Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Hockey Saint


Book: The Hockey Saint

Author: Howard Shapiro

Published:Expected Publication September 10, 2014

Pages: 133

Rating by Katie:4 out of 5 stars

Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
 
    Jake is a famous hockey player, but he isn't your typical star. Tom is a regular college student and works hard for his grades and his performance in Hockey. They have a couple things in common and when these two individuals come together, they begin a friendship that will last a life time. This book is not expected to be released until September 2014. The author wanted to do a test run on this novel. I have never really sat and read a graphic novel. When I did open one up, the pictures distracted me and I wasn't able to really pay attention to the actual story.   There are no pictures yet in this story, but I didn't need them. I was very satisfied with it. Adding the pictures will only be a bonus.
     I thought this read was great! It was a fun read for me, and I will definitely buy this graphic novel when it becomes available. The book starts out with two different characters, who have a couple things in common. They both love hockey and are mourning losses. The author did a wonderful job in creating a relationship between Jake and Tom. I love how Jake, a very famous hockey player, humbles himself and serves people in his community. This is the first graphic novel I have read by Howard Shapiro, but it will not be the last! Thank you Mr. Shapiro for allowing me to do this review for you!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Seasons

Book: Seasons

Author: Mario Saincic

Published: December 24, 2013

Pages: 269

Rating by Katie:4 out of 5 stars



Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
 
    Graeme lost his wife several years ago. Now he raises his six year old daughter, Nastassja, alone. Nastassja and her grandfather are trying to find a woman for Graeme. They believe they have found the one for him when an American Girl from Texas shows up to work on Graeme's fathers vineyard. However, Graeme still blames himself for the death of his wife, and is finding it hard to allow someone else to claim his heart.

    I gave this read 4 out of 5 stars. I thought it was well written and I enjoyed reading it. The characters are loveable and I found myself wanting to know more of their story, even after the book was over. Nastassia is my absolute favorite in this book. I found Graeme to be very sexy and Jessica to be the All American Girl. I loved them together and I feel the author did a wonderful job in creating a sweet, romantic read.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Urchin King

Book: Urchin King

Author: Katharina Gerlach

Published:  October 3, 2011

Pages: 230

Rating by Katie:3 out of 5 stars

This book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
 
    Paul was a poor boy living on the streets. Soon, he finds out that he is the twin brother to the future king of their kingdom. A law was put in place, regarding twins, for the noble. The law states that the 2nd born son should be killed to protect their lands and people from a dispute that could happen if the two boys were to fight over the inheritance. In stead of being killed, his mother was tricked into thinking he was. He was given to a woman who had just lost her son. She cared for him till he was five and then he was made to leave.
    I gave this story 3 stars. I have done a read for review recently for this same author and enjoyed her imagination that is brought out and put into her books. I love how the poor boy is thrown into luxury. The story itself was wonderful. However its execution was not. While reading the introduction on this book I became hooked. I was really looking forward to reading it and this is why I signed up for the R4R. The author did a wonderful job describing different situations and scenes. I could picture all that was written pretty well.  I definitely enjoyed that part of the book. I just felt that the problems went on and on. She was building up the story for an awesome finale, however, it fell short. She didn't just work on one problem and expand it and make it better. She introduced several different problems, and because of that I do not believe she was able to fully develop each. Instead of my interests soaring, they began to rise and then traveled on a plateau of sorts.          
    All the characters were well written in my opinion. I enjoyed reading about them. There is a small surprise close to the middle of the book, and I found that I really liked it. The main characters were around the age of fifteen years old. The author introduced some romance into the mix. However, I didn't like it. I felt it wasn't necessary for this book. Having so much going on already, this just added more. I became over whelmed with problems and found myself just wanting it to end. There was just too much going on for this one book, that I found myself distracted a little. I wasn't able to think and comprehend on one problem at a time. As soon as one was over another one began. I didn't find anything in the book humorous, just problem after problem after problem.