Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free (ADULT AUDIO)

This is the totally honest truth about how celiac will change your life and the challenges of eating gluten free will create.  The author provides alternative ways through these challenges and funny stories along the way.
This is a hilarious but brutally honest book I wish I had found when I was first diagnosed with celiac It would have helped to know I wasn't the only one, especially since all I was told was you can't have gluten anymore, that was it me and google against the world and this thing called celiac.  Books like this are awesome and needed, and I had the audio narrated by the author which usually is suspect but this one is awesome, funny, and chalked full of wonderful information.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Serpent's Fury: A Space Opera Noir Technothriller (The SynCorp Saga: Empire Earth Book 3) (ADULT)

Everyone is back and still fighting to regain the Corp from Cassandra, and yes to save Tony before Cassandra can put him through one of her monkey trials where we all know she will win and kill him.  The race is on. 
This has been an awesome trilogy action packed is a understatement, suspense and twists galore and they all fit into the story like a glove, everything works perfectly within the book.  I will  leave you to find out how the story itself works out, I am not a spoiler.  But you will not be disappointed but you know that if you have read the other two books already. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Black Scales Book I: The Dragons of Apenninus (YA AUDIO)

Icabus dreamed of dragons than his dreams turned dark and true.  His village was over run by these awful men and they were going to kill Icabus, so Icabus ran in to the woods the one place he was always forbidden to go.  He made it past what ever the evil thing  was and ended up in another land where he needed to find the dragons to save his village and world. 
This was a good book filled with action and suspense.  The only part I had trouble with was getting use to all the characters especially the ones with names that were so close to each other.  The audio narrated by the very talented Fred Wolinsky with his many voices for all the characters is well worth it.  Mr. Wolinsky can make you feel as though you have been transported right there fighting besides Icabus or the towns people, he really brings this book to life for the listener. 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Dragon School: Episodes 11-15: Dragon School Omnibus, Book 3 (MG AUDIO)

Amel is back and determined to save the Dominar, the real Dominar, if she can get anyone to believe her that is.  But in the process it seems it is more important that Savette prove herself the true chosen one.  It is when Savette sends Amel on a mission to Prince Rakturan thing go bad and Amel becomes a slave to a princess who will make your eyes roll. 
This is another wonderful adventure to escape into, in a land far away.  Which by the way if you have the audio narrated by the wonderful Jigisha Patel this is so much easier to do as she paints some of the most wonderful pictures with her voice as she narrates these books.  These two, author and narrator, work so well together.  The book is non stop action and suspense it will have you up past your bedtime or taking the long way home from work depending on which format you have.  It is such a great series with such diversity I am glad to have fallen in love with it.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Merchants of War (BAMF: Broken Arrow Mercenary Force Book 1) (ADULT)

This is a action packed sci-fi, militaristic book, and boy was it good.  We are still up against the Russians and they are still out to turn our own guys against us.  But we have our best going against them, no really our best, because for a while the U.S. was cloning our best so that even if the prime died we would have another waiting in the wings.  This was an awesome book Nate and his team of mercenaries will suck you in and hold your interest until you have found that the book is done and you to will be looking for the second book like me only to find that you have to wait for it to come out, ugh. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Into the Outside (YA AUDIO)

This is a very different type of dystopian book as there is some fighting but not the amount you have seen in other books at least not yet, this is only book 1.  Isabella has grown up in a shelter knowing only what her grands have taught her, until the day comes when some mutants start living right above them literally.  When Isabella sneaks out to learn more about these visitors she also learns maybe what she has grown up believing has been wrong, maybe her grands are not right and have lied to her all these years and the mutants are not there to steal everything they have, that they just want a safe place to raise their families too.  Next thing Isabella knows she is in love with the mutant leader Malcolm and is walking away from her family and leaving with Malcolm and the mutants, and to certain death.
This is such a exciting book filled with suspense and action galore.  The audio narrated by Carlo Libertini was top notch and made this truly a joy to listen too.  It made you feel as though you were there and a part of the adventure either with Isabella and Malcolm or with Luke the brother that refuses to give up.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Silicon Dawn (ADULT AUDIO)

Humans and mechs now are so close people can't tell them apart, but that doesn't mean that the prejudice isn't still there, really now it is worse than ever.  But Adam just goes on and is determined more than ever to show his worth and how much the mechs can help humans and that they won't hurt the humans  Will the humans ever accept the mechs or Adam?
This is a interesting book on so many levels, but beside the obvious this book is full of action, suspense and twists.  Some you might see coming but others you won't see coming, but either way this book will have you reading or if you are lucky enough listening past your bedtime to see what happens next.  The  audio narrated by the  very talented Joe Hempel is awesome he brings the story to life while listening he makes each character individual in your brain and the world they live in so vivid it is amazing, you won't be disappointed in either format you choose.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Time's Anchor (ADULT AUDIO)

