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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

19 Aug

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Narrator: Colleen Winton

Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press

Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book Three

Genre: Classics

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Anne of the Island was published in 1915, seven years after the best-selling Anne of Green Gables, partly because of the continuing clamor for more Anne from her fans – a fan base that continues to grow today!
In this continuation of the story of Anne Shirley, Anne leaves Green Gables and her work as a teacher in Avonlea to pursue her original dream (which she gave up in Anne of Green Gables) of taking further education at Redmond College in Nova Scotia. Gilbert Blythe and Charlie Sloane enroll as well, as does Anne’s friend from Queen’s Academy, Priscilla Grant. During her first week of school, Anne befriends Philippa Gordon, a beautiful girl whose frivolous ways charm her. Philippa (Phil for short) also happens to be from Anne’s birthplace of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia. Anne, always the good scholar, studies hard, but she also has many life lessons. This book sees Anne leave behind girlhood to blossom into a mature young woman.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author best known Anne of Green Gables and the series of novels that book begins. The “Anne” of the books is Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl who comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm, Green Gables. Published in 1908, the book was an immediate success in Canada, the United States and beyond. It has been adapted multiple times to screen, stage, radio, and TV.

Anne Shirley made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Anne of Green Gables was ranked number 41 in “The Big Read,” a survey of the British public by BBC to determine the “nation’s best-loved novel” (not children’s novel!). And a survey conducted by School Library Journal (USA) in 2012 ranked Anne of Green Gables number nine among all-time children’s novels.
Anne of Green Gables was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays in her lifetime. Her work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide. Mostly set in Prince Edward Island and locations within Canada’s smallest province, the books made PEI a literary landmark and popular tourist site. Montgomery was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.
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Narrator Bio

Colleen is a Vancouver actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer…and now a narrator. Her career has taken her all over the country and includes the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals, the original Canadian companies of CATS and Show Boat, extensive film/TV credits, and numerous directing/choreographing credits. Her stage work has been honoured with numerous nominations and a Jessie and Ovation award and she received a cultural award given by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was especially pleased to have recorded the works of L.M. Montgomery for Post Hypnotic Press just before she embarked on a production of the musical Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary in which she plays Marilla Cuthbert.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Post Hypnotic Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Somehow, I missed reading these classics when I was younger so I jumped at the chance to listen to the series. I enjoyed Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea and was able to start listening to Anne of the Island right away which makes it extra nice.

Anne of the Island is about Anne’s life when she goes to college and makes new friends. Anne has matured somewhat but still is quite innocent. I liked this book but not quite as much as the first two books. It is a little darker in some ways. A good friend of Anne’s dies and she and Gilbert are seeing other people. I got a bit frustrated with Anne not realizing how much she loves Gilbert. I loved the ending!

Again, Colleen did an impressive job of narrating both the children’s and adult’s voices. To me, she has become the voice of the Anne of Green Gables series.

Anyone young or old who hasn’t read Anne of Green Gables series yet, should take the time to read or listen to it. 

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17 Aug

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

11 Aug

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Narrator: Colleen Winton

Length: 9 hours 5 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press

Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book Two

Genre: Classics

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Following Anne of Green Gables (1908), this book covers the second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. We learn of Anne’s doings from the age of 16 to 18, during the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school. It includes many of the characters from Anne of Green Gables, as well as new ones: Mr. Harrison and his foul-mouthed parrot, Miss Lavendar Lewis, Paul Irving, and the twins Dora (sweet and well behaved) and Davy (mischievious and in constant trouble). Anne matures, slightly, but she gets into a number of her familiar pickles, as only Anne can: She accidentally sells her neighbor’s cow (having mistaken it for her own), gets stuck in a broken duck house roof while peeping into a pantry window, and more.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author best known Anne of Green Gables and the series of novels that book begins. The “Anne” of the books is Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl who comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm, Green Gables. Published in 1908, the book was an immediate success in Canada, the United States and beyond. It has been adapted multiple times to screen, stage, radio, and TV.

