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The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson-Book Review and Favorite Quotes

Book Title: The Box in the Woods (Truly Devious #4)

Author: Maureen Johnson

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: June 15, 2021

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52716736

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Book Description: 

After solving the case of Truly Devious, Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery from New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson.

Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.

But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.

Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.

But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Book Review: I enjoyed this book so so so much. As someone who hasn’t read the original trilogy before this book, I loved it a lot. After finishing this book, I wanted to immediately read the trilogy to know more about how these characters started out and how their relationships grew. So…it’s a good thing that I have bought the trilogy to binge.

The first thing I want to mention is that I as it has been mentioned you can read this without having have read the trilogy. It doesn’t spoil the mystery that gets solved and only referencing it without spoilers. Though, you will be spoiled for relationships like how close of friends they become and love relationships. So you won’t get to see those things like start and then grow. More like continuing to grow.

So…the mystery was done really great. From reading the first page I was immediately hooked and through out the book was looking for clues to solve who had done it. It was interesting getting to see things get reveled and going back and forth of who the murderer was.

The characters were so amazing. Especially Nate. I loved a lot of his dialogue, as well as every other character. Stevie was a great heroine and detective. I got a good sense of her, her thoughts, and how she went by solving the mystery. She really came off the page, while also finding some things that I connected to her with. I did enjoy getting to see her relationship with her friends, as well as her boyfriend. Though there were sometimes that I did wonder why her boyfriend was in this book, but I could just be feeling that way from not having had read the original trilogy.

The writing is A+. This is my first Maureen Johnson book I have read and it was great, making me want to read more of her books. Especially this trilogy. She knows how to write a mystery, keeping me wanting to know more. As well as keeping me wondering who had done it. Her characters came off the page and her scenes were great at making me both laugh and be on edge.

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the trilogy to see what happened, as well as seeing these characters grow into how they are in this book. If you enjoy a good mystery and interesting/fun characters, then this is the one for you.

Below I have a list of five of my favorite quotes for the books and at the very bottom is a giveaway you can enter to win a copy of the book.

Have fun reading!!!

Five Favorite Quotes:

1.) “And remember, if these coasters I’m looking at are telling the truth, it’s always wine o’clock somewhere.” (Page 21)

2.) “I call it the Bounce House because that’s where I host all kinds of creators and we bounce ideas around. We call them Think Jams.” (Page 55-56)

3.) “I think it’s going to be great,” he said. “Murder camp, living in a tree, not seeing anyone. This is my summer. This is when I shine.” (Page 62)

4.) “Take it down a notch, sign,” Nate said. “Why are you yelling about owls?” (Page 84)

5.) “I’m just telling you the tropes.” (Page 134)

Author Bio:

Maureen Johnson is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Suite Scarlett, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let It Snow with John Green and Lauren Myracle (now on Netflix), and several works in the Shadowhunter universe with Cassandra Clare. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian, and she has also served as a scriptwriter for EA Games. She has an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City.

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Book Review and Favorite Things of Empyrean Queen-Blog Tour and Bookstagram

Book Title: Empyrean Queen

Author: M.K. Hall

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: May 23, 2021

Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57038471-empyrean-queen

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Book Description: 

The year 2020 may be over, but that doesn’t mean things have gotten any easier. With mixed feelings about no longer carrying the secret title of being the Empyreans’ Chosen, Val returns to her realm and her people only to find more danger lurking in the deepest, darkest shadows and threatening to destroy the Empyreal world.

Everywhere she turns, betrayal isn’t far behind, and with an ever-growing list of bad guys, trust is a precious commodity. Yet allies from unlikely places come forth as more mysteries about her life are brought to light. Val will be tested and forced to confront the truth of her past and the unknown future, all while attempting to save the soul of the man she loves.

With demons of all kinds on the loose, the looming threat of war with Purgatory, and Gabe’s eternal damnation hanging in the balance, will Val ever learn who she really is and where she came from? Will she ever be crowned Empyrean Queen, or will deeply buried secrets be her undoing?

Empyrean Queen is the final book in the Origins duology.

*Please note that this duology does contain consensual sex on the page.