Ophelia's husband took part in a study in college to get money he needed since he was constantly broke and it paid very well, but now he is paying the price in time.  No he doesn't have cancer or anything like that, but he disappears randomly and is sent all over time, the first time he was sent he was dropped in the middle of the civil war. But it is really Ophelia and the other wives that pay the price. But after one the travelers is found dead, they shift their focus to trying to make their disappearances stop, but can they do it before any one is hurt or anymore are hurt?
This is a very different type of time travel book as there is no control over when, where or how long.  This book sucked me in from the very beginning and never let me go.  If you are lucky enough to have gotten the audio narrated by the very talented Ann Bumbak than you are most certainly in for a treat as this story told from Ophelia's point of view comes alive through Mrs. Bumbak's awesome storytelling.  So if you get this book in audio or print I think you will like this tale of love through time.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Serafina and the Seven Stars (The Serafina Series Book 4) (MG)

Serafina can feel something is wrong but doesn't know what it is, but then when things started to  actually go wrong she doesn't know what to do she can't believe what she is seeing  or thinking, she just knows she has to keep the ones she loves safe any way she can.
I am sorry if my intro doesn't exactly tell you to much about the book but I always try to not include spoilers  and the whole book is so full of action and suspense from the very beginning that it is one huge book of spoiler. So what can I say, Mr. Beatty has topped himself greatly with this book, seriously we had to wait a bit because he slipped that wonderful Willa of the Wood book in on us last year but it was well worth it and worth the wait as this book is so good, you will see, the story line is as enchanting as the setting it is in, the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.  This is one book that will pull you in and have you up reading well past your bedtime, it did me.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Chestnut Challenge: The Nocturnals (Grow & Read Early Reader, Level 3

This is another wonderful adventure with our friends Bismark the sugar glider, Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin.  In this book they meet a new friend Chandler the chinchilla, he claims to be the chestnut (checkers) champion, but after a rough start the friend come together and decide playing for fun is much better than playing for champions.  I really like these book because besides meeting new animals you learn a lesson in a calm friendly way, and this is so helpful in such a angry world we live in today. These books also show diversity even though it is animal diversity it still shows inclusion of someone different than themselves.  The illustration are soft and inviting, the story is one that won't be forgotten, and the activities in the back round out this book as a complete storytime.  

Captain Ginger: Volume One (GRAPHIC NOVEL)

This was the coolest graphic novel ever! Especially if you like cats.  It seems as thought the humans of this doomed space ship have all died and now the cats in order to save themselves have taken over and are now the crew, and you will get a glimpse into their life as they learn how to work together to save the ship and each others lives.  What can I say this graphic novel is awesome from the illustrations to the way the cats think, if you like cats even in the littlest and sci-fi this is the book for you.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Teen Titan: Raven (YA)

This is a awesome book that shows the beginning of Raven and her back story,  The characters all work together and are as realistic as a super hero story can be.  The story is set in New Orleans the only place for a  story like this, and  right after the last of Raven's family as she knew it has  died, and left her  with amnesia.  Things are happening to her she does not understand and she must work to find what they are, but can her foster sister and foster mother really help?  This book never stands still it will have you on the edge of your seat all the way through.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Level 13 (A Slacker Novel) (MG)

Cameron Boxer founder of a club at school that helps people and such but he only did it to slack off because his parent said he could not play video games all the time he needed to join a club so he made this fake club but what did he know it took off and now  he is stuck but he wants to be a like a youtube sensation for playing video games so he fakes having bad grades and cites the need to study more for his time away from the club and pushing his responsibilities on others.  But when his success hinges on a beaver things start to change, will he make it to the famous level 13 and what happens if you do?
This is a funny, cute, action packed, and totally suspense filled book that will have you reading by flashlight under the covers to see what Elvis the beaver does next, or if Cam can squirm out of the next fix he is in or if he finally gets caught.  S grab a bag of gummy worms and get to reading you won't want to miss this book it will be a hit this year, Elvis says so.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Warden (Book 2: Lure of the Lamia) (YA AUDIO)

