Book Review: Tracks & Flashbacks by Trixie Silvertale

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A touching gift. A shocking truth. Can this psychic sleuth solve a decade-old murder?
Mitzy Moon is happy to leave her painful past buried. But a thoughtful present turns her world upside down and forces her to abandon Ghost-ma and her fiendish feline to search for answers in the Southwest. Turns out her mom’s death was no accident, and proving it could be the last thing she does…

Local sheriff Erick Harper wants Mitzy to have a loving remembrance of her mother. But after calling in a favor to get the dead woman’s personal effects, he uncovers an unexpected skeleton hiding in the evidence. And now that the cat’s out of the bag, he can’t stop her from risking everything to dig up more clues.

Mitzy won’t rest until she slams her mama’s killer behind bars. And Erick is desperate to bring her back to Pin Cherry Harbor in one piece.

Can Mitzy deliver some Wild West justice, or will she bite the dust in the Arizona desert?

Tracks and Flashbacks is the ninth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

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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.

It’s hard to believe that it hasn’t even been a year since Mitzy Moon inherited her grandmother’s bookstore. She’s gotten close to her father and especially Grams (in her ghostly form). All of the main characters are unique, flawed, and loveable. Mitzy is smart, hilarious, and determined. Grams is a force of nature but she and Pyewacket have taken a backseat in this book. Erick, the sheriff, is an amazing man and in love with Mitzy.

Mitzy and Erick decide to try to solve the cold case of Mitzy’s mother. Mitzy had been told that she’d died in an accident but Erick found out that wasn’t true. When they go to Arizona together, they do find more evidence but will it lead them to the killer?

Being together in one room and working together brings Mitzy and Erick closer, but they are both determined to take things slowly. I love that! Friends first and lovers later is the best way for a relationship to stand the test of time. One problem, though, is that Erick is beginning to realize that Mitzy’s “hunches” are more than hunches. I wish she’d come clean. He obviously loves her, and her psychic abilities shouldn’t change the way he feels. He already suspects, he doesn’t seem bothered at all from what he’s seen, and he’s Erick.

Tracks & Flashbacks is the ninth book in the Mitzy Moon Mysteries series and my absolute favorite so far! I was not ready for it to end. I need more.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

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Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Restaurant Affair by K.M. Morgan

Sixth Book In The Bestselling Series!
Daisy McDare’s latest decorating job turns into a crime scene when Adam Dunning, the arrogant owner of a French restaurant, is found stabbed in the back. As Daisy starts digging deeper, she realizes Adam had a knack for making enemies. Between Adam’s bitter wife, needy mistress, unhappy staff, and scheming daughter, Daisy has her hands full in trying to crack the case.
Daisy arms herself with cupcakes, one-liners, and plenty of spunk to find the killer before they strike again.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Restaurant Affair is a novella with a listening time of a little over 3 hours. It’s the sixth book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series.

Daisy is an interior decorator but it seems that every time she turns around, she’s solving a murder instead. It’s not something she really wants to do, but she can’t turn her back on a murder. This time, the owner of a restaurant hires her to redecorate his restaurant, but he winds up dead before she can get started.

Luckily, after all of the murders that Daisy has solved, the local detective has finally decided to work with Daisy. There are several people who are suspects and, sadly, most of them are happy that the victim was murdered.

The narrator, Donna Soto, was okay. Her timing is good, but in this story, the voices weren’t as distinct as I’d like. Many of the characters had the same voices. It would have been easier to listen to if she’d just used the same voice throughout the story.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Restaurant Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and quick reads. I think I’d prefer the e-book of these novellas though. I’m looking forward to more of the Daisy McDare series.

About the Author

K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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Audiobook Review: Daisy McDare and the Deadly Rock Star Affair by K.M. Morgan

Fifth Book In The Bestselling Series!
Daisy McDare’s vacation plans go awry when a washed up rock star turns up dead and the local detective thinks Daisy’s cousin Addison is the killer.