*A note from the author: Though this book does not seek to make light of COVID-19 or trigger anyone with a personal experience with the virus, one of the settings is America in the year 2020, so COVID-19 is mentioned and acknowledged throughout the story.

Book Review: This book review will focus more on the second book, but I will give my thoughts about the first book. This will be spoiler free as best I can without giving anything away.

I just want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book, as well as the first one. This book did a great job at keeping me reading and turning the next page to see what would happen.

I thought the world created was interesting and did a great job at doing something different for the fantasy genre. It was also interesting to read about on the page with how people live, that there is a human world that watch over, and things like that.

The characters were great. I loved reading about them and wanted to know what would happen to them in the end. Val was a great female character. She was another character that I found was a strong female who wasn’t afraid to feel how she did and would do what she believed to be right. I also enjoyed the romance in the book and thought it was done well.

I also want to mention that the writing is really good. I could not put this book down with one of the reasons being the writing. The author did a great job and they really made their story come to life on the page.

The ending wraps up everything nicely.

My rating for this book is a 5 out of 5 stars.

If you enjoy fantasy, want a short series, and a a quick read with great characters, then this book is perfect for you. There is also a giveaway going on below, so scroll down and enter.

Have fun reading!!!

Five Favorite Things about Empyrean Queen:

1.) The world because it feels so new and interesting compared to the other fantasy stories that are out within that genre.

2.) The writing. The author makes her characters and scenes really pop off the page, making it easy to imagine in my head as I read the book

3.) The dialogue. In this book, including the first one, the dialogue did a great job of showing me more of the characters and it was enjoyable to read to imagine what the characters’ voices would sound like.

4.) I liked that this book and the first one didn’t shy away from what had happened in 2020 and having it be that it carried a weight. I love when books aren’t afraid to say that “yes, this happened” or “yes, this year was a very tough one”.

5.) Magical beings/creatures. I enjoyed reading this different twist of this because it brought something new.

Author Bio:

MK is a fantasy/urban fantasy author who lives with her husband, kids, & furbabies in a small Midwestern town. She loves coffee and craft beer and has an unhealthy mug obsession. When she’s not writing, she loves going on camping adventures with her husband. Her favorite part is the journey and no trip is complete without visiting all of the micro breweries!

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Benched by Sara Elizabeth Santana-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Sara Elizabeth Santana

Series: Benched 1

Summary: “Baseball broke Evie Cordova’s heart.

Living in Santa Isabella, home of the five-time College World Series champs, The Quakes, Evie has grown up loving baseball. Her dad has been the head coach for as long as she can remember and her happiest memories were on the baseball diamond. But baseball broke her heart, in more ways than one, and she’ll do anything to avoid it.

Now Evie is in college and she can’t avoid baseball anymore. Working for her dad brings her face-to-face with Austin Young, the new shortstop who has transferred in from Texas. Austin throws her off her game with his dedication to baseball and his irresistible Southern charm. The chemistry between them is undeniable and Evie finds herself falling for the baseball player

But Evie has her own secrets that are holding her back and they just might cause baseball to break her heart all over again.” -Goodreads

Review: I LOVED THIS BOOK! I super enjoyed it and read it within like two days. I couldn’t put it down.

I am a big romance reader and love reading romance stories. Though I have never read a sports romance before. I was always afraid that I would need to know how the sports work, which I only know the basic info about them. That’s one of the things I loved about this book. As I read it I was told enough about the sport in the book to understand it without getting lost.

I loved the characters in this book. I loved Evie, Austin, Drew, Sydney and enjoying the side characters. I really enjoyed Evie’s character and watching her interact with the characters. I wanted her to get the happy ending she deserved. I wanted her dream, her wants, to be achieved. I was swept away by Austin. I fell for him as soon as he got on the page.

The relationship between Evie and Austin was done perfectly. I wanted to keep going to see where their relationship would go, what kind of relationship they would have and just how they fit together. I loved reading them building each other up and helping each other.

Something I want to mention, this is a new adult romance. There are sex scenes, which are well written and perfectly placed in the book. It doesn’t feel like those scenes come out of know where.

