Book Review: Philippines’ Resistance: The Last Allied Stronghold in the Pacific by Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas, Klytie Xu

Author: Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas
Pages: 85
Genre: Educational
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Pacific Atrocities Education

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Blurb

The people of the Philippine Islands during the early half of the twentieth century experienced various waves of Western Imperialism, two wars of attempted secession from western powers, and two world wars. And yet, the Philippine Islands and its people have received only small subheadings in many American textbooks and histories. The wartime experiences from the perspectives of the Philippine people have gone unnoticed and have become overshadowed by the socio-political dominating legacy of American figures like General MacArthur, leader and historical symbol of the Pacific Theater during World War II. MacArthur’s famous phrase “I came through and shall return” are etched into every facet of World War II historical narratives, textbooks, and monuments that pay tribute to the Allied forces in the retaking of the Pacific from the Japanese. But It is the lesser known people and leaders of the Philippine resistance against the Axis powers whose efforts and contributions allowed for the effective and speedy return of MacArthur’s military forces…

Review
4 Stars

Philippines’ Resistance was a very illuminating and educational book to read. It shows about the true heroes of the WWII in the Philippines, and just by looking at the gorgeous cover, you see the power and the will of the people.

This book showed how these heroes fought for survival and freedom and fought for others in those horrible times. It’s a short but well-written book, full of captivating images that helped a lot to connect to the history and to the people in the book.

The book showed the history through the locals eyes and those who fought for the land, and how they had to survive and what they needed to do, in order to overcome the horrors of the war.

It was a powerful book to read and very knowledgeable, I was really loving the information on a place I know very little of, and gave me the chance to learn more about this beautiful land and about the power of the people.

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My January TBR

Hey everyone, It’s Galit here, I hope you all had a great start of 2018 ❤
For me, 2018, started out already with a busy schedule and sudden changes, but that’s okay, I’ve learned how to deal with changes like these and how much I can stretch until it’s too thin.
I wanted to increase my  Goodreads challenge this year, from 25 books to 60 books. I used to read a lot more than 60 books a year but things change, so I hope to be able to read more again in the future.
I’ve never done a monthly TBR post like this (so happy to be doing this), and I thought in every month I will show you my TBR list for that month and what I’ve finished the previous month. I have to say though that I’ve already finished 1 book from this month TBR, and that’s The Host (I love this book so so much). I started it just as the new year started and finished it in a day 😀
Anyway 🙂 Here’s my TBR for January 

 

Invictus, books, coffee n' notes
Invictus
by Ryan Graudin

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

 Draekora, Books, Coffee n' Notes
Draekora (The Medoran Chronicles, #3)
by Lynette Noni

“I swear by the stars that you and the others slain tonight will be the first of many. Of that you have my word.”

With Aven Dalmarta now hiding in the shadows of Meya, Alex is desperate to save Jordan and keep the Rebel Prince from taking more lives.

Training day and night to master the enhanced immortal blood in her veins, Alex undertakes a dangerous Meyarin warrior trial that separates her from those she loves and leaves her stranded in a place where nothing is as it should be.

As friends become enemies and enemies become friends, Alex must decide who to trust as powerful new allies—and adversaries—push her towards a future of either light… or darkness.

One way or another, the world will change…

 Raelia, Books, Coffee n' Notes
Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles, #2)
by Lynette Noni

“Life is full of crossroads, Alex. Full of choices.”

Returning for a second year at Akarnae Academy with her gifted friends, Alexandra Jennings steps back through a doorway into Medora, the fantasy world that is full of impossibilities.

Despite the magical wonder of Medora, Alex’s life remains threatened by Aven Dalmarta, the banished prince from the Lost City of Meya who is out for her blood.

To protect the Medorans from Aven’s quest to reclaim his birthright, Alex and her friends seek out the Meyarin city and what remains of its ancient race.

Not sure who—or perhaps what—she is anymore, all Alex knows is that if she fails to keep Aven from reaching Meya, the lives of countless Medorans will be in danger. Can she protect them, or will all be lost?

