Archive for October, 2020

Book: Walk on Earth a Stranger (1st book in the Gold Seer trilogy)

Author: Rae Carson

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

Page Count: 198

Leah Westfall has a secret. She lives with her parents in Georgia, a result of her fathers long ago gold fever. And despite all the gold in Georgia having run out, her father, “Lucky” Westfall keeps finding more, enough that they have a secret stash of gold dust worth more than 1,000 (1849 time) dollars. All thanks to Leah. You see, Leah can sense gold. From nuggets, veins, dust in a river bank, and tiny specks beneath someone’s fingernail. Despite this Leah is able to lead a normal-ish life in her little town. Until her uncle murdered her parents, took their land, and claimed ownership of Leah, planning to use her powers for himself. Leah decides that she must run away to join the gold rush to California, and escape her uncle.

I read this book for history, despite its fantasy elements. My mom chose this book, not knowing that I had already read it. She decided we would read it anyways, and there were many things that I had forgotten from my previous read. You might think that because it is a fantasy book you wouldn’t really learn anything about what it was actually like in 1849, but I think it really showed what it was like to travel across the country as a part of a group of wagons. It also helped me understand the situation the Native Americans were in, with all of these 49’ers tromping across their land.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was all the vastly different characters in their wagon group and how they interacted. It was not a big bundle of smiles and glitter, as people tend to be a bit complicated. I also enjoyed watching how the children in their group acted about moving across the country. Surprisingly, many of the younger ones were completely chill with it. The older ones had a bit more mixed feelings. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, and I think that if you read it, you will too.

Book: Mr. Lemonchello and the Titanium Ticket (book 4 in the Mr. Lemonchello’s Library series)

Author: Chris Grabensten

Genre: Sci Fi? Fun-Read-That-Can’t-Really-Be-Classified?

This book is the 5th in a series and you should not read it without reading the first 4.

Here’s the review:

This series is one of my favorite series to read for fun, even though it is a little easy. The first book was probably my favorite of the 5, and I would read all of them over again. When this book came out. My mom put a hold on it at the library, WITHOUT TELLING ME!! Then when it came in she was all casual “do you want me to send your Kindle the 5th Lemonchello book” and I was like “WAIT WHAT?!?! Theres a 5th Lemonchello book?” So yeah, I got really excited about this. And I was not let down!

I liked that in this book the story ventured away from the original Ohio kids from the first 4 (especially Kyle), though they were still in it. I Liked that new characters were introduced. I also liked that you got to see a little bit of how Mr. Lemonchello’s games were made. While I was reading it I noticed that some parts of it seemed like a repeat of things that happened in the first book. Overall I think this book is worth a read (as long as you’ve read the first 4!)

Book: 40 Acres and Maybe a Mule

Author: Harriette Gillem Robinet

Genre: Historical Fiction

Page Count: 131

The Civil war has ended and slavery has been abolished. Pascal, his brother, and his best friend, are off to search for 40 acres and maybe a mule. However, many hardships are ahead, but also many joys.

This book takes place during the reconstruction period, but despite that it is very hopeful. In fact, one of my favorite things about this book was the overall hopeful vibe. I also liked the changes in the characters, especially Gideon. I liked Gideon’s character in general, with his mean, but still nice

In this book I learned things about reconstruction. I learned that all free African Americans had to sign a work contract. I learned that many of the teachers that came from the north were not prepared to be teaching former slaves. I learned that eventually African Americans were kicked off their land.

Book: Oathbringer (3rd book in the Stormlight Archive)

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy

This book is part of Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere World. If you are going to ever read it, know that you will need to read Warbreaker, the First book of the Stormlight Archive (The Way Of Kings), the second Stormlight Archive book (Words Of Radiance), and Edgedancer (Novella in the Stormlight Archive). And you should also probably read both Mistborn Eras 1 and 2, and Elantris.

Here’s the review:

One of my favorite things about this book is that we got to see some content from Jasnahs point of view. Jasnah I think is one of my favorite characters, and I was happy to be able to see into her head. I also liked that in this book you got to understand more about spren, because of that thing that happened, but I can’t say because spoilers. I also loved the increasing amount of hints of things from Warbreaker, like breath and that other thing. (spoilers again) Ok, anyways. This was a very good book, and you should read it.