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Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program. His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for globadomination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself. Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time, Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City.

Wes Rockville is a young police officer with other problems that he is trying to work through. Unfortunately things get worse and his father ends up assigning him to the Witches Protection Program. The first problem for Wes is trying to wrap his mind around the fact that witches and other paranormal creatures are real.

Then he is stuck with the grumpy old detective partner that doesn’t plan on making this transfer easy. But Wes is going to try his best. He is to protect Morgan Pendragon from her aunt. The question is if he is going to make it through is first assignment and keep Morgan alive.

I love anything of Michael Phillip Cash and Witches Protection Program does not disappoint. I loved the story. I felt for poor Wes being the one failure in the family. But he keeps trying and ends up being a great officer. Morgan was so meek in the beginning but I enjoyed watching her step up to protect Wes but Alastaire was my favorite. You never know what you are going to get next from him.

This is a great story. It’s a quick read but ends like it could be a series. I really hope that is true because I can’t wait to find out what Wes gets himself into next.

For more information on The Witches Protection Program, or to purchase the book, make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Michael Phillip Cash’s website.

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

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Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts by Janet DeLee

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Dreams aren’t just for the young, and Ginny Lawther is happy to prove that even at the age of fifty-eight she can still brave a leap of faith…she just needs a little prodding from like-minded individuals. Step one: place an ad in the local newspaper inviting other dreamers to form an Ideal Life Club. Step two: see if anyone shows up.

When Ginny meets four hopeful strangers at the first club meeting, she thinks they’re off to a great start.

Now it’s only a matter of time before the sixty-something widow Hilda turns her crafting into a full-time career; the twenty-something Jerry becomes a professional musician; and the thirty-something housewife Lydia publishes her cookbook. That is, until the rugged divorcé, Lee, sets a goal to solve his ghost problem—and upends all their lives!

Suddenly the support group isn’t just trying to navigate the ups and downs of pursuing their dreams; they’re also wrestling with a strange cast of spirits who keep interrupting their endeavors. What do these apparitions want? And why have they latched on to the Ideal Lifers?

Haunting, humorous, and hopeful, Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts sparks the imagination and breathes unexpected life into everyday reality.

Ginny Lawther is a successful author and wants to share with others the chance to reach for their dreams. So, Ginny puts an ad in the local newspaper. Although she is expecting a huge crowd of people, she only gets four. Hilda works at an assisted living facility and dreams of making money from her crafts. Jerry wants to be a successful musician but has a hard time just trying to perform in a local bookstore. Lydia wants to publish a cook book and Lee is trying to perform a renovation but is plagued by a ghost.

Ginny gives them all notebooks to write down their dreams, their plans, and anything else related to reaching their goals. They also meet to discuss what is going on and encourage each other. Along the way they have different things that happen that both seems to crush their dreams. But with the group backing them and perseverance they all will reach their goals.

I loved this book. Ginny starts a small group to try and inspire others to reach for their dreams. Although the turnout is not what she expected, the group is there to support each other and make this book come together beautifully. I loved the whole ghost hunting section the best. Especially when Ginny is taking notes for her own problems.

This is a great story. It’s not a typical one in the sense that you can get encouragement, hints, and tips to reach your own goals. This is a great story and I can’t wait for other books from Janet DeLee.

For more information on Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Janet DeLee’s Facebook page.

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

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Doorway to Your Dreams by John P. Goetz

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Doorway to Your Dreams by John P. Goetz is a science fiction thriller about Oban DeCarlo’s master plan to use humans with supernatural powers to create remote weapons of mass destruction. His program, Operation Traumland, is a fully funded Black Ops program located in an abandoned lab on Plum Island, New York. DeCarlo has created a laboratory where human ethics have been consciously abandoned, and the success of the mission is more important than any human life. When the novel begins, DeCarlo has already disposed of dozens in preliminary tests and is now ready for subjects with superhuman powers to finalize his first version of the eagerly anticipated U.S. weapon system. DeCarlo identifies and captures a US Army Helicopter Pilot serving in Vinh Long, South Vietnam in July 1967, by organizing a covert operation using North Vietnamese soldiers to kidnap the American they have nicknamed, “Demon” for his uncanny ability to easily find and kill their comrades. “Demon,” known as “Spooncake” by his fellow US Army colleagues, can hear the thought-noise from those around him, and sees spikes of color emanating from people many miles away. The spears of color in the sky depict the emotions of those below. Red, yellow, pink, black, white, turquoise, orange, and green indicate the collective feelings of calm, commotion, intensity, confidence, confusion, and death. His abilities make finding enemy troops easy; he needs only to fly toward the color red signifying anger and let his gunner, Baxter Hammond, take care of the rest. Their hit ratio is legendary. DeCarlo has also identified Linda Fisher, a beautiful card shark living in Las Vegas with a psychic ability to know how the cards will play before they are dealt, making her excessive winning streak a target for the Vegas casino bosses. DeCarlo’s men kidnap her and take her to his laboratory to be another specimen in Operation Traumland. “Spooncake” and Linda are to be used as Operation Traumland’s Adam and Eve. On the island, their supernatural and psychic abilities are channeled and amplified to build an undetectable human war machine. Ultimately, Linda becomes the only person able to bring the tragic, almost dead war hero, “Spooncake,” back to life and plots their escape. Their story follows a perilous journey to freedom, while maintaining honor, seeking revenge, and escaping the horrors of a fanatical sadist focused on doing anything to complete his dream of creating an unimaginable army of unseen killers.

