy King and Zorn, why are they such assholes?

All the reasons to read Fairy Boy Chronicles, Liam has definitely grown and still maturing over the three books. He knows his mission, but is lost on how to achieve it. He a strong and likable hero you will want your children to know.

Verdict

The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill just keeps getting more exciting and unpredictable, even for an adult. Your kid will thank you.

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Champions: At Fire’s End


Champions: At Fire’s End
Author: Charlotte Jain
Series: Champions series 1
Genre: YA, fantasy, action

Champions of ?

At the start of the book, there is a brief explanation on how four babies were born and selected to become representatives for the Gods and Titans. This provide the basis and the whole book revolves around these beings who were tired of being at war. So somehow, four people go involved in this all or nothing, through no fault of their own.

The story starts with Kyle battling it out with his friend April, guided by God Ares. The scene is impressive, Fire and Water sparring for strength. It provides a promise that this story is going to be good, or at least exciting. This also gives the impression, telling me that if you are a Percy Jackson fan, you might like it. These two know their fate, and are training to avoid losing the fight.

It is all fine and dandy. Except these two are also dreamers, hence we have conflict number 2. By now, this is becoming a book for younger audience. Further along confirms my doubt, but I continue as this is a fellow Australian’s work I am reading.

Characters

There are two point of views in Champions: At Fire’s End: April who owns telepathy and fire powers, and Kyle who has water powers and something else that I cannot remember. Their mission is to find their enemy first, flipping between the two makes it easier to see each other’s point of view.

Then there are the Gods and Titans, and the other two Champions. I would like to say that there is some inconsistencies, and I am not feeling the people in the book. Not even the heroes, whom I find a little bit too whiny for my liking.

As this is the first of the series, I shall reserve judgement and hope that they grow into their skin a little.

Verdict

I tried to like it but failed, to be fair I find Percy Jackson a little juvenile as well. But if you have a kid who loves him, and other action type, friendship based stories, then by all means. Champion is not really an adult’s book, it is simplistic and frankly does not have much big twists. However, it is perfect for a younger reader, who will enjoy the fights and betrayal.

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The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill Review

Fairy Boy of Calton Hill
Author: Sean- Paul Thomas
Series: The Fairy Boy Chronicles Book 1
Genre: Fairy, Fantasy, adventure, YA

The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill has fairies!

I have read Sean- Paul Thomas before, he is the author of Old Man and The Princess. When I was asked to review this new book, I did not hesitate. Sean- Paul does have a skill of twisting stories and moving out of the box when he tells a story. The Fairy Boy is first of its series, with a semi- cliffhanging end.

First I got to meet Liam, the hero of the story. He has his troubles, he just lost his father, and his mother has trouble coping with the loss. The story sets in Scotland’s Edinburgh, near Calton Hill. The story has two point of views, the other belongs to G the fairy. This allows the reader to understand both worlds, and when the characters converge, there is a clearer picture.

G the fairy is an annoying creature (well, she’s annoying me). But I consider her the heroine of the story at this point, because she is incredibly brave and- or stupid. Of course it was her who broke the rule, or else this story will be boring.

The characters are convincing, though I hope as the series goes there will be some growth. Liam is a guy who does not rush head long into trouble, but he is far from being a coward, while G is an impulsive fairy with a big heart. Together, things will be fun and dangerous

Verdict

The Fairy Boy from Calton is a great start to a series, where Liam finds out about fairies and magic! Click To Tweet

This book is easy to read, being a young adult genre. I think tweens might like this book, because kids can relate to big bullies and wishing to be a hero. The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill is a book that inspires people to be brave and open- minded, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the second book.

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Graceling Realm Series Review

Graceling Realm Series (3 volume set) 
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: Fantasy, Young readers

Instead of a book by book review, I am doing a whole series review as I have finished reading the series.

Whole Series Review

A quick glance at Amazon’s reviews and you will notice that it has varied ratings. My rating for this book is low, and here is 5 reasons why:

  • Weird Heroines

Truth is, I have issues with Katsa, or with the author’s portrayal of Katsa. She is this heroine, said on the book’s synopsis to be Graced with Killing. Which is to say that she can kill things/ people really well, since she is Graced, she is the property of the King. Katsa has issues with hurting or taking a life, so she tries hard to avoid it, it would have been admirable, if the author hadn’t did the twist and ruin everything.

I would like to tell the author, or to remind her who the target audience is: young readers, Grade 8 and up. As a writer, everyone has the responsibility to educate young minds. So it is not acceptable, to justify killing people, and not feel much remorse. Telling people that as long as you have a reason, you can kill is plain wrong.

