Book review: In the Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey

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Book Details:

Book Title:  The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey
Category:  YA fiction,  272 pages
Genre: Literary/Mystery
Publisher:  Gauthier Publications/Hungry Goat Press
Release date:  March 2011 (Hardcopy); April 2015 (e-Book)
Format available for review: print and PDF
Will send print books: Internationally
Tour dates:  April 25 to May 6, 2016
Content Rating:  PG-13 (A few expletives, mild sexual innuendo)

Book Description:

On her 18th birthday Carolina Lovel learned that she was adopted and was given a letter written by her birth mother in an unknown language. After years of research she travels to Italy on a mission to find the truth about her past. Carolina is accompanied by three extremely gifted but mischievous students the FIGs from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. In an effort to help their favorite teacher, the FIGs will have to use their special abilities to decipher the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, and the one thing that is strangely similar to what Carolina was given. Their search will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.

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Meet the Author:  

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, established in 1995, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. In 2014 Barbara became a partner in Strategic Media Books Publishing, an independent publishing house that specializes in true crime and other cutting-edge adult nonfiction. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russel terrier of sorts.

Connect with the author:  Website

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Cadence: the rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words / the flow or rhythm of events.
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Who loves a secret?  There are plenty of secrets in the Cadence of Gypsies. Some we learn of right away and some come as complete surprises.  This book reminds me of a book that was given to me by my mother 40 years ago – the plot was different but it had the same wonderful story-like quality that will captivate both young and old alike.
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Carolina is an American girl who was adopted when she was four years old. She receives a box containing an ancient manuscript from her birth parents which mesmerizes her and she is intent on deciphering its contents.  Despite all her diligent research, she’s hit a dead end.
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She needs to return to the land of her birth to investigate other documents that will enable her to learn not only the contents of the manuscript but also the truth regarding her family and adoption.  Her companions, three feisty but highly gifted young women agree to accompany her and their camaraderie and friendship are the glue she needs to discover the manuscript’s secret.
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A good “read-aloud” book that will have you turning the pages until you discover all its secrets.
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Book review: Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith

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Book Title:  The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith
Category:  YA fiction, 292 pages
Genre:  Action Adventure/ Paranormal
Publisher:  Two Petals Publishing
Release date:  September 2015
Available for review in:  mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF
Tour Dates:  Feb 29 – March 31, 2016
Content Rating:  PG (Action/ fight scenes, some violence)

Book Description: 

The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses is an action-adventure story about five teen boys who are mysteriously exposed to a foreign energy source that gives them extremely heightened senses. Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell become hypersensitive gifts that forever change the world!

The story chronicles their effortless interrelations and later exposes the testing of their deep bonds, and introduces the reader to an array of supporting characters who alter the boys’ lives forever. The Urban Boys offers young and mature readers central themes of loyalty, responsibility, honesty, fear, and triumph, which become artfully integrated with cinematic-level action and high drama.

We wonder, will they pass the test of fate, and will each of us pass the test of our very own lives? Intriguing, intelligent, and full of action, The Urban Boys offers a memorable, emotion-packed, thrilling ride for traditional and digital readers of all ages! (first in a series)

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Praise for The Urban Boys:

“An energetic YA adventure debut with stellar action sequences. Smith’s writing is intelligent and often lyrical. Her exuberant prose never fails to dazzle.”- Kirkus Media

“Author K.N. Smith uses her mastery of the written word to weave an entrancing, yet powerful tale of adventure that keeps you turning pages in an unquenchable desire to find out what happens next. The author’s matchless prose details cinematic fight sequences and fully developed characterizations especially in a final, stupendous scene that will take your breath away and leave you limp with spent emotions. Five stars for this imaginative and inspiring story, sure to be as appealing to general audiences as it will be to the YA crowd!” 5-stars – Publishers Daily Reviews

