Ride: Kit Meets Covington by Bobbi JG Weiss

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received an advance reading copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing Early Reviewers for an honest review.
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Kit Meets Covington by Bobbi J.G. Weiss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Fourteen-year-old Kit is a pretty plucky girl. But her pluck is put to the test because: 1) she and her cowboy father move to England for her father’s new job at The Covington Academy, and 2) the academy is an equestrian boarding school. Kit hasn’t ridden a horse in years, since the terrifying time she fell from one. Now she must take on a new country, a new school, and her fear of riding in Ride: Kit Meets Covington, a novel by author Bobbi JG Weiss.

For everyone who may be familiar with the drama series Ride from Nickelodeon or YTV, more power to you. I’d never heard of the show before.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed this novel.

Now, though I gather that it’s a young YA book, it had a more juvenile feel to me, reading like a children’s (perhaps middle grade?) book with teenaged characters. Maybe I’m just better acquainted with old-fashioned children’s and young adult books and have less of a feel for what those genres are like these days.

But anyhow, this is indeed an engaging, humorous, and motivating tale with a fun batch of characters. I thought the story’s development was a bit bumpy or choppy at times, and some of the points of view seemed to be introduced/explored a little late. And, even knowing that this is Book One of a coming series, the last few scenes had me thinking, “So…that’s it, then? This is where and how the story is ending?”

Still, quite a worthwhile read, and I’d be delighted to continue on with the series, when it continues.

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Illusionary by Desiree Williams

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
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Illusionary by Desiree Williams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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A tumble down the stairs lands Kamryn into a different world, the Land of Ur, where she meets a handsome storyteller who can bring stories to life. The storyteller takes Kamryn to the Oracle, who gives Kam a dangerous rescue mission to complete before she can get back home. But the mission proves to be much more than it appears to be in Illusionary, a novel by author Desiree Williams.

Awe. Some. Ness. I wasn’t ready.

I mean, the book starts out cute and funny (and Kam is a pretty funny heroine throughout, by the way.) Then the parallel world escapades begin. I’ll confess that it took me a while to catch up with the romance, as I didn’t enter as quickly or deeply into “the feelings” as the heroine and hero did. And my overall interest waned a tad through some of the traveling and in-between parts.

But the story would stop me in my tracks in places, sometimes with a single, spoken word. “Heal.” “Hope.”

“But hope…now that’s a mighty thing,” Kamryn says. You’ve got that right, sister! And before and after a crucial twist, this story presents an assortment of other wonderfully woven themes: growing up and innocence, grief and illness and regret, finding out who you really are and what you’re capable of. True bravery!

It’s a fantasy tale like The Chronicles of Narnia in that it’ll speak to you on multiple levels if you have the ears to hear it—but whether you go to those other levels or not, it’s still a darn good adventure.

And I’ll have you all know, I had to push past imminent tears to even write this review. Good grief, Desiree Williams…

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The Underground by Suzanne D. Williams

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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The Underground by Suzanne D. Williams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Phoebe is on the run from an abusive past, but she’s headed in the wrong direction, literally. A guy on the bus offers instructions to help her—right before he thwarts an attack on his life by stopping a bullet with his bare hand. Phoebe’s acceptance of help from this guy (Crowne) will mean entering a strange world below ground, but the stakes of joining that world are high in The Underground by author Suzanne D. Williams.

I’m still a science fiction newbie (book wise, at least), but I enjoyed this novella. Given Phoebe’s predicament and all she doesn’t know, I wondered for a while if she’d only be a “damsel in distress” type of character: confused, scared, and depending on superhuman Crowne for everything. So I was pleased to find that even with her pain, Phoebe is smart and curious with wit and fire to her.

Some awkward wording and commas in odd places put a little hitch in my reading a few times. I was kind-of expecting more of a central “mission” to be accomplished in the story, but there may be more of that later in the series. Besides, finding out exactly who you are and how you fit into someone else’s life can be quite a mission on its own.

Though I know that sci-fi often requires readers to accept things that may seem off or bizarre, my quasi-conservative self wasn’t sure about some stuff in this book. But a compelling thread in the story kept me reading: the thought that your destiny is greater than other people’s questionable or faulty plans or actions toward you.

It could be interesting to see what happens next in the series…

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The Underground is Book One in the Superhuman series.

The League (Superhuman Book 2)The Coalition (Superhuman #3)The Family (Superhuman #4)The Child (Superhuman Book 5)