Thursday, December 27, 2018

December Break

Hi everyone. I had planned to post during December, but this has not turned out to be the best of months. On December 9th, my dad passed away and I've spent the last few weeks with my mom. His funeral is coming up soon and I just haven't had time to post. Hopefully 2019 will ring in merry and bright. All my best, Dorine

Friday, November 30, 2018

12 Days of Clean Romance Giveaway!

12 Days of Clean Romance

December 2018

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull- Dragonwatch #2

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing Wrath of the Dragon King by Brandon Mull, book 2 in the Dragonwatch series/Fablehaven 2 series.

The Story-
Celebrant, King of the Dragons, is irate after Kendra and Seth beat him in the previous book. Now, he wants revenge. He plans to take over Wyrmroost by displacing the keepers. How? By finding the mysterious dominion stone.

Kendra and Seth rush to a cursed castle to find the hidden stone, only to be pulled into a centuries old game that has the castle's residents turning into Gold or Silver.  Celebrant is there too, but in a human avatar and unable to use his dragon powers. It is a rush to the finish. Whomever finds the stone will be the victor.

My Thoughts-
The Fablehaven books are always entertaining, and this one keeps up the pattern. In the previous book, Kendra and Seth were able to stop Celebrant from taking over the keeper's head quarters, but now the evil dragon has new plans, and they involve the deaths of both Kendra and Seth.

His first try includes having Kendra abandoned on the road with no way to return to sanctuary.  This is the first adventure of the book. Then, he plans to capture the dominion stone. Once all the characters get to the cursed castle things really heat up and Kendra and Seth are pulled into a game set up by a mischievous dwarf. The game has held the residents captive for over a thousand years. Along for the ride also come Kendra and Seth's younger cousins, Knox and Tess, who seem to have some secret powers of their own. New characters and new powers! Oh boy! The author's imagination runs as wild as in previous books and I was amazed at the new situations he developed.

I enjoyed the mysteries, suspense and tension of the entire book and can't wait until the next book in the series comes out! I'm giving this 4 stars!


Friday, November 23, 2018

YA Book Review- FirstLife by Gena Showalter

Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am reviewing Firstlife by Gena Showalter. I ran across this book on a Kindle deal and the premise snagged me, so I had to pick it up.

The Story-
In Ten Lockwood's life you have to choose a side, Troika or Myriad, and that choice decides where you will go after death (First death). Ten doesn't want to choose, so her parents send her to Prynne Asylum where she is beaten and tortured until she declares a side.

Troika and Myriad are also interested in the side she'll choose and they both send spirits, dressed in shell bodies, to persuade her to their side. However, Ten will not choose. Instead, she escapes and goes on the run with both realms chasing after her. Arrow and Killian follow, both falling in love with her and protecting her with their Second lives.

She needs to figure things out before she dies, or she will end up in Many Lands, a realm of horror, but if she chooses one side, she'll loss one of her boys, and vice versa. Plus, someone seems intent on killing her, hunting her around the world. What will she choose and will she survive to even make a choice?

My Thoughts-
This book is a very interesting look at Heaven and Hell from a narrative perspective, and check out that cover! Wow, a great representation. Troika represents Heaven, where there is sunshine, kindness, rules and peace. Myriad represents Hell, where people are greedy, live in eternal darkness, but party all the time. Myriad will promise you anything to choose their side, even going so far as to trick you to join and then abandon you. Somehow in this world, the spirit world has broken into the regular world, and the quest for souls is on.

Ten annoyed me a bit. I understood in the beginning why she wouldn't choose a side. She doesn't know what she wants and has people on different sides pulling at her. The torture she and the other inmates at Prynne go through is intense, and I was surprised more people didn't just pick. However, her uncertainty goes on and on, for about 70% of the book, and even after she has weighed the pros and cons of both realms (many times) and decided Troika is good, while Myriad destroys people, she still won't choose!

