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War of Wings VBT

The battle for Paradise is about to begin…

In the beginning Heaven was perfect. All of the angels lived in complete harmony and bliss. Gabriel skated through existence on the many simple pleasures Heaven had to offer, Michael led the worker angels proudly, and Lucifer was the highest of the cherubim as well as the minister of music right under God. With one question everything changed. When God’s highest angel placed reason over faith to corrupt Heaven, a secret movement separated loved ones into two sides. After Lucifer discovered the power of the seven deadly sins and used them to empower angels, the two sides violently collided in the first war of all time, The War of Wings.

War of Wings, the new fiction novel, tells the story of the fall of one-third of the angels from Heaven and everything that led up to it through two love stories destined to collide. With Lucifer, the highest cherub angel beginning a revolution in Paradise, author Tanner McElroy presents a unique tale of the trials, tribulations, and journey of four angels of various ranks in the hierarchy of Heaven.

Gabriel and Michael formed the resistance for God but Arrayah, the mesmerizing virtue angel of humility, came into the picture with a secret that may unhinge everything. Can the love of one save the others or will holding on too long cause the demise of many?

Author

Tanner McElroy lives in Dallas, Texas where he is already working on the second novel in the series, “War of Wings: The Reign,” and finishing up a non-fiction debut “The Stitches,” about his experience with baseball and heartbreak. A former professional baseball player with the Texas Rangers, McElroy is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Romance Writers of America and the Writers’ League of Texas.

My Review

The War of Wings by Tanner McElroy

5 stars

This is a story of how the angels become the fallen. Everything in Heaven is perfect. Nothing dies, when someone eats some fruit the tree automatically bears another fruit, and the area is perfect, except for Gabriel. He doesn’t like how everything is perfect and has an obsession for making things less perfect. He coasts through his existence. Skipping out of work he is assigned to, eating and fighting too much, and is generally lost. Michael is trying to get him to come around but Gabriel fights him as well. But when Michael has a vision of pending doom in Heaven and Gabriel is the savior of angels, Gabriel can’t find it in himself to want to be part of the vision.

Then there is Lucifer. He is an angel one step below God and believes that through his performances and actions God will place him on the same level. But when the rumor of the Son of God starts, Lucifer can’t handle that. In a fit of jealousy and rage, he starts questioning God and believes he has found the truth of Gods betrayal to the angels. He finds the newly created planet he calls Terra and gathers an army to battle angels in heaven for their freedom from God.

I absolutely loved this book. I got sucked in right away by Gabriel. I couldn’t help feeling for him. He feels lost and doesn’t really know his place in Heaven so he slacks off and would rather play than be useful. Then there is Michael, basically a big brother to Gabriel trying to get him to start growing up but not succeeding. Lucifer was an angel you couldn’t help feeling partially sorry for but in the end it was all his pride and jealousy.

Anyone will like this book. Although it is about the angels the book was not too preachy, which is a bit sticking point to me. There is beautiful imagery and a great story. This is one book that you don’t want to miss out on.

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

Get a copy of War of Wings on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.

For more information, be sure to check out Tanner McElroy’s website.

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After the Virus

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After the Virus by Meghan Ciana Doidge

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) After the virus decimates 99.9% of the world’s population, and all traces of humanity along with it, Rhiannon and Will are forced to move beyond their past fame, fortune, and personal demons to rescue a mute girl from the clutches of two warring cults.

Most of the population has been killed with the spread of the virus. Those that survived have broken into little groups, those that want to keep living and those that want to rule everything. There has been a discovery of people that have been infected with the virus don’t have to die, if they are fed the flesh of those that are immune to the virus.

Will is a quiet guy that has cleaned out a little town and created a nice little life for himself. While out on a foraging trip, he comes across a little girl. Although the little girl doesn’t talk, he adopts her and calls her Snickers.

Rhiannon used to be an actress before the virus struck. Now she is out on her own trying to survive like everyone else. She meets up with Will and feels like she has a little family. But her fame is coming back to haunt her when she is the number one target for one of those that wants to rule the world.

I really liked this story. Rhiannon was a strong female character with kick butt skills. Will was the passive but strong counter. And the plot flowed and was easy to get into. This is a great story for anyone that likes zombies. I hope there are more to come.

I received this book for free from the Book Rooster program in exchange for an honest review.

