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Girl of Glass – Book Review

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Girl of Glass

About the Book:

Girl of Glass; Megan O’Russell
Y/A; Dystopian Fantasy; 242 Pages

Ink Worlds Press (February 26, 2019)

Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.​

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.

About the Author:

Megan is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan’s current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic. 
For more information on Megan’s books visit MeganORussell.com.

Jenn’s Review:

Girl of Glass is one of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve read in a very long time. On par with Hunger Games, Megan O’Russell has created a gripping storyline that has me chomping at the bit for book 2, Boy of Bloodto be released (it’s coming out in April, I believe, and Thrice Read Books will be on the blog tour for it).

Nola is a typical teenager. She’s fallen in love and lost that love. She has a friend who has a crush on her, and of course, her mother is distant and just doesn’t understand… And then, the boy she fell in love with, happens back into her life on a fateful afternoon while her class is working in the Charity Center, feeding the *cough cough* “less fortunate” of the city outside the cocooned, sequestered, perfect world of the Domes.

At seventeen, Nola has to make some hard choices in her life, as the unjustness of the “Domers” treatment of those who live on the outside. All she has grown up with, all she has been carefully conditioned to understand is challenged as she faces starvation, sickness, and death that runs rampant on the outside.

And at the center of this harsh awakening is Keiran – the boy she fell in love with before he and his father were banished from the Domes for helping those on the outside. To further complicate matters, her long-time friend Jeremy, reveals his love for Nola, leaving her in limbo between the man she can’t have and the man who would give everything for her.

This was a really exciting read. Sam will probably also be reading (and doing a vlog, of course) this as well as Boy of Blood. The book does contain a few fight scenes, which are mildly graphic, but most readers shouldn’t find these too disturbing. Girl of Glass contains vampires, werewolves and zombies (oh my!), but Megan has altered their origins for the purposes of her story.

If you only have one dystopian novel on your list this year, make sure this book is on it!

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Sam’s Review:

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell

Hello everybody! In case you’re new, my name is Sam. And welcome to Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, with short reviews to get your reading list started. Today, our topic is Girl of Glass by Megan O’Russell, a dystopian novel whereas the best of the best survive within glass domes, and the rest, well, they make do with drugs that enhance their senses, give them supernatural abilities, yet also helps them to survive the toxic environment.

The daughter of a botanist,  the girl’s name is Nola, is told that in order to find her childhood friend, she must go too 5th and Nightland. This throws her into a web of lies, and into an adventure that she isn’t sure that she ever wanted, Not only does she need to run errands to save the life of a little girl and to make it seems as though they kidnapped her, but she finds herself torn between two boys who love her very much: the vampire, and the guard.

Keep an eye, as well as an ear, out for the next review, Boy of Blood, which is the sequel, which will be released of the tenth of April, and Thrice Read Books is on the blog tour, so the review should come out very close to the time it is released. If you enjoy dystopian novels, vampires, and adventurous heroines, then this is the series for you! It gets 5 stars, and two thumbs in the air. Subscribe, check out the link, like, and enable notifications. I’ll be back next week. Bye!

Updated Sam Review:

Dystopian meets Twilight in Girl of Glass a story about life behind glass, a way of preserving life, or well, all the best aspects of it. Within the domes, only the best of bodies, minds, and personalities live in luxury and safety. Outside the domes, drugs that change you, change your body, your abilities, and all the failures that came with the drugs are barely surviving. For Nola, she has everything she could want as the daughter of a botanist. Until an offer comes across her path, the chance for more. All she has to do is leave the domes, and find Nightland, an underground group of Vampires.

She is told that all they want is some medicine for their leader’s dying daughter. If she doesn’t, she will have the guilt of knowing that she could have saved a life. If she does, and she’s caught, she will be marked as a traitor to the domes. Naturally, she makes the most sensible choice: she steals the medicine. Now, she has been tossed into a world of betrayal and danger. Love is hiding behind the least expected places, and familiar faces aren’t as familiar as she thought.

Girl of Glass is ensnaring and immersive and is a well written dystopian. Danger lurks in every corner, and it is very descriptive. If you enjoy dystopian novels and love triangles, I recommend this book, along with the entire series. There weren’t a lot of things that I found wrong with this story, and the entire series is pretty much one big book. A well-written series, indeed.

Buy the Book:

This book can be purchased in Kindle or paperback editions here.


