We hear of the men and women who come home from war, and even though they’re miles away from the battlefield, the experiences they had stay with them,We hear of the men and women who come home from war, and even though they’re miles away from the battlefield, the experiences they had stay with them, perhaps for the rest of their life.
In ORDINARY MIRACLES, Wanda Snow Porter’s latest novel for young adult readers, seventeen-year-old Tobi’s dad, a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan came home from the war a changed man. He is obsessed with a cataclysmic war he expects to happen soon. To keep his family safe from the dangerous world, he moves them to a farm.
If living in the middle of nowhere, no friends or school, isn’t bad enough, Tobi’s mom decides to go to the city and look for a job. No one seems to consider or care what Tobi wants, so she makes her own plans, determined to reach her goals.
ORDINARY MIRACLES is the story of a broken family attempting to put their lives back together. The author knows how to create real-life characters. Tobi, with her low self-esteem of herself touched my heart. I think she will be an inspiration to teen readers who have similar problems to Tobi’s. Some readers might also recognize her dad’s illness in someone they know, which would help them understand their behavior.
Wanda Snow Porter’s novel shows how the kindness of people and faith in God will help them through tough situations. I recommend this story. It would be a great addition to high school classrooms and libraries, as well as your own library. ...more
Animals make delightful stories for young readers. OLIVER AND JUMPY, Stories 49-51, by Author Werner Stejskal, are no exception. I haven’t read the pr Animals make delightful stories for young readers. OLIVER AND JUMPY, Stories 49-51, by Author Werner Stejskal, are no exception. I haven’t read the previous stories, so I can’t comment about them, but these three stories are fun and should keep children entertained for hours.
In ICE, story 49, it’s winter and ice skating time. Oliver and his friends are skating on the frozen lake when Joey the Kangaroo gets in trouble and Oliver tries to help him. To add to their problem, a polar bear spots them and the bear sure looks hungry. What will Oliver and Joey do?
MICE CHASE, story 50, is the story of a cat and a mouse that are friends. My two cats like to chase mice, but not because they want to be friends. Anyhow, in this story Mausi, the mouse whose wife has just had six babies, asks Oliver for a favor. Can you guess what the favor is?
Story 51, DRAGON HEAT, has a dragon in it, of course, and most kids love dragons, right? This dragon has a problem with fire, and you’ll want to read the story to discover what happens to the dragon.
The illustrations by Maycee Ann Reyes are colorful, adorable, and child friendly. These books would make a nice addition to school libraries, classrooms, and your own library. So snuggle with your young ones and enjoy some good reads. ### ...more
Do you have a friend, acquaintance, or family member that once was in prison? What happened when they were released? How were they accepted once theyDo you have a friend, acquaintance, or family member that once was in prison? What happened when they were released? How were they accepted once they moved back into the community and tried to make a new life for themselves?
I have no personal experience with such a situation and never thought about it, until I read Author Janet K. Brown’s latest novel, WORTH FORGIVING, Book 2 in The Wharton Rock Series. Boy, did she open my eyes to what an ex-convict faces. Maybe not all of them, but I imagine a percentage of them experience the same problems that Katie, the character in the story, has to deal with.
WORTH FORGIVING is a story of hope, forgiveness, and family. Janet K. Brown has a knack for creating characters that are so real, I could feel Katie’s pain and disappointment as her plans and dreams for her after prison life all went wrong. I wanted to help Larry, the man Katie could love if she wasn’t so damaged, solve his dilemma about God’s plans for him. I wished I could shake them and tell them what to do.
I recommend WORTH FORGIVING for everyone that enjoys a story about family, not a perfect family, but one that is trying to do God’s will in their lives. It’s a sad story; it’s a happy story; it’s a story that will stay with you for a long time and make you appreciate your own life.
Do you remember your first love? The love you thought would last forever? I do. Yes, those good old high school years. Forever lasted until we broke uDo you remember your first love? The love you thought would last forever? I do. Yes, those good old high school years. Forever lasted until we broke up, right before graduation. How long was your forever?
AFTER LOVING YOU, a New Adult contemporary novel by Author Ashelyn Drake, will revive your memories of that first love. Told from both Mia’s and Jared’s points-of-view, the author shows us the emotions of the characters from both sides. They were a couple in high school, but that was last year. Now they’ve broken up and are attending different colleges. They’re also dating different people, although they can’t forget each other.
The story follows Mia and Jared through their present lives as they long for the past, while trying to build new friendships and futures. The characters’ emotions and confusions over what they really want rings true. It’s hard sometimes to let go of the past; it’s even harder, perhaps, to accept a new life, without someone you’d once been so crazy about.
