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Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons: #bookreview

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It took a little longer than I expected to finish “Penny White and the Temptation of Dragons” by Chris Cymri.

All in all, it was a decent book. For an indie fantasy book, it had very few grammatical errors. I can’t say that I was crazy about the book but I did like the main character of Penny White. So I’m not against reading the other books in the series.

I’m not sure who did the covers but I think that they did an amazing job. The cover would make a great poster.

Don’t hold it against me but I have never watched Doctor Who. This book has several references to Doctor Who. There were probably jokes that I missed.

Penny White is a vicar, who gives a dragon his last rites in the first chapter of the book. White ends up getting a promotion to Vicar of General Incursions, an alternate place with unicorns, dragons, werefoxes, elves and many other beings that we all thought were imaginary.  Her new job will be to counsel “beings we thought could only be found in fantasy stories.” Plus, she will still be a part-time vicar at her regular church.

With the promotion, she acquires a gryphon, Morey, as a partner. On top of the recent changes in her life, she is also still dealing with the loss of her husband and a strained relationship with her younger brother.

So Endre, the dragon that Penny gives last rites to in the beginning died under mysterious circumstances. She and Morey spend a lot of time trying to figure out why. Endre was in a relationship with a human, which was frowned upon by the other dragons and mythical creatures.

There were discussions between the characters about whether relationships between species should be accepted. Who can say for sure? (I did have that crush on Worf from Star Trek for a little while in college. And that werewolf from True Blood . . . )

Anyway, it would be interesting to read more about what happens with Penny White and Morey. Will she date Raven, a dragon, or Pete, a human? Will she mend things with her brother? How will she deal with all of her responsibilities? Will her pet snail go on a vicious rampage? I’m curious to find out what happens next.

If you would like to find out more about the Penny White series, visit the author’s website.

Chrys Cymri

 

*I did receive an ebook in exchange for a review. *

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Histories of the Void Garden: Pyre of Dreams. #bookreview

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Have you ever wondered why some people never age? Did you ever think that leeches are the key to staying young and healthy?  I’m so glad that this is a work of fiction because I’m not sure if getting close to a leech is worth eternal youth. There are a few gory scenes and some cursing so this book is probably more appropriate for those who are sixteen and up.

The book begins with David and his daughter, Stephanie, attending an event in which the president and several other political officials are assassinated. Within a day or so, David becomes a suspect. He and Stephanie go on the run with the assistance of West, Charlene and Stanwick. West and Stanwick know more than they tell anyone until almost the end of the book.

 

The tone of the book reminded me a little bit of the show, “The Strain.” There are conspiracy theories and people whose bodies are evolving into something not quite human.

I thought that the pace of the book was good. There were a lot of details but I didn’t feel overwhelmed with information.

The characters were well-written. My favorite characters were Stanwick and Stephanie. Stanwick is like a ninja superhero or maybe the anti-hero. Either way, she is a tough lady. Stephanie has so much curiosity and energy. She also loves “Les Miserables” – probably more than most people.

I don’t usually read books in a series but I did enjoy this book enough to want to read the next one in the series. The follow up,”Princess of the Infinite,” will be out later this month.  I think that if you like science fiction with a few conspiracy theories then you will like this book.

 

You can find this book here or on Amazon.

Damian Huntley website

 

*I received an ebook in exchange for a review.

 


Strong Heart: #bookreview

 

 

Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon is a fictional story about a teenager, Sarah, who is reunited with her grandfather, Tom. There are other things happening in the story – Tom and his friends are trying to save land from developers so they are going on a hiking expedition. Sarah joins the group and has a vision that alters everything that she believes.

The characters discuss the origins of man, ice ages and who has been where the longest. The characters discuss the origins of man, ice ages and how people came to different places. I thought that this was interesting. The story that followed this discussion was enjoyable.

The book begins with no back story. Basically, you’re being thrown into a scene without knowing what’s going on at all. The details come out a little at a time. For most of the first few chapters, I feel a little lost.

The dialogue seems a little stilted or forced, except in the part with Sarah’s vision. I think that the author was more comfortable telling the story while having a character tell a story. It seemed like when the author wanted to tell the story, it was awkward and rushed with either too many or not enough details.

There’s a section where Myra and Eye, two of Tom’s friends, are discussing the tribe. I felt lost again because there were so many details to absorb in a few paragraphs. I wasn’t sure how it related to the story of Tom and his granddaughter. It makes sense later in the book.

A large part of the book is Sarah’s vision. When she starts telling the story, I didn’t think it would mesh. It ended up being my favorite part of the book. In my opinion, the book could have been entirely about the vision.

I won’t tell you the ending but it was not especially satisfying. I felt like I didn’t have any answers.

I would give this book three stars. It was not my favorite book. It has potential but it needs a little work on the dialogue and the first chapter.

 

*I received an ebook in exchange for a review on the Onlinebookclub.com.


The Midnight Queen: #bookreview

 

 

 

Have you ever wished that you could have the ability to use magic? In The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter, Gray Marshall once had magical powers. The powers disappeared after an incident at his university forced him to leave school and work at a Professor Callender’s estate as a gardener.

