Laura and her classmates have been looking forward to their senior camping trip for weeks. Three days on an island paradise, away from school and their parents. What more could they ask for?
The camping trip starts out well enough. The island is scenic and just the kind of escape to nature that Laura had hoped for. However, cracks soon begin to appear in her plans. Her boyfriend ditches her to hang out with his friends. She has to share a room with one of the teachers. But those are the least of her worries.
A student disappears, and no one can find him. Soon, Laura and the other students realize that the camping trip is anything but a dream vacation. There’s something else on the island. Something large and frightening. Something that lurks unseen beneath the earth. Something that welcomes the presence of the students because they will satisfy its appetite
Allow me to begin this review by saying that I loved Beneath The Earth. Having read All That Remains Of Me (another fantastic novel by H.S. Stone) I held a fairly high bar where Stone's writing is concerned before I even considered reading Beneath The Earth. So, I wasn't surprised when I found myself binge reading the book in my spare time and being whisked into a fictional land of monsters and drama. I was surprised however, when I finished the book and found myself less than thrilled with the ending. Let me explain...
The novel revolves around a senior in high school, Laura as she faces off a monster that is pure nightmare fuel whilst trying to resolve an ongoing love triangle. Both themes by themselves make for an amazing novel but I found that the presumed romance in Laura's head left little room for her to emotionally react to the horrors going on around her. I found my willing suspension of disbelief slowly dissolving into frustration towards the end. I just couldn't believe any young woman would put her casual high school boyfriend and her popularity before her survival or before the survival of her friends.
However, Beneath The Earth sports many well written elements. Stone excellently taps into the horror of the unknown. I could feel my pulse rushing every time I felt that Laura and her friends were in danger. Horror fans will love this book. Or, if you’re like me and your new to the genre this is a good place to start. It’s a nice thriller if you want to sit back and just enjoy being scared but still have to wake up early tomorrow. I would likely recommend this to friends and family because I think that everyone should read something now and then that gets their blood pumping and this book is perfect for that. For a horror novel it is surprisingly age appropriate. Beneath The Earth relies on the fears in the backs of our minds like a classic horror story however doesn’t take these fears to an explicit or otherwise inappropriate level. All in all this is definitely a good way to introduce yourself or a friend to the genre of thrillers.
About the Author
Even before he could read, H.S. Stone wanted to write a book. Fascinated by the stories that seemed to leap from his kindergarten teacher's books, he went home and wrote his own book, with illustrations and bound by staples. Of course, since he didn't know how to read or write yet, the book was full of gibberish.
Undaunted, H.S. eventually mastered the ABC's and continued to write throughout his grade school years, adolescence, and into adulthood. Despite earning a degree and working in a field not related to writing, he continued to pursue his writing passion.
H.S. Stone's publications include novels aimed at Young Adult and Middle Grade readers as well as several short stories. He currently lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
-Taken from Goodreads
Here is a very first look at my Alice in Wonderland inspired photoshoot.
Follow the models!
Here's a fun writing warm up, create a short quiz centered around your characters. The quiz will force you to know in-depth descriptions of your characters. It's also just a fun way to start your full day of writing. This idea struck me earlier this week so I decided to act on it.
*All races of mer are a product of my imagination
Performing at Carnegie Hall
I performed in Carnegie Hall... again!
Okay so I realize much of my audience's interests may lean more heavily in the "admiring famous authors" direction as opposed to the "admiring famous opera singers" direction but I find myself in both circles of interest. I did a post about my first trip to Carnegie Hall which was amazing and I am pleased to say that it was even more spectacular the second time around. They moment we arrived it was off to the races. I think now is a good time to point out that the invitation to go to Carnegie Hall was extended to my schools choir not just me (sigh). Our performance, Dreamweaver, consisted of Dreamweaver and Song of the Universal by Ola Gjelo followed by an orchestral middle and was wrapped up by a different choir singing Jubilate Deo. Due to some rather strict rules I wasn't able to film anything inside the hall itself but I did get to film the rest of New York!
