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

20 Oct

 

 


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Una feels herself changing and for good reason. With new blood and new life comes new responsibility. Against Una’s warnings, Calish takes matters into his own hands. In a desperate act to protect the woman he loves, he makes an irrevocable agreement with the one person in Ashlund he should avoid. But when the promises given to Calish seem to turn against him, Una finds refuge in an unlikely place. All traditions and social status are turned upside down in the blink of an eye and suddenly birthright doesn’t matter so much. There is a secret hidden in the hills, and the rains of Hytalia are not the only storms that Una will be forced to face.

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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. Jennifer Arntson pulled me into this world she created and I can’t get enough of it. I fell in love with the first book and I don’t know how she does it, but each book gets better.

Una is the main character and is a scavenger girl which means that she has no birthright. She has been purchased by a man named Blue but she doesn’t plan on going to him. He has betrayed her in more ways than one, including having her put in prison for 30 days to prove that she is not yet a woman. Una lives with her parents and two brothers, except she recently found out that they aren’t her biological brothers. That’s a good thing since she’s in love with Calish and is pregnant with his child. Calish would do anything to protect Una and their unborn child. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what he does and it’s not a good decision.

Una ends up in the Resistance camp and it takes time for her to accept that she is considered an equal there. She’s never been treated as a peer so it’s a big adjustment. She makes several friends, the most important being Nik who started the camp and is a seer like Una. 

Scavenger Girl: Season of Hytalia is full of loyalty, betrayal, lies, true love, adventure and more. I laughed, I smiled, I wept, and I wept some more. This book is intense and I couldn’t put it down. If you like dystopian novels, especially ones that are a little different, you can’t go wrong with this series. I’m looking forward to the next book. Actually, I can’t wait for the next book!

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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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Book Review & Giveaway: 221 B.C. by Kendall Price & Laura Vosika

9 Oct

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221 BC: Scroll 1 of Narmer War by Kendall Price221 BC: Scroll 1 of Narmer War by Kendall Price and Laura Vosika

Publisher:  Mill City Press, Inc. (January 31, 2018)
Category: Historical Fiction, Ancient Civilizations, Supernatural Powers, Young Adult
Tour dates: October-November, 2018
ISBN: 978-1545626108
Available in Print and ebook, 364 pages

221 BC

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Set against the backdrop of the Ptolemaic Kingdom, an alternate history unfolds, linking the power of the pharaohs to magic. Brother is pitted against brother in a race to find twelve amulets, lost with the ancient pharaoh, and unlock their powers. Whoever holds the amulets holds that power; to save the world…or destroy it.

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Guest Review by Sal

Qibo, professor at the Museum of Alexandria and King Ptolemy’s dear friend has been murdered.  He has been stabbed multiple times.  The King is distraught. He asks Hannibal of Carthage to investigate. 

Hannibal has his hunches and gets to work.  He immediately suspects that it is part of a dark magic plot against the King.  The King was given a gift of a ring that he hasn’t been able to remove since he put it on.  He also has had some health issues and it is suspected that the ring has something to do with it. When Qibo was murdered, he was working on translating ancient tablets that may hold the secret to magical powers.

The rich history and alternative history of 221 B.C. come alive in the well written, imaginative novel. There are a lot of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.  I love the hunt for artifacts that are noted in the ancient tablets and said to have magical powers. 

This is the first book that is to become a series.  I can hardly wait for book 2.  I recommend this book to those who enjoy historical mysteries and ancient Egypt. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Praise for 221 BC by Kendall Price and Laura Vosika

