Book Review: Drewsilla The Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes

8 Apr

 

 

 

Title: DREWSILLA THE SHELTER PUPPY 
Author: Karen Carew Oakes 
Publisher: Archway Publishing 
Pages: 22 
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 
 

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When Drewsilla and her siblings are tiny puppies, an accident steals their mother away. A kind stranger rescues them and takes them to a shelter, where the staff works around the clock to care for the pack of newborns. Soon, her brothers and sisters begin to thrive. Drewsilla has a beautiful black coat, intelligent eyes, and ears that stand straight up. 

 Drewsilla, though, is scared. She seems afraid of everyone and everything and hides in the back of her cage when families come to visit. As her friendly siblings each get adopted, lonely Drewsilla remains. The staff even worries that she might never find a home. Then, one day, something amazing happens. 

The Johnsons come to the shelter to look at another dog and see Drewsilla, who miraculously finds the courage to stop hiding and say hello. All shelter dogs deserve the chance to find a loving family, and this is the true story of Drewsilla — how she overcomes her fears, finds her family, and gets a second chance at a happy life. 

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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. 

Drewsilla The Shelter Puppy is a sweet children’s book about a puppy who hides in the back of her cage in a shelter because she’s so scared. But when the Johnsons come to the shelter, she begs for their attention and they fall in love with her. Drewsilla can’t wait to go home with them!

This book is very short and could be a little longer. It is a sweet story though and it has colorful illustrations that should keep the attention of children. Parents beware: I can see a child wanting to adopt a puppy after reading this book.

 

 

 

Book Excerpt: 

Then one day, the Johnsons came to the shelter. They had looked on the shelter website for available dogs they wanted to see.  Drewsilla, was not one of them. It just so happened that they would have to pass directly in front of Drewsilla’s cage. As they passed something amazing happened. Drewsilla came to the front, stood on her hind legs, poked her nose out of the bars, and begged for attention. Mrs. Johnson bent over to see her. It was love at first sight. The Johnsons asked to open the cage so they could see her. 

 

 

 

About the Author 

Karen Carew Oakes, has been writing for many years and her articles have been included in the Lutheran Advent, as well as an article in several magazines. She is a mother and grandmother. She lives in Helotes, Texas with her two schnauzers Ella and Mackenzie. Her stories are based on true experiences her children encountered growing up. 

Visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/karencarewoakes.   

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter

3 Apr

Book Title: The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)

 

High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack and somehow make it to The High Court alive.

To read reviews, please visit Chris Ledbetter’s page of iRead Book Tours.

 

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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. I read The Sky Throne a while back and was happy to read the next book in the series.
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Hyperion and Kronos are about to go on trial for murder but classes will resume at Mount Olympus Prep first. Unfortunately, things haven’t returned to normal by any means. The school is attacked by huge earth and stone monsters and have to leave to regroup. But wherever they go, they are followed. 
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Finally, at the trial, they get some answers and are happy with the sentence that Hyperion receives but Kronos receives what everyone considers to be a slap on the hand. Things at the trial get out of hand and Zeus has suspicions and more questions than ever. I have a feeling he’ll be searching for answers in the next book.
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The High Court is full of action and the characters are enjoyable to read about. For example, Aphrodite joins the school so of course all of the guys must work at not ogling her. The students work well as a team although they do have their moments. I definitely recommend The High Court which is a standalone even though it’s the second book in the series.
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About the Author

 

Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.

He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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