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REVIEW: POPPY AND THE FAT PUPPY by Eli Jay

Poppy and the Fat PuppyPOPPY AND THE FAT PUPPY

ELI JAY

http://www.outskirtspress.com/poppyandthefatpuppy

Genre: Children’s Book/Juvenile Fiction/Action and Adventure/General

Ages: 2-6

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478700033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478700036

*Amazon*

Our adorable little green balloon is back to the rescue! While continuing his educational adventures, Poppy the Wandering Balloon meets a homeless and depressed fat puppy in the park. Distraught by the puppy’s sadness, Poppy helps his new friend in need. Together, they embark on a journey of getting healthy, fit, and having some good old-fashioned fun! Poppy would love to adopt the puppy as his own. But only Dr. Helpman, the local vet, has a real solution to help aid Poppy in his dilemma to save the fat puppy from a sad and lonely existence….Find out how Poppy saves this remarkable puppy, and how you can help save a stranded puppy of your own….

MY THOUGHTS:

POPPY AND THE FAT PUPPY by Eli Jay is an entertaining Children’s Book/Juvenile Fiction/Action and Adventure/General for ages 2-6. Poppy, the Green Balloon is back to the rescue it seems. This is my first reading of this delightful, educations adventure. When Poppy, meets a homeless and depress fat little puppy, must help his new friend. A cute, fun and educational story of how to get healthy, fit and save a stranded,homeless of your very own. A great read for both young and old alike. Received for an honest review from the author and/or publicist.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: NONE

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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REVIEW~ COOL CREATIONS IN 35 PIECES by Sean Kenney

Cool Creations in 35 PiecesCOOL CREATIONS IN 35 PIECES

SEAN KENNEY

Genre: Children’s Book/LEGO

Age Range: 4-8

Grade Level: Preschool-3

Series: LEGO Art Work #6

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805096922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805096927

*Barnes & Nobles*

Creativity knows no bounds! LEGO artist Sean Kenney reuses the same thirty-five LEGO bricks to create a variety of images in all categories: vehicles, spaceships, home accessories, animals, nature, robots, and many other subjects. This new LEGO offering is sure to spark imagination and encourage kids to think outside the box, which is the message that Sean strongly promotes about creativity, imagination, and building with LEGO.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

COOL CREATIONS IN 35 PIECES by Sean Kenney is an interesting Children’s Book/LEGO. Age level: 4-8,Grade Level: Preschool-3. #6 in his LEGO Art Work series. 32 pages packed full of information,designs and great ideas for both young and old,if you enjoy LEGO’s of course. Who doesn’t enjoy his childhood memories? What a delightful book with inventive ideas on how to build LEGO cities,buildings,aliens,and so much more with only 35 LEGO pieces. Young and old alike will delight and enjoy in this book.  My twelve year old Grandson loves him some LEGO and was thrilled to see this book. Written with easy to follow instructions and vivid pictures. Loved it! More please!! Your LEGO city is just an imagination away with “Cool Creations In 35 Pieces”. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN’S BOOK)

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

REVIEW~ RIDING THE FANTASTICS by Oscar Patton….

Riding the Fantastics

RIDING THE FANTASTICS

OSCAR PATTON

http://www.outskirtspress.com/ridingthefantastics

Genre: Fiction/Action & Adventure

Series: Satilla County novel #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478713577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478713579

Book Description*Amazon

 

January 29, 2013

 

Narrated in real time by characters in the drama, Riding the Fantastics is about the death and the life of Boy Man Hardin, last King of the Crackers in south Georgia’s old herding culture. This is the second of Oscar Patton’s Satilla County novels and is both a murder mystery and a story of love, courage, and the triumph of the human spirit. Multiple twists and turns take the reader on a romp through a murder investigation, a revenge plot, and revelations about character and paternity. Who was the legendary Boy Man Hardin–cowboy, lover, devoted friend, formidable adversary? Who were these people, these Georgia Crackers?

MY THOUGHTS:

RIDING THE FANTASTICS by Oscar Patton is an interesting Fiction/Action & Adventure. It is based on Boy Man Hardin, the last King of the Crackers,a old south(Georgia) herding culture. #2 in the “Satilla County novel. It has murder,mystery,a courage,a revenge,ranchers, changing times and love. Told in real-time,by the characters. Written in First person. Who was Boy Man Hardin really…lover,cowboy,bad boy,tough, and friend? If you don’t know who the Georgia Crackers, than you really should read this story. The author has done a wonderful job breaking the past to life in “Riding The Fantastics”. It has twists and turns,and engaging characters who are realistic. I enjoyable read. We should always remember our past. Received for an honest review from the author.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: MILD

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

~REVIEW~ BLIND CURVES by Linda Crill….

