The Burton Review is a fun site that reviews mostly historical fiction from periods such as the Tudor and Elizabethan periods. The set-up is similar to Daily Mayo, but the book topics are more narrow. This is an excellent site to visit if you’re interested in historical fiction. Since that is not my favorite genre, I will not review many historical novels. Check it out!
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The Wintersmith book is the third in the Tiffany Aching series. I have read the first two, and I really enjoyed them as well. The difference between this series and the regular Discworld novels is that the story is in no way about Ank Morpork. There is also a set of little tiny blue people who are known as the Mac Nac Feegles.
In this particular story, 13 year old Tiffany gets the Wintersmith to fall in love with her because she accidentally dances with him during the dark morris dance. This dance is done to transition fall to winter. Throughout the story she must try to prevent the Wintersmith from giving the world an eternal winter, and she also has to learn about herself and the world.
I really like this series. I think that Terry Pratchett understands people and how they think and is able to present truths about the world in a funny way. This story is enjoyable for adults and young people. Anyone over the age of 11 should enjoy this story. I give it five stars! However, you should read the first two stories, The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky, first.
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Part of Speech: Noun
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Only You Can Save Mankind is one of the first stories that Terry Pratchet wrote for a younger audience. This story is about a young 13 year old boy named Johnny Maxwell who starts to play a pirated copy of a alien fighting game. While playing, the aliens try to surrender to him because they do not want to fight. It turns out that the aliens in the game are real in some dimension, and they are tired of being slaughtered. Johnny must then decide if he wants to save the aliens or continue to kill them.
I enjoyed this book. Terry Pratchet has a way of writing that is thought-provoking and hilarious at the same time. Some of the “thoughtful” elements in this book were very much Discworld style, but it did not ruin the story for me. I actually thought at first that this story would be a satire of Ender’s Game, but it wasn’t. I give this book four out of five stars. Any child aged eleven and older should enjoy reading this story.
The Amaranth Enchantment is a story about a young 15 year old orphan girl who lives with her step-aunt and uncle. The aunt does not treat her well, but the uncle loves her. They run a jewelry shop together. One day a mysterious and handsome boy enters the shop asking for a special jewel that says “forever.” That same day, a ageless women visits the shop and asks the uncle to set a large diamond-like stone for her. That night, a rouge boy uses the girl’s bedroom as a hideout from pursuers. Throughout the book, all of these characters entwine to make a fast and interesting read that will delight young teen girls.
I personally did not like the way the romance went in the book, but you can’t have everything. This book is well-written and easy to read. I was able to read the entire book in about two hours. I liked most of the characters and how the plot unfolded. I give this book four stars because I had to finish the book before I went to bed. 🙂
This book is best for girls aged 12 to 17, and for any women like me who like to read children’s literature.