Ashelyn Drake kept me guessing how the story would end. Would Mia and Jared get back together? Or would each of them find happiness with their new loves? Some of the scenes when the characters are making out are pretty detailed, but AFTER LOVING YOU is a sweet romance that’s well worth your time to read and meet Mia and Jared, along with their friends.
It may bring back some memories of yours. ### ...more
Good things don’t always happen when we want them to, and we have to wait. The waiting often is worth it, though. Take Author Victoria Simcox’s latestGood things don’t always happen when we want them to, and we have to wait. The waiting often is worth it, though. Take Author Victoria Simcox’s latest novel, THE MEDALLION (THE BERNOVEM CHRONICLES BOOK 3) in her series. After reading the first two books I looked forward to the next one. And it finally is here.
In THE MEDALLION (THE BERNOVEM CHRONICLES BOOK 3) we meet our favorite characters again, along with some not so favorite characters, the troublemakers, of course. As we travel along with Kristina and Hector through the world of Bernovem, in their search for the Wizard Azaril, we encounter all sorts of strange creatures: angels, a dragon, serpent, and bats. The author describes each character vividly, making them seem almost alive.
Then there’s Sentiz, the queen, on a quest of her own to find the Medallion and insure she’ll be the ruler of Bernovem. Several plots are going on in the story, and the author switches to different point-of-view characters to let the reader see their thoughts and reactions to the events taking place.
If you enjoy reading about magic, amazing and unusual creatures, some good, some evil, then pick up a copy of THE MEDALLION and travel along with Kristina and the other characters as they face almost impossible odds to reach their goals. Victoria Simcox has written another lovely story that will charm you and have you waiting for the next book in the series. ...more
Do you like to wander through old, abandoned houses, hoping maybe to spot a ghost? Do you wonder what happened to the family or families that once livDo you like to wander through old, abandoned houses, hoping maybe to spot a ghost? Do you wonder what happened to the family or families that once lived there? Do you enjoy discovering secrets?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll want to read THE SECRET OF HILLCREST HOUSE, by Author Melanie Robertson-King. And I forgot to mention there’s a pretty hot romance, with some graphic scenes, as well.
From the very first pages of the story, the author gives us a mystery to solve when Jessica Maitland sees someone on the porch of the old house she just bought. It’s supposed to be empty, and has been for a long time, but rumors do say the house is haunted. Has Jessica seen a ghost or is it only her imagination? And that’s just the beginning of weird happenings in Jessica’s life. She’s not interested in romance; neither is Alain Fournier, police constable of the town. When the two of them meet, however, they try hard to not get involved with each other. Sometimes love knows best.
Told from both Jessica’s and Alain’s points of view, the reader learns each of their stories and also makes amazing discoveries along with the characters about the old house and its own story. They also learn a lot about themselves.
Characters that could be your next door neighbors, a good mystery to solve, and a romance that goes from hand-holding to sizzling. Melanie Robertson-King has covered them all. So enjoy reading THE SECRET OF HILLCREST HOUSE. I did. Recommended. ...more
Sometimes those donuts, slice of cake, or an ice cream cone are too tempting. We eat a little, then a little more, and soon we notice we’ve gained weiSometimes those donuts, slice of cake, or an ice cream cone are too tempting. We eat a little, then a little more, and soon we notice we’ve gained weight. We also know why. It’s no big secret. We can’t stop eating though; we’re addicted to food.
In Author Janet K. Brown’s novel, WORTH HER WEIGHT, Lacey Chandler has a weight problem. Her self-esteem is low. Will she ever marry? Why would any man be interested in her? Sometimes she’s so miserable she considers suicide. Troubles with her younger sister, Katie, and niece, Rachel, cause her to eat more, even though she wants to stop.
The author does a wonderful job of showing Lacey’s emotional ups and downs as she struggles to overcome her weakness for food and make a better life for herself and her family, Rachel especially. She also might have a chance at love, if she only wasn’t overweight.
WORTH HER WEIGHT will touch your heart and have you cheering Lacey along to success. This is a good story for those who perhaps face the same situation Lacey faces. In addition to the eating issue, there’s another story line, a life and death matter, that will have you biting your fingernails to see what happens. I’m not telling. You’ll find out when you read the story.
I recommend this novel for readers who may be fighting their own battle, whether against food or other problems. I think it will help those whose lives seem out of control to see how one young woman deals with her addiction to find a better life for herself.
