Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Review: Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The long-awaited "other half" of Acheron has been revealed in Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest best-seller, STYXX.  I can't tell you how excited I was to turn on my Kindle and find it waiting for me the morning of September 3rd.  All the loyal followers (known as Kenyon's Menyons) have desperately waited for Sherri to bring us the story of the tortured twin of the series's main character, Acheron.  And BOY there was NO dissappointment in this volume!!!!!

I honestly think I can't say a whole lot about the book without spoiling it. I will say that Acheron is framed in a whole new light through Styxx's story. And as much as I LOVE Ash, I think it is so wonderful to finally hear things from Styxx's side! You don't have to have read ACHERON first, but you will probably think he is a real A-Hole if you don't! But I guess the same could be said in reverse of Styxx.

If you are a Kenyon fan, you will find everything you love and more here. If you haven't read a Kenyon Dark Hunter episode yet...this is a great place to start your addiction!!!

For more on Styxx and Sherrilyn Kenyon http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com/book/styxx/

Monday, October 7, 2013

Cover Reveal: SUNRISE by Mike Mullin ( Book #3 in the ASHFALL series)

I am very happy to be able to reveal to you the cover to the third installment in Mike Mullin's ASHFALL series: SUNRISE.

The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever — and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.

Mike Mullin - Bio:

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review: Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

Lily Sanderson is ready to give it all up for love.  Born to the royal court of Thalassinina, as Princess Waterlily, heir to the kingdom, Lily has fallen in love with a human boy and wishes to renounce her title to live on land with her boyfriend, Quince.  Enter her hot-mess of a cousin, Dosinia.

Doe, the human-hating, hurricane of a cousin from the sea, has been exiled by Lily's father.  Lily has been tasked with teaching Doe to respect the human race before her father will lift the exile.  The cousin stirs up a massive amount of trouble for Lily and Quince, and a visit from an old mer-friend of Lily's creates a great storm on land, and in the sea.

Lily must choose between her heart and her responsibilities, but finds a way to manage both to a happy new start of her life both in and out of the water.

Childs's clever writing wraps in a perfect amount of dialogue and marine references to keep the story upbeat and funny. I look forward to reading the next installment in the series to find out just how well Princess Waterlily adapts to her new life.

Find out more about Tera Lynn Childs and her books at: www.teralynnchilds.com

Rating: 4 stars

Monday, August 12, 2013

Book Review: PAWNBROKER by Jerry Hatchett

After reading countless dystopian, vampire and zombie apocalypse books, I took a break to read something I haven't read in a long time...a THRILLER.  And I was in for a treat!  PAWNBROKER written by an author who lives in the same area as I do, did NOT disappoint!  It had me hooked from the very beginning and was very difficult to put down. 

Jerry Hatchett has skillfully woven a story of corruption, murder and lies.  Grey Bolton is a simple pawnbroker, living a simple life in small town Mississippi.  He kills what he thinks is a would-be robber, is thrown into a mess of government corruption, and must survive to prove his innocence, save his family and stop a terrible plot to take over power.

Hatchett is a skilled writer, making both the characters and the setting very believable.  The secondary character development added a great deal to the story as it unfolded.  The plot twists kept me rapt with curiosity, and I couldn't help but read "just one more chapter" to find out what would happen next!  

I highly recommend PAWNBROKER to lovers of thrillers and intrigue.  You won't be disappointed!

Find out more about PAWNBROKER and Jerry's newest book, SEVEN UNHOLY DAYS at this link: http://jerryhatchett.com/

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

2013 Summer Author Blitz

Join us for the
2013 Summer Author Blitz!

My good friend Belle Whittington and I are hosting this MASSIVE promotional event online for the entire month of July! Over 40 authors in 31 days.  Blog posts, GIVEAWAYS, Scavenger Hunt, Twitter and Facebook parties and Author On the Air internet radio interviews!

See our event on Facebook for more info and to find out what is going on today!!!

RA: Good Books for Tween Boys

Middle Grade or Tween Boys are often considered the MOST reluctant group of readers.  As a librarian, I take this as a challenge, and always manage to put a book in their hand that I am SURE they will love before they walk out the door.

I actually feel that Tween Boys might be easier to find a book for than a reluctant Teen Girl reader.

Here are just a few suggestions of books/series that might grab the interest of your Tween Boy reader:

Before Suzanne made it to the big screen with her Young Adult series, THE HUNGER GAMES, she wound a wonderful tale of a boy who falls into a mysterious underworld and becomes a central character in a war that is unfolding there.  See the link for more information on this series.

I cannot say enough good things about Rick Riordan and this series.  I have seen so many boys (and girls) between the ages of 9 and 13 absolutely TURNED ON TO READING thanks to Percy Jackson.  The good part is, once you get them hooked, it's pretty easy to keep finding more for them to read!

Percy Jackson is growing up a "normal" kid in the USA.  Except, he's not so "normal".  He's the son of the Greek god, Poseidon, and he must endure a dangerous journey to catch the thief of Zeus's ultimate weapon, Lightning. 

Riordan reboots traditional Greek mythology with a modern-day twist.  Absolutely engaging.  Boys will read without complaining about the page count and want more when it's over.

Another fun bit: some online fun at Camp Half-Blood!

  • 39 Clues by various well-known Children's and Young Adult authors
Very popular in the middle grades with both Girls and Boys.  These mysteries put the reader at the center of the story as it unfolds from book to book and between.  Written by authors such as Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Rick Riordan and Roland Smith (to name just a few), this series provides books that are short, yet gripping and perfect for reluctant readers. 

But the BEST part about this series is the clue at the back of each book where clue cards are hidden and the reader can go to their online account to continue the adventure until they get to the next book in the series.  WOW what an awesome way to tie in the technology that these kids live with, and get them engaged in reading!

I certainly could provide a TON more recommendations, but just hoped to give out a little tidbit to help those assisting struggling or reluctant readers of this age group.  Feel free to email me if you have any questions!



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Here you will see discussions about anything and everything about books, authors and writing.
All for love of the written word
About Me:
I am a Young Adult Librarian, President of the Montgomery County Book Festival, active Texas Library Association member, and all around BOOK WENCH!

I love to share thoughts about books I read, promote authors I love, and discuss writing and the written word. 

Current reading obsessions: Paranormal Romance, Historical Fiction, Young Adult Fiction of any kinds, and *clears throat* Erotica. OH and I have a little thing for ZOMBIES! ;-)
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