Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Noble Warriors Triology by William Nicholson

Seeker (Book 1)
"When his brother is exiled from the Nomana without any explanation, sixteen-year-old Seeker sets off on a journey to rescue him--and to find out what really happened.Along the way, he meets two other young people who are on quests of their own, and in a shocking turn of events, the three are soon caught up in a harrowing and bloody race to save the Nomana--and themselves--from destruction." (chapters.ca)

Jango (Book 2)
"Seeker, Morning Star, and theWildman return in this gripping sequel to Seeker and discover that the mysterious warrior sect they were so desperate to join is not what it appeared to be. Deeply disillusioned, the three escape and head off on quests they think are separate but soon become intertwined--and desperately life threatening.Fortunately, they have acquired the remarkable physical skills of the Noble Warriors, for they are certainly going to need them. The mighty warlord of the Orlan nation is gathering his forces and has vowed to destroy Anacrea--and everything and everyone thatcrosses his path." (chapters.ca)

Noman (Book 3)
"The safe haven of the Noble Warriors has been demolished and the Nomana have disbanded. When a young boy preaching peace and joy mesmerizes all who come in contact with him, a large following grows quickly--one that soon includes Morning Star and the Wildman. Yet Seeker, who is obsessed with his increasingly perilous journey to kill the last savanter, finds his mission placing him at odds with this new leader. As loyalties and friendships and faith are tested, all three heroes must question: Who can be trusted? And what can be believed? Part adventure-fantasy, part love story, and part reflection on the themes of power and faith, Noman is a thrilling and thought-provoking novel--a beautiful wrap-up to a critically acclaimed series." (chapters.ca)

 I absolutely LOVE William Nicholson and I think it is a shame that more people are not familiar with his work. This trilogy did not fail. Although it is considered a kids series, I would say there is most certainly a depth to this trilogy (and both kids trilogies Nicholson has written) that would not be understood by children (but is great for adults!) Nicholson has a way of making you think about the characters and the paths they are taking. Are they making the right move? Taking the right path? What are they missing that you, the reader, can see? I think the characters are easy to relate to in that we all have many struggles and obstacles to overcome in life. Whether they are external or internal, we all have them. This trilogy is filled with adventure, uncertainty, and a great quest that our main character has to figure out and decipher.
I absolutely recommend this trilogy to any and all readers. I also recommend you try his other trilogy, 
The Wind on Fire. It is a post-apocalyptic trilogy, unlike any we have seen in recent years. Give both of these trilogies a try! You will not regret it! I give this trilogy a 5/5. Fantastic!

Happy Reading!

Next Review: The Circle of Magic Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Friday, 1 March 2013

Death of a Kitchen Diva by Lee Hollis

Welcome to Bar Harbor, Maine, one of New England's most idyllic coastal towns. But as new food writer Hayley Powell is about to find out, the occasional murder can take a bite out of seaside bliss.  .  .
Single mom Hayley Powell is barely keeping her leaking roof over her head when her boss at the Island Times gives her a new assignment--taking over the paper's food column. Hayley's not sure she has the chops--she's an office manager, not a writer, even if her friends clamor for her mouth-watering potluck dishes. But the extra income is tempting, and Hayley's chatty first column is suddenly on everyone's menu--with one exception.
When rival food writer Karen Appelbaum is found face-down dead in a bowl of Hayley's creamy clam chowder, all signs point to Hayley. To clear her name, she'll have to enlist some help, including her BFFs, a perpetually pregnant lobster woman, and a glamorous real estate agent. As she whips up a list of suspects, Hayley discovers a juicy secret about the victim--and finds herself in a dangerous mix with a cold-blooded killer.

I love books that can make me laugh. This one, like many cozy mysteries, does just that. I also love the small-town feel to this book. Add in some food, and it's ALL good! haha. I enjoyed this first book in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery series. It was fun, fast, and it revolves around food! I found the characters to be likeable in this story, although I have to say there were a few I really don't trust (who were most certainly on my very own suspect list!) I enjoy the parts of this book that revolve around food, as previously noted, and I like that there are some recipes at the back of this book (the ones discussed throughout this story.) It was not a blow-me-away read, but I think I will sign out some more of this series from the library. If you are a cozy mystery freak like me, give it a shot! And please let me know what you think! I give this book a 3.5/5.

Happy Reading!

Next Review: The Noble Warriors Trilogy by William Nicholson