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Scars on the Face of God: The Devil’s Bible

By CG Bauer

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Hex signs protect every barn and outbuilding. The local tannery spews its poison on the land and in the river. And babies disappear at birth. An orphan and one-time felon who earned his nickname “from the sound a crowbar makes when it hits a man’s head,” Johannes “Wump” Hozer is now the custodian of Our Lady of the Innocents parish in Three Bridges, PA. Wump is old and tired. He’s fought all his life against the tannery’s waste, against God, and against the blind eyes of his good neighbors. Nowadays he tries to ignore the old priest’s exploits with the young women of the parish and the strangeness surrounding the local orphanage, and does what good he can for his wife, the church, the sisters who run the orphanage, and the poor orphans themselves. Then childhood memories and strange presentments begin to plague Wump when a brick wall unearthed at the site of a new restaurant collapses, and raw sewage carries hundreds of baby bones into the pit left behind. Looks like the devil’s made Three Bridges his playground, and Wump needs to find out why; the babies keep screaming and he has to make it stop.

Three Bridges, PA was started back in the 1900’s by a group of German Catholics and has many secrets that are about to come out. It is 1960 and the story revolves around Wump. His life started out in the local orphanage and took a turn for the worse with a bad attitude as a young man. He is older now with a family. He can see different things going on in town, but does his best to be a good man and help the orphanage he came from. But he has recently lost a baby son and lost his faith.

At the same time, renovations have opened a secret sewer filled with many baby bones. Wump takes it upon himself to find out why the babies ended up in the sewer. But he is not alone. He has the help of the new priest and two orphans. The further Wump digs, the more secrets from Three Bridges comes out.

This is a great story. The beginning has lots of details that you need to understand what is going on, but you don’t feel slogged down by all the information. I loved Wump, he is a good, hardworking soul, that is trying to live with the errors of his past and his most recent loss of child and faith. There were a lot of secrets and I was kept on my toes trying to figure out what was going on, but they all played their part without overwhelming or being left unsolved. I also liked how religion is part of the story without being preachy.

This book will suck you in and keep you guessing until the end. I can’t wait to read other books by Mr. Bauer. You don’t want to pass this book up.

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

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Venture Untamed

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Venture Untamed (The Venture Books – 1)

By RH Russell

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Venture Delving is a bonded servant, a member of the lowest class in the world. Already fatherless, when he loses his mother, he veers from energetic to out of control. But when Venture’s rage saves the life of Jade, his best friend and his master’s daughter, Venture finds himself in the last place he ever expected—a center renowned for training young boys to be professional fighters.

When Venture realizes he’s fallen in love with Jade, he knows that the only way he’ll ever have her, the only way he’ll ever be free to live the life he’s meant to live, is to defy convention, common sense, the trust of those he cares about most—and sometimes the law—and become the best fighter in the world, the Champion of All Richland. Venture must battle not only rival fighters, but the ghosts of his past and the members of a privileged warrior class who stand between him and his dream.

Venture has lost his parents and is a servant. Basically he is the lowest class and has no value. He looses control after the passing of his mother yet that rage saves his master’s daughter Jade. Venture starts falling in love with Jade but he knows that with his low class they will never be together. Venture then finds professional fighters. If he can win, then he can get a higher class and possibly be with Jade.

This is a great book. A classic underdog story, but don’t let that stop you from reading this book. I really felt for Venture, here he is lost, without a point or purpose until he saves Jade. I loved how he set his goals and never gave up in his pursuit to win the championship and Jade. The fight scenes were remarkable, very realistic and very descriptive.

You will get sucked into this book and not put it down until the wee hours of the morning. This is one book that you have to read. There is a little bit of everything in it.

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The Grey Witch: And Other Stories by Diana Mitchell

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Enter a world of magic and mayhem. In the world of the Grey Witch anything can happen, and often does. What happens when a witch tests her spells on her unsuspecting cat, or casts spells to oust unwanted intruders? She turns toys into real creatures and sometimes they are not what she expects. She grows candy apples on trees and turns her cat blue by mistake. One witch makes an unusual flying machine for a little boy’s Halloween treat. Another enjoys water-skiing with her dog and cat. She upends the Coast Guard and confuses the police, but all is well when the blue witch creates magic for the children she loves.

