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Charlotte and the Mysterious Vanishing Place (The Kare Kids Adventures – 2)

by Charles A. Salter

Nine-year-old Charlotte loves to explore the woods around her neighborhood in Ellicott City, Maryland. One day she has TWO surprises-she notices a patch of the forest slowly vanishing and discovers a lost puppy caught in a bramble bush. She rescues it and takes it home. Her parents recognize it as a valuable purebred pup and locate the rightful owner. Rather than accept the owner’s reward, Charlotte asks her parents to buy Cocoa the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as the present for her upcoming birthday. Will she sacrifice her plans for a big party at the Bouncin’ Fun Zone because her parents can’t afford both? Returning to the woods, she notes the sinking area getting wider and deeper and tells her parents and the authorities, who caution her to stay away. The county’s geologist explains the danger of sinkholes, and Charlotte worries it will allow the other puppies to escape and get lost, too. She keeps an eye on the kennel and sees another puppy escape and become trapped in the now enormous sinkhole. Cocoa follows it and gets trapped, too! As a fierce rainstorm arises, and the fallen tree the pups cling to begins to disappear through the opening at the center of the sinkhole, Charlotte can find no one else to help. She leaves messages but realizes it is up to her to save the pups. But it is too steep and slippery for her to crawl down and get back out. Can she rescue the pups and get out herself before the giant sinkhole swallows everything?

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My Review

5 stars

Charlotte loves to explore the woods behind her house. One day while out she finds a strange area that has sunken lower than the rest of the forest. But while out she also finds a puppy that she calls Cocoa. Charlotte learns of sacrifice to keep the puppy. She then finds a sink hole that could cause more problems.

I loved this story. Charlotte is a sweet kid and makes an instant bond with Cocoa but learns that sometimes she might have to give things up to get other things. I loved how she found the sink hole and was determined to keep the other puppies safe. She was also very brave when she took it upon herself to save Cocoa and the other puppy.

I really enjoy the Kare Kids Adventures series and think they are a wonderful series for kids. This is the perfect chapter story that could be read to kids or for a first book. They have a great message and lots of adventure for boys and girls. This series is a must for those with kids.

To purchase Charlotte and the Mysterious Vanishing Place make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Goodreads.

I received Charlotte and the Mysterious Vanishing Place for free from PR by the Book in exchange for an honest review.

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StarPassage: Book One, The Relic by Clark Rich Burbidge

Teenagers Tim and Martie are desperate to end their parents’ downward spiral. Between their father’s PTSD and their mother’s depression, their family has reached a breaking point.

Then an ancient Christmas ornament reveals its secrets, sending the siblings across the centuries on a search for hope. But Tim and Martie aren’t the only ones hunting through time. They’re being watched by dark figures—Trackers doomed to haunt history. These Trackers believe the teens’ ornament is their key to freedom, and they will do whatever it takes to steal it.

What begins as an exciting adventure becomes a deadly race. Can Tim and Martie find the answers they seek before their enemy finds them?
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My Review

5 stars

It is Christmas time and the Carson family is under some stress. Time and Martie’s father was injured in the Middle East and suffers from PTSD. The PTSD has been getting worse lately and he ends up checking himself into the hospital. Their mother has also decided to take a break. Tim and Martie are upset but find themselves transfixed by a star ornament on their Christmas tree. When they take it down they find strange writing and find themselves transported to Valley Forge during the American Revolution. Tim and Martie soon find themselves on different adventures throughout time.

I loved Tim and Martie. They are upset about where their family is at but through their adventures, which kept me engrossed, they learn about different periods in history. I loved how each trip gave more insight to where the Carson family was with their fathers PTSD. It brought them back together. I love how the story approaches PTSD as a serious issue and how they work together with it.

And of course I loved each adventure through time. That in itself made this book so great. It gave so much more for readers. I think that aspect will help drawn kids in and make them want to learn more about the different times Tim and Martie visit. This book is meant for young adults but I also think that older children will really like this book too.

If you are looking for a great story for all ages look no further. You have all kinds of information and an amazing story.

To purchase StarPassage make sure to check out Amazon, Goodreads and Clark Rich Burbidge’s website.

I received StarPassage: Book One, The Relic for free from PR by the Book in exchange for an honest review.

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Born of Water

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Born of Water (The Rise of the Fifth Order – 1) by Autumn Birt

In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16-year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses. But it is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success.

Only the Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn’t betray the girl first. Along with Ria comes Ty and his sister, Lavinia, both bound to defend Ria from the Church of Four Orders. However, Ty has been living a life less than honest and keeping it from his sister. To survive a journey that takes them across the breadth of their world, the four must learn to trust each other before pursuit from the Church and Ty’s troubled past find them.

Born of Water is the first book in the Rise of the Fifth Order Saga full of elemental magic and epic fantasy adventure. Welcome to the mythical world of Myrrah, ruled by the Church of Four Orders – Fire, Earth, Water, and Air.