Daisy arms herself with cupcakes, one-liners, and plenty of spunk to find the killer before her cousin goes to jail for a crime she didn’t commit.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Daisy McDare & the Deadly Rockstar Affair is a novella with a listening time of a little over 3 hours. It’s the fifth book in the Daisy McDare cozy mystery series.

Daisy is an interior decorator but it seems that every time she turns around, she’s solving a murder instead. It’s not something she really wants to do, and she decides she needs to get away for a few days, so she goes to visit her cousin.

Her cousin works for a rock star who is past his prime. Unfortunately, he’s not a very nice person and is murdered. Her cousin is the main suspect! Of course, Daisy has to clear her cousin’s name, so she’s back to solving a murder on her vacation. There are several people who are suspects but Daisy figures out who the murderer is in record time.

The narrator, Donna Soto, was okay. Her pronunciation and timing are good. Her voice doesn’t fit this series though. In my opinion, the narrator’s voice should sound younger and perkier.

I recommend Daisy McDare & the Deadly Rock Star Affair to anyone who likes cozy mysteries and quick reads. I’m looking forward to listening to more of the Daisy McDare series.

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K.M. Morgan loves baking, crafts, cute cat videos, and reading mysteries.

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Audiobook Review: TORO by Andrew Avner

Toro is the story of a cow who wants to run like a bull in Pamplona.

Author: Andrew Avner
Narrators: Brad Raider, George Spielvogel, Malili Dib, Yolanda Corrales, Leila Cohen, Andrew Avner
Length: 2 hours and 57 minutes
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Released: Jun. 26, 2020
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction

Toro

A story that evokes beloved films such as Babe and Ratatouille.

Alicía Catalina Cortés is a fast and fiery Spanish cow who desperately wants to run with the bulls in Pamplona – but since she’s a cow, tradition forbids her to partake in the fiesta of San Fermín. Through her journey, Alicía learns that to be noble and brave, she must follow her dream and her heart, even if it means defying tradition.

Toro is set in the colorful backdrop of Pamplona, Spain during the fiesta of San Fermín and the running of the bulls, famed as one of the most exhilarating, dangerous, and spectacular events around the world.

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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 Andrew Avner. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

When I started listening to Toro, I wondered what I was getting myself into because I felt like bullfighting was being glorified, and it’s such a horrible way for bulls to die. I decided to give the book a chance, though, and I was glad I did.

Alicía has a dream: she wants to run with the bulls in Pamplona. Diego also has a dream. Even though the bulls in his family have traditionally run in Pamplona, he has no desire to do that. He wants to be in the rodeo in America. The two of them work together to try to make their dreams come true.

Toro teaches that you should reach for your dreams no matter what others think or say about them. It teaches about lies and the guilt and lack of trust that go along with them. The bulls and Alicía also learn that they haven’t been told the whole truth about running in Pamplona, that there are dire consequences for being the best.

I enjoyed listening to Toro, and I think middle grade readers would enjoy listening to it as well. There are a few sound effects, and the narrators do a great job. In fact, every time the cowboys spoke, I had to laugh, especially at the John Wayne impersonation. Those cowboys really tickled me!

Andrew Avner graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television. After working in Manhattan with Academy Award-winning producer David Brown, Avner relocated to Los Angeles to develop his own original material. He’s currently writing and producing short films for The Walt Disney Company while penning his next novel.

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Brad Raider

Brad Raider is an actor, filmmaker, and meditation teacher living in Los Angeles. In addition to Toro, he’s voiced video games, cartoons, and industrials. His award-winning feature film, Kensho at the Bedfellow, is streaming free on Amazon Prime: https://amzn.to/345rhXD.

