Thursday, July 24, 2014

Heart of the Hunter - Lara Adrian

Heart of the Hunter is the first novel in the Dragon Chalice series. This book is currently free for the kindle. This one gets too steamy for young adults. It's a great story though.

Lady Ariana of Clairmont is on a quest. Her brother Kenrick has been captured and is being held for ransom in Rouen France. Ariana is trying to get to Rouen, to trade Kenrick's research for his life. When Ariana is attacked in London, the rouge Braedon le Chasseur comes to her aid. The paths of Ariana and Braedon become reluctantly tangled at this point, as the pair continue her quest. Danger and magic are just some of the perils they must overcome to rescue Kenrick, and ultimately find the Dragon Chalice. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Frozen Past - Richard C Hale

Frozen Past is the first novel in the Jaxon Jennings series. This book is free for the kindle. That's a real bargain for this great mystery.

Luke Harrison is just a freshman. He's more concerned with snow days than grades. Then while Luke is trying to scrape up more ammunition during a snowball fight, he discovers something that's going to change his life and the lives of his friends. Eliana Pemberton is a freshman too. Eliana is upset because her dog Bentley is missing. Bentley is just the tip if the iceberg in the horror that's coming for Luke and Eliana. Their best hope will be Detective Jaxon Jennings, homicide investigator for the Fairfax County Police Department. Jaxon has been through his own personal horror, and it's very similar to the one Eliana and Luke are experiencing. This is a great mystery. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Decay: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Survival - Roger Hayden

The Decay: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale of Survival is the first story in the Decay series. This is more of a novella than a full length book, and free for the kindle, but it's still overpriced.

I'm not even going to bother with trying to explain the story line. The author suffers from terminal plot non sequiturs. Be aware there are spoilers here to make my point. The story goes from some unknown bystander being questioned about a terrorist attack on the NYSE, to a nuclear attack on Philadelphia. In between we have a man and his step-daughter trying to get from work to home, a mob collector killing a bystander while trying to abduct the man, a flash mob robbing and vandalizing a grocery store while the step-daughter is buying groceries, and some unseen menace from somewhere that is going to cause an apocalypse. To top that off, there is no concept of paragraphs to break up dialog, and a few missing words from time to time. The second book in the series is free too. Not even going to start it. Not recommended.

High Heat - Lee Child

High Heat is a Jack Reacher Novella. Imagine a 16 year old Reacher, in New York City, during the blackout of 1977. How much trouble can he get into?

Jack Reacher is on vacation. He's coming from Korea to visit his older brother at West Point. He has some time to kill, so NYC is a good place to spend it. Then Reacher interrupts a confrontation, and his trip takes a detour that could be dangerous, but probably not for Reacher. Very highly recommended.

A Tide of Shadows - Tom Bielawski

A Tide of Shadows is the first novel in the Chronicles of Llars series. This book is free for the kindle. Magic, monsters, and more complicated than the tax code.

Carym is doing his best to be a simple carpenter. Carym lost is wife and daughter to raiders, gave into revenge and the bottle, and is doing his best to recover. Then Carym is thrust into a conflict he can't avoid, and his life is changing again.

Shalthazar is a powerful wizard. He's about to embark on a plot he's been planning for centuries. Shalthazar is on a collision course with Carym. The question is who will survive the collision.

This could be a good book. At the pace of this first novel, there may not be a conclusion for volumes though. There are too many characters, too many plots, and too much introspection by the main players. I finished this book mainly to see how the story progressed. Not very far. If you really like epic tales that run to books in the double digits, where the author is more in love with his words than his characters, you might like this book and the other volumes to follow. There are at least four out there so far. Not recommended.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Haunted on Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase

Haunted on Bourbon Street is the first novel in the Jade Calhoun series. This book is free for the kindle. This is a paranormal tale of ghosts and dreams and things that go bump in the night.

Jade Calhoun is an empath. Jade came all the way from Idaho to New Orleans to be close to her best friend. When she moves into an apartment above a strip club, Jade doesn't realize that ghosts are involved, or gorgeous landlords either. Jade soon finds herself entangled in a haunting that becomes dangerous, and a romance that poses its own risks. Humor, suspense, and romance combine into a paranormal story that I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended.

Blood of Requiem - Daniel Arenson

Blood of Requiem is free for the kindle. This novel is the first in the Song of Dragons series. This is a fantasy book where there are dragons, and then there are dragons.

