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Brenna and the Horses of Lusayana by Lee Landes

5 stars

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Twelve year old Brenna MacLean wants answers. Why do they move every three months? Where is her father? How come, she can never make friends?

When she moves to the Cottage on the Cliff over a vicious stretch of coast in the north of Britain, the answers come thick and fast – and none of them are good.

To her new friend Louis, one answer is obvious. Brenna is cursed. Soon they are unravelling clues and rushing headlong into danger because the evil that lurks in the Deep has a way of reaching into the World.

The White Horses of Lusayana try to guide Brenna but Captain Croak and his servants, the Black Horses have some tricks to play.

Brenna is bold and impetuous. Luckily, Louis is there to steady her but in the end it will be Brenna who faces a terrifying choice. Because only an act of supreme daring can save her family.

Brenna is used to both moving every three months and no one remembering her, especially after a couple of minutes. We start the story with her trying to get a summer assignment from her most current teacher and him not knowing who she is and why she is in his class. It just gets worse from there when both Brenna and her mother are kicked out of the house that they are squatting in. They end up going back to her mother’s home but there is something strange going on.

 

Brenna finds a chest with strange markings and secret items in it. She also meets Louis, a rich boy living with his grandmother. They also make a friend, Cherry, in the local village. There is a lot of mystery around Brenna’s mother and the locals but no one is saying anything to Brenna because they gave their word to her mother. But when Brenna’s mother gets ill she is going to have to figure out what is going on.

 

I really liked this story. You can’t help but feel for Brenna, not knowing who her father is and living in such an unstable house. I was cheering for Brenna for trying to save her mom. I loved both the White and Black Horses. Also the twist about Louis, I really hope that there is going to be another story, possibly a series with Brenna and Louis.

 

This is a great mid grade story that any age will enjoy reading. Make sure to add it to your library.

I received this book from the Library Thing Early Readers Program in exchange for an honest review.

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Fairyvision (Songs of Magic – 5) by JL Bryan

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Jason, Erin, and the other Zebras go on a world tour with their enchanted instruments, only to encounter the mysterious supernatural Folk of India and the Far East. While they tangle with their record company, Erin tries to avoid dealing with the secrets she’s learned about herself, while Jason pieces together a mystery surrounding a very special golden guitar called Caliburn.

In Faerie, Aoide the Lutist and her troupe finally return home from their long adventure. They’re struggling to get new gigs, but Aoide senses opportunity in the form of special new magic mirrors that can broadcast concerts, plays, and other entertainment all over Faerie…

The Rioting Zebras are not on a world tour. They are on their way to India and lands near by. They also have a film crew watching in them 24 hours a day and when there is not enough drama they decide to get to Mitch and cause some. Erin and Jason are officially a couple but Erin is still having a tough time with her fairy background. Jason is trying to be as supportive as he can but that might not be enough.

At the same time Aoide and her troupe have returned with silver from our world but no instruments. They get new instruments and the possibility of new work. Television has finally come to fairy. Aoide and the group have the chance of a lifetime to be part of it. The question is if this can give them work and fame or be something sinister.

I love this series. It started out as a fun young adult read with lots of potential and it has just grown from there. Each book seems to be getting darker with more challenges and I feel like I’m watching the kids grow up. It’s also great the different characters that are introduced and the ending was a surprise for me on a couple characters.

The Songs of Magic is a great series for any age. Make sure to read them from the start or you will be lost. The books just keep getting better and better. Now I can’t wait to see what happens in Fairy Luck.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase Fairyvision be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and JL Bryan’s website.

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Faithful Shadow

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Faithful Shadow by Kevin J. Howard

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Faithful Shadow takes you beyond the splendor of nature to the terror that lies beneath, one that should have never been discovered. Yellowstone is suffering from the largest forest fire in the park’s history. Ranger JOE RAND, once passionate about nature and now drowning in alcohol after the recent death of his son, notices something is very wrong within Yellowstone after a string of disappearances. But when a fireman is found dead in the Old Faithful Inn after falling into a hole earlier that day, his body mauled and deprived of all its fluids, Joe knows he has no choice but to set down his flask and investigate. Joe and Lieutenant DALE CAFFEY of the Billings Fire Department go into the woods to search the hole the fireman had fallen into. They discover a series of tunnels lined with bones, the air thick with smoke. Joe and Dale conclude that the creature that had killed the fireman had left its subterranean dwelling to flee the overwhelming smoke from the fire above. The creature takes shelter inside the Inn, concealing itself within the darkened crevices, emerging to feast on passersby. After staging an evacuation of the park, they lock themselves inside the Inn to hunt the creature. After just a short while it becomes frighteningly clear that it is, in fact, the creature that is hunting them.

