Saturday, April 22, 2017



                    A Progress Update on the Wild Goose Chase                  Reading Challenge Hosted by Bookshelf Gargoyle





                 So far, I have completed four of the seven categories in the Wild Goose Chase Challenge.


         

                 For  category one: Wildness I chose:



                                         
The Legend of Vanx Malic by M.R. Mathias
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Pages: 315
My rating: 3 stars
Goodreads blurb: A half-Zythian bard is in chains for getting too well aquainted with the Duke of Highlake's wife. And thats just the begining.....

The Legend of Vanx Malic is a continuing “serial” type of fantasy affair. After I finished writing The Wardstone Trilogy, I still had several months to go before I would be released from prison. I did not want to lapse in my religious routine of penning three thousand words a day, so I didn’t. Book One – Through the Wildwood, is a fun and intense book that introduces a few of the series main characters. I have over a thousand pages worth of Vanx Malic and his curious group of companions sitting here in longhand. I will be publishing them in eBook format, about two hundred fifty pages at a time, over the next year and a half.



                For category two: Birds I chose:






Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds by Tom Hoffman
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pages: 288
My rating: 3 stars
Goodreads blurb: 2016 Gold Medal Winner Best YA Adventure Book • Readers Favorite International Book Awards 

A wildly inventive tale from the creator of Bartholomew the Adventurer. The Orville Wellington Mouse series is lots of fun, filled with adventure and humor, while still retaining the much deeper themes of spirituality, ethics, and metaphysics for those who have an interest in such things. A fun read for all ages!

Orville Wellington Mouse lives with his Mum in the quiet fishing village of Muridaan Falls, Symoca. His life takes an unexpected turn when he learns his best friend Sophia Mouse is not only from another planet, but is also a member of the Shapers Guild, a group of powerful mice who are able to convert their thoughts into physical objects. 

When Orville notices a group of seven glowbirds exhibiting rather extraordinary behavior, he and Sophia attempt to uncover the origin of the unusual birds but soon find themselves enmeshed in a fiendish plot to embroil Symoca in a horrific war. Captured by the powerful and mysterious Red Mouse, the two adventurers are hurled through a spectral door into the terrifying world of Periculum, home of the dreaded giant carnivorous centipedes. 

With help from the secretive Metaphysical Adventurers, Proto the Rabbiton, the Mad Mouse of Muridaan, a gigantic Gnorli bird, some ghostly Anarkkian warriors, and the enigmatic Monks of the Blue Robe, Orville and Sophia must find their way home and stop the evil Red Mouse before he destroys Symoca.



                 For category four: An Object to Hunt For I chose:




The Silver Serpent by 
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 284
My rating: 4 stars
Goodreads blurb: The frost creeps again... 

Taught the sword from childhood, Shanis Malan's only dream is to be a soldier, but a woman cannot join the Galdoran army. She thinks her dream has come true when Prince Lerryn hosts a tournament in her town, but circumstances snatch her from her home and carry her into the midst of a quest for a legendary artifact that can save the world from the minions of Tichris the Ice King. Join Shanis and her friends on a perilous quest for the Silver Serpent. Hugo Award-winner Ron Miller calls The Silver Serpent "A superb story told believably and unpretentiously by a superb new author." The Asgard Oracle calls The Silver Serpent "A gripping epic fantasy in the tradition of Robert Jordan, Raymond Feist and David Eddings." 



                   For category six: Transport I chose:




The Sneaker Tree by Phil Taylor
Genre: Paranormal, Horror, Mystery
Pages: 340
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads blurb: Remember when you were a kid and you had that one magical summer that seemed to last a lifetime? Cooper, Gooby, Chuck, Cliff and Bolo don't know it, but they are in the midst of a summer they will never forget. Their small town is paralyzed with fear as a serial killer preys upon children and The Golden Boys seem to be the only ones who have a chance to stop him. A life-long bond is forged between them as they confront each other, their worst fears and a killer that is more than anyone could possibly imagine. Filled with suspense, heart and humor, The Sneaker Tree has something for everyone.




