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Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot by David Michael Slater

The Mattigan kids don’t believe in things that go bump in the night. After all, their dad is famous for proving such things are impossible. But, when their long-lost Grandpa Joe shows up with his Mysterious Monsters journal, begging for help, the siblings find themselves drawn into a search for Bigfoot.

Along the way, they’ll have to deal with meddling babysitters, suspicious psychics, a YouTube disaster, and their furious father. To solve this mystery, Maddie, Max, and Theo must rethink what’s possible — and make lots of peanut butter and banana sandwiches.

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Author’s Bio

David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, The Bored Book, and The Boy & the Book, as well as the on-going teen fantasy series, Forbidden Books, which is being developed for film by a former producer of The Lion King. David’s work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama, Fun & Games, which the New York Journal of Books writes “works brilliantly.” David teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son.

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My Review

5 stars

Marcus Mattigan is a paranormal debunker and is off to find the mothman in West Virginia. Maddie, Max, and Theo are left behind with a baby sitter but are surprised by a man that says he is their Grandpa Joe and left early in their father’s life to prove that mythical monsters are real. He is on the hunt for Bigfoot and thinks he is in their woods. Of course Theo instantly goes on the hunt and Maddie and Max head out to find him. But things take a dark turn and their father has to return early from his trip.

I love David Michael Slater’s Forbidden Book series and couldn’t wait to review Mystery Monsters: Bigfoot. This is a great story for mid grad readers. I couldn’t help feeling bad for the Mattigan kids, here they were trying to help their Grandpa Joe but things go wrong. I love the ending with the peanut butter and banana sandwiches, so cute.

This is a great story and one that any age would like. Make sure to check out this and other stories from David Michael Slater.

I received Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot from Sage’s Blog Tours for Free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Wyvern Awakening

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Wyvern Awakening (Mage Chronicles – 1) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

A Wyvern dragon shifter. Revenge, lies and a deadly magical challenge

When her parents were murdered eleven years ago, leaving her physically scarred during the event, dragon shifter Astri never learned the identity of their killer. That is until he appears to her in a nightmare.

The powerful Duke Jorgen not only rules the city of Rivenna where she lives, he is also responsible for her parents’ death and for the disability she’s had to bear most of her life. When the chance arises for her to compete to become Duke’s assistant, she realises this is her opportunity for revenge.

But everything in Astri’s world comes with a price. Can she overcome her disability and make Duke pay?

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Author’s Bio

Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like ‘Gone with the Wind’, ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘The doll’. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English.

The “Whispers of the Sprite” is her first debut novel and she is currently working on the second book in the series. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series.

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My Review

3 stars

When Astri was young her parents were killed and she was disfigured. She comes to live with her aunt and uncle and has a horrible life. The only thing really keeping her going was thinking about getting revenge on the person that killed her parents. She gets her chance when he holds a contest to become the Lords assistant and she decides to try to win it to get close to him. But then she starts having second thoughts and doubting that he is the one that really killed her parents. Astri also finds herself falling in love with him.

Astri is physically deformed and has been teased about it her whole life. Because of this and her abusive aunt and uncle she has no confidence. But then she plans on getting revenge for her parent’s deaths by competing to kill the killer. But is he really the one that killed her parents? Is she really falling for the killer of her parents?

I understand that Astri has been beat down but it did get to be a bit much. I was getting so frustrated by her being so wishy washy that I ended up skimming to the end of the story. Where is this bad ass with training that you constantly hear about? This book has so much potential but fell flat for me.

I received Wyvern Awakening from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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