Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Artemis (ADULT)

Artemis is a city on the moon, and Jazz the not so perfect, or depending on how you look at it perfect lunar girl.  Jazz grew up in Artemis and became the go to person for those items that shall we say are most difficult to find in the Artesian stores.  Jazz can think on her feet and stay one step ahead of most of the people around her, until they start dying.
This was an awesome book, if you are looking for a continuation of The Martian stop now this one is totally different book and great in its own way.  The characters are cool and diverse but come together, the surroundings are great and add just that much hardship and sciency funness to the book, and his space facts are actually realistic.  I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for this one to hit the silver screen as well or to see what Mr. Weir has up his space sleeve next.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

HA! HA! HA! A Supervillain Anthology (ADULT)

Twelve authors have come together bringing their "A" game of villainy to this book and they did not disappoint. Some stories include:

Supervillainy 101 by Chris Pourteau - Chris Pourteau also has two anthologies out that benefit Pets for Vets that are really awesome so if you find you like this format for finding new authors be sure to look for his Chronicle Worlds: Tail of Dystopia and Tails of the Apocalypse. - His story is about Professor Death and his last day and reporter Sheryl Stone and how the Professor (he was a real Professor) want to give his only interview to local reporter Sheryl.  The rest you'll have to read to find out why and what happens.

Tick Tock by Christopher J Valin - Chistopher Valin is the author of the renown Red Raptor series and if you have not tried those you should if you like superhero books they are awesome -  His story is about a villain trying to catch a hero by holding his sidekick hostage, again you will have to read to see how things turn out.

Ghosts of the Flame by Hall and Beaulieu - this duo has many credits to their name and occasionally you might find one without the other but not often they do a lot of these anthologies but what caught my attention was a full length novel they did called Brother Dust The Resurgence, it was so good - their story is about some kids scavenging after the apocalypse for what ever is useful in some buildings when in one building they find some ghosts, sorry from here you have to read to find out what happens.
Steve Beaulieu also has another story in this anthology called POW - It is about a reporter that is being falsely imprisoned with some villains and now he is determined to tell their story, or will he, read and see.

Finally, so I can leave you to discover some on your own, there is Counter Clockwise by Ed Gosney - author of Prometheus Stumbles, the story of how one little plastic turtle can change the world, no not really just seeing if you were paying attention, but it is a pretty awesome story - Counter Clockwise is the story of a baseball pitcher with anger issues, but he finds if he wishes really hard he can turn back time and get a do over, but with power comes great responsibility.

This is just a small part of what you will get inside HA1 HA! HA! so if you think this sounds pretty good please give it a try and find some new authors for yourself.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Nevermoor The Trial of Morrigan Crow (MG)

Morrigan Crow is not exactly what she seems, she is not your typical eleven year old, she is cursed, or is she?  Everyone in her town thinks she is, including her family and that means that on eventide she  will die, as all cursed children do. But her eventide is very peculiar, especially when the stranger shows up, Jupiter North, and takes her away to his town, illegally I might add and their adventures are just beginning there.
This is a awesome book full of adventure, suspense, and more twists than a roller coaster.  This book is only slightly reminiscent of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, but if you are a fan of those chances are you would like this especially if you are team Hermione or team Annabeth.  The wondrous made up world of the free states reminds me of something out of Willy Wonka with its brolly rail and the smoking room (you don't actually smoke in it), and who can forget the mean old Wondersmith?This really is a book you won't want to put down.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Black Moon Rising: The Library Book 2 (MG)

The library exists outside of time, and Marcus is a agent of the library just like his biological dad was before him.  It is Marcus' job to finish writing peoples stories, that usually means there are disturbances out in the world and once Marcus figures out what is causing the disturbance and corrects it, than the person at the center of the disturbance story can be finished.  The disturbance this time is centered in a middle school in Massachusetts, but Marcus needs help so he recruits his best friends Theo and Lu to come along with him, but it is a race they must finish before the black moon rises or the disturbance is permeant, and the story is finished all wrong.
This is a awesome book, full of action and suspense, but what will keep you reading just one more chapter and one more and one more and one more and on and on is the twists and turns that you will never see coming, every time you think you know who it is or who is doing it everything will change. That is so cool, I love the chance to guess but never knowing until the end who actually is who and actually did what, and Mr. MacHale is one of the best at this.  Now I just need to go back and save up for book one so I can let you all know all about Surrender The Key: The Library Book 1, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Renegade Martin Luther The Graphic Biography (GRAPHIC NOVEL)

