The Mass of Men by Rachel K. Wentz

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Title: The Mass of Men
Author: Rachel K. Wentz
Genre: Fiction, Action, Adventure

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Rachel K. Wentz
Publication Date: January 2021 (originally October 2013)

The Mass of Men by Rachel K. Wentz is a fascinating read with great insight into what people need to go through in order to become a firefighter. While the actual story elements are fiction, the rest of it – training at the academy – is true.

Knowing someone who went through the academy and is now a firefighter, I found this book to be pretty relatable, even though I didn’t go through it myself. However, Sam, the protagonist, is the only female at the academy. There are issues of sexism in the story as not all of her peers thought she should be there. I was annoyed at these characters but it was done well. Each character had their own ups and downs and struggles and learned to work as a team.

If you know a firefighter in real life or are just interested in seeing what they have to go through, this is a great read.

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The Mass of Men by Rachel K. Wentz is an action-packed story of a group of people going through the academy to become firefighters. Not only do they need to do well in class but they also have to work as a team. This is an insightful read with interesting characters.

4

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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.

Jesus and Magdalene by João Cerqueira

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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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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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Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater [Book Review]

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Title: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Author: Florence and Richard Atwater
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Children’s

Series: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, 1
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: November 2, 1992

I remember reading this book in elementary school. I didn’t remember much of it, but I do remember enjoying it. When the kid I babysit was in third grade, who is now 11-years-old, he read this book in school and I didn’t read it along with him because they read it in school, it was never for homework. Now his sister is in third grade and they read the book. They still read it in school but she decided to give me “homework” and had me read it.

I forgot how pleasant this book is. Mr. Popper is a house painter who’s married with two children and they’re living paycheck to paycheck. However, Mr. Popper has dreams of traveling and going on expeditions. He writes to one of his idols, Admiral Drake, who gives him a penguin.

One thing leads to another and he ends up with 12 penguins. Chaos ensures as they try to keep the penguins cold (don’t worry – no penguins were harmed in the making of this book) and they also turn them into show penguins.

This book is pretty crazy with a lot of ridiculous things happening. For a children’s story, though, it’s a solid tale. The writing style is fun and the plot, as crazy as it is, is well-rounded and comes full-circle by the end.

If you haven’t read Mr. Popper’s Penguins, or you have a kid who hasn’t read it, pick it up together. It’s a quick read and it’s a delight.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater is a fun tale filled with wacky characters and funny moments. It’s a short read that will ensure to make you smile.

4.3

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Timothy’s Adventures by Tanya Packer [Book Review]

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Title: Timothy’s Adventures
Author: Tanya Packer
Genre: Devotional, Christian, Religious, Children’s

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Westbow Press
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

Timothy is a young boy going through life with the help of his new Sunday school teacher, Nanny, and friends. From getting to know a new Sunday school teacher to finding a box of lost puppies, to sticking up for friends when they’re bullied, Timothy has quite the adventures, navigating through life.

When I read this book, even though it’s a continuous story, I felt as though I was reading short stories. These chapters read as they could be standalones. I’m not entirely sure if that was done on purpose, but I liked it. At the end of each chapter, there are discussion questions for kids to have with their parents along with Bible passages to go over.

Since this is geared toward kids, the writing style and the characters themselves were young and simple. However, some of the chapter topics based on bullying or the color of someone’s skin was done well enough that the children can understand. Honestly, some adults should definitely read this book!

I’m looking forward to see more from this author and I’ll certainly be using this book in my own Sunday school class.

Timothy’s Adventures by Tanya Packer

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Timothy’s Adventures by Tanya Packer is a quick read that’s a delight for all ages. Children will especially enjoy this read and learn along the way. It’s certainly worth the read.

5

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