Friday, December 30, 2016

REVIEW: Evertaster: The Delicious City By Adam Glendon Sidwell

The highly-anticipated sequel to the bestselling Evertaster.

"Fast paced and full of heart! I gobbled up every word of 

thisbook buffet!" -Frank L. Cole, author of TheAfterlife Academy

Ever since he took a bite of a legendary dessert last summer, 

twelve-year-old Guster Johnsonville has never been the same. In 

fact, when a strange little man dressed as a conquistador comes 

clattering into the barn at the back of the Johnsonville 

farmhouse one afternoon, he forces Guster to face the truth: 

Guster is now the most delicious thing in the whole world, and a 

terrible monster is coming to eat him.

The monster is one of the Yummies--a pack of horrible, ferocious 

creatures with an appetite for sweets. What other choice do 

Guster, Zeke, and Mariah have than to run away from home to 

escape the mysterious beast?

On the run in a far corner of the world, Guster and his siblings 

discover a secret settlement known as the Delicious City. Now, 

with the Yummies hot on their trail and the Delicious City's 

Mayor determined to feed Guster to the beasts, Guster must 

embrace his talents as an Evertaster if he's going to save the 

city from collapsing and get his family out alive.

Such a wonderfully well written childrens story. Loved it, I can 

see alot of my cousins and friends children loving this book. It 

was full of mystery and curiosities. A wonderfully silly book 

full of great creatures and characters.

I think this is a must read for any kids at this reading level 

they will love it .

5 stars
In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of 

computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for 

blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, 

Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front 

of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating 

hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the 

prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few 

deftly placed adjectives. He's been eating food since age 7, so 

feels very qualified to write this book. He once showed a famous 

movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los 

Angeles, where he can't wait to fall into the sea.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

REVIEW: Jack Templar and The Last Battle (The Templar Chronicles- Book 6) By Jeff Gunhus

Jack Templar faces his greatest challenge yet...

In the sixth and last book of the Jack Templar series, Jack and his friends race to stop Ren Lucre before he launches this Creach army against humankind. But the Lord of the Lesser Creach and the Lord of the Zombies hold the last two Jerusalem Stones Jack needs to have any chance of success. To make matters worse, the Oracle predicts that one of their group will die in the upcoming fight, and Jack discovers betrayal among those he trusts most. 

Even so, Jack must find the courage to lead his friends into battle. Either they collect the Stones in time to defeat Ren Lucre or die trying. It’s "Do your duty, come what may" no matter the cost. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. 

I have to be honest I have not read the other books in this series but now that I have read this one i really want to go and start at the beginning as it was really amazing.

Jack is such a strong brave character in this book I am sure when i read all the books I will think so even more and probably get extremely attached ha ha.

This author is amazing for young adult novels that are full of mystery and horror mixed into one. I would have never thought of the things he did to put into this book.

4 stars

Jeff Gunhus is the author thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 100 on Amazon and have been Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active lifestyle in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

REVIEW: From Cairo With Love(Timeless Romance Single) By Nancy Campbell Allen

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon 

bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & 

Wholesome Romance, comes the Timeless Romance Singles line.

FROM CAIRO, WITH LOVE: A brand new historical romance novella 

from bestselling author Nancy Campbell Allen.

Valentine Baker longs for adventure, so when the opportunity 

comes to travel to Venice and be a companion for the 

unconventional Contessa, she takes it--but they don’t stay in 

Venice long. Valentine finds herself on a ship bound for Cairo 

so the Contessa can hunt down a thief at one of her 

archeological digs there. Before they ever get close to the 

coast of Egypt, however, the ship is threatened by a violent 

storm and someone has an ulterior motive for sticking close to 

the Contessa and her traveling companions.

Mr. Maxwell is assigned to protect the Contessa and the charming 

Valentine. He tries to keep his distance, but her warm nature 

and easy laugh draw him in. He soon comes to cherish their time 

together, until someone attempts to drug him, and the aftermath 

reveals serious consequences for Valentine. He’ll do anything to 

keep her safe and her reputation intact, yet with treachery on 

board and his heart at stake, Mr. Maxwell must make a choice 

that will change his life forever. Can he win the woman of his 

dreams or will whoever wants to hurt them get close enough to 

take away his one chance for love? 

