Book Review: Jack Templar Monster Hunter

4-stars

 

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000030_00040]Book Title: Jack Templar Monster Hunter

Middle Grade Fantasy

Author: Jeff Gunhus

About the Book:

Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully, and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.

As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly?  Even as these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.

My Review:

This is a fun start to the series. I enjoyed it–it had just enough of a different twist to make it interesting. There’s a lot of action to keep kids’ interest, a bunch of gory monster fights, lots of surprising twists and turns, and a neat background story. I liked how Jack starts this book with a warning to all readers (although I thought it went on a little too long) on how if you read the book, you’re now under the curse of being a monster hunter too (kind of like “The Ring” curse, for kids). The character development was pretty good; I especially enjoyed Jack’s friends, the snarky Will and the wussy but determined T-Rex.

The crux of the story pretty much all takes place in one night, and I did feel like everything happened a little too fast, but I think that’s what the author intended. By the end, nothing was what it seemed like at the beginning, and I never felt like the story dragged, and the ending does set up the scene for following adventures.

This book will probably appeal more to boys than girls, but I think any kid into monsters and some mythology will enjoy this story.

 

Book Blast: Blackout

Blackout_1563x2500_300dpi copy 2Check out Madeline Henry’s new YA book BLACKOUT!
One wall divides life from darkness. After the worldwide Blackout, America built a concrete wall—the Frontier—across the middle of the nation to isolate its precious electricity in the top half. Everyone below the Frontier was forsaken, and now only a few survive in the grim region known as the Dark Zone.
Sixteen year old Phoenix Troublefield endures the dark with his girlfriend, Star Windsong. When America announces that it will trade electricity for immigrants, Phoenix and Star sacrifice themselves for the power that might save her younger brother. On the other side of the Frontier, they find America is not what they expected, and instead they are thrown into a shocking and deeply personal contest that threatens to destroy their love. When the chance comes to escape back into the Dark Zone, it may already be too late.
 
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Madeleine Henry was born and raised in New York. This spring, she graduated from Yale University and began her adult life in New York City.
Madeleine majored in psychology and wrote her senior essay on the extreme popularity of the Twilight book series. In college, she also ran a marathon and had a brief but enthusiastic stint as a stand-up comedienne.
BLACKOUT is Madeleine’s first book. Parts of the story are drawn from two weeks she spent foraging for food and water in desert Utah while enrolled in a survival skills field course. She has since recovered.

Book Review: Hello, Bali

4.5-stars

 

 

Hello Bali

Title: Hello, Bali: A Kids Yoga Island Adventure Book

Author: Giselle Shardlow

Illustrator: Emily Gedzyk

About the Book:

Say good day to the magical island of Bali! Join Anamika, one of the Yoga Kids, as she travels with her family to Bali, Indonesia. Surf like a surfer, dance like a Balinese dancer, and sit like a monkey.

The book includes a list of Kids Yoga Poses, Map of Bali, Basic Indonesian Phrases, and a Parent-Teacher Guide with tips on creating a successful yoga experience. This yoga book for toddlers and preschoolers (ages 2 to 5) is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children.

My Review:
Well, I love Bali, and I try to love yoga! I enjoyed this book–how the author intertwined a story with the simple yoga poses. The illustrations were great, the writing simple and easy for kids to understand. I liked how the author infused the Balinese culture into the book. Makes me want to go back to Bali! And maybe do some yoga too :D
If you have a kid who’s interested in yoga, or if you want to get your kids interesting, get them this book. Easy to follow, easy to read, this book will get your kids up and moving!
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Book Blast: Prince Iggy & the Kingdom of Naysayer

Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer

About the Book

Title: Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer | Author: Aldo Fynn | Illustrator: Richie Vicencio | Publication Date: November 5,2013 | Publisher: Boa Press, LLC. | Pages: 156 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: All Iggy Rose wants is for the kids at the Naysayer Academy to like him, and one special girl in particular. But instead, he gets teased and taunted. Every day, he eats alone in the cafeteria and gets beaten up after school on the playground. But when a cruel prank leads to Iggy’s escape from the academy, a wild, unimaginable adventure begins.

Why is King Naysayer offering a hefty reward for Iggy’s capture? When Iggy joins forces with an eclectic cast of characters, he discovers the answer. But before he can escape from the kingdom of Naysayer, Iggy must first reclaim what is rightfully his. Does this sad, lonely boy have the courage to battle the biggest school bully, a mean headmistress, and a greedy, cruel king? Will Iggy finally believe in himself and discover his true destiny?

