Book Review: Leaves of Fall by Patricia Lynne

I grew at a community surrounded by trees and my childhood is full of memories with them. I remember always passing by a Mango Tree and looking at the ground near its roots to find sweet mangoes. I remember playing with a kalamias tree and using it’s flowers as pretend food coloring. I remember getting its fruits and despite being so sour, I still eat it. I remember being so amazed by the sampaguita flowers and loved smelling its fragrance. I remember picking santan flowers and getting its nectar and acts like a bee eating it. It was sweet.

Now that I have grown older, more communities were built and the land used for planting were converted to commercial and residential use. I never knew that I will miss the trees. They are very important part of our lives. It gave shelter, food, air, and comfort among other things that we need. I know we took them for granted but it never occurred to me a story like this. What if the trees can move? What if they can talk? What if they are much like human as we are?

About the book:

Armory was born into a world torn apart by war between man and nature. Trees are the enemy. But when she’s kidnapped by nomads and taken far from her home, a tree nymph is the one who comes to her rescue.

Birch promises he can get Armory home. He says not all trees wanted a war. Armory has no choice to trust him if she wants to see her family again.

Together, they trek across the ruins of America, meeting both human and trees who want nothing more than the fighting to stop. But the hatred between the two may be too deep to heal. Armory isn’t sure her friendship with Birch will be enough to convince the human race to take a chance on peace. Birch has a plan, though. He’s just not sure he’ll survive.

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I have received this book weeks ago and I have forgotten about it because I was swamped with loads of work. Thankfully I was notified again by the host and I learned that I still got weeks to make the review. I have no idea about this book because I have forgotten the synopsis too and I didn’t bother to reread it. So reading the book was a surprise. It was a great one.

It started a little bit confusing because I was introduced to a whole new community. Thirty years ago, humans and trees lived harmoniously. Trees can move but not as much as they do now. One day, the trees uprooted their roots and start moving, WAR BROKE OFF.

For thirty years, a war has been going on between trees and humans. How can be peace brought back once again?

This story made me realize the importance of all the living things around us. Just because they’re not moving, doesn’t mean they don’t have life. They do. They’re breathing. They are alive. They are like us too. They need care, love, and affection.

I also realized how important communication is. Nowadays, communication can be done in a blink of an eye. Even though you are miles away, you can still talk to and see each other. That is what we take for granted too. A proper communication. We are different from each other that’s why it is normal to have a misunderstanding, but if you made a big deal out of it and continue to only understand your side, then that’s stupidity. There’s always two sides of the story. One might make sense more to you over the other but if you try to at least understand where they are coming from, then it will not result to bloodshed.

That’s why I love Birch, his character has so much growth. I like how he tried to make amends. Armory was also an epitome of hope. That’s what people do, trusting that there’s always hope. Every day is a new day. Every day is a battle worth fighting for.

Reading it was a blast. It was the perfect read to cure all my worries. I like the flow of the story. I love the narration. It made me keep on reading not wanting to stop. It made me think of all the possibilities that the world may have. I wanted more.

Ratings: 5/5

P. S. Tho the ending is good, I wanted a book 2. This definitely needs a sequel.

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