Friday, April 17, 2015

Review: The Morrow Secrets

Title: The Morrow Secrets
Series: Tallitha Mouldson #1
Author: Susan McNally
Release date: September 26th 2013
Age group: Middle grade; Age 10-14
Pages:243

Synopsis:

‘The Morrow Secrets’ is a fantasy adventure story written for readers who love delving into the world of mystery, suspense, imagination and make-believe. It is the first book in a series about Tallitha Mouldson, a headstrong girl caught up in the sinister web of her eccentric family, the powerful Morrow dynasty. This fantasy saga is set in an alternative world and begins in a strange, rambling house called Winderling Spires in the land of Wycham Elva. The Morrow Secrets is an epic tale of dark forces, with a beguiling mystery to be solved, an exciting yarn of deception with frightening twists and wicked turns. The story has weird, whimsical characters, some motivated by wicked intent. They lurk round corners... watching Tallitha and luring her further into the dreadful secret....



I received this book from Sweet Cherry Publishing in exchange of an honest review. 

Expectations

I'm curious to see if I enjoy reading this book. The synopsis sounds good. One thing I can say, I love the cover! 


Review:

I'm glad to say I enjoyed reading this book a lot. The beautiful cover fits the story perfectly. 
The story takes place in an alternate world with a lot of fantasy elements. Tallitha is a girl who's easily relatable, which is good (especially for a childrens book).
Her family wants her to be a lady, because she is the heir of Winderling Spires. But she doesn't want to be ladylike, so she creates a plan with her brother Tyaas. 

Halfway through the book the adventure really begins, I would have liked it a bit sooner. After the first 100 pages the story kept growing and getting better and better. The world-introduction was at times a bit slow for me, but considering this is middle-grade and the first book in a series, I can understand why the author would like to spend some more time on the introduction. 

The writing was great, adapted to the age-group but not too childish, if you understand what I mean. Tallitha was a nice main-character, I really liked her brother Tyaas too.I also liked the other characters in the book, although there were a lot of side characters, which was a bit much. 

Especially in the beginning I had some trouble to remember who was who. 
Within the story there were a lot of new fantasy creatures introduced like shroves, skinks, etc.) I had the same problem remembering what those creatures looked like (maybe this is my problem.. :P).

Quote from the book:
'The metal door creaked open uncertainly on its hinges, letting wafts of freezing air into the boiler room. Inside the dark tunnel the old stone walls were grimy, soaked and blackened over the years from oozing, trickling water. The stench of stale air hit Tallitha in the face. It was going to be grim in this dark, wet place.'


The creepy house was described  in great detail, which was a lot of fun to read. The drawings are AMAZING, each chapter ends with a great, dark black and white drawing! 

Here are some examples:


turret_This is illustration number 4, for chapter 4 - Tallitha & Tyaas in the Turret.jpg wordt weergegeven
up the stiars into the dark house_Illustration 7 for Chapter 8.jpg wordt weergegeven

I would definitely recommend this to children (and adults as well!).


Rating



I wanna thank Nisha from Sweet Cherry Publishing for contacting me and sending the book !

Have a great day !

Myra

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 inspiring quotes!


This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, they always think of the most fun Top Ten lists we can create!

Today the list consists of 
the 10(actually 8) inspiring quotes from books

1.“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default.” ― J.K. Rowling

2.“So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.” 
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

3.“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” 
John Green
4.“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”  Jane Austen

5.“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6.“We accept the love we think we deserve.”  
  Stephen Chbosky, from The Perks of Being a Wallflower

7.“You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.”
 Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

8.“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.”  
Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember


Do you have some great quotes to share? 

Have a great day :)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters You'd Like to Check in With

I decided to participate in the Top Ten Tuesday meme again. It's such a fun meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. I've participated in the past and I will try to do so every tuesday from now on.

So today's Top Ten Tuesday is about the Top Ten Characters You'd Like To Check In With

What do you mean by that, you ask? 

Well, the girls of The Broke and the Bookish explain: 

 'meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the "life" you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends'

Well, I understand perfectly what they mean with that :) I would love to see what happened to my favorite characters after a book or series is finished.

Here's my list:



1. Harry Potter
First of all, I would love to know how the lifes of EVERY character in the Harry Potter series continued. I would love to dive back into this amazing world! But then, who wouldn't, right?



2. Vampire Academy
I loved reading the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead! Such an amazing, unique read. I would love to see how Rose is doing these days.

I haven't read the Bloodlines series yet, but I really want to! I heard some characters of Vampire Academy return in Bloodlines. Have you read Bloodlines? Is it as good as the Vampire Academy series? Let me know!

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3. Sense and Sensibility

Not long ago I read my first Jane Austen book, Sense and Sensibility and I loved it! I would love to see  the lifes of Elinor and Marianne after the ending of Sense and Sensibility :)

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4. Percy Jackson


I have read all the Percy Jackson books, but non of the Heroes of Olympus books.. I know I should have read them by now, but I still haven't. I really want to! I heard it's very good!


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So this is my list. If you want to participate in this meme, please do! 

Have a great day!


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