To find out more about the Wild Goose Chase Challenge follow the link below:







              


























Review: Hero of Hacksaw Ridge: The gripping true story that inspired the movie

Hero of Hacksaw Ridge: The gripping true story that inspired the movie Hero of Hacksaw Ridge: The gripping true story that inspired the movie by Booton Herndon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hero of Hacksaw Ridge by Booton Herndon is based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, Heroic War Objector and recipient of the Purple Heart and Medal of Honor.

While this book is short (126 pg.), it has a great impact. We follow Doss through his challenges of maintaining his belief in God, therefore being a conscientious objector in World War II. He faces ridicule over his faith while never losing it.

This is definitely a book to read, but note that Doss' story is based on his faith and belief in God.

View all my reviews

Review: The Tumor

The Tumor The Tumor by John Grisham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Tumor by John Grisham is more like a hospital brochure on focused ultrasound. Focused ultrasound is a new treatment for a lot of tumorous cancers. Focused ultrasound is in its infancy, so there is a great need to inform people of this new treatment. This brochure was very informative and gives new hope for people who suffer from cancerous tumors.



View all my reviews

Review: The Silver Serpent

The Silver Serpent The Silver Serpent by David Debord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Silver Serpent by David Debord is the first book in the The Absent Gods series, a fantasy story that revolves around a group of teens; Shanis, Hierm, Oskar, Khalyndryn and Prince Larris, who are on a journey to find the Silver Serpent, a lost relic that is thought to save the world from Tichris the Ice King.

I really liked this story, but there were several issues of mixing up two of the characters names, Prince Larris and Prince Lerryn. It also had quite a few grammatical errors, which I overlooked. If not for these issues, this would easily have been a five star read.

View all my reviews

Review: The Sneaker Tree

The Sneaker Tree The Sneaker Tree by Phil Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Sneaker Tree by Phil Taylor is a coming of age story of Cooper, Gooby, Chuck, Cliff and Bolo. They are determined to catch a serial killer who is praying on the local children.

I absolutely LOVED this story! It had all the markings of a Stephen King story. It is fantastically written with characters that seem to come alive right in front of your eyes. This story is full of fear, determination, and camaraderie.

View all my reviews

Review: Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds

Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds by Tom Hoffman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Orville Mouse and the Puzzle of the Clockwork Glowbirds by Tom Hoffman is the first in the series Orville Wellington Mouse. We follow Orville and his friend Sophia in an attempt to stop the evil Red Mouse before he destroys Symoca.

This is an imaginative tale that kids of all ages will enjoy. It's full of whimsical characters, and the world building is very creative.

View all my reviews

Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: Bound to Survive

Bound to Survive Bound to Survive by Sharon Gibbs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bound to Survive by Sharon Gibbs is the first book in the The Magic Within series. It follows the story of Christopher on his journey to becoming a wizard.

I absolutely loved this story. Sharon does a fantastic job of creating characters that are engaging. I would have liked more world building, but overall, this story is great. I can't wait to read the second book in this series.

I won this book in a giveaway, and was gifted a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.

View all my reviews

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: Ill Will

Ill Will Ill Will by Dan Chaon
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ill Will by Dan Chaon is a story that revolves around a family tragedy. That's all I could ascertain from this story. I couldn't get into the whole book being back-story. There was a lot of sexual situations. Way too many for my taste. The story was, for me, hard to follow most of the time. I had to read quite a bit of the chapter to find out whose point of view I was reading. The ending didn't reveal any true insight into the story, or have a real conclusion. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and all opinions are my own.

View all my reviews

Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff follows Noa, a sixteen year old girl, who's father kicks her out of the house for getting pregnant by a Nazi soldier, and we are given the story from Noa's POV. We are later introduced to Astrid, a trapeze performer with the German circus, and we get the story from her POV. The story goes back and forth between the two women's stories, which connect along the way creating a well written, dark and ominous, though thought provoking tale.

Jenoff does an excellent job bringing you into this story. She brings the characters to life, and you can't help but let yourself be taken away.

