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Gladius and the Bartlett Trial (Gladius Adventures – 1) by JA Paul

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When fifteen year-old Gladius Oldmont is thrust from his peaceful home into the dangerous Longwood Forest he finds himself pitted against a tyrant who has been terrorizing the lands in search of answers to an ancient secret that could unlock absolute power.
From the shadows of Longwood Forest to the Hills of the Moon, Gladius must survive encounters with a near extinct scimitar cat, an ornery dragon, a horde of death bats and a tumultuous underground river which leads to a subterranean labyrinth of tunnels. Along the way, he makes new acquaintances and discovers the true meaning of friendship, including Elle – a girl who captivates his heart.

Can Gladius and friends solve the riddle of the ancient secret before the evil Mulhurt does? If they can, will they be able to do anything about it?

Gladius is 15 and ready to take his Bartlett Trial, he will be spending one month in the Longwood Forest. His father and brother have huge adventure stories from their Bartlett Trial so Gladius is going to try and out do their stories. He also wants to win some money to help pay the taxes on the farm.

As Gladius starts he adventures, he runs into several different creatures, meets some great friends, and decides if he is going to help fight the people fight the tyrant Mulhurt who is intent on taking over all the lands.

I love when you can get wrapped up in stories about finding your own place in the world. Gladius is a wonderful, brave character. He goes on this adventure and it seems he just keeps finding people and different creatures. He seems to be collecting more and more people to take care of but in the end it helps him with his trial.

This is a great book for older kids to adults. Since it is the first book in a series I admit that I can’t wait to get into book two, Gladius and the Sea of Lost Souls.

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

For more information or to purchase Gladius and the Bartlett Trial make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Fairystruck (Songs of magic – 3) by JL Bryan

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) While their first single shoots up the Billboard charts, the Zebras hit the road as the opening band for an epic stadium tour across America. The future looks bright for the band… if they can survive the rioting fans, Queen Mab of Faerie, the dullahan, and a few evil teddy bears.

Aoide the Lutist and Liadan the banshee wolf cross into man-world on the trail of the stolen fairy instruments. Aoide is shocked at the strangeness of life among the humans, but she also learns about a thrilling new kind of music never heard in Faerie… rock and roll.

The Rioting Zebras are on tour but without the help of Marlarkay Records. Things are tougher for them but it is more realistic since they have to work back up to where they were prior. And as they are going from one stop to the next with the tour, Queen Mab and Aoide are on the hunt for them. Enter the teddy bears. If that isn’t enough, Erin and Zach’s relationship is starting to take on a more serious note.

Aoide and Liadan are traveling the human world in search of the magical instruments. I love how they are so confused with this odd world and how they interact with people. Aoide learning about rock and roll was great. We also have a visit from Katie with the dullahan. She always worries me since she seems to be left behind with all of Zach’s attention.

This is another great step in the Songs of Magic series. I love all the characters and the descriptions. It’s so easy to get sucked into the stories. I am really curious about Erin’s link to fairy. Aoide is becoming one of my favorite characters in the stories. She is taking out of her element but she just keeps going on.

I can’t wait to read Fairyland and find out what is in store for them next. This is a great series that kids to adults will like. Make sure to check it out.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Fairystruck or other books in the series make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Tahoe Ghost Boat

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Tahoe Ghost Boat (Owen McKenna – 12) by Todd Borg

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodeads) The Girl Is Effervescent With Life

Gertie O’Leary is a 15-year-old girl with a messy bird’s nest of red hair, a serious softball pitch, and a dream to be a movie director. She also has a $2 million price on her head.

But Somebody Wants Her Dead

When a gang led by a killer the FBI calls Mikhailo the Monster takes Gertie as the centerpiece of an extortion plot, the girl’s mother calls Tahoe Detective Owen McKenna for help.

