Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review: Search for the Shadow Key (Dreamtreader Book #2) ByWayne Thomas Batson

Year: © 2014
My Rating:
Pages: 313 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Booklook Bloggers 
Publisher: Thomas Nelson® 

Book #2 in a trilogy from fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson explores the concept of dreams and their effects on us.
Fourteen-year-old Archer Keaton discovers he has the ability to enter and explore his dreams. He is a "dreamtreader," one of three selected from each generation. Their mission: to protect the waking world from the evil lurking in the Dream.

The Nightmare Lord has been thrown down, but his throne is no longer empty. Rigby Thames has taken up the evil mantle with Kara Windchil as his queen. Now the only living dreamtreader, Archer Keaton finds himself on the outside of two worlds looking in. Dream Walking Inc. is taking the world by storm, allowing Rigby to build an unstoppable empire. Worse still, Rigby has unleashed the Tendrils, shadow people who can cross over into the waking world. As Archer's family and friends begin to disappear, unexpected help comes in the form of the Wind Maiden, a mysterious angelic being who seems to know how Archer can rescue his loved ones and defeat the new Nightmare King. But the cost may prove too dear for Archer to pay.

Steeped in epic fantasy and intrigue, this second book in the Dreamtreaders series teaches kids important Christian values such as being a light in the darkness, resisting temptation, and keeping your faith, even when you feel like you're standing alone.

My Thoughts* 

As I read this book I realized that it wasn't the first book in the trilogy. I was a bit dispointed and thought that I was going to spoil myself and not figure out the basic synopsis on what might take place. This wasn't the case. Yes I was sad that I didn't read the first book but I still had a blast reading. The author really knows what he's doing. It was a great middle grade book that I must reread again in the future.

The cover was very smooth and eye catching its what made me give this book a try. Now if your think about reading this book, I would tell you to read the first book and keep up with the characters and the plot that's going on. Speaking of characters my favorite was Archer. You could tell he was scared and created out of his mind because his nightmares were coming alive. I was a bit terrified but I really enjoyed this story and I am liking what I read. If you are looking for a great middle grade spooky story like the famous R. L. Stine you will enjoy this one as much as the "Goosebumps" series's and you will not be disiponted by what you read! Like I said before read the 1st book before jumping to the next. 

Blog Tour Book Review: Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story by Janine A. Southard

Title:  Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story 
Author: Janine A. Southard
Year: © 2015
My Rating: ♪♪♪♪♪/5
Pages: 300
Genre: Fiction; Humor 
Format:  Paperback 
Sources: Pump Up Your Book
Publishers: Cantina Publishing 

ISBN 13: 9781633270176

         Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story 

What can your phone do for you?
This is the story of a girl and her iPhone. No, that’s not quite right. This is the story of a middle-aged statistician and her best friend. Though she didn’t consider herself middle-aged. And the best friend was more of a roommate-with-whom-she’d-developed-a-friendship. And this description completely ignores the 6,000-year-old elf with whom the woman and her best friend enjoyed story gaming.
So let’s try this again.
This is the story of a woman who wished to find love, but who would rather play story games than actively look for it. Especially in the wake of a horrid break-up six months before from a man who had never sent her a single gift.
Until this Valentine’s Day, when she received a brand new iPhone in a box with his name on it.
Between story gaming and succumbing to the phone’s insidious sleekness, she learns that friendship trumps romance.
In Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story, award-winning author Janine A. Southard (a Seattle denizen) shows you how the geeks of Seattle live, provides a running and often-hilarious social commentary on today’s world, and reminds you that, so long as you have friends, you are never alone.

                         My Thoughts

So, I thought this was going to be about a girl who cracked a iPhone, but its not. Its so much better. The story takes place in Seattle, Washington one of the states I really like to visit. The cover was beautiful. What I mostly admired the back drop of all the tall buildings in the back ground. I really liked that the author added a bit of humor while I was reading the book. The elf for some odd reason reminded me of Dobby. 

I think that the adding of the phone made it mysterious and I wished I was her uncovering something so romantic and well thought of. I do agree with Southard about friendship. I find friendship to be a good thing but, its hard to find. Finding people that will stick by you through thick and thin. Ups and downs, anything that you will need a real friend for.

