Book Review – The First, The Sparrow, The Choice

Title: The First, The Sparrow, The Choice

Author: Jason Mott

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Length: 27 Av.

Rating: 2, 4, 3 Star

The Returned Review

TV Series Review



The First

It’s been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancée, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on… Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world—and Emily—into a tailspin.

The Sparrow

When Heather and Matt Campbell find ten-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn’t seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home.

The Choice

Peter Galvin was just seventeen when Tracy Whitmore—the love of his life—vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now—happy, even…. Until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.


The First

I was really disappointed in this short story. After coming off the solace I discovered in The Returned I was expecting to find the same kind of thing in this one but I found none of that. All of this one just seemed really unhealthy to me. No solace. It talks about never letting go and when sometimes that is a good thing in a situation when someone dies, it just seems like a really unhealthy thing.

Whether they lived happily together for the next fifty years or tragedy separated them once again – she would not let him go.

The Sparrow

Yay, now this is what I was expecting from the first one. It was just filled with the finding of solace I was expecting (I think I am saying solace just a bit too much, but I can’t really avoid it). I was so glad with how this book ended, Matt is a shining example of everything I think is wrong in the world. I also think that this story is just a better one in general too, much more interesting.

The Choice

Follows all the themes it was suppose to, but really it just raised alot more interesting question for me that never got answered. I mean, this girl just vanishes one day and no one knew why or how, then she comes back and no one asks her what the hell happened back then. I wanted to know damn it! Also, if the Returned are people coming back so that everyone can find solace, how does this whole thing affect the Returned? This doesn’t sound like Tracey was finding any, it just seemed like she was being put through more suffering.


This seems like a pretty sparse review, but the books are super short but they were only like 27 pages long. The last two are very much worth the read and if you have read The Returned it gives you a glimpse of what other people in the world are going through.

Till Next Time…


Book Review – Among the Nameless Stars


Title: Among the Nameless Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #.05)

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Length: 54

Rating: 2 Star


Before Kai joined the Cloud Fleet, he wandered… AMONG THE NAMELESS STARS

Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.


I don’t really know what I was expecting from this book but it didn’t really meet it.

I was confused the entire way through. From what I gather their are three levels of people, the high class, the middle class (each have their own names but they arent important), and the lower class called The Reduced. Why they are called this is not explained, though I think they may be on the stupid side. Nothing really is explained, not how the world ended up the way it is, why the ever so strange rules exist, not even half the the words that are used are explained.

I also found it a bit on the repetitive side. This girl Elliot is mentioned many many times throughout at first I thought this was good way to get to know the main character Kai better, know his thoughts and emotions and why he may do things that he does. But its done just way too much. If I knew who Elliot was, had actually met her, maybe this wouldn’t have bothered me so much, but for someone who didn’t even make an appearance in the story it became really frustrating.  The characters are developed well enough despite the confusion though and I would be interested in reading the actual story. I want to read the actual story more to get some answers though.

As for it being a prequel, I don’t really know if you can call it that. I haven’t read the proper story but this one doesn’t really feel like it would have much relevance to anything at all. The whole story could really be told in a couple of paragraphs if he didn’t go into some of the lesser details or some of the people. I would suggest this book to fans of the actual series if they are need for just another little taste of the story.