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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by: Iain Reading–Review by Bethanie

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Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

by: Iain Reading

Genre: YA Adventure / Thriller / Mystery

Wow, was this a long book. However, worth every page. I loved the pictures and maps that were in it. It added to the book. If you like adventure and mystery then this is a great book for you to read. It was great for any age. Pull up your armchair Sherlock Holmes, your Amelia Earhart theories, and begin.

Although I wish the print had been about two font sizes bigger, I could understand why it wasn’t. It would have been about a four hundred page book. Sometimes I like long books and sometimes I don’t. This book kinda of fell in the middle. I have never read a book with two prologues before, but with all that was in the book I can see why they were needed. There were actually two parts to this book, not really marked as such, but when you read it you will find them.

What a wild bunch of adventures for a young woman. However, I liked her strong character. She was one that wouldn’t quit, no matter how dire the circumstances. I like books with strong female characters. Thank you for sharing your 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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The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave by Brydie Walker Bain–Review by Bethanie

Secret of Sinbad's cave

The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave

by: Brydie Walker Bain

Genre: Middle School  MYSTERY

At first I wondered how  Ms. Bain knew so much about the caves in this book until I read where she lived and that told me all I needed to know. Need an adventure? Dive in and find the excitement. It begins with something even I, as a 44 year-old wife and mother of two (ages 12 and 14), would love to find one day.

What child or adult for that matter would not like to find a secret passage or hidden room in their own house? Things like this have always fascinated me. It adds to the adventure and mystery of the story. Take six adventurous young minds and set them loose with what is found, along with some amazing legends. The next thing you find is high adventure, mystery, and danger lurking around every turn. Throw in a few magical beings or incredibly “insightful” adults and the next thing you know . . .

Well I won’t give that away. I’d hate to ruin the story for someone. It’s kind of like a movie you really want to see and someone ruins the ending for you. So I will just say, read the book for yourself. It is a great middle-school mystery.

The comradery of the children in this book is what I find to be my favorite part. Although I like the story–there is no story without the characters. They are what makes this one so good.  Nothing better than a group of friends with the same goal in mind and ready to do anything to get there. Thank you Ms. Bain for sharing your book with me and treating us all to the legends of Sinbad’s Caves!

~Bethanie

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Taken by Erin Bowman–Thoughts by Bethanie

Taken by Erin Bowman

Taken

By: Erin Bowman

Genre:  YA Dystopian–Action

Remember that project that I had eluded to a few posts ago? Well, this begins the first in that project. Erin Bowman picked up by Harper Teen, I found this book on the VERY DISCOUNTED shelf at my local bookstore. I bought it for $3.99 discounted from $17.99. She didn’t hit the NYTBS list so evidently Harper Teen didn’t think she was worth giving a lot of press to. It really made me angry.

This author is an excellent writer. The storyline was incredible. I found out THROUGH AMAZON that there are four other books in this series. You better believe I will be buying them. Ms. Bowman did not get the amount of press she deserved. Again, a case of not NYTBS material, her “BIG Publishing Company” left her to fend for herself. Completely unfair! She has now become a jewel in the sea of the books I have found that have excellent writing and storyline behind them. Pick it up. If you enjoy high action and strange happenings, you’ll enjoy this.

The other books that are in this series:

Frozen (taken 2)       Book 2 of Taken series            Forged (taken 3)        Book 3 of Taken series       Stolen (taken novella)     Taken Novella

So, have you ever heard of her? If you have and I am amiss in saying they don’t give her enough press, please tell me. However, I have never seen this book or anything about the author that wrote it until I saw it in my local bookstore. I get new release notices all the time from Harper Teen and have never once seen these. The Third book–Forged–is scheduled for release in April or May of this year. Happy reading!

