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The Dead Club by Manuel Ruiz–Review by Bethanie

The Dead Club Manuel Ruiz

 

The Dead Club

by: Manuel Ruiz

Genre: Middle School Sci-Fi

 

First of all, don’t let the title sway you away from reading this great book. When I was first asked to review this book, the title caused me to question it. However, I am so glad I read it!

It is not very often I run across a book that has so many different elements mixed in it and yet made an easily flowing story out of it. Mr. Ruiz did it! I was very pleased!

There were parts that made me laugh and parts that made me a little teary and still others that kept me riveted to my seat. I loved this book! Another Bethanie’s Fave has been found. Thank you Mr. Ruiz for sharing your book with me!

The thought of eternity scares many people. In this book it was turned into a continuing adventure. I loved going with the young characters in this book as they fall into a Ghost Town, meet a character named Elvissarian whom was a Memphus and be able to ride in a Cadillac Convertible with the Grim Reaper at the wheel. Grim was my favorite character! Some of the things he did in this book were nothing like what one might associate with him. I loved the spin on the underworld. Reality and Mythology mix and make it one of the best stories I have read in a long time!

I would recommend this book to anyone. Even told my son he would probably enjoy it too.

Thank you Mr. Ruiz for sharing your fantastic book with me!

 

~Bethanie

 

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Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point by Jodi Auborn–Review by Bethanie

Matthias Ghost of salvation point

 

Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point

By: Jodi Auborn

Genre: Middle School  Mystery Thriller

 

I love mysteries, especially those that have ghosts in them. I must say that this is one of the best I have read this year. Considering this year is almost over, I would have to say that is really big. Another Bethanie’s Fave has been found. Ms. Auborn has brought to us a timeless story that brings the beauty of Maine into it. Lighthouses have always had a mystery to them, in my opinion, and Ms. Auborn’s story has brought this to life.

What makes it another reason for being a fave is the star is a young boy. She brought the natural boy curiosity to the table in this book. Tell me one boy who wouldn’t want to know of a secret treasure found in the backyard of his summer home next to a lighthouse in Maine. Better yet how about finding your best friend in the ghost that is the keeper of the lighthouse.

I am a southern girl, myself. Born and raised in the state of Alabama. I have always wanted to visit Maine and to see its timeless beauty for myself. This book allowed me to somewhat take myself there. I could imagine being the one who discovered the ghost. I could also imagine becoming friends with him. I can also imagine being the mother or the daughter wanting to just go back home, and the Father just trying to bring his small town where he grew up back to the place it once was.

I love the many aspects in this story. Although most that try to put a lot into their book can’t really bring it together in a good reading flow, Ms. Auborn was definitely able to bring everything together and make it flow perfectly for the reader. There is a ghost story, a treasure hunt, a kidnapping, and yet it all fits together like a beautiful puzzle.

I am so impressed by this author that I plan to get her other books and read them. I also hope that she continues this particular mystery type. Adventure is always fun and exciting. Throw a couple of thrilling moments in it and you have a rather, well-written book. Would I recommend this book? Yes, I would.

Thank you Ms. Auborn for sharing your book with me! Happy Reading!!

~Bethanie

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Good Intentions by Pembroke Sinclair–Review by Bethanie

Good Intentions

By: Pembroke Sinclair

Genre: YA Paranormal

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Good vs. Evil, good wins again, however, not in the way you would expect. Demons will always be demons.

Ms. Sinclair finished The Road to Salvation series very well with the third book,  Good Intentions. It was rather short, but at the same time, everything happened that needed to happen. I was pleased by this. I would rather read a shorter book and have everything closed, than a long book with more words than is necessary. I believe this was the perfect way to end this series.

Once again it was like a tennis match, and at times, drove me crazy. I would have to walk away and then come back to it later. Then, of course, the ending was fantastic! I just have to say, YAY!!

I liked the way it ended. Although, I think this was the last book in the series, it was left open to possibly visit a spin-off series from this one. We’ll see what happens. It did give me enough closure, though, to feel like the main characters won. Good always wins, no matter how long it takes.

Thank  you, Ms. Sinclair, for sharing your wonderful series with me. I enjoyed it very much. Happy reading!