The blurb of this book pretty much tells you what happens in the book. Vietnam veteran Tim McAllister, aka Spooncake, has the ability to hear people from long distances away. He also can sense people’s auras and uses this to kill many people in Vietnam. This makes his life difficult in its own way. But this ability has attracted Oban DeCarlo.

DeCarlo wants to make a team of assassins that can kill people from a long distance away and from a different plane of existence. Thus he has created Operation Traumland. DeCarlo gives Spooncake a mission that is designed to fail and bring him to the island where Traumland is based. Then enter Linda Fisher, she has the uncanny ability to know how the cards will be dealt. DeCarlo has his eyes set on Linda for a key role in the whole Operation Traumland plan.

This is an amazing book. There is an amazing story with lots of action. The book spans from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. I love the whole concept of Operation Traumland. But I have to say that although Spooncake was a great lead character, DeCarlo was the perfect balance. He had a rough past but which gives you the idea of why he is the way he is. But that doesn’t excuse this plans.

If you love the fast paced thrillers this is the book for you. It’s easy to get caught up in the story and very hard to put the book down. Make sure to get your copy today.

For more information on Doorway to Your Dreams or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon and Goodreads.

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

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The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) This guidebook to the Fablehaven magical preserve is filled with everything a new Caretaker might need to know in order to survive. There are entries detailing important information about artifacts large and small, a complete bestiary of creatures (from fairies to trolls to satyrs), a guide to identifying demons, dragons, and wizards as well as valuable insights into the other magical preserves.

Immerse yourself into the secret knowledge that has been handed down through the generations by reading the updates and notes written in the margins by the former Caretakers of Fablehaven, including Grandpa Sorenson, Kendra, and Seth. Fully-illustrated, this unique encyclopedia has gathered the world of Fablehaven into one volume.

Scattered throughout the book are colorful fairies that also mark some of the characters, artifacts, and creatures that will be featured in the upcoming sequel series, Dragonwatch.

If you have read the Fablehaven series, you will know that this is about magic preserves, locations for magical creatures to be safe from humans, and the adventures that involves them. I love this series and when I saw the opportunity to review The Caretaker’s Guide I had to jump on it.

This book is filled with the difference magical creatures throughout all the preserves and some additional that have been included in the adventures. There are beautiful illustrations that add to the descriptions and helped me to understand what the creatures look like in Brandon Mull’s mind. But I have to say the best part are all the notes throughout for the locations and experiences with these creatures. It really linked the guide to the Fablehaven series.

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, starting this series or a longtime lover, this book is a great addition. Now I’m going to read the Fablehaven series again.

For more information on The Caretaker’s Guide to Fablehaven or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Brandon Mull’s website.Shadow Mountain

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I received this book for free from Shadow Mountain Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Eden’s Creatures

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Eden’s Creatures by Valarie Zambito

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Some rules cannot be broken. Ever. Until it happens. Twice.

Cal Taylor hates his life. A neglectful mother, an abusive stepfather, and town thugs all conspire to tear him down. But, he never could have imagined that his dreams of striking out on his own would take him to a whole different world.

When he stumbles into the mystical Faedin, he can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful girl who captures him. Stassi is everything he’s not. Confident. Strong. Ruthless. More animal than human really. Before he knows it, they’re caught in a dangerous struggle for survival and neither are prepared for the cunning of the serpent that slithers just out of sight.