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The Host (The Host, #1)
by Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

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Philippines’ Resistance: The Last Allied Stronghold in the Pacific
by Stacey Anne Baterina Salinas
The people of the Philippine Islands during the early half of the twentieth century experienced various waves of Western Imperialism, two wars of attempted secession from western powers, and two world wars. And yet, the Philippine Islands and its people have received only small subheadings in many American textbooks and histories. The wartime experiences from the perspectives of the Philippine people have gone unnoticed and have become overshadowed by the socio-political dominating legacy of American figures like General MacArthur, leader and historical symbol of the Pacific Theater during World War II. MacArthur’s famous phrase “I came through and shall return” are etched into every facet of World War II historical narratives, textbooks, and monuments that pay tribute to the Allied forces in the retaking of the Pacific from the Japanese. But It is the lesser known people and leaders of the Philippine resistance against the Axis powers whose efforts and contributions allowed for the effective and speedy return of MacArthur’s military forces…
 
When this post will be up, I hope to finish the second book of Lynette Noni 😀
 As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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I’ve Got Mail <3

Happy Friday everyone, I can’ believe it’s Friday and that weekend is finally here 😀 I hope you are all having a great day and remember – It’s almost weekend!

Yesterday I went to the post office and I was so happy to find 2 packages. With all the technology, getting snail-mail is still the best mail ever (or is it just me?) One of the packages, was of Loot Crate (yay) and the other was a book, but not just any book. It was the new John Green’s book Turtles All The Way Down (oh my god), I can’t believe I got the signed addition (how exciting).

You have to go and swipe to his signature, it is so cute ❤ It literally made my day and I immediately started reading it ❤ I will do a review next month about it for sure! I am so excited to read this personal book.

I've got mail 😍😄📚😱💕 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢 I am so excited, that I literally screamed when I opened the package 😍 Finally #johngreen book has arrived, omgosh 😢😍 #turtlesallthewaydown is finally in my hands and… It's signed Ahhh 😱 Thank you @johngreenwritesbooks for this amazing book and for the autograph. I can't wait to start reading tonight (Swipe to see his cute autograph 😂) Btw, there's a cute surprise on the book itself, if you remove the dust cover 😉 Plus, I will post my review on this for sure. . . #turtlesallthewaydown #johngreen #bookstagram #books #bookish #bookshelf bookishlove #bibliophile #read4fun #readersofinstagram #bloggers #fbloggers #booklover #bookworm #bookdragon #writer #authorsofinstagram #authorsofig #author #writersofinstagram #mentalhealthawareness

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I am still over the moon about this book, love the cover and from the first chapter you understand the meaning 🙂 If you want to see John himself reading the first chapter, just click here 😀

That is all for this post… Had to share my excitement 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Monthly Update

Hello everyone, missed you all so much. I hope you are all having a nice and relaxed Wednesday. Weekend is almost here (almost) ❤

My month is a bit crazy, full of doctor’s appointment, huge holiday and lots to do overall. From the start of November, I am really hoping to do some changes… Some I’ve already started. You might have already noticed but if not… I’ve changed my blog theme and I really love it 😀 Also doing some changes to old and new posts and I have a few other projects I am working on right now.

For now… I am waiting for next week where I will have a bit more time on my hands and I will be able to start working harder on every goal I have. But until then… I’m waiting.

Alice In Wonderland Gif

Today, I am having a day at home, which I am dedicating to relaxing (finally). My entire body hurts and I feel exhausted pretty much every day, these days. I thought today is the best day to update you on some of my goals and some of the things that I did this month (which is not a lot, lol).

Writing:

From the start of the month, I knew that I won’t have much time to editing or writing, due to a long holiday and a lot of doctor’s appointments for my mom. So no editing/writing at all this month. I did start to work on my new outline, so I can’t wait for NaNo to start this year.