~Bethanie

I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus–Review by Bethanie

The Gift of the Quoxxel Richard Titus

 

The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: Middle Grades

 

What an imaginatively whimsical book. It was one of those that made no sense but still drew me into the story. It is unlike anything I have ever read.

Most books make sense and have some kind of storyline. This one really didn’t. Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Surprisingly, I did, with every strange and wonderful moment. Most read to get away from the real world. This book will definitely have you doing that. One, because you will be trying to figure out what is going on, and the other because it just transports you to this beautiful and colorful little island of Nibb.

There was nothing bad in it at all, except for  the character named Yill. He got on my nerves. He reminded me of a swarm of gnats buzzing around my head and face. I kept wanting to swat Yill away.

I was slightly broadsided by this book. There was a story, but there wasn’t a story. Yet, I still loved it. The power of words is amazing.

It is kind of hard to review a book that you cannot find a story in. At the same time, I didn’t want to put it down either. Any minute it would all come together. In a way it did. ❤

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Pick it up and read it. Tell me what you think about it. Thank you, Mr. Titus! Happy reading!

 

~Bethanie

 

 

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Dealing with Devils by Pembroke Sinclair–Review by Bethanie

Dealing with Devils

Dealing with Devils

by: Pembroke Sinclair

Genre–YA Paranormal

Okay so now we have gone from a tennis match to a volleyball match where things have definitely become a little more involved. Many more people have become involved. I was kinda of hoping for a little more than what I got. I do however like volleyball better than tennis. It is much more exciting and better competition. Dealing with Devils is the sequel to The Appeal of Evil.

Am I angry? Yes, more than I could have imagined I would be. However when Dealing with Devils one will become angry. They are the bad guys, but Ms. Sinclair has once again made me walk the fine line between love and hate. I want to hope that Katie will not disappoint me and continue on with her original plan. I believe if anyone can do it, she can. Anyone can change, right? I have to believe that will happen. That goes for both sides. Humanity falls between the realms of good and evil. You choose what you want to be. My only hope is that their choices make me love them instead of hate them.

Is there a middle ground between love and hate? I hope within the next book Ms. Sinclair shows me there is. I do not like to be left hanging yet again.

Wow, talk about a triangle. Of course, I believe now it has become a pentagon. Oh how fitting. I just realized that.

Writing and Storyline

Once again Ms. Sinclair had written a superb story. At first it was irritating so it took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I did, I finished it within a day. It is one of those books that you can fool yourself into thinking just one more chapter and then I’ll go to bed. NOPE. I thought that at least ten times, until I found myself finishing the story. If you like angels and demons, you are definitely going to like this book.

I will say this, HOORAY!! for the last paragraph. I hope he can help her see what is actually happening. I kind of thought something as I have been reading these books. What if Katie’s boyfriend is both? How wild of an ending would that be? Maybe that is why Ms. Sinclair makes us love both the good guy and the bad guy. Just a thought. Happy Reading!

~Bethanie

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

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Quiznot by Russell Stoll–Review by Bethanie

Quiznot by Russell Stoll

Quiznot by Russell Stoll

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

And WOW!! I don’t know how else to explain this book. It has hit the Bethanie’s Fave list. I immensely enjoyed this book. Each page I turned I had no idea what would happen next. It was extremely unpredictable and I loved it! Most of the time I like predictability, but this time it didn’t happen. I was just fine with that.

I still wonder what happened to a certain character in this book, but luckily this is only Book One. I am so excited that I have more to look forward to, and will hopefully have my question answered. Now, I will have to say this. The way the book started off, I thought it was just going to be another boring book about people doing strange things. I was SOOOO happy to find out that I was completely wrong!

Oh my goodness! This book had a huge mixture of things to it. It reminded me of X-Men meet the Stepford Wives. When I said that to my husband he imitated his mind being blown–Ha Ha! He is not an avid reader like me. I was able to get him into reading at one point and every-once-in-a-while I can do it again. I am going to try with this book. I think he would enjoy it.

Mr. Stoll has written a great Sci-Fi book that I would recommend for any age from about 13 and up. It is definitely a young adult novel. What a grand adventure awaits the reader who chooses this book!

