Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Amy's review of Eve: In The Beginning by H. B. Moore

Eve: In The Beginning by H. B. Moore


Genre:   Historical Biblical Fiction
Content: Clean
Publisher:  Mirror Press
Release date:  November  2014
Number of Pages: 252

Book Summary/Teaser:
The first love story on earth . . . Haunting . . . Lyrical . . . Unforgettable . . . 

In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side. 


My Opinion:
I think it was very daring and creative to take such well known characters and create such a personal story.  It was written very well, it kept me interested the whole time.  I did have to remind myself several times that this is written as fiction, and the author even has a little disclaimer at the beginning of the book explaining that this is not to be taken as doctrine and that it doesn't necessarily represent her religious beliefs either.  My religious beliefs did get in the way several times, I just had to separate them and realize AGAIN, this was written as fiction.  I really enjoyed having the characters come to life with real personalities and dilemmas.  I liked the way I really connected with Adam and Eve and found myself wondering what it would have been like.  I enjoyed this and I am interested to check out some of her other books about religious characters. 

Rating: ****

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Kim reviews Spell Check by Julie Wright

Spell Check by Julie Wright

Pages: 218
Genre: Youth  Fiction
Release date: June 2014
Publisher: Heart Stone Press


Excerpt:

"It is a little known fact that witches are alive and well in Salem, Massachusetts. They call themselves cheerleaders."

Allyson Peterson believes that being hanged by the
Salem High Witches is the absolute worst thing that
can happen. But when her powers, wrested from the
trolls of ancient Sweden, manifest themselves, she
realizes that a prank hanging by vindictive cheerleaders is the least of her worries.


Ally accidentally sends her parents to the jungle to fight anacondas, turns her brother into a mute, and curses the entire cheerleading team with an illness that has no cure, proving that her spells need a  little checking. Her Swedish grandmother shows up to help her through the worst part of all--surviving the Troll Trials and saving the guy of her dreams from a vengeance that has festered through-out generations.

The power is in her, if she can just get the magic right.


My Opinion?
This book was really cute. It brings in some wonderful elements like believing in yourself and leaning on family to help get you through tough times. This is also a great coming of age tale for this young Troll Kivanna (witch). Ally is one of a select few women that have power in them taken from the Trolls long ago. When she turns 16 she comes into her power, unbeknownst to her, and all sorts of terrible things start happening that seem to be the product of her mindless wishes she only thinks in her head. She learns all this, and that she must now go through a trial of her powers from her Paternal Grandmother. Ally goes to these trials being incredibly anxious after having been threatened to surrender her powers or the boy she has a crush on may be killed at any moment. The outcome is great to read about and it definitely leaves room for many more books in this series.


****

Monday, December 22, 2014

Kim reviews Adrenaline Rush by Cindy Hogan

Adrenaline Rush by Cindy Hogan
A Christy Spy Novel

Genre: Young Adult Romance/Suspense
Pages: 412
Publisher: O'neal Publishing
Release date: 2013
Blurb:
A madman with a mission is kidnapping groups of thrill-seeking high school seniors across the country, and it’s up to Christy to stop him.

To do so, she must take on a fearless alter ego and infiltrate a group of adrenaline junkies bent on pushing life to the limit. Death-defying stunts are only the beginning: two groups fit the profile, and Christy must discover the real target before it’s too late.

If she chooses the wrong group, more people will disappear. But choosing right puts her as the prime target—with no guarantee that she’ll get out alive.

My Opinion:
This book was filled with action and intrigue. The author does a good job of giving you a sense of what may come next but then surprises you with what actually comes. The plot line develops nicely and leaves you wanting to find out what happens to the main character. Christy is tough and brilliant and she is able to keep her self in touch with reality throughout some major trials. I have not read the first few book in this series but you are able to fall into the story easily without having many questions about what happened to the main character in the previous books. Now that I've read this installment, I'd like to read them all.
****

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mary Ann's review of Ellie & Ace: The Case of the Bedtime Bandit

Ellie and Ace: The Case of the Bedtime Bandit
by Toodles and Whistlehoot
illustrated by Kathrina Iris

Genre: Chapter book to MG

Kindle edition

Blurb:
Meet Ellie and Ace! Soon to be... nearly... just about world famous detectives!

Well, almost.

Any day now, if they solve enough cases.

And good news! They are on a case now. Someone is causing trouble all over their small town of Huckleberry Springs. Each night, the troublemaker strikes – breaking into houses, spilling garbage, and stealing toys. Nobody knows who the culprit is, but everyone blames someone else. Ellie and Ace have to solve the mystery fast – before their neighbors go to war.

This is a charming children's book. It is simple enough for a third grader to read by themselves but still be interesting. It'll be fun to read more in this series. I think my 5 and 8-year-old grandkids would love it.

****