I think this is a awesome book for our older teens/new adult crowd especially to tell them the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation, this being the 500 anniversary.  It is told in a way that is much more appealing to that age group than a normal book would be that they would be expected to take home and read.  I know I would have never have read just a plain book on Luther's life however, when I saw this book I was instantly drawn to it and wanted to read it.  This book did not disappoint either, I enjoyed it a lot, the illustrations are awesome, but can be dark at times, so maybe not for small children, and the dialog was awesome as it followed Luther's life from boyhood on up. This book really made history fun for me and made it kind of alive in a sense, it was really cool.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Monster (Gone series book 7) (YA)

 If you are familiar with Michael Grant's Gone series than Monster takes place four years after the bubble breaks.  More meteors are falling down to earth and more humans are changing into mutants, some good some bad, and the government can do nothing about them.
While I admit the Gone series has been on my TBR list for a long time now and I only realized after reading Monster that it was even part of the series.  So if you are a hard core Gone fan you might feel different, but I loved the book.  Non-stop action, a few twists, but over all the suspense will have you reading well past your bedtime, it was awesome!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Configured (YA)

What do you do when you live in a place where you are suppose to show no feelings but just do what you are told to do, when you are supposed to do it, and do it to the best of your ability.  But for Avlyn she wanted to be good so she even took the advanced medtech and got some extra money for doing it, now she is seeing odd visions and she thinks they are of her dead twin brother Ben, and these visions send her down the dangerous road of rebellion.
This book is awesome, hold your breath suspense, read past your bedtime non stop action, and roller coaster twist and turns, I really hope I can review the rest of the trilogy at some point, this book was so much fun.  Some people compare this book to Hunger Games or Divergent, I think it is its own book, but if you look hard enough at anything you can find similarities, and yes I can see some over tones, it is dystopian after all.  But who am I to tell you this pick up your own copy and find our for yourself, who knows you might even join the rebellion.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Brother Dust: The Resurgence (ADULT AUDIO)

Brother Dust an abomination born among the dust, fighting those responsible for drilling and bowing to the high father, while trying to give those on the planets affected a little more time.
This is  one of the best sci-fi, space, dystopian books I have read/listened to.  It started off fast and never  slowed down, it had me hooked from the very beginning.  The action and suspense was non stop, it kept my focus as I tried to figure things out before they happened, but it never worked.  I really enjoyed this book and the imagination it took to create a world like this and its colorful characters, it is phenomenal, also phenomenal is the narration job by voice actor Scott Berrier keeping all the characters voices straight and different took a lot of skill.  It is well worth the listen if you are a audiobook person like I am, I will certainly be looking for more books narrated by Mr. Berrier, not to mention books written by Mr. Hall and Mr. Beaulieu.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Atlantis Stone: The Project Book 12 (ADULT AUDIO)

The team is back although some members are more fit than others, when Selena gets a odd package through her agent with a map and some pictures of odd glyphs that she needs to decipher.  But what Selena finds sends the team to foreign lands to investigate further.  What they don't know is the Russians are following them, and the Russian are having a inter-agency war and it all involves the  Project Team.
This is another wonderful suspense filled, action packed, hundred mile a hour charge ahead book by Alex Lukeman.  I don't know where he gets his book energy from, but may it never end as well as the Project Team.  I love these books, they are great and mix a bit of history in as well.  If you are a audiobook fan like me than this is a treat, because Jack de Golia is one of the best and he has done all of the Project series so far, so he IS the voice of the team members. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Better Off Changing Hearts Series Prequel (YA AUDIO)