WRITING AND STORYLINE

The writing I only found a few mistakes in, but the storyline was impressive. Mr. Stoll wove so much into this book sometimes it was hard to keep up with until you read a few pages in and suddenly realize what has happened. That was the only part that kind of threw me. But once I figured it out, it made every bit of sense. In my opinion it connected the aspects of the book.

One other thing. Some readers care and others don’t. There are very few expletives in this book, I only remember about two.

I don’t ever give much up about a story, because I don’t want to spoil it for another reader. It is kind of like a movie that you want to see and you don’t want anyone to tell you anything about it. You want to find the surprises yourself. This book is full of them. You will enjoy it! By the way, my favorite character was Max. 🙂

Happy reading!

~Bethanie

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

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The Adventures of Mophie and Picholas–Book 1: A Very Strange Trip to the Park By: Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi–Review by Bethanie

Mophie and Picholas 1

The Adventures of Mophie and Picholas

Book 1: A Very Strange Trip to the Park

By: Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi

Illustrated by: Sarah Minervini

Children’s Picture Book

 

What an absolutely charming little book. I still tried to call the two children in it Sophie and Nicholas as I was reading it, but corrected myself. I loved the story. Anything with dragons and magic kingdoms in it is always right up my reading alley. This was a sweet family story. Also something that children will enjoy. The illustrations were colorful, but small. Still they were fine for this charming little book.

What made it even better was a father and son wrote it together. I look forward to the next installment where I really hope to hear more about how they met Sylvester.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes adventures in the park.

Happy Reading,

Bethanie

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Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father by Russell Nohelty–Review by Bethanie

Gumshoes

Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father

By: Russell Nohelty

So, I am a big fan of Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries, always have been. However if I had to choose between Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, or Gumshoes, my choice would be GUMSHOES. When asked to review this book and they said it was similar to Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, I thought no one could outdo those. I was wrong. Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father, I enjoyed more than the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. Mr. Nohelty hit the life of a middle-schooler dead-on. I was even more impressed that Mr. Nohelty was able to mold middle-school life plus mystery together into a very fun book.  There were funny parts, semi-serious parts, and just down-right unbelievable parts. For a moment I thought we would not have a happy ending, but I was happy to be proven wrong.

The book itself was a roller-coaster ride. In reading it I would think Woohoo, they finally found them, only moments later to be thwarted in my excitement. That is the mark of a good “mystery novel.” It was obvious that it was written for a middle-schooler and since I teach middle-schoolers. I thought he nailed their interests. I was rather pleased by that.

Writing and Storyline:

The writing was just right for middle-school age children. The storyline, although a roller-coaster, was well-done. It was paced just enough to keep me interested, but not in such a hurry that I couldn’t follow.

Reccommendation:

If you are looking to get middle-schoolers interested in mystery novels, I would start with this one. Although Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew will always be the classics to me, Gumshoes is a fun way to pull in modern-day middle-schoolers to the exciting world of detectives and mystery sleuths. Thank you Mr. Nohelty. Happy Reading!

~Bethanie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review Requests

I would like to thank all of the authors who have chosen me to review their books. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I am still open for reviews, but have them booked well into January right now. So just a note to let you know that. Keep on writing and I cannot wait to read more! Just let me live in a library and I will be the happiest person in the world!

Author's Mind  Columbus by Aimee Stewart

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Mimi Power and the I-don’t-know-what by Victoria Miles–Review by Bethanie

Mimi Power

Mimi Power and the I-don’t-know-what

By: Victoria Miles

I stand by my first impression of this book. It was an absolutely charming read. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect at first. I wasn’t sure whether it would be “a day in the life” book, an adventure, or a comedy. With a three year old in the house, in this book, it could have been any of them and ended up being all.

Mimi Power was a delightful character. Her three-year-old little sister, well . . . let’s just say she fit the part and was written brilliantly.

The one thing in this children’s chapter book that I really liked was the inclusion of an entire family, from Mom and Dad all the way to Grandma and Grandpa, with the two little girls in between. It was very uplifting to see their interactions and their adventures as they experienced them together.

The writing and storyline were very well-polished and never caused a stumbling block in the flow of the story. It was cute and sweet and at one point even maddening. That though, ended happily. I was glad to see. Any little girl with a three-year-old little sister could definitely relate.

Would I recommend this book?

Yes, definitely. It was precious! Happy reading!

~Bethanie

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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