Book Review: Delilah Dusticle

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Author: A.J. York
Release Date: June 1st 2014
Series: Delilah Dusticle
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Edition: mobi
Pages: 96
Publisher: Self-Published
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

Delilah Dusticle has special powers. She can completely eradicate dust. With her quiver pouch of special dusters, Delilah can run up walls, reaching places others just can’t. As a maid in the Fenchurch-Whittington house, Delilah’s unusual skills soon lead to her being promoted to Chief Dust Eradicator and Remover. Until one day, when a broken heart leads to her powers taking an expected turn.

This is the first book in a quirky middle grade fantasy series. The story entices the reader into a new and magical world that appeals to both kids and adults. The reader can explore how the ordinary in life can be extraordinarily overlooked, how friendship can help you overcome life’s difficulties and how accepting yourself is the biggest challenge of all.

Rating

5-stars

Review

Plot/Story:

This is an adorable story about a woman who has a special power to eradicate dust. She gets her heart broken, loses her job, and instead of getting rid of dust, she creates dust. It is a story about digging yourself out of the dark hole you have put yourself in. It’s about not fearing what is ahead of you and not to fear to try new things. It’s also a story about how important friends can be.

If I had kids, I would read this story to them at least once a week. It is such an adorable story and magical.

Delilah reminds me of a character from my own childhood, Amelia Bedelia.

Characters:

I love Delilah. She is a very talented woman who, throughout the story, learns to value herself.

Romance/Kills:

No death and I like it that way. Romance. There is a slight hint of romance, but nothing overly romantic.

Writing:

I love the writing. It’s very well edited and it would be easy for a child just learning to read. Which, I am assuming is A.J. Yorks main goal.

Beginning:

The beginning is just the start of a magical ride through the world of Delilah. You won’t be able to close the book until you have finished it.

Ending:

The ending was fantastic. It was a happy ending and the only kind of ending you would expect from such an adorable story.

Cover Art:

The cover art is so adorable.

Blurb:

The blurb makes Delilah sound like a ninja maid…and I love it! The blurb is perfect.

You can also read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: Delilah Dusticle began working for the Fenchurch-Whittington family at the age of sixteen.

Highlights: It is an adorable story that people of all ages can enjoy.

Lowlights: There is nothing wrong with this story.

Final Thoughts: This should be in every school classroom.


Review contributor:

pics-2Heather Mostella:

I’m a reader, writer, dreamer, and crafter. I like to create things and I love to see what others create. I avoid reality as much as possible, and often pretend I’m a vampire. I also own a group of black cats, so my neighbors think I’m a witch and I’m okay with that. I am a fan girl.

I love shows like Doctor Who, Supernatural, and Grimm. I love anime and dream of one day going to Japan. I just like to have fun, enjoy life, and do what makes me happy.

Read more about Heather here.


 

Book Review: The Slapstyx

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Author: Annabelle Franklin
Release Date: February 18th 2015
Series: February 17, 2015
Genre: Children's Fiction
Edition: mobi
Pages: 2844
Publisher: Pearlswood Publishing
Source: Author
Buy it here: Amazon

Blurb

With the help of the grubby Slapstyx goblins, dastardly detergent manufacturer Zachary Zigstack is turning the oceans into toxic slime infested with ravenous sea monsters.
Twin sisters Georgie and Gem can leave their bodies at will and explore other dimensions – which means they can spy on the Slapstyx and find a way to stop them. But can they do it before all the sea creatures are destroyed? The Slapstyx are dangerous as well as dirty, and have nasty ways of killing people who cross them…

Rating

5-stars

Review

Plot/Story:

The magical dirt and dust goblins invade their home and the adult will not believe the twins (Georgie and Gem) so it’s up to them to fight these magical creatures. I love the humor behind this story and how the story tells us about cleaning product and their real effect on our surroundings, but in a very light and magical story.

Characters:

The characters are well written and developed, the twins are very determined and loyal and the villain here is Zachary Zigstack who tries to destroy the sea, he is a very nicely written villain.

Writing:

To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting to love this book much, as it is written for 8 years old kids, but I did. I loved reading this book a lot. This book reminded me a lot of Dr. Sue’s wonderful imaginary aspects. The author Annabelle made it so easy for me to fall in love with the story and the character and I loved that she kept it age appropriate, but still a very fun read for adults as well.

Beginning:

The story start with the villain as we learn more about him and his star product and from there on it was a very fast read. We learn about the family and the main characters (The twins) and from the second chapter life as they know it had change completely.

Ending:

The book ends with a very satisfying way and with a yummy dinner 😉 I will leave it at that

Cover Art:

Let’s talk cover… The cover is so beautiful and fun and you could tell from the picture of what the book is going to be.

Blurb:

The blurb was the second thing that attracted me to pick this book. It sounded fun and light and describes the book just about right.

You can also read this review at Goodreads and Amazon.

Other Stuff

Opening Line: “Zachary Zigstack was a big businessman – big, fat, and very, very greedy.”

Lowlights: None.

Final Thoughts: I want to dream-walk as well ❤ Read the book to learn what Slapstyx is… Or who 🙂


Review contributor:

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I am an avid reader, coffee addict, a writer and a blogger. I am a bit of agoraphobic (people scare me, lol). Me and my hubby love to spend every moment together, we even game together.

I live mostly in my own imaginary world full of dragons, magic and vampires and from time to time I pull myself away to deal with the real world.

Read more about Galit here.