Ariana has never been allowed to have a boyfriend but she is turning 17 and thinks she knows more than her parents, especially since meeting Carlos at a party and he has shown a interest in her.  She doesn't even care what her brother Jimmy thinks, when he tries to tell her Carlos isn't the guy for her, and he would do anything for her.  So who will be right, will love triumph or those that know her best. 
This was a great book it really does capture teen rebellion and sneakiness very well along with the. "I know what I am doing" attitude and mindset.  Although I think Ariana's parents were a bit strict for todays standards, I suppose there are still a few parents like that.  I had the audio narrated by Ramona Master who did a awesome job, and with the audio you can really hear the snarkiness in Ariana's voice, and the cool and calmness in Jimmy's voice.  This is a great series but one I really enjoy as a audio, since Ms. Master is so good at this cast.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Superteam The Red Raptor Files Part 2 (YA)

Sawyer, AKA Red Raptor is fed up with the guild rules and decides he will just start his own team to fight crime in the city, and let the super chips fall where they may.  And while that doesn't exactly goes as well as planned, it could have been much worse, I mean heck the world could have been taken over or something.  In the mean time Sawyer's mom and recently found biological dad have decided he needs to get a job and his dad knows just the spot, one of his burger joints, close to their apartment building. 
I  am going to leave the description there before I give to much away, I will just say that the Red Raptor is no Spider-Man and when you get to a certain part of the book you will totally understand that statement as you are laughing and cheering him on.  It is for this reason I love this series, the sidekicks are doing a very serious job but some times the way they go about it is very in orthodox and very humorous.  This was a great sequel to Sidekick, And I hope there are more Red Raptor stories to come.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Max Tilt Fire the Depths (MG)

When thirteen year old Max (great great great grandson of Jules Verne) and his cousin, Alex,  stumble upon one of Jules unfinished works while cleaning the attic looking for things to sell, Max's family needed help to save their house and fast. Well Max and Alex decide to follow the clues in the book, but they need money and help, is this guy Spencer Niemand the one to help them or the one to hurt them the most, and who is he?
I have read all kinds of books where authors take the reader on trips back in time, historical fiction. Or they write a book in a way to teach the reader one thing or another, but I believe this is the first book I have read that had been written, at least for middle graders, to teach them about a classic book, and it was a really fun awesome book.  (Hint: Libraries if you don't have it now stock up on a few 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you are going to need them.)  Peter Lerangis does not disappoint with this awesome race against time, nature, and humans, the action is non stop and the suspense is thick, but you will always find yourself rooting for the underdogs on this the ultimate race.

Secret Coders Robots & Repeats (MG)

Hopper, Eni and Josh are back and still fighting Principal One-Zero.   This  time One-Zero is determined to split the team up, but the team has other plans to bad they didn't factor in robot ducks with teeth.
I find these some of the cutest coding books for kids that work on the fundamentals of coding and usually one or two things at a time.  This book teaches about nesting and goes back and reinforces the binary code as well.  It teaches code in a fun manner and one that can be repeated on paper if a computer is not available.  Not to mention if your not quite into the coding part yet the storyline is still fun and action packed with lots of cliff hangers.  This is just a awesome fun series and I have enjoyed reviewing, talking and suggesting these books to many of readers now for some time, and I hope I can continue.

The Glass Eye (ADULT)

Jeannie Vanasco's first book is a tribute to her father and a long dark trip for her.  It span from a promise she made to her dying father before she was forced back to school thinking she would be back in a few days for the weekend to see him again, only to find out he died while she was on the train back to school, and that sparks her long dark journey of with her own demons and some of her dads before this books will end, but will Jeannie with a "I" ever win over her grief and the demons that haunt her from a lifetime ago. 
This was a really good book, by debut book author Jeannie Vanasco.  She bares all to tell her story, the story of her dad, and the story of their family.  This is a no hold barred as she tells all about her illness as well and how deep grief can run for daddy's little girl.  This is a wonderful story I hope its the one everyone will read this year.