The author provided me with a copy of the novel for my honest review. ### ...more
Ah, those college days. Possessing and selling pot. Girl falling to her death. Other girls feeling weird. Wait! What’s going on? Sometimes students atAh, those college days. Possessing and selling pot. Girl falling to her death. Other girls feeling weird. Wait! What’s going on? Sometimes students at a university learn more than the courses they sign up to take.
In A SPY IN ME, THE HARLEY FILES, FRESHMAN YEAR, BOOK 1, by Author Rebecca Green Gasper, Harley Jenkins is in trouble, and it’s only her freshman year at the university. One girl is dead, with no clues as to what happened. Other girls keep fainting for no apparent reason. Harley, no, not named for the motorcycle, is suspicious about the death and what is causing girls to get sick.
Determined to solve the mystery, Harley and her reluctant friend Jade start nosing around to find a connection between the victims. But will they discover the truth in time to save other lives? The author has written a story that sadly may hit on the truth about young girls that will do most anything to be what they consider beautiful. I won’t say any more because I don’t want to give away anything, but the characters could be the teens at most any college or university, large or small.
A SPY IN ME, THE HARLEY FILES, FRESHMAN YEAR, BOOK 1, would make a great addition to high school libraries and public libraries. The story could help young readers who believe they know all the answers to realize that maybe they don’t know as much as they think they do. It might help them keep from making a bad mistake, too. An enjoyable read with a good message for teens, and older folks as well.
The author sent me an e-copy of the book for my honest opinion. I think teens would benefit from reading the story....more
Have you ever seen a ghost? Some people say they have; other people say there’s no such thing. If you aren’t a believer, you might change your mind afHave you ever seen a ghost? Some people say they have; other people say there’s no such thing. If you aren’t a believer, you might change your mind after reading Author Penny Lockwood’s latest novel GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH.
In the first of the two stories, GHOST FOR RENT, Wendy Wiles not only has to deal with the possibility of her parents getting a divorce, she also sees ghosts, which her mother says do not exist. Her older brother Mike likes to play jokes on her, but Wendy knows the ghosts are real and not a joke. So Wendy, like most eleven-year olds, sets out with her neighbor Jennifer to solve the mystery. In their research about ghosts, the girls discover a lot more than they anticipated.
Penny Lockwood has done a nice job creating true-to-life characters. The relationship between Wendy and her brother is a lot of teasing but when things get tough, they show how much they care for each other.
In the second story, GHOST FOR LUNCH, we follow the same major characters, except with different friends, as they continue searching the history of the ghosts to find out why they cannot rest in peace.
GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH is a fun and not too scary read that not only middle-grade readers will enjoy, but so will adults. I did. The novel would make a nice addition to middle school libraries, public libraries, and of course your own library. I would suggest reading the stories with the lights on....more
Sometimes people find themselves in situations that they want out of, but circumstances prevent them from changing. What if they reach a point where tSometimes people find themselves in situations that they want out of, but circumstances prevent them from changing. What if they reach a point where they can’t go on with their lives the way they are, however? Do they risk losing family and friends by taking a chance at happiness or do they give in to pressure and continue living their unhappy lives?
In A LOVE THAT DISTURBS, Author Medeia Sharif’s latest novel for young adult readers, Haydee Gomez wants to get away from her pimp Rafe and just live a normal life, going to school like other girls and making friends. Maysa Mazaria, taunted for being a Muslim, wants to fall in love and not be married to a man of her mother’s choice. Then the girls make a discovery that has repercussions they never could have imagined.
Medeia Sharif has written a tender story that will touch your heart and perhaps even make you angry. Haydee and Maysa are such realistic characters, I kept thinking, is this really happening to teens in America? Do they face such challenges in their lives today? Are people as hateful and mean, yes mean, as some of the girls are that claim to be Maysa’s friend?
The author touches on controversial subjects in a gentle way that helped me understand other cultures better. A LOVE THAT DISTURBS would make a great addition to high school libraries, public libraries and you own library. I imagine many young people can relate to the challenge the girls have to deal with. Recommended. ...more
Horses and cowboys. Children and humor. A love that changes everything. Give me a novel with all of these subjects and I will read for hours, which isHorses and cowboys. Children and humor. A love that changes everything. Give me a novel with all of these subjects and I will read for hours, which is what I did. Yes, thanks to Award-Winning Author Darby Karchut’s latest novel, STONE’S HEART, I lost myself in a gentle story that brought laughter to my heart, tears to my eyes, and characters that I’ll remember for a long time.