Anne Shirley made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Anne of Green Gables was ranked number 41 in “The Big Read,” a survey of the British public by BBC to determine the “nation’s best-loved novel” (not children’s novel!). And a survey conducted by School Library Journal (USA) in 2012 ranked Anne of Green Gables number nine among all-time children’s novels.
Anne of Green Gables was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays in her lifetime. Her work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide. Mostly set in Prince Edward Island and locations within Canada’s smallest province, the books made PEI a literary landmark and popular tourist site. Montgomery was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.
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Colleen is a Vancouver actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer…and now a narrator. Her career has taken her all over the country and includes the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals, the original Canadian companies of CATS and Show Boat, extensive film/TV credits, and numerous directing/choreographing credits. Her stage work has been honoured with numerous nominations and a Jessie and Ovation award and she received a cultural award given by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was especially pleased to have recorded the works of L.M. Montgomery for Post Hypnotic Press just before she embarked on a production of the musical Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary in which she plays Marilla Cuthbert.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Post Hypnotic Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Somehow, I missed reading these classics when I was younger so I jumped at the chance to listen to the series. I enjoyed Anne of Green Gables and was able to start listening to Anne of Avonlea right away which makes it extra nice.

Anne of Avonlea is about Anne’s life after she gets out of school and instead of going to college she decides to stay at Green Gables with Marilla who needs her. She teaches school and is a very good teacher. But Anne is still Anne and she gets herself into situations on occasion. My favorite was when she climbed on top of an old duck house to see inside someone’s home and she fell through! 

I love Anne’s personality. She still has daydreams but she has matured some and she has friends young and old. She’s a responsible and caring young lady and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens as she matures. Are she and Gilbert going to end up together?

Colleen did an impressive job of narrating both the children’s and adult’s voices. Some of the adults sounded pretty much the same like Marilla and Mr. Harrison, but since they were never engaged in a conversation, it didn’t matter.

Anyone young or old who hasn’t read Anne of Green Gables series yet, should take the time to read it. I’m looking forward to listening to Anne of Isle next.

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Surviving the Fatherland by Annette Oppenlander

8 Aug

 

Historical Fiction

Date Published: March 15, 2017

Publisher: Oppenlander Enterprises LLC

***An IWIC Hall of Fame Novel***

***Winner 2017 National Indie Excellence Award***

“This book needs to join the ranks of the classic survivor stories of WWII such as “Diary of Anne Frank” and “Man’s Search for Meaning”. It is truly that amazing!” InD’taleMagazine

“This family saga is wonderfully written and, aside from the emotional ramifications, very easy to read. I stayed up too late a couple of nights reading it…I highly recommend this book!” Long and Short Reviews

Spanning thirteen years from 1940 to 1953 and set against the epic panorama of WWII, author Annette Oppenlander’s SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND is a sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal that illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children’s war.

SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND tells the true and heart-wrenching stories of Lilly and Günter struggling with the terror-filled reality of life in the Third Reich, each embarking on their own dangerous path toward survival, freedom, and ultimately each other. Based on the author’s own family and anchored in historical facts, this story celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the strength of war children. 

When her father goes off to war, seven-year-old Lilly is left with an unkind mother who favors her brother and chooses to ignore the lecherous pedophile next door. A few blocks away, twelve-year-old Günter also loses his father to the draft and quickly takes charge of supplementing his family’s ever-dwindling rations by any means necessary.

As the war escalates and bombs begin to rain, Lilly and Günter’s lives spiral out of control. Every day is a fight for survival. On a quest for firewood, Lilly encounters a dying soldier and steals her father’s last suit to help the man escape. Barely sixteen, Günter ignores his draft call and embarks as a fugitive on a harrowing 47-day ordeal–always just one step away from execution.

When at last the war ends, Günter grapples with his brother’s severe PTSD and the fact that none of his classmates survived. Welcoming denazification, Lilly takes a desperate step to rid herself once and for all of her disgusting neighbor’s grip. When Lilly and Günter meet in 1949, their love affair is like any other. Or so it seems. But old wounds and secrets have a way of rising to the surface once more.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Based on the true story of two children growing up in Nazi Germany, Surviving the Fatherland is historical fiction at its best. To see the effects of this war from a German child’s view is a perspective I haven’t read before.

It’s difficult to read parts of this book knowing that these things actually happened. The innocent Germans who just tried to survive are usually forgotten when talking about World War II. What German families had to endure under Hitler’s regime and afterward is unthinkable and it’s hard to think about the fact that it wasn’t that long ago. 

Annette Oppenlander does such a good job at describing what Lilly and Günter go through that I felt like I was sitting there listening to their stories first-hand.