The Vir Requis are a race of men with the magic to become dragons. They've been driven almost to extinction by the jealous vindictive son of their last king, Dies Irae. Dies Irae vilifies the Vir Requis as weredragons, and has blamed them for all the world's problems. Fighting for their lives, and the life of their race, the last few Vir Requis are searching for the true dragons, creatures of legend, in hopes they'll help them in the fight to survive. This is a great book. A bit overly dramatic at times, but full of great characters, adventures, and some romance. The ending is just slippery enough to leave room for the second book. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Reason to Live - Matthew Iden

A Reason to Live is the first novel in the Marty Singer Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle.

Marty Singer was a homicide detective on the DC police force. Then cancer forced Marty to retire. Twelve years ago Marty failed to close a murder case, and the killer walked free. Now the victim's daughter is being stalked by the killer, and she comes to Marty for help. Marty has to help the daughter to make things right, but that means he's fighting for her life, and his life in ways he never understood. This is a great mystery. There are twists and turns that sneak up and smack you on the back of the head. The ending is good, but bittersweet. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Jenny Pox - JL Bryan

Jenny Pox is the first novel in the Paranormals series. This book is free for the kindle.

Jenny Morton is 18 and she's never been kissed. She's almost never been touched, but there's a good reason. Jenny's touch brings pain and even death. Then Jenny discovers she's not the only one who's touch has power. Jenny discovers someone she can touch and someone who is out to destroy her. This book is amazing. It's a small town America horror story and love story all in one. Evil never had a prettier face and good never had an nastier champion. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Island of Fog - Keith Robinson

Island of Fog is the first novel in the Island of Fog series. This book is free for the kindle.

Hal Franklin is just 12. He's lived his whole life on the island with his Mom and Dad. Hal goes to school with the other seven kids who live on the island. They're also 12. The island is always surrounded by fog. In fact, Hal has only read about sunshine and blue skies. He's never seen them. Then things start to change. Hal starts to itch. What that itch turns into is a fantasy that will change his life, and the lives of all the other kids on the island. This is a great story. The characters are interesting, the adventures are exciting, and the ending is excellent. Granted you're going to want to read other books in the series, but it's still a great ending. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Whiskey Rebellion - Liliana Hart

Whiskey Rebellion is the first novel in the Addison Holmes Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle.

Addison Holmes is a 9th grade world history teacher at James Madison High School in Whiskey Bayou, Georgia. Addison has some expenses, like a car payment, her panty of the month club subscription, and the fact that her apartment building has been condemned. Addison has to find a new place to live, so she needs to make some money and fast. In desperation she decides stripping at the Foxy Lady could be her way to make that money. That's when the bodies start piling up, and Addison keeps tripping over them. There's plenty of humor, suspense, danger, and a little romance in this romping adventure. The ending is good, but it leaves you wanting to read more. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rules for Radicals - Saul Alinsky

Rules for Radicals is a handbook for organizers; community organizers, labor organizers, civil rights organizers, all organizers. Don't dismiss this book out-of-hand because of the reputation of the author. Alinsky was intelligent, knowledgeable, ruthless, and very affective. This book has lessons for everyone.

Alinsky divides the entire world into three groups; the Haves, the Have-Nots, and the Have-a-Little, Want Mores. The purpose of his book is to teach the Have-Nots how to take power away from the Haves. Power is clearly important to Alinsky, and is key to his recipe for organizing the Have-Nots. He even lists his 13 rules of power tactics. The disturbing part of the book isn't that Alinsky considers all humans to be driven by self interests. What's disturbing is that he thinks it's just fine. Alinsky has no scruples at all, as far as you can tell from the book. Even when he's denouncing the violence that Have-Nots have engaged in to take power, it's only because he doesn't consider violence the best way to take power. For Alinsky, the ends always justify any means. He changed the standard question of conscience, "Does the ends justify the means," to "Does this particular end justify this particular means?"

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand what's going on in politics today. Alinsky's influence on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is well documented. In fact, Obama's slogan to energize his supporters, "Hope and Change," sounds very similar to Alinsky's desire to, "get people pregnant with hope and a desire for change." Very highly recommended.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Payback's a Beach - Falafel Jones

Payback's a Beach is the second novel in the Max Fried Mystery series. I recommend you read the first novel, Life's a Beach, Then you Die, before this one.