George Spielvogel

(Don Murciélago Cortés, Jesús de los Jabalíes, Montie, Junior, Slim, Santiago, The Veedor, The Ganadero, Gallito, Zurito, The President of the Bullring)

George Spielvogel, also known as MC Whack, has been performing for audiences since childhood. While still in his early teens, he starred in a touring children’s theatre group and went on to earn degrees from both the Meisner Studio and the Strasberg Institute at New York University. Spielvogel was the creative producer on the hit staged parody Point Break Live. He continues to produce independent content and work as a voice-over actor in Los Angeles.

Malili Dib

(Alicía Catalina Cortés)

Born in Puebla, Mexico, Malili Dib was discovered by producer Pedro Torres, who cast her in the popular television series Mujeres Asesinas. She soon went on to land a major recurring role in the Mexican version of Gossip Girl. After graduating with honors from the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, Dib relocated to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Her film credits include Melancolía, co-starring Alessandra Rosaldo and Plutarco Haza, Your Iron Lady, co-starring Victoria del Rosal and Yul Bürkle, Valentina by up-and-coming director Jorge Xolalpa Jr., and The Restoration by award-winning Peruvian director Alonso Llosa.

Leila Cohen

(Condesa Maria Del Toro, Doña Madonna de Doñana)

Leila Cohen left Brazil when she was eighteen and bounced around the globe before settling down in Los Angeles. She received a degree in Performance and Visual Arts from Brighton University and went on to train at Central School of Speech in Drama in London and Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Cohen recently completed a Film and Television Screenwriting Comprehensive at UCLA and co-founded a production company with her sister, aptly named Cohen Sisters Productions.

Yolanda Corrales

(Young Alicía, Waitress from the Basque country, Rosalita)

Yolanda Corrales is a Spanish actress based in Los Angeles. Her career began as a professional dancer in the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. Eventually, she traveled to Mexico to work on acclaimed television series such as Juana Inés, José José: El Príncipe de la Canción, and Luis Miguel: The Series. Corrales has also performed in theatre and film and has appeared in more than one hundred commercials around the world.

Andrew Avner

(Diego Del Toro, Don Julián Hernández, Billy Ray, Municipal Veterinarian, El Miguel)

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Book Review & Giveaway: It’s Murder, My Son by Lauren Carr

Book Title: It’s Murder My Son by Lauren Carr
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Book 1)
Category: Adult fiction, 288 pages
Genre: Murder Mystery
Publisher: Lauren Carr
Release date: June 23, 2010

Content Rating: PG (It’s a murder mystery and there is mild violence. Very mild swearing no F-bombs. No on-stage sex scenes.)

What started out as the worst day of Mac Faraday’s life would end up being a new beginning. After a messy divorce hearing, the last person that Mac wanted to see was another lawyer. Yet, this lawyer wore the expression of a child bursting to tell his secret. This confidence would reveal Mac as heir to undreamed of fortunes, and lead him to the birthplace of America’s Queen of Mystery and an investigation that will unfold like one of her famous mystery novels.

Soon after she moves to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, Katrina Singleton learns that life in an exclusive community is not all good. For some unknown reason, a strange man calling himself “Pay Back” begins stalking her. When Katrina is found strangled all evidence points to her terrorist, who is nowhere to be found.

Three months later, the file on her murder is still open when Mac Faraday, sole heir to his unknown birth mother’s home and fortune, moves into the estate next door. Little does he know as he drives up to Spencer Manor that he is driving into a closed gate community that is hiding more suspicious deaths than his DC workload as a homicide detective. With the help of his late mother’s journal, this retired cop puts all his detective skills to work to pick up where the local investigators have left off to follow the clues to Katrina’s executer.

 
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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 listened to this audiobook a while back, but since there are so many Mac Faraday books, I was happy to read it again. I seem to pick up on different things when I both listen and read to books. 

Mac started his new life in Deep Creek Lake after inheriting his biological mother’s estate and money. He recently retired as a homicide detective, but he finds himself helping to solve a murder mystery. He just thought he was going to be retired! There’s also a petty thief that the town is looking for…will he be able to figure out the murder and the thief? It almost seems like one of his mother’s novels come to life. There’s never a dull moment in Deep Creek Lake!