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My Review

5 stars

Niri is a Priestess of water that failed to identify an elemental during the festival. She wants to make amends to her order and goes on the hunt for this girl. But when she finds Ria she realizes there is more to this girl than what she originally thought. So she goes on a quest to find out the truth about Ria’s powers and her own. Lavinia and Ty are brother and sister and friends to Ria, they go along to keep Ria safe but end up learning more about themselves. But this is a race against time since the Curse has been released to hunt down Ria. But secrets about the church are going to be exposed and Niri is going to learn that although she is the weakest of the elementals she has more power in her than she knows.

When elementals are discovered, they are taken away from their families and indoctrinated into the church.  This is the only life Niri has known for years and at first those teachings is all that she sees. But as the story progresses she learns that there is more to the story of the church and it is not as wonderful as she has been told. Ria has this amazing power but she is scared to use it because of the Curse hunting them down. I loved watching her grow throughout the story.

Ty has his own secrets and at first hates Niri. But when you learn about his apprenticeship you can understand his feelings. And then there is Lavinia. She is a young girl ready to go into her apprenticeship and along for adventure but finds her own, unconventional place in the world.

This book is full of action, adventure and wonderful locations. It is very descriptive and draws the reader in. I listened to the audio book and couldn’t wait to get back to it as soon as I had to stop. Thom Bowers did a wonderful job of narrating. It was easy to follow along with each character.

If you are looking for a new young adult fantasy series, this is the series for you. I strongly recommend checking out Born of Water. As for me I can’t wait to read Rule of Fire or even better listen to it on audiobook.

To purchase Born of Water make sure to check out Amazon, Audible, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Autumn Birt’s website.

I received Born of Water for free from the author in a giveaway.

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Soul Slam

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Soul Slam (Soul Warriors – 1) by Allie Burton

An ancient Egyptian amulet.
A pharaoh’s soul inside demanding she obey.
A double cross that ends with a curse.

On her first heist to steal an ancient Egyptian amulet, sixteen-year-old Olivia inadvertently receives the soul of King Tut…and the deadly curse that comes with it. And Olivia’s not alone at the museum.

A member of a secret society, Xander believes it’s his place to inherit King Tut’s soul and justly rule. He knows nothing about the society’s evil plan to control the world or the curse. Now, he must deal with the female thief who stole the amulet.

When the two teens find themselves up against the secret society, they reluctantly join forces and must figure out how to end the curse before it turns deadly. On the run and unable to touch because of the curse, Olivia and Xander develop a connection during their quest.

As the mystery surrounding the amulet unfolds, Olivia and Xander fall for each other. But is love enough to save them and the world from destruction?

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My Review

5 stars

Olivia has been living on the streets for a lot of her life. She is ordered to steal the Mighty Amulet of Aten. But when she gets to the museum she finds herself interrupting a magical ceremony and ends up with the soul of King Tut inside her. Xander was the one that has been groomed for the soul of King Tut and is initially upset that Olivia has the soul. But he ends up helping keep her alive.

This book is full of action, adventure and a great story. Olivia has been through the worst but instead of letting the defeat her, she keeps fighting and trying to protect the kids. Xander is under the impression that he is destined for greatness but quickly realizes that he was just being manipulated. Both teens go on the run and end up developing a bond. But things are not easy as King Tut is constantly trying to get his own way.

I loved how this story had Egyptian mythology mixed with it. There are not many stories that have this in them. This is a great story and a wonderful beginning to a new series. I can’t wait to see where Allie Burton takes the story from here.

To purchase Soul Slam make sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Allie Burton’s website.

I received Soul Slam for free from Candid Book Reviews in exchange for an honest review.

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The Last Bucelarii

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Blade of the Destroyer (The Last Bucelarii – 1) by Andy Peloquin

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Haunted by lost memories, he is bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power but denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.
When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

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My Review

5 stars

The Hunter is an assassin that has no memory of his past. He has been bonded to the blade called Bloodhunger. Bloodhunger demands blood and the souls of its victims and when it is hungry it calls to The Hunter. Because of the bond, The Hunter can quickly heal from wounds, has a super tracking ability and is super strong. He accepts assassin jobs but he is not completely evil, there are moments where he helps others. The problem is an assassination of a Lord starts more trouble for The Hunter than what he was expecting. He will learn about his past if he can survive those hunting him.

This is a great story with a wonderful anti-hero. The Hunter may seem like an immortal but he is human. He doesn’t remember his past but tries not to focus on that. He uses his assassinations to feed Blooghunger but that doesn’t always happen in time and Bloodhunger has no problem driving The Hunter to find a victim. But The Hunter does help those less fortunate and he is about to learn more about himself than he really wanted to.

There is so much to this book. A wonderful setting that is well developed. A great character that seems dark but has moments of light and an amazing story. This is Andy Peloquin’s first book and it does not read like it. This is a well-developed story that draws you in and races at a breakneck pace until the end.

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Lament of the Fallen (The Last Bucelarri – 2)

The Hunter of Voramis is no more.

Alone with the bloodthirsty voices in his head, fleeing the pain of loss, he has one objective: travel north to find Her, the mystery woman who plagues his dreams and haunts his memories.
When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.
Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.
From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter’s journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.

Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…

My Review

5 stars

The Hunter has left Voramis. He doesn’t really have any plans but he is drawn North to a mystery woman. But in his travels he comes across a bandit attack and is drawn to help them. From there everything seems to go from bad to worse. He heads to Malandria to retrieve Soulhunger but he is too weak. Unfortunately without Soulhunger he is only at half power. Thus starts a battle with the Order of Midas.

The Hunter has changed his ways. Now he is trying not to kill but that just seems to make the calling for blood that much more powerful. It also seems that no matter where he goes things are going to get worse before there is a glimmer of better. The Hunter is trying to be a better person but it just feels like he is just struggling weakly at his lot in life. Plus when he finds out someone has knowledge of Bucelarri he is drawn to find out more about his past.

I love this series. The Hunter is such a great character. With his heritage he is trying to fight an uphill battle but he is determined to try to stop the killing. It’s a little sad to see how he was this killer assassin and how far he has fallen.

This is an amazing epic fantasy story. It’s easy to get sucked into the book and not want to leave until the last page. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. I hope at some point The Hunter can find what he is looking for.

I received Blade of the Destroyer and Lament of the Fallen for free from the author and Dreams and Screams Bookaholics in exchange for an honest review.

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Andy Peloquin

Andy Peloquin has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.

Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

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The Apostates Book Two: Remnants by Lars Teeney

After the fall of the ruling Regime of New Megiddo, the John W. Schrubb Administration, the remnants of the country are fought over by the Republic of China Army, the Societatum Pentagram, ‘Database’ cartels, and independent city-states. Greta Sanchez, a former Apostate resistance commander who had sought refuge in West Europa is haunted by the nuclear annihilation of the old capital, New Megiddo City. In order to atone for her complicity in the destruction, she resolves to return to America to stop a new war. Greta sets out to track down her old comrades to reform the Apostates to meet new threats.

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My Review

5 stars

Following the Apostates win, we see a country left in chaos. If you remove a super power and you don’t have another one to fill in the void you will have a collapse. This is where we come into book two. Several individuals, states, countries and such are trying to take over what New Megiddo was controlling. Greta is living in Europe and is haunted by the chaos from the rebellion. She returns to America to try and gather her Apostate companions to fight those that are trying to take over what is left after the collapse.

Greta is has decided to return to what is left after the regimes collapse. She is planning on tracking down the other rebels and getting prepared to fight for what is left. But this book also explores the different characters pasts. Evan is looking into his past and hoe he became an orphan. Consuela is trying to find her family and hopes to be left alone. Craig, Evan’s mentor, is trying to live with his time fighting the Chinese in Alaska and being a POW. Then we have Simon who is meeting with the Pope Invictus to try and get his neural net system in Europe.

I loved delving into the different players backgrounds. It adds a richness to the story but also makes you more understanding of what is driving them. I love that Greta is determined to fix the problems caused by ending the regimes collapse. I can’t wait to see how this series is going to end. I hope and pray for the best but I have a feeling that things are not going to be an easy journey.

To purchase The Apostates Book Two: Remnants make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Lars Teeney’s website.

I received The Apostates Book Two: Remnants for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Agreement

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The Agreement (Shadow Tales – 3) by James Drummond

When a colleague goes missing during a mission, Toby and Jack head to the Scottish Highlands to track her down. They have a general idea of where to look, but no idea of the danger that awaits them. Jack’s lifelong nemesis is expecting their visit, and the over three-hundred-year-old vampire has a surprise waiting.

The search-and-rescue job soon turns onto a fight for survival, and Toby’s recently inherited warlock powers come in especially useful as the hunters become the hunted. Barely able to save themselves, Toby and Jack are at a complete loss for how to help the small Scottish town of Loubcroy when they come to truly appreciate the horrific agreement the wicked vampire has forged with its residents.

The hunters call on familiar friends who quickly come to their aid as they face their most formidable threat yet. It turns out being a battle that leaves Toby, Jack, Rachel, and Natalie both physically and psychologically wounded.

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My Review

5 stars

Toby is back and ready to fight vampires. Together with Jack, Rachel and Natalie they head to the Loubcroy, Scotland. It seems that vampire Alister McKeen rules the village with an iron fist. Toby is worried about Rachel and Jack is searching for a missing hunter and his girlfriend Angelina. Jack has another reason to hate Alister, he is the vampire that killed Jack’s parents. This is going to be a taxing mission for everyone, if they make it out alive.

I love this series. There is a great story, wonderful characters, and evil bad guys. Toby is so concerned about Rachel that he is almost distracted. Jack is clearly focusing on both finding Angelina and getting revenge on Alister. And Natalie, the poor girl is learning about how her magic works, especially with the effect her emotions have on the magic.

This is a great series and one that I recommend any age reading. It’s spooky and one you don’t want to read late on a weekday, you won’t be getting any sleep.

To purchase The Agreement make sure to visit Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and James Drummond’s website.

I received The Agreement for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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