More Timeless Romance Singles:
Sophia's Leap-Year Courtship by Kristin Holt

Other books by Nancy Campbell Allen:
My Fair Gentleman
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast
Autumn Masquerade (Timeless Regency Collection)
European Collection (A Timeless Romance Anthology)

This was a really great novel to read. Very different from the 

normal romances that I read. It goes to Cairo which is a 

constant source ofcuriosity and intrigue I loved it.
I love how it has a big part to do with Mr. Maxwell's side of 

the story and how he feels for Valentine who by the way is such 

a lovely beautiful character just love her.
This author adds a lot of great twists and turns to this book 

loved it.

4 stars

Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of 13 published novels and 

several novellas, which encompass a variety of genres from 

contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. Her Civil 

War series, Faith of our Fathers, won the Utah Best of State 

award in 2005 and two of her historicals featuring Isabelle 

Webb, Pinkerton spy, were finalists for the Whitney Award. Her 

steampunk novel, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast, was released 

August, 2016, through Shadow Mountain. She served on the 2015 

LDStorymakers Conference Committee and currently serves as the 

Teen Committee coordinator for The Teen Writers Conference. She 

has presented at numerous conferences and events since her 

initial publication in 1999. 

Her formal schooling includes a B.S. in Elementary Education 

from Weber State University and she has worked as a ghost writer 

and freelance editor, contributing to the releases, We Knew 

Howard Hughes, by Jim Whetton, and My Life Encapsulated, by 

Kenneth Brailsford.

Her agent is Pamela Howell of D4EO Literary Agency.

Nancy loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys 

spending time laughing with family and friends. She and her 

husband have three children, and she lives in Ogden, Utah with 

her family and one very large Siberian Husky named Thor.

REVIEW: Bittersweet (Book #1) By Tyffani Clark Kemp

Title- Bittersweet
Series- The Kaveesh #1
By Tyffani Clark Kemp
Publication Date- October 15th

She'd reconciled her life without him. His return would be Bittersweet.

Welcome to Mother Cora’s, where the offspring of the Kaveesh learn to coexist with humans.

One hundred and twenty years ago, the Kaveesh came to Earth to save the dying planet from a disease that gorged itself on anything in its wake. Buildings crumbled to dust. Soil and plant life were consumed. Two-thirds of the Earth’s population perished.

The only thing the Kaveesh asked in return was to help save their dying race. Breeding programs began and the half-breeds were born.

Lirabel is a half-breed and an overachiever. Despite a few setbacks, she’s scheduled to graduate early from Mother Cora’s and become the Half-breed Ambassador to the Humans.

Enter Jonas. They were best friends until he broke her heart and disappeared five years ago. Now, he’s back, but Lirabel couldn’t care less. There are more important things to worry about…

Like finishing her last year of school and becoming ambassador. Or the half-bred students losing control of their Kaveesh strengths who are being sent into quarantine. Or how the breeding programs are still up and running.

And somehow, Jonas’ bittersweet return is connected to it all.

As I am a big fan of Tyffani I will say this book did not 

disapoint. It was full of mystery intrique and lots of Romantic 

drama. Absolutely loved the alien races. They are so unique and 

different from her previous novels.

Lirabel is an amazing character, A half breed so full of 

confusion yet certainty in who and what she is and wants to be. 

Her pain because of Jonas is just breaks my heart. She tries to 

stay strong but with him its not that easy. 

I just love the different dynamics this author has playing in 

this novel.

5 Stars

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

REVIEW: To Move The World (Power Of The Matchmaker) By Regina Sirois

Eve Brannon never had to bother planning out her future. In the 

Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next 

in line to inherit her family’s farm, she will raise another 

generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England. 

Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father’s 

handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself.

But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are 

vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve’s long-anticipated 

proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and 

at the brink of the farm’s profitable war years the sheep herd 

is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future 

suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced 

to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a 

crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet 

is moving after all.

