Random book: The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper

I am a sucker for free Kindle books on Amazon.  Every once in a while I check the top 100 free books list and download the ones that seem interesting to me.  Most of the books I download fall in the young readers and fantasy categories.   I download too many of these books, but I have only read a few of them. Some of the ones I read were so-so, but one or two were actually good.  The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper was one of the nice ones.

When Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn lying in the grass, little does he know that it is the beginning of a thrilling and magical adventure. Just an ordinary boy, Jack has been chosen for a hugely important task, and enters a world he believed only existed in legend.

Full of twists and turns, talking ravens and mischievous Spriggans, The Golden Acorn is a hugely entertaining and exciting tale from a very talented new author. Your kids will love it, and so will you! This brilliant story deservedly won the Brit Writers’ Awards 2010 for unpublished writers. Jack’s adventures continue in ‘Glasruhen Gate’ and ‘Silver Hill’.

It took me a few days to read the book because I only read it in between breaks from work and what not.  It is clearly a book for kids and it just served as a nice breather from whatever I was doing at the time.  The writing is clear and simple, yet descriptive.  It is about a boy named Jack who discovers a world where magic dwells, animals and trees talk, and never-before-heard-of creatures exist.  Jack also finds himself the subject of a great prophecy that could affect the very existence of this magical world. The Golden Acorn is the first installment in the Jack Brennin adventures and it adequately set the scene for the series.  It’s a light read and for some reason reminds me of the Mysterious Benedict Society books, although it is nothing like it.  The Kindle edition is still free on Amazon as of this post, so go check it out! Click on the book cover up there.

Blog Tours

A couple of blog tours are on this week! Vote for White Sky Project on each tour because I’ll be sharing the winnings on this blog if ever I win anything. You can win stuff, too, so don’t forget to enter all the contests.

The GENERATION blog tour is still on. My review of the book will be up on Tuesday. Visit the blog tour page here.

The DAY OF FIRST SUN blog tour also kicks off tomorrow.  I’ll be posting my review of the book on Thursday, but you can already head on to the blog tour page by Monday.

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