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Top 5: Amazon Buys (books)

1. Kitty Hawk: This whole series has been such a great discovery for me. Growing up I loved Nancy Drew and this book has offered me the same girl packaged in a Canadian Goose jacket. Not only is every book set in a different location around the world but the author has done so much research that I wouldn't even be able to tell if he hadn't been there himself. 2. Under a Broken Sky: Post apocalypse at its best here with a scientific undertone. See how different groups react to the new world through the eyes of a man who is no hero by any standpoint. Start riots, steal whenever you cat, and watch out for the funnies. This book kept me glued to the pages from start to finish. 3. The Secret Apocalypse: First book free on Kobo and other e-readers. Imagine the zombie apocalypse. Now imagine it on an island. Now imagine it in Australia where the entire island has been sealed off from the world and no one outside the island knows what is going on. Follow one girl as she fights to

Mutation Z: The Ebola Zombies by MArilyn Peake

Hello everyone! I hope you are all recovering well from your holiday festivities in time for the new years celebrations. I have taken advantage of the money I received from family to restock my book collection. But before that I read this book, which was free through Kobo and Amazaon. I wouldn't exactly call this a novel. It is more of a short story or a novella then a full blown novel but it still had a pretty good story line. Let me give you a short description. Emma is a typical American girl who has just graduated from nursing school. Wanting to do something different and make a difference in the world she volunteers to assist in the Ebola Crisis in Africa. She is flown in and gets to work as soon as possible. But something isn't right inside the camp, from the strange doctors that are trying to keep the volunteers as far from the truth to the strange cases of people dying from the disease only to still be alive the next day. Emma wants to look deeper into the case


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Ks Book Review and the rest of my family during this season. And while we may not have snow yet it is certainly feeling festive in our home. I hope that everyone will spend some time with their family and loved ones today whether they celebrate or not. Enjoy your Christmas and have a great day everyone! May the Holiday Spirit bring you many books. - K

Top 5: Books That Seriously Disappointed Me

1. Discovery of Witches: This book had great promise on the back but couldn't hold up in the delivery. The story was drawn out with little actually happening in a long chapter. I never got to finish this book because I couldn't keep up with everything that happened, even though nothing was really going on. 2. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Each book in the series was exactly the same as the one before but with different stupid people. It was infuriating trying to read because people were just so stupid that it hurt. I couldn't finish the series even though I wanted to. It was just that bad I thought. You might read on in the series and find that things do change but I don't have the patience to do so myself. 3. Tomorrow, When the War Began: I was told that this was one of the best series at the time it came out, but when I started reading it I found that it was just too slow to get into. It started off slow and the end was a massive cliff hanger that almost rubbed

Temporarily Offline

Good day everyone it is rather late where I am and I haven't posted a review yet today. The truth is, and I won't lie to you, I haven't read a book this week. I had planned to get ahead on my reading but with exams under way, packing for home, finishing Christmas presents, and dealing with my sick cat I just haven't had the time. I spent all of today in the car on my way to my parents house with a cat and a Guinea Pig on my lap. Because of this there is no review for today. Despite next week being Christmas I am hoping to finish another book and have a review posted. Thank you for your patience and I apologize for the inconvenience. - K 

Top 5: Books with Unexpected Endings

1. John Dies at the End: I was warned before reading this book that there would be a twist at the end but nothing I expected could have prepared me for what happened. It makes you question everything you have read throughout the rest of the book, but not in the way you would think. It isn't a spoiler to say the ending is a twist because no one could have expected it until it hits you. 2. Good Omens: The ending of this book was still expected, but right at the last moment it changes in a way you couldn't predict. I laughed throughout this entire book for the different nature of writing it had and the ending was no different than the rest of the book; not quite like others. This book may always stay at my number one book for the most enjoyment I got out of it. 3. The Life of Pi: Now I saw the movie so the ending wasn't so much a surprise to me. But I know that if I hadn't seen the movie then I would have certainly been surprised at the twist they threw in at the end.