Her Parents Don’t Care What Happens

McKenna finds out that Gertie’s stepfather has just died in what looks like a boating accident and that Gertie’s mother cares more about not losing money to blackmail than saving her daughter.

It Looks Like Detective McKenna Can’t Save Her

As the unwanted child of divorced, self-focused parents, Gertie has no defenders. So McKenna appoints himself her savior. But McKenna is one man up against a small army of twisted murderers whose orders are to kill the rl…

The story starts with Owen McKenna receiving a call from Nadia Lassitor. She fears that someone is following her. She has received threats that if she calls the cops she will be killed. With quick thinking, Owen directs Nadia to his location and he confronts her tale. With that out of the way, Nadia explains how her husband was recently killed in a boating accident on Lake Tahoe. That she is supposed to inherit 2 million dollars but now she is being blackmailed for the money.

Owen decides to check things out and learns about Gertie, Nadia’s daughter that is living with her father. Gertie’s father doesn’t really take care of her and her mother has made it apparent that she doesn’t really want her around either. But then the blackmailer decides to up the anti and kidnap Gertie.

Then a known hitman, Mikhailo the Monster, has shown ties to the case with a signature death. There has to be a lot more going on than a simple blackmail/kidnapping. When Owen learns how Nadia’s husband has made his money over the years it sounds like someone is getting their own revenge on him. But with any Owen McKenna book, things are never that simple.

I couldn’t wait to read this book. I love this series and can’t praise Mr. Borg enough. The story seems like a simple revenge for ruining someone’s business. I thought it was weird how the kidnappers included a big name hitman for such a simple thing. Then when Owen rescues Gertie, I was so wrapped up that I couldn’t believe that they had the worst kind of luck. The ending was a complete surprise but well put together.

I can’t say it enough. If you want a great mystery series you HAVE to read Todd Borg’s books. Owen McKenna is a great character and the stories will suck you in.

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

For more information on Tahoe Ghost Boat, the other books in the series, or Todd Borg make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads and the website.

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Impetus

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Impetus by Scott Sullivan

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When the world first heard about the meteorites, it was already too late.

Ten arduous years later, Mick and his small group of eight had adapted to the new way of things. With no clean running water, power, or forms of communication, the Earth went backward, taking with it almost everything they held dear. Survivors like Mick were forced to do the best they could with what they had. Because in the post-Impact world, alternatives were a luxury that no one could afford.

Now a deadly virus threatens those who were unfortunate enough to survive.

With the clock ticking down on their lives, Mick will navigate the deceitful webs spun by those that oppose his drive for salvation. And along his quest to prevent another catastrophe, Mick will rediscover what it truly means to be human.

Ten years ago meteorites hit the earth and destroy almost everything. Small groups of people are barely surviving now. Mick is the leader of a group of 8 people, including his teenage children. They are scrounging out a living when he runs into Solomon and the Rubble King. Solomon is a young man that was taken in by Ms. Stella, an older lady that ran an unofficial orphanage. When things got bad King took her boys hostage to become his gophers and locked Stella in the basement of a police station they live in to keep Solomon under his rule.After discovering Mick, King decides that he wants to take everything that Mick has. And when disaster strikes, Mick has to make a tough decision to find a new home for he group. This leads him into the Kings hands and more trouble.

But there is another group of scientists that make a secret underground facility with the hopes of rebuilding the earth. But things are going wrong. There is a bad virus that everyone has and is slowly killing everyone. The scientists decide to hand out a vaccine to the groups of people in the city to help them. But Phillip is one of the scientists that have been trying to work on a cure and he learns that this is an accelerant for the virus. He decides to go out and talk to the one group that has not treated themselves to try and get them to safety. But things go wrong when King gets his hands on Phillip too.

This is a great story. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Solomon and Mick. King was an evil jerk and got what he deserved. I instantly got sucked into the story and couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.