A lot of people wish to find love like myself but I don't want to rush in anything. You should let it find you and come naturally. Its like the saying "be yourself and everything will fall into place". If your looking for a book that will make you laugh this is the book for you. I laughed so hard tears constantly built up in my eyes. 

                      Janine A. Southard

Janine A. Southard is the IPPY award-winning author of the Hive Queen Saga, as well as other science fiction and young adult novels and novellas.
The Hive Queen Saga books blend cultural experimentation with epic as they follow a formalized Hive of teenagers on a voyage to new lands and new cultures where their own ways seem very strange. The first novel in the saga, Queen & Commander, has been described as “like Joss Whedon’s Firefly but for teenagers” by the YA’s Nightstand. The second book, Hive & Heist, is a classic heist tale set on a space station.
Queen & Commander received an IPPY (Independent Book Publishers) Award for science fiction ebooks in 2013. Outside the Hive Queen Saga, the science fiction novella These Convergent Stars was selected as the short ebook recommendation of the week at Tungsten Hippo on 29 January 2014.
All Southard’s books so far have been possible because of crowdsourced funds via Kickstarter. She owes great thanks to her many patrons of the arts who love a good science fiction adventure and believe in her ability to make that happen.
From her home in Seattle, she is currently working on a half-contemporary, half-fantasy novel for adults, Cracked! A Magic iPhone Story, which releases in early 2015.

Blog Tour Book Review: Epitaph- Reveille by Victor Nieves

Year: © 2014 

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡
Pages: 353 
Genre: Fiction. 
Format: Signed; Paperback
Sources: Pump Up Your Books
Publishers: Acorn Books 

ISBN 13: 9780990399209 


In year 2343, the galaxy receives a deadly wake-up call…
Nearly three-hundred years have passed since humanity ascended to the stars, joining with a conglomeration of alien races all living under the rule of a single, united community – the United Galactic Coalition – a joint, multi-species alliance that upholds the principles of democracy, freedom, and equality for all races.The Milky Way Galaxy’s future looks bright …Until a research team uncovers a mysterious crystal buried deep beneath the surface of a frontier world on the edge of settled space. This discovery proves to be the catalyst for an invasion from an unknown alien force that is just as ruthless as they are mysterious.As the races of the galaxy are catapulted into a vicious fight for their very survival, fate hastily throws together a legendary admiral with a dark past, a brilliant scientist with precious little time to find the answers, an elite Special Forces Operative who must come to terms with a past failure, a spunky young military officer for whom this war is a baptism by fire, and a top notch Marine who will discover a truth that will define him as a hero.These five men and women hold not only the keys to their own survival, but the survival of their entire civilization. With the clock ticking, the race to uncover the truth begins. As they try to fend off this cruel and merciless alien foe, this handful of soldiers must discover what secrets this crystal could hold that would be worth the destruction of all life in the galaxy. But the question is …
… Can they do it in time?

                          My Thoughts

Epitaph-Reveile is a great fantasy book that's starts of in the year 2345 in the 
galaxy when it gets a deadly wakeup call. Now what I looked about this book was it was out of the ordinary. It was something that I was not use to and quite adored. Now, as reading the blurp of this for some reason it catched my eye when I saw outer space and how much the years increased and so did things in humanity. I felt like I was in the book living the adventure and telling the tale by myself. I thought this book was a great out of this world fantasy book that left me wanting for more.

The aliens the author added was great and the detailed put into that amazing cover was breathtaking. As seen down below the author really loves aliens and I thought that was a great add to put in things he is fond of into his work and make that is trade mark. 

 I was immediately hocked on the first page because it was such a mind blowing experience that I didn't think I was going to enjoy as much as I did. This book is not only filt with action but suspence hen they find the mysterious crystal hurried beneath. If you love aliens and putter space this book is for you. Not only does it have an amazing cover book a beautifully written story told within the pages, and Nieces inspired me to go above and beyond my comfort and read something like what he has written. 