A creature unlike any other, nothing more than a shadow, has been living in tunnels and caves until Yellowstone National Park. It has survived decades on animals and tourists that fall into the tunnels and pits. But now Yellowstone is on fire. The smoke has chased the shadow out of its tunnels. Now it is looking for a safe place to hide. But it is stuck in man’s world, where can it go.

Joe Rand is a ranger for Yellowstone. He once cared for his job but now dwells on the loss of his son and drowns himself in alcohol. But when a firefighter is discovered sucked dry, he knows something odd is happening. Joe is going to have to surface to find the killer before it strikes again. But how do you fight a shadow?

This is a great thriller. First, you can tell Howard has spent time in the national parks. There was so much imagery that I felt right there with Joe. Joe was a great character, it broke my heart about him losing his son but I was glad that he could pull it together to stop the shadow.

I was just a kid and lived in northern Montana when Yellowstone was on fire so I don’t really remember much except the smoke and hearing about all the firefighters. But I was in western Nevada when Yosemite fire was on fire. Just thinking about forest fires scares me. Then you have to add in a mystery creature hunting, yep I was thoroughly scared. I had to finish this book in one night. I was NOT going to be trying to go to sleep knowing that it was still alive even if it was just in a book.

This is a great thriller/horror story that anyone would like. I recommend that you get a copy; you will be adding it to your collection.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Faithful Shadow or to purchase be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads or Kevin’s website.

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Travelogue of Horror

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Travelogue of Horror by Tony Urban

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Here is a travelogue for those whose idea of a perfect vacation doesn’t involve amusement parks and tourist traps, a guidebook for fans of horror and the macabre. Ride along with the author to ghoulish destinations, such as where fright flicks like Friday the 13th and Jaws were filmed, Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home, UFO crash sites, and macabre graves, to name a few. See the sites in over 70 vivid color photos. Fifteen states were visited from Maine to Georgia in search of iconic filming locations from movies such as The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs, The Shawshank Redemption, and The Evil Dead. Along the way, monsters were hunted, vampire graves tracked down, a strange mix of paranormal and odd locations across the Eastern US were visited, and Stephen King was met. Hitch a ride, but remember that you never know what you might find–or what might find you!

Tony Urban was a child raised with horror movies. Later on he decided to look into the locations where the different movies were filmed. Along the way there were other locations that were added to the list to visit. This is a compilation of his adventures, the different locations, and trivia that go along with each trip.

You will follow with him as he visits Friday the 13th, Jaws, Cabin in the Woods, Blair Witch Project and many others. It’s great that Urban has specific scenes he is looking for and even years later there are still some remnants of the original area. Of course no movie is filmed solely in one location so you will also go from the main location to the other houses, churches, buildings, and sites that were also used.

I love this book. It has all the classic horror movies and other side trips. You get a feel for the author as he talks about visiting the different locations with his mother. You also hear the not so great side stories, like when he is chased off private property that he stumbled upon looking for a certain cabin. All the little tidbits about the movies also add to the story. There are the little known facts that really bring the movie to life.

Travelouge of Horror doesn’t just follow the movies. There are other locations that are in this book too. Jeffery Dahmer’s house, Stephen King’s house, and searches for Bigfoot. But the best part is the writing style is just like someone talking about their adventures over a beer. It’s so easy to get sucked into this book and harder than heck to put it down. I kept thinking about other possible locations he could go next after I put the book down before finishing it.

This book is designed like a coffee table book. But compared to those standard stuffy books, this one will be well thumbed through. For those of use that love horror movies and such, this is the book you need to add to your collection. Plus you will keep coming back to it even after you finish reading it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Travelogue of Horror or to purchase it be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Revamp

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Revamp by Beck Sherman

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) FOR THREE DAYS, IT WAS DARK.

News reporters scrambled. This was the biggest story to come along in weeks.
They called it a blackout.

The last one was in New York City in 2003, but this one was different, special, because the grids in six major cities across the country had been fried, kaput, see-you-next-Sunday. Everyone with some jurisdiction blamed each other, and when there was no one left to blame, terrorism rode in on its gallant steed.

It was the media’s fault. They were so busy stuffing fanatical Muslims with a penchant for Allah and decapitations down the American citizen’s throat, that they never saw it coming. I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on them.

They were partially right.

It was terror after all, but a whole new kind. And when the lights came back on, things had changed.

The dark had brought us visitors.

The story follows Emma Spade. She is rushing to turn in her paper, pack, and get on a flight to California to visit her family. She decides to take some melatonin to help sleep during the flight. But when she wakes up she is the only person on the plane. But things start happening fast for her just trying to get through the airport. Can we say vampires? Yep, but this is a whole new look on vampires.

Emma gets together with a group of survivors. They band together to kill as many vampires they can. They are not necessarily the best people in the world but they do what they can to survive. As they meet different people you learn more about them through flashbacks, which when done properly were a great tool.

