Cassandra's Castle: Magical Realm!
February 10, 2018
Smooth flowing and descriptive story with well
developed characters. You are transported to a different realm, set in
an earlier age. You are right there with Cassandra through her
adventure. Can be read as a stand alone book. Looking forward to
reading the rest of the series.
An Unconventional Mr. Peadlebody: This was hilarious, entertaining, and so incredibly unique! I mean, how
many vampires get laid out on their back by the butler?! And was that a
Gorgon at the funeral?!
Ian's Realm: Dianne Gardner takes a simple premise - that of a young boy and his
father whisked away into a magical land, and transforms it into
something that is a true work of art. Young Ian and his dad discover
that the computer program they had worked so hard to bring to life has
begun to take on a life of its own.
While it is classified under
Young Adult, this book transcends all such boundaries. Sure, the
characters are highly relatable to teens and middle-grade readers, but
the struggles of the characters, paired with her singularly masterful
writing transports the young and old to an ancient land ruled by a
vengeful draconic lord. I'm astounded at how the author uses her
experiences to add a realism to the work which makes you believe that,
lurking behind every screen, Ian's Realm might just wait... living, and
breathing under a dragon's eye. With wonder and enchantment worthy of
Narnia, this series will not disappoint.
03 Jul 2019
Portals, Dragons and Strangers, Oh My!
Ian's Realm: Being a teen is tough – especially when you’re caught up in a world you
know nothing about while your dad’s lost somewhere. The challenge of
school and every day life will never be the same.
excited to read Ian’s story since I first heard about his characters and
“Deception Peak” did not disappoint. The story is adventurous and a
pleasure to read, painting very real images with both words and
beautiful visual art created by the author. I absolutely adore stories
that pull you into a character and rumble around in their head with
their highs and woes, like the internal struggles and growth Ian
experiences. The story has consistent movement with plenty of action the
reader gets to experience via Ian.
I enjoyed the contemporary
elements and the ties to the real world throughout, making sure it’s
never truly astray. Particularly touching is the father-son aspect which
draws me in even more because it reminds me of my own family, where my
father and brother share an interest in technology and work on projects
together. It’s like being home.
The kindness shown by Amleth and
others caught my heart, providing a lovely balance to other characters
who aren’t as kind. I’m also a sucker for the varying emotions involved
in the story, making the characters real like they should be in any
great adventure. Sometimes the world is up and sometimes it’s down, but
Ian keeps going. He has pluck and courage, yet there is certainly a lot
of potential for him to grow! He faces several hefty lessons but his
heart is in the right place, all of which is valuable to our youth who
are reading and learning about the world and who they can be. I look
forward to see how Ian progresses.
Ian's Realm Saga: This rich trilogy stays with me and invites me back again to journey
with the author's engaging characters through unique, threatening,
beautiful and mysterious places. Ms. Gardner has a way of making her
characters accessible and sympathetic but complex. We travel with them,
we mature and learn with them, we feel their confusion, terror, relief,
and joy. Ms. Gardner does not talk down to the young fans for whom she
writes, and her fantasy novels are page turners for adults as well. This
series is not to be missed!
A Hard Won Journey
April 25, 2018
Dylan touched my heart and mind all at the same
time. The struggles he goes through and overcomes and accepting himself
just the way he is is a journey I am glad I took.
Dylan: A child so young being abused by his mother and then the State took him
away from her and Dylan went to live with an Uncle and his life was much
easier. Dylan was not handicapped but was considered slow. When his
Uncle died, Dylan was taken to another home. Learning about himself and
not having a friend to help was pure hell and a long journey for him.
This is a heart touching story and deserves to be read. Good book.
Dylan: An excellent story. The author delves deeply into Dylan's character so
the reader knows what he is made of and sees that he is also like
everyone else, no matter who calls him "slow". His Uncle Jim taught him
well and now Dylan has to live his own life. It takes him a little while
to figure out who he is and what he really wants from life. He is
thrown some unexpected curves that he must figure out, but Liona is
there to help him. Dylan tends to run, and wouldn't we all like to
run from our troubles. He runs to the sea and the author paints
wonderful word pictures of the ocean waves, salty spray, and the peace
that's found there. Dylan's magic isn't the main subject of the story
as it would be in some fantasies. It's just a part of who he is that he
needs to learn to control. We see Dylan grow up and become a man.
Dylan supposedly has limited capabilities. His parents are not together
and Dylan has been removed from his mother's home due to her
abusiveness. Dylan's uncle chooses to take care of Dylan, but the uncle
is in a wheelchair so he has limitations consequently Dylan and his
uncle take care of one another. Then Dylan's beloved uncle dies... the
one person who loved Dylan. An aunt puts Dylan in a home where he will
be cared for. However, after trauma Dylan runs away. Dylan reconnects
with his uncle's friend where through Dylan's magic he is able to help
the friend. Dylan also connects with a friend from the home that he ran
away from and gradually he learns that he has many capabilities despite
being told otherwise by his abusive mother.. Dylan learns he is
capable of taking care of himself. He finds love and learns to trust
and love himself and others. Plus, he learns to do what he loves!
book has an excellent message. The characterization and description is
delightful. The message is great for pre-teens to adults.