Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Aoleon" Book Tour

Book Details:

Book Title: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 1: First Contact, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category:  Middle-Grade, 

Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: January 31, 2015
Available for review in:  pdf
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: Dec and Jan
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Crop circles magically appear in Farmer Johnson’s field. A mysterious light sweeps over the night sky and awakens Farmer Johnson and Gilbert, the boy next door.

Curious, Gilbert ventures out to discover the source of the light and stumbles into a beautiful Martian girl sitting in a crop circle. Farmer Johnson also investigates the strange light, and thinking that Gilbert and Aoléon are vandals, he chases them. But they sprint to Aoléon’s saucer and escape only to be pursued by the U.S. Air Force.

Gilbert has never been attacked by swarms of giant killer robots. Never met strange aliens from other worlds. Never skyboarded across a megalopolis hidden deep inside an extinct volcano. Never trekked across a vast Martian desert. And never been eaten alive by a gigantic slor (well, almost never, unless you count Billy the fat bully at school).

And luckily, he has never ever confronted an evil ruler of Mars bent on conquering the Earth to steal its cows.
Never...until now!

This may be the adventure Gilbert always wished for.

If only he can survive.

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My Thoughts...

First off...let me say I hardly ever read "Science-fiction and Fantasy," but since I am just a kid at heart I decided to give this one a try. It sounded like a fun read and I wasn't disappointed it was a delightfully fun romp around the earth, and what fun being chased by the U.S. Air Force over the mountains and the hills of France, and onto Mars...

It also had some humor which made this Gramma chuckle a few times. And the illustrations were fantastic and brought the story to life. It was exciting seeing the illustration of the megalopolis city on Mars. Nothing like I've ever seen before! It was an exciting read and kept me on the edge of my chair wondering what will happen next....

About the Author:
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.

Thanks to "I Read Book Tours" for providing this book for me to read and give an honest review.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Monday, December 15, 2014

"Lying In Wait"

Ann Rule presents another collection of fascinating and disturbing true-crime stories drawn from her real-life personal files in this seventeenth volume in the #1 New York Times bestselling Crime Files series.

Three decades ago, Jackie Schut was considered one of the most prolific baby sellers in the country. She traveled all over the US, murdered women who had just borne babies, and then stole their infants. She is still imprisoned in the South.

A lovely, vibrant woman in San Antonio was found dead in a vacant lot. Her mother, a popular local realtor, never stopped looking for her killer. Just months ago, a truly unlikely suspect was found many states away. At last, the seemingly impossible case to solve had answers no one ever considered.

On Christmas Day three years ago, two grandparents, their son, his wife, their two small boys, their daughter, and her boyfriend gathered to celebrate the holiday. For reasons that are still almost impossible to contemplate, the sister and her boyfriend shot and killed everyone in the room.

In these chilling true stories, Ann Rule reveals the dark underside of the American family unit together and torn apart.

My Thoughts...

Since I had never read anything written by Ann Rule I didn't know what to expect. Along with that this is a genre I very seldom read, but a few times a year I try to read something out of my "Comfort Reading Zone." AND this was one book I can say is definitely out of my 'comfort reading zone.'

I'm on the fence as to what I think about this book. Having not read any other of her stories I have nothing to judge this one on. I know that I will never be reading another book by this author, but I'm sure their are many readers who enjoy reading Ms. Rules true crime stories.

To be fair to the author, I only read the first crime story "The Baby Seller" so therefore, I will only be awarding it 2 "Waiting" stars. This book is a part of my personal library.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"A Pedigree to Die For"

Melanie' Travis's life is going to the dogs. With school out for the summer, a stint as a camp counselor falling through, and her sometime boyfriend dumping her for a Las Vegas chorus girl, the thirty-something Connecticut teacher and single mother figures that things can't get any worse.

She figures wrong...

Everyone knew that Melanie's Uncle Max had a weak heart. When Aunt Peg finds him dead on the cold floor of their championship kennel, surrounded by eleven whining, prize-winning Standard poodles, she isn't shocked...and doesn't panic. But Melanie is surprised when, three days after the funeral, Peg shows up seeking her help. One of her prize pooches is missing -- and it's beginning to look like Max's sudden demise is more a matter of... murder.

With her four-year-old son Davey happily ensconced in day camp, Melanie manages to maneuver herself into Connecticut's elite canine circles. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, she mingles with sophisticated exhibitors and professional handlers...and soon starts feeling a little out of her class. Until she meets Sam Driver. Although the irresistibly attractive breeder is soon wooing her with seductive candle lit dinners, Melanie resolves to be wary.

