Wednesday, April 12, 2017

REVIEWS, REVIEWS, REVIEWS

Welcome Wednesday. I've been reading and reviewing and thought I'd share some of the great stories I've read recently. Slowing down now until my eyes decide what they want to do. So, here goes.

CASSADAWN by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Have you ever dreamed of being a pilot and flying through the skies? Did you follow your dreams? If so, great. If not, maybe you enjoy reading stories where you can experience the excitement of flying through the eyes of the characters. Even if you have no desire to pilot a plane, I think you’ll enjoy reading Author Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CASSADAWN, the Prequel to the Cassa series. I did.

Byron is almost halfway through training and is looking forward to piloting a real Cosbolt fighter. He’s doing great, but there is a problem. His partner and navigator, Arenth, and he don’t care for each other so much. And trouble with Arenth could keep Byron from completing his training. Along with the conflict between the men, there’s also plenty of action in the air.

So, how about getting a copy of Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CASSADAWN, as well as the other books in the series and enjoy the ride, uh, the flight. Recommended.

CHILDREN OF THE SNOW by Kevin Hopson
 
 
Do you enjoy a good mystery? Do you like Indian legends? If so, take a look at CHILDREN OF THE SNOW by Author Kevin Hopson. I think you’ll enjoy this story too.

CHILDREN OF THE SNOW takes place in a jail. A snowstorm has pretty much paralyzed the town. And it’s the middle of spring. Weird. If that’s not bad enough, Bix, a prisoner, is found dead in his cell, no evidence of trauma. Even weirder, his fingertips are black like he’s been exposed to frostbite, but the rest of his body doesn’t show frostbite. What caused Bix’s death? Then something is discovered on the back of Bix’s neck that could be traced to an Indian legend of the nineteenth century and answer some of their questions.

The author has created a tale that will keep you reading, at least it did me, to the very last words. Recommended.
Enjoy.
 
MY SNOWMAN PAUL by Yossi Lapid
 
 

What do many kids like to do when it snows? Right. Build a snowman. MY SNOWMAN, PAUL, by Author Yossi Lapid, is the story of a boy and a snowman, but not just any snowman. This snowman is different.

Dan, his mom and sister, and an adorable dog are watching the snow, and Dan is in the mood to play. So, Mom suggests he build a snowman. He does and makes an amazing discovery. I don’t want to give anything away, but what follows is a fun afternoon for Dan and his new friend. The author has written a story that will have young readers laughing and wanting to build a snowman like Dan’s.

Written in rhyme, with adorable illustrations by Joanna Pasek, MY SNOWMAN, PAUL is an ideal story for those long winter days or for sunny summer days. The book is an ideal addition for school libraries, public libraries, and your own library. Even better, it’s the first book of a series. Recommended.
 
THE SCARLET THREAD by D. S. Murphy
 
 
What if you lived in an institution where children were sent when their parents could no longer stand to look at them? What if you were a murderer? What if you were cursed? And you’re only seventeen-years-old. It doesn’t sound like a pretty life, does it?

In THE SCARLET THREAD, by D. S. Murphy, we meet Kaidance Monroe, the girl who killed her brother. But in this novel, nothing is as it seems. Kaidance sees things before they happen. If she touches someone, they die, and she can’t stop it. Poor Kai, caught in a world she has no control over.

Kai is tough; she’s also vulnerable. How does a teen deal with gods, immortals, and magic? In a way only Kai could. I really like her and hoped she’d find happiness. She faces life the best she can, and there are a lot of surprises awaiting her.

The story is not complete. But there’s more to come.

THE SCARLET THREAD is a good read. I don’t know a lot about mythology, but I met some interesting characters in this book. The author did a nice job of creating suspense, along with characters I either liked or hoped got what they deserved.
Have you read any of these novels? I still have a list a mile long to read. And to think, when I was a kid, yes, I was once upon a time, I hated to read. Go figure. I'm also trying to finish my WIP and a list of other thoughts dancing through my brain.
 
Happy Reading.

19 comments:

  1. Good luck to Alex and all the other authors in your excellent reviews. I have a couple of Alex's books so must endevour to obtain his latest.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Good books are easy to review, Yvonne. I haven't read all of Alex's books, but they're on my list. If only the days had more hours in them.

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  2. Thank you for reviewing Alex's book.

    Paul the snowman sounds like a fun character.

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    1. I enjoyed reading it, L Diane. So many I want to read. The snowman is a great story for children, and older folks too. :)

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  3. Paul sounds fun indeed. Alex scores another win, that sure isn't a sin.

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    1. Building a snowman brought back memories of when my boys were young, Pat. Writing winners is always a win. :)

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  4. These all sound like good reads! I haven't read Alex's latest but sure did enjoy his first two in the Cassastar series, and I'm not even a sci fi fan. The final book on your list sounds like one I'd especially enjoy, as I prefer darker fiction.

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    1. I know what you mean, Karen. Sci fi isn't what I usually read, but I'm finding I enjoy more kinds of books than I thought. I think there's a second book to the Scarlet Thread. Haven't checked. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Glad you found a way to squeeze all these in! Are Alex's books on audio yet? You could've given your eyes a rest and listened!

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    1. Yes, all four of my books are on audio!

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    2. Audio books are great, Stephanie, and you're right about them being easier on eyes. I hope to listen to more.

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  6. I'm offline this week, but someone tipped me off that I needed to stop by - thanks, Beverly! Glad you enjoyed the prequel story.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Alex. I did enjoy the sequel and understand the first book better now. Have a relaxing rest of the week.

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  7. Wow, you've been a busy reader. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. They piqued my interest.

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    1. Yes, I have been, Kai. Still behind. Need to catch up. I'm glad you're interested. I'm also interested in your new venture. Sounds exciting.

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  8. Great sounding books. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Karin. I like to hear about books others are reading, like I need any more to read. :)

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  9. What a fascinating collection of books - all of them sound charming in their own way. I love the covers. Very well done and would encourage me to pick them off a bookshelf. I'm lucky if I read a book a month. Just too much going on and I'm SO slooow. :P

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    1. It's really funny, Lexa. I did not plan to read so much or to review books. It just happened. Now, somehow, I'm on Amazon's list of top reviewers and everybody wants a review. I'm slowing down because it takes away from writing time. Have a great weekend.

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