                     Victor Nieves

Victor Nieves lives in West Virginia. He enjoys writing, reading, and is a huge horror movie fan, zombies in particular. At the young age of twenty-one, he found a way to communicate his ideas and imagination with others through writing, which he plans on doing for the rest of his life.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Budapest Romance by Roza Gaston

Year: © 2014 

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡
Pages: 257 
Genre: Romance 
Format: Signed; Paperback 
Sources: Pump Up Your Books 
Publishers: Stay Playful Press 
ISBN: 978-1-4801-4063-9 

  Budapest Romance

When Kati Dunai travels to Budapest to settle her father’s estate, the last thing on her mind is the pursuit of pleasure. She’s a busy international conference planner, her life rooted in Manhattan.But from the moment she sets foot in the city of her father’s youth, it’s pleasure that pursues her. At the thermal bath spa hotel where she’s staying, she meets a Dutchman who reminds her of Béla Dunai, her Hungarian refugee father, who fled his homeland shortly after its 1956 revolution.Jan Klassen is in Budapest to mend from a motorcycle accident. His scars have healed on the outside, but inside, he cannot forgive himself for the consequences his son now lives with forever.Jan has never met a woman like Kati before. Her blend of New England restraint with gypsy spirit captivates him. While Jan introduces Kati to Budapest’s leisurely pace of life, Kati introduces Jan to her own leisurely pace of sensual exploration as their attraction to each other grows over six magical days.When Kati returns to New York, their relationship continues. But it’s not just an ocean that separates them. Kati’s corporate job with frequent travel is the antithesis of the slow-paced pleasures she enjoyed in her father’s favorite city, one of Europe’s crown jewels.Which will Kati put first—her new career or her new love; a man who reminds her of the father she never fully understood? And is it the Hungarian pleasure-loving side of herself that she really needs to understand before she can offer her heart to the man who has awakened her to who she truly is?

                     My Thoughts

In this cute, heartwarming romance story written by Gaston we follow Kati who is traveling to Budapest. But then as we continue to read the book Jan has really never met a girl like Kati before. I just thought that fate bring them together and it was just an "aw" moment for me. The two have never really met anyone like each before. They both introduce each other to there way of life and just get to know more fascinating things about each other. Now one thing Gaston made me say was "why". She did it.

 The hardest thing to deal with. Long distance. Along with making her choose between her career or the man she loves. Oh how angry I was but in a good way. The author just left me wanting more and constantly changing the page. It was just so much great things looking forward to that I really wanted to skip pages but I never knew if there would have been something I missed in those few pages. Clearly from this review I thought this book was more than okay. It showed me more to life and a great lesson to learn from. What a great book to finish on February and I couldn't ask for s better Valentine gift. Thank you so much.

                     Roza Gaston

Rozsa Gaston writes playful books on serious matters. Women getting what they want out of life is one of them. She studied European intellectual history at Yale, and then received her master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia. In between, she worked as a singer/pianist all over the world. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her family.
Her books include Budapest RomanceThe Ava Series: ParisAdieu, Part I and Black is Not a Color, Part II, Running from Love, Dog Sitters and Lyric. Her upcoming novel is Sense of Touch, a fictionalized story of Anne of Brittany and Queen of France.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Q&A with Author Ms. Jennifer Richard Jacobson

So, I had the pleasure of interviewing "Paper Thing's author Ms. Jennifer Richard Jacobson. I had so much fun reading the book which you all should order or buy a copy of and hearing what the author had to say.

1.   Did you want to be a writer?

 Actually, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher (and I still am).  I did love reading as a child, and when I was required to take a children’s literature course in college, I fell back in love with children’s stories.  I decided that I also wanted to write them.

 2.   What was your inspiration while writing "Paper Things"?

 I’m in classrooms across the country, working with students, and listening to their stories. So many children struggle against amazing odds.  I wanted to write a book that explored the difficulty of succeeding in school when you don’t have a consistent home.

 3.   Who is your favorite author?

 E.B. White who wrote Charlotte’s Web.      

4. Are there any other books to come in the future?

 Yes, I’m working on a middle grade now titled The Dollar Kids.  It’s about a group of children who are newcomers in a mill town that desperately needs change, but is doing everything possible to avoid it.

 5.   Who was the most influential person in your life?

 My mom.  She was a teacher and school consultant who also loved reading and writing.

