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

Genesys Aaron Denius Garcia

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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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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Great book so far!! Stepford Wives meets X-men? Very interesting. It’s getting good. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

~Bethanie

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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

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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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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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The Appeal of Evil by Pembroke Sinclair–Review by Bethanie

Appeal of Evil--Review

 

The Appeal of Evil By Pembroke Sinclair

—Review by Bethanie

 

Where do I start?

Hmm, the beginning would be best. Well I must say this. The first chapter set the mood for the entire book—Tennis Match. I’ll be honest this is one of those stories I love to hate and hate to love.

Ms. Sinclair really has a nack for creating the type of story where I was not sure who I wanted to win. In reading, I started jumping between the good boy and the bad boy and at the end I really wanted the one just stuck in the middle to find a way out. It was nothing like I had imagined—warning cliffhanger. It is the first book in a series, so a cliffhanger seemed appropriate.

I consider myself a fairly decent judge of how a book will turn out or what might happen. This time I was just stumped. It would seem the main character would be going one way and then would turn around when I was almost sure she had made a choice and go directly opposite of what I thought. It was frustrating and exciting at the same time.

Whether you like good vs. evil or not you will get into this book. I was concerned at first but by about the second chapter, I was hooked. I read the book in less than twenty-four hours.

I found myself getting so excited or really nervous about what would happen next that my eyes would rush down the page. I would then have to stop and go back to where I started the rush to keep up with everything happening. There was so much.

 

WRITING AND STORYLINE:

The writing of this book was superb. I cannot think of a single thing that made me go back and question what was going on. The story flowed like water from the tap. The description of things in the book brought me directly into it as if I were standing there witnessing it first hand. The story was NOT your typical good vs. evil, but at the same time it was. I’ll let you figure that out when you read it. 

NOW FOR THE ALL-IMPORTANT QUESTION:

Would I recommend this book to others? Definitely yes! Happy reading!

~Bethanie  

 

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

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To Be a Reader

How do I begin this? I guess I’ll just start. I am an author, but I am also a reader, a reader who gets into books more than anyone I have ever known. A book that stays with me because of the story, is great, but what about a book series that is so great it makes me not want to finish it??  Everyone is screaming at me right now, I can hear it. But here is the deal. I just finished the third book in the series The Mortal Instruments,  which means I have read, City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. 

City of Bones book cover                 City of Ashes            City of Glass

 

Let me just say this and get it off my chest. If she had stopped at book three–City of Glass. I would have been happy. I am satisfied with the (spoiler alert) beautiful, wonderful, ending. However, something happens in this book that should have never happened. There are three more to go. I am fear-stricken to read the next book–City of Fallen Angels. I am content to live in my happily ever after, not have it snatched out from under me. I can only conclude that is what will happen, because of the thing that should have never happened in the third book.

The first three books were amazingly written and although each wasn’t exactly what I wanted, it was something I could be happy with. The first three books were like an enormous, choreographed musical. That is how they felt to me. I could hear the singing in the background as I read the words, pulling all-nighters to finish it so I could get to the next. I finished the last one this morning about 4:15. I only went to sleep after that. I was happy with the ending, not exactly satisfied, but happy. That is the way I want to come away from a series that is probably one of the best I have read since The Twilght Saga. 

Now as I read the titles of the fourth, fifth, and sixth books. I am afraid. No one lives forever, and there are so many wonderful and amazing characters that have touched my heart. There is not one I could live without. So there the book will sit until I can either lose my fear of the unknown or just cannot stand to leave the series unfinished. Happy Reading!

~Bethanie

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