 

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The Buzz

“An entertaining fantasy with a quirky, inventive storyline that shows how things invariably turn out badly for bullies.” Kirkus Reviews

“The book is going to be devoured by readers of any type, whether they’re looking for some fun fiction, a comical read, or a page-turner.” 5 Star Review, San Francisco Book Review

“Fynn’s book reminded me a bit of Harry Potter, but he adds his own cast of characters and a boy (Iggy), fun dialogue, and an amazing story that you can’t help but root for. If you are looking for a great book to get your kids hooked on, then I recommend the Prince Iggy series.” 5 Star Review, The Pen and Muse Book Reviews, Amazon

“Has the flavor of a Dickens and a Harry Potter story while remaining wholly original. It just shares those characteristics that make it such an enjoyable read. This book should be on every child’s must read list and if I’m to be perfectly honest it should be on every adults list too. It has enough subtle adult humor well within its boundaries to make it an entertaining read for the parents too. It certainly has a modern message. It shows just how heartbreaking bullying can be by children as well as adults. It’s a story about losing yourself and finding yourself. It shows being a bully doesn’t pay off but believing in yourself does.” 5 Star Review, April S., Amazon

 

About the Author: Aldo Fynn

Aldo FynnAldo Fynn enjoys writing wacky, fantastical stories. Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer is his debut novel. It’s the first book in the Adventures of Prince Iggy Series. He’s also written two wacky, laugh-out-loud picture books. He lives under his desk and promises he won’t come out until Book 3 in the series is complete. Which is a shame because his desk is based in Los Angeles, where it’s sunny and 70 degrees most of the year.

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Book Review: Big Honey Dog Mysteries

4-stars

 

 

HoneyTitle: Big Honey Dog Mysteries: A Secret in Time

Author: H.Y. Hanna

Middle Grade Fantasy/Mystery

Book Description:

Haunted dog show. Jealous rivals. Serious slobber.
When Honey the Great Dane arrives at a dog show, the last thing she expects to meet is her doggie doppelgänger! But things get even stranger when her famous ‘twin’ is poisoned and Honey is asked to take her place in the show ring… She soon finds
that the glamorous world of champions hides some ugly secrets. Are the Showgrounds really haunted by a Phantom Hound? What really happened ten years ago when a mysterious fire claimed two lives? And just how far will someone go to win the title of ‘Best in Show’?

My Review:

Like the first book in the series, I was slightly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. I’m not the greatest fan of giving animals human characteristics–especially like being able to read–but the story is clever enough so I find I really don’t care that the dogs can translate writings and crazy things like that. I just enjoy the mystery for what it is.

The dogs all have great personalities–excuse me, doginalities–and that’s what makes these stories so entertaining, along with the mystery the dogs end up getting embroiled in. I’ve got my favorites–Ruffster and Biscuit especially–but Honey is the dog who binds them all together. I’d say this Great Dane was a direct descendent of Scooby Doo, except Honey is both braver and slobbier.

The mystery is just complex enough to keep kids guessing, but not so complicated that they’ll lose interest. This time around, Hanna doesn’t expose us to a cool mythological mystery, but there is a spooky phantom in it, so the supernatural shivers are still there, to be enjoyed by readers.

I still crack up at the dogs’ use of “pee-mail,” and Hanna peppers the story with other clever doggie inventions as well. The book is a little long, but it should hold kid’s interest, and will definitely capture the imagination of any dog-lover out there!

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Book Review: Chasing Xaris

4-stars

 

 

 

xarisBook Title: Chasing Xaris

Author: Samantha Bennett

Book Description:

Chandler Bloom starts her day like every other—on her surfboard and away from her smothering grandparents. It’s the only way she’s been able to cope since the hit-and-run that killed her parents two years ago. But when a shark nearly turns Chandler into breakfast, a loner surfer named Ari saves her life. Which is great, except that he also triggers new questions about her parents’ deaths. Before Chandler can ask him more, Ari disappears.

Desperate for answers, Chandler decides to track down Ari with the help of her best friend Jordan, a surfer guy who’s totally in love with her. The search leads to Ari’s home—a hidden island that can only be found with a form of light called xaris. But Chandler isn’t the only one searching for the island or the unearthly elements found there. Her parents died protecting it, and if Chandler doesn’t come to grips with what she’s really chasing, she could be next.

My Review:

This is a quick, fun read that teens, especially girls would enjoy. It’s got romance, intrigue, mystery, and surfing, and is well written. I liked the idea of this story; the hidden island and the xaris, even the strange group that lived on it. The book was easy to read and kept my interest.