 6.   Which books do you prefer "Paperback or ebooks"?

 I prefer to hold a paperback in my hand, but because I’m on the road so often, and can’t carry all the books I want to read, I download ebooks.  I also adore listening to audiobooks and usually have one downloaded on my phone for easy access.

 7.   Why did you title your book "Paper Things"?

 When I was a child, I played the same game that Ari plays and I called it Paper Things.  I like thinking about the importance of paper, but also the fragility of things that are made of paper.

 8.   Which character best defines you?

 Definitely Ari.  I wasn’t homeless as a child, but I was frequently sick and had to stay home from school.  I , too, fell hopelessly behind, and it was difficult to maintain friendships.  Like Ari, I created an imaginary world, a home really, where everyone was doing fine.

Book Review: Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

Year: © 2014 
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡
Genre: Fiction 
Pages: 254
Format: Hardcover 
Sources: Booksparks 
Publishers Blink 
ISBN 13: 9780310731887


$16.99 U.S. 


It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.
When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.

                       My Thoughts

Now, this book not has only a gorgeous cover but a great story-line. The cover has a great glossy finish and beautiful stars to go along. I was a bit hesitant of reading this book because the synopsis was very vague.

 It really didn't grab my attention but that didn't stop me from reading this wonderfully written book. The bag pack reminded me of "Hick" the movie when our main character set of for a wide adventure she really didn't bargain for. 

Friesen writing style was very imaginative and great. Its was something that I never experience and it was something new to me. I had so much fun wondering what journey characters would embarked when itwas beautiful displayed on my TBR stack. 

Elia was my favorite character because she just seemed so lost and was only trying to figure out herself. Clara was a great add because she just tied the story together as a whole. 

This book was about finding yourself and I could relate ti the characters, thus saying an easy connection to them. A lot of times I read books and I just couldn't connect with the moral, but this story I could, it made reading the story more exciting and something to look forward to. 

                    Jonathan Friesen

Jonathan Friesen is author of the award-winning Jerk, California, a heart-warming YA novel about a young man struggling with Tourette’s Syndrome which won the 2009 ALA Schneider Award for “Best Book for Teens.” In addition, he is a frequent contributor to Clubhouse magazine, twice winning the EPA Excellence Award for middle grade short stories published in Clubhouse. Because of his fourteen years’ experience teaching fifth grade in public schools, he has numerous opportunities to speak to in elementary, middle, and high schools across the country, as well as in public libraries to groups of patrons and librarians. He is also a frequent speaker at educator conferences, home school conferences (connecting to over two million children nationwide), national writers’ conferences, mental health conferences, school district events, and to parent groups across the country on issues of ostracism and empowerment. He maintains an active website, blog, and newsletter database, and is a personal online writing coach for gifted young novelists across the country. He and his wife live on a horse farm in Minnesota with their three children and a growing number of animals.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Book Review: Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting by Tommy Greenwald

Year: © 2015 (February )
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Genre: Middle Grade 
Format: ARC; Paperback 
Sources: Publishers 
Publishers: Roaring Brook Press 
Price: $13.99 US $15.99 CAN 


When a text goes wrong, Katie Friedman learns the hard way that sometimes you need to disconnect to connect. Here are a few things you need to know about Katie Friedman: 1. Katie is swearing off phones for life! (No, seriously. She just sent the wrong text to the wrong person!) 2. She wants to break up with her boyfriend. (Until, that is, he surprises her with front row tickets to her favorite band, Plain Jane. Now what!?) 3. She wants to be a rock star (It’s true. She has a band and everything.) 4. Her best friend is Charlie Joe Jackson. (Yeah, you know the guy.) 5. And most importantly, Katie’s been offered the deal of a lifetime—get ten of her friends to give up their phones for one week and everyone can have backstage passes to Plain Jane. (A whole week!? Is that even possible?)

