Book Review: The Ticket by Zaph Stone

Their very, very last thought was that this was probably for the best. The golden straw-colored dunes and the clear, deep blue sky faded away, and a once immaculate, untouched beauty was now forever stained with blood, lots and lots of blood.

It’s 1985, South Australia – a group of friends head off on a camping trip to the remote and beautiful Innes National Park. They’re planning on a weekend of surfing, drinking, drugs, and hijinks. It’s the eve of the state’s first million-dollar x-lotto draw, and one of the couples has a ticket. What could possibly go wrong? A lot is the answer, a lot –

I’d describe this, my second novel, as a tense, suspenseful, and ultimately horrific white knuckle thrill ride – but then again, I would say that. You be the judge – if you dare!

My Review

Several friends decide to go on a camping/surfing trip in 1985. Greg and Miranda have a van that will fit everyone…barely. The first 50 pages or so are spent getting to know the characters. There are nine main characters which is quite a few. I was mostly able to keep them straight, but it would have been easier if three of characters’ names didn’t all start with the same letter (Jamie, Jane, and Jackie).

When someone starts murdering the friends one by one, they don’t know if it’s a stranger who is doing it or one of them. Is it because of a winning lottery ticket that Greg and Miranda have? Or is that a coincidence? Most of them have had abusive pasts whether by family or bullies. Could that have something to do with it?

Shane, whose girlfriend is Jackie, has made some bad decisions, and some bikers are looking for him because he owes them money. He was planning on running, but the bikers have found him. Jamie, whose girlfriend is Jane, has made a bad move in the stock market and is suddenly broke. One of the bikers was sent to keep an eye on the campers. Even after someone is murdered, all Jackie can think about is the lottery ticket. So many possibilities for the reader to consider!

But occasionally, the story goes back in time to the future killer, telling their story. Because of these, I figured out who the killer was very early. I was hoping I was wrong and there would be a big twist at the end, but I was right. Despite that, once things get started, it’s impossible to put this book down. There’s so much going on and so much suspense!

The characters are young and most of them have no problem with doing drugs, so there were a couple of times that I just sat there with my mouth hanging open! I won’t go into it any further…no spoilers. I didn’t care for several of the characters, not because of their youth or the drugs but because they just weren’t good people. Greg and Miranda were a nice, normal couple. A couple of the others seemed decent as well.

There were also a few times that the intensity was broken but something hilarious such as when a tent collapses on a couple, and they can’t get out. Also, occasionally, the author’s writing tickled me. An example: “Liam didn’t like the look of this at all. I don’t like the look of this at all, he thought.” That wasn’t done often, just enough to make me giggle.

There is a lot of violence in books and movies these days, but there were a couple of things in this book that still make me anxious when I think about them.

The Ticket is absolutely a book I recommend. Even though it needs to be proofread, it’s still a great read.

About the Author

Zaph grew up in the UK and settled in Australia in the early 1980s. He has been writing professionally for a couple of years, and he sincerely hopes that you can join him on this adventure – it promises to be one hell of a ride.

Hit Zaph up on his website – https://zaphstonetheauthor.wixsite.com/website or socials under the tag zaphstonetheauthor. Thank you, and if you read my work, I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

Book Review: The Silent Witness by Carolyn Arnold

Book: The Silent Witness
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Pub Day: Sept 24th 2021

It’s 4 a.m. when her mom shakes her awake. “Get up baby, we’re going to play hide and seek.” The little girl presses back into the dark space, holding her breath as she hears the shots ring out. She knows she’s next…

When the bodies of a local family are discovered on a quiet street in the small town of Dumfries, Virginia, Detective Amanda Steele takes charge of the case. Brett and Angela Parker were shot three times each, leaving no hope of survival, and their tidy suburban home has been ransacked. But there is no sign of their beloved six-year-old, Zoe.

Zoe is the same age as Amanda’s daughter was when she died, and Amanda can’t bear the thought of another little girl in danger. She’s organizing a search for the child, when she notices something strange about the ottoman at the foot of the Parkers’ bed. She opens it to find Zoe, mute and traumatized, but alive.