This is one book that you HAVE to read. I will be looking for other books by Scott Sullivan.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on Impetus or to purchase it make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Staring into the Eyes of Chance (LIIA – 1) by Kay Dee Royal

5 stars

 

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.

Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.

A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.

Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?

 

Olivia runs a wildlife rehabilitation in Washington and will the help of her animal psychic abilities helps wild animals heal and releases them. She is also trying to get over the betrayal of her deceased husband and all his cheating on her. Olivia’s sister is insistent on getting her back together with another man and her best friend is very protective of her.

Chance is the alpha of a lycan pack that is hunting a lycan that has been killing people all over the world. But there is something odd about this lycan, he is almost a shadow. The pack can follow his scent but then it just abruptly ends. When one of Chances people discovers that there is a drug that is supposed to hide you scent they think they are going to have an edge to catch this lycan.

But when the lycan targets Olivia, Chance runs into her and discovers that she is his primal-mate. Olivia is going to get a surprise of her life when she hooks up with Chance and is going to get a crash course in lycans, pack behavior, and how crazy this rouge lycan can really be.

I really liked this story. Great action, lots of sex, and a really good story. I really felt for Olivia and all the hell she went through with her husband and how she was not going to get together with Chance without a fight. Smoke is one evil bastard and I really hope he dies a slow and painful death. But the story ends with a huge cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read Savage Smoke.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase Staring into the Eyes of Chance be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads.

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New Orleans Requiem

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New Orleans Requiem (Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn – 4) by DJ Donaldson

5 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) It’s a bizarre case for Andy and Kit. A man is found in Jackson Square, stabbed, one eyelid removed and four Scrabble tiles with the letters KOJE on his chest. Soon, there’s a second victim, also stabbed and missing one eyelid, but this time with only three letters on his chest, KOJ. The pattern is unmistakable, but does it mean there will be two more victims and then the killer will go away, or is he leading up to something bigger and deadlier?

Broussard and Kit use their disciplines to profile the killer, but it soon becomes clear that the clues and objects they’ve found are part of a sick game that the killer is playing with Broussard; a game most likely engineered by one of the hundreds of attendees at the annual forensics meeting being held in New Orleans. Has Broussard finally met his match?

The story stars with the discovery of a man stabbed in the heart, his eyelids cut off, and a newspaper and Scrabble tiles on him. Although both Andy and Kit want to solve this murder before another happens, Andy is wrapped up in a forensic conference that he is hosting with Kits help. Also, Kit finds her dog poisoned and is hoping he will be ok.

As another victim is found, it is clear that the murderer has to be someone from the forensic convention. But who would kill both of these guys. Kit decides to research the Scrabble tiles and realizes that the numbers on them is what is important. But what does an old band that was part of a hospital team have to do with these killers.

I absolutely love DJ Donaldson’s books. You get sucked in right away and never seem to be able to guess the killer. All of the characters are realistic and I feel right there with them. The convention was a great way to hide the killer and The Heartbreakers was a really good twist.

If you love mysteries, you have to read this series. You don’t have to read them in order, each book is written like a stand alone novel. Now I can’t wait to read Sleeping with the Crawfish.

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

For more information or to purchase New Orleans Requiem be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kitty Hawk is a teenager that has her own plane and a plan to fly to Alaska to watch for humpback whales. But things don’t go as planned when she is kidnapped. Kitty gets involved with stolen gold and a sunken shipwreck. All throughout the story she uses her level head and thinks her way out of the difference situations she finds herself in.

I really liked Kitty. She has the respect and encouragement from her parents. She is out to follow her dreams when something doesn’t look right and she acts. Kitty is a strong character with her bravery and her intelligence. And how can you pass up all the history of Alaska and the gold mining. You can tell there was a lot of research that is informative without being a dry lecture.

I really got into this book and couldn’t believe it was all ready over. I will definitely be getting the second book and recommend this to kids and adults alike.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

For more information or to purchase Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold make sure to check out Amazon and Good Reads.

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