My Thoughts:

This is a great funny middle grade fast pasting book. I haven't had so much fun reading in a while and I'm glad that I could imagine myself as a kid, loving to read. Katie's personality was just so funny and bold. She just kept me entertained the whole time I was reading. I could hardly stop smiling when I was turing the page because I was just thinking of the next thing she was going to do next. When I read the blurp there was one way I could pass this book up for its great potential it is. She reminded me so much as myself doing all theses crazy things and just a wild goofy personality. This book put me into a place that I didn't know was there. Captain Underpants, Author, Spongebob this book is a combination of theses 3 things that I love.One question I would ask the author is how he came up with such an impeccable story so funny and unique. Elementary school kids this is a must to read for you all. WARNING BE PREPARED TO LAUGH

Tommy Greenwald: 
In addition, Tommy is the author of KATIE FRIEDMAN GIVES UP TEXTING! (AND LIVES TO TELL ABOUT IT), a new book about Charlie Joe's best friend, which will be published by Roaring Brook Press in Feb 2015. His first picture book, HOOKED!, will be published by Roaring Brook in 2016. Tommy is also the Chief Strategy Officer at Spotco Advertising, a theatrical and entertainment advertising agency in New York City, and the lyricist and co-bookwriter (with Andrew Lippa) of JOHN & JEN, a 1995 musical which will be revived off-Broadway in 2015.

Book Review: Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Title: Paper Things 
Author: Jennifer Richard Jacobson 
Year: ©2015
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
Genre: Middle Grade 
Format: ARC;Paperback 
Sources: Author
Publishers: Candlewick Press™



                         ♝Paper Things♝

When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There’s just one problem—Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live. When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. He and Ari have been "couch surfing," staying with Gage’s friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage’s girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.

                        ☏My Thoughts☎

This, is a great middle grade book that will captive young and older readers.Jacobson is a great author even though I only read one of her books. I really like the cover. Its just so simple with a moon and a paper house with smoke blowing up through the chimney. I highly recommend this book to everyone looking for something new to read. The story is very sad and depressing that I'm glad that I could connect with Ari, our main character. Its sad when all you want is happiness and feel love from someone. When going along with Ari I realised that even the simplest things in life I took for granted and to see her so lonely put tears to my eyes.

 Jacobson really inspired me that life could be worse for me and I should be happy about what I have even if its not expensive. Blessings come and go, and what really touched me was her mother dying. I would'nt know what I would do without my mom because, as girls we lean on our mom to tell us what to do or just be there emotional. I cannot rave about this book enough and I already recommend this to my book club member. Please share this book because you will not be disappointed.

           ♙Jennifer Richard Jacobson♙

Jennifer Richard Jacobson has written many books for young readers, including stories about Andy Shane. She lives in Yarmouth, Maine. 


Blog Tour Book Review: Diamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen + Giveaway #19

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My Rating: ♥♥♥♡♡

Year: © 2014 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: I Am A Reader 
Publishers: Shadow Mountain 

Diamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen

Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success–that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.  


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My Thoughts: 

Now,this was an okay mystery book to read. I was expecting a bit more than what I bargained for. This didn't catch my attention much as the cover did. The plot didn't really wow me as I hope but it was different which I will give credit for. The murder of the client shocked me but as starting out to reading the book, the chapters were a bit dry. I really didn't have a favourite character, because I didn't connect to anyone particular. Adrielle was just so regular.

 Her personality didn't have much of a spark. What was clever was the cover. Its so beautiful and very talented. I wish I could catch on to the series and read the different story's written by Christensen. It did remind me of the "Wedding Planner", but then as I was comparing the two stories it did have its differences. I enjoyed to chaos when the dress got vandalized but Adrielle just needed a bit of a spark. Not bad but it could use more drama. 


“I love Rachelle J. Christensen’s stories and characters, and Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things is another thrilling mystery to add to my collection. Don’t be surprised if you have to stay up all night to finish he book!” ~Rachel Ann Nunes, author of Before I Say Goodbye Diamond Rings are Deadly Things pulled me right in from the first page and held me captive until the very end. Great characters, a compelling plot, a surprising twist at the end … Rachelle Christensen knows how to craft a great mystery. ~Tristi Pinkston, author of the Secret Sisters Mysteries A cunningly crafty mystery with just the right mix of romance. Readers won’t be able to get enough of Adrielle Pyper, stunning party-planner turned heroine. ~Nichole Giles, author of Descendant

rachelleAuthor Rachelle J. Christensen

Rachelle J. Christensen was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading. Rachelle has an amazing husband, five cute kids, three cats, and five chickens.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Book Review: Death Spiral A Faith Flores Science Mystery by Janie Chodosh