“As the debut novel opens, King Ptolemy IV, Macedonian ruler of Egypt, is distraught over the apparent murder of his friend and mentor, Qibo (“Multiple gashes covered his body. His eyes stared at the ceiling, as if he could still see whatever had killed him”). The ancient Taoist master had worked at the Museum of Alexandria for years. This act seems to be the dark culmination to a number of days in which Ptolemy has been plagued with nightmares laced with what appear to be strange signs. He dreams he is the Pharaoh Amenhotep, worrying over his kingdom and suffering from dental pain, the latter of which seems to affect Ptolemy’s waking hours as well. After exhuming the dead pharaoh’s body, experts discover that he did indeed have advanced abscesses in his teeth, which leads head librarian Eratosthenes to posit that someone might be working magic against the king, perhaps to re-create history. The theory is that Qibo was murdered to prevent him from translating ancient tablets that might help Ptolemy unlock the magical powers of a set of 12 amulets that have been in the possession of the pharaohs for untold years, each associated with a different element. Using the artifacts, someone might be able to wrest control of the kingdom. As the story proceeds, Price paints a vivid, intricate portrait of war, juggling a wide array of famous characters, including the notorious Hannibal, and using meticulous research to flesh out this universe, rooted in historical facts and details. The prose is rich and involving, and the twists are carefully designed and executed. An inventive blend of Egyptian history and magic, this dynastic tale opens what promises to be a stellar series.”- Kirkus

“What grabbed my attention was the fact that it was based in Egypt during the time before Christ, about the Pharaoh Ptolemy III and his family struggle to maintain their control of the united Egypt. I love how the story is created with historical facts into mystery of hidden artifacts that hold magical powers and having characters with unusual powers too. It makes for a very entertaining novel and keeps the reader wondering what will happen next.”- Valerie I. Rosica, Amazon Review

“Clearly a great deal of research was done to write this book. It’s also exceptionally creative and engrossing! Hope there’s more to come….”-Kathryn Price, Amazon Review

“Very interesting  take on the Egyptian family the Ptolemy’s and their possible aliens within the ancient world and the invasion of Rome by Hannbal. Historical fiction worth reading!”-Char, Amazon Review

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About the Authors


Dr. Kendall Price was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, the third of four children. He attended high school at the Phillips Academy Boarding School in Andover, MA, a place that left him with many fond memories, and that he calls the most formative time of his life. The friendships in 221 BC are loosely based on his time at Andover.

Following in the footsteps of his father and two grandfathers, all doctors, Kendall attended Amherst College in Amherst, MA and the University of Illinois College of Medicine and studied pathology at Stanford University.  While there, he did four fellowships, including medical staff/ autopsy, hematopathology, surgical pathology, and immunohistochemistry.

Doctor Price lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Michelle and their three children.  It was Michelle’s influence, with her study of Chinese medicine, and a masters degree in Chinese acupuncture, that led Dr. Price to become certified in acupuncture himself.  The magic in 221 BC is based on Chinese medicine.

In addition to writing and Chinese medicine, Dr. Price enjoys exercise, reading, and travel.  He has been to all 48 continental US states, Canada, Mexico, Alaska, and Copenhagen.

Other writing credits include a small booklet, available on Amazon, on healing dental caries by nutritional means.

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221 BC: Scroll 1 of Narmer War by Kendall Price and Laura Vosika

Laura Vosika is a writer, poet, and musician. Her time travel series, The Blue Bells Chronicles, set in modern and medieval Scotland, has garnered praise and comparisons to writers as diverse as Diana Gabaldon and Dostoevsky. Her poetry has been published in The Moccasin and The Martin Lake Journal 2017.

She has been featured in newspapers, on radio, and TV, has spoken for regional book events, and hosted the radio program Books and Brews. She currently teaches writing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

As a musician, Laura has performed as on trombone, flute, and harp, in orchestras, and big bands. She lives in Brooklyn Park with 5 of her 9 children, 3 cats, and an Irish Wolfhound.

Website: www.bluebellschronicles.com
Blog: http://bluebellstrilogy.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laura.vosika.author
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauravosika

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Audiobook Review: Sea Breeze Academy by Bryant A. Loney

21 Sep

A group of boarding school teens in season five of a Cali-based sitcom begin to realize they are in a TV show. 

A missing student, or maybe several.
Embedded marketing, sushi, token friends, and cacti.
The sound of the Pacific waves in the background.
Smothering darkness. The threat of Alaska.
Another perfect, perfect day.
Happiness lives here.

