Sunday, March 05, 2017

Tori's February 2017 #Book #Reviews (LBE)

It's time to take a look at what I read in Febuary.

As with the previous posts like this one, if you want to know more about the book, or the author, click on whichever it is you want to learn more about, and it will take you to the appropriate page on Goodreads. Clicking on my rating should take you to my actual Goodreads review for the book in question.

Don't forget: the format I've reviewed may not be the format I read. Also, please remember that I read across multiple genres and age ranges, so you should always check if a book is suitable for the intended reader, especially when children are involved. Sometimes reading the book's description on its Goodreads page will be enough for this, but other times you may need to check elsewhere to figure out the genre and/or recommended reading level.

OK... On to the reviews!

Bite Me If You Can (Argeneau #6)Bite Me If You Can by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
An excellent - and often entertaining - addition to the series, which fans of vampire themed romance novels will love.

Empress Matilda of England (Legendary Women of World History, #7)Empress Matilda of England by Laurel A. Rockefeller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a well-written and well-researched book, which makes for an enjoyable and educational read for history lovers of all ages.

A Day On The PondA Day On The Pond by Kevin Roland Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A really cute and fun little story.

Super Sporty 9: The Wrath of TitanicusSuper Sporty 9: The Wrath of Titanicus by Ellie Firestone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is an excellent ending to a great series, which lovers of horses and super hero stories will enjoy.

Vampires are Forever (Argeneau #8)Vampires are Forever by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another excellent addition to the series, with plenty of romance and mystery in the plot, and a great cast of characters.

Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau #9)Vampire, Interrupted by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another excellent addition to the series. This book is a perfect example of how, while able to be read in any order, due to being complete stories in their own right, the books in the series are best read in chronological order, since they can contain spoilers for previous books in the series.

The Savage Stone Age  (Horrible Histories)The Savage Stone Age by Terry Deary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An interesting - though often disgusting - look at history, which will appeal to many children, though may not be for the squeemish or easily upset.

The Measly Middle Ages The Measly Middle Ages by Terry Deary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An interesting, though often disgusting, look at history, which will appeal to children who enjoy gory details, and have the stomach for them.

The Awesome EgyptiansThe Awesome Egyptians by Terry Deary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another interesting - and often gory - look at history, which will appeal to any young history lover who has the stomach for it. A great addition to the series, though a difficult one to fully appreciate if you're using text to speach to read the book, since some of the details are lost among images.

The Cut-throat Celts The Cut-throat Celts by Terry Deary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An interesting look at Celtic history. Like the other books I've read from this series so far, this is a great book, if you can stomach the gory details, but a frustrating one to read if you're using text to speach, since you miss parts of it due to them being displayed in what are essentially images.

The Groovy GreeksThe Groovy Greeks by Terry Deary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An interesting look at Greek history, with some Roman history thrown in; a great read for history lovers, especially if you enjoy the gory parts of history, though a more user friendly history book for the sighted than for the visually impaired.

Angry AztecsAngry Aztecs by Terry Deary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An interesting look in to the history of the Maya and Aztecs, which is perfect for any history lover who can deal with the gory bits of history, though you'll miss bits if you're using text to speach to read this book. Also, it was entertaining reading a book that was insisting the world would end four years before the date I read it... Guess they got that prediction wrong. *wink*

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2)The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A great addition to the series, which makes for a fantastic read for those who enjoy stories about the Gods of legends, and are fans of the Percy Jackson books.

The Adventures of Rocky and the Bear Claw Club: The Legend of the Pirate Blackbear's Lost Gold Pinecone: The Threat of the Wolfkang ClanThe Adventures of Rocky and the Bear Claw Club: The Legend of the Pirate Blackbear's Lost Gold Pinecone: The Threat of the Wolfkang Clan by Steven Allan Pease
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The plot is creative, though rather slow paced, which some readers may not like. The cast of characters is excellent though. The only things that stop me giving this book five stars are the fact the ending felt a bit sudden to me (I hate cliffhanger endings, and felt like we were just getting to the real action when the ending came) and the fact the author kept jumping between past and present tense (sometimes in the same sentence). Other than those things, this was a great read.

***

Goodreads recently added a feature where you can track rereads of books.

This is a great thing for those who keep track of that sort of thing, but a bad thing for site accessability with screen readers, since clicking on the option to add the dates a book was read sometimes results in it deciding you must be wanting to mark a reread date. This means I have to save my review, check it to make sure it's only listing one set of dates, and go back in to delete the extra set of dates if it got confused and listed me as having read it twice (which you'd think it wouldn't do if the dates were identical, but it does).

Still, there is one good thing: at least this is a site update that most people are pleased to have, unlike all the "improvements" - a word I'm using very loosely - Facebook keeps making.

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