Review: Revenants – The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Revenants: The Odyssey HomeRevenants: The Odyessey Home
Written by Scott Kauffman
Pages: 275
Appropriate for ages 16+
Available in paperback & kindle

***I received a free copy from the author in return for an honest review.

After finishing this book, I have a better understanding of the title.

Summary: It seems odd to say that there is so much life in this book, when it’s about a young girl working through the grief of losing her brother in the war and uncovering the journey one of the vets went through to get home. There’s a couple of layers and I can’t find the right words to mingle the stories together, like the book does. There is so much depth. The story will definitely stay with me.

Characters, Locale & Story: It starts off from Betsy’s teenage perspective. I thought she was going to be a character I really despised. A cheerleader, one of the popular girls. I don’t think I’ve read a book yet that starred the popular kid. It’s always the outsider. But circumstances lead Betsy to be a candy striper at the local veteran hospital. That’s where she carves out a space in my heart.

The hospital is located on the outskirts of town, and the locals choose to ignore it. It’s like they put our returned servicemen in the too hard basket. Betsy even says it after her first day, “They’re awful to look at. Perfectly awful.” They don’t want them ruining their perfect little town of Hanna.

I really enjoyed the band of misfits at the hospital. They are exactly how one would imagine war vets to be, characters.

Grumbles: I had a few niggly moments towards the beginning. I found it hard to keep up with who was telling the story, just within the first 50 or so pages. They each have their own voice and it becomes easier to differentiate between them.

And I wasn’t too sure about the jump back in time in the second chapter. I’m so used to reading YA or childrens fiction where the jumps/voices are clearly labelled in the chapter titles.

There was a sentence which I had to laugh at. Did they really say BOSS in ’84? I think that’s cool if they did!

“Nathan’s boxes were just so boss, but I always worried they might not make it.”

Language: In terms of the language though, I think the author wrote that time period very well. Just as an example and this isn’t the best, but this made me giggle. Betsy was blackmail her brother, “Not if you’re serving time in the kiddie slammer swinging a shovel it won’t.”

But my favourite phrase, I was wondering if it was quoted from somewhere, is

“For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were our fathers; our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.”

Recommendation: I don’t want to give too much away. I’ve never been great at writing spoiler free reviews. I would definitely recommend this if you’re into historical fiction, war, and mystery.

My rating: 4 out of 5

4 Leaf

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Daily Progress | Bout of Books 16

Let’s do this!

Time Devoted to Reading

I haven’t finished both of the assignments due, so during the day, aside from work, that will be my focus. That leaves me an hour or two each night dedicated to reading & catching up on the Bout of Books challenges.

My Goals this week

  • Finish and post my review of The Revenants: The Odyssey Home
  • Read at least 500 pages
  • Finish 2 books

Here is my TBR pic

Updates

I’m starting with Stars Above by Marissa Meyer. I’ve read a few of the novellas but I really wanna get to the end of the Lunar Chronicles series.

Monday (posted on Tues)

Number of books I’ve read: 0
Total Pages Read: 212
Total Time Read: about 4 hours
Title of Books Read: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Currently Reading: Lumberjanes
Daily Challenge: Introduce myself #insixwords

TUESDAY (POSTED ON WEDs)

Number of books I’ve read: 1
Total Pages Read: 258
Total Time Read: about 5 hours
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1
Currently Reading: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, Soundless by Richelle MeadMy loaned copy of Stars Above expired! so I’m back on the waiting list.
Daily Challenge: #shelfie4boutofbooks

Wednesday (POSTED ON thurs)

Number of books I’ve read: 2
Total Pages Read: 293
Total Time Read: I’ve lost track!
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1., Saga vol. 1
Currently Reading: Soundless by Richelle Mead

SATURDAY (POSTED ON SUNDAY)

Number of books I’ve read: 3
Total Pages Read: 560
Title of Books Read: Lumberjanes vol. 1., Saga vol. 1Soundless
Currently Reading: Lumberjanes vol. 2

Book Pool Challenge | Starts Jun 2016

Have you heard of a Book Pool Challenge?

I have only seen this type of reading challenge done in the Crazy for Young Adult and Crazy for New Adult groups on Goodreads. I really loved taking part and I thought that I would start this up for the Book Lovin’ Kiwis group.

All you do is,

  1. Ask each person in the group to recommend 3 books to add to the “Pool”. Avoid duplicates.
  2. Set a timeframe. Ours are one or two-month challenges.
  3. At the end of the month, close the Pool and invite the group to read any or all of the books.
  4. If people want to join after the close date, they can claim points, but not add new books to the pool.
  5. 1 point per book read.

booklovinkiwis-goodreads-profileSo as an example, Book Lovin’ Kiwis are having a two monthly challenge. Today, I opened a new thread on Goodreads asking for participants to name their three books. The Pool will close on 31 May. The reading begins on 1 June and continues til 31 July. You can join whenever you like, but there will be no pool entries once pool has been closed. You can pick any genre book, they can be novellas, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, chunky reads, you name it.

It’s the stress-free way to readathon. Zero pressure. It’s all about reading what you want and maybe finding something in the Pool that piques your interest.

You are more than welcome to join us! Check out the Book Lovin’ Kiwis Group on Goodreads for more info.

Bout of Books Readathon | May 2016

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I really love Bout of Books readathon because it’s so relaxed. All you have to do is read. You pick the books and every page counts. Plus it’s week long, and low pressure.

I have no idea what I want to read, but I need to stop by the library and pick up a few graphic novels or short stories. Those are a great way to keep me motivated.

Also, follow the official hashtag #boutofbooks because so many people take part. You’re bound to find a new book to add to your TBR.

Sign up here, I really recommend it.

See you there!

Monthly Wrap Up & TBR | Apr-May 2016

Wrapup & TBR imageKia ora everyone. It is the 1st of May!

Honestly, the time is just flying this year. I feel like I haven’t accomplished much at all.

Luckily, I can’t say the same about the amount of books I’ve read. Pretty happy that I am keeping the book count up.

Bout of Books is happening this month, 9-15th. As of writing this, there were 145 people signed up. I will post my TBR for that next week. It’s a relaxed week long readathon. I highly recommend it!

I have 3 assignments due this month, 2 are due within the first week. Once I’ve knocked out those, I hope to get some serious reading in.

Books I read in April:

  1. Never, Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
  2. Too Late by Colleen Hoover (available for free on WattPad)
  3. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel, vol. 3
  4. The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell
  5. The Winter Train by Susanna Isern
  6. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel, vol. 4
  7. Rahui by Chris Szekely
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audiobook, narrated by Stephen Fry)

Books to be read in May:

  1. Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles #4.5) by Marissa Meyer
  2. Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  5. Nimona (graphic novel)
  6. Lumberjanes (graphic novel)

Currently reading:

  1. Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (audiobook)