Luna’s Picks 2014: The Books Are Now Reviewed!

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My good friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library recommended some awesome books for me. Each month of 2014 she gave me a selection of choices out of her collection of books. I picked one and then I left it to readers to decide my next read. Here are the books that I reviewed over the year.

January

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February

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 March

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 April

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May

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May brought me the first book that I didn’t agree with Luna with. That is Riot. Please check out my review if you’re interested in why I didn’t enjoy it as much. You’ll find a link there to Luna’s review so you can read a differing opinion.

June

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 July

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August

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 September

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October

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November

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December

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As you can see, I had an amazing year with the books Luna recommended! I have found some authors that I will certainly looking out for in the future. Luna’s Picks will return again, but not this year as both Luna and I are incredibly busy! Thanks once again to Luna for providing this wonderful feature for me!

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Where The Mountain Meets The Moon

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

In the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli spends her days working hard in the fields and her nights listening to her father spin fantastic tales about the Jade Dragon and the Old Man of the Moon. Minli’s mother, tired of their poor life, chides him for filling her head with nonsense. But Minli believes these enchanting stories and embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man of the Moon and ask him how her family can change their fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest.

Thoughts:

Where The Mountains Meet The Moon won my reader’s choice for Luna’s Picks, I’m so glad the book blogging world picked this book for me to read as I thought it was an incredibly sweet and engaging read including Chinese folktales.

The book centres around Minli and her parents. They don’t have a lot of money and they have to work incredibly hard to get by. Minli’s dad’s stories often make her happy and give her some sense of hope in a quite bleak world for her. Minli sets off on an adventure to see the Man in the Moon so he can tell her how to bring fortune to her family so they can all be happy again.  There are some lovely short stories within the story which were incredibly cute.

Minli is a really sweet character that I loved to read about. She’s clever and can manage to deal with some incredibly tricky situations. I loved how much she cared for her family and wanted to make life better for them all. I loved the character of Dragon too. Their relationship was endearing. I thought Dragon was fun, resilient and courageous. Their partnership just made the story for me!

This story is superb for children. It carries with it some positive messages about happiness, friendship, family and being thankful for what you have instead of wanting more.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This book is a great middle-grade read which adults can appreciate too. It may seem like it carries a cheesy message, but I found it incredibly endearing!