Wardens are magicians, trackers, the law, and monster hunters, for their respective territories and charged with protecting all the people in that area.  With Errol's brother Tom missing he has stepped up and filled his boots, very reluctantly, but he has done it since and he is the best they have at the moment.  In this sequel to Warden: Book 1 Wendigo Fever Errol is out to find where his brother Tom has disappeared too as well as do the job, as best he can, of warden.  Even if it means rooting out a blood sucking something that might be from a gypsy troop that has come to town.
This book is so good it has just the right amount of impending doom to keep you on the edge of your seat, but then the action starts and your holding your breath waiting to see what happens.  Author Kevin Hardman is a master of this type a mystery and you won't be able to guess who it is until the end. And if you are lucky to have this book as a audio, narrated by the very talented Mikael Naramore than you are in for a treat, as he can do all the voices so you feel as though you are there with all of these different people, it is so wonderful you won't want to turn it off.  So if your are  looking for a different type of fantasy book here is one for you.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Soul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox Book 2) (YA)

 Ms. Kagawa takes us on a trip through time and cultures in this awesome series, Shadow of the Fox, and Soul of the Sword continues the journey.  In this book the demon, Hakaimono, has been set free and Yumeko must protect her piece of the scroll of a Thousand Prayers from him and get it to the Steel Feather temple while also trying and send the demon back into the sword Kamigoroshi and releasing the boy she likes, Kage Tatsumi.  Sounds easy, well it is not when it seems everyone is after you for your piece of the ancient scroll.   
This was a great book the characters are full and the action and suspense is non stop.  I don't know how Ms Kagawa kept up the level of suspense and cliff hangers from one book to the next and still had a few left over for the next book, which I am now eagerly awaiting, but she did.  I really like the how this ragtag team of misfits has come together so spoil the big wigs at their own game over and over again, but can their luck hold out?         

Patron Saints of Nothing (YA)

This is a powerful coming of age book about a boy taken from is heritage when he was a baby, only to start questioning it again in his teens after the policia in the Philippines kill his cousin over drugs.  Jay just doesn't understand, so he gets his parents to send to to his aunt and uncles under false pretenses for a visit so he can investigate without anyone's knowledge what really happened to his cousin. But what he finds might not be what really wants to know.
This is a powerful book in many diverse ways, not just Jay's coming of age, but how Jay is also coming to terms with his Filipino side and the side that kind of ditched his cousin Jun when he might have needed him most, not to mention the social injustices going on in the Philippines right now.  The characters and the plot are so good in this story, not to mention the action and suspense, you won't want to put this book down.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Dragon Chameleon: Paths of Deception (MG AUDIO)

This is the second episode in the Dragon Chameleon series and a spin off from the Dragon School series Episodes 1-5 and Episodes 6-10 which were fantastic and narrated by the talented Jigisha Patel where Chameleon is narrated by Sean Rhead who also makes this set his own and is really good, but be aware if you have done all the audios like I have some of the pronunciations are different but it doesn't take long to get used to it.  I have loved the story lines from the first Dragon School and still can not get enough.  The action never stops and suspense will have you holding your breath.  Sarah has a way of capturing the dragons attitude and inner beauty, some of the best parts are the inner dialog between the dragons and the riders, and the ones between Tor and Saboorak are some of her best ever.  This can be read after Dragon School or as a stand alone, but being the purest I am I will always say start at the beginning.  But these really are some of the best dragon books around.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Random Survival (ADULT AUDIO)

A sudden disease has come and killed seemingly random people, many people are dead and those that are still alive are fighting for what is left of their lives.  They are hoping in time to rebuild and move on but it seems there is always people that wants to take there they have to so they don't take everything they  have, is possible that some day they might be left alone to randomly survive as they wish?
This was such a awesome book on so many levels, the characters were real, no one pretended to be someone they were not, but did what they had to do when faced with each situation.  The action was fierce and never ending, and the suspense at times had me holding onto my seat.  I was lucky enough to have the audio version narrated by the very talented Jack de Golia who seemed to bring it all to life right there in my car.  With his many voices each character was very distinct and real, Mr. de Golia had me rooting for the good guys and jeering for the bad (and they were bad, very bad).  This book didn't exactly lead to a sequel, but a epilogue where it would have mention what it was like 10 or 15 years later might have been nice just to see what happened down the line.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Resurrectionists (The Salem Hawley) (ADULT)

Salem is now a free man after fighting for the colonies to free this  new land from original tyranny, only to find another war here at his home after one of his good friends wife's and baby's graves was robbed.  They claim they rob graves to further medicine, but some go to far, the Resurrectionist, doing things that might wipe out the new colonies and possible the world if they are not stopped for they know not what they are doing. 
This is another wonderful book by author Michael Patrick Hicks, I really like his style of horror.  This  book was a bit different since it was set so far back in time but it worked so well, it made it so interesting.  Hicks has a way of painting the whole picture for you in detail but at the same time not being wordy, he makes me feel as though I am really there seeing everything in full gruesome color.  I love his characters and I can not wait to see what happens with Salem in the future. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Alorian Wars: Volume 1: Books 1-3: Arian Wars Sets (ADULT AUDIO)