Reading:

Well… Here I have some progress 😀 I wanted to re-read the Harry Potter Series and I am so happy that I finished the entire series 🙂 These books always inspires me and fills my energies, for writing and more reading ❤

I ‘ve also finished The Young Elites By Marie Lu

Home:

I did manage to do a few thing around the house, but not as much as I wanted.

I also had some time to re-watch some series like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and finally had a bit of gaming time (wish I had more though).

Anime Gaming Gif

Already planned out the last week and a half weeks of October and I am getting very excited for NaNo, and maybe even achieve some of my November goals.

How was your month so far? 

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writing Ritual Tag

Hello everyone, I hope you are feeling well and having a wonderful day 😀 For me, this month is already full of doctors appointments (for my mom), long holiday and almost no time for myself and to write. However, from next week things will change a lot when my husband starts his school, and I will have 3 whole days to myself… to write, edit and put a little dent in my projects, lol.

More than a month ago I watched the lovely author Kim Chance on her YouTube channel and I saw this cute tag and I knew that I have to do this tag 🙂 Btw if you don’t know Kim Chance or her upcoming book – Keeper, then go visit her channel and say hello ❤

Questions for the Writing Rituals Tag

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

Well, I mostly love to write at night but life won’t have it. So… I write in the morning when I am all alone in the house up until the sun is high up in the sky. I don’t have a specific day to write, every day or time that I get to write is a gift for me ❤

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

That is so easy. I love listening to the Rainy Mood app (and site) ❤ I’ve been using it for years now. I also try to write when I am alone in the house, that way I can write tons of words without any stress or interruptions.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I usually use two ways: I select everything and let my Windows or Chrom speak what I wrote out loud and take notes. I also love reading what I wrote out loud with the right emotion (if I read a dialog), like actors going through their script.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

Hmm… This one is hard, as I don’t listen to music while writing, but when I hear rain outside or just rain on that site, It puts me in the right mood for writing, lol, always!

Rain, Coffee n' Notes

What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

Writing block is hard at times, but what works best for me is to write little poems, watch youtube on writing and on books, trying to write new ideas and new characters that maybe will inspire me more and free me of whatever stopped me from writing before.

I love going back to my favorite books and re-read them again to get the energies back.

I also take a look at my outline and try to find what made me feel stuck. Maybe there are things that aren’t working for my story and I will need to change them.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

This is easy. I use my computer (word document) if I can. Sometimes, and sadly this happened a lot lately, lol, I use my phone (google keep), I use Rainy Mood app or site, pen, and paper (I mean a huge white paper that covers a huge part of my desk, I love it).

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

Pen and paper. I love my huge white papers (the kind that kids use to paint on, lol). If I am out and I am using my phone, then I must use the rainy mood with headphones.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

Coffee, tea, snacks and more coffee. Wait… Did I say coffee already?

Coffee n' Notes

How do you know when you’re done writing?

Well… Here I really agree with Kim on that, I try to ask myself if I feel good with what I wrote and if there was good progress. If the answer is yes then I know I am ready to finish for today. But, from time to time if I must I will use a word count, page or chapter goal, but I try not to do that a lot.

That is all for this tag, this was such a fun tag to do 😀

I will tag a few people, but if you wish to do it yourself, consider yourself – Tagged!  (don’t forget to link your tag in my comments so I will see your answers).

Heena Rathore P.

Kate M. Colby

Rachel Poli

E.E. Rawls

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Author Interview: Serina Adham

Welcome to Coffee n’ Notes. Today, I’d like to welcome Serina Adham, author of Lulu’s Balallam-Bam-Bam Grooves, for an author Interview.

About the author

Serina Adham drew on her experience as a dancer and dance instructor to give you this fun new adventure with Lulu and all her animal friends. She hopes that Lulu will teach children to enthusiastically follow their dreams but also consider the effects they have on others.

Adham lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to teaching dance, Adham has also worked as a jewelry and clothing designer and an interior designer. She has one fearless, dancing and singing daughter of her own.

Contact Details:

Website: Adham Books 
Goodreads: Serina Adham Goodreads

Hello, Serina. Thank you for being here today at Coffee n’ Notes 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself. (This can be a quick blurb of the kinds of books you write, etc.)

