Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume


Before I go any further… The author allowed me to share some exclusive content and you, the readers, are now the first ones to know – a NEW COVER is coming out in a week or so. More than deserved for a book as great as this one, if I may add. 

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Kindle: $4.26
Paperback: $11.95

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Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal.

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of people who can alone see the real Creatures that inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like him, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

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“The surroundings may be new to you, my boy, but walking I’m sure is not – don’t let what your eyes tell you disrupt what your heart already knows.” – Master Grimoire

Okay, before I grabbed this book from the author, I looked it up on Amazon. There was this certain quote in the description:

“If you’re suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals, then look no further! This detailed, intriguing and touching story is the answer!” – Independent Reviewer

To be perfectly honest, I thought it was a load of crap, and it seemed childish to me that someone would compare a rather unknown book to Harry Potter. But then again, the description seemed interesting enough, so I grabbed it. And boy am I glad I did.

We follow the story of Evan, who has been an outcast since his young age, due to his ability to see Creatures. He has moved through many foster homes before eventually finding a home at Lyceum. I am not going to summarize it and spoil it for you guys, I am just giving you some detail, so I can proceed to my next point, which is…

It is nothing like Harry Potter, but it is right there next to it. The story is a totally different thing, and we cannot draw any comparisons whatsoever. The points that do connect the two, however, are in friendship, loyalty, mystery and home. Just like Evan, you will find a home at Lyceum. I think the latter is very important. It sucks you up into the story and makes you feel like you are right there, walking the same corridors as every other student. Make this book into a movie and it WILL BE Harry Potter of the new, younger generations. I am sure of that.

Let us touch friendship and loyalty first. When Evan arrives at Lyceum, he meets a girl named Mathilde, who offers to help him and show him around the Lyceum, as he was brought there a month late. Evan then proceeds to meet a whole bunch of other people and makes friends, who do not let him down, and are always there for him whenever he needs them. And they do come in handy throughout the book. As you would imagine, Evan is the one that does not seek trouble, but trouble always seems to find him.

What about mystery? One of the most amazing segments of the book. The book itself splits into more stories. The one where you follow Evan is the central story. But behind it (as you read about it at the very beginning) is another story that up until the end, does not influence the flow of the central story, even though the events of that story make their way into the central story. This is an absolutely beautiful execution by the author. And this is not all. We also have the story of the White Wrath that, again, catches the flow of the central story, and unleashes when the time is right. But not only that, we also have the starts of the stories about Creatures, Evan’s parents, dreams and so on and so forth (I do not want to say too much because I do not want to spoil it). The book is absolutely filled with secrets and mystery and you will not uncover all of them. Some of them just wave their hand at you and disappear, probably waiting for us in the second book.

The character development is great. We get to know Evan as a boy, who doesn’t really exceed in anything in particular. By the end of the book, he grows out of that and becomes as skilled as the rest of the first grade students. At the end of the book, he is much more mature and ready to face what the second year will bring. But again, it is not only about Evan, even the other characters that surround him, get their fair share of development. For example Mathilde. She manages to break free of the shell that surrounded her, finally lets down her guard and talks to Evan honestly, sharing her own darkest secrets.

The book is also filled with humourous moments and characters. The Pyro professor and his poor chemical mixing skills will give you an absolute blast (see what I did there?). I always think that humour is important. It supplies the necessary comical relief at the right time, so it does not ruin the momentum of the story.

I did my best to not spoil anything for you guys. On another note, even though the author sent me a free copy, I will also buy the paperback one (as soon as the new cover is released). I loved the book and I could not put it down for days, as soon as I had some free time, I went back to reading. I sincerely hope, the author can make enough money, to release the second part. And that right there is up to us, readers. If you can afford it, buy it.

I just cannot seem to find anything wrong or bad about this book, so…

Book recommendation: 10/10, OUR FIRST ONE!

The Monsters.

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This right here is the best gift I can ever receive. There is not enough money in the world that could outweigh the feeling of helping someone and making someone happy. I want to continue that and share her blog with you guys. Go there and show her some love! We have been talking for the past few days and she is for sure one of the most down to earth people you will ever have a chance to meet/read.

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Monsters are real…

The scariest monsters that exist are the ones that lurk within our souls. They live inside all of us, and sometimes- they win. The strongest of people are the ones that have a command over their monsters.

