December 15, 2015

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

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 Oh my gosh, what an awesome, incredible, brilliant book. After Laila and I read it the first time, we went back and read it again - we loved it that much. Page after page, this story will keep you turning. There wasn't a single night that I read to her where we didn't wish for more time to read this book. Super bonus that it's so beautifully well written, and thought out; it's a strong story, with lots of little twists and turns.
     Not once did we have to stop, not once did we have to slow down, not once did we want to.
     Out of the all the books I read to Laila this year, this one was by far our favorite, so much so, she begged me to buy her copy when it releases so she can share with her friends.
     I intend to hunt down more books by Brian Farrey, so that Laila and are guaranteed more great adventures before bed.

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T I T L E: The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse
A U T H O R: Brian Farrey
P U B L I S H E R: Algonquin Young Readers
P U B L I S H--D A T E: April 19, 2016
I S B N: 9781616205058
Children’s Fiction
A princess and a peasant girl must embark on a dangerous quest to outwit a centuries-old warning foretelling the fall of the Monarchy in this thrilling modern fairytale.
In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a black and desolate bog that the happy people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it, except for one dire warning: If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah yearns to know what the marsh could possibly conceal that might topple her family's thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity.
Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Emberfell, where everyone lives with unending joy, a girl named Aon hides a sorrow she can never reveal. She knows that something in the carse--something that sings a haunting tune only Aon can hear--holds the cure for her sadness. Yet no matter how many times she tries to enter, the terror-inducing dreadwillow trees keep her away.
After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah and Aon hatch a plan to send Aon into the heart of the carse to unlock its darkest secret. But when Aon doesn't return, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must enter the carse to try and rescue her friend--even if it means risking the entire Monarchy.
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse weaves together classic fairy-tale elements--a princess, a forbidden land, and a dangerous quest--in a clever, fast-paced adventure that explores the importance of asking questions and the power of friendship.


*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

December 8, 2015

The Weird Wild West

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     Let me begin by saying, I am irrevocably in love with the weird west. This genre absolutely hits a sweet spot for me, and it's heartbreaking that more people aren't spinning tales within this bountiful genre. This anthology offers twelve short stories with full on spectacular weird west. But of course, like any anthology, I had my favorites; Ruin Creek by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin, Rattler by R. S. Belcher, Son of the Devil by Jonathan Maberry, Mungo Snead's Last Stand by Robert E. Waters, Redemption Song by John G. Hartness, and Eighteen Sixty by Faith Hunter.
     I'm intrigued to read more from these authors, and plan on hunting them down. A vast majority of these stories are well written, and very easy to follow from start to finish, no matter how long or short. There were only a few that did not really hold up to the others.
     I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trying the genre. It's the perfect anthology to get your feet wet with.
     Over all, I'm giving this book three stars. The stories I didn't enjoy were really hard to get into and connect with. Those stories I mentioned above, however, I would have totally given four stars had I been reviewing each short story within the book.

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T I T L E: The Weird Wild West
A U T H O R: Misty Massey, Emily Lavin Leverett, Margaret S. McGraw, Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin, John G. Hartness, James R. Tuck Jr, Tonia Brown, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Robert E. Waters, Jonathan Maberry, David Sherman, Ken Schrader , R.S. Belcher, Liz Colter
P U B L I S H E R: eSpec Books
P U B L I S H--D A T E: December 1, 2015
I S B N: 9781942990017
Weird West, Anthology

The untamed frontier is a challenge, a test of character, a proving ground for the soul. It's a place where pioneers rewrite their future, or end their days…for better or worse. In the spirit of Bret Maverick, Cat Ballou, Kwai Chang Caine, and James West, The Weird Wild West blends western grit with the magical and mysterious unknown that waits beyond the next horizon.

*I received an advanced copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review*

December 3, 2015

Turning Silver to Gold by Chris James

T I T L E: Turning Silver to Gold
S E R I E S: Alchemy (NÂș 2)
A U T H O R: Chris James
P U B L I S H E R: Globe Literary
P U B L I S H--D A T E: December 14, 2015
Supernatural Thriller
After finding Jacob Silver's body missing from his grave at Pentonville Prison, Lizzie Weston battles to prove he is immortal - and clear his name.
Detective Inspector George Neville searches for Jacob's missing remains and learns that Nicolas Flamel is not only alive but cooking another brew - and leaving dead bodies wherever he goes.
Portraits and heads in jars, exhibits from Jacob Silver's "trial of the century" cause havoc as Jacob's murdered victims seek revenge.
Sir Robert Weston is honoured by Queen Victoria for services to medicine - after stealing with Jacob's discoveries.
But where is Jacob Silver?
A new trial, the sensation of the next century, reveals all.

     I must say that I am truly enjoying this series so far. This is the second book and it was just as great as the debut novel.
     Though we do see a lot of the story through Lizzie’s eyes, the point of view does switch between several characters at times. However, it is done well and flows wonderfully. The characters were well developed in the first book, but they are more so in this one. I have to say that while I do really like all of the characters, except Flamel of course, Lizzie is my favorite. I must also add that I didn’t see the ending coming and it caught me off guard, which is not a bad thing. I am very curious to see what will happen in the next installment, and hopefully we won’t have to wait too awfully long to find out.
     If you are looking for something different in a mystery that is a bit dark and macabre with some supernatural elements, then you will want to pick this one up. I do highly recommend it but I also recommend that you read the first book Alchemy: The Story of Perfect Murder.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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