With Zoe completely uncommunicative, Amanda must find another way to untangle what destroyed this seemingly perfect family. It’s clear that the killer is searching for something the Parkers had, and until she has this monster behind bars, Amanda fears that he may return for Zoe. When she learns that Brett Parker cut short the family’s recent lakeside vacation, she wonders why. What happened at that lake house, and did it ultimately get them killed?

Amanda heads out to Lake Chesdin on the feeling it might be key to the case, and when she finds a cell phone in the murky waters next to the Parker cabin, she knows she’s made a breakthrough. But then terrible news reaches her from Dumfries; Zoe has been taken from her school playground.

Someone wants to silence the Parker family for good, can Amanda catch them before the little girl she’s desperate to protect pays the price?

A completely gripping and addictive crime thriller that will keep fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni entertained into the early hours.

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My Review

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

This is the third book in the Amanda Steele series and my favorite so far. When I read the first book, I wondered if I was going to like this series, but Amanda has become the strong woman I thought she could be. The deaths of her husband and daughter were a huge blow to her (of course) and the first book was mostly about her grief. She continues to mourn them, but she is learning to deal with the loss and starting to move on with her life.

When Amanda and her partner, Trent, are assigned to a double murder, they not only have a complicated case to solve, but Amanda ends up caring for the daughter of the couple murdered. The poor little girl, Zoe, witnessed the murder of her father, and she’s in danger. Since she quickly attached herself to Amanda and she needs to be safe, Amanda is ordered to care for her temporarily. Although Amanda wants to protect Zoe, she doesn’t know if she can handle it emotionally.

Silent Witness is my favorite Amanda Steele book so far. A lot of the story is about Zoe and Amanda but there is just as much story about the case which gets more and more complicated with several twists. I loved it! It is a book that is difficult to put down once you get into it. I can’t wait for the next Amanda Steele novel.

About the Author

Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian 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. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.

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Book Review: Old Faces: Yet More Tales from Tipperary by Edward Forde Hickey

This fourth book in the series, portrays a closely-knit group of people living in the north Tipperary hills during the early 20th century – a community largely made up of small farmers, whose lives were far different from today. The book’s inspiration comes from writers such as Thomas Hardy and attempts to pass on to readers the lyrical and rich phrasings of Tipperary’s old hill folk and capture the spiritual wealth of an age that remained unchanged for several centuries.    

    Tales of . . .   

* brotherly love and hate.  

* a rogue’s return from across the sea and his efforts to reform. 

* an unexpected first-love at the harvest-time dance-in-the-fields. 

* persecution of two old saints at the hands of misguided youth.  

* sports-day activities for adults and children alike, following the arduous channelling of a new stream.  

* two adventurous toddlers, getting lost in the wilderness but saved by a witch.  

    ‘. . . lovers of literature will find themselves engrossed in the lives of a past hillside community.’ 

                                                                    Addison & Cole 

My Review

Old Faces isn’t the type of book I would normally read, but I really enjoyed it. As I read the story, I could “hear” the narration in an Irish brogue. Some of the names are ordinary, but many of the names are hilarious. In the first sentence is Molly-rattle-the-tea-and-sugar-bag. What a great introduction to some unique names and stories.

I liked all of the stories, but of course I had my favorites. It was interesting that some of the stories were tragic, others had happy endings, but there was humor in all of them, some more than others. I went through the Table of Contents so that I could pick out the story or stories I liked the least, but I honestly liked them all.

There was a lot of humour in the stories, but I laughed most when I read this:

“Goldshit sitting on a black stick under the hob above the blazing fire and then falling asleep and tumbling off his perch and landing in the hot ashes and then struggling with the blazing sods of turf in the fire and the Wild Witch of the West chasing him round the floor — this was something that would stay with them forever.”

I didn’t know that Tipperary is a real place! It’s about the size of the town I live in. I wish the people here were as interesting!

I have enjoyed all of the books about Tipperary and I hope there are more to come!

About the Author:

Edward Forde Hickey lives in Kent with his wife. They have three sons. During the years 1962 until 1998, he taught in inner city primary schools (laterally as a headteacher for 18 years). In early life, he was a pop star with Decca records (see ‘Eddie Hickey/Lady May’) and later sang with the Glenside Ceilidhe Band in The Galtymore Dancehall, Cricklewood (1965/1975).