“I LOVE to read, but live a hugely busy life. It gets more complicated upon that rare occasion when a book is so captivating, so enthralling, that it is impossible to walk away. With only definitive hours in a day, something has to give. For me, that was sleep! And it was worth every sacrificed minute. “The Urban Boys” was the grand slam home run and exceeded my wildest expectations and I would bet, maybe yours, as well. Totally new concepts and a rich crew of characters – good, bad and ugly… and suspenseful twists that keep you guessing, and such beautiful, strong writing! A must read for fans of YA action/adventure/fantasy!!” 5-stars – Indie Book Reviewers

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Meet the author:

K.N. Smith is an American author and passionate advocate of childhood and family literacy programs throughout the world. She continues to inspire students of all ages to reach their highest potential in their literary and educational pursuits. Her creative, lyrical flair sweeps across pages that twist, turn, and grind through elements of paranormal and action-adventure in diverse, exciting, edge-of-your-seat narratives. She lives with her family in California.

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REVIEW:

The premise of five young boys endowed with five different superpowers is an interesting one.  The overall theme of the book is “good against evil”.  The story’s setting takes place in Danville, a small utopian-themed town where everyone is kind and helpful and family relationships are tightly knit. Unbeknownst to the boys and citizens of Danville, however, the neighbouring town of Sandry Lake is experiencing decay and oppression inflicted by a dark overlord.

As much as I enjoy reading YA fiction, I felt bombarded by all the characters that were introduced early on in the plot.  I was completely lost and it took me until at least half way through the book to figure who was who.  There were a lot of unnecessary details in the plot that didn’t add to the storyline.  I was confused as I kept trying to ascertain the importance of these details to the overall plot.  I’m not sure if the author purposely had the book narrated like a storyteller recounting a fairytale but I kept hearing Vincent Price’s voice in my head as I kept on reading.

I feel that this story would make an excellent graphic novel.

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Book review: Convergence by Trudie L. Hayes

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Book Title:  Convergence by Trudie L. Hayes
Category:  Middle Grade fiction, 340 pages
Genre:  Thriller / Fantasy
Publisher:  Self
Release date:  August 2015
Available for review in:  Print, PDF
Will send print books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  October 12 to November 13, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

It was the first day of school and anxieties were running high. For certain​ ​there was the excitement of moving up a grade, but there was also the dread of anything and everything that could go wrong. Not only were the possibilities endless, they were totally out of your control. Whether or not you were accepted rested squarely on the shoulders of the popular kids. Suppose you were too short or too tall; too smart or not smart enough; too rich or too poor; or just plain different?

These thoughts were fresh on the minds of Otis, Chandler and Marissa. Three pre-teens whose paths had never crossed, although they lived in the same town in Connecticut. Their backgrounds were so diverse they may as well have lived worlds apart. That was all about to change when on their way to school a series of bizarre events lump them together. Literally!

Join them on this unreal journey to alternate realities never before re­vealed. Go back in time to a parallel past, the All Agos. Coexist in a present experience that mirrors your own, the Ne’er Now. Finally and with greater understanding, manifest in a future of your creation, the Will Be Once.

Then you will have come closer to achieving …as it should.

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Meet the author:   

Trudie L. Hayes’ personal story and family life influenced her mission to spread the core values of self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-love to children and persons of all ages. An affiliation with physically and mentally disabled adults and children spanning many years is a major contributing factor. The caregiver role has been paramount throughout much of her life, even while furthering her education or working full-time in a corporate setting.

These experiences have given her a deep understanding of the trials and struggles associated with a compromised existence. As well as the inspiration and joy derived from living life to one’s personal best.

It is through these myriad life experiences that Hayes began writing and registering several related trademarks. With a grander vision of promoting confidence and self-worth.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Hayes still calls the Nutmeg State home. The oldest of two children, she remains close to her siblings. When Hayes is not writing or managing her business, she dedicates her time to other creative outlets and artistic pursuits. Hayes has a deep appreciation and passion for music in its many forms; she enjoys writing song lyrics, performing, and has an affinity for Jazz.

