A Review: The Unlikely Tale of the Royal Elite Squad by D.A. Alston

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The Unlikely Tale of the Royal Elite Squad follows four ordinary girls who gain superpowers after a mysterious accident. However, with great power comes great responsibility. How will they balance their new gifts in between their busy lives?

I really enjoyed reading this. The author takes you into the lives of four young high school girls struggling to find themselves. The story is structured in first person of each girl giving you an interesting perspective into all of their lives. The diversity is welcoming in a culture lacking in heroines of color and each girl stands out and has their own unique story and hurdle to overcome. I also loved the cover and back art, it helped me to visualize who each character was. The pacing and plot development was easy to follow and had enough changes in it to keep me engaged. The story is based on themes of honesty, friendship, and acceptance, something the world could truly use more of.

the-unlikely-tale-of-the-royal-elite-squadAll in all, I’m inspired by these girls and would recommend this book to younger readers who love a good old fashion superhero story. I give it a 3/5.

 

***HALT: The section below contains spoilers***
***Read at your own risk***

Closing Thoughts and Discussion

I wasn’t sure how the point of view changes was going to work, but once you get used to it, it becomes easier to read. I loved the fact that we can jump into each girl’s head. I think you need something like that if you’re truly going to write a story with four main characters. As I mentioned above, I really loved the diversity. The author did their homework and made me believe each of the girls and their backgrounds were believable. It was modern and the dialog was hip to the culture, making it easily relatable. It wasn’t without its error or two, but nothing is perfect. I still enjoyed the story. I’m hoping the author will continue. I believe the world could benefit from more heroes of color, especially positive female role models.

What are your thoughts? How did you feel after reading the story?

What’s Next for Ouji?

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The reviews are trickling in, and everyone seems to be enjoying my story, much to my delight. I haven’t quite reached my goal of thirty reviews, but I appreciate all the feedback I’ve been given so far. Granted, most of it comes from my friends and family, but I can tell by the way they enthusiastically talk about it that they enjoyed it. As for what’s next, I honestly had no intentions of continuing the story. Ouji the Curious Cat, was to be a one-shot, as I have tons of ideas brewing in my mind. However, I can’t seem to stop my mind from drifting to my favorite long haired black cat. I created this universe, and now it begs for attention, a continuation, and I kind of want it to happen too.

If you’re not aware, in the writing world, series make much more money. Readers desire more, and the market seems to tilt towards series rather than stand alones. I wouldn’t write another book as a cash grab, but it’s one plus to writing a possible part two. My primary motivation, however, is the desire to see more of Ouji and his friends. I think about him from time to time, and I want to bring more of him to life. My mind is warming up to the idea, despite my protest. So perhaps in the future, there may be a few more books about Ouji.

One thing for sure, if I do plan on writing any type of continuation, I’ll be making drastic formatting changes, meaning I’ll actually hire a formatter to format the book. I want to make shorter children’s books, with more pictures, as I love pictures. It’ll still be a chapter book, but with more pictures integrated into it. The idea of adding more imagery makes the prospect of writing more about Ouji all the more enticing, but it’s still in the very early planning stages. Currently, there is some pretty stiff competition for projects, but stay tuned I have many many ideas up my sleeve.

If you haven’t gotten the chance to pick up my book, it’s on Amazon for $7.99 and Kindle for only 99 cents. As I mentioned earlier, I’m very interested in feedback, good or bad. So if you have the time leave a review. Author’s love reviews.

A Review: Wandering City Blues by Jonny Lupsha

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Wandering City Blues is an engaging murder mystery that literarily takes you around the world. The story follows Detective Leon and his new partner Iris, who has a very mysterious background, as they try and figure out the motive behind a series of grizzly murders. They go through hell and back in this science fiction novel about humans who live on the backs of giants.

I really enjoyed this story once I started to get into it. It was a little slow to start, but I’m glad I finished it. The story was very technical and jammed packed with lots of details, but luckily for me I had Google right by my side to help me look up anything I don’t know. My favorite parts of the story were the descriptions of all the titans and the people and cultures who lived there. It was very creative, as the author strived to make life on the back of mile high giants as real as possible. I believed it, and I really loved the cover art and pictures throughout the story too.

In short, I’m glad I stuck it out and finished the novel. The author had a really cool idea, with a dynamic story, so I give it a 3/5.

 

the-unlikely-tale-of-the-royal-elite-squadNext on my reading list is The Unlikely Tale of the Royal Elite Squad by D.A. Alston

Summary from Amazon:
The Unlikely Tale of the Royal Elite Squad follows four young girls as they embark on an exciting new journey after an accident occurs at their school.

