Mini Reviews Volume 2

Sometimes I have some reviews to post but they’re not quite long enough to warrant a single post, so I collate them into mini review posts like this one! This is PART 2 of this series. Enjoy 🙂

DISCLAIMER: I received free copies of both of these books in return for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.

The Adventures of WilhelmThe Adventures of Wilhelm: A Rat’s Tale by Maria Ritter

Young Wilhelm leaves home and travels the world. He not only discovers the value of different cultures and the importance of family and friendship, but he also overcomes obstacles with courage and cleverness. He returns home with deep respect for all creatures on this earth and a new sense of rat identity and purpose. (Goodreads.)

While I do often enjoy middle grade books, I tend to prefer middle grade books which are written in a less… simplistic fashion. By simplistic I do not mean that the writing in this book was bad because it certainly wasn’t, but the story was very obviously trying to communicate lessons through the story. And it did so by blatantly having the characters teach other characters the lessons which the author wants the reader to take from the book. This, to me, doesn’t feel like middle grade writing for 9-12 year olds, but more like older children’s fiction (5-8 years range).

I feel like books have the impact they do on people because they allow people to learn lessons more “naturally” by experiencing the emotions the book portrays. Anyone can tell you something, but only by really experiencing and understanding it can you fully believe it, which is where this story fell short.

Not only did it not have the impact it should, but the writing style left me feeling a little bit irritated and a lot like I was being either patronised or reading allowed to a younger sibling or child I was babysitting… except I was reading to myself during my lunch break at work.

That being said, if the writing style doesn’t bother you, the premise of the book is actually quite good and very thought-provoking. Although the writing style put me off enough that I could not finish the book, the actual plot of the book was fascinating and made me have some deep philosophical conversations with myself.

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As I did not finish this book, I can not give it a rating as per my rating policy.


WindswornWindsworn by Derek Alan Siddoway

When Eva discovers a young thief hiding in her woodshed with a stolen gryphon egg, the shy, timid girl is forced to leave everything she’s ever known to become Windsworn — elite warriors who ride fierce gryphons into battle…  (Goodreads.)”

Windsworn was comfortable to read. It was a good, familiar fantasy story, with some interesting world features, but generally fairly typical and familiar topics. This isn’t a bad thing, it just means the world wasn’t amazing but the book did use the familiar concepts well. It was fun and easy to read, perfect if you just want to relax for a little bit!

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This means I liked the book but it wasn’t anything particularly special! Check out my rating policy for more details.

So that was it!

Do you want to go and read either of these books now?

Happy reading, Keira x.

4 Books I Want to Read Before Summer Ends

Hello everyone! Today’s post will be really short. I just wanted to share with you the four books I really want to finish before the end of summer (partially to hold myself accountable)!

  • Königin der Finsternis von Sarah J Maas is the fourth book in the Throne of Glass series. I’ve read all of the released books in the series multiple times, but I have started to reread this one in German to help me practice, so I would like to finish it. I’m currently only on page 14 so there’s still a long way to go! If you don’t know what this series about, it’s a YA/NA fantasy series and it’s amazing. Check out the first book in the series. 
  • Perfume by Patrick SĂŒskind is another book that I started reading a while ago. I’m on page 84 and so far it’s slightly disturbing. Check it out. 
  • See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng is a middle grade contemporary novel about a boy who is recording a video to send into space, documenting what life on Earth is like. It seems like a really interesting and original book, so I’m looking forward to reading it. Check it out.
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers looks to be a promising Sci-Fi book in that it actually has to do with space (I think). Lots of people sing it’s praise, so I hope I enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to. Check it out.

And that’s it! I did say it would be a short one, after all.

What books do you really want to get to this summer? Have there been any you’ve loved so far? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Happy reading, Keira x.

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