~Bethanie

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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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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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Hmmmm

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 Cat’s Maw by Brooke Burgess–Review by Bethanie

The Cat's Maw

The Cat’s Maw

by: Brooke Burgess

Genre: YA Fiction, Mystery, Horror

I cannot remember a book making me so very angry, so very sad, sometimes sick, and giving me a sense of foreboding all at the same time. In saying that, it was also very edge-of-your-seat-ish. So if Mr. Burgess wanted to write a book that can leave the reader feeling full of dread, yet dying to read the next book, then I guess he accomplished what he set out to do.

I love books with animals in them, especially cats. Cats have always lent an air of mystery to any family who happens to have one as a pet or more than one, whichever the case may be. This book reminds me a lot of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. The main difference being that I would consider this more of a horror-type book than an adventure-type book. It is very Stephen King-ish.

WRITING AND STORYLINE:

The writing was fine, but less than I anticipated. Here is where I will probably not be liked. However I cannot make everyone happy, so I will do as I am expected to and give my honest opinion.

First of all let me say this. This book had a storyline, but there was not enough of the storyline in it. I will not give anything away but to say this. It seemed to be more human than cat and with a title like The Cat’s Maw, I just expected more of the cat theme than I read. Now, that being said, this was just the first book of the series so I may get more of what I am looking for in the next book or books, however many there might be.

I normally can read quickly through a book because it flows well. Please take this with a grain of salt, but for me the book did not flow well, and there seemed some parts that could have been left out altogether. A few of the characters I cannot see a place for in the book, and still others I think need more of a place in the book. Again, my opinion, others may not feel the same way. They may think it is great and for them it might be.

This was supposedly written for middle grades, but I would move it into the Young Adult range. Just because the book uses middle-grade aged children does not necessarily deem it middle-grade fiction. There were also a few words in it that most parents of middle-grade students would not want them to see. I am one of those parents. Some may not care, but some may. It will be left up to the parent to make that decision.

OVERALL:

The book itself was not bad. The only problem for me was the flow of the story. It jumped around way too much, but again, my opinion. Please, however, do not let this review sway you from reading the book. Not every reader is alike and therefore each has their own opinion. I appreciate the opportunity to read the book, and I will look for the next one to read. Happy reading!

~Bethanie

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

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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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Guardian of the Underworld by Rachel Tetley–Review by Bethanie

Guardian of the Underworld by Rachel Tetley

What a magnificent world Ms. Tetley has created in Guardian of the Underworld. A story for young readers, but with enough adventure and mystery to keep the reader, young or old,  glued to the pages waiting to see what is going to happen next.

As a reviewer I will not give away any parts of the storyline for fear of spoiling things for the next reader, but I like to give clues to capture your curiosity. I promise, though, this is one that I would recommend for those of you that like adventure and mystery and other worlds.

The story begins in the village where Jake and Arianna live, or rather the woods that are on the outskirts of it. Children of all ages love the woods. It brings out a child’s imagination in many ways. But what, if suddenly, your imaginings become real? That is what Jake and Arianna have found.

Jake has grown up hearing these amazing stories from his grandfather and finds himself sunk in the middle of something he never dreamed possible. They are only stories, right? What if everything you had ever heard turned out to be true?

It left me breathles as I followed the many leaps and turns that took Jake and Arianna with them. Although things start off slow, once the story begins to escalate, it takes off and doesn’t stop. Not even at the end. The end of the book just adds more mystery for the next one in the series.

Writing and Storyline:

I will admit, there were parts of the story that could have been further developed and made it even more exciting. However, I will give the benefit of the doubt, considering that this is to be the first in a series. Maybe the parts that I, admittedly, wanted more from will show up in future books in the series.

The storyline was well-thought out and very much explored in the chapters of the book. The chapter lengths seemed ideal for the younger readers, and, of course, adults would enjoy it too. My favorite line in Guardian of the Underworld by Ms. Tetley, would have to be, “The sun pierced through the treetops like beams of hope, but mist hung in the air as though trying to smother it.”

I am not sure why that line struck me as it did, but for that particular part of the story it was extremely fitting.

 

Now for the big question: Would I recommend this book for others to read?

A very resounding, “YES!” Happy reading!

~Bethanie

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

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