Surviving the Fatherland is a story of courage, love, and hope during a time of war and rebuilding. Knowing that it’s based on the lives of the author’s parents makes it even more compelling.

 

About the Author

Annette Oppenlander is an award-winning writer, literary coach and educator. As a bestselling historical novelist, Oppenlander is known for her authentic characters and stories based on true events, coming alive in well-researched settings. Having lived in Germany the first half of her life and the second half in various parts in the U.S., Oppenlander inspires readers by illuminating story questions as relevant today as they were in the past. Oppenlander’s bestselling true WWII story, Surviving the Fatherland, was elected to IWIC’s Hall of Fame and won the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award. Her historical time-travel trilogy, Escape from the Past, takes readers to the German Middle Ages and the Wild West. Uniquely, Oppenlander weaves actual historical figures and events into her plots, giving readers a flavor of true history while enjoying a good story. Oppenlander shares her knowledge through writing workshops at colleges, libraries and schools. She also offers vivid presentations and author visits. The mother of fraternal twins and a son, she lives with her husband and old mutt, Mocha, in Bloomington, Ind.

 

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Website: http://www.annetteoppenlander.com

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

2 Aug

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Narrator: Colleen Winton

Length: 10 hours 7 minutes

Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press

Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book One

Genre: Classics

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Anne, a young orphan from the fictional community of Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia (based upon the real community of New London), is sent to Prince Edward Island after a childhood spent in strangers’ homes and orphanages. Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, siblings in their 50s and 60s, had decided to adopt a boy from the orphanage to help Matthew run their farm. They live at Green Gables, their Avonlea farmhouse on Prince Edward Island. Through a misunderstanding, the orphanage sends Anne Shirley. Anne is described as bright and quick, eager to please, talkative, and extremely imaginative. She has a pale face with freckles and usually braids her red hair. When asked her name, Anne tells Marilla to call her Cordelia, which Marilla refuses; Anne then insists that if she is to be called Anne, it must be spelled with an e, as that spelling is “so much more distinguished”. Marilla at first says the girl must return to the orphanage, but after a few days she decides to let her stay. Marilla feels that she could be a good influence on the girl and had also overheard that another disagreeable woman in town might take Anne in instead.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Post Hypnotic Press. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Somehow, I missed reading these classics when I was younger so I jumped at the chance to listen to Anne of Green Gables. I enjoyed it and wish I’d gotten the chance to read it when I was young.

Poor Anne Shirley is an orphan and is mistakenly sent to the Cuthbert siblings when they requested a male orphan to help Matthew Cuthbert with his work around the house. Even though his sister Marilla seems pretty gruff, her heart goes out to the girl and she agrees to keep her. Anne brings joy to the lives of the Cuthberts and even though she talks nonstop and she tends to get into trouble because of her mouth, they love her dearly and do a good job of raising her.

Colleen did an impressive job of narrating both the children’s and adult’s voices. Anne’s excitement was captured as well as the seriousness of the Cuthberts.

Anyone young or old who hasn’t read Anne of Green Gables yet, should take the time to read it. I’m looking forward to listening to Anne of Avonlea next.

 

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Lucy Maud Montgomery OBE (November 30, 1874 – April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author best known Anne of Green Gables and the series of novels that book begins. The “Anne” of the books is Anne Shirley, an orphaned girl who comes to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their farm, Green Gables. Published in 1908, the book was an immediate success in Canada, the United States and beyond. It has been adapted multiple times to screen, stage, radio, and TV.

Anne Shirley made Montgomery famous in her lifetime and gave her an international following. Anne of Green Gables was ranked number 41 in “The Big Read,” a survey of the British public by BBC to determine the “nation’s best-loved novel” (not children’s novel!). And a survey conducted by School Library Journal (USA) in 2012 ranked Anne of Green Gables number nine among all-time children’s novels.
Anne of Green Gables was followed by a series of sequels with Anne as the central character. Montgomery published 20 novels as well as 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays in her lifetime. Her work, diaries and letters have been read and studied by scholars and readers worldwide. Mostly set in Prince Edward Island and locations within Canada’s smallest province, the books made PEI a literary landmark and popular tourist site. Montgomery was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1935.
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Narrator Bio