Mustaches For Maddie (MG)

Maddie is your typical twelve year old, she has worked hard to make it into the in crowd of girls at school, she has a boy she likes (but would never tell him), and she likes to make people laugh especially with her stick on mustaches (she always has several in her pocket for occasions).  But when class queen Cassie's bossiness, turns to bullying over who is to try out for what roll in the class play, Maddie just hopes she can be forgiven and still stay in the inner circle.  At the same time Maddie's arm has been bugging her and her mom takes her to the doctor only to find out that a serious surgery is in the cards and her play performance is out, but Cassie can even make that turn worse than it is as well.
I put off reading this book when it was first offered as I thought it would be depressing (mostly due to what I was going through at the time).  After several people assured it me it wasn't I dove in. Even though I had tears leaking out through most of the book it was very inspiration, and if this child could do this so can I, I just need to find some mustaches and lots of them.  I want to thank those two people who talked me into reading this book, you know who your are.  It was a awesome to see Maddie transform and see what was really important to her in life, not the in crowd, but true friends the ones that are there for her and would stand by her, no matter what.  To even see Maddie's brothers change and transform and pick what was really important to them, not the superficial things but the real things, the deep down things.  Maybe those mustaches turned into butterfly's at some point. 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Lost Causes (YA)

I stumbled upon this book and just had to read it feeling like a lost cause most of my teen years myself, and the book did not disappoint, it was great!  Five teens all with different problem, all had been given up on by parents and various other adults in their lives, until the FBI needed them.  These five were needed because they wouldn't be missed while helping look for a killer, one that would kill a FBI agent, oh did I mention the teens would have help a special drug to help their minds develop their psychic abilities, whatever they be.
I absolutely loved this book it was imaginative, action packed, and suspenseful.  The characters were so different but fit together so well in this tight nit group with there being only the one thing in common.  Even the complex puzzle of the killer was well hidden from the reader until the very end.  I liked this book a lot and hope there is another as I would like to see more of the team and find out what happens next, do The Lost Causes ever get found?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Spliced (YA)

Jimi will do anything for her friend Del especially to keep him safe.  But will she ruin her chances to go to college, will she go to jail, will she run away and hurt other people, maybe kill them, all for Del and what for?  Because Del made some decisions without fully thinking them through, he went to a shady genie to get his splice, who gets spliced with a amphibian?  No one, and by the time they take him to get it undone the cops are there and Del disappears sending Jimi on the path of self destruction to find more people than Del who might not want to be found.
This was a interesting book on many levels, I suppose the biggest one is morality, and if your genes are part animal part human what are you animal or human.  Or does it go by percent's, and could this start with the advent of using animal parts for transplant parts?  But besides all the mind baffling what if's this book is full of action, suspense, and pit falls you won't see coming that will keep you on your toes right up until the end of the book, so be prepared for some long nights until you finish the book because you won't want to put it down.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oceans The Anthology (ADULT)

Oceans an anthology of stories written by an awesome lineup of high quality authors is not one to be missed, with stories like:
Tide Sweeping by P K Tyler – That portrays Jasja a young sweeper who keeps the last ocean and leads the offering ceremony for this twenty years that will chose the next sweeper for Jasja to train.  But there is always more to a story than I am willing to tell so you will need to read it to find all the exciting, and wonderful parts.
Siren Song of the Mississippi by Hank Garner – Is another wonder story that will call to you from the gulf and tell you of its history and wonder as it did to Will’s sister Gabby, oh how dolphins only try to root us to the real world but our minds know the truth no matter what.
Aquagenic by Will Swardstrom – show what happens when an amnesia patient who is allergic to water befriends a nurse and they both can’t stand their current situation and go for a change one a bit more extreme than the other as Cora, the patient, does everything she can to find out who she is.
Full Circle: A CHRONOS story by Rysa Walker – Madi lives in 2136 but when she stumbles across a CHRONOS key she accidentally travels back in time and ends up at the bottom of the ocean and almost kills herself in the process, lucky for her one of the people that finds her can help her get back home.
There are plenty more stories by many more great authors and all well written with ocean thymes, I wish I had half the imagination these authors have as I was so captivated not only by the character and places, but also by the tales, lore and meaning that each story had, it was so awesome.  I love these anthologies as I always find new authors this way and that was true of this one as well.