‘Dream Warriors’ (A Joey Cola novel) by D. Robert Pease
Fantasy , Young Adult Books / July 26, 2014

There is a world that lies just beyond consciousness…the world in which dreams are created. This is a world that can be controlled by our will…or can it? This fast paced story is of an exceptional boy in a dysfunctional family. His jealous older siblings often make his life miserable. He has a close relation to his mother and his best friend Alex. These are two friends he can always count on.  Joseph faces his struggles an strives to overcome them until he can leave.  His dreams become a new dimension for him. There is plenty of action with a slight touch of romance with a surprise ending. This is the beginning of a series that is sure to be a “hit” with YA everywhere. Especially perfect for 10 and older. The Characters depicted are “colorful” and most seem very real. The background scene are described in a way the reader can easily picture the various areas and situations. The Title and book cover are both very attention getting and representative of the content within. Parents need not worry about inappropriate material – there is no sexual situations, no bad language and the violence is not excessive nor graphic. My…

Lory S. Kaufman’s ‘The Loved and the Lost (The Verona Trilogy Book 3)’ Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Fantasy , Young Adult Books / June 23, 2014

  The final book in the Verona Trilogy does not disappoint the readers! This final ending is a bittersweet story of one desperately, passionately trying to retrieve last love through time. Will time travel be able to change Hansum’s & Guiletta’s fate without disturbing historical events? Can Hansum persuade the Council to permit him and his friends to try? Perhaps if Hansum and his friends become the perfect citizens, it will help in his cause. The ‘Loved and the Lost ‘ also further explores the lives of Lincoln, & Shamira. With the changes in their lives, will they still want to help him or must he do it on his own if the Council agrees. Hansum’s turmoil increases – as does situations encountered – and time passes by. This ha been an interesting series in the viewpoint of the author. This dystopian series is much more realistic and feasible than most others I have read. Although some of the authors reasons after the end of his final chapter, I do not fully agree with, I still feel the are well though through and bear consideration. This book is recommended for YA of all ages. Adults will equally find this engaging….

‘Matched’ by Ally Condie (Book on CD read by Kate Simses) – Book Review by LAWonder10
Fantasy , Young Adult Books / June 10, 2014

  It’s so realistic it is scarey!!  There are several situations in this dystopian novel many of us can relate to the same stage being slowly set in our own countries.  It could easily happen by the next century. Cassia is intelligent and has been conditioned by the “Society” to view the Political/Social way of life as ideal…until after a key “rites to passage” ceremony, she begins to wrestle with what she felt to be a perfect existence suddenly does not seem that perfect anymore. Ally has defines a very interesting group of characters in this dramatic story. One truly feels connected to the main characters. The panoramic view of the surrounding areas she portrays is easily envisioned.  The title is perfect, although the book cover is understandable, yet does not do the content of the book justice.  Many of us feel like we live in a bubble but there is so much more to this story. The story holds the reader’s interest from beginning to the very end. Some very good points are taught about making wise choices, developing strong, personal relationships, true friendship, fighting for the things we believe to be right, government control, first love/types of love….

Learn More About This Impressive New Author – Lea Carter! Finalist in The Best Indie Books of 2013 Awards! Join the MAY Blog Hop the 15th – the 31st, for a Chance to WIN her First TWO Books!

This impressive new author has created a Fairy Fantasy series call the ‘Silver Sagas’. Her first books are incredibly well done. These are perfect for ages 9 – 16.  Lea was actually a Best Indie Book Finalist with her second book of the ‘Silver saga’!            1. Welcome Lea! You grew up on a farm in Neosho, Missouri. What part of Missouri is that? What were some of your daily duties growing up on your farm? Neosho is in southwest Missouri, near the borders of Kansas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. We rotated through the indoor chores, but we all had to help in the garden, planting, weeding, hoeing, watering, etc. You must have had a large home to support that many individuals! 2. You were the youngest of 11 children. How many brothers? How many sisters? Which siblings were you closest to?  I have six brothers and four sisters. The two closest in age are both sisters.  Oh, I do envy anyone who has sisters. 3. When did you decide to become an author and why? It was so long ago that I’m not even sure it was a conscious decision. I was always writing something, and usually mixing…

‘Diary of a Teenage Fairy Godmother’ by Kathleen Baldwin & Andrea Sisco – Book Review by LAWonder10/ Meet the Authors here on 02/4/2014
Fantasy , Young Adult Books / January 26, 2014