Colleen is a Vancouver actor, singer, dancer, director and choreographer…and now a narrator. Her career has taken her all over the country and includes the Stratford, Shaw and Charlottetown Festivals, the original Canadian companies of CATS and Show Boat, extensive film/TV credits, and numerous directing/choreographing credits. Her stage work has been honoured with numerous nominations and a Jessie and Ovation award and she received a cultural award given by her local Chamber of Commerce. She was especially pleased to have recorded the works of L.M. Montgomery for Post Hypnotic Press just before she embarked on a production of the musical Anne of Green Gables at Theatre Calgary in which she plays Marilla Cuthbert. Continue reading

Book Review & Giveaway: City of Gold by Carolyn Arnold

31 Jul

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Finding the Inca’s lost City of Gold would be the discovery of a lifetime. But failing could mean her death…

Archaeologist Matthew Connor and his friends Cal and Robyn are finally home after a dangerous retrieval expedition in India. While they succeeded in obtaining the priceless Pandu artifact they sought, it almost cost them their lives. Still, Matthew is ready for the next adventure. Yet when new intel surfaces indicating the possible location of the legendary City of Gold, Matthew is hesitant to embark on the quest.

Not only is the evidence questionable but it means looking for the lost city of Paititi far away from where other explorers have concentrated their efforts. As appealing as making the discovery would be, it’s just too risky. But when Cal’s girlfriend, Sophie, is abducted by Matthew’s old nemesis who is dead-set on acquiring the Pandu statue, Matthew may be forced into action. Saving Sophie’s life means either breaking into the Royal Ontario Museum to steal the relic or offering up something no one in his or her right mind can refuse–the City of Gold.

Now Matthew and his two closest friends have to find a city and a treasure that have been lost for centuries. And they only have seven days to do it. As they race against the clock, they quickly discover that the streets they seek aren’t actually paved with gold, but with blood.

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 This is the perfect book series for fans of Indiana JonesLara CroftNational Treasure, and The Relic Hunter.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I am a new Carolyn Arnold fan and I’m enjoying getting to know her different characters. I usually read one series at a time, but somehow it hasn’t worked that way this time. The first book of hers I read was Remnants, which was not the first in the Brandon Fisher FBI series, but I plan on reading the rest of that series. The second one I read was The Day Job is Murder which is the first in the McKinley Mysteries and I’ll be reading the second book in that series soon. City of Gold is the first in the Matthew Connor Adventure series and it’s my favorite Carolyn Arnold book so far. 

I like Carolyn Arnold’s writing style. The dialogue is enjoyable, witty, and her descriptions make things come alive. They can be a little lengthy occasionally but that’s just my personal preference. There are a couple of twists which make the book even more exciting. 

The characters are engaging and their relationships are complex. Matthew’s relationships seem to be the most complex, not only with his father but with the women in his life.

City of Gold is full of adventure and suspense. It definitely reminds me of Indiana Jones and I love those movies. Along with the adventure, though, back home is a detective doing solid police work. I hope he’ll be in future Matthew Connor books.

I definitely recommend City of Gold for anyone who enjoys adventure and suspense and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

 

 

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About the Author

 

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Guinevere at the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

24 Jul
BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s historical fiction book written by Cheryl Carpinello, Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. The tour will run from July 17 – August 7, 2017.
 

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About the Book

Title: Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend Book Two
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Beyond Today Educator
Publication Date: June 21, 2017
Number of Pages: 121
Genre: Children’s Historical Fiction
Summary: “Think before acting,” her father always warned. But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has not changed this.

When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones.

Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality. Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Guinevere At the Dawn of Legend is  about Guinevere and her friend Cedwyn and is written for middle grade readers. A lot of books that are written for middle grade readers or young adults are also good for adults but I think this one is definitely geared toward just middle grade readers.

A failed attempt to kidnap Guinevere results in the kidnapping of the children in the castle so she and Cedwyn go after the kidnappers. The result is an adventure that children will enjoy. Guinevere and Cedwyn are obviously young and make the type of decisions a young person would make without considering all of the consequences.

Although this is the second book in a series, I didn’t feel I missed anything without having read the first book.