Brooklyn, Matthew, and the gang are ready to rock their last few weeks of junior year at their elite boarding school on the California coast. But something is amiss. In the fifth and potentially last season of this award-winning television series, the struggle between truth and network censorship just might destroy their bond once and for all. Can they survive another season of love, mystery, and adolescent angst on the sunny West Coast? Will life ever be normal again?

Experimental and subversive, Sea Breeze Academy is a smart love letter to the Nickelodeon and Disney Channel sitcoms you grew up with. Are you ready?

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My Review

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

I like reading books for young adults or middle grade readers most of the time, but Sea Breeze Academy was one that was hard for me to follow. It may be better in print but the audiobook was not easy to listen to. It was more like a script than an actual book and it started with Season 5 so I was totally lost when it jumped back to Season 1.

The characters said “registered trademark” a lot when stating a brand name and it tickled me once I realized why they were saying it, especially when one of the characters asked why they kept saying it.

Although Sea Breeze Academy isn’t for me, I think this is a book that middle grade readers might enjoy reading.

 

About the Author

Bryant Loney was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1997. Sea Breeze Academy is his third novel; he is also the author of To Hear the Ocean Sigh and Take Me to the Cat. He loves dogs, poems, and haunted mansions. You can follow him on Twitter (@BALoney) and Instagram (@BryantLoney) or visit him online at www.BryantLoney.com.

 

 

Audiobook Review: The Culling by Ramona Finn

20 Jul

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Author: Ramona Finn

Narrator: Stacey Glemboski

Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Released: Mar. 21, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

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In a solar system where The Authority decides who lives and who dies, only one of their own executioners can stop them.

Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt.

Pulled between two opposing sides, and with her family’s lives hanging in the balance, Glade is unsure of who to trust—and time is running out.

 

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Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person’s true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into!

She grew up sitting cross-legged on her town’s library floor–completely engrossed in science fiction books. It was always the futuristic world or the universe-on-the-brink-of-extinction plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.

Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds–with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question ;).

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Narrator Bio

Stacey is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice actor who has recorded books for many best-selling authors. Many of her favorite books have been for kids and teens, but all genres of narration appeal to her. For Stacey, narration is about having fun breathing life into characters and getting as lost as possible in the story she’s telling. Outside the studio, Stacey is an avid tennis player and fitness enthusiast. She enjoys dog walks, paddle boarding, and most any outdoor activities.

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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 Ramona Finn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

The Culling is about a terrible future not just for Earth but for the entire solar system. The Authority has taken over and it is their practice to rid the solar system of those who have violent tendencies through what they call culling. They have teenagers called Datapoints who have been synced to their database and they are trained to do the actual culling.

Glade Io is special and the Authority expects more out of her than anyone else. Unfortunately, she’s beginning to question some things. She doesn’t understand why she’s not allowed to get into the Database to see how things work. This and her independence tend to get her into trouble and she knows that she could die if she’s not careful.

Glade’s character is well-developed and I could feel the conflict within her especially when she was told her sisters would become Datapoints. The rest of the characters are interesting, some evil, some fun. 

The narrator does a good job at timing as well as differentiating between the different characters.

The Culling is definitely a book you don’t want to miss if you like young adult fiction. The way it ends though will make you want to read the second book right away!

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Book Review & Giveaway: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

29 Jun

 

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Title: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced
Author: R.J. Garcia
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Number of Pages: 326
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication Date: May 1, 2018

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Summary:

Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff. Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

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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.

Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced is about some kids in a small town in Indiana who find each other to get through some rough times and to figure out a mystery while they’re at it. In fact, the mystery makes a lot of things make more sense.

Tommy Walker has been through a lot in his short life. Now, he and his little sister have been taken away from their mom because she can’t stay off drugs. Luckily, their uncle is willing to take them in. Tommy’s mom has always told him that her parents are evil but when he meets them for the first time he thinks they seem like a couple of harmless old people. Could they really be so bad? He thinks she believed that but she was just a teen when she left. 

