Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Muffy & Valor: A True Story

Muffy & Valor: A True Story Muffy & Valor: A True Story by Karl Beckstrand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After a painful injury, a little dog named Muffy learns empathy for a German shepherd that has been hit by a car. Illustrated dog book teaches compassion, friendship, courage, and trust (kids ages 4 - 7). 700 words in dyslexic-friendly font by award-winning children’s author Karl Beckstrand

Review: Star's Reflection

Star's Reflection Star's Reflection by Gail Nyoka
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What do you see when you look in the mirror?
For schoolgirls Vida and Sammi, it is a very special mirror with a very different reflection, for they can see life in Ancient Egypt. So who are Little Star and Ineri, and what is the significance of the two identical gold bracelets?
More to the point for Vida and Sammi, what on earth does their maths teacher have to do with it all?

Review: A Lady Born, a Pirate Bred

A Lady Born, a Pirate Bred A Lady Born, a Pirate Bred by Claire Merchant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Corey has developed into the perfect pirate, serving under a fine captain and in a position of trust and authority. But even if she is content with her life, she knows deep down it is not complete. Is she really just a pirate, or is there something more? Why does the enigmatic, dashing Sebastian and a sea maiden come into her life?

Review: Hound's Bite

Hound's Bite Hound's Bite by E.J. Stevens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.

In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.

Will the training Ivy received in her father's court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing to risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt's hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.

Hound's Bite is the fifth full-length novel in the bestselling Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The Ivy Granger series has won numerous awards, including the BTS Red Carpet Award for Best Novel, the PRG Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Paranormal Fantasy Novel, Best Urban Fantasy Novel, and finalist for Best Urban Fantasy Series.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I did it! (Plus a spotlight for a new review request)

Ahaha! I'm still super excited from my interview this morning! I got the job! True, it's just for the holidays, but I'm hoping it leads to something permanent, at least until I can afford a car, and to go back to school for a degree in Wildlife Rehabiliation (AKA my all time dream job, well that or working with books! Another thing I plan to study for in school.)

BUT Since this is a book blog, I'll also share a spotlight (Just to keep it bookish, since it isn't a Monday, and I couldn't wait until next week so share!) Just a heads up though, I might not be as active. I will try to plan ahead and schedule things so they are still posted on the right days, but if I am a little behind, I'm sorry, I will get it posted ASAP, I just need everyone to work with me until I get back to a regular schadule.

35955669Gabriel, The Training of an Angel

Looking back on his youth from a heaven unconstrained by time, the angel Gabriel writes his memoir to recount his early spiritual formation on Earth with the Hanson family. Sent in 2015 by the Trinity to the Philadelphia suburbs as a guardian for a grieving boy, Gabriel, himself, grows up through both tragic and lighthearted experiences with mortals before traveling back through the ages to announce Christ's birth. Appearing first as a babysitter named Debbie, Gabriel arrives on Earth to help with five-year-old Jon's birthday party. During the celebration, tragedy strikes. Gabriel wings straight back to heaven for guidance and returns to Earth as elderly, homeless Dave Kryzinsky to fulfill his mission-- an assignment that includes defeating the resident fallen spirit, Mourning.

What does Gabriel learn from family life?