Calhoun: Sacrifice by Joe Mansour

Good morning everyone! This week I finished reading this book that was sent to me by the author. I was unsure what I was really getting into reading the book but I gave it a go anyway. Altogether it wasn't a bad book. There were a few little details that I had a hard time getting over but that might have just been my personal preference to how things are done. Let me tell you a bit about it: James has lost a lot to the war; his legs, his hand, his wife and daughter. He has had problems with his anger since long before he lost everything and now he is trying to deal with it. But it is only going to get harder for him. When his ex-wife calls him up early one morning in a panic he is less than pleased to go to her house. She tells him there that her new husband has been murdered and that she has made some poor choices in the last year that are putting her daughter in danger. At first James believes it all to be a big joke but when he finds two men waiting for him in his kitche

Top 5: Series Worth a Read

1. Harry Potter: I don't even need to say anything about this one... but I will. A great series that ignited the love of reading in millions all across the world. From the youngest of children to the oldest of adults this book is read and enjoyed. It is a long series with great movies that very few have been unable to get through. If you are looking for a nice long series that you can read over a choosable period of time this is the series for you. 2. The Lord of the Rings: An older classic this is. This includes the Hobbit, which most read after the original three books. This series also comes with a movie that is almost more interesting than the books depending on who you ask. With the Hobbit now becoming a movie trilogy there is all the more reason to do a marathon of reading the books and watching the movies. Just a bit of a warning though, the original series is long and more drawn out than the movie with less 'action' scenes. If you plan on reading the trilogy in a

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great day. A few weeks ago I did my review for the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events series. Since then I have read a few more books and I decided that instead of doing a review for one book each week I would just tell you straight up how I feel about the series. As most people don't read just one book in this series with the intent of not continuing on I will let you know my experience as I read on past the first book. Mainly, I am confused about how I feel about these books. The first couple books were good because I had a general idea about how to books were going to go based on the movie. But as the books went on I found that there was a very strict pattern of events that the author stuck to. SPOILER ALERT kinda... - The children move to a new family member - They are sad but decide to stick with it - Count Olaf shows up in disguise - The kids recognize him - They tell their family member - No one believes them - Fa

Top 5: Books that Became Movies

1. Jurassic Park: While the movie was really nothing like the book both were spectacular in their delivery. In the book there are more characters, deeper story lines, and the answers to many of the questions asked while watching the movie. This also applies to the second Jurassic Park book which also became a movie. Both are great books completely worth a read if you liked either of the movies. 2. The Life of Pi: The movie in this case managed to keep very closely to the book, only leaving out the little details that were not completely necessary. It great to watch on the big screen because I got to see all of the beautiful scenes the author had painted while writing the book. If you haven't seen the movie yet, or even if you have, this is a book worth reading. 3. The Hobbit: A lot of critiques who have read the books then saw the movie has hated the movies because they took a small book and then turned it into a three part movie. I for one like to see the movie and the book a

Once Upon a Stolen Time by Samreen Ashan

Good day everyone! This week I have read a book called Once Upon a Stolen time. This is a super special book because it comes out TOMORROW! That's right, you don't have to do the crazy wait because you only have one sleep before this amazing book comes out. In a combination of modern day and ancient times we are able to witness the coming together of two people that were literally meant for each other across time and space. But a little warning for the younger audience that this book is not completely appropriate. With that out of the way let me tell you a bit about it! Myra is a blogger who does reviews and information about popular castles across Europe. There has always been one castle she has always wanted to go to but it has been closed off to all people for almost 200 years. There is rumour of a curse lying on it. Now Myra might have a chance to live her dream when he parents try to force her to marry the boy next door. Myra only just met the man, who turns out to


Good day everyone I hope you are having a good week. This week I have been doing more research into audio books, which if you remember I said I might do last week if I had the time. So I did and now I have the official K's report on what they are like. While it takes a little less time to get through a full one since you don't have to waste time turning pages, you have to have the attention span to listen to someone telling you about the book. It isn't a movie and if you are doing something else while listening you might miss what is going on. You don't really have a choice in voice actor, which I found out the hard way when the third book in the series I was reading suddenly changed. This upset me a little because it really does change the whole book when someone else is narrating it for you. If the book you choose to read does have a choice always go with the man with the English accent. The price is twice as expensive as normal books since you are paying for the

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

Hey everyone, this week I decided to get back to a classic novel series. Some of you may have read my reviews of Harry Potter, which I haven't had the time to finish yet because of other books that I have on my list to finish. The first thing I have to say, not just about this book, but about the series so far is, "Holy bugger is every adult really this bloody daft?!" I mean seriously as great a story as this is it is almost ruined by the absolute stupidity of everyone in the books besides the main characters and the villain! But let me tell you a bit about it. Violet, Klaus, and Sonny have now very suddenly become orphans when a fire suddenly destroys there home and kills their parents. Since they are all very young, Sonny still an infant, they are shipped off to live with a member of their family Count Olaf.  Right off the bat the children are unhappy with all of the chores they are forced to do. They are given only one bed and are denied all of the things that

