Archive for July 3rd, 2017


Lost Boy by Christina Henry

From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a familiar story with a dark hook—a tale about Peter Pan and the friend who became his nemesis, a nemesis who may not be the blackhearted villain Peter says he is…

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

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Christina Henry

Author’s Bio

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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My Review

5 stars

This is the story of Captain Hook. But he starts his story as Jamie, Peter’s second in command, the first boy he brought back from the Other Place, and the only one that sees the truth of Peter. Peter is a narcissist that is looking for playmates but easily tires of them. Jamie is the one that sees the boys grow too old and be banished to the pirate camps, taken on adventures and raids and lost, or attacked by the dangerous things on the island. Jamie has stood by Peter for a long time but the newest boy brought back is very young and not able to play Peter’s games. Jamie has taken him under his wing and is trying to protect him but this causes strife between him and Peter. And when Peter is not happy, no one is happy.

Jamie has been around since the beginning and knows Peter. He stays and goes on all the adventures but you can tell that it is starting to weight on the boy. When Charlie is introduced it is kind of the breaking point for Jamie as he takes care of Charlie and constantly gets belittled by Peter. He doesn’t want to grow up since he has seen the fate of other boys that have grown but something has to give.

I loved Alice and Red Queen so I was so excited to jump into Lost Boy. Yes, I admit that the most I know of Peter Pan is the Disney story. I have read All Darling Children by Katrina Monroe and loved the non-Disney versions. I love authors that are taking the classics that most of us know and putting a darker, more adult twist on them. I can’t wait to see what story Christina Henry is going to revamp next.

I received Lost Boy from Berkley Publishing for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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In the Shadow of a Stranger by Ernesto Patino

Antonio de la Vega learns that his natural father is a former SS officer who committed heinous crimes during World War II. He embarks on a search to find his father, while back at home, Antonio’s mother is afraid that the man she once loved may reappear.

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Ernesto Patiño

Author’s Bio

Ernesto Patino grew up in El Paso where he graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. He received a Bachelor of Music degree and taught school for a couple of years before joining the FBI as a Special Agent. His career spanned 23 years, most of which were spent in South Florida. He now lives in Arizona, and divides his time between writing and working as a private investigator. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization (ITW).

When Ernesto is not working as a P.I. or writing a book, you can usually find him at a local dance studio where he continually strives to perfect his skills as a ballroom dancer.


My Review

4 stars

Antonio de la Vega is an attorney in Mexico that is going about his day until a strange older man, Harry Friedman approaches him and tells him he looks like the SS officer that killed his family. Antonio knows nothing about his family since it has only been his mother and him. But he goes on the hunt to find out the truth about his father.

Once I read the synopsis of this story, I was really curious to see what was going to happen in this story. There is a lot of emotion all the way around. How can you not have feelings for Harry and the horror that he went through and to know that the person that killed his family got away. As for Antonio, I can’t fault him for wanting to find out who his father is. Even without Harry’s story I would be curious to know who my father was if I was in his place. But then to learn that he may have been a SS officer, of course he would be on the hunt for the truth.

This is an amazing story filled with a lot of emotion. It is rich with history from World War II but it will appeal to everyone. This is on book worth checking out.

I received In the Shadow of a Stranger from Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Deity’s Soulmate


Deity’s Soulmate (The Goddess Training Trilogy – 1) by Angelica Kener

From author Angelina Kerner (Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted) comes an all-new fantasy series about Gardenia, a daughter of Athena, and her 100 years of coursework on how to create whole new worlds and subjects of her own.

A sheltered schoolchild in a realm of condescending gods and goddesses, Gardenia goes to Earth on a dare to witness the unsavory side of mankind for herself. Believing she can do better, she undertakes the formation of an entire galaxy, but without permission from Zeus.

Zeus disciplines her by assigning an epic 13-fold creational lesson destined to take her a century to complete. But he is taken aback once more when she makes an odd choice. She vows to fulfill this knowledge quest by tracking down a lost race of dragons, and discovering the secrets they’ve kept since time began.

Searching the universe to meet even one dragon may be a fool’s errand, but that’s the least of her worries. For ancient wartime resentments linger between the nations of dragons and deities, and some dragons would attack Gardenia on sight!

Yet she ventures out undaunted, learning unexpected things about nomadic life, tender love, and mortal peril along the way. The biggest surprise of all, though, goes by the name of Ri. Ri may be the man of her dreams, the voice in her head, the dragon she’s seeking, or all these things and more…

Meanwhile, the Fates brew sordid plans of their own and Hera jealously sets traps and trials for Gardenia at every chance. What’s a young goddess to do? Flight or fight?

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 Angelina Kerner

Author’s Bio

I wish I could sit down with you and have a nice warm cup of tea or a steaming mug of coffee, but since that’s not possible, how about a cyber-hug? I love hugs and coffee, a lot of coffee.

So, as an introduction, let’s start with, “I love to read and write”. I have so many stories inside my head that sometimes it’s impossible to know what’s real anymore. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying a great novel, though. Reading and writing is not all that I love, though it comes a close second. I love dancing, needlework, spending time with my family and friends, and most of all, the holidays. That’s when my family is all smiles. Smiles are the best, don’t you think?

I started writing stories for teen girls because I started writing in high school and I understood teen girls… or at least I thought so at the time. Throw in a hot guy, romance, and drama to get the perfect hypnosis formula for girls and some boys. Later, as I grew up, my characters grew up with me. I write a variety of books for all ages, mostly fantasy and crime fiction. An odd combination? You be the judge.

You’ll get to browse and learn about my fantasy novel – Deity’s Soulmate – and my women’s fiction novel – Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted.

For book reviews and my blog- go to kernerangelina.live.

I’ll try to keep this site up-to-date so you’ll know the latest news or thoughts.


Angelina Kerner

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My Review

4 stars

Gardenia is the daughter of Zeus and Athena. She has gotten herself into trouble and is challenged by Zeus to make a universe of her own. But she has to follow a guideline that will take her 100 years to complete. Once she does this she will be considered to have passed her rites of passage. But she defies her teachers and decides to learn from the dragons instead of her family. This causes great strife in her community. When she falls in love with a dragon she finds herself in deeper trouble. But the main thing she learns along the path of her quest is that there is a huge amount of things to learn.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a fresh retelling of Greek mythology that has been cleaned up some. I liked the concept of creation and the dragons and the god’s interactions. Gardenia is different from the other gods and goddesses and I love her approach to her challenge. Ri and Ra were great instructors and I was excited when Gardenia started falling for Ri.

This is a great story, essentially a coming of age story for a young goddess. I like how Gardenia was willing to step out of the trodden path and look for her answers in the unconventional way.

I received Deity’s Soulmate from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.


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