Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Warcross (YA)

Emika Chen, a down on her luck Warcross bounty hunter, owing money to everyone and about to be evicted from her rat hole of a apartment, she tries one last ditch thing to gain her a little money, she hacks into the Warcross opening ceremonies only to accidentally glitch herself, making herself visible to everyone, and becoming a overnight sensation.  From there she is sure she will be thrown in jail but her life take a very different twist, one very cloak and dagger, one that will take her into the dark net and show her that the game of Warcross is more than just a game.
I absolutely loved this book, the action was non stop, the suspense with Zero went throughout the book, and the twists kept you on your toes, as did the side stories, some I am sure will blossom more in subsequent books.  This is the first book I ever read and thought while reading it, "Wow this would make a awesome movie." so that is saying something, hint hint movie people, pay attention, maybe Netflix!  I was so trying to turn more pages at the end (don't get me wrong it ended at a good place) I just was not ready for it to end, so I can not wait for the next book. Hurry Hurry Hurry

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Beginnings The Pandemic Series Book One (ADULT AUDIO)

Makenzie Hagan a doctor with the CDC, Nathan Hunter a officer with a special unit of the DOD, keep crossing paths until a spark flies, actually more than one spark, but they finally figure out they are working on the same case but in different ways.  It seems her outbreak and his terrorist are linked but now the race is on to save the worlds population, and their selves. 
This is a awesome book that is very entertaining but can also make you think if you are so inclined, and if you do will you still do the same things you have always done?  Do you still shake hands, take your neighbors soup when they are sick with the flu, or even wipe your kids nose?  Do you start stock piling water and food in a shelter, or just take things as they come?  This book is well researched, action packed, and suspenseful right up until the end where you can't help but rush for the next to see what happens. 
I had the audio version with narrators John David Ferrell and Kris Adams who tag teamed the male and female roles and brought the book alive, they were great, they made you part of the team like you were there with the guys helping them, providing cover, running tests, doing what needs to be done.  And it was these fine narrators teamed with a really good author that made that possible.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mari's Hope (MG)

This is the final chapter in this part or Mari's story, of a childhood that wasn't a childhood at all.  The first two books in this trilogy are Odin's Promise and Bjorn's Gift.  The three books follow Mari through the German occupation of Norway, a story not often told but just as horrific at times and powerful as well.  Mari's family is strong in the resistance and Mari is also a respected Doctors helper in their small village, which also helps her to be able to move around when others can't, like after curfew.  However, she is always worried about the soldiers living in their house snooping and her old friend from school whos family now support the Germans.  Are extra food rations that important?  But is everything always as it seems?
This was a very powerful series, and a story not often told but just as important in history as any other.  It is told in a exciting but very real way, it does not glamorize war but doesn't scare and totally traumatize children either.  There is plenty of action, a lot of hold on to your seat suspense, and just a few (ha ha) twists and turns to keep you on your toes.  But all in all it is a really awesome historical fiction book that I think any one would, young and older, great reader or reluctant (might need help with the Norwegian, but heck don't most of us), love to read.

Sandy Brehl is the award-winning author of a Norway historical trilogy for ages ten-thru-adult. (ODIN’S PROMISE, BJORN’S GIFT, and MARI’S HOPE) She also writes a blog about picture books (http://Unpackingpicturebookpower.blogspot.com) and contributes to a blog about historical works from middle grade readers (https://thestoriedpast.org). She’s an active member and volunteer with SCBWI-Wisconsin. Sandy writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for young readers of any age. A retired educator living in the Milwaukee area, Sandy offers programs for schools, libraries, and adult groups. Learn more at www.SandyBrehl.com, follow on Twitter @SandyBrehl and @PBWorkshop, and on Facebook: Sandy Brehl Author. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Deliver Us From Evil Demons Beware Part II (ADULT)

The Devil has recruited a hitman to do his bidding, and he is after those who help the people the Devil uses, the ones he possesses, Priests, and not just any Priests, but the few that can do exorcisms.  But out of all of the priests and people the Devil has his eyes on the one that got away, Tony.  Tony while working as a mechanic and trying desperately to be admitted into the priesthood  despite numerous rejections keeps trying, knowing that someday he can help his brother Billy and his friend James fight demons and the Devil, like the one that possessed him as a child.
This was an action packed from start to finish, roller coaster type book with all the twists and turns, but so good.  You will stay up past your bedtime because you won't want to put it down, it is one of those books where you say to yourself one more chapter to see what happens to (fill in the blank), for many more chapters.  A awesome sequel to Demons Beware and well worth it, it will not disappoint.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Girls Who Code: The Friendship Code (MG)

Lucy has joined the coding club at school so she can learn to build a app for her uncle who has cancer remember when to take his meds and which ones to take at certain times.  But the club is moving to slow, she asked, begged, everyone she knows to help her learn faster, but everyone tells her the same thing, this is something you can not rush you need to learning it in steps and be meticulous.  But then strange noted start showing up on Lucy's locker and in order to follow the direction she has to have the help of those around her, that means making new friends and reuniting with older ones, and finding strength she didn't know she had, not to mention finding help in hidden places. 
This was a awesome  book for introduction to coding, but there are different types of coding and while the foundation is solid it would be nice to know somewhere what language this is they are teaching.  But I loved how the friendship came together over code and how they found to one important thing that really needed to be tackled and that is what they started to do at the end.  But the clues along the way to teach the foundation and the awesome way they found to root out the mysterious note leaver was awesome this is such a cool book, and if you ask any one I am always a sucker for computer coding books anyways but this one is awesome I can't wait to see what  the friend get up to next.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Siege (YA)

The Siege, sequel to The Six , is just as explosive.  Almost everyone is back, and even though they thought their foe was gone Sigma was just hiding until he could become strong enough again to come after the special one.  Special one?  Who knew there was a special one and which is it? And now there might be a traitor amongst the Pioneer ranks, what can be worse, asking Alex to figure out which of his friends is the traitor that is what can be worse.  All the while Sigma is attacking Alex's hometown relentlessly, and for what?
This book keeps up all the action and suspense Mr. Alpert's readers have come to love along with many twists and turns that they won't see coming.  This is a awesome sequel to The Six and a great segway into The Silence the next book in the series. This is a great sci-fi series with a lot of robotics thrown in.  There  is also a lot to think about as far as morality goes but can just also just be a fun read so take what you will but have fun reading it as it is a great book/series.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Alpha Wolf: Olento Research Series Book One (ADULT AUDIO)

Twelve men go missing, all with similar backgrounds, but after all this time no one is looking for them, except the Lucidites and that is because they know what they are now and they need to protect the regular humans from them. When Addie gets the Alpha and finds out what happened she knows it is a race against the clock and Olento to get the rest of these men and to figure out how this happened and how the Lucidites can help fix this.
Sarah Noffke has another winning series on her hands as she cross the Lucidites with werewolfs, along with the non stop action, and intense suspense, coupled with  Adelaide snark even though she isn't quite Ren she is learning fast.  Narrator Elizabeth Klett pulls it all together with her different voices and awesome narration of this book she really brings this world of dream travelers alive and it is one I wish I could live in sometimes, ok a lot of the time.  This is a awesome book and looking to be a awesome series, and I can't wait for more.