My name is Serina Adham and I am a newly published author of a children’s book called, Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves, which by the way is the first edition of much more to follow.
I also have a young adult novel I have been working on that is on hold at the moment while I finish writing and publishing the children’s books.

How long have you been writing for?

Around ten years.

What is your writing process like?

It’s about picking the character I would like to work with and building up from there.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?

I prefer writing in the mornings, with a nice cup of tea, at a sweet spot in a café.

What motivates you to write?

It’s like painting or creating a piece of jewelry. An idea hits me and I just have to create it.

What was the first thing you did when you found out your book was being published?

I actually had no patience for the whole process of submitting my book to a publishing house then wait for 6 months for a response or none at all, so I decided I would self-publish on Amazon.
I am very excited to see the outcome.

Are you currently working on anything new?

All the time. I always have a few different projects on the go.
But the next one in line is another children’s book about a giraffe.

If you weren’t a writer, what would your career be?

I Have not yet completely switched over to a full-time writer just yet, I hope I will soon, I am optimistic. My other career or careers I should say were as a designer/artist and dance instructor.

What is the easiest part of writing for you? What is the hardest part?

The easiest has always been coming up with an idea.
The hardest has always been the editing, although sometimes, I do enjoy doing that too because it might lead me in another direction.

What’s one thing you learned through writing that you wish you knew before you started?

I wish I had started earlier.

What is your favorite book or genre? Is there a special book that made you realize you wanted to write?

My favorite book has to be The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul, written by Douglas Adams. I realized I wanted to write when I felt I needed to express my creativity in a different way.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

I would still call myself an aspiring writer, but I can say one thing, write every day, even if it’s nonsense.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I would like to thank everyone that took the time to read this interview and for those of you who will give Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves a read.

Thank you, Serina for visiting Coffee n’ Note  🙂

About The Book

Lulu's Ballam-Bam-Bam Grooves, Coffee n' Notes

There is nothing Lulu loves more than dancing by herself. With each new song, she practices the “Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves.” She slides her feet, claps her hands, and bumps her hips against a tree trunk.
There is just one problem. Lulu is a gorilla! When she stamps her feet and shakes the trees, she ends up disturbing all the other animals in her jungle home. Poor Squin Squirrel cannot even sip his nut tea without Lulu’s dancing rattling his tree home. Squin and the other animals try to tell Lulu that her dancing is disruptive, but they cannot get through to the gorilla.
Then, Lulu’s loud music and dancing ends up waking up the mighty king of the jungle. The angry lion Jhawfors then confronts Lulu with the problem. Will the animals be able to find a compromise?
This rhyming children’s tale imparts valuable lessons to young readers. Lulu does not want to stop doing what she loves, but she needs to understand that her actions affect others. Through Lulu, children will learn the importance of respect, compassion, and compromise.

Book Links:

Amazon: Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves

Goodreads: Add Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves to your TBR list

My Review: Look what I thought about the book

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Book Review: Lulu’s Ballam-Bam-Bam Grooves By Serina Adham

Author: Serina Adham
Pages: 20 Pages (PDF)
Genre: Children’s Books
Publication Date: August 16th, 2017
Publisher: Amazon

Blurb

There is nothing Lulu loves more than dancing by herself. With each new song, she practices the “Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves.” She slides her feet, claps her hands, and bumps her hips against a tree trunk.

There is just one problem. Lulu is a gorilla! When she stamps her feet and shakes the trees, she ends up disturbing all the other animals in her jungle home. Poor Squin Squirrel cannot even sip his nut tea without Lulu’s dancing rattling his tree home. Squin and the other animals try to tell Lulu that her dancing is disruptive, but they cannot get through to the gorilla.

Then, Lulu’s loud music and dancing ends up waking up the mighty king of the jungle. The angry lion Jhawfors then confronts Lulu with the problem. Will the animals be able to find a compromise?

