Today’s post is born out of me having absolutely no idea what to write, as well as the fact that the past few books I’ve read have not been terribly good. There’s probably going to be some extra sarcasm involved here because of my current motivation level.
The less motivated I am; the more sarcastic I am. There’s definitely a correlation.
Also, I can neither confirm nor deny the inclusion of a few bad puns.
You’ve been warned.
Let’s get into the post!
Book #1: The Neptune Project
What it’s about:
Nere has never understood why she feels so much more comfortable and confident in water than on land, but everything falls into place when Nere learns that she is one of a group of kids who-unbeknownst to them-have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of “The Neptune Project” will be able to build a better future under the sea, safe from the barren country’s famine, wars, and harsh laws.
But there are some very big problems: no one asked Nere if she wanted to be a science experiment, the other Neptune kids aren’t exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim through hundreds of miles of dangerous waters, relying only on their wits, dolphins, and each other to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids…dead or alive.
Why I like it: The Neptune Project, is a fantastic book for more than a few reasons. My favorite part about it is the setting. Like, seriously, it’s underwater. How many books have you ever read that are set underwater? Not too many, right? There’s also dolphins that can talk to the humans via telepathy. That’s dolphinately a huge selling point. (See, “dolphin”-ately, instead of definitely! Get it? Not good? Okay.)
What makes it special: Obviously, a unique setting doesn’t make a book special. You have to have well-written characters and an engaging plot too. Well, the Neptune Project has both of these things! Each character has a unique personality and character tags that set them apart from the rest, and the plot is engaging with a surprise twist or two along the way. And did I mention the dolphins?
Book #2: Tuesdays at the Castle
What it’s about:
Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celia’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing to itself. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one – other than Celia, that is – takes time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and reportedly killed, it’s up to Celia with her secret knowledge of the Castle’s many twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.
Why I like it: Tuesdays at the Castle has a lot going for it in my book. Was that a pun? I’m not actually sure. Anyway, like I was saying, it’s a great book. One of my favorite characters is actually the villain. Trust me, you will have such a deep-rooted hate for him after reading the book. That’s the mark of great writer, people. Also, I really like the cover, so…
What makes it special: Well, all fantasy worlds have some things in common, it’s an unavoidable trait. But in the world of Castle Glower instead of having a few different races of mythical creatures, it just has a few different countries. The people who inhabit these countries have their own distinct cultures, that are very obviously shown. I’m talking they are shown to an extent where you can tell what country someone is from by one feature of their clothing. It’s epic. You might even say it’s Glowerious.
Okay, that was pretty bad, I admit. Under-motivation breeds bad puns.
Yes, you can quote me on that.
Book #3: My Side of the Mountain
What it’s about: What?! You don’t know what My Side of the Mountain is about?! There was a very sad omission of certain literary content in your childhood. Ok, fine I’ll tell you what it’s about.
Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods—all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever.
Why I like it: There are so many reasons why I love this book, it’s hard to pick just one. You know what, I refuse to pick just one. The entire book is too amazing to select a single reason, and if you haven’t read it, I suggest you remedy that right away!
What makes it special: Again, there are so many things that make this book special, it’s hard to narrow it down. I think the number one thing is, plain and simple, the story itself. I literally cannot think of anything specifically special. The entire book is just so amazing and unique. Can you tell I have a lot of feelings on the subject? In fact, you could say I have enough feelings to cover the entire Catskill Mountain Range.
Okay, that wasn’t even a pun, that was just lame. Like, “I think I can hear crickets,” level lame. I should probably leave before this deteriorates even further.
Thanks for reading y’all! If you liked what you read, please consider liking, commenting, and subscribing. And as an outlet for all my feelings about My Side of the Mountain, I will be reviewing it next week.