Wednesday Update

Good morning everyone. Cheer up, the week is half over. I don't have much to say today but I thought I should update anyway. What are your opinions on audio books? I heard on TV that some people like to listen to them when they go for a walk because it is like reading on the go.  I spend a lot of time walking to and from school every day and I have thought about trying them out if nothing else besides curiosity. I know nothing about audio books like how much they cost, who normally voices them, or how to work them on my phone (since that is how I listen to music). The downsides I am seeing right now is that: 1. I won't be able to listen to my music on the way to school. 2. I may not be paying attention since I am walking 3. I can't think of any books that I would want to hear someone else reading to me There is a lot to consider when going into audio books and I don't know if I really want to go that way. Let me know what you think or if you have listened to an

The Secret Apocalypse by James Harden

Hey everyone I hope you are having a good day. This week I got my hands on a copy (online) of this book by James Harden. For some reason it was showing up Free on my Kobo but I liked it so much that I purchased the second book in the series just to help support the author.  You all know how much I love a good Zombie novel and I really love it when the author puts an original spin on things whether it be in story or in writing style. In this case it was the story that had the original spin on it. Let me tell you a bit about it. Rebecca has survived what we are told was a horrible incident back in Australia and that she was the only known survivor of the incident. She is being interviewed about the incident which has been kept quiet by the Australian government and the American military. Rebecca flashes back to when the events all started on the first day of school in Australia. The first anyone knew anything was wrong was when the school shut down on the first day due to health

Guinea Pig Eating a Carrot



Good morning everyone. I hope that everyone today is decked out in their Red and Purple poppies in memory of the men and women who gave their lives to serve your country. Here is Canada we stood for a moment of silence at 11 this morning and I am sure many of you did the same all over the world (I hope).  For those of you who want to take this day one step higher be sure to check out much of the history books, documentaries, and biographies that go hand in hand at this time of year. IF you would like maybe even write a poem or story to keep as a memory. I will be taking a little time today to rest and remember those in my family who were in the wars and those who lost their lives. I hope you will do the same. Have a great day everyone and Happy reading! - K

Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux

Good morning everyone! Okay, maybe it isn't morning anymore but for the sake of my pride I will say that it is morning and I am writing this before school (not after classes). As some of you may know after reading my previous post last week I have started reading books on my device as ebooks. This one was the first book I read. I have to say it worked out better than I expected considering I stayed up until 1 in the morning reading on my phone until I finished and passed out with my phone on my chest. When I woke up I read another book in one sitting. So far everything is working out nicely with the device reading. But let's talk about Allison Hewitt: We start our story hearing from Allison on a military network as she blogs about the first days of the outbreak. Her and a few of her coworkers managed to hide themselves away in the break room when their bookstore was attacked. In the break room they have fridges, back-up generators, and security cameras so they can keep

Wednesday Update

Hey everyone. Lately I have been thinking that, since I go to school almost all of the time, it might be worthwhile for me to start reading ebooks. I know I said how much I dislike them, and I do, but I have to walk so far to get to school and books get heavy!  My thought it that I will start buying books online if I need to so that I can read at school whenever I want. I do actually own one of the very old Kobo devices, but I have long since lost the cable for it. For the sake of you guys, who deserve a new book every week, I might start reading ebooks all the time to keep up with the readings.  To be completely honest it might even be easier for me to go this way, even just for a little while. I won't have to get a ride to the book store to buy a book, since I can do it right from my device, and it will be lighter than the average book.  So we will see how this works out and if it doesn't I will go back to regular books.  Other than that I hope you are all having a grea

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Good day everyone. This week I started reading the Life of Pi. Before I knew it was a novel I saw the movie with my boyfriend. For such a simple plot I found that I loved the movie and was delighted to find out that it was actually a best selling book. I went out while I was home and got a copy although I only just got to reading to it today. Lucky for you it only takes me two hours to read a book this size. Let me tell you a bit about it: A journalist interviews Pi, a man living in Toronto Canada, as he tells the amazing story of his life. Every couple of chapters the journalist puts in his opinion of the man, his situation, and the things that he says. Pi tells the story from when he was very young living with his family in India. His father ran a hotel at first and then ran a zoo. There, Pi learned many things about animals, including the harsh lessons by his father about the dangers of the animals. None are as dangerous as Richard Parker, a tiger that resides at the zoo. Wh