This is the best book that I have read in a long time. There is a great build up, the characters were very well done, and the ending is very unexpected. Yes, the book is around 400 + pages but every one of them are vital to the story. I don’t know why I didn’t get to this book to review it sooner but I definitely regret that.

Make sure that you get a copy of Revamp. It covers so many genera’s and one book that you will be keeping.

I received this book a long time ago from Library Thing Early Reviewer program in exchange for an honest review.

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Aoleon The Martian Girl: Part 4 Illegal Aliens

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Aoléon and Gilbert have become the Luminon’s top priority in stopping the Martian resistance movement, and after being chased by the Royal Paladin Guard, they are forced to flee the Martian Megalopolis. Aoléon, Gilbert and Zoot escape with the help of Bizwat and his newly found friend, Helios, a first generation soldierbot.

After their saucer is destroyed, they crash land somewhere in the deep Martian desert, and they set out to locate Kyrios and the secret base where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive.

After battling the forces of nature, starvation, a Klyklon dust storm, (and not to mention a giant slor that almost swallows them alive), they finally make it to their destination. However, after Kyrios gives Gilbert some basic training to develop his budding psionic power, they learn that their journey is far from over.

Will Aoléon, Glbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and stop the Martian invasion of Earth in time?

Brent LeVasseur

Brent LeVasseur

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Review

Aoleon’s mom and dad haven been taken by the Luminon to a deep underground prison. At the same time the Luminon is telling all Martians how they are at war with Earth for cows. Aoleon, Gilbert, Zoot, and Bizwat are going to have to stop the invasion but first they are going to rescue Aoleon’s parents. We follow along as Bizwat gets a robot named Helios. Together they all adventure into the Martian desert to meet up with Kyrios.

Kyrios trains both Aoleon and Gilbert on how to use their psionic powers. Gilbert doesn’t realize that he does have powers and gets a crash course in their use. But with a giant dust storm and paladin guards on their trail they are getting close to running out of time. Back on Earth the Martians are starting to collect cows from all over, with funny results. The government is trying to protect the public and that is also having questionable results.

I have to say that the more of these books I read the more I love this series. It’s a great adventure for any age. I like how things that are advanced are explained in simple terms. I have to say that I think my new favorite character is Helios. He is very sarcastic and a great fit for the group. I do feel sad for Gilbert. Although he is having all of these adventures he is also thinking of his parents and how he misses them.

Now I can’t wait to read The Great Pyramid of Cydonia to find out if Aoleon and Gilbert are going to be able to defeat the Luminon and stop the invasion of Earth.

To purchase Aoleon Part 4 or for more information on this series be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Brent LeVasseur’s website.

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I received this book for free from Laura at iRead Book Tours. Thank you for letting me be part of this tour.

 

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Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency – 4) by Iain Reading

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is the thrillingly cryptic fourth installment of the exciting Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series featuring the intrepid teenage seaplane pilot Kitty Hawk and her various adventures of mystery and intrigue as she follows in the footsteps of Amelia Earhart on an epic flight around the world. This fourth book in the series brings Kitty to the emerald hills of Ireland where she meets a handsome stranger and is quickly swept up in a perplexing hundred-year-old family treasure hunt involving secret codes and puzzling clues that lead her on a fast-paced adventure that carries her from Dublin to London – from the decks of the ill-fated ocean liner Titanic to the temples of ancient Egypt and the streets of Jack the Ripper – until she finally unlocks the mystery and discovers the long-hidden treasure. Much like the earlier books in this series, Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of armchair detectives of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history the reader will find themselves immersed in brand new worlds that are brought to life before their very eyes as Kitty Hawk experiences the stories and history of a doomed ocean liner and unravels the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic.

Kitty finds herself in Dublin promoting Wasabi Willy’s, her new sponsors. While there she meets Andrew, whose great uncle was a First Officer William McMaster Murdoch on the Titanic. Andrew wants Kitty to clear his families name about William’s involvement in the sinking of the Titanic. All Kitty has to go on is a code on newspaper clipping and postcard.

Kitty goes to London in search of the mysterious sender of the postcard. There she visits the British Museum for information on hieroglyphics. While in London Kitty also tours Abbey Road and on a Jack the Ripper Tour.

Just when you think there is not any thing else that you can learn about the sinking of the Titanic along come Iain Reading. I love how Kitty gets involves in this story. She is off trying to clear the name of the First Officer that is partially blamed for the sinking of the Titanic for his family. Then she is off to find the sender of a mysterious code. She travels all over London then back to Dublin.

I love all the information on the Titanic and all the different locations that she goes. It’s so easy to get wrapped in her adventures. This is a great series for teens, young adults, and adults. There is some question about the Jack the Ripper section. Personally I had no problem with it but you may want to read the book before giving it to younger kids.

This is one series that I think should be added to your shelves. There is a lot of action and adventure and lots of information for those that want to research more. It’s definitely the new Nancy Drew.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic or for more information on this series, be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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