Review of Books!


I’ve been able to read a lot of books so far this year. Right now, I’m going back and re-reading “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. This is a story I loved as a child and I wanted to revisit it before going to see the movie! I’m enjoying it even more than I did as a kid! Then, I look forward to going back to finish Ms. Veneziano’s and Mr. Yates series. 

Here are the last two books I’ve read and reviewed:

Finding Billy Battles: An Account of Peril, Transgression, and Redemption 

by Ronald Yates

“Finding Billy Battles” is a historical fiction that takes us back to the days of the wild west. It is told through journals left to a great-grandson who reads them years after William Battles dies. Billy Battles was raised by a single mother. He takes a break from college to leave his home town and go work for a newspaper in Dodge City. He meets people we’re familiar with including: Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Bat Masterson–that are seamlessly weaved into the story. I have always loved to read a historical fiction book and lose myself in the past. Mr. Yates brought this time-period to life with lots of relevant details and plenty of action that completely drew me into this world. I highly recommend this book if you love stories about the old west or just enjoy a well-told tale.

The Army of Orphans: The Beginning 

by F.B. Veneziano

“The Army of Orphans” is a YA book that follows the lives of three siblings.  Although, it’s set 30 years in the future in Eastern Europe, it could be now and that makes it very relevant to read. After their mother dies, their father falls into drinking and rage. This eventually leads to the two boys Alex and Anton being sent to an orphanage, while the oldest Irina finds her own way. Alex discovers the stories he’s heard about the orphanage to be true. At the same time a revolution is happening outside the walls of this institution that pulls him and others into it. The characters are so well-written I felt every emotion reading this story. The strength of Alex is what makes this book hard to put down. He’s a young adult who has to leave his childhood behind as he survives in a world that is changing daily. I found myself falling in love with these children and then admiring their bravery. I’m looking forward to reading the next book “Retaking Pervaiske” and more from this author. I highly recommend this book not only for young adults, but for adults, too.


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12 thoughts on “Review of Books!”

    1. Thanks Jan! I just started the second Billy Battles and my husband is reading the first:)

  1. Congrats to the authors on such great reviews. Finding Billy Battles is on my TBR. I’ve heard wonderful things about it, and The Army of Orphans also sounds highly intriguing.

    1. Thanks Mae:) I think you will enjoy Finding Billy Battles–I’m reading the second book now. Yes, The Army of Orphans is intriguing!

  2. TBR just as soon as I finish up my masterpiece! Well, for now, I’ll call it a book! Been wanting to read “Billy Battles” for months. Will get to both these asap! Your reviews were great, DL! ♥

    1. Thanks Billy! It sat on my TBR list for a while:) I look forward to your new masterpiece!

  3. Loved these reviews, Denise. I’ve read “Finding Billy Battles” and absolutely loved it. I’ve just added “The Army of Orphans” to my TBR on the strength of your great review. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you:) Yes it was a great book and I’m starting the second one! I think you will enjoy “The Army of Orphans”!

  4. Wonderful reviews, Denise! I have both books in my kindle and I’ll get to them eventually. Looking forward to it, especially after reading your reviews.

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