Category: Book Reviews

Spirit Animals: Book 1: Wild Born

Fun book.  Great for upper elementary school to middle school.  The book flows great but may be to easy for more challenged readers of age bracket.  This is book 1 to a series. There is a code so your child or children can play the online game unlocking their own spirit animals.  Fun read at any age.  Great book for 4th and 5th graders to sink deeper into book reports with, as they will want to read the book and share what they read, as they find their favorite of the spirit animals talked about.

You can buy a used copy of this book here.

The Maze Runner – Book Review

To purchase a copy of this book, click here.

About the book:

“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

The Maze Runner and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials are now major motion pictures featuring the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf, Dylan O’Brien; Kaya Scodelario; Aml Ameen; Will Poulter; and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The third movie, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, will hit screens in 2018.” (From Amazon.com product listing)

Brian’s Review:

This is book one to the Maze Runner Trilogy.  Though there is a prequel I strongly suggest starting with this book. To read the prequel will ruin the biggest surprise in this book.  If you saw the movie, please don’t judge the book by it.  The book is better than the movie in my opinion. Great book for middle school to high school reading and a great book to use for book reports.  If you like Hunger Games, then you will surely like Maze Runner.

This book is also available from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover, paperback, audiobook and Audio CD formats here. [affiliate link]

Song of the Sparrow – Book Review

About the book:

“The year is 490 AD.  Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat,  the daughter of one of King Arthur’s supporters,  lives with her father on Arthur’s base camp,  the sole girl in a militaristic world of men. Elaine’s only girl companion is the mysterious Morgan, Arthur’s older sister, but Elaine cannot tell Morgan her deepest secret: She is in love with Lancelot, Arthur’s second-in-command. However, when yet another girl — the lovely Gwynivere– joins their world, Elaine is confronted with startling emotions of jealousy and rivalry. But can her love for Lancelot survive the birth of an empire? (From amazon.com’s product listing)

Jenn’s Review:

I read this book myself a few years ago, and fell in love with the long-poem form of it. The author did an amazing job of recreating King Arthur’s court and imagining subtle side currents to the main story that most of us have come to know so well. Well written and engaging. I would rate this a high middle-school level, and let my 11 year old read it recently as she was exploring epic poetry style writing, and she loved it.

Thrice Read Books has a hardcover edition of this book for sale here.

You can also buy this book from Amazon in Kindle, hardcover or paperback edition here. [affiliate link]

Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle – Book Review

About the story:

Jules has done something very, very wrong for all the right reasons. And now, she and her 3 siblings are on the run, trying to stay out of the clutches of her hateful step-mother. 

As if things aren’t complicated enough, Jules has caught the attention of one hot, surly regular at the diner she works at. Being noticed by anyone is risky for Jules and her family, but this is so much worse because Theo, and the co-workers he comes into the diner with daily… Are cops.

Theo knows something’s off about the petite, jumpy new waitress at the diner. His fellow officers know something’s off about her, too. But the more he tries to stay away from her, the more Theo finds himself drawn to her. He has his own problems to deal with, as well as a new K9 partner that is as emotionally damaged as he is, but in the presence of Jules and her siblings, both seem to come back to life.

Review: 

Ms. Ruggle has written a witty, touching and suspenseful romance that builds to a steamy climax with some shocking twists and turns in this third book in the Rocky Mountain K9 Unit series. Romantic suspense fans will definitely want to tune into this hot romance to find out what happens between Jules and Theo.

Buy the book:

This book is available at Amazon in Kindle, audiobook, audio CD and Mass Market Paperback here. [affiliate link]

Jenn Bradshaw is a creatrix, blogger and romance writer when she isn’t homeschooling her 12-year old daughter. Her blog, and creations may be found at www.sagewolfsong.com.

Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic – Book Review

What happens when you mix a mediocre witch, her foster sister, a necromancer, a vampire and a clan of werewolves? Mischief, mayhem, and murder ensue when a vampire shows up at Jade Godfrey’s Vancouver cupcake bakery, investigating a series of bloody… erm… bloodless, rather… murders of magic-wielders.

Jade is the vampire investigator’s primary suspect, yet he knows that she isn’t the one murdering the shape-shifters. Jade doesn’t know what to think of the whole situation, as she resists the idea of her hand-made trinkets, little collections of discarded objects strung together, containing enough magic to bring down some of the Adept community’s biggest and baddest.

During the days that follow the vampire’s appearance at her door, Jade learns that the bland history of her own life has been a web of lies and deceptions, that all she’s believed about herself all along has been an illusion. And the sister that she’s always trusted, is the most dangerous lie of all.

Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic is the first in the Magic Dowser series by Meghan Ciana Doidge. Ms. Doidge’s story telling is as addictive as her character’s delicious sounding cupcakes.

