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Saturday, August 28

Great Finds Issue #45

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?
Two words – Thrift Shop!
Hardback:
Little Myth Marker
by Robert Asprin
Paperbacks:
The Sara Summer (Avon Camelot Books)
The Sara Summer
by Mary Downing Hahn
Ghost Hotel
by Larry Weinberg
Ghost Game (Ghostville Elementary, Book 2)
Ghostville Elementary: Ghost Game
by Marcia Thornton & Debbie Dadey
Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Sideway Stories from Wayside School
by Louis Sachar
More Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School
More Sideways Arithmetic From Wayside School
by Louis Sachar
Wayside School is Falling Down
by Louis Sachar

Thursday, August 26

Book Blogger Hop

Jennifer from Crazy for Books has created this meme.

If you'd like to participate, here's Jennifer's instructions:


Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!


So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!

Book Review - Universal Monsters #3 Anatomy of Terror: Frankenstein


Frankenstein: Anatomy of Terror (Universal Monsters, 3)Universal Monsters #3 Anatomy of Terror: Frankenstein
By: Larry Mike Garmon
PUBLISHED BY: Scholastic Inc.
PUBLISHED IN: 2001
ISBN: 0-439-30344-3
Pages: 187

I stumbled upon this book at a thrift shop. I didn’t even know that there was a book series out about the Universal Monsters that I grew up watching. Even though this is the third book, you can easily catch up as the characters Nina, Joe and Bob explain what happen in the previous book.

While visiting Universal Studios Theme park, Nina, Joe and Bob accidentally release the monsters from the remastered Universal film when lighting struck. The monsters don’t take the bodies form the movies, they take new ones. In book one, they battled Dracula and in book two the battled the Wolf Man.

Dead bodies are going missing, and that can mean only one thing. Dr. Frankenstein and his assistant, Fritz, are up to their old tricks. They are going to build another monster. Just like in the movie, Fritz grabs the wrong brain, and the monster is once again - brain-dead.

Dr. Frankenstein needs a new brain for his creation, and has eyes on the new student at Nina, Joes and Bob’s school. Can the kids stop the mad scientist in time?

I quickly read through this book. It was a fun read. I hope I can find the other books in the series. The author and Universal Studios came up with a great idea to bring in a new generation of monster fans. If you are a fan of the old monster movies, then, you’ll love “Anatomy of Terror.”

Book Review - Fear Street: Runaway

The Runaway (Fear Street Series #41)Fear Street: Runaway
By: R.L. Stine
PUBLISHED BY: Parachute Press, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN: 1997
ISBN: 0-671-52959-5
Pages: 145

Felicia has a secret. She just escaped from a mental hospital, where Dr. Shanks was testing her telekinesis. He was forcing her to use her powers. Then, something horrible went wrong. Felicia couldn’t control powers and she accidentally killed.

She is now on the run, hitchhiking her way to safety. She ends up in Shadyside, where she volunteers to housesit. No one knows who she is.

Felicia starts to make friends and possibly a new life, but then out of nowhere, she gets the note. Someone knows who she is.

I flew right through this book. Nothing really exciting happens. There have been many stories about telekinesis, so the plot was nothing new. At times, it seems R.L. Stine rushed through the story. Read at your own risk.

Book Review: Fear Street Super Chiller: The New Year's Party

The New Year's Party (Fear Street Super Chillers, No. 9)Fear Street Super Chiller: The New Year’s Party
By: R.L. Stine
PUBLISHED BY: Parachute Press, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN: 1995
ISBN: 0-671-89425-0
Pages: 193

The book starts out in the early morning hours of 1965, two teen siblings, Jeremy and Beth, are killed in a car accident. The book then skips to the present day where Reenie Baker starts dating P.J., the new shy kid. Reenie also makes friends with the new girl in town, Liz.

At a Christmas party, a terrible prank goes wrong. Reenie and her friends believe that P.J. has died of a bad heart. They soon discover that his body is missing. Is P.J. still alive, or is someone out for revenge from the grave?

“The New Year’s Party,” is a fun read, but it does have some violence in it. Just like real life, the teens in this book can be cruel to others, but R.L. Stine throws in a supernatural twist towards the end. If you’re looking for a good thriller, check this book out.

Book Review - The Rest is Illusion

The Rest is IllusionThe Rest is Illusion
By: Eric Arvin
PUBLISHED BY: Young Offenders Media
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 0984510907
Pages: 188

“The Rest is Illusion” is told from the point of view of the main character (Dash) who is a dying protagonist. Dash is an openly gay college student with a dangerous disease that has already claimed his father.

While Dash still has time, he tries to help his friends, Ashley, Sarah and Tony with their own problems. He tries to save their lives, but he can’t save his own.