Max Fried is back in another case involving beaches, boats, and a body. This time it's Ed's daughter Brenda who's in trouble. She's the prime suspect in the murder of a man she had dinner with. The problem is she doesn't remember a thing. Max has to figure out who killed the mystery man in order to get Brenda off the hook. There's plenty of sleuthing, suspense, and some interesting twists. Very highly recommended.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Crush - Chrissy Peebles

Crush is the first novel in the Crush eries. This book is free for the kindle. This novel is also part of a collection of five stories called Suspending Reality, all by Peebles. The collection is also free for the kindle.

Taylor Sparks is seventeen and coming out of a bad breakup. Taylor and her parents just moved to Big Bear Lake, California from New York City. Moving from the big city to a house is the woods is a big change, but Taylor is adjusting. Then Taylor meets a mysterious boy named Jesse in the woods while chasing her dog. She could be in love, but there's something about Jesse that Taylor doesn't know. Jesse is dangerous. Will knowing make a difference though.

This book is too much about teenage romance and too little about the adventures of having a paranormal boyfriend. Every time Taylor and Jesse meet you can expect two or three or more pages or how dreamy he is. That's it for me. Now maybe if you're a seventeen year old repressed girl you'll enjoy this. I didn't. Then there are the crazy lack of knowledge mistakes. At one point cougars and bob cats are interchangeable animals. At another point quintuplets meant four babies. At least have the sense to have some knowledge of what you're writing about, or get an editor who does. Not recommended.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Eternal Vows - Chrissy Peebles

Eternal Vows is the first novel in the Ruby Ring series. This book is free for the kindle. This novel is also part of a collection of five stories called Suspending Reality, all by Peebles. The collection is also free for the kindle.

Sarah Larker is a paranormal researcher. She's hot on the trail of bigfoot. She's searching in the same area where she was chased by one of the beasts ten years ago, the same place where her sister mysteriously disappeared. Then Sarah is caught in a portal that transports here to another dimension. One where bigfoot is real and they are the guardians of the portal. A dimension where her sister has been for the last ten years. This isn't the best writing in the world, but there is plenty of action, suspense, and some interesting characters in this story. Once again, the author seems to think cliff hangers are going to keep the reader coming back for more. The writing and story are not that good. Not when there are plenty of other free books. Still, recommended.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Zombie Chronicles - Chrissy Peebles

The Zombie Chronicles is the first novel in the Apocalypse Infection Unleashed Series. This book is free for the kindle. This novel is also part of a collection of five stories called Suspending Reality, all by Peebles. The collection is also free for the kindle.

Dean Walters is just seventeen when a virus strikes, turning the world into a nightmare. A nightmare where people are turned into zombies by the mysterious virus. A year later Dean steals an experimental vaccine, and tricks is brother Nick into helping him smuggle their sister Val out of a protected city. Val has been bitten and that's a death sentence. Dean and Nick have many adventures trying to avoid zombies and keep their sister alive. The story is suspenseful and has plenty of action. It's stilted in places, and the chapter transitions read like a TV screenplay with commercial breaks built in. The worst is the non-ending, with a huge cliff hanger. That said, I still recommend this book for all the zombie junkies out there.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Enemy - Charlie Higson

The Enemy is the first novel in The Enemy series. This book was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. It's now $7.39, but I can lend it to the first kindle user who asks.

In the England of this tale a plague has swept the world. Only adults are affected. Adults are turned into mindless diseased killing machines. Machines who prefer to eat the surviving children. The small band of children, holding out in the Waitrose supermarket complex, have survived for a year, but they're losing more kids to the marauding adults all the time. Then a new kid shows up and tells of a safe haven for survivors. The Waitrose group decide to migrate. The story of their survival and adventures is well worth reading. The characters are alive and the danger is palpable. The ending is satisfying, even if it almost compels you to read the remaining books in the series. Highly recommended.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wanted: Dead or Undead - Angela Scott

Wanted: Dead or Undead is the first novel in the Zombie West series. This book is free for the kindle. Zombies in the wild wild west? An interesting new wrinkle to the zombie craze.

Elisabeth Story was just young girl when she was forced to kill her father and two of her brothers. They'd been infected by the zombie virus. Her father had killed her mother and bitten her brothers. There was nothing else Elisabeth could do. But Elisabeth didn't escape unscathed. She was bitten too.

