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Review: Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw

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Title: Wintercraft
Series: Wintercraft #1
Author: Jenna Burtenshaw
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: May 2010
Source: Gifted
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Ten years ago Kate Winters’ parents were taken by the High Council’s wardens to help with the country’s war effort.

Now the wardens are back…and prisoners, including Kate’s uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train. Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy. Silas Dane – the High Council’s most feared man – recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. His spirit was damaged by the High Council’s experiments into the veil, and he’s convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace.

The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft – a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft.

REVIEW BY FRASER 8:3

I have just finished reading what I think is a splendid book called Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw. I have been reading this book for roughly two weeks and every single moment has kept me lost and absorbed inside the storyline and wanting more.

Wintercraft makes us realise that in our average lives there are people with incredible talents that we or they never knew about. Kate is a young girl living in a large town named Morvane in the country of Albion with Artemis, her only living relative. Her friend Edgar is a cheery guy who, unknown to Kate, has a dark past. Unfortunately, this quiet world is being forced into labour by the High Council, sending Wardens dressed in black cloaks to capture and retrieve civilians from every town to Fume, a city once used for the dead but now changed to a gloomy and polluted city of slavery.

Wintercraft is full of mystery and peculiar characters such as Silas, the immortal master of the Wardens sent out to capture the ‘Skilled’. Another character near to Silas, Da’ru, is a talented yet feeble woman, needing Silas bound to her in which Silas seeks revenge for his lack of freedom.

Kate is found by Silas and captured for her ‘Skill’ in an eerie world called the veil, a place where the lost must enter but in the end finds herself losing everything from the real world, including Artemis and Edgar.

My favourite part of the book must be unmistakably when Kate decides to help her enemy in an agreement to save her uncle near the ending of the book. Here the tranquil world turns upside down with sudden drama and shattering emotions, keeping you involved within the action. Wintercraft represents the moral of ‘good overcoming evil’ and at this segment, the moral shines.

Although, all the characters have separate and somewhat unusual personalities, the character that stands out for me must be Kate, the main character. She seems more intelligent than I had originally expected, escaping from impossible situations whilst also saving all that she can, proving her sign of respect, love and devotion to her friends. On the other hand, I would have adored it if a stronger relationship was created between Kate and Silas, for example Silas becoming the carer for Kate after their adventure to stop Da’ru.

Wintercraft is utterly amazing and I would love to read another of this author’s books as the whole storyline based upon an idea in my opinion could never be recreated again in such an awe-inspiring way. This book seems suitable for children above the age of ten years old and up, absorbing the minds of all relatively good readers. The book contains no bad language, mature writing styled for pretty much all age groups. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and hope that they understand the concept of the writing style, great for readers with interest in mystery and almost paranormal activity leading me to rate this book 4/5. A really fantastic book.

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Title: Summer of Yesterday
Author: Gaby Tiana
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads

 Back to the Future meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Haley’s summer vacation takes a turn for the retro in this totally rad romantic fantasy.

Summer officially sucks. Thanks to a stupid seizure she had a few months earlier, Haley’s stuck going on vacation with her dad and his new family to Disney’s Fort Wilderness instead of enjoying the last session of summer camp back home with her friends. Fort Wilderness holds lots of childhood memories for her father, but surely nothing for Haley. But then a new seizure triggers something she’s never before experienced—time travel—and she ends up in River Country, the campground’s long-abandoned water park, during its heyday.

The year? 1982.

And there—with its amusing fashion, “oldies” music, and primitive technology—she runs into familiar faces: teenage Dad and Mom before they’d even met. Somehow, Haley must find her way back to the twenty-first century before her present-day parents anguish over her disappearance, a difficult feat now that she’s met Jason, one of the park’s summer residents and employees, who takes the strangely dressed stowaway under his wing.

Seizures aside, Haley’s used to controlling her life, and she has no idea how to deal with this dilemma. How can she be falling for a boy whose future she can’t share?

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Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like . . . until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything.

Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen hearthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.

Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule . . . Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?

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Charlotte Huang is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the Record (Delacorte, 2015)

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BOOK SUMMARY (UNOFFICIAL)

Two people. A one-night stand. What could go wrong?

Javier Cruz definitely isn’t relationship material, but that suits Hazel Gellar just fine. She’s not a relationship girl and doesn’t plan on ever being one.

But after a mind-blowing, panty-ripping, bed-breaking night, she knows once isn’t going to be enough. Fortunately, Javi feels the same way. Soon, what started as just one night turns into a lot of nights, and Hazel doesn’t know what to do.

Will she and Javi make the choice to be together for longer than just right NOW?

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Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

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Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

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