At times this book was difficult to read. There is no happily ever after here. This is a dark college story about hope, and it has a hidden spiritual message. “The Rest is Illusion” is an emotional haunting novel.

Book Review - Orphan's Quest

Orphan's Quest Book One of The Chronicles of FirmaOrphan’s Quest
By: Pat Nelson Childs
PUBLISHED BY: Glynworks Publishing
PUBLISHED IN: 2007
ISBN: 097959121X
Pages: 332
Reviewed By: Billy Burgess

In this fantasy adventure quest, the orphan hero, Rokey, was raised in a monastery. After an accident occurs, Rokey leaves his home and explores Firma. He is almost robbed when a elf named Flaskamber saves him.

Rokey joins the Elf’s group of friends led by Stanford. There is also Fia the bard and Lorq the giant. Soon they are attacked by ratmen, who are after Rokey. Why would they be after this orphan?

The Orphan’s Quest is your typical fantasy with all the clichés that go with it. The only thing that stands out is that the main hero, Rokey, is gay, and there is a romance between him and Flaskamber. I’m sure that fantasy fans will like this novel, but it really didn’t interest me. Many of the questions that rises in the book are unanswered by the disappointing ending.

Wednesday, August 25

Book Review - Love, Charleston

Love, CharlestonLove, Charleston
BY: Beth Webb Hart
PUBLISHED BY: Thomas Nelson
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59554-201-4
Pages: 312
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

"Love, Charleston" chronicles the lives of Anna Brumley, her cousin Della Limehouse and her sister Dr. Alisha Sutton, as they all deal with different life changes.

Rev. Roy Summerall, a widow, is called upon by the Lord to move to a Charleston with his daughter. Roy recalls the Charleston being superficial. Why would he move there?

Anna is getting closer to 40 and has just moved to Charleston to find a fresh start and hopefully a husband. Her sister Alisha struggles with her husband’s problems, and tries to raise her children.

And her cousin Della has lots of problems of her own. Della’s husband is unemployed. She has to go back to teaching to pay the bills and give up on her dream of being of writer.

This was a delightful read for me. All of the characters seem real. They had day-to-day problems like everyone else. Anna, Della and Alisha stay close to each other, and support one another in time of crises. My favorite character would have to be Della. No matter what setbacks she had, she continued her dream of writing a novel. I recommend this book to all readers.

* I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me this copy to review.

Tuesday, August 24

Great Finds Issue #44

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?
Two words – Thrift Shop!


Paperbacks:

Riders of the Purple Sage
by Zane Grey


The Invitation
by Diane Hoh

Sixth-Grade Sleepover
by Eve Bunting

Jake Drake Know-It-All
by Andrew Clements

Saturday, August 14

Book Review - The Thyssen Affair

The Thyssen AffairThe Thyssen Affair
BY: Mozelle Richardson
PUBLISHED BY: Mount West Publishers
PUBLISHED IN: 2009
ISBN: 978-1-61658-244-9
Pages: 460
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

The Thyssen Affair is a cold war novel set during the year 1980. Russians steal a skull from a World War II grave in Colorado. A retired OSS operative Canyon “Cane” Eliot is called back in to help the CIA solve the mystery. The CIA isn’t the only ones interested in the skull, the Israeli Mossad wants it too.

Cane must travel around the world to Munich, Italy and Germany to try to figure out what is going on. While in Germany, he crosses paths with ex-Nazis. Everyone wants the skull. There are several twists and turns.

The author, Mozelle Richardson, is 96 years old and received her BA in Journalism at the age 90. That’s a major accomplishment.

I felt that the book had too much dialogue at times. There should have been more descriptions of the surroundings. The plot takes Cane to different countries, but I never felt he left Colorado. There are several twists in the story, and at times I found it very annoying. The plot was original and it kept me interested in it. The book is over four hundred pages, but it’s fast paced. If you enjoy spy thrillers, you might want to check this out.

* I would like to thank the Cadence Group for sending me a copy to review.

Great Finds Issue #43


What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?

Two words – Thrift Shop!