Not only Katsa, but Lady Fire in Fire, and Queen Bitterblue of Monsea in Bitterblue as well. All three heroines seem to take on a much older reader’s persona, but the content and writing aiming at young readers. Even then, the girl’s past and tragedy is only understood or shared by those who are traumatized by ones closest to them. Hence I am not sure that this is series should be in the genre.

 

    • Messy Plot

Half the time I wonder where the story is going to go, because it seems that random people are popping up at times of need. People wandering around with blank, foggy minds is a norm in the series. Not to mention really odd pieces of story turning up randomly, as though the author had them in post it notes and placed them in the wrong order.

Messy plot equals confused reader, so I spent pages wondering why I was reading a story that wasn’t going anywhere fun. Though I will admit the author had done a splendid job with the action/ suspense part, but the in between needs more work.

    • Rushed Ending

My pet hate, but in this case it was a terrible case of bad planning. It felt like the author had ran out of places to take the readers to, and promptly dump them in the ending. All three books in the series suffer the same fate, and this ruined the series even more for me.

How does it feel like? It felt like I was pushed off the cliff, wham! The End.

    • Support Characters

All the characters in the book has a role to play, including support characters who shows that everyone needs friends or enemies. It gives the story a dimension, as well as creates a world where readers can dwell in and enjoy the close relationships. In the series, you can clearly see the difference between heroes and support characters. The lack of personality and interest to describe supportive characters, clearly shows in all the book.

While I admit that you cannot actually make everyone believable, but to make all your support people sound the same is going to a new low.

    • The Villain

The villain in all three books is this guy: King Leck. Throughout the book, he is the one that readers continuously read about. He would appear in the end for first two books, but continues to haunt in the third. The author meant to paint him as an abuser, King Leck might be the only character in the book that is well fleshed out. Because I understand him, and his role in the book.

Even though King Leck is like a real person, not much is known about him as a person. Sure, you know that he is the evil mastermind with scary powers. I cannot hate someone I barely know. Main thing is, this villain is evil and does a lot of bad things. However, he does not actually appear to antagonize the heroines as a normal enemy does.

Think Lord Voldemort with less screen time, but his infamy is the source of fear. If the heroines are not battling against him, what are they fighting against? The memory and his ability, which is a lot harder to fight against. A little too deep for a young reader genre I think.

 Verdict

A promising series let down by the fact that it was meant for the wrong audience. If this is an adult or new adult, then the author would have more flexibility. There are dark elements in the story, which is quickly deflated as it does not fit for the young audiences.

Too bad.

 

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A Million Worlds With You

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A Million Worlds with You (Firebird)
Author: Claudia Gray
Series: Firebird #3 end
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: sci-fi, teen, multiverse
ISBN-13: 978-0062279026

Firebird ending

Marguerite faces a grim future, the Universe where she is evil has plans end other Universes. I cannot believe that this is the end, it seemed like yesterday that I have started reading A Thousand Pieces of You. Now I am saying good bye, time sure flies. Special thanks to my library for keeping all three books, I actually ordered this one in via them.

After finding out the ‘dastardly’ plans of Evil Mom and Dad, and realizing how far the Evil Marguerite is willing to go to please her parents, our heroine dashes off to prevent more disasters. It seemed hopeless, because Evil had a head start, and was determined to kill all of her, just out of spite.

Not only Marguerite had to stop her evil-self from wrecking havoc, she had to find a way to stop the madness. I will admit that the story is well crafted from the beginning. But I had hoped for an ending that did not feel rushed, it did by the way. Jumping from one Universe to another, it was fun seeing how different one Universe differs to another, purely by decision.

That is what this story is based upon, the multiverse. The belief that each major decision (not what you had for lunch) branches out into a different verse. Such as your mom and dad decided to get married, or if cockroaches decided to rule the world. I digress, but Firebird series is wonderfully unique in that way, utilizing a scientific theory to craft this beautiful romance story.

Litte Gripe

While I love how it ends, it was the process that made me a little … annoyed. In the end of everything, all the pain that Evil inflicted on different universes’ Marguerite, her ending is a little anticlimactic. Yes, I know that it is not the worse possible scenario, and I do feel sorry for her. But Evil is the ultimate villain, you can’t get any worse than making all the other ‘yous’ commit suicide. If she could fall off a cliff, that is ideal…

As the pages move nearer toward the end, the story rushes more and more. The focus becomes to the relationship between Marguerite and Paul, which is fine except there is a love triangle somewhere?

Verdict

I cannot complain, nor that I will. A Million Worlds With You is a romantic book in a teenage kind of way, how love can trump a lot of things. In the end, I wish that it wasn’t such an easy way out. Some struggling depicts growth, and having your growth taken away from your back is cheating.

Have you read it, what d0 you think?

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