Connect with the author:    Website  ~  Twitter 

REVIEW:
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The first day of school is always nerve wracking but for the three young people in this story, their first day turns out to be more than they expected.  Melissa, Otis and Chandler soon discover that things aren’t always what they seem to be.  These three come from different backgrounds but soon they learn that they have more in common than they can ever imagine.
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The premise of the story is an interesting one.  The author should be commended for a good plot.  However, I found myself struggling as the storyline lacked coherence.  Some parts of the story were just not believable – I won’t cite any instances because I don’t want to give away the plot.  Perhaps if I were a middle grade reader, I would find this more to my liking.
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Drawn by Chris Ledbetter

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Book Title: Drawn by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 239 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Adventure
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Published: June 2015
Available in:  eBook (mobi, ePub and PDF)
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates:  June 1 to 19, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 (Limited profanity, mild violence, not graphic or gory)

Book Description:

Caught between the sweltering fall landscape of Wilmington, NC beaches and southern illusions and expectations, all sixteen year-old Cameron Shade thinks about is art. That, and for Farrah Spangled to view him as more than just a friend. Cameron longs to win her heart through art.

After several warm interactions with Farrah, including painting together at the beach, Cameron discovers just how complex Farrah’s life is with her boyfriend and her family. Following a tense run-in with Farrah’s father, she forbids Cameron to ever speak to her again, but Cameron’s convinced there’s more behind the request.

To impress Farrah with a last-ditch effort, Cameron sketches her portrait. But the sketchbook he uses hides a dark secret. Farrah’s now in grave danger because the sketch he drew of her siphons her real-life’s soul into the sketchbook. Cameron now has twenty days to extract Farrah. To save her, he must draw himself into the book.

If he fails… they both die.

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Meet the Author:   Represented by Ella Kennen, Corvisiero Literary Agency.Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the CIAA. And, without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. While teaching high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, he taught business management, business law, marketing, and sports marketing, and also coached football.He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.He’s a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.
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REVIEW:

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a character in a book? Literally?

Cameron, your typical geekish teenage boy, is an aspiring artist.  His mentor, 80 year old Mr. Cassisi, encourages Cameron to pursue his dream of not only becoming an artist but to pursue the girl he loves.  Upon Cassisi’s death, Cameron receives a leather bound sketch book with strict instructions to “draw things” and not “people”.

Cameron is feeling dejected because  Farrah, a girl he has a crush on in his journalism class doesn’t want him as a boyfriend.   He feels that, if he can’t be with her, then the next best thing would be to draw her in his new sketchbook.  What he doesn’t expect to see is “Farrah’s” image start to move and come to life on the very pages he just sketched.  The story becomes more complicated when another girl, who Cameron hasn’t sketched also turns up next to “Farrah” or “Echo” as Cameron calls her and tells him that Echo is in danger unless he joins them in the book.

The plot is fairly action packed with unexpected plots and twists.  The storyline does drag a bit every now and then but the action does pick up with the addition of new, unexpected characters. The characters were believable and the ending is quite exciting!

This book would be great for both teen boys and girls as Cameron’s love of gaming is featured throughout.  A fun read!

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Book review: Remake by Ilima Todd

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REVIEW:

I don’t often read dystopian fiction but was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this book.

Seventeen year old “Nine”, as part of a batch of young people raised in a laboratory environment in a land called Freedom must now choose her future.  Will she be male or female, will she keep her own red hair and freckles and choose to look like everyone else?  How will this affect her friendship with Theron, her fellow batchling?  The question that bothers her the most is “why is she so different from everyone else?”

The plot was not complicated but the twists and turns kept me so glued to the book that I finished it in two days. I felt myself growing attached to the 17 year old “Nine” as she begins her voyage of self-discovery. I would love to read a follow-up to this story. This would make a great movie!

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About the author:

​Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and currently resides in the Rocky Mountains. She never wanted to be a writer even though she loves books and reading. She earned a degree in physics instead. But the characters in her head refused to be ignored, and now she spends her time writing science fiction for teens. When she is not writing, Ilima loves to spend time with her husband and four children.