Tommy’s new neighbor is Finn and they become friends quickly. Tommy realizes that Finn has had a rough life as well and still has to deal with his abusive stepfather who happens to be the sheriff. 

These boys and their friend Silence didn’t really get to be kids. They’re all responsible for taking care of someone. So it’s an escape when they meet on Saturday nights in the woods. For that short time, they get to be kids and have a good time. And they’re at that age when puberty kicks in so now they’re also having to deal with new feelings. Poor Tommy doesn’t know how he feels about any of the girls who show interest in him.

R.J. Garcia does a great job of relating the thoughts and feelings of Tommy and Finn. The boys have been through so much and are so responsible for their age, yet immature when it comes to relationships. And, of course, they are teens so they do get into a little trouble.

Between the normal teenage turmoil, the dysfunctional families, and the town secrets, Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced was difficult to put down. When a book makes you laugh, makes you cry, and has a good ending, what more could you ask for? I definitely recommend Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced.

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What other readers are saying about the book…
“This YA contemporary story opens with intrigue(like its cover!) and adds suspenseful layers all the way to the tumultuous end.” – Christina Dwivedi
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“This novel is not teen angst, but the excitement of young love—the madness and muddle of thinking the wrong thing, the shame and mortification of saying it. Words are analyzed before spoken, parsed and reconsidered and judged and considered again. The author’s brilliance is in hearing the thoughts of her characters so clearly.” – Amazon Reviewerx

“RJ Garcia’s twisting tale navigates the lives of a fringe group of teens who discover some of the most sinister secrets exist in the cracks of idyllic small-town life. Reminiscent of the mood and haunting tone of VC Andrews’ greatest novels, the plot toes a line between the eerie and the downright horrific with characters that jump off the page and into your heart.” – Amazon Reviewer

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About the Author

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R.J. Garcia is a wife, and proud mom of two smart kids. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!

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Book Review: Secrets Abound in Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

7 May

Secrets Abound in Missing Lake by Tanya Fyfe

Publisher:  Create Space (April 27, 2017)
Category: Fantasy, Paranormal, Dragons, Young Adult
Tour dates: Apr/May, 2018
ISBN: 978-1545370308
Available in Print and ebook,342 pages

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In the third book in the acclaimed teen fiction, ‘Missing Lake’ series, Luke Houser is approaching his sixteenth birthday as well as summer vacation in the tiny mountain community of Missing Lake. He continues to try to find balance between real life with friends and their social requirements with the secret world of the mystical dragons.

Luke faces challenges with one of his beloved sled dogs as well as with Zagros, the majestic silver dragon, when he has to make choices that could lead to potential disaster. As the summer unfolds, so do more secrets in all aspects of Luke’s life and he tries to make sense of everything happening around him.

This is the third book in the series which shares Luke’s awkward and yet charming journey through adolescence with his beloved team of huskies, his friends near and far, and two dragon eggs that are going to hatch in the middle of nowhere.

 

Praise for Secrets Abound in Missing Lake

“This seems to be a realistic portrayal of coming of age preoccupations and trials–with the added interest of a link with dragons that must be kept secret. Dragons, humans, and sled dogs come to life with equal vividness.”-Margaret, Goodreads Review

“The very talented Dr. Tanya Fyfe does it again. In her latest installment of the Missing Lake saga, we romp through Luke’s adventures with high school, veterinary medicine, and of course, dragons. In this third book of the series, Fyfe intertwines the relationships of a blended family, teenagers, and dragons. There is a great bit of fun and just the right dose of medicine.” Kelly Malinas, DVM, Nevada

 

Praise for Dragons of Missing Lake 

“What fun to read books that are imaginative, well paced, varied, and knowledgeable. I plan to go buy the third in the series tomorrow.”- Margaret, Goodreads Review

“What a fun adventure Luke goes on in this book. I think his life is about to take a very big change in direction and I can’t wait for the next book.”-Cindy C., Amazon Review

“Great escape in the pages of this delightful book. Wonderful sequel. I can’t wait to read more by this imaginative author.”- Kelly N. Maclellan, Amazon Review

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Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated with the idea of dragons.  I thought they were real creatures that lived in the age of dinosaurs.  I have to admit that I still love stories with dragons as an adult.