The characters are great, and I feel like I know most of them already. Although Mac has just met Gnarly, the German Shepherd he inherited, he’s beginning to learn what a character Gnarly really is. It’s not often that my favorite character is a dog! 

Meet the Author

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, Chris Matheson Cold Case, Thorny Rose Mysteries, and the Nikki Bryant Cozy Mysteries—close to thirty titles across five fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, crime fiction, police procedurals, romance, and humor.

​A popular speaker, Lauren is also the owner of Acorn Book Service, the umbrella under which falls iRead Book Tours. She lives with her husband and two spoiled rotten German Shepherds (including the nephew of the late-great Gnarly! (pictured above)) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

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Book Review: The Guided Dream Journal by Katherine Olivetti

Dreams are an invaluable window into our lives. They can lead to a burst of creativity, shed light on a challenging relationship, or reveal a deeper understanding of a difficult situation. Your dreams often know you better than you know yourself. The Guided Dream Journal will help you learn how to keep a dream journal and work with your dreams.

This engaging journal helps you record, explore, and reflect on the themes and symbols that appear in your nightly visions. From helping you remember a long-forgotten memory to solving a seemingly impossible problem, there are so many answers in our dreams that can help us understand our waking life―learn how to interpret them.

The Guided Dream Journal includes:

  • Dream variety―Learn about the different types of dreams like lucid, recurring, nightmares, and others, and discover how knowing the storyline, pattern, and genre of your dream can help you determine its deeper meaning.
  • Dream escort―Supportive prompts show you how to pinpoint signs, track insights, and keep a record of your breakthroughs over time.
  • In the know―Use the dream dictionary to better understand and interpret 100 of the most common symbols, settings, colors, animals, and more that show up in dreams.

When you want to discover and understand the significance of your dreams, The Guided Dream Journal is your go-to resource.

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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.

I’ve always been interested in dreams especially after a weird dream I had came true. Since then, I’ve been wanting something to help me discover how to interpret my dreams. It seems to me that a journal makes sense, and this journal is a great resource.

First, it explains dream interpretation and how to use the book. Next is the journal section which has a lot of blank pages to write and many questions (just a couple each day) to help you explore and reflect on your dreams. You will also now have a log of your dreams if you need to go back to find one. Since I have an e-copy of the book, I have a notebook I use to record my dreams, but I have to keep going back to the e-book for the questions. The last section helps you interpret your dreams and even has a small dream dictionary.

If you have an interest in learning more about your dreams, this is definitely a great resource that guides you through the process. I will continue to use it for a long time.

About the Author

Katherine Olivetti has remembered her dreams since she was a child, and has been recording them since early adulthood. She was born in New York City, the eldest of six children. She grew up in the suburbs of Manhattan and went to Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, a private college for women in Purchase, New York. She began her studies as a mathematics major, but switched to French, and later studied psychology as a graduate student. Katherine is a Jungian analyst and writer who earned her graduate degrees from Columbia University and completed psychoanalytic training at the C. G. Jung Institute of New York, where she became its president. She completed family therapy training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, completed the Institutes of Religion and Health’s program in pastoral counseling, a year-long course at Stanford University on the mind and the brain, and a leadership program with the Coach Training Institute. She taught and supervised at Yale Medical School, and the C. G. Jung Institutes of New York, San Francisco, and Catania, Sicily. From 2012-2018 she was the Editor-in-chief of Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche and conducts an online seminar on writing and editing for Jungian analysts. She has lectured and written about dream work, clinical process, creativity, spirituality, writing and editing. When she is not working as a psychoanalyst, Katherine loves to cook, spend time with her family, and hang out with her nine year old Australian Shepherd, Patch.