Linney Van Horn, a teacher hoping for a new beginning, moves from to the East Coast to the small town of Venture, Colorado. I loved Linney from the beginning. Why? Instead of selling her horse, Prince, and leaving him back home, she takes him with her and in her new town rents a small cottage with a corral. She is determined to put the past behind her, and I admired her spunk in making the best of her situation.
Stone Wheeler and his seven-year-old son, Beau, rent the cottage next door. Stone, the local farrier, has a couple horses of his own. He also is a country boy and a John Denver fan, which added him to my best guy list. With characters like these two, I knew the story would be exciting. And it was.
Linney and Stone both have experienced sadness in their lives recently, and neither of them is interested in a serious relationship, or so they think. However, Linney falls in love with Beau, who is all boy, a sweet reminder of the innocence of children, and my favorite character of all.
In STONE’S HEART, Ms. Karchut has written a story of family, friends, and seeking God’s guidance to make the right choices. Whether she’s dealing with Guardian Angels or Celtic mythology, as in some of her other novels, or contemporary romance as in this latest book, what I enjoy most is her emphasis on family, especially the father and son relationship. STONE’S HEART is no exception. What Beau and Stone share is touching and beautiful. Every child should be so fortunate to have a father like Stone.
The author also shows her love and knowledge of horses, along with proof that she’s as talented writing a contemporary story as she is writing about warriors and unusual creatures.
I recommend STONE’S HEART for everyone that loves a good story about family, disappointments, children, and even a scary scene or two that makes the reader chew on her fingernails, waiting to see the outcome. Yeah, pretty tense.
Another great novel from Darby Karchut. What will she come up with next?
The author provided me with a copy of the novel for my honest review.
Imagine that your husband, the father of your child, is a vampire. Imagine that he wants to make you a vampire too. What would you do? This is the dilImagine that your husband, the father of your child, is a vampire. Imagine that he wants to make you a vampire too. What would you do? This is the dilemma facing Kaitlin Meyer. How can she save herself, and even more importantly, her one-year-old son, from a father who has plans for them?
In Author Christine Amsden’s latest novel, KAITLIN’S TALE, we meet familiar characters from her Cassie Scot Mystery Series. If you haven’t read those books no problem. The author gives plenty of background on each character to see their relationships to one another. (You might enjoy the series, though.) Before Jason became a vampire, Kaitlin loved him. Now, the Jason she loved is dead. A vampire lives instead. Fearing for her son and herself, Kaitlin does the only thing she can think of: she takes her baby boy and runs away to find safety with the hunters, those that destroy vampires, hoping they’ll protect her and her son.
Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying “jumping from the frying pan into the fire”. This could describe Kaitlin. Yes, the huntrs are very interested in Jay, her son, as are the vampires. Told from different point-of-view characters, we discover that most everyone has a secret. Kaitlin is no exception. Besides protecting Jay she also must guard her own secrets.
Christine Amsden doesn’t make life rosy for Kaitlin, or for the others. Choices must be made. Friends can be trusted or not. Kaitlin has to look deep within herself for the truth. If you’re like me, I crossed my fingers that life would work out for Kaitlin and her son. An exciting story, with lots of action and even a bit of romance.
Imagine dying then coming back to life. Imagine having no memory of your previous life, not your family, friends, or boyfriend/girlfriend. If you wereImagine dying then coming back to life. Imagine having no memory of your previous life, not your family, friends, or boyfriend/girlfriend. If you were a Phoenix, a mythical bird/human hybrid, this would be your life, not only one time, but every time you died. Yes, more than once.
OUT OF THE ASHES, Author Kelly Hashway’s second book in her INTO THE FIRE TRILOGY, follows Cara, who has just been reborn into her second life and is totally confused about the people around her and even about herself. She wants to remember her family and friends, especially Logan, who she is drawn to but is also uncertain of. He claims they loved each other in her former life. Is it true? She doesn’t know, and each day grows more complicated for Cara.
Kelly Hashway has written a fantasy story of love, danger, bravery and deceit. People are not always who they seem. As I read the story I sometimes wondered who the bad guys were and who the good guys were. The author kept throwing in little surprises to keep me guessing.
To add more trouble to Cara’s already confused world, she learns that the future of the Phoenix lies in her hands. Who can she trust? Who should she fear? Cara has a lot to deal with. Will she succeed, or will the Hunters put an end to her life, as well as her families and friends lives?
I enjoyed this novel even more than the first one. Looking forward to the third book in the series.
I was provided with an e-copy of the book for my honest review.