‘Secrets Abound Missing Lake’ is the third book in Tanya Fyfe’s ‘Missing Lake’ series.  It centers on Luke who is about to turn 16 years old.  He is a typical teenager.  He wants to get his driving permit, he hangs out with friends, and he likes a girl but doesn’t really want to admit it.  However, he also has a lot of responsibility.  He and his dad have a team of sledding dogs.  In fact, they moved from Bismarck, North Dakota to middle of nowhere Montana to take up dog sledding.

He is mostly responsible for keeping their kennel clean.  He also helps out his step mother at her veterinary clinic after school.  Luke also has a very big secret that only a few people know about.  He is friends to a dragon couple, Zagros and Samantha and they are guardian of two eggs that are going to hatch.  Both his father and Jackie have met the dragon couple.

This is mostly a coming of age story.  It’s fun to follow Luke through his awkward teenage years and how he deals with life.  He is also conflicted because his mother lives far away in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He wants to see her but doesn’t want to leave his dogs and dragon friends, etc. 

The descriptions of North Dakota, Montana, and Vancouver are well written and help the reader sink into the story.  The characters and dialogue keep the pace going and makes for a book that is hard to put down. The ‘Secrets Abound Missing Lake’ is a memorable book that I plan to share with my grandchildren when they are a little older.  I also plan to read the first two books in the series and can hardly wait for book 4.  This book is a must read for those who like coming of age stories and dragons.  Actually animal lovers would love it as well.  I give it 5 stars.

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Tanya Fyfe grew up in Canada as a professional figure skater who dreamed of writing books. That dream came true when she wrote and published Lost and Found in Missing Lake in 2014. Now a veterinarian, Dr. Fyfe lives in rural western Montana and is inspired daily by the beauty around her.

She and her husband split time between Montana and North Dakota and enjoy improving their golf games and visiting Hawaii every chance they get. They share their home with charming dogs, inquisitive cats, a herd of horses, and three hilarious ferrets named Phillipa, Calypso, and Luigi.

Website: www.tanyafyfe.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanyafyfe
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Book Review & Giveaway: A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett

30 Apr

Book Title: A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett
Category: YA Fiction, 232 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Release date: Jan 13, 2018
Tour dates: April 23 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating: PG (There’s a kiss and some mild violence)

Book Description

Penelope Grace, usually forgotten under the shadow of her twin sister’s perfection, tries her hardest to hide her freakish ability to see into anyone’s soul.

Until she senses an unusual energy like a human-shaped void in the universe. When Penny investigates the source, she gets tossed through a crack in time along with the cute boy next door. The Void follows them through history, increasing the dangers as if testing Penny. But what is it testing for? And why does it claim to know her better than even she knows herself? Even as Penny searches for answers, she must fight to survive the tragedies of both the past and future in order to get back home.

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

Penny (Penelope Grace) is a twin but there’s one big difference between her and her twin Dinah. Penny has always seen auras. She is learning that she can do more than that, she can even see into a person’s soul. When she senses a strange energy at a neighbor’s house, her curiosity gets the best of her and she has to find out what is going on. She finds way more than she bargained for. In his basement, there is a door and she and the cute neighbor boy are pulled into another time. 

Penny learns that she is able to use this strange energy that she calls the Void to travel to other times. She and her neighbor embark on an adventure trying to get home, and they meet several interesting people. The Void is a character in itself. It can communicate with Penny and she (as well as the reader) has a difficult time knowing when the Void is lying and when it’s telling the truth. On top of that, all the time travel can boggle the mind but I found it creative and entertaining. The ending has a twist and I’m hoping there will be a book #2 soon.