Book review: KIDNAP – Part 1 of Guy Erma & The Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

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Book Description:

I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?

13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do – into the Dome.

13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy – at the heart of the Dome.

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

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Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

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Review:

Two young men from contrasting backgrounds, the first, Guy Erma, an aspiring dome guard and the second, Teodor the heir to the throne of Freyne live in very different circles.  Yet, they will soon discover that their paths will cross and they will need each other to stay alive.  The Prince and the Pauper meet up in a parallel universe of high fashion, giant cats and cy-sects. (and a really cute alien girl!)

This intriguing sci-fi novel by Sally Ann Melia is my first real forage into the young adult sci-fi genre.  The story was incredibly detailed, the characters well-developed and the story line nail-biting exciting!

What I really liked in this first part of the Guy Erma trilogy were the illustrations of some of the main characters as well as a small drawing of the Dome itself.  I look forward to part 2 of this trilogy – Hunter!

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Book review: HUNTER – Part 2 of Guy Erma & The Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

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Book Description:

13-year-old Teodor was taken by the vicious Battle Borgs of Dome and now he must fight to survive.

13-year-old Guy Erma has been offered a chance to fight for his place in the Dome Elite. Only who will be his opponent? Will he face a Battle Borg of Dome?

Once they were heroes. These men died as heroes in battle. Now they have been reincarnated as the fearsome vanguard of the Dome Elite. They are the Battle Borgs of Dome

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. They face the same enemy, the same danger, the same fear -dare they trust each other?

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Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

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Review:

In part two of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire, Sayginn, Regent of Freyne, Teodor’s mother, enlists the aid of ally Karl Valvanchi, a Zaracan warrior of Sas Dorana to find her kidnapped son. Sayginn, as Queen Regent, is expected to marry the Emperor in order to form an alliance and produce heirs for the empire. Despite the fact that they come from different worlds and look completely different from each other, Sayginn and Karl form an unexpected bond of trust and are able to read each other’s thoughts. With their combined telepathy they know that Theodor is alive but have no idea of his condition or whereabouts.

Together with Guy Erma “who spins like the wind and bites like a goran”, they put together a rescue mission. The mission is dangerous, as they must face live Battle Borgs, half men-half-machines who obey without conscience. As hostages, both Guy and Teodor, both highly skilled athletes and students in combat are pitted against each other to figh to the death. Guy is given the command to kill as Prince Teodor must be removed as heir. Guy must obey.

This incredible story continues with the same amount of vivid imagery and description as the first segement, Kidnap. Different storylines begin to blend together and we find ourselves cheering for both Guy and Teodor.

Although I enjoy watching sci-fi and fantasy films, I am completely new to reading these genres. This complex story had me a bit befuddled at the beginning but as I continued reading on everything fell into place. Looking forward to part 3 – Exile.

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Book Review: Guy Erma & the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

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Book Description:

The story starts with a boy:
“I don’t want to go, mum.”
“You must…”
How long can a mother regret the last words to her son?

This story is a space opera adventure and a kidnap thriller… A young prince is kidnapped, a galactic Empire in peril for the Prince has fallen into the hands of the ruthless yet charismatic Chart Segat, a populist politician, he is also head of the crack space warriors: the Dome Elite.

Teodor’s mother, Regent Sayginn of Freyne 2 will use every resource at her disposal: military might, security surveillance, battle cyborgs and insider intelligence to find her son. She will call on the Valvanchi, the telepathic shape shifting aliens to free him … The only question is can they get to the Prince in time?
Meanwhile in the shadow of the Dome, living a life of desperate poverty is another boy: 13-year-old Guy Erma. His only dream is to join the Dome Elite, and the only way he can do that is by ‘doing whatever Chart Segat says. ’ Whatever he says!’

A tightly plotted thriller, Guy Erma and the Son of Empire is a complex space opera with a cracking science fiction storyline, told with verve and pace.