Born of Irish parents during the Blitz of London, he spent his first five years of life nurtured and moulded by his grandmother in the foothills above Dolla, near Nenagh in County Tipperary. His grandmother is and always was his inspiration; she had a natural gift with words.

Edward has always been interested in folklore and the Irish past (its music, dance and literature). He was a champion Irish step-dancer. He taught and adjudicated it, even as far afield as in Australia, before dedicating himself to research into hillside communities in north Tipperary, from where he brought back tapes of original songs for The English Folk Dance and Song Society.

He keeps a small farm in the foothills of north Tipperary and visits it often.

The first three books in the series are entitled “Tales from Tipperarary”, “Reflections” and “From Time to Time”.

 

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Book Review: My Way to Keep Anger Away by Elizabeth Cole

Do you feel hopeless when you see your child with red cheeks and steam coming out of their ears? Do you need to help your child control big emotions? Look no more! This adorable children’s picture book will help you for sure!

Anger can affect kids of all ages — toddlers, preschoolers, and even older ones — and they behave unlike they usually do. You can’t prevent your child from getting angry, but you can teach them to deal with it in a healthy way.

This anger book for kids will take your child on an underwater adventure to a magical dreamland. Boys and girls will surely enjoy the story where sea animals share anger management tips.

This social emotional book for kids:

  • teaches children to deal with anger in a healthy way
  • offers children calming techniques and activities for anger management
  • contains beautiful illustrations and rhymes
  • suits perfectly for preschool kids ages 3-5, as well as older kids ages 6-10
  • includes extra calming technique and coloring page as a bonus.   

There are many emotion books for kids available. You might wonder what makes this one special. Hundreds of families have already read this adventurous kids’ book and are grateful for the useful tips it provides.

So, even if you have read some of the best children’s books about anger management, you should try this one too!

This anger book is a product of extensive experience working with children. It has been proven through practice that there are ways to calm down every explosive child. The only trick is to find the way that best suits your child!

Take your child on this magical adventure and discover various anger management techniques!

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My Review

I have read a couple of Elizabeth Cole’s books so I knew that My way to keep anger away would live up to its name and teach children how to deal with feelings of anger.

When Melissa’s brother breaks one of her toys, it’s the last straw, and her usual sweet demeanor suddenly changes. She’s so mad that she goes to bed. That night she dreams of being in the ocean and the different animals teach her ways to deal with her anger using techniques such as counting to ten, taking deep breaths, etc.

The story is told in rhymes and the illustrations are cute and colorful. It encourages children to use their imaginations as well as giving them anger management techniques that work.

About the Author

Being a mother of two kids Elizabeth Cole very well understands that childhood is a great period of life filled with a tremendous amount of different and often changing emotions. Since the time Elizabeth received her master’s degree in psychology from University of New Orleans in 2008, she fully devoted herself to the research of kids, understanding their needs as well as their true emotions. Her five years period of working as the school teacher very much improved Elizabeth’s knowledge and motivated her even stronger. Finally, all of her experience inspired Elizabeth to write a series of children’s books.

Audiobook Review & Giveaway: No Names to be Given by Julia Brewer Daily

Book Title:  No Names to Be Given
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +)  
Genre: Vintage Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Admission Press Inc
Release date:   08/2021
Content Rating:  PG + M. No bad language, but mature subjects like suicide and a rape scene. These are both mild and not explicit. Fade to black kind of scenes. 

Today’s young women will not understand how our families made us feel shame so intensely; we surrendered our first-born children to strangers. Faith Reynolds, No Names to Be Given 
The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era. 
When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House.
Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage.
How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail. 


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My Review

Three girls in completely different situations end up roommates in a home for unwedded mothers and have their babies on the same day.

Sandy ran away from home to get away from an abusive stepfather, and she became a stripper. Eventually, she ended up in New Orleans and met Carlos and fell in love. Unfortunately, shortly before she found out she was pregnant, she found out that he was a mob boss and was going to prison. Even worse, he was married. He ordered her to get an abortion, but she decided to have her baby and put it up for adoption.

