Tuesday, February 27, 2018

#Review: Pancho Bandito and the Amarillo Armadillo by Mike Sundy

Pancho Bandito and the Amarillo Armadillo is an epic Western tall tale about friendship that's a hoot to read aloud. Pancho Bandito is a giant kid cowboy in the Old West who longs for a horse of his own.  He travels to Texas to sell some cattle but runs into the greatest challenge he's ever faced: the monstrous Amarillo Armadillo.  Can Pancho save Fort Worth from the beast and make a friend along the way?

My review:
This is a cute tall-tale Western picture book for children ages 2-4. I loved the character Pancho who is literally bigger than life itself. However, that is where the book begins and ends with me. I would have liked to have seen more substance to the story and maybe a good moral ending. This surprised me considering the job the author used to have.

I especially could not get passed the terrible English. I understand what the author was trying to do, but with emerging readers, language needs to be easy to read and correct in grammar.

Overall, I still give this book a 3-star review due to the premise, which was refreshing, and the wonderful bold and colorful artwork.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free from the author for review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~MM Hudson aka Naila Moon

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Book #Spotlight:THE TEMPLE OF THE CRYSTAL TIMEKEEPER (The Chronicles of the Stone Book 3) by Fiona Ingram

Winner Pre-teen USA 2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1946229466
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2017

Grade Level: 5 - 12
A plane crash! Lost in the Mexican jungle! Will Adam, Justin, and Kim survive long enough to find the Third Stone of Power?
With only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, the kids make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the lost city of stone gods, where the Stone of Power might be located. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.

Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

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Editorial Reviews


"Ingram's story educates as it entertains ... Following the tradition of classic adventure writers such as H. Rider Haggard, Jules Verne, and Robert Louis Stevenson, Ingram makes the varied locales in which she sets her stories to come alive so fully and vibrantly. Seeing her three young heroes grow as they learn, explore and solve the succession of challenges, setbacks, and puzzles that come their way in those far-flung locales is a grand experience indeed ... these books are illuminating entertainment for adventurers of all ages, including those fortunate adults who still thirst for adventure and the thrill of the undiscovered." -- Jack Magnus, author, and Readers Favorite reviewer

About the author:

Fiona Ingram's earliest story-telling talents came to the fore when, from the age of ten, she entertained her three younger brothers and their friends with serialized tales of children undertaking dangerous and exciting exploits, which they survived through courage and ingenuity. Haunted houses, vampires, and skeletons leaping out of coffins were hot favorites in the cast of characters.

Although Fiona Ingram has been involved in the theatre and journalism, writing a children's book--The Secret of the Sacred Scarab--was an unexpected step, inspired by a family trip to Egypt. The tale of the sacred scarab began life as a little anecdotal tale for her two nephews (then 10 and 12), who had accompanied her on the Egyptian trip. This short story grew into a children's book, the first in the adventure series Chronicles of the Stone. The second book in the series--The Search for the Stone of Excalibur--a huge treat for young King Arthur fans, is now available with Book 3, The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Book Blast: Murder On Valentine's Day by Pauline Creeden #MurderMysteries #BookBlast #CozyMystery

  Ridgeway Rescue Mysteries can be read in 1-2 hours. Perfect for when you're waiting for an appointment or just want a fast read. Don't miss out on this quick, clean, cozy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

 It's Valentine's Day and 20-year-old Emma Wright just wants her crush to take notice of her. But Colby Davidson, the K9 search and rescue deputy only thinks of her as a kid sister. How will she get him to take her seriously? When her veterinarian boss calls her to pick up a cat at a potential crime scene, she finds herself at the house of the richest woman in Ridgeway. Her father—the sheriff—and Colby are there. They both dismiss the untimely death as a heart attack, but Emma finds clues that it might be something more. Did the software billionaire die of natural causes, or was it murder?

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Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Review: Angus: A Story About Finding Home by Mark Leon Reeves #MiddleGrade

Angus McGuire is a thirteen-year-old boy with a very happy life until tragedy strikes. Angus must overcome tremendous adversity to find his way to his true home in life. 

My review:
Note: Being from the area the author writes about and knowing the author personally made this an interesting read. It would be easy to say that I am biased with the below review due to those two facts. However, I am reviewing based on the book alone and no other reasons. ~Michelle
Angus is only 13 when his father dies of tragic circumstances leaving him in the care of an estranged uncle. He suffers personal anguish from his losses, abuse, and more. His circumstances are not over the top but certainly heart-wrenching. He finds friendship in the most unlikely place but has to put that aside for survival which finds him in the wilderness for quite some time before "finding home."

I thoroughly enjoyed the flow of the book although at first, it seemed to go in a different direction. The author skillfully managed to make the story work and the first couple of chapters made sense to the rest of the book. It was a bit slow paced at first but it was also necessary in order to get to the real meat of the story. The ending was fast paced and sweet. In fact, it left me longing for a bit more.

I am aware that this is a first in a series so, the things I am mentioning here, I hope have now been fixed. I sometimes felt the author was talking directly to me the reader or inserting his own thoughts as opposed to the character. It distracted me a couple of times but not so much to take away from the book itself. The author was also able to work it right back to the character's thoughts and actions which made those little faux pas okay.

The only other issue I had was the insertion of a couple of profanity words. I did not see them as necessary and truthfully caught me by surprise considering that this book is targeted toward younger students.  However, I am not so naive to not know that kids this age would also be using such words.

Although I loved Angus and loathed others, I found Angus to be an incredible 13-year old to know so much about how to survive, even though it was written that he looked these things up on the net. It seemed almost too good to be true and not as realistic as I think 13-year-olds to be. It seemed almost too contrived. However, for an adventurous middle-grade kid reading the book, it would also just be pure awesomeness!

Overall, though, I enjoyed this book. I related to many of the places mentioned in the book and enjoyed the references to books that were obvious inspiration for the writing of this book. Having been a first in a series, I think the author did a great job and I look forward to his next book in the series. 4 stars

Disclosure: I purchased a Kindle copy of this book for my own personal use. The views here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle aka Naila Moon

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