 


5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Children are attracted to adventure and they don’t see the risks that adults do, refusing to accept many of the limitations and rules enforced for the sole purpose of keeping children safe. Guinevere and Cedwyn are close friends and Cedwyn, although still very young, has pledged his life to protect the princess who will one day be his queen when she marries King Arthur. Being children, they have their adventures. And one such adventure to the mysterious standing stones results in magical visions and then a race for their lives. There are people intent on kidnapping Guinevere. When she out-foxes their intentions, they take the castle children instead to be sold into slavery. Guinevere insists on chasing after the kidnappers and rescuing the children. The adventure intensifies as they risk their lives and become heroes. But are they totally successful in rescuing the children? Or do they just manage to create more problems in the process.

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is the sequel to Cheryl Carpinello’s first Guinevere story, Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. Both books take the fascinating Arthurian legends and create stories that will entice even the most reluctant of readers. With realistic characters and an exciting plot full of adventure, the reader will be pulled along to an unexpected conclusion, one that demands another book to complete the series. Young readers will certainly easily associate with Guinevere and Cedwyn, who, at their young age, take risks and disobey their parents, while at the same time they reach out to help others and become heroes. A great way to entice readers, even reluctant ones, to follow the adventures found in legends.

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At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history…. She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

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I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.
 
 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Two Brothers: Species by Sofia Diana Gabel

19 Jul

 

Sci-Fi, YA

Date Published: 2/12/16

Publisher: Escargot Books and Music

The third and final book in the Ramtalan Trilogy brings Argus and Tai Dachel to a critical juncture in their lives. Struggling to maintain some sort of normalcy, the boys soon discover that they’ll never be the same and those around them, including Argus’s girlfriend Lola, are in danger from the Invaders and the government agency AURA. With enhanced abilities, Argus has to come to grips with being different from his brother and being an enemy to the Ramtalans he thought were his friends. When hyper-intelligent, powerful Argustine Lenox and his sister, Galena, threaten to cleanse the Earth of humans and New Breeds, Argus and Tai have a difficult decision to make. Which side do they join? The Invaders accept them, while the Settler Ramtalans consider them dangerous. As if that’s not enough, Argus is on the brink of adulthood and must choose what sort of man he wants to be: defiant, compassionate, strong or all three. Nothing will matter though if he can’t save the Earth.

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first two books in this trilogy and was looking forward to reading this one and learning how things turn out. I don’t recommend reading this book before reading the other two because they build on each other. This one starts where Two Brothers: Heritage left off. 

I like Sofia Diana Gabel’s writing style because it’s my favorite kind. She tells a good story and doesn’t get bogged down in lengthy descriptions.

Two Brothers: Species is full of action and surprises but it also wraps up the trilogy. Argus and Tai Dachel have grown from boys to men along the way. They’ve had a lot to deal with and some important and difficult decisions to make along the way. I like how this book ends and I’m going to miss reading about them.

Anyone who likes science fiction will enjoy this trilogy. Even though it’s written for young adults, adults will like it too. At least, I did and I’m well into my adulthood.

 

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Lola was sleeping peacefully and since Argus didn’t want to wake her, he crept into the kitchen for something to drink. His head was spinning from everything that had happened, especially with Tai. How could he have done that to his own brother? If Galena hadn’t been around, Tai would be dead, permanently. Argus got a glass of water and noticed the dent in the wall where he’d thrown Tai.

“What have I done? I hurt everyone around me.” He leaned against the kitchen counter. He was racking up quite a list; Tai, Lola and Aunt Celeste, who was now Galena’s prisoner. “Damn it!”

“Argie?” Lola whispered in a hoarse voice.

He rushed to her side. “Lola? Are you all right? How do you feel?”

She was sitting up, still very pale. “Where am I? What happened? Your eyes!”

He sat on the couch, covered his eyes and took her hand. “This is a place called the Citadel. The Ramtalan headquarters on Earth. But you’re okay. I accidentally brought you here.”

“Oh. But what’s wrong with your eyes? They’re red.”

“I know. Don’t freak out. It’s nothing. Should I put sunglasses on?”

She shook her head. “No. I’ll get used to it. It kind of looks like you had a bad night, a really bad night.” She gently pulled his hand away from his eyes. “Wow. Do they hurt?”

“No.” He sighed. “I’ve sort of inherited my father’s eyes. Are you sure you’re not freaked out?” He looked away.

“Argie, at this point, nothing about you freaks me out. So what exactly happened? I was at school, on the field with the spaceship and then I felt like something was tearing me apart.” She burrowed her head against his shoulder. “It was horrible.”