Trace was a gambler and a drifter. When his card game was interrupted by a zombie, and the zombie was killed by a beautiful red headed girl, Trace was fascinated. Trace followed Red out of town and later befriended her. As Trace and Red made their way west, trying to avoid the zombies roaming the plains, they picked up more stragglers. Can their group survive the zombies and the coming winter? Is Trace after Red for her heart or the bounty on her head? A great new twist on zombies. Even the ending was good, although you may find you want to read the next book in the series. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Dragon's Triangle - Christine Kling

Dragon's Triangle is a nautical adventure, conspiracy theory, mystery novel. This book was free when I downloaded it, but it's now $4.99 for the kindle. I can loan it to the first kindle user who asks though.

Maggie Riley is a security consultant who lives on her boat, the Bonefish. The Bonefish and Maggie are currently located at the Ao Chalong Anchorage in Phuket, Thailand. Maggie is still missing her ex-lover Cole Thatcher, who supposedly died in a diving accident four years ago, but she keeps thinking she sees him, she suspects he's alive, and she's always looking. Then Maggie gets a letter from someone who claims to have been friends with her grandfather, and has information for her, but he wants her to meet him in Bangkok. Maggie decides to take the bait and an adventure begins that will change her world and threaten her life. This is a great story. It starts slow, but by the end it's going gangbusters. And an excellent end it is. Very highly recommended.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Planet Urth - Jennifer Martucci, Christopher Martucci

Planet Urth is the first novel in the Planet Urth Series. This book is free for the kindle.

Avery and June could be the last two humans left. Avery is only 17 and June is only 8. They hide every night from the lurkers and spend every day trying to find food and honing their fighting skills. They've been driven into hiding by the Urthmen, mutants who've taken over the planet. After a devastating war, over 200 years ago, much life mutated in horrifying ways. The humans who managed to hide and survive are now being hunted ruthlessly. Then, while hunting one day, Avery glimpses more humans. Can Avery and June save these humans and become a family again, or will the Urthmen find them first? This book started out slow. The writing style is more like a term paper than a novel. The lack of contractions and stilted language almost made me stop reading. But I'm glad I stuck with it. This is a very good book, with interesting characters and adventures. The ending is not a cliff hanger, but clearly there are more books in this series to explore. Highly recommended.

Friday, June 13, 2014

See How She Runs - Michelle Graves

See How She Runs is the first novel in the Chronicles of Izzy series. This book is free for the kindle. Best friends should not kidnap best friends.

Izzy Boone is a bike messenger in the busy city of Chicago. Izzy started life in the small town of Geneva Alabama. At eight years of age both of Izzy's parents died. When Izzy delivers a package to a Mr. Xander, her life takes a strange and dangerous twist. Izzy discovers she's a seer and her best friend Kennan is her guardian. Their efforts to stay alive and avoid capture by Xander and the "Corporation" are a dangerous and interesting adventure. Eventually Izzy will have to face the Corporation and fight for her freedom. This is a great book. I really enjoyed it. The cliff hanger ending is even good, for a cliff hanger. Highly recommended.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The White Aura - Felicia Tatum

The White Aura is the first novel in the White Aura series. This book is free for the kindle.

Olivia Whitehead is just a junior in high school. Livvie runs track, has a best friend, and has dreamed about a boy she's never met, every night, for over a year. Scott Tabors is a sophomore in college. Scott likes art, works in his grandmother's shop once a week, and invades Livvie's dreams every night. Scott is a sorcerer. Livvie is Scott's heart mate. A curse on Scott's family keeps him from meeting Livvie in the flesh, but in their dreams Scott and Livvie are inseparable. When an evil sorcerer plans to take Livvie for his own, Scott has to do something. What Scott doesn't know is, Livvie has powers of her own, and those powers are just starting to manifest. This book is interesting, but has too much teenage angst. Once you get past that it's a fun book and hard to put down at times. It has a really lame ending though. Once again, a cliff hanger spoils a good story. Recommended.

Blood Debt - Nancy Straight

Blood Debt is the first novel in the Touched Series. This book is free for the kindle. Supernatural takes on a whole new twist with the Centaur race.