I was about to put the book down when the author threw in a plot twist. Ten dies and goes to Many Lands, and we get to see what that realm is really about before she is brought back to life. Seems her Aunt is prophetic and Ten has a destiny to full fill in Many Lands. Yeah! something different. The book picks up after this. She can't choose either side if she wants to go to Many Lands and save souls. Her romance with Killian who is Myriad grows more intense and the question pops up, can you be saved even after you've chosen the wrong side? (I think this will be the theme of book two).

One other thing, Ten has a strange fascination with numbers, and though somewhat a cool habit, I wonder if it will actually play into the outcome of the story. Though I think a chunk of her indecision making could have been cut out, I ended on a good note and have already purchased book two. I'm giving this novel 3.5 Stars!


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Grammar Guru- Subjective and Objective Cases of Pronouns

Grammar Guru time! Today author Terry Deighton tells us about Pronouns.

Subjective pronouns include: I, he, she, they, we, you
Objective pronouns include: me, him, her, them, us, you

The object of a preposition is always in the objective case. the problem usually occurs when there is a list of pronouns. I is not always more correct than me. Try it without the list and see what sounds right.

Examples-
Wrong- The soup was too hot for Mama Bear, Baby Bear and I.
Right- The soup was too hot for Mama Bear, Baby Bear and me.

Wrong- Me like cookies (though cookie monster gets a pass when he says it :)
Right-  I like cookies.

Wrong- Us writers always use correct grammar.
Right- We writers always use correct grammar.

About Terry Deighton
Terry Deighton lives in Washington, the state not D.C., with her husband, Al. Their six children are grown and gone, and pets tend to complicate life. When she is not visiting her children and grandchildren, writing and revising, again and again, she works as a substitute teacher.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

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Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing a new release from Simon & Schuster Children's, Charlie Hern├índez & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo.

The Story-
Charlie Hernandez's world has turned upside down. His parents are missing and horns are growing out of his head. Say What? Could the Latin American myths that his abuela told him about actually be real?

He is placed in a foster home with weird Mrs. Wilson, an old lady that collects dolls. During middle school, Charlie does his best to hide his freaky outgrowths, including feathers and a lobster claw, but the school reporter, Violet Rey, uncovers the truth. Now she is sticking to him like clue as he tries to find out the mystery of his missing parents.

The truth ends up being stranger than fact, as Charlie and Violet begin encountering mythical creatures, some good and some out to get them. From El Cadejo, a supernatural dog that protects men to La Sihuanaba, a cursed queen that kills.

Charlie is thrown into an age old war between La Liga (The League of Shadows) and La Mano Peluda (the Hairy Hand).  La Liga hopes that Charlie is the fabled Morphling, a being prophesied to come and save the world from darkness.

My Thoughts-
This middle grade book is a great intro into the world of Latin American myths and legends. Almost every chapter finds Charlie meeting something new, and he retells the story of the myths to Violet. You meet strange creatures with dark fates, plus a few good ones, like the Queen of Toledo, a witch who leads the League. At some points, I was a bit overwhelmed by just how many myths came flying my way.

That being said, the quick introductions of mythical creatures leaves the story going at a fast pace, adventure and struggles building upon each other. Kids will love the fast flow. Sometimes I found the characters seemed to be a bit older than middle school. Violet mentions taking AP Pre-Chemistry, which seems more high school, and the bully that picks on Charlie is way mean and seems to play sports at a varsity level. These mentions would throw me out of the story at times as I tried to picture these kids doing such advanced stuff.

Can I just say that the ending took me by surprise? I had no idea who the real villain was pretending to be. Creepy. I'm liking where this series is heading and I love the multi-cultural aspects. The book concludes with a mythical creature glossary so that you can figure out who is what. I'm giving this one 4 stars!

About the Author-
Ryan Calejo
Ryan was born and raised in south Florida. He teaches swimming to elementary school students, chess to middle school students, and writing to high school students. Having been born into a family of immigrants and growing up in the so-called "Capital of Latin America," Ryan knows the importance of diversity in our communities and is passionate about writing books that children of all ethnicities can relate to. This is his first novel.



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thankful for Cash $250 Giveaway


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