As someone who was raised around and on farms and ranches I 

loved how different this book was from the other power of the 

matchmaker books.Giving a different prespective and adding a 

sweet farm girl lifestyle where you also have to be grown up at 

a young age as there is much to do. Loved this book.

This book was a very different read from the other books in 

series, from the completely different era set in the early dawn 

of WWII in the English hills on a sheep farm, to a personal 

journal style recounting of events.

Eve is what I would expect of her character, but the more you 

get a look into the inner workings of her rather complex mind, 

the more you discover there is so much more to her than just an 

English farm girl. She has this soft, yet very strong-willed 

personality, set in an era where woman don’t always have the 

luxury of having an own opinion and say in every matter. She is 

grown up in so many ways, taking care of the farm, and the men 

living on it, yet she is so young and inexperienced in matters 

of the heart. She longs to feel loved and wanted, but is so 

unfamiliar how to go about it all.

Then she is thrown in an engagement that she thought she always 

wanted, and feeling all kinds of feelings she’s not quite 

familiar with for Alan, when Jonathan Doran comes along and 

throws a spanner in the works. Poor Eve is torn in two trying to 

understand her feelings, and fighting to feel the ones she 

thinks are the right ones for the right man, when for us as 

readers it is all so very clear what she must do, and where her 

heart truly lies.

My heart went out to Alan. He is such a sweet, loyal guy, 

clearly not the perfect fit for Eve, but such a kind and loving 

guy under his very few words and very down to business exterior. 

Somewhere in my mind I could connect to him, even though I feel 

we have absolutely nothing in common. 

All in all, a good read, a nice change from what I am used to 

reading, and a nice addition to the series.

5 stars

Regina Sirois believes in intelligent books that challenge us to 

reach higher and be better. She believes in the powerful years 

of adolescence and loves to capture the raw moments when young 

adults begin to solidify into the people they were meant to be. 

She lives in Kansas with her high school sweetheart (also known 

as her husband), her two daughters, and their nearly hairless 

cat. She continues to write stories that won’t leave her alone.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

REVIEW: 6th grade revengers: cat crimes and wannabes by steven whibley

Jared and Marcus aren't like other 11-year-olds...they're also Revengers. They fix problems and they're awesome at it-at least, they will be if they ever get a chance to show off their skills. What they need is exposure. Luckily, they have the perfect target in mind: Jared's sister's boyfriend. He's a jerky, wannabe rock star, a relentless bully and he smells like old gym socks. Enough is enough. The tone deaf jerk's days are numbered. There's only one hitch: Marcus already offered their services elsewhere. A stray cat with serious aggression issues apparently has a whole neighborhood boarding up their windows. What the boys think will be an easy-money job quickly turns into a dangerous game of wits. The cat's a monster. It takes all the ingenuity the boys can muster to deal with this beast. Two targets at once. It's time to prove themselves as the awesome after-school problem-solvers they know they are. That is, if their plan doesn't backfire. Because they'll either be feared fixers or a couple kids who can't even take out a kitten.

This is the type of book I knew I had to read and I loved it! Jared and Marcus are 11 years old and need to earn money to go to spy camp. They decide to start a business fixing other people's problems. Jared wants to start by getting rid of his biggest problem: his sister Ronie's boyfriend. Gunner is a wannabe songwriter who plays video games all day and mooches off Ronie. Marcus sets up a website and they immediately get a case involving an evil, stray cat.

Things don't go as smoothly as they originally hope in either case and they have to get creative in order to be successful. Their attempts made us laugh a lot and kept us entertained the entire time. They have to get creative in order to keep the class gossip, Janet, from figuring out what they're doing. It's a great start to a middle-grade series and will appeal to those who enjoy humor and adventure (even if you're an adult)! I'm looking forward to reading more!

Steve believes in pixies and fairy dust, and the healing power of unicorns. When he’s not writing epic tales of horned beasties, he’s working as a look-a-like for Brad Pitt, Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, and Seal. He spends his free time training hairless mole rats to be service animals for the colorblind, and dreams of one day inventing a Thanksgiving dish that will rival the infamous turducken.

Steve also believes most readers do not read author biographies. (but just in case, he’ll do a real one once his website is fully updated :) )