Title: Death Spiral 
Author: Janie Chodosh 
Year: © 2014
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡
Pages: 301
Genre: YA; Mystery 
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Publishers 
Publishers: The Poisoned Pencil 
ISBN 13: 987-1-9293-4500-7


$10.95 US
$12.95 CAN 

                             Death Spiral

Life is tough when you have a junkie for a mom. But when sixteen-year-old Faith Flores—scientist wannabe, loner, new girl in town—finds her mom dead on the bathroom floor, she refuses to believe her mom really OD'd. But the cops have closed the case and her Aunt T, with whom she now lives in the Philly ‘burbs, wants Faith to let go and move on.

But a note from Melinda, her mom's junkie friend, leads Faith to a seedy downtown methadone clinic. Were her mom and Melinda trying to get clean?

When Melinda dies of an overdose, Faith tracks down the scientists behind the trial running at the methadone clinic. Soon she's cutting school and lying to everyone—her aunt, her best friend, even the cops. Everyone, that is,  except the strangely alluring Jesse, who believes the “real” education's on the street and whose in-your-face honesty threatens to invade Faith's self-imposed “no-dating” rule. A drug-dealer named Rat-Catcher warns Faith to back off, but it doesn't stop Faith from confronting a genetics professor with a guilty conscience. When the medical examiner's body winds up in the Schuylkill River, Faith realizes if she doesn't act fast, she may be the next body in the morgue. Can Faith stop this deal gone bad from taking a sharp turn for the worse?

Death Spiral is a smart, surprising novel featuring an in-your-face heroine sure to appeal to teens and adults alike.

                           My Thoughts

Faith finds her mother dead when she overdosed on drugs, but Faith doesn't believe it for one minute. To get answers on what really happens Faith seeks help from her moms friend Melinda, but later is fount dead. 

Now who can Faith turn to for help? This was one of my highly anticipated reads for 2015. I was so impress with Chodosh's storyline and how well put together it was. I found that Faith was a very brave character who stunned me by her determination to uncover the truth on what really took place. 

This story had me guessing for what would take place and how will the ending turn out to be. Even though Faith lied to cover up I think that she is a great role model because, it just shows how much she cares for her mother and only wanted the truth behind her death. This is a great series that YA lovers will dearly love and will have you wanting more from this mystery. 

                       Janie Chodosh 

To write for teens, listen to teens.

I have been listening to teens and young-adults for most of my adult life. As a middle school and high school teacher, I am immersed in the voices of young people. Daily, I listen to their irony and wit, their drama and humor. It is these voices that fuel my desire to write for young adults.

Besides being a writer and a teacher, I am a mom, an avid outdoors person, reader, observer of life, and a scientist wannabe. However, since I realized I only liked to muck around in the field in cool places and would never actually be a scientist, I married one.

When not writing, I like to hang out with my family, rock climb, try to grow a garden in the arid southwest, bird watch, travel, and attempt to play Klezmer music on my violin.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Blog Tour Book Review: Shadows in the Fog by Greg Messel

Title: Shadows in the Fog
Author: Greg Messel 
My Ratings: ♥♥♥♥♡
Pages: 429
Genre: Mystery 
Format: Paperback
Sources: Pump Up Your Books 
ISBN 13: 978-0-9854859-8-6

                      Shadows In The Fog 

The story begins on a stormy morning in February of 1959. The front page of the morning paper is dominated by news of the plane crash which killed rock ’n roll stars Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Richie Valens.

Private Eye Sam Slater is hired to perform what he thinks is a routine two-day job as a favor for a friend. However, it all goes terribly wrong when a young San Francisco policeman is gunned down while sitting in a parked car with Sam.

The murder sets off a chain of events which will pull Sam and his wife and partner, Amelia, into a dangerous web of intrigue in the dark, shadowy alleys and back rooms of San Francisco’s Chinatown.

In the winter of 1959, Amelia resigns as a TWA stewardess and is now Sam’s full time partner in the private eye business.