The book was a really fast read. The writing was well done.

I highly recommend reading this book. If you enjoy romance-especially sport romances-and new adult books, then read this book. It’s really good and romance lovers should read it.

Happy reading!

Recieved an ARC from booksprout and gave an honest review.

Book Reviews

Shielded by Kaylynn Flanders-Book Review(No Spoilers)

When it comes to finding a young adult fantasy book, it is really easy to find one since there has been a lot published over the years. Thought the hardest to find is a book that feels different over the years. There have been some I’ve found and a lot of them have pushed the genre to stand out. A young adult fantasy book that I recently read that feel different is Shielded by Kaylnn Flanders.

Don’t worry this book review will be spoiler free, and I will try to keep the talk of somethings of the story to a minimum. But, this is all my opinion, so I highly recommend for you to read the book if you are interested.

Shielded follows out main character Jennesara or Jenna, a princess whose kingdom is losing a war. Since she isn’t in line for the throne, with being the second born, the king has planned an arranged marriage to have a chance at winning the war. She then sets off to this kingdom, only to get ambushed and must survive while finding out things that could change everything.

Now from that description it sounds not that different, but it is the meat of the story that makes it different.

The main character Jenna is really interesting and smart. She cares deeply about her family, as well as her kingdom, doing anything she can to help. The side characters and the love interest were done well. They all came off the page, being characters that didn’t blend together.

Something I want to briefly mention is the romance. I really did like the romance in the book and thought it was done well, but I do wish that it didn’t feel like insta love after just meeting like what felt like a couple of days since the first time they met.

As for the magic, it is easy to understand. There is no big explanation for it and the author does a great job of showing it to the reader. I am really hoping that the companion sequel to the book goes into even more detail because the magic system does sound interesting.

The setting is quite interesting though has that regular fantasy setting of castle and stuff. I would love to see more of the world in the companion sequel.

The writing presented in the book is simple and makes the read of the book go fairly quickly.

While I did enjoy this book, there was something that I think that could have made it better. I did like how fast pace it felt, but I did feel like there were some scenes that could have slowed down. This would have been great for the scenes that had the love interest, so I could see that love blow. Instead of it feeling like it happened within a blink in the eye.

Another thing I would have loved to see is more of the family dynamic between Jenna, her brother, and their father the king. While it is nice to see that in the beginning of the book, I do think seeing more of it in the beginning would have a bigger impact for what happens later on.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I could not put it down and I just wanted to read it till the end to see what would happen. I think this is a great young adult fantasy to read if you are looking for something different mixed with some familiar things. Also, again, if this book sounded interesting to you or you love fantasy, then I recommend you to read this book and give it a shot.

Happy reading!

Book Reviews

Again, but Better-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Christine Riccio

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.” -From Goodreads

Review: I was hesitant on reading this book at first, because it was YA contemporary, which I don’t pick up much, and I was afraid of it being bad. Though I still had an urge to read it, which was why I was happy when my boyfriend had gifted it to me for Christmas last year.

Right off the bat I just want to say that I enjoyed this book a lot. More than I was expecting to. It was hard putting it down.

The characters were interesting. I do wish that we got more scenes with the side characters as I would have loved to know more about them. I did relate to Shane quite a bit both with traits and the family that she had. I thought her romance with Pilot was cute minus the small cheating that happened. Pilot was a character I did enjoy and thought his pairing with Shane fit every well.

Christine’s writing was really good. I found a lot better than what was in Zenith, which I think quite a bit of people were wondering about if the writing was going to be better in this book. She hooked me in on page one and you could tell that she cared a lot about this book, wanting to be the best it could.

The reason I took a .5 star off my rating is because of the small magical element in this book. I thought it was interesting, but it pulled me out of the book. To keep it spoiler free, I wanted it to go a different way. I thought it was going to go a different way instead of the way that it did. I was disappointed after it happened.

Besides that, I really did enjoy this book. I read it during a time when I was in a bad place at the time of reading this book. After I finished it was when I wanted to do things again, but better this time.

If you enjoy YA contemporaries and/or wanting a book that will give you a push, then I highly suggest reading this book.

Happy reading!!!