This book has it all action, suspense, conflict, awesome character, a story that leaves you wanting more, and even a bit of romance. This is the kind of book that that you just  don't want to put down, or in my case stop listening too.  Rebecca Sternberg is a perfect narrator for this book. 
Our four ragtag friends, must fly through space in their poor wore out ship and  try and save the galaxy from the Greshian Empire who will either take or destroy everything.
This really is a great series and a wonderful audio to give a try.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Six Days: The Incredible True Story of D-Day's Lost Chapter (ADULT)

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This was a awesome graphic novel and I can't wait for more of it to come out, if this was out when I was a kid I might have liked history much more. This is the story of the 82nd Airborne and how they got dropped behind enemy lines far from where they should have been, and how  they and the villagers battled together for six days in Graignes, France to keep it from the Germans.  The illustrations are phenomenal and the story line even though non fiction is awesome and engaging.  I really have loved these new DC Vertigo comics a lot, all of them, so I will keep trying them as they keep coming out.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Emergency Case (ADULT AUDIO)

This was a great mystery, not exactly a who done it, but still a mystery with a murder, well a few murders.  Kelly a doctor, knew her husband, Jack, had been acting odd but figured they would get through it.  But when she hit a bump backing out of her garage only to find it is a dead guy and a client of her husbands, things get real interesting real fast.
This book is full of action, suspense, and I am not sure if the author meant it to be or if it is just my background but there where some funny parts too.  If you want a book that keeps you guessing this is the one for you, as it will certainly keep you guessing until the end.  If you are like me and choose the audio version than you are in for a treat as Bill Nevitt is a wonderful narrator  and will keep you listening a lot longer than you planned.  His different voices for the different characters will have you believing they are there with you telling you their story. This book is a fun read or listen which ever you choose you won't go wrong.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Masada's Gate: A Space Opera Noir Technothriller (The SynCorp Saga: Empire Earth Book 2) (ADULT)

Masada's Gate picks up right where Valhalla Station left off with the syndicate  leaders on the run from Cassandra and the SSR (Soldiers of the Solar Revolution).  But when all seems lost can three people thwart the main front and hold it long enough to to give the Corp a new day? 
This book is just as energetic and action packed as the first.  The suspense at times will have you holding your breath.  It is one of the few books where you like people on both sides of the coin so depending on the situation you might be rooting for either the syndicate or the SSR.    Masada's Gate extends on story plots from Valhalla Station and set us up for the third book, Serpent's Fury.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Dawn of the Enemy: A Raina Storm Action Thriller, Book 2 (ADULT AUDIO)

When the team finds out there is a bounty on Raina's head after their little job in Columbia, they know they need to get her back to the USA and in a safe place for her safety and that of her daughter, the only problem is they have to wait for her to make contact with them first.
This is a  spin off of the Whitney Steele series but that aside Raina is interesting enough she can have her own series.  Raina used to be a assassin but she put it aside now that she is a mom, but she keeps getting pulled in because she is a mom. This book is so full  of action and suspense, that you won't be able to put it down, it will keep you up way past your bedtime to see what happens next, and if you are like me and get the audio version you will start hanging out in strange places just so you can get a few more minutes in any where you can, because Sarah Colton is a wonderful narrator and makes you feel as though you are part of the team, so of course you have to be there to stay and help with next mission right?

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Second Chances (ADULT AUDIO)

Inga Klein's life was totally changed by Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich, they took everything from her, her father, her home, her mother, and finally the love of her life, Fritz.  But despite all of that she made it to America got her law degree, pasted the bar, and had her son.
This is a great historical fiction book and I liked it a lot the characters were very believable and well defined, there was plenty of action, and the whole book is suspense.  The level of details in the book remarkable.  If you are able get the audio narrated by Bill Nevitt he is very talented and he brings the book alive  for you, his voices for the characters and accents bring the book to a different level.  Either way you chose you can't go wrong as this is a great book.

Monday, April 29, 2019


Twelve year old criminal mastermind, Artemis will stop at nothing to get what he wants, but does he really know what he is getting into when he kidnaps the fairy Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit? 
This is not a new book, it has been around for a while but there have been talks of it becoming a movie for years, and years, oh, and years.  But the wait is over and now, this summer, we will see Artemis and Holly (and I suppose Root, Foley, and Butler as well) on the big screen.  So in preparation they are re-releasing the series with new killer, artwork on the covers.   These books were awesome then and are still just as good now, full of action and suspense, not mention the farting and explosive pooping tunnel dwarf.  This really is a great series that can span generations and I am totally happy I survived the wait to finally see the movie version, and so is my nephew.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Black Acres: The Complete Collection (ADULT AUDIO)

