I have been lucky to read a lot of great indie books this year.
The fourth contender's position is going to a young adult steampunk novel. I will provide you with the review for the first book, though it's a series and I will be reviewing books 2.5, 3, and 4 later this year. I have already reviewed book 2. I'm looking forward to continuing this grand adventure with Mr. Adam Dreece.
I bring you the first of the Yellow Hoods series: Along Came a Wolf by Adam Dreece.
My opinion is easy enough. This book definitely falls into the
category of “must read” in the YA genre. With a steampunk vibe, mixed
with a real-life fairy tale, this book packed a punch. Though it was
short at 128 pages, it was perfectly paced. There was just enough world
building that you could picture what the area looked like without the
author spoon-feeding it to you. The action keeps you happily turning
pages until you reach the end with a satisfied sigh. The final conflict
was resolved perfectly, with just the right amount of intrigue inserted
at the end to set up for its sequel. All of the characters were
wonderful and you got handed just enough back story to make it
interesting without once dragging the book down.
Adam Dreece did an incredible job on this book and I will happily be
reading the second book in this series. I have already started
recommending the book to others and will continue to do so. It’s
definitely for the young and the young at heart. I love YA fiction and
this series is destined to land in my favorites list, along the Ranger’s
Apprentice series and the Harry Potter books. It definitely earns that
spot and I’m happy to place it there. Adam Dreece is definitely an
author to keep an eye on as I believe he will go far.
While this is the end of my time this week on Unicorn Bell, it's definitely not the end of those who are on the list to win the 2015 A Drop of Ink Reviews Book of the Year Award. I'm positive there are more books ahead who deserve to be added to the contender's list. Until next time!