Becca met a black boy in college. When her parents found out that they’d slept together, they pulled her out of that college and planned on sending her to one in Mississippi. Unfortunately, she found out she was pregnant and they sent her to the home in New Orleans to have her baby.

Faith’s father was a famous evangelist, and she sang at his revivals. His close friend and employee raped her. She didn’t tell her parents about the rape, but when she turned up pregnant, they were very disappointed in her and sent her to the home.

Being in the sixties, it would have been difficult but not impossible for the girls to keep their babies. I was an unwed mother in the eighties, and I kept my son, but even then there was still a stigma attached to not being married. I know it would have been much worse in the sixties.

The girls didn’t even get to see their babies when they were born, and they each had to deal with that in their own way and move on with their lives. Not even getting the chance to meet their babies would have been hard to accept.

They were each able to move on and become successful at what they chose to focus on in life. When the past came to knock on their doors 25 years later, though, they each had to figure out how to handle it Two of the mothers would face scandal if the truth came out, and I was impressed with how most of the characters were able to work things out for the best of the birth families as well as the adoptive families.

I do think with so many characters that it may be easier for the reader if some of the chapters were combined so that there isn’t so much jumping around. I don’t read a lot of women’s fiction but this was a good one, and I definitely recommend it.

Praise

“A gorgeous, thrilling, and important novel! These strong women will capture your heart.” Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas.

“An insightful and sympathetic view offered into the lives of those who were adopted and those who adopted them.” Pam Johnson, author of Justice for Ella.

“A novel worthy of a Lifetime movie adaptation.” Jess Hagemann, author of Headcheese.
“Readers can expect deep knowledge of the world the characters inhabit.” Sara Kocek, author of Promise Me Something.

“I found myself thinking about Becca, Sandy, and Faith frequently as I went about my day—I was always excited to sit down and find out what happened next.” Sarah Welch, author of Austin Brown Dogs: The Shelter Dogs Who Rescue Us.

About the Author

Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS.  

She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart. 

As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public.

Daily is an adopted child from a maternity home hospital in New Orleans. She searched and found her birth mother and through a DNA test, her birth father’s family, as well.  A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador Retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.​


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Book Review & Giveaway: Bandits of Basswood by E.P. Bellows

Title: BANDITS OF BASSWOOD
Author: E.P. Bellows
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 195
Genre: Children’s Fantasy

John William Drake was born an explorer; just like many, many Drakes before him. His adventure really began with the discovery of a book hidden in the ceiling, followed by the mysterious disappearance of his father. He lived every day in misery until his twelfth birthday. A new friend gave him an invitation he could not turn down… follow me and change your destiny.

He never imagined being captured by bandits and taken to a ship riddled with river rats was part of his fate. Not just any bandits – the Bandits of Basswood; known to be a ruthless and wild crew of thieves. Trying to escape would be a ridiculous idea. No one has ever escaped and lived to tell about it. Uncovering traces of his missing father gave him hope and upped the stakes. John William was determined to get off the ship alive and search for the missing pieces of the puzzle. The chase out of Basswood was on. He took a chance to change his destiny and ended up on a wild ride to solve the most important mystery of his life.

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My Review

Members of John William’s family have been chosen to be guardians of a lost city in another realm. When John William’s father ends up going there and accidentally leaving John William behind, he’s devastated. A year later, however, he’s able to make it to the realm, so he sets out to find his father.

John William has one adventure after another while looking for his father. This story is non-stop action that children will enjoy. There wasn’t enough character development for me as an adult to get invested in the story, but a lot of kids will probably still like it. The one thing that bothered me was that there were times when I was a little confused, and a little more description would have helped. Once in a while, I wasn’t sure if the character was a person or an animal, and there was one time I had trouble following exactly what was happening. It does need proofreading as well.

I think children will enjoy Bandits of Basswood, and since it ends at a good point but not with everything resolved, I may have to read the next book to find out what happens.