The book will delight those who love • Science Fiction • Space Operas • Star Wars style Adventures • Galactic Empire stories • Young Adult Science Fiction • Young Adult Space Opera • Young Adult Thrillers • Young Adult Action Adventure

And is inspired by the works of • George Lucas • JJ Abrams • Steven Spielberg • J R R Tolkien • Frank Herbert • Iain M Banks • Peter F Hamilton

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Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

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Review:

I’m new to the sci-fi genre and didn’t know what to expect when I began to read this story. The storyline immediately pulled me in but I became temporarily confused when two other story lines began to develop. I hung in there because I could see that the characters were being developed.

The three stories begin to blend together and we have an intriguing and exciting adventure. There is Guy, an orphan but very talented student whose desire is to join the Dome Elite. There is also Karl Valvanchi, a Zaracan warrior and shape-shifter from Sas Daron and finally Prince Regent Theodor from Freyne 2, whose empire is under threat. The manner in which these three characters are brought together shows depth and, although there were a lot of details, with time they added to the richness of the plot.

I enjoyed the book because it was exciting, fast paced and an intelligent read. It was written for young adults but any mature person would certainly enjoy it. I look forward to the next installment!

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Book review: EXILE – Book 3 of Guy Erma and the Son of Empire by Sally Ann Melia

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3-year-old Teodor has found a way to escape from kidnap, how long before he is safely home?  13-year-old Guy Erma has run away from everything he has even known and no longer knows what the future holds.They escaped through dark tunnels and back alleys but they also discovered a hidden terror that now threatens their entire planet.Two boys as different as two boys might be.  Their adventure has forged an unexpected friendship, but do they really trust each other?  Dare they share their darkest, deepest secrets?

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Meet the Author:  The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.
 

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Review:

In part 3 of Guy Erma and Son of Empire we learn a bit more about the structure and size of the Dome itself. Guy and Teodor are together when Karl Valvanchi finally manages to reach him using telepathy. Teodor still doesn’t understand that Karl is trying to help him, all he knows is that he was told, that he is “Killer Valvanchi”. Guy has doubts about which side he is fighting for but knows that both of them are in trouble and need to stay together in order to survive.

Emperor Frederon seems unable to help Sayginn, Teodor’s mother to rescue her son. Sayginn is distraught and finally sees the Emperor for what he really is.

Princess Nell Valvanchi of the Zaracan Democratic Union has a keep interest in not only intergalactic politics but in Teodor himself. She finally reveals her true image to him as all along she has maintained her camouflage skills. The plot continues as another dangerous plot is revealed that could threaten all of Freyne and everyone in it. Can these three young people work together to prevent it?  An exciting conclusion to the third book in the Guy Erma Series. The plot was left open for a sequel (I hope!) 

 

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Book Review: Aoleon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga – Part 5: The Great Pyramid of Cydonia, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur

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Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination – Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots.

Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them.

They finally meet Pax – the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars.

Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion?

Brent LeVasseurAbout Brent:  Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

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Review:

“This was a group  of  two kids, a beat-up old robot, a loyal pet moog, and a single, renegade Procyon against an overwhelming and superior fighting force.”

Book number five has so many cool words, I even learned a new verb: gooified!  There was one illustration that really impressed me, that of Gilbert staring at earth through the spaceship window but seeing his own reflection. I found it to be quite moving, that despite being in the middle of saving the world and mars he still yearns for his room back home in Nebraska.

Although this entire book was meant for children, there was a fair bit of tongue-in-cheek humour that would amuse an adult as well as references to other movies that a child may not pick up on.  There were also other subtle, more serious moral messages that were threaded throughout the storyline that would give a younger (or older) thinker something to meditate on.

This is the wind-down for the Aoleon the Martian Girl series and I was sad to see it come to an end.  I’m going to miss all the characters, even Helios the Robot, he has such a sense of humour!  Younger boys, especially will love the action and the humour of this segment.

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