Thunder Rising (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 2) by Erin Hunter [Book Review]

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Title: Thunder Rising
Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Series: Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Thunder Rising by Erin Hunter takes place not too long after the ending of the first book in this prequel series. In the Warriors world, there are four groups of cats split into Clans. At the time of this book, every cat is trying to find their place in this new territory.

Split into two groups, cats go back and forth between one group and the other or simply living along or going to live with Twolegs (humans).

Thunder, Clear Sky’s son, is torn between living in his father’s territory or remaining with Gray Wing, the uncle who raised him. Tensions rise as Thunder (among other cats) find their place and attempt to figure out there place in this new area.

There was plenty of action in this book, including a forest fire. However, more family drama unfolded and Gray Wing’s confidence began to slip away all the while Clear Sky grew strong, strengthening his own group of cats.

This book ended on a cliffhanger, so I’ll reading book three soon enough.

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

Conclusion

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Thunder Rising (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans, 2) by Erin Hunter felt as though it was a lot of build-up for book three. A lot happened – there was character development and the plot moved along smoothly and I’m eager to see what will happen next.

4

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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

Conclusion

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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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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.

The Last Lumenian by S.G. Blaise

Conclusion

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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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Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis [Book Review]

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Title: Guardians of the Galaxy
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Genre: Comic, Superhero, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Series: Cosmic Avengers, Volume 1
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: August 28, 2013

I’m a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and when I came across some of the comics on Amazon’s Prime Reading, I couldn’t resist. I don’t know much about the Guardians of the Galaxy other than watching the movies, so this was an enlightening comic to read.

The comic is, of course, a quick read. It’s a similar story to the movies but the characters have different personalities and appearances. For example, Groot looks scary in the comics as opposed to the adorable tree in the movies.

Even though this is volume one, a lot happened in this comic. After introducing Peter Quill and the Guardians going on an adventure with Iron Man, the end shows some background on the other Guardians such as Rocket, Groot, Drax, and Gamora. This was actually a bit all over the place for me. It didn’t feel linear, but it still made sense.

If you like Marvel or superheroes in general, pick this one up if you get a chance. It’s a good insight on the Guardians and a fun story.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis

Conclusion

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis is a fun read, beginning a great story with fun visuals.

4.7

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Ms. Marvel: Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (Book Review)

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Title: Ms. Marvel: No Normal
Author: G. Willow Wilson
Genre: Comic, Superhero, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: October 30, 2014

Plot

Kamala is an average teenage girl who does her best to handle whatever life throws at her. Then she becomes a superhero, just like the ones she looks up to. Except, she doesn’t necessarily know how or why she got the powers or what to do with them. My only complaint is the plot is a bit cliche… but what else do you expect from a superhero book? In a way, it was kind of normal rather than cliche.

Characters

I enjoyed the characters a lot. Yes, this is a “teenage” story. But, I think people from any age can enjoy this one, especially if you’re a fan of the Marvel universe and recognize the characters.

I believe the characters were captured in a great light. The teenagers were teenagers, the parents were parents… other than the superpower part, this is a pretty relatable book for teenagers. Kamala’s voice and narration is top notch, making this a fun read.

Writing Style

Being a comic book, this one is a quick read. The writing style is fun with speech bubbles or lack thereof along with the narration blocks. Some pages don’t have words at all and let the pictures speak for itself.

The art style is awesome as well. This was my first time reading a comic on my Kindle and the crisp colors didn’t disappoint. It was clear and I was able to see every detail that was drawn within its pages.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

Conclusion

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Overall

Ms. Marvel: No Normal is a quick read that’s fun. A younger audience will enjoy this one but if you’re familiar with the characters and Marvel as a whole, this will be a fun read regardless of age.

4.3

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