Then the killer strikes again, and Melanie realizes that she has been barking up the wrong tree. As events -- mysterious and romantic -- culminate in the celebrated Westminster Dog Show, she suddenly finds herself on a long leash of intrigue and on the scent of a chilling secret to die for.

My Thoughts...

This book got my attention as soon as I saw the cover, Poodles! My favorite breed of dog, after all  I am the slave to my Toy Poodle, Joey. Therefore, any book involving poodles I am drawn too.

This was just a fun little cozy mystery, and I must admit I learned about dog shows and poodles. It wasn't a page turner by no means, but it kept my interest long enough to get the book read and thinking about the story I did enjoy it. Actually I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 poodle paw stars.

This book was a freebie I found on one day, and like I said when I saw the cover just had to have it. Would I have bought it? I doubt it, but it was a fun freebie. It is now a part of my Kindle library.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Deriving its emotional charge in part from Charlotte's experiences in Brussels in 1842-3, the novel is also coloured by her sadness and isolation after the deaths of her brother and sisters. The heroine, Lucy Snowe, in flight from an unhappy past, leaves England and finds work as a teacher in Madame Beck's school in 'Villette'. Befriended and at first attracted by an English doctor, but more strongly drawn to the fiery autocratic schoolmaster Monsieur Paul Emanuel, Lucy is compelled by Madame Beck's jealous interference to assert her right to love and to be loved. In a wider sense, the novel is a cogent and dramatic exploration of a woman's response to the challenge of a constricting social environment. Its deployment of imagery comparable in power to that of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, and its use of comedy -- ironic or exuberant -- in the service of an ultimately sombre vision, make Villette especially appealing to the modern reader.

My Thoughts....

 Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte', was one of my favorite books, and I loved all the movies I have watched about Jane Eyre. That is one of the reasons I bought this book 5 or 6 years ago, but just decided to try to read it this month. However after reading 12 chapters, which consisted of 129 long pages, I decided not to finish it. (I also listened to it as I followed along in my copy of the book.)

The story was depressing, the French was tedious, even though the copy I have does translate some of the French into English. The story is just too dark and depressing. And such rambling on and on I was lost most of the time and had to go back and read a few pages over to try and make some sense of it. After most of the day reading and trying to make sense of the story, my head feels like it is floating on cloud nine...I have a few shelves of other books that I can't wait to start reading. Therefore, I will put this book aside and read one of them.

I realize that many people loved this book, however, I can truthfully say: "It was not my cup of tea!"
Because I didn't finish this book I will be only awarding this book 1 sad and lonely star.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"Interior Designs"

Meet Martha Scott Cummings: an interior designer, an abandoned wife, and a newly single mother to her daughter Meadow. Now, she must begin an interior journey to reexamine the life she had, the choices she made, and find the strength to begin again.
She could wallow in self-pity amongst the detritus that is her life, or she could explore her feel-ings, study her behavior, and figure out how to redesign her life by changing the way she reacts to disappointments, betrayal, and insecurity.
Along the way to rediscovering who she was and who she can be, Martha reconnects with her best friend Maeve, who has been there for her in the past, but was somehow missing from her life during her darkest hour. Martha now realizes that she built walls around herself, shutting out those who could have sustained her.
There is strength in numbers, and her old BFF can help Martha retrieve the lightheartedness of her earlier life and even learn to laugh at and love herself again, flaws and all. Lots of girl talk, a girlfriend getaway, and new relationships characterize the days and nights of the newly rede-signed Martha.
But will she find a new love? And if she does, how can she prevent herself from destroying it all? Taking risks, learning to trust her judgment, and finding out that mistakes are part of the learning process, Martha takes a leap of faith and finds unexpected treasures.

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Laurel-Rain Snow. The book "Interior Designs" is about girlfriends, family drama, and also an entertaining contemporary second chance at love and romance.

Martha is the main character while her girlfriend Maeve, one of the other characters plays a second banana support role. These two women strengthen their bonds and learn the power of a girlfriend. 

We also learn how the past has shaped some of the characters and affected their present day relationships. The plot is carefully and skillfully unraveled.

I found it a nice entertaining book. It is a book targeted for the woman who enjoys contemporary fiction.

This book is a part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 "designing" stars.