Blind Curves BLIND CURVES

LINDA CRILL

http://www.LindaCrill.com

http://www.BlindCurves.com

Genre: Widows/Biography/Memoir

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Opus Intl. (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098589850X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985898502

Book Description(Amazon)

March 1, 2013
After 18 months of following one-size-fits-all advice for a 57-year-old widow, Linda Crill was still miserable. In a moment of rebellion, she traded her corporate suits for motorcycle leathers and committed herself to a 2,500-mile road trip down America’s Pacific Northwest coast riding a motorcycle. The problem she didn’t know how to ride and had only 30 days to learn.From Vancouver, Canada, to the wine country of California, this out-of-character choice became a catalyst for discovering answers to What Now? By heading into the unknown the blind curve she faced her fears, tested old beliefs, and discovered not only a broader horizon of possibilities to use in building the next phase of her life but also the fuel to make it happen.

Funny, irreverent, and extraordinarily honest, it s the perfect read for people looking for ways to reinvent themselves, and anyone asking: What now?

MY THOUGHTS:

BLIND CURVES by Linda Crill is an interesting and poignant Widows/Biography/Memoir. A great story of what now? Linda Crill had it all, she was 57 years old, a Fortune 100 executive,successful,mother,and wife. Until her husband died after a battle with cancer,and left her a widow and a bit lost. What now she asked herself? You pick up the pieces of your shattered heart,rework your life,face your fears,and move forward. So Linda learns to ride a, yes,a motercycle and takes off on a road trip down America’s Northwest coast from Canada to California with two men and another woman. What she learns are valuable lessons,finds new friendships,broadens her horizons,and begins another phase of her life. A poignant,sometimes funny story of life,death,grief,healing and finding herself again. A powerful yet interesting story! We are not defined by our age or circumstances. We can redefine ourselves. So ask yourself, what now? If you a recent widow, or just adrift in your life,what a powerful story to read. Very impressive! Received for an honest review from the publisher and The Cadence Group.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR,(Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)

BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW~~ THE LOST AND THE LOVED by Lory Kaufman…

THE LOVED AND THE LOST by Lory S. Kaufman

Genre: Fantasy/Teens/Science Fiction

Ages: 13-18 years of age

Series: Verona Trilogy #3

Source: Received for an honest review from the publicist.

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193655853X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558537

*From the Publicist*

ABOUT THE LOVED AND THE LOSTThe loved and the lost

A QUEST FOR LOST LOVE.

AN ADVENTURE OF MANY LIFETIMES.

They are three 24th-century time travelers desperate to return to 14th-century Verona and reclaim their medieval family’s shattered lives. It is a mission fraught with danger and the risk of unexpected consequences for themselves and their worlds. For all three, it is a matter of the heart. For one, though, it is truly the only thing that matters, as the fate of his eternal love and the life of their unborn child is the prize to be won – or lost forever.

In this, the final book of The Verona Trilogy, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln go on the boldest adventure of their lives. They will face hardship, tragedy, and threats from sources they couldn’t have imagined – all in an effort to wrestle a future from the steely grip of an unforgiving past.

MY THOUGHTS:

THE LOVED AND THE LOST by Lory S. Kaufman is an interesting Fantasy/Science Fiction/Teens. Book 3 in the “Verona” trilogy,but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading the other two in this trilogy,”The Lens and the Looker” and “The Bronze and the Brimstone”. This is the final in the story of Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln,they start out in the 24 century and end up in the 14th century,Verona. These young teens have been on an adventure of a lifetime. Filled with love lost,love found again,tragedy,threats,and starting a new life. Fast paced,filled with danger,sacrifice,and of course love. An exciting conclusion to the “Verona”trilogy,with a few twists and turns and a lot of surprises. I think Young readers will enjoy this trilogy,as they learn history and can combine the two. An interesting tale of love and life.Received for an honest review from Pump Up Your Book.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW~ LORY KAUFMAN, THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE

The Bronze and the Brimstone

BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE

LORY S. KAUFMAN

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time-Travel

Series:The Verona Trilogy #2

Source: Received for an honest review from  the author/publicist.

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936558084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558087

ABOUT THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE(from the publisher)

What could go wrong in the 14th-century for three time-traveling teens? How about – EVERYTHING!

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention of the rich and powerful.

But standing out can get you into unexpected and dangerous situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.

Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disastrous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.

Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone.

Do they have a future in this past?

ABOUT LORY KAUFMANLorys-pic-for-Bronze-color-2-300x187-1

“I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter.” -Lory Kaufman

On the artistic side of Lory’s career, he’s written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. He enjoys art, especially sculpture. He loves science fiction and historical fiction and he has been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. All this shows through when you read his work. Lory has three grown children and works and lives in Kingston, Canada.

To find out more about Lory visit www.lorykaufman.com

MY THOUGHTS:

THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE by Lori S. Kaufman is an interesting Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time Travel/Young Adult. Book #2 of “The Verona Trilogy”,but can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearing characters and a few new ones. See,”The Lens and the Looker”. Three teens are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy,from the 24th century. What a culture shock for these teens. Follow, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln,as their journey continues through 14th- century Italy. With danger,a blossoming love interest,a marriage offer, a fast spreading illness,what could go wrong? Plenty and everything….An interesting tale of time-travel,history,a roller coaster of a ride,twists and turns for these teens. In interesting plot with engaging and believable characters. If you enjoy travel,post dystopian,14th century Itlay, you will enjoy this interesting and exciting title. Received for an honest review from the author/publicist.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY:  AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

 

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