Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

In search of the mysterious element known as aether, Claire Dulac flew her hot air balloon toward the edge of our stratosphere―and never returned. Her husband, genius engineer Archibald Dulac, is certain that she is forever lost. Her son, Seraphin, still holds out hope. One year after her disappearance, Seraphin and his father are delivered a tantalizing clue: a letter from an unknown sender who claims to have Claire’s lost logbook. The letter summons them to a Bavarian castle, where an ambitious young king dreams of flying the skies in a ship powered by aether. But within the castle walls, danger lurks―there are those who would stop at nothing to conquer the stars. In Castle in the Stars, this lavishly illustrated graphic novel, Alex Alice delivers a historical fantasy adventure set in a world where man journeyed into space in 1869, not 1969.

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This is my last book that I had to read for my 2017 reading resolution, which means I read 60 books!

This book is written by a French author. The story was okay–a little strange–but it was intriguing. It is a series. The art work was well done. The plot had a similar Jules Verne style. It was filled with adventure and a little mystery.

So, if you like books like Around the World in 80 Days and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea then I think that you might like this graphic novel.


Title: Castle in the Stars: The Space Race of 1869

Author: Alex Alice

Reading Resolution 36: Read a book that was originally written in a different language.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.



Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies―humans with extraordinary abilities―who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice―and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to the villains who have the power to end them both.


So, I absolutely liked reading  Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and I still do. It is one of those series I would recommend to anyone. But, this book…

Is nothing like Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. Which was super sad. Unlike the Lunar Chronicles which is fairy tales at their greatest, this book is super heroes but not at their greatest.

So, currently, I am not a fan of this book. Maybe in the future I will try it again but right now it is not my type of story.


Title: Renegades

Author and her website: Marissa Meyer

Reading Resolution 49: Read a book with a one-word title.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Stars Above

The enchantment continues….
The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…
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This series is so good. This book is actually a collection of short stories about characters from The Lunar Chronicles. I wish this was actually the 5th one but it is not. There is a story in this collection that ends the series, and that is my favorite story in the book.
 So, if you need a good series this story is worth reading. You do have to read the others in this series in order for this book to make sense. But it is worth reading them all.
I recommend this book and this series.
Title: Stars Above
Author and her website: Marissa Meyer
Reading Resolution 39: Read a fantasy
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.


Have you watched this movie/Broadway? Well, did you know that is based on the 1912My Fair Lady play by George Bernard Shaw. Unlike the movie, the real title of the play is Pygmalion. If you haven’t watched the movie, it is a fun movie to watch.

Here is a little about the original My Fair Lady.


PygmalionShaw wrote the part of Eliza Doolittle – an east-end dona with an apron and three orange and red ostrich feathers – for Mrs Patrick Campbell, with whom he had a passionate but unconsummated affair. From the outset the play was a sensational success, although Shaw, irritated by its popularity at the expense of his artistic intentions, dismissed it as a potboiler. The Pygmalion of legend falls in love with his perfect female statue and persuades Venus to bring her to life so that he can marry her. But Shaw radically reworks Ovid’s tale to give it a feminist slant: while Higgins teaches Eliza to speak and act like a duchess, she also asserts her independence, adamantly refusing to be his creation.


I had to read a play or script for my reading resolution so I choose this one.

I read this book but it was after I watched the movie, so I already had an image of all of the characters. Even better was the fact that I could “hear” each character speaking in their own dialect. Pygmalion is an enjoyable read, it does not help that it is humorous. Although some plays are difficult to read and keep track of, this book was written in a understandable format! If you need a play to read, than this is one I recommend!


Title: Pygmalion

Author: George Bernard Shaw

Reading Resolution 23: Read a play or script.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.