Book Reviews

The Goblins of Bellwater-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Molly Ringle

A Novel

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: “A contemporary romance inspired by Christina Rossetti’s eerie, sensual poem, “Goblin Market.” Four neighbors encounter sinister enchantments and a magical path to love in a small, modern-day Puget Sound town, where a fae realm hides in the woods and waters…

Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out.

Skye, a young barista and artist, falls victim to a goblin curse in the forest one winter night, rendering her depressed and silenced, unable to speak of what happened. Her older sister, Livy, is at wit’s end trying to understand what’s wrong with her. Local mechanic Kit would know, but he doesn’t talk of such things: he’s the human liaison for the goblin tribe, a job he keeps secret and never wanted, thrust on him by an ancient family contract.

Unaware of what’s happened to Skye, Kit starts dating Livy, trying to keep it casual to protect her from the attention of the goblins. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Kit, Skye draws his cousin Grady into the spell through an enchanted kiss in the woods, dooming Grady and Skye both to become goblins and disappear from humankind forever.

It’s a midwinter night’s enchantment as Livy, the only one untainted by a spell, sets out to save them on a dangerous magical path of her own.”

Review:  The Goblins of Bellwater was based off of a poem called “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti.

This story follows four main characters: Kit, a 24 year old mechanic, Livy, a 26 year old environmental scientist, Sky, a 23 year old barista and artist, and Grady, a 21 year old chef. They all live in the same neighborhood that have goblins running around in the forest in a modern day setting.

Since this is a short book, being less than 300 pages, things do feel like scenes are going by fast, but this book does a good job with completing it’s story arc without loose ends.

The relationships were done well in this book. By relationships, I mean the one between sisters, Livy and Sky, and cousins, Kit and Grady. The author did a great job with making them feel realistic. The romantic relationships in the beginning do feel rushed and not developed enough, but changes later on.

Now the romantic relationship portrayed in this book is of older women being with younger men, though it is portrayed positively.

There is sex and it can get very detailed at times. Just know that going into it.

The goblins were very interesting and weren’t the nicest people. In order for them not to steal one of your family members or a lover, you would need to give them something of gold or value. Though you would have to keep giving them things or else. They also have the use of magic and foods that can effect humans in a way that could stop them from speaking about what had happened to them with the goblins.

Molly Ringle’s writing was very addictive to read. She does a nice job with getting to the point of scenes and not having it drag out for too long to make the story go by faster. Her writing makes this book go by fast.

This is a good book for people to read if they like urban fantasy and are looking for a quick read.

Book Reviews

Rise of the Sparrows

Author: Sarina Langer

Series: The Relics of Ar’Zac #1

Rating: 5 stars

Summary: “As a homeless orphan, shunned for having the gift, Rachael knows how to survive. The visions of people dying are only hers to see. The shadows are her safety. When Cephy comes into her life, having a friend—a friend as feared by the villagers as Rachael—seems too good to be true.

And it is. Her visions are worse since Cephy came along, and Rachael’s gut feeling urges her to walk the other way. Alone.

When Cephy burns down her old home, the villagers respond with violence: they call on the White Guard to take Rachael and Cephy away for execution. Together they flee into a world they know nothing about. In the unknown awaits a Mist Woman, a prophecy, and a young rebel who sounds sincere –

but in Rachael’s experience, no one ever is. And how can she trust him when he believes in an ancient prophecy that seems to refer to her, and asks her to commit regicide so that people with the gift can be free?

Suddenly the cold shadows of Blackrock’s winter don’t seem so bad, and Rachael is torn between finally having food and warm shelter, and surviving on her own as she always has. The Sparrows—fighters of the resistance—believe in her because the prophecy names her. But can she be the leader they need when she can’t control her own magic?

Rachael knows the struggles the gifted endure all too well. Perhaps it’s time she stopped hiding, and fought back.” -From Goodreads

Review: I always enjoy reading a book that was self-published because sometimes they are so different from what is being published traditionally. They always bring something new the genre their book is in. Rise of the Sparrows is no different.

Rise of the Sparrows brings new things to the realm of fantasy fiction. While reading it I never felt like I read this story before or felt like things from other series were being borrowed then changed.