“I’m so sorry. I would never have done that to you on purpose. It’s called a molecular shift. Are you sure you’re okay?” He stroked her hair. “I’d die if anything ever happened to you.”

She leaned back and wiggled her hands and arms. “Nothing seems to be broken. How does a molecular shift work? Did it make me invisible like you said it makes you?”

How much should he tell her? Well, obviously not too much since he didn’t fully understand how a shift worked. “It, ah, dissociates your molecules, or something like that. But then they all come back together.” He gave a little shrug. “It stops hurting after a few times.”

Lola nodded. “Well, I don’t want to do it again. Ever. Is your brother here, too? And your aunt?”

“Yeah. But…” How could he tell her he’d brought her right into the middle of a war and that Lenox was on his way? “I don’t want to talk about it right now.”

“Oh, okay. Family drama. I get it.” She took his hand. “Hey, before I forget, everyone loves our spaceship float.” She smiled and drew in a deep breath. “Rumor has it that we’ll win best float.”

Argus found himself smiling, too. “Cool. I love you, Lola.”

“You better,” she whispered.

He gave her a kiss on the cheek and stood. “Lola, Lenox is coming here.”

She jumped to her feet. “What? I hate that guy. Sorry, I know he’s your dad, but really, I hate him. Can we leave and go home before he gets here? Where exactly are we?”

“Labrador. Under an island. And we can’t leave. When I tried to bring another Ramtalan here, I accidentally brought you. I don’t want to try to do anything else that could…hurt you.” He looked at her carefully. She didn’t seem any different. Maybe Galena was wrong. “You sure you feel okay?”

She walked around the living room. “Yep, I feel pretty good in fact. Galena’s coming.”

“What? What did you say?” Argus went to her. “Lola, how do you know that?”

A moment later, the door opened and Galena, with Ari in tow, walked in. She didn’t have the Wand. “Argus, I need you to come with me. Tai’s asking for you. Hello, Lola.”

Lola came forward. “You’re Galena, aren’t you? How do I know you?”

Instinctively, Argus dashed out in front of Lola. “Lola, it turns out that Galena is my real aunt. And Ari over there is my half-brother.”

“You have a very complicated family, Argie.”

He nodded. “I know. Galena helped…I mean…when I brought you here, she sort of…”

Galena groaned. “Nice to see you up and around, Lola. Argus, go with Ari, Lola and I need to have a talk.”

“Wait!” Argus shook his head. “I’m not leaving her here with you.”

Lola put her hand on his shoulder. “It’s okay. I think I need to talk to her.”

Argus turned and faced her. “I can’t leave you, Lola. I mean, I really can’t. It’s that Protector thing in me.”

“Argus,” Galena said firmly. “I will not harm Lola, but I must evaluate her. You need to leave. Tai’s fighting with the medical team and won’t settle down until he sees you. Lola will be here when you get back. Understand?”

“Lola.” Argus leaned down slightly and kissed her on the lips. It felt like the first time he’d ever kissed her; warm and sweet. “I’ll be right back.”

Ari was standing by the open door with a scowl on his face. “Hurry up, Argus, I have more important things to do than babysit you and Tai.”

Argus went to Ari and shoved him out of the way. “Nobody babysits either of us, brother.” He strode through the doorway and into the corridor.

 

About the Author

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

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Website:  http://www.sofiadianagabel.com/

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Twitter: @sofiadianagabel

Blog: http://approachablefiction.blogspot.com/

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Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Deceptive Cadence by Kathryn Guare

17 Jul

Author: Kathryn Guare

Narrator: Wayne Farrell

Length: 11h 19m

Publisher: Kathryn Guare

Series: The Virtuosic Spy, Book One

Genre: Suspense

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Meet Conor McBride. He’s even more interesting than the trouble he gets into. A talented Irish musician reluctantly reinvents himself, disappearing into an undercover identity to search for the man who ruined his career: his own brother. On a journey from the west of Ireland to the tumultuous city of Mumbai, Conor McBride’s only goal is to redeem the brother who betrayed him. But he’s becoming a virtuoso of a different kind in a dangerous game where the rules keep changing–and where the allies he trusted to help him may be the people he should fear the most.

 

 

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Conor McBride is what you could call a reluctant spy. The British government wants him to go undercover and find his brother Thomas in India who has gotten himself involved in an illegal operation and they want the boss. 