 What a fun, stimulating YA fantasy book this is!! It is one Adults will enjoy reading, too! Just as the title sparks one’s interest, the novel begins in one direction then makes a couple of unexpected twists. A young half human/half fairy is given to the “fairy Godmother training school”  to learn to be a Fairy Godmother. Lilliana graduates the top of her class then given her first assignment – one who ONLY she can be a Godmother to. The assignment turns out to be much more difficult than she expects. Lilliana has had  very difficult time growing up. Her mother died when she was born, her grandmother kept her for a very short while before sending her to the “school”. She was different than the others in several ways and never fit in and was always belittled. Now she feels she is just isn; qualified…but he mentor will not put up with her questions and fears. There are several humorous situations. At times the reader totally agrees with the hopelessness of Lilliana’s assignment. Yet, other times the rejection, confusion and pain of growing up is all too familiar. At times the reader determines what the tale’s outcome will be…

‘Anselm: a Metamorphosis’ by Florence Byham Weinberg – Book Review by LAWonder10

When I began reading this book, I felt I would be disappointing the author… But, amazingly, it began picking up in intrigue, then a mystery began, then downright injustice!! I was hooked! I no longer could put it down. It holds the reader in suspense until the very end! The story begins with Professor  Eric Behrens in the Deans office for an appointment not made by him. He soon discovered the reason and was furious! As he met with his best friend and colleague, soon after, he shouted a declaration to the sky he lived to regret.  From there he began a humbling, disheartening, desperate plight. Can he really accept this as his life? There must be a way to change it! The author was very successful in capturing her audience. The subject matter was nothing like the first few pages appeared to be. However, the book cover portrays the story very well. At first I was very skeptical when I saw the cover. It didn’t appear very interesting of a book…I was certainly mistaken! A  “roller-coaster” chain of events play havoc on ones emotions. The development of the characters are so precise that the reader feels he/she knows them. …

‘The Alliance of Isian’ by Serena Clarke – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Fantasy , Young Adult Books / December 29, 2013

Serena Clarke has once again captivated her audience with her new fantasy novel of  ‘The Alliance of Isian’. This is a stand alone sequel to ‘The Treasure of Isian’. The youngest daughter, Gabrielle, of Isian was dismayed at being wedded to Prince Alec of Tandori. T andori was the mortal enemy of Isian. The cultures and customs were very different.  This was the only way war between two strong powers could be prevented.  If Tandori joined with the other enemies,huge bloodshed and devastation would result. If Isian prevailed the cost in lives lost would be immense.  Gabrielle had only met Prince Alec once before. It was not a good experience for her, plus he was much older. How could she possibly endure thus union? How could two bitter enemies sway their people to accept the other. Prince Alec had never seen the face of his betrothed under the veil she wore. Would she be repulsive to look upon? However, he was duty bound and had no choice. There were many Tandorian women who sought him out.  Would he be faithful to his new bride? This is an impressive tale of the struggles of two people trying to blend two opposite…

I Am Excited To Introduce Serena Clarke! She Is A Very Talented New Author!!! We Also Have A Special Treat This Week And Next… We Will Be Sharing Exciting News With All Our Readers!

Serena Clarke! This Interview Will Hopefully Introduce You To A Wider Audience.  We will also be discussing ‘The Treasure of Isian’ as well as your newly released sequel, ‘The Alliance of Isian’  …  I can hardly wait to read it!!                                                      Serena, I was so amazed when I read ‘The Treasures of Isian’  to discover this was your first published novel. It was incredible!! What was the inspiration you received to develop such a tale? Thank you!  I actually received my inspiration for this book from a dream I had!  My dream was just a couple of scenes, but in the morning I couldn’t stop thinking about it and by the end of the day, I had most of the plot figured out in my head and I just couldn’t resist turning it into a book.   I feel “gipped” sometimes!     It seems several incredible authors have created incredible novels all from a dream! I am still waiting for my “dream” to occur!!  2.  What, if any, research did you do before writing this tremendous novel? I did not have to…

‘He Came For Me’ – C.M. Brown – Book Review by LAWonder10
"New" YA Books , Fantasy , Young Adult Books / December 14, 2013

What a delightful story of intrigue, adventure and romance this was! It reminded me of a different popular series but with a few different twists – of course, any weird fantasy with two romantically involved beings would have the same affect on me. This tale was centered on a young college girl- Jazz – drawn into a totally different type of friends group… so different than her current one. It includes a mysterious young man -Seb – who quickly captures her attention and romantic interests. He is a total stranger, yet she feels safe and comfortable in his presence. Strange things are happening all around her. Her once safe, normal life suddenly no longer appears as such. Confused and engulfed in a myriad of conflicting emotions, her curiosity takes her into life-threatening circumstances. Can she possibly survive this? It begins to seem highly doubtful This is a fast-paced, moving, and romantic story. Jazz, unable to “sort things out” with all the confusing contradictions, and Seb, battling with unfamiliar feelings and his sense of loyalty two separate entities yet to his solemn duty. The story ending left the reader aching for the next book of the Protector series. The cover was…

