Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Maddy Kettle Book 1: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch by Eric Orchard

Maddy is on a quest to find the Thimblewitch and save her parents. This is a fantasy adventure story for little children around ages 4-6. The story is sweet and short and the book ends a to be continued sort of fashion, which lets the reader know there will be more adventures for Maddy Kettle.

It's great for young readers and the pictures are so pretty, the drawing style is a la Coraline, but the great detail and color schemes make them incredible. 

Rating 4 out of 5

Princess Ugg Volume 1 by Ted Naifeh

Ulga is a princess in a mountainous kingdom where everyone is trained to be a warrior since they are wee liddle lassies. It's a Viking like culture and the luxuries and pampering that other princesses normally enjoy are non-existent here.

Ulga decides she wants to attend the princess academy after making a promise to her dying mother. Only problem is, this academy is like high school and all the other shallow, vapid princesses are mean to Ulga.

The story is nice because it's all about being different and learning to find common ground to try and get along with people; for the start of a series, this looks really promising. I can't wait to see where Naifeh takes this warrior princess meets fairy princess storyline.

Rating 5 out of 5

Monday, September 15, 2014

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter Volume 1 by Greg Pak and Mirko Colak

This book is the revival of Turok the Native American dinosaur hunter that first appeared in 1954. In this new series the story plays off on the arrival of explorers in search of gold to the new world they deem filled with savages.

With them these explorers bring large reptilian like monsters they unleash on the Natives. 

Turok the outcast is the only one with no fear and brave enough to fight them off.

The story is engaging and the illustrations are so cool, I mean who doesn't love dinosaurs. This looks to be a very promising start for a revival of the series, as there is so much potential for where this could all go. This is a must for all who love action and again dinosaurs.

Rating 5 out of 5

The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter

Ryder knows he wants Lara; Lara wants nothing to do with the billionaire cowboy that is the talk of the town.

22561211What does Ryder do to force Lara to spend a minute in his presence? Well, he buys the horse he knew she had her heart set on and from there offers her a deal she can't refuse.

At first, you think Ryder is such an ass, but as the story progresses, he shows himself to be a really likable character. Lara does come across as a bit too judgmental, but hey, in a small town people talk and you do not want to be at the center of that talk.

The story is short and entertaining and most importantly it really delivers for it's genre, so I say grab yourself a copy if you want a quick enjoyable read.

Rating 4 out of 5

Cowboy On Her Doorstep by Pam Mantovani

Ugh, I always hate stories like this; that being said, I still read these types of stories and for the most part very much enjoy them.

22920049Logan and Kendall were very good friends, Kendall was in love with Logan, but typical guy in these types of stories, Logan has no idea. Kendall and Logan have one night together before Logan leaves town and eventually joins the army. Kendall ends up pregnant, but despite everything, she makes a great life for herself and her daughter Marissa.

When Logan comes back to town after being away for many years, he learns that he has a daughter. Logan now wants to be a part of his daughter's life and to show Kendall that they can have a great life together.

Kendall can't bring herself to trust Logan, she doesn't know if he really will stick around and she doesn't want her daughter to form an attachment that might be temporary.

I hate these stories because in the years the guy is away, he never really gives the girl any thought, but the moment he returns and see's her again it's like "you've always been the one, I love you". Still, the story was good, we have a strong female character that doesn't need the man in her life for everything to be okay; and the male character isn't an ass, from the moment he comes back, he sets out to right his wrongs and show that he can be relied on. The story isn't that long and it's good, I finished it one day and I must say I would love if the author gave us a sequel, maybe for Logan's brother and Kendall's friend.

Rating 4 out of 5

All Bets Are On by Cynthia Cooke

Derek is a prince of hell and lately he's been a little bored with his work, punishing white-collar criminals has become a bit tedious. He's become such a drag at work that his minions set up an online dating profile for him, because in no uncertain terms, they believe he "needs to get laid", they know Derek won't go along with it so they bet him he can't get laid. Talk about a kicker to start off the story.

23127688Jaclyn runs a charity organization for children, she started it with her friend Trish; she doesn't like charity balls and she believes good looking guys are trouble with a capital T. On an online dating site she and her friend come across Derek's profile, Trish convinces Jaclyn to send Derek a message.

When these two meet it's not love at first sight, it's lust at first sight, but more importantly they start off with this I hate you, you hate me sort of thing.

The story is nice, will these two actually find their happily ever after or will the whole prince of hell be a big no no for Jaclyn.

The storyline is fun and the characters are entertaining, I would totally have given it a 5 if it weren't for one tiny detail at the end, but I will let you figure which detail out when you read the book.

Rating 4 out of 5

My Control (Inside Out #4.1) by Lisa Renee Jones

This novella is written in Mark's point of view. If you've been following the series, you know that Mark was basically a control freak, but since learning that Rebecca is dead and that she died at the hands of one of his former lover's, he's been spiraling out of control. Things between him and Crystal are insane and wrong, but for some reason, she centers him.

I have no idea how I feel about Mark and Crystal, through out the series I have always felt that Rebecca might be alive, after all, no body means hope. So the more Mark and Crystal are together, the more I feel like things are wrong. At the same time Crystal is the perfect character to reign Mark in.

Ugh, I cannot wait for book 5 and hopefully some answers to Mark's story and the whereabouts of Rebecca. Is Mark's future with Rebecca (hoping she's alive) or is his future with Crystal?

Rating 3 out of 5