This is a collection of stories about a Grey Witch, a Yellow Witch, an Orange Witch, and a Blue Witch and their adventures. The Grey Witch tries out a potion on her cat and visits a school. The Yellow Witch has trouble with some men that want to build on her hill. The Orange Witch has an adventure with a boy named Peter and the Blue Witch goes water skiing.

All of the stories are wonderful for children. They are quick little tales that would be great for bedtime. I also love the artwork in the book, very beautiful! All of the stories are well written and flow well. These stories are ones that I love for children.

This is a great book. I think many parents would love reading it to their kids. I hope that Diana has plans for other books. This is more of a short teaser of her stories. I can’t wait for a bigger collection.

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

You can find this book at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and GoodReads.

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Homonym Puzzles HD

Homonym Puzzles HD  by The Garbarchuk Family

5 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) These Homonym Puzzles were created by Laura Beck, an 87-year-old retired remedial reading teacher. Early in her career, she found that the best way to inspire her students to learn was to challenge them with games. Her favorite brain teaser? Words which sound the same but have different definitions – Homonyms.

With help from her producer (and grandson-in-law), David Goldenberg, and the professional cartoonists Benjamin Schwartz and Corey Pandolph, Beck turned her riddles into visually stunning puzzles that challenge readers to find the homonym pair linking each set of drawings.

The idea behind these puzzles is that there are two pictures and they are related by homonyms. The pictures are different but you have to figure out how they are related. One from the Amazon page has a gold tee and ball in one picture and a table with a tea set and a sign that says, “Grand Prize.” What you have to figure out is what the words are. Then you select the group of letters that represent the statement from the list below the pictures.

This is a lot more challenging than you might think. Some of the pictures you can quickly come up with one solution but the second one is a lot harder. But, if you want to keep your mind sharp, working these puzzles will help do that.

This is just like the Homonym Puzzles except the pictures are now in full color. Now you can get a better idea what the pictures are with your HD tablet. It takes the puzzles to the next level.

This was really easy to operate on my Android Tablet and easy to figure out how to navigate the book. This book would make a great Christmas gift for the puzzle lover in your life.

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Homonym Puzzles

Homonym Puzzles by The Garbarchuk Family

5 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) These Homonym Puzzles were created by Laura Beck, an 87-year-old retired remedial reading teacher. Early in her career, she found that the best way to inspire her students to learn was to challenge them with games. Her favorite brain teaser? Words which sound the same but have different definitions – Homonyms.

With help from her producer (and grandson-in-law), David Goldenberg, and the professional cartoonists Benjamin Schwartz and Corey Pandolph, Beck turned her riddles into visually stunning puzzles that challenge readers to find the homonym pair linking each set of drawings.

The idea behind these puzzles is that there are two pictures and they are related by homonyms. The pictures are different but you have to figure out how they are related. One from the Amazon page has a gold tee and ball in one picture and a table with a tea set and a sign that says, “Grand Prize.” What you have to figure out is what the words are. Then you select the group of letters that represent the statement from the list below the pictures.

This is a lot more challenging than you might think Some of the pictures you can quickly come up with one solution but the second one is a lot harder. But, if you want to keep your mind sharp, working these puzzles will help do that.

This was really easy to operate on my Android Tablet and easy to figure out how to navigate the book. This book would make a great Christmas gift for the puzzle lover in your life.

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Typitoons

Typitoons by The Garbarchuck Family

5 stars

(Excerpt from Amazon) In 1969, Martin Gardner first presented Typitoons – simple pictures created with a typewriter. Several characters can be placed in a single space with a typewriter and most past Typitoons used this method.

Since typewriters have been replaced with keyboards and touchpads, keyboard characters can no longer share a single space. As a result, our modern Typitoons are created as a single continuous line of characters, typed with a standard QWERTY keyboard.

At first glance, a single string of characters might seem restricting, more of a disadvantage when creating Typitoons and their respective associations. But once in the process, the traits between the characters are revealed, challenging the creator to develop intriguing associations. Once these intriguing associations have been made, the Typitoons become little masterpieces, like emoticons do.

I have always loved how people can create art with the typewriter. There is so much that goes into each piece. Then I found Typitoons. This is a great book for puzzle lovers and those that like the typewriter art.

You are shown a picture and have to figure out that it is supposed to be. You are given blank places for each letter of the item and you have to guess the last letter of the items name. Sounds easy, huh? Wrong, they start out easy then get harder. I have turned my tablet around several time and made a ton of wrong guesses before I get the answer. This sure makes you think outside the box.

