Title: Tiny Gifts
Author: Jennifer Amriss
Publisher: Magelight Press
Date of publication: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Literature
Number of pages: 49
POV: 3rd person
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
Nothing in Haylie’s life has been going right lately.
And now, all she loves might vanish.
Unexplained explosions when she’s stressed out and anxious are one thing, but they aren’t the worst. Learning that her boss and father-figure is dying of cancer and he’s selling his veterinary clinic is so much worse.
But when everything seems hopeless, Haylie gets an unexpected gift. A small kitten, Punkin, makes her world a little more bearable—and less explosive. With Punkin’s help, Haylie may just get through this terrible time in her life. And in the process, she learns that when things seem their darkest, miracles might just come in tiny packages.
All proceeds from Tiny Gifts will go to help a cat in need.
As part of the Kal’brath Universe, this short story is meant to be read before Race Against the Dark, which is FREE. Grab your copy today and enjoy both stories while helping a furry feline have a better life.
Trigger Warning: None
Tiny Gifts is a prequel to the Kings of Kal’brath series. This book gave me a great insight about how Haylie’s life was before she rescued Sol’kyr and ended up with Morough.
I felt awful for Haylie. She was on several medications to keep her mental illnesses under control. She didn’t have a life and was coasting through it. She was dealt a sharp blow when she found out that her father figure was dying of cancer. He also was closing his veterinary practice, leaving Haylie without a job. So to say that she was stressed is an understatement. And when she is stressed, things have a habit of exploding (like her microwave in the first chapter of the book).
Then Punkin came into her life and she was a balm to Haylie’s soul. It was adorable reading about a baby Punks and it was even more adorable reading about how attached Haylie got to her.
While Haylie’s parents had little to do with her, she had a father figure in the veterinarian practice that she worked for. So, I teared up when he did something that I don’t even think her parents would have done.
The end of the book was very cute. Of course, there is a big surprise which made me grin (read it if you want to find out what)!!
My Summary of Tiny Gifts: 5 stars
Tiny Gifts is a great look into Haylie’s life before the events of Race Against the Dark. A quick read, you get a better insight about how awful Haylie’s life was and how Punks was a bright light. Definitely a book that I will read again!!
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Tween
Why: Very clean book. No sex, no violence and, no language. A book I would feel comfortable letting my 11-year-old read
I would like to thank Jennifer Amriss and Magelight Press for allowing me to review Tiny Gifts
**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**