young readers

Review of ‘GameNite’

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Josh Johnson finds himself on a flying bus, and he must find his way back to his reality. But he’ll have to fight to win. GameNite, Episode #01 by Bec J. Smith and Cassy Josh is an action-packed, illustrated romp inspired by the Fortnite story from Epic Games. It is designed to entice young gamers away from the screen for a period of reading. Though written for ages 8 – 12, it’s even interesting to older readers, and you don’t have to be a fanatical gamer to appreciate it.


I received a complimentary copy of the book. I give it four stars.

Review of ‘Legends of Felix: The Journey Begins’

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I’m not much of a gamer, and know very little about the Minecraft games, but when I was offered a free copy of Legends of Felix: The Journey Begins by Felix Ender in exchange for my unbiased review, I accepted it because I like looking at the books available for younger readers. Felix is a farmer who likes tending his crops and going on the occasional adventure. When he and his dog, Roxy, go into the village to get supplies, and an upgrade for his sword, he finds himself having to play hero to save the village from a zombie attack.

One doesn’t have to be familiar with the Minecraft games to enjoy this book, and I think young readers will be amused and entertained by it. It reads like the script of a game, with increasing levels of difficulty that the hero must overcome in order to prevail.

There were a few typos, but nothing fatal. I noticed that the author’s name on the Amazon listing for the book is different than it is on Goodreads, which is strange.

An interesting story with challenges, a beginning, middle, and a satisfying conclusion. I give it three and a half stars.