Kim and Julian were looking for their first house when they found the deal of the century, the perfect fixer upper with land in a secluded area, the Beacon House.  They get the house below market, move in, and start right in on the renovations.  But shortly after they move in strange things start to happen, could this have anything to do with the previous owners disappearance?
This is a great, but creepy, book!  This is not the book you want to read (or listen too) home, alone, on a dark and stormy night.   The characters are interesting and even if you think you don't like them they are right for the part, it works out.  I am not sure how the author kept track of all the loose end and got them all tied up but he did, it was  masterful.  If you get a chance get the audio, narrator Joe Hempel turns the creep factor up another notch.  Hempel is awesome keeping all the characters straight and  making the scenes so vivid, it is like you are there actually seeing it live, which in this case I am glad I was not, but still enjoyed the audio very much. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Southern Lady Code: Essays (ADULT)

This book is hilarious it will have you laughing out loud with these twenty three essays.  With writer Helen Ellis' mantra "if you  don't have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way. Say "weathered" instead of  "she looks like a cake left out in the rain." This a book that will have you hooked from the start and you will not want to put it down until you are finished which won't take long as this book is a fast read because it is so fun, especially if you are from the south you will be laughing and saying yes, and if you are not from the south than it will give you more insight.  Either way this is a fun book for all.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Revelation: A Kid Sensation Novel (YA AUDIO)

The strain of being a teen superhero can be tremendous, especially when your dad is the most powerful superhero around.  But Jim thinks he is going nuts when he  thinks he  is being follow but he kind of forgets about it when his uncle  (who he has never met) shows up and says his dad is missing and he finds out his deranged half brother has escaped secure imprisonment as well.  
This is not our normal superhero story as Kid Sensation (AKA Jim, or should that be the other way around?) does have normal teen issues to deal with as well, girlfriend problems, being left home alone even though he can teleport anywhere he likes, thing like that and more.  I think that is one  of the things that has drawn me to these stories, and since I don't have super eyes I get the audio version that stars voice actor Mikael Naramore who is just great with the voices of all the characters in the book, he truly is remarkable.  He and author Hardman do a invisible dance to get the story told with all the action and suspense relayed to the audience in a way that is  just wonderful to listen too and listener will not want to stop, maybe that could be a awesome superpower.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Mountain of Whispers: Island of Fog, Book 3 (MG AUDIO)

Hal and his friends were looking for a rest but it didn't work out that way.  They must head to the Mountain of Whispers in hopes the old man with the visions is wrong, but what they find is even more disturbing than anyone ever thought possible, now everyone on this side of the fog must come together to fight for their way of life or  be over run.
This is the last of the trilogy of the Island of Fog books, (Island of Fog Book 1, Labyrinth of Fire Book 2) and it doesn't  disappoint.  This book is just as upbeat, full of action, suspense that will have  you holding your breath, and if you are lucky and have  the audio version you can experience it all as if you are really there with all of them and part of the group, as voice actor Fred Wolinsky does a awesome job doing  voices for all of the characters just as he did in the first two books.  He really makes this series one you will want to listen to again and again.  It is so awesome when a authors story and narrator click like this, if  you have not tried the audio you are missing out, but it is a wonderful book as it is. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

A Monster Like Me (MG)

Sophie knows all there is to know about other worldly creatures, from her new best friend being a fairy, and the nice witch down the street, to the goblin boy and his orc friend that makes her world horrid, to the fact that she herself  is a monster, cursed as a baby to be a monster with the big blob of a monster mark that takes up half her face.  This mark is what made her and her mom move to this new town this year, but maybe just maybe she has found a cure for the curse.
This is a awesome book of strength and diversity among children, one to have the strength to finally make a stand against those who are mean and the others to willing accept others for who they are on the inside not what they look like on the outside, even when pressured not to.  This book will no doubt keep the attention of all that reads it just to find out what happens to Sophie and her friends in the next chapter, than the next and the next, until it is well past your bedtime.  Children as well as adults will find this book in captivating so look for it in many book clubs to come.  These children can be found in any school in any town if we just look, maybe not to this extent but I would bet there is always one child bullied for something if not more, and I just hope they have a fairy friend to help them with their goblins and orcs like Sophie did.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers (MG)