You can purchase this book in Kindle, audiobook or paperback through Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Magic Intentions – Book Review

About the book:

This book of quick magic intentions is an accompaniment for the highly-rated Knight Blazer series of books. This short book contains an introduction to magic and a quick to read explanation of how it relates to the real world. Using this book, you can follow a journey of magical discovery. The magic intentions are fun and easy to use straight away. May you use it wisely! Also included are two FREE chapters of Knight Blazer – Sword of Esoncia – Book1. In addition, you get exclusive access to the FREE ’21 Day Energetic Money Activation Program’ to ‘Transform Your Relationship With Money’

The Magic Intention covered are:

Magic Intention 1 – Happiness

Magic Intention 2 – Intimate Relationships

Magic Intention 3 – Giving Love and Blessings

Magic Intention 4 – Money

Magic Intention 5 – Friendship

Jenn’s Review:

I can honestly say I’m not convinced this qualifies as a book, but since Amazon sells it as such, I’m reviewing it as such. Magic Intentions: 5 Energised Affirmations by Don Trey is exactly what it says it is. Though he introduces them as magic spells, they are simply affirmations repeated a given number of times. Any student of the Law of Attraction and Universal Source will recognize them as such.

That said, this is a quick and easy read, and not difficult to keep on hand for inspiration when drafting your own affirmations. If you aren’t inclined to draft your own, then this short volume is perfect. The five included affirmations broadly cover most situations for which one might want to create an affirmation to keep their energy focused and positive while manifesting what they desire, be it better finances, romance or releasing what no longer serves.

As I mentioned, this e-book is a really fast read, and after a once-through, is worth keeping on hand for reference for novice Law of Attraction students or those new to affirmations in general.

This book is available in Kindle format only from Amazon. You can purchase your free copy here. [affiliate link]

Level Up – Book Review

About the book:

Are you struggling to complete tasks and accomplish your goals? Do you want advice on managing your time and being productive that actually works? Are you interested in just being told the cold hard facts about why you’re struggling to get things done and how to fix it?

There are thousands of apps and books promising to help you be productive but in actual fact, it’s these very same apps and books that are adding to the reasons as to why you’re unable to do the things you so desperately need to. This book is a fix for anyone who needs logical and realistic answers to questions on productivity and time-management.

In the guide “Level Up – Smart Ways To Be Productive, Manage Time And Get Things Done” you’ll get an entire system laid out for you with different techniques, methods and ways for you to level up your skills at completing tasks, managing time, earning rewards, developing habits and sticking to resolutions.

Jenn’s Review:

It isn’t often that I do a review on a book that took me less than an hour to read, but this one, I think, is worth passing along (plus, the e-book is free on Kindle, so, why not?). Zak Khan’s book Level Up: Ways to be Productive, Manage Time and Get Things Done fits the bill.

In his e-book, Mr. Khan concisely sums up several ways to add time into your day, improve your health and life, and reach your goals faster. His no-nonsense approach is blessedly clear and to the point, if poorly edited in places. If you’re looking for ways to improve your personal, professional or romantic life, this is a great place to start.

The Kindle version of this book can be purchased from Amazon here. [Affiliate Link]

Update December 28, 2018: In migrating the book review from our old site, I noticed that this book is no longer free. However, my opinion of it has not changed – it is definitely worth the $2.99.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Protocol – Book Review

About the book:

Hi, my name is Jessica Campbell,

Over the years I have tried a number of diet and exercise programs and have enjoyed putting health and wellness at the top of my priorities. Some of the things I’ve tried have worked, others not so much. What I hope to share with people is not only my enthusiasm for better ways to live but for the results people can attain when they take action. 

This book contains proven steps you can take your life to new levels by eating whole foods and healing your body from within. Want to understand a simple and healthy way to change your eating habits for the better? Keep on reading. The Anti Inflammatory Diet Protocol is just that, a way to eat more simply but still enjoy the foods you eat. And by doing so, you have the true possibility of reducing or eliminating inflammation. There’s no single one off approach to doing this but through dietary testing and adaptation, you can find foods that make you feel far better than you may right now. I hope I can show you the way to better health, a better body and a happier life.

What you’ll find in this 30 page starter book are the ways in which I’ve found a healthier balance with food so that you can reduce or remove inflammatory foods from your life. Don’t wait for someday when you can start eating delicious and nutritious whole foods today that not only make you feel better but look better too.

Don’t wait, you’ll want to put this information to use as soon as possible. 

Download this book today and learn a new way to approach the food in your life.

Jenn’s Review:

If you are like me, and your body is worn down with inflammation and chronic pain, you struggle with high blood pressure, possibly diabetes, Jessica Campbell’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet Protocol: How to Beat Chronic Inflammation, Lose Weight, and Heal Your Body with Whole Foods needs to find its way onto your reading list.