The Proposal

Single mom Amber Richardson spends every holiday season working to give her young son the best Christmas possible and striving to ignore the empty chairs around her table, chairs she wishes her mother and father and extended family occupied. She’d hoped that this holiday would be fuller and happier than the rest. Her handsome firefighter boyfriend, Will McGrath, has brought immeasurable joy and love into her life. Up until recently, they’d even been talking about a future that included wedding bells. Lately, though, the wedding talk has been nonexistent and Amber can’t help but worry that Will’s starting to have second thoughts…. Until a fire station surprise brings very good tidings.


The back description of this book (if it can be called that) is almost longer than the story itself. It is a really quick read.

Anyway, I was talking to one of my sisters and I mentioned the few reading resolutions I had left to fulfill and she told me to look on my kindle and see what books had been put on there. She noticed I had this book and told me to read The Proposal. She absolutely loves Becky Wade and has read all of her books. Since I read True to You, I decided on this one.

Like I said earlier, it is a very short read. I read it within a half of an hour. The story was good. Oh, did I mention it is set around Christmas time. This short story belongs to a series, which I have not read yet.

If you need a quick read, then go and get this kindle book!


Title: The Proposal

Author: Becky Wade

Reading Resolution 42: Read a book that you own but never read.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.




Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door.

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill Institute For Children at the very moment that it’s shutting its doors. When her few friends are all adopted or re-homed and she’s left to face a volatile bully alone, her revenge will have a lasting effect on the bully, on Mary, and on Thornhill itself.

2017: Ella has just moved to a new town where she knows no one. From her room on the top floor of her new home, she has a perfect view of the dilapidated, abandoned Thornhill Institute across the way, where she glimpses a girl in the window. Determined to befriend the girl and solidify the link between them, Ella resolves to unravel Thornhill’s shadowy past.

Told in alternating, interwoven plotlines―Mary’s through intimate diary entries and Ella’s in bold, striking art―Pam Smy’s Thornhill is a haunting exploration of human connection, filled with suspense.


This review does contain SPOILERS.

This book is very similar to The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It is written in the same way, because it has pictures and a story. The art work is great! Pam Smy is a very good artist. All the pictures are in black and white but they fit the story and plot.

The story is actually quite sad. It follows two young girls but both are from different times. The written part of the story is Mary’s part. She is from the year 1982. The illustrated part is Ella’s story and she is from 2017. Despite being 35 years apart, both girls’ storys deal with bullying, a lack of a family that loves them, and death.

To be perfectly honest this book is not one I would recommend to young readers, due to the whole ending of the story. (INCLUDES SPOILERS) The ending deals with suicide, but that was not even the worst part. At the end of the books it shows another character moving into Ella’s room. He looks out of the window and sees the two girls. And that is how the book ends. In my mind, it was as if Pam Sym was showing that that character was going to die like the other did or showing that he was the next victim. That, to be perfectly honest, did not sit well with me.

So, due to those reasons, I do not recommend this book to young readers interested in books like The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This story left me feeling depressed, and to be honest, this society does not need any more young children feeling depressed. The idea of the book was interesting but it should have been written as a book intended towards older people, not one that can be found in a young adult section.

Title: Thornhill

Author: Pam Smy

Reading Resolution 57: Read a debut novel.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

The Giver

Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community. 1994 Newbery Medal winner. Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

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So, first and foremost, I read this book way before the movie came out. I just watched the movie a couple of days and let me tell you, the book was way better. The movie was not bad but books are usually better than their movie.

This book came out in 1993. It was the Divergent by Veronica Roth of its time but is still popular to be read. It is a science fiction/dystopian type of fiction. I liked this book very much. The story was interesting and intriguing.  I have actually read all of the books in this series. Yes, it is a series. There are three other books.

1st: The Giver

2nd: Gathering Blue

3rd: Messenger

4th: Son

All of the books were good reads but my favorite was The Giver.

I recommend this book and I do recommend the movie, but the book was better.


Tile: The Giver

Author and her website: Lois Lowery

Reading Resolution 41: Read a book that has been banned before.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.