Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Book Review - Ordinary by Starr Z Davies

Ordinary (Ordinary, #1)Ordinary by Starr Z. Davies

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Thoughts: This book interested me because it kinda takes what one would assume the normal is and totally flips it to the other side! The author expresses how she was obsessed with superheroes from a young age and I gather that is why in this instance/story you're only deemed "normal" if you actually have some sort of super power which Ugene, our main character does not but he goes to work for a sketchy business in the hopes of obtaining one and soon discovers everything is not on the up and up and has to weight the pros and cons and see if it's really worth it.

A really fun and fast paced ride for anybody with likable and "super" realistic characters.

I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Tour/Giveaway - Dog Town by Debbie L Richardson

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Harry loves to race around the streets of Dog Town. When he stumbles upon the lost city of cats, he finds himself in a race against Dog Town’s fastest canine, Grizzly.

The winner of this race will have the power to save Cat World, or destroy it.

Harry wants to win, but there is one small problem. The race is in the ocean, and Harry is terribly afraid of water.

Can Harry overcome his fear of the water and save Cat Town?

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Harry spied the bell of the clock tower over the treetops. He heard the bell strike the first of twelve chimes.

“First place, here I come,” he whooped with delight.

“First to the finish line has to take a bath,” Fleabag shouted, right on his tail.

“Stop changing the rules, Fleabag,” he barked.

“At least we can tolerate a bath,” Junior cried out, though from further away.

Junior was talking about Harry’s phobia – called ablutophobia, a fear of water. Harry suffered terribly from it. He was even afraid to get too close to his water bowl in case it tipped over. And he never bathed. His brown coat could very well have been white underneath the dirt for all anyone knew.

He could see no point in bathing anyway, because he often rolled in something filthy afterwards.

Even now, the thought of water made Harry look up at the sky. Above was a wide expanse of blue without a cloud in sight. Just the way he liked it.

Sneaking a look behind him, he saw Junior trailing behind in third place. Junior’s attention was more on the traffic than on the race. But Fleabag, who was in second place, was gaining on him. She was competitive, probably more competitive than Harry, yet something other than competitiveness propelled Harry forward. Harry was the champion racer, and he’d been the champion racer for two years. He wasn’t about to quit and give up the title.

About the Author:

Debbie L. Richardson has published fiction novels as D L Richardson. She has published three young adults supernatural fiction novels, and science fiction and supernatural thrillers for adults. This is her first children’s book.

She was born in Dublin, Ireland and grew up in Australia. It was always crowded and noisy in the family home. At one stage there were also three dogs, a cat, a budgie, and three mice living with seven people the same house.

Debbie learned to find a quiet space within books.

She now lives in the south coast of New South Wales with her husband and a small dog named Teeka.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DogTownKidsbook

Website: http://www.dlrichardson.com

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Book Review - The Girl Who Wasn't There by Nick Clausen

The Girl Who Wasn't ThereThe Girl Who Wasn't There by Nick Clausen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: Monsters are real. And they steal children.

A young girl disappears without a trace.

The police have no clue as to what might have happened.
The severed family is thrown into despair as weeks go by, and still no sign of her.
The girl's older brother begins looking for her on his own.
Soon he becomes convinced that a supernatural being has taken her.
Unfortunately, it turns out he's right ...

The Girl Who Wasn't There is a gripping supernatural thriller.

My Thoughts: I am a huge fan of Nick's Dead Meat Series and found that I also love The Girl Who Wasn't There. Nick is just one of those few writers that it seems everything he writes clicks with me somehow.

Here we have a young boy, Andy, whose been placed in charge of his obnoxious younger sister. He wants to explore the library on the way home and she wants to be a brat and not let him so they agree she will stand outside and he will hurry back out only when he gets inside he searches thru the racks and finds this book that intrigues him and when he gets back out his sister has vanished. He feels like at first she is playing a prank on him but later realizes something else entirely has went down only nobody will pay him any attention!

This story clicks with me because I had one of those obnoxious little sisters and I can totally understand how Andy felt and then later how he let nothing stand in his way til he found her because I know no matter how much of a holy terror my baby sis was I'd fight til my last breathe for her no matter what!

Everything really starts rocking from there and I couldn't put it down! The Girl Who Wasn't There has a bit of everything to satisfy an array of different readers. Whether you're into scary or supernatural stories or not I don't think you'll be disappointed picking this up!

