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New Idea

I have decided to start adding reviews about the books that we read in our homeschool. Some I believe other young readers will like. For instance we just finished a book titled The Map to Everywhere. It was really good. I will continue to spotlight Indies, and I have two coming up soon. Happy reading!!

~Bethanie

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Annalise’s Up and Down Day by Denise Jenne–Review by Bethanie

Annalise's up and down day

Annalise’s Up and Down Day

By: Denise Jenne

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Such a sweet little book. We all have those days and little Annalise is no exception. The illustrations are beautiful watercolor media and the story is the perfect length for the attention span of a young child, which is who this book is written for.  I would definitely reccommend this book for parents of young children. It is a cute picture book. Thank you Ms. Jenne for sharing this book with me!

~Bethanie

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Bees Like Flowers by Rebecca Bielawski–Review by Bethanie

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Bees Like Flowers is precious.  Each of the Mummy Nature books is very child-friendly. The colors are bright, and that alone would keep a child’s interest. This little book gives a good child-perfect explanation of how honey is made and what happens in a beehive. I love the little bees’ face. It makes them seem friendly. The choice of flowers she used were some of my favorites, the sunflower especially.

Ms. Bielawski has once again created a colorful and fun way to teach your little ones about nature. The Mummy Nature books will keep a child’s interest by the rhythm and beautiful colors. I would recommend these to anyone who has little children in their families.

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Welcome to the new Bethanie’s Books

This site is dedicated to those indie authors who love to write books for middle-schoolers. The contact form is on the ABOUT page. Have a book you think would be great for this age group? Let me know by filling out the contact form. I currently have reviews all the way out through March, but if you don’t mind the wait, let me know about your book so I may review it. I look forward to hearing from you!

~Bethanie

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One Hit Wonders (One Series Wonders)

There have always been those bands that have that amazing one hit that sends them to the top of the charts and then they’re never heard from again, or they try and they don’t succeed, nor try again. It’s the same with some authors. The authors of Harry Potter and Twilight are prime examples. Did they write other books? Well, yes, of course, but do you remember those other books? Some may and some may not.

In my opinion, Harry Potter and Twilight will be forever. I am a huge fan of both, however I noticed they seemed to have no desire or lost part of it when they became “famous”. It makes me wonder if being a NYTBS author is so stressful that they lose their want to write again. What happens to those that have hit it big?

I have noticed that Indie authors never lose their want to write. It seems to be a part of them. It becomes almost like breathing. If we happen to hit it big, then great, but we keep writing because ideas keep coming into our minds. I hope Indies never lose their desire.

Would I love to become an NYTBS author, of course, but so would many others. I read Indies because, to me, there is always something to learn from them. There are so many ways to tell a story. Pick yours and run with it. And as always, keep reading, keep learning from others. Keep striving for your goal, never stop writing, never stop improving! Happy reading and writing!

~Bethanie

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Editing Rant

Now, before anyone gets bent out of shape, it is not the Indies that I am speaking of. Very surprisingly, I have seen more HUGE editing mistakes in the BIG publishing companies–Random House, especially–than I have in all the Indie books I have read or have been reading.

Now, let’s think about this for a moment. Did they fire all of their editors? They claim they are so much better than the indie authors’ self-edited works. Well here’s a bee for your bonnet. They’re not.

Lately I have read a mixture of books, some Indie and some big companies. Ready for this. The Indies’ books are better edited than the big companies. I am not quite sure what is happening. It honestly used to be the other way around. Could it be that Indies take more pride in their work? Could it be that the big companies just don’t care anymore? Could the tides be changing?

I am thinking, yes, to all the above. The big companies need to watch it. Put out poor works and you get poor profits. Put out works that someone has taken pride in and you get the best of the best. Rant over.

THANK YOU INDIE AUTHORS!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

Bethanie

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Busy as a Bee

Wow, I thought summer would be a time to relax. Not so.

I promise I haven’t forgotten any of you. I am working on several books and will have the reviews up soon. Celia and Cedric’s Adventures will be next.

Hang in there with me. Thank you so much!