However, I do think parts were rushed. It was also hard for me to believe some of it. This didn’t really make it any less interesting to read, but I would have liked the story a little more complete. It is mostly an action story, some reflection but I was left with a few unanswered questions by the end of it.

But Samantha Bennett does write in a nice, flowing way, and the situations and characters will appeal to teens.

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Book Blast: Skycastle, the Demon and Me

 

Skycastle, the Demon, and Me by Andy Mulberry

About the Book

Title: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me | Author: Andy Mulberry | Publication Date: February 22, 2014 | Publisher: Paw! Print Press | Pages: 107 | Recommended Ages: 7+

Summary: Skycastle, the Demon, and Me is the first in a series of middle grade books for fearless, adventure loving kids. WARNING…this book contains a scowling demon, bad decisions, a skeleton key, not foul but hellish language, an ordinary boy and an extraordinary castle. You’ve been warned. Skycastle, the Demon, and Me: An unlikely friendship, a hellish adventure and cliffhangers aplenty to make reluctant readers turn the pages.

 

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“I bought this book to read with my younger brother and we both loved it. I always try to encourage him to keep up with his reading but he’s usually not that big of a fan of books most of the time. To my surprise, he quickly became immersed into the story and I could tell that he was having just as much fun as I was reading it together. The story keeps up at a smooth and fast pace, which is of course very important in children’s books, and it’s adventurous and written really well. To say that I am satisfied with ‘Skycastle, the Demon, and Me’ would be an understatement, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more releases by the author” ~ 5 Star Review, Jane L., Amazon

“The characters are well created and the story is exceptionally good. My great granddaughter just started reading it this morning and she is already pretty engrossed in the story. Great book. I definitely recommend.” ~ 5 Star Review, Beverly C., Amazon

“Very well written story. Witty and charming for both myself and my son who is in 3rd grade. A great creative adventure about a demon and a boy. Looking forward to more in this series. I would highly recommend this book for kids around the 3rd grade. It’s action packed and holds my sons interest. Filled with the stuff he loves. Thanks!” ~ 5 Star Review, M. Harbin, Amazon

 

About the Author: Andy Mulberry

Andy Mulberry AvatarAndy Mulberry loves to write stories filled with strange adventures, odd characters and mysterious circumstances. To say she was born holding a book in her hand reading would be a gross hyperbole. She lives in Southern California with her scowling teenager, a chubby blue cat-beast, an imaginary dog and one leaky roof.

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Book Blast: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea

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Sticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela BurkheadTitle: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+

Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea’s garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.

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About the Author: Angela Burkhead

Angela Burkhead

Angela Burkhead is a full time writer and a full time mom. Of the two jobs, she cannot decide which is more difficult and time consuming, but both bring the joys of fulfillment and accomplishment. She and her son currently reside in Richmond, Ky, just north of Kentucky’s arts and crafts capital, Berea, Ky, where she was born and raised. Her newest book, Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea, an upper middle grade/young adult fantasy novel, was published February of 2014.

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Book Blast: Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs

Billy and the monster who ate all the Easter eggs

About the Book

Title: Billy and The Monster Who Ate All The Easter Eggs | Author: David Chuka | Publication Date: March 23, 2013 | Publisher: Pen-n-a-Pad Publishing | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: Join Billy and Monster in this third episode of the series titled Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs. Billy and Monster love all the holidays as they get to spend quality time together. However, their best holiday is Easter as they get to eat their favorite food…CHOCOLATE! This year, they’re spending Easter with Grandma Chocalicious who loves Chocolate even more than Billy. She’s an expert at making chocolate cake, chocolate waffles and even chocolate pasta. This year Grandma Chocalicious has made a pyramid of Easter eggs for her party on Easter Sunday. Billy and Monster want one of the Easter eggs but Grandma says they have to wait till Easter Sunday. What happens when Billy and Monster tip toe downstairs and the pyramid of Easter eggs comes falling down?

Get your copy of this funny book for kids of all ages that is not only full of laughs but also has a lesson weaved in that you’ll love sharing with your loved ones.