PRAISE

“The imaginative world created by the author is especially fun. Some animals can talk (with attitude!), magic is in the air and emu-like creatures provide fast transportation. Yes, I realize this series is for children- and they can certainly read it. Just as soon as I’m finished.”Amazon Reviewer 5 stars

I enjoyed reading these books. Great for young adults, even though I’m an adult. I would recommend this series to those kids who like a good adventure…” – Amazon Reviewer 5 stars

“A simple walk into the world of furry and fairy alike. Enjoyed the character building, as the young boy finds himself in a world with furry pirates, and a feisty fairy princess. Even the villains (as a group,) were only bad because of the main villain of the piece. all in all a nice intro to a simply enchanted world. Hope to see more…”Amazon Reviewer 4 stars

About the Author

A few random things about me…
Um, let’s see… when I was eight, I had a pet turkey. I used to take it with me on my very short lived paper route. Needless to say, I was terrible at delivering the paper. No one wanted a “Dollar Saver” with turkey poop splattered across the front page. Apparently that’s where the best coupons are.

Books… well, “Treasure Island” is a fantastic pirate tale. I love just about anything by Roald Dahl. I would also like to thank C.S Lewis for sending me on an unrelenting childhood quest for portals to amazing worlds (even in the most unpleasant locations, e.g… the older brother’s closet, etc…)

I write fantasy stories for children. Yep – I am a HUGE fantasy geek. I can’t help myself! It’s too darn awesome to escape to another realm with sorcerers and wizards. The underlying theme in my stories is empowerment, self love, and living purposefully. 

When football is on I turn into a different person. I may even use a curse word or two… or three. I enjoy running; which is a good thing because I need to do it in order to fit into my jeans.

I love to cook and really, really love to eat. I have a theory that avocados actually contain super powers and have the amazing ability to make any snack epic. I also love garlic… which, according to my loved ones, also has an unfortunate super power … the pungent breath-inator… or something of that nature.

Few things make me smile more than chocolate, cheese… AND, if the Chargers would make it to the Super Bowl again – just once:)

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Book Review: Adrift by Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Adrift by Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrated by Anastasia Suvorova
October 26, 2021
Crocodile Books, USA, an imprint of Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.
Illustrated Children’s Book • 10” x 10”
32 pages • full-color • Ages 3-12
ISBN 978-1-62371-909-8 • hardback
$17.95 ($23.95 CAD)

Finding himself alone and scared in the middle of a storm, a small mouse finds comfort and strength when he sees another boat and is joined by others. They ride out the storm together—close enough to see each other, but not close enough to crash.

In a gentle metaphor for the global pandemic, Adrift is a way to start conversations with young readers about fear, hope and being together even from afar. It was written by award-winning children’s author Heidi E. Y. Stemple while she was in lockdown missing her friends and family. Her beautiful words are brought to life by Anastasia Suvorova, who has won high acclaim for illustrating stories about nature, children, dreams, traveling, magic, hope, and kindness.

My Review

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

A tiny mouse starts out on his own in a boat on the ocean. When a storm comes, he is scared but he meets more mice in boats who are close but far enough apart not to crash. Suddenly, he’s not so scared anymore. The more mice that are close by, the better the mouse feels. Eventually, they all end up finding land and they celebrate that they survived the storm that has now passed.

Adrift is a cute story and is a great way to start a conversation with children about the pandemic. It has to be difficult for young kids to understand what it going on and this is one good way to help them understand.

About the Author

Heidi didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published 20 books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children.
Heidi lives and writes in Massachusetts on a big old farm with two houses.

Website http://www.HeidiEYStemple.com
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Book Review & Giveaway: Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu

Book Title:  Our Moon Festival by Yobe Qiu
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 
Publisher:  Yobe Qiu LLC
Release date:  January 2020
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

​”Our Moon Festival” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book celebrating the unique ways the Japanese, Vietnamese, and Chinese communities celebrate the Moon Festival. The story highlights different families and their traditions as they observe Zhong Qiu Jie, Tết Trung Thu, and Tsukimi!

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My Review

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

Our Moon Festival is about how the Moon Festival is celebrated in Japan, Vietnam, and China. Each country celebrates the full moon, the harvest, and being with family. Some of the traditions they have are similar, like eating mooncakes, but each Moon Festival is unique to the country.

