Harry Moon Professor Einstone ARC Review

9781943785315.pngHarry Moon is excited to present his science project to his class, but to his surprise, his beloved science teacher has been replaced with a new substitute named Professor Einstone. He doesn’t believe in magic, and Harry realizes that something is off when he asks his other teachers about the new substitute. They all have glassy eyes, and they never answer his questions. When even more changes come to his school, Harry knows that something is up. The adults don’t seem to want to do anything about it, so it is up to Harry and his friends to save his school!

I loved Honey Moon when I read one of her stories a few months ago, so it was interesting to see their world from Harry’s point of view. I liked seeing their family dynamic, and how supportive they are of each other. Even when Harry and Honey are fooling around and cause a homemade volcano to erupt in their living room, their father is upset, but then admits that he only really got upset because of his hard day at work. In my opinion, I would have been upset anyways to have disgusting homemade lava all over the living room, but it was still nice to see such a positive family dynamic.

Can I just say how much I love the world that the Moons live in? Even though Sleepy Hollow they have a mostly-normal lifestyle, there is magic and strange things happen from time-to-time. This allows Harry and Honey to have the strange adventures that they do, but they are still normal kids going to school at heart. I would have loved to read this book as an elementary-middle schooler because I could relate to the kids without feeling like I was relating to fake fantasy characters. Not to mention the book is around 200 pages, making it a perfect size of a book for a kid who loves to read and doesn’t feel like reading Rainbow Fairy books but isn’t old enough for larger books with more difficult subject matter.

The plot of this book moved smoothly, and there were no plot holes that I noticed. Even though there was fantasy, there was nothing too scary for younger kids. I ended up laughing by the end and cheering on Harry and his friends throughout.

There was character development as we got to see Harry’s father go through different stages in his job. I won’t say too much about that, but he definitely changed a lot in this story. Harry stayed the same mostly, but that was fine as he still experienced different things with his friends.

There are illustrations in this novel, but they do not take over the pages. I love how the pictures were drawn, as it reminded me of reading the old children’s mystery novels such as Cam Jansen or Jigsaw Jones. It was hand-drawn, which might influence kids to try to draw their own scenes for the book, making it even more interactive.

I did not see any editing errors in the advanced version of this novel, so the final version should be nothing less than perfect!

I would recommend this book to children aged 7 and up. It would definitely benefit advanced readers who are not ready for tougher subject matter but would like larger books to read. It would also help older children still struggling with reading to read a book with semi-simple words but a non-babyish plot.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Dragon School: Initiate Review (Dragon School #2)

Dragon School: Initiate

Amel has passed her First Flight, and so she has to train to become a full-fledged Dragon Rider. First, her friend is injured, then she is entrusted with an important message. Just when she was starting to feel comfortable enough to call the Dragon School her home, she’s learning secrets about the school that make her feel unsafe.

This book felt even shorter of a read than the first book, but it was simply because I flew through it so quickly. Every installment of the Dragon School series is an amazing┬áread. I am glad that we are seeing Amal’s growth as a Rider, but she doesn’t magically go from the girl with the “bad leg” to being a strong and courageous┬áDragon Rider. She has to take classes, pass tests, and prove her worth to herself, her teachers, and her classmates. This is definitely easier said than done, but Amal is determined to do it. She has a friend in her Dragon, and has friends that she has made at the school, but the School itself has many secrets that could make her unsafe.

The pacing of this novel was perfect. There wasn’t a dull moment in this novel, and all scenes were described in perfect detail. I definitely can’t wait to read the rest of this series, just to see how the world expands as Amal goes through her years at the School. I also can’t wait to see more of Amal’s personal growth throughout the series.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a short and fun YA fantasy read!

Overall Rating: 5/5

Frankenstein Review

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Before I get into the review, I just want to apologize for being away for so long! I haven’t been able to read or do anything as much as I had wanted in the past 2 weeks or so due to midterms being this week. Now that midterms are over and most of my college stuff is slowing down, I will be able to read faster and update this blog more often.

I read this story in my English class, and at the beginning, I thought that this story was going to be super boring. The letters and the chapters up to chapter 5 are actually rather slow. However, after chapter 5 the story picked up the pace and soon I fell in love.

Before reading this, I thought that Frankenstein was a story of a monster named Frankenstein who had broken away from his creator and killed many townspeople. This is actually not even close to being the true story of Frankenstein.