Gray befriends Sophie, one of the daughters of Professor Callender. They both discover that events leading up to their current situation are not what they seemed.

I thought that the characters were interesting. There was a clear sense of who they were. The characters that were supposed to be likable were and the characters that were supposed to be villains were definitely despicable. The only character that I wasn’t sure about until the very end was Mrs. Wallis, the housekeeper. She has a lot of secrets and I always wondered if she was plotting against Gray.

While reading this book, I really wanted Gray to overcome the challenges that he faced. On a side note, I kept picturing Gray as a redhead instead of having sandy blonde or brown hair.

The only thing that threw me off a bit was the spelling of certain words, like magic, which were spelled a little differently. By the end of the first 100 pages, I was finally used to it.

I would recommend this book for those who are thirteen and up. There is one section where Hunter discusses a honeymoon.  However, it is not graphic or explicit by any means. I think that if you enjoy fantasy or books about magic, then you will enjoy this book.

I would give The Midnight Queen four out of five stars.

*I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. The opinions are still my own.

 


Daughter of the Sun: #bookreview

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I discovered this book, Daughter of the Sun: Cult of the Cat by Zoe Kalo on Goodreads. Someone posted a note in of the book groups asking if anyone would like to do a review.

Normally, I don’t read books on Kindle. It always seems like it would be convenient but I like real books. This is the first book that I’ve ever finished on the Kindle App so it must have been decent.

The main character, Trinity, is an orphan who discovers that she has a grandmother. She spends quite a bit of time learning about her family history, which has been kept a secret from her. It is like pulling teeth to get anyone to tell her anything about . . . well, anything.

She moves to an island filled with cats. It seems like a dream come true. However, Trinity has to do some major investigating to find answers. She also says, “I want answers,” on every other page. That’s an exaggeration but she does say it too much.

Overall, the book held my interest. Part of the story involves Egyptian myths about Bastet, who is generally referred to as a cat goddess. Her original title was “lioness warrior goddess of the sun.” If that phrase was on a shirt, I would totally buy it.

There is also a romantic love interest. I read another review that said the love story wasn’t necessary but I believe that it plays an important part of the story. I can’t tell you why because it would give away too much.

If you’re interested in Egyptian mythology, cats and mysteries then you will enjoy “Daughter of the Sun: Cult of the Cat.”

 

 

Connect with the author Zoe Kalo on the web: www.ZoeKalo.com / Facebook/ Twitter

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*This Review is a part of the Blogger Outreach Program by b00k r3vi3w Tours. 


But Did You Die? : #bookreview

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Throat Punch Media has published ,”But Did You Die? Setting the Parenting Bar Low,”  a book of essays about parenting. There are so many contributors. For once, I can say that many of them are my friends on Facebook. I will be finding the rest on social media soon.

As a parent with many imperfections, I can relate. Yesterday was one of the worst days with my middle child. We survived mostly because of “But Did You Die?”  This book helped me to keep that sense of humor in spite of the middle child being a jerk and forgetting how to use words. All day long with a mini-Chewbacca. It was too much.

It would be difficult to say which part was my favorite; however, Samara had one of my favorite essays. She is hilarious and brutally honest as usual. Also, she reminded me that I have to check my kid’s backpack for cigarettes and other questionable items.

 

Where: You can find the book online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and iTunes. Also, check out your local bookstore to see if it’s stock.

 

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Recommend:

I honestly love this book. The title alone is worth the price. If you’re a parent or a human who likes to laugh, you will appreciate “But Did You Die?” Seriously, just go buy it already.

 

 

* Christie Sass Organ sent me this book. So I’m doing this review. It’s the right thing to do. Thanks Christie for sharing this book with me.

 


The Power of Meaning: #bookreview

 

 

I recently finished reading “The Power of Meaning” by Emily Esfahani Smith. Honestly, I was afraid that it was going to be boring.
Smith interviews several people to find out how their life became more meaningful or fulfilling. She also provides information about studies that question what does a life with meaning include.

Luckily, I was wrong. It was really interesting to read about how  people wound up having rewarding lives although they started out on a another career path.

There were many stories that really resonated with me. One of my favorite stories was the interview with the founders of the Life is Good company.  At one time, they were selling t-shirts out of their vehicle. Now they have a successful business with a purpose – helping others and staying positive.

When I started to read the book, I thought that it would be more of a self-help book. It is but it isn’t. It doesn’t provide a definite guideline for how to fix your life. A meaningful life is different for everyone. My priorities are probably different than my neighbor. Most people need the same basic things, like shelter, food, etc. However, the things that motivate us aren’t always the same.

Lately, I have been really questioning my job choices. I need to have a job so that I can have basic necessities. However, I’m not motivated by producing a certain number of items per hour or shift. Sure, I get paid for it but it’s not what I’m really passionate about at all. So that lack of passion makes it difficult to drag myself to work. This book has been helpful in acknowledging that I really do need to find a career that I care about much more than I do at the moment.

I would recommend reading this book. It was interesting and well-written.

 

* I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. It doesn’t change my opinion of the book.

 

 


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