Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Ananya Singh, 11th Grade
Book Review of Embassy Row by Quinn Fawcett
Everyone is familiar with the amazing duo of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Together they face the world and solve crimes. However, not many are familiar with his older brother Mycroft Holmes. He is rarely mentioned in the original series by Arthur Conan Doyle and many readers, including me, have wondered what more there is to the mysterious Mycroft Holmes. Well, you're in luck! This series by a pair of authors under the pen name Quinn Fawcett do just that. The first book Embassy Row follows the journey of Mycroft as he embarks on a secret mission for the British government. This book was written in the perspective of Guthrie who is his assistant. They share the same relationship that Sherlock and John have. This book was quite a treat. Since I am a huge fan of the original series I decided to give this one a chance. Even though this series is not written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle the style of writing is very similar. The plot was quite interesting. However, there were some parts that I was not a fan of such as the little character build up. I wish the authors revealed more things about the characters themselves instead of only focusing on the plot. All in all, this book was a pleasurable read and I will be sure to read the next two books. If you are a die hard fan of anything Sherlock Holmes then make sure to give Embassy Row a read!
Final Rating: 4/5
Saturday, November 03, 2018
Ananya Singh, 11th Grade
Book Review of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
This unique tale follows the journey of a young yet ambitious girl named Zelie. She is a maji and therefore possess’ magic. One of her most recognizable traits is her long silver hair, a signature trait of all maji. She lives in the Kingdom of Orisha. Unfortunately, the king of Orisha has snatched magic from all the maji in an incident called the Raid. In the process, Zelie lost her mom and has never been the same. Since the Raid, Zelie has been living under the radar, secretly practicing magic with a group of individuals that want to bring magic back. Throughout her life, all the maji have been treated poorly and Zelie finally decided that enough was enough. She embarks on a trip to retrieve 3 sacred objects in order to bring back magic. Along the way, she faces countless battles and is forced to work with people she never thought she would meet. Does she succeed? Read the book to find out. Coming from someone who is not an avid reader, this book was different. It was engaging which encouraged me to read it to the very end. The exciting plot and the development of the characters make this book a definite read. I was able to connect with Zelie despite not facing the same things she faced.If you’re a fan of fantasy books or just have some free time be sure to pick up Children of Blood and Bone.
Final Rating : 4.5 out of 5
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