I was given a free copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Book Review - The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Protective One (Walnut Creek #3)The Protective One by Shelley Shepard Gray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Synopsis: The tragic and untimely death of an old friend has made Elizabeth Anne rethink not only her priorities but her courtship with David, her longtime neighbor and suitor. Though he’s Mennonite like herself and has her parents’ approval, she feels that a spark is missing. Desperate for a change, she breaks things off—wondering if, perhaps, she’s the one who’s missing a spark.

When her family becomes upset with her decision, E.A. turns to her friends for support. One of them is Will, a man with a good heart who has always been there for her. As the two bond over their shared struggle to navigate a future that everyone else seems to have figured out, they are surprised to realize that they have feelings for each other.

But E.A.’s world takes a sudden turn when she realizes that she’s not the only one struggling—Marta, one of her sewing students, is in desperate need of protection. With the aid of Will and several other friends, Elizabeth Anne begins a journey that is more difficult and rewarding than she could have ever imagined...one that ultimately enables her to find everything she’s been searching for.

My Thoughts: I have never read anything from Shelley Shepard Gray that I know of but after reading The Protective One she has become a voice that I want to read again. She tackled some strong subject matter (abuse) in this story and did so with such beautiful and skilled writing.

The Protective One is a story that will stay with you long after you finish it as it keeps clouding my thoughts from time to time even now and it's been a while since I completed it.

The characters are well drawn out and actually appear as if they could be your neighbors or folks you could actually run into on the street in town.

My favorite character a main one was EA. She was so likable and head strong. I loved her ability to stand up for herself no matter if it was what was expected of her or not.

I would recommend this story to anybody. It has a bit of everything for everybody and I don't think anybody would walk away disappointed!

I was given a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

You can purchase a copy on Amazon HERE and right now it is only $1.99 for the kindle copy.

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Book Blast/Giveaway - Paragon by Shauna Alderson

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Now that high school is over, Randi just wants to live her quiet life in her little town, but it doesn’t feel right without her friends there. Ever the daredevils, they’ve gone to seek adventure in the capital city of Grandin, and Randi can’t help but feel left behind. Not to mention she definitely can’t stop thinking about that kiss she and Eddy shared before he left.

When Randi discovers a mysterious mark on her skin that matches an illustration in “A Handbook on Paragonhood”, she’s thrown into a world of powerful gods and ancient magic that she thought only existed in the myths. She’ll have to step out of her comfort zone—and into the dangerous streets of Grandin—to find a way to protect herself and the people she loves.

Randi’s not the only one with a secret, though, and she finds herself questioning who she can trust. Randi will have to wrestle with what it means to be a Paragon and how far she’s willing to go to do what’s right.

With the fate of the world on the line, can she live up to being one of the chosen?

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A rumble downstairs tells me my folks are pulling into the garage. I gently set Barnaby back on the pillow and pick up the lotion I bought earlier. In the bathroom across the hall, I strip off my dress, cringing at the sight of the spider bite, now haloed in red. It looks infected and feels hot when I touch it. What if the spider that bit me was venomous?

I peer closer, stretching the skin on my left ribs. The center’s a bit swollen, although it’s not white, which is a good sign. But there’s something strange about the red ring surrounding it. Wait ... no. Not a ring. The red is scratched into my skin in a bunch of tiny lines.

Not a spider bite.

I crane my neck even more, heart hammering as I count seven lines. Seven lines making seven sides.

“Heptagram-shaped ... approximately half the size of one’s pinky fingernail, red-brown in color, hot to the touch.”

My knees give and I barely catch myself on the counter. It can’t be. Those are myths. The marks aren’t real. But what if—

Stop. Calm down. Giselle and Howard both mentioned hunters—that’s why I’m jumping to conclusions. And I wouldn’t even be considering it if it weren’t for that book.

I hurry across the hall to my room. I pull a dozen or so hairstyling magazines off my bookshelf, revealing the worn, leather-bound book tucked behind them. A Handbook on Paragonhood. Eddy lent it to me because I’ve always loved the myths. But that’s all they are. No one takes the stories seriously except hunters.  

**************About the Author*****************

Shauna Alderson began writing teen fantasy even before she was a teen. After she “grew up", she completed creative writing courses (and a BA in Development Studies) at the University of Calgary. When not reading or writing, she can usually be found teaching ESL, composing on the piano, creating art, or volunteering abroad. She also enjoys dessert, Studio Ghibli films, and being the silliest person she knows.

Website: https://shaunaalderson.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AldersonShauna

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