Lions, Tigers and Bears Oh My!
(The NY Zoo... but there were no lions or tigers and the bear was really shy)
Back to the Books
Confession time, I have done very little reading this past month. Since I decided to make writing a book a serious goal of mine I have had very little downtime to read. But difficult and impossible are two very different concepts. I'm hoping to have a review up at least every month. I will alternate between video reviews and written reviews. If you would like to keep up with my adventures in writing then check out my Youtube.
How far would you go to save your sister?
In a town made of ghosts and dreamers there are only three rules to which one must oblige:
#1 Never go into the forest alone.
#2 Never talk to the ghosts.
#3 Never make deals in the dark.
Ophelia Danger broke the first two rules not thinking of the consequences and now her sister has disappeared.
To save Resa, Ophelia has no choice but to make a deal with the devil.
Long before historians added “the Great” to his name, Alexander stated, “I would rather live a short life of glory than a long one of obscurity.” He certainly lived up to this ambition, conquering most of the known world in just 13 years before his death at age 33. Though undefeated in his lifetime, Alexander died unsatisfied--he always wanted more. His ambitious personality comes as no surprise considering his upbringing: born to powerful parents, he studied under Aristotle and grew up believing himself a descendant of the Greek heroes Achilles and Heracles. His parents and tutors raised him to believe he had something to prove, and this book serves as an account of what he accomplished.
Alexander the Great: Student of Aristotle, Descendant of Heroes tells the story of Alexander the Great as its title suggests. The reader follows Alexander through his incredible life. We get see both the man and the legend. The book is a wonderful non-fiction historical novel that pulls in the reader with interesting facts about one of the most famous historical figures in the world.
This book is informative like a standard history book; however, it is engaging and interesting. The audiobook (which is the copy I received via in60learning) is only an hour long. This is perfect for a quick read or for someone researching Alexander the Great. As a blogger who is constantly logged on to either my phone or computer I can appreciate this minimalistic approach to teaching. I finished it within a day and was able to read it while working.
This is easily one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. It is also easily one of the most educational. The author grabs the readers interest by pulling them in with the legend of Alexander the Great then follows up with the facts behind each legend. I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read more from in60learning.
While young Wendy and her brothers were taken to Neverland by Peter Pan, Alice fell through a rabbit hole and the Pevensie siblings crossed over to Narnia, another boy was taken to another fantastic place: his own heart.
Great losses crumble the worlds of even the steadiest individuals. In The Imaginarium of the Innocent, ten-year-old Tobias Young’s sense of home is torn from him in one night of wartime devastation in Belgium. Instead of security, love and peace, Toby now faces deep despair and cold numbness. In the aftermath of the destruction of his soul, he is crippled and orphaned in London.
Not only does Toby struggle to accept his handicap, he battles the will to be happy. With the help of a magical soaring eagle, Eoloswing, Toby enters the endangered Imaginarium as the Nightingale—a young man destined to save his newfound friends from the evil of the Hopeslayer. As Toby searches for answers and happiness—with his new roommate and his sister—in both the orphanage and the gorgeous and captivating floating island of dreams, he must learn to address his own heart and remember to retain his own Spark of Elan.
Written by author H. A. Betancourt, The Imaginarium of the Innocent is children’s book similar to that of the Chronicles of Narnia. The book follows ten-year-old Toby on a heart warming adventure. The readers accompany young Toby through the tragedies that build and shape him as a young boy to the fantastical adventure that molds him as a young man. This book is inspiration both in its story telling and in its characters.
Toby is a unique character in that he lacks the characteristic of being able to relate to his readership but manages to hold interest. Everything from Toby’s demure manner to his boyish charm pulls the reader in. Our curiosity regarding the main protagonist is sparked by his tragic beginnings. Right from the start readers will empathize if not relate to Toby and want him to succeed.
Overall this book was good. The author built an incredible world filled with magic and wonder. However none of the characters stood out enough to make me want to re-read this. I would recommend this book as a rainy day read. It is definitely worth your time and will fill your heart and mind with both entertainment and wonder.
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