Sunday, September 23, 2018

FOREST BEYOND THE EARTH by Matthew S. Cox


This is a post-apocalyptic book, but not the kind you would expect.  Wisp lives with her father in a world that is ruined, but healing.  I loved reading about things we take for granted that this couple thrives on for everyday life.  For example, they use license plates as protective shin guards.  (Something I liked was that the author describes the items and the reader gets to realize what they are.  Some books have the main character confused, but the author outright says what the item is.)

The adventure continues a bit mainstream – there’s plenty of adventure and characterizations to make you engaged, but its like a normal post-apocalyptic story.  Then, the ending comes, and what a twist that delivers! 

Don’t miss out on this book if you’re looking for an exciting read.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

THE MENAGERIE OF JENKINS BAILEY by Matthew S. Cox


This is the type of book I can see being my favorite in junior high and high school.  There’s a creepy, old mansion.  I’m still all about creepy, old mansions.  There’s a bit of a ghost story and that leads into some great magic and mythological creatures.  The book was altogether awesome, and the characters are spot-on. 

I love how versatile this author is.  He can write for middle grade, young adult, and adults, and he nails it every time.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Crack Yourself Up


I received a copy of CRACK YOURSELF UP: JOKES FOR KIDS by Sandy Silverthorne from Revell in exchange for an honest review.  I was excited for this book because I know my son will love it.  He laughs at everything, and even though he’s still a little young for some of the jokes, he’ll be able to grow into them. 

I opened the package, got the book out, and my husband took it to “glance over.”  He spent the next hour reading through the entire book.  Most of them he read out loud to me while I was trying to get housework done.  It certainly made things move along faster!  Later on, I heard him sharing some of the jokes with his friends. 

Some are riddles, which adds a nice mix to the assortment of jokes.  They are all appropriate for kids.  I thought that was great.  In the past, I had joke books for kids that threw in a couple “adult” jokes.  They were probably for the parent, but that shouldn’t be in a book just for kids.

This makes an excellent coffee table book, or addition to the home library.  It would also be perfect as a gift.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Shift Your Thinking for Success


I received a copy of SHIFT YOUR THINKING FOR SUCCESS: 77 ways to win at work and in life BY Dean Del Sesto from Revell in exchange for an honest review.  I really looked forward to this book.  I’ve had some struggles recently – I lost my job, I’m unable to find another one in my field, I’m at a job that I don’t enjoy, my husband lost his job, we have a baby…  I’m a published author and struggling to get my books in the hands of readers.  I was hoping this book would change my life around.

The book just didn’t do it for me.  I do a lot of these things already – setting goals, sticking to one’s values.  While they do make me feel good, I am already doing them.  I was looking for something new, that I wasn’t aware of before.  Maybe I put too much hope in this book.

I didn’t hate it and there were a lot of topics that I’m sure will help others.  I will be trying to sleep more and make more time for family.  Currently I work 8-5/6 at the temp job and then come home to work on my writing.  I go to bed and that’s it for the day.  I’ll also work on not putting out a know-it-all vibe.  That can easily happen and it does put people off.

I’m giving the book 4 stars because it does contain a lot of wisdom.  It makes you think about your life.  It just wasn’t the ground-breaking solution I think I was expecting.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

UNDER A RED DELTA SUN by Sinmisola Ogunyinka


This is an exquisite young adult  story about wounded children fighting to survive.  They’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Despite the challenges life throws at them, they stay true to themselves.  Action after action after action…this is a fast paced read that doesn’t always give you a chance to breathe. 

This is one of the most suspenseful YA books that I’ve read in quite a while.

The story takes place in Nigeria.  I found that aspect fascinating, as I haven’t read other books that take place in Nigeria. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

QUANTUM by Roxanne Lambie


This is an adventure novel for young adults, or just for the young at heart.  I loved  the whole time/space idea where she lands in Ireland.  It’s awesome that she’s learning how to fly.  You don’t read about that in young adult books for girls.  I’d like to think reading this book will inspire more girls to become pilots. 

Check this out when you can and if you’re looking for a gift for a teenage girl, this is one to grab.

Friday, June 29, 2018

SOPHIE’S LIGHT by Matthew S. Cox


It started off as a good children’s story.  The little girl is tormented by a troll while living in a magica forest.  She decides to set off on her own, and the reader can marvel at her strength and endurance, while also seeing her vulnerable side.  The characterizations are excellent.

Then you get to the end, and wow.  I won’t spoil the twist, but if you’re like me, you’ll have to reread the book with the twist in mind.

That twist takes it from a good story to the kind you want to recommend to everyone.