The text is interesting and the illustrations are beautifully done. This will definitely keep the attention of children and they’ll learn something as they enjoy the book!

About the Author

Yobe is an educator, entrepreneur and mom who lives in NYC. As an educator, she focused on teaching families to embrace love, diversity and different cultures. Through the years working in the classrooms and closely with other educators, she noticed the lack of multi-cultural resources that represented children of color. That is when Yobe decided to create multicultural children stories that feature Asian children, families and cultures! Yobe loves spending time with her daughter, reading to children and taking long walks during the day!

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Giveaway

Enter to win OUR MOON FESTIVAL signed by the author (one winner/USA only)

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Sep 20 –Fictional Vixen– book review
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Sep 27 –The Phantom Paragrapher– book review

Book Review: When I’m Not Looking by Farren Phillips

A combination of humorous detective story, fun fill-in-the-blanks, and laugh-out-loud details.

Legs isn’t quite sure what her pet duck gets up to when she’s not looking. Is her duck dressing like a knight and fighting dragons, starting an army of ducks, building a rocket, and even trying on Leg’s best trousers?
Young readers will love joining Legs on her quest to solve the mystery, with their detective skills, creative thinking and imagination.

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My Review

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

This is a fun book for children. It’s about a girl named Legs who wonders what her pet duck does when she’s not looking. She has some pretty silly ideas that kids will enjoy. There are also activities such as fill in the blank or finding certain things on a page.

The illustrations are great. Some of the pages are so busy that you can sit and look at it for quite a while before you see everything…or find what you’re looking for! The last page of the book shows a wall with pictures with the search items circled which will be helpful.

Children of all ages will enjoy When I’m not Looking. The hardcover might be preferable to the e-book so children can fill in the blanks, etc.

About the Author

Farren is an Author/Illustrator from the UK with a passion for making people both laugh and think. After graduating her MA from Cambridge School of Arts she has gone on to publish picture books around the world.

From a caterpillar having an existential crisis to Schrödinger’s duck, her stories always bring the laughs to storytime as well as introducing children to the world of philosophy and ethics. Farren’s biggest dream is to create stories so entertaining and wacky that they stay with the readers long into adulthood.

Book Review: Doppelganger by William Michael Davidson

David Anderson is a mild-mannered English professor until he walks into the classroom one day and discovers the corpse of one of his colleagues. She has been murdered. With all eyes on him, another woman, this time a former student of his, is also found murdered. In both cases, the killer has done the same thing: taken photos of the body and posted them anonymously online. Because of this, the media has dubbed him the Voyeur Killer. When it happens a third time, Detective Grimm, the cold and ruthless woman leading the investigation, narrows her sights on the English professor and begins to close in. Yet David, who has exhausted himself convincing others that he isn’t guilty, begins to question his own sanity. Is he the one committing these murders? Has he been doing it without his own knowledge? Desperate to clear his own name and discover what is happening, he begins to unravel the secrets of a twisted and depraved mind. The only question: is it his own?

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I read Storm Taken by William Michael Davidson a while back and liked it, so I was happy to read this book. I liked it even better!

Once I got to the second or third chapter of Doppelganger, it was difficult to put down. David Anderson decides to ask a colleague out but when he gets to her office, she’s been murdered. Of course, since he found her, he’s a suspect. And when a former student is found, he’s in real trouble. As there are more murders, he even begins to wonder if he’s going crazy. Could he have committed murder(s) without knowing about it?

On top of all of this, David also has to deal with his daughter, Scarlet, who is an addict. She’s in rehab but wants to leave and live with her boyfriend who is also an addict. Talk about having a lot to deal with all at one time!

The story is told from David and the killer’s points of view…or is it all David’s point of view? As David questions his sanity, I did as well. There are several twists along the way, and once everything falls into place, it makes a satisfying ending. I look forward to reading more thrillers by William Michael Davidson.

About the Author

William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California. A believer that “good living produces good writing,” Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible. He is a writer of suspense and speculative fiction. If he’s not writing, he’s probably at the beach.