Katherine maintains a private psychotherapy and psychoanalysis practice in Atherton, California and a website and blog at: www.katherineolivetti.com.

Audiobook Review: The Code by Peter McAllister

Author: Peter McAllister
Narrator: Josiah Robinson
Length: 5 hours and 26 minutes
Publisher: Momosa Publishing LLC
Released: Jul. 31, 2020
Genre: Science Fiction

We unconsciously imprint our prejudices on Ais. Can they become mentally ill like their creators?

If one becomes psychotic, is shutting it down murder?

What if he fights back?

Liam, a gifted engineer, is trying to save the world, by finding a way to let industry mine for metals without the environmental disasters that make the news. Nanobots mining asteroids are the answer, and they are being tested on the dark side of the moon. But Gene, the AI tasked with helping him, spirals down the path of schizophrenia and is on track to mine the moon to dust – and without the influence of the moon, the ecosystems that mankind depends on for its survival as a species will be lost. This leaves Liam and his colleagues to battle the creation and his own demons to save humanity – who are oblivious to the potential destruction around the corner.

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Gene, an AI programmed to use nanobots to mine ores on the moon is mistakenly using the incorrect software. It causes Gene to perform his task too well and by the time it’s discovered, Liam and his colleagues are hard-pressed to figure out how to stop Gene before the AI causes the end of the world.

The thing I like most about The Code is that it seems believable to me, and it isn’t super technical. I’ve read several books about out-of-control computers, and they were so technical with little character development that I had difficulty finishing them. The Code is not like that! Instead of being technical, the techs say this is possible or that is possible without going into detail.

Liam, the main character, is well developed. He’s very intelligent but has a mental illness as well which he takes medication for. I found it interesting that they think that Gene is schizophrenic. It seems crazy that an AI could have a mental illness, but their reasoning is sound.

The narrator did a good job relating the story. His timing and inflections were good, it was easy to follow, and he changed his voice just enough to know when someone else was speaking.

If you like science fiction without all of the technical talk, I definitely recommend The Code.

Peter McAllister an engineer, scientist, turned technology manager who wants to share the stories that keep him awake at night.

In his professional life he works in IT where tools such as AI are becoming prevalent. This behind the scenes knowledge, along with his previous work at the intersection of technology, business and people puts him in a great position to speculate on the future.

He lives outside of Melbourne with his wife, four cats and the kangaroos that visit them.

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Josiah Robinson is an actor, narrator, and producer based in the Chicago area. He has spent the last 10 years acting in regional theatres across the U.S., exploring the improv and musical theatre scenes in Chicago, and most recently, venturing into the fields of audiobook narration and voiceover. He is also a producer with a passion for creating high-quality audio projects, which serves him well when his career takes him off the stage and into the studio.

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Book Review: Stories and Places I Remember by Joe Giordano

Humorous and poignant, Stories and Places I Remember will take you around the world from the streets of Brooklyn to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Meet Anthony in 1950s and 1960s Brooklyn, then journey with a host of other delightful, contemporary characters portrayed in twenty-six tales set in New York, Texas, Brazil, Greece, Ireland, the Middle East, and Italy that will tickle your wanderlust.

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 have read a couple of Joe Giordano’s books and especially liked Birds of Passage, so I had a feeling I’d enjoy these short stories. I wasn’t wrong!

The first few stories are about Anthony, a kid in Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s. He’s Italian, and his parents are immigrants, and he has some interesting stories to tell. The rest of the stories about other people in New York and several other states and countries.

All of the stories in Stories and Places I Remember are short and to the point, and I enjoyed every one of them. What I especially liked was that there was no way how to tell how each story would end. Different people make different choices, and that shows well here. From laugh out loud funny to horrifying to sad, there’s a taste of everything.

If you don’t have time to sit down and read a novel, this is a great book to pick up and read a story at a time. I hope Joe Giordano has more of these stories to come!