I put this topic off a really long time and felt like there is no reason to blog about it. But the ”behind” story of this kept lingering around my brain and I had to get it out somehow. Because, all it gave me was many sleepless nights.

The truth is, I have seen this ”monster”. I have felt its presence. I have been touched by it. And eventually, it killed me. Beauty is a curse on the world. It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are. The world is full of monsters with friendly faces.

Every monster you have met or will ever meet was once a…

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Differences between the book and the movie

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Hey all! Judging from the feedback I received, you really seem to enjoy these. Because of that, I decided to make one for all the movies. This means that we will have a Harry Potter marathon on Wednesdays for the next few weeks. This week it is about the third and my favorite part. Enjoy!

Let us start from the beginning. Aunt Merge brought her dog Ripper to their dinner. She offers him some tea and this is where the first difference happens. In the book, Ripper drinks the tea from a saucer, but in the movie, Aunt Merge allows him to drink the tea straight out of her glass.

As we are used, Peeves does not appear in any of the movies, although he always had some kind of a role in the books. Here we, yet again, stumble upon just that. In the book Peeves is the one who tells those gathered about Sirius attacking the portrait of the fat lady. In the movie, we get that information from the fat lady herself, as she is hiding in one of the other frames.

During the stormy Quidditch match, Harry sees the Grim watching him from the stands. In the movie, however, he sees clouds that take shape of a Grim while he is flying towards them. After that, the book says that Harry fell off his broom, leaving Cedric to capture the snitch. In the movie, Harry is actually struck by lightning and Cedric does not capture the snitch.

The book has Harry go to Hogsmeade on two separate occasions, in the movie he only goes there once. The book says that on one of those two trips, he threw mud balls at Draco and his companions. Due to the fact that in the movie, he goes there only once (during winter), he throws snowballs instead. During his visit to Hogsmeade, he overhears a conversation and goes inside Three Broomsticks Inn. He then proceeds to eavesdrop on Fudge’s conversation while hiding under his invisibility cloak. In the book, Harry, Ron and Hermione all listen to the conversation and Harry is hiding under the table.

When our trio have a confrontation with Malfoy, Hermione pulls out her wand and then punches him on his nose. In the book, Hermione does not pull out her wand and only slaps Malfoy. It just sucks to be the movie version of Malfoy. 

During the climax of the movie, when our trio meets Sirius and Lupin, Harry jinxed Snape. In the book it was Harry, Hermione and Ron who all jinxed him at the same time. Snape is then unconscious when Lupin turns into a wolf, but the movie had other, more heroic plans for Snape, as he woke up and protected the trio.

When they go to the tower to save Sirius, Hermione uses Bombarda to unlock the door. In the book, she uses the simple Alohomora. This is also due to the fact that in the book, Sirius is not actually locked up in the tower but in Flitwick’s office.

This is all for this one. As always, I have included the ones I find the most interesting, but there are many more. If you feel like you want to share another one, feel free to post it in the comments below.

Remember to check back in on Friday, for the weekly review.

400!

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I do not even know what to write anymore. My expectations were already exceeded at 100, but you guys keep going strong. Not that I am complaining.

Amazing. Thank you!

Gibberish #12

 

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Hey everyone! Those of you who follow me on Instagram already noticed that I came back from Italy and got some “exclusive content” before everyone else. For those of you not familiar with my Instagram account yet, click the image above. It will take you straight there. I post more photos there and you can basically see what I am doing or reading, without waiting for me to tell you in weekly Gibberish.

Today’s Gibberish is all about my trip to Italy. As with Prague, this trip was also organized by our faculty or rather our Geography department. As with Prague, we had to cover all the costs (going to kill myself if somebody mentions another trip again).

When you think of Italy, you think about visiting the major cities, like Milano or Venice for example. We, however, took a different approach and went on to visit smaller towns/cities. This was the most welcomed part of the trip for me personally, because I love peace and quiet and these towns offered that. Also, if you visit the unknown or rather, less known parts, you might even stumble upon a jewel or two. As we did.

Without wasting more words, here are the photos from the trip. Enjoy.

Chioggia-water-canal-boatsThis is the town of Chioggia. It is a small fishing town that has striking similarities with Venice. You could say a more quiet edition of those. I highly recommend that you visit it!

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This is one of the many villas that we had a chance to visit. The fee for this one was 8€ and, to be honest, it was not exactly worth it. The outside design and the yard (the next set of photos) was really beautiful, but the inside was, aside from the frescos, rather boring.