This is a great puzzle. It is deceptively easy and very addicting. I couldn’t wait to see what the next puzzle was going to be. This would be a great book for any puzzle lover. And make sure to check out the other puzzle books by The Garbarchuk Family, you won’t be disappointed.

You can find it here on Amazon.

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Oh my goodness, time flies when you are busy. I have been able to get some of my old book reviews finished. Instead of waiting and posting them one day at a time, especially since I’m so far behind, I’m just going to get these things posted.

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Warm Bodies by Issac Marion

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) ‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…

R doesn’t remember anything before being turned into a zombie. But there is something rattling around in him. He stays at an airport with other zombies in a plane that he has stored different relics from humanity. While on a hunt for humans, R stumbles upon a small group of teenagers. When he bites into the brain of one of the boys something strange happens. He is transported to vivid memories and finds himself wanting to protect one of the girls, Julie.

R takes Julie back to the airport since he finds he is drawn to her from the other kids memories. Then Julie wants to go back home. But the more R is around Julie, he starts changing. More and more of his humanity is coming back. He also starts feeling physical things, like the cold from the rain. The strangest thing is when the other zombies at the airport start behaving like R.

But R is now on the run from the Bonies. They don’t want to have the new versions of the zombies. But he is not safe with Julie either when her father is hunting any and every zombie out there.

I really liked this story. It’s a new take on zombies with a light, young adult twist to it. I loved R, he has a sarcastic humor and just doesn’t seem to fit in with zombies. This is a young adult zombie story that you will want to read. It has a little of everything for the zombie lover in all of us.

* Movie Review*

I did watch the movie after reading the book. I have to say that they gave it a good try from the book. A lot of stuff carries over from the book, but I personally like the memories R has from eating the brain. There was so much more to them in the books. I have to say that I liked the ending of the movie too. Not completely the same as the book, but that is to be expected.

I recommend that you read the book first then watch the movie. Without that more personal story you may feel that the movie falls a little flat.

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So, if you know anything about me, you know I LOVE cats, I do have 7 of them. Anyway, because of that, I also follow a bunch of rescues, shelters, and crazy cat people on Facebook. Midnight the Rescue Panther and Keith Nichols have started a great series, Cat Land, that is a wonderful story with the kitties from Facebook.

Cat Land: Midnight's Gambit (Cat Land #1)

Cat Land: Midnight’s Gambit (Cat Land – 1)

By Keith Nichols

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In this novella, Midnight the Rescue Panther (with some help from his human Keith Nichols) makes his writing debut. Two kittens have gone missing in Cat Land, and it is up to Midnight the Detective and his partner Ghost to find them. But as they close one case, they find a sinister plot to take control of all Cat Land. Now, it is up to Midnight and his friends to stop the evil Queen and save Cat Land. Come join the fun, the chase, and the excitement!

Midnight and Smoke are two detectives in Cat Land. We start the story when Dusty comes to their office and says that two kittens that she has been watching since their mother disappeared have gone missing. Although the kittens are found quickly, there is more than a simple disappearance in the air. A strange Red Devil is seen that taunts Midnight and Smoke.

But when they stumble upon battle rats, the detectives know that they are getting into the middle of something serious. It seems like former queen Cocoa is back from her banishment and plans on taking over Cat Land once again with the help of her battle rats. With the help of an unknown prince, Midnight and all of his friends are going to do what they can to keep that from happening.

I admit, I am a follower of Midnight the Rescue Panther on Facebook. I bought this book because they advertised it and I’m glad that I did. I also follow about half of the other cats that are talked about in the story. It was great to see them all coming together in their own little story. Yes, I will admit it, when I read about Dozer Mason Kitty I was crying since I was follow him also.

This is a great story. Kids through adults will like it. It’s just makes it much more special when you follow them on Facebook. You really learn the purrsonalities of the real life cats. This is a great story that you don’t want to miss. I can’t wait for the next book in the saga. Also, check out the small story Rosie’s Wish and Amelia’s Amazing Day.

It’s so heartwarming to read about all the kitties that I follow on Facebook, past and present This is a series with two novellas. You can find them on Amazon. Don’t miss out!

Cat Land: Midnight’s Gambit     Rosie’s Wish     Amelia’s Amazing Day

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