Hardbacks:

Edge Chronicles 5: The Last of the Sky Pirates (The Edge Chronicles)
The Edge Chronicles: The Last of the Sky Pirates
by Pual Stewart and Chris Riddell

So Long as You Both Shall Live
by Ed McBain


Paperbacks:

The New Year's Party (Fear Street Super Chillers, No. 9)
Fear Street: The New Year's Party
by R.L. Stine

Concrete Evidence
by Malcolm Rose

The Beast 2
by R.L. Stine

Sweet Valley High # 128: Kiss of a Killer
by Kate William

Ghosts Beneath Our Feet (An Apple Paperback)
Ghosts Beneath Our Feet
by Betty Ren Wright

Phantom Valley: Stranger in the Mirror
by Lynn Beach

Nighttime Scary Stories Flip Book
by Tod Strasser

Cry Of The Icemark
The Cry of the Icemark
by Stuart Hill

The Dead Room
by Heather Graham

Wednesday, August 11

Book Review - My Sparkling Misfortune

My Sparkling Misfortune
BY: Laura Lodd
PUBLISHED BY: Dream Books LLC
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
Pages: 187
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Normally a fairy tale is in the point-of-view of the young princess or prince, but not in “My Sparkling Misfortune.” The main character is Lord Arkus, the villain. Lord Arkus, along with his sidekick Shork, captured a gormack - an evil spirit to help him destroy his enemy - Prince Kellemar. To Arkus’s surprise, he didn’t catch a gormack, but he caught a sparkling - a good spirit.

When a sparkling is caught, they are bound to their owners for 6 years. Lord Arkus was stuck with it.

Lord Arkus asks for a new castle, supplies and a army, so he could be ready to battle with Prince Kellemar and his men. Soon, he is befriending King Osmund because the king believes only a good man would have a sparkling.

The King gives Lord Arkus his own castle and men. Arkus becomes engaged to the king’s daughter. Everything is going his way - he has own castle and army. He is read to battle Prince Kellemar, but Shork thinks Arkus is becoming too nice. Will Arkus become a hero?

This is a cute fairy tale with a twist. Each chapter has a wonderful illustration. Both girls and boys will like reading about Lord Arkus and the sparkling.

* I would like to thank Dream Books LLC for sending me a copy to review.

Tuesday, August 10

Book Review - Love, Sex & Deception


Love, Sex & Deception: The Chronicles of Online DatingLove, Sex & Deception: The Chronicles of Online Dating
BY: Liza Hultin & Claire Hultin
PUBLISHED BY: Morgan James Publishing
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60037-775-4
Pages: 208
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Mother and daugher authors, Liza & Claire Hultin, have compiled true-life stories from men and women from all over the world. What do they have in common? They’ve all tried online dating. Some have succeeded in finding the perfect mate and others have found duds.

I found some of the stories to be comical and others to be just crazy. My favorite would have to Internet Serial Killer or Husband Material?, in which the couple was a perfect match and are now married.

Saturday, August 7

Kid Konnection - Yalu and the Puppy Room


Kid Konnection is a weekly meme host at bookingmama.


Yalu and the Puppy RoomYalu and the Puppy Room
BY: Brian T. Yates
ILLUSTRATED BY: Tielman Chaney
PUBLISHED BY: Mystic Publishers
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-934051-42-9
Pages: 55
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Yalu is a young female golden retriever. Her and her siblings are staying at a kennel, waiting to be adopted by a loving family. All the puppies go to a special place called the Puppy Room. This is where they meet the families looking for a dog.

Yalu is all excited when a family wants her to come home with them. When they pick her up, they are disappointed. They wanted a male dog instead of a female. Yalu goes back to her cage, and her brother is chosen by the family.

One by one, her siblings are adopted. Now, Yalu is the last golden retriever at the kennel.

When a young couple arrive at the kennel looking for a new puppy, Yalu is ready to pick them as her family. But will they pick her?

This is an adorable book for children. Yalu is a sweet and loveable character. The illustrations in the book are colorful. You’ll enjoy reading about Yalu and the Puppy Room.

Book Review: Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny

Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny (The Generals)Patton: The Pursuit of Destiny
BY: Agostino Von Hassell and Ed Breslin
PUBLISHED BY: Thomas Nelson
PUBLISHED IN: 2010
ISBN: 978-1-5955-5056-9
Pages: 193
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Honestly, the only thing I know about General Patton is what I saw in the movie “Patton” staring George C. Scott. After reading the introduction to this book, you learn that the way Patton was portrayed was not correct. Patton’s rival General Omar N. Bradley worked as the film’s chief consultant, so all of the facts were not correct.

George S. Patton Jr. was born on November 11, 1885 in Los Angeles, California. Most of his ancestors were military heroes. At an early age, George wanted to continue the tradition. He learned to ride a horse and shoot guns, but he didn’t learn how to read and write until he was twelve years old. This caused a bit of a challenge for him when he started school in 1897. Despite his educational setbacks, he entered VMI in 1903 and later he would attend West Point. Patton studied all of the great military books.

After graduation, Patton joined the Army. Through the years he quickly went up the ranks. First as a Tank Commander and later as a General during WWII.

I enjoyed reading the book. I never knew that Patton was obsessed with perfection. I also never knew that Patton studied and kept track of new technology being developed. Patton was a respected man, who loved his family, his fellow soldiers, his country and God. I recommend this book to historical and military buffs.

I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy to review.