This is a new series by Margaret Peterson Haddix and let me say it is another home run, she has knocked this one out of the park as well.  Siblings Chess (oldest sibling and protector) , Finn  (youngest sibling and best at being cute and silly) and Emma (middle sibling and best at math and codes) must figure out the clues and codes left behind when their mother disappears after leaving them in the care of Ms. Morales and her teenage daughter Natalie. But were those secrets ones they were to find just yet or when they are much older?  Did the kidnapped kids from a few days before have anything to do with it, they did have the same names and ages as Chess, Emma and Finn?  So many questions the children need answers to in order to find their mother, can they do it?
This book is awesome! So much action and suspense and twists and turns that you will think you are on a roller coaster at times so hold on to your lunch.  This is definitely a book that will have you up past your bedtime just to see what happens next.  The characters are great my favorites are a toss up between the very strong Natalie and the coming into herself Emma, they are not overbearingly so that boys won't like the story but I hope girls will see these girls strengths and take that away. Anyway you want to look at it, it is a great book and I think  tweens as well as young adults and adults are going to love  this series

Super Sons: The PolarShield Project (MG)

This is a fresh take on the super hero story, and it turned out awesome I wasn't ready for it to end. Now that the coastal cities are flooded and the ice packs are melting two unlikely boys come together and become friends, along with a strange girl named Candice, the boys learn to work together to save the town they both now live in and more.  Batman's son ( Ian) and Superman's son (Jon) team up in this the first installment of the Super Sons and it is one not to be missed, this is a great graphic novel and I can't wait for more I hope I get to review the next one as well. 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Valhalla Station: A Space Opera Noir Technothriller (The SynCorp Saga: Empire Earth Book 1) (ADULT)

The duo of Bruns and Pourteau have a certain hit on there hands as Valhalla Station takes center stage in a very up and coming genre.  SynCorp has saved the people from earth when it failed and now takes care of every aspect of these same peoples lives, health, food, entertainment, and work.  Some say SynCorp is  a savior others slavers, but the five factions that make SynCorps rule are forever pushing and pulling for power.  But what happens when a group gather together and decide they no longer want to be under SynCorps rule and want it for themselves, do they have what it takes to over throw five factions by themselves, can they gain the support they need, or do the people even want this?
This was such a exciting book from the start, full of action and suspense, with some surprises built in to keep  you on your toes,  The characters are very well defined and interesting and some will surprise you as they come out of their shell.  But the story is solid and will race to the end it will keep you up well past your bedtime to finish and find out what happens.  Valhalla Station will definitely keep you eagerly waiting for Masada's Gate the next book, because I can't wait!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Whiskey Devils (ADULT AUDIO)

Powers finally quits his cubical, time clock job to go to work for his best friend and roommate Nick.  But is the grass really greener on the other side of the grow lamp?  When Nick's secrets come out things get complex and Powers is stuck in the middle.
This book is full of action, twists and turns that will keep you in suspense and hanging on to your seat with both hands at times.  Audio narrator Jack de Golia will make you feel as if you are there and a part of Nick's group.  This book was wonderful and would have you up past your bedtime to see what would happen next to the guys or in my case with the audio sitting in the parking lot a bit extra before work or at lunch listening to see what happened next.  I will be looking for more books by this author and narrator as both were awesome. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Dragon School, Books 6-10 (YA)

As the gang is back and the story continues from the the last book Dragon School 1-5.  Amel and Hubric are now student and teacher and Savette and Rakturan are together even with Savette's condition, and they have a dead but not dead dragon. So between these four humans, oh and don't forget the Dominar, and the three dragons, some of which have secrets of their own,. Things are certainly becoming interesting and maybe very important in the future for their worlds.
This is a awesome series that is jammed packed with action and and suspense.  The twists and turns will have your head spinning at times in a good way, and you will stay up late reading or in my case take the long way to and from work to listen more to the audio version that was so good as narrator Jigisha Patel does such a wonderful job transporting you into the world with Amel and Raolcan.  This is a great series and I can't wait to hear more.

Monday, March 11, 2019

When Spring Comes to the DMZ (PICTURE BOOK)

This is a very interesting book, it describes the Korean demilitarized zone not only in the spring but through all the seasons through a little boys eyes.  He see what the animals do, what the soldiers do, even what his Grandfather does but the worst is what he can not do. 
This was a good book, very informative for teaching how others live, very diverse.  I loved how it was seen through the little boys eyes as he had grown up with it with all this, because even as he mentioned things  like the barbed wire, it was  done in passing like it was just part of life, always been there always will be.   The illustrations are out of this world and the surprise at the end of the book is wonderful, truly artistic.  Do not forget to read some of the author notes at the end those have some really good things to talk about especially the one about the animals on the DMZ.  Although I am not to crazy about their target age group preschool - 3 (it might work), I think it would work better for younger elementary schoolers, but that is just me.  I still loved the book and its diversity.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Dragon School Episodes 1-5 (YA)

