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Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book Reviews on August 31, 2013 at 11:44 pm

The new children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my varied choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week:

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

Thec World According to Humphrey

Other Books I Have Reviewed

Amy and Argyle – There Are No Such Things As Dragons – Or Are There? By V.J. Wells

Magical Stories by Annemarie Nikolaus

The Adventures of Brackenbelly – All in a Day’s Work by Gareth Baker

 

The Secret Guardian by Wes Dodd

In Blog Hops, Giveaways on June 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm
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Wes Dodd was born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1958, currently residing in Southside Virginia. He has two daughters and three grandchildren. Within the last couple years he has discovered a passion for creating and breathing life into great stories. He has published three novels: The Crimson Key, a mystery, The Secret Guardian, fantasy and Saving Faith, a romantic thriller.

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Secret GuardianThe Secret Guardian

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: CreateSpace & BookTango

Release Date: April 2013

Book Description:

A Sacred Society exists amongst us all. Believed only as a myth—its origin thrives in secret. Once transformed, each generation of its members become the elite of our society—some for good and some for evil as well. Troy Anthony, unknowingly and somewhat unwillingly, is about to join the elite, like his father before him. It takes a close family friend to ultimately expose the Secret to Troy, revealing his true destiny, and then she becomes a valuable ally. They inadvertently share a unique bond—one of which many doubt its very existence. Troy is taken to two magical places where he learns many secrets of the world, many of which we all have been curious about. It becomes an epic battle where Troy clashes with an evil tyrant, his father’s assassin, a distant cousin sharing many of Troy’s unique abilities.

She pointed at the water once again. “Touch the water with your finger, and you will see. Go ahead, trust me.”

Troy reluctantly reached out towards the lavender water with his index finger, slowly pushing it towards the water as if frightened from not knowing what may happen next. He barely stuck his finger in, then jerked it out quickly, as if something within the water might bite it off. The ripples that resulted spread quickly throughout the tiny pond—as if magical. As the water became calm and smooth once again, a clear picture appeared before him within the water. It was a clear picture of his mother—Claire. She was holding a newborn baby while in a hospital bed. His father, Bruce, was standing by the bed, and they both seemed very happy.

Alexa looked at Troy and smiled. “Troy…this is your history.”

Troy was mesmerized by the picture before his eyes, he as a child with his loving parents. It lasted for a few moments then slowly faded away. Then picture after picture appeared of times in his life, all in sequence. The second was of him playing in the tub with his mom, smiling with no teeth, splashing water with a crop of soap suds for hair. Then appeared his first steps at home with Mom and Dad. Then his first Halloween dressed as a fireman, walking from house to house with his dad. Then Dad taking him for his first haircut, which his mother treasured, tucking away the clippings in a safe place. Then when he got his first puppy, a Dalmatian named Blazer that would pull him along in his little red wagon.

Alexa watched Troy as he gazed at his history. She saw and felt his emotions, laughing right along with him. He continuously watched—his eyes glued to the pictures.

Then came Christmas when Dad dressed up in a Santa suit. Santa was enjoying the warm freshly baked cookies, washing them down with the ice cold milk, while he and his mother spied through the banister from upstairs. Then came his first day of school with riding the school bus for the very first time, and of course the time he lost his first tooth—he always believed that the quarter was a silver dollar. Troy and Alexa laughed together as they watched picture after picture.

Then came that awful day when Troy was dressed in his little black suit at his father’s funeral—saluting his father’s casket. Alexa could sense his emotions building up, quickly turning from happy to sad and then angry once again. Then he calmed down as the pictures showed the move to Virginia, his high school and first date with Becca. Then of course came football and winning each championship, including the last one with the miraculous catch that he couldn’t remember making.

Finally the pictures ceased, as the calm water turned lavender once again. Both sat quietly for a few minutes. Troy rose in silence and slowly walked around the edge of the water, gathering his thoughts as well as his emotions. Could what she was saying possibly be real? After a few minutes Alexa walked over to him. She put her hand on his shoulder. “Will you be all right?”

Troy turned to face her, looking deep into her amazing eyes. “I am not sure how you are doing this. Is it possible that you are telling me the real truth? I doubted you because it went against everything I had been taught…but now what you say might be the truth. There is still much I do not understand. I still have many questions to be answered.”

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My Review and Spotlight of Hearts in Exile by Mysti Parker

In Books, Young Adult Fiction on June 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

A Combination of Fantastic Fantasy and Remarkable Romance – 5 stars

Hearts in Exile Book CoverMy Review

Hearts in Exile is a story spanning sixty years, involving paladins, elves, necromancers, gods and dwarves, to name but a few. The two main protagonists, Sir Robert (Igrorio Everlyn ) and Loralee Munroviel, daughter of a High Priestess, are two young people who fall desperately and deeply in love only to be separated for ten long years, neither knowing where the other is. Loralee is banished to an island to be a Dragon Keeper with only the company of dragons and a pet snippet called Puddle. Sir Robert becomes a Holy Paladin and goes off to fight and achieve great things for king and country. A freak storm eventually reunites them. Throughout the story we learn, from the perspective of both Loralee and Sir Robert, how their lives and love began and see the tale unfold and build to an enveloping crescendo. I don’t want to give too much of the story away; it really is something you should read for yourself.

This book is the third in the Tallenmere series, and regrettably I have not yet read the first two. I am not really sure this matters a great deal though, as this book stands up perfectly well on its own.