Valerie Zambito

Heroic fantasy author, Valerie Zambito, lives in New York with her family. A great love of world building, character creation, and all things magic led to the publication of her epic fantasy series, ISLAND SHIFTERS, in October, 2011. The first book in her paranormal fantasy series, ANGELS OF THE KNIGHTS, followed in 2012.

Review

Cal Taylor has a rough life. His mother could care less about him, his step fathers beats him and his mother, and the bullies at school beat him too. The only bright thing in his life is his little brother. On day when things are particularly rough, he escapes to the woods behind his house for a break. He enters Veil and starts his adventure with Stassy. Stassy has watched Cal for a long time and wants to be more like him, human. Together they are to help the Faedin keep the Gai’tan, the evil serpent, from taking over the world.

This story has some adult themes but it works since Cal is just months away from graduating high school. Cal’s life sucks and my heart breaks for him. I loved the story of Gai’tan. I have not heard of the serpent before and love how that plays into the story. Eden’s Creatures is a great story that flows well and kept me engaged. I admit that I didn’t like the ending but it had to happen that way, no other ending would have worked.

I do have to add that this is an absolutely beautiful cover. This is my first book from Valarie Zambito but it will not be my last. Make sure to add Eden’s Creatures to your TBR list.

For more information on Eden’s Creatures or to purchase the book make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and Valerie Zambito’s website.

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I received Eden’s Creatures from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Purified

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Purified by Elizabeth S. Sullivan

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) When a mutilated body of an African American girl is found in a park sandbox, the media shows no interest. Instead, their attention is riveted on the disappearance of Olivia Safra, a college student and only child of the powerful and dangerous Richard Safra. Suspended ADA, Beck Oldman, demoted to a rookie PI is assigned her first cases to find a missing teenager and Olivia Safra.

Leads connect the murders to the Safra case. The investigation into her client’s private life reveals a dark side in the relationship between a father and daughter and exacts his wrath against Beck. More girls are found murdered, putting Beck in a race to stop a serial killer and stop her own client from destroying her

PURIFIED is a thrilling story that explores many dark subjects, including what it does to those who have to live in the world of killers in order to stop them.

Beck Oldman is a disbarred attorney that is trying to make amends by working as a PI. But Beck is a mess both emotionally and physically. She is assigned to look into the disappearance of teenagers. But the deeper she digs, the more connections she finds to other disappearances. The question is if she can catch the serial killer before her own time gets cut short.

This is one dark story. As I was reading I figured that there would be you usual murdered girls, a serial killer with some sick plot, and Beck being in the sights of that serial killer. That would over simplifying this story. There are layers upon layers of sick stuff happening and damaged Beck is the right person to discover the truth.

This is a great, messed up story. It’s scary to think that things like this happen in stories but even worse when you think about how it happens in real life. If you want a great thriller, you have found your book.

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

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I received a copy of Purified from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Mind Over Bullies

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Mind Over Bullies: A Mob Forms by D.K. Smith

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Margo is pretty, popular and unsympathetic to just how intense bullying can get. As a counterfeiting plot sweeps through the city of Oak View, life for Margo will change dramatically.

With a mystery unfolding, an unlikely group of heroes emerges. Bullied teens love them, the police hate them and bullies fear them. Together they will try to get to the bottom of the counterfeiting mystery while ingeniously teaching a few bullies a lesson or two along the way… that is, if the police don’t catch them first.

There are two parts to this story. The first one is bullying. A lot of people get bullied, especially in school and some of the things that happen in Mind Over Bullies happen every day for some people. The second part is a counterfeiting ring. Margo is a journalism student that knows bullying happens but thinks herself above it. But she gets her eyes opened when she starts looking into the counterfeiting.

I liked the mystery of the counterfeiting. It was a great way to keep the story moving without being drug down by too much emphasis on bullying. I really like how Margo goes from the top of the social food chain to those that get bullied. I also liked how everyone had their own personality that stood out from the rest.

I admit that I am one of the people that had to deal with bullying personally in school and I admit that I get a little wound up when the topic comes up. I really like how the MOB worked to help those bullied even though they had some advanced technology that many don’t get to use. But I still liked how this part of the story played out.

I really like Mind Over Bullies. This is a great story that anyone can read. There was good action and mystery and some people getting their just desserts. This is one book that I recommend everyone read.

For more information on Mind Over Bullies or to purchase this book make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads, and D.K. Smith’s website.

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I received Mind Over Bullies from iRead Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.

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