Title: A Weaver's Web
Author: Chris Pearce
Published: Dec 6, 2013
Reviewer: Margaret Millmore via Book Explosions
Rating: 5 STARS
This historical fiction novel chronicling the lives of the Wakefield family takes you on a journey of love, loyalty, death, unhappiness, triumph… and so much more! The tale begins with Henry Wakefield, a hand weaver by trade, living in a modest English village and desperately trying to provide for his growing family. But with the modernization of the weaving industry, Henry finds his ‘hand’ made product is becoming less and less saleable, and knows, much against his better judgment that he must move his family to the larger city of Manchester, where his wife and older children will become factory workers while he attempts to continue his hand weaving. As the story unfolds their lives change dramatically from poverty to riches; however that comes with many unforeseen perils that include death, betrayal and to a certain extent, hatred. It’s a well crafted tale of “be careful what you wish for”. The characters are so well written that you find yourself feeling an emotional attachment to them that will keep you turning pages until the very end.
This isn’t my normal read and I was delightfully surprised at how well the author grabbed my attention until the very end.
Title: 10 Busy Brownies
Author: Talia Haven
Publisher: Keith Publications
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Illustrator: Sytiva Sheehan
Review by Crystal via Book Explosions
Rating: 4 Stars
After reading most of the reviews on Amazon I notice a lot of people saying the illustrations might be a little bit scary for young readers. Though, that might be true, I love them, and I can’t wait to share this story with my niece and nephew because I think they’ll love them too. It’s fun, easy to read, and captures a different take on counting books for children. The world the author, and illustrator created made me remember my childhood dream of wanting to live inside the pages of pretty books. It has that old mother goose feel to it.
I do think, however, that this book would be best suited as a hardcover or paperback.
Author: Jeff Dawson, Larry Welch
Title: Destination D.C
Genre: Action and Adventure/Science Fiction
Blurb: Muki, Abdul, Judith and Larry endured a harrowing thirteen days in the bowels of the Pioche Complex with Professor Leonoid Skorzenzy. Relieved they survived the adventure, will they be able to resume the summer vacation they originally started out on or will the events of the past continue to haunt them?
Rating: 4 Stars
Muki, Abdul, Judith and Larry continue their journey right where the last book left off. Though I'm not a huge fan of books that contain political plots, I made the exception for Destination DC, as I did with Gateway:Pioche. So far this book has been the only exception to that rule, which is saying a lot.
The main characters uncover a sinister plot by a secret government organization hiding in plain sight, who are planning to overthrow the US government and start a new world order. They are still being pursued by the goons from the first book, while searching for someone, anyone they can trust.
I loved the scientific possibilities, the easy-to-follow story line, the lovable and funny characters. And of course, I was blindsided by the twist at the end. Sure didn't see that one coming. I highly recommend this book, but read Gateway:Pioche first. You won't be disappointed.
Author: Christine Benedict
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Release Date: December 9th, 2013
Blurb: Debra Hamilton confronts the fear of inheriting mental illness when her husband moves her into a hundred-year-old farmhouse on fifty-three acres of blacklisted real estate property. Floorboards creak when she's alone. Objects appear and disappear. Neighbors insinuate the house is haunted but memories of her mother's schizophrenia make her wonder. Julie, a neighbor who befriends Debra, faces her own fears when a stalker starts sending perverted anonymous letters that cause a rift in Julie's unstable marriage. Their plots merge as their friendship grows to create a rich and satisfying story.
Rating: 4 Stars
Julie and Debra are different in so many ways and alike in so many others. Debra struggles from the fear of inheriting her mother’s mental illness and Julie struggles to keep her family together, even though her children are growing and leaving for college soon and her husband is an unpredictable hothead. Although they are years apart in age and backgrounds, they become wonderful friends that are able to share the mysterious details of their lives, which include a stalker, a ghost and many other obstacles. It’s an usual story with many twists and turns that keep you reading until late at night.
There are a few editing concerns that drag the story down a bit, but that doesn’t distract from the thrilling nature that makes this a fast-moving novel.
Title: The Battle (The Four: Book 3)
Author: Margaret Millmore
Publisher: World Class Publishing
Release Date: March 20th, 2013
Blurb: With the discovery of the Dark Ones’ leader and the powerful nature of his forces, the Four begin the battle they were destined for. They discover the full extent of their strengths and the strength of their vampire, werewolf and human brethren. But with each victory, they experience loss and although they may win the battle, the war would never be over.
Crystal's Review (Book Explosions)
If you’re reading The Battle (Book 3 in the Four series) you already know how addicted this book is. The Battle continues where the last book left off, tying up the loose ends from its cliff hanger. As the fight for world dominion continues we learn about the war being waged, the elusive and mysterious Dark Ones, and just how far the hands of this battle have reached.
Why I chose this rating?
Though there are a lot of books on vampires and werewolves out there, this series is set apart by its uniqueness. And I’m not only talking about the story. The writing is done beautifully. It’s fast-paced, full of action and a cast of characters you can’t help but love. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
If you haven’t started this series yet I highly recommend it. If you are a lover of all things supernatural you won’t be disappointed.