This rhyming children’s tale imparts valuable lessons to young readers. Lulu does not want to stop doing what she loves, but she needs to understand that her actions affect others. Through Lulu, children will learn the importance of respect, compassion, and compromise.

Review
4 Stars

This was such a cute book to read and I am sure that kids will enjoy this one 🙂

This is a book about Lulu who loves to dance and try new dance moves. Her dance moves making too much noise and they aren’t acceptable by all, but there is a plan a great plan that will help all.

I loved the bright blue colors in the book and the writing is so fun and really makes the reader enjoy the story, almost as a song by itself. The words came to life and the images popped out as I continued to read.

This could be such a fun way to dance with your child or even make a new dance together.

The only thing that made me give this book 4 stars and not 5 is the cover. This book is fun and full of bright colors, the cover is a bit a bit boring, I think it needs a bit more color.

To end the review on a good note, I really think Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves is a fun, colorful, and engaging book and I think kids can really enjoy this book.

You can find the book over at

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Book Review: Nightblade by Garrett Robinson

Author: Garrett Robinson
Series: Nightblade Epic #1
Publishing: The Vince Davis Trilogy
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 12th, 2014
Publisher: Legacy Books

Blurb

Fight for your dream or they will take it from you.

Loren dreams of escaping her cruel parents and becoming a great thief: Nightblade, a warrior of darkness and a champion of the light. Following the fugitive sorcerer Xain out of her forest home, she wears a stolen noble’s cloak of fine black cloth and carries a dagger the world has not seen in centuries—a blade that can turn enemies to allies when she least expects it.

Yet something keeps her from using that dagger to take a life.

Soon she crosses paths with the smuggler family of Yerrin, invoking their wrath by stealing their most precious treasure. Yerrin’s reach is long, and they will not stop until they silence Loren forever.

If she can survive, Loren may become the most infamous thief in the world. But if she fails, she will be only the first to burn in a war that threatens all the nine lands.

Review
5 Stars

I love watching Garrett Robinson on his youtube channel and when he reached out to his community for a review, I asked to read his book. I was completely hyped to read his books after I saw that he was streaming his writing on youtube as well.
I asked for the first book and soon enough it arrived and since then I read nightblade twice.

From the first chapter I just kept reading, forgetting what time it was (1 am) and I was deep in the story. The author did a wonderful job with the world building and the characters. You can’t help yourself but want to know more of this world and see how the characters are growing and the adventures they are facing.

Nightblade is about a girl, Loren, who runs away from her parents, especially from her abusive father, just after she meets a young man who was running from the law. Their adventure turned into a fight to survive. I love the author’s imagery and how everything came to life in the book, I mostly loved the dialog between the characters, it felt as you are right there next to them eavesdropping on them.
Everything felt as a true adventure 🙂

Loren is a very relatable character, she has big dreams while trying to escape her abusive parents. The author made sure to build the world and the main character in such a real way. It felt so real, every fear and every success felt as real as in real life.
Loren will not marry for money and when she meets Xain her dreams and wishes comes to reality and she sees a way out of her current life. I will not spoil the rest of the story for you but I will say that when she took her first step out of her village, things became more complicated and very quickly Loren finds herself in bad situations.

My favorite character I must say is the young mystic boy and Loren, they are both well thought of and I felt very connected to them both.

By the end of the book, I wanted more… To know more about the characters and to see if she finally found what Loren was looking for. I love fantasy book (it’s my main genre) and this book didn’t fell short of my expectations. I am so happy that I got the chance to read this book and know of this series.

Can we take a moment to look at that gorgeous cover… I love the cover so much.

Nightblade is a great read and if you love young adult fantasy/epic fantasy, this book is for you. I can’t wait to read the next books in this series.

Books

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Random Ramblings (wow it’s been a while)

Hello, everyone and happy Thursday to you all ❤ For me it means that weekend has almost arrived, lol. How was your week so far? Mine was busy and tomorrow is going to be very busy with writing, cooking, and lot of gaming 😀

It’s been awhile since I blogged… Really blogged, put down thoughts and share them with you all and I don’t include the book reviews or guest post I’ve done. I missed you all so much and I really wanted to update you on a few things that are going on in my life, both personal and work-related.