About the Author

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. His father and grandparents immigrated to New York from Italy. He and his wife Jane now live in Texas.

As a former 3M International Executive Vice President, Joe experienced the global cultures and locations he writes about.

Joe’s stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post, and Shenandoah. His novel, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015), and Appointment with ISIL, an Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Rogue Phoenix Press published Drone Strike in 2019.

Joe was among one hundred Italian American authors honored by Barnes & Noble to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade.

Visit Joe’s website at http://joe-giordano.com/.

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Book Review: I am Stronger Than Anger by Elizabeth Cole

Tired of telling your child not to shout or kick things when they are angry? Then this book is the perfect solution for you!

When children are angry, they can manifest their anger through bad behavior. They might shout, cry, throw things and roll on the floor or all of these things combined. That’s why most parents need help managing their kids emotions and feelings.

This book about little Nick:

  • contains lovely illustrations and lightly rhyming storyline
  • helps children recognize and cope with their anger in a funny way
  • offers a variety of calming techniques and is aimed to improve kids self-regulation skills
  • teaches children to admit their mistakes and say “I’m sorry”
  • includes a coloring page

“My three-year-old son still can’t read, but he is delighted with the funny illustrations of animals. He turns the pages over and over again.” – Amanda

“This story has helped my preschoolers to understand, recognize and deal with their emotions. Very useful picture book which offers fun kids activities and is full of amazing illustrations.” – Jennifer

Even if you have tried everything, this book is perfect for gaining a deeper understanding of children anger management and how to help kids control their emotions. We highly recommend it to parents.

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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.

In this delightful story, Nick is told he can’t get a koala, and he gets angry. He learns how to deal with anger from the animals at the zoo. What a fun way to learn for both Nick and any children reading this book!

The story is told in rhymes and the illustrations are cute and colorful. I especially like the adorable animals. It’s bound to keep the attention of children plus they learn different ways to cope with anger. It also teaches them to own their behavior and apologize.

The only issue I have is that << >> are used for quotes most of the time instead of ” “. Occasionally, a quote with ” ” is thrown in making it more confusing. If not for that, I’d give this book 5 stars.

About the Author

I am a para-educator who enjoys writing books for the type of children I work with. I have always wanted to write books and have worked with children for over 10 years.

Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Zoetica by Jennifer Arntson

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Haunted by her past and unsure of her future, Una realizes not everything is as it appears…

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My Review

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

The Scavenger Girl series is one of my favorites, and I’m sorry to see it end. I can’t get enough of it. I’m hoping to find the time to read the entire series again now that it’s complete.

This is the Season of Zoetica and Una and her family are living with the Resistance. Una is overjoyed that she has a daughter, but she’s having trouble coping with the loss of her other children and knows she has to get them back. She’s also dealing with the effects of being a Seer, and the wolf is ready to take over any time she loses control. How can she stay and enjoy life with her new family when there’s so much going on…when the wolf makes her a danger to everyone? I could feel her angst.

The war between the Authority and the Woodsmen has begun, and the Resistance is getting ready for battle. In the meantime, Una has exiled herself and is trying to find her true purpose, with the children always in the back of her mind. Some of the things that she witnesses and, even more, some of the things she endures, horrified me.

I didn’t know what to think about the ending at first. It was such a surprise, I was thrown for a loop. In retrospect, there were hints here and there, but I had to think about it for a while. It’s not often that I have to contemplate the ending of a series, and eventually I realized that it’s the perfect ending. What writer doesn’t want readers to continue to think about a series long after they’ve finished reading it? Excellent!

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About the Author

Author, dreamer, and sworn enemy of Caillou

Jennifer Arntson has a long history of crafting tales that people find unbelievable, but often true. As an observer of human and social development through the ages, a curiosity of faith, and dedication to the underprivileged of the developing world, Jennifer finds her creative outlet in stories and fables. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children, and a mini-farm of otherwise useless animals where the family eagerly caters to their every need.

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