Also by Megan O’Russell

Boy of Blood (book 2, Girl of Glass)

Night of Never (book 3, Girl of Glass)

Son of Sun (book 4, Girl of Glass)

Death of Day (Book 5, Girl of Glass)

Child Wound in Gold (Short story for Maggie Trent)

The Girl Without Magic (Maggie Trent, Book 1)

When Worlds Begin (Series Starter Set)

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The Girl Without Magic – Book Review

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Girl Without Magic

About the Book

The Girl without Magic; Megan O’Russell
Young Adult; Travel Fiction; 264 Pages

Ink Worlds Press; 2 edition (August 30, 2019)

A land of pure magic hides between worlds, and Maggie is trapped in paradise.

Maggie is dragged out of a wizard’s battle and finds herself in a land of pleasure. But dark secrets taint the days of endless perfection. Secrets that could cost Maggie her life.

As the danger grows, Maggie finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly charming Bertrand Wayland.

Seeking a chance for survival, Maggie follows Bertrand on a daring adventure and finds herself in a land on the brink of war. As a handsome hero shows her unimaginable beauty, his alluring ways draw her deeper into danger.

A deadly enemy approaches. His thirst for blood is stronger than Maggie’s magic. The fate of a world depends on which life Maggie is willing to sacrifice…

About the Author

Megan O’Russell is the author of several Young Adult series that invite readers to escape into worlds of adventure. From Girl of Glass, which blends dystopian darkness with the heart-pounding danger of vampires, to Ena of Ilbrea, which draws readers into an epic world of magic and assassins.

With the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, The Tale of Bryant Adams, the Ena of Ilbrea series, and several more projects planned for 2020, there are always exciting new books on the horizon. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan’s newsletter by visiting the following:

https://www.meganorussell.com/book-signup.

Originally from Upstate New York, Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan’s love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.

She would be thrilled to chat with you on Facebook or Twitter @MeganORussell, elated if you’d visit her website MeganORussell.com, and over the moon if you’d like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.

Jenn’s Review:

This is the second Megan O’Russell book I’ve read, and I so didn’t want to put it down! Ms. O’Russell has scored another hit with her most recent (January 9, 2018) release of The Girl Without Magic. 

From the starting block, I wasn’t sure if I should be laughing or crying for Maggie Trent, as she stumbles and staggers her way through the first few chapters. (Incidentally, Maggie faces life much like I do – with a sarcastic “Well, this is great. What’s next,” way of viewing and tackling each obstacle in her way. 

She adjusts quickly to her new life, once she realizes she isn’t dead, and decides that she’s going to stick to the lie that she’s not a witch. The adventures and misadventures that ensue had me breathlessly clinging to my Kindle to find out if Maggie and her accidental companions would win the day. (okay, so perhaps some of the breathlessness was the head cold I was fighting… The story was exciting, none-the-less!)

Sam’s Review:

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner reviews Megan O’Russell’s The Girl Without Magic

Hello and welcome to this review about a super new book, The Girl Without Magic by Megan O’Russell. Maggie Trent is a witch. A modern day witch, who is called by the Siren to the Siren’s Realm. Unfortunately, she has no idea how she got there, but a great adventure is in store for her. And I’m not telling. You won’t be getting any spoilers this time. Sorry, but, new book, you can find out what happens in the story. I will however tell you this, it’s worth the read. It gets five stars for a great story, captivating places, and lovable characters. Please remember to check out the fantasy book, and the link. Subscribe, like and enable notifications. I’ll be back next week. Bye!

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Sam reviews Megan O’Russell’s Girl Without Magic

Buy the book:

 This book is available on Kindle and paperback editions here.


Also by Megan O’Russell

Girl of Glass (book 1, Girl of Glass)

Boy of Blood (book 2, Girl of Glass)

Night of Never (book 3, Girl of Glass)

Son of Sun (book 4, Girl of Glass)

Death of Day (Book 5, Girl of Glass)

Child Wound in Gold (Short story for Maggie Trent)

When Worlds Begin (Series Starter Set)

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Namesake – Review

About the Book:

It started with a history project. Mr. Gregor assigned a research paper on a figure from the Tudor era, and of course Jane Grey had to pick her namesake – Lady Jane Grey, the fifteen-year-old girl whose parents schemed to place her on the throne of England, then abandoned her to face the executioner. The project is engrossing from the start, but when Jane opens a mysterious prayer book and finds herself in the Tower of London in 1553, she finds herself literally drawn into her namesake’s story.