Victor or Dr. Frankenstein was a student who was obsessed with the human anatomy. After his mother dies, he buries himself in his work for 3 years working on his creature. After bringing the creature to life, he realizes that the creature is a horrific thing made of body parts sewn together. He is frightened and runs away, and then he falls into a feverish sickness and is nursed to health by his best friend Clerval.

When he decides to go home to his family, he receives news from his beloved sister and father that his young brother has been murdered. A family friend is blamed, but while traveling through the woods he sees the creature, and he knows that the creature had decided to attack his family. This starts the main plot.

I loved this story, but my favorite parts were definitely the ones told in the creature’s point of view. Unlike popular belief, the creature did not wake up with murderous intent. The creature simply wanted Victor, his “father”, to raise him. He had the mindset of a child and was left completely alone by Victor who decided that he was too ugly to take care of. Frankenstein has been turned into a pop culture “monster” story, even though it truly is a story about loneliness and isolation. Also, this story warns scientists about crossing the boundaries of life and death. Scientists of this time actually were trying to bring dead creatures back to life by electric shocks and other horrible methods. They never worked, but no one knew that they wouldn’t work so they kept trying. This would be inhumane to cause a dead creature or human to have to be brought back to life, even though they would be stuck in bodies in some state of decay.

I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a horror story, but also for anyone looking for a rather deep novel that talks about the true definition of being a monster, and about loneliness and obsession.

If you have read Frankenstein before, tell me, who do you think the true monster of the story is?

Overall Rating: 4/5

Wonder Review

WonderAuggie was born with a facial deformity, and the constant hospital visits have kept him from going to school. He likes learning at home with his mom, and no one stares at him there. However, he is about to enter 5th grade and finally start public school at the local Beecher Prep. Auggie wants to be treated normally because nothing is wrong with his brain. However, some people at his school can’t seem to get past his face. Auggie knows that he will simply have to find a way to show everyone that his face has nothing to do with his personality.

I love this story, yet I don’t focus that much on Auggie throughout it. My favorite character of this entire story is Via, Auggie’s sister. I feel that the siblings of those with either a mental or physical disability are the true heroes. In this case, Auggie simply had a facial deformity and no disability at all, but Via always defended him when other people stared as they were outside. Even though she was stressed about going to high school, she still had to put on a brave face when her brother was having a bad day. Being a big sister is stressful, being a big sister to a brother who has constantly been in and out of hospitals and who is in danger of being bullied daily is extremely stressful. Yet, she doesn’t hold any permanent grudges against him, and usually just tries her best to take care of her problems by herself.

Overall, this is a story that I feel that everyone should read. It speaks about acceptance and looking past the outward looks to the personality beneath. I read this sometime between 7th and 9th grade, and I do not regret reading it in the slightest. This book and Out of My Mind truly made me see the world and the people in it differently. These should definitely be required reading in schools!

Overall Rating: 5/5

Love Sucks and then You Die Review (Eve & Adam 0.5)

Love Sucks and Then You Die (Eve and Adam, #0.5)

This short story gives us another view into the mind of EV, or Eve. It takes place over her prom night, when she punches her date for trying to kiss her. That’s basically the entire story, as it is exactly 18 page turns on the Kindle app on my phone.

Aislin is included within this story, but it is simply portraying her as a “drunken slut” again, and not showing any of her real inner qualities at all.

I think that this prequel was supposed to spice up Eve a bit by giving her a semi-interesting backstory. However, the entire scene seems completely out of character for her. If anything, I would have expected for her to run away, not punch him in the face. Nevertheless, my biggest problem was simply the fact that it is called a prequel, yet I have literally read chapters of fanfiction longer than this.

I don’t recommend it.

Overall Rating: 1/5

My Neighbor Seki Volume 3 Review

My Neighbor Seki, Vol. 3

Volume 3 continues the escapades of Yokoi and her desk neighbor Seki. These stories take place in and out of the classroom, but most are in the school. One of the stories took place in a pool, but this could have been in their school since they were in with their class, so I am going to say that there was only one story that took place out of school.

My favorite story-blurb of this volume was the first one with the snow rabbit because having Seki and Yokoi playing around in the snow together was so cute.

My second favorite story-blurb was with Seki and his sister in the park because I enjoy hearing about their family lives outside of school. I hope that the future volumes also talk about their families.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a funny school story about a creative classmate and his easily distracted neighboring classmate.

Overall Rating: 4/5