Sam and Amelia inadvertently come in conflict with the San Francisco mob boss after helping a crusading newspaper reporter who is working to expose corruption in Chinatown. Now a mysterious dark car follows the Slaters every where they go. Sam and Amelia discover a hidden world of corrupt cops, gambling parlors, brothels and human trafficking exists right under their noses.

At the same time, a rising California politician hires Sam and Amelia to find his daughter who disappeared without a trace three years earlier. The search is prompted by the sudden appearance of a letter from the woman, who was presumed dead.

As Sam and Amelia pursue these cases, they discover that all the clues lead them back to Chinatown. The Slaters want to avoid taking on the San Francisco crime lords head-on. However, when Amelia is kidnapped in an alley during the Chinese New Year’s celebration, Sam plunges himself into danger desperately searching Chinatown to find her before it’s too late.

The reader will be drawn into fast moving events which culminate in a harrowing conclusion as Sam Slater races against the clock on a foggy night in Chinatown.

Shadows In The Fog is the fifth book in the the award winning Sam Slater Mysteries Series but is a stand-alone thriller in the tradition of great whodunits.

                            My Thoughts

Now, this was my first time reading Messel's work and I enjoyed it dearly. I felt like it was just flit with so much suspense and greatly written he will have in audience feeding out of his palms.

Now, I don't really want to talk much about the plot to keep the spoilers from jumping out but just a brief overview in which I have read. Everything is not turning out for the best.

A San Francisco police man is kilt while he accompanies our main character Sam Slater. As we go further into the book Sam accompanies by his wife & partner Amelia in a dangerous adventure.

While uncovering the clues its nothing like they bargained for when the clues trace back to Chinatown, when Amelia is captured.Come along in this mysterious adventure to uncover the truth about who and what took place in the fifth book.

Its no surprise that this book has so much great ratings along with the series, its just one of those books that have you cringing to figure out what might take place next. This author just has a great wring style that shunned me because I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

The "Sam Slater" books all sound so great and very enthusiastic, that in the near future it will be on my bucket list to finish reading. I highly suggest everyone to give this series a good if your looking for something new and exciting to start of this great 2015 year.

                              Greg Messel

Greg Messel has spent most of his adult life interested in writing, including a career in the newspaper business. He won a Wyoming Press Association Award as a columnist and has contributed articles to various magazines. Greg retired from the corporate world and now lives in South Jordan, Utah. He has three adult children who are married and have 11 grandchildren. Greg has written eight novels. His latest is "Shadows In The Fog" which is the fifth in a series of mysteries set in 1959 San Francisco. "Fog City Strangler," "San Francisco Secrets," "Deadly Plunge" are sequels to the first book in the series "Last of the Seals." His other three novels are "Sunbreaks," "Expiation" and "The Illusion of Certainty." For a more detailed summary of Greg's novels go to Greg is currently working on his ninth novel--the sixth in the mystery series--"Cable Car Mystery"--which will be published in late 2015. 

Blog Tour Book Review: Enslavement (One Bright Future, #1) by Melinda Friesen

Title: Enslavement 
Author: Melinda Friesen 
Year: © 2014 (October 31st)
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♡
Pages: 228
Genre: YA
Format: Paperback 
Sources: Chapters by Chapters
Publishers: Rebelight Publishing

ISBN 13: 987-0-9939390-0-6


Paperback: $11.07



"One world. One currency. One bright future." 

That's the promise made by OneEarth Bank after a global economic collapse--but only for those who accept the insertion of a commerce chip. 

When Rielle's parents refuse to comply, government officials tear her family apart. As punishment for her parent's crimes, Rielle is forced into a Community Service Contract--a legalized form of slavery--and sold to a wealthy, abusive banker.

The Banker's secrets hold the key to Rielle's freedom, but will she risk prison or even death to escape and search for her family? 

Melinda Friesen was born in Portland, Oregon. She attended school in Texas and met a vastly interesting Canadian man, who she allowed to drag her to his home in the wilds of Manitoba, Canada. Living in an igloo wasn't easy. Wait. She didn't actually live in an igloo, but that would make this story much more interesting. 

Among her accomplishments are surviving -40 degree weather, gestating four human being inside her body, and staying happily married to that Canadian man for over 20 years despite the weather conditions he
's exposed her to. And she writes too!