The Letter Mage contains a whole new way to look at magic. The idea is fresh and would appeal to anyone who loves writing and books. First person stories are, in general, more difficult to write. Author Alexandra Penn does this very well. We get a very good feel for Aleph Worf-Sapir and her many other characters which make up this expansive world. For something so fresh and complex she does a very good job of grounding the reader. The Letter Mage shines a whole new light on YA literature and the classic teen at school approach. This book is written so it will connect well with teenage readers, but also be very entertaining for any age. It really gives a concrete feeling of being in a magical school. Alexandra has a unique writing style that is catchy and fresh. Her take on the typical chapter one, two, three is new and interesting. Her ability to use these to add more to the story is fun and helps separate movements between time and setting.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Gold Recommendation and rate it 5 out of 5 stars.
I'm Never Drinking Again: Maybe It's Time To Think About Your Drinking? Trish Taylor
I stumbled upon this completely by accident one day when looking for a new mystery to read. Pushed for time and in a rush, I bought the first book that looked good. Yes, I looked at the cover and didn’t really even read the title. This was one of the best flub ups I’ve had. If you are looking for a fun read, something relaxing, or just a story then this book isn’t really for you. If you or someone you love has trouble with alcohol and you want a book that makes you feel included; that there is help and hope out there, then this is the book for you. This book had the feeling of a friend sitting down and having a relaxing conversation over a cup of coffee. It brings up several points without feeling attacking. It also summarizes at the end of each section. This makes you look at yourself and really question your decisions. The author is very good at providing links for people to find help. I, also being a medical professional, wanted a few more links and studies, but I also realize that to someone with no medical background that would become too overwhelming. I think, for the majority of people, she provided just enough extra information. Overall, we at NeoLeaf Press give this book 5 stars. It addresses a sensitive topic well in a relaxing way. It seeks to make the person feel like there are options and gives suggestions instead of just barking the same old ‘you need to stop drinking’.