 

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“Experience is the best teacher as Billy and his “purple shadow” learn a sweet lesson in Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs. Beautifully illustrated, nicely formatted, this quick, easy story will be read over and over again.” ~ 5 Star Review, Julia B., Amazon

“My daughter has really been enjoying David Chuka’s Billy and Monster books. This is another fun addition to the “family.” As always, the story has a lovely moral (this time teaching the value of moderation – definitely the biggest word in the book)! It’s based on the very realistic theme of overindulging in chocolate/sweets, which virtually anyone can relate to and which kids find a lot of fun. And, awesome pictures as always. Definitely recommend it.” ~ 5 Star Review, Renee B., Amazon

“I really like the little monster in this book and how they get into trouble together. What child hasn’t snuck into the cache of candies that their parents have hidden? Cute story with a lesson for the little ones in your family!” ~ 5 Star Review, Patricia T., Amazon

“This is a cute story about a little boy Billy and his funny friend Monster. They love chocolate so much that they forget about obeying to older. At night, they sneaked to the chocolate egg pyramid, started eating the chocolate eggs and made a big mess. On the morning, they not only got in a big trouble, but they also got a bad stomach pain. They both had to learn a lessons about MODERATION. Nice illustrations, book well written.” ~ 5 Star Review, OPV, Amazon

“Billy and his monster friend enjoy lots of fun in this book, filled with great pictures and a cute story. It shares a lot about celebrating holidays, and intertwines humor and family love throughout the story. Hidden in the story is a nice message about eating in moderation, a well needed lesson in our culture of over-eating. Billy ends up being proud of himself and makes good decisions by the end of the book, while all the while sharing some adventures with his cute monster friend. Great read to share with your children or grandchildren year round, not just for the Easter holiday.” ~ 5 Star Review, Katie W., Amazon

 

About the Author: David Chuka

David ChukaDavid Chuka lives in London with his lovely wife and two adorable children. His family are usually the first people to hear his funny and quirky tales. He was inspired to write his first book, ‘If You See a Doctor‘ after he struggled to find a book for his daughter who was a beginner reader.

He’s gone on to write more books including the popular ‘Billy and Monster‘ series, a funny set of books about a little boy and his Monster who get into all sorts of funny situations and learn about moderation, friendship, self control, bravery etc. Young children can relate to Billy and you’ll love sharing his adventures with your children, grandchildren and loved ones.

As a father himself, he has parents at heart when he writes. He recognizes that bedtime has to be one of the best parts of the day for parents and grandparents as it gives them the opportunity to bond with their little ones. He believes you’ll enjoy sharing his stories with your loved ones at bedtime.

In David Chuka’s books, you can stay rest assured that quality and captivating images will always complement the story to ensure your loved ones are spell-bound as you read to them. Beginner readers will also enjoy discovering new words as they read his books.

He has so many stories to tell and can’t wait to share them with you and your loved ones.

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Book Review: Power’s Out

4.5-stars

 

 

Water's EdgeBook Title: Power’s Out (Troubled Times #2)

Author: Rachel Meehan

YA Survival

Book Description: “You could almost imagine everything was like before,” said Nairne, staring at the distant lights.  “But it’s just an illusion, a few people hanging on to something that’s already dead.”
“You don’t think we can get it all back then?” Ronnie asked.
“No, the old way is gone, just wait until the lights go out for good.  My dad always said once the power goes out mankind will go back to the caves.”
The power is failing, society is losing the last vestiges of order and the world is becoming a dangerous place.  Nairne has been searching for a new home, somewhere people want to try and build a better future.  Nairne thinks she has found it, a place where she can settle and be safe. A place where she can build a better future.
But he’s coming for her.  From a past she wanted to leave behind and he’s seeking retribution.

My Review:

I am definitely a sucker for end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it survival stories. Most attempts I’ve read though, are too similar–they’re more about the survival and less about a good story. In Power’s Out, the second book in the Troubled Times Series, the breakdown of survival may be the root cause and the background, but that’s not what the book is about. Collapse of society sets the tone and the scene, but this book follows the story of a girl–Nairne-and her struggles as she makes a place in this new world,-and, like its predecessor, tells it in a wonderful way.

Sometimes the second book in a series is a bit boring–kind of a filler until the final climactic book, but this one isn’t. In fact, I liked it better than the first one. I like how Nairne turns out, although I’m sure others will disagree–but her choices, whether they’re right or wrong, add depth and intensity to her character. I’m dying to know how she copes with the choices she’s made, which I will have to find out about in book 3.

Rachel Meehan manages to tell a separate and just as compelling story as she did in the first book, even more so, because by this second installment, society has collapsed, and now we can get to the good stuff. Kind of like Mad Max and the Road Warrior, where the first film was more the setup and the second was the popular one–I found it hard to put this book down, and was riveted right to the end. I didn’t notice any tedious spots, and the action and story propelled me forward, right up to the action-packed, pretty violent and (in my opinion) fitting climax.

But what will happen to Nairne after this? The choices she makes at the end of this book intrigue me. I really want to find out how her character deals with her decisions–how it affects her conscience and if she is able to find the happy home she is searching for.

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