This story has quite a bit of darkness, which portrays extremely well how life was for someone in these two women's situations during WWII. Jenoff's research adds to the darkness based on true events, which, for me, was very thought provoking. It is an intricate story of love and hate, resentment and acceptance, betrayal, fear, hope, and so much more . It is, by far, one of the best books that I have ever read.

I received this book through NetGalley, and received a copy from Harlequin for an honest review and all opinions are my own.

View all my reviews

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tome Tender: The Alan Black Legacy

Tome Tender: The Alan Black Legacy: Alan Black Husband - Best-Selling Independent Author - Giveaway King - Friend The literary world has lost a Huge talent this past...

Review: Morning's Journey

Morning's Journey Morning's Journey by Kim Iverson Headlee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Morning's Journey by Kim Iverson Headlee is the second book in The Dragon's Dove Chronicles. After reading the first book in this series, I was excited to read Morning's Journey. I was a bit disappointed with the ending of this book. There are several situations in this story that weren't resolved. When there are only two books in a series, I feel things should be wrapped up in the second book. Other than that, Kim's writing is extremely good, it has a consistent pace, and the character development is great. But because of the lack of conclusions to some of the plights that were against some of the characters, I give this book three stars.

View all my reviews

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Dawnflight

Dawnflight Dawnflight by Kim Iverson Headlee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dawnflight by Kim Iverson Headlee is the first book in the The Dragon's Dove Chronicles. It's an Arthurian tale following the strong female lead known as Gyanhumara “Gyan” nic Hymar. She is betrothed to Urien map Dumarec, the son of Gyan's clan's enemy and Arthur's political rival. Before she is wed to Urien she meets Arthur map Uther, the Pendragon, who conquered her people in the war. Even though he conquered her clan she is taken with Arthur, and he is taken with Gyan, which causes strife between Arthur and Urien even more so than before she entered their lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It has a strong female protagonist who isn't afraid to speak her mind and isn't afraid to wield a sword. There is romance with just a tad of detail, which I could handle. The characters are well defined, and the world building is decent. There are vivid and exciting battles, and though there are religious undertones throughout the tale, it is a vital part in understanding some of the trials Gyan and Arthur had to face, and definitely added to my interest in their plight. I would recommend this book to anyone into Arthurian historical fiction.

View all my reviews

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Review: Through the Wildwood

Through the Wildwood Through the Wildwood by M.R. Mathias
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I chose Through the Wildwood by M.R. Mathias for The Wildgoose Reading Challenge 2017 hosted by The Bookshelf Gargoyle. It's going toward Category One – “Wildness.” You can find out more about that here:

http://feeroberts64.blogspot.com/2016/12/wildgoose-reading-challenge-2017-hosted.html

When I purchased this book, I was so excited, but I soon found out that this book is like an extension of The Wardstone Trilogy, and I believe for me to get more out of this book I should start there.

Vanx Malic is a very interesting character, and this story has great battle scenes and very interesting world building. I will be checking out more work from Mathias.

View all my reviews

Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Worthy of Song and Story

Worthy of Song and Story Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase is the first book of the Stian the Viking series. Twelve-year-old Stian wants to be the best viking ever. He wants to prove this by going on a raid with his father, but ends up being saved, but by whom he doesn't know. He is then captured by a dark elf named Dahlia, on her mother's command. Stian finds out his father isn't who he thought, and that Loki is his real father. Stian and Dahlia set off on a quest to free Stian's Loki from the prison that Odin has thrown him into.

This story is set in viking times, but the dialogue is in the present. Preteens will get a kick out of Stian and Dahlia's banter. This story has a bit of action and humor with a bit of feels thrown in.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review: Worthy of Song and Story

Worthy of Song and Story Worthy of Song and Story by Neal Chase
My rating: 0 of 5 stars



View all my reviews

Review: The Lizard Queen Volume One

The Lizard Queen Volume One The Lizard Queen Volume One by H.L. Cherryholmes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Lizard Queen by H.L. Cherryholmes is an intricate story comprised of three parts in the first volume. This Shrinking World, From the Ashes, and A Spectacular Lie. We follow Amy Darlidale as she mysteriously finds herself in another world. She is believed to be the one sent to fulfill a prophecy, but not all believe she is the one, and she finds herself in danger. With the help of the young companions who find her, she sets out to find out her role in the prophecy.