 

~Bethanie

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The Least Envied by Sean DeLauder–Review by Bethanie

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The Least Envied by Sean DeLauder

Genre: Mixed

 

Sooo many words. Words have power, they can cause one to fail, they can cause one to succeed, they can even make one become a hero. Without words we would know nothing. There would be no history–American history or world history, no amazing Greek legends–The Illiad, The Odyssey, The Legend of Hercules, mythology in and of itself. We would know nothing of Plato or Socrates. What fun would a campfire be without scary ghost stories and urban legends to tell? What fun would a campfire be without the campfire songs sung around it or the music played around them? This is this book–all of the above.

When I receive a request for a review of a book, I interview the author by email with a few questions about what I am about to pick up and read. When I emailed Mr. DeLauder and asked him what his book was like, he told me there was nothing like it. I have a tendency not to believe those that say that. In general, most authors have been inspired to write from some movie, other book, or a song. We don’t want our books to sound like anything else, yet most of the time they do. Well, in Mr. DeLauder’s case, it was both like and unlike any other thing I have read.

It was the best and worst book I have ever read. It was a frustration and a joy to read. It made me insane at points, but then I was able to regain my sanity. If there was a way to prepare other readers for the reading of this book I would. However, there is not. There were times I wanted to stop reading it altogether because it drove me up the wall, but I couldn’t because I wanted to see what it turned out to be. You would just have to read it for yourself.

Writing and Storyline

The writing I really didn’t pick up anything wrong with it, but perhaps the reason could be having to work to keep up with all of the parts of the book. The storyline is not really just one. There are many within this book. The author is writing about the author writing this story. It is almost unique in that area, with the exception of one other book I have read by Yannis Karatsioris. It was similar in nature to this one.

Mr. DeLauder, bravo! Thank you for sharing your book with me and I wish you the best!

~Bethanie

 

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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Gene. Sys. by Aaron Denius Garcia–Review by Bethanie

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Gene. Sys. by Aaron Denius Garcia

YA– Sci-Fi, Action

Never in my wildest imagination did I think a Sci-fi action book would get to me like it did. Another of Bethanie’s Faves has been found, and unbelievably it is another Sci-fi book. I may have to look into this genre a little more.

My heart is broken, though. With tears I closed this book. With hope I look forward to the next. There was never a dull moment. The action started pretty much from the get-go. I fell in love with the characters, but was disappointed by some. I will leave it at that. You will have to read it to see where my disappointment lay, but once I got over that, which made no sense as to why it was added to begin with. The rest of the book kept me on the edge of my seat.

I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in one afternoon. That is how much I liked this book. Most books take me a few days to read because everything starts off so slow, NOT in this one, though. It is a fast-paced, unbelievable-amount-of-action, packed-into-a-book, book. Feast on that for a little while. When you read it you will understand.

Writing and Storyline

I understand that this was an advanced review copy so the writing was probably brushed up before it was released to the public. There were some places I had to read twice to understand because words were missing, and there were some punctuation and capitalization errors. That however did not take away from the storyline of the book.

OH MY GOSH! The story was outstanding. Mr. Garcia’s play on words and acronyms for certain things were extremely creative. His creation of this almost impossible compound where everything took place was absolutely amazing. I could see everything and follow right along with the characters wherever they were. The “bad-guys” really weren’t “bad-guys”. I could understand the emotional stress these characters were under because of what was about to happen. The descriptions were amazing and all-senses encompassing. Mr. Garcia created this world and this story with an incredible amount of imagination and forethought. I am curious as to know how long it took him to write it. The way it ended there would have to be another book. I have to know what happens!

Disclaimer

Now some readers want to know and some readers don’t. There was some profanity used and one instance that I believe could have been left completely out of the story and it would have been just fine. However it was only about a six-word instance and I honestly don’t know what it had to do with the story.

Beyond that it was a great book. There was so much happening. It never stopped, until the flames. I’ll let that soak in too. I am hoping and cheering for the characters that brought me to tears. I will read the next book whenever it comes out, whether by review or purchase. Happy reading!! 🙂

~Bethanie

I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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Hello Book Fans

Review requests are stacking up. My review basket is getting full. I am excited though. So many good books that I have discovered from many different genres. If you are looking for a review for your book please contact me. If it meets my criteria then I will be more than glad to review it. I am working on Genesys by Aaron Denius Garcia right now. So far, so good. Will have his review up soon. Thank you for reading my reviews, and as always I wish all of you the best.

~Bethanie

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