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you are all having a great day and I hope that if you are planning on curling up to the fire tonight with a spooky book that you aren't interrupted by the doorbell ringing with trick or treaters! Have a spooky day all and Happy Trick or Reading! - K

Halloween Decorating my (Parents) House


To Come in the Future

Hey everyone, I just went out and bought a ton of new books. This is just a quick update to let you know what to expect in the next couple weeks. So far I plan to: - Finish the last of the Kitty Hawk books I have on me - Read the life of Pi (yes, I got the book after seeing the movie) - Finish the Maze Runner Trilogy (I probably won't do the reviews on them since they are second and third books in a series) - Read another Amazon book that I got from an amazing author - Keep making fun videos to post on the blog Halloween is at the end of the week so not much reading will be done until that is over. But look forward (hopefully) to a video of me decorating my house for the season. That's all the update I have for you now. Have a great week and Happy Reading! - K

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good day. This week I read the Maze Runner, a popular book that has been made into a movie. To be honest this book has been on my shelf for over a year now and I have just not been in the mood to read it. I finally decided in an act of desperation to read it. Now that I have read it I can say that I am happy that I did. I love post apocalypse books and I love it when they have a thriller/horror sense to them. This book had all of that put together. Let me tell you a bit about the book: Thomas wakes up in a strange machine knowing nothing else besides his name. When he comes out of the box he is in he is surrounded by a couple dozen other boys all around his age (which he isn't sure how old he is to begin with). The boys don't seem surprised to see him and they try to help him cope with where he is. Though they refuse to tell him where he is or how he got there he begins to discover things on his own. This is what he learns: 1. Al

Googly Eyes Make Everything Better (A Little something to get you in the Halloween Spirit)


Illegally Downloading Books

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all having a great day! In the last couple days I have gone to school and finished reading a few books. But just yesterday I finished a book and suddenly had a lot of time on my hand. I wanted to do some reading but I had no book on me and there was no where near me to get a book. That is when I started thinking. I have a copy of the Mazy Runner at home, which is the next book on my list. I would love to start reading it now but I can't. But I did buy the book. Would it really be so bad to download the book on my phone considering I had already made the purchase? In that case I could start reading it on my phone and then continue reading with the actual book once I got home. Being  a good person I decided not to download the book, but it did get me thinking. Say you purchase a book but are thinking the same thing I was. Is it really bad to download the book once you have purchased the actual book as a short substitute in the time it takes y

The World Below by Mike Phillips

Hello everyone I hope you are having a great day. I'm sorry this is coming at you later in the day than usual but I only just finished reading the book a couple minutes ago. It has taken me a while to read the book as a lot of books have lately but it isn't because I didn't like the book it is just because I have been so busy with school. I am off next week so I am hoping to get a chance to catch up on some reading then. Also, I am sure some of you are noticing that I am reading books lately that aren't very well known books. As apposed to the teen books or popular books I used to do I have been doing other types of books. This is because I think it is great to look at other books that one doesn't always see and I am always looking to help out authors when they ask me to check out their book for them.  With that out of the way let me tell you a bit about the book: A man is called to the side of the Goblin King to be hired to retrieve a sword that was stollen

When Writing a Book

When writing a book I find the best thing I can do to get into writing is simply to get excited about it. When I want to start writing, whether it is a book or just for fun (since I have only been published a handful of times), I have to be excited about the outcome of the project.  Planning is always a big part of anything because with no planning you are just throwing out information with no order. I like to have an organized outline that I add to and take away from as I am going along. Talking with friends about my writing also helps me get ideas. When I am thinking whether or not something is interesting it is my friends who are brutally honest with me and help to come up with great ideas.  Realistic characters are something that you have to base off of someone in your life or you run the risk of them being unrealistic. It is easy to lay out what kind of personality you want a character to have but when you put all of that together it isn't always what you planned. Whereas

Wednesday Update!

Does anyone recommend the Series of Unfortunate Events series? I have heard a few good things about it and I haven't finished Harry Potter yet but I am thinking that I might check them out and do the reviews here. If you think I should read them or would like me to read them and tell you what I think leave a comment below. If you have a suggestion for books that I should read leave a comment below as well.  Have a good day everyone! - K P.S: Happy Reading!

Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all having a great day. This week I got some time in between my classes to read this book. I have had it in my bag for the longest time but just haven't gotten around to reading it until now. This book is by the same man who wrote the Kitty Hawk series, which you probably know that I love, so I wasn't sure what to expect while going into it.  At first the book seems like something that would be for the younger audience but as it goes along I found that it started to get more interesting.  Let me tell you a bit about it: Ayana has just moved away from her home town to a place that is so different hat it breaks her heart. There she is bullied by the popular girl in school to the point where she runs to hide in the old library to get away. Here she meets Tyler, a shy boy who goes to a different school, but has many similar interests as her. They begin meeting there every day after school and sometimes go to each others houses un

Done for Now

I have finished, for the moment, all of my story synopsis. Because the synopsis have to be done over a long period of time I have to make sure I pick the right book. The book has to be popular enough that people know of it and old enough that people don't mind it being ruined so they want to read it. Over the last little while I have been too busy to find another book that fits this description I have run out of synopsis to do. I don't know if I will continue in the future when I do read more books but until then we are going to put this on hold. I'm sorry if any of you were waiting for this. Have a great weekend and happy reading! - K

The Struggle of Texting and Walking


The Clouds

Good day everyone. Today I am going to do a different type of review. Since I haven't had to the time to read an actual book because school has kept me so flipping busy I will do a review on a play that I was forced to read for my European History class. It is called, "The Clouds", and it is a Greek play from long long ago. But when you think old plays I am sure you mostly think of Shakespeare which for many of you may be a traumatic thing.   The Clouds is actually much more enjoyable (and easier to understand) than most of Shakespeare's plays. There is a lot of fart/butt jokes throughout the play and it isn't very long. For my paper I had to write on this play but it isn't a book that I hate because I was forced to read it for class. Let me tell you a bit about it: A farmer (with a name I can't remember or pronounce) reflects on the debt he has accumulated because of his sons horse gambling. He knows his creditors will be coming for him soon so he ask

Full Story Synopsis: Walking Dead Comics

SPOILER ALERT! The Walking Dead Comics Police officer Rick is shot one day while on the job with his partner Shane. He wakes up several months later in an abandoned hospital with no idea what happened. As he wanders around trying to find a person he stumbles upon mass hordes of the undead. He accidentally kills one before escaping from the hospital to the outside world where he finds his hometown destroyed. He steals a bike from a dead woman on the ground and tries to make it home when a young boy knocks him unconscious. When he wakes up he meets his attacker a young boy and his father who thought he was undead. He helps them break into the police station to get weapons and then asks them to come along with him as he goes to find his wife and son in Atlanta, where he thinks they would have gone. They thank him but say they are safe where they are. Rick takes a horse from a local barn and rides down the deserted road towards Atlanta. The city there is abandoned and quiet unt

Wednesday Update

Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a good Wednesday. Just a quick update for me to let you know I am starting ANOTHER side project with a group of friends so my readings will be slowed just the slightest (I finally get to be a business manager!). But I am going to try my hardest to get everything done so that I don't miss a single post. But if for any reason I miss one just know that I haven't forgotten about you. This business I am starting may or may not take up a lot of my time. Since this month is our startup I should know by Christmas how to handle things and if it is going to work.  That's all I wanted to tell you! Have a great day and happy reading! - K

Ian Pemberton by Steven Hugh

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a great day. This week I read a book that is about the real life struggles that people who are looking for a new life would face. I was asked by the author if I could give it a go and I said I certainly would. As usual I had a general idea what I was getting into but I never really know what to expect until I actually start reading. Let me tell you a bit about it: Ian Pemberton and his wife Madeline have decided that their ordinary lives in Europe are not all that they wanted them to be. After some convincing Ian talks his wife into giving up their jobs so that they can move to Spain to start a new, relaxing life together.  Once they get there they are overwhelmed by all of the new sounds and sights they can see. But despite being amazed they both understand that they must find work or they will be forced to cut their losses and move back home. Ian chooses to start his own business selling garden and lawn ornaments to people passing by

Full Story Synopsis: The Giver

SPOILER ALERT! The Giver There is a society where people live a very different life than us. A boy named Jonas has grown up in a world where jobs are assigned to people and those who cannot follow the rules are ‘Released’. As Jonas grows up he faces many changes to his body that he doesn’t understand. Things start to change from the apple he had to the girls hair he hung around. When the time comes for Jonas to have his job assigned he is skipped over at the ceremony. At the end the counsel, the people who hold law over the community, apologize for the skip, for which they are forgiven, and then state that Jonas is being given a job that only one other holds. He is to be the Receiver and will work to with the mysterious Giver. At his first day he meets the Giver, an old man with a drawn face and knowledgeable eyes. He explains to Jonas that he is able to receive memories from him of a world outside of their own and to hold the memories so that the towns people do not find out