Soon, Jane is slipping into the past whenever the present becomes too unbearable, avoiding her mother’s demands, her best friend’s fickleness, her crush’s indifference. In the Tower she plays chess with the imprisoned Lady Jane, awed by her new friend’s strength and courage. And it is in the Tower, keeping vigil as the day of the execution draws near, that Jane learns that she, too, must have the courage to fight for her own happiness.

Sam’s Review:

Hi everyone! So today we’ll be talking about Namesake, which was written by Sue MacLeod, in 2013. A single name is able to bring two very different people together, bridging a time gap between them. Lady Jane and her namesake are hard to hate, and easy to relate to. I give it 5 stars for a beautiful read, filled with moments of sorrow and times of joy. The spunky heroines make this story easy to love, and the possible stirrings of love for Jane can help you connect to the characters. I recommend this book to all young adults who love a good cliffhanger, as well as aspiring time travelers and lovers of medieval figures. If you are wondering what kind of genre this is, I’d call it modern and historical fiction.

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You can purchase this book from Amazon as either a Kindle eBook or in paperback format here. [affiliate link]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Book Review

About the book:

 “‘There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.'” 

Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

Sam’s Review:

Hello again. Today in Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, we’ll be talking about, wait for it,  J.K Rowling’s second book in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Harry and his friends go back for their second year at Hogwarts, once again, they find themselves in the middle of a battle between dark magic and good magic. And once again, Harry is the only one who can defeat Voldemort, only, this time, he won’t be fighting Voldemort himself, but a memory, the young Tom Riddle, the young self of the dark lord. But can he defeat the young Voldemort, or will he fail? And how, just how, does one fight a memory? Read it to answer these questions, and to take your magical journey to the next stop. This fantasy tale will captivate the minds of young adults everywhere from the first page, and is filled with twists and turns. It gets 5 stars, and two thumbs up. Please don’t forget to check out the link, and subscribe. Like and enable notifications and I’ll be seeing you next week, so hang in there. Bye!

Buy the book:

 You can buy this book on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audiobook or mass market paperback edition here. [affiliate link]

Jaguar Stones: MiddleWorld – Book Review

About the book:

Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy is looking forward to a family vacation. But his parents, both archaeologists and Maya experts, announce a change in plan. They must leave immediately for a dig in the tiny Central American country of San Xavier. Max will go to summer camp. Max is furious. When he’s mysteriously summoned to San Xavier, he thinks they’ve had a change of heart.

Upon his arrival, Max’s wild adventure in the tropical rainforests of San Xavier begins. During his journey, he will unlock ancient secrets and meet strangers who are connected to him in ways he could never have imagined. For fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to this pampered teenager.

Can Max rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save the world from the Lords of Death, who now control the power of the Jaguar Stones in their villainous hands? The scene is set for a roller-coaster ride of suspense and terror, as the good guys and the bad guys face off against a background of haunted temples, zombie armies, and even human sacrifice!

Sam’s Review:

Hello and welcome to another video, and today we will be talking about the book Middleworld by J & P Voelkel. Taking place in modern day Central America, the son of famous archaeologists, Max, learns that the Mayans never really disappeared, but live in the present. When his parents disappeared into the Mayan underworld, he teams up with Lola, also known as Ix Sak Lol, or Lady White Flower, in Mayan. Together, they learn that the only way to save Max’s parents from an undesirable fate, will be to journey to the black pyramid, the home of Ah Puku, the god of sudden and unnatural death. But can they reach it in time to find out? Well, don’t look at me for the answers. You can find out for yourself by reading the book, with all of its lovable characters and tense moments, and secrets galore.

The book is available at Amazon in Kindle, paperback, hardback, Audible and CD format here. [Affiliate Link]

Worthy of Song and Story – Book Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner is live with a new video. This time, it is for her review of Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase. Special thanks to Fiery Seas Publishing for a review copy of this book on Kindle. (This blog post contains an Amazon Affiliate link. When you make a purchase through this link, TRB receives a small percentage of your total purchase. This helps cover our expenses, and keeps www.thricereadbooks.com ad-free. Thank you in advance for your support.)

Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase takes places in the time of vikings. The moments of suspense and mischief fit the main character, Stian, son of the trickster god Loki. Though what Stian plans to do is against the will of the gods, this narcissistic character will stop at nothing to free Loki from his bonds and have a real family once and for all. This wonderful tale of courage and family has its moments of hopelessness, joy, suspicion, and heart-pounding adventure, complete with moments of betrayal. If you wish to know what is to come of Stian, read Worthy of Song and Story. Though it was a wonderful read, Neal had several typos that are difficult to overlook. But if you are a historical fantasy fiction lover, and a young adult who loves fiction, then this is the book for you.

