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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.

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*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.

 


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.

 


#AmReading: Why Not Me?

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Honestly, it took me several months to finish this book. It wasn’t because of Kaling’s writing. I was just so exhausted that I fell asleep every time I read more than a page. “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling is one of the funniest books that I’ve read in awhile.

 

Kaling talks about some of her experiences as a person who is not what society tells us is beautiful. Let’s just agree that American society lies about what is beautiful. I say this because I believe that Mindy Kaling is totally gorgeous.

She didn’t feel beautiful as a young woman. However, Kaling was funny and intelligent. She worked on making herself a better person. The confidence that she has now came in time.

When I was able to stay awake, I began to really enjoy the book. Kaling has a way of writing about her experiences that most people can relate to in some way. She writes about her experience with joining a sorority at Dartmouth College.

My favorite part was when she wrote a series of pretend emails that were part of her life if she had made different choices and become a teacher. (Is it weird that this it the part that I related to the most? Whatever. It’s fine.)

So the point is that I loved the book.  Now I love Mindy Kaling more than ever.

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The Mapmaker’s Children: Book Review

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I found the book, “The Mapmaker’s Children,” on the Blogging for Books website. The book is written by Sarah McCoy.

I have never read a book by Ms. McCoy in my entire life. It was in the historical fiction section. I love historical fiction. It cannot be helped.

I love the cover of the book. I think it fits with the storyline of the book.

It was interesting that one of the main characters was based on an actual person, Sarah Brown. We probably never think about the real or fictional experiences of family of John Brown.

The book begins in a modern day setting. The main character, Eden, has just moved to Washington D.C. She discovers an porcelain doll in the cellar. Eden and the neighbor girl, Cleo, are on a mission to find out the history of the doll.

The book alternates between Eden’s story and Sarah Brown’s story. It was really interesting to see how the two stories intertwine.

The book seems to keep the reader engaged throughout the story. It didn’t end the way I had hoped as far as Sarah Brown’s story but since she was a real person, it had to end with the truth. I waited until I finished the book to Google Sarah Brown to see what was real or not.

*I received this book in exchange for doing a review.

 


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