I picked up the e-book format of this publication shortly after my doctor recommended an anti-inflammation diet for me. Her advice took me off-guard, and was unlike anything I’d heard before. Ms. Campbell’s book reiterates what my doctor told me almost two years ago, and when I picked this up and took the time to read it recently, it re-inspired me to get my eating back on track. Her advice deviates some from what my own doctor recommended, and I have found that I feel better avoiding grain, but the contents of this book are still simple, straightforward, and the recipes look absolutely delicious (I’m not much for actually following a recipe, they’re more of a springboard for what I do in the kitchen). 

If you are a hard-copy recipe reader, you might want to get this in paperback edition, or check out the free Kindle version if you want to know what you’re buying ahead of time.

You can buy either the Kindle or paperback version from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Into the Blue – Book Review

About the Book:

From the author of Fly with Me and the Capital Confessions Novels comes the newest in the sexy Wild Aces Romance series.
 

Eric Jansen—call sign Thor—loves nothing more than pushing his F-16 to the limit. Returning home to South Carolina after a tragic loss, he hopes to fix the mistake he made long ago, when he chose the Air Force over his fiancée.
 
Becca Madison isn’t quick to welcome Thor back. She can’t forget how he shattered her heart. But Thor won’t give up once he’s set his sights on what he wants—and he wants Becca.
 
Thor shows Becca that he’s no longer the impulsive boy he used to be, and Becca finds herself irresistibly drawn to him. But will Thor be able to walk away from his dream of flying the F-16 for their love or does his heart belong to the sky?

Jenn’s Review:

I’m a sucker for a second chance romance, especially since I married my high school sweetheart 12 years ago, after going in different directions for a number of years. In Into the Blue, Chantal Cleeton has woven an amazing love-lost-love-again story for Eric and Becca in the second book of her Wild Aces series.

Eric walked away from Becca and their engagement ten years ago, and now, as he struggles with PTSD after the loss of his squadron leader in an F-16 crash, he needs to figure out what direction his life is taking. F-16’s and the high-adrenaline lifestyle of a fighter pilot have been his life since he walked away from the only woman he’s ever loved. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider the trajectory of his career.

Becca has never quite gotten over the love of her life, even though Eric tore her heart out when he chose flying over her. Already scarred by life and loosing her parents at a young age, Becca wants to put down roots, enjoy her law career, and have a family of her own. For years, she’d thought that Eric would be at her side to share that life with her. Now, she can’t seem to quite get over the pain he left her with in their small hometown of Bradbury, SC.

When Eric takes leave to go home for the first time since leaving Becca behind, things between the pair heat up quickly. As much as Becca tries to tell herself that it’s only temporary, that her heart can’t get involved, she can’t seem to help falling for Eric all over again. Eric, on the other hand, knows he wants Becca in his life again, but can they find a compromise between her needs and desires, and his love of flying?

This book can be purchased in either Kindle or Mass Market Paperback edition from Amazon by clicking here. [affiliate link]

On Broken Wings – Book Review

About the Book:

The author of Into the Blue and Fly with Me returns with the third high-flying Wild Aces romance…

A year after losing her husband, Joker, the squadron commander of the Wild Aces, Dani Peterson gets an offer from his best friend, Alex “Easy” Rogers, to help fix up her house. Dani accepts, and their friendship grows—along with an undeniable attraction.

Racked by guilt for loving his best friend’s widow, Easy’s caught between what he wants and can’t have. Until one night everything changes, and the woman who’s always held his heart ends up in his arms. Yet as Easy leaves for his next deployment, he and Dani are torn between their feelings and their loyalty to Joker’s memory. 

But when Dani discovers something that sends them both into a spin, the conflicted lovers must overcome the past to navigate a future together…

Jenn’s Review:

Chanel Cleeton strikes a chord once more with her third book in the Wild Aces series, On Broken Wings.

Dani has struggled along in the year since her husband, call sign “Joker” crashed into an Alaskan mountain side in his F-16, and the loss of their baby only a few months before. She’s alone, trying to redefine herself after years as an Air Force wife, unsure where life will leave her once her house sells and it’s time to move on. Alex, call sign “Easy”, has been a long-time close friend, was her husband’s best friend, and he’s always been there when Dani needed a strong shoulder to lean on.

Alex, however, has kept a deep, dark secret for all the years he’s known Dani. His heart has been in her hands for years, head over heels in love with his friend’s devoted wife, never saying a word to anyone about it. With Joker gone, however, guilt consumes him over the need he feels for Dani, and fear has edged in with it. Dani might be gone forever when he returns from his latest deployment to Afghanistan.

Can these two find each other, beyond friendship and their shared grief? Can Dani find the realization of her dreams she’s long thought dead and gone?

Ms. Cleeton weaves an emotionally gripping story of friends pulling apart and coming back together, stronger than before. Sexy and fast paced, reading this book was everything I look for in a romance novel.

This book may be purchased on Amazon in either Kindle or mass market paperback edition here. (affiliate link)