Worthy of Song and Story is available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Hawksmaid – Book Review

Sam’s Teen Reads Corner is live with another video book review, this time of the book Hawksmaid by Catherine Lasky.

The author of the book Hawksmaid is Kathryn Lasky. When Matty, AKA Maid Marian, discovers her talents for taming and training hawks, she learns that it may take every bit of her talent, and bonds to her hawks to save England from ruin and tyranny. No book that has been written in the fantasy fiction genre, so far, could ever match to the storyline’s magical airs. It is an amazing read, and I recommend it for Junior High level reading and up. It gets 5 of 5 stars, for an amazing and magical tale of love and freedom. The moments of tension and bliss help you fall in love with the mischievous at heart characters.

 You can buy a copy of Hawksmaid from Thrice Read Books here.

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover and paperback editions here. [affiliate link]

The Prisoner of Azkaban – Book Review

About the Book: 

For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort.

Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well. And the Azkban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”

Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.

Sam’s Book Review:

J.K. Rowling is back with another Harry Potter adventure, complete with more characters and beasts, new teachers and spells, which gives you the latest adventure for the trouble-attracting trio. Filled with moments of laughter (of course!) and moments of suspicion, this book does not fail to disappoint the fans of the series. For all of you modern day fantasy lovers who have started the series and need to know where to go next, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the stop for you. 

You can buy this book from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, mass market paperback and audiobook here. [affiliate link]

Return to Gone Away – Book Review

About the Book:

Return to Gone-Away is a children’s book written by Elizabeth Enright, which is the sequel to the book Gone-Away Lake and discusses how the Blake family buys a house in Gone-Away. The book was first published in 1961.Plot introductionWhen Portia learns of her parents buying Villa Caprice, a tumbledown Victorian house close to Gone-Away Lake, she is excited. She, her brother Foster and her cousin Julian enjoy learning about the “new” old house, with the help of elderly neighbors Mr. Payton and Mrs. Cheever.

Sam’s Review:

Portia and Julian are back in Return to Gone-Away Lake when the Villa Caprice is bought for a full time home to live in. Join Uncle Pin and Aunt Minnehaha as they find old treasures and the old watering hole when they need to swim during the hottest of summers. This book is by Elizabeth Enright and published by Odyssey Classics Harcourt, Inc.

Portia is overjoyed to hear that her parents have bought the Villa Caprice, but it’s just so much work to fix! I mean, think about it. It needs new plumbing, new shutters, even heating elements. Family and friends fix up the old house to make it the best house ever, if it means getting scared by Baron Bloodshed, the “watchdog” Mrs. Brace-Gideon sets out to guard her home.

Follow along as they find rare items, spend the night in an old house, and make new friends. Foster and Davey find a dumb-waiter and get stuck in it! And better yet, they uncover the secret that Villa Caprice has held for years…

When Julian and a friend go to spend the night in an old house during a storm, they are stuck in the highest room in the house, and when a goat comes and knocks the stairs down, then they are really stuck. But before that, summer was never hotter. 100॰ in the morning, and getting hotter throughout the day! Pindar remembers that there was a watering hole where the children of Gone-Away Lake used to swim. But he doubts it’s even still there. So, he takes them up there, in the old fashioned bathing suits, of course, and finds it still around, crystal clear and ready for enjoyment. And with that, the characters have a blast in the water, cooling off.

Mrs. Brace-Gideon was said to have owned a safe where she kept her best and greatest treasures. Everyone has big hopes of finding it and opening the safe to find its greatest treasure. And when Portia finds it, everyone cannot wait to find what secrets it has held since Mrs. Brace-Gideon left. And when it is opened, the contents were…

Want to find out how our story ends? Read the book! This book is for ages 8 and up. Illustrated by Beth and Joe Krush. I’d give it four stars for excitement and enjoyment. 5 stars for the best descriptions. Illustrated.

Buy the book:

You can buy this book at Amazon in either Kindle, paperback, hardcover, audio CD or audible formats here. [affiliate link]

The Mini-Atlas of Snakes of the World

Review by Sam Bradshaw; the book itself can be purchased here.

This is a very interesting book.  Not full of information you never wanted to know but comes with basic information for over 500 species of snakes.  Simple pictures to help you understand the snake with a great key to understanding the pictures. Great reference book or if you love snakes great to have for your collection.