Most of the book is located in India and the descriptions are vivid, both of the country and the people. 

The characters are complex and realistic for the most part. Conor goes from violin virtuoso to deadly spy in just a few short weeks when he goes to a camp to learn the skills he needs.

Deceptive Cadence is full of action and has some suspense. I like Kathryn Guare’s writing although it does get a little too descriptive at times (my personal taste). The narrator, Wayne Ferrell, did a great job at narrating. He used different accents for the different characters which worked out well. 

I definitely recommend Deceptive Cadence for anyone who likes spy thrillers. If I had to choose again, though, I would read the book rather than listen to the audiobook so I could skip over some of the descriptions.

 

Kathryn Guare lives in the Vermont town where she grew up, part of the third generation of her family to call the tiny capital city of Montpelier home. She spent ten years as an executive with a global health membership and advocacy organization, worked as a tour coordinator in a travel agency, and has traveled extensively in Europe and India. She has a passion for Classical music, all things Celtic, and loves exploring ethnic foods and diverse cultures. Her first novel, Deceptive Cadence was awarded the Audiobook Gold Medal in the Readers Favorite Awards.

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Internationally acclaimed voice actor Wayne Farrell began his professional career at The National Theatre of Ireland, where he met the legendary Irish seanachai Eamon Kelly and became fascinated with the art of storytelling. Using skills learned during this time, Farrell has worked extensively in both documentary and audiobook narration and is widely admired for the rich clarity and versatility of his voice. His credits include award-winning authors such as Donal Ryan, whose debut novel The Spinning Heart won The Guardian’s First Book Award as well as Irish Book of the Year; and New York Times and USA Today bestsellers such as Morgan Rice, author of the fantasy epic The Sorcerer’s Ring.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Infinity by Tabitha Lord

14 Jul

Book Title: Infinity by Tabitha Lord
Category: Adult Fiction, 304 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Release date: June 6, 2017
Tour dates: May 22 to July 14, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (violence, non-explicit sex, language)

 

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In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.

Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.

Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.

 

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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had read the first book in this series, Horizon, and was looking forward to reading this one.

As I had hoped, Derek and Caeli return to the planet Almagest with a team. It was discovered that Marcus, the leader of Almagest, has started trading Novali children to other planets. So, unofficially, the Alliance has sent the team to help the resistance.

The members of the resistance have been through a lot but they’re strong and determined and with the team from the Alliance, they’re hoping things might turn around. It really doesn’t look promising but they work with what they have. There’s a lot of suspense especially when members of the resistance go into town for one reason or another. 

One thing that kept running through my mind as I read Infinity was what if they are successful at overthrowing Marcus and beginning a new stable government? What will Derek and Caeli do? I couldn’t believe that Caeli would leave her home again but, on the other hand, how could Derek give up his position?

Infinity is full of action, drama, and love. I like Tabitha’s writing style and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Meet the Author

Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, will be released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for www.BookClubBabble.com.

Visit her blog at www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey.

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May 22 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 22 – To Be Read – review of Horizon
May 23 – Working Mommy Journal – review of Infinity / giveaway
May 24 – 411 on Books, Authors and Publishing News – spotlight / guest post/giveaway
May 25 – Bound 4 Escape – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 26 – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
May 29 – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Horizon
May 30 – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
May 31 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Horizon / giveaway
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June 2   – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review on Infinity
June 5   – Haddie’s Haven – review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway
June 6   – The Autistic Gamer – review of Horizon
June 7   – The Autistic Gamer – review of Infinity
June 8   – Library of Clean Reads – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 9   – Cheryl’ Book Nook – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 12 – To Be Read – review of Infinity
June 12 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 13 – Haddie’s Haven – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 14 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – review of Horizon
June 16 – 100 Pages A Day – review of Horizon / guest post / giveaway
June 19 – Elsie’s Audiobook Digest – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 20 – Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 21 – Deal Sharing Aunt – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 22 – Books, Dreams, Life – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 26 – Nighttime Reading Center – review of Horizon / giveaway
June 27 – Crossroad Reviews – review of Horizon
June 28 – Baker Kella – review of Horizon / author interview / giveaway
June 29 – Baker Kella – review of Infinity / giveaway
June 30 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review of Horizon
July 3   – Book review nature photos and everything in between – review of Infinity
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July 7   – JBronder Book Reviews – review of Infinity
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