Review: Belle


Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love.

During a fierce storm, Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

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Information:
Source: (Paperback, 224 pages) provided by publisher
Published: November 25th 2008 by Simon Pulse
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Author: Cameron Dokey
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Mini review:

I love Beauty and the Beast! The movie is coming out this month, and I can’t wait to watch it! When I found out about this retelling, I was so eager to get my hands on it! Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for giving me a copy free of charge. (Anything related to Beauty and the Beast, I need. Yes, I’m a bit obsessed ) Okay, to be honest, I read Robin McKinley’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so I was expecting a bit more from this retelling. Belle is a fun read but isn’t wholly original. Everything seems to remind me of McKinley’s “beauty”! It also took a long time for the Beast to be introduced. (What happened to “Beauty and the Beast?) But, nevertheless, I still enjoyed Belle. I love that the mother in Belle doesn’t die and that’s a nice twist i enjoyed. Also, I literally read the entire book in one setting and was absolutely hooked. I love that I was able to hold on till the end. I loved the first half of the book! 

Review: Ever The Hunted

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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Source: Hardcover (392 pages) provided by publisher

Published December 27th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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When I first laid my eyes on the cover of Ever The Hunted, I was totally in love! Then, I read the summary, and I knew I need to get my greedy hands on this title.
This novel started out really well, but I couldn’t bring myself to fully love it. The beginning and end were great, but the middle section was a bit too long and draggy. The travel was just WAY to long. Also, the romance was extremely frustrating!
However, I did like some aspects of the book! I LOVE Enat’s personality! She’s a stubborn old lady who is just so lovable! She totally made me laugh! The main character, Britta, is also a very great character to follow. In addition, I really enjoyed the ending. I finally get to see some more action. Yahh! But, just to warm you, there’s a cliffhanger! In the end,I’m pretty satisfied, the ending made up for all the things I disliked. I will definitely read the sequel!

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Get to know the author:

With a B.A. in English, Erin Summerill had aspirations to write the next great American novel. But writing proved tougher than she first thought, so she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional wedding photographer. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. Erin and her family live in Utah.

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