Things are somewhat calmer these days, though we have a few doctors appointments and check-ups to do in the upcoming months. My mom is feeling a bit better, but she is still very tired. I know that soon she will find her balance and start to feel tons better, maybe as winter will come (hopefully).

My husband started school (jumping up and down, lol, yay), wish him tons of luck everybody ❤ I am so proud of him for going to school again after so many years, I love his ambition to work harder for a better life for our family.

While my husband will be at school, he will also take our car 3 times a week… So, I will have more time to write and edit and finally finish some of our home projects, as I will stay at home those days (unless I will have an emergency, which I hope I will never have).

I have a few things I want to finish so I thought I would do a brainstorming and share these with you.

I have changed my newsletter from quarterly to bi-monthly so I will send to everyone that signed up to my newsletter every two months (for now).

I also have a few home projects to finish. Now that I will have a bit more time on my hands (hopefully), I will have more time to work on my house projects and finally finish some of them.

I started (finally) taking a few small steps into the writing career. But I hope to put this on the top of my daily list so that I can push my goals a bit forward. I really want to finish editing my projects. So I have still tons to do, hehe 🙂

One of my goals is to get back into blogging, but for now, I will only blog once a week (for now). I miss you all and I miss our talks in the comment section and most of all I just miss blogging and sharing with you, my days and my thoughts.

After I’m finished with my last review, I plan to take a break from doing book-reviews for a few months (maybe until the start of the new year). It’s not because I do not enjoy the books I’m reading or reviewing them but I really need to focus on my own writing and editing. Now that my mom is feeling a bit better (knocking on wood three times, lol), I know it’s the right time to focus harder on my writing and finish a few projects I started and start run with them.

Well, that is all from now. It’s so nice to share with you what is going on and just some random thought I’m thinking out 😀 Feel free to share your own upcoming projects and goals you want to finish (maybe this will the wish you put out there and start working on it) 😉

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Book Review: The Legend of The Washo Gold (Book 1) By Jon Budd

 

Author: Jon Budd
Series: The Vince Davis Trilogy
Publishing: The Vince Davis Trilogy
Pages: 177 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: October 17th, 2015
Publisher: Jonathan H Budd

Blurb

To prevent a repeat of the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Hank, a modern day Native American Indian, overcomes his doubts about his tribe’s ancient religion and leads a war party to recover a cursed Indian treasure.

Succumbing to the genocide brought down upon them during the infamous 1849 California Gold Rush, the Washo Indians were teetering on the brink of extinction. With the help of a mysterious stranger, they devised an ingenious plan to survive. Many years later, when the secret of their survival is threatened, the tribe appoints a modern day warrior to lead a war party to San Francisco to recover stolen Indian treasure and secure the secret of the Washo Gold.

This novel enables the reader to experience the infamous 1849 California Gold Rush from the perspective of a tribe of Native American Indians who lived through it.

Review
4 Stars

This was a short read but a very intriguing one. The beginning was a bit hard to read, and it made my reading slower. It was a bit confusing, but after the first 30 pages of the book I was completely immersed in the story and felt connected to the characters. But the slow pace made a nice buildup for the rest of book which was truly great read.

This is a very well thought of and well-developed story and characters. I loved the native feel to it and how the author took the history and showcased it here in the book – very well done and so emotional.

This book shows us in a very simple way how dark life can be, how people mistreat others, especially towards the minorities and how hard they need to work only to just survive.

The writing was so good and it made me feel close to the characters and I was very emotional throughout the entire book. The characters were interesting and helped me push through the difficult parts at the beginning and helped me become very close to their own story. The ending of the story was both unexpected and very revealing, can’t wait to read the next 😀

I love the cover, it’s really beautiful and very enticing to read the book. I would recommend this book to everyone who wants to learn more about the human nature and to those who like historical fiction.

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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