‘Every Hill and Mountain’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

‘Every Hill and Mountain’ is a fast-paced drama which is partially Contemporary and partially Fantasy/Historical Fiction. It is the last of Deborah Heal’s exciting trilogy. This final book mostly is centered on Abby, John, Kate, and Ryan and their efforts in discovering Kate’s missing ancestor to complete het “Family Tree”.  It is presently very lopsided.  Will she be able to find her missing ancestor? She has two clues. If these clues do not culminate, she will have to leave that side of the tree asa mystery. They experience unique and intriguing instances. This escapade will either draw them closer together or may prove to be disastrous to their friendships. I enjoyed this novel as much as the other two.  However, I felt there could be a better title to fit the storyline. The book cover, also, could have been more creative. The character development was very well done. The description of the surrounding area “brought it to life”.  The ending was OK but felt slightly incomplete. It was clean, well-written, fast paced, and a quite fun adventure. The few things remiss were minor. This review of Deborah’s final book of the series offers a Four and a half Stars rating….

‘Unclaimed Legacy’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

Unclaimed Legacy’ is the second book of Deborah Heal’s exciting, new series. Abby & Merri continue in their adventures but now include a church member,  John, into the equation.  Of course, Michael, is still an important character in the story.  Not only does the House Beautiful program open up a whole new                  perspective of earlier history, but further assists in discovering history in other places.  The “Old Dears” are introduced, adding a fun flair into the increasing            action and intrigue of the story plot.  Who knew house-sitting could be so informative? The friendship between the group strengthens. New personal challenges develop.  Does it all relate somehow? If so, how?  Where will this new situation take them?  Will they be able to find the answers before they are further discovered? In this book of the series, there is even more action and poignant circumstances. If it is possible, this is even better than the first novel! It moves at an even faster pace than the first one. A number of new situations and people evolve. The character profiles are well-defined and one becomes emotionally “caught up” in the…

‘Time and Again’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

 Time and Again’ by Deborah Heal is an unparalleled story of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Historical fiction all into on one extraordinary tale! Abby decides to do some volunteer summer tutoring for a student during her summer break. It will give her some good experience – and perhaps a recommendation – after she completes her final year earning teaching degree at the university.  Is Abby “in over her head” with this experience? Eleven year old Merridith and her mother move away from her father and his new girlfriend, her friends and her school, after her parents divorce.  Meredith is angry  and feels defeated. She resents it all!  She will not make it easy for her mother or new tutor.  Maybe her dad will come and get her and take her back. She has more than  one problem that drives people away from her. Will she do anything about it? These are the two key people in the first book of this intriguing trilogy. Other characters are introduced but the challenge begins with these two individuals. Who is in the computer room during each night when everyone should be in bed? Deborah Heal has successfully created a unique story that YA and…

‘Talon On The Wing’ by Gigi Sedlmeyer – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Fantasy / February 6, 2013

 Talon on the wing is the second book in the children’s realistic fantasy of the Talon series.  These are clean, delightful stories of a family and village and their relationship with some very special fowl. Matica has to make some very big choices…One in particular.  Will she choose to be with her father or her very special friend?  Could she have it both ways?  This “trial” is in preparation for an even bigger event in the near future. In this second book, the adventures from the first book continues and evolves into even more daring events.   The book is similar to the first but the situations vary a little and it is still a very interesting and stimulating tale.  It is also a great chapter book for mid to older elementary age students. The book cover is slightly deceiving in relation to the book but not to the extreme.  It  is colorful and eye-catching. This is an ARC so I did not put a lot of emphasis on the several typos and sometimes poor grammar at times when it wasn’t intended as such.  However, that needs to be addressed.  The ending was meant to stir curiosity but it came accross…

‘Talon Come Fly With Me’ by Gigi Sedimayer – Book Review by LAWonder10
Children's Books , Fantasy , Young Adult Books / February 3, 2013

    Matica was a lonely, distraught girl with a disability.  She felt desperate.  Her parents were very supportive, loving and encouraging but was that enough? Her parents were on a mission in Peru among an Indian tribe.  Her brother was energetic and had his own friends but he also loved his older sister. When Matica felt all was in vain, she miraculously made friends with very unusual beings.  Was it just by chance or from divine intervention this most unusual situation occurred?  She was too elated to discover which it was.  It just gave life meaning.  From this point on, Matica’s world was opened up to a whole new existence. Join Matica and her family in the extraordinary events that ensued the changes in their ordinarily routine lives . This is the first book of a series.  It definitely sets the foundation for the following books of the series.  Without the first book, the reader would miss key events. The book cover very well portrays the story. It is bright and eye-catching. The title also defines the story very well. The story is a creative fantasy that will seem very real to the vivid imaginations of youth. It is…