The author’s writing was great. I was never taken out of the story. I was always brought back in whenever I picked it up.

The characters were interesting to read about. The main character Rachael was an awesome female heroine that I never got annoyed by and was rooting for through out the book. The character development was handled well. I never felt like it was too fast or characters doing a 180.

The world building had been done perfect. Yes, it didn’t have like a lot, but I enjoy when books do this instead of dumping pages upon pages of world building.

Rise of the Sparrows is defiantly worth the read if you want to read a fantasy that feels new and has interesting characters.

Have fun reading!!

Book Reviews

Kingdom of Ash-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #7

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary of Book One: “After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.” -From Goodreads

Review: This wasn’t bad in anyway, though that being said it was disappointed in some way to me.

I will say the ending to A Court of Wings and Ruin felt convenient, so I was hoping their would be more stacks in this one compared to that one. There were, but I was hoping for more.

Things that were being lead up to felt easily resolved. The fate of characters did give me feels more than in ACOWAR, but I was hoping for more when it came to certain characters. The ending wrapped things up nicely. There wasn’t anything that felt like it still needed to be answered.

When it came to the characters, the parts with Celaena made my heart hurt and I was happy with how her story moved through out this book. I was happy with the other characters too, none of them completely annoyed me. The only time I ever had any of the characters annoy me or made me roll my eyes was when a certain character thought something when they did something. Besides that, the characters were enjoyable.

This ending does feel like a step up from ACOWAR, but not by much. I did enjoy reading this last book as I was wanting to know what would happen to Celaena in the end, even though she has annoyed me in other books, as well as Chaol, Manon, and other characters. I just think it could have been better.

If you have read all of the Throne of Glass books up this book, then I would read it so you can know what happens because it does feel nice to know how it ends. Just remember it is close to a thousand pages.

Have fun reading!

Book Reviews

Crazy Rich Asians-Book Review(No spoilers)

Author: Kevin Kwan

Series: Crazy Rich Asians #1

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible bachelor.

On Nick’s arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she steps off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.” -From Goodreads

Review: I’m not one to read contemporary books unless their story interests me. With this book, it was after seeing the movie did I decide to give this book a read.

I enjoyed the characters and the setting the author created. While reading I found myself never not liking some of the characters by the end because I saw that they were not happy with what they had done and have room to grow in the next two books. At times I did get furious with Nick mostly since some situations could have been avoided if he just talked to Rachel about his family and maybe a bit about things in his past. I especially loved both Rachel and Astrid. Can’t wait to see what happens to them in the next book.

Now, I did enjoy Kevin Kwan writing at times. He did a great job with making characters come off the page and writing scenes that had emotion.

Both the book and the movie have their differences, but they are enjoyable.

I highly recommend reading this book if you enjoy contemporary or looking for something different.

Have fun reading!!

Book Reviews

Blood of Elves-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Andrzej Sapkowski

Series: The Witcher #1

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: “The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher.
For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.

Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil.

As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat.

The Witcher returns in this sequel to The Last Wish, as the inhabitants of his world become embroiled in a state of total war.” -From Goodreads

Review: I have slowly been enjoying these books. I also enjoy that these books don’t need to be read in order to play the games, which means I can enjoy both at any time.

Blood of Elves was very slow because it was trying to build up what is going to happen in the next book. Which was fine but it did make it hard to keep reading at times.

Besides that, I did enjoy going back into this world. I loved getting to read about characters I remember from playing the video game(Witcher 3) and seeing what they were up to. I loved that we were never in one character’s head, but in many.

The world in this book feels a lot bigger than it did in the Last Wish. There was a lot more world building, as well as getting no more about who lives in this world. It feels more unique and stood out from all the other fantasy books I have read before.

While there isn’t much character growth because of this being a book that is setting things up, it does set up the characters up and gives you enough background on them.  The author did a great job of not giving too much. Just enough to show that they will grow within the next book.

If you enjoyed the Last Wish or the video games, then I highly recommend reading these books. These are also great for people who enjoy adult fantasy.

Have fun reading!!