Camille Benning is 22 years old. Cami finally got her father's name from her mother, but it was while her mother was lying on her death bed. Now she has to decide if she wants to meet her father or not. Will he be what Cami expected or will he disappoint her? Cami not only discovers she has five brothers, but that she's not even human. She has a whole lot to learn about what she is, but staying alive and keeping the man she loves safe are also important. This is an interesting story of discovery, magic, danger, and romance. I really don't like cliff hangers, but the rest of the book is great. Highly recommended.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Outview - Brandt Legg

Outview is the first novel in the Inner Movement series. This book is free for the kindle. If you want a total overdose of new-age mumbo jumbo, with a side of teenage angst, this is your book!

Nate is just 16 years old. Nate's father died four years ago, and two years ago his brother Dustin was committed to a mental institution. Nate thinks he's going insane. He's having visions he calls outviews. He seems to be seeing his own death, but in past lives. Once Nate understands that he's just awakening to his true powers, his mission is to free his brother. But Nate and his friends have to stay alive before they can rescue anyone. The government is hunting Nate because he knows something they're willing to kill for. This story is engaging, it's suspenseful, and it's totally unbelievable. I'm a fiction junkie, but I can't suspend my disbelief long enough to take this book seriously. And then the ending is a total cliff hanger to make you read the second book. Not me. If you're into astral projection, past lives, spirit guides, reincarnation, and karma you'll probably love this book. It's got all those and more. It also has a hero who's 16, a smart ass, and totally conflicted when it comes to girls. If you can deal with that, then I recommend this book.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Reign of Blood - Alexia Purdy

Reign of Blood is the first novel in the Reign of Blood series. This book is free for the kindle. What if everyone in the world was turned into a vampire, but some people didn't realize it?

April Tate was a teenager, living in Las Vegas with her mom and brother, when the virus started. Everyone who got sick, died or turned into a vampire. April and her family survived, but barely. They live in the mountains, but scavenge in Las Vegas to live. Then April's mom and brother disappear. April is desperately searching for them. When April first encounters a new kind of vampire she does what comes naturally. She kills it. But the new vampires may be the key to finding her family. April will have to take a chance and form an alliance. It may be her last mistake. Plenty of action and suspense. Way too much introspection. The ending was just bad. Clearly just a setup for the next book in the series. Recommended, if you are willing to put up with the angst.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Choosing - Jeremy Laszlo

The Choosing is the first novel in the Blood and Brotherhood Saga. This book is free for the kindle. In the kingdom of Valdadore, each person owes five years of service to the kingdom, at their coming of age. The Choosing is where their method of service is decided.

Seth and Garret are twin boys. They're coming of age, and must make the journey to the capital city of Valdadore to attend the choosing. Garret looks forward to joining the army. Seth can't decide how he wants to serve the kingdom, or if he wants to serve at all. Along the way Seth and Garret make friends with others heading to the choosing. Ashton and Sara join their party. This is the story of the group's adventures and decisions, in a land with magic, war, and dangerous creatures. This is a great story, but you'll definitely want to read the rest of the saga. Unfortunately, it's not free. Very highly recommended.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Witch Song - Amber Argyle

Witch Song is the first novel in the Witch Song series. This book is free for the kindle. A very satisfying book and ending.

Brusenna is a just a girl of 14. Senna and her mother Sacra avoid town because they're witches, but Senna goes to market to spare her mother the stares and mumbles. When she's rescued from a shopkeeper by a strange woman named Coyel, Senna takes her back to see her mother. Coyel is also a witch and needs Sacra's help. The next day Senna's mom leaves with Coyel and Senna is left to care for their homestead. Eventually Senna sets out to find and rescue her mother, and any other witches she can. The adventures Senna experiences help her grow, and the strength she gains on the journey may be all that's standing between the world and destruction. This is a great book. The story is clear, the characters are well developed, and the ending is grand. Very highly recommended.

Friday, May 30, 2014

The First Book of Demons - Raquel Dove

The First Book of Demons is the first novel in the Book of Demons Saga. This book is free for the kindle.

Alexandra is still in high school. She doesn't have a lot of friends, but the ones she has are loyal. Alex lives with her aunt Tamaya. When Alex starts to have violent nightmares her aunt is worried. She knows something she's not telling Alex. Then Alex's aunt is murdered and Alex is devastated. When Alex has recovered somewhat, she goes camping with her friends to try and get her life back on track. While camping, she's kidnapped by a demon and things really get interesting. This book was a little disjointed at first, but once it got going it was hard to put down. The sexual tension was running high, but never got out of hand. However, the ending was anticlimactic. Still recommended.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Talented - Sophie Davis

Talented is the first novel in the Talented Saga series. This book is free for the kindle. More teenage angst than I'd prefer, but the story pulls you in.