I definitely recommend A Penny Lost for anyone who likes young adult and/or time travel novels.

 

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Aspen Bassett works at a library, telling stories and suggesting books. When she’s not working, she’s usually sipping hot cocoa and wondering what would happen if she had superpowers. She’s been published in multiple anthologies including Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way and Inaccurate Realities.

Aspen grew up learning about chakras and auras and the true power of imagination which slips into her writing whether she intends it to or not. In college, when she wasn’t busy working on her degree in Creative Writing, Aspen also got her certificate in Women’s Meditation (basically general energy work). Now, she’s working toward a diploma in Integrated Healing Arts with a certificate in Hypnotherapy.

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

13 Apr

 

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When the gods leave and evil freely rules Ashlund, Una and her family bear down for the season of darkness. Seemingly safe in the comfort of her own home, she explores her newly acquired gift with the help of her loved ones. Within days, her plans are interrupted and instead of fighting boredom, she finds herself fighting to survive.

Trapped in a situation where there is no escape, Una endures the worst the Authority has to offer. Who knew family could be so kind…or so ruthlessly cruel? For all the things her parents taught her about surviving in a world set against them, they never prepared her for this. Una is about to discover the true demons of the dark were here all along.

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I was excited to get a copy of Scavenger Girl: Season of Talium after reading Scavenger Girl: Season of Atchem.

Like the first book, Season of Talium grabbed my interest from the beginning and it never slowed down. Una is taken from her parents’ home and thrown into prison for Verification of Infertility. She doesn’t have to marry until she has her first period and someone doesn’t believe that she hasn’t started yet. She has to stay in prison for 30 days to prove it. 

Una’s time in prison is horrible but no matter what she endures, she is able to hang on. What is so remarkable about her is that when she earns food, she shares it with everyone else in her cell. No one else is that selfless. There were times that I wept when I was reading about what she was going through. 

When Una finally gets out of prison, and finds herself with Blue (the man who wants to marry her) and his family, it was as disappointing to me as it was to her. It was like she was in another prison. But finally, things start to turn around. I really liked the events that led to the end of this Season of Talium.

Jennifer Arntson has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing pulls me into the world she has created and I keep thinking about the story even after I’ve finished the book. I love when that happens!

Scavenger Girl: Season of Talium is full of betrayal, friendship, love and more. I am hooked on this world and I can’t wait for book #3.

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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.

 

Website: www.ScavengerGirl.com

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Scavenger Girl Season of Atchem ISBN 978-0-9994-133-0-2

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Book Review: Savior by AJ Eversley

21 Mar
Title: Savior
Author: AJ Eversley
Genre: YA Dystopian Sci-Fi
Editor: Q Books Editing
Cover Designer: Cover Art by Salome Totladze
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Sawyer has been a Watcher. She’s been a Carbon. Now she must become their Savior.
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With the inevitable return of Coleman looming, Sawyer knows their army is not enough. On a journey to convince an ally to join their war, Sawyer discovers why the stars have placed the fate of the human race in her hands. And she’s not alone.
Kenzie is the enemy. The obedient soldier who’s just following orders. A pawn in this game. Yet Sawyer can’t stay away. Both drawn to each other in a way neither can explain, can they learn to trust one another, as well as themselves, in order to survive. And soon, Sawyer will learn she must put her faith in others if she wants to live, and trust in the stars to protect her.
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Find out who will survive, and if they can save humanity from a future painted black, in the epic conclusion of the Watcher Series.
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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 had read and reviewed Watcher and Carbon so I was looking forward to reading Savior and I was not disappointed.

Savior picks up a short time after the end of Carbon. Sawyer seems to have finally accepted the fact that she is a Carbon. She’s in a relationship with Max who helped her get through Kenzie’s death. But Kenzie is alive and has been turned into the enemy by Coleman so they have him in a cell with his powers controlled. Poor Sawyer truly loves Max but still has a bond with Kenzie that won’t let her go, no matter how much she tries and despite the fact that he tried to kill her.

