Book Review: Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera

Available on Amazon and Kindle

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Picture yourself stumbling across a special camera that brings to life the object you photograph. What would you do with your camera? What would you take pictures of? Where would you go? And what would you learn along the way?

Leanne Gelish recently released her first children’s book, Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera. The story follows Audrey Terralucci, an eight year old girl whose repetitive days are less than inspired. She comes across a special camera and the whole world opens before her eyes. 

Audrey’s tale is an imaginative journey set in New York City. It mixes in just enough fantasy to allow for the extraordinary events to develop, though the story itself is grounded in realism. Audrey deals with her mom, kids at school, and some important life lessons along the way. Kids will relate to Audrey’s choices and situations, and adults will appreciate the underlying message of the story.

It’s a quick read overall, which is fantastic for the kids who will undoubtedly fall in love with it. They’ll be able to relive Audrey’s adventures whenever they want and they can dream up their own uses for the magical camera. 

Grab your creative side and snap on over to Amazon to grab your print copy or give it a click and download it to your Kindle. 

Book link: Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera

Review: Vibrations by P.E. Padilla

My Rating: ♦♦♦♦◊

All in all, Vibrations is a good story with a magic system based on the science of vibrational energy from atoms. I appreciated the scientific basis and the connections discussed throughout. Meditation techniques and fighting strategies were also explained clearly as part of Sam’s training.

The journey takes some time to get going, but along the way the reader gets a good feel for the characters and their growth. Settings and scenes are well-described and help the reader to envision what is taking place. There are some instances of repetitiveness and over-explanation, but not excessively so; it suggests the story is more geared for a ‘new adult’ audience, to coin a relatively new term in the industry.

There are some surprises and intrigue which keep the story moving along. Some things that surprise Sam don’t necessarily surprise the reader, but it is still interesting to live with Sam’s view on the world around him.

I enjoyed this story and would recommend it for those who like to grow and learn with the characters and are willing to partake in numerous training sessions with Sam and the rest of his group. The action picks up in the second half with a satisfying conclusion. I would pick up book two.

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Review: Jaeth’s Eye by K.S. Villoso

My Rating: ♦♦♦♦◊

Jaeth’s Eye caught me by surprise. Villoso knows her characters and their world intensely. She conveys the story primarily through dialogue and thought, building a sense of each character’s motivations and personalities. The threads of the tale interweave and bring the reader along for the ride, up to the dramatic conclusion of book one which easily sets up its sequel. There are Asian influences throughout the story, particularly in terms of some locations, customs, and religion. They work well in setting the overall mood of the journey.

For me, the extensive dialogue was a little distracting when basic descriptions could have sufficed. Several scenes open with pronouns only, giving a mystique to the setting, but forcing me to backtrack once the character names were revealed, which wasn’t too far from the openings, but still. These are minor and personal issues that I feel other readers would overlook and simply go along for the ride.

This is a well-planned story with an essence of magic scattered throughout. The magic is not at the forefront; the characters are. The world is believable and is, at times, a grim place. It adds another layer of depth to the story without becoming depressing. I would recommend this book to those readers who want to know the internal motivations behind characters’ actions in a world where events are taking place around them, sweeping those same characters up along the way.

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