Welcome to the world of Amel Leafbough cripple and dragon rider initiate.  Instead of being a strain on her family she decided to go to Dragon School where best case she will become a dragon rider worst case a servant to dragon riders.  First main test is picking your dragon, but did Amel pass or fail that test as her dragon actually picked her, as it seems purple dragons do, however, the secret of the purples is that they talk to their riders in their heads.  Dragon and riders talking to each will become immensely important in the near future with all that is about to come and Raolcan teaming with Amel gives Amel the confidence she needs to be the purple rider she wants to be despite her disability.
This is a wonderful book with action galore.  The characters are awesome,  Amel is my new hero, and Raolcan is totally awesome, other character to keep you on your toes are  Leng, Hubric, Rakturan  and Savette, they all have their roles and they are all important but it will be interesting to see where their roles take them.  I was  lucky enough to have gotten the audio narrated by Jigisha Patel and let me say it was great I can't recommend it more she has the relationship you would imagine Amel and Raolcan down and takes you to their world.  Her voice shapes everything in way that takes you to their world and makes you fell as though you are a part of the action going on there.  It was enough I shed a tear when it was done knowing I didn't have the next set yet and would have to wait to get it to find out what happens. I also love that this is a diverse book and we all know we need many more diverse books in our world today.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy (MG)

  Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy by [Levy, Joshua S.] 
PS 118 is your typical school, in the future, except it is a bit run down.  But it is still the school of Jupiter's orbit, at least until it gets attacked, than all the weird and strangeness happens, and it is somehow left to three of the students to try and make everything right.  This book is set at warp speed and never slows down I think Mr. Levy has a great book and I can not wait to see what happens in the next book.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Secret Identity of Annie Banks (Mondial Book 2) (YA)

This is the second book in the Mondial series, the first is Atticus Crayle Accidental Spy ,  and it is just as good.   I would put this series in my awesome but unknown books for young adults catagory and that is a shame because I really think teens would like them, and this series is unisex as the girls are in it just as much as the boys so far, they each have their skill set so don't get wrapped up in the books names.  The characters are awesome and the action never stops but watch out for the twists and turns we don't want anyone falling out of their chairs and don't forget your flashlight because you will want to read past your bedtime to see what happens to Annie and her brother Pete.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Gamer Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 19) (ADULT)

It should be no surprise by now that I am not only a big fan of anything gaming, tech, hacker/jacker, kind of books, but also any Samuel Peralta Chronicles, so put the two together and you know I am right on it.  This particular Chronicle brought eleven authors together under one title, some of my favorites stories are:

Gam3rGurl by  Christopher Boore - Grace's life is falling apart but a chance to go to a all gamers school comes along so she snags it and dives head first into the online world but is it to real?
Game Chat by Ernest Egher - Harry just wants to find a planet where he and his friends can build there own little kingdom in the game world but this person N00BK!LLA68 keeps killing them no matter what they do.  So how do they win against this guy or can they and who is it?
Virtual Hero by Anthea Sharp - Rod is a top ranked raid leader on the servers but actually he is in high school but soon his skills will be tested in real life will he be up for it?
Love, Virtuality, and the Good Kill by SaulTanpepper - Eric pilots a remote ground drone and for extra money his wife decides to beta test a computer holographic game.  Eric noticed how realistic it is and how much she was playing it, but thought it was good for their relationship since he was being deployed for several months.  How good is it really for their relationship?
The Sandbox by Jon Frater - What would you do to get the best and baddest ship in the game you are playing so you can find people to play with?  Would you spend all your money on the best gear, best lootboxes? Steal money when yours run out? From who, your family, work other people?

There are even more authors I didn't mention and they have great stories as well so this is a great time to either read some of your friends work or meet some new authors and maybe find a bunch of new friends, either way I don't think you will be disappointed.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Fur Trade Gamble: North West Company on the Pacific Slope, 1800-1820 (ADULT AUDIO)

This is a book about the fur trade and how it began in the Pacific Northwest, it holds a very detailed account of this and is interesting when you think of how it was back then with no amenities  and how cold and wet the winters were, not to mention the disease.  This was a interesting book and with narrator Bill Nevitt lending his voice to the audio production it was awesome as I could just lose myself in the world of trappers and Native Americans and be there with them traveling the waterways, I love how audios suck you in like that.  I can't wait to find more by this narrator.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Immoral Code (YA)

How far would you go to help your friend reach her dreams?  For Nari, San, and Reese there was no question they would give up what they had and go to jail to help Bellamy go to MIT but Keagan he just went along but wasn't to sure about it.  But was the code really that solid?
This book is full of action, and awesome characters that belong together, they can be so different but at the same time the same, it just fits.  The suspense in this book at times you could cut with a knife, so remember to breath, maybe even cheer for the kids they might need it, just remember what getting caught means to everyone, and I think you will love this book if you can handle the code.