Mysti Parker is clearly an accomplished storyteller whose imagination surpasses expectation. This is one of the few books I have read recently that I simply could not put down.  Clichéd as that may sound; it really is that sort of book. To say it is well-written would be superfluous. The whole shebang is flawlessly well-executed .The characters are enjoyable and believable, and very well-developed. Having never met any of them before, I felt an affinity with them almost instantly. There are the usual; the good, the evil and the in-between, as one would expect, but these characters are a little bit more. They pull you into their world and take you with them on their respective journeys.

All in all; a unique and beautifully told story in the classic style of fantasy and romance, with all the pieces wonderfully woven together and all ends tied up.

More about Hearts in Exile:
In Tallenmere, fate has a way of catching up with you…Somewhere, hidden in the waters of the Southern Sea, lies an island unlike any other. Within the amber glow of its pyrogem-laden cliffs, legend says the very heart of the dragon god Drae keeps the island, and its occupants, alive. Loralee Munroviel, daughter of Leogard’s High Priestess Arianne, had no idea what she would face when she arrived by boat ten years ago and was left alone in exile. All she knew about Draekoria’s inhabitants was written in one tattered notebook. Now, her life revolves around keeping Drae’s descendants happy. Never in her life did she imagine being a Dragon Keeper.Captain Igrorio Everlyn, known as Sir Robert to his unit of Holy Paladins, has faced his share of hell, battling the evils of Emperor Sarvonn’s tyranny and the dark god Tyr’s abominations. But none of that compares to the ten years of hell he’s been without Loralee, presumed dead.

One freak storm changes everything. Now the two of them must fight to reestablish the delicate balance of the island before the dragons take things into their own hands. Through it all, they discover the secrets that kept them, and their hearts, exiled for a decade.                              

Mysti Parker Profile ImageBio:

Mysti Parker (pseudonym) is a full-time wife, mother of three, and a writer. Her first novel, A Ranger’s Tale was published in January, 2011 by Melange Books, and the second in the fantasy romance series, Serenya’s Song, was published in April 2012. The highly anticipated third book, Hearts in Exile, has already received some great reviews. The Tallenmere series has been likened to Terry Goodkind’s ‘Sword of Truth’ series, but is probably closer to a spicy cross between Tolkien and Mercedes Lackey.

Mysti’s other writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, and Christmas Lites II. Her flash fiction has appeared on the online magazine EveryDayFiction. She has also served as a class mentor in Writers Village University’s six-week free course, F2K.

Mysti reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication, and is the proud owner of Unwritten, a blog voted #3 for eCollegeFinder’s Top Writing Blogs award. She resides in Buckner, KY with her husband and three children.

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Where to Buy:

A Ranger’s Tale, Tallenmere #1 on Amazon

Serenya’s Song, Tallenmere #2 on Amazon

Hearts in Exile, Tallenmere #3 at Melange Books


Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book Reviews on April 20, 2013 at 10:02 pm

 This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my varied choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week: Dragonasaurus Tales by Josephine Young

Baffin's Curiois Consequence - Review featured on Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

Other Books I Have Reviewed

Burly & Grum and the Tiger’s Tale (The Burly & Grum Tales) by Kate Tenbeth

Oceanheart (The Enchanted Pages) by Pen Clements

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on March 1, 2013 at 1:50 am

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my varied choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

No Boys Allowed by Marilyn Levinson featured on mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me

No Boys Allowed by Marilyn Levinson

Other Books I Have Reviewed

Wolf Facts and Pictures by P.K.Miller

Adventures of Percy the Pig by Tori Gilbert

Adventures of Frosty (The Strange Thing) by Waide Marshall

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on February 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

Big and  Little featured on Carte Blanche by Amelia Curzon

The Tales of Big and Little: Doom of the Three Stones by Josh Kilen

Other books reviewed

Raindrop’s World by Carl Pettit

My T-Rex Has a Toothache by Elwyn Tate

Sock Full of Pennies by Danny Dean

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on February 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my blog. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

Wise Bear William – A New Beginning written by Arthur Wooten and Illustrated by Bud Santora

Wise Bear William featured on mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me

Other Books Reviewed

Warriors Book1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Magic Molly Book 1: Mirror Maze by Trevor Forest

I Love My ABCs by Mary Lee

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my blog. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor  where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

The Issy Books by Pat “Gigi” Calfee – Illustrated by Isybilla Gee

Other books reviewed

Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone

Switch by Karen Prince

A Tale of Four Birds by Gramps Doodlebug

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 9, 2013 at 12:49 am

Welcome to this week’s children’s book reviews.  I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 5*****

Other Book Reviews:

Fing – A Modern Fairy Tale by Papa G   5*****

I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara   4****

The Adventures of Loafy Lion and Friends by Richard Bullivant   4****

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

This week’s reviews cover books ranging from ages 2 to 12 years plus, most of which can also be enjoyed by adults. There is a wonderful fantasy adventure, a sweet (belated – but my fault) Christmas tale, a comical look at life from a dog’s point of view and a short rhyming picture book for very young children. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Escape from Hat - Children's Book of the Week featured on mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.meChildren’s Book of the Week: Escape from Hat by Adam Kline and Brian Taylor

Other Book Reviews:

Dart and the Squirrels by Nicole Izmaylov

Martin the Christmas Mouse by Jane Whiteoak

Maggie Mouse Gets Lost by Hayley Moonspur

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