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Here is the yard of the villa, that I mentioned before. As you can see it is huge and even has a few lemon trees growing there. Aside from that it also has beautiful avenues with trees that offered much-needed shadow in the warm day.

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I also really love the narrow streets that you can find basically in any town/city. This example is from the city of Vicenza. I forgot what the town with the fishing canal was called, but you can see, that this is something that is very common in Italy. Our last stop was in Padova, where we chose to enjoy the nice sunny weather with a Cuba Libre and a nice italian pizza.

Digital Versus Physical

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Okay, so here is a post out of schedule, but I just want to put this out. As of today there will be a few changes regarding my reviewing.

From now on I will ask for physical copies of books for reviewing, rather than digital. I have never told you this, but I do not read the digital books off of a reader designed for it (since I do not have the money to afford one). Instead of that I read them off of my phone, which causes a lot of eye straining for me. I have been doing this for a couple of years now, so you can imagine that it is not the brightest of ideas to stare into a bright screen and read small letters. Now, because I do not want to ruin my eyes at such young age, I have decided to stop being so open to digital works. This does not mean that I will not be accepting digital versions of books. What I will do, however, is ask for more time. For example, if it takes me one week to read through a physical copy I will ask for two weeks if it is a digital version. This enables me to read it slower and thus have more daily break for my eyes. I will also always read through physical copies first and then tackle the digital, even if the physical arrived a couple of days later. I know authors are usually not in a rush to have the review published, but I am, since I need a constant flow of content on my blog. I just do not want to kill myself (or rather my eyes) to keep up with that.

I hope everyone understands.

– Viking

Hunt for the Last Wizard (Chronicles of Novarmere: Dark Wizard Quartet #2) – Melanie Ifield

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Kindle: $1.21
Paperback: $9.99      

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In the second book of the ‘Chronicles of Novarmere: Dark Wizard Series’, Daniel faces more sorcery, even more danger and magical forces than ever before as the sirens of the Glass Sea attempt to drag him into a watery grave. With angry dragons and hungry goblins who would like nothing more than to eat the companions alive, travel in the Land of Novarmere is not for the faint-hearted!
What else will happen as the companions journey north on the hunt for the last wizard of Novarmere?

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If you start to see betrayal in everyone you meet, soon you will be unable to spend any time in the company of others. You’ll be confined by your own suspicions. – Nilofar

The first word to come to mind – Amazing. I loved the first book, but this one took it to another level. I truly believed that if someone were to make a movie out of this, it would be at least as successful as Narnia.

The book starts off with a revision on what happened in the previous book. Now to be honest here, this was not done well. It was more complex than it should be. Instead of trying to connect it in the story, the author should have just made a paragraph in a style of “previously on”.  I remembered what went on in the first book even though it has been some time since I have read it. So if someone was to jump into this one immediately after the first, it would bore him out and make him skip a few pages, and nobody wants to do that (unless you are reading centuries old books for your school project, you are excused to do that then).

The story picks up where it left off. Our little protagonist Daniel is still trapped in Novarmere and his brave heart is still there to assist his friends on the new adventure. Following the events in the previous book, the search is on to find their friend and last wizard, Poe. Nilofar, the little dragon, that we also met in the first book and grew fond of, is still present and still flapping his wings and puffing smoke. We do however meet a few new characters, that still need to earn our trust. After the turn of events in the first book, we just do not like to give it away as easily. You will meet a fewer selection of new characters and creatures, which is not a bad thing. The author took a step back and gave us just enough material for us to comprehend and remember. It is a good way to make us care for and cherish every single character in the book.

As we are used to by now, action and mystery is just around the corner in Novarmere. Our friends have to fight to stay alive and so does our protagonist, Daniel. There is a sense of maturity kicking in, because for the first time in his life, he has to know how to handle himself and how to protect others. So we can account for character growth throughout the book (and probably even series). The book teaches us that we should go over and beyond for our friends and never give up, no matter what danger crosses our path. You never know, your friends might have to do the same for you one day (write this down somewhere, probably the smartest sentences to come from under my fingers).

If we compare it to the first book in a sense of quotable lines, you will not find that many in this one. This book, compared to the previous one, is a bit more serious. They are searching for their friend after all and with so much going on, there really is no time to be a philosopher. You will find some tho and those are more than enough to get you through.

I loved the book and I am off to buy the next part.

Book recommendation: 9/10