The characters are well developed and they’re as complex as “real” people. The main characters have gone through so much and they’re so strong, that it’s difficult to read about these further trials that they’re going through. Sawyer is in an impossible situation as far as her relationships are concerned and she doesn’t feel comfortable being the Savior. She wants to help others and doesn’t want to be the recipient of help from others, which is understandable given her nature. There are a lot of characters but it was easy for me to keep them separate.

Savior is full of action, heartache, war, a couple of twists, and even a little humor. I was not able to put this book down after the first couple of chapters. There was so much happening throughout the book and I had to find out how everything would turn out. I liked the ending, which is good after reading three books. The only thing that bothered me was the lack of editing. 

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Book Review & Giveaway: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey

7 Mar

Book Title: The Clock Flower by Barbara Casey (Book 3 of The F.I.G. Mysteries)
Category: YA Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Mystery / Fantasy
Publisher: Gauthier Publications, The Hungry Goat Press Imprint
Release date: February 2018
Tour dates: Feb 26 to March 30, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is light profanity and some threat of violence.)

 

Description

Dara Roux, abandoned when she was seven years old by her mother. Exceptionally gifted in foreign languages. Orphan. Accepted to Yale University.

Mackenzie Yarborough, no record of her parents or where she was born. Exceptionally gifted in math and problem-solving. Orphan. Accepted to MIT.

Jennifer Torres, both parents killed in an automobile accident when she was sixteen. Exceptionally gifted in music and art. Orphan. Accepted to Juilliard.

The three FIGs—Females of Intellectual Genius—as they are called, have graduated from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women after returning from New York City where Dara learned why her mother abandoned her all those years ago, and they are now attending universities where they can further their special talents. This means they will be separated from each other and from Carolina, their much-loved mentor and teacher who is “one of them,” for the first time in their young lives. They vow to try living apart for one semester, in the so-called real world that doesn’t include the orphanage; but if things don’t work out, they will come up with another plan—a plan where they can be together once again.

Dara is invited through Yale University to take part in an exciting archeological project in China. Jennifer, once again visualizing black and white images and the unusual sounds of another cadence that seem to be connected to Mackenzie, is engrossed in creating her next symphony at Juilliard. Mackenzie, because of her genius at problem-solving, is personally chosen by a US Senator to get involved in a mysterious, secret research project involving immortality that is being conducted in a small village in China—not too far from where Dara is involved with the archeological site. Once there, however, she finds herself facing a terrifying death from the blood-dripping teeth of an ancient evil dragon. Her best friends, the FIGs and Carolina, rely on their own unique genius and special talents to save her as she discovers the truth of her birth parents.

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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. I’ve read several books by Barbara Casey including the first 2 books in this series, The Wish Rider and The Cadence of Gypsies. These are my favorites by the author so far so I was happy to read the next book in the series.

The girls have graduated from high school and they’re all going their separate ways. They’re scared of course, like anyone starting college, but they’re so dependent on each other and Carolina that they don’t know how they’ll do. On the plane, they decide that if they can’t cope, they’ll figure out a way to be together. 

All three girls flourish in the different areas they’re gifted in and they even get to go to China over their winter break. Carolina goes with them not only because she was invited but because she needs to protect Mackenzie because she knows that Mackenzie is in some unknown danger.

Even though this is the third book in the series, it definitely stands on its own. In fact, there was so much backstory, that the current story seemed slow to me. They didn’t even make it to China until Chapter 21 out of 24 total chapters.  

Just as the last book focused on finding out about Dara’s birth mother, this book focuses on Mackenzie’s birth parents. She asks Larry to try to find out information about her birth parents. What he finds is intriguing but the final outcome is expected.

I liked The Clock Flower but not as much as the first 2 books. I’m looking forward to reading the next F.I.G. mystery.

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About the Author

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction true crime and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll Behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. Barbara is also a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Fitz, a miniature dachshund; and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.
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