 

 

 

***HALT: The section below contains spoilers***
***Read at your own risk***

 

Closing Thoughts and Discussion

I can’t say how much I really loved the ending. It was a roller coaster of a ride reading this and I mean that in a good way. I’m happy Iris found her peace. I’m also dying to learn more about the other titans as they only talked about a few and I really want to see pictures of them too.

I found Sao to be the most amusing, for the life of me I couldn’t imagine a giant beast trotting around Earth blasting angry Jamaican music. My favorite titan though was Psamanthe, she was sweet and kind, and she proved Detective Leon wrong, that titans do care. And the children on the ground, I would love to read a story about them. That was the most magical part seeing them wave to Leon and Iris as they ascended.

With the knowledge of the children what are your thoughts? Do you think more humans survived elsewhere?

A Review: Clockwork by Philip Pullman

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Clockwork is an eerily enjoyable tale that follows a series of events in and around a small German town. The themes of clocks and time are what drive the story and the events that follow, with the warning that once a story is wound up, it can not be stopped.

From the first page, I was immediately drawn into the story. The author does a great job blurring the lines of the real and unreal. I still believe I lack the understanding to unwrap to story completely, even after re-reading this, but what I can say is that enjoyed this haunting tale. I loved the descriptive language, and even though this was meant for children, there is something unsettling about the happenings in the story. Little details that would be off-putting to adults and I like that. I like the feeling of knowing there is real danger in store for the characters, raising the stakes on the consequences to be told.

clockworkOverall I really enjoyed re-reading this. I would give it a 5/5. I liked the characters, the dialog, the storytelling, and pacing.

 

 

 

Next up on my reading list is: Wandering City Blues by Jonny Lupsha

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13 creatures emerged from the ocean, each over 1/4 mile tall. Then came a lethal fog that covered Earth’s surface. A small remnant of mankind built cities on the backs of those beasts and migrated up over the fog forever. 99 years later, Detective Leon Adler and his mysterious new partner Iris investigate a murder case that takes them halfway around the world to an extinction-level conspiracy. Can they survive the journey, chasing leads on massive skyscraper-perched birds and colonies of inbred cannibals, or will they succumb to the Wandering City Blues? (Summary is taken from Amazon)

 

***HALT: The section below contains spoilers***
***Read at your own risk***

Closing Thoughts and Discussion.

I think I need further clarification on the end. Dr. Kalmenius said to Prince Otto in order to save your son you must give a heart that must also be kept. It was my understanding that true love would save the child, yet Dr. Kalmenius took Prince Otto’s heart anyways. I understand Prince Otto’s impatient nature robbed him of further understanding on the matter, but does that mean Princess Mariposa never loved her son? Was Gretl the only one who truly loved Florian?

Something else I found humorous in the story was when Herr Ringelmann opened up Sir Ironsoul, he found nothing but rusted and mismatched parts. Could this be a reflection of Karl’s character? He was lazy, and thus the figure that slew him bore his trades. The figure was sloppy and not well put together, so truly this was the work of Karl. That’s funny to me.

ALSO and this is a biggy, how and who regulates these wishes? First Fritz wished for an ending, then Karl a figure and was Prince Otto and family even real or does the wish maker combine wishes?

 

Feel free to chime in, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Welcome 2017!

Okay, so I know it’s March, but I’ve been super busy these past two months, and I’m finally able to take a breather. With that being said I’m happy to announce that I will be starting my Goodreads Reading Challenge this month. I have twelve books all lined up, and I’m eager to start reading. Some updates before I begin, I still haven’t acquired my copy of Jack Douglas’ The Jewish-Japanese Sex and Cookbook and How to Raise Wolves, but no worries it’s still early. I do however have a backup just in case.

the-jumbiesI’ve fallen in love with Tracey Baptiste’s modern Caribbean folktale, The Jumbies, about a young girl who must save her home from a supernatural being threatening to take over her island home. So if I can’t find Douglas’ book, I will be reading The Jumbies instead. It’s also been added to my Goodreads Reading Challenge list, which you can check out here for the complete list.

So, now for the fun part, book selection time! I gave each of the books a number and used a random number generator to decide my fate….

 

…….and the lucky book is……..*drumroll*

 

Clockwork by Philip Pullman

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Summary from Goodreads:

Fritz, the writer, spins a spine-tingling tale to cheer up Karl, the apprentice clockmaker. But rather than helping matters, the story begins to come true….

The stories of Karl, the apprentice; Dr. Kalmenius, his nefarious “savior”; Gretl, the brave daughter of the town innkeeper; and a young prince whose clockwork heart is in danger of winding down come together in surprising and magical ways in a story that has the relentless urgency of a ticking clock.

 

I can’t wait to get started and if you’re looking for something to add to your reading challenge, feel free to add my new novel, Ouji the Curious Cat, it’s out now on Amazon and Kindle.

 

Happy Reading!