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review 2017-07-12 20:44
This one will make you pay attention...guaranteed...
Iudicium - T. C. Orton

I know I’ve often said that no two people read the same story but in this case T. C. Orton has taken that to a whole new level. Iudicium is an interactive story so throughout the course of the story the reader has choices to make, choices which will impact what ultimately happens to Fayt, who is the hero of this story.

Now, I could tell you a bit about what happens but truth is if you read the book your story could end up having little to possibly no resemblance to the one I read. However, everyone does start out with the same beginning so you will start out on a ship heading for a prison island and from there things can change drastically.

I was intrigued to read this book, while I’ve heard of interactive books before I’ve never had the chance to experience one and this one sounded good. It’s fantasy and I like fantasy so opportunity knocked and I ripped that door open.

When you read the instructions at the beginning of the book it says to keep careful track of your choices…pay heed to this. I thought I was doing this and part way through realized no, I wasn’t even close so I went back and started again. This time I not only tracked my choice but the chapter I was on and the details of every choice I know it sounds like a lot but truthfully it kept me on track with the story and it was just so worth doing. The choices made by the reader aren’t excessive but I found that they were enough to keep me really engaged in the story and what was happening. Would I want to do this for every story I read probably not but as an exception and a chance to do something interesting, fun and a little different I really enjoyed it and had a fun time.

‘Iudicium’ is the first book that I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed his writing style. The world building and character descriptions were well done as was the character development. You will encounter some words that are of the authors creation but if you’ve ever read fantasy than you’ll know that’s pretty much a trademark of the genre. For example Fayt is what is known as a ‘skuld’ and while google will tell you that ‘skuld’ is a word the definition given by google is not the definition that is given in this story. For the purposes of ‘Iudicium’ a skuld is a person of mixed race heritage specifically human and eastern elf (or light elf). I know sometimes this can be disconcerting and even annoying if it’s to extensively done but I didn’t find that was the case at all. In this case the author did this enough to help re-enforce the overtone of fantasy but not nearly enough to have the reader…being me in this instance, frustrated because I didn’t know what half of what I was reading meant. The other thing that I really liked was the fact that while the book is approximately 200 pages long because the readers choices can exclude certain parts of the book it’s not an overly long story which I think would have caused me to become a bit frustrated especially since as I said I’ve never read a story that’s interactive. 

Be warned there’s definitely sexual content here and some of it’s definitely non-con. How much sex is in the story is going to depend on the choices you make for Fayt as do many of the other events that happen up to and including the ending for the book which could be anything from an HEA or HFN to a FML (F*ck My Life) after all Fayt’s in your hands.

So if you like fantasy and you’re looking for something a little different grab a copy of ‘Iudicium’ get hold of a pen and some paper and see if you can help Fayt survive his adventure and find his HEA. I have to confess the ending I got for him wasn’t totally an HEA but it definitely wasn’t the worse ending that he could have gotten. So, if you want to have a little different reading experience, let me know what happens to Fayt when you get done, I’d love to hear.

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A copy of ‘Iudicium’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-07-10 16:47
The Alphabet Game: An Interactive ABC Book for Kids - Gita V. Reddy

The Alphabet Game - an interactive ABC Book for Kids by Gita V. Reddy
First time reading this book through via an audio device it sounded like a typical alphabet book.
Then I loaded it into my tablet and magic happened in front of my eyes. There are different ways to use this book.
It all depends on the child and how old they are and what they have accomplished in the way of learning and seeing the letters.
It's all explained in the book-how to use it. One way is go from a to z. Very colorful pages. The game is played when you press on a certain letter on the page-it will tell you which ones and then it goes to a different page by itself.
There are variations explained also at the end so you can make up your own games. There is also a book trailer link to click on that shows you how to use the book.
Can also be used as a number or color book where you teach the different colors or how many animals on the page to your child.
Really love this book because it can be used for many years!
I received this review copy from the author via Goodreads and this is my honest review

 

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review 2017-03-04 16:35
A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink. What is a Noun?
A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun? - Brian P. Cleary,Jenya Prosmitsky

This whole series is a very creative way to teach students language arts/grammar. This particular book acts as a hook to teach students nouns. It could also be used as a fun way to revisit nouns. Many people do not enjoy being taught the same lesson. This book would be great to ensure the students know what nouns are whether they have previously learned it or not. I would use this in a 1st-3rd grade classroom. The activities could be more geared to the older ages if they needed to be. One activity could be that the students become noun detectives. Each student could be given a magnifying glass that they use to find their nouns. Another activity that could be used for higher grades even would be to ask the students to stand every time they hear a noun. This requires the students attention and it will allow them to be interactive with the book.

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review 2016-12-27 16:47
Children's Review: The Alphabet Game
The Alphabet Game - an interactive ABC B... The Alphabet Game - an interactive ABC Book for Kids. - Gita V. Reddy

We received this book to give an honest review. 

A really liked this book especially now that she knows her letters better. She had fun saying the letter and what animal that started with whatever letter. The really liked how when she clicked on a certain letter it brought her to a different letter, to which she responded "wow it changed."

 

If your child can not read then you can read o them and have them just click on the letter it tells you to. Each letter has a picture that goes with that and when you click on a letter within a word it will take you to a different letter.

For example, G is for giraffe. Did you enjoy yourself? Click on the letter J in enjoy and play on. When when you click on the letter j you end up at the letter and picture J, with another letter to click on. 

A had fun doing this though I would not recommend this book at bedtime. Overall a pretty good learning the alphabet book.

 

Which the author should make sure some of the words are spelled correctly. As the word giraffe was spelled as girrafe. 

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