WWW Wednesday: 1.16.2019

Hey everyone! I thought I would take on WWW Wednesday today, revived by Taking on a World of Words! Go check out their blog and participate!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Okay. Here goes…


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Currently reading: I downloaded this eARC from Netgalley a while ago. The cover of The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. Smith was caught my eye when I first came across this book. I had never read anything by this author but became interested after reading the synopsis. I love a good suspense/paranormal story and am eager to see how this will play out in a middle grade novel. I’m only in the first few chapters so it’s a little early to give too much of an opinion, but upon first impressions, I’m definitely seeing this as a book for older readers. Maybe 10-13 years old. Unfortunately the rating it’s been given on Goodreads makes this book seems not as promising, but I’m giving it a chance. This book will be published 2.19.2019.

 

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Recently Finished: I actually finished two books this week, but I’ll show the cover of the one I wrapped up last night. A Voice for the Spirit Bears  by Carmen Oliver with illustrations by Katy Dockrill is a beautiful non-fiction picture book about a boy named Simon Jackson who found his voice by advocating to save the rare Kermode bears, or Spirit bears. I loved the artwork and writing style as well as Simon’s passion to save these animals. There will be a more extensive review on this book later this week. It is set to be released 5.7.2019.

The other book I just finished is The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis. This is the second book in the Tales from the Chocolate Heart series and was released 11.6.2018. I loved this book even better than the first and am excited to read the next one! You can read my review here and check out the first book in the series here if you’re interested!

 

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Reading Next: I’m really looking forward to reading this YA graphic novel. The book is Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle. This author is more known for writing middle grade fiction, but I do admire that she branched out to YA. I’m interested to see the outcome of this graphic novel. This one is also set to be published on 5.7.2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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Middle Grade Book Review – Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill

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Details: 

Title: Aquicorn Cove

Author: Katie O’Neill

Pages: 96

Exp. Publication: October 16th, 2018 by Oni Press

Source: NetGalley

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Plot:

Lana and her father have returned to their hometown by the ocean where her Aunt Mae needs help cleaning up after a treacherous storm. While helping out, Lana comes across a tide pool and discovers a strange injured baby seahorse that needs her help. Lana takes care of the creature and soon learns of the magical Aquicorn and a mysterious underwater city that surprisingly her Aunt Mae knows all too well. Though Lana knows the coral reef where the city resides is dying, she must make some tough decisions in order to convince her Aunt and the village that their ways of surviving are not always the safest for the ocean.

Review:

I’ve been a fan of Katie O’Neill’s art and stories. From the moment I first read, Princess Princess Ever After, I knew I was on the lookout for more of her upcoming work. O’Neill has done it again with her beautiful artwork and storyline, this time with magical Aquicorns, family hardships, and the power to stand up for what is right. Though the story itself did lack some flow, it was made up for in the overall message. When Lana discovers that the coral reef where the Aquicorn colony thrives is dying, she tries what she can to convince her Aunt Mae that it’ll save both her village and the coral reef by making better fishing choices.

As much as I liked the message of this story, I felt there was a little disconnection in some areas of the plot. One page I would be reading Lana’s internal struggles of living in the city with her father instead of the village, and the next page would begin the story of how Aunt Mae got to know the Aquicorns and the Sea Maiden in the colony. It felt like it would flip like this a few times, leaving me a little confused on what to focus on. The ending, however, was very sweet. Though I do wish this story was a little longer, I thought it was lovely and had a great message about the importance of ocean conservation.

This would be a great read for tweens who like graphic novels, fantasy, and the ocean.

You can pre-order this book on Amazon.