Natalia Lyons is a 16 year old girl with a big talent. Talia was just nine when her parents were murdered by the Coalition. Talia was taken in by the director of the Talented Organization of Exceptionally Interesting Citizens (TOXIC). She's been honing her talent for the last seven years to become a hunter. Being a hunter will give Talia an opportunity for revenge on the Coalition and its leader. The man responsible for her parent's death.

This book has lots of promise. The premise is great, and the characters are interesting. The problem is Talia's abundance of angst over boys. I could do with lots less introspection and lots more action, and not the kind of action Talia is constantly fantasizing about. Still, highly recommended.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science - Tim Ball

The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science is a book anyone who has an interest in the global warming controversy should read. It doesn't make any difference what our opinion is. Listening to both sides is the best way to make an informed decision. As Aristotle said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

The title of this book explains very simply what it's about. The author takes excruciating pains to expose the deception behind the push for "green" and all it entails. When you're done reading this book you'll have a better understanding of how a hoax designed to break down the industrial countries of the world, is going on under the auspices of saving the planet. There are some redundancy issues, as most academic writing exhibits, but the story is clear, and the science is explained in simple terms. Very highly recommended.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Open Minds - Susan Kaye Quinn

Open Minds is the first novel in the Mindjack Trilogy. This book is free for the kindle.

Kira Moore is just 16 years old. It's the first day of school, and it's going to be a bad one. Kira still hasn't changed, which means all the other kids her age won't associate with her. She's afraid she's going to be a zero. Most teenagers can begin to read minds when they hit puberty. Who would trust someone they can't read? Kira is afraid her life is ruined. That is until she finds she can do much more than read minds. She can control them. This novel is all about teenage angst, but in a good way. Kira has so much more to worry about than boys and clothes. How about surviving in a changing world? Very highly recommended.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anathema - K.A. Tucker

Anathema is the first novel in the Causal Enchantment series. This book is free for the kindle. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

Evangeline lives in Portland Maine and she's about to turn 18. She's been in foster care since her Mother was killed by a car five years ago. Evangeline doesn't have any friends and has never been close to her foster parents. When Sophie befriends her and whisks her off to New York, it's like a dream. It swiftly turns into a nightmare. Evangeline is the pawn in a plan to undo a curse gone bad. Witches, vampires, and other creatures seem to be helping Evangeline, but are they interested in helping her or themselves? This is a fascinating story with suspense, action, and romance. The ending is good, but leaves you wanting the next book now. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Maze Runner - James Dashner

The Maze Runner is the first novel in the Maze Runner series. This is a dystopian fantasy with a new twist.

Thomas becomes aware as he's riding up in the box. When the box is opened, boys Thomas has never seen before help him out and into the Glade. Thomas has no memories of his past, no knowledge of his present. Thomas is not alone, as all the other boys in the Glade are just as clueless about their past. At least until a griever stings someone and they manage to survive. Then Teresa shows up and everything changes. Running the Maze was never about avoiding grievers, it was about finding a way out. Now it's about survival. This is a great novel with mystery, suspense, and heroics. The ending is a cliff hanger that leaves you wanting more. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rush Revere and the First Patriots - Rush Limbaugh

Rush Revere and the First Patriots is the second novel in the Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans series. I recommend you read them in order. They are kid's books, but adults can enjoy and learn from them.

Rush Revere, a substitute history teacher, is called back to Manchester Middle School to teach honors history again. Rush has a time traveling horse called Liberty who helps him get the straight facts about historical events. Liberty also helps Rush take a few students on field trips to colonial American, where they visit with American patriots. They also time travel to England to see Benjamin Franklin address parliament, and to talk to King George III. Rush and some of his students even participate in the Boston Tea Party. This novel teaches readers the causes for, and events leading up to, the American revolution, in and interesting and informative way. Rush's wise cracking horse and young middle school companions add to the kid appeal. Very highly recommended.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Allegiant is the third and final book in the Divergent series. Disappointing is the first word that comes to mind.

Tris is a worthy hero. It's too bad the story she's trapped in is so stilted and depressing. If you read the first two books, you almost have to read this one. I wish I'd quit while I was ahead. Not recommended. I won't be watching the movie either.