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

Plot
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Overall

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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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

Plot
Characters
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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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A Noble’s Path by I.L. Cruz [Book Review]

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Title: A Noble’s Path
Author: I.L. Cruz
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Enchanted Isles, book 2
Publisher: Bosky Flame Press
Publication Date: January 31, 2020

Plot

A Noble’s Path, book two of the Enchanted Isles series, picks up where book one left off. There’s a lot at stake and Inez seems to be in more trouble than she was before.

I found the plot of this particular book to be especially well done since it truly hit the mark on the head when it came to snowballing the events of the first book into the second one. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Characters

All the characters were back and it seemed that some had more of a hand in the events than before which was nice to see. There was more romance between Inez and Zavier this time around too.

Writing Style

The author did a good job at explaining what happened in book two throughout book two. I always recommend reading a series in order but you can read this one without reading book one without feeling too lost.

The world holds up well in this one and I enjoyed jumping back into it.

A Noble’s Path by I.L. Cruz

Conclusion

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Overall

A Noble’s Path held up to its potential following the first book and beyond. I’m looking forward to the third book.

5

About The Author

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I.L. Cruz wants to live in a world where words are chosen with care, shoes are as comfy as socks, and reading time is sacred.

She’s used her BA in international relations to sow political intrigue in her fantasy worlds and her MA in history to strive for the perfect prologue.

When she’s not engaged in this mad profession she indulges her wanderlust as often as possible, watches too much fanboy fare and reads until her eyes cross.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and a sun-seeking supermutt named Dipper.

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A Smuggler’s Path by I.L. Cruz [Book Review]

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Title: A Smuggler’s Path
Author: I.L. Cruz
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Enchanted Isles, book 1
Publisher: Bosky Flame Press
Publication Date: July 24, 2018

Plot

Inez lives a double life in an attempt to bring magic back to all. For a young adult fantasy, this is something we’ve seen before. Magic gets the protagonist into trouble and they learn a lot about where they came from along the way.

Needless to say, A Smuggler’s Path is done in a unique way. Yes, the foundation is set, but there’s a lot more to it than that. I can’t say anything too much due to spoilers but I think the overall plot was well done.

It was complex and kept you engaged throughout.

Characters

There is a wonderful cast of characters. Inez herself is a strong, independent woman with a good head on her shoulders. It was fun to follow this story alongside her.

I enjoyed all the other characters as well but I will admit there were a lot of characters. There is a glossary of people in the book but I found myself having a hard time keeping track of who was who. (I also read this on my Kindle so it’s not like I could easily flip back and forth to the cast of characters and my page.)

Writing Style

A Smuggler’s Path is written in a beautiful, wonderfully crafted world. Having a cafe named Froth is a the coolest thing ever, in my opinion.

There were a lot of fun and unique places within this story and the author’s writing style and description was easy to follow along and painted a nice picture.

A Smuggler’s Path by I.L. Cruz

Conclusion

Plot
Characters
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Overall

A Smuggler’s Path is a great read for fantasy fans. It’s familiar but unique enough to jump into a brand new world.

4.3

Favorite Quote

“I only run to evade being caught by someone chasing me – running for fun made no sense to me at all.”

I.L. Cruz, A Smuggler’s Path

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I.L. Cruz wants to live in a world where words are chosen with care, shoes are as comfy as socks, and reading time is sacred.

She’s used her BA in international relations to sow political intrigue in her fantasy worlds and her MA in history to strive for the perfect prologue.

When she’s not engaged in this mad profession she indulges her wanderlust as often as possible, watches too much fanboy fare and reads until her eyes cross.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and a sun-seeking supermutt named Dipper.

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Warriors: Shattered Sky (A Vision Of Shadows 3) By Erin Hunter [Book Review]

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Book Review: Warriors: Shattered Sky (A Vision of Shadows 3) by Erin Hunter | Young Adult | Fantasy | Book Blogger | RachelPoli.com

I got a hardcover copy for Christmas.

Summary:

Only shadows can clear the sky

The warrior Clans are facing an enemy more dangerous than they have ever known. Darktail and his band of rogues have seized ShadowClan’s territory. Worse, many of ShadowClan’s young warriors and apprentices have joined the rogues, forcing Rowanstar and a few loyal warriors to take refuge in ThunderClan.

Though Darktail’s rogues are a threat to all warrior cats, the ties between the four ties have begun to fracture. RiverClan is heavily wounded, WindClan has closed its borders, and in ThunderClan, medicine cat Alderheart is more certain than ever that their only hope is to find SkyClan. They must fulfill StarClan’s prophecy–before Darktail’s vicious reign puts an end to all the Clans.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.comAs always, I like the book cover. I like how realistic it looks and how it showcases certain important characters of that current book.

Plot | RachelPoli.comThe plot of this book needed all five Clans, including SkyClan, to ban together to get rid of Darktail and the rogues. This plot is very intense but it was great to see all the Clans working together. My only complaint – if you can call it a complaint – is that this book seemed to be the end. It would have been a great ending to A Vision of Shadows, but there are still three books left in this series. I’m lost as to what will happen next for the last three books.

Characters | RachelPoli.comAll the characters are great, as usual. I’m glad Twigpaw took matters into her own hands – it was about time one of them did something without obeying and then calling “woe is me.” All the characters had a purpose in this particular book and it was great.

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These books are always an easy read. Shattered Sky is on the shorter side compared to the other books in the series. It was a page-turner and definitely a fun read compared to the first two books of the series. As I said for the plot, though, I’m not sure what’s going to happen next. This book would have been a great wrap up for the series.

Overall | RachelPoli.comShattered Sky was a great read and I’m looking forward to reading the fourth book.

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