Beyond the Cabin (ADULT AUDIO)

Josh a boy becomes a man because he has to, to protect those he loves from those that are suppose to love them.  But in this cult family that are suppose to be god fearing people, it seems they have lost track of  the importance of what is in front of their face. 
This is a well paced book with great characters that are somewhat based on a true story that the author lived through himself.  The twists and turns will keep you reading and cheering Josh and his siblings on as you learn each of their stories that even each of them didn't know and they where living in the same house.  If you are lucky enough to get the audio version narrated by Bill Nevitt than you are in for a treat, as his voice adds just a little bit of something special to the story that will make it unforgettable.  This book is really good but I was sadden to hear the part that the author went through any part of this  but maybe by spreading the word someone really can help one of these children some day. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

EKHO 2: Worldwide Alien Resistance (MG)

Bullies beware Elvis and the gang are back and they will not tolerate any bullying of anyone in this the sequel to EKHO (Evil Kids Hunting Organization).  This year they even have a guy on the inside a DEKE, one of their agents is defecting, but there is more weirdness going on than just that.  Every time the schools announcement radio comes on the DEKE kids do really strange things than Elvis and his crew find that that the DEKE's have these weird implants that cause voice to skull communication and even more Elvis finds out it is not just his school it is schools all over the world, alien technology.   This is a awesome anti-bullying book without kids knowing it because it adds so much more to it like the aliens.  If you go and read Marie and especially Max Jones story you will see where EKHO started and it is such a awesome story and would be awesome if we did have EKHO chapters in schools. I have been hooked on the EKHO book since I read the first one several years ago by accident and been bugging for another, now that it is finally here it is as good as I expected and will be bugging for book 3 now so watch out world.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The House on Turner Lane (ADULT AUDIO)

When Olivia goes missing on a hiking trip her sister Rachel has to put the pieces together to find out what happened to her.   Arnold convinced his disabled mom to put two of their empty rooms up for rent to earn them extra cash, and him some extra footage, and who knows what else in the house.  This can be a creepy book and the awesome voices of the character if you have the audio done by the wonderful voice actor Jack de Golia makes it even creeper in parts, he does such a greet job on all of the characters.  But at the heart of the book is a murder mystery that you want to help Rachel with but can't.  This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and rooting for the good guys through all of the action and suspense, and the worst part is you can have a Arnold in your neighborhood and never know it.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Amber Light: Black Acres, Book 3 (ADULT AUDIO)

This was a awesome and exciting installment to the series and one made very much better by Narrator Joe Hempel if you are doing the audio version.  Either format is so much fun with this series it reminds me of the old time penny dreadful where the suck you in and you have to wait for the next installment to see what happens to the main characters. These characters are great and work together to bring the story out, while the story  itself has all the twists and turns and actions that will suck you in and not let you go just like the Amber light that is shining to bring you in.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Friendship War (MG)

Grace and Ellie have been friends forever and now since the school has been taken over by button fever their friendship has becomes strained, if you will, each wanting to do one better.  Grace has always been in the shadow of Ellie but not this time she wants to shine and Ellie isn't taking it very well, and all because of buttons.  This is a great book on friendship (new and old) and overcoming obstacles, as this book might surprise you at the end. 

Welcome to 4B (Bad Kids in 4B) (YA)

After circumstances send Mila to live with her Aunt far from what she knows, and her friends in the blink of a eye and with out being able to say goodbye, she has a bad week in her new school.  But making her teacher cry was the breaking point, she gets sent to room 4B, but the  kids in there are nothing like her  they are angry and have real problems, Mila is the popular type, she is a cheerleader. She wants out but the principal won't let her, not yet.  She also wants her mom out but the doctors say not yet, will she find the strength and patience to make it through both.  This was a wonderful book for teen reluctant readers or readers who might have issues in their lives too.  This book has the a bit of everything action, drama, and suspense to keep any reader engaged.  The characters are kids taken right out of a high school.  This is a really good book and I can't wait until I can get the next one to see what happens to Mila, her Aunt, her mother, and her friends now.    

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Run: End Times Alaska, Book 2 (ADULT AUDIO)

The whole gang is back and Russians are closing in, it is time to make the hard decisions, so  what are the answers?  Another grab you and not let you go book by author Craig Martelle.  He brings Alaska and the story alive for the reader and it feels like you must make this decision as well.  Chuck and his young family plus all of of the people at the resort must decide if they want to make the 300 mile trip to Canada or stay where they are and take their chances against the Russians, what will they do?  If  you like audios this series narrated by Chris Abernathy is a great one when you finish  one you will want the next one right away so make sure you have the credits or the budget.