The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 1) by Erin Hunter [Book Review]

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Title: The Sun Trail
Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Series: Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 5, 2013

The Sun Trail by Erin Hunter is the first book in the prequel for the Warriors series, Dawn of the Clans. We go way back to when there was only a Tribe of cats living in the mountains. When they realize the mountains aren’t a suitable enough home for them anymore, half of the Tribe journeys to a new land.

This book surprised me with the amount of family drama. Gray Wing is the protagonist who stays behind and his brother, Clear Sky, goes on the journey. Jagged Peak, they’re younger brother from another litter, decides to venture out himself and Gray Wing goes after him. Together, they catch up to the journeying cats.

They run into trouble along the way, ultimately finding a new spot to live. Except, they can’t decide which area would be the most suitable for them.

I saw each of these cats showing traits of ThunderClan, WindClan, RiverClan, and ShadowClan, which was awesome. I can speculate how the cats will be divided – and I’m pretty sure ShadowClan is already in the works by the end of the book.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Warriors book and it was awesome to get back to it. No, it’s not the familiar characters I’m used to since this is a prequel, but it was written the same way and still entertaining. I’m getting attached to these cats and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 1) by Erin Hunter

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The Sun Trail (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 1) by Erin Hunter is a great first book in another Warriors series. The characters are well-rounded and they’re facing similar problems at different times.

4.3

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Behind the Scenes by Joseph J. Allen [Book Review]

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Title: Behind the Scenes
Author: Joseph J. Allen
Genre: Nonfiction, Business

Series: Standalone
Publisher: eBooks2go
Publication Date: November 20, 2020

The movies are a fascinating concept. Despite the long list of names in the credits, you don’t realize just how much effort and work is put into a single movie, TV show, or commercial by an enormous team. Behind the Scenes by Joseph J. Allen gives a good example of that.

This book is catered to freelancers who want to get their foot in the door to the film industry. It’s a short read, under 100 pages, and there is some great information included such as discussing safety on set, terminology, equipment used, and more.

However, the information felt rushed. Readers will learn a lot from this book but the short length didn’t give me much time to process it, going from one chapter to the next.

If you’re interested in the film industry, then give this book a short – you will get something out of it. Just remember that this book is best suited for beginners.

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Behind the Scenes: How to Survive in the Movie Business as a Freelance Film Technician by Joseph J. Allen is a good start to get your foot in the door and learn some tricks about the movie industry.

3

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Jesus and Magdalene by João Cerqueira

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Title: Jesus and Magdalene
Author: João Cerqueira
Genre: Fiction, Religion

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Line by Lion Productions
Publication Date: July 19, 2016

Jesus and Magdalene by João Cerqueira is an interesting story that places real-life situations into a fictional setting with the help of Jesus.

The plot was well-done. I felt it was true to the genre and the same for the characters, even though I felt they were bland at times. However, I will say that Jesus was captured in a great way. Who’s to really say how Jesus thinks and acts, but the author did it justice.

The writing style was easy to follow along as well, with plenty of references to the Bible (along with footnotes), but it wasn’t a heavy read.

Overall, this was a solid story. I would have liked to see a bit more from it but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

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Jesus and Magdalene by João Cerqueira is a thought-provoking story that puts the reader in a fictional, yet relatable, situation. If you’re religious and enjoy thinking outside the box, this is a book to try.

3.3

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Thor, Volume 1: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron [Book Review]

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Title: The Goddess of Thunder
Author: Jason Aaron
Genre: Comic, Superhero, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Series: Thor, Volume 1
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: May 26, 2015

This was certainly a fun comic to read. I don’t know much about Thor (other than what’s in the MCU) and I have heard of a female Thor but I never knew anything about her.

This comic brings some insight on that. Thor is no longer worthy of his hammer and, while everyone tries to pick it up, there’s only one who can wield its power. She’s able to take the hammer without anyone noticing and she wears a mask, so no one knows her identity.

I thought she was a certain character for a while until the story proved me wrong later on. It was intriguing to figure out who she was (and also fun to watch Thor try to figure out who she is).

This comic is, of course, packed with action and witty dialogue. I know these characters came before the MCU but they had the same voice and tone as their characters on-screen and that was nice to see as it was familiar.

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Thor, Volume 1: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron is a fun installment of Thor’s story. While it wasn’t mainly about the God of Thunder, I found it delightful to follow a female superhero – even if she became so accidentally.

5

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The Last Lumenian by S.G. Blaise [Book Review]

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Title: The Last Lumenian
Author: S.G. Blaise
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Lilac Grove Entertainment LLC
Publication Date: October 7, 2020

The Last Lumenian is a solid science fiction and fantasy YA novel. The overall plot was unique enough (even with the romance trope but it was done well) and I enjoyed exploring this new world.

I’ll admit I was a bit lost in the beginning and had trouble getting into the story at first. There is a glossary at the back of the book, which was helpful. A lot happened in this story and it was quite the page-turner.

My only gripe was that I felt the protagonist was a bit annoying at times. I didn’t care too much for her voice, but there was enough character development by the end, that I was able to deal with it.

Overall, if you’re looking for a new fantasy read, give this one a go. You won’t be disappointed.

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The Last Lumenian by S.G. Blaise is an interesting world with a unique take on the galaxy, magic, and adventure.

4

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