H.L. Cherryholmes does a fabulous job of creating an intricate fantasy world, and well developed characters that are completely believable. You become highly invested in these characters, and soon you find yourself whisked away into this fantastical world. The only problem I had with this book is that it is extremely detailed. A bit too detailed for my taste, but it is a well written novel.

I won this book in a giveaway, and received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.



View all my reviews

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: Freaks of Nature

Freaks of Nature Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin is not what I expected. Going by the blurb, it's a story about fifteen-year-old Devon McWilliams. He doesn't have the best psychic abilities, in his opinion, so he escapes from the psionic detainment facility. This book starts out strong for the first eleven pages. We meet Devon, we watch him escape, then he's caught. That is where the story stops being about Devon, for the most part. We're introduced to several characters, but Devon is no longer the main character. The execution of this story fell very flat for me. I never really got to know Devon, which was disheartening. The story is fairly well written, but not enough to redeem itself from the lack of story development. I won this book in a giveaway and all opinions are my own.

View all my reviews

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Review: Playing Dead

Playing Dead Playing Dead by Allison Brennan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Playing Dead by Allison Brennan is the third book in the Prison Break Trilogy but it can stand alone. It's about Tom O'Brien, an ex-cop imprisoned and sentenced to death for his wife and her lover's murders. Claire, his daughter, believes he is guilty until she meets Oliver, a law student who claims to have proof of her father's innocence. She starts questioning everything about what she knows about her father's guilt and his fifteen year imprisonment. This story grabbed me and didn't let go! I was in the dark about who done it until the very end of the book. The mystery and suspense was nail-biting and had me on the edge of my seat holding my breath! It was a thrilling ride! This mystery is well executed and very well written. I've had this book on my shelf for a few years now, but never felt the need to read it. I told myself that this year I would get some of my older books read, and I am so glad I did!

View all my reviews

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: Feel Again

Feel Again Feel Again by Faith Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Feel Again by Faith Andrews is the first book in the Fate series. Gabriella has lost her parents and her husband. Trying to get away from the awful memories, she leaves New York to start a new life. She meets Caleb and there's an instant attraction. Feel Again isn't my usual genre, but I have to say that this story had me intrigued. I became more and more curious as Gabriella and Caleb entered a new stage in their lives. This book has some detailed sex scenes that I didn't care for, but would be perfect for anyone looking for a complicated romance story. Faith brings the characters to life and her writing is smooth. I won this book in a giveaway and all opinions are my own.

View all my reviews

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: City of Saints & Thieves

City of Saints & Thieves City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson is a story about a young girl known as Tiny Girl. Being a refugee from Congo, she learns to live on the streets, and joins a gang known as the Goondas. She's determined to make her mother's killer pay, and attempts to ruin the man she feels is responsible. While trying to find 100% proof of who the killer is, she allows two people she considers to be friends to help. I was pulled into this story from the beginning. It is full of mystery and suspense, and there are a lot of emotions that I felt while reading this story. Natalie's writing style is smooth and seamless. Her character building is superb. These characters are real to life, and you feel for some while disliking others. The descriptions used in the world of Tiny Girl made me feel as though I were right there with her. I could envision the landscapes and the atmosphere throughout the entire story. I highly recommend this book. I received an ARC from G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

View all my reviews

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Review: I See You

I See You I See You by Clare Mackintosh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I See You by Clare Mackintosh is a story about a woman, Zoe Walker, who sees her picture in an ad in a London newspaper which starts a chain of events both mysterious and dangerous. This book started really slow, but the more I read the more intriguing it became. The characters are fairly